Britain has sold Saudi Arabia £6bn in weapons since Yemen war began

Britain has sold Saudi Arabia £6bn in weapons since Yemen war began:

British arms companies have earned £6 billion ($8bn) from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen, it has emerged. The fighting has killed more than 10,000 people, destroyed vital infrastructure, and fomented a cholera epidemic.

War Child UK claims the true revenues from dealings with the Gulf kingdom are almost double previous estimates of £3.2 billion.

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At Least 119 Dead, 60 Pulled Alive From Rubble After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Mexico

At Least 119 Dead, 60 Pulled Alive From Rubble After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Mexico :

Update 8 (7:15 pm ET): Death toll from Mexico earthquake now at 119, according to state and city officials.

That makes it the deadliest to hit the country since the 1985 quake that, in an incredible coincidence, occurred exactly 32 years ago today, surpassing the death toll from another earthquake the shook the region less than two weeks ago.

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Update 7 (6:50 pm ET): Mexico City government says 30 dead in capital, bringing nationwide total to 94, according to AP.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that the number of buildings that collapsed has risen to 44, and that between 50 and 60 people have been pulled alive from rubble.

Horrifying videos of buildings crumbling into piles of rubble continue to emerge on Twitter.

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Toys “R” Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History

Toys “R” Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History:

Toys “R” Us Inc., the largest US toys retailer, filed for bankruptcy late on Monday night, as a result of a crushing post-LBO debt load and relentless competition from warehouse and online retailers. With assets of $6.9 billion, it’s the second-largest retail bankruptcy, trailing the filing in 2002 by Kmart, which had $14.6 billion in assets.

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Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work

Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work:

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Supports Universal Basic Income.

In its basic form, universal basic income means “everyone gets a paycheck, whether they have a job or not.”

Many expect even more. They want a guaranteed “living wage”.

Useless Trials

Such schemes cannot possibly work. But that does not stop fools from trying.

For example, Finland is giving out a guaranteed monthly income of nearly $600 to 2,000 citizens.

Canada’s province of Ontario, which includes Toronto, started a pilot program in April that provides 4,000 citizens with an unconditional income of about $12,600 a year. Applicants must be between ages 18 and 64 and living on a limited income.

Those studies cannot prove anything, no matter what the results.

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Scientists Say Italian Supervolcano Is “Becoming More Dangerous” As Magma Builds Beneath It

Scientists Say Italian Supervolcano Is “Becoming More Dangerous” As Magma Builds Beneath It:

After the long-dormant supervolcano Campi Flegrei awakened late last year, a team of scientists that has pinpointed the now-active volcano’s magma source says a potentially devastating eruption could be just around the corner.

Campi Flegrei is a volcanic caldera to the west of Naples that last erupted in the sixteenth century. It has been mostly quiet since then, with the exception of a few small tremors in the 1980s. Seismographic data from those rumbles allowed scientists to pinpoint the source of the magma that flooded into Campi Flegrei’s chamber and caldera, according to United Press International. The results are unequivocal: An analysis of the supervolcano’s hot zone suggests Campi Flegrei could be nearing an eruption.

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Brown University To Offer Segregated Student Dinners For Black, Muslim Students

Brown University To Offer Segregated Student Dinners For Black, Muslim Students:

University will host dinners as part of ‘racial reconciliation’ program

To promote “racial reconciliation” after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.

The university received a $30,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal arts schools, to create a campus center whose mission is to “break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community,” according to The Brown Daily Herald.

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Israel Just Launched A Containerized Ballistic Missile From The Deck Of A Ship

Israel Just Launched A Containerized Ballistic Missile From The Deck Of A Ship:

Though the concept has yet to find its big break, defense contractors continue to expand on the idea of highly mobile weapon systems that meet the size and weight restrictions of standard shipping containers. Now, Israel has tested such a system and says it has buyers already in line.

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In Florida, You Can’t Use Your Own Solar Panels In A Crisis

In Florida, You Can’t Use Your Own Solar Panels In A Crisis:

When it comes to the U.S. economy, the “con” part offers the best description of the current relationship between business, government and the preyed upon consumer.

The way things work in early 21st century America is large businesses bribe politicians in a variety of ways at both the local and federal level, and the end result is laws that are designed to increase corporate profits at the expense of the wellbeing and freedom of the American public. Politicians end up with financial war chests to run their next campaign, while bureaucrats see a lucrative opportunity to swing through the ever spinning revolving door should they play ball with lobbyists and their patrons. Yes, there’s always some degree of corruption within any society of humans, but there are peaks and valleys in such cycles. I’d argue we are somewhere in the peak corruption phase.

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The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum

The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum:

In a move that is entirely expected, Iraq’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25 cannot take place. The ruling comes as Turkey has begun military exercises along its border with Iraq’s Kurdish region in a show of force meant to signal it will not tolerate an independent Kurdistan.

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The FBI Confirms “Retweets Are Endorsements”

The FBI Confirms “Retweets Are Endorsements”:

Authored by Kate Knibbs via Gizmodo.com,

Remember when people put that “RTs ≠ endorsements” disclaimer in their Twitter bios, like that would offer some form of protection from the being associated with what they retweeted?

Well, a retweet can be seen as an endorsement. It can also apparently be used as evidence that you’re trying to join ISIS.

22-year-old Queens resident Ali Saleh was arrested this week following an FBI investigation into his attempts to join ISIS.

According to the complaint against him, Saleh began tweeting his plans in 2013. Saleh’s retweets came up repeatedly in the complaint as cause for arrest. Many of the specific examples given are time Saleh retweeted others from his various Twitter accounts:

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Trump Wants July 4th Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump Wants July 4th Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue:

“But I came back [from France] and one of my early calls was I think we’re going to have to start looking at that ourselves.  So, we’re actually thinking about 4th of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.”

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