Friday, July 29, 2016

The Roving Reporter :Stephen Hawking warns about threats facing humanity in light of Brexit vote

In the past, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has expressed his views on a wide variety of topics ranging from parallel universes to the future of humanity.

On Friday, he shared his thoughts in a Guardian opinion piece on the recent Brexit vote and how we think about wealth has a profound impact on our future.

Hawking starts by noting, "Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain's referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we'd be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn't play in our society."

Hawking acknowledges that he was against the U.K. leaving the European Union at the time, but now, it's time to look ahead.

He explains, "Our planet and the human race face multiple challenges. These challenges are global and serious – climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Such pressing issues will require us to collaborate, all of us, with a shared vision and cooperative endeavour to ensure that humanity can survive. We will need to adapt, rethink, refocus and change some of our fundamental assumptions about what we mean by wealth, by possessions, by mine and yours. Just like children, we will have to learn to share."
Further, Hawking warns, "If we fail then the forces that contributed to Brexit, the envy and isolationism not just in the UK but around the world that spring from not sharing, of cultures driven by a narrow definition of wealth and a failure to divide it more fairly, both within nations and across national borders, will strengthen. If that were to happen, I would not be optimistic about the long-term outlook for our species."

However, he ends his piece on a positive note, "...we can and will succeed. Humans are endlessly resourceful, optimistic and adaptable."
Folks , I am back and raring to go .
Mr. Humble will do a byline for me :

Sometimes we have to back up to move forward. Our country is having problems living together because a very small number of us hold on to old issues and refuse to look to the future as they are self serving. 
Our families are disintegrating and  some  want to condemn religious people for believing in fairy tales. (calling no names)  We have a UN that has been totally dysfunctional and places responsibilities for issues less important when they have moral issues that affect  the  good of mankind to make  things  come together  for the good of everyone . Moving forward too fast in these instances can result in total chaos. 

Until we can respect and all work towards the same goals or something even close and until we find a way to compromise it is too early to try to form a New World Order. Our recent Presidents have encouraged a NWO and yet we are more divided than ever. Perhaps we need to start small - states, nations and the continent and finally the world. But we can't even agree on goals within our country today.

 It may be smart Dr. Hawkings, but we have no common sense to go with it.
Just my humble opinion

Thanx you Mr. Humble 

The Roving Reporter     G.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cher posts disturbing photo of Donald Trump with Vladimir Putin

 Ok Daddy,,, I'll Do Whatever you want.. ,Just Make Me List & promise you'll 
1:44 P - respect me in the morning
M - 26 Jul 2016
  15,984 15,984    Re-tweets  25,060    25,060 likes

July  26th 2016 
We already knew that Cher's Twitter account was the greatest in the game ... but she further solidified her title as queen with her latest tweet.

The 70-year-old singer posted a disturbing, yet hilarious, photo on Tuesday that poked fun at Donald Trump's seemingly bizarre relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Over time, her messages got progressively worse.

The legend threw major shade at the 2016 hopeful when she compared him to Godzilla -- yes ... the monster.

One time, she even proposed to throw Trump into a volcano -- think about the headlines that incident would make!
And make no mistake about it -- Cher makes it clear she'd rather chew on glass than support the possible future leader of the free world.
Thanx AOL ... you made  my day 
Notice  everyone ...Tweets 15,984 ...Re-tweets ...25,060
Likes ...25,060 
What a haul  (giggling)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Michelle Obama doesn't think Donald Trump is good for kids

The Wrap            BRIAN FLOOD          July 25th 2016 
Michelle Obama took the stage on opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on Monday and reminisced about her time as a parent in the White House, which she said was "built by slaves."

The first lady took frequent jabs at GOP nominee Donald Trump, stressing the merits of being a role model instead of a bully — and saying how the world isn't as terrible as some people describe it on TV. She said that a leader can't convey a message in 140 characters, a clear shot on Trump's habit of calling people out on Twitter.

Obama stressed that the upcoming election determines "who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years," which coincides with Hillary Clinton's ad campaign portraying Trump as a poor role model.

She said Hillary has done the work to actually make a difference in the lives of children and "never buckles under pressure."

Obama sparked a huge applause from Clinton supporters in the audience when she mentioned that Clinton didn't "pack up and go home" when she lost to her husband Barack in 2008.
"Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life," Obama continued. "Hillary understands that the presidency is about one thing and one thing only, leaving something better for our kids," she added.

Mocking Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, Obama said the country is great right now and that she can wake up every day in a house that was "built by slaves."

Michelle has been renowned for her strong public speaking long before tonight. Melania Trump famously delivered a speech on the opening night of the GOP convention last week that featured lines directly taken from Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Meredith McIver, an in-house staff writer with the Trump organization, took the blame and offered her resignation but it was denied.

"In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people," McIver explained in a statement. "A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena couldn't look more alike while on a father-son bike ride

 JACKIE WILLIS         July 14th 2016 
Joseph Baena is definitely his famous father's son.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the 18-year-old college student looked nearly identical as they rode bikes through Venice, California, on Thursday afternoon. The duo were all smiles as they peddled along in their nearly matching shorts and T-shirts.

Prior to their father-son ride along, Baena and Schwarzenegger were spotted at Gold's Gym. These gym trips appear to be a common occurrence for the two, as they were also seen working out together in April.

Schwarzenegger fathered Baena with his former housekeeper, Mildred Baena. The 68-year-old action star has four additional children with estranged wife, Maria Shriver -- 26-year-old Katherine, 24-year-old Christina, 22-year-old Patrick, and 18-year-old Christopher.

In May, Baena -- who is majoring in business at Pepperdine University -- revealed just how much he looks like his father when he was spotted tossing a football around shirtless on the beach in Malibu.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Woman in stunning, viral Baton Rouge protest photo is nurse and mom

A woman among more than a hundred people arrested while protesting police brutality in Baton Rouge, La., was the epicenter of calm juxtaposed with two riot gear-clad cops in a stunning photograph taken Saturday.

The protester was later identified by friends and arrest records as Ieshia L. Evans, 35, a nurse and mother to a young boy.

The strangely serene moment — Evans’ sun dress fluttering in the breeze outside Baton Rouge Police Headquarters — was captured by freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman, who described the woman’s powerful “stand” against heavily armored officers to the Atlantic.

“It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand,” Bachman told the magazine.

Bachman believed that he heard Evans tell those around her that she intended to step up to the line of police and get arrested. He turned toward Evans in time to snap the photo as she met cops in the middle of the highway outside police headquarters, her feet rooted firmly on the pavement.

Another angle of the arrest shows Evans calmly clutching her cell phone as the two Louisiana State Police troopers moved towards her.

“She was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear,” Bachman added. “It wasn’t very violent. She didn’t say anything. She didn’t resist and the police didn't drag her off.”

As it went viral, the photo was frequently compared to the iconic image of a Tiananmen Square protester staring down a convoy of tanks in 1989.

Evans was among around more than a hundred people — including Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson — released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on Sunday, after spending several hours in jail. The protest came in the days following the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling in the Louisiana capital.
She addressed her arrest in a Facebook post early Monday, as friends reacted to seeing the protest photo.

“I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God,” wrote Evans, later describing herself as a proud licensed practical nurse. “I’m glad I’m alive and safe and that there were no casualties that I have witnessed firsthand.”
Evans did not immediately respond to a request for comment and it’s unclear if she will face charges following the arrest.

Baton Rouge: 5 Things To Know About Nurse Peacefully Confronting Police In Viral Pic

 by Samantha Wilson
A breathtaking photo of Ieshia L. Evans circulated the internet over the July 8 weekend, showing the nurse and mother calmly confronting police in riot gear during protests in Baton Rouge. Learn more about this brave woman after the jump!
Ieshia L. Evans, 35, has been identified as the woman in the stunning photo taken on July 9 of a serene woman in a dress approaching police in riot gear during a Baton Rouge, Louisiana protest. Ieshia and other activists were protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling, which happened in the town on July 5. The nurse and mother of one five-year-old son was brave enough to calmly and peacefully stand up to Louisiana State Police — and was promptly arrested. 

1. She traveled to Louisiana just for the protest

Ieshia is actually from New York, but traveled to Baton Rouge to take part in the protests, because she “wanted a better future for her five-year-old son,” according to Daily Mail. Her (allegedly) close friend Natasha Haynes said that Ieshia was “overcome with emotion” while watching protests across the nation on TV, and knew she had to do something. She left her son with his father to ensure his safety, and headed down to take part.

2. She knew she was going to get arrested

Freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman, the man who captured the surely iconic image, told The Atlantic that he overheard Ieshia tell people around her that she intended to step up to the police line and get arrested. She met cops in the middle of the highway outside the PD headquarters, and refused to move.

3. She addressed her arrest in a Facebook post

After spending several hours in jail with other protestors, Ieshia told her family and friends that she was safe and okay. Police hadn’t been violent with her. “I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am a vessel! Glory to the most high!” she wrote. “I’m glad I’m alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed first hand.” She provided an update, asking that nobody give interviews on her behalf; she wanted to tell her own story.

4. She’s a dedicated nurse

Ieshia described herself as a licensed practical nurse. It’s unclear where she works in New York.

5. She was held overnight in jail after her arrest

Ieshia reportedly said that while the arrest was rough, she was treated kindly in jail. The officer in charge made sure all the protestors were treated well. The nurse was held overnight, and booked and released on Sunday, according to police records. She is now back in her hotel room, recovering from the ordeal.

Friday, July 8, 2016

New York Post Recklessly Hypes ‘Civil War’ After Dallas Shooting

Rival Daily News stopped the presses to swap front page on recent police killings to one on Thursday’s killing of police.

The New York Post hastily and irresponsibly summed up an ongoing situation in Dallas.
The New York Post’s Friday morning framing of the killing of five Dallas police officers was shockingly irresponsible ― even for a paper that once recklessly insinuated two bystanders at the Boston Marathon bombing were suspects in the attack.

“Civil War” blared the headline across the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid. The Post then framed Thursday night’s demonstration in Dallas, a response to two high-profile police shootings of black men killed in recent days, as an “anti-police protest.”

The cover, known as “the wood” in tabloid parlance, quickly drew attention on social media and cable news. 

Around 2:45 a.m., MSNBC anchor Brian Williams held up the Post cover during breaking news coverage of the shooting. “Not uncommon to have hyperbolic page 1, but let’s hope this headline is wrong for our country and this is not a civil war,” he said. 

While facts continue to emerge, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday morning that a sniper, who had expressed a desire to kill white police officers and was “upset about Black Lives Matter,” had been killed by police, and three others were in custody. Dallas police and protesters were getting along before Thursday night’s shooting and reportedly helped one another during the chaotic event ― details that wouldn’t support the Post’s sensational headline.
The New York Post recklessly dubbed the Dallas shooting as part of a “civil war.”
Several journalists on Twitter criticized the Post’s declaration of a “civil war.”

“Most unprofessional and irresponsible headline of the year? Decade? Ever?” The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti asked. Journalist and author Marc Ambinder said “the cover is beyond absurd; it is morally perverse and factually wrong.” Fortune’s Dan Primack tweeted that the “Post and Drudge are in a battle to see which can be more irresponsible this morning.” (The Drudge Report splashed the headline “Black Lives Kill” as events unfolded early Friday morning.)

A Post spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The conservative tabloid is known for reflexively supporting police and, unlike its tabloid rival, the Daily News, has shown little sympathy for the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement following police killings of unarmed black men. 

On Thursday morning, the Daily News ran a graphic front-page photo of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police Tuesday morning. The headline, “His hands we’re empty,” appears below Sterling’s lifeless body, his shirt covered in blood.

Following the police shooting of Philando Castile in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, the aftermath of which his girlfriend captured on a jarring video, the Daily News designed a Friday cover showing a black child alongside the names of those killed by police and the provocative question, “Am I next Daddy?” The paper tweeted it out just before 9 p.m. 

That original cover, which teased a Daily News editorial, “Cops’ race killings must stop,” was striking. But that front page text, especially, could be seen as tone deaf in the wake of police officers being killed in Dallas, a story dominating the news cycle when New Yorkers would pick up Friday’s print edition. Daily News Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich declined to comment. 

Though some copies with the original cover were published, The Daily News tweeted a new Friday front page around 1:30 a.m. that captured a tragedy still unfolding in Dallas with a more appropriate headline than its competitor: “Madness.”
The Daily News responded to the Dallas shooting with a new Friday cover. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

[UPDATE]Bill Cosby will stand trial for sexual assault charges

Newsy      CAITLIN BAKER, EUGENE DANIELS      July 7th 2016 

A judge in Pennsylvania has denied a last-ditch effort by Bill Cosby's lawyers to have criminal sexual assault charges dismissed. That means Cosby will face the charges in court.

Cosby's attorneys were back in court Thursday hoping for a chance to cross-examine his accuser, Andrea Constand, before trial — and to get the case thrown out. At this point, only a statement from Constand has been read in court.

Prosecutors said there was no reason for Constand to appear during a preliminary hearing because "we're not going to re-traumatize victims at preliminary hearings." A 2013 ruling allows hearsay evidence in preliminary hearings for that exact reason.

Constand, a former Temple University employee, accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004. Cosby has maintained it was consensual and that the only thing he gave her was Benadryl.

Cosby was arrested at the end of last year but was released on $1 million bail. Dozens of women have levied similar charges against Cosby, but this is the first time he will actually face trial. If he's convicted, Cosby could spend 10 years behind bars.

Stay tune , updates as they become available.............

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

[UPDATE] Surprise as Pistorius jailed for six years over girlfriend's murder

Reuters By TJ Strydom and Tanisha Heiberg
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was sent back to jail for six years on Wednesday for murdering Reeva Steenkamp, less than half the 15 year minimum term sought by prosecutors.

Pistorius, who fatally shot his girlfriend four times through a toilet door, has already served 12 months in prison for her death. But the original manslaughter conviction was increased to murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in December.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, whose sentence at the initial manslaughter trial was criticized by women's groups as too lenient, said she had accepted the defense argument that a lesser punishment was appropriate.

"Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court," Masipa said. "I am of the view that a long term in prison will not serve justice."

Pistorius, who stood impassively as the sentence was read out, hugged members of his legal team and chatted briefly with his sister Aimee before being led away by police.

Women's rights groups say Pistorius has received preferential treatment by the justice system compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status. His backers say he did not intend to kill Steenkamp.

The state and large sections of the South African public had demanded a 15 year jail term, the prescribed minimum term for murder, saying he had shown no remorse for the 2013 killing.

It was unclear whether the state, which has two weeks to appeal, would accept Wednesday's sentence.

Pistorius' defense team said he would not appeal and that their client would be able to apply for parole after serving half to two-thirds of the sentence.

The track star, who had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby, was freed from prison last October after almost a year behind bars. He was to serve the remainder of his five-year term under house arrest at his uncle's house in a wealthy suburb of the capital. Pistorius has been living with his uncle since.

Steenkamp's father Barry, who in an emotional statement to the sentencing hearings said Pistorius must pay for his crime, declined to comment on the prospects for an appeal.

"We'll leave that to the state," he told reporters without showing any emotion.

In her ruling on Wednesday, Masipa said that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius' life and career were also in ruins.

"The life of the accused shall also never be the same. He is a fallen hero and can never be at peace," she said.

The judge agreed with defense that the Pistorius who shot Steenkamp in the early hours of St Valentine's Day was not the gold medal winning athlete but a vulnerable 1.5m tall man.

She said that there was no indication at all that the deceased was in an abusive relationship with Pistorius. She also said there was no evidence there had been a row between Pistorius and Steenkamp before her death, as suggested by the prosecution.

Pistorius says he fired four shots into the toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.

His defense argued that his disability and mental stress that occurred in the aftermath of the killing should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux shakes the hand of Barry Steenkamp after the sentence hearing of Olympic a …
Outside the court, a group of supporters held up placards backing the athlete. One read: "Give Oscar his freedom back please".

Legal analysts were divided by the ruling in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women.

"To reduce from 15 to 6 years in the circumstances of the case seems to me to be unduly generous to Oscar," Paul Hoffman, a lawyer and director of rights group Accountability Now, said.

"It's quite possible that having invested so much effort in the prosecution ... that (state prosecutor) Gerrie Nel will saddle up again and ride out in an effort to get a bigger sentence," he said.

Johannesburg-based lawyer Ulrich Roux doubted the state would appeal, saying the judge had delivered a "just sentence, considering that he was convicted with murder with indirect intent."

But the Women's League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL), said the sentence was too soft. "The PICs and others agree 100% ." Ban together  and get him .

"First five years, now six years? She is an embarrassment to the justice system," ANCWL spokeswoman Jacqueline Mofokeng said of Masipa. "It is an insult to women in this country."

(Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Jon Boyle)

Witchy got her panties in a bunch :

That beautiful girls' life was only worth 6 years, huh?...Life is getting cheaper and cheaper....for people with money and influence that is...He did kill this innocent woman and deserves to be punished. The story just never fit what he said happened. I think that he is getting off easy.
The liar said :
But, but, but it was an accident. I thought it was an intruder in the bathroom (that had only one door, but it had a window access). And, and, and I was so afraid that I shot through the door before the intruder could hurt me. I'm sooooo sorry. Yeah, right. Great system of justice in South Africa. We ought to be thankful it wasn't in Saudi; he would have been applauded and shown much sympathy.