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Western Union has agreed to forfeit $586 million and enter into agreements with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, and several U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. Western Union admits to criminal violations including willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud. “As this case shows, wiring money can be the fastest way to send it – directly into the pockets of criminals and scam artists,” said Acting Assistant Attorney … More
International investment in fossil fuel extraction is making me and other Azerbaijani political prisoners hostages to the Aliyev regime.
Muammar Qaddafi and Fidel Castro, as well as his refusal to defend Chinese dissidents. These events have been evoked to invite critical thinking about an iconic figure and balance his place in history.Though respectful of the memory of Nelson Mandela, the mass media have occasionally shed light on the late South African leader’s warm relationship with scoundrels such as
Most readers of these articles judge a figure they previously held as an idol as hypocritical or tainted. They do not ask questions about the roots of a particular contradiction. In the case of Mandela, the dictators above had supported the anti-apartheid struggle of the African National Congress, while several established democracies indulged the inhuman system of apartheid because of the diamond, oil and other industries, and particularly because of the Cold War.
After only four years in prison, even on bogus charges and a politically motivated sentence, I am nowhere near Mandela in terms of symbolising a cause of global significance. Republicanism in my country, Azerbaijan — where the internationally promoted father-to-son successio...
If you’ve been hit by ransomware that has scrambled the names of your encrypted files and has appended the .stn extension to them, you’ve been targeted by Satan – not the “Prince of Darkness”, but by the eponymous new Ransomware as a Service. Satan was flagged on Wednesday by security researcher Xylitol and, as it turns out, the RaaS is being actively marketed on underground forums. Anyone can use Satan for free, the seller notes, … More
The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, according to a new report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. This represents a substantial hike of 40 percent over the near record high of 780 reported in 2015. This raises the question: are there actually more breaches or is it because more states are making this information publicly available? “For the past 10 years, the … More
According to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015. The globally averaged temperature in 2016 was about 1.1°C...... Read more »
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Makira (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 23:04 UTC on January 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 29.9 km (18.6 km). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of...... Read more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that he is "confident" that that a resolution on the war in Syria can be reached. All parties understand that the dynamics of the Syrian crisis have shifted since Russian President Vladimir Putin "went in," Kerry said. "I believe that the parties are now reaching a state of near exhaustion, that they understand that the dynamics have shifted, and it did the day that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin went in, and therefore there is a way to get to an end game here… I am confident it can be done, I have no doubt about it. " Kerry said during a World Economic Forum conference.
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is entering its "stage four" development for GCC 7 with the stable GCC 7.1 release expected in March or April...
By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | January 20, 2017 On Thursday, Moscow slipped in the formal invitation to Washington to attend the intra-Syria talks in Astana on coming Monday (January 23). It waited till the last ‘working day’ of the Barack Obama administration. A snub to the outgoing administration? But it could as […]
One must say that Obama wanted to make people laugh during his last day when he gave one reason as to why the United States must continue to put Russia on a diet.
Denuncian que el presupuesto para prevenir la violencia pasó de más de mil millones a cero pesos; el problema es el acceso a las armas, aseguran. Regeneración, 20 de enero 2017.- Después de que Enrique Peña Nieto anunciara el regreso del operativo “Mochila Segura” y la profundización de los protocolos de seguridad de las […]
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A new experiment conducted by the Finnish economic agency Kela gives 2,000 unemployed Finns a monthly income. One man shares how he expects it to go.
A bookstore you can sleep in. My dream come true. The Book & Bed Hostel is established in Tokyo, with another one now in Kyoto. Your sleep cubicle comes equipped with an outlet, a light, a privacy curtain, clothes hangers, and a wireless connection. There’s also beer.
Book & Bed is a self-described “accommodation bookshop” with beds built into bookshelves. When the first Tokyo location opened last year, bibliophiles were obviously overjoyed because, for the first time, it was socially acceptable to wander into a bookshop, pick up a book, and then doze off to sleep. Now, the popular concept hotel is getting a 2nd location in Kyoto.
Rates are low and start at just 4,445 yen (about $40) for a compact bed. But if you’re a light sleeper, or privacy is your big thing, the Book & Bed hostel may not be for you. Sleeping areas are semi-private with just a curtain separating you from other book dwellers. And bathroom areas are shared too. In fact, the bookshop hostel doesn’t promise “a good night’s sleep.” Instead, the promise “the finest moment of sleep”: dozing off in the middle of your treasured pastime, immersed in books.
Inaugural Rioters Urged to ‘Go Hard’ in ‘Only Chance’ to ‘Rove the City’ Under ‘Protocol of the Obama Era’ A chilling article from one of the over 75 groups that Breitbart News has identified as connected to the #DisruptJ20 events titled Ten Reasons to Go Hard on January 20 makes the case to anarchists, socialist […]
The VMI Cadet Corps is in the middle ground of this Washington Post photograph, first the staff and then the two battalions with the color party between. It snowed the day before. There was sleet in the night, and then...
33 years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected President in large part because of his TV ad, "It's morning in America." "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better." For many Americans, the inauguration of Donald Trump foretells a period of darkness, "It's midnight in America."
A prosecutor in Athens was expected to examine on Friday a lawsuit filed by Golden Dawn MP Yiannis Lagos against popular daytime TV hostess Tatiana Stefanidou over her comments with reference to the incidents of Perama earlier in the week. Stefanidou was speaking about the incident in the elementary school […]
The map shows a military situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul on January 20, 2017.
The post Military Situation In Mosul City On January 20, 2017 (Map Update) appeared first on .
Twistlock 1.7 comes with new runtime defense architecture Twistlock unveiled a new runtime defense architecture for its Twistlock 1.7 container security platform that enables both predictive and threat-based active protection for running containers. Introducing an intent-based security model, Twistlock 1.7 allows organizations to conduct intent analysis for container applications, spot anomalies, and enforce runtime policy – all in an automated fashion across hundreds of images with no user interaction. Carbon Black releases Cb Response 6.0 … More
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk told CNBC on Friday that
economies would most likely need a form of ‘universal basic income’
as more and more industries become automated.
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By Sarah Lazare for AlterNet - In a September 2014 report prepared for the United Nations Committee Against Torture, a grassroots effort called We Charge Genocide documented that, “Young people of color in communities across Chicago are consistently profiled, targeted, harassed, and subjected to excessive force by the (predominantly white) [Chicago Police Department]—leaving far too many physically injured, killed, and emotionally scarred.” The investigation, led by directly impacted Chicago residents, determined that between 2009 and 2011, 92 percent of all CPD Taser uses targeted black or Latino people. Black residents are 10 times more likely to be shot by the CPD than their white counterparts, the probe found...
Owls are, of course, amazing. They can rotate their head almost 360 degrees, they have lopsided ears – all the better for hearing you with, my dear – and are collectively known as a parliament.
The Internet, however, is freaking out at what they look like naked.
Twitter user Dana Schwartz is obviously of curious, and brave, mind as she googled the now immortal words “what owls look like without feathers”, which produced this image that you now cannot unsee.
TFW someone interrupts you when you're in the middle of the spookiest meeting of all time pic.twitter.com/RqojCv4R5S
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) January 8, 2017
People had all manner of fun in the tweet stream, happily obliging with photos of other naked beings:
— James H (@angusprune) January 8, 2017
A hairless hedgehog. That’s something to curse about!
I can sort of add to the nekkid animals. This is Rune, (pronounced Rooh neh) who has been hairless most of his short life, and just now has developed a very fine, sparse coat of sorts. There are two others like him, but Rune grabbed my heart from the start. He’s a sweet, shy boy, with a penchant for perching on top of my head, much like his grandmother, Grace. Somewhere in that line, there was a hairless rat or two.
The US Constitution is not a special document. It’s traditional for Americans to say something flattering about the great political geniuses who devised the US political system, but I don’t think they were so hot: after all, the country they built didn’t last 100 years before it fell apart in a vicious civil war. The democracy of the republic is a multi-levelled sham, first because something like 70% of the population (women and slaves) were disenfranchised, secondly because the franchise was mooted by the superimposed electoral college.
Politically naive Americans, about half of the voting electorate (i.e: 17% of the population or thereabouts) seem to venerate the constitution, while simultaneously cheering on those who have promised to further gut its provisions. Who cares, anyway? It was always just a document enumerating the protections that the wealthy and powerful were expecting to enjoy – they have always ignored them, otherwise. It seems silly to be worrying about “cruel and unusual punishment” when prisoners are regularly subjected to social deprivation torture, or in more extreme cases like Gitmo forced feeding by having food pumped up their anus. But that’s little stuff – constitutional rights don’t mean much when cops can gun you down, lie about shooting you in the back and say you were running toward them, then get away with it. And the “rule of law” doesn’t mean much when the congress, who are supposed to govern when the country goes to war, writes blank checks without looking at them, and the executive branch deploys assassination squads of special forces all around the world with no oversight at all. The intelligence arms of the government surveil everyone, citizen or not, and the political class bleat helplessly about Russian hackers who fooled them into clicking on a rather obvious phishing email. Meanwhile, the media fawn like submissives, trading their integrity and their vocabulary in the name of “access” – it’s disgusting, it’s all disgusting.
The US oligarchs have selected a president modelled after W.C. Fields’ stage persona from “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.” Fields also penned the quip that defines the 2016 election for me: “She drove me to drink. That’s the one thing I’m indebted to her for.”
It’s not the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning. It’s just another helping of the endless grind. The only thing that changes is the dreams of progressives which spring anew, only to be dashed in...
By Nikita Vladimirov for The Hill - Washington's Metropolitan Police Department clashed with anti-Donald Trump protestors Thursday night outside of the National Press Club building. A reporter for NBC4 said protesters also set off smoke devices, contributing to the atmosphere of chaos ahead of Friday's ceremonies. Police spokesman Hugh Carew said he could not confirm whether officers had used tear gas. A Hill reporter on the scene said people were dancing with music blaring amid the large police presence. The group was projecting images onto buildings, yelling "f--- Trump" and taking photos with a large inflatable elephant with "racist" written on it. At one point, protesters set a small fire, according to social media reports. Police have reportedly made several arrests.
– Gold’s average gains in inauguration years of 15%
– First year of new President frequently a time of increased uncertainties and risks
– Gold rose 30% in the 12 months after Obama inauguration
– Massive political uncertainty – President’s conflict with the CIA
– ‘Strong dollar policy’ to end as U.S. has $120 trillion plus debt
– Trump inherits Bush and Obama’s humongous debt
Gold performs well in inauguration years (see table) and has seen average gains of 15% in inaugural years since the 1970s.
Given the degree of uncertainty, divisiveness and conflict that Trump’s election has already created – both in America and internationally, it seems almost certain that the many risks as President Trump takes power will lead to higher gold prices.
Besides the myriad of risks today and arguable the most uncertain geo-political situation since World War II or the height of the Cold War, gold investors and buyers can look to Presidential history, as gold has recorded has average gains of 15% in inaugural years since 1974.
This may be due to the fact that the first year of many administrations is frequently a time of significant change and increased uncertainties and risks. Markets are concerned that the US presidential handover and advent of President Trump will lead to volatility and turmoil in 2017 which will likely impact risk assets such as stocks.
By Vin Armani In this video, Vin Armani dives into the shadowy world of private intelligence contractors that are operating within the borders of the...
2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). The idea to build an unconditional income floor to cover the basic needs of each citizen has been gaining worldwide attention and traction. In just the first 10 days of 2017, Finland has already launched a trial, a nonprofit in India is preparing to launch their own, Scotland is seriously considering trials, and several South Korean presidential candidates are now calling for support for UBI.
But before we turn our focus to the latest happenings, I want to look back and highlight some of the best videos of 2016 that explained and advocated for Universal Basic Income.
By Nicolas J S Davies for Consortium News - As President Obama leaves office, much of his foreign policy record remains shrouded in the symbolism that has been the hallmark of his presidency. The persistence of Obama’s image as a reluctant war-maker and a Nobel Peace Prize winner has allowed Donald Trump and his cabinet nominees to claim that Obama has underfunded the military and been less than aggressive in his use of U.S. military power. Nothing could be further from the truth, and their claims are clearly designed only to justify even more extravagant military spending and more aggressive threats and uses of force than those perpetrated under Mr. Obama’s “disguised, quiet, media-free” war policy.
Inauguration day 2017 may resemble a Hollywood thriller or horror film, depending on how things turn out. Nationwide protests are planned, especially in Washington, aiming for more than raining on Trump’s inaugural parade. Crimethinc.com calls itself an “anonymous collective action…everything…
The human world has never experienced a time when global sea ice was so weak and reduced Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data…
El abogado del capo mexicano afirmó que el gobierno o utilizó para quedar bien con Trump; la PGR afirma que tenían que entregarlo inmediatamente a EU. Regeneración, 20 de enero 2017.- José Refugio Rodríguez, abogado Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, acusó al gobierno mexicano de utilizar la extradición del narcotraficante a Estados Unidos como un […]
El post Abogado del Chapo acusa al gobierno de usarlo de trofeo con Trump; PGR lo niega apareció primero en Regeneración.
January 19, 2017 Friends, This is not Russian “propaganda”. This is an official US government document. And an amazing read. See for yourself: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByibNV3SiUooQXpJSV9EOHJha3c/preview I would like to use this opportunity to wholeheartedly congratulate Israel for being the first country outside the USA to deploy this superb aircraft! Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman speaks […]
By Staff of Waging Nonviolence - Donald Trump didn’t so much win the election as Hillary Clinton lost it. Clinton’s failure to turn out the Democrats’ traditional base on election day should be understood as a catastrophic failure of the Democratic Party establishment to fire up their base by responding to the growing public opposition to neoliberalism. This, in effect, was the key difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries: Sanders named the enemy — increasing concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few under deregulated capitalism — and vowed to confront that power. Hillary Clinton preached a “realism” that simply accepted the ground rules of neoliberalism unchallenged. Compared to Trump’s repeated focus on how the country’s leaders had failed the working class
Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States heralds an unprecedented deterioration in post-war relations between the US and Europe, above all between the US and Germany. The January 20 ceremony was preceded by an interview with Trump in…
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“A lot of technologists truly appreciate the reforms implemented under her wing.”Jeff Roberts has provided some excellent news coverage regarding patents this past year and he is happy about the news, unlike Watchtroll and his swamp (part of the software patents lobbying swamp), who bemoan the news and get all rude about it (Paul Morinville in this case, a regular author at Watchtroll). Here is what Watchtroll wrote two days ago: “A second credible source confirmed for me that Michelle Lee was attempting to stay on as Director. This confirmation came from an independent channel of information separate from the initial lead given to me earlier in the day. I was told that PTO Officials were refusing to confirm or deny any rumors relative to Lee, both on and off the record.”
Seeing all the hate directed at Lee reinforces our view that she has been a good Director and we encourage her to continue doing what she has done over the past couple of years. A lot of technologists truly appreciate the reforms implemented under her wing. Those who suffer the most are those who are taxing technologists, as they are becoming growingly obsolete. █
California border, December 2016 The US-Mexico border witnessed at its doors in 2016 thousands of Haitians who sought to enter the US. At the San Ysidro port of entry alone, south of San Diego, over 5,000 Haitians have arrived since…
By Greg Hadley for McClatchy DC - As protesters and organizers gear up for what is likely to be a busy weekend for the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C., one man has already started his crusade against President-elect Donald Trump, and it nearly cost him his life. An unidentified man tried to set himself on fire outside of Trump International Hotel in Washington on Tuesday night. He succeeded in setting his clothes ablaze, but the Washington D.C. fire department was able to intervene and save his life, according to local media reports. “I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest,” the man told NBC 4. “Protesting the fact that we've elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”
United States Africa Command has been planning an intervention in West Africa for years A major military invasion of the small West African state of Gambia is taking place as troops from neighboring Senegal are entering the agricultural country. Gambian…
BleepingComputer has an interesting article on a 2015 design decision by Intel that opened up the JTAG interface to attacks.
Attackers with access to a device can take control over a target's computer and bypass all local security systems by abusing a hardware debugging interface included with Intel CPUs, which in recent years has become accessible via an external USB 3.0 port.
The debugging interface is JTAG (Joint Test Action Group), a debugging framework that has been included for many years with Intel chipsets.
JTAG works under the software level, allowing engineers, developers, and system administrators access to a hardware debugging utility that can provide insight into how the OS kernel, hypervisors, and local drivers are performing.
[...] In older Intel CPUs, the JTAG interface was only accessible by connecting a special device to the ITP-XDP port found on the motherboard, inside a computer's chassis.
Starting with the Skylake CPU line released in 2015, Intel dropped the ITP-XDP interface and allowed developers and engineers to access this powerful debugging utility via common USB 3.0 ports, accessible from the device's exterior, via a new a new technology called Direct Connect Interface (DCI).
Two Positive Technologies security researchers, Maxim Goryachy and Mark Ermolov, argue that this has significantly simplified the attack procedure needed to take control of Intel-based machines.
The two explain that while most hardware vendors disable the DCI interface before they ship products out of the factory's gateway, the DCI interface can be re-enabled via a computer's BIOS settings.
If a target doesn't password-protect its BIOS, attackers can enable this setting, and then connect via USB and alter core processes, undetectable to any type of security software installed on a targetted[sic] machine.
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By Brandon Turbeville In a surprise revelation, U.S. Representative from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, has embarked upon an unannounced visit to Syria for a “fact-finding trip...
Big Brother watches everyone virtually everywhere. Americans are more spied on than ever before in US history. Obama’s so-called new privacy guidelines, designed to limit the CIA’s use of information on Americans, changed nothing. Dirty business as usual continues. Reporting…
By Mike Maharrey An Arizona bill that would set the stage for the state to refuse cooperation with federal acts passed out of an important...
Ever wonder what it would be like to actually track down and catch an alleged serial killer?
On this week’s episode of The Breakthrough, Mississippi Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells us how he solved one of the oldest cold cases in U.S. history — the 1962 murder of Mary Horton at the hands of Mississippi drifter Felix Vail.
Vail, who had been tied to two other disappearances in the intervening decades, lived free until Mitchell assembled an extraordinary array of evidence against him.
Mitchell takes us through that process. He tells us how he got a renowned pathologist to unearth pivotal details overlooked in Horton’s original autopsy, how he used property deeds and financial records to find where Vail was living, and how he got his hands on Vail’s diaries.
In 2016, prosecutors brought a murder case against Vail, drawing on many of the discoveries in Mitchell’s nine-part series “Gone.” The jury returned a guilty verdict in less than an hour. Vail is currently serving a life sentence at Angola State Penitentiary.
At his sentencing, Vail stood up and blamed Mitchell for his fate, accusing him of being a “professional spin master” and plagiarizing acclaimed crime novelist James Patterson.
“I thought that was a pretty good compliment,” Mitchell said.
Have an idea for The Breakthrough? Send us your suggestions — including which reporters we should talk to — at email@example.com.
This story was co-published with The Washington Post.
There are times when two seemingly unrelated tax policies intersect to create windfalls for fortunate people who are in the right place at the right time.
That is likely to be the case when it comes to calculating the tax benefits that will go to the billionaires and other very rich people joining the Trump administration. Among those who stand to benefit but haven’t been identified until now is Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, even though he’s not taking a formal government job.
No, this isn’t going to be another screed on the tax code provision that provides a temporary tax break to high-net-worth people who take government positions and have to dispose of some of their holdings to avoid conflicts.
Rather, we want to show you how combining this tax break with repeal of the estate tax — a cherished Republican goal that could be achieved this year - can turn a temporary tax benefit into permanent tax avoidance, enriching the appointees and their heirs.
We’re dealing with substantial money here: at a minimum, tens of millions of deferred capital gains taxes; at a maximum, hundreds of millions. We can’t tell until we analyze filings that appointees haven’t yet made with the Office of Government Ethics. One wild card is their holdings outside of the publicly traded companies with which some of them are associated, because we don’t know what they would have to sell, how much of a gain they would have and how much in capital gains taxes they could defer. Rex Tillerson, for example, owns $28 million to $100 million in land and securities other than ExxonMobil, according to a Dec. 31 report he filed with the ethics office that listed more than 400 holdings.
Other very-well-off Trump appointees whose pending jobs will almost surely make them tax deferral candidates include Wilbur Ross, who made vast sums restructuring bankrupt steel companies; Gary Cohn, former No. 2 executive at Goldman Sachs; Steven Mnuchin, who made a huge profit buying a dead savings institution from the FDIC, reviving it and selling it to CIT, and also has extensive private holdings; Andy Puzder, chief executive of privately held CKE, a big restaurant chain; Linda McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment; and Betsy DeVos, a scion of a rich family who married into the family of the co-founder of the Amway multilevel marketing firm, now known as Quixtar.
Kushner, who succeeded his father as head of the Kushner Companies, a former New Jersey real estate empire that’s now based in Manhattan, has said he’ll sell assets that pose a conflict with his new role as senior adviser to the president. So we asked his atto...
Obama refers to “The DNC emails that were leaked”. Note “leaked” and not “hacked”. In his final press conference, beginning around 8 minutes 30 seconds in, Obama admits that they have no evidence of how WikiLeaks got the DNC material.…
With Mesa 17.0 up to its release candidates and being under a feature freeze, I explored this morning how the size of the changes for Mesa 17.0 compare to earlier Mesa milestones...
American democracy just isn’t good enough anymore. A costly election has done more to divide American society than unite it, while trust in government–and democracy itself–is plummeting. But there are better systems out there, and America would be wise to learn from them.
In this provocative manifesto, globalization scholar Parag Khanna tours cutting-edge nations from Switzerland to Singapore to reveal the inner workings that allow them that lead the way in managing the volatility of a fast-changing world while delivering superior welfare and prosperity for their citizens.
The ideal form of government for the complex 21st century is what Khanna calls a “direct technocracy,” one led by experts but perpetually consulting the people through a combination of democracy and data.
From a seven-member presidency and a restructured cabinet to replacing the Senate with an Assembly of Governors, Technocracy in America is full of sensible proposals that have been proven to work in the world’s most successful societies. Americans have a choice for whom they elect president, but they should not wait any longer to redesign their political system following Khanna’s pragmatic vision.
Technology providers and their customers are joining forces to advance a standard format for vendors to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The work of the new OASIS Common Security Advisory Framework (CSAF) Technical Committee will enable greater interoperability among products and ensure that structured, machine-readable security advisories can be produced and consumed much more broadly. “Defenders need to be able to quickly and automatically assess the impact of a security vulnerability on any of the products they … More
…from SouthFront On January 19, the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF), led by Baqir Brigade and backed up by Russian airstrikes, launched an attack against the ISIS terrorist group east of the Khanasser-Aleppo highway, capturing a number of hills and villages. Government forces took control over the villages of Sirdah, Shuraymah, Rasem […]
Among the many books I have on the towering
to-be-read pile is the Spirit Animals series published by
Scholastic. Here's a bit of info about it, from the website:
The series centers on the fantasy world of Erdas where children who come of age go through a ritual to determine if they have a “spirit animal,” a mystical bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. As their world crumbles, four children separated by vast distances discover they each have a spirit animal—a wolf, a leopard, a panda, and a falcon.Yesterday on Twitter, Lex Leonov asked me if I'd reviewed them:
Wow. Just learned about this "Spirit Animals" book series that includes best selling authors. This is not okay.
Looks like MG. @debreese, I don't see this on AICL, but I might've missed it. Are you aware of the series?
From the blurb of the first book: "... every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between..." -->
"... human and beast that bestows great powers to both."
Also in that blurb: "Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game -- discover...
Grabbing the EPO by the *****
Summary: Battistelli’s autocratic tendencies will not be challenged by Dutch authorities, in spite of sheer condemnation from many groups all across Europe and the entire world
THERE IS some bad news regarding the EPO, as it turns out that the Dutch court is unwilling to do anything about Eponia’s abuses (the photo in the article has been changed for some reason, but we got a copy and modified it slightly). “Excellent article,” called it an anonymous insider. “Bravo to Mr König and the NRC. Translation desperately needed for our non-dutch speakers…”
“It’s grave news,” Petra Kramer (Dutch speaker) said. “The High Council chose Batistelli’s side.”
Well, Battistelli’s ‘side’ is that he’s immune from the law. It’s hardly a side to be proud of (in the words of the insider: “Greed for money and power was determinant?”) and this decision is not particularly surprising after what the Advocate General said some months back. Kramer will supply us with a full translation of the article from NRC (media behemoth in the Netherlands). We’ll add it below when it is ready. █
Update: Here is the translation from Kramer:
Patent Office in Rijswijk remains immune
European Patent Office
The European Patent Office in Rijswijk, and its temperamental chief Battistelli, get a lot of criticism. Judges in the Netherlands are not allowed to intervene.
Can an employer in the Netherlands have a private investigator interrogate employees without a lawyer present? Is he allowed to dismiss union leaders or decrease their salary or pension? Is he allowed to refuse to labor inspections after a suicidal employee jumps out of a window of the office?
It all happened at the European Patent Office in Rijswijk. And...
They are called the Millennials, and they have very little hope for their future.
They have their parents and their inheritance. However, they don’t have a collective future. The average Millennial is worth a negative $17,000! The age range spans from 18-30 years of age.
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There will be no politics here today. No reporting of ugly people doing ugly things. No evil assholes. Today, I’m going to ignore reality, and dive into all the good things, art, photography, cool stuff, neat science, the whimsical, geeky, fun, and informative, all that. If you’re paying attention to reality today, and need a break, I’ll do my best to provide one, all day long.
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— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) January 20, 2017
— Labor at Disrupt J20 (@laborj20) January 20, 2017
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9:15 AM From Climate Blockade: “The Red Gate, one of 12 checkpoints to enter the inauguration, is being blockaded. Although some are able to trickle through, most attendees being forced to spill over to other entry checkpoints. Distributed blockades like ours occurring simultaneously at multiple other gates surrounding the mall presently as well. We are holding position as long as possible.”
Employees are sharing sensitive company information using group chat tools that are not officially sanctioned for use, according to SpiderOak. The survey consisted of 600 full-time workers ages 21 and older who live in the United States. Company sizes ranged from 50 employees or fewer to 500 employees or more, with 39.1% of respondents reporting they work for a company with 50 employees or fewer, 33.6% reporting they work for a company with 500 employees … More
Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com gives his analysis of the past week’s top stories in the Weekly News Wrap-Up. 250,000 paid protesters arrive in Washington D.C. Joe Biden at Davos. George Soros attempts to overthrow “dictator”Trump. Davos calls for ban on physical cash. Trump to sign executives orders and more.
Features of controlled demolition are easily witnessed and include squibbs, visible charge flashes and audible explosions intended as destruction of the Plasco building into an assymetrical collapse. More…
Memories are the faintest, most ethereal wisps of our neurophysiology — somehow, the firing of delicate synapses and the activation of neurons combine to produce the things we remember. The sum of our memories make us who we are; they are us, in every way, and without them we cease to be.
So it’s needless to say that there’s a pretty significant premium on discovering new ways to combat memory loss. Most of these involve physiological and biological methods, but some scientists, such as Theodore Berger of the University of Southern California, are beginning to turn toward technology. If any of these methods are successful, it would mean the possibility of perfect lifelong memory recall.
Summary: The UPC is dead, deadlocked, stuck, in a limbo and so on; those who claim otherwise are merely lobbying (in disguise of “analysis” or “news”)
OVER the past week we have come across many tweets, blogs, and articles that misinform the public about the UPC. We tackled only a few of these as we lack the time to exhaustively cover and respond to it all. It’s just chaotic.
Meanwhile we’ve noticed the UPC optimists in Germany repeating the lies from Team UPC in the UK. This is spreading to other media and other countries. Also see this new tweet that speaks of “Publication of: Unitary #Patent and the Unified Patent Court: #Europe adopts new tools to promote #innovation… http://fb.me/ug3HvgKi” (nope, it’s not adopting it, that’s still just an idea that’s being floated and faces many barriers from different countries). What the UPC is really about (or for) is to “promote litigation,” as Benjamin Henrion said, responding to that nonsense about “promote #innovation” (empty buzzword that lacks any real meaning in this context).
As another person put it, “if the courts are distributed between UK & EU then it will be unworkable if there is a hard border” (the Brexit barrier to UPC, one among several barriers).
“They’re lying through their teeth and they hope that politicians will let the UPC slide through under the false impression/belief that it’s inevitable and that if they don’t hop on board their country will be left out.”All that wishful thinking and fake news from those looking to profit from the UPC will continue to be tackled here, albeit only selectively due to lack of time/capacity. “Here is a visualisation of what the public will see in December when the UPC goes online,” wrote someone from the EPO, having produced the image at the top. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” wrote this person about the UPC.
Battistelli and the likes of him (Miche...
[Pakistan has developed a very strange theory
of counter-terrorism, an amalgam of competing ideas, borrowed from
their two greatest benefactors, the United States and Saudi
Arabia. Pakistan has Created its own synthesis of the
American idealistic efforts to “win the hearts and minds” of the
heavily-punished Vietnamese, and the Saudi theories on Islamist
terrorist rehabilitation and reconditioning. Believing that
it was possible to “wean” a tribal population away from violence
with highways, development and economic opportunities, Pakistan
convinced its Arab and American friends (Asian Development Bank) to
sponsor a massive infrastructure development project in the FATA
Under authority of FATA Long-Term Governance Action Plan 2015-2025, Pakistan has given the Tribal Regions to the Pak Army, empowering them to not only make most life and death decisions for the population there, but giving the Army control over international development projects which were being planned for the region, as well.]
“Pick-up the burden of building a new Pakistani state…this is the message being delivered to graduates of Balochistan’s schools and universities by government shills…that it was ‘incumbent on them to do their best and strive for national development.”–Population Welfare Minister Zakia Shahnawaz
[The biggest problem with that civilian government decision is that the Pak Army has some very strange ideas about counter-terrorism, concerning the cause and effect of Pakistan’s terrorist infestation. The Pak Army operates on the principle of “good terrorists and bad terrorists”, creating a category of terrorists who are basically immune from military action. For everyone else in FATA, Army leaders preach the theory that economic stagnation and deprivation are the primary causes of terrorism, claiming that terrorists are a bi-product of their e...
ProtonMail is the world’s largest encrypted email provider with over 2 million users worldwide. Its popularity exploded just after the US presidential election, its users include journalists, activists, businesses, and normal people that want to protect their security and privacy. The service is a free and open source, featuring strong end-to-end encryption and protected by Swiss privacy laws.
Implementing a Tor hidden service for ProtonMail Tor has numerous advantages for end-users, communications are protected by supplementary layers of encryption, user’ IP address is masqueraded by the anonymizing network, and such kind of service is able to bypass government censorship.
“There are several reasons why you might want to use ProtonMail over Tor. First, routing your traffic to ProtonMail through the Tor network makes it difficult for an adversary wiretapping your internet connection to know that you are using ProtonMail. Tor applies extra encryption layers on top of your connection, making it more difficult for an advanced attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on your connection to us. Tor also makes your connections to ProtonMail anonymous as we will not be able to see the true IP address of your connection to ProtonMail.” a onion site,” ProtonMail explained in a blog post.
“Tor can also help with ProtonMail accessibility. If ProtonMail becomes blocked in your country, it may be possible to reach ProtonMail by going to our onion site. Furthermore, onion sites are “hidden” services in the sense that an adversary cannot easily determine their physical location. Thus, while protonmail.com could be attacked by DDoS attacks, protonirockerxow.onion cannot be attacked in the same way because an attacker will not be able to find a public IP address.”
The onion address for the ProtonMail Tor service:
Just for curiosity, the above address was generated by the company used spare CPU capacity to generate millions of encryption keys and then hashed them aiming to generate a more human readable hash. The address it can be easily remembered as:
proton i rocker xow
My hate is general, I detest all men; Some because they are wicked and do evil, Others because they tolerate the wicked, Refusing them the active vigorous scorn which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds ~ Molière We Need a Law to Prevent Another President Obama Now that President Obama is a former president, maybe […]
There are two reasons to jubilant today. First, we have elected a man who strongly appears to be a nationalist. Secondly, we have rid ourselves of the greatest traitor to the American people in American history.
Economically, politically, militarily and as a protector of the Constitution, Obama’s cumulative performance ranks him as the worst President in American history.
Economically, Obama is the worst President in American history. The net effect of his failed Marxist/communist economic policies, Obama comes in in 4th place as the absolute worst president in American history with regard to GDP growth at a miserable 1.457%.
Only Herbert Hoover (-5.65%), Andrew Johnson (-0.70%) and Theodore Roosevelt (1.41%) currently have lower average annual GDP growth than Barack Obama.
Not surprisingly, Obama has the lowest annual GDP growth rate of any President since World War II.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY COLIN WALLACE FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE HISTORICAL INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE INQUIRY REPORT ON 20 JANUARY 2017
Although I initially offered to give evidence to the Inquiry, I later decided not to mainly on the grounds that the Government repeatedly refused to give it the same legal powers as the corresponding Inquiry in London. I believe that both the perception and the reality of the Government’s decision is one of unfairness to the victims.
Despite my decision, I did, however, provide the Inquiry with 265 pages of comment and supporting documents, drawing attention to false or misleading information contained in the transcripts of the public hearings. My reason for doing so was to enable the Inquiry to investigate and corroborate the accuracy of my past comments about Kincora and related matters, and to provide the Inquiry with the opportunity to correct the relevant errors in the its published transcripts.
None of the information I provided to the Inquiry is new. Although some of it has not previously been in the public domain, it has been in the possession of the Ministry of Defence and other Government agencies for many years and should have been made available by those authorities to the Inquiry. It should also have been made available by the authorities to previous Inquiries and the Government needs to explain why that did not happen.
Even more worrying, is the acknowledged fact that key Army Intelligence files relating to Tara and William McGrath appear to have gone missing after they were handed over by the Army to MI5 in 1989, prior to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s admission to Parliament (30 January 1990) that Ministers had “inadvertently misled” Parliament about my case. There also appears to be no record whatsoever of what became of all the ‘Clockwork Orange’ project files which I handed over to my superiors when I left Army Headquarters in Lisburn in February 1975. Some of those files related to William McGrath. To make matters worse, it is now clear from the Inquiry’s transcripts that a senior MI5 officer, Ian Cameron, falsely accused me of ‘leaking’...
An extreme right-wing coup is unfolding day by day, writes Donnachadh McCarthy, as the government exploits Brexit to justify more huge cuts to public services, extreme deregulation and massive corporate empowerment. A new political leadership must step up to defend our hard-won rights and our children's futures.
As [Quinn Dunki] rightly points out, modern industrial civilization was probably conceived on the bed of a lathe. Turning is an essential step in building every machine tool, including lathes, and [Quinn] decided it was time to invite one into her shop. But she discovered a dearth of information to guide the lathe newbie through that first purchase, and thus was born the first installment in her series on choosing and using a new lathe.
As for the specifics of the purchase, [Quinn]’s article goes into some depth on the “old US iron” versus “new Asian manufacture” conundrum. Most of us would love an old South Bend or Cincinnati lathe, but it may raise practical questions about space planning, electrical requirements, and how much work is needed to get the old timer working again. In the end, [Quinn] took the path of least resistance and ordered a new lathe of Chinese heritage. She goes into some detail as to what led to that decision, which should help other first-timers too, and provides a complete account of everything from uncrating to first chips.
Nothing beats the advice of a grizzled vet, but there’s a lot to be learned from someone who’s only a few steps ahead of her intended audience. And once she’s got the lathe squared away, we trust she’ll find our tips for buying a mill helpful getting that next big shipment delivered.
“All the best things in life arrive on a pallet.” Have truer words ever been spoken? Sure, when the UPS truck pulls up with your latest Amazon or eBay treasure, it can be exciting. But a lift-gate truck rolling up to the curb? That’s a good day.
The bona fide war criminal Barack Obama commuted the unjust prison sentence of political prisoner and courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning (along with Oscar López Rivera and others). It is a big deal. But does it mitigate the numerous heinous crimes of Barack Obama?
First, there are plenty of other political prisoners who are still languishing in the American gulag. Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal spring immediately to mind. Also there are still 45 people incarcerated at Gitmo, a facility that Obama promised to close on Day 1 of his presidency (he blames Republicans for his failure to close Gitmo).
Obama commuted Manning’s sentence; he didn’t pardon her, meaning that Manning is still considered guilty of telling the world of war crimes committed by the US in Iraq. For releasing the below video of a war crime Manning has been tortured, imprisoned, denied medication, and held in solitary confinement.
Obama considers the incarceration that has lasted almost seven years to be justice: “I feel very comfortable that justice has been served,” he said.
After watching the video, the viewers can judge for themselves whether Manning obeyed her conscience and did the right thing by releasing it.
The video is clear evidence of an undeniable truth. As such Manning is a truth teller, and he was imprisoned for making the truth known. Those opposed to the dissemination of truth are interested in controlling the truth. It is about power, As George Orwell wrote in Nineteen Eighty-Four: “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.”
To date, the gleeful killers in the collateral murder video have never been brought to justice or punished. That is the usual for US-administered justice.
Why did Obama grant clemency to Manning?
Chelsea Manning’s friend and free speech activist Evan Greer, when asked why Obama released Manning, said on CBC Radio’s As It Happens that because of a ground...
Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education, has long sought to end free public education and replace it with vouchers and for-profit charters — even though 85% of American kids attend public schools.
She and her family have spent a considerable amount of their $5 billion fortune trying to spread God’s kingdom in their Michigan schools and have created the largest voucher system for religious schools.
Separation of church and state in education is not something that DeVos believes in.
Diane Ravitch, Ph.D., a former Assistant Secretary of Education and long-time education historian, author and professor, points out in this week’s podcast that DeVos is so far out of the mainstream that even charter groups, like the Massachusetts Charter Movement, are opposing her nomination.
Dr. Ravitch tells host Jeff Schechtman that while DeVos can do considerable damage to our nation’s education system as well as staff and teacher morale, she won’t be able to do much about Trump’s long-time whipping post of Common Core.
A set of national standards evolved during the Obama administration, Common Core is directed by the individual states. It’s now beyond the control of the Department of Education.
All this upheaval comes at a time when technological and social disruption puts more pressure on the importance of a broad-based public education for the next generation.
Dr. Ravitch is the author of several books, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (Basic Books, 2016); Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools (Vintage Books, 2014); The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Vintage Books, 2003)....
Orlando’s police chief released a video of Markeith Loyd’s surrender and described him as “extremely violent, dangerous and very unpredictable.” However, it’s plain to see in the video that Markeith Loyd gave up and crawled across the front yard of a home (as he was ordered to by police). At least two of the officers appear to kick him as he surrenders. The camera then pans out and away, making it difficult to see anything in detail.
Police Chief John Mina acknowledged that Loyd was kicked during his arrest Tuesday, but said that’s because he was resisting the officers’ orders. Loyd later appeared with both eyes swollen shut and blood oozing from his mouth. He was hospitalized overnight and then jailed before his initial appearance Thursday.
“Let’s not rush to judgment, let’s let the use of force investigation play out and remember that we are dealing with an extremely violent, dangerous and very unpredictable person,” Chief Mina said.
Anyone who has watched aerial footage of a police chase knows how it will end. Eventually, the accused will either surrender or get caught, and when that happens, police will often turn into violent, barbaric thugs who dish out some perverted ‘justice’ on the spot.
Loyd declared that many of the accusations against him are “made up,” and said he was brutalized by officers after an intense...
Posted by Raphael Hertzog on Jan 20Hello,
Today saw four significant legal developments in the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign.
This afternoon, US District Court Judge James Boesberg denied Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) attorneys’ request for a Temporary Restraining Order, which sought to block publication in the Federal Register of the Army Corps’ Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Lake Oahe crossing.
This morning, the Army Corps of Engineers officially published a notice of intent in the federal register to prepare a partial EIS. This opens a formal scoping comment period lasting through February 20th, where the public and interested parties can give the Army Corps input on the scope of the EIS. The notice “invites interested parties to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in an EIS.”
The proposed scoping fails to include the entire length of the pipeline or downstream impacts of other tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. The Army Corps asks only for comments on 1) Alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River; 2) Potential risks and impacts of an oil spill, and potential impacts to Lake Oahe, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s water intakes, and the Tribe’s water, treaty fishing, and hunting rights; and 3) Information on the extent and location of the Tribe’s treaty rights in Lake Oahe.
Also today, The US Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s appeal of the September, 2016 US District Court decision to deny their request for a preliminary injunction that would have stopped construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in order to protect a concentration of sacred archaeological sites. The appeal was dismissed as moot because the majority of the construction has already been completed on the sites in question.
The ND Supreme Court ruled today to partially grant a petition allowing non-North Dakota licensed lawyers to more easily represent the more than 600 water protectors facing criminal charges. The ruling did not change the requirements for a temporary state bar license, as the petitioners requested, but instead streamlines the existing process for ‘pro hac vice’ admission, which allows an out-of-state attorney to represent a client under a North Dakota ass...
Alibaba May Be Too Attractive to Ignore
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) would likely trade at a much higher multiple if it was a U.S. company like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
BABA stock trades at 23x 2017 EPS, representing a major discount to the 93x for Amazon. So should Alibaba Group Holding stock trade at $386.00 based on a multiple of 93x? My initial thought is BABA stock is not worth even close to 93x.
The problem is that comparing the investment merits of companies is more than simply looking at the.
The CIA has released around 13 million pages of declassified documents online in a much more easily accessible form, following a lawsuit and other pressure:
Among the more unusual records are documents from the Stargate Project, which dealt with psychic powers and extrasensory perception. Those include records of testing on celebrity psychic Uri Geller in 1973, when he was already a well-established performer. Memos detail how Mr Geller was able to partly replicate pictures drawn in another room with varying - but sometimes precise - accuracy, leading the researchers to write that he "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner".
[...] While much of the information has been technically publicly available since the mid-1990s, it has been very difficult to access. The records were only available on four physical computers located in the back of a library at the National Archives in Maryland, between 09:00 and 16:30 each day. A non-profit freedom of information group, MuckRock, sued the CIA to force it to upload the collection, in a process which took more than two years.
At the same time, journalist Mike Best crowd-funded more than $15,000 to visit the archives to print out and then publicly upload the records, one by one, to apply pressure to the CIA. "By printing out and scanning the documents at CIA expense, I was able to begin making them freely available to the public and to give the agency a financial incentive to simply put the database online," Best wrote in a blog post. In November, the CIA announced it would publish the material, and the entire declassified CREST archive is now available on the CIA Library website.
Read more of this story at SoylentNews.
CNN is talking about an attack at the inauguration where Trump is no longer in the picture. They are more than happy to talk about the Obama Admin taking control of the White house. I can’t imagine this going on right before Obama’s swearing in.
CNN has been criticized for airing a report which revealed that an Obama appointee would become president if Donald Trump was killed during an attack on the inauguration tomorrow.
Entitled Disaster could put Obama cabinet member in Oval Office, the report admits that there is no specific threat targeting the inauguration, but goes on to speculate about “who would be in charge if an attack hit the incoming president….just as the transfer of power is underway”.
Chrome/Chromium users on x86 dealing with H.264 encoding from the browser should notice faster performance coming down the pipe...
The outgoing CIA director John Brennan has warned Donald Trump to watch what he says while blasting the US president-elect for comparing the intelligence community to Nazi Germany.
“What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan said on Sunday, days after Trump blamed intelligence agencies for the release of unconfirmed reports about his ties with Russia.
Trump took to twitter to accuse US spy agencies of leaking “phony allegations” against him to the media even when they knew there was no proof.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Press TV reports:
Infuriated by the report, Trump went on a Twitter rant, saying that the intelligence community should be held into account for allowing “this fake news to ‘leak.’”
“One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” his tweet read.
Brennan took offense at Trump’s analogy, advising the incoming president to avoid “spontaneity” and “understand” the impact of his words before uttering them.
“I do take great umbrage with that and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,” the spymaster said.
“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” he argued. “And so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound.”
The remarks further exposed the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community.
Last week, Trump rejected the findings of a confidential intelligence report by the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA), which accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party emails to influence the US election.
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Source Atrocities are being committed against an innocent Yemeni population on a scale as serious as Syria and Iraq. But why doesn’t this story get as much media attention as those conflicts? Gouri Sharma reports. When the UN children’s rights organization UNICEF recently released a report stating that at least one child dies every 10 minutes in […]
So the political establishment and the media are in rare unison in praise of Martin McGuinness. Illness and the shadow of death – ordinary decent, natural sickness and intimations of mortality – bring out the sentimentalist in all types of the Irish people. Let’s not be too starry eyed. In a longish apologia for the more...
Dick Morris has just predicted that today – Thursday, January 19th, Obama will pardon Hillary Clinton. That’s why Chelsea Manning was pardoned – or else the LGBT community would be offended. That’s why he the notorious FALN terrorist – because he didn’t want to offend the Latinos. Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good morning, I’m still reporting on the Clintons. SR 1442 - Dick Morris Predicts that Obama Will Pardon Hillary Today This is President Obama’s last full day in office. America’s long nightmare is finally over and the rebuilding of this great nation can begin tomorrow at one-minute after noon. Dick Morris has just predicted that today – Thursday, January 19th, Obama will pardon Hillary Clinton. That’s why Chelsea Manning was pardoned – or else the LGBT community would be offended. That’s why he the notorious FALN terrorist – because he didn’t want to offend the Latinos. Now, the door – in Obama’s mind – is wide open to letting the most crooked politicians in the history of this nation – the Clinton gang – completely off the hook. [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/yXbcL1IFl7A
Posted by Greg KH on Jan 20Ah, nice, all of these showed up in the 2.6.35-rc1 release. Any distro
Govt Officials Report That North Korea Is About To Do Something On Inauguration Day Video Assange will not turn himself in because Obama didn’t live up to the deal that was made. Obama gifts 500 million to the UN for global warming before Obama takes office. Ukraine adopts law to accept foreign soldiers into the…
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The crowdfunding site is coming under fire for campaigns supporting a speaking tour for alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos. As it becomes an important pillar of fundraising, can the site keep claiming it's just a platform with no agenda?
The crowdfunding site is coming under fire for campaigns supporting a speaking tour for alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos. As it becomes an important pillar of fundraising, can the site keep claiming it's just a platform with no agenda?
In December, the College Republicans at the University of Washington launched a GoFundMe campaign called "Help Bring Milo to the UW." The goal was to raise $7,000 to help bring "the necessary contrasting voice" of Milo Yiannopoulos to campus. That event will occur on January 20, the same day as Donald Trump's inauguration.
Twenty-six inmates were killed when rival drug gangs on January 14 began battling each other in Alcazuz in a scene that has been repeated a number of times in Brazil’s prison system for several weeks.
Prison guards in Alcazuz watched, unable to intervene, as inmates from rival gangs battled each other with steel pipes, knives, and crudely made weapons. In what has become a signature act of violence between gangs in prison, several inmates were disemboweled and beheaded.
The riot in Alcazuz penitentiary, which spread to the city’s streets, is the latest violence that appears to show the federal government losing control of its prison system.
On January 1, a turf war between the Sao Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC), North Family and the Red Command drug gangs, turned into an extremely violent brawl, which killed some 60 inmates at a prison in Manaus in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas, was sparked by a turf war between two large gangs.
The violence spread to other prisons including a maximum security prison in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima.
President Michel Temer and representatives of the cabinet and intelligence organs held an emergency meeting earlier this week and authorized the use of armed forces to support state governments as they quell prison riots.
The military will be used to help police search the prisons for cellphones, drugs and weapons but not directly engage the inmates.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies
Tucker Carlson outs a fake protester on his Tuesday night show. Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good morning, I’m still reporting on fake protester. SR 1441 - Tucker Carlson Exposes Fake News Guy on Air X X X X X Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/HhvxS3FtPkg
Following Tuesday’s inaccurate and inflammatory
front page article titled “PNG tops world in ‘porn’ search” written
by Dianne Waketsi, and due to the ensuing public outrage, the
People’s National Congress feels it is necessary to clear up
The front page story in the Post Courier concerning the pornography habits of Papua New Guineans was disappointing to see. It was riddled with inaccuracies and an attack on our people at a time where we should be looking to unite and work together to build a better nation for all of us.
The story was poorly researched and not fact checked. The claim that 100% of Western Highlanders are searching for and watching pornography is simply false, even according to the newspaper’s own source of Google Trends.
The claim that PNG is the world’s leader in pornography searches is also false and was based on similar claims made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in an article titled, “PNG tops porn searches on Google, experts divided over link between pornography and violence” written by Liam Cochrane. This ABC article clearly states that there has been no academic research on PNG’s pornography habits and bases its claims on unnamed sources.
It is unfortunate to see the Post Courier disregard its journalistic integrity, whether this mistake was due to a simple lack of effort or for more nefarious reasons. The internet has the power to change lives for the better. It can help us educate our children, do business more effectively and keep in touch with loved ones. Our goal as a government has been to connect more people to this powerful tool in an effort to modernize our country.
“PNG citizens have a choice, like everyone else in the world to access any information online. But, the distribution of undesired information online, using ICT devises in PNG is now a criminal offence under the Cybercrime Code Act passed by Parliament on August 11 2016 and Certified by the Clerk of Parliament on 13 December 2016.”
“There is of course an unfortunate and immoral side of the internet, one worth discussing and working against, but to attack Papua New Guineans and Western Highlanders is not the way to combat this. Our children need to be educated to use the internet for good and to rely on the morals promoted by our country’s Christian heritage.”
“The story sparked concerns that this government has plans to censor the internet, that is not the case. We have introduced the Cyber Crime Act to bring our laws in line with internet using cou...
A three-year-old girl has died after a family dog turned on her and her six-year-old brother in Mayville, Durban, on Saturday afternoon. Rescue Care's Garrith Jamieson, who was on the scene, said paramedics attempted to resuscitate the girl after the dog belonging to her grandparents attacked her and her brother, but to no avail. Her brother was taken to hospital. Jamieson said the SPCA ,who were called to the scene, put the dog down. He was not able to establish the breed of the dog
CNN JUST DID A WHOLE REPORT ON WHAT HAPPENS IF TRUMP GETS ASSASSINATED TOMORROW by Melissa Dykes Well, here’s something you don’t see every day… or… ever. CNN, a mainstream media network that proclaims itself to be “the most trusted name” in news but President-elect Donald Trump openly called fake news at his last press conference,…
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The boss of this
Viscount Etienne Davignon who has been director of Kissinger Associates and good friend of Henry Kissinger, vice-president of the European Commission, and honorary chairman of Bilderberg. Reportedly, a witness has named him as a child abuser.
The Dutroux Affair is the name given to the events surrounding the organised child abuse of children in the 1980s and 1990s in Belgium.
In Belgium, Member of Parliament Laurent Louis publicised a list of all the people ALLEGEDLY involved in the Dutroux affair.
Among the names listed: Trump supporter US General Michael Aquino (who has had an important role in military psychological warfare; involved in “Monarch” brainwashing); Paul Bonacci, victim of Monarch brainwashing, Willy Claes Secretary General of NATO in 1994 and 95, Elio di Rupo former Belgian Prime Minister, André Cools , assassinated Belgian government minister…
“Around my sixth birthday, in 1969, I was taken to an orgy for the first time, in a castle.
“I was used for an S&M show, on a low stage, chained up with an iron dog collar, and made to eat human feces.”
AMBA Stock: Time for a Stand
It was quite a wild ride for Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ:AMBA) stock in 2016. The year stared off poorly as a market sell-off gripped Ambarella stock and sent it spiraling lower by 40%. It took AMBA stock five months to shake off this slide before it was finally able to turn positive for the year.
In October, Ambarella stock was looking bright as it reversed the disastrous start to 2016, and was now positing a positive return of 34% for the year. Unfortunately these gains did not last very long as selling pressure.
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AAPL Stock: Targeting Milestones
There is something really special about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock and it is not because I own a few Apple products. As an investment, AAPL stock is very orderly and deliberate in its price action. These characteristics make Apple stock a great candidate for trading strategies.
I center my investment views and trading strategies around price patterns and signals that are generated on a stock chart. This method of analysis is known as technical analysis, and it relies on past volume and price data to.
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1. After the Jharkhand collapse, 2016 became one of the deadliest years for mine workers
Indian Express reports that “with a fatal accident every three days, mining is arguably the most dangerous profession in India, alongside ship-breaking. The numbers for July-December 2016, which would include the Lal Matia mining accident, could well push the fatalities this year to a record high.”
2. 25,000 East Delhi municipal workers have been on strike since January 6 over pending salaries for the last three months
Of the 25,000 workers on strike, 17,000 are sanitation workers, according to The Hindu.
D.P. Chandel, president of the Rastriya Safai Majdoor Congress told Hindustan Times:
“We have to get on roads after every three months for last three years just to get our salaries. The state government and municipal corporation are fooling us and we don’t want the situation to be repeated. We will not give up this time unless all our demands are met.”
In another interview, he...
763 – The Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in a decisive Abbasid victory.
1189 – Philip II of France and Richard I of England began to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade.
1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptised each other in the home of Manz’s mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.
1749 – The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was destroyed by fire.
1789 The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, was printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention,Louis XVI of France was executed by guillotine.
1824 Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American, Confederate army general was born (d. 1863).
1859 – Ice came to Nelson for the first time.
1864 – The Tauranga Campaign started during the New Zealand Land Wars.
1887 – Brisbane received a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
1889 – ‘Professor’ Thomas Baldwin descended by parachute from a balloon floating high above South Dunedin.
1893 – The...
I had to make sure I wasn’t in some kind of quasi-Twilight-Zone-dream when, for the first time, more than one person has asked to pay me to make an appearance to talk about trans stuff.
While there’s no shortage of information pinging around in my brain at 12,429,231 km/s, I’m not necessarily equipped to know what y’all weirdo cis people actually want to know about. I have forgotten what it was like to not know.
So, in the context of “people are throwing modest sums at me to talk about trans stuff,” what kind of trans stuff would you attend if it were being offered at a conference?
Don’t worry about asking offensive questions since offensive questions may be a topic unto itself (that’s a content warning, trans readers).
Like Bob Dylan, Jaguar goes electric, with a liquid-cooled 90kWh lithium battery pack that gets 220 miles of driving on one charge, producing the equivalent of 400hp and achieve 516 pounds-feet of torque. The four-door, five-seat SUV will go on sale in 2018: Jaguar has declined to say what the price of the new SUV…
Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/reports/fake-polls-continue-hammer-trump/ Two fake polls done by ABC/Washington Post and another done by CNN try to depict Donald Trump as the most unpopular president ever at the time of his inauguration. Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Fake Polls Continue to Hammer Trump Good morning, I’m still reporting on fake polls. Only 50 hours until the pretender in chief departs the national stage, and frankly, America couldn’t be more relieved. However, the legacy of the monster that put him where he was has not given up. They continue to pump out fake polls. The latest is an ABC/Washington Post poll that ZeroHedge alerted us to late yesterday. It was all over the TV news last night. Even Fox ran the story and only rarely mentioned that there might be some doubt about the data. Here’s the story the MSM went with all yesterday. “Trump is far less popular than past presidents at the time of inauguration. Only 40% of 1005 adults sampled had a favorable impression of Donald Trump today, while 54% had an unfavorable impression. This compared to President Obama, who, in 2009 at the time of his inauguration, had 79% of those sampled with a favorable impression, and only 18% with an unfavorable impression. What they fail to mention is who was asked. If you ask all your friends if they approve of you, you are likely to get a pretty high “approve” number. Well, the ABC/Wash Post poll was composed of 31% Democrats and only 23% Republicans. 37% of those polled called themselves “Independent”. CNN came out with a very similar poll with very similar results on the same day! It’s true media miracles never cease! Imagine that; these two MSM polls backed each other up. Certainly, they must both be true! Fortunately, we have people like ZeroHedge to alert us to the facts of the matter. Here is a graph of Party Identification over the last 24 years. It shows that a proper sampling would be 33% Democrats, 29% Republicans, and 34% independents. On top of that, there is something called “skews”. Pollsters can apply any skew that yields the outcome they want, and that is never talked about in a popular news story. All polls cost money to create. If a pollster is to stay in business for very long, they quickly learn ways to provide the purchaser of the poll with the results they expect. Trump’s popularity gap is still so large that small over-sampling tricks won’t help much. But, where this does make a difference are in the later questions that don’t make the headlines. “All in all, do you think Trump is treating the news media fairly, or unfairly?” Of the Democrat-heavy sample, surprise, surprise, only 38% thought Trump was treating the MSM fairly while 57% thought he was being...
This research series presents an in-depth examination of mobile payment systems, a rapidly evolving form of financial technology. We will provide an overview of how they are used in China–where they are taking off faster than anywhere else in the world–and what implications their security and data protection practices may have for millions of users, by presenting a case study on Alipay.
Mobile payment systems (MPS) are transforming global consumption, with smartphone users increasingly relying on these applications for their daily transactions. Some of the most popular applications include Google Wallet, Apple Pay, and Alipay. They are used not only to transfer money between individuals but also to pay salaries and bills, and make cross-currency remittances. Non-bank entities, including Tencent and Alibaba, have relied on their existing broad consumer bases in areas such as e-commerce to expand into the mobile payments arena.
Mobile payment systems generally require users to sign up for an account using their phone numbers and bank account information. Aside from making and receiving payments, some MPS now store medical records for hospital bill payment. Through data collected from peer-to-peer transactions, companies can offer value-added services such as risk mitigation and consumer analytics. Collected payment data (e.g., how often a person receives money or how much that person regularly spends) can be analyzed and used for direct marketing purposes or sold to third parties. As more countries move to a cashless society model with businesses a...
The winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition confirm that Earth is a pretty spectacular place (and very worth protecting).
The winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition confirm that Earth is a pretty spectacular place (and very worth protecting).
When Alice van Kempen traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa to photograph elephants, she trained her lens on the tusks. The demand for ivory has grown to such an extent that poachers kill an elephant every 15 minutes to meet it. As of mid-September 2016, 36 elephants had been slaughtered in Kruger National Park over the course of the year. Van Kempen's photograph—a quiet, meditative portrait of two elephants, tusks glowing against a dark background, captures the species' plight and calls attention to the corrupt industry that sacrifices the entire animal for one small part of its whole.
Because it's not in Russia's best interests to do so, the Kremlin hasn't sought an unnecessary confrontation with the West. The suggestion that some Russians live in a Cold War era mindset easily applies to the US military industrial complex reared folks, harping on the supposed threat posed by Moscow. Thinking along their lines, some other Americans are subconsciously duped by their reliance on the overall US mass media image of Russia...
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A new program that aims to get foreclosed homes back onto the tax rolls and back into being habitable has stirred up some controversy in my city of Milwaukee, WI. The city is offering 100 foreclosed homes in select low-income neighborhoods for the price of $1 each, along with rehabilitation grants of up to $10,000 per home.
But there’s one catch which many residents didn’t realize until they attended a public meeting about the program on January 9: In order to participate in the program, you have to agree to purchase five or more homes. Suddenly an opportunity that seemed almost too good to be true for neighborhood residents turned into something that was only open to a select group of people with the finances to purchase and rehab 5+ homes, plus a background in development.
Applications to the Milwaukee Employment/Renovation Initiative (MERI) through the recently released Request for Qualifications will be judged on:
Experience and capacity – Ability of entity to acquire, hold, develop, and/or own and manage scattered site, tax-foreclosed properties. Experience of the developer in renovating scattered site properties in Milwaukee neighborhoods. Qualifications of key team members responsible for the implementation of the activities.
Financial feasibility of project – Reasonableness of financial assumptions. Ability of developer to leverage additional investment to renovate properties. Evidence of preliminary financing commitments.
In other words, you need to have previous development experience and you need to have the funding to rehab at least five homes on your own dollar (the $10,000 grant is an after-the-fact reimbursement). Participants are also required to hire at least one underemployed or unemployed neighborhood resident for a minimum of 500 hours, as well as “commit to spending at least 25% of construction contract dollars with certified Small Business Enterprises.” Those aspects of the program create (temporary) jobs and support local businesses—both positive things—but t...
Ankara: Turkey moved closer to adopting a new constitutional bill extending President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers that supporters welcome as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil and opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state.
Parliament ratified the first seven of 18 articles in a second round of voting, putting the assembly on track to approve the package as a whole by Friday night.
Under the new system, Erdogan could rule in the NATO-member and EU candidate country until 2029.
As debate on the reforms went late into the evening, an independent lawmaker, Aylin Nazliaka, handcuffed herself to the podium in protest against the stronger presidency.
A lawmaker from the ruling AK Party attempted to end the protest by force and deputies from other parties then weighed in, one losing her prosthetic arm in the fracas, witnesses said.
The AK Party, backed by the nationalist MHP, says it will bring the strong leadership needed to prevent a return to the fragile coalition governments of the past. It would also, they say, help Turkey tackle attacks by Kurdish insurgents and ISIS militants spilling over from war in Syria.
The reform would enable the president to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top state officials and dissolve parliament – powers that the two main opposition parties say strip away balances to Erdogan‘s power.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was cited as telling Turkey’s Fox TV: “In the presidential period, when ministers will be appointed from outside, people from and close to the MHP could be appointed as ministers.”
Erdogan assumed the presidency, a largely ceremonial position, in 2014 after over a decade as prime minister. Since then, pushing his powers to the limit, he has continued to dominate politics by dint of his personal popularity.
Critics accuse him of increasing authoritarianism with the arrests and dismissal of tens of thousands of judges, pol...
CSCO Stock: Lock and Loaded
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) stock is setting up to make a serious move, and this comes at time when the volatility in CSCO stock has been nearly erased. Large swings in Cisco’s stock price are almost non-existent. Since the middle of December 2016, Cisco stock has traded in a tight defined range in which only $1.00 has separated the highs and lows.
Contraction of volatility is like a spring being compressed; it is waiting for a tipping point, at which time that spring will be released and all that stored-up.
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Oscar Lopez Rivera to Be Freed After 36 Years in US Prison Puerto Rico’s independence leader and longest held political prisoner in the U.S. from Latin America will be free. The United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his struggle […]
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25 Years of Neocon-Neoliberalism: Great for the Top 5%, A Disaster for Everyone Else by Charles Hugh Smith It cannot be merely coincidental that the incomes and wealth of the top 5% have pulled away from the stagnating 95% in the 25 years dominated by neocon-neoliberalism. One unexamined narrative I keep hearing is: “OK, so…
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This is the newst update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.
Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. It’s composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the world’s oceans.
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A joint @AJEnglish @guardian #SpyCables team meet w @ewenmacaskill @SeumasMilne @willjordan @JPGREES #coffee #laptop pic.twitter.com/dqaaToBt2S— Clayton Swisher (@claytonswisher) February 25, 2015
Thousands of protesters will stream into the streets of Washington, DC on January 20 to oppose the incoming presidency of Donald Trump. As they march, chant, unfurl their banners, and attempt to disrupt the inauguration, they step into a decades-long history of protests against the presidential spectacle. What follows is a history of […]
Washington: A few hours after president-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an AP reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview.
The call went to voicemail and the reporter did not leave a message. About an hour later, Trump called back.
It’s hard to imagine many politicians — particularly one about to become president of US — calling back an unknown number on their cellphone.
With Trump, it’s simply how business gets done, whether he’s fielding calls from real estate partners and longtime friends or foreign leaders and congressional lawmakers in the weeks after the election.
But as Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, the future of his ever-present Android smartphone is now a matter of national security. On Thursday, he told a friend that he had given up his phone, as security agencies had urged him to do. It was unclear whether he was following the lead of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first cellphone-toting president, who exchanged his personal device for a Blackberry heavily modified for security purposes.
The friend who spoke with Trump spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity in order to disclose the private conversation.
The presidency has long been a lonely, isolating office, with security concerns keeping the commander in chief at a distance from the public. Under Obama, worries about cyber intrusions — particularly by foreign governments — pulled the president’s technology deeper into the security bubble as well. Many of the functions on Obama’s Blackberry were blocked and only a handful of people had his phone number or email address.
Trump doesn’t email, but he uses his phone to tweet — something he’s made clear he plans to continue in office. He’s known to make calls early in the morning and late at night, often seeking input from multiple sources when making a decision. Sometimes he leaves a voicemail.
Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the president-elect, described Trump’s phone etiquette, as “just like one of his speeches, it’s...
For Barack Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world at large. For critics of the outgoing president, Obama could do no right as he plunged the US into the worst crisis in its 200-plus years of history.
Between the high notes of Obama’s farewell address and the low rumble of Donald Trump’s tweets, it can be hard to find a middle ground.
The Washington Post has attempted just such an even-tempered appraisal of the Obama era. In a stand-alone section from January 11 entitled Obama’s Legacy, also issued as an e-book, the Post asked more than a dozen journalists and pundits to weigh in on the different facets of the president’s tenure in office, from his efforts to pull the economy out of financial crisis to his more recent foreign policy accomplishments.
Each of the contributions is structured, appropriately, around a call and response: The president achieved this but failed to achieve that.
Obama brought the country back from the brink of economic disaster, but he could have pumped more money into the recovery and implemented more thoroughgoing financial reform. He pushed through universal health care, but the plan had too little support from Congress and too much buy-in from the insurance industry. He addressed climate change, but it wasn’t enough to stop the planet from heating up. He promised peace but he continued wars.
Obama himself encouraged such a measured evaluation, for he was always trying to present more complex pictures to the American public.
The Post section begins with several essays on Obama as the first black president. That remarkable precedent became less and less important as Obama tackled a succession of urgent problems in his first year. Yet for a significant portion of the American electorate, Obama’s racial identity never ceased to be relevant.
The African American community rooted for him – “Black America has held its collective breath during every second” of his presiden...
Part two of this interview with Joseph Daher explores some of the experiments in grassroots democracy and the possible futures in Syria.
What do you make of events in the Kurdish areas of Syria, particularly what David Graeber has called “the remarkable democratic experiment” in Rojava? What is the relationship between Kurdish groups and revolutionaries in the rest of Syria?
The self-governance of Rojava in Northern Syria by the PYD is a direct result of the mass movement by the people of Syria (Arabs, Kurds, and Assyrians together) against the Assad regime. The popular uprising pushed the regime to conclude a deal with the PYD in July 2012, in which it withdrew from several Kurdish-majority regions in the North to redeploy its armed forces to repress the uprising elsewhere, while maintaining a small presence in some areas such as Qamichli and Hassaka.
Institutions in these areas are dominated by PYD-affiliated organizations, with an assortment of Kurdish, Syriac, and Assyrian personalities who had little to lose from entering the agreement. For a far majority of Kurdish political parties and activists, Rojava is only a new form of authoritarianism rather than democratic confederalism in action. As evidence of this, many of them point to the exclusion of opposition parties and activists from youth groups within Rojava.
Members and leaders of the people’s councils, which were established by the authorities of Rojava, are theoretically responsible for local governance. Representatives of all Kurdish political parties as well as non-Kurdish population in mixed areas are appointed by the PYD. Likewise, the movement maintains overall decision-making authority, consigning the councils except for distribution of gas and humanitarian aid (which has taken a largely symbolic role). The commune’s institution, one of the key elements in the new Rojava system, which serves to provide humanitarian assistance to the inhabitants in their neighborhoods, has been criticized because it enforces the rule of PYD-linked organizations.
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Treasuries Got a Break. Now Beatings Resume until the Mood Improves by Wolf Richter What would Yellen do? “Waiting too long to begin moving toward the neutral rate could risk a nasty surprise down the road – either too much inflation, financial instability or both,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen warned her rapt listeners at the Commonwealth…
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Obama Preaches Final Sermon: ‘Big Countries Don’t Go Bully Smaller Countries’ In his final conference with the press, Barack Obama made one last jab at Russia A tear for all the lives and nations he’s ruined? The great moralizing president who proved to the world that “yes, we can” lie, bomb, drone, and overthrow the […]
After eight years of Barack Obama how has the world changed? For better or worse? Was his foreign policy a success? And as he leaves office, what is America’s standing in the world as Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office? CrossTalking with David Horowitz and Daniel Lazare. Editor’s note: I get tired of people who cannot…
Syria’s capital city Damascus continues to suffer without water. The water which fed four million people, was cut off by insurgents who have occupied the aquifer in Wadi Barada since late December. The insurgents, which include an alliance of US backed groups and Al Qaeda’s Syria branch Jabhat Fateh Al Sham (formally Jabhat al Nusra), uploaded a video of themselves rigging the ancient Ein Al Fijeh spring with explosives. Two days before this upload, the rebels were also accused of tainting the water supply with diesel. As a result of the success of the Syrian military campaign to recapture parts of Wadi Barada, the insurgents were forced to agree to allowing engineers in to fix the aquifer as part of a ceasefire agreement. However after the agreement was reached the insurgents shot and killed the negotiating team overseeing repairs. Previously they had shot at technicians as they attempted to enter Wadi Barada.
Several groups which included the so called “White helmets” NGO released a written statement, that they will not allow engineers to fix the spring until the Syrian government agrees to give them certa...
Oracle has released the first Critical Patch Update scheduled for 2017, and it's massive. It fixes 270 vulnerabilities across multiple products, and over 100 of them are remotely exploitable by unauthenticated attackers.
The entire list of affected products and components is long, and Oracle advises users of all of them to implement the updates as soon as possible.
"The focus has shifted from Database and Java SE to critical business applications, as we predicted within the last 2 years," the ERPScan research team noted.
[...] The number of fixed issues is not the largest an Oracle CPU has ever delivered, but of the last five (since January 2016), four have passed the 240-mark.
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Unknown Masterpiece 2016-7 • Trump’s Tweets Are Little Different From FDR’s Fireside Chats (MW) • Fortress Washington Braces For Anti-Trump Protests, New Yorkers March (R.) • Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office (R.) • Mnuchin Says Long-Term Strength of US Dollar Is Important (BBG) • German Opposition Leader Calls For
Just in time for his inauguration, London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on comments made on social media by Donald Trump. Keeping one eye on the U.S. President-elect’s personal Twitter feed has become a regular pastime…
On the subject of religion and presidential politics, no one had more insight than Senator Eugene McCarthy, who ran for president five times. Himself. “Only two kinds of religion are tolerated along the Potomac,” he once told me. “Strong beliefs vaguely acknowledged and vague beliefs strongly…
Published time: 20 Jan, 2017 10:45 Hundreds of thousands of
people from across the US and around the world flocked to downtown
Washington, DC to see Donald Trump become the 45th president of the
United States ‒ or to express their discontent with the fact. For a
day, the American capital turned into an arena […]
Peter Buwert, Edinburgh Napier University The American street artist Shepard Fairey created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. It was 2008 and the simple red, beige and blue stencilled image of Obama’s face over the word “HOPE” quickly became the iconic image of the…
A British man has died while working on a stadium in Qatar that
will be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It is unclear how the
40-year-old man died, or if his death is related to the many
accidents that have killed thousands of migrant workers in Qatar.
The Independent reports that organizers of […]
In the movie Hidden Figures Americans are being brainwashed with
the Fake History that we couldn’t have made it to the moon without
sassy black women doing the math. Paul Kersey has already pointed
out that the flight path trajectory was actually developed by a
white Southerner, Dr. Jack Crenshaw. But there’s an even more […]
Mr. S.D. shared this story, and it's one worth paying attention to, for while there was all the ruckus and fuss as last year…
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GDP-linked Bonds: A Primer Cecchetti & Schoenholtz Money & Banking , January 16, 2017 “We call for further analysis of the technicalities, opportunities, and challenges of state-contingent debt instruments, including GDP-linked bonds.” G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors, 23-24 July 2016, Chengdu, China Gross government debt in advanced economies has…
This week on the New World Next Week: Researchers warn of fingerprint theft from peace sign photos; more human workers made redundant by AI; and madness swirls around the inauguration spectacle in Washington this weekend.
Big food producers and buyers worth US$2.9 trillion will now be able to monitor deforestation with the same immediacy as tracking commodity prices or stock markets.
This video from the USA says about itself:
17 January 2017
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
This video is the sequel.
Dirty industries spend more on politics, keeping us in the fossil age.
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th January 2017
Make America Wait Again. That’s what Donald Trump’s energy policy amounts to. Stop all the clocks, put the technological revolution on hold, ensure that the transition from fossil fuels to clean power is delayed for as long as possible.
Trump is the president corporate Luddites have dreamt of; the man who will let them squeeze every last cent from their oil and coal reserves before they become worthless. They need him because science, technology and people’s demands for a safe and stable world have left them stranded. There is no fair fight that they can win, so their last hope lies with a government that will rig the competition.
To this end, Trump has appointed to his cabinet some of those responsible for a universal crime: inflicted not on particular nations or groups, but on everyone.
Recent research suggests that – if drastic action of the kind envisaged by the Paris agreement on climate change is not taken – ice loss in Antarctica alone could raise sea levels by a metre this century, and by 15 metres in subsequent centuries. Combine this with the melting in Greenland and the thermal expansion of seawater, and you discover that many of the world’s great cities are at existential risk.
The climatic disruption of crucial agricultural zones – in North and Central America, the Middle East, Africa and much of Asia – presents a security threat that could dwarf all others. The civil war in Syria, unless resolute policies are adopted, looks like a glimpse of a possible global future.
These are not, if the risks materialise, shifts to which we can adapt. These crises will be bigger than our capacity to respond to them. They could lead to the rapid and radical simplification of society, which means, to put it brutally, the end of civilisations and many of the people they support. If this happens, it will amount to the greatest crime ever committed. And members of Trump’s proposed cabinet are among the leading perpetrators.
In their careers so far, they have championed the fossil fuel industry while contesting the measures intended to prevent climate breakdown. They appear to have considered the need of a few exceedingly rich people to protect their foolish investments for a few more years, weighed it against the benign climatic conditions that have allowed humanity to flourish, and decided that the fooli...
From the moment Donald Trump entered the US presidential race, the potential for an unprecedented array of ethics violations, stemming from his global business interests, has been a ticking time bomb, set to detonate on January 20, 2017. Boom.
Banjul/Dakar: West African armies halted an operation in The Gambia aimed at installing the country’s new president, Adama Barrow, on Thursday so regional leaders could make one last attempt to convince longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to step aside.
Barrow took the oath of office on Thursday at The Gambia‘s embassy in Senegal, calling for international support from West Africa’s Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) bloc, the African Union and the UN.
A regional military force launched an intervention effort, dubbed Operation Restore Democracy, shortly after the former opposition figure was sworn in.
“We think that up until the last minute there is still a solution through dialogue,” said Marcel de Souza, head of the ECOWAS commission, explaining the decision to suspend the advance to reporters in Dakar late on Thursday.
During his inauguration speech Barrow appealed to ECOWAS, the African Union and the UN for support for his government and The Gambia‘s people.
“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget,” Barrow said after taking the oath, which was administered by the president of The Gambia‘s bar association. “Our national flag will now fly high among the most democratic nations of the world.”
Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, initially conceded defeat to Barrow following a December 1 election before back-tracking, saying the vote was flawed.
De Souza said a total of 7,000 troops from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Mali would be involved in the operation. Troops had already entered...
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM JAN 19 2017 Video While most eyes are turned to Washington and the impending inauguration of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA, there has been another geopolitical earthquake (well, in fact, several). This one is in the Middle East, but portends even bigger developments: Video Source…
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Incoming US Secretary of State «T Rex» Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China should be denied access to islands in the South China Sea. Militarization of the islands, he said, was «akin to Russia taking Crimea» from Ukraine.
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I long time ago I wrote a piece (I’ll link to it here in orange) on the relationship between liberal bloggers (and the online communities they create) and the people who demonstrate in protest marches. At the time, I was a little annoyed that some of my blogging friends were so dismissive of folks who act out their political dissent in person. I was reminded of that piece when I was reading Nicole Narea’s article in the The New Republic.
She’s concerned that the protestors currently descending on Washington DC to protest Trump’s inauguration are lacking any unified message beyond anti-Trumpism. I don’t see this as a problem. What they agree on is that they don’t want this new president. Let them give us a thousand different reasons why.
Protests in this country have never had a unified message, but we still call the marches against Jim Crow “Civil Rights Protests” and the marches during Vietnam “anti-war protests.” There were overriding themes and they stuck.
Protests tend not to accomplish anything right away unless they’re so menacing that the king wants to flee the palace. What happens more commonly is that they act as a great social networking event. Friendships and connections are made. People get organized. People get energy. We can do some of this with blogs and apps, but there’s nothing like people meeting likeminded people in the flesh.
So, the real story of the Pussyhat Revolution tomorrow won’t be in what gets broadcast on television. It will be what happens on the ground, on the subways, in the hotel lobbies and bars, as people come together to mourn and to share their fears, and to find their resolve.
There’s obviously a risk that the understaffed Trump administration will drop the ball on something. We all remember how the Bush administration resisted taking the threat of al-Qaeda seriously, and also (though they had plenty of time to prepare for it) their horrible response to Hurricane Katrina. A government that isn’t prepared can cost lives. The Trump administration could also struggle to meet unexpected contingencies overseas. So, I don’t want to unhesitatingly say that it’s a good thing that Trump has so far only made nominations for about 28 of the 690 positions requiring Senate confirmation.
But it’s a good thing.
In particular, they’ve done a very bad job of identifying people to serve in the deputy and undersecretary positions, including at the State Department and the Pentagon. And these figures are the ones who do most of the work. If you think Betsy DeVos and Ben Carson are going to be guiding the pulse of their departments, you must not have watched any of their confirmation hearings. They know absolutely nothing about what their departments do. They’ll have a few big items on their get-done list, but they wouldn’t know how to shape legislation to name a post office.
Because the folks who will actually need to transform law and policy won’t be fully in place until late spring or early summer, the amount of damage the Trump administration can do in its first year will be reduced.
I suppose it’s possible that the reverse could happen in some select cases. In these cases, the skeleton crews might have been a moderating influence on a radical Congress if they had been staffed up and ready to engage. Overall, however, I think it will prevent the administration from translating The Leader’s will into action.
Try to remember, for example, the folks in the Obama administration who worked on passing the Affordable Care Act. It would never have happened without Nancy-Ann DeParle and her staff. The idea that you can unravel Obamacare and replace it with something new without people in the administration steering the effort? Let’s just say that that is the opposite of leadership.
There’s no Trump appointee for any of the top State Department jobs below secretary nominee Rex Tillerson. No Trump appointee for any of the top Department of Defense jobs below retired general James Mattis. Treasury? Same story. Justice? It is one of two departments (along with, bizarrely, Commerce) where Trump has selected a deputy secretary. But no solicitor general, no one at civil rights, no one in the civil division, no one for the national security division....
The way the Trump administration is selling access to the incoming cabinet may not be illegal or unprecedented, but this appears to be the best defense you can make of it:
“The way that I think about about is that what is happening right now is that President-elect Trump is pulling back the curtain on what has been going on for a while,” said Meredith McGehee, a government ethics expert and strategic adviser at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. “These are all of the ways we have of raising money. He’s just doing it without shame or compunction.”
It’s not much of a defense, and it becomes a lot more inadequate when you consider that he’s supposed to be “draining the swamp.”
After all, how can Joe Six-Pack compete with this:
The cost of admission for the Cabinet dinner is included in a package for either $100,000 or $250,000 to the presidential inaugural committee, while dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence is open to donors and corporate underwriters at the $500,000 and $1 million-level as part of multi-day itineraries, with the level of access determined by the amount of cash given, according to inauguration brochures obtained by POLITICO.
I have a warning for the folks who are thinking of ponying up six-figure checks for the opportunity of attending one of these dinners. Donald Trump is a well-documented ripoff artist.
The invite states that only “select” Cabinet officials will attend, prompting concerns that only a few lower-profile nominees would be on hand. If that happens, “people will be pissed,” the Trump donor said.
If you’re thinking you’ll get to chat up James Mattis about how he got his “Mad Dog’ nickname or talk to Rex Tillerson about what its like to get the Order of Friendship award from Vladimir Putin, you may have to satisfy yourself with talking to Ben Carson about pyramidal grain storage or with Betsy DeVos about the best way to defend elementary schools from grizzly bears.
You may find yourself feeling like one of the folks who ponied up thirty grand for a degree from the unaccredited Trump University.
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