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Dad of Parkland shooting victim says taking guns away isn't the answer

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:53

Dad of Parkland shooting victim says taking guns away isn't the answerThe father of a Parkland shooting victim reacts to 2020 Democrat Beto O'Rourke's push for a mandatory gun buyback.


Hong Kong police deny street brawl 'double standards'

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:38

Hong Kong police deny street brawl 'double standards'Hong Kong police on Monday denied accusations their officers showed comparative lenience towards gangs of pro-Beijing men who attacked pro-democracy supporters during a weekend marked by multiple bloody street brawls. The once stable international hub has been convulsed by weeks of huge, sometimes violent rallies calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability. The movement is the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city was handed back by Britain in 1997 and shows no sign of ending, with city leaders and Beijing taking a hard line.


Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:27

 White people 'can never fully understand'Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought upon black people in this country, the domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals since before the founding of this country," Biden told the 16th Street Baptist Church congregation in downtown Birmingham on Sunday as they commemorated the 56th anniversary of the bombing that killed four black girls in 1963. Biden's appearance comes at an inflection point for Democrats' 2020 leader in the polls.


Satellite photos show the scale of destruction at Saudi oil facilities hit by attacks that put global markets in chaos

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:22

Satellite photos show the scale of destruction at Saudi oil facilities hit by attacks that put global markets in chaosReacting to the attack on the Saudi Aramco plant, oil prices hit a six-month high early Monday, with prices spiking 20% when markets opened.


Trump's rally in New Mexico is a bid for an upset next year

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:02

Trump's rally in New Mexico is a bid for an upset next yearDonald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad. Is New Mexico, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican for president since George W. Bush in 2004, in play?


Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves attention.

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:00

Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves attention.He may have the best explanation for how the Trump presidency happened: We 'automated away' 4 million manufacturing jobs in presidential swing states.


Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:41

Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activistThe wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial Monday, saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death. Thailand is among the most deadly places in Asia for environmental and rights defenders -- the United Nations has counted over 80 cases of enforced disappearances in the country since 1980. The park chief at the time, Chaiwat Limlikitaksor, was one of the last people to see him alive, after Billy was detained for apparently collecting honey illegally.


Greta Thunberg Is the Climate Heroine We Need

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:23

Greta Thunberg Is the Climate Heroine We NeedLionel Bonaventure/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. ROME–When Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg was 11 years old, her body had started to shut down due to severe self-starvation tied to debilitating depression. She spoke to almost no one but her immediate family. She was afraid of crowds. She was lost in her own world, and the world very nearly lost her.But thanks to the formal diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome coupled with high-functioning autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, the now-16-year-old Swede has become quite literally the poster child for the generation that will have to deal with the destruction of our planet. Once she started receiving multifaceted treatment, Thunberg was able to channel her anxiety into something we should all be concerned about: the health of the planet and the science behind apocalyptic warnings of its demise. In October 2018, Thunberg started having anxiety-ridden 3 a.m. nightmares, but unlike before, they were not about her. The recurring nightmares were about the impact of global warming on the planet, according to the book, Scenes From the Heart, she wrote with her parents and sister Beata, who also suffers from many of the same emotional conditions. This time, instead of holing up in her bedroom as she did before treatment, she decided that her anxiety about the climate needed to become everyone else's, too. One of the aspects of her complicated diagnosis is obsession. Her family says she just wouldn't let the idea go that the planet was burning up and there was ample science to prove it. She did not understand why no one was doing anything. She could not comprehend why adults and policy makers were ignoring the issue. She started skipping school on Fridays to protest, all alone, on the steps of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm where she grew up. Slowly–and in some ways inexplicably—the protests, which were dubbed Fridays for Future, caught on and soon she was joined by tens, then scores, then hundreds of Swedish children demanding that adults start paying attention to science when it comes to climate change. Soon, the girl who once would not leave her bedroom was traveling across Europe to draw her peers out of the classrooms and onto the streets for the sake of the environment. Since she began not even a year ago, the protests have been held in 100 cities by teen activists. Her intensity has become her secret weapon and her now-famous speeches at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, in front of the British Parliament and at the United Nations’ COP24 Climate Talks, landed her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. “You have ignored us in the past, and you will ignore us again,” she told the World Economic Forum in Davos. “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”“Those who will be affected the hardest are already suffering the consequences,” she scolded the British Parliament. “But their voices are not heard. Is my microphone on? Can you hear me?”When she was invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York to be held later this month, she was faced with a dilemma. Would she look like a hypocrite hopping on a jet, leaving the very carbon footprint she had won such acclaim railing against? Instead, she took a state-of-the art carbon-zero yacht called the Malizia II, and made the journey by sea. The Malizia II is owned by German property developer Gerhard Senft. It was built as a high-tech racing craft that was designed to collect data for scientists studying rates of ocean acidification from carbon emissions. Senft offered use of the boat and crew when he heard Thunberg wanted to sail across the Atlantic to address the climate summit. In the 14 days at sea, some of them in inclement weather, the crew didn't turn on the motor once. The Malizia II crew was led by Pierre Casiraghi, who happens to be the grandson of Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and actress Grace Kelly. The yacht is kitted out with solar panels and hydro generators, meaning it is completely emission-free. But its spare design doesn't have a functioning toilet, shower or other amenities.Not everyone wants to hear Thunberg’s message and there is a growing chorus of people who say she and her obsessive condition are being exploited for political purposes. Thunberg has been the object of cruel attacks from climate change deniers who have used her medical conditions against her. Arron Banks, a prominent British businessman who bankrolled the drive for Brexit, tweeted, “Freak yachting accidents do happen in August.” He later said the tweet was a joke, but he has not removed it from his feed. Far-right groups across Europe have chided her and her message, referring to the "apocalyptic dread in her eyes” and saying many other things far too cruel to repeat. There is an argument to be made that climate deniers tend to be men and climate activists, with the exception of Al Gore, tend to be women, sparking debate whether there is a misogynistic element to the debate. A 2016 study in the Journal of Consumer Research,“Is Eco-Friendly Unmanly? The Green-Feminine Stereotype and Its Effect on Sustainable Consumption,” backs up the theory. “Men may shun eco-friendly behavior because of what it conveys about their masculinity,” the authors write. “It’s not that men don’t care about the environment. But they also tend to want to feel macho, and they worry that eco-friendly behaviors might brand them as feminine.”Thunberg’s most vocal critics, it has to be said, are all men, but many of them actually go beyond misogyny and come very close to shaming her for her Asperger’s.Steve Milloy, a former Trump staffer and full-time Thunberg obsessive, regularly tweets about the “climate puppet.” He claims that the “the world laughs at this Greta charade,” often posting pictures of the teenager in awkward poses. Her response has always been swift to her 1.4 million Twitter followers and 3.1 million followers on Instagram. “I am indeed ‘deeply disturbed’ about the fact that these hate and conspiracy campaigns are allowed to go on and on and on just because we children communicate and act on the science,” she tweeted in August. “Where are the adults?”Thunberg chronicled her journey to America by sea on her social media, but after each post is a usual barrage of hate, insults and cruelty of the kind you might expect on a playground. She reads them all, often commenting, but most often questioning why people just don't want to see the truth. When she neared Manhattan in late August after two weeks on the high seas, she was escorted into the harbor by a fleet of 17 boats representing the U.N.’s sustainability development goals and hordes of teens who stood in the rain at 3 a.m. to cheer her to shore. Many will attend the Fridays for Future protest in New York City on September 20. Others just wanted to get a glimpse of their unlikely heroine. But one person she won’t see when she is in the U.S. is President Donald Trump. She has not been invited to meet him, but if she is, she told her supporters that she would decline because she has “nothing to say” to those who don’t believe the science. “I usually ignore them,” she said when asked recently what she would tell a climate change denier like Trump. “I have nothing to say to them and they have nothing to say to me.”She added that, indeed, if she did meet the president or someone “like him” she would keep going back to the science. “Many people think climate change is an opinion,” she said. “But it's not an opinion, it's a fact.”On September 23, Thunberg will address the U.N. Climate Change Summit, quoting from her recent book No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. She has held weekly Fridays for Future protests since her arrival in late August, inspiring hundreds of American teens to protest for policy changes. She has also inspired many of her peers to ignore the naysayers.  “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go,” she tweeted a few hours after she docked in New York. “And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.” Indeed, in the case of this young Swedish climate-busting hero, it most certainly is. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


The oil industry vs. the electric car

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:04

The oil industry vs. the electric carElectric vehicles could make up nearly half the fleet of passenger cars and trucks by 2040. But oil and gas companies are striking back.


Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:00

 Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soilRussian compounds and diplomats in the U.S. played key roles in a counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials.


We spend about half of our federal tax dollars on health care. That's ridiculous.

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:00

We spend about half of our federal tax dollars on health care. That's ridiculous.Politicians make lots of promises on health care. Maybe they should promise to get rid of waste.


Why the Solomons is mulling China diplomatic switch

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 02:35

Why the Solomons is mulling China diplomatic switchChina looks poised to gain an ally in the strategic Pacific region this month as a new Solomon Islands leadership sours on decades of "useless" diplomatic ties to Taiwan. While no final decision has been announced on whether to switch allegiance, Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare gave a brutal assessment of 36 years of ties to Taipei in what he beleived were confidential remarks to an Australian academic. "To be honest, when it comes to economics and politics, Taiwan is completely useless to us," Sogavare told the Australian National University's Graeme Smith in an interview aired in a podcast earlier this month.


N. Korea demands security guarantees for nuclear talks

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 02:18

N. Korea demands security guarantees for nuclear talksNorth Korea on Monday demanded the United States provide security guarantees as a precondition to resuming deadlocked nuclear talks, dampening hopes for progress at a working-level dialogue expected in the coming weeks. Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal. The pair agreed to restart working-level dialogue during an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in June, and Pyongyang last week offered to hold those talks in late September, a move the US said was "encouraging".


See This A-10 Warthog? It Could Wipe Out Iran's Swarm Boats in a War

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:40

See This A-10 Warthog? It Could Wipe Out Iran's Swarm Boats in a WarAt least that is the plan.


Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:37

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, schoolKARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. The enraged crowd ransacked the school and damaged a nearby temple, a district police chief said. "It seems the principal had not done anything intentionally," the district police chief, Furrukh Ali, told Reuters.


The U.S. Army's Next Generation of Super Weapons Are Coming

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:28

The U.S. Army's Next Generation of Super Weapons Are ComingAnd Iran, North Korea, Russia and China should be very afraid.


Buzz off! Angry bees delay Air India flight

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:11

Buzz off! Angry bees delay Air India flightAn Air India flight was delayed by several hours after a swarm of bees landed on the cockpit window, attacking ground staff when they tried to remove them, officials said. Ground staff tried to shoo the insects off, angering them, and when attempts to use the windscreen wipers failed officials switched to 'plan b' and blasted them off with water. "Fire tenders were deployed to spray water to dislodge the honey bees and they could be driven away after nearly an hour-long operation," airport official Kaushik Bhattcharya told AFP.


Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse undergound fires

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 01:08

 Indonesia struggles to douse undergound firesThousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate global warming. Vast blazes are ripping across the archipelago's rainforests, unleashing a toxic haze over Southeast Asia that has triggered health fears and sent diplomatic tensions with Indonesia's neighbours soaring. "It's so much harder to fight fires on peatlands," a dirty and exhausted Hendri Kusnardi told AFP outside smog-hit Pekanbaru city in Sumatra.


Bar attack kills 5 in Mexican president's home state before independence salute

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 00:33

Bar attack kills 5 in Mexican president's home state before independence saluteFive people were shot dead in a bar in the home state of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a few hours before he was due to lead his first independence day celebrations on Sunday night. The killings were the latest reminder of the chronic security problems faced by Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who assumed the presidency in December pledging to bring down soaring levels of violence in Mexico. An hour before midnight, Lopez Obrador performed his first 'Grito' (Cry) as leader from the balcony of the presidential palace in the center of Mexico City, an event which commemorates the call to arms by rebel priest Miguel Hidalgo on Sept. 16, 1810 at the start of the country's war of independence from Spain.


20 photos that show how US towns still haven't recovered from devastating hurricanes that took place months or years ago

Yahoo News - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 23:48

20 photos that show how US towns still haven't recovered from devastating hurricanes that took place months or years agoHurricanes Michael, Florence, Maria, Irma, and Harvey are still impacting communities across the US, years after touching ground.


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