31 May 2017

Law enforcement just won a major victory at the Supreme Court
the Supremes have unanimously wiped the provocation doctrine off the books. Writing today for a unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito overturned that 9th Circuit decision, dismantled the provocation doctrine, and ruled in favor of the officers. The provocation doctrine “is incompatible with our excessive force jurisprudence,” Justice Alito declared.

Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Huge bomb in sewage tanker kills at least 80, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings. The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians.

Russia fires cruise missiles at Islamic State targets from Mediterranean
A Russian warship and submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time
The U.S. military on Tuesday cheered a successful, first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat.

Cholera outbreak kills 532 in Yemen: WHO
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the WHO said more than 65,300 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in 253 districts in the country.

The Pope’s Marxist Head of the Jesuits
Pope Francis has been planting Marxists throughout the Church, including at the top of the troubled religious order to which he belongs. In 2016, the Jesuits, with the blessing of Pope Francis, installed as its general superior a Venezuelan, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, whose communist convictions have long been known.

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens
A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350. It struck close to the German embassy in Zanbaq Square, with civilians said to be the main casualties. The morning rush-hour blast was so strong it blew out windows and doors hundreds of metres away.

Swiss court convicts man over ‘defamatory’ Facebook likes
A court in Switzerland has fined a man for “liking” comments deemed to be defamatory that were posted on Facebook. The landmark case involved comments made about Erwin Kessler, the head of an animal protection group. He was accused of being anti-Semitic and racist, media reports say.

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS targets in Syria
A Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS) positions in central Syria. The strike – the first of its kind since November – targeted militants and heavy weapons near the city of Palmyra, the Russian defence ministry said. The militants had been redeployed from the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it added.

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS
The US says it has started distributing weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the Kurdish fighters had received small arms and vehicles from the US military. The weapons aim to help them drive IS from its Syrian stronghold, Raqqa.

UN chief Guterres says climate deal is essential
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is “absolutely essential” that the world unite to combat the threat from climate change. Speaking in New York, Mr Guterres said if any country doubted the need for the 2015 Paris climate accord, then other countries must “stay the course”. He was speaking after US President Donald Trump refused to join other leaders of the G7 group of rich nations in reaffirming support for the accord.

Iranian-backed forces amassing near U.S. training base in Syria
Hundreds of Iranian-backed militiamen, fighting alongside government troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, are amassing near a U.S.-training base located near the country’s border with Iraq, the Defense Department confirmed Tuesday. Pro-Assad fighters supported by Tehran have begun conducting patrols near the southern Syrian town of At Tanf, which is home to a U.S. training camp for moderate Syrian militias battling the Islamic State, said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats
For the first time ever, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile Tuesday. The move is partly a response to North Korea… Its official news agency said Tuesday morning that dictator Kim Jong Un threatened, “to send a bigger gift package,” to the U.S. A new Russian military base in the Arctic is also putting attention on the Pentagon’s northernmost base, located in Greenland, which was originally built as a buffer during the Cold War.

Illinois House Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
The AP reports that bill passed unanimously in the House 115-0 and is now headed to the Senate to review the changes made since it passed the Senate the first time. The bill, SB1933, would automatically register eligible voters if they visit the secretary of state’s offices or other state agencies. The bill also allows people to opt out of registering to vote.

49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress
The grim tally of 49 shot over Memorial Day weekend, historically one of the most violent times of the year here, is oddly the latest sign the city may be turning a corner in the fight against gun violence.

U.S. Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Ocean a Key Milestone
The Pentagon successfully tested a U.S. long-range interceptor missile over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday in an exercise aimed at helping gauge American readiness to counter a potential threat from North Korea.

Delingpole: Climate Mob Threatens Trump – ‘Quit Paris and You’re Toast!’
The international climate mob have made President Trump an offer he can’t refuse: “Stay in Paris – or the U.S. gets it!”

Blackburn’s Browser Act: Google, Facebook Need Data Consent
Google and Facebook are actively trying to stop a proposed law that would force them to acquire consent from users before collecting their personal information. The “Browser Act,” introduced May 18 by Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, mandates that people must explicitly give permission to internet service providers (ISPs) and websites wanting to use their browsing history and other data for business purposes.

Venezuela’s Socialist Disaster is Being Financed by Goldman Sachs 
Nothing to see here.  Just another failed attempt at socialism.  The opposition forces are finally figuring it all out too.  The government is in control, not the people, and Julio Borges is blaming Goldman Sachs for financing the all-but-failed democratic socialist nation.

Sean Hannity strikes back at critics by going after Rachel Maddow
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday promoted a campaign targeting MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s advertisers after a handful of the conservative television personality’s sponsors abandoned his program last week over his relentless promotion of a conspiracy theory.