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If you were a Martian visitor just disembarked from of one of Elon Musk's rocket ships and were therefore uninfected by earth-based fake news, the culprits in Washington's witch-hunt de jure would be damn obvious.
They include John Brennan, Jim Comey, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok and a passel of deep state operatives -- all of whom baldly abused their offices. After Brennan had concocted the whole Russian election meddling meme to sully the Donald's shocking election win, the latter three holdovers -- functioning as a political fifth column in the new Administration -- set a perjury trap designed to snare Mike Flynn as a first step in relitigating and reversing the voters' verdict.
The smoking gun on their guilt is so flamingly obvious that the ability of the Trump-hating media to ignore it is itself a wonder to behold.
After all, anyone fresh off Elon's rocket ship would learn upon even cursory investigation of the matter that the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts electronically every single communication of the Russian Ambassador with any person on US soil -- whether by email, text or phone call.
So the clear-minded visitor's simple question would be: What do the transcripts say?
In fact, a Martian visitor would also quickly understand that the entire world -- friend, rival, foe and enemy, alike -- already knows of NSA's giant digital spying operation owing to Snowden's leaks, and that therefore there are no "sources and methods" on the SIGINT (signals intelligence) front to protect.
Accordingly, the disinterested Martian would undoubtedly insist: Declassify the NSA intercepts and publish them on Facebook (and, for old timers, on the front page of the New York Times) so that the truth would be known to all.
Of course, that would punch a deep hole in the entire RussiaGate witchhunt because NSA, in fact, did record Flynn's late December conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. And there was not a single word in them that related to alleged campaign collusion or otherwise inappropriate communications by the in-coming national security adviser to a newly-elected President who was three-weeks from inauguration.
Indeed, as explained below, Mueller has effectively told us that Flynn's communications with Kislyak were clean as a whistle.
Accordingly, there was no reason whatsoever -- as in none, nichts, nada and nugatory, too -- for the FBI's January 24th interview of Flynn. F...
Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.
In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.
The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.
120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.
Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.
The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).
True Crime News Weekly was on the ground in both Melbourne and Sydney for the violence that greeted alt-right British-American blogger, Milo Yiannopoulos, during his speaking tour events in Australia this week.
Nearly seven in 10 Europeans (68 percent) said they would trust organisations more if they were to use biometrics for authentication, according to a new Unisys survey. The survey also found that tech-savvy consumers are ready for biometric authentication, such as fingerprint readers or iris scanning, in replacement of passwords or PINs with half of respondents saying not having to remember passwords is a major benefit of the technology. With responses from more than More
Consuming common allergens during pregnancy and breastfeeding could help protect against food allergies in children by passing on certain protective proteins through breast milk, say researchers.
Pine Gap protesters who entered top-secret Central Australia facility spared jail to avoid creating martyr http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-04/pine-gap-trespassers-not-jailed-to-avoid-creating-martyr/9223946
The group were charged under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison.
One of the group members, Andy Paine, faced another two years for carrying a smartphone onto the base.
But Justice John Reeves fined the group a total of $15,500.
While sentencing the oldest member of the group, Jim Dowling, 62, Justice Reeves expressed concern that Dowling had committed 27 similar trespass offences since 1986.
If I imprison you, I think that would be likely to make you a martyr to your cause, rather than to underscore the law breaking in which you were involved, he said.
Dowling was fined $5,000 as one of five people who entered Pine Gap on September 29, 2016.
In that group, Margaret Pestorius was fined $3,500, Andy Paine fined $2,500, while Franz Dowling and Tim Webb were fined $1,250.
The group told the court they went to sing a lament which several members of the group had...
Nuclear Russia Scares The World (Again), Lobe Log, DECEMBER 5, 2017, by Tatyana Ivanova An international scandal involving ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) contamination of the atmosphere in most European countries has revealed fundamental problems with the Russian nuclear industry. The Russian State Corporation (Rosatom) has denied the massive leak at its Ural reprocessing facility. Instead, it has withheld data and spread propaganda in the best Soviet tradition
In this region of the Southern Urals, about 30 kilometers from these two polluted sites, there is only one potential large-scale polluter: the Mayak nuclear waste reprocessing plant. Accordingly, suspicion has fallen on it. Mayak is part of the Russian Rosatom State Corporation and is located at the closed secret town of Ozersk, in the Chelyabinsk district.
If such a large scale release had happened in France, IRSN reports, inhabitants within a radius of several kilometers would have been evacuated and local food produced within tens of kilometers would have been declared unsafe for human consumption.
Denial, Pressure, and Propaganda
As soon as information about the likely Russian origin of the ruthenium cloud over Europe appeared in the mass media, the Russian nuclear state corporation sprang into action to prevent any Russian investigation. Ro...
Is This Nuclear Plant to Blame for Soaring Thyroid Cancer Rates in New York? https://www.ecowatch.com/indian-point-thyroid-cancer-2515063468.html, By Joseph Mangano, 5 Dec 17,...
The last couple of sitting weeks of the year in State Parliament have been huge, and the Greens have had some significant wins
A win for democracy
My amendment to the South Australian Constitution to make it fairer to all parties and candidates passed both Houses of Parliament. Under the mis-leadingly named fairness clause in the Constitution, the boundaries of electorates were required to be rigged so that one of the two major parties would form a government. This is despite the fact that a growing number of South Australians dont vote for either of the old parties.
For elections beyond 2018, the review of electorate boundaries will have regard to population, one-vote-one-value, geography, communities of interest and other relevant factors but wont be artificially rigged to favour the old parties. The Greens have ensured that future elections will be more democratic and better reflect the will of the people of South Australia.
No more public money to spruik nukes
A big majority in Parliament passed my...
He called on the community to have a discussion and consider its position about whether to progress the idea.
Readers of the Queensland Times opposed nuclear technology.
Nuclear power is a short-term fix with disastrous long-term consequences and the people of...
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Defending the Republic. Destroying Globalism Video AIM Douglas Gabriel from www.aim4truth.org joins Leader Technologies CEO and Founder Michael McKibben to discuss how law and order must be brought back to the Republic, especially those laws that pertain to property...
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YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia Activists in Indonesia have called for the government to issue a new regulation aimed at better protecting the countrys karsts, the unique rocky landscapes that are home to species found nowhere else on Earth. The current regulation governing the management of this limestone topography dates from 2012, issued by the ministry for mines and energy, which frames karst preservation in terms of its geological importance rather than its role as an ecosystem supporting a diverse range of animal and plant life. We need a regulation with a special agency that oversees the function, exploitation and protection of karst ecosystems, said Wahyu Perdana, campaign manager for food, water and essential ecosystems at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), at a public discussion last month. Mining activities in a karst area in Rembang, Central Java. Photo by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay-Indonesia. Petrasa Wacana, coordinator for conservation, advocacy and campaign at the Indonesian Speleology Community (MSI), called for a government regulation which would supersede the ministerial one that would more holistically govern the management of karst ecosystems, including allowing better conservation efforts and imposing stricter punishment for damage to or destruction of these landscapes. A draft government regulation, known as an RPP, has been in the works since 2010, but opposition from the ministry of mines and the cement industry which has long eyed the mineral deposits that make up the karst has prevented it from being issued, according to Petrasa. If the government continues to be
JAKARTA Extensive deforestation in Sumatra has corralled the islands native tigers into fragmented habitats, only two of which contain a sufficiently robust population of the nearly extinct big cat, a recent study suggests. The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) has since the 1980s been driven to the brink of extinction by a combination of severe loss of habitat to logging and oil palm plantations and poaching for its body parts. The animals dwindling population of less than 600 individuals in the wild rates it Critically Endangered status, or a step away from extinction, under the IUCN. None of the few scattered tiger subpopulations that remain holds more than 50 individuals. I think our report provides the most comprehensive and robust evidence to date that habitat loss [is] pushing Sumatran tigers dangerously toward extinction in the wild, Matthew Luskin, a researcher with the Asian School of the Environment at Singapores Nanyang Technological University, the lead author of the report published Dec. 5 in the journal Nature Communications, said in an email. Mount Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Parks extend from north to south along the western coast of Sumatra. Red and yellow shading shows areas that lost tree cover between 2000 and 2014, according to data from the Global Land Analysis & Discovery lab. Luskins team studied 15 Sumatran tiger forest landscapes, including the national parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Mount Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan, which run from north to
Back in early November Intel finally landed its shader cache support for allowing GLSL shaders to be cached on-disk similar to the RadeonSI shader caching that has been present since earlier in the year. But this functionality isn't yet enabled by default as it still needs more testing...
The significance of this case is that Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Roman Catholic in the world to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, the second-equal Roman Catholic in the world as Head of Vatican Finances, has been charged with actual pedophile crimes. He could readily have been charged with pedophile protection crimes, but Victorian police opted to charge him with the far more serious crimes of multiple child sex offences.
It has been a great effort to get Archbishop Philip Wilson into court, and he has tried every trick in the book in the past few years to try to avoid standing trial.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Saudi-led coalition blitzes Sanaa as revenge raids kill hundreds
Wednesday 6th December 2017
THE Saudi-led coalition blitzed Yemens capital Sanaa overnight in apparent revenge for the killing of former president [dictator] Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Red Cross official Robert Mardini wrote on Twitter: The night was tough in Sanaa.
But Houthi fighters were quick to clamp down on a pro-Saleh uprising in the capital and shot Mr Saleh dead as he tried to flee to Saudi Arabia on Monday.
As you can tell, this week I've been mostly focused on science and "strange stuff", and today is no exception. Ms. K.M. sent along
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The US views the Balkans not as a region with prospects of economic cooperation and partnership on equal terms but rather as a battlefield against Russia. What the United States does is enforcing an openly destructive choice between the West and Russia on the Balkan countries.
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth Albert Einstein
The wisdom of this observation is borne out by empirical evidence demonstrating that so-called authoritative sources of medical information are thoroughly corrupted not only by industry manipulation but by government officials, and biased, financially conflicted academic gatekeepers of medical science i.e., expert panels and journal editors. Read More
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AFP | A Yemeni rebel fighter stands guard outside the residence of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on December 4, 2017
The rebels overran the televisions Sanaa offices on Saturday after attacking it with rocket-propelled grenades and wounding three guards, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.
This hostage-taking is typical of the climate of hostility in Yemen towards journalists, who are often targeted in this conflict, said RSFs Alexandra El Khazen.
A spokesman for the Committee to Protect Journalists called for the immediate release of the journalists, saying the Huthi attack on Yemen Today shows a profound contempt for press freedom.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, had joined forces with the Huthis in 2014 when they took control of large parts of the country, including the capital.
But that alliance unravelled over the past week as the former leader reached out to the Saudi-led coalition that has waged an air campaign against the Huthis since March 2015.
A least 234 people were killed in fighting that the International Committee of the Red Cross described as the fiercest since the start of the conflict.
An official of Salehs General Peoples Congress (GPC) said some of the detained staff had since been transferred to prison while others were still being held in the televisions offices.
The Huthis were exerting pressure on them to change their coverage, to issue certain statements and report the betrayal of former president Saleh and accuse him of working for the Arab coalition.
But the journalists refused to do it, the official said.
Addressing a mass rally in Sanaa on Tuesday, the head of the rebels revolutionary council, Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, said they had been left with no choice but to confront their former ally but were now ensuring the safety of his supporters.
They are being treated in hospitals and no...
If an earthquake measuring over 7 on the Richter scale causes a tsunami in the Aegean, people will have just 10-15 minutes to react until the wave slams on the coast, said Costas Synolakis, Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Crete, during a speech at an event at the Academy of Athens, where
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , has
invited leading business leaders from China to join with other
global leading business leaders at the APEC 2018 CEO Summit in Port
Moresby next year.
Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, and Vice Premier of China, H.E. Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, this morning, the Prime Minister also promoted that key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.
Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year, the Prime Minister said.
The first meeting of APEC 2018 actually began today in Port Moresby with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting, and I am advised that it is proceeding well.
The 2018 APEC policy agenda is also evolving and has a focus on inclusion and the digital economy, which is important for people in all countries.
The digital future, and the opportunities that are before us, are beyond anything we could have imagined just a generation ago.
But access to these technologies must be inclusive.
We need to make sure people right around our countries can have access to the Internet, online services and banking, particularly in remote and rural areas.
We must endeavour to leave no-one behind, to be inclusive and share opportunity, and this is the focus of APEC work on these issues.
As we continue to open our economies to increased trade and people-to-people contact, we there is a lot to be gained.
In his address, and in a subsequent bilateral meeting with Vice Premier Wang, the Prime Minister highlighted the business opportunities that are evolving in Papua New Guinea for global investors.
Papua New Guinea is not a country that will stand-by and wait for investment to come to us.
We are proactive, and engage with partners around the world to highlight the opportunity that our economy offers.
As Chair of APEC 2018, Papua New Guinea will be inviting thousands of senior business people to take part in APEC activities throughout the year, and this will provide and opportunity for them to see first-hand the economic potential of our country.
images: Papua New Guineas Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, with Chinas Vice Premier, Wang Yang, and Canadas Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at the Fortune Global Forum today in Guangz...
More Strange And Disturbing Action In The Paper Gold Market by John Rubino Dollar Collapse For at least the past decade the behavior of the people who trade gold futures contracts and thereby determine the metals price ...
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Live on Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific time UnSpun #096: Elana Freeland joins us to discuss Nanoparticles, geoengineering our immune systems and blood-brain barriers and WiFi.
Elana Freeland is a writer, ghostwriter, speaker, storyteller, and teacher who researches and writes on Deep State issues, including the stories of survivors of MK-ULTRA, ritual abuse, and invasive electromagnetic weapons (Nexus, October 2014). She is best known for Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth (Feral House, June 2014) and Under An Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown (Feral House, January 2018). Having come of age in the eye of the Sixties maelstrom, she has also self-published the 4-book series Sub Rosa America: A Deep State History, a fictional approach to the hidden history of America since President John F. Kennedy's public assassination. Most recently, she wrote the story What Would Solon Have Done? for the 2017 book If I Were King: Advice for President Trump, edited by Harry Blazer with an Introduction by Catherine Austin Fitts. Freelands undergraduate degree was in creative writing with a second major in biology. Her Master of Arts degree from St. Johns College concentrated on historiography. She lives in Olympia, Washington.
Marvin Goodfriend, the newest potential appointee to the Federal Reserve governing body is anti-cash because it allows too much asset freedom - a stance that may be driving many investors into the soaring Bitcoin.
This video shows what happens if you wave an American flag and an ISIS flag on a liberal campus in the USA.
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RT DaysofPalestine This is Israel: punching & kicking a Palestinian childthis is how Israel trains its so-called army to treat children pic.twitter.com/hxe21UWNZI
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Daniel Ellsberg gained notoriety in the early 1970s for leaking the Pentagon Papers, the Defense Departments top-secret history of the Vietnam War, and then for outspokenly protesting the war and the governments secrecy which sustained it. Yet few, then or now, are aware that he spent much of the previous decade immersed in highly classified studies of the U.S. nuclear-war machine: how it works, who can launch an attack, and how much devastation it can wreak if someone ever pushed the button.
His new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, is his long-gestating memoir of those times and the years since, and it is one of the best books ever written on the subjectcertainly the most honest and revealing account by an insider who plunged deep into the nuclear rabbit holes mad logic and came out the other side.
Dr. Strangelove was a documentary, writes the man behind the Pentagon Papers.
But what about the Linuxbeard guy behind the twelve monitors? What do you get him? Well, here are some awesome gift ideas for the techy we all know!
Pivotal announced the latest update to its Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform on Dec. 5, along with a preview of the companys Kubernetes-powered container service and the launch of a new serverless effort.
Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), Pivotals core platform since the company was spun out from VMware in April 2013, is based on the open-source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) project. The PaaS market has shifted over the last four years and so has Pivotal, which is why the new Kubernetes and serverless projects are important to the company and its customers.
BEIRUT (Reuters) The U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem is a sign of its incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, according to his official website.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest.
That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure, Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem Al-Quds () .
Iran has long supported a number of Palestinian militant groups in their fight against Israel.
Commander of Irans Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, right, greets Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while attending a religious ceremony in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran. Photo: AP
On the issue of Palestine (U.S.) hands are tied and they cannot advance their goals, Khamenei said.
He said Palestine would be freed and Palestinian people will be victorious.
He said the United States wanted to start a war in the region to protect the security of Israel.
American government officials have said themselves that we have to start a war in the region to protect the security of the Zionist regime, Khamenei said.
Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Alison Williams
Yet, to feed his domestic base, Trump seems willing to kill the peace process his son-in-law is promoting. Go figure. Unless the president changes his mind, we can presume evangelical votes mean more to him than Kushner, fighting terror, or closing the ultimate peace deal.
The two leading Brexiteers gave keynote speeches at an exclusive Mines & Money conference in London last week as communities whose livelihoods, health and environments are being destroyed, protested outside.
Where were Nigel Farage and Arron Banks last Tuesday (28 November)?
The former UKIP leader, and the Brexit donor and mining investor, were busy delivering keynote speeches on the first day of Londons exclusive three-day Mines and Money conference.
The Mines and Money conference is an international affair with events in Toronto, Hong Kong, Melbourne and New York. The events bring the money-makers and the mining world together to attend seminars, network and make deals that affect communities across the world.
As the worlds financial hub, the UK capital hosts one of the largest events, with 2,000 mining representatives and investors paying 1,895 to attend.
This years panels included topics on building back reputation after a crisis, emerging markets and rounded off on Thursday 30 November with a Gala and Awards dinner, for a 500 price tag.
Mining-impacted communities were not invited to the Mines and Money conference. But some community leaders came anyway, hosted by UK solidarity organisations including War on Want, The Gaia Foundation and London Mining Network, to challenge the conference and share alternatives to mining.
A week of counter-events called Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines and Money took place. It included a lunchtime protest against the presence of Farage and Banks on 28 November, followed by a Toxic Tour of some of the mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and an evening vigil on 30 November.
Camila Mendez from youth collective COSAJUCA in Colombia and Clemente Bautista from Kalikasan Peoples Environmental Network in the Philippines spoke about the....
And the Trump it shall sound! Bill Clague Winning by miles By Roger Childs Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong Un were in the running, but, in the end, couldnt match US President Donald Trump. Many Americas are still shaking their heads over how the current occupant of the White House got there. It was a 
Kiev: Ukrainian supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili freed him from a police van on Tuesday after his detention on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation led to clashes with police in Kiev.
Once freed, Saakashvili raised a hand in a V-for-victory sign a handcuff still dangling from his wrist as he stood in a melee of supporters. He then led protesters towards parliament, where he called defiantly for President Petro Poroshenko to be removed from office.
Prosecutors said they would make all efforts to regain custody of Saakashvili but the chaotic scenes of his detention and escape are likely to undermine the image of stability that Ukraines leadership are keen to present to foreign backers....
This video from Canada says about itself:
Rare Brown Thrasher Visits On Blustery Day In Ontario Dec. 5, 2017
Watch online with highlight clips and information about the birds at http://allaboutbirds.org/feederwatchcam
The FeederWatch cam is located in a residential neighborhood in Manitouwadge, Ontario.
This video from Canada says about itself:
Another Rare Visit From Brown Thrasher Ontario FeederWatch Cam Dec. 5, 2017
Its a windy one in Manitouwadge, Ontario, but that didnt stop an unexpected feeder guesta Brown Thrasherfrom stopping by the Ontario FeederWatch cam multiple times today. Here, the thrasher holds its ground from a group of European Starlings while facing 30 mph winds! Brown Thrashers are seldom sighted this far north, especially in the winter months when they primarily reside in the southeast US.
Juan Gonzlez talking: I began to notice, actually about four years ago, in 2013, that there was something happening in the cities across the country that was actually a movement, a political movement that was not getting much attention. And that is the rise, post-the Great Recession, post-the Occupy Wall Street movement, that many young Continue reading Revolt Against Trumpism & Neoliberal Policies
Here on the edge of the U.S. Arctic, Internet connectivity is a slowand expensiveproposition. Eighty-one percent [PDF] of rural residents in Alaska do not have broadband Internet, defined by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as providing a minimum download speed of 25 megabits per second. People in Kotzebue have long relied on satellite connections for Internet service at speeds comparable to those of dial-up. At the beginning of the year, their average download speed was just 2 Mb/s.
The Igichuk tower is one of the final pieces of one of the most ambitious telecommunications projects in the rural United States. Built by General Communication Inc. (GCI) and known as TERRA, it was completed this past October, after US $300 million of investment and six years of construction, when engineers installed its final microwave repeater. The network uses a combination of repeater data links and fiber optics to form a giant, 5,000-kilometer ring around southwest Alaskaa sparsely populated region with few paved roads and wilderness areas larger than West Virginia.
With TERRA, Kotzebue residents now pay $59.99 per month for an Internet plan with download speeds of 3 Mb/s, which is not even fast enough to stream a high-definition movie. To be able to do that, they would need to pay at least $149.99 per month for 6 Mb/s. Compare that with New York City, where residents pay an average of $55 per month for 25 Mb/s.
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According to the airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sudhin Shahani, the disruptive and progressive technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum complement their vision of disrupting and changing the way the world sources, purchases and accesses air travel.
by Dee McLachlan
Imagine what our forefathers would have said if you told them the Minister of Trade facilitated the sale of an Australian port (Darwin) to a Chinese owned company (China) and then quickly retired to work for them. Well that is kind of what has happened, except that, the Minister doesnt have to do any work. And hell be getting at least three times what he was earning in Canberra for what?
This simply doesnt pass the smell test.
I wonder what the average Australian picker or packer earning around $26 an hour (before tax) thinks of Andrew Robbs generous deal. It has been revealed that the terms of his consulting deal with Landbridge are vague and ill-defined, yet Mr Robb gets paid $880,000 a year even if he does nothing. Maybe this is normal in the higher echelons of the global corporate business world.
The former Minister of Trade, Andrew Robb, has to be the poster boy of the PTF the Political Trough Feeders. What a prime example of...
It was a good childhood while it lasted. But middle age is proving tougher. Its no secret that democracys in stunning, sudden decline, as, well, modern historys previously preferred way to run things. The US now ranks behind many poor countries in various assessments of democratic quality, in the UK, a hacked, botched referendum has led to the biggest crisis in a generation, in Turkey, democracy suddenly collapsed completely, across the EU, right wing extremists are rising, to name just a few examples.
It will take historians and economics and social scientists decades to fully pick apart whybut unfortunately, thats time that you and I dont have, because the decline of democracy isnt an academic experiment in the confines of a lab: should it keep declining, then the consequences could well be worse than we could possibly imagine. Think I exaggerate? Then consider that an alleged serial pedophile has just been endorsed for Senate by a US President diagnosed as mad by most of the worlds psychiatrists: that kind of collapse into theocratic authoritarian fascism is what this abstract, clinical phrase, democracy in decline, really means. Is that what reasonable people should want for their societies?
Of course not. Let us, then, try to unpick this strange and novel phenomenon, first by noting that just how strange and novel it is. Just a short two decades ago, near the turn of the century, a more optimistic worlds newest trend was emerging markets, or newly rising nationsbut today, in a stunning reversal, it is newly falling nations, often rich ones, like the US and UK, who seem hell-bent on undoing decades of upwards progress in quality of life, wealth, and human well-being. In both these places, life expectancy is now falling at the marginsand so the decline of democracy, too, has very real effects: it threatens not just our norms and our ideals, which are all very well, but luxuries, to be sureit reduces and shrinks our lives.
What, then, might be driving all this? Well, one of the most powerful findings in social science is also the simplest: inequality drives revolutions. Beyond a certain threshold of inequality, revolution suddenly erupts. People demand a new social orderand often burn the old one down in vengeance. That, of course, is precisely what most newly falling states have in common: severe levels of inequality, as in the US and UK. And yet the global picture is more complex: inequality is falling across the world, but rising within countriesmeaning that global order is converging, whichever nation people live in, to levels of extreme inequality. And that predicts not just a revolution, but revolution after revolution, an age of revolution......
Weve been doing an okay job of holding up the fence, but Trump has some momentum now and hes beginning to knock shit down and break it. Next up is our relationship with the Muslim world, friend and foes alike. The Supreme Court got the ball rolling yesterday when they upheld Trumps travel ban for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Apparently, tomorrow Trump will pour some kerosene on the fire by announcing that were moving our Israel embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital.
Our allies are united in saying this is a very bad idea. Some of these countries may not be able to be our allies for much longer. Obviously our enemies are furious and will use this to recruit people who will do us harm. The worst part is probably that this is wholly unnecessary and cant even solve any problems in theory. This isnt like trying to rid your property of a wasps nest by hitting it with a bat. Its like taking a wasps nest out of your neighbors yard, carrying it home, and then hitting it with a bat.
Theres simply no need to move our embassy at this time, and its a particularly reckless move to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. Theres complete unanimity that this will cause a violent backlash and undue stress on our international relationships, with the only debate coming from people who welcome these problems.
The King of Jordans response was typical:
King Abdullah II strongly cautioned against the move, stressing that Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world, according to a statement from the royal palace in Amman.
King Abdullah stressed that the adoption of this resolution will have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East, and will undermine the efforts of the American administration to resume the peace process and fuel the feelings of Muslims and Christians, the statement said.
The reaction from NATO member Turkey was similar:
In a televised speech, Mr Erdogan addressed the US president directly, saying Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims.
We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue, he added.......
Were Donald Trump a learned man, he might prophesy those once false to him will grow in falseness. And thus denied sleep with worry, would cry out, Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Alas, Donald is not a learned man, with no counsel so wise as King Richard to warn of the treacheries to come.
If so, Mike Pence would prove a lesser threat.
Earl of Warwick: There is a history in all mens lives,
Figuring the natures of the times deceasd;
The which observd, a man may prophesy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life, who in their seeds
And weak beginning lie intreasured.
Such things become the hatch and brood of time;
And, by the necessary form of this,
King Richard might create a perfect guess
That great Northumberland, then false to him,
Would of that seed grow to a greater falseness;
Which should not find a ground to root upon
Unless on you. Henry IV, Part 2, Act III, Scene I
Yes, Mike Pence plotted once when times were grim. Would of that seed not grow a greater falseness; which should not find a ground to root, unless on Trump again? Ere he plotted once; he shall plot again.
After the Access Hollywood tape came out on October 7th, 2016, Pence thought he saw an opening to defenestrate the top of the ticket and take it for his own.
Its been reported that Pence sent Trump a letter saying he needed time to decide whether he could stay with the campaign. But in fact, according to several Republicans familiar with the situation, he wasnt just thinking about dropping outhe was contemplating a coup. Within hours of The Posts bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trumps place as the partys nominee. Such a move just four weeks before Election Day would have been unprecedentedbut the situation seemed dire enough to call for radical action
The furtive plotting, several sources told me, was not just an act of political opportunism for Pence. He was genuinely shocked by the Access Hollywood tape. In the short time theyd known each other, Trump had made an effort to convinc...
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...
Well, I might be posting here, posting there, and taking care of a few personal items, but it is quite clear that a lot of the stuff that is now being apocalypsed right now, is not mine to keep up with.
So what are my roles right now? And why do I feel the pull to list them? Well, perhaps some may possibly benefit from this.
Do you have remote support software TeamViewer installed on your desktop? If yes, then you should pay attention to a critical vulnerability discovered in the software that could allow users sharing a desktop session to gain complete control of the other's PC without permission. TeamViewer is a popular remote-support software that lets you securely share your desktop or take full control of
A GOP victory in Alabama may be more costly than a defeat.
Dec. 5, 2017 7:20 p.m. ET
Republicans have an unusual political problem in Alabama: Their candidate may win.
Were talking about Roy Moore, who is neck-and-neck in the polls against Democratic candidate and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. By now there cannot be a soul in America unaware of allegations that, as a 30-something assistant district attorney, Mr. Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls, including one as young as 14.
The Republican Party is back on board with accused child molester Roy Moore
The GOP is falling into a familiar pattern in looking past sexual misconduct allegations.
Jaroslav Kacina, CEO SophiaTX
I never thought Id say this, but, due to a digital kittens gaming application clogging the Ethereum Network (yes really) the SophiaTX Token Generation Event will be postponed for 48 hours and rescheduled for Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 2 PM UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
First of all, this unfortunate circumstance is beyond our control and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our community! The team here at SophiaTX is working around the clock to ensure a successful TGE launch, however, merely hours before the start time, the entire Ethereum network slowed down and brought issues due to the success of a gaming application running on their platform called CryptoKitties.
The networks performance reached a critical point, slowing down confirmations and creating a major backlog of transactions which impact everyone on the network.
The recent incident demonstrates why we have chosen to build SophiaTX as a proprietary blockchain technology. Businesses require sufficient speed, security, and features that are needed for a mainstream adoption by businesses, currently not provided by either Bitcoin, Ethereum and others.
We have decided to delay the TGE start by 48 hours because a very large number of participants will use ETH during and it would be a major disappointment if their attempted contributions wouldnt be processed timely and that would result in a significant backlog of transactions with very long waiting times. This is particularly valid, since our TGE is time sensitive, with the lowest price being in the first round and a 10% increase for subsequent rounds thereafter.
To ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all participants regardless of which currency they use (BTC, ETH or DCT) we have rescheduled our TGE by 48 hours later, hoping the backlog will decrease. All other aspects, other than the start date of the TGE will remain unchanged, only the start and end date is changed.
Who knew that adorable CryptoKitties could cause a major traffic jam? I guess thats why Im more of a dog person!
I hope to see you all this Thursday at 2 PM (UTC)! Until then, have a great day and keep a close watch on....
It is difficult to see why actions taken by the government in Madrid ought to be regarded as a curb on dissent, and not as a preservation of the countrys constitutional order.
On December 7, Catalan nationalists are expected to demonstrate in Brussels under the slogan Wake up, Europe. Help Catalonia. The protest is a new push to focus international attention on Catalonia ahead of regional elections on December 21, following months of tense struggle between the regional and national governments.
Over the coming weeks, Catalan nationalist leaders will continue to frame the Catalan conflict along two lines of argument. The first is that Catalans are a unified people fighting against an authoritarian state (presumably one with no people behind it). The second is that they have merely operated at a soft level of expressing beliefs and identity, whereas the national government headed by Mariano Rajoy has responded on a hard plane with police action and incarceration of political leaders.
To study the playbook pursued by the Catalan movement is of value to any European or world citizen with concern or interest at the dimensions of contemporary ethno-nationalist populism. This is because neither of the arguments mentioned above stands up to rational scrutiny. Nationalist leaders have not simply been expressing dissent or putting forward political solutions; they have taken unilateral actions which affect the rights of all Catalans and, indeed, all Spaniards without having a mandate to do so. One might argue, in fact, that it is nationalist leaders who have turned a state (in the form of the powerful devolved administration) against its people. What is at stake in the Catalan crisis, then, is not a nineteenth century struggle for national liberation, but rather the very contemporary question of whether lites are answerable to the rule of law.
In 2015, Catalan premier Artur Mas called...
Ancient Egyptian Statues Found In 3,500-Year Old Temple of Amenhotep III Video DAHBOO Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered pieces from 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet at a dig site in the countrys southern city of Luxor....
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The Stanford mathematician William J. Perry was a strategic nuclear advisor to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and then he became U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton.
New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration on Wednesday (December 6) cancelled all events that were to be held on campus to mark the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, including those discussing the Ram janmabhoomi movement.
According to a notification signed by the dean of students, the events were cancelled in order to maintain communal harmony, and peace and stability in the Campus. The notification continued, Academic discussion on various themes are always permitted that contribute to knowledge enhancement and social order.
On Tuesday, the warden of the universitys Koyna hostel announced that a talk that was to be delivered by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on the topic Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya? had been cancelled by the competent authority. Swamy told News-18 yesterday, I am not surprised. JNU is fearful that my ideas will influence the youth. The Left is threatened by my arguments. My arguments on Ram Mandir are so powerful that they wont be able to stand it.
Swamy had been invited by the School of Languages and Sanskrit Centre.
CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat had also been invited...
Im feeling a little like the peony petals that have fallen to the table.
Everyone is saying much the same; this time of year is full of commitments and yet were all running on empty. A supermoon hasnt helped matters and the mercury retrograde situation (thats supposedly hanging around till the 23rd) isnt instilling much Christmas cheer.
Alas, with small children and a few carols, its a matter of mustering energy and pushing myself through. Much like I did at 4:30pm this afternoon when I knew it was time to start the dinner, bath, bed, dishes, lunch prep routine. Its a long haul at the moment.
That said, Im slowly but surely getting prepped for Christmas a miracle of sorts! Theres no advent calendar this year but the stockings are out, the lights are up and weve got plans to buy a tree this weekend. I wont be creating homemade gifts or sweltering in the kitchen in an attempt to bake but I have stocked the pantry, organised the teachers gifts and Ive even bought myself a new Christmas dress!
Theres so many expectations on us at this time of year, isnt there? Much of the work of Christmas falls on our shoulders and were expected to attend social gatherings, ready our kids for concerts and prepare the Christmas meal in amongst the daily routine of home, school, work and relationships. If thats not enough, social media can easily have us feeling guilty for the lack of handmade ornaments weve created.
We all might want a simple Christmas...
You may be going through divorce, or recovering from divorce right now, but that doesnt mean this season has to make you feel worse. Moving on from divorce and our lives does not mean that we cannot enjoy the holidays. In fact, we can even make them better than before.
Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment | 05 Dec 2017 | Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, resigned Tuesday after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees. Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, in a radio interview...Conyers's replacement will be chosen in a special election. Conyers has continued to deny any wrongdoing, although on Nov. 26, he agreed to step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee in what served as the first acknowledgment of his vulnerability.
Thousands of policemen are being deployed in downtown Athens, metro stations will close to public, public transport means change their routes and tight security measures will be implemented for the next three days. Reasons for the high security are rallies and marches that will mark the 9th anniversary of the murder of high school student
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As Russia has worked to convince the world that its military power is growing, it has concealed its costs in terms of blood and treasure. But newly revealed statistics show surprisingly low casualties despite engagements in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria.
It was the latest evidence that President Vladimir Putins military strategy is far more calculated than his predecessors, who were willing to win at all costs. Boris Yeltsins losses in Chechnya gutted his public support and the Soviet Unions costly, failed Afghanistan adventure helped speed the end of an empire. Putins position is far more secure, which makes his approach to war all the more difficult to explain.
Russia has not reported active duty casualties since 2010 even as it expanded its military operations on several fronts. In 2015, Putin was accused of trying to hide losses in eastern Ukraine, where Russia stubbornly denies military involvement, by classifying data on losses incurred in peacetime military operations.
This week, the daily newspaper Vedomosti discovered the casualties figures on the Russian government procurement website. In October, Sogaz, an insurance company owned by a group of investors close to Putin, won the tender to insure Russian military personnel against death and injury. Everyone in active servic...
On Friday 8th December in Redfern,
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) will host a public forum
Human Rights: Where are they? Ten years of failed Intervention
featuring two strong First Nations voices from the Northern Territory
and other speakers from the eastern states.
Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, Apmereke-artweye of Mparntwe, NT
Laura Lyons, Wiradjuri Woman: Instrumental in assisting to form FIRE (Fighting In Resistance Equally) and was involved in setting up GMAR Sydney Branch (Grand Mothers Against Removals)
Sylvia Purrurle Neale, Eastern Arrernte
Greg Marks, International human rights law expert, specialising in Indigenous rights. Policy analyst, researcher and writer. Centre Associate, Indigenous Law Centre UNSW
Facilitator: Jeff McMullen, journalist and film maker
Friday, 8 December 2017, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start
Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern
From an Article by Jessica Schueler, WVNS-TV News 59, November 29, 2017
CHARLESTON, WV While the U.S. EPA hosted a public hearing in the Capitol Complex, the Sierra Club was also holding a hearing to discuss the potential repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The environmental conservation organization hosted a press conference, panel discussion and public hearing at the University of Charleston to send a strong message to the EPA. All testimony recorded Tuesday will be handed over to the EPA as written comment tomorrow.
From health impacts to economic concerns- experts, leaders and neighbors spent their day breaking down why they believe the Clean Power Plan has to stay.
Who is the administration thinking about now when they try to repeal the clean power plan? Theyre not thinking about their children, theyre not thinking about the next generation, theyre not thinking about our planet, Mark Magana, CEO of Green Latinos, explained.
Alternative energy entrepreneurs touted the success of renewable resources in other countries, helping protect the earth and save money. Every single case that I address with colleagues and fixed the pollution problem- improved the bottom line of the company we were working with, Allan Tweedle said.
Advocates also argue the Power Plan doesnt take away jobs. There are now twice as many jobs in the solar industry in the United States, as in the entire fossil fuel industry combined, Tweedle added.
One veteran physician said more than half of all doctors now believe the Clean Power Plan will improve the health of Americans. Its estimated that up to 90,000 asthma attacks a year would be prevented. 1,700 heart attacks would be prevented and 3,600 premature deaths would be prevented- every single year, Laura Anderko of Georgetown University said.
The EPA required speakers to sign up ahead of time in order to share thoughts on the Clean Power Plan for the hearing, however time is being allocated in the late afternoon for anyone in the public to come in and address staff.
Environment, jobs not an either-or question for West Virgin...
If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out. If you put him in lukewarm water and increase the temperature by five degrees every hour or two, eventually he will boil to death in his own complacency, or some such thing. It's merely meant to be an illustration and I somehow doubt its accuracy but I use it to bring up an important point.
A few months ago, a 110-meter-long tunnel collapsed at the site, exposing an old rail line and eight rail cars filled with contaminated radioactive equipment. This open wound in the landscape, which was quickly covered over again, is a tiny part of an environmental and human health catastrophe that steadily unfolded there over four decades of plutonium production. Big Cold War fears justified big risks. Big, secretive, nuclear-sized risks.
Hanford and other toxic reminde...
Maybe its the cloistered headiness of Rene Descartes, or the rigorous austerity of Isaac Newton; maybe its all the leathern breaches, gray waistcoats, sallow faces, and powdered wigs but we tend not to associate Enlightenment Europe with an explosion of color theory. Yet, philosophers of the late 17th and 18th centuries were obsessed with light and sight. Descartes wrote a treatise on optics, as did Newton.
Newton first described in his 1672 Opticks the revolutionary new theory of light and colour, the University of Cambridge Whipple Library writes, in which he claimed that experiments with prisms proved that white light was comprised of light of seven distinct colours. Scientists debated Newtons theory well into the 19th century.
One early opponent famously illustrated his rebuttal. Poet, writer, and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published Theory of Colors (see here), with its carefully hand-drawn and colored diagrams and wheels, in 1809. From Newton's time onward, color theorists elaborated prevailing concepts with color wheels, the first attributed to Newton in 1704 (and drawn in black and white, above).
The success of one cat-friendly app withstanding, the leading event in the token sector saw high-level discussion of industry pain points.
Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated whether there is evidence for hope in human rights progress, along with questions on how to change the systematic inequality between global North and global South human rights organizations.
Last week on OpenGlobalRights, Kathryn Sikkink presented evidence showing that we should be hopefuland not hopelessabout the future of human rights. In addition, Barbara Klugman and her colleagues contributed two pieces on the inequality of the human rights system: one that discusses the importance of shifting power dynamics in human rights, and another which argues how human rights funding is systematically inequitableand how to fix it.
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Weve featured a lot of awesome music made using floppy drives before, but this is the first time weve seen it used as the main instrument in a movie score, and by Emmy winning composer [Bear McCreary]. The movie, in this case is alien invasion film, Revolt, but youve surely heard Bears amazing work in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, The Walking Dead, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (my favorite of his), or the one for which he won an Emmy, Da Vincis Demons wherein the main theme sounds the same backwards as forwards, to name just a few. So when someone of [Bear]s abilities makes use of floppy drives, we listen.
[Bear] works with a team, and what they learned was that its a clicking sound which the drives make that we hear. Its just so fast that it doesnt come across as clicks. The speed at which the clicks are made determines the pitch. And so to control the sound, they control the floppy drives speed. They also found that older floppy drives had more of the type of sound they were looking for than newer ones, as if floppy drives werent getting hard to find as is. In the end, their floppy orchestra came out to around twelve drives. And the result is awesome, so be sure to check it out in the video below.
As for floppy drive music weve covered before, check out the Floppotron which can play [Nirvana]s Smells Like Teen Spirit, this TI-83+ calculator hacked to play a floppy drive, and the RumbleRail, eight floppy drives each controlled by its own ATMega 16 microcontroller. That last makes us wonder if the next step should be a ten-floppy drive keyboard instrument, you know, one for each finger and thumb.
And since hearing is believing, we just have to include [Bear]s Da Vincis Demons theme song played forward and then backward.
On a regular basis, major media companies and their associates seek assistance from the authorities in order to curb copyright infringement.
In some cases, this has resulted in special police units that have piracy among their main objectives, such as The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in the UK.
Over in Denmark, the Government greenlighted a similar initiative last week. Justice Minister Sren Pape Poulsen approved a new task force that will operate under police wings, with an exclusive focus on intellectual property crimes.
This is the culmination of a joint effort among Danish trade organizations calls for public engagement in the enforcement of IP crime in Denmark, Maria Fredenslund, CEO of the local anti-piracy group RettighedsAlliancen (Rights Alliance) tells TorrentFreak.
Similar to the PIPCU unit in the UK the task force will be specialized in IP crime and will handle existing cases and develop digital enforcement, she adds.
The new unit will consist of five or six investigators, who will be assisted by prosecutors. The main goal will be to tackle organized crime on as many levels as possible.
The new police task force will first operate on a trial basis. After the first half year, the Government will evaluate its progress and decide if the project will continue. If that happens, the unit may also get involved in website blocking efforts.
Pirate site blockades are not new in Denmark, but thus far these have been the result of civil procedures initiated by copyright holders. According to new plans, which still have to be approved, legislation thats currently used to block terrorist content may be used against pirate sites as well.
The Government will look into the possibility to give the police authority to carry out blockades of infringing websites, Fredenslund says.
This would be possible under a provision in the Administration of Justice Act, which the Danish Parliament recently adopted. While the blocking requests would be submitted by the police unit, instead of copyright holders, a court still has to approve them.
The decision to block a website is made with a court order by request of the police. The court order shall list the specific circumstances that prove the conditions for the blocking of the website have been met. The court order may be revoked at any time, the relevant provision reads.
For the time being, the new anti-piracy task force will focus on handling other copyright infringement cases, which these are plenty of.
News Environment | 2017-11-30Page no: 8
THE Donald Trump administration had planned to start accepting permits two weeks ago for hunters to bring trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia into the United States, saying that new information shows that trophy hunting actually helps the survival of the endangered species in the wild.
But Trump tweeted soon after that lifting the ban was on hold, but only as the administration further reviews the facts.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service and hunting advocates say that hunting big animals like elephants and lions brings in money that countries use for conservation and anti-poaching programmes and that wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe had provided enough information to support reversing the 2014 ban.
The service will continue to monitor the status of the elephant population, the management programme for elephants in the country to ensure that the programme is promoting the conservation of the species, and whether the participation of US hunters in the programme provides a clear benefit to the species, Fish and Wildlife Service says in the official notice.
Celebrities lash out at the Trump administration over reversing the ban on elephant trophies
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the new policy in the White House briefing and defended the agencys decision based on a review that wildlife officials were conducting since the ban was announced in 2014.
This review established that both Zambia and Zimbabwe had met strict international conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries, Sanders said.
The announcement that US Fish and Wildlife would start granting permits to import elephant trophies again was made by US officials at a conservation conference in Tanzania this week hosted by Safari Club International, a hunting and conservation advocacy group.
These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognises that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant populations, said the organisations president, Paul Babaz, in a Safari Club blog post.We appreciate the efforts of the Service and the...
This video from Britain says about itself:
30 November 2014
I thought homeless was being on the street I wasnt living in my own house thats being homeless.
Nigels boys are just two of the 90,000 children that will be homeless this Christmas.
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
128,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas Day
Wednesday 6th November 2017
Homeless charity Shelter revealed yesterday that tens of thousands of children will spend Christmas living in temporary accommodation bed and breakfast houses and hostels with whole families crammed into one room, sometimes three to a bed, with no cooking facilities and shared toilets.
The charity carried out a study into the devastating effects of the governments austerity programme by talking to some of the victims.
Among them were twins Ellie and Amy, aged 15.
Amy said: Were living in a B&B. It...
Washington: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared sharply divided in the case of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, with Justice Anthony Kennedy voicing concerns about endorsing discrimination against non-heterosexual people, but also about anti-religious bias.
The nine justices, of which five are conservatives and four liberals, heard an intense, almost 90-minute argument in the dispute over wh...
Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world The Conversation.December 4, 2017 Chris Fogwill, Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, Keele University, Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change, UNSW, Reader in Physical Geography and Sustainability/Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University
..What was once thought to be a largely unchanging mass of snow and ice is anything but. Antarctica holds a staggering amount of water. The three ice sheets that cover the continent contain around...
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RAM NYC is proud to announce the launch of our Community Bail Fund and the first successful release of a person from the New York City jail system.
Unable to afford bail and facing minor charges, Max* was about to be sent to Rikers to await trial, before our intervention spared him the horrors of the Island. Now he is back at home, and because he still faces charges, we continue to work with his family to connect them to additional resources.
Without being convicted of any crime, people are forced to remain behind bars because they cannot afford exorbitant bail. In actuality, these high bail amounts function as ransom against being held in brutal and violent conditions, and makes it almost impossible for families to mount a legal defense for their loved ones.
RAM NYC, in tandem with the larger Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, is now laying the groundwork for what was outlined in Burn Down the American Plantation. We are creating revolutionary infrastructure that is immediately and ethically aiding people who are held in captivity by the white supremacist state. Revolutionaries desire to materially change peoples lives for the better and within RAM NYC we are now taking our first steps in that process.
We understand that the political system is written with fundamental anti-black politics. The politics of abolition, then, must be underwritten by a willingness and desire to reach into the plantation system; to liberate those in captivity; to spread revolutionary ideas, to offer a concrete political and social alternative, and to raise the mantle of black liberation to the forefront of our movement.
On Tuesday 5 December, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed
by local plane spotter Kayanne H soon after it had completed a
missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.
The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all the remaining open key issues" regarding the sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. Lavrov also said the presidents of the five countries will be ready to sign a treaty on the sea next year in Kazakhstan.
However, it remains unclear what -- if any -- compromise has been reached on the most contentious issue: how to divide up the sea, and its rich underwater oil and gas resources.
Lavrov made his comments at a meeting of the Caspian littoral states' foreign ministers in Moscow on December 5.
With great satisfaction, I declare that we have found solutions to all the remaining open key issues related to the preparation of the draft Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. The text of the document is, in fact, ready, he said. We have completed our almost 20-year work on the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This text will be submitted for approval by the heads of our states. We expect that they will support it."
Some of Lavrov's counterparts echoed that optimism.
"The agreement reached in Moscow between the foreign ministers can be counted as a breakthrough," said Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov. "The accords reached in Moscow open the way to the Summit of the Caspian states, which will be organized in Kazakhstan."
Not quite a century ago, on January 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It offered the country its first images of space-age death rays, atomic explosions, and inter-planetary travel. I was twenty years old, World War I veteran Anthony Buck Rogers told Continue reading The Pentagons New Wonder Weapons for World Dominion
Mark Yusko, the billionaire investor and founder of Morgan Creek Capital, went on Bloomberg News to defend his prediction that Bitcoin will be worth $400,000 in the long term.
Trump to announce his recognition in a speech on Wednesday. The embassy move, meanwhile, will be delayed for logistical reasons, and may take years
Amir Tibon (Washington) Dec 06, 2017 4:04 AM
President Donald Trump speaks about his decision to shrink the
size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments
on December 4, 2017. Evan Vucci/AP
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will announce his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital on Wednesday, the White House has confirmed. While the president intends to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he will nevertheless sign a presidential waiver delaying the move by six months for logistical reasons, senior White House officials said in press briefing.
According to three senior administration officials, in Trumps address on Wednesday, the president will for the first time explicitly express his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The officials said that Trumps decision should be seen as recognition of an existing reality, and also of Jerusalems Jewish history. They stressed that the president is not making judgement on the fate of Jerusalem in a future Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, and that he is committed to keeping in place the current status quo in the citys holy sites.
In addition, the senior officials said that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could take years, and that Trump could possible sign the presidential waiver delaying that move once again in the future, in order to allow the logistical process of moving the embassy to be carried out accordingly. Trumps speech will not include a strict timeline for the process of moving the embassy.
With regards to the two-state solution, the officials said the decades-old diplomatic formula for ending the conflict will be mentioned in the presidents speech, and that he will say he supports it as long as the two sides the Israelis and the Palestinians share that support. If this indeed happens, it will be the first time since Trump entered the White House that he explicitly expresses his support for the creation of a Palestinian state....
4 December 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service
Current Causes of Concern
Over the past few months, the possibility of a fascist America has moved from the realm of academic speculation to that of common concern.
In August 2017, a coalition of organizations calling themselves Unite the Right organized a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the planned removal by the city government of a statute of General Robert E. Lee, leader of the pro-slavery Confederate forces in the Civil War of 1860-65.
The resulting confrontation between protestors and counter-protestors culminated tragically when a 20-year old white supremacist named James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his auto into the crowd, sending nineteen people to the hospital and killing 32-year old Heather Heyer, a counter-protest...
Thanks to Sally McGrane for this important article:
KREFELD, Germany In a nature preserve in western Germany, an elderly gentleman approached a tent-like structure that was in fact a large trap for flying insects. Peering through thick eyeglasses, the 75-year-old retired chemist checked the plastic bottle attached at the top, filled with alcohol and bugs.
Then, with a glance at the clear, late-autumn sky, the man, Heinz Schwan, recalled comparing a 2013 haul from a trap like this one to samples taken in the same place some 20 years earlier. The drop was huge: 75 percent, Mr. Schwan...
The waves, the artificial tides of anti-Russian propaganda continue to beat upon the ears and eyes of Western citizens, spurred by Washington politicians and bureaucrats whose motives vary from deviously duplicitous to blatantly commercial.
Paris: French President Emmanuel Macrons popularity rose above 50% for the first time since he was elected in May, with people approving of the way he defends the countrys interests abroad, a poll showed on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted by IFOP-Fiducial (IFOP) for Paris Match magazine, saw the head of states popularity jump 6% compared to when the same survey was conducte...
Following the recent gains against ISIS in the Euphrates River Valley, the Tiger Forces are about to reach positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the border city of al-Bukamal.
Over the last few datys, the SAA and its allies have liberated the villages of Jalaa, Ramadi and Buq, Khutaytah, Abbas, Mazraat Shamr, Qitah, Mujawwadah, Salhiyah, al-Jadleh, Qusur Um Saba, Safsafeh, Ajrama, Wadi al-Worod, Maan Al-Sabkha and al-Shamr al-Layeh from ISIS in the area.
The advance was actively supported by warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces, including Tu-22M3 strategic bombers.
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Noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 6 December was Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options
(Australia) Cessna Citation bizjet VH-SPJ. It arrived from
Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport where it arrived on Tuesday 5 December from Cairns.
You think Bill wants one glaring down at him from the Clinton family Christmas tree in Chappaqua?
from 80.00 The most presidential of
tree toppers. 3D sculpted in her iconic power suit with angelic
3D printed to order with pinpoint accuracy, with a simple wire tie threaded through holes on her back to safely secure to your tree. Shes the First Lady of Christmas Tree Decorations.
Liberals in the media are gushing about the Hillary Clinton Christmas tree angel topper being sold by a British non-profit, Women To Look Up To:
I can, hand-on-heart, say I wasnt that fussed about decorating this Christmas until about five minutes ago when a POPSUGAR Australia editor sent me a link to the most amazing thing I have seen maybe ever a Hillary Clinton Christmas angel. Followed by a Beyonc Christmas angel. Followed by a Serena Williams Christmas angel. Im still hyperventilating.
These symbols of hope, like, actual hope, are the creation of a UK company called Women To Look Up To (which could not be a more perfect name). They are a not-for-profit organisation with any profits reinvested in projects to further female equality (so awesome), and they do international shipping (also, but on a more selfish note, awesome!)
Celebrate 'Resistmas' this year with these badass women on top of your Xmas tree https://t.co/QLJ3oJAoKC
Metro Lifestyle (@MetroUK_Life) December 3, 2017
Berlin: Several people were injured in a train crash on Tuesday near the German city of Duesseldorf, fire department and police spokesmen said.
Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said a passenger train of the regional provider National Express drove into a freight train from DB Cargo at around 6.30 pm GMT in the town of Meerbusch.
The Meerbusch fire department said up to 150 passengers were on the train and five people suffered injuries.
A police spokesman had earlier told German broadcaster ARD that about 50 people had been injured in the train crash.
A German government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel had been briefed...
Caracas/Houston: On Tuesday, Venezuelas powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said he resigned from his job as UN envoy on orders of the President, a sign of growing rifts in the Socialist Party which was once firmly united under late leader Hugo Chavez.
Sources told Reuters last week that leftist President Nicolas Maduro fired Ramirez, a political rival who was thought to have presidential ambitions, and summoned him back to Caracas from New York.
Several close allies of Ramirez, as well as a relative, have been arrested in Venezuela in recent weeks as part of a purge in t...
Washington DC: Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the US House of Representatives, stepped down on Tuesday after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, the first member of Congress to leave his seat during a wave of high-profile harassment allegations.
Conyers, a leading figure in civil rights...
As the Umno General Assembly gets underway, the time has come to deal with the long-term negative consequences of the partys Malay-centrism
AFP / by Ryan MCMORROW | Smartphones have made it even easier for consumers to borrow cash in China and a number of online platforms have listed publicly in the US this year
On Friday authorities issued new rules on microlending, designed to protect consumers and limit risk for creditors. The move was the latest aimed at tackling financial risks as the worlds number two economy faces ballooning debt that has drawn warnings of a potential global financial crisis.
While most economists and analysts have focused their concerns on corporate debt, household debt has risen rapidly, roughly doubling since 2012, according to the Bank for International Settlements, known as the central banks central bank.
And smartphones have made it even easier for consumers to borrow cash in China, with e-commerce apps and mobile payment increasingly prevalent.
Jia started accumulating her debt when she was in college, turning to tech titan Alibaba when she could not get a credit card.
The ease of a few taps on her phone and a four minute wait led Jia to borrow and borrow and when she was finally able to take out a card, she used it to repay Alibabas affiliate Ant Financial.
But her debt reached roughly $9,000 this summer, and her monthly interest payments eclipsed her meagre salary.
She described the debts as snowballing, finding it harder to pay one debt as she borrowed to pay another.
Alternative lending, with loans that can be wired to accounts within minutes, has taken off in China and accounts for 85 percent of the global market, according to a University of Cambridge report.
By 2020, some estimates forecast the business could approach that of credit cards, suggesting some Chinese may be leapfrogging from plastic to mobile loans.
Online lenders say most of their business comes from consumers and small businesses with little access to the formal banking system only a third of Chinese have credit cards, ac...
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