This is a beautiful part of Africa with amazing people. Thank you JT for reporting on this cyclone and its impacts, and for sharing those shocking photos.
In addition to the direct devastating impacts of the storm, people's subsistence crop fields will have been destroyed by the flooding. The coming months will see famine unless the world acts quickly and decisively to prevent it.
This is just a small taste of what is to come from climate change - more frequent storms, death, lost working productivity, famine, increased food aid required, all on a relentless positive feedback cycle.
Leaving aside the ethical issues here, the economic costs of not aggressively combating climate change with massive rapid decarbonization and reforestation will greatly outweigh any short term economic costs.
It is the number one issue of our time. We need to stop ignoring it and start acting now.
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Hopefully with $6.1 million, he can finally afford to take a position on an issue.
Too bad people are ignoring Pete Buttigieg. I watched his CNN Town Hall. He's like Beto with actual accomplishments, a brain and without the ego.
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Our horror of a president feigns innocence while stoking the flames of racial hatred and using them for political advantage. The dog whistles have been heard loud and clear by the MAGA maniacs. This is what people mean when they say 'words matter': they have real life consequences.
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Wow, it almost seems as if problems emerge when a country votes on something based on lots of misinformation. Sounds familiar.
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The Dutch, which have one of the most progressive societies on Earth, have been dealing with Islamic terror for a long time, and have become very good at weeding out Islamic extremists and deporting them -- but no system is perfect. Some are going to get through and commit acts of terror. Sad.
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Given the electronic surveillance the Chinese have set up which includes facial recognition, the government is attempting to track the movements of every Uighur in the province of Xinjiang. The entire province has become a 21st century prison camp, with concentration camps essentially being used as high security lockdowns inside a grotesque, immense medium security prison.
The scale of this has never been attempted before in the history of mankind, even in occupied territories during wartime. If the Chinese believe they have succeeded in controlling the Uighur and erasing their culture because of the potential risk that they might resist being dominated by ethnic Han Chinese and the CCP, Xi will apply this technology elsewhere in China and certainly elsewhere in territories drawn under Chinese control via the Belt and Road master plan.
But it will be the adoption of Chinese methods by other authoritarian regimes around the world that will truly take us into a dystopian future. This is the single greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the history of the world.
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Dick Dale and Danny Gatton walk into a bar...
I cannot even fathom the genius stuff that is happening right now.
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The Republican Party's official Twitter accounted noted his past arrest, tweeting, "On this St. Paddy's Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O'Rourke" and including an altered photo of the Democrat's mug shot wearing an oversized, green leprechaun hat over the phrase "Please Drink Responsibly."
Well, let's see about the RNC is up today
Radical White Power Extremists empowerment
Caging children of asylum seekers
Extreme Tax cuts for the filthy rich while cutting social security safety nets for you and me
Running the national debt to extreme levels
Scaring people with threats and fears
Threatening violence with motorcycle gangs
Building walls of shame and destroying bridges to peace.
Well done, RNC (Russian National Committee)
Hey RNC, what are going to do tomorrow for Soviet America? Order more red hats?
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Mulvaney scoffed at the idea that Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies had anything to do with the New Zealand attack.
The shooter mentions Trump in his manifesto, Mulvaney. Hard to spin that any other way.
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How is the United Nations going to ban Artificial Intelligence weaponry when it can't ban low intelligence leadership.
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The teen was just getting Sen. Fraser Anning's help to separate the whites.
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Would it be too drastic to remove the account of anyone who shares the video? To me, that would send the message very effectively: share the video and we delete your account.
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"I didn't see it. I didn't see it," he said. "But I think it's a horrible event ... a horrible, disgraceful thing and a horrible act."
Because the perp is white, Trump just can't bring himself to call it the "T" word:
The racist white-supremacist who pulled the trigger and massacred 49 innocent people called himself a Trump-supporter. And that really says it all ... Donald J. Trump spreads his bile & hatred and right-wing extremists take that as being okay to kill heaps of human beings because they aren't white.
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My heart goes out to all of New Zealand. In my time there, I felt as safe as I ever have. This is an awful event, but in no way represents the Kiwis concern for the safety of all citizens. In the U.S. there are 17k violent acts that lead to death each year and our government has limited to no concern for our safety unless we are rich.
Here in America this would just be our weekly massacre. My condolences to the people of New Zealand.
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If Netflix would stop canceling my favorite shows, that’d be great.
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New Zealand has always been a peaceful paradise in the Pacific. A place of tolerance and acceptance. This has been shattered today by hatred and the ugliness of xenophobia and islamophobia.
The deranged manifesto that was released and the videoing of the attack further highlights the delusion of right wing extremism that appears to be rising to the surface across the globe. That this is aided and abetted by right wing shock jocks and the demands for extreme freedom of speech is appalling and defies common decency.
That it happened in a peaceful country such as NZ seems to make it all so much worse...
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Go for it Trump. The next Democrat President can then use their national emergency powers to push for Medicare for All, Climate Change, and Gun Control.
While Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the veto
This is untrue. Congress has more than a plenty of votes to overturn the veto.
The question is whether Republicans have the stones to enforce their Constitutional rights.
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Does this mean no Nobel Prize for Trump?
"North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat."
Donald Trump, 13 June 2018
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Based on the manifesto the shooter is explicitly an anti immigration white supremacist.
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Me, I'd vote for the next Mafia boss over Donald Trump, but I'd rather wait until the debates to sort out the real candidates from the pretenders.
One of the other ways they'll separate themselves from the pack is how they react to articles like this. We know how Republicans react-----they try to kill the messenger. Democrats can't be doing that.
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I do not understand how a grown man or woman who has YEARS of experience as a Senator or Representative would allow an unqualified, inexperienced, out of control, boorish, ignorant, jerk, bully you around, while breaking all of the rules they held dear when it came to protecting, running our country and following our Constitution. Republicans should be ashamed of doing this to our country. They should be ashamed for allowing someone who they know good and darned well is not qualified or mentally fit to be president of what was a great country but now a laughing stock. donald j. trump is doing a great disservice to our country and the American people and Republicans are allowing it to happen. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!
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People were forced to bring pictures of their dinner door to door to show their family and friends what they were eating.
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I tired to post a status update on Facebook to let my friends know that Facebook is down. :)
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What can I say except "I Love New York?"
Bottom line? Let's call it for what it is. Trump is a criminal who is not heading up an administration. He is heading up a crime syndicate.
Let the states lead where the GOP fails to go.
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I find it fascinating just how much the idea of a recorded vote on allowing the Executive Branch to illegally override the Constitution terrifies these GOP Senators. Then again, perhaps they have cause to be terrified. Trump is transitory and some of these fools want to have long political careers. Voting records are forever, gentlemen -- they can (and will) be used against you for the rest of your days.
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This is good news. Saudi Arabia's behavior in Yemen is reprehensible and the U.S. should not be associated with it.
When Trump loses, America wins.
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The death penalty has, without question, killed innocent people. That alone is enough to reject it.
Sure some people deserve to die. But we cannot call ourselves civilized if we accept being murderers ourselves as the price of vengeance.
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Well, it's a start. A few hundred more Catholic priests being defrocked and tossed in jails around the world... and we might start seeing the Catholic Church take this seriously!
No more 'theater' for public consumption, let's see the Pope actually DO something about this.
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Every Democratic governor should follow suit. No, let me correct that... Every Democratic governor should already have put a moratorium on the death penalty.
It is the Democratic, liberal position that is pro life, as far as human beings are concerned.
The right decision for the right reasons.
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