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Multiple People Shot At New York City Hospital; Shooter Dead
“NEW YORK ― A former employee at a New York City hospital shot multiple people Friday afternoon, killing a woman and wounding six other people before killing himself, police said…” (Huffington Post)

Trump’s Election Investigation Is Already Facing Trouble
“WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity is facing significant hurdles, as multiple state election officials have said they will not comply with the panel’s request this week for specific, sensitive voter information…”
(Huffington Post)

Migrant Nation
“Most places that house people on the move, for whatever reason, were set up in a hurry and meant to be temporary. The reality was quite different…”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

‘America first’ means addressing climate change
“During his inaugural speech, President Donald Trump announced that from that point it would be, and only be, America first. His policy for the next four years is to focus on making America big, strong and safe again. However, his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement of November 2016, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and signed by 194 states, will place American national security at risk…”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

Kensington and Chelsea council leader quits in wake of Grenfell disaster“The Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council is to step down along with his deputy after weeks of criticism over the response to the Grenfell Tower fire, culminating in a bungled attempt to hold a meeting about the blaze in private…” (The Guardian)

Sex offender treatment scheme led to increase in reoffending
“Sex offenders who completed a group treatment programme in prison were more likely to commit further similar offences, a Ministry of Justice review has found. The analysis warned that group therapy could allow offenders to share “contacts and sources” or normalise criminal behaviour…” (The Guardian)

Iran win four medals at World Taekwondo Championships
“The Iranian delegation snatched four medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, South Korea…” (Tehran Times)

Iran on a fast-track to beating noncommunicable diseases: WHO
“Since the 1960s, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s urban population has tripled and life expectancies have risen. This, however, has increased people’s exposure to tobacco, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity – among the main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes…” (Tehran Times)

Contemporary African art wows Paris
“One of the largest exhibitions of contemporary African art is on show at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris…” (Africa News)

Ex-U.N. Chief Ki-moon joins Mandela’s global think tank ‘The Elders’
“Immediate-past United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has joined a group of eminent global statesmen called ‘The Elders.’” (Africa News)

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Greta Van Susteren is out at MSNBC: a great loss

Greta Van Susteren is out at MSNBC: a great loss

Just 6 months ago liberal media icon Rachel Maddow, a star of MSNBC’s evening line-up, praised Greta Van Susteren enthusiastically, just a few days before the debut of her old friend’s MSNBC program.

Despite this whole-hearted endorsement by a network super star, Van Susteren’s show failed to thrive. This Thursday it was suddenly cancelled. The veteran journalist, who sports a law degree, and decades of experience on cable news (at both CNN and Fox) was pulled from the air abruptly, without even a chance to say goodbye to her TV audience.

It’s a sad day for television journalism. Van Susteren is a skilled professional with an effective, cogent interview style, which we need more of in this age of extreme partisanship and factional bickering. Greta tells it like it is, no matter who she’s dealing with—-liberal or conservative, policy wonk or partisan hack. And though she spent 14 years at Fox News, which isn’t known for it’s political neutrality, she’s far from a political ideologue. In fact, she doesn’t even identify as a conservative.

The center-right journalism she practiced at Fox was an honest attempt to elucidate the political and social trends of our times, with intelligence and insight that’s increasingly hard to fine these days, particularly on Fox News. But it should come as no surprise that the current climate is dominated by liberal anger, spurred on, often justly, by fears and concerns with President Donald Trump’s extreme, sometimes bizarre, behaviors and policies.

Her tenure, and dismissal, at MSNBC runs parallel to the drama surrounding Megyn Kelly at NBC News, who was also hired by the network after leaving Fox, and who has struggled with audience expectations and concerns over her interview choices, which included conspiracy theorist and right wing extremist Alex Jones.

Van Susteren had two main challenges. Just the fact that she hailed from Fox News, the network liberals love to hate, was enough to put off many MSNBC viewers, who typically lean at least a little to the left. In addition, and perhaps more problematic, her continued support of the late Roger Ailes, the former, embattled Fox News Chairman, during the height of his sexual harassment troubles, alienated many potential fans. Van Susteren eventually did apologize for her public support, but it was too little, too late.

Now Van Susteren is gone. MSNBC will be poorer, less diverse, less interesting, and weaker as a news gathering entity, for her loss.

Learn more about Greta Van Susteren’s ouster from MSNBC (Huffington Post)


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AHCA is a Disaster

AHCA is a Disaster

After days of secret negotiations, despite the fact that congressional republicans had years during the Obama Administration to get their collective acts together, the AHCA bill was finally released for public scrutiny.

It’s an unmitigated disaster for millions of ordinary Americans: the worst fears, and the warnings of activists and democratic lawmakers alike, have been realized. The Bill is actually so bad that four GOP Senators are planning to vote against it, including high-profile Libertarian firebrand Dr. Rand Paul. And many more are undecided.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the course of 10 years the AHCA will cause 22 million Americans to lose their health insurance coverage, and it’s unlikely to lower premiums. In fact, there’s a good chance older Americans between the ages of 50 and 62 will see substantial increases in their health insurance premiums. Some medical doctors have even gone so far as to say the AHCA stands for the “Americans Hate Children Act.” Clearly the American People, in particular Trump voters, have been duped.

President Trump has stated in recent weeks that the bill is “mean.” In fact, it transcends mean. It’s homicidal. As it stands now, the bill is the worst fraud law-makers have perpetrated on the American People in generations. After promising to repeal and replace an imperfect healthcare system, the AFC, aka “Obamacare,” the new legislation fails to meet the needs of the American People. Tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage is simply unacceptable.

It’s imperative that American Citizens stand up to the GOP elite and against this outrage. Call your Senators and let them known that consider the new healthcare bill to be dangerous and unacceptable. Any delay can bide time for more GOP Senators to come on board in opposition.

Learn more about the AHCA (CNN)


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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Aspects of President’s Travel Ban

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Aspects of President's Travel Ban

Despite several lower-court losses, President Trump has won a modest victory regarding his controversial travel ban. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that parts of the executive order aren’t problematic.

If an individual from one of the six muslim-majority countries affected by the travel ban can demonstrate a close affiliation with a school or company then that individual is exempt, but the ban will apply to those who can’t demonstrate such ties. The court will here full arguments on the case when they return from recess.

The President’s travel ban makes civil right’s activists and humanists bristle with anger. In an age when man people from muslim majority countries face persecution, from ISIS, from war, and from the machinations of unstable governments, the travel ban is seen as unnecessary, ineffective, and cruel.

Learn more about the travel ban (New York Times)

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Thunderbird F-16 Military Jet Flips Over at Dayton, Ohio, Air Show Practice
“A fighter jet from the famed U.S. Air Force group the Thunderbirds ran off the runway after landing and flipped over at a Dayton airfield as the team practiced for an air show, officials said. The pilot suffered injuries that are not life-threatening…” (NBC News)

Trump Acknowledges Russian Election ‘Meddling’ in Tweet Criticizing Obama
“President Donald Trump on Twitter appeared to acknowledge Russian meddling in the presidential election in a tweet Friday that attacked former President Barack Obama…” (NBC News)

MX to Trump: country not second deadliest
“Mexico strongly refuted a tweet this week by U.S. President Donald Trump saying that Mexico is the second deadliest country in the world, following which the organization that originally published the claim offered a correction…” (Mexico News Daily)

Dog fights as sport now illegal in Mexico“…Congress approved legislation two months ago to make it illegal to raise and train dogs for participating in fighting matches for recreational purposes. Today it became official with its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation…” (Mexico News Daily)

Iran arrests Daesh-linked terrorists planning attacks in religious cities
“Iranian security forces have arrested a number of terrorists linked to the Daesh Takfiri group before they could carry out any act of terror in the country’s religious cities…” (Iran Daily)

Tehran to host int’l cartoon contest on Trump
“Iran’s capital Tehran will organize an international cartoon contest on US President Trump with the participation of over 500 cartoonists from 75 countries…” (Iran Daily Online)

Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration’s ‘peculiar’ foreign policy“While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis…” (The Guardian)

Housing crisis threatens a million families with eviction by 2020“More than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020 because of rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing, according to a devastating new report into the UK’s escalating housing crisis…”
(The Guardian)

8 Celebrities With Plans to Send Humans to Mars or Beyond
“Stephen Hawking says let’s go back to the moon, then build a base there – and then do the same thing on Mars. The world-famous astrophysicist made it sound more eloquent and profound than that…” (Science Alert)

New Discovery Could Allow Us to Edit Memories to Make Them Less Traumatic
“Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same nerves, opening the way for a new pharmaceutical solution for treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…” (Science Alert)


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Curse of Bigfoot, a film by Dave Flocker (as Don Fields), 1975

Curse of Bigfoot, a film by Dave Flocker (as Don Fields), 1975

Curse of Bigfoot, 1975

A film by Dave Flocker (as Don Fields)

Bigfoot, a primitive beast that evolved in an earlier epoch, survives into the modern age, and endangers young people in the wilderness. Originally known as “Teenagers Battle the Thing,” this low-budget horror movie features a number of scenes added many years following the original production.

(Browse our Movie Archive)


Snow Foolin’, an animated short by Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber), 1949

Snow Foolin', an animated short by Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber), 1949

Snow Foolin’, 1949

An animated short by Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

“Various animals prepare for winter and enjoy a variety of winter sports. A hen invites us to follow her bouncing egg and sing along to Jingle Bells. Finally, a turtle dispenses hot coffee to a bird on her nest.” (

(Browse our Movie Archive)


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Leftwing Democrats say Jon Ossoff loss shows ‘massive failure’ of party’s elites
“Progressives have branded Jon Ossoff’s loss in Georgia’s special congressional election a “massive failure” for establishment Democrats that illustrates the need for leftwing candidates in the 2018 midterms…” (The Guardian)

Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict
“Russia has canceled a planned round of talks with the US in protest at new sanctions imposed this week over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine…” (The Guardian)

Kensington and Chelsea chief steps down after pressure from Sajid Javid
“The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, Nicholas Holgate, has resigned after being asked to do so by the communities secretary, Sajid Javid. In a statement Holgate said that Javid “required the leader of the council to seek my resignation”.’
(The Guardian)

Finsbury Park attack suspect was probably ‘self-radicalised’
“The suspect in the Finsbury Park terrorist attack is believed to have been self-radicalised into his extremist hatred of Muslims, it is understood…” (The Guardian)

Chinese songs of dignity
‘Music is our voice to Chinese society. The voices of migrant workers are rarely heard’, says Cheng, a rock bandleader and activist. We met in the backroom of a small shop in a suburb of Shenzhen, China’s manufacturing metropolis…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

France and Iran, two years after the nuclear deal
“Nearly Two years have passed since Iran and the major world powers reached a diplomatic agreement in Vienna over the Islamic Republic’s deeply disputed nuclear activity…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Communist parties of China, Cuba pledge to enhance ties
“BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) — The Communist parties of China and Cuba pledged to strengthen ties as senior officials met on Wednesday…” (XINHUANET)
IS militants blow up Mosul’s historical al-Nuri mosque
“MOSUL, Iraq, June 21 (Xinhua) — The extremist Islamic State (IS) militants have blown up Mosul’s historical al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, as Iraqi forces are pushing near the Mosque area in the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi military said…” (XINHUANET)

Hanson under fire over disabled kids comments
“A LABOR MP who has an autistic child has ripped into Pauline Hanson over her suggestion that children with autism spectrum disorder be removed from mainstream classrooms…” (

Victoria bus collision leaves one dead, 14 injured
“A SMASH between a bus and taxi in regional Victoria has left one woman is dead and 14 people injured…” (


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