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Archive for May 18th, 2014

Where World’s Unsold Cars Go to Die

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Where World’s Unsold Cars Go to Die
Zero Hedge: In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by U.S. automotive manufacturers, better known as “channel stuffing,” of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? [This photo] is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom. Please do see this on Google Maps….type in Sheerness, United Kingdom. Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway.

10 Years for Growing Marijuana in Washington?
A 70-year-old medical marijuana patient, three of his relatives and one other person in Washington state are facing minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison after they were caught growing 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property in Washington state — even though medical marijuana is legal there. “This case is another glaring example of what’s wrong with the federal policy on cannabis,” said Kari Boiter, Washington state coordinator for the medical marijuana group Americans for Safe Access.


Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans hospitals nationwide.


Clinton “clearly” responsible for Benghazi, Cheney says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Clinton “clearly” responsible for Benghazi, Cheney says
From Benghazi to Ukraine to Syria, the United States’ foreign relationships have been mishandled, former vice president says


Fox’s Karl Rove Says He Has No Regrets For Smear Against Hillary Clinton

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox’s Karl Rove Says He Has No Regrets For Smear Against Hillary Clinton

From the May 18 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:

Previously:

Anatomy Of A Clinton Smear: From Rove’s Baseless Speculation To Right-Wing Media’s Calls For Evidence

FLASHBACK: When Rove Thought It Was “Reprehensible” To Question A Candidate’s Age

Fox’s Wallace: Rove “Knew Exactly What He Was Doing” And Is “Laughing Himself To Sleep” Over Clinton Health Attack


Media Missing the New Populist Wave

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Media Missing the New Populist Wave
Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics
Brian Sullivan now knows the frustration that many Republicans feel every time some media outlet trots out another wackadoodle who says, with assumed authority, that he or she represents the party’s mainstream attitudes. Sullivan, the likeable CNBC anchor and host of its “Street Signs” program, comes across as an Everyman on his show. On a recent MSNBC “Morning Joe” segment, he passionately rebutted the panel’s conversation about the state of Republicans. “Can we stop saying ‘the Republican Party’? As somebody that grew up in a conservative household, I…

Obama Tells Donors Midterm Stakes are High; HRC Leads in Ohio; Newt v. Tip
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Good morning. It’s Thursday, May 15, 2014. Thirty years ago today, a heated argument between Democrats and Republicans raged on the House floor. The two primary antagonists were Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. and Newt Gingrich — and when it was over the latter was nearly as well-known in this country as the former. The donnybrook, which lasted over several days, was ostensibly about U.S. foreign policy. But what was really at stake was which political party controlled the microphone in the House of Representatives — and in this country. And a look back at the…


VIDEO: BoE chief sounds housing warning

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: BoE chief sounds housing warning
The governor of the Bank of England gives his strongest warning yet about the dangers to Britain’s economy posed by the booming housing market.

VIDEO: Tories ‘elevated petulance’ over Europe
Nick Clegg accuses the Conservatives of an ‘elevated form of petulance’ in their attitude towards Europe.

Clegg: We could pare back Help to Buy
The government’s Help to Buy scheme could be “pared back” if the Bank of England believes the housing market is overheating, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says.


GOP targets consumer bureau

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

GOP targets consumer bureau
House Republicans are renewing their push to tighten the leash on the CFPB.


On Anniversary, a Victory Parade and a Crackdown in Sri Lanka

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

On Anniversary, a Victory Parade and a Crackdown in Sri Lanka
The security measures, in Tamil-dominated areas, were apparently intended to prevent demonstrations by relatives of those killed in the civil war.



Vietnamese Police Block Anti-Chinese Demonstrators After Violence Over Oil Rig
Police guards around Chinese buildings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City effectively ended a week of protests over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters.



Op-Ed Contributor: Sorcery at War
Belief in witchcraft is fueling the fearsome violence in C.A.R.

Masinloc Journal: A Leviathan Turns Philippine Fishermen Into Desperate Darters
In a dispute over Scarborough Shoal, Chinese patrols have been chasing away Filipinos whose hometown, Masinloc, depends on fish from the reef.



Note to Olympic Sailors: Don’t Fall in Rio’s Water
Guanabara Bay, the venue for the 2016 events, is so foul that a biologist called it “a latrine” and a Brazilian sailor said he has encountered bodies.




Fox News Pundits Lash Out At Karl Rove Over Hillary Remarks: ‘You’re Generating Sympathy For Her’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox News Pundits Lash Out At Karl Rove Over Hillary Remarks: ‘You’re Generating Sympathy For Her’

“You guys are going crazy!” Juan Williams told Rove.

The post Fox News Pundits Lash Out At Karl Rove Over Hillary Remarks: ‘You’re Generating Sympathy For Her’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Two Fox News contributors lashed out at Karl Rove on Fox News Sunday for suggesting that Hillary Clinton experienced brain damage after suffering a concussion during her tenure as Secretary of State, arguing that his attacks were unfair and could actually end up helping her potential presidential candidacy.

Bringing up Rove’s long history of personally attacking political opponents as an operative for President George W. Bush and other Republicans, Fox News contributor Juan Williams argued that the remarks “remind everybody that you, your past as a very effective political operative, have gone after people, the Swift Boating of John Kerry, going after people… you may be helping Hillary Clinton.”

During an off-the-record event in Chicago last week, Rove claimed Clinton had spent “30 days in the hospital.” “And when she reappears,” he recounted, “she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

“The GOP at this moment is apoplectic over Hillary Clinton,” Williams went on. “Hillary Clinton is to blame for Benghazi, for Nigeria. Hillary Clinton is to blame for Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton was a terrible Secretary of State. You guys are going crazy!” he said.

Fellow contributor Kirsten Powers also called out Rove for tripling down on his “brain damage” claims on the air by defining concussion as a “type of traumatic brain injury.” “He’s doing it now, he’s just doing it again!” she exclaimed as Rove read off the definition. Watch it:

Several prominent Republicans, including Newt Gingrich, criticized Rove’s remarks for attacking Clinton personally rather than picking a fight over her policy proposals. Confronted with Gingrich’s criticism on the show, Rove can be heard saying “gag me.”

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More Than One Million Suffer Worst Flooding In Over A Century

At least 25 people are dead and tens of thousands more are without water or electricity in Bosnia and Serbia.

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People build a dam made up of sandbags by the bank of the Sava river in Sremska Mitrovica, 90 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014.

People build a dam made up of sandbags by the bank of the Sava river in Sremska Mitrovica, 90 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014.

CREDIT: AP/Darko Vojinovic

At least 25 people are dead and tens of thousands more are without water or electricity as record rainfall in the Balkan countries of Bosnia and Serbia has led to the worst flooding in 120 years of data.

Three months’ worth of rain fell in three days last week, causing almost a third of Bosnia to resemble a muddy lake. Those spared direct flooding have been hit by one of around 300 landslides occurring in the last several days. Bosnian Security Ministry spokesman Admir Malagic said that about one million people, more than a quarter of the country’s population, inhabit the affected area.



“Bosnia is facing a horrible catastrophe,” said Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Bosnian three-man presidency. “We are still not fully aware of actual dimensions of the catastrophe … we will have to take care of hundreds, thousands of people.”

Beyond the elements of natural disaster, the floods are uprooting or otherwise jeopardizing the more than 100,000 landmines left over from the regional conflict in the 1990s.

“The torrential rain, floods and landslides are likely to cause the mines to move,” writes Guy De Launey of BBC News. “Warning signs have already been washed away in a number of places. When the floods finally recede, there will be an urgent need for the deminers to move in.”



In neighboring Serbia, the situation is just as dire, with the worst possibly yet to come as the Sava River swells downstream, peaking in the next day or two.

“What happened to us happens not once in 100 years, but once in 1,000 years,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said at a government meeting.

On Saturday, Serbia’s most famous athlete, tennis star Novak Djokovic, used his prominence to call on the media to help raise awareness of the flooding in his country, accusing CNN and BBC of neglecting the issue and calling it a “total catastrophe of biblical proportions”.

“There have not been floods like this in the existence of our people,” said the former world’s number 1 tennis player. “I don’t really know how to describe it. Half the country is in danger of not having any electricity, there is total immobilization, evacuations — and we’re talking about whole cities, not small villages.”

A state of emergency has also been called in Austria, where several villages in the southern part of the country have been cut off due to flooding. Rescue teams from nearby Russia and the European Union are assisting with the relief efforts.

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