Browsing: Political Manipulation

‘Ugandan lawmakers have postponed a bill to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s rule after protesters clashed with police in Kampala.

Addressing a raucous session in parliament on Thursday, Speaker Jacob Oulanyah said the legislation was “bringing tension” and would come back on another, unspecified date.

Police on Thursday used tear gas and arrested dozens of people who had gathered at Makerere University in the capital Kampala to stage a protest march against the controversial bill.

Ugandan police had warned on Wednesday that no protests would be allowed, either for or against the bill.

On Thursday, they besieged the offices of two organizations which are allegedly orchestrating anti-government protests, searching the offices for incriminating evidence, police spokesman Asan Kasingye said.’

Read more: Uganda postpones legislation to extend president’s term

‘Photos of John Kelly’s exasperated reaction to President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday had Twitter users going wild.

The usually stoic White House Chief of Staff put his hand over his face as the president addressed the 193-nation body and referred to Kim Jong Un as ‘rocket man’.

In addition to nick-naming the North Korean based on threats of nuclear force, the commander in chief blasted ‘loser terrorists,’ the ‘corrupt’ Venezuelan government, and the ‘murderous’ Iranian regime and ‘rogue regimes’.

It took no time for people to catch onto Kelly’s distressed reactions – and within minutes Twitter exploded with amusement and empathy for the disgruntled chief of staff.’

Read more: ‘We are all John Kelly’: Twitter has a field day after White House Chief of Staff’s body language betrays him during Trump’s bombastic speech to the UN

‘Climate alarmists have finally admitted that they’ve got it wrong on global warming.

This is the inescapable conclusion of a landmark paper, published in Nature Geoscience, which finally admits that the computer models have overstated the impact of carbon dioxide on climate and that the planet is warming more slowly than predicted.

The paper – titled Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C – concedes that it is now almost impossible that the doomsday predictions made in the last IPCC Assessment Report of 1.5 degrees C warming above pre-industrial levels by 2022 will come true.

In order for that to happen, temperatures would have to rise by a massive 0.5 degrees C in five years.

Since global mean temperatures rarely rise by even as much as 0.25 degrees C in a decade, that would mean the planet would have to do 20 years’ worth of extreme warming in the space of the next five years.

This, the scientists admit, is next to impossible. Which means their “carbon budget” – the amount of CO2 they say is needed to increase global warming by a certain degree – is wrong. This in turn means that the computer models they’ve been using to scare the world with tales of man-made climate doom are wrong too.’

Read more: Delingpole: Climate Alarmists Finally Admit ‘We Were Wrong About Global Warming’

‘Peers who have barely spoken in the House of Lords for an entire year have claimed more than £7m in expenses and allowances, new research reveals.

Critics have condemned the “something-for-nothing culture” in the second chamber after analysis of official figures found that 115 peers – around one in seven – failed to speak at all in debates during the 2016-17 session, despite claiming more than £1.3m in attendance fees.

Analysis by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) found that nearly half of the 798 peers made 10 contributions or fewer in the same year, claiming £7.3m, while some £4m was pocketed by 277 members who spoke five times or fewer.

The research prompted calls for a move away from “couch-potato peers” towards an elected upper House with a smaller number of salaried peers, instead of current rules where members do not receive a salary but can claim up to £300 for sitting days.’

Read more: Lords claim millions in expenses despite barely speaking in Parliament

‘A judge in Brazil has approved the use of gay conversion therapy, amid a furious backlash from campaigners, psychologists and celebrities.

Federal judge Waldemar de Carvalho ruled that homosexuality could be considered a disease.

The Brasilia judge last week backed a controversial evangelical psychologist, Rozangela Justino, who wanted to ‘treat’ gay people with discredited and harmful sexual orientation conversion therapies.

The Federal Council of Psychology approved a resolution in 1999 prohibiting psychologists from treating homosexuality as a disease.

The council said the ruling “opens the dangerous possibility of the use of sexual reversion therapies” and would appeal the injunction.’

Read more: Brazilian judge approves gay conversion therapy amid furious backlash from LGBT rights campaigners

‘Alternative media social network, whose logo is a frog often used by the “alt right,” faces domain seizure for failing to remove content that vilifies “race, religion or ethnic origin.” Their registrar further implied that the site promotes hate and discrimination.

Gab’s domain registrar, Asia Registry, has given the network 5 days to transfer its domain or it will be seized according to a notice sent to the company, Andrew Torbha Gab’s CEO tweeted out.

This comes after Gab was contacted by its registrar to take down a post by the founder of the neo-Nazi site, Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin.

The post by Anglin grotesquely mocked Charlottesville murder victim Heather Heyer, which Asia Registry told Torbha violated their abuse policy.

Torbha noted in a Medium post that Gab previously has enforced its own guidelines and that the post did violate its own policy and was indeed obscene.’

Read more: Alternative Social Network Gab Faces Domain Seizure For Violating ‘Anti-Discrimination Laws’

‘A news search of “gentrification” will land you with thousands of perspectives both for and against. Though the debate has emerged most vocally in the past several years, for residents born and raised in major cities, the ongoing loss of home is felt deeply.

“It is a feeling of powerlessness,” says Bie Aweh, who was raised in the Roxbury and Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. “You’re already vulnerable because of poverty, and it makes you feel like you have no power because capitalism talks the loudest.”

While many in support of urban renewal and development cite decreased crime rates and increased revenue as benefits, long-term residents from coast to coast echo concerns about the impact of gentrification on historically poor, predominantly of color neighborhoods.

Each of the people I spoke to were raised in historically black, poor communities now experiencing continued or more recent waves of gentrification. Noni Galloway, of Oakland, defines gentrification as, “when an environment or culture is taken over or redefined by another culture.”’

Read more: Three Signs That Gentrification Is Inevitably Coming to Your Neighborhood

‘The European Union has hailed the enactment of a major trade agreement with Canada. Greenpeace has warned the deal can hurt European food standards.

“This agreement encapsulates what we want our trade policy to be – an instrument for growth that benefits European companies and citizens, but also a tool to project our values, harness globalization and shape global trade rules. This trade deal has been subject to an in-depth parliamentary scrutiny which reflects the increased interest of citizens in trade policy,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally comes into force Thursday. Some aspects like investment protection will not be active until all EU member parliaments endorse them.

The deal boasts of saving EU businesses €590 million a year the amount they pay in tariffs on goods exported to Canada. CETA removes duties on 98 percent of products the EU bloc trades with Canada.

According to Greenpeace, the CETA trade deal puts EU food and agriculture standards at risk.’

Read more: EU trade pact with Canada comes into force amid GMO concerns

David Icke – The Trojan Treaties – Deleting Freedom

‘The US state of California has filed a lawsuit that will challenge President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, a project the state’s attorney general has called “medieval.”

The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that the Trump administration has failed to comply with federal and state environmental laws, relied on federal statutes that do not authorize the proposed projects and violates the US Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine.

The lawsuit also says the US Department of Homeland Security decided to build the wall without complying with the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act, hence the 2,000-mile-long (3,218 km) project lacks proper environmental measures.

“They’re violating the Tenth Amendment and infringing on a lot of state laws, not just federal laws, that effect our state. At the same time, they’re trying to do something that only Congress can do,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told journalists in Washington in advance of an official announcement he plans to make in San Diego Wednesday.’

Read more: California suing Trump administration over border wall

‘Spain’s prime minister has urged Catalonia to end its bid for independence “once and for all,” as thousands protest in the autonomous Spanish region over the detention of regional officials ahead of a banned independence vote.

“Stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement on Wednesday night, adding there was still time to avoid bigger problems.

Earlier, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont had called for a democratic and pacific response by the Catalans to pressure from Madrid and asked them to massively participate in the referendum planned for October 1.

The central government stepped up its operations in Catalonia on Wednesday morning as it ordered the civil guards to raid the ministry buildings of Catalonia’s regional government and detain 14 pro-independence officials in an attempt to block the referendum, which is deemed illegal by Madrid.’

Read more: Madrid urges Catalonia to end ‘disobedience’