Other stuff that happened today

Other stuff that happened today

There was a shooting today in Arizona at the Westgate Entertainment Complex. 3 people are dead and the shooter is in custody.

Thousands of people have been evacuated after a Michigan dam failed, causing massive flooding. Regulators had warned for over 13 years that the Edenville Dam needed to upgrade its capacity to withhold floodwater. Making matters worse, the floodwater has been contaminated by a Dow Chemicals containment pond and Dioxins that were previously dumped directly into the Tittabawasee River. These contaminants are expected to have a lasting negative environmental effect on the town of Midland and surrounding areas.

Someone managed to catch the breach on video.
Due to dam failure, Wixom Lake drained into the town of Edenville.

2 million people in Bangladesh and India have been forced to evacuate due to the powerful Cyclone Amphan. 14 million people in the city of Kolkata have been without electricity for more than 17 hours.

Local news footage from Odisha.

Johnson & Johnson will no longer sell talc based baby powder in the US or Canada due to concerns associated with asbestos contamination and cancer. Cornstarch based baby powder will still be available.

Terrorists have attacked a mosque in Afghanistan, killing at least 7 people, and wounding 12. The gunmen are still at large.

The United Nations has warned of an alarming uptick in violence against civilians in Afghanistan [AFP]
Violence against Afghan civilians has increased.

Volkswagen has apologized and removed a racist video advertisement .

It showed a giant hand of a white person pushing a Black man away from a new car, then moving him to an open doorway by pinching his head, and flicking him inside a cafe.

Viewers also noted the floating letters in the video clip faded in such a way that it appeared to spell out an offensive word for people of colour in German.

Other social media users took offence at the sign above the building the man disappears into, which reads “Petit Colon”, a reference to colonialism.

Al Jazeera

You know Jane Roe of Roe vs Wade? The one that found religion and became a pro-life activist and stopped being gay? Well, looks like she recanted in return for some money.

“I was the big fish,” McCorvey says in the documentary. “I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they’d put me out in front of the cameras and tell me what to say. It was all an act. I did it well, too. I am a good actress. Of course, I’m not acting now.”

The Guardian

One of the evangelical leaders featured in the documentary, apparently has no moral qualms about how McCorvey, who was clearly vulnerable, was used. “She chose to be used,” he says. “That’s called work. That’s what you’re paid to be doing!” Ah yes, I remember reading that in the Bible: thou shalt pay others to cravenly lie.

The Guardian

There really is less snow than there used to be. 46 billion tonnes per decade less. Don’t worry though, its a Canadian problem.

Scientist measures snow

Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, and in some regions, it may be three times the rate.

Netanyahu corruption trial begins on Sunday. His lawyers tried to get him out of appearing in court, but they failed. Netanyahu must appear to be tried in person. The Prime Minister of Israel has been charged with fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes.

Homocides in Mexico have surged an additional 2.4% over this same period last year. There have been 11, 535 murders in the first 4 months of 2020.

and finally, here is a pic from the Hong Kong legislature that continues to struggle with their issues:

Pan-democratic legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick scuffles with security and pro-China legislators during the Legislative Council’s House Committee meeting in Hong Kong, China May 8, 2020. Rival lawmakers scuffled in legislature in a row over electing the chairman of a key committee, a fresh sign of rising political tension as the coronavirus pandemic eases in the Chinese-ruled city. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Rival lawmakers lose their composure.
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