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Did Trump just spill classified military secrets on Twitter? – ThinkProgress


President Donald Trump boasted in a tweet Monday evening that the United States had “more advanced” missiles than Russia, following a rocket explosion in the country that left five nuclear engineers dead.

If his tweet is accurate, it suggests the United States has technology thought to have been abandoned over half a century ago. It also means the president may have revealed classified information about weapons that the U.S. military may currently possess.

Some experts believe the president may have simply been making things up once again.

“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology,” Trump tweeted Monday, referencing the incident at a military test site in northern Russia last week that killed five employees of the nation’s atomic agency, Rosatom.

 

Source: Did Trump just spill classified military secrets on Twitter? – ThinkProgress

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Petition – Solve the Crisis in Social Care


We all know there is a crisis in Social Care and there is a promise of  a Green Paper, which currently, is down to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care , Matt Hancock.  If you care about Social Care these two gentlemen need to create action to solve the crisis in social care , hence the Petition – Solve the Crisis in Social Care. so please consider the following:

Dear Friends,

I just added the petition “Solve the crisis in Social Care”.

It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:

Just in Adult Social Care demand has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16, The Health Foundation report, 23 October 2018, https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/news/demand-for-adult-social-care-services-has-increased-by-16-since-2015-16.

This is not taking into account the demand for Children’s Social Care and the increase in demand since 2018, but as stated in the report, ‘At the same time, growth in government spending has only seen a 0.4% increase in real terms and the 10,670 fewer people received long term social care support’, effectively a substantial decrease in funding.  This will and is having an impact on health care services and adds to the health funding crisis.

Until all social care is sufficiently funded for children and adults, be they elderly, disabled, or in poor health, health services will be substantially affected, and health funding will need to be increased to compensate, to some degree, for the substantial underfunding of social care.

It is not only causing distress and concern for persons in need of care, but also affecting their families, whose own health will be deteriorating due to the lack of Social Care and who in time will also need social and health care

I am a Family Carer and can see this happening for a considerable number of years for my own adult disabled daughter and how it has affected my own health and that of my wife.

But funding is but one element of the Social Care Crisis, as good quality care is also a casualty, not only due to the increasing demand for social care, but the substantial lack of persons wishing to enter the caring profession.

Here the lack of a wage/salary which matches the responsibilities, which need to be undertaken, the length of shifts, the number of unsocial hours, the care required in relation to the degree of disability and need and others.

Austerity cuts to local authorities are partly to blame for some areas of this crisis, which has impacted on the funding available for social care, where the need is increasing, the lack of workers in social care and the increases to the National Living Wage.

These problems relate to the whole area of care, be it in relation to Care and Nursing Homes, Supported Living, or Home Care.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Average pay has fallen for millions of lower and middle income workers since 2010, TUC research says – inews.co.uk


Average pay has effectively fallen for millions of lower and middle income earners over the past decade, research has found.

Austerity and a lack of bargaining rights had held down pay in many jobs, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Real pay for earners in jobs paying between £9.56 and £12.73 an hour has dropped by 1 per cent since 2010.

This compares with a seven per cent increase for this group between 2002 and 2010.

 

Source: Average pay has fallen for millions of lower and middle income workers since 2010, TUC research says – inews.co.uk

Dani Garavelli: How can Trump use an orphaned baby for cover? – The Scotsman


Viewing it in isolation, you might assume it was a “first baby born in the new millennium”-type photograph. There’s Donald Trump with his thumbs-up, like he is personally responsible for producing this child-of-the-future; and Melania, her hair perfectly coiffured, cradling him like a Stepford Madonna.

It is only when you understand the context that it becomes grotesque. This was not a moment of celebration, but of mourning. The baby, Paul, is an orphan; his parents, Jordan and Andre Anchondo, died while trying to protect him from a racist gunman who claimed 22 lives in El Paso.

Trump won’t be worrying about any of this. He is not a man prone to self-reflection. He lacks the capacity for empathy and the dignity of office. On the visit to the University Medical Center, where eight of the injured were still being treated, he centred himself like the narcissist he is, turning the most solemn of occasions into a jamboree.

 

 

Source: Dani Garavelli: How can Trump use an orphaned baby for cover? – The Scotsman

Mass shootings aren’t growing more common – and evidence contradicts common stereotypes about the killers : The Conversation


When 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, and nine more were killed in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 12 hours later, responses to the tragedy included many of the same myths and stereotypes Americans have grown used to hearing in the wake of a mass shooting.

As part of my work as a psychology researcher, I study mass homicides, as well as society’s reaction to them. A lot of bad information can follow in the wake of such emotional events; clear, data-based discussions of mass homicides can get lost among political narratives.

I’d like to clear up four common misconceptions about mass homicides and who commits them, based on the current state of research.

Violent video games cause mass homicides?

By Monday morning after these latest shootings, President Donald Trump along with other Republican politicians had linked violent video games to mass shootings.

I’ll admit my surprise, since only last year the Trump administration convened a School Safety Commission which studied this issue, among many others. I myself testified, and the commission ultimately did not conclude there was sufficient evidence to link games and media to criminal violence.

 

Source: Mass shootings aren’t growing more common – and evidence contradicts common stereotypes about the killers : The Conversation

McConnell indicates he won’t call Senate back early for gun debate | TheHill


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated Thursday that he will not bring the Senate back early from its five-week August recess to debate gun legislation, despite pressure from Democrats.
“We’re going to have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back hopefully be able to come together and actually pass something. I want to make a law,” McConnell said during an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS.
Pressed if he was saying he would not call the Senate back before their currently scheduled Sept. 9 return date, McConnell added: “If we did that, we would just have people scoring points and nothing would happen. There has to be a bipartisan discussion here of what we can agree on.”
The interview marks the first time McConnell has publicly weighed in on the growing calls from Democrats and activists for him to bring the Senate back into session after they left last week for the August break.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have homed in on McConnell this week as they try to pressure him and Republicans to bring the chamber back into session as soon as this week to vote on House legislation.
“Today, as Speaker of the House, I am writing in good faith to request that you call the United States Senate back into session immediately under your powers in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to consider House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to President Trump on Thursday.
The House passed universal background check legislation earlier this year with the support of eight Republicans. The Senate’s companion bill has 42 sponsors, none of whom are Republicans.

 

Source: McConnell indicates he won’t call Senate back early for gun debate | TheHill

McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing | TheHill


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department and FBI over his termination from the agency last year, arguing that his firing was a politically motivated move stemming from President Trump‘s attacks against him and other Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

McCabe alleges in the lawsuit filed Thursday that Trump administration officials “responded to Plaintiff’s two decades of unblemished and non-partisan public service with a politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public firing in March 2018 — on the very night of Plaintiff’s long-planned retirement from the FBI.”

He claims that the actions have harmed his “reputation, professional standing, and dramatically reduced his retirement benefits.”

In the 48-page complaint, McCabe alleges that Trump was at the heart of his firing, saying the president “purposefully and intentionally caused the unlawful actions of Defendants … and other Executive Branch subordinates that led to Plaintiff’s demotion and purported termination.”

“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him. Plaintiff’s termination was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was firing the No. 2 FBI official last March, pointing to findings from a DOJ watchdog that McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and “lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

The firing came shortly before McCabe would have been eligible for his pension, after more than 20 years at the bureau.

McCabe is asking a judge to find that “his demotion was unlawful and his purported termination was either a legal nullity,” and to award him with the retirement benefits he had planned on receiving as a former deputy director of the FBI.

 

Source: McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing | TheHill

heartbreak as wife’s ashes withheld for six months


Yet another atrocity regarding Universal Credit.

Why in the 21st century with so much new technology, can not the DWP have a system which closes one benefit system just as the new one commences, thereby the claimant has no unpaid waiting period, a seamless transfer.

If this was so then Mr Shade would have been able to claim the funeral payment immediately and not have had to go through all the anguish he had to while having to deal with the death of his wife. It was not Mr Shades fault all this occurred and he was left in, apparent limbo at a very distressing time.

But the DWP do not embrace new technology and appear to be in the ‘Stone Age’ when technology surfaces.

They should be there to help, but it seems they are only there to hinder and create as much heartache as they can.

Govt Newspeak

Rob Shade and Carole-Anne Shade. They are both wearing rectangular glasses and are smiling.
Rob Shade has not been able to take his wife’s ashes home – six months after the funeral. Credit: BPM Media

A grieving husband says he has not been allowed to take home his wife’s ashes – and the funeral was held over six months ago.

Rob Shade, from Loughborough says he was told he would get government help with funeral costs because he and his wife relied on benefits to look after themselves and their two sons.

But when Carole-Ann died on November 9, 2018, he was in the process of being moved onto Universal Credit. He says a quirk in the system meant authorities mistakenly believed he did not appear to be on any benefits at all, so he was denied the funeral costs he needed.

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Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings – The Washington Post


On a day when President Trump vowed to tone down his rhetoric and help the country heal following two mass slayings, he did the opposite — lacing his visits Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, with a Trumps .

A traditional role for presidents has been to offer comfort and solace to all Americans at times of national tragedy, but the day provided a fresh testament to Trump’s limitations in striking notes of unity and empathy.

When Trump swooped into the grieving border city of El Paso to offer condolences following the massacre of Latinos allegedly by a white supremacist, some of the city’s elected leaders and thousands of its citizens declared the president unwelcome.

 

Source: Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings – The Washington Post

El Paso shooting: Trump ‘invited terrorism’ ahead of atrocity that killed 22, says Beto O’Rourke | The Independent


In the days since the massacre at a Walmart shop that killed 22 people and injured dozens more, the Democratic 2020 hopeful has suspended his presidential campaign and returned to El Paso, where he has attended vigils and met the injured. He has also linked Mr Trump’s racist rhetoric to the violence his home town has suffered.

After attending a vigil for 15-year-old Javier Rodriguez, a pupil at Horizon High School 20 miles outside of El Paso, where he briefly spoke, Mr O’Rourke said it was time for people to hold the president to account for what he said were the consequences of his words.

“There are people in positions of extraordinary power who are inviting this kind of intolerance and violence,” he told The Independent, as he walked from the sports field where the event was held.

Asked if he believed the measures Mr Trump had announced in the Oval Office following the attacks in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio – possibly more background checks and efforts to monitor violent video games – would be effective, Mr O’Rourke said the president had already said enough for people to know “why this happened and why it will keep happening”.

 

Source: El Paso shooting: Trump ‘invited terrorism’ ahead of atrocity that killed 22, says Beto O’Rourke | The Independent

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