UN leaders laugh at Trump

Aaron Blake

This post has been updated with Trump’s reaction.

But on Tuesday, Trump got subtly called out for a whopper he often tells — and by his fellow world leaders, no less.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said.

The assembled world leaders gave a bit of an audible response, and Trump was caught off-guard.

“America’s — so true,” he said with a smile.

The buzz at that point became audible laughter.

Trump chuckled and said, “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay.”

Then more laughter, accompanied by some applause.

The laughter was not 100 percent at Trump’s expense. Some in the audience seemed to genuinely appreciate his quip about being surprised at the response. But the whole thing clearly started with audibly expressed skepticism about one of Trump’s more hyperbolic and fabulist claims. It was, at its core, about Trump making a ridiculous claim.

The German delegation’s response: more laughter.

The fact that world leaders laughed is kind of funny and frivolous. But it is worth emphasizing the sensitive diplomatic setting in which this occurred. There are cameras in the room that are recording all of this. They caught the German delegation laughing at Trump. The leaders have to know such reactions could be recorded or observed — and possibly even used against them by Trump. They did it anyway.

It is exactly, in fact, the kind of thing Trump once said should be unacceptable for a U.S. president.

We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2014

Update: There’s always a tweet, Part 2 (a tweet from exactly six years ago today):

“Trump to Liberty U Students: ‘The World is Laughing at Us'” http://t.co/s4XyK8HP Via @Newsmax_Media

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2012

Another update: Trump claims (rather implausibly) that this was *intended* to elicit laughter. Except that he has said a version of it dozens of times, clearly not for laughs. And except that he said, after the laughs began, “I didn’t expect that reaction.”

Trump on laughter at UN during speech: “Oh it was great. Well that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great.”

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 25, 2018

These Amazing Jane Goodall Quotes Will Inspire You to Fight For Animals and Nature

At the age of 26, Jane Goodall left England, with little more than a notebook and binoculars, and set off to pursue her dream of living with wild chimpanzees in Africa. From this one courageous step, Dr. Jane Goodall made giant leaps to become the iconic conservationist she is today.

We have Jane Goodall to thank for our modern understanding of primate behavior and for completely changing our global perspective about how humans relate to animals. Her endless compassion for animals, humans, and the natural world that unites us all has inspired millions of people across the world to stand up and make a difference. Whether that difference comes in the form of standing up for abused animals, planting a tree to help regrow a forest or simply speaking to others about the importance of respecting all living things, innumerable actions have been spawned by Goodall’s influence. There is no debating the fact that Dr. Jane Goodall has changed the world for the better.

In great thanks for all Dr. Goodall’s marvelous work, we would like to wish her a very Happy 82nd Birthday! A Green Monster through and through, Goodall remains a constant beacon of hope and reminder that we all have the power to make a difference. The only question is what difference will you make?

So, if you’re in a little need of Green Monster inspiration, look no further than the timeless wisdom of Dr. Jane Goodall herself:

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17 Memes You’ll Laugh At If You Only Wear Black Clothing

When you betray every other color:

When you have a good comeback:

When you try something different for a change:


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When you dispel rumors:

When you find commonalities with others:

When you know there’s variety:

When the seasons don’t change who you are:


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When people underestimate you:

When you get into the holiday spirit:

When you are trying to be festive but your wardrobe is all black

When you are trying to be festive but your wardrobe is all black

When you just can’t relate:


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When you’re sick of being questioned:

When you repeat yourself:

When your shopping habits become repetitive:


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When you spend a full hour getting dressed:

When your love of pets disagrees with your clothing:

When you experience this horror:


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And finally, when black isn’t an option so you go all in:

‘ALLAH EST GRAND’: Muslims laugh as blaze destroys Notre Dame cathedral during Holy Week – Geller Report

If you laughed at a mosque burning, Trevor Noah, Chris Hayes,Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, the NY Times, Boston Globe, ABC, NBC, CBS et al would be calling for your head.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the inferno.
Jihadists reveled in the fire engulfing the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, sharing media photos of the flames and billowing smoke, and comments expressing their joy. SITE Intel
The roof and main spire of the cathedral has collapsed.
‘ALLAH EST GRAND’: Muslims laugh as blaze destroys Notre Dame cathedral during Holy Week
By Kyle Olson, The American Mirror, April 15, 2018:
A whole lot of people with Arab [Muslim] names are finding the historic Notre Dame ablaze very funny.
Twitter user Damien Rieu posted a video showing the amount of people responding to a video of the Paris church with a “laughing” face emoji.
Watch:
Et devinez qui se réjouit de l’incendie de #NotreDamedeParis …. 😡 pic.twitter.com/XG6pu3VqpC
— Damien Rieu (@DamienRieu) April 15, 2019
A sampling of the Facebook users taking delight in the tragedy…see if you notice anything in common: Wahid Hadji Oubbad Jsk Yusuf Mohammedzai Hessam Massa Mohamed Hiadi Mohamed Bensalem Alaa Atfeh Raidh Khaled Ammar Sofiane Abdelhakim Noui Oua Mohamed Amin
You get the picture.
Witnesses say the fire broke out at the 850-year-old cathedral earlier today.
The roof and spire have collapsed and officials believe “nothing will remain”.
#ISIS are plotting to recreate the #Paris terror attacks as they plan a fresh wave of carnage across #Europe and the Middle East. https://t.co/OqfLi9LD3w
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Middle School Redecorates Bathrooms To Inspire Students

This bathroom inspiration project is what every middle school girl needs in her day-to-day life

It’s a tough world out there for middle school girls. That’s the time in their lives that they’re really starting to turn into young women. And that means it’s the perfect time for body image problems to be born. But some schools are finding creative ways to combat that, like Warren Middle School in Forney, Texas, where teachers are spending their summer break working on a bathroom inspiration project to remind girls how beautiful and strong they all are.

The school posted photos to its Facebook page, and they’ve gone viral for how uplifting the messages are. In the photos, volunteer teachers stencil messages onto the bathroom stall doors, and then fill them in with colorful paint.

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Once finished, the stall doors contained uplifting messages that teen girls need to hear: “Bloom where you’re planted,” “Real girls aren’t perfect, perfect girls aren’t real,” “Your mistakes don’t define you,” and “You are amazing, You are brave, You are strong.”

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

A few other stalls read, “Work hard, dream big,” and “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

It not only adds a cheerful pop of color to the otherwise drab school bathroom, but it’s all made of messages designed to empower and inspire middle school girls.

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

But that’s not all the teachers did for their bathroom inspiration project. In addition to the messages on the stall doors, they put more inspiration in banners above the mirrors, a place where teen girls definitely need to see it.

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Above the mirrors, it now reads, “You may not have Wonder Woman’s superpowers, but you can have a super-powered impact on the world,” and “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, there’s a leader in us all.”

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

Image via Warren Middle School / Facebook

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Warren Middle School is encouraging other schools to implement projects like this one, and hosted a Facebook Live last week to answer questions from teachers and administrators at other schools who want to follow their lead.

This is such an important project with the capacity to impact so many young girls, we hope more schools get on board.

35 Quotes From The Great Persian Poet Rumi That Will Inspire You To The Core

By Mayukh Saha

By now, you must have heard about the Persian poet Rumi. Apart from being a poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was also a Sufi mystic and an Islamic Dervish.

His profound wisdom was never limited by any national or cultural barriers. Such an outlook as Rumi’s is of utmost importance to us in these times of hatred and wars.

In this article, I have listed 35 quotes from this magnificent man. Let yourself be touched by his wisdom and feel enriched by his undeterred positivity on the face of hardships.

1. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Love is a constant existence. Yet, you realise love only when you enable yourself to do so.

2. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

You need to stop feeling insignificant for you have everything that the universe itself has.

3. “What you seek is seeking you.”

When you strive for something with all your heart, it strives back for you.

4. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

None of your losses is permanent. No matter what you lose in life, you always get it back through something else.

5. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Only the wise know that they have to be the change that they want in the world.

6. “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

You are making a mistake if you are not striving towards realising your fullest potential.

7. “Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.”

As it is commonly said these days, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

8. “Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.”

Realise what you’re worth and you’ll find happiness.

9. “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Be wise, not loud. Loudness is never fruitful, wisdom is.

10. “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”

It’s better to avoid people who make you feel bad about yourself.

11. “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”

You are full of unrealised potential. It’s important that you recognise them.

12. “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

We love people not for what they say but for what they are.

13. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

When you truly love somebody, you are never separated from them as they are always in your heart and soul.

14. “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

You know the real faces of people around you by their behaviour in your times of trouble.

15. “I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.”

You’ve to be guided by your heart’s hope and not by your body’s exhaustion.

16. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

Things which hurt you also teach you a lot.

17. “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

No matter what happens, never lose your ability to love.

18. “Reason is powerless in the expression of love.”

Love is felt by the heart and not thought by the head.

19. “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

Heartbreaks open the doors to the realm of your life’s wisdom.

20. “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

The pain in your life teaches you many lessons about your past.

21. “Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.”

True knowledge lies within yourself and you have to search for it.

22. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

If you are following your heart, you need not care about other people’s opinions.

23. “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.”

Don’t get caught up in the material world and rather explore what lies beyond.

24. “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”

You are at your best only when you’re doing what you should.

25. “Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds.”

Your life is nothing but what you make of it and so is the world around you.

26. “Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

Love is the best connection that you can possibly have with somebody.

27. “To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.”

The sun is great to you only because you see it that way. So, the sun’s beauty is indeed the beauty of your eyes.

28. “Dance until you shatter yourself.”

Express your joys until you have nothing left for yourself.

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29. “Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”

There’s no point in restricting yourself when you can soar high.

30. “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

Only as you travel do you fully discover the paths in your life’s journey.

31. “What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

Things that hurt you give you the much-needed wisdom.

32. “The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”

The goodness of the heart is there to stay while that of the body fades away.

33. “Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.”

Just fall in love if you want to. You needn’t think much about it.

34. “If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”

If you know what you want, nothing stops you from getting there.

35. “This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love you are.”

You are defined by the things you love and choose.

Words like these show the world the path that it should take. So, take them in, apply them in your life and you will feel greatly positive.

Written by: Mayukh Saha