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A camel sat on a woman at a Louisiana truck stop, so she bit its testicles, cops
« Reply #14130 on: September 23, 2019, 05:15:32 AM »
So, a woman walks into a camel enclosure...

It sounds like a joke, but this story out of Louisiana is anything but.

A Florida truck driver and her husband stopped at Tiger Truck Stop — a truck stop known for exhibiting exotic animals — in Grosse Tete, where they let their deaf dog out of the truck for a rest break, The Advocate reported. But the dog ran off.

The woman chased the dog, following it into a barbed wire pen belonging to Caspar, a camel who lives at the truck stop, WAFB reported.

Police say the dog was chasing treats the woman’s husband had thrown into Caspar’s pen, The Advocate reported.

The woman tried to catch the dog, likely disrupting Caspar, who plopped right down on top of the woman “nearly crushing her,” WBRZ reported.

Camels can weight up to 1,100 pounds, according to the San Diego Zoo.

So how did she escape? She bit the camel’s testicles, WBRZ reported.

“I bit his balls to get him off of me, I bit his testicles to get him off of me,” she told police, according to The Advocate.

She was taken to an area hospital, but her condition is unknown, WAFB reported. No serious injuries to the camel were reported.

Caspar the Camel has lived at the truck stop since last summer when the truck stop’s previous and eponymous pet, Tony the tiger, was put down following kidney failure and other health issues, WAFB reported. Previously, Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin said he hoped to bring in more animals to build a children’s petting zoo.

“The camel has never been aggressive, the camel has never gotten out, never caused any issues.” Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr. said, according to The Advocate. “In fact, the husband and wife stated before that we’ve been here before and we’ve never had any problems.”

The couple was cited for trespassing and violating area leash laws, the news outlet reported.

https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article235366162.html
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 Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, ceased trading on Monday morning with immediate effect and cancelled all future flights following a year of heavy financial losses.

Reports in the British media suggest that the total number of European passengers stranded is 500,000, with 350,000 Germans believed to have been affected by the travel company’s collapse.
(MORE: Oil prices jump by 20% after weekend attacks on Saudi facility)

Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, announced that the UK government’s official receiver had taken over the company this morning, after months of negotiations to save the 178-year-old business collapsed Monday.

“I know that this outcome will be devastating to many people and will cause a lot of anxiety, stress and disruption,” he told reporters. “First, I want to apologise to my 21,000 colleagues, who I know will be heartbroken. You all fought so hard to make Thomas Cook a success. Secondly, I would like to say sorry to all our customers, those who are on holiday with us now, and those who have booked with us in the coming months.”

 The U.K. government announced that there were over 150,000 people who were scheduled to return to Britain over the next two weeks. A joint operation between the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority and the government has been launched, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, which has seen dozens of chartered planes hired to return customers home free of charge from Monday.

The Transport Secretary, lawmaker Grant Shapps, said that Thomas Cook’s collapse was “very sad news for staff and holidaymakers.”

 “But the task is enormous, the biggest peacetime repatriation in U.K. history,” he said in a statement. “So, there are bound to be problems and delays. Please try to be understanding with the staff who are trying to assist in what is likely to be a very difficult time for them as well.”

The total cost of Operation Matterhorn is expected to reach $124 million, roughly double the cost of the last major repatriation involving a collapsing travel business, when Monarch Airlines ceased trading in 2017.

The government said that Thomas Cook’s financial problems were “substantial, long-standing and well documented,” and financial assistance would not have been enough to keep the company afloat. The BBC report that the government were asked to bail out the company with $310,000,000, which they refused.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/500000-people-vacation-stranded-worlds-oldest-travel-company/story?id=65795375
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Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, ceased trading on Monday morning with immediate effect and cancelled all future flights following a year of heavy financial losses.

Reports in the British media suggest that the total number of European passengers stranded is 500,000, with 350,000 Germans believed to have been affected by the travel company’s collapse.
(MORE: Oil prices jump by 20% after weekend attacks on Saudi facility)

Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, announced that the UK government’s official receiver had taken over the company this morning, after months of negotiations to save the 178-year-old business collapsed Monday.

“I know that this outcome will be devastating to many people and will cause a lot of anxiety, stress and disruption,” he told reporters. “First, I want to apologise to my 21,000 colleagues, who I know will be heartbroken. You all fought so hard to make Thomas Cook a success. Secondly, I would like to say sorry to all our customers, those who are on holiday with us now, and those who have booked with us in the coming months.”

 The U.K. government announced that there were over 150,000 people who were scheduled to return to Britain over the next two weeks. A joint operation between the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority and the government has been launched, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, which has seen dozens of chartered planes hired to return customers home free of charge from Monday.

The Transport Secretary, lawmaker Grant Shapps, said that Thomas Cook’s collapse was “very sad news for staff and holidaymakers.”

 “But the task is enormous, the biggest peacetime repatriation in U.K. history,” he said in a statement. “So, there are bound to be problems and delays. Please try to be understanding with the staff who are trying to assist in what is likely to be a very difficult time for them as well.”

The total cost of Operation Matterhorn is expected to reach $124 million, roughly double the cost of the last major repatriation involving a collapsing travel business, when Monarch Airlines ceased trading in 2017.

The government said that Thomas Cook’s financial problems were “substantial, long-standing and well documented,” and financial assistance would not have been enough to keep the company afloat. The BBC report that the government were asked to bail out the company with $310,000,000, which they refused.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/500000-people-vacation-stranded-worlds-oldest-travel-company/story?id=65795375

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Physics professor shares importance of Navy confirming UFO videos
« Reply #14133 on: September 23, 2019, 06:09:36 PM »
 Last week the Navy confirmed some declassified military videos posted online supposedly showing UFOs are authentic. The clips were taken aboard a U.S. Navy fighter jet in 2004 and 2015.

Greg Ojakangas, Associate Professor of Physics at Drury University, has three key points about these UFOs:
Occam’s Razor

    The principle (attributed to William of Occam) that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary, according to the Google Dictionary.
    “Which says the most likely explanation is the simplest one. The simplest explanation is no, it’s not beings from insanely distant places. There’s probably a simpler explanation.”

Numerous Credible Accounts

    Many pilots, form the Navy fighter jets to even passenger airline pilots, have seen weird phenomenon while in the sky, according to Ojakangas
    “They have these visual encounters and they say it’s a vehicle and it’s something that moves way faster than any technology that’s even close to what people have right now.”

Aliens are ‘Plausible’

    Ojakangas says that we now know that basically every star has an Earth-like planet orbiting it like how we orbit the sun. He even says the next closest star to us, Proxima Centauri, has an Earth-like planet in its orbit.
    “Most scientists would say chances are enormous that there’s life on other worlds, cause there are countless, countless worlds. Why would our world be the only one that has anything on it?”

Greg says, as a scientist and man of faith, that it would be a waste of space if we were the only planet with life on it. He says if these UFO’s are the real deal, the aliens would have to travel for with speeds and energy beyond what we can conceive.
Did You Know?

The videos were released over a period of four months in 2017 and 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences.

To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a “public benefit corporation that was established in 2017 as a revolutionary collaboration between academia, industry and pop culture to advance society’s understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications,” according to the organizations’ website.

One of the co-founders of the company, a former Blink 182 frontman and creator of Angels and Airwaves, Tom Delonge shared the news at a concert in St. Louis Sunday night.

https://www.ozarksfirst.com/local-news/physics-professor-shares-importance-of-navy-confirming-ufo-videos/
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Jeff Bezos unveils Amazon's sweeping plan to address climate change
« Reply #14134 on: September 23, 2019, 06:13:39 PM »
As part of the announcement, Amazon has agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle manufacturer Rivian

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a sweeping new plan on Thursday to tackle climate change, committing the retail giant to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule.

He also pledged to measure and report the company’s emissions on a regular basis, implement decarbonization strategies and alter its business strategies to offset remaining emissions.

Bezos expects 80 percent of Amazon’s energy use to come from renewable sources by 2024, up from a current rate of 40 percent, before transitioning to zero emissions by 2030.

“We want to use our scale and our scope to lead the way,” Bezos said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “One of the things we know about Amazon as a role model for this is that it’s a difficult challenge for us because we have deep, large physical infrastructure. So, if we can do this, anyone can do this.”

As part of the announcement, Amazon has agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle manufacturer Rivian.

Bezos said the first electric delivery vans will be on the road by 2021, and he estimates 100,000 vehicles will be deployed by 2024. The move builds on Rivian’s $700 million investment round in February, which was led by Amazon. Amazon has invested $440 million in Rivian, the announcement said.

Amazon will work with companies in its supply chain to help them decarbonize and reach the same goals outlined in the plan. It also plans to meet with other large corporations to get them to sign onto the agreement.

Dara O’Rourke, a senior principal scientist on Amazon’s sustainability team, said the company built a “comprehensive” carbon accounting system that helps it pull data from its various businesses.

“Amazon is as complex as many companies combined,” O’Rourke said. “That forced us to build one of the most sophisticated carbon accounting systems in the world. We had to build a system that had the granular data, but at an Amazon scale.”

Bezos’ plan comes as Amazon faces mounting pressure from employees to address its environmental impact.

At Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting in May, thousands of employees submitted a proposal asking Bezos to develop a comprehensive climate-change plan and reduce its carbon footprint, though it was ultimately rejected. The proposal was built on an employee letter published in April that accused Amazon of donating to climate-delaying legislators and urged the company to transition away from fossil fuels.

Additionally, over 1,000 Amazon employees have said they plan to walk out on Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike, of which Google and Microsoft employees also plan to participate. The employee walkout represents the first strike at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in the company’s 25-year history, according to Wired.

When asked about the employee walkouts, Bezos said that while he doesn’t support all of Amazon employees’ demands, he understands why people are passionate about climate change. Among the specific demands Bezos said he doesn’t support is ending AWS’ cloud contracts with fossil fuel companies.

“The global strike tomorrow, I think it’s totally understandable,” he said. “We don’t want this to be the tragedy of the commons. We all have to work together on this.”

He added that Amazon is committed to looking at its campaign contributions to determine whether they include “active climate deniers.” The company also intends to focus more lobbying efforts in Washington around political solutions to climate change, Bezos said.

The company has taken previous steps to address climate change. In February, Amazon announced it would make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030 by using more eco-friendly packaging, using more renewable energy like wind power, as well as using electric vans for package deliveries. As part of that effort, which it calls “Shipment Zero,” Amazon said it would share its company-wide carbon footprint for the first time later this year.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/jeff-bezos-unveils-amazon-s-sweeping-plan-address-climate-change-n1056406
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A college football fan's sign asking for beer money raised more than $1 million.
« Reply #14135 on: September 23, 2019, 06:30:52 PM »
He's giving it to charity

A college football fan who held up a sign on national TV asking for beer money has raised more than $1 million -- and he's giving it to a children's hospital.
Carson King's sign said "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished," and included his Venmo username.
He displayed it on September 14, during ESPN's "College GameDay," broadcasting from Ames, Iowa, ahead of the matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones.

His phone immediately blew up with notifications from Venmo, King told CNN. Within 30 minutes, the 24-year-old had raised $400.

"I didn't think I would make anything, it all started as a joke," he said.
After speaking with his family, he decided that, minus the cost of one case of Busch Light, he'd give the rest of the money to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.
As word spread of his plans to donate the money, more people decided to contribute. Busch Beer and Venmo even caught wind of his plans, and raised the stakes by pledging to match his contribution.
By Sunday morning, the contributions -- including Busch Beer and Venmo's matches -- had reached $1 million, and were continuing to rise.

Sweetening the pot, Busch said they would send King, now dubbed the "Iowa Legend," a year's supply of Busch Light, and even put his face and name on the cans.

Stead Family Children's Hospital said they were overwhelmed by King's generosity, and the generosity of all the donors who pledged their support.
"We can't think -- our minds are blown by all of this!" the hospital said in a tweet on Saturday. "Thank you to everyone who helped reach this milestone! We're so grateful!

King said he too was ecstatic about reaching the $1 million mark only halfway through the campaign, which will continue through the end of September.
"The University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital does amazing work for kids and families all over the country," he said. "I just wanted to help them out in anyway I could."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/us/carson-king-busch-beer-venmo-trnd/index.html
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Cattle Are Being Mutilated And Killed In Eastern Oregon. No One Is Sure How Or Why.
« Reply #14136 on: September 23, 2019, 06:45:04 PM »
Outside of Pendleton, Oregon, Terry Anderson’s cattle have messed up his irrigation spigots. Again.


Terry Anderson outside of Pendleton, Oregon, fixes his solid-set irrigation lines. Cows love to rub against the spigots and knock them over, he says. Anderson had a cow mysteriously killed on his place back in the 1980s.

The cows knock them down pretty much daily and he has to fix ‘em. He jumps out of his side-by-side vehicle and deftly rights them again or screws on a new spigot if they’re really bad.

“Cows just rub on stuff for the heck of it,” Anderson said with a smile. “They love to scratch.”

Not One Drop Of Blood

Right now in remote Eastern Oregon, a serial crime spree is unfolding. Young purebred bulls are mysteriously showing up dead. Cowboys recently found several animals with body parts precisely removed — and it’s happened just like this before in the West.

It happened to Anderson back in the 1980s, when one of the rancher’s mother cows was mysteriously killed overnight. From his homeplace, Anderson pointed to the exact spot where he found her on top of a mountain. He’s never gotten over it.

Anderson said he had just been near the spot the night before. The next morning, his cow was laid over and dead, her udder removed with something razor-sharp.

“And not one drop of blood anywhere,” Anderson said.
Everything You Do Leaves Tracks

Over 200 miles away — outside Princeton, Oregon — Andie Davies is canning green chili peppers in her remote ranch kitchen. The air smells spicy and warm. She wipes her strong, working hands before giving a shake.

Another cut up and bloodless cow was found two years ago a mile from her homeplace. A hunter discovered the carcass near a water trough just hours after the kill.

Her son, a butcher at the time, inspected the slain animal. He couldn’t understand how the cuts were made so clean.

Davies said she and her husband rode strategic circles around the area with four-wheelers to try and find vehicle tracks, horse tracks, something. They never found any. And in this country, “everything you do leaves tracks,” Davies said.
Silvies Valley Ranch

Over an hour away, north of Burns, Oregon, cowboys whistle and talk low to eager cattle dogs.

Dust from hooves, both cloven and shod, creates a fog in the early light. As they gather the cow-calf pairs out of a large draw, the animals call to each other.

Silvies Valley Ranch is nearly the size of Chicago. This summer, five young purebred bulls were cut down in their prime. Colby Marshall is the vice president of the ranch.

To understand what happened better, we rattled up a two-track U.S. Forest Service road.

“And we’re gonna drive in here,” Marshall said, “oh a little ways and then we’ll get out and take a little walk to where one [of] the bulls was found. And the carcass is still there.”

These animals were found bloodless, with their tongues and genitals precisely removed.


The crumpled carcass of a once vibrant bull lays on Forest Service ground. It was killed along with several others in a strange way at Silvies Valley Ranch in east Oregon, and detectives have few leads.

Coming upon one of the dead bulls is an eerie scene. The forest is hot and still, apart from a raven’s repeating caw. The bull looks like a deflated plush toy. It smells. Weirdly, there are no signs of buzzards, coyotes or other scavengers. His red coat is as shiny as if he was going to the fair.

Marshall said these young animals were just reaching their top value as breeding bulls. Now the animals, worth as much as $7,000 each, and their collective future progeny worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost.

Finding these rangey young Hereford bulls in this remote country can sometimes take the ranch’s experienced cowboys days. Marshall suspects a coordinated effort.

“It’s rugged,” he said. “I mean this is the frontier. … If some person, or persons, has the ability to take down a 2,000-pound range bull, you know, it’s not inconceivable that they wouldn’t have a lot of problems dealing with a 180-pound cowboy.”

Staff are now required to ride in pairs and encouraged to carry firearms.

Alien (And Other) Theories

In Burns, Oregon, Dan Jenkins is a deputy with the Harney County Sheriff’s Office. Jenkins has been working the cattle cases and has received calls from all over.

“A lot of people lean toward the aliens,” Jenkins said. “One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height.”

Jenkins said the cases have been tough, with little evidence and no credible leads. He personally inspected four of the animals. He has a running list on his whiteboard with the top theories.

“Another [person] told us we should run like a Geiger counter type thing around the animal and guarantees that there would be radiation there,” Jenkins said. “And the number one on the list there, he thinks it’s the North Vietnamese army.”

Whatever or whoever the cause, what’s clear is it isn’t bears, wolves, cougars or poisonous plants. Nor were the animals shot.

The FBI won’t confirm or deny it’s looking into the killings.
Little Time To Dwell

Back on Anderson’s spread near Pendleton, Oregon, he’s got his solid-set sprinklers running now.

The spigots hiss and sputter, then click, click.

What happened to his mother cow decades ago and these new cases leaves him with an uneasy feeling.

“But you just go on,” Anderson said. “‘Cause the next day has a lot of projects to get done, too.”

Ranching, after all, leaves little time to dwell.

https://www.opb.org/news/article/eastern-oregon-western-cattle-deaths-mystery-theories/#.XYZlzYpkhxw.twitter
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Greta Thunberg broke down in tears while speaking at the UN Climate Summit
« Reply #14137 on: September 23, 2019, 06:56:11 PM »
'You have stolen my dreams and childhood': Greta Thunberg sobs as she tells world leaders: 'You're still not mature enough to tell it like it is, the eyes of future generations are upon you' - after Trump blithely upstages her at UN Climate Summit

Environment activist Greta Thunberg made a fiery appearance at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday where she broke down in tears while furiously scolding international delegates. 

'I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,' the 16-year-old Swedish activist thundered in her speech at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York.

Thunberg was seen at the UN headquarters Monday morning with an enraged expression on her face as US President Donald Trump upstaged her entrance by walking in flanked by news reporters.

The UN summit convened to have nations make plans to confront global warming and rising fossil fuel emissions.

'There will not be any solution or plans in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you're not mature enough to tell it like it is,' Thunberg, who is usually not as emotional in her speeches, said.

'You are failing us. The young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you.

'And if you choose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you,' she added on the brink of tears.

'Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming whether you like it or not,' she said to uproarious applause.

Thunberg held nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit.

'You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?' she roared.

'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,' she said.

Trump wasn't originally scheduled to attend the summit as he's hosting a session on religious persecution in the same building.

He upstaged Thunberg's entrance into the UN building Monday morning. Video shows the moment Thunberg is seen in the main lobby of the UN Headquarters and is told to stand aside by a security guard as President Trump entered the main doors and walked into the lobby flanked by reporters and cameras.

Thunberg was visible in the background with a livid expression on her face. 

The president stayed at the conference for just 15 minutes.

The summit, entitled 'A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win' and convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seeks to mobilize political and economic energy to advance climate action.

Areas of discussion included energy transition, climate finance, carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action and resilience.

In the meeting Guterres pushed to end new coal plant construction by 2020.

While the United States will not be participating, China, France, Germany, India and Russia and about 70 other countries are expected to make announcements concerning climate change at the Monday summit.

Guterres praised young people like Thunberg for demanding change.

'My generation has failed in its responsibility to protect our planet. That must change. The climate crisis is caused by us, and the solutions must come from us,' he said.

Thunberg continued her cry for environmental change on Monday by filing a complaint with the United Nations along with 15 other children from across the globe, alleging that five of the world's major economies have violated their human rights by not taking action to stop the climate crisis.

The petition, filed shortly after Thunberg's impassioned speech at the summit, names Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey.

'The message that we want to send is that we've had enough,' Thunberg said presenting the complaint on a stage along with her young peers.

The group charge that the countries failed to use their resources 'to prevent the deadly and foreseeable consequences' of the climate crisis.

They say the countries made 'inadequate' pledges to reduce greenhouse gases that are insufficient to keep global temperatures from rising less than two degrees Celsius - the goal set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

A UN science report released Sunday revealed that emissions into the Earth's atmosphere are continuing to surge and G-20 nations are responsible for 80 percent of those emissions, and they're still failing to meet their low targets to reduce climate impact.

The UN estimates there needs to be between a three-fold and five-fold increase in efforts to cut greenhouse gases, to prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

The summit came on the heels of a global Youth Climate Strike on Friday where millions of people around the world protested in streets, parks and plazas to demand faster action to address climate change.

On Saturday, Thunberg appeared at the Youth Climate Action Summit where young leaders from around the world convened to showcase climate solutions.

Thunberg skyrocketed to fame after she started demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament last year, sparking climate protests in her nation.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and traveled to the US by yacht to avoid flying last month.

Just last week she testified before Congress. Instead of giving a speech she submitted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Global Warming as her testimony. 

Greta Thunberg's fiery speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York :

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

You say you “hear” us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that.

The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5C degrees, and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

Maybe 50% is acceptable to you. But those numbers don’t include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of justice and equity. They also rely on my and my children’s generation sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences.

To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5C global temperature rise – the best odds given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world had 420 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide left to emit back on 1 January 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatonnes. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with business-as-usual and some technical solutions. With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone in less than eight and a half years.

There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures today. Because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7495193/Greta-Thunberg-nearly-cries-calls-leaders-stealing-future.html
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Fox News Guest Calls Greta Thunberg ‘Mentally Ill Swedish Child’
« Reply #14138 on: September 24, 2019, 03:26:21 AM »
Right Wing Unleashes on Climate Activist

Throughout the day on Monday, conservatives on television and social media mocked and belittled the 16-year-old climate activist.

The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles joined other conservative pundits and Fox News personalities in openly attacking 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg following her fiery speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, calling the teenager a “mentally ill Swedish child.”

In the wake of Friday’s youth-led Climate Strike, Thunberg blasted U.N. leaders, striking a defiant and angry tone.

“For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away?” Thunberg said. “Because if you really understood the situation and went on failing to act, you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe.”

Appearing on Fox News’ The Story on Monday evening, Knowles joined anchor Harris Faulkner and liberal commentator Christopher Hahn to discuss Monday’s climate protests across the nation as well as Thunberg’s speech. Knowles immediately went after the young climate activist.

“If it were about science it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left,” Knowles said, prompting Faulkner to ask Hahn to respond since he had a “visceral reaction” to the right-wing talker’s comments.

“Yeah, I mean, you’re a grown man and you’re attacking a child—shame on you,” the liberal pundit said. Knowles insisted he was not attacking Thunberg but rather her parents and liberals.

“Relax, skinny boy, I got this,” Hahn shouted. “OK? You’re attacking a child, you’re a grown man!”

As Hahn continued to demand that Knowles “take it back,” the conservative podcaster stood by his remarks, repeating his claim that Thunberg is “mentally ill” while accusing the left of “exploiting a girl with many mental illnesses.” (For the record, Thunberg has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, something she has called her “superpower.”)

The two went back and forth over Knowles’ attack on Thunberg. Faulkner, meanwhile, did not directly address Knowles’ comments, instead refocusing the conversation on another topic.

A Fox News spokesperson provided the following statement to The Daily Beast on Knowles’ remarks: “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful—we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”

Fox News also told The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr that it has no plans to book Knowles again as a guest.

Throughout the day on Monday, conservatives on television and social media mocked and belittled the young climate activist.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-guest-calls-greta-thunberg-mentally-ill-swedish-child-as-right-wing-unleashes-on-climate-activist?ref=home
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Australia uses new technology to catch drivers on phones
« Reply #14139 on: September 24, 2019, 03:30:54 AM »

This Jan. 12, 2019, photo captured by a Mobile Phone Detection Camera and released by Transport for NSW shows a driver using a mobile phone while driving in Australia. Australian state New South Wales is attempting to persuade the public to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Australia’s most populous state was the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls. The government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December, he said.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is attempting to persuade people to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists.

New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said Monday that Australia's most populous state is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls.

Road safety experts are alarmed at the growing prevalence of accidents involving drivers using smartphones on New South Wales roads. Experts say drivers who illegally use phones increase their chances of an accident four-fold.

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Australia uses new technology to catch drivers on phones

by ROD McGUIRK, Associated PressMonday, September 23rd 2019
This Jan. 12, 2019, photo captured by a Mobile Phone Detection Camera and released by Transport for NSW shows a driver using a mobile phone while driving in Australia. Australian state New South Wales is attempting to persuade the public to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Australia’s most populous state was the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls. The government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December, he said. (Transport for NSW via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is attempting to persuade people to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists.

New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said Monday that Australia's most populous state is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls.

Road safety experts are alarmed at the growing prevalence of accidents involving drivers using smartphones on New South Wales roads. Experts say drivers who illegally use phones increase their chances of an accident four-fold.



"There is no doubt drink-driving as far as I'm concerned is on a par with mobile phone use, and that's why we want everyone to be aware that you're going to get busted doing this anytime, anywhere," Constance told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December, he said.

In fact, each unit contains two cameras. One camera photographs a car's registration plate and a second high-set lens looks down through the windscreen and can see what drivers are doing with their hands.

The units use artificial intelligence to exclude drivers who are not touching their phones. Photos that show suspected illegal behavior are referred for verification by human eyes before an infringement notice is sent to the vehicle's registered owner along with a 344 Australian dollar ($232) fine. Some cameras will be permanently fixed on roadsides and others will be placed on trailers and moved around the state.

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by ROD McGUIRK, Associated PressMonday, September 23rd 2019
This Jan. 12, 2019, photo captured by a Mobile Phone Detection Camera and released by Transport for NSW shows a driver using a mobile phone while driving in Australia. Australian state New South Wales is attempting to persuade the public to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Australia’s most populous state was the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls. The government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December, he said. (Transport for NSW via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is attempting to persuade people to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists.

New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said Monday that Australia's most populous state is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls.

Road safety experts are alarmed at the growing prevalence of accidents involving drivers using smartphones on New South Wales roads. Experts say drivers who illegally use phones increase their chances of an accident four-fold.



"There is no doubt drink-driving as far as I'm concerned is on a par with mobile phone use, and that's why we want everyone to be aware that you're going to get busted doing this anytime, anywhere," Constance told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December, he said.

In fact, each unit contains two cameras. One camera photographs a car's registration plate and a second high-set lens looks down through the windscreen and can see what drivers are doing with their hands.

The units use artificial intelligence to exclude drivers who are not touching their phones. Photos that show suspected illegal behavior are referred for verification by human eyes before an infringement notice is sent to the vehicle's registered owner along with a 344 Australian dollar ($232) fine. Some cameras will be permanently fixed on roadsides and others will be placed on trailers and moved around the state.



A six-month trial of two fixed cameras this year checked 8.5 million vehicles and detected more than 100,000 drivers with their hands on phones, including one driver who was using a phone and iPad simultaneously. Another driver had a passenger steer while they both held phones, the government said.

The government wants to expand the program to 135 million checks a year by 2023. New South Wales has 5.2 million registered vehicles.

National Roads and Motorists' Association spokesman Peter Khoury, a leading advocate for road users, accused the government of using stealth to crack down on illegal phone use. While the association supported tougher action against drivers distracted by phones, it wanted signs warning motorists that phone detection cameras were operating in an area, as happens with speed cameras in the state.

Government modeling found that the phone detection cameras could prevent 100 fatal and serious injuries over five years.

The annual state road toll in New South Wales fell by 35 deaths to 354 last year.

Police said more than 16,500 drivers had been fined for illegally using phones so far this year.

Drivers are allowed to use phones in hands-free cradles and through Bluetooth. But it is illegal to touch a phone while driving except to pass it to a passenger. The ban even applies to drivers who are stationary at red lights or stuck in traffic jams.

Constance said his government was relaxing the law to allow drivers to legally pay with their phones at restaurant drive-throughs.

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New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet
« Reply #14140 on: September 24, 2019, 07:24:57 AM »
UNITED NATIONS -- The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists - and preparing speedy responses to future attacks.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the Global Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was established in 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube after terrorist attacks with internet links, is being turned into an independent organization.

The new organization is limited to companies operating internet platforms and services and will be led by an executive director selected by its governing industry-linked Operating Board, Ardern said. An Independent Advisory Committee with a majority of members from civil society and a minority from government and inter-governmental organizations will guide the Operating Board.

Ardern said establishing an independent organization marked "a real sea change to respond to the serious and difficult issue" of extremists who have recruited supporters and streamed attacks online.

The killings of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15 were broadcast live on Facebook, drawing outrage and fueling debate on how to better regulate social media.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the forum's current chair who joined Ardern at Monday's news conference, said "we've shared more than 200,000 digital fingerprints with our partners, because when terrorists try to use one platform, they try to use all platforms.

"And when one of us find them, we can take them down off multiple platforms," she said.

At a gathering in Paris in May, Ardern, French President Emmanuel Macron and others signed the "Christchurch Call," committing to act against terrorist and extremist content online.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose country is among almost 20 nations backing the "Christchurch Call," said at a U.N. meeting before the news conference that the internet must not become "a place to watch mass murder unfold."

He said scientists are working on technology to stop violent attacks from being broadcast live on the internet. The British government says it'll fund data-science experts to work on an algorithm to improve the detection of violent and harmful videos.

Ardern said more countries, organizations and online companies have signed on since May, including Google and Amazon.

The U.S. hasn't joined, citing privacy concerns, and tech firms are struggling with the sheer volume of content.

Ardern said the independent forum's goals include improving the capacity of technology companies to prevent and respond to abuse of their platforms by terrorists and violent extremists, and to fund research on their online operations.

"We're trying to create a civil defense-style mechanism," Ardern said. "The same way we respond to natural emergencies like fires and floods, we need to be prepared and ready to respond to a crisis like the one we experienced."

Sandberg said the fastest-growing internet message platforms are encrypted but people using them often use other platforms that are not, allowing them to be removed from both.

"We can't stop because we're going to have to stay one step ahead, learn from our mistakes, and continue to do all we can over the long-term," Sandberg said.

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Israel Election Results: Gantz Capitulates Without Battle
« Reply #14141 on: September 24, 2019, 07:32:16 AM »
Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, Benny Gantz conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government


Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz at his party's headquarters after exit poll results are announced on the night of the September 2019 election.

Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.

Regrettably, this lame excuse is unconvincing. This move looks like a capitulation without a fight, an admission that the right wing’s long-standing tactic of delegitimizing parties representing Arab society succeeded. Gantz was apparently worried over being portrayed as someone who “depends on the votes of anti-Zionist, terror-supporting Arab citizens,” as the Joint List is described by right-wing politicians and journalists.

Gantz ignored the Joint List’s support for him as the candidate for the prime minister’s job, even though without it he has no chance of forming a coalition. He refrained from discussing the demands posed by the Joint List, responding with disdain (“our platform already addresses these issues”), not trying to even put on a show of trying to prevent the departure of the Balad faction in the Joint List, which refused to recommend him to the president. This leaves him with only 54 Knesset members supporting him, one less than Netanyahu has.

Balad relinquished an unprecedented opportunity to present its positions in the course of political negotiations, hunkering down behind its anti-Zionist ideology that automatically disqualifies cooperation with any party that is not part of the Joint List, from the extreme right to Meretz.

Balad represents a significant position within Arab society, and it’s a good thing it wasn’t disqualified from participating in the election. But by refusing to recommend Gantz, it effectively supports the continued corrupt, inflammatory rule of Netanyahu. Using a cover of ideological purity and listing the wrongs committed by the Zionist movement against Palestinians, from Herzl to Netanyahu, cannot justify such political folly. The bottom line is that they preferred Bibi to [Joint List MK] Tibi.

In contrast to Balad, Gantz can’t, and is not even trying to, justify his concession with ideological reasons. Hollow slogans of “unity” and “conciliation,” accompanied by ostracizing the representatives of 20 percent of Israel’s citizens, place him among a long list of centrist and leftist politicians who folded in the face of hypocritical tests of patriotism posed by the right, allowing Netanyahu to keep holding on.

Obviously, the results make it hard for Gantz to form a coalition and fulfill his promise to replace Netanyahu. But by handing his rival the mandate, he threw away the hopes and expectations of his voters.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/israel-election-results-gantz-capitulates-netanyahu-1.7890333
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In Letter to UN, Scientists Say There Is No Climate Emergency
« Reply #14142 on: September 24, 2019, 06:25:48 PM »
A group of scientists and professionals in climate and related fields sent a letter to the United Nations on Sept. 23 declaring that “there is no climate emergency.”

“The general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose,” the letter, sent to Secretary-General António Guterres, states. “Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions of dollars on the basis of results from such immature models.”

The letter is signed by a number of prominent scientists and professionals from related fields, including atmospheric physicist Richard Lindzen and applied geology professor Alberto Prestininzi. The effort is led by professor Guus Berkhout, a Dutch engineer who served as professor of acoustics, geophysics, and innovation management at Delft University of Technology.

Berkhout intends to release the full list of 500 signatories in Oslo on Oct. 18.

The letter states that current climate policies undermine the economic system and put lives at risk by denying countries affordable energy.

“We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics, and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation,” the letter states.

The letter’s release coincided with the U.N. climate summit in New York. Exemplifying some of the alarmism that prompted the letter, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg told the summit that the planet is in the beginning stage of a “mass extinction.”

At a press briefing accompanying the letter, the scientists point out that the warming projected by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show temperature increases four times higher than the warming that was actually observed.

The IPCC has previously said its climate models can’t be used to accurately predict long-term changes in the climate.

“In sum, a strategy must recognize what is possible. In climate research and modeling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible,” the IPCC’s 2018 report states.

The letter to the U.N. states that the earth’s climate has always varied. The recent increase in global average temperature is no surprise, it says in the letter, considering that the Little Ice Age ended in 1850. The letter also says that global warming hasn’t led to more natural disasters.

The Berkhout-led letter follows a petition by more than 90 Italian scientists, publicized in June, which challenges the assertion that humans cause global warming as a theory based on models that have failed to adequately predict climate changes.

“It is scientifically unrealistic to attribute to humans the responsibility for the warming observed from the past century to today,” the Italian petition states.

“The advanced alarmist forecasts, therefore, are not credible, since they are based on models whose results contradict the experimental data. All the evidence suggests that these models overestimate the [human] contribution and underestimate the natural climatic variability, especially that induced by the sun, the moon, and ocean oscillations.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/in-letter-to-un-scientists-say-there-is-no-climate-emergency_3093580.html
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There Will Now Be 12 Candidates In The October Democratic Primary Debate
« Reply #14143 on: September 24, 2019, 06:30:00 PM »
That was fast — on Saturday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received her third qualifying poll for October’s Democratic debate; today, she got the last one she needed. Because she has now earned 2 percent support in four national or early-state polls released by an approved pollster since June 28, and has also reportedly met the debate’s minimum fundraising requirements of 130,000 unique donors (including at least 400 individual donors in at least 20 states),1 Gabbard is now the 12th candidate to make the debate stage by our count.
Twelve candidates have qualified for the October debate

Democratic presidential candidates* by whether and how they have qualified for the fourth primary debate, as of Sept. 24

Candidate    No. of Polls    Polls    Donors    Qualified
Joe Biden    19    ✓    ✓    ✓
Pete Buttigieg    19    ✓    ✓    ✓
Kamala Harris    19    ✓    ✓    ✓
Bernie Sanders    19    ✓    ✓    ✓
Elizabeth Warren    19    ✓    ✓    ✓
Cory Booker    16    ✓    ✓    ✓
Beto O’Rourke    13    ✓    ✓    ✓
Andrew Yang    11    ✓    ✓    ✓
Amy Klobuchar    9    ✓    ✓    ✓
Tom Steyer    7    ✓    ✓    ✓
Julián Castro    6    ✓    ✓    ✓
Tulsi Gabbard    4    ✓    ✓    ✓
Marianne Williamson    1       ✓    
Michael Bennet    0          
Steve Bullock    0          
John Delaney    0          
Tim Ryan    0          
Joe Sestak    0          

* For candidates considered “major” by FiveThirtyEight.

To qualify for the fourth debate, a candidate must reach 2 percent in at least four national or early-state polls from qualifying polling organizations and must have at least 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 donors in at least 20 states. Information released by campaigns is used to determine whether a candidate has hit the donor threshold. If a campaign announced it had reached 130,000 donors but did not say whether it had at least 400 donors in 20 states, we assumed that it had met the latter requirement as well.

The poll that put her over the top was a Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire, which was also notable for other reasons. The survey showed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (with 27 percent support) and former Vice President Joe Biden (25 percent) leading in the Granite State, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (12 percent), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (10 percent) and Sen. Kamala Harris (3 percent). Gabbard got 2 percent, along with four other candidates — but all of them had already made the debate stage.

In addition to Gabbard, the 10 candidates from the September debate plus Tom Steyer have qualified for the October debate, which will take place at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times. Although the Democratic National Committee has not yet announced whether the debate will be one night or two, it’s difficult to imagine 12 candidates squeezing onto one stage. In all likelihood, then, Gabbard’s qualification means that we will have two nights of debating once again — the first on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the second on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Impeaching Donald Trump: Why Ukraine Delivers Where Russiagate Failed
« Reply #14144 on: September 24, 2019, 06:34:30 PM »
Democrats have found in Ukraine everything they were looking for in Russia: A clear storyline

The floodgates are open. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced “an official impeachment inquiry,” including an investigation of demands President Trump reportedly made of Ukraine to hamper a 2020 political rival — Joe Biden — while simultaneously holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Eastern European nation. “The president must be held accountable,” Pelosi told the nation in a televised address on Tuesday. “No one is above the law”

The sudden push toward removing Trump from office comes exactly two months after Robert Mueller testified to Congress on the Trump/Russia affair. The Ukraine scandal gives Democrats everything the Russia election-interference saga lacked: Naked simplicity.

The special counsel’s report and testimony left Democrats conflicted over how to respond. They were faced with overwhelming evidence of obstruction of justice, but that cover up was muddied by the lack of an underlying criminal conspiracy with Russia, leaving the party divided over what to do next.

The conclusion of the Mueller investigation — and the Democrats’ toothless response to his obstruction — left Trump feeling emboldened, taking what he dubbed his “total exoneration” as license to engage in even more egregious behavior in the buildup to 2020.

The day after Mueller’s July 24th congressional testimony, Trump spoke to the president of Ukraine, demanding, reportedly eight times, that the European leader back Rudy Giuliani’s crusade for dirt on Joe Biden, relating to Guiliani’s conspiracy theory that Biden had abused the power of the vice presidency to benefit his son Hunter Biden, who had an energy deal in Ukraine. (There is no evidence that Joe Biden did anything improper or advantageous for his son.) In advance of the call, Trump had instructed his chief of staff to hold up nearly $400 million in congress-approved aid to Ukraine, a U.S. ally menaced by its powerful neighbor Russia.

The evidence points to a staggering abuse of power: Trump tried to strong-arm a foreign to nation interfere for his benefit in the 2020 election. And by delivering that demand while blocking the payout of hundreds of millions of dollars, Trump created — at least implicitly — a quid pro quo. This is a story even Democrats can sell — precisely because it strips away the twists and turns of the Trump-Russia saga.

The 2016 Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia’s election interference stopped short, Mueller found, of a criminal conspiracy. Trump and Putin never met. The Russian offers of dirt on Hillary Clinton were delivered and received through surrogates. The Russian hack of DNC and Clinton campaign emails, though leveraged by the Trump campaign, was not orchestrated by Trumpworld.

In short, the campaign and the Kremlin were like dirty dance partners, intuiting each other’s movements, and building toward mutual gratification. But because the parties never jumped in bed together, Mueller found, there was not a chargeable conspiracy. “We understood coordination to require an agreement—tacit or express—between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government on election interference,” the report states. “That requires more than the two parties taking actions that were informed by or responsive to the other’s actions or interests.”

Mueller did not provide the smoking-gun evidence many lawmakers were looking for to buttress a claim that the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors, meriting impeachment. What Mueller presented to Congress, instead, was powerful evidence of obstruction of justice, that the president had, with corrupt intent, repeatedly attempted to cover up his contacts with the Russians, including by ordering multiple (disobedient) deputies to short-circuit the special counsel’s investigation.

This evidence of a criminal of the cover up had been enough to spur nearly 150 Democratic House members to call for Trump’s removal. But the lack of an underlying crime — and a desire for voters to deliver their own verdict on Trump in 2020 — left the caucus divided. Until this week, House leaders had lobbied against attempts to remove Trump from office, believing Republicans would acquit Trump in the Senate.

The Ukraine scandal, by contrast, points to a stark impeachable offense. If the facts back the allegations, the president leveraged the public purse for personal political benefit, undermining national security and the integrity of the 2020 election. Boom. There is nothing ambiguous here. Trump is at the center of the action, personally making demands for election interference of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, with corrupt intent.

Trump has confirmed the basic details of the call with with the Ukrainian leader. But the president denies explicitly tying the military aid to his demand for dirt on Biden. “There was no quid pro quo,” he told reporters gathered at the United Nations in New York. “There was no pressure applied, nothing.”

Murphy makes the case that the issue of the quid quo pro is, essentially, icing on the impeachment cake. “If, as it appears Mr. Trump has already acknowledged, the president violated his oath of office by using the constitutional powers entrusted to him to try to destroy a political rival,” Murphy wrote Tuesday morning, “then the president must be impeached.”

Although Pelosi only announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, the Speaker also offered her own verdict on the president, whom she insisted had “seriously violated the constitution.” The president’s illicit demands of the Ukraine, Pelosi said, revealed the “president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/impeachment-open-shut-case-trump-democrats-889927/
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