Semper Paratus, the Latin phrase on the parade standard of the U.S. Coast Guard, loosely translates as ?always ready.? But just how prepared could this year?s graduates of the Coast Guard Academy have been for a commencement address from their commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump?
Actually, considering that he ended up giving yet another proto-campaign speech in which he bragged about his electoral triumph, I?d wager ?very.? This is the same speech Trump always gives, whether he?s addressing the Coast Guard or ordering a Coke.
Nevertheless, there was one indelible moment in Trump?s remarks to America?s next generation of Coasties. It came during the traditional part of his oratory that we might as well start calling ?The Airing of Grievances?:
Over the course of your life, you will find things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I?ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can?t let them get you down. You can?t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that?s why I won.
Fairness is a pretty interesting topic of conversation to be raising in front of men and women who will one day be jumping into the damn ocean in the middle of hurricanes to rescue people, in the service of an organization whose unofficial motto is, ?You have to go out, but you don?t have to come back.?
But let?s leave that aside for the moment and examine the contention that ?No politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly.? I?m no Doris Kearns Goodwin, but I feel ? with great surety! ? that this is not the case.
Let?s just think about other presidents. Off the top of my head, here are some people who were treated more unfairly than Donald Trump.
James Madison: On Aug. 12, 1814, British troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Robert Ross straight up set fire to the presidential mansion, which to my mind is just mad disrespectful. They literally burned down his house and he had no Mar-a-Lago to fall back on.
William Henry Harrison: Shortly after he was elected, he became ill with what is now presumed to be enteric fever. History records that ?Harrison sought to rest in the White House, but could not find a quiet room because of the steady crowd of office seekers.? Fair? Surely not.
Abraham Lincoln: Did you know that half of the country seceded from the Union after Lincoln was elected? Well, they did! And Lincoln had to spend the bulk of his presidency fighting a civil war to ?restore the Union.? For his trouble, he was assassinated during a performance of ?Our American Cousin? by actor John Wilkes Booth. Now, throughout the country, neo-Nazis stage demonstrations to preserve statuary depicting the very secessionists who ruined Lincoln?s life. Maybe I?m being Pollyannaish, but that just feels a little below the belt to me.
James Garfield: Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau, who was angry because he felt he was being treated shabbily when Garfield didn?t give him plum overseas appointments in Vienna or Paris. Guiteau didn?t even speak a foreign language! Come on, man! But after pestering Garfield?s administration about it, he finally decided that the president had to die. Being murdered by a guy who wrongly thought you were being unfair is double-plus unfair ? there?s just no getting around that.
William McKinley: McKinley was shot twice in the gut by anarchist Leon Czolgosz after greeting him in a receiving line at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. In an act of tremendous magnanimity, the wounded McKinley instructed the mob who set upon Czolgosz to ?go easy on him.? That?s probably why Czolgosz wasn?t immediately torn to pieces. You?d think that an act of mercy would be rewarded by a moral universe, wouldn?t you? Well, you?d be wrong: McKinley died of gangrene eight days later. Seems pretty cruel.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Check it ? Roosevelt was basically trying to help dig America out of the crater of the Great Depression when Adolf Hitler decided to try to conquer Europe through war and mass genocide, and Hitler?s Japanese allies bombed Pearl Harbor. Umm ? rude much?
John F. Kennedy: Kennedy wasn?t just assassinated; his death became enmeshed in a web of conspiracy theories that persists to this day. For a time, it was even deemed acceptable to request three shots of espresso by ordering a ?JFK.? Wow, people, think about what you?re doing.
Gerald Ford: Had to follow the Nixon administration. My man just never had a chance.
Ronald Reagan: Reagan was nearly killed by an insane man who thought that murdering the president would impress actress Jodie Foster. And I?m sorry, no matter how many times I watch ?Taxi Driver? or ?The Silence of the Lambs? or ?The Accused? ? which are all fine movies, I?m not disputing this ? this will never feel right to me. It?s a wholly unmerited thing to do to Reagan. Verdict: Not fair!
Barack Obama: People may not remember this, but President Obama was relentlessly accused of not having been born in the United States of America. In my humble opinion, this was pretty ungracious! And here?s an interesting historical detail: One of the ringleaders of the movement to unfairly discredit Obama?s American-ness was future President Trump.
As you can plainly see, Donald Trump, by virtue of not being shot in the abdomen or head, not having his mansion burned down, and not being accused of birth in a foreign country in order to question his legitimacy, is making out pretty good on the spectrum of ?being treated fairly.?
One final thing to note about this matter is that President Trump?s budget originally called for a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Coast Guard. He?s since backed off that plan and has promised to maintain current budget levels. As Breaking Defense?s Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. reports, ?The bad news is that ?current funding levels? are already too low.? But as Trump said, ?You can?t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams.?
?Enjoy your life,? he concluded.
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When visual journalist Melissa Lyttle moved to Los Angeles just before the U.S. presidential election last year, she found herself drawn to the border and all the political rhetoric wrapped into it.
The 40-year-old Floridian?s curiosity about both immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border eventually led her to Mexico City in December. Lyttle visited a migrant shelter for youth and began taking portraits of migrants making their way to the United States.
But Lyttle, who worked as a staff photojournalist for 15 years, did more than just take a few shots of each person. The photographer also learned a little bit about what motivated each person to make the treacherous journey to the U.S.
?It?s all about introducing yourself, stating your intentions, and allowing people the space to share their stories,? Lyttle told HuffPost about how she approached each migrant with the help of a translator. ?Almost everyone I talked to allowed me to make a portrait of them.?
With the help of a reporting fellowship from International Women?s Media Foundation, Lyttle was also able to visit Ciudad Juárez and Nogales as part of her project. At one point, she asked one migrant about the most important thing he carried with him on the journey.
?I wasn?t really expecting anything when I asked them about their prized possession,? she told HuffPost. ?It was more a curiosity, initially, and I asked one person, thinking it?d stoke an interesting conversation. And boy, did it ever.?
?He told me about a photograph of his girlfriend that he carried with him in his wallet,? she continued. ?And then how he was robbed on his journey, and he was more sad about losing the picture than the money in his wallet. If his answer wasn?t so touching, I may have not asked again. But it made me even more curious what others would say.?
In the end, the physical things didn?t surprise me nearly as much as the mental ones: faith, hope, phone numbers committed to memory.”
One by one, she asked at least a dozen migrants about their most prized possessions, and included it in the captions of their portraits along with information about why they decided to leave their own country behind.
?In the end, the physical things didn?t surprise me nearly as much as the mental ones: faith, hope, phone numbers committed to memory,? she said. ?And of course, I adored the guy who told me ?himself.??
Lyttle recently returned to Ciudad Juárez and traveled to Chihuahua City to continue working on stories about migrants. She hopes reading their stories and seeing the faces of the individuals risking their lives will give people some perspective when discussing immigrants.
?I really hope that people realize and can relate to the fact that people are simply searching for a better life ? and that?s not a good reason to prosecute them,? she told HuffPost. ?I also hope people realize that there are economic migrants, who want the chance to make money and support their families and they?re not being granted it where they?re from, and then there are refugees … people fleeing violence, persecution, and worse. And lastly, I hope people realize that we?re all the same deep down inside.?
Check out 12 portraits of migrants and captions by Lyttle below.
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Popular men?s grooming brand Axe is, once again, challenging masculine stereotypes with a powerful new ad and social media initiative.
Released Wednesday, the ?Is It OK For Guys?? commercial highlights a number of tough questions that many men privately struggle with. The identity-based questions are heard in voiceover (?Is it OK to not like sports? Is it OK for guys to wear pink??) as images of diverse men appear onscreen. Some reference sexuality head on: ?Is it OK to be a virgin? To experiment with other guys??
The new commercial is a follow-up of sorts to 2016?s ?Find Your Magic? ad, which featured a vogue-ing dancer and two men sharing a flirtatious glance in an effort to to deconstruct ?outdated views of masculinity.?
The ?Is It OK For Guys?? clip was based, in part, on a study produced by Axe?s research partner Promundo, which examined what many real-life men were searching for on Google. ?We know that young guys are struggling with their own masculinity,? Axe?s Global Vice President Rik Strubel told HuffPost, ?but what their research uncovered was truly eye-opening.?
The commercial kicks off Axe?s Find Your Magic Initiative, which aims to ?create a society where there is no wrong way to be a man.? The company will partner with Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying organization, to launch a ?new digital network? in support of men who are struggling with ?toxic masculinity.? Additional activities and resources will be announced throughout the year, Strubel said.
?We believe guys should embrace what makes them truly unique and authentic,? he explained. ?Our aim is to create a healthier, more equal world by reaching men and women with this message.?
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SOCHI, Russia, May 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not passed on any secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he could prove it.
Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin quipped that Lavrov was remiss for not passing on what he made clear he believed were non-existent secrets.
?I spoke to him (Lavrov) today,? said Putin with a smile. ?I?ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia?s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.?
Putin, who said Moscow rated Lavrov?s meeting with Trump ?highly,? said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of Trump?s meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them.
A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had in its possession a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording.
Complaining about what he said were signs of ?political schizophrenia? in the United States, Putinsaid Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.
?It?s hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next,? said Putin.
?What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don?t understand the damage they?re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.?
Two U.S. officials said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Lavrov about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump?s short tenure in office.
Russia has repeatedly said that anti-Russian politicians in the United States are using groundless fears of closer ties with Moscow to sabotage any rapprochement and damage Trump in the process.
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk/Jack Stubbs/Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe)
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New York City Councilman Corey Johnson, a Democrat, was on ?Tucker Carlson Tonight? on Tuesday night to talk about a bill that would compel Trump to release his tax returns.
But hours after a report surfaced that Trump had asked James Comey, then director of the FBI, to shut down a probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Carlson wanted Johnson to talk about issues much closer to home.
?It?s OK if you don?t like Trump, I?m not mad about that,? he said. ?But how about filling some potholes and arresting some public urinators. Seriously!?
Carlson said Johnson?s law would amount to an abuse of power, since it?s aimed at an individual, but then took aim at Penn Station, which is in Johnson?s district.
?Have you been in Penn Station recently?? Carlson asked. ?It?s like a homeless shelter. It?s disgusting.?
?I?m serious. I go there every week. And that?s yours? Penn Station is yours? And you?re worrying about Trump?s tax returns? Are you joking? Have you been in the men?s room there? Dead serious question, have you been in the men?s room in Penn Station??
?I am focused on all the issues that affect my district,? Johnson said after some crosstalk.
?Wait a minute, what?? an incredulous Carlson replied.
?You?re the one that brought up men?s rooms, not me,? Johnson shot back as the two talked over each other, which led to more crosstalk, with Carlson yelling about bathrooms as Johnson attempted to discuss Trump?s tax returns.
?One last thing, I know we have to go, we need an independent prosecutor, that?s what we need,? Johnson conclude.
?First we need clean men?s rooms at Penn Station,? Carlson said. ?And you?re the guy in charge of that.?
See the full exchange above.
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WASHINGTON ? If only White House aides had kept their mouths shut, there might never have been a scandal over what President Donald Trump said to Russian officials in the Oval Office.
But Trump?s staffers leaked to the press, and the result was an explosive story in The Washington Post describing how the president shared ?highly classified? information from an ally in the Middle East with Russia?s foreign minister and ambassador to Washington.
The repercussions were swift and severe: Republican lawmakers publicly questioned the president?s fitness for office; intelligence officials said Trump?s actions compromised national security; and longstanding allies suggested they will reconsider how much intelligence to share with American spy agencies in the future.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster defended the president at a press conference Tuesday, telling reporters that whatever Trump shared with the Russians was ?wholly appropriate.? He also claimed that the real culprits were White House aides who leaked Trump?s comments to The Washington Post. ?National security is put at risk by this leak and leaks like this,? McMaster said.
But the roots of this leak, and of The Washington Post?s bombshell report, were already visible in February, just two weeks into Trump?s presidency. That?s when HuffPost reported that Trump?s volatile behavior had created an environment that was especially conducive to leaks, both from executive agencies and from inside Trump?s own White House.
As Trump embarks on his first foreign trip as president later this week, he does so under a cloud, with a number of U.S. allies openly concerned over whether he can be trusted with sensitive information.
One of the first stops on Trump?s tour will be Israel, which provided some of the intelligence that Trump shared with the Russians, according to a New York Times report Tuesday. By sharing Israeli intelligence with Russia, Trump effectively shared it with Iran, Russia?s close ally in the Middle East. Israel considers Iran to be its greatest enemy.
But Trump apparently didn?t know any of this when he spoke to Russian officials in the Oval Office. ?The president wasn?t even aware of where this information came from,? McMaster said Tuesday, and ?he wasn?t briefed on the source of information.?
Why Trump was never briefed on the source of this highly classified information is unclear ?- the origin of intelligence reports is often key to understanding them. A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a question from HuffPost about why Trump was unaware of who provided this information.
But Trump?s ignorance might have something to do with his longstanding demand that his daily intelligence briefings be limited to a single page, and formatted in bullet points. The maximum number of bullet points per page that Trump will read is nine, a senior White House official told HuffPost.
?I?ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this,? Eliot Cohen, a member of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, told HuffPost.
Until now, Cohen said, high-level leaks from the White House typically fell into one of two categories: either they were White House aides sabotaging one another in order to improve their own standings; or staffers trying to scuttle policy ideas that they found genuinely problematic.
But Trump?s administration has created a third category: leaks from White House staff and federal officials who are alarmed by the president?s conduct.
The idea that Trump is temperamentally ill-suited for the presidency is nothing new. It was the main argument against him during both the GOP primaries a year ago and the general election last summer and fall. At times, Trump seemed to embrace the characterization, wearing it as a badge of honor for his status as an anti-establishment ?outsider.?
But concerns that seemed merely hypothetical while Trump was on the campaign trail are now life-and-death decisions being made inside the White House.
And as long as Trump continues to shift his loyalties, experts say we haven?t seen the last big leaks coming out of the West Wing. To Cohen, who now teaches at Johns Hopkins University?s School of Advanced International Studies, the problem is not the leakers, it?s the president.
?Trump has shown very little true affection or respect for anyone on his staff outside his immediate family,? Cohen said. Therefore, he cannot expect devotion from his staff in return. ?This is what happens when you have a narcissist as president,? Cohen said.
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Barbara Rank, 63, wrote to her local newspaper, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, after Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) made the comments at a town hall last Monday.
Blum said he?d voted in favor of legislation that repeals and replaces major parts of the Affordable Care Act to ?get rid of some of these crazy regulations that Obamacare puts on [?] such as a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance.?
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His remark did not sit well with Rank, however, who was in the audience.
In her letter to the newspaper, which was published Friday, Rank explained how the lawmaker?s comment had caused her to rhetorically ask herself ?why should I pay for a bridge I don?t cross, a sidewalk I don?t walk on, a library book I don?t read??
?Why should I pay for a flower I won?t smell, a park I don?t visit, or art I can?t appreciate?? the retired special education teacher continued. ?Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn?t vote for, a tax cut that doesn?t affect me, or a loophole I can?t take advantage of??
Rank ended her missive explaining why she did actually believe in people paying for all of those things ? by saying how it was all about ?democracy,? ?a civil society? and ?the greater good.?
Someone posted a photograph of her letter to Reddit over the weekend, and it?s now gone viral, sparking positive reactions across the internet:
Rank said she?d laughed at the response to her letter because it?s ?such a silly little piece.? The conclusion to the note, however, was something she ?always? ends up saying, she added.
?Every argument I?ve ever had with somebody, friends or relative: Don?t you want to live in a civil society?? she told The Washington Post. ?Government is the structure of the country we live in. It?s not as bad as people make it out to be.?
John Ferland, a representative for Blum, later claimed the congressman?s comment (which can be heard in the clip above) had been ?taken out of context.?
?He was referring to the idea of patients being able to choose health insurance policies that fit their needs, rather than one-size-fits-all policies filled with government mandates,? Ferland told the Telegraph Herald. ?Obviously, he understands that taxes pay for things that not everybody uses.?
Rank, however, told The Des Moines Register that the popularity of her letter ?just shows that a lot of people have the same feelings and thoughts that I did.?
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Technical staff scrambled on Sunday to patch computers and restore infected ones, amid fears that the ransomware worm that stopped car factories, hospitals, shops and schools could wreak fresh havoc on Monday when employees log back on.
Cybersecurity experts said the spread of the virus dubbed WannaCry – ?ransomware? which locked up more than 100,000 computers – had slowed, but the respite might only be brief.
New versions of the worm are expected, they said, and the extent of the damage from Friday?s attack remains unclear.
Marin Ivezic, cybersecurity partner at PwC, said that some clients had been ?working around the clock since the story broke? to restore systems and install software updates, or patches, or restore systems from backups.
Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks, a rare and powerful feature that caused infections to surge on Friday.
Code for exploiting that bug, which is known as ?Eternal Blue,? was released on the internet in March by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers. The group claimed it was stolen from a repository of National Security Agency hacking tools. The agency has not responded to requests for comment.
Hong Kong-based Ivezic said that the ransomware was forcing some more ?mature? clients affected by the worm to abandon their usual cautious testing of patches ?to do unscheduled downtime and urgent patching, which is causing some inconvenience.?
He declined to identify which clients had been affected.
The head of the European Union police agency said on Sunday the cyber assault hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and that number will grow when people return to work on Monday.
?The global reach is unprecedented … and those victims, many of those will be businesses, including large corporations,? Europol Director Rob Wainwright told Britain?s ITV.
?At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat. The numbers are going up, I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn (on) their machines on Monday morning.?
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Monday was expected to be a busy day, especially in Asia which may not have seen the worst of the impact yet, as companies and organizations turned on their computers.
?Expect to hear a lot more about this tomorrow morning when users are back in their offices and might fall for phishing emails? or other as yet unconfirmed ways the worm may propagate, said Christian Karam, a Singapore-based security researcher.
Targets both large and small have been hit.
Renault said on Saturday it had halted manufacturing at plants in Sandouville, France, and Romania to prevent the spread of ransomware in its systems.
Among the other victims is a Nissan manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England.
Hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service were infected on Friday, forcing them to send patients to other facilities.
German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said some electronic signs at stations announcing arrivals and departures were infected.
In Asia, some hospitals, schools, universities and other institutions were affected. International shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also breached.
Telecommunications company Telefonica was among the targets in Spain. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted.
A Jakarta hospital said on Sunday that the cyber virus had infected 400 computers, disrupting the registration of patients and finding records. The hospital said it expected big queues on Monday when about 500 people were due to register.
In Singapore, a company that supplies digital signage, MediaOnline, was rushing to fix its systems after a technician?s error had led to 12 kiosks being infected in two of the island?s malls. Director Dennis So said the systems were not connected to the malls? or tenants? networks.
Symantec, a cybersecurity company, forecast infections so far would cost tens of millions of dollars, mostly from cleaning corporate networks. Ransoms paid amount to tens of thousands of dollars, one analyst said, but he predicted they would rise.
Governments and private security firms said on Saturday that they expected hackers to tweak the malicious code used in Friday?s attack, restoring the ability to self-replicate.
?This particular attack was relatively easy to shut down,? said Bryce Boland, Asia Pacific chief technology officer for FireEye, a cybersecurity company.
But he said it would be straightforward for the existing attackers to launch new releases or for other ransomware authors to start copying the way the malware replicated.
The U.S. government on Saturday issued a technical alert with advice on how to protect against the attacks, asking victims to report any to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of Homeland Security.
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Valerie Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama for the duration of his presidency, endorsed former Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia?s hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary race.
Jarrett made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday, praising Perriello?s vote for the Affordable Care Act as a freshman congressman from a conservative district in central Virginia. Perriello went on to lose his reelection bid amid a backlash to the law that fueled a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.
The Perriello campaign confirmed that the tweet represented an official endorsement of his candidacy.
Jarrett was a close confidante of Obama?s from Chicago long before he became president. She joined Obama in lobbying Democratic National Committee members to elect former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman in his close, but successful race against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in February.
The endorsement is a significant pickup for Perriello, who has cast himself as the progressive favorite in his battle for the nomination against sitting Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Northam has the support of virtually the entire Democratic establishment in Virginia and was viewed as a shoo-in until Perriello jumped into the race in January.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
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Although humane slaughter might sound like an oxymoron ? like, say, ?clean coal? ? it?s a goal that some members of the meat industry take seriously.
Arion Thiboumery of the Vermont Packinghouse in North Springfield, Vermont, is one of them. The plant opened its doors three years ago and has been celebrated for its transparency ? Thiboumery regularly welcomes tours of the operation ? and its central mission to slaughter animals with ?respect and dignity.?
?We feel like we?re proud of what we do here and we want everything to be above board,? he told HuffPost last summer. ?We?ll tell you about how the animal was raised and we?ll talk about how it died. We?re not embarrassed about it.?
But Vermont Packinghouse started having some trouble a few weeks after that interview.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a suspension to the facility on Oct. 12, 2016, after an inspector observed the plant supervisor attempting to stun a pig in a way that violated federal humane slaughter law. Facilities like Thiboumery?s must kill livestock with ?a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective,? according to the law.
According to USDA documents, the pig escaped from its cattle stun box after the supervisor shot its cheek with a .410 shotgun, breaking the animal?s cheek bones into fragments but not rendering it immediately unconscious. That same day, another pig was ineffectively stunned inside the same cattle stun box, although that animal was unconscious following a second attempt.
The USDA inspector deemed these actions to be egregious violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which was signed into law in 1958 to prevent both the needless suffering of animals and to improve working conditions for slaughterhouse workers.
The Vermont Packinghouse was up and running again the next day, but three more suspensions followed as inspectors observed similarly notable violations of humane slaughter in January, March and April of this year.
This caught the eye of the Animal Welfare Institute. The advocacy group issued a letter last month to the USDA urging the agency to withdraw the Vermont Packinghouse?s grant of inspection, which is required for the plant to remain in operation.
?It?s very distressing to us to read about these incidents,? Dena Jones, AWI farm animal program director, told HuffPost. ?In each case, the animal suffered.?
Jones suggested that the facility should have hired a humane slaughter consultant long before its later violations. It is very rare, she pointed out, for facilities of this size to receive so many violations in such a short time period.
?This sort of history suggests a management problem at the plant,? Jones said. ?And these suspensions probably represent just the tip of the iceberg.?
It?s not just animal welfare groups raising an eyebrow at the Vermont facility?s struggles, either.
Temple Grandin, the Colorado State University animal science professor and humane slaughter pioneer depicted in an award-winning HBO biopic, said she hasn?t visited the plant. But, she told HuffPost, the USDA violations indicate it has a lot of work to do.
?They were sloppy,? Grandin said. ?They need to get trained and do things right. This was a lack of knowledge, that?s what it was.?
For his part, Thiboumery is not taking the suspensions lightly. He described them as ?a disappointment both for me and my staff,? and said the facility is working to address its issues.
?We take this very seriously, and we are very committed to transparency,? he told HuffPost.
They were sloppy. They need to get trained and do things right.
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Thiboumery said his plant purchased a large hydraulic restraint, which holds cattle steady and lessens the risk of stunning failures, for some $50,000 following the first suspension.
But because the equipment takes six months to build, he said, it wasn?t in place when the later suspensions occurred. (A spokeswoman for the Vermont Agriculture Department, the state regulatory body, confirmed that the new equipment has since been installed and is currently in use at the plant.)
The incidents have presented a significant financial burden for the small plant, including ?thousands of dollars of downtime.? But Thiboumery said he remains committed to his mission.
?Obviously, we are killing these animals, but we want every single one of them to have as good and graceful and swift a death as possible,? he said. ?We acknowledge that goal and think that?s the right goal to have. We?re going to continue to try to do everything we can to aim for perfection.?
Obviously, we are killing these animals, but we want every single one of them to have as good and graceful and swift a death as possible.
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Humane slaughter laws have been enforced more strictly in recent years. This is likely because an animal welfare group released a graphic undercover video in 2008 that showed cattle being mistreated at the Westland/Hallmark meat plant in Chino, California. Suspensions related to these laws surged from fewer than 30 in 2007 to more than 90 in 2008, according to an analysis by the AWI. Some 120 suspensions were logged last year.
Although Jones of the AWI acknowledges that enforcement has improved, she said she believes it?s still lacking when it comes to plants with repeated suspensions.
?This plant has been given ample warning and opportunity to correct the deficiencies,? Jones added. ?Since they?ve not been able to do so, we believe in order to save animals from further suffering, they should lose the right to slaughter animals.?
The FSIS has no formal system ? say, a three-strikes law ? for increasingly severe penalties in the event of a meat plant?s repeated suspensions, but the agency can opt to permanently withdraw a facility?s grant of inspection. Such a decision, an FSIS spokeswoman said, would largely be based on the facility?s history of compliance.
Janet Riley, senior vice president at the North American Meat Institute, a trade group, said more rigid enforcement of the humane slaughter law would be unfair to meat plants. She said she believes the law already lays out unrealistic expectations of such facilities.
Stunning issues like what happened at the Vermont plant, Riley pointed out, are the cause of the vast majority of USDA humane slaughter suspensions and can be attributed to issues that are sometimes beyond operators? control. The temperament of the animals themselves, which can be affected by a range of factors including how accustomed the animals are to being around people and what the weather is like, can also play a role.
?The USDA has a requirement to stun every animal perfectly every time,? Riley said. ?It?s a wonderful goal, but experts will tell you that it?s probably not going to be achievable all the time.?
Riley added that the Vermont Packinghouse?s commitment to ethics and transparency sets a positive example for others in the industry.
?I can hardly think of another company that is allowing so many tour groups,? Riley said. ?I think what they?re doing is really admirable.?
Whether the plant will be able to overcome its problems remains an open question. The facility will continue to be monitored for compliance with all relevant regulations, an FSIS spokeswoman said in a statement.
Despite the difficulties his plant has had, Thiboumery appears to be largely undeterred ? and his doors remain open for visitors.
?The people who?ve been here know what really goes on here,? he said. ?If anybody has some questions, we?ve always been an open facility.?
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WASHINGTON — Adam Lind hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as the Washington Nationals came back to beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Opening Day on Monday at Nationals Park before a sellout crowd of 42,744.
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A deadly subway blast is under investigation as a likely act of terrorism in Russia.
A Second Avenue subway extension and a new train tunnel under the Hudson are counting on federal funding that the president is proposing to slash.
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Afghan officials said they were investigating claims that at least nine civilians, including six children, were killed when coalition forces blew up a Taliban weapons depot in Helmand Province.
Some 300 hooting, jeering protesters hit the streets Friday to angrily confront House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) as he visited his district in California?s Central Valley.
?Get out of bed with Trump? and ?We need a guard dog, not a lap dog? were among the signs seen and chants heard. Some protesters played the Russian national anthem.
It was Nunes? first trip to his district since his committee?s investigation into Russian interference into the presidential election ? and any links to President Donald Trump?s aides ? stalled amid acrimony over Nunes? handling of the probe and his secretive moves to protect the president.
Nunes spoke on water policy Friday in Fresno at an annual meeting of agricultural lenders. He was quickly ushered in and out of the building through a rear entryway, successfully dodging most of the protesters, according to The Fresno Bee. ?Come out and play, Nunes, you coward,? shouted one man with a megaphone, according to The Associated Press.
Rarely has the seven-term congressman met with such opposition until this year.
Nunes, who served on Trump?s transition team, is ?not working for the people. He?s working for the president and that?s not his job,? one protester told KFSN-TV. He?s supposed to be ?here for us. I feel his complicity in what?s going down.? Others in the crowd called for an independent investigation into the Russia issue.
Demonstrators also called out Nunes for his work attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, for the Trump administration?s moves to slash the Environmental Protection Agency, and for Nunes? refusal to hold town hall meetings in his district.
But the current hot-button topic was Nunes? investigation of the Russian issue, and several signs demanded that Nunes recuse himself from the probe or resign.
In an odd, midnight trip earlier this month to the White House grounds, Nunes reportedly viewed some secret intelligence that he then presented to the White House, which is part of his committee?s investigation. The New York Times reports that Nunes was given access to the intelligence ? the details of which haven?t been revealed ? by White House staffers.
Nunes insisted the information, which he didn?t share with his own committee, may have revealed that some incidental surveillance of Trump occurred during the presidential campaign while federal intelligence agencies were investigating other parties. Nunes brought this up in apparent support of Trump?s unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped during his campaign on President Barack Obama?s orders. In reality, there is no indication from Nunes? information that Trump was a target or that his calls were wiretapped. FBI Director James Comey has testified that no such wiretapping occurred.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, says he has seen the same information that Nunes viewed, and has called for it to be shared with both the House and Senate intelligence committees. ?The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee ? only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House,? Schiff said in a statement.
There is currently no investigation by Nunes? committee into Russian interference in the election. The baton has been taken up instead by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which began holding hearings on Thursday.
Nunes insisted in Fresno that his committee?s investigation isn?t dead yet. ?We haven?t stopped, that?s what I?m saying,? Nunes told KFSN. ?We have had investigators working every single day on this issue.?
He told the local CBS station that ?there?s nobody better than me right now? to be heading an investigation into the Russia issue.
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A 111-game winning streak was finally dismantled Saturday night when Mississippi State?s women?s Bulldogs beat the University of Connecticut Huskies on an epic buzzer-beater.
MSU won 66-64, knocking the Huskies out of the NCAA tournament as the Bulldogs advance to the women?s championship game.
With only seconds left in overtime, point guard Morgan Williams fired a shot into the basket right as the buzzer sounded. The 5-foot-5 inch point guard was immediately tackled by her teammates in a Bulldog dog pile.
?I was in shock; I?m still in shock,? William said at a postgame news conference, according to The New York Times. ?I?m over here like, dang, I just won the game.?
As an added bonus, here?s MSU?s Baseball team watching the last few seconds of the game.
And here it is again, this time set to the ?Titanic? theme. Congratulations, Bulldogs.
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A buzzer-beating jumper in overtime by Morgan William shocked the Huskies and sent the Bulldogs to the national championship game.
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We spoke to people in Brussels, a city at the heart of the European Union, about Brexit.
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No delegates from Africa attended a summit on African trade after the visas of planned speakers and attendees were not issued ahead of the conference, VOA reported last week.
The organizer of the African Global Economic & Development Summit, an annual three-day conference held at the University of Southern California, told VOA that every person single person was denied entry to the U.S.
?Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come,? said Mary Flowers, the conference?s chair. ?This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.?
The summit, held each year since 2013, aims to connect African businesses with U.S. investors. This year?s event focused on renewable energy, including wind and solar power projects. The conference went on last weekend as planned, but suffered from diminished attendance. Flowers told The Guardian that between 60 and 100 people from at least 12 countries were denied entry and could not attend the conference.
A State Department official declined to discuss the particulars of the would-be conference attendees? cases.
?We do not discuss the details of individual visa cases,? the official said in an email. ?Visa records are confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Additional information on the visa process can be found at travel.state.gov.?
The visa denials comes as President Donald Trump?s administration attempts to crack down on travel from select majority-Muslim countries. Earlier this month, Trump signed an executive order blocking travel to the U.S. from six countries, including three in Africa: Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Flowers told the Guardian that no citizens from those countries sought visas for the event.
A federal judge has blocked Trump?s order from going into effect. However, travelers from countries across the globe have faced immigration troubles and visa denials since Trump first issued a travel ban in January.
Earlier in March, several performers set to perform at SXSW were reportedly turned away at the border on their way to the festival in Austin, Texas. The same weekend, a group of musicians from Morocco canceled a performance at a New Orleans music festival after their visas were denied. Days earlier, a group of children from Ghana was denied visas to perform West African dancing and drumming in Charleston, South Carolina. In late February, several members of the Tibet women?s soccer team were denied visas to attend a tournament in Dallas.
Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.
The dead suspect, Khalid Masood, 52, was named Adrian Russell Ajao at birth, police say. Several of his victims remain in hospital.
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Higher education planning can certainly seem daunting with the constantly-increasing costs. Rest assured, though, that there are ways to lower the costs and no essay scholarships are one of the best ways to accomplish this.
I think I want to start trying to code a little more soon. I have heard that there are many people that make a little more money when they know how to code with ruby.
I also was thinking the type of work goes into a webpage like this when you are building it. I am not sure, but I know I will find out one day.
There have been times when I have known that I should do things and there have been others times when I knew that I should be still and not do anything.
This may be one of those time, in fact, some of the things that I have learned have been that when I am trying to get no essay scholarships for school things may change (http://noessayscholarships.org)
There are other things that I really like to do as well, but I will have to save that for another post. I can guarantee, finals is not one of my fav times. lol