>President Trump shocked Republicans on Wednesday by making a deal with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling and provide aid to communities hit by Hurricane Harvey — right in front of his own party’s leaders at the White House.
>The surprise deal left Republicans in despair and Democrats expressing glee.
>Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) characterized the deal as a “happy ending” that was for the “good of the nation.”
Trump acted just hours after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) described a similar deal offered by Democrats as “ridiculous” and accused them of playing politics with a national disaster. That offer tied a three-month debt limit hike to Harvey aid but left out government funding.
>Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the House Freedom Caucus’s chairman, offered a bit of cover for the president.
>“I think there were no conservative solutions offered to the president in relationship to addressing the debt ceiling,” Meadows told reporters just off the House floor.
>But he also suggested that Trump’s deal would not lead to a better outcome for Republicans in December, when Congress will be confronted with new deadlines to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open.
>“If this plays into a long-term strategy that has conservative wins, I’m willing to reconsider. At this point, I don’t see that end-game being very obvious,” Meadows said.
Congress is now expected to approve a package as soon as this week that would include $7.85 billion targeted toward Hurricane Harvey and would raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through Dec. 15.
Trump agreed to the Pelosi-Schumer demands even as Ryan, McConnell and the president’s own Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, called for a longer-term debt-limit hike.
“We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he traveled Wednesday afternoon to North Dakota, where he gave a speech touting tax reform.
Republicans initially pushed for an 18-month debt-limit extension, which would have kicked a new hike past the midterm elections.
After a brief standoff, congressional leaders thought there would be no deal. But then Trump interjected and told the leaders that they all should just agree to a three-month extension for the debt limit and a continuing resolution to fund the government.
The White House later hailed the decision as providing room for the president and Congress to work on tax reform.
“We believe that helping to clear the decks in September enables us to focus on tax reform for the American people,” White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Air Force One. “We need to get the economy growing again, and that's what we need to focus on.”
Surgeons in Guangzhou recently removed a glass cup from a married man's anus, and he isn't saying how it got there.
However, it was apparently up in there for two full days before the pain became too unbearable and the man rushed into the hospital at 2 a.m. screaming for doctors to help him.
Quickly, doctors took an X-ray and discovered that yup, he had a cup stuck up his bum. More specifically, that cup was made of glass, 8 centimeters tall, 7 centimeters in diameter, resting in the upper part of his rectum, and could lead to his death if not removed quickly and carefully.
According to a local news report, doctors at first tried to take out the object the same way that it came in. Using drugs to relax the man's anus, they were able to reach the cup, but found it too slippery to pull out.
Worried that the glass cup might shatter if they tried to force it out, doctors instead decided to cut the man open to retrieve the cup from his abdomen.
Afterward, the man spent some time in the hospital recovering from the surgery, but has since returned home. He never did tell doctors how the cup got up there in the first place. Reportedly, he is a married man in his thirties with children.
Earlier this year, another man from Guangzhou also required medical attention after sticking a live eel up his butt, hoping to cure his constipation -- A folk remedy that nearly killed him when the eel started burrowing through his intestines.
An episode of popular children’s cartoon Peppa Pig has been pulled in Australia for a second time after parents complained it encouraged youngsters to play with dangerous spiders.
The 2004 episode Mister Skinny Legs was removed from online viewing by ABC in 2012 after regulators found it sent the “inappropriate” message that spiders were harmless.
In the episode, a terrified Peppa Pig is told by her father that spiders are very small and “can’t hurt you” before the cartoon pig picks the spider up and tucks it into bed.
The cartoon show ends with Peppa declaring: “We are all going to have tea with Mister Skinny Leg".
ABC banned the show from future broadcast, but it was accidentally published online before being aired again on Nickelodeon channel Nick Jr on August 25 this year.
Nick Jr originally defended the decision to air the episode after a mother complained to the channel, saying the episode is “light-hearted, friendly and very mild in impact”.
After contact from Australian media, Nick Jr agreed to remove the programme.
Australia is home to some of the most venomous spiders in the world, including the dangerous redback spider and wolf spider.
A man reportedly died from a bit from a redback spider in April last year, the first fatality from a spider bite in more than 30 years.
According to data released earlier this year, about 12,600 people were admitted to hospital for spider bites between 2000 and 2013.
Possibly one of the most harmless spiders to get bitten by, and they're non-agressive. They also do little hops when startled and can be trained to jump on command like a pet.
I'm glad this was pulled. As an Aussie, one of the only things I really don't want to have an encounter with is the white tail spider. White tails don't burrow or make a Web, they wonder around looking for food, so they often end up in people's beds. They might not kill you, but they will cause a big rotting hole where you were bitten, and it can actually re-emerge years after the bite has healed up.
>Leading conservative organizations had a request Wednesday for journalists: Stop relying on the Southern Poverty Law Center and its “hate map” as a credible source on political extremism.
>In anopen letter, 47 conservatives led byMedia Research CenterPresident Brent Bozell asked media outlets to “cease using the SPLC’s data and its various maps in your reporting,” describing the Alabama-based group as an “attack dog of the political left.” “The SPLC is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it,” said the letter to “members of the media.”
>They cited the 2015 shooting of a Family Research Council building manager in Washington, D.C., by gunman Floyd Lee Corkins, who said he was inspired to attack the organization after finding it on the SPLC’s “hate map.” “We believe the media outlets that have cited the SPLC in recent days have not intended to target mainstream political groups for violent attack, but by recklessly linking the Charlottesville melee to the mainstream groups named on the SPLC website — those that advocate in the courts, the halls of Congress, and the press for the protection of conventional, Judeo-Christian values — we are left to wonder if another Floyd Lee Corkins will soon be incited to violence by this incendiary information,” the letter said.
>The plea comes after CNNpublishedlast month the SPLC “hate map” under the headline, “Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” shortly after the violent rally led by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The map depicts mainstream conservative groups like the FRC and Alliance Defending Freedom alongside the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. In their letter, conservatives described the article as the equivalent of running a map of abortion clinics compiled by a pro-life advocacy group under the headline, “Here’s Where the Baby Killers are Located in Your State.” “[W]ould the media run the story? Would it reprint the map and discuss the location of these ‘pro-death’ doctors throughout the news day? Clearly, it would not,” the letter said.
>CNN had no comment but later changed the headline to, “TheSouthern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups.” Two television networks, ABC and NBC,referredto the ADF as a “hate group” in their coverage of a speech to the Christian legal foundation in July by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
>The SPLC has defended its “hate map,”sayingin a July 13 statement that the ADF “spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.” After the Liberty Council sued GuideStar in June for adding the “hate group” tag to its list of charities, the SPLCrespondedthat the “lawsuit and other recent attacks against GuideStar are simply attempts to distract the public from Liberty Counsel’s hateful agenda.”
>Conservatives noted in their letter that the SPLC once listed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson as an “extremist” — he was later removed — and included human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in its October 2016 publication, “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer attacked the manual’s description of Ms. Ali in a December speech, saying he regarded her as a “hero” and “one of the world’s great champions of freedom, pluralism and tolerance.” “Yet in an Orwellian inversion of reality, a woman whose life is threatened every day by extremist Muslims is labeled by the SPLC an anti-Muslim extremist,” said Mr. Dermer, as reported in the letter. “Have those who put Ayaan on that list no shame? Have they no decency?”
>Others signing the letter included former Attorney General Edwin Meese, Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots, and Frank Gaffney of theCenterfor Security Policy.
>The SPLC has been accused for years of whipping up fears of the Ku Klux Klan to juice its fundraising operation, which is extensive: The group raised $54 million and spent 22 percent of its budget on fundraising in Fiscal Year 2015, with 65 percent going to programs,accordingto Charity Navigator. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC has also sent millions to offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, according to a report last week in the Washington Free Beacon.
But animal advocates argue that dairy is inherently cruel - even with higher welfare standards
The investigation showed calves being kept in tiny pens.
An undercover investigation of a dairy farm has prompted British high street giant M&S to sell only RSPCA Assured milk.
The footage taken by leading international animal organization Animal Equality uncovered potentially illegal - and cruel - practices on one of M&S's Dorset farms.
Images showed large calves kept in cramped conditions in tiny pens - potentially a breach of welfare regulations.
At the time, M&S Food Director Andy Adcock, said: "We hold our hands up. Keeping calves over eight weeks old in such pens is unacceptable. One of our farmers made a mistake."
The calves were clearly too big to fit in the pens
Clive Brazier, Head of RSPCA Assured, said: "For the first time ever, consumers will be able to buy RSPCA Assured labelled milk in a high street retailer.
"This is a major step forward for improving dairy cow welfare and we hope other retailers will follow suit."
Speaking to PBN, Animal Equality's Executive Director Toni Shephard, said: "We are pleased our groundbreaking investigation prompted M&S to audit standards on its farms.
"We hope the RSPCA assurance will prevent calves from suffering in tiny pens beyond the legal age limit."
But increased welfare standards will not remove the cruelty from the dairy process, according to Shephard.
She added: "However, newborn calves will continue to be removed from their mothers - this is an unescapable part of milk production and can only be avoided by choosing one of the may plant-based milks available."
>vegan spammer replaces the pidgin spammers that replaced the tabloid agreggator spammer that replaced the youtube spammer that replaced the Ukrainian propaganda spammer that replaced...
Could go for a veal rocco right about now though
Do pack animals just follow their leader? Or if not, how do they reach a consensus? According to observations taken of African wild dogs in Botswana, one option is sneezing.
According to new research, if enough animals in the pack sternutate, that constitutes a quorum that it's time to get up and go hunting.
The research was initiated by Neil Jordan of the UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, who was studying the dogs' social rallies. This is when the dogs, when they have finished resting, conduct energetic greeting ceremonies before running off to hunt.
Jordan started to notice that, prior to these rallies, the dogs would sneeze a lot more than usual.
"I wanted to better understand this collective behaviour, and noticed the dogs were sneezing while preparing to go," he said.
"We recorded details of 68 social rallies from 5 African wild dog packs living in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and couldn't quite believe it when our analyses confirmed our suspicions."
Previously, researchers had thought the dogs were sneezing just to clear their airways. But the amount of sneezing, and the dogs involved in the sneezing, indicates that it has a more deliberate purpose.
"The more sneezes that occurred, the more likely it was that the pack moved off and started hunting. The sneeze acts like a type of voting system," says Jordan.
The research team found that if the dominant dogs sneezed, then only a few sneezes were required for the rally to take place. If the dominant dogs did not sneeze, then the rally would only take place after 10 or more sneezes.
However, this also demonstrated that the pack leaders could be overridden, if enough of the pack wanted it.
"The sneezes act as a type of quorum, and the sneezes have to reach a certain threshold before the group changes activity," says one of the team, researcher Andrew King of Swansea University.
The study notes that the sneezes are similar to signals used by other canid species as threats or alarms. However, unlike those species, the dogs sneezing were physically relaxed, and the other dogs did not respond to the sneezes with startlement or anxiety.
Quorum behaviour, in which a minimum number of votes is required before the group of animals decides to move on, has also been observed in meerkats, honeybees, mountain gorillas and white-faced capuchin monkeys.
The study was also careful to note that at this time, it is not known if the sneezes are a true voting mechanism or a physical confirmation of a decision already reached by unknown means.
"Physiologically, the rapid exhalation may function to prepare the pack to hunt by clearing the nasal cavity to make scenting and running easier, but this does not preclude that sneezing may also be a true voting mechanism," the researchers write in the study.
"Further research is required to confirm causality."
nifty. I used to sneeze with my dog for fun, basically it would be a form of saying "wa-what?!" or something. I would sneeze, then she would sneeze, then I would sneeze louder, then she would sneeze louder etc.
Theresa May made the commitment in PMQs when asked about the trial of a cyclist who knocked over and killed a woman.
Cyclist Charlie Alliston - whose fixed gear bike had no front brakes - was cleared of manslaughter last month but convicted under the 19th century offence of "wanton or furious driving".
Labour MP Heidi Alexander said this law was "hopelessly outdated and wholly inadequate".
The Lewisham East MP, whose constituent Kim Briggs was killed in the incident, also asked whether the offence of dangerous driving could be extended to cover cyclists.
Mrs May said the point was about ensuring legislation is kept up to date, and added: "I am sure this is an issue that the secretary of state for transport will look at."
It was the first Prime Minister's Questions since the summer recess, and Mrs May clashed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on executive pay and zero-hours contracts.
Mr Corbyn urged her to support McDonald's workers, who went on strike this week, and accused her of going back on "tough talk" and a manifesto pledge to tackle boardroom pay rises.
The PM said the McDonald's strike was a matter for the fast-food chain and that her party had just published proposals on corporate governance.
She was also urged by the Labour leader to lift the cap on public sector pay rises - saying public servants did a good job in often "very difficult and harrowing circumstances".
The government would balance protecting public servants' jobs with "being fair to those who are paying for it" she added.
To coincide with PMQs, nurses held a protest outside Parliament calling for an end to the pay cap.
In an interview published Monday at NY Mag, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio went full Communist, arguing against private property rights while saying the state should decide who gets to live in what buildings.
“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property,” de Blasio said. “I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”
Wait a second — de Blasio thinks residents of New York want the city to decide who gets to live in what buildings? No wonder we like to refer to him as “Comrade” de Blasio. But there’s more.
BILL DE BLASIO COMES OUT AGAINST PRIVATE PROPERTY
“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs,” he added, apparently drawing from the Communist maxim of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
He then admitted his desire for central planning: “And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.”
“Mayor de Blasio has long been anti-capitalism,” America Rising added. “With his latest incendiary comments to New York Magazine, it’s clear he’s serious about challenging Bernie Sanders in 2020 for the title of most out-of-touch leftist running for president.”
“This is today’s Democrat Party,” Jim Hoft said at the Gateway Pundit. “Open Communism.”
>“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property,” de Blasio said. “I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”
Don't we already do all of these things?
In virtually every city?
I think it's a fair point to make that an optimal society is going to balance free market with sensible regulation so that people don't fear suddenly being kicked out of their apartment overnight because a wealthy foreigner decides to pushase a building or get priced out of rent before they've had a reasonable amount of time to find accommodations elsewhere.
>“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs.
That is a true statement. You will find people with some socialistic impulses in every community in any given city, and l'd bet the large majority of the population has some socialistic impulses. Even if you don't think any government should exist, it's probably a true statement.
>“Mayor de Blasio has long been anti-capitalism,”
Am I anti-pork because I don't eat it for every meal? Am I anti-fitness because I don't spend all day at the gym? Anti-blue becausee I don't paint every room and every object in my room blue? Does anything other than no government intervention into the economy under any circumstances suggest I am anti-capitalist?
Not only first hearing about this on breaking news, but also questioning the situation in my American Gov. class, as we know two days ago, North Korea test-launched two hydrogen bombs.
One being 8X weaker than the ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and another being, 8X STRONGER then those previously listed.
A North Korean Diplomat named these test as a sneak peek to 'gift packages the US will soon receive' around two hours ago.
Though many are pushing on military action for this situation, Jon Wolfsthal a former member of Obama's NSC believes that we shouldn't take action until we are assured that we can deplete all of North Korea's nuclear weapons. If not we would be getting a nuclear response.
What are your guy's inputs on the situation?
>the mountain they are testing these on is bout to collapse
Keep pressing them and don't back down. If we try to appease them it will only make the US look weak and allow North Korea to stockpile more nukes. The time to act was unfortunately a decade ago, but if we don't do something now we will be stuck in a cycle of appeasement with an increasingly deranged nation.
Fuck off Pentagon shill. Mao's China during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution got nuclear weapons, and despite the dubious reliability of the PRC's chain of command at the time, the US did not intervene. Face it, America's only sane option at this point is to take the same path it did with China - gradual deescalation through the normalization of relations, followed by steady growth in trade.
On Monday morning, National Public Radio ran a story about the health risks of sitting for hours every day, particularly for people in late middle age and older.
Titled “Get off the couch, Baby Boomers — Or you may not be able to later,” the “Morning Edition” story by correspondent Patti Neighmond explained that prolonged sitting and binge TV watching are contributing factors to becoming less mobile in old age.
However, Trump supporters saw the #GetOffTheCouchBabyBoomers hashtag starting to trend and — assuming it was aimed at them — spoke up in their defense.