2 June 2017

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Uses Voice Changer To Call Law Firm Suing DNC – Forgets To Disable Caller ID
There was a hilarious filing with the court today in the lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee – in which Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a defendant. Attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck’s office received a call just before 5PM on Thursday from an individual who was apparently using a ‘robotic and genderless’ voice changing device, sniffing around with questions about the DNC lawsuit filed over cheating in the 2016 election.

Climate expert praises Trump for pulling out of ‘sham’ Paris accord
“I’m glad that Trump had the fortitude to stick it out despite all the attempts to waylay him,” said Dr. Tim Ball, a retired climatologist at the University of Winnipeg and author of “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science.”

Leaving Raqqa Behind: What’s Behind Daesh Fleeing For Palmyra
Daesh fighters have been increasingly active in the areas near Palmyra since they want to recapture the strategically important city and use it to advance to Deir ez-Zor and other critical locations across Syria at a time when the brutal group is likely to lose its so-called capital of Raqqa.

Israel disappointed after Trump delays US embassy move
President Donald Trump on Thursday has signed a waiver to delay relocating the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv; Prime Minister Netanyahu expresses disappointment, saying, we appreciate ‘Trump’s friendship to Israel’; Jordan, on the other hand, welcomes the decision.

In Damascus, a general feeling that the war is winding down
In Syria’s capital these days, people are breathing a little easier. Across Damascus, new shops are sprouting up, business is brisk, and some people who fled the civil war years ago are contemplating a return.

Mattis says U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy
Trump has actively courted Chinese support on North Korea, raising concerns among Southeast Asian allies in the lead-up to the dialogue that Washington might allow China a freer rein elsewhere in the region. Mattis told reporters that in a speech on Saturday to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore he would talk about the “international order” needed for a peaceful Asia…

Putin: Russia Doesn’t Hack But ‘Patriotic’ Individuals Might
President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that some “patriotic” individuals may have engaged in hacking but insisted Russia as a country has never done it, and he pledged Thursday to wait out U.S. political battles to forge constructive ties with President Donald Trump.

Exclusive: Turkish embassy hosts banned Islamic Movement chief at Iftar dinner
Turkish ambassador Kemal Okem hosted Sheikh Raed Salah, an Islamist leader who has spent time in Israeli jails for incitement and violence, to an Iftar dinner Thursday night, angering and raising eyebrows in Jerusalem. A picture of Salah at the dinner appeared on the the Turkish embassy’s Twitter feed under the caption: “Amb Okem hosted an iftar dinner with the participation of the Arab and Muslim community leaders. #Ramadan Kareem!”

UN secretary-general: ‘Denial of Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism
“Denial of Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism,” declared United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a meeting with senior officials of the Simon Weisenthal Center (SWC). The meeting took place at the UN headquarters in New York, according to an SWC press release sent out on Tuesday…Guterres said that “history must be respected. Jerusalem is a holy city for three religions.”

Kabul bomb: Angry protesters march in Afghan capital
Police in the Afghan capital Kabul have fired shots into the air to hold back hundreds of protesters demanding the government step down in the wake of a devastating bomb attack. Crowds rallied near the site of Wednesday’s blast, chanting anti-government and anti-Taliban slogans. Police in riot gear also used tear gas and water cannon to block them from the presidential palace.

Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord
There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the move “extremely regrettable”. She defended the accord, saying: “Nothing can and nothing will stop us.” Mr Trump said he was prepared to discuss a new deal, but key signatories to the accord quickly ruled that out.

US travel ban goes to Supreme Court
The White House has asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate a travel ban on people from majority Muslim countries. The ban has been blocked by lower courts which have said that it is discriminatory. Two emergency applications have now been filed by the government with the court’s nine justices that seek to overturn those lower court rulings.

Gravitational waves: Third detection of deep space warping
Scientists are reporting yet another burst of gravitational waves. The signals were picked up by the Advanced LIGO facilities in the US and are determined to have come from the merger of two huge black holes some three billion light-years from Earth. It is the third time now that the labs’ laser instruments have been perturbed by the warping of space-time.

Artificial intelligence will outperform humans in all tasks in just 45 years
In less than 50 years, artificial intelligence will be able to beat humans at all of their own tasks, according to a new study. And, the first hints of this shift will become apparent much sooner. Within the next ten years alone, the researchers found AI will outperform humans in language translation, truck driving, and even writing high-school essays – and, they say machines could be writing bestselling books by 2049.

Password manager OneLogin hacked, exposing sensitive customer data
Password manager and single sign-on provider OneLogin has been hacked. In a brief blog post, the company’s chief security officer Alvaro Hoyos said that it was aware of “unauthorized access to OneLogin data in our US data region,” and that it had reached out to customers. Hoyos said that the company had blocked the unauthorized access after the breach and is working with law enforcement.

 S&P, Moody’s Downgrade Illinois to Near Junk, Lowest Ever for a U.S. State
Illinois had its bond rating downgraded to one step above junk by Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings, the lowest ranking on record for a U.S. state, as the long-running political stalemate over the budget shows no signs of ending.

NATO Moves Thousands of Troops In One of Year’s Largest Europe Drills
NATO allies are conducting a massive drill in southeastern Europe meant to test the alliance’s ability to move large quantities of troops and equipment into the region.

Auto Bloodbath: Lowest Domestic Auto Sales In Three Years Despite Record Inventories And Incentives
After abysmal March and April sales data, any hope for a rebound in the US auto market fizzled as overall cars sales declined again, with domestic light vehicles sales printing an annualized 12.59 million, the lowest sales number going back more than three years, despite record inventories and car discounts.

“She Has No Self-Awareness”: RNC Chair Blasts Hillary Clinton For Her Election Excuses
“She seems to be totally unaware. She has no self-awareness. Maybe she needs a class or something that we can send her to… it reinforces why she lost every time she goes out and does these interviews.”

Trump to sign waiver delaying US embassy move to Jerusalem
Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump has kept the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv for now instead of moving it to Jerusalem, a cautious move aimed at bolstering prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

Secret Service relaxes marijuana policy in bid to swell ranks
Thirty-eight days into the job, the new director of the US Secret Service, Randolph Alles, is getting to know his agency. Alles told reporters Thursday that he’s working to grow the Secret Service, including by relaxing the agency’s drug policy on marijuana.

Dad overdoses on heroin to teach his addict son a lesson
A Sheepshead Bay father was so angry when he found his heroin addict son’s stash that he shot it up himself and almost died of an overdose — just to send a message to his kid.