Thursday, August 16, 2018

Geek Trivia: The “10,000 Steps A Day For Better Health” Idea Originated With?


Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! source: https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-10000-steps-a-day-for-better-health-idea-originated-with/ #Headlines by: Jason Fitzpatrick

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Detained Ugandan pop star politician 'in dire state'


Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who sings as Bobi Wine, charged during closed court session over stoning of presidential convoy Lawyers for a pop singer turned politician and prominent critic of Uganda’s veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni claim he has been badly beaten up, following his arrest after the presidential convoy was pelted with stones. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine, was charged in a military court on Thursday with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. He had been arrested in the north-western town of Arua on Tuesday, after clashes broke out on Monday during campaigning for a byelection. Continue reading... source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/ugandan-singer-and-government-critic-charged-over-firearm #Headlines by: Jason Burke Africa correspondent

Original Post: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/ugandan-singer-and-government-critic-charged-over-firearm

Trump labels media 'the opposition party' as newspapers push back en masse


President Donald Trump lashed out at the media Thursday morning, identifying the "fake news" as "the opposition party" on the same day that hundreds of newspapers nationwide printed editorials critical of the president's rhetoric towards the media. "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY. It is very bad for our Great Country....BUT WE ARE WINNING!" Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. More than 350 news outlets published editorials Thursday denouncing the president's threats against the press. The call for the widespread rebuke of the president was spurred by The Boston Globe. "Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather 'The enemy of the people,'" the Boston Globe's editorial board wrote. "This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences." The list of outlets publishing editorials refuting the president's claim that the press is "the enemy of the people" ranges from big-city newspapers like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to smaller ones like the Van Buren County Democrat and the Swift County Monitor-News. The president dug into the Globe's campaign further, saying the newspaper is "in collusion" with other publications for denouncing his insults. "The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!" Trump tweeted. The Times in 2013 sold the Globe for $70 million. It was initially bought for $1.1 billion in 1993 by the Times. Trump continued to bash the press Thursday morning, claiming once again that the media does not report the truth and is instead "trying to hurt people." "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS," the president wrote online. "The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!" Trump has consistently railed against the media dating back to his presidential campaign, labeling outlets and reporters as "fake news" when they publish reporting critical of him or his administration. Animosity towards the press from the administration has spiked in recent weeks, marked most notably by the White House denying access to an open press event to a CNN reporter. At Trump's rallies, news organizations have begun to hire private security to protect their reporters from attendees, who often hurl insults at and heckle the press. source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/16/trump-calls-media-fake-news-as-newspapers-push-back-against-claim-779555 #Headlines by: rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin)

Original Post: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/16/trump-calls-media-fake-news-as-newspapers-push-back-against-claim-779555

'The sound of children screaming keeps replaying': a Red Cross nurse in Yemen


Marta Rivas Blanco shares her account of the day a bus carrying children was attacked in Yemen A week ago, 40 children and 11 adults were killed in an attack on a bus carrying children in Yemen. Many of the children were treated at a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Marta Rivas Blanco, an ICRC nurse, shares her account of the day. They came to the hospital in cars and ambulances. Dozens of children with an array of grisly wounds. Some were screaming, some were scared. Many went straight to the morgue. Continue reading... source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/the-sound-of-children-screaming-keeps-replaying-a-red-cross-nurse-in-yemen #Headlines by: Marta Rivas Blanco at Al-Talh hospital in Yemen

Original Post: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/the-sound-of-children-screaming-keeps-replaying-a-red-cross-nurse-in-yemen

Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76


Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/aretha-franklin-dead-cancer-respect-singer-cause-death-dies-latest-a8494636.html #Headlines by: Jacob Stolworthy

Original Post: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/aretha-franklin-dead-cancer-respect-singer-cause-death-dies-latest-a8494636.html

Russian 'mothers' rally for young anarchists jailed over 'revolution plot'


Demonstrators carry toys owned by their sons and daughters – highlighting the ages of some of those who have been arrested source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-rally-anarchists-revolution-plot-putin-new-greatness-a8493311.html #Headlines by: Oliver Carroll

Original Post: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-rally-anarchists-revolution-plot-putin-new-greatness-a8493311.html

'Trump's claims of no collusion are hogwash': ex-CIA chief John Brennan hits back


Trump revokes security clearance, citing Mueller inquiry Sarah Sanders attacks Brennan’s ‘erratic conduct and behavior’ Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan’s on Wednesday afternoon – at first citing “erratic conduct and behavior” but later making a connection with the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of Trump campaign links to Moscow. Brennan, who has served four US presidents and was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Obama administration, has been a vocal critic of Trump. Continue reading... source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/15/john-brennan-trump-security-clearance-revoked-criticism-latest #Headlines by: Ben Jacobs in Washington

Original Post: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/15/john-brennan-trump-security-clearance-revoked-criticism-latest

Electricity restored to Puerto Rico homes 11 months after Hurricane Maria hit


But announcement may not reflect reality for everyone on the island source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/maria-puerto-rico-hurricane-september-2017-electricity-returned-a8493446.html #Headlines by: Kimberley Richards

Original Post: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/maria-puerto-rico-hurricane-september-2017-electricity-returned-a8493446.html

The Alt-Right Doesn’t Need to Be Visible to Succeed


It’s tempting to mock last weekend’s Unite the Right rally as an abject failure. But doing so misunderstands how the group itself has been defining success for decades. source: https://www.wired.com/story/alt-right-doesnt-need-visible-to-succeed #Headlines by: Emma Grey Ellis

Original Post: https://www.wired.com/story/alt-right-doesnt-need-visible-to-succeed/

Trump ties revoking Brennan's clearance to the Russia probe


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan in part because of his role in the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump campaign. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump placed blame on Brennan for the ongoing Russia investigation, now overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, even though Brennan has been outside the government for 19 months. “I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Trump told the Journal. “And these people led it!” “So I think it’s something that had to be done,” he continued. Brennan, who served as the CIA director under former President Barack Obama, was among the intelligence officials who met with the president at Trump Tower in the days leading up to his inauguration. Brennan and the other intelligence officials briefed Trump on evidence that the Russian government had sought to interfere in the 2016 election. The former CIA director, who spent 25 years with the agency and also served as Obama’s homeland security adviser and the director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former President George W. Bush, left government service on Jan. 20, 2017, the day of Trump’s inauguration. In addition to revoking Brennan’s security clearance, the White House also announced Wednesday that it would review the clearances of former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice and others. Officials with security clearances are typically allowed to keep them when they leave government service, both as a professional courtesy and so that they can offer advice and guidance as needed to government agencies. Trump has long complained about the Mueller probe, referring to it almost always as a “witch hunt” — even though it has resulted in numerous indictments of Russian nationals and former Trump campaign officials. The investigation, the president has insisted, amounts to little more than an attempt at an excuse from Democrats embarrassed by Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election. The revocation of Brennan’s security clearance was first announced Wednesday by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who did not mention the Russia probe among her justifications for the president’s decision. Brennan has been among the most vocal critics of the president since leaving government service, prompting the White House to accuse him, via a statement from the president, of leveraging “his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations — wild outbursts on the internet and television — about this Administration.” The president’s concession that the Russia probe played a role in his decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance bears similarities to the firing of Comey, a decision the White House initially said was made based on the recommendation of deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein but which Trump later said was made with the Russia investigation, then overseen by the bureau, weighing on his mind. That acknowledgment — that Comey’s firing was motivated by Trump’s frustration with the Russia probe — has prompted allegations of obstruction of justice that are believed to be under investigation by Mueller. source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/16/trump-brennan-security-clearance-russia-779550 #Headlines by: lnelson@politico.com (Louis Nelson)

Original Post: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/16/trump-brennan-security-clearance-russia-779550