Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackled the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his most famous policies and building a wall across the Sahara desert, the country’s foreign minister has revealed.
According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretched for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”
A similar plan in the Sahara, however, would be complicated by the fact that Spain holds only two small enclaves in north Africa – Ceuta and Melilla – and such a wall would have to be built on foreign territory.
Borrell’s comments were made at a lunch event in Madrid this week and widely reported in the Spanish media. “We can confirm that’s what the minister said, but we won’t be making any further comment on the minister’s remarks,” said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.
Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe’s migrant crisis, Spanish minster reveals https://t.co/kmgbRYtLpi
Prof Ford's family had to be moved out of their home as death threats continue, her email has been hacked and she is being impersonated online. Yup. Orrin Hatch is totally right. She’s just starved for attention.
This is the letter, posted on Facebook, from a woman who knew Kavanaugh, Judge and Blasey Ford and claims that the attack did happen, that "many of us heard about it in school," and that it was talked about for days afterward. The FBI should interview her and others. pic.twitter.com/OZmEGP1Q1G
NEW: A former schoolmate of Dr. Ford writes on social media that she recalls the alleged Kavanaugh assault incident being discussed at their school, but adds that she has no first-hand information to corroborate the accuser's claims. https://t.co/H4h8wgSC4m
This is the heart of the matter. The goal here is to bring us to our knees by threatening our health and the health of our children, spouses, loved ones. Kavanaugh will serve that purpose well, whether it's with this or other efforts. https://t.co/jx1lOgxZLK
We need to be clear about this: All Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is asking for here is standard procedure. In response, male Republican senators are falsely accusing her of demanding special treatment. That sounds all too familiar to women across this country. #WhatAreTheyAfraidOf?
I am not able to work my thoughts into words lately. Maybe it is the fact that nothing or no one will hold this nightmare accountable…and that we are this close to having a cancerous monstrosity of this administration appointed for a lifetime membership to the Supreme Court. Together with Gorsuch…Kavanaugh and the rest of the conservative members will change our lives as Americans. The impact will be fatal. In an all to literal sense. It will solidify tRump…he will get away with everything. (And this is not pushing it too far, would tRump even take it to announcing himself…president for life?) Would Kavanaugh just nod and say, sure…it is within his executive rights?
I’m tired of being Chicken Little, or a Cassandra…but nothing gives me hope.
Chair umpire Carlos Ramos managed to rob not one but two players in the women’s U.S. Open final. Nobody has ever seen anything like it: An umpire so wrecked a big occasion that both players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams alike, wound up distraught with tears streaming down their faces during the trophy presentation and an incensed crowd screamed boos at the court. Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him.
Williams abused her racket, but Ramos did something far uglier: He abused his authority. Champions get heated — it’s their nature to burn. All good umpires in every sport understand that the heart of their job is to help temper the moment, to turn the dial down, not up, and to be quiet stewards of the event rather than to let their own temper play a role in determining the outcome. Instead, Ramos made himself the chief player in the women’s final. He marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness. Over what? A tone of voice. Male players have sworn and cursed at the top of their lungs, hurled and blasted their equipment into shards, and never been penalized as Williams was in the second set of the U.S. Open final.
Men like John McEnroe are celebrated for their spirit on the court. Women like Serena are told they need to quiet down and play nice. What a goddamn ridiculous double standard.#USOpen
We can only hope something good can come out of November:
Rep. @tedlieu: …The way our Constitution is set up it is not for a staff member to be a check & balance on president. It is for Congress. Unfortunately the GOP in Congress has been complicit for too long. Voters this Nov. can make a choice on if they want to change that. #AMJoypic.twitter.com/8iQy9jQmOI
The president’s attacks on individual civil servants continues to be reprehensible. And for all of Sessions’ newfound willingness to defend himself, he still never stands up for the rank and file at DOJ. https://t.co/paba9Ebf68
That there…I mean what a fucking bully…what an asshole!
(See, I say that with expression…like it deserves an exclamation point.)
Uh….let me show you what I mean:
Now, see that exclamation point? “Our hearts and prayers are with you!” That is pure tRump….
Even though prior to the death of John McCain, WaPo came out with this article:
Trump has told White House aides he does not regret saying McCain is not a war hero. He tells advisers that McCain has a vendetta against him and that he wishes he’d step down. He doesn’t plan to say a laudatory word about the ailing senator. https://t.co/3RWOBSHKdH
So let’s take a look at some reactions to the death of John McCain:
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
NEW: Meghan McCain on the passing of her father: "In this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth." https://t.co/tnXdVKNlvUpic.twitter.com/1iUjUIE67M
This is how Senator John McCain wanted to be remembered: "He served his country. And not always right, made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors. But served his country, and I hope you could add honorably." And that's exactly how I'll remember him. Thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/N9NOPowU86
I have not know anyone with greater courage, stronger convictions or more devotion to country than John McCain. He is irreplaceable, but his legacy will live wherever democracy is defended, human rights are protected, and U.S. leadership is exerted in defense of universal values. pic.twitter.com/exnWGImiHQ
.@SenJohnMcCain lived a life of service to his country, from his heroism in the Navy to 35 years in Congress. He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and his entire family.
JUST IN: Bill and Hillary Clinton: "Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution…He lived by his creed every day." https://t.co/3ZmZHQsHuwpic.twitter.com/tL7C1AUDgL
The policing of women’s bodies must end. The “respect” that’s needed is for the exceptional talent @serenawilliams brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies. https://t.co/ioyP9VTCxM
There is the link to the video and article back when this cover came out in June of 2018.
It seems that perhaps this cover was more of a foreshadowing of what was to come? I mean, every day tRump does something more horrible than the previous day….however, his latest blatant moves, pulling the security clearance of John Brennen…firing of Peter Strzok…the threats to remove other security clearances…prejudice potential jury pools…etc. I know that we say it over and over, but this is truly the behavior of a twisted despot. And if I had drawn that picture above, not only would I have tRump wearing a crown, I would have him twisted and deformed…much like the painting of Dorian Gray. Showing the world all the true impressions of his disgusting nature. Syphilitic, greed and hate…just to name a few.
Even that image above is not horrendous enough…it needs the asshole mouth with vile putrid filth spewing out.
Check out these Twitter threads, see what you take away from them:
I would never have thought…I’d be posting a link to a John Dean twitter tweet!
A chilling point from Paul Krugman: “I don’t think most political commentators have grasped how deep the rot goes. I don’t think they understand, or at any rate admit to themselves, that democracy really could die just a few months from now.” Think Nov. 6! https://t.co/zQtwzAccas
Omarosa discussed the Lester Holt interview on MSNBC's @VelshiRuhle. She claims Hope Hicks and others prepped Trump to lie about Comey, but he was too "mentally challenged" to stick to the script. Forget the drama; Trump's mental fitness is the most critical part of this saga. pic.twitter.com/9DqRsHTfik
2/ Omarosa continues, re: Lester Holt interview: "I was really, really surprised that he [DJT] would implicate himself. That's when you know someone is mentally challenged when they would even jeopardize their own livelihood by saying things that are just insane at the time."
Senator Burr, Congress should be focused on oversight of President Trump instead of endorsing his use of security clearances as a political weapon. This is the United States of America where we all, including Mr. Brennan, have the right to free speech.
Rhonda’s daughter was shot and killed inside her high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Her Senator – Ted Cruz – won’t return her calls, won’t vote for stronger gun laws, won’t stop taking money from the @NRA. But he did send her a flag.
All the while, tRump is tweeting his shit about Manafort.
Little wonder Judge Ellis is being protected. His anti-prosecution bias has been appalling. If Manafort walks it will be b/c of Ellis, and he is jeopardizing the entire special counsel investigation— not to mention the well being of the USA. UNAMERICAN! https://t.co/m2ziwukqWv
If only we had a federal agency, let's call it the Department of Justice, that had an office, let's call it the "Voting Rights Section," that was supposed to block this kind of stuff … pic.twitter.com/kv45pntCln
1. Tweet something offensive 2. Retweet it forgetting you have settings that screen out offensive language 3. Notice that it’s hidden (due to said settings) 4. Claim that this is “censorship” 5. Get dumbasses from your party’s leadership to “defend” you from yourself 6. Repeat https://t.co/1eTz0U5W5s
I spent over three hours last night looking for things to write about and link to for today’s thread. Actually, it was more than three hours, because my dad was watching his shitty island treasure shows…and that last one was a two hour long season finale. Ugh…
We are all exhausted over this never-ending shitty show going on in real life, the tRump pres… I can’t even type out the word.
So, here is the post, it is an open thread. Go out and do something today, find some happiness. Because we all know that later tonight some horrible news will be flashing before our eyes. Enjoy the day while it is young.
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The U.K. is experiencing its driest summer in fifty-seven years. It’s not been great. A British summer is usually a doubtful, fleeting thing. Sunshine and heat arrive in bursts from June until September, as if you were walking down a green-shaded path with occasional breaks in the canopy. When the sun does come out—during Wimbledon, say, or for a spell in August—British people go reliably mad, take their tops off, and barbecue frantically for a few days, until the skies cloud over again. This year hasn’t been like that. The country warmed up in June and has baked steadily since, like an oven that has reached its cooking temperature. Between late June and early July, Britain endured sixteen consecutive days when the temperature hit eighty-two degrees. Last month, eastern England had four per cent of its usual rainfall. In London, a city not known for its air-conditioning, the parks turned brown, the road surfaces went mushy in the afternoon ferment, and the nights became unbearably still. Foul, sweet smells hung in the air. This unusual British summer has been accompanied by terrible wildfires in California and Greece, a balmy Arctic, and dozens of heat-related deaths in Japan. Even when it finally rained, late last week, it didn’t bring much relief. Last Friday, Britain was hit by an estimated hundred and thirty thousand lightning bolts—enough electricity to boil a billion cups of tea—as summer storms played havoc with the nation’s roads, railways, and airports. August is going to be even hotter.
But at least the archeologists are happy. “It’s a bit like kids in a candy shop,” Robert Bewley, an aerial archeologist at the University of Oxford, told me, a few days ago. The freak conditions have made this summer one of the best in living memory for what archeologists call “parch marks”—ghostly, pale outlines of vanished castles, settlements, and burial sites that materialize on the land when it dries out and grass and crops die off. In recent weeks, archeologists in light aircraft, hobbyists with drones, and even people walking through their local parks have discovered Iron Age farms in South Wales, a Roman road passing near Basingstoke, burial mounds in Ireland, and the outline of Second World War bomb shelters on the lawns of Cambridge. Seen from above, the parch marks have a magical quality, as if a giant had doodled them from memory, but they are also disconcertingly real. They are only there because something else was.
Parch marks—and their less dramatic form, crop marks—are fairly common clues for archeologists who are working in places with long, dense histories of human habitation. (Bewley also works in North Africa and the Middle East.) The buried remains of Roman foundations or medieval walls will cause “negative” crop marks in a field of grass or wheat, because the roots of the plants on top of the ruins have less soil to work with—a phenomenon that becomes more noticeable when water is in short supply. The opposite is also true: filled-in ditches and moats, with their deeper soil, can lead to taller, greener plants and “positive” crop marks. The first aerial image to really excite British archeologists was taken in 1906, when British Army officers photographed Stonehenge from a balloon and noticed a darker ring of grass around the stones—the trace of an ancient ditch. “You go to a site to photograph what you know is there, and then you see something next to it,” Bewley told me. “That happens virtually every time we go flying.”
It is very interesting….please check the rest of that article out.
This first cartoon is surely something we all will see one day…I am telling you:
The Sky Dancing banner headline uses a snippet from a work by artist Tashi Mannox called 'Rainbow Study'. The work is described as a" study of typical Tibetan rainbow clouds, that feature in Thanka painting, temple decoration and silk brocades". dakinikat was immediately drawn to the image when trying to find stylized Tibetan Clouds to represent Sky Dancing. It is probably because Tashi's practice is similar to her own. His updated take on the clouds that fill the collection of traditional thankas is quite special.
You can find his work at his website by clicking on his logo below. He is also a calligraphy artist that uses important vajrayana syllables. We encourage you to visit his on line studio.