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July 30, 2019

UN: More Civilians Killed By Afghan, NATO Forces Than Militants This Year

UN: More Civilians Killed By Afghan, NATO Forces Than Militants This Year
Afghan and international forces killed more than 700 civilians in the first six months of the year.

Rahim Faiez



Most of the civilian casualties were apparently inflicted during Afghan and NATO operations against insurgents, such as airstrikes and night raids on militant hideouts. Insurgents often hide among civilians.

The report by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said 403 civilians were killed by Afghan forces in the first six months of the year and another 314 by international forces, a total of 717. That’s compared to 531 killed by the Taliban, an Islamic State affiliate and other militants during the same period.

It said 300 of those killed by militants were directly targeted. The Taliban have been carrying out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces.
One in three casualties was caused by ground combat and a fifth were caused by roadside bombs, the report said.

The Taliban have rejected calls for a cease-fire as they hold talks with the United States aimed at ending the 18-year war. An Islamic State affiliate has meanwhile launched attacks targeting security forces as well as minority Shiites.


July 30, 2019

Twitter blows up on Alan Deshowitz ...


‘Creepy Dershowitz’ Trends And You Really Don’t Want To Know Why
Alan Dershowitz probably should’ve kept this to himself.


I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex? 1/ https://t.co/48Thb8Uaym
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 29, 2019

I challenge my readers to distinguish the cases, as a matter of constitutional law. I did not suggest that it is moral to have sex with a 16 year old, but rather that the issue presents a constitutional conundrum worthy of discussion. 2/


— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 29, 2019

I also pointed out that, statutory rape laws are applied quite selectively and often against young teenagers. That’s why I also say there are Romeo and Juliet exceptions. Lets debate not name call. End/
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 29, 2019

The tweets caused Dershowitz’s name to trend as well as a variation on it: #CreepyDershowitz:

80 year old Alan Dershowitz wants us to know that having sex with 16 year olds should be very legal and cool.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 30, 2019

Why is @AlanDersh trying to lower the age of consent in this op-ed? 15? Really? https://t.co/K8LyEho50X
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) July 29, 2019

The right for a minor to obtain abortion w/o parental or state involvement protects her from undue burden — abuse and/or delay/being forced to give birth. This is consistent with idea that the pregnancy resulting from sex to which she could not consent should not be forced on her
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) July 30, 2019

Please do not get #CreepyDershowitz to trend.
Do not use this hashtag.
Thank you.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 30, 2019

I will definitely not use the #CreepyDershowitz hashtag. Thanks for the warning about the #CreepyDershowitz hashtags.
— The Guy (@theguydf) July 30, 2019

I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a person dies, aren’t they technically no longer a person?

On an unrelated note, and I am certainly not guilty of cannibalism, which is clearly defined as “eating people”. 1/
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 29, 2019

Twitter: Morning, everyone! How’s it g—

Alan Dershowitz: (smashing through the wall at top speed to leave an Alan Dershowitz-shaped hole in the brick) THE CONSTITUTION SAYS IT’S OKAY TO HAVE SEX WITH CHILDREN
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) July 30, 2019

If I Did It
by Alan Dershowitz https://t.co/ENb2HEPEYo
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 29, 2019

come for dershowitz doubling down on his opinion that the age of consent should be lowered to 15, stay for the line when he explains this may be double true for minors “particularly [of] some ethnic groups” pic.twitter.com/9XUthLWg4Z
— LVL 45 CHAOS POTUS (@thetomzone) July 30, 2019

Alan Dershowitz is doin’ legal gymnastics to “legalize” sex with 15 year old girls. Now why would a totally innocent feller need to do such a thing?https://t.co/ocmBnqdgX5
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) July 30, 2019

Have you lost your damn mind?
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) July 29, 2019

Narrator: “Yes, yes Dersh has lost his mind and not even @waze can help him locate it.”
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) July 30, 2019

That’s a “Constitutional” argument?
I must’ve missed a page of the Constitution.
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) July 29, 2019

The fuck is the matter with you, #CreepyDershowitz?
— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 30, 2019

I’m REALLY interested as to why you care so much about whether or not 16 year olds can consent.
— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@MuellerSheWrote) July 30, 2019

Just say, “I’m a pervert.” It’s much shorter.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) July 30, 2019

The old “why am I a pedophile if my 16 yr old victim gets to have an abortion” argument.
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) July 30, 2019

You’re gross. Please stop talking. #CreepyDershowitz https://t.co/LbUPcIMvCl
— Shara Godwinson (@sharagodwinson) July 30, 2019

Martha’s Vineyard just hid its daughters
— shauna (@goldengateblond) July 30, 2019

Free legal advice: Log off
— Connor Wroe Southard (@ConnorSouthard) July 29, 2019
July 30, 2019

Little Known Black History Fact: Arturo Schomburg

Little Known Black History Fact: Arturo Schomburg
D. L. Chandler


Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, also known as Arthur Schomburg, was a meticulous historian and important Harlem Renaissance figure. During his career, he was referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Black History” due to his exhaustive research on Africa and the diaspora.

Schomburg was born Jan. 24. 1874 to a Black mother from the Virgin Islands and a German father who lived in Puerto Rico. As a boy, Schomburg was told by a teacher that Black history was a farce, which set him on a path early on to prove that doubter wrong.

In 1871, Schomburg moved to Harlem, New York and was an active member of the fight for Cuba and Puerto Rico’s independence. When his home country became part of the United States, Schomburg embraced the African-American community that he was now a part of. This set him on a path of serious study of the connection Black Americans had with Africa.

In 1911, Schomburg founded the Negro Society for Historical Research, and in 1922, he was named president of The American Negro Academy. As a collector and researcher of African art, Schomburg amassed a massive collection which was put on display by the New York Public Library’s Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints in 1926. He became the department’s curator and remained so until his death in 1932.

July 29, 2019

Trump Complained About Baltimore Years Ago But Blamed The 'African American President'

Trump Complained About Baltimore Years Ago But Blamed The ‘African American President’
Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a Maryland congressman since 1996, but back in 2015, Trump claimed the man in the White House was responsible for issues in the city.

By Mary Papenfuss


Donald Trump pummeled Baltimore years ago in a series of tweets — but back then he held Barack Obama responsible for the city’s crime, pointing out that he was an “African American president” and sarcastically referring to him as “great.”


Now, suddenly, Trump no longer considers Baltimore the responsibility of the man in the White House. Rather, he’s put blame on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whom Trump bizarrely blasted as a “racist” Sunday, for what the president called his “rodent-infested mess” of a district where “no human being would want to live.”

It was a different target, but another African American, four years ago:

Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

President Obama, you have a big job to do. Go to Baltimore and bring both sides together. With proper leadership, it can be done! Do it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

“@Vanderpunked: Can we drop @realDonaldTrump off in the middle of #Baltimore so he can show Obama how it’s done?” I would fix it fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

Trump’s critics on Twitter are most captivated now by 2015 Trump’s vision of himself as a great white savior ready to be airlifted into Baltimore to save the day.

When are YOU going to Baltimore, oh great white one???
Let’s see you fix this up with your great leadership qualities
Hurry up, the world is waiting#ImpeachTrump
— becky trenor (@yurkiddingme) July 28, 2019

but 280 day golfin take a toll
— Hotzn (@hotzn1) July 28, 2019

Oh, @realDonaldTrump, if we drop you off in the middle of #Baltimore will you be able to find your way out?🤣
— Leonard Grossman (@modemjunkie) July 28, 2019

You should go to Baltimore. You could stay at one of Jared Kushner’s properties—the ones with hundreds of violations!
— Robin Littlefield (@therealrkl) July 28, 2019


But Trump has also indicated that he’s furious the House Oversight and Reform Committee, headed by Cummings, voted Thursday to authorize a subpoena for all work-related texts and emails sent and received on personal accounts by his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Both Ivanka Trump and Kushner have admitted to using personal accounts for work messages.

The president has repeatedly slammed Hillary Clinton for using a personal server for work-related emails when she was secretary of state, which triggered Trump-encouraged chants of “lock her up” at his 2016 campaign rallies. Trump on Saturday accused Cummings in a tweet of now spending “all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’”

July 23, 2019

2.5 Billion Pound Meat Glut Could Lead To "Biggest Correction In Years"

U.S. Ranchers and Meat Packers Could Be the Next Victims of the Trump Trade War
By David Z. Morris

July 22, 2018


According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, more than 2.5 billion pounds of U.S. beef, pork, and poultry are currently in cold storage, waiting for buyers. One analyst told the Journal that those stockpiles, combined with modest U.S. demand growth and serious uncertainty surrounding export conditions, could lead to “one of the biggest corrections we’ve seen in the industry in several years.”

Some meat packers are canceling investment and expansion plans in the U.S., while others are reportedly scaling back production. Storage facilities, meanwhile, are reportedly running out of room to store the near-record amounts of excess meat.

Part of the glut is thanks to long-term overproduction caused by declining feed costs. U.S. meat production has been rising steadily for nearly a decade, and will reach a record 102.7 billion pounds this year, according to USDA projections.

But the best prospect for selling all that meat—exporting it—has hit a snag courtesy of President Donald Trump. Trump’s trade war has driven up tariffs on U.S. meat in major foreign markets including Mexico, China, and Canada. China imposed a 25% tariff on American pork in April, and raised it to a staggering 62% this month. According to the Journal, prices for pork products have increased sharply there, and exports from the U.S. declined by 18% in the first half of 2018. The largest market for U.S. pork, Mexico, doubled its pork tariff to 20% on June 5.

If we're killing for it, shouldn't we be eating it?

July 21, 2019

Notre Dame's Bees Seem to Have Survived the Blaze A little bit of sweet news.

Notre Dame’s Bees Seem to Have Survived the Blaze
A little bit of sweet news.
by Jessica Leigh Hester April 19, 2019



Beekeepers tend to hives atop several Paris landmarks, including the Opéra Garnier, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame. More than 180,000 honeybees were said to flit around the hives atop the sacristy, their honey doled out among cathedral staff. So when a blaze recently torched Notre Dame’s wood roof and demolished the spire, apiarists were eager to know how the colonies had fared.

For the beekeeper Nicolas Géant, who cares for Notre Dame’s hives, aerial images of the scorched building were a good omen. “If you look at the photos from the sky, you see that everything is burnt, there are holes in the roof, but you can still see the three beehives,” Géant told NBC News.

The hives are stacked slightly below the portion of the roof that went up in the flames. The fact that the hives hadn’t burned was promising, but it didn’t necessarily mean that the bees had survived the clouds of hot, gray smoke. (Géant explained to CNN that it’s possible that the hives would have handled that alright, since beekeepers regularly blow cold smoke into hives to lull bees into a honey-feast stupor while the humans do their work.) Then, a few days after the blaze, he got the news he had been waiting for: A cathedral spokesperson told him that bees had been seen buzzing around the hives, the Agence France-Presse reported. At least some winged residents had made it through.

July 17, 2019

A Girl, 15, Reported a Sexual Assault, Then the Detective Abused Her, Too

A Girl, 15, Reported a Sexual Assault, Then the Detective Abused Her, Too

The investigator, Neil David Kimball, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenager he met when she reported a sexual assault to the authorities.
Karen Zraick

By Karen Zraick

July 16, 2019



It was at least the third time the detective, Neil David Kimball of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, had been accused of misconduct while on duty, though he was not charged as a result of the first two allegations.

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten of Ventura County, whose office prosecuted the case, said in a statement that Detective Kimball, 46, met the then-15-year-old victim in 2017 when she reported a sexual assault. He befriended her and then sexually assaulted her, according to the statement.


Detective Kimball was originally charged with raping the victim while she was tied or bound. Detective Kimball was also accused of “witness intimidation by threat of force.”


Detective Kimball pleaded guilty last week to a lewd act with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, and is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison at his next appearance, on Aug. 8. He must also register as a sex offender.


Detective Kimball’s plea comes just over a month after Sara Abusheikh, a Los Angeles fashion designer, wrote in a post on Medium about her experience with the detective after she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance in 2014, and reported it to the authorities. Detective Kimball was assigned to her case, but she wrote that he never investigated, and instead said wildly inappropriate things to her.


July 17, 2019

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.
Thomas Goisque
By Elian Peltier, James Glanz, Mika Gröndahl, Weiyi Cai, Adam Nossiter and Liz Alderman


A baffling alert. A race to the wrong building. Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found.
July 17, 2019

PARIS — The employee monitoring the smoke alarm panel at Notre-Dame cathedral was just three days on the job when the red warning light flashed on the evening of April 15: “Feu.” Fire.

It was 6:18 on a Monday, the week before Easter. The Rev. Jean-Pierre Caveau was celebrating Mass before hundreds of worshipers and visitors, and the employee radioed a church guard who was standing just a few feet from the altar.

Go check for fire, the guard was told. He did and found nothing.

It took nearly 30 minutes before they realized their mistake: The guard had gone to the wrong building. The fire was in the attic of the cathedral, the famed latticework of ancient timbers known as “the forest.”

This is an interesting, longish read!

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