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The photo (with the woman wearing a hajib) may not tell the whole story......

It all depends on your perspective of and on things....

A photo published showing a woman, wearing a hajib, walking past a injured person from the said-to-be terrorist incident in London yesterday has caused more than interesting responses.

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Even the Wall Street Journal calls out Trump

One could hardly call the WSJ as anything but conservative, and with the Sun King - aka Rupert Murdoch- the owner, a supporter of Trump.    But, today's Editorial pulls no punches about what the WSJ sees as Trump's manifest failings....

"If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such …

So, what is Donald hiding?

Hedrick Smith is a former Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, author of “Who Stole the American Dream?” and executive editor of the website Reclaim the American Dream.

He writes in "So, What Is He Hiding?" in today's New York Times....

"In his short White House tenure, President Trump has already set a record for histrionic tantrums against the media — whether attacking CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times or MSNBC for revealing his 2005 tax return, as he did last week. He’s actually pursuing a well-worn path of American presidents blaming the press for their problems.

Five decades of reporting have taught me that whenever a president starts screeching about the media, it’s a sure sign he’s in hot water and fearing revelations about some policy disaster, damaging mendacity or political villainy. Even popular presidents with reputations for charming the press occasionally stoop to blaming the press for quagmires of their own making."

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No, ignorance isn't bliss!

As newspapers increasingly go out of business or cut back on journalists out in the field - plus the almost universal vacuousness of so-called news on TV - it is hardly surprising that a survey, detailed below, showed up an appalling lack of knowledge about the war in Yemen.

"More than half of British people are unaware of the “forgotten war” underway in Yemen, despite the Government’s support for a military coalition accused of killing thousands of civilians.

A YouGov poll seen exclusively by The Independent showed 49 per cent of people knew of the country’s ongoing civil war, which has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced three million more and left 14 million facing starvation.

The figure was even lower for the 18 to 24 age group, where only 37 per cent were aware of the Yemen conflict as it enters its third year of bloodshed."

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"The Human Appeal, a Manchester-based charity that commissioned the poll, warned a lack of international awareness was worsening a wors…

The people at the White House aren't the smartest around!

From the president down it is pretty clear that the occupants of the White House aren't the smartest people around....

"The White House sends out a regular email sharing coverage (predominantly positive) of Trump and his administration.

No one said it was an easy job. In fact, it turns out not even the person writing the email can do it effectively.

Today, the White House accidently (we assume) shared a satirical article from the Washington Post, slagging off Trump’s budget: proof they didn’t read beyond the (sarcastic) headline.

Either that, or they have a worrying inability to tell sarcasm apart from sincerity. "

Continue reading, here....and have a good laugh!

Trump the Philistine

Need any more be said about Trump and his motley, yet dangerous, White House crew, to see what a Philistine he and they are, in what is proposed in the Budget put forward today?....   

The Daily Beastreports.....


"President Trump’s first budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposes deep, sweeping cuts to government-funded scientific and medical research—and would eliminate federal support for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities outright. While many expected cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department, the breadth of the moves come as a shock, including the slashing of agencies that have long enjoyed bipartisan support. Among them: a proposed $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, or one-fifth of its 2016 budget. The NIH sends about 80 percent of its budget to 300,000 outside researchers, meaning the dramatic cuts would send shockwaves across the scientific community more broadly. Other s…

Trump ....and one of his extreme far-right advisors

If this piece in Forwardtoday is correct, then yet another scandal besets the White House and Trump and is ever-increasingly motley crew.

"Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.

The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend, was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands.

Gorka’s membership in the organization — if these Vitézi Rend leaders are correct, and if Gorka did not disclose this when he e…

Donald is gonna stick it to his supporters

This is interesting!     The Donald today announced the budgetary cuts he proposes to implement.   One would have to think that his "constituency" would be less than happy.....as The New York Times explains.

"To construct an “America First” budget, the initial trade-off for President Trump was fairly obvious: The military and veterans would get more of what they want or need, while diplomats and foreign countries would have to make do with less.

But in his first spending blueprint since taking office, Mr. Trump also made choices demonstrating that parts of America will be more first than others — and some of the budget losers, it turns out, may be some of the very constituencies that have been most supportive of the new president during his improbable rise to power.

While border guards will have more prisons to lock up unauthorized immigrants, rural communities will lose grants and loans to build water facilities and financing to keep their airports open. As charter school…

Let it not be said we haven't been warned

More than a timely warning - in a piece on AlterNet - from those whose opinions one ought not lightly dismiss.....

"Legendary linguist Noam Chomsky has a warning for Donald Trump's supporters; the Trump bump in the market is waning.

"Anti-establishment is kind of a joke," Chomsky concluded. "Take a look at Trump and take a look at who's appointed for the cabinet."

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, for example, "comes from Goldman Sachs, a major investment firm where he was for almost 20 years," Chomsky observed.

"What's anti-establishment?" he asked. "This [cabinet] is drawing from the billionaire class, largely financial institutions, and military and so on; in fact, take a look at the stock market, that tells you how anti-establishment he is."

"As soon as Trump was elected, and since, stock values in financial institutions escalated to the sky," he said. Investors are "delighted he's going to elimin…

Afghanistan: Notes from a Broken Land

The media has moved on from reporting on Afghanistan - unless some awful bombing, or the like, has occurred - but the country is a mess on just about every level.

Here, in a piece "Afghanistan: Notes from a Broken Land" on Information Clearing House, a grim "picture" of a country beset with a myriad of problems.    Of course, one can look to the West as having caused many of the problems.

"It is now winter in Kabul, end of February 2017. At night the temperature gets near zero. The mountains surrounding the city are covered by snow.

It feels much chillier than it really is.

Soon it will be 16 years since the US/UK invasion of the country, and 16 years since the Bonn Conference, during which Hamid Karzai was “selected” to head the Afghan Interim Administration.

Almost everyone I spoke to in Afghanistan agrees that things are rapidly moving from bad to rock bottom.

Afghans, at home and abroad, are deeply pessimistic. With hefty allowances and privileges, at least some…

Trump's obsession with Obama

An "interesting" take on Trump, his obsession with Obama, Trump's lies and how it might best dealt with - from by Edward Luce, writing in The Financial Times (behind a paywall).

"The White House is now the source of "Elvis Presley faked his death"-type stories. In the past week, rightwing websites have published stories that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is about to arrest Mr Obama for illegal wire-tapping, that a Floridian drug dealer whom Mr Obama pardoned had murdered his girlfriend, and that Mr Obama is plotting a coup to overthrow Mr Trump.

On Tuesday Mr Trump tweeted that 122 Guantánamo Bay prisoners who had been released by Mr Obama were back on the battlefield. It was wildly inaccurate. Of the 714 former Guantánamo prisoners who have been transferred, 121 are fighting again - all but eight of whom were released by George W Bush. None of this can be laughed off. Millions of Americans believe such stories. More will come.

The question is where it …