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Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet

WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earth’s resources

Source: The Guardian

The ongoing global appetite for meat is having a devastating impact on the environment driven by the production of crop-based feed for animals, a new report has warned.

The vast scale of growing crops such as soy to rear chickens, pigs and other animals puts an enormous strain on natural resources leading to the wide-scale loss of land and species, according to the study from the conservation charity WWF.

Intensive and industrial animal farming also results in less nutritious food, it reveals, highlighting that six intensively reared chickens today have the same amount of omega-3 as found in just one chicken in the 1970s.

The study entitled Appetite for Destruction launches on Thursday at the 2017 Extinction and Livestock Conference in London, in conjunction with Compassion in World Farming (CIFW), and warns of the vast amount of land needed to grow the crops used for animal feed and cites some of the world’s most vulnerable areas such as the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/05/vast-animal-feed-crops-meat-needs-destroying-planet

Ivana Trump tells @CBSSunday she talks to the President "weekly" and has advised him on tweeting


They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants

Source: Reveal News

McGahey had heard of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery. People called it “the Chicken Farm,” a rural retreat where defendants stayed for a year, got addiction treatment and learned to live more productive lives. Most were sent there by courts from across Oklahoma and neighboring states, part of the nationwide push to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.

Aside from daily cans of Dr Pepper, McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything. The judge knew that. But the Chicken Farm sounded better than prison.

A few weeks later, McGahey stood in front of a speeding conveyor belt inside a frigid poultry plant, pulling guts and stray feathers from slaughtered chickens destined for major fast food restaurants and grocery stores.

There wasn’t much substance abuse treatment at CAAIR. It was mostly factory work for one of America’s top poultry companies. If McGahey got hurt or worked too slowly, his bosses threatened him with prison.

And he worked for free. CAAIR pocketed the pay.

“It was a slave camp,” McGahey said. “I can’t believe the court sent me there.”

Soon, it would get worse.

Read more: https://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/?utm_source=Reveal&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=twitter

Investigators Looking for Mystery Woman Seen With Vegas Shooter

Investigators are trying to identify a mystery woman seen with Stephen Paddock in the days before the Las Vegas massacre, several law enforcement officials told NBC News.

They don't know if she has any connection to the attack, but they would like to speak with her as they build a timeline of Paddock's last days, the officials said.


I wonder if this has something to do with the mystery woman:


Secret Service: No system for vetting Trump visitors at Mar-a-Lago

Source: Politico

There are no visitor logs or other system of tracking those who visited President Donald Trump at his winter retreat known as Mar-a-Lago, a Secret Service official confirmed Wednesday.

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Special Agent Kim Campbell said that her agency had a smattering of records regarding some foreign dignitaries and law enforcement officers who met Trump earlier this year during his stays at the Palm Beach resort he owns.

However, Campbell acknowledged the lack of a comprehensive or even a routine process for tracking such visitors, such as the one used for the White House.

"The...search and review of records confirmed that there is no system for keeping track of Presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, as there is at the White House Complex," wrote Campbell, head of the Secret Service's Liaison Divison. "Specifically, it was determined that there is no grouping, listing or set of records that would reflect Presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/mar-a-lago-visitor-logs-secret-service-trump-243478

Salma Hayek Had a Trump Pinata

I believe this was posted before, but...

Cummings questions White House about Conway's private jet travels

Source: Politico

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee wants the White House to provide details of private jet flights that counselor Kellyanne Conway took with former HHS Secretary Tom Price, who resigned last week in the wake of a scandal over his use of charter planes for official business.

Conway took several trips with Price on charter jets that were related to the administration's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, a POLITICO investigation found. In a letter to the White House, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked that Conway provide documents related to all non-commercial flights she's taken since joining the administration.

Cummings is also seeking proof that Price paid back his portion of travel costs, which he vowed to do just one day before he resigned under pressure from President Donald Trump.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/04/white-house-kellyanne-conways-private-jet-travels-243447

Brooke Shields: Trump once used Americas richest man pick-up line on me

Source: The Hill

Brooke Shields says Donald Trump once used a unique pick-up line to ask her out on a date, boasting that he was “America’s richest man.”

The star of “The Blue Lagoon” and “Suddenly Susan” disclosed the dating attempt by the future president during a Tuesday night interview with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”

“He called me. I was on location doing a movie and he called me right after he had gotten a divorce,” Shields, 52, said.

“And he said, ‘I really think we should date because you’re America’s sweetheart and I’m America’s richest man, and the people would love it,” Shields said between laughs.


Trump knocks fake news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico

Source: The Hill

President Trump early Wednesday criticized some of the news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico, calling it “fake.”

“A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday,” he tweeted. “While some of the news coverage is Fake, most showed great warmth and friendship.”

Trump promoted his administration’s response during his visit to the hurricane-ravaged island on Tuesday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/353778-trump-knocks-fake-news-coverage-of-his-trip-to-puerto-rico

Tillersons Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to multiple senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time.

The tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led, the officials said.

Just days earlier, Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a “moron,” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials, according to three officials familiar with the incident.

While it's unclear if he was aware of the incident, Vice President Mike Pence counseled Tillerson, who is fourth in line to the presidency, on ways to ease tensions with Trump, and other top administration officials urged him to remain in the job at least until the end of the year, officials said.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/tillerson-s-fury-trump-required-intervention-pence-n806451
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