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Trump promises to ‘close government’ if Mexico wall is blocked

President Donald Trump has vowed to close down government if that is what it takes to build the wall along the border with Mexico, which he promised during his election campaign. 


The US president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far-right groups “a platform”. 


Clashes took places outside the rally between anti-Trump protesters and police, who used teargas to disperse the demonstrators after they reportedly threw rocks.

Six things that could topple Trump’s wall

As president, Mr Trump has asked for design ideas for the barrier, with a chosen few to be selected this month for a prototype showcase this summer in San Diego, California. Mr Trump says he wants a wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border – with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest. However, the route crosses difficult terrain, is home to a lot of wildlife and cuts across land owned by Native American tribes as well as private citizens. So is building the wall actually possible?

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Many major tourist destinations, must-see sights and visitor hot spots are off limits to disabled travellers because many hotels, including some big hotel

Source: Wheelchair users forced to abandon UK summer holiday plans, says Muscular Dystrophy UK | DisabledGo News and Blog


In 1607, the English established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.

Source: Map shows history of US immigration – Business Insider


Disability rights currently safeguarded by EU legislation may be under threat, while grant funding could be withdrawn without replacement

Source: What does Brexit mean for people with disabilities? | Social Care Network | The Guardian


Locky and Mamba Ransomware are back in the wild. Here’s how to protect your computers from ransomware attacks.

Source: Warning: Two Dangerous Ransomware Are Back – Protect Your Computers


Perfectly Peter

When it seems as though the world will burn itself into oblivion with hatred and bigotry, I look at my son and think, “Thank God he doesn’t know.”

He doesn’t know that citizens of our own country can turn against one another in an instant, like wild animals. He doesn’t know violence. He doesn’t know evil. He doesn’t know racism, prejudice, discrimination.

He is not aware that these blights on our society exist.

I turn away from the horrifying media images and look at him. A perfect, innocent soul incapable of hatred.

He may never be aware. He may never know.

And today, I thank God for that.

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Political Concern

A comprehensive briefingupdated in June, forwarded by the author of Three Generations Left

The BBCreports today that after President Donald Trump warned North Korea it should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything to the US, Defence Secretary James Mattis warned that armed conflict with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and said diplomacy was bearing fruit. “The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results,” he said.

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At a series of intergovernmental conferences starting in 2013, extensive evidence was presented of the enormous ‘humanitarian consequences’ should nuclear weapons ever be used again in war.

One study published by the organisation Article 36 was a detailed analysis of the impacts of a single modern nuclear warhead exploding over a typical city within an industrialised nation. The target was Manchester in the UK as a model medium-sized modern city. The yield…

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Here is a link to the full film that appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, a couple of days ago. Please watch and share x

Source: Petition update · Changing Places toilets on Victoria Derbyshire Show · Change.org


Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike had to wet herself on a train journey, last year, because the accessible toilet was out of order. Now, she hears from others facing similar problems. Marni Smyth has spinal muscular atrophy, and has used a power chair since she was three. She needs a hoist to get on to a toilet, and says finding accessible loos that could accommodate her needs became a daily struggle. “When I first went to university, I would avoid drinking as much as I could, because I needed to go home and leave a night out early,” she tells Anne Wafula-Strike, in the Paralympian’s report for the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “I’d need a hoist and plinth to get changed on, and they just weren’t .” Two years ago, she took the step of undergoing surgery for which she had no medical need. She had a suprapubic catheter fitted, so she does not have to get out of her chair to go to the toilet. She says she knows others who have also had the operation, and it has “completely changed my

Source: ‘A lack of toilets led me to choose surgery’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


By the end of the century, two out of three people living in Europe will be affected by weather-related disasters largely due to global warming and climate change, according to a new study.

Source: Weather disasters to impact 2 out of 3 people in Europe by 2100, study says – CNN

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