Flooding after month’s rain falls in a few hours

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlooding in Dingwall after month’s rain falls in a few hours Parts of Dingwall in the Highlands were flooded after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just a few hours on Wednesday evening. The town, along with other parts of northern and eastern Scotland, were affected by thundery downpours. Further heavy rain has been forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening and a Met Office yellow “be aware” warning is in place. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 11 flood alerts. They are mostly for northern and eastern areas of Scotland, including Caithness and Sutherland, Easter Ross, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Edinburgh and Lothians. Image copyright Shona Henderson/BBC Naidheachdan …

Trump defends Pelosi, says she’s ‘not a racist’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, in a surprising turn, defended Democrat Nancy Pelosi amid her dispute with Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez and other freshman Democrats, saying the House speaker “is not a racist.” Trump said Ocasio-Cortez “should not be doing what she’s doing” adding she’s being “very disrespectful to somebody that’s been there a long time.” “I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on. A group of people that came … I don’t know where they came from,” Trump said. Pelosi responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments Thursday saying: “I’ve said what I’m going to say in the caucus.” The day before, Pelosi delivered an impassioned pitch for unity during a closed-door caucus meeting, encouraging her colleagues to turn their ire on …

NASAs Hubble telescope detects supermassive black hole that defies theoretical models

The Hubble telescope has detected a supermassive black hole that technically shouldn’t exist, according to new findings.  (nasa.gov) Spotted around the black hole was a thin “accretion disk” containing debris and gas rapidly pacing around the edge, according to findings published Thursday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The black hole was unusual in that its gravitational pull was not capturing the disk of material, which was moving at 10% the speed of light, according to the journal. 3RD MYSTERIOUS DEEP-SPACE FLASH TRACED TO HOST GALAXY Lead author Stefano Bianchi said it’s “the same type of disk we see in objects that are 1,000 or even 100,000 times more luminous.” “The predictions of current models for gas dynamics in …

Finland’s Heavy Metal Knitting Championship Is The Real Purl Jam

With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9″ Needles, the participants shared a simple goal: to showcase their knitting skills while dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible. The competition took place in a packed square in the small town of Joensuu close to the Russian border. An eclectic group of around 200 people watched the performances, from families with young children and elderly to the less conspicuous heavy metal fans donning leather-jackets and swirling their long hair to the fast-paced rhythm of the music. Today, Finland has the highest number of heavy metal bands per capita in the world with over 50 bands per 100,000 people. Even former U.S. President Barack Obama commented …

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies?

From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You dont need to watch Netflixs upcoming movie Secret Obsession to know exactly what its going to be like. Theres the title, which appears to be chosen via some sort of generic thriller tombola. Theres the typography, which has a crack through it. Theres the cast, who all unfailingly look like catalogue models troubled by the incoming prospect of gastroenteritis. But mainly you know exactly what Secret Obsession will be like thanks to its trailer, which does a very good job of explaining the entire story. A woman suffers from amnesia. Her husband takes her back to their …

Ive Been Drawing One Comic Every Day For 5 Years, And Here Are The Best Of Them (30 Pics)

Hi, my name is William. I am from the USA and live and teach in South Korea. I have been drawing one comic every day since October 2013.  I have been drawing since I was a kid and have always wanted to be a cartoonist. Greats like Bill Watterson (who made Calvin and Hobbes) have always inspired me to make art that was creative and meaningful. A lot of people ask me how I come up with my ideas. Sometimes, I get inspiration from my life experience or conversations with friends. Other times I have a sudden thought that I write down to use later. Typically, I just start drawing, and an idea naturally comes to me. Although I am …

Astronomers Discover The Asteroid With The Shortest Year

While a great many space rocks are located within the Asteroid Belt, these objects do not exist exclusively between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. In fact, they are all over the place, and now astronomers have discovered the asteroid with the shortest year. 2019 LF6 is part of the “Atira” family of asteroids, a group of just 20 objects whose orbits are completely within the Earth’s orbit. 2019 LF6 is about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in diameter and orbits the Sun in 151 days getting a bit further than Venus at times and closer than Mercury at others. “You don’t find kilometer-size asteroids very often these days,” said Quanzhi Ye, a postdoc at Caltech who co-discovered the object with …

Neoliberal pundits want to write off Bernie Sanders again. That’s no surprise | Kate Aronoff

The same media outlets that failed to predict Trump are pushing their status quo-friendly narrative on the Democratic race Bernie Sanderss presidential campaign is collapsing. Or at least thats what a passing glimpse at the countrys leading national news outlets would have you believe. A recent Quinnipiac too! Accordingly, the CNN warns Bernie Sanders 2020 is in big trouble.But an ABC News and Washington Post poll has him packing rooms in Iowa, where his supporters will haggle over caucus participants next winter. What should we make of these conflicting messages? Mainly, that lots of pundits are not especially good at what is nominally their job: interpreting American politics. There are plenty of people in the political establishment who have it …

Grocery Store Starts Hilarious Plan To Stop Plastic Bags, There’s Just One Problem

A grocery store in Canada struck up an ingenious plan to persuade people to ditch single-use bags using a staple sensation of the human experience: embarrassment.  Customers who didn’t bring their own bags to the East West Market in Vancouver were forced to pay 5 cents for plastic bags with a humiliating slogan printed on the side, including “Wart Ointment Wholesale”, “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium”, and “The Colon Care Co-Op”. “It’s hard to always remember a reusable bag,” East West Market said in a post on Instagram. “We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again!” Unfortunately, their well-intentioned campaign was a victim of its own success. As NPR reports, customers were surprisingly fond of the humourous bags …

All Mississippi Beaches Close Due To Toxic Algae Bloom

beaches along Gulf Coast have been ordered closed for swimming and fishing amid a sweeping bloom of harmful blue-green The order imposed Sunday by the state Department of Environmental Quality affects a The blue-green algae, actually a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CrackerClips via Getty Images All public beaches along Mississippi’s coast have been ordered closed to bathers due to a bloom of harmful blue-green algae. National Ocean Service. the Clarion-Ledger reported. Once the spillway closes, likely in mid-July, experts predict the algae bloom will dissipate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the spillway, In addition to fueling cyanobacteria, the surge of freshwater has been blamed for the deaths of at least 48 dolphins between May 22 and …

Major would go to court to stop Parliament closure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe former prime minister says it would be “unacceptable” to force through a-no deal Former prime minister Sir John Major has told the BBC he would seek a judicial review in the courts if the new prime minister tried to suspend Parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit. Sir John said such a move would be “utterly and totally unacceptable”. Using a judicial review, anyone can apply to challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by the government. Boris Johnson – the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race – has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament. Bid to make no deal more difficult scrapes through Do MPs have the power to stop no deal? …

Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale but what a slog to get there

The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hour The end of Stranger Things 3 is tremendous. Its a blockbuster in every sense of the word; exciting, spectacular, funny and so unbelievably affecting that I cried for about 15 minutes after it ended. The final episode of Stranger Things 3 is a flawlessly executed, truly beautiful piece of television. But theres a problem. To watch the final episode of Stranger Things 3, you first have to watch the preceding seven episodes of Stranger Things 3. And, oh boy, are those a slog. Im starting to get the feeling that nobody expected Stranger Things to last …

‘Bachelorette Hometowns: Hannah Meets Her Potential In-Laws

Family is everything to the hosts of “Here To Make Friends.” Claire Fallon and Emma Gray tour the sites of hometown week, from the biggest panel of character witnesses to Peter’s actual true love (we don’t mean Hannah, or his family, either).  This week, Hannah meets four sets of potential in-laws who range in supportiveness from a scale of Wyatt to Weber. While Mr. and Mrs. Peter pick out china patterns, the Jeds just want her gone. In Georgia, Luke calls on his prayer group to do some serious damage control. And boy, do they lay it on thick — even thicker than Tyler, whose sunscreen application seems more focused on the rubdown than UV protection. At the rose ceremony, Hannah …

Woman Asked Housemate To Look After Her Plants Whilst Shes Away For A Couple Weeks And Got These

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McConnell Deflects Attention From Slave-Owning Ancestors By Pointing To Obama’s

Mitch McConnell: He’s consistent, especially when he has a chance to sneak in a dig at former President That’s what the Kentucky senator did on Tuesday when he was asked for his reaction to an wo of his great-great-grandfathers owned slaves, according to U.S. census records. James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama. “You know, I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama,” McConnell said at a press conference. “We both oppose reparations, and we both are the descendants of slaveholders.” Instead, he said according to The Associated Press. 2016 interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Of course, Obama’s stated reasons for opposing reparations have been practical and political considerations, whereas As …

The TV drama that became topical by accident

What are non-disclosure agreements? While the news headlines around abuse and non-disclosure agreements could easily have been a source of research for Addai, he says he decided instead to stick to consulting child psychologists during development. What he found was that, if anything, his proposed storyline hardly scratched the surface of the world of abuse and NDAs. What makes a great TV drama? “The production company were good at arranging meetings with Tavistock Children’s Services, speaking to child psychologists, who explained that this is nowhere near what’s been happening in our country right now,” he says. “To hear these guys lay out raw their kind of passion to really do something about it, they’re the real heroes really. “And make …