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The move was announced on Thursday by Open Whisper Systems, the software organization behind the open source Signal Protocol, which has been implemented by Microsoft to offer the feature. Private Conversations The option, named Private Conversations, is currently being tested by Skype Insiders and has some temporary limitations. Firstly, it can be used to protect audio calls, text messages, and files (images, audio, videos), but not video calls. Secondly, Private Conversations are limited to one-on-one More
F-Secure reports a security issue affecting most corporate laptops that allows an attacker with physical access to backdoor a device in less than 30 seconds. The issue allows the attacker to bypass the need to enter credentials, including BIOS and Bitlocker passwords and TPM pins, and to gain remote access for later exploitation. It exists within Intels Active Management Technology (AMT) and potentially affects millions of laptops globally. The simple yet dangerous security issue The More
Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" made landfall near Eighty Mile Beach, west of Wallal Downs in Western Australia just before 10:00 UTC on January 12, 2018 as Category 1 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. The system is expected to continue...... Read more
Old and busted: Tr aufgelassen, es zieht berall.
New hotness: Tr aufgelassen, Atom-U-Boot geflutet :-)
Benutzt hier jemand Juniper-Router? Die haben CVE-2018-0001 abgegriffen, und zwar mit 9,8 Punkten in der B-Note:
Kleines Bullshit-Bingo-Update: Cisco kann jetzt von auen in einer TLS-Verbindung Malware erkennen. Ohne sie aufzubrechen, weil das geht ja nicht. Und wie machen sie das? Kommt ihr NIE drauf!
Those devices cant do the job alone: users need to sign up for Ciscos StealthWatch service and let traffic from their kit flow to a cloud-based analytics service that inspects traffic and uses self-improving machine learning algorithms to spot dodgy traffic.BINGO!!
In Anlehnung an die "Nuke the entire site from orbit"-Zeile aus Aliens heit das Tool "Ripley".
12/01/2018 - Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering ...
If you havent already, read this post from Ben Bajarin, Apples indirect presence fades from CES, which we linked to yesterday. From the post:
It is easy to say that because Apple was never present at CES that the show didnt mean something to them or their ecosystem. It is easy, and correct to say that CES was not, or never was, a measure of the health of Apples products. It is, however, incorrect and dangerous to miss that CES had been, for some time, a barometer for the health of Apples ecosystem.
Now make your way through the linked MacStories roundup of cool CES gadgets and accessories. It does seem like the vast majority of CES announcements Ive seen are Alexa first, HomeKit second.
Not sure I agree that this is a barometer of the health of Apples ecosystem. Instead, I see it as a marker of where the puck is now, not where it is going to be. Apple Watch is a perfect example of this. When Apple Watch first hit, it was lost in the glut of watch product. Over time, Apple Watch proved itself as a well designed, thoughtful product, while many of the cheap, competing products are no longer around.
Not saying that Alexa wont win. But I am saying that it is simply too early to tell how this will all shake out.
Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica:
Apple began notifying Chinese iCloud customers of the forthcoming handoff of its cloud service to the Chinese company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which will take over local operations starting February 28. However, TechCrunch reported that some non-Chinese iCloud accounts have been notified of this change. Some users with US-based billing addresses and connections to the US App Store received the notification email stating the physical location of their iCloud data will change come February.
So there are people who do not (or no longer) reside in China, but their iCloud accounts will be force migrated.
According to Apples help page on the issue, your iClouds country or region setting dictates whether or not your account will be part of the migration.
Interesting. And Ive read that China is cracking down on people who live in China but change their region code so their data remains outside the country.
If you dont live in China, but your data is tagged for movement, consider changing your region code, as discussed in this support page.
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According to a recent University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey of 504 registered nurses and administrative staff, only a quarter of registered nurses have seen changes in the way their companies handle data security and patient privacy over the past year, despite increased data breaches across all industries. The survey found that 20 percent of registered nurses (RNs) and 19 percent of administrative staff indicated that their facilities have experienced a breach More
In 2014, Frances National Agency for the Security of Information Systems, or ANSSI, issued two detailed cybersecurity guidance documents for Industrial Control Systems: Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems Classification Method and Key Measures; and Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems Detailed Measures. This guidance was and is still today seen as the most comprehensive, clear, and sophisticated industrial control system (ICS) security best practice in the world. In 2016 and 2017, on the tails More
As the countdown to Karnatakas assembly election begins, the Congress has started an undeclared election campaign. Supposedly meant to be a Sadhana Sambrama (celebration of achievements) of the government and to inaugurate a slew of development projects, chief minister Siddaramaiah and his entourage arrived by helicopter to Nagavalli village, Chamarajanagara district on December 10, 2018, and in a dazzling display of political acumen, aided by high-tech audio and video systems, proclaimed his achievements and threw challenges to his main political rivals.
As the constituencys legislators said in their speeches, this was Siddaramaiahs 23rd visit to the district and credit was owed to him for erasing the myth that Chamarajanagars curse would lead to visiting chief ministers losing their power. Have I lost power? Siddaramaiah asked, as he drew on a mix of colloquialisms, humour, facts, sarcasm and rhetor...
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PTI | Updated: Jan 11, 2018, 19:07 ISTChina has been opposing ONGC exploring oil in wells claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea for years .
But China firmly oppose relevant party to use it as an excuse to infringe upon Chinas legitimate rights and interests in the SCS and impair regional peace and stability, Lu said.
Ton had also said defence cooperation is one of the important and effective areas of cooperation between India and Vietnam and India can be helpful in expanding Vietnams defence capabilities.
China has been opposing Indias Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) exploring oil+ in wells claimed by Vietnam in the SCS for years. India has been asserting that the ONGCs exploration is a commercial operation and not connected with the dispute.......
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Leaders of the South-East and South-West, on Thursday in Enugu, asked the Federal Government to declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists. More
New evidence that Washington broke its promise not to expand NATO "one inch eastward" - a fateful decision with ongoing ramifications - has not been reported by The New York Times or other agenda-setting media outlets John Batchelor has a very popular political talk show on America's largest radio network, WABC. He has Stephen Cohen on live in the studio almost every week for a full 45 minute segment, the only guest he gives that much time to. Why? Because Cohen's appearances are killing the ratings. America seems to be thirsting for an alternative and critical view of Obama's Russia policy. See below for a summary of this program courtesy of The Nation.
The 2018 Stock Market Bubble vs. Gold & Silver by Steve St. Angelo SRSRocco Report The U.S. Stock Market is reaching its biggest bubble in history. When the price of the Dow Jones Index only moves in one direction...
The oilman and investment manager cites deteriorating health and poor returns; fund will move toward a family-office structure
T. Boone Pickens, a famous oilman and investment manager, said he is closing the energy-focused hedge fund he has run for the last two decades as his health declines.
The move closes a chapter in a nearly seven-decade career that has included stints as a wildcatter, corporate raider, cattle trader and clean-energy evangelist.
The 89-year-old Oklahoma native cited both his deteriorating health and weak financial performance as reasons for closing the fund, according to a letter that he plans to publish soon and was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Pickens said he is recovering from a series of strokes last year and a bad fall.
Its no secret the past year has not been good to me, from a health perspective or a financial one, he wrote in the letter. I...
Last week, the Trump administration announced that they would not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans residing in America, meaning that those individuals would need to leave the country by 2019, or face deportation. The administration had already decided in December not to renew TPS for about 60,000 Haitians and Nicaraguans, and may soon announce an end to TPS for 57,000 Hondurans.
All in all, this could remove legal permission to live and work in the United States for more than 300,000 people. The reaction from progressives has been predictably histrionic. However, the reality of this policy decision is complex. Lets unpack it piece by piece.
From the programs beginning in 1990 until 2013, the purpose of TPS was fairly clear to give the president a way to deal with short-term, acute flows of crisis migrants the country wants to help, but who dont fit the formal refugee designation. Previously, presidents had done this by arbitrarily using prosecutorial discretion (like DACA today) to protect large classes of migrants. Congress decided that was a bad precedent to set, so they established TPS to give an actual legal, organized program to the executive branch to protect these vulnerable migrants for between 6 weeks and 18 months.
TPS recipients must have been already in the United States when TPS is granted; it is not a formal admission or parole into the U.S. So when it expires, TPS-recipients have no visa to claim, and thus are unauthorized residents of the United States, and can be deported. But while TPS lasts, its recipients can legally work and participate in society normally, although they cannot receive most welfare benefits, and get far less public support than formal refugees.
Crucially, until 2013, TPS recipients could not file for a green card or citizenship, as they had not been given legal admission into the United States. This helped protect the essentially temporary nature of the program. But in 2013, a Federal court ruled against this interpretation of admission or parole in U.S. immigration law, and found that TPS recipients could claim green cards. Today, many TPS recipients have achieved other legal status. I have been unable to determine if TPS recipients who have since obtained green cards are included in the 200,000 number circulating in the media. If so, then its important to understand that a substantial share of people who might be deported for losing TPS actually wouldnt be deported, because they have green cards now.
The point is that after 2013, the nature of the TPS program changed. No longer temporary, it was now a legal path to citizenship, which congress had...
The Trump administration announced Thursday it will allow states to impose work requirements on abled-bodied adults to qualify for Medicaid. This marks the first time the federal government has allowed any kind of work requirement for Medicaid eligibilityand its about time.
On the surface, work requirements for Medicaid might seem cruel or punitive. After all, Medicaid is supposed to provide health coverage to the poor and disabled, the most vulnerable among us. As a policy proposal, work requirements may seem almost tailor-made to make Republicans look cold and heartless.
But the reality is that Medicaid, like most federal and state welfare programs, has gotten so out of control and strayed so far from its original purpose that imposing work requirements on able-bodied adults will actually help enrollees far more than Medicaid coverage will, mostly by giving them a strong incentive to secure full employment.
But before we get into the weeds of welfare dependency, lets recall what Medicaid is. Created in 1965 along with Medicare, Medicaid was originally conceived as a program to provide health care to strictly defined groups: poor children deprived of parental support, their caretaker relatives, the elderly, the blind, and those with disabilities. In 1986, states were given the option to include poor, pregnant women and their infant children.
For a federal entitlement, it was remarkably limited and targeted to discreet populations. The idea was that Medicaid would only be for people who otherwise couldnt get private health insurance or reasonably afford medical care. In other words, Medicaid didnt originally cover almost any able-bodied adults. Thats not who it was for.
Obamacare changed all that. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was more than a simple expansion of the program, it was a transformation. In his 2012 majority opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts affirmed this view, writing, Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid is transformed into a program to meet the health care needs of the entire nonelderly population with income below 133 percent of the poverty level. It is no longer a program to care for the neediest among us, but rather an element of a comprehensive national plan to provide universal health insurance coverage.
Roberts goes on to explain that when states agreed to participate in Medicaid, they could never have anticipated that Congress would fundamentally transform the program into a broad-based entitlement covering a completely new (and sizeable) population. Medicaid expansion meant, among other things, that the program would now offer coverage to any...
We used to think of interracial marriage as a sign of social progress. Now, thanks to The New York Times, we know its just another sinister tool of white supremacy.
Over the past few years, it seems like every week our media-academia complex discovers a new addition to the list of things that seem completely innocuous but are actually white supremacist. In recent months, for example, weve learned that math, logic, and even square dancing are weapon[s] of white supremacy. (You should feel a pang of guilt for every time you do-si-doed in elementary school.)
Heres their latest hot take: in a recent essay for the New York Times Sunday Review, journalist Audrea Lim argues that the white supremacists on the far right have yellow fever an Asian woman fetish. Her evidence boils down to a few anecdotes about the worst-of-the-worst of white nationalism: perennial idiot Richard Spencer thinks Asian girls are cute and smart, Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin went to a shopping mall with his Filipina girlfriend, and Asian-American porn star Tila Tequila once did a Nazi salute.
To bolster her argument with historical context, Lim even includes a direct quote from Adolf Hitler expressing his admiration for the civilizations of China and Japan. Pro tip: when youre quoting Hitler, youre losing the argument.
Certainly, there is a stock character in American life of the lonely, socially awkward, middle-aged white man who wants a submissive Asian wife. A feature-length PBS documentary even follows one of these sad sacks in his quest to find a mail-order bride from China. Its pathetic and trades in racial stereotypes, but that hardly makes it white supremacist. In fact, Lim provides no evidence that this phenomenon is even unique to white men, which begs the question: is it really true that white men have an Asian fetish?
Lim doesnt say, but thankfully, we can find detailed statistical information through a simple Googl...
Back in the day, Google famously adopted the corporate motto, Dont be evil. It hasnt turned out so well.
The problem is that their motto didnt define what constitutes evil, so it left an opening for narrow-minded zealots to commandeer company resources in a witch hunt against whatever they define as the forces of wickedness. Thats what has happened at Google, which has adopted a corporate culture of quasi-totalitarian ideological uniformity that it is now starting to impose on everyone who uses its services. Which is, lets face it, pretty much everyone. For now.
Googles internal culture has been laid bare by James Damores lawsuit alleging employment discrimination. The picture we get is a corporate culture of lockstep ideological uniformity, enforced by censorship, badgering, and blacklisting. Damore furnishes one note from a Google manager in 2015, addressed to hostile voices.
I will never, ever hire/transfer you onto my team. Ever. I dont care if you are perfect fit or technically excellent or whatever.
I will actively not work with you, even to the point where your team or product is impacted by this decision. Ill communicate why to your manager if it comes up.
Youre being blacklisted by people at companies outside of Google. You might not have been aware of this, but people know, people talk. There are always social consequences.
Another manager proposed creating a public-within-Google document that calls out those googlers who have made public statements that are unsupportive of diversity. Other admit to maintaining their own blacklists based on opinion[s] about religion, about politics, or about social justice.' While conservatives were regarded as bad apples to be excluded, other Googlers were recruiting or advocating for violent leftist antifa groups, with no apparent consequences. Then theres this doozy:
Googles internal company systems allowed employees and managers to maintain a block list of other employees with whom they did not wish to interact. For example, if A adds B to her block list, B is not able to look A up in the company directory, communicate with A through the internal instant messaging system, view As contact information or management chain, or see As posts on internal social media. A and B would not be able to work together constructively on an engineering project if either person blocked the other.
Sounds like a great way to do business.
Peer bonuses that were supposed to reward Google employees for outstanding work performance were also use......
There has been no serious ideological challenge to liberalism, broadly understood, since the fall of world communism. The paradigm of liberal political philosophy is dominant: representative government, individual human rights and personal autonomy, the free movement of goods and people across borders, enthusiastic and untrammeled technological development, and enough regulation and welfare to smooth the rough edges of global market economics, but not so much as to kill the golden goose of economic growth. This is the elite consensus, and generally the popular one as well. Most American political debates, and our two major political parties, are within this broad liberal framework.
Yet there is still unease about the future of liberalism. And there should be. Not only has much of the world resisted liberalismfrom continued Chinese authoritarianism, to violent Islamic fundamentalism, to Russia returning to despotism and the great game of empirebut the peoples of the West seem to be turning against the liberal consensus.
In Europe, the immigration crisis has boosted already-rising nationalism, largely responsible for the successful Brexit campaign. In the United States, our politics are polarized and our culture is decadent. Distrust of the government and other crucial institutions is rising and life expectancy is declining, in large part because opioids are now the opium of the masses. Popular discontent (and disgust with the prospect of a Clinton restoration) resulted in an old socialist crank nearly winning the Democratic nomination and Republicans electing a game-show host as president on a quasi-populist platform.
Is all of this just a pothole in the parking lot at the end of history, or does it portend civilizational crisis? And if liberalism is failing, can it be saved? Should it be saved?
In his new book, Why Liberalism Failed, Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen argues that liberalism is dying, and deserves to. Liberalisms failure results from its triumphits success exposes its broken promises, contradictions, and deformations.
Deneen argues that liberalism was supposed to foster greater equality, defend a pluralistic tapestry of different cultures and beliefs, protect human dignity, and, of course, expand liberty, but it actually generates titanic inequality, enforces uniformity and homogeneity, fosters material and spiritual degradation, and undermines freedom. His critique, which chronicles the baleful effects of liberalism across culture and politics, should be read by both friends and foes of liberalismthose who wish to save it, as well as....
George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. In the novel, newspeak is language twisted to deceive, seduce and undermine the ability of people to think critically and freely.
Donald Trumps unapologetic bigoted language made headlines again Thursday when it was reported he told lawmakers working on a new immigration policy that the...
The Los Angeles Times has reported that, on the heels of a Golden Globe win, actor and director James Franco has been accused by five women of sexual misconduct. The allegations vary from examples that would clearly represent sexual harassment or even assault to some that occupy a hazier area of propriety.
One particular claim stuck out to me as less innocuous than it might seem to people who have not worked in the entertainment industry. Actress Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a student of Francos, claims that while working on one of his films in which she agreed to perform nude, she was approached by a producer the day of shoot on the set and asked if she wanted to perform in a bonus orgy scene with Franco. Tither-Kaplan and other actresses were also asked to perform in a nude scene that was entirely unscripted.
Again, these are two of the least damning and salacious allegations. Others included removing protective genital gear from women without permission. But for anyone who has worked in film or theater, these offers to perform in bonus scenes raise some very dangerous red flags.
Having worked in theater, and less so film, for more than 15 years, I have been involved in several productions that contained nudity or simulated sex. There are two keys to making sure that such situations are dealt with in a safe and fair way. Professionalism and preparation are absolutely essential. Springing a nude or sex scene on actors on-set, the day of a shoot, is simply never appropriate. This is especially true for young actors without representation and little experience.
The decision to appear nude, and the context of that nudity, is a major one for actors. Potential repercussions including the footage making its way online, which apparently happened with Tither-Kaplan can be real and damaging. On the other hand, such roles can also be stepping stones or just good work. Being asked, on set, in the moment, to agree to such a scene puts unfair pressure on actors, especially if they suspect they arent really being asked. One woman who refused to do a certain scene was simply dropped from the film.
It is not only fairness that this situation compromises. It also compromises safety. Many nudity riders for film contracts include strict guidelines. Scenes are shot on a closed set, and scripted and blocked before they happen. There are rehearsals to ensure that everyone knows what is going to happen to their bodies. Some of this appears not to have happened here, which means either the contract was violated, or a vulnerable actress without an agent signed a bad contract.
Even when allowed by a contract or lack thereof, these are just bad practices that need to be scrubbed from the entertainment industry. At the moment there is no clear industry-wide...
Googles public relations mess is just beginning. In August, when Google fired software engineer James Damore following the leaking of Damores internal memorandum discussing workforce diversity through a non-PC lens, the storyline went that, as an at-will employee working for a private company, Damore lacked legal recourse. At the time, I challenged the conventional wisdom, arguing Damore had a solid basis to sue Googleillegal retaliation in violation of Title VII.
Given my niche in, among other things, federal employment law, my earlier exposition naturally focused on the federal anti-discrimination statute. In addition to prohibiting sex and race discrimination, those laws make it unlawful for an employer to fire an employee for opposing illegal discrimination.
At the time of his firing, Damores comments to the press foretold of a future lawsuit premised on retaliation. Earlier this week, lawyers for Damore filed suit against Google for retaliation, as well as race and sex discrimination, and several other claims. But, shrewdly, they did so in a California state court and brought solely state law claims. Damores attorneys purposefully excluded a Title VII claim or any other federal theory in the class-action complaint. Heres why thats significant.
In the United States, because our Constitution adopts a federal form of government, there are two separate court systems: the federal court system and state court systems. (Or, more accurately, 51one for every state and the federal system.) Further, because the federal government possesses only limited and enumerated powers, federal courts may only hear certain types of cases. Simplistically stated, federal courts may hear cases in which the plaintiff sues under a federal law (called federal question jurisdiction) or in which the plaintiff sues a citizen of another state and damages exceed $75,000 (called diversity jurisdiction).
In this case, because Google is headquartered in California and Damore resides in California, there is no diversity jurisdiction. Because Damore alleged only state law claims, there is no federal question jurisdiction. That means Google will be forced to litigate Damores complaint in the state court system.
Why does this matter? The foremost reason: Because Damores employment contract likely includes an arbitration agreement. California courts have a tendency of ignoring arbitration agreements, much more so than federal courts. In fact, the sunshine states court system is so predisposed against arbitration clauses that in recent years the U.S. Supreme Court has twice overruled California Supreme Court precedent invalidating arbitration agreements: first in 20...
Congressional hearings often serve as elaborate theatrical productions. Members ask pre-written questions, receive formulaic answers, and in many cases use witnesses as props to engage in rhetorical grandstanding. The grandstanding element was on full display Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary-designee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wanted to beat up on evil drug companies, and she wasnt going to let facts get in her way.
McCaskill spent two minutes attacking pharmaceutical advertisements, including a reference to the one for erectile dysfunction where they have them in two bathtubs, before she tackled the issue of Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies. At this point she demonstrated ignorance on several issues.
First, she confused the difference between list prices, or the prices that pharmaceutical companies post publicly, and net prices, which are the net price for payors, based on negotiations with pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). Azar admitted that drug companies have no economic incentive to lower list prices, but that negotiations with PBMs do put downward pressure on the net prices. One can question whether PBMs pass on their savings from negotiating rebates some have done just that but their negotiating power does keep net prices in check.
Second, McCaskill failed to grasp that Medicare drug plans already negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and that the discounts they obtain have helped keep overall premiums for the prescription drug Part D plan low. It may sound radical to McCaskill, who has spent practically her entire adult life working in government, but the private sector can negotiate just like the government, and probably do so more effectively than a government entity.
Third, McCaskill refused to believe that getting the government involved in negotiating drug prices would not save money. When Azar explained that removing a provision prohibiting federal bureaucrats from negotiating prices wouldnt save money, McCaskill called his explanation just crazy and nuts.
It isnt nuts, its economics. Even though McCaskill tried to lecture Azar on economics and markets at the beginning of her questioning, her queries themselves showed very little understanding of either concept. In a negotiation, the ability to drive a hard bargain ultimately derives from the ability to seek out other options. If Medicare must cover all or most prescription drugs, such that it cant walk away from the proverbial bargaining table, it will by definition be limited in its ability to put downward pressure on....
French actress Catherine Deneuve is under fire from feminists because of her criticism of the #MeToo movement, calling it a new Puritanism that threatens sexual freedom. Deneuve and about 100 French women in the entertainment industry and academia wrote an open letter published in Le Monde, calling the feminist-driven campaign extreme.
Rape is a crime, the letter states as translated in The New York Times. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression. As a result of the Weinstein affair, there has been a legitimate realization of the sexual violence women experience, particularly in the workplace, where some men abuse their power. It was necessary. But now this liberation of speech has been turned on its head.
This expedited justice already has its victims, men prevented from practicing their profession as punishment, forced to resign, etc., while the only thing they did wrong was touching a knee, trying to steal a kiss, or speaking about intimate things at a work dinner, or sending messages with sexual connotations to a woman whose feelings were not mutual.
French feminist Caroline De Hass lashed out, writing, The signatories of the Le Monde article are deliberately confusing a relationship of seduction, based on respect and pleasure, with violence. To mix everything is quite practical. It allows everything to go into one basket. If harassment or aggression are heavy flirting then its not too serious. The signatories are wrong.
Deneuve also got backlash on Twitter:
If Western civilization can be said to have a clear beginning, the ancient Hebrews are it. After the introductory lecture I discussed here, Hillsdale Colleges free online Western history class were working our way through together therefore begins with this little tribe in the Middle East.
While tiresome and unfair complaints about Jews are also a staple of world history, Dr. Mark Kalthoff opens with a rare line of critique that turns into a compliment, saying the Hebrews main contributions to the Wests heritage are not in the arts, in military victories, technological advancement, and so on, but in religion. While a relatively tiny minority of people now and ever have been religiously Jewish, that minority religion has had inestimably large historical effects.
As thinkers including Russell Kirk have famously noted, culture itself arises largely from religious ideas and practices. For a thing called a culture to exist, its participants must have some kind of understood social order that has a purchase on us, Kalthoff says, some transcendent truths the people hold in common. These truths are almost universally religious in nature, as they must be accepted on faith rather than demonstrated through scientific proofs. Kalthoff outlines four key beliefs about the Hebrew deity crucial to creating the West: God is one, not many; he is transcendent, not a part of this world; he is sovereign; and he is good.
From these abstract religious concepts have developed a variety of practical and political arrangements now inside the air we breathe. The idea of Gods transcendence, for example, establishes a higher law applicable to all men equally, even those who rule. This was a particularly unusual idea among peoples at the time, whose rulers tended more toward tyranny, in which the king or tribal leader was sovereign and those under him essentially serfs.
This, in turn, affected Hebrews laws about human dignity and the meaning possible within an ethical human existence.
Hebrews were the first to make people more important than physical property, Kalthoff says, comparing their legal code to that of Hammurabi. Hebrews regarded all people as equal before the law. This is a fundamental notion in the Western culture, the equality of people before the law, the dignity of the human person, the applicability of Gods moral truths to all men.
The Hebrews also held a distinctive view about agreements between God and man, and between man and man. Their core idea of a covenant is more encompassing than that of a contract because it binds the parties to their promises even if they break the agreement. These ancient views of Hebrews influe...
Even before President Trump signed his signature tax cuts into law, liberals were attacking Republicans for planning to cut entitlement programs to pay for the tax cuts. Put aside the hypocrisy of liberals and the mainstream media for their concern with debt only when taxes are being cut, and their decision to basically ignore the fact that President Obama almost doubled the national debt (including adding $1 trillion just for the stimulus bill in his first year). Letting taxpayers keep their own money apparently has to be paid for, while wasteful spending, e.g., Solyndra, does not.
The media does not seem to understand or care that conservatives view tax cuts as different from expanding government spending. Tax cuts help to grow the economy and allow taxpayers to keep more of their own money. Much of the recently enacted tax cuts are directed towards reducing Americas corporate tax rate, highest among developed countries, which makes it harder for American companies to compete and create jobs at home.
Each dollar of tax cuts thus creates more than one dollar of private sector benefit, and produces some government revenues. Liberals miss the point by insisting that each dollar of tax cuts create one dollar of government revenue. Conservatives want to grow the real world economy, not the government economy. We view tax cuts as helping the economy and wages return to historical norms and grow faster than recent anemic rates; this will in turn reduce the need for government services and spending.
Conservatives believe entitlement programs have needed to be reformed long before the current tax cuts, and that they are not sustainable in their current form. Conservatives believe these programs must be reformed so that we can keep our promises to seniors who have paid into both programs their entire lives, and to prevent these programs from overwhelming the rest of the budget, e.g., defense or infrastructure spending, and to avoid massive tax increases.
Demographic trends, such as people living longer and baby boomers aging, mean more retirees receiving benefits per worker paying payroll taxes, and mean Social Security wont be able to meet its promises in 2034. Conservatives have thus long advocated for many reforms; the most ambitious of which involves increasing the returns of current Social Security funds by allowing individuals the option to invest a portion of their funds into the equity market rather than only Treasury securities. This is similar to how most private sector 401(k) plans work today.
Medicare faces the same demographic challenges as Social Security, as well as the fact that medical costs have been growing faster than the rest of the economy. So, the cost per beneficiary has been increasing at the same time as the number of beneficiaries has been growing. It is projected Medicare wont be able to meet its....
In this months issue of Vogue, tennis star Serena Williams chronicles the frightening circumstances behind her daughters birth two months ago. Writing for Vogue, Mario Testino explains:
Though she had an enviably easy pregnancy, what followed was the greatest medical ordeal of a life that has been punctuated by them. Olympia was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dove dangerously low during contractions. The surgery went off without a hitch; Alexis cut the cord, and the wailing newborn fell silent the moment she was laid on her mothers chest. That was an amazing feeling, Serena remembers. And then everything went bad.
The next day, while recovering in the hospital, Serena suddenly felt short of breath. Because of her history of blood clots, and because she was off her daily anticoagulant regimen due to the recent surgery, she immediately assumed she was having another pulmonary embolism. (Serena lives in fear of blood clots.) She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldnt worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip, she remembers telling the team. The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!
What followed was several more days in the hospital and a follow-up surgery for potentially life-threatening complications. It is not an exaggeration to state that if Williams hadnt been famous, and especially if she were in a hospital in the inner city or a rural area, she may never have returned home with her daughter.
The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the world, according to reports. Now, the ability to compare these statistics is flawed: the United States counts the death of any woman who passed away during the first year post-childbirth in its maternal death statistics, but many other countries do not. Activist Erica Garner passed away from heart problems exacerbated by her daughters birth five months ago. In the United States, her number is classified in our maternal death statistics, but in many other countries, it would not have been.
Some of the first substantial results of the 2017 tax overhaul have arrived in the form of two actions by international corporation Fiat Chrysler. If you are looking to buy an American-produced vehicle in the next few years, it looks like your options are expanding: Fiat Chrysler will move production of its Ram Heavy Duty Truck from Mexico to Michigan, as well as invest more than $1 billion in the Warren, Michigan, plant.
The news came in a January 11 press release detailing that the investment means the automaker will add 2,500 jobs at the Michigan plant. The release also announced special bonus payments of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 of Fiat Chryslers U.S. employees (the release made sure to mention the bonuses excluded senior leadership).
Fiat Chrysler will not close its Mexico plant. It will start producing commercial vehicles for global distribution there instead. The company does not expect to make the changes to the Mexico and Michigan plants until 2020.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) Pakistans army chief told a top U.S. general the nation felt betrayed at criticism that it was not doing enough to fight terrorism, the military said on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of lies and deceit.
Pakistans army said in a statement that U.S. Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told General Qamar Javed Bajwa the United States was not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan.
(Bajwa) said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over U.S. recent statements despite decades of cooperation, the army said, referring to a conversation between Bajwa and Votel.
Ties between the United States and Pakistan worsened after Trump on Jan. 1 tweeted that Washington has got nothing but lies and deceit from Pakistan despite sending billions of dollars in aid.
Reporting by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as shithole countries during an Oval Office meeting about immigration on Thursday. The Post also reported that Trump then said that the U.S. should try to attract more immigrants from places such as Norway.
Most reactions to this have understandingly focused on Trumps berserk racism. But its worth remembering that his comments are grotesque for another reason: Without the bravery of Haitians, Thomas Jefferson would never have been able to complete the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the United States as we know it today would not exist.
This has been almost completely forgotten in the U.S., so nows as good a time as any to remind ourselves.
Most Americans dont know that France once colonized huge swaths of North America. At this point the main remnant of this history is when we go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and drunkenly scream, Laissez les bons temps rouler.
But in the late 1700s, France effectively owned much of what is today the U.S., as well as the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The French named it Saint-Domingue. Today its called Haiti.
France turned Saint-Domingue into a slave society with one goal: Produce the largest quantity of commodity crops, particularly sugar, as possible. It eventually supplied 75 percent of all the sugar on earth, and generated more wealth than all 13 American colonies together.
This level of productivity required baroque cruelty. An estimated one-third of each shipment of enslaved Africans died within three years of arriving in Saint-Domingue. One who survived later asked these rhetorical questions about the French:
Have they not hung up men with heads downward, drowned them in sacks, crucified them on planks, buried them alive, crushed them in mortars? Have they not forced them to eat shit? And, having flayed them with the lash, have they not cast them alive to be devoured by worms, or onto anthills, or lashed them to stakes in the swamp to be devoured by mosquitoes? Have they not thrown them into boiling cauldrons of cane syrup? Have they not put men and women inside barrels studded with spikes and rolled them down mountainsides into the abyss? Have they not consigned these miserable blacks to man-eating dogs un...
When the Macintosh was released some thirty-odd years ago, to Steve Jobs triumphant return in the late 90s, there was one phrase to describe the simplicity of using a Mac. It Just Works. Whether this was a reference to the complete lack of games on the Mac (Marathon shoutout, tho) or a statement to the user-friendliness of the Mac, one thing is now apparent. Apple has improved the macOS to such a degree that all passwords just work. That is to say, security on the latest versions of macOS is abysmal, and every few weeks a new bug is reported.
The first such security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra was reported by [Lemi Ergin] on Twitter. Simply, anyone could login as root with an empty password after clicking the login button several times. The steps to reproduce were as simple as opening System Preferences, Clicking the lock to make changes, typing root in the username field, and clicking the Unlock button. It should go without saying this is incredibly insecure, and although this is only a local exploit, its a mind-numbingly idiotic exploit. This issue was quickly fixed by Apple in the Security Update 2017-001
The most recent password flaw comes in the form of unlocking the App Store preferences that can be unlocked with any password. The steps to reproduce on macOS High Sierra are simply:
This is the second bug in macOS in as many months where passwords just work. Or dont work, depending on how cheeky you want to be. While these bugs have been overshadowed with recent exploits of Intels ME and a million blog posts on Meltdown, these are very, very serious bugs that shouldnt have happened in the first place. And, where there are two, theres probably more.
Just a year ago, poliovirus seemed on its last legs in Pakistan, one of its final strongholds. Polio cases were steadily falling, from 306 in 2014 to 54 in 2015, 20 in 2016, and, by last count, eight in 2017. Blood tests showed that, overall, immunity to the virus had never been higher, even among children aged 6 to 11 months, thanks to years of tireless vaccination campaigns. Surely, there were not enough susceptible kids to sustain transmission, and the virus would burn itself out within a year.
Unsettling new findings, however, show it is far from gone. In the most extensive effort in any country to scour the environment for traces of the virus, polio workers are finding it widely across Pakistan, in places they thought it had disappeared. They are wondering "just what the hell is going on" and how worried they should be, says epidemiologist Chris Maher of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, who runs polio operations in the eastern Mediterranean region. Does this mean the virus is more entrenched than anyone realized and is poised to resurge? Or is this how a virus behaves in its final dayspersisting in the environment but not causing disease until it fades out?
[...] Along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, Pakistan is one of just three endemic countriesplaces where indigenous wild poliovirus has never been vanquished.
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Renewed conflict could be on the horizon after leftist rebels resumed bombing Colombias 485-mile oil pipeline on 10 January, a few hours after the 101-day ceasefire expired.
Steven Spielbergs new film The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, opens today. While it is entertaining, it is hardly the full story of Daniel Ellsberg and the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
Ellsberg sought to make public those documents in 1971 to help bring about an end to the Vietnam war. But they were not the only files he had carried out of the Rand Corporation that he hoped to release later. Certain other papers he had taken could possibly have ended the Cold War, reduced the global threat of nuclear annihilation and stopped the development of what he saw as The Doomsday Machine.
For more on that, below is WhoWhatWhys podcast with Ellsberg, conducted just a few weeks ago.
Long before Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Wikileaks, there was Daniel Ellsberg. Forty-six years after the release of the Pentagon Papers, he is once again front and center in the issues we are talking about. Ken Burns controversially chose not to include Ellsberg in his look back at Vietnam. Steven Spielberg has made the Pentagon Papers the ultimate macguffin of his new film The Post, with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
But Ellsberg, when he left Rand Corporation in 1971, took with him more than the Pentagon Papers. He carried out a whole additional set of documents on Americas nuclear policy and its command and control in the 1950s and 1960s.
The papers were the result of Ellsbergs work as a military analyst at Rand. At that famous defense think-tank, his work focused on how presidents could better understand when and how to launch nuclear weapons using disciplines like decision theory and the study of ambiguity.
After leaving Rand, Ellsberg held the papers back, planning to release them when the war in Vietnam ended. Unfortunately, in a remarkable side story, the papers were hidden so well by Ellsbergs brother that they were never found. Nonetheless, while the original papers were forever lost, using his notes and memories Ellsberg has virtually reconstructed this history, which he reveals in his new book The Doomsday Machine.
Thats the subject of this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, in which Jeff Schechtman talks with Daniel Ellsberg.
As the North Korean crisis once again elevates nuclear war to the realm of conceivability, Ellsberg explains how his early work in economic decision-making was applied to ideas like launch on warning and use them before you lose them. He also discusses the cold calculations...
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AFP/File | Migrants and refugees walk to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on November 24, 2015
Germany will limit the number of asylum seeker arrivals to around 200,000 annually under a draft coalition agreement sealed Friday in marathon talks between the countrys two biggest parties.
We determine that the number of new arrivals should not exceed the range of 180,000 to 220,000 per year, according to a copy of the document agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives and the Social Democrats obtained by AFP.
An asylum seeker takes a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Getty Images
On the thorny issue of family reunions for asylum seekers granted temporary refuge, the preliminary accord says current restrictions should be loosened.
The agreement calls for parliament to pass a law by the end of July allowing 1,000 family members per month to come to Germany.
Merkel long resisted a strict upper limit on asylum seekers coming to Europes top economy, as demanded by her CDUs Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union.
But after winning an election with a reduced majority in September, she agreed to a soft cap on Germanys refugee intake in a bid to silence bitter squabbling within her conservative camp.
Merkels decision to let in more than one million people fleeing war and misery from 2015 has proved deeply divisive in Germany.
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany capitalised on voter anger over the issue to score 12.6 percent in the general election, a record for a far-right party in the post-war period.
Three giant pine cones have been removed from bunya pine trees in Warragul and Drouin.
Over at Pharyngula, PZ posted a link to the extremely depressing article about what the climate-change future looks like for humanity. [pha] Its bad.
You can hit play on that beautiful song by Leonard Cohen while you think about this.
Generally, whenever someone starts the discussion of the global catastrophe, someone in the comments will chime in we need to reduce the population by 90%! or some number like that. If only.
I used to think about the problem thus: Those who say Malthus was wrong are wrong. But the problem is that, while Malthus is right, were wrong to think of humanity as a homogenous population. There are some of us who are pretty carbon-neutral (farmers!) and others who arent (capitalists!). We could get Malthusian and say, accurately, that our problem is not the population, its that we have apex predators within our population, and theyre the problem theyre humans preying on humans.
In other words, the problem is not overpopulation the problem is that we have a large population of Americans (and other elites living 1st world high-consumption lifestyles). We dont need to drop the population 90% we need to drop the population by 10%. It just has to be the right 10%.
The problem is that those 10% are the 10% with high tech militaries, jet airplanes, and offshore bank accounts. Those 10% are the hardest humans to eradicate, of all. In fact, theyre the ones that are prepared and preparing to eradicate the other 90%.
Which wont help their problem, at all. Because the rich plan to keep getting richer.
Oxfam summarizes it neatly: [oxfam]
Climate change is inextricably linked to economic inequality: it is a crisis that is driven by the greenhouse gas emissions of the haves that hits the have-nots the hardest. In this briefing Oxfam demonstrates the extent of global carbon inequality by estimating and comparing the lifestyle consumption emissions of rich and poor citizens in different countri...
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The history of the Ukrainian crisis, which has made everything it affected worse, is distorted by political myths and American media malpractice. Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and radio-show host John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, can be found here at TheNation.com.)
Walmart Suddenly Shutters Numerous Sams Clubs without Notice, 11,000 Jobs Impacted, Chaos Breaks out on Twitter by Wolf Richter Wolf Street This is how fly-by-night companies operate Numerous local radio stations in various cities across the US reported that...
Prime minister Alexis Tsipras and, of course, [current finance minister] Euclid Tsakalotos, have completely changed the relationship with the European partners. Almost everything has been easier since...its a completely different situation, outgoing Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in an interview to Financial Times. He said further that he never backed the idea of a Greek
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Lounge Chair and Ottoman - A terrace is all about relaxing. That's what I think. My wife might have other thoughts, such as how good the patio space may be to set up a few card tables to get her kisses club. But me, I think that it's good only tom possess some pace to be silent and think.
And the very best aspect of the relaxing time for me is my favorite patio chair. I enjoy my teak patio recliner, but other individuals have their own idea on how best to decorate their very own patios. But no matter what style your patio is, chairs are an essential part of anybody's patio decor.
And online, there are just so many styles to choose from. There are the classy looking Adirondack style seats with sloping seat their springs and armrests that are oversized; ideal for resting on a cold beverage. Sometime you can receive these with matching ottomans to give your feet a well deserved rest. My neighbor gets his favourite chaise lounge that his wife got to get their anniversary. I have seen him on many an evening sitting outside having a glass of iced tea on his deck.
A Russian State Duma deputy has warned of an impending drone attack planned by Ukrainian special services against the annexed Crimean peninsula. After Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of plotting attacks against the Black Sea peninsula. Ex-Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Ruslan Balbek claimed that the drone attack would bear similarities to last week's strike on Russian military installations in Syria, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. Comment: Drones used in attack on Russia's bases in Syria "could only be shipped from US"
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London: US president Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse what he understood was an Obama-era decision to move out of the old one....
India has agreed to revive talks to spend $500m on Israeli-made anti-tank missiles battle-tested in Gaza in an apparent reversal of a decision to pull out of the deal weeks ago, according to Indian media reports.
The revived deal, reported days before Israels prime minister was due in Delhi, involves the sale of 8,...
The amount of job opportunities in the country has not matched its growth. 71 percent of Ethiopias population is under the age of 30 and many of them lack opportunities to make a decent living.
Yimam decided to go to Saudi Arabia where his sister was living.
LAGOS JANUARY 12TH (URHOBOTODAY)-There was confusion in Delta State on Thursday after an explosion affected the Nigeria Gas Company pipeline at the Ugbokodo community, near the Warri Refinery in Okpe Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that some residents, including children, who fled into the bush following the raging fire were still missing as at about 4:30pm.
Speaking to Punch, protesting members of the community, led by the Unuevworo (traditional) of Ugbokodo community, Tobore Ajisha, alleged that the explosion could have been prevented if the leaking pipeline had been fixed when the community leaders reported the matter to NGC officials in writing.
Ajisha disclosed that the community had also placed a call to the management of Nigeria Gas Processing and Transporting Company when they noticed the explosion in the affected pipeline, but the NGPTC reportedly refused to act quickly until the fire gathered momentum.
He said, After the explosion, many of our residents who fled into the bush for safety have not been found.
Some of them also sustained injuries from stampede that happened when everyone was scampering for safety. They have been taken for treatment.
Our farms and fish boats were affected in the incident. We are appealing to the federal and state governments to wade into the issue.
Before todays (Thursday) explosion, we have written to NGC office here to inter...
AFP | Dozens of journalists have been arrested in Turkey after the failed coup bid in July 2016
Rights campaigners hoped the Constitutional court ruling could set a major legal precedent and help could help dozens of other journalists arrested in the crackdown.
But two Istanbul criminal courts late Thursday defied the ruling and ordered that both writers should for now remain behind bars.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag accused the Constitutional Court of exceeding its powers by acting as a top court of appeal. Turkey has its own Court of Cassation, known as the Yargitay.
With this decision the Constitutional Court has crossed over its legislative and constitutional limits, Bozdag wrote on Twitter. This court should not act as an appeals court.
He described the decision as bad and wrong, saying it was reminiscent of the same courts ruling in February 2016 to order the release from jail of the former editor of the Cumhuriyet daily Can Dundar.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had at the time fumed over that decision, saying he had no respect for it.
The Constitutional Court, Turkeys top court, is one of the very few public institutions in Turkey not controlled by Erdogan who enjoys the support of armed forces, parliament and government.
Most of its 17 members were appointed during the rule of Erdogans predecessor Abdullah Gul or the previous president Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
Now we know why they werent released last night, commented Emma Sinclair Webb, the Turkey director of Human Rights Watch, on Twitter after Bozdags remarks.
The Istanbul courts said that the men could not be released as Constitutional Court had not formally communicated its rationale.
But the top court hit back with a rare message on Twitter, saying its full ruling could be read by anyone on the internet.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir said he was deeply concerned by the Istanbul courts de...
Cairo: Former military chief of staff General Sami Anan will run in the upcoming presidential election in Egypt, the party he leads said on Thursday, days after the most serious potential challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pulled ou...
In last years roadmap, I forecast that 2017 would end with gold prices up and the dollar index down, both of which happened. I underestimated the number of Fed hikes by one hike, but globally, average short term rates have remained around zero. That will be a core pattern throughout 2018.
Central banks may tweak a few rates here and there, announce some tapering due to economic growth, or deflect attention to fiscal policy, but the entire financial and capital markets system rests on the strategies, co-dependencies and cheap money policies of central banks. The bond markets will feel the heat of any tightening shift or fears of one, while the stock market will continue to rush ahead on the reality of cheap money supply until debt problems tug at the equity markets and take them down.
Central bankers are well aware of this. They have no exit plan for their decade of collusion. But a weak hope that itll all work out. They have no dedicated agenda to remove themselves from their money supplier role, nor any desire to do so. Truth be told, they couldnt map out an exit route from cheap money even if they wanted to.
The total books of global central banks (that hold the spoils of QE) have ballooned by $2 Trillion in assets (read: debt) over 2017. That brings the amount of global central banks holdings to more than $21.7 trillionin assets. And growing. Teasers about tapering have been released into the atmosphere, but numbers dont lie.
Thats a hefty cushion for international speculation. Every bond a central bank buys or holds, gets a price-lift. Trillions of dollars of such buys have artificially lifted all bond prices, and stocks because of the secondary-lift effect and rapacious search for self-perpetuating returns. Financial bubbles pervade the world.
Central bank leaders may wax hawkish manifested in strong words but tepid actions. Yet, overall, policies will remain consistent with those of the past decade to combat this looming crisis. US nationalistic trade policies will push other nations to embrace agreements with each other that exclude the US and shun the US...
In the context of growing international debates about the so called fake news, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about paths that the issue is taking. Espaol Portugus
In the context of the Internet Governance Forum 2017 and growing international debates about the so called fake news, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about possible paths that the framing of the issue is taking.
The terminology has been widely spread in rhetorics from the Global North, but we cannot import such a concept without taking into account the long history of media concentration and manipulation in Latin American and Caribbean region. Legitimizing the term as a novelty is misrepresenting the nature of the problem, as asserted by Frank La Rue during the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva:
Campaigns of misinformation have been a strategy from traditional media...
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Ahhhhh, gorgeous kalanchoe in pink, red and coral are just the thing to brighten up winter right about now! Thanks to Ikea, where these little pots were just 9 shekels each (plants are expensive here in Israel, very annoying since...
On the night of the 6 January 2018, the Russian airbase at Khmeimim was reportedly attacked. Videos and rumours from the airbase claimed that this attack may have included drones, although there were also reports the base coming under attack by rockets. These reports were interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the frontline was approximately 35 kilometres away, and therefore out of the range of most of the kind of artillery available to the rebels. Secondly, independent Russian newspaper Kommersant claimed that the same base had come under mortar attack on 31 December 2017, destroying four Su-24, two Su-35S and an An-72 military transport aircraft. This incident would have been the worst loss of equipment the Russian military had experience since the beginning of the conflict. This report of a mortar attack and damage inflicted attracted immediate skepticism, given the distance from the front lines and a variety of other factors such as the level of damage inflicted. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) denied that seven planes had been destroyed, but did state that two servicemen had been killed by sudden mortar fire. However, there was also speculation that this attack could have been carried out by small drones, of the kind that so-called Islamic State (IS) have used so effectively.
The speculation around the attack on New Years Eve was strengthened when the Russian MoD released a statement and images of improvised drones that they claimed had attacked Russian bases in Khmeimim and Tartus on the night of January 6. This article will use open source methods to examine the circumstances around these drones, the attacks they took part in and the possibility they may have been responsible for theNew Years Eve attack against Khmeimim.
Note: all times used in this investigation are UTC unless explicitly stated. A short guide to how different social media platforms display time and date can be found here.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29 (KJV)
In these films, the more intriguing instances appear in films made by Turkish directors, where the narratives of genocide appear, not head-on, but slipping through the cracks.
This weeks series, 'Turkey: crisis and loss', curated by Mehmet Kurt, will unpack the connections between crisis in contemporary Turkey and a politics of loss. It is inspired by a recent collaborative Queens University Belfast and Bilgi University Istanbul Global Challenges Workshop which took place in Istanbul in June 2017.
The workshop chose the concept of loss to better understand social transformation in the context of internal/international migration and displacement in Turkey. We discussed loss both in its psychosocial reading as a form of mourning, melancholia, nostalgia, sadness, trauma, and depression and within a social-scientific frame as contested sets of relations and structures of feeling in historical, economic and socio-political processes.
Cinema and television have long shaped public perception of historical events. The portrayal of violent acts such as war, forced migration, crimes against humanity and genocide in popular culture often predominate over historical research and documentation.
In terms of the Armenian genocide, this representation has been rather limited. With more than a century having passed since the events of 1915, leaving almost no direct witnesses who can relate their experiences, and no extensive audiovisual archive of the massacres, many of the victims tales have disappeared with them; the survivors narratives, if ever uttered, often remained inside the family. There have been only a handful of fiction films from around the world that deal with the issue in recent years, and many of the non-fiction films are either family narratives of discovery or incensed historical documentaries that propagate one of the two competing accounts: either the official defensive discourse of the Turkish state, or the Armenian recounting of the atrocities.
How are the Armenian genocide....
Forget those New Year resolutions about exercise and healthy eating just for a moment Princess Margarets morning routine in 1955 makes for a wonderful alternative.
It also involves cheese.
Princess Margarets morning routine c 1955. Yassgirl. pic.twitter.com/YbCAvhtfMC
Gareth Roberts (@OldRoberts953) October 20, 2017
David BOO!-wellyn (@TheDaiLlew) October 20, 2017
Just planning my week based on Princess Margaret in 1955. Will have to make do without the maid, the silver or the state subsidy.
AnyGuitar (@AndAnyBassDrum) October 21, 2017
Blimey, with a hectic morning like that I can see why she needs a vodka pick-me-up at 12:30.
FatManPhoto (@FatManPhotoUK) October 20, 2017
Yeah actually, it sounds knackering. If that peaked your interest, heres the book its from:
Maam Darling, Craig Brown
Gareth Roberts (@OldRoberts953) October 21, 2017
And heres a few more responses after it went viral again today.
an hour in the bath? a "vodka pick-me-up"? That's a good schedule!
Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) January 12, 2018
Art: Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples
There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.
Now the asses of Sauls father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.
When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.
Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
Please tell me where the seer lives.
Samuel answered Saul: I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.
Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Sauls
he also kissed him, saying:
The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORDs people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.
This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.
Trump Puts Congress on the Spot, Live on TV, to Fix Immigration Problems Video white house via Mark Dice In a rare move, President Trump put Congressmen on the spot live on TV by inviting cameras into their meeting...
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Seems almost self-explanatory, right? I mean, what could be so involved with the term living with the land, right? There is a lot to it. Theres a reason to do this:
Living with the land will help you to live, and avoid the greatest hunter of all: man. Menmankindhas the same instincts as you, the same success in the generations as you. Although this is not an anthropological treatise, it holds a lot of anthropology within it, because there are a few key points you must keep in mind: Your weakness is a weakness shared by other men; your strength is a strength possessed by other men; what you can do can be done by other men.
The commonality is both your strength and your weakness. You become cold, and so does the man (or men) hunting you. The dark poses impediments and unknown dangers, and it does the same to your hunters.
You can turn the hunters into the huntedfor you are a hunter: it is hard-wired in you through a thousand generations of successful hunters, warriors, and killers. You need to eat, and so do your pursuers. You need water, and so do they. You can track, and so can they. You have senses that can detect man, and so do they. All of this, yes, you know, Im sure.
The land: to blend with it, and to live with it without being obtrusive is the key to avoiding the huntersand remember that they have the same limitations as you. The more pure and clear you keep your senses, the better theyll work for you. We have done some pieces on the way the eye works, and the sense of smell. This is the time to do your workyour training to use these senses to their maximum capabilities. Lets cover some basics as t...
Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposi...
The palace intrigue is everywhere with Michael Wolff's error-riddled book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." Yet, there's also some pushback from the news media over its veracity. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times said there are parts of it that are just wrong. CNN's Jake Tapper also torched the book's accuracy. His colleague Alisyn Camerota also told her viewers that this book really isn't journalism. You would think that a book about the Trump White House would include speaking with members of the president's cabinet; Wolff did no such thing. The book caused a rift between Breitbart's soon to be former executive chairman Steve Bannon, who served as chief White House strategist, and President Trump, namely over calling Donald Trump Jr.'s July 2016 meeting with the Russians, which amounted to nothing, treasonous. Trump responded by saying that Bannon, who had already left the White House, had lost his mind. It didn't take long for Bannon's allies to bolt from him. The Mercer family, Bannon's main financial ally, decided to cut ties shortly after this blow up. Matt Drudge decided to move on, even Rush Limbaugh said he was done with him.
Ravaged by the forces promoting conflict, a real change of government in Kiev is the only salvation for this long-suffering country The junta currently in control of Ukraine is delighted U.S. President Donald Trump has become history's most dangerous loose cannon. The oligarch controlled media in Kiev began churning out the propaganda right after Trump approved a plan to provide lethal defensive weapons to the regime. The key weapons system involved, the Javelin anti-tank missiles caused a kind-of "new toy" delight from Ukraine's reporters. My country appears today as the international "pusher man" for an arms trade that tresembles the Columbia cocaine cartels. More importantly for the people of Ukraine is whether, or not, the liberal world cartel can be beaten back. Here's some thoughts on this. Comment:The US decision to arm their puppets in the Ukraine will be disastrous
Ecuador has granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange both diplomatic status and a passport for international travel. The move has prompted a frenzy of speculation concerning Assanges potential future travel plans. Will the WikiLeaks founder soon leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the city of Quito? While its unclear what comes next for Assange, news organizations are doing whatever it takes even offering bribes for proof of his current whereabouts.
Qualified intelligence sources have informed Infowars.com that international news organizations in London have been bribing without success employees of the Ecuadorian Embassy to get a photograph of Assange that would prove he is still in the embassy.
Despite this, experienced international observers doubt the British Government would arrest Assange in violation of the diplomatic immunity that comes with Ecuadors decision, for an offense as trivial as having violated the terms of his house arrest for rape charges in Sweden that the government of Sweden has now dropped.
Assange recently tweeted a photo of himself donning the official Ecuadorian Marathon FEF soccer team jersey.
Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) January 10, 2018
Reports of failed attempts to bribe Embassy officials comes amid speculation that either Assange or his next target could be potentially out of time. The self-described Geopolitical analyst sparked speculation after adding an hourglass to his Twitter name. Infowars Editor-at-Large Paul Joseph Watson was one of the first to spot the new addition.
Watson tweeted, Julian Assange has added a sand timer to his Twitter name. Tick tock?
Julian Assange has added a sand timer to...
Her name is Cinta, which in Bahasa Indonesia means simply Love.
She lives in a tiny village near Sukadana town, in Indonesian West Kalimantan, otherwise known as Borneo the biggest island in Asia, the second biggest in the world now totally destroyed by unbridled logging, palm oil plantations and mining, perpetrated by countless, and due to corruption and savage capitalism, unregulated local and multi-national companies.
Nearby Sukadana there is a national park, Gunung Palung. It is vast and by Indonesian standards, well guarded, although even here, at its edges, several desperate local people are beginning to burn the ancient forest, while engaging in various other nature-destroying commercial activities.
I talked to them and soon I understood: they actually have no choice. Nothing is given to them by the state, and they have to live. They have to survive, somehow.
I talked to Cintas mother. She has no money, and no mobile phone. She has been to the nearby city only once in her entire life, and it was when a relative of hers got seriously ill. After talking for several minutes, mother begins to cry; desperate, humiliated and helpless.
I asked her whether the family realizes that the political and economic system in her country is thoroughly rotten. She nodded.
I asked whether she knows that in many other countries things are ve...
LAGOS JANUARY 12TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Arrested notorious Niger Delta militant Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, alias Karowei who was arrested on Thursdaywas alleged to have died in the custody of Joint Military Task Force (JTF).
Urhobotoday learnt that Karowei died on Thursday night in a controversial manner after his reported surrender and subsequent arrest at Ogbobagbene community, country home of former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Goddey Orubebe in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state.
Karowei alleged criminal activities on the Bayelsa and Delta waterways came to the open when he reportedly beheaded a military personnel and made caricature of the ugly incident by sticking the head and dancing it around Toru-Ndoro community, Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state.
Giving a graphic details of what led to his death, Coordinator Joint Media Campaign Centre of the JTF, Major Ibrahim Abdullahi said remnants of Karowei who was in JTF custody ambushed troops when the kingpin was being led to his camp to recover his arms and ammunitions.
The JTF spokesman disclosed that in a ensuing confrontation, Karowei alongside several of his lieutenants were killed due to superior firepower, resilience and gallantry of troops.
After his arrest, Mr Karowei confessed to several criminal acts and led troops to his camp to recover the cache of arms and ammunitions in his possession as well as to persuade other members of his gang to surrender.
However in a twist of events, Karoweis recalcitrant group laid...
Russian President Vladimir Putin said said that he knows which provocateur was behind the attacks which targeted Russian military bases in Syria earlier this month. The recent attacks on Russian military bases were a provocation [...]
American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.
There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.
So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.
Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.
There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.
The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.
King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.
However, she said comments from her f...
In the world of funny animal videos, this just won the best picture Oscar.
Stormtroopers walking down the stairs followed by Darth Vader. pic.twitter.com/LoQhOtdkpq
Sam Kalidi (@samkalidi) January 11, 2018
They are working on the sequel as I write this. And that chat that followed wasnt bad either.
Never seen a black pingu b4 ha love it
Jimany Kricket (@gymkarna3) January 11, 2018
That's what they look like when they are teensor goth.
Sam Kalidi (@samkalidi) January 11, 2018
It's called "Melanism". It's basically the exact opposite of "Albinism".
JC Wijma (@JCWijma) January 11, 2018
Yeah @jcwijma thats true but not in this case. Hes just a young penguin with downy feathers penguins with melanism still have the orange/yellow stripes on the side of their head
Jaylen (@wackndblack) January 11, 2018
So you're saying it's more of a Kylo Ren than Darth Vader?
Charrion On (@charrion) January 11, 2018
The general assembly of a multi-apartment building in Larissa decided to implement harsh measures against those who do not pay maintenance charges and building fees. They put a padlock on the elevator door and distributed keys only to those are consistent with their obligations. The building has reportedly 75 apartments and several professional spaces. The
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In this piece for Psychiatric Services, Dr. Sandra Steingard comments on the implications of a recent meta-analysis demonstrating the positive effects of the therapeutic alliance on pharmacologic treatment outcomes.
If there are any among us for whom the results of this study might cause surprise, it would be those who have adopted a more mechanistic view of drug efficacy in which a drugs impact is considered to occur independent of social context. The implications of this research should challenge these notions and raise questions about policies derived from them. For it is only when one thinks these drugs work regardless of context that one could promote a production model of care in which as many patients are seen in the shortest time possible. A contrasting approach is Open Dialogue (OD), which places strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. In OD, the entire network of those who care about the patient is invited to meetings. Everyones voice is valued and respected. Diagnosis has less immediate primacy and can be understood over time. But these are not 15-minute meetings, and at the outset of treatment these meetings occur frequently. When OD was used with individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis, researchers reported extremely good outcomes even though only about 30% of patients were ever treated with antipsychotic drugs.
Studies of the therapeutic alliance in pharmacologic treatment are warranted. There is good reason to suspect that we will learn that its effect has less to do with improving adherence to drug treatment than with enhancing other mechanisms of clinical change. It might lead us to reevaluate the wisdom of current practice and policy.
Authorities in Michigan launched a manhunt for a couple accused of torturing and murdering their four-year-old daughter whose battered and burned body was found in a patch of woods on New Year's Day. The couple was finally apprehended Tuesday in southern Georgia, just outside of Florida. Relatives found the child lying in the woods near the Rawsonville Woods mobile home community in Belleville, Michigan. She was found unresponsive and covered in burns. The child was declared dead after being rushed to a local hospital, the New York Post reported.
From The Independent: Non-NHS private firms won almost 70 percent of tendered contracts in England last year, undermining repeated government claims that private companies play a small role in NHS care provision.
Mr Justice McCloskey is due to rule today on whether the police ombudsmans findings of police collusion in the Loughinisland murders should be quashed. His earlier ruling that the findings were careless, thoughtless and inattentive . . . in . . . language and structuring and quite unacceptable by any standard was greeted with satisfaction by the retired police officers association which had brought the action, but dismay among human rights activists and not least, the Loughinisland relatives. Belief was widespread that the ombudsmans report marked a landmark development in dealing with the past. This may now be reversed.
Todays ruling by Judge McCloskey was previewed yesterday in the Irish News in a report by Allison Morris which raised questions about his suitability for handling the case. Headlined Loughinisland judge previously represented police challenge in ombudsman challenge, she wrote :
In 2001 former ombudsman Nuala OLoan ruled there had been failings by the RUC during the investigation into the Omagh bombing.
Her report was unsuccessfully challenged by former chief constable Ronnie Flanagan and Raymond White, with Bernard McCloskey QC representing the policemen.
He was appointed a High Court judge in 2008.
Guidelines issued to judges by the Lord Chief Justice state: Past professional association with a party as a client need not in itself be a reason for disqualification, but the judge must assess whether the particular circumstances, and in particular any prior knowledge relevant to the case, could create an appearance of bias.
A declaration in such circumstances is at the discretion of the judge.
When asked if Mr Justice McCloskey had declared previously representing Mr White as a possible perceived conflict of interest, a spokesperson for Sir Declan Morgans office said: The Statement of Ethics for the Judiciary in Northern Ireland provides guidance to judges on when it may be appropriate for them to recuse themselves.
This will generally be when there is an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest or where there is the potential for an appearance of bias to be created.
Judges who are aware of any such conflict or who are asked to recuse themselves will make an assessment based on the circumstances of the individual case.
There was no such awareness or request in the present case.
The suggestion of a judges potential unsuitability is answered in time honoured fashion. The record of a barristers cases...
This piece for Holistic Elephants discusses the role of social context and environment in our perception and construction of word salad, a common symptom of psychosis and extreme states.
So then the class explored instead: what this word salad might have actually been DOING to the psychologist, what did it DO within the social context of this interview and relationship, how did it function? The patient was breaking all of Grices Maxims of polite conversation, wrecking all the polite adjacency pairs, and presenting abstract and obfuscating answers to deflect inquiries, challenges, normal conversation, and relationship building. And the person did this perfectly by talking word salad, which makes sense when you put it in context; that is, when you think about what this language is doing in the situation and not analyse what it means, expresses, communicates, refers to, or represents. In a functional sense, this was not disorganized at all!
High Chair Pad for Wooden High Chair - Parsons chairs come that choosing the one that is ideal can be a bit daunting. This guide has been constructed to help you pick parsons chairs to match your house decor style. Whether you're looking for a set of parsons dining chairs or one or 2 seats to use for living room accents, this guide will steer you in the ideal direction.
They think of rooms and big, formal dining rooms, when men and women imagine a traditional dcor. A skirted, richly upholstered parsons chair does seem regal! Traditional parsons chairs could be accommodated for casual environments. These designs are timeless and refinedgoing out of fashion. Traits of parsons style seats that are traditional consist of legs . The thighs are often from the "s-curved" Queen Anne style-- also known as cabriole legs - or in the bolder Chippendale style. The seat backs are usually camel, crescent or scrolled contour, providing them a bit more formality. Conventional parsons chairs can be skirted, with triple or box pleats for a look.
You've got extensive choices when picking upholstery for a fashion that is conventional parsons chair. Select complements the color scheme and overall mood of the room. One idea would be to put a light fabric-- either solid colored or subtly patterned-- using a darker wood. Ivory, light blue or green are excellent choices. Designed chairs can stand up to prints and rich colors, including patterns that are scrolled large florals , lush greens, burgundies blues and golds. Nailhead trim, stainless steel bands and tassels are classic upholstery accents.
532 Nika riots in Constantinople.
888 Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.
1435 Sicut Dudum was promulgated by Pope Eugene IV about the enslaving of black natives in Canary Islands by Spanish Natives.
1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was sentenced to death.
1605 The play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston was performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
1607 The Bank of Genoa failed after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
1822 The design of the Greek flag was adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1830 The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana began.
1847 The Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexican-American War in California.
1885 Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The Fuller Brush Man, was born (d. 1973).
Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform based on its own technology.
DENVER Dylan Maris, 16, reportedly practiced for a school shooting using the popular violent video game PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds late last night, despite never being able to find a single piece of loot before being killed by another player.
I was inspired by the Columbine guys who mapped out their shooting in a game of DOOM. I guess in that game you fucking start off with the guns, Maris told angry PUBG squad mates in a game after driving their vehicle off a cliff. I thought this shit would help me get revenge on my classmates but I guess its one more thing Im fucking terrible at.
Im so mad at all the jocks who bully me in class and it turns out theyre even better at finding me in the PUBG school and making me feel like shit there too, he added.
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After an anonymous tip to the police led to Maris arrest, an advocacy group against violent video games spoke out about the incident.
I guess this should technically be in our wheelhouse but I dont know if it really counts as a violent video game if your noob ass cant even find a gun and you die after your bike bugs and you fly 100ft in the air, said Teresa Withers, a spokesperson for Mothers Against Violent Gaming (MAVG). I mean what is his school shooting gonna look like? He shows up in a crappy vest and then someone beats the shit out of him with a pan?
At press time, Bluehole released a statement about the game condemning Maris and promised to put into place safety measures in PUBG to curb young gamers from using it as a practice for real-life violent attack...
As the Myanmar governments violent policy towards its Rohingya Muslims drew increasing international condemnation in 2016, the countrys sometime icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, declined to speak out for the persecuted minority. And in her attempts to protect Myanmar from renewed isolation, she has continued to deepen its relatio...
The Miura was the first true Supercar: the rear mid-engined, two-seat, 5-speed manual, and a big 3929 cc V12 making 345 hp. This became the standard layout for supercars. Price: $20,000 (about $150k today) When the Miura was new, it was the fastest production road car ever made. The irony of the Miura is that
It is evident the term Bitcoin has become so much more than a designation of the worlds leading cryptocurrency. For many companies, it has also become a marketing gimmick these days. More specifically, KFC Canada feels now is the best time to introduce a Bitcoin-related product. Their limited-time offer Bitcoin Bucket is an interesting creation in this regard. It can even be delivered to ones doorstep in select regions.
It is important to note KFC Canada currently has no plan to accept Bitcoin payments. Nor will they embrace other cryptocurrencies until further notice. All they aim to do is get a piece of the Bitcoin hype and sell some more products. Theres nothing wrong with using popular trends for ones own marketing purposes. In fact, it may bring some more positive exposure to Bitcoin as a whole. It is an interesting move by KFC Canada, although it remains to be seen if anyone even cares.
With the Bitcoin Bucket, KFC Canada has created a rather interesting precedent. They are the first major fast-food chain to create a Bitcoin-themed product. Although it cant be paid for in BTC directly, its still an interesting concept. The Bitcoin Bucket is not necessarily something one hasnt seen before either. It contains chicken tenders, waffle fries, Med Side, Med Gravy and 2 Dips. All of this is presented in a convenient bucket for the price of CA$20.
For the time being, it is unclear how long this item will be available. Limited offers like these often disappear pretty quickly. Theres also the question as to whether or not KFC Canada will get a lot of orders for this bucket. Other than a marketing gimmick, there is nothing related to Bitcoin whatsoever. It may have the Bitcoin logo on the front, although that seems highly unlikely at this point. Turning Bitcoin into a marketing gimmick can be a positive move for the cryptocurrency ecosystem overall.
Sadly, the Bitcoin Bucket will not come to the rest of the world. Its unclear why KFC Canada is the one to release such an item, though. Bitcoin hasnt made the biggest of impacts in Canada at this point. Then again, a free marketing trend is a gift horse we shouldnt look in the mouth. In the worst case, very little buzz is created because of it. The best possible scenario would see KFC Canada sp...
Content Warning: Sexual assault, reclamation of anti-trans slurs.
The cool kids invite you to sit at the table. They give you a little introductory tour to the halls. They tell you which day on the cafeteria schedule serves the best food. They tell you the right words to flatter your teacher. They look out for you, and they do it by steering you clear of the crazies. Until youre one of the crazies, I guess.
She and I both, as professionals in the community, are well aware of the fine line we have to walk in order to be taken seriously in the queer/trans community. We not only have to look a certain way (both in terms of passing and in terms of conforming to queer normative acceptable standards of appearance), we also have to make sure not to rock the boat too much. We have to appear as sane and calm as possible, no matter the circumstances. If we show too much emotion at any time (read: any inconvenient emotion), we get hit with a double-whammy of misogyny and transphobia, quickly written off as hysterical crazy trans women. Accuse the wrong person of something, anyone too close to queer-home, and thats the end of our credibility and the revoking of our entrance passes to Queerlandia.
Its exhausting having to walk such a fine line. Ive found that there are so many danger zones to watch out for. Trans women have to not only be queer-literate (knowing queer social justice language), we have to be exceptionally good at using it. Any minor slip of language or politics and were labeled crazy trans women by cis people while trans men nod knowingly in agreement rarely standing up for us, and just as often perpetuating the crazy trans woman stereotype themselves.
I became aware of this initially through cryptic warnings from an older queer trans woman friend of mine, years before I became involved in the queer community, but I didnt realize the extent of it at first. That is, until I was invited to participate in it. When I first became involved heavily, I befriended two trans men whom I looked up to a great deal, and one of the first conversations we had in private was a gossip session in which they warned me about various trans women and got me to agree that they were crazy. Ive found similar conversations throughout the community, often used in a way that it makes me wonder if whats really happening is that theyre subconsciously testing my loyalty to the queer zeitgeist. Am I good tranny or a bad tranny? Am I willing to be part of their clique, giving them the ability to deflect any and all criticism of transmisogyny, or am I a problem?
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Kate Allsopp and Peter Kinderman, from the University of Liverpool, recently published a commentary in The Lancet Psychiatry. In the article, the authors call for psychosocial adversities associated with mental health challenges to be listed alongside ICD-10 or DSM-5 diagnoses.
Imagine if it were as serious to fail to document extreme poverty as it would be for a clinician to fail to identify severe depression, suggest the authors.
The commentary was written in response to a systematic review conducted by Wagner Silva Ribeiro and colleagues finding an association between income inequality and mental illness. Many studies have suggested that adversity and poverty negatively impact mental health and cognition.
The authors write, the United Nations Special Rapporteur characterizes mental health care not as a crisis of individual conditions, but as a crisis of social obstacles, which hinders individual rights. The writers, therefore, conclude that the circumstances that have given rise to distress should be formally recorded alongside the distress itself.
Both the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) include descriptors about adversity (e.g., neglect, abandonment). However, these codes are seldom included in formal diagnoses. The authors suggest that the same codes used in a UK government program to reassess disability benefits (e.g., insufficient social support, inadequate housing, extreme poverty) be included in the diagnosis and routine data collection.
Broadening routine data capture within UK National Health Service records could establish more inclusive, social, systemic, and psychologically comprehensive patterns of difficulties, which could target information regarding establi...
Ahed Tamimi Speaks of Her Struggle: All I Wish Is for Palestine to Be Free In late 2016, investigative journalist Abby Martin had the opportunity to interview 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. The two discussed the hardships of living under Israeli occupation as well as Tamimis future aspirations. It quickly becomes apparent why her oppressors are attempting 
Philip Scranton, a historian at Rutgers University, had taken aim at their bookDeceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and at Markowitz in particular. Scranton accused him of everything from overgeneralization and failure to corroborate to selectively appropriat[ing] information, among a list of other alleged misdeeds. Rosner and Markowitzs peers quickly came to their defense, calling Scranton a hired gun for the chemical industry. (Scranton had in fact been hired by a group of companies to review two chapters in the book, along with a report Markowitz had prepared for a court case involving job-related chemical exposure.) But Rosner and Markowitz knew there would be more rounds to the stressful, time consuming, and seemingly never-ending fight.
At first glance this looks like a regrettably stray apostrophe. pic.twitter.com/WUqrIHLixq
Stig Abell (@StigAbell) January 12, 2018
ah, if it weren't for an apostrophe?
Giles MacDonogh (@GilesMacDonogh) January 12, 2018
I reckon the headline writer knew exactly what s/he was doing.
stuff'n'nonsense (@duncangunn) January 12, 2018
No doubt youre right.
I've read this several times and I'm still not sure
Bobbi Sophia (@BobbiSophia) January 12, 2018
The apostrophe is correct. Comic humour in the syntax.
Balloon Door (@aclr1972) January 12, 2018
Thank you, Mr Logic.
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Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Heres Exhibit A. (Tribal allegiances are replacing shared empirical understandings of the world.) Facebook and Google threaten public health and democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"
By JESSE SINGAL
The New York Times
JAN. 11, 2018
Harvard University Professor Steven Pinker Credit Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg, via Getty Images
This week, a video surfaced of a Harvard professor, Steven Pinker, which appeared to show him lauding members of a racist movement. The clip, which was pulled from a November event at Harvard put on by Spiked magazine, showed Mr. Pinker referring to the often highly literate, highly intelligent people who gravitate to the alt-right and calling them internet savvy and media savvy.
The clip went viral. The right celebrated; the left fumed. The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website ran an article headlined, in part, Harvard Jew Professor Admits the Alt-Right Is Right About Everything. A tweet of the video published by the self-described Right-Wing Rabble-Rouser Alex Witoslawski got hundreds of retweets, including one from the white-nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
Steven Pinker has long been a darling of the white supremacist alt-right, noted the lefty journalist Ben Norton. And he returns the favor. Others reacted to the rumor with simple exasperation: Christ on a crutch, said the liberal commentator and biologist PZ Myers, who also wrote a blog post denouncing Mr. Pinker for this supposed alliance.
The idea that Mr. Pinker, a liberal, Jewish psychology professor, is a fan of a racist, anti-Semitic online movement is absurd on its face, so it might be tempting to roll your eyes and dismiss this blowup as just another instance of social media doing what it does best: generating outrage.
But its actually a worthwhile episode to unpack, because it highlights a disturbing, worsening tendency in social media in which tribal allegiances are replacing shared empirical understandings of the world. Or maybe subtribal is the more precise, fitting term to use here. Its one thing to say that left and right disagree on simple facts about the world this sort of informational Balkanization has been going on for a while and long predates Twitter. What social media is doing is slicing the salami thinner and thinner, as it were, making it harder even for people who are otherwise in general ideological agreement to agree on basic facts about news events.
Thats because the pernicious social dynamics of these online spaces hammer home the idea that anyone who disagrees with you on any controversial subject, even a little bit, is incorrigibly dumb or evil or suspect. On a wide and expanding range of issues, theres no such thing as good-faith disagreement.
The online anger aimed at Mr. Pinker provides a pe...
I was super excited when Wearing History announced the 1930s Nanette Blouse Pattern, because:
1) its adorable, and;
2) Ive been looking for a girlie take on a formal shirt to wear with tails (well, waistcoat and trousers, I usually abandon the tails after 3 minutes), for AGES, and the Nanette Blouse was the perfect design.
I was even more excited when Lauren offered me a review copy. Yay! Free vintage pattern goodness!
So I got the pattern for free. However my opinions on the pattern are totally my own, and not influenced by the free-ness of the pattern.
My sewing goal was for my blouse to be ultra-feminine, but also to clearly reference the idea of a formal shirt. I absolutely love the white blouse shown on the cover of the pattern. I wanted to replicate its sheer-sleeve and opaque body effect.
A rummage in my fabric stash unearthed a white silk tissue with a slightly crepe thread, and a subtle stripe effect. It wasnt an absolutely ideal fabric, but it was the best option I had in stash.
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Analysis from the Daily Caller shows that Google's new fact-checking feature, which displays "fact-checks" next to allegedly disputed stories in search results, almost exclusively targets conservative media. It's already been a bad week for Google: explosive information released in James Damore's class action lawsuit has revealed an atmosphere of extreme progressive bias at the company, complete with the open shaming and intimidation of conservatives and white males. Now there is evidence that the company's hyper-partisan bias is trickling down into its product. Currently, when you search for a news site, for example, "Breitbart News," Google will show you a list of topics that the site has focused on, as well as a tab for "reviewed claims." These are stories that have been reviewed by "fact-checkers" like Snopes and Politifact.
The police officer who crashed his patrol car into an elderly couple's car while driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit will face no charges and will remain on the job, despite a history of dangerous driving accidents. The surveillance footage is gruesome, and it shows James Cryer, 69, and his wife Rena, 78, exiting a parking lot and pulling out onto the road in their 2001 Chevy Blazer when a 2015 Dodge Charger races down the street and crashes into the left rear of their car. Mr. Cryer was ejected from the car and left lying in the middle of the street. The speeding car, which clearly had "POLICE" emblazoned on its side, was an Algood City patrol car driven by Officer Christopher Ferguson, 32. An investigation from the Tennessee Highway Patrol placed the blame on both drivers-claiming that while Ferguson was exceeding the speed limit, Cryer also "failed to yield" to oncoming traffic. However, Cryer claimed that because Ferguson was driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit, he did not see the patrol car when he pulled out into the street until it was too late.
Just a few days shy of the first year since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States I think that it would be reasonable to say that pretty much everybody, besides the Neocons and a few unconditional supporters, is now feeling quite appalled at what the past year brought to the US and the planet. Those who hated Trump don't hate him any less, while those who had hopes for Trump, such as myself, now have to accept that those hopes never materialized. I think that if we imagine a Hillary Presidency then the word "evil" would be a good way to describe what such a Presidency would most likely have been like. Likewise, if I had to chose a single word to describe the Trump Presidency, at least so far, I think that that word should be "stupid". I won't even bother, as I had initially planned, to list all the stupid things Trump has said and done since his inauguration (those who think otherwise might as well stop reading here). I will say that it gives me no pleasure writing this because I also had hopes that Trump would fulfill at least some of his campaign promises (even though most of my support for him was based on the fact that he was not Hillary who, I still believe, would have brought the US and Russia to war against each other). Furthermore, each time I recall Trump's inauguration speech I have this painful sense of a most important and totally missed opportunity: to finally restore the sovereignty of the US to the people of the US and to return to a civilized and rational international policy. Alas, this did not happen and that is a reality we have to accept and deal with.
The stores shut down early today and will open tomorrow @10AM
The stores will shut - permanently - on 26 Jan, 2018. 64 other stores in other States are being shuttered as well.
Guess tomorrow I'll be in stocking up on paper goods, tea and other non-shelf-life items. This hurts - given the cost of living in Alaska.
Another sign the ship is really sinking here?
Remember the Robert Frost classic, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening? Our Snow Tracks Scarf reminds us of that poems lovely mood, the hushed silence of a winter wood and the sweep of easy wind and downy flake.
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A very simple pattern creates the Snow Tracks Scarfs inimitable texture. A mock cable stitch, theres no fussing around with a cable needle, and our new Elongated Mock Cable Stitch video tutorial shows you just how to do it!
On US 17 needles, you can easily whip up this lovely, long wraparound in time for the next snowstorm and for a quiet communion with nature!
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Ray Blanco: Sessions Cant Stop U.S. Pot by Ray Blanco Daily Reckoning A monumental policy shift announced by the U.S. federal government on pot last Thursday sent the pot markets into a frenzy. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement...
On 25 October/7 November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd from the so-called Provisional Government. It was a relatively easy thing to do for the Provisional Government enjoyed little or no popular support and basically represented the interests of the former tsarist urban and rural elites
It is Friday morning and its time to take the penultimate of our final two looks at what happened in the bitcoin price across the last 24 hours or so and how we expect things to move near 10 in an attempt to piece together a strategy that we can use to draw a profit from the market if and when things move.
As many reading will likely already be aware, it has been a pretty rough week as far as sentiment (and in turn, price action) is concerned. A range of fundamental developments have translated to some severe weakness in the markets and bitcoin doesnt seem to have any ability to counter this dip in sentiment at least near term.
What this has meant is that things just keep declining without any reprieve or, perhaps more accurately, without any sustainable and supportable reprieve.
Anyway, all we can do is play levels as we see them. So, lets get some support and resistance parameters in place that we can use near-term and see if we can find a positive against the backdrop of substantial negativity.
As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea of where things stand and where we intend to jump in and out of the markets if and when we see things move.
The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and it has our primary range overlaid in green.
As the chart shows, the range we are looking at for the session today comes in as defined by support to the downside at 13328 and resistance to the upside at 13535.
If we see price close below support, we will enter short towards an immediate downside target of 13250.
conversely, looking the other way, if price closes above resistance, we will enter long towards 13650.
Chart courtesy of Trading View
It used to be that the New York Times and the Washington Post competed against each other to be the chief propagandist for the hundred or so top firms who sell to the US federal government the 100 top federal contractors, almost all of which are Pentagon contractors mainly these are weapons-manufacturing firms, such as the biggest, Lockheed Martin. The federal government is a large part of these firms essential market; so, invasions by the US against other countries require lots of their goods and services; and, also, Americas foreign allies additionally buy these weapons; and, right now, US President Trump is demanding that they increase their defense budgets to buy more of them. Wars produce corporate profits if (like in the United States) the military suppliers are private corporations instead of government-owned (socialized).
The Elongated Mock Cable Stitch, used in our Snow Tracks Scarf, is a beautiful all-over cable stitch pattern that eschews the fuss of a cable stitch holder. This stitch uses yarn overs and crossed knit stitches to create a fascinating texture in just two pattern rows Easy!
Russias Foreign Ministry has demanded that the US lifts all restrictions to the access of humanitarian aid to the Rukban refugee camp in the Al-Tanf area. They say that the area is de-facto occupied by [...]
An obsession with anniversaryism conceals a lack of creative and inclusive thinking in Scottish and English political thought.
So Trump isnt coming to visit the UK after all. But 2018 will be the year of Trump and Brexit nonetheless. Both are mutually reinforcing echo chambers. Trump may be an outlier as a person, but sadly Trumpism meaning right-wing populist raging against everything existed before him and will continue long after him.
By England, we mean the whole of the United Kingdom
I returned from a reflective Christmas break in an insular, inward-looking US, to the familiar Brexit cacophony on these shores. Its clear that in 2018 Brexit will continue to be shaped by contested versions of what country we are talking about.
This England as Britain versus England alone versions of Brexit cause faultlines even on the left: Owen Jones and Anthony Barnett representing these different accounts. Barnetts The Lure of Greatness is one of the most powerful polemics exploring the populist English uprising appropriated to Brexit. Barnetts analysis was cited at length last week in a Guardian editorial. But the Guardian ultimately reduced it to the usual liberal prospectus of addressing English malcontents by such showstoppers as House of Lords reform and federalism.
A view that unites B...
WATCH: Settlers throw stones at Palestinian homes in revenge attacks Dozens of Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinian cars and houses following the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach near the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad. By Joshua Leifer Israeli settlers throw rocks near the Palestinian town of Jit on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Yesh Din) Israeli settlers 
Glitch underscores complexity of companys challenge as it scrambles to fix unprecedented vulnerabilities
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 7:12 p.m. ET
Intel is quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws affecting virtually all of its processors. It turns out the patches had bugs of their own.
The glitch unde...
A few days back I wrote about open-source Intel developers posting their initial GPU driver patches for Icelake "Gen 11" graphics. That first code drop was just the tip of the iceberg unlike code drops for previous generations where they published the whole stack at once. But now the developers have already moved on to publishing more of the code...
Thanks to the Guardian for giving Bill McKibben the space to put the New York City decision in perspective:
Over the years, the capital of the fight against climate change has been Kyoto, or Paris thats where the symbolic political agreements to try and curb the earths greenhouse gas emissions have been negotiated and signed. But now, New York City vaulted to leadership in the battle.
On Wednesday, its leaders, at a press conference in a neighborhood damaged over five years ago by Hurricane Sandy, announced that the city was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels, and added for good measure that they were suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planets most important city was now at war with...
The ongoing demonstrations in Iran, spreading like wildfire around the country and raising slogans that are totally different from those of the last uprising in 2009, have caught almost everyone by surprise.
What do they signify? What ignited them? And where are they heading?
Opinions diverge widely, depending on how much those who offer them support the current regime. But very few analyses attempt to understand the protests against the background of previous struggles for democracy. These protests represent a return to the agenda of a democratic revolution, which has been fought for and then defeated on at least three previous occasions by imperialist and right-wing counterrevolutions.
A long struggle
The Iranian struggle for democracy goes back more than a century. The 1905 revolution, which resulted in the Constitution of 1906 establishing a...
Do these people ever consider this perhaps helps Trump? The Mans on Fire! Bitcoin Steadies But Set For Worst Weekly Slide Since 2015 (BBG) Cryptos Surge As South Korea Backs Away From Trading Ban (ZH) South Korea Is Talking Down The Idea Of A Cryptocurrency Trading Ban (CNBC) Chinas Trade
Both Lebanon and Israel increased their territories in the wake of war and found themselves ruling new populations. But theres one glaring difference between the two expanded states
By Oren Barak Jan 12, 2018 7:01 AM
File photo: IDF soldiers patrol the border with Lebanon on March
28, 2000 in Lilach, Israel. Mark H. Milstein / ANS / Getty
In August 1978, Prime Minister Menachem Begin met secretly in Jerusalem with Camille Chamoun, a leader of Lebanons Maronite Christian community and a former president of his country. In the meeting, Begin promised Chamoun that Israel would expand its aid to the Christians in Lebanon, and in this context drew a comparison between the Lebanese Christians and the Jews who were persecuted in the Diaspora. The meeting between the two concluded with ardent embraces, but as Chamoun left the Prime Ministers Residence, his face clouded over. Mr. Prime Minister, he said to Begin, dont make the same mistakes that we made in Lebanon. The French forced Greater Lebanon on us and made us annex Muslim-populated areas. That was the source of our troubles. Dont annex Muslim territories to your country.
Begin listened, but said nothing.
In a recently published book, State Expansion and Conflict: In and Between Israel/Palestine and Lebanon, I draw a first comparison of its kind between two expanded states: Greater Lebanon, which was established in 1920, in the wake of World War I; and Greater Israel (or Israel/Palestine), which came into being after the 1967 Six-Day War. What both cases have in common is that a relatively small political unit the autonomous district of Mount Lebanon and the State of Israel, respectively added to itself territories that had previously been outside its boundaries. Thus, instead of becoming (in Lebanon) or continuing to be (in Israel) a more-or-less homogenous nation-state, as its leaders had hoped, each state became a divided society: namely, one containing a number of religious, ethnic or national groups between which there is tension, friction and sometimes also violent conflict.
Nevertheless, there is one outstanding difference between these two expanded states. Greater Lebanon, which later became the independent state of Lebanon, was eventually accepted by the majority of its inhabitants, including the Sunni and Shiite Muslims who lived in the areas annexed to it in 1920, and was also accepted by its Arab neighbors (including Syria, which initially refused to recognize Lebanons separate existence, but eventually, in 2008, established diplo...
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France is set to launch a champagne box-sized mini satellite into Earth orbit on Friday to study a mysterious, juvenile planet system in our Milky Way galaxy, mission controllers said.
The PicSat orbiter's target is the massive star Beta Pictoris, some 60 light years from Earth in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel), and its planet Beta Pictoris ba gassy giant.
Built at the Paris Observatory's LESIA laboratory, with European backing, PicSat is due to be launched in the early-morning hours of Friday on an Indian PSLV rocket.
It will orbit our planet at an altitude of some 500 kilometres (310 miles), hoping to learn more about Beta Pictoris b by observing the next time it transits its host star, appearing as a dot on the bright surface as seen from Earth's perspective.
Beta Pictoris b, the only currently known exoplanet in the system, has a mass of about 7 Jupiter masses and orbits at a distance of around 9.2 AU.
The PicSat mission will continuously monitor for a transit, which could last for up to a few hours, in order to alert more powerful observatories:
The nominal PicSat mission will last for one year. When the start of a planetary or other transit is observed, the 3.6-meter telescope from the European Southern Observatory in La Sille, Chile, will also be immediately put into action to observe Beta Pictoris using the powerful HARPS instrument. These data combined will allow an even better understanding of the phenomenon.
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Guest essay by Eric Worrall Green are worried they are about to get duped once again into facilitating a massive increase in Californian CO2 emissions. Diablo Canyon to Close Without Clean Energy Guarantees The plan for closing Californias last nuclear plant slashes a proposed budget for worker retrainingand has no explicit provision for zero-carbon replacements.
Step2 Table and Chairs with Umbrella - If you are going to get a simple seat, there are lots of things that you need to keep in mind. At this moment, this report will give you tips that will allow you to meet with the ideal chair you're looking for. Thus have a peek at the advice. As the first step, you need to decide about the potential size limitations for your chair you're going to get and also the maximum dimensions may be when, for example, you're going to move your new chair through a narrow door or whether you are likely to squeeze it into a small living room. This is very important especially if tilted back, with recliners, which should be pulled away from the wall and may obstruct the traffic patterns.
The second step would be to thoroughly consider about the color since the simple chair will get a part of your decoration for many decades. You should select something which you could live with for extended time. You can select a neutral seat that can be upgraded with trendy pillow. The step you have to do is to come across the idea about the type of upholstery before you begin to store it, you want. In fact, the challenging leather could be ideal for the household with toddlers and pets. Also, white cotton may be OK for adults that are cautious.
The next step is to test the chair. It is possible to try to sit down at the chair for several minutes in order to evaluate comfort. In any case, as you test it, you want to consider the textures of the feel of this fabric. The itchy or scratchy cloth must be passed by. The final step is to assess if the pattern of this cloth is matched properly. When it's a stripe, large print, plaid, and so forth, the layout on the rear part of the chair should line up with the pattern on the pillow and also on down to the very front of base.
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