World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 12 October 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Spain's Rajoy is calling Catalonia's bluff - The troubling reason why Tillerson called Trump a "Moron" - I'm not sure how rap battles work, but I think Eminem is now the President of the United States of America - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is giving Catalonia's leader five days to explain whether he has declared independence. Carles Puigdemont had been expected to do so on Tuesday night, but stopped short and called for more talks with Madrid. But in a lengthy rebuttal in Parliament, Mr. Rajoy said Catalonia's local leader now has until Monday to make it clear; if the decision is for independence, Spain will give Mr. Puigdemont three more days to change his mind. After that, Madrid will invoke Article 155 of the constitution and impose direct rule on the region. Catalonian separatists want to break off from Spain for various reasons, including the gap between the amount of taxes the region pays into Madrid's coffers versus the amount it gets back in investment.
An Iraqi court ordered the arrests of Kurdish officials who ran last month's independence referendum, which passed with 92 percent. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is demanding that Kurdish leaders suspend the controversial vote.
Rex Tillerson called Donald Trump a "moron" after a contentious 20 July meeting in which the orange clown demanded a tenfold increase in America's nuclear weapons arsenal, and his staff explained he couldn't do that without violating several treaties. NBC News reports that Trump's idiotic idea came after national security advisors showed him a chart showing the steady reduction of US nuclear weapons since the late 1960s - Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve. The attendees were aghast, and later told reporters that no such expansion was planned. Several reporters have since confirmed that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" after the meeting, although both men have publicly denied it.
After the bombshell rocked Washington, Donald Trump threatened to try and take away NBC's broadcasting license. In his Wednesday morning BM twitter blast, the clown wrote: "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited, he denied wanting to increase the size of the US nuclear arsenal and said he merely wanted to keep it in "perfect condition". Whatever TF that means. Walter Shaub, who led the US Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, said threats to a free media could lead to "the point when we cease to be a democracy". The Committee to Protect Journalists said Trump's idiotic threats could embolden other government to embrace authoritarian measures against a free press.
Rapper Eminem told his audience to choose between him and Donald Trump. Appearing at the BET Hip Hop Awards, he launched into an explosive four and a half minute free style rap in which he called Trump "Donald the bitch" and "racist grandpa". The rapper, who is expected to release his eighth album soon, was defiant: "And any fan of mine who's a supporter of his, I'm drawing in the sand a line, you're either for or against, and if you can't decide who you like more and you're split on who you should stand beside, I'll do it for it for you with this. F--- you," he said toward the end, raising his middle finger. The White House didn't respond, but then Trump never responds to people who aren't afraid of him.
Officials now say 21 people are dead in the Wine Country Wildfires north of San Francisco, and 560 people haven't been accounted for. The number is large because of the sudden way that evacuations took place as the fast-moving fires spread in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties - not everyone has checked in with authorities afterward. But there are nagging fears about the missing because of the vast number of homes burned to the ground in Santa Rosa and other cities and towns - 3,500 structures have burned so far. California Governor Jerry Brown is warning that the situation is far from over and the fires are still raging.
The UK government says it will clear a path towards permanent residency for immigrant survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The 14 June inferno in the London housing estate high-rise killed at least 80 people.
India's Supreme Court struck a blow against child marriage by throwing out a law allowing intercourse between a man and his wife as long as she was over 15 years of age. The court ruled the age of consent was 18 for "all purposes" in a case brought by a group trying to eliminate child marriage. "This is a landmark judgement that corrects a historical wrong against girls. How could marriage be used as a criterion to discriminate against girls?" said Vikram Srivastava of the group Independent Thought, one of the main petitioners in the case. India's government says the practice of child marriage is "an obstacle to nearly every developmental goal: eradicating poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality; protecting children's lives; and improving women's health".
The Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow girls to join the junior ranks of Cub Scouts starting next year, and open full membership up to both members the year after that - and this would include the highest rank of Eagle Scout, held by such influential Americans as astronaut Neil Armstrong, athlete Michael Jordan, Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore, and numerous politicians from all viewpoints. It seems like a progressive thing to do on the United Nations' International Day of the Girl, and the BSA said it's just meeting the modern needs of diverse families with single parents, or both parents having to work. But on a practical level the BSA had to increase its revenue stream after years of bad publicity from fighting LGBT and atheist membership, and the Girl Scouts criticized the BSA for attempting to poach its membership base.