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Framed as criticism of Donald Trump, support for the Palestinian cause is no longer taboo among US politicians
In the four years since the peninsulas annexation, Russian security services have become well practiced at prosecuting Crimean Tatars on terrorism charges. RU
I will prove by all possible and impossible means that hes guilty even if he isnt guilty. These were the first words Arsen Dzhepparovs family heard from the mouth of a Federal Security Service investigator in after his subordinates broke down a gate and entered the familys yard. The investigator in question was a senior FSB lieutenant named Alexander Kompaneytsev. A former Security Service of Ukraine operative, Kompaneytsev is known for having instigated the beating and arrest of Crimean human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku, and also for being an active recruiter of witnesses for Hizb ut-Tahrir cases in Crimea.
The FSB paid three visits to Arsen Dzhepparov in April 2016. The first came two weeks before his arrest, and took place at the boiler plant where he was working. Kompaneytsev told Dzhepparov in no certain terms that he must give incriminating evidence against four already-arrested individuals named in the Yalta Hizb ut-Tahrir case. When Arsen refused to comply, he was fired from his job at the FSBs request.
The second visit occurred exactly one week later. Dzhepparov was driving to a construction site where he was making some extra money. Another car cut in ahead of him right by a traffic police station. The police immediately stopped Dzhepparov; the offending vehicle, meanwhile, braked to a halt nearby and a group of now-familiar FSB officers, two of them in uniform and armed with automatic weapons, exited. The officers ordered Dzhepparov out of the car together with its other four occupants and proceeded to search it. One of the other guys tried to object, earning himself a blow to the chest with the butt of an automatic. In the meantime, the traffic police were busy deletin...
When iOS 12 is released later this year, it will come with a new feature that will allow iPhone users in the US who call 911 to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders. How does it work? Since 2015, Apple used Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO), a technology that estimates a mobile 911 callers location using cell towers and on-device data sources (GPS, WiFi Access Points). This data was made available to More
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The recently installed ambassador from Lebanon is actually a Lebanese-American who lived in the U.S. more than 40 years. Shortly before the October 2016 presidential election in Lebanon, Gabriel Issa of Detroit returned to Lebanon on a permanent basis and became a close advisor to Lebanons soon-to-be president, Michel Aoun. Aoun appointed Issa ambassador in July 2017 and Issa presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on January 24, 2018. As ambassador to the U.S., Issa succeeds Antoine Chedid, who served from July 2007 to January 2016.
Born March 15, 1957, in Lebanon, Gabriel Naoum Issa immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 at age 18. Settling down in the Detroit area, which has had a large Lebanese-American community since the 1870s, Issa earned a BS in Civil Engineering at the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1980.
Even before graduation, Issa had already founded two businesses, AAA Language Services and Iterotext Translation Services, in March 1978. Both are located in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield. Among Interotexts achievements has been translating General Motors car manuals into languages other than English.
Issa spent his career building those two businesses, along with several others, including AAA Properties, founded in August 1995; G&T Enterprises (February 1996); AAA International Group (May 1997); PreBuy (January 1999); and Joules International (January 2009).
Although he became a naturalized US citizen, Issa has been deeply involved in Lebanese politics for years. Lebanons politics revolve around the religious divisions in the country, whose population is 54% Muslim, 40.5% Christian, and 5.6% Druze, according to the CIA World Factbook. A Maronite Christian, Issa has long supported the Free Patriotic Movement, (FPM) which is one of two large Christian parties. Last October, the FPM elected its first president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, who forged an alliance between the FPM and the Shiia party Hezbollah. Issa is a long-time associate of Aoun, who, while in exile, sent Issa to Syria in 2005 to discuss Syria withdrawing troops from Lebanon, a goal Issa had been pursuing since 1990, and which was achieved, after a 29-year occupation, in 2005.
Issa has been active in the Lebanese-American community. He has served as president of the Lebanese American Council of Detroit, as president of the Lebanese American Political Action Committee in Detroit; and as co-founder (in 1990) and vice-president of the Lebanese American Council for Democracy in Washington, DC.
Issa speaks fluent Arabic and French. He is married to Bernadette (Gab...
The data breach suffered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is, by now, very old news, but some of the people involved and affected are still feeling the repercussions. Stone data used for identity theft The US Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced on Monday that a Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to using that stolen identification information to obtain fraudulent personal and vehicle loans through Langley Federal Credit Union (LFCU). More
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An estimated 93 tons of dead fish washed up on Sakhalin Island in Russia, north of Japan last week. "The death scale of the Pacific herring in Piltun Bay is enormous," a spokesman for the regional NGO Ecological Watch of Sakhalin said. "The death of...... Read more
More than 100 000 customers were left without power after a powerful storm caused major damage as it moved through New England on June 18, 2018. Many areas across Massachusetts reported damage, trees and power wires down, from the western part of the state to the...... Read more
Wenn hier jemand ffmpeg benutzt: Die haben gerade 4.0.1 released, und das Changelog besteht praktisch ausschlielich aus integer overflows und undefined behavior. Die scheinen da anscheinend gerade einen konzertierten Push nach vorne zu machen. Das Update sollte jeder ffmpeg-Benutzer mitnehmen.
Bug des Tages: Benutzt hier jemand HP iLO4? Der Exploit ist so geil, den kopiere ich mal in Gnze:
curl -H "Connection: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"Die machen sscanf in einen Puffer fester Lnge. Und hinter dem Puffer liegt das "der User hat sich erfolgreich angemeldet"-Flag.
Ja, ist auch remote code execution. Aber das wre ja mit Aufwand verbunden.
Man erfhrt ja so selten was ber die Fhigkeiten der Strafverfolgungsbehrden. Hier ist eine Ausnahme:
The Encrypted Container with the child pornography files was identified by FBI computer scientists beneath three layers of password protection on the Personal Computer. Each layer, including the Encrypted Container, was unlocked using passwords previously used by Schulte on one of his cellphones. Moreover, FBI agents identified Internet chat logs in which Schulte and others discussed their receipt and distribution of child pornography. FBI agents also identified a series of Google searches conducted by Schulte in which he searched the Internet for child pornography.
Die nchste Berufsgruppe, die von Computern berflssig gemacht wird: Parlamentarier.
This new collection of essays seeks to rebalance our understanding of dissent in the late Soviet Union, drawing attention to democratic socialists from the 1950s into the 1980s.
This is a response to Dissidents Among Dissidents by Ilya Budraitskis, a new collection of essays published in Russian in 2017 by Free Marxist Publishers. It was originally published on People and Nature.
The New Cold War is the subject of the most politically compelling of the essays in this book by the Russian socialist Ilya Budraitskis. He wrote it in the summer of 2014, as Russian troops streamed into eastern Ukraine to fight alongside the Russian-armed militia of the separatist peoples republics, and the Russian ultra-nationalists, mercenaries and volunteers who joined them.
At that time, the existence of a New Cold War was already being treated in public discourse as an obvious and indisputable fact, Budraitskis argues but the production of rhetoric has run way ahead of the reality.
To question the assumptions behind the rhetoric further, Budraitskis considers the character of the original Cold War, i.e. between the Soviet bloc and the western powers between the end of the Second World War and 1991, in the essay Intellectuals and the Cold War. As he writes, the Cold War was a set of principles of the world order, construed by ruling elites and then confirmed in intellectual discourse and in the everyday activity of masses of people.
The reality of continuous psychological mobilisation, and the nerve-straining expectation of global military conflict, as apprehended by society as a whole, became a means of existence, reproduced over the course of two generations, in which loyalty to beliefs was combined with fear and a feeling of helplessness before fate.
This proposition, that the Cold War was essentially a means of social control, in which masses of people were systematically deprive...
The Trump administrations zero tolerance policy that has separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their families in just over six weeks time isnt going down well. Donald Trump started off his morning on Twitter by unleashing lie after lie after lie about his own policy. Trump has previously blamed former president Barack Obama, Democrats, MS-13 while refusing to acknowledge that it is his policy. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy in April. Trump says we need to change the laws even though its not a law. Its a policy. Trumps policy.
Well, Melania Trumps immigration lawyer knows that this appalling policy belongs to the so-called president*.
During a focus group on Fox & Friends, Michael Wildes, who helped Melania Trump and her parents to get immigration status in the U.S., tore into the separation of migrant children from their parents at the southern border in a scathing monologue.
Children are separated because this president has decided that he is going to hold the letter of the law. He is going to put people first into the federal criminal system, Wildes said. When a parent is introduced to the federal criminal system, by certain consent decrees, children have to be placed in the Health and Human Services division and theyre quarantined until parents come out. If theyre given credible fear interview for asylum, if theyve reentered the United States after being deported, there are different kinds of dispositions.
When were dealing with this challenge, we should not be quarantining children from parents, Wildes continued. The inhumanity that we see is reminiscent of detention centers in Nazi Germany, of slave trade.
We can do better when we try to figure out this problem, he continued. Lets not forget this problem needs to be fixed because the greatest risk-takers and greatest entrepreneurs historically have been immigrants this country.
You can watch the entire segment below:
On Sunday, Melania Trump expressed disapproval of her husbands administrations policy and said that this country should govern with heart.
Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart, Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trumps communications director, said in a statement.
Each time that Donald Trump tries to shift the blame for his own appalling actions, someone needs to show him a mirror. Hes good at deflection, though. It would take a whole second for Trump to reverse this awful policy but, instead, hes holding children hostage in exchange for his ego-wall.
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Two things I pulled from the linked Reddit post:
Heres a link to a nice image of an Apple Maps van, with its can shaped Velodyne HDL-32E Lidar (on the four corners of the roof rack) and the 360 degree cameras.
Heres a link to Apples Apple Maps Vehicles page, which shows what parts of the country the vans are currently roaming.
[VIDEO] Have an iPad? This is a terrific walk through whats coming in iOS 12, a chance to wrap your head around the new gestures before you are plunked square in the middle of them with time pressures and work to do. Per usual, the video is embedded in the main Loop post.
Glenn Fleishman weighs in with some excellent advice on what to do if you inherit or buy a Mac, to make sure you dont end up with an unusable doorstop down the line. Worth a scan, just to get the gist of the issue, and a more detailed read if you are in that situation.
Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:
A report from supply chain sources, via Korean language publication The Bell, suggests that the largest of Apples 2018 iPhone lineup will be the most popular. Apple is set to announce an iPhone X Plus, or whatever Apple ends up branding it, with a 6.46-inch OLED screen, packing a ~6.5-inch screen into roughly the same size as the existing 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus.
The Bell report says Apple has ordered more screen panels for the X Plus than any other model. It forecasts 45 million 6.46-inch panels, about 25 million panels for the 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, and 30 million 6.04-inch LCD screens for the new lower-priced flagship.
Not hard to believe the rumors of an iPhone X Plus, also not hard to believe that Apple will go with that name, if they do ship that phone. And not hard to believe it will become the most popular phone.
A 6.5 inch iPhone X Plus would be be a huge upgrade to the iPhone 8 Plus, the form-factor it would be replacing. Better screen, more pixels, whats not to like? To me, the real question is one of price.
The iPhone X sold very well at its $999 price point last year, but the super cycle of upgraders did not materialise in the way some investors expected.
The iPhone 8 starts at $699 and the iPhone 8 Plus at $799. Which leads to an iPhone X Plus entry price of $1099. Is that too high, too soon? We shall see.
Actor and civil rights activist George Takei of Star Trek fame is now weighing in on Donald Trumps cruel and inhumane family separation policy. If anyone should be listened to on this subject, it is Mr. Takei. You see, when he was just five years old, George Takei and his family were removed from their quiet California home and taken to the now-infamous Japanese internment camps during President Roosevelts administration right after World War II. Now, Takei is looking at what is happening now, and is seeing history repeat itself under the Trump Administration in the most alarming way possible. Takei says of the new policy in a Foreign Policy op-ed, that Trumps policy is actually worse:
In one core, horrifying way this is worse. At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers arms. We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.
Now, we all know that the internment of Japanese Americans during that horrible period is seen as one of the most shameful periods in American history. Now, we are repeating it only this time the United States government has taken cruelty and racial discrimination to a whole other level.
People keep trying to say that we should not compare the white nationalist policies of Donald Trump, aided and abetted by cruel white supremacists such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Immigration Policy Adviser Stephen Miller, to the worst atrocities in human history. However, the truth is this: When history of the time we are now living in is written, this policy will go right in with those atrocities and rightfully so.
This policy is nothing more than modern day internment and concentration camps of the cruelest kind. The United States government is literally ripping migrant children from their mothers arms and incarcerating them in concentration camps in literal cages and so-called tent cities.
We should be listening to George Takei and others who have survived such horrors, before the United States of America is unable to turn itself around and orchestrates yet another historic humanitarian atrocity. I only fear that it is already too late.
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Apple currently allows free trials in two forms: if you sell subscriptions, you can give customers a free month to try the app; and, you can give your app away free, and offer a free In-App Purchase (IAP) to unlock all features for a fixed period of time.
Think for a moment about how a formal free trial system would work. What would you see in the App Store? Probably something along the lines of a button with the text $50 with Free Trial. Now take your average iOS customer, who has never heard of free trials as they exist outside the App Stores. I suspect many will already be confused by this.
Drew goes on to explain that confusion, with specific questions like:
Not sure that confusion cant be addressed by better wording. And if Apple did go down that road, I think they would try to make sure all those questions were answered before the user was put in that decision position.
I also think, and this is a nitpick on the posts title, its impossible for anyone outside Apple to truly know Apples logic on this without either a clear statement from Apple or being inside the room.
To be clear, I do like this post. The two points above are my instant reaction, dont want them to be left unsaid. Dont let those points derail you, though. Drews post is worth reading.
So why are the existing options any better? Lets take the free IAP system. Firstly, there is no fear about downloading an appit is free to download. There is a nice big Get button to indicate that. Second, once you have the app, you are told there is a free trial, and you are given a clear choice to opt-in. Because it is an IAP, and not a subscription, you know there can be no charge at the end of the trial. There is a second IAP to purchase the app; it is equally clear that you dont pay until you activate that IAP, and that you can do that any time. Everything is driven by the customer, and all opt-in. No uncertainty.
To me, thats the core. Apples chose a clear, straightforward solution. Not one that will satisfy everyone, but one that wont confuse users.
This is an interesting take on the free trial issue, and a good balance to Daniel Jalkuts excellent Ersatz Free Trials post from a few weeks ago.
Were run by the Pentagon, were run by Madison Avenue, were run by television, and as long as we accept those things and dont revolt well have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche. As long as we go out and buy stuff, were at their mercy We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other peoples Villages, but we are all prisoners. Patrick McGoohan
First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisonera dystopian television series described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafkaconfronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.
Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.
While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers.
The series protagonist, played by Patrick McGoohan, is Number Six.
Number Two, the Village administrator, acts as an agent for the unseen and all-powerful Number One, whose identity is not revealed until the final episode.
I am not a number. I am a free man, was the mantra chanted on each episode of The Prisoner, which was largely written and directed by McGoohan.
In the opening episode (The Arrival), Number Six meets Number Two, who explains to him that he is in The Village because information stored inside his head has made him too valuable to be allowed to roam free outside.
Throughout the series, Number Six is subjected to interrogation tactics, torture, hallucinogenic drugs, identity theft, mind contro...
The next recession is really frightening because we dont have any stabilizers, Jones said. Well have monetary policy, which will exhaust really quickly, but we dont have any fiscal stabilizers.
By Russell Bruce
Scottish Government win case against fracking
The rejection of the petitioners case is a win for the Scottish Government and the careful handling of the issue by Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse. It is a win for the environment, a win for a new direction in energy production, breaking from a past reliance of fossil fuels and it is a win for campaigners.
The Court of Session has today rejected a petition by Ineos Upstream Ltd and Reach Coal Seam Ltd that sought to challenge the Scottish Governments actions in relation to unconventional oil and gas which includes fracking and coalbed methane extraction.
Welcoming the Courts decision, the Minister for Business, Energy and Innovation Paul Wheelhouse said:
I welcome the Court of Sessions ruling on thisPaul Wheelhouse
important issue, which has been a cause of acute concern in communities across Scotland.
This decision vindicates the extensive process of research and consultation which the Scottish Government has undertaken since 2015.
As I set out in October, our preferred position is not to support Unconventional Oil and Gas extraction in Scotland, and that position remains unchanged.
I have repeatedly set out to parliament that we would undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) ahead of finalising that position and that approach has been endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the Scottish Parliament.
The work to complete the SEA and a Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment is currently underway and the findings will be carefully considered.
In the meantime, a moratorium is in place which means no local authority can grant planning permission and Ministers would defer any decision on any planning application that did come forward until the policymaking process is completed. The practical effect of the current moratorium and the policymaking process which is underway to finalise our position is that no fracking can take place in Scotland at this time.
Scotland is an energy rich country and can make choices that favour the environment. Those choices must continue to be Scotlands to make. Mays po...
Your Patience Will Be Handsomely Rewarded by the Next Gold & Silver Surge by Jeff Clark GoldSilver As gold dealers, one of the more common questions we get is, When will gold and silver prices take off again, like...
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Last week House Intel Chairman, Devin Nunes (R-CA) dropped a bombshell on Fox News Ingraham Angle after the IG report was released.
Nunes told Laura Ingraham that whistleblowers inside of the FBI tipped off House Intel Committee members about Anthony Weiners laptop in September of 2016.
Rep. Nunes has known about the lawbreaking and corruption at the DOJ thanks to a few(?) honest agents in the department.
Chuck Ross from The Daily Caller wrote a piece on the mysterious Mueller lawyer who sent the anti-Trump tweets after his election.
This weekend Intel Chief Devin Nunes (R-CA) sent out tweets questioning the identity of the anti-Trump hack on the Mueller team.
Perhaps mysterious lawyer is from France?
Perhaps mysterious lawyer is from France??? https://t.co/pwClwR7Piz
Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 15, 2018
On Monday Devin Nunes continued to prod his followers on the French speaking Trump-basher.
Can anyone tell me who the DOJ lawyer is that speaks French via text in the IG report? This will save a lot of time in the hearings this week so my colleagues wont have to ask this question
Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 18, 2018
Grab the popcorn.
Grab the https://t.co/TUdma2zLuE
Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 19, 2018
Television is a sewer. Heres the latest example: A recent episode of the dramedy cable TV series, TNTs Claws, was about abortion. As reported by Karen Townsend for LifeNews.com, in the episode that aired on June 17 titled Cracker Casserole, Continue reading
Imperial Russia as an Orthodox country and the country with the largest Slavic population gradually inspired the spiritual-political leader of the Serbian nation during the Habsburg and Ottoman lordships, to believe that only the Romanovs could be real liberators and protectors of the Serbs and the rest of the South-Slavs, especially the Orthodox ones.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sundays elections risks seeing his vote critically eroded by an unlikely foe a religiously conservative party with roots in the same Islamic political ideology as his own.
Temel Karamollaoglu, the mild-mannered but strong-willed leader of the Saadet (Felicity) Party, is among the opposition candidates standing against Erdogan and hoping to push him to at least a second round.
And with parliamentary polls being held on the same day, Saadet has joined an alliance of opposition parties that wants to rob the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of its majority.
For Erdogan to win the presidential poll, he needs at least 50 percent to guarantee outright victory in the first round.
While Saadet and Karamollaoglu are at best expected to improve on their last result by a couple of percentage points, this alone could be enough to tip the balance in what many pundits predict to be a very tight election.
Saadet emerged from the same political movement as Erdogans late mentor Necmettin Erbakan who for the first time brought political Islam at the centre of politics in the officially secular country.
The 77-year-old Karamollaoglu, leader of Saadet since 2016, told AFP his party fell out with Erdogans AKP after it moved away from key principles.
Mr Erdogan declared those principles in the 2002 elections: justice, democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of thought. But he appears to have put them on the shelf now, he said.
Saadet also backed the No side in the April 2017 referendum to oppose a package of constitutional amendments granting Erdogan sweeping executive powers.
There might be a presidents office but there also must be a strong parliament. And the justice system must be far from their influence, he said.
Anthony Skinner, MENA director at risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, told AFP that Saadet and Karamollaoglu were playing an important role in the elections in frustrating Erdogan.
Karamollaoglus candidacy in the presidential race is significant in that he could draw votes away from Erdogan who needs as many ballots as he can get to avoid a potentially tough second round vote, he said.
Saadet represents a movement started by Erbakan that startled the secular establishment in Turkey but inspired AKPs co-founders like Erdogan and form...
Steyn on Hillarys flip-flop on illegal immigration Video Fox News illary Clinton calls Trumps claim that the separation of illegal immigration children from families a Democratic policy and blasts Attorney General Sessions for justifying immigration policy with the Bible....
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How do you guys have time to manage money, between tweeting and writing and tv and radio? This question comes along surprisingly often. (I would argue it is precisely backwards). It fundamentally misunderstands the composition of an RIA portfolio and what a financial planning firms should be focused on. It imagines a daily grind where
Cultural Survival Advocates for Indigenous Women in Mexico
In June, Cultural Survival submitted its report on the state of Indigenous womens rights in Mexico to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination...
Record-breaking monsoon rains affecting Myanmar's Mon State since June 16, 2018, triggered landslides and worst floods parts of the state have seen in more than 40 years. At least 16 people have been killed or are missing across the country since 2018 Southwest...... Read more
German conglomerate Bayer on Thursday closed its $63 billion merger with Monsanto after getting the required nod from U.S. and EU regulators. The closing sets the stage for the ... brand name "Monsanto" to be dropped by Bayer. Monsanto's agricultural biotechnology research and development operations that are going to Bayer are the largest in the world. "The entire business is essentially going over to Bayer intact," said ... analyst Seth Goldstein. "Taking away the Monsanto name is more of a branding. It should allow for easier PR for Bayer." The annual Harris Poll of corporate reputation ratings among America's "100 most visible companies" has regularly shown Monsanto rank toward the lower end of the list. Monsanto ranked 97 on the list of 100 companies in 2017 and survey results this year put it at 95. Monsanto has spent upwards of $100 million in some years on advertising costs. Some of the corporate efforts have been in direct response to social media attacks ... against genetically modified organisms. Monsanto also has faced protests over the American company's Roundup herbicide product containing glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic" back in 2015. "It's not a surprise Bayer is dropping the Monsanto name since the brand has so many issues and there was international rejection of GMOs," said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety.
Note: Monsanto has become the target of a negative publicity campaign for very good reasons because of it's huge support of GMOs and RoundUp. Now, Bayer is hoping to erase this negative image, yet they are far from a responsible company. See this post documenting how Bayer collaborated with the Nazis to kill Jews and much more. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in the corporate world and in the food system.
A national sex abuse inquiry will investigate claims in a police report that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which was set up after reports surfaced of sex abuse cases in public institutions including the BBC and NHS, will review the outcome of Operation Conifer, the Wiltshire police probe into sex abuse allegations against Heath. Operation Conifer [is] led by Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale. More than 30 people have come forward and accused the former prime minister, who died in 2005 at the age of 89, of sex abuse. Heath ... served as British Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974. One of the accusations is that Heath raped a 12-year-old boy in 1961. He has also been accused of abusing a prison officer in North Yorkshire. Veale is allegedly "120%" convinced that the allegations are true, according to a source close to the investigation. "There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The ... same type of incidents keep coming up. What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail," the source [said]. Veale faced pressure to call off the investigation after the Metropolitan Police was forced to close its inquiry into the so-called Westminster VIP paedophile ring. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen urged Veale to continue with his probe and said there were "powerful voices who would like to silence Operation Conifer."
Note: Read an article from the UK's Independent on Oct. 5, 2017 relating that seven sex abuse allegations the former prime minister would have faced if he were still alive. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.
Last year, the city of Flint, Michigan, burst into the world spotlight after its children were exposed to lead in drinking water. 5 percent of the children screened there had high blood lead levels. Flint is no aberration. In fact, it doesn't even rank among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America. In all, Reuters found nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city's contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher. The poisoned places ... stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning. In some pockets of Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, where lead poisoning has spanned generations, the rate of elevated tests over the last decade was 40-50 percent. Like Flint, many of these localities are plagued by legacy lead: crumbling paint, plumbing, or industrial waste left behind. Unlike Flint, many have received little attention or funding to combat poisoning. Even in some of the highest risk areas around the country, many small children go untested. In South Bend, Indiana, where health officials face a cash crunch, lead testing is in sharp decline even as existing data points to a serious problem. In one tract there, 31 percent of small children tested from 2005 to 2015 had high levels - more than six times Flint's rate last year.
Note: Read more about the widespread lead contamination in low-income neighborhoods throughout the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on government corruption and health.
19/06/2018 - Through this letter I express my unequivocal condemnation of Amnesty International with regards to the destabilizing role it has played in Nicaragua, my country of birth. I open this letter quoting Donatella ...
Im suddenly seeing a lot of contempt for the
humanities, goaded on by people like Jordan Peterson, who has said
the humanities are not only dead but foully rotten. I
disagree, of course, and would like to point out that history is
one of the humanities (not to disparage the other branches, though
Id be happy to write a defense of all of them). That weve
forgotten, or choose to forget, much of our history is a problem.
Case in point:
Jeff Sessions denial that the policies he supports resembles those
of Nozi Germany.
Well, its a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country, Sessions said. We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it. We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it, but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit, and what they think is their families benefit, is not a basis for a claim of asylum.
Whoa. Sessions is acknowledging implicitly the similarity between Nazi Germany and 21st century USA, and is straining to find some little difference between us, and thats the one he wants to claim? Perhaps he needs to be reminded of Nazi policy.
Toward the end of the 1930s, and especially from the latter half of 1938, massive Jewish emigration from Germany and Austria became an explicit objective of Nazi policy.
He might also want to learn something about Nazi propaganda. Der Ewige Jude portrayed Jews as parasites, in Germany to prey upon and profit from good German human beings; further, it blamed them for organized crime, generally violent tendencies, and rape. How has Trump characterized immigrants? No differently.
The Nazis did not suddenly burst upon Europe with concentration camps and mass executions. They started with a little seed of anti-semitism and nurtured it until it flowered into the Holocaust. Its the same here; this is how its done, with a gradual ramping up of the offenses against humanity until we get to full blown atrocities. Catch it early. Nip it in the bud. Of course, you can only do that if youve studied the humanities.
While the Republicans are hurtling headlong into evil, I cant excuse the Democrats, either.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who spearheaded legislation to ban the separation of families at the border, also linked the detention policies to World War II Germany.
This is the United States of America; its not Nazi Germany, Feinstein told MSNBCs Chris Hayes on Monday. We dont take children from their parents. Until now.
A hail storm is causing damage across northern Colorado, near Boulder and Louisville. According to the national weather service (NWS), residents could see hail ranging from quarter to tennis ball size. The NWS said they are getting reports of smashed windshields and dents in cars in the area of Coal Creek and Lousiville. This storm comes a week after a damaging hail storm that hit southern Colorado Springs.
This video from Perth Zoo in Australia says about itself:
Farewell to the Oldest Sumatran Orangutan in the World!
18 June 2018
Puan was one of a kind, an individual to the end. She was a grand old lady who demanded respect and earned respect.
As the founder of our world-renowned breeding program her legacy is phenomenal with descendants living all over the world.
Rest in peace Puan, may you climb happily in the jungles of the sky.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Her offspring have been placed in other zoos all over the world, some of them have been placed back in the wild.
Puan received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records in 2016 because of her old age. Adult animals of the endangered species are rarely older than 50 years in the wild.
Perth Zoo has an extensive breeding program with the aim to place as many young animals as possible back in their original habitat.
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Open Source is not just for IT industry. Linux and Open Source technologies are impacting Medical and Healthcare industries as well.
One of the characteristics of the most successful deployments of OpenShift are the CI/CD pipelines that enable application integrations. This week we dove into a question from a listener Can you talk more about best practices for integrating CI/CD systems into Kubernetes?
Brian and Tyler talk about the latest news from the Kubernetes community, the difference between CI and CD, and various considerations for integrating CI/CD environments with Kubernetes.
Docker Inc. owns one of the most prominent names in the cloud container ecosystem. But a recent report from Cowen and Company named a handful of established cloud players as potential acquirers of Docker Inc. Those included Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware, with the first two deemed most likely to take the plunge.
... this administration ... is not populated by conservatives. It is populated by anti-liberal trolls. Theres a difference.Brooks says we can identify the fake conservatives by their use of language:
People like Stephen Miller are not steeped in conservative thinking and do not operate with a conservative disposition. They were formed by their rebellion against the stifling conformity they found at liberal universities. Their primary orientation is not to conservative governance but to owning the libs. In power they take the worst excesses of statism and flip them for anti-liberal ends.
Heres how you can detect the anti-liberal trolls in the immigration debate: Watch how they use the word amnesty. Immigration is a complex issue. Any serious reform has to grapple with tangled realities, and any real conservative has an appreciation for that complexity. But if you try to account for that complexity before an anti-immigration troll, he or she will shout one word: Amnesty!The implication is that conservatives have always favored some sort of immigration reform, and people who denounce any reform effort as "amnesty" are fake conservatives, a new breed who've come to dominate conservatism only in the Trump era.
Maybe we should find some arrangement for the Dreamers? Amnesty! The so-called moderate House immigration bill? Amnesty! Keeping families together? Amnesty!
This is what George Orwell noticed about the authoritarian brutalists: They dont use words to illuminate the complexity of reality; they use words to eradicate the complexity of reality.
Pence, a rising star in the House, is suggesting a temporary worker program based on a database run by private industry. And unlike the leading plan in the Senate and the blueprint sketched by Bush, his "Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act" would require all applicants to leave the country first.... Even though Bush has said his preferred solution "ain't amnesty," Pence appeals to ha...
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Hollywood jumps on the cryptocurrency bandwagon with new movie thriller involving money laundering and digital currencies by Ken Schortgen, Jr, The Daily Economist TDC Note When all else fails roll out propaganda from Hollywood. Paint a picture, literally, that...
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The Moai King William IV Party is gearing up for the
party political conference season.
Join us and see for yourself that only the Moai, led by surrogate King William IV, John Wanoa, can provide the real and positive change that our country is crying out for.
This is the first of many party political protests on behalf of the Moai King William IV party which will be released over the coming months.
Give the Poor More
Police Prime Minister Theresa May has been at
the centre of a harassment and
stalking scandal against her arch rival, the
Shadow Police Prime Minister Matt Taylor.
Splashing 26,000 of taxpayers money on a team of Weightmans Solicitors to protect her reputation and position, Theresa May complained to Sussex Police of a relentless harassment and stalking campaign against her, by anti-corruption campaigner Matt Taylor.
Calling it a 5 year relentless campaign of harassment stalking and malicious allegations, May claims to be a victim of repeated online attacks, hundreds of Tweets and numerous websites, social media pages and Youtube videos published to undermine her reputation and position of office.
READ MORE: https://fakenewsatitsbest.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/theresa-may-in-new-harassment-scandal/
Accused of downloading child porn, controversial writer
Matt Taylor has escaped a Crown Court trial after its collapse this
The Moai King William IV Party is gearing up for the
party political conference season.
Join us and see for yourself that only the Moai, led by sorrogate King William IV, John Wanoa, can provide the real and positive change that our country is crying out for.
This is the first of many party political protests on behalf of the Moai King William IV party which will be released over the coming months.
Just 3 a month can save a child's life.
Dear Mr Cornwell;2017 has been the year of Bernard Cornwell and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all your Last Kingdom series, watching the Sharpe series on DVD, and I'm presently reading Excalibur.My question is - Are you aware of the historical research of both Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett? Their research based on the Welsh historical records reveal King Arthur II was a real historical figure, son of King Meurig, son of King Tewdrig. I believe you made the same mistake as Geoffrey of Monmouth by grouping the two King Arthur's into one.Would you please take only 10 minutes to check out a blog I've written on the subject.Many thanks, and I look forward to reading as many of your books in 2018 as I've read in 2017.Yours sincerely,Matt Taylor
It was a long journey, the IETF has been analyzing proposals for TLS 1.3 since April 2014, the final release is the result of the work on 28 drafts.
The TLS protocol was designed to allow client/server applications to communicate over the Internet in a secure way preventing message forgery, eavesdropping, and tampering.
Some experts argue the best way to make the Internet more secure is to ban application fallback to both TLS 1.0 and 1.1 standards.
The PCI Councils deprecation deadline of June 30, 2018, is upon us and the Internet-Draft urges the deprecation of insecure protocols.
The support for TLSv1.0 has been removed or will be by July 2018 from several standards, products, and services, including 3GPP 5G, CloudFare, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, o GitHub.
The Draft also highlights that supporting older versions also requires additional effort for library and product maintenance.
This document [if approved] formally deprecates Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 [RFC2246] and 1.1 [RFC4346] and moves these documents to the historic state. These versions lack support for current and recommended cipher suites, and various government and industry profiiles of applications using TLS now mandate avoiding these old TLS versions. reads the Draft.
CNN released a video on the 17th of June (2018) in which they "investigated" Palestinian tunnels in Gaza. Ian Lee, spoke to members of the Palestinian resistance organization known as 'Islamic Jihad. This CNN report is a prime example of why most people have no understanding of the situation in Gaza. Here is a takedown of CNN's Israeli 'Hasbara' (Propaganda). Watch:
Its widely accepted that the South China Sea is a geopolitical flashpoint that could inadvertently trigger a regional, even international conflict.
But how did it get to this point?
Broadly speaking the South China Sea dispute boils down to the question of how borders should be delineated in the absence of bilateral agreement between two countries. This discussion is given further impetus by the importance of the region. The South China Sea is as economically lucrative as it is geographically significant. There are hundreds of billions in mineral and energy wealth locked away under its waters, and the South China Sea is both a key global trade conduit and a gateway into Chinas backyard. Given the economic and geopolitical stakes, its not surprising that the region has become a volatile frontier of global competition.
This series will examine the claimants in the South China Sea dispute: China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Now we move on to Malaysia, a country that has so far been able to advance its own claim while remaining in the good graces of the Chinese government. This dynamic may be about to change however with the defeat of former prime minister Najib Razak, a close friend of Beijing who may soon become the target of a wide-ranging anti-corruption investigation.
The Atlantic Council describes itself as:
an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
The Atlantic Council seeks to create this secure and prosperous world for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.
Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Councils mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.
It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Councils influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council experts are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.
A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council experts Aaron Stein along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. OBrien serves as an example of how ineffective the Atlantic Council and its sponsors have become in communicating narratives to the public.
So if you see the wives of former presidents speak out about the child separation policies, ask yourself where they get the moral authority to speak out on such issues, after their husbands have bombed the crap out of many countries, killing many many children in the process. And dont lets get started about Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.
Matthews Message, June 18,
June 18, 2018
Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow
June 18, 2018
With loving greetings from all souls at this station, this is Matthew. Most of your questions and comments pertain to two situations of concern and distress, and we begin with the immigrants in the United States. This is what one of them wrote: I really worry about the immigrants. We see every day how the USA president mistreats us with his aggressive rhetoric and he also has made many legal changes against us. The question is, in the future will there be a favorable change for us?
It is sad to see members of our universal family treating others heartlessly even when such may be in soul contracts, and that is not the case with most of these immigrants. So it is with joy that we can tell you that due to public outcry about separating children from parents at the Mexican border, that immigration deterrent policy will stop imminently, perhaps even prior to distribution of this message. We wish we could give equally good news about deportation and asylum request denials, but there is no indication in the energy field of potential that those situations will change soon; however, with vibrations on the rise, they, too, will come to a halt. A positive aspect is, all affected immigrants who did not choose to experience any of those emotional and physical hardships took a leap in evolutionary status, but only after they transition to spirit life will this be known to them.
An eventual outcome will benefit a multitude during Earth lifetime. The United States, established by immigrants and built into a powerful nation by the daughters and sons of immigrants and slaves, is the developed nation most severely afflicted by racism and ethnic bigotry. Leadership bereft of empathy and compassion is bringing to light these deep-seated wounds so this country and its residents can heal.
Children in very different circumstances is the other matter of most concern. I am a counselor who...
Trump? Have I Lost It?
June 19, 2018
Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow
Ive been called upon several times lately to defend the blogs support for President Trumps stated intention to drain the swamp.
Im called an idiot because Donald Trump is immature, egotistical, competitive, male-chauvinistic and I dont see it.
I agree. And I see it.
The only thing that makes him better than the cabal is (1) hes the elected President and (2) hes agreed to drain the swamp.
Hes actually taken concrete steps steps that would have and did cost John Kennedy his life.
Bill Clinton was said to have responded to Steven Greers request that he go public on UFOs: Im not going to end up like Kennedy.
President Trump has stepped into the line of fire by signing into law an executive order sequestering the assets of anyone indicted for serious human-rights abuses. AND anyone who assists them. (1)
That is concrete action. And that would have gotten him killed in the days when the Secret Service were corrupted. Such as the one who delivered the coup de grace to Kennedy. (2)
Give me a break. I dont follow the political domain any more than I have to. Its in chaos and its a collapsing structure. My job begins after it collapses. We come in to clean up and build a new world in the cleaned-up space.
I swallow my distaste for the mans behavior on so many scores precisely because (1) hes the sitting President and (2) hes taking action to drain the swamp.
By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | June 19, 2018 The argument that China is being marginalized by Washington while it works bilaterally with Pyongyang on the profound security issues on the Korean Peninsula has been completely discredited with the surprising news that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back in China on a 
By Dr. Mercola May 29, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved (with conditions) the merger of Monsanto and Bayer. The decision came on the heels of the European Unions (EU) approval in March. Bayers takeover of Monsanto the largest all-cash buyout on record means just three companies now dominate the global seed and 
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My Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr started with an incredible and unbelievable tweet by the Canadian parliamentarian and the MP for Mississauga Centre, Omar Alghabra, which went viral:
Eid Mubarak, friends! I wish I could celebrate it with you but @AndrewScheer couldnt set aside partisanship for 1 day and is forcing votes for 30 hrs straight on one of the holiest days for Muslims!
In response, MP Erin OToole wrote, It is clear you recognize your tweet was misleading Omar. Considering the context you really should apologize to which Mr. Alghabra responded by tweeting You dont believe Islamophobia exists! You disrespect the importance of Eid!
Seriously? Mr. Alghabra is citing Islamophobia? The vote was called for by the Liberals, the party that Mr. Alghabra belongs to. But he decided to make Eid a political issue and embarrass Canadians. He certainly embarrassed me by making such an ignorant remark.
Mr. Alghabra has a clear choice: Whether to identify as Islamist or Canadian. His constituents are not just Muslim they are Canadians of every faith.
Eid is a celebration of the feast after the fast of Ramadan for Muslims. Eid is a time where one is meant to think about others, and what better way to do this than to spend time resolving Canadian issues in parliament?
Therefore, this Eid was very meaningful for me. I was in Ottawa where I attended an event hosted by the Hungarian ambassador about persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority areas of the Middle East. Following this, I attended an event about the continued genocide of the Yazidis in Iraq and Syria.
It was heart rending to meet some of the victims of ISIS brutality. At this event, it was mentioned more than once that the Canadian government is dragging its feet about bringing Yazidi families into Canada, especially those that already have some family members here.
Canada has agreed to bring 40,000 Syrian refugees, which is a good thing. However, Syrians are victims of a civil war and w...
Thank you crackpot Richard
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should definitely campaign with this guy.
This is a perfection encapsulation of the DC elites after 500 days of President Trump.
A billion dollars in marketing could not achieve this kind of perfection.
For the record Thats his real voice.
A joint committee from House Oversight and House Judiciary are conducting a hearing today at 10:00am EDT with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Unlike the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday the House team has representatives far more knowledgeable of the Continue reading
What Pisses Me Off About The Migrant Children Scandal Video Stefan Molyneux The modern lefts new outrage is the temporary separation of illegal aliens from their migrant children after they attempt to illegally enter the United States of America....
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Thailand's royal family has formally turned over its multi-billion dollar fortune to King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who assumed the throne after the death of his father in 2016. An undated announcement seen on Saturday on the website of the Crown Property Bureau (CPB), the financial arm of the monarchy, said that full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets were handed over to King Vajiralongkorn under a law passed last year. "All 'Crown Property Assets' are to be transferred and revert to the ownership of His Majesty, so that they may be administered and managed at His Majesty's discretion," said the note which featured prominently on the front page of the CPB's website.
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The Democrat Party and their allies in the media have been attempting to blame President Trump and his administration for the poor living conditions of children who've been smuggled or who've illegally entered our country. Even the liberal Politifact "fact-checker" defended President Trump when he went on the offense against Democrats after liberals attacked the Trump administration's policy on child migrants. Trump said the Democrats were sharing a photo of detained children from 2014 during President Barack Obama's presidency. "Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages," Trump tweeted May 29. "They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country... Bipartisan Bill!"
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up Apple Inc's bid to escape a lawsuit accusing it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to pay more than they should.
The justices said they would hear Apple's appeal of a lower court's ruling that revived the proposed class-action lawsuit by iPhone buyers over commissions that the Cupertino, California-based technology company receives through its App Store.
The case could expand the threat of antitrust damages against companies in the rapidly growing field of electronic commerce, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars annually in U.S. retail sales.
President Donald Trump's administration backed Apple and urged the justices to take the case.
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My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: Cryptocurrencies: looking beyond the hype (BIS) see also The bigger cryptocurrencies get, the worse they perform (Reuters) The Stock-Market Price Can Be Wrong. Very Wrong. (MoneyBeat) One in ten dollars of US housing were anonymous (FT Alphaville) see also Larry Silverstein Flees the Old Fogeys of Midtown (New York Times) Sociopathic CEOs new comeback plan (news.com.au)
Body camera footage has been released that shows tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement Republican state Rep. Monica Youngblood, 41, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, crying and pleading with an officer at a DWI checkpoint during her arrest-which subsequently resulted in a review by the state attorney general of the politician using her position in an attempt to get out of arrest. State Attorney General Balderas launched the probe after the state Democratic Party accused Youngblood of using her political position to get out of her arrest. "Rep. Youngblood was elected to use her position to help her constituents, not put them in harms way and then attempt to get out of an arrest by citing her legislative actions," Democrat Marg Elliston, who referred Youngblood for investigation, said in a statement.
Syriana Analysis latest geopolitical report in regards to Syria, particularly the latest military and political developments in Deir Ezzor (Al Bukamal), Daraa and Manbij.
Today early in the morning the frustrate PDL 8 Angore
landowners halt up the project by cutting down the trees
along the road links the concern well pad. They also close the main
road limks PNG LNG Condensation Plant, Komo Airfield, Nogoli Plant
site and Angore well pad to Tari, the Provincial Head Quarter.
Local innocent people living in those areas were badly
Some of the machines in the PNG LNG Project sites were burnt down early this morning.
Currently no vehicles pussing up and down along the road. if the situation go worse and the government respond negatively, the company and the local landowners will be badly affected and PNG LNG Project likely to close down.
Latin America has extensive experience of politicized justice and judicialized politics. Today, as governments and parliaments face a deep credibility crisis, the judiciary has become a leading political actor. Espaol
Last April, former Brazilian President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva gave himself up to the police to start serving a 12-year prison sentence for passive corruption and money laundering. His was the latest in a series of detentions and prosecutions of political and economic Latin American leaders.
The trend began four years ago with the outbreak of the Brazilian Odebrecht bribery scandal. However, while taking action against corruption is indeed a necessity of an urgent nature, the increasingly politicized approach of the judicial procedures to this end is placing the entire region upon a slippery slope.
Today, as governments and legislative bodies in Latin America face a deep credibility crisis, the judiciary has become a leading political actor in several countries in the region.
In Brazil, for example, leading figures involved in the Lava Jato operation (an ongoing investigation into large-scale corruption within the State oil company Petrobras) such as Deltan Dallagnol - attorney of the Federal Public Ministry of Brazil and lead prosecutor of this case - and Sergio Moro - the judge in charge of the investigation - have become true political actors. Their influence far exceeds their role as lawyers, magistrates or first instance court judges.
But the real problem is that civil servants like Moro have transformed judicial action against corruption into a moral and political crusade, for the sake of which they are ready and willing to bend the rules of the law.
The Brazilian Supreme Court judges argue that in order to imprison Lula before the 2018 presidential campaign, Moro bypassed the rules of criminal proceed...
The acceptance of responsibility, the preservation of integral principles and moral integrity, are attributes we all search out in other people and ourselves. Its a trait that is undeniably beneficial to not only our conscious but in practical matters involving trust and friendship. On the world stage, this is no different. So its time we said it: Yes, a reckless American foreign policy is partially responsible for the crisis unfolding in Yemen. And yes, because of that, weve got to help solve it.
If youre not completely familiar with the civil war currently ravaging the small, poor nation on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, dont worry, youre not alone. The staggeringly low amount of attention the conflict has gotten in Western media reflects the sad status of normality that humanitarian crises have taken up, at least when they occur in the Middle East.
In 2012, Yemen overthrew its longtime leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was replaced by Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The transition however failed to unite the fractured country, and Houthi rebel groups eventually forced him to resign in 2015, leading the rebels to establish their own government. Hadi escaped capture and fled to Saudi Arabia, where he enjoys the backing of officials in Riyadh. The war between the two groups is complicated, and it becomes even more confusing with the realization that countless separatist organizations, such as The Southern Transitional Council, are also fighting for control of the nation.
The result so far? Eight million people are at risk for starvation, almost a third of the entire country.
Yemen was already facing problems before the drums of war could be heard in the distance. Severe ecological issues have plagued the country for decades, manifesting in an extreme lack of water and constant droughts, an increase in cyclones, and most recently a worryingly large cholera outbreak that has already claimed the lives of thousands. Currently, its the worst recorded outbreak in human history, with an estimated 800,000 suspected cases.
Owing to its proximity to a large share of the worlds oil supplies, the conflict has attracted a large amount of attention from regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia, and as usual, it hasnt gone over too well for the local population. In response to an intervention from Iran in support of the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia along with the UAE launched a surprise attack on the port city of Al Hudaydah as recently as June 13, which humanitarian groups are saying will make the current death toll skyrocket.
This attack risks more people dying, but it also risks cutting the lifeline of millions of Yemenis, said...
In early December 2017, Dr. Chris Exley of Keele University in England and his colleagues published a paper that for the first time looked at the brain tissue of subjects with autism to determine the level of aluminum (note: they spell "aluminum" as "aluminium" in the United Kingdom) found within their brain tissue. For anyone trying to convince the world that "the science is settled and vaccines don't cause autism," the study's findings are deeply contradictory to that statement. In a blog post written by Professor Exley on the day his study was published, he explained the groundbreaking results: "...while the aluminium content of each of the 5 brains [of people with autism] was shockingly high it was the location of the aluminium in the brain tissue which served as the standout observation...The new evidence strongly suggests that aluminium is entering the brain in ASD [autism spectrum disorders] via pro-inflammatory cells which have become loaded up with aluminium in the blood and/or lymph, much as has been demonstrated for monocytes at injection sites for vaccines including aluminium adjuvants." Dr. Exley's quote includes a reference to "monocytes at injection sites" and the fact that the interaction between these monocytes and aluminum has been demonstrated in previous published science. I know, that sounds pretty technical, but bear with me. A "monocyte" is a type of white blood cell, of which one form of monocyte is a "macrophage." A macrophage can be thought of as the garbage man of the immune system, eating up foreign substances, cell debris, etc. As you will see in a moment, macrophages appear to be playing a critical and devastating role in triggering autism, serving to escort aluminum injected from a vaccine directly into the brain, where it can disrupt brain development and trigger autism.
I feel like treaties are now just the helpless squeaks of the mice trying to bell the cat. They probably always have been, I just wasnt as cynical a few years ago as I am now.
The US is only interested in treaties that can be used as a club or an excuse for war. The astute reader will have noticed that the US violates the UN charter all the time, and every president, ever since the Hague Conventions were established (?) has been a war criminal of some sort or another. And now we watch the drama as a sitting president is being revealed to be a fairly common criminal (tax cheat, perjurer, fraudster) and like the US writ large hes saying fuck you. The rules only apply to the small-time operators and other Melians.
Whats sad is that the various international conventions are written by careful lawyers thoughtfully and sometimes beautifully written. They are models of clarity and brevity, though they use sentences that are short, they are probably not short enough for Donald Trump.
This is not an unexpected push; the US has wanted to dominate space for some time. The term used in military corridors is full-spectrum dominance which is the US militarys way of saying control all the things. Its a pipe-dream, of course: the US military cant even control Afghan farmers or Iraqi civilians.
Resource Wars: The 2008 Army Modernization Strategy
Full explanation for this new deployment lay in the Pentagon document 2008 Army Modernization Strategy. That document stated that the objective of US Army strategy was to span and dominate the entire universe, not just the globe. It called for an expeditionary campaign-quality Army capable of dominating across the full spectrum of conflict, at any time, in any environment and against any adversary for extended periods of time. The document went on, the Army must concentrate its equipping and modernization efforts on two mutually supporting ends restoring balance and achieving full-spectrum dominance. [William Engdahl Full Spectrum Dominance,...
One of the worst American policies today is the decision of President Donald Trumps administration to separate many immigrant parents from their children after they illegally cross the U.S. border. Obviously, a case can be made for enforcing the border, but deliberate cruelty is never a good idea. Those children innocent victims all of them will likely be traumatized for life. I am uncomfortably reminded of the U.S.s long history of separating parents and children from the days of slavery and during Native American removal and extermination.
If you agree with me on this, Id like to push you one step further. It's horrible to forcibly separate lawbreaking parents from their children, but we do that to American citizens, too. According to one study, more than 1.1 million men and 120,000 women in U.S. jails and prisons have children under the age of 17. These separations can be traumatic, and they help perpetuate generational cycles of low achievement and criminal behavior.
From 1991 to 2007, the number of children with a mother in prison more than doubled, rising 131 percent. About two-thirds of the women in state prisons are there for nonviolent offenses. Sixty percent of those women have children under the age of 18, and in one survey one-quarter of the prisoners children were under the age of 4. Forty-one percent of the women in state prison had more than one childOne estimate suggests that 11 percent of the children of imprisoned mothers end up in foster care. . . .
Lets take one-tenth of those women and move them from prison to house arrest, combined with electronic monitoring. That would allow for proximity to their children. If the U.S. isnt plagued by a subsequent wave of violent crime and I dont think it will be let us try the same for yet another tenth. Lets keep on doing this until its obviously not working.
Speaking with Fox News on Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has admonished Google and Twitter over anti-conservative censorship, saying they should be reined in and calling for a new search engine that doesnt censor conservatives.
Phi Beta Iota: #GoogleGestapo is a system or ecology of linked (as in racketeering and conspiracy and collusion) networks that serve the Deep State and are manipulated on behalf of the Deep State by the Zionists. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the particular conductor of this orchestra with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others playing a role. They censor, manipulate, and digitally assassinate with impunity, while also promulgating lies that favor the Deep State and Zionist Israel (which most Jews now despise to the point that Haaretz has asked in a major headline, Is it time for all Jews to boycott Israel?
Steele, Robert. Creating a Post-Western Independent Internet: An Open Source Internet Can Create Peace and Prosperity for All, Russian International Affairs Council, February 5, 2018.
Steele, Robert, Zionism in America Steven Strikes & Counting, Veterans Today, 14 December 2017.
Steele, Robert, How The Deep S...
Why Americas Trade War With China Will Be Absolutely Crippling For The U.S. Economy by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog Can the global financial system handle a full-blown trade war between the two largest economies on the entire...
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This is a paid sponsorship by: - Ray Mikelonis, an independent representative of plant-based products which have been scientifically proven to naturally increase the number of adult stem cells in your body. CLICK HERE: BillStill.StemCellintern.com Good evening, Im still reporting on: Judge Jeanine Blasts DOJ IGs Whitewash Report, 2284 Synopsis: Thank God for Judge Jeanine Pirro. Tonight she spoke for me she spoke the words Donald Trump wanted to speak, but couldnt. She is literally the American standard bearer for truth, justice and the American way. When I saw the first analysis of this IG report, what I told Beth was Pablum baby food a whitewash. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Ray Mikelonis, an independent representative of plant-based products which have been scientifically proven to naturally increase the number of adult stem cells in your body. CLICK HERE: BillStill.StemCellintern.com -Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/TheStillReport https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a Patreon sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/e-0SWwrV5NU
Paul Gauguin Why are you angry? 1896 Yes, you have every right to be outraged at the disgraceful treatment of children on Americas borders. But that does not give you the right to NOT be outraged by what America has done and is today still doing to children in, just to name a few
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How Congress can remind the unelected government it answers to the elected part.
The long-awaited showdown between the Justice Department and Congress is finally here.
It started late Friday afternoon. While the rest of the country was parsing the just-released report on the FBI from the Justice Departments inspector general, senior congressional leaders and selected committee chairmen quietly met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a secure location in the basement of the Capitol.
At issue was Justice and FBIs continuing defiance of congressional subpoenas. At the top of this list is the demand from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for documents about why and whether the FBI had an informant insinuating himself with Trump campaign officials before the Russia investigation officially started.
On Sunday on Fox News, Devin Nunes, the House Intel chairman, made clear his patience has run out. The good news is that he and the other House chairmen at the Friday meetingJudiciarys Bob Goodlatte and Oversight and Government Reforms Trey Gowdy were fully backed up in their demands by Speaker Paul Ryan. Mr. Ryan sent Messrs. Rosenstein and Wray an unambiguous message: Comply with Congresss orders this week.
In a radio interview Monday morning with Milwaukees WISN, Mr. Ryan said the new le...
Fears of child trafficking are rising as independent media and citizens realize that the only footage of children refugees is boys. DHS was asked where the girls are, and they could not answer.
451 Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreated, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph, was born (d. 1036).
1214 The University of Oxford received its charter.
1631 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates.
1652 Tarhoncu Ahmet Paa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653.
1685 Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.
1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian, was born (d. 1816).
1756 A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
1782 The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.
1787 Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
1789 Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.
1791 King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family began the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution.
1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer, was born (d. 1880).
1819 The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived at Liverpool, United Kingdom the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey was made under sail.
Eyes Wide Shut is much more of a documentary than most people realize. Maybe Bourdain knew. What Kubrick movie did for Satanic obsessions of Hollywood elite needs to be done on a movie about same obsessions of politicians, bankers, judges, CEOs, etc. Whats so troubling to think about this: if our world is ruled by child molesting (and murdering) Satanists and devil worshippers, literally, then this management, such as it is, is utterly devoid of all legitimacy. What they are is a void beyond even John Robbs hollow state and equivalent concepts. In this light (or dark?) above, therefore, doing intelligence on religion and religions first has to be focused at root on intelligence about occultism, Satanism, devil worship, black magic, etc.
Movies in the mind
Heroes and villains in movies: images for the soul
By Jon Rappoport
---Yes, movies are made to install predictive programming in the audience, and to plant values and behaviors, and to debase the culture, and so forth and so on. But in many movies, something much simpler is going on...
Whether it's the good cop capturing the bad criminal, or the warrior in outer space defending the home planet against evil marauders, heroes and villains in movies spark deep resonance in the viewing audience. A link is forged.
"I want this hero. I want this hero to win. I want the good to triumph. I want evil to be vanquished."
And why not?
These heroes, in their fictional worlds, are keeping the future open. They're guarding their civilization. They're keeping The Individual free---free to pursue happiness and fulfillment according to his own dictates, dreams, visions, and plans.
At bottom, this is what thousands of movies are about. The audience may not be able to drill down to the core of meaning, but they absorb the message on an emotional level. They feel a moment of inspiration. A flame of hope is lit.
The urge to tear down all heroes and dismantle the best ideas and principles of society is, for an hour or two, put on the back burner. Instead, the viewer sees his own possible advance toward manifesting what he truly desires in life.
No movie has ever produced this salutary effect by portraying a group as an amorphous mass---it's always the individual hero who stands out and carries the plot line. This is vital. The audience responds to this.
The audience member sees his own victory mirrored in the individual hero's victory.
And then, in "real" life, it all changes. At that point, we are supposed to accept something decidedly different: the winning of the future by and for a Collective.
TV Drama about the Swedish hero who saved many Jewish lives in WWII
Gold Price Forecast: Will The Golden Wedge Resolve Soon? by Hubert Moolman Gold-Eagle The pressure on the current monetary establishment has been building steadily. Just because gold and silver has not made a major move up, does not mean that the...
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Every philosophy that believes the problem of existence to be
shelved, or even solved, by a political event, is a sham
philosophy. There have been innumerable states founded since the
beginning of the world; that is an old story. How should a
political innovation manage once and for all to make a contented
race of the dwellers on this earth? If anyone believes in his heart
that this is possible, he should report himself to our authorities:
he really deserves to be Professor of Philosophy.
Nietzsche, "Schopenhauer as Educator," 1874
When I survey this countless multitude of beings, shaped in each
others likeness, amidst whom nothing rises and nothing falls, the
sight of such universal uniformity saddens and chills me, and I am
tempted to regret that state of society which has ceased to be.
When the world was full of men of great importance and extreme
insignificance, of great wealth and extreme poverty, of great
learning and extreme ignorance, I turned aside from the latter to
fix my observation on the former alone, who gratified my
sympathies. But I admit that this gratification arose from my own
weakness: it is because I am unable to see at once all that is
around me, that I am allowed thus to select and separate the
objects of my predilection from among so many others. Such is not
the case with that almighty and eternal Being whose gaze
necessarily includes the whole of created things, and who surveys
distinctly, though at once, mankind and man. We may naturally
believe that it is not the singular prosperity of the few, but the
greater well-being of all, which is most pleasing in the sight of
the Creator and Preserver of men. What appears to me to be mans
decline, is to His eye advancement; what afflicts me is acceptable
to Him. A state of equality is perhaps less elevated, but it is
more just; and its justice constitutes its greatness and its
beauty. I would strive then to raise myself to this point of the
divine contemplation, and thence to view and to judge the concerns
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840
According to Bluelivs credential detection data, since the start of 2018 there has been a 39% increase in the number of compromised credentials detected from Europe and Russia, compared to the same period in 2017 (January-May). In fact, Europe and Russia are now home to half of the worlds credential theft victims (49%). In this podcast, Patryk Pilat, Head of Engineering and Cyberthreat Intelligence at Blueliv, talks about the report, and illustrates how these startling More
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The roll-back against #GoogleGestapo begins
Taylor claims Twitter permanently suspended accounts belonging to him and hundreds of other far-right users in December based solely on their political views and affiliations.
The judge described Taylors case as a classic public interest lawsuit and said it goes to the heart of free speech principles that long precede our constitution, according to a transcript of the hearing.
Phi Beta Iota: Funding may become available for a national Sue & Screw conference in late July, bringing together all those whose Title 7 and common carrier rights have been violated. We are thinking in terms of thousands of plaintiffs against Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia.
Of all subjects to venture into, writing about Lucifer could be among the most contentious of them all. Many readers will likely come into the discussion with pre-conceived notions and emotional triggers that are difficult to lay aside, even just for the amount of time it takes to read this article. But put them aside 
Former President Barack Obama and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have planned and are leading a massive counter-offensive to give the progressive left faction of the Democratic Party control of key state legislative bodies and state supreme courts in time for congressional redistricting after the 2020 census.
By Bill McCollum | Chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee and former Florida congressman
If they are successful, Democrats could well control the U.S. House of Representatives for the decade of the 20s and have in place a progressive left farm team from which to draw leftist national leaders for many years beyond.
Presently, Republicans control 67 of our nations 99 state legislative bodies. This is near an all-time high for Republicans who have been steadily gaining majorities in every election cycle since 2010. It is the result of smart candidate recruitment, messaging better ideas for education and growing jobs and businesses, strong state leadership and a national plan and organization led by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).
But this could change quickly.
In recent election cycles, Republicans, Democrats and their allies have been spending roughly at parity on state legislative and judicial races across the country. The Obama-Holder led effort is on pace to exponentially outraise and outspend Republicans this November and again in 2020. Holders National Democratic Redistricting Committee alone already has raised its goal from $30 million to $40 million in new funds this cycle. Their targets are legislative and judicial races in about a dozen key battleground states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida. Among the groups spawned to help this scheme, Forward Majority announced it would spend $100 million to spend on targeted legislative races in the same key states in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. The Center for Popular Democracy Action announced it will raise and spend an additional $80 million mobilizing progressives and will target six state legislatures. Additional funding will continue to come from unions, trial lawyers, Planned Parenthood, George Soros, Tom Steyer and others.
At the same time those supporting the Obama-Holder led counter-offensive are working to suppress political donations by corporations and their executives to Republican causes and candidates. The Soros funded Center for Political Accountabilitys Hicklin Index is used by progressive left activists to paralyze and silence pro-business i...
Its two days after Fathers Day, but not too late to acknowledge what a good father this cat is. Watch how daddy cat takes care of his babies and lovingly licks his mate. Sadly, too many fathers in America today Continue reading
When emotionalism meets scaremongering, its difficult to have a useful debate about anything. Yet for immigration, those seem to be the two choices.
The Trump administration has adopted a zero tolerance policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute illegal immigrants. Yes, the policy comports with the letter of the law. Yes, the Obama administration engaged in a similar policy on a smaller scale and yes, the media covered it very differently.
But, no, President Trump doesnt have to temporarily break up families. He chooses to do so, claiming, among other things, that it is a necessity in stopping gang violence. Trump officials inability to deal with the mess they created incompetently implementing their policy, and the public relations disaster resulting from that ineptitude, is on the administration, and no one else.
Trump has admitted, in fact, that zero tolerance is not only meant to cut down and discourage illegal immigration, but its a gambit to push Congress towards some form of a broader immigration deal that favors his priorities. Its difficult to believe that Democrats, whove eagerly embraced the ugly optics of separation policy, will be more inclined to agree to a deal now. You cant simultaneously argue, as Trump officials have, that youre being forced to do this, then admit its a negotiating tactic as well. At least, not convincingly.
Moreover, even if everything Trump is saying is true, theres got to be a more humane way to deal with families that are separated. Any policy, for instance, that fails to let parents know immediately, and continuously, exactly whats happening to their children, is immoral and it seems to me such things can be fixed administratively. It can certainly be fixed by Congress.
The idea, however, that this is something hatched completely in a vacuum is absurd. Even if separation policy is misguided, and I think it is, the administration doesnt kidnap or snatch little children from immigrant parents. Nor is the policy equivalent, in any conceivable way, to the Holocaust or human rights abuses of third world nations.
So when people like Joe Scarborough offer hysterical analogues, comparing Immigration and Customs Enfor...
I regret to inform you that the Knights of Akshully have come for Albert Einstein.
For years, it seemed the keyboard warriors would limit themselves to a once-a-year battle with the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Actually, Columbus was a racist, oppressive, slavery loving colonialist, they would tell everyone celebrating the Italian explorers accomplishment each October. Clearly this nullifies his other accomplishments, so lets throw his name in the dustbin of history by celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead.
Eventually the knights grew hungry for the reputations of the other historic figures with American cities named after them. Actually, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Actually, Abraham Lincoln was racist. Sure, they were monumental figures in building and preserving our nation, the Knights of Akshully told us. But they werent as enlightened on issues of race as we are, so lets burn their monuments to the ground.
Once again, it seemed there were limits to their reputational bloodlust. Surely these increasingly absurd battles would end when the Knights of Akshully saw the breadth of their domain and wept tears of joy because there were no presidents left to conquer.
But then they came for Einstein. Al. Bert. Einstein.
In a recent article for The New York Times, Yonette Joseph and Tiffany May discuss a recently published translation of diaries Einstein kept while on a tour of Asia in 1922. They write:
Mr. Rosenkranz said in an email on Thursday that the book provides an insight into his prejudices, opinions and attitudes on the members of foreign nations, but also on the national/ethnic groups he belonged to himself: the Jews, the Germans and the Europeans.
He added that it also confronts us with the limits of his humanism, his intellectual elitism.
I think a lot of comments strike us as pretty unpleasant what he says about the Chinese in particular, he also told The Guardian. Theyre kind of in contrast to the public image of the great humanitarian icon. I think its quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements, he added.
So what does Einstein say in his diaries? This theory of rela...
With the Trump administration carrying out an aggressive immigration policy, restricting access to asylum for Central Americans, militarizing the southwest border, and deporting numerous foreign citizens, some progressives have accused the administration of a mild form of ethnic cleansing. Its worth tackling this accusation because, while its false, explaining why the administrations policy is not a form of ethnic cleansing helps clarify exactly the ways in which these policies are nonetheless stupid and wrong.
Its useful to start with some definitions. What do we mean when we say ethnic cleansing? It turns out to be a very young phrase. Merriam-Webster says the first known usage of the word in its current sense was in 1991, but Google Ngram suggests the late 1980s may be the actual origin.
Regardless, the source of the phrase is not very much in dispute: it was used to refer to the appalling humanitarian situation in the successor states to the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. The United Nations even suggests it may simply be a translation of the Croation etniko ienje. Thus, the phrase has its origin in the disasters of the Balkans in the 1990s.
The Yugoslav Wars claimed about 140,000 lives, and led to about 4 million people being displaced from their homes: about 1 in 5 of the population of Yugoslavia in 1987. International criminal tribunals handed down guilty verdicts for genocide against several Serbian leaders, who massacred 8,000 residents of the city of Srebrenica.
Since the 1990s, ethnic cleansing has been used to refer to other historic events, such as the expulsion of Turks and Greeks from Greece and Turkey, respectively, after World War I, or the expulsion of ethnic Germans from their former East Prussian territories in present-day Poland. Likewise, Iraqs sectarian violence has sometimes been described as ethnic cleansing. Theres a long list of potential cases y...
Its not easy being a conservative on a college campus these days, even in conservative parts of the country. Austin Ramsey knows about that. He attends East Tennessee State University, where some conservative students have reported being outnumbered by easily-angered liberal students and professors who inject their liberal opinions in class. In 2016, a group brought therapy dogs to campus to console students upset about the election of President Trump.
Universities across the country have become known as places unfriendly, even hostile, toward conservative students and speakers. Schools of higher education are supposed to be an arena for the civil exchange of ideas, but with conservative students feeling pressured to keep a low profile, that exchange of ideas is at risk.
Ramsey is working to make sure the ideal is not completely snuffed out. This past March, with the help of Better Angels, he and three other students organized a debate and workshop to foster civil political discussion. The debate attracted around 50 people, including students, faculty and staff, and a few people from the community. The topic was whether students should be allowed to carry guns on campus.
I chatted with Ramsey at Better Angels recent national convention in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in early June. We were both there as conservative delegates. The national nonpartisan nonprofit is dedicated to bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes. The idea for the group was in the works before the polarizing 2016 presidential election.
Soon afterward, Better Angels sprang into action, traveling across the country to set up red-blue workshops in which an equal number of conservative and progressive adults came together to talk about their differences within a structured format. As newly formed local chapters continue to hold workshops in communities, Better Angels has turned its attention to college campuses. Ramsey was something of a star at the convention, where a big focus was on expanding Better Angels presence on college campuses and launching programs in high schools.
A 19-year-old who just finished his freshman year, Ramsey comes across as low-key but confident. He is an information systems major who goes to a Southern Baptist church and likes to fly drones and radio-controlled aircraft. He told me hes been able to make inroads at his school by listening to what people have to say and refraining from making snap judgments about people and making them uncomfortable with gotcha questions. His mottos are be honest and be yourself.
Ramsey, who counts a Bernie Sanders fan among his friends, also believes its im...
These elections imply that democracy in Colombia will gradually become more normalised, which until now has been marred with violence, structural deficits and a lack of true alternation. Espaol
With 10,373,000 votes in his favour, the victory of Democratic Centre candidate Ivn Duque means he will now become the youngest president of Colombia at 41 years of age, and continues the pattern of successive right wing governments in the country.
The next opposition leader will be Gustavo Petro, the most emblematic figure of the progressive movement, who obtained 8,034,000 million votes for the Colombia Humana party which sought to put in place, for the first time in Colombian history, a left-wing leader.
The difference of 2,339,000 votes in favour of Duque makes him a leader with enough support to allow him a wide margin for leadership regarding the more complex and baroque issues plaguing internal politics, and for pressing international questions such as the drug trade and Venezuela.
But even with such an undisputable victory, the popular vote does not provide him with carte blanche given that Duque must govern not just on behalf of his own supporters but also on behalf of the 8 million who voted left, the 800,000 who voted blank, and for the 47% of the electorate who abstained.
In any case, these have been monumental elections in the political trajectory of Colombia given that the traditional hegemonic parties have been the biggest losers of the presidential stand-offs.
The old party formations that previously dominated the Colombian political sphere for years have been knocked out of the game, and it remains to be seen if this change is perhaps even definite.
We have seen how political parties have gradually become more fragmented, and this is not necessarily negative.
The media has focused almost exclusively on the conclusion of the Justice Department inspector generals report on the FBIs handling of the Clinton email probe, which found bias did not impact the probe, as well as the lack of any newly announced indictments or criminal referrals. The goal of course being to downplay the negative findings of the report.
At the same time, the press gave, at most, passing mention to the statement Attorney General Jeff Sessions simultaneously released. But his statement and the findings of the report make one thing clear: This isnt over.
Heres why. Throughout the 568-page report, the IG highlighted several areas meriting additional investigation. And Sessions said the report reveals a number of significant errors by the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the FBI during the previous administration, stressed this is not the end of the process.
United States Attorney John Huber continues his work in cooperation with the IG to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017. Based on his review of the report and his own investigation, Huber will provide recommendations as to whether any matter not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation required further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of Special Counsel.
Put simply: There is still much to be done and much to come. What is likely is over is the possibility the Justice Department will re-investigate Clinton for mishandling of classified information, or prosecute her. Thats a good thing. Clinton is done. While she may never face justice in a court of law, perhaps losing the presidency is a more prescient and proper punishment.
Three areas remain, however, that the IG report tees up for further investigation and potential prosecution.
First, the agents engaged in the anti-Trump texting tte--ttes face potential discipline for violating the FBIs Offense Code and Penalty Guidelines. But, significantly, in referring the matter to the FBI for its handling and consideration, the report found their conduct at least demonstrated extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism. So it could also trigger further ramifications.
For instance, beyond the professional ramifications, should Huber conclude the DOJ or FBI agents acted on their bias in their handling of Crossfire Hurricane, that could subject them to criminal liability for lying to investigators: During questioning the agents denied acting on an improper motive, with, for example, Strzok emphasizing that he never took any investigative step designed to help or hurt Clinton or Trump and that the political opinions he expressed in the text messages never transited into the official realm. In any way. Not in discussions, not in acts....
On Monday, German politician Horst Seehofer gave Chancellor Angela Merkel an ultimatum: she has until June 28 to create a compromise on immigration policy. Merkel enacted an open-door policy for Syrian asylum-seekers in 2015 after the onset of the Syrian civil war. Since then, more than 1.4 million foreign citizens crossed into the country, overwhelming Germanys social services.
Seehofer, a member of Merkels sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), opposed the open-door policy from the beginning. Last week, he offered his migration master plan. The plan would have blocked asylum seekers who lack identification, have been refused asylum before, or have already registered in another European Union country. Merkel refused to support the plan, and in turn, Seehofer gave her a deadline.
In response to the influx of migrants, many European countries have swung right. First, England left the European Union in 2016. Then, anti-immigration candidates in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy won their countries highest offices. Although she ultimately lost, France entertained right-wing Marine Le Pen in their most recent election.
Even Germany hasnt been immune to what many have called a wave of European populism. The far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) upset what was supposed to be a sweep for Merkel and her party in November of 2017, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and became the third-largest political party in Germany. Despite all of this, Merkel continued open-door immigration. With her hands resting in her trademark diamond position, she calmly said, Wir werden es schaffen. We will make it.
Now, with only two weeks to find common ground, its uncertain if Merkel will be the chancellor to see Germany through its immigration crisis.
Germany operates on a parliamentary system. If one political party does not have enough seats to govern, it must enter a coalition with smaller parties. Traditionally, the CDU has joined with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). However, after the SDPs poor showing, many within the party were reluctant to form an alliance with the CDU again. Five months later, the two parties came together to create their Grand Coalition once again.
Now the fate of the Grand Coalition lies in Merkels ability to compromise with the CSU. If Merkel fails to make one before the deadline, the CSU could leave their longstanding partnership with Merkels party, ending their coalitions majority in government and the two parties decades long partnership. This would likely result in a crisis of confidence v...
An organization called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued Harvard in November 2014, alleging that the schools undergraduate admissions process intentionally discriminates against Asian-Americans by limiting the number of Asian-American students who are admitted, in order to increase admission of less qualified students of other races.
The lawsuit reached a critical milestone last Friday when both sides submitted their findings to a Boston federal court, asking for motions of summary judgment an immediate ruling in their favor. If the judge denies those requests, a trial is scheduled for October.
The documents and analysis from SFFA were based on data extracted from the records of more than 160,000 applicants who applied for admission over six cycles from 2000 to 2015. For the first time, the general public gets to look under the hood of Harvards super secretive holistic undergraduate admission process and how it has systematically undermined Asian American students.
On its website, Harvard argues that, When evaluating applicants from among the large pool of academically qualified students who seek a place in the freshman class, Harvard like many of the countrys colleges and universities considers the whole person, not just an applicants grades and test scores.
According to a New York Times report, in Harvards holistic admission process, it scores applicants in five categories academic, extracurricular, athletic, personal and overall. They are ranked from 1 to 6, with 1 being the best. SFFA analysis shows that while Asian American students scored higher than students of any other racial or ethnic group on academic and extracurricular categories, Harvard admission office always rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like positive personality, likability, courage, kindness and being widely respected, and often without even meeting them (Asian applicants).
SEFA analysis found these low personal ratings diminished many Asian American applicants chances of being admitted. Thus, despite increasing num...
Last week, The Federalist reported on protests against the College Boards decision to modify its Advanced Placement world history curriculum. The modification entails removing all events prior to 1450 from the exam. The protests objected that the decision is tantamount to, as teacher Amanda DoAmaral says,
tell[ing] my black and brown students that their history is not going to be tested and then assume that thats not going to matter. Right, the people in power in our country already are telling those same students that their history, that their present, that their future doesnt matter. And by you making this decision, you are going along with that.
A Politico article further states that the 1450 cut-off has the effect of effectively eliminating instruction on pre-colonial Africa, Asia, Americas and the Middle East. This indicates a lack of historical understanding from these protesting history teachers since, while the colonization of the Americas began more-or-less at the start of this period, the Ottoman Empire and various African and Asian powers were still going strong until much later in this time period.
Unless, that is, the AP exam already had effectively relegated all pre-colonial non-European topics to the pre-1450 periods and, however much the official curriculum portrays the period after 1450 as one of global interchange, in practice, schools, and the exam itself, pick up the story again with colonialism.
But the debates about whether the history of ones identity group is properly told in an AP class are only part of a larger issue. AP classes, and the College Board, have too large a role in defining the curriculum of American high schools due to their de facto monopoly on the college-credit (and achievement-recognition) system for high schoolers. After all, in one respect the College Board has a point when they explain their decision:
The current AP World History course and exam cover 10,000 years of history across all seven continents. No other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year. AP World History teachers have told us over the years that the scope of content is simply too broad, and that they often need to sacrifice depth to cover it all in a single year.
Colleges and universities typically do not cover all of world history in a single course, but in two or more separate courses. Additionally, most colleges only...
Twitters thought policing has gone to new extremes. Now they are suspending and banning users for making basic factual statements.
Recently I logged into my account after a robust debate with a friend, only to find my Twitter account had been suspended. I had merely stated transgendered people are mentally ill by definition in a civil conversation about gender identity.
Twitters response said I was violating their rules against hateful conduct. That was further defined as you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
I agree that promoting violence, threats, and harassment should not be tolerated on a platform. Those are legitimately dangerous statements that can actually harm individuals, but my tweet was none of those things. I stated a fact in a debate, with no call to action. No transgender people were harmed in the making of my tweet, and nor do I wish any harm to come to any transgender people.
To be allowed to return to the platform, Twitter demanded I delete the tweet. I appealed to their support, but they did not reply after five business days. Although they censored my tweet and prevented me from making a factual statement, its further insulting that they try to act like their customers have agency in the forced deletion of their speech. As an author and journalist, I need the platform for marketing, so I ultimately complied because the alternative was to lose my thousands of followers.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, the term for the mental illness transgender people suffer is gender dysphoria. Its defined on their website as a conflict between a persons physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. People with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty) or being uncomfortable with the expected roles of their assigned gender.
They further elaborate, The gender conflict affects people in different ways. It can change the way a person wants to express their gender and can influence behavior, dress and self-image. Some people may cross-dress, some may want to socially transition, others may want to medically transition with sex-change surgery and/or hormone treatment. Socially transitioning primarily involves transitioning into the affirmed genders pronouns and bathrooms.
It makes sense, as having such a severe issue with ones own body is a sign that something is not going quite right mentally. The person has to deal with those issues and it can cause difficulty in functioning in society. It seemed unimaginable a year ago to ha...
Last weekend, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom finally reached American theaters after opening internationally to big box offices the previous two weeks. The movie continues the series that, as character John Hammond hoped, has captured the imagination of the entire world, although admittedly less with each entry after the first.
Part of the allure, in addition to the visceral thrill of seeing dinosaurs munch on people, is the way the movies communicate a very human message with a conservative temperament.
Now, it is very easy to read too much into fiction, especially when it is primarily entertainment. We should not give the creators too much credit or blame for their decisions. The character Nick Owen frees dinosaurs from being shipped from the islands to a mainland zoo, and one may think this a reference to the historical Jesuit Nick Owens, who freed Catholics in Elizabethan England. However, in an interview, the creator said he named the character after one of his favorite songs.
Yet it is possible for a piece of art to communicate additional meaning, consciously or subconsciously. One of the most quoted lines of the series is Ian Malcolms: Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didnt stop to think if they should. The line first gets to a subtle truth that science isnt about should, as it cant answer the deep philosophical questions of why but only how and what.
Scientists, as opposed to science, are people, however, and can ponder these questions. So they have a responsibility to mull over the question of should. In these movies, as in reality, people often defer to concerns of money, pleasure, prestige, and power rather than to what is right and natural, often to the peril of themselves and their fellow men.
Malcolms quote and the ensuing carnage, which the new movie bookends with Malcolms congressional testimony about the ravages reintroducing dinosaurs will have, also succinctly posits the lesson from G.K. Chestertons parable of the fence. Paraphrased, he tells of two men walking along a path. They reach a fence. The progressive says, Why is that here? We should remove it. The conservative responds, Find out why it is here, then you have my agreement to remove it. A conservative temperament allows tradition and the status quo to operate as the default, as it more likely has a connection to the natural state of things.
Once a fence is dislodged, it cant easily be put back. Using the Jurassic Park movies as a further analogy, the natural state of dinosaurs is to be extinct, scary animals that kill equally scary animals to survive. The scientists in the movies decouple that natural state, bringing dinosaurs back to life. The dinosaurs are faster, bigger, and scarier than before, all in pursuit of more money in the corporate coffers or more power in what...
The World Cups first round of games wraps up today. If you havent been paying attention, youve missed out on an exciting tournament. Almost all the matches have offered consistent action while avoiding controversies that plague most World Cups. In addition, the fears of Russian racism, homophobia, and hooliganism have yet to be realized.
The World Cup started off with a bang thanks to Russias 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia. Such lopsided affairs arent always fun to watch, but this was a great way for the host nation to kick off the tournament.
The thrills continued on Friday. Each game featured a winning or tying goal after the 80th minute. Spain and Portugal treated viewers to the best match so far, with a hat trick from Ronaldo and Nachos stunning half-volley from distance leading to a 3-3 draw. Iceland provided the first shock of the World Cup on Saturday when they tied Argentina 1-1 in a match that included a missed penalty by Lionel Messi.
Sunday saw no rest for shocks and stunners, lead by Mexicos 1-0 defeat of Germany and followed by Brazils 1-1 tie with Switzerland. Keep in mind that Mexico stole the headlines on a day starring Aleksander Kolarovs free kick winner against Costa Rica, Coutinhos gorgeous curler against Switzerland, and Neymars hair.
Mondays games were practically dull by comparison. The only highlights were a Dries Mertens volley against Panama in Belgiums 3-0 win and Harry Kanes stoppage time winner against Tunisia. Through 15 games, only Croatia-Nigeria and Sweden-South Korea have been anything but exciting (and they were pretty drab).
The game has been helped by a significant decrease in referee controversies, thanks largely to video review. FIFA decided to use Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at this years World Cup despite mixed reviews in other leagues and FIFAs own Confederations Cup. But VAR has received good reviews so far and has done its job without breaking up the flow of the game too much (though not everyones...
Kylie Jenner wished her dad a happy Fathers Day in a sweet Instagram post and the Internet totally freaked out. Many accused Kylie of being transphobic because the makeup mogul shared a pre-op, throwback photo of her father, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
So lucky to have you, the 20-year-old reality star captioned the photo.
We do know that Kylies father is totally fine with being called dad, and has said so on a number of occasions. But that didnt stop a lot of people from losing their minds....
Headquartered in Geneva, the World Trade Organisation is an inter-governmental organisation that provides the rules under which international trade is conducted.
Its most senior executive, Roberto Azavedo, told a business audience in Port Moresby that people in smaller countries often ask: How good is this system for meor is it just for the big guys?
Of course, the system was designed for the big guys. The system was not designed for the little ones. That is the realitywelcome to the world.
But, he emphasised, the system is much more important to the little guys than the big ones.
Is the system perfect? Absolutely not. Is it tilted? Yes.
Azavedo said the WTO provides the predictability that is necessary for business to occur.
You have a playing field, which is not very level. What the WTO does is it gives the rules for engagement.
Azavedo said trade is not a zero sum game: if one country wins it does not mean that another country loses.
Is the system perfect? Absolutely not. Is it tilted? Yes.
There are 162 members of the WTO who operate by consensus.
The job of the smaller nations, he said, is to tilt it back as much as they can to make it a bit more level.
According to Azavedo, the 162 members of the WTO operate by consensus.
Most of the rules about trade were set up at the organisations inception in 1995. Papua New Guine...
The Free Julian Assange protest outside the British Consulate at 90 Collins Street Melbourne started on time and was well attended. Julian Assange's father was there and thanked people for coming. We have to give credit to the organisers - the Socialist Equity Party (SEP). It seems that no-one else in Melbourne has been able to draw people together to protest about Julian Assange's persecution, although it is obvious that many people do care. A problem may be that people believe they need permission to hold meetings and rallies, but this is rarely the case. There were several speakers and we did not film all of them. The films uploaded here were filmed on a hand-held digital camcorder, more for the record than for art. We also filmed the surroundings and participants to give viewers an idea of the scene in Australia. Another protest was to be held tonight (19 June 2018) at the State Library, where the film, Collateral Murder, would be shown. We have embedded a copy of this chilling record of a night of murder for fun by US armed forces in Iraq, which is a document that Julian Assange published, and for which he has been pursued with murderous resentment by the United States ever since.
The Collateral Murder video (April 2010) (embedded below) was shown at a Free Assange Vigil from 6-8pm at Melbourne State Library on 19 June 2018.
The video below records James Coburn, National Secretary of the Social Equality Party's speech about Assange's predicament and the record so far of Australian prime ministers, among other things.
Speaking at an International Tribunal for Natural Justice hearing in Westminster in April 2018, the commissioner said: I find it quite extraordinary that the chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority was the senior partner of KPMG that did the audits of the HBOS bank.
They overlooked a million-pound fraud and a multi-billion-pound hole, probably approaching 40billion, in the accounts and yet the man went on to become chairman of the FCA.
He told the hearing: People with small debts were bankrupted then had their assets stolen off them that are worth many times their original debt. And that is divided up between the cronies, in my view, the insolvency practitioners and others, and vast sums of money simply disappears.
Meathead needs a new dictionary because he really doesnt understand the meaning of counterproductive. From SF Gate: Rob Reiner, a director and longtime advocate for liberal Democratic causes in Hollywood, ripped into Robert De Niro for his F Trump outburst Continue reading
IDC forecasts IoT spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% over the 2017-2022 forecast period and reach $1.2 trillion in 2022. The forecast is based on the latest research in the burgeoning IoT technology market, which offers business investment opportunities across a spectrum of industries and illuminated through use case implementations. As the diverse IoT market reaches broad-based critical mass, innovative offerings in analytics software, cloud technologies, and business and IT More
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Tonights Slugger event is highly focused on health policy, for which we make no apologies. One poor feature of devolution in Northern Ireland is its retreat from policy in favour of populism. However, this is also a wider feature of western democracy.
About a year before the last but one UK general election, this animated conversation between Professor John Kay and Steve Richards illustrates the exact same casual (ie, uncosted) retreat taking place elsewhere:
In Northern Ireland (as elsewhere), there is, rightly, a lot of focus on patient outcomes. But there is very little corresponding effort to identify flaws within the system and almost no space to considering alternative solutions.
This despite the fact our healthcare structures are now carrying a demographic weighting it was never designed to carry. [Not the sort of demographic questions our politicians like to talk about is it? Ed]. Er, no.
In 2016, Bengoa noted:
When the NHS was created in 1948, life expectancy was 65.8 years for men and 70.1 years for women. It is now 78.1 for men and 82.4 for women.
In terms of costs, users aged over 65 account for more than two-fifths of HSC spending 42%, compared to their population share of 14%.
Whereas the average cost of treating a 55-59 year old stands at 1,970 per head, this rises to over 6,000 for 75-79 year olds and 14,000 for the over 85s.
The latest stats from NISRA in April of this year make grim reading:
It might actually be worse in England, where the breach between health and social care was made back in the early 70s. Nevertheless, our A&E services are in permanent crisis. The entire NI health service only keeps going by finding money between spending rounds.
One of the problems all elected politicians face in times of aust...
South Front 19.06.2018 Click to see the full-size image The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast. The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire 
The author is Priya Satia, and the subtitle is The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution. Here is one good bit:
In fact, there were so many transitions between peace and war that it is difficult to establish what normal economic conditions were. Eighteenth-century Europeans accepted war as inevitable, an ordinary fact of human existence. It was an utterly unexceptional state of affairs. For Britons in particular, war was something that happened abroad and that kept truly damaging disruption invasion or rebellion at bay. Wars that were disruptive elsewhere were understood as preservationist in BritainAdam Smiths complaints about the costs of war, about the ruinous expedient of perpetual funding and high public debt in peacetime, staked out a contrarian position; The Wealth of Nations (1776) was a work of persuasion. His and other voices in favor of pacific development grew louder from the margins. By denormalizing war, liberal political economy raised the stakes of the centurys long final wars from 1793 to 1815, which could be stomached only as an exceptional, apocalyptic stage on the way to permanent peace.
In their wake, nineteenth-century Britain packaged their empire as a primarily civilian enterprise focused on liberty, forgetting the earlier collective investment in and profit from the wars that had produced it..
The book offers many points of interest.
Socialism: thick lipstick on a global pig
By Jon Rappoport
To give you an idea of the deception inherent in socialism, here is a quote from none other than Andrew Carnegie, once one of the richest men in America:
I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the MillenniumThen men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors. (The New York Times, 1 January 1885, A Millionaire Socialist)
Carnegie, of course, like several of his ultra-rich compatriots, devised a method to give away his riches while keeping them: the non-profit foundation.
The last thing on Carnegies bloated mind was becoming equal with the great unwashed.
He was a liar of the first order. He recognized that, when you win the game of free enterprise, your most corrupt bet is to turn around and find every possible way to block others from winning. Then, you stand at the top of the heap, unchallenged.
That is exactly what he had in mind. Thats what socialism actually meant to him.
Lets see socialism for what it is. Not in the abstract, but in reality.
The taking of money (taxes) from some people who work for it and giving it to others who dont work for it. On a grand scale.
The vast expansion of freebies doled out by central government. In order to create and sustain dependence.
The government protection of favored persons and corporations, permitting them and aiding them to expand their fortunes without limit, regardless of what crimes they commit in the process. (Monsanto would be a fine example.)
The squeezing out of those who would compete with the favored persons and corporations.
The dictatorship by and for the very wealthy, pretending to be the servant of the masses.
The lie that the dictatorship is being run by the masses.
The gradual lowering of the standard of living for the overwhelming number of people.
The propaganda claiming socialism is the path to a better world for all.
In other words, socialism is a protection racket and a long con and a heartless system of elite control, posing as the greatest good.
It is just another form of top-down tyrannyas old as the hills.
A year or two ago, a person living in Europe told me that the European Union was not a problem, because it was just another layer of socialism placed over the existing socialist governments of European nations, and no one really noticed the existence of the EU.
As if blindness were a reason not to worry.
SOCIALISM WAS NEVER ABOUT UNIVERSAL EQUALITY AND UNIVERSAL SHARING.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNIVERSAL AND COMPLETE EQUALITY AND SHARING, ONLY A FAKE VERSION DICTATED FROM ABOVE.
Socialism is, in the minds of most people who advocate it, a va...
Solidarity actions in Greece and in Europe brought fruits. The Metropolitan Community Social Clinic at the premises of the old airport of Athens Helliniko will not be evicted or closed down. According to a statement issued by the Clinic, the eviction scheduled for June 30th 2018 has been postponed, while the government has promised to
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FIFA World Cup: How Much Is The Gold Trophy Worth? by Anna Golubova KitCo News As the excitement around the FIFA World Cup grabs the attention of all sports fans around the world, gold bugs are looking at the...
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Its not too late to steer the Greek economy and the EU towards a sustainable development course for the twenty-first century. There are tools to deliver this. Policy-makers should use them.
environment are hanging in the balance.The Greek government and its creditors are once more involved in behind-closed-doors negotiations, busily debating Greeces fate after the end of the 3rd Adjustment Programme (August 20). Far from the spotlight and opaque Eurogroup negotiations, Greeces economy, society and least mentioned in international media
Ten years into Greeces Great Depression, the three successive Adjustment Programmes have not led to a new, sustainable, development model. Rather they have economically resulted in a huge debt overhang, dramatically undermined social development and jeopardized Greeces natural wealth.
To take but three examples: environmental and employment regulations and legislation have been steadily undermined in the name of a putative competitiveness. Creditors conditionality is locking Greece into dirty energy production for decades to come. And the current dash-for-oil-and-gas is threatening regions of unique ecological wealth, whose economies heavily rely on healthy ecosystems. The current dash-for-oil-and-gas is threatening regions of unique ecological wealth, whose economi...
Partisan gerrymandering is alive and well after the United States Supreme Court opted not to issue a decision in pivotal cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. Many had hoped for a historic ruling in which the court determined whether blatantly partisan gerrymandering could be unconstitutional. Instead, it sent the cases back to lower courts for further substantiation. The decision leaves states free to continue to draw election districts to gain partisan advantage.
Democrats brought the challenge in Wisconsin against a 2011 map drawn by Republican legislators. In Maryland, Republicans challenged a map drawn by Democrats. Chief Justice John Roberts, with unanimous support, found that the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case had not proven they had been harmed by gerrymandering, and thus lacked standing. The plaintiffs in the Maryland case had simply waited too long to seek an injunction.
This Court is not responsible for vindicating generalized partisan preferences, Roberts said in his opinion. The Courts constitutionally prescribed role is to vindicate the individual rights of the people appearing before it.
Two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, would have dismissed the cases outright rather than sending them back to the lower courts.
The 12 plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, first filed a complaint in 2015, arguing that the statewide district map drawn by Republican legislators in 2011 amounted to one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern history.
Through strategic cracking and packing of districts, the majority Republican legislature sought to dilute the Democratic vote to ensure lasting control in effect, violating the first and 14th amendment rights of voters. Their plan worked: In 2012, Republicans won a majority of the seats with 48.6% of the vote. In 2014, they increased their advantage to 52% of the vote.
Heroes and villains in movies: images for the soul
By Jon Rappoport
Yes, movies are made to install predictive programming in the audience, and to plant values and behaviors, and to debase the culture, and so forth and so on. But in many movies, something much simpler is going on
Whether its the good cop capturing the bad criminal, or the warrior in outer space defending the home planet against evil marauders, heroes and villains in movies spark deep resonance in the viewing audience. A link is forged.
I want this hero. I want this hero to win. I want the good to triumph. I want evil to be vanquished.
And why not?
These heroes, in their fictional worlds, are keeping the future open. Theyre guarding their civilization. Theyre keeping The Individual freefree to pursue happiness and fulfillment according to his own dictates, dreams, visions, and plans.
At bottom, this is what thousands of movies are about. The audience may not be able to drill down to the core of meaning, but they absorb the message on an emotional level. They feel a moment of inspiration. A flame of hope is lit.
The urge to tear down all heroes and dismantle the best ideas and principles of society is, for an hour or two, put on the back burner. Instead, the viewer sees his own possible advance toward manifesting what he truly desires in life.
No movie has ever produced this salutary effect by portraying a group as an amorphous massits always the individual hero who stands out and carries the plot line. This is vital. The audience responds to this.
The audience member sees his own victory mirrored in the individual heros victory.
And then, in real life, it all changes. At that point, we are supposed to accept something decidedly different: the winning of the future by and for a Collective.
A delusion happened. Is happening. Its called utopian programming. Its called propaganda.
All of a sudden, a big vague WE takes center stage. WE are going to curtail our best individual visions and join everybody else in creating a better world.
Who is promoting this?
Controllers. Elite controllers.
Sitting in the dark and opening up our consciousness to a brave hero on the screen is one experiencebut this is supposed to be a fantasy of no value with no carryover to life in the world.
The entire emotional intensity in the theater is supposed to be an illusionthe real thing is dullness and grayness and sameness and uniformity and the big WE. Carve and cut down your best vision of you and your future to fit the WE.
This is pure insanity.
An analogy: you fall asleep and have a dream about climbing a formidable mountain. You reach the summit, after dispatching various opponents, and there you look out at a quite fantastic landscape of a marvelous new world. Then you wa...
The American Internet activist Jacob Appelbaum speaks at a keynote address on the Internet conference in Berlin on 06.05.2014.
Surely our readers are well aware of all the downsides of owning an airplane. Certainly the cost of fuel is a big one. Birds are a problem, probably. That bill from the traveling propeller sharpener is a killer tooright? Alright fine, we admit it, nobody here at Hackaday owns an airplane. But probably neither do most of you; so dont look so smug, pal.
But if you did own a plane, or at least work at a small airport, youd know that moving the things around on the ground is kind of a hassle. Smaller planes can be pulled by hand, but once they get up to a certain size youll want some kind of vehicle to help out. [Anthony DiPilato] wanted a way to move around a roughly 5,200 pound Cessna 310, and decided that all the commercial options were too expensive. So he built his own Arduino powered tank to muscle the airplane around the tarmac, and his journey from idea to finished product is absolutely fascinating to see.
So the idea here is pretty simple. A little metal cart equipped with two beefy motors, an Arduino Mega, a pair of motor controllers, and a HC-08 Bluetooth module so you can control it from your phone. How hard could it be, right? Well, it turns out combining all those raw components into a little machine...
On June 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) started pressuring militant groups in the southern Syrian province of Daraa using military means.
The SAA and the NDF attacked militants positions west of the government-held villages of Duweiri and Harran aiming to probe the militants defense in the area of Buser al-Harir.
If Buser al-Harir is liberated by government forces, the militant-held villages south of Buser al-Harir will be cut off from the rest of the militant-held area in the province. Thus, they will likely be liberated sono after this development.
However, according to pro-government sources, the large-scale in the area has not started yet.
At the same time, the Syrian Air Force also dropped leaflets in the province of Daraa calling on locals to expel militants from their villages. Such leaflets are often dropped ahead of military actions by the SAA.
The universes brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical Society, was able to detect three specific radio emissions which definitely came from space.
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first recorded a decade ago. These are pulses of light that are the brightest scientists have ever seen. However, their origin has always been a mystery. FRBs have been linked to everything from alien communication to errors in measurement to interference from Earth. In fact, these signals were thought to be little more than anomalies after a famous 2015 controversy showed scientists supposedly receiving alien messages only to find out these were just interference from their own microwave. However, this new report puts an end to all the controversy: These bizarre signals are not coming from our planet.
This was confirmed after data were gathered from a giant telescope located 40 km outside of Canberra. Three such FRBs were recorded using the Molonglo radio telescope. This specific telescope features an enormous focal length, having a collecting area of 193,750 square feet (18,000 sqm) and a field of view of around eight degrees of the sky. The telescope is able to produce 1000 TB of data every day.
Conventional single dish radio telescopes have difficulty establishing that transmissions originate beyond the Earths atmosphere, said Dr. Chris Flynn of the Swinburne University of Technology. The Molonglo telescope was re-engineered to be able to gather more data.
Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney added, it is very excit...
What the people of that country will gain is unclear. Their national interests will be eclipsed by the foreign-policy goals of other major players.
As talk of new oil and gas projects and renewable energy commitments pepper the headlines, its clear that energy project activity in Asia-Pacific (APAC) is emerging from its recessional slumber.
How is this renewed optimism in the Asia Pacific impacting hiring and recruiting?
As it turns out, the same governments that are giving the green light to new projects are also slowing the influx of international talent.
For energy companies to thrive, cultivating and mobilising local talent is crucial.
Uphill for downstream
When a softening of upstream activity (extraction and production) began, there was a growth in the downstream (closer to end user) sector, and naturally, jobs here became more plentiful. That trend has continued and is gaining steam.
Storage and delivery projects are also growing in size and scale. For example, Singapore is completing the construction of the worlds largest LNG storage tank.
The emphasis on downstream hiring extends across the oil and gas sector, with petrochemicals and refineries seeing workforce growth.
Lower commodity prices have led to increased investment in plant and facility upgrades.
In terms of roles, no other area in energy is growing as fast as renewablesand no other sub-sector is as appealing to energy workers.
However, oil and gas companies are also focusing on efficient staffing models to decrease the overall cost of expanding downstream activity.
Another focus for downstream hiring has been to get the most...
On Monday, Apple unveiled plans to work with 911 centers to automatically share the exact locations of iPhone users that need to call in an emergency.
Under a collaboration with startup company RapidSOS, Apple's current Hybridized Emergency Location system will integrate with 911 centers' existing software. Apple's system uses technology that estimates a phone's location with data from cell towers, GPS and Wi-Fi access points.
Privacy concerns have been at the center of this sort of location sharing in the past. However, Apple said that with the new feature, "user data cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose and only the responding 911 center will have access to the user's location during an emergency call."
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Following the United Kingdoms Brexit vote and the rise of populists in Central Europe, does the emergence of a Euroskeptic government in Italy represent a test too far for the European Union? Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, says that all roads for Europe now lead through Rome.
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak last year of a collection of hacking tools that the agency used for spy operations overseas.
Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment with illegally gathering and transmitting national defense information and other related counts in connection with what is considered to be one of the most significant leaks in CIA history.
The indictment accused Schulte of causing sensitive information to be transmitted to an organization, which is not named in the indictment but is thought to be WikiLeaks.
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April was Parkinson's Awareness Month, which prompted me to share this story and an effective, yet little-known treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkinson's disease is a form of brain disorder, with a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from hand tremors (trembling/shaky hands), to mask-like face (an expressionless face with little or no sense of animation). Neurofeedback is a technology-based learning technique that uses a computer to give information to a person about his or her own brainwave pattern in the form of EEG activity, in order to train the person to modify his or her own brainwaves. It is not widely known or used, but I have seen first-hand how neurofeedback can help manage the symptoms of PD. In 2009, I met a couple from the UK at an English tea house in Vancouver, B.C. They asked what brought me to Canada, and I explained that I was there for the 2nd International Conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to deliver a speech on "grieving the loss of self". Upon hearing this, the woman explained that this was how she felt as a result of living with Parkinson's disease, especially because she had not yet found a treatment that had helped her symptoms. I asked her if she had tried neurofeedback. As a neurofeedback practitioner myself, I have seen results using this type of treatment with a wide range of brain disorders. She was somewhat skeptical, but very interested, and asked if it was possible to help her remotely. I was able to work with her remotely using neurofeedback and saw great results in the management of her PD symptoms.
Making money is a kind of science, but neither the school nor the university teaches it. What we are learning is just a way to build a career. Many of us think that a high salary is a way to solve all our financial problems. In fact, a large amount of money doesnt solve all
Anti-Islamist activist Maajid Nawaz (Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images)
The Southern Poverty Law Center will pay anti-Islamist activist Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, $3.375 million as part of a settlement agreement for wrongly including them on its list of anti-Muslim extremists. The group also issued a written and video apology.
The law center is a non-profit organization that bills itself as a human rights watchdog.
The list, called the Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Activists, also included Clarion Project and our national security analyst Ryan Mauro. The group removed the list from its website in April.
The notorious list, which was offered as a guide for journalists and the like, became of a source of damage for those on it. This was due to the fact that not only the mainstream media used it, but also four of the worlds largest platforms partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center in determining their designation of hate groups and hate speech.
According to an exclusive report by The Daily Caller, Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms.
Amazon, in particular, gave the SPLC direct authority over its platform. We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible, an Amazon spokeswoman told The Daily Caller.
The SPLC was founded in 1971 and made a name for itself fighting against white supremacy groups such as the Klu Klux Klan. Over the years the group fought for womens rights and for the rights of people with disabilities. According to a historical...
Chasing Yield during ZIRP & NIRP Evidently Starved Human Brains of Oxygen. Now the Price Is Due by Wolf Richter Wolf Street See Argentinas 100-year dollar-bond and emerging-market turmoil as the Hot Money flees. Lets be clear: Its not...
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A "mysterious" attack on Syrian government forces in southwest Syria on June 18 has left as many as 52 Syrian (and Iraqi) troops dead. The Syrian media blames Washington, which has been warning Syria for several weeks to leave ISIS forces alone in the area. Who did it...and why?
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Group proposes a new system that lifts national consumer protections and gives control of health care to the states
The Affordable Care Act should be repealed in August and replaced with a new system that lifts national consumer protections and gives control of health care to the states, according to a proposal by a conservative group set to be released Tuesday.
The proposal risks irking centrist Republicans who want to focus on other subjects. Republican leaders have said they have no appetite for another push to repeal the ACA before the November midterm elections unless such a bill clearly has the votes to pass.
Republicans faced a series of obstaclesincluding internal division and unified Democratic oppositionas their effort to repeal the ACA collapsed last year. There is little evidence those dynamics in Congress have changed.
Still, the proposals release reflects the continuing eagerness of conservatives to topple the ACA, a longtime Republican promise whose window could close if Democrats make gains in the midterms as expected.
The conservatives proposal would drive co...
Greece and Macedonia have signed a historic deal agreeing to the latter country changing its name after decades of dispute. Macedonia, which sits to the north of Greece, will become known as North Macedonia under the new agreement, which was today signed by Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev. The name dispute between the two countries has existed since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Greece has previously argued that Macedonia's name suggests it has a claim over the Greek province which is also called Macedonia. While nationalists on both sides have attempted to thwart any kind of agreement in the past, Macedonia is believed to have become open to the change recently in order to push through the country's membership of Nato and the EU. Mr Tsipras called the agreement an "appointment with history", while Mr Zaev said the two countries can now call themselves "partners and allies".
by Patrick Truffer (originally published in German). He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelors degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zrich (ETH Zurich), and a masters degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin.
According to critics, mankind will be a huge step closer to self-extinction in the not-too-distant future. More specifically, this work could be carried out by lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). But how realistic such apocalyptic future scenarios really are? What is the current status of LAWS and how likely is an international ban on such weapon systems?
More or less unnoticed by the public, systems with weak AI are evolving: they improve the results of search queries on the Internet, are used in speech recognition or machine translation, and such systems will also be used to control drones and vehicles, to increase efficiency in logistics, in medicine and in many other areas in the near future.
Through the use of deep learning neural networks, the progress in the field of AI has been remarkable in recent years. Put simply, this approach first extracts abstract solution strategies from an extensive data collection on a specific problem. The solution strategies are then supplemented, expanded and improved using data known and unknown to the system comparable to training. Finally, the perfected solution strategies are applied to specific problems. 
This approach can also be found in systems used in the field of security. For example, there are pilot projects for the autonomous evaluation by surveillance cameras that strike an alarm in the event of conspicuous behaviour (Jefferson Chase, Facial Recognition Surveillance Test Extended at Berlin Train Station,...
from Bite Back
received anonymously (translation):
THE NIGHT BETWEEN THE 14TH AND 15TH OF DECEMBER 2017 WE RELEASED ABOUT A THOUSAND MINK FROM THE FARM IN SAN MARCO REVENNA.
THE OWNER OF THE PLACE HAD INSTALLED AN ALARM SYSTEM THAT CREATED AN INVISIBLE BARRIER ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE FARM. THIS VIRTUAL WALL WAS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE FENCE AT A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 20 CENTIMETERS AND WAS ABOUT 3 METERS HIGH. THE FARMER SLEPT IN A QUIET HOUSE FOR THE SYSTEM PUT IN DEFENSE OF THE PLACE. ARMED WITH THE DESIRE TO OPEN THOSE CAGES WE MODIFIED TEMPORARY SCAFFOLDING TO BE ABLE TO PASS THE BARRIER AND PENETRATE INSIDE WITHOUT TRIGGERING THE ALARM. ONCE INSIDE WE PROCEEDED TO CUT A PART OF THE NET CAUSING IT TO FALL INWARD AND PREVENTED IT FROM CROSSING THE BARRIER CREATED BY THE ALARM. ALL THIS, DESPITE THE CHECKS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS AND THE PATROLS OF THE OWNER.
UNFORTUNATELY THE TORTURER HAD ALREADY KILLED MOST OF THE ANIMALS LEAVING ONLY THOSE INTENDED FOR REPRODUCTION. SO WE OPENED THE CAGES SO THAT THEY COULD FINALLY RUN TOWARDS FREEDOM. THE ANGER THAT THE ANIMALS EXPRESS IN THOSE MOMENTS IS THE SAME THAT WE FEEL AGAINST THOSE WHO ENRICH THEMSELVES BY JAILING AND KILLING.
IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE ARM OURSELVES WITH DETERMINATION WITHOUT EVER GIVING UP IN THE FACE OF THE CHALLENGES AND THE SECURITY SYSTEMS THAT ARE DEVISED AND INSTALLED BY THE TORTURERS TO PREVENT US FROM OPENING THE CAGES.
THERE ARE MANY PLACES WHERE EVERYDAY ANIMALS BITE THE BARS OF THE CELLS THAT KEEP THEM IMPRISONED. WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO STAY AND LOOK AT ALL THIS, THE SYSTEMS ARE NOT IMPENETRABLE, JUST SEARCH FOR THE FLAWS. THE FARMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP PEACEFULLY WHEN THERE ARE THOSE DETERMINED TO TAKE ACTION TO CLOSE THESE CONCENTRATION CAMPS. WE ARE NOT EXPERTS AND WE HAVE NO SPECIAL SKILLS. WE ARE JU...
Mars is set to balloon in size in the night sky next month, as the red planet orbits closer to Earth than it has done in over a decade. Throughout the month of July, the orbit of Mars and Earth will align in a rare phenomenon known as perihelic opposition. This occurs when Mars reaches its closest point to the sun at the same time as Earth's orbit brings it directly between the two. As a result of the phenomenon, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been for 15 years, making it appear almost three times larger than normal in the night sky. Perihelic opposition, which will also make the red planet appear brighter, can be seen with the naked eye. Stargazers all over the world will be able to see the red planet, although those in the southern hemisphere will get the best view.
The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast.
The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire logistical line of the coalition was interrupted. However, these areas were not captured. So, the coalitions forces will soon be able to restore supplies to its group involved in the battle for al-Hudaydah.
At the same time, the coalitions forces continued clashing with the Houthis in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport and south of the port city itself. A few days ago, pro-coalition sources claimed that the al-Hudaydah airport was captured by the coalition. However, clashes in the area continued.
According to pro-Houthi sources, up to 30 vehicles of the coalition-led forces were destroyed and up to 200 fighters of the coalition-led forces were killed in the clashes during the past few days. These claims are partly confirmed by released videos and photos...
If you are an employee, sub-contractor, consultant or member of a stakeholder group or Community Consultative Committee (CCC), there are things that you can do if you feel that you are being bullied when dealing with a company.
Everyone at the workplace has a Work Health and Safety duty. Under WHS laws, while at work, workers must take reasonable care that their behaviour does not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.
It is important that the bullied person take action early to document the bullying and seek support. There should be company policies and procedures that explain the courses of action available in addition to the legislated protections.
The Safe Work Website says that the negative impacts of workplace bullying on the victims or witnesses is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.
Examples of potential unreasonable behaviour include:
This could have the following effects on the bullied person
From daily News Line in Britain:
Monday, 18 June 2018
Joint Justice4Grenfell-FBU demonstration
THERESA May we dont trust you, we trust the FBU, shouted over 3,000 marchers from Downing Street in London on Saturday. The joint march organised by the FBU and Justice4Grenfell attracted delegations of firefighters from as far as Ireland and Scotland.
A number of banners from the lecturers union UCU were also on the march. Humberside FBU Brigade Secretary, Gavin Marshall, told News Line: We want to see justice done thats why we are launching our own inquiry. We see that the building regulations have been fragmented over the last decade. This government wants to privatise everything.
We have seen job cuts coinciding with deregulation, meaning that safety inspections have been reduced. Its these cuts combined with inflammable cladding that led to why we are here today so dont point finger of blame in the direction of firefighters. We went above and beyon...
Fascinating discussion from Bank for International Settlements (BIS) about crypto currencies: Cryptocurrencies promise to replace trusted institutions with distributed ledger technology. Yet, looking beyond the hype, it is hard to identify a specific economic problem which they currently solve. Transactions are slow and costly, prone to congestion, and cannot scale with demand. The decentralised consensus behind
Police have not ruled out re-opening an investigation into the Pike River mine disaster of 2010. Their first investigation was dropped in 2013 due to insufficient evidence but with plans to enter the drift by the end of the year in full swing police would be able conduct an examination inside the mine. The spokesperson for many of the families of those killed in the explosion is Bernie Monk. He talks to Susie Ferguson
The announcement causes Adam some concerns. The whole Pike River disaster has become very political. Furthermore, given Andrew Littles EPMU position at the time he should recuse himself from any involvement in the case. Plus given some of the media reports when Pike River occurred there are probably others including some of the victims who should be looked at very carefully.
Yet, Adam suspects that all efforts will be focused on Pike River senior management despite the possibility that some culpability attaches elsewhere.
Beijings pet plan to lure back the countrys best tech firms to list in China faced its first major setback as Xiaomi, the company hand-picked to test the project, postponed its plans to raise funds from the mainland.
We will list in Hong Kong first, and later look for an opportunity to list the shares via Chinese depositary receipts (CDRs) in China, the worlds fourth-largest smartphone maker said in the announcement dated June 18, without stating how long it plans to delay the listing of CDRs.
The CDR is a financial instrument introduced by Beijing in March to bring back overseas incorporated tech leaders.
Branded as a counterpart of the American depositary receipts, CDRs will enable mainland investors, who are barred from freely moving their money offshore, to directly trade receipts underlying the basic securities issued overseas by Chinas tech firms.
Xiaomi was expected to be the first Chinese technology firm to float CDRs in early July, eyeing US$5 billion in proceeds closely followed by a similar amount from an initial public offering in Hong Kong.
It was expected that the smartphone maker would get the green light for the listing of its CDRs on Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
But the events took a sudden turn on Monday as the company announced the decision to postpone the CDR issuance.
Analysts have said that the CDR scheme had been rushed through, and questions such as convertibility, trading channels and accounting standards remain unanswered, even as negotiations between tech firms and the regulator continue.
It is unlikely that Xiaomi would kill the offering on the mainland, said Brock Silvers, managing director at the Shanghai-based Kaiyuan Capital. It is more of a reba...
It can be distressing to witness the pain of family, friends or even strangers going through a hard time. But what if, just like strengthening a muscle or learning a new hobby, we could train ourselves to be more compassionate and calm in the face of others' suffering? That is the question behind research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a new study suggests that as little as two weeks of compassion meditation training - intentionally cultivating positive wishes to understand and relieve the suffering of others - may reduce the distress a person feels when witnessing another's suffering. It may also improve their ability and likelihood to respond with compassion. The findings, published May 22 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, may have implications for professions in which people routinely work with others who are suffering, like doctors, law enforcement officers and first responders who experience high levels of distress or empathic burnout.
While the U.S. governments failure to take care of its citizens may be viewed as a good thing because it lets them turn to solutions in the private sector to solve their problems, the government is still robbing citizens through taxes, and making it look as if it will benefit them in the long run through programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
Back in early May was the announcement of the Silverblue project as an evolution of Fedora Atomic Workstation and trying to get this atomic OS into shape by Fedora 30. Beginning with Fedora 29, the plan is to officially rename Fedora Atomic Workstation to Fedora Silverblue...
For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the massive monster.
The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundations Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope, in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. The galaxies are nearly 150 million light-years from Earth. At the core of one of the galaxies, a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun shredded a star more than twice the Suns mass, setting off a chain of events that revealed important details of the violent encounter. The researchers also used observations of Arp 299 made by NASAs Hubble space telescope prior to and after the appearance of the eruption.
Only a small number of such stellar deaths, called tidal disruption events, or TDEs, have been detected. Theorists have suggested that material pulled from the doomed star forms a rotating disk around the black hole, emitting intense X-rays and visible light, and also launches jets of material outward from the poles of the disk at nearly the speed of light.
At the moment, its hard to decipher. Does the Unites State have a coherent foreign policy?
As the Trump road show continues to ramble its way through the various global regions, questions are emerging as to where the US is actually heading, and whether its going to increase or detract from its standing in the world. Is he remaking the western world or merely isolating the US? CrossTalking with host Peter Lavelle are guests Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich and 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen. Watch:
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A three-and-a-half year old refugee boy found a tragic death after he fell into the cesspit of the Refugees camp in Thiva, Boeotia, Central Greece, on Monday evening. According to media, the little boy was watching together with his parents other refugees playing football in a small pitch next to the cesspool. When the match
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The UK is "complicit in the violence" committed by Israel against Palestinians by not halting its arms sales to Tel Aviv, War on Want has claimed. It comes after London voted against a UN resolution condemning the Gaza killings. More than 120 Palestinians, taking part in the Great Return March which kicked off two months ago on the Gaza Strip, were killed by Israel Defence Forces (IDF), with thousands more injured. Israel's use of live ammunition against the largely unarmed protestors earned widespread condemnation by international human rights organizations and accusations it violated international law as it targeted people posing no imminent threat.
The UK is "complicit in the violence" committed by Israel against Palestinians by not halting its arms sales to Tel Aviv, War on Want has claimed. It comes after London voted against a UN resolution condemning the Gaza killings. More than 120 Palestinians, taking part in the Great Return March which kicked off two months ago on the Gaza Strip, were killed by Israel Defence Forces (IDF), with thousands more injured. Israel's use of live ammunition against the largely unarmed protestors earned widespread condemnation by international human rights organizations and accusations it violated international law as it targeted people posing no imminent threat.
Winston Peters has taken on the duties of Prime Minister even though he isnt technically in the role yet. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson discusses the developments with Susie Ferguson.
Nicole Stempak is a writer who lives in Northeast Ohio and shares today's guest article about a unique pop-up music venue.
The lit sign is like a beacon, calling people to come back, come out, come again. Its more than a signal that theres live music being played inside on a makeshift stage in a remodeled bar. Live Music Now! is inviting folks to see what a neighborhood has to offer and remind them of its existence. Its a tall order for a tiny space, and its living up to expectations.
Live Music Now! made use of vacant space on Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, Ohio to create small-scale, incremental change that happened in months, not years, and with about a $6,000-7,000 investment. The pop-up music shop is an effort to reimagine how to breathe new life into a once bustling blue-collar city.
Akron residents enjoy a night out at the Live Music Now! pop-up space.
Its an example of how to build up the business district in the Kenmore neighborhood. Its a model for how to develop commercial space, fill storefronts and bring in new business through the collaboration of local nonprofits, development and government. Its a testament to its residents that their neighborhood has something to offer. And Its a sign that things could change for the better after years of pessimism and decline.
Heres the thing Ive learned about Kenmore: There are so many people here who want to see this place succeed, who want to see the Boulevard succeed, says Tina Boyes, executive director of Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance. This was the spark that brought people to the table, and it really helped to galvanize the community.
Here's the story of how this unique music venue came to be and how your town could do something like this too.
Kenmore has always been a working-class community, through and through. Many of the early settlers came from Appalachia in search of work in the factories or salt mine. Kenmore was its own self-sufficient city and was once hailed as the fastest-growing city in the world. Developers touted Kenmore...
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UNHINGED: Anti-Trump hysteria is causing many US political pundits to abandon any semblance of sane commentary.
Whats becoming ever clearer is that Democratic Party establishment and its media surrogates are no longer part of the Left as it was once know traditionally known.
Whether its egging-on increased tensions between the US and Russia, or a violent proxy war and regime change in Syria, (Obamas) war on Yemen, general support for Israels brutal occupation and repression of the native Palestinians, or their opposition to any constructive peace between the US and North Korea through their incessant pro-war rhetoric, it should be self-evident by now that Americas Democratic establishment and its media arms in MSNBC and CNN are clearly in common cause with Neoconservatives, the military establishment and transnational corporate monopolists. If they have their way, all of these illegal wars of aggression will carry on, and US will continue its 21st century downward spiral from world leader and once trusted force for mediation on the international scene (even if it wasnt so, many countries still once regarded the US as positive force for progressive and stability in the world), down to a hegemon in moral meltdown. In short, The Resistance is hastening Americas inevitable demise and making mainstream politics and media a laughing-stock in the process.
American talk show host Jimmy Dore illustrates this point by revealing the complete insanity of Americas hysterical anti-Trump, pro-war Left, featuring a disturbingly crass segment by unhinged MSNBC host Rachel Maddow who somehow managed to tie-in Russia with the recent North Korean talks another case of someone purporting to be on the Left politically, but in actuality is attacking Trump from the (Neoconservative) right. Not only that, but Maddow is also engaging in toxic fake news too. Watch:
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Would it sound weird if we told you that Shell (yes, the petrochemical company) is building a starship? Probably. It would probably be less weird if we said that the Starship was actually a hyper-efficient bespoke semi truck that just did a coast-to-coast run from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville, Florida. To build the Starship, Shell teamed up with the AirFlow truck company to ruthlessly apply all of the best aerodynamic tricks and materials science hacks to the design of the truck in search of something more important to big trucks than simple miles-per-gallon: ton-miles per gallon. A truck's ton-miles per gallon figure compares the vehicle's fuel efficiency with the amount of cargo being carried since that dramatically affects how hard a diesel engine has to work. A typical long-haul diesel truck will weigh around 57,000 pounds, including a cargo load of 22,500 pounds. The Starship gross vehicle weight was right around 73,000 pounds, 39,900 pounds of which was cargo, despite that, the Starship averaged 8.94 miles per gallon versus a typical truck's average of 6.4 miles per gallon. The Starship's best mileage was just over 10 miles per gallon. Over the course of a million miles, the Starship would save over 44,000 gallons of diesel fuel versus a standard truck. That's a little more than 4,000 barrels of oil or 168,000 gallons of crude saved by one truck.
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As China has emerged as a global power playing an active role in international affairs, its filmmakers have found willing audiences for films heavy on action-packed shootouts, kung-fu heroes, and the defeat of foreign enemies.The plots of Operation Mekong, Operation Red Sea and Wolf Warrior are some of the best examples. The tropes are much the same: a poor, backwards and dangerous country with rebel armies, failing Western-style aid, and outnumbered Chinese heroes saving the day.The nationalism underpinning these films has garnered box office success, even though the overblown plots are at odds with China's real-world "wait and see" approach to most international and regional issues.It is a pity, then, that filmmakers are ignoring a subject where China is emerging as a leader on the global stage, that is, on climate change.China in Hollywood cli-fiIt's hard to know if there are many Chinese fans of "cli-fi" movies-those rare films that take climate change as their subject matter. If there are, they may have noticed the growing reference to China in Hollywood films with climate themes.Take for example, the 2017 blockbuster Geostorm, which did well at the Chinese box office but had poor reviews. In it, a satellite system designed to avert natural disasters and fix global warming by modifying the weather is weaponised, threatening disaster.As the film starts, we are told that China and the United States are leading the planet's best scientists in their (misguided) attempt to deliver fantastical climate engineering solutions that can save humanity from heatwaves and cold snaps.China soon disappears from the story though after Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu is killed off, leaving the film to get back to its conventional plot in which a white male hero saves the day.One of the best known cli-fi movies so far, 2012, has plot elements that involve China more prominently. As huge floods threaten humanity's future, China's factories come to the rescue, working day and night to produce high-tech floating arks before the waters rise.But as David S Roh and others have pointed out, myths of Asia's technology and manufacturing prowess are just another method of objectification and mystification-a type of techno-orientalism.Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu had a small role in Geostorm but was killed off before the halfway point (Image: Geostorm)An awkward absenceHistorically, climate change has not lent itself easily to films outside of documentaries, or effects-driven disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow, meaning there are few cli-fi examples. And it isn't hard to understand why China's climate leadership fails to make it into the scripts of US films. If Chinese filmmakers are failing to acknowledge China's role, can Hollywood be expected to?Look to China and we find, to our surprise, that Chinese cinema has done even less than Hollywood to reflect the country's important international role in tackling climate change. In fact, 18 years into this centu...
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An investigation at the National Institutes of Health concluded that the $100 million trial had been tainted by funding appeals to the alcohol industry. The extensive government trial was intended to settle an age-old question about alcohol and diet: Does a daily cocktail or beer really protect against heart attacks and stroke? To find out, the National Institutes of Health gave scientists $100 million to fund a global study comparing people who drink with those who don't. Its conclusions could have enshrined alcohol as part of a healthy diet. As it turned out, much of the money for the study came from the alcohol industry. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that officials at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the N.I.H., had solicited that funding from alcohol manufacturers, a violation of federal policy.
As American continues its depressing slow drift into Fascism this quote caught my eye:
In my work with the defendants (at the Nuremberg Trails 1945-1949) I was searching for the nature of evil and I now think I have come close to defining it. A lack of empathy. Its the one characteristic that connects all the defendants, a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow men. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.
Quotation: Captain G. M. Gilbert, the Army psychologist assigned to watching the defendants at the Nuremberg trials
For those of you like me who are regular visitors to the States the whole situation is profoundly depressing. I always find Americans a warm and friendly people. To see them being manipulated into hating their fellow man so much that they condone concentrate camps for kids is heartbreaking.
This clip below is from the excellent documentary The House I live in (available on Netflix). It gives a terrifying insight into how genocide can occur:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
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In May 1998, violent riots erupted across Indonesia demanding the resignation of then President Suharto who had ruled the country for over three decades. The riots led to a change in government but thousands of innocent civilians in particular, Indonesians of Chinese ancestry were injured, raped, and killed. Many Orang Tionghoa (how Indonesians with full or partial Chinese ancestry are called) fled the country because of the escalating violence that targeted them.
A government report released in October 1998 revealed that, while some violent incidents against Indonesian Chinese were spontaneous, most cases appeared to be systematically planned by local thugs supported by powerful political and military forces. The report also documented cases of rape that victimized many Indonesian Chinese women.
After two decades, victims of the attacks in 1998 and their families continue to seek justice. Written by Melbourne-based artist Rani Pramesti, the Chinese Whispers illustrated novel narrates the tragedy that forced her to flee her beloved country in 1998. It also features the stories of women who witnessed the 1998 riots.
Global Voices interviewed Rani Pramesti about the novel and her motivation for initiating this project:
The Chinese Whispers was inspired by my personal experiences of how the May 1998 racial violence impacted my sense of identity as well as by the historical context of May 1998.
I noticed how 1998 became an important unspoken issue (among) Chinese Indonesian...
190618THREE HIGH COMMISSIONERS VISITING BOUGAINVILLE
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The High Commissioner for New Zealand to PNG, MS SUE MACKWELL, the High Commissioner for FIJI to PNG, MR ISALA TELENI and High Commissioner for Solomon Islands, MR. BARNABAS ANGA are in Bougainville this week to get first hand greater understanding of the current Bougainville situation.
They arrived in Buka yesterday and have been meeting with government officials in Buka and left for Arawa this afternoon.
According to their program, they will tour Arawa and visit schools tomorrow before departing to BUIN tomorrow afternoon.
They will meet with the member for South Bougainville and deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU in Buin on Thursday morning.
Friday they will visit schools before driving to Arawa ready for returning to Port Moresby on Saturday.
The Solomon Islands High Commissioner is very interested in visiting BUIN and observing the traditional border crossing there.
New Dawn FM understands the Solomon Islanders cross over to sell their fish at the Buin market every Thursdays and Saturdays.
Pro-government forces have continued their operation in the Syrian desert clearing the areas of Tayyara, al-Bawdah, Wadi al-Luwayziyah and nearby points at the border with Iraq from ISIS cells.
Earlier, government troops cleared the areas of Bir Tayyarah, Bir Um Salabikh, Kabt Mount, Tell Shadid, Abar Warak and Bir Atshan from ISIS units in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.
Units of the Syrian Army and other pro-government groups also met with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) at the Syrian-Iraqi border, southeast of the village of Humaimah.
Photos from the border:
190618CECILIA PEPSON CALLS FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
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The Bougainville women leader who spoke on behalf of the Bougainville women at the Bougainville Day celebrations in Port Moresby, CECILIA PEPSON called on the Bougainvilleans working in Port Moresby to contribute to community projects back home.
She mentioned women project managing by her TOKAINO women under the LULE constituency as one successful project that she has been working on over the years.
MS PEPSON said that using todays communication flat-forms offered by Digicel mobile company she can talk to them from Port Moresby almost every day.
She said that the women of TOKAINO started by meeting outside on lawns and eventually built a womens centre with the help of donor partners.
MS PEPSON called on the workers in Port Moresby to also support their women by at least sending some funds to them so that they can do something to help themselves.
She suggested at least ten people from one community raising ONE HUNDRED KINA each and contributing to community projects in the communities.
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A 46-year-old grandmother strangled a rabid bobcat to death after the animal attacked her in her front yard in north-eastern Georgia. The Athens-Banner Herald reported that DeDe Phillips of Hart county had gone outside on 7 June to take a picture when the bobcat lunged at her. "My neighbor's dog was barking and it drew my attention," she said. "I saw the cat and I took a picture. The cat took two steps and was on top of me ... It came for my face." Phillips said she grew up in the country, where her father-in-law was once a trapper of bobcats. As a result, she knew something about the animal's behavior and how to fight back.
190618GALIP NUT TO BE PROMOTED
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The Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project (PPAP) staff in the Panguna district, MALON SIRA says that a new cash crop would be introduced soon to the farmers in Bougainville.
He told New Dawn FM that the PPAP project is now looking at the Galip nut or its scientific name (CANARIUM) after several research were completed by the National Research Institute.
MR. SIRA said they will be providing buddings of the Galip nut like the cocoa plants for distribution to farmers who are interested in planting them.
He said this would be a cash crop that will support other cash crops like cocoa and coconut.
Israel declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack.
The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Irans proxies anywhere in Syria.
AFP | Map of Syria locating air strike in Al-Hari.
Fighters of Iraqs Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, mainly composed of Iran-trained Shiite militia, have played a major role in the war against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group in Syria as well as Iraq.
But their presence has sparked confrontations with both Washington, which has been supporting a Kurdish-led alliance that controls other parts of eastern Syria, and Israel, which fears Iranian-inspired attacks on its forces in the occupied Golan Heights.
Syrian authorities and the Iraqi paramilitaries both blamed Washington for the strike, which killed at least 52 fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
But US officials denied any involvement and instead pointed the finger at Israel.
We have reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike, one US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The Israeli military declined to be drawn on the US claims. We are not commenting on foreign reports, a spokeswoman said.
The military has carried out previous strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, but most have been significantly closer to Israel or the Israeli-occupied Golan.
Last month, Israel launched a large-scale attack on what it said were Iranian targets in Syria, raising fears of a major confrontation.
Those strikes followed a barrage of rockets that Israel said was fired towards its forces in the occupied Golan by Iran from Syria.
Even before that, Israel had been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged them.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Netanyahu reiterated his position that Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria.
We will take action -? and are already taking action -? against efforts to establish a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria both close to the border and deep inside Syria, the prime minister said.
We will act against these efforts anywhere in Syria.
Israeli seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.
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190618WILSON HAPPY WITH WAKUNAI CELEBRATION
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The ABG member for TERRA and Minister for Finance and Treasury, ROBIN WILSON says he is happy with the people of TERRA and RAO for making this years ABG Day celebration in Wakunai a success.
He told New Dawn FM that the WAKUNAI celebration was the biggest he has seen so far and thanked the member for RAU, THOMAS KERIRI for contributing funds towards the staging of the program.
MR. WILSON also thanked his people for participating with their very colourful activities as some highlights of the celebrations.
The Finance Minister said that from the THIRTHY THOUSAND KINA allocated by the ABG for the ABG Day celebrations for Central Bougainville, WAKUNAI received TEN THOUSAND KINA which were used for the Wakunai celebrations.
The most likely challenger on June 24 is the CHPs candidate Muharrem nce who will have an uphill battle.
Turkish democracy has been in a slow motion crisis for some time now. Turkeys president Recep Tayyip Erdoan is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Victor Orban, Rodrigo Duterte, and Vladimir Putin. His Justice and Development Party has been running the country under a state of emergency since the summer of 2016, using anti-terrorism and defamation laws to imprison large numbers of journalists, NGO workers and opposition politicians. Last year, the party won a referendum to grant major new powers for the president. In April this year, Erdoan called a snap election to vote in the next president of Turkey. The most likely challenger is the CHPs candidate Muharrem nce who will have an uphill battle.
For the AKP the most important aspect of democracy is the vote, while separation of powers, freedom of the press and independent judiciary are regarded as irrelevant compared to the power of the the national willpower as the AKP catchphrase goes. A ballot victory is considered a carte blanche and thats why elections still matter to the AKP as their sole source of legitimacy. However, their corrupt control of the media and willingness to stoop to all manner of dirty tricks (as seen in the 2015 election and 2017 referendum) means that elections are far from fair. A ballot victory is considered a carte blanche and thats why elections still matter to the AKP as their sole source of legitimacy.
That being said, this election is going to be very tight. Approval ratings suggest that the population is closely divided&n...
190618AWARENESS TEAM VISIT DISTRICTS
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The ABG Department of Economic Development will be carrying out a joint awareness and survey program in Tinputz, Buin and Siwai starting tomorrow Wednesday 20th June, 2018.
The awareness will start at the Tinputz District Office between 8am and 12 noon tomorrow and on Thursday at the LIZ Guest House Conference room in Buin on Thursday 21st June whilst in Siwai they will meet at the Siwai District Office on Friday 22nd, June.
The main aim of the awareness programs is to get the wider public view on the Bougainville Business Reserved Activity list and also to inform and educate the general public on the roles and functions of each agency like the Bougainville Inward Investment Bureau, IRC, Customs and Immigrations and the IPA.
The team can also answer queries the public may have on the work of the department.
If Archbishop Philip Wilson goes to jail, Brian Houston may be in line for some jail-time too.
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A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide by the end of the month whether to approve GW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex. Its a purified form of cannabidiol a component of cannabis that doesnt get users high to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes in kids. Both forms of epilepsy are rare.
Cannabidiols effect on a variety of health conditions is frequently touted, but there is still little evidence to back up advocates personal experiences. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has long categorized cannabis as a Schedule I drug, a category with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. That strictly limits research on potential medical uses for cannabis or the chemicals in it, including cannabidiol, or CBD.
But for years, parents desperate to find anything to help their children have turned to the marijuana-based products made legal by a growing number of states.
Meagan Patrick is among the parents using CBD to treat symptoms in their children. She moved from Maine to Colorado in 2014 so she could legally get CBD for her now-5-year-old daughter, Addelyn, who was born with a brain malformation that causes seizures.
My child was dying, and we needed to do something, Patrick said.
As for the potentia...
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
[...] A new nationwide study of obituaries has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion.
That four-year boost -- found in an analysis of more than 1,000 obits from around the country -- was calculated after taking into account the sex and marital status of those who died, two factors that have strong effects on lifespan.
[...] "We found that volunteerism and involvement in social organizations only accounted for a little less than one year of the longevity boost that religious affiliation provided," Wallace said. "There's still a lot of the benefit of religious affiliation that this can't explain."
So what else explains how religion helps people live longer? It may be related to the rules and norms of many religions that restrict unhealthy practices such as alcohol and drug use and having sex with many partners, Way said.
In addition, "many religions promote stress-reducing practices that may improve health, such as gratitude, prayer or meditation," he said.
[...] Way said there are limitations to the study, including the fact that it could not control for important factors related to longevity such as race and health behaviors. But a potential strength was that, unlike other studies, religious affiliation was not self-reported, but was reported by the obituary writer.
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Prosecutors from the special counsels inquiry questioned Caputo last month and confronted him with a meeting he set up between a Russian and Stone. At that point, Caputo knew he and Stone were in trouble and theyve been working ever since to concoct a defense. The defense wont clear them of lying to Congress, but it appears that the Russian in question had worked as an FBI informant in the past. So, supposedly, this is a case of entrapment.
Caputo is unique among the suspects in the Russia inquiry in that hes the only one I know of who has persistently bragged over the years about having worked for the Kremlin. He got his start working to help Boris Yeltsin beat the odds and win reelection. Later on, he had a job burnishing the image of Vladimir Putin in the United Statees as an employee of Gazprom Media. Along the way, he never seems to have strayed too far from Roger Stones side, working with on a variety of trollish New York state campaigns, including the long-shot gubernatorial bids of Carl Paladino and Tom Golisano, and the takedown of attorney general Eliot Spitzer. Its probably through Stone that Caputo made the acquaintance of Donald Trump and landed a job working as a senior communications adviser for his campaign.
While serving in that capacity, Capu...
George Cottrells arrest was hardly noticed at the time, especially in the United States, and it appeared even in the court documents that his subsequent cooperation with federal prosecutors pertained to the crimes for which he had been indicted, which had no obvious relationship to the Russia investigation. Before long, however, we may all know his name and his story, and he could wind up being a key figure in the downfall of Donald Trump.
Youll have to go behind a paywall to find out how George Cottrell survived his time in a U.S. prison. He was arrested at OHare International Airport on July 22, 2016, the same day that Julian Assange did his major dump of hacked emails from the Democratic National Headquarters.
Seated in a dark suit with a glass of claret in front of him at lunch recently in the Sydney Arms in Chelsea, George Cottrell describes the evening of 23 June 2016 as the best night of my life something Ill never forget.
On that day of the EU referendum poll, indeed throughout that overheated political summer, Cottrell had been in the jump seat at Nigel Farages side, working as his aide-de-camp, gatekeeper and campaign fixer from booking his helicopters to letting Simpsons Tavern in the City know that Nigel was on the way for what he likes to call a PFL (Proper Fing Lunch).
George is the nephew of Alexander Fermor-Hesketh, 3rd Baron Hesketh, a UK Independence Party donor, former member of the House of Lords, and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was 22 years old when the Feds intercepted him at OHare, seized his phone and laptop, and charged him with twenty-one counts, including blackmail, dark web money laundering, conspiracy, and wire fraud. He had been traveling in the company of Nigel Farage and his entourage as they sought to return home to England from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Understandably embarrassed, Mr. Farage sought to distance himself from his aide-de-camp.
After the arrest, Farage called Cottrell a 22-year-old unpaid volunteer and party su...
Well, isn't this special?
Russian state TV is celebrating after seeing the recent report that Trump told G7 leaders that Crimea belongs to Russia because the people there speak Russian.
Trumps statement, which parrots the Kremlins talking points on Crimea, was widely interpreted in Russia as an official declaration by the U.S. that Russia was justified when they illegally invaded Crimea and annexed it from Ukraine.
The ignorant proclamation made by Trump was quickly turned into propaganda and touted by Russian state TV hosts Olga Skabeeva and Evgeny Popov, who triumphantly reported on the remarks Friday.
Krym nash, Trump nash! Skabeeva declared to the audience, which in English means Crimea is ours, Trump is ours!
The GOP seems to be rather overcompensating for their previous Cold War zeal.
It's pretty desperate for the president at this point, which is clear from the fact that his lawyer is seriously considering becoming a cooperating witness against him and his former campaign chairman just spend the first night of, probably, the rest of his life in prison. But, it's okay because he's referencing the wrong IG report to exonerate himself from any wrongdoing. It's one of the silliest things I've ever seen. A report that looks at the FBI and DOJ's performance in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails and has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump is supposed to somehow clear Donald Trump because it doesn't say he did anything wrong.
And, as embattled as he is, his solution is to salute North Korean generals and make more apologies for Vladimir Putin. He wants to have Kim visit him in the White House and have a meeting with Putin, he wants to end joint military exercises with South Korea and is telling our European partners that Crimea belongs to Russia and Russia should be readmitted to the G7. He's telling anyone who will listen that Kim has a winning personality and runs his country like a champion.
He's fucking crazy, folks. This is not going to end well.
Paul Manafort is in court right now and the president feels badly about it. The former Trump campaign chairman has already pleaded not-guilty to new charges of witness tampering, and his lawyers are pleading with the judge not to jail him.
Update [2018-6-15 12:59:56 by BooMan]: They were ultimately not successful.
During the hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson pressed a prosecutor on Muellers team on the question of whether Manafort currently represents a danger to the public.
The prosecutor said that Manafort is a threat because of the likelihood that he will commit new crimes.
However, Manaforts lawyer scoffed at the idea that he was trying to tamper [with] witness[es].
Berman has yet to rule on the request to revoke Manaforts bail, which would lead to him being jailed before his trials, or to modify the terms of his release.
Per usual, Trump simply cannot be honest about any of this:
President Donald Trump, while speaking to reporters outside the White House on Friday morning, was asked about Manafort.
Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign, Trump said. I feel a little badly about it.
You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan. He worked for Bob Dole. He worked for many other he worked for me, what, 49 days or something. Very short period of time.
In fact, Manafort served 144 days as Trumps presidential campaign chairman. He was hired in late March 2016, and resigned on Aug. 19 of that year.
Its hard to tell a bigger lie than to claim that your campaign chairman had nothing to do with your campaign. But thats par for the course with this man.
His potentially bigger problem has been reported by Shimon Prokupecz of CNN.
Michael Cohen has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators to alleviate the pressure on himself and his family, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) June 15, 2018
Could be an exciting weekend.
Leave it to David Fahrentold, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his outstanding coverage of Donald Trumps charitable foundation and other charity-related activities, to beautifully and succinctly describe what happened today.
New Yorks attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging persistently illegal conduct at the presidents personal charity and saying that Trump had repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at 2016 campaign events.
In the suit, Attorney General Barbara Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.
Underwood also asked that Trump be banned from leading any other New York nonprofit organization for 10 years seeking to apply a penalty usually reserved for the operators of small-time charity frauds to the president of the United States.
If you dont regularly read the Washington Post or watch cable news, particularly MSNBC, this suit by the New York attorney general might come as a surprise. But Fahrentold exposed Trump on this front with indefatigable tenacity, and each of his bombshell reports were duly covered on television. The problem was mainly that these were one-and-done stories which were immediately dropped down the memory hole when the next Trump outrage took precedence.
Ive seen a lot of people comparing how little coverage the Trump Foundation received in comparison to the Clinton Foundation, and its true that there really is no comparison. But thats largely a function of two things. One is that, although Trump received much more coverage overall than Clinton, it was dispersed over an ever-changing set of scandals, exposs, outrages, and norm breaking. And the second is that, largely driven by Trumps message discipline, the negative coverage of Clinton stayed in a few well-traveled lanes. By far, the busiest lane was discussion of Clintons private email server, but speculation about improprieties with the Clinton Fo...
I think we all know the personality type that is cynical about politics regardless of the circumstances. We all know some people who have a consistent throw the bums out attitude. You can measure the broad electorates shifting attitudes toward the president or Congress, but some people are perpetually disgruntled by nature.
I dont know if you can really call them swing voters, although their votes reliably swing back and forth depending on which party needs to be thrown out. A true swing voter should be persuadable, and these folks are the furthest thing from persuadable. They cant be convinced that anyone can be trusted or is worth a good goddamn. They generally dont have time for political promises (except, perhaps, the most utopian), so their ideological commitment is minimal and easily overcome by a general dislike of any politician or party that actually wields any power.
These are the folks that like term limits because it saves them the trouble of worrying about whether theyll succeed in throwing the bums out. I find these people boring and naive. Theyre the very definition of downers, made all the more annoying by their pretense of sophistication and their contempt for anyone who has an ounce of hope or idealism.
They probably make up close to a seventh of the voting public. When you add in the folks who have concluded that present circumstances justify putting a pox on both major parties, the number comes in at about eighteen percent, and they can make or break the winners of the upcoming midterm elections. Unfortunately for the Republicans, its their turn to taste these voters wrath:
In our review of the 2016 election, one of the clues we missed on Donald Trump was his overperformance among voters who disliked BOTH Trump and Hillary Clinton. These voters made up 18 percent of voters in our merged NBC/WSJ polls of 2016, and they disproportionately broke for Trump and Republicans on the generic ballot.
Well, learning from that 2016 lesson, here is the merged congressional preference among voters with a negative view of BOTH parties:
2010 merged NBC/WSJ: 49 percent GOP, 23 percent DEM (R+26)
2014 merged NBC/WSJ: 51 percent GOP, 24 percent DEM (R+27)
2018 merged NBC/WSJ (so far): 50 percent DEM, 36 percent GOP (D+14)
Its really pretty easy to predict this. All other things being equal, if both parties are worthless then the party to punish is the one with the power. If power is divided, then the party that holds the White House gets blasted, although the effect in that circumstance might be less intense.
Theres not much politicians or political parties can do about this bunch. When they...
Having grown up in an Ivy League town, gone to college in the midwest, and spent most of the rest of my life living in the metropolises of Los Angeles and Philadelphia or the Philly suburbs, Ive had an opportunity to watch how liberal whites think about and talk about people of color in a lot of different settings. Without any question, urban white liberals are the only ones who dont consistently fall short of the ideal for racial tolerance and enlightenment. And there is a simple reason for this. Theyre the only group that comes close to being truly integrated with people of other races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. Urban whites will still make reference to dangerous neighborhoods in racially-tinged derogatory ways, but the dirty little secret is that urban blacks do this too. When these distinctions are made, theyre discerning and accurate as to this actual risk.
Shopping for a car in the suburbs, the salesman will reference Philadelphia when describing the security features, rather than any particular part of the city. Parents will refer to their discomfort with visiting the city in general terms, with the unstated and understood premise that there are a lot of minorities and crime there. Philadelphia is shorthand for black and dangerous, even though among liberals theres usually no intended racial animus to the reference.
These things only get more pronounced the further you get from a major city or diverse suburb. In western Michigan, the fear is more palpable and casually racist remarks are more common and better tolerated. A park that suddenly has Mexicans and Central Americans picnicking and playing pick-up soccer will become a subject of open complaint.
My experiences neatly line up with the research of Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos. whose recent book The Space Between Us, is highlighted today in Thomas Edsalls New York Times opinion piece. The research shows that white liberal tolerance for racial integration diminishes very quickly when faced with actual integration. Tolerance is highest where integration is already high or where it hardly exists at all.
The relationship between the proportion of an out-group in an area and group-based bias is curvilinear: it becomes greater as the out-group proportion increases until reaching a tipping point and then start...
A man taking a closer look at the decomposing carcass of a beached sperm whale, estimated to weigh about 10 tonnes, on a Nurussalam beach in Indonesia's Aceh province yesterday. "The dead whale... is decomposing," local resident Yunus told Aceh's serambinews.com news site yesterday. Pictures sent by residents showed that part of the skin of the decomposing whale had peeled off. In November last year, 10 whales were beached in the same province. Aceh is Indonesia's northernmost province on Sumatra island, with its western flank facing the Indian Ocean and with the Bay of Bengal to the north.
UCLA scientists have identified specific gut bacteria that play an essential role in the anti-seizure effects of the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. The study, published today in the journal Cell, is the first to establish a causal link between seizure susceptibility and the gut microbiota -- the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that reside in the human body's intestines. The ketogenic diet has numerous health benefits, including fewer seizures for children with epilepsy who do not respond to anti-epileptic medications, said Elaine Hsiao, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, and senior author of the study. However, there has been no clear explanation for exactly how the diet aids children with epilepsy. Researchers in Hsiao's laboratory hypothesized that the gut microbiota is altered through the ketogenic diet and is important for the diet's anti-seizure effects. Hsiao's research team conducted a comprehensive investigation into whether the microbiota influences the ability of the diet to protect against seizures and if so, how the microbiota achieves these effects.
Contrary to the warnings of some political analysts, even after the recent debacle in Canada, the G7 can and will play a role albeit a less important one on the global stage. But that does not mean that the summit's failure was cost-free.
The social engineers who manufacture the narratives which are dispensed to the mass media and repeated as fact to unsuspecting audiences rely heavily on the tactic of generating sympathy.
So what is Salesforce doing about it?
A billionaire tech mogul with a spiritual side, Mr. Benioff riffs on his early days at Apple and Oracle, and whats wrong with Facebook.
BitTorrent, the company which owns the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, has quietly been sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun, the founder of blockchain-focused startup TRON. TRON is a decentralized entertainment and content-sharing platform that uses blockchain and distributed storage technology. It allows users to publish content without having to use third-party platforms such
The Marine Mammal Center confirmed the blue whale washed ashore Monday afternoon south of Limantour Beach in Point Reyes Nation Seashore. The organization will work with the California Academy of Sciences to perform a necropsy and determine a cause of death. A whale watching group out on the water near the Farallon Islands came across an unpleasant sight Saturday. Instead of breaching humpbacks or playful dolphins, tourists on board got an up-close view of a blue whale carcass, floating on the water as it decayed. Blue whales, the largest animal on the planet, are classified as an endangered species. About 2,800 live off the coast of California, according to the Marine Mammal Center. According to a naturalist on board the San Francisco Whale Tours boat, the carcass was spotted a few miles southeast of the islands. Pictures show the blue whale stomach's extremely bloated as seagulls scavenge the remains.
Portland has an awkward history of Pride overlapping with Juneteenth, and this year it happened again. If you had a choice of going to a Pride celebration or a Juneteenth celebration but couldnt be a part of both, which would you attend? Why?
For me its a bit academic, living in Canada where Juneteenth isnt celebrated (for obvious reasons) and Pride is on a different weekend anyway. But its still a chance to look at important issues of how we prioritize our lives and the causes that we value. I think right now Id prioritize Juneteenth if for no other reason than the Canadian kids have been to lots of Prides and zero Juneteenths, but it would get harder to answer if wed been to both the same number of times.
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An Iranian soccer fan at the World Cup in Russia (Photo: BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian women attending the World Cup tournament in Russia are reveling in the fact that they are allowed to attend soccer games, a right which they do not have in their native country. Extraordinary pictures of these women have emerged (see video below) note the absence of the hijabs and abayas they are forced to wear at home. (Western liberals promoting hijabs take note.)
Meanwhile in Iran, award-winning human rights lawyer Nasrin Soroudeh was arrested and thrown into the notorious Evin prison. The prison is known for housing Irans political prisoners.
Soroudeh, 55, recently represented a number of women arrested for protesting against the governments mandatory hijab policy.
Sotoudeh, an outspoken human rights advocate, won the European Parliaments Sakharov prize in 2012 for working on cases defending human rights in Iran, including juvenvilles sentenced to death. She was previously thrown in prison between 2010 and 2013 after being convicted for actions against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime. She was then forbidden to represent defendants in human rights cases or leave Iran until 2022.
Most French companies hoping to continue doing business in Iran after the US imposes new sanctions on the country will find it impossible to do so, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday.
These companies wont be able to stay because they need to be paid for the products they deliver to, or build in Iran, and they cannot be paid because there is no sovereign and autonomous European financial institution capable of shielding them, Le Maire told BFM television.
The new sanctions announced by US President Donald Trump in May after he pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran would punish any foreign firm operating in Iran which also does business with the US or in dollars.
AFP/File | Renault is the only big French company do defy Trumps sanctions in Iran
Our priority is to build independent, sovereign European financial institutions which would allow financing channels between French, Italian, German, Spanish and any other countries on the planet, Le Maire said.
Its up to us Europeans to choose freely and with sovereign power who we want to do business with, he added.
The United States should not be the planets economic policeman.
Le Maire and his EU counterparts have been trying to secure exemptions for their firms, many of which rushed back into Iran after the landmark accord curtailing Tehrans nuclear programme.
French carmaker Renault, which does not sell cars in the US, has said it will remain despite the sanctions.
But French oil group Total and carmaker PSA have already indicated they are likely to pull out of Iran.
Analysts have warned it would be nearly impossible to protect multinationals from the reach of the extraterritorial US measures, given the exposure of large banks to the US financial system and dollar transactions.
The first round of the new sanctions, targeting Irans auto and civil aviation sectors, are scheduled to go into effect on August 6.
Le Maires calls for reinforced European institutions come as French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Germany on Tuesday seeking a roadmap for eurozone reforms with Chancellor Angela Merkel
Macron is pushing for deeper integration, including a common eurozone investment budget; new fiscal rules for tech giants; a harmonised EU corporate tax; and measures to shore up eurozone banks.
The proposals are on the agenda for a key EU summit on June 28-29.
Were at the moment of truth for the Franco-German relationship, and the moment of truth for the eurozone as a whole, Le Maire said.
In the next few hours, either the president and the chancellor reach an accord on these four po...
Letter to the Editor by Tom Bond, WVNews, June 16, 2018
West Virginia leaders have an unmatched talent for delicious, self-serving fantasy. Take the picture with the article Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction begins with ground breaking in Lewis County. Obviously unfamiliar hands on golden shovels, with a State Trooper arms akimbo in the background in case reality should pop up.
Born in Wheeling in the middle of the Civil War, West Virginia was conceived to deliver the coal of western Virginia to the Union through the new railroads. After emancipation, coal led directly to a new and more complicated kind of slavery. Company houses, company stores, scrip money, work from boyhood to death under horrible conditions devoid of safety rules. It lead to a war in southern West Virginia with a battle line miles long.
The money and the ideas came from out of state, and the capital gained went out of state to build industry elsewhere. The local benefit was marginal at best and it left behind broken communities, hills still collapsing today, bleeding red water. Where coalmining continues mountains are truncated, and huge areas of surface are essentially left useless, no longer able to produce the magnificent forest of the past.
Now extraction comes in a new form, fracking. The final result of fracking would be a regular pattern of well platforms, access roads and pipelines over much of the state, so from high altitude it will look like a pox on the earth. It would preclude future agriculture and forestry on those pox affected areas.
We desperately need jobs in West Virginia, so they claim jobs. But drilling is a mature industry requiring a small amount of highly skilled labor and huge investment. Several companies are advancing on automating drilling, so that only one man and robots can do the work. Once the well is drilled it only needs a small amount of labor to maintain, and the well lasts 6 to 8 years. Once the pipelines and compressors are in place only a few jobs are provided by them to take the gas to market, too.
Its present permutation of drilling, called fracking, involves harmful chemicals which are widely believed to be dangerous to people living in the area. Hundreds of scientific, peer reviewed research papers confirm it too.. It is true some dont, about 20%, just...
In the first five months of 2018 Greece has been Europes top entry point for refugees and migrants. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontext, over 19,800 people entered Greece during January May 2018. At the same time, the land border crossing from Turkey to Greece increased by 90 percent. The
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This 14 November 2014 video says about itself:
The fossils of the first animal can be found in the Ediacara Hills in South Australia. This animal is called Dickinsonia. It was a cushion like creature that lay on the seafloor. Its size ranged from a penny to a bath mat. It crept around very slowly to look for food.
From the University of California Riverside in the USA:
Two new creatures discovered from dawn of animal life
June 18, 2018
Earths first complex animals were an eclectic bunch that lived in the shallow oceans between 580-540 million years ago.
The iconic Dickinsonia large flat animals with a quilt-like appearance were joined by tube-shaped organisms, frond-like creatures that looked more like plants, and several dozen other varieties already characterized by scientists.
Add to that list two new animals discovered by a UC Riverside-led team of researchers:
Obamus coronatus, a name that honors President Barack Obamas passion for science. This disc-shaped creature was between 0.5-2 cm across with raised spiral grooves on its surface. Obamus coronatus did not seem to move around, rather it was embedded to the ocean mat, a thick layer of organic matter that covered the early ocean floor.
Attenborites janeae, named after the English naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough for his science advocacy and support of paleontology. This tiny ovoid, less than a centimeter across, was adorned with internal grooves and ridges giving it a raisin-like appearance.
The discovery of Obamus coronatus was published online June 14 in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, or AJES, and the Attenborites janeae paper is forthcomin...
All the three nations have raised concerns about the use of lethal equipment CAR requested that include Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear gas grenades and other weaponry for its army and police.
The CARs defense minister has asked UN sanctions committee on June 5 to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow the shipments, AFP reported Friday.
France said it had concerns concerning some lethal equipment included in this exemption request, citing anti-aircraft weapons and ammunitions, according to a document obtained by AFP.
The French mission to the United Nations requested additional justifications concerning this lethal equipment in order to be able to take a decision.
The United States noted that there was no threat of an air attack in CAR and questioned deliveries of eight grenade launchers, four anti-aircraft machine guns as well as anti-personnel grenades and rockets.
Britain said it was concerned that the shipments would pass through Cameroon unescorted to the border with CAR.
The council imposed an arms embargo on the Central African Republic in 2013 when the country descended into bloodshed but its sanctions committee last year gave the green light for Russia to supply weapons to the national forces.
China wants to donate military equipment which includes 12 armored vehicles and four assault vehicles, 50 pistols, six sniper rifles, ten submachine guns with silencers and some 30 machine guns of various calibers.
The list of equipment from Chinas Poly Technologies also includes 300 rockets, 500 anti-tank grenades, some 725,000 rounds of ammunition of various types and 15,000 tear gas grenades.
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The entire tech industry is currently going through its very own Hunger Games as a host of companies compete for a chance to win two multibillion-dollar contracts from the Pentagon. What are the jobs? Develop globally accessible cloud-computing platforms for the Pentagon and military personnel, spanning all levels from unclassified to top secret.
The winners will be awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract worth $10 billion, the Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS) contract worth $8 billion, and the opportunity to work with the Department of Defense for years to come.
In one corner you have long-time DoD favorites like General Dynamics, Microsoft and IBM. In the other corner you have newcomers from Silicon Valley like Amazon and Google.
Ironically enough, while the company heads go toe-to-toe for the multibillion-dollar contracts, the workers below them remain united in their fight against the business of war.
The Pentagon, for its part, is just upset so much drama is getting in the way of its modernization process.
For civilians, the Pentagons fling turned full-fledged engagement with Silicon Valley tech companies is extremely dangerous: kicking the capitalist surveillance state into overdrive. As Karl Rogers writes for The Canary:
Our phone is like George Orwells Big Brother. Except we all volunteer our information to it. You give your consent every time you scroll through a service or user agreement and click your assent to the terms and conditions. You have given your data to the company. It now belongs to them. The companies track, package, and sell your movements, preferences, and consumer choices. We have entered the era of surveillance capitalism.
North Otago tends to get a lot of blue sky cold a frost followed by sun in clear blue skies.
It is a wee bit chilly early in the morning but the sun warms us up.
Unusually weve had a run of cloud and muzzle misty drizzle when it stays cold all day.
Last night the sky cleared, we woke up to a light frost and have had a sunny day.
Everything looks brighter and it definitely feels warmer and for that Im very grateful.
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AK Party deputy Ibrahim Halil Yildiz, was wandering along the stores in Sanliurfas Suruc district campaigning for his party ahead of the upcoming elections when the fire broke out between his bodyguards and shopkeepers, media said.
The tension gradually grew to involve Esvet enyaar, a local executive from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP).
AK Party deputys brother Mehmet Ali Yldz was killed along with enyaars son and another person from his family.
Eight others were reported to be hospitalized.
While the state-run Anadolu news agency said that the melee started after an attack against the AK Party parliamentarian, alternative sources claimed the otherwise.
Journalist Hayri Tunc bashed what he called the reports of the pro-government media and said: The first attack came from the deputy candidates group.
Meanwhile, rumors had it that two of the three people had been murdered at the hospital.
AKP deputy candidate brahim Halil Ylmaz and his brothers visited a clothier store. Shopkeepers reacted to this and the armed fight broke out. A father and a son were murdered at the hospital, Servet Gren, the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) head in Suruc...
One entrepreneur explains that scale for scales sake was never her goal, and neither was raising venture capital. So she developed a different approach.
In 2012, I was working on a masters degree in food studies with one goal in mind: I wanted to teach people to cook at home, with more pleasure and confidence, in the hopes of supporting local growers, sustainability, and families well-being in the process. People bond and connect when they eat together, but modern life doesnt always leave enough opportunities to do that. The target customer for the business I decided to start, in order to change that, was a busy New Yorker with limited time and kitchen space but a desire to reconnect with real food and to gather the skills and inspiration to fulfill it.
Sirens also sounded in occupied territories near the Gaza Strip at daybreak and the Israeli army said three rockets had been launched towards Israeli territory in a retaliatory attack, Reuters reported.
Israeli media said two of the rockets landed inside occupied territories, while the third appeared to have fallen short of reaching its target. There were no immediate reports of injuries on either side.
The Palestinian rocket fire came after Israeli jets struck nine targets in the northern Gaza Strip as part of efforts to stop the launch of kites and balloons into Israel by Gazans.
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In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border. Flying kites and balloons has become a new mode of resistance since Palestinians began their weekly protests near a fence separating the Gaza Strip from the occupied territories on March 30.
The protests peaked on May 14, when some 40,000 Gazans protested along the fence on the same day that the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem (al-Quds) in a provocative move.
Israeli snipers and special troops have shot and killed nearly 130 peaceful Palestinian protesters, sparking international outcry over the disproportionate use of force.
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by Colin Todhunter & Aruna Rodrigues at Asia Pacific News The Print is a Delhi-based, online news magazine that began operations in August 2017. On 9 June, it published a short article by Sandya Ramesh under the title EU study trashes anti-GM paper by French expert who Jairam Ramesh cited to ban Bt Brinjal. Sandhya Ramesh is a senior assistant editor (science) at The Print. Preceding the piece was the headline: EU investigation of the paper by Gilles-ric Sralini comes as much-needed validation for scientists and farmers in India who have been pushing for GM crops. It set the tone for what followed: a careless and misleading attempt to rubbish the scientific research of Professor Gilles-ric Sralini along with the decision in 2010 taken by Jairam Ramesh to stop the commercial cultivation of Bt brinjal. This would have been Indias fist genetically modified (GM) food crop. Jairem Ramesh was at the time Minister of the Environment and Forests (MoEF). Shortly after the publication of the piece, environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues submitted a substantive rebuttal for publication by The Print (possibly
At the beginning of the year, we asked ProPublica Illinois readers what they wanted to know about how we do our work. Thoughtful, challenging questions have been rolling in ever since, and weve been answering them in an occasional series of columns. In this dispatch, ProPublica Illinois news applications developer David Eads answers a question about whether news organizations share their reporting.
To what extent do journalists from various newsgathering organizations share their efforts BEFORE PUBLISHING? I know all media outlets are friendly competitors but the media are our eyes and ears and if they are chasing the same leads, they are duplicating efforts that would be better spent chasing different leads. Mel Miller
Thinking about competition and collaboration in journalism conjures up images of the great newspaper rivalries. The Washington Post and The New York Times competed during the 1970s covering the Pentagon Papers, and the Post, Times and others battled over the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration.
Now, the Post and Times are at it again with story after story on the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, in over a week-and-a-half in May 2017, the Times and the Post published a series of investigative stories that magazines called the last great newspaper war and the 10 best days in journalism.
Among the scoops: the Times reporting that, before he was fired, FBI Director James Comey had asked for more prosecutors and other personnel for the Russia investigation, and the Post revealing that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials in a meeting at the White House.
Journalism juggernauts vying to beat each other by writing smart stories, digging up scoops and cultivating important, inside sources hasnt abated. Its good for journalism and it can serve readers.
Over the past decade or so, however, the need for collaboration has grown as well. Staffs at many legacy publications have shrunk, forcing news organizations to decide whats essential to their mission. Not that newsrooms agree formally or informally to cede stories to competitors, but they increasingly make choices about how to allocate limited resources.
Some stories are so complex, or involve datasets and coverage beyond what even the largest newsrooms can reasonably tackle, that collaboration is key. In other cases, small newsrooms find that by working together they bring different strengths, s...
The North Korean process is parked for now (whilst the lengthy negotiations continue), and Trump is free to pursue heightened attrition against Iran
Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilize dissent when an issue has one key ingredient: China.
The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for foreigners would be beachheads for an invasion of Chinese businesses.
The proposal makes no mention of China. But political analysts say Vietnamese minds were already made up, with popular Facebook posts reinforcing deep-rooted suspicion that Chinese interests are influencing state policy.
Central to the issue is a combustible mix of generations of anger over perceived Chinese bullying, and a lack of faith in Vietnams ruling communist party to do anything about it.
The government underestimated the amount of anti-China sentiment in the country, said Murray Hiebert, a Southeast Asia specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Theres a constant undertone among many in Vietnam that the government isnt doing enough to protect the countrys sovereignty against China, Hiebert added.
Social media such as Facebook, used by half of Vietnams 90 million people, makes such fervor easy to stoke and hard to contain.
After protests spanned cities nationwide, the National Assembly last week postponed its vote on the economic zones until October.
Security was tightened on Sunday to prevent protests in major cities, but thousands still gathered in central Ha Tinh province, many with signs saying No leasing land to Chinese communists for even one day.
Tensions are likely to persist as long as China pushes its Belt and Road initiative to advance its overseas business, and takes stronger action to fortify its claims over almost the entire South China Sea.
China has been accelerating construction and militarization in the Spratly and Paracel islands claimed by Vietnam, and in March pressured Hanoi to suspend some major offshore oil drilling for the second time in the space of a year.
The Vietnamese governments resistance to Chinese pressure has been limited.
The communist party top brass rarely acknowledges anti-China sentiment...
In the wake of Trumps withdrawal from the nuclear deal, a tit-for-tat process between Iran and the US could have serious consequences
Israeli jets bombard Gaza in response to explosive kites & balloons Israeli Air Force jets have carried out a series of strikes on Gaza, reportedly destroying several Hamas military targets in retaliation to alleged arson attempts and explosive kites and balloons being launched at Israel.
City of London Corporation: Secret History of the Worlds Financial Capital from Humans Are Free The City or, The Square Mile refers to the City of London Corporation. Together with Wall Street, The City forms the hub of...
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Shanghai and Hong Kong stocks plunge on Tuesday on investors fears that the US and China could be heading for a full-blown trade war following tit-for-tat tariff threats.
The plummet follows an announcement Monday by US President Donald Trump that he planned to hit the worlds second largest economy with 10 percent levies on $200 billion worth of imports a move Beijing labelled blackmail, threatening to respond in kind.
AFP | Donald Trumps tariff announcement has sent Chinese stocks reeling
As the words flew, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended down 3.78 percent, or 114.08 points, at 2,907.82 while Hong Kong was 3.12 percent lower in late afternoon trade.
The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China?s second exchange, was also down, dropping 5.77 percent, or 97.60 points, to 1,594.05 on turnover of 232.5 billion yuan.
It is the first time the Shanghai index has dipped below 3,000 since September 2016, according to Bloomberg.
Qian Qimin, an analyst of Shenwan Hongyuan Group, said that the number was a psychological threshold for investors.
Now the defence line has been broken. People are panicking and we are seeing some irrational behaviours, Qian said.
The market is really weak right now and there is still uncertainty.
Investors are worried the US may impose further restrictions on Chinese tech and Internet products and cause greater uncertainty for the domestic economy, Zhang Gang, Shanghai-based strategist with Central China Securities Co, told Bloomberg News.
The Shanghai Composite is unlikely to bottom out any time soon.
Community agriculture in a southern NSW town Take the right road, follow the right turns, and tucked away in the backblocks of Nowra you will find the SPN Community Garden. The garden occupies land on the edge of a large block owned by a religious organisation, There, on the edge of the bush, are garden 
This video from the USA says about itself:
18 June 2018
Donald Trump has been caught lying about the crime rates of immigrants in Germany. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
In the midst of a domestic battle over his own administrations strict immigration policy, President Trump took aim at Germanys Angela Merkel on Monday arguing in a tweet that the German chancellors more open policies toward migration and refugees had led to a crisis in her government coalition.
But in making his argument against Merkels big mistake, Trump claimed that crime in Germany was way up. That claim is not supported by recent statistics. Notably, Merkels biggest challenger on immigration policy is on record as saying just last month that crime in Germany was the lowest it had been in decades.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had released new crime figures in May that pointed to an overall decline in Germany during the past year. The figures showed that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017 a drop of 5 percent from 2016 and the lowest number since 1992. Given the increases in Germanys population, Seehofer told reporters in Berlin, this meant that Germanys reported crime rate was at the lowest it had been for three decades.
Read more here.
Ironically, Seehofer, while admitting that crime rates have gone down, is an anti-refugee hardliner, causing a government crisis as he says that Merkel is not anti-refugee enough.
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Turandot (UK /tjr.n.dt/ or US /tr.n.dt/; Italian pronunciation: [turandt]; see below) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, and set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Though Puccinis first interest in the subject was based on his reading of Friedrich Schillers 1801 adaptation of the play, his work is most nearly based on the earlier text Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. The original story is based on Turan-Dokht (daughter of Turan) from the epic Haft Peykar (The Seven Beauties), work of 12th-century Persian poet Nizami. The operas story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then at daybreak he will die. The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccinis death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 25 April 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This performance included only Puccinis music and not Alfanos additions. The first performance of the opera as completed by Alfano was the following night, 26 April, although it is disputed whether this was conducted by Toscanini again or by Ettore Panizza.(Wikipedia)
Restrictionists may cost Republicans their majorities in Congress.
June 18, 2018 7:25 p.m. ET
Are Republicans trying to lose their majorities in Congress this November? We assume not, but you cant tell from the partys internal feuding over immigration that is fast becoming an election-year nightmare over separating immigrant children from their parents. This is what happens when restrictionists have a veto over GOP policy.
Democrats fanned out across the U.S. this weekend to highlight the turmoil caused by the Trump Administrations new zero-tolerance policy of detaining all adult aliens crossing the border illegally. That means separating parents from children who arrive together because courts have said migrant children cant be jailed.
Children are put into tent encampments or other sites while their parents are processed for deportation. That can take several days, which is bad enough, though much longer if the adults challenge their deportation. Trump officials are defending the policy as a deterrent to illegal entry, but surely they understand that separating parents from children is morally unacceptable and politically unsustainable.
The immediate solution should be for the Administration to end zero-tolerance until it can be implemented without dividing families. Congress can also act to allow migrants to be detained with children in facilities appropriate...
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The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere
Morauta, said today that the Prime Ministers mismanagement of the
economy and public finances has turned Papua New Guinea into a
state of hunting and gathering, living daily from hand to
The Prime Minister is now begging and selling the country into Chinas lap, he said. This weeks visit to China is a glaring example of begging. And begging not for the good of the nation, but for projects for his own glorification like tearing up good roads in Port Moresby for the Chinese and his friends to rebuild, just for APEC motorcades to ride on for one day.
Look at the members of the delegation. Is the Prime Minister going to China to sell off our petroleum, gas, fisheries and forestry resources, Ok Tedi, and Bank South Pacific?
It has been reported that the trip will cost almost 7 million Kina at a time when hospitals and health centres are short of medicine; schools, even in Port Moresby, are closing; small Papua New Guinean businesses are waiting to be paid their bills by the Government; and retired public servants are waiting for their superannuation entitlements, some dying before their entitlements have been paid.
This Prime Minister has no sense of responsibility or fairness.
The trip also comes at a time when the Prime Ministers own province, and Hela, are in turmoil. For the first time in the nations history an aeroplane has been highjacked and burned, and civil unrest continues. The Prime Minister is happy to send soldiers and policemen to face his people who are up in arms, yet he runs away.
As a respected Papua New Guinean academic aptly commented: People in plight; Leaders on flight!
Sir Mekere said Mr ONeill should take personal responsibility for the chaos in the Southern Highlands, which stems from the chaos of last years national election.
The anomalies in voting and counting in all the seats in his province are the underlying cause of the current problem, he said.
Put the ongoing landowner issues stemming from his government not paying monies due from the LNG project, his governments refusal to deal with the proliferation of weapons throughout the country, and the recent earthquake on top of the election issues, and you have a situation packed with dynamite.
The Prime Minister inflamed the situation in the province by announcing he had suspended the provincial government. He announced he...
President Trump and two members of his cabinet mounted an aggressive defense on Monday of his policy of separating children from their parents at the border in response to a growing outcry from members of both parties.
They could be murderers and thieves and so much else, Mr. Trump said of the people crossing the border. We want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and thats the way it is.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also defended the practice, while insisting that we do not want to separate parents from their children, and later, at a tumultuous White House news briefing, Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, gave a forceful explanation of the administrations actions, arguing that it had no choice, and insisting that the only way the practice could end would be through congressional action.
Unlike Mr. Trump, she did not repeat the false accusation that only the Democrats, the minority party, were to blame for what she said was Congresss failure to act to end a policy that, by some counts, has resulted in nearly 2,000 children taken aw...
Introductory episode from February 2018
Theres so much thats still unknown: We dont know if the president is taking money from his businesses, or what deals are happening, or who his business partners are, whos providing the financing. It goes on and on.Sitting there, staring at the whiteboard filled with basic, unanswered questions, something occurred to us: That is the story.More than a year into Trumps presidency, we still have no way to know whether he is making decisions that place his companys interests and profits ahead of the countrys.Theres never been a situation like this before, where the person elected to lead our country owns a sprawling, active business empire. More at link
In this series they try to establish the reality
Another Gold & Silver Drive-by Shooting Happened Friday from Wall St for Main St After moving significantly higher on Wednesday and Thursday following the dovish monetary policy issued by both the Federal Reserve and the ECB, the precious metals were...
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All Carpet Tiles and LVT Now Included in New Carbon Neutral Floors Program ATLANTA (June 11, 2018) - Interface (NASDAQ: TILE), a worldwide modular flooring company and global leader in sustainability, is the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products-including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT)-are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle.
This 18 June 2018 video is called Oldest Known Giant Panda Fossil Found In China.
22,000-year-old panda from cave in Southern China belongs to distinct, long-lost lineage
June 18, 2018
Researchers whove analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China a place where no pandas live today have revealed a new lineage of giant panda. The report, published in Current Biology on June 18, shows that the ancient panda separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago, suggesting that it belonged to a distinct group not found today.
The newly sequenced mitochondrial genome represents the oldest DNA evidence from pandas.
Using a single complete mtDNA sequence, we find a distinct mitochondrial lineage, suggesting that the Cizhutuo panda, while genetically more closely related to present-day pandas than other bears, has a deep, separate history from the common ancestor of present-day pandas, says Qiaomei Fu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This really highlights that we need to sequence more DNA from ancient pandas to really capture how their genetic diversity has changed through time and how that relates to their current, much more restricted and fragmented habitat.
The U.S. Senate took a step late Monday to block the delivery of F-35 warplanes to Turkey with an amendment in a $716 billion defense policy bill.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill containing the amendment that aims to prohibit F-35 sales to Turkey still needs to be passed by the House and is not expected to become law until later in the summer.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlt avuolu said earlier that Turkey would turn to other markets if the United States does not allow it to buy Lockheed Martins F-35 jets.
avuolu said Russia or any other country that is a NATO member could be an alternative and that it would not be right to depend only on one country. Turkey cannot remain without alternatives or help, the foreign minister added.
If the U.S. imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate. What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this, the Foreign Minister said in another speech.
The NDAA bill backs President Donald Trumps call for a bigger, stronger military but also sets up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp.
Before it can become law, the bill must be reconciled with one already passed by the House of Representatives. That compromise measure must then be passed by both chambers and signed into law by Trump.
Lockheed Martin, the maker of the warplane, said that it still expects to hand over F-35s to Turkey in a ceremony that is set to take place in Fort Worth, Texas on June 21.
Trump may veto the bill over the sanctions it proposes against the Chinese telecom company ZTE.
The bill is more likely to include a much less stringent provision, included in the House bill, that would bar the Defense Department from dealing with any entity using telecommunications equipment or services from ZTE or Huawei Technologies, another Chinese company.
Ankara has previously slammed plans to block Turkeys role in the making of the F-35s. Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Head Volkan Bozkr said that the U.S. has been threatening Turkey with a move regarding the F-35 deal if Turkey purchased S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.
ASELSAN, a Turkish defense giant that developed electronic optical targeting systems and air intervention controls for F-35 fighter jets, is also of the opinion that such a move would harm the U.S.
ASELSAN Chairman Haluk Grgn said that the F-35 project would collapse altogether if the U.S. decided to halt the delivery of the jets to Turkey. It is not possible. It would collapse the F-35 program. I consider this as a personal statement. Turkey...
US attorney general quotes Bible to defend separating families US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been criticised for citing Bible scripture to back up the Trump administrations immigration policy. At an event in Indiana, Mr Sessions was defending the practice of separating undocumented immigrant families apprehended at the border. He quoted the New Testament and 
Elected for his promises to change the paradigm, President Trump continues to astonish all those who take him for an idiot. Yet all he is doing is implementing the ideas that he developed during his electoral campaign, thus taking his place in a political tradition which, although long neglected, is solidly anchored in US history. Leaving aside the President's public relations communications, Thierry Meyssan analyses his acts as compared with his engagements.
Ready to have your mind blown? A new paper published in The Journal of Consciousness Studies claims that consciousness isn't a unique property of humans-rather, the entire universe is conscious, and humans are all manifestations of its multiple personalities. The proposition, based on research into dissociative identity disorder in humans, is meant to solve a perennial problem in philosophy: the "hard problem" of finding where consciousness comes from and understanding its true nature. The hard problem of consciousness can be summed up like this: Humans are made up of a bunch of matter (atoms) that organizes itself into biological systems (sensory organs, the brain, etc.), but if humans are just assemblies of various systems, why are we able to reflect on those systems and have individual, subjective experiences? Why aren't we unthinking automatons?
MANILA, Philippines President Duterte wants China out of the Philippine-claimed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), but yesterday reiterated he would not declare war over the maritime row as Beijing is not a pushover that can be scared easily.
Duterte, who has been accused of not doing enough to assert the Philippines maritime rights, said he was not ready to sacrifice the lives of soldiers and policemen for a war he could not win.
He also claimed that his administration has protested the actions of China in the West Philippine Sea but did not elaborate.With regard to South China Sea, what do you want? What kind of pugnacious attitude would I have to adopt to convince the Chinese to get out? If I threaten them or file a thousand protests, which we did, we just did not publish them. We protested actually, the President said during the 120th anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City.
He added that China has adopted an intransigent attitude.
But if you talk to them, they will listen, he said. I cannot hit China. China is no pushover. You cannot scare him, and even the United States has shown a little bit of apprehension Theres always a parity now of arms and that. You know that if you go against China, Russia will join the fray, the President said.
The scenario, he said, would only mean the explosion of all nuclear bombs and its going to be goodbye for everybody.
For him, striking a deal with China has benefits, hinting of a possible joint exploration between the two countries.
We have a deal. I can import the arms, the guided missiles, I can fight better. Because there is a new art of war now, it is not in the open field China is not my ace. But certainly I can have the arms. Something good will happen, Im sure, and that will be when we start to dig or anybody else, start to dig the minerals there, the President added.
He also downplayed reports that members of Chinese Coast Guard forcibly seized the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, saying it...
The new RAT has been in the wild at least since August 2017 and in March 2018 its source code was released for free on Telegram hacking channels allowing various threat actors to create their own variant.
HeroRat is born in this way, but it appears quite different from other variants that borrowed the source code. HeroRat is the first Telegram-based malware developed from scratch in C# using the Xamarin framework, previous ones were written in Java.
The RAT leverages Telesharp library for creating Telegram bots with C#.
One of these variants is different from the rest despite the freely available source code, it is offered for sale on a dedicated Telegram channel, marketed under the name HeroRat. reads the analysis published by ESET.
It is available in three pricing models according to functionality, and comes with a support video channel. It is unclear whether this variant was created from the leaked source code, or if it is the original whose source code was leaked.
The malware is spread through different channels, it is spread third-party app stores through disguised as social media and messaging apps.
Researchers observed the largest number of infection in Iran where malicious apps are offered promising free bitcoins, free internet connections, and additional followers on social media.
The apps analyzed by ESET shows a strange behavior, after the malware is installed and launched on the victims device, it displays a sm...
A 29-year-old former CIA computer programmer who was charged with possession of child pornography last year has now been charged with masterminding the largest leak of classified information in the agency's history. Joshua Adam Schulte, who once created malware for both the CIA and NSA to break into adversaries computers, was indicted Monday by the Department of Justice on 13 charges of
Life of Crime is a British television crime drama series first broadcast on ITV1 in May 2013. The three-part serial stars Hayley Atwell as Denise Woods, who tries to solve the murders of three seemingly connected victims across three decades, each of which she believes has been committed by the same offender, Mike Holland (Julian Lewis Jones). Declining ratings across the series resulted in a second run not being commissioned; the series was however received well by critics and viewers alike
ITVs initial plotline of the series was as follows:
Denise Woods starts her career as an idealistic WPC, fighting sexism and ignoring her mothers disappointment at her career choice. Shes seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans. One September morning, she accompanies him to a crime scene in a narrow lane behind a Brixton nightclub where the battered and strangled body of teenager Amy has been discovered. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Amys killer to justice. She works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry. As the investigation progresses Denises fervour for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson. But Denise stays single-minded in her pursuit of the killer and at that point makes her fateful decision
Hayley Atwell as WPC/DS/DI Denise Woods
Richard Coyle as DS Ray Deans
Julian Lewis Jones as Mike Holland
Con ONeill as DCI Ferguson
Joel Beckett as DI Gainham
Ray Panthaki as DS Nabeel Kothari
Amanda Drew as Beverley Reid
Lara Rossi as DC Jay Tomlin
Ruth McCabe as Rose Woods
Today the fintech startup is unveiling SoFi Money, a mobile-first checking and savings product.
At first glance, SoFis banking app, which launches in beta today, is no different from the existing options on the market. It comes with a debit card, enables peer-to-peer payments, and accepts mobile check deposits. The interface, like that of many banking apps, is dominated by a blue-and-white color scheme. But in the details, there is a hint of SoFis bigger ambitions. SoFi Money, as the product is known, sets the stage for the fintech company to become both a financial hub and lucrative recommendation engine for its 500,000-plus members.
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