Trevor Noah On Oprah Winfrey’s School In South Africa

South African Trevor Noah will be replacing John Stewart when Stewart finishes his time at The Daily Show.

The New York Times:

“…after only three appearances on that Comedy Central show, Mr. Noah has gotten a huge and unexpected promotion. On Monday, Comedy Central announced that Mr. Noah would be the new host of ‘The Daily Show,’ succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this year.”

Here Noah gives a stand-up comedy routine on a school that Oprah Winfrey had built in South Africa.

http://www.oprah.com states:

“It’s a seemingly ordinary August morning, but it will be no ordinary day in the city of Johannesburg. Oprah Winfrey is here to view the new school she has dreamed of for South Africa. Beyond inspecting the handiwork of the builders, she has come to personally select girls for the founding 7th and 8th classes. From poor, troubled backgrounds, these too are no ordinary girls. Many have been hand-chosen by teachers across South Africa for academic excellence and early displays of leadership. On the cusp of adolescence, they are 11, 12, and newly-turned 13 years old.

“At 52, Oprah feels her most important work has just begun. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa is an innovative high school whose aim is to discover, teach and inspire young South African girls to become a new generation of leaders.”

Trevor Noah

More here:

http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/Building-a-Dream#ixzz3W01sGMTB

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Monsanto supporter refuses to drink weed killer

Re-blog from Fortune magazine.

Fortune

Correction appended: March 28, 2015.

In a preview clip of an upcoming French documentary, scientist and Monsanto supporter Patrick Moore is seen telling a journalist that it’s completely safe for humans to drink large amounts of Roundup, a weed killer made by the company. When offered a glass, though, he declined, saying he was neither “stupid” nor an “idiot.”

During the 2014 fiscal year, net sales of agricultural productivity products for Monsanto was $5.1 billion, an increase of $594 million year-over-year. That increase was driven by sales of Roundup and other herbicides.

Moore’s controversial interview comes after a report from the World Health Organization linked glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, to cancer. Monsanto denies that link and has demanded a retraction.

The company has yet to issue any comment about Moore’s interview.

The agrochemical company is no stranger to ill will: Monsanto ranked as the fourth most-hated company…

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Has There Been Progress In Tikrit?

Is the U.S. winning in Tikrit?

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed recently that the city of Tikrit (in Iraq) has been recaptured from Islamic State (ISIS) after a long battle.

Tikrit was considered Saddam Hussein’s hometown.

Haider al-Abadi went on live television to announce the liberation of Tikrit and congratulated the Iraqi security forces and popular volunteers “on the historic milestone,” according to the IB Times U.K.

According to the I.B. Times U.K., “an Iraqi commander said the Iraqi flag is flying on the Salaheddin provincial headquarters in the flashpoint city.”

Previously, Iraqi Shi’ite militias halted Tikrit operations following US air strikes on IS defenders.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, A’laa al-Idani, told IBTimes UK air strikes by the US and its coalition allies would help to destroy the network of tunnels where IS militants were holed up and allow the army and militias to fully take the city after over a week of fighting.

Iraqi forces launched an attack to push IS out of Tikrit on March 2nd, with a force of 30,000 Sunni and Shi’ite fighters. Taking back Tikrit could serve as a launchpad for a key battle to seize Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, back from the jihadists.

More here:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tikrit-liberated-iraqi-army-have-routed-isis-saddam-husseins-home-town-says-pm-abadi-1494411

2nd Suicide Related To Missouri Auditor’s Office

A top Missouri political aide has reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound a month after his boss – the Missouri State Auditor and Republican Tom Schweich – took his life with a gun, police said Monday.

State auditor’s spokesman Robert “Spence” Jackson was found dead Sunday night inside his Jefferson City apartment after police responded to concerns of a relative that he wasn’t answering the phone.

Robert Jackson

Authorities said they are investigating the case as a suicide.

Jackson’s former boss, Auditor Tom Schweich, had been running for the Republican nomination for Governor of the state when he shot himself in the head on Feb. 26 inside his home in Clayton, Missouri.

Schweich was also about to go public with complaints that a GOP rival was spreading a “whisper campaign” that Schweich was Jewish.

According to the Washington Post, Schweich was an Episcopalian Christian.

He had told others that he believed rivals – led by Missouri Republican Party chairman John Hancock – were spreading an anti-Semitic “whisper campaign” against him.

Jackson was among the first of Schweich’s allies to demand Hancock’s resignation from the top party post. Hancock has denied making anti-Semitic remarks but admitted telling people he thought, mistakenly, that Schweich was Jewish.

Tom Schweich

Jackson remained with the Auditor’s Office after Schweich’s death.

“The initial investigation gives detectives reason to believe this is most likely a suicide,” Jefferson City police Capt. Doug Shoemaker told reporters on Monday.

“There were no signs of forced entry nor any signs of a struggle. There was one firearm found at the apartment. A revolver and one spent round were recovered.”

Police also found a note from Jackson, but Shoemaker declined to elaborate.

More here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/30/spokesman-found-dead-weeks-after-missouri-state-auditor-tom-schweichs-suicide/

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Connecticut College Cancels Classes For A Week Over Racism

The president of a school in Connecticut canceled classes Monday following the discovery over the weekend of racist graffiti, scheduling a series of events in their place to promote discussion and “eradicate this ignorance and hatred,” claims ABC News.

The name of the college is “Connecticut College.”

The private liberal arts school, which was called into question earlier this month by language a professor used to describe Gaza Strip, scheduled a day of campus-wide diversity events including an open discussion with administrators and a faculty-led discussion.

The graffiti, including a racial slur, was found shortly after noon Sunday in bathroom stalls inside a student center at the college of 1,900 students in the town of New London.

In a campus-wide message a few hours later, the college dean and director of campus safety asked for help identifying the people responsible, citing “the egregious nature of the graffiti,” states ABC News.

After meeting with students, college President Katherine Bergeron issued a letter to campus Sunday night, saying classes would be canceled to ensure the dialogue on racism and inclusion received appropriate attention.

“We must take action immediately to expose and eradicate this ignorance and hatred,” Bergeron wrote.

The episode follows a controversy earlier this month over a professor’s Facebook post that compared Gaza Strip to a “rabid pit bull.”

More here

(Updated article)

Do Jews Promote Homosexuality?

David Pakman Show

…and would it matter if they did?

The host of a liberal radio talk show, David Pakman, and his co-host Lewis (who are Jewish) discuss an anti-Jewish voicemail they received that accuses Jews of siding with gays.

(Updated report)

Campaign Finance Group Helps Pass Bill In Delaware Senate


TYT Network

Wolf PAC is an organization founded by TYT Network that attempts to stop campaign finance money from controlling our politicians (and our lives.) Wolf PAC has moved through several states already and recently helped pass a bill in the Delaware senate to create an Amendment to the Delaware constitution that would limit the money corporations can give to politicians.