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Despite the volume of threats rising, the global findings of a new Micro Focus report indicate that more mature Security Operational Centres (SOCs) are becoming more efficient in detection with greater ability to recover from breaches than ever before. SOC maturity Although SOCs are moving in a positive direction globally, the UK showed the greatest change with 17% improvement in SOC maturity. Regional analysis revealed that this is linked to multinational organisations making security investments More
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12/03/2018 - Letters and emails show the Global Environment Facility stonewalled while US pressure built on international bodies that recognise Palestine. A major intergovernmental funding body has ignored routine ...
In todays data-driven society, privacy, security and trust are more vital and intertwined than ever before. But many organisations are not doing all they can to protect data privacy, according to PwCs 2018 Global State of Information Security Survey (GSISS). The survey draws on responses of 9,500 senior business and technology executives from 122 countries. 49% of respondents say their organisation limits collection, retention, and access of personal information to the minimum necessary to accomplish More
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Its March and up here in the Midwest we have a saying for this early spring month, In like a lamb, out like a lion. Often the month of March comes with a light start only to be followed by one last large lion of a snowstorm. Will we see this in Marchs Patch Tuesday? Lets take a look. Adobe Right now, we are expecting releases from Adobe for Flash Player and the Mozilla Firefox More
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I am currently on a one-year Working Holiday Visa that allows me to work for up to six months with a single employer in Australia. I will accept any and all positions.
The Italian Restaurant / July 10 July 11
When a restaurant has a banner across their storefront that reads Best thin crust pizza in South Yarra Dave, you bloody well know it must be good. Unfortunately, when the chef demanded I tell the woman who received raw chicken in her meal he would not be giving her a refund, and she could either eat it or he would make her another one, I knew it was time to get out.
The Company that Sold Major Appliances for Campervans / July 20 July 31
Didnt realise this was even a thing until I stepped into this office.
The Staffing Agency / Aug 20 Nov 30
One of my longer positions. I actually got the opportunity to make some friends and I almost made it to the holiday party.
My list of duties included creating a resume for the Directors son, who seemed to be somewhat of an underachiever, and giving the Directors shirt and pants a weekly size check, so presumably he could order more? Still not quite sure of the reason.
The Modern Office in the City Centre (No Idea What They Did) / Dec 12 Dec 12
I was left entirely alone in the office and was asked to answer the phones while everyone attended the holiday party but not before someone had the opportunity to complain about the odour of my lunch. I genuinely didnt realise parmesan cheese smelled so bad when it was put in a microwave.
The Hearing-Aid Office / Jan 15 Jan 16
My instructions were simple. Answer the phone and book people in for appointments. Make sure to get their personal details if they arent already in the system. What I thought would be an easy days work went something like this:
Me: Hi, thank you for calling . How may I help
Patient: Yes, I would like to make an appointment for next week to get a new hearing aid.
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More Verified Military UFO Sightings Video Bill Still Another authenticated UFO video shot by military pilots has been released by the Pentagon as the result of a freedom of information filing. In a story on Friday in the Washington...
No Lackin as in Im not lacking a gun. According to Know Your Meme: No Lackin Challenge is a video fad in which people film themselves brandishing firearms and pointing the weapons at unsuspecting victims to provoke them into displaying Continue reading
Canadas research expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to significant recent investment. But far fewer resources have been dedicated to the governance, ethics or social responsibilities of this new technology, leaving many different local initiatives to try to fill the gap.
- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good evening, Im still reporting on: More Verified Military UFO Sightings, 2093b Synopsis: Another authenticated UFO video shot by military pilots has been released by the Pentagon as the result of a freedom of information filing. In a story on Friday in the Washington Post, a former deputy asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence named Christopher Mellon, wrote a remarkable opinion piece that asks the decades-old question; why does the Pentagon seem so uninterested in UFO sightings. In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos of Navy F-18 fighters tracking and even filming UFOs operating in the vicinity of naval battle groups. We did a report on one of them on Dec. 20, 2017, Now there is a third UFO video. It was shot off the East Coast in 2015. This video was captured by a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet using the Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod. The UFO appears as a small white oval about 45-feet in length, moving at high speed from top right to lower left, flying very low over the sea surface which is clearly visible. The weapons officer attempts to have the ATFLIR lock onto it, but it is moving too fast to do so. On the 3rd try the sensor achieves a lock, from that point, the object remains in the center of the screen. Note that there is no exhaust plume behind the craft and no other visible means of propulsion: https://tinyurl.com/SR2093 Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - 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 - Natural Hemp Oil - Use promocode: BillStill for 10% off. Vets get 15% off. https://Naturalhempoil.com - Doterra Essential Oil products: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/BethStill -Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com 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 ha...
Rodrigo Duterte has once again harshly lashed out at UN human rights officials planning to probe alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs, and claimed full responsibility for the "lawful" actions of law enforcers. This latest vulgar outburst against the international human rights officials comes a day after UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for a "psychiatric evaluation" of the Philippines' leader. On Saturday, Duterte again defended his and law enforcers' rights not to cooperate with the UN-led probe into alleged abuses and extrajudicial killings in the country. Calling Zeid a "stupid... son of a b**ch", Duterte reiterated his authorization for law enforcement agencies not to answer questions from human rights investigators, currently being led by Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur.
A new paper (another summary) in Nature reports on what is perhaps the worlds biggest field experiment which has successfully shown how to, at scale, increase crop yields and reduce fertilizer usage in China. The scope of the 10 year experiment is astounding. The researchers first conducted thousands of field experiments all over China to discover and validate best practices:
A total of 13,123 site years of field trials were conducted from 2005 to
2015 for the three crops (n=6,089 for maize, 3,300 for rice and 3,734 for wheat), with sites spread across all agro-ecological zonesEach field trial included two types of management: conventional farmers practice (control) and ISSM-based recommendations (treatment; developed specifically for a given area). The recommended practices were discussed with local experts and participating farmers. Adjustments were made when necessary. Finally, the agreed-upon management technologies were implemented in the fields by the farmer; the collaborators provided guidance on-site during key operations, such
as sowing, fertilization, irrigation and harvest. Campaign collaborators recorded fertilizer rate, pesticide and energy use, and calculated nutrient application rate. At maturity, grain yield and above ground biomass were sampled by the collaborators for plots with a size of 6m^2 for wheat and rice, and 10m^2 for maize. Plant samples were dried at 70 C in a forced-draft oven to constant weight, and grain yield was standardized at 14% moisture for all crops.
With validated best practices in hand the researchers and tens of thousands of collaborators then fanned out across the country to convince farmers to adopt the best practices.
During the campaign, about 14,000 training workshops, 21,000 field days, and more than 6,000 site demonstrations were organized by campaign staff; more than 337,000 pamphlets were distributed.During the campaign, we also encountered barriers and experienced challenges. For example, we observed that some farmers appeared indifferent during some outreach events. We later learned that it was mainly, because they could not comprehend the scientific content that we were trying to deliver. We solved the problem by having local (county or township) agents acting as an on-site interpreter in ways that speaks/connects with those farmers.
This was amusing:
It is also worth noting that the interests of agribusinesses do not always align with those of our campaign staff. For example, one of our main strategies used in the campaign wa...
Scientology hat jetzt brigens einen TV-Kanal. Gerchte, dass die pleite und bald tot sind, waren offensichtlich verfrht.
Einer der grten Investment-Pools sind Versicherer. Die sitzen auf unfassbar viel Geld und mchten das gerne anlegen.
Europa mchte gerne eine Energiewende machen, um die Versprechen des Klimaschutzes umzusetzen. Aber sie mchten gerne kein Geld in die Hand nehmen mssen.
Hey, knnte man da nicht die Versicherungen dazu kriegen, dsas die mit ihrer Kohle unsere Energiewende bezahlen?
Nein, denn Versicherungen drfen ihr Geld nicht einfach irgendwo investieren, die mssen strenge Risikobewertungen vorlegen, und das Investment in erneuerbare Energien ist dank unserer verkackten Politik eher riskant, weil die Hersteller nach China abgewandert sind und die Preise volatil sind.
Hmm. Hmm. Hey, ich habe eine Idee! Wir ndern das Risiko-Klassifikationsschema, damit "die Welt geht wegen Klimawandel unter" als Risiko auffasst, und quasi Investment in erneuerbare Energien sozusagen eine negative Risikobewertung kriegt.
Hmm. Was wenn die Finanzbranche trotzdem nicht mitmacht? Vielleicht sollten wir denen noch einen Kuhhandel anbieten! Oh ja, ich wei!
Ein zweiter Aktionsplan verfolgt das Ziel, Europa zum globalen Fintech-Zentrum zu machen.Ich frchte, da haben sie ihre Hausaufgaben nicht gemacht. Fintech sind nicht Freund sondern Feind der Finanzbranche. Die ziehen den Banken die Kunden ab, verlangen keine Gebhren, und wenn sie dann Konkurs anmelden, dann haben die Kunden an ihre alten Banken auch die Erwartungshaltung, dass alles kostenlos ist!
Punchline: Das ist in der Washington Post und der Autor ist "deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations". Gut, deputy assistant secretary heit sowas wie dass der da den Toner gewechselt hat. Aber trotzdem.
Die gute Nachricht: Sder will Amtszeit des Ministerprsidenten begrenzen.
Die schlechte Nachricht:
Die Opposition ist unsicher, ob er das ernst meint.Ich auch. Die Grenzen zwischen Politik und Satire sind so verwischt, ich kann es nicht mehr auseinanderhalten.
Im brigen sei darauf hingewiesen, dass sogar Russland Amtszeitbeschrnkungen hat. Mit dem "aufeinanderfolgende"-Loophole, das uns Medwedjew gebracht hat (aber auch der wirkte deutlich schlauer und zivilisierter als was Europa so zu bieten hat).
Gute Nachrichten! Fetter M&E-Deal zwischen E.on und RWE. Wieso ist das eine gute Nachricht? Na, weil, h,
Das knnte sinkende Strompreise zur Folge haben, hoffen Verbraucherschtzer - sofern die Kartellbehrde den Deal genehmigtWait, what? Ooooh, ich verstehe. Ist wieder Mrchenstunde beim ehemaligen Nachrichtenmagazin!
Erstens: Strompreise sinken? In Deutschland? Ja nee, klar. Das ist noch nie passiert seit der Liberalisierung des Strommarktes. Insbesondere noch nie nach Groauf- oder verkufen. Das war immer zum Nachteil des Kunden.
Zweitens: Die Aufgabe des Kartellamtes ist der Verbraucherschutz. Wenn also "die Verbraucherschtzer" hoffen, dass das Kartellamt ihre Arbeit nicht macht, dann sind das keine Verbraucherschtzer sondern bezahlte Jubelperser.
Drittens: Auch auerhalb des Strommarktes ist der Track Record von Grofusionen verheerend.
Update: Chart der Strompreise seit Liberalisierung. Die Strompreise sind die ersten beiden Jahre gesunken.
From the News Call me an IOTA aficionado but heck, I don"t know about you but last week"s DCI-IOTA email scandal is turning out to be one big clash of egos. Of course, we all know there is one camp 
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Ethnic clashes have broken out in DR Congos northern province of Ituri, leaving at least 79 people dead and tens of thousands displaced. The bulk of the fighting is between the Hema and Lendu tribes. According to reports from Al Jazeera, Lendu fighters have razed at least six villages in the past week, and some 60,000 displaced people are seeking shelter in the provincial capital of Bunia.
Lendu-Hema violence has a long history that spans over 40 years and several wars. Ituri was branded the bloodiest corner of Congo by Human Rights Watch in 2003, when it estimated that some 55,000 civilians had been killed from 1999-2003. Since then the death toll has slowly ticked upward as low-level conflict raged between the pastoralist Hemas and farming Lendus.
The recent spike in violence does not bode well for the overall stability of DR Congo, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the future of President Joseph Kabila, who has remained in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit.
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The arrest and death during imprisonment of Kavous Seyed Emami, a prominent environmentalist, along with the demise of his colleagues, who recently died in an airplane crash, may be connected to leaked reports of the consequences of Irans nuclear activities, the online magazine Kayhan reported.
Along with other efforts, Emami and his colleagues shipped samples of rare animals and plants to foreign research centers. Samples of some plants and reptiles, including a turtle, a lizard and a chameleon, were taken and sent to research centers in the US. Studies conducted by these centers revealed traces of radioactive elements in the bodies of the animals and plants.
Researchers also noted that the water from natural sources adjacent to Irans nuclear plants contain traces of radioactive materials.
Subsequent investigations revealed these contaminated substances reached residential water supplies. Water polluted by these materials has leaked to canals, infecting crops watered from these sources.
On several occasions, research by environmentalists has exposed Irans ongoing nuclear activities. The areas close to the nuclear sites are highly contaminated.
The information available to the public, however, remains restricted. As a result, it is hard to know exactly when local animals and plants were polluted by radioactive substances.
It is also unclear whether Emami and his colleagues w...
France's National Front party is planning a makeover, to counter public misconceptions about it. The move, leader Marine Le Pen hopes, will ensure the nationalist faction a firm position in power for decades to come. The leader of the National Front, Marine le Pen, formally proposed changing the name of the party to 'National Rally' on Sunday, in a speech at the national conference of France's right in the northern city of Lille. "The name of Front National is for many French, even in good faith, a psychological brake, to join us or to vote," she noted, calling for a change to the party name to appeal to French voters.
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Toxic Debt Still Plagues Spanish Banks (and Taxpayers Will End Up Paying for It) from Wolf Street Years after Crisis Was Solved. Or not. By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. Europes banking authorities are finally beginning to...
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The principle of the matter, depending on how you look at it, makes this story interesting. The idea that a person can craft new wood into historical storylines so compellingly that experts cannot detect the recency of the crafting? Wow. Fooling a buyer into paying a premium for the historical significance? Uh, no. Thanks to John Banks for this sleuth story:
The Civil War memorial secretary was widely embraced as a folk art treasure. Fashioned from walnut, maple and oak, it was said to have been created circa 1876 to honor John Bingham, a Union infan...
Is the EPO factory still an office or a production line?
Picture modified; original by Greenpeace Switzerland/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND
Summary: Targets at the EPO are not actually reached but are being imposed by overzealous management which dries up all the work in a hurry in order to make examiners redundant and many European Patents worthless
WHAT good is a patent granted in error? Ask the USPTO, whose patents are being dropped like flies by US courts these days. These patents are typically useful only as long as they dont land in courts or on PTABs lap, e.g. by targeting small businesses that cannot afford IPRs or lawsuits (or can settle more cheaply than pursue a challenge). Thats just what patent trolls are exploiting.
Battistelli does not want to talk about quality and he seems to be already coordinating studies to lie about that too (we covered that before).Last week we wrote about quality of patents being lowered and 'discounts' being used to encourage more applications, then fiddle with the media to spread spin. SUEPOs position on this is rather revealing and it was only mentioned in this one article. Heres the relevant part (emphasis added):
However, despite the EPOs record number of patent grants, recent turmoil at the office has led to concerns about patent quality.
According to an internal memo from the Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO), at the end of 2017, official targets were altered from 400,000 products to 415,000.
Products are granted only for a few ac...
Yet another Right to Information (RTI) activist in Gujarat has paid with his life for demanding transparency. On March 9, Nanjibhai Sondarva (35), a resident of Manekvada village in Kotda Sangani taluka of Rajkot district, was allegedly clubbed to death by six people.
The deceaseds father has claimed that the attack occurred soon after Sondarvai filed an RTI application demanding transparency about the funds spent on the construction of a road in his village.
This was, however, not the first time that Sondarva had been attacked. A year-and-a-half ago, he and other members of his family were assaulted, allegedly by the...
ROME (Reuters) Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi called on the defeated Democratic Party (PD) to help his center-right bloc form a government, saying Italy had to avoid a swift return to the polls.
The March 4 election ended in stalemate, with an alliance of center-right and far-right parties falling 49 seats short of a majority in the lower house of parliament. The largest single party, the 5-Star Movement, was 95 seats adrift.
Either group could govern if they win the backing of the center-left bloc, dominated by the PD, which picked up just 112 seats in the 630-seat lower house. The PD could also provide both camps with a majority in the upper house Senate.
The PDs outgoing leader, Matteo Renzi, has said his party will head into opposition and has ruled out hooking up with either the conservative bloc or the anti-establishment 5-Star.
Berlusconi told La Stampa newspaper the election result meant he and his rightist allies had the right, and above all the duty, to lead the next government, and he called on the PD to show a sense of responsibility.
Nobody can ignore the countrys need to be governed, he said, adding it would be much better to take a few weeks to put together a coalition rather than rush to a new election.
New elections would be both a dreadful sign for our democracy and would probably lead to a dead end, he said.
For the first time in his 25 years in politics, Berlusconis Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party was beaten into second place within his alliance by the far-right, anti-immigrant League, led by Matteo Salvini.
Centre-left politicians have suggested the League should break ranks with its conservative allies and join forces in parliament with the 5-Star.
I categorically rule this out. I trust Salvinis loyalty and his political intelligence. I cannot see how a party in our coalition could imagine cooperating with a 5-Star government, Berlusconi said.
While the right and the 5-Star jostle for position to form the n...
This House Can Be 3D-Printed For $4,000 New Story, a company that builds housing in the developing world, has a new invention: a massive 3D printer that extrudes an entire four-room house in less than a day.
1639 Harvard College was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1764 Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1845).
1809 Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden was deposed in a coup dtat.
1862 The U.S. federal government forbade all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
1881 Alexander II of Russia was killed when a bomb was thrown at him.
1884 Sir Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English novelist, was born (d. 1941).
1884 The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan began.
1897 San Diego State University was founded.
1900 Second Boer War: British forces occupied Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.
1900 The length of the workday for women and children is limited by law to 11 hours in France.
1920 The Kapp Putsch briefly ousted the Weimar Republic government from Berlin.....
When you think about DIY projects, you probably dont consider building your own planetarium. Why would you? Building the thing is surely outside the capabilities of the individual, and even if you could figure it out, the materials would be far too expensive. Theres a limit to DIY projects, and obviously building a planetarium is on the wrong side of the line. Right?
Well, apparently not. [Gabby LeBeau] has documented the planetarium she built as her senior project, and if youll forgive the pun, its absolutely out of this world. Using readily available parts and the help of family and friends, she built a fully functional planetarium big enough to seat the Physics Department. No word on what grade she got, but its a safe bet she screwed the curve up for the rest of the class.
After two months of research and a couple of smaller proof of concept builds, she was able to find a business who graciously allowed her to construct the full scale planetarium in their warehouse. The frame is made of PVC pipes held together with zip ties. The big advantage to using the PVC pipes (beyond being cheap and easy to works with) is that they will automatically find a hemispherical shape when bent; saving the time and trouble it would take to c...
The insolvency law committee is meeting on Monday to finalise the recommendations to amend Section29A. The section has a provision that bars those related to debtor companies having toxic assets that are classified as non-performing for a year or more from taking part in the bidding process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
The amendments are expected to change the definition of connected-party, thereby, allowing bids from companies such as ArcelorMittal. The worlds largest steelmaker is facing an eligibility test on the ground that the company and its promoter, L.N. Mittal, had investments in non-performing Uttam Galva Steels and KSS Petron, respectively.
The committee, looking at the issue of persons being indirectly barred for being connected or related to those ineligible to bid, will give its final recommendations to the corporate affairs ministry.
Lawyers in Mumbai say any such amendment could lead to more litigations, as the regulations are being changed when the insolvency process is already on against...
In the brutal 2014 film Fury, a soldier quips: Ideals are peaceful. History is violent. This violence is what the entire world, and particularly Southeast Asia, should be thinking about with regards to Chinas rise. Is the rise going to be peaceful, violent, or somewhere in between? The evidence suggests more violent than peaceful coexistence if the global community allows Chinas ambition to go on unfettered.
The maritime disputes that China has with Japan in the East China Sea and in the hydrocarbon-rich and multi-trillion dollar trade route in the South China Sea caused Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the United States (US) Pacific Command to remark during the New Delhi Raisina Dialogue in mid-January: I believe the reality is that China is a disruptive transitional force in the Indo-Pacific. They are the owners of a trust deficit.
Made alongside Navy Chiefs from India, Japan, and Australia who along with the U.S. compose the four-nation realist balancing structure against China known as the Quad Admiral Harris statements were significant, and could even be one of the chief reasons President Trump is considering imposing tariffs on Chinese products in response to its alleged theft of intellectual property from US companies.
Chinas actions undermine its claim that it wants an equitable and fair resolution to what is essentially a series of land grabs and intimidation by the PLA Navy. And while there is a military dialogue between China, the Quad, and ASEAN in these maritime disputes, this dialogue is severely lacking, thereby ratcheting up tensions and the potential for escalation in the South China Sea. Going by Beijings official line, theres nothing to be worried about. China has declared that it has no hostile intent, that its military is for defensive missions, and that defense spending is transparent.
Sources within the PLA, which has the worlds largest standing army, have recently asserted that the military needs double-digit budgetary increases to deal with increased global uncertainty. The same sources say that the military-industrial establishment has been flexing its muscles domestically against President Xi out of the belief that Trumps threats of force against their proxy North Korea, attempts at self-rule by Taiwan, and continued border disputes with India over the Himalayan region of L...
The question of the last few years has not been do we have a case, but rather how far will the federal government go to prevent justice?
In 2015 a group of kids and young adults, with the support of Our Childrens Trust, filed a lawsuit accusing the American government of dereliction of its duty to safeguard the rights of the 21 plaintiffs, and by extension the generations they represent:
The federal government has known for decades that carbon dioxide pollution was causing catastrophic climate change and that massive emission reductions and a nation-wide transition away from fossil fuels was needed to protect plaintiffs constitutional rights.
The lawsuit has been progressing since then, going through the pre-trial discovery process, and resolving a number of issues between the two parties without input from the courts. Despite this progress, the government has been trying, without success, to get the whole thing dismissed. The latest attempt, now by the Trump administration, was to try for a writ of mandamus. Basically, their claim was that because the lawsuit was about policy and lack thereof, the plaintiffs attempt to seek justice through the courts actually threatened the separation of powers.
I think its worth underscoring this one point. While the Trump administration is not solely to blame for the efforts to fight this lawsuit, the particular way they chose to go about it says a lot about how little these people care about consistency, justice, OR the separation of powers. Practically from day one, Trumps Executive Branch has been actively meddling with both the Legislative and judicial branches. This has ranged from trying to guarantee the loyalty of judges, to pressuring the Attorney General, to direct interference in congressional efforts to figure out how deep Russias influence in our current government is.
There is an argument to be made that we have never had a greater threat to the separation of powers than the administration of President Donald J. Trump.
So it is with no small amount of satisfaction that I can say that this latest attempt to obstruct justice did not succeed. The judge pointed out they didnt even really meet the minimum thresho...
Reporter A.C. Thompson details his investigation of Atomwaffen, a growing neo-Nazi and murderous white supremacist group with heavily armed members in about 20 American cities.
Founded and run by young, white males, the group has expanded in the wake of the protests last year in Charlottesville, VA. One member, Samuel Woodward, is charged in Orange County, CA, with the January 2018 murder of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein a gay, Jewish college student.
Thompsons team at the website ProPublica obtained and reviewed some 250,000 chat messages exchanged by Atomwaffen (German for nuclear weapons) supporters, including hateful, anti-Semitic comments about Bernsteins murder. Thompson notes that Atomwaffen is not aligned with Trump. The groups guru is James Mason who joined the American Nazi Party in the 1960s and wrote Siege, which is considered Atomwaffens manifesto.
In the space of a few months, people associated with the group have been charged in five murders; another member pleaded guilty to possession of explosives in a possible plot to blow up a nuclear facility near Miami.
Despite this and threats by a Las Vegas member to target the power grid in the West Thompson says the FBI shows little interest in Atomwaffen, and theres no indication that the FBI is deploying undercover agents or using the techniques that have become commonplace in domestic terrorism investigations that target Muslim Americans.
You can read the ProPublica report here.
The UK is expected to formally blame Moscow for poisoning a former Russian agent on British soil, according to newspaper reports. Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a National Security Council meeting on the incident.
The UK government could unveil new sanctions against Russia on Monday in response to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern city of Salisbury.
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the UKs National Security Council on Monday to discuss the incident.
According to several British newspapers, citing government sources, she is expected to declare after the meeting that the attack was a state-sponsored murder attempt, carried out by Russia on British soil, and announce fresh sanctions against Moscow.
British daily The Times reported that the prime minister is also considering an array of other hardline measures, including diplomatic expulsions and rescinding the visas of Kremlin-linked residents among the possible measures.
Lawmaker Tom Tugendhat told the BBC on Monday that the poisoning of Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, looked awfully like it was state-sponsored attempted murder.
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He added: Were expecting the prime minister to make an announcement soon and frankly I would...
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno prays during a press conference in Manila on March 12, 2018. The Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight bullying and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Dutertes congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office.
Kristine Joy Patag (philstar.com) March 12, 2018 5:07pm
MANILA, Philippines Amid fresh calls for her to resign, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno insisted that she would fight the impeachment case against her to the end, saying that she is doing so to assert the supremacy of the Constitution over personalities in the Philippines.
By Benjamin Fulford
The final defeat of the Khazarian mafia is now visible on the horizon as their world control grid continues to collapse. This is being seen most recently with dramatic political events in Italy, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. Soon we will also see change in the UK, France, Germany, and Israel, multiple sources agree.
The biggest news in the past week was the announcement of a planned summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un. In fact, the two leaders already met in secret last November, according to Pentagon sources. The public announcement just means that an overall deal has been reached for reunifying the Korean Peninsula, say these and Asian secret society sources. The deal, which will probably win a Nobel Prize for Trump as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping, will ensure that no U.S. troops are allowed to move North of the 38th parallel in a unified Korea, the sources say.
In a related development, the Khazarian slave administration of
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is about to be toppled.
Rothschild slave Finance Minister Taro Aso is expected to resign
first before Abe himself is removed, multiple sources agree.
In a visible sign this is imminent, Japanese television and
newspapers are now in full scandal mode, reporting on how the
Japanese government sold land at a huge discount to a school
connected to Abe, his wife, plus a whole slew of politicians, and
then lied about it.
The real scandal, though, is that the Abe regime was building a bioweapons laborator...
by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) Australia is one of the most oppressive medical police state regimes in the world. The medical tyranny in Australia has even led to the government denying entitlement checks to parents who refuse to have their children subjected to an endless battery of dangerous vaccine injections. Deranged pharma trolls in Australia have been pushing hard to outlaw herbal medicine and force all the citizens of Australia to use toxic, overpriced chemical prescription medications to treat everything.
Jon Rappoport from NoMoreFakeNews.com cites Crazz Files, reporting that the Australian government has rejected the pharma-funded attempt to outlaw natural medicine, reaffirming the efficacy of traditional remedies. This is a surprising and important win for health freedom in Australia, and it reveals that even the Greens party in Australia has someone become anti-natural medicine.
Heres the story from Rappoport (original source link):
by Jon Rappoport
March 8, 2018
Breaking: In Australia, an effort to label all alternative (traditional, complementary) medicine products as based on pseudoscience has failed.
Traditional remedies (much older than mainstream medicines) are defended as appropriate, and can include health claims.
The Crazz Files, a major defender of health freedom in Australia,...
The Real-World Potential of Ripple by JC Collins Philosophy of Metrics Bones and old newspapers were all that remained. The world had changed but few noticed. Nations, corporations, banks, and global institutions had quietly restructured themselves around the emerging...
A Rwandan factory is using a waste product - banana stalks - as the core of ecofriendly, cheap sanitary pads that rival imported products with big brand names.
Although Vladimir Putins landmark address on March 1 was condemned and strongly criticized in the West, in practice sharing the information about Russias super weapons spurred a positive chain of events.
Alumni from MIT and Yale universities have perfected nanotube technology which could eventually allow humans to 3d-print pretty much anything we desire, including creating carbon-free fuel "out of thin air." "This technology gives us a level of control over the material world that we've never had before," said Mattershift Founder and CEO Dr. Rob McGinnis, in a press release. "For example, right now we're working to remove CO2 from the air and turn it into fuels. This has already been done using conventional technology, but it's been too expensive to be practical. Using our tech, I think we'll be able to produce carbon-zero gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels that are cheaper than fossil fuels." New York-based Mattershift has successfully created large-scale carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes that combine or separate individual molecules as and when required. CNTs have been around for a while; they were first discovered in 1991, but were prohibitively expensive to produce. Until now, that is.
Burger-flipper has job safety from the AI automation robots. Test runs of Flippy the Burger Flipping robot apparently didn't last more then a day, before Flippy was let go. Apparently he wasn't fast enough, lacked social skills and other workers had to work around him and his giant burger flipping arm. Flippy 2.0 (or whatever) will probably return one day with new burger flipping artificial intelligence, an improved arm and one of them funny Hawkings-like voice boxes so he can chit-chat with the other co-workers.
"Mostly it's the timing," he said. "When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other. With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule. Choreographing the movements of what you do, when and how you do it."
Read more of this story at SoylentNews.
Can artificial intelligence tell a good story? Or do we still need humans to find the narratives we enjoy the best?
Kathmandu: A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at...
On March 12, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Jamalah, Zindakan, Qila, Kumush Burj and Qibar from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian area of Afrin. Thus, Turkey-led forces deployed within only 5km south of the YPG-held city of Afrin as well as 5 km west of the TAFs positions east of the YPG-held city.
According to pro-Turkish sources, since the start of Ankaras Operation Olive Branch, the TAF and the FSA have captured 193 locations including 5 towns, 155 villages, 33 mountains and hills.
Video: A Turkish T129 ATAK combat helicopter strikes YPG fighters in Afrin. pic.twitter.com/Hk4QRgfDxW
Ali zkk (@Ozkok_) 11 March 2018
On March 10 and March 11, Turkey-led forces made large gains in the area of Afrin and outflakned the city of Afrin from the northern and northeastern...
As delegates begin to debate Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, they must be careful not to undermine already existing rights.
Released 5 February, and with the first round of state commentaries having already taken place, the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) started off strong. It claims to be guided by human rights law and standards and cites human rights treaties in the preamble. It further highlights migrations impact on the sustainable development goals, which themselves necessitate adherence to the human rights. The Zero Draft recognises that global discussions on migration are not new, and it aspires to be, as its first guiding principle proclaims, people-centred. Delegates begin discussions on the draft today, 12 March, and so it is an important time to point out that the zero draft fails in that goal.
In all of its 22 objectives and their related actions, there is no explicit mention of protecting the basic rights of all migrants, regardless of status. This is true even for those rights stated in international law and the SDGs, and those being discussed within states, regionally, and in international migration management agreements. This is a missed opportunity.
In revising the Zero Draft, states should both innovate and restate the currently disaggregated legal obligations for migrants in one place. In particular, for migrants not included in the Refugee Convention, the GCM is the place to articulate that all migrants have rights. This would implement the people-centred and therefore human-rights based approach that states seem keen to create. At this urgent moment for migrants around the world, states should go further in the GCM by adding this overall objective. This would centre the implementation of all other objectives on international legal obligations to migrants.
All migrants, regardless of status, are holders of certain rights. States agree to ensure full respond and protection of their human rights and fundamental freedo...
In the past, building a market required users, products, all that messfarmers taking their plump pigs to market. What we have now is a means of spinning up any number of auctions, a method for the mass manufacture of middlemen. This is the destiny of Silicon Valley. And with ICOs and Bitcoin exchanges, we have 
Support for Zstd-compressed Debian packages was worked on last week by some Canonical/Ubuntu developers and already by the end of the year they are looking at potentially using it by default...
We have no idea what's behind these weird incidents because we're not investigating. In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a "fleet" of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004. Comment: See: What's up with those Pentagon UFO videos?Contractor for Pentagon and secret government research speaks out on UFO study he conductedDisclosure! Pentagon releases footage of USAF jets chasing UFO in 2004 (VIDEO) The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies. Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015. In another recent case, the Air Force launched F-15 fighters last October in a failed attempt to intercept an unidentified high-speed aircraft looping over the Pacific Northwest . A third declassified video, released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science , a privately owned media and scientific research company to which I'm an adviser, reveals a previously undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015.
Investors reassess their risk tolerance amid bouts of market volatility and signs of rising inflation
Nine years into a roaring stock bull market, fund managers are paying their last respects to Goldilocks.
Investors broadly remain bullish on stocks and other investments, aided by an upbeat U.S. jobs report on Friday. But repeated bouts of market volatility in 2018 and signs of a pickup in inflation have forced them for the first time in several years to reasse...
I just noticed on my Careem app that you can now book a motorcycle ride inside Beirut by clicking on the MOTO icon. I had seen an announcement earlier this month but just noticed the icon.
Its definitely a time savior if youre driving in peak time but I would never ride a motorcycle in Beirut or anywhere in this country. Its too damn risky with all these crazy drivers around.
On another note, can motorcycles have red license plates? I dont remember ever seeing one.
Only last month he told TF that he is entirely self-taught and had been cracking games since he was 15-years-old, just six years ago.
Voksi is probably best known for his hatred of anti-piracy technology Denuvo and to this day is still one of just four groups/people who have managed to crack v4 of the anti-tamper technology. As such, he and his kind are often painted as enemies of the gaming industry but that doesnt represent the full picture.
In discussion with TF over the weekend, Voksi told us that hes a huge fan of the Serious Sam franchise so when he found out about the latest title Serious Sams Bogus Detour (SSBD) he wanted to play it badly. That led to a remarkable series of events.
One month before the games official release I got into the closed beta, thanks to a friend of mine, who invited me in. I introduced myself to the developers [Crackshell]. I told them what I do for a living, but also assured them that I didnt have any malicious intents towards the game. They were very cool about it, even surprisingly cool, Voksi informs TF.
The game eventually hit the market (without Voksi targeting it, of course) with some interesting additions. As shown in the screenshot taken from the game and embedded below, Voksi was listed as a tester for the game.
Perhaps even more impressively, official Stream screenshots here show Voksi as a player in the game. Its not exactly what one might expect for someone in his position but from there, the excitement began to fade. Despite a 9/10 rating on Steam, the books didnt balance.
The game was released officially on 20 of June, 2017. Months passed. We all hoped itd be a success, but sadly that was not the case, Voksi explains....
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The U.S. will not provide jobs or a living wage to a significant proportion of its population, especially youth and racial minorities.
The refusal of Congress to pass national single-payer health insurance is genocidal for the poor, the young, the elderly, and the underprivileged.
Chronic disease is skyrocketing due to rising economic stress, unaffordable health care, and food supply degradation.
The pharmaceutical industry gets rich as it kills millions of people annually by facilitating misuse, overuse, and abuse of prescription medication.
The economy has become genocidal to the elderly by eliminating pensions for most and eroding the value of Social Security and other sources of fixed income.
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Four United States senators are urging a new approach to U.S.-Russian relations based on renewed arms control efforts, but you probably havent heard about it from the mainstream media, Gilbert Doctorow and Ray McGovern report.
Greeces steel and aluminium sector is concerned about the impact of U.S. tariffs imposed by president Donald Trump, that will come into effect towards the end of March. Greek steel companies that have booked orders for the U.S. market are rushing to deliver them to avoid the new tariffs that will come into effect in
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The experiences allegedly inflicted upon young boys at a former Sydney boys home were nothing short of horrific, police said while revealing the first arrest of their investigation.
Police say 80 alleged victims have come forward about historical child sex abuse at the Daruk Training School in Penrith in the late 1970s.
Most of the men were aged between 10 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Police today announced the arrest of a 67-year-old man in Jindalee, Queensland, who has been extradited and charged with 19 offences.
Detective Sergeant Ben Hallam said the evidence already gathered showed the extent of the alleged abuse.
The briefings I have been provided over the past 18 months shows experiences that these young boys had at the time was nothing short of horrific, he said.
Some of these victims have been dealing with their experiences for many years, they havent ever found a way to tell even family or friends what they have experienced.
Police are now asking more victims to come forward and speak up.
This is the time, Detective Sergeant Hallam said.
We understand your experience may have been traumatic, you may have had a chequered past or you may have had ad...
There's been work going on for years of "soft" FP64 support to allow emulated support for the double-precision floating-point data types for GPUs not otherwise inherently supporting this capability. The soft support would allow for some older GPUs to then advertise OpenGL 4.0+ support now that ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 support could be enabled. That day looks like it's finally coming for mainline Mesa...
Jen Kinney is a radio producer and writer who shares today's guest article on two different streets in Fargo, ND and what we can learn from their radical divergence.
A hundred years ago, Broadway and Main Avenue in Fargo, North Dakota didnt look so different from each other. Both had hotels and drug stores, jewelers and banks, all advertised under bold hand-painted signs. Shoppers made their way by foot or horse-drawn carriage or the brand-new Model-T. Streetcars ran down the center of each street.
But some time over the last century, Broadway and Main diverged, each becoming emblematic of a certain type of American street. After a misguided period in the 1970s hardly a good time for downtown design Broadway has become the center of Fargos downtown renewal, a walkable, mixed-used street thats attracting retail and new residents. Main Avenue, which parallels railroad tracks and was once named Front Street, is a state highway a stroad lined with small pockets of walkable retail and far more surface parking lots, valued more as a conduit than a destination. Why?...
After rapper MC Set Nine finished his performance in front of a small crowd of pre-teens, he pulled up a chair and asked the audience to move closer. An assistant handed him several large photos. MC Set Nine chose to hold up a picture of a painting of King George III.
This man was a king, Nine said. He was the lord of a large empire. He could kill or imprison anyone he wanted to. Nine holds up another picture. Kind of like Darth Vader.
The audience laughs.
Nine holds up another picture. You know who this is? This is George Washington. He led the American Revolution because he believed that Kings were evil, and no one should lord over another person. He opposed Feudalism. He holds up another picture. Just like Luke Skywalker.
The audience nods.
Nine holds up a picture of a painting. This is God. What are Gods titles?
King of Kings!
Those sound like titles in a feudal state, said Nine. George Washington opposed feudalism. Would George Washington support an even more powerful King?
No is right, but he wasnt strong enough to oppose God. Do you know who is strong enough? Nine holds up another picture. This is Lucifer. Lucifer is a revolutionary against King God.
I want to be like Lucifer because I believe in freedom! said an audience member.
MC Set Nine is one the members of Humans Helping Others Out, Bolingbrooks newest youth service organization. The staff members say that their support for Lucifer motivates them to serve Bolingbrooks at-risk youth, but is open to families of all religious backgrounds.
Nine explained: We believe Bolingbrook parents shouldnt be forced to choose between creepy Christians and arrogant atheists. We provide a safe middle ground where our youth learn the sanctity of their bodies and the importance of defending your freedom against supernatural tyrants. We want to help young people avoid the dangers of crime, drug abuse, and dependence upon the supernatural.
One attendee, who asked to be called Sheila, said H2O2 wasnt what she expected. I thought they were going to teach me black magic and how to sacrifice my annoying kid sister. Instead, theyre teaching me individual responsibility and how we can build societies that dont force us to be (expletive deleted) towards each other. They even taught me to value my sister. Not even God could do that.
Nine says hes not discouraged that the majority of Bolingbrook residents believ...
Philip Hammond is going to give a very short speech at tomorrows Spring Statement. There will be none of the tax and spending announcements we are used to when Chancellors rise to the Despatch Box. But short and largely announcement free as it will be, tomorrows speech will nonetheless represent something very significant for the political economy of Britain a new era. And just as shifts from the era of one monarch to another were encapsulated in a simple phrase, so too can this one: the deficit is dead, long live the debt.
Lets start with the dying bit. The Chancellor will read out the obituary for the deficit that public finances data have written since the Autumn. In short, improved tax receipts mean borrowing this year looks set to come in between 7 and 11bn lower than the 49.9bn projected by the Office for Budget Responsibility back in November. The result, as the chart below shows, is that the current budget deficit (excluding capital expenditure) disappeared on a twelve monthly basis at the end of last year. The thing that has, rightly or wrongly, dominated British economic debate this decade is no more.
But does that mean the Chancellor will simply announce job done and that the public finances can retire from dominating our political economy? Far from it. Instead the central purpose of his speech tomorrow is almost certain to be kickstarting the debate that is likely to dominate fiscal policy for the next decade in the way the deficit has in the last what is the level of public debt that Britain should be aiming for? The Chancellors speech is set to last 15 minutes, but (leaving aside reading out the OBRs new forecasts and announcing some consultations on tax policy) one chart would do just as well. Here it is.
Now that the OpenChrome DRM driver is hoping to go mainline in 2018 now that it can handle run-time resolution changes without crashing the X.Org Server, the project's lone developer Kevin Brace has published a TODO list of other code changes he has planned prior to getting this open-source VIA x86 graphics driver into the mainline Linux kernel...
This video says about itself:
8 January 2016
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
The Middle East is playing an increasingly larger role in the global arms trade. In the past decade, the sale of arms in the region has doubled: 32 cents of every euro spent on arms worldwide comes from that region, the Swedish peace institute SIPRI has calculated.
A Texan in Ukraine to the American People Overthrow Your Kleptocratic Oppressors! by Russell Texas Bentley Russia-Insider We couldnt have said it better ourselves. Kudos Mr. Bentley! To My Family and Friends, and All Good People of the USA, You...
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The second article in a series by Federico Pieraccini explains why nuclear-armed powers decrease the likelihood of a nuclear apocalypse, as counterintuitive as it seems.
I am back in Beirut at the Fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine. Last night I, along with 9 others thinkers, activists and warriors was honored by The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine for our contribution for the cause.
This was my short acceptance speech.
Thanks so much for inviting me to this spiritually uplifting conference. Watching you tonight reminds me what resistance is all about.
Thanks to Sukran as well for appreciating my work.
For the last 20 years Ive been subject to endless smear campaigns. Ive been subject to constant slander and abuse at the hands of Zionists but also anti Zionists. In 2012, as I was raising funds for the March to Jerusalem, a group of 20 Palestinians called for my disavowal. They probably didnt want to march to Jerusalem fair enough. Ive seen the publishing house that dared to print The Wandering Who bought by an Israeli. Ive seen the record company that released my best selling albums bought by an Israeli. I have seen many doors closing, but my plight is really insignificantly small in comparison with the Palestinians suffering.
Let me tell you, if I had to relive my life, I would do-exactly the same things.
Yes, I might have lost some lucrative concerts, a few publishing deals, but when I wake up in the morning I recognise the person I see in the mirror.
Dear friends, Palestine is now a universal struggle.
We are all Palestinians.
Like the Palestinians, we cant utter the name of our oppressor.
Like the Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, we in the West: Americans, Germans, French, Brits, are uprooted...
Syrian government forces are developing momentum against militants in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the countrys capital of Damascus.
On March 11, the Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and their allies liberated the key town of Madiera in the central part of the region and cut off the Estern Ghouta pocket into two parts. On March 12, government troops continued their advance aiming to isolate militants in the area of Harasta (north of the Armoured Vehicles Base) from their counterparts in Douma.
According to some pro-government sources, army troops entered the areas of Satra and Alkhoms and already achieved this goal. However, these reports still have to be confirmed.
Separately, army troops advanced in a farm area near the towns of of Aftris and Jisreen in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. The town of Aftris was even captured according to some pro-government sources.
Syrian Army Colonel Ferraz Ibrahim told the media on March 12 that government forces had found a make-shift workshop for making chemical weapons in the town of Aftris following the militants pullout.
Apparently the charges were made as part of preparations for a provocation with the aim to eventually accuse government troops of using chemical weapons, the colonel said.
Earlier, Syrias Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said militants in Eastern Ghouta had been preparing to conduct a provocation with chemical weapons to blame the attack on the Syrian government.
Ahed Tamimi has become a poster child for Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation. But what of the hundreds of other minors currently incarcerated by the Israeli state? And what of the children killed by IDF bullets? Tamimi, who is facing 10 years in jail after slapping an Israeli soldier in December 2017, will be in court this month but Tamimi's case is far from an isolated one. According to B'Tselem (the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), at the end of 2017 there were 352 Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons. This trend has risen dramatically since 2014. In December of that year there were 156 child prisoners, by the end of 2015 this figure had jumped to 450 before being reduced by 98 at the end of 2017. To learn more about these arrests, and the manner in which they are carried out, RT spoke to Palestinian photojournalist Mohammad Al-Azza. Al-Azza lives and works in the Aida refugee camp located about 2km north of Bethlehem. He documents the almost daily incursions into the camp by IDF soldiers, who routinely fire tear gas and rubber bullets, which are essentially live rounds encased in hard plastic, at children and adults there.
I don't know. Maybe the "Deep State" should let the president meet with Kim Jong Un. Consider this some devil's advocacy.
Sure, it's crazy to just agree to meet a foreign adversary with barely any preconditions or preparations. And, yes, this would be giving the North Korean maniac something he desperately wants without him having done anything too meaningful to warrant it. And, no, it's not likely that Trump will swing some kind of miracle out of this meeting that will result in denuclearization of the peninsula or increased prospects for peace. I can't argue against any of that.
But let's at least acknowledge that our president has his strengths and weaknesses, and in this case his weaknesses all argue against bothering with the careful diplomatic protocols of state to state meetings. Trump can't follow those rules or that kind of direction, so should we really ask him to try?
We can wait around for North Korea to take "verifiable steps" to show that they are disarming their nuke program, but that will never happen and Trump wouldn't understand the difference between real and fake steps anyway. It could be enough that they simply don't create any more radioactive explosions or launch any more ICBMs. Maybe a May meeting is too soon, but how about six months of no activity?
That's worth something all by itself, no?
Jennifer Rubin has been sounding saner of late, but her crazy neoconservative traits come out in her piece here. She approvingly cites Nicholas Eberstadt saying "we must recognize that economic pressure will not alter the intentions of the Kim family regime ever. " And then in the next paragraph she says that a Trump/Kim meeting would "undercut much of the good work the Trump administration has actually done relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, increasing sanctions." She then goes on to quote Eberstadt some more, explaining how we can "severely cut both North Koreas international revenues and the vital flows of foreign supplies that sustain the economy" and "send the North Korean economy and the North Korean military economy into shock."
Somehow neither he nor she seems self-aware about how they're contradicting themselves. If sending their economy into shock has zero chance of changing their intentions, then it isn't a solution. It might have some deterrent effect on other nations and keep the international anti-profileration mechanisms honed, but it...
Following more Wine Vulkan code being merged and the first milestone being achieved of vulkaninfo working, Roderick Colenbrander has submitted his latest patches in the bring-up of Vulkan support under Wine...
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Mumbai: For four years now, Maharashtras Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government has been calling its budgets farmer-centric. In 2016-17, it went as far as dedicating the year to the farmer.
This times budget, presented on Friday, was no different. However, in stark contrast to its proclamation was the sight of...
Wallace Chapman talks to reggae legend Jimmy Cliff who will be in NZ for a concert at end of March
Last week, during the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) held in Cancun, researchers from Kaspersky illustrated the results of their investigation on the recent activities conducted by the dreaded Sofacy APT group.
The experts confirmed the news reported by Kaspersky three weeks ago, the Russia-linked APT28 group (aka Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, Tsar Team and Strontium.) have shifted focus in their interest, from NATO member countries and Ukraine to towards the Middle East and Central Asia.
According to Kaspersky researcher Kurt Baumgartner, the Sofacy APT is particularly interested in military, defense and diplomatic entities in the far east.
The researchers explained that the Russian APT groups activity overlaps with cyber espionage campaigns conducted by other threat actors.
Baumgartner pointed out that the Zerbrocy malware used by Sofacy APT was discovered on machines that had also been infected with the Mosquito backdoor associated with Russian Turla APT. Baumgartner also explained that Sofacy SPLM malware has infected the same systems that were compromised by Danti China-linked APT.
People visit a memorial at the former location of Holey Artisan Bakery on the one year anniversary of the cafe attack on July 1, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On July 1, 2016 a brutal attack claimed by Islamic State killed 18 foreigners and four Bangladeshis at Holey Artisan Bakery. They then held staff and patrons hostage for 10 hours. (Photo: Allison Joyce / Getty Images)
With the destruction of the ISIS Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is increasingly making inroads in Asia. The U.S. State Department recently confirmed this when they designated ISIS Bangladesh and ISIS Philippines as terror organizations. The questions remain: To what extent is ISIS reemerging in Bangladesh? How complicit is the Bangladeshi government in its growth there? How does this affect the West?
According to the U.S. State Department:
In August 2014, a group of Bangladeshi nationals pledged allegiance to ISIS. The group launched its operations...
Austrian activist Martin Sellner of Gnration Identitaire (GI) and his girlfriend, American author and YouTuber Brittany Pettibone, have been detained by airport police in England for nearly three days. Nobody from the US State Department or embassy contacted Pettibone's family. Sellner was on his way to give a speech that authorities say would cause "tension among local communities and possibly incite hatred."
AFP/File / by Sunghee Hwang | North Korea has maintained a deafening silence since President Trump agreed to meet its leader Kim Jong Un
But the unorthodox announcement was made on the White House lawn by a South Korean envoy, with no American officials in attendance, and only confirmed by Washington afterwards.
More than 72 hours later, there has been no comment by the North, and nothing on the subject in its official media.
It was a unilateral statement by Trump, said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University. Kim Jong Un just sent him a verbal message through Seouls intermediaries.
To North Korea, its not an official agreement, he told AFP. Nothings for sure yet. For them, an official announcement has to be based on a government-level agreement that includes the agenda and location.
The same applied to the Norths summit with the South that Seoul announced for April, he added.
In addition, Pyongyang would not want to give the South credit for brokering the talks with Washington, he said, and would hold off on any announcement until its own direct contacts with the US.
In stark contrast, the US president has been itching to share his prospective meeting.
Trump has given himself a pat on the back for bringing the isolated regime to the negotiating table, showing confidence that the North was looking to de-nuke and that its leaders were ready to make peace.
But analysts warn that Pyongyangs silence gives it maximum optionality on its next move.
Its not tying its own hands or making any commitments, said Van Jackson, a defence expert at the Victoria University of Wellington.
We should be wary about believing anything were told in private whether by North or South Korea.
Options A, B, C and D
The stunning turnaroun...
Five junior doctors working in Glasgow are aiming to raise awareness of the refugee crisis by cycling from Scotland to Greece where they plan to volunteer in a refugee camp. The journey of over 3000km includes crossing the Alps but they hope to raise thousands of pounds for Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF, Doctors Without Borders)
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Cai, a delegate to the National Peoples Congress in Beijing, said the idea made sense.
As the country rides a wave of investment in automation, Cai is among the first Chinese academics to call for restrictions on robots.
NPC delegate Cai Fang says it wont be long before machines can do most things better than humans.
Mumbai: Shares in the state-run Andhra Bank, already hurt by an industry-wide spillover of a huge scam in another lender, fell to a near 15-year low after additional charges were filed against a former director in a separate l...
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On February the 26th, 2018, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice traveled to Spring Mills High School in Berkeley County to discuss the statewide Teachers Strike which started just a few days earlier on the 22nd. As he walked into the gymnasium to sporadic applause, he said:
no ones gonna shoot at me, are ya? Members of the crowd yelled back with several no promises!
The strike, which started almost as soon as it was discussed, took both the Teachers Unions and state government by surprise. Enraged by extremely low pay (48th nationally) and rising insurance premiums through the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), teachers voted almost unanimously to strike against the state government and their inaction towards the problem. The strike, which originated in the deeply impoverished southern coal field counties, such as Boone, Logan, and Mingo, spread throughout the state, soon shutting down the education system in all 55 counties. With the hashtag #55Strong and #55United, the strike quickly gained attention both locally and nationwide. Teachers held food drives for low-income kids and thousands more flooded the state capitol in Charleston. The strike would persist for eight days, becoming the longest in state history.
West Virginia, with an intense history of labor struggle, was no stranger to this fight. Seemingly everyone in the state was in favor of the strike, which gained support across political divides. The state, largely in the periphery of the nation, was thrust into the mainstream political discourse. Poor working conditions, coupled with a regional identity that stretches to every corner of the state, allowed the strike to spread rapidly and polarize the state government. Some, such as State Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan County), were quick to offer their fervent support, becoming something of a hero to striking teachers. A popular t-shirt began to circulate that stated, In a world of Carmichaels, be an Ojeda, in reference to the obstinate Leader of the Senate who had continued to push for tabling pay raise bills. While the support was certainly welcome, it was clearly an attempt to bolster his 2018 congressional campaign.
Attitudes varied from typical left-liberal to an almost religious fervor among some segments of the Left and the space beyond,...
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We, the people of Turkey, look mostly into the cover rather than reading whats inside. When the USS Carney (DDG-64), a guided-missile destroyer of the United States Navy, passed through the Istanbul Strait on Feb. 17, 2018 with the gunners finger on the trigger of his 12.7 mm caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) M2 (Ma Deuce) and when his picture with the picturesque Bosporus in the background was shared on social networks, we looked at it and wondered why a friend and ally America was doing the same thing the Russians did two years ago.
USS Carney (DDG-64), a guided-missile destroyer of the United States Navy, passes through the Istanbul Strait to the Black Sea
Nowadays the Russians sail through the straits at ease, no gunner on the deck. On Twitter some anti-government and anti-American journalists expressed their opinion to the extent that Turkey should leave the NATO and declare war on them.
If we, the veterans of the old and the new media, paid a little more attention and saw the text next to the photograph, we would have noticed that the show of the finger-on-trigger was not meant us, but it was for the Russians.
Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of the destroyer said, The USS Carney entered the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners. The U.S. Navy has a history of building relationships with our partners in the Black Sea, which both demonstrates our combined commitment to regional security and enhances overall peace and stability.
What Halvorsen calls a demonstration of commitment to regional security and enhancing overall peace is actually an effort to desensitize Russia to the presence of U.S. military forces in the Black Sea, according to some anonymous military officials who talked to CNN. Those officials told CNN that it is important to increase the frequency of U.S. activity in the area and desensitize Russia to the presence of U.S. military forces in the Black Sea.
The very next day, Russia announced its own naval deployments to the area, and a Russian frigate and two patrol ships entered the Black Sea for a series of exercises. The unnamed U.S. naval officers continued to tease the Russians on CNN, You get ships up in the Black Sea that makes the Russians feel more threatened.
However all of this is no joke according to Tyler Durden of the Zero Hedge Report: it shows us that the Black Sea is the new area of contention for the U.S. and Russia. He reminde...
Russian security services say they have prevented an attack planned by a terrorist cell. An improvised explosive device and a hand grenade were found in a car during an operation in the western Saratov region. A statement on Sunday's operation was released by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), although it gave few details. The members of the terrorist cell were shot dead as they opened fire at security forces, who tried to stop their car. Guns, a hand grenade and a homemade 3kg TNT explosive device were found at the scene, according to the FSB.
Rota Hoteit is no longer the only female airline pilot in Lebanon as Erica Chbeir has recently joined the Middle East Airlines and is currently a First Officer aka Copilot. I was also told that a third female cadet pilot might be joining soon but I cant confirm it yet
Given that only 3% of the airline pilots around the world are women, I think its great to see two female pilots (and soon hopefully three). Thumbs up to these women for being role models to many aviation enthusiasts and especially to Rota Hoteit for paving the way for other women. Rola has been with the Middle East Airlines for 21 years now and was selected out of 2000 applicants back when she applied.
It is worth noting that the first woman to ever fly an airplane in the Middle East was Genevieve Gemayel, the wife of Pierre Gemayel, Kataebs founder, back in 1928.
Story via Lebanese Plane Spotters.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports
A San Francisco technology company laid off a group of software engineers as they were trying to join a labor union, according to a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
The Communications Workers of America [CWA] claims Lanetix, which makes cloud-based software for transportation and logistics companies, violated federal labor laws by cutting 14 software engineers in January in San Francisco and Arlington, Va.
Most of the engineers were fired [January 26], about 10 days after they filed a petition seeking union representation, according to the complaint filed by the CWA's Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. A hearing to determine a date to hold the union vote was scheduled for [February 1].
[...] While unions have made inroads in representing Silicon Valley bus drivers, security officers, food service workers, and custodians, the Lanetix case could break new ground because union activity is still unusual for software engineers, who are generally highly paid and in short supply, labor lawyers said.
[...] there are [reasons other than gripes about pay, whereby] unions can attract higher-paid tech workers, including "if you feel mistreated by the company or if you feel there's favoritism going on or lack of job security", said labor law attorney Steve Hirschfeld, founding partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer of San Francisco.
"There's a myth that if you're a highly paid employee, you either can't join a union or wouldn't be interested", Hirschfeld said.
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The Pentagon and the CIA see "no change" in Russia's strategic military capability following new strategic weapons systems presentation, saying they believe that President Putin "says lots of things that are without foundation." The five new Russian systems unveiled by Vladimir Putin "are still years away" from threatening the US, Defense Secretary James Mattis noted Sunday, stressing that Russian military capabilities are unable to change the military balance in the world. 'Urgently engage with Russia': US senators call for dialogue after new nuclear arsenal unveiled "They do no impact any need on our side for a change in our deterrent posture," Mattis said Sunday aboard a plane to Oman, noting that Putin's remarks were "disappointing, but unsurprising." Russia's new weaponry allegedly came as no surprise to the US intelligence community either, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, echoing the widely accepted American reaction to the news. Pompeo instead used the opportunity to tell the American public not to worry about the unprecedented potential of the Russian strategic systems.
Justin Trudeau and Canadas political elite are fighting for the Tar Sands and oil industrys interests, even if it means that Canada misses its climate targets. In the following excerpt TRNN speaks to Kevin Taft, ex-Liberal Party politician and author of Oils Deep State.
The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip right now brought about as a result of Israels 12-year, illegal siege has seen next to no coverage, being completely ignored by most popular News outlets.
Lately, the cause for Palestinian human rights has been growing in support amongst people of the West, with many coming to terms with the reality of Israels brutality against the Palestinians. As a result of growing support for the cause, many people are now active in sharing information regarding human-rights abuses, carried out against the Palestinians. Few, however, are sharing the following information.
If there are to be real efforts in the Boycott of Israel, perhaps not paying into the Israeli economy international aid would be a start.
Israel is actually rewarded with hard cash, the usage of their services and work for their people whilst they purposefully strangle the Gazan population. Thats right, people giving money to International Organizations, sending aid to Gaza, are actually contributing to an Israeli incentive to make Gazas conditions even worse.
New Delhi: Fourteen states and union territories have replied so far to the Ministry of Home Affairs query on the death penalty, and only two of them Karnataka and Tripura want it abolished. Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have voted against doing away with the practice, Indian Express reported.
In 2015, the Law Commission of India, with Justice A.P. Shah as chairman, had recommended doing away with the practice for all non-terror-related crimes.
Although there is no valid penological justification for treating terrorism differently from other crimes, concern is often raised that abolition of death penalty for terrorism-related offences and waging war, will affect national security. However, given the concerns raised by the law makers, the commission does not see any reason to wait any longer to take the first step towards abolition of the death penalty for all offences other than terrorism related...
This is one of those strange stories that, as one can imagine, I simply have to blog about because the implications of certain statements
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The Petro, the worlds first national cryptocurrency based on natural resources, has generated sales over five billion dollars during its pre-sale period and has recorded over 186,000 certified purchases. The sale of the Petro has also significantly strengthened the countrys foreign reserves amid increased international aggression.Image: Medium AirTM
The announcement of the continued success of the cryptocurrency was made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting with members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV, in the Plaza Bolivar in Caracas on Friday.
Maduro explained that the revenue generated from the sale of the Petro would be used to service everything our country needs and formed part of a wider economic solution the countrys government had put together.
Data released by Carlos Vargas, Venezuelas Superintendent of Cryptocurrency and Related Activities, shows that over 83,000 persons in 127 countries have made certified purchase offers for the states cryptocurrency.
The Petro, which was made available for presale on Feb. 20, is being used to counter U.S.-imposed sanctions and the economic war waged by Washington on the South American country. Maduro said the new digital coin aims to strengthen the countrys monetary sovereignty, to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade.
With new cryptocurrency in place, the countrys productive sector linked to the nations stra...
Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.
We are both aid workers from Athens, Greece and from Edinburgh, Scotland, the Athens of the North. We come from the opposite ends of Europe, but we are connected by the fact that we are closely linked to work with Syrian refugees.
It is unusual, and normally wrong, for aid workers to speak out about aid work and politics, but an endgame of sorts is approaching in Syria and it is clear that the road both to that point and beyond it will bring further intolerable suffering. In fact neither of us can stand witnessing the disgrace and depravity of what is happening in Syria for one moment longer.
In fact neither of us can stand witnessing the disgrace and depravity of what is happening in Syria for one moment longer. It is on a scale beyond Greek tragedy Sophocles describes the pain of Creon as keitai de nekros peri nekro" there they lie, the dead upon the dead but in Syria it is mass murder upon mass murder, atrocity upon atrocity and now we have the obscenity of East Ghoutta.
It seems strange to have to use words like this in 2018, but they are the only words available to use. The international community has played Tantalus, offering up over half a million people for sacrifice, and 11 million to be driven out of their homes. Now, like the house of Atreus, it is trapped and paralysed by a curse it has brought upon itself and upon the Syrian people.
It did not have to be like this. Too many international actors sought to exploit the Syrian Arab Spring of 2011 to their own advantage,...
To mark World Wildlife Day on 3 March, Dilys Roe and James Mayers highlight that, despite over 100 years of international investment in conservation in Africa, wildlife is in serious trouble. Clearly, conservation needs a rethink.
Lions on the move in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. While populations of lions have increased by 12% in four countries, including Botswana, studies show a 43% overall decline from 1993-2014 (Photo: Barrett, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
Breathtakingly beautiful animals living peacefully alongside people in picturesque African habitats thats the dream. But despite more than 100 years of international investment in conservation in Africa, wildlife one of the continents greatest assets is in serious trouble.
With huge numbers of species dramatically declining over the last 50 years, World Wildlife Day (3 March) is a reminder that, to turn things around, conservation needs to change.
Lion populations alone have dropped by 40 per cent in two decades. And from 1970 to 2005, 69 key African mammal species declined by 59 per cent.
Efforts to tackle poaching have dominated the struggle to save wildlife. But, although a contributor to the problem the focus on poaching masks a bigger problem. The biggest driver of wildlife...
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It will be the next Putin election on March 18. Inauguration rite on the reelection will take place in conditions of domestic terrorism and nuclear war threat. Russian security service has started mass repressions against all the dissenters with the regime, exerting unprecedented pressure for every dissident from liberal opposition movements to the anarchists.
Federal Security Service (FSB) conducted a series of arrests and raids on the homes of known anarchists and antifascists in Autumn, 2017. Six anarchists from Penza were arrested and charged with preparation of a coup detat. The only evidence of preparation was the fact that all the detainees had played airsoft. During several months the detainees were exposed to everyday tortures, until they pleaded guilty.
Two anarchists were arrested in Saint Petersburg in January 2018. They also were exposed to the same tortures as Penza anarchists. Officers made them learn the confession and repeat it to the investigator. One of the kidnapped anarchists, Victor Filinkov, was taken to the forest where he was put to tortures. Ilya Kapustin was also arrested and exposed to racks, he did not make a confession, so they nominated him a witness.
A lot of raids occurred against Crimean anarchists and socialists in February and March. The first of detainees was Eugenie Karkashev. The reason for the arrest was a conversation in the social network Vkontakte. A month later, the mass raids took place against the other anarchists and communists of this peninsula. The list of detainees in the Crimea includes anarchist Shestakovich and communist Markov, who were arrested for 10 days.
Then, Moscow anarchists Kobaidze and Gorban were arrested and accused of a rout of the ruling party Unified Russia. Officers refused to admit the lawyer to the detainee, until she pleaded guilty. They violated all the rules of law.
Three anarchists together with their friends and relatives were kidnapped by FSB in Chelyabinsk. They also were exposed to tortures with electric current. It was done in order to get f...
The signed Memorandum of Understanding between Ms Low Khah Gek, Chief Executive Officer, ITE (centre left) and Mr Ken Lim, General Manager, Building Technologies & Solutions Singapore, Johnson Controls (centre right), marks ITE and Johnson Controls commitment to develop a technical workforce for the future with the new Building Technologies and Solutions Centre, the first fully functioning chiller plant system designed for a classroom setting in Singapore.
A year after being called out by the Trump administration, the Nooksack Tribe has won recognition of its leadership amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warned of the possibilities of a fatal accident between Greece and Turkey given the increased number of violations of Greek air space (FIR) and territorial waters. In an interview with French daily Liberation on Saturday, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos declared that Greece is very close to a fatal accident
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The American Conservative, December, 2007
On Havanas malecn, the seawall that parallels the shore, the waves roll in and hit the sudden obstacle, sending towering explosions of bright white spray far into the air, occasionally soaking the unwary pedestrian. Across the highway that follows the malecn is a cheap open-air restaurant, the DiMar. A steady breeze from the sea pours across the tables. A tolerable shrimp cocktail, topped with mayonnaise, costs a few bucks. On a couple of evenings I drank a beer there, watching Cuba go by. It wasnt what I had expected.
Unlike many gringo tourists, I was legal, having gotten a license from the Treasury Department. Without a license travel to Cuba is illegal under the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917. Why Cuba was my enemy wasnt clear to me. Nor was it to the Cubans.
I had inadvertently neglected to tell the authorities that I was a journalist I hate it when that happens so I was not in a position to ask probing questions of officials. But then I didnt want official twaddle. I wanted to wander, take cabs down the coast, just look at things. And did.
I was pleased to find the old part of Havana both charming and reasonably well preserved, especially around the convent of San Francisco. The latter is of course a museum now, as God knows we mustnt be religions, but it is in good shape and breathes a moody solemnity. I tried to imagine the stillness in times before the motorcycle. The narrow lanes around it were closed to cars, making it pleasant to walk among the shops.
The country is poor and run down, and itself almost a museum. Sitting in the DiMar is like visiting the Fifties. The American embargo makes it hard to get new cars, so many Cubans still drive cars from 1959, the year of the revolution, and before. Some sport jazzy paint jobs, and others dont. It was remarkable to watch the rides of my adolescence go by, charting them mentally as one did in 1964-54 Merc, 57 Caddy, 56 Chevy, on and on. Around me the other customers, down-scale Cubans in all shades of nonwhite, laughed and chatted.
They are an accommodating people. On my arrival they spoke a truncated Spanish hard to understand Cmo eth uteh? Ma o menoh. but they made an intense national effort to improve their clarity and by my fourth day they were comprehensible.
Cuba doesnt fit its sordid image. It is most assuredly a dictatorship, yet the police presence is much less than that of Washington, and such cops as I saw had no interest in me. It is not regimented. Havana does not feel well, oppressed as Moscow did during the da...
AFP | The protesting farmers want to be paid more for their crops and are demanding the state government waive all farm loans
Officials estimated that up to 30,000 demonstrators, including elderly women and young children, had gathered at Azad Maidan playing field in the south of Mumbai to press their demands.
We have made arrangements including setting up of emergency medical facilities and potable drinking water, Tanaji Kamble, a spokesman for Mumbais civic authority, told AFP.
The protesters want the state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, to transfer forest land to tribal farmers who have been working it for years.
They also want to be paid one-and-a-half times the cost of producing their crops and are demanding that the government waives all farm loans.
The Maharashtra government has said it is willing to consider the demands and is due to meet farming leaders to try to reach a deal.
Last year Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government would write off loans to farmers estimated to be worth around 305 billion rupees ($4.75 billion).
India has nearly 260 million farmers and farm labourers and more than half the population lives in rural areas, but agriculture accounts for just 17 percent of its gross domestic product.
Maharashtra is one of Indias most important agricultural states. In recent years it has suffered disappointing rains which led to crop failures.
More than 2,500 farmers killed themselves in the state in 2017, according to official figures.
In the early morning hours cops evicted the Gare, Zaimi and Matrozou squats in Athens, Greece. There are calls for solidarity gatherings. This a first short report. We will publish more information as soon as its available.
Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
At 06:15am police forces invaded the Gare squat and about 10 minutes later they also invaded Zaimi and Matrozou. Gare was already evicted on November 26, 2017, but re-squatted on the second of December. We dont have exact numbers yet, but from what we know 10 people were arrested and from 10:30am (local time) there will be a solidarity gathering ( 12 10:30).
LeoLa (@Rom_LeoLa) 12. Mrz 2018
It looks like the police operation is an act of revenge against the antifa demo in Thessaloniki on Saturday (Tweet below). At least two of the evicted squats were involved in the demo in Thessaloniki.
WWF pushes for countries to have a deal like the Paris Agreement on climate change to curb over-fishing.
Is sustainable systemic change an intergenerational challenge?
BEIJING, China China needs to build defensive structures on islands in the South China Sea to display its claim to sovereignty over virtually the entire crucial waterway, a leading Chinese general said Thursday.
However, the vice president of Chinas Academy of Military Sciences, Lt. Gen. He Lei, declined to comment on aircraft deployments on artificial islands Chinese has built in the area, saying those were entirely Chinas domestic affair.
Lt. Gen. He Lei,
I dont think any country would want to make irresponsible comments about such matters, He said in a rare meeting with Chinese and foreign journalists on the sidelines of the annual session of Chinas ceremonial legislature, of which he is a member.
Earlier Thursday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi appeared to blame the U.S. and its allies for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, which is claimed in all or in part by China and five other governments. He said China had been working with other claimants and its Southeast Asian neighbors on completing a code of conduct to prevent frictions in the waterway that has rich fishing...
Residents near the proposed French nuclear waste facility in
Bure France have demonstrated that within 16 minutes the argillite
clay of this high level nuclear storage site dissolves into gravel
clumps. This is because it is hard materials held together by soft
materials. If that isnt insane enough, it is also on top of a
geothermal resource site, apparently a hot springs. So, nuclear
waste, clay and hot springs! As there are well-known hot springs
within the region, including at Nancy, it shouldnt come as a
complete surprise. On Tuesday, 26 January, 2016, a worker was
killed and one injured at the site due to collapse of an
underground tunnel gallery.
Google Streetview of Bure, France (Images saved Jan. 2015.) Note anti-nuclear house and how much the lab and proposed nuclear waste dump has done (NOT) for Bures economy, as illustrated in the housing.
Cows near Bure-lAndra. The French government is picking on a
poor rural area with apparently little voting or economic
Contributions have also been given to the Conservatives by British lobbyists and PR firms working for Russian oligarchs and even the Kremlin.
New Century Media, a PR agency contracted by the Russian government to manage a marketing campaign in Britain to present a positive image of Russia, has donated more than $200,000 to Britains ruling party. (VOA-Dettmer)
Britains Ruling Conservatives Under Pressure to Return Russian Donations
March 11, 2018 9:14 AM, by Jamie Dettmer
British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to return millions of dollars given by Russian oligarchs and their lobbyists to her ruling Conservative party. One of the biggest donors is the wife of a former Russian deputy finance minister, once nicknamed Putins banker.
When May took office 18 months ago she promised that Britains Conservatives would sup with a long spoon and distance themselves from Russian donors, but electoral commission records analyzed by Britains Sunday Times newspaper show Russian-linked donations have continued.
Contributions have also been given to the Conservatives by British lobbyists and PR firms working for Russian oligarchs and even the Kremlin. New Century Media, a PR agency contracted by the Russian government to manage a marketing campaign in Britain to present a positive image of Russia, has donated more than $200,000 to Britains ruling party.
Opposition lawmakers called Sunday for the Conservatives to return the donations, arguing they raise doubts about the governments determination to retaliate for what the countrys intelligence agencies believe was a Kremlin-approved attempt on March 4 to kill on British soil Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who spied for the British, and his 33-year-old daughter.
British officials suspect the nerve agent used likely either modified Sarin or VX was developed near Moscow at the Yasenevo laboratory run by Russias intelligence service the FSB. Russian officials have dismissed the claims of FSB or Kremlin involvement in the assassination bid that has left father and daughter critically ill. They say the allegations are wild and hysterical, part of a Western campaign to demonize Russia.
The donations to the Conservatives call into question how seriously Theresa May will be willing to challenge Russias conduct when her party is literally being bankrolled by some close allies of the Kremlin, said Nia Griffith, the opposition Labour Partys defense spokesperson.
In a statement, Britains Conservatives said, All donations are properly and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission....
This week we have four newcomers in our chart.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the most downloaded movie.
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MANILA, Philippines Military chiefs of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pushed for peace in the disputed South China Sea, as they also stressed the need to avoid moves that may complicate the situation.
The military chiefs made this statement after the ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM) held in Singapore on Thursday, March 8.
The chiefs reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety, and freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea, as well as the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may complicate the situation.
It is delusional to expect that this unfettered racism will stop there. It must be confronted. Shockingly, though, most indigenous ethnic organizations are silent on the ongoing crisis.
At the same time as a democratic system is being revived in Myanmar after half-a-century of military dictatorship, strong challenges have re-emerged. A racist, authoritarian populism is being directed against Muslim minorities, notably the Rohingya, in order to prop up a regime that has no vision.
This is threatening not only the administration and the economy, but also more importantly, social and ethnic cohesion. While admitting that these challenges would tax any government and state, the weaknesses and inadequacies at the core have been revealed.
Ideologically, a half-hearted attempt at socialism going by the name of The Burmese Way to Socialism under a military-controlled one-party state, came unstuck when this was unseated by a bloody public uprising in 1988. Re-instated military junta rule lasted till 2010.
The leading pro-democracy party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), contested the by-elections of April 2012, won most of the seats, and entered parliament. This victory was repeated and enlarged in November 2015, with the result that a democratically-elected civilian government has been installed.
After five decades of junta or one-party rule, there is now a multi...
LONDON (Reuters) Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britains National Security Council on Monday to discuss the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.
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Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the southern English city of Salisbury.
Hundreds of people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or the Bishops Mill pub in the normally quiet cathedral city were told on Sunday to wash their clothes after traces of nerve agent used to attack Skripal were found at both sites.
British counter-terrorism police say a nerve agent was used against Skripal and his daughter but have not made public which one.
Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006, and in 2010 was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned that if Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal, a former colonel in GRU military intelligence, than Britain would respond robustly....
Response to fellow writers, who suspect Baba Beijing is benign despotism Video Jeff Brown China Rising It didnt happen this time, but every once in a while, email threads among The Greanville Posts informal writers/journalists collective can turn...
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New Delhi: Women staffers of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanaths 1076 helpline have claimed they were locked up and tortured for protesting against non-payment of salaries on Friday.
According to Times of India, the employees who have not been paid for the last four months alleged that they were beaten up and locked in a room at the Cyber Tower office in Vibhuti Khand.
Over ten other female employees fainted during Fridays protest at their office in Lucknows Gomti Nagar area and had to be rushed to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for treatment.
A staffer told the daily that they were not allowed to punch...
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South Korea says it has not received a response from Pyongyang on a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
In a surprise development, Mr Trump on Friday accepted North Koreas invitation to direct talks.
South Korean officials said Mr Kim was prepared to give up his nuclear weapons.
Details on the planned talks remain vague, with no agreement yet on the location or agenda.
Analysts are sceptical about what can be achieved through talks given the complexity of the issues involved.
We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit, a spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Unification said on Monday.
I feel theyre approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance.
South Korean officials who spoke to Trump are now on the way to China and Japan to brief the leaders of each country on the upcoming talks.
South Korean President Moon Jae-ins top security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi. Meanwhile, Suh Hoon, chief of the intelligence agency, is headed to Tokyo to speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The surprise proposal for the summit comes after more than a year of heated rhetoric between North Korea and the US, and global concern that the hostilities might escalate into military confrontation.
North Korea has conducted several nuclear tests over the past year and developed long-distance missiles it says can carry nuclear bombs as far as the US mainland.
Talks between the countries would mark an unprecedented step in the conflict as no sitting US president has ever met with a North Korean leader.
Still, details of the meeting remain unclear.
Pyongyang probably wants to wait to see how the offer was received in Washington, Andray Abrahamian, Research Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, told the BBC.
Theres already been a bit of confusion in the messaging from the White House so it probably makes sense to get some of the ground rules established before go public with it, Mr Abrahamian said....
This video from Panama says about itself:
11 March 2018
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This cam shows one display perch in a population of Lance-tailed Manakins on Isla Boca Brava, Chiriqu, Panam, that has been monitored intensively since 1999. Lance-tailed Manakins are small passerine birds in the family Pipridae that live in secondary growth forests of Western Panama, Columbia, and Venezuela.
WASHINGTON The Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, drastically different but often spoken of in the same breath, are now being thrust together, as President Trumps determination to kill the landmark 2015 accord limiting Tehrans capabilities is colliding with his scramble to reach a far more complex deal with Pyongyang.
For years, as the Iranians watched the North Koreans build an arsenal and make deals with the West only to break them, they learned what the world was prepared to do or was unwilling to risk to stop them. More recently, the North Koreans picked apart what Tehran got in return for agreeing to a 15-year hiatus in its nuclear ambitions, weighing whether the promised economic benefits were worth giving up its nuclear capabilities.
The North will be watching especially closely in May, when Mr. Trump will face another deadline on deciding whether to abandon the Iran deal, which he has called a disaster.
The same month, if all goes as Mr. Trump plans, he will head into a face-to-face negotiation with North Koreas dictator, Kim Jong-un the first time an American president has ever spoken with the leader of that country confident in his ability to do what his predecessors could not: persuade the North Koreans to denuclearize.
The ironies abound, said Robert S....
On March 29th, Emirates will operate its first ever A380 flight to the Rafic Al Hariri International Airport, making it the first ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day.
The A380 double-decker plane accommodates 429 Economy seats, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. First-class passengers have access to a vanity table with drawers, an illuminated mirror, a personal wardrobe, a personal mini-bar, and a dining table for in-flight meals. There are also two shower spas in the first class cabin.
Emirates is also giving its followers a chance to visit the airplane while on the ground [here].
Heres a look inside the A380:
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In this interview, Bursts spoke with an anarchist teacher and IWW labor organizer in West Virginia, Michael Mochaidean, about the work that went into the recent teacher strikes that went slightly Wild Cat and ended in a partial victory for the teachers after 12 days of walk outs by public school teachers across the state and has inspired labor organizing among communication workers inWest Virginia, teachers across Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey and elsewhere. They cover Right To Work regimes in the U.S. South, the organizing model of the IWW, dual union membership, #generalstrike2018, #55strong, and where Michael sees things moving forward.
Next we have a short interview with Miel, an Asheville resident and co organizer of the Southeast Trans and/or Womens Action Camp, or SETWAC, which will take place outside of Asheville from April 26th thru 28th. We talk about the camp and the importance of having an eco-struggle space be centered away from cis-masculine genders.
We also talk about this groups fundraising platform and the troubles theyve had there, plus a link for a new fundraising push and how to get involved.To learn more about this project, you can visit https://setwac.blackblogs.org, and to donate you can go to http://paypal.me/SETWAC2018
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After Radio Liberty asked Russians to recall the fate of their families in times of repression, the thread was flooded with mocking tweets about "grandparents who died childless after 20 years of executions." In the early hours of Monday, on the 65th anniversary of Joseph Stalin's death, the Russian branch of Radio Liberty posted a tweet reading: "How did your family survive the times of Stalin's repressions? Tell us in comments." The comments started to flow in by the hundreds, and by Tuesday afternoon there were over 1,700 of them - but many were not exactly the type expected by the initiators of the scheme.
Often times, the only way to get exactly what you want in a device is to just build it yourself. Well, maybe not the only way, but weve all certainly told ourselves it was the only way enough that it might as well be true. We dont know if the DIY imperative felt by [Olav Vatne] to construct his own Bluetooth mechanical number pad was genuine or self-imposed, but in either event, were glad he documented the process for our viewing pleasure.
Broken up into three separate posts on his blog, the construction of his custom numpad starts innocently enough with buying a kit from AliExpress. In a rather bizarre twist, the kit arrived assembled, which lead to an arduous period of desoldering to separate all the principle parts [Olav] wanted in the first place. So much for saving time.
Once he freed all the mechanical keys from the kits PCB, he went to town hand-wiring the matrix. After testing to make sure all the keys were wired correctly, the matrix got connected to an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit. With the electronics sorted, [Olav] moved on to the software side. Here he was able to accomplish one of his primary goals, having a numpad that works over bo...
This video from Germany says about itself:
11 March 2018
People gathered outside the burnt out DITIB [Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs] Koca Sinan Camii mosque in northern Berlin on Sunday morning, after a fire broke out at the venue earlier that day.
Berlins Interior Senator Andreas Geisel visited the scene. Standing outside the mosque he said, I can only call on people to live with each other peacefully, here in Berlin.
Chair of the Alliance for Innovation and Justice Haluk Yildiz maintained that this was an act of terror, rather than an arson attack. He said, This is a terror attack on the largest Turkish community in Europe.
Yildiz went on to criticise German politicians for not visiting the site of the fire. He said: Id also wished that the CDU leader, the SPD leader, all those so-called democrats were here, so that they can also say that they distance themselves from this. Its not enough that just the Interior Senator is here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 11 March 2018:
Turkish mosques and clubhouses set on fire in Germany
In several places in Germany the past few days there has been...
Joe Raedele, AFP | US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a press conference about her visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on March 7, 2018.
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President Donald Trumps administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida, officials said Sunday.
The controversial idea to put weapons in schools, which has drawn little support from educators, is part of a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety and to take steps to do so right away, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a conference call with reporters.
We are committed to working quickly because theres no time to waste, said DeVos, who will chair a federal commission on school safety.
Among other measures, the Trump administration is urging states to pass temporary risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, with technical assistance coming from Washington, said Andrew Bremberg, a presidential assistant who heads the Domestic Policy Council.
These court-issued orders allow for law enforcement officers to remove guns from people who pose a demonstrated threat, to temporarily prevent such individuals from purchasing new firearms, all while still protecting due process rights, he said.
The moves come during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last months massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.
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Theresa May eventually replied yes when asked if it was worth paying the predicted price of leaving the EU
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More than 50 conservation and human rights organizations have called on international donors to halt funding aimed at economic development and forest protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the countrys leaders announced their intention to end a 16-year-old moratorium on new logging licenses.
Any moves to lift the moratorium could see forests become the next victim of a scramble to make a quick profit from DRCs natural resources, Jo Blackman, a campaign leader with the NGO Global Witness, said in a statement from Rainforest Foundation UK.The environmental and human rights organizations that signed a letter to donor countries are concerned that removing the logging moratorium will destroy ecosystems and commu...
Liselotte Lyngs, Managing Partner of Future Navigator, joins our Futurists Board. Liselotte Lyngs, Managing Partner of Future Navigator, joins our Futurists Board.
The new estimates will force California's leadership to double down on its political and financial commitments if it wants to see the system completed, against a backdrop of rising costs, years of delays, strident litigation and backlashes in communities where homes, businesses, farms and environmental preserves will have to give up land to the rail's right-of-way. -LA Times
1 March 2018 at 00:00
The US military officers in the Central Command, as a result of their talks and their dealings with the Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Minister of Defense, that the great responsibilities received by Mohammed bin Salman is unable to carry out, and the first point is that Mohammed bin Salman registered at the university but did not follow his lessons and not him But he t...
The US needs to use hand counted paper ballots made with recycled paper, in duplicate, and with poll watchers and others as witnesses to the count. Its the safest way. Voting should be at local community locations, such as schools, fire stations, library, post offices, etc.
Access to voting systems may have been given away to Russia due,
once again, to greed.
Klobuchar, Shaheen Seek Answers from Election Equipment Vendors to Ensure Security of Voting Machines March 7, 2018
U.S. intelligence community has confirmed that Russia interfered with the 2016 elections; Russian actors attempted to hack a U.S. voting software company and at least 21 states election systems
Recent reports indicate that U.S. based firms operating on U.S. government platforms gave Russian authorities access to their source code
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the three largest election equipment vendors- Election Systems & Software, LLC; Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.; and Hart InterCivic, Inc. inquiring about the security of their voting machines and whether their companies have been asked to share the source code or other sensitive or proprietary details associated with their voting machines with Russian entities.
Recent reports indicate that U.S. based firms operating on U.S. government platforms gave Russian authorities access to their software. In order to sell their software within Russia, these companies allowed Russian authorities to review their source code for flaws that could be exploited. While some companies maintain this practice is necessary to find defects in software code, experts have warned that it could jeopardize the security of U.S. government computers if these reviews are conducted by hostile actors or nations.
U.S. tech companies, the Pentagon, former U.S. security officials, and a former U.S. Department of Commerce official with knowledge of the source code review process have expressed concerns with this practice.
Foreign access to critical source code information and sensitive data continues to be an often overlooked vulnerability. Further, if such vulnerabilities are not quickly examined and mitigated, future elections will also remain vulnerable to attack, the senators wrote. The 2018 election season is upon us. Primaries have already begun, and time is of the essence to ensure any security vulnerabilities are addressed before the 2018 and 2020 elections.
The full text of the senators letter is below:
Dear Mr. Braithwaite, Mr. Burt, and Mr. Poulos:
The post From Retaliation to Torture in a Florida Prison Unfit for Habitation appeared first on It's Going Down.
Known today as Florida State Prison (FSP) what was originally called Floridas East Unit was constructed in 1961, and included another institution now known as Union Correctional Institution.
Nearly 60 years old, FSP has been poorly maintained with cellblocks unfit for habitation.
During Floridas sweltering summer and autumn months the cells, lacking air conditioning, become sweat boxes and infested with ants, spiders and huge cockroaches, with black mold growing on the ceilings. Rats frequent the cell blocks year round and all cells suffer water leakage from faulty plumbing and rainfall.
Paint peels from cell surfaces like large open sores, exposing oily concrete and the rusted surfaces of metal bunks, doors and fixtures.
During the cold months the cells remain like refrigerators, so cold that even with multiple layers of clothing and bedding one finds it difficult to get warm.
As I exposed in a recent article, this condition is caused by the large cell windows metal shutters having become so warped that they dont close at all or completely, and therefore admit the cold outside air. But the cold air doesnt just naturally drift into the cells, it is rather sucked in by powerful exhaust fans mounted on top of each cellblock that remain on 24/7.
So while the prison does have internal heating, it does not work because all warm air that is supposed to blow and circulate into the cells is sucked out through the exhaust fans, while they suck in the cold outside air through the open and drafty windows.
In many cells this icy air is pulled in with such force it creates a loud whooshing sound. The effect is like having a window fan turned on high and blowing outside winter air into an unheated room (with outside temperatures in the 30-50F range).
The windows in some cellblocks are in worse repair than in others. In fact, they are worst in the disciplinary wings (B and C-wings), which seems intentional, where in these cellblocks prisoners may not retain thermal underwear, and are allowed only one set of thin state-issued clothing. They are also frequently targeted with strip cell status, on which they are left for no less than three days in the cold cells with nothing but boxer shorts.
FSP maintains one of Floridas main...
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks with Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday at an Upper House budget committee. KYODO
The Finance Ministry admitted Monday to having altered documents over a discounted state land sale at the center of cronyism allegations against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with references to both Abe and his wife, who was involved in a school project at the site, being deleted, ruling party lawmakers said.
The ministrys admission made to lawmakers could increase calls for the head of Finance Minister Taro Aso, a key Abe ally as well for the prime minister himself to step down to take responsibility over the matter.
The party lawmakers said 14 of the original documents were rewritten by the ministry after the revelation of the scandal in February last year. Several lawmakers who were also mentioned in the original documents former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma, LDP veteran Yoshitada Konoike, former Upper House lawmaker Issei Kitagawa and the late Kunio Hatoyama, former internal affairs minister were also deleted. The lawmakers secretaries had been speaking with the Finance Ministry about the Moritomo land deal. It was unclear who had asked for their names to be removed.
The ministry will consider disciplining officials involved in the land sale, both at the ministrys headquarters in Tokyo and its Kinki bureau, which covers the Osaka region, the sources said.
The original documents quoted Moritomo Gakuen, operator of an elementary school planned to be built at the site in Osaka, as saying Akie had recommended the school project move forward because it is a good plot of land. They also said she inspected Moritomo and gave a speech there in April 2014.
An online article attached to the original version, which said Akie was moved to tears by the schools education policy when she visited the nationalist school operator, was also erased in the papers later disclosed to Diet members.
Akie was initially named honorary principal of the elementary school, but gave up the post after a scandal involving the controversial state land deal came to light in February last year. Opposition parties claim the Finance Ministry drastically reduced the land price, taking into consideration Akies role in the project.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he sees no need for Aso to resign, telling a news conference that the finance minister should lead the ministrys thorough i...
Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX and Tesla, came to SXSW this week and gave a grave talk about the future of humanity, warning about the dangers of nuclear war, climate, change, and runaway AI and telling the audience that the only way to keep humanity alive is to colonize the Solar System.
Intel Corporation, the largest and highest valued semi-conductor chipmaker, is considering making a bid to acquire Broadcom, according to The Wall Street Journal reports.
For those unaware, a couple of months ago, Broadcom had made an unexpected and unsolicited bid to acquire its rival chipmaker, Qualcomm for $130 billion in November 2017 but this initial bid was rejected by Qualcomms board of directors, and so were every subsequent counter offer claiming that Broadcoms proposed price for the deal undervalues the company.
In February 2018, a revised buyout of $121 billion was offered by Broadcom, which was too rejected by Qualcomm. However, a few weeks later talks got more argumentative, when Broadcom reduced its buyout offer for Qualcomm to approximately $117 billion, making an inadequate offer even worse.
The fallout has left the deal of buyout open for everyone. Also, there is no clarity if Broadcoms bid to acquire Qualcomm will actually happen.
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel is keeping a close watch on Broadcoms takeover bid. The reason being that if the deal between Broadcom and Qualcomm works out, then the merger between the two could mean it that would be a pretty tough rival for Intel, who struggled to make its presence in the smartphone SoC market. Although Intel no longer develops SoCs for smartphones, it still manufactures other components, like cellular radios and the combination of Broadcom and Qualcomm could mean a serious threat to the company.
While Intel may be hoping for the hostile takeover to fail, but in the event, Broadcoms acquisition of Qualcomm succeeds, then Intel may try to buy Broadcom so that it doesnt have to compete with Broadcom.
When asked to comment on the acquisition, Intel in a statement said that it doesnt comment on rumors or speculation related to mergers. That being said, we have made important acquisitions over the past 30 months including Mobileye and Altera and our focus is on integrating those acquisitions and making them successful for our customers and shareholders, the company said.
Broadcom has not yet commented on the issue.
Meherbani nakko! Hakk Havet! The farmers marching into Mumbai today are asking for their rights, not favours. An expected 30,000 of them, under the banner of the All India Kisan Sabha, decided to cover a distance of roughly 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai on foot to protest a number of issues ranging from loan waivers to land allotment.
The long march, as the Kisan Sabha has termed it, began on March 6. Today, the marchers plan to picket Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan until their demands are met. Right at the front, you can see Jiva Pandu Gavit, the CPI(M) MLA from Surgana and Kalwan constituencies, and Ajit Navle, general secretary of the Kisan Sabha along with other leaders. Theyre followed by some farmers holding a b...
DFAT's CPTPP "Myth Busters" document attracted further scrutiny today when OSIA criticised the document's brazen denial---despite a widely publicised history to the contrary---of the secrecy employed throughout the TPP (and subsequently CPTPP) negotiations. This follows hot on the heels of OSIA's criticism of the document's comments on economic modelling and ISDS as biased and misleading.
The DFAT document described as a myth that "The Government negotiated the deal in secret''. This belies a long and well documented history of the process's near complete lack of public transparency. Indeed DFAT themselves have said the exact opposite about TPP negotiations before: in 2013 DFAT Acting First Assistant Secretary Ms Elizabeth Bowes, stated in Senate Estimates "...in fact the process whereby the negotiating texts remain confidential is consistent with standard international treaty negotiating practice so that applies across the board."
The Attorney-General's Department's response to an FOI request during TPP negotiations stated: "At the start of the TPP process it was agreed that ... all participants would maintain the confidentiality of ... the negotiating texts, proposals of each government, accompanying explanatory material, emails related to the substance of the negotiations} ... Australia has signed a letter to this effect".
Such comments directly contradict DFAT's current claim that the negotiations did not take place in secret and only strengthen the common understanding this was a secret deal, the details of which were agreed without input or review from the Australian public.
"DFAT and the government understand how deeply unpopular secret trade deals are, particularly ones containing as many questionable elements as CPTPP, but are no longer willing to admit that this is exactly how they agreed to undertake these proceedings", said OSIA Director Josh Stewart, "The Australian public should not be locked out of the room for negotiations such as these, only permitted to see and contribute to the results after the terms are final."
None of the five bullet points given by DFAT under this "myth" disprove it. Instead they merely assert that versions of the TPP text were released at various points. Whilst true, in each case that did not happen until after the negotiations had concluded.
During negotiations, the only industry consultation in Australia was an infrequent series of very general briefings. Without...
At a meet organised by the Internationa...
New Delhi: Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, who switched from Shiv Sena to the Congress, will now be the BJPs candidate from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha polls due on March 23. Rane is among the 18 names announced by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday. With BJPs oldest ally Shiv Sena announcing a split in the alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the party believes that Ranes presence will strengthen its base in the state.
Interestingly, Rajeev Chandrasekar, businessman and owner of Jupiter Capital and Republic TV , an Independent Rajya Sabha member for two terms, has bagged a BJP ticket from Karnataka this time and is likely to formally join the...
Authorities have confirmed that at least two people were killed during severe thunderstorms in the Southwest Saturday night. 'Please be aware that there was one fatality at the Brushy Creek campground and not four, as was mistakenly reported initially,' Marion County Sheriff David McKnight said on Facebook. Authorities said the deceased 'was a 40 year woman from southeast Texas'. Another death was reported by Longview Police. Police told KLTV that a 41-year-old man was killed during the storms at the Flamingo Mobile Home Park when a tree fell on his mobile home. His 12-year-old son was rescued and was taken to the hospital. The child's injuries are still unknown. The severe storms started to move through the area around 10.30pm Saturday night and continued until around 6am Sunday morning, according to KTSB. The storms produced large hail, sometimes in excess of two inches in diameter, damaging wind gusts over 70mph. A video showed golf ball-sized hail in the De Berry, Texas, area.
Last week new mining campaigns targeted unpatched Windows Server, Apache Solr, and Redis servers, attackers attempted to install the cryptocurrency miner Coinminer.
Two campaigns were spotted by researchers from the ISC SANS group and the Anti-DDoS company Imperva.
The campaign observed by Imperva has been targeting Redis and Windows Server installs, the company tracked the operation as RedisWannaMine.
Crooks are conducting an Internet mass-scanning for systems running outdated Redis versions, the attackers attempt to trigger the CVE-2017-9805 vulnerability.
This week we saw a new generation of cryptojacking attacks aimed at bothdatabase servers and application servers. We dubbed one of these attacks RedisWannaMine. reads the blog post published by Imperva.
RedisWannaMine is more complex in terms of evasion techniques and capabilities. It demonstrates a worm-like behavior combined with advanced exploits to increase the attackers infection rate and fatten their wallets.
RedisWannaMine executes a script to download a publicly available tool, dubbed masscan, that is stored on Github repository, then compiles and installs it.
The experts observed that once attackers gain access to a host, they will drop the ReddisWannaMine malware as a first stage payload, then it installs a second-stages cryptocurrency miner.
RedisWannaMine is a complex threat due to the sophisticated evasion techniques and capabilities it implements. The malicious code combines advanced exploits with worm-like behavior, it uses the...
Dana Larocca, CEO of Mandala Biosciences, joins our Biotech/Medical Board. Dana Larocca, CEO of Mandala Biosciences, joins our Biotech/Medical Board.
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West Virginia has been rocked by a statewide strike by teachers, bus drivers, and other school employees. Today, March 2nd, the strike enters its seventh day.
Beginning on February 22nd, workers shut down public schools in all 55 of West Virginias counties, rejecting abysmal and declining teacher pay and the states attack on public employees health insurance. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), one of the unions helping to organize the strikers, reports the following worker demands:
A natural gas severance tax that creates a self-sustaining source of revenue for PEIA [Public Employees Insurance Agency] and public employee pay.
No regressive taxes, which ultimately affect working-class families more than the wealthy elite.
A permanent tabling to any and all legislation pertaining to co-tenancy and joint development, which allow large natural gas industries to engulf local landowners.
A pay raise of 5% per year over the next half decade.
A permanent tabling to any and all legislation pertaining to charter schools, voucher systems, and any attempts to privatize public schools.
On February 27th, Governor Justice announced an agreement with three of the major teacher unions in the state: a 5% pay increase for teachers as well as a 3% increase for state employees generally. Union officials and the governor alike pleaded for school employees to return to work, despite the fact that key demands remain unmet.
On March 1st, howeverdefying the governor and official union leadersteachers refused to return to work,...
App developer Panic Inc. knew it had a network problem when customers began complaining about trouble downloading and updating Panic apps.
"Geez, your downloads are really slow!" was the common complaint that started coming in a few months ago, Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser explained in a blog post titled, "The Mystery of the Slow Downloads."
But once the mystery cleared up, it all made sense. Panic and its users were the innocent victims of a longstanding network interconnection battle between cable ISP Comcast and Cogent, which operates a global network that carries traffic across the Internet.
The situation will only get worse once the Net Neutrality appeal process is complete.
Read more of this story at SoylentNews.
New Delhi: India has submitted a written statement to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in support of Mauritiuss demand for sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago from Britain.
Sources told The Wire that New Delhi submitted its statement on the Chagos question to The Hague-based ICJ on February 28, a day before the deadline.
The ICJ was asked by the UN General Assembly to give its advisory opinion on whether UKs continuing possession of Chagos was in violation of international law. The General Assembly had agreed through a resolution on June 22, 2017 to refer two questions to the UNs main judicial organ to give their advisory opi...
The food delivery service from the ride sharer will launch in 100 new cities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, reports the Financial Times. Uber made the decision after UberEats generated a profit in a quarter of the cities it currently operates in. Jason Droege, Ubers head of logistics, told the FT that UberEats
The food delivery service from the ride sharer will launch in 100 new cities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, reports the Financial Times. Uber made the decision after UberEats generated a profit in a quarter of the cities it currently operates in. Jason Droege, Ubers head of logistics, told the FT that UberEats had been more successful than we thought. It currently operates in 200 cities and in 2017 was profitable in 45 of them. That was a major boost in profitability from 2016, where UberEats operated in 50 cities but was only profitable in three of them.
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-03-12%20Derrick%20Broze.mp3"][/audio]Today James welcomes back Derrick Broze of TheConsciousResistance.com for a wide-ranging conversation on the pros and cons of cryptocurrency and its potential to fund independent journalism. We also go in-depth into Derrick's new (free) Holistic Self-Assessment and the importance of better understanding and improving ourselves before we change the world.
Its Daylight Saving Time (DST) and you know what that means. Nearly the entire country will be moving their clocks forward one hour. But for residents in Florida, the time change may be the last one ever.
This is because, on Tuesday, the state Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act. CNN Reports that the bill was approved in just two minutes and there were only two dissenters. The Sunshine Protection Act will now make its way to the desk of Governor Rick Scott. If he signs the Act, it will then be reviewed by Congress. If approved, Florida residents will live in DST all year long.
The Uniform Time Act was established in 1966. So far, Hawaii and most of Arizona are the only states exempt from the Act. If all goes according to plan, Florida will join them.
This question has been asked for decades and is still being debated today.
One popular argument is that Daylight Saving Time conserves energy. However, the savings if any are negligible. In 2008, a study by the US Department of Energy concluded that Daylight Saving Time reduces the energy use each year by just 0.03%. And, another study conducted in Indiana found that energy use increased slightly as a result of moving the clocks forward.
An argument has also been made that Daylight Saving Time reduces traffic accidents, as there is more light for commuters to see. But, this isnt exactly the case. It is true that the switch to standard time coincides with an increase in accidents. However, there is also a spike in accidents immediately following the time shift. Experts theorize this is because people are sleepier than usual, reports...
The Game Is Being Played Out In Front Of The World, Do You Want To Play? Video X22 Report UK pushing the idea that the press is with the people and supports free speech, Assange came out and went...
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A delegation of top-level Chinese technology executives is visiting Australia this week to explore the future and implementation of blockchain into industry.
The delegation which is made up of the elite of Chinas Fintech companies including Senior managers from Ant Financial, WeBank, JD.com, ZhongAn, Wanxiang and OnChain.
The group is being led by Ming Li, director of the China Electronics Standardisation Institute, which has responsibility for setting blockchain industry standards under Chinas Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The delegation is set to explore developments in global blockchain standards where Australia is taking a lead role by hosting the first international blockchain standards meeting for the ISO/TC 307 group next month, chaired by Westpac Banking Corp director Craig Dunn.
The delegation is tasked with both exploring the next step in blockchain architecture that will be the basis of the internet of value and to send the message that China will be aggressive in implementing this technology.
As Chinese companies go proactively into the future of blockchain technology the government continues to express its dislike of cryptocurrency.
Once home to the majority of the worlds cryptomarket activity the Chinese government began cracking down on trading digital currency and the release of ICOs.
Zhou Xiaochuan governor of the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) spoke this week about the Banks official stance of nonrecognition of cryptocurrency and plans to ramp up regulation of both the trade and companys launching ICOs.
We dont like cryptocurrency products that make huge opportunity for speculation that gives people the illusion of getting rich overnight.
Zhou went to say that cryptocurrencies are inevitable but that they had strayed from the useful path of being a secure and safe way to quickly and easily move money.
That they are now used by people as a get rich quick scheme that can end up costing people their life savings.
Local news outlets interpreted his speech as possibly the first move to creating a nationally backed cryptocurrency. Zhou ended with hopes that public and private agencies can partner together for further research and developmen...
Reports have emerged concerning an upcoming six-week long stunt organised by factions in the Gaza Strip that is primarily aimed at the international media.
In the coming weeks, Hamas plans to set up tent encampments along the Gazan border with Israel, where thousands of the strips denizens will be housed, with the intention to march hundreds of Palestinians every dayincluding the elderly, women and childrento the border fence in return marches.
At the same time, Hamas also intends to hold mass fishing boat protests near the maritime border with Israel. These actions will gradually grow in intensity and culminate just before Israels 70th Independence Day.
The ITIC has more details on the agitprop scheduled to commence on March 30th Land Day which this...
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The minority leader in the U.S. Senate made the comment when he discussed the state of tech and tech companies standing in the public eye on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher (via Recode). While Schumer says he supports legislation requiring transparency in political ads on platforms like Facebook, hes wary
The minority leader in the U.S. Senate made the comment when he discussed the state of tech and tech companies standing in the public eye on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher (via Recode). While Schumer says he supports legislation requiring transparency in political ads on platforms like Facebook, hes wary about increased government regulation of free speech. Schumer then went on to discuss how big tech giants could have both a positive and negative effect on society:
Its one of the most anticipated tech IPOs of the year, and now we know how many shares will be up for sale, reports Business Insider. In a filing today, Dropbox said it will offer 36 million shares in its IPO. The company said it expects each share to initially sell for between $16 and
Its one of the most anticipated tech IPOs of the year, and now we know how many shares will be up for sale, reports Business Insider. In a filing today, Dropbox said it will offer 36 million shares in its IPO. The company said it expects each share to initially sell for between $16 and $18, meaning the company could raise between $576 million and $648 million. The company filed for its IPO last month and will trade under the symbol DBX on the Nasdaq. Theres no specific date set for the IPO yet, but it is planned for sometime this year.
The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia.
Thats the first question to consider in the Terms Of Reference for the Senate Economics References Committee. It means a journey of approx 1700 Km
This is in conflict with International Atomic Energy Agencys best practce as set out in The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management::
radioactive waste should, as far as is compatible with the safety of the management of such material, be disposed of in the State in which it was generated.
Mahsa Kiani, Cofounder of MyData, joins our Information Sciences Board. Mahsa Kiani, Cofounder of MyData, joins our Information Sciences Board.
Its nearly a year since we were in Auckland en route to northern New South Wales for a farm tour when I got a text which required me to head back south instead.
As the very helpful people at Air New Zealand were sorting my new flight and arranging to retrieve my bag off the plane I was meant to be on to Australia, I remember thinking, thank God this doesnt mean I wont be able to afford the groceries.
I was away from home last week when I got a text which meant I had to re-route again. This time I could drive but it did mean unexpected expenses for accommodation.
There are a lot of people who would find that stretching for unexpected expenses would be a stretch too far for their budgets.
I am very grateful that my budget is sufficiently elastic to accommodate the unexpected.
From dissolving fabric to clothes made from algae, the winners of this years Global Change award are trying to plot a new way forward for a fashion industry thats been too focused on disposable clothing.
If a shirt or dress made with a new type of thread is heated to a certain temperature (266 degrees, hot enough to melt some types of plastic), the thread will dissolve, making zippers and buttons fall off, and the fabric can be used again. Its one step in making clothing more recyclable: Right now, disassembling a garment is so labor-intensive that it rarely happens.
Startups like Brandless and M/F People are rewriting branding narratives by selling plainly packaged high-end staples and non-gendered bath products.
Were unapologetically redefining what it means to be a brand, says Tina Sharkey, cofounder and CEO of the startup CPG company Brandless, which sells plainly packaged, high-end staples for $3 apiece. Shes not alone. Consumers, overwhelmed by choice and conducting chaotic lives, are getting fatigued by the narratives brands have constructed about themselves. After decades of new brands rising by virtue of storytelling, some upstarts are turning down the noise and letting their letting customers color in the lines.
The next-gen marketing conglomerates modern sensibility for making media and engaging with culture and brands put it among 2018s Most Innovative Companies.
When the Houston RocketsL.A. Clippers matchup on Martin Luther King Day in January erupted into a bizarre fight scene after the game, NBA fans and commentators on TV and Twitter lost their minds. Except for the folks whod watched a Cycle Media employee named Rob Perez, aka World Wide Wob, break down the rising pettiness in the NBA a few days earlier on his digital talk show Buckets. The program is one of the premier offerings from Cycle Media, a full-service marketing agency and content company that taps into popular culture, creating products that can live anywhere from a billboard to Facebook Watch, and makes money every step of the way. Cycle is built for the rapidly emerging world where advertising and media, media and brands are becoming the same thing, says CEO Jason Stein.
Judges themselves doubt their own independence (publicly even)
Summary: With the growing prospect of a Board of Appeal (BoA) having to decide on patentability of CRISPR innovation (more like explanation/discovery), questions linger or persist about judges ability to rule as they see fit rather than what some lunatic wants
LAST WEEK we wrote two articles in which we mentioned how the EPOs Judge Corcoran was without warning removed from his office (never to return to it since 2014). Apparently Corcorans last decision/unfinished work was against a software patent of an EPO partner (maybe a coincidence) and whatever hes accused of mainly relaying true information about Team Battistelli is something that hundreds if not thousands of other EPO workers could be accused of at the time (many messages had been relayed and were circulating regarding Battistelli and his dodgy bulldog from Croatia).
Apparently Corcorans last decision/unfinished work was against a software patent of an EPO partner (maybe a coincidence) and whatever hes accused of mainly relaying true information about Team Battistelli is something that hundreds if not thousands of other EPO workers could be accused of at the time (many messages had been relayed and were circulating regarding Battistelli and his dodgy bulldog from Croatia).IP Kat finds no time to cover EPO scandals anymore (we know why). Rose Hughes (Reddie & Grose LLP), however, found time to cover things like this just before the weekend. Last month, she wrote, the EPO published its [sic] sixth ever decision granting a petition for review (R 4/17). Granted petitions for review are notoriously difficult to obtain, as the EPO attempts to balance the need for the legal certainty of Board of Appeal (BoA) decisions, and the right to challenge flagrant violations of EPO procedure.
Well, havent violations of EPO procedure/s become far too routine under Battistelli? Weve lost count of how many such violations of EPO procedures we already covered. Including against BoA
Recently, the EPO Oppo...
Helen Razers new podcast Knackers And The Vadge is back, with episode two split into, appropriately, two parts, both them of them a tribute to International Womens Day if a tribute were to include phrases like this.
International Womens Day which was once known as International Working Womens Day, but is now a fucking thing that is largely fucking sponsored by a fucking bank.
That pretty much sets the tone for what is to follow. It includes an opening spray about America and Russia, and the fact that so many people who should know better support Hillary Clinton in her apparent never-ending hunt for war and global conflict.A screengrab from the recent ABC Four Corners interview conducted by Sarah Ferguson with failed US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
We delude ourselves that were being rebellious to cheer US foreign policy. Its not rebellious to regard Clinton as an alternative any more than Trump is to brutal US rule, when she is very candidly, very explicitly demonstrating she would love more military action, says The Vadge.
Do you genuinely believe that Team America is obliged to act in a way that US police routinely do, that is demeaning and murdering the powerless because they happen to have a particular ethnicity. I mean, thats what its all about.
You cant see that this is racist and unjustified? If you cant you wouldnt know racism and justice if Frantz Fanon himself flew up your rectum and gave you a Powerpoint presentation on it.
Frantz Fanon was a philosopher and Marxist. Dont feel bad. I had to ask as well. Speaking of asked, I also inquired as to Razers motivation for Knackers and The Vadge. She had this to say:
Fuck, Chris. We know Im supposed to say, Because I really care that media of the present is committed to nothing but profit and the re-assertion of the status quo.
We both know its because I enjoy attention. And ratings. Why havent you rated my podcast on iTunes yet? If you dont, Ill start a Twitter rumour that Chris Graham refuses to rate lady podcasts with five stars.
Says Razer of Part 2 of the International Womens Day speci...
To be fair, the iguana was already cooked up and served on a platter, but still: weird. The meal was part of the fanfare at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner this weekend, where Bezos was given the Buzz Aldrin Space Exploration Award, reports Bloomberg. Besides eating an iguana, Bezos revealed a few other things. The
To be fair, the iguana was already cooked up and served on a platter, but still: weird. The meal was part of the fanfare at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner this weekend, where Bezos was given the Buzz Aldrin Space Exploration Award, reports Bloomberg. Besides eating an iguana, Bezos revealed a few other things. The worlds richest man said he plans to spend some of his $131 billion fortune so humanity can explore the solar system. But Bezos isnt giving up on Earth either. We have sent a lot of probes to every planet in this solar system. Believe me, this is the best one. The world that we live on is an absolute gem, he said. I want a world for my grandchildrens grandchildren to live in. I also want a dynamic world, a world that is expanding and growing. I do not believe in stasis. And this planet is finite.
"There are three aspects of the draft Exposure Bill that are of real concern: the first relating to the role of a council albeit its relationship to its community, the second the role of mayor and deputy mayor in their relationship to other councillors, and the third the electoral system and its relationship to its electors. [...] A duly elected city council should not be subservient to the State or proscribed a role that undermines the capacity of a council to engage with its community on a broad range of issues that impact on our lives. [...] The view that what is good for other levels of government should be replicated at the local level. This reinforces that local government is government and not an administrative arm of the State." [Candobetter.net Editor: The state government is obviously trying to remove the capacity of residents to affect what happens in their local environment and suburb. We already have almost no democratic power at state or federal level - just reduced to a risible function of voting for Tweedledum or Tweedledumber. But local government is where it all happens. This is the first line of population policy, because the councils say whether there can be subdivision or new housing, which is what dictates population growth. VCAT has been used and abused by the State government to overturn council judgment, as has the insertion of State-paid Council CEOs. This attempt to rewrite the Act risks annihilating local governments in all but name. See also 'Population and Development Battlefronts' at the end of the statement by Fitzroy Council.]
The Local Government Act is being reviewed and is in its last throes of consultation before being adopted in May this year. The Act proscribes the role of local government and thus we residents have a lot to gain and much to lose in how our City Council works and carries out the role of governing our City and building a sustainable and liveable city for all.
The Yarra City Councils response was tabled at its 6 March meeting and should be of interest to many residents who wish to ensure that the role of local government and its relationship to our State Government is collaborative and not subservient and that its pre-eminent relationship is to the community.
There are three aspects of the draft Exposure Bill that are of real concern: the first relating to the role of a council albeit its relationship to its community, the second the role of mayor and deputy mayor in their relationship to other...
Today, March 8, 2018, marks International Womens Day, and across the globe millions of women and gender non-conforming people are showing up in solidarity with one anothermany folks taking part in an international strike, rejecting capitalism as a means of liberation from the patriarchy. Actions ranging from strikes and protests to rallies and meetings have been reported in Spain, Kenya, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, and countless other locations around the United States and world. Nightshade is keeping an active eye on these various movements, and stands in solidarity and excitement with them as those involved continue to fight for their demands, big and small.
Particularly, it is important to remember the roots of International Womens Day, which originated in 1909 as International Working Womens Day, and its direct relationship with labor movements. While massive attention was drawn to the Womens Day march last year in DC, marked by a sea of stunningly-gendered pink pussy hats, along with it came critiques of white-feminism and other organizing strategies which neglected to honor the voices of women of color and trans-women, and neglected to address the position of incarcerated women, poor women, and other women marginalized on multiple axes, in relation to capitalism and white supremacy. This year, however, Womens Day falls right amidst the Teachers Strike in West Virginia, where, like in many states, 75% of teachers are women. According to Tithi Bhattacharya, an organizer involved with the International Womens Strike,
the core strength of [the teachers strike] lies in the fact that it is vast majority women, and because women play a very significant...
Comrades and friends:
This is a great start! Less than 1 week into our campaign, weve reached a total of $610 in pledges halfway to our basic goal of making sure that Fightback can continue, as a website and an e-publication.
However, were not there yet. And were even further away from the $3,000 we would need to continue as a print publication. Some might say that print is old hat, unnecessary in the 21st century. But many people still prefer to read things on paper. And its quite difficult to hand an e-publication to someone you meet on a picket line or a demonstration.
Fightback still thinks that print has a role to play. But its all down to funding.
The other issue is that weve got some big pledges from a few comrades. And believe me, were stupidly thankful for that! But what wed really like to see is lots of little pledges, from workers, students, beneficiaries or carers who cant afford much but still like what Fightback is doing and want to see us keep doing it.
For that reason, weve added a new reward for a $5 minimum contribution, you get a complimentary copy of our first issue for 2018. (Projected theme is: Fascism and anti-fascism.)
So, if anything that Fightback has been doing over the last 6 or so years has appealed to you, excited you, challenged you, or in any other way youd be sad to see us go pleas...
13 March 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
Mumbai: Let us take a break now. We have been walking for nearly two hours without a break, said Dhanaji Havate. That is fine. Let us walk till we reach that fly-over bridge and we can sit under it. Hurry up now, replied Khandu Sampat Pawar, as both friends walked past Kannamwar Nagar in Vikroli.
Havate and Pawar belong to an Adivasi Mahadeo Koli community from Shindwad village in Dhindori taluka of Nashik and have been walking among the 35,000 farmers, essentially all Adivasis, from Nashik to Mumbai since March 6. The march entered its final and most significant leg on Sunday. On March 12, the marchers are planning to surround the Vidhan Sabha in south Mumbai, blocking off access, and urge the government to meet their demands....
Iranian farmers protest a governmental crackdown on water supplies. (Courtesy photo)
While American reportage of the anti-government protests and riots in Iran has largely faded from the front pages, opponents of the Islamist authorities continue to demonstrate and call for change. Videos and photos Clarion Project obtained from inside the Islamic republic show farmers demonstrating in the face of government security forces.
Thousands of farmers in eastern Isfahan rallied to protest the regimes refusal to give them the right to water. Furious farmers parked their tractors on both sides of the road and moved towards the Varzaneh pumping station on the Yazd road. Farmers chanted:
Dont be afraid, dont be afraid we are all together; Anyone who demands their rights you call a saboteur'; Shame on you with your management; Shame on you with your justice; Death to the irresponsible authorities.
Eyewitnesses say riot police attacked the farmers to prevent them from approaching the water facility, using tear gas and bullets. some seven farmers were wounded.
The protests began a month ago but the violence hit new levels over the last couple of days.
Young Iranians from the nearby city Ezhieh set tires alight during a skirmish between a large crowd and state security forces. Reports indicate a protester drove a vehicle into a number of military personnel stationed on the town bridge, leaving at least four injured.
One young protester fired a...
11.03.18: Afrin is everywhere, resistance is everywhere.
We set fire to the car of a Turkish nationalist in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg during the night of the 8th to the 9th of March.
This action was in response to the call from autonomous groups to militantly defend Afrin.
(via Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)
Twitter has scored a mini-coup over its social media competitor by nabbing the rights to stream Major League Soccer games for three years, reports Variety. The deal will allow Twitter to live stream at least 24 MLS games and other content throughout the year. Thats surely a gut punch to Facebook, who had MLS streaming
Twitter has scored a mini-coup over its social media competitor by nabbing the rights to stream Major League Soccer games for three years, reports Variety. The deal will allow Twitter to live stream at least 24 MLS games and other content throughout the year. Thats surely a gut punch to Facebook, who had MLS streaming rights in 2017. But Facebook shouldnt be too disheartened. After all, as Bloomberg reports, the social media giant just picked up the exclusive rights to stream 25 Major League Baseball games this season.
I was in the grocery store looking at apples when he and his wife came up to me.
The post Michoacn Communities Will Not Permit the Installation of Voting Stations appeared first on It's Going Down.
The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacn, an autonomous and non-party council that struggles for the free self-determination, self-government and autonomy of Indigenous communities, made up of the communities of Santa Fe de la Laguna, Naranja de Tapia, Tirindaro, Zirahun, Santa Ana, Agua Verde, Caltzontzin, San ngel Zurumucapio, Capcuaro, Corupo, Angahuan, Jicaln, Urapicho, Aranza, Sevina, Arantepacua, Cheran Atzicurn, San Felipe de los Herreros, Cocucho, Sicuicho, Pamatcuaro, San Antonio Tierras Blancas, San Benito, Cuanajo, Huecorio, San Andrs Tzirndaro, Zopoco, Carapan, Ichn, Cherato, Cheratillo, Oruscato, 18 de Marzo, Apo del Rosario, Rancho Seco, Tomendan y Tahuejo, represented in the present statement by the liaison committee that signs and seals the document, we together declare the following:
In 2004, the Indigenous communities of Nuro, Quinceo, Urapicho and Cheran Atzicun through a decision made in their respective community assemblies and in the context of official discrimination, did not permit the installation of voting stations. Afterwards, in 2001 the community of Cheran derivative of a process of forest defense, also decided not to allow the placement of voting stations and to elect their authorities by uses and customs. Then, in the last electoral cycle of 2015, in different social movements and for different causes, all generated by the incapacity of the Mexican state to resolve the conditions of poverty, marginalization, security and discrimination of Indigenous communities, the communities of Pichtaro, San Felipe de los Herreros, Urapicho and the united communities of Cherato, Cheratillo, Oruscato and 18 de Marzo, did not consent to the installation of polling stations.
The Indigenous communities, and among them the Purhpecha maintain a long history of struggle, resistance and dignity of more than 525 years. We remember the battles against the colonial system of Pedro Soria Armola, the struggles of Casimiro Leco for the defense of the forests, the battles for the earth of Primo Tapia, the defense of the ea...
(ZHE) Stunning video captured by U.S. Navy pilots in 2015 shows a mysterious object with no obvious wings or tails, and no exhaust plume traveling at a high rate of speed over the Atlantic Ocean very low over the water. The declassified Department of Defense (DoD) video was released by analytics firm The Stars Academy of Arts and Science whose advisory committee 
Back in October, WhatsApp introduced its delete for everyone feature that allowed senders to delete unread messages up to seven minutes after they sent themsaving users the world over from embarrassing drunk text messages. Now WABetaInfo has noticed that WhatsApp has extended that time limited to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds. Thats good
Back in October, WhatsApp introduced its delete for everyone feature that allowed senders to delete unread messages up to seven minutes after they sent themsaving users the world over from embarrassing drunk text messages. Now WABetaInfo has noticed that WhatsApp has extended that time limited to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds. Thats good news for regretful texters as they now have more time to realize maybe that text to their ex at two in the morning wasnt such a good idea.
From caring for distant parents to entering burning buildings, there are lots of ways that people might use robot avatars to be in places they cant go themselves. The X Prize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build one by 2021.
Imagine that your parents are aging and need help doing chores around the home. You desperately want to help, but you live a thousand miles away in another city with your own family. So you put on a haptic sensory suit (which gives you the sense of touch through a remote device), some VR googles, and you control a robot installed in your parents home. You do chores, like cleaning the kitchen and making the bed. You help your parents and feel less guilty.
Recently the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, visited Sydney for meetings with the Australian Government. Ardern is the leader of the NZ Labour Party who managed a come from behind victory in their 2017 national election. While Ardern was here she commented that she would struggle if she was operating in the Australian political
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We are very pleased to say we finished the first episode of our new podcast The Underbelli. Episode one features us and some of our friends reading from Sasha Durakovs Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho, which you can read here. Schizo-Genesis is a text in which Sasha Durakov attempts to situate psychiatry within the history of policing, trace its relation to various ideas of normality, and question its premises and assumptions. He ultimately argues that we should not fear madness, but recognize its elasticity and consider it from new, and often contradictory, angles. Its in two parts, so make sure you listen to them in order.
Our first few podcast episodes will likely be similar to this: readings of our texts with audio enhancements. But theres a reason we arent calling it an audio book project. In the near future, we will branch out and do oral histories and narratives of under-discussed topics of concern for us around mental health, sex work, policing, and surveillance.
We are so excited to share this with the world! Please contact us if you have recommendations or feedback of any kind!
Ai Oikawa, Cofounder of Afingen, joins our Biotech/Medical Board. Ai Oikawa, Cofounder of Afingen, joins our Biotech/Medical Board.
The electric carmaker temporarily halted production of its coveted Model 3 at its Fremont plant between February 20-24, reports Bloomberg. In a statement to Bloomberg on Sunday, Tesla confirmed the February delay: Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. These periods are used to improve automation
The electric carmaker temporarily halted production of its coveted Model 3 at its Fremont plant between February 20-24, reports Bloomberg. In a statement to Bloomberg on Sunday, Tesla confirmed the February delay:
The post Urgent Medical Campaign for Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes appeared first on It's Going Down.
As people know, ensuring that Robert Seth Hayes receives adequate medical care has been an ongoing struggle over the past 20 years.
Seth reports that, when he went to change the sensor on his insulin pump (sensors must be changed every 6 days) on February 23, 2018, he was informed that Sullivan did not have any sensors at the facility.
So for two weeks now, Seth does not have a continuous glucose monitoring device (the sensor continuously reads interstitial glucose levels and relays them to the monitor) and has had to rely on his daily finger sticks to determine his sugar levels. Once again, NYS DOCCS is violating Seths constitutional and human right to adequate health care, in additon to being in stark violation of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Rules on the treatment of prisoners.
The whole point of Seths having the insulin pump/monitor is because he can no longer tell when his sugars are high or low. It is hard to believe that medical personnel at Sullivan have once again failed to order the necessary sensors in a timely fashion.
Please call, write and fax the following people to demand that all supplies for Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280s insulin pump be adequately stocked at the Sullivan clinic. Be polite but firm. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what response you receive. Staff at Sullivan usually state that Superintendent Keyser will not take phone calls and that all complaints must be in writing. If that is the case, ask to speak with guidance and ask for Seths counselor.
Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington A...
Theni: Nine people, who were part of a trekking expedition, have been killed in a forest fire in the Western Ghats, the Tamil Nadu government said today.
Nine persons are dead, while 17 of the rescued have been hospitalised and ten did not require hospitalisation, commissioner of revenue administration K. Satyagopal told reporters.
Among the dead, six were from Chennai and three from Erode, local police said.
Meanwhile, chief minister K. Palaniswami is rushing to Theni to oversee rescue operations.
A 36-member team 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts on a trekking expedition reached Kurangani hills on March 10. The team included 25 women and three children, according to Theni district collector Mariam Pallavi Baldev.
Four helicopters of the IAF and their ten commandos are involved in the rescue operation, according to a tweet by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Health secretary J. Radhakrishnan said rescue teams comprising officials and health department personnel were camping in the hills.
Besides the IAF, which has deployed four choppers from its Sulur Air base in Coimbatore, personnel drawn from fire and rescue and forest departments, police...
11.03.18: During the night of Saturday to Sunday, we ambushed a group of police on patrol in their car with stones.
The patrol was helmeted and on assignment to occupy and terrorize our neighborhood. Nothing new from the Nordkiez..but it is time to attack again.
Our stones are meant as retaliation for the ID controls of the past few weeks. In addition, the struggle of the Apoistic Youth and the Autonomous Groups in Berlin should be supported by forcing the units of the counter-insurgency to use there forces here.
For us, Berlin is an epicenter of the capitalist forces, in the form of technologisation, in the form of the integration of everything into the logic of self-evaluation and social control and in the form of warfare, in loyal friendship with fascist autocrats worldwide.
We are against it and do not participate in their backlash against the Revolution
AZ Silvio Meier
(via Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)
Last week, US president Donald Trump shocked the world by accepting an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim reportedly sent a delegation from South Korea to the White House last week to set up possible peace talks, and send the message that he was willing to make concessions to his nuclear programs in order to de-escalate tensions between the two governments.
North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017, and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment! Trump wrote on Twitter.
North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017 and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
Trump also Tweeted about how he had support from the leaders of Japan and China.
Chinese President XI JINPING and I spoke at length about the meeting with KIM JONG UN of North Korea. President XI told me he appreciates that the U.S. is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative. China continues to be helpful!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
Spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan, who is very enthusiastic about talks with North Korea. Also discussing opening up Japan to much better trade with the U.S. Currently have a massive $100 Billion Trade Deficit. Not fair or sustainable. It will all work out!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
During a recent rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Trump told the crowd that the meeting could result in the greatest deal for the world or on the other hand he could leave fast if things dont turn out his way.
Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have labeled a two-part malware affecting MikroTik routers as masterpieces, reports Engadget. Nicknamed Slingshot, the malware affects the routers and computers connected to them in two phases: The first runs hostile kernel code without crashes, while the second stores the malware files in an encrypted virtual file system that can
Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have labeled a two-part malware affecting MikroTik routers as masterpieces, reports Engadget. Nicknamed Slingshot, the malware affects the routers and computers connected to them in two phases: The first runs hostile kernel code without crashes, while the second stores the malware files in an encrypted virtual file system that can even shut down components of itself when it detects forensic tools are being run on the system to detect malware. Given the sophistication of the malware, Kaspersky says its likely that a government agency is behind it. Worst of all? The malware has been infecting MikroTik routers (and possibly other brands) since at least 2012.
New Story, a company that builds housing in the developing world, has a new invention: a massive 3D printer that extrudes an entire four-room house in less than a day.
In rural El Salvador, a family living on $1.90 a day might live in a makeshift house with dirt floors, thin walls, and no running water. But next year, dozens of those families will move into one of the worlds first communities of 3D-printed homes.
Seedlip is fighting back against the tyranny of bad mocktails, and now, top restaurants and cocktail bars want a sip of the action.
A few years ago, Ben Branson was lunching at a fashionable London eatery when he requested a non-alcoholic cocktail. At the time, he had taken a break from drinking, yet still wanted to indulge in the mealtime ritual. When his waitress returned, he was less than enthused.
Many of the Rader era CAFC/Federal Circuit decisions (almost all) were overturned by the US Supreme Court
Summary: A look at academic pundits views on the patent system of the United States and where the Federal Circuit (a high patent court) stands on these matters after the US Supreme Court (highest possible court) lashed out at many of its decisions, especially those from the disgraced Rader years
THE USPTO alone is dealing with billions of dollars each year. Those who can participate in the patent game at a large scale are large corporations. The same is true universally. Its not the system of a sole inventor like Tesla but of a businessman like Edison. Lots of money in circulation in the patent industry.
It has been rather disappointing to see Establishment academics playing along in all this. Im not a fan of particular people using the title Professor to implicitly assert that theyre uninterested or/and impartial observers whose views are objective and motivations are purely scholarly. They too can be lobbyists sometimes. They have vested interests and ideologies. I do have those ideologies too. So does everybody else. Absolute objectiveness rarely exists, except in few disciplines (e.g. laws of nature, not laws of states).
Some hours ago Patenty-O (a patent maximalists blog) published this piece about the doctrine of equivalents (DoE) among other matters. Judging by the tone, it sure sounds as though Professor Samuel F. Ernst from Golden Gate University School of Law pressures the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to intervene in CAFC (Federal Circuit) rulings regarding patent scope/maximalism. To quote a portion:
It is now time for the en banc Federal Circuit or the Supreme Court to overrule the erroneous doctrine of literal infringement and revive the reverse doctrine of equivalents. As properly applied, the reverse doctrine of equivalents allows for accused innovations to escape infringement when they are substantially superior, practically and commercially, to the invention claimed by an asserted patent.
If a proper litigation vehicle is identified, a petition for certiorari arguing for the revival of the reverse doctrine of equivalents may well attract the attent...
(COMMONDREAMS) As focus continues on the $130,000 payoff at the center of a non-disclosure agreement signed (or not signed) just before the 2016 election, Buzzfeed reports Sunday that lawyers associated with President Donald Trump are considering legal action to stop the airing of a 60 Minutes interview between journalist Anderson Cooper and Stormy Daniels, the porn actress whose lawyer said publicly last 
A startup called Swarm Technologies has had its authorization for an upcoming satellite launch revoked by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after it flew four satellites on an Indian rocket without receiving authorization from the FCC:
On 12 January, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket blasted off from India's eastern coast. While its primary cargo was a large Indian mapping satellite, dozens of secondary CubeSats from other countries travelled along with it. Seattle-based Planetary Resources supplied a spacecraft that will test prospecting tools for future asteroid miners, Canadian company Telesat launched a broadband communications satellite, and a British Earth-observation mission called Carbonite will capture high-definition video of the planet's surface.
Also on board were four small satellites that probably should not have been there. SpaceBee-1, 2, 3, and 4 were briefly described by the Indian space agency ISRO as "two-way satellite communications and data relay" devices from the United States. No operator was specified, and only ISRO publicly noted that they successfully reached orbit the same day.
[...] The only problem is, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm's application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds. The FCC is responsible for regulating commercial satellites, including minimizing the chance of accidents in space. It feared that the four SpaceBees now orbiting the Earth would pose an unacceptable collision risk for other spacecraft. If confirmed, this would be the first ever unauthorized launch of commercial satellites.
On Wednesday, the FCC sent Swarm a letter revoking its authorization for a follow-up mission with four more satellites, due to launch next month. A pending application for a large market trial of Swarm's system with two Fortune 100 companies could also be in jeopardy.
The concept uses satellites to send Internet of Things (IoT) device data to the Internet. Solar-powered gateways would collect data from nearby IoT devices, and beam it to a SpaceBEE satellite using...
From The Conversation:
The substance that could be responsible for the death Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was the VX nerve agent, according to preliminary reports from Malaysian police.
Kim Jong-nam died on February 13 from a seizure on his way to hospital after complaining that a woman had sprayed chemicals on his face at Kuala Lumpur airport.
The Royal Malaysia Police said in a statement that the results of dry swab tests on the death of a North Korean national identified the chemical as Ethyl S-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphosphonothiolate, also known as VX nerve agent.
VX is a lethal chemical weapon in the V-series of nerve agents. Although commonly referred to as nerve gases, the chemicals are usually liquids at room temperature.
AChE is responsible for metabolising the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which in turn is responsible for the transmission of a nerve impulse across the gap (called a synapse) between two nerve cells.
By preventing AChE from metabolising acetylcholine, the nerve agent causes the synapse to become flooded with the neurotransmitter. This saturation leads to the nerve being constantly switched on. In the case of nerves that control muscles, this means that the muscle is constantly receiving a signal to contract.
Constant muscle contraction becomes a problem when the muscles in question are the ones that control the expansion of the rib cage, to fill the lungs with air. If these muscles are continuously trying to contract, the body is constantly trying to fill the lungs with air, and thus not allowing the body to expel air from the lungs.
The victim of su...
Western interests in the Congo are premised on cheap access to strategic minerals, not humanitarian concerns, cynically suggesting that this might horrifyingly be the US fallback strategy if Kabila goes through with his mining code reform.
In the 1980s and 1990s, a vibrant environmental movement took the fight to the government to save some of NSWs most iconic forests. The price for that fight is the same today, but with logging growing, the stakes are even higher. Mick Daley looks back on almost four decades of activism, and whats needed today.
25 years ago, early on 18 November 1992 a group of some 30 activists invaded the NSW Forestry Commissions head office in Pennant Hills, Sydney. A film crew documented the five-hour drama that followed.
Calling themselves the Peoples Commission for Forests, they barricaded themselves into the building while spokesman John Corkill briefed journalists on the Commissioners phone.
This is a political action against an agency that cannot comply with law, that is running at multi-million dollar losses. We are taking this action to throw a stark spotlight on what has been going on for far too long.
While police, media and emergency services surrounded the building, from the rooftop activists strung a banner that read Under New Management. Sipping liberated coffee, other protestors faxed a new Forestry Charter with seven directives for sustainable forest management to regional Forestry offices on the Commissioners letterhead.
These feral activists had come directly from blockades in northern NSW, where old-growth logging and industrial erosion was annihilating ancient forests.
Their occupation was a pivotal point in a 14-year environmental campaign which (eventually) brought down a State government and saved countless endangered species as well as massive swathes of NSW forest by 2003.
It earned the activists fines ranging up to $1,000 and condemnation as terrorists in Parliament. If theyd attempted such a feat today it could have seen them charged under terrorism laws and thrown in jail.
Things have changed in the political landscape, as well as in the forest. In NSW, successive governments have rolled back environmental protections, new laws prevent activists from intervening in suspect logging operations and regulatory systems appear to be failing.
Yet while protests against the Adani mine, coal seam gas and other movements indicate growing public consternation over global warming, the importance of healthy forests in mitigating against climate change has, it seems, been overlooked.
New land clearing and logging laws are once again destroying NSW forests at an alarming rate. And this time around it seems that breaking the law is the only way to stop them.
A KEY scene from the 1992 occupation video shows activist/police liaison Aidan Ricketts inviting Inspector Collings into the building, to ask the two remaining Forestry staffers if theyd had been...
Whenever you are shopping for a new car, researching each vehicle you are interested in purchasing is a must. And just like everything else, it is possible to do all of your research and comparisons from the comfort of your computer in your home. Here are a few factors to keep in mind while looking for that perfect car.
You may want to window shop, but make sure you know how much money you can spend before you start. Setting a budget is highly advisable before you begin shopping around for a new car, even if you are doing so online. When you have a budget set in place, avoid finding yourself drawn to vehicles that are outside of your price range, ultimately causing you unnecessary grief. A set budget allows you to shop for vehicles only within your price range, allowing you the ability to get the most out of any amount of money you are working with while browsing.
Compare makes and models of different vehicles you are interested in using multiple websites for car sales. Research each type of make and model that is most appealing to you to learn more about each vehicles performance along with gaining access to various customer reviews and testimonials. The more familiar you are with specific types of vehicles you prefer, the more confident you are likely to feel once you have decided to purchase the car or truck of your choice.
For those of us who survive the depopulation agenda to reduce the US population to 70 million by 2025, the elite plan to build hell on earth for those who remain.
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Its no secret that genetics can impact your health, but understanding the real relationship between the two is where things get complicated. Fortunately, the most important connections are easily explained. Learn more about genes and health below to maintain optimal well-being.
In the same way that traits such as hair and eye color are passed down from one relative to another, so can certain diseases. Fortunately, most genes we inherit from our parents are very similar. This makes it easy to determine if you may have an increased chance for a specific disease such as cancer. If your parents or grandparents had a disease, you might be more susceptible to it.
However, it is important to keep in mind that genes do not necessarily predict your health destiny. Rather, they can serve as a precaution for what could come. Lifestyle factors such as diet, stress levels and exercise play a notable role in your ability to combat hereditary diseases. According to ASEA, you can also use supplements that target your cells to improve your immune system and maintain your health.
In some cases, mutations in your genes can affect your health. Mutations may be inherited from your parents or acquired throughout your lifetime due to environmental factors and lifestyle choices. The best way to reduce your risk of developing diseases caused by mutations is to maintain regular check-ups with your primary care physician and...
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March 12 2018
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A. March 11 2018 11:15 pm EST Zap: "Till I Go Down" - Weekly ZAP - The Office of POOFness - 3.11.18
1. Poof: As the struggles continue to free up the humanitarian funds, there is an undertow of duplicity and outright thievery.
2. We wish we could tell you that all is in readiness and in some ways it is but in some ways it still gets tied to banks and to organizations that still do not think much money should flow out to a culpable public.
3. Susan: The PP's delivery unit has been on standby for several months now. I am repeatedly assured that deliveries will happen!! The obvious question is WHEN!! My continual answer is watch the progress of the exchanges.
4. DJ: We are waiting for the Stock Market to crash. That date has been thrown out there as March 14-16.
5. We are in store for a lot more need to happen" events that will be designated as a need to happen first thing" before the currencies can exchange. We dont know what we dont know.
6. There will be NO profiteering allowed. Organizations such as Humanus, The Rodrigues Estate,( Not to be confused with a so called Rodriguez Trust ), the Six Banks of The Nile Project ( 2 million acres of extremely fertile farm land with crops designated for world consumption), free communication and education systems and many more are structured to feed all profits back into more projects. It is those entit......
Existence of regional safety hubs is key to alleviating Eurasias human rights crisis.
In March 2017, Zhanara Akhmet packed two rucksacks: one for herself and one for her 10-year-old son. Soon afterward, Zhanara and her son left their home in Almaty, Kazakhstan. If she didnt, her lawyers told her, the journalist would soon be arrested for her reporting. As they were walking out, she looked into her sons eyes, squeezed his hand and tried to smile reassuringly. Akhmet hugged him and promised theyd find a safe place.
They spent the next 65 hours on the run.
We first went to the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It took us almost one full day to cross it. We were hiding nearby, looking for a place to cross. The guards with guns, flashlights and dogs, were in the vicinity and could get us any time. My son became so scared, he had a panic attack. I tried to calm him down We found a smuggler who helped us cross the border by river. He carried my son, and I carried our bags. My legs were freezing as we waded through the icy water. I could barely move my feet, but I didnt stop Once in Kyrgyzstan, we caught a plane to Istanbul, and then on to Kyiv. We spent a day at acquaintances house, and then rented an apartment.
Since 2013, when she started covering the activities of Kazakh human rights defender Yermek Narymbayev, Akhmet had been frequently harassed by the government for her work. But in 2017, the Kazakh authorities launched three administrative and two criminal cases against her, including charges of political extremism, for her investigative reporting and news coverage, as well as jaywalking, for good measure.
Akhmets case is one of many in Eurasia. According to Freedom Houses Freedom in the World 2018 report, most Eurasian countries are at the very bottom of the list in terms of fundamental freedom indicators. With the rise of authoritarianism, the guardians of those fundamental freedoms human rights activists,...
For the last few years Chinese vulnerability research teams have dominated the exploit competitions around the world. As I wrote before, this is because the major Chinese technology companies are in a battle for cybersecurity mindshare in the Chinese market. They use the CVE assignments, exploit competition wins and recognition from major software vendors as demonstrations of their expertise in cyber security. It is roughly like Bugtraq in the 1990s.
To encourage their teams to enter and win exploit contests the companies have various incentive structures, for example the team members keep the winnings and some companies even pay bonuses for winning entries. These are dream jobs for many hackers: full time research; high salary; big bonuses; international travel, and recognition.
The companies also get value for their investment, their marketing departments are able to exploit the international recognition to full effect. There is a clear win-win relationship between the vulnerability research teams and the companies. So far, so good.
I hear that at #Pwn2Own 2018 there will mostly be US & EU participants as the Chinese pwners may not attend this year due to their balls being squeezed by the .CN Gov.
Donald Trump will arrive in California Tuesday, marking his first trip to the state as President. President Trumps visit will include a stop in San Diego to inspect eight sample designs for the wall, followed by a fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Ross Gerber, the CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, is calling on protesters to block President Trumps motorcade by shut dowing the streets of Los Angeles.
Alright LA friends. It has come to my attention that Trump is coming to our hood this week. He will be in West LA Tuesday or Wednesday night for a fundraiser. We have to give him the welcome he deserves. Lets shut down the streets. We must PROTEST! Gerber tweeted Sunday.
Gerber then threatened to crash Trumps West Los Angeles fundraiser.
Trump will be in San Diego working on his wall and west LA getting money from scumbags. We will find out who is doing the fundraiser and we will be there. I bet Tom Barrack and his fraud company Colony are hosting. Ill find out where he lives. Come join me, Gerber tweeted.
LA Times reports:...
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of yet another holistic doctor die just days ago, which makes 98 to date. Dr Winer was quite the pioneer, author, radio show host, and healer.
Erin Elizabeth from Healthnut News has reported very publicly about 80 of the dead Drs, however there were another 18 at least whos lives were sadly taken in Mexico. We all give thanks for Erin for being so public and alerting many of these tragic deaths. We have used Erin Elizabeths post to help us write this one.
Dr. Winer is the 98th holistic doctor working against Big Harma to die in suspicious circumstances in the last few years, as the community of physicians attempting to work outside of the Harmaceuticals thus threatening their profits, hence the practitioners are being eradicated.
Direct Quote from Erin Elizabeth: It appears that Dr Winer left on Tuesday for a trip with a friend or to meet up with someone for Thanksgiving and he never returned to Pittsburgh, according to a personal friend
Direct Quote from Erin Elizabeth: Another personal friend explained Dr. Winers immediate family confirmed he was found as a John Doe in hospital.
Direct Quote from Erin Elizabeth: My friend and I messaged
me (sic) on Saturday after Thanksgiving that he was missing and we
were so afraid
Direct Quote from Erin Elizabeth:Then today my [immediate family, name withheld] was at the office and they confirmed he was found yesterday as a John Doe in hospital and they pulled the plug. No ID on him. Nothing.
Direct Quote from Erin Elizabeth: My (relative at his office) said that everything was out of ordinary as he checks in, never misses etc. He was a loved doctor on Pitttsburgh and speaks out often against vaccines.
Dr. Winer was one of Americas leading pioneers in natural medicine, and dedicated his life to promoting natural cures. He...
QUESTION: I was wondering some of your thoughts on God and The Creator throughout US history? Is In God We Trust really a statement that if our most basic rights such as speech are not licensed by a government, then they are natural and thus come from God? Thus cannot be denied through evidence otherwise? What are the legal extents? Also, besides tradition, what are the significances of using the Bible during congressional swear-ins and testimonies?
ANSWER: The origin of the motto In God We Trust dates back to 1864 and it was proposed by Samuel Chase, Secretary of the Treasury at that time. It first appeared in the 2 cents coin in 1864. After the Civil War, it then appears on the silver coinage from 25 cents to $1. It also appeared on the 5 cent coins in 1866, which were of a similar design to the 2 cent coinage. It never appeared on the penny which was reduced in size during the Panic of 1857. While it became the official motto of the U.S. state of Florida, it was not adopted as the nations motto until 1956 as a replacement/alternative to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum (from many, one), which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782. President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, declared “...
Newsroom has another story about allegations of sexual misconduct, this time at a Young Labour summer camp. There are also questions over supply of alcohol to minors. One drunk person can do a lot damage, but how it was dealt with is also important, and it seems astounding that while Labour Party general secretary Andrew 
The movement within California to split the state between Republican v Democrat has passed the first hurdle in becoming the 51st State. The movement is called the New California. They read their own Declaration of Independence on the floor of the State Senate. Their position reflects the serious divide within this country of left v right. They are correct in stating that the left is un-democratic and seeks to impose by the majority tyranny upon the minority.
We must understand that Democracy is not free of tyranny. We are living proof that we still live under the tyranny of the majority that is even worse than the tyranny of a monarch. The tyranny that we suffer under that has been the cornerstone of socialism is that the majority assumes the right to alter the way people live by imposing social laws that are not limited to a simple political function. Under the tyranny of a monarch, you can protect yourself from a tyrant. However, the tyranny under which we live today is much harder to escape for the majority simply pass laws that declare even prevailing opinion and feeling to be violations of their laws. As Thrasymachus said, justice under all forms of government, including Demo...
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I was talking to a friend who works in one of the banks you probably classify as the club. He knew you right off the bat. He said you have been probably the largest institutional advisor in the world. He said clients question the banks research and openly contrast it with yours. My question is simply this. What makes your institutional advice so dominant? Is it different from what you put out on your blog?
ANSWER: Interesting question. Institutions CANNOT be flipping their portfolios back and forth. They are not interested in what will the Fed do next week. They cannot react to such short-term swings. Our models are fractal and dynamic. We have the largest database ever assembled and that is what it takes to do accurate long-range forecasting. What you also must understand is how can a guy write a book and describe the feeling it is to give birth. Sure, he can interview women and write down the overview of what they say. But he cannot possibly really know what it feels like.
Look, 99% of all these self-proclaimed analysts have NEVER traded size. The look at the market from a short-term trader perspective and do not even understand how to do strategically position a portfolio. Oh sure, they can advocate the standard 60% equities and 40% bonds. Yet what happens when government bonds default? What happens when 10-year rates are 3% or less and you need to make 8% to cover your liabilities moving forward? They are clueless when it comes to actually the problems in size and how you even place orders.
Canadian YouTuber and right-wing activist Lauren Southern has been detained in the United Kingdom and has had her phone and passport taken from her.
The detention comes on the same day that they released American YouTuber and activist Brittany Pettibone and Austrian activist Martin Sellner after refusing them entry into the nation and detaining them for nearly three days.
@Lauren_Southern is currently being detained by UK border police she has told me. They have taken her passport and taken her in for questioning. After the outrage over @Martin_Sellner and @BrittPettibone does the Home Office want to repeat this?
Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) March 12, 2018
.@Lauren_Southern, on her way to the U.K. by bus, has been singled out by the border policethey took her passport and shes currently being questioned. Ill keep you updated on the situation as soon as I learn more.
Brittany Pettibone (@BrittPettibone) March 12, 2018
Southern was travelling to the UK by bus when she was singled out by border police and taken in for questioning. The Gateway Pundit attempted to call her cellphone, but it was immediately sent to voicemail.
Sellner and Pettibone had been detained and denied entry for him planning to give a speech and her plans to interview right-wing journalist and UK citizen Tommy Robinson.
Southern had planned to meet with the duo in the UK prior to their detention.
[Dickel] always liked tracked vehicles. Taking inspiration from the Peacemaker tracked vehicle in Mad Max: Fury Road, he replicated it as the Mad Mech. The vehicle is remote-controlled and the tank treads are partly from a VEX robotics tank tread kit. Control is via a DIY wireless controller using an Arduino and NRF24L01 modules. The vehicle itself uses an Arduino UNO with an L298N motor driver. Power is from three Li-Po cells.
The real artistic work is in the body. [Dickel] used a papercraft tool called Pepakura (non-free software, but this Blender plugin is an alternative free approach) for the design to make the body out of thin cardboard. The cardboard design was then modified to make it match the body of the Peacemaker as much as possible. It was coated in fiberglass for strength, then the rest of the work was done with body filler and sanding for a smooth finish. After a few more details and a good...
Warnings of a new credit crisis and the potential for system wide bail-in push need to protect your wealth outside of banks at all costs by Ken Schortgen, JR. The Daily Economist Alternative analysts are often shunned in their views...
Sometimes its believing what others say about you, and sometimes it believing the story you tell yourself.
If youre not as far along as youd like to be in your career, youre not alone. Eighty-five percent of Americans hate their jobs, according to Gallup. A lot of people blame their boss, and perhaps he or she is partially responsible. But the problem might be staring at you in the mirror. Many of us are making mistakes that hold us back, says Skip Prichard, author of The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets for Creating a Successful Future.
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By Dr. Mercola
If you've heard about omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, you may be aware that while they're essential human nutrients, consuming too much omega-6s and not enough omega-3s can raise your risk of developing heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The trouble is, the majority of Americans eat 10 to 15 times the amount of omega-6s compared to what they eat in omega-3s.
According to a recent study1 published in Food Science & Nutrition, cows fed a diet based on 100 percent organic grass and legumes produce milk with more omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid), which provides a substantially healthier balance of fatty acids. The improved fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products brings the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio to a near 1-to-1, compared to 5.7-to-1 in conventional whole milk.
Studies have previously determined that eating organic beef or dairy lowers omega-6 intakes and at the same time increases omega-3 intakes as well as CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid. Collaborative clinical studies conducted in four countries, including the U.S., have concluded that cows on a 100 percent organic grass- and legume-based diet produce milk with higher omega-3 and CLA levels, which makes for more balanced levels of fatty acids.
Undertaken at Newcastle University in England, Southern Cross University in Linsmore, NSW Australia, the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins University, the studies further indicated that the superior fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products, which the researchers refer to as "grassmilk," is far preferable to the ratio of fatty acids found in conventional whole milk. Science Daily noted other benefits:
"Daily consumption of grassmilk dairy products could potentially improve U.S. health trends. In addition to the well-established metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, there are additional benefits for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children.
Various forms of omega-3 fatty acids play critical roles in the development of eyes, the brain, and the nervous system. Adequate omega-3 intakes can also slow the loss of cognitive function among the elderly."2...
Uncolonized is a short documentary film about a native family who decided they would never enroll their two daughters in the public school system, choosing instead to homeschool them from birth. Chris is Potawatomi and Chasity is Navajo. Their daughters carry both of their parents' lineages in their blood, but also in their way of being. The film takes a critical look at the historical experiences of native children inside of the U.S. public education system and brings clarity to the decisions of the family to keep their daughters out of the public school system.
For over 150 years liberal optimism has dominated theories of war and violence. It has been repeatedly argued that war and violence either are declining or will shortly decline. There have been exceptions, especially in Germany and more generally in the first half of the twentieth century, but there has been a recent revival of such optimism, especially in the work of Azar Gat, John Mueller, Joshua Goldstein, and Steven Pinker who all perceive a long-term decline in war and violence through history, speeding up in the post-1945 period. Critiquing Pinkers statistics on war fatalities, I show that the overall pattern is not a decline in war, but substantial variation between periods and places. War has not declined and current trends are slightly in the opposite direction. The conventional view is that civil wars in the global South have largely replaced inter-state wars in the North, but this is misleading since there is major involvement in most civil wars by outside powers, including those of the North. There is more support for their view that homicide has declined in the long-term, at least in the North of the world (with the United States lagging somewhat). This is reinforced by technological improvements in long-distance weaponry and the two transformations have shifted war, especially in the North, from being ferocious to callous in character. This renders war less visible and less central to Northern culture, which has the deceptive appearance of being rather pacific. Viewed from the South the view has been bleaker both in the colonial period and today. Globally war and violence are not declining, but they are being transformed.
The pointer is from the excellent Kevin Lewis.
Young adults venturing away from home for school or jobs are common plots in plays and movies. But, it takes on poignancy and new meaning in Bingo Hall, a new play by Dillon Chitto that is being presented through March 25 at the Autry Museum of the American West. Bingo Hall, the latest Native Voices 
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The morning comes early tomorrow. I head in to work, then leave at 10:50 AM, arrive at my 9-year-old sons classroom at 11:50 AM, and do a science experiment with him and his classmates for an hour. Then I head back to work. My youngest daughter has gymnastics at 7:00 PM.
Life never slows down.
Prehistoric cave believed to be 10 million
years old found in Texas
Residents of a Texas neighborhood recently discovered something unusual: For years, unbeknownst to them, they were living a few feet away from an ancient tunnel believed to be millions of years old.
They feel that this is a closed cave and that it has never had an exterior expression so that an animal or people could go in and out of the cave. They found no evidence of life inside this cave, and it couldve been here at 10 million years, said Williamson County Public Affairs Manager Connie Odom.
The tunnel, underneath a roadway, was discovered after residents one day complained about a lack of water. Recently, the cave unexpectedly collapsed, causing the water pipe to break. It also exposed part of the cave.
The homeowners in the area had called the utility district saying that they were having water issues. And so, when Municipal utility district workers first came out, they discovered that a water pipe had broken. And there was a cave underneath the street, Odom said.
Barriers, traffic cones, and road closure signs now dot the residential neighborhood on Cambria Drive in Round Rock.
Its kind of quiet now. But, its not normally like this, said resident Tim Kelley, whose house sits adjacent to the site. He and his neighbors have congregated on the street for the past several weeks, watching drilling rigs, engineers, and cave experts working at the cave.
Odom said the cave stretches underneath two homes, has four chambers, and is about 20 to 22 feet high, at its tallest, by the cave entrance. The cave ceiling is about 6 to 8 feet underneath the roadway.
Reactions to the National reshuffle certainly not timid, but with risks (every reshuffle of non-reshuffle has risks in politics): Claire Trevett at Stuff: Simon Bridges reshuffle radical by National Party standards The show-stealers in National Party leader Simon Bridges reshuffle are obvious and Bridges took particular joy in setting the scene for a 
If someone you loved was killed in front of you, but someone created a copy of them that was perfect right down to the atomic level, would they be the same person and would you love them just as much? Discuss: The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The extremely popular Disney film Frozen, which fails at delivering a worthwhile plot and misses the mark on being a necessarily moral statement through the fairytale narrative form, is going to be seeing a sequel that will potentially (more than likely) reveal one of the main characters to be a lesbian.
How this development came about is the byproduct of a hyper-leftwing media ecosystem and the bullying of left-wing LGBT equality crusaders under the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.
The move would not be unsettling for adults who dont have children, as an animated film will have no impact on their view of the world, but for parents who have young children that idolize Disney princesses and characters, this move would be one that would create a rift among a major demographic of Disneys fanbase.
One of the main and most cogent arguments in opposition to Elsa being a lesbian is the complexity of the topic of sexuality. This character will force parents to have this conversation with their child, which leftists obviously think is an amazing thing. Most people shouldnt have to explain sexual attraction, mores, and orientation to their six-year-old.
In 21st Century America, leftists dont want kids to grow up with any kind of innocence. Many liberals have argued that the stories of princes kissing unconscious princesses and beasts falling in love with women is just as equatable to a woman and a woman in love in a cartoon film, but as Dr. Jordan Peterson points out, those stories were based on fairytales with we...
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The British secret services have begun tightening the physical security of dozens of Russian defectors living in Britain, a week after the attempted murder of former KGB Colonel Sergei Skripal in southern England.
Summary: The patent extremists who nowadays equate monopolies on mere ideas to property and rights gradually cause the public to lose respect for patents, more or less in the same way copyright maximalists (and copyright trolls) cause the population to seek alternatives (both legal and illegal)
THE concept of intellectual property is a vague one, especially because its a misnomer, sometimes abbreviated as IP or IPR (a third misnomer, rights) to avoid actual debate about suitability of pertinent words. I believe in trademarks. I see their purpose (when not overused, as often happens, granting monopolies on singular dictionary words). Copyrights are important too; theyre essential in management of software code, even if slanted as copyleft (which derives its teeth from copyright law). Patents as originally envisioned (when conceived) typically pertained to physical inventions which required labour to produce and reproduce (or mass-produce), not mere thoughts/ideas.
Patents as originally envisioned (when conceived) typically pertained to physical inventions which required labour to produce and reproduce (or mass-produce), not mere thoughts/ideas.Terms like IP or IPR arent helpful; theyve become propaganda terms that dodge a serious, adult debate and open-minded assessment of rationale. These equate a monopoly with a right and a property. Monopoly is neither of those things.
At the end of last month, on February 26th to be precise, August Debouzys Franois Pochart, Lionel Martin and Mathilde Rauline were lumping together totally and entirely different things. They used the word IP in their article titled One IP standard to rule them all and only later on they broke that down into what they actually truly meant:
All the useful data for all IP rights (patents, trademarks, designs, software ) as well as contracts are coded. Tags are provided for a very large majority of cases or facts: among them the social form of the applicant or its nationality, further the internal references to the case, the applicable law, the fact that it is a divisional application for patents or the language of the technical field for brands, the procedural deadlines, and many more.
Iraq launched a new operation against ISIS/Daesh near Kirkuk.
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Published March 12, 2018
WASHINGTON Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) rejected a Massachusetts newspapers suggestion to take a DNA test to prove her American Indian heritage.
I know who I am and never used it for anything, Warren said Sunday morning in an interview on NBCs Meet the Press. Never got any benefit from it anywhere.
On the program, Warren held her ground on the family oral history passed down from one generation to the next. As she did during an address before the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) last month, Warren said her parents fell in love and eloped because her fathers side of the family opposed him marrying her mother because of she had American Indian blood.
Thats the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents, from all of our aunts and uncles, Warren said. Its a part of me, and nobodys going to take that part of me away.
Warrens claim to American Indian heritage has caused President Donald Trump to continually mock her by calling her Pocahontas.
But now we have a president who cant make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke, Warren said at the NCAI Winter Session in Washington, D.C. last month. The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me.
Warren, a frequently mentioned potential 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press she is not running for president in 2020.
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Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in American women. An estimated 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer before the year ends. The risk increases as women age, change diets, etc. Over the years, researchers have identified certain characteristics, usually called risk factors, which influence a womans chance of getting the disease. Still, many women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors other than growing older, and many women with known risk factors do not develop breast cancer.
Sixty percent of women who develop breast cancer dont have a major risk factor other than being a woman. Men can develop breast cancer, but its about 100 times less common in men: Just 2,240 American men were diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
The older you are, the higher your risk. Eighty percent of new cancers are diagnosed in people over 55, more than half of new breast cancers occur in women over 60, and more than one-third occur in women over 75. Also, breast cancer is more common later in life, after menopause, in Europe and the United States than in other parts of the world, such as Japan or Africa, but scientists havent figured out why.
According to the American Cancer Society, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African American women, but African American women are more likely to die of this cancer. But in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African Americans. Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women all have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
If you got your period early in life (also called early menarche) and/or went into menopause late, youve been exposed to the female reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone for a long time. (These hormones are what regulate your periods.) This long-term exposure puts you at higher risk of breast cancer. According to the...
If the press sided with citizens and exposed the corporate systems of power that hold them captive, its advertising income would dwindle and it would be treated as an enemy of the state. Since corporations own the airwaves and declining city newspapers, this will not happen. Journalism will remain burlesque.
Published March 12, 2018
WINDOW ROCKThe Navajo Nation is moving forward on a proposed memorial to honor the 14 Navajo police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1949.
Vice President Jonathan Nez and Jesse Delmar, executive director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, on Thursday met with police officers to discuss the design and construction of a monument that will include the names of officers killed in the line of duty. The monument, to be built at Window Rock Tribal Park and Veterans Memorial, will allow families of fallen officers a central place to remember and honor their loved ones.
This is a priority for this administration, Vice President Nez said. Families of fallen officers need to know that we recognize the officers service, especially those who gave their lives to keep the Navajo Nation safe. Families deserve a place locally, on the Navajo Nation, to memorialize these men and women who died while on duty.
The proposed memorial would be the third to recognize fallen Navajo Police officers, but it would be the only one on the Navajo Nation. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., includes the names of more than 20,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1791. The Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Artesia, N.M., recognizes more than 100 Native officers who have died on the job since 1852.
We need our own, Delmar said. This is something we have never had before, but something our families need here, in the Navajo capital. Families will appreciate knowing that their loved ones are remembered.
For the last three years, Navajo officers...
Published March 12, 2018
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Native Arts (MoCNA) and artist Emily Johnson (Yupik) currently
featured in MoCNA exhibition, Without Boundaries.
This discussion will happen via Skype (a video
phone call, when projected onto a large screen allows for dynamic
Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. A Bessie Award winning choreographer and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, Johnson is based in New York City. Originally from Alaska, she creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment-interacting with a places architecture, history, and role in community. Johnson has received support from the 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Creative Capital, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Map Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts.
Ludwig von Mises was the greatest economist and defender of liberty in the twentieth century. In scholarship and in passion for freedom, his rightful heir is Murray N. Rothbard.
Rothbard was born in New York City in 1926. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and studied for more than 10 years under Mises at New York University. However, his degree was delayed for years, and he came close to not receiving it at all, because of the unprecedented intervention of a faculty member.
Rothbards dissertation The Panic of 1819 showed how the Bank of the United States, the Federal Reserves ancestor, caused the first American depression. This offended Professor Arthur Burns, later chairman of the Federal Reserve under Nixon, who was horrified by Rothbards anti-central bank and pro-gold standard position.
Rothbard eventually got his Ph.D., and he began writing for the libertarian Volker Fund in New York. Like his great teacher Mises, Rothbards views prevented him from getting a teaching position at a major American university. Finally he was hired by Brooklyn Polytechnic, an engineering school with no economics majors, where his department consisted of Keynesians and Marxists.
He worked there, in a dark and dingy basement office, until 1986, when thanks to free-market businessman S.J. Hall he was offered a distinguished professorship of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
But this lack of a prestigious academic base did not prevent Rothbard, any more than it had Hazlitt, Hutt, or Mises, from reaching a wide audience of scholars, students, and the general public. Rothbard is the author of hundreds of pathbreaking scholarly articles and 16 books, including Man, Economy, and State (1962), Americas Great Depression (1963), Power and Market (1970),...
Yesterday we noted that financial markets have become completely uncoupled from reality and that the recent feeble bounces between the 20-day and 50-day chart points were essentially the rigor mortis of a dead bull. As it happened, we were able to share those sentiments with what remains of CNBCs audience of carbon-based units:
As we also noted as per the chart point mavens, the 20-day average down at 2703 (red line) on the S&P 500 was supposed to represent support while the 50-day average (blue line) purportedly functioned as resistance.
Well, upon the official announcement of the Donalds lunatic trade war, there she sat at yesterdays close less than one point under the 50-day moving average at 2739.8 (blue line).
But rather than resistance, which the raging robo-machines ripped through today like a hot knife through butter, wed say the blue line represents the last frontier of sanity. Thats because a stock market trading at 25X earnings under todays baleful circumstances is nothing less than a brobdingnagian bubble (i.e. a huuuge one) frantically searching for the proverbial pin.
We essay the razor sharp aspects of the pin below, but suffice it to say here that the cyclical calendar has just plain run out of time. It is way, way too late in the cycle at 105 months of age to be pricing-in anything except the end of the party. And this bubblicious party has embodied the most spectacular central-bank fueled mania yet meaning that the morning after is going to bring a truly hellacious hangover.
Among the many sharp edges of the pin are these:
Lo and behold, just after an infectious disease expert said in news reports that the world needs to prepare for the next deadly flu pandemic that is predicted to kill 200 million and that the infectious disease industry needs an additional $7.5 billion to prevent such an occurrence (wouldnt have anything to do with steep budget cuts planned for government agencies that oversee disease control and vaccines, would it?), the World Health Organization (WHO) includes in its 2018 list of disease priorities disease x.
Nobody can tell you what Disease X is, or what it will become, because it is a future planned unknown infectious disease the WHO says it must begin to prepare for.
Here is how WHO describes it:
Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown Disease X as far as possible.
The UKs MIRROR says: unlike the other pathogens, it is not known what causes Disease X or how doctors could try to treat it. (Say that again?)
The MIRROR report goes on to say: Disease X could even be man-made, rather than a fluke of nature and We will have another pandemic. Whats unpredictable is the severity of it.
But it doesnt sound like this fake news is going to fool too many people. Here are some selected quotes from the comment section of the MIRROR:
There is no disease X. except in the minds of those practicing scare tactics and sci-fi movies.
I do believe that disease X is also known by several other names: liberalism and socialism!! Both of them have been the cause of millions of deaths, and could end civilization as we know it!
So, in summation. Disease X does not exist, its pure science fiction in the truest sense, and the Centers for Disease Control and WHO are shameless fear-mongers (better known as terrorists).
Do you think I can phone in sick with it tomorrow?
A meteor could hit
Yellowstone could erupt.
Space aliens could attack.
Pandemic is more likely. Who didnt know this?
Not mysterious, hypothetical. Very close to fake news. Shameful....
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy added 313,000 jobs in the 28 days of February, causing a big jump in the Dow Jones average. Where does BLS find these jobs?
The BLS finds 61,000 in construction, which, if correct, suggests in view of falling new and existing home sales, that those building at this stage are going to experience financial difficulties.
Manufacturing conjured up 31,000, but in high tech areas such as computer and electronic products only 1,100 jobs were created. Communications equipment actually lost 100 jobs and electronic instruments lost 800 jobs.
50,300 jobs were created in retail trade, allegedly. This is inconsistent with store closings and what seem to be round-the-clock sales at online retailers. Is February the month people purchase cars, garden supplies, and clothing? The BLS seems to think so.
According to the BLS, 50,000 jobs were created in professional and business services, of which about three-fifths were in administrative and waste services, almost all of which were in temporary help services. In other words, we are not talking about employment for architects and engineers.
Waitresses and bartenders did not supply the usual out-sized number of new jobs, adding only 11,500 new jobs.
Local government added 31,000 jobs, almost all of which were in education.
As my long-term readers know, my analyses of the monthly payroll jobs reports are a tradition on this site. I am doing less of them, as I am sure it bores you to hear again the same conclusion that we are being lied to about job creation. The jobs, of course, are not the higher paid jobs we were promised by globalists in exchange for moving offshore American industrial and manufacturing jobs. That promise was never anything more than a lie, even though it was the repeated assurance from Ivy League economists and Washington policymakers. The lie protected itself by wrapping itself in the holy grail of free trade. Any economist or financial media presstitute who dared to point out that jobs offshoring is the antithesis of free trade was kaput. The economists were well paid for serving the jobs offshoring corporations.
As I explained yesterday, the economic information we are fed is false. It is intended to give us a non-existent, fake reality picture of the economy.
For almost a decade the economic policy of the US, Europe, UK, Canada, Japan has been directed to the support of the financial speculation that caused the 2008 worldwide economic crisis. Nothing has been done for the populations of the countries who experienced the crisis. Indeed, many of these populations, such as the Greeks, have had their living standars forced down in order to prot...
Amid the fallout from the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL, that left 17 dead, the FBI and local law enforcement received widespread criticism for their inability to prevent the shooting despite multiple warning signs and opportunities. On Tuesday, the FBI admitted these failures to the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing focused on how the bureau handled tips about Nikolas Cruz prior to the massacre.
FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich met with members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, acknowledging that, as the House Judiciary Committees press release put it, opportunities were missed.
In September 2017, the FBI received an Internet tip from a video blogger about a threatening comment posted to a YouTube video the blogger had posted. The comment stated, I am going to be a professional school shooter, and was posted under the username nikolas cruz.
According to the hearing, an FBI office in Mississippi received that tip, but after officials investigated it, they closed the case because it lacked personal identifiable information on the user who posted the threatening comment (the username nikolas cruz was evidently not enough for the agents to go on).
Apparently, however, the agents could have done more:
The agents tasked with the case could have requested assistance from YouTube to attempt to identify the user who left the comment, but determined that the United States Attorneys Office in that region was unlikely to agree to such a request.
On another occasion, a friend of the Cruz family called the FBI tip line and, according to Bowdich, provided sufficient information for the bureau to follow up. But as the press release noted, the call taker did not ask any standard investigative probing questions during the call des...
The muffled sound of falling snow is ever present. It beautifies the dreary and turns the bleak into magic. Happiness is waking up and seeing a winter wonderland. From where I am I cannot hear the shrieks of children sledding nearby, but I can see the odd off-piste skier leaving traces behind. I no longer can handle deep snow, just powder, but can still shoot down any piste once Ive had a drink or two.
For amusement I listen to the news: flights grounded, trains canceled, cars backed up on motorways, people stocking up on food and drink as if an atom bomb had been detonated above the Midlands. In Norway it snows every day of the winter and during half the days of autumn and spring. The last time a train was canceled was during the German invasion in 1940. Switzerland was neutral during the war, hence the trains ran and still run on time, yet it snows almost as much here as it does in Norway. Go figure, as they dont say on Virgins inefficient, slow, extremely crowded train services.
The blanket that covers us with white makes one want to get out and exercise. Throw snowballs, run up a steep hill, schuss down a mountain, get drunk on a sleepy inns terrace and then ski down bleary-eyed. What I havent done enough this year is cross-country skiing. The reason is easy to guess. The sport has caught on around these parts as fat rich people try to lose weight. The young and the fast skate cross-country. I am a traditionalist, which means I ski the old-fashioned way, with skis on a track, and the track is more often than not blocked by the obese. About five years ago a ghastly man had stopped on the track and was telephoning. I yelled as I was getting near for him to clear the path. He seemed shocked and continued to speak on his telephone. So I pushed him out of the way and you can guess the rest.
The great thing about Internet archives is that they leave a data trail for anyone who wants to follow it. And while news and opinion revolves around attempt after attempt to implicate President Donald Trump for some sort of collusion or treasonous activity with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, everyone in the mainstream press (this includes Fox News) has taken advantage of or ignored history. The advantage taken of history is that many people remember precious little about it, especially in our times, it seems. Look at this headline, and then look at the date in which it is listed:
Yes, indeed. The timestamp is 21.25 on 23.7.2016. That is July, 2016. During the campaign. Heres another one.
This one, as you can see is a little earlier. The piece itself also features a rather disgusting homosexual cartoon, which would make sense since it is on Rachel Maddows blog er and, as all great things come in threes, heres our third one:
And of course the pieces are made available by our hyperlinks to them so you can read them for yourself.
So, three great tastes that taste great together? Not so much. However, the dating on these pieces is significant. What was happening around July 20-23 in 2016? Anyone remember?
You got it! The Republican National Convention, July 18-21, 2016, just as they proclaim Mr. Trump the nominee for their partys race.
The Democrat convention was held between July 25 and 28 of that year, so there were just a few days for these news pieces to get planted into the American electorates consciousness. Of course, Mr. Trump and his side did their own planting, which we all probably remember epithets like Crooked Hillary, and Crazy Bernie come to mind, and yet this Russian collusion narrative has been presented to the American people like it was somethin...
When you think of the most dangerous, violent cities in the world, do you picture slums in Third World countries with vicious drug cartels or arrogant warlords? Maybe the kind of violence where enemies are decapitated and whole families are murdered seem like things that happen far away in some terrifying, exotic locale.
Some of this is true but FIVE of the worlds most violent cities are right here on the American mainland and another is in an American territory. The list was created by researchers of anti-violence think-tank Seguridad, Justicia Y Paz (Security, Justice, and Peace), who made their rankings based on statistics of homicides per 100,000 residents.
The vast majority of the cities on the list were in Central and South America. Interestingly, the violence in Venezuela appears to have dropped in violence this year, but not because its suddenly become a mecca of safety. The official situation there has devolved so much that they simply cant track all the homicides.
But back to America
We pride ourselves on our first world status and civilized societies, and yet four of our cities ended up on the list of the most dangerous and violent locales on the planet.
How did these cities make the list?
Cambodia makes good, cheap beer, so I was sitting in some lunch place with yet another can of Angkor, after having polished off a plate of fatty pork with rice. Two tables away, a girl sat, doing her homework. She had a machine that sang out, Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! and so on. Suddenly, it switched to, and girls just want to have fun! Its all good, for it was all in English, and this girl needed a constant fix of the worlds master language, if she wanted to get ahead, that is, but what if English should wane as the lingua franca during her lifetime? It wont matter much, as long as she can make a few bucks from her English skills.
Her ancestors built the greatest city in the world, Angkor, under a king, Jayavarman II, who declared himself The Universal Monarch. Now, the Cambodians are sneered at by even the Vietnamese, who never managed to build anything distinctive in wood, much less stone, but thats history for you, for over time, all elephants will become dogs, to riff on a Vietnamese proverb.
Seven centuries from now, which American ruins will attract tourists? Maybe none. There will be a plaque, Here existed the worlds most inveterate generator of illusions, and in smaller type, Big or small screen, soft or hard core, real or implant, they sure kicked ass! For a century, they mesmerized the world with Marilyn Monroe, Micky Mouse, Sylvester Stalone, Madonna and Black Panther, the last undoubtedly their most iconic contribution to Western civilization.
Phnom Penh is even more ovenlike than Saigon, so during my many long treks, with my shirt soaked in sweat, I would stop at a coffee stand for one or two iced latte or lemon tea. Often, the menu would also be in English, even in neighborhoods that saw almost no foreigners, and though most baristas couldnt speak English, they could readily understand espresso, cappuccino or hot chocolate, etc.
Perched on a stool, I was asked by the guy next to me, Are you from Siem Reap?
From Siem Reap?! No, I came from Saigon. Im sure he meant, Had I visited Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap. Dark, with short hair, wearing chinos and a golf shirt, he was in his late 20s.
Saigon! With so few words, one must exclaim. Across the street, four monks in saffron robes walked under yellow umbrellas, with a canopy behind them advertising Coca Cola.
Yes, Im Vietnamese, but I spent many years in the US. To make myself easily understood, I detached each syllable, I noticed, so my speech became staccato. I was exclaiming, too. Unwittingly, I was ruining both my English and his.
Exhausted from the linguistic exertion, he returned to his tab...
In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four United States Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home page of one of the authors, Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Nothing in the New York Times. Nothing in the Washington Post. And so, it is left to alternative media to bring to the attention of its readership a major development in domestic politics, a significant change in what its own senior politicians are saying should be done about Russia that was brought to our attention by ..the Russian mainstream media including the agency RIA Novosti, RBK, Tass within hours of initial posting.
What we have is, first, a genuine man bites dog story. Two of the senators who penned the letter, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), have in recent months been among the most vociferous promoters of the unproven allegations of Trump collusion with the Russians. Now they are putting aside for the moment their attacks on Trump and members of his entourage who dared shake hands or share a joke with a Russian ambassador. They are openly calling upon the Secretary of State to send U.S. personnel to negotiate with Putins minions over our survival on this planet.
The authors were in a tough spot explaining their new marching orders for State. And they have done their best to impose consistency on what is patently a new policy direction holding great promise for sanity to be restored in U.S.-Russian relations.
First, they cover their backsides by the lengthy recitation of Russias bad deeds, including alleged election meddling in the 2016 presidential election, violation of international law in Ukraine and the like.
Secondly, they make the proposed arms talks look like a walk down the Rose Garden, with the Russians being told what to do from a position of strength. The objective is focused on inserting two of Russias latest weapons systems described by Vladimir Putin in his March 1 speech into the framework of the START treaty as it comes up for renewal. That and to resolve issues over alleged Russian violation of the Intermediate Range Missiles convention.
However, buried in this mumbo jumbo is that reference to Putins speech and the new weapons systems he described, which actually numbered six among them several never heard about before inside the Beltway and looking pretty ominous. So, one may conclude that Putins intended shock and awe speech did have some effect in DC, even if so far no one is saying so, and even if so far, our leading newspapers have called time out till they can decide how to deal with the unwelcome news.
Wittingly or not, the Gang of Four has just opened a breach...
Cars are one of the most expensive, biggest, dangerous computers you own. Its one of the few computers that can go 120 miles an hour. Right? Like its a big machine run by software that can get hacked and is, you know, dangerous.
You want technology to progress, but at the same time you want it to be secure.
This is something that most people dont realize about their vehicles, particularly newer models and especially the ones with the self-driving technology. Just like any other computer system, they can be hacked. Which means that someone who is not in the car, or anywhere near the car that you are driving can take over control of the car and get it to do what it wants. This is a very real issue to be concerned about.
We Were Warned About This
Wikileaks warned us about this last year, revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has looked into hacking cars, Wikileaks asserts that this technology could be easily used to carry out nearly undetectable assassinations. This is the obvious concern for hackers having the ability to control your vehicle, but vehicles could also be stolen this way as well.
In 2013, WikiLeaks had suspicions about the death of a journalist, Michael Hastings, who was killed in a single-car accident in Los Angeles. Some people even speculate that the death of famous Actor, Paul Walker, was caused this way. In fact, Walkers daughter sued the makers of the car her father was driving, Porsche, because of an apparent malfunction of the car.
In 2015, security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, were able to hack into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and successfully manages to turn the steering wheel, briefly disable the brakes and shut down the engine. They also found that they could access thousands of other vehicles that also used a wireless entertainment and navigation system called Uconnect, this was common for Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles. This hack prompted Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles. Take a look,
It doesnt appear that any manufacturers currently have detection/prevention methods for such attacks, Valasek said via email Tuesday. Remember, Charlie and I did all this research in our spare time with limited resources.
More Cases Of Car Hacking
In 2010, and 2011 researchers from the University of Washington and...
The brain is really like a control center for the entire body, which means you must feed it well, and that includes eating foods for brainpower.
Our brains keep our hearts beating, help control our breathing, assist our movement, and allow us to feel and think. It should be obvious that we need to keep our brain in optimal working order. This includes feeding the brain. Foods play a key role in maintaining a healthy brain help to improve memory and concentration.
Here we look at some of the best foods for brainpower. Some power foods for the brain help in the short-term, while others should be included in your diet long-term as they can boost concentration and performance.
While the best approach is to simply maintain a healthy diet overall, we will focus on healthy foods for brainpower.
25 Best Foods for Brainpower
Some nutritional experts believe that the food choices we make are the most influential factors when it comes to our brains. The following list covers foods that increase brain activity and foods to eat for brainpower.
There are rich polyphenols in olive oil, which are known to be brain protective antioxidants.
Some research suggests that coconut oil should be part of a brain-boosting diet because it enhances the ability of neurons to use energy while also reducing the production of damaging free radicals.
This fish is a great source of omega-3 oil, which plays an important part in the health of brain cells. It is believed that it helps stimulate the growth of cells in the brains memory bank. Some studies suggest that it may slow age-related mental decline and help reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease.
This berry is a good brain-stimulating food, since it is packed with protective antioxidants. Blueberries are also helpful in reducing inflammation, which has been associated with degenerative brain conditions. Animal studies have shown that blueberries delay short-term memory loss.
Rich in a chemical that supports neurotransmitters, but is also important because they contain cholesterol, an important part of brain cell membranes.
These greens have a lot of prebiotic fiber that helps the growth of brain supportive stomach bacteria.
They contain a lot of nutrients such as vitamin E, omega-3, copper, manganese, and fiber, which support brain health.
Emotional resilience is a persons ability to adapt to stressful situations. The less emotional resilience a person has the harder time they will have dealing with stress.
Below you will see a list of things that will help you increase your emotional resilience. Once you master these things your stress levels will become so much lower. The better you are at dealing with your stress the better your life will be overall. Your well-being matters, dont let anyone tell you otherwise!
The more you work with yourself the better things will get. Being able to process difficult situations will help you progress into the person you were meant to be. Building your resilience will work wonders in your life.
Stop letting everything pile up on top of you; know that in the end, you can only do your best. Everything in life happens for a reason.
Stop running from your emotions. Do not be afraid to feel the emotions that are coming your way. You are not as cold as you wish you were. Never be afraid to feel things! Emotions are what make us human, without them we would be lost.
Be as positive as you can, dont let yourself get down in the dumps over nothing. Life goes on no matter what.
Stop thinking that everything has to be perfect. Work towards making progress. Every tick mark you get is important.
Know where you are going and make strides to get there. Even the smallest effort can make a huge difference. Dont sell yourself short.
Dont keep making the same mistakes. Learn from the things you have done in the past and move on from them. Dont keep hurting yourself for no reason.
Laughter helps everything within reason. Do not forget to cut up from time to time. When things are tense a little humor goes a long way.
Stop blaming other people for your troubles. Remember that you are in control of your life! No one can make you do anything you dont want to do.
Aishas husband Mohammad wanted everyone to know that it was Aishas feminist choice to wear the muzzle and that anyone who thought that she was being oppressed because of her Muslim faith was both ignorant and racist. When asked what her opinion was Aisha replied mmmmhhhmnnnfffh The post Comedy Corner: Non PC jokes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
That shouldve happened so fast that Congress couldnt step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at Februarys prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. The senators comments succinctly capture the dont ask us mantra that Continue reading "Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals. It Can Again."
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BIG CABIN, OKLAHOMA The Cherokee Nation recently partnered with Grand Gateway Community Development Foundation to ensure safe, reliable transit services for Cherokee Nation veterans in northeast Oklahoma.
A four-year agreement worth $10,000 between the tribe and foundation provides veterans transportation to medical appointments. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez met with leaders of the Veterans Ride Connect program last week to sign the memorandum of understanding.
Veterans Ride Connect is a consortium of six transit providers working together to take Cherokee and non-Cherokee veterans where they need to go throughout more than 25 counties.
This generous donation from Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez will help enable us to offer discounted or free rides to our Cherokee citizens who have so valiantly served our country, said Kendra McGeady, director of transit for Grand Gateway Economic Development Association. We could not be more grateful for her generous support and the support of the Cherokee Nation.
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Bakers office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.
Veterans Ride Connect is such a benefit to hundreds of Cherokee Nation veterans in northeast Oklahoma, Vazquez said. This program is ensuring veterans have reliable, safe transportation services to get them to their medical appointments and other destinations, and Im proud the Cherokee Nation is able to offer our support both now and in the yea...
Even if a contract requires you to arbitrate disputes you can almost always still go to court for what we'd call "interim relief." A TRO (temporary restraining order) falls into this category. It doesn't decide the underlying dispute, it just decides the status quo while the dispute is pending in arbitration.
A TRO is one of the few things you can sometimes get ex parte, or without the other party present. The person asking for the TRO has to show that if the TRO isn't granted they'll suffer irreparable harm that can't be compensated by money damages. They also usually have to show a likelihood of success on the merits and some kind of urgency. TRO's are short term orders and once in place can be challenged by the other side. You usually need to follow up with a more involved preliminary injunction proceeding if you want to keep the TRO relief in place for any length of time. Preliminary injunctions can't be obtained ex parte.
My guess is that here Trump's lawyers showed a copy of a contract with a gag order to the judge and said that, assuming the contract is valid, Trump would suffer irreparable harm if the woman violated it by talking. So until an arbitrator can decide who's right and wrong under the contract, the woman can't discuss it. On its face, that's what the contract requires of her.
Make sense? Of course, simply admitting the existence of an arbitration proceeding itself proves that there was a contract since arbitration is contractual by nature. So it's clear that Trump had a contract with a porn star, w...
No sooner had I published a column entitled And Now For The Good News, predicting that the war on the Korean peninsula the Never Trumpers had been envisioning (and secretly hoping for) would not happen, and hailing the North-South negotiations as the first step toward a final settlement of the Korean question, then President Trump Continue reading "Trump Is Making Diplomacy Great Again"
In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four United States Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home Continue reading "Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson To Enter Into Arms Control Talks With the Kremlin"
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told MSNBC that she's "not intimidated" by President Trump, while repeating her own worn out threat that Trump's impeachment was just a matter of time. Waters then suggested that if special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation doesn't result in an impeachment, Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) will.
Rising income and wealth inequality is causally linked to globalization and the expansion of Darwinian trade and capital flows. Stripped of lofty-sounding abstractions such as comparative advantage, trade boils down to four Darwinian goals
Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the reason for all the crime and treason at the FBI and DOJ all boils down to one thing the Clinton's so-called charity.
The Trump administration on Sunday unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions in the wake of the recent shooting in Florida, including a push for states to provide firearms training for school staff members.
Last week, US president Donald Trump shocked the world by accepting an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim reportedly sent a delegation from South Korea to the White House last week to set up possible peace talks, and send the message that he was willing to make concessions to his nuclear programs in order to de-escalate tensions between the two governments.
The Petro, the worlds first national cryptocurrency based on natural resources, has generated sales over five billion dollars during its pre-sale period and has recorded over 186,000 certified purchases. The sale of the Petro has also significantly strengthened the countrys foreign reserves amid increased international aggression.
Chinese state-controlled Huarong Asset Management has bought a 36.2 percent stake in the unit of CEFC China Energy through which CEFC is acquiring a $9.1 billion stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft.
Lenders sack 320 employees for fraudulent activities NDIC probes banks The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Cor por at i on (NDIC) has put the number of fraud and forgeries in banking sector in 2017 at 26,182 cases, translating to total sum of N12.01 billion, higher from N8.68 billion reported in 2016. Also, a total of 
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Engineers: Lagos bridges risk collapse over stationary trucks Two days after the 48-hour ultimatum issued to truck drivers to vacate the bridges/flyovers across Lagos metropolis expired, the drivers are yet to comply with the directives, New Telegraph has learnt. As at yesterday, the trailer drivers still stationed their trucks on one side of the 
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Nigerias external reserves are inching towards the $50 billion mark, as they hit $46 billion as at the close of business on Friday, March 9, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Figures obtained from the apex bank at the weekend indicate that the reserves grew by about $3.2 billion between February and March 
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) was once a major player in the polity, but the groups influence has waned over time even as it is presently dogged by controversy over the utilisation of London- Paris Club refund and other bailout funds it received from the Federal Government in the last three years, ONYEKACHI EZE reports 
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as FG jerks up excise duty Consumers of alcoholic beverages, tobacco smokers are now to pay more to consume the products under a new excise duty regime approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. The new excise duty rate for alcoholic beverages cuts across beer and stout, wines and spirits for three years 
vows to deal with arsonists, killers The Nigerian Army has directed its commanders leading operations in Adamawa, Benue and Taraba states, to apply the Rules of Engagement (ROE) to the letter or face trial for possible failure to carry out lawful orders. This was as it warned perpetrators and sponsors of killings and 
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Madness Of Elite Spreads To Liberal Followers All News Pipeline by William B Stoecker A Journey Through The Leftist Echo Chamber Proves Liberalism IS A Mental Disorder It has been said that most leftists live in a kind of bubble...
Mr. Akinyemi Ashade is the Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State. Since coming on board, he has been finding it rough convincing the public, especially property owners, real estate investors and business owners, to embrace the re-enacted Land Use Charge Law in the state. In this interaction with journalists, he sheds more light on grey 
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Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on the opposition partys preparation for 2019 general elections, the state of the nation, among other issues What is the present state 
ARKADY SAVITSKY | 10.03.2018 New Weapons: Russia to Deploy Wheeled Tank with Heavy Cannon Each weapon system boasts particular features and aptitudes for carrying out the specific missions it was designed for. For instance, its much easier to steer wheeled vehicles. This advantage translates into better maneuverability in comparison with tracked systems. The wheeled versions are 
Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Nyesom- Wike, has called on mothers to raise their sons in godly ways that will make them responsible husbands who will positively support their wives. Wike congratulated all mothers and the husbands who support their wives as caregivers to build responsible families. She spoke during the Mothering 
Have you ever noticed that some people are just more susceptible to falling prey to psychopaths? While they may not quite know what is going on or why these psychopaths are drawn to them, they are.
Just because someone seems perfect doesnt mean they are (nobody is). Psychopaths start off charming and sweet, but once the mask comes off they are without a doubt your worst nightmare. Some people are more susceptible because of certain personality traits that make them easy targets.
Below you will find a list of those traits and if you are someone who has these traits you need to work on them. Please dont get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being yourself, but some of these are not healthy traits to have. You can be happy all on your own, you dont need to continuously look for happiness in other people.
If you are someone who is lacking in these areas the psychopath will find you to be an easy target. You are going to want to be in their lives because they are giving you the time of day. Just because someone has something to do with you and makes you feel good doesnt mean their intentions are positive ones.
If you are someone who tends to see the good in people even when you dont have reason to you will find yourself surrounded by toxic people. Psychopaths target those they think will give them the benefit of the doubt in most situations. Are you one of these people?
If you are someone who always goes into things thinking you can fix the person or the situation you will find out quickly that you were wrong. There are some people who cannot be helped and you can never really fix anyone. They must fix themselves and most do not want to do that.
Trusting blindly is a huge problem. If you are someone who is quick to trust others you are going to be taken advantage of a lot in like. You should let people prove to you that you should trust them not the other way around.
being codependent is never a good thing. You should be able to act on your own and stand on your own two feet. If you cannot take care of yourself emotionally how do you expect someone else to?
Look out forfalling space debris?
A large Chinese satellite thats free-falling to Earth could crash into southern Michigan sometime between now and early April, researchers say.
According to a new report from the Aerospace Corporation, southern portions of lower Michigan fall into the regions listed as having a high probability of debris landing from the 8.5-ton space station. The report also identifies northern China, central Italy and northern Spain as regions with higher chances of impact.
In May 2013 Victoria Police executed a search warrant on the law firm Slater and Gordon - the warrant is here. Slater and Gordon's client Bruce Wilson claimed legal professional privilege over some of the files - this Affidavit from DET SGT Ross Mitchell explains. Police opposed Wilson's claim on...
One of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of a relationship is true physical intimacy. Now, Im not suggesting that we are missing the sexual component, that one is pretty clear but the term intimacy refers to so much more. We have needs, both emotionally and physically, needs that we need to have met in order to maintain a healthy relationship. This includes the ability to be vulnerable with our partners, sharing our feelings, holding hands, kissing, hugging, exchanging thoughts and ideas (like travel plans) and spending quality time together.
For some, this intimacy will come naturally. This is often a result of ones personality traits. For example, someone who is more sensitive is better able to pick up on someones emotional needs, while someone who is outgoing is more likely to step up and make the first move on a physical level. Looking at the personality traits associated with your zodiac sign, we can predict which types of intimacy you may struggle with, and which you do with ease. Interested in learning more?Photo by Andrii Nikolaienko from Pexels
Determined, confident and independent, you are prepared to take on the world single-handedly which may be great in some areas of your life, but this mentality is killing the intimacy in your relationships. Why? Intimacy is built on the rule of give and take, and a relationship with you is a one-sided adventure. You expect your partner to share their deepest secrets and make an effort to meet your needs, but you arent willing to risk your independence long enough to be vulnerable. Take a step back and reconsider your role in this relationship Stop demanding without offering anything in return. If you expect them to open up and share with you, you better be prepared to walk that same road!
No one can accuse you of being afraid of commit...
Australias unions have launched their biggest advertising push in more than a decade as part of a pre-election campaign to overhaul Australias workplace laws.
It is part of the Change the Rules campaign.
The last time such an effort was made was during the campaign against John Howards WorkChoices industrial law. The Campaign was immensely successfully and played a significant part in the downfall of the Howards government in 2017, and the second time in Australian history that the Prime Minister lost his own seat.
Eight weeks of advertising will begin on Sunday, featuring television, radio and billboards. The campaign back in 2005-7 cost $14.4 million, according to information with the Australian Electoral Commission.
This time, the target is insecure work and anti-union laws that in many ways parallel WorkChoices. Advertisements will feature workers struggling to pay their bills sand the favouritism given to big business.
The aim is to remove the existing Fair Work laws that have been designed to ensure minimum capacity of unions, to be involve in the workplace and limits the issues in which they can be represented.
There is also widespread dissatisfaction with laws that target construction industry unions.
ACTU leader Sally McManus, has said that big business had too much power, insecure work was rife while workers were struggling to get pay rises.
Working people want change, she said.
Theyre sick of one-third of big businesses not paying tax. Theyre sick of watching CEO bonuses going up, company profits going up while their own pay falls behind basic living costs.
Winning the Change the Rules campaign is vital to the future. Major employer organisations have already accused it of wrecking Australia. But it is their actions that are doing it. Many of their members do not contribute to paying their share of tax. Yet they are always in line for a government handout. They do not invest their money into building up the economy. Profit is increasingly made on the back of taking from everyone else, and this is shrinking the market on which growth depends.
Thew anti-union laws have helped to make this come about.
In his case, working to put an end to these laws is not only justified. It is an obligation.
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Q is dropping BOMBSHELLS. Including breadcrumbs which indicate that Angela Merkel, Germany's treacherous leader, is part of the Nazi World Order conspiracy going all the way back to Hitler - it's all far darker than you can imagine. And Q says as it pertains to Barry Soetoro, "When we're done, it'll be like you were never even here." This and much more, thanks for tuning in.
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PUTIN GETS READY FOR THE BIG ONE Video We Are Change In this video Luke and Jason discuss the weeks topics including the latest with Vladimir Putin and the vast global conflicts that surround him and engulf our nation....
Worried by increasing traffic gridlock across the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State Government has directed the State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to collaborate with the federal government agencies and the drivers unions to tackle traffic snarl in the state. Determined to address the chaotic situation, Ambode has 
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Darko Lazar 10-03-2018 | 09:17 It is hard to say which was more impressive Vladimir Putins annual State of the Nation Address to Russias Federal Assembly, or the unveiling of an array of new nuclear weapons that, unfortunately for the West, have no deterrent. Any use of nuclear weapons of any yield small, 
Quantum mechanics and quantum physics are basically the same thing. Quantum physics is quite intimidating and can seem a bit weird when you first begin delving into it.
When it comes to quantum mechanics, in general, a lot of things can and do relate back out our lives. Now, for those who do not know, quantum mechanics is a branch of mechanics/physics that deals with the mathematical description of the motion and interaction of subatomic particles, this incorporates the concepts of quantization of energy and other things of the sort. Most strange conclusions about the physical world come from this branch in itself.
If you have trouble with this kind of thing the following should help break things down. These are the most important or essential things we should all be aware of on quantum physics. Once you understand these things everything will be a lot easier to go over. These things are literally changing our perspectives on life itself, isnt that fascinating?
Until the very moment when the state of a quantum particle is measured the state is indeterminate. This can be spread out over all the possible outcomes and after the measurement is made the state becomes absolutely determined. All subsequent measurements of that specific particle will produce the exact same outcome every time. You can learn more about this by researching the double-slit experiment which I will add a video of below.
Every single object in the universe has both wave-like and particle-like properties. You see, this is what we call quantum particles and they make up every object in the universe. I know this can be a bit confusing but it makes sense as the quantum particle has characteristics of both and is essentially both yet isnt either at the same time.
This has been observed and proven. In one case where this was observed a photon was sent through a wormhole to interact with itself in a previous state. I guess depending on how you look at it, this is also proof on some level that time travel is quite possible but that has been proven in many ways.
Intel's first Optane products hit the market almost a year ago, putting the much-awaited 3D XPoint memory in the hands of consumers. Today, Intel broadens that family with the Optane SSD 800p, pushing the Optane brand closer to the mainstream.
The new Optane SSD 800p is an M.2 NVMe SSD using Intel's 3D XPoint memory instead of flash memory. The 800p is based on the same hardware platform as last year's Optane Memory M.2 drive, which was intended primarily for caching purposes (but could also be used as a boot drive with a sufficiently small operating system). That means the 800p uses a PCIe 3 x2 link and Intel's first-generation 3D XPoint memorybut more of it, with usable capacities of 58GB and 118GB compared to just 16GB and 32GB from last year's Optane Memory. The PCB layout has been tweaked and the sticker on the drive no longer has a foil layer to act as a heatspreader, but the most significant design changes are to the drive firmware, which now supports power management including a low power idle state.
Prices are $129 and $199.
Also at ZDNet.
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From an early age we are all taught that opposites attract, but how true is that? As it turns out, this isnt true at all. When it comes to people and relationships this is something that we should all be aware of.
We are not more likely to fall in love with people who are different from us, we are more likely to fall for people we have things in common with. Around 80 percent of people believe that opposites attract, but there isnt really very much evidence to support this. We are actually attracted the most to features that our parents had when we were young.
According to research from St. Andrews, because we see our parents as our first caregivers we seek people like them when it comes to who we fall for. This being within reason, of course. A study done in 2002 showed that women born to parents who were older were less impressed by people who were younger when it came to potential romantic partners.
It seems we might actually even be able to sense whether or not someone is similar to use in our genetics. Research that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spouses tend to be a lot more genetically similar than any 2 random individuals. This is also the same for people who are close friends. Have you ever noticed that you were more trusting to people who looked similar to you? Research has shown that we are more likely to trust people we have things in common with even if we dont necessarily know them.
Dont get me wrong, sometimes opposites do attract but most of the time there is a lot more to it than that even if we dont realize it. The more we have in common the more likely we are to do well together. Looking for your ideal partner should not include trying to find someone who is your polar opposite.
For more on this please feel free to check out the video below. Do you have things in common with your significant other or are you opposites? Every relationship is different but it seems popular belief is a bit off.
The government has yet another consultation out on new build on where to site new nuclear reactors.
This entirely vicious consultation to enable new nuclear build has been difficult to reply to as there should be no new reactors anywhere. Today is Mothers Day and this is for all those whose children are no longer here to wish them a happy Mothers Day. It is for all those in Fukushima who are suffering 7 years after the tsunami caused a terrible and ongoing nuclear disaster. It is for my own peace of mind that I as an individual and as a volunteer with Radiation Free Lakeland, am doing everything I can to protect my family and our water, our air, our earth and our sea from ever more pernicious nuclear developments.
Here it is. It isnt perfect just like me and just like those running existing nuclear installations.
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What would you say if I told you that committee chairs were for sale in Congress? And what would you say if I told you that many members of Congress spend far more time on the telephone raising money than on the jobs that the people of their states actually elected them to do? There is a reason why so many Americans absolutely hate Congress. At this moment, Congress has an approval rating of just 15 percent, and approval ratings for Congress have been at extremely low levels for a very long time. We all know that Congress has become completely corrupt, that it is completely unresponsive to the American people and that it has become all about the money. Many have asked why I would want to become part of such a corrupt institution, and I respond by saying that it is time to take our government back.
In the very close race that I am currently involved in, there is an exceedingly clear choice between politics as usual and someone that is committed to going to Washington and turning the system completely upside down.
I believe that we need to send people to Washington that will be willing to stand up to the leadership of both parties. Below, I am going to share some things that a current member of Congress is saying about the corruption in D.C. that will blow your mind. Many would suggest that the corruption is so pervasive that it is useless to try to do anything about it. But I say that if we the people can get Donald Trump into the White House, then we the people can also take Congress back.
To get a feel for how passionate I am about this, please watch the short speeches that I made to the Latah County Republicans and the Nez Perce County Republicans over the weekend. The response to both talks was incredibly positi...
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What would you say if I told you that committee chairs were for sale in Congress? And what would you say if I told you that many members of Congress spend far more time on the telephone raising money than on the jobs that the people of their states actually elected them to do? There is a reason why so many Americans absolutely hate Congress. At this moment, Congress has an approval rating of just 15 percent, and approval ratings for Congress have been at extremely low levels for a very long time. We all know that Congress has become completely corrupt, that it is completely unresponsive to the American people and that it has become all about the money. Many have asked why I would want to become part of such a corrupt institution, and I respond by saying that it is time to take our government back.
In the very close race that I am currently involved in, there is an exceedingly clear choice between politics as usual and someone that is committed to going to Washington and turning the system completely upside down.
I believe that we need to send people to Washington that will be willing to stand up to the leadership of both parties. Below, I am going to share some things that a current member of Congress is saying about the corruption in D.C. that will blow your mind. Many would suggest that the corruption is so pervasive that it is useless to try to do anything about it. But I say that if we the people can get Donald Trump into the White House, then we the people can also take Congress back.
To get a feel for how passionate I am about this, please watch the short speeches that I made to the Latah County Republicans...
How My Mothers Grief Helped Me See The Godlike Power Of Q by Stucky The Burning Platform My dad will be sent home this Tuesday. The doctors (probably along with the insurance company) have determined they can do more...
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The Art of InterDimensional
by James Gilliland
March 7, 2018
Many go through their daily lives oblivious to how what is happening on other dimensions has an effect on their daily lives.
This article will be dismissed by those trapped in social consciousness and the material because they have no reference points, yet when the student is ready the teacher will appear.
Many go through their daily lives oblivious to how what is happening on other dimensions has an effect on their daily lives. They believe they are a body and a personality and, in most cases, follow the herd.
The big question is who is driving the herd?
Just as there are many forms of livestock and animals that would fit into herds, there are also many humans who also fit into herds. The herd mentality is part of social consciousness. The only way to truly understand what is happening is to step out of the herd, step out of social consciousness. The more one awakens to the multidimensional world around them and their own multidimensional nature the more one realizes how the universe works. It is not how you think, it never is and there is always more to the story. If you are fixed in your personality, your be lie fs, -There is always a lie in belief- you will not be aware of these other forces, thus you will be subject to them.
Are you aware that you are a spirit that has a body and a personality?
Did you know that spirit is timeless - a multidimensional being going all the way back to the source?
How many multicultural earth suits have you worn?
The English and the Dutch fought together to defeat the Invincible Spanish Armada in 1588. Afterwards, both England and the Dutch United Netherlands became world powers. Tensions between them increased, breaking out into the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1652 to 1654. Admiral William Penn helped lead the English to victory over the Dutch. Penn had 
The great Indian rope trick is back. In its new avatar, it is called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. The rope trick is said to be a display of spectacular achievement. This bill too has been projected as the ultimate emancipatory stroke that oppressed Muslim women desperately need. Like with all rope tricks, what appears as a masterstroke is at best illusory. The bill creates a vision of empowerment but fails to even secure womens fundamental rights to survival and security.
In particular, what is the rationale and advantage of criminalising instant triple talaq? Especially when we know from decades of attempts to secure the legal rights of women that penal action does not resolve issues but may only create a few more....
Some of you may or may not be aware of the website The Wild which is another media site that Cameron is involved in. As I type this he is away hunting goats and has just shot a Fallow deer. The story of that hunting trip with his mates and no doubt plenty of great  The post Do you want practical, simple, tried and tested advice for real hunters and fishermen to improve your field craft? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The archaeological discoveries always remind you of the creative mind of our ancestors. Such discoveries are also a great chance to see the centuries of old objects. Here the list of 10 most mysterious archaeological discoveries of all time.
The lost city of Atlantis is probably the most mysterious archaeological discovery ever. Plato in 360 B.C is one who put forward the first assumption on Atlantis City, which sank in the ocean. Researchers believed that a strong Tsunami that hit the city in 10th millennium B.C that sank Atlantis city into the ocean. But the actual truth behind Atlantis city still unknown to archaeologists.
The ancient stories claimed that Atlantis was built by Poseidon, the God of the sea, which is bigger than todays Asia. The rich city is separated by water rings and land. Atlantis city belongs to somewhere of Atlantic ocean. The researchers failed to spot the actual location of this city until today. The size and deepness of ocean itself is one which defends scientist from the easy discovery of Atlantis.
Stonehenge is prehistoric, 5000-year-old monument located in Salisbury city in England. This monument was made up of many small and large stones. The larger stone has a height of 30 feet called sarsens and weighs up to 25 tons. The actual purpose of this Stonehenge is still unknown.
The Stonehenge was constructed between 3000 B.C and 2000 B.C. For the constriction, the Neolithic builders brought huge stones from Preseli hills, a 150 miles far away location from this mysterious monument. It is believed to be 240 dead people got buried in this area.
In 1974, a group of archaeologists in Xian, China made an excavation which became the discovery of the greatest funeral art ever, the Terracotta army. They found thousands of clay soldiers buried near to the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang. He was the first emperor of China. The clay soldiers were buried with him for the protection from different forces after death.
The archaeologist also found different weapons along with the sculptures. They were perfectly arranged within different clay corridors. There are four main pits can be seen inside this archaeological site. Upon them, three pits are filled with terracotta army and weapons and fourth one remains empty. Many parts of complex and tomb of Qin Shi Huang still remains unexcavated.
The systematic study of sexual feedback is woefully thin. This blind spot is unwarranted considering how common sexual problems are, and those problems can often be traced back to flawed feedback loops.Photograph by starmanseries / Flickr
Have you ever stopped to consider how sex is like a thermostat? Sex may not sit in a beige box on your wall (or it might, no judging) but there are some striking similarities. The common ingredient is feedback.
Both sex and your thermostat depend on feedback loops. They work like this: 1) An action produces a result. 2) Information about the result then influences the subsequent action. 3) Repeat. Your thermostat, for example, measures the air temperature, then turns on or cuts off when it crosses the set point. Action of the heater or air conditioner influences the temperature, which influences future action.1 And so on, foreverat least until you need new batteries.
People often dont think about sex as a feedback loop, but it is
perhaps one of the most powerful and successful loops of all time.
Sure, a hundred things can and do go wrong, but on the whole,
people continue to have sex. In fact, its very difficult to stop
them. And thats pretty
Two dead after helicopter crashes in New York City's East River | 12 March 2018 | helicopter carrying six people crashed in New York City's East River on Sunday, killing at least two. New York Police said three people were hospitalised and in a critical condition. Police and fire department divers pulled the five passengers from the helicopter after it entered the water around 7pm. Police say a sixth person, the pilot, freed himself and was rescued by a passing tugboat.
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The global seafood trade is perceived as one where people in developing nations cultivate and export food to the affluent, with little benefit reaching those who need food the most. Is that really the case?
Mainstream media starts reporting on the militarization of Americas schools.
By Pat Elder
Children watch an interactive screen showing an advertisement for military recruitment in an Arizona school hallway.
There have been three remarkable breakthroughs in the last month regarding the medias willingness to report and comment on the alarming process of the militarization of Americas high schools. For more than a generation, the corporate media has imposed an apparent moratorium on in-depth reporting on deceptive, school-based DOD recruiting programs.
The Associated Press, after years of nudging, finally reported on the list of high school JROTC programs the NRA Foundation funds across the country. Although this information has been available to the public for a generation, it has never been reported by the mass media. The foundations IRS Form 990 clearly associates the NRA with JROTC shooting programs in high schools across the country.
Its a shame the same news organizations still refuse to report on the role of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in managing high school firing ranges and marksmanship programs. The CMP is the privately-run, super-secret congressionally chartered small arms and ammunition dealer with assets exceeding $220 million. Were still waiting for the media behemoths to report on the CMPs 990.
In an equally surprising development, the Economist Magazine reported on high school firing ranges associated with JROTC military programs that operate in thousands of high schools. The British publication, a flagship of the neoliberal order, asks in its headline, Should the army subsidise high-school soldiering? This is an unthinkable development, similar to the magnitude of a presidential visit to Pyongyang or the overnight unleashing of trade war.
In a third development, USA Today reported on SkoolLive, a military-funded scheme that conspired to place interactive 6 kiosks in Americas public high schools. The critical article raised objections to the militarys practice of circumventing state and federal laws while prompting children to upload sensitive, personal information. SkoolLive has taken its website offline.
We hope to see reporting soon on the CMP and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, (ASVAB), a fraudulent military testing program in 12,000 schools. Of course, there are several dozen other despicable practices perpetrated by the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command in our n...
China schafft das Limit auf die Amtszeit des Prsidenten ab. Das bentigte eine Verfassungsnderung, die jetzt durchkam.
Lest euch mal die Rhetorik da durch.
Und dann wendet das mal mental direkt auf die Bundesrepublik Deutschland an, denn unser Kanzler kann auch ewig im Amt bleiben.
The Board of Chams Plc has appointed Dr. Ajoritsedere Josephine Awosika, as its chairman for the next five years. A statement by the company said that her appointment was in line with the companys corporate governance structure, business optimisation strategies and market repositioning in the years ahead. According to the statement, she is the first 
I have now escaped the near-Arctic chill and back to warmer
climes for a little while. While I was in Finland though, the
Finnish news media was agape over the
Joint Statement released by 8 Finance Ministers from the
smaller Northern EU Member States (March 6, 2018). The statement
released by the finance ministers of Finland, Denmark, Estonia,
Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden aired their
views on how the Eurozone (EMU) might develop. Nobody should be
under any delusion that significant reforms are going to come soon.
These characters are locked into the austerity mindset and any
claims that a new Macron-Merkel partnership will take the EMU into
more progressive territory should be viewed as blind hope rather
than bedded down in any realistic understanding of what is likely
To set the discussion, recall on October 24, 2017, on Wolfgang Schubles last day as German Finance Minister, that the staff at the Bundesfinanzministerium gave him a visual send-off (Source):
300 German Finance Ministry staff, imbued with Schubles austerity mindset gathered in the grounds of the Ministry to form the famous schwarze null.
While Schuble left his position with Germany is poorer shape than when he took over and his partner Eurozone nations, definitely in worse shape, the fanatical commitment to permanent fiscal surpluses, no matter what, will persist.
It defines modern German policy culture where the finance and central bank arms have converged on a common ambition.
The other thing to remember with all this talk circulating about a potential new direction for Germany under its new coalition is that it is not a new coalition.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) have been in coalition with the Christian De...
A commercial law firm, Banwo & Ighodalo, has admitted Mrs. Seyi Bella as its partner. The firm said in a statement that her entry would strengthen its service and it brings the number of partners to 12. Bella has previously served the firm as a law student in 2004. She formally joined the company as 
Jammu: On Monday, February 19, after languishing in jail for the past seven months, 32-year-old advocate and social activist Hassan Babur was discharged by the court of 2nd additional session judge, Jammu, of the charges of sharing vital security and information related to the army establishment with ISI agents and other terrorist organizations through social networking websites.
A resident of Doda district in the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir, Babur was booked under sections 120 B, 121, 121- A of Ranbir Penal Code and 66F of IT act in an FIR registered at the Akhnoor Police Station in Jammu district. After his discharge by the local court, he stepp...
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Russia said today that it successfully launched a hypersonic missile capable carrying a nuclear warhead.
President Vladimir Putin called it an ideal weapon when he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month.
The high-speed, high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile capable of flying at almost 7,700mph across 1,250 miles was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russias southwest.
FIN Insurance Company Limited has appointed Mr. Bashir Haliru Binji as its managing director/chief executive officer. A statement by the company said that the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), has approved his appointment through a letter signed by the Ag Director of Authorisation and Policy, Mr. L. M. Akah, on behalf of the Commissioner for Insurance. 
The non-constitution of a supervisory board for the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has continued to generate concerns among members of the organised private sector (OPS), stakeholders and also placing the over N7 trillion pension assets at risk, Sunday Ojeme reports Two weeks ago, members of the OPS, under the auspices of Nigeria Employers Consultative 
At least four people lost their lives yesterday while 16 others on Lekki-Epe Expressway as a Lexus Jeep, said to be plying one way, ran into a commercial bus. It was learnt that the accident occurred about 6:30a.m., when the Lexus Jeep GX470 with registration number KJA-615DF rammed into the commercial bus marked KRE- 302XA 
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, at the weekend faulted some reports and statements insinuating that he called for a military intervention in the country. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, Senator Ekweremadu spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when Governor Seriake Dickson hosted him and other 
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Weve all seen it that scene from the Wizard of Oz where the wicked which is surrounded by her flying monkeys, sending them off to do her bidding. These eager little servants follow her every command, willing to get their hands dirty and do whatever they are called to do. While the image of a flying monkey, wings stretched out behind them, is obviously a work of fiction, experts say that there are real flying monkeys moving among us today.
The term flying monkeys is used by psychologists to refer to the individuals who act on behalf of a psychopath, sociopath or narcissist. They believe the fake persona that the narcissist has created, buying into their lies, manipulation, and deceit. As such, they truly believe they are acting in good faith in most cases, manipulated into doing the narcissists work.Source: Amy Kerr Hardin | Democracy Tree
Most people dont realize it, but while narcissists can dish out some pretty terrible attacks on the people around them, they struggle to take even the slightest criticism personally. Lacking in self-esteem, they take everything as a personal attack, and these attacks immediately put them on the defensive. They may choose to handle this either by playing the victim or by lashing out in response. In many cases, these actions arent taken alone.
When a narcissist brings a flying monkey into their life as a guardian, they convince them that they are, in fact, the victim. Feeding them the necessary misinformation, those around them believe that they are doing the right thing by coming to their defense, protecting them and their agenda. By removing any threat to their livelihood and agenda, they are able to continue livi...
By finding, in a preliminary enquiry, that Prof Lawrence Liang, lawyer and academic, was guilty of sexual harassment, the Ambedkar University Delhi has taken a strong message that as an institution it will not tolerate any such infractions. Due process was followed Liang was asked to give his side of the story. Liang, exercising his rights, has disputed the findings of the committee and a process of appeal is underway.
This is also the first instance of an academic named in the notorious list that was circulated on social media in October last year being actually found guilty of harassing colleagues and students. At the time, there were differing opinions about publicly naming and shaming people without any evidence or without even providing instances of such harassment. Its votaries had claimed that women the unnamed victims often had no other recourse to take on powerful men, while the opponents of this method had argued that anyones reputation and even career could be destroyed by simply putting his name out in the public domain....
Today we are asking readers to submit photos of their disobedient and inattentive dog for the disobedient and inattentive dog category of the Whaleoil Top dog competition. Please submit your photos in the comments along with a paragraph explaining why you think your dog should win this competition. The winning dog will be the one  The post Whaleoil top dog competition: Most disobedient and inattentive dog appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
A 36-year-old mother of four, Mrs. Nkiruka Ngwu, has been arrested for allegedly abusing her housemaid at Allen Avenue in Lagos. Ngwu was said to have brought the 10-year-old girl, Chioma Samuel, from Abia State to Lagos in January to stay with her, after girls fathers death. The incident occurred at No. 47, Ogundana Street 
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as reckless, the statement attributed to its National Vice Chairman, South South, Prince Hilliard Eta. According to the party, this would not be the first time the National Vice Chairman would be making a sweeping statement against the National Working Committee (NWC) members and the party. Eta had 
The South-East Governors Forum, yesterday in Enugu resolved to construct a Ring road covering a total area of 450 kilometers which would connect all the states of the zone. Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, who read a communiqu of the Forum after their meeting at Government House Enugu, 
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Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Sir Kenneth Kobani, at the weekend said Ogoni people had resolved to vote massively for Governor Nyesom Wike because of his outstanding projects delivery in the area. Speaking during the defection of hundreds of All Progressives Congress (APC) members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gokana Local 
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By David Swanson
On March 1, 2018, I was very privileged to take part in a discussion of issues of racism, freedom of speech, patriotism, and war at Saint Marys Hall, a private high school in San Antonio Military City USA Texas.
I was one of five speakers who had been invited to speak about issues we had raised related to take-a-knee protests. The videos are all here, including video of all the speakers opening remarks, the question-and-answer period with the moderator, and the question-and-answer period with students. I thought this was such a good event that I recommend watching the whole thing.
Heres an excerpt with just my opening remarks:
Heres my attempt during the Q-&-A from students section to introduce in 2 minutes the idea that World War II was not justifiable. For what followed, watch the whole thing at the link above.
The following is text of my opening remarks, with which I used this accompanying powerpoint.
Thank you for inviting me. What I contended in the article that got me invited here was that one of the biggest taboos in the United States, one of the behaviors treated most as a heresy, as a violation of national religion, is disrespect for the U.S. flag, the national anthem, and the patriotic militarist exceptionalism that accompany those icons.
Weve just seen a school shooting in Florida by a young man trained to shoot by the U.S. Army in the very school where he killed his classmates, and you will find virtual silence on that fact, and the silence is self-imposed. Veterans are over twice as likely, statistically, to be mass shooters, and you will not read that in any newspaper. (And, needless to say, it is...
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Sanctions added by the Trump and Trudeau administrations to Obama era sanctions against Venezuela impose new burdens on ordinary Venezuelans who are just trying to live their lives. Unilateral sanctions are illegal under international law. Over 150 prominent US and Canadian individuals and organizations have signed the letter below which is being delivered to US Senators and Congress Members as well as Canadian Parliamentarians. Published by AFGJ.
We urge the United States and Canadian governments to immediately remove their illegal* sanctions against Venezuela and to support efforts at mediation between the government of Venezuela and the nonviolent segments of the political opposition.
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in the US and Canada, support hemispheric relations based on respect for the sovereignty of all peoples of the Americas. We are deeply concerned by the use of illegal sanctions, whose effect falls most heavily on the poorest and most marginal sectors of society, to coerce political and economic change in a sister democracy.
Polls in Venezuela show that the large majority of Venezuelans oppose sanctions, regardless of their opinion of the Maduro government. Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela. Moreover, sanctions undermine efforts of the democratically elected government and Constituent Assembly to address critical economic issues and determine their own political destiny.
Despite the high-minded rhetoric of officials in Washington and Ottawa, it is not a genuine concern for democracy, human rights, and social justice that drives the belligerent interventionist posture towards Caracas. From President Obamas admittedly untrue presidential decree that Venezuela represents a national security threat to the United States, to UN Ambassador Nikki Haleys declaration that Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the world, the use of hyperbol...
New York Citys discerning high-end chefs often ship in rare herbs and edible flowers from other states or even overseas. But Farm.One, an organic farm in the basement of an office building in Manhattan, can pick and deliver the precious leaves and flowers within the same day, says Robert Laing, the companys CEO.
With its stacked shelves of hydroponic plants and grow lights, Farm. One is part of a growing movement of vertical farming across the world. The tech-enabled system uses less space and water than traditional farming.
Watch the video above to learn more about how it works.
5 Reasons Why I think Bitcoin Will Hit $100,000 by Andrew Keene Daily Reckoning Hi, Im trader Andrew Keene. Im filling in for Nilus this weekend Usually, I deliver my readers fast-paced trading advice. I seek out alpha ...
Student paper apologizes for printing photo of conservative scholar | 08 March 2018 | The editor-in-chief of a student newspaper at Middlebury College has personally apologized for running a photo of conservative scholar Charles Murray on the front page. In an "Editor's Note" published online last week, Editor-in-Chief of The Middlebury Campus, Ethan Brady, penned an extensive apology for publishing the photo of Murray, acknowledging that the decision could have come across as "jarring." According to Brady, the decision to publish the photograph sparked a "heated debate" among the editors last week, with most of the editorial staff opposing the idea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited President Trump for a meeting, a U.S. official told Fox News Thursday.
FOX News reports:
South Korea is expected to announce Thursday night that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is extending an invitation to meet with President Trump, a senior U.S. official revealed to Fox News.
South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong will also announce an upcoming meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader, Fox News has learned.
There currently are no plans to change U.S.-South Korea military exercises nor is their a commitment by Kim Jong Un to stop his nuclear testing.
South Korean national security adviser: "[Kim] expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible. President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization." https://t.co/4hFR3QVIoi pic.twitter.com/tlYuljdH7p
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President Trump has agreed to meet with North Koreas Kim Jong Un by the month of May, says South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yon.
New details have emerged concerning the peace summit between President Trump and Kim.
Business Times reports:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to sign a peace treaty and establish diplomatic relations with the US, including allowing an embassy in Pyongyang, according to the Seoul-based Dong-A Ilbo newspaper, which cited an unidentified senior official with South Koreas presidential office.
Mr Kim is likely to raise the possibility of a peace treaty as well as denuclearizing his country during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, the newspaper said, citing an official in the office of South Korean...
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While our bodies are pretty amazing, their dynamic nature makes integrating circuits into our clothing a frustrating process. Squaring up against this challenge, a team of researchers from North Carolina State University have hit upon a potential boon for wearable electronics: silver nanowires capable of being printed on flexible, stretchy substrates.
It helps that the properties of silver nanowires lend themselves to the needs of wearable circuits flexible and springy in their own right but are not without complications. Silver nanowires tend to clog print nozzles during printing, so the research team enlarged the nozzle and suspended the nanowires in a water-soluble solvent, dramatically cutting the chance of clogging. Normally this would have a negative impact on precision, but the team employed electrostatic force to draw the ink to the desired location and maintain print resolution. Once printed, the solvent is rinsed away and the wearable circuit is ready for use.
By controlling print parameters such as ink viscosity and concentration the team are able to print on a wide variety of materials. Successful prototypes thus far include a glove with an integrated heating circuit and an electrocardiograph electrode, but otherwise the size of the printer is the only factor limiting the scale of the print. Until this technique becomes more widely available, interested parties might have to put their stock into more homebrew methods.
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The most important part of Putins March 1st speech by Miles The Saker If you look at western press and punditry as of late in regards to Russia or Putin (which, for some reason is basically the same in...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claims to be a 1/32 Cherokee Native American, on the basis of which she has reaped career diversity benefits. It is noteworthy that she didnt self-identify as Native American until she was 38 and climbing the Continue reading
Megyn Kelly, as silly as she is, has ended up being a conveyer of Russian truth to Americans
Paul Craig Roberts
Lets give her a big hand. Clearly, as her stupid questions indicate, she is a brainwashed dumbshit American. Megyn Kelly cannot help being an imbecile as she is an American presstitute, but still Putin comes across as the leader he is. There is no one in the West comparable to Putin. To present Putin in his true light is not Megyns intention, but it is what she achieves regardless of her intent.
Nevertheless, Megyn Kelly is a huge embarrassment to the United States. All by herself she has completely discredited the American media. We need to come up with an even more damning word that presstitutes.
It is not clear to me why Putin puts up with Megyn Kellys rudness and brainwashed ignorance. My hat is off to Putin. I would not be able to put up with her malevolent evil. I am concerned that Putin, being an honest person of integrity, does not understand that there are no such people in the US government or in the US media.
A person as important as Putin should not subject himself to cross examination by a dumbshit American presstitute who repeats lies endlessly.
March 10, 2018
Interview to American TV channel NBC (complete transcript)
Vladimir Putin answered questions from NBC anchor Megyn Kelly. The interview was recorded in the Kremlin on March 1, 2018, and in Kaliningrad on March 2, 2018.
Part 1. The Kremlin, Moscow, March 1, 2018
Megyn Kelly: So, thank you very much for doing this, Mr President. I thought that wed start with some of the news you made today at your State of the Nation Address, then we will move into some facts about you in preparation for our long piece that we are putting together, and then tomorrow when we will have a longer time together, we will talk about more substantive issues together, if that is ok with you.
Vladimir Putin: Fine.
Megyn Kelly: You announced today that Russia has developed new nuclear-capable weapons systems, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that you say renders defence systems useless. Several analysts in the West have said this is a declaration of a new Cold War. Are we in a new arms race right now?
Vladimir Putin: In my opinion, the people you have mentioned are not analysts. What they do is propaganda. Why? Because everything I spoke about today was done not on our initiative, it is a response to the US ballistic missile defence programme and Washingtons unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002....
NASA has published a photo of two spiral galaxies twisting and embracing each other until they ultimately collide. The two galaxies featuring in the newly released picture by the Hubble Space Telescope, are part of a system that goes by the name of Arp 256, which is around 350 million light years from Earth and lies in the constellation Cetus, or the Whale. This is what the European Space Agency (ESA) wrote below the image: "The galaxies are ablaze with dazzling regions of star formation: The bright blue fireworks are stellar nurseries, churning out hot infant stars."
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Its like everyone knows everyone else is lying about the shootingstudents, teachers, administrators, deputies, other first responders, TV interviewers, etc.
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS MASSIE WARNS ABOUT COMING NATIONAL GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION
Being sexual in a relationship is one of the greatest ways to be intimate, but you can and should be intimate with one another without being sexual. There are tons of different ways you can be intimate without being sexual.
If you are looking to increase the intimacy in your relationship all you have to do is be there for one another and spend time together. Below you will find several things you can do together to increase the intimacy within your relationship. The more steps you take forward the more you will need to work to keep things going.
If you feel comfortable enough with one another to do all of these things you really have something special. While being sexual is important, it is nowhere near the most important part of a relationship. Be intimate in all ways you can, you will notice a huge difference in the quality of your relationship if you do.
Share your thoughts on things. Really talk about life and what the meaning of everything is. Get to know things about one another you dont already know.
Spend time with just each other. Sometimes words are not needed. You can say so much without saying anything at all.
Let each other know how important you are in the relationship. Dont sell each other short. Be aware of where things are headed, and vocalize the good points.
Massages are very intimate. This will be a way to relax and make one another feel good and it doesnt have to be sexual. Relieving tension can be done in many ways.
Find something new and enjoy it together. The more you experience together the better. You are able to grow when you are trying things together.
The eyes are the window to the soul, really. The more you look into them the more you learn. This is a wonderful way to become closer to your partner without speaking.
Exercise is beneficial to your health and your relationship. Workout together and encourage one another. This is a lot easier than you would think, exercising also promotes a more positive mind and when you are both being positive anything is possible.
Dealing with depression firsthand is not easy but it is also not easy to see someone you love going through it. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world and it is without a doubt something more people need to be aware of.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that can cause severe symptoms that affect how a person thinks, feels, and everything in their life to be completely honest. There are tons of different symptoms associated with depression and it can be crippling. If you love someone who has depression below are some simple things you can do to help make their troubles a little bit less troubling. While you may not be experiencing depression firsthand you do see the damage it is doing.
Do not make them feel invalid. Never tell them to get over it or call them names. Depression is a very real illness, they need you more now than ever.
Listening is the key to everything with depression; sure, you may not know how to fix things, but listening makes it so much better. They need to know that someone is there for them.
No matter how long the spell, eventually things will get better. There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. While they cant see it right now, it is there.
Give them sincere compliments. Work to improve their outlook. Make them know how strong they are when they are at their worst.
Being patient will help everything. The more patient you are the better. Do not let them lose the fight, everything will work out.
Let them vent when they need to, and never take things personally. Just because they seem angry doesnt mean you have done anything wrong.
Be there for them when they need you. When they are feeling down and out, let them lean on your shoulder. There is nothing wrong with holding them and saying nothing at all. Words a...
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WH unveils proposals to 'harden' schools in wake of Fla. shooting | 11 March 2018 | The Trump administration on Sunday unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions in the wake of the recent shooting in Florida, including a push for states to provide firearms training for school staff members...The administration will also not push for universal background checks or an increase in the age requirement to purchase a rifle. Instead, as part of an effort to "harden" American schools, officials said the administration will provide assistance to states to arm teachers, encourage them to pass laws keeping guns away from dangerous individuals and call on Congress to pass legislation strengthening the national background check system.
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At least two people have been killed and several remain missing after a passenger helicopter crashed in New York City, according to officials and media reports. One person has been rescued from the water alive so far, while two more were confirmed dead, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips. "Divers are still in the water," Phillips added, referring to the city's police and fire department officers.
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One way Twitter censors users is by marking content sensitive which blocks people from viewing the tweet. Users on desktops can click view in order to see the tweet, however; on iPhone app for Twitter, the content is unable to be viewed.
Twitter is censoring the Drudge Report by marking tweets with a warning that states, This tweet is not available because it includes potentially sensitive content.
On Sunday, Chairman Devin Nunes brought attention to the censorship.
Pictured: Matt Drudge
Breitbarts John Nolte tweeted screenshots of Drudges Twitter account showing the blocked tweets and said, Look at how Twitter censors @DRUDGE. 90% of tweets are blocked.
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Chairman Nunes (R-CA) responded to Noltes tweet with a warning to Drudge.
Nunes tweeted: Ive noticed this also Seems like @DRUDGE_REPORT @DRUDGE being censored by Twitter. PLEASE RETWEET if youve seen this happen in your feed!
Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) March 11, 2018
During the 2016 presidential election, the highly influential Drudge Report was one of the main driving forces behind getting Donald Trump into the White House. No wonder why Twitter is censoring the media juggernauts account.
The ALPs on-again off-again position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the partys recent history, writes Michael Brull*.
Lately, there has been increasing media coverage about Bill Shortens changing positions on the proposed Adani megamine in Queensland. The Liberals have spun this position as a total flip-flop, supporting the mine, then opposing it.
In fact, Shorten is so unprincipled, his supposed flip-flop has seen him going from saying that if the Adani mine stacks up hell support it, to now saying that if the mine doesnt stack up he wont support it. And he thinks it doesnt at this moment. But in both cases, hes not committing either way. When he supposedly supported Adani, he said hed welcome the jobs it would bring (if the project stacked up). Now that he supposedly opposes Adani, he promises he wont tear up contracts, and otherwise do what he can to actually stop Adani.
Adani has welcomed Labors commitment.
Other ALP members have shown a similar unwillingness to just oppose Adani. Labor heavyweight and possible future leader Anthony Albanese got out to criticise calls for a Labor government to kill the project. He has previously responded to activists by saying when will you people fuck off?Labors Anthony Albanese.
Stop Adani Sydney is presently on week four of picketing his office on Monday mornings. They note he voted against stopping Adanis mine in August last year, and voted for changes to native title in June that helped Adani defeat challenges from traditional owners.
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After years of sitting back and letting Congressional authority to declare war transfer to the Executive Branch, it appears that some leading Members of the House and Senate are finally waking up to the consequences of their failure. On February...
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Trumps Gettysburg Address against the New
If not now, WHEN? Only the most dedicated Totalitarian Collectivist would want to keep the NWO in power. Those who are so dim-witted to believe that the governance elites are legitimate rulers, exercising moral authority are so ignorant and illiterate that they deserve the fate of sheep taken to the slaughter. TheSheeple designation is apt for a society mired in a distorted reality of serfdom.
The New World Order moved from a centurys old scheme to enslave humanity into a consolidated international community, when the central banksters organized the Bank for International Settlements, with the adoption of the Bretton Woods system of monetary management, the reorganization of nation states with the end of World War II, the creation of the globalist United Nations and the establishment of the centralized bureaucracy of the European Union.
The Trump movement is an existential threat to the established order that consistently adopts the agenda and practices from the demonic cabal of the NWO globalists. It is because of this opposition to the transnational ruling despots that the vicious, deceitful and unending assault on Trump and his followers has been unleashed, since real meaningful change cannot be allowed that would reverse the systematic destruction of Western Civilization.
READ the Entire pledge of action that was presented as the 21st century Gettysburg Address or watch the video.
DONALD J. TRUMP CONTRACT WITH THE AMERICAN VOTER
What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington. Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
SECOND, a hiring freeze on all...
The Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto, reports finding indications of use of Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver malware.
- Through Internet scanning, we found deep packet inspection (DPI) middleboxes on Trk Telekom's network. The middleboxes were being used to redirect hundreds of users in Turkey and Syria to nation-state spyware when those users attempted to download certain legitimate Windows applications.
- We found similar middleboxes at a Telecom Egypt demarcation point. On a number of occasions, the middleboxes were apparently being used to hijack Egyptian Internet users' unencrypted web connections en masse, and redirect the users to revenue-generating content such as affiliate ads and browser cryptocurrency mining scripts.
- After an extensive investigation, we matched characteristics of the network injection in Turkey and Egypt to Sandvine PacketLogic devices. We developed a fingerprint for the injection we found in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt and matched our fingerprint to a second-hand PacketLogic device that we procured and measured in a lab setting.
- The apparent use of Sandvine devices to surreptitiously inject malicious and dubious redirects for users in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt raises significant human rights concerns.
The report concludes with a call to make HTTPS ubiquitous. However, the report fails to mention the flaws in the certificate model itself used by HTTPS. That is another can of worms.
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A rose made of galaxiesHot Infant Stars: See Spectacular Dance of Two Galaxies Merger Sputnik News NASA has published a photo of two spiral galaxies twisting and embracing each other until they ultimately collide. The two galaxies featuring in the...
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For brands to remain competitive amidst a changing landscape, they must evolve with new generations of consumers. The Sustainable Brands community is already testing new frameworks, tools and partnerships to ensure purpose-driven brands outperform traditional ones in delivering tangible results.
Via: BBC: China has approved the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that effectively allows Xi Jinping to remain as president for life. The constitutional changes were passed by Chinas annual sitting of the National Peoples Congress on Sunday. The vote was widely regarded as a rubber-stamping exercise. Two delegates voted 
World Water Day 2018 Special
The announcement of the possibility of Trump meeting Kim has prompted a number of cartoons.
In Britain we see:-
and of course the classic
but why is Low so important.
Very simply because on his death :
His obituary in The Guardian described him as the dominant cartoonist of the western world
So, well David Low was a New Zealander and he was a huge influence on our world. He did a huge amount to make people understand the evils of fascism and communism. Unfortunately it seems his message no longer resonates.
Arguably, along with Rutherford, he was amongst the most influential people of the 20th Century.
He helped to shape a view of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin that led to their defeat.
In New Zealand we should celebrate David Low, He was a great man and yet, I think many New Zealanders would not know who he was. More to the point, I have this awful feeling that many would not even understand why he took the view that he did. That is a tragedy.
Yet every time we see a cartoon, even those we abhor, we should remember Sir David Alexander Cecil Low
Yet we our media is curiously silent on Low and why?
(U//DSEN) Fentanyl is a Schedule II synthetic opioid originally developed to serve as both an analgesic (painkiller) and an anesthetic; however, its strong opioid properties have made it an attractive drug of abuse in the United States. Fentanyl, in its licit form, is diverted from the market on a small scale for personal use or sale. Illicitly manufactured and trafficked fentanyl is responsible for the current domestic crisis. Fentanyl, fentanyl-related compounds, and the precursor chemicals needed to produce these substances originate in China and transit Mexico or Canada enroute to U.S. markets. It is believed that illicit fentanyl manufacturing is occurring in Mexico. Moreover, small-scale production facilities have been discovered in the United States and Canada.
(U//DSEN) Fentanyl will remain an extremely dangerous public safety threat while trafficking of non-pharmaceutical fentanyl continues in the United States. Fentanyl poses not only a threat to users, but also to law enforcement personnel and postal service employees because minute amounts of the drug are lethal and can be inadvertently inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Although many drug users avoid fentanyl, others actively seek it because it provides a strong and intense high. In 2015, traffickers expanded the reach of fentanyl beyond traditional white powder heroin markets as evidenced by the increased presence of fentanyl detected in counterfeit prescription pills and the drug has also been manipulated to appear as black tar heroin. In the near term, the fentanyl market will continue to expand as it is introduced to witting and unwitting users.
(U//DSEN) The map below depicts the number of fentanyl exhibits reported by state during calendar year 2015, according to National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS).1 The state with the most fentanyl exhibits was Ohio, with 3,861 exhibits. The data reveal that every state had at least one fentanyl exhibit during 2015; however, the largest concentrations are in the same areas with long-standing white powder heroin markets.
(U//DSEN) According to NFLIS data, Figure 2 depicts the amount of fentanyl in grams seized in each state from January 2015 to June 2016. California had the highest total with 172 kilograms seized, followed by Georgia (42 kilograms), New Jersey (40.5 kilograms), Massachusetts (30.8 kilograms), and Ohio (19 kilograms). The elevated seizure amounts in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio are expected because of the mature heroin markets in these states. The large seizure levels in California and Georgia are the result of smuggling routes, largely associated with the Southwest Border, that transit these states en route to Eastern and Midwestern markets. As a result, large seizures of wholesale (multi-kilogram) amounts of fentanyl have occurred in these states...
It Has Already Begun, The Central Bank Begins To Defend Its Actions Video X22 Report CEO from financial institutions will begin to resign. We had Cohn, Lloyd Blankfein and other will begin to resign. China is not looking to...
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Heres an overview of some of last weeks most interesting news and articles: How to improve your security infrastructure when youre on a budget You may not be able to solve all your security needs immediately with a small budget, but the important thing is that you are working towards your security goals and taking steps to move the needle forward. New LTE attacks open users to eavesdropping, fake messages, location spoofing A group of More
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Meet GummiArm, the soft-handed robot that could fill in for a lack of human crop pickersif British farmers can afford the cost.
The problem: The Telegraph notes that 40 percent of the growing costs for cauliflower, and similar crops like cabbage and broccoli, comes from harvesting in the UK. And that could rise, as crop-picking labor supply is set to decline in the country following Brexit.
Robots could help: University of Plymouth researchers say their GummiArm bot can pick up the slack. Computer vision allows it to work out which vegetable it should try to pick, while its hand can become more or less stiff to gently pick brassicas from their stems. Its currently being tested in fields in southwestern England.
Three Shot, Killed at Veterans Home Despite Stringent California Gun Controls by AWR HAWKINS Breitbart Three innocents were shot and killed at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, CA, on Friday despite Californias stringent gun controls. Breitbart News reported that...
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The Singapore tech giant Broadcom is scrambling to reassure regulators and lawmakers about its hostile takeover of Qualcomm after the federal government put the deal on hold to probe whether it will put national security at risk.Its a dramatic...
Three out of five people indicted are illegal aliens charged with misrepresenting their citizenship.
How could this be? The Democrats say we dont need voter ID because voter fraud is just a right-wing conspiracy theory.
Chicago Tribune reported:
The charges against the five local residents began with information uncovered by the Lake County clerks office, and then the cases were developed through an investigation by the Lake County states attorneys office.
Assistant States Attorney Fred Day said the cases all involve alleged crimes stemming from the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, and the lengthy time frame prior to charges included initial discovery of the alleged crimes by the clerks office, followed by the need to interview both witnesses and those eventually charged in the cases as part of the investigation.
According to Day and court records, Marcelo Villaruz, of Beach Park, was charged with perjury for allegedly misrepresenting his citizenship prior to voting. His wife, Gina Villaruz, was indicted on the same charges. Both are scheduled to be arraigned March 21, as are the other three defendants.Yvette Yust, of Waukegan, was also charged with two counts of perjury for misrepresenting citizenship, Day said.
Day said that Janet Pokryfke, of Mundelein, was charged with voting more than once, and perjury for allegedly casting both mail-in and walk-in votes in the general election.
Finally, Marvin Hershman, of Riverwoods, was charged with two counts of voting more than once and one count of perjury, according to Day.
Read more here.
These illegals aliens most likely voted because they listened to Barry Obama.
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A new low will form off the Southeast Coast by Monday morning and bring a multitude of hazards to the Mid-Atlantic and New England through Tuesday, including snow, minor coastal flooding and the potential for strong winds. This will be the third nor'easter to...... Read more
When Twitter and the NZ Herald went CRAZY in response to a hilarious Young Nats meme I mocked the lefts lack of meming ability by posting some of their rather lame memes. I now realise that I was totally unfair to mock them as I had forgotten one of the lefts most effective memers: none  The post Who said the left cant meme? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Former Russian intelligence officer and MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targeted for assassination with a deadly nerve agent not far from London. Plus the hottest stories of the week. Newsbud does not take money from advertisers, foundations or NGOs. We are 100% funded by you, the people. Support Newsbud for a 
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A few months from now, a group of people will come here with something called an electric car. I need to know whether or not you have the right voltage connection for them to plug in their vehicles. Do you understand what Im asking for?
Mr. Dev Reddy, manager of a gas station in rural Anantapur district of Indias Andhra Pradesh looked at me as if he understood. It was 2008, and most people in India had never seen an electric car, but without flinching he took me to a shed to reveal a large plug point, which was used to power an electric sugar cane juicing machine. One look at it and I knew that there was sufficient voltage coming through the connection to be able to charge the lithium-ion battery in the REVA electric vehicles my friends and I would be driving 3,500 kilometers across India.
In 2008, it was folly to imagine India creating new technological solutions to address the climate crisis. For decades India had called itself a victim of climate change and thus incapable of acting to reduce emissions; whats more, 400 million Indians had no access to electricity at all.
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Author and commentator James Howard Kunstler returns as our podcast guest this week for an update on where we are in The Long Emergency timeline.
In this wide-raging discussion ranging from the pervasiveness of propaganda in today's media to the risk of nuclear war, Kunstler also re-news his warnings of a current secular economic slowdown.
After too many years of market interventions, magical thinking, racketeering, and bleeding the 99% dry, he warns that our culture and economic system will soon reach a snapping point.
After NATO finally took note of Ukraine's "aspiration" to get into the military alliance, ten years after its first application, Kiev praised the gesture and stated that its ambitions extend far beyond the symbolic status upgrade. The military alliance mentioned in a Friday press release that, among others, it recognizes Kiev's interest in entering the bloc, inviting it "to engage in an Intensified Dialogue" about its "membership aspirations and related reforms." Although the gesture is rather symbolic and doesn't provide any guarantees, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has praised this "important long-awaited and logical decision by NATO to raise Ukraine's ambitions" regarding the alliance. "Our next ambition is a Membership Action Plan (MAP)," the president declared in a Facebook post, referring to the bloc's program on preparations, specifically tailored for nations wishing to join NATO. Comment: Translation: "You must put in the politicians we like, the economic policies we like, and help to implement the geopolitical policies we like. And like it." Ukrainian representative to NATO, Vadim Pristayko, also stressed that Kiev is "not going to stop on the status of an aspirant country, we're continuing to work." "The only formal mechanism [to get accepted in the bloc] is the MAP. We will be asking for it separately," the diplomat told Interfax-Ukraine.
Day 142.1 New Yorkers 30,000 Worder Today Reinforces Deripaska-Steele Link Video George Webb Video Source
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In recent weeks, we have read news about allegations of sexual harassment involving a former employee of a renowned NGO by her then supervisor. The former employee had described in detail about how her then supervisor made inappropriate remarks and advances to her. After which, more allegations were made by former employees of the renowned 
So if it is true that mankind is in a period of judgement esp. America, is it my contention that we deserve what we get.
Trying to get my family investigated for child trafficking I have gone to the FBI, the Dept of Justice- and have contacted all of the major media outlets. And gotten nowhere but attacked.
Our same media acts like they have no idea what the directed energy weapons are that were used in Cuba- the same weapons NBC reported in 2006 the Air Force told Congress existed and were going to use on American citizens. They ARE liars. Or completely inept- take your pick.
The Me Too movement from Hollywood suggests that all the people being abused are adults even though we all know pedophilia is rampant. Yet not one word has come about this from the movement.
AmericanNs are fine looking away and although we all claim we care- our actions say otherwise as we give ourselves the excuse what can anyone do which allows us to do nothing.
It is obvious the govt is against us. Just look at me. Who has the time to stalk me as they do? Who has the ability to breach my medical records adding meds I have never taken to suggest heart problems I have never had- but that is what their weapons do. They cause heart attacks and strokes.
But officials obviously dont care- considering everything. In fact all they seem to want to do is deflect and protect the child killers.
So in my opinion- America deserves the hell we are about to get. No question.
Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak launched the first phase of its manifesto here yesterday. State Democratic Action Party chairman Chong Chieng Jen, state Parti Keadilan Rakyat chairman Baru Bian, and state Parti Amanah Negara Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi jointly launched the manifesto. Seven points were highlighted to try to capture the votes of Sarawakians during the 
Pakatan Harapan (PH) has been slammed for its attempt to mislead Sarawakians with its assurance of giving 20-per cent oil royalty to Sarawak should the opposition pact win the 14th general election (GE14). According to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, the 20-per cent royalty is not relevant anymore to Sarawak, 
Australias Malcolm Turnbull will be acting host to his special Australia-ASEAN Special Business Summit next weekend. And lining up to shake his hand will be Malaysias PM Najib Razak, thirsty for another photo-op that he can propagandise back home as validation that he is not tarnished by his 1MDB mega-thefts. Donald Trump came to regret 
Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident that the issue of oil royalty harped by Pakatan Harapan ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14) will not sway voter sentiment in Sarawak. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas described the issue to grant 20 per cent royalty to Sarawak was an old one that was recycled 
The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) finds Pakatan Harapans (PH) stated aim to eradicate corruption encouraging, but wonders how far the coalition is willing to implement the required reforms if it takes over Putrajaya. Its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said the target in PHs manifesto for the 14th general election (GE14) was a 
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) warned that those who continue propagating and spreading fake news, especially involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), will face stern action. Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Jailani Johari said at the time when the government was going all out to address the spread of lies and fake news in the 
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia will become a country with deficit without collecting RM45 billion in revenue through the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST). Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said without the GST, the country was unlikely to be able to collect a revenue of RM45 billion annually, 
Solar geoengineering, or solar radiation management (SRM), is perhaps the most controversial of the different ways of limiting human-caused climate change.
A commonly voiced objection to the technique is the risk of termination shock the rapid rebounding of global temperatures if SRM is deployed and then suddenly stopped.
But a new research article, published in Earths Future, argues that this risk has been significantly overestimated. There are numerous ways to prevent termination shock occurring, the researchers say, and also to ensure that an SRM programme is resilient to physical, political or economic interruptions in the first place.
However, despite their findings, the best way to protect against termination shock is to cut CO2 emissions rapidly so that SRM is not needed for managing climate risk, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
SRM describes an array of methods all of which remain hypothetical for artificially reducing how much sunlight reaches the Earths surface in order to dampen global warming. These include seeding clouds, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, or blocking sunlight with mirrors in space.
Implementing SRM would require overcoming a series of technical, political and ethical challenges, which have been the subject of robust debate for some time. Just last year, SRM was one of the main topics under discussion at a four-day conference in Berlin.
One of the potential risks of implementing SRM is termination shock. This could happen because SRM masks the warming caused by greenhouse gases rather than reducing the concentration of gases in the atmosphere. In effect, it is treating the symptoms of climate change rather than curing the underlying condition.
A study from earlier this year found that the rate of change in temperature after terminating SRM could be as much as four times larger than those caused by climate change itself. This would likely leave many species unable to cope with the sharp change in conditions.
But the researchers behind the new paper feel that termination shock is often given as a reason not to try SRM without giving proper consideration to what the term actually means. Andrew Parker, lead author and honorary senior research fellow at the...
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Scores of Lagos residents yesterday converged on the recently unveiled Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park in Alausa, Ikeja to celebrate this years international mothers day amidst pumps and pageantry. Speaking on his experience, a resident, Mr Abiola Dauda, who took his wife out for the mothers day celebration at JJT Park, said the experience was 
FOREIGN newspapers and broadcasters are spreading fake news about 1Malaysia Development Bhd as part of an agenda to damage Prime Minister Najib Razaks reputation ahead of the 14th general election, said a deputy minister today. Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari warned the foreign media to stop putting out fake news on 1MDB, which 
I was waiting to see where this story went, and to hear first-hand from the two people arrested and detained in British prison for daring to want to interview Tommy Robinson, before coming to a conclusion. In essence two people Continue reading
I have long thought this, but this clip which I found today confirms it.
His combination of wit and knowledge makes him an icon.
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Under the guise of preventing child abuse, lawmakers in Maryland have introduced a bill that will allow the state to intrude in the lives of innocent families, keeping tabs on them, and destroying their right to privacy. The bill, HB 1798 - County Boards of Education - Home Instruction Program - Observation of Instruction and Reporting of Abuse and Neglect, lays out some fairly ominous requirements that will persecute otherwise entirely innocent families for doing nothing other than teaching their children at home. According to the bill's text, it will establish grounds for parents to essentially register with the state and be subject to some of the same constraints as the public education system. But that is only the beginning. This bill also lays out the framework for involuntary home inspections in which state agents will enter a family's home multiple times a year - likely unannounced - and observe and inspect the homeschooling process.
|CHECKING IN A pregnant mother from Huiya at the Mt Bosavi area was medevacked to the Oil Search clinic at Moro yesterday, and as is being accompanied by the Oil Search medical team by mid wife Lily Elizah, Dr Alben Yamba and medic Russell Banks (right)|
Focus with Rick Rule and Doug Casey: Golden Goose Nesting Soundly Podcast By Remy Blaire Sprott Media Experience can be a great teacher with many difficult lessons to impart. The marketplace has its seasons that bring both expected and...
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After my previous post, Brian McCarthy left the following remarks:
I believe there is a fair bit of empirical evidence that current spot rates are a better predictor of future spot rates than are current forward rates. So a naive long carry strategy does generate positive returns over time. The reason this free money isnt arbitraged away, I would imagine, is that the strategy doesnt have a good sharpe ratio. ie low returns relative to the volatility. In market slang its picking up pennies in front of the steam roller, involving a significant risk of ruin if done in size.
So the market really does expect the yen to be at 106 in 30 years, which is where it is today.
This is a good argument, but in the end I favor the alternative view.
Over the past 40 years, the US price level has risen from 1 to 3.975, while the Japanese price level has risen from 1 to 1.556. That means the US price level has risen by 2.555 relative to the Japanese price level. Over the same period, the yen has appreciated from 241.37 to 106 to the dollar, a ratio of 2.227. So the appreciation of the yen in the very long run is pretty close to the change predicted by PPP (although over shorter periods there are quite wide discrepancies.)
So heres how I look at things. The simplest explanation for the forward yen trading at 50 is that the public expects Japan to continuing having lower inflation than the US, just as has been the case for the past 40 years. They expect the yen to continue appreciating, just as it has over the past 40 years.
The alternative explanation is possible, but involves more epicycles:
1. Yes, the Japanese yen has been appreciating in the very long run.
2. Yes, the Japanese inflation rate is consistently lower than in the US.
3. Yes, the 30-year forward yen is trading at a strong premium, just as youd expect if these trends were going to continue.
4. But these facts are actually unrelated. Starting right now, the Japanese inflation will suddenly rise to US levels, even though the markets dont seem to expect that. And starting right now the yen will stop appreciating. And instead some other real factor explains why the forward yen is trading at a strong premium, some real factor that would cause 30-year Japanese real interest rates to be hundreds of basis points lower than American real interest rates.
Thats all theoretically possible, but isnt the simplest explanation that the forward yen is at a strong premium because investors expect the spot yen to appreciate, and they expect the spot yen to...
Presented as a great humanitarian effort, the Saudi-led coalition's new aid plan for Yemen essentially aims to tighten the blockade and monopolize access to aid in the hands of the aggressors On 22 January, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen unveiled a new plan to deliver "unprecedented relief to the people of Yemen". The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) is a new "aid" programme with the ostensible aim of "addressing immediate aid shortfalls while simultaneously building capacity for long-term improvement of humanitarian aid and commercial goods imports to Yemen". This will primarily be done through increasing the "capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports" - and all sealed with a whopping $1.5bn in aid contributions. What could possibly be wrong with that?
Mohammed Shami has been charged by Indian police under sections of the Indian Penal Code related to attempted murder, domestic violence and causing hurt with poison, following a complaint by Shamis wife, Hasin Jahan.
The Hindustan Times reported on Hasin Jahans allegations and the police charges last week.
Yesterday, SBS reported on this as a domestic trouble that is threatening Shamis career. They made no mention of the attempted murder, poisoning or domestic violence charges, or the rape charge made against Shamis brother Hasib Ahmad.
Both men deny all allegations.
It will be up to the courts to determine their guilt or innocence, this commentary is only related to how SBS reported the charges against them.
Attempted murder and domestic violence charges are not domestic trouble. That Shami denies all the allegations is entirely relevant to the story but only if the allegations against him are actually described. In this case you would have to go searching other media outlets to find out exactly what he was charged with. The Hindustan Times, the BBC, the Times of India, among others, all managed to report the list of charges against Shami. SBS didnt mention them.
SBS didnt publish this article in a sports section, its in their news section. But the entire focus of the article is about Shamis cricketing career and how he has been dropped from the Indian Premier League while they await the outcome of the trial.
Its not domestic trouble and its not a sports story.
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PAOK president Ivan Savvidis invaded the pitch with a gun on his belt to remonstrate with the referee. Greek Superleague derby match PAOK vs AEK was suspended after the unprecedented invasion. Fearful AEK Athens players dashed back into their changing rooms, while PAOK players remained staunchly on the pitch arguing. The match official Georgios Kominis
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For behind the sense of insecurity in the face of danger, behind the sense of discouragement and depression, there always lurks the basic fear of death, a fear which undergoes most complex elaborations and manifests itself in many indirect ways.No one is free of the fear of death.
Gregory Zilboorg, psychanalyst, as quoted in The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker
An anxiety is a lack that causes pain; a game is a lack that causes pleasure.
John Fowles, writer, The Aristos
What we play is life.
In his moving essay revealing his existential anxiety and panic attack, NBA star Kevin Love has touched a nerve that underlies not just sports and male experience, but life itself. He is right to say, This is an everyone thing. In doing so, he has performed a public service far beyond getting men and boys to open up about their fears and feelings. He has, as befits his surname, opened many people to a consideration of the marriage of love and death, and why all efforts to divorce them result in the diminishment of lifes passion and intensity.
Commenting on the unavoidable but often denied link between love and death, the important American psychologist Rollo May said this in Love and Will:
To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive to grief, sorrow and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.
So it is fitting that in telling us of his conversations with a therapist, the one personal experience Kevin tells us about is the death of his Grandma Carol, who meant so much to him and was like another parent when he was growing up. Busy with his basketball career, he didnt see her when she was dying. I felt terrible that I hadnt been in better touch with her in her last years, he writes. Deeply pained at losing her and guilty about his behavior, he shared this with no one, bottling it up as he had learned since boyhood (Be strong, be a man), and like the athlete that he is, perhaps thought that if he did not dwell on this loss, the next game would be a win and he could somehow move on. But this never works for long, as Love learned when panic burst into his consciousness and took him down during a game last November. It came out of nowhere, he says, having learned, however, that nowhere is somewhere, even when a surprise.
Substitute sportswriter for athlete, as Richard Ford does in his dazzling novel, The Sportswriter, whose main character Frank Bascombe, a sports...
By Alexander Mercouris | The Duran | March 12, 2018 Events in the US since President Trump agreed to South Korean President Moons proposal that he meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un show (1) the extent to which the US elite including large sections of the US governments bureaucracy are willing President Trump to lose 
Children are treated in Eastern Ghouta after the Assad regime apparently used chemical weapons on the civilian population. AFP photo
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And it all started in the back of a big yellow truck in Australia.
A load of true blue yellowcake was fuelling the Fukushima complex at the time of the disaster.
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Several billionaires, most of them Californians, have been funding firms involved in developing life-extension technologies. What if they succeed? What if billionaires alive today live indefinitely and get ever richer?
February saw the announcement in Silicon Valley by X Prize founder, serial entrepreneur, and all-round gee-whiz future-technology promoter Peter Diamandis that he had cofounded a new company called Celularity.
He did so together with Dr. Bob Hariri, a renowned biomedical entrepreneur known for innovations in harvesting placental stem cells. Hariri had previously founded Celgene Cellular Therapeutics.
Was this the pretext?
About that Alleged Poisoning of Sergei Skripal
Philip Hammond has signalled the Government could back moves to mirror US-style sanctions legislation on Russian officials in the wake of the Salisbury spy poisoning.
Under the 2012 legislation, which has since been extended globally, the US can subject foreign officials involved in corruption and human rights abuses to asset freezes and visa bans.
Asked if the Government could back plans to introduce similar laws in the UK, Mr Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "The proposals that were put forward actually create a power that we already have.
"The Home Secretary already has a power to exclude individuals from the UK if she believes their presence is not conducive to our national security or the public good.
"So, it's not strictly necessary but we're seeking to reach an accommodation with those who have put this amendment forward.
"Let's see if we come to a proposal which works for everybody."
Mr Hammond promised the Government would "respond appropriately" if evidence is found of foreign state involvement in the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Russia Further Tests 10-Mach, High-Precision-Guided Kinzhal (Dagger) Missile Video Russia-Insider Video Source
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Speaking of Sheffield steel
On one of the knife-makers groups on facebook, a 13 year-old kid from New Zealand posted a picture of a knife that he made. Some of the less experienced makers made some disparaging comments about how awkward it looked, but a few of us who love Japanese blade designs and industrial processes recognized it for a work of genius. This is the young fellows knife:
Its half of a wool shear, fitted with a handle.
When I was a kid in the summers in the south of France, I used to watch them shear the sheep with these things. Every couple of sheep, the cutter would pass a water stone along the edges to touch it back up to razor sharp. I remember the stones were long and oblate, and they carried them in a wooden water-filled scabbard that hung from their belt. The bladesd flicker in the sunlight and the sound and the smell was well, it was memorable, anyway. And the sheep would eventually trot away looking bare and slightly ridiculous. I remember when they switched to electric shears, which were a bit faster and used quick-change blades. Mainly, they took less skill.
The metal in the shears is very hard, almost glasslike, high carbon. The New Zealanders shear clearly shows the Sheffield marking.
When I saw his prison shiv knife I remembered that I had a pair of shears, myself. One of the tips was broken off about 1 down, so I didnt see any problem recycling it. Since Ive got slightly better gear than the master from New Zealand, I was able to re-shape the edge a bit and did a fancier handle. Artistically, Id say his effort was more sincere than mine. But my polish is better. I win!
The wood is a piece of curly red oak that has grain that is interlocked and runs in two directions. Its from a chunk of wood I got on Ebay in the late 90s Ive never seen grain like that before. I capped it with some purple heart to bring out the color of the steel, then I hit the steel with a buffer for a long time and sharpened it.
It doesnt cut very well the blade geometry isnt designed for a knife look how straight the cut-line is! But, well, it seemed like a good investment of an hour or two.
Take a moment to appreciate the simple beauty of the design of the scissors: its a single piece of steel thats stamped out, presumably with a great big die. Then the piece that forms the handle is curved, and then the blades are folded perpendicular...
Trump under pressure over chaotic approach to North Korea nuclear talks, Guardian Jon Swaine 12 Mar 18
Senators from Trumps own party expressed scepticism and urged him to set tougher preconditions, amid growing concerns over the administrations chaotic approach to nuclear diplomacy.
Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado said Trump should not meet Kim until North Korea produces proof it has begun reversing its years-lon...
Renowned filmmaker David Bradbury will be in Melbourne for the Victorian premiere of his latest documentary which chronicles his time in the US during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
AMERICA & ME will screen at the Cinema Nova on Friday March 16 at 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
AMERICA & ME documents the filmmakers observations over three months in the US during the lead up to the surprise election of Donald Trump. A one-man band and always traveling with his camera, David Bradbury was easily able to slip into gear and start filming while on tour with his antimilitarism documentary War on Trial.
Eight US cities later he chronicled what was happening on the streets of America; 40 years after Ronald Reagan introduced the economic theories of Milton Friedman and the infamous Chicago Boys to the world.
Bradbury interviews veterans of Americas failed wars to maintain Empire, gets down in the gutter with the homeless to find out what life is like on the streets, speaks to a nun who was violated by the military junta in Guatemala under the directions of a CIA operative, goes to the US/Mexican border where Trump plans to build the Wall, films out front of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia where deadly drone attacks are ordered up every Killer Tuesday by the US Presidentand ends up at the Standing Rock protest camp for Election Day.
These vignettes give context to Bradburys critique of the American penchant for empire, using telling moments from his earlier films shot on the edge of the American colossus Nicaragua No Pasaran, Chile Hasta Cuando?, Frontline and South of the Border.
To view trailer visit: https://youtu.be/wq8Q4NC8QG8
For screening details and ticketing visit: http://cinemanova.com.au/films/america-and-me
For interview with the filmmaker contact David Bradbury mob. 0409925469 (David will be in Melbourne from March 12).
For press images contact Frontline Films 02 6684 0015/0447851858 or email email@example.com
But offering or operating them engulfs the assembler in a regulatory minefield!
A photo of various Bitcoin ATMs appears at the bottom of this article. My employer, Cryptocurrency Standards Association, shared start-up space at a New York incubator with the maker of a small, wall mounted ATM, like the models shown at top left.
What is Inside a Cryptocurrency ATM?
You could cobble together a Bitcoin ATM with just a cheap Android tablet, a camera, an internet connection, and [optional]: a secure cash drawer with a mechanism to count and dispense currency).* A receipt printer that can also generate a QR code is a nice touch, but you dont really need one. You can use your screen for the coin transfer and email for a receipt.
Of course your programming and user interface will make all the difference in the world. Your ATM must interface with an exchangeyour own or a 3rd party.
If your plan is to sell Bitcoin and not exchange it for cash, then you dont need a currency dispensing component at all. You only need a credit card swipe-reader and an RFI tap reader. Some models are smaller than a cookie and sell for under $30. They can be attractively embedded into your machine. In fact, some bank card processors offer them without cost.
I Have Built a Prototype. Now What?
Once you have a working prototype, you will need to test it with focus groups (alpha test) and at prospective public sites (beta test). You must also harden the production model against tamper and theft and find paying businesses or property owners, so that you can achieve economies of scale. (a reasonable business model requires that you produce dozens of devices each month).
Parts Cost: Bill of Materials
At scale, you can achieve a unit production cost of less than $200. But thats for a desktop unit that does not accept or dispense cash. A high-quality and attractive machine that accepts cash and is free standing or ready for outdoor installation into a building exterior might cost you $650. You could sell these for $2,500 plus recurring fees to the property owner, depending on venue, or you might simply lease them, just as Xerox did in the early days of office copiers. (In a hotly competitive market, such as Las Vegas, you may need to pay a portion of your profits to the site, rather than profiting from renting the ATM).
A Threat to Your Business
The reality behind the alleged poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter remains murky and apparently contradictory. Six days in to the investigation and little more is known beyond the original announcements made mere hours after the supposed discovery of the crime. Questions proliferate and answers are few. We are opening this thread as a place for posting links to aspects of the merging story. This is going to be particularly useful as the narrative develops and changes. Todays headlines might slip down the Memory Hole tomorrow. So documenting them as they arise may be useful. Here are a few of the questions currently outstanding that may be answered in future (or may simply vanish from the record): What nerve agent was used? Six days in and no statement about that has been made yet. Where exactly were the Skripals poisoned? a) Was the poison sprayed on them in the street as suggested by police March 6-7 quoted here? b) Was it added to Sergey Skripals drink at a pub he allegedly visited that morning,
BBC News | 10 March 2018
The Democratic Republic of Congo has moved to increase taxes on mining firms and increase government royalties from the industry despite fierce opposition from international mining companies.
President Joseph Kabila signed a new mining code into law on Friday.
The country is Africas biggest producer of copper and cobalt, a vital component in mobile phone batteries.
Foreign mining firms strongly opposed the law, saying their operations in DR Congo would stop being profitable.
Several chief executives flew to the Congolese capital Kinshasa this week in the hopes of persuading Mr Kabila to change his mind.
They argued that the legislation would deter future investment and violate existing agreements, reported Reuters news agency.
The government however has agreed to consider their concerns on a case by case basis, and work with them in executing the new code.
DR Congo has...
North Koreas Nuclear Ambitions And Abilities, NPRs Renee Montagne talks with Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, about North Koreas nuclear program. National Public Radio. 11 Mar 18
Le Monde 10th March 2018,[Machine
Translation] Seven years after Fukushima, Japanese
opposition mobilizes for nuclear exit. Adraft law on the withdrawal
of nuclear power
that was tabled on Friday, March 9, by four opposition parties in Japan,
starting with the Democratic Constitutional Party (PDC), which had been
campaigning on this issue.
The nuclear disaster was not a natural disaster, it was a very man-made disaster, Watanabe says. So we felt that there was now a need for clean energy and greater energy independence.
It was at that symposium that I started to really think about the need for an energy shift away from nuclear power and about how rich the prefecture of Fukushima is in renewable resources, Sato says.
Nuclear power companies are not prepared for the cost of decommissioning and could in some cases go bankrupt. Banks and pension funds have lent them a lot of money because they have been regarded as stable, so bankruptcies could become a national financial problem. This would be difficult for the government to handle and might directly hurt pensioners, he says. But now the government is just hiding the problem and postponing managing it.
Porquoi Docteur 11th March 2018, [Machine Translation] In this population, an abnormal number of children and adolescents develop in fact thyroid cancer, according to a study revealed in August 2015 conducted among 300,000 young Japanese in the prefecture of Fukushima.
Published in the journal Epidemiology, it indicates that 103
cases of thyroid cancer have been reported in children and
adolescents under 18 who resided in Fukushima prefecture between
2011 and 2014. This is 25 more than last year. Its hard to
establish a cause and effect relationship, but you have to continue
the exams because the proportion of tumor discoveries increases
with age, said Dr. Shunichi
Suzuki when he presented the results.
March 12th, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World In order to improve your sleep, you may need to modify some of your lifestyle choices. Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. We still dont understand exactly why we sleep although we are learning more about it every day. We 
It was like a bloody atomic bomb had gone off. An East Coast farmer looks back at Cyclone Bola. Kate Taylor continues her series marking the storms 30th anniversary.
Sam Reeves loves farming Mangaroa Station today but can only imagine its devastation at the hands of Cyclone Bola.
At age 27, he wasnt born when the historic storm hit the East Coast of the North Island in 1988.
But he is the same age previous owner Graeme Williams was when Cyclone Bola dumped more than 900mm of rain on the Tokomaru Bay farm in just two days.
When I went to bed on the night of the 7th it was pouring down with rain, Williams says. . .
More weight for ag emissions tax Neal Wallace:
Another unequivocal message has been delivered that agriculture needs to shoulder a greater share of the efforts and costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In January Climate Change Minister James Shaw signalled agriculture could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme and this week the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton said climate change policy cannot ignore agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
New Zealand has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 but Upton said climate change policies lack bite for fear they would compromise competitiveness. . .
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Can the price rally survive the EU Spring peak?
Is there potential for near term price falls? . . .
This photo was taken during a readers hunting trip. He spotted 11 Tahr during the trip. (Their location is circled in two places in the second photo.) Can you guess both the location and the name of the steam/river in the first photo? Yesterdays photo: No, not France. From our place in Omokoroa looking across  The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Guess whatll be wrapping up in just two weeks? The Midwest RepRap Festival, the largest con for open source 3D printing in the world. MRRF is going down in Goshen, Indiana on March 23rd through March 25th. Tickets are free! If youre looking for a hotel, I can speak from experience that the Best Western is good and close to the con, and I havent heard anything bad about the Holiday Inn Express.
Want to go to a convention with even weirder people? Somehow or another, a press release for Contact In The Desert, the largest UFO conference in the world, ended up in my inbox. Its on the first weekend in June near Cochilla. Why is this significant? Because the greatest people-watching experience youll ever see, AlienCon 2018, is happening in Pasadena just two weeks later. The guy with the hair from Ancient Aliens will be at both events. Why are they having a UFO conference where military planes fly all the time? Wouldnt it be better to rule out false positives?
The entirety of Silicon Valley tech culture is based upon the principle of flouting laws and regulations. We have reached a new high water mark. Swarm Technologies, a stealth startup working on Internet of Things satellites recently sent up four 0.25U cubesats on an ISRO flight. The satellites were deployed and are currently in orbit. This is somewhat remarkable, because the FCC, the government body responsible for regulating commercial satellites, dismissed Swarms application for launch on safety grounds. As reported by IEEE Spectrum, this is the first ever unauthorized launch of commercial satellites.
The TRS-80 Model 100 was one of the first, best examples of a notebook computer. It had a QWERTY keyboard, an LCD, and ran off a few AA batteries for 20 hours. Its the perfect platform for a Raspberry Pi casemod, and now someone has finally done it. [thecodeman] stuffed a Pi into a broken model M100 and replaced the old LCD with a 7.8 4001280 pixel display. The display is the interesting part here, and it comes from EarthLCD, part number earthlcd-7-4001280.
The Flite Test crew is famous for their foam board RC airplanes, but they have historically had some significantly more interesting builds. Can you fly a cinder block? Yep. Can you fly a microwave and have it pop popcorn? Yep....
New Laws Could End The Federal Reserve! Silver And Gold Currency Competition Video Silver Report New Laws Could End The Federal Reserve passage of the Wyoming legal tender act would encourage the use of silver and gold as money...
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Taiwanese protesters rally for nuclear-free island,
Agence France Presse 11 Mar 18
Government has promised to phase out nuclear energy by 2025. Hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters staged a rally in Taiwan on Sunday to demand the islands government honour its pledge to abolish the use of atomic energy by 2025
Waving placards reading nuclear go zero, and abolish nuclear, save Taiwan, they gathered outside the presidential office in Taipei on the same day Japan marked the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
Taiwans cabinet-level Atomic Energy Council recently decided to allow state-owned energy company Taipower to restart a reactor at a facility near Taipei, pending parliaments final approval.
The reactor has been offline since May 2016 after a glitch was found in its electrical system, which the company said had since been resolved.
Anti-nuclear groups are now questioning whether Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wens Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will keep its promise to phase out nuclear energy.
It would be violating the spirit of creating a nuclear-free homeland by 2025 pledged by the DPP, said Tsui Shu-hsin of the prospect of restarting the reactor. Tsui is the spokeswoman for...
Memorial to Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh, proposed by Architect HT Jim Cadbury Brown after Brittens death, but never realised.
The story surrounding the memorial is interesting. It was envisaged as a huge hulk of wood, maybe driftwood washed up from some distant shore, standing on the beach with two holes in the top designed to sing out the two emphatic notes from Brittens opera, Peter Grimes, when the wind blew fiercely enough through it to generate these eerie sounds. Like a huge organ pipe on the beach, it might play hauntingly to the residents of Aldeburgh. It would remind them of the mystery and uncertainty that lies out at sea, beyond the horizon. Sadly, this idea was never realised.
Nobel Prize winner Herta Mller participated a rally of hundreds
in front of the embassy of Russia in Berlin. She spoke out against
the recent aggression by Russia against Ukraine and supported the
democracy movement in Ukraine. 03/02/2014.
#berlin #ukraine #russia #embassy #nobelprize #literature #protest #rally #war #peace #democracy #demonstration #blackandwhite #reportage #documentary #journalism #photojournalism #blackandwhite
Elizabeth Warren lied about her heritage to jump over
qualified minority candidates and land a position at Harvard
Elizabeth Warren was listed as Harvard Laws first woman of color in 1997 law review piece on diversity and affirmative action!
Elizabeth Warren pushed back hard on questions about a Harvard Crimson piece in 1996 that described her as Native American, saying she had no idea the school where she taught law was billing her that way and saying it never came up during her hiring a year earlier, which others have backed up.
But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law Schools first woman of color, based, according to the notes at the bottom of the story, on a telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law (Aug. 6, 1996).
Warren was listed as a woman of color in the 1993 Harvard student journal.
And in 2012 Elizabeth Warren admitted she told Harvard Law she was Native American.
President Trump regularly hits the fraud on her phony ancestry.
Guest host John Roberts asked Warren if shell take a spit test.
Warren dodged the question with a sappy answer.
Warren lied to get her job at Harvard....
Last night, a Galician search and rescue company, Helimer 401, medecaved an ill passenger from the P&O Ventura cruise ship, after flying from its base in La Corua, in North West Spain. Galicia is an autonomous community in Spains northwest, on the Atlantic coastline.
In the late evening of March 10, 2018, in the middle of a storm, the P&O Ventura requested the medical evacuation of a sick passenger. At the time, the cruise ship was more than 500 kilometers from the Spanish search and rescue (SAR) zone. The ship was reportedly requested to divert to a meeting point at the SAR limit. The Helimer 401 helicopter crew flew approximately 100 miles, with winds of more than 100 km, at night in the storm, to the rendezous point and hoisted the patient. The rescue helicopter then flew to the A Corua airport in Galicia, where an ambulance took the passenger him to the hospital.
Video credit: Salvamento Martimo (Vimeo)
Biloela is a typical small town in Queensland, whose residents have done something that deserves to be better known by the rest of Australia.
They have come together to defend an asylum seeker family, which has been living in the town.
The Tamil couple has escaped from Sri Lanka and now have two children born in Australia.
Australian Border Force members seized the family last Monday, and flew them to immigration detention in Melbourne, where they were allegedly coerced into signing documents supporting their voluntary removal.
Bilboela residents have responded by starting up a change.org petitiont as part of their effort to convince the Australian government to return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome.
The United Nations has criticised Australias eagerness to deport Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka in the past, noting in October that, at least one such case faced a serious risk of return to danger or persecution.
Most Australians are tolerant and welcoming people, who believe that those who land on our shores because of desperation, should be treated humanely, and generally fast racked into settlement in Australia.
They do not like the way the government is treating these people in our name. Nor do they like the reputation the country is getting as an intolerant place, prepared to use what are really, remote concentration camps, in open violation of global standards of civilised behaviour and agreements that Australia is signatory to.
The treatment of refuges is one example, in a catalogue of changed that are causing an ongoing erosion of rights, aimed to promote fear that other people pose a threat, as as a manipulative political tool .
Biloela has gone one step further and taken practical action in one case, which serves as a positive example to other Australian communities.
Eight members of a German far-right group were sentenced to jail Wednesday on terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists.
Based in Germany's ex-communist east, the so-called "Freital group" had sought to create "a climate of fear" at the height of Germany's refugee and migrant influx in 2015, the court was told.
Its leaders Timo Schulz and Patrick Festing were sentenced to 10 and nine-and-a-half years prison respectively. The other six received custodial terms of between four and eight-and-a-half years.
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Id suggest France partner with Algeria to start trying to build a massive solar array in the Algerian desert, there is nothing out there. Although it is a rough neighborhood.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European countrys commitment to the alliance and clean energy.
Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in New Delhi, India, March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi.
News.com.au reported that a 21 year old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl in Hampton Park last year.
As many people who follow FixedIt might know, one of the most common problems with headlines about mens violence against women is the invisible perpetrator. In this case the man arrested for sexual assault is where he should be at the front of the headline. Unfortunately the victim of the alleged sexual assault was replaced by a bus.
The alleged sexual assault may have occurred on a bus, but it was not a bus that was assaulted. It was a 15 year old girl.
The man has been charged on three counts of sexual assault. He has not been to court. This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by the court, it is about the way the charges against him are described in the media.
If you havent watch Jackson Katz TED talk on violence against women I highly recommend it. Hes talking about the general conversation about mens violence but he perfectly demonstrates the problem with the way the media reports this stuff. Im slightly paraphrasing his examples here, but the principle is unchanged.
We start with a very basic sentence: John raped Mary. John is the subject, rape is the verb, Mary is the object. Three words to describe exactly what happened.
The second sentence says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was raped by John. The focus shifts from John to Mary but the sentence is still describing what happened.
The third sentence, John is invisible and all we see is that Mary was raped and now its all about Mary. John is gone and were wondering why Mary was raped.
Mary is a rape victim The last sentence has changed what John did to Mary into her very identity and John is not relevant to the conversation.
So which of these four sentences is the most accurate description of what happened between John and Mary?
Its not that last one. Mary is not a rape victim, shes a person. Shes Mary. People who have been raped do not become what was done to them. It does not defi...
I can recall a time, not too long ago, when
the statements made by myself,
years before M.K. Bhadrakumar's oped, earned heaps and heaps of
scorn- How the times have changed..
Turkey and the US aren't besties anymore- The USrael machine is working on Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan.. It's all here
MKB; "U.S. and Turkish officials are due to meet in Washington today to begin thrashing out the range of issues now threatening to tear the already fragile relationship between the two NATO allies apart.
The Turkish-American discord goes back to the Obama administration when Washington persuaded Ankara to spearhead the regime-change project in Syria circa 2011, only to see the U.S. retract later, leaving Tur