At Wellesley College, Clinton urges graduates to fight for truth
I saw "defiant speech" after I wrote GO AWAY. It's the lead photo above the fold with the article appearing on the flip. I'm not wasting my time or yours with it.
Exuberant day for UMass Boston grads
What, the baseball team win?
"Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a small laboratory at the Harvard Dental School in the Longwood neighborhood in Boston on Friday. Boston police and fire department personnel responded to 190 Longwood Ave. around 10 a.m., which led to the deployment of a hazardous material team and the temporary evacuation of the building, officials said. “We found the person deceased in the third-floor laboratory on arrival,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “We then backed out and treated the situation as a haz-mat [team] because there were chemicals in the laboratory.” He said firefighters determined the air quality was in normal limits and they proceeded to conduct a decontamination of the body. MacDonald said the body of the man was removed by the medical examiner, who will seek to determine a cause and time of death...."
Time to check your wallet:
"The US economy began 2017 with a whimper — though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated....."
Are you tired of the endle$$ lies yet? I know I am.
"U.S. stocks made the tiniest of gains Friday as media companies and sellers of beauty products and food ticked higher. Major indexes added to their winning streak and record highs. Stocks spent the day flipping back and forth between small gains and losses....."
All within the same paper, too!
Time to go to work:
"Visa shortage leaves Cape tourist businesses scrambling" by Katie Johnston Globe Staff May 26, 2017
With the unofficial kickoff of the summer season upon them, employers on the Cape and Islands are scrambling to make up for a shortage of foreign workers.
If more workers aren’t allowed into the country before the season ramps up in July, employers worry that they may have to close sections of their hotels and restaurants, cut back their hours, or shut down earlier than usual in the fall. And if the shortage leads to long lines or unhappy customers, the financial fallout could be severe.
Stay away from the Cape this summer.
Unlike the previous year, Congress last fall failed to reauthorize an exemption that removes returning foreign workers from the annual H-2B visa cap of 66,000. A low unemployment rate also means fewer Americans are in need of work, which is driving more employers to seek foreign help.
I hope you can see why this is no longer working for me.
Employers stress that Americans don’t want to wash dishes, scrub toilets, and mow lawns, jobs often done by foreign employees. High school and college students fill many of the seasonal jobs, but they often can’t start until June and have to leave before Labor Day.
They aren't humble enough, and this lazy American kid crap they peddle every year has become so old it's a dry turd. You see what is the plan!
Also see: 21st-Century $lavery
Hey, it's another MIXED ME$$AGE!
Foreign workers, on the other hand, come in April and stay through the increasingly important “shoulder season” in the fall, and are often the most experienced and dependable workers, employers say. They’re here to make money— not go to the beach — and are willing to put in long days.
YUP! They are more $lavi$h than social-media obsessed Amurkn kids.
I though the Globe was you kids' friend, unlike me, but look at how they just in$ulted you.
Foreign worker visas have become a “political football,” said Patrick O’Neill, a principal at Public Strategies Washington Inc., a public affairs firm that represents a coalition of seasonal businesses in New England. Labor groups on the left are wary of them, contending they depress wages and can lead to worker abuse. Some groups on the right don’t like them because they bring in foreigners who may stay on illegally.
And, with increased anti-immigrant rhetoric from President Trump, no one wants to appear to be on the wrong side of the “Buy American, Hire American” mind-set.
I gotta tell ya', that guy is a great catch-all for blame.
You got a problem?
So where you gonna stay this summer?
"Will housing prices push young workers out of Boston?" by Tim Logan Globe Staff May 26, 2017
Moving to a cheaper neighborhood. Downsizing to a smaller apartment. Piling in with more roommates. Those are the steps young adults have long taken to live in Boston’s pricey housing markets.
But what happens when that gets old, when the huge population of millennials wants to settle down and spread out? Will they have to leave Massachusetts?
That’s the question raised by a new survey of millennials from The Boston Foundation that found more than 70 percent are “dissatisfied” with the local housing market.
The study raises the prospect of the region losing a crucial portion of its workforce when they get to the age where they want kids and the financial stability that comes with homeownership.
Well, they can always bring in more H1s, H2s, whatever.
“Our future prosperity depends in no small part on our ability to support our millennial population,” said Boston Foundation president Paul Grogan. “While our city is thriving in many ways, this survey of young adults in Boston surfaces some deep anxieties.”
First among them is the cost of living here. Despite the addition of thousands of new apartments largely aimed at younger renters, millennials surveyed by The Boston Foundation ranked housing affordability as their biggest concern about life in Boston.
Many of those apartments are expensive — studios at $2,500-a-month are par for the course. The new supply is beginning to curb rents, but has done little to ease the home-ownership market, where historically-low inventory has driven prices steadily upward.
And yet the Globe is constantly telling us what a great real e$tate market is Bo$ton. It's a rigged market because real e$tate evaluations are what undergirds the stock market.
“People want to buy a house and raise a family and stay in this city long-term,” said Luc Schuster, who conducted the survey for The Boston Foundation. “But they’re concerned about whether they’ll be able to. The costs have just gone up so much.”
Even with relatively comfortable incomes in Boston, there’s only so much money to go around....
More like up.
"TelexFree promoter agrees to repay $1.8 million" by Beth Healy Globe Staff May 26, 2017
A once-prominent promoter of the TelexFree Inc. Ponzi scheme has agreed to pay more than $1.8 million to settle civil charges over his role in the global $3 billion fraud.
Sanderley Rodrigues de Vasconcelos, known widely as Sann Rodrigues, of Davenport, Fla., was ordered in federal court in Boston to transfer assets to benefit TelexFree victims, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday.
Business partner, Carlos Wanzeler, remains a fugitive in Brazil, having fled the United States in 2014, as federal authorities closed in on the fraud. On Friday, Brazilian authorities accused Wanzeler and his extended family in Brazil, as well as TelexFree business partner Carlos Costa, of laundering $55 million in dozens of transactions.
In settling the SEC’s charges, Rodrigues admitted he was a promoter of TelexFree, appearing at TelexFree-sponsored public events and gatherings at hotels and resorts to get participants to open accounts that promised big investment returns. He also admitted that he appeared in promotional videos posted on YouTube, the SEC said.
The TelexFree bankruptcy trustee, who is processing the largest number of claims ever in a fraud case, is expected to have about $167 million to distribute to victims, a sliver of the total losses....
What, not enough money to go around?!!
I'm actually close to current on Brazil, and I know the president is in trouble now.
Now if you will excu$e me, I'm going to hit the beach!
Now for a quick in:
"A Jamaica Plain man was arrested in Mattapan Thursday evening for illegal possession of a gun and of bags containing marijuana that he had stored in a Batman backpack, according to Boston Police. Police officers spotted what appeared to be a drug deal underway inside a car parked in the area of Washington Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement on the Boston Police website. “The officers set up surveillance on the vehicle and its operator and over the course of the surveillance observed what they believed was a drug transaction,” Boston Police said in the statement on bpdnews.com. Officers ran the car’s license plate number and became suspicious that the driver, Derek Khalil Gaines-Green, 21, might have been in possession of a gun, police said....."
"Alabama’s quest to kill an inmate who spent decades on death row became a high-stakes game of beat the clock after the US Supreme Court finally cleared the way for his execution...."
A man's life is a game?
Same up here, but the bears got a stay:
"N.H. governor vows wandering bears won’t be killed" by Nestor Ramos Globe Staff May 26, 2017
Maureen Clark, a bear trainer at Clark’s Trading Post, where trained black bears do tricks for spectators, said, “If it wasn’t for humans, this story wouldn’t even be told.”
Nobody is blaming the bears. Timmins said the bears broke bad because some in town continually failed to secure their garbage or bring in their bird feeders during the winter months. Gradually, the bears — the sow has been a Hanover resident for years — got used to the idea of foraging in dumpsters.
Still blaming the bears, huh? They "broke bad."
For some, the human roots of the bears’ problems drove objections to killing them.
For me it was the simple fact that they are a sentient life form, deserving of respect with as much right to exist on this planet as you!
“My personal feeling is that the peaceful relationship the bears have established with the residents is long-standing,” said Mary Holland, a nature writer and photographer who lives nearby. “I feel that it is immoral to decide to destroy the bears because of a few humans’ negligence.”
Timmins and others have called for a town ordinance that would fine people who leave their garbage cans unprotected. Such a proposal would not take effect for some time, a town official said, and may not be effective in an area where many college students live off campus....
You #%@&!! kids!!!!
The horses may not be so lucky:
"Wild horses could be sold for slaughter or euthanized under Trump budget" by Karin Brulliard Washington Post May 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management spends about $50 million a year to house and feed more than 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals.
Another 73,000 of the animals roam freely across the western states, producing foals and grazing on public lands that conservation groups say are quickly deteriorating.
It’s an escalating equine-population problem, and the fiscal 2018 budget President Trump proposed this week suggests a solution: using ‘‘humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.’’
The change could lead to sales of wild horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada, as well as to the culling of herds, to address what the bureau calls an ‘‘unsustainable’’ situation.
So what happens when our global and government ma$ters decide it is we, the humans, who need to be culled because population is unsustainable?
That's the thought process of the people ruling over you (and let's face it, the ma$$ media and pre$$ is all of, by, and for them, while they laugh in our faces).
But it has been condemned by horse and other animal advocacy groups, some of which have consistently resisted efforts to impose limits on an icon of the American West that has been federally protected since 1971.
‘‘President Trump promised to return government to the people, and we trust that he meant it,’’ said Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign. ‘‘America can’t be great if these national symbols of freedom are destroyed.’’
Oh, he's broken all those by now.
The Trump plan notes that the BLM’s wild horse and burro budget has quadrupled since 2000, from $20.4 million then to $80.4 million in 2017, and that most of the money goes to care for animals in taxpayer-funded corrals.
I wrote SO? in the margin of my paper.
The military is getting another $54 BILLION, the corporate welfare is in the billions, there is all this money going to things I don't want or need, so I'm more than willing to shell out a mere $80 million to care for the horses.
You know, the priorities of this government are so bass ackwards (unless you are Israel and the parasitic MIC) it's become nothing but a fetid and rank carcass of corruption.
The proposed budget aims to save $10 million annually by selling some of those animals and by reducing roundups and horse and burro birth-control programs.
The use of euthanasia and sales to manage the population is not a new idea: The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act permits the interior secretary to remove older and unadoptable animals by those methods. But for much of the past three decades, Congress has used annual appropriations bill riders to prohibit the killing of healthy animals or ‘‘sale that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.’’
While it is unclear whether lawmakers would now be willing to lift the prohibition, an aide on the House Appropriations Committee said the request would be considered.
Although the last US horse slaughterhouse closed in 2007, meat processing plants in Mexico and Canada slaughter tens of thousands of domestic American horses each year for export to Europe and Asia. And despite the congressional ban, some wild horses sold to private buyers have been slaughtered anyway.
In November 2015, federal investigators found that a Colorado rancher to whom the government had sold 1,794 mustangs sold them to slaughterhouses in Mexico.
As the wild horses and burros, which have no natural predators, have increased in numbers, officials and conservation groups say they have depleted the amount of forage food and water available to native species in the West. That, in turn, has increased the risk of widespread starvation and thirst among these herds and wild animals on public lands.
Wild-horse advocates counter that the bureau is pandering to ranchers who view the horses as competition on public range land also used for cattle grazing.
Meanwhile, adoptions by the public — the bureau’s primary program for reducing the population in government corrals — have not increased with the population.
The budget proposal comes eight months after the bureau’s wild horse and burro advisory board sparked an uproar among wild-horse advocates by recommending euthanasia or sales for the animals.
Subsequent false reports about a looming government plan to kill 45,000 wild horses prompted the BLM, then under the Obama administration, to deny it.
Or were they a government trial balloon that was leaked?
Some board members said their recommendation was made, in part, to shock Congress into doing something about a problem they believe is spiraling out of control.
That does it!
Like I said yesterday, I'm tired of being manipulated by over-the-top hyperbole and pre$$ yelling CRISIS, CRISIS, CRISIS throughout its pages.
Related: Trump budget imperils Superfund cleanup
No complaints from them regarding the Port of Boston, and they buried Hanford quick, didn't they? Not something they are ob$e$$ed with, obviou$ly.
"Boston man charged with human trafficking" by Andrew Grant Globe Correspondent May 26, 2017
A Boston man was charged with trafficking a minor and two women across state lines where he allegedly forced them to perform sex for money he kept for himself, federal authorities said.
Corey Smith, 35, has been indicted on one count of transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution, sex trafficking by force or coercion, and one count of transportation of an individual for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, federal authorities said.
Smith allegedly trafficked the minor and the two women between Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut where they would have sex for money that Smith would retain, according to Acting US Attorney for Massachusetts, William D. Weinreb’s office.
One woman, a minor, was allegedly trafficked between the three states from January to March 2015. An adult woman was also brought to those states from November 2014 to June 2015 and allegedly forced into prostitution by Smith, prosecutors said....
Maybe they wanted it?
Where did he think he was, Chicago?
"Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in ‘80s" Associated Press May 26, 2017
DALLAS — A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time.
That's a nice way to lay a bunch of unsolved cases at her feet and clear out the files.
During Genene Jones’ time working in hospitals and clinics in San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas, children died of unexplained seizures and other complications.
At a news conference Friday in San Antonio, District Attorney Nico LaHood said investigators believe Jones may have killed some or all of those children because they died under unusual circumstances during or shortly after her shifts.
Reminds me of Misery.
It’s not clear why Jones’ actions, involving so many suspected victims, were not detected earlier. But Sam Millsap, a previous district attorney in Bexar County, told KSAT-TV in 2013 that medical records at the San Antonio hospital at one point were accidently destroyed, hampering efforts by investigators to prove their suspicions....
Really hits you in the heart, doesn't it?
"McConnell was right on health care bill" by Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear New York Times May 27, 2017
WASHINGTON —Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, faces an increasingly onerous math problem. He can afford to lose only two Republicans if he is to get a bill through the Senate, but at least three senators in the party are diametrically opposed to the views of at least another three, so the path to agreement is narrow.
Republicans are roughly split over whether the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act should be rolled back or continued, at least in the short run. The challenges facing Senate Republicans are so great that overhauling the tax code is starting to look easier by comparison.
And yet the Globe has been writing scare articles surrounding the programs the last two weeks based on the House bill that was passed.
This week, the normally circumspect McConnell conceded that it was going to be difficult to get the votes needed from Republicans to pass a health care bill. Most Republicans in Congress would like to keep their vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but they face a more urgent challenge: to stabilize insurance markets that, in some states, are in danger of melting down next year.
Every week brings word of insurers seeking big rate increases or announcing plans to pull out of another market in 2018....
You know who you never read about? Trump's mother.
"Solange backs out of Boston Calling performance" by Jacob Geanous Globe Correspondents May 27, 2017
The Memorial Day weekend event opened under cool, gray skies as thousands of fans were greeted by heightened security. Boston Calling — a name inspired by the classic Clash album “London Calling” — is being held just days after a terrorist suicide bomber killed 22 people, and injured dozens more, at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
While officials said there was no threat to Boston, security was stepped up for the event, which relocated to Allston from City Hall Plaza this year.
Now that you feel safe I'll meet you out front.
Boston police, fire, and emergency workers patrolled the perimeter of the complex. A SWAT team truck was parked with the performers’ tour busses. Hazmat crews swept the stadium with meters to detect any dangerous materials in the crowd.
“[The meters] pick up everything including radiation and chemicals ,” said Dennis Costa, Boston District Chief in charge of special operations. “It’s a life safety precaution.”
Some concert-goers said the increased security put their minds at ease.
“The seem very vigilant,” said Michael Burton, 38, also of Cambridge, who attended with Brierly. “I think it’s a very comforting presence.”
YUP. Embracing the total surveillance tyranny.
Yeah, Migos was a better choice than Solange, the sister of superstar Beyonce, to warm up the crowd for the night’s headline performer, Chance The Rapper, and could we please have a moment of silence for the sacrifice.
"Measles starts out like a bad cold, with cough, high fever, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. A few days later, a red blotchy rash starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Symptoms usually appear five to 21 days after exposure. Measles spreads through the air when infected people cough and sneeze...."
I hate to say it, but that's what comes with being a sanctuary city.
So have you been vaccinated?
"Duterte warns of ‘contamination’ by Islamic State group" by Jim Gomez Associated Press May 26, 2017
ILIGAN, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of ‘‘contamination’’ by the Islamic State.
Isn't there a vaccine for that?
The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been under siege by ISIS-linked militants since a government raid Tuesday night on a suspected hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists.
The raid went awry and gunmen swept through the streets, fending off government forces and taking over large parts of the city. Duterte imposed martial law on the southern third of the nation earlier this week as the battles continued.
At least 44 people have died in the fighting, including 31 militants and 11 soldiers, officials say. It was not immediately clear whether civilians were among the dead. The violence has forced thousands of people to flee and raised fears of growing extremism.
So this is the way the U.S. is going to destabilize and depose Duterte, huh?
Duterte told soldiers in Iligan, a city near Marawi, that he had long feared that ‘‘contamination by ISIS’’ loomed in the country’s future, using the acronym for the Islamic State.
‘‘You can say that ISIS is here already,’’ he said.
He gave his troops a free hand to wrest control of Marawi.
‘‘You can arrest any person, search any house without warrant,’’ said Duterte, who has allowed extrajudicial killings of thousands of people in his crackdown on illegal drugs.
Still, he offered dialogue to militants who are not on the streets fighting.
‘‘We can still talk about it,’’ Duterte said. ‘‘But those who are out-and-out terrorists, and you cannot be convinced to stop fighting, so be it. Let us fight.’’
I like this guy, sorry. He's direct. No BS.
Hapilon is hiding out in the city under the protection of gunmen who are desperately trying to find a way to ‘‘extricate’’ him, the country’s military chief said.
‘‘Right now, he is still inside [the city],’’ General Eduardo Ano said. ‘‘We cannot just pinpoint the particular spot.’’
He said Hapilon suffered a stroke after a government airstrike wounded him in January.
Ano predicted that the military operation will take about a week as soldiers go house to house to clear the city of militants.
‘‘We will make this their cemetery,’’ he said. ‘‘We have to finish this.’’
In a sign that the longstanding problem of militancy in the south could be expanding, Solicitor General Jose Calida said foreigners were fighting alongside the gunmen in Marawi, including Indonesians and Malaysians.
Ah, the U.S-backed mercenaries have come from.... Iraq, Syria, Libya?
Ano also said foreign fighters were believed to be inside, but he was more cautious. ‘‘We suspect that but we’re still validating,’’ he said.
With much of Marawi a no-go zone, confusion reigned. One local police chief said on Friday that he was fine — two days after Duterte announced he had been beheaded by militants.
Police Chief Romeo Enriquez said there may have been confusion because his predecessor in Malabang, a town near Marawi, was killed in the fighting on Tuesday, although he was not beheaded.
Enriquez has been in the job for about two months.
Witnesses say gunmen were flying black flags of the Islamic State. Authorities were working to determine the condition of a Catholic priest and worshipers who were taken hostage by gunmen earlier this week.
Hapilon, an Islamic preacher, is a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.
Britain says it has ‘large part’ of Manchester bomber’s network
I sock of reading cover story crap regarding staged and scripted fictions, sorry.
Tillerson says US takes ‘full responsibility’ for leaks during Manchester probes
And don't worry; the two eyes are still watching and sharing despite the show.
"At least 28 killed in ambush attack on Christians in Egypt" by Hamza Hendawi Associated Press May 26, 2017
CAIRO — Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya.
Yeah, maybe. Or it is an excuse for Egypt to fulfill its role as regional enforcer.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced the retaliatory action hours after the bus was filled with machine-gun fire on a remote desert road in Minya by suspected Islamic State militants riding in three SUVs.
‘‘What you’ve seen today will not go unpunished. An extremely painful strike has been dealt to the bases. Egypt will never hesitate to strike terror bases anywhere,’’ Sissi said in a televised address to the nation.
He also appealed to President Trump to lead the global war against terror.
The ambush of the bus was the fourth deadly attack against the country’s Christians since December. The dead included two girls, ages 2 and 4, local officials said. Twenty-two others were reported wounded.
Trump, in Italy on his first trip abroad as president, blamed the bloodshed on a ‘‘thuggish ideology’’ and said it should bring nations together to crush ‘‘evil organizations of terror.’’
Senior Egyptian officials said fighter jets targeted bases in eastern Libya of the Shura Council, an Islamist militia known to be linked to Al Qaeda, not the Islamic State. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.
The bus attack deepens the woes of the majority-Muslim nation, where Sissi’s government is struggling not only to crush a burgeoning Islamic insurgency but to revive the battered economy.
The country’s Christians have complained that the government is not doing enough to protect them from Islamic extremists, and hundreds of them reacted to the bus attack by staging angry street protests in two provincial cities, destroying at least six cars, and briefly cutting off railway lines.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the ambush, which came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State.
Now I'm getting that same old false flag stink!
Arab TV stations showed images of a bus ridden with bullet holes, with many of its windows shattered and bloodstains on the seats. Bodies lay on the ground, some covered with black plastic sheets. Children could be heard screaming hysterically in the background.
Unfortunately, that doesn't prove anything anymore.
The war pre$$ citing some video on TV?
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the death toll stood at 28 and could rise.
The government is likely to further tighten security around churches, monasteries, schools, and pilgrimages to remote Christian sites, which may be suspended, the officials said.
Sissi’s government is in the midst of an ambitious and politically sensitive reform program to resuscitate the economy. The program has sent the cost of food and services soaring, feeding popular discontent. A new wave of increases for fuel and electricity is widely expected this summer.
Then this attack, whatever it is, will certainly DISTRACT from ALL THAT and allow HARSHER SECURITY!
Last month, Sissi declared a three-month state of emergency after twin suicide bombings that struck two churches north of Cairo on Palm Sunday. In December, a suicide bomber targeted a Cairo church. The three attacks, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, left at least 75 people dead.
Yeah, every time the government needs to ramp things up.... boom, ISIS obliges!!!!!
After a visit to Egypt last month by Pope Francis, the Islamic State vowed to escalate attacks against Christians and urged Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and Western embassies.
They Islamic crazies didn't attack the Pontiff, 'eh?
On Wednesday, Egypt blocked access to nearly two dozen websites it said were sympathetic to militants or spreading their ideology.
I'm sure that is, once again, Trump's fault.
Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian community, account for about 10 percent of the country’s 93 million people.
Christians rallied behind Sissi, the former head of Egypt’s military, in 2013 when he ousted his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood....
Yeah, he came to power in a coup, and regardless of what you thought of Morsi he WAS A DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED LEADER (who happened to be very sympathetic to the Palestinian cause)!
Meanwhile, on the ground in Libya....
"Heavy fighting between rival militias erupts in the Libyan capital" by Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post May 26, 2017
TRIPOLI, Libya — Heavy clashes erupted between rival militias in the Libyan capital Friday in the latest sign of the North African oil-producer’s fragility despite efforts by Western and regional powers to bring stability.
After they destabilized the place by overthrowing Khadafy.
(Blog editor shaking head)
Large explosions and intense gunfire could be heard across the city, emanating from southeast Tripoli, apparently from the vicinity of the Rixos Hotel, a well-known landmark in the capital.
The violence, arriving before the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan this weekend, began around 8 a.m., and was continuing through the morning.
I'm curious to see how much coverage -- and what kind -- my Jewi$h war pre$$ will give Ramadan this year. I suspect they will ignore much of it unless something tragic happens.
It’s unclear which forces are battling each other, but the tensions appear to be between militias aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord or GNA, and those belonging to its rival, the self-declared National Salvation government, according to security sources.
Either way, I suspect the U.S. is backing both sides. They do that a lot.
And while you were not looking:
"Strikes in Syria reportedly kill 35" by Bassem Mroue and Dominique Soguel Associated Press May 26, 2017
BEIRUT — A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and a monitoring group reported Friday, as the UN human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating attacks against the Islamic State group in the country.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s comments came hours after airstrikes on the Islamic State-held eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, where airstrikes Thursday night killed dozens, many of them family members of Islamic State fighters.
Oh, well, if they were family members of the terrorists they are fair game for Trump (didn't backtrack on that one, did he?). I wonder what he thinks of his own family and how they are being treated.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes were conducted by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. It added that the airstrikes began around sunset Thursday as people were heading to mosques for evening prayers and continued until the early hours of Friday.
‘‘The same civilians who are suffering indiscriminate shelling and summary executions by ISIL, are also falling victim to the escalating airstrikes, particularly in the northeastern governorates of’’ Raqqa and Deir el-Zour, al-Hussein said in a statement from Geneva, using another acronym for the Islamic State. ‘‘Unfortunately, scant attention is being paid by the outside world to the appalling predicament of the civilians trapped in these areas.’’
The airstrikes came as the US military said it killed three Islamic State fighters in attacks in Syria and Iraq over the past month.
The Observatory later said a total of 106 people have been killed in Mayadeen since Thursday evening, including Islamic State fighters and 42 children.
These people aren't terrorists; they are simply an indigenous population standing in the way of EUSrael hegemony.
The monitoring group said among the 106 were 80 people who perished when a four-story building housing families of Islamic State fighters from Syria and north Africa was destroyed in an airstrike. More than 20, including 10 Islamic State fighters, were killed in other airstrikes that hit the municipality building, among other places.
Syria’s state news agency SANA also said 35 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in the airstrikes, also blaming the coalition.
So as we get article after article about Trump and his trip, the slaughter in his name continues unabated.
"Taliban kill at least 15 at Afghan army outpost in Kandahar" by Taimoor Shah and Mujib Mashal New York Times May 26, 2017
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban besieged an Afghan army outpost early Friday and during hours of fighting killed at least 15 soldiers and wounded five, officials said, adding to a string of recent attacks in the strategically vital province of Kandahar.
While Kandahar had remained relatively safe over the past few years, even as provinces around it felt the pressure of a Taliban resurgence, the insurgents seem to be focusing again on the province. Kandahar served as the Taliban founder’s seat of power when the movement controlled Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
And the U.S. had no problem with that; it wasn't until they destroyed the poppy fields and blocked the oil and gas pipelines that the inside job of 9/11 had to be engineered and laid at OBL's feet.
Officials are reporting an uptick in Taliban attacks in the province since the launch of their new offensive last month, with as many as eight of the province’s districts facing sporadic assaults.
A trend of heavy casualties among the Afghan security forces seems to be continuing this year, after record losses last year: more than 6,000 killed and more than 12,000 wounded in a largely defensive effort. The situation has alarmed the US-led NATO coalition, which has about 13,000 troops here to support and train the Afghan forces.
General John W. Nicholson, the commander of the coalition forces in Afghanistan, 8,400 of which are American, has requested an additional few thousand troops to help the mission. Not even the US surge of forces starting in 2009, involving more than 100,000 troops, was able to end the insurgency. Now, analysts believe the proposed troop increase would, at best, help prevent the Taliban from gaining further initiative and send the message that negotiation would be the only way out of the long war here.
I suspect the Taliban have adopted the attitude that the Vietnamese did. One day, some day, we will leave.
The more times change....
President Trump has yet to make a decision on increasing the number of troops, with his administration split on the military’s recommendation. The matter was one of the topics of discussions as NATO leaders met in Brussels on Thursday, where other NATO partners are also expected to contribute additional troops.
“We reviewed our training mission in Afghanistan, and we agreed that we will continue to sustain our mission,” said Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general. “I welcome that several allies came forward today with new troop contributions. And on the basis of our review, we will take further decisions in the coming weeks.”
You know what is the solution, right?
Time to take the dog out for a walk:
"Pretending your pet is a service animal? That could soon be illegal" by Sacha Pfeiffer Globe Staff March 16, 2017
It’s become a sneaky way to bring house pets into stores, restaurants, airplanes, and other places where four-legged creatures are usually banned: buy a service animal vest and — voila! — take Fido with you as you’re shopping, eating out, or catching a flight.
Pretending your dog is a service animal is a harmless ruse, right?
Wrong, disability advocates say. And in Massachusetts it could soon be against the law.
To crack down on the growing problem of fake service dogs, state legislators are considering a bill that would make it a civil offense to misrepresent a pet as a service animal.
Are you sh**ting me?
For the unscrupulous, it’s a startlingly easy scheme: buy a no-questions-asked service dog vest, cape, “official certificate,” or “instant ID” online for as little as 99 cents. You can even “register” your dog for free.
Problem is, there is no official service dog registry, and service animals are not required to have special equipment, documentation, or even formal training....
Well, they will just have to create another bureaucratic agency to watch over the dogs, and I'm sure they can fill it with friends.
Don't forget to pick up his poo.
I know I'm forgetting something, but what?