President Donald Trump said talks with North Korea in New York have been very positive and he is expecting the delegation from Pyongyang to travel to Washington on Friday to deliver a letter to him from leader Kim Jong Un.
The United States said it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, ending a two-month exemption and potentially setting the stage for a trade war with some of America’s top allies.
President Trump said he will grant a full pardon to conservative commentator Dinesh D’souza, who was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation for federal campaign law violations.
Illinois joined 36 U.S. states on Wednesday when it ratified an U.S. constitution Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) intended to ensure women are treated the same as men under state and federal laws, more than three decades after a deadline to approve it.
The Illinois Senate passed a $38.5 billion fiscal 2019 general fund budget that was hailed by legislators as being balanced and bipartisan in a departure from years of political gridlock.
Federal and NY state officials say they will hold drills in the weeks leading up to primary elections for the U.S. House and Senate to prevent hacking and cyber threats to voting systems.
President Donald Trump said he expects major drug companies to slash prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or how such reductions would be made.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending two teams of war surgeons to Gaza and setting up a surgical unit in the enclave’s main hospital to treat heavy casualties from clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
U.S. consumer spending increased more than expected in April, a further sign that economic growth was regaining momentum early in the second quarter, while inflation continued to rise steadily.
Denmark has banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and other parts of Europe in outlawing the burqa and the niqab worn by some Muslim women.
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Life expectancy in the U.S., has gone down for the third time in as many years. The Centers for Disease Control says the drop is directly related to the rise in opioid abuse.
Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes.
Syria on Tuesday recognized the Russian-backed breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent from the former Soviet state of Georgia, prompting Tbilisi to cut diplomatic ties with Damascus.
Islamic State militants, including two suicide bombers, dressed in military uniforms and riding in two armored vehicles launched a surprise attack on the Interior Ministry in Kabul on Wednesday but Afghan forces managed to repel the assault, leaving all the attackers dead.
The office of Brazilian President Michel Temer said in a written statement on Wednesday that it was committed to the financial health of Petroleo Brasileiro SA and it would continue to preserve the state-led oil firm’s fuel pricing policies.
A 2016 survey of more than 3,200 Americans from the financial firm Allianz found that more than 60 percent of baby boomers fear running out of their savings more than death.
Police have been deployed to a small village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province where thousands of people are reported to have flocked in search of gold.
European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by allowing the CIA to torture them.
Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. It imposes a $0.05 daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter. The law should come into effect on 1 July but there remain doubts about how it will be implemented.
Immigrants’ rights groups have condemned the US government after a transgender immigrant died in US custody while seeking asylum.
President Donald Trump has signed a bill giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments not approved by the government. The new bill does not mandate that drug makers give access to unapproved drugs to patients asking for them.
Algerian authorities have seized more than 1,543lbs of cocaine smuggled aboard a container ship and made 20 arrests.
The Catholic Church has confirmed it will be part of a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in Australia. Among harrowing stories, it heard that 7% of Australia’s Catholic priests abused children between 1950 and 2010.
Neighbors will feature Australian TV’s first same-sex wedding, it has been confirmed. The long-running soap will air the nuptials between Aaron Brennan, played by Matt Wilson, and David Tanaka, played by Takaya Honda, in September. It follows the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country in December 2017.
Demands to restrict firearms and beef up school security have dominated the debate following the shootings, but flying under the radar is the surge of interest in homeschooling as parents lose faith in the ability of public schools to protect students from harm.
The U.S. Supreme Court likely will consider the case of a school district that has taken away the privacy rights of the vast majority of students to provide special rights to a few.
News – 5/31/2018
Russia is doubling-down on its demand that non-Syrian forces step back from the border with Israel. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the situation in Syria on Tuesday at the international Primakov Readings Forum, an international think-tank annual summit held in Moscow. TASS Russian news agency reported his statements. “We have well-known agreements concerning the southwestern de-escalation zone,” he said. “Those agreements were concluded by Russia, the United States, and Jordan.”
Jonathan S. Tobin, editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate, argues that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has nothing to worry about!” when it comes to the expected Trump plan that recognizes “Palestine” with Jerusalem as its capital, even though such a plan normally “would be fiercely opposed by the Israeli right and could potentially set off a coalition crisis.” Why is this lack of concern? Because “Palestinians will reliably say ‘no’ to any peace deal,” making it virtually certain that “Trump’s peace plan will be dead on arrival.”
According to the former Mossad chief, Israel was closer than ever to attacking Iran in 2011. This is when Netanyahu instructed Mossad chief Pardo and then-chief of staff Benny Gantz to prepare for the P15+ plan, which meant improving Israel’s defense so that it would be prepared to attack Iran within 15 days of the order.
As a delicate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza appeared to go into effect on Wednesday after the biggest escalation since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, it was time to play the blame game. While Egypt was credited with mediating a truce between the parties and Jerusalem officially held Hamas accountable for the dozens of rockets fired at Israel on Tuesday…
Nikki Haley, US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the UN, tore into the organization on Wednesday for what she characterized as a lackadaisical response to the firing of over 70 rockets on Israel from Gaza the day before…”Apparently some council members didn’t think Hamas launching rockets qualified as terrorism,” she continued, but “the United States begs to differ.”
The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York to discuss a historic summit. Gen Kim Yong-chol dined with Mr Pompeo after flying in from China, and the two are due to meet again on Thursday. He is the most senior North Korean to visit the US in nearly 20 years.
…Puerto Valdivia is just one of the communities affected by a series of emergencies which have hit Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, Hidroituango. Tens of thousands of people living downstream from the dam have been evacuated and the emergencies just keep coming. The Hidroituango dam over the river Cauca, …was just months from completion when on 28 April a landslide near the site blocked a tunnel built to divert the river’s flow while construction was going on.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has rebuffed claims of an Iranian military presence in his country, while accusing Israel of launching attacks on his territory and of propagating “lies” about its massive aerial offensive launched earlier in May. “Israel is attacking us, but we are only becoming stronger and improving our defenses even more,” he said in an interview with Russia Today. “That is the only way to stop the Israeli attacks, and we are doing that.”
Washington will announce plans to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports as early as Thursday morning, sources said, while the U.S. commerce secretary said any escalation of their trade dispute would depend on the bloc’s reaction. The two sources briefed on the matter said the decision would land before a Friday expiration deadline for exemptions to the planned tariffs.
U.S. assertions that China is militarizing the South China Sea are “ridiculous”, China said on Thursday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would confront China’s actions in the disputed waterways. Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would push back against what it sees as China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea despite China’s condemnation of a voyage through the region on the weekend by two U.S. Navy ships.
The carrier group led by China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has reached “initial” combat readiness, the defense ministry said on Thursday, in another significant step in the country’s ambitious military modernization program. Little is known about the aircraft carrier program, which China regards as a state secret.
Another medical miracle from Israel…
After biggest mortar barrage since 2014 Operation Protective Edge, the minister said that security and political officials were considering all options, including taking control of Gaza.
Transgender prisoners in Connecticut can now live with other inmates according to their gender identity rather than their biological sex, marking a departure from federal law and other state laws mandating that prisoners are housed according to biology.
“The left” is going down! This year! That’s according to two Jewish rabbis, one a leading Sephardic rabbi who is the spiritual head of a political party and the second a Torah Codes expert who has analyzed what he regards as clues hidden in the Scriptures.
The European Union political establishment, allied with Pope Francis & the Vatican, have overthrown democracy in Italy. Leo Zagami reports from Italy on how this happened and what is likely to happen next.
A new study by Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood was caught performing abortions for girls as young as 12-years-old and not reporting the sexual crime to authorities.
Storms and lightning across a swathe of northern India have killed at least 47 people, officials said Tuesday, the latest deaths from freak weather that has battered the country this month.
The number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska increased by 51 percent in 2017 compared to the year before, a statistic that’s concerning to public health officials, the state health department said. “This is kind of alarming,” said Susan Jones, HIV and STD program manager for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. “Alaskans need to know what’s going on to protect themselves.”
The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to hear a challenge to an Arkansas abortion law that, in practice, bars abortions by pill instead of by surgical procedure.
…Roseanne, who first told the world that she has multiple personality disorder in 1994, says it’s not easy dealing with switching between “Somebody” and “Nobody.” Those are just two of the names the former sitcom queen has given to her personalities, which she says total seven in all. The rest she calls Baby, Cindy, Susan, Joey, and Heather. In an interview in the August issue of Esquire magazine, Roseanne says that after 10 years of hard work, she’s managed to integrate the differing personalities.
The U.S. Supreme Court likely will consider the case of a school district that has taken away the privacy rights of the vast majority of students to provide special rights to a few. The few contend they are of the opposite sex. That is, some boys say they are girls, and some girls say they are boys. And when they demanded the right to use the rest rooms and locker facilities of their choice, the school, Boyertown Area School District, simply said yes.
The federal government is launching a research effort that will look for ways to program genetic codes to protect people, especially military service members and first responders, from the flu, other pathogens and more..
While Americans are treated like dirt in Mexico’s prisons, the children of illegal immigrants detained in America are taken on field trips in specially built entertainment buses
Since June of 2015, 77 holistic practitioners, more with other deaths associated with them, have died, official causes ranging from suicide to heart attacks, with the latest woman, doctor Annie Fairbanks, found murdered in her home, along with her husband, their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son, in Arizona.
Retail Giant J.Crew is now selling pink “I am a feminist too” shirts for boys.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 31
- Trump Is Planning to Impose EU Steel, Aluminum Tariffs (Read More)
- Europe will give determined response to any U.S. tariffs: Merkel (Read More)
- IFJ calls Russian journalist Babchenko affair ‘intolerable’ (Read More)
- Even a Strong Economy Might Not Save Spain’s Government (Read More)
- Deutsche Bank’s U.S. Operations Deemed ‘Troubled’ by Fed (Read More)
- Soros View on Global Crisis Is ‘Ridiculous,’ Morgan Stanley CEO Says (Read More)
- Why Wall Street Traders Aren’t Rejoicing (Yet) Over Volcker Rule (Read More)
- F.B.I. Official Wrote Secret Memo Fearing Trump Got a Cover Story for Comey Firing (Read More)
- Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton Protection Racket (Read More)
- GM’s autonomous vehicle unit gets $2.25 billion funding from SoftBank (Read More)
- As U.S. Jobs Go Begging, Forget Those Monthly Gains of 200,000 (Read More)
- In Venezuela, There’s No Traffic or Road Rage—and It’s Awful (Read More)
- Ahead of November election, old voting machines stir concerns among U.S. officials (Read More)
- Russia’s Deripaska empire bets on mid-summer plan to escape U.S. sanctions (Read More)
- Kremlin calls staging of Russian journalist’s death in Kiev strange (Read More)
- Trump’s Net Worth Slides to $2.8 Billion, Lowest Since Campaign (Read More)
- Telegram says Apple has prevented it from updating since April (Read More)
Headlines – 5/31/2018
|Philly Student Uncomfortable Sharing Bathrooms With Opposite Sex Told to ‘Tolerate It,’ ‘Make It as Natural as Possible’||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:51 AM PDT||
A Philadelphia high school student who was required to share bathrooms with members of the opposite sex was reportedly told by a school administrator to “tolerate it” and “make it as natural as possible.” “It’s amazing to think that one quick trip to the bathroom can change your life,” the student, Alexis Lightcap, began an op-ed for The Inquirer, published on Thursday.
“I was a junior in high school when I ducked into the girls’ room at school one day to find … a boy. I froze. Three years at this particular school, and that had never happened to me before,” she explained. “The girls’ bathroom had always been the girls’ getaway place — a place for privacy, mostly, but also a little refuge — a place to get away from boys, maybe talk about boys, but not meet boys.” READ MORE
|12 dead whales found washed up on beaches in New Zealand in “Rare Event”||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT||
Twelve dead sperm whales have now been found on a South Taranaki beach in what the Department of Conservation is calling a rare event. Eight of them were found on Kaupokonui Beach last Thursday, three additional ones yesterday, and another one today. The Department of Conservation said all of
them were male but it didn’t know why they had been stranded. Its biodiversity ranger Callum Liley said biopsies had been taken of the mammals which will give them more information regarding their genetics. There could be more dead whales from the same pod washed up somewhere else, he said. READ MORE
|Why Are So Many Concerned About The Potential Health Dangers Of The 5G Cell Phone Network That Is Going Up Nationwide?||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:41 AM PDT||
(By Michael Snyder) The new 5G cell phone network that is being rolled out across the nation is going to make communicating by cell phone super smooth and super fast. It will basically revolutionize the entire cell phone industry, and for multitudes of phone users this new era cannot get here fast enough. But will there be a great price to pay for this amazing technology? Right now, U.S. wireless companies are
installing hundreds of thousands of new antennas, and each one of these new antennas is a microwave transmitter. If you live or work near one of these antennas, that means that you are literally being bombarded by microwave radiation on a constant basis, and once this entire network goes up nationwide it will be extremely difficult for anyone to get away from this radiation completely. Some experts are warning us to consider the health implications before it is too late to do anything about it. READ MORE
|The U.S. Has Decided To Fight Trade Wars With China, Europe, Canada And Mexico Simultaneously||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:37 AM PDT||
(By Michael Snyder) One trade war may be enough to push the struggling global economy into another recession, but the U.S. government has apparently decided that it is time to fight trade wars with pretty much all of the major economies around the world at the same time. This is utter insanity, and it is going to have disastrous consequences that will be felt all over the planet. Yes, we need to get tough on trade. If you have followed my work for the last eight years, than you know that I have been a very strong advocate
of protecting U.S. manufacturers and U.S. workers. But these things have got to be handled delicately, because any significant disruption at this point could lead to an absolutely crippling global economic crisis. Negotiating on an international level requires a great deal of finesse, because if you mess up it can have monumental consequences. For example, one thing that you shouldn’t do is make an agreement with the second largest economy in the world and then tear it up less than two weeks later…READ MORE
|RUMORS OF WAR: Israel nears the threshold of war||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:32 AM PDT||
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that the IDF would not hesitate to attack any place from which rockets were fired at Israel. “Every place from which the terrorist organizations fire into Israeli territory is a legitimate target for the air force to attack, with all that entails. On behalf of all the people of Israel, I wish to commend the soldiers and commanders of the IDF for the dedication and
determination and the residents of the Gaza vicinity for their steadfastness and to act in every way to ensure security and quiet for the citizens of Israel. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said in an interview with Army Radio that “we are closer to the brink of war than we have been since Operation Protective Edge – we are not interested in this and the other side is not, but we have a red line.” He stressed: “Toward evening, the situation will worsen.” READ MORE
|Critical infrastructure in the US at risk for hackers||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:23 AM PDT||
The hacking threat to critical infrastructure in the United States and beyond is growing larger, with nation states and other malicious actors looking to gain a foothold in sensitive technologies to conduct espionage and potentially stage disruptive or destructive attacks. Dragos, a firm that specializes in industrial cybersecurity, has released new research asserting that a hacker group responsible for
deploying highly sophisticated, destructive malware to an industrial plant in the Middle East last year has begun to expand its operations beyond its initial targets. “This is no longer about data theft or business disruption. Someone can get hurt. It’s about physical consequences,” said Dan Scali, senior manager for FireEye’s industrial control system security consulting practice. Last week, researchers at Dragos released new details about a threat group they call “Xenotime.” READ MORE
|Life-Sized Jesus Christ Cake Has Ignited a Firestorm Among Christians||Posted: 31 May 2018 05:18 AM PDT||
An Argentine minister issued a public apology after he gleefully ate a piece of a cake shaped like the body of Jesus Christ at an art exhibition in Argentina, Newsweek reported. Enrique Avogadro, the Minister of Culture for Buenos Aires, took to Facebook to apologize, saying he “sincerely regrets” offending people’s “most intimate beliefs” by eating the life-size cake.
The Jesus cake was created by the artist duo Pool & Marianela. According to both videos and photography, Avogadro smiled widely while indulging in a piece of Jesus’s “arm.” Images and videos of the controversial moment were posted online and quickly gained viral traction. Avogadro’s action triggered outrage from Christians in Argentina and around the world. READ MORE
|Residents of Maryland town reeling from pair of 1,000-year floods…||Posted: 30 May 2018 06:53 PM PDT||
The deadly flash flood that devastated a Maryland town’s historic center in July 2016 was dubbed a 1-in-1000 year event. Less than two years later, an even more treacherous flood ravaged the town, gutting shops and killing a visitor. Exasperated locals, just starting the strenuous task of picking up the pieces from Sunday’s disaster, are calling for authorities to energetically focus on finding a
permanent stormwater solution for Ellicott City’s downtown district, situated in a ravine some 13 miles (20 kilometers) west of Baltimore. “Who would have thought this was going to happen in two years? But it happened again. And maybe we’re never going to see Old Ellicott City again,” said resident Sahil Saini, standing outside a community center doubling as a shelter. Flooding is hardly new for historic Ellicott City, a onetime home to mill workers that transformed into a tourist hub known for its restaurants, antique shops and nightlife. READ MORE
|New evacuations ordered as fast-flowing Hawaii lava blocks major volcano escape route||Posted: 30 May 2018 06:45 PM PDT||
Fast-moving lava flows on Hawaii’s Big Island from the Kilauea volcano have blocked one major evacuation route and are headed toward the crossroads of another, prompting a new round of evacuations for rural neighborhoods in the area. Authorities going door to door in the early-morning hours Wednesday called for emergency evacuations in the Kapoho, Beach Lots and Vacationland areas, about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s biggest city.
The lava crossed Highway 132 on Tuesday afternoon and was moving diagonally toward an intersection known as Four Corners, where Highways 132 and 137 cross near the coast. Both highways are the primary evacuation routes for the area, raising concerns that authorities might have to bulldoze an emergency route through the jungle connecting several existing small roads. They’ve also made plans for helicopter evacuations using military aircraft. READ MORE
|Israel puts crosshairs on Iran for recent Gaza rocket attacks!||Posted: 30 May 2018 06:41 PM PDT||
Israel is pointing a finger at Iran for being behind the most serious escalation on it’s southern front in four years. Less than a month after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps fired 32 rockets toward Israel’s northern Golan Heights, the Iranian-funded Islamic Jihad along with Hamas fired some 180 Iranian-made 120-mm. mortar shells and 107-mm. rockets toward communities in southern Israel. It was the largest salvo fired from the Gaza Strip since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
In response, Israel carried out the most extensive retaliation since 2014, striking 65 Hamas targets across the entire Gaza Strip, including a dual-purpose tunnel dug one kilometer into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and then 900 meters into Israeli territory. According to IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, the tunnel was meant not only to carry out attacks against Israel but also to smuggle weaponry into the blockaded coastal enclave. READ MORE
|Dutch Citizen Becomes First Person Allowed to Change Birth Certificate to Register As Neither Male nor Female||Posted: 30 May 2018 12:16 PM PDT||
A Dutch citizen born in 1961 has won the right to change the gender on their birth certificate to align with their assumed identity. In addition, judges are pushing lawmakers to recognize the third gender in the registry. The Limburg District Court in Roermond ruled that the unnamed individual could now be recorded in the Dutch Birth Registry as “gender undetermined.”
According to the Judges; ‘At birth in 1961, this person’s gender could not be determined, and the parents decided to register the person as male, to make things easier at the time,’ Furthermore, in 2001 the plaintiff, the unnamed individual, had an operation to change their gender from male to female. ‘Eventually, it also turned out that the female gender did not fit the person, whose personality is experienced as gender-neutral, feeling neither like a man nor a woman,’ the court continued. READ MORE
|Extremely rare evidence of Roman crucifixion uncovered in Italy||Posted: 30 May 2018 12:03 PM PDT||
A lesion on the foot of a 2,000-year-old skeleton discovered in a Roman burial site in northern Italy appears to constitute rare tangible evidence of execution by crucifixion, according to an interdisciplinary team of Italian researchers. Although broadly attested to in historical writings — including the New Testament — it is only the second known archaeological proof of the particularly
cruel form of capital punishment practiced by the Romans against criminals, as well as revolutionaries such as Jesus Christ. The findings — published in the April 2018 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences under the title “A multidisciplinary study of calcaneal trauma in Roman Italy: a possible case of crucifixion?” — are based on new analysis of a skeleton that was discovered in 2007 during a salvage excavation of an isolated tomb. READ MORE
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