Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump was relentlessly inaccurate last week -- to the media, to his supporters and to legislators from his own party. Trump made 87 false claims in all. That is the most in the 10 weeks we have been counting at CNN. It is not, however, an all-time Trump record; he made 240 false claims the week before the 2018 midterm elections, which we counted at the Toronto Star. Trump made 25 of last week's 87 false claims at his campaign rally in North Carolina, 22 in his speech to a retreat for House Republican members of Congress, 19 on Twitter, 18 in exchanges with reporters, two in a speech to a Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference, and one at a briefing on Hurricane Dorian damage. The most egregious false claim: Iran and the media Trump said as recently as June that he would meet with Iran with "no pre-conditions." Vice President Mike Pence also said Trump would meet with Iran with "without pre-conditions." White House deputy press … [Read more...] about Fact check: Trump made 87 false claims last week
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THIS week I spent a couple of days down at the Edinburgh Fringe.It’s always good to visit the big drinks’ brands pop-up bars and see what new and exciting ideas they are promoting. That, of course, is also a very loose excuse to go the festival for a few nights.One show I was very keen to get along to was the Science of the Sesh which was created by an old drinks tutor of mine and good friend Jamie Shields. The show consists of delicious drinks, “boozy (but responsible) experiments” and looks at what factors and senses affect how we taste.When your taste buds come in contact with food, they send signals to your brain to interpret flavour. However, because we look at our food and drinks before we consume them, our eyes send signals to our brain that can predetermine how we will perceive the taste and flavour of what we’re about to eat.This idea that we eat with our eyes is strongly supported by scientific studies. A study published by the Journal of Food … [Read more...] about The science behind the sesh
Next-generation mobile networks won't interfere with forecasting in New Zealand, the national weather research agency NIWA now says. There were reports earlier this week 5G, rolling out later this year, would operate at frequencies that would interfere with satellites trying to track what's happening in the atmosphere. "When the satellite looks down it's looking for water vapour, and it might pick up 5G instead, so there's interference," NIWA climate scientist Nava Fedaeff told Newshub. Vodafone NZ to launch 5G network If forecasters can't predict storms properly, that could put lives at risk. But NIWA says those concerns were based on World Meteorological Organization reports that 5G networks would operate at frequencies around 24GHz to 28GHz - close to water vapour sensors' 23.8GHz. "However, we understand that the planned 5G network announced by Vodafone uses lower frequencies of 3.5GHz and will not affect weather satellite technology in New Zealand," said Jochen Schmidt, NIWA's … [Read more...] about NIWA apologises for 5G weather ‘confusion’
Iran flatly rejected another set of US sanctions announced by President Donald Trump on Monday. The sanctions signify yet another widening of the rift between Washington and Tehran. It proves that there is a failure on their part and this goes back to this constant process of shooting themselves in the foot Interview with Mehrdad Khonsari, former Iranian diplomat 25/06/2019 - by Jan van der Made Mehrdad Khonsari, Director, Iranian Center for Policy Studies Listen “It is symbolically important in the sense that the person of the Supreme Leader and his immediate entourage is being targeted and being spoken of,” says Mehrdad Khonsari, a former Iranian diplomat who briefly led the opposition Green Wave, and today heads the Paris-based Iranian Center for Policy Studies. Pressure“But the fact that a reference has been made specifically to him is just a matter of ratcheting up the kind of pressure that the US is hoping to build against Iran." When Trump was … [Read more...] about Crucial week for Iran: the end of the nuclear agreement?
James Kirkup 21 May 2019 2:54 PM 21 May 2019 2:54 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The current Westminster consensus that Boris Johnson is the next Tory leader and prime minister raises all sorts of thoughts. Among them is to speculate about the sheer terror this consensus should strike in the man himself, given that Westminster consensus has been wrong about basically everything in the last three years. For what it’s worth, I also think Johnson is the favourite to replace Theresa May, but I also thought Remain would win the referendum, that May could never be PM, and that she would win her general election with an increased majority. I suspect most of the people now sagely tipping Johnson as a dead cert made similar predictions. But we are where we are, and so all the chat around the Commons is about prime minister Boris Johnson. Would he govern as a reckless populist, delighting the Tory membership by driving … [Read more...] about Can Brexiteers trust Boris Johnson to deliver a ‘real’ Brexit?