4 Jun 2020

Commentary: President Trump’s march to St. John’s Church was a necessary show of

Of course Donald Trump’s march across the street to the boarded up and smoldering St. John’s Church was performance art. Truly, my only regret in all this is that when he pulled out that Bible, he didn’t say “Now let us read from Romans 1.” As it was, the very image of Trump merely holding the good book had CNN’s progressive faces melting off like the Ark of the Covenant had been opened in front of them Indiana Jones-style. So keep your foot on the gas, Mr. President. And maybe, just maybe, enough damned fools will wake up and stand a post for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness before there isn’t a country left to save any longer.

Shaked: Trump is a true friend of Israel
Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked emphasized that US President Donald Trump “is a true friend of Israel.” “We deeply appreciate all that he has done for Israel in the diplomatic, security & legal arenas- & so much more,” Shaked tweeted Wednesday evening. “We can debate when & how Israel should apply sovereignty. But Trump’s friendship & support is beyond any doubt.”

Trump Signs Religious Freedom Executive Order
“Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative,” the order read, according to a text posted on the White House website. “Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States, and the United States will respect and vigorously promote this freedom.”

Swarms of Millions of Locusts Devastate Crops in India Amid Pandemic-Created Economic Crisis
The FAO said that desert locusts are the most destructive of the all locust species because of their speed and their ability to quickly multiply. An adult locust can fly up to 93 miles an hour. The swarms have devastated crops in a country that was already grappling with an economic crisis as a result of the pandemic.

Drought to cut Moldova wheat crop by 45%
KIEV, June 3 (Reuters) – Moldova’s wheat harvest is likely to fall to about 600,000 tonnes this year from 1.1 million in 2019, hit by severe drought, news agencies quoted Moldovan agriculture ministry data as showing.

Drought concerns eyed for the Corn Belt, analyst says
Drought concerns have been renewed with a hot/dry forecast for the western Corn Belt the next two weeks. Even the eastern Corn Belt is threatened with heat.

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake – Northern Chile on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 – information
Date & time: Wednesday, 3 June 2020 07:35 UTC Magnitude: 6.8 Depth: 88.0 km Epicenter latitude / longitude: 23.38°S / 68.35°W (Chile). Very strong shaking: Very very shaking. at the begining everyone started yelling earthquake ( and thas is not a typical situation )

Cyclone Nisarga targets Mumbai amid coronavirus crisis
Less than three weeks after hosting Category 5-equivalent super cyclonic storm Amphan, the Indian Ocean is again blistering with storm activity. A significant tropical cyclone is likely to develop in the Arabian Sea by Wednesday evening, slated to bring strong winds and flooding rains to Mumbai. It comes as the city is gripped by the coronavirus crisis, with hospitals overflowing and local infrastructure overwhelmed.

Trade with Iran: Turkey opens border, Iraq buys electricity
Even as the US tries to crack down on Iran’s trade and keep sanctions in place, Tehran is trying to reach out to Iraq, Turkey and Venezuela. On Thursday Turkey reopened customs gates with Iran and reports indicate Iraq will continue to rely on Iran for energy even as Venezuela is gobbling up Iran’s gasoline.

In New York, acrimony and finger pointing as NYPD struggles to stop looting and violence
Tensions flared on Tuesday as New York City’s leaders and its weary police force faced withering criticism over their approach to reinstate order after another night of unprecedented lawlessness. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea insisted the NYPD remains present and effective, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called their efforts insufficient…

‘Eyes are on you:’ Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard
The two men stepped from the shadows as the car turned off an upscale shopping street into a residential area located on the far edge of the rioting that swept through Minneapolis. It was after midnight. A pair of metal dividers blocked the road, and the men stepped to either side of the car as it stopped. Both carried assault rifles.

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits shaky California desert region
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has jolted the region of California desert where a powerful quake last summer was followed by thousands of aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey says Wednesday’s quake hit at a fairly shallow depth shortly after 6:30 p.m. and was centered 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) north of the small city of Ridgecrest.

Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Americans are skipping payments on mortgages, auto loans and other bills. Normally, that could mean massive foreclosures, evictions, cars repossessions and people’s credit getting destroyed. But much of that has been put on pause. Help from Congress and leniency from lenders have kept impending financial disaster at bay for millions of people. But that may not last for long.

Twitter Says It Won’t Censor All Misinformation, Only Tweets with ‘the Highest Potential Harm’
Social media giant Twitter recently claimed that it’s not attempting to take down all misinformation on the platform, only that with “the highest potential for harm.” Breitbart News has documented numerous examples of misinformation that did not receive a “fact check” by Twitter, as well as for threats of violence that remained on the platform for extended periods.

Russia’s Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle. The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday. President Putin expressed anger after discovering officials only learnt about the incident two days later.

Libya’s GNA says it regained full control of the capital, Tripoli
Forces fighting for Libya’s internationally recognised government said they regained full control over Tripoli after being besieged for more than a year by militias loyal to an eastern-based renegade commander. The Government of National Accord (GNA) military operations room said in a statement on Thursday its forces captured all areas surrounding the Tripoli city administrative area.

Sudan calls on UN to urge Ethiopia, Egypt not to take unilateral measures on Renaissance Dam
Sudan called on the United Nations Security Council to urge Ethiopia and Egypt to refrain from taking any unilateral measures regarding the Renaissance Dam… The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, said the memorandum submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Asma Abdalla, to the Security Council was a statement of “Sudan’s inherent right to this important file.”