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This is perfectly natural.

Environmentalists are claiming that wind turbines pose a threat to whales; after a family of Minke whales were found dead in the United Kingdom.

According to reports by news sources, a young Minke while was found dead in the United Kingdom on the 20th of May. The same whale’s mother was found dead on a nearby beach, whereas, a third whale was washed ashore the next day. It is believed that that three dead whales were a part of the same family.

According to marine wildlife experts, the whales were likely to be disoriented by nearby wind turbines, which has the possibility to affect the sonar that whales use to navigate.

John Cresswell, chairman of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service says, “My personal opinion is that could be a consequence of wind farms and the amount of sand in the water.”

“If you stop the boat off the coast you can feel the vibrations and hear the noise,” he added.

“There are studies that show that the sounds created by the operational noise of the turbines create vibrations under that may in fact disorient marine mammals like whales,” Bonnie Brady, director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.

In Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow in March 2016, CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen and Mark Duchamp, the president of Save the Eagles International, stated that in addition to being dangerous to marine animals, the wind turbines are also causing problems for human vessels and aircraft.

“In addition, having forests of these enormous turbines off our coasts will greatly increase the risk of collisions for surface vessels, especially in storms or dense fog, as well as for submarines,” Driessen and Duchamp wrote. “It will also impair radar and sonar detection of hostile ships and low-flying aircraft, including potential terrorists, and make coastal waters more dangerous for Coast Guard helicopters and other rescue operations.”

“The offshore wind industry makes no sense from an economic, environmental, defense or shipping perspective,” Driessen and Duchamp wrote. “To exempt these enormous installations from endangered species and other laws that are applied with a heavy hand to all other industries—and even to the U.S. and Royal Navy—is irresponsible, and even criminal.”

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Life is so hard for this NBA star.

LeBron James, the renowned basketball star, was the victim of a racially motivated attack on his property in Los Angeles on Wednesday. An unknown assailant allegedly wrote the n-word on the outside of James’ home with spray paint.

While speaking to reporters at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, James discussed the trials of being black in America and also about the incident in specific.

“I think back to Emmett Till’s mom, actually,” James said. “That’s one of the first things I thought of. The reason she had an open casket was that she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime, and being black in America. No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We’ve got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”

Following accusations of whistling at a white woman in Mississippi back in 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager of only 14 years of age, was lynched to death.

Authorities have confirmed that the racial moniker had been spray-painted on the front gate of one James’ homes in Los Angeles, according to The Washington Post.

The LAPD has also said that it would investigate the incident as a hate crime.

James continued and said:

“As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have in sports, race and what’s going on comes again, and on my behalf and on my family’s behalf. But I look at it as, if this can shed light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it. My family is safe. They’re safe, and that’s most important. It just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is with them every day. Even though it’s concealed most of the time, people hide their faces, say things about you. When they see you, they smile in your face. It’s alive every single day.”

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Andrew McCarthy, contributing editor at the National Review has said that even though opponents of President Trump, mostly liberals, have been overjoyed at the report by the Washington Post claiming Jared Kushner asked for a Russian back-channel, they completely missed the fact that it blew up their absolute favorite conspiracy theory.

He made the remarks on Tuesday, on The Specialists on Fox News.

Your thoughts on all this back and forth,” Eric Bolling asked McCarthy, “You know, you’re a prosecutor, your thought – is there any there there?”

“There’s no there there as far as the collusion conspiracy is concerned,” McCarthy answered.

“But I think the thing that happened this weekend that is really important that people missed because they’re so giddy about this story about Kushner, is that it blew up the collusion conspiracy,” he explained, “because if there had actually been a collusion conspiracy, there would already be back channels to Russia

“There would be no reason for Kushner, in December,” he added, “weeks after the election to need to set up a back channel to Russia, had there been one during the campaign.”

“I know for the moment they’re loving the story, but i think it’s kinda exploded the story that they’ve been telling us for sixth months,” he concluded.

Another reason, according to Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation, to dispose the theory regarding collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is “Actually if you look at the, in fact, the policies of the Trump administration, towards Russia, they’re significantly tougher than the ones put in place by the Obama presidency actually. And so the Russians aren’t gaining anything at all, in fact, from this Trump presidency being in place. And in fact the Trump presidency has even talked about expanding sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, and so this is tougher language than what we saw coming out of Obama.”

President Trump’s top aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was alleged, in an article in The Washington Post, to be trying to establish a “back channel” of secret communications with the Russian government. While the White House has not denied the allegations, it has criticized the anonymous sourcing of the repot.

Opponents of the Trump administration were quick to take the opportunity to accuse Kushner of potentially committing espionage and Democrats have called for his security clearance to be removed till the investigation concludes.

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Nice gloves

A huge protest against Texas’ new sanctuary city law interrupted the last day of the state Legislature’s regular session on Monday.

Several Democrats and Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) had an exchange of strong, angry words on the floor of the state House.

A number of members reported that Rinaldi told several Hispanic lawmakers that he had called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to arrest the protestors.

“He came up to us and said, ‘I’m glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported,’” state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) told the Texas Tribune.

In Rinaldi’s defense, he said that he called ICE because he didn’t really know how to handle such a large protest.

“A lot of people had signs that said, ‘We are illegal and here to stay,'” he told the paper. “And we called law enforcement trying to incentivize them to leave the House. They were disrupting. They were breaking the law.”

He said he was “pushed, jostled and someone threatened to kill me. It was basically just bullying.”

Fort Worth Democratic Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. said that Rinaldi “gave the perfect example of why there’s a problem with SB 4,” which has been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. The law requires counties and cities to comply with federal immigration authorities’ requests that law enforcement agencies arrest and detain individuals that are suspected of being undocumented.

“Matt Rinaldi looked into the gallery and saw Hispanic people and automatically assumed they were undocumented. He racial profiled every single person that was in the gallery today. He created the scenario that so many of us fear,” Romero added.

He told The Austin American-Statesman that Rinaldi “felt like he needed to call ICE” even though officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were removing protestors from House galleries.

Rinaldi however argued that Democrats had tried to incite a riot by encouraging protestors. He further added that Democrats threatened his life on the floor.

“Today Representative [Alfonso] “Poncho” Nevarez [D-Eagle Pass] threatened me on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay,'” he wrote on Facebook. “Several Democrats encouraged the protesters to disobey law enforcement.”

“When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues,” Rinaldi added.

“During that time Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.'”

Rinaldi vowed to defend himself against Nevarez.

“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.”

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Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther Party.

On Saturday, the “Black Lives Matter” movement’s New York City faction hosted an “exclusively black” Memorial Day party.

Named “The People’s Turn-Up,” the event’s Facebook page called it an “unapologetically black” party, only for individuals who identified as black.

“Clear your calendar,” the invite read. “It’s a lituation! You’re invited to take part in the UNAPOLOGETICALLY Black festivities. Bring yourself, bring Bae (or come find Bae), whatever you like. We got you. We got us.”

To promote the event, the hashtag #BlacksOnlySpace was widely used.

On the event’s discussion board, a note made it pretty clear that it was a party only for blacks. The note read:

“When we say ‘The People’ we mean Black People. Being intentional around being around Black People is an act of resistance. This is an exclusively Black Space. So if you do not identify as Black and want to come because you love Black People, please respect the space and do not come.”

Out of curiosity, a commenter asked the admins of the Facebook page of the event, through a comment on one of the threads, “I’m curious though…is there a plan on how to deal with those (or other) things should they occur?”

To this, one of the event’s coordinators replied that security has been arranged for and all rules mentioned would be enforced.

“We have security in the space, along w/ vibe checkers,” the moderator wrote. “If these things occur folks can find one of those persons/or see myself, Jewel, or Al as we are lead coordinators.

“It will not be tolerated & if this happens individuals can be asked to leave.”

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ESPN viewers are tuning out.

Writer Jason Whitlock and former ESPN commentator attacked the very evident left-wing lurch in the commentary at sports network ESPN.

On Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, this Thursday, Carlson asked “ESPN is the most powerful and the most beloved brand in sports, people love ESPN, some people still do, some people hate ESPN because of pushing politics. Why are they doing that?”

“I think you’ve asked the right question,” Whitlock answered. “I think cord-cutting has a lot to do with their subscriber and the viewership loss. But the animosity and some of the viewership loss, I do think is a direct result of their lurch to the left, and injecting progressive victimology into the sports conversation.”

“If you really understand sports culture, and all the values taught in sports,” he explained, “from Little League, Pee Wee, on, you’re never a victim. There are never any excuses that are accepted. Every coach teaches every play from 5 years old to 45 years old, we don’t tolerate excuses, we don’t tolerate victimology, and now so much of the conversation by the sports media, ESPN being the leader of this, is just filled with so-and-so is a victim, Colin Kaepernick is a victim, and everybody’s a victim. It’s turning traditional sports fans off.”

“It doesn’t take a sports expert to predict something like that,” Carlson responded, “people go to sports as a refuge from things like politics. So why would you throw it in the face of viewers, what is the point of that?”

“I think, again, so much of the media has moved left,” Whitlock responded. “I’ve written about this and talked about this and it applies to ESPN but it also applies to all the media. Silicon Valley, Google, Facebook, Twitter, is now in control of the mainstream media. Everyone is catering all of their content to Silicon Valley and San Francisco values. That’s far different than the old media which catered everything to New York traditional liberal values. The values in San Francisco, a bit more revolutionary, a bit more progressive, than a traditional New York based media.”

While, Carlson praised Whitlock for his point, the Deep Root Analytics performed an analysis that clearly shows trends that made ESPN audience more liberal in response to what many saw as left-wing preaching on the network.

 

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the esteemed Ex-Marine and current Secretary of Defense, is quite popular for his brutally honest quotes about war and also for his overall effectiveness as a military leader. His popularity and reverence can be judged by the fact that upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Times named him the “most revered Marine in a generation.”

On Sunday, during an interview with John Dickerson, host of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mattis further personified his reputation.

Mattis and Dickerson, during the wide ranging interview, discussed a number of issues, more importantly the threats currently facing the US, including the unrest in the Middle East, North Korea, and ISIS.

However, when Dickerson asked Mattis what keeps him up at night, he didn’t hesitate with his response.

“What keeps you awake at night?” Dickerson asked.

With absolutely no hesitation, Mattis replied: “Nothing. I keep other people awake at night.”

Mattis was indeed, dead serious.

Like mentioned earlier, the 4-star Marine general is renowned for his quotes. Here are some of his most memorable ones.

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

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columbia

A group of undocumented students at Columbia University in New York City presented a list of demands to their Ivy League school.

The group called Undocumented Students Initiative or “UndoCU,” released 13 demands that included items such as protection from federal authorities that might be wanting to deport them.

Along with other demands they also requested subsidized summer housing, a complete reimbursement of health care fees, special fundraising, consoling and a series of sensitivity training for all faculty at Columbia.

The group demanded clarification of the university’s policies towards undocumented students, should they have their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA status revoked.

They took their cause to social media and posted on Facebook, We refuse to amend or change any of these demands, [W]e expect the university to act.”

“How will the university help us cope with our legal working rights being taken away? How will the university help with our inability to pay tuition or housing?” the group wrote. “In all possible senses, how will the university provide the proper support that will allow us to thrive as students and contributing members of our university community?”

“We also demand full reimbursement of the health insurance fees,” adding that the school “refunded portions of these fees, but the calculations are inaccurate and leaves graduating students with exorbitant amounts of account balances which potentially hinders their request for academic transcripts and degrees.”

“How can administration contact and keep in touch with undocumented students without a record of students that the administration may be in the future be forced to relinquish to federal authorities?” they wrote.

“We want the university as a whole and individual schools to raise funding to specifically support undocumented students in both undergrad and grad schools with the objective of creating undocumented student specific scholarships and grants,” the group wrote. “Need based funding must be available for undocumented students at all Columbia University and affiliate schools.”

“Much like sexual health training, it is imperative that immigration subjects be treated with the proper language and information,” the group explained. “It is unacceptable for students to be called ‘illegal’ in their own classrooms or for professors to tell us to ‘get legal.’”

The group was created last year, around the time when Trump won the presidential elections.

Although, the list of demands coming from the group is not at all surprising, as such demands have been coming forward by predominantly liberal and progressive students all across the country.

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The new direction of education leads to nowhere.

Jane Chu, dean at Yale’s Pierson College was placed on suspension; after the reviews she had left on Yelp were published by the Yale Daily News earlier in May.

Chu reportedly wrote, “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you! This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out,” about one New Haven, Conn. Restaurant.

After Pierson College Head Stephen Davis investigated into the incident, he said that, Chu’s “reprehensible posts” were a part of a continuous pattern that could in fact be very problematic.

About placing Chu on leave, Davis said:

“Let me be clear. No one, especially those in trusted positions of educating young people, should denigrate or stereotype others, and that extends to any form of discrimination based on class, race, religion, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

It is noted that last year, Chu wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed, promoting cultural sensitivity.

Chu wrote:

“If we continually advise without understanding diverse students’ practical concerns, while appreciating their distinct cultural value systems, we inadvertently project the idea that independence is the norm and interdependence is an erroneous way of thinking.”

Although, Davis mentioned that Chu’s suspension shall extend through the commencement on May 22, he did not address or discuss whether there will be a future for Chu in the university.

Chu on the other hand, went on to apologize for her nonsensical posts on the Internet.

Chu said, “There are no two ways about it. Not only were [the comments] insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

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How is this still news?

The alleged subject of a leaked audio tape featuring an impolite conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush, Nancy O’Dell, says she has received Bush’s apology and has pardoned him.

“Billy reached out to me just about three weeks ago by email,” O’Dell revealed on Monday’s airing of “Entertainment Tonight.”

According to her, her former co-worker “wrote a really nice apology,” which she “appreciated very much.”

“He and I worked together for so many years, for a long time, and I only wish him the best moving forward,” she said.

Bush and O’Dell worked together at “Access Hollywood” from 2001 to 2004. They also hosted the Miss America beauty pageant together in 2005.

Recorded during a 2005 interview of Trump by Bush, the recording on the tape contained crude talk about women, specifically O’Dell and how Trump tried to seduce this one time.

About O’Dell, Trump said, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married.”

Despite the fact that O’Dell was married at the time, Trump admitted that he “moved on her very heavily.”

“I moved on her like a b**ch, but I couldn’t get there,” he said. “And she was married.”

During the 2016 presidential election, the tape was released and O’Dell issued a statement right after, in response to the audio clip.

“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”

Bush finally broke his slience this week regarding the leaked audio conversation and his following dismissal.

During an interview with co-host of “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts, Bush said he often thought about doing more than he did at the time.

“People also say, ‘You should have stopped it,’” he said. “I didn’t have the strength of character at the time to do that. I wish I did.”

In an earlier interview, Bush did admit that he didn’t take Trump’s remarks very seriously. “If I had ever thought … that there was a grown man sitting in front of me detailing his sexual assault strategy, I would have called the FBI,” he said.

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