Scientists To March On Earth Day, April 22nd

A “March for Science,” which is to be modeled after the January 21 Women’s March, has been gaining interest.

The date will be April 22nd, Earth Day. The main march will be held in Washington D.C., but organizers say they are expecting dozens of satellite marches in other cities on the same day.

https://www.marchforscience.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/02/03/scientists-plan-to-march-on-washington-but-where-will-it-get-them/?utm_term=.06e4ebad50f6

http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/for-science-supporters-an-earth-day-march-on-washington/

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What Is The Situation With The Bombs In Turkey?

On Saturday, there were two bomb explosions at a “peace rally” in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

The number of killed varies in the news, but most outlets are reporting that “more than 100 people” died as a result of the blasts. Some news organizations call it the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s history, others state it is the deadliest terror attack in recent history in Turkey.

Who organized the peace rally?

The BBC states that the pro-Kurdish HDP party organized Saturday’s rally. The Guardian writes that in addition to the HDP, pro-union and left-wing groups also took part.

Who is responsible for the bombing?

According to The Guardian, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, and the Turkish government has denied any part in it.

To make things worse, as thousands later gathered near the scene to mourn, brief scuffles broke out as police used teargas to prevent people from laying flowers at the site of the attack.

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic party (HDP) said some members of its delegation sustained injuries from the police.

Witnesses and victims’ families felt that the government should have done more to protect the peace rally and that security should have been better. Mourners shouted anti-government slogans, and denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “murderer” and a “thief”. Many blame his Justice and Development (AK) party for security failures at Saturday’s peace march.

According to the HDP, the number of people killed in the bombing stands at 128, all but eight of whom have been identified and their names published by the HDP’s crisis desk.

Security analysts have pointed out the similarities to a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish border town of Suruç that killed 33 Kurdish and Turkish activists in July, which the Turkish government blamed on ISIS.

According to The Guardian, the peace march was organized to call for an end to the escalating violence between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).

Saturday’s bomb attack in Ankara came three months after the breakdown of a mutual ceasefire between the Turkish government and the PKK. Hundreds of people have been killed in the escalating violence since then.

According to The Guardian, hours after the Ankara bombing, the PKK announced an expected unilateral ceasefire, in order to avoid acts that could obstruct a “fair and just election” on November 1st in Turkey.

On Saturday night, Turkish fighter jets launched airstrikes against PKK positions in Turkey and northern Iraq. The Kurds and the Kurdish PKK have been known for fighting against ISIS and other Islamic jihadists.

A statement by the general chief of staff said 49 militants were killed and shelters and gun positions were destroyed. Security operations were also reported from the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/11/turkey-bomb-blasts-ankara-mourning-scores-killed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11923935/Turkey-Ankara-bomb-kills-30-at-pro-Kurdish-rally.html

Million Moms March Today In Washington, D.C.

Mothers from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for a march against police brutality.

The first Million Moms March is today, Saturday, and supports women who’ve lost children at the hands of police officers, according to NBC4 Washington.

They are meeting at John Marshall Park in Judiciary Square and will walk from there along Constitution Avenue to the Department of Justice to present their demands before returning to the park for a program that will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

“Enough is enough,” said Marion Gray-Hopkins, whose 19-year-old son Gary was killed by a police officer in Prince George’s County in 1999.

Supporters of the march lobbied on Capitol Hill Friday morning before gathering in John Marshall Park Friday afternoon, writes NBC4 Washington.

Oops: German Anti-Islam Protest Leader Seen Dressed Like Hitler

The leader of the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement in Germany has stepped down after a photo of him posing as Hitler was published in the Bild newspaper.

Lutz Bachmann also made comments on Facebook where he apparently called refugees ‘animals’ and ‘scumbags’ but made no reference to the photo.

He now finds himself under investigation for incitement to racial hatred.

Prosecutors opened preliminary proceedings after the publication of the Bild report.

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Up To 100,000 Protesters Expected To March In Leipzig, Germany

Pegida / Legida / Leipzig

NPR states that according to organizers, as many as 60,000 people could attend an anti-Islamization rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig today. It could be one of the biggest protests there since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson states, “Organizers of the anti-Islam protest say they have two goals: One is to show the German government they won’t be silenced, just like the protesters who brought down the East German government 25 years ago.

“They also say they are snubbing Muslim extremists who are accused of threatening one of the Dresden leaders of the anti-Islam movement earlier this week.”

Deutsche Welle writes: “‘There is no concrete [terror] threat, such as the one in Dresden,’ Saxony’s Interior Ministry said. On Monday, PEGIDA’s Dresden march was called off following a death threat against the movement’s leader Lutz Bachmann.

According to NPR, German prosecutors opened an investigation into one of the PEGIDA’s leaders.  Bild, a mass-circulation newspaper, printed a photograph of a man it said was Lutz Bachmann, 41, posing as Adolf Hitler,

Counterprotests in Dresden were also cancelled.

Soraya says about 4,000 police officers from around the region have arrived in downtown Leipzig to prevent expected clashes between the demonstrators and their opponents. Nineteen counterdemonstrations are registered with authorities for this evening.

Deutsche Welle states: “‘LEGIDA,’ the Leipzig offshoot of anti-Islamization movement PEGIDA expects some 30,0000 to 40,000 protesters to march through the eastern German city on Wednesday. Organizers of the demonstration, however, have said the goal is ‘at least 60,000.’ Unlike in Saxony’s capital, Dresden, on Monday, no ban on public assembly has been enforced.

In response to the LEGIDA / PEGIDA rally, some 19 counter-demonstrations, such as sit-ins, have been organized, which could bring the numbers of people on the streets up to 100,000.

Vicious Murder In Texas

A Texas man from Nueces County (the Corpus Christi area) admitted to killing his mother and raping her corpse.

Kevin Davis pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder, just as his trial began.

A jury took less than an hour to give the 18-year-old life in prison.


Kyle Kulinski video.