World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 10 January 2019
Hello Australia!! - New questions about Trump's temperament after he stormed out of a crucial meeting - May's Brexit trouble deepens - Mysterious new signals from another galaxy - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Donald Trump threw a tantrum at a meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders, who are refusing to discuss any changes to the US southern border until the US government is funded and up and running. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer both confirm that Trump slammed his hands on the table, barked "bye bye", and stormed out of the meeting. Republican leaders admitted only that Trump had left the room. Pelosi slammed Trump for being out of touch with the real life concerns of hundreds of thousands of US government employees who won't get paid this weekend: "Many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic. The president seems to be insensitive to that," Pelosi said. "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can't," she said, referring to revelations that Trump's father paid his son a millionaire's salary from birth -
Trump is demanding US$5.6 Billion to begin construction of "something" on the border - steel or concrete, the specifics just don't exist - and the Democrats will not hand Trump a blank check, nor will they entertain any changes in border policy until after the government is funded and restarted. At least three Senate Republicans have announced that they would break with their party and vote for a clean funding bill to restart the government if only their leadership would allow it to come up for a vote. This all came the day after Trump's first Oval Office address to the nation on border security - in it, he offered plenty of falsehoods but no new ideas nor incentives to getting it done, but at least he didn't declare a national emergency.
UK Labour and some renegade Tories inflicted a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, passing a procedural amendment that would force Ms. May to come up with a Brexit "Plan B" within three days if her EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week. The setback in Parliament came on the first of what is supposed to be five days of debate on her government's proposal on how to live with the European Union after leaving it in March. Failure could open the door to alternatives, up to and including another referendum to ask the British people if they really want to go through with it.
Guatemala's supreme court has halted President Jimmy Morales' attempt to end cooperation with a UN anti-corruption commission and kicked the panel out of the Central American country. Morales was angry with the commission because it began investigating him and his brothers for corruption, instead of rival pols. During its eleven years in operation in Guatemala, the commission has won 310 convictions for official corruption and broken up 60 criminal networks.
German police say the evidence doesn't support a far-right politician's take of a street assault. Alternative for Germany (AfD) regional leader Frank Magnitz was knocked down in a politically motivated attack, according to police who've reviewed video evidence. But the attacker ran off immediately, and the claim that he was beaten unconscious by several attackers with a wooden bludgeon of some sort appears to have been greatly embellished. The AfD claimed it was an assassination attempt (lol), and Magnitz himself said he "didn't want to dramatize" the attack as he gave a series of interviews from his hospital bed.
Astronomers in Canada say they've detected mysterious radio signals coming from a distant galaxy, 1.5 billion light years away. The 13 fast radio bursts (FRB) picked up at British Columbia's CHIME observatory, were very similar to the ones detected by the Parkes Observatory in Oz back in 2007. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there," said Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia (UBC), "And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles - where they're from and what causes them." Speculation about the source of the radio noise ranges from two neutron stars crashing into each other to a deliberate transmission from alien radios. BTW, even if you had access to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701E), it would take more than 214.25 million years at Warp 7 to travel to the source of the radio emissions. And if you left right now, you'd arrive roughly 1.75 billion years after whatever happened.