Pence to Join Trump in Phoenix

Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Tonight, Donald Trump will appear in Phoenix, Arizona, for yet another Make America Clap for Me Again rally — despite the fact that Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has asked Trump to postpone.

Trump was rumored to be considering the announcement of a pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the event — a doubling down on support for white supremacy and nativism, which Stanton (and everyone else with any sense and decency) is worried could result in violent clashes between Trump's white supremacist supporters and protesters at the event.

In a very curious move, Mike Pence will reportedly be joining Trump for the rally in Phoenix.

I'm not exactly sure what's going on, but here's what I've seen over the past week or so: Multiple news reports about Pence laying the groundwork for 2020 run, followed immediately by: Pence pulled back home early from abroad, followed immediately by: Pence getting super promotional on Twitter, which is a highly unusual tone for him, followed immediately by: Pence appearing at Phoenix rally with Trump, in contravention of long-established security protocols.

It seems incredibly unlikely to me that Pence came home from a trip abroad and is creating a massive national security risk just to show solidarity for Trump's Afghanistan war plan, which was vague garbage — hardly a radical military realignment that necessitates such elaborate maneuvers from Pence.

Something is up. And it's moving fast.

I have some ideas about what that might be, but they are nothing more than hunches. I'll be watching what happens in Phoenix closely to see if any of those hunches prove out and/or look more likely after tonight.
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Posted by Scott Murray

54 min: And now Beysebekov races down the right, curls in low, and Kabananga hoicks over the crossbar from six yards! How did he miss?! The flag goes up for offside, but Celtic are living very dangerously here. Time to breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth: keep calm, the hosts still need four.

53 min: Shomko curls into the Celtic box from deep on the left. Twumasi cushions the ball to Muzhikov, just to his left. Muzhikov can’t quite get enough purchase on the ball from 12 yards, but that was a chance. Gordon gathers.

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Posted by Philip Oltermann and agency

Headless torso discovered hours after inventor tells court that Kim Wall died onboard his homemade submarine

A woman’s body has been found at the water’s edge in Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor charged with killing a Swedish journalist in his homemade submarine told a court she had died onboard.

Peter Madsen told the court that Kim Wall, who has been missing since 11 August, died in an accident onboard his vessel, and that he dumped her body in the sea.

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Posted by Julian Borger in Washington

President admits: ‘My original instinct was to pull out’ but says he has bowed to advice from officials, and claims he will take tougher line with Pakistan

The US was preparing on Tuesday to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan after President Donald Trump bowed to arguments from his top generals to raise the US stakes once more in the 16-year war.

In a televised address to troops at Fort Myer in Virginia on Monday night, Trump outlined what he claimed was a new strategy for Afghanistan and south Asia. But he did not say how many more troops he would send, how long they would stay, or what their ultimate objective was.

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Don Pollard obituary

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:19 pm
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Posted by Felicity Lawrence

Trade unionist and political campaigner who was one of the driving forces behind the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004

The trade unionist and peace activist Don Pollard, who has died aged 80, was one of the driving forces behind the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004, legislation brought in by the British government to curb the exploitation of agricultural and food workers in the UK.

It took the Morecambe Bay tragedy to bring his and fellow union organisers’ efforts to fruition. In 2004, 23 Chinese workers drowned after their gangmasters sent them cockle-picking in lethal tides. Some of the victims had been employed previously on farms in East Anglia, where Pollard had uncovered appalling conditions. His work had laid the ground for a coalition of unions, business, and MPs to push through Labour MP Jim Sheridan’s private member’s bill introducing licensing to the gangmaster sector.

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Posted by Steven Morris

Shropshire community health NHS trust declines money raised by male fundraisers dressed as female nurses

A health trust has turned down money for heart testing equipment because the cash was raised by male fundraisers dressed up as female nurses.

The chief executive of the trust in Shropshire said the bed push event, which has taken place in the market town of Ludlow for three decades, was insulting and demeaning.

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Posted by Antonia Juhasz

It’s important to remember that meaningful and lasting change has rarely been brought forth by the violent hands of young men

  • Antonia Juhasz is the author of The Tyranny of Oil: the World’s Most Powerful Industry – And What We Must Do To Stop It

Murderous violence accompanied a planned race riot organized by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups (please, let’s stop calling what took place a “rally”) in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. Many more such events are now planned to take place across the country.

At least part of the American public appropriately holds Donald Trump and his administration accountable for these events, which by Sunday contributed to Trump’s job approval rating falling to a mere 34% – the lowest of his administration and the lowest rating in Gallup’s history for any newly elected president at this stage of a presidency.

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Posted by Rebecca Smithers

Pilot scheme at Surrey commuter stations to target ‘persistent offenders’ who refuse to pay parking fees and fines

Southern Rail is to further test the patience of passengers after months of industrial action and disruption to services by trialling a new vehicle clamping regime in seven station car parks.

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Posted by Shaun Walker in Moscow

Kirill Serebrennikov detained over accusations of embezzling government funds, but supporters claim case is political

Russian investigators have arrested one of the country’s most prominent theatre directors for fraud, in a case that many in the arts world fear is part of a crackdown on dissenting voices.

Kirill Serebrennikov stands accused of embezzling 68m roubles (£900,000) of government funds. He was questioned by investigators on Tuesday and denied the allegations, Russian agencies reported. The director will spend the night in prison and a court will decide on Wednesday whether he should be remanded in custody or put under house arrest.

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Posted by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

Security council reportedly investigating suspected chemical and conventional arms cooperation between two countries

Two shipments from North Korea destined for the Syrian government agency responsible for chemical weapons have been intercepted in the past six months, according to a report provided to the United Nations security council in early August.

The report, which was revealed by Reuters on Tuesday, said both shipments were caught in the past six months. Syria’s chemical weapons programme is one of the most sensitive sectors of the Assad regime.

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Posted by Penny Pepper

It was a joy to participate in the explosion of creativity that is the Edinburgh festival. But there are still obstacles in the way of disabled people

I’m wearing a fetching lilac rain poncho which deftly covers most of me and my wheelchair as it starts to drizzle. There are four more emergency ponchos in my backpack. I’m very grumpy – but it’s not because of the weather. It’s more that I’m cross with myself, on my sixth visit to Scotland’s capital for the parallel universe that is Edinburgh festival and fringe, that I have allowed myself to forget that the place is about as unfriendly in terms of terrain as you can find for a wheelchair user.

I was chuffed to bits when my publisher secured me a slot to discuss my memoir, First in the World Somewhere (to be published next month), at the Edinburgh international book festival. The venue inside Charlotte Square Gardens is a model of accessibility, from the spacious toilets to the matting, which covers the ground throughout, creating a network of pathways with protecting canopies. This makes navigation to all the theatre spaces and shops smooth, and lessens slip hazards, though naturally the rain in this town likes to blow horizontal.

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Posted by Miss Cellania

In 1886, 16-year-old Fannie Quigley left her home in Nebraska to seek adventure out west. She followed the gold rush to Alaska in 1897, and made her life there for the next 47 years. Her fame came not by prospecting for gold, which she did, but by the more successful business of supplying what prospectors needed.  

Over her decades in the backcountry, Quigley acquired a reputation as not only a renowned hostess and cook, but one of the finest hunters the region had ever seen. Her guests—who were many, despite the fact that her cabin was only accessible by foot or dogsled—were universally impressed by the woman who “tracks her own game, prefers to hunt alone, skins and dresses, packs and caches even such massive beasts as moose and bear, skins out the cape and horns of mountain sheep and can both butcher and cook any game meat to the queen’s taste.”

Quigley's cabin is now a historical part of Denali National Park. Read the story of Fannie Quigley at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Denali National Park and Preserve, Museum Collection)

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The galaxy far, far away is jam-packed with trivia and information to make the most diehard of Star Wars fans salivate. Ever wondered who’s rescued who (and how many times) across the Star Wars saga? Or how many lightsaber colors have been shown across the movies and TV shows? This new infographic book is just for you.


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NASHVILLE—Eclipse fever struck Nashville like an unexpected sunset, clogging parking lots and bars with eager visitors. It inspired country musicians to invent new words, and sent vendors to the streets to hawk merchandise as if it were the Solar Super Bowl.


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Posted by Ron Amadeo


It's about time for Samsung to take the wraps off its latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On Wednesday, August 23 at 11am ET (8am PT) , the company will hold a massive event in New York City to show off its latest flagship.

We know pretty much all the basics about the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung gave the Galaxy S8 a big redesign with slimmer bezels, on-screen navigation buttons, and a rear fingerprint reader, and we're expecting that to carry over to the Galaxy Note 8. The main differences will be a slightly bigger screen, the usual addition of an S-Pen, and Samsung's first dual-camera setup with a 3x optical zoom.

SoCs haven't changed much since the release of the Galaxy S8, so we're expecting the Note 8 (in the US, at least) to also pack a Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Note 8 should get a boost to 6GB of RAM, though. With the release of the Note 8, Samsung can also finally put the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco behind it.

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