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A new European Court of Human Rights ruling on the misuse of power in Georgia creates an important precedent in cases of political persecution.
pick and choose which European Court judgments to implement, have put further strain on the Court.These are unsettling times for the human rights system which covers the whole European continent 47 states from Ireland to Russia, from Norway to Turkey. Hostile politicians and commentators are wont to rail against judges sitting on the Council of Europes European Court of Human Rights, arguing that they unjustifiably extend their purview into sovereign, domestic affairs. The Courts position as the legitimate apex of human rights adjudication is now further under threat by the rise of European populism and the far right, as well as the fallout from Brexit. The deluge of cases from Turkey after mass arrests following the failed coup in 2016, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and Russias unprecedented 2015 law that allows its Constitutional Court to
Human rights are under serious challenge too in the European Union. Given, the executives exertion of control of the Constitutional Tribunal at the behest of the ruling Law and Justice Party in Poland, and the machinations of Viktor Orbns illiberal regime in Hungary (characterised as rule of law backsliding and creeping autocracy within the EU), as we scan the European horizon these days is it right to ask if the very principle of the rule of law is under threat?
Last weeks judgment from the Strasbourg Courts Grand Chamber concerning the circumstances of the criminal prosecution of Ivane Merabishvili, the former Minister of Interior and Prime Minister of Georgia, represents a significant moment and, indeed, test for democracy and the rule of law in Georgia.
Merabishvili was a key....
The eastern European nation of Moldova has sent its first ambassador to Washington in two years. Career diplomat Aureliu Ciocoi was appointed ambassador in June 2017 and presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on September 8, 2017. A Romanian language-speaking country wedged between Romania and Ukraine near the northwest coast of the Black Sea, Moldova was part of the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991, when it declared independence. Ciocoi, who most recently served as Moldovas ambassador to China and Vietnam, succeeds Igor Munteanu, who left the U.S. in 2015.
Speaking at The Heritage Foundation on October 3, Ciocoi accused the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin of trying to destabilize Moldova and other nearby countries through television propaganda and by maintaining 1,500 non-peacekeeping troops in the Transdniester region of eastern Moldova.
Aureliu Ciocoi was born on June 5, 1968. Like many post-Soviet east European diplomats, Ciocoi enjoyed a first career as a reporter. He studied journalism at Moldova State University in Chisinau, Moldovas capital and largest city. He wrote for several newspapers, including Viata Satului (Village Life) from 1988 to 1989; Cuvantul (The Word) from 1989 to 1990; Curierul de sear (Evening Courier) from 1990 to 1991; and Sfatul ]rii (National Counsel) from 1991 to 1992.
After Moldova declared independence in August 1991, its newly created Foreign Ministry needed diplomats untainted by service to the former regime. Ciocoi began studying International Relations at the National University for Politics and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, in 1992, where he earned a doctorate in 1996.
Ciocoi also joined the Moldovan Foreign Ministry in 1996. His first assignment was to take a one-year course of study for young diplomats from Central and Eastern Europe. The program was run by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn, where Ciocoi lived until graduating in 1997.
Ciocois first job title at the Ministry was as second secretary in the Department for European Organizations from 1996 to 1998, followed by service as head of that department, which was responsible for cooperation with the Council of Europe and European integration, from 1998 to 2001.
His first foreign posting had him return to Bonn as first secretary at Moldovas embassy branch office from 2001 to 2004.
Ciocoi spent the next four years in Chisinau, returning to lead th...
A Michigan man by the name of Konrads Voits pleaded guilty to hacking Washtenaw Countys computer network and changing the Washtenaw County Jail records, with the intent to help a friend get released early from jail. Unfortunately for him, his fiddling with the inmate electronic records was spotted, an FBI investigation was mounted, and it led back to him. He was arrested on March 10, 2017, in his apartment. According to MLive, Voits was sitting More
While 94% of IT professionals from organisations that are undertaking Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives say they need to invest in IoT over the next 12 months in order to stay competitive, most admit they have encountered barriers to adoption. These mainly include security concerns, the cost of implementation and commitment from the companys leadership. The research carried out by Vanson Bourne, looking at attitudes to IoT, including the drivers, barriers, challenges and benefits, surveyed More
The U.S. Geological Survey registered two shallow earthquakes near Stillwater in northeast Oklahoma on December 5, 2017. The first, registered as M4.2 at 04:26 UTC (22:26 CST, December 4) hit at a depth of 3.3 km (2 miles) and the second, registered at 04:53 UTC as...... Read more
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05/12/2017 - A ban by Israel on herding black goats on the pretext they cause environmental damage is to be repealed after nearly seven decades of enforcement that has decimated the pastoral traditions ...
This footage is so amazing, Im tempted to call it fake. But its not and its spectacular.
Weve all heard the stories of Donald Trump preferring a well-done steak with ketchup and shunning any new delicacies, despite living a lifestyle that offers him all the luxuries one could ever desire, however, its not just that the President has terrible gastronomical taste, a new memoir suggests that his diet is one of several poor lifestyle choices that could very well shorten his life.
According to an excerpt from Let Trump be Trump, an upcoming book by Trumps former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and aide David Bossie, we get to enter the inner circle where the President of the United States having a 2,400-calory McDonalds dinner is par for the course. Trumps appetite seems to know no bounds when it comes to McDonalds, with a dinner order consisting of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted, is just one of the claims made in the book. To put that meal in perspective, Trumps dinner contains 3,400 grams of sodium, despite the American Heart Foundation recommending just 1,500 grams per day, plus enough white bread to last most people a week. Remember, this is just one meal, but it only gets worse.
On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke, the authors write about traveling with Trump during the early days of his presidency, but there may be a valid reason for it Not only is he a fan manufacturing, Trump is also a renowned germaphobe who allegedly wont eat from a package that has already been opened, which would also explain the planes cupboards being stacked with Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and...
All Senator John McCain wanted to achieve on the morning of Monday, December 4 was to hit that magic milestone of three million Twitter followers, a goal of which he was just 74 followers shy. So what was McCains approach to gaining those new followers? Simple, he would go on Twitter and rely on word-of-mouth, how could that possibly fail?
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 4, 2017
There was just one little thing Senator McCain had forgotten to factor in His significantly waning popularity since he voted for the Republican tax bill. Being the Republican Senator for Arizona, some may have seen this as him just batting for his own team, but lets not forget that John McCain was one of the few glimmers of hope as he was also one of the only Republicans that has been openly critical of President Trump and this is a terrible tax bill.
Not only will the new tax measures raise taxes on those earning less than $75,000 per annum, it would also take healthcare from 13 million Americans and raise the national debt by almost $1.5 trillion dollars over the coming decade! To add insult to injury, the 479-page bill wasnt even completed when it was released on Friday night, with some pages crossed out and others with hand-written amendments in the margins. Furthermore, nobody even had a chance to read it when they were forced to vote on it, but that didnt sway McCain and the bill somehow managed to pass the Senate.
UPDATE: Senate Republicans are so desperate to pass their tax bill tonight that they're now ma...
It is tempting as a security practitioner to think you can prevent every attack. Especially in a people-strapped industry, why wouldnt you want to? If we could just use technology and prevent attacks, we wouldnt need that many new security practitioners after all. Prevention is definitely a good strategy, and has prompted much investment from both the VCs and security teams. For instance, recently weve seen remote browser isolation (RBI) essentially using disposable containers More
SIM-free means, in part, that you wont get a carrier SIM card. Youll still need to get one. Keep that (to me, a tiny bit of a hassle) in mind.
UPDATE: From the comments:
You can get a SIM card for free from T-Mobile, and it takes seconds to install.
Meanwhile, that SIM-free iPhoneunlike the GSM models is fully compatible with all networks including CDMA. More importantly, it has the Qualcomm chip, which means it will provide about 30% better wireless performance than Intel-equipped models in terms of data speeds, signal reception, voice quality, and battery life. And due to all of the above advantages, the SIM-free model will also provide a significantly higher resale value.
This is the iPhone variant everyone should buy.
Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider:
Rather than being the phenomenal, exciting new product category launch that pundits love to praise, the Alexa-powered Echo is Amazons salvaged booby prize for failing in smartphones: a few million units sold at low margin, versus the tens of millions of smartphones other Android licensees have been able to sell (or the hundreds of millions of high-margin iPhones Apple has been selling each year).
Ouch. But I agree with the premise. The Echo is a highly successful pivot. If Amazons 2014 Fire phone had caught on, its not clear that they would have gone down the Echo path.
Echo and related Alexa-based smart speakers are really smart mics for listening to commands. Amazons retail background works to leverage this to take online orders from Alexa users, but its original goal in hardware was a mobile phone with a camera, display and mic all working together to identify potential products to sell, not just a simple voice appliance. Amazon laid this out in excited detail at the Fire Phone launch, it just wasnt able to sell it.
Googles Home is a straight up knock off of Echo, designed to counter the threat of Amazon reaching audiences of online buyers before they ever think to search Google.
HomePod isnt a smart mic seeking to force Siri into more places to intercept users attention. Despite cloying narratives of how Amazon is dominating the smart speaker market it created out of necessity after Fire Phone imploded in a cloud of smoke, Apple has always had a commanding lead in the number of people using its Siri voice assistant worldwide.
Unlike Amazon, Apple isnt trying to intercept buyers before they head to a retail store. Apples happy with connecting users with either stores or online retailers; Apple Pay works for both, and iOS apps create a blurring line that serves either, or both at the same time. Apples Siri doesnt attempt to keep people out of rival apps or stores; it seeks to help them launch apps to find whatever they need.
HomePod responds to Siri commands and passes them to your iPhone for launching apps or presenting a visual answer. But HomePod isnt just a smart mic like Echo and Home. Primarily, Its an intelligent speaker designed to produce exceptional home audio that intelligently fills whatever space it is installed in.
These are just snippets. There is so much more to process in this insightful, well written post, but the quotes laid out...
One more reason to upgrade your older Apple Watch.
Matt Birchler, in the introduction to a week long review of the Pixel 2 running Android Oreo:
I have been using the Google Pixel 2, which is the latest and greatest Android phone out there. I chose this phone for my experiment because I wanted to leave no room for my conclusions to be colored by a bad OEM skin on top of Android or by a lower quality phone as my comparisons to iOS should be as fair as possible. Since I wanted to review Oreo, a Pixel was my only option in October, and thankfully that Pixel has top of the like specs and the best Android camera out there. This is Android how Google intended it.
And, then, this TL;DR conclusion:
Android has grown up considerably over the last decade. Its no longer a complete disaster of a user experience, and some elements have actually surpassed what Apple is doing with iOS. Notifications are much better than they are on iOS and Google Assistant is more accurate and more helpful than Siri. that said, there are a million little (and not so little) things that truly make Android a sub-par experience for me. Your milage may vary, but the abysmal third party software available for the platform, poor inter-app communication, and countless stability issues make Android a place I only want to visit for a month or two per year, not something I can see myself using full time.
Hop over to the front page of Matts blog to dig in. Hes got the intro and the first two parts of the review up on the site.
Josh Centers, TidBITS:
At this years Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple and Amazon finally announced that we would be able to watch Amazon video natively on the Apple TV by the end of the year.
But its December, and Amazon Prime Video for the Apple TV remains vaporware. Is it still due in 2017? Surprisingly, yes. Amazon public relations told me, Thanks for checking in. Yes, you can expect the launch this year.
This report jibes with last weeks report that the Apple TV app was being beta tested by Amazon employees.
In 1987, Bernd Fix developed a method to neutralize the Vienna virus, becoming the first known antivirus software developer. In 2017, as we pass the 30-year anniversary, a lot has changed in endpoint security. I have been fortunate enough to have a front row seat to this evolution, and the parallels between how endpoint security has transformed and what must occur within network security are striking. When the first antivirus products were developed, there were More
Technical (protection) measures, means, technologies, rules and resources are mentioned multiple times throughout the GDPR text. The Regulation does not, however, specify any security technology implementation as obligatory (a few methods are suggested as optional solutions for the specific usage). Choice and evaluation of adequacy is the sole responsibility of the data controller and processor. The range of possible technical mechanisms and safeguards for processing personal data depends primarily on the existing business processes and More
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That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is the opening bit:
Ive seen hundreds of articles on President Donald Trump and trade, but the real significance of the Trump economic revolution for better or worse is a focus on investment. There is no coordinating mastermind, but if you consider the intersection between what the Trumpian nationalists want and what a Republican Congress will deliver, its this: wanting to make the U.S. a new and dominant center for investment, including at the expense of other nations.
In essence, a new kind of supply-side economics has been invented. The theory of the 1980s focused mainly on individuals, and lowering the tax rates they faced on labor income and capital gains. Cutting these rates was supposed to mobilize the power of those individuals, through more work or more investment. The idea today is that the real power of mobilization comes through corporate associations. Assuming the tax bill passes, that theory is about to get a major test.
Strikingly, the tax bill and the trade policies of the Trump administration can be viewed as having a similar underlying philosophy, whether entirely intended or not. One of the presidents first official acts was to withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Although I favored that agreement, as did most other economists, its worth considering what the most intelligent nationalist case against the TPP looks like. Its not about trade, because the deal wouldnt have affected tariff rates faced by Americans very much (exports of beef to Japan aside). Rather, the TPP would have given American certification to Vietnam, Malaysia and eventually other emerging economies as stable repositories of foreign investment from multinationals. That could in turn draw investment away from the U.S.
Do read the whole thing, it is my favorite recent piece by me.
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London: Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya should not be extradited to his home country to face fraud charges related to the collapse of his Kingfisher Airlines because there is no evidence to back up Indias case against him, a London court heard on Tuesday.
The Indian government has requested Mallyas extradition from Britain accusing him of fraudulently palming off the airlines losses onto banks by taking out loans he had no intention of repaying.
The 61-year-old has had business interests ranging from aviation to liquor. He is also the co-owner of Formula One motor racing team Force India.
The case against him centres on a series of loans Kingfisher obtained from India...
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said that certificates issued by panchayat secretary or an executive magistrate can be used for claiming citizenship if they have been issued after conducting proper enquiries.
A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman set aside the order of the Gauhati high court by which it had invalidated these certificates for claiming citizenship.
On November 22, the apex court had said that the certificate of residency issued by the gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is meaningless unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of...
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Washington: On Monday, Democratic leaders in Congress accepted an invitation to meet US President Donald Trump and Republicans for talks to avert a government shutdown this week, even as the Democrats pressed demands on funding priorities and protecting young immigrants.
House of Representatives Dem...
The former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will be sentenced and fined this week in the federal civil rights case over the the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled a traffic stop in 2015. Slager's murder trial ended in a hung jury in December 2016. In May, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating Scott's civil rights, under a plea deal that dropped state charges and two other federal charges.
By Sahil Kapur
The one thing they have in common? Theyre mostly Democrats.
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have promised that the two main goals of a tax code revamp are to benefit middle-class families and to slash the corporate tax rate. But paying for those changes has come in large part at the expense of breaks that are important to residents of high-tax states, which tend to be Democratic.
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Brussels: Prime Minister Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the EU after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast.
The British leader ha...
Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols
By Jon Rappoport
At the core, the imagination exercises I developed for my collection, Exit From The Matrix, came from the work of ancient Tibetan practitioners. They were operating beyond metaphysics and cosmology. They werent trying to form a picture of the universe. They were confirming that many potential universes existed inside the human being. The creative power of the individual was limitless. These Tibetan were unique. No other teaching like this existed in spiritual systems. The Tibetans werent going up against other teachings. They were simply surpassing them. (Notes for Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)
The elements listed in the headline of this piece are contained in the mind. They are not the same in every mind. But they all do share one common feature:
Over time, they tend to freeze and turn quiescentbecause the individual turns passive. Once upon a time, the landscapes and icons in the mind were fresh and new and dynamic, because THE INDIVIDUAL IMPORTED THEM AND CREATED THEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING HIM TO INVENT THE FUTURE HE TRULY DESIRED.
In that sense, the content of these symbols and archetypes was of lesser importancethe fact that they were THERE and THEY INSPIRED was the main event.
Likewise, now, when the icons and symbols are stale, their content is relatively unimportant. Their staleness is far more important.
If the individual has gone passivewell, that is the situation and the problem.
A person could spend 50 years researching the meanings (content) of archetypes in the mind and come up empty, because he is failing to notice the key factor:
Is the individual creating the future he profoundly desiresor is he in a passive state?
ALL human psychology hinges on these options.
The basic purposes of the minds contents need to be understood. Once that happens, everything comes clear. There is no more mystery. The individual stores those contents to remind him of his own creative power. If he isnt using that power, the curtain falls and the contents of his mind raise questions, and mysteries aboundand then he can circle around the mysteries and probe them and emerge with no useful answers. In ancient cultures, that was called the Labyrinth.
Down through history, in 99.99% of the philosophies of both West and East, the individuals creativ...
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an op-ed while out on bail last month with a Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Muller's team said Monday. In a new filing Monday afternoon, Mueller's investigators said Manafort was working on an editorial in English as late as last Thursday and that it related to his political work for Ukraine, which factored into his money-laundering and foreign lobbying criminal charges. The filing asks for the court to revisit a bail agreement Mueller's office and Manafort's lawyers made jointly last week. The court had not yet approved a change to his $10 million unsecured bail and house arrest.
BEIRUT (Reuters) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.
Hariri quit his job in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia a month ago but later said he might withdraw the resignation, providing all parties in Lebanons government agree to adhere to the states policy of dissociation from regional conflicts.
The Lebanese government said in a statement read by Hariri: The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position and for revoking his resignation.
All (the governments) political components decide to dissociate themselves from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries, in order to preserve Lebanons economic and political relations, Hariri said.
His resignation offer thrust Lebanon back into a regional tussle between Riyadh and its main regional foe, Iran.
Lebanese officials said Saudi Arabia had coerced Hariri, a long-time ally of the kingdom, into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon. Saudi Arabia denies this.
Iran backs the powerful armed Shiite group, Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government and which Saudi Arabia accuses of sowing strife in the Arab world with support from Iran.
The cabinet meeting on Tuesday where the statement was agreed was the first since Hariris resignation plunged the country into political crisis.
Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis, editing by Alison Williams, Larry King
Lebanon Wont Respond to Israeli Attacks on Hezbollah or Iran in Syria
A series of shootings resulted in Baltimore's 320th homicide this year. Killings continue as the Maryland city becomes the nation's murder capital, pulling ahead of New York City in raw numbers and Chicago in terms of homicides per capita. A police investigation is under way into a triple shooting in the southern Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn, which left one man dead and two wounded on Sunday. These shootings come after Baltimore saw its 319th homicide of 2017 last week, surpassing the 318 killings of 2016. That grisly number still does not match the 344 homicides Baltimore saw in 2015.
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Despite suggesting no formal alliance between ISIS and Israel, an IDF affiliated think tank Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reports that interests of both ISIS and Israel align, making them allies against Iran.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad high court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8 next year.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. A. Najeeb also asked the advocates on record of appeals to sit together and ensure that all the requisite documents are translated, filed and numbered before the apex court registry.
In case of any problem, the counsel were directed to consult the registry.
The bench took serious note of the submission of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the parties, that the appeals be heard in July 2019 after completion of the next Lok Sabha polls as the atmosphere at present was not conducive.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, vehemently opposed contentions that the pleadings were not complete and asserted that everything has been complied with and the cases were ripe for hearing.
A three-judge bench of the Allahabad high court in a 2:1 majority ruling had ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties the Sunni Waqf Board, Ram-Lalla Deity and the Nirmohi Akhara.
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Former Attorney General Eric Holder and ex-FBI Director James Comey fired back Sunday at President Trump, who claimed the FBI's reputation is in "tatters" after its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "Nope. Not letting this go. The FBI's reputation is not in 'tatters,'" Holder, who served as attorney general under President Obama, tweeted. "It's composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job." Holder added, "You'll find integrity and honesty at FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave right now," referring to the White House. Comment: Yea right.
Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have recaptured al-Shihab Hill from members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria.
This advance is a part of a wider effort of the SAA and the NDF to isolate the militant stronghold of Beit Jinn in the area. Right now, government forces are working to take control over the hills and other points west of Beit Saber.
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The Secret Behind Numbers 3, 6, 9 Is Finally REVEALED! Nikola Tesla did countless mysterious experiments, but he was a whole other mystery on his own. Almost all genius minds have a certain obsession. Nikola Tesla had a pretty big...
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By Sara Shayanian | Dec. 5, 2017 at 7:10 AM
Dec. 5 (UPI) One person has been killed and thousands are being forced to evacuate their homes as a fast-moving wildfire torches Southern California.
Authorities said the Thomas Fire had burned through more than 26,000 acres of land in the city of Ventura by early Tuesday. Multiple structures, including an apartment complex, have been destroyed by the flames so far.
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The sunken city of the Caesars, lost for centuries beneath the waves, has been revealed in stunning new photographs. Baiae was the resort of choice for the Roman super-rich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions. Italy is hardly short on Roman ruins - but what's left of Baia is in a league of its own
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commended the Nigerian military for exhibiting high sense of patriotism in carrying out various assignments within and outside the country. He stated this in Sokoto when he hosted participants of Senior Officers Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, led by Team Leader Brigadier General O.R Aiyenigba who were on a study tour of Sokoto State Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the participants in Government House, Tambuwal acknowledged the contributions of Nigerian security agencies in efforts to promot...
The depletion of human energy
By Jon Rappoport
As in: energy depletion.
Without energy, the individual feels trapped. In that state, he seeks to conform, fit in, survive long enough to die of old age.
Body and mind deploy various feedback mechanisms to inform a person about his available supply of energy, and when these signals are taken as absolute truth, trouble comes.
I can sense my energy is dwindling. So I have tosettle for less, or see a doctor, or give up, or accept that Im getting older, or change my values, or tune up a victim-story, or join a group, or
On and on it goes.
In this twilight zone, the individual is unwilling to consider solutions that could restore his vitality. Hes already opted for a lower level of life.
In particular, hes unwilling to explore the one aspect of his capability that works like magic: imagination.
Thats out. No dice. Preposterous. Absurd.
After all, imagination is just that spring rain he felt as a child, that unknown space that held all the promise in the world.
That was then; this is now.
Now is sober reflection. Now is routine. Now is habit. Now is empty.
Once upon a time, he read a science fiction novel and, at the end of it, he felt as if he were standing, triumphant, in deep space at the crossroad of a hundred solar systems.
Now he knows there is no such place. Now he is intelligent.
And now he has no energy.
The light that once flared is gone.
The idea that his own imagination could lead him to discoveries beyond anything he knows is fools gold.
Yes, once when he was twenty, he woke up in the middle of the night and walked to his window and looked out over a city and knew he was on the cusp of an endless futurebut what can he do about that now? There is no returning.
So his imagination waits. It idles.
Yetif he took a chance, if he began to dream again, if he started up the engine, if he considered offloading the interlocking systems that have become his daily life, what might happen?
What layers of dead thought might peel away?
What abiding convictions might dissolve?
What energies might be restored?
Is there a huge space beyond his common neurological impulses and rigid survival habits, where Vision can be played out on a vast scale?
Is there a different kind of life he can enter, crossing the threshold from tired knowledge into mystery?
Can he take a route ar...
ISTANBUL (AFP) Turkey has detained 17 suspects in an investigation into a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case, reports said on Tuesday.
Erdogan has rubbished the accusations and on Tuesday said that the case was a plot aimed at hurting Turkey.
Zarrab, 34, was arrested by US authorities in March 2016 on suspicion of taking part in the alleged sanctions-busting scam but is now cooperating with the authorities in an apparent plea bargain.
Ankara has reacted with fury to the switch by Zarrab once seen as the golden boy of the Turkish business world with a pop star wife seizing his assets and opening an investigation against him on accusations of espionage.
A total of 17 people have now been detained as part of this investigation, with three picked up initially and 14 more in a later sweep, the Anadolu news agency reported.
The three detained initially are accused of sending documents to the US regarding the case and links to the group of Fethullah Gulen who Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup. Gulen denies the charges.
Turkish officials have repeatedly argued that the US case is a bid by Gulen to besmirch Erdogan and Turkey, following a corruption scandal in late 2013 that had also seen Zarrab arrested.
The case is not a plot against America, its a plot against Turkey, Erdogan told supporters in a speech on Tuesday.
The case has nothing to do with law, justice or trade, its an acrobatic spectacle, he added.
Since Zarrab became a witness, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla is now the lone defendant in the dock accused of violating sanctions, bribery and money laundering.
Zarrab has admitted to bribing former Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan and being involved in the multi-billion-dollar...
If you receive an email that looks like it's from one of your friends, just beware! It's possible that the email has been sent by someone else in an attempt to compromise your system. A security researcher has discovered a collection of vulnerabilities in more than 30 popular email client applications that could allow anyone to send spoofed emails bypassing anti-spoofing mechanisms.
Its not just you Facebook messenger is down for many.
Hundreds of users were left clueless when they found their favourite social network messenger/chatting service , Facebook messenger down due to a worldwide outage. The sudden worldwide outage occurred half hour ago and the reason of the outage is not known.
Outage.report shows Both Facebook and Facebook messenger having extreme outage right now
Update: While Facebook is now working properly for most of the users, its messenger and chat services are still facing down time.
Messages from both mobile and desktop versions of messenger/chat are having difficulties being sent or received.
Facebook is investigating the issue and has mentioned on their developer page that,
Starting 11AM UTC on December 5th, we are seeing an increased error rate in our Messaging API. Sending and receiving messages might not work. Our team is working to resolve this.
Bug report Temporary send message failure. Please try again later.
Update: All services are coming back up to normal now
This is a developing story.
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As of December 3, Baltimore had 322 homicides, with 280 of those caused by a shooting. This occurs despite having very strict gun laws. And the shootings occur despite having over 600 cameras to make a person think twice before Continue reading
PayPal Co-founder Max Levchin believes that Blockchain technology is revolutionary, but isnt so sure on Bitcoin.
At the end of last week, the ONS published the latest future projections showing its best estimate of how long we can expect to live. We dont automatically associate our living standards with factors like health or how many years of life we may have. But just like income, life expectancy is an important indicator of our standard of living. As our recent report found, these projections have big implications for peoples living standards in later life.
In perhaps a growing, and worrying, theme for prosperity-linked metrics, expected improvements in life expectancy have been revised down. As the chart below shows, a person born today can now expect to live for about a year and a half less than previously thought. That may not seem significant over a lifespan totalling 90 years, but it represents a lost decade of improvement, with expectations now back to where they were under 2006-based projections. It is not just income that is little improved since the financial crisis.
Demographic projections are often wrong, but the greatest error has tended to lie with expectations of migration or birth patterns. Improving mortality had become something of a given. Its stalled in recent years, and by enough for ONS to reduce their expectations of how fast life expectancy will improve in future. Exactly what is driving this slowdown is less clear.
Some have linked this stalled trend in mortality improvements to the impact of austerity on health services. Others have drawn attention to the persistent link between low life expectancy and local areas with high levels of deprivation. The ONS states that the reasons remain unclear but include among a range of possible factors greater resistance to antibiotics. What is clear is that government cannot simply rely on this being a blip. It must do far more to get to the root causes of this weakened outlook for longevity.
Lower life expectancy has an immediate feed through in...
On a sunny day in July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into a Colorado cake shop, looking to buy a wedding cake. A few minutes later, the two men were fleeing the building through separate doors, flipping the middle finger and cussing so hard they hadnt time to wait for Mullins mother to leave with them.
Fk you and your f-ck-ng homophobic cake shop! one screamed.
The whole interaction prior to this moment lasted only 20 or 30 seconds, but it would end up writing Masterpiece Cakeshops and its owner, Jack Phillips, into Supreme Court history.
The reason? Phillips had declined to make Craig and Mullins a same-sex wedding cake. Phillips is a devout Christian who had been blasted in a review a year or two previously when his shop refused to make a cake for a Halloween-themed wedding. This time, his refusal may have sounded similar: Sorry, guys: Ill make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies or brownies, but I just dont do cakes for same-sex weddings.
Yet the results were very different. An administrative law judge kicked off the process by claiming Phillips had violated the sexual orientation provision in Colorados anti-discrimination law. Phillips appealed, but lost again and again. Many in Colorado watched anxiously, both sides knowing that the issue at stake was not so much whether a baker would bake a particular cake, but whether the courts will require individuals who believe homosexual behavior is wrong to actively support celebrating it.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in this case, and thats why everyone is talking about it again. Phillips story is hardly unique. Twenty states currently include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, and the past ten years have seen a number of Christian florists, bakers, and photographers ground through courts for refusing to design celebratory materials for same-sex weddings.
Each case involved a hardworking and courteous entrepreneur who was more than happy to serve people who identify as gay, but refused to design any part of a same-sex wedding. In some instances, it is almost stunning to hear that the defendant was found guilty of discriminating against the plaintiff on account of his sexual orientation.
Baronelle Stutzman of Washington state, for instance, had sold bouquets to plaintiff Robert Ingersoll, knowing that he was a practicing homosexu...
In 2013, Russias state-run uranium monopoly, Rosatom, purchased a Canadian mining company, Uranium One, in which it had previously held a controlling interest. Uranium One owns a controlling interest in other global uranium companies, whose owners have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Bill and Hillary Clintons Clinton Foundation, with pledges of millions more.
Uranium is a highly sensitive material key to nuclear weapons, and the Uranium One sale was approved by various Obama administration agencies, including the U.S. State Department then headed by Hillary Clinton. In 2017, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee opened an investigation into Russias purchase of Uranium One following New York Times reports that Russian business people with close financial ties to Uranium One donated millions to the Clinton Foundation before and after the sale.
In October, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Justice to release an informant from a nondisclosure agreement he had signed regarding a bribery and extortion scheme inside a U.S. branch of Rosatom during its acquisition of Uranium One, Reuters reported last month. On Monday, The Hill reported that prosecutors did not interview the informant, lobbyist William Campbell, in the FBIs Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014. And the prosecutors did not let a grand jury hear from the paid informant before it handed up an indictment portraying him as a victim of the Russian corruption scheme or fully review his extensive trove of documents until months later, the officials confirmed.
Justice Department officials began briefing Congress last week, divulging missteps in a case that nonetheless proved the Russian state-owned Rosatom was engaged in criminal activity through its top American executive beginning in 2009, well before the Obama administration made a series of favorable decisions benefitting Moscows nuclear giant.
Multiple House and Senate committees already are investigating whether the FBI alerted President Obama or his top aides to the Russian criminal act....
As the news broke that the Washington Post had uncovered credible allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore had inappropriate and possibly criminal sexual relations with teenagers, the reaction was swift. Immediate calls rang out for Republican politicians and conservative outlets to demand he drop out of the race.
In the ensuing days, most Republicans did withdraw support, though notably not President Trump. Still, for many on the Left, the condemnation did not come quickly or harshly enough.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
"Go get 'em, Roy!" President Trump
Just got off the phone with President Trump who offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to help him in the US Senate.
I look forward to fighting alongside the President to #MAGA!
Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 4, 2017
A few days later it was conservatives turn to be outraged by politicians and publications dragging their feet to comprehensively condemn Sen. Al Franken after evidence emerged that he, too, was a sexual predator. Within minutes of the allegations, and before Franken had even reacted to them, conservative calls for him to resign were exploding like popcorn.
In the weeks since these events, kneejerk reactions and outrage at a lack thereof seem to have had little or no effect on what actually happened. Moore is still in the race, albeit with less national GOP support, and Franken is still in the Senate, with a vague ethics committee investigation pending. The political lesson here, and a good one generally in life, is that instant angry reactions to events do little to clarify them or adjust their eventual course.
Former Trump advisor Michael Flynns recent guilty plea for lying to the FBI offered another object lesson, this time with more concrete and catastrophic consequences. As soon as the news came down, news outlets and social media accounts rushed to figure...
Shock and anger rushed upon me when I read Jen Ganns recent article in the New Yorker magazine arguing that her son, Dudley, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), should have never been born. She says she should have instead been given a chance to abort him. Then I felt unmistakable sadness.
Ganns article is about her effort to win a wrongful death lawsuit based on her sons disease. Her child is alive, but the mother argues that due to failed prenatal testing that led her to believe her child was healthy, she was not afforded the chance to terminate her pregnancy, which she would have done if she had prior knowledge of his CF.
This mothers story is quite personal to me because, I too, have a young child with cystic fibrosis. I can relate to the detailed description of her sons daily breathing treatments, expensive medications, and the serious lung infections that ail those with CF.
Additionally, as a pro-life Christian, you can imagine the frustration I felt when reading a mother lamenting the missed opportunity to abort her sick child. As one would imagine, I had an overwhelming desire to write a response that would refute every single one of her points, making a fool of her arguments and calling into question her credibility as mother and provider for her son.
But, as I read her story a second and a third time, I began to relate to her on the one item we could probably agree onthe fact that having a child with a severe illness is scary. For her, this fear seems to have manifested into anger. She writes about mothers (like me) who choose to give birth to a CF child, The women who willingly made choices that were never presented to me and chose a childs suffering: Sometimes I hate them. I also hate the women who were supposed to care for me. I hate the faceless people at the lab.
I get the angerIve been there. Angry that you cant control the situation, angry that its happening to you, and angry that you cant save your child from a life full of hardship and pain. But as negative as this mom sounds, I believe her anger comes from a place of lovelove disordered, but love nonetheless.
Tim Keller explains it best when he says that, Anger is actually a form of love. Anger is how we respond to whatever threatens someone or something we care about. How we perceive and respond to reality has to do with our love. If we want to know what we have to be angry about, we should look to the objects of our affection.
I believe Ganns anger at her sons CF is the result of a disordered love, redirected away from Dudley as a person to a love only for his safety and health. It is subtle distinction, but when a mom wishes that her sons li...
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embarrassed herself last weekend by casting doubt on sexual assault allegations leveled against powerful Democratic Rep. John Conyers.
Conyers has been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment, and reports last week detail how the U.S. Congresss Office of Compliance paid $27,000 in taxpayer money to a woman in 2015 after, she said, Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances. Over the last 20 years, this office has settled 264 employment complaints, including those of sexual misconduct, to the tune of $17.2 million.
Pelosi implied that the allegations leveled against Conyers were vague, and that since Conyers was an icon he should be afforded due process. In the same interview, she curtly said that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was a child molester. Many even on the Left found Pelosis response grossly inadequate, and Pelosi has since called Conyers to step down:
Democrats have lost the thread on sexual harassment.
You can debate Franken as being a marginal case, I guess.
But the Conyers claims represent a serious abuse of powerone that required a legal settlementand Pelosi doesn't see them as a firing offense. https://t.co/10Km2FQisA
Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 26, 2017
But rather than being an isolated incident, Pelosis response is a trend on the Left. Yes, both sides are guilty of a double standard for sexual misconduct, but the Lefts hypocrisy has been particularly egregious, and has likely allowed the problem to metastasize and fester.
Despite the maddening trend where allegations of sexual assault against Republicans seem to surface only weeks before the date of a general electionnot during primariesMoores accusers have been overwhelmingly believed right-of-the-aisle. This is as it should be. The accounts given have been heart-wrenching and credible, and Moores answers have been lacking (although he still insists on his total innocence).
Contrast this with what weve seen from the Left for decades. Assault accuser Anita Hill was meant to torpedo Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, but ten years later libe...
The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 along party lines to pass a tax reform bill early Saturday morning. No Democrat voted for the bill. Democrats and their media echo chamber wasted no time labeling it a handout to the rich at the expense of the poor.
The GOP and their supporters have made many counter arguments about how this bill will help many middle-class Americans economically. However, no one has yet made a compelling moral argument for why we need tax reform.
Im no anarchist, so I understand that for government to perform the functions for which we have given consent, such as maintaining a judicial system and national defense, the government needs revenue and thus a certain amount of taxation is necessary. James Madison acknowledged that The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.
While a certain amount of taxation is necessary, we shouldnt kid ourselves about the true nature of taxation. Its a form of coerced taking. From the founding of this nation until the Civil War, the U.S. government, with very limited functions, was largely funded by tariffs and consumption taxes. In 1861, the U.S. Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861, which included a tax on personal incomes to help pay Civil War expenses. It was a temporary measure, and the tax was repealed in 1871.
In 1894, U.S. Congress passed the Federal Income Tax Act of 1894, which imposed a 2 percent tax on all income over $4,000 (about $106,784.86 in 2015). In the following year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the act unconstitutional. The majoritys opinion rested on their understanding that all taxes on real estate or personal property or the rents or income thereof were regarded as direct taxes. Under the U.S. Constitution, direct taxes had to be apportioned by state population, which the Federal Income Tax Act of 1894 failed to do.
Once the progressive movement started to ascend in the early twentieth century, Congress ratified the Sixteenth Amendment, which removed the constitutional requirement of apportionment for income tax. Since then, the federal government has relied on its power of force to take a portion of private property from individuals each year. The growing taxation helped finance the growth of government, expanding its reach to many aspects of our lives and beyond the limits our founders envisioned.
According to the Tax Foundation, Americans today on average have to work for the first five months of the year to earn enough to pay annual federal, state and local taxes. This is insane. As Calvin Coolidge said, collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
Tax cuts are a way to reduce such l...
A top FBI official who was heavily involved in ongoing probe into the Trump administration and potential Russian collusion was removed from the case several months ago for exhibiting an anti-Trump, pro-Hillary bias.
Before Peter Strzok was reassigned to the FBIs human resources department in July amid allegations that he sent text messages critical of the president to a coworker he was allegedly having an affair with, he served as deputy head of counterintelligence. During his tenure, Strzok was one of the two FBI agents to interview Trumps former national security advisor Michael Flynn who on Friday pled guilty to lying to the agency about meetings with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last December.
Strzok was also heavily involved in the investigation into Hillary Clintons private email server that she used to transmit classified information in violation of the law.
As The Daily Callers Chuck Ross pointed out, Strzok was the guy who interviewed Clintons longtime aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, about their bosss private, unsecured server she illegally used during her tenure as secretary of state. Abedin and Mills told the FBI they did not know about the server, but e-mails reveal these two had knowledge of the server prior to the FBI interview.
NEW: Embattled FBI supervisor Peter Strzok also conducted the interviews with Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, in which they falsely claimed they didn't know about Hillary's email server when she was Secretary of State. https://t.co/EZ8B1rG6oq @dailycaller
Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 5, 2017
CNN reported that Strzok was also the FBI agent who helped then FBI director James Comey change the description of Clintons use of a private server from gross negligence, a punishable offense, to extremely careless in a statement that cleared the former secretary of criminal wrongdoing. FBI documents reveal Strzok was present when agency officials interviewed Hillary Clinton on July 2, 2016 about her use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to conduct official government business.
President Trump is ruffling international bureaucrats feathers once again. The Trump administration announced over the weekend that the United States is pulling out of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration.
The announcement came just two days before a U.N. conference on migration was set to begin in Mexico. While many are calling this a sign of American isolationism, administration officials maintain the compact threatens U.S. sovereignty. And theyre not wrong.
The U.N. migration talks first began back in April, the product of a political declaration in September 2016 that all 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly signed to address the ongoing problem of refugees and migrants. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants essentially states that the U.N.s 193 member states intend to end all mistreatment of refugees and migrants, including xenophobia. Part of that declaration included a commitment to ensuring that migrants and refugees have access to jobs and education, wherever they wind up.
Trump administration officials tried to make clear that their decision to pull out of the Obama-era compact is not about dismissing concerns about refugees and immigrants. The U.S. representative to the U.N., Nikki Haley, whose parents emigrated to America from India, said in a statement that America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations, but that Americas decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.
The Trump administration also did not say it wouldnt cooperate with the U.N. on migration issues. In fact, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was explicit on this front.
For many, however, its difficult to comprehend how America could walk away from talks to help in the humane treatment of migrants at a time of stunning mass migration, especially in the wake of unrest and war in the Middle East. Yet it is that very crisis that casts doubt on international agencies ability to handle such things.
The New York Declaration states that all 193 countries are determined to address the root causes of large movements of refugees and migrants. But thats exactly what the body couldnt or wouldnt do for the Syria...
During the busy Christmas shopping season, desperate gift-givers often forage for the perfect present, only to settle for the easy pleaser of electronics. This holiday, why not instead choose a book to anchor the Christmas list.
After all, books last a lifetimeeven if the bindings and pages dont, the characters, drama, emotions, and imagination spurred by a timeless story endure forever. Here are six quick tips to make tucking a book under the tree this year an easy choice.
Beautifully bound classics present the easiest way to incorporate books into the gift exchange. Along with the dolls, Legos, and other fun playthings, each year add a new title to grow a collection that a young child will love and cherish for the rest of his life.
Easton Press offers the top shelf of collectors editions, with gold-inscribed, leather-bound works spanning the spectrum from the Little House on the Prairie collection to Animal Farm. For a less pricey option, consider Dover Publications Calla Editions, Sterling Unabridged Classics, or Barnes and Nobles Collectible Editions. For families who take joy in finding second-hand treasures, Ebay and Amazon offer hundreds of like-new leather and pleather handsome editions from the International Collectors Library.
Children will also enjoy this lovely tradition a dear friend shared: Each year in anticipation of St. Nicholas Day, their children leave their shoes out, then awaken the next morning to a special Christmas-themed book. As the little ones grow, so does the collection of special stories and memories. A good starter piece? Tomie dePaolas The Legend of the Poinsettia.
To complete the lifetime collection theme, add a custom stamp or embosser From the Library of, with the recipients name engraved. Sarah Mackenzies Read-Aloud Revival offers a couple of options, along with many other thoughtful ideas for accoutrements for the bibliophile in your life.
For those on your list with a well-established hobby or interest, consider a newer release, such as ...
Many users are reporting that Windows Update in Windows 7 is broken, as they are getting an error 80248015 while trying to update their operating system. The users came across this issue on December 3 and has been growing since then.
When Windows 7 users attempt to run Windows Update on their machines, they are greeted with a message which says, Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.
On the other hand, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet came across a different error message, which read, Windows could not search for new updates.
Apparently, restarting the computer does not resolve the issue, and you may still come across the error message if you have downloaded updates on your computer recently.
The issue is widespread as noted on the thread on Microsofts Answers forum. It is unclear if all Windows 7 systems or if only a subset of systems are affected by the issue.
The problem seems to be related to an expiration date that Microsoft has forgotten to change claim affected users. Currently, the only temporary solution is to set the date to something older than December 3, 2017, and run Windows Update.
However, Microsoft is yet to comment on the issue, which means that Windows 7 users will have to wait until the problem is resolved by the company. With Microsoft set to officially end its support to Windows 7 only on January 14, 2020 means that the users could expect a fix from the company very soon. This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.
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In its public statement released on Dec. 4, 2017, the Russian government said that it has already developed a pilot system for the monitoring of votes during elections through Blockchain.
Today, Darren Samuelsohn of Politico provides us with yet another article about how people in the White House are freaked out and worried that everyone they talk to is wearing a wire. There are a lot of silly things in this piece, including the dubious idea that no one can ever be surreptitiously recorded if they have a lawyer. Find me a mob boss who doesnt have a lawyer.
But the main problem is with something that goes completely unstated. Yes, it would certainly be unnerving to go to work each day wondering if any of your conversations are being listened to by federal law enforcement officers. I get that, and I think you get that, too. But it wouldnt make you paranoid for your own safety unless youre in the habit of having incriminating conversations with your friends and colleagues at work.
Both [the Flynn and Papadapoulos] cases raise the possibility that other current or former colleagues have also flipped sides and theyre prompting anxiety that those people could be wearing wires to secretly tape record conversations.
Everyone is paranoid, said a person close to Trumps White House. Everyone thinks theyre being recorded.
If were talking about Paulie Walnuts having a conversation at that bar in the Bada Bing, then I can see how a wiretap aimed at one crime might uncover another. But, is the White House the criminal equivalent of a mobbed up Jersey strip joint?
White House attorneys and private counsel representing both current and former Trump aides told Politico they immediately checked in with their clients once they learned about Muellers plea agreements with Papadopoulos and Flynn, asking whether theyd had any communications with their former colleagues that could have been secretly recorded and reminding them to diligently avoid conversations with anyone except their lawyer related to the Russia investigation.
Theyre probably shing bricks, said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. How can you not?
Again, I get that the lawyers have a job to do. But why would so many people in the White House be shitting bricks that they may have been or could be recorded in the future? Even discussions of the Russia investigation shouldnt be problematic unless something was said that the Special Counsel might want to introduce in court.
Now, I can see how someone might be totally innocent but still worried that they might get summoned to speak with a grand jury and then incur legal fees, but how likely is that to happen if they havent sa...
Over the weekend, I wrote a piece called Flynn and Kislyaks Israel Talks Were a Bigger Deal, by which I meant that the Flynn-Kislyak communications on December 22nd about the anti-settlers U.N. resolution were more troubling than their December 29th communications about the expulsion of thirty-five Russian diplomats. My basic point is backed up by Daniel Hemel and Eric Posner in a New York Times opinion piece this morning called Why the Trump Team Should Fear the Logan Act. As they argue persuasively, if the Logan Act has any legitimate application at all, it must be appropriate in a situation where someone has both the power and the influence to actually undermine the U.S. governments position on a U.N. Security resolution. Flynn did not succeed in convincing Russia to veto or force the delay of the resolution, but the Trump team did succeed through other means in forcing a temporary delay.
It should be noted here, though, that the egregiousness of what the Trump team did to undercut the governments position on the U.N. resolution had nothing in particular to do with Russia. Flynn was instructed to contact all fifteen members of the U.N. Security Council, and Russia was on that list because theyre a permanent member, not because of anything they might have done to help Trump get elected. Flynn lied about discussing sanctions with Kislyak because it would have looked incriminating in light of the release of the Steele Dossier and the declassification of the Intelligence Communitys report on Russian hacking. He lied about asking Russia to veto or delay the U.N. Resolution because it was a potentially criminal violation of the Logan Act.
Thats not to say that the Logan Act wasnt implicated in the sanctions conversations, but it was a less obvious and more defensible violation because Flynn didnt ask Russia to do anything beyond showing restraint.
These are distinctions largely missed by Byron York. For him, the FBI would never have questioned Michael Flynn on January 24th if they werent relying on the Logan Act as their justification. And, since the Logan Act has never been successfully prosecuted and is...
As reported in the New York Times, August 28th, 2017:
I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know that no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process. Letter from Felix Sater to Trump attorney Michael Cohen, on finalizing a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow
As reported in the New York Times, December 2nd, 2017
On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trumps victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him, she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.
It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.
Women had accounts banned from Facebook for responding to male trolls with sentences like 'men are trash,' in part because the company classifies white men as a protected group. When comic Marcia Belsky sarcastically replied "men are scum" to a friend's Facebook post back in October, she never anticipated being banned from the platform for 30 days. That was exactly what happened. Belsky was shocked at the severity of the punishment considering her relatively innocuous comment, and immediately spoke to her fellow female friends about the ordeal. They could relate. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, countless women have taken to Facebook to express their frustration and disappointment with men and have been promptly shut down or silenced, banned from the platform for periods ranging from one to seven days. Women have posted things as bland as "men ain't shit," "all men are ugly," and even "all men are allegedly ugly" and had their posts removed. They've been locked out of their accounts for suggesting that, since "all men are ugly," country music star Blake Shelton "winning the sexiest man isn't a triumph."
AFP / by Alice RITCHIE | British Prime Minister Theresa May is scrambling to salvage an agreement on the status of the Irish border after Brexit
Sources said Britain had agreed to keep EU trade rules for British-controlled Northern Ireland, even if the country as a whole withdrew from the European single market and customs union.
This followed a demand from Dublin for guarantees that Brexit would not lead to the return of frontier checks, amid fears of inflaming sectarian tensions in a region plagued by violence in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
But as May sought to close the deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Monday, the DUP made clear that any special deal for Northern Ireland was unacceptable.
As I understand it, the DUP were spoken to about the proposal but the precise wording it seems was not made clear, former British Brexit minister David Jones told BBC radio on Tuesday morning.
Clearly the prime minister has got a lot of talking to do with (DUP leader) Arlene Foster today.
Ireland said it would not change the text agreed with the EU and London, but European affairs minister Helen McEntee told the state broadcaster RTE that further clarification was needed.
May met her cabinet on Tuesday morning, and British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said the government was still very confident of reaching a deal.
He said that May would return to Brussels later this week for fresh talks.
The frenzied diplomacy caused the pound, which had rallied on Monday on hopes of a deal, to fall on the currency markets against the euro and the dollar.
Special deal for entire UK
Mays domestic critics seized on her failure to secure a deal on Ireland, one of three issues on which she must make progress if EU leaders are to agree to open trade talks with Britain at a summit next week.
Each passing da...
The editor of the Washington Post revealed an inside Washington secret Monday about President Trump: He is far more accessible to reporters than former President Obama.
Gustave Courbet The wave 1869 A while ago, I asked a regular commenter at the Automatic Earth, who goes by the moniker Dr. D, to try and write an article for us. Not long after, I received no less than 31 pages, and an even 12345 words. Way too long for todays digital
Pool halls, screen golf studios and other indoor sports facilities are among popular leisure destinations for jaded urban dwellers to blow off some steam, often followed by a puff of cigarette. However, these indoor sports and leisure facilities are going smoke-free under the new legislative ban that came into force Sunday. With the latest amendment to the National Health Promotion Act, the smoking ban has been extended onto some 56,000 indoor sports and leisure facilities nationwide, including 21,980 pool halls and 9,222 indoor golf studios. Lighting up in these facilities is now an offense carrying up to a 100,000 won ($92) fine
The Cost Basis of our Economy is Spiraling Out of Control by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds What will it take to radically reduce the cost basis of our economy? If we had to choose one big picture...
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In the aftermath of the jury verdict in the Kate Steinle case, America expressed outrage, calling the verdict a miscarriage of justice. Fox News Judge Jeanine Pirro devoted her opening monologue to the verdict, saying Steinles life was worth nothing on the political market. Nearly every other talking head bandwagoned and fueled the anger that an illegal immigrantthe confessed shooterwould be found not guilty of the murder of a beautiful young American citizen.
Many commentators blamed a liberal San Francisco jury and even went so far as to make wild claims that a white American citizen would have been found guilty. Reading the commentary, one would think the jury was either completely stupid or solely politically motivated.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) is now calling for prison time and punishments for elected officials who vote for or support sanctuary cities or shelter illegal immigrant criminals, through a bill introduced in Congress, Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians Act (the apt acronym SLAP Act), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is maintaining his call to support Kates Law.
Its understandable to be frustrated with the lack of enforcement on immigration policy and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a point when he said in a statement that, but for his five-time deportation and continual reentry, shooter Jose Garcia Zarate would not have been on the San Fransisco Pier to begin with. Had the immigration system worked effectively to secure our borders, Steinle would not have been shot.
It seemed like an open and shut case to the public. We are supposed to be secure! Unfortunately, thats exactly what the prosecutors banked on. In the criminal justice world, political agendas and facts irrelevant to the narrow legal question before the jury legally cannot (and ethically should not) be introduced to the juryregardless of how persuasive the political agenda, how horrible the facts, or how much we desire justice to be served.
This is precisely the point of our judicial branch. It is designed to be the non-political and non-emotional branch of government. This case was not about illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. This case involved someone whose collateral issues fit into those two categories, and thats what the media focused on. Thus, t...
To demonstrate that most Republicans have no desire to reduce federal spending, one need look no further than a Politico story last Thursday. The article recounted how the pending tax bill could trigger automatic reductions in mandatory spending, including to Medicare, under the pay-as-you-go law. When presented with that scenario, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) responded thusly:
Medicare is underfunded as it is. If we have to change the PAYGO [pay-as-you-go] rules [that trigger the spending reductions], well just change em. At the end of the day, weRepublicans and Democratshave to go home and face our constituents. I wouldnt want to go home and face my constituents if Id cut Medicare.
Over and above the obvious fact that Roe expressed less-than-zero interest in actually reducing federal spending, he also showed some tortured and erroneous logic in arriving at his position.
For one, Medicare is not underfunded. According to the Congressional Budget Offices most recent baseline, Medicare will consume $592 billion taxpayer dollars in the fiscal year ending next September 30, a total that excludes seniors out-of-pocket spending (e.g., Part B premiums, co-payments, etc.). By 2027, federal spending on Medicare will nearly double, to $1.17 trillion. In the intervening decade, the federal government will spend a total of $8.63 trillion on Medicare. Thats $8,630,000,000,000.
To put Medicares spending in another context: According to International Monetary Fund...
In an interview with NPRs On Point on Sunday, a Washington Post columnist compared White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. Kathleen Parker, a columnist for The Washington Post, got very close to fat shaming Sanders when explaining why the White House official is a physical barrier between the public and the Oval Office.
Shes impermeable, Parker said. You know, weve heard forever and ever that were going to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and the wall that weve wound up with is named Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
And she is, you know, shes just, uh, shes just there, Parker continued Shes larI have to watch my descriptors here because I dont want to say anything physically insulting but she is, um, you know, she provides a, uh, barrier, essentially, between the American public and White House.
NPRs Tom Ashbrook changed the direction of the conversation by tossing a question to CBSs Major Garrett.
We dont have to go physical in any way to observe that this is a very formidable person at the microphone, Ashbrook said. Characterize Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a White House press secretary for us.
Garrett continued to talk about the Trump administration and Sanderss role in the White House. You can listen to the exchange here. Parkers comments about Sanderss physical appearance start at the 2:30 minute mark.
The introduction of Bitcoin futures into the market by a number of sources may provide the greatest short opportunity of this generation.
BEIRUT A bomb blast killed eight people and injured 16 others on a bus in Syrias Homs on Tuesday, state media said, citing the citys health authority.
Islamic State claimed the attack, saying the blast killed 11 members of the Syrian army, its official news agency AMAQ said.
Many of the passengers were university students, Homs Governor Talal Barazi told state-run Ikhbariya TV. The blast in the government-held city hit the Akrama dis...
For many a year, strong and chilly winds have been the greatest source of misery for residents of the capital of Kazakhstan.
In the last few days, however, it is the lack of air movement and the appearance of a heavy shroud of smog that is scourging Astana.
On December 5, the Kazgidromet meteorological service reported that wind speeds had dropped to nought. In an apparently linked development, weather service officials noted that presence of pollutants recorded in the citys air had exceeded permissible levels over the weekend.
Astana residents have taken to the internet to grumble about the dirty air and a lingering smell of burning. Pictures of hazy locations in the city have been posted on social media sites and jokingly labeled "Welcome to Silent Hill, a reference to a 2006 horror film (and prior video game) in which sooty fog features prominently. Against all odds, the people of Astana are praying for the return of the wind.
The appearance of smog has sparked a sudden surge in ecological awareness among Astana residents. Most are pinning the blame for the situation on the owners of the homes that take up entire neighborhoods of the city and that are heated by coal-fired stoves. Others are pointing the finger at the thermal power stations supplying central heating and electricity to the city.
This video from Germany says about itself:
19 November 2016
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Hanover, Saturday, to protest against the German governments plans to deport Afghan nationals under an agreement signed by the EU.
Protesters argue the move will put deportees in danger, due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and the resurgence of the Taliban. Claudia, a protester, said in Afghanistan there is still a war going on, those who will get deported, probably they will die or really suffer.
After police in Honduras refusing to kill pro-democracy demonstrators, now this.
By Elizabeth Schumacher in Germany, 4 December 2017:
German pilots refuse to carry out deportations
Pilots across Germany are stopping planned deportations of rejected asylum seekers. At the same time, refugees are appealing their deportation orders in record numbers and winning.
Many pilots in Germany are refusing to participate in deportations, local media reported on Monday.
Following an information request from the Left party, the government said that 222 planned flights were stopped by pilots who wanted no part in the controversial return of refugees to Afghanistan, whi...
A hospital in India fired two physicians and promised an investigation after a baby who was declared dead woke up in a bag while the family was driving to his funeral. The case has sparked outrage across the country, police are involved, and the New Delhi health minister has threatened to cancel the hospital's license. Max Healthcare in New Delhi issued a statement saying the "unfortunate incident" occurred Thursday following a premature delivery of twins after a five-month pregnancy. The second child was stillborn; the first was declared dead a short time later. The babies were placed in plastic bags and the family was driving to the crematorium when they saw movement. They opened the bag to find the live child.
Was Mary Pinchot Meyer killed in an intricate, CIA-conducted operation like something out of the old television show, Mission Impossible?
Did Meyer, who was President John F. Kennedys mistress, know too much about his assassination, and about the organization she believed was involved? Her own husband, Cord Meyer, was in charge of a CIA division that was involved in, among other things, assassinations, according to Peter Janney.
Janney, who has spent nearly a lifetime researching the murder of this woman, came upon the most intriguing stories from alleged witnesses, and these stories create a plausible picture of not only why she was murdered but how. The excerpt below is about the how.
We dont know if this is what really happened to Meyer, but we think it possibly could have, and that is grimly fascinating.
Much has been written about the kinds of chicanery US intelligence agencies have been up to, so I see no need to elaborate here. But I do want to share with you one of the more bizarre tricks they planned, but never had the occasion to execute: Operation Dirty Trick which was revealed by declassified documents in 1997. As described by the Washington Post,
the idea was to provide irrevocable proof that, should the MERCURY manned orbit flight fail, the fault lies with the Communists et al Cuba. This could be accomplished, the planners suggested in a Feb. 2, 1962, memo, by manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would prove electronic interference on the part of the Cubans.
If the Agency had been able to manufacture irrevocable proof that Castro caused the space flight to fail then its not so hard to believe they could manufacture proof that a poor black laborer murdered Mary Meyer, a troublesome woman who was asking too many questions about the Kennedy assassination.
The excerpt below is from Chapter 12 of Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). (To see Part 1 of chapter 12, please go...
In a post by a Reddit user in early December 2017, the company advised the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken that it is not processing a transaction related to digital currencies because it is against its internal rules.
Ed Miliband seemed to speak for a large part of the nation today when he tweeted this about the government and the Brexit chaos that is enveloping it.
What an absolutely ludicrous, incompetent, absurd, make it up as you go along, couldnt run a piss up in a brewery bunch of jokers there are running the government at the most critical time in a generation for the country.
Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) December 5, 2017
Which got us thinking about another 10 times he won at Twitter.
1. On Donald Trump
2. On the perils of eating in public
3. On Piers Morgan
4. On being mistaken for someone else
Walk onto holborn tube escalator. Man shouts ' oh my god it's Nick...
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Even though our baby won't be born until March, I couldn't resist making a gift guide for babies this year, because...is there anything sweeter and more fun to buy than tiny baby things? (The answer is no). This list is a mix of things I used and loved with Ian, and some new things that have come on my radar which I would love to get for baby no. 2! What are your favorite newborn essentials to give & receive?
1. Moccasins - These are made especially for delicate baby feet, and they actually stay on! Lots of cute colors to choose from too.
2. Photo session - Help them capture this special time. Give them a newborn photo session or a new family session with a local photographer. Sweetest gift ever, you win.
3. ToteSavvy - For the new moms. This turns any bag into a diaper bag, so she doesn't have to sacrifice style for function. Fill it with diapers, a baby toy, etc.
4. Adorable crib sheet - An illustrated crib sheet turns baby's crib into a magical backdrop for photos. These come beautifully packaged for gifting too.
5. Knit sweater - The sweetest little baby sweater. They'll take about a million pictures every time he wears it.
7. Braided pacifier clip - Keep baby's pacifier handy without detracting from his outfit....
As Bitcoins market capacity rapidly approaches $200 billion it may be time to reflect on what the king of cryptocurrencies has recently surpassed. The unprecedented demand and resultant price surge mean that the digital asset is now has a greater market cap than some nations, a lot of big companies and a number of billionaires.
Coin tracking website coinmarketcap.com currently lists the capacity as $199.2 billion with a price of $11,900, a 24-hour trade value of $6.28 billion, and a supply of 16.7 million coins. Of course, these figures are all likely to have changed by the time you read this which is one of the major drawbacks with the cryptocurrency its volatility.
With over a thousand percent increase since the beginning of the year, Bitcoin has eclipsed a number of notable things. The GDP of New Zealand for starters is valued at $185 billion according to World Bank data this year. Bitcoin is also bigger than that of Kuwait, Hungary, and Qatar.
Chigaco based Boeing which is the self-described largest aerospace firm in the world has a market capacity of $165 billion. It is over a hundred years old, employs 140,000 people in 65 countries and makes a product that nearly all of us have used. However, it is now smaller than Bitcoin in terms of market cap.
Bitcoin is also beating the banks that despise it so much. Two of the worlds most highly influential institutions, Goldman Sachs Group and Zurich-based UBS Group AG, had market caps of $95 billion and $66 billion respectively. It has already surpassed HSBCs $147 billion market cap is rapidly approaching that of Citigroup which currently has a $203 billion. Top bankers from JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs have recently denounced cryptocurrencies calling them a fraud. A huge threat to the business model would probably be more accurate.
Some of those on Bloombergs list of top billionaires are also being picked off by Bitcoin as it exceeds their personal wealth. Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet could not afford to buy all 16.7 million Bitcoins with their combined capital. It is estimated that Gates is worth $90 billion and Buffet has $83 billion.
Bitcoin is currently level with Coca-Cola Co which has a market capacity of $197 billion and has already beaten that of McDonalds at $138 billion. It still has a way to go to catch the likes of Amazon and Apple which are both over $500 billion but if the trend continues it will not belong. The total cryptocurrency market is worth an estimated $355 billion at the time of writing....
Now up, the latest Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations for The Bandcamp Daily. The newest monthly installment covers albums for November 2017. Theres ten primary recommendations in total, plus some side recommendations to boot. Because, really, ten is not enough. Follow this LINK to read those recommendations and listen to music from each album. 
Felipe Dulzaides, Water Runs (detail) (19992017), photograph from mixed-media installation (image courtesy the artist)
During the 20th century, architects and planners throughout Latin America sought to express utopian ideals of social progress and egalitarianism in the design of government buildings, schools, housing, and even cities. As part of the Gettys ambitious PST: LA/LA initiative exploring Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles, Condemned to Be Modern at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) features critical artistic responses to the legacy of modernist architecture of the region.
In conjunction with the exhibition, LAMAG will be hosting a gallery talk on Havanas National Art Schools which were begun in the early days of the Cuban Revolution, but subsequently abandoned, their architects having fallen out of favor with the regime. Speakers will include John Loomis, author of the 1999 book Revolution of Forms, a chronicle of the schools history, and Cuban-born artist Felipe Dulzaides, whose Utopia Possible project attempts to complete some of these unfinished structures, which stand as the physical embodiment of the gulf between utopian modernism and contemporary reality.
When: Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, East Hollywood, Los Angeles)
More info here.
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Smia Bomfim: "There is a crisis of representation, an economic crisis, and a discrediting of politics. So, our challenge is to get people to discuss the directions this political reform should take". Espaol
Within the framework of this year's "Fearless Cities" summit, Fundacin Avina and DemocraciaAbierta established a special collaboration to explore some of the most exciting poltical experiences arising from Latin America.
Bringing together relevant actors in the field that are directly involved in political innovation at the local level, in Latin America, we have sought answers to four major issues shared by all the projects: a) Vision of innovation; b) National political context and limitations of local power; c) Influence of the international political context, and d) The question of leadership.
In this page, Smia Bomfim addresses these topics. Smia is a Brazilian activist focusing on human rights and women's movements with experience in building bridges between social movements of various causes. Member of the PSOL, she is a councilor in the municipality of Sao Paulo for the candidacy Bancada Ativista.
Considering what politics is in Brazil, I believe that our Bancada Activista candidacy does indeed have some elements of innovation. In the way of doing politics, however, I think that it is more of a rupture than an innovation, because it is something.....
Though only one process in a very long history of film coloring techniques, from hand-tinting to chemical and mechanical means, Technicolor has had the most influence of them all. During the Golden Age of cinema, the 1930s and 40s, the technology was undoubtedly, write Kristen Thompson and David Bordwell in their Film History, "the most striking innovation of the era, and it came to dominate by way of massive hit films like The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. It didnt hurt that the Technicolor company monopolized the process, supplying all cameras, providing supervisors for each production, and processing and printing the film.
But Technicolor didnt arise overnight. Founded in 1914, the Technicolor company produced color films for two decades that were still experimental, notes Atlantic editor Adrienne LaFrance, oftentimes to the point of being absurd. But by the mid-30s, Technicolor No. IVwhich used prisms to split the light onto three strips of film for the three primary colorscould produce hyperreal, strikingly beautiful images. By 1939, when audiences saw the yellow brick road, lion, scarecrow, green-faced wicked witch, and those sparkling ruby slippers come alive before their eyes, Technicolor had triumphed.
In the video essay above from Vox, Phil Edwards explains what this means, and how the technology shaped the look of the twentieth century," and debunks three misconceptions about The Wizard of Oz, including the idea that it was the first Technicolor movie. Edwards explains the origins of the company with three colleagues from M.I.T., from which the Tech part of the name derived, and how the three-strip process came into its own seven years before The Wizard of Oz, in a 1932 Disney cartoon called Flowers and Trees." This animation was the first to feature the three-strip innovation, which used an insanely difficult dye-transfer pro...
The EU negotiations have been thrown into turmoil by the Democratic Unionist Party insisting on the same coving and wall accoutrements as other UK properties. Theresa May had hoped to add some delicate pastel to Irish rooms, but now may be forced to paint everything orange
Historically the DUP has strong views on interior design, clashing with Republicans during the 70s, by insisting on a large amount of Paisley. At its worst, loyalist paramilitaries often terrorized people with their indiscriminate use of wicker furniture, black kitchen units and ladders employed as shelves.
The DUPs Arlene Foster said she rejected bland wallpaper borders and stipulated that her home have bold William & Mary style architraves and Union Jack wallpaper. While others are concerned that this could herald a return to The Troubles; with sectarian violence, floral pelmets and velvet sofas.
Controversially Mrs May had paid the DUP 1bn for their votes and to redecorate Belfast, but rumours persist that that the Unionists simply purchased a really large lava lamp. A DUP spokeswoman declared: No surrender! No cabled mouldings! No lavender or plum shades! Nobody wants to see a tasteful accent border wall unless its designed by Donald Trump.
By: Lee Friday
Fighting poverty is a favorite pastime of government because politicians get to portray themselves as champions of the poor. However, the unfortunate few tend to be far fewer in number when aid is extended privately instead of through tax funded programs.
Government Bureaucracies Benefit from Welfare Programs
Coercion is used to acquire the revenue (taxes) to finance welfare programs. As evidenced by the commission it retains prior to redistributing this wealth, government bureaucracies are one of the beneficiaries of these programs, and thus highly incentivized to claim a perpetual need for the programs. I live in Canada, where the number of federal government welfare program employees increased by 43% between 2006 and 2012. Clearly, it serves the interests of politicians and bureaucrats to create (impose) a culture of dependency. As Murray Rothbard wrote in For a New Liberty:
Since welfare families are paid proportionately to the number of their children, the system provides an important subsidy for the production or more children. Furthermore, the people being induced to have more children are precisely those who can afford it least; the result can only be to perpetuate their dependence on welfare, and, in fact, to develop generations who are permanently dependent on the welfare dole.
Economist Thomas Sowell wrote:
The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.
The government exacerbates the problems it is supposedly trying to solve.
Why Private Aid is Superior to Public Aid
Drawing on the work of David Beito, historian Hildegard Hoeller describes the presence of decentralized systems of mutual aid:
Regardless of where they came from, the members of nearly all ethnic and national groups erected formidable networks of individual and collective self-help for protection. These social welfare systems fell into two broad categories: hierarchical and reciprocal relief.
While hierarchical relief was often bureaucratic, Beito notes, reci...
Jason Grotto, who came to ProPublica Illinois from the Chicago Tribune, believes journalists must fight to get to the bottom of an issue because if youre complacent and just take things at face value, youre going to miss the truth. In the ninth of a series of Q&As with ProPublica Illinois staffers, Grotto talked with ProPublica Emerging Reporter Andrea Salcedo.
What inspired you to become a journalist?
I actually stumbled into journalism. Originally, I wanted to be a high school history teacher. After graduating from school and bouncing around doing a bunch of jobs, I ended up getting an internship at a nonprofit magazine called Catalyst, which covers public education in Chicago, because I was interested in writing. I started working for them and, in doing so, caught the journalism bug. Id always been very interested and passionate about social justice issues.Reporter Jason Grotto. (Michael Schmidt, special to ProPublica Illinois)
I grew up in Chicago and was a bit of a problem child. I went to public schools and did not do well. My mother was remarried, and I ended up moving to the suburbs and got a lot more attention. I used to ditch a lot of school, and I couldnt do that in the suburbs because they had systems in place. I personally had an experience where I was able to see firsthand the contrast and I went to a good public school in Chicago. It always made me realize some of the notions that we have about living in a meritocracy are suspect. It just raised a lot of questions for me. Thats kind of been a driving force behind my journalism.
Whats been your most rewarding experience as a journalist?
Whenever you see impact from your work, its really rewarding. When I was at the Miami Herald, I did a series of stories on a poverty program that funded a massive redevelopment project in a poor neighborhood. The developer was from Boston. What this developer was going to do was su...
The Soviet Union took the world by surprise when it sent its Sputnik satellite into low earth orbit way back in 1957. The event triggered a space race between the Soviets and the United States and ushered in technologies that would go on to touch the lives of every human on earth. Today, several nations have a space program. And one of the more useful things to put in orbit are weather satellites. In 2014, the Russians launched their Meteor N M-2 weather satellite into a polar orbit. The part that were most interested in is the fact that it transmits images at 137.1 MHz using the standard LRPT protocol.
Now, before you get your jumper wires in a bunch we are well aware that receiving satellite images is nothing new. However, the newer Meteor N M-2 transmits images at twelve times the resolution of US NOAA satellites. No typo there thats twelve (12!) times. Have we got your attention now?
We shouldnt have to tell you to jump on over to [grabbing some of these awesome images.] blog which gives you everything you need to start
Thanks to [Roy Tremblay] for the tip!
Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash
Im going to talk about three valuable tools that will finally help conquer your fear of terminals: Git Aliases, Bash Aliases, and One click snippets.
A combination of aliases and bash scripts can make you very productive in your development workflow. Use it long enough and youll even forget the original commands beneath the aliases. Which isnt actually a bad thinguntil you get a shiny new laptop and have no idea where you placed your aliases in the old one :)
You may have used Git aliases. You might find bash aliases new. But, dont miss the gif showing one-click icons at work towards the end. Those one-click desktop icons are my line of defense. They help me dive straight into coding/writing before the harmless top visited list on the browsers new tab can send me off track.
By the way, Im using Firefoxs nightly and it is easy to set up a clean slate as your new tab. All right, down to business.
If terminal is the dungeon to people new to tech, Git tends to be the darkest passage, intimidating with long stretches of commands.
But, Git is beautiful. Try this game.
Part of making git easier to use is setting up your own aliases. That is, once you understand the underlying commands. This is not to give you all the useful aliases. Instead, Ill point you towards the possibilities so that you can build your own list of aliases.
Lets say you are hacking on your own. You stage and commit all day, maybe your code or your writings for the blog. Youll find a bunch of aliases very useful.
git config --global alias.s status
git config --global alias.aa 'add --all'
git config --global alias.cm 'commit -am'
git config --global alias.up 'push'
Make sure you have a well defined .gitignore to avoid tracking unnecessary files such as node_modules. This will help you when you use git aa to stage all files.
All these aliases are stored in a config file under home directory. Take a look into ~/.gitconfig. You can even edit the config file directlyjust make sure you dont trip it off.
When you are collaborating with a team, a whole other list of commands may be useful. Remember, rebase rewrites history. It is advised only for local branches, to clean up your code on top of remote branch.
git config --global alias....
If he wins, he can thank Al Franken and Jimmy Kimmel among others.
When Alabamans go to the polls a week from now in a special election to choose their next senator, not even Mrs. Roy Moore will be rooting as hard for her Republican husband as the junior senator from Minnesota, Al Franken.
The reason is simple. Mr. Franken knows that if Mr. Moore takes his Senate seat, it becomes less likely the former Saturday Night Live comic will have to relinquish his. And therein lies a larger tale about how the liberal opposition to Mr. Moore may be backfiring.
Until this race, plausible accusations that a candidate had engaged in sexual conduct with girls as young as 14 would be enough to sink most any man. Coming as these charges do amid a national sexual reckoning that has already brought down many powerful men hitherto thought untouchable, they ought to be even mo...
While there's no formal definition of a Supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee. Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit in which the moon is closest to the earth. A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that is located farthest from the earth, known as apogee. Sunday night, we got something more than just a super moon! Look at this -- it is a super rare moondog!
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has arrived at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where he is currently meeting with the caretaker national chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed doors. Abubakar who was accompanied by a large crowd of supporters and praise singers and received by the Spokesman for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye arrived the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party at about 12 noon. Mr. Abubakar recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Meanwhile, supporters of Atiku are busy...
Published December 5, 2017
WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION Yesterday the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe in filing a Complaint against the Trump administration for its actions revoking and replacing the Bears Ears National Monument. The five Tribes formed a Coalition that worked to have the Monument designated in 2016. President Obamas decision to designate the Monument came after years of extensive outreach and coordination with the five Coalition Tribes.
In their Complaint the Tribes argue the actions taken by President Trump are a violation of the Antiquities Act and are unconstitutional. Under the Constitution, Congress has exclusive authority to make decisions regarding property belonging to the United States. Through the Antiquities Act, Congress delegated to the President the limited authority to designate National Monuments and retained to itself the power to revoke or modify National Monuments. The Proclamation signed by President Trump today is so extreme that it revokes and replaces Bears Ears and thereby violates the Antiquities Act and seizes authority that the Constitution vests solely in Congress. The Tribes argue this overreach by the President should be declared unlawful and be enjoined to prevent its implementation.
The Presidents actions came after months of tribal leaders expressing opposition to his proposal to shrink the Monument. During these months some 685,000 comments were submitted by the public in support of the Monument. Despite this outpouring of support, the President, without adequate tribal consultation, dismantled the Monument and lifted protections from 85 percent of the Bears Ears landscape.
The Complaint filed today with the D.C. District Court alleges President Trump was without legal authority to take this action. The Navajo Nation has maintained its position to defend the entirety of the Monument, which it does today in the joint Complaint.
Bears Ears has been ho...
ABC News president James Goldston excoriated staff Monday over Brian Ross' major error on a report about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and announced that Ross, the network's chief investigative reporter, will no longer cover stories related to President Trump. Goldston also told staffers that the network was conducting a "full review" of the error and its aftermath. Ross had initially reported Friday morning that Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump as a candidate had instructed him to reach out to the Russians. Ross said more than seven hours later on "World News Tonight" that his information was actually that Flynn was prepared to testify Trump made the request as president-elect. On Saturday evening, ABC News said Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay for what it termed the "serious error."
The night a U.S. ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton sent a message to three senior State Department officials. The recepients were Jake Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of State Clinton, Cheryl Mills, an adviser to Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and Counselor and Chief of Staff to the Secretary, and Victoria Jane Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. "Cheryl told me the Libyans confirmed his death. Should we announce tonight or wait until morning?" Clinton says in the email, time stamped 11:38 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012. The email had as its subject line: "Chris Smith." The murdered ambassador was Chris Stevens. The Secretary of State didn't even know the name of the U.S. ambassador to Libya - even after terrorists stormed an American compound and killed him. Sean Smith, an information management officer with the United States Foreign Service, was also killed during the attack in Benghazi. They'll no doubt say she meant him - but she actually got BOTH names of the dead wrong.
Javier Arteaga: Technology [...] allows for so many open government initiatives throughout Latin America, Europe and beyond. Espaol
Within the framework of this year's "Fearless Cities" summit, Fundacin Avina and DemocraciaAbierta established a special collaboration to explore some of the most exciting poltical experiences arising from Latin America.
Bringing together relevant actors in the field that are directly involved in political innovation at the local level, in Latin America, we have sought answers to four major issues shared by all the projects: a) Vision of innovation; b) National political context and limitations of local power; c) Influence of the international political context, and d) The question of leadership.
In this page, Javier Arteaga addresses these topics. Javier is a USAID consultant for the Open Government of Nario, Colombia, director of PASTOLAb and a professor at the University of Nario.
I think that the word innovation, if we understand it as it is understood in the business world, means that something new is being created. That is, there is no innovation if something completely new has not been successfully created. In this sense, there may be different levels of innovation, and some innovations are much more disruptive than others, but what is needed is for something new to be created.
In the case of politics in Co....
In the past weeks, Swedish media flow has been dominated by the #metoo anti-harassment campaign, with accusations reaching as far up as the Swedish Academy and associates of the Royal Family. Now, almost half of Swedish men believe they have had enough. Sweden became arguably the nation most swept by the #metoo campaign against harassment, with dozens of trade organizations reaching out to thousands of allegedly affected women over the past weeks and dictating the narrative.
The German Government is preparing a law that will force hardware vendors to include a backdoor in their products. The law aims to allow law enforcement agencies to use backdoors to gather information during their investigations.
The law would target devices in any industry, including telecommunications, automotive and IoT products.
According to local news outlet RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), German Officials are expected to submit their proposal for debate this week.
The acting Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizire (CDU) wants to oblige the industry, German security authorities to open digital gateway for the spying on private cars, computers and smart TVs. states the news outlet.
The application is overwritten with Need for action on the legal obligation of third parties for measures of covert information gathering according to 100c and 100f StPO. De Maizire wants to drastically expand the so-called eavesdropping attack by using technical means against individuals. Above all, large corporations and producers of digital security systems should be required to provide information and notification.
The proposal is strongly supported by the Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizire who cites the difficulty investigations have had in the past especially when fighting against terrorist organizations.
The Interior Minister explained that modern technology is able to alert suspects for every suspicious activity conducted by law enforcement agencies.
The Minister cited the cases of smart cars that alert an owner as soon as the car is shaken or any other anomalous activity is conducted by police officers.
Well the presence of a backdoor could allow investigators to operate stopping any warning is sent to the suspect.
De Maizire stressed out that companies have a legal obligation to introduce backdoors for the use of law enforcement ag...
The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitutions Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case, [President Trumps personal lawyer John] Dowd told NBC News Monday.
Damn, that sounds familiaroh yeah:
Well, someone else shares that view.
Heres the original:
Nixons admission was shocking precisely because it revealed a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be an elected leader in a nation of laws. The quote from the current Presidents lawyer should scare you for exactly the same reason.
The 8th Senate has directed its Ad-hoc Committee, which was inaugurated to holistically review Nigerias security infrastructure for better performance, to investigate the issue of human rights abuses by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police. The Committee has been mandated to look into the allegations of the human rights abuses raised by the general public, make relevant recommendations, and include it in its final report. Speaking on the Point of Order raised by Senator Isa Hamman Misau, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki...
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THE DISINFORMATION WAR: The Attempt To Disregard Silver Investor Demand In The Market by Steve St Angelo SRSrocco Report TDC Note This reads like a combination of several of the articles I have written over the past several...
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The largest clutch of [pterosaur] eggs ever discovered suggests that the extinct flying reptiles may have gathered together in vast colonies to lay their eggs. More than 200 eggs were discovered at one location in China.
Little is known about how the pterosaurs reproduced. The find suggests that hatchlings were probably incapable of flight when they emerged from the egg, and needed some parental care.
Fossilised pterosaur eggs and embryos are extremely rare. Until now only a handful of eggs have been found, in Argentina and north-western China. The large collection of eggs suggests pterosaurs may have nested in colonies, where they defended their offspring from predator attack.
Egg accumulation with 3D embryos provides insight into the life history of a pterosaur (DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2329) (DX)
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Round Teak Table and Chairs There are a number of pieces of furniture which each business needs: a great office chair to sit reception seats for your guests to wait , in, a table to match in, and conference seats to sit in during meetings. Whether you are currently working at a fortune 500 company or a small start up business, pretty much every business needs a good set of seminar chairs to finish their meeting room. Even a meeting space or A seminar room is a location where both workers and clients meet to talk about ideas and strategies for your enterprise, and these meetings could last for long periods of time. Whether its your clients that will get the most use from your conference chairs or your workers, you wish to be certain that they are comfortable while seated. Conference chairs also supply you with the opportunity to present your meeting room an expert appeal and also the capability to express the culture of your company through design. As with every other piece of timing, furniture and consideration should be given to what kind of convention chair will be perfect for your company.
The very first issue to remember while buying a pair of conference chairs is the atmosphere of your furniture and your business. Does your office have a design that is contemporary to it or is it traditional in look? It is important to fully comprehend the character of your company also, for instance, if you are a law office that is best known for its professionalism and traditionalism, then you would not wish to buy a pair of modern looking conference chairs to your meeting room. You would most likely want to go for a chair with leather that is real and a wood trim to complete your look that is traditional. Be sure to match your whole office with a styling, if your style and furniture are mismatched that can come off as cheap and simple. Furniture truly has the capability to shape the way so it is essential for them to depart with a positive feeling your own company is perceived by your guests.
The next thing to do is to pick, after specifying the style you may want for your seminar chairs in. Leather is the choice to go with and has the widest choice of styles to choose from. Its also a option, easy to clean, and gives off a feeling of professionalism. The only drawback to leather is that its expensive; it might be best to go for a leather alternative thats more affordable, if youll use your seminar space. Vinyl is yet another choice because its usually a little cheaper in cost than its own leather counterpart looks identical. For a more contemporary look, look at a me...
Jimoh Moshood, force public relations officer, says the police force is investigating the leader of the the #EndSARS campaign against anti-robbery squad, Mr Awosanya Segun. Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Moshood said Jega Awosanya Segun, the alleged originator of the hashtag, is under investigation. He alleged that Segun had links to some unnamed politicians. Somebody who had an ulterior motive put up #EndSARS, Nigerians should be mindful because the social media is very porous, Moshood. We traced the hashtag and traced it to mischievous politicians that...
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With a simple move, residents of Apikoia on the island of Andros changed the look of their village. They painted the ugly garbage bins in bright colors and the landscape and the mood changed immediately. All they needed for this pioneer action was good will and inspiration, a few liters of paint, brushes and eager
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"Western societies have been infected by an insidious flesh eating bug, a blood sucking tick that spreads a bigoted and elitist disease that will eventually destroy us all." "Average Joe," who's an American veteran down on his luck, could have begun his own landscaping or mechanic business when hard times came. Only Uncle Sam was too broken to gift good old Joe $30,000 or so to get things rolling. It's too bad, because Joe got a bronze star and lost a leg over there in Iraq. If Joe's family only knew how Zionist, pig bankers had cost millions of Americans an alternative future, then maybe we'd all stand a better chance of life and liberty. But, they don't know yet. For a couple of years now I've laid awake nights trying to figure out how to convey to my countrymen the catastrophic abuse of power leveraged by Israel's Washington-based henchmen. At first, I was like most people, worried friends and enemies alike might call me an "anti-Semite" for the insinuation of Zionist lobby skullduggery. Then, a murdered and sodomized Libyan leader made fun of by a presidential candidate, and a few tens of thousands of dead kids over there in Syria, Yemen, and in Gaza, and some more in Yemen, all caused me not to give a damn what people label me as. But wait, what about my Jewish friends? What would they think if I jumped feet first into Bibi Netanyahu and his AIPAC vampires?
As Theresa May placed the British negotiating team into reverse yesterday afternoon many in the business community here in the north realised that what they see as a best case scenario for Brexit is within their grasp.
In todays Belfast Telegraph Seamus Lehany of the Freight Transport Association said that the proposals could help attract inward investment and make the north a bridge between the UK and EU.
He called the potential deal a good thing from the movement of
goods and supply chains.
Ultimately its something we would welcome, that goods will not be inhibited across the border.
President of the NI Chamber of Commerce Ellvena Graham urged negotiators to be pragmatic :
The companies we work with want a trade relationship between the UK and the EU that is tariff free and which takes account of the all-island supply chain, particularly in the crucial agri-food sector.
Northern Ireland Chamber has long been urging negotiators to reach a pragmatic agreement on withdrawal issues, so that we can move on swiftly to transition and trade talks.
Manufacturing NI tweeted that :
Being a bridge between the UK and the EU need not undermine sincerely held views on identity and would not require any additional barriers to trade. Instead, it would present an extraordinary opportunity to create more wealth and work.
Alliance MLA Stephen Farry also sees the opportunity for the north to be a bridge between Britain and the EU.
This is about recognising the interdependent nature of the economy on the island of Ireland but also with the rest of the UK. This is not an either/or choice. Rather it allows Northern Ireland to be a bridge to both Europe and the rest of the UK. This could be a massive opportunity a real economic game-changer for us.
A week is a long time in politics and the argument that the north be a bridge to Britain could soon be redundant if Theresa May decides that her best option is to put England, Scotland and Wales in regulatory alignment with the rest of the EU too.
Regardless of that its important that our local businesses and those representing them continue to make their voices heard and indeed, given the gravity of these talks, they to need to....
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