Continental Breakfast

Jeremy Corbyn: Grenfell Tower disaster has ‘exposed the disastrous effects of austerity’

Jeremy Corbyn caused uproar in the Commons today by claiming the Grenfell Tower disaster had “exposed the disastrous effects of austerity”.

However, Theresa May rejected his allegations, stressing that responsibility for fire safety checks had been shifted away from the fire service under Tony Blair’s government in 2005.

In angry exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labour leader said: “When you cut local authority budgets by 40 per cent, we all pay a price in public safety.

Teen’s sex attacker ‘exhibits great potential’: Judge

A young aboriginal man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old friend “exhibits great potential” despite a difficult upbringing and should not face a lengthy jail term, a Nova Scotia judge says.

Judge James Chipman sentenced Davis Joseph Prosper to four months in jail in a decision the judge said took Prosper’s aboriginal status into account.


Venezuela hunts rogue officer-actor for helicopter attack

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government announced that a renegade police detective and part-time action film star Oscar Perez was responsible for firing shots and throwing grenades on the country’s Interior Ministry and the Supreme Court after hijacking a helicopter for the assault.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol confirmed that he had requested an Interpol alert for 36-year-old Perez’s capture. Maduro, meanwhile, put the military on alert against an alleged coup as it is unclear whether further attacks might be planned. Venezuela has seen three attempted military coups since 1992.

Trudeau hangs out with the X-Men

Prime Minster Justin Trudeau has already appeared on the cover of a comic book (last year’s Civil War II, No. 5). So we’re not surprised that he showed up on the set of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

James McAvoy, who plays the young Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, posted a photo of Trudeau and the rest of the film’s cast to his Instagram page.

“Just met ‘the dude,’” he captioned the photo. “Thank you Canada for such a progressive, impressive and somewhat suggestive real life superhero.”

How CNN’s Fake News Machine Ran

In April, media types were crowing that CNN had brought in Eric Lichtblau who had been, in the Washington Post’s words, at “the forefront of the New York Times’s reporting on the relationship between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.” It was “an investment in investigative reporting and the sprawling Russia story”. It didn’t take long for the investigative investment to sprawl badly.

Kent State SJP applauds eviction of Jews from Pride Parade

A pro-Palestine student group at Kent State University applauded the eviction of Jews from a recent Pride Parade because they were “associated with far right pro-Israel groups.”
The SJP group even acknowledged that evicting the Jewish marchers would have been anti-Semitic if they had not been “associated with racist right wing groups.”

It Begins: WalMart Warns Truckers It Will No Longer Work With Them If They Move Goods For Amazon

The news, while suggestive perhaps of Walmart’s growing desperation in its war with the retail juggernaut that is Amazon, has dramatic implications not only for the future of retail (and associated prices) but for one of the most important US industries: trucking, and the number of people it employs.

Lib Journo Freaks Out During Press Briefing, Says It’s ‘Inflammatory’ to Criticize Media For Poor Reporting

A whiny liberal journalist had a public mental breakdown during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, insisting it’s “inflammatory” for the White House to criticize the media for shoddy reporting.

After Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized CNN’s coverage of the Russia-Trump hoax and said the media could do a better job, Brian J. Karem, a reporter for Playboy Magazine and the Maryland paper The Sentinel, loudly interrupted her to start crying about how the mass media is a group of powerless victims.

Celebrity Trudeau Attending ‘Global Citizen’ Festival In Germany

When he’s not busy letting Canada be sold-off to China and foreign financial interests, Justin Trudeau enjoys getting his picture taken with celebrities.

That’s exactly what he’ll be doing at the so-called ‘Global Citizen’ festival in Hamburg, Germany.

The festival takes place the day before the G20 summit in the city.

As reported by the Canadian Press, “The music festival is meant as a show of thanks to people who have participated in a campaign to pressure world leaders to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are aimed at ending extreme poverty, inequality and fighting climate change by 2030.”