Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers

Firms public calls for climate action contrast with backing for conservative thinktanks Google has made Trump administration to abandon the Paris Climate Accountability Institute,calculates how much carbon is emitted throughout the supply chain, from extraction to use by consumers. Heede said: “The fact that consumers combust the fuels to carbon dioxide, water, heat and pollutants does not absolve the fossil fuel companies from responsibility for knowingly perpetuating the carbon era and accelerating the climate crisis toward the existential threat it has now become.” One aim of the project is to move the focus of debate from individual responsibilities to power structures so our reporters also examined the financial and lobbying structures that let fossil fuel firms keep growing, and discovered …

Record power shutoffs in California are set to become the new normal

With nearly 800,000 customers affected in the largest shutdown this year, the utility is hoping to avoid a devastating fire season Amid fierce winds and dry conditions, the utility company that services more than a third of California will cut power to an unprecedented swath of the state as a preventive measure against wildfires. And with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) at fault for two of the deadliest wildfires in Californias history in just the past two years, major power shutoffs are set to become a new normal for a state gripped by the climate crisis. Starting early Wednesday, PG&Ewill shut off power to portions of 34 of the states 58 counties, affecting almost 800,000 homes and businesses. The preventive …

Man who says he killed 93 women is America’s deadliest serial killer, FBI says

Authorities say Samuel Little, 79, serving life in California prison, has confessed to the murders The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the man who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the United States is the most prolific serial killer in the countrys history. In a news release on Sunday, the FBI said Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

NRA sues San Francisco for declaring group a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

Lawsuit accuses city officials of violating the gun lobbys free speech rights for political reasons The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the citys recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a domestic terrorist organization. The lawsuit, filed in US district court for the northern district of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobbys free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree. Last week, the San Francisco board of supervisors passed a resolution calling the NRA a domestic …

Monica Lewinsky to produce American Crime Story drama about Clinton scandal

Latest series of the US hit show will recount the former White House interns affair with the then president that led to his impeachment in 1998 Monica Lewinsky is among the producers on a new series of American Crime Story focusing on the Bill Clinton sex scandal. Titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, the Ryan Murphy-helmed anthology drama will recount the notorious affair between the then US president Clinton and former White House intern Lewinsky, and the subsequent impeachment proceedings called against him by the US House of Representatives. Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson playing Linda Tripp, the civil servant who secretly recorded phone calls the 22-year-old made about her affair with Clinton, who was …

Does thinking about things ‘on a spectrum’ make us more enlightened?

The concept has changed the way we think about everything from autism to homelessness. But it has its drawbacks Black and white thinking may die hard, yet never has society been quite as comfortable with the concept of the spectrum than the present. According to researchers at Merriam-Webster, use of the word spectrum, in a wide range of contexts, has grown dramatically within the current decade. Coined by Isaac Newton in 1672 to describe refractions of light, today referencing a spectrum is almost always shorthand for acknowledging a metaphorical range of nuances. While the word is most commonly used in relation to autism spectrum disorder, political ideologies and gender expression, theres really no end to things that have been described …

Trump says agreement reached with Guatemala to restrict asylum seekers

Immigrant rights advocates say the safe third country agreement is cruel and unlawful, though it could still be blocked Donald Trump announced Friday that Guatemala was signing an agreement to restrict asylum applications to the US, a move that immigrant rights advocates said was cruel and unlawful. The so-called safe third country agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the US to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the US border. Its not yet clear how the agreement would take effect. Guatemalas constitutional court has granted three injunctions blocking its government from entering into a deal without approval of the countrys congress. The announcement came after a court in …

Trump’s far-right Twitter summit: the most bizarre highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the gathering of far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators Donald Trumps so-called social media summit on Thursday was off to an inauspicious start before it even began. Just as a rogues gallery of Trumpist lawmakers, far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators gathered at the White House for a collective airing of grievances, Twitter experienced @whitehouse, @briankarem calling him a “punk.” then someone remarked that gorka could “kick your punk ass.” again, this happened… in the rose garden.vid from pic.twitter.com/F88NX4lWk7 exchanging words, Gorka stormed over to Karem as if a fight was about to break out. Youre not a journalist, youre a punk! he shouted. The Secret Service intervened. Twitters bias Daniel …

Jeffrey Epstein asks to be released on bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Epsteins lawyers claim he has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges Disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein has asked a federal judge to release him on bail and allow him to remain under house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old. In a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Epsteins lawyers argued that home confinement, along with electronic monitoring, surveillance and a bond secured by a mortgage on his $77m Manhattan mansion, would be enough to ensure he does not flee the country. His lawyers said Epstein has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges. …

Trump ‘feels badly’ for labor secretary amid calls for resignation over Epstein case

Alexander Acosta accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking, escape justice 10 years ago by securing a plea deal Donald Trump on Monday defended his labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, from accusations that he helped Jeffrey Epstein, the financier escape justice 10 years ago. Then, Epstein was suspected of similar crimes in Florida, where Acosta was a top federal prosecutor. I feel very badly actually for secretary Acosta because Ive known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job, said Trump, who previously called Epstein a terrific guy. I feel very badly about that whole situation. But were going to be looking at that, and looking at it very closely. Epstein was …

New York’s historic Paris Theatre under threat after more than 70 years in business

Future of citys last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance The Paris Theatre has become one of New Yorks cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948. Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end. In the early 00s it gained cult status with Sex and the City fans after Carrie Bradshaw declared it one of the best features of Manhattan life …

‘A haven’: New York sees rise in women traveling across state line for abortions

A growing number of women are travelling for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country When Courtney Buckman made the difficult decision to have an abortion, the obvious solution should have been to go to her nearest abortion clinic in Montana. In fact the most practical option for Buckman was to have the procedure nearly 2,000 miles away from home in New York. Buckman is one of a growing number of women who are travelling to New York for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country. Under the Trump administration, 27 abortion bans have been signed so far this year across 12 US states including in Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and …

Taylor Swift laments ‘worst case’ sale of back catalogue to mogul Scooter Braun

Brauns Ithaca Holdings acquires Big Machine Label Group, prompting singer to write on Tumblr sale is worse than worst nightmares Taylor Swift on Sunday lamented the sale of her catalogue to the manager and mogul a scathing Tumblr post that she was sad and grossed out that her music now belongs to a man she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying. This is my worst case scenario, Swift announced on Sunday that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group, which released all of Swifts studio albums and owns her masters. Swift said she learned of the sale the same day. Swift left Big Machine and signed with Universal in November because, she said, she knew …

Trump official blames migrant father for drowning with daughter

Ken Cuccinelli, acting USCIS head, said he wasnt concerned photos would be emblematic of hardline immigration policy A widelyimages that highlight the peril and desperation faced by migrant families blocked from entering the US at the immigration policy. The reason we have tragedies like that on the border is because that father didnt wait to go through the asylum process in the legal fashion and decided to cross the river and not only died but his daughter died tragically as well, Cuccinelli said on Thursday night. The photographs, taken on Monday, show scar Alberto Martnez Ramrez, 26, and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in shallow water after dying in the Rio Grande, the river that divides Mexico from …

The planet’s on fire but candidates’ climate crisis response remains tepid

The 10 candidates on stage in Miami accurately conveyed the urgency of global heating but missed chances to show how it underlies all key political issues Thursdays Democratic debate demonstrated just how far the the US is from contemplating the climate crisis as a threat that will touch almost all areas of American life and policymaking. Once again, debate moderators where the effects of climate change are already apparent, they missed multiple opportunities to press home how rising temperatures play into other political issues. Extreme heat and climate disasters threaten economy, and crop failures help to failing to do enough to stave off the worst effects.

US pastor runs network giving 50,000 Ugandans bleach-based ‘miracle cure’

Group led by Robert Baldwin and part-funded by Sam Little claims drinking toxic fluid will eradicate HIV/Aids and other diseases An American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British former clairvoyant is running a network that gives up to 50,000 Ugandans a miracle cure made from industrial bleach, claiming drinking the toxic fluid eradicates cancer, HIV/Aids, malaria and most other diseases. The network, led by pastor Robert Baldwin and part-funded by Sam Little from Arlesey in Bedfordshire, is one of the most extensive efforts yet to distribute the miracle cure known as MMS, or miracle mineral solution. The Guardian has learned that poor Ugandans, including infants as young as 14 months old, are being given chlorine dioxide, a product …