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Tripoli was dangerous not as dangerous as Benghazi but still dangerous. Random, lethal violence was to be expected. There were no police officers, no official law enforcement of any kind only tribal militia, who ruled the roost. He told me to be careful of ambushes while being driven around the city. What should I do if I get ambushed? I asked. Well, standard operating procedure in the army is to shoot your way out. Dont be static. Push on, fight back. I pointed out to him that I was an unarmed middle-aged lawyer who would be sitting in the back of a rickety saloon car when the moment came. He shrugged.
Not many people change the world. Fewer still are thanked for it. Adolf Hitler changed the world on 22 June 1941: by invading the Soviet Union, he delivered Hitlers Europe, the divided continent we lived in until 1989. We were not grateful for that. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev changed the world, as so many adoring millions saw it at the time, by ending the threat of their extermination by nuclear war and by allowing Europes captive nations to liberate themselves. But then, a Samson already blinded by his enemies, he brought down the gigantic temple of the Soviet Union on his own head, and his own power perished with it.
Harman was first elected to the shadow cabinet in 1992 and her account of her difficulties in her first job, as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Gordon Browns deputy, are typical of the descriptions she gives of her ministerial career as a whole. She stresses her own inadequacy and failure in a way its almost impossible to imagine a mans political memoir doing.
One political leader who apparently tried to act on the idea of establishing a new nation in the heart of North America was Aaron Burr. Apparently, because the exact scope and intentions of what came to be known as the Burr Conspiracy of 1805-7 remain murky at best. Until recently, Burr was really known for one thing: killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804.
The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 24 (14 December 2017)
Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.
In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.
The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.
120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.
Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.
The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).
Gartner forecasts worldwide enterprise security spending to total $96.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 8 percent from 2017. Organizations are spending more on security as a result of regulations, shifting buyer mindset, awareness of emerging threats and the evolution to a digital business strategy. Security spending drivers Overall, a large portion of security spending is driven by an organizations reaction toward security breaches as more high profile cyberattacks and data breaches affect organizations worldwide, More
NiceHash, one of the most popular crypto-mining marketplaces, has apparently suffered a breach that resulted in the theft of the entire contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken, the outfit noted. Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are More
Chilean authorities have raised the Alert Level for Villarrica volcano to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on December 5, 2017. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started on December 2 ( 7 days), 2014 and ended on October 15,...... Read more
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CNN published a glowing and totally uncritical article Wednesday on a group that aims to be your white allies on Facebook.
White Nonsense Roundup is composed of 100 self-declared white allies who rush to relieve people of color from the emotional labor of engaging with a persons racist or racially insensitive thoughts, according to CNNs puff piece.
CNN described the group as roadside assistance for social media debates youre tired of having.
A person of color can request the assistance of White Nonsense Roundup simply by tagging the group in heated debates and letting one of the white allies interject themselves into the social media quarrel.
The group apparently has some really big fans. Its inspiring. I really appreciate the work that theyre doing and I steadily promote them, Kevin Tillman, an educator in Oakland, California, told CNN. Tillman says he uses the services of these white allies on an almost daily basis.
When I saw the (White Nonsense Roundup) post, thats when I was like, Phew, finally somebody white who gets it someone willing to carry the burden of racism, raved violinist Chenoa Alamu.
The inspiration for the group came from the public debate surrounding the police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016, according to one of its founders.
I think, as white people, we are taught that intentions are all that matters, White Nonsense Roundup co-founder Terri Kempton told CNN. We think that if our hearts are in the right places and we consciously doubt racism, were good to go. So that was a light-bulb moment to me, where I didnt think intentions are enough.
Kempton works as a college instructor.
The volunteers for the social media police force say they often see the same kind of problematic statements when arguing with other white people. These include: Im not racist because I dont see color, Cultural appropriation isnt real, I dont have white privilege because of [x], Why is it always about race? and All Lives Matter.
CNN described the last statement as particularly thorny.
If you are hoping to join White Nonsense Roundup, you have to go through a pretty rigorous screening process. There are no training wheels for potential volunteers, CNN reports.
In order to become a certified white ally, you have to submit your social media history and answer four problematic comments in a firm but......
The main aim especially of the first Greek bailout was to rescue investors outside Greece, outgoing Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem admitted in the European Parliament on Thursday. Odd. Less than a month ago, Dijsselbloem said that the bailout was used to save the banks. There were mistakes in the first programmes, we improvised. The way
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Turkey is no longer a US ally Turkey has made it clear that its interests are linked to those of Russia and Iran, while the US is seen as a common threat that has crossed one big red line, while trampling over many others. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the United States in one of his most strongly worded statements to-date. After Donald Trump promised Erdogan personally that the US would cease arming Kurdish militants in Syria, Erdogan has stated unambiguously that this is not the case. Earlier, Erdogan came down hard on apparent US support for the illegal Fethullah Terrorist Organisation as well as stating that the US is making a grave mistake if it proceeds with recognising Jerusalem/Al-Quds as the capital of Israel.
You just knew this was coming.
On Wednesday President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital. The President ordered the US embassy to be moved, however; it may take a few years.
Top liberal Chris Matthew insulted Christians after the announcement.
Chris Matthews: We will have hell to pay for this erratic decision by this president Dont think this isnt related to Alabama next week. It is related because with the Christian Evangelicals down there with there crazy ideas down there about Israel which is mythical.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews blames crazy Evangelical Christians in Alabama for Trump's decision on Jerusalem, claims they don't understand the situation in Israel because they have "mythical" beliefs. pic.twitter.com/Nz59Mli2Pb
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Today marks the release of GNU Guix 0.14 as well as the GNU Guix SD (System Distribution) that is the Linux-based operating system built around this package manager...
(HRW) Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized at least 200 and likely many more former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda to protect President Joseph Kabila and quash anti-Kabila protests in December 2016.
(Brussels) Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Kabila has since strengthened his hold on power and delayed elections, raising concerns that planned protests will be met with further violence and repression.
The 69-page report, Special Mission: Recruitment of M23 Rebels to Suppress Protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, documents that Congolese security forces along with recruited M23 fighters from Uganda and Rwanda killed at least 62 people and arrested hundreds more during country-wide protests between December 19 and 22, when Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutionally mandated two-term limit. M23 fighters patrolled the streets of Congos main cities, firing on or arresting protesters or anyone else deemed to be a threat to the president.
Covert operations to recruit fighters from an abusive armed group to suppress any resistance show how far President Kabila and his coterie are willing to go to stay in power, said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch and one of the reports authors. Congolese officials should end all unlawful use of force against protesters and allow peaceful political activities by activists and the political opposition.
The findings are based on over 120 interviews, including with victims of abuse, their family members, witnesses, local activists, nine Congolese security force officers, government and United Nations officials, and diplomats, as well as 21 M23 fighters, commanders, and political leaders. Human Rights Watch conducted research in Kinshasa, Goma, and Lubumbashi in Congo, in Uganda, in Rwanda, and in Brussels, Belgium, from December 2016 to November 2017....
Sanford Bishop (Blue Dog-GA)It's worth mentioning-- for the umpteenth time-- that if the DCCC gets its way, 2019 will see many more NRA-supporting Democrats in Congress. Ben Ray Lujan and Nancy Pelosi have freely and publicly admitted that the DCCC is now working with the Blue Dog Caucus to recruit more Blue Dogs into Congress. I s...
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This is a guest post by Kid Strangelove. Kid originally published this article at his own blog on August 16, 2010, but he deleted the site a while ago so he could focus on other projects. He asked me if Id be willing to re-post some of his articles on my blog and I said yes.
I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the seduction community. I first read The Game over two years ago, and subsequently immersed myself in every single piece of pickup literature: trying to meet girls by the book, succeeding, failing, learning, remembering, being happy, being disappointed, stopping, starting again, meeting the girl who I thought was different, realizing that she was the same as the others, cold streaks, hot streaks
I have crammed a lot of personal experience into a relatively small time frame. My experience is unique to me, but I still have much in common with other men. Sometimes I share my experiences with people and they can apply them to their lives, and sometimes they just look at me funny (since what Im talking about is obviously not applicable to them).
But all of my knowledge comes from a mix of personal experience and varying input. And thats what less knowledgeable people need: a mix of input from people that know what theyre talking about.
Experienced guys: go out there and dispense advice.
Now, were on the Internet, so its hard to know who is telling the truth and who is bullshitting, so I wouldnt waste time pumping up your e-credentials because youll always have non-believers. And yes, there is a chance your advice will fall on deaf ears. But maybe, just maybe your input and experience will make someone think, learn, and acquire that experience on their own.
Heres an example.
At one particular lair meeting I went to, during the question and answer session, a shy-looking Indian kid said something that really threw the whole meeting for a loop: It was weird. She invited me to her house to hang out. I wasnt feeling it, so I left. What does it mean when a woman invites you to her house?
You can imagine how people reacted. Pretty much everyone in attendance called the kid a pussy, but then one kid in the back raised his hand and said, You did the right thing. I mean youre a grown man, you can tell the difference between anxiety and possible danger. You felt a bit of the second, and you got the fuck out of there. A friend of mine met a girl in a restaurant a few weeks ago and woke up in an empty hotel room with his cash and credit cards missing. We all knew the girl felt a bit shady, but we didnt act on...
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On December 7th the BBC News website published an article by Barbara Plett Usher on its US & Canada page and the same article appeared on the websites Middle East page as related reading.
Titled Trumplomacy: Key takeaways from Jerusalem policy shift, the article begins with a subheading informing readers that the US president has ruined Christmas for Palestinians:
A blue Christmas for Palestinians
Readers then discover that the first key takeaway proffered by Plett Usher is that the PLO has cancelled a party.
Less than a month ago the Palestinians top diplomat in Washington was...
Yes, and then be prepared for the harassment action against you for inappropriate touching. Via Campus Reform: An academic librarian at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst recently encouraged her fellow librarians to fight microaggressions by hugging students or telling them I love you. According to Isabel Espinal, the school librarian for students majoring in Afro American Studies, 
Welcome to New World Next Week the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:
Story #1: Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital
Video: Trump Endorses Netanyahu for Prime Minister In 2013
This 1979 music video from Britain says about itself:
Steve Jones, Paul Cook & Phil Lynott
Unfortunately, for many people in Theresa Mays Britain Christmas wont be very merry.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thursday 7th December 2017
Four out of five displaced households are still without a home following the devastating blaze that killed 71 people almost six months ago on June 14.
SoCal Wildfires: Los Angeles, Ventura declare state of emergency as 200 000 evacuate. Sources
Trump Settles Debt With Zionists Confirms That Irans Struggle Is Righteous from Moon of Alabama U.S. President Trump announced today a change in the official U.S. view of the city of Jerusalem in Palestine: President Trump on Wednesday formally...
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El Vaticano inform que Norberto Rivera se desempear como Administrador Apostlico de la Arquidicesis de Mxico hasta la toma de posesin de Aguiar. Regeneracin, 7 de diciembre de 2017.- El papa Francisco designo a Carlos Aguiar Retes como nuevo arzobispo primado de Mxico. El nombramiento se anunci en LObservatore Romano, diario oficial de El Vaticano. Adems 
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Some children in Hebron have difficulty getting in and out of the school because of an Israeli military post and gate about 30 yards from their classrooms. During October and November 2017 the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem found four instances where Palestinian students and teachers at the Ziad Hamuda Elementary School were stopped, searched, and abused on their commutes. In at least one incident clashes broke out near the school with children filmed by field researchers fleeing from white plumes of tear gas. "Occasionally, and unpredictably, soldiers stationed on the scene conduct random searches of passersby," B'Tselem said in a statement today. Some students told the group they were stuck by soldiers when attempting to enter school, adding that a settler stood nearby recording the children on his phone.
Lebanon Warns against Trump Al-Quds Decision December 7, 2017 Lebanon warned against US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israeli capital, stressing that the move threatens regional security. Lebanese President Michel Aoun described as dangerous Trumps decision, calling for a united stance in order to restore the Arab identity of the holy city. 
Progressive radio and television personality Sam Seder will be offered his MSNBC contributor job back and plans to accept, according to multiple MSNBC sources.
Seder and MSNBC were set to part ways when his contributor contract expired next year, with reports indicating the departure had to do with a 2009 tweet from Seder surfaced by the far-right provocateur Mike Cernovich. After initially caving in to right-wing internet outrage over the tweet, MSNBC reversed its decision to not renew Seders contract.
I appreciate MSNBCs thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes, Seder said in a statement to The Intercept. We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators. Im proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right.
Cernovich is a right-wing provocateur and conspiracy theorist who works in hand-in-glove with white supremacists. Cernovich dug up a 2009 tweet from Seder and claimed it endorsed rape. The tweet was meant as a satirical criticism of accused rapist Roman Polanskis liberal defenders, but MSNBC took Cernovichs bad-faith reading at face value and fired Seder.
Sometimes you just get one wrong and thats what happened here.
Sometimes you just get one wrong, said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement to The Intercept, and thats what happened here. We made our initial decision for the right reasons because we dont consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about. But weve heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward.
The Intercept reached out to Cernovich for comment, but he had not replied by press time.
Seders two-day-long saga echoes another incident almost as old as Seders Polanski tweet.
In 2010, the Obama administration moved swiftly to fire Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod after right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart posted video of a speech she made to the NAACP. But the administration hadnt waited to see the full speech: The out-of-context clips posted by Breitbart appeared to show so-called reverse racism; in context, Sherrods speech was about growth and compassion.
It was initially a major victory for Breitbart, but the outcome paradoxically de...
Autumn in Siberia often provides a glimpse into what winter has planned for the Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region. So prepare to bundle up this winter. Comment: Siberian snow theory points to early, frigid winter in U.S. Expect a frigid winter with at least one visit from a lobe of the polar vortex, according to climate researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. "I think the combination of La Nia and an anticipated disruption of the polar vortex could focus the worst of this winter's weather around the Great Lakes," said Judah Cohen, a meteorologist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a firm specializing in environmental research.
President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel
rewards his conservative Christian backers and lets the president
tell himself that he's a macho man who doesn't fear "boldness" --
but it's also a policy decision that was
bought and paid for by Sheldon Adelson, as Mark Landler of
The New York Times reminds us:
Ten days before Donald J. Trump took office, Sheldon G. Adelson went to Trump Tower for a private meeting. Afterward, Mr. Adelson, the casino billionaire and Republican donor, called an old friend, Morton A. Klein, to report that Mr. Trump told him that moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a major priority.We know that the rich get what they want from the government. We know that no one likes the Republican tax bills except for rich donors, and we know that it's wealthy executives who want the president to shrink national monuments and make more land available for mining and drilling. The Jerusalem move is also a government decision custom-tailored for a rich donor.
He was very excited, as was I, said Mr. Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, a hard-line pro-Israel group. This is something thats in his heart and soul. ...
Under a 1995 law, the president is required to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem unless, citing national security concerns, he signs a waiver, which has to be renewed every six months. The first time he faced that decision, in June, Mr. Trump grudgingly signed it....
Mr. Adelson and other pro-Israel backers were deeply frustrated. He pressed Mr. Trump on the issue at a private dinner in October at the White House that included his wife, Miriam, and [Jared] Kushner. Mr. Adelson also vented to Stephen K. Bannon, then the presidents chief strategist, who argued internally for moving the embassy in June....
Early in Mr. Trumps campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he privately courted the Adelsons....
In March 2016, Mr. Trump sought to burnish his credentials as a friend of Israel, telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.
The Adelsons were persuaded and donated $20 million to a political action committee that supported Mr. Trumps campaign, and another $1.5 million to the committee that organized the Republican convention.
In a powerful speech delivered at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y., Chris Hedges analyzes fascism and empire in the Trump age. The Truthdig columnist begins by enumerating the many factors that are currently contributing to the United States' demise politically, socially and environmentally. He then adds, "Overseeing [America's] descent at the highest level of state and federal government is a motley collection of imbeciles, con artists, thieves, opportunists and war-mongering generals, and yes, I am also speaking about the Democratic Party."
Open letter to Home Schoolers
Logic & Analysis
by Jon Rappoport
December 7, 2017
When logic is taught at all, it is usually handled in an abstract fashion. Students examine very simple patterns of reasoning and learn which patterns are correct and which are incorrect.
When analysis of realistic text is taught at all, it usually involves dissecting literature to find out what the author is really trying to say.
I wasnt satisfied with either approach. So when I created my course (further details below), I changed the priorities. Students do learn something about abstract thinkingbut they are also taught how the most important and destructive fallacies seep into news reports, PR releases, scientific journalism, editorials, and political arguments.
The core of the course consists of text passages that resemble the kind of information people encounter every day. These passages contain multiple logical errors, and with the help of the teacher, students root out the errors and, in the process, become much smarter, much sharper, less easily fooled.
The Founders of this country wrote a 1st Amendment to the Constitution that enshrined free speech as an essential element in the new Republic. They clearly understood that, for this to work, citizens needed to be able to analyze information and make independent choices in every area of life.
Or to put it another way, if citizens were unable to handle free speech (uncontrolled information), the whole Republic would sink into a swamp. Deception and confusion would reign, and the basic principles of the Great American Experiment would drown in a sea of forgetfulness.
Look around you. Look at the size and power of central government. Compare this situation to the content of the Constitution and its forthright description of limited government.
Well, one of the chief things that happened was the gradual diminishing of the Citizen Mind.
In particular, citizens lost the ability to analyze and see through the ongoing political debate about the future course of the Republic.
Logic, which was first revealed to the world in the cradle of Western civilization, Athens, 2400 years ago, has faded from the education curriculum and sunk below the waves.
I created my course as a step toward restoring the genuine power of the individual. After all, at the heart of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is the determination to form a society in which the individual is primary. If that is lost...
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Can the American Left Be Resurrected?
Paul Craig Roberts
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Where is the leftwing when we need it is a question I have asked at times. Some of my readers who confuse the left with Antifa and Identity politics have been confused by my question. Why, they ask, do I want more Antifa thugs and Identity Politics hatred of white people?
The answer is that Antifa and Identity Politics are the antithesis of the left. The real left is pro-working class, pro all of the working class, all races, genders, sexual preferences. Identity Politics splinters the working class into victims of white heterosexual males and destroys the cohesivenss of the working class, thereby making it easer for exploiters to exploit. Antifa aids in this process by focusing hatred on whites by accusing only whites of racism.
It was Karl Marx who said: Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
It is Identity Politics that says, Workers of the world disunite, splinter into victim groups and hate white males. In other words, Identity Politics is the worst enemy the working class has ever had. Capitalist expoitation unifies the working class, but Identity Politics divides the working class and makes it easier for capitalists to exploit and for politicians to ignore.
Does my call for a resurrected leftwing mean that I am a Marxist?
No. It means I agree with John Kenneth Galbraith that without countervailing power, the economic-social-political system goes out of balance, as the United States clearly has. In a short period of time the distribution of income and wealth in the US has gone from reasonable to unreasonable. Working and middle class wages, salaries, and job opportunities have declined. But irresponsible corporate jobs offshoring and irresponsible Federal Reserve inflation of the prices of financial assets have caused the income and wealth of the One Percent to reach fantastic levels. A handful of people have more wealth than 100 million Americans. Democracy is forfeited as Congress responds to a handful of people and to a handful of powerful organized interest groups. A tax cut designed to increase the inequality has just passed Congress at a time of the worst income and wealth distribution in our history. (See, for example, https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/12/04/plunder-capitalism/ ) Instead of addressing the dire situation, Identity Politics goes after white people and President Trump for being allegedly elected by the white working class.
When I read in CounterPunch the attack by CounterPunchs radio host Eric Draitser...
Summary: Pressure groups and front groups of the patent microcosm (e.g. AIPPI) sometimes even the patent microcosm acting directly are still trying to make software patents legitimate, usually behind closed doors, e.g. in private events where only the patent microcosm can debate the subject (no software developers allowed)
WE are gratified to say that 3.5 years after Alice the USPTO is a lot more reluctant to grant patents on software and PTAB often invalidates software patents regardless. Failing that, the courts eliminate software patents (the higher the court, the more hostile toward software patents). This means that applicants are encouraged by the patent microcosm to find workarounds; Peter Glaser and William Gvoth at Watchtroll offered tips to that effect yesterday. Sadly for their bamboozled clients (or people who might naively follow their advice), courts would closely scrutinise patents and manage to figure out that Alice still applies (Section 101 exclusions applicable). Using tricks with semantics might help fool one single examiner, but that doesnt scale well at PTAB (panels) and courts (judges, juries, expert witnesses, attorneys and so on).
Using tricks with semantics might help fool one single examiner, but that doesnt scale well at PTAB (panels) and courts (judges, juries, expert witnesses, attorneys and so on).Basically, software patents are bunk. Theyre finished. Sure, the patent microcosm will attempt to claim otherwise (in order to attract business) and also lobby politicians, but so far these people have not been successful. They also know theyre being watched and some of them like to heckle Techrights.
All these patents on blockchain (we wrote several articles about these) are quite likely worthless and merely a bubble, yet we still see articles like this one from yesterday. Major financial and software institutions (and even some national governments), it said, are pouring money into blockchain-related research. This work has generated a crowded landscape of papers, patents and other references
In reality, patents on financial methods (investment/paymen...
In these times of bad news, it is great to some time hear good news and there is good news out of Australia.
Groan-inducing. Via Daily Caller: Californias attorney general said young people who came to the country illegally as children are badass. I suspect in the revolutionary days the founders were looking for people like them [Dreamers] to join their fight. Theyre I might get deleted here badass. There are some politicians who need a 
China has relaxed a coal ban in northern cities designed to reduce air pollution amid an outcry from people left without a reliable energy supply as winter sets in.
AFP | Supporters of Catalan independence began gathering Wednesday evening ahead of a major rally Thursday
We cannot abandon our president, who is in exile here, Antoni Llenas, 59, a protester wearing a flag over his shoulders, told AFP. We are here to continue the struggle for our independence and to ask for the freedom of our political prisoners.
Belgian police said on Twitter that there were an estimated 45,000 protesters, more than double the 20,000 that organisers said they originally expected. The rally began peacefully, according to AFP reporters on the scene.
Puigdemont and four former ministers fled to Brussels in November, saying they wanted to take their cause to the European level after Spain charged them with sedition and rebellion over Catalonias independence referendum in October.
On Monday, the Spanish government dropped a European arrest warrant for the five, but Puigdemont said he would stay put for now as they still face arrest in Spain if they return for regional polls in Catalonia that Madrid has called for December 21.
Protesters arrived in a stream of coaches and camper vans with Spanish registration plates, and gathered in the Cinquantenaire Park in the citys European quarter before the start of the march at 1030 GMT.
Children and families were among those who began the march in high spirits despite the cold and rain.
Their route is taking them past the headquarters of the European Commission and they will end up in a square between the European Council and European Parliament.
The EU has strongly backed the Spanish government over the Catalan issue, saying that it is an internal matter for Madrid.
A police officer has been suspended without pay and now stands indicted on charges of official misconduct after forcing his K9 to maul 60-year-old Wendy Tucker. After a long battle for its release, the dashcam video of the incident has finally been made public. It is nothing short of horrifying. On January 29, 2014, Tuckerton police Cpl. Justin Cherry and another officer responded to a residence where Wendy Tucker was reported as an unwelcome guest. After agreeing to leave, Tucker said she would take the bus home due to the fact that her license was suspended. But shortly afterward, Cpl. Cherry observed Tucker driving and attempted to pull over her vehicle. Asserting that she was distrustful of the Tuckerton police officers, Tucker did not immediately pull over and instead drove to the municipal complex in Barnegat before stopping her car in the parking lot. While in the custody of Barnegat police, Tucker remained sitting in her vehicle when Cherry and other officers dislocated her left arm by roughly pulling Tucker out of the car and throwing her to the ground.
Interesting article by Deirdre Hogan about the collectivisation and worker control of industry in revolutionary Spain during the civil war. This article was originally published on Libcom.org in 2005.
Originally published by Libcom.org.
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Although it was in the countryside where the most far-reaching anarchist socialisation took place, the revolution took place in the cities and the towns too. At that time in Spain almost 2 million out of a total population of 24 million worked in industry, 70% of which was concentrated in one area –...
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Germanys second largest party SPD leader Martin Schulz called for the transformation of the European Union into a United States of Europe by 2025 with a common constitution. Europe is our life insurance, Schulz told an SPD party convention in Berlin on Thursday. I want a new constitutional treaty to establish the United States of
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Politico reports on a data theft from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) by former employees who now work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):
Staffers for Senate Republicans campaign arm seized information on more than 200,000 donors from the House GOP campaign committee over several months this year by breaking into its computer system, three sources with knowledge of the breach told POLITICO.
[...] Multiple NRSC staffers, who previously worked for the NRCC, used old database login information to gain access to House Republicans donor lists this year.
The donor list that was breached is among the NRCCs most valuable assets, containing not only basic contact information like email addresses and phone numbers but personal information that could be used to entice donors to fork over cash information on top issues and key states of interest to different people, the names of family members, and summaries of past donation history. The list has helped the NRCC raise over $77 million this year to defend the House in 2018.
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Sen. (and former comedian) Al Franken was a rising Democratic Party star before sexual harassment allegations brought him down to earth, but was he really ever a progressive hero, asks William Blum at Anti-Empire Report. By William Blum Poor Al,
In a historic moment, ignored by much of Western media, Russian military officials have announced the complete and utter defeat of ISIS in Syria. The Russian General Staff issued a statement Wednesday declaring that all territories previously under terrorist control were liberated in a final push by the Syrian Army this week, and with the support of Russian forces.
All terrorist units of ISIS on Syrian soil have been destroyed, and the territory is liberated, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov said in comments translated and published by RT. Therefore, as of today, theres no territory controlled by ISIS in Syria, he added. The announcement came during an annual briefing for foreign military attaches, and incidentally on the same day President Trump gave an extremely controversial televised address wherein he gave official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus it could mean that the demise of one problem could give rise to another in an increasingly volatile and explosive Middle East environment.
The rapid collapse of ISIS which once controlled an area the size of Britain stretching from the edges of Aleppo to Mosul in Iraq, and down to Ramadi and Fallujah began in earnest in early September when the Syrian Army breached ISIS lines around Deir Ezzor city, after which the city was fully liberated by early November. As ISIS retreated in the Deir Ezzor countryside, it lost its previous Syrian capital of Raqqa in mid-October to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which also struck a deal to allow the quick exit of ISIS terrorists to other parts of Syria and region, according to a report by the BBC.
The Syrian Army this week continued its momentum in Deir Ezzor province, liberating the villages of Jalaa, Ramadi and Buq in rapid succession, while Russian bombers reportedly carried out massive strikes on remaining ISIS positions near al-Sayyal. Other locations...
I have directed officials in my Administration
to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request
that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach
the Yemeni people who desperately need it. This must be done for
humanitarian reasons immediately.
One month after an Air Force veteran with a history of violence killed 26 churchgoers in Sutherland, Texas, the Pentagon inspector general released a study showing that the military services failed to submit required fingerprint data to the FBI's national database in hundreds of cases where service members had been convicted of violent crimes. The requirements to send fingerprint records and final disposition reports of court-martialed service members were not followed in as many as one-fourth of the relevant cases, the watchdog said in a review begun in February. During the two years reviewed, 2015 and 2016, the services' law enforcement arms were supposed to submit 2,502 fingerprint cards to the FBI, but 601 (24 percent) were not, auditors found. And only 780 (31 percent) of the required final disposition reports were received by the FBI's national Criminal Justice Information Service.
As I write this letter, our village, Susiya, located in the south Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is in immediate threat of demolition. The only way to stop the demolition is through international pressure. On 22 November 2017 the Israeli State Attorney's Office announced that within 15 days they plan to demolish 20 buildings, which represent one-fifth of our village. This will violate the fundamental human rights of around 100 villagers, half of them children. The 20 buildings are our homes and also provide shelter for our animals. The timing of the demolition - in the middle of winter - could not be more devastating. It will leave us vulnerable and exposed to freezing rain and harsh winds. Our health clinic which provides health services for around 500 people from our own and surrounding communities, is among the buildings they plan to demolish. The Israeli authorities also want to demolish our village council which provides services for 350 local residents. In 2012 we commissioned a master plan for our village, which was rejected several times by the Israeli authorities. The rejection prevents us from building houses together with the necessary infrastructure such as running water, electricity and paved roads to create a sustainable life in our village. It leaves us no choice but to remain on our land living in tents, under very difficult conditions, forbidden from building or repairing anything, in order to protect our land from the threat of annexation by the surrounding settlements. In the Israeli government's recent response it was agreed to examine the legal principle of the planning issue. Yet despite the potential to develop a master plan for the village, the government states that it will demolish the 20 buildings immediately. And as we know from past experience, if they come to demolish once, nothing will prevent them coming back and trying to demolish the rest of our village.
After an officer was cleared of criminal charges for shooting unarmed motorist Terrence Sterling, investigators determined that he did not follow protocol and should be fired. The decision could affect a pending lawsuit against Washington, DC. A Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Internal Review Board found that Officer Brian Trainer, 27, was "unjustified" when he shot Sterling last September, Police Chief Peter Newsham told Fox News Tuesday. The MPD Use of Force Review Board determined that Trainer violated department rules and recommended that he should be terminated from the force. The board's investigation does not determine if Trainer should be held criminally responsible.
This article begins by wondering what Marshall Applewhite was thinking as mixed the poisons for the Heavens Gate cult, before they committed mass suicide. And then it leaps immediately to describing what the Republican party is doing.
Republican Roy Moore, removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his erratic behavior and banned from the mall for harassing teenage girls, has cloaked his campaign for the Senate in the language of spiritual warfare. As such, he is the most apt representative of the Republican Party in our age of cult politics. Moore is pitching himself as Gods candidate and his voters are slopping it up like poisoned applesauce. The party of family values is about to send a known sexual predator to the Senate because God wants them to. This would be startling, except they already used the same reasoning to put a known sexual predator in the White House.
The same magical reasoning infects Republicans tax reform plans. We are in the eighth year of continuous job growth, the eighth year of economic expansion, and the eighth year of a head-spinning stock market boom. Corporate profits are at record levels and the economy has been redlining at full-employment for almost three years. By any marginally credible economic reasoning, this would be an ideal moment to raise taxes, curb debt, make investments in public infrastructure, and just generally do the things one does at the peak of a long economic expansion.
At this moment, why are Republicans trying to slash taxes for the wealthy? Why would someone castrate themselves and commit suicide? Because thats what the cult demands.
I dont think its a stretch at all, especially since the Republican cult stitched itself mouth-to-anus with the Religious Right decades ago. If you want to see an egregious expression of this behavior, watch this interview by Anderson Cooper with a Moore spokesperson shes got nothin but her insistence that Moore is a godly man who tried to support Gods commandments and the Declaration of Independence says weve got a Creator, and thats all that matters, and all of his wacky statements and the court decisions can be ignored.
I think we atheists have been thinking small. We try to get religion out of government, but what we really need to do is get this cult-like religious behavior out, no matter whether its tied to a named and admitted religion or not.
This is an impeachable moment.
Multiple White House sources have told reporters that the Trump administration has been negotiating with Erik Prince (founder of the war-crimes plagued mercenary firm Blackwater; brother to pyramid-scheme billionaire/Education Secretary Betsy Devos) and ex-CIA operative John R. Maguire to assemble a private army of deniable, off-the-books spy/mercenaries who could target Trumps deep state political enemies in the USA, and kidnap and render similar figures overseas.
Prince denied the report and threatened to sue The Intercept for publishing it. Mercenaries who had worked for Prince at Blackwater confirmed the story to Jeremy Scahill (one of the foremost experts on Blackwater) and Matthew Cole, whose in-depth story is a must-read.
Ciudad de Mxico | Desinformmonos. Asegurar la permanencia del Ejrcito en las calles amenaza el progreso que se ha venido realizando en materia de seguridad ciudadana y en proteccin de derechos humanos, ya que con esta Ley de Seguridad Interior se entregara el control de nuestra seguridad como ciudadanos/as a una institucin cuya funcin y preparacin est enfocada a la defensa de amenazas externas al pas, aseguraron organizaciones civiles convocadas por Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos (Cadhac).
Los organismos indicaron que tienen la conviccin de que la ley no es la respuesta para esta problemtica y advirtieron que, de ser aprobada por el Senado para su entrada en vigor, la violencia en el pas incrementar.
Recordaron que el ejrcito mexicano no es la institucin adecuada para la preservacin de la legalidad en el pas al carecer de preparacin para llevar a cabo labores preventivas, as como que, por el contrario, deben fortalecerse otras instituciones para disminuir los ndices de inseguridad.
Destacaron que la ley violara el artculo 129 de la Constitucin, el cual estipula que las fuerzas armadas no deben ser desplegadas en el interior del pas durante tiempos de paz.
Frente a la votacin prxima para la ley, las organizaciones urgieron al gobierno mexicano a cumplir con la Constitucin mexicana y los tratados internacionales de los que forma parte. Aprobar la Ley de Seguridad Interior pone en grave riesgo el avance y progreso que se ha tenido en materia de derechos humanos, indicaron.
Los argumentos contra la Ley de Seguridad Interior tambin fueron sealados por organismos internacionales como el Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas, la Comisin Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Amnista Internacional, Washington Office for Latin America y Artculo 19.
Entre los firmantes, se encuentran la Asociacin de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Vctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos, la Federacin Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos (FEDEFAM), la Red Ciudadana de No Violencia y Dignidad Humana y el Comit de Familiares de Personas Detenidas Desaparecidas en Mxico (COFADDEM Alzando Voces).
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What Is Money? (Yes, Were Talking About Bitcoin) by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Good ideas dont require force. That describes the Internet, mobile telephony and cryptocurrencies. What is money? We all assume we know, because money is...
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A video published to the Flo Florance YouTube channel on Wednesday reveals that there was some sense of panic at the MGM Grand after the Route 91 Music Festival massacre had already ended at 10:15 p.m.
In the video people can be seen running scared but the question is, from what? The shooting was already over, or was it?
The MGM Grand is located 1.2 miles away from the venue in which 57 people lost their lives on the night of Oct. 1.
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At a certain point in the not-too-distant future, the president of the United States is going to feel compelled to assert that he was taken in and duped by Michael Flynn and that he feels betrayed, his feelings are hurt, and that he didnt know one damn thing about any of it. I cant see any other way that Trump can get the separation from Flynn that hell need to survive in office.
The latest revelation begins with a text message received by someone in the inaugural crowd at 12:11pm on January 20th, 2016.
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was good to go, according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.
Flynn had assured his former associate that U.S. sanctions against Russia would immediately be ripped up by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.
This was a chance encounter.
According to [Rep. Elijah] Cummingss letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynns former business associate, at an inaugural event. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August.
The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trumps speech.
Perhaps because of his eyesight or the glare, the witness couldnt read the text message but he did note the time stamp. Because he was disturbed by the conversation, he took contemporaneous notes. Lets look at the conversation:
As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was good to go, the witness said Copson told him.
Mike has been putting everything in place for us, Copson said, according to the witness, adding: This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.
Trump had been president for eleven minutes and was still deliverin...
Im no expert on the Church of Latter Day Saints, but I feel pretty confident in saying that their missionary work is pretty central to their whole belief system. For example, young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who meet standards of worthiness are strongly encouraged to consider a two-year, full-time proselytizing mission. I dont think too many Mormons consider this some kind of clever way of avoiding military service, although it obviously can serve that purpose.
Steve Bannon, however, obviously feels differently. At a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama last night, Bannon attacked Mitt Romney:
Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in that pinkie finger than your entire family has in its whole DNA, Bannon said in his 30-minute speech at Oak Hollow Farm. You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity, he said, referencing Romneys Mormon faith.
Theres a lot of heat in those remarks. He accuses Romney not only of being a coward who lacks honor and integrity, but of being an insincere missionary who was proselytizing out of his own convenience instead of any conviction. Bannons condemnation is sweeping enough to call into question the LDSs entire practice of missionary work if it happens to take place in wartime.
There are other religious faiths that would fare poorly by this standard, including the Quakers, but this is a pretty strong attack on a pillar of Mormon faith and religious practice, and I dont imagine it will be received well.
Amazingly, Bannon thinks he can disparage Mormonism like this and still have standing to talk about who will represent Utah in the Senate.
Bannon has reportedly toyed with the idea of endorsing Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) for reelection, fearful that a Hatch retirement would allow Romney to walk into the Senate in 2018 and become a conservative thorn in Trumps side.
Id like to know how Orrin Hatch feels about Bannons assertion that young Mormon men on mission are lacking in honor, integrity, courage, or conviction. Does Hatch endorse that view himself? Does he want Bannons support? Will he disavow Bannon and defend the honor of Mitt Romney and their religious brethren?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Weve been doing an okay job of holding up the fence, but Trump has some momentum now and hes beginning to knock shit down and break it. Next up is our relationship with the Muslim world, friend and foes alike. The Supreme Court got the ball rolling yesterday when they upheld Trumps travel ban for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Apparently, tomorrow Trump will pour some kerosene on the fire by announcing that were moving our Israel embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital.
Our allies are united in saying this is a very bad idea. Some of these countries may not be able to be our allies for much longer. Obviously our enemies are furious and will use this to recruit people who will do us harm. The worst part is probably that this is wholly unnecessary and cant even solve any problems in theory. This isnt like trying to rid your property of a wasps nest by hitting it with a bat. Its like taking a wasps nest out of your neighbors yard, carrying it home, and then hitting it with a bat.
Theres simply no need to move our embassy at this time, and its a particularly reckless move to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. Theres complete unanimity that this will cause a violent backlash and undue stress on our international relationships, with the only debate coming from people who welcome these problems.
The King of Jordans response was typical:
King Abdullah II strongly cautioned against the move, stressing that Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world, according to a statement from the royal palace in Amman.
King Abdullah stressed that the adoption of this resolution will have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East, and will undermine the efforts of the American administration to resume the peace process and fuel the feelings of Muslims and Christians, the statement said.
The reaction from NATO member Turkey was similar:
In a televised speech, Mr Erdogan addressed the US president directly, saying Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims.
We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue, he added....
Were Donald Trump a learned man, he might prophesy those once false to him will grow in falseness. And thus denied sleep with worry, would cry out, Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Alas, Donald is not a learned man, with no counsel so wise as King Richard to warn of the treacheries to come.
If so, Mike Pence would prove a lesser threat.
Earl of Warwick: There is a history in all mens lives,
Figuring the natures of the times deceasd;
The which observd, a man may prophesy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life, who in their seeds
And weak beginning lie intreasured.
Such things become the hatch and brood of time;
And, by the necessary form of this,
King Richard might create a perfect guess
That great Northumberland, then false to him,
Would of that seed grow to a greater falseness;
Which should not find a ground to root upon
Unless on you. Henry IV, Part 2, Act III, Scene I
Yes, Mike Pence plotted once when times were grim. Would of that seed not grow a greater falseness; which should not find a ground to root, unless on Trump again? Ere he plotted once; he shall plot again.
After the Access Hollywood tape came out on October 7th, 2016, Pence thought he saw an opening to defenestrate the top of the ticket and take it for his own.
Its been reported that Pence sent Trump a letter saying he needed time to decide whether he could stay with the campaign. But in fact, according to several Republicans familiar with the situation, he wasnt just thinking about dropping outhe was contemplating a coup. Within hours of The Posts bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trumps place as the partys nominee. Such a move just four weeks before Election Day would have been unprecedentedbut the situation seemed dire enough to call for radical action
The furtive plotting, several sources told me, was not just an act of political opportunism for Pence. He was genuinely shocked by the Access Hollywood tape. In the short time theyd known each other, Trump had made an effort to convinc...
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Saudi Arabia and Jordan criticize move to recognize city as Israels capital; Iraq summons U.S. ambassador
Dec. 7, 2017 7:56 a.m. ET
The first signs of strain with President Donald Trumps administration among his closest Arab allies have surfaced over the policy shift on Jerusalem, an indication that the U.S. is at risk of alienating potential partners in the pursuit of Mideast peace and the building of a coalition to counter Iran.
In a rare public rebuke to its most important ally, Saudi Arabia in a statement Thursday criticized the Trump administrations decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the U.S. embassy to the city. It called
JERUSALEM In a welcome move to some and a controversial move to others, US President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital later this week.
Any such announcement has inflammatory potential in an already volatile region....
The Deep State is on the ropes due to some very clever manuvering by Donald Trump.
Last night, I was one of Darin Dammes guests on his final show on KTAR 92.3 FM, the largest news-talk station in Arizona. Darins show was the top rated show, called Reality Check, in the State.
I appeared on air, for 2 segments, with Jon Ritzheimer. Who is Ritzheimer? He was part of the protest group who supported the Bundy family. He did nothing wrong except help a friend protect, within the law, their 5th Amendment property rights. Jon also had the misfortune of entering into a plea agreement and was sentenced to one year prior to the announced release by Judge Navarro in the Bundy case. In other words, nobody from the Bundy et al legal team saw the release coming.
As an aside, Jon has tremendous legal bills as one might imagine. I have invited Jon onto my show, The Common Sense Show, to tell his story and to help him raise money to pay his hefty legal bills. I will have an announcement as to when Jon will appear on my show. I already know that both my reading and listening audience will be very generous in helping Jon defray these costs. Any excess funds we raise will go to LaVoy Finnicums family. You may recall that the unarmed Lavoy Finnicum was murdered by the FBI without being given a chance to surrender and he had no arrest warrant issued on him as well. I will have an announcement on this site and on my show when this will take place.
On November 26, 2017 in the late evening hours, I received a communication from an FBI agent whom I have I have known for decades. This person is disgusted with the Deep State penetration into their organization and occasionally tells me where to look for information that they think the public should know in order to spur a public reaction.
In this communication, my source wanted to inform me of an event that had taken place with regard to the Bundy Ranch and Oregon Wildlife standoffs.
By order of the President, DOJ agents, including FBI, paid the Bundy judge of record, Gloria Navarr...
The experts from security firm Sucuri observed that that malicious script is being loaded from the cloudflare.solutions domain, that anyway is not linked with Cloudflare.
The script running on compromised WordPress websites logs anything that visitors type inside form fields.
We also mentioned a post written back in April that described the cloudflare.solutionsmalware, which came along with the cryptominers. At this moment, PublcWWW reports there are 5,482 sites infected with this malware. It seems that this evolving campaign is now adding keyloggers to the mix. reads the analysis published by Sucuri.
The script is a serious threat especially for WordPress installs configured to run as online stores, in these cases attackers can log credit card data and personal user details.
This script adds a handler to every input field on the websites to send its value to the attacker (wss://cloudflare[.]solutions:8085/) when a user leaves that field. continues the analysis.
According to Sucuri experts, the threat actors behind this hacking campaign are active at least since April 2017. Sucuri has tracked at least three different malicious scripts hosted on the same cloudflare.solutions domain across the months.
Para evitar que sigan perdiendo clases, en Ciudad Ixtepec, los normalistas improvisaron aulas en cocheras y casas habitacin para impartir ctedra. Regeneracin, 7 de diciembre de 2017.- Se cumplen 3 meses del sismo que cimbr a Oaxaca y Chiapas el pasado 7 de septiembre y an 100 mil alumnos del sistema de educacin pblica no tienen 
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This is a saga of a once free people who were defeated with weaponry and then subdued with chicanery. The first part of the saga witnessed a rebellion as the masses put up a spirited battle to overcome oppression. After decades of systematic repression, eventually the people were quelled with a most diabolical of schemes. What eventually subdued them was factionalism as people who shared the same struggles and felt the same injustices were convinced that their plights were dissimilar and that they were each other's enemies. Divide and conquer set brother against sister and neighbor upon neighbor until all were eventually made equal through suffering and despair. In a land that could feed the world, the mass majority were put into the yoke of poverty while a few were living a life of high society. At first glance, the above paragraph seems to describe what is going on in Africa. If that was your assumption, I don't blame you for making the logical leap to that conclusion. After all, Africa was in fact colonized by malicious foreigners who came in the guise of missionaries as they invaded the continent of man's birth with a bible in the front hand and guns behind their backs. Induced tribalism created by artificial borders and manufactured countries where none existed is how more than a billion people were eventually put to shackles as their wealth is being siphoned off to this day by gluttonous colonizers. A continent that can feed the world has thus been reduced to the status of beggars and AID recipients. "For the nation to live, the tribe must die." ~ Samora Machel
Both pro and anti-gun control advocates are unhappy with a bill the US House passed to allow permitted gun owners to carry concealed handguns across state lines and also enhances the national background check system. The House bill passed Wednesday, 231-198, and follows two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. The largely Republican-backed bill was supported by six Democrats, and 14 Republicans voted against it. The bill is seen as a win for the National Rifle Association, which has long pushed for Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR) - the standard term for allowing people with permits for concealed weapons to carry guns over state lines.
The feline ran away after the woman raised an alarm and was joined by farm hands working in the field. She sustained injuries to her neck in the attack, a Forest official said. A seven-year-old boy was killed by a leopard when he was sleeping in an agriculture field at Sakur village in the district last night, police said on Thursday. The big cat dragged Kunal Ahire when he was sleeping near his mother. After Ahire's mother raised an alarm, villagers rushed to the spot and started searching for the child, an official said. Ahire's remains were found later. In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was injured when she was attacked by a leopard in a cotton field in Chalisgaon taluka of neighbouring Jalgaon district. The feline ran away after the woman raised an alarm and was joined by farm hands working in the field. She sustained injuries to her neck in the attack, a Forest official said. Source: PTI
Northern officials told that keeping people warm is number one priority as dash for gas fails to ensure adequate power supplies
South China Morning Post
By 2022, cybersecurity ratings will become as important as credit ratings when assessing the risk of business relationships, Gartner analysts believe. They also predict that, by 2020, 60% of organizations engaging in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activity will consider cybersecurity posture as a critical factor in their due diligence process. Cybersecurity posture With the mess that the Yahoo acquisition ended up to be due to previously unknown/undisclosed data breaches, its easy to see how that More
On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irvings village the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye and send her home. The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding through tall arched windows and pouring past white columns, illuminating the flag that covered her casket. Sprays of callas and roses dotted the room like giant corsages, flanking photos from happier times: Shalon in a slinky maternity dress, sprawled across her couch with her puppy; Shalon, sleepy-eyed and cradling the tiny head of her newborn daughter, Soleil. In one portrait Shalon wore a vibrant smile and the crisp uniform of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, where she had been a lieutenant commander. Many of the mourners were similarly attired. Shalons father, Samuel, surveyed the rows of somber faces from the lectern. Ive never been in a room with so many doctors, he marveled. Ive never seen so many Ph.D.s.
At 36, Shalon had been part of their elite ranks an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the preeminent public health institution in the U.S. There she had focused on trying to understand how structural inequality, trauma and violence made people sick. She wanted to expose how peoples limited health options were leading to poor health outcomes. To kind of uncover and undo the victim blaming that sometimes happens where its like, Poor people dont care about their health, said Rashid Njai, her mentor at the agency. Her Twitter bio declared: I see inequity wherever it exists, call it by name, and work to eliminate it.
Much of Shalons research had focused on how childhood experiences affect health over a lifetime. Her discovery in mid-2016 that she was pregnant with her first child had been unexpected and thrilling.
Then the unthinkable had happened. Three weeks after giving birth, Shalon had collapsed and died.
The sadness in the chapel was crushing. Shalons long-divorced parents had already buried both their sons; she had been their last remaining child. Wanda Irving had been especially close to her daughter role model, traveling companion, emotional touchstone. She sat in the front row in a black suit and veiled hat, her face a portrait of unfathomable grief. Sometimes she held Soleil, fussing with her pink blanket. Sometimes Samuel held her, or one of Shalons friends.
A few of Shalons villagers rose to pay tribute; others sat quietly, poring through their funeral programs. Daniel Sellers, Shalons cousin from...
Previous attempts to date Little Foot have yielded highly uncertain results, ranging from 2.2 million years to over 4 million years old. The dating technique used in the new study, called isochron burial dating, calculates the age of a specimen based on when it was last on the surface, exposed to cosmic radiation that produces radioactive isotopes of the elements aluminium and beryllium. When the sediments washed into the cave, the isotopes stopped accumulating, and instead begin to decay at a steady rate. Nine out of eleven samples from rock surrounding the skeleton gave an age of 3.67 million years.
Liberal mainstream media is desperate to bring down US president Trump. In a recent Buzzfeed article detailing Michael Flynn's plea deal with Mueller, one would be goaded into thinking that Flynn's deal is the smoking gun to prove Russia helped Trump steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Diving a bit deeper into Buzzfeed's piece shows that Trump advisor Jared Kushner directed General Michael Flynn to do his job and contact various members of the UN Security Council in relation to an Israeli settlement resolution. Why is the liberal left so giddy about a UN resolution vote connected to Israel...a vote that has absolutely nothing to do with the US election?
We republish this report from Rose City Antifas blog. Anti-fascist activists from Rose City Antifa, Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective, and Eugene Antifa have been able to get access to the logs of a Discord server used by a variety of Pacific Northwest fascists and white supremacists, given the tongue-in-cheek name, the Cascadian Coffee Company (CCC). Discord is a chat app, originally developed for online gaming, but often used by the far-right and white supremacists groups to organize their groups and events. These logs contain thousands of messages detailing activities, organizing, and interactions of one particular bunch in the region. In an ongoing series of articles, the coordinating anti-fascist groups will publish revealing information about this particular set of Nazis organizing throughout the Pacific Northwest region, located from Ashland to Seattle. You can follow all of these stories by visiting our website at rosecityantifa.org, or following us on Twitter @rosecityantifa and using the hashtag #PNWfascistlogs and #CCC.
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ISIS terrorists have resumed their operations in the northeastern Hama and captured 2 more villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). They have established control over Abu Ajwah and Muylah Ben Hadib and advanced on Shihat al-Hamra and Qasr bin Wardan.
The ongoing expansion of ISIS in the area shows the weakeness of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham which faces significant problems in the fighting against ISIS despite the advantage in manpower and equipment.
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In 1997, at the age of 17, I fled rural Kentucky like my life depended on it. When I arrived in Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, I never looked back. Atlanta embraced me. In two years, I was the youngest student government president elected at Morehouse since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a student. I got married in Atlanta. I bought my first home in Atlanta. Our kids were born there. And, for 15 years, my family called it home. Its the only place in the world that I dont have to use Google Maps to get around.
Even though I now live in Brooklyn (and love it), Atlanta made me. I still read the local news there every single day and am obsessed Atlanta politics as much as when I lived a few blocks from Georgia Tech. It was for all of these reasons that I took an interest in a man named Vincent Fort and his bid to become the 60th Mayor of Atlanta. Ive known Vincent since I was a teenager. He was regularly a guest instructor and speaker at Morehouse and has always been equal parts activist and legislator.
When I saw that he was running for mayor, I envisioned he could mount a Bernie-esque campaign and had an outsiders chance at victory. Bernie Sanders himself backed Fort early. Bernies political organization, Our Revolution, got behind him as did familiar faces like Nina Turner and the rapper Killer Mike. But Forts campaign never really took off. When the election came around on November 7, in spite of the serious support from Bernie and his apparatus, Fort came in a disappointing fifth place.
The race in Atlanta between a Democrat and conservative-leaning independent appears to be headed to a recount. How did we get here?
Because no candidate received over 50 percent in the first round of the non-partisan race, a runoff was scheduled between the two top vote getting candidates, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms and conservative-leaning independent Mary Norwood. That runoff was held on Tuesday. The race was close too close and appears to be headed to a recount. We need to ask ourselves: In the age of Trump, how did we get here?
Now let me pause for a second. Before you get bored and click away: What I am about to say is deeply emblematic of a larger problem.
Bottoms was the establishment Democrat in the race from the beginning. She was supported by the Democratic Party. She was endorsed and supported strongly by the previous mayor, Kasim Reed. She was supported by much of the black establishment in Atlanta. Bottoms, on policy matters, is not Democratic Socialist. Shes not a Berniecrat. Shes not an activist. To my knowledge shes never been arrested in a protest. Shes not...
Canada recently removed condemnations of barbaric cultural practices like honor killings and female genital mutilation from the study guide used to for the Canadian citizenship exam. Watch Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on these changes (Trudeau responds):
Legend Says Fade The Pullback As Gold Set To Surge Nearly $1,000 from King World News As we kickoff trading in the month of December, today a legend in the business sent King World News a powerful piece stating that a fiscal...
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This video says about itself:
16 September 2017
This beautiful area has a cable car/funicular which takes you up to the top of the mountain. From the top you can go on scenic walks to see wildlife, butterflies and walk through tropical jungles.
From the California Academy of Sciences in the USA:
New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey
December 6, 2017
Summary: This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a rainforest survey on Malaysias island state of Penang. A 117-member team documented flora and fauna from the tops of trees to the dark reaches of caves and discovered several species previously unknown to science living just miles from a major metropolis. Survey results will contribute to this ancient rainforests nomination as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey unprecedented in its comprehensive approach. On Malaysias island state of Penang, a 117-member team of scientists documented flora and fauna from the tops of towering trees to the dark reaches of damp caves.
Over the course of two weeks the international team discovered several species previously unknown to science including a new species of scorpion and likely new species of fly, water bear, and bacterium living just miles from a major metropolis. The expedition also tallied new regional sightings: birds,...
Its a lot of fun being above the law (fun for one person anyway, not for anyone else)
Summary: People already speculate about how Battistelli will attempt to come up with excuses for noncompliance (and ongoing violation of the EPC as well as ILO code)
OUR article from early this morning took stock of many other articles about the latest rulings from ILO. As we pointed out at the very start, Battistelli had not implemented or complied with the courts orders in Holland, so why Switzerland? In fact, as we explained before, Battistelli already defied court orders from ILO as well (e.g. composition of internal committees). Battistelli is a serial offender who, in the real world, would be charged with contempt of court. But hes politically-connected and likes to flaunt immunity!
This is no laughing matter. Its not comical. Peoples lives are at stake and EPO scandals may have already cost the lives of half dozen people.
Team UPCs Robinson asked a few hours ago, what happens now if the EPO simply refuses to implement the ILOs orders? Is there any enforcement mechanism? Recall that the EPO suggested it would have simply ignored the Dutch Supreme Court if the ruling there had gone against it.
And watch the the 6 comments (so far) in Thorsten Bauschs article. To quote just three of them:
I must say, I was not expecting to hear from the ILO quite so soon. I had supposed there was 10 year pendency in its cases. BB getting a dose of his own early certainty medicine? How ironic!
I wonder though, can the President (or the AC) appeal the ILO judgement to a higher instance? And what mechanism is there to enforce an ILO judgement on a supra-national entity like the AC?
No, there is no possibility for either party or intervener to a complaint before the ILOAT to appeal to a higher instance. Article VI, 1. of the Tribunals Statute provides:
" ... billionaire technocrats, Zionist bankers, Swiss Nazis, corporate mainstream media, and the Queen Mother's bean counting minions with bad teeth seem to have lobbied the Olympic Committee." The Winter Olympics are coming around once again, this time in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the world's most iconic sporting festival won't be remembered for excellence and athleticism. When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from those games, the last vestige of fairness in sport evaporated, and what was a dark cloud looming over the Olympic flame, has mutated into the worst unsportsmanlike conduct you can imagine.
AFP / by John HADOULIS with Stuart WILLIAMS in Istanbul | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled feathers in Greece at the start of a two-day state visit
The European Union has not put into effect any of the promises it gave on the economic side (whereas) we are abiding by our commitments, Erdogan told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Pavlopoulos, one of the countrys foremost law experts, insisted that Greece had no intention of revising the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, a defining document in Greek-Turkish relations, as Erdogan has repeatedly suggested.
This treaty is non-negotiable for us it requires no revision nor update, he said.
Erdogan argued that agreements can be updated and claimed Greece was failing to adhere to the treaty regarding the Muslim minority.
Contrary to the treaty, Athens appoints religious jurists known as muftis instead of allowing the local community to do so, Erdogan said.
Certain things must change. And protecting the rights of our fellow ethnic (Turks) is a top priority for us, he said.
Erdogan, who visited Greece twice as prime minister in 2004 and 2010, will travel privately Friday to the northeastern region of Thrace where the Muslim minority lives.
Further souring the two-day trip, Erdogan said in an interview Wednesday that airspace and territorial borders could be improved.
Relations have been plagued by territorial disputes in the Aegean, with the two NATO allies nearly going to war in 1996 over uninhabited islands.
There are often confrontations when Turkish warplanes enter airspace that Greece claims as its own, prompting Greek authorities to scramble jets in response.
Airspace and territorial waters and the different measurements can be improved, Erdogan told Greeces Skai TV on Wednesday.
Yesterday evening, Clapton FC faced Metropolitan Police FC in London Senior Cup. Sadly, the cops won 3:1. The game was supposed to take place upon absence of Clapton FC supporters, as Metropolitan Police Football Club has banned all away fans from the fixture on Wednesday night due to the alleged behaviour of a group of
AFP | Yemeni boys peer inside a car burnt out in the deadly battle for the capital Sanaa between Huthi rebels and loyalists of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh
The Huthis ousted forces loyal to Saleh in ferocious fighting after the collapse of their uneasy three-year alliance and then killed him as he fled.
Hundreds of rebel supporters thronged Sabaeen Square in the city centre as fighters in fatigues stood guard over rows of coffins wrapped in the national flag.
More than 230 people, including civilians, were killed in the fighting between the Huthis and Salehs loyalists, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Rebel commander Yahya Mahdi told AFP the Huthis were still holding Salehs body.
The rebel-controlled interior ministry has launched a campaign to seize the assets of leading figures in Salehs General Peoples Congress, the Huthis Almasirah television said.
Salehs party said many of its members had been detained and some executed by the rebels, but there was no immediate independent confirmation.
Sanaa residents have been stocking up on basic goods for fear of further violence. The United Nations has appealed for calm.
A Saudi-led coalition, which has been battling the rebels since March 2015, imposed a blockade on rebel-held ports early last month after a missile was fired at Riyadh airport.
US President Donald Trump took the rare step on Wednesday of publicly demanding that ally Saudi Arabia immediately allow aid into rebel-held areas.
Vladimir Putin entered politics at the national level in 1999, when he became first deputy prime minister, then acting prime minister, and ultimately prime minister. Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, announced his resignation during his 2000 New Year address, shifting his responsibilities until the next presidential election onto Putin. Following his election in March 2000, Vladimir Putin became president and held the office for two successive terms. "A new generation is taking over from us, a generation of those who can do more and better," Boris Yeltsin said during his 2000 New Year speech. Based on the March 2000 election results, Putin became president and held the office until 2008, when he became Prime Minister.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russia until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies. Speaking after a dinner where he discussed Russia with NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, Tillerson took a tougher stance than U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said last month after meeting Putin in Vietnam that he believed Putin's denial of accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election. That was despite U.S. intelligence agencies' evidence of Russian interference. At NATO, Tillerson criticized "Russia's continued use of hybrid warfare" and its attempts "to undermine Western institutions" in a reference to the mix of state-sponsored computer hacks and Internet disinformation campaigns that NATO allies' intelligence agencies say is targeted at the West.
A team of security researchers has discovered a new malware evasion technique that could help malware authors defeat most of the modern antivirus solutions and forensic tools. Dubbed Process Doppelgnging, the new fileless code injection technique takes advantage of a built-in Windows function and an undocumented implementation of Windows process loader. Ensilo security researchers Tal
Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary
BRUSSELS (Reuters) The European Unions executive on Thursday stepped up its pressure on the nationalist government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary over its treatment of immigrants, non-governmental groups (NGOs) and a liberal school.
Orban has been locked in a series of running battles with the EU, where Western states and the Brussels-based executive Commission decry what they see as his authoritarian leanings, the squeezing of the opposition and the free media.
In a series of legal announcements, the European Commission said it was taking Budapest to the blocs top court, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, over its NGO laws as well as a higher education law that has targeted a Budapest university founded by U.S. financier George Soros.
Brussels also confirmed it was taking Hungary along with eastern EU peers Poland and the Czech Republic to the tribunal over refusing to host asylum-seekers under an EU-wide quota system.
It has in addition stepped up its legal case against Budapest over Hungarys asylum laws.
Separately on Thursday, European lawmakers were debating whether the rule of law and democratic standards in Hungary are under threat more generally and to an extent that would merit the triggering of an unprecedented punishment against Budapest.
The so-called Article 7 procedure would shame Orban by denouncing his government as undemocratic and could even lead to the maximum though practically highly unlikely sanction of stripping Hungary of its voting rights in the EU.
The Commissions First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, however, made clear the executive did not side with the parliaments broader, tougher view of Hungary.
We believe that we are dealing with very specific issues where we have disagreements with the Hungarian government, Timmermans told a news conference. For now, the Commission does not see the need to move to another track.
The situation in Hungary is not in that sense comparable to the systemic threats to the rule of law which we see in Poland, he said of Orbans closest EU ally, the euroskeptic, nationalist Polish government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop, Lily Cusack and Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Hugh Lawson
American President Donald Trump ever strongly warn North Korea that: dont underestimate us. Do not challenge us. Song by
Below is a lawsuit filed in 1997 by a former business partner, Jill Harth Houraney, alleging sexual harassment, including attempted rape, by Trump. This was ongoing and reading it is truly sickening but important. If you read it, then you will see that the Trump described below sounds exactly like the Trump most have come to know over the last year plus. It is also in line with the Billy Bush recording: Later, referring to Arianne Zucker (whom they were waiting to meet), Trump says: I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know Im automatically attracted to beautifulI just start kissing them. Its like a magnet. Just kiss. I dont even wait. And when youre a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab em by the pussy. You can do anything. (Fahrenthold, David A. (October 7, 2016). Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005. The Washington Post ). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_and_Billy_Bush_recording
According to the lawsuit, reproduced further below, on December
12, 1992 and again on January 9, 1993, Trump put a hand on Jill
Harths thighs and tried to touch her intimate private
parts. On January 9, 1993 Trump also forcibly kissed,
fondled and restrained from leaving in Ivankas bedroom. This
was followed by attempted rape on January 24, 1993 in Ivankas
bedroom. On July 16, 1993, Trump and Nick Ribis both assumed an
uninvited sexual familiarity with plaintiff by touching and feeling
plaintiffs person. There is much, much more in the legal
complaint, including attempts to procure sex with an under-age
pageant contestant. This case was filed well before the election 20
years ago. This is but one case of the many women reporting. There
may be at least 25. We havent had time to fully itemize, but the
list of 24 is missing the name of at least one accuser who dropped
On Wednesday, a Wisconsin judge unsealed an 88-page report on the state Department of Justices (WIDoJ) investigation into a leak of sealed evidence from the politically motivated John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker, his supporters, and various conservative groups related to his recall election campaign.
Despite concluding a crime was committed during the John Doe proceedings, WIDoJ recommends no criminal charges. Instead, the report recommends that former Government Accountability Board (GAB) lawyer Shane Falk be referred to the state judiciarys Office of Lawyer Regulation for discipline and that contempt proceedings be initiated against John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and former GAB employees for violating court orders during the John Doe proceedings.
Moreover, the WIDoJ investigation uncovered another previously secret investigation into the personal and political activities of Republicans and conservatives at the state and federal level, evidence from which was filed away as opposition research.
Wisconsin law provides for secret, so-called John Doe criminal investigations, overseen by a John Doe judge with the assistance of a district attorney. Ironically, this story begins with the John Doe I investigation Walker requested as Milwaukee County executive in 2010, based on a report of stolen public funds.
John Doe I resulted in six convictions. But within a month of Walkers recall election victory over union-fueled opposition in June 2012, the district attorney received approval from the judge to expand the scope of the investigation into a probe of Walkers campaign-finance practices.
The district attorneys office then began consulting with GAB, then the agency charged with regulating campaign fundraising and spending. A GAB staff attorney wrongly advised the district attorney that the states campaign finance laws had been violated, based on the theory that conservative groups illegally coordinated their activities during the recall election.
This bad advice led to opening John Doe II proceedings. The abuses of the John Doe II investigation are well-documented, not least by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its opinion shutting down the probe:
The breadth of the documents gathered pursuant to subpoenas and seized pursuant to search warrants is amazing. Millions of documents, both in digital and paper copy, were subpoenaed and/or seized. Deputies seized business papers, computer equipment, phones, and other devices, while their targets were restrained under police supervision and...
In a speech on the House floor Monday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed that Republicans tax plan represented the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress.
Granted, this observer thinks the tax package does have some flaws. And Pelosis complaints about passing a trillion-dollar-plus bill at the speed of light would have credibility if they did not come from Ms. Pass-the-Bill-So-That-You-Can-Find-Out-Whats-in-It herself.
But the idea that allowing people to keep some more of their hard-earned money represents the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress tells people all they need to know about the current beliefs of the Democratic Party.
So if the tax package doesnt qualify as the worst bill in congressional history, then what does? (And no, All of them does not constitute an acceptable response.) In a completely unscientific survey, this putative historian wracked his brain to come up with acts that might qualifyall of them more than half a century old, thereby avoiding current political fights (e.g., PATRIOT Act, TARP, Obamacare, etc.) that may fade over time.
This act, enacted during the so-called quasi-war that featured naval conflict with France, criminalized scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either House of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States with intent to defameor to bring theminto contempt or disreputea definition that could easily encompass Donald Trumps Twitter account, and most responses to Trumps tweets.
Several individuals received convictions under the Sedition Act, with one sentenced to 18 months in prison for making political statements ostensibly protected by the First Amendment. In the wake of public outrage over Sedition Act prosecutions, Congress allowed the Act to lapse in 1800, but not before the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutionswhich argued that states had the right to declare acts of Congress unconstitutionallaid the intellectual groundwork for the nullification and secession movements that precipitated the Civil War.
There was a media ethics summit in Washington DC this week. A bunch of national political reporters and observers, and various thought leaders gathered within the high glass walls at NPR headquarters to grapple with media distrust, polarization, the unorthodoxies and attacks of the Trump administration, battling fake news, and slaying partisan bubbles.
I know, I know. The jokes write themselves. Bubbles, glass houses, a Beltway journalist stuttering in consternation when presented with the very idea of journalism ethics before exploding like Bradley Whitford in the culminating scene of Billy Madison. Ive thought of all of them and made some of them there!
Too often media acts like its an industry in its heyday, congratulating itself for its toughness and truthiness, while ignoring its own role in its decline, which is ongoing and unhealthy. Yes, this gathering was a bubble of its own I suggested maybe dinner at Waffle House after, to really break out of our comfort zonesand a lot of the same people talking to each other. But I was there, along with a handful of other right-of-center speakers notably none pro-Trump, and there were some valuable thoughts.
On priorities and real diversity:
.@perrybaconjr: Majority of country is white and I want to hear what they think on race. We need to cover diversity of country better-from Black Lives Matter to Trump supporters. Factchecking POTUS isn't our main job & 20min talking about "covfefe" is a waste #PoynterEthicsSummit https://t.co/VRWzDtiyex
Indira Lakshmanan (@Indira_L) December 4, 2017
On monumental missed stories:
.@PostBaron: We should have seen Trump or someone like him coming, before he descended the escalator. We wont make that mistake again; reporters are covering every corner of the U.S. #poynterethicssummit
Doris N. Truong (@DorisTruong) December 4, 2017
John Conyerss resignation from Congress Tuesday was more than just a victory for the victims of sexual assault. It also signaled the passage of the last member of Congress who was first elected to that body in the 1960s.
The two may seem unrelated, but Conyerss tale is just the latest example of a politician who stays in office so long that he begins to think himself a king. Rejecting Conyers should be a step toward also rejecting the career politicians who dominate Washington.
Conyers was first elected in 1964, the year President Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in an Electoral College landslide. Another congressman elected from Michigan that year was Fifth District Republican Gerald R. Ford, who was still ten years away from becoming our 38th president.
Johnson, Goldwater, and Ford are all dead now. In fact, nearly everyone elected to the 89th Congress from Michigan that year is now dead (John Dingell is one long-lived exception; four other long-retired Michigan congressmen also soldier on in their nineties.) All of these men (and one woman) who were elected before men walked on the moon were defeated years ago or else had the good sense to retire already. All but Conyers.
His desire to cling to power is understandable, in the way that all human frailties are understandable. Thanks to the racial gerrymandering required by the Voting Rights Act, Conyers had an extremely safe districthis lowest percentage of the vote in his 27 elections was 77 percent. His control over the local party was strong enough not only to stave off serious primary challenges, but also to dole out local offices among his family members like a medieval prince dispensing sinecures. Conyers had it good.
Human beings do not react well to that level of protection. We become haughty, arrogant, and entitled. So it was with Conyers, according to the accusations now leveled against him. At least four women have accused Conyers of what The Hill described as a wide-range of inappropriate conduct, including making requests for sexual favors, caressing and touching, as well as having his staff contact and transport women they believed were sexually involved with him. He also used government money to cover up his lechery, including a taxpayer-funded severance package granted to one female employee who had accused him.
These are not the deeds of a man who thinks there will ever be any consequences for his actions. They are the acts of someone who, through political acumen and quirk of geography, found himself in a position from which he could not be dislodged. That calculation turned out to be in error, but that it took this lon...
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To protest or not to protestthat is the question of Denzel Washingtons latest project, Roman J. Israel, Esq. The film challenges us with whether it is nobler to sufferand to forgive real and perceived injusticeor to take up arms at possible racism at every turn. Israel (Denzel Washington), as a hapless, overweight, savant defense attorney puts this question to us all.
The film opens focused a document that reads, Roman J. Israel, Esq. vs. Himself in the Universal Court of All Humanity. Only at the end do we fully understand what is afoot. The question put simply: Is the answer to our racial woes an overwhelming protest of oppressed over the oppressor, or is it forgiveness and genuine reconciliation?
From this question, the film can be apprehended in two manners. One, it could indeed be true that to correct the sins of our history the once-oppressor may simply have to submit and become the subject of the once-oppressed. It may be true that the system in place must be destroyed so genuine justice can prevail. On the other hand, the picture presents its audience with a weighty and lingering question: had Israel simply played by the rules in a few key instances, the justice he sought his entire life could have begun to come to fruition.
This question avails itself to the audience throughout the film. For instance, is George Pierce (Colin Farrell), the lawyer who hires Israel after he falls on hard times, simply trying to exploit this black legal genius, or is Pierce trying to give Israel a real chance in the legal world, perhaps a chance of fulfilling his ultimate dream? Are Israels constant protests warranted, or is his persistent consternation actually harming his cause?
The film continues in this way and culminates in one of Israels ultimate protests of the system. After improperly plea-bargaining on behalf of one of the firms clients and being reprimanded by Pierce, Israel does the unthinkable in objection to Pierces reprimand. He exchanges privileged information on another of the firms clients for a $100,000 reward leading to an arrest in a murder case from local law enforcement.
Again, there are two ways to understand this. One is to say that Pierce was being unfair to Israel by limiting his power within the firm. Furthermore, it demonstrates that a black man cannot make it in the white, privileged system, so the only answer is to subvert the system and begin operating outside of it.
On the other hand, it could be equally argued that Israel is looking a gift horse in the mouth. In Pierces law firm, Israel earned a solid salary as a junior man. He was given the opportunity t...
Christians have a PR problem. The media persistently report that Christian small business owners want to discriminate against homosexuals. That was in fact the key argument those prosecuting a Christian baker made to the Supreme Court this week in their case against him for choosing to not bake a cake to help celebrate a gay wedding ceremony.
Political debate is regularly framed in the same terms: Does religious freedom include the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians? The problem is that this presentation involves a truly massive distortion of the actual question at issue.
The story is all too familiar. A Christian baker, or florist, or photographer has been serving a homosexual customer for years. The customer then asks the professional to participate in the customers wedding to a same-sex partner, and the artist declines for reasons of conscience. Cue a lawsuit for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The perception that such professionals are engaged in sexual orientation discrimination is widespread. That perception is unsurprising, given that researchers, judges, and the media consistently frame the question in those terms.
For example, the Public Religion Research Institute released a survey this summer on Americans attitudes toward what it describes as allowing small business owners to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. PRRIs language actively feeds the perception that the key question is whether religious liberty allows one to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people.
Unsurprisingly, most Americans react negatively to that perception. It is distasteful to morally healthy people that a person might be denied service by a business simply because of his or her sexual orientation, and it should be. According to the PRRI survey, most Christians agree not only that such discrimination is wrong, but also that it is a serious enough wrong to merit government interference.
What may surprise many, however, is that the Christian small business owners involved in these lawsuits have no desire to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor do they ask for the right to do so. To frame the question in terms of a right to discriminate against gays and lesbians is to manipulate public opinion by playing a game of make-believe. It is to present Christians as making an unreasonable demand instead of the reasonable one that they actually make.
At the heart of the confusion is the subtle yet cru...
Christians around the world began one of the most important seasons in the liturgical calendar this week: Advent. From the Latin word coming, Advent marks four weeks of anticipating and preparing for the coming of the savior of the world.
Of course, Christmas marks not the powerful and earth-shaking return of the savior at the eschaton. It is the quiet and seemingly inconsequential coming of a newborn baby in an impoverished manger, born of lowly Mary in the nowhere town of Bethlehem. Baby Jesus, meek and mild, we look upon this gentle child, as Charles Wesley put it long ago.
The infant savior was indeed meek and mild, the Prince of Peace, and many assume that he remained this way throughout his life. He did, to be sure, but he was not only this way as he grew. In his adult years, he also demonstrated a decidedly less gentle side that was just as much a part of Christ as his meekness and mildness. It is important that we know and appreciate this fullness of Jesus, his grace and his truth, his kindness and his severity, as we adequately prepare for his coming each year.
For most Christians, if you hear someone say, Well, what about Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers? you likely know the topic under discussion. Its the stock response one gives to the assertion that Jesus was always kind, understanding, and patient.
Yes, there was that one time he got so angry that the temple had been turned into a swap meet run by unsavory merchants and money changers. He went off, fashioning a whip to clear the crowds and throwing the furniture around. Angry Jesus.
We also know Jesus wasnt all peace, love, and understanding with the hypocritical religious leaders of the day who made the masses slaves to their burdensome religious laws. In all other instances, though, he was gentle, meek and mild. The rough side of Jesus is largely confined to these two instance in most minds that consider the savior.
It is indeed wonderful truth that when we are caught in some sort of besetting sin or want the sure promise of eternal joy, Jesus is who to go to. His grace and plan for humanity is exponentially kinder and more hopeful than Karma. But is there more to who Jesus is?
I wondered if it was only the money changers and Pharisees Christ got hard-core with. So I read the four gospels straight through in two sittings, putting aside previous conclusions from my own denominational traditions, to simply see what kind of Christ emerged from the plain text. It was an interesting and surprising exercise. I recommend it for beli...
My wife and I homeschool our two children. For months weve been teaching them about early U.S. historythe Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party. They know history in the same way they know their prepositions. That means they could tell you George Washington was the first president, but what they really want to know is if there is any ice cream left.
We recently drove from Nashville to Washington DC because we wanted them to see the genesis of our country, and the American legacy theyre set to inherit. I imagined what they might say, how their sweet, young faces might express amazement at laying eyes on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Halfway between the White House and the Capitol, then, we stood in front of the National Archives, which contains these documents. My wife leaned close, telling me she cant believe we have a city with buildings like ancient Greece and Rome.
Its absolutely true: the building is magnificent. I was awestruck, thinking this must be precisely the feeling John Russell Pope had hoped to summon in people when he designed the building. Reading President Herbert Hoovers remarks upon laying the cornerstone of the archives on February 20, 1933, I know he had the same feeling: The romance of our history will have living habitation here in the writings of statesmen, soldiers, and all the others, both men and women, who have builded the great structure of our national life. This temple of our history will appropriately be one of the most beautiful buildings in America, an expression of the American soul.
I looked down to see our son squinting up at the statues. Id played out this moment in my head dozens of times over the week previous, and here we were, finally. I was brimming with prepared remarks, a fathers wisdom. I was about to make one of those memories that would stand up to the ravages of time, I knew it.
I talked about how the building is surrounded by depictions of the four watchers, the defenders of knowledge: Past, Future, Heritage, and Guardianship. We were next to the entrance on Constitution Avenue in front of the statue of the pasta female figure holding a baby and a sheaf of wheat with her right arm. On her left is an urn filled with the ashes of past generations, and at her feet is a quote from the abolitionist Wendell Phillips: The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.
Isnt it amazing, Grover?
When are we gonna ride the train?
I looked at my wife, June. What do you think, honey?
Were gonna be in this line forever.
This pretty much sums up the day. Leaving Fords Theater as I monologued abo...
The evening before the Masterpiece Cakeshop case was argued in the Supreme Court, the Washington Post published an article claiming that even if cake artist Jack Phillips has legitimate religious freedom and free speech claims, he should still lose because the Constitution guarantees a right to equal dignity. This is a lie. The Constitution contains no right to equal dignity or anything that can reasonably be construed as such.
The rest of the column was a dogs breakfast of shoddy legal and social analysis, vitiated by the dishonest initial claim, which is risible to anyone familiar with the actual text of the Constitution. To be sure, leftists have long pushed such an idea, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who likes to play at being a philosopher-king rather than a judge, has a tendency in invoke the concept of dignity when discovering a new constitutional right.
Nonetheless, there is no constitutionally guaranteed right to equal dignity. Not only is there no textual warrant for it, but the equal protection of such a right is impossible. Relying on government to ensure a right to equal dignity will result in state-imposed orthodoxy.
Despite, or perhaps because of, this, the Left has embraced the concept of dignitary harm as a justification for government action. For example, in his debate with Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis, John Corvino relied on it to justify otherwise intolerable restrictions on the First Amendment freedoms of religious exercise, free speech, and free association.
According to longstanding legal doctrine, government may only restrict such rights in the gravest and most pressing cases (compelling government interest is the usual legal phrase), and even then it must use the least restrictive means possible. Since a few non-conformist wedding vendors declining to promote or celebrate same-sex wedding ceremonies inflicts no significant material harm on anyone, the Left has turned to theories of dignitary harm and a constitutional right to equal dignity to justify government intervention.
But what do they mean by human dignity? They certainly do not mean something that is earned or developed (although we often speak of dignity this way), for if dignity is earned then an equal right to it is absurd. What is meant seems to be the idea that humans have intrinsic value and wo...
As Ive listened to the parade of mighty media men apologize for the endless iterations of sexual misconduct that cost them their jobs, one thing has been strikingly missing. Not one has talked about his faith.
Matt Lauer said he was truly sorry and ashamed. Charlie Rose said he was greatly embarrassed and acted insensitively. Mark Halperin said he had been selfish and immature. But, like the entertainers and politicians also offering calculated displays of remorse, there was not a prayer among them.
That isnt surprising. In their world, they are treated like gods. They rule their kingdoms. They make their own rules, they preach to their flock on the airwaves, and others kowtow to them. Many, including women, are complicit in keeping them on their pedestal, making them seem so much more than merely human until they come crashing down like fallen idols.
Now, perhaps most of them havent mentioned faith because theyre not particularly religious. Maybe they fear being accused of using faith as a cover for wrongdoing. But for all the handwringing about media and morality, God has been largely missing from the conversation. While Times Person of the Year honors the silence breakersthe women who are now speaking outthere has been far less focus on the men who created this toxic culture.
I know this hypercharged arena from the inside. A top television executive once stared at my chest during a job interview. A top television personality once told me, with little subtlety, that I needed him to give me career-boosting exposure. The business rewards good looks and alluring wardrobes, and I had to be mindful of that. Sometimes the flirtations and locker room talk were hard to reconcile with my Catholic faith.
Every friend I know has had similar experiences. One was told she could have a job if she agreed to have sex. Another was asked by a potential employer if she was dating anyone. A third was told she should always wear dresses that made her legs look good.
We are starting to understand that sexual harassment and assault arent fundamentally about sex, theyre about power. The power imbalance between wealthy TV executives or anchors and younger women fueled much of the misconduct. But the dirty deeds also thrived in an atmosphere of immorality, in a business that worships celebrity and sex appeal but barely covers religion.
Ironically, it was former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, who recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation, who invoked his faith, He said he recognized that his actions were wrong, and through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. Theres no way to defend...
As the arguments in the Supreme Court developed Tuesday, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco and the attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips concentrated on the free speech issue. The U.S. Department of Justices brief in support of Phillips argued that Phillips position should be vindicated under free speech law and, for that reason, a ruling on free exercise was not necessary.
Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor peppered Phillips attorney about how many artists are involved in weddings. Are hair stylists, cosmeticians, jewelers, and tailors all expressive artists? The attorney replied that only speech and something that is being communicated should be protected by the Free Speech Clause, to which Justice Stephen Breyer answered that all of the mentioned providers of wedding services think they are communicating something.
Francisco remarked that the law should allow some breathing space for a small group of individuals and not compel them to engage in speech at events to which they are deeply opposed. Otherwise, if the state of Colorado was going to be absolutist in its laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations, then there was no way to avoid forcing, for example, an African-American sculptor to sculpt a cross for an event of the Klu Klux Klan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wondered how it was possible to keep any permitted breathing space narrow.
Arguing the free exercise issue was left to the attorney representing the state of Colorado and the attorney for the gay couple. The two attorneys were asked again and again to consider and respond to comparisons and hypotheticals. Justice Samuel Alito asked why the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had allowed other bakers to reject cake orders that criticized homosexuality but had disallowed Phillips refusal based on his religion.
Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether a Catholic organization that provides legal services to the poor could be forced to sue Masterpiece Cakeshop if so asked, and Colorados attorney said that if an organization is open to all comers and operating like a retail store, it could be forced to accept such clients. Alito said he had learned that some businesses write both vows and speeches for weddings. Could such a business be forced to provide such written expressions for a same-sex marriage? The couples attorney avoided answering the question.
The attorney for Colorado answered in the negative to a question concerning whether Masterpiece could affiliate with and refer customers to another cakeshop that provided cakes for same-sex weddings. Justice Neil Gorsuch wondered whether the comprehensive staff training the commission imposed on Phillips requires Phillips to speak in ways that maybe offend his religion and certainly co...
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So the faux-feminist knew about Weinstein yet said nothing publicly. Such a brave womyn. From Yahoo: Harvey Weinstein was discussing a new documentary TV show with Hillary Clintons team the month before he was exposed as an alleged serial sexual Continue reading
FBI agent Peter Strzok is now at the center of the Mueller special counsel investigation into Trump-Russia election collusion. On Saturday, a bombshell report revealed that last year, the FBI veteran agent exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress who is also an FBI agent. Strzok was kicked off Mueller's team over the summer, after the Justice Department's inspector general discovered that he sent messages to FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
A easy-to-read-fact sheet about Turkeys Islamist and extremist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Whistleblower Provides Key Info About Flynn Text to
Business Colleague During Trump Inauguration Dec 6, 2017
Whistleblower Provides Key Info About Flynn Text to Business Colleague During Trump Inauguration
Cummings Asks Gowdy to Stop Blocking Flynn Investigation and Finally Subpoena White House and Others
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 6, 2017)Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter informing Chairman Trey Gowdy about a whistleblower who has come forward with evidence that Lt. General Michael Flynnwithin minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as Presidentwas communicating directly with his former business colleague about their plan to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.
According to the whistleblower, Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partnerswhich funded Flynns trip to the Middle East in 2015attended an event on Inauguration Day during which he claimed to have received a text message from Flynn saying the project was good to go and directing Copson to contact their business colleagues to let them know to put things in place. The text was reportedly sent while President Trump was delivering his Inaugural Address. According to the whistleblower, Copson also explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be ripped up as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project.
Our Committee has credible allegations that President Trumps National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of international nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners. These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation, Cummings wrote.
Cummings asked Gowdy to issue a subpoena to compel the White House to produce all of the documents it has been withholding about Flynn in response to the bipartisan request the Committee made in March. The White House has refused to produce a single document. Gowdy has refused all requests to issue a subpoena and blocked all requests to allow Committee Members to vote to issue a subpoena.
Cummings also asked Gowdy to issue subpoenas to compel General Flynns company and his business colleagues to produce all of the documents they are withholding in response to letters Cummings sent in June, September, and November. Gowdy previously declined to join all of these requests.
I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable, and they are tired of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses while at the same time conducting investigations of...
Gustave Courbet The wave 1870 Chapter 1 of this five-part series by Dr. D is here: Bitcoin Doesnt Exist 1 . Chapter 2 is here: Bitcoin Doesnt Exist 2 Chapter 4 will follow shortly. Dr. D: The money, the unaccountable, uninhibited release of tokens can do more than just
Yesterday, we posted a video showing how American college student at the University of California, Berkeley reacted to someone on campus waving the American flag and then the ISIS flag.
If you missed the video, you can watch it below.
Then we asked for your reactions in a poll. Here are the results:
I would photo the participants. The Islamic State is inciting attacks on kids. If someone will fly their flag, who knows what else they might do. I would then send the photos to the FBI with date time and location and hope Mueller isnt still paranoid of being Islamophobic and might actually investigate real criminals and terrorists.
People in the USA do not realize what they have until they lose it. After, they will discover that very few people in the world are better off than they are.
I would start to pray for our country because we are on the verge of losing our freedom. If Americans speak out against any other religion or culture they are labelled as haters If these people had been brought up in Nazi Germany, in the death camps maybe they would appreciate what is been freely given them now.
Tell them that they and the [ISIS] flag are not welcome in this country. It represents violence hate and murder!
Go to the worthless, entitled punk and grab the flag daring the idiot to do something about it! And then notify police.
I would consider the flying of the ISIS flag to be treason. ISIS is a sworn enemy of the U.S. No question. Treason.
Call college, police and news station.
Ask the flag waver if they know about ISIS/D...
My that was incredibly fun morning train reads: Entrepreneurs Are Betting on a Billion-Dollar Future for Hemp (Bloomberg) Housel: How To Read Financial News (Collaborative) Why are Americas farmers killing themselves in record numbers? (Guardian) see also Low Food Prices Are Hurting Farm State Economies (Wall Street Journal) Its Amazons WorldBut Do You Want to Live
The American President Donald Trump declared officially recognized points of sensitivity of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to
Shes formally out, but somehow still in
Summary: Lucy Neville-Rolfe is back only to tell a bunch of lies about the UPC in British Parliament and Team UPC the prosecution industry which has been driving this entire monster could not be happier
THE EPO discussion has shifted/moved towards ILO, but lets not forget that Team UPC a cabal of nefarious people who perpetually pull every single trick they can work behind the scenes and try to trick politicians into doing nefarious things. Its a grand example of political corruption, not just lobbying. Weve covered examples.
Its a grand example of political corruption, not just lobbying.There may be another torpedo (to use JUVEs word) on the way one that can kill the UPC for good. No UPC (or anything like it, even a rebrand) should exist for reasons that weve been covering here for nearly a decade.
Yesterday we saw over a dozen tweets from Alex Robinson, a proud member of Team UPC who is referring to himself and others who perform this coup as Team UPC. It started with this tweet which said that the Lords Grand Committee agenda is visible here (see link). The #UPC Order is one of 8 items up for discussion I dont get the feeling theyll spend long on it
Yesterday we saw over a dozen tweets from Alex Robinson, a proud member of Team UPC who is referring to himself and others who perform this coup as Team UPC.Guess who were there to take the lead. It was Lucy Neville-Rolfe. Seriously!
To quote Robinson: Another peer for the government giving a bit of a history lesson. Delighted to be standing here today to see it written down that we are going to ratify (I think shes getting ahead of the game here!)  That was Lady Wilcox. Sounding rather optimistic! Now Baroness Neville-Rolfe is speaking. Was intimately involved in UPC discussions afte...
A newly discovered pair of gigantic 'Goliath' galaxies contain a trove of black matter so enormous that scientists say it almost calls into question our current understanding of the evolution of the cosmos. Published in Nature, the study observed two merging galaxies containing a dark-matter 'halo' with a mass of more than 100 billion suns. This is "among the rarest dark-matter haloes that should exist in the Universe at this epoch," the study noted.
(Sputnik) UK Prime Minister Theresa May assured her Irish counterpart Wednesday she would offer a tailored approach to the Northern Ireland border issue as she negotiates the end of EU membership, her office said.
The Prime Minister said we are working hard to find a specific solution to the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland, the statement read.
On Monday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels for the final round of Brexit talks within the first stage of the negotiations. Soon after that Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed the reports about the European Union and the United Kingdom reaching an agreement on the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which met Dublins concerns and, in fact, maintained Northern Ireland within the single market and customs union.
However, later in the day, May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said London and Brussels had some remaining issues in the Brexit talks. Despite the fact that the prime minister has not specified the disputed topics, media reported that these might be related to the Irish border.
Meanwhile, after the reports about a possible deal for Northern Ireland, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated that London and Scotland, that voted for the United Kingdoms remaining within the European Union at the 2016 referendum, should obtain the same status as Northern Ireland, that would allow for a continued membership in the single market and customs union.
According to a Downing Street spokesperson, the leaders eventually agreed there should be no hard border between the EU member state and UKs Northern Ireland territory after the United Kingdom exits the European Union in March 2019.
Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union officially started on June 19, and are due to be completed by the end of March 2019. Aside from discussions on the Irish border, Brussels and London are engaged in talks focusing on the rights of EU citizens residing in the United Kingdom and the cost of Brexit, among other topics.
Volcanologist rmann Hskuldsson says that the situation at rfajkull volcano is "Far from normal." There's still geothermal heat in the area and the caldera has deepened by some 20 metres. A 3-D image made by specialists at the Geological Institute of the University of Iceland indicates that the caldera has deepened by twenty metres and that crevasses have become larger since it was first spotted. The image was made using various information, not in the least the photographs of Morgunblai photographer Ragnar Axelsson who flew over the glacier on November 19th and again on November 28th. "We see a greatly increased pattern of fissures around the caldera. It's now more of a drop shape than a circle, lengthening towards the South West," says Ingibjrg Jnsdttir at the University of Iceland speaking to Morgunblai today. Source: Morgunblai
Hardly has Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set foot in Athens and first visit of a Turkish president after 65 years turned into what diplomats would describe as a disaster. Right after the official welcome ceremony, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos rejected all Turkish claims one by one and thus in front of the cameras, where
Finally, An Honest Inflation Index Guess What It Shows by John Rubino Dollar Collapse Central bankers keep lamenting the fact that record low interest rates and record high currency creation havent generated enough inflation (because remember, for these...
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President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up" early in the new presidency, according to a whistle-blower's account made public on Wednesday. Within minutes of Trump's inauguration in January, Flynn informed his former associate that the plan to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was "good to go," because Flynn was ensuring the sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of Trump's first orders of business. The whistleblower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), which he sent to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The account was first reported by The New York Times.
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SYRIA: UK FUNDED FREE SYRIAN POLICE TRAINED IN TURKEY. LOYAL TO ERDOGAN
29 January 2017
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Thursday 7th December 2017
JEREMY CORBYN has written to Theresa May demanding answers as to how foreign aid money ended up in the hands of sectarian armed groups in Syria.
The government has suspended the billion-pound Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) after Mondays BBC Panorama programme reported allegations about money paid to contractor Adam Smith International (ASI).
We hope that one day this awful war will end and men may, once again, occupy themselves with the works of peace. Then, the production of arms and other instruments of crime will be substituted by the production of consumer goods for men, women and children. No longer will people think in annihilation and destruction but in establishing and increasing human wellbeing.
This return to peace, of course, presupposes the absolute annihilation of the totalitarian powers since, if the dictators were to prevail, the consequence of their victory would not be peace but unending warfare. In these totalitarian powers, a philosophy that proclaims war, instead of peace, is defended as the natural most desirable state for men that will provide them with joy. Their longing is not permanent peace but permanent war; thus, if they achieve triumph, the world will become a great slaughterhouse.
However, the dictators will succumb; therefore, the question is:
What must we do to close, as soon and as thoroughly as possible, the wounds opened in society during these years of fighting? This is the great problem that should worry us and that will never concern us prematurely. Even now, when the roar of battle is still being heard, statesmen and economists must think about the last day of the war. Even now they should prepare, in their spirits, what will be necessary to put in practice later.
Above all, it is necessary to make this idea clear: if postwar economic policy is to be successful, it must be based on measures radically different from those pursued before the outbreak of this war.
The main characteristic of policies implemented in the decade that preceded the current w...
Awakening Evangelicals to an outrageous system.
Over the years weve noticed that there is a subset of hackers out there who like to turn real life vehicles into remote controlled cars. These vehicles are generally destroyed in short order, either by taking ridiculous jumps, or just smashing them into stuff until theres nothing left. In truth thats probably what most of us would do if we had access to a full size RC car, so no complaints there.
The video posted to YouTube is primarily about [William] driving his creation around (sometimes from the back seat, no less), but towards the second half of the video theres a quick rundown on the hardware used to make this pile of rust move.
Nolan Peterson, perennial Ukraine optimist and is-the-glass-half-empty-or-are-you-not-listening-to-me guy, feels like the country has turned a corner. Yes, by God, things are looking up. Ukraine might not be able to look forward to EU membership, but hey! It has visa-free travel, so if you have enough money for a vacation, you can go to the EU and see what it would be like to live there. Ukraine might not be able to look forward to NATO membership, but there are a few NATO troops in Ukraine training the country's soldiers so that they can get a feel for what it would be like to be a NATO soldier, sort of. I mean, apart from getting paid, and stuff. And the country's GDP growth might be an anemic 0.2%, the Balance of Trade might have been relentlessly negative for more than a year, so that Ukraine is digging itself into a deeper hole every month by buying more than it's selling - worse yet, nearly all of it with borrowed money - and the Government Debt to GDP ratio might have more than doubled from Yanukovych to Poroshenko. Running the economy is like juggling flaming tar. But never mind that. Sit down for a minute, because Mr. Peterson has big news, the kind of news that is going to make you want to pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile. You're going to want to jump in the air - proof, incidentally, that you are not a Moskal - and click your heels together. Ukraine now has Christmas.
Criminals motivated by sexism could face increased sentences as police prepare to review plans to make misogyny a hate crime. It comes as part of efforts to clampdown on sexual harassment. Proposals to make misogyny the sixth strand of offences categorized as a hate crime are currently being discussed by senior police officers. If agreed, criminals who are found to have acted out of hatred towards women would be handed longer sentences. Under the reforms, sexist behavior or language would be treated as an aggravating factor to other crimes such as assault and harassment. Comment: Lady Justice is not so blind to gender or race these days.
Cosmic rays from deep space are increasing almost unabated as the Sun's magnetic field weakens and we head into Solar Minimum. As reported by Spaceweather.com, the stratospheric balloons they've been flying together with the students of Earth to Sky...... Read more
07/12/2017 - Israel heightens security measures in preparation for heavy protest after Trump told Mideast leaders he intends to move the U.S embassy to Jerusalem Palestinian factions in the West Bank announced on ...
Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. You can't completely avoid them, but there are some ad implementations that are so annoying that Google has explicitly disallowed them from the Play Store. Remember Airpush? The current advertising scourge is ad-infused lock screens, which have shown up in previously safe apps like ES File Explorer, Peel, and Hotspot Shield VPN. Google has finally listened to our pleading, and lock screen ads are no longer allowed in the Play Store.
Technically, the new policy is a bit more nuanced than "no ads on the lock screen." Here's the new section on Google's developer monetization page.
Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.
So, an app that bills itself as a photo editor, VPN, or file explorer cannot also cram a new lock screen on your device that's infested with ads. However, an app that is actually a lock screen can still monetize with ads. Presumably, you know what you're getting when you install a lock screen app.
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House passes legislation to restrict US aid to PalestiniansTaylor Force Act, named after US West Point graduate who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in 2016, receives overwhelming support in Republican-led House, as lawmakers slam the 'downright disgusting ... pay to slay' scheme by the PA which they say 'incentivizes terrorism.' The Republican-led House easily approved legislation Tuesday that would restrict financial aid that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority until it takes credible steps to end what lawmakers say is a practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis. The legislation, which passed by voice vote, reflects bipartisan outrage over what members of Congress have called a "pay to slay" program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, said the program "incentivizes terrorism."
The Israeli Solution To Palestine Is In JordanNovember 21, 2011
[First, steal Jerusalem, then steal ALL the West Bank (Jew name Judaea and Samaria), with Gaza to be leveled. ]
John Conyers III, who was endorsed by his father on Tuesday to succeed him in the House, was arrested in February after his girlfriend suffered knife cuts during an argument. Mr. Conyers, in an interview Wednesday, tried to head off a possibly disqualifying scandal just a day after his father resigned from Congress amid multiplying allegations of sexual harassment. As issues of sexual harassment and abuse roil Washington, any violent altercation against a woman could doom his effort to take the seat that his father held since 1965. The younger Mr. Conyers said that the couple began arguing around 3 a.m. the day after Valentine's Day and that after a physical fight, the police arrested him on suspicion of domestic violence. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office later dropped the charges, but the girlfriend got a restraining order against Mr. Conyers, which remains in effect until next March, he said. "She says I stabbed her, which makes no sense," Mr. Conyers, 27, said. "I didn't do this. She and I had a verbal altercation and that escalated. She pulled the knife on me. She was chasing me. I tried to take it from her. There was a struggle. I pinned her to the wall. She kept swinging and she cut herself."
Why you should check your Airbnb for hidden cameras, a hacker attempts a different kind of jailbreak, and British MPs prove that they really are clueless when it comes to cybersecurity.
All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Ian Whalley.
The first official visit by a Turkish president to Greece for six decades got off to a tense start Thursday, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeating comments that have alarmed his Greek hosts about the need to update the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that delineated the borders of modern Turkey, among other issues.
Erdogans first meeting was with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and the televised discussions between the two men, usually reserved for pleasantries and formalities before closed-door talks, were visibly awkward.
The presidents engaged in a thinly-veiled verbal spat over the Muslim minority in northeastern Greece and the treaty. Pavlopoulos, whose role is mainly ceremonial, reminded Erdogan that unlike his visitor, he was not head of government and therefore did not have the same powers as Erdogan.
Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the Presidential Guard with Greeces President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during the welcome ceremony in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Erdogan arrived in Athens Thursday for a two-day official visit, the first official visit by a Turkish president in decades, with Greece hoping the trip will help improve often frosty ties with its neighbour. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) The Associated Press
Erdogans two-day visit to Greece will include a trip to northeastern Greece Friday to meet with the countrys Muslim minority....
The anti-doping situation in Russia has been improving and now it is not worse than in other countries, Medvedev said The International Olympic Committee's decision to bar Russia from taking part in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics was made, in part, with the intention of influencing the mood in Russian society in the run-up to the presidential election due next March, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a government meeting on Thursday. "The International Olympic Committee's decision has one more aspect, which is understandable to everyone, especially in the current situation. This is the political component. This decision was made in the run-up to the elections in our country, the presidential election with an eye to shaping the appropriate sentiment in society," he said.
Concern on whether the Supreme Court will allow either a run-off or re-run of the 10 October presidential and legislative elections is expected to be settled today.
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