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Chinese tech giant apologizes for saying typhoon killed 99 million people

China’s largest video streaming giant, Tencent Video, apologized Wednesday for saying Typhoon Lekima killed everyone in Shandong, a province which has about 99 million people.

The blunder was contained in a push notification that Tencent Video sent to its subscribers on Monday, BBC reported.

“Typhoon Lekima has left the entire province (of Shandong) dead, seven people are missing,” said the push notification, citing the Shandong Emergency Response Office.

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Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in Yongjia county in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.  (Chinatopix Via AP)

The actual death toll from the typhoon in Shandong is five and nationwide it’s 56, according to official reports. Typhoon Lekima slammed eastern China on Saturday before it charged north over the weekend.

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The typhoon has forced around two million people to leave their homes and halted more than 1,000 flights, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

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Tencent Video issued an apology on the Chinese social media platform “Weibo” and promised to review its editorial practices.

According to a May financial report, Tencent Video had 89 million subscribers.

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Giant ‘human-sized’ monster penguin remains discovered in New Zealand

Scientists have identified a new species of giant penguin from fossils discovered in New Zealand.

The extinct penguin lived in the Paleocene Epoch between 66 million and 56 million years ago, according to the Canterbury Museum.

Taller than the modern Emperor Penguin, the penguins, named Crossvallia waiparensis, stood about 5 feet and weighed up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

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The fossils were discovered by amateur paleontologist Leigh Love at the Waipara Greensand fossil site in North Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island in 2018. Canterbury Museum curators Paul Scofield, Vanesa De Pietri, and Gerald Mayr, of Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, studied the bones and found that they belonged to a previously unknown penguin species.

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This illustration provided by the Canterbury Museum shows the approximate height of a giant penguin, a “crossvallia waiparensis,” next to a human being. (Canterbury Museum via AP)

Scofield said the leg bones indicated the monster penguin’s feet may have played a bigger role in swimming than is the case with penguins today.

He said that following the extinction of dinosaurs, marine reptiles and gigantic fish, it seemed there was an evolutionary opportunity for penguins to thrive and grow in size.

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“The oceans were ripe for the picking with the lack of mega predators,” Scofield said, according to the Associated Press. “It looks like what was going on was that penguins were just starting to exploit that niche.”

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Dr. Paul Scofield, senior curator for natural history at Canterbury Museum, holds the fossil, a tibiotarsus, top, next to a similar bone of an Emperor Penguin in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The findings were published this week in “Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.”

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Dr. Paul Scofield, senior curator for natural history at Canterbury Museum, holds the fossil, a tibiotarsus, left, next to a similar bone of an Emperor Penguin in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The huge penguin is just the latest remarkable prehistoric animal to be discovered by scientists in New Zealand. Nineteen million-year-old fossils of a giant parrot dubbed ‘Squawkzilla,’ for example, were found in Central Otago.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Daniel Turner: Teen Vogue advocates for back to school climate activism – Here’s what it isn’t telling kids

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Back to school is big business, with Americans spending an estimated $60 billion on the latest technology, clothes, books and other items as school resumes. Just about everyone peddling a product is capitalizing on this lucrative period, including those selling political ideologies.

Teen Vogue, an overtly liberal fashion magazine for girls, recently advocated for back to school “direct action” on climate change. On the to-do list: recycling programs, classroom walk-outs, confronting professors, and of course, plastic straw bans.

Scholarly pursuits aren’t paramount on this “back to school” list. For example, there was no mention of studying physics to calculate the newtons in a thrust or the amps in a current. This knowledge makes quotidian realities like airplanes and electricity seem less like magic and more like science. Not “consensus” science. Actual science.

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Speaking of science, Teen Vogue didn’t demand greater earth science education. Students need to study real “climate change,” not the political movement, but the continual cycle that has put fossil fuels under our feet.

What are rare-earth elements? Are they essential to green technology? Can we mine enough to meet the mandates of the Green New Deal?

A solid history curriculum fosters intelligent discussion of the justice aspect of Teen Vogue’s desired activism. Here’s an example: extreme poverty has decreased worldwide from 40 percent in 1980 to 8 percent currently. Why?

Here’s another: The Industrial Revolution was a catalyst to increased human rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights: discuss.

How can Teen Vogue encourage green activism without the requisite knowledge?

Green activism isn’t about physics, earth science or history. It’s about politics, sure, but most of all it is a big business. Billions of dollars in grants are awarded to climate change studies and activists.

Nonprofits raise fortunes pledging to battle climate change. It helped former Vice President Al Gore, a leading climate change prophet, make a very handsome $300 million profit.

Big business needs customers, so ensuring the next generation is obsessed with climate change is smart marketing. But if Teen Vogue really believed in climate change, it would be honest with its audience and lay out real “direct action” plans. Problem is, these actions are not going to be popular with young people.

For example, recycling may feel good, but facts prove it wastes energy and money, and does nothing for the planet. Here’s more: straws are only 4 percent of our plastic waste, and less than 1 percent of ocean pollution comes from America. Plastic straw bans, like recycling, are ineffective, even though these actions may feel morally satisfying.

If Teen Vogue wants readers to lower their emissions, the magazine should call on them to stop streaming videos. Sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime use more energy per household than two refrigerators. Also, readers should cancel all gaming sites (which 72 percent of teens frequent) and music platforms. Sorry kids, it’s for the planet.

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Here’s more: electric scooters aren’t green, and in fact, they are worse for the environment than cars. Know what else is terrible for the planet? Pets.

Good luck selling that message: love the Earth, get rid of your pet.

Unlike cutting class or harassing teachers, the actions I’ve outlined logically result from the junk science that is the foundation of the current climate change movement.

So, if you don’t do any of them, does that mean you don’t believe? No worries, neither do climate change activists. Last December 30,000 green activists flew to a conference in Poland. Next year 30,000 more will fly to Scotland. All to demand action on climate change.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants action on climate change. He owns multiple homes.

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Recently leading green warriors like Prince Harry and Leonardo DiCaprio gathered in a Sicilian resort, arriving on 114 private planes and several diesel-guzzling mega yachts. The message? We need action on climate change.

I’ll cut my footprint when you cut yours.

These hypocrites don’t champion actions that stem from their beliefs. That’s too hard, so Teen Vogue calls for school boycotts. Ask teens which they would rather do to save the Earth: stop streaming Netflix or walk out of class?

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We know the answer, and it’s not very brave. But as the current de facto leader on green activism, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  D-N.Y., once said: it’s better to be morally right than factually correct.

We must hope that despite the prevalent liberal activism encouraging nonsensical “back to school” activism there are still young people who will study physics, earth science, and history. Educated in the richness of real facts and truths, these teens will find all they need to make the world a truly better place.

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Planned Parenthood To Withdraw From Title X, Unless Court Intervenes

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Unless a federal court intervenes, Planned Parenthood says it will formally withdraw within days from the nation’s family planning program for low-income people.

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Planned Parenthood says it will formally withdraw from the nation’s family planning program for low-income people within days, unless a federal court intervenes.

In a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Planned Parenthood officials ask for a stay against new Trump administration rules that forbid organizations receiving Title X funds from providing or referring patients for abortion. If the court does not intervene, Planned Parenthood says it will be forced to pull out on Aug. 19 after decades with the program.

Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s acting president, said the impact on low-income patients will differ state by state. In some areas, she said, contraception and other services could become more expensive or wait times may be longer.

“It means that some people will not be able to afford the care; it means that some people will have to make a decision as to whether or not they have the time to wait in line. It certainly means that there will be, potentially, a delay in care – or they will decide to forego the care altogether,” McGill Johnson said.

Abortion rights opponents, who support the rule, have praised President Trump for delivering on his campaign promise to “defund Planned Parenthood.” Marjorie Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List, and others have argued that no tax dollars should go to organizations that have any involvement with abortion.

Critics call the Trump administration regulations a “gag rule.”

“Imagine if you show up as a patient to a health center and the doctor’s only ability is to refer you to prenatal care, and you may have already decided that you want to have an abortion,” McGill Johnson said. “Federal regulations will ban that doctor from actually giving you advice and referring you to abortion.”

Planned Parenthood’s withdrawal from Title X would mark a major shift for the program. The group has been involved since Title X’s creation in the early 1970s, and its affiliates serve about 40 percent of recipients nationwide, officials say.

Over time, Title X has grown from a $6 million program in 1971 to more than $286 million this year.

Federal funding for abortion already is prohibited in most cases, but the new rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services this year forbid any group involved in providing abortions, or counseling patients about them, from receiving Title X funding to pay for other services such as contraception and health screenings.

Planned Parenthood officials say they’d been holding out hope that a federal court would intervene, or that Congress would act to preserve their funding (a spending packaged passed by the Democratic-controlled House in June included language reversing the Trump administration rule; that language would have faced formidable odds in the Republican-led Senate).

But in light of new guidance sent to grantees by Health and Human Services in recent days, officials say they’ll be forced out of Title X – unless the court steps in. Planned Parenthood recently said it had – at least temporarily – stopped using Title X dollars to while legal challenges continue. The court has rejected some previous efforts to block the Trump rule.

Other providers of reproductive health services also have been affected by the Trump administration rules. The Democratic governors of several states including Hawaii, Washington, and Illinois, have said their state agencies will not participate while the rule is in effect. Maine Family Planning – the only Title X grantee in that state – recently announced it is also pulling out of the program.

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MSNBC roasted for booking Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa Manigault-Newman on same show

MSNBC managed to bring cable news critics from both sides of the aisle together on Tuesday when it announced that Anthony Scaramucci and Omarosa Manigault-Newman would be guests in the same hour.

The liberal network announced that the Trump staffers-turned-foes would appear Friday on “Hardball” and the booking was quickly mocked. As of Wednesday afternoon, the tweet promoting the upcoming episode had over 4,600 comments, compared to only 851 likes — which is what the kids refer to as being ratioed.

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Mediaite’s Ken Meyers, who covered the backlash, wrote that a “common argument among Manigault’s and Scaramucci’s critics is that both individuals are publicity seekers who’ve looked for ways to stay in the limelight ever since their departures from the Trump Administration.”

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Critics aren’t excited to watch Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Anthony Scaramucci on MSNBC.

“Observers also frequently question whether either of them ever provides real insight into the issues of the day,” Meyers added.

“Every one of us should be forced to watch every last second of this so we can truly comprehend what we have done. We did this,” The Blaze’s Jason Howerton wrote.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski simply responded, “No thanks.”

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Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien responded, “journalism is failing you,” while The Washington Post’s Dan Zak pondered if “you ever think about death.”

Author Jaime Primak asked if everyone else was “dead” and thousands of others mocked “Hardball” for the booking.

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Defiant Former Blackwater Contractor Again Sentenced to Life

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WASHINGTON — Shortly before a federal judge sentenced him to life in prison on Wednesday for his role in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad, Nicholas A. Slatten, a former Blackwater security contractor, stood in a tan jumpsuit and defiantly proclaimed that he was an innocent victim of Justice Department prosecutors run amok.

“This is a miscarriage of justice that will not stand,” said Mr. Slatten, who in December was convicted by a jury of murdering an Iraqi civilian in Nisour Square, the act prosecutors said kicked off the chaotic hail of machine-gun fire and grenades targeting other civilians by guards in Mr. Slatten’s convoy that left 10 women, two men and two children dead, and 18 others injured.

But the trial judge, Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, rejected Mr. Slatten’s assertion of innocence, including a reference to a fellow Blackwater guard’s statement that it was he, not Mr. Slatten, who fired the initial shot that killed the driver of a white Kia sedan in the traffic circle, 19-year-old Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y.

“The court’s view of the evidence is the same as that of the jury,” Judge Lamberth said, declaring that the other guard’s statement was an “effort to mislead authorities about what was going on,” and that it was Mr. Slatten who “shot Mr. Al Rubia’y between the eyes and killed him,” without provocation.

The government had hired Blackwater Security to escort State Department officials through a chaotic war zone at the height of the Iraq insurgency. One of the darkest episodes in the conflict, the massacre of civilians became a charged symbol of American abuses and prompted a rethinking of American reliance on contractors in war zones. It also strained relations between the United States and the Iraqi government: The Iraqis wanted to prosecute the contractors, but the Americans insisted on handling it.

Judge Lamberth rejected a constitutional challenge by the defense to a law mandating that Mr. Slatten receive a life sentence for the first-degree murder conviction, which the judge formally imposed. Mr. Slatten swiftly said “God bless you, sir” before guards led him out of the courtroom.

But his defense lawyer and friends and family from Tennessee, many of whom gave emotional statements declaring that Mr. Slatten was a patriot whom they believed to be innocent, made clear that they would keep fighting, including by asking the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overturn the sentence and the verdict.

Left unmentioned in the courtroom were signs that President Trump might be weighing whether to grant a pardon to Mr. Slatten, along with several servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes: The New York Times reported in May that the White House had requested paperwork about his and a handful of other cases, according to two United States officials.

In his statement, Mr. Slatten also accused the government of covering up classified evidence that would have proven his claim, which prosecutors rejected, that insurgents started the Nisour Square episode. For Mr. Slatten’s supporters who stressed his prior combat tours with the Army before he went to work for Blackwater, that theory dovetailed with a recurring theme: the extreme peril of navigating a combat zone amid an insurgency, which Mr. Slatten’s father said many of those now judging his son did not understand.

But Judge Lamberth took exception to that, saying he had served a tour in the Vietnam War and had been in many dangerous situations. Nevertheless, he said troops must rely on each other and obey the rules to ensure that innocent civilians were not unnecessarily harmed. In the case of the Nisour Square massacre, he said, the evidence made clear that there had been no incoming fire against the convoy and that “there was no necessity” to shoot Mr. Al Rubia’y.

One security contractor involved in the episode, Jeremy Ridgeway, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and cooperated with prosecutors. But the cases against others involved in the shooting proved difficult.

A federal judge in 2009 threw out the indictment of five contractors, citing a “reckless violation of the defendants’ constitutional rights.” The judge said that investigators, prosecutors and government witnesses had inappropriately relied on statements that the guards had been compelled to make in debriefings by the State Department shortly after the shootings.

A new prosecution team was able to revive a case against four of them, and in a 2014 trial, a jury found Mr. Slatten guilty of murder and convicted three colleagues, Dustin L. Heard, Evan S. Liberty and Paul A. Slough, of voluntary manslaughter and using a machine gun to carry out a violent crime. Mr. Slatten was given life in prison, and the other three were sentenced to 30 years in prison.

But charging the defendants with machine-gun offenses, a crime not designed for battlefield situations, was controversial, even inside the Justice Department. In 2017, a federal appeals court ruled that the machine-gun charges and offenses were “grossly disproportionate to their culpability for using government-issued weapons in a war zone,” and said that Mr. Slatten should not have been tried alongside the other three.

The court ordered a do-over trial for Mr. Slatten and vacated the sentences of the three colleagues, deferring their resentencings until after his case is concluded. But in 2018, the first attempt to retry him ended in a mistrial, with the jury deadlocked after his defense lawyer stressed testimony from another contractor who testified that he, not Mr. Slatten, shot first. But prosecutors tried a third time, and won another guilty verdict against Mr. Slatten for first-degree murder.

Denouncing that outcome on Wednesday, Mr. Slatten also noted that prosecutors had offered to let him plead guilty to a manslaughter charge, but that he rejected the offer because, he said, he was innocent.

Judge Lamberth suggested that that level of charge might have been appropriate, but said that Mr. Slatten had decided to take the “all or nothing” gamble of going to trial on a more serious murder charge, and “got what he gambled for.”

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Pelosi refers to McConnell as ‘Moscow Mitch’

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Germany Nears Recession and Chinese Factories Slow in Trade War Fallout

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FRANKFURT — In ominous signs of the damage being done by the trade war between China and the United States, data released on Wednesday indicated that the German economy was hurtling toward recession and that growth at Chinese factories was slowing at a pace not seen in nearly two decades.

The numbers are among the most tangible consequences of President Trump’s tariffs on global trade for China as well as Germany, which sets the tone for Europe. Mr. Trump is succeeding in inflicting pain on countries he accuses of unfair trade practices, but economists warn that the pain is likely to boomerang onto the United States.

Germany’s economy shrank 0.1 percent from April through June, and it has been treading water for the past year, the government’s official statistics agency said. Deutsche Bank analysts predicted that the economy would continue to shrink in the current quarter, meeting the technical definition of a recession.

In China, factory output in July fell to its slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data. Although the Chinese economy posted trade figures that were stronger than expected last week, the industrial output figure was another sign that China’s overall growth rate continues to slow under the weight of the trade war and the country’s debt problems.

China and Germany both have large trade surpluses with the United States, but they are also important customers for American products. Germany bought goods and services worth $72 billion from the United States last year.

“If this continues it will eventually mean less demand for U.S. goods,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany.

Fear of possible blowback helped prompt a sell-off on Wall Street as well as on stock markets in Europe. The main stock indexes in Frankfurt and Paris closed down more than 2 percent.

In the United States, the S&P 500 was down roughly 2.5 percent at midday. Yields on United States government bonds also fell, a signal that investors were lowering their expectations for growth. Bond yields, which drop as prices rise, have been tumbling since a recent escalation of the conflict pushed investors seeking a safe haven toward government bonds.

It is not surprising that China and Germany are stumbling under the weight of the trade pressures. China is the world’s largest exporter of goods and services, just ahead of the United States. Germany is No. 3, and exports account for almost half of its gross domestic product. Both countries have been hit directly by President Trump’s tariffs, and more broadly by the disruption to the global economy that the trade conflict has caused.

Germany is also under stress from Britain’s chaotic attempts to leave the European Union, while tensions in the Persian Gulf have unnerved company executives about sales prospects in that important region. As a result, they are reluctant to invest in new buildings or factory space in Germany.

United States tariffs have mostly been directed at China, but the Trump administration has also imposed levies on European steel and aluminum. President Trump has often threatened to impose tariffs on German cars.

The data Wednesday suggested that the German auto industry is hurting plenty. Automobiles, Germany’s biggest export product, are a prime example of how the country has been caught in the trade crossfire between the United States and China.

The German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW all earn at least a third of their revenue in China, where auto sales have been slipping after years of explosive growth. A major factor in the slide is the barrage of trade threats that have unsettled Chinese consumers, discouraging them from buying big-ticket goods.

China is just one of the problems facing German automakers, which dominate the luxury car market but are trying to cope with changing demands, including stricter emissions standards, a costly shift to electric cars, and competitors like Tesla.

Because cars are Germany’s biggest export, problems in the industry reverberate through the economy. Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded the debt of the steel maker ThyssenKrupp further into junk territory, citing in part slack demand from automakers.

Germany’s economic performance was the worst of any eurozone country during the second quarter, separate data from the European Union statistics agency indicated. Even Italy, the economic laughingstock of the eurozone, did slightly better than Germany — its growth in the quarter was zero.

That is a humbling experience for Germany, which has long lectured other countries on how to manage their economies and scolded them for having too much debt.

Germany was among the first European countries to bounce back from the debt crisis that struck the eurozone in 2010, and its unemployment rate, at 3.1 percent, is still the lowest in the zone.

Any schadenfreude elsewhere in Europe is likely to be short-lived. German automakers and other manufacturers buy many of their components from countries like Italy, the Netherlands or Poland. Germany accounts for more than a quarter of the European Union economy. It is virtually impossible for the region to thrive when Germany is ailing.

The slumping growth will probably increase calls for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to increase spending to stimulate the economy. That will be politically tricky. Germans pride themselves on fiscal prudence and the government has recorded budget surpluses for the last five years.

Economists say the country should take advantage of record low interest rates to invest in infrastructure such as its aging rail network, in education, and in research and development. German government 10-year bonds were commanding a yield of minus 0.65 percent Wednesday, meaning investors are effectively willing to pay Berlin to keep their money safe.

The decline in economic output and the weak outlook “increasingly add to the economic case for a dose of fiscal stimulus,” Oliver Rakau, chief German economist at Oxford Economics, said in a report Wednesday. But, he said, “the political costs of such a U-turn seem large absent more economic and political pain.”

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Germany Nears Recession and Chinese Factories Slow in Trade War Fallout

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FRANKFURT — In ominous signs of the damage being done by the trade war between China and the United States, data released on Wednesday indicated that the German economy was hurtling toward recession and that growth at Chinese factories was slowing at a pace not seen in nearly two decades.

The numbers are among the most tangible consequences of President Trump’s tariffs on global trade for China as well as Germany, which sets the tone for Europe. Mr. Trump is succeeding in inflicting pain on countries he accuses of unfair trade practices, but economists warn that the pain is likely to boomerang onto the United States.

Germany’s economy shrank 0.1 percent from April through June, and it has been treading water for the past year, the government’s official statistics agency said. Deutsche Bank analysts predicted that the economy would continue to shrink in the current quarter, meeting the technical definition of a recession.

In China, factory output in July fell to its slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data. Although the Chinese economy posted trade figures that were stronger than expected last week, the industrial output figure was another sign that China’s overall growth rate continues to slow under the weight of the trade war and the country’s debt problems.

China and Germany both have large trade surpluses with the United States, but they are also important customers for American products. Germany bought goods and services worth $72 billion from the United States last year.

“If this continues it will eventually mean less demand for U.S. goods,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany.

Fear of possible blowback helped prompt a sell-off on Wall Street as well as on stock markets in Europe. The main stock indexes in Frankfurt and Paris closed down more than 2 percent.

In the United States, the S&P 500 was down roughly 2.5 percent at midday. Yields on United States government bonds also fell, a signal that investors were lowering their expectations for growth. Bond yields, which drop as prices rise, have been tumbling since a recent escalation of the conflict pushed investors seeking a safe haven toward government bonds.

It is not surprising that China and Germany are stumbling under the weight of the trade pressures. China is the world’s largest exporter of goods and services, just ahead of the United States. Germany is No. 3, and exports account for almost half of its gross domestic product. Both countries have been hit directly by President Trump’s tariffs, and more broadly by the disruption to the global economy that the trade conflict has caused.

Germany is also under stress from Britain’s chaotic attempts to leave the European Union, while tensions in the Persian Gulf have unnerved company executives about sales prospects in that important region. As a result, they are reluctant to invest in new buildings or factory space in Germany.

United States tariffs have mostly been directed at China, but the Trump administration has also imposed levies on European steel and aluminum. President Trump has often threatened to impose tariffs on German cars.

The data Wednesday suggested that the German auto industry is hurting plenty. Automobiles, Germany’s biggest export product, are a prime example of how the country has been caught in the trade crossfire between the United States and China.

The German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW all earn at least a third of their revenue in China, where auto sales have been slipping after years of explosive growth. A major factor in the slide is the barrage of trade threats that have unsettled Chinese consumers, discouraging them from buying big-ticket goods.

China is just one of the problems facing German automakers, which dominate the luxury car market but are trying to cope with changing demands, including stricter emissions standards, a costly shift to electric cars, and competitors like Tesla.

Because cars are Germany’s biggest export, problems in the industry reverberate through the economy. Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded the debt of the steel maker ThyssenKrupp further into junk territory, citing in part slack demand from automakers.

Germany’s economic performance was the worst of any eurozone country during the second quarter, separate data from the European Union statistics agency indicated. Even Italy, the economic laughingstock of the eurozone, did slightly better than Germany — its growth in the quarter was zero.

That is a humbling experience for Germany, which has long lectured other countries on how to manage their economies and scolded them for having too much debt.

Germany was among the first European countries to bounce back from the debt crisis that struck the eurozone in 2010, and its unemployment rate, at 3.1 percent, is still the lowest in the zone.

Any schadenfreude elsewhere in Europe is likely to be short-lived. German automakers and other manufacturers buy many of their components from countries like Italy, the Netherlands or Poland. Germany accounts for more than a quarter of the European Union economy. It is virtually impossible for the region to thrive when Germany is ailing.

The slumping growth will probably increase calls for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to increase spending to stimulate the economy. That will be politically tricky. Germans pride themselves on fiscal prudence and the government has recorded budget surpluses for the last five years.

Economists say the country should take advantage of record low interest rates to invest in infrastructure such as its aging rail network, in education, and in research and development. German government 10-year bonds were commanding a yield of minus 0.65 percent Wednesday, meaning investors are effectively willing to pay Berlin to keep their money safe.

The decline in economic output and the weak outlook “increasingly add to the economic case for a dose of fiscal stimulus,” Oliver Rakau, chief German economist at Oxford Economics, said in a report Wednesday. But, he said, “the political costs of such a U-turn seem large absent more economic and political pain.”

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Rep. Steve King Says Lots Of Us Wouldn’t Be Here Without Rape, Incest

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Racist Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said generations of people would not be here without rape and incest while making the case for anti-abortion legislation without exceptions for victims of those crimes.

Speaking to members at the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday, King argued that humanity would not have the population it does today if not for rape and incest, the Des Moines Register reported.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King said. “Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

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The Kiron Republican was discussing his defense of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in the anti-abortion legislation he tried to pass in Congress. Republican leadership had prevented bills he sponsored on banning abortions from advancing through the House, despite GOP support for the measures, King said. 

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