Watch Sail Boston: Tall Ship Parade

For the first time since 2009, the tall ships, those magnificent antique sailing vessels, are back in Boston.

Today there’s a Parade of some 50 ships representing multiple countries, all across the world. Many are training vessels for new sailors, and serve an important ambassadorial role to the public.

You can watch by downloading the wcvb app, or by visiting the wcvb Facebook Page.

Breaking World News

Breaking World News

After shooting, investigators probe trail of political anger left by attacker
“The day before he turned a semiautomatic rifle on congressional Republican baseball players and was fatally shot in a firefight with police, James T. Hodgkinson went on a profane rant against President Trump at a nearby garage…” (The Washington Post)

Trump lashes out at Russia probe; Pence hires a lawyer
“A heightened sense of unease gripped the White House on Thursday, as President Trump lashed out at reports that he’s under scrutiny over whether he obstructed justice, aides repeatedly deflected questions about the probe and Vice President Pence acknowledged hiring a private lawyer to handle fallout from investigations into Russian election meddling…” (The Washington Post)

B.C. contractor exposed to asbestos blows whistle, says government made his life a ‘nightmare’
“When general contractor Don Garrett was invited to bid on plumbing work in Agassiz’s Kent Prison in 2008, he had no idea that such routine work would expose him to asbestos and touch off a nine-year battle that would cast him on the national stage as a whistleblower, make it impossible to obtain bonding, and cost him future contracts. He says the exposure to asbestos has compromised his health, and the government has made his life a “nightmare”…” (The Vancouver Sun)

Trudeau reaffirms support for Kinder Morgan pipeline, Notley says
“Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident that Ottawa is fully behind the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as it faces fierce opposition in British Columbia…” (The Vancouver Sun)

United Nations Criticizes Brazil’s Indigenous Policies
“SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Indigenous rights experts, including the United Nation Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, stated on Thursday (June 8th) that the rights of the indigenous are being attacked in Brazil…” (The Rio Times)

Organizers May Cancel the 2018 Carnival Samba School Parades in Rio
“RIO DE JANEIO, BRAZIL – In a surprising move, the Independent League of Samba Schools (LIESA) announced on Wednesday night that if the League is unable to receive subsidies from the city of Rio de Janeiro, the world’s most famous samba parades will be cancelled for Carnival 2018…” (The Rio Times)

Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze
“Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012…” (The Guardian)

Brendan Cox: ‘Jo’s death took the heart out of our family. But we are not broken’
“The widower of Jo Cox has spoken out on the anniversary of the MP’s killing, describing how her murder had “taken the heart out of our family” but not broken them. Brendan Cox was joined by all four of Britain’s living former prime ministers in paying tribute to the MP and the impact she had on the country’s political discourse…” (The Guardian)

China Focus: China launches space telescope to search for black holes, pulsars
“JIUQUAN, June 15 (Xinhua) — China launched its first X-ray space telescope to observe black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, via a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert at 11 a.m. Thursday…” (XINHUANET)

China’s quantum satellite establishes photon entanglement over 1,200 km
“HEFEI, June 16 (Xinhua) — A team of Chinese scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after travelling long distances…” (XINHUANET)


Gunman Attacks GOP Lawmakers, wounds 5

Gunman Attacks GOP Lawmakers, wounds 5

The Management Team of Face Activities extends our sympathies to the victims of the armed attack that occurred in a suburb of Washington D.C., earlier today. This violent criminal act is, of course, horrific, and contrary to all principles of decency, humanity and democracy.


Tragic events unfolded in an Alexandria Virginia park, as a gunman with strong anti-Trump views opened fire on Republican Lawmakers practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game, Wednesday morning. Congressman Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, was seriously wounded (shot in the hip) along with four other men.

Among the wounded were two Capitol Police Officers assigned to protect Scalise. Then a protracted gun battle between the well-armed shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, and local police, took place. Hodgkinson was killed during the confrontation.

Hodgkinson had volunteered on the Bernie Sanders Campaign during the 2016 Presidential election, and had expressed extensive condemnation of the Trump Administration on his Facebook page, along with disdain for Hillary Clinton, prior to the shooting rampage. Senator Sanders commented on the shooting, saying that he was “sickened by this despicable act.”

Learn more about this rampage (The Washington Post)


Photo: By U.S. Congress (Image from Rep. Scalise’s home page.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Breaking World News

U.S. Capitol Building - Calls for Unity

After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing
“In the charged environment of 2017, it took only a few hours for a baseball diamond to be transformed from a peaceful practice field to a horrific crime scene and then to a vivid symbol of the tensions between the angry politics of our time and the better angels of the American people…” (The Washington Post)

Senate overwhelmingly votes to curtail Trump’s power to ease Russia sanctions
“The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow Congress to block any efforts by the president to scale back sanctions against Russia, and to strengthen those sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and its actions in Syria…” (The Washington Post)

China’s tomato paste colonialism
“Who knew that a Mao-era Chinese agricultural conglomerate dominates the African tomato market and supplies global food companies?”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

The Fula turn to arms
“The pastoralist Fula have taken up arms across a great stretch of Africa to back their claims to their traditional way of life. That may upset the regional balance…”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters
“As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned…” (The Guardian)

Grenfell Tower: 12 dead in fire that destroyed 24-storey building
“Firefighters and police were searching through the still smouldering debris of a tower block inferno in London to retrieve bodies as police warned the death toll of 12 would rise in the coming hours…” (The Guardian)

Arab Coalition: Houthis attack UAE ship off coast of Yemen
“The Arab Coalition in support of restoring the legitimate government in Yemen said on Wednesday that a boast launched a missile targeting a UAE ship off the coast of Yemen…” (Al Arabiya – English)

US moves long-range rocket launchers into southern Syria
“The US military has moved a new truck-mounted, long-range rocket launcher from Jordan to a US base in Tanf, Syria, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, stepping up its presence in the area, two regional intelligence sources said on Wednesday…”
(Al Arabiya – English)

After 130 Years, Scientists Might Have Just ‘Rediscovered’ an Eighth Wonder of The World
“After more than a century of being buried by a volcanic eruption, New Zealand’s long-lost pink and white terraces might have finally been rediscovered under layers of ash and mud…” (Science Alert)

Our Sun Could Have Been Born With an Evil Twin Called “Nemesis”
“A new model on how stars are formed has added weight to the hypothesis that most – if not all – stars are born in a litter with at least one sibling…” (Science Alert)


Photo: By Kathrin Tausch [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Breaking World News

Breaking World News

Trump sees Comey’s testimony as ‘complete vindication’ — and his fans agree
“President Trump and his allies lashed out at former FBI director James Comey after his congressional testimony on June 9, while some Republican lawmakers had a more measured defense of the president…” (Washington Post)

Sessions won’t testify at congressional budget hearings but at Senate intelligence hearing instead
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had agreed to testify this week before the Senate and House appropriations committees about the Justice Department budget, wrote the chairmen of the committees Saturday and said he was sending his deputy to testify instead…” (Washington Post)

Montreal names Outremont peak for Mohawk nation
“Centuries before people congregated for the tam-tams, to have barbecues or to feed the ducks at Beaver Lake, Mount Royal was a gathering point for the Mohawk nation…” (Montreal Gazette)

Governments to pay $98.2 million to keep Grand Prix in Montreal until 2029
“Mayor Denis Coderre and representatives of the federal and Quebec governments on Friday pledged $98.2 million to a five-year extension of a contract with Formula One owners Liberty Media. The current contract was to expire in 2024…” (Montreal Gazette)

Raqqa: US-backed forces advance in IS ‘capital’
“US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State’s “capital” of Raqqa, they and a monitor report…” (BBC News – Middle East)

Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic
“The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says…” (BBC News – Middle East)

Meirelles Says Economy Recovers in Brazil Despite Political Turmoil
“SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian economy continues to show signs of recovery and growth despite the current political turbulence, according to Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles. According to the official Meirelles the markets are “relatively stable”, indicating an expectation of continuity in the evolution of the Brazilian economy…” (The Rio Times)

Brazil Court Dismisses Corruption Case Against President Temer
“RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The political landscape in Brazil avoided another upheaval yesterday (Friday, June 9th) when the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) voted against the annulment of the Dilma-Temer presidential campaign ticket, which won the 2014 elections…” (The Rio Times)

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP support thrown into confusion
“Theresa May’s plan for a loose alliance with the Democratic Unionists to prop up her government was thrown into confusion last night after after the Northern Ireland party contradicted a No 10 announcement that a deal had been reached…” (The Guardian)


Police release images of fake suicide belts from London Bridge
“Police investigating the London Bridge terrorist attack have released images of the fake explosive belts worn by the three perpetrators and which officers believe may suggest the terrorists planned to create a “siege situation”…” (The Guardian)


Photo: (cropped)

PM Picnic, an animated short by Chad McKee Grothkopf (as Chad), 1950

PM Picnic, an animated short by Chad McKee Grothkopf (as Chad), 1950

PM Picnic, 1950

An animated short by Chad McKee Grothkopf (as Chad)

“Mr. Bee spreads the word that there is going to be a ‘PM Picnic’ in the barn latter that evening. He tells everyone in the countryside, from Mr. Bear to Mr. Rabbit, although he does not invite Mr. Tortoise because he’s too slow. This was a promotional film made for PM (Pleasant Moments) Whiskey to promote their new ad campaign, that features animated woodland creatures along with the slogan describing PM Whiskey and it’s ‘Clear, Clean Taste’.” (IMDB)

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