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10 July. It occurs to me, that tedious though Love Island is, it has immensely respectable origins, indeed the best. It is after all Bloomsbury (though whether in the person of G.E. Moore, E.M. Forster or the sainted Virginia herself Im not sure), whose motto was personal relations for ever and ever, which, lolling about on the sun-baked lawns, these gorgeous creatures are indeed subscribing to (and possibly finding wanting). Walberswick was always thought to be Bloomsbury on Sea, but its ultimate location could now claim to be Love Island. (Worlds smallest facility: the Love Island Library.)
The present literature about her is a hagiography that does not entirely trust itself; there is a vacancy at the centre of it that I call the but surely. But surely if these essays were published now, the hagiography says to itself at three in the morning, they would meet with a different reception? But surely if she wrote today, her ideas about feminism would be more in line with ours? But surely, for all her pointillism, she is failing to draw the conclusions we would most like to see? The hagiography turns the pillow over, looking for a cool spot. How much can we really rely on someone who loved The Doors?
We can gauge the corrosive impact of the Democrats fixation on Russia by asking what they arent talking about when they talk about Russian hacking. For a start, they arent talking about interference of other sorts in the election, such as the Republican Partys many means of disenfranchising minority voters. Nor are they talking about the trillion dollar defence budget that pre-empts the possibility of single-payer healthcare and other urgently needed social programmes; nor about the modernisation of the American nuclear arsenal, which raises the risk of the ultimate environmental calamity, nuclear war.
Only the hardest heart would repress a twitch of sympathy. To live on the receiving end of so much gush and so much abuse, to be simultaneously spoilt rotten and hopelessly infantilised, how well would any of us stand up to it? So many functions to go to, so much dysfunction to come back to. When Princess Margaret made a guest appearance at the Borsetshire fashion show in an episode of The Archers, the producer said after the run-through: Thats very good, maam, but do you think you could sound as if you were enjoying yourself a little more? Well, I wouldnt be, would I? the princess replied.
The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 01 (4 January 2018)
Irvin Steven Steve Goldstein, who last worked in the federal government during the George H.W. Bush administration, was nominated September 15, 2017, to be under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in the State Department.
The son of Bernard and Sandra Goldstein, Steve Goldstein was born September 24, 1952, and grew up in Nashville. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Arizona, earning a B.A. in education with a major in social studies.
Goldstein worked early in his career on Capitol Hill, serving from 1980 to 1989 as either press secretary or chief of staff for several different representatives at different times. He then moved to the Executive Branch, serving as director of public affairs for Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan.
After the Bush administration was turned out of office in 1993, Goldstein was named vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute, the publicity arm of the insurance industry. He moved into media in 2001 as vice president/chief communications officer for Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal. Goldstein presided over the companys response to two tragedies: the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, right across the street from Journal offices; and the kidnapping and subsequent brutal execution of Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. Goldstein made many of the decisions on what information to release about Pearl in the weeks after he was abducted. Goldstein left Dow Jones later that year.
In 2003, Goldstein was named executive vice president/chief communications officer for TIAA-CREF, a retirement financial services company focusing on the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental communities. He left in 2010 for a similar role as senior vice president/chief communications officer for AllianceBernstein, an asset management firm.
Goldstein in 2012 moved to BP Global Solutions, a consulting firm, as senior vice president. He was working there at the time of his nomination.
Goldstein is married to Bill Popeleski, the CEO of BP Global Solutions.
Heavy snow and freezing rain caused extensive damage to power lines across British Columbia and Alberta, Canada on December 19, 2017, leaving 75 000 customers without power. At least two people were killed in southern Alberta. According to BC Hydro, the hardest hit...... Read more
Wo wir gerade bei Kryptowhrungen waren ein Einsender schickt mir diese passende Geschichte:
Lieferando akzeptiert seit einiger Zeit Bitcoins. Da ich ber ein paar mBTC in meinem Wallet verfge, wollte ich mir gerade eine Pizza bestellen. Heute ist bei meiner Lieblingspizzeria "Pizza-Dienstag". Mit ein paar anderen Sachen bin ich auf ca. 9,50 EUR gekommen.In diesem Sinne: Guten Appetit! :-)
Als ich dann ber den Bezahldienstleister "bitpay" zahlen wollte, stand dort etwas von 18,50 EUR (umgerechnet aus Bitcoins und Kurs).
Tja, hat sich herausgestellt, dass man innerhalb von 15 Minuten zahlen muss und die Transaktionsgebhr fr eine Transaktion in diesem Zeitraum halt 9 EUR kostet.
Ich habe dann eine Dose Ravioli aufgemacht.
Kleines Weihnachtsprsent: Alternativlos 41 ist drauen. Wir wollten eigentlich eine Stammtischsendung zur Weltlage machen, aber sind dann bei Kryptowhrungen und knstlicher Intelligenz steckengeblieben. Und weil ich so ein moralinsaurer Stock-im-Arsch-Typ bin, geht es irgendwie auch immer wieder ber Verantwortung.
So ein bisschen haben wir dann am Rande doch ber die Weltlage geredet. Viel Spa beim Lauschen!
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As if we needed more evidence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's bias and overreaching in his investigation into Trump's "ties" to Russia, we have now learned that thousands of emails were taken from the Trump transition team through the General Services Administration. According to a Trump attorney, these emails were improperly obtained through "unlawful conduct." Axios reported that the transition emails contain sensitive information such as matters on potential appointments, gossip about particular senators, speculation about Trump nominees' vulnerability, and strategizing about everything from press statements to war to policy planning and taxes. "Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads," a transition source added. Likely because he has no other leads to pursue. The investigation smells of desperation at this point. Comment: Why Washington insiders are freaking out over Mueller's receipt of Trump transition team emailsBlackmail material? Mueller obtains tens of thousands of Trump transition emails - potentially illegally In a letter obtained by Fox News, the transition team's attorney says that "unlawful conduct" by the left-leaning staff at the General Services Administration handled the handover of transition documents to the special counsel's office horrifically. According to Kory Langhofer, counsel to Trump for America, the special counsel's office is aware the GSA "did not own or control the records in question." What has Mueller's team done with these emails that were obtained illegally and who will keep this overreaching investigation in check if not the president?
Andy was great, here is the text and audio, here is the introductory summary:
Before writing a single word of his new book Artemis, Andy Weir worked out the economics of a lunar colony. Without the economics, how could the story hew to the hard sci-fi style Weir cornered the market on with The Martian? And, more importantly, how else can Tyler find out much a Cantonese meal would run him on the moon?
In addition to these important questions of lunar economics, Andy and Tyler talk about the technophobic trend in science fiction, private space efforts, seasteading, cryptocurrencies, the value of a human life, the outdated Outer Space Treaty, stories base on rebellion vs. cooperation, Heinlein, Asimov, Weirs favorite episode of Star Trek, and the formula for finding someone else when stranded on a lonely planet.
My favorite part was this, which Andy answered with no hesitation:
COWEN: What if there were two immortal people, lets say its the two of us, placed on opposite sides of the Earth, an Earth-like planet, and we can wander freely with no constraints but just foot speed. How long does it take us to find each other?
WEIR: Can we collude in advance in any way?
COWEN: No, we cannot.
COWEN: But we know were trying to find each other.
WEIR: We know were trying to find each other. Well, we should bothbut can we have aare we both rational actors and we
COWEN: Were as rational as you and I are; take that as you wish....
The North Korean hacking group has turned greedy. Security researchers have uncovered a new widespread malware campaign targeting cryptocurrency users, believed to be originated from Lazarus Group, a state-sponsored hacking group linked to the North Korean government. Active since 2009, Lazarus Group has been attributed to many high profile attacks, including Sony Pictures Hack, $81 million
AFP | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his ancestors in a speech in Ankara
The UAEs top diplomat shared the tweet by the user called Ali al-Iraqi and presenting himself as an Iraqi dentist living in Germany.
Ali al-Iraqi said the former Medina governor committed a crime against the people of Medina by stealing their money, kidnapping them and putting them on trains that took them to Syria and Istanbul.
The user added: Those are the ancestors of Erdogan and this is the history that they have with Arab Muslims.
Erdogan told the minister to know your place as he railed against the Twitter users claims.
Now you see unfortunately those near (Medina) unashamedly, relentlessly are making slanderous claims. First, know your place! It means you do not know this country, you do not know Erdogan, you do not know about Erdogans ancestors, he thundered.
Fahreddin Pasha was governor during the siege of Medina (1916-1919).
When Fahreddin Pasha was protecting Medina, hey you wretched slandering us, where were your ancestors? Erdogan retorted during a speech in Ankara.
Erdogans spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Tuesday the tweet was a propaganda lie and the governor had bravely defended Medina against the British plans.
Relations between the UAE and Turkey are filled with distrust as Ankara supports Qatar in a six-month crisis with its Gulf neighbours including the UAE, as well as political groups stemming from the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
The UAE outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group in 2014.
Since June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have cut all ties with Qatar, accusing the emirate of supporting Islamist extremists and of being too close to Shiite Iran, Riyadhs arch-rival.
Turkish pro-government newspapers also routinely allude to UAE involvement in last years attempted coup against Erdogan.
41 Million Americans Are Living In Poverty This Christmas by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog Even though the stock market continues to set new record high after new record high, poverty is exploding all over America. It is...
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The medical CIA: how environmental destruction magically becomes a medical disease
By Jon Rappoport
To handle all that [pig-farm feces] waste, farmers in North Carolina use a standard practice called the lagoon and spray field system. They flush feces and urine from barns into open-air pits called lagoons, which turn the color of Pepto-Bismol when pink-colored bacteria colonize the waste. To keep the lagoons from overflowing, farmers spray liquid manure on their fields nearby. The result, says Steve Wing, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is this: The eastern part of North Carolina is covered with shit. National Geographic, 10/30/14
The above quote describes corporate pig farming around the world.
In order to carry out this operation, giant companies like Smithfield have influenced legislators and government-agency officials. Environmental laws and regulations are ignored, or changed. Lawsuits are fought, hammer and tongs.
Here is what Robert F Kennedy Jr. told radio interviewer, Rachel Lewis Hilburn on 6/3/16:
a hog produces ten times the amount of fecal waste by weight as a human being, so if you have a facility that has ten thousand hogs in it, its producing as much sewage as a city of a hundred thousand people. Smithfield has one plant in Utahthey call it Circle Four Farmsthat has a million hogs on it, so its producing the same amount of waste as New York City every day.
Here is Kennedys kicker:
Theres no difference between hog waste and human waste in terms of its danger to human health. They [Smithfield and other giant corporate pig operations] ought to have to have a sewage treatment plant that cleans it up. And yet, if they had to build that sewage treatment plan, it would drive the price of hogs up so that they could no longer function in the marketplacethey ought to have to build sewage treatment facilities but nobodys making them do that because they have used political clout
All right, thats a bit of background. Now Im going to shift to the subject of Swine [Pig] Flu, the phony epidemic of 2009.
Where did it start?
At a Smithfield pig-raising operation in Perote, Mexico; in a village called La Gloria. Smithfield raises 950,000 hogs a year there.
Press reports described outdoor pig feces lagoons on the property. When workers began to get sick, the area was sprayed with unknown chemicals. More workers fell ill and died.
Anyone with a basic knowledge of public health could testify that this combination of mind-boggling (non-) sanitation, plus strong germicides, plus other toxic chemicals routinely dumped in the feces lagoons, could and would cause human illness and death....
Miles de alumnos no podrn concluir el ciclo escolar en sus escuelas pues las autoridades aseguran que tienen entre 100 y 200 das de plazo para terminar con las reparaciones totales y parciales de los planteles. Regeneracin, 20 de diciembre de 2017.- Casi tres mil alumnos no podrn terminar el ciclo escolar en sus planteles debido 
El post 70 mil alumnos siguen a la espera de reconstruccin de escuelas en CDMX apareci primero en Regeneracin.
A famous Seoul-based Bitcoin exchange company known as Youbit announced at around 4:34 a.m. local time, that it was struck by a severe hacking attack which caused it to lose nearly one-fifth of its Bitcoin assets. What is shocking is that its the second consecutive time this year that Youbit has been hit by professional
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by GH Eliason for the Saker blog This is the story of two Ukraines, but its not the tired and typical before and after the coup tome. This is a
Its happening a lot faster than I thought it would. What is happening you may ask? The UN takeover over of Chicago is underway and I am shocked at the rapidity of the movement. Please consider the following email that is representative of several that I have received over the past few days:
I have lived in North Chicago for decades and I know when something is not right. There are a lot things I could mention but the presence of black helicopters that are buzzing houses is very upsettting with what I now know is going on as reported in your articles on the United Nations taekover of Chicago. I dont see how this is not connected with the planned UN takeover of Chicago. What can you tell me? Thanks for all you do.
I cant speak to what Robert and others who have reached out to me are seeing. However, I can speak to what I am being told by one of my sources in which he is saying that the Chicago black sites are now resurfacing, in their notoriety. The black sites were prominently featured in the Independent Media back in 2015.
The Blacksites were a local form of the NDAA that surfaced in Chicago. It is where people would go to disappear for awhile. People who were arrested and taken to the site were subjected to extreme treatment, denied basic liberties including the right to an attorney. Infowars, at the time, even went so far as to send a news team to the primary black site.
I was recently asked by one of my best sources whatever became of my investigation into the black sites. I reported that the topic faded away without any real resolution. At that point I was told...
On its face, Floridas pedestrian statute 316.130(11) seems straightforward enough: fail to cross a street in a crosswalk where required, and you are liable for a ticket ranging from $51 to $77. The authorities across the state issue hundreds of the tickets every year with the public claim that they were trying to cut down Floridas outsize number of pedestrian deaths.
But a Times-Union/ProPublica examination of statute 316.130(11) tickets given in four large counties from 2012 to 2017 found them rife with mistakes errors that can cost people not only money, but also put them at risk of losing their drivers licenses or having their credit ratings damaged.
In Broward County, for instance, around 70 percent of the more than 3,300 crosswalk tickets issued in those years were given in error, according to the Times-Union/ProPublica examination. In Hillsborough County, where more than 500 crosswalk tickets were given, the percentage of bad tickets was around 80 percent; in Orange County, around 56 percent of the almost 650 tickets were given erroneously.
The errors could be the result of an ignorance or misapplication of the statutes terms. Here is the language of the statute: Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
But the examination shows that officers routinely write tickets for people crossing the street in places that are not in between intersections with traffic lights. In short, people are being punished for failing to avail themselves of safety features that arent readily accessible.
Melba Pearson, deputy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said the Times-Union/ProPublica findings angered her.
I think its an absolute travesty that we have law enforcement that are giving out erroneous tickets, and dont have a firm grasp of the law, Pearson said. You should have at least have an understanding of the statute that youre using to create consequences in peoples lives.
The Times-Union and ProPublica last month examined pedestrian ticket enforcement in Duval County and found that there were hundreds of erroneous statute 316.130(11) tickets given in recent years. Scores of those bad tickets led to the suspension of drivers licenses. After Sheriff Mike Williams was told by a local City Council member that the Times-Union and ProPublica were asking questions about the statute, he asked the state attorneys offi...
We all had our suspicions about what FBI agent Peter Strzok meant by "insurance policy," which he wrote in a text to bureau lawyer Lisa Page, a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. The text was one of 10,000 that were sent between these two FBI officials from August 15, 2015-December 1, 2016; this one was sent to Page in August of 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported that according to agents familiar with Strzok's account, he was referring to the Russia investigation when he mentioned "insurance." He was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in August once he was informed about these communications; the DOJ inspector general was looking into their texts. Strzok, who was in counter-intelligence, was part of two key FBI investigations. He was involved in the Hillary Clinton email probe and the bureau's counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election, which he signed off on making this inquiry official back in July of 2016.
We are midway through the 60 days of winter darkness. Fight through it with our morning train reads: Why you cant cash out: Why Bitcoins price is largely fictional (David Gerard) In Americas Most Middle-Class City, the Mall Is Dying. Heres Why (Wall Street Journal) see also Americas Great Renter Boom Is Over (Slate) Let it go: The
A Fort Worth police officer's actions against an innocent woman were so disturbing that it actually prompted the department to fire him. The 22-year-veteran of the force, Sgt. Kenneth Pierce was fired this week after body camera footage showed him hold an innocent woman by the hair and arm and demand his rookie partner taser her. On Monday, a use of force review was completed which noted that Pierce's conduct that August night was "absolutely unacceptable." According to police, the incident began when Pierce and the rookie officer were called to an apartment complex for assistance regarding a domestic disturbance. The subsequent interaction was captured on body camera footage and was discovered during a mandatory "use of force" review, according to the department. Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald told reporters that Sgt. Pierce "impatient, initiated an unnecessary physical confrontation, and then ordered a rookie police officer to 'Tase' the woman." As the body camera footage shows, the rookie and Pierce confront the couple at a residence and demand that they turn around and face the wall. The woman in the video is entirely compliant and tells the officers that her baby is inside the home.
Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said he believed people in the FBI and the Justice Department were involved in "an orchestrated plan" to keep President Donald Trump from becoming president. Jordan said, "I think they were putting together a plan to stop Donald Trump from being the next president of the United States. I think it's amazing in spite of the fact that the Democrats were against him, the Republican establishment was against him, the mainstream press was against him. and now I believe the FBI and the Justice Department were against him, the American people still said that's the guy we want to be the next president."
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Good until the very end when he says some shit about Jesus wtf
BRUSSELS (Reuters) The EU executive launched an unprecedented process on Wednesday to suspend Polands voting rights in the European Union after two years of dispute over judicial reforms that Brussels says undermine Polish courts independence.
The European Commission, the guardian of EU law, will now ask the other EU governments to declare that Polands changes to the judiciary constitute a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values especially the rule of law.
However, it gave Warsaw, where a new prime minister took office only this month, three months to remedy the situation and said it could rescind its decision if it did so.
The Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland, the Commission said in a statement.
Judicial reforms in Poland mean that the countrys judiciary is now under the political control of the ruling majority. In the absence of judicial independence, serious questions are raised about the effective application of EU law.
The Commissions deputy head, First Vice President Frans Timmermans, who has conducted talks with the Polish government dominated by Law and Justice Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski for the past two years, said he was acting with a heavy heart but was obliged to take action to protect the Union as a whole.
We are open for dialogue 24/7, Timmermans said.
But he insisted: As guardians of the treaty, the Commission is under a strict responsibility to act If the application of the rule of law is left completely to the individual member states, then the whole of the EU will suffer.
Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Alastair Macdonald
Ice skaters enjoy the Galleria Mall in Houston. The mall was targeted for bombing by ISIS-supporter Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Postoak)
David Daoud Wright, 28, who was found guilty for orchestrating a plot to behead controversial counter jihad campaigner Pamela Geller, was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Wright was found guilty of conspiring to provide support to ISIS, acts of terrorism and obstructing justice in a Massachusetts court in October.
He recruited his uncle, Usaamah Rahim, 26, and Nicholas Rovinski, 26, to join him in the plot. Rahim was in contact with notorious ISIS recruiter Junaid Hussein (who was subsequently killed in a drone strike in Syria), who gave the group information about Pamela Geller for the plot.
Rahim was shot by police in Boston after he charged officers with a knife.
Rovinski pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization last year and testified against Wright.
The plot was inspired by a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) issued by the Islamic State calling for the head of Pamela Geller.
In another terrorism case, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 25, a Houston man who pleaded guilty in October 2016 to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Al Hardan was charged with attempting to create explosives and travel abroad to fight for ISIS. He was accused of plotting to bomb the Galleria and Sharpston malls in Houston.
Al Hardan, a refugee from Ira...
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I am involved with ransomware because it is fast, easy, and safe. This was the feedback we got when we asked the bad guys about the motivations for being involved with this emerging criminal enterprise. To be honest, this is not something that should come as a surprise. Many are involved with cybercrime because they feel that they are safe from arrest. It is also one of the few crimes that offer a helpdesk! Indeed More
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What might happen in Arkansas and national politics in 2018? Asking questions is easier than making predictions. So lets ask, in the order theyre likely to be answered.
Will Sen. Read the rest
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With Syria's nearly seven-year war now virtually over, the process of rebuilding the devastated country comes to the fore, with the financial cost of that effort put at $200 billion. Who pays for it? When you view the ruins of Aleppo alone, Syria's second biggest city, plus the carnage across the entire country, from towns, villages, bridges, roads, public utilities, hospitals, schools, and so on, the real figure for reconstruction could be far higher than $200 billion. Then there is the inestimable cost of human suffering and families decimated. All told, the reparations could amount to trillions of dollars. Comment: Syrian war has orphaned a million children - UN
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Smart movebecause we all know how much of a positive effect the protests, which Kaepernick started, have had on the NFL. From MSN: Maybe the P in P. Diddy stands for Panthers. Sean Combs, more commonly known as Diddy, hopes Continue reading
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Dozens of passengers traveling on two American cruise ships were involved in a bloody bus crash in Mexico that left at least 11 adults and one child dead early Tuesday, authorities said. Mexican officials did not immediately confirm the nationalities of the dead but said seven Americans and two Swedes were among the 18 people injured in the crash, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. The bus was en route to the popular Charcchoben ruins in Quintana Roo state when it apparently swerved off the road and flipped over. Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises confirmed that 27 passengers from two of its ships, Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved in the "heartbreaking" crash.
ISHIGAKI, JapanJapans military is laying the groundwork for batteries of antiship and antiaircraft missiles in a quiet, sugar-cane-filled valley here, as it girds to confront what Tokyo views as its greatest long-term threat: China.
Ishigaki is one of a string of subtropical islands in the far southwest of the Japanese archipelagothe closest is about 200 miles from Chinas coastthat defense officials are fortifying with troop garrisons, new weapons and a radar installation.
As China becomes more powerful and assertive and North Korea builds up its nuclear arsenal, Japan is rethinking its approach to defense and moving away from the policies of strict pacifism it has followed since its defeat in World War II.
Highlighting the dangerous nature of police and their propensity to point loaded weapons at unarmed people, a cop in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. just shot his fellow officer. Naturally, as in the case in most every accidental police shooting TFTP has covered, police are claiming the officer's weapons simply went off on its own. The incident began early Monday when police were called out to a residence at which a 26-year-old man was threatening his parents with a knife. According to police, the young man's father told officers that his son was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both. The first officers on the scene did an incredible job at de-escalating the situation and managed to convince the young man to drop the knife. "The officers got there, they had to talk the subject down for a good amount of time. They were able to get the knife away from him. But then the subject went into a defense posture, an aggressive posture. The officers took him to the ground, had to be tased," Police Capt. Dan Brinkman said. To recap, the 26-year-old man, who was "going after" his father, had been successfully disarmed and was being taken into custody by the officers who then tasered him when he resisted. During this struggle, another officer-who was not involved in the hands-on action-pulled his gun and fired off a round.
This video from the USA says about itself:
The True Story Behind the Film Spotlight (2003)
7 March 2016
Spotlight has been critically acclaimed, and has been included in many critics Top Ten Films of 2015 lists. The film has received over 100 industry and critics awards and nominations. About the book: here.
The American Film Institute selected Spotlight as one of the Top Ten Films of the year. The film garnered three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director for McCarthy, and Best Screenplay for McCarthy and Josh Singer. It was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Singer, Best Editing for Tom McArdle and Honorary Robert Altman Award for the cast. Rachel McAdams and the ensemble cast received Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, respectively.
The New York Film Critics Circle awarded Michael Keaton Best Actor award, while it won the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble cast at New York Film Critics Online Awards. Spotlight won the Best Film and Best Screenplay from Los Angeles Film Critics...
Memo to Rand Paul: Its time to fire up the copier again.
On Tuesday, the simmering controversy over Obamacare stability legislation came to the boil, as conservatives increasingly voiced objections at bailing out Obamacare and giving tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion coverage in the process. But the controversy centers around a deal of which the precise contents remain a closely guarded secret.
While Democrats deliberated on Obamacare in 2009 and 2010, Republicans frequently attacked the non-transparent process. Then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went so far as to call the laws backroom deals kind of [a] smelly proposition that empowered Democratic senators to extract some special deal for them at the expense of everyone else in the country.
But at least Democrats (eventually) made the text of the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase, Gator Aid, and other provisions public. For the Obamacare stability bill, Senate Republican leaders have yet to indicate exactly what legislation they wish to pass.
On the policy substance, Senate leadership has refused to disclose exact...
Congress passed historic, far-reaching tax reform legislation this week, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law soon after some technical fixes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cuts rates for most tax brackets, substantially reduces corporate and small business taxes, increases the standard deduction for individuals and couples, and eliminates many tax loopholes and deductions.
Since Republicans first rolled out their plan to implement tax reform, liberal pundits and Democrats have created and perpetuated a number of false claims about the legislation. Some are based on earlier bills, while others were crafted out of thin air to make it as difficult as possible for Republicans and President Trump to promote their plan to help Americans keep more of their own money.
Below are four of the worst tax reform myths, alongside whats really in Republicans tax reform legislation.
Perhaps the most widely repeated claim is that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is designed to help the wealthiest few Americans, while leaving the rest of us stuck with the bill. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cuts rates for nearly all seven brackets, for both singles and couples, and roughly doubles the standard deduction.
The new standard deduction will be $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples. Combined, these provisions ensure the overwhelming majority of lower- and middle-income filers will get a tax break. Most lower-income people wont be required to pay any taxes.
Further, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly improves the tax code for lower- and middle-income families with children by increasing the child tax credit from $1,000 per child to $2,000 per child. It also makes $1,400 of the tax credit refundable, which means many of those working adults with kids who dont pay any income tax will receive as much as $1,400 per child from other taxpayers when they file their taxes, reducing the other taxes they pay (like payroll taxes).
Its also worth noting that under current law, the child tax credit phases out beginning at $75,000 for individuals and $110,000 for couples. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act extends the limits to $200,000 for individuals and $400,000 for couples, which means the vast majority of middle-income families will now be able to use the credit.
Anyone claiming the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act only helps rich people also ignores that cutting corporate taxes and taxes imposed on small business owners creates jobs and improves economic growth. The Tax Foundation estimates tax reform will raise wages and create...
Its December, Christmas is right around the corner, and a new year awaits us. That means its time for one of my favorite genres in pop culture writing: the end-of-year listicle. So before we shift our attention to 2018, lets reflect on some of the best music to come out in 2017 (for last years list, go here).
An end-of-year list inevitably reflects the aesthetic sensibilities of its curator, so heres some background on my musical palate. My favorite genre is pop, although I take an expansive view of what pop can mean. I think its the one artform whose guiding preoccupation is to create the most pleasurable sound possible.
It is to be preeminently motivated by, and fundamentally committed to, the feeling of pleasure. Its overriding priority should not be to challenge or to be thought-provoking, as it is for other artforms. Without further ado, here are the 50 best songs of 2017.
The first single from the bands Abysmal Thoughts is a masterful example of how to layer driving pop vocals, shimmering guitars, and sky opening strings. Usually, one of these elements overwhelms the others, but the blend here is just right. Blood Under My Belt would have made the Top 50 list of any year in the 1980s, which is the best compliment I can give a band whose sound almost entirely comes from that era.
Rivers Cuomo and the gang have remarkable pop sensibilities. Try something: listen to a power pop standout from the bands heydaysay, My Name Is Jonasalongside Happy Hour. Youll find it hard to believe its the same band. Happy Hour feels as good as its namesake. Bottoms up.
Its hard to believe that a song that begins Yeah, n-gga. Where the maid at, man? She aint fold my socks, son. Sh-t is real, man will turn out to be the most moving of...
Back in 2014, the mainstream media was more than eager to cover the massive hack of Sony Pictures. The war on Christmas, however, seems to be the only explanation for why theyve failed to cover the recent hack of Hallmark Movie Studios Holiday Division. (The nonexistence of Hallmark Movie Studios Holiday Division and therefore the nonexistence of its hack might also explain their silence.)
Unlike with the Sony hack, most of the material released in the Hallmark cybercrime was rather boring stuffmemos about mini Bundt cakes in the Hugs and Self-Actualization room, etc. However, the most exciting piece of maliciously leaked material was the screenplay for an upcoming Christmas movie.
For those who complain that Hallmark movies are painfully formulaic, this one is a welcome reliefa unique and daring film with the courage to make bold narrative choices and form original character arcs. As a Christmas gift, here are some of the best bits of the script. Lets begin at the beginning.
If youre worried that this is yet another poorly developed Hallmark heroine with no purpose other than to serve as a stand-in for the viewer, dont fret. Carol is far from the average upper-middle-class white womans idealized self. Exhibit A:
After a fun title sequence that introduces us to the snow-covered Southern California town of Christmas Cove, Carol meets her prospective Prince Charming.
While Carol prepares his order, April urges her to give the gorgeous mourner her number. But alas, he leaves unexpectedly. In a regular Hallmark movie, this kind of impassible conflict is where the film normally ends, but with this genre-defying flick? Get ready for a major plot twist.
Carol tracks Dave down and, after 17 minutes of romantic stammering, he manages to ask her out, whereupon we discover the storys great conflict.
A bit of extra olive oil in your Greek salad? You will have to pay extra for it. Around one euro. As of 1. January 2018, refillable oil containers available to consumers at food offering facilities will be banned and replaced by non-refillable containers or small bottles. The measure was proposed to the Finance Ministry
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This year, an old evil that we thought was defeated began its resurrection. An ideology that killed millions in the twentieth century gained a band of fanatical young adherents who bellowed their creed of hatred in centers of learning and liberalism. They lofted the flags of a murderous totalitarian dictatorship, took to the streets in ominous matching uniforms with the paramilitary apparatus of makeshift shields and sticks, and used violence to shut up anyone who disagrees with them.
Oh, and the Nazis tried to make a comeback, too.
Yes, half of this story is the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, where a band of young neo-Nazi fanatics held a Tiki-torch-lit rally that I described as Nuremberg by way of Pier One Imports, or more memorably as Citronellanacht. But the other half is the rise of black-clad rioters who bill themselves as anti-fascists or Antifa, resurrecting an old banner created by German Communists.
If this sounds uncomfortably familiar, thats because its a replay of Germany in the late 1920s and early 30s: a politics dominated by street battles between Nazis and Communists. In my more pessimistic moments, I toyed with describing this as Weimar America.
My concern is that this is not just a leftover echo of the Civil War or the Civil Rights Movementthat its an attempt to create a permanent new conflict in American politics where the only alternatives are the racial politics of the far left versus the revived racial politics of the so-called alt-right. And both sides will seek to portray these as the only alternatives.
Dont like Political Correctness? Well, dont you think thats better than being a white supremacist? Believe me, if you try to discuss this, particularly on social media, you will get that argument and its exact counterpart in the other direction, over and over again.
Some people are already calling it Weimar America, a replay of the pre-Nazi Weimar Republic in Germany, with its running street battles between Fascists and Communists. Both sides had an interest in making everyone think these were the only two choices, and in drowning out any better alternatives. Weve already gotten a preview of that in the lame campus brawls between alt-right thugs and black-clad Communist antifa rioters. This sort of thing is not going to end well.
No, we are not in as grave a crisis as Germany...
I was up in the Berkshires a few weeks ago to visit my uncle. Every day, wed go into the main town closest to him, Great Barrington, to eat breakfast. The place is loaded with rich folk of a particular caste: Its more Volvos and Subarus than Mercedeses and Porsches up here.
You know, weekend warriors. Hedge fund managers decked head-to-toe in North Face gear, ready to hike the Appalachian Trail for all of three minutes; moneyed Stepford house-moms going Code Pink while their ethnically fashionable nanniesthis year, its Tibetans, I thinkwatch little Madison and Morgan Jr.
Gramps thought the two deadliest words in the English language were good job. On the Porthault Jours de Paris bed sheets that became our prosperous patriarchs catafalquethe guy liked a good bed linenhe was asked if he wanted to see a clergyman, and he responded by telling the offspring surrounding him, When Im dead, Ill turn to dust, and thats all there is. The guy wasnt a big hugger.
This is all to say that there are two types of rich folk: those who pretend they arent rich, and those who arent ashamed to be rollin in it. My old mans old man never wanted to play peasant-shack playtime by erecting some fake Hameu de la Rein like Marie Antoinette. He was Ebenezer Scrooge, and he liked it that way. America, baby. Thats why we came here in the first place.
As we walked around Great Barrington, I noticed a lot of stores with signs in Spanish and Arabic that read No matter where you are from, were glad youre our neighbor. The tra-la-la toy stores and other chichi shops all had window placards telling us that refugees are welcome here too.
I walked into the organic toy storewhatever that meansand asked the proprietor how many refugees had resettled in...
The birth of Christ has long been a parlor game among historians, at least those who accept the Matthew and Luke nativity narratives as having any historical saliency. This often includes conjecture over the Star of Bethlehem, nowadays assumed to have been one of many planetary conjunctions in the late first century BC, or an otherwise unrecorded supernova.
Unlike the crucifixion, which can be anchored to Passover dates, Christmas lacks an unambiguous scheduling mainstay on the calendar, and provides only tenuous references to the year of the heralded birth. The paucity of records during that period on the Roman Empires frontier raises doubts about the census described in Lukes second chapter. The only reference commonly adopted remains the death of Herod the Great, and even the year of its occurrence engenders controversy.
Relatively few ancient dates can be determined with specificity on the Julian calendar, such as the Battle of Actium on 2 September 31 BC or 723 AUC (Ab urbe condia) in the Ionian Sea; the death of Augustus on 19 August AD 14 or 767 AUC in Nola Italy; and the death of Tiberius on 16 March AD 37 or 790 AUC in Miseno Italy.
Both nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke emphasize Bethlehem of Judea, while Mark 1:9 and John 1:46 and 7:41-42 suggest Nazareth in Galilee for the messiahs origin. In particular, Matthew 2:1 declares that Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem during the reign of Herod the Great. Verses 14-22 reveal that Jesus family escaped Judea and stayed in Egypt until Herod died.
Luke 1:5 dates the nativity stories to the time of Herod, but then Luke 2:1-2 associates the birth of Jesus with a census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. The gospel accounts are difficult to reconcile, especially in view of purported chronologies available for Roman officials and their edicts.
Based on accounts by Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews available in Collected Works, historians since Emil Schrer (nineteenth century) correlate Herods death as 37 years after Rome bestowed kingship (Ant. 17.191). The year has been pegged to a preceding partial lunar eclipse on 13 March 4 BC or AUC 750 (Julian calendar), which coincided with the execution of two rabbis for desecrating an eagle icon.
However, as Jack Finegan reported in Handbook of Biblical Chronology, most early Christian authors ascribe the birth of Jesus to the 41st year of Augustus from late 3 BC to early 2 BC, including Irenaeus, Tertullian, Julius Africanus, Origen, Eusebius, and Epip...
The Last Jedi came out this past weekend, in case you are the only person in North America who didnt notice. From a strict movie point of view, its a hot mess. Theres a meandering plot, gratuitous scenes, campiness galore (Porgs? Really?), an occasional foray into SJW-land, and some incredibly unsatisfying moments. Who is Snoke? And in the name of all that is holy, why cant that giant ship catch the little one for half the movie?
Despite all of this and more, this movie moved me as few movies have done in recent memory. The reason is simple. It got the one thing right that matters.
Love means sacrifice. It means learning to be vulnerable, to fail, to be present even when it stinks, and it means doing something about what is wrong, even if the cost may seem more than you can bear. Thats what The Last Jedi got at a very base level.
Rey is willing to risk everything to turn Ben. Rose risks her life for Finn. Luke faces his failure for the sake of his sister. Time and time again, we see people acting in love for another. At one point in the movie, one of the new characters, Rose Tico, makes a profound statement: Thats how were gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love.
Our culture today is filled with hate, more than at any time that I can remember. We hate what we fear, what we dont understand, and above all, we hate those with whom we disagree. Spend five minutes on Facebook and tell me Im wrong. Especially for Christians, though, it would behoove us to remember that hating evil is not the point. What matters is the love to the loveless shown that they might lovely be, as the hymn attests.
Because of all this, I found myself weeping as I watched The Last Jedi. This is no small feat. I take drugs to prevent me from such emotions (thank you, SSRIs). But I couldnt help it. When a commercially driven Disney enterprise like the Star Wars franchise cant help but show that humanity is about self-giving, that is a cause for rejoicing.
That self-giving ties us to the image of God given to us in creation and restored in Jesus Christ. I dont think thats what director Rian Johnson had in mind, but any story of heroism and true sacrifice will ultimately point to The Sacrifice, whether the writer likes it or not.
The original Star Wars was at its heart a story of redemption, the redemption of one Anakin Skywalker. I havent decided yet if this trilogy has a redemption arc or something else. Time will tell, but this modern trilogy has elements that may point to a similar or related theme, like hope. We will have to see what J.J. Abrams and company have in mind.
If you want a nerdy interpretation of the movie, I recommend the podcast The Incomparable and their recent pane...
Tahirah Amatul Wadud (Photo: Video screenshot)
The newest Democratic congressional candidate in Massachusetts, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, is a prominent official of not one but two Islamist groups: Jamaat ul-Fuqra and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Clarion Project was the first to report on Amatul-Waduds political aspirations when she expressed her intentions to eventually become the governor of Massachusetts.
Now, the 44-year old attorney just announced that shes running in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District, challenging Rep. Richard Neal, who has held the seat since 1988. The media coverage has focused on her status as an attorney in Springfield and that she is a four-year member of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Her campaign website says she will improve national security by combating terrorism and supremacy in all its forms. She also...
The holidays have nearly arrived, but instead of fretting about how to keep your kids quiet on flights, you can relax. New parents often needlessly stress out about their babies crying, toddlers kicking seats, or older kids arguing in that tiny confined space known as an airplane.
But take it from me: Americans are not the grumpy travelers so often portrayed in movies or interviewed during travel segments at blizzard-bound locations. They are kind, kid-friendly, helpful, and gracious, all of humanitys best qualities mysteriously revealed at the sight of a stressed-out mom traveling with kids
There is plenty of reason to feel ruffled. Youve got the bagsone for everyoneand an extra for mom, possibly a stroller and a car seat to lug around.
Getting through security by yourself feels like taking a turn on American Ninja Warrior (how fast can you get your shoes off, shear the cover off your laptop, strip down all your top layers, shove it all in three plastic bins, and push it in a timely manner onto the screening belt before the guy behind you starts sighing?) Now try doing it with a toddler who wants to jump on the stalled security vehicle or skip the line and run through the screening booth without you.
But then your spirit is restored. Airport staff smile and deliver stickers, wing pins, and coloring bags. Crews offer kids a view of the cockpit and extra bags of pretzels. Airports now offer play stations in their terminals (thanks, Indianapolis!). Dozens of strangers have graciously played peekaboo with my little guy as he poked his head over the seat behind him.
In the past year, Ive taken 10 flights alone with my newly minted two-year-old and every time was like a countdown to a starting line. What kind of mood will my toddler be in today, and would we be sitting by an amenable party? Will we win the gold medal or come in last this time?
As he went ahead of me down the aisle to find our seats, I noticed that every single row of passengers (we board last to avoid sitting as long as possible) lit up at his curious, bashful stroll, making eye contact with all.
Thus far, Ive never gotten a side eye or irritated vibe from anyone, even when he cried nearly the entire flight last weekend. The man beside me assured me it was no bother. The woman behind us tapped me on the shoulder and offered her headphones to my son in case that would help. Another woman told me she was a grandma missing my grandkids and would do whatever she could to assist. There were plenty of high fives and fist bumps to go around as well.
Ive had folks help carry my bags out of the plane and get all-out silly to make my son smile. Once he just up and hugged a random womans legs and she was more th...
Consider this nightmare: Imagine that the United States helps create a militant regime hostile to individual liberty. Suppose this U.S.-funded, authoritarian regime becomes notorious for inciting violent attacks. Now imagine that Washington enables jihadists to gain political power within the regime. Then the authoritarians and jihadists join forces.
Chilling? Yes. Irrational? Yes. Far-fetched? Sadly, no. That, in a nutshell, is Americas actual relationship with the Palestinian Authority, a state-in-the-making. To fathom how we ended up in this absurd situation, look at Americas approach to the Palestinian movement.
A core problem is that our intellectual and political leaders push aside the need for a serious moral assessment of the Palestinian movements nature and goals. They disregard, play down, even whitewash the movements hostility to individual freedom. The situation today is the result of a bipartisan failure across many years.
In the 1990s, the United States helped establish the Palestinian Authority, a transitional quasi-state designed to become fully sovereign. It was supposed to be a step toward a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Its first president was the arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, who led the Palestinian movement. With an indifference to genuine moral judgment, the Clinton administration brushed aside Arafats heinous crimes and militant agenda, embraced him as a peacemaker, and whitewashed his vicious record.
Why? The Palestinian movement claimed it would recognize Israel and end the campaign to destroy that country, the regions only free society. Those promises were empty, yet Arafat became one of the most frequent foreign visitors to the White House and co-winner of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Instead, since its birth the Palestinian quasi-state has been yet another brutal, militant Mideast dictatorship, mocking the rule of law and methodically violating the individual rights of its own subjects. It has enabled and sponsored Palestinian attacks on Israel. In the first decade of its existence, more people were injured or killed in Palestinian attacks than in the preceding quarter-century, by a factor of two.
Despite these facts, the United States and European patrons played down the regimes authoritarianism and militancy, and continued backing it. Washington has lately given it about $400 million a year.
George W. Bushs administration compounded the problem. Bush, like Clinton, endorsed the goal of a fully sovereign Palestinian state. While the United States had for years given de facto backing to that goal, Bush was the first formally to go on the record in support of it. Despite his reputation as a morally principled leader, we have Bush to thank for handing Palestinian...
With my oldest daughter turning four years old, the age where we begin homeschooling in earnest is looming. One of the biggest obstacles to homeschooling is quite simple: how do I teach what I do not know? My math and Hebrew skills will only be passable for the first few years of instruction. I will be working on those.
The method we plan on using, named after the educator whose writing it is based on, Charlotte Mason, suggests hours of outdoors activity per day, complete with keeping a nature journal. Thus, Ive begun keeping my own nature journal, trying to teach myself art and outdoorsy stuff, like the names of plants, trees, and birds. Mason also recommends art appreciation and handicrafts in the curriculum, which means Ive been teaching myself that as well.
Although I attended relatively good schools, I am struck by how inadequate my education was in so many areas. In his biography of Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert paraphrased a letter Churchill sent home to his mother about why, at age 21, he planned to hire a tutor for himself. Churchill said, The desultory reading I have so far indulged in has only resulted in a jumble of disconnected & ill-assorted facts.
Gilbert goes on to paraphrase Churchill: Something more literary and less material would be the sort of mental medicine I need. All his life, he explained he had received a purely technical education aimed at passing some approaching examination. As a result my mind has never received the polish which for instance Oxford or Cambridge gives. At these places one studies questions and sciences with a rather higher object than mere practical utility. One receives in fact a liberal education.
That liberal education is precisely what I intend to impart on my children and what drew me to the Charlotte Mason method. What fills me with the most nervousness about homeschooling isnt the stuff I dont know (I can teach myself fifth grade math), but the weighty task of an education in faith. Not just how to parse through the weeks Torah portion or how to pray using a Hebrew prayer book, but actual faith.
I was raised by an agnostic Catholic mother (my Jewish father was largely absent, yet I adopted his faith as my own) and was never given any solid instruction in religion, let alone faith. I was told as a child that Jews were people of the Book, and not realizing what the Book was, I assumed it referred to the bookishness of the many Jewish people I knew. I loved books, and thus declared myself Jewish. My mother went along with my pronouncement, but did little in the way of educating me in either Judaism or Catholicism.
Despite being raised somewhat adrift religiously, I found myself...
There was a whole lot of fake news flying around the television airwaves in 2017.
Remember that time The View co-host Joy Behar threw her hands up in the air and cheered when it was reported that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was going to testify against President Trump? Yeah, that was totally fake news. The reporter who wrote the story, Brian Ross, was suspended from his job at ABC News over the incident.
Earlier this year, MSNBCs Mika Brzezinski let it slip that she thinks its the news medias job to tell Americans what to think.
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, many media pundits blamed Republicans and mocked their calls for thoughts and prayers for the victims of the horrible tragedy.
From hyping up untrue reports on the Russia probe to slobbering all over former President Obama, heres a video montage of the most cringe-worthy media moments of the past year.
Back in 2009, voter-protection activist Jonah Goldman pleaded with senators to upgrade a voter registration system that was a nightmare, and badly in need of modernization.
Eight years later, little has changed, and the integrity of the US electoral process is in serious jeopardy.
Subsequent studies of voter registration in the US confirm the system is shot through with major flaws. A 2012 Pew Foundation report documented voters who thought they had been registered showing up on election day only to discover they were not on the voting rolls. A 2016 study by the Brennan Center found similar problems in many states.
In 2009, the Brennan Center studied the voting systems of 16 democracies. It found the United States was one of only four that put the responsibility for registering solely on the voter.
Turnout on Election Day is determined by many factors: the get-out-the-vote efforts of the two political parties, burdensome voter ID laws in some states, the time period allotted for early voting, the number of polling places, and how long they are open. All these are important, but voter registration is the first necessary step for citizens to participate in the democratic process.
Today the single biggest barrier to voting in the US is our antiquated voting system Under our current system, many voters follow cumbersome and needlessly complex registration rules, former Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year.
Current registration laws in the US still largely place the onus on the voter to register. The opt-in system relies on potential voters to fill out separate paper records to get registered.
In 2009, the Brennan Center studied the voting systems of 16 democracies. It found the United States was one of only four that put the responsibility for registering solely on the voter.
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Documentary filmmaker Josh Fox recently joined the McResistance pile-on attacking 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Community's attempts to bully and harass her campaign with a senseless high-profile and time-consuming document search. In a spectacular display of unfathomable narcissism, Fox publicly cited the fact that the Stein campaign ignored his offer to help build the Green Party in exchange for dropping out in swing states as evidence that it was "NOT a serious campaign" and "a sham". Like that's a thing. Like any serious presidential campaign anywhere would consider dropping out of multiple states in exchange for the help of some random documentary guy.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Bashar al-Assad was the enemy of millions of his own people and in no position to lecture France, after the Syrian leader accused Paris of supporting terrorism. After a string of strong comments by French officials blaming Assad's government for atrocities and failed talks, Assad said on Monday France was supporting bloodshed in Syria, making it unfit to talk about peace settlements. "France spearheaded support for terrorism and their hands are soaked in Syrian blood from the first days and we do not see they have changed their stance fundamentally," Assad was quoted in state media as saying. "Those who support terrorism have no right to talk about peace," Assad added.
An astonishing number of things that scientists know about brains and behavior are based on small groups of highly educated, mostly white people between the ages of 18 and 21. In other words, those conclusions are based on college students. College students make a convenient study population when you're a researcher at a university. It makes for a biased sample, but one that's still useful for some types of studies. It would be easy to think that for studies of, say, how the typical brain develops, a brain is just a brain, no matter who's skull its resting in. A biased sample shouldn't really matter, right? Wrong. Studies heavy in rich, well-educated brains may provide a picture of brain development that's inaccurate for the American population at large, a recent study found. The results provide a strong argument for scientists to pay more attention to who, exactly, they're studying in their brain imaging experiments.
Un-Merry Christmas: The Perverse Incentives to Over-Consume and Over-Spend by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Isnt it obvious that if we set out to design the most perverse, toxic and doomed system possible, wed end up with the...
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AFP/File | Relations between Taipei and Beijing have rapidly deteriorated since the inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen last year
The two sides split after a civil war in 1949. Although Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy, it has never declared independence.
The latest drills come just days after Chinas warplanes flew to the Sea of Japan, prompting South Korea and Japan to scramble jets.
Taiwans defence ministry announced Wednesday that Beijing had sent several planes including fighter jets through the Bashi Channel south of the island to the Pacific, and back.
Chinas long-distance (drills) have become more frequent, it said, but urged Taiwanese people not to worry.
It added that it would dispatch its own aircraft and ships to monitor drills according to protocol.
Relations between Taipei and Beijing have rapidly deteriorated since the inauguration last year of President Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to acknowledge both sides are part of one China.
Beijing has cut all official communication with Taipei and stepped up pressure on Tsais government, including staging a string of naval and air drills near Taiwan since last year.
Local media reports estimate Chinese warplanes have conducted drills around Taiwan at least 20 times this year, compared with a total of eight times last year.
In August, a Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwans air defence identification zone (ADIZ) during a drill, prompting Taiwan to urge restraint.
The ADIZ stretches beyond Taiwans airspace and is used to give early warning of possible incursions.
Five Chinese warplanes entered South Koreas ADIZ during Mon...
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is working its way through both chambers in an attempt to make it onto President Trumps desk before Christmas. One amendment added by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has some advocates of the school choice movement very enthusiastic while critics say its a symbolic gesture unlikely to have much of an impact.
The amendment will expand the use of 529 plans that currently allow families to save money using after tax dollars without having to pay taxes on the accumulated amount (principal and interest) when the savings are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Specifically, 529s allow savers and investors to save for education purposes because income gained through these accounts are subject to less taxation. Specifically, 529s help investors better avoid dividend and capital gains taxes which can be as high as 28 percent. The plans also help taxpayers avoid income taxes on interest earned through the accounts.
So far, 529s have only been legal for use in higher education expenses. Cruzs amendment, however, would expand the accounts to include k-12 expenses such as private and religious schools, homeschooling materials, online education courses, as well as tutoring for students with developmental disabilities for amounts up to $10,000 per year.
In addition to expanding the use of the savings account, the amendment also includes language allowing families to open the 529 plans at the moment of the childs conception as opposed to their birth, thus expanding the time during which funds can be accumulated.
Critic Nora Gordon, an economist and associate professor at Georgetown University is not supportive: I think the only taxpayers who will be in a position to benefit from the 529 change are very rich people," she goes on to explain that to reap the benefits of this expansion families will be required to save a lot of money very early on.
While it may be true that more affluent families can afford to put more money into these accounts it doesnt change the fact that this will potentially allow all families to gain more control over their own savings.
If a family sends its children to a private school k-12 school instead of a failing public school, that family should be free to make that decision on their own and be taxed less to do so. Since attending a failing public school might prevent the child from aspiring to higher education at all, using the money for a bet...
At the end of October, the US Patent and Trademark Office renewed a rule allowing anyone to jailbreak a 3D printer to use unapproved filament. For those of you following along from countries that havent sent a man to the moon, a printer that requires proprietary filament is DRM, and exceptions to the legal enforceability DRM exist, provided these exceptions do not violate US copyright law. This rule allowing for the jailbreaking of 3D printers contains an exception so broad it may overturn the rule.
A few months ago, the US Copyright Office renewed a rule stating that using unapproved filament in a 3D printer does not violate US Copyright law. The language of this rule includes the wording:
The exemption shall not extend to any computer program on a 3D printer that produces goods or materials for use in commerce the physical production of which is subject to legal or regulatory oversight
This exception is extraordinarily broad; any 3D printers can produce aircraft parts (subject to FAA approval) and medical devices (subject to FDA approval). In effect, if a 3D printer has the ability to produce objects subject to regulatory oversight, the exception allowing the use of filament not approved by the manufacturer does not apply. Additionally, it should be noted that any object produced on a 3D printer that is subject to regulatory oversight is already regulated theres no reason to drag the Copyright Office into the world of 3D printed ventilation masks or turbine blades.
[Michael Weinberg], legal guy for Shapeways and President of the Open Source Hardware Association has filed a petition with the US Copyright Office, asking the Office to eliminate this exception to the existing rule surrounding DRM and 3D printers. You are encouraged to submit a comment in support of this petition by March 14th.
Lawn Chairs at Lowes - Chairs have been around for centuries, and only continue getting better. With the incorporation of new materials, technologies, and layoutthey feel better. Chairs are crucial parts of equipment in almost any home, office, or general setting. And even though seats are sometimes seen as "just a bit of gear", it doesn't indicate that it has to be tasteless and uneasy. To the contrary, seats on the market now are comfortable, and are very affordable.
Aside from some certain chairs in our house, almost all of our seat period is invested on Office Chairs. This is 1 area of performance and chair design that's become its own. Manufacturers are recognizing that people desire office chairs which provide comfort and won't send you home with a back ache. Or perhaps you are concerned about your clients' comfort that visit with your workplace. Office seats, although they do seem like it's been designed with relaxation in mind. Your body will love you if sitting for 2-3 hours at this seat. A good office chair should not be overlooked as an important item of equipment.
For home or home, Ergonomic Chairs are all worth taking a peek at. They use to be considered as a part of medical equipment but are selling at a fast pace. You understand what I am talking, if you have ever had trouble. These seats are made to enhance posture and take the pressure off shoulders and your back, giving you a more relaxed position. Many seats nowadays are intended to fold so that they can be stored in an upright or flat position, if you think they seem bulky, think again.
Coleman Broadband Quad Chair - Parsons seats come in variations that choosing the one could be a bit daunting. This manual has been constructed to help you pick parsons chairs to match your house decor style. Whether you're trying to find a set of one or parsons dining seats or 2 seats to use for dwelling space accents, this guide will steer you in the ideal direction.
They consider big, formal dining rooms and rooms when people visualize a traditional dcor. A furnished, richly upholstered parsons seat does seem positively regal! However parsons chairs can be accommodated for more casual surroundings. These designs are classic and tastefulgoing out of fashion. Traits of parsons style chairs that are classic consist of legs . The thighs are usually in the "s-curved" Queen Anne design-- also known as cabriole legs - or at the bolder Chippendale fashion. The chair backs are crescent scrolled or camel contour. Conventional parsons chairs could be fully skirted, with box or triple pleats for a look.
You've got extensive options when choosing upholstery for a conventional fashion parsons chair. Choose a fabric that matches the color scheme and overall mood of the room. One idea would be to pair a mild fabric-- either sound colored or patterned-- using a wood. Light blue Ivory or soft green are all options. Designed chairs can stand up to heavier prints and rich colors, such as patterns that are scrolled florals , verdant greens, burgundies blues and golds. Nailhead trim, tassels and stainless steel rings are upholstery accents.
As the year draws to a close, Carbon Brief takes a look at 2017s top climate and energy stories through the medium of numbers
For CO2 emissions to fall, they first have to peak. And research published this year suggests that this is already happening.
The report, produced by the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI), suggests that 49 countries which include the UK, US, Australia, Brazil and Canada have seen their emissions peak, representing around 36% of current global emissions.
Carbon Brief created an interactive chart of WRIs data as part of our coverage.
Carbon Brief (@CarbonBrief) November 29, 2017
But how much time does the world collectively have left to reduce its emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change?
At the beginning of the year, Carbon Brief published our traditional carbon budget update, revealing that just four years of current CO2 emissions would blow whats left of the budget for a good chance of keeping global temperature rise to 1.5C.
However, in September, a new study published in Nature Geoscience proposed that there might be a little more breathing space to meet the 1.5C limit than previously thought.
As lead author Dr Richard Millar explained in a guest post, the study estimates the remaining 1.5C carbon budget from today onwards. This contrasts to previous methods which have been based on cumulative emissions to date. As a result, Millars study put the remaining 1.5C budget at around 20 years of current emissions.
The paper caused quite a stir, with parts of the media claiming that climate models the basis for carbon budget estimates are wrong and have overstated the observed warming of the planet.
Heres another one to add to the list of ideas that wont happen. In high school, a friend of mine and I hit upon the idea of writing an illustrated book of unusual family customs. Sort of a Martha Stewart idea guide gone horribly wrong: quirky and surrealistic customs that families could enact with great seriousness, raising their kids as though the custom was perfectly normal. In his book The Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman hits on one: the kids in the family are taught that, on presidents day, you are supposed to go to school and cosplay your favorite president. Other schoolkids did not understand why the child showed up claiming to be Millard Fillmore.
One of the jewels in our collection of ideas was the santa traps. The idea is, you build elaborate Rube Goldberg-style traps around the base of the fireplace, hoping to capture or even kill santa claus. That way, you get all the presents. Back in 2002 I mentioned this to someone I knew who had kids, and her husband thought the idea was so great that they actually did it the youth contingent and dad kicked in and made a rubber-band activated plywood bear trap, which they put at the hearth of the fireplace, baited with cookies and a stocking.
Unfortunately, santa is on to this custom; the next morning, there were still presents around the tree, the cookies were gone, and the stocking for dad was hung full of coal.Apparently the kids (as kids do) went to school and bragged about how they almost killed santa claus
I promise Im not farming you for ideas; the book is never going to happen. Anyone got any ideas for other fun war on christmas family traditions?
Seinfelds Airing of the Grievances and The Feats of Strength [fest] are pretty good.
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Due to TV, which shows us false families, we overrate the importance of the environmental and underrate the importance of genetics:
But heres a totally different explanation for popular misconceptions about nature and nurture. Throughout most of human history, if you knew someone, you usually knew his family as well. When you grow up in a village, you make friends; and once you make friends, you regularly interact with their relatives.
In the modern world, in contrast, we are much less likely to meet the family. You almost never meet your co-workers families. And you often barely know the families of your close friends. Perhaps strangely, most of the families that we know well are the fictional families of popular culture. The Pritchetts. The Bluths. The Whites. The Sopranos. Ive spent more time with the Simpson family than every family besides the Caplan family.
So what? Well, with rare exceptions, the actors who comprise t.v. families arent even remotely related. Do your ancestors come from the same continent? Then by t.v. logic, you could be brothers and were conditioned not to find the fictional relationships ridiculous. Furthermore, since drama rests heavily on conflict and contrast, every family member gets a distinctive personality and social niche. What t.v. family has three studious kids or three class clowns? Even a show like Shameless blends full-blown degenerates with nice people to handle damage control.
The result: We have little first-hand familiarity with actual biological families. But popular culture fosters that illusion that we do. Most of the biological families that we know are in fact adopted all the way down. The main exception being kids roles where two twins play the same role to ease compliance with child labor laws!
That is from Bryan Caplan.
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Rather than order an inquiry into the Congress-led UPA Governments hasty and substandard construction of such a large and potentially risky nuclear power plant, the BJP-led NDA government has signed agreements with Russia for four more plants that will not work and may blow up.
When the fisherfolk of Idinthakarai and the people of
Koodankulam fought against the power plant, it was not merely a
fight to save their region. The fight was on behalf of the nation,
Most of us in Tamil Nadu and the rest of India stood by and watched
the state brutalise and humiliate them./. Now that four more units
are proposed in the same place where two units stand as monumental
testimonies of the corruption and rot that India and Russia stand
for, lets not leave it to the people of Idinthakarai to do the
heavy lifting. This madness has to stop. And the job of stopping
this madness cannot be outsourced. (Excerpt from Nityanand
Jayaraman-Dianuke article, below.)
Koodankulam Nuclear Power Protest PMANE, Dianuke.org
from Warrior Publications
With second-floor sleeping bunks, shelves stocked with food and a crackling fire in the woodstove, Dale Andrew Poulettes newly constructed straw bale home is the perfect place to spend the winter.
Except for one thing hes trespassing.
The new structure, at 625 Riverside Rd., just outside of Stewiacke, N.S., on the banks of the Shubenacadie River, sits on land owned by AltaGas, the company behind the Alton Natural Gas Storage project.
The building, which was constructed over a one-month period this fall, is on Alton property, said company spokesperson Lori MacLean, and it was built without the companys permission.
That doesnt discourage Poulette.
The 32-year-old, originally from Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton, said he doesnt plan on leaving.
Im going to live here to make it clear that if you want to keep putting projects up like this, were going to have more people like me that are willing...
The idea seems like the perfect marriage of environmentalism and capitalism: Landowners give up their right to develop a piece of property, and in exchange they receive a special tax deduction. Nature is preserved and everybody benefits.
Thats traditionally how what are known as conservation easements worked. In Californias Napa Valley, for example, a former biology professor and museum director named Giles Mead agreed not to develop 1,318 hilltop acres in 1983 and got a deduction in return. The property, Mead Ranch, features vernal pools and rare and endangered plants. Two entirely new species were discovered there. Bears, bobcats and mountain lions roam the grounds. Mead allowed groups of hikers, birders, and plant enthusiasts to visit. He sometimes greeted them with glasses of wine from the familys vineyard. Since Meads death, his daughter has kept the property available to the public.
A growing number of recent easement donations, however, are driven by a more commercial reward an outsized tax deduction for wealthy investors. Known as syndications (or syndicated partnerships, since theyre typically offered in that structure), theyre deals orchestrated by middlemen with the goal of big payoffs for all of the participants, many of whom have never visited the land in question.
One example: the former Millstone Golf Course outside of Greenville, South Carolina. Closed back in 2006, it sat vacant for a decade. Abandoned irrigation equipment sat on the driving range. Overgrowth shrouded rusting food and beverage kiosks. The lands proximity to a trailer park depressed its value. In 2015, the owner put the property up for sale, asking $5.8 million. When there were no takers, he cut the price to $5.4 million in 2016.
Later in 2016, however, a pair of promoters appeared. They gathered investors who purchased the same parcel at the market price and, with the help of a private appraiser, declared it to be worth $41 million, nearly eight times its purchase price. Why? Because with that new valuation and a bit of paperwork, the investors were suddenly able to claim a tax deduction of $4 for each $1 they invested.
Such transactions are booming today, transforming an incentive for charitable gifts into a windfall for the wealthy looking to save big on their taxes. The provision theyre exploiting is the single most generous charitable deduction in the tax code, according to experts.
The use of syndicated easement deductions has exploded in recent years, according to Brookings Institution economist Adam Looney, who began researching the subject while serving as a top tax official in the Obama Treasury Department. They cost the Treasury between $1.2 billion and $2.1 billion,...
On November 13, 2017, the BBC dropped a bombshell report that exposed how the U.S. cut a secret deal with hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families to leave the Syrian city of Raqqa under the gaze of the U.S. and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. The convoys reportedly included some of ISIS most notorious members, as well as its foreign fighters and tonnes of weapons and ammunition.
Almost a month later, Reuters reported that a high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces in Syria had revealed that the number of ISIS fighters given safe passage by the U.S.-led coalition was actually in the thousands, not hundreds. This account was seconded by a security official in Turkey despite the fact that Turkey and the Kurdish militia do not typically see eye to eye).
Agreement was reached for the terrorists to leave, about 4,000 people, them and their families, the defector said, as quoted by Reuters, adding that all but about 500 were fighters.
The defector also noted that the fighters were headed toward Deir ez-Zor, Syrias most oil-rich region. The U.S. had been eager to bomb Deir ez-Zor for some time prior to the deal, and allowing ISIS safe passage to get there would merely give them the pretext to do so. In June of this year, regional outlet Al-Masdar released a video that appeared to show convoys of ISIS fighters leaving Raqqa, as well, though the media paid very little attention to this.
All of this begs the question: If the U.S. allowed 4,000 ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa, who on earth were they bombing during their brutal siege? Donald Trumps illegal air campaign killed well over 1,800 civilians and brought the city to ruin to the point that Russia accused the U.S. of wiping Raqqa off the face of the earth. The U.S. government knew ISIS was leaving the city safely but kept on bombing it into devastation, anyway.
Raqqa Secret Deal Barely Scratches the Surface
Now that we know the U.S. is amenable...
Jared Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, is interviewed at the Saban Forum on the topic of Israeli-Palestinian peace and his talking points get crushed by Israeli telecom billionaire Haim Saban. David Pakman discusses this.
In 2069, if all goes according to plan, NASA could launch a spacecraft bound to escape our solar system and visit our next-door neighbors in space, the three-star Alpha Centauri system, according to a mission concept presented last week at the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union and reported by New Scientist. The mission, which is pegged to the 100th anniversary of the moon landing, would also involve traveling at one-tenth the speed of light.
Last year, Representative John Culberson called for NASA to launch a 2069 mission to Alpha Centauri, but it was never included in any bill.
Meanwhile, researchers have analyzed spectrographic data for the Alpha Centauri system and found that small, rocky exoplanets are almost certainly undiscovered due to current detection limits:
The researchers set up a grid system for the Alpha Centauri system and asked, based on the spectrographic analysis, "If there was a small, rocky planet in the habitable zone, would we have been able to detect it?" Often, the answer came back: "No."
Zhao, the study's first author, determined that for Alpha Centauri A, there might still be orbiting planets that are smaller than 50 Earth masses. For Alpha Centauri B there might be orbiting planets than are smaller than 8 Earth masses; for Proxima Centauri, there might be orbiting planets that are less than one-half of Earth's mass.
In addition, the study eliminated the possibility of a number of larger planets. Zhao said this takes away the possibility of Jupiter-sized planets causing asteroids that might hit or change the orbits of smaller, Earth-like planets.
(For comparison, Saturn is ~95 Earth masses,...
19 December 2017 Shocked at the incomprehensible killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee protester by Israeli security forces, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to open an independent and impartial investigation into the incident.*
International human rights law strictly regulates the use of force in the context of protests and demonstrations. The lethal use of firearms should only be employed as the last resort, when strictly unavoidable, in order to protect life, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on 19 December 2017.
However, as far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh [the protester] was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed, he added, stressing: Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible a truly shocking and wanton act.
According to the news release, Ibrahim Nayef Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old man from Gaza, who reportedly had both legs amputated after an Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008, was among hundreds of Palestinians marching across farmland towards a fence following Friday prayers on 15 December to protest against the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
He appears to have been killed by a bullet to the head when he was approximately 20 meters from the fence, it added.
Given his severe disability, which mu...
Source: Crime Russia: http://crimerussia.com/
No baskets of any kind: officials refuse to accept New Years gifts because of fear to repeat Ulyukaevs fate, 23:09 / 19.12.2017
Heads of many Russian departments have introduced a strict ban of gift baskets and other large presents. The most officials are ready to accept a calendar and a card, as media report.
Staff of large departments and state corporations refuse gifts, which representatives of business send traditionally on the eve of holidays. As five employees of the ministries and state corporations told The Bell, after Uluykaevs adjudgement, at most what officials are ready to accept are cards and calendars.
Baskets are impossible, in any kind, neither with food, nor with wine, nor even with flowers people jump aside of them just on an entrance, the media quotes one of the assistants of the unnamed Minister.
At the same time, an employee of a large industrial holding told that last year officials have become careful with the gifts already then many of them accepted only books and calendars, but after Ulyukaevs arrest nothing became possible in general. The Bell source in the large metallurgical company added that they turn couriers with gifts down just in front of an entrance.
They are especially careful with the gifts from oil industry workers, the director of the department of one of the ministries tells.
Thus, according to the interlocutor, not only the story with Ulyukaev frightens, but also, for example, Nikita Belykhs taking into custody. The bribe for the former Head of the Kirov region was packed into a gift package too, the official notices.
Other federal official showed how it is necessary to work if an employee of Rosneft approaches you with a gift on his own experience. I take my hands behind the back and say: And happy New Year for you too, but I will not accept a gift. Take it away and never bring it here, the media quote the careful governmental employee.
To recall, according to materials of court, former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev received 2 million dollars from head of Rosneft Igor Sechin in a bag with a gift basket with sausages and fruit from the company. The ex-Minister assured that it seemed to him there was a gift wine in the bag.
To remind the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sentenced Alexey Ulyukaev to eight years of maximum-security penal colony, 130 million rubles ($2.2 million) of a fine and also kept the seized property of the former official. Ulyukaevs protection appealed against the sentence. Tags: Moscow C...
Source: Crime Russia: http://crimerussia.com:
Former Economic Development Minister Ulyukaev asks for warm clothes, food and medicine, 13:08 / 18.12.2017
Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) denied the refusal of a convicted official to receive a parcel.
Executive secretary of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission Ivan Melnikov denied information that the ex-Minister of Economic Development, convicted for 8 years of a strict-regime colony for bribing, refused to receive parcels to the remand prison, TASS reports. According to Melnikov, Ulyukaev needs warm things, products and medicines.
Melnikov said that during their meeting in the pre-trial detention center the ex-Minister said that he wants to get fresh cottage cheese, homemade cakes, fruits and vegetables from relatives. However, the internal regulations of prisons prohibit baking and cheese, so Ulyukaev will be able to receive only vegetables and fruits.
Also, according to the PMC secretary, the convict needs warm things. In particular, a jacket and underwear.
In the pre-trial detention center the ex-Minister was taken without any belongings. In addition, Ulyukaev will be given drugs prescribed by the doctor at large.
Earlier, the Izvestia newspaper reports referring to deputy chairman of the Moscow PMC Eva Merkacheva that Ulyukaev refused to receive parcels.
On December 15, the Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court found Alexey
Ulyukaev guilty of taking a bribe on an especially large scale. He
was convicted of a bribe of $2 million, given by Rosneft head Igor
Sechin as a reward for an affirmative opinion that allowed the
company to acquire a state-owned stake in Bashneft. Ulyukaev was
sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in a strict-security prison and a
fine of 130 million rubles ($2.2m).
Tags: Moscow Courts Rosneft Ministry of Economic Development
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Update: On Dec 19, 2017, Tsastilqualus was arrested for trespass and released, and made this comment:
I have been released but have notice to appear Feb 5 2018 at 2:00 pm, will post more in a bit, also our fish farms out now page is being followed by the po po they had some photo copies made of some of my posts ,, we can never think closed pages are safe either
Tsastliqualus Ambers, a sixty-five year old Maamtagila grandmother and Indigenous rights activist from Yalis ( Alert Bay) faces potential arrest tomorrow on the 67th day of the indigenous-led, all-womens Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp occupation outside of government offices complicit in the demise of the traditional salmon food fishery of her peoples.
The occupation which she began on October 13th at the constituency offices of Premier John Horgan, later moving to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), is in solidarity with fish farm occupations happening in the Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw territories, aimed at bringing about an end to a 30 year era of open-net Atlantic salmon aquaculture operating without Indigenous consent on territorial waters in the Broughton archipelago.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence confirming what local Indigenous communities have long known, that the presence of disease and parasite infested open-net fish farms on the migratory routes of wild salmon, have been a major and undeniable factor in the decline of wild salmon stocks, negatively impacting communities from Alert Bay to the upper reaches of the Fraser River.
At the request of the DFO, last week, the owner of the property at 4250 Commerce Circle, where the DFO offices are located, demanded that the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp be taken down and vacate the premises or be subject to arrest for trespassing. Police are expected on site Monday, Dec...
South China Morning Post
Raids on homes of four officials from pro-mainland New Party showed Taiwan was wantonly cracking down on opposition
Published on Tuesday were a set of 60 kernel patches rolling out "hyper_dmabuf" as a means of allowing DMA-BUF buffers to be exchanged between virtual machines...
Orthopedic Seat Cushions for Chairs - You are able to tell if your church seats are due for replacement. It is no secret that even worn chairs out isn't comfortable. They therefore are visually unappealing, as well as structurally unsound and reflect on a church. Structurally compromised seating can give way at any moment, potentially embarrassing or hurting a family member member.
When buying church seats, quality is more non-negotiable; it is always far better to invest in a couple of pops of quality seats that will endure for years to come as opposed to buy a space full of inexpensive seats which will begin to fall apart at the seams in the moment they are first used. You get exactly what you purchase, in regards to seating. While quality seats may not be cheap, they offer a worth that is far greater, as they'll last longer than lower quality seats. Investing in chairs will provide your congregation an worship experience and a comfortable surroundings.
It may be difficult to get church chairs if the church is currently overwhelmed by other monetary obligations. Luckily, there are a few tips that you could use in the face of a church funding that is tight to make sure that you are able to buy quality church chairs.
The Aliens Are Coming, Trump Gets Emails Stolen Video We Are Change In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on Donald Trump getting his transition emails stolen by Robert Mueller, the track record...
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The accounting firm has refused to hand over audit papers relating to China Medical Technologies despite a 2016 court order
In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide people residing in a country other than their country of birth was the highest ever recorded, having reached 244 million (from 232 million in 2013).
As a share of the world population, however, international
migration has remained fairly constant over the past decades, at
around 3 per cent. While female migrants constitute only 48 per
cent of the international migrant stock worldwide, and 42 per vent
in Asia, women make up the majority of international
migrants in Europe (52.4 per cent) and North America (51.2
South-South migration flows (across developing countries) continued to grow compared to South-North movements (from developing to developed countries): in 2015, 90.2 million international migrants born in developing countries resided in other countries in the Global South, while 85.3 million born in the South resided in countries in the Global North.
Germany became the second most popular destination for international migrants globally (in absolute numbers), following the...
Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar for Bangladesh. (Photo: Kevin Fraser/Getty Images)
Myanmar continues to mistreat the Rohingya minority despite a deal signed with Bangladesh, according to Human Rights Watch. Around two-thirds of the Rohingya population fled Myanmar following a military crackdown that began in August.
Satellite images seen by Human Rights Watch showed villages that were torched following the deal, reportedly signed on November 23. In that deal, Myanmar agreed to allow some 655,000 Rohingya back into the country after they escaped to Bangladesh.
The images show damage to 40 villages. Human Rights Watch says the extent of the damages shows it is not safe for Rohingya refugees to return.
The Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are not recognized as citizens, despite many having lived there for generations. Instead they are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Large numbers of migrants from Bangladesh came in while Britain ruled the area. After independence in 1948, they were never recognized by the government of Myanmar. The army has driven out thousands of Rohingya. There are widespread reports of massacres, torture and rapes. In September, Myanmar was accused of beheading children.
Migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in health-care provision, while their own rights to health and well-being can be eroded and their health-care needs unfulfilled, the UN leading health agency reminded on the occasion of the World Migrants Day on 18 December.
Ageing in late industrial and middle-income economies, combined with rising demographic dependency ratios and female labour force participation, have led to emerging care deficits in many contexts in developed and developing countries, it explained.
Around the world, more women are entering the labour force, taking them away from traditional unpaid caring roles in the home. Increasingly, immigrant women are being drawn into receiving country economies to care, often in informal settings, and freque...
The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session to vote on a measure that would require the US to rescind its decisions regarding Jerusalem. The US vetoed a Security Council vote on a similar measure on Monday.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday warned she would report back to President Donald Trump with the names of countries that supported a draft resolution rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, following a UN General Assembly vote to take place on Thursday.
The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session to vote on the measure which the US vetoed on Monday.
The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, including key US allies such as Italy, Japan, Britain, France and Ukraine.
While the five permanent members of the Security Council the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China had veto power in the first vote, there are no vetoes at the General Assembly.
The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us, said a letter from Haley seen by AFP.
We will take note of each and every vote on this issue, she wrote to several UN ambassadors.
On Twitter, Haley posted that the US will be taking names during the vote on Thursday at the 193-nation assembly.
Greeces parliament on Tuesday approved the 2018 state budget, which includes further austerity measures beyond the official end of the countrys third international bailout next summer. All 153 lawmakers from the left-led governing coalition backed the budget measures in a late vote, while the 144 opposition lawmakers present rejected them. Three were absent from the
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In a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Damascus, Assad also welcomed a United Nations role in Syrian elections as long as it was linked with Syria's sovereignty, his office cited him as saying. Assad has repeatedly vowed to take back all of Syria. A U.S.-led international coalition against Islamic State has given military support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that now controls nearly a quarter of Syria. The SDF said Assad's comments were no surprise, accusing his government of sowing strife and sectarianism. "We assert once again that we will go forward without hesitation in chasing terrorism," it said in a statement.
Canonical has temporarily pulled the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" from the Ubuntu website due to ongoing reports of some laptops finding their BIOS corrupted after installing this latest Ubuntu release. The issue is appearing most frequently with Lenovo laptops but there are also reports of issues with other laptop vendors as well...
AFP | Security forces stand guard during a protest in Iraqi Kurdistans second city Sulaimaniyah on December 19, 2017
There was virtually no traffic and most shops were closed, particularly around the central Saray Square, the epicentre of the protests against the disastrous fallout from an independence referendum.
The September vote delivered a resounding yes for independence, but drew sweeping reprisals from Baghdad which dealt a heavy blow to Kurdistans already flagging economy.
Protesters have vented their anger against all five of the autonomous Kurdish regions main political parties, not just the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of former regional president Massud Barzani, who organised the fateful referendum.
In the town of Rania, 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Sulaimaniyah, where the five protesters were killed on Tuesday, demonstrators defied a heavy security presence to take to the streets for a third straight day.
The crowd turned its anger on the offices of the Goran party, which control the governors office in Sulaimaniyah province, pelting it with stones, witnesses said.
Demonstrators had already torched the offices of the KDP, its historical rival the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Islamic Union on Tuesday. They also seized the mayors office.
Prime minister Nechirvan Barzani, the ex-presidents nephew, issued an appeal for calm from Germany where he was on a visit on Tuesday.
The region is going through a difficult period. Your frustrations are understandable and I hear them, he said.
But violence is unacceptable. I ask you to hold peaceful demonstrations.
A cigar-shaped rock zooming through our Solar System -- the first object from a foreign star system ever spotted in our midst -- is cloaked in a coat of organic material, astronomers said Monday. Dubbed Oumuamua, Hawaiian for "messenger" or "scout", the object was first viewed by telescopes in October.
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More than 500 million years ago in the Cambrian period there was an explosion of animal life. The top predators were from a group called the Anomalocarids, the largest animals of their day. But now, a new fossil suggests that not all the Anomalocarids were the fearsome killing machines scientists once thought. At least one, it seems, evolved into a gentle giant.
From Uppsala University in Sweden:
Treasure trove of highly detailed fossils uncovered
December 19, 2017
A team of researchers from Uppsala University have uncovered a hidden diversity of microscopic animal fossils from over half a billion years ago lurking in rocks from the northern tip of Greenland.
The Cambrian explosion of animal diversity beginning ~541 million years ago is a defining episode in the history of life. This was a time when the seas first teemed with animal life, and the first recognisably modern ecosystems began to take shape.
Current accounts of this explosion in animal diversity rely heavily on records from fossilised shells and other hard parts, since these structures are the most likely to survive as fossils.
However, since most marine animals are soft-bodied this represents only a small fraction of the total diversity.
Rare sites of exceptional fossilisation, like the world-famous Burgess Shale, have revolutionised palaeontologists understanding of soft-bodied Cambrian life. Because of the special conditions of foss...
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Boris Johnson arrives in Moscow on Dec. 21 to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov the next day the first visit to Russia by a British foreign minister in five years.
Silver Rocks, Birds and Tyrants by Rory, The Daily Coin Its no secret I love the art of coins. I recently began collecting the mini-mintages Chris Duane and Silver Shield have been producing. I wish I had continued collecting these...
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At this point, the best way to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table is to work to level the playing field. Because the US clearly won't do that, the EU must take the lead, sending a message that is as forceful as it is necessary, by immediately recognizing the State of Palestine.
Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin is appealing to the United Nations to send peacekeepers to help Chicago deal with violent crime. Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the UN during which he requested [...]
The recent years have witnessed a surge in hackings and data breaches, which has raised concerns regarding security online. Internet users have been time and again advised to use strong passwords containing combination of letters, numbers and symbols for better security of accounts. However, it appears that all these warnings are falling on deaf ears.
According to an annual report from Splashdata, 123456 and password came out on the top as peoples choice of phrases to protect their accounts from hackers. Splashdata prepares a list of top 100 passwords based on the millions of aggregating passwords leaked in data breaches during the past year. The report also reveals that people use sports and film titles as their passwords, as they are easy to remember.
Apparently, more than five million passwords were leaked by hackers in 2017. The list below contains top 25 passwords and how they have fared compared to last year. Also, there are some new entries that did not appear in last years list. Those are mentioned as New in the below mentioned list.
As we mentioned above, films play a major role in users deciding on their passwords. The list suggests that the recently released Star Wars: The Last Jedi has influenced many peoples choice of passwords such as starwars.
Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, starwars is a dangerous password to use, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a press release. Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words.
Even, tech writer Paul Thurrott made fun of the news:
"People are still using '123456' and 'pas...
A propaganda video promoted by Saudi Arabian media shows a simulation of Saudi Arabia attacking, invading and then conquering Iran. In an ominous move that could signal the start of World War 3 if it is carried out, Saudi Arabian media is promoting a video that shows a simulation of Saudi Arabia invading and conquering Iran. The video was published by Al-Riyadh, a pro-Saudi government newspaper, with the headline "Saudi Deterrence-Film embodies the prestige of the armed forces." According to the website's automatic translation from Arabic to English, the purpose of the video was to "mimic the reality, the prestige of the Saudi Armed Forces, and its deterrents against foreign ambitions, especially Iranian threats."
One of several side projects by the Solus Linux distribution project has been linux-steam-integration as a means of a helper package to improve the integration of the Steam client and Steam games running on Linux. LSI applies workarounds and other optimizations to get Steam games running better on Linux...
Spiral waves are waves that ripple outward in a swirl. Now scientists from Germany and the United States have created a new type of spiral wave in the lab. The unusual whorl has a jumbled, disordered center rather than an orderly swirl, making it the first "spiral wave chimera," the researchers report online December 4 in Nature Physics. Waves, which exhibit a variety of shapes, are common in nature. For example, they can be found in cells that undergo cyclical patterns, such as heart cells rhythmically contracting to produce heartbeats or nerve cells firing in the brain. In a normal heart, electrical signals propagate from one end to another, triggering waves of contractions in heart cells. But sometimes the wave can spiral out of control, creating swirls that can lead to a racing or irregular heartbeat. Such spiral waves emanate in an orderly fashion from a central point, reminiscent of the red and white swirls on a peppermint candy. But the newly observed spiral wave chimera is messy in the middle.
Ned Schmidt Owns No Bitcoin! Video Financial Survival Network Its no secret that Ned Schmidt isnt a fan of Bitcoin and crypto currencies. He believes that when push comes to shove, and it will, investors will flock back to...
Syrian government forces have liberated Tal Afghar and Ruwaydah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in southern Idlib. Controlling Tal Afghar, the Syrian Arab Army is able to prevent ISIS from expanding deeper in the northwestern direction.
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By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier in France:
Lafarge affair exposes French ruling elites funding of Islamic State [ISIS] terrorists
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The investigation into the financing of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist militia by construction firm Lafarge-Holcim exposes the fraud of the so-called war on terror waged by France and its NATO allies. In fact, over five years, a multi-billion-dollar firm that leads the CAC-40 French stock exchange deliberately funded a terrorist militia that carried out attacks across Europe and in France.
This directly raises the role of the state and the Socialist Party (PS) government of former President Franois Hollande. It reacted to the deadly terror attacks of January and November 2015 in France by imposing a state of emergency and promoting the neo-fascist National Front (FN), inviting its leader Marine Le Pen to the Elyse Palace. It also used the state of emergency as a pretext to brutally repress protests against its anti-worker labor lawclaiming that protests undermined the police work of the war on terror and the unification of France in a struggle against Islamism.
At that timeaccording to investigations of six Lafarge executives in the last two weeks, including ex-CEO Bruno Lafont and gener...
They dress like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant against the Israeli army and sometimes throw stones in the direction of the soldiers, all while drawing in other protesters as they get closer and closer to the army.
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Wealthy UK residents have caused uproar by installing anti-bird spikes to stop droppings hitting their expensive cars. The spikes, which are normally used to stop birds resting and building their nests on ledges and nooks [...]
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Future Seagate HDDs will begin including two separate sets of actuator arms that can operate independently in order to double read/write speeds:
Seagate's multi-actuator technology is a simple concept, and the idea certainly isn't new. In fact, the company has already developed drives with multiple actuators in the past, but they weren't economically viable due to higher component costs.
Most HDDs read and write data to and from multiple platters. For instance, Seagate's largest drives wield up to 8 platters and 16 heads. The heads, which are connected to the end of an actuator arm assembly, read and write data from both sides of each platter.
Unfortunately, those 16 heads are all aligned on the same arm, which means they all move in unison. Simultaneously aligning all the heads on all the platters isn't possible because of the incredibly thin data tracks on the platters, so only one of the heads is actively reading or writing data at any given time. That limits read/write throughput and performance with randomly accessed data.
Seagate's new design uses two sets of actuator arms that operate independently. Each carries eight heads. That means the drive can read or write from two heads at once, provided they are attached to different actuator arms. The drive can respond to two commands in parallel and one head can read while another writes, or both can read or write simultaneously.
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At least fifteen people were injured and transported to hospital and several tents turned to ashes when violent clashes between different ethnic groups of refugees and migrants broke out in the hot spot of Moria on the island of Lesvos on Tuesday night. The clashes started around 9:30 Tuesday night among Arabs, Afghans and Iraqis
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Just as European imperial powers employed gunboat diplomacy, China is using sovereign debt to bend other states to its will. As Sri Lanka's handover of the strategic Hambantota port shows, states caught in debt bondage to the new imperial giant risk losing both natural assets and their very sovereignty.
US War on ISIS Is the Biggest Lie Since the 2003 Iraq Invasion Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi (ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) On November 13, 2017, the BBC dropped a bombshell report that exposed how the U.S. cut a secret deal with hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families to leave the Syrian city of Raqqa under the gaze of the U.S. and British-led 
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Today in Too Long Dont Read: Its hard to tell whats going on in the world, isnt it? Whom do you believe when there are competing, totally irreconcilable narratives out there? Are the White Helmets heroes or villains? The mainstream narrative has them as a neutral, unarmed, grassroots (and Oscar-winning) humanitarian group with no political affiliations, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Independent journalists, notably Vanessa Beeley, Eva Karene Bartlett, Patrick Henningsen, and Khaled Iskef, among a few others, suggest a radically different picture, in which the White Helmets are nothing more than a propaganda front for terrorist groups like the Al Nusra Front.
The Guardian, in defense of the heroic narrative, just published a piece by Olivia Solon that turns the propaganda charge against the critics of the White Helmets and refers to them as a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government.
I read this article with great interest, wondering whether it would actually back-up its claims and refute the allegations head on. That is what it would do if it were actual journalism. It would give a fair accounting of the allegations and assess the evidence behind them. If it found the evidence lacking, it would say why, it would offer context, additional evidence, show why the supposed facts were wrong, etc. That would be journalism.
Solon didnt do that. She mentioned only one video, the so-called Mannequin Challenge piece, and dismissed it as simply the stupid mistake the White Helmets and their apologists said it was. As for the few cases of White Helmet involvement in terrorist activity that Solon did acknowledge, she dismissed these as a case of a few bad apples that left the overall courageous...
If you are of the mind that the best and perhaps only way to correct the economic and social iniquities in American society is to bind together the lower and working classes and the dispossessed, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religion, then seeing black athletes kneel for the national anthem must be somewhere between frustrating and infuriating. And thats because the result is easy to see. The people most offended by the seeming disrespect of our flag and anthem are precisely the whites from lower socioeconomic classes who are needed for the making of the great socialist revolution. This is a case where black athletes, whatever their good intentions, are pouring jet fuel on the things that divide us in the so-called Culture Wars.
Thats a point of view, and people are entitled to it. Others are entitled to see things differently. But this is how I interpret the following tweet from my colleague David Atkins which refers to the current brouhaha between Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates. (For my observations on that matter, I have nothing to add to Simon Baltos excellent piece from this weekend.)
The core of neoliberalism is to use the culture war to deny class struggle in order to preserve socially liberal, fiscally conservative policy. By (wrongly) claiming that no class solidarity could have stopped Trump, Serwer/Coates are (inadvertently?) serving neoliberal ends. https://t.co/ek5bl65uZW
David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) December 17, 2017
I am fully cognizant that the character limitations of a Tweet make it difficult to craft an unassailable argument. So, I dont want to nitpick too much here, but I find it jarring to state the core of neoliberalism is anything other than a set of economic practices and political preferences. Im willing to grant a lesser charge that neoliberal policies are empowered when the classes who should rightly oppose them are instead focused on other things, including fighting each other. And, therefore, encouraging the lower classes to fight each other is a sensible political ambition of anyone who wants to win a political battle in the interest of advancing neoliberal policies.
Based on this, its certainly possible for people to inadvertently do the neoliberals work for them by ramping up racial or ethnic or religious tensions. This wouldnt make them neoliberals, though, which is the charge Cornel West leveled at Ta-Nehisi Coates. It would make them unwitting agents in their own oppressio...
There has been and still is a lot of controversy over the documents that former MI6 Russian Desk officer Christopher Steele put together as part of his opposition research effort on Donald Trump for Fusion GPS. We should always keep in mind that Steeles work wasnt strictly an intelligence gathering operation. He had a customer, which was at least indirectly the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Yet, its still important to note that if you look up Steeles product on Wikipedia, this is the first thing that you see:
The 35-page dossier claims that Russia is in possession of damaging information about Trump which could be used for purposes of blackmail to get Trump to cooperate with the Russian government.
This isnt without justification. The very first dispatch Steele produced led with the following bullet points:
Let me rephrase that for you. Since at least 2011, the Russian government has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Donald Trump is an effort to encourage splits in the western alliance. As part of this, theyve been stringing him along with offers of real estate business deals. In addition to this, he and some of his inner circle have been receiving intelligence on American politicians who might become rivals should Trump pursue a political career. Most importantly, the Russians have the ability to blackmail Trump, including but not necessarily exclusively due to his perverted sexual acts.
Even today, these claims seem outlandish, and far outside of what youd normally expect to receive back from an opposition researcher. How, other than his aggressive Birtherism, for example, was Trump serving to sow discord in the western alliance in the years between 2011 and when he began his political campaign in 2015?
Still, when we keep these allegations in mind, it makes a lot more sense that James Clapper went on CNN&rsqu...
According to new reporting from NBC News, both the Clinton and Trump campaigns received a special briefing from senior officials of the FBIs counterintelligence team not long after their candidates secured their respective partys nominations. They were warned that foreign countries, including Russia, would seek to infiltrate their organizations, and they were advised on how to detect these approaches and who to contact at the FBI in response.
The briefings were led by counterintelligence specialists from the FBI, the sources said. They were timed to occur around the period when the candidates began receiving classified intelligence, the officials said, which put them at greater risk for being targeted by foreign spies. Trumps first intelligence briefing as Republican nominee was Aug. 17, 2016, sources told NBC News at the time.
The exact date of these briefings hasnt been divulged, but we can be certain that Trump and his team were contacted after he officially became the nominee on July 19th, and prior to August 17th when he received his first intelligence briefing.
Trump would have been told, If you see these kinds of contacts please let us know about them so we can keep you updated on the threat picture, said Frank Montoya, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and supervisor who retired in 2016.
So, lets take a look at this time period.
On July 18th, J.D Gordon weakened the Republican platform to make it less supportive of arming Ukraine. On the 20th, Jeff Sessions met personally with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The same day, Donald Trump announced that support of NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression would be conditional.
On July 22nd, WikiLeaks released about 20,000 emails the Russians had stolen from the headquarters of the Democratic National Committees servers....
In his announcement explaining why he is shifting from a no to a yes on President Trumps tax bill, Sen. Bob Corker explained that he was making a bet on the enterprising spirit of America. In other words, despite the fact that he promised not to vote for a bill that will add to the deficit, and despite the fact that this bill will certainly do so, Corker is hoping that all the projections are wrong and that other factors, like deregulatory actions and changes in trade and immigration policy will help make up the difference. This doesnt undo the fact that Corker is breaking a promise, nor does it convincingly explain why hes abandoned his former position which was based on principle.
Nothing in the tax bill the conference committee produced would directly overcome the objections that led Corker to oppose the original Senate bill, but one thing that was added at the last second would benefit Corker directly. Like Trump, Corker made his career in real estate, and a new provision of the tax bill would vastly reduce Trump and Corkers tax liabilities:
In the 503-page text was a new provision that was not in the House or Senate legislation. It would specifically benefit real estate investors who operate pass-through businesses. This group includes President Trump and also Bob Corker, who has millions of dollars of ownership stakes in real-estate related LLCs that could also benefit from the new provision.
The savings to Corker could be substantial, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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