Tomi Lahren’s selective outrage: Chicago Facebook brutality draws her ire, but she’s silent about Dylann Roof’s racism

Earlier this week a video of what appeared to be four African-American Chicago teenagers taunting and torturing a white teenager went viral. The video, which was first published as a Facebook Live broadcast, appears to show the attackers poking fun at the alleged victim, blowing smoke in his face and slicing off a chunk of his hair while screaming, “Fuck Donald Trump!” and “Blame Trump for this.”

The four suspects have now been identified and apprehended as Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24. They have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill has also been charged with robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and residential burglary; Cooper and Brittany Covington are also charged with residential burglary.

The video caused an instant social media firestorm, with the hashtag #BLMKidnapping trending and alt-right commentators like Tomi Lahren fueling the Twitter fire with tweets like “This innocent kid didn’t resist arrest, rob a convenience store, assault an officer or do anything wrong. Attacked for FUN for being white” and “Still waiting for President Obama to hold a press conference and remind us ‘if he had a son…;.’” As if this unfortunate incident is comparable to murder.

I’m not sure if Lahren understands that the Chicago victim is alive and his alleged assaulters were instantly arrested and charged whereas George Zimmerman wasn’t charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin until protests broke out across the nation. He was paid to do interviews, gained unearned celebrity status and still went free. There is no need to use hateful rhetoric to make white citizens feel unsafe in a system that was created for and sustained by, and that disproportionately benefits, white people.

Lahren even tried to tie these alleged crimes to Black Lives Matter, tweeting, “We don’t know if BLM motivated this awful attack. I do hope the group comes out and makes it clear/rejects 4 thugs involved.” So now Black Lives Matter has to apologize for everything crime committed by black people? Should we be asking Tom Brady to apologize for Dylann Roof?

Earlier this week Lahren was upset about the rapper Wale mispronouncing her name, but she’s misrepresenting an entire movement. And for what? Any idiot can watch the Chicago video and tell that it has nothing to with anything remotely close to BLM. And Glenn Beck, who is a lot older and more established than Lahren, should know better, but I guess his brief stint as an anti-Trump-temporary-liberal ended today when we tweeted, “Stand up with me and demand justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled Trump supporter by BLM.”

This is problem with America, these people, with these huge platforms fueled by stereotypes and hate create these false ideas about black people–– we are all dangerous, lazy, thieving, Godless people who all subscribe to the same ideologies. The Becks, Lahren’s and people like them ignore facts and profit off of race baiting and divisiveness while the real story like Dylan Roof who actually murdered people because of the same kind of rhetoric they put out goes unnoticed.

Today in court, Roof said, “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did,

I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”

Nine innocent people died while praising god in a church, when will Beck and Lahren and the rest of the religious right tweet about that?

I’ll wait.

Can You Answer This Insanely Hard Microsoft Interview Question?

A job interview at a top tech company is always going to be challenging — think Google’s (now-banned) trick questions — but one interviewee of Microsoft has revealed their truly unforgiving selection process.


Prashant Bagdia posted the story of a friend who interviewed at Microsoft on Quora, saying that the final question left the poor candidate completely stumped.

The interviewers asked, “A right triangle has a hypotenuse equal to 10 and an altitude to the hypotenuse equal to 6. Find the area of the triangle.”


Apparently Prashant’s friend was baffled as to why he was being quizzed on high-school geometry, but attempted to work it out anyway, replying: “As area of any triangle is 0.5 time base times height, the answer is 0.5 times 10 times 6, which is 30.”

But despite his efforts, the candidate was told he was wrong and offered another chance to answer the question; he refused and stuck to his guns.


But he was wrong.

As it turns out, a triangle with those measurements can’t exist, Prashant explains. If the triangle’s altitude is at a 45-degree angle and the hypotenuse is 10, the largest possible altitude is 5, so an altitude of 6 is impossible.

Obvious, right? The poor candidate, despite his valiant efforts, didn’t even get the job. But at least he tried.


New Yorkers Are Being So Chill About The Bombing And It’s Actually Pretty Inspiring

Much of New York, US, is on pretty high alert after a series of attacks in the city and New Jersey over the weekend. 29 people were injured in the incident, although thankfully no one was killed.

And while the explosion certainly rattled many in the Chelsea area, New Yorkers have taken to Twitter to show just how resilient they are.

In true NYC fashion, people just got on with their lives (or, you know, went to the deli).

A bomb won’t disrupt New Yorkers’ routines. Take that, terrorism.

In fact, people outside of NY were taking it much more seriously than the residents themselves.

Mostly it was just a bit of an inconvenience.

People had more important things to talk about, like where exactly Chelsea lies.

Seriously. Get it right, world media.

The explosions brought everyone together and new and unexpected ways.

But really, you don’t need to worry about New Yorkers. They’re tough.

So nice try, terrorism, but maybe next time you’ll actually instil some, y’know, terror.

Report: Joe Biden is Going to Announce His Bid for the Presidency This Weekend


Theres been tons and tons of speculation over the last few weeks about whether or not Vice President Joe Biden would toss his hat in the ring for president, and when you look at the weak sauce that is the Democratic candidate pool, he stands just as much a chance of becoming the nominee as the others.

Well, Fox News reporter Ed Henry says sources close to Biden say he is expected to make his announcement soon.

But unlike numerous rumors that claim he will announce sometime in the next 48 hours, it is likely to be this coming weekend….and the reason may be all about Hillary.

Check out the details.

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is a high-profile campaign event, which will be attended by all 5 Democrat candidates, and would be highly dramatic venue for Biden to drop his hat into the ring.

UPDATE: Top Right News has learned that aides to Biden are advising he delay his announcement until after Hillary Clintons testimony before the House Benghazi committee on Thursday, in order to gauge reaction to it, and help frame his entry message. This makes sense in light of Ed Henrys report above.

It would still be an uphill climb for Biden, given Clintons formidable campaign, war chest and a determined DNC leadership clearing a path for her to take on the GOP in the general election next year.

However, the wild card may be just how far Obama is willing to manipulate the machinery of power to benefit Biden at the expense of Clinton. For instance, Obamas chief aide Valerie Jarrett is not above leaking damaging material about Hillary to the press.

And of course the mild FBI investigation of Clintons home email server could suddenly heat up, causing catastrophic damage to her efforts.

One things for sure. Bidens personality would certainly spice up the drearily drab and depressingly dull Democratic race and would make the next debate a heck of a lot more fun to watch.

Just imagine all of the gaffes!

[h/t The Right Scoop]

Ann Coulter flips out over Trump’s immigration flip-flop as she releases new book, “In Trump We Trust”

Ann Coulter’s new book was just released and has likely already been rendered irrelevant before hitting most bookshelves nationwide.

“In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!,” is, no surprise, a full-throated endorsement of Trump, who the controversial conservative commentator says is the country’s last hope to preserve its culture and save the (white) working class.

In the book, Coulter, a longtime Trump booster, writes that “there’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.”

But now that Trump is finally revving up his long-awaited “pivot” to do just that, Coulter is freaking out.

With Trump’s first hints of an evolution on his immigration positions, Coulter was quick to cover for him.

“It’s just rhetoric but it’s still annoying,” Coulter told The Hill at her book signing Wednesday night. “I think he panicked and he had to say [it] …; I don’t think he is softening. I mean the big thing is the wall.”

But then the second part of Trump’s Fox News town hall special on immigration with Sean Hannity aired. In front of a friendly Texas crowd, Trump floated a possible process to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in America, a complete reversal from the inhumane mass deportation plan that helped him win the crowded GOP primary.

“No citizenship,” Trump told Hannity in the special taped Tuesday afternoon. “Let me go a step further — they’ll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”

And has become customary, Trump attempted to sell his latest flip-flop as a routine reaction to his supporters’ wants.

“Look, this is like a poll, there’s thousands of people in this room,” Trump said. “Who wants those people thrown out?”

The Fox News crowd responded with incoherent cheers and yells.

“Everywhere I go, I get the same reaction. They want toughness, they want firmness, they want to obey the law. But — but, they feel that throwing them out as a whole family when they’ve been here for a long time, it’s a tough thing. They do feel that,” Trump added.

That was the last straw for Coulter, who took to Twitter to blast Trump’s creeping shift:


Gov. Abbott Makes it Abundantly Clear Sanctuary Cities Will No Longer be Tolerated in Texas

Publicly admonishing Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and her recent announcement that she will consider honoring immigration detainers on a case-by-case basis, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made it abundantly clear that his state will not tolerate Sanctuary Cities.

The admonishment came in the form of a strongly-worded letter directed towards the Dallas Sheriff explaining that her so-called decision places the people of Texas in unwarranted danger.

Now more than ever, it is essential that state, federal, and local law enforcement work collaboratively to protect our fellow Texans and to ensure that our laws are upheld, not disregarded. Abbott stated.

Via Breitbart

Sanctuary City policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas, Abbott began in his letter attached below. Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcements (ICE) requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans. These detainers provide ICE with the critical notice and time it needs to take incarcerated immigrants into federal custody.

Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans, Abbott continued.

The governor laid out actions he and the state of Texas could take in response to the renegade actions of this sheriff. Those include the following:

  • Passing laws that prohibit any policy or action that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.
  • Enacting laws that make it illegal for a Sheriffs Department to not honor a federal immigration detainer request.
  • Evaluating the extent to which local taxpayers should foot the bill for local decisions that increase costs for Texas health and education systems.
  • Amending the Tort Claims Act to ensure counties are fully financially responsible for the actions of any illegal immigrants who are released because the countys Sheriff failed to honor an ICE detainer request.

Defending her idiotic policy, Valdez attempted to explain that the it only applies to those that have committed what she considers minor offenses, adding that No matter what we do, someone is going to get upset.

Well, heres a little news flash for Valdez… The governor is not just someone and yes he has a valid reason to be upset, especially when you consider that he is the one ultimately responsible when it comes to the safety and security of the people of Texas.


Humdinger: Swine Flu Virus Which Killed Half-Million Modified To Incurable

A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His labs previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable.

The yet-to-be-published research by Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his team is meant to give scientists better ways to fight influenza outbreaks, but gives chills to some people in academia, who are fearful that accidental release of the strain would result in a global disaster, according to a report by the Independent.

At his level-3 biosafety lab at Wisconsin Universitys Institute for Influenza Virus Research in Madison, Kawaoka experimented with the H1N1 flu strain that was responsible for the pandemic in 2009, dubbed the swine flu pandemic by the media. The work resulted in a mutated strain that is able to evade the human antibodies, effectively rendering humans defenseless against the virus.

He took the 2009 pandemic flu virus and selected out strains that were not neutralized by human antibodies. He repeated this several times until he got a real humdinger of a virus, a scientist familiar with Kawaokas research told the British newspaper.

Hes basically got a known pandemic strain that is now resistant to vaccination. Everything he did before was dangerous but this is even madder. This is the virus, he added.


H1N1 flu had caused serious outbreaks and two recorded pandemics, the first being the notorious Spanish flu of 1918. Kawaokas newest work is partially derived from his experience in recreating the deadly strain.

The first H1N1 pandemic left between 50 and 100 million people dead, according to estimates. The 2009 pandemic death toll is debated, with some estimates putting the number as high as 560,000, most of them in Africa and Southeast Asia.

The professor assured the newspaper that the mutant virus is well under control in his lab and that making a strain that can beat human immune system will help epidemiologists be prepared for a contingency of a similar mutation occurring naturally.

Through selection of immune escape viruses in the laboratory under appropriate containment conditions, we were able to identify the key regions [that] would enable 2009 H1N1 viruses to escape immunity, he said in an email.

Viruses in clinical isolates have been identified that have these same changes in the [viral protein]. This shows that escape viruses emerge in nature and laboratory studies like ours have relevance to what occurs in nature, he added.

The research was approved by Wisconsins Institutional Biosafety Committee, although a minority of the 17-member board is critical of Kawaokas line of study. One such vocal critic at the committee is Thomas Jeffries, who argues that an accidental release of the virus from the safe lab is possible, citing the recent incident at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which potentially exposed some 80 people to anthrax bacteria.

I think we can sometimes fool ourselves into thinking we have more control over a situation in a laboratory than we do, he told Wisconsin State Journal last week. Accidents do happen.

When The Independent approached Jeffries for comments on Kawaokas new research, he said he was not made aware of details of the study at the time the approval was given.

What was present in the research protocols was a very brief outline or abstract of what he was actually doing…there were elements to it that bothered me, Professor Jeffries said.

Rebecca Moritz, who is responsible for overseeing Wisconsins work at the institute, said it is needed to create new vaccines.

The work is designed to identify potential circulating strains to guide the process of selecting strains used for the next vaccine…The committee found the biosafety containment procedures to be appropriate for conducting this research. I have no concerns about the biosafety of these experiments, she said.

Kawaoka said he presented preliminary results of his research to the World Health Organization and they had been well received.

We are confident our study will contribute to the field, particularly given the number of mutant viruses we generated and the sophisticated analysis applied, he explained.

There are risks in all research. However, there are ways to mitigate the risks. As for all the research on influenza viruses in my laboratory, this work is performed by experienced researchers under appropriate containment and with full review and prior approval by the [biosafety committee], he added.

Flu virus strains are notorious for changing rapidly, with new strains emerging and causing seasonal flu epidemics. Scientists have to try and predict what kind of flu they would have to face each year and have a vaccine ready. When they succeed, an outbreak causes much less damage that it could have otherwise.

Research of gain of function by viruses like the works of Kawaoka is focused on exploring how a virus can become deadlier and more transmittable or resistant to existing vaccines. Critics of such studies say they are too dangerous, both due to the risk of accidental or even deliberate release.

For instance some people in the academia called on Kawaoka to withhold parts of his research on H5N1 bird flu. Normally the virus is highly lethal, but does not transmit well, but a series of experiments with ferrets resulted in an easily transmittable strain. The experiments were simple enough for any person with expertise in microbiology to replicate, which critics said some group of would-be bioterrorists would eventually do.


A lie enabled by the American corporate news media: “Decent” people do not support Donald Trump

The mainstream corporate news media often denies the obvious facts of the present in order to make them more shocking later on. This is a means of distorting reality and feeding the outrage machine with the ultimate goal of profit maximization.

To wit, last week The New York Times released a widely discussed video compilation of the racist, sexism, bigoted, misogynistic, and other hateful language that is common at Donald Trump’s political rallies and other events. The New York Times’ reporters began gathering this footage for “Unfiltered Voices From Donald Trump’s Crowds” when Trump’s campaign formally began in 2015.

It features Donald Trump’s rabble calling Barack Obama a “nigger,” reciting Nazi chants, saying that Hillary Clinton should be “hung” and that she is a “bitch,” as well as expelling profanities out of their mouths about Hispanics, Latinos, and Muslims.

The New York Times explained that their reporters had been so focused on the unpredictability of Donald Trump’s speeches — and the potential for violence at his events — that they were numb to the ugly behavior he was inspiring among his minions:

All that helps explain why we waited until only recently to turn our attention to the very inflammatory, and often just plain vile, things that many people showing up to support Mr. Trump’s campaign were saying out loud — often very loudly — or wearing on their T-shirts and hats.

Politics at its best can be inspiring. But many in Mr. Trump’s audiences were being inspired to express themselves in hateful, coarse, profane, obscene or just plain nasty ways.

Shifting our focus to those outbursts was an eye-opener. Ashley Parker, one of our most experienced reporters covering the Trump campaign, said she realized she had become somewhat inured to these displays. And that makes sense: If you’re on the lookout for actual violence, you sift out mere vulgarity or racism.

This is but one more example of how the so-called “liberal media” have enabled and coddled the rise of the American proto fascist Donald Trump. “Mere vulgarity and racism” are central to his appeal and power over many millions of American voters. To ignore this reality, is to overlook one of the most important dynamics in the 2016 presidential campaign. Moreover, to “sift out” “vulgarity” and “racism” is a failure to understand the degree to which racism, sexism, nativism, white supremacy, and authoritarianism are values and beliefs that have come to dominate movement conservatism and the Republican Party in the post civil rights era — and especially the Age of Obama.

To bracket out the racism, bigotry, and hateful behavior at Donald Trump’s rallies also requires a high amount of willful denial regarding the type of poison he represents in the American body politic. Here, The New York Times is ignoring their own excellent reporting on Donald Trump’s rallies by writers such as Jared Yates Sexton. The New York Times is also somehow separating the violence inside Trump’s rallies where Black Lives Matter and other protesters have been threatened with being burned alive — an ominous allusion to America’s horrific and unique history of spectacular lynchings against its black citizens — from what is taking place outside. Most troubling, The New York Times, in now “discovering” the racism and bigotry among Trump’s supporters, has chosen to transform the mountains of public opinion and other social science research that has consistently demonstrated the role of racism, white racial animus, and authoritarianism in driving support for Donald Trump into mere curiosities and outliers, the equivalent of empirical anthills. This is intellectually dishonest.

In all, The New York Times chose to give the benefit of the doubt to a political candidate and his supporters who deserve no such latitude or safe harbor. Unfortunately, The New York Times was not alone among the American mainstream corporate news media in making such a mistake. Donald Trump’s proto fascist behavior was obvious to any reasonable observer both before and during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries. The corporate news media treated this as curious and entertaining, a means to make a profit off of the carnival barker professional wrestling-inspired GOP candidate’s antics.

They waited for “decent” and “responsible” Republicans to intervene. Instead, Trump became more popular; the “decency” of the Republican base and those sympathetic to them was exposed as a sham; there are few if any “decent” people in this iteration of the Republican Party.

Donald Trump mastered the meta game of the 24/7 cable news format and then continued to escalate his “unconventional” political behavior. The mainstream corporate news media and its so-called “experts” among the chattering classes were, with few exceptions, unprepared for this strategy. They stood on in awe, made impotent before Trumpmania.

Donald Trump would win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The members of the commentariat who are ensconced within the American corporate news media are humbled (for a moment) and must now engage in self-flagellation and faux public introspection in an effort to maintain legitimacy.

The New York Times and the mainstream corporate news media also failed because of a slavish devotion to the journalistic principle of “objectivity” in how they cover American politics. “Objectivity,” along with its related credos of “balance” and “fairness” are insufficient to correctly describe the political abomination and car wreck that is the Donald Trump phenomenon. Capital t “Truth” does have a bias. It is not neutral. It has never been.

The “objectivity” or “fairness” or “fair and balanced” that spawned Donald Trump’s ascendance in the Republican Party is the same type of ethics and thinking that in another time would have presented the struggle between white slavers and black human property, Nazis and the victims of their evil, and Bill Connor’s thugs and civil rights freedom fighters as “just a difference of opinion” in a field of comprehension where “both sides do it.” Such a framework for understanding empirical reality should be unconscionable. Unfortunately, in the American mainstream corporate news media and the 24/7 cable news cycle it is all too normal.

Bill Moyer’s warned about this in 2008 (my emphasis added):

Our media institutions, deeply embedded in the power structures of society, are not providing the information that we need to make our democracy work. To put it another way, corporate media consolidation is a corrosive social force. It robs people of their voice in public affairs and pollutes the political culture. And it turns the debates about profound issues into a shouting match of polarized views promulgated by partisan apologists who trivialize democracy while refusing to speak the truth about how our country is being plundered.

Our dominant media are ultimately accountable only to corporate boards whose mission is not life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the whole body of our republic, but the aggrandizement of corporate executives and shareholders.

These organizations’ self-styled mandate is not to hold public and private power accountable, but to aggregate their interlocking interests. Their reward is not to help fulfill the social compact embodied in the notion of “We, the people,” but to manufacture news and information as profitable consumer commodities.

Although he writes for The New York Times–one of the “journals of record” in the United States, and thus a mouthpiece for elite power–Charles Blow is one of the few political commentators who has consistently spoken “truth to power” about Donald Trump. Writing last week, Blow laid down the gauntlet and made the following plain spoken observation about the role of racism in Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party at large:

In their minds, whether explicitly or implicitly, America is white, Christian, straight and male-dominated. If you support Trump, you are on some level supporting his bigotry and racism. You don’t get to have a puppy and not pick up the poop.

And acceptance of racism is an act of racism. You are convicted by your complicity.

I am not accustomed to dancing around an issue; I prefer to call it what it is. I prefer to shine a bright light on it until it withers. Supporting Trump is indefensible and it makes you as much of a pariah as he is.

I would like to take Charles Blow’s observation one step farther and transform it into a call to action. Every Republican should be asked by their family members, peers, neighbors, and others if they support Donald Trump. Members of Congress and the Senate, as well as local officials should also be asked the same question by their constituents in person, by mail, over the phone, and through other means. If the answer is “yes” then the next question should be “why?” The closing question should then be, “Are you a racist?” If a person answers “no” then they should be asked, “Why are you still a Republican? How can a ‘decent’ person belong to a political party whose champion is a racist sexist bigot?”

These are not easy questions to ask. They may be met with hostility and defensiveness. Some people may actually be moved to support Donald Trump out of spite because such basic questions about personal character and morals are too much for them to bear. But in a moment of political crisis these questions are essential — even more so for members of a political party whose members so eagerly and hypocritically slur other people with Right-wing slogans about “personal responsibility.” It is long overdue that Republicans and movement conservatives held themselves to the same standard.

Dying Little Girl Wants A Lifetime Of Cards For Her Last Christmas (VIDEO)

The story of Addie Fausett will absolutely break your heart. The 6-year-old angel from Utah is dying from an undiagnosed illness that is causing her brain to atrophy.

Doctors dont know whats causing her affliction, but they do know she doesnt have long to live. Addies Grandfather thought it would be nice for her to receive a lifetime of Christmas cards, which will most likely be her last.

Addie stopped growing when she was three, and doesnt get to play with other children. The Christmas cards she gets are giving her a reason to smile and something to look forward to.

Adding to this familys heartbreak, Addie and her two sisters lost their father last weekend.

No family should have to endure such tragedy, especially during the holiday season.

My kids and I will be sending Addie hand-made Christmas cards this week to help her line the walls with joy. A little bit of construction paper and a few stamps are all it will take to bring a little bit more happiness to this beautiful little girl and her family.

Please share Addies story with as many people as you can. Maybe your own kids can ask classrooms full of their friends to join in.

You can send Addie cards here:

Addie Fausett

PO BOX 162

Fountain Green, UT


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East Antarctica is melting from above and below

This article originally appeared on Climate Central.

East Antarctica is remote even by Antarctic standards. Harsh winds and ocean currents have largely cut off the region from the rest of the world.

That’s left its massive stores of ice largely intact, especially compared to West Antarctica where a massive meltdown is underway that could raise seas by 10 or more feet in the coming centuries. But as carbon pollution warms the air and the ocean, there are signs that the region’s stability is under threat. Two new studies of different ice shelves — tongues of ice that essentially act as bathtub plugs — have seen major melting that could portend a less stable future for the region.

So first, about those ice shelves. They are indeed like bathtub plugs. Except instead of keeping water in a tub, they keep ice on the continent of Antarctica. That’s good because when it ends up melting into the ocean, it causes seas to rise. East Antarctica contains about two-thirds of all the ice in Antarctica so its stability is crucial for the world’s coastal areas.

But strange things have been happening recently. During a 2014 flyover of the Roi Baudouin ice shelf, scientists noticed a curious depression more than a mile wide in the undulating ice. When they finally investigated it in January this year, they found walls that were about 10 feet high and meltwater pouring into moulins — features that funnel surface meltwater into the heart of the ice.

The moulins were just one sign of melt happening on the surface. When scientists drilled a hole in the ice and lowered a camera, they found an otherworldly blue lake stretching more than half a mile across.

Research published in Nature Climate Change shows that the cause of these bizarre features are the powerful winds that blow down from Antarctica’s interior. Jan Lenaerts, a postdoctoral researcher at the Utrecht University in the Netherland who led the study, said that those winds helped heat the air and caused white ice to melt out, exposing a layer of dark ice beneath. That darker ice in turns absorbs more sunlight, further expediting the melt.

“Although we only found this on one ice shelf, we find the same mechanisms on many East Antarctic ice shelves,” Lenaerts said. “Given the strong response of surface meltwater production and extent of meltwater processes on the shelf to summer temperature, we can expect that in a warmer climate, these ice shelves might be vulnerable to instability that is driven by meltwater hydrofracturing.”

This on its own would be distressing news for the planet’s coastal communities. But there are also signs that warm water is undercutting at least one of East Antarctica’s other ice shelves. The Totten ice shelf is one of the most important ice shelves in the region. It backstops so much ice that if it were to melt, it would result in up to 12 feet of sea level rise.

Recent research has shown that its geology and interactions with the ocean mean that losing just 4.2 percent of its mass could kickstart the process to send more inland ice to the sea. And it has been melting faster than most other glaciers and ice shelves in East Antarctica.

“We knew from satellite data that the Totten has been thinning faster than other glaciers in East Antarctica, but we didn’t know why,” Steve Rintoul, the interim head of CSIRO’s Climate Science Center, said in a statement.

That’s why Rintoul and his colleagues set out to look more closely at the ice in January 2015 on the Aurora Australis, an Australian research boat. They were able to visit the calving front of the ice — where the shelf ends in the ocean — thanks to a fortuitous path that broke in the sea ice in January 2015. It’s the first time direct measurements have ever been taken by boat in the region.

Their findings from that trip, published on Friday in Science Advances, show that the bedrock underlying the ice shelf is a major driver in the melt process. They found two massive ocean channels up to 6 miles wide and a half mile deep are funneling warm water under the ice shelf and melting it out from underneath.

Taken individually, the studies are disconcerting enough. Put together, though, they paint a picture of a region that could become a much bigger player in sea level rise if carbon pollution isn’t curtailed soon.