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Sources: Acting US ambassador to China quit over Trump climate decision

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Acting US ambassador to China David Rank resigned from his post in Beijing over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, several sources familiar with the decision told CNN.

A career foreign service officer since 1990, Rank assumed the position of deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Beijing in January 2016 and had been serving until the arrival of Trump's pick for the job, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who was confirmed by Congress late last month.

Rank has served in several senior positions within the US State Department including time as the director of the office of Afghanistan affairs and as a senior adviser to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Mr. Rank made a personal decision," a senior State Department official told CNN, stopping short of citing the climate deal developments as the reason. "We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/05/politics/acting-ambassador-to-china-david-rank-resigns/

With the shit he is pulling on London, Trump is now, officially, a Funeral Picketer...


Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in Senate June 8

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate intelligence committee June 8 about the investigation into possible coordination between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

A source told CNN Wednesday that Comey is also expected to address his private conversations with Trump, where Trump reportedly asked him to kill his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey will testify in open session beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a closed session around 1 p.m., the committee announced

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/politics/comey-testify/index.html?adkey=bn

Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake -- created by Russian intelligence -- but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process.

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over -- without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable. US officials now tell CNN that Comey and FBI officials actually knew early on that this intelligence was indeed false.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/politics/james-comey-fbi-investigation-fake-russian-intelligence/index.html?adkey=bn

The moment 16-year-old Bill Clinton met President John F. Kennedy - July 24, 1963

Formal apology sought after U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was cut off during state convention speech

Source: LA Times

The California Democratic Party African American Caucus is asking the state party for a formal apology to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and its members for what it called disrespect by a private subcontractor at its weekend state convention.

Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat known for her comments on President Trump, had been speaking at a caucus meeting during the event Saturday night when the sound to her microphone was cut off.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the Caucus said it had concluded an investigation with the Sacramento City Council and executive staff from the California Democratic Party executive staff to determine what transpired. They found the state party retained the event planning firm Frontrunner to produce the convention, attended by nearly 3,000 people from across the state. Frontrunner subcontracted the audio and visual work to a separate firm that has not been identified.

The caucus said it was an employee of that firm that approached Waters and interrupted her remarks by pulling the plug connecting her microphone to the audio system.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-african-american-caucus-request-formal-1495694792-htmlstory.html


Source: Outside magazine

Leaders from six Sioux groups announced today that they plan to build a massive wind farm on tribal land in South Dakota. Speaking at the annual Clinton Global Initiative  America meeting in Chicago, representatives from the Cheyenne River, Oglala, Crow Creek, Rosebud, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, and Yankton Sioux tribes said that the planned development would generate between one and two gigawatts of power annually and could pour as much as $3 billion into South Dakota's economy.

The tribes plan to raise raise initial funding via a campaign on Rally.org, and will finance the rest of the project through the sale of bonds. "The Sioux Wind Project will demonstrate that community-support and community-funding can help push renewable-energy projects forward," Rally CEO Tom Serres said in a press release

Read more: http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/South-Dakota-Sioux-Announce-Wind-Project.html

Oh Yeah, We Still Have a Fucking Gun Problem In This Country…

opinion from the political garbage chute

Six months ago a mentally-ill young man with an AR-15 shot and killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the aftermath of the shooting, the nation was justifiably outraged. Well, I should be very clear here the vast majority of us were outraged. The NRA’s executive board, headed by Wayne LaPierre? I can’t really say what their reaction was, but it certainly wasn’t outrage. They immediately began scrambling their forces to sabotage any earnest effort to tighten up gun laws as a response to the tragedy. You would think that if anything would get our elected officials to stand up to a bunch of profiteering scumbags like the NRA’s board, it would be the nightmare of bullets and blood that ended those children’s lives. You’d be wrong though.

The NRA managed to spread a lie about the Toomey-Manchin bipartisan background check bill that it would lead to a national registry, and if there’s one thing John Q. Gun-Hoarding-Asshole can’t stand, it’s the idea of the country knowing he has a gun. Well, except for the fifteen pictures a day he posts on Facebook page, but he’s doing that voluntarily damn it! So with the gun zealots in lather over a gun registry — which the amendment specifically outlawed — just enough Republican Senators were intimidated into not backing the amendment and it died short of the 60 vote mark prescribed in the Constitution. Oh wait, no, that’s just a threshold established by obstructionist assclowns on the right. My apologies.

In the six months since the shooting at Newtown, thousands of people have died and been injured by guns, and yet the message coming out of Gun Hoarder Land is “nothing wrong here, keep moving, nothing to see.” The problem for that crowd though? There’s a lot to see. For instance, you can see that Santa Monica College just saw a dramatic and violent conclusion to a shooting rampage that started in the surrounding area and ended on the campus of the city college. You can see it in the story of a man in Arizona who brought his four-year-0ld son to a friend’s house and wound up being accidentally shot when his child found his friend’s gun and discharged it into his father. Or you can get really depressed reading a story about two shootings involving two different four year old kids in two different states in a single three-day span, does that drive home just how much a problem with guns we have this country?

No? Let’s try one more…how about twelve people being shot in six hours in Chicago?

Something’s got to give. I know we’re probably never going to get to the point where we can ask people to hand in any guns they don’t really need — you know, keep a couple for your protection and hunting purposes, and then hand over the rest of the cache — but we have to fix this issue from every angle possible. You want to talk about mental health issues? Fine, but you better be willing to move to a universal healthcare system because good luck paying for the kinds of sweeping overhauls and widely available mental healthcare facilities that are going to be needed without one. Want to enforce already existing laws better? Great! I’m all for that, but I hope you’re willing to pay higher taxes so we can hire more cops and public defenders. We also cannot be deterred in writing the kinds of common sense laws that are needed to curb the flow of guns into the black market as well as encourage responsible gun ownership. The numbers have been shouted so many times, but it bears repeating — far more people have died in this country as a result of gun crime or accident than have died in all the terrorist attacks combined.

Shouldn’t the real Department of Homeland Security be working with legislators to draft a Federal trafficking law or some other form of gun legislation that helps make tracking down illegal firearms easier? Nothing is more frustrating for me than watching America not learn from its mistakes. We can’t ban all guns, and we can’t ignore the problem and hope it goes away. The worst part about all the “scandals” that are rocking Washington right now is that they completely distract us from the issues we knew we had to fix just six months ago. Sandy Hook was and still is the wake-up call this country needs.

Yes, I’m worried about just how much we let the NSA swoop up without warrants, but while we’re hand-wringing over government programs that we all pretty much just assumed existed anyway, dozens upon dozens of our fellow Americans are dying needlessly because we can’t tell the gun lobby to go fuck themselves. If we don’t hold Congress accountable, if by next November we have simply shrugged our shoulders on the gun control issue — shame on us. Honestly, these few hundred words have been more a cathartic exercise than anything else. I’ve committed thousands of them to this cause, and the facts of the case remain the same.

- See more at: http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/oh-yeah-we-still-have-a-fucking-gun-problem-in-this-country/#sthash.oXZubobb.dpuf

Watch A Kid At A Dinner Table Accidentally Destroy One Of His Mother's Lifelong Beliefs

Warning: pro-veg message ( just in case that sort of stuff upsets you )

btw... turn on the CC if you want english captions

Chilling Letter From Chinese Factory Worker Found In Kmart Halloween Decorations


The New York Times has identified the man who wrote a chilling letter describing Chinese factory conditions that was found in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart.

The man, identified only as Mr. Zhang to protect his identity, told the Times that he was imprisoned in a labor camp where " inmates toiled seven days a week, their 15-hour days haunted by sadistic guards."

The labor camps are full of petty criminals or people who rebel against the country's religion, Mr. Zhang said. He said he wrote 20 letters over the course of two years.

One was discovered by Julie Keith of Oregon, who had bought the decorations over a year ago but decided to use them to decorate for her daughter's birthday party last October.

Inside the box, she found a plea for help supposedly written by a Chinese factory worker in Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, The Oregonian reported at the time.

Here's an excerpt from the letter, grammatical mistakes included:

"If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.

People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).

People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others."

Ten yuan is equivalent to $1.61.

the NY Times article:


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