This is the transcript of The Morning Brew for June 25, 2018. You can find an edited version of the tweets portion
where we read the Executive Order the Separating Families here:
and you can find the news portion of the live cast here:
N. Korea Cancels anti-US Rally
Kim Jong Un has decided to halt the annual anti-US Imperialism rally, a rally that symbolically started the Korean War. It would have kicked off a month-long events that were designed to strengthen nationalism and unity among the North Korean nation. This was done via a 42-minute documentary-news style which was aired on the state television network. Many nationals admitted this was their first time seeing President Trump.
Venezuelans Making Purses Out of Their Money
Why would people make purses out of their own countries money? Due to the economic problems Venezuela is having, the bolivars are worth next to nothing. As a matter of fact, Alvaro Rivera has a purse he sells that is woven from 1,000 individual bills, which total 100,000 bolivars. How much is the bag worth in US dollars? A paltry 17 US cents. He is selling the purse for $13.
With 52.5% of the vote, Erdogan starts another 5-year term as the President of the United States. This is the first actual challenge Erdogan has had to face in 15 years. He has new powers for his this term due to a referendum last year which abolished the office of the Prime Minister and limited parliaments powers. This gives anyone in the office of President wide-ranging authority in the executive office.
Time, A Crying Girl, and Faked News
A Border Patrol officer catching someone crossing illegally and that someone happens to be a woman with a toddler in her arms. They are both tired from the trip, and the CBP officer asks the woman for identification and papers. There is only way she can furnish them, and so, she puts down her child and the child starts to cry. Then, someone snaps a picture, photoshops it, and puts the new image on the cover of one of the most widely distributed magazines, Time.
Now, as Paul Harvey would say, is the rest of the story.
Time is trying to defend its use of the Honduran girl on its cover saying that it “capture(s) the stakes of this moment”. What moment? You ask. The moment where a tired and hungry toddler is crying to be held? No. A moment, however inaccurate, of a family being separated. This issue has been batted back and forth since the mass detention of illegal aliens started coming in from the United States from Central America, not just Mexico.This is an issue that’s been going on since the Reagan administration.
Moore, a photographer for Getty, has stated he had been on the border looking for the perfect picture that “conveyed the emotional impact of family separations.” This is his accounting of the circumstances which led up to the picture being taken:
“One of the last people to get on the buss was the mother of this child and her daughter together. And when they went back to body search (the mother) against the vehicle, they asked her to put down her child. And right then, in that moment, the little girl broke into tears.” That is what CNN reports he said.
Here is an accounting of it according to NPR:
“At that moment, the young child broke into tears and she started wailing. I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over, and she picked up her daughter, and they were rushed into the van and all taken away.”
US and Customs Border Patrol reports the two have not been separated, but that didn’t not stop Time from publishing the picture in order to push its story about Trump separating families.
The picture was also passed around by various human rights groups and other media outlets, the same ones who were vilifying President for using footage of Moroccan immigrants rather than our own Southern Border.
Due to the latest campaign to make the President look like a tyrant, the ongoing probe, and the media making it clear they have no love for President Trump, the latest Gallup polls show a noticeable drop in trust for the media as a whole.
Saturday’s London March Calls for Final Vote on Brexit?
On Saturday, the European Union saw 100,000 supporters of the bloc and calling for the British government to hold another, a final, vote on Brexit. They called for a “People’s Vote” on the Brexit deal as they clogged the main thoroughfare of the capital.
On the second anniversary of the historical vote, recent polls have shown that a clear division between the people on whether to remain or leave the trading bloc. Most have since said they don’t actually know what a separation of the UK from the EU would actually mean.
The “People’s Vote” campaign, a movement mostly populated by pro-EU groups, is calling for a public ballot “so that we can decide if a decision that will affect our lives for generations makes the country better or worse off.”
Though a public vote would give a definitive answer about whether the people want to stay or leave sounds like a sound decision, it could be a bad idea considering many don’t know what Brexit is completely.
There were many posters, signs, and banners, including one that said, “17 million voted for Adolf Hitler. 17 million voted for Brexit. 17 million can be wrong.”
The original vote on the Brexit issue was 52 to 48 percent in favor of leaving.
Algeria Abandons 13,000 Migrants?
In the past 14 months, Algeria has deposited more than 13,000 people in the Sahara desert without food and water, at times at gunpoint, in 118F (48C). The question is why.
This mass expulsions started in October 2017 when pressure was being felt from the European Union to intercept migrants in North Africa via the Mediterranean Sea or the Spanish Barrier fences. People from Mali, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Niger, and more have been counted among the mass of migrants. The migrants have to cross the sub-Saharan desert to get to Europe.
You would think the EU would be in an uproar, but a spokesperson has recently said that “sovereign countries” can get rid of migrants as long as international law is complied with. Algeria takes no monies from the EU that is earmarked for helping with the migration crisis.
Though Algeria is not forthcoming with the exact numbers of migrants expelled, the International Organization for Migration started taking a talley and what started at about 135 migrants dropped in May, 2017, has ballooned to 2,888, with a total thus far of 11,276 people who made it to Niger.
Jeanette Epps Still in the Dark About Cancellation of Mission
Astronaut Jeanette Epps would like an explanation about why NASA cancelled her mission to the International Space Station by pulling her from the roster. She was to be the first long-term crew member who is black. She holds a Ph.D in aerospace engineering and was previously employed by Ford Motor Company and the CIA. She first met all the qualifications for being an astronaut in 2009.
“I don’t know where the decision came from and how it was made, in detail or at what level… I seriously do not believe it was the Russians, partly because I had been through the training with them and I was able to develop good working relationships with everyone there.” Epps told the Chronicle.
Replacing her is Serena Auñón-Chancellor from Roscosmos and the European Space Agency, which has raised questions of racism. When asked about the possible racist reason, Epps had this to say, “There’s no time to really be concerned about racism and sexism and things like that, because we have to perform, and if it comes into play, then you’re hindering the mission, and you’re hindering the performance. And so whether or not it is a factor, I can’t speculate what people are thinking and doing unless I have a little bit more information.”
She went on to say that, “There have been three African-Americans who have visited the ISS, but they haven’t done the long-duration mission that I am undertaking.”
When questioned about why she was taken off the roster, NASA has not publicly explained the reason stating that the selection process are “personnel matters for the which NASA doesn’t provide information”.
Until Next Time,
Anissa “Maddy” Mathias
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