The Religion Card, Federal Crooks & China’s Big Move‏: Mar. 31, 2015

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Tsarnaev Trial Playing False Religion Card?
by Jill Vaglica
The narrative of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a radicalized religious zealot isn’t necessarily in keeping with case evidence.

WHO

How a Two-Timing DEA Agent Got Busted for Making Money off the Silk Road
Two federal agents have been arrested after participating in the takedown of the Silk Road deep Web marketplace. The agents—one a former U.S. Secret Service agent and the other a Drug Enforcement Administration agent—purloined hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins while they acted as double-agents, infiltrating the notorious online market for illicit goods and services.

Trevor Noah, From Progressive Icon to Villain in 24 Hours
Yesterday, all hailed the casting of South African comic Trevor Noah as the Daily Show’s next anchor. Today? Not so much. It seems that Trevor left a trail of offensive breadcrumbs on Twitter. As soon as his “jokes” about “fat chicks” and “Jewish chicks” started to circulate on social media, the progressive media quickly turned on him. According to other comedians, however, Trevor’s jokes are even worse than offensive… they are not funny.

Meet The Poster Boy Of Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Strikes
Mohammed bin Salman is leading Saudi Arabia’s “Decisive Storm” campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Surprise! He’s also the son of the new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz. The question is whether or not the young Defense Minister’s campaign signals a new activism on the part of the new regime. The 35-year-old Prince’s sudden celebrity may also signal a generational shift inside the Kingdom.

WHAT

China’s New Development Bank is Becoming a Massive Embarrassment for Obama
Meanwhile, back in Asia… China is making a big financial play with its new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB is a significant, non-Western challenge to the World Bank which, up to now, has allowed the U.S. to dominate global loan-making at the governmental level. Even the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the United Kingdom couldn’t keep the Brits from wanting in on China’s big bank, even as Obama presses countries to stay out and join his Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

WHY

There’s a Scientific Consensus on Climate Change?
President Obama has pledged new action as a global deadline for government action on climate change approaches. But, despite 97% of scientists on board with both the reality of climate change and the anthropogenic source of that change, only 60% of Americans are aware of this consensus. But fear not… scientists have been working on the problem and two researchers identified two simple ways to push people’s beliefs closer to actual reality. The key is to let people state their perception before hitting them with reality. Then they are more likely to wake up. Say “Goodnight,” Gracie.

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