We must call the El Paso shooting what it is: Trump-inspired terrorism | David Schanzer

It is staggering to imagine how much more violence this president may motivate, writes David Schanzer, the director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security Last year, when a rabid, anti-immigrant antisemite murdered 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, I called invaders in that kill our peoplehave taken great offense to the notion that any of his actions or rhetoric have contributed to what happened in El Paso, but this defense is deeply flawed. First, the assertion that …

Trump wanted gamers to support him. Now hes blaming them for gun massacres | Van Badham

With increasing numbers of people bleeding to death in US streets, the president has to find someone something anything! to blame Scientific studies gun massacre deaths of another not Toledo) Ohio. Why scapegoat video games and demonise the people who play them? My dudes, why not? Its established that science, expertise, evidence and the truth are walk in and buy one at Walmart, a local store, a gun show or from a friend or neighbour. You can petty felon or …

Paddling in plastic: meet the man swimming the Pacific garbage patch

Ben Lecomte is making a trans-Pacific journey to better understand how plastics pollution is affecting our oceans Ben Lecomte is spending his summer swimming in trash literally. So far, hes found toothbrushes, laundry baskets, sandbox shovels and beer crates floating out in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The 52-year-old Frenchman is journeying from Hawaii to San Francisco via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to better understand how plastic is affecting our oceans. He will swim a total of …

Astronauts’ playground: the corner of Arizona that stood in for the moon

All 24 men who flew to the moon with the Apollo program trained in the rugged canyons, craters and lava fields near Flagstaff On 20 July 1969, the world paused as an estimated 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. But few knew they were watching steps those men had long practiced in the canyons, craters and lava fields of Nasa decided to bring the moon to Flagstaff or at least a simulation by …

Neurotoxins on your kid’s broccoli: that’s life under Trump | Carey Gillam

In the choice between big chemical corporations and ordinary citizens, the Environmental Protection Agency has made clear where its allegiances lie How much is your childs health worth? The answer coming from the leadership of the US Environmental Protection Agency is: not that much. The EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, this week confirmed what many Americans already know: when the Trump administration weighs the competing interests of corporate profits versus public health, the corporations win, hands down. Wheeler announced Thursday that …

House orders Pentagon to review if it exposed Americans to weaponised ticks

A New Jersey lawmaker suggests the government turned insects into bioweapons to spread disease and possibly released them The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. The House approved inspired by a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at US government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, to turn ticks and …

Why the joke Facebook page calling for people to storm Area 51 went viral

More than a million people have actually RSVPd and the military have issued a serious response. The truth is out there, and there are grand plans to find it. As of Monday, 1.1 million people had RSVPd to a Facebook event called Storm Area 51, They Cant Stop All of Us. As the name suggests, the plan is to storm Area 51 the notorious Nevada military base associated with extraterrestrial conspiracy theories. [Area 51] is an open training range for …

Anatomical anomaly: Trump claims the kidney ‘has a special place in the heart

President makes remarks as he announces a government plan to tackle kidney disease he announced a government plan to tackle kidney disease, Trump went on an extended riff about the efforts of specialists. Youve worked so hard on the kidney. Very special. The kidney has a very special place in the heart. Its an incredible thing, Trump gushed. The presidents declaration is likely to raise eyebrows among many, as the kidney is not usually considered to be located in the …

How a vaccinated woman’s death exposes the threat of anti-vaxxers

In an exclusive interview, Catherine Montantess mother details her daughters death from measles, a disease called harmless by anti-vaxxers Catherine Montantes was a 28-year-old college student, training to become a border patrol agent, and recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. When she stepped into the Lower Elwha tribal health clinic in Port Angeles, Washington, she had no idea she arrived just an hour after a 52-year-old infected with measles. The virus is one of the most contagious and can live …

Megan Rapinoe for president? USA star would beat Trump in 2020, poll finds

Public Policy Polling puts Rapinoe, who said she would not visit White House if invited, at 42% and Trump at 41% in hypothetical match-up Megan Rapinoe may not visit Donald Trump in the White House but she might throw him out of it, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Rapinoe, 34, criticising Rapinoe on Twitter. He said the team would visit Congress but not the White House, if asked. A day later, polled the public about a Megan Rapinoe …