Trump’s embarrassing contradiction exposed
Donald Trump has unleashed a Twitter tirade against his own intelligence agencies, accusing them of being “wrong” and “naive” over the impending global threats.
In a direct contradiction of statements made by his top spy chiefs yesterday, he claimed “tremendous progress” had been made with Islamic State, and the “caliphate would soon be destroyed.”
It came after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate IS was “intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria” and ready to attack Western adversaries, including the United States.
That statement contradicted numerous administration claims of foreign policy success.
Never one to be a shrinking violet, Mr Trump immediately struck back.
The President identified Iran as a source of potential conflict, accusing the nation of testing rockets “last week” and warning the nation was “coming very close to the edge,” in a string of furious tweets about regional tensions on Wednesday morning local time.
He added: “There (sic) economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back,” telling intelligence to “go back to school”.
Temperatures to soar in Sydney
Sydneysiders are being warned to prepare for one more day of scorching heat before a cool change brings relief from the hot temperatures tomorrow.
The temperature is set to reach 38C in the city today, with it getting to 40C in Penrith and Richmond.
A late gusty change is set to sweep through, easing hot temperatures.
Tomorrow will be a lot cooler with a maximum temperature of 25C.
Tonnes of dead fish removed from NSW river
More than three tonnes of dead fish have been scooped out of the Darling River in NSW’s far west with officials warning further hot and dry conditions will pose ongoing threats to native fish.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries estimates close to one million fish died over the weekend at Menindee — the latest in a series of mass fish deaths in the area this summer.
Officials are also investigating the death of thousands of fish on the Murrumbidgee River in Redbank Weir about 100km west of Hay.
The same weather conditions which contributed to the Menindee deaths — a period of hot weather followed by a drop in temperatures — are likely to be the cause of the Murrumbidgee event, the DPI said.
The DPI warned hot and dry conditions pose ongoing threats to native fish over the remainder of summer.
Officials on Monday found hundreds of thousands of dead fish in the Menindee weir pool and neighbouring waterway. Picture: Graeme McCrabb/AAPSource:AAP
Fury at sister’s entitled text
A man has revealed a ridiculous text exchange he had with his sister after she asked him to look after her kid, with people in shock over her sense of entitlement.
The man posted the crazy exchange to Reddit. The message starts with the sister asking her brother if he can watch her daughter while she is at work. He agrees and tell’s her to bring her over whenever she wants.
That’s when the problems start.
The sister asks if he can come and get her, claiming she doesn’t have snow tyres on her car so she can’t drive.
“How the f**k are you getting to work then?” the poster asked.
“Why are you being a d**k? Ypu have nothing going on. All you do is sit at home with your girlfriend when you’re not touring and making God awful music,” the sister replied.
The brother then launches into a rant about how he always watches her daughter, pays out of his own pocket for meals and toys and didn’t complain when she knocked over his $1200 guitar.
The sister then has the nerve to tell him she doesnt “give a f**k” about his guitar and claims he has ignored his family ever since he started dating his girlfriend.
“I’ve borderline raised your kid for the past six years. I bought dad a car. I paid all of mum’s hospital bills,” he wrote.
To top it all off, the sister then decided to message his girlfriend and complain about the situation. When she realised she couldn’t get sympathy she turned on the girlfriend as well.
Read the full crazy exchange below.
Right away you can tell it isn’t going to be an easy exchange.Source:Reddit
Because mocking someone’s profession is definitely a great idea when asking for a favour.Source:Reddit
The brother doesn’t hold back at this point.Source:Reddit
She then accuses him of ignoring their family.Source:Reddit
Four tied up at gunpoint in Sydney robbery
A terrifying home invasion in Sydney’s west saw four men tied up and robbed at gun point by two masked assailants.
The attackers were armed with a handgun and knives when they broke into the home in Bossley Park at about 10.20pm on Wednesday, police said.
They tied the victims’ wrists together and made them sit in the garage before punching one man, 20, in the face and making him take them through to home to gather up items.
The masked men fled after about 20 minutes and are now being sought by NSW Police.
The victims suffered scratches and redness to their wrists.
Controversy over pill testing sign
An Anglican priest has made waves after putting up a sign outside of his church with a very controversial message for parents with teenage kids.
Father Rod Bower, of Gosford Anglican Church, conducted the funeral service for Alex Ross-King, who died from an overdose at FOMO Music Festival on January 12.
Her death, along with a spate of other drug related incidents, has sparked a major call for pill testing at festivals, with Father Bower deciding to weigh in on the issue.
“When will we love our kids more than being right,” the sign read outside his church.
In an emotional Facebook post the priest asked what circumstances lead to Alex’s death and the others like it.
“Many commentators have said we were there because young people sometimes make poor choices, and they are right,” he wrote.
“They also say that young adults need to take responsibility for their actions, and they are right.
“Others suggest that “pill testing” is not the answer and they are right, although I do believe that it is part of the question.
“There seems to me that there are a lot of people standing around being “right”, while young people are still dying.”
Father Bower is known for his progressive signs and many people praised him for taking a stance on the issue, but not everyone was impressed.
“I find the inference that parents who are opposed to pill testing love their children less abhorrent,” one person said.
“You are misinformed and flat out wrong,” another said.
One added: “Keep religion out of politics … no good comes from it.”
This sign has caused a stir. Picture: Anglican Parish of GosfordSource:Facebook
Qld psychologist facing sex charges in NSW
An Australian psychologist will appear in a Tweed Heads court to face historical sex offences against young boys dating back to the 1960s.
The psychologist was a Scoutmaster in Sydney, where he is alleged to have sexually abused three 12-year-old boys who were members of his troop.
Detectives from Inner West and Eastern Suburbs Police Area Commands launched an investigation after the trio came forward with allegations last year.
The man eventually became a psychologist who once treated contestants on a reality television show and profiled notorious criminals.
The 75-year-old’s charges include indecent dealing and buggery.
Defence solicitor Colin Greatorix said his client denied the allegations and would defend the charges, which would “utterly destroy” his reputation.
“All you need unfortunately is to have a sniff of something illegal, immoral or unacceptable and people’s reputations are destroyed,” he said.
“His career at the moment I would say is finished.”
Couple to be sentenced over terror plot
A young Sydney couple, who has an obsession with being a jihadi Bonnie and Clyde, are due to be sentenced for plotting a terrorist attack.
Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa, both 18 when they married in an Islamic ceremony in 2015, were found guilty in October of conspiring between early December 2015 and late January 2016 to do an act in preparation for a terrorist act.
It is believed they planned the attack for New Year’s Eve, with Bayda sending his wife a photo of his in a mask and giving the ISIS salute.
Their phones contained a vast amount of extremist material, including graphic images and videos of beheadings and soldiers carrying Islamic flags, and communications to each other.
During their NSW Supreme Court hearing in December, Namoa claimed she no longer held those “disgusting” fanatical extremist views and had shed her hijab.
The now 21-year-old said her texts encouraging Sameh Bayda to carry out a terrorist attack were the actions of a “childish, inquisitive hypothetically- thinking” teenager.
Bayda also claimed he had renounced Islam and found Christianity. He denied that he was just saying that in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.
They are due to be sentenced today.
Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa are due to be sentenced in Sydney on terror charges. Picture: NSW Supreme Court/AAPSource:AAP