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04
Oct
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Haiti prepares for Matthew

Haiti

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Haiti honkers down in anticipation for powerful Hurricane Matthew that is expected to hit the Southwest corner of the country just after day break.   

Senior hurricane specialist Richard Pasch said according to reports, "People who are impacted by things like flooding and mudslides hopefully would get out and relocate because that's where we have seen loss of life in the past."

Hattian officials spent all day on Monday trying to get shantytown residents to use shelter during the storm.  Some people took up the offers, but many decided to stay home and ride it out.   Forcasters said the storm could dump as much as 40 inches of rain on isolated areas of the first republic in the western hemisphere to gain independence from slavery. 

Mon
03
Oct
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Hurricane Matthew moves through Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne
Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Hurricane Matthew rolled over Caribbean islands as it makes its way toward Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba with an expected arrival of Monday according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.  It’s expected to dump more than 25 inches of rain on Southern Haiti while the Dominican Republic and Eastern Cuba are anticipating 10-20 inches of the wet stuff. 

The category 4 storm has top sustained winds near 130 mph and is listed as the most powerful storm in the Atlantic in almost ten years.  Haitian families are being asked to stock up on food and water and evacuation for those residing in high risk areas. 

Fri
30
Sep
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Police Shooting of Ugandan refugee cause continued Protesting

Ugandan Alfred Olango

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

U.S. Police officers shot and killed an unarmed black man Tuesday after his sister called 911 Emergency to report he was having a mental health event.  El Cajon, California is a suburb of San Diego and the killing launched protests not just in the area but around the country. 

Onlookers say Alfred Olango,38, had his hands up at the time he was tased by one officer and shot five times by another.  He is a Ugandan refugee who migrated to the U.S. 20 years ago.  He is a father of two, he was unarmed – he held in his hand a three-inch e-cigarette that have become popular in the last couple years.

Independent video surfaced Olango’s sister can be heard immediately after the shooting,   "I called you to help me, but you killed my brother."

 

Thu
29
Sep
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Journalist disesteems sitting U.S. President

Jake Tapper

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

A disrespectful exchange between a TV host and the President of the United States played out last night—with the host attempted to force the so-called leader of the free world to say the words, "radical Islamic terrorism."  A term believed to be a Fox News creation. 

Here is a partial transcript of the exchange.

Tapper: Just to interject...

Obama: Yes? 

Tapper: You were clearly talking about the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, just then. You think his...

Obama: No, I wasn't. But... 

Tapper: You weren't? 

Obama: No, I...  

Tapper: Well, you just said...

Obama: I would just say this, Jake, because... 

Tapper: ...aspiring to this office...

Tue
27
Sep
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King Abdullah offer U.S. a dose of Reality

Abdullah

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Emaill: samuel@thethinkering.com

 

King Abdullah the Second Bin Al Hussein made clear his feelings on the Western worlds involvement with middle eastern affairs.   He said recently while talking to an American TV news outlet, “The ethnic makeup of the region is pretty glaringly obvious for us that live in the region, that advisers and think tanks in the West seem to know us better than we supposedly know ourselves.”

The sentiment is shared by many states around the world, but boldly declared by King Abdullah II. 

He criticized Western officials, for misunderstanding the “true nature of Islam,” speaking at the United Nations General Assembly last week, he denounced the actions of extremist groups who kill in the name of Islam. 

Mon
26
Sep
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Israel Comfortable with Either Candidate

Netanyahu happy with either candidate

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Status quo is intact as both, the republican and democratic presidential potentials met with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.    The state leader was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly talk. 

According to reports, Donald Trump and Netenyahu discussed, military assistance; state security and regional stability.   

The Israeli leader sent out a message via social media on Monday morning saying, “After meeting with 2 leading candidates for POTUS, I’m more convinced than ever that Israel US bond will remain strong after the elections. “ 

Fri
23
Sep
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3rd degree Manslaughter Charges Filed against Officer in Hands Up Shooting

Terrence Crutcher

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

A Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer shot an unarmed Black man down with his hands raised.  The officers were responding to a stalled vehicle, officers on the scene reported Terence Crutcher,40, failed to follow repeated commands by officers.  

Relations between law enforcement has never been more clear, the helicopter occupant is heard saying, “that looks like a bad dude too, he could be on something.”   The shooting videotape immediately went viral.  The Chief of Police during a press conference postured to protect the officers that killed yet another unarmed Black man. 

Mon
21
Mar
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Turkey's latest Suicide Bomber kills 4

Turkey Shopping District

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The Thinkering News --  Five people are dead this morning including a suicide bomber in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district near the district governor’s office. 

The event is being attributed to ISIS in a central shopping district.  In total, 36 people injured, with seven of those severe.  Among the injured were twelve foreign tourists.    The Sunday bombing is the fourth suicide bombing this year in Turkey with the last one just days ago.  

 

Graphic Video, Turkey Bombing

Fri
18
Mar
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Honduras Civil Rights Organization suffers yet another Killing

Nelson Garcia, Honduras,

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Change doesn’t come without a price; Bertha Cáceres’ Civic council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras or COPINH has suffered yet another loss. 

Nelson Garcia, 38, was killed on Tuesday after Honduran security forces carried out an eviction that left him shot in the face.  The murder happened just two weeks after the death of the Cofounder of the organization, Bertha Cáceres. 

The shooting occurred as García returned to his home in Río Lindo not far from where Esperanza was killed on 3 March. 

According to local reports, the 22-year-old organization says, he participated in helping indigenous families who were being evicted by more than one hundred police and military officers from land that local politicians say does not belong to them.  There houses and crops were bulldozed to further state sponsored projects. 

Thu
17
Mar
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PBS Supporting Racism in U.S. Presidental Campaign

Grace Racist Symbols

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

On Tuesday night a Public Broadcasting Corporation show called PBS News Hour featured a family in North Carolina who was supporting the leading Republican candidate.  The story was informative and even heartwarming, if you overlooked the white supremacy symbols in the form of tattoos on the characters featured in the story.

First off, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was created by the U.S. Congress in the late 1960’s and unlike public radio, most of their funding comes from the federal government.   More than $440 million are allocated to support the public television broadcasting effort. 

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