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What, then, explains the paroxysms of Republican anti-racism in the face of Charlottesville? The purpose was not to expunge white supremacy from American life, but to expunge its naked expression, which Trump, to their embarrassment, has been reckless enough to encourage. Since the Nixon era, Republicans have understood that the partys plans to favour the white silent majority depend on coded language that everyone understands but which can be plausibly denied.
An international group of cryptographers has flagged a serious security vulnerability in the chip embedded in Estonian ID cards, the countrys Information System Authority has announced. Estonian experts assess there to be a possible security vulnerability and we will continue to verify the claims of the researchers, said Taimar Peterkop, Director-General of the agency. We have developed the primary solutions to mitigate the risk, and will do our utmost to ensure that the security of More
The new ambassador of the Solomon Islands to the United States, Robert Sisilo, presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017. Sisilo is a career diplomat who is also serving as the Melanesian nations ambassador to the United Nations (since January) and Canada (since April). Solomon Islands has a population of about 600,000.
Born in 1956, Robert Sisilo grew up in Sikaiana, a small atoll in Malaita Province, and graduated King George VI National High School in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in 1978. He went on to earn a B.A. in History and Politics at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, in 1982.
Sisilo joined the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, serving early career assignments as desk officer, chief desk officer, and senior desk officer from January 1983 to September 1985.
He also continued his education by earning graduate degrees at universities in three different continents over the next 11 years. He earned a Certificate in Diplomacy at Oxford University in 1986; an M.A. in International Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1989; and an M.A. in International Relations at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, Australia, in 1994.
From 1986 to 1991, Sisilo was charg daffaires at his countrys Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
While serving as his nations deputy secretary of foreign affairs in 1996, Sisilo was reportedly part of a government delegation that was briefly abducted at gunpoint by Papua New Guineans who had crossed into Solomon Islands territory.
From 1996 to 2005, Sisilo was ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as permanent representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
From May 2005 to July 2008, Sisilo served as permanent representative of the Pacific Islands Forum, an organization comprised of 18 Pacific Island countries, to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. The members of the Forum are Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuva...
Israeli startup Axonius today announced $4 million in seed funding for its mission to secure and manage the growing billions of connected devices in use by businesses. Backing for the technology platform comes from YL Ventures, with participation from Vertex Ventures and Emerge Capital. Axonius founders, left to right: CTO Avidor Bartov, CEO Dean Sysman and CPO Ofri Shur. This proliferation of device types and numbers introduces significant risk into corporate environments, as organizations have More
Sitting in a cloud forest on top of the Cordillera de Tilarn, the mountaintop town of Monteverde, Costa Rica seems isolated. But, its view stretches far beyond its boundaries. In todays world, many believe that individual actions cannot make a difference. However, in Monteverde one community, made up of many individuals, has become the driving force behind conservation. Monteverde is an exceptional place. It is an epicenter for biodiversity, international communities and scientific discovery. It was in these fog-shrouded forests that upslope migration of species was first documented. Unfortunately, in the tropics, mountain ecosystems like cloud forests are like canaries in a coal mine: they show early warning signs of climate change. Conservation is important in Monteverde because it happens because of grassroots efforts, says Dr. Karen Masters a biologist, professor, and resident of Monteverde for over thirty years. It happens because individuals feel empowered to do something. Farmers, scientists, and conservationists work hardand work togetherto be models and to have a global reach. In a time of rising sea levels, changing climates, dwindling biodiversity, and shifting landscapes, Costa Ricans on a mountaintop get it, they value it, they believe in it, they think critically about it, and they act on it, says Masters. The conservationist Looking to live in a truly peaceful place, 41 Quakers relocated from Alabama in 1951 to settle in the Monteverde zone in Costa Rica the country without an army. The Quakers divided the land between families, but set aside one third of
A major X-class solar flare erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2673 peaking as X9.3 at 12:02 UTC on September 6, 2017. The event started at 11:53, peaked at 12:02 and ended at 12:10 UTC. This is the second X-class solar flare of the day. It comes just hours...... Read more
A powerful, long-duration solar flare measuring X2.2 at its peak time erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2673 at 09:10 UTC on September 6, 2017. The event started at 08:48 and ended at 09:59 UTC. This is the first X-class solar flare since May 2015. It's...... Read more
06/09/2017 - Part I, not yet translated, is a Marxist historical analysis of the nonmonolithic nature of the big imperialist states, and especially of the United States as the iconic representation of the world ...
A critical vulnerability in Apache Struts, a popular open source framework for developing web applications, opens any server running an app built using it to remote attackers. It can be exploited easily, by sending a specially crafted web request to the application and, according to SANS ISC handler Adrien de Beaupre, a working exploit has already been spotted. About the vulnerability The flaw (CVE-2017-9805) was spotted during a static code analysis by researchers with software More
My small caveman brain cant even comprehend a star with the mass of half a million Earths and no larger than Washington, D.C. that spins 700 plus times per second.
Wonderful yet utterly heartbreaking story.
Most of the nation and world watched in horror just a couple of weeks ago as white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other various white power groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. Their violent, hateful rally eventually resulted in the death of a brave counter protester, 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
As if that werent bad enough, Donald Trumps response to this racist violence made the situation that had already turned the nation into a tinder box even worse. Instead of condemning white supremacy as any sane, non-bigoted person would, Trump instead made an equivocation between the vile white supremacists and the people there protesting their hate. Only when he was forced to do so did he condemn the violent hate groups by name. However, Trump, being the arrogant, bigoted jackass that he is, could not let that carefully scripted statement stand. In a freewheeling press conference for the ages, Trump ranted for more than half an hour about how the other side was just as bad as the white supremacists. Well, now, it seems that members of the United States Senate are sick of Trumps bigotry and pandering to white supremacists, and they plan to force his hand on the issue.
Politico is reporting that a bipartisan group of Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Gardner (R-CO)- have drawn up a resolution that will have Trump make a legal statement against what happened in Charlottesville. That isnt all it does, though. It also forces Trump, once and for all and on the record, to commit to rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.
This is an extraordinary move, considering that resolutions are usually just symbolic in nature an...
European companies must strike a fair balance between workplace surveillance and their employees right to privacy, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Delivery of the decision Circumstances of the case The decision, made by the courts Grand Chamber, is final: the unnamed private Romanian company that dismissed Bogdan Barbulescu after discovering he used his work Yahoo IM account for private communication violated his right to privacy. Barbulescu opened the IM account at More
Hollywood and the press that covers it are notorious for these kinds of stories that act as trial balloons in negotiations with various companies. I dont believe for a second Apple is actually in the running for the James Bond rights.
I believe virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are on the cusp of mass success, and will dramatically change the way we use technology. However, with new technology comes new attack surfaces. After watching security researchers and attackers pick apart the Internet of Things (IoT) so easily, it would be foolish not to consider the security of new technologies. So that begs the question what are the risks of virtual and augmented reality? More
Donald Trump is apparently thrilled that Hurricane Irma will be the biggest storm to ever hit the United States.
Only weeks after Hurricane Harvey left a swath of devastation and death in Texas, Florida is bracing for an even deadlier and more destructive storm.
People will die. Businesses and homes will be wiped off the map. Suffering and homelessness will be the reality in Florida. But Trump is too busy bragging about the size of the hurricane to actually care about the people who are in the path of the storm.
In yet another Twitter rant on Wednesday morning, Trump proclaimed that his team is already in Florida preparing for the storm after bragging about what a good job they have done in Texas.
Watching Hurricane closely. My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
In fact, Trumps response to Hurricane Harvey was to brag about the size of that storm, and he ended an Obama-era flood policy as Houston drowned. Trump has also proposed massive cuts to FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which predicts and tracks hurricanes.
It should also be noted that Trump inherited a FEMA that took the lessons of Hurricane Katrina seriously in preparation for future storms. So, Trump and his team did nothing special.
But what Trump did next on Twitter shows just how little empathy and compassion he has for the people in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!
[VIDEO] Open Culture:
When Tolkien visited a friend in August of 1952 to retrieve a manuscript of The Lord of the Rings, he was shown a tape recorder. Having never seen one before, he asked how it worked and was then delighted to have his voice recorded and hear himself played back for the first time. His friend then asked him to read from The Hobbit, and Tolkien did so in this one incredible take.
This is simply amazing. The original post (captured from a radio broadcast) is from 2012, so this has obviously been around a while, but Jason Kottke posted the link yesterday, couldnt help but share it.
The videos, parts 1 and 2, are embedded in the main Loop post. Enjoy.
To give you a sense of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 facial recognition, heres a video from Mel Tajon showing it in action.
He takes a selfie on one phone, then points his Galaxy Note 8 at the selfie. Note that he doesnt even need to frame the selfie particularly well and the Note 8 unlocks.
UPDATE: Folks are saying this is the Note 8 in demo mode. Would love a verified source on this, but posting this here to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt. That said, take a read of the New York Times review, which doesnt fare much better.
[Click through to the main Loop for the tweet/video.]
Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto state governor has distanced himself from a fake quotation online attributed to him where he was said to have regretted his decision to join the All Progressives Congress (APC). Tambuwal in a statement signed by his spokesman Imam Imam said the quote is fake and was manufactured by enemies of Nigeria with the intention of causing disharmony among people of good conscience who care about the development of the country. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal remains a committed democrat and a committed member of the APC. Any...
Brian X. Chen, New York Times:
There is as much to love about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as there is to hate.
Lets get the bad stuff out of the way. For unlocking the phone, the eye scanner barely works and the fingerprint sensor is in a lousy place. Samsungs Bixby, which is included, is the most incompetent virtual assistant on the market. And need I remind you this phone line has a reputation for gadgets that spontaneously combust.
There are superlatives that follow. Brian loves the screen (It has the best smartphone display as bright and vivid as a screen on a high-end television set that I have ever tested.) and the camera is fast. And it doesnt explode.
Some of the biometrics, including the ability to unlock your phone by scanning your face or irises, are so poorly executed that they feel like marketing gimmicks as opposed to actual security features.
The iris scanner shines infrared light in your eyes to identify you and unlock the phone. That sounds futuristic, but when you set up the feature, it is laden with disclaimers from Samsung. The caveats include: Iris scanning might not work well if you are wearing glasses or contact lenses; it might not work in direct sunlight; it might not work if there is dirt on the sensor.
And, best of all:
When you set up the face scanner, Samsung displays another disclaimer, including a warning that your phone could be unlocked by someone or something that looks like you.
This is an actual warning on a shipping high-end phone? I do love
- Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Japan Prepares to Evacuate 60k from South Korea, 1779 Synopsis: Nikkei Asian News is reporting that Japans government is asking both South Korea and the U.S. for cooperation should they decide to try to evacuate the 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea. According to one Japanese government source: "If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public." In the event that South Korean airports were closed, Japan plans to either tell its citizens to shelter in place, or move to safer areas in the south where Japanese vessels could help ferry Japanese citizens home. North Korea has now successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and is threatening to use it on the U.S. or its allies, South Korea and Japan. However, in what was apparently an accidental security breach by one military expert, the U.S. Navy now has rushed into operation the capability to shoot down North Korean ICBMs: during their ascent phase. Cyber attack may be a possibility, however, it is more likely that the Navy has made operational either a laser weapon that they believe is combat capable, or their rapidly-developing rail gun technology. It is believed that President Trump has become convinced that the time for action is rapidly approaching. As long as Kim Jong-un is in power he believes that becoming a credible nuclear power is the only way he can remain in power. But that means that he will use nuclear blackmail to pursue his interests and keep the world on edge. Many believe that the time to take out their nuclear capability was when President Clinton was in office, however, Clinton not only pursued a policy of appeasement, he actually paid the North Koreans to play along. [insert] Many now acknowledge the foolishness of Clintons appeasement policy, but in light of an even dumber move by President Obama to not only facilitate Iranian nuclear development, but even provide a planeload of billions of dollars in much-needed U.S. and European currency, the two presidential decisions today seem eerily similar, and definitely not in the best interests of the United States. One thing is sure, if the U.S. must eventually destroy North Koreas or Irans - nuclear weapons capability, there will never be a good time to do it but this may be the last best time to do it. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitc.........
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On September 5th an article titled Israel evicts Palestinians after East Jerusalem legal battle appeared on the BBC News websites Middle East page, along with a video relating to the same story titled Palestinian family loses East Jerusalem home.
Of the written reports 491 words, one hundred and eleven are used to describe the events themselves and a further 136 are given over to brief explanation of the legal background to the story, but without clarifying that the property was supposed to be vacated by the Shamasneh family long ago.
In 2013, the Shamasneh family lost their appeal of the case in the Supreme Court, after lower courts ruled that the land should be restored to its Jewish owner.
But the Supreme Court also deferred any eviction of the Shamasneh family at the time on humanitarian grounds, stating: It is not easy to evict someone from their residence, particularly when it involves someone elderly who has l...
Clueless. Via Gulf Today: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said although radical extremists are perpetrating acts of terror in Europe, she still believed that Islam belongs to Germany. Merkel made the remarks on Sunday at the TV duel with Martin Schulz, chancellor candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), her major rival in the upcoming 
Tasnim | September 3, 2017 TEHRAN A peace activist and journalist based in Virginia said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus panic about recent advances of Iran and its allied forces against terrorists in Syria signals that the Tel Aviv regime is losing its stranglehold over Washington. Netanyahus panic and his incessant warnings regarding Iranian 
Black South Carolina lawmaker Wendell Gilliard, has been petitioning for the removal of Confederate monuments in Charleston. He claims that the monuments are an economic killer discouraging people from visiting Charleston. Gilliard does not want the monuments destroyed- but rather relocated to a museum.
No everyone in Charleston, however, appriciates Gilliard advocating for the monuments relocation. Charleston, the hometown of Dylan Roof, murderous white supremacist is also home to many racists who like Roof, have become radicalized online, who have recently made Gilliard their newest target of online threats for his position advocating for the monuments removal. From being called a a n****r and told to go back to Africa Gilliard was also met with threats of mobs coming to his home, all to protect an outdated racist statue.
As reported by The Grio:
Wendell Gilliard, a Charleston Democrat said that he got the message on Thursday from one who identified himself as John Calhoun, which is the name of the seventh vice president of the US. He argued that slavery was a positive good.
The email threatened to bring a group to Gilliards home and says, We wear suits. No sheet.
The full email message said, We tired [sic] being understanding with you N*****s! If you dont like the Flag and our monuments you should go back home to Africa. This our country and we both know you will not have your way. We despise you and I dont understand why youre fighting a losing battle. Whats your address? Maybe I will bring my group to your house. We wear suits. No sheet. How about 3AM?
Gilliard says, Hate groups are on the rise in South Carolina. The Klan and skinheads are growing in numbers.
It seems that totalitarianism is everywhere these days. I suppose that is the point of totalitarianism. Nonetheless, the buzzword has seen a remarkable resurgence in popular usage and misusage in the context of domestic and international politics. The number of articles comparing Trump to a totalitarian ruler are not easily countable (though here and here are some examples). Some, have attributed current US foreign policy issues related to North Koreas development of nuclear weapons as relating to a battle against a totalitarian regime. And othersnotably from the conservative side of the political spectrumhave characterized certain political movements such as calls to remove Confederate statues and the so-called Antifa movement, forms of totalitarian ideology.
Totalitarianism is a part of political discourse in 2017. This raises several questions, one of which is the obvious: What does this term mean? And, related: How can this term be mobilized to condemn a wide variety of different political actsfrom protests for social justice, to the Trump administration, to North Korea?
As a political scientist who researches discourse, and who writes about totalitarianism as a concept during the Cold War, I want to work through some of the issues associated with this term, explain what its political origins are, and suggest why it might not be the most analytically useful term for policy analysis.
Here are five facts about totalitarianism we all need to know:
1. The term is not that old. Totalitarianism as the concept of the state having total control over the lives of its subjects is actually not an ancient idea. Though there are debates about its precise origin, the early history of the concept is one that dates to religious conflict in the US. In the early 1920s, American Catholicswho were embroiled in a set of battles against the KKK and otherswere branded ideological totalitarians, and were accused of supporting Mussolini and Franco during their rise in...
Confronting fascism in Charlottesville.
In the three weeks since anarchists helped shut down the largest fascist rally the US has seen in decades, the pendulum has swung back and forth between new public support for anti-fascist organizing and a dishonest, fearmongering reaction spearheaded by the extreme center that plays right into the hands of far-right elements in the police and FBI. Now, fascists are shifting towards a strategy of decentralized attacks while the Trump administration prepares a new racist offensive against nearly a million residents of the United States. Its more pressing than ever to learn from our victories in order to strategize for the next round. We spoke with a participant in the front lines of the clashes in Charlottesville about why an under-equipped anti-fascist contingent was able to defeat a more numerous body of fascists, how to halt the creep towards authoritarianism, and what courage means in these struggles.
In Charlottesville, on Friday night, August 11, if the torchlit march had not encountered any protesters around the monument or elsewhereif it had been able to proceed without meeting any oppositionwhat do you think the consequences would have been?
Well, its easy to be doctrinaire when youre speculating. I mean, any time fascists do something provocative without opposition, it sets a new baseline for them. Its like, Oh, marching with torches and chanting Blood and Soil is a pretty low-key thing to do, lets always do that at our gatherings from now on. Its fun and easy! But I think it strengthens their movement even more when they encounter opposition that they can easily defeat, which is what actually happened on Friday. If that had been the only event in Charlottesville, or if the rest of the weekend had gone the same way, it would have been a gift to their movement.
I try to imagine the perspective of a fresh young recruit. Hes posturing and puffing himself up, but hes nervous too. He feels awkward putting on that white polo shirt, he feels ne...
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The German government has shut down the German Indymedia site linksunten.indymedia.org, the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. They have also conducted raids in Freiburg to seize computers and harass those they accuse of maintaining the site, absurdly justifying this on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization for the sake of destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call left-wing extremism, disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders like the ones in Charlottesville last week.
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In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around linksunten, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. For example, in 2011, a communiqu appeared on the platform claiming responsibility for politically motivated sabotage on the subway infrastructure in Berlin. The site was also used to release information about fascists and Neo-Nazis. In 2016, an article on linksunten presented the complete data of every participant at the convention of the far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative fr Deutschland, or AfD), a total of 3000 names. This further attracted hostile attention from far-right advocates of state repression.
Before the 20...
Attorney general says the two former presidents and allies in their leftist party embezzled around $500 million. You read it right: half a billion $US, out of $9 billion (emphasis added), Brazils attorney general on Tuesday accused former presidents Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff and some of their political allies of embezzling 
Oliver Haslam, writing for Redmond Pie, gathered every iPhone made and shot them next to the mockups of the iPhone 8 Edition X Pro (or whatever next weeks highend phone will be called).
Odd, yet fascinating.
[H/T, Loop reader George Lancer]
The usually astute Greg
Sargent misses the mark, I think when he recommends
this USA Today op-ed by Robert P. Jones, CEO of the
Public Religion Research Institute, on the reasons evangelicals
back Donald Trump:
One of the biggest mysteries of Donald Trumps presidency has been white evangelicals steadfast and enthusiastic support for him. Unlike Mormons, who saw a nearly 20-point fall-off in support for Trump compared to their typical support for Republican presidential candidates, white evangelicals' support for Trump was in line with, and even slightly higher than, their 2004 support for fellow evangelical George W. Bush (81% vs. 78%, respectively), according to the exit polls....Jones evokes Elizabeth Kbler-Ross's five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. He then writes:
The key to understanding the puzzling white evangelical/Trump alliance is grasping the large-scale changes most prominently the declining numbers of white Christians in the country that have transformed the American religious landscape over the last decade. These tectonic shifts are detailed in a new report Wednesday by the Public Research and Religion Institute, which I direct.
... one of the most important findings of the survey is that over the last decade ... white evangelical Protestants have declined from 23% to 17% of all Americans. To put this into perspective, during this same period, the proportion of religiously unaffiliated Americans has grown from 16% to 24%.
... The evangelical alliance with Trump can only be understood in the context of these fading vital signs among white evangelicals. They are, in many ways, a community grieving its losses.
While there are some lingering pockets of denial, and anger was an all-too-visible feature of Trumps campaign, thinking about the white evangelical/Trump alliance as an end-of-life bargain is illuminating. It helps explain, for example, how white evangelical leaders could ignore so many problematic aspects of Trumps character. When the stakes are high enough and the sun is setting, grand bargains are struck. And it is in the nature of these deals that they are marked not by principle, but by desperation.But why is it inevitable that white evangelicals would cling to Trump if he doesn't share many of the values they profess? Why can't they say, as they said during the presidency of Barack Obama (who I think shares more of their values, but never mind)...
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The personal details of thousands of individuals who submitted job applications to an international security firm were exposed online due to an unprotected storage server set up by a recruiting services provider.
Chris Vickery of cyber resilience firm UpGuard discovered on July 20 an Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 storage bucket that could be accessed by anyone over the Internet. The server stored more than 9,400 documents, mostly representing resumes of people who had applied for a job at TigerSwan, an international security and global stability firm.
The documents included information such as names, physical addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, passport numbers and at least partial social security numbers (SSNs). In many cases, the resumes also provided information on security clearances from U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. Nearly 300 of the exposed resumes listed the applicant as having a "Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information" clearance.
According to UpGuard, a majority of the individuals whose information was compromised were military veterans, but hundreds of resumes belonged to law enforcement officers who had sought a job at TigerSwan, a company recently described by The Intercept as a "shadowy international mercenary and security firm."
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There is a TV show that accurately depicts the world we are moving towards. America is being occupied and the occupier is almost invisible because there is presence is everywhere and anywhere at the same time.
Amazon Prime has produced an outstanding original TV series, called The Man In the High Castle. The TV show alters history and the winners of World War II are the Nazis and the Japanese. In the show, America is carved up among the winners and the occupation of the United States is brutal and complete.
In the show, every facet of 1962 American life is controlled by the occupation. All school curriculum is based on the Hitler Youth Movement. History is rewritten. Jazz music is banned because the Nazis associate the music as belonging to Blacks and Blacks, since the time of the Munich Olympics are viewed with disdain because Jesse Owens destroyed the master race myth. All movies, TV shows and available books are controlled for content by the ruling authority.
In the show, the Japanese rule the western states and the Germans rule the rest of the country. There is no real system of justice. When a suspected infraction is suspected, the secret police are dispatched and these agents become the judge, jury and executioner and the guilty are executed on the spot. The best a person under suspicion can hope for is to be jailed and tortured. Then, forced confessions are followed by execution. The stakes are also high for the occupying forces as the Japanese occupation leadership is forced to commit suicide if they lose face because of an action of resistance by dissident Americans. In these cases, the Germans murder their own.
In this show, people meet in churhes for things like funerals and weddings, but it is the state that is supreme. However, the minister leads chants of loyalty towards the state, not not the supreme being of the universe. There is no God to be worshipped. Religiou practice is punishable by death.
Speaking of death, in the TV show, when a parent has a...
Nikola Teslas Unfinished Masterpiece Will Be a Reality on This Date by Justin Spittler Casey Research Justins note: Today, were handing the reins over to Bonner & Partners tech expert Jeff Brown. In his essay below, Jeff uncovers a...
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Mike Rundle, Medium:
Much has been said about the huge updates in iOS 11 (huge for iPad, less so for iPhone) but few articles have really dug into what face unlocking would mean, beyond the obvious that youll be able to verify your identity and unlock your phone with your face.
I think this will be the flagship feature of the new iPhone, and will let Apple leapfrog competitors with futuristic face-scanning sensors that will have a gigantic impact on the future of augmented reality.
Mike digs into face scanning and AR, interesting stuff, but my favorite part of his post occurs when he digs into the evolution of the selfie.
Over the last 2 years, the consumer tech world has gone crazy over selfie lenses that superimpose objects and effects over your picture, or distort it directly like a funhouse mirror.
When the new top-end iPhone comes out, its rumored that both the front and rear cameras will support the recording of 4K resolution video at 60FPS, which is an incredible leap beyond todays FaceTime HD camera that records at half the resolution and half the framerate.
Because this new high resolution camera will sit right next to an incredible infrared face-scanning sensor, developers wont have to sift through mountains of image data to figure out where someones face is, theyll just use the data coming off the 3D sensor to know unequivocally where someones most minute facial details are in 3D space, which will blow the doors off what is possible with augmented reality today.
The point here is that selfie AR is about to undergo an evolutionary quantum leap. Imagine putting hyper-accurate scary clown makeup on your face that looks painted on, even as you turn your face. Think realism, vs the look of standing behind a cardboard cutout, moving and squinting until the overlay looks kinda in place.
There are some terrific images that go along with this story, so go read it as Mike laid it out. Great observations.
By Gordon Duff and Gene Khrushchev for New Eastern Outlook How many more lives will Americas wars claim? When the war drums begin, the first victim is reason, this is no secret at all. I recently met with a group of Russian war veterans about this issue, how those who fight wars are victims just 
The way African wild dogs seem to come to a consensus might make you say gesundheit
This 6 September 2017 video says about itself:
Here is a video edit with more footage taken during the past days in Maltas countryside.
Footage by Aron Tanti, editing by Nathaniel Attard.
South Korea is moving swiftly to install four new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) rocket launchers on its territory. They will be installed this week, despite protests from residents who have cited numerous concerns over the missile defense system. US Forces Korea (USFK) will deploy the launchers at its new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Seoul, on Thursday, according to the South Korean defense ministry, cited by Yonhap news agency. The ministry stressed the urgent need to mobilize the launchers amid growing threats from North Korea, which had its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday. Although the ministry did not provide an exact time for the installation, a residents' group cited by Yonhap said it had confirmed the plan "through various channels," adding that it was due to take place at 2am local time on Thursday.
North Korea has taken a lot of crap from China over the decades. Now it looks ready to dish it back. Lets welcome the worlds ninth bona fide nuclear power: North Korea! North Koreas nuclear weapons arent just a deterrent; theyre leverage for North Korea to push away from China and push the United States toward acceptance of North Korea as a legitimate state. That was just some of the bad news for China on its periphery as headaches pile up in the Himalayas, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
Trump protests in Phoenix
On the night of August 22, following a turbulent week in which Trumps sympathies with far-right and fascist groups became even clearer, Trump made an appearance in Phoenix, Arizona to rally his far-right base in a state already divided by ugly conflicts over race and immigration. In a classic move from the totalitarian playbook, Trump denied that the massive protests outside his speech existed at all, while heavily-armored riot police prepared to attack them with chemical weapons. Behind Trump stood a token black man who has appeared at several of his rallies, an inept attempt to distract from the ways that Trump is smoothing the way for racists like the one who murdered a demonstrator last week in Charlottesville. This report recounts the experiences of those outside Trumps speech, facing down far-right violence and police attacks to open up a space for opposition.
If you live in Arizona, getting in your car and driving with your affinity group to Phoenix to protest white supremacy is something you do regularly. The potential costs of struggle have always been high for us. We have no illusions about the burden of prison time, what it can mean to be separated from family. The potential for violence from Neo-Nazis and the state is always a clear and present danger. This time however, it felt different.
Recently, many of us have been considering the possibility that we may not come home from the next anti-fascist action we attend. We spent our time preparing and having really hard conversations with our children, parents, and loved ones. This past year has been devastating. I feel honored to be out on the streets with comrades who are weighing the risks and still showing up.
Puente organized the marcha grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that focuses on education and empowerment within migrant communities to protect and defend families. They have been at the forefront of the struggle against the deputization of the police and against...
Aurora police are the subject of a lawsuit after video showed them assault an innocent woman for questioning why they wanted her keys.
Could it be that the Israeli regime is in cahoots with the Zionist media and Jared Kushner?
When Arriva doesnt arrive how privatised ambulances are failing us.
Sat in the waiting room of Cheltenham Hospital with my Dad I started to google Arriva NHS patient transport. I had already read all that Hello magazine had to offer, what else was I to do?
And so, I read to fill the time. I read about the company that many local NHS managers (including here in Gloucestershire) have contracted to provide patient transport. I read with bemusement about their commitments to the highest quality of care and about how patients inspire them to achieve excellence. I laughed to myself about how this failed to tally with my experience. I also started to read alarming numbers of patient testimonies describing being let down by them. About how the most vulnerable were being left for hours with no adequate care.
That morning I had sat by myself for hours as my Dad failed to show up for his appointment. He was coming from Cirencester, less than half an hours drive away, but finally arrived close to 2 hours late. Arrivas patient transport ambulance service had picked him up 15 minutes after his appointment time and then proceeded to pick other patients up on the way meandering through Cotswold villages.
In that time, I rescheduled his appointment, twice. The receptionist was wonderfully understanding yet deeply scathing about Arriva. She gave me their direct number saying that the dispatch office of Arriva no longer listened to her. It shouldnt but it happens all the time. Where we can we will always try and fit people in. Often, I end up having to book patients taxis. Its not right that people should have to wait around like this she said.
She was apologetic, nice, but in her mind, unable to help or affect the system that was failing patients.
After the appointment was over Arriva informed me that they were, once again, running late. I rang them directly. They apologised over the phone to me and said that there would be an hour delay in getting my Dad picked up. This was at 12:15, about the time I had originally agreed to take over looking after my 5-month-old baby, and about one hour after my 2-hour parking ticket had run out.
What happened next was bordering on the farcical. To be exact:
I rang at 12:15 to be told they would be there by 1:15.
I rang at 1:30 to be told they would be there by 2:00.
I rang at 2:15 to be told they would be there by 2:30.
I rang at 2:45 to be told they would be there by 3:00.
I rang at 3:10 and they arrived a few m...
By Steve Brawner
The United States has been struck by arguably its worst natural disaster in its history. So far, the death toll is about 60 people.
For them and their loved ones, thats everything, of course. But had Hurricane Harvey struck some parts of the world, the toll would be in the thousands. Read the rest
The Indian navigation satellite IRNSS 1H, stuck inside a rockets payload fairing and both of which are now tumbling about in space, is expected to reenter Earths atmosphere in a couple of months.
However, there may not be any impact on the ground, a senior official of the Indian space agency said.
The satellite tracking stations are getting intermittent signals from IRNSS-1H. The fuel on-board the satellite has been depleted by firing the motors whenever there was a signal. The satellite-heat shield assembly is tumbling in space, K. Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, told IANS on September 5.
The whole thing is expected to re-enter the earths atmosphere between 40-60 days. But the days could vary as the structure is tumbling, he a...
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect May 25, 2018, businesses around the globe should be preparing accordingly. However, through a recent survey, Trend Micro found that C-suite executives are not approaching the regulation with the seriousness required, resulting in overconfidence when it comes to compliance. GDPR awareness The companys research reveals a robust awareness of the principles behind GDPR, with a strong 95 percent of business leaders knowing they need to comply More
Guest essay by Eric Worrall Tim Flannery, whose doom laden predictions of permanent drought in my opinion led to the waste of billions of dollars of taxpayers money, now wants governments to invest in climate seaweed farms. Climate change expert advocates for seaweed farms to mitigate global warming JAMES PASLEY Last updated 09:04, August 30
Atlanta, GA Warren Hill was walking through the parking lot of Mall West End last week when he suddenly found himself being run down by a police cruiser. An Atlanta police officer is now off the job after he was accused of running Hill over after mistaking him for a suspect.
It hurt bad, Hill told WSB-TV. My head, my neck, my back, my whole body. You get hit by a car, what do you think is going to happen?
According to Hill, the officer mistook him for a domestic violence suspect. Hill, who was afraid of the police, decided to try and get away from the officer. However, the officer apparently took the fact that Hill tried to avoid him as a threat or admission of guilt and decided to run over the man.
I was trying to get away from the cops and I was scared of the cops, so I ran. So they thought I was the suspect and ran me down like a dog or an animal, he said.
To add insult to injury, after police realized they had just run over the wrong person, they still arrested Hill. According to reports, they realized Hill had an outstanding warrant for missing his court datefor a broken taillight.
Hill, who was left with multiple injuries including a severely hurt leg will now likely file a lawsuit against the Atlanta Police Department. While the officer who ran him down will likely receive a paid suspension, the taxpayers will not be so lucky.
Hill was unarmed, was not threatening anyone, had not threatened anyone, and was minding his own business when this officer decided to run him over. The use of force in this incident was entirely over-the-top and unjust. Even if Hill had been the domestic violence suspect, the officers use of force would have still been unjustified.
Amazing chart via FiveThirtyEight: Estimates of Harveys cost vary, with some predicting that the storm will be the most expensive in U.S. history at over $190 billion, surpassing Hurricane Katrina. (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimatesKatrina to have cost around $160 billion.) If that ends up being the case, it would greatly increase the total cost of billion-dollar-plus
NOTE: This article was originally published at Medium on June 9, 2017. Im re-posting it here because I recently deleted my Medium account.
So we were all wrong. Theresa May managed to do the impossible: lose an unlosable election. From a double-digit lead over Labour at the beginning of the campaign two months ago, the Conservatives have lost their majority amid gains for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Tories remain the largest party in the Commons, but theres no reason why the results should have been this close. When a lightweight fights a heavyweight to a draw, the lightweight won, and Jeremy Corbyn is such a lightweight that his loafers should be levitating him over London Bridge.
Its worth pointing out that despite their losses, the Tories increased their support, both in absolute (they won just shy of 14 million votes, up from barely 11 million in 2015) and relative (they won 42 percent of the vote, up from 37 percent in 2015) terms. The problem is that Labour also increased their support, finishing with 13 million votes and 40 percent of the vote, up from 9 million and 30 percent two years ago. Moreover, in England and Wales, the left-wing vote consolidated around Labour instead of dividing itself between Labour, the LibDems, and the Greens, eliminating much of the vote-splitting that helped the Tories win marginal Labour seats in the last election.
For the moment, Conservative control of the governmentand Brexitare assured due to May striking a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. The problem is that multi-party governments are always unstablethe exact opposite of what May promised when she called the electionand the DUPs Christian, anti-gay, anti-abortion sensibilities couldn...
When President Obama unilaterally created DACA, he unlawfully overstepped his executive authority and only put a temporary band-aid on a problem which prolonged uncertainty for many children brought here through no fault of their own. The Administrations decision today puts the onus on Congress to address this challenge in the right way: for the long-haul, with respect for our nations laws, a desire to enhance the integrity of our borders, and a sense of compassion for those who were brought here in their childhood years ago and wish to stay as productive members of our communities. Im eager to get to work on a permanent fix and call on Democrats and Republicans alike to immediately put political posturing aside and let this be a catalyst to achieve long-overdue reforms in this important area of concern.Ahh, yes, the GOP talking points. When Doug Applegate, the progressive Democrat running for the CA-49 (Orange and San Diego counties) Issa bareky managed to hold onto last year, he saw Issa's statement he told me that "The only person who should be preparing to pack their bags in the next 6 months is Donald Trump. Dreamers, we'll fight for you. America under Trump, the GOP, and the 1% is NOT our future. They have proven yet once again that they cannot be trusted. Millennials, it's up to you to rise up, act, and vote in 2018. It will take every single one of us to take ou...
[VIDEO] The video is embedded in the main Loop post. Apple Park looks tantalizingly close to completion, more like a massive landscaping effort than a project built from scratch.
The Steve Jobs theater looks complete, at least from the outside. The best view is about 1:52 in.
By Robert Inlaklesh | Al-Masdar | September 4, 2017 The Labour Party in the United Kingdom has made a huge switch in its policy leaving many followers of the Jeremy Corbyn headed Party in disappointment and disbelief. When Jeremy Corbyn ran his election campaign he presented a clear message to his Palestinian human rights advocating 
Moscow and Washington should focus on their common agenda, such as the fight against international terrorism, instead of diplomatic bickering, Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told RT, calling on the US to stop attacks on Moscow. Despite the ongoing diplomatic spat between the countries that saw the US-Russia relations sink to one of the lowest points in history, Antonov said he believes the situation is mendable, provided there is enough will to cast aside political differences and work together. "Frankly, I can't see any problem to deal with all outstanding issues with the United States. There is a necessity to find diplomatic will to stop diplomatic war, to stop attacks on Russia and to start real work," he told RT on Tuesday.
(HRW) Saudi women have lobbied for an end to systematic discrimination against them for many years could this long wait be nearing an end?
In April, King Salman issued an order stipulating that government agencies cannot deny women access to government services simply because they do not have a male guardians consent unless existing regulations require it. If adequately enforced, the order could end arbitrary guardian consent requirements that government bureaucracies impose on women.
Under the order, all government agencies were to provide a list by mid-July of procedures that require male guardian approval, suggesting that authorities might review these rules and regulations and even eliminate some. But since July, the government has been silent on this.
So while the Saudi authorities may be rethinking the countrys longstanding policies toward women, they have not stipulated how and when these reforms will come to pass. Saudi leaders are kicking the hard questions down the road and asking women to be patient.
The importance of the April order, though exaggerated by local news agencies, is clear. If it was enforced, public universities, for example, would not be able to require a guardians approval for women to enroll and attend classes. However, the order is still limited it kept in place regulations that explicitly require guardian approval, such as for women to travel abroad, obtain a passport, or get married, and still allowed private individuals and entities to ask women for their guardians permission at their own discretion.
The authorities should not miss this opportunity to meaningfully change the ways in which women can participate in Saudi society. Enforcing the April order should just be the start. Next, the authorities should dismantle all aspects of the guardianship rules, including those written into existing regulations, laws, or policies, and punishing private...
Take that, Trump! DENVER Students from several schools in Denver marched out of classes on Tuesday morning to protest the Trump administrations announcement that it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Students gathered at Barnum Park at West Sixth Avenue and Federal Boulevard before marching to the Tavoli Center on the Auraria 
Almost one month after Israeli forces shot him seven times during a night raid in Deheisha refugee camp, 22-year-old Raed al-Salhi succumbed to his wounds on Sunday in Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital. His mother Zaynab heard the news as she sat at home in Deheisha, in the West Bank. She didn't even have a chance to say goodbye. Israeli forces had warned Raed al-Salhi in late July that they were coming for him. "They called him and told him 'we will shoot you in front of your mother'," Khaled, 24, one of Raed's four older brothers told Mondoweiss days before Raed died in the raid to arrest him, in the small living room of their home in the camp, located in the southern occupied West Bank. Two weeks after the call, on August 9, 2017, Israeli forces shot Raed in the courtyard behind his home at 4 a.m, as his mother sat inside the family's living room just feet away. The call came from 'Captain Nidal,' the pseudonym for the Israeli commander in charge of military operations in the area, infamous among Palestinians in the community for his alleged threats against camp youth. After the call, which Raed hesitantly told his mother about, he knew it was only a matter of time before the soldiers came for him.
This video from Britain is about Antony Owen reading his poetry.
By Andy Croft in Britain:
21st Century Poetry with Andy Croft
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Peace activist sheds light on the ink of human darkness
AFTER the election of Donald Trump earlier this year, the hands of the Doomsday Clock calculated by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists were reset at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.
This is the clocks second-closest approach to midnight since its introduction in 1947.
Yet, 72 years after the US dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 men, women and children, only 122 countries could be found to endorse the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
These, of course, do not include any of the nuclear powers. Russia and the US are currently modernising their strategic nuclear forces, North Korea claims that its nuclear missiles are now capable of attacking the US any place, any time and Trump threatens North Korea with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
These kind of foolish boasts are what Antony Owen calls the speeches of men playing Gods, written in the ink of human darkness.
Owen is a CND Peace Foundation patron who teaches peace education in Britains schools. The Nagasaki Elder (V Press, 9.99) is his fifth collection of poems and his best yet.
He started writing the book after a visit to Japan to hear the testimonies of the hibakusha (explosion-affected people) who survived the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Hiroshima Day last month, Owen read from the book at Coventry Cathedral, accompanied by a violinist from Coventrys twin city Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad).
His book has the insp...
All people are different and we each have a personal combination of traits and characteristics that nobody else has. We all have a gift or talent in something, but some people are extremely intelligent.
We have IQ tests but they really have proven not to be an effective measurement of intelligence. Although it might be the closest thing we have right now, there are others ways to determine how intelligent you are. Dont feel as if you have to be intelligently gifted either; each person is gifted in their own way and intelligence is always obtainable. However, according to science if you display these signs you are highly intelligent. Never stop seeking knowledge!
Anxiety can be a key indicator for intelligence. Anxious people have been found to be smarter, according to science. One study found that the worse anxiety symptoms a person had, the more intelligent they were. Another study found that anxious participants were more focused and effective at executing tasks. So if youre worried about worrying, maybe you dont have to worry anymore.
Early readers have also been found to be highly intelligent. If you took an interest in reading at a very young age you are probably very smart. A British study found that the earliest one started to read, the smarter they were.
Studies have also found that people who took music lessons as a child were more intelligently gifted. The musical training enhances intelligence and executive function.
Everyone loves a person with a good sense of humor, many people even believe it to be the number one quality a person can have. It can also indicate intelligence. Its been shown that being funny and a high verbal intelligence and abstract reasoning is directly related to intelligence.
Jean-Louis Gasse, Monday Note:
As Benedict Evans surveys in his highly-recommended Cars and second order consequences, SD cars will change everything, from car design, urban planning, and insurance (I recall Warren Buffet saying SD cars couldnt possibly be good for his huge insurance business), to shopping, drinking and dining, energy supply and consumption, and even tobacco sales I would add mating rituals and work modes to the impossibly long list of activities, people, places, and habits that will be impacted by the SD car revolution.
This is a long piece on the players in the self-driving car space. It is fascinating and full of surprises. A few to look out for:
Elon Musk on the incredible wealth of test data culled from the sheer number of autopilot miles driven by Tesla vehicles
Googles Waymo and the Uber hairball
A chart laying out the six stages of self driving automation
Why Google/Waymo is the Microsoft of this space
A fantastic, enjoyable read.
Comprehensive Report by Evan Hansen, Lara Cushing, Meghan Betcher, Christian Thomas
Downstream Strategies, 911 Greenbag Road, Morgantown, WV 26508
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
In the past decade, natural gas drilling and extraction from the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia has grown rapidly. The technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has allowed for the extraction of gas from areas that were previously uneconomic. Further, in comparison with conventional gas wells, the impacts of fracking are also potentially much greater. Fracking requires the construction of large wellpadsoften home to multiple wells drilled over a few yearsand produces large amounts of solid and liquid waste containing toxic chemicals. In recent years, the public health and medical communities have expressed concerns about environmental issues and the potential for adverse human health impacts in communities located near fracking activities.
In this study, we explore whether gas production has become more common near places essential for everyday life in West Virginia, increasing the potential for human exposure to contaminants associated with drilling and natural gas extraction. First, we map and measure the footprint of Marcellus Shale gas development in West Virginia between 2007 and 2014 to evaluate the extent to which drilling has expanded near sensitive land uses such as homes and schools. Most prior studies of the growth of unconventional gas extraction have utilized point location information from permit data rather than polygons. Our approach using aerial imagery more accurately reflects the actual timing and aerial extent of wellpad development. Second, we characterize the toxicity of a set of chemicals used to frack wells near sensitive populations to better understand the potential for harmful exposures.
Marcellus Shale development in West Virginia
The footprint of gas extraction in West Virginias Marcellus Shale has grown substantially. The average size of wellpads grew from 1.6 to 2.4 acres between 2007 and 2014, and the average size of wastewater impoundmentsstructures for storing liquid wastegrew from 0.1 to 1.3 acres. The total....
A friend messaged me saying,People need to stop sharing the photo.
I responded saying Id successfully avoided encountering any.
She warned me, Yeah, dont go on Twitter.
Minutes after the news of Gauri Lankeshs murder broke, the news machine, by which I mean not only journalists but everyone with a social media account, got busy with the task of creating and controlling the narrative of Lankeshs life. Sharing pictures of her brutalised, bullet-ridden body is a major part of this.
Lankeshs body of work and her personal relationships, nurtured over a lifetime, are flattened into the singular image of her corpse by the sharing of these pictures. None of us want to see our loved ones dead, even the peaceful repose of a shrouded corpse looks unmercifully cruel because it makes us confront the persons irrevocable absence.
By extension this means that were only ever comfortable viewing pictures of death and violence when were sure that the same could not happen to us or one of us. When we feel that the other somehow had it coming or was deserving of it....
Revisiting the Reversal of Bretton Woods by JC Collins Philosophy of Metrics Reflecting on a 3 Year Old Post and Measuring its Accuracy The post Reversing Bretton Woods was first published in January of 2015. Its almost 3 years...
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released footage which it says shows US law enforcers "behaving like raiders" while carrying out "unknown activities" in the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, which was forced to close last week. "Representatives of the US law enforcement agencies conduct unknown activities on the territory of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco. They mutilate expensive parquet and do work without permission. Most importantly, nobody knows who these people are, who behave like raiders," the Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. The 60-second long video gathered nearly 20,000 views within hours after being posted on Facebook. "Lawlessness," one user wrote. "Shame," another one added. "Here's to you, grandmother, and your holy private property!"
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed the chief secretaries of every state government to file a status report giving details of the actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.
The bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar, asked the Centre to respond to the submission that it (central government) could issue directions under Article 256 of the constitution to all state governments on issues related to law and order.
The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking various reliefs, including a direction to all the governments to take preventive measures against cow vigilantism.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gandhi, referred to various incidents of lynching and assault on the pretext that the victims were either carrying or in possession of beef or had eaten it.
She also referred to an earlier statement of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that the central government did not approve of such incidents of people taking the law into their o...
Cell phones have virtually taken over the world and theyre getting smarter and smarter as we go on. iPhones are the most popular phone out there, and a new study might confirm what many iPhone users already believe to be true.
Almost everyone out there has an iPhone or at least some kind of smart phone. Society is adapting to technology so rapidly that it makes it nearly impossible to keep up without it. iPhones are the most sold phones in the entire world, and many people believe Apple has been using some sketchy tactics to sell their products. When iPhones first came out they would last a typical 3-5 years, but thats before they started to glitch and malfunction. These days, if you are using the newer models of the iPhone, you are lucky to get anything more than 2 years out of them, and by that point, you will without a doubt have a busted screen.
You might notice that your iPhone starts to act up, malfunction, or glitch right around the time the new iPhone is coming out. This happens to many people, including myself. I purchased the brand new special edition Jet Black 128GB iPhone 7 in February. Thats been eight months and it is glitching and malfunctioning worse than any iPhone Ive had and they all did the same thing. There were a lot of them too. Im not the only one this happens to either. Many people complain of the same problem.
There are massive amounts of tweets and internet circulation going on by people speculating that apple is sabotaging their own devices to convince us to upgrade to the next one. So much so, that Harvard University student Laura Trucco organized a study to analyze the theory. She analyzed and monitored worldwide web searches for iphone slow. A simple approach to finding some numbers youd think. The results were horrifying. They showed a massive spike just in time for the latest iPhone launch.
The study then compared the searches for a slow iPhone to the searches for a slow galaxy. They compared the search results of Samsung Galaxy slow with iPhone slow searches. The results from the Samsung galaxy showed that the searches were unaffected by the release date of the newest Samsung product.
Some solar activity that may affect us. Stuff is close enough to
possibly ring some bells, so you may want to give it a look. I
think it's worth the time.
This is a great website. SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids
NASA's Juno spacecraft is gifting us its latest batch of images taken during its seventh flyby of Jupiter. The latest snaps reveal the beauty of the planet's swirling clouds with the public invited to add color to the raw images. The space probe made the flyby on September 1, coming within 3,500km (2,200 miles) of the planet. Swirling clouds are visible in the images, indicating storms in the planet's upper atmosphere.
Malala Yousufzai (Photo: Reuters)
One of the terrorists involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai was killed in a raid by Pakistani police during this weeks Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.
The terrorist, identified only as Khursheed, was a cousin of Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who is thought to be the mastermind behind the attack. Khursheed, who was one of four Taliban members killed in the raid, was also responsible for an attack on police in Karachi.
Yousafzai, a young human rights activist, writer and campaigner for education for girls, was shot in the head in her native Swat Valley when Taliban terrorists stormed her school bus in October of 2012.
She was just 15 years old at the time.
Yousafzai miraculously survived and went on to establish a global movement for the empowerment of girls and women. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2014.
As brought to you by @WeWantPlates over on Twitter. And, having looked at this lot, wed quite like a plate as well, thanks.
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WE REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, is expected to be indicted on charges of fraud, receiving goods under false pretenses and breach of trust for using $111,851 worth of public funds to throw fancy personal dinner parties and hire private chefs. According to the couple's former housekeeper, Meni Naftali, who filed a lawsuit against Sara, the prime minister's wife threw lavish parties, for which she often ordered more food than was needed, all at the expense of the Prime Minister's Residence. The Netanyahus in turn are accusing Naftali of stealing food from their home. However, according to a senior police official, "this phenomenon [the high expenses] began before Naftali came to work and the residence and continued after he was fired," Haaretz reported. The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu hired an electrician for her husband's right-wing Likud party's committee, which is illegal, according to the Prime Minister's legal office. Netanyahu is also being investigated for using public funds to buy personal items such as furniture for their family home in Caesarea, a town on Israel's Mediterranean coast.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions assertion Tuesday that so-called Dreamers have taken jobs away from American citizens is wrong, Sen. Lindsey Graham declared Wednesday morning, pushing back against his former Senate colleague and calling for compassion from Congress.
Jeff Sessions is wrong. These kids are not taking jobs from American citizens, theyre part of our country, Graham (R-S.C.) told NBCs Today show, rebuking Sessions assertion from the previous day. Theyre fully employed for the most part, theyre in school, they will add great value. The president is right to want to have a heart for these kids.
The attorney generals comment about Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, came during his announcement that the Trump administration will rescind DACA, a program that offers work permits to Dreamers and protects them from deportation. Sessions, known as a hawk on immigration issues during his Senate tenure, blamed the program for hurting American job-seekers and for creating a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump, though, has adopted a warmer attitude towards Dreamers, pledging to treat them compassionately both before and after his announcement rescinding DACA. The presidents decision keeps the program in place for six months, creating a window for Congress to act on legislation to more permanently protect Dreamers. Similar legislation, dubbed the DREAM Act, failed to pass Congress during former President Barack Obamas administration....
Identity politics has pushed us to relate to issues in black and white terms. Gone are the grey areas that most often define life, the stuff from which true moral clarity is built.
One of the most irrational consequences of this current state of our national polity is the pressure to take sides in the fight against radical Islam.
Yet, Islamist terrorists do not differentiate their bullets, aiming only at their conservative/Republican detractors while sparing their liberal/Democratic enablers.
(In an ironic admission of this reality, the left-wing, pro-immigrant government of Austria is currently building concrete-enforced security wall around their government buildings to stave off suicide truck bombings.)
So, why has radical Islam become a partisan issue? Although psychologists have shown us that human beings have the capacity to live with enormous amounts of cognitive dissonance, the truth is that under a sharia regime as envisioned by both violent and non-violent Islamistsfreedoms that liberals take for granted (freedom of speech, religion, press and political protest, not to mention gender equality) would be taken away.
Yet, living under sharia law, with all its totalitarian trappings, is the self-declared Utopian dream of Islamists supported by the left from CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) to Linda Sarsour to Hamas and ISIS (even though many sharia-proponents would disagree with ISIS vision of a sharia society).
There are a number of factors that have contributed to this partisan divide.
The premise of the American civil rights movement was that the color of a persons skin made no difference in their character, intelligence or equality under the law. Somewhere, that theory got hijacked and diverted into todays identity politics.
Islamist groups have capitalized on this phenomenon, framing the fight against radical Islam as a race issue and labelling all those who oppose them as Islamophobes.
Thats why those on the left will not talk about radical Islam or...
The difference is that a hurricane lasts for hours and a
tornado lasts for a few minutes.
In an F3 tornado you will see roofs and some walls torn from well-constructed buildings and heavy cars lifted from ground.
This is Irma.
Get out of its path!
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Because Israel has staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighboring nations, it comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development. After years of fomenting the Syrian conflict from the shadows, the U.S. has recently seemed to back away from its push to militarily intervene in the embattled nation, instead choosing to focus its saber-rattling and destabilization efforts on other theaters. The consequence of this has seemingly been the winding down of the long-running conflict, now entering its seventh year. Buoyed by Russia, Iran and Lebanon, the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad has managed to retake vast swaths of territory, all while surviving and growing stronger over the course of a largely foreign-funded onslaught. As a result, many of the governments that were instrumental in funding and arming the so-called "moderate" opposition have begun to extricate themselves, unwilling to further test the resilience of Assad or the Syrian people. With some anticipating the long-awaited conclusion of the Syrian conflict, recent threats from Israel's government to assassinate Assad by bombing his residence seemed to appear out of the blue. According to the Jerusalem Post, a senior Israeli official accompanying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a recent visit to Russia warned the Kremlin that if Iran continues to "extend its reach" in Syria, Israel would bomb the presidential palace in Damascus.
The UN Syria Commission released a report saying it is "gravely concerned" about the impact of international airstrikes in the war-torn country, adding that US-led forces failed to take proper precautions to protect civilians during an attack in Aleppo. "The Commission is gravely concerned about the impact of international coalition airstrikes on civilians," the report states. It goes on to cite the March 2017 incident in Al-Jinah, Aleppo, in which "forces of the United States of America failed to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian objects when attacking a mosque, in violation of international humanitarian law." It also mentions the situation in Raqqa, in which the "ongoing Syrian Democratic Forces and international coalition offensive to repel [Islamic State or IS, formerly ISIS] has displaced over 190,000 persons, and coalition airstrikes have reportedly resulted in significant numbers of civilians killed and injured." It added that investigations are ongoing.
by Dr. Arthur Bradley
Perhaps the question that Im asked most often regarding EMP Attacks is how to protect various types of electronic equipment. The answer is that it depends on what youre trying to protect. Small items, such as radios, cell phones, LED flashlights, etc. can be stored in homemade Faraday cages. To learn how to build one using aluminum foil, check out my article How to Make Your Own Faraday Cage at Home (Quick, Easy, Effective!).
Some people prefer to build a Faraday cage using ad hoc containers, such as a...
J20 to Charlottesville
Over the past two years, the right wing has declared war on protest in the United States. Theyve fought this struggle from the top down with police, courts, and legislaturesand from the bottom up with militias, fascist groups, and lone extremists. These strategies work in tandem to threaten social movements. This is what connects the fascist murder in Charlottesville last weekend to over 200 demonstrators arrested at Trumps inauguration on January 20 who were all charged with eight identical felonies just for being on the same city block. This connection is all the more obvious after August 15, when Trump attacked anti-fascists and disingenuously denied that the fascists who chanted Nazi slogans in unison were all white supremacists. The White House stands solidly on the side of those promoting and orchestrating far-right violence.
How do state and autonomous right-wing attacks reinforce each other? Why is the right escalating its campaign to repress dissent? And how can we counter this repression?
The fascist attacks in Charlottesville last weekend were just the latest installment of a two-pronged assault on dissent.
While its nothing new for the state to repress protest, the past two years of legal and legislative attacks represent a substantial escalation against resistance movements. Since the uprising in Ferguson forced national attention onto racist police violence, the idea of Black communities, poor people, and radicals becoming ungovernable has inspired some and terrified others. Protestors inspired by Ferguson have blocked highways, occupied police departments, sabotaged pipelines, shut down airports, and disrupted Trump rallies.
But defenders of the economic and racial status quo have taken advantage of this to stoke white working-class resentment and suburban fears of disorder. Trumps image as the law and order candidate capitalized on the racialized concerns stirred up by this wave of protest.
From day one, the new administration made good on its promises to crack down on protest. On January 20,...
Via Daily Caller: Wake Forest University promised in a Monday statement to continue giving financial aid to illegal immigrant students. The university offered counseling services and safe spaces in the letter sent in preparation for President Donald Trumps termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which enables some illegal immigrants that entered 
File photo Migrants try to cross the Mediterranean Sea to freedom in the EU. TORM A/S
BRUSSELS (Reuters) The EU executive said on Wednesday it was ready to institute court proceedings within weeks that could lead to fines for Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic if they refuse to take in asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece.
Speaking to reporters after the EUs top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), upheld the legality of quotas for states to take migrants relocated from the Mediterranean, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said:
If the member states that have not relocated at all or not for a long time do not change their approach in the coming weeks, we should then consider to take the last step in the infringement procedure, taking Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice.
The ECJ has the power to levy financial penalties on governments which fail to comply with EU law.
Reporting by Alastair Macdonald and Lily Cusack; editing by Philip Blenkinsop
As Kim Jong-Un continues to defy sanctions and increase the already bow-tight tensions, China is sneaking around the South Sea with very little notice. While Kim Jong-Un tests his missiles and the global attention is focused squarely on the chubby dictator, China has their eyes on disputed territory in the South Sea.
According to Bloomberg, last month, a Philippine lawmaker released photos he said showed Chinese fishing, coast guard, and navy vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied isle in the Spratly island chain. The Chinese vessels successfully prevented the Phillippines from making planned repairs to a runway. In July, Vietnam halted drilling in an area leased to Spains Repsol S.A, amid reports it did so under Chinese duress.
The move suggests that the Chinese have seized the opportunity to take advantage of the worlds eyes being on the North Korean regime and the increasing tensions between it and the United States. However, as of right now, the US is still doing what it calls freedom of navigation naval operations in the South China Sea, testing Chinas claims to exclusive access and there are plans to conduct two to three more such maneuvers in the next few months, according to the Wall Street Journal.
With the US zeroed in on North Korea, experts are speculating that China will seek to expand their role in the disputed South Sea, leaving many countries unable to challenge the Chinese. China knows that Trump is...
I've been updating as news comes
UPDATE # 3
-Deir ez Zor, Syria and Iraq:
A test network has been deployed for the Raiden project, a proposed extension to ethereum designed to allow faster payments and lower fees.
In the middle of a monsoon season that has produced floods in the northwest and northeast India with deficit rainfall over peninsular India for the third year in a row, a new academic paper submitted to Nature Communications journal says rainfall extremes have increased threefold over the last three years and now extend over all of central India, from Gujarat to Odisha.
The floods of 2017 are quite consistent with this, in terms of their moisture supply deriving from northern Arabian Sea and not from depressions originating from the Bay of Bengal, as one would usually expect.
The paper, written by Roxy Mathew Koll of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune and by me, also says early monsoon onset tends to bring bountiful rainfall whereas delayed o...
Lenovo has agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and 32 State Attorneys General that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers. In its complaint, the FTC charged that beginning in August 2014 Lenovo began selling consumer laptops in the United States that came with a preinstalled man-in-the-middle software program called VisualDiscovery that interfered with how a users browser More
Miracles, magic, superhuman powers, grand events the works. Divine grace hides in samosas, the answer to fatal diseases in pranayama routines and relief from brutal office stress in pricey retreats and workshops. Science is debunked, its helpless limits made to capitulate before extraordinary and divine-blessed powers. The stories of many a spiritual guru in India would make for cracking comedy if it werent for the tragedy of real masses of converts being swindled in broad daylight, mostly of their own volition. As the court case involving Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh unravelled recently, I returned to Mahapurush (Satyajit Ray) and Ab Ayega Mazaa two films that satirise babadom at its hilarious best.
Based on Birinchi Baba, a story by Rajshekhar Basu, one of the greatest Bengali satirists, Rays Mahapurush shows how babas appear in many stripes to take care of every kind of gripe. In a discussion among three men two chess players and their friend who is in search of a baba who would rescue him from his broke status theres mention of Mirchi Baba, a godman who gives his followers hot chilli peppers for curing all their distress and Radio Baba, who taps into electri...
Adam B. Levine: Bitcoin & Crypto Currency Market Cap Nowhere Near 1996-2000 Technology Bubble Video Wall St for Main St TDC Note How are these two markets comparable? Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning...
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Russia would like Japan to consider the feasibility of building a road and rail bridge from Hokkaido to the south of Sakhalin island, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said during a session of the Eastern Economic Forum. Russia is currently preparing to build a bridge from mainland Russia to Sakhalin, according to the minister. "In this case, it will give us an additional opportunity to use our railway infrastructure, and Japan will become a continental state," Shuvalov said. Since August, Russia has allowed Japanese citizens, arriving in Sakhalin on a ferry from Hokkaido, to stay in the country without a visa for 72 hours. Russian officials are hoping for a similar move from Tokyo.
Das ist mal Theater und Urban Art so komplett neu gedacht, wie es uns am besten gefllt: Wer beim Bahn fahren nicht die ganze Zeit nur auf sein Smartphone oder Laptop schaut, der guckt sich meist die vorbeiziehende Landschaft an. Das Kunstprojekt Bewegtes Land hat die Landschaft eines 30 km langen Bahntrassen-Abschnitts zwischen Jena und Naumburg nun zu einer groen Theaterbhne verwandelt. Video: DW Euromaxx Ein brennender Baum, Jogger die genau so schnell laufen wie die Bahn, ein Hai im Angelteich oder Bsche die ber das Feld laufen. Insgesamt 50 kleine und grere Inszenierungen wurden ein Wochenende lang fr Zugreisende aufgefhrt und haben sicher bei dem ein oder anderen Fahrgast fr Verwirrung gefhrt. Die Idee zu dem Zugtheater stammt von Jrn Hintzer und Jakob Hfner von Datenstrudel, welche im Rahmen des Kunstfest Weimar uraufgefhrt wurde. Dabei verbindet Bewegtes Land sehr gekonnt die Themen Mobilitt, urbane Raumwahrnehmung und Theater und ist gleichzeitig eine der innovativsten Theaterformate, die wir seit langem gesehen haben. Bitte unbedingt mehr davon. Titelbild: Datenstrudel / Video: Bewegtes Land Leider ist die Spielzeit bereits vorbei. Wir hoffen aber stark auf eine erneute Spielzeit oder Weiterfhrung des Projektes. Mehr Informationen zu dem Projekt gibt es auf der Website von bewegtesland.de. Gesehen bei Blogrebellen
Der Beitrag Bewegtes Land Surreales Theater fr Zuschauer, die im ICE sitzen erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday dismissed a challenge by Slovakia and Hungary against the EUs relocation policy for asylum seekers, upholding the EUs right to oblige member countries to take in refugees. In response to the migration crisis that hit Europe in the summer of 2015, the Council of the European Union
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Russian and North Korean delegations "may meet" on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which is underway in the Russian city of Vladivostok, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday. The representatives of the delegations of Moscow and Pyongyang are likely to have contacts on economic issues on the sidelines of the EEF, Lavrov said. "As I understand, the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] delegation to the EEF consists of representatives of the economic bloc," Lavrov said. "We also have representatives of our economic ministries and departments here. "So I think, meetings within the profile structures of the two countries will take place," Lavrov told journalists on Wednesday.
On August 31st, I argued that pairing disaster relief with the debt ceiling was a no-brainer for the Republican leadership and that it could offer them a way out of the complete crack-up this September that I've been predicting for months.
To be honest, this was such an obvious move that I can't take any credit for advocating it, and I'm not at all surprised to see that this is precisely the way they are going to go. It is significant, however, because it is a big, gigantic middle finger to the House Freedom Caucus and all the hard right deficit scolds. And we've all basically been waiting for the Republican leadership to tell these folks to go screw themselves for the entire time Trump has been president.
They forced Boehner out of power for less effrontery than this, and taking that scalp has made the seem more fearsome than they really are. Trump has been preemptively appeasing them in recent weeks, especially with his pardon of Arpaio and his attempt to spin the DACA decision as a true repeal. But this is a basically a set up to knife them repeatedly throughout this month. Trump and the Republican leadership have no choice but to blow them off on pretty much everything on the must-do list in September, which is also why Bannon was forced out and why Bannon is readying to go to war:
Stephen Bannon and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, "plotted for nearly two hours on the agenda for the month ahead, with an emphasis on the Breitbart-Freedom Caucus war against Republican leadership on multiple fronts," according to Jonathan Swan.Said a source: "The topics discussed included conservative alternatives to everything the anti-Trump Republican leadership has planned on every major policy matter facing the United States of America in September. Including, Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's demonstrated failure to govern, and how to effectively implement the Trump agenda moving forward."
"Republican leadership already has a brutal month ahead, but the House Freedom Caucus -- a collection of around 40 ultra conservative members -- is going to fight them every step of the way."
This all makes the Democrats relevant again, and that will become more obvious after the meeting Trump takes today with Schumer and Pelosi.
As always with Trump, it would be a mistake to see him as ahead of the game. He's been sleepwalking into this landscape, but his options are spelled out for him and he will get nowhere by trying to satisfy his right flank.
If he ca...
I encourage you to peruse the Heritage Foundations September action plan to see how unreasonable and unrealistic their demands are for how they expect Republican leaders to behave and Republican officeholders to vote. Here are some examples, and please remember that Congress has twelve legislative days to complete their entire September must-do list.
On the debt ceiling, which must be raised very soon to avoid a possible global economic catastrophe, Heritage advises, Congress should not raise the debt limit with another bad budget deal. Rather, Congress should address the debt limit separately, and adopt spending controls before raising the debt limit again. Where will they find the time for that?
On reauthorizing the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before a September 30th deadline, Congress should convert CHIP funding into a defined contribution program and require the states to share more of the cost of the program. Those are much more complex (and radical) proposals than they might sound, and when is the debate over them supposed to take place?
On reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before a September 30th deadline, Congress should [l]ocalize airport funding by eliminating the (Airport Improvement Program) AIP, eliminate the Essential Air Service program, relax regulations on air carrier employment practices, ticketing operations, and airport grant assurances, and [e]xpand access to the Airport Privatization Pilot Program. These are truly radical and destructive policy proposals and even Heritage admits there isnt time to debate them. Ultimately, they ask for as short of an extension as possible so these things can be revisited in the near future.
On reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before a September 30th deadline, Heritage says, Congress should phase out the deeply flawed program and enable private insurance to replace it. They lay out a complicated and basically insane phase-out plan. They dont explain when the debate over this plan is supposed to take place.
On avoiding a government shutdown, Congress should [r]eject any attempt to increase overall discretionary funding levels. Instead, lawmakers should prioritize national defense funding within the boundaries of the aggregate [Budget Control Act] BCA spending limits for FY 2018, and offset any defense funding increase with prudent domestic program eliminations and funding reductions. In other words, no deals, just magic. Somehow, the Republicans should get the Democrats to agree to spend every available dime we have on weapons and to offset the cost by cuts to other government programs.
As late as a couple of weeks ago, the articles on tax reform never seemed to mention the need to first pass a new budget that would include reconciliation instructions for tax reform. That led me to write a couple of pieces that aimed to better educate the public about the real prospects of tax reform and the procedures that would need to be followed first. The reporting has begun to improve. For example, the piece in The Hill today includes the following observation that Ive been making all along:
Congress is way behind schedule.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin initially wanted to pass tax reform by August, but lawmakers have yet to even pass a budget for fiscal year 2018, which would set up the special procedural pathway they need to pass tax reform through the Senate with a simple majority vote.
Stan Collenders reporting for Forbes has also improved since I critiqued his analysis.
Good piece, even if it does somewhat disagree with what I wrote yesterday https://t.co/axb2IxQy9E
Stan Collender (@TheBudgetGuy) August 21, 2017
Hes clearer now in conveying the mechanics involved. In fact, he offered a concise explanation of something I feel I should have added to my pieces, which is the possibility of reviving Obamacare repeal by combining it with tax repeal:
Another option combining tax reform and health care in the same reconciliation bill will make them both far more difficult to enact for two reasons.
First, a tax/health care reconciliation bill will require that all of the tax provisions from both be combined in a single piece of legislation that would likely be so controversial that it would be incapable of being enacted. Second, the Senate would have to comply with both the health care and tax instructions or the bill wouldnt meet the reconciliation rules and so would be subject to a filibuster. That would make tax reform totally dependent on the agreement to repeal and replace ACA that so far has been unreachable.......
I have provided you with a roadmap for what would happen, and why, to the Trump administration when September rolled around. It's important to understand what I did as a structural analysis more than a prediction of how any particular individual would act or what they might say. There might be some slight psychological component to the following essays, but not much. Not really.
Insofar as I discuss what anyone is thinking it is to argue that they aren't thinking. I say that Trump has been sold a bill of goods, but also that the salesmen are nearly as deluded as he is. I say that Trump is in error, but I don't really take much of a shot at explaining why he is susceptible to this error. I don't think I make any mention of what people might be feeling at all.
I also don't spend any time wondering how people might make decisions and spinning out various scenarios that are dependent on what they ultimately decide.
None of this was really necessary to game this out. They created a legislative plan that could not and would not work, and its failure was so certain that there wasn't any way to change their course of doom.
Trump is Failing for Same Reason That Boehner Failed, April 5th, 2017.
And Now the Trump Presidency Begins to Fail for Real, June 29th, 2017.
How Trump and the GOP Congress Failed in Just Six Months, July 19th, 2017.
Trump has a tendency to do this to himself all the time. Just this weekend he said he wanted to cut off economic ties to every country that trades with North Korea. It took two seconds for people to point out that China trades with North Korea and that we can hardly cut economic ties with China. Laying out plans that have no prospect for success is part of his DNA and probably explains why he's gone bankrupt five separate times.
But the legislative plan was sold to him by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. They explained how they would achieve Trump's goals and Trump believed them when they said they could deliver. He can be blamed for this, of course, but less so than for the self-inflicted mistakes he makes, like promising that Mexico will pay for a border wall.
Trump is magnificently bad at his job, but show me the workable plan to pass a 2018 budget, or repeal and replace Obamacare or to enact tax reform. Those tasks require a lot of steps and some legislative and procedural expertise. Trump ought to be able to rely on the Republican leaders to come up....
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