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Amit Shah won’t accept intolerance rising in the country: Khera

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Amit Shah won’t accept intolerance rising in the country: Khera

New Delhi: Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera on Sunday said that Home Minister Amit Shah and RSS will never accept that there is an “atmosphere of intolerance” in the country. “Amit Shah and their ideological masters in Nagpur (RSS) will never agree that there is an increasing atmosphere of intolerance. The fact of the matter …

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Kevin Nealon, Steve Hofstetter & lots more Tucson comedy 😂

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Subject: Kevin Nealon, Steve Hofstetter & lots more Tucson comedy 😂

 

 

 

 

Featured Shows

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Rodney Carrington

at Desert Diamond Casino

Friday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm

Rodney Carrington starred in the TV sitcom "Rodney," which ran for two seasons on ABC, and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film "Beer for My Horses."

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$30+ (25% off w/ code RDNYSOCIAL)

 

 

 

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Randy Rainbow

at The Fox Theatre

Friday, November 22 @ 7:30 pm

Randy Rainbow (and yes, that is his real name) is an American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim.

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Trevor Noah

at Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm & 9:30pm

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

Tickets on sale now. 
$47+

 

 

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza

at The O

Wednesday, November 27 @ 7:30 pm

Have nothing to do the night before Thanksgiving? Of course you don't! Come out to "The O" for a night of stand up comedy with local comics Ali Musa, Stephanie Lyonga, Tony Bruhn, & more.

Tickets available at the door 
$5

 

 

 

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Last Friday, Last Laugh

at Hotel McCoy

Friday, November 29 @ 8:00 pm

Hotel McCoy's popular monthly comedy night continues with a post-Thanksgiving Standup Showcase. This month's lineup includes Pauly Casillas (Netflix), Savannah Hernandez (Tempe Improv) & more.

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Cristela Alonzo

at The Rialto Theatre

December 7 @ 8:00 pm

Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, "Cristela" for ABC. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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$24+

 

 

 

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Ian Harris, Jamie Kilstein & Ron Swallow

at 191 Toole

December 15 @ 8:00 pm

Three comedians known for their smart, irreverent, sometimes nerdy, sometimes edgy and always hilarious and thought-provoking comedy come to 191 Toole.

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$15

 

 

 

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New Years Eve w/ Ron Feingold

at Laffs Comedy Caffe

December 31 @ 7pm & 10:30pm

Ron Feingold started performing at the tender age of 10. He combines a very funny standup comedy act with an incredible singing voice to bring you great song parodies and an evening full of laughs. 

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$30

 

 

 

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Neil Hamburger

at 191 Toole

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

For over 20 years, 'America's Funnyman' has worked every imaginable stage, from Madison Square Garden and the UK's Reading Festival, to a Hollywood cemetery, Tasmanian pubs, and an abandoned monkey cage in a decrepit Catskills zoo.

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$20, All Ages

 

 

 

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Steve Hofstetter

at The Rock

January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

One of YouTube's most popular comics with over 100 million views, Steve Hofstetter has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, E! True Hollywood Story, and Comics Unleashed.

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$20 (Discount tix are available while supplies last.)

 

 

 

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Hasan Minhaj

at Centennial Hall

April 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Hasan Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act on Netflix. His one-hour comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King earned him a 2018 Peabody Award. 

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Kevin Nealon

at The Rialto Theatre

April 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Actor, comedian, and author Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds

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$35+

 

 

 

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Paula Poundstone

at The Fox Theatre

May 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Paula Poundstone is one of our country's preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and legendary spontaneous wit.

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$25.50+

 

 

 

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Ron White

at Desert Diamond Casino

June 19, 2020 @ 8pm

Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon.

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Upcoming Shows

(View full calendar on our website.)
 

November 21, 2019

Casa De Comedy at Casa Marana
Free

Laffs Open Mic Night
Free

November 22, 2019

Randy Rainbow at Fox Theatre
$41.50 – $87.50

Comedy Showcase at BlackRock Brewers
Free

Rodney Carrington at Desert Diamond Casino
$30 – $45

Greg Wilson at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Rod Wayne Housley at The O
$7 – $11

November 23, 2019

Trevor Noah at Tucson Music Hall
$47 – $93

Retro Game Show Night at Club Congress
$12

Greg Wilson at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Rod Wayne Housley at The O
$7 – $11

November 24, 2019

Cats After Dark at Gallagher Theatre
Free

November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Comedy Showcase at Surly Wench
$5

November 26, 2019

Open Mic at The Music Box
Free

November 27, 2019

Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza
$5

November 29, 2019

Zane Helberg at The O
$5

Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Last Friday, Last Laugh at Hotel McCoy
Free

November 30, 2019

Keep Tucson Sketchy at The Screening Room
$8.50

Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

The Game Show Show at TIM
$5

December 6, 2019

Jay and Silent Bob at The Loft Cinema

Geoff Asmus at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Michael Carbonaro at Desert Diamond Casino
$27.50 – $47.50

December 7, 2019

Arroyo Cafe Holiday Radio Show
$20

Cristela Alonzo at The Rialto Theatre
$24 – $38

Geoff Asmus at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

CBCTAC Presents: Anna Valenzuela at The O
$5

December 8, 2019

Still Standing Up at Laffs
$10

December 9, 2019

John Waters at The Rialto
$33 – $110

December 12, 2019

You're Doing A Great Job Podcast Live at Hotel McCoy
Free

December 13, 2019

Applause for Paws at The O
$10

The Manly Manlesque Show
$10 – $20

December 15, 2019

Ian Harris, Jamie Kilstein & Ron Swallow at 191 Toole
$15

December 20, 2019

Brew Haha Comedy 4 Year Anniversary at Borderlands
$5

December 31, 2019

Ron Feingold at Laffs
$30

January 11, 2020

Mo Urban: "Get to the Point" at The O
$5

January 17, 2020

Neil Hamburger at 191 Toole
$20

January 18, 2020

Paul Green at The O
$5 – $10

January 22, 2020

Tom Briscoe at DVPAC
$22

January 28, 2020

Steve Hofstetter at The Rock
$20

February 8, 2020

Graham Elwood & Ron Placone: The Progressive Comedy Tour
$15

February 15, 2020

Ali Musa & Matt Ziemak present "Comedy from A-Z"
$5

February 25, 2020

R-Rated Magic w/ Grant Freeman
$20 – $36

February 28, 2020

Andrew Rivers at The O
$15 – $30

March 21, 2020

Martin Moreno at The O
$5 – $10

March 22, 2020

Smile! – Candid Camera and Host Peter Funt
$24.50 – $29.50

April 18, 2020

Hasan Minhaj at Centennial Hall
$40 – $120

April 26, 2020

Kevin Nealon at The Rialto Theatre
$35 – $42

May 8, 2020

Paula Poundstone at The Fox Theatre
$25.50 – $45.50

June 19, 2020

Ron White at Desert Diamond Casino
$49.50 – $69.50

 


          

Over 300 BJP, Congress workers cross over to Trinamool

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Over 300 BJP, Congress workers cross over to Trinamool

Kolkata: Over 300 workers of the Congress and the BJP crossed over to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday, days after the party’s clean sweep in the state Assembly bypolls. The Malda district Congress and BJP workers were formally welcomed into the Trinamool by its district president and former Lok Sabha member Mausam Benazir …

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Field Representative for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

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Core Responsibilities:• Serve as a liaison for the Congresswoman in the community; • Proactively engage in the community and update the Congresswoman and senior staff on district and local issues;• Develop recommendations about how best to respond to community needs and concerns through legislation, community action and other avenues;  • Develop and maintain an understanding of federal... Read more »

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Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA): Adam Schiff Is Running The House Judiciary Committee More Than Chairman Jerry Nadler

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Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss the letter Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler sent President Trump telling the President that he and his legal team are welcome to participate in the public impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, December 4. Collins said he is so disappointed in Chairman Nadler for convening next week's public hearing he can hardly put it into words. Collins does not yet know who the Republicans or Democrats plan on calling as witnesses at the hearing and believes nobody would fault President Trump if he does not send anyone on his behalf to participate in the hearing. When asked if his opinion has changed after recent reports that President Trump only released the aid to Ukraine after he was informed about the whistleblower, Collins said no because the President did not do anything wrong. Plus, Congressman Collins on being humbled by President Trump's support for him to be appointed to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Johnny Isakson and reports that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) prefers Atlanta businesswoman and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, Kelly Loeffler. Watch here: Full transcript below: Brian Kilmeade: Last week, I asked the ranking member, "Do you know what's going on with impeachment?" He said, "I don't know." I said, "Did you ask Jerry Nadler?" He said, "Yeah, he doesn't know." Now he knows. Joining us now, Congressman Doug Collins off the treadmill. Hi, Congressman. Doug Collins: Hi, Brian. How are you, bud? Brian Kilmeade: You were running this morning doing our show, right? Doug Collins: I did. I was out there running, get me through it. Got me through about three miles or so. Got to work off this Thanksgiving potbelly, here. Brian Kilmeade: Yeah. You have like zero percent body fat, but -- Doug Collins: Brian Kilmeade: -- now you're the ranking member. Can you tell our audience, Congressman, what we're going to be looking at next week? Doug Collins: Next week? I am so disappointed in Chairman Nadler; I can't even properly put words to it. But what we're going to see next week is the judiciary, where the Democrats promise would be a fair process for the president, for everybody involved, and to sort of handle the Schiff-show fiasco, is we're going to have next week, a made for television event in which you're going to have academics who are media commentators on other more liberal networks, typically, who are going to come on, and they're going to tell us, "Oh, well, this is possibly an impeachable offense.". Really, this is an affront to the American people. We've been waiting for what their determination as to what the president did wrong. We found nothing. And now we're going to use our valuable time to have academics tell us what they think an impeachable offense is. Why don't we actually have Adam Schiff? How do we have -- you have a fact witness who dealt with a whistleblower, his staff or others, coming under -- and testify under oath to what they actually knew and what they actually didn't know. This is a disgrace. But this is the way -- I mean, the whole thing is it is a smoke and mirrors because they have nothing on the president. Brian Kilmeade: So, Congressman, who you guys calling? Doug Collins: It looks like right now -- we're filming the final debate, but we've got one, I'll be able to -- we haven't announced yet, but I'll announce it later. But we have one more that's coming. Brian Kilmeade: Do you know who they are calling? Doug Collins: No. We haven't found out yet. But will if -- this is an interesting thing, Brian, do you realize that this is a rerun of the same basically hearing we had in June. Brian Kilmeade: No. Doug Collins: We've had this hearing before. We've had this hearing before, and, you know, but there's a difference here. And I think it's interesting to note and I sort of made this -- I made this, you know, discussion before. But what we saw with Mr. Goldman last week, what we see with, you know, Norm Eisen and Barry and the embassy in our committee, that paid consultants, what I call "Bring a Donor to Workday" and get to ask questions. If you're a large enough donor to the Democratic Party, you get to ask questions in a committee hearing. What we thought last week, and then we're going to see this week, it didn't allow their counsels to ask these questions, you know, and make it look like this formal proceeding to get to the president. But actually, I have a question. How is having academics talk about impeachment actually giving the president any way to question those who have accused him? It doesn't. And so, I think this is the problem we're having in this whole show is they don't know what to do. And it's almost as bad as last week when Jerry Nadler didn't know what he was doing. Now we know what he's doing, and he might as well just not have had anything. Brian Kilmeade: So, a letter from Nadler, here's an excerpt. "I'm hopeful that you and your counsel" -- meaning the president -- "will opt to participate in the committee hearing consistent with the rules of decorum and with the solemn nature of the work before us." So, they're asking the president to go. Should he? Doug Collins: I think that if the president wants to, he's more than welcome to come to this sideshow that we're going to have next week. If he doesn't send an attorney or someone from his legal counsel, I don't think anybody would fault him, because this is a farce. This is something that anybody could put -- even if you believe everything Adam Schiff has told you, even if you believe everything from the Democrats to come into this, to say this -- and believe me, Brian, behind the scenes, Democratic members of Congress have come to me, and they have said that they would hope that the Judiciary Committee would actually be a place where, you know, they could actually make a case and have due process and everything that follows, because they know the substance -- of the substance that he's done nothing wrong is out there. But they came to me and said, "If this is the way it's going to be," then they're struggling with it, and they're going to be put in a bad position by the speaker and by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler on something. So, we'll see where it goes from here. We've sent several letters giving Chairman Nadler the opportunity to fix it. We give him every opportunity to make it right, to have a true hearing, if this is what you want to do. And so far, we've gotten back absolutely zero. I don't know the is not working or what. But they -- have shows, not the answer. Brian Kilmeade: And then, what you would have is this and then that's it. Or then -- so Schiff walks over, delivers his articles of impeachment, then you just vote on it? Or you guys go debate his articles of impeachment? Doug Collins: No, well see, he's not going to bring us articles. He's going to bring us the findings of his committee. They leave it up to the Judiciary Committee. I'm assuming a with Schiff, because Schiff, frankly, seems to be running our committee more than Chairman Nadler is. They'll come over, and they'll work on the articles over the next couple of weeks, if that's what they're looking to do. And then, my hope is that we actually have some facts or witnesses. We're going to send over, you know, this discussion. We'll have this discussion about what witnesses we get. I think Adam Schiff, who's made himself out on several occasions to be the, quote, "Special counsel with the investigator." If that be true, and he writes a report, then there's no reason in the world that he should not be put under oath in front of our committee, answer questions from both Republicans and Democrats and the president's council -- just like, if he compared himself to Ken Starr, Ken Starr did during the Clinton impeachment. He needs to make it -- but I don't think he'll have the -- I don't think without the gavel in his hand and ability to make up his testimony, he'll be willing to do that. But I'm challenging him right now. If you believe this president has does something wrong, you should have the temerity to come and tell us what and answer questions from everyone, including your own contact, or your staff's contact, with the whistleblower. Brian Kilmeade: If they stop short and just go for censure, would you be okay with that? Doug Collins: No, because the president has done nothing wrong. I think this is the bottom line. I mean, they're now trying to find a way out of what the American people now see, for real, is a farce and a sideshow. The president did nothing wrong in that call. I mean, when you look at it from over time, that is the factual basis of what they're discussing. In fact, think they knew that this discussion was working when they had to go out and poll test what words can make the American people upset about what the president did? And then they couldn't prove it. So, no, I think they just need to -- if they want to do this, drop it. They'll pass you at 68. They'll actually pass the -- American -- legislation. Go actually pass something. If they can go out the American people, say, "Sorry, we wasted eleven months of taxpayer dollars, but we now are trying to get something done for you. Would you vote for us again?" Brian Kilmeade: Congressman Collins is with us now from Georgia. Congressman, there's two revelations that popped up in The New York Times today that Donald Trump knew of the whistleblower complaint when did he release the aid to the Ukraine. And number two is when the aid was withheld, two OMB directors resigned, workers resigned because they were upset about it. Does that change your point of view? Doug Collins: No, not really. I mean, this is what we've seen so far in this investigation. You've seen government workers who believe that they are above -- that are the policy writers, and that they're the ones who ought to be listened to. I mean, whether it be OMB or what we saw with Kent and Taylor, which -- the first day of public hearings when you had the two of them talk about how they're 30 plus years of government service, they should be the ones making and helping the president decide? You know, forgets that the president is the one who makes actual the policy. And if you if you're resigning over policy differences, then that's what you should be doing because you shouldn't be working, where -- somewhere where you can't agree with policy. I think the other issue is the president never felt he did anything wrong on the call of whether a whistleblower said he did or didn't. And when you look at the facts of the case, they didn't -- he didn't do anything wrong. So, I don't think it makes any difference. This is a last gasp attempt by the -- and it's been going around. If you looked in the Democratic media for the last little bit, this has been out there, and now they're just trying to bring it forward, to life now because they failed in the public hearings, and now they're trying to bring it up before it gets the judiciary. Brian Kilmeade: I was surprised. Yesterday, the president talked to Bill O'Reilly, and he said this about Rudy Giuliani. Cut one. Brian Kilmeade: What was Rudy Giuliani doing in Ukraine on your behalf? President Trump: Well, you have to ask that to Rudy. But Rudy, I don't even know. I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip. But, you know, Rudy has other clients other than me. Brian Kilmeade: So, you didn't direct him to go there on your behalf, you didn't -- President Trump: No, but you have to understand, Rudy is a great corruption fighter. Brian Kilmeade: Giuliani is your personal lawyer. So, you didn't direct -- President Trump: Yeah. Brian Kilmeade: him to go to Ukraine or do anything -- President Trump: No, I didn't direct him. Brian Kilmeade:-- or put any heat on him? President Trump: But he is a warrior. Brian Kilmeade: So, does that surprise you? Because I thought the president had directed him, this was with Gordon Sondland said. Gordon Sondland: Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker, and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the president of the United States. Brian Kilmeade: So, what's going on here? Do you know? Doug Collins: No, not really. I mean, I think what you look at, though, is you go back Mr. Sondland's comment. This is also the same guy who started the line and train of the quid pro quo. And then when directly questioned, he said, "Well, that was my presumption." And now he makes this flat-out statement? I mean, I'll have to let the president -- you know -- I would trust the president's recollection better than I would Ambassador Sondland. But I mean, that's something for the president -- you know, again, it goes back to why you're having hearings and why you're not. And, you know, at this point in time, you know, the issue is, is the president can choose to dictate on how he wants to do foreign policy. Any way he wants to do it, that's given to him in the Constitution. So, yeah, his foreign policy being in the power of the executive. So, I would defer to him, and, you know, let him stand with that statement, and Sondland's already had enough issues. Brian Kilmeade: All right. I want to bring something to you personally. The president's a big fan of yours, and you've been so impressive, I think, that both sides look at Jim Jordan, you, and John Radcliffe as people pretty formidable, who actually understand the issues, are able to react in real time. And you've impressed the president enough that he evidently sat down with your governor and said, "If someone's going to replace Congress -- Senator Isakson, it should really be" you. And Kemp comes back and says, "I want it to be Kelly Loeffler, who I don't know. But evidently, he's a fan of Romney, not Trump." What could you tell us about this? Doug Collins: Well, I just -- I'll tell you this. We have put in -- the governor who's been over the last almost hundred days trying to figure out what he want from -- this pick it -- the governors and the governors alone. We feel like we have a very strong rhythm. We ask for a portal to be open. We actually submitted our as resume in the portal. I've not heard from the governor. But I know he has heard from the president and others. And we would be honored to have that pick. We could work. We believe that not only working for nominee and -- this -- with the administration on what we've been doing, but for the state of Georgia. We hope he would make that pick, but we're just sitting back waiting, and then we can make a determination of what we need to do, you know, after he makes his pick. But right now, it's sort of in a holding pattern, if you would. Brian Kilmeade: Did you know how the president felt? Doug Collins: The president told me. And he's been very supportive when he first heard about it. And again, we've just been quiet because we have a job to do in D.C. and we're going to continue to do that job. We feel like our resume could speak for itself, and then we've been very humbled by the president, his board, and others who have come to say that they would like to see if we feel humbled by that. Well, hopefully the governor will be a part of that. But we'll see how it works out. Brian Kilmeade: Do you have an opinion on Kelly Loeffler? Doug Collins: Don't know her that well. I mean, I know there's been a lot of issues, you know, coming up. She's never been in public office, so we'll just -- you know, that that's for the governor to decide. Brian Kilmeade: Do you worry about Georgia? They say Georgia is no longer a layup for Republicans. Is it changing? Doug Collins: Georgia is a state that is changing, but it is silly. It is still a conservative state. And I think that's what most people miss when they come into our state and they talk about it. Look, Stacey Abrams did everything she possibly could last year, including lie about the current governor trying to suppress votes, and she's still not governor. And what we've got to do is we've got to be able to continue to reach into the suburbs where the demographic is changing. But, Brian, for me, not only, you know, supporting the president, working for conservative values, but I've also, over the last couple of months have been awarded a bipartisanship award from the Javits Foundation in New York and from Allegheny College, because we worked on criminal justice reform, a bipartisan thing. Brian Kilmeade: Yeah. Doug Collins: It helps people in suburbs and inner cities. That was our bill. That was something the president took on and he's championed it. It's been amazing. We did music. We've done data privacy. So, I know how to work across the aisle. I know how to work with folks who don't agree with me all the time. We all play roles, but we've also played that role of actually helping people in the state of Georgia and the country. And I think that's the way you win voters, you go convince them from the hearts and minds. And I think that's what you do when you actually, you know, communicate with people. So, Georgia's -- I don't think it's in play as liberals would like you to believe it's in play. And -- but we need a strong force from our base and from a reaching out perspective to keep it. Brian Kilmeade: And just to bring it all home, and I know you got to get going, and I hope it breaks your way. But I have a book signing December 15th at the Books-A-Million in Lawrenceville, Georgia, right outside Atlanta. Start time's 1:00 o'clock. I'm not saying it's mandatory to come but would certainly help your grade. Doug Collins: All right. One of those -- I'm sure I'll talk with you before that. But Lawrenceville, I've got aunts who live in Lawrenceville. Well, I look forward, if I can. I'll look forward to seeing you. Brian Kilmeade: All right. Same to you from the Alamo Avengers. Congressman, thanks so much. Appreciate it. Back in a moment.
          

Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) Congress Will Override President Trump If He Vetoes Legislation Supporting Pro-Democracy Protesters In Hong Kong

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Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss the latest on impeachment and why it is not good for democrats running for reelection. Senator Scott also weighed in on China violating the human rights of citizens in Hong Kong as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on China to end their draconian policies that have terrorized their own citizens. Scott is adamant that President Trump sign the Hong Kong Rights and Human Democracy Act that was passed in Congress, warning if he does not, Congress will override the President. Watch here:
          

Bellport High School’s Top Achievers Honored at Senior Awards

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Bellport High School’s top seniors were recognized for their scholarship, community service and enthusiasm for extracurricular activities during the annual senior awards ceremony, held in Ebersole Auditorium on June 3. One hundred seniors sat on the decorated stage as their names were called out to receive one or several of the 104 awards and scholarships presented to deserving recipients. In his introductory remarks, Class of 2019 President Kyle Climan said being chosen for an award or scholarship was a sensational feeling. “We are fulfilled in knowing that we have made the school proud,” he said. Congratulations to the following seniors who received awards and scholarships, and much success in their future endeavors. U.S. Air National Guard Certificate of Enlistment - Carson Nagle U.S. Air Force Math/Science Achievement Award - Nicholas Nazzaro and Chiara Scharf U.S. Army Certificate of Enlistment - Ayden DeGrijze, Brian Kavanagh Jr., Johnathan Patterson and Sean Rodriguez U.S. Army National Guard Certificate of Enlistment - Gabriel Bernal U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award - Valentina Banellis and Kyle Climan U.S. Marine Distinguished Athlete Award - Jamie Trowbridge and Jarell White U.S. Marine Scholastic Excellence Award - Tyler Brock U.S. Marine Semper Fidelis Music Award - Andrew Zimlinghaus U.S. Navy Athletic Achievement Award - Grace Minikel and Andrew Veit U.S. Navy Certificate of Enlistment - Ivan Lopez U.S. Navy Inspirational Leadership Award - Jarell White U.S. Navy Outstanding Scholar Award - Aneeqa Majid SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OF SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE/University of Rochester/George Eastman Young Leaders Award - Andrew Zimlinghaus AAA Northeast - Makayla Carrozza Ambulance Company of South Country Award - Erin Bone American History Award Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter NSDAR Scholarship - Eloise Kocay Anthony D. Ferrara Scholarship - Tiara Jones Baha'i Faith Unity in Diversity Award - Sarah Valenzuela Bassford, Dick Memorial Golf Scholarship - Max Kaczmarek, Theo Loizides, Nicholas Nazzaro and Finn Rauch Bell Street Artists-The Dr. Erwin Lubit Award for Art - Bryce Reid, Caroline Slovensky Bellport Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship - Kyle Climan Bellport Chamber of Commerce Malcolm Morley Art Scholarship - Caroline Slovensky Bellport Fire Department Scholarship - Carson Nagle Bellport Football Sean Nigel Vaz "Rich in Pride, Rich in Heart, Rich in Spirit" - Dwan Trent Bellport Garden Club Scholarship - Anna Burkhardt and Chiara Scharpf Bellport High School (School Store) Award - Kimberly Barbecho, Donald Henderson Jr., Chani Jones, Keona Ringgold and Rashona Ringgold Bellport High School Athlete of the Year - Jaelyn Conquest and Dwan Trent Bellport High School P.T.S.A. Scholarship - Ivelisse Diaz, Rebekah Ofori and Steven Uhrie Bellport High School Rick Herrmann Math Scholarship - Megan Berja and Tyler Brock Bellport High School Rick Herrmann Memorial Wrestling - Andrew Porsche Bellport High School Rick Herrmann Scholarship - Tyler Brock, Erin Grace Kelly and Sean O'Hara Bellport High School Scholar Athlete Award - Tyler Brock and Aneeqa Majid Bellport High School Significant Progress Award - Tiara Jones and Devin Trent Bellport High School Student Council Scholarship Awarded in Memory of BHS Student Jennifer Mejia - Kyle Climan and Grace Armann Bellport High School Theatre Sponsors Award - Rafael Benavides, Savanna Borrero, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Alex Erwin, Mia Grossman, Alliandra Khillawan, Erin Kelly, Eloise Kocay, Shaun Laurinaitis, Katelyn Maddalena, Maya McCullough, Grace Rojas, Hannah Tapler, Steven Uhrie and Tyler Zapata Bellport High School Volleyball Scholarship - Enma Bautista and Jaelyn Conquest Bellport Middle School Julia Nofi Scholarship Award - Gabriella Koehler Bellport Middle School PTA Scholarship - Angelina Caroli, Donald Henderson Jr., Thomas Wilson and Tyler Zapata Bellport Middle School Student Council Award - Tyler Brock Bellport Play crafters Theatre Company Desmond W. Burke Scholarship - Alexander Erwin, Shaun Laurinaitis and Tyler Zapata Bellport Play crafters Theatre Company Margaret W. Smith Scholarship - Mia Grossman and Erin Kelly Bellport Retired Educators Association in Memory of: Maureen Asher, Richard Chant, Denis DeSosa, Phyllis Hausner, Kenneth Hughes, William Reynolds, Paul Susskind – Anna Burkhardt, Samantha Murray and Jamie Trowbridge Bellport Rotary Scholarship - Max Loeffler, Alyssa Silvestro Bellport Soccer Matt Cimino Memorial Scholarship - Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes Bellport South Country Lions Club Scholarship - Makayla Carrozza and Lauren Moncayo Bellport Teachers' Affiliate Association Scholarship - Gabriel Bernal, Kyle Climan, Samuel Perez and Mackenzie Thompson Bellport Teachers' Association Mary Chavious Scholarship - Grace Rojas Bellport Teachers' Association Sally Munson Scholarship - Samantha Murray Bellport Youth Football/John Leone Memorial Scholarship - Shakeese Byrd, Anthony Deiters, Gionnah Hicks, Candice Lopez, Myles Wilson and Shawn Wolf Brookhaven Elementary PTA Scholarship - Chiara Scharpf Brookhaven Hamlet Foundation (Virginia Brown Scholarship) - Chiara Scharpf and Grace Minikel Brookhaven Homemakers Beatrice Patrone Memorial Scholarship - Kaitlin Henderson Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Med & Dental Staff Scholarship - Grace Minikel Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship - Marvina Baslious, Henry Chillogallo, Ivelisse Diaz, Michael Foley, Aneeqa Majid, Finn Rauch, Daniel Roach and Gabrielle Tims Capital One Bank Scholarship - Judelka Molina Captain P.J. Roberge Memorial Scholarship - Aneeqa Majid David Kinard Memorial Scholarship - Jarell White Donna Warshaw Memorial Scholarship - Victor Gonzalez Dorothy Roberge Memorial Scholarship - Ahmed Rehman Elaine Messina Memorial Scholarship - Nolan Lyons and Chiara Scharpf Frank P. Long P.T.A. Scholarship - Thomas Wilson IV Gershow Recycling Environmental Conservation Scholarship - Chiara Scharpf Great South Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8300 Scholarship - Justin Maler and Thomas Wilson IV Green Community Builder Scholarship - Eloise Kocay Harbor Crab Fishing Tournament Scholarship in honor of Paul "Skippy" Ambrose and Jason Nichols - Theodore Loizides James Felix Grucci Memorial Fund - Erin Bone and Ahmed Rehman James L. Vaughan Memorial Citizenship Scholarship - Tyler Zapata Jeffrey George & Darren Yancey Memorial Scholarship - Devon Balfour Jennifer Hromada Memorial / Spirit Scholarships - Tyler Brock and Jamie Trowbridge Jostens Leadership Award - Kristine Brittelli and Genesis Martinez Karin J. Briggs Memorial Scholarship - Juliana Polonski Katelyn Kokis Women's Soccer Scholarship - Valentina Banellis Katie Kokis Memorial Scholarship - Mia Grossman Kiwanis Club of Patchogue Scholarship in Memory of Edmund Tuton and J.P. Brown–Natalie Arriaza, Trinity Behlen and Carlos Paxtian Kreamer Street School PTA Scholarship - Grace Armann and Melannie Molina Kristin Rohde Theatre Memorial Scholarship - Grace Rojas Lifetouch School Portrait Scholarship - Mia Grossman and Genesis Martinez Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund Scholarship - Grace Armann, Tyler Brock, Nolan Lyons And Alyssa Mantione Long Island/New York Blood Services Scholarship - Emily Dupointe and Nicholas Nazzaro Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship - Rafael Benavides, Makayla Carrozza, Emily Dupointe, Gionnah Hicks, Jasmine La Gala, Candice Lopez, Genesis Martinez, Judelka Molina, Melannie Molina and Tyler Zapata Maryrose Bono Memorial Scholarship - Alliandra Khillawan Munistat Services, Inc. Scholarship - Kyle Climan Murray L. Fink Memorial Fund - Jamie Trowbridge NYS Council of Administrators of Music Education/Suffolk Award - Andrew Zimlinghaus NYSASBO Scholarship - Melannie Molina Office of the State Comptroller Student Achievement Award - Kyle Climan, Samuel Hampson, Eloise Kocay and Chiara Scharpf Patchogue Lioness Lions Club - Tiara Jones Paul Susskind Memorial Scholarship - Samuel Hampson Peter S. Celentano Memorial Scholarship - Tyler Zapata Principal's Leadership Award - Chiara Scharpf Principal's Recognition Award - Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Janiah Jones and Shealyn Rice Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award - Tiara Jones RJ Buada Memorial Scholarship - Savanna Borrero, Morgan Monte and Sarah Valenzuela Robert J. & Muriel Kossoy Memorial Scholarship - Tyler Brock SCOPE - Christopher Tucker South Country Administrators Association Award - Jarell White South Country P.T.A. Council Academic Scholarship - Justin Maler and Mitchell Maresco South Country Women’s Kickball League - Trinity Behlen and Jamie Trowbridge South Country Youth Soccer League Rose Ventiere Memorial Scholarship - BrandenRasmussen Suffolk County Music Educators Association Award - Andrew Zimlinghaus Suffolk County Public Executive Service Award - Grace Armann Susan Digilio and Fred Corso Spirit & Humanity Award - Emily Dupointe Triple "C" Award - Grace Armann, Emily Dupointe, Aneeqa Majid, Christina Nunez and Gabrielle Tims U.S. Congress Congressional Merit Award - Tyler Brock, Aneeqa Majid and Grace Armann Verne W. Critz PTA Scholarship Award - Henry Chillogallo and Mia Grossman Women's Club of Patchogue Scholarship - Anna Burkhardt
          

BHS students Inducted into Center of Excellence

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Under the advisement of Aimee Iuliucci and Nicole Colao, the Bellport High School Center of Excellence welcomed 30 members during an induction ceremony, held on Nov. 8. Attended by district administration and members of the board of education, inductees received a pin symbolizing both their membership and their aspirations to explore college as a realistic, attainable and post-high school option. Board President Cheryl A. Felice told the students, “I’m asking you to use the programs and support systems available to you today. It’s hard, but always find a way.” The Center of Excellence club was reintroduced by Assistant Principal Dan Fauvell. Membership provides participants with an intensive college-awareness focus and emphasizes the building of successful academic behaviors, including calendar planning, prioritization, study habits, obstacle and roadblock coping strategies and smart decision-making. Students are held accountable for their personal goals, while embodying the leadership principles of professionalism, ambition, integrity, resilience and resourcefulness. There is also significant written and oral presentation work, combined with a focus towards college and career-readiness. Guest speaker U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin said he hopes inductees experience their American Dream through acquiring a college degree. “The benefits I experienced in college I would not have otherwise experienced,” he noted. The induction ceremony was preceded by a dinner, hosted by the high school culinary students. Music was also provided by the Bellport High School flute choir, under the direction of music chairperson James Uzzi. The South Country Central School District congratulates the following inductees: Na’Kayla Austin, Jacquelin Ramos Bonilla, Julieth Stefania Cruz Gonzalez, Billy Lue Franco, Rondell Freeman, Samantha Fuentes, Fredis Antonio Gonzalez, Jack Halpin, Josiah-Truston Igwe, Ashley Milena Jimenez, Carolina Jimenez, Alliandra Khillawan, Floerie Kuffour, Candice Lopez, Emily Hartmann, Jamie Marca, Connor McIntosh, Jason Molina, Tyler Montalvo, Melody Pastor, Zachary Pino, Orlin Reyes, Dawn Slawinski, Kaitlyn Stines, Kaylee Thatcher, Nevaeh Tinsley, Alexis Urbina, Coleen Shaw, Jaylen Trent and Anecya Sutton.
          

12 Reasons Climate Action Is Good for the United States Economy

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12 Reasons Climate Action Is Good for the United States Economy

The United States is the only nation that doesn't show up in the list of countries currently committed to the Paris Agreement. But that doesn't mean most Americans aren't trying to do their part. In fact, U.S. states, cities and counties that support the Paris Agreement make up about two-thirds of the American population and economy. If these climate-forward actors were a country, they'd have the second largest economy in the word – larger than China and behind only the full United States. American businesses and banks are also broadly supportive of the Paris Agreement, and are preparing—with or without federal action—for a low-carbon economic transition. Why do they all support climate action? Because it makes both economic and environmental sense.

1. The U.S. can lower emissions while growing the economy.

Since 2005, U.S. real GDP has increased 25% while energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen 12%. Technological advancements and energy efficiency improvements are allowing the economy to grow even as energy consumption remains flat, which means that the energy consumed per dollar of GDP is falling. While much more is needed, this is proof that the U.S. can decouple growth and emissions.

2. It's now cheaper to generate electricity from renewables than fossil fuels in most cases.

The costs of solar panels, wind turbines and lithium batteries have fallen precipitously in recent years as their role in the U.S. energy mix has grown. Today, it would be cheaper to replace three-quarters of existing U.S. coal plants with wind and solar power than to keep them operating with coal. Natural gas plants, previously the cheapest option to replace retiring coal plants, are now being undercut by renewables in many locations. New research finds that 90% of proposed gas-fired power plants are more costly to build and operate than a clean energy portfolio of solar, wind, battery technology and demand management.

3. Electric vehicles, electric heat pumps and other climate-friendly consumer technologies are becoming cheaper and cleaner too.

As of today, gasoline costs $2.62 on average in the United States, while charging an electric vehicle for the equivalent amount of energy costs only $1.21. If current trends continue, electric vehicles are expected to be cost-competitive on an upfront basis with gasoline vehicles by 2024-2028 in the United States. The lifetime fuel and maintenance costs for an electric bus are about $400,000 less than a diesel bus, which is why many transit systems and schools are switching over. Electric heat pumps, which are better for the climate than traditional gas furnaces, are cost-effective for most new homes. The environmental advantage of electric vehicles and heat pumps will only increase as coal-fired power plants continue to be replaced by cleaner alternatives.

4. Clean energy jobs already employ about 3.5 million Americans and are poised to grow.

There are already 2.3 million Americans employed in energy efficiency, 600,000 in clean electricity and fuels, 255,000 in electric and alternative fuel vehicles, 485,000 in fuel-efficient vehicles, and 65,000 in battery storage. Clean energy is generally more labor-intensive and less capital-intensive than fossil fuels, so switching from fossil fuels to clean energy can create net jobs. A 2017 study found that $1 million spent on fossil fuels in the U.S. will generate 2-3 full-time equivalent jobs, while $1 million spent on renewable energy or energy efficiency will create 7-8 jobs. Furthermore, workers in the clean energy sector can earn higher and more equitable wages when compared to all workers nationally.

5. By innovating, engineering and manufacturing clean technologies, the U.S. can increase its competitiveness.

As domestic and international demand for clean products and technologies rises, focusing on low-carbon manufacturing instead of doubling down on the industries of yesterday will give the U.S. an advantage in a growing market. As uptake of electric vehicles and energy storage systems increases, the battery market represents a significant opportunity for American manufacturing. The global lithium-ion battery market is projected to be $105 billion by 2025. Increasing low-carbon manufacturing would also create new employment: low-carbon jobs are particularly manufacturing intensive, with 17% to 26% of all clean jobs being in manufacturing.

6. Energy efficiency standards save consumers money and boost the economy.

Investments in energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and industry all pay off several times over in energy cost savings. For example, the average American family saves $500 a year on utility bills due to federal efficiency standards for appliances, lighting, and plumbing – with the benefits outweighing the costs by 5 to 1. Existing energy standards are estimated to be responsible for about 300,000 jobs, which are expected to rise to 500,000 by 2030. Strengthening these standards would lead to even more consumer savings, economic benefits and jobs.

7. Climate action presents unique economic opportunities for rural America.

<p>Wind turbines in rural Missouri. Photo by Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress.</p>

Wind turbines in rural Missouri. Photo by Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress.

Energy efficiency can play an important role in lifting the high energy burden of rural households who often pay higher energy prices than urban areas. In rural communities, which have witnessed a roughly 40% net decline in farm incomes since 2011, wind energy taxes and royalties have introduced new revenue streams into the local economy; wind farms paid $761 million in 2018 state and local taxes, plus $289 million in lease payments to farmers and landowners who host wind turbines on their land. Policymakers and industry are also interested in the idea of paying farmers based on their adoption of regenerative agricultural practices that foster carbon sequestration. If widely adopted, this could further support rural economies. To date, there have been more than $320 billion in U.S. investments that focus on sustainable food and agriculture, with $47.5 billion explicitly targeting regenerative agriculture.

8. Better planned, low-carbon cities are more productive.

American commuters lose 7 billion hours and 3 billion gallons of fuel while stuck in traffic each year. By planning our cities so that people have options to live closer to where they work and play, with ready access to public transit for all, we can increase both economic and energy efficiency. A 10% increase in population density in US cities is associated with about a 5% increase in medium- and high-skilled wages as well as 2% lower carbon emissions per capita.

9. Carbon pricing has been an economic boon for the 10 states that have it in place.

After California implemented the nation's first cap-and-trade system in 2006, it's economy grew faster than the nation as a whole, and it met its 2020 emissions reduction target four years early in 2016. More than half of the revenue from the carbon price is being used to benefit disadvantaged communities. Nine northeastern states are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a power sector cap-and-trade system launched in 2009, and three more plan to join. The proceeds from the initiative have used for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, electricity consumer bill assistance, and education and job training programs. The initiative has been a net economic benefit for the participating states and has reduced deaths and illnesses from air pollution.

10. Without action, the US will face increasing costs of climate damages.

Extreme weather and climate disasters have already caused about $150 billion in damage per year over the past three years, a drastic increase from historical trends. The National Climate Assessment, a report by top U.S. experts from 13 federal agencies released in late 2018, shows that climate change is already affecting American communities now, and it will only get worse. It found that in a high emissions future, economic damages from extreme temperatures, rising seas, and other impacts of climate change would reach $500 billion per year in 2090. Reducing emissions, on the other hand, could cut those costs approximately in half to $280 billion per year.

11. Reducing greenhouse gases also reduces other harmful air pollution, creating dramatic health improvements and reducing health costs.

In 2017, about 109,000 Americans died prematurely due to fine particulate matter and ozone pollution, and more than 40% of Americans live in counties that have experienced unhealthy pollution in recent years. If the U.S. reduced emissions in a way consistent with the Paris Agreement, it could reduce premature deaths from air pollution by about 30% in the next decade.

12. Smart and properly designed climate policies can build a more inclusive and prosperous economy for all.

Inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing America, and is very likely to be exacerbated by climate change.The impacts of climate change will be disproportionately felt by poor and marginalized communities. Choosing low-carbon options would not only improve public health, create jobs and cut energy bills, but many of the gains would be mostly enjoyed by low-income communities. Those most vulnerable to climate change are therefore also those who would benefit most from climate action. In addition, supportive policies can ensure that the low-carbon transition is equitable for communities formerly dependent on fossil fuels. For example, congressional investments in coal communities in 13 Appalachian states through the POWER initiative are projected to create or retain more than 23,000 jobs and leverage more than $811 million in additional private investment into Appalachia's economy.

These 12 reasons are a compelling argument for the Congress and the Executive Branch to put in place strong new federal policies in support of climate action. The federal government needs to catch up with the leading U.S. states and other countries around the world to take advantage of the benefits of the low-carbon economy.


          

Good Turnout for College and Career Expo

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Approximately 400 high school students packed the gymnasium at Bellport High School on Monday for the school’s annual spring college and career expo. Over 100 businesses and colleges were set up, ready to chat with students about potential post-graduation paths. As the students made their rounds and explored life after high school, guidance counselor Jenna Restivo reflected on the annual event’s success. “We’ve had students find summer jobs and apply to colleges represented here,” she said.In the lobby, culinary students prepared and served hors d’oeuvres, a new addition this year. “Now, it encompasses all students,” Restivo said. “We used to use a small fund to get food from a deli, but realized we have students taking advanced culinary courses right here at the high school,” she said of the decision to have the students “cater” the event. Both in-state and out-of-state private and public colleges were represented, and prospective students, many of them juniors, signed up for more information.All career paths were represented, from the U.S. Armed Forces to the South Country Ambulance to Long Island businesses like Splish Splash, wanting to recruit seasonal employees.Restivo noted the importance of having career professionals along with college reps to allow students to make connections between choosing a major and earning a degree and landing a job in the real world. “This allows the students to tie in their post-college plans with their pre-college prep,” she said. Knowing that many students enroll in the Advanced Placement Government course, some government officials also talked with students. Terri Ann Malloy, a congressional aide for Lee Zeldin, discussed internship opportunities with students that are available in their Washington, D.C. and Patchogue offices. “We’re a very busy office,” she said, noting that congressional interns do more than grab coffee and make copies. “We try and involve them with casework so they get a good feel for the job,” she said. Legis. Kate Browning’s chief of staff, Josh Slaughter, handed out applications for the 2017 Suffolk County Legislature Page Program. The internship is open to Suffolk County students 18 or older who have a high school diploma and want experience in leadership, policy and government. “The program really gives you a look at what it’s like to work in government,” Slaughter said, adding that he wished a program like that existed when he was that age and looking for experience. Students walked around the gym with this advice in mind from Restivo: “I tell them to not be shy, to talk to each representative and ask as many questions as they can think of,” she said. Nick Felix and Gabrielle Consetti from Suffolk County National Bank set up a table with goodies and giveaways. Though in the process of merging with People’s United Bank, Consetti explained that they were happy to answer any questions students might have about what majors they might go for and their experiences working in a large bank. Felix was happy to offer general advice: “Do something you love,” he told one student grabbing candy. “If you do, it’s not really work.” That advice was comforting for junior students Nicole Gomez, Kai Hatcher and Molly Honce. “This whole process is overwhelming,” Honce said, feeling the pressure. “But I talked to a lot of cool people today.”Gomez admitted that she has some research to do. “It feels like reality is hitting me,” she said.Hatcher agreed. “I don’t know what to do with my life,” she said, laughing nervously. The career fair, she said, helped her realize that there are tons of options out there. “Whether our students are leaving for college, the military or straight for a career, all have great opportunities,” Restivo added. “I hope today’s fair showed them that.” (Reprinted, courtesy of Long Island Advance 3/9/2017)
          

ਭਾਜਪਾ ਦੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਸੰਸਦ ਮੈਂਬਰ ਨੂੰ ਜਿੰਦਾ ਜਲਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਮਿਲੀ ਧਮਕੀ!

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What Happened in the Halle Synagogue Attack?, by Esther Dischereit

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Esther Dischereit
Numerous uniformly cube shaped objects serving as memorials in a field bathed in the colors of sunset
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After every right-wing act of violence we hear once more that it was a “lone wolf” attack. Esther Dischereit argues that this is an implausible cover-up of attitudes sympathetic to Nazism.

On October 9, 2019, an assassin in Halle, Germany, shot two people and killed them, and he also shot several others, wounding them. He wanted to kill those who had come together in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish Holy Day, and he put an incendiary device in the Jewish cemetery nearby. He didn’t succeed. When he realized he had failed to kill Jews, he killed Kevin S., who was in a snack bar for döner, a Turkish fast food. For the perpetrator, Kevin S. was, as it were, someone who associated with Turks, migrants, presumably also Muslims. He was shot for and instead of someone else. Jana L., a non-Jewish resident of Halle whom the perpetrator shot when he meant to kill the people inside the synagogue, also certainly died instead of Jewish people.

Katrina Turner, a representative of the African-American community in Charlottesville, broke out in tears when in 2017—after the Ku Klux Klan invaded her city—she recounted her memories of Heather Heyer, a counterdemonstrator who was killed, and of the many more were injured. Turner repeated this sentence twice: “. . . that a white woman died for us.” As the Ku Klux Klan supporters marched into town, they chanted this slogan: “The Jew will not replace us.” In this context, the figure of the “Jew” signifies that white domination of the world is under threat. In this sense, being Jewish is elevated to being simply “the other” and becomes a shorthand for all efforts and aspirations that could disturb the image of a healthy, pure “Aryan” people.

In such milieus the “Jew” also represents left-wing political positions and queer, feminist, and diverse worldviews, including ways of being human that supposedly bring decay, including taking in refugees and wanting to live as peaceful neighbors to Muslims. Each of these concepts is well known. Historically, this has not stopped these people from seeing Jews as a “red danger” while at the same time denouncing them as “capitalist bloodsuckers.”

 

“Happy about Every Synagogue”

The attack in Halle is different from what happened in Pittsburgh, Christchurch, and France not because of the ideological fanaticism, not because of the cold-bloodedness, but because the attack took place in a country where the “Final Solution” happened under Nazi rule. The image of people trapped in a synagogue is superimposed upon the image of people driven into a synagogue. The exits were blocked, and German Einsatzkommandos set the synagogue on fire. After millions of Jewish people had been killed or driven out, every political establishment after 1945 at first had to tolerate the few who remained and later on court them from time to time. After the October attack, Germany’s federal chancellor, Angela Merkel, declared that “we are happy about every synagogue, every Jewish community, and all Jewish life in our country.”

Up to now the Islamic community, with its roughly 4.5 million members in Germany, has not experienced such a public validation. Such attentiveness to mosques that have been set on fire or headscarves that have been spat on is still waiting to appear on the political stage. A few days ago at the event celebrating the ten-year existence of the only existing Jewish scholarship, the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES), it was Hakan Tosuner, director of Avicenna, the Islamic Scholarship Foundation established five years ago, who said: “Precisely in light of yesterday’s tragic incident, Jewish-Muslim solidarity is more important than ever. . . . Whether synagogues or mosques are attacked, we must be united in solidarity.”

Perhaps it is inappropriate to express these thoughts publicly at this time. But it remains a fact that this threat has not just become evident now for the first time and that other citizens are also affected. The Roma and the Sinti peoples are continually exposed to an endless stream of threats that has made it necessary for this minority, too, to erect a special protective wall at the entrance to their center in Baden-Württemberg. Four days after Halle, Daniel Strauß, chairman of their association, received this threat of an attack on his cell phone: “After Halle, your cultural center is up next.” In Germany, Austria, and the Balkans, this minority was also a victim of Nazi racial fanaticism.

“Try to speak: I am glad you exist, that you exist here, among us.” It may strike one that perhaps this sentence sounds untruthful. It hardly seems right, and I must confess that I personally don’t demand such a statement. Absolutely no one has to be happy or not happy that I exist. I am here, all the same, whether someone else is happy about that or not. Is it the responsibility of government representatives to welcome me as a ward? Is this attitude legitimate simply because someone is a member of the majority?

 

“A Foreign Race”

It is basically a question of reversing an attitude of being unhappy about someone and wanting to send her or him “back home.” Donald Trump exemplifies this when he denies that the Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are “real Americans.” The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) politician Alexander Gauland recommended that the former German minister for integration Aydan Özoğuz should be “disposed of like waste material.” With reference to the same person, a party member said that she should care about “over there, where she belonged.” The opponent is said to be base, branded as “another race,” stigmatized as “the other” and foreign.

This use of the language by the legal political arm of the right-wing terrorist milieu continues in the struggle over public space, the struggle for the political opinion of others. Antifascist projects and initiatives on the left, booksellers, and others are overrun with incendiary devices and death threats. But it was only in June 2019 after the Christian Democratic Union district president of the city of Kassel, Walter Lübke, was murdered by the neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst that an outcry broke out in the political establishment.

Lübke fulfilled his obligation to take care of people who entered the country seeking protection as they fled dictatorship and civil war. He clearly injured the feelings of the right-wing extremists when he said that whoever did not agree with such values was at liberty to leave Germany. This murder followed a series of murders by the National Socialist Underground (NSU). Preceding this one, nine people, all of them migrants, were killed as well as a female German police officer, and a bomb attack injured more than twenty people in Cologne. The existence of the NSU was discovered in 2011. In the trial in Munich, which ended in 2018, Beate Zschäpe was sentenced to life in prison. In the eyes of those who were family members of the victims, the sentence exonerated the other accomplices who were accused. It was evident that the court had wanted to limit the group of culprits to a core of three and to the most immediate environment. Additional investigations were not done (e.g., in connection with a list of the right-wing extremists’ targets that was discovered). Two hundred and thirty-three goals referring to Jewish life were identified on this list. A greater number of targets referred to migrant communities, and others specified politicians and parties.

 

Ideological Incendiary Devices

Crimes motivated by anti-Semitism have taken place since 1980, with the murder of the rabbi and publisher Shlomo Lewin and his partner, Frida Poeschke, since the arson attack on the synagogue in Erfurt, those injured in Düsseldorf-Wehrhahn and in other places: 1980, 1992, 2000, 2003. . . . Nevertheless, after every right-wing terrorist act of violence we hear, repeated like a mantra, that this was an attack by a single individual. At first the danger from these networks assembled by neo-Nazis ready to do violence was perceived little by little. In August, the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation counted those who posed a threat to public safety at forty-one, although the number of right-wing extremists ready to engage in violence has been identified as over twelve thousand. Their sympathizers are said to be as many as twice that. More than five hundred arrest warrants for neo-Nazis have not been served. Where were they sought?

After every right-wing terrorist act of violence we hear, repeated like a mantra, that this was an attack by a single individual.

It is about time that independent commissions investigate the security forces that not only refrain from proceeding against right-wing extremism but may themselves be involved. Many incidents involving police in Hesse, Thuringia, and in the army suggest this possibility.

The criminals of the National Socialist regime were largely left unpunished. This culture of immunity from punishment has continued and spread with regard to right-wing extremism in our democratic system. This is the real problem. The antifascist initiatives and archives have an extensive amount of research material at their disposal. It is thanks to them that not everything can be swept under the rug.

This culture of immunity from punishment has continued and spread with regard to right-wing extremism in our democratic system.

As the political arm of the culprits, the AfD denies that it had anything to do with these crimes. But they are the ones who for a long time have been planting ideological fire accelerants. Remarks against Jews are heard again and again from members of the FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria); denial that an ideological system is at work here follows close on the heels of such statements. These are implausible cover-ups of an attitude sympathetic to Nazism.

Initiatives like “Indivisible” or “We are the many” make clear that they oppose the ethnically tinged “You are the stranger” with a “we.” In August of this year thirty-five thousand people demonstrated in Dresden in favor of this stance; thousands are once more in the streets. Citizens can demand that the right-wing extremists who commit arson, their spiritual mentors, and networks be investigated. Flirtation with such a body of thought is not only tasteless but, given the brutality of the milieu, it is the beginning of the end.

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New US Law To Give Holocaust Survivors Billions In Insurance Reparations With No Proof Required

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Legislation with bipartisan support that would restore the rights of Holocaust-era insurance beneficiaries to recover billions in unclaimed payments left behind after World War II has been introduced in the U.S. Congress by jewish Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Due to federal court rulings and a failure by insurance companies to adequately publish the names of […]

          

IMPORTANT HOCKEY CANADA AND OMHA ANNOUNCEMENT

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At its Winter Congress this weekend in Montreal, the Hockey Canada membership approved a regulation change proposed by the board of directors to revise the naming of the age divisions used in minor hockey across Canada. 

“We are looking forward to streamlining the names of our divisions and believe it will help make it easier for all families to understand in what division their children should be playing,” said Ian Taylor, OMHA Executive Director.“The change aligns with the names used on an International level and simplifies the process of registration.”                                     
          

Lagarde confirma que hará una “revisión estratégica” de las políticas del BCE

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Christine Lagarde, presidenta del Banco Central Europeo (BCE), adelantó en su primer discurso público tras ocupar el cargo que la política monetaria de la Unión Europea será sometida a una “revisión estratégica”. Christine Lagarde, has did her first major speech as head of European Central Bank at the Frankfurt European Banking Congress on the "future …

La entrada Lagarde confirma que hará una “revisión estratégica” de las políticas del BCE se publicó primero en Cambio16.


          

Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Don McGahn Subpoena Ruling

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(WASHINGTON) — The federal judge who ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress is temporarily delaying the effect of her ruling. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says in a brief order Wednesday that she needs time to consider the legal issues raised by Justice Department in seeking a longer halt.…
          

We Care Connect Memory Cafe

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Event date: December 10, 2019
Event Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location:
1015 North Congress
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description:
The memory cafe is a safe and judgement free environment that provides as a respite from the constant emotional turmoil brought on by dementia. This opportunity is provided to caregivers and persons living with memory loss to engage in social conversation, creative and entertaining activities, and develop friendships for mutual support.

The cafe is open to anyone, without referral or assessment, in the early to moderate stage of Alzheimer's disease, caregivers and care partners, or persons concerned about cognitive decline.

Light refreshments will be served and resources available related to dementia care. For more detailed information, please visit or call the Senior Center at 734-483-5014.
          

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

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Event date: December 10, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
1015 North Congress
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
          

Corporate cannabis targets bleeding Mexico

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narco-tanksThere is a discomforting sense that Mexico is perpetually on the eve of cannabis legalization, as the country's Congress wins a six-month extension from the Supreme Court to pass a law freeing the herb. But foreign capital is already eyeing Mexico's emergent legal cannabis sector—even amid a terrifying escalation in the bloody cartel wars. When authorities attempted to arrest the son of "Chapo" Guzmán in Culiacán, the troops were surrounded by Cartel gunmen riding in trucks mounted with big machine-guns, and even what appeared to be improvised armored vehicles. The younger Guzmán escaped, and the Sinaloa Cartel proved it has the firepower to effectively challenge the state—at least on its home turf. (Photo via The Drive)

There is a discomforting sense that Mexico is perpetually on the eve of cannabis legalization, as the country's Congress wins a six-month extension from the Supreme Court to pass a law freeing the herb. But foreign capital is already eyeing Mexico's emergent legal cannabis sector—even amid a terrifying escalation in the bloody cartel wars.

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Miguel Laranjeiro recebe Prémio de Gestor Desportivo do Ano

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Foi esta noite, no Funchal, que o Presidente da Federação de Andebol de Portugal, Miguel Laranjeiro, arrecadou o Prémio de Gestor Desportivo de 2019

 

A Associação Portuguesa de Gestores de Desporto, que teve o seu XX Congresso “Impactos e Desafios do Desporto na Gestão do Território” no Funchal, atribuiu, esta noite, o Prémio de Gestor Desportivo do Ano, ao Presidente da Federação de Andebol de Portugal.

 

Miguel Laranjeiro, Presidente da Federação de Andebol de Portugal, mostrou-se bastante satisfeito com a atribuição deste prémio, “Depois da surpresa inicial, porque inesperado, foi naturalmente com gratidão e honrado que recebi a distinção de “Gestor Desportivo 2019″, atribuído pela APOGESD. Como referi durante a sessão de entrega, não considero este prémio como individual, mas sim como fazendo parte de um grupo mais vasto que é constituído por todos aqueles que contribuem para que o Andebol nacional esteja, na atualidade, com um excelente nível. Tenho tentado apenas traçar objetivos ambiciosos, atribuir responsabilidades e autonomia, acreditar e confiar nos trabalho de todos os colaboradores. Temos conseguido fazer pequenos milagres, mas que têm sempre muito trabalho por detrás. Nunca me esqueço dos milhares de atletas, dirigentes, treinadores, árbitros e familiares que fazem parte deste grande movimento que é o Andebol e que são os verdadeiros heróis.” – realça Miguel Laranjeiro.

 

 


          

The Takeaway From the Impeachment Hearings: Our Constitution Has Failed

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When the House Intelligence Committee began holding hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, some media coverage suggested the proceedings lacked enough “pizzazz … to capture public attention.” It turned out that hearings produced more than their share of bombshells—from EU ambassador and Trump megadonor Gordon Sondland’s admission that there was a “quid pro quo,” to State Department official David Holmes’s testimony about  overhearing a phone call in which Sondland assured Trump that Ukraine would move ahead with the investigations Trump had requested, to former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s conclusion that Sondland was carrying out a “domestic political errand” for the president that diverged from the U.S. national interest. When the Committee concluded its hearings, the evidence was damning and largely uncontested: Trump appeared to have been part of a scheme to extort a foreign country into sabotaging the US presidential election to his benefit.

Yet, even with the evidence on public display, it remains next to impossible to imagine Republicans taking meaningful action. Even Republicans seen as most likely to break from their party are signaling support for Trump. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a member of the Intelligence Committee who is retiring from Congress and has at times criticized the president, said that, while the president’s actions had been “inappropriate, misguided foreign policy,” he did not see evidence of an impeachable offense. Hurd’s statement can reasonably be seen as an indication that few (if any) Republicans in Congress will vote to impeach or remove the president from office.

Some observers describe what we are seeing as a crisis. In fact, what we are living through is constitutional failure. The system created by the framers is not doing the job it was designed to do, particularly in the current circumstances: We are faced with a corrupt president who rejects the very idea of legal limits on his power.

Our constitutional democracy is based on free and fair elections, individual rights, independent courts, and the rule of law—the idea that no one is above the law. Trump rejects all of these bedrock principles. He has tried to undermine free and fair elections (most recently demonstrated in the Ukraine scandal.) He threatens his critics with prosecution and lawsuits, disdaining the notion of First Amendment speech and press protections. He seeks to delegitimize judges who rule against his policies. He rejects the idea that ordinary rules and laws apply to him and his allies, declaring (erroneously) that under Article II of the Constitution, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

Trump poses an existential threat to our system of government—and yet he remains in office. In a functioning system, Republicans would have already joined Democrats in taking action to remove Trump from office—just as Republicans stood against Nixon in 1974. In our failed system we are reduced to waiting to see how far Trump will go before congressional Republicans will act—if they ever do.

Every system needs a way to protect itself, and our constitutional system provides (in theory) all the tools needed to deal with the direct threat Trump poses. Congress is fully empowered to remove a corrupt president from office. But congressional Republicans, by refusing to act, render those tools useless. 

James Madison believed that the constitutional system would prevent the accumulation of too much power in any one branch of government. If one branch exceeded the limits of its power, it would be reined in by the others. In order for this to work, Madison famously wrote, “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” In other words, if the president engaged in a power grab, members of Congress would use constitutionally available tools to check him or her —not out of moral rectitude but because legislators would be worried about ceding their own power to an ambitious president.

The system is failing because Republicans are placing partisan concerns—their own loyalty to Trump or fear of the political costs of defying him—ahead of their constitutional responsibilities. The system Madison helped design cannot function properly under these circumstances.

It is important to forthrightly describe the reality of constitutional failure for two reasons. 

First, it emphasizes the emergency we face. If he does not face consequences, Trump will feel emboldened to do precisely as he chooses, without regard to ethical or legal limits. We’re seeing this, for instance, with Trump’s moves to undermine the rule of law within the U.S. military by pardoning the Navy SEAL convicted of taking a “selfie” with the corpse of a teenage boy who fought for ISIS.

We can’t count on his removal from office by election as a foolproof safeguard, especially when Trump’s misconduct in the Ukraine scandal was focused squarely on an illicit attempt to tilt the electoral scales in his favor.

Second, describing what has occurred as failure points out that we need a new constitution, one that will be designed to strengthen our democracy against future existential threats. No system is guaranteed to succeed, but a failed one demands replacement. 

Today’s Republican Party is an anti-democratic, authoritarian party that seeks to gain—and has gained—power without winning a majority of votes. To this end, it pushes voter suppression measures and takes advantage of structural defects in our system. Gerrymandered districts can allow the GOP to win a minority of the votes and still control the House. The Electoral College gave Trump the presidency 2016, even though he lost the popular vote—a feat he stands a realistic chance of repeating in 2020. And though deeply unpopular, he enjoys majority support in a Senate that does not reflect political preferences of the majority of Americans, but instead allows a  minority in sparsely populated states to wield power. 

Making the electoral system more majoritarian could force the Republican Party to abandon its anti-democratic approach if it wishes to win. There is no guaranteed way to prevent would-be authoritarians from gaining power. After all, a very popular authoritarian could easily win the popular vote. But clearly, the authoritarianism of our current president is not popular with Americans: Trump’s approval ratings are consistently in the low 40s. Constitutional change would strengthen liberal democracy against an authoritarian party. It is worth trying.

With this goal in mind, a new constitution could address some of the anti-democratic features of our current system, including:

  • ending the Electoral College.

  • reforming or replacing a Senate that gives the 435,000 voting-age people in Wyoming as many votes as the 17,524,000 in Texas.

  • eliminating partisan gerrymandering.

  • protecting the right to vote against voter suppression efforts.

  • dealing with the corrupting influence of our current campaign finance system.

A new constitution could also be aimed at shoring up the rule of law, including by protecting the independence of the Department of Justice and replacing the current impeachment process with something capable of actually holding a lawless president to account. One idea to explore would be expressly giving the DOJ independent prosecutorial authority over the president. Another would be providing a process for triggering new presidential elections—say, based on a three-fifths vote in the House and Senate. 

Obviously, these kinds of changes are not politically plausible at the moment, but they need to be on our agenda—unless we are willing to risk another attack on the system from a future president. We need to begin talking about how to create the conditions needed for a new constitution, one giving us better odds of warding off the next authoritarian threat—assuming we survive the one posed by Trump.


          

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Chefe de arbitragem da CBF, Gaciba vai ao Congresso e corneta jogadores

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Bolívia derruba decreto que dava imunidade penal a policiais

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Mais de 30 pessoas morreram nas manifestações; Congresso avança para designar novo Tribunal Eleitoral e marcar eleições
          

Defesa de autoritarismo pelo governo Bolsonaro preocupa demais Poderes

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Os reiterados flertes do governo Jair Bolsonaro com símbolos autoritários ampliaram o clima de desconfiança no Legislativo e no Judiciário e reforçaram a avaliação nesses dois Poderes de que a estabilidade e a segurança jurídica e institucional do país dependem, cada vez mais, do Congresso e do STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) -e menos do Palácio do Planalto.  Leia mais (12/01/2019 - 02h00)
          

'Disputa' por Chico Xavier gera impasse no Congresso e saída inspirada em médium

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Em um Congresso notoriamente evangélico, o líder espírita Chico Xavier parece estar em alta. Tão em alta que dois projetos com o mesmíssimo objetivo de homenageá-lo foram apresentados quase ao mesmo tempo na Câmara dos Deputados e no Senado -e criaram um impasse. Leia mais (12/01/2019 - 02h00)
          

Efeito incerto sobre casos como o de Lula pode levar PEC da 2ª instância ao Supremo

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Mesmo que o Congresso aprove uma PEC (proposta de emenda à Constituição) que permita a prisão de condenados em segunda instância, a forma de aplicação da medida ainda precisará passar pelo crivo do Supremo Tribunal Federal, segundo especialistas e o próprio deputado autor do projeto. Leia mais (12/01/2019 - 02h00)
          

AP Govt Releases Notification For New Liquor Policy

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has kept his promise on prohibition of liquor as promised by him during his padayatra before Assembly elections. The YSR Congress Party started implementing liquor ban in the state at different phases. As part of that the AP Prohibition and Excise DepartmentContinue Reading
          

Sestak ends bid for Democratic nomination for president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Sestak, the former Pennsylvania congressman and retired Navy admiral who hoped to turn his military experience into an asset as a Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday he was ending his bid for the party’s nomination. In a statement posted on his Twitter site, Sestak offered his thanks to supporters “for the […]
          

Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will lead a delegation of congressional Democrats to the United Nations climate change conference in Madrid next week, her office announced Saturday.Pelosi and 14 other Democrats from both&...
          

Corporate cannabis eyes Mexico —amid escalating narco-violence

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MexicoThere is a discomforting sense that Mexico is perpetually on the eve of cannabis legalization, as the country's Congress wins a six-month extension from the Supreme Court to pass a law freeing the herb. But foreign capital is already eyeing Mexico's emergent legal cannabis sector—even amid a terrifying escalation in the bloody cartel wars. 

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Alan Dershowitz Rants About 'Quasi-Criminal' Impeachment: 'Congress Is Not Above The Law'

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Law professor Alan Dershowitz asserted on Sunday that House Democrats are exercising their constitutional right to impeach President Donald Trump in a "quasi-criminal" way.

"Congress is not above the law," Dershowitz complained to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. "They just can't make it up as they go along. The constitution provides specific criteria for impeachment. And I think these hearing demonstrate beyond any doubt that these criteria haven't been met."

Dershowitz, who defended Trump throughout special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, complained that "all" of the Democrats' objections to Trump are "about policy."

"Nothing that I've seen during the these weeks of impeachment testimony has moved the ball at all toward impeachment," Dershowitz opined. "If he's impeached, it will be partisan."

Bartiromo noted that Republicans have focused on "process" arguments like complaining about which witnesses can be called.

"It's very, very unfair," Dershowitz agreed. "I mean, the impeachment process is quasi-criminal in nature. And the person being accused is supposed to have rights comparable to the rights of somebody being accused of a crime."

"The Constitution talks about high crimes and misdemeanors," he continued. "And yet, the process has been skewed and one-sided and partisan."

Dershowitz predicted that impeachment "can't go forward to the Senate without a full opportunity to cross-examine all of the relevant witnesses" including the person who initially blew the whistle on Trump.

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Mission for farming: Keesling a spokesperson for Kansas grains

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CHASE — Growing up, Doug Keesling, the son of a farmer in Chase, never expected he would be a spokesperson for Kansas farmers in front of the U.S. Congress or at the United Nations. Neither did he ever imagine he would be on a U.S. president’s agricultural advisory committee. He was a farm kid, and now he’s a farmer — with a mission — to help his fellow farmers. Early lifeWhile in high school, he showed sheep [...]
          

Karnataka bypolls: Congress, JDS hint at alliance again

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Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah said his party will win at least 12 seats and come back to power. But Congress will still fall short of a simple majority and will not be able to form a government without the support of its former partner.
          

It will be a Litmus Test for JMM-Cong in faceoff with BJP’s Oraon in Sisai

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The alliance between Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress seems to be on real test in Sisai assembly constituency (ST) from where BJP nominee is Jharkhand assembly speaker Dinesh Oraon.
          

Who ‘Won the Week’? DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake and more

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Who are the biggest winners of the week in politics, top news, and more? Joy Reid and her panel discuss—plus, AM JOY welcomes a special ‘Who Won the Week’ guest, DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, democratic candidate for Congressional District 15 in New York
          

Washington Do-Goodism Hurts the Poor Again

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Washington do-goodism almost always fails to help the people it is supposed to because politicians ignore the Law of Unintended Consequences. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to a congressional plan to put payday lenders and other short-term lending institutions, such as the burgeoning online lenders, out of business.
          

ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೈ-ದಳ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ತಿರುಕನ ಕನಸು: ಸಿಟಿ ರವಿ ಲೇವಡಿ

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"ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್, ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್‌ನವ್ರಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ತಿರುಕನ ಕನಸು ಬೀಳ್ತಿರಬಹುದು. ಅವರ ತಿರುಕನ ಕನಸು ನನಸಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಜನತೆಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಹಿತ ಮುಖ್ಯ. ಜನ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಹಿತಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಿಜೆಪಿಯನ್ನೇ ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸ್ತಾರೆ,” - ಸಿಟಿ ರವಿ.
          

'ಸಿಎಂ ಪಟ್ಟಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್‌-ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್‌ ಹಗಲು ಕನಸು'! ಹೊಲಸು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಬೇಡ ಅಂದ್ರು ಸುಧಾಕರ್

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ತಮ್ಮ ಮಗನಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಪಟ್ಟ ಕೊಡಿಸೋದು ದೇವೇಗೌಡರ ಮಾತಿನ ಅರ್ಥ ಮತ್ತು ಅವರ ಆಸೆ. ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್‌ನಲ್ಲೂ ಕೆಲವು ನಾಯಕರು ನಾನೇ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಆಗ್ಬೇಕು ಅಂತಿದಾರೆ. ಆದ್ರೆ ಜನರ ಆಸೆ ಏನು ಅಂತ ತಿಳ್ಕೊಳ್ಳೋಕೆ ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 9ರವರೆಗೂ ಕಾಯಬೇಕು.
          

Smart Adeyemi Defeats Melaye, Wins Kogi West Senatorial Election

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Senator Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the Kogi West senatorial district election. The Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, announced on Saturday in Kogi State that Senator Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to defeat Senator Dino Melaye of […]
          

Appeal Court Upholds Governor Ortom’s Election

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has upheld the electoral victory of the Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom. The Court upheld the judgment of the lower tribunal and dismissed Ortom’s main challenger and the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Emmanuel Jime’s petition for lack of merit. The five-man […]
          

PURPLE EPISODE 1: “Is Democracy up for grabs?”

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As part of a month-long campaign called the Purple Project for Democracy, (a strictly non-partisan, apolitical effort that a number of other large news organizations have also contributed to) we are featuring a series of conversations about an alarming loss of trust, faith and devotion by Americans for American democracy -- and what to do about it. Bob is one of the Purple Project organizers.

Democracy is in trouble. Not necessarily because of our current political mayhem, or even because of the accumulated sins and failures of American society, but because vast swaths of the public are giving up on the system that has governed us for 243 years.

Here are some alarming data points: One, in 2018 only 33% of the general population expressed trust for government. Two, among 1400 adults asked about the importance of democracy, only 39% of younger participants said “absolutely important.” Three, in a 2018 Democracy Fund survey of 5000 Americans, 24% of respondents expressed support for “a strong leader who doesn’t have to bother with Congress or elections,” and either a “strong leader” and 18% for “army rule.

The more complicated question is what as a society we are to do about it? In this mini-series we’ll be talking that over, but we’ll begin with the actual state of public sentiment and public participation. Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University and Co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. He and Bob discuss potential solutions for taking on widespread disaffection.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Utter hypocrisy

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To get a current measure of Democratic/liberal hypocrisy, just read the articles about Joe Biden's son (if you can find any), and instead of reading "Hunter Biden," insert "Eric Trump." Try to imagine if the press coverage or congressional interest would be any different.

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新刊『スノーデン 独白』とインタヴューでたどる、世界一有名な告発者の軌跡

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「新刊『スノーデン 独白』とインタヴューでたどる、世界一有名な告発者の軌跡」の写真・リンク付きの記事はこちら

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エドワード・スノーデンは、間違いなく世界一有名な告発者だ。しかし、実名を明らかにする前は、数多くの偽名に隠れて生きてきた。

米国家安全保障局(NSA)のトップシークレットをジャーナリストにリークした際に使っていた仮名は、「シチズンフォー(Citizenfour)」「キンキナトゥス(Cincinnatus)」、「ヴェラックス(Verax)」などである。ヴェラックスは、ラテン語で「真実を語る者」を意味する単語だ。これは内部告発サイト「ウィキリークス」創始者、ジュリアン・アサンジが使っていた古いハンドルネーム「Mendax(メンダックス、『ウソを語る者』の意)」をもじっている。

新たに刊行された回想録『スノーデン 独白 消せない記録』で、スノーデンは長く使われていなかったほかのハンドルネームについても触れている。

「シュライク」「コーウィン」「ベルガリオン」。そして早熟な子ども時代、オンライン掲示板でコンピューターチップの互換性に関する素人っぽい質問をするために使っていた「qu33ker」。いずれもオンラインゲームや掲示板用のハンドルネームで、彼がティーンエイジャーだった90年代にTシャツのように手に入れては捨てていったものだ。

彼は気ままに昔のアイデンティティを脱ぎ、別の新しいアイデンティティを身につけることで、過去の失敗やオンラインチャットで試した恥ずかしいアイデアと決別してきた。ときには、その新たな仮名を使って、以前の自分自身を攻撃することさえあった。進歩したいまの自分の立場から、無知な人間だった一週間前の自分を否定するのである。

失われて久しい過去のインターネットは、ネットの住人たちに対して、望めば毎日でも押せる「人生のリセットボタン」を提供していた。いまもそれを懐かしむスノーデンは、『WIRED』US版にこう語る。

「経験の幅を広げること。挑戦と失敗の繰り返しによってバランスのとれた人間になること。こうしたことを通じて、わたしたちは自分が何者であり、何者になりたいのかを知ります。しかし、いまの若い世代はそういうチャンスを奪われています。彼らは、あらゆるネットワークで、有無を言わせず厳密に識別されてしまうからです。以前のわたしたちのように、忘れ去られたり、過ちを許してもらえたりする機会すら与えてもらえないのです」

オンラインは社会であり、教育の場だった

個人主義的で、一過性と匿名性をもつインターネットは、いかに消滅しようとしているのか。それを、スノーデン以上に暴いてきた人物はいない。

だがひょっとすると、そうしたインターネットは常に神話的存在だったのかもしれない(結局、スノーデンのチャットルームのひとつは、彼の悪名が高まったあともオンライン上に残っていた。このチャットルームでスノーデンは、「TheTrueHooha」という名で、拳銃から性生活に関する助言まで幅広い話題について語っていた)。

NSAの元局員や、スノーデンと同世代の人たちにとって、スノーデンが語るインターネットに対する考え方は、ニール・スティーヴンスンの小説や『ハッカー宣言』(どちらもスノーデンが伝染性単核球症を患っていたティーンエイジャー時代の読み物だ)、ジョン・ペリー・バーロウの「サイバースペース独立宣言」(スノーデンはこれを合衆国憲法前文に次いで記憶に留めていると書いていた)で祭り上げられているような創設神話である。

だが、彼が「最も心地よく成功したアナーキー」と呼ぶ90年代のインターネットは、スノーデンにとって社会であり教育の場だった。彼は、のちに妻となる女性ともレーティングサイト「HotOrNot.com」で知り合っている。

そんなデジタル時代が始まる前の世界とその消滅を記録するために、スノーデンは私生活をさらけ出してまで『スノーデン 独白』の執筆にあたったという。彼は本書を通して、世の中の人が以前よりも自分を理解してくれるようになるのではないかと語った。

「自分にとって、この本はただの回想録以上のものです。ひとりの人間としての自分の歴史を綴ると同時に、それはテクノロジー、システム、インターネット、米国の民主主義における時間と変化の歴史を綴ったものなのです」

理想の遊び場を守るため、青年は決断する

回想録は大きく3部にわけられる。諜報の世界に入るまでの人生、諜報コミュニティーでの疾風怒濤の7年間、そして告発者・逃亡者としての体験だ。

意外なことに、最初の約100ページを使って書かれているのは、スノーデンのいちばん「普通」な人生の一部である。極めて知的だが、どちらかというと目立たない高校中退者。だが、ここに書かれていることは決して無駄ではない。

むしろ青年期のあり方を描くことにより、米国家安全保障局(NSA)の仲間を裏切り、同局の秘密を暴露し、自らを追放へと導いた究極の決断の理由が、最もわかりやすく人間味のあるかたちで説明されている。これは、NSAで出世が望めるほど頭脳明晰でありながら、その雇用主とはまったく正反対の、インターネットへの純粋な理想をもつ野心的なギークの話なのである。

一見すると、本書はある人の稀有な体験をつづった伝記というよりも、米国のスノーデン世代の体験談のようにも読める。「9.11」という衝撃的な事件のあと、政府の仕事にしか興味をもたなくなった90年代の極端なオンラインキッズ。特殊部隊に加わろうとするも、基礎訓練中に両足をけがして挫折。その後、諜報コミュニティーに引き寄せられ、その世界で働くうちに、理想の遊び場であるインターネットが正反対のものに変えられていることに気づく。それは、誰にも知られず記録にも残されない、アナーキーへの重大な脅威だ。どんな犠牲を払ってでも、誰かがくい止めるべき脅威なのである。

そして、その「誰か」に自分がなるという決定的な決断以外、スノーデンによって語られる話は、似たような経験をもつ数え切れないほどのギークたちに通じる。

「わたしは平凡な人間です。過去の自分を分析してみて、自分には特筆すべきことがないとわかりました。告発したのが自分でなかったら、別の誰かがしたかもしれません。『告発者のエドワード・スノーデン』になるのは避けられませんでした。人は、誰かが異議を唱えるまで、良心に従って行動できるのです」と、彼は語った。

そんな彼の決断は、現実を変えることになる。2015年に米米国自由法が可決され、全米国人のメタデータをかき集めていた通話履歴収集活動が大幅に制限されたのである。

この通話履歴収集活動は、大量監視に関する告発のなかでも最もわかりやすい例だ。米国議会は現在、メタデータ収集を完全に終了させることも検討している。だが、こうした現実の変化は、米国政府高官たちによる二極化するスノーデンの評価に関しては、なんら影響を及ぼしていない。現に、民主党下院議員のアダム・シフはスノーデンを「告発者」と呼ぶことにすら疑問を呈し、トランプ政権国務長官マイク・ポンペオはスノーデンの処刑を要求している

シスアドは、いつだって最強

スノーデンの名が一躍有名になってからの6年間、世のほとんどの人は、彼が英雄か裏切り者かと議論しつづけている。その一方で、サイバーセキュリティコミュニティに属す多くの人は、スノーデンを単なる目立ちたがり屋の「IT野郎」として切り捨てた。監視にも、彼がのちに暴露することになるハッキング操作にも参加したことのない、単なるシスアド(システム管理者)にすぎないというのがその主張だ。

結論から言うと、半分は当たっている。スノーデンは、マイクロソフトのドキュメント共有システム「SharePoint」の管理や、NSAのデータ脱重複化および共有システム「ハートビート」「EPICSHELTER」の構築を担当していた。それが、彼のキャリアの頂点だったのだ。核施設のウェブサイトにあった比較的単純な脆弱性を10代のころに発見して報告したエピソード以外、ハッカーとしての腕前を証拠づけるものもたいしてない。

ところが、この“IT野郎”が、情報が財産である組織において最も権力をもつ人物のひとりであることがわかる。

スノーデンは世代間の隔たりを理解することでその座についた、若きITエリートのひとりである。CIAのデータセンターで働いていた時期、彼は得意になりながら年上の人々が働くITヘルプデスクの前をわざと通り、彼らがアクセスできない重要な機密情報が眠る区画まで歩いて行ったと書いている。

「ぼくはヘルプデスクの連中より何十歳も若かったし、彼らにはアクセス権がなく、今後も決してアクセスできないようなヴォールトにむかっていたのだ」

次に語られるのは、パイナップル畑の下の、冷戦時代の巨大トンネル内に位置するNSAハワイオフィスでの、最後のポジションについてである。「いまやぼくは情報共有局の唯一の従業員だ──つまりはぼくが情報共有局そのものということだ──だからまさに、どんな共有可能な情報があるかを知るのが仕事だった」

スノーデンはわたしたちと一緒にレジュメに目を通し、「ただのシスアド」という攻撃を笑い飛ばした。「ただのシスアドなんて存在しません。シスアドというのは、いつでもネットワーク全体で最強の人間なんです」

丸裸で生きていくことを強いられてきた

NSAにおけるキャリアの早い段階でスノーデンは、情報網に入り込む権限を利用して、中国の監視とインターネットコントロールに関する防諜活動情報を整理するように命じられた。これが、米国のインターネット監視システムとどの程度似ているのかについて考え始めた瞬間だった。

しかし、彼には「ITシャーマン」とデータ分散のエキスパートというメインの役割があったため、スノーデンは日常的な監視活動にほとんど参加することなく、外部観察者という信念に基づいた姿勢を保っていた。NSAの監視に関して最大限のアクセスをもちながら、他者に追及させないという最小限の共犯性だ。

『スノーデン 独白』では、スノーデンの関心の的と人生を変えた「雇用主(NSA)をデジタルに骨抜きする」という決断の理由が、何か特定の権力濫用ではないことも明らかにされている(ただし、彼は本のなかで、組織内における「LOVEINT」の例を大量に挙げた。LOVEINTとは、スタッフが恋愛や過去の恋人関係に絡んだスパイ活動をすることだ)。

むしろスノーデンは、パノプティコン(全展望型の大量監視システム)になりうるシステムの構築を告発の理由に挙げた。彼はこのシステムを「ターンキー・ティラニー(看守専制)」と呼ぶ。それは、すべての人のすべての事柄を記録するためのあらゆるツールが揃っていて、権力をもつ者の気まぐれで個人の私生活が暴かれるのシステムだ。

それこそ、スノーデンが自らの人生を捧げてまで暴きたかったことである。「システムの構築自体が権力の濫用です。わたしたちは権力を前にして、丸裸で生きていくことを強いられてきたのです」と彼は話す。

トランプ政権下の冷酷な移民政策を強化するために、税関・国境警備局や移民・関税執行局のような組織が、監視の範囲を広げている。このような人権侵害の例は、大規模な変化の兆候にすぎないとスノーデンは言う。「ドナルド・トランプが問題なのではなく、問題がトランプを生み出したのです」

監視がゆるく、匿名であり、無秩序だったインターネット時代に対する彼のノスタルジアは、もちろんネット荒らしや「言論の自由」を求めるオルタナ右翼など、トランプの登場を背景にしたオンライン上の勢力の台頭を説明するものではない。

しかし、「言論の自由」という点に関しては、スノーデンは「合衆国修正憲法第1条」の絶対主義者だ。「言論の自由自体は、自由な社会への入場料です。最悪の人間に対する最高の対応は、相手を恐れることではなく正していくことであり、沈黙ではなく挑戦することです」と彼は言う。

ハワイから香港、そしてモスクワへ

スノーデンの生い立ちや暴露に至る動機はさておき、『スノーデン 独白』の最終章では、リークに至る過程が詳細に述べられている。

デジタルトラックを隠すために、ハワイ周辺で脆弱なWi-FiネットワークにノートPCから侵入した「ウォードライブ」[編註:自動車などで移動しながら無線LANのアクセスポイント(AP)を探す行為]から、ハワイ、香港、モスクワへの逃亡までが語られる。

さらに、これまで過小評価されていた、ウィキリークスのサラ・ハリソンの、スノーデンの支援者としての役割についても新たな記述がなされている。クライマックスは、ロシア連邦保安庁担当官とモスクワ空港で会話する緊張の場面だ。

担当官は最善を尽くし、すみやかに彼をロシアの情報財産として受け入れようと提案する。だがスノーデンは、その話し合いの内容が秘密裏に録音され、意にそぐわないかたちで編集・転用されることを避けるために、担当官の話をさえぎって早々に提案を拒否したという。

スノーデンは、それ以前にロシア情報部と何らかの接触があったかについては、きっぱりと否定している。結局のところ彼は、NSAの機密文書をロシアには1枚も持ち込んでいなかった。

「頭の中の知識だけが、わたしがもっているもののすべてでした。しかも、それをロシア側に差し出す気もなかったんです」と、彼は言う。スノーデンは自分が生きていること自体、つまりロシアから米国ではなく、逆にプーチンのロシアに亡命せざるをえなかった米国人の人権活動家として存在すること自体が、米国にとって屈辱であり、クレムリンはそれだけで満足していると考えている。

人生はいつも、モニターのなかに

スノーデンには、ハワイを離れてから長期間にわたって生き残るための計画がなかった。

告発者となった動機に関する訴訟上の防御権が保障されるなら、裁判所に出頭するために帰国する覚悟があるとも繰り返し述べている。しかし、それはいつでも帰国できるという意味ではない。スノーデンには、スパイ活動法違反の嫌疑がかけられている。最重要の情報をジャーナリストにリークしたことは、外国政府に秘密を売ったことと何ら違いがないとされているのだ。

一方、トランプとプーチンの友好関係から、外交上の「プレゼント」として米国への帰国がありえるともたびたび取り沙汰されている。この可能性についてスノーデンは、どうにもならない運命の要素として自分では考えないようにしている。

スノーデンは、残りの人生をロシアで過ごさなければならないのなら、それでも仕方がないと話す。いまは、モスクワで結婚した妻のリンジィとアパートで暮らしている。ハワイやメリーランドでよく食べていた米国のファストフードも、モスクワで同じように食べられる。報道の自由財団(Freedom of the Press Foundation)の理事も務めている。

現在の彼は、同僚のパソコンのモニターや会議用システムロボットにだけ姿を見せながら、ジャーナリストのためのデジタルセキュリティ改善ツールを構築する計画を牽引しているところだ。

スノーデンが自らを「家猫」と呼ぶように、彼はどこで暮らすことになろうとオンラインの世界の存在として生き続ける。「わたしの人生はいつも、パソコンのモニターを媒介にしています。それをニューヨークやベルリン、モスクワで観ることに、何の違いがあるのでしょうか? どれも同じインターネットなのです」とスノーデンは語った。


          

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U.S. Backs Hong Kong Protesters After Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Election

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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: How, if at all, could a new U.S. law change the fight for democracy in Hong Kong? China's government has summoned the U.S. ambassador for a conversation. It is safe to say that Chinese officials are telling Terry Branstad of their displeasure. President Trump signed a law passed by Congress. That law promises sanctions on Chinese officials who violate human rights in Hong Kong. David Rennie is with us this morning to talk about that and more. He is The Economist's Beijing bureau chief. Welcome back to the program, David. DAVID RENNIE: Hello. INSKEEP: First, I have to ask, as best you can tell, is Beijing symbolically upset or seriously upset by this law? RENNIE: No. They are seriously upset, and you can tell that because if you're based in Beijing and you have off-the-record conversations with pretty senior Chinese officials, as I have in the last few days, they are full of the idea that all of these protests are being whipped
          

What Did OMB Know About Trump's Order To Freeze Ukraine Aid?

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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: What did White House budget officials know about President Trump's order to freeze aid to Ukraine, and what did they make of it? One of them says he warned the White House that delaying the aid might be illegal. His name is Mark Sandy. A senior career official at the White House budget office, he was the only budget official to testify in the impeachment inquiry, at least thus far. And House Democrats released the transcript to his closed-door deposition last night. NPR's congressional reporter Claudia Grisales is with us for more. Claudia, good morning. Can you... CLAUDIA GRISALES, BYLINE: Good morning. MARTIN: ...Tell us more about Mark Sandy's concerns? GRISALES: Yes, Sandy said he immediately shared these concerns that the hold on aid could violate the law. He said he learned about this hold on July 18. It was unclear how long it would stay in place and why. He reported that worry to a top OMB official, Mark Duffy (ph) - I
          

News Brief: Impeachment Inquiry, Opioid Crisis, Amazon Workers

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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The order came from the president of the United States - do not distribute the nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. But he didn't give a reason, at least not to staff at the Office of Management and Budget. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: That's all according to a new transcript of closed-door testimony. Mark Sandy gave it. He's a career official at the OMB. That office works as a branch of the White House, helping the president run the government. Mr. Sandy was involved when the president held up military aid to Ukraine. He knew the payment had been approved by Congress and signed into law by the president himself. MARTIN: So NPR congressional reporter Claudia Grisales is with us to kind of walk through what we've learned from this testimony and another. Claudia, thanks for being with us. CLAUDIA GRISALES, BYLINE: Thank you. Good morning. MARTIN: Good morning. So let's talk this through. Mark Sandy was concerned about the
          

NY Congressman Introduces Proposed Purple Heart Flag Act

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Under the so-called Purple Heart Flag Act, such an official standard would be created and, as part of federal facilities flag protocol, displayed on specific days.
          

Only lawmaker to have worked 3 impeachment probes says Trump's Ukraine conduct 'more serious' than Nixon's Watergate

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The only lawmaker to have worked on three congressional impeachment probes said Sunday that President Donald Trump's conduct involving Ukraine "is more serious" than former President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.

          

GOP congressman says having attorneys at impeachment hearing would be to the 'President's advantage'

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A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee argued Sunday that it would benefit President Donald Trump to have his counsel participate in the committee's upcoming impeachment hearings.

          

Former congressman Joe Sestak drops out of 2020 presidential race - CNBC

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  1. Former congressman Joe Sestak drops out of 2020 presidential race  CNBC
  2. Joe Sestak ends long-shot 2020 Democratic presidential campaign  CNN
  3. Joe Sestak drops out of presidential race  CBS News
  4. Joe Sestak ends 2020 presidential bid  POLITICO
  5. Former Pa. congressman Joe Sestak exits presidential race | TheHill  The Hill
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Scott Fitzgerald is running for Congress. Some colleagues want his job as state Senate leader.

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A quiet campaign is unfolding in the Wisconsin Capitol — one to determine who will be in charge of the state Senate's Republican caucus.
      

          

Clinton/Trump inquiry claim by Kind is on the money

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says "I am the only member of Congress that voted for both inquiries -- the Clinton inquiry and now the Trump inquiry."
      

          

WA Farmworkers: Congress' Path-to-Citizenship Bill Flawed

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WA Farmworkers: Congress' Path-to-Citizenship Bill Flawed SEATTLE – Farm-industry leaders are cheering a bill in Congress that would provide a path to legal status for the workers they hire. But those laborers remain skeptical. Co-authored by Rep. ...(Read More)
          

U.C. SoundByte - Trumpcare

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Today, the repeal and replace proposal for Obamacare was relegated to a no-vote. The Republicans in Congress were not able to get enough support to push the the proposal to a vote, marking a pretty significant defeat for President Trump, Speak Paul Ryan and the other Senate and House Republicans.a


          

Episode 20 - Obama's Farewell

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We are back in Episode 20 with a full breakdown of President Obama's final address to the nation! We also discuss the new intelligence report about President-Elect Trump, and the Congressional Black Caucus and its fight to keep a controversial painting in the halls of Congress. Finally, we celebrate pop culture with a discussion about some of the African Americans that won big at the 2017 Golden Globes. We hope you join us!

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Mango EMEX, the new Mexican mango quality brand

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The II International Mango Congress, which was organized by EMEX (Mexico's Mango Exporters Association) and held from November 20 to 22 in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), has set the new course for this fruit, as Mexico's mango is an undisputed leader in quality and international prestige. During the meeting,…
          

Congresso Eucarístico Nacional Belém em 1953. Onde hoje está a Praça Waldemar Henrique.

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ETAC Urges Senators to Drop Campaign Against I Fund Change

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Federal employee interest groups are urging Congress to back off of its fight against changing the I Fund.
          

Mailvox: the success dealers

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A former candidate for Congress explains how it works:
Back in [REDACTED], I had been moved to righteous anger to run for political office, Congress, in my [REDACTED] district which was being weakly held by a non-progressive Democrat.  There were a number of Republican contenders, but the local party had picked one of their donors, an unfortunate blockhead with inherited money.  I took exception to this and pulled a Trump-to-Jeb! on the dude at every public engagement, which only earned the ire of the local party for my uppitiness and Ron Pauline views on government.

At a fundraiser dinner, I had a small coterie and the other candidates had theirs, larger and smaller, and I was surprised when a delegation of state Republicans - well known and connected - came over and asked me to join them at their table.  I obliged.  They showered me with compliments - how they liked my style, how I was clearly the one with the brains and ability to win etc - and then asked what path I was taking, where did I want to go: executive branch, senate, state politics, or if Congress was my goal.  I told them Congress was where I felt I could be most useful, and they pulled out a diagram that had my name on [a state organization] for a number of years, then county supervisor, then Congress.  They told me that this was not only the path they envisioned, but the path they could guarantee. Their words. All I had to do was drop out and endorse the blockhead. But he'll lose, I argued, and explained exactly why.  They nodded in agreement and said, we know. That's how we know you'll win here in [REDACTED].

They were offering me a seat in Congress if I played their game, changed my views, endorsed their loser, and then they would rig the system to ensure victory. Not MY victory, but THEIR victory with me as their puppet. I told them no, thank you, I was my own man and I'd rise and fall on that merit. They said the doors were always open and then went to the next table where a woman was also running for the same seat. They showed her a different diagram.  Two years later she was the Republican nominee for US Senate.

God was looking out for me.  But the point is that you are absolutely right - there are people who will buy your soul and they roam about like wolves preying on the ambitious, vain, or naive.
I've personally seen this sort of thing play out in music, media, politics, and publishing. I've heard about it from those who were offered the ticket in Hollywood, both in television and in movies. David Chapelle has spoken openly about the latter... hence Africa. And the modus operandi is always more or less the same. One little knee, one little submission, is all they initially ask of you to give you whatever you want and more.

They are success dealers, and the first hit is almost free....

Keep this in mind if you're tempted to accuse people of being jealous of those who are wealthier, more famous, or more successful. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I'm not jealous of anyone who has taken the ticket. I know the price they are paying and it isn't one that I was willing to pay.
          

Now where have I heard that term before?

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Adam Schiff has publicly floated the idea of the House holding onto the articles of impeachment instead of passing them on to the Senate as "a sealed indictment":
We now have the spectacle of Bug-eyes Schiff and former Michigan Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm laying out a scenario on the Sunday morning talk shows in which the seditious Democrats would go ahead and vote on articles of impeachment before congress recesses for the Christmas holidays, but then hold them up indefinitely while the House Intelligence Committee under Schiff’s control continues its clown show witch hunt.

The Democrat theory of the day being that Republicans can’t begin a Senate trial until the articles have been formally transmitted to them by the House. Here is what Schiff had to say to CNN’s fake host Jake Tapper:

“We have continued to learn more information every day. And I think that is going to continue,” he said on CNN. “So, we may have to file addendums to that report. We may have other depositions and hearings to do.”

Later on the same program, after Schiff laid out his strategy for ongoing investigations as far as the eye can see, Granholm detailed the other side of this latest un-American tactic:

 “It is important to consider as Democrats to slow our roll a little bit. I was glad to hear that Adam Schiff said there is other information and this is not the end of things. And people are saying before you toss it over to the Senate, why don’t you take your vote on what you’ve heard and just hold it. Seal it, like a sealed indictment until you’ve gathered what you think is necessary to convince the jury that has already made up its mind. I don’t think we’re there yet.”

Yeah, sure, just seal it like an indictment, and keep the nation in limbo for as long as ol’ Bug-eyes sees fit.

This of course is what is known in the DC Swamp as a “trial balloon.” Schiff and Granholm obviously coordinated their remarks in advance to roll this concept out and see what kind of reaction it creates in the public and among their corrupt media toadies like Fake Jake Tapper.
It's not a trial balloon, it's a hapless bluff meant to stop the forces of the God-Emperor from unsealing all the thousands of indictments that will launch the long-awaited Swarm. And, of course, it is a virtual admission that the case for impeachment the Democrats have constructed is bound to fail. Which is precisely why the President should not accept their tacit offer of leaving things with the status quo; he has them on the ropes, he knows it, and now he knows they know it too.
          

Congresso sobre Primeiríssima Infância reúne 12 cidades

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O auditório Elis Regina, no Complexo Argos, foi palco na manhã deste sábado da segunda edição do Congresso Regional do Programa São Paulo pela Primeiríssima Infância, que reuniu representantes de 12 cidades do estado. O evento está alinhado com as ações desenvolvidas pela gestão do prefeito Luiz Fernando Machado para o programa “Jundiaí Cidade das […]
          

Eighth Session of the Slovenian-Turkish Joint Economic Commission

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The eighth session of the Slovenian-Turkish Joint Economic Commission, co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Dr Miro Cerar and the Minister for Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey Dr Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, was held at Brdo Congress Centre today.
          

US-China Trade Talks Stalled Due to Hong Kong Legislation - Reports

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States-China trade negotiations have stalled due to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, news website Axios cited sources close to the matter as saying.
          

Re: Why I'm running for Congress

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WHY DO MOST EGALITARIANS GET THEIR HISTORY OF SOCIALISM COMPLETELY BACKWARD?

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Many "levelers" (economic egalitarians or collectivists) believe that "Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy.
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Re: Becoming a climate leader

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A cornerstone of Gore’s strategy was to ensure that all high-ranking government officials who had any involvement with funding policies relating to climate change were in line with his vision. These agencies included the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
An example of his power was shown when physicist Dr. William Happer, then Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, testified before Congress in 1993 that scientific data did not support the hypothesis of manmade global warming.
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Re: Why I'm running for Congress

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Extremely well stated! All freedom loving Americans in this area need to fully support Andy for one solid step in rejecting socialism.
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[원서] Mladen Pavic - Quantum Computation and Quantum Communication Theory and Experiments-Springer Science+Business Media, Inc (2006)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead Democratic delegation to UN climate conference

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead Democratic delegation to UN climate conference"It is a privilege to accompany a high-level Congressional delegation to Spain to combat the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis,” Pelosi stated.



          

Kamala Harris' campaign manager is under fire, receives blame for decline

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Kamala Harris' campaign manager is under fire, receives blame for declineSen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) isn't bouncing back after a precipitous decline in the Democratic presidential race -- and fingers are starting to point at her campaign manager.Juan Rodriguez has drawn the ire of both camapaign staffers and outside observers, The New York Times reports. "This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly," state operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher wrote in a resignation letter obtained by the Times.Mehlenbacher clarified she still supported Harris as a candidate, but did not have confidence in the campaign's leadership. She specifically cited the campaign's decision to move people from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland, and then "lay them off with no notice" and "without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them."Harris and other senior staff members were reportedly blindsided and angered by the extent of the layoffs, and some aides reportedly found out about them from junior aides and the press rather than Rodriguez himself.One of Harris' congressional supporters, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), said she told the senator she needs to make a change. "The weakness is at the top, and it's clearly Juan," she said. "He needs to take responsibility -- that's where the buck stops."More stories from theweek.com NBC's Chuck Todd was flabbergasted by a Republican senator's claim that the former Ukrainian president worked for Hillary Clinton What the Moomins can tell us about fighting climate despair The Democratic primary’s generational divide



          

Will never give up Hindutva ideology: Uddhav

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Congress and NCP may have joined forces with Shiv Sena on the latter’s promise that it will commit to secularism, but just a day after clearing the floor test, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said in the assembly that he would never abandon Hindutva. He also took a swipe at Devendra Fadnavis, hinting at that the latter didn’t keep his “promise” to Sena. “To keep a promise is also part of my Hindutva."
          

Lockdown for White House in safety scare

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The White House and US Congress were locked down for nearly an hour on Tuesday over a suspected airspace intrusion over Washington, but hours later officials still had no explanation for what triggered
          

Trump faces two deadlines as US Congress ramps up impeachment focus

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US President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress this week as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.
          

Argentina: abortion rights in sight

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Pro-choice campaigners are hopeful that Argentinian president-elect Alberto Fernández will act on his promise to put a pro-choice bill to Congress. An attempt to legalise abortion was narrowly lost last year, when the Senate decided against removing a law penalising women who have an abortion with up to four year’s in jail. Green Left Weekly’s Pip Hinman asked Rosana Fanjul, a long-term activist in the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion Campaign in Buenos Aires, about the prospects for a pro-choice law, now a new government has been elected.

Can you please first tell us something about yourself?

I’m the granddaughter of Dr Dora Coledesky, a pioneer of this struggle since 1988, who died in 2009. Since 2015, my 20 year-old daughter has also become an activist. Having young people become active in the campaign since the Ni Una Menos (Not One Less, a movement to highlight and stop violence against women) march of 2015, has provided it with an important focus — which is about the right to have desires and to enjoy our bodies, something that is still socially questioned.

How would you assess the impact of the huge pro-abortion campaign on the election of president-elect Alberto Fernandez?

The national movement for the right to legal, safe and free abortion, questioned each candidate. Everyone was asked to talk about their stand on abortion. Even in televised debates, the presidential candidates were asked about their position. Many candidates wore our green handkerchiefs — the symbol of our struggle.

President-elect Alberto Fernandez stated he was in favour and showed he was across the arguments. Other candidates played with the legal confusion between decriminalisation and legalisation.

But while Fernandez’ position was clear, his electoral list included candidates who did not support abortion rights.

Likewise the Cambiemos list, headed by former president Mauricio Macri, included both opinions. 

I’m not sure that the election result was tipped by this debate, but I do believe the massive campaign would have guaranteed millions of votes for the new government.

Until today, no political party or movement has been capable of mobilising such a large number of people as this campaign has done.

So the legal right to abortion is closer to becoming law?

Absolutely.  We believe it will be no later than 2020. But having an elected president who is in favour of abortion  does not guarantee it, because the churches still have a lot of political and economic power and they do not support abortion rights.

But, even though the movement lacks money and infrastructure, we have reached the point where the word “abortion” is in everyone’s vocabulary.

Our campaign, which has been built up step-by-step over many years, has meant we have a solid foundation for this reform.

We are saying that this right has to be based on the sexual autonomy of the woman, or the pregnant person, and their human rights and social equality.

As young people have made this right their personal fight, it also means that, sooner or later, our bill will be passed.

Can you spell out what you want in the new law?

We are campaigning for government compliance with the Pregnancy Legal Interruption Protocol (PLI) which, since 1921, has ruled that abortion is legal in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s health. Sex with a child under 13 is considered rape.

The PLI is not being complied with and this means working with health professionals to ensure people have the right to choose all over Argentina. Currently, there are a high number of maternal deaths from complications from abortions.

We are also working for the Comprehensive Sexual Education Law, in force since 2006, to be complied with. We’re doing this through a network of “right to choose” teachers.

We want to have our Voluntary Pregnancy Interruption bill approved. Our campaign is based on three demands: sexual education to decide; contraceptives so as to not have to abort; and legal abortion so as to not die.

We need all three for our rights to be guaranteed.

We made it clear in the debate in Congress that we are prepared to fight any battle with solid arguments and without imposing our personal beliefs onto others, not making judgments about other people’s bodies.

What are the next steps in this campaign?

Once we know when the 2019 bill will be debated, we will probably organise out the front of the National Congress, to show how much interest there is to have it passed.

We also have many different ongoing activities: we never stop campaigning in all possible spaces. For example, we campaign for schools to guarantee they will apply the Sexual Education Law through our network of teachers for the right to choose, who also work building law subjects.

We are also demanding free and adequate contraception, which is not included in the Sexual Education and Responsible Procreation Law.

We will continue to demand that abortions are performed legally and have formed a network of professionals for the right to choose that guarantees that.

We give classes at universities on what constitutes a professional approach to abortion rights.

Every year, we participate in a national meeting of women in La Plata. At the 34th meeting, a week ago, we organised 13 strategy workshops, all attracting capacity crowds. Afterwards, we all marched to show the movement’s strength.

Deaths from clandestine abortions amount to state femicide; it is a major public health and social justice issue.

We will represent those women who have died, so they are not forgotten.

We will fight to have the bill passed promptly, so there are no more deaths. 

We will also take part in international meetings and congresses on the topic, since this is an issue that goes beyond South America.

We are also building towards a massive march for legal abortion on February 19, the anniversary of the handkerchief march for legal abortion and International Women Day on March 8.

Argentinian protest for the right to abortion in 2006. Photo: Wikimedia.

          

In defence of human rights in Chile: An open letter to the Australian community

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A Chile solidarity protest in Sydney on October 27.
November 27, 2019

We express our deep concerns about human rights violations taking place in Chile, including the de facto war that billionaire President Sebastian Piñera has unleashed on his people. 

On October 18, Chilean students took to the streets to protest a hike in public transport fares. There have been many rallies and marches throughout the past 30 years against rising costs and neoliberal policies that have widened the gap between rich and poor (0.01% of the population controls 12% of all wealth in Chile) and made the living conditions of the majority of Chileans completely unbearable. Successive governments have done little to meet people's demands and basic needs. Chile is one of the most privatised and inequitable countries in the world.  

This time, in response, Piñera deployed more than 12,000 soldiers and police to quash those expressions of discontent. While the military have now returned to their barracks, Piñera has indicated he will table a bill allowing him to use the military to protect infrastructure, that is, to get them on the streets without a state of emergency being declared. Soon more than 4000 police officers (reservists, etc.) will join the Carabineros (national police force) on the streets. 

More than 20 people (most of them young) have been brutally assassinated and the Chilean Medical Association has confirmed that more than 220 people have been irreversibly blinded as a result of being shot directly in the face by police.

The National Institute of Human Rights of Chile (NIHR) has confirmed that agents of the state have established clandestine detention and torture centres, leading to the lodgement of more than 380 criminal complaints of torture, including for the rape of women and children, by agents of the state.

More than 2300 people have been severely injured, half of them as a result of being shot at intentionally, and more than 7000 people have been arrested. Community members and students have been arrested and disappeared, bringing memories of the bloody regime of the US-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

These systematic and state-sponsored human rights abuses aim to repress but also to instil fear and stop demonstrations. Piñera's actions in not prosecuting state agents perpetrating such abuses are reprehensible, leading to calls for his impeachment.

Last month, according to Chilean pollster Cadem, Piñera had a 14% approval rating, making it the lowest since the rule of Pinochet. According to another poll (Pulso Ciudadano), 56% of the population think Piñera should resign, as is the case with largely discredited and perennial MPs. To avoid losing control of Congress, Piñera and a number of those MPs have agreed to allow a plebiscite in April 2020 on the establishment of a new Constitution. If genuine, this plebiscite could remove the legacy of Pinochet, the most criminal and fascist regime in Chile’s history.

However, this largely unrepresentative group of MPs has imposed a 2/3 majority to approve changes to the current Constitution. This is unacceptable, as it will perpetuate the system of deep economic abuse and inequality which has led to this revolt.

Within Latin America, Chile is an important trading partner for Australia, as the country hosts a large number of Australian companies, and on March 6, 2009 the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement entered into force. Chile has blatantly breached its international obligations to preserve human rights, and Australian business, politicians and the community must not condone those violations. 

We demand that Piñera’s government immediately remove all armed forces from the streets of Chile and stop this senseless slaughter. We demand unfettered participation in the plebiscite via community consultation and a universal vote. We demand that the new Constitution guarantee access to free health and education, a taxation system which distributes wealth equitably, the right to freedom of expression and diversity in the media, dignified pension benefits to the elderly, the decriminalisation of dissent, protection of natural resources and the environment, and constitutional recognition of Chile’s first nations.

Chileans want peace.

Signed by: 

Dr Rodrigo Acuña — Independent researcher

Dr Tim Anderson — Director, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies

Steve Church — PhD candidate, University of New South Wales

Federico Fuentes — Writer

Dr Waldo Fabian Garrido — Lecturer, University of Western Sydney

Dr Pablo Leighton — Editor, Latin American Research Platform

Dr James Robert Levy — Researcher, University of New South Wales

Antony Loewenstein — Independent journalist, writer and film maker

Victor Marillanca — Journalist

Dr Colm Mcnaughton — Literature lecturer, Trinity College, Melbourne University

Humphrey McQueen — Historian and Canberra activist

Gustavo Mártin Montenegro — Masters (Hons) in Latin American Studies

Dr Hannah Middleton — Social anthropologist (retired)

Carlos Eduardo Morreo — Associate lecturer, Australian National University

Professor Adam Morton — Department of Political Economy, Sydney University

Associate Professor Sara C Motta — Head of Politics, University of Newcastle

Adriana Navarro — Lawyer

Marlene Obeid — Social worker

John Pilger — Journalist

Dr Peter Ross — Honorary senior lecturer, University of New South Wales

A Chile solidarity protest in Sydney on October 27. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

          

Georgia Senate seat for Bakkt CEO Kelly Loefller |

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Crypto New Media     •     December 1, 2019, 12:13 pm
Crypto New Media Press A Senate seat for Bakkt CEO? Well, some years this would have been surprising news but not these days. Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler could become a senate in the state of Georgia…
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Will Libra be able to operate in the U.S. if Congress classifies stablecoins as securities?
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The hosts are talking network effects, ad-hoc audits and more with early Bitcoin developer and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.
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Cleveland Newspaper Torches Jim Jordan For His Disgusting Behavior

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The Cleveland Plains Dealer has published a scathing op-ed attacking Republican Representative Jim Jordan for his disgusting behavior both in Congress and throughout his life. The Plains Dealer is the paper for Jordan’s district, and this attack might end up resonating with the voters he will soon have to go home and face. Ring of […]

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Joe Sestek drops out of 2020 race.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/01/us/politics/joe-sestak-ends-presidential-campaign.html Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, a former Navy admiral who made history in 2006 as the highest-ranked military officer elected to Congress, announced on Sunday that he was dropping out of the presidential race. Didn't even know he was running, but I suppose his base has to go somewhere now.
          

18° Congresso FIR a Reggio Emilia

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15 paesi rappresentati, 50 delegati da tutta Europa, 19 associazioni, 3 lingue ufficiali e 60 volontari dell’Anpi di Reggio Emilia al lavoro. Sono i numeri del XVIII° Congresso della Federazione Internazionale dei Resistenti e dei perseguitati politici dei regimi nazista e fascista, che si è concluso ieri all’hotel Astoria di Reggio Emilia. Nel documento conclusivo […]
          

A claim has been filed against U.S. congress for the crime of slavery in all of its forms!

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PUBLISHED BY THE REIGN OF THE HEAVENS SOCIETY POST ON 11-25-2019 INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE INTERNATIONAL CLAIM AGAINST THE U.S. CONGRESS The people for The United States of America hereby lodge this claim into the International Record against the U.S. congress for the crime of slavery in all of its forms. Official Record: LINK Published by […]
          

Trade Talk Tuesday – USMCA (NAFTA), Not China

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Image result for usmca cartoon"We might have another trade deal!

Yeah, that's right, I'm going to pretend to be excited about signing the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal and I'm going to pretend it's not just NAFTA with a different name and I'm going to pretend that deal wasn't supposedly all set 18 months ago and is only finally being ratified by Congress in a meaningless gesture that changes nothing.  Of course, it's not ACTUALLY being ratified but – PROGRESS IS BEING MADE – so the market is, of course higher.

Meanwhile, back in the real World, China's Ministry of Commerce says "external rumors" about the trade talks are not accurate and that the "so called" phase-one agreement may not be completed until next year as Beijing presses for greater reductions in tariffs and the Trump Administration pushes back with its own demands.  Trump has, so far, been sticking to his threat that tariffs will INCREASE on Dec 15th – it's very hard to imagine any deal getting done if that happens, as it would then look like China is breaking under Trump's tariff pressure and China would rather walk away than look weak.  

At least Alibaba (BABA) is having a good day, raising $11.2Bn in Hong Kong despite stores being shuttered and the streets smokey with tear gas.  BABA stock popped 6.5% this morning as they raised money on that exchange though that was already anticipated in a weeklong run on their Nasdaq proxy (BABA) – so don't expect the same over here as it came in right around their original HK target of $24, which they then lowered, so they could beat it.

Alibaba’s share sale was the largest offering of any kind in Hong Kong since 2010. The money raised by Alibaba will be added to the company’s cash pile, which is now $43 Billion – enough to buy M, JWN, KSS, BBY, BBBY, LB AND HBI – if they ever want to escape Hong Kong's Democracy and come to America…  

China’s banking sector grew riskier over the last year, with about 13% of the nation’s 4,379 banks and other financial firms considered “high risk” by the central bank.  Over in Japan, The IMF called on Japan’s government and central bank to …
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Image result for china protest"The Futures are up again – yawn! 

Progress was made on the Trade War – again – as China agreed to raise the penaties they never enforce on IP Theft over the weekend but keep in mind our expectations have been lowered so much that the market is now celbrating SOME progress on a PARTIAL trade deal – 2 years after the fact!  When did we all become such idiots?  Because of the trade progress, Trump has left the Hong Kong protesters out on a limb by refusing (so far) to sign Congresses bill sanctioning China for their brutal crackdown.

Fortunately, Hong Kong citizens weren't waiting for Trump and Putin's approval and they went to the polls this weekend and overhwelmingly voted for pro-Democracy (the thing Trump and Putin are against) candidates who won 90% of the seats up for grabs with a record 71.2% turnout at the polls despite China's voter intimidation tactics.  This is very worrying for Trump and the GOP, who are counting on their own voter intimidation tactics to keep potential Democratic supporters away next November.  

Hong Kong's embattled Government took a page out of Team Trump's playbook and attempted to spin reality with this statement:

"There are various analyses and interpretations in the community in relation to the results, and quite a few are of the view that the results reflect people's dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society, (The government) will listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect."

Image result for china protest"Democratic candidates on Hong Kong ran on a central theme of "Five Key Demands" from the protests, which boil down to this:

  1. Withdraw the extradition bill that kicked off the entire crisis (since achieved)
  2. Launch an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality
  3. Retract any categorization of a protest on June 12 as a "riot"
  4. Amnesty for arrested protesters
  5. Introducing universal suffrage for how the Chief Executive and Legislative Council are elected.

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Geriatri: andare in pensione fa male alla ‘salute percepita’

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Entro i primi due anni dal momento in cui si va in pensione aumentano gli eventi cardiovascolari, la depressione e il ricorso a medici e specialisti. Secondo i dati forniti da studi internazionali, l’incremento è tra il 2 e il 2,5%. E’ emerso nell’ambito del 64mo Congresso nazionale della Società italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria […]
          

ESC Hotline SessionsA wide range of results from late-breaking trials were presented at the ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology

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They covered subjects such as complete revascularization, effects of oxygen in non-hypoxaemic or mildly hypoxaemic patients, comparable 10-year survival of bypass surgery, and coronary stenting yield, comparison of a reperfusion strategy with interhospital transport for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared to fibrinolysis, and decline in medication use after heart surgery, among many other areas.
          

LA SCELTA ANTITUMORE del dott. Giuseppe DI BELLA Prevenzione, terapia farmacologica e stile di vita

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LA SCELTA ANTITUMORE Prevenzione, terapia farmacologica e stile di vita di Giuseppe DI BELLA (Macro edizioni www.gruppomacro.com UNO editori www.unoeditori.com) è un libro indispensabile per saperne di più sul Metodo Di Bella, un valido metodo scientifico osteggiato dal sistema.
Ti spiega in cosa consiste oggi la terapia e quali sono i risultati concreti supportati da una documentatissima letteratura scientifica.
La multiterapia ideata dal prof. Luigi Di Bella (padre di Giuseppe) riscuote ampi e autorevoli riconoscimenti internazionali con innumerevoli testimonianze dei miglioramenti dei malati.

Questo è un libro 4D: ovvero un libro che va oltre la carta. Oltre alle pagine da leggere trovi infatti una serie di contenuti multimediali extra di approfondimento.
All'interno del libro ci sono semplici istruzioni per accedere a questi contenuti da qualsiasi dispositivo: PC, tablet, smartphone e smart-TV.
Leggendo questo volume scoprirai: cos'è la multiterapia dei tumori; qual è realmente l'importanza dell'alimentazione e dell'ambiente per la prevenzione e la cura;
quali sono gli agenti cancerogeni interni all'organismo e quali quelli esterni, che possono essere pericolosi per la nostra salute; le possibilità concrete di abbattere l'incidenza, contrastare l'insorgenza e la progressione del tumore.

Lo scopo è aiutarti a districarti tra le informazioni frammentarie o ambigue e a riconoscere quelle utili a identificare le possibili cause, a prevenire o a guarire dalla malattia.
Nel 1996 (dopo gli esiti positivi del Metodo Di Bella) si arrivò alla nota sperimentazione e al suo falli­mento. Ma la falsificazione della sperimentazione (viziata da anomalie e irregolarità che qui vengono documentate) non ha però portato alla delegittimazione del metodo stesso, che è e rimarrà un documen­tato atto di accusa contro la dittatura terapeutica.
I benefici della multiterapia infatti sono avvalorati da un crescente numero di conferme sulle banche dati medico-scientifiche internazionali.

"Non ho il minimo merito nelle ricerche e nelle scoperte di mio padre, mia unica ambizione è diffondere il Suo Metodo, divulgarne la concezione terapeutica, proseguire nella realizzazione del Suo obiettivo primario:
sollevare dalla disperazione e dalla sofferenza, ridare fiducia, sorriso e speranza a tanti sofferenti disperati, riportando la medicina dall'attuale deriva commerciale e speculativa all'antica dignità di arte etica, ippocratica, spirituale, unica Via che attraverso la Verità porta alla Vita." Giuseppe Di Bella



Giuseppe Di Bella dopo la laurea in medicina presso l'Università di Modena nel 1965 ottiene il diploma di specializzazione in ORL (otorinolaringoiatra) nel luglio 1968 presso l'Università di Bologna. Dal marzo 1967 è iscritto all'Albo dei Medici Chirurghi.
È stato primario di chirurgia maxillofacciale e primario ORL nel 1975. Dal 1975 al 1984 è responsabile del servizio ORL presso l'ospedale di Budrio-Bologna. Poi svolge attività di libero professionista.

Dal 1968 ha svolto circa 15.000 interventi in anestesia generale nell'ambito della specialità ORL. È stato correlatore, col professor Luigi Di Bella, della monografia "Cancro, siamo sulla strada giusta?".
Ha partecipato a moltissimi congressi nazionali e internazionali ed ha all'attivo tantissime pubblicazioni tra cui il libro Il Metodo Di Bella.
È il Presidente della "Fondazione G. Di Bella - ONLUS" per lo studio e il trattamento delle patologie neoplastiche e degenerative.

Leggi l'introduzione del libro LA SCELTA ANTITUMORE di Giuseppe Di Bella e scopri un metodo tanto rivoluzionario quanto scomodo:

UNA FIGURA SCOMODA

I CONTENUTI EXTRA DEL LIBRO LA SCELTA ANTITUMORE:
VIDEO-INTERVISTA AL DOTT. DI BELLA; perché ci furono manifestazioni di piazza che chiedevano che venisse approvato il Metodo Di Bella;
la scientificità della cura: le pubblicazioni sulle riviste internazionali; i retroscena della sperimentazione del Metodo Di Bella: le irregolarità e i criteri di arruolamento;
sperimentazione Di Bella: l'inchiesta di Guariniello; i risultati positivi della multiterapia nonostante il boicottaggio; la precocità della diagnosi e il fallimento della chemioterapia;
la carne: pro e contro; i risultati del Metodo Di Bella oggi: l'efficacia della melatonina... e tanto altro!

Secondo il prof. Carlo Ventura (autore della prefazione) "il cancro non è una singola entità ma un gruppo di patologie correlate.
La sua stessa complessità emerge dalle recenti acquisizioni che vedono in alterazioni della capacità differenziativa e proliferativa delle cellule staminali residenti in ogni tessuto del corpo umano una causa fondamentale nella disseminazione metastatica delle neoplasie, al punto di parlare di "cancer stem cells" per identificare una popolazione probabilmente eterogenea di elementi staminali che ha perso la capacità di garantire il potenziale di autoriparazione dei nostri tessuti trasformandosi addirittura in elementi che promuovono una strada spesso di non-ritorno come la diffusione metastatica...
La prevenzione resta sicuramente una strategia essenziale, un approccio così importante in ambito biomedico da essere considerato sempre attuale e necessario anche quando il progresso della terapia e della diagnosi dovesse arrivare a porre risoluzioni definitive, come si spera accada presto per il problema del cancro."

In questa grande opera di Giuseppe Di Bella vengono affrontati con estremo rigore, chiarezza e modernità i temi della prevenzione primaria e secondaria dei tumori.
L'autore si concentra in particolare sull'importanza e sulla possibilità di effettuare una prevenzione farmacologica dell'insorgenza tumorale.
Egli analizza a fondo le strategie introdotte negi ultimi anni, avendo come target molecolare percorsi specifici. Presenta il Metodo Di Bella spiegandone le basi razionali, i percorsi storici, l'iter travagliato a livello istituzionale, le applicazioni nell'oncologia, i risultati ottenuti.
La scelta antitumore è un libro davvero interessante non solo per gli "addetti ai lavori" ma anche per chi vuole approfondire un problema in crescita e drammatico.

Questo libro nasce dalla profonda e sentita esigenza di far risparmiare a tanti gravi sofferenze e/o sollevarli dal tragico calvario del cancro, assolutamente inimmaginabile per chi non lo ha vissuto.
Ha il dovere morale, l'esigenza etica e scientifica di trasmettere, diffondere e valorizzare un patrimonio unico di conoscenze mediche e acquisizioni scientifiche frutto dell'intera vita del padre di Di Bella, totalmente, appassionatamente dedicata alla ricerca, allo studio e al progresso terapeutico.
Citando Sant'Agostino: "Nessuno può essere veramente amico dell'uomo se non è innanzi tutto amico della verità."
Un eminente medico e ricercatore, Sergio Stagnaro, scienziato noto a livello internazionale, definì il prof. Luigi Di Bella "L'ultimo grande clinico, un gigante in un mondo di nani".

Questo "Metodo" creato oltre 40 anni fa dal prof. Di Bella fu così da lui definito: "Essere essenziale più che l'inattuabile e immaginaria uccisione di tutti gli elementi neoplastici, la realizzazione di tutte le condizioni, note, possibili e non dannose entro determinati limiti, atte a ostacolarne lo sviluppo, fino alla morte per apoptosi, sopratutto attraverso l'intergioco fra i numerosi fattori di crescita.
L'essenziale sta nell'attivare tutti gli inibitori dei noti fattori di crescita alle dosi e con tempestività e tempi opportuni. Il protocollo MDB (Metodo Di Bella) è nato in quest'atmosfera, quella della vita e non dall'intossicazione e morte delle cellule, metodo che asseconda ed esalta le reazioni vitali senza ricercare con precisione statistica le dosi più opportune per uccidere.
Il tumore (dagli stadi iniziali, pretumorali alle fasi avanzate, metastatiche) è deviazione dalla vita normale, per cui occorre riportare le reazioni deviate alla norma attraverso l'esaltazione di tutti quei mezzi che la Fisiologia considera essenziali per la vita...

non esiste né esisterà alcun trattamento chemioterapeutico citotossico (né monoterapia) in grado di prevenire o guarire un tumore ma unicamente un Metodo, una multiterapia razionale e biologica, un complesso di sostanze sinergiche e fattorialmente interattive, singolarmente dotate di attività antitumorale atossica, che sequenzialmente o contemporaneamente agiscano centripetamente sulla miriade di reazioni biologiche della vita tumorale riconducendo gradualmente alla normalità le reazioni vitali deviate dal cancro".

Quindi non c'è una sostanza ma un metodo per la prevenzione e cura del cancro. L'alimentazione è una parte fondamentale per la prevenzione.
Un'alimentazione può essere sbagliata per vari motivi: eccesso o carenza d'introduzione di alimenti (errore quantitativo), un errore qualitativo che altera l'equilibrio nell'apporto di una percentuale di una singola classe di alimenti come ad esempio un eccesso di glucidi (zuccheri) o di lipidi (grassi) o un difetto di proteine.
Oltre alla qualità e quantità dei cibi va considerato il modo di cucinarli. Per essere sana e fisiologica la dieta deve essere equilibrata, mai eccessiva, assolutamente non ripetitiva ma varia, diversificata. Mangia secondo l'insegnamento del prof. Di Bella: "Un po' di tutto e di tutto un po'".

La neoplasia non è una malattia acuta, è una malattia cronica. La neoplasia (dal greco nèos, "nuovo" e plàsis, "formazione" poichè è una nuova crescita) non arriva per distruggerti ma per spingerti a trovare nuovi equilibri di vita perché quelli attuali non ti stanno facendo vivere ma morire lentamente nel cuore, anche se non te ne accorgi.
La malattia non è una punizione, è il risultato di uno stile di vita, di un modo di pensare, di un modo di essere e di affrontare gli eventi della vita.
Il segreto è diventare consapevoli che la chiave del cambiamento, dell'evoluzione, della salute, della felicità è osservare continuamente e dolcemente come ci parliamo e cosa immaginiamo dentro di noi rispetto alle cose che viviamo e trasformarlo sempre in modo più luminoso e pacifico.



Un caro saluto. Raffaele Ciruolo

          

Potential removal of key federal highway funding is avoided

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The state of United States transportation infrastructure received good news this week, with Congress and the White House taking steps to eliminate the $7.6 billion rescission of Highway Trust Fund contract authority that was set to take effect on July 1, 2020.
          

National Parks Traveler: Addressing The Backlog, Out In The Parks, Spaceport Secrecy

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John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations for the National Parks Conservation Association, discusses congressional action on legislation to address the roughly $12 billion in backlogged maintenance needs across the National Park System. Becky Lomax, author of Moon USA National Parks, discusses what she's seeing in the parks in terms of that maintenance backlog, and we share thoughts about efforts to build a commercial spaceport just west of Cumberland Island National Seashore.


          

MGIMO at XIII St. Petersburg Educational Congress

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November 20th-22nd, the XIII Congress «Professional Education, Science and Innovation in the XXI century» unfolded in St. Petersburg. MGIMO was represented at the forum by its Vice-Rector A. Baykov and the Head of the Department of Science Policy P. Kasatkin.
          

Trump is in legal trouble even without impeachment – CNN Video

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Bipartisanship (and friendship) happen! An evening with Bob Beauprez and Mark Udall

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Join us for a public conversation between former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez and former Democratic Congressman and Senator Mark Udall. The evening will begin with a discussion of their sturdy and long-lasting friendship, and then move to a wide-ranging conversation about issues on which they agree, disagree, and half-agree! The Center of the American West’s Faculty Direct or and Chair of the Board, Patty Limerick, and the Moses Lasky Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Colorado, Charles Wilkinson will moderate the conversation.

Bob Beauprez served as Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party from 1999-2002. In 2002, Bob was elected as the first representative from Colorado’s seventh congressional district and re-elected in 2004. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2006 and 2014. In addition to his writing, political, and other activities, Bob says his greatest enjoyment comes from Eagle’s Wing Ranch, the buffalo breeding ranch in the northern Colorado Mountains that he operates with Claudia, his wife of 49 years, and Jim and Julie Beauprez, their second eldest son and daughter-in-law.

Colorado resident and native westerner Mark Udall represented the people of Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2015 and the 2nd Congressional District from 1999 to 2009. Prior to serving in Congress, Mark served as course director and later as executive director at Colorado Outward Bound School. Mark is an avid mountaineer and has climbed or attempted some of the world’s most challenging peaks, including Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Denali, and Aconcagua.

This is the first event in the upcoming 3 year “Bipartisanship (and friendship) happen!” speaker series. Look for updates on who will be coming next!

FREE! And open to the public.

More information: https://www.centerwest.org/archives/20733

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bipartisanship-and-friendship-happen-tickets-80611102979


          

Aggravi (Lega): Dal congresso Uv nessun ruggito solo sbadigli

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Alleged Forgery: Court issues bench warrant against Sen. Ewhrudjakpo

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A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of  Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo over alleged failure to appear before it. Ewhrudjakpo, who represents Bayelsa West Senatorial Zone failed to appear in court after the court  summoned him over a pre-election suit filed against him by Mr Benjamin Youdiowei, Chieftain of All Progressives Congress […]

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Court detains APC Chieftain over inciting posts against PDP

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Court detains APC Chieftain over inciting posts against PDP

A Gusau Upper Shariah Court 1, on Tuesday remanded a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmaliki, over alleged defamation and incitement. The defendant was arraigned on charges of defamation and incitement. Justice Hadi Sani, ordered the defendant to be remanded in a correctional facility and adjourned the case until […]

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Joe Sestak ends long-shot bid for president

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Joe Sestak ends long-shot bid for presidentSestak, 67, represented Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms between 2007 and 2011.



          

Hong Kong Unrest Rages on as Police Clash With Protesters

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Hong Kong Unrest Rages on as Police Clash With Protesters(Bloomberg) -- Clouds of tear gas returned to Hong Kong over the weekend as police and protesters clashed, signaling pro-democracy rallies are set to drag on after demonstrators got a boost from an election win and support from the U.S. Congress.Tensions rose in the former British colony -- a special administrative region of China since 1997 -- as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Unrest had been brewing since late Saturday, when a group blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.The violence took a pause with the elections a week earlier, as Hong Kong residents handed an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates in a vote for local district councils on Nov. 24. While the officials they elected represent what’s considered as the lowest rung of the government, the win was a stunning repudiation of the city’s Beijing-backed government. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam didn’t make any new concessions to protesters after the poll, a move that could have fueled the anger seen over the weekend.At the Tsim Sha Tsui event, police said smoke grenades were hurled by what it labeled “rioters” to cause fear and panic among demonstrators, prompting law enforcement action that included tear gas to disperse the crowd. Bricks were thrown at police officers in the area, as well as in nearby Whampoa, where shops were also vandalized. One passerby was attacked, police said.Earlier in the day, people carrying U.S. flags and banners marched to the U.S. consulate in a peaceful rally to express gratitude after President Donald Trump signed legislation last week in support of the demonstrators. While the crowds have dispersed Sunday night, scores of police officers in riot gear were still seen lining the streets as of 2 a.m. on Monday.MTR Corp., the city’s subway operator, said it expects rail and bus services to resume normally on Monday, with the possibility that some stations and rail sections may close early, especially on weekends. The University station on the East Rail line will remain shut for repairs, and entrances and exits to some stops that had excessive damage from the protests will also not be accessible.Subway stations and even tracks were vandalized during the protests in the past few months, with MTR’s crews rushing through repairs. The stock -- once one of Hong Kong’s safest stock bets -- has lost more than a fifth of its value since its peak this year in July, making it the second-worst performer on Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index. The stock is poised to recover quickly when the city’s situation eventually settles, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts, who’ve upgraded MTR to buy from neutral.Police ConductMeanwhile, China said it “strongly” opposed an opinion piece by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in the South China Morning Post on Saturday, accusing her of meddling in the country’s affairs and emboldening Hong Kong protesters to commit violence.Bachelet urged the city’s government to conduct a “proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into reports of excessive use of force by police. She also called on Lam’s administration to “prioritize a long-overdue process” of meaningful and inclusive dialogue with the people of Hong Kong.Hong Kong’s newly appointed police chief, Chris Tang, said an independent probe into the use of force by police would be unjust, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday, citing comments he made in a radio program.China has also arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in Hong Kong’s protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwanese Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said in two reports published Saturday.(Updates with clashes in fourth paragraph, subway plans for Monday in sixth.)To contact the reporter on this story: Manuel Baigorri in Hong Kong at mbaigorri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Linus Chua, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Wisdom from Across the Lake

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Without a doubt this last week has been deeply uncomfortable for anyone watching the Intelligence committee’s hearing in Congress.
          

Tarek Fatah on death threats over free speech

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This Week In Impeachment: “Presidents Are Not Kings”

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For months, White House lawyers have argued that many of the president’s aides can sidestep congressional subpoenas because of their proximity to Trump. This week, a judge rejected that claim, setting the stage for another installment in the House of Representatives’s impeachment inquiry.  Guest: Jeremy Stahl, Slate senior editor Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Mara Silvers. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
          

Former congressman Joe Sestak ends 2020 presidential bid

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Youths urged to embrace role in tourism

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“Use your influence to make a positive difference.”

So said, THA Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Secretary Nadine Stewart-Phillips on Friday as she addressed the third annual Youth Tourism Symposium, hosted by the division in commemoration of Caribbean Tourism Month at the Anne Mitchell-Gift Auditorium of the Scarborough Library Facility.

The Secretary said: “You, the youths in our midst are the influencers and game changers of today and tomorrow. Embrace it for the advancement of your island and your future, use your influence to make a positive difference.”

The eight secondary schools with tourism youth clubs were well represented as well as students from the Technical Vocational Centre for Persons with Disabilities.

The overarching aim of the activity, according to Stewart-Phillips is to introduce the future leaders to the critical role that tourism plays in the growth and development of society and to further motivate the upcoming generation to become actively involved in the tourism sector.

“I am indeed heartened that we are once again able to garner a high level of support and participation from the Secondary schools on the island of Tobago, our stakeholders and professionals within the field.”

The Secretary delved into the theme, Strengthening our tourism youth platform through education, awareness and social initiatives.

[caption id="attachment_797632" align="alignnone" width="839"] Tourism Secretary Nadine Stewart-Phillips, right, hugs an official as two wheelchairs are presented to differently abled twins Kianne and Kian Jack. - THA[/caption]

“We at the division have recognised that the inclusion and involvement of our communities and our youth are critical as we seek to advance our tourism product on the island of Tobago.

“Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification globally. The Tobago House of Assembly has observed these international trends and has identified tourism as a potential key industry earner that, once if properly developed can further drive the island’s economy,” she said.

Stewart-Phillips highlighted that annual programmes such as the tourism essay competition, primary schools quiz, youth congress and youth symposium have been introduced to further ensure that the industry’s future is secured.

“You, the youth in our midst, are the influencers and game changers of today and tomorrow: Embrace it and use it for the advancement of your island and your future. Use your influence to make a positive difference.” she urged.

She further encouraged the students who are not already part of their school’s tourism youth clubs to join as soon as possible.

“I can assure you that you are missing out on an exciting opportunity to be involved in creating innovative initiatives to enhance destination Tobago. Your opinions are important to us and we welcome them.”

The event also included a humanitarian component with the division and the tourism youth clubs partnering with the Yosabelle Foundation to provide two wheelchairs for eight-year-old differently abled twins, Kianne and Kian Jack of Bloody Bay.

The tourism division’s executive assistant, Sandra Orr, was overwhelmed by the support.

“We think that it’s a really good initiative to have the students educated on the economic significance of tourism and I…based upon the response that I’ve been getting, I would say that something is happening, somebody is listening…Tourism is our bread and butter and we need students and young people to look at having viable careers in tourism, and those are the objectives of this youth tourism initiative,” Orr said

 

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Valerie Plame, America’s most famous ex-spy, finds her new identity

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Once collateral damage, she’s reinventing herself by running for Congress.
          

Comment on Foxconn as Case Study of Targeted Development Subsidy by Barkley Rosser

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2slug. Will keep this short, maybe three points. Yes, Hayek did allow for the effects you mention, but I think he still viewed the interest rate stuff as more important. You seem to make it look like the Austrians are more into endogenous business cycles than Keynesians. I think it is the other way around. Again, lots of Austrians really do focus on the naughty central banks, in this way agreeing with Milton Friedman and old-school Chicago monetarists, despite their other disagreements. But Keynes himself and much more directly his important follower, Hyman Minsky, argued that animal spirits were more often than not endogenous to recent patterns in markets and the business cycle, with Minsky laying out a whole theory/model of this. Regarding Hayek, poorly informed libertarians and conservatives who have not read much Hayek really do not understand how complicated he was. He was no fan of Ayn Rand, and she was not a fan of his. Probably the most blatant example of this was back when Obama was trying to get the ACA passed, and various opponents, partly triggered by idiot shows on Fox News were waving copied of Hayek's Road to Serfdom, even on the floors of Congress, in opposition to the ACA. The ironic joke is that in RtS itself Hayek himself came out for full-blown universal national health insurance, making him much more of a socialist than that nasty Obama, with his ACA that was derived from a proposal that originated in the free-market Heritage Foundation. But, well...
          

La Spd rinnova la leadership. Ma è un partito spaccato

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BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 26: Norbert Walter-Borjans (L) and Saskia Esken (R) of the of Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), react after counting ballots of SPD members who voted for a new party leadership at the headquarter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) on October 26, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Six pairs of candidates, one man and one woman each, have vied for the position following a nationwide tour after several others bowed out. The SPD, traditionally one of Germany's strongest, mainstream parties, has suffered a significant loss in its base over recent years, including an erosion of working class support to the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). The new leadership pair is to put the party back on a clear policy course and win back voters. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

I socialdemocratici tedeschi hanno una nuova leadership. Saskia Esken e Norbert Walter-Borjans sono stati eletti dalla base del partito con il 53 per cento dei voti. Una vittoria sorprendente solo per chi non avesse seguito la campagna elettorale interna al partito. I nuovi leader hanno vinto contro Olaf Scholz, Vice-Cancelliere e Ministro delle Finanze, e Klara Geywitz.

Il risultato dovrà essere confermato dal congresso della Spd (6-8 dicembre) a cui partecipano però soltanto i delegati. La novità sostanziale della vittoria di Walter-Borjans ed Esken è rappresentata dalle loro posizioni molto più a sinistra rispetto alla storia recente della Spd (più o meno da Schröder in poi) e nel voler, di conseguenza, rinegoziare l’accordo di Grande Coalizione con cui attualmente i socialdemocratici governano con i cristiano democratici e sociali (CDU-CSU) oppure, eventualmente, uscire dal governo ponendo fine al quarto governo Merkel. La nuova coppia di leader (è la prima volta nella sua storia che la Spd verrà guidata da un cosiddetto ‘duo’) ha chiesto anche un miglioramento sostanziale del pacchetto sul clima e un aumento del salario minimo a 12 euro l’ora. Tutte proposte che lasciano presagire una crisi di governo.

In quest’ultimo caso ci sarebbero due scenari: governo di minoranza dei cristiano democratici e sociali oppure elezioni anticipate nel 2020 a cui la Spd si presenterebbe con un programma che potrebbe prevedere una coalizione rosso-rosso-verde con Sinistra tedesca (Die Linke) e Verdi.

L’incognita di questo scenario è rappresentata dai Verdi che nel frattempo sono diventati un partito ben più forte della Spd e con più opzioni di governo a disposizione.

Il risultato di ieri è stato accolto con grande entusiasmo da una parte dell’opinione pubblica che auspicava da tempo un ritorno alle origini della Spd. Tuttavia, l’elezione ha confermato un problema strutturale del partito fino ad ora sottaciuto o sottovalutato. Da anni la Spd è un partito spaccato a metà. L’elezione di Martin Schulz del 2017 con il 100 per cento dei voti che alcuni commentatori Interpretarono come segno di unità era solo il gesto disperato di un partito senza anima e senza prospettive. La storia degli ultimi tre anni conferma questa chiave di lettura. La Spd è diventato il terzo, il quarto in alcuni casi il quinto partito tedesco. Il 53 per cento di Walter-Borjans e Esken è, ancora una volta, misero per una leadership politica. Aggravato ancora di più dal dato dell’affluenza che si è fermata al 54 per cento. È indubbio che alla Spd serva una classe dirigente diversa da quella che l’ha guidata fino ad ora, ma è altresì chiaro che all’interno dei socialdemocratici ci sono due anime e due correnti forse inconciliabili tra loro.


          

Bonafede: "Sulla prescrizione fatto un passo di civiltà. Sul processo penale troveremo soluzioni"

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Alfonso Bonafede

“Non mi sognerei mai di concepire una norma con spirito punitivo”, con queste parole Alfonso Bonafede prova a tranquillizzare i magistrati, dal palco del congresso dell’Anm a Genova. Il presidente del sindacato delle toghe, Luca Poniz, ieri aveva messo in guardia da interventi legislativi di tipo punitivo. “Avrebbero l’effetto di un pugno sul tavolo - aveva detto - “che fa rumore ma non dà soluzioni”.

Ma il primo nodo da sciogliere sul fronte giustizia in questi giorni è quello della riforma della prescrizione che entrerà in vigore dal primo gennaio. Il Pd insiste per il rinvio, ma Bonafede, dal canto suo, non cambia idea: “L’entrata in vigore della riforma della prescrizione è il primo passo di civiltà”, ha detto il Guardasigilli, assicurando che i problemi paventati dalla magistratura saranno risolti: “So che oggi c’è un cortocircuito nel dibattito. Lo risolveremo lavorando a un processo penale più efficiente. So che verrà trovata una soluzione”.

Il vicepresidente del Csm, David Ermini, espresso preoccupazione sul tema, così come aveva fatto ieri l’Anm: “Tutte le soluzioni possono andare bene ma il problema è quello di non creare squilibri. L’entrata in vigore della prescrizione senza che vi siano dei provvedimenti che possono oggettivamente accorciare i tempi dei processi può creare squilibri” come per esempio “un aggiungere una mole di lavoro soprattutto negli uffici delle corti di appello, che in questo momento sono in grande sofferenza”, ha spiegato.

 Mentre sulla prescrizione la frattura non si compone, sulla riforma del Csm le distanze si riducono. Bonafede ha assicurato che l’opzione del sorteggio per i togati non sarà presa in considerazione. Al suo posto, però, sta valutando l’ipotesi del ballottaggio: “Ci sono sistemi elettorali che meglio del sorteggio possono eliminare la possibilità di disfunzioni del sistema elettorale nel Csm” ed è “l’idea sul piatto che vedo crescere: è quella per esempio del ballottaggio in collegi piccoli tra i magistrati che ottengono più voti. Il ballottaggio - ha concluso - rende un po’ più complicata la possibilità di quelle degenerazioni che purtroppo in passato abbiamo visto”.


          

L'Anm a Bonafede: "La riforma della prescrizione, da sola, genera squilibri"

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Luca Poniz, presidente Anm - Alfonso Bonafede, ministro della Giustizia

Senza modifiche complessive del sistema, la riforma della prescrizione rischia di portare squilibri. È il messaggio che arriva dall’Anm, in congresso a Genova, al ministro Bonafede. Il presidente del sindacato delle toghe, Luca Poniz, ha spiegato che lo stop alla prescrizione dopo il primo grado di giudizio, “rischia di produrre squilibri complessivi che sarebbe però errato, secondo noi, attribuire alla riforma in sé ed alla sua ratio ispiratrice”. I magistrati chiedono quindi alla politica “trovare un punto di equilibrio tra le irrinunciabili riforme organiche di un sistema complesso, sapendo percorrere vie, ad esempio, il significativo potenziamento di riti alternativi, oggetto talvolta di pregiudiziali ostilità che nulla hanno a che vedere con una meditata valutazione sul loro fondamento e irrinunciabilità nel sistema processuale vigente, che siano in grado di restituire una coerente efficienza al sistema accusatorio”. 

La riforma della prescrizione, inserita nel decreto Spazzacorrotti dal governo gialloverde, entrerà in vigore dal 1° gennaio 2020. A meno che non intervengano prima modifiche. Il tema divide profondamente la maggioranza, con i 5 stelle che non vogliono alcun rinvio e il Pd che, invece, chiede che la nuova normativa non entri in vigore. Almeno fino a quando non ci sarà un accordo sulla riforma del processo penale. Le settimana passano e l’intesa sembra ancora lontana.

Bonafede, che nei giorni scorsi ha ottenuto l’appoggio di Conte sul no al rinvio, teme ora l’asse Pd-Forza Italia. Il 3 dicembre, infatti, l’Aula voterà la proposta di Enrico Costa, deputato di Fi che ha presentato un progetto sul rinvio dell’entrata in vigore della legge. Forza Italia ha fatto un appello a Italia Viva e dem affinché votino a favore della proposta. E Bonafede teme che sia raccolto, anche se per il momento dal Pd smentiscono: “Se il Pd dovesse andare in Aula e fare asse con Forza Italia e Lega proprio sulla prescrizione sarebbe un fatto grave, prima di tutto per gli elettori del Pd”, ha detto il Guardasigilli.

Il suo predecessore, Andrea Orlando, prende la palla al balzo. Cita il sindacato delle toghe e rilancia: “Adesso che lo dice anche l’anm si può prendere in considerazione questo dato? Senza rispondere che chi lo dice è amico dei corrotti (la corruzione di prescrive in 20 anni)!?”. 

Sul tema interviene anche Nicola Zingaretti: “Noi diciamo che accanto alla prescrizione bisogna garantire i tempi certi e brevi del processo. Se questo si ottiene noi non facciamo nessun problema. Bisogna solo ascoltarsi che è la cosa più bella che si possa fare fra alleati”.

 

Mentre Di Maio invitava a non fare passi indietro, in mattinata Orlando aveva rilanciato la richiesta di accelerare sulla riforma del processo penale e, rispondendo a capo 5 stelle, precisato: “Noi non vogliamo ‘passi indietro’ sulla prescrizione ma passi avanti sul processo penale. Multe e minacce di disciplinare non funzionano. Al ministro continuiamo a chiedere soluzioni concrete”, ha scritto su Twitter. E sugli interventi legislativi ’punitivi nei confronti della magistratura è tornato il presidente dell’Anm. Per Poniz avrebbero l’effetto di “un pugno sbattuto sul tavolo” che “fa rumore ma non dà soluzioni”. Per questa ragione: “Non possiamo non ribadire la nostra ferma contrarietà ad ogni riforma che muova dal presupposto dell’inefficienza del lavoro dei magistrati e, senza alcuna ragionata valutazione sul rapporto tra i carichi di lavoro, la loro evidente onerosità, e gli strumenti a disposizione, individui in una sorta di inerzia delle indagini la causa del rallentamento del processo, e, preveda sanzioni processuali, e perfino del tutto irragionevolmente, disciplinari”. Tra i possibili interventi legislativi che preoccupano di più le toghe, la riforma del Csm e la separazione delle carriere. E da Genova è arrivato l’ennesimo no al sorteggio come metodo di elezione dei membri del Consiglio superiore della magistratura e alla separazione delle carriere. Tema, quest’ultimo, in discussione alla Camera, in seguito a una proposta di legge popolare raccolta dalle Camere penali, contro il quale Poniz ha speso parole dure: ”È un disegno regressivo, che restituisce un’idea di giurisdizione ancillare e potenzialmente controllabile”.

 

Dal processo al carcere e al trattamento delle persone arrestate. Per Poniz frasi come “deve marcire in galera” - pronunciate nei mesi scorsi anche da Matteo Salvini - non sono ammissibili: “Per la nostra Costituzione, per principi di civiltà che credevamo acquisiti, nessun condannato può ‘marcire in carcere’, e invocare ciò pone chiunque lo faccia fuori dalla Costituzione. Così come non possono esistere trofei giudiziari da esibire o condannati da esporre all’applauso delle folle”.

Il presidente dell’Anm è tornato sull’inchiesta della procura di Perugia che ha scoperchiato un sistema di spartizione delle nomine degli incarichi direttivi di magistrati. Non poteva non farlo, perché quel fascicolo aperto su Luca Palamara ha causato un terremoto nel mondo delle toghe. Quei fatti, ha detto Poniz, “hanno creato enorme sconcerto” e da questi ”è derivata una profonda ferita, che non ha riguardato e non riguarda soltanto il Consiglio Superiore, istituzione posta a presidio dell’autonomia ed indipendenza della Magistratura, ma l’intera Magistratura, e, con essa, la giurisdizione, potere e funzione essenziale dello Stato”.


          

Former K’taka CMs Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy booked for sedition

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Theja Ram, The News Minute
29/11/2019

'The Bengaluru Police registered a case of sedition on Wednesday against former Karnataka Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy, along with 23 other Congress and JD(S) politicians and nine police officials for protesting outside the Income Tax Department Office in Bengaluru ahead of the Lok Sabha elections...


          

The electoral bonds controversy: All you need to know in 10 points

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The News Minute
22/11/2019

'The controversy over electoral bonds has resurfaced, this time after a five-part investigative series by Nitin Sethi that was published in HuffPost India. The series alleged that the government lied, bent rules and repeatedly ignored objections raised by various stakeholders. To demand answers, the Congress protested at the Parliament’s Gandhi Statue on Friday/ The party’s MP’s have been demanding that the ruling BJP government — especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi — break the silence over the issue...


          

Convention Bureau Terre di Siena: una nuova opportunità per diventare socio

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Il Convention Bureau Terre di Siena SCRL, nato il 3 ottobre 2019, è pronto ad aprire una nuova finestra, in data 17 dicembre 2019, per l’acquisizione di nuovi soci. Il progetto propone un modello organizzativo e operativo del sistema di promozione dell’offerta MICE (meeting,incentive,congress,exhibitions) per l’ambito Terre di Siena sul mercato nazionale ed internazionale. L’obiettivo […]
          

Oppo ar putea să îşi lanseze propriul chipset pentru telefoane. A înregistrat deja numele acestuia în Europa (Telefoane mobile)

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Cei trei producători de top de smartphone-uri din lume, Samsung, Apple şi Huawei au demonstrat că pentru a putea oferi o experienţă de utilizare de top trebuie mai întâi să îţi dezvolţi propriul hardware. Aceste companii folosesc chipset-uri proprietare pentru modelele de top şi chiar şi pentru multe dintre variantele de medie de pe piaţă, singura excepţie fiind Samsung, care alege soluţii Qualcomm în SUA şi China. Se pare că Oppo doreşte să adopte o strategie similară în viitor, înregistrând o marcă înregistrată pentru primul său chipset: Oppo M1.

Apple a fost prima companie care s-a lăudat cu propriul hardware şi software, iar optimizarea software posibilă folosind hardware specializat s-a dovedit a fi o strategie de succes. Astfel, şi alte companii precum Samsung şi Huawei au optat pentru soluţii proprietare, iar succesul este evident: Samsung este cel mai mare producător de telefoane din lume, la baza telefoanelor sale fiind în mare parte chipset-uri Exynos, în timp ce Huawei este cel de-al doilea, care se apropie cu paşi repezi de a cuceri locul întâi, toate dispozitivele sale fiind bazate pe soluţii Kirin.

Oppo ar putea astfel să ofere o experienţă de utilizare îmbunătăţită, actualizări de software mai rapide şi noi funcţii exclusive, pe care le poate dezvolta separat de restul pieţei, care încă este dependentă de chipset-uri de la Qualcomm sau MediaTek. De altfel, compania a angajat în ultima perioadă ingineri care au lucrat în trecut la companii precum Speadtrum şi MediaTek. Din păcate nu ştim foarte multe lucruri despre chipset-ul Oppo. Conform EUIPO, organizaţia europeană care se ocupă cu proprietatea intelectuală, acest cip se va numi Oppo M1. Nu este clar însă dacă vor exista mai multe variante, unele mai puternice şi unele de medie, însă cel mai probabil, producătorul chinez va începe cu un model şi va extinde de acolo seria de procesoare.

De altfel, este destul de uşor de intuit faptul că va fi bazat pe tehnologia ARM. Totuşi, nu ştim dacă Oppo va folosi nuclee standard, precum cele Cortex livrate de ARM, sau dacă va opta pentru un design proprietar, aşa cum face Apple şi cum făcea Samsung până anul acesta.

Oppo obişnuieşte să prezinte noi tehnologii în premieră în cadrul Mobile World Congress la Barcelona. De exemplu, compania a prezentat tehnologia de zoom optic 5x folosind un modul de cameră periscopic în urmă cu doi ani, la MWC 2017, înainte să integreze tehnologia pe seria Oppo Reno la începutul acestui an. Astfel, dacă vom vedea primele prototipuri Oppo cu procesorul M1 la MWC, este foarte posibil ca acestea să nu ajungă pe piaţă prea curând.

 

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Cuvinte cheie: oppo, oppo m1, chipset, smartphone

Subiecte asemănătoare:
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» MediaTek anunţă Dimensity 1000, un nou chipset high-end cu 5G care va concura cu Snapdragon 865 şi Kirin 990
» Oppo, gigantul chinez care vrea să cucerească piaţa europeană de smartphone-uri
» Ce vânzări au avut Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi şi Oppo în 2019
» Primele detalii despre Snapdragon 865, procesorul care se va regăsi pe telefonul tău de anul viitor

Articol original - Oppo ar putea să îşi lanseze propriul chipset pentru telefoane. A înregistrat deja numele acestuia în Europa, de pe site-ul go4it.ro


          

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 24-30, 2019

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The Electoral College?s Racist Origins

More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

Photo by Frank Scherschel/The Life Picture Collection/Getty

(The Atlantic) Is a color-blind political system possible under our Constitution? If it is, the Supreme Court?s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 did little to help matters. While black people in America today are not experiencing 1950s levels of voter suppression, efforts to keep them and other citizens from participating in elections began within 24 hours of the Shelby County v. Holder ruling and have only increased since then.

In Shelby County?s oral argument, Justice Antonin Scalia cautioned, ?Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get them out through the normal political processes.? Ironically enough, there is some truth to an otherwise frighteningly numb claim. American elections have an acute history of racial entitlements?only they don?t privilege black Americans.

For centuries, white votes have gotten undue weight, as a result of innovations such as poll taxes and voter-ID laws and outright violence to discourage racial minorities from voting. (more)


A Thanksgiving feast that?s rooted in vintage African-American stories

southwestern turkey(Palm Beach Post) The author of the landmark 2015 book ?The Jemima Code? has a new cookbook filled with culinary inspiration from U.S. history?s long overshadowed chefs. And what a holiday meal they can spark in our kitchens today.

What is a Thanksgiving meal if not history on a plate?

Sure, there?s the American history part of the holiday, the narratives we dramatize in grade school and too often reduce to cartoony details, like pilgrim salt-and-pepper shakers. There?s the immigrant history part of it, as America?s emerging communities embrace the holiday as their own. (As in my family?s Cuban black beans, alongside the mojo-marinated turkey.) And there?s the family history part of it, with our yearly repetition of dishes served in memory of loved ones no longer with us.

The obligatory star of the table, of course: a big, roasted turkey. But who says the centerpiece dish, or any other dish, has to be the same as it ever was? Author and cultural historian Toni Tipton-Martin?s latest cookbook proves there?s a well of new inspiration to be found in the most vintage of stories. We can be purists and innovative at once. (more)


Opinion: Yes, African American history will improve Texas schools

It is vital that students, regardless of race, see themselves in the important parts of history.

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Pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman stands on the wheel of a plane in this 1920s photo. Coleman gave exhibition flights in the United States as well as Europe earning the name ‘Queen Bess’ and tried her best to become famous. But outside the segregated black world in which she lived, few people ever paid attention.

(Dallas Morning News) Taught properly, history offers insight into a society as an archive of what we consider important enough to pass on to future generations. So we were elated to learn that the state Board of Education is ready to approve African American studies electives for high school students in Texas.

Over the years, we?ve criticized the State Board of Education for promoting ideology over facts in Texas history during their often contentious discussions of what students should learn in classrooms. And this resulted in major omissions, and even distortions, of the roles that Texans of color played in making this a great state.

Our hope is that this is about to change. Less than two years after the state board approved Mexican American studies, the board early next year is expected to approve its first African American studies course. “We will be passing this,” said Pat Hardy, a Fort Worth Republican member of the 15-member board responsible for setting curriculum standards and adopting textbooks for Texas public schools. (more)


Historic area church restored | Iconic black church will soon be open to the community

Union Baptist Church here has undergone a complete restoration and brings one of the state’s most important historic sites as close as possible to its original 1883 condition.

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(Texarkana Gazette) While the church was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2011, it spent decades in a state of increasing disrepair. The multi-year project has been overseen by the Jefferson-based Collins Academy and the Dallas-based Today Foundation. Both organizations were founded by Richard H. Collins.

Collins is a philanthropist and a preservationist who has underwritten multiple education and cultural initiatives across the state of Texas. He has deep family roots in East Texas. The signature element of a Collins project is to maintain authenticity by renovating a structure as historically accurate to its origins as possible.

Collins hosted a private opening celebration for the Union Baptist Church on Saturday (Nov. 23).

“We believe our efforts will make Jefferson a leader in historic preservation and community involvement,” Collins said. (more)

Photo: The historic Union Baptist Church in Jefferson, Texas, has undergone a multi-year restoration overseen by the Jefferson-based Collins Academy and the Dallas-based Today Foundation. The church is now as close as possible to its original 1883 condition. Evolving out of the African Church in Jefferson’s pre-Civil War era, Union Baptist Church is one of the most prominent hubs of African-American history in Texas and is one of the oldest black churches in the state. (Photo by Collins Academy)


TIPHC Bookshelf

Requiem for a ClassicPublished scholarship on black history in Texas is growing and we?d like to share with you some suggested readings, both current and past, from some of the preeminent history scholars in Texas and beyond. We invite you to take a look at our bookshelf page ? including a featured selection ? and check back as the list grows. A different selection will be featured each week. We welcome suggestions and reviews. This week, we offer, “Requiem for a Classic, Thanksgiving Turkey Day Classic,” by Thurman W. Robins Ed.D.

In the era when segregation and Jim Crow laws ruled the land, The Turkey Day Classic was created. The event prospered from 1927 to 1966. Newspaper accounts describe the classic between arch rivals Jack Yates and Phillis Wheatley high schools in Houston as the largest annually attended schoolboy game in America. Fans came dressed to kill to witness the game and the glorious halftime activities. Marching bands, drill squads, and other performing groups gave eloquent entertaining performances during halftime. However, the crowning of the schools queens were the highlights of halftime. Game summaries, team lineups, and editorial comments by the author are presented.


This Week in Texas Black History

Nov. 24

Scott JoplinCalled the ?King of Ragtime,? Scott Joplin was born this day in 1868 near Linden, Texas. (Some documents, however, refer to his birth as between June 1867 and mid-January 1868.) Joplin grew up in Texarkana, Texas and taught himself to play piano in the home where his mother worked as a domestic. Sheet music for his best-known piece, ?Maple Leaf Rag,? sold over a million copies and his works also include a ballet and two operas. Joplin?s music was featured in the 1973 motion picture, ?The Sting,? which won an Academy Award for its film score. In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for ?Treemonisha,? the first grand opera by an African American.

Nov. 24

Teddy WilsonJazz pianist Teddy Wilson was born this day in Austin in 1912. Known as ?the definitive swing pianist,? Wilson began his career in the late 1920s in various Midwest bands, and from 1935 to 1939, played on sessions that resulted in legendary vocalist Billie Holiday?s greatest work. He joined Benny Goodman in 1936, breaking the color barrier by performing on an equal footing with Goodman in trios, quartets and sextets.

Nov. 24

Percy Sutton

Attorney, businessman and civil rights activist Percy Sutton was born on this date in 1920 in San Antonio. The son of a former slave, Sutton served in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen, then settled in New York. In 1971, he co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, which purchased WLIB-AM, making it the first black-owned station in New York City. He earned a law degree in 1950 and served in the New York State Assembly before taking over as Manhattan borough president in 1966, becoming the state?s highest-ranking black elected official. Sutton also headed a group that owned the Amsterdam News, the second-largest black weekly newspaper in the country.

Nov. 27

Mickey Leland

On this day in 1944, U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland was born in Lubbock. He graduated from Houston?s Phillis Wheatley High School in 1963 and earned a pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University in 1970. Leland served six terms in Congress (18th District) and five years as a Texas state legislator (88th District). He was a civil rights activist and a staunch advocate in the fight against hunger. He was the lead supporter for passage of the Africa Famine Relief and Recovery Act of 1985, legislation that provided $800 million in food and humanitarian relief supplies. Leland died in a plane crash on August 7, 1989 while on a relief mission to an isolated refugee camp, Fugnido, in Ethiopia, which sheltered thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing the civil conflict in neighboring Sudan.

Nov. 28

Yates-Wheatley Thanksgiving game

The Jack Yates ? Phillis Wheatley high school football rivalry in Houston started in 1927, but the game officially became the ?Turkey Day Classic? on this day in 1946. Played at Jeppesen Stadium ? then a venue for public school sports events, the Thanksgiving Day game would be played until 1966 and drew standing room only crowds of 30,000-plus fans making it, for many years, the largest event in the nation for high school football.

Nov. 28

Claude Black

Claude William Black, Jr., minister and political figure, was born on this day in 1916 in San Antonio. Rev. Black was pastor of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio for almost 50 years, but was also a noted Civil Rights leader who became a four-term city councilman (1973-1978) and the city?s first black Mayor Pro Tem. He was an associate of Martin Luther King, Jr.A. Phillip Randolph, and Thurgood Marshall. During President Lyndon Johnson?s administration, Black was a delegate to the White House Conference on Civil Rights.


Blog: Ron Goodwin, Ph.D., author, PVAMU history professor

Ron Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military ?brat,? he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin?s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston?s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal?s Slave Narratives.

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November 26th, 2019

I have a confession. I?m a worrier. But I don?t worry if the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans will make the playoffs, I worry about my family?s health and well being. Right now I?m especially worried about my mother and one of my brothers-in-law. Both are dealing with issues that I pray daily about. And I know I?m not supposed to worry, the Good Book teaches that if the Provider takes care of the…(more)

Football is still football

October 14th, 2019

Since we?re into the football season I thought it was time to interject my two cents. I?ve noticed several teams starting black quarterbacks these days. Some because of injury, but others have been under center since training camp. By my count, the first weekend of the National Football League season in September saw nine African?(more)


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Dino Melaye: Rise and fall of social media king

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Senator Dino Melaye, finally on 30 November lost his bid to return to the Senate, beaten by his arch rival, Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress. Here is the story of the ousted senator, as a social media warrior
          

Congress at Work - Hanging Flags, Awarding Geniuses, Supporting Hong Kong Protestors and Criminalizing Animal Cruelty

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National POW/MIA Flag Act (S 693) – This bill amended title 36 of the United States Code to require that the POW/MIA flag be displayed on all days that the flag of the United States is displayed on
          

'പ്രിയങ്ക ചോപ്ര സിന്ദാബാദ്..', കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് നേതാവിന് നാവുപിഴച്ചു; ട്വിറ്ററില്‍ ട്രോള്‍മഴ

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ന്യൂഡൽഹി: സംസാരത്തിനിടയിൽ നാവുപിഴ സംഭവിക്കുന്നത് ഒരു പുതിയ കാര്യമല്ല. ചിലപ്പോൾ ഒരു നാവുപിഴ വലിയ പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയേക്കാം. ഡൽഹിയിലെ കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവിന് സംഭവിച്ച നാവു പിഴ സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിൽ വലിയ ട്രോളുകൾക്കാണ് ഇടയാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. വാർത്താ ഏജൻസി എഎൻഐ ആണ് വീഡിയോ പുറത്തുവിട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. കോൺഗ്രസിന്റെ ഡൽഹിയിൽ സംഘടിപ്പിച്ച പരിപാടിയിലാണ് കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവിന് അബദ്ധം പിണഞ്ഞത്. അണികൾക്ക് അൽപം ആവേശം ആയിക്കോട്ടെ എന്നു കരുതിയാണ് കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാക്കളുടെ പേരിൽ സിന്ദാബാദ് വിളിച്ചത്. സോണിയാ ഗാന്ധി സിന്ദാബാദ്, കോൺഗ്രസ് പാർട്ടി സിന്ദാബാദ്, രാഹുൽ ഗാന്ധി സിന്ദാബാദ്എന്നിങ്ങനെ വിളിക്കുകയും പ്രവർത്തകർ അത് ഏറ്റുവിളിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. അടുത്ത പേരിലാണ് പണിപാളിയത്. പ്രിയങ്ക ഗാന്ധി സിന്ദാബാദ് എന്നതിനു പകരം പ്രിയങ്ക ചോപ്ര സിന്ദാബാദ് എന്നാണ് നേതാവ് മുദ്രാവാക്യം മുഴക്കിയത്. #WATCH Delhi: Slogan of "Sonia Gandhi zindabad! Congress party zindabad! Rahul Gandhi zindabad! Priyanka Chopra zindabad!" (instead of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) mistakenly raised by Congress Surender Kr at a public rally. Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra was also present.(01.12) pic.twitter.com/ddFDuZDTwH — ANI (@ANI) December 1, 2019 അപ്രതീക്ഷിതമായ നാവു പിഴയിൽതൊട്ടടുത്തു നിന്ന കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവ് സുരേന്ദ്ര കുമാർ ഞെട്ടുന്നതും മുദ്രാവാക്യം വിളിക്കുന്ന നേതാവിനെ നോക്കുന്നതും വീഡിയോയിൽ കാണാം. എന്നാൽ പ്രിയങ്ക ചോപ്രയുടെ പേരിൽ തെറ്റി വിളിച്ച മുദ്രാവാക്യം അണികളിൽ പലരും കണ്ണുംപൂട്ടി ഏറ്റുവിളിക്കുന്നുമുണ്ട്. കോൺഗ്രസിന്റെ ഡൽഹി ചീഫ് സുഭാഷ് ചോപ്രയടക്കമുള്ളവർ വേദിയിലുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ഇതാണോ പ്രിയങ്കയ്ക്കൊപ്പം ചോപ്ര കയറിവരാൻ ഇടയാക്കിയതെന്നും ട്രോളന്മാരിൽ ചിലർ സംശയിക്കുന്നു. രാഹുൽ ഗാന്ധി എന്നതിനു പകരം രാഹുൽ ബജാജ് സിന്ദാബാദ് എന്ന് വിളിക്കാതിരുന്നത് ഭാഗ്യമായെന്ന് ഒരാൾ ട്വിറ്ററിൽ പരിഹസിക്കുന്നു. ട്രോളുകൾ സജീവമായതോടെ പ്രിയങ്ക ചോപ്ര ട്വിറ്ററിൽ ട്രൻഡിങ്ങായിട്ടുമുണ്ട്. Content Highlights:Priyanka Chopra Zindabad: Congress Leaders Mistake On Mic Trolled

          

മോദിയും അമിത് ഷായും ഡല്‍ഹിയിലെ 'കുടിയേറ്റക്കാരാ'ണെന്ന് കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് നേതാവ് അധീര്‍ രഞ്ജന്‍ ചൗധരി

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ന്യൂഡൽഹി: പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്ര മോദിയ്ക്കും ആഭ്യന്തര മന്ത്രി അമിത് ഷായ്ക്കുമെതിരെ വിവാദ പ്രസ്താവനയുമായി ലോക്സഭയിലെ പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ്അധീർ രഞ്ജൻ ചൗധരി. ഡൽഹിയിലെ നുഴഞ്ഞുകയറ്റക്കാരും കുടിയേറ്റക്കാരുമാണ് മോദിയും അമിത് ഷായുമെന്ന് ചൗധരി ആരോപിച്ചു. ഗുജറാത്തിൽ വീടുകളുള്ള ഇരുവരും ഇപ്പോൾ ജീവിക്കുന്നത് ഡൽഹിയിലാണെന്നും അതിനാൽ ഇവർ കുടിയേറ്റക്കാരാണെന്നുമായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ പ്രസ്താവന. ഇന്ത്യ ആരുടെയും സ്വത്തല്ലെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു.ദേശീയ പൗരത്വ ബിൽ വിഷയത്തിൽ കേന്ദ്രത്തിനെതിരെ വിമർശനമുയർത്തുന്നതിനിടയിലായിരുന്നു ചൗധരിയുടെ പരാമർശം. ഇന്ത്യ എല്ലാവരുടേതുമാണ്. ഈ രാജ്യം ആരുടെയെങ്കിലുംസ്വത്താണോ? ഈ രാജ്യത്ത് എല്ലാവർക്കും അവകാശമുണ്ട്. അമിത് ഷാ ജിയും പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി മോദിജിയും പോലും കുടിയേറ്റക്കാരാണ്. നിങ്ങളുടെ വീടുകൾ ഗുജറാത്തിലാണെങ്കിലും നിങ്ങൾ ഇപ്പോൾ ഡൽഹിയിലല്ലേ താമസിക്കുന്നത്. അതിനാൽ നിങ്ങളും കുടിയേറ്റക്കാരാണ്- അധീർ രഞ്ജൻ ചൗധരി പറഞ്ഞു. ദേശീയ പൗരത്വ രജിസ്റ്റർരാജ്യം മുഴുവൻ നടപ്പിലാക്കുമെന്നുള്ള അമിത് ഷായുടെ പ്രസ്താവനയുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് ചൗധരിയുടെ പരാമർശം. ആദ്യഘട്ടമെന്ന നിലയിൽ പൗരത്വ രജിസ്റ്റർ നടപ്പിലാക്കിയ അസമിൽ അന്തിമ പട്ടിക വന്നപ്പോൾ 19 ലക്ഷം ആളുകൾ പട്ടികയ്ക്ക് പുറത്തായിരുന്നു. Content Highlights: Amit Shah and PM Modi are intruders in Delhi says Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

          

മഹാരാഷ്ട്ര സ്പീക്കര്‍ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ്: ബിജെപി പിന്‍മാറി, എതിരില്ലാതെ നാനാ പട്ടോളെ

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മുംബൈ: മഹാരാഷ്ട്ര സ്പീക്കർ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ നിന്ന് ബിജെപി സ്ഥാനാർഥിയെ പിൻവലിച്ചു. ഇതോടെ മഹാവികാസ് അഘാടി സഖ്യ സ്ഥാനാർഥി നാനാ പട്ടോളെ എതിരില്ലാതെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടു. മുൻ ബി.ജെ.പി. എം.പി.യും കോൺഗ്രസ് എംഎൽഎയുമാണ് നാനാ പട്ടോളെ. കിസാൻ കാതോരെയെയായിരുന്നു ബിജെപിയുടെ സ്പീക്കർ സ്ഥാനാർഥി. ഇന്ന് പതിനൊന്ന് മണിയോടെ നിയമസഭ ചേർന്ന് തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് നടത്താനാണ് തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നത്. എന്നാൽ ഇതിന് തൊട്ടുമുമ്പായി ബിജെപി സ്ഥാനാർഥിയെ പിൻവലിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു. നടപടിക്രമങ്ങൾ അട്ടിമറിച്ചെന്നാരോപിച്ച് വിശ്വാസവോട്ടെടുപ്പിനിടെ കഴിഞ്ഞ ദിവസം ബിജെപി സഭ ബഹിഷ്കരിച്ചിരുന്നു.വിദർഭ മേഖലയിലെ സകോളി മണ്ഡലത്തിൽനിന്നാണ് നാനാ പട്ടോളെ ജയിച്ചത്. നിയമസഭയിൽ ബി.ജെ.പി.യെ വരുതിയിൽനിർത്തുക എന്ന ഉദ്ദേശ്യംകൂടിയുണ്ട് നാനാ പട്ടോളെയെ സ്പീക്കറാക്കിയതിന് പിന്നിൽ. കോൺഗ്രസ്, എൻ.സി.പി. പാർട്ടികളിലെ പ്രധാന നേതാക്കളെല്ലാം പശ്ചിമമഹാരാഷ്ട്രയിൽനിന്നോ, മറാഠ വിഭാഗത്തിൽനിന്നോ ഉള്ളവരാണ്. എന്നാൽ, നാനാ പട്ടോളെ ഒ.ബി.സി.യിൽപ്പെട്ട കുൻബി വിഭാഗത്തിലുള്ള ആളും. മാത്രമല്ല, സഖ്യത്തിന് അധികം പ്രാതിനിധ്യമില്ലാത്ത വിദർഭ മേഖലയിൽനിന്നുള്ള വ്യക്തിയും. സ്പീക്കർ സ്ഥാനാർഥിയാകാൻ നാനാ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെടാൻ ഇതും കാരണമായി. കോൺഗ്രസിന്റെ കർഷകസംഘടനാ നേതാവുകൂടിയാണ് അദ്ദേഹം. നാനാ പട്ടോളെ മുമ്പ് കോൺഗ്രസുകാരനായിരുന്നു. 2009-ൽ ബി.ജെ.പി.യിലേക്ക് ചേക്കേറി. 2014-ലെ ലോക്സഭാ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ ഭണ്ഡാര-ഗോണ്ഡിയ മണ്ഡലത്തിൽ എൻ.സി.പി.യുടെ ശക്തനായ മുൻകേന്ദ്രമന്ത്രി പ്രഫുൽ പട്ടേലിനെ തോൽപ്പിച്ചാണ് എം.പി.യായത്. എന്നാൽ, പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്രമോദിയുമായി പിണങ്ങി അദ്ദേഹം വീണ്ടും കോൺഗ്രസിലേക്ക് തിരിച്ചുവന്നു. 2019-ൽ നാഗ്പുരിൽ നിതിൻ ഗഡ്കരിക്കെതിരേ മത്സരിച്ച് തോറ്റു. കഴിഞ്ഞ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ സകോളി നിയമസഭാ മണ്ഡലത്തിൽ മന്ത്രി പരിണയ് ഫുകെയെയാണ് തോൽപ്പിച്ചത്. Content Highlights:Maharashtra Assembly: Congresss Nana Patole Unopposed In Maharashtra Speaker Race As BJP Withdraws കേരള സ്കൂൾ കലോത്സവ വിശേഷങ്ങൾ കാണാം, കേൾക്കാം, വായിക്കാം SPECIAL COVERAGE

          

John Bolton could be Democrats' star witness against Trump

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John Bolton could be Democrats' star witness against TrumpDemocrats have long loathed former national security adviser John Bolton, but he could become their most dangerous witness against President Trump in Congress' impeachment inquiry.



          

Program Specialist | Congress of Neurological Surgeons

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Schaumburg, Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Three to five years’ experience, preferably in a medical/physician Bachelor’s degree required, CMP designation Strong computer skills required, inclu
          

Impeachment Proceedings Reminiscent of Andrew Johnson Era

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It involved a power play between the president and Congress. Congress said he overstepped his bounds. The president said he didn’t. The party controlling Congress wanted the president gone. The [...]

          

Impeachment’s influence hazy as issue in congressional races

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts...
          

When returning to the rest of the game

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NO SURRENDER: Imprisoned in a Nazi POW Camp, a Christian Soldier says, “We Are All Jews Here.”

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Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds’ is recognized by Yad Vashem as the only American soldier to receive the honor of “Righteous Among the Nations” for his heroism in World War II. Like German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dutch citizen Corrie ten Boom during World War II, his story of courage in a newly released book NO SURRENDER is destined to become a classic.

Sgt. Edmonds’ remarkable story lay untold for decades in his frayed diary tucked away in a cigar box. That is, until his granddaughter used the true story for her college history project. Years later, his son, Rev. Chris Edmonds was compelled to track down any still-living Jewish soldiers his Dad saved; a legacy far bigger than he imagined. A series of “divine coincidences” shapes NO SURRENDER, a newly released Harper One book by Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century. Each page is gripping; woven together with bravery, humility, and a message for today.

The Battle of the Bulge sets the stage where Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds stepped into history 74 years ago.  He and his men in the 106th Infantry, 422nd Regiment – the Golden Lions – found themselves in the Ardennes Forest only nine days after they arrived in France in late 1944. A miscommunication between commanders on a faulty phone line turned into one of the worst intelligence disasters in World War II. Seventy-five hundred Americans were forced to surrender to the Nazis. With seven Panzer divisions and surrounded by 13 German infantry divisions, American bravery was plentiful but big weapons were scarce.

Reading NO SURRENDER came closer to marching me straight into the Ardennes Forest in World War II history as any book I have ever read. Vicariously connecting with the horror, I heard the clattering treads of German tanks. I lost feeling in my feet walking through the December 1944 snows, one of the coldest and wettest winters on record. I agonized looking into the shattered faces of dead American soldiers. In a delirium of exhaustion, I wondered if I would fall dead in the middle of a forced march. I smelled uniforms worn for months coated in mud and excrement. Then reading about the capture and imprisonment of the Golden Lions in Nazi POW camps, Stalag IX-A, and IX-B, I discovered the valor of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds and “his boys.”  Like most of The Greatest Generation, Edmonds returned home unwilling to talk about it. When family and friends asked about the war, he would only comment, “We were humiliated.”

Years passed. Chris Edmonds, Senior Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee was a family man, a father and grandfather, a busy pastor, and ran a charity which helped teenagers. Although his Dad had passed away in 1985, his interest about his Dad’s service later took center stage. Chris explains the unexpected turn-around in his own life. “One evening my wife Regina and I watched a TV news program where we learned that nearly 300 World War II veterans died every day. I was shocked.” His Dad’s diary quickly filled his thoughts. That night the pastor sat at his computer and googled his Dad’s name, “Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds.” A tiny one-off fact in a New York Times article from the 1970s caught his attention. Chris prayed right there sitting at his computer. “Lord, your timing is always perfect. Please lead me.”

“My Dad was a leader who wouldn’t ask his men to do anything he wouldn’t do,” Chris Edmonds

Chris’ detective work later resulted in a trip to New York City where Lester Tanner, one of “Roddie’s boys,” warmly welcomed Chris and his wife Regina to the Harvard Club. “When we started talking, I was shocked to learn that not only did my Dad save Lester Tanner’s life, but he saved other men as well!”  The first meeting with Lester opened more relationships, and more stories of men on Roddie’s list; among them Paul Stern, Sydney “Skip” Friedman, and Sonny Fox. Chris said, “My dad’s story was becoming my story too.”

Over the months Chris followed the leads and learned about the defiance against evil in Stalag IXA and IXB. One story stood out. On January 27, 1945 – an ice-cold morning with hundreds of prisoners lined up outside – Nazi Major Siegmann ordered Edmonds to identify all Jews in his command. Every man knew it would mean death for the American Jewish soldiers. Master Sergeant Edmonds had ordered his men the night before not to surrender any of the aptly named “Golden Lions.”

At the risk of his life, the Tennessee-born Christian soldier uttered these words to Siegmann in a firm, strong voice. “We are all Jews here.”

These heroic comments changed not only the personal history of the Jewish soldiers but the lives of more than a thousand non-Jews under his command. Eventually liberated, they arrived back in the USA on April 28th, 1945. Roddie had jotted in his diary, “I’m just a little guy but war isn’t right. Lives upon lives are lost. People forget God more and more. It seems as if someone should get wise…and let God be our commander.”

“I know that my father was willing to die to save Jewish men under his command because he believed a Jewish man, Jesus Christ had died to save him.” Rev. Chris Edmonds

Having already spoken throughout the United States and Europe in Jewish and Christian settings, Chris is  completing an extensive book signing schedule for NO SURRENDER, giving media interviews, and adding many more speaking engagements for Jewish and Christian audiences. A documentary film entitled “Footsteps of my Father” created by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has also been nominated for many awards.

Chris has established the Roddie Edmonds Foundation and Roddie’s Code LLC: Choose goodness, Oppose hate, Dignify life, and Express love to all.  “I think Dad would be surprised at the recognition he’s receiving since he would say he was ‘just doing his job.’ “

Chris is also pursuing in the U.S. Congress a Medal of Honor for his Dad. “I want the Jewish community to know that my Dad’s actions in World War II mean something today as they face more hatred again all over the world. And I want to inspire others, people like my dad, like me, ordinary people, Christians who care about our Jewish friends. You don’t have to be perfect to do something extraordinary.”

Master Sergeant Edmonds’ message, “We are all Jews here,” is one that is significant today. While Nazi POW prisons and concentration camps are relics of evil, the Nazi ideology of hatred is resurrecting the hatreds that “Never Again” wanted to quell. Spreading far beyond the past, the hatreds are infecting worldwide news, college campuses, textbooks, governments, and social media.

I predict NO SURRENDER will become a classic story of heroism.

I pray that “We are all Jews Here” is on our lips and in our actions to confront the world’s oldest hatred.

No Surrender is available to order at: www.nosurrenderbook.com

Arlene Bridges SamuelsArlene Bridges Samuels is a Pro Israel Christian Advocate and author at The Blogs-Times of Israel.


          

DR. HELEN L. HORVATH, 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CANDIDATE, HOLDS A TOWN HALL AND FOOD DRIVE IN ALPINE DEC. 13

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November 30, 2019 (Alpine) --  Dr. Helen Horvath, candidate for the 50th Congressional District, will hold a candidate forum and community food drive at the Alpine Library Community Room in Alpine on Dec. 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • Integrative Community Services
  • Women’s healthcare
  • Veterans’ initiatives
  • Small business concerns and development
  • Senior Care (Medicare, social security, and related topics)
  • Balanced budget efforts
  • Immigration and border security
  • Other community topics as they are requested

Residents are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for redistribution in our community.  Click this link for more information about the food drive. Food is only accepted on the day of the Town Hall Meeting. The food drive is part of a two-month “hand-up” campaign starting Dec. 1 that Horvath has launched, asking constituents to bring non-perishable foods to her community coffees and town halls.


          

Exxon knew — and so did coal

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This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

“Exxon knew.” Thanks to the work of activists and journalists, those two words have rocked the politics of climate change in recent years, as investigations revealed the extent to which giants like ExxonMobil and Shell were aware of the danger of rising greenhouse gas emissions even as they undermined the work of scientists.

But the coal industry knew, too — as early as 1966, a newly unearthed journal shows.

In August, Chris Cherry, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, salvaged a large volume from a stack of vintage journals that a fellow faculty member was about to toss out. He was drawn to a 1966 copy of the industry publication Mining Congress Journal; his father-in-law had been in the industry and he thought it might be an interesting memento.

Cherry flipped it open to a passage from James R. Garvey, who was the president of Bituminous Coal Research Inc., a now-defunct coal mining and processing research organization.

“There is evidence that the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is increasing rapidly as a result of the combustion of fossil fuels,” wrote Garvey. “If the future rate of increase continues as it is at the present, it has been predicted that, because the CO2 envelope reduces radiation, the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere will increase and that vast changes in the climates of the earth will result.”

“Such changes in temperature will cause melting of the polar icecaps, which, in turn, would result in the inundation of many coastal cities, including New York and London,” he continued.

Cherry was floored.

“It pretty well described a version of what we know today as climate change,” said Cherry. “Increases in average air temperatures, melting of polar ice caps, rising of sea levels. It’s all in there.”

In a discussion piece immediately following Garvey’s article, Peabody Coal combustion engineer James R. Jones noted that the coal industry was merely “buying time” before more air pollution regulations came into effect. “We are in favor of cleaning up our air,” he wrote. “Everyone can point to examples in his own community where something should be done. Our aim is to have control that does not precede the technical knowledge for compliance.”

Climate change is not Cherry’s area of study, but he was struck by how the tone of the articles differed from the way many fossil fuel companies talk about climate change today. Rather than engage in denial, the articles offered a fairly straightforward acknowledgment of the emerging science. (This reporter is also a writer for UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, where Cherry teaches.)

As Cherry did some of his own digging, he soon realized his discovery could be the first evidence that the coal industry was aware of the impending climate crisis more than half a century ago — a finding that could open mining companies to the type of litigation that the oil industry is now facing.

Decades of denial

While Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world and the largest producer of coal in the U.S., now acknowledges climate change on its website, it has been directly and indirectly involved in obfuscating climate science for decades. It funded dozens of trade, lobbying, and front groups that peddled climate misinformation, as The Guardian reported in 2016.

As recently as 2015, Peabody Energy argued that carbon dioxide was a “benign gas essential for all life.”

“While the benefits of carbon dioxide are proven, the alleged risks of climate change are contrary to observed data, are based on admitted speculation, and lack adequate scientific basis,” the company wrote in a letter that year to the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

At the heart of big coal’s denial campaign was Fred Palmer, who served as Peabody’s senior vice president of government relations from 2001 to 2015. In 1997, Palmer founded the Greening Earth Society, a now-defunct industry front group that argued that burning fossil fuels was good for the planet. The group was based in the same office as the Western Fuels Association, a consortium of coal suppliers and coal-fired utilities that Palmer also ran.

“Every time you turn your car on and you burn fossil fuels and you put CO2 into the air, you’re doing the work of the Lord,” Palmer told a Danish documentary team in 1997. “That’s the ecological system we live in.”

Asked for comment, a Peabody spokesperson told HuffPost:“Peabody recognizes that climate change is occurring and that human activity, including the use of fossil fuels, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We also recognize that coal is essential to affordable, reliable energy and will continue to play a significant role in the global energy mix for the foreseeable future. Peabody views technology as vital to advancing global climate change solutions, and the company supports advanced coal technologies to drive continuous improvement toward the ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.”

Palmer, who did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, continues to carry the torch. He now works as an energy policy adviser to The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank whose climate denial is so severe that even ExxonMobil abandoned funding it and its climate denial efforts a decade ago. In 2011, leaked memos showed that the institute paid contrarian scientists like Craig Idso, founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, $11,600 a month to promote carbon dioxide as beneficial to the environment.

The group sits at the heart of a broader right-wing misinformation network funded in large part by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, both Republican mega-donors who backed President Donald Trump and financed projects such as Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica, the data firm considered key to Trump’s 2016 win. Palmer’s daughter, Downey Magallanes, was a top policy adviser at Trump’s Interior Department before joining oil giant BP in September 2018.

All of this was taking place well after climate change had become a commonly understood idea in the scientific community. A 1965 report from President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee was the first from the White House to address climate change (and is likely what precipitated the Mining Congress Journal article). “The climate changes that may be produced by the increased CO2 content could be deleterious from the point of view of human beings,” it warned. In 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to Congress about what was then known as the “greenhouse effect.” And in 1992, the United Nations established the Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty to begin addressing the problem.

But as this consensus emerged, so too did a wave of industry-funded climate denial via vast, shadowy networks of front groups, public relations campaigns, and scientists for hire.

Pulling back the curtain

In 2015, journalists at InsideClimate News, the Los Angeles Times, and Columbia University exposed internal ExxonMobil documents showing that the company’s scientists had a deep understanding of climate change even as Exxon worked publicly to downplay that science.

Twenty state attorneys general launched an “Exxon Knew” campaign, which eventually led to communities across the country filing at least 14 legal challenges against Exxon and other fossil fuel companies. One lawsuit, from the New York state attorney general’s office, went to trial on October 22 and focuses on how the company accounted for the costs of potential future regulations on climate change. The Massachusetts attorney general filed another suit on October 24, this time claiming the company had engaged in deceptive advertising and misled investors about the systemic financial risks to its business posed by fossil fuel-driven climate change. Earlier this month, two of Hawaii’s biggest municipalities sued Exxon and other big oil companies to recoup the costs of adapting to rising seas and more violent storms.

Evidence of what fossil fuel companies knew about climate change and when is critical to the legal strategy of those seeking damages for carbon dioxide emissions. If fossil fuel companies were aware of their products’ harmful effects on the planet, they could be held liable for damages.

Legal liability boils down to four factors, said David Bookbinder, chief counsel for the Niskanen Center, which is representing counties in Colorado that have filed suits: one, whether the defendants knew that their products would cause climate change; two, what they told or did not tell the public about the consequences of using their products; three, the extent of injuries caused by climate change; and four, whether the defendants’ actions have led to a portion of those injuries. What the plaintiffs in these suits can prove remains to be seen.

What we do know is that coal, when burned, has by far the biggest climate footprint of any fossil fuel, producing more carbon dioxide per unit than oil or gas. In the U.S. alone, coal produced 65 percent of the power sector’s planet-warming emissions. The 1966 article in the Mining Congress Journal certainly raises questions about what the coal industry knew at the time.

Robert Brulle, a professor emeritus of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University, authored a recent paper that suggests the coal industry must have known quite a bit, given how prominently it positioned itself in the climate denial movement.

Brulle researched 12 major groups and coalitions that argued against mandatory regulation of carbon dioxide from 1989 to 2015 — which he calls the “climate change countermovement.” That countermovement included 2,000 different businesses, political or social groups, as well as other organizations, but Brulle found that 179 core organizations belonged to multiple coalitions. Coal companies and predominantly coal-burning utilities were the most prevalent. He describes oil and gas companies as “more of a marginal player” by comparison.

“The coal mining industry — the utilities that were burning it for electricity, along with the railroads who were hauling it — and manufacturing industries like steel were the first corporate forces to become climate deniers and try to block action on climate policy,” said Kert Davies, founder and director of the Climate Investigations Center. “They fought the hardest because they had the biggest existential threat.”

Where do we go from here?

In the aftermath of the 1973 oil embargo, Exxon and other oil giants leased large parcels of land for coal mining with the goal of manufacturing synthetic fuels and lowering U.S. dependence on the Middle East.

Some previously released documents show that Exxon’s scientists began advising that the world phase out coal as a fuel as early as 1979. In one scenario, the Exxon scientists concluded that non-fossil fuels would need to be substituted for coal beginning in the 1990s to keep carbon dioxide levels below atmospheric concentrations of 440 parts per million. In 1999, Exxon merged with Mobil, and by 2002, ExxonMobil had dumped its coal assets.

Meanwhile, the coal industry tried to reinvent itself with the concept of “clean coal.” This as-yet-undelivered promise that carbon capture and other technological advances could lower coal’s environmental impact has been around for decades but resurged in the early 2000s as regulations seemed imminent.

The biggest proponent of this idea was the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a coal front group that spent $35 million on public relations campaigns in 2008 alone, seeking to influence the election. A year later, ACCCE was caught sending Congress fraudulent letters opposing federal climate legislation and pretending to be from veterans, women’s, and civil rights groups. The incident led many members to leave the organization, but Peabody remains a member to this day.

“Its whole mission was to stop climate regulations but pretend that they were in favor of clean coal, which, of course, doesn’t exist,” said Davies.

Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016, the same year carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million. Eight other coal companies have filed for bankruptcy this year. Even as the Trump administration has promised a coal resurgence and rolled back Obama-era regulations, the industry’s profitability continues to experience a downward slide. If the slogan “Coal Knew” ever does take off, it’s unclear who’ll be left to sue.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Exxon knew — and so did coal on Nov 29, 2019.


          

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Scientists across the country expressed alarm this month over a leaked proposal that details a potential Environmental Protection Agency policy that could significantly limit what research it uses to create public health regulations. The draft obtained by the New York Times is a revision of a draft released in April 2018 in which the agency called for transparency in scientific data, including people’s private health information.

While researchers have warned that the proposed rule will hamper efforts to protect Americans from environmental hazards, Anita Desikan, a research analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Grist that it will have an even more disastrous effect on vulnerable communities already burdened by pollution and economic inequities. Specifically, she said, it could affect how the EPA regulates harmful chemicals that plague communities of color, low income residents, and indigenous groups.

“One of the things that we’ve noticed in our research is that when science is sidelined, it has impacted communities that face the brunt of the harm,” said Desikan.

Scientists have overwhelmingly opposed the EPA’s original proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule. According to the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, which represents researchers studying the environmental causes of illness, the move would deprive policymakers of evidence “based on real exposures of real people.” This data has traditionally been used to establish regulatory standards on everything from pesticides to drinking water.

On Friday, The Hill reported that the EPA has repeatedly delayed the meeting of its Science Advisory board, which is supposed to review the proposed rule. According to the story, critics have voiced concern that the delays may be a stall tactic by the agency to finalize the policy before the public can hear the board’s evaluation of it.

In a statement this month responding to a story about the leaked proposal, the EPA disputed the Times’s reporting that the rule would require scientists to disclose their raw data, including confidential medical records.

In response to media reports and a recent congressional hearing on the EPA’s rulemaking process, the top editors of six major scientific journals — including Science, Nature, and The Lancet — stated unequivocally today that the proposed rule is a danger to long-standing research processes that protect confidentiality. The editors also expressed concern that if the proposed rule is applied retroactively to regulations or when a regulation is updated, this would exclude past scientific research forming the basis for current standards that, for example, regulate air and water quality. In a joint statement, the editors urged others in the research community to share their concerns with the EPA and Congress.

“Foundational science from years past,” they wrote, “could be deemed by the EPA to be insufficient for informing our most significant public health issues. That would be a catastrophe.”

While implementing this rule would influence standards that affect all people, Desikan said there are several reasons why these restrictions could reverberate more in vulnerable communities. The first is connected to the transparency claim the EPA has stated is behind the rule change. Experts like Desikan’s colleague Andrew Rosenberg say the proposed rule would bar the EPA from considering public health studies that are based on confidential private medical information.

“It sounds like a small technical change, but it has the potential to do enormous damage,” Rosenberg, the director of the Center for Science & Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote in Scientific American.

Losing the ability to ensure confidentiality for subjects in these studies could have a chilling effect on participation, Desikan said. Medical information, such as a person’s history with drugs or alcohol or the results of a cancer diagnosis, could be exposed through this new rule, she explained.

And since federal health and safety standards are grounded in science, the new EPA rule will grind the agency to a halt in terms of its ability to use science to protect people’s health and safety, Desikan said. “The repercussions will be that suddenly community advocates won’t have environmental justice data that they can use for advocacy efforts,” she explained. “They won’t be able to go to their state officials or city officials and say, ‘Here’s a study that corroborates the concerns we’ve been telling you about for years.’”

Here’s an example of how the rule could affect science at the EPA: Last year, the agency and the White House attempted to block the release of a study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on the health effects of exposure to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a class of hazardous, man-made chemicals that can be found in drinking water and products from waterproof outerwear to household cleaning solvents. Public outcry led the EPA to reverse course. The study included research from the C8 Science Panel, which examined the impact of one of the PFAS chemicals, PFOA, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Scientists found probable links between PFOA exposure and six health issues, including high cholesterol, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, and kidney cancer.

The C8 Science Panel study relied on thousands of people’s confidential medical information– and under the new proposal could be discounted in EPA regulations regarding PFOA, Desikan said. This has broader implications, she added, given the widespread use of PFAS, which are also known as “forever chemicals,” for how long they can remain in the environment.

In a report released last month called Abandoned Science, Broken Promises, the Union of Concerned Scientists found that based on U.S. census data, low-income households and people of color are more likely than the average American to live within five miles of a site contaminated with PFAS. This includes industrial and military sites that used or released the chemicals, which have been found in the drinking water supply near these sites.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Harvard Professor of Environmental Epidemiology Douglas Dockery said his greatest fear is that, under the EPA proposal, the agency won’t be able to use epidemiological studies — which often rely on private health data — to identify new environmental threats. Citing PFAS as an example, Dockery noted that the rule would “give free rein to a whole range of additional hazards in the environment.”

According to H. Christopher Frey, an air quality expert and professor of environmental engineering at North Carolina State University, the new revisions to the EPA’s proposed rule, uncovered by the Times, don’t appear to take into account the numerous ways there are to determine the merit of a scientific study besides transparency. From a legal perspective, he pointed out, the proposed rule would contradict the federal Clean Air Act, which requires a thorough review of the best available science.

“I don’t think anyone is opposed to transparency,” Frey told Grist. “But to make that a simplistic, adamant requirement to the exclusion of whether the study is credible or rigorous or relevant or provides useful information — it’s obviously a tactic to just throw out relevant science.”

The EPA has confirmed that the agency still plans to issue a final rule next year and that the public will be able to comment on the draft supplemental notice that outlines revisions to the proposed rule.

“When you have decision makers who have an ideological agenda, they typically want to get rid of anything that could threaten that agenda, including reality — and that includes science,” Frey said. “Science is not always going to lead to the outcome they want, and so [the proposed rule] just sidelines the science.”

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Vulnerable communities face larger threats under EPA’s proposed science rule on Nov 26, 2019.


          

What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate

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This weekend, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the presidential race in classic billionaire style: by buying up $30 million worth of TV ads. Bloomberg’s late-stage entry has sent a jolt through the Democratic primary. Will it do the same for the discussion around climate change — an issue that has been shunted to the tail end of a long progressive agenda?

Bloomberg, a former Republican worth a reported $58 billion, has long made bringing down emissions a centerpiece of his philanthropic work. With his help, the Sierra Club launched the Beyond Coal campaign — an initiative that supports grassroots efforts to shutter coal-powered plants across the United States. Sierra Club estimates the initiative is responsible for shuttering 40 percent of the nearly 300 coal plants that have closed so far. (However, some of those plants switched to natural gas, a less emissions-intensive fossil fuel, which Bloomberg endorsedas a “bridge fuel” as recently at 2016.) Bloomberg also pledged half a billion dollars to help launch Beyond Carbon, another Sierra Club effort that aims to shut down the nation’s remaining coal plants.

Bloomberg has also donated $5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, a group that keeps tabs on how members of Congress vote on climate and environment bills and lobbies for climate action. He’s donated more than $150 million to green groups in total. And he was some of the brains and most of the muscle behind America’s Pledge, a group that aims to fill the void Trump left when he exited the Paris climate agreement by galvanizing regional and local support for green policies.

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There’s more on Bloomberg’s list of green accomplishments, but you get the picture. His money has done a lot of good for the environment. In fact, one could easily argue that Bloomberg has done more for climate action as a philanthropist than progressive elected officials have been able to manage in Congress. As fellow billionaire candidate Tom Steyer pointed out at the fifth Democratic presidential debate last week, Congress hasn’t yet passed a single climate bill.

If Bloomberg has had so much success tackling climate change outside the confines of the Capitol, and politicians have had so little success doing the same thing in Congress, why not just stay put?

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, made exactly that point in a tweet earlier this month. “Call me radical, but maybe instead of setting ablaze hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple plutocratic, long-shot, very-late presidential bids, we instead invest hundreds of millions into winning majorities of state legislatures across the United States?”

To borrow a phrase from Sanders, it’s possible that Bloomberg will be able to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. He said he plans to spend $100 million in swing states pushing anti-Trump ads. And he could spend up to $20 million more on voter registration in those states. In other words, it’s not like the Bloomberg money tap is going to run dry now that he’s running for president.

Not to mention that the primary contest has been missing a climate hawk since Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out. The field could benefit from a new, climate-oriented addition, and Bloomberg has signaled an interest in filling that role. On his campaign website, Bloomberg cites “Fighting climate change” as one of his chief priorities. In the section on addressing the crisis, Bloomberg touts his record on climate and promises to “ensure the federal government leads an ambitious agenda to accelerate the U.S. toward a clean energy economy.”

But because he said he will not accept campaign donations, it’s unclear how Bloomberg will ever meet the Democratic National Committee’s official requirements to make it onto a debate stage. And, no matter how many millions he pours into the race, the billionaire will have to play a lot of catch up to boost his poll numbers. Right now, he’s polling with the bottom tier of 2020 candidates. Turns out there are still a few things money can’t buy.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate on Nov 25, 2019.


          

Trump Faces Two Deadlines As U.S. Congress Ramps Up Impeachment Focus

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WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – U.S. faced two deadlines in Congress this week as prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine. The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has […]

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Proclamation Appointing a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer

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Whereas the Honourable the General Congress, impressed with a grateful sense of the goodness of Almighty God, in blessing the greater part of this extensive continent with plentiful harvests, crowning our arms with repeated successes, conducting us hitherto safely through the perils with which we have been encompassed and manifesting in multiplied instances his divine care [...]
          

Post-Thanksgiving Round-Up and Open Thread

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[guest post by JVW] * Fox News reports via the New York Times that Intersectionality Bingo’s team blames My Little Aloha Sweetie for wrecking the California Senator’s campaign, confirming what I have been saying for months. * President Trump, he of the mixed messages, signed the pro-Hong Kong bill which passed through Congress. In response, […]
          

Democratic Congresswoman Changes Mind On Impeachment (UPDATE ADDED)

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[guest post by Dana] A quick little post here, involving a bit of that was then, this is now from Democratic Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, who represents a very blue district: Over the summer, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence fully backed the move to impeach President Trump, but the Detroit-area Democrat said over the weekend that she has […]
          

Zamfara APC cautions social media supporters against hate speech, fake news

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara has cautioned social media supporters against hate speech and fake news. The party Vice-Chairman of Zamfara Central, Alhaji Sani Gomna, made the call during the party zonal meeting which held in Gusau on Saturday. ”We are cautioning the state governor and security agencies in the state against indiscriminate […]

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Introducing Biology's newest faculty

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Neda Bagheri
Alejandro Rico-Guevara
Kristiina Hurme
Jeff Rasmussen
Adam Steinbrenner
Julie Theriot

Welcome to UW Biology's newest faculty members! These renowned scholars and researchers come from all across the country and have added tremendous expertise to the UW Biology community. A special thank you to the Washington Research Foundation, Jodi Green, Mike Halperin, Walt Halperin, Margaret Hall, and the late Ben Hall for making these hires possible!

Here is a brief look at the newest members of the UW Biology community:

Neda Bagheri
Assistant Professor
WRF Distinguished Investigator

Education:

PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara
Postdoc in Biological Engineering from MIT

Expertise:

My lab—aptly named the MOdeling DYnamics of Living Systems (MODYLS) Lab—employs tools across engineering and applied math to help explain unintuitive biological observations and to gain fundamental insight. My primary areas of expertise include systems biology, dynamical systems, and control theory. An exciting application of our research that integrates skills across these domains involves predicting emergent dynamics within and among cell populations using multi-scale, multi-class computational models.  

Most fascinating research discovery:

Understanding how the context of the microenvironment shapes cell decisions.

Accolades:

NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering

Distinguished Speaker for the Accelerated Discovery Forum at IBM Research-Almaden and Keynote Speaker at multiple international conferences

Mindlin Foundation Public Lecture at University of Washington

Cornew Innovation Award, Northwestern University Chemistry of Life Processes

Extracurricular:

  1. If not a Biology professor, I would be: Hiking above tree line.​
  2. Favorite hobbies:​ I love being outside—hiking, cycling, climbing—and playing ultimate frisbee.​
  3. What is one thing you will never do again? Learn how to drive a motorcycle through trial and error. (Take a class!)
  4. What motivates you to work hard? I love to enable, promote, and empower the next generation of citizens and thought leaders.
  5. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Paraglide across the alps (with proper instruction and safety, of course)

Kristiina Hurme
Lecturer, full-time

Education:

B.A. Princeton University
Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Expertise:

I’m a Behavioral Ecologist that has studied parental care, territoriality, male-male combat, vocal communication, mating and courtship in frogs, birds, and fish throughout the Neotropics. In zoos I designed enrichment for monkeys and frogs, and used positive reinforcement to train monkeys and sea lions, skills that I am now using to study wild hummingbirds!

Most fascinating research discovery:

For my dissertation, I studied maternal care in a neotropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum, in Panama. These large frog mommas often care for schools of 1000s of tadpoles in temporary ponds. I found that they reached metamorphosis surprisingly quickly, growing from egg to juvenile froglet in about two weeks! In order to grow and develop so fast, these tadpoles were constantly active and foraging. This activity attracted a lot of attention from predators, such as fishing spiders and herons, and I found that the only schools that survived to metamorphosis had a mother guarding them. These courageous moms not only fought off predators (even my hand!), but also communicated with the schools, guiding them to safe foraging areas. Some males have large and muscular arms with thumb spines (intrasexually selected weapons), and the only males I observed breeding were huge and covered in battle scars.

Accolades:

I received Honorable Mention for the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award at the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Connecticut.

Our recent paper on Intrasexually Selected Weapons was selected as the cover of the latest volume (five issues) of Biological Reviews: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/loi/1469185x/year/2019

Extracurricular:

  1. If not a Biology professor, I would bean artist, a zookeeper, a scientific illustrator, a wildlife film maker – something that allows me to observe and appreciate the natural world and share it with others.
  2. What is your favorite book? “My Family and Other Animals”, by Gerald Durrell. Growing up as a young naturalist on a Greek Island – what a dream!
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment? Working as a team with my husband Alejandro. In life, raising our daughters, Sierra and Aurora. In research, training wild hummingbirds to voluntarily drink from intimidating experimental setups, resulting in a stress-free way to measure behavior and physiology. Check out the PBS nature documentary “Super Hummingbirds” for examples!
  4. What are your hobbies? Fencing, anything related to horses, nature photography, exploring nature with two little kids.
  5. What makes you happy? Seeing the “aha” moment in students, sharing a love and enthusiasm for biology and observation of the natural world, showing students cool and surprising animal behaviors, often with the help of David Attenborough!
  6. Why did you choose to work at UW Biology? I fell in love with the department because of how everyone prioritizes excellence in teaching biology and collaborates on assessing how students learn! I am so excited to be in a place where I will be supported and encouraged!

Jeff Rasmussen
Assistant Professor
WRF Distinguished Investigator

Education:

2011, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2002, Sc.B., Computational Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Expertise:

I am broadly interested in cell and developmental biology, in particular how cells adopt and maintain specific shapes. My lab uses zebrafish to gain molecular and cellular insights into the development and repair of somatosensory neurons, which are some of the largest and most complex cells in the body. Somatosensory neurons build enormous and elaborate peripheral axons that innervate the skin to detect pain and touch. Our current focus is on understanding interactions between these somatosensory axon endings and the various specialized cell types they encounter in the skin.

Most fascinating research discovery:

As a graduate student, I discovered that cells within the worm embryo could fuse with themselves to form tiny, single-cell tubes in the shape of a donut.

Accolades:

2018, Hilde Mangold Postdoctoral Presentation Award, Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) 77th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR

2013—2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund

2007—2010, Predoctoral Trainee, NIH Training Grant in Developmental Biology, University of Washington

Extracurricular:

  1. If not a Biology professor, I would be: pursuing something artistic.
  2. What are your hobbies? Playing soccer, running, and eating vegetarian food.
  3. What makes you happy? A sunny day in Seattle.
  4. Why did you choose to work at UW Biology? For the opportunity to work with fantastic colleagues and great students.
  5. What is your morning routine? I make breakfast for my kids, give my daughter a big hug when I drop her off at preschool, run to campus and enjoy a big mug of green tea while thinking about science.
  6. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? You mean I get to choose my superpower? Teleportation! That way I could visit the Wonders of the World without any lines.

Alejandro Rico-Guevara
Assistant Professor
Walt Halperin Endowed Professor
WRF Distinguished Investigator

Education:

Biologist - Universidad Nacional de Colombia
PhD- University of Connecticut, Miller Fellow- UC Berkeley.

Expertise:

I perform theoretical and empirical research on Behavioral Ecophysics, which I define as the study of organismal mechanisms (e.g. physiology, biomechanics) and their explicit links to biotic and abiotic interactions. My recent discoveries on nectar collection and intrasexually selected weapons revive questions on how animals balance caloric gain and expenditure, and on foraging theory in light of both exploitative and interference competition. I have focused on the most specialized vertebrate pollinators, hummingbirds, and working on such a data-rich mutualistic system opens the door to quantitative (e.g. energetics) and comparative (e.g. other nectarivores) assessments of trade-offs between energy optimality and fighting proficiency in nature.

Most fascinating research discovery:

How hummingbirds actually drink, associated adaptations in their feeding apparatus, and deviations under opposing selective pressures (e.g. bills as weapons).

Accolades (2-4 maximum):

Frank A. Pitelka Award for Excellence in Research, International Society for Behavioral Ecology. behavecol.com/awards-1

Kimberly G. Smith Outstanding Student Paper Award, Organization for Tropical Studies, 7th Annual Competition. tropicalstudies.org/research

Best Doctoral Dissertation, Greg and Mona Anderson Award, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut. eeb.uconn.edu

Best Oral Presentation Award, IV Colombian Zoology Congress (selected among 2000 presentations). vccz.aczcolombia.org

Extracurricular:

  1. If not a Biology professor, I would be: Most likely I would have looked for an occupation that would have kept me in touch with nature and being outdoors: a farmer, a birdwatching guide, a park ranger, a mountain rescue responder, a scuba instructor, something like that. To some degree, I’ve tried all of the above at different stages of my life!
  2. What makes you happy? Being with my loved ones, but it doesn’t really matter what I’m doing (from hanging out in my grandma’s house for lunch, to family fencing being beaten by my in-laws!). Especially treasuring day-to-day unrepeatable moments with my wife, Kristiina, and watching our little fledglings, Sierra Annaleema and Aurora Delta, grow.
  3. Why did you choose to work at UW Biology? Because of the supportive and collaborative spirit, world-class academic excellence, its integrative approaches, the strong emphasis both in research and teaching, its interdisciplinarity, and the tight links with the Burke Museum, highlighting the importance of science communication, among many other reasons!
  4. What is your favorite childhood memory? Going on weekend trips and vacations with my parents and sisters, regardless if it was to stop on the side of the road, or going to the closest river to cook on a campfire, and all the way to when we were able to “meet the sea”. My dad is a naturalist at heart, and we have had tons of fun exploring nature together. I’m a biologist because of him!​
  5. What motivates you to work hard? A deep desire to understand the mysteries of life. Whether that means doing careful lab experiments and developing home-made devices, or spending a lot of time in the field chasing elusive behaviors; the motivation is always to go beyond the limits of our knowledge. And now supporting others to pursue similar dreams!

Adam Steinbrenner
Assistant Professor
WRF Distinguished Investigator

Education:

BS Tufts University
PhD UC Berkeley

Expertise:

My lab studies the plant immune system.  Plants defend themselves from pests and pathogens (bacteria, fungi, herbivores, etc) by detecting molecular signatures of attackers.  We are interested in receptor proteins that recognize different types of pests and how these receptors evolve in both nature and agriculture.  We hope that better understanding plant defenses will inform and inspire strategies to reduce pesticide use and develop sustainable pest control.

Most fascinating research discovery:

In my most recent position at UC San Diego, we identified a plant immune receptor that detects peptides in larval oral secretions (i.e. caterpillar spit).  Interestingly, this receptor gene is unique to the genomes of certain legume crop species such as bean and black-eyed pea, suggesting they have a unique defense strategy against attacking insects.

Accolades:

HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellow 2010-2015.

Extracurricular:

  1. What is your favorite book? Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Master of the Senate by Robert Caro, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. What are your hobbies? Running, Hiking, Fermentation + gardening projects at home
  3. Why did you choose to work at UW Biology? UW Biology has an incredibly integrative atmosphere that fits my research style.  I try not to stay too focused on a single topic or technique, but look for links across molecular biology, genomics, and evolution/ecology.  I’m looking forward to growing my lab’s connections in the department and across campus.
  4. What is your favorite childhood memory? My mother was a landscape designer and I grew up visiting gardens and arboretums around Philadelphia.  I especially loved identifying trees and observing them across the seasons.  It is fun to see paperbark maples around Seattle – one of my old favorites from the east coast!
  5. What was your favorite subject in school? History and Political Science.  It is fascinating to learn about other societies, institutions, norms.
  6. What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window? The Space Needle view from 5th floor LSB is fantastic​
  7. What motivates you to work hard? Beyond the day to day joy of experiments, it is motivating to know that basic findings in biology can eventually translate into amazing applied breakthroughs.  In a recent example, the set of tools for CRISPR-mediated genome editing originated from observations and experiments in basic microbiology / RNA biochemistry.  The previous generation of genome editing molecules, TALENs, were originally identified from bacterial pathogens of plants that used similar proteins to manipulate their hosts.

Julie Theriot
Professor
Benjamin D. Hall Endowed Chair in Basic Life Sciences

Education: 

BS Biology and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD Cell Biology, University of California, San Francisco

Expertise

The research of our group explores the mechanics and dynamics of cell self-organization and movement in a variety of cells ranging from bacteria to fish skin cells.  Our current work focuses on three areas:  1) the actin-based motility of intracellular bacterial pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, 2) the whole-cell crawling of epithelial cells and leukocytes, and related processes such as phagocytosis in macrophages, and 3) the dynamics of cellular organization in bacteria and diatoms.  A strength of our work is its highly interdisciplinary nature, bridging cell biology, microbiology, and biophysics.  By studying diverse questions in diverse biological systems, using both bottom-up approaches (biochemical reconstitution, single-molecule force measurements, mathematical modeling) and top-down approaches (genetic and pharmacological perturbations, quantitative video-based analysis of cell movement, shape, and mechanical coupling), we aim to develop a broad conceptual understanding of the organizational rules that give rise to large-scale cell structure and coordinated movement. 


          

bobknight33 (Member Profile)

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Wrong on ALL counts, as usual Bobski.

Trump: pleaded guilty to fraud involving his fake school stealing from "students" before the election, found guilty of charity fraud last month and forced to pay millions back to veterans he stole from/defrauded....Also undeniably guilty of multiple finance and tax evasion charges, but being shielded by Barr until he's out of office

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: Sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Mueller

Konstantin Kilimnik: Charged with obstruction of justice during the Manafort investigation

Trump confidant Roger Stone: Convicted of lying to Congress tampering with a witness and obstructing the 2017 congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: Pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia on Trump's behalf

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates: Pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about Trump

Former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen: Pleaded guilty to tax and bank charges, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress for Trump

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos:in January of 2017, Papadopoulos repeatedly lied about his contacts with Russian agents. He pleaded guilty

Alex van der Zwaan: Served 30 days in prison then deported for lying to investigators about Trump

Sam Patten: Pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign lobbyist in order to funnel foreign money to Trump's campaign

Bijan Kian and Skim Alptekin: Charged with conspiring to violate lobbying laws while working for Flynn

Those are just some convicted by Mueller for crimes after the election committed for Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/22/how-many-of-trumps-close-advisers-have-been-convicted-and-who-are-they


Please list all the convictions of Democrats...my research shows Republicans are convicted >91 times for every Democrat found guilty of crimes in office in the last 50 years.

Bobski, you claim to watch OAN, the fake news outlet that hires actual Kremlin agents to spread Russian propaganda that managed to out lie Fox, the inventors of fake news.

Duh.
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AT LARGE: If Trump is impeached, but cleared, what then?

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After 10 days and a dozen witnesses in the impeachment hearings before Congress, the truth of what President Donald Trump did was inescapable: He withheld both a meeting with the new president of Ukraine and vitally needed military aid until the president agreed to announce an investigation into the 2016 election and the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.Those charges first emerged in the so-called whistleblower’s account of a phone call between Trump and Ukraine President [...]
          

As Beijing seethes, protesters celebrate Trump's signing of Hong Kong act

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China condemned the act supporting human rights in Hong Kong but targeted Congress rather than Trump, leaving space open to pursue a trade deal.


          

Bonafede, mano tesa alle toghe. E sulla prescrizione avvisa il Pd

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Il ministro della Giustizia all’Anm riunita a congresso: i dem non votino con FI. E sul Csm apre ai magistrati
          

OPUS 193 China Takes Advantage of US Congress’ Stupidity

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Congress is doing something WORSE than wasting time/$$. Congressional partisan charade of FakeImpeachment is creating a HUGE National Security Risk! Hear me now.
          

Support the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for #GivingTuesday 2019!

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The CBCF kicks off a new campaign highlighting its Leadership Institute for Public Service.

          

Forests Campaign Director

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Waxman Strategies, London, UK, Washington, DC or Singapore. Waxman Strategies, a progressive public affairs firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, is accepting applications for a Forests Campaign Director. We’re looking for a talented campaigner with the experience and strategic skills in advocacy organizing and communications to play a lead role in our campaign to end deforestation, land grabbing and human rights abuses in forest commodity supply chains; with a focus on the natural rubber sector. If you are passionate ...
          

Long-shot candidate Sestak exits 2020 US presidential race

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Long-shot candidate Sestak exits 2020 US presidential raceAnd then there was one fewer: Joe Sestak, a long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party presidential mantle in 2020, withdrew from the race Sunday. A former US congressman representing Pennsylvania, Sestak's campaign had not won great support. Pete Buttigieg, the moderate millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has leapfrogged the race's main liberal candidates, senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to claim second behind the resilient national leader Joe Biden, according to Quinnipiac University's latest poll released last week.



          

Re: Send in the clown

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"Every President elected since 1980 has been the subject of at least one resolution introduced into Congress with the purpose of impeachment." (Wikipedia)

Enough is enough!
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Thankful for you

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As I look back on 2019, there are plenty of times that it would have been easy to get frustrated, throw my hands up, and lose hope. But I didn't -- and Clean Water members and supporters had a lot to do with that.

I think I can speak for all of us here at Clean Water Action when I say our members and supporters give us hope and keep us going.

The impact has been huge. Throughout the year, Clean Water members and activists sent messages, mailed letters, signed postcards, and made phone calls. They contacted their federal officials, state legislators, CEOs of major retailers, and other important decision makers. They (and hoepfully you, dear reader) made your opinion heard -- and it made a difference. You also attended rallies and town hall events. Many voted in the off-year elections and helped elect local officials and pass important local policies.

That's a lot of involvement -- and it helped make a statement for our water.

Clean Water members helped push back against the Dirty Water Agenda and hold Members of Congress accountable to their promises. Clean Water members made sure the conversation in Washington DC and state houses and city halls across the country was about prioritizing people and protecting our water and health.

There is a lot more work to do. But right now, all I want to do is say Thank You for your activism, your support, your donations, your membership. We can't do it without you.

Have a happy and restful holiday.


          

Muchinguri in Namibia poll rigging row

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WINDHOEK — Namibia’s opposition parties are crying foul after incumbent President Hage Geingob was re-elected for a second term with a reduced majority on Saturday. Geingob’s rivals are claiming vote manipulation and accused the Sadc observer mission headed by Zimbabwe’s Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri of being unfit for the task. Mike Kavekotora, the leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, said they were co-ordinating with the other parties on how to respond to alleged electoral malpractices. The election was marred by allegations of faulty voting machines. Geingob received 56% of the vote, while closest challenger Panduleni Itula had 29%. Itula made history as the first independent candidate for the presidency, though he retained his ruling party membership. Itula did not attend the announcement of the final results, also aggrieved by what he saw as vote manipulation. The ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) party for the first time lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament. Swapo polled 536 861 of the votes (65,5%), earning the party 63 of the 96 seats in the National Assembly, down from the 77 won in 2014. Kavekotora, whose party won one seat in last week’s election, told reporters that Muchinguri and her delegation were unfit to observe Namibia’s elections because of persistent vote rigging allegations against her Zanu PF party. “The Sadc observer mission was loaded with a lot of people from Zimbabwe. What do we expect from somebody who was coming from a rigged election in his or her own country? How do you expect that person to come and give you a proper observation in another country? That’s just impossible …,” Kavekotora said. He said Muchinguri and her delegation could not do anything other than “rigging and basically supporting your friends in the country that you are now observing elections in”. “We consider this matter to be very serious. We’re going to engage the other political parties and we’ll keep our options open and see what’s the right course of action. Namibia cannot be manipulated. We have to come to a point where we say ‘enough’,” he added. Stergomena Tax, the Sadc executive secretary, tried to address the issue in a tweeted response on Saturday night. She said: “It should be noted that the current Sadc Organ chair is Zimbabwe, thus, the Sadc electoral observation mission (SEOM) to Namibia was led by Zimbabwe, supported by Organ Troika members — Botswana and Zambia. The mission comprised observers from 11 members states.” Shortly after arriving in Namibia before the November 27 vote, Muchinguri had a torrid time trying to explain her selection to lead the regional bloc’s election observation mission after being confronted by both the Namibian media and opposition politicians. The minister, flanked by her deputy head of mission and Zanu PF politburo member Patrick Chinamasa, responded: “It’s important to note that we are not here as individual countries, but collectively as Sadc. SEOM is well constituted with many different people including government officials, eminent persons from Sadc as well as those from the opposition. If there be need to understand more on the composition of SEOM, you can also refer to our strict terms of reference.” Muchinguri insisted that SEOM was in Namibia to merely observe the election and were not involved in the internal processes of the country. A total of 11 of the 15 parties got representation in Parliament, with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), which gained 136 576 votes or 16,6% of the total number of votes cast, becoming the official opposition. Other political parties that gained seats in the National Assembly for the first time include the Christian Democratic Voice Party and the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters, which won one and two seats respectively. The United Democratic Front, National Unity Democratic Organisation, All People’s Party and Republican Party won two seats each, while the Rally for Democracy and Progress and SWANU scraped back into the National Assembly with one seat each. The four parties that did not qualify for any seats in Parliament are the former official opposition, the Congress of Democrats, the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, the National Patriotic Front and the National Democratic Party. — Agencies

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Complicity of the press, the role of the Obama administration in perpetuating the Russia hoax, and the revelation of the coup

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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, TAKE 2.

...Lee Smith is the author of The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History.

...Lee Smith is a great journalist. This bears on one of the book’s principal themes: the complicity of the press in peddling the hoax alleging the collusion of the Trump campaign with organs of the Russian government. In peddling the hoax, the most prominent organs of the mainstream media were the accomplices of the perpetrators. The book cites the relevant stories and relentlessly names names demonstrating the “collusion” of the press with the Clinton campaign and the government — the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Justice — in peddling the Russian hoax as news.

Within the profession, there has been no reckoning for the misconduct that the book makes out. On the contrary, at the profession’s upper reaches, we have seen only the renewed commitment to carry on the campaign to remove Trump from office. This book may be the closest we ever get to the day of reckoning that is due the press.

...A second theme of the book is the role of the Obama administration in perpetrating the Russia hoax. Following the 2016 election, the Russia hoax involved the orchestrated disempowerment of the incoming administration and the removal of Trump from office. While the press held itself out as pursuing Trump in a scandal with echoes of Watergate, the scandal represented the handiwork of the Obama administration and the press served as its handmaiden. Referring to the method of operation pioneered by Obama to support the Iran deal, Smith puts it this way: “[I]t was Obama who was most like Nixon, because Trump’s predecessor used the resources of the federal government, sensitive surveillance program and staff, to spy on his opponents.”

Smith writes: “The coup started almost immediately after the polls closed.” The ground had been well laid by then.

A third theme of the book is the revelation of the coup. This gives the book its subtitle: “The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History.” The book reminds us that much of what we know about the Russia hoax is attributable to the work of Devin Nunes, and it reports how Nunes has paid the price. I have embedded a copy of the Nunes memo released on February 2018 at the bottom of this post. For much of what we have learned to date we owe Rep. Nunes a debt of gratitude.

The book implicitly raises the question who wrote the Steele Dossier. Smith seems to doubt that it was Christopher Steele. He notes that in an October 2016 meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec — reported here by John Solomon — Steele forgot his lines. Whodunnit may be less important in this case than that it was done by those working on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. For our knowledge of that critical fact we have Devin Nunes to thank.

In calling out his professional colleagues for the wrongs they have done and for giving credit where credit is due to Devin Nunes and his staff, this book administers justice to the extent that it is possible for a reporter and analyst to do so. We can only hope that it is a preface to the administration of justice the old-fashioned way.
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Maybe, just maybe

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Thanksgiving is not a day when you necessarily expect political enlightenment. Yet, here in 2019, it happened at our house. Charlie Dent used to be in Congress representing a district in Pennsylvania. Slightly conservative but offers his political thoughts in a more moderate tone most of the time. As I was digesting one of Barb’s […]
          

Maha to alter cash flow, power syndrome

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Shivaji Sarkar The tack of Indian politics can change with the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress take over. The exit of 80-hour-long BJP-‘NCP’

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We don’t need no observation: The use and regulation of facial recognition in Brazilian public schools

Introduction

The use of facial recognition technology in schools around the world in countries such as China and the United States has encouraged the similar use of this technology by other countries, including Brazil. However, it has also raised questions and concerns about the privacy of students. Because of this, analyses of the nature and consequences of the use of facial recognition technology in diverse scenarios are necessary.

This report presents a brief reflection on the use of facial recognition technologies in Brazilian public schools, including in the state of Pernambuco, where IP.rec is based, and considers their implications for citizens' rights to privacy, as well as the possibility of the technology being regulated by existing laws.

Background

Artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, the “internet of things”, smart cities, facial recognition, biometrics, profiling, big data. When one tries to imagine the future of big cities, it is impossible not to think about these terms. But is the desire to make cities “smarter” jeopardising the privacy of Brazilian citizens? Does this desire turn people into mere guinea pigs for experimentation with new technologies in a laboratory of continental proportions?

The use of facial recognition technologies in Brazilian public schools has already been implemented in several cities such as Jaboatão dos Guararapes (in the state of Pernambuco), Cabo de Santo Agostinho (Pernambuco), Arapiraca (Alagoas), Cravinhos (São Paulo), Tarumã (São Paulo), Potia (São Paulo), Paranavaí (Paraná), Guaíra (Paraná), Viana (Espírito Santo), Anápolis (Goiás), Senador Canedo (Goiás) and Vila Bela da Santíssima Trindade (Mato Grosso).[1] Among the features provided by the so-called Ponto iD[2] system is the monitoring of the attendance of students at school without the need to take roll call. The system also aims to help optimise class time, as the time spent on the roll call is saved; help manage school meals, as cooks are notified of the exact number of students in class as soon as the gates close; and decrease the school drop-out rate, as guardians receive, through an app, notifications that their child is in the school. The last is noted as a primary social consequence of using the technology. To implement the system, the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, for example, has spent BRL 3,000 (USD 780) per month per school.

The technology provider's webpage states that the solution is designed in an integrated way, linking government departments. Because of this, a diverse range of public institutions can share information with each other. For example, according to the government of the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, if a student is absent for more than five days, the Guardianship Council is notified as the system also shares students’ information with that body.[3]

In 2015, the service provider also stated that the system would be connected to the Bolsa Família programme,[4] which is a direct income transfer programme aimed at families living in poverty and extreme poverty throughout the country, and intended to help them out of their vulnerable situation. In Brazil, more than 13.9 million families are served by Bolsa Família.[5] The receipt of the benefits is conditioned, among other duties of a student whose family is a beneficiary of the programme, to a minimum school attendance of 85% for children and adolescents from six to 15 years old and 75% for adolescents 16 and 17 years old.[6]

Privacy? Absent. Risks? Present

As previously observed by several scholars, digital technologies not only make behaviour easier to monitor, but also make behaviour more traceable.[7] Given this potential, a number of critical issues in relation to the application of facial recognition systems in educational contexts were identified.

According to the service provider, the system works off a platform that uses cloud computing capabilities, but it was not possible to identify any information regarding the level of security related to the storage of collected data in the company’s privacy policy available on its official website. Despite this, among the said benefits offered by the technology implemented are not only the monitoring of students’ attendance and their school performance, but the possibility of monitoring students’ personal health data.

The mayor of the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes[8] states that in addition to facial recognition, the software also offers, through the collection of other information, the possibility of better planning the number of daily school meals. As soon as the school’s gates are closed, the cooks receive via SMS[9] the exact number of students who are in the classrooms. Meanwhile, according to the secretary of education of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Ivaneide Dantas, at some point even the health problems of students will be identified and parents informed using the system.

However, the lack of information that is included in the company’s privacy policy,[10] or on city halls’ websites, constitutes a critical point in the relationship between students and the education system. The problem becomes all the more obvious since the solution involves sensitive data – biometric data – of minors.

The text of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD),[11] recently approved unanimously in congress after almost 10 years of discussions and two years of proceedings, has undergone major changes due to the vetoes of former president Michel Temer at the time of its sanction and more recently by President Jair Bolsonaro. The changes to the text of the LGPD through Provisional Measure 869/2018[12] have resulted in the impairment of the effectiveness of the law as well as a series of setbacks. These setbacks have ignored issues considered already decided on in discussions that had popular participation, as well as the input of members of the executive and legislative branches. As argued in a report released by the joint committee set up to investigate the possible impacts caused by the Provisional Measure,[13] the revised act put at risk the effectiveness of the guarantees reached by the previous text.

The public sector, especially the police authorities, are using new technologies to monitor the population without the social consequences being considered or even measured. The adoption of facial recognition systems for public security purposes is already a reality in several Brazilian cities. Recently, the increase in the use of the tool in public and private spheres has led to the establishment of Civil Public Inquiry No. 08190.052289/18-94[14] by the Personal Data Protection Commission of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Federal District and Territories (MPDFT), as well as a public hearing held on 16 April 2019.[15] The hearing sought not only to promote debates about the use of facial recognition tools by businesses and the government, but also to function as an open space for the participation of NGOs and civil society.

It is important to remember that as systems are being implemented in public schools around the country, much of the peripheral and vulnerable population is being registered in this "experiment" – that is, data is being collected on vulnerable and marginalised groups. As researchers have pointed out, biases are being increasingly incorporated into the variety of new technological tools.[16] These digital tools can act more quickly, on a larger scale, and with actions that can be hidden by a greater complexity, such as, for example, through profiling systems that use biased machine learning algorithms that police, profile and punish minorities. The struggle is still against the perpetuation of the same problem: the deprivation of civil rights of certain groups of society as a result of social inequalities and power relations in society.

It is not uncommon for technology to be used in a way in Brazil that suggests the possibility of a future Orwellian dystopia. The use of facial recognition technology during the Carnival of 2019 in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, resulting in a number of arrests, drew the attention of Brazilians.[17] The apparent relativism of fundamental rights and the relaxation of laws that limit surveillance due to the magnitude of events,[18] and the lack of official information on the effectiveness of the new automated measures, as well as on the storage and sharing of biometric data, were just some of the various problems identified.

The need to manage large events with thousands of participants is not the only reason why surveillance technologies are used in Brazilian urban centres. As Marcelo Souza from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) explains,[19] the increase in punitive policies and the militarisation of the police are the main reasons behind the increasing use of dystopian and invasive AI devices and technologies, typical of combat zones.[20] Even after a series of changes that have taken place in Brazil since the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution, public security institutions have not been significantly modified. The culture of war against the "internal enemy", for example, remains as present as in the days of the military dictatorship.[21]

Given that the recently approved LGPD does not apply to data processing for public security purposes, it would be possible for authorities to argue that the biometric database from the facial recognition system in schools can be used to identify suspects and improve public security. This would place its use even further outside the remit of current legislation. As the LGPD states, data processing for public security purposes "shall be governed by specific legislation, which shall provide for proportionate and strictly necessary measures to serve the public interest" (Article 4, III, § 1, LGPD).[22]

However, a specific law does not exist so far. According to the Brazilian lawyer and privacy advocate Rafael Zanatta,[23] the civic battle in Brazil will be around the shared definition of "proportional measures" and "public interest”. The solution proposed by some researchers and activists for the time being is the protection offered by the constitution, such as the presumption of innocence, and the general principles of the LGPD itself, which guard against the improper use of collected data. On the other hand, it is believed that a tremendous effort will be needed to consolidate jurisprudence where these principles are applied in cases of state surveillance.

There is also a lack of easy access to public documents and information on the use of surveillance technologies. Often information related to the operation of these technologies depends on ad hoc statements made by public agents or private companies, whistleblowers or, when granted, requests for access to public information made possible by the Access to Information Law (LAI).

The discussion on the regulation of AI systems in Brazil is still very new. According to Brazilian researchers Bruno Bioni and Mariana Rielli,[24] the general debate on data protection around the globe has different degrees of maturity depending on the region and the specific issues faced. In addition, a paradigm shift has been observed through the transition from a focus on the individual's right to self-determination with regards to his or her private information to a model of risk prevention and management with respect to data-processing activities.

However, the use of AI for the collection and processing of sensitive personal data, such as the biometric data in question, makes these risks difficult to measure. In part this is because the general population does not have sufficient knowledge of the technology to recognise the extent of its impact on their personal lives.

In this way, an imbalance of power with regard to public awareness and the use of the technology has been created in Brazil.

The need for impact reports on the protection of personal data is an important requirement that has been gaining prominence in legislation, such as European legislation and the recently approved LGPD. However, Bioni and Rielli draw attention to the few requirements placed on developers of AI technologies in Brazil, as well as on the consumer who buys and implements the technology. In particular, there is no law in relation to the purchase and use of facial recognition devices for public service and public safety purposes in Brazil, unlike similar public projects elsewhere that seek an informed public debate and the inclusion of citizens' interests in decision-making processes (e.g. the ordinance on the acquisition of surveillance technology recently adopted in San Francisco, in the United States).[25]

Conclusion

A decrease in school drop-out rates: this is the main advantage of facial recognition technology in schools, according to the company that has developed the technology. But are we assigning to technology something that would be the responsibility of society and the state?

As the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire[26] showed, many of the most common practices in the Brazilian educational system are dictated by the Brazilian elite. This includes the use of educational content that does not correspond to the reality of students from lower classes, but instead inhibits their ability to think critically of their reality, and in the end discourages them from attending school.

Easy and safe access to school is also an important consideration impacting on the student's educational performance. The Brazilian Statute of the Child and Adolescent, in chapter IV, art. 53, inc. V,[27] states that one of the rights of the child and adolescent is access to public and free schools near his or her home. However, when distance is not an impediment to school attendance, issues related to the safety of the student's route to school should also be considered. For example, in some communities in Rio de Janeiro,[28] there are frequent incidents of armed confrontation between police and drug traffickers, visible abuses of power by the authorities, stray bullets and other incidents endangering the lives of passers-by, and even street executions, all of which are daily threats to residents. In addition, the reality faced by marginalised populations in Brazil raises another important question: the need for children and adolescents from low-income families to leave school in order to work and help support the household.

The problem of the school drop-out rate in Brazil is neither a new issue nor something that can be solved only with the implementation of a new school attendance system using AI. It is necessary for society to seek more meaningful ways to mitigate the present crisis facing the educational system.

In addition to projects that raise public awareness about issues related to new technologies in Brazilian urban centres, there is also a need to strengthen legislation that governs how sensitive data is shared and used in public projects in order to maintain the quality of public services. When the fundamental rights and guarantees of citizens are understood and respected, a relationship of trust is established.

Cities in Brazil should strengthen privacy protection instruments and create legal certainty through the establishment of fundamental principles, rights and duties for the operation of an ever-changing array of technologies in society. Regulating the use of personal data in the public sphere has the power to promote the conscious, transparent and legitimate use of this information.

Action steps

The following advocacy priorities are suggested for Brazil:

  • Formulate regional policies and strategies for the use of AI in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Develop legally enforceable safeguards, including robust transparency and accountability measures, before any facial recognition technology is deployed.
  • Promote national campaigns and public debate over surveillance technology given the impact such technologies may have on civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Include a social, cultural and political understanding of the needs of vulnerable groups in the country's education strategies to make the learning environment more attractive for these groups.
  • Develop open source AI systems that enable wider community use, with appropriate privacy protections.

Footnotes

[1] www.pontoid.com.br/home

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[3] Folha de Pernambuco. (2017, 19 April). Tecnologia para registrar presença nas escolas de Jaboatão. Folha de Pernambuco Folha de Pernambuco. https://www.folhape.com.br/noticias/noticias/cotidiano/2017/04/19/NWS,24738,70,449,NOTICIAS,2190-TECNOLOGIA-PARA-REGISTRAR-PRESENCA-NAS-ESCOLAS-JABOATAO.aspx

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolsa_Fam%C3%ADlia

[6] https://www.caixa.gov.br/programas-sociais/bolsa-familia/Paginas/default.aspx

[7] Lessig, L. (2006). Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books. Monitoring is mostly related to observation in real time and tracking can be done afterwards based on certain information.

[8] Santos, N. (2017, 18 April). Jaboatão inicia reconhecimento facial nas escolas. LeiaJá. https://m.leiaja.com/carreiras/2017/04/18/jaboatao-inicia-reconhecimento-facial-nas-escolas

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[10] www.pontoid.com.br/politica_privacidade_education.jsp

[11] IAPP. (2018). Brazil's General Data Protection Law (English translation). https://iapp.org/resources/article/brazils-general-data-protection-law-english-translation

[12] Medida Provisória nº 869, de 27 de dezembro de 2018. www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_ato2015-2018/2018/Mpv/mpv869.htm

[13] https://legis.senado.leg.br/sdleg-getter/documento?dm=7945369&ts=1556207205600&disposition=inline

[14] Inquérito Civil Público n.08190.052289/18-94 Reconhecimento Facial. www.mpdft.mp.br/portal/pdf/noticias/março_2019/Despacho_Audiencia_Publica_2.pdf

[15] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvXcevJr4

[16] Eubanks, V. (2018). Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor. New York: St Martin’s Press.

[17] Távora, F., Araújo, G., & Sousa, J. (2019, 11 March). Scanner facial abre alas e ninguém mais se perde no Carnaval (e fora dele). Agência Data Labe. https://tab.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2019/03/11/carnaval-abre-alas-para-o-escaner-facial-reconhece-milhoes-e-prende-seis.html

[18] Graham, S. (2011). Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism. New York: Verso Books.

[19] Souza, M. (2008). Fobópole. Rio de Janeiro: Bertrand Brasil

[20] Kayyali, D. (2016, 13 June). The Olympics Are Turning Rio into a Military State. Vice. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wnxgpw/the-olympics-are-turning-rio-into-a-military-state

[21] Machado, R. (2019, 19 February). Militarização no Brasil: a perpetuação da guerra ao inimigo interno. Entrevista especial com Maria Alice Rezende de Carvalho. Instituto Humanitas Unisinos. www.ihu.unisinos.br/159-noticias/entrevistas/586763-militarizacao-no-brasil-a-perpetuacao-da-guerra-ao-inimigo-interno-entrevista-especial-com-maria-alice-rezende-de-carvalho

[22] IAPP. (2018). Op. cit. 

[23] https://twitter.com/rafa_zanatta/status/1085583399186767875

[24] Bioni, B., & Rielli, M. (2019). Audiência Pública: uso de ferramentas de reconhecimento facial por parte de empresas e governos. Data Privacy Brasil. https://dataprivacy.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Contribui%C3%A7%C3%A3o-AP-reconhecimento-facial-final.pdf

[25] Johnson, K. (2019, 14 May). San Francisco supervisors vote to ban facial recognition software. VentureBeat. https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/14/san-francisco-first-in-nation-to-ban-facial-recognition-software

[26] Freire, P. (1976). Education: The Practice of Freedom. London: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative.

[27] www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/leis/l8069.htm 

[28] Brito, R. (2017, 2 October). Rio’s kids are dying in the crossfire of a wave of violence. AP News. https://www.apnews.com/efeeaed43c7b47a0ae4a6cfaa8b871e2

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Buttigieg BLASTED by Blacks for these Comments

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Little city mayor and Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has problems in the black community. Recently, Congressman James Clyburn tried to explain away Buttigieg’s lack of support among older blacks. Aside from admitting older blacks are homophobic, blacks have more than just sexuality as an issue with Buttigieg. Michael Harriot, a writer for The Root […]

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Ilhan Omar’s GOP Rival Permanently Suspended From Twitter After Suggesting She Be Hanged

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A Republican candidate hoping to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar has been permanently banned from Twitter after writing several posts suggesting the Minnesota congresswoman be tried for treason and, if found guilty, hanged.

Danielle Stella, an ardent Trump supporter, echoed the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Omar shared classified intelligence with the Iranian government. In a Tuesday tweet, Stella wrote: “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.”

She also tweeted “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,” according to The Washington Times, which broke the story.

Both Stella’s primary account @2020MNCongress and her secondary account @StarDanielle have been suspended.

“My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles and rapists,” Stella told the Times in a statement.

In a Friday Facebook post, Stella wrote that she “did not threaten anyone,” adding, “The only death threats I’m seeing is from the angry liberal mob where facts don’t matter, only emotion, and you’re somehow thinking you’re righteous by threatening my life, my supporters’ lives, my loved ones lives? No, this is wrong. You are hypocrites.”

Twitter, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying, “The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules.”  Those rules include violence: “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.”

Omar, who is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, responded to Stella’s comments in a Friday tweet, drawing a line from “violent threats” to “violent acts.”

“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets,” she wrote. “Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

Omar is a member of an informal group of progressive freshmen members of Congress that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) who are called “The Squad.”

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Comment on Hong Kong: will protests spread to mainland? by Bill Weinberg

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<h3>Advances for HK pro-democracy forces</h3> Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp has won a majority of seats in the District Council – the first time it has done so since the 1997 Handover. The Nov. 24 elections also delivered a stinging rebuke to the pro-Beijing camp, which saw some of its most prominent leaders defeated. (<a href="https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/11/25/hong-kong-district-council-election-pro-democracy-candidates-win-majority-seats-pro-beijing-camp-suffers-historic-defeat/" rel="nofollow">HKFP</a>) Days later, Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act, and the Protect Hong Kong Act—both of which passed Congress with broad bipartisan support. The first authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses, while the second bans the export to Hong Kong police of US-made crowd control munitions such as tear gas, stun guns and rubber bullets. (<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/29/opinions/trump-signs-hong-kong-bills-risky-move-bociurkiw/index.html" rel="nofollow">CNN</a>) We've <a href="https://countervortex.org/node/13756" rel="nofollow">noted before</a> that such US-made matériel is winding up in the hands of the Hong Kong police, and it is impossible not to support this legislation. But we do worry that it will further entrech the <a href="https://nypost.com/2019/11/28/rocky-shock-for-china-makes-trump-hong-kong-hero/" rel="nofollow">unseemly Trumpophilia</a> displayed by the Hong Kong protesters.
          

Comment on Darfur at issue in Sudan transition talks by CounterVortex

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<h3>Sudan dissolves former ruling party</h3> Thousands of Sudanese celebrated Nov. 29 as transitional authorities decided to dissolve the former ruling party and repeal a public order law used to regulate women's behavior under oustered president Omar al-Bashir's rule. Supporters of the National Congress Party (NCP) have called the decision unconstitutional and vowed to resist it. (<a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudan-dissolves-ex-ruling-party-and-repeals-act-regulating-womens-behaviour" rel="nofollow">MEE</a>)
          

Andover Debate Tournament 11-9-19

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Congressional Debate: 7th Place = Iesh Gujral
          

Champlin Park Debate Tournament 10-26-19

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Congressional Debate: Final Round Finalist = Iesh Gujral Final Round Finalist = Nathan Holje Novice Public Forum: 3rd Place 4 wins 1 loss = Avik Garg Novice Lincoln=Douglas: 4th Place 4 wins 1 loss = Srijani Datta 4 wins 1 loss = Darren Tanubrata 3 wins 2 losses = Mohit Agarwal 3 wins 2 losses […]
          

Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with Turkey

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Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with TurkeyGreece’s prime minister said Sunday he will ask other NATO members at the alliance’s London summit to support Greece in the face of fellow member Turkey’s attempts to encroach on Greek sovereignty, notably last week’s agreement with Libya delineating maritime borders in the Mediterranean. Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the ruling conservative New Democracy party’s congress Sunday that NATO can’t remain indifferent when one of its members “blatantly violates international law” and that a neutral approach is to the detriment of Greece, which has never sought to ratchet up tensions in the area. Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have all condemned the Libyan-Turkish accord as contrary to international law.



          

Malone Interview (CNBC), Iger Book, Bubble Watch

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People keep talking about how crazy the market is, up more than 25% this year. It's a big year to be sure. But on the the other hand, even though the market has been decent in recent years, it hasn't been particularly bubblicious.

To put the 25% return into context, I think it's a good idea to look at it over 2 years or 3 years.  Since the end of 2017, for example, the market has return an annualized 8.4%/year.  Pretty good to be sure.  Since the end of 2016, its up around 12%/year.  Going back five years, it's up 8.8%/year (these figures exclude dividends).

Not bad at all, but not bubble-like either. If you were going to train an AI machine to look for bubbles, you would look at valuations (interest rate adjusted), sentiment etc. But one of the biggest factors that I would include would be historical returns over various time frames; strong performance reinforces the positive loop of increasing positive sentiment -> higher prices -> better-looking historical returns -> increasing optimism and 'proof' (both statistical and social) of the greatness of stocks etc.

The 10-year return is 10.9%/year, but that's off a depressed level due to the great recession. Over 20 years, the market has gone up only 4%/year.

Here is a table of the S&P 500 index change over various time periods.

S&P 500 Annualized Returns Through November 2019 (excl. dvd)

1-year return:    25.30%
2-year return:      8.39%
3-year return:    11.95%
4-year return:    11.34%
5-year return:      8.81%
10-year return:  10.91%
20-year return:    3.87%
30-year return:    7.55%
50-year return:    7.31%

S&P 500 Annualized Returns Through December 1999 (excl dvd)

1-year return:   19.53%
2-year return:   23.05%
3-year return:   25.64%
4-year return:   24.28%
5-year return:   26.18%
10-year return: 15.31%
20-year return: 13.95%
30-year return:   9.67%
50-year return:   9.36%


This is pretty insane. The annualized return over 5 years to December 1999 was 26%! And we are sort of freaking out that the market is up over 25% year-to-date in a single year, and not even double digits annualized over 2 years.

So anyway, that's why it doesn't really feel like a bubble. People aren't quitting their jobs (to trade stocks), buying new cars (with their capital gains), bigger houses and things like that we saw back in 2000. Most people I talk to still tend to hate stocks, the financial crisis still fresh in their minds.


Iger Book

I just finished the Iger book, and it was also a pretty great read. Iger seems like a genuinely nice guy. CEO's tend to have an image of not being nice guys, so it's great to see someone like him make it to the top. It's possible to be decent, honest and honorable and still do well.

Buffett did mention DIS as one of the well-managed companies (along with GE at one point); his relationship with DIS goes back to when DIS bought Capital Cities during the Eisner years (and Iger was working for Thomas Murphy / Dan Burke). And I think it goes even further back than that, actually.

It's fascinating to read about the events that we've been reading about in the newspapers from the people that were involved. This one involves Buffett / Murphy / Burke, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Pixar and a lot of what is going on in media today. This connects (unintended) to the Malone interview below.

Anyway, this book is a quick read so go get it. By the way, I have not subscribed to Disney+ yet as I am big into Netflix and there is just so much stuff there that I can barely scratch the surface of what I want to watch (by the time I cancelled the DVD part of my Netflix subscription, I had more than 400 DVD's in the queue). My favorite things are the European cop dramas (French, Belgian, German, Norwegian etc.), the Indian and Japanese shows, and of course many U.S.-based shows too. I just watched The Irishman which is really good (creepy is the special effects to make these close-to-80 year olds look middle-aged), but at the same time I also thought, gee, do we really need another wise-guy movie?

OTT Tangent
People keep talking about the competition in direct-to-consumer streaming and how increasing competition will hurt Netflix etc. This is probably true to some extent; when Netflix was the only game in town, that's one thing, but with many participants jumping in, that's another story altogether.

On the other hand, when you think about it, this is not really an either-or world. People aren't going to sit there and debate whether to switch from Netflix to Disney+ or Apple. Netflix charges $14/month or some such thing, and Disney+ is even cheaper.

A lot of people are still paying $100/month or more for the conventional video package ( I dropped that a couple of years ago mostly because I don't watch most of the channels (ESPN, for example), but what bothered me even more was that they were charging me $14/month for each cable box in the house, which seemed ridiculous to me. Those things can't cost more than $100 (look at Roku at $20; and if it actually does cost more than $100, it's for functionality that I don't need), and they are charging $14/month forever; this makes absolutely no sense.

If you cut the chord, you have $100/month in video budget you can allocate (you still need to pay for the internet), so you can have Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO and a few other things and still be under $100...


Malone Interview
There are a few annual events that are really exciting to me. Of course the Berkshire annual meeting (I just watch the video later), annual report, JPM annual report etc.

And another one of those is the CNBC John Malone interview by David Faber. Faber is one of the few people (of the reporters/anchors), if not the only one, who seems to understand the market and business.

Anyway, I jotted down some notes while watching the recent interview (done during the Liberty Media investor day). This is not everything, though, but a large part of it. He also talked about regulation, GOOG etc, for example, so go check out the video.

Here are Malone's thoughts on various topics:

Who is best positioned in streaming right now?
Malone answered by rephrasing the question to, "Who will be around in five years?"
Disney and Netflix.

DIS
Disney has great content, a great global brand, but doesn't have a large direct relationship with customers so must piggy back on those who do, like Verizon.

NFLX
Netflix, so far in the lead, good base / revenue stream.

AAPL
Apple may surprise. Slim content, but has great distribution in their direct customer relationships. They offer free for one year to buyers of AAPL products etc...
AAPL has optionality; see how it goes and decide how much they want to spend (how much they can afford).

HBO, AMZN
HBO is a decent service, but doesn't have the revenue stream to match Netflix.
AMZN has a totally different monetization strategy so... not primary biz.
Content is for marketing. AMZN may evolve to become a bundler of others' content

Tech companies want to be the platform, get info on customers, be gateway,
let others waste money on content.

DIS will be successful.

Direct relationship w/ customer in scale with growth and pricing power is a powerful business model.
DIS knows they need direct consumer relationship.

HBO Max: HBO content budget was $2bn/year.
If you want HBO, you already have it, so not much gain in new customers in the U.S.?   Malone doesn't see the growth. Maybe even attrition.
HBO budget is not enough to protect for the long term.  Takes years to develop content internationally. Don't own rights to intl distribution.  Problem seeing scale at HBO to get to top of direct consumer biz.  HBO is the same as it's been for 25 years. If you want it, you already have it so where is the growth?HBO may capture wholesale spread (as big bundle moves to direct).

ATT will face challenges. Historically has been the biggest dog in every fight, but not now, and not in this space (streaming media). About scale and globality. Need global scale, or won't get enough scale to compete in this space. This will be the challenge for ATT, HBO. FANG companies are all global. If you're only in the U.S., how do you compete?

Sports is glue that keeps big bundle together... will eventually blow up. Not sure when... big bundle still overpriced due to sports content...

Content Cost
At some point, hail Mary passes for some will prove to not be working so content cost will moderate. Some will fail (and stop spending) etc...

NFLX will have to moderate spend at some point.  Bundling of these services will happen too. Distributors may bundle too, if it reduces churn etc... will evolve like traditional cable. Comcast offers Netflix etc.

Cord cutting will level off. Erosion won't stop completely, though...

Cutting video increases margins at cable companies as margins for broadband is higher. Happening naturally.

Satellite will end up serving people with no other options, rural etc.

Linear TV will lose subscribers, ads, but as you get direct relationships, value of ads go up as you know more about customers.  Ad rev potential goes up; more focused ads etc.  Have to fight decline in reach due to decline of big bundle.  Provide content direct through app and sell content to others etc. Random access via app; if you subscribe to Discovery Channel, you get stuff through app too (not everything).

Cable industry changed when congress changed retransmission constraints; Margins started to go down. Content providers were able to extract more and more...

Will be profitable for people with unique situations, consistent, stable demand, pricing power, level of uniqueness...  those businesses ultimately gets regulated. 

Discovery
Discovery owns content globally, generating free cash, need to migrate to direct to consumer.
Malone bought more stock this week (November 2019).  Discovery will solve issues. Stock is dramatically undervalued. Malone bought $75 mn worth of stock. Growing, generating free cash. Market cap to levered free cash flow, cheapest on screen... They own all their content, generates tons of cash, investment grade b/s, they are growing while others are shrinking (5.5x cash flow). Cheap for good company...
Malone paid $28.03/share. 

CBS/VIA
They have no global presence. Lot of content is bought. CBS is totally dependent on sports rights so not sure about long-term profitability.  Not sure if CBS has enough power to carry all the channels.
VIA underinvested for many years, bought back stock at high prices, tactical mistake.
How important is MTV, Nickleodean to distributors? Question sustainability of model, and also they are U.S. only.

Yes, stock is historically cheap, but...  licensing out content to others. Ice cube melts faster when you don't put content on your own channel.

CBS/VIA needs to get global for long term sustainability. Find niche, glue to make customers sticky. Something unique.

Lions Gate
Sold LionsGate; didn't see them execute strategy of using library/content to drive Starrs. They focused too much on selling content instead of driving their own distribution.

Need global scale, or niche in small area that big guys don't care about to survive.

Wired and Wireless Together
Liberty Global followed strategy based on belief that combination of wired and wireless would lead to synergies. Turned out to be true.  Belgium, Holland (combined with Vodaphone).  Once they built scale, they were able to acquire. Synergies were real and very substantial.

In U.S, for Charter, same idea. Keep growing until they understand the economics of a combination. At the moment, not far along enough on that path.  Once scale is achieved, think about building own network. Hybrid tranmission over time. Could be joint ventures, mergers etc.

Malone interested in Altice, but Patrick wants control etc...

Uber
Not an expert, but doesn't understand Uber, how is scale going to make it profitable? Like selling hot dogs at a loss and making it up in volume. Can't see how scale changes economics. Can't understand why Dara took job.

Politics
Worries about attack on success and wealth in this country.
Worries about where country is going.

If Warren wins, wealth destruction will exceed wealth transfer.  Has places in Ireland, Canada, Bahamas etc... (that he can escape to),  but Malone rather stay here, be optimistic about balance.

Malone is Libertarian, would vote for Bloomberg.

Trump has right strategy, but not the right guy; he doesn't build a team. A lot of people that worked for him trying to take him down now. 


          

Congressman Dusty Johnson’s Weekly Column: Eight Days

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Eight Days By Rep. Dusty Johnson November 26, 2019 Eight days. That’s how many working days the U.S. House of Representatives has left this year to pass major legislation. Eight days to pass a budget and eight days to finalize the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). For context, President Trump finalized the USMCA trade agreement with our allies on November 30, 2018 – a year ago. Am I surprised it’s taken over a year Continue Reading →
          

Happy Birthday Governor Kristi Noem!

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Happy Birthday wishes to former Congresswoman, and current Governor of the great state of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, who was born on this date in 1971. May she have an enjoyable birthday and celebrate many more!
          

White House tells House Democrats that it will not participate in Wednesday impeachment hearing

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Impeachment witness 'concerned' by Trump call

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BBC — Lt Col Alexander Vindman told Congress that President Trump made "inappropriate" political demands of his Ukrainian counterpart. Also: Sweden drops Assange alleged rape investigation, and does Marie Kondo's online store spark joy?
          

When the House First Tried to Impeach a President, It Failed

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On 11.26.19 02:53 PM posted by Fred Lucas The president’s critics thought his presidency was illegitimate to begin with. His Cabinet members changed frequently. Mainly based on policy disagreements, members of Congress demanded (https://history.house.gov/HistoricalHighlight/Detail/15032448949) his ouster. Some lawmakers were willing to toss out constitutional norms based on what they said was the president’s “ignorance of the interest and true policy of this Government, and want of qualification for the discharge of the important duties” of his office. But we’re talking 1843, not 2019. In the midst of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump, many pundits make comparisons to the impeachments of Presidents Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, as well as the near-impeachment preempted by President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
          

GDPR - Goruće teme na najvećem europskom IAPP kongresu o zaštiti podataka

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Piše: Natalija Parlov Una Najveći europski kongres o zaštiti podataka IAPP EUROPE DATA PROTECTION CONGRESS, koji je organizirala američka asocijacija International Association of Privacy Professionals – IAPP, održan je prošli tjedan u Bruxellesu. Na kongresu je u četiri dana sudjelovalo preko 2000 s...

          

EB-5 Programs Update, New Legislation Introduced

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On November 21, 2019, the new EB-5 Investor Visa Program rules went into effect. That was also the day that the government could have shut down if a spending bill or another continuing resolution had not been approved. It could also have been the day that the EB-5 Regional Center Program would end. But, Congress acted and passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government running and reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program until December 20, 2019.
          

Sestak ends bid for Democratic nomination for president

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WASHINGTON (AP) " Joe Sestak, the former Pennsylvania congressman and retired Navy admiral who hoped to turn his military experience into an asset as a Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday he was ending his bid for the party's nomination.In a statement posted on his Twitter site, Sestak offered his thanks to supporters 'for the honor of running for president' as 'I end our campaign together.''Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to [...]
          

Joe Sestak Drops Out of US Democratic Presidential Race

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City Council Meeting

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Event date: December 16, 2019
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 10:59 PM
Location:
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Portland, ME 04101
          

Trump’s Trade Deal Steals a Page From Democrats’ Playbook

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The president has made a trade agreement that caters to his opposition — and that’s why it stands a chance of passing Congress.
          

Aus der beliebten Reihe "faschistische Gesetze werden ...

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Aus der beliebten Reihe "faschistische Gesetze werden eines Tages von Faschisten benutzt, um faschistische Dinge zu tun", heute: Der "Unschuldige für immer wegsperren"-Paragraph des Patriot Act ist jetzt erstmalig angewendet worden. Von Trumps Junta gegen einen Palästinenser.
Adham Amin Hassoun, now in his late 50s, has spent nearly the entire war on terrorism in cages. First picked up on an immigration violation in June 2002, he ended up standing trial alongside once-suspected “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla. But Hassoun was never accused of any act or plot of violence. His crime was cutting checks to extremist-tied Muslim charities operating in places like Kosovo and Chechnya that Congress outlawed after the 9/11 attacks. Hassoun wrote all but one of those checks before 9/11.
Unschuldig? Keine Beweise? Kein Problem in den heutigen Zeiten, wo man jemanden einfach als "Gefährder" bezeichnet und wegsperrt! Glaubt mal gar nicht, dass nicht auch die entsprechenden Paragraphen in Deutschland Anwendung finden werden, wenn da nur eine moralfreie Regierung hart genug mit dem Rücken zur Wand steht.
          

Der Deutsche-Bank-Manager, der Trumps Kredite gegenzeichnete, ...

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Der Deutsche-Bank-Manager, der Trumps Kredite gegenzeichnete, ist erselbstmordet worden. Die zuständige Asset-Managerin lebt noch, hat Trumps Machtergreifung von der VIP-Tribüne aus beobachten dürfen, und wird wohl demnächst vor dem Congress aussagen. Wenn sie nicht auch vorher einen spontanen Selbstmord erleidet.
          

China Warns US As Trump Signs Bill Backing Hong Kong Protesters

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Congress can agree on one thing- Democracy. The often gridlocked legislative branch of Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a bill almost unanimously, codifying the United States’ solidarity with Hong Kong protesters in their recent fallout with Beijing. As we previously reported, protests began when Hong Kong’s quasi-independence was threatened by a bill that […]

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Animal cruelty now a federal crime [videos]

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Animal cruelty is now a federal crime after President Donald Trump signed a law banning torture and other abusive acts. The legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act introduced in the House by Florida congressmen Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, expands on […]

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July 25 forecast: Sunny, with cloud of impeachment for Trump

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The forecast for July 25 was typical for Washington: sunny, mid-80s. President Donald Trump had good reason to be feeling bright and sunny himself. It was the morning after Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony at the conclusion of the Russia investigation, and Trump ... Reported by Seattle Times 4 minutes ago.
          

November 21st, 2019

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“To downplay the massive separation of brow and hairline, President Trump wears an early Beatles’ hair style with long bangs.  He’s trained his eyebrows to grow in a wider swatch above his miniscule eyeballs by rigorously brushing his brows sideways -- or from brow-line upwards and towards his bangs -- I’ve heard he does this five hundred times before goin to bed every night as he is no quitter.  Of course, some Democrats in Congress think cuz of the [...]
          

Trump-Miller Crime Against Humanity is forcing asylum seeking mothers to send children alone into US custody. Soon, H-1B and L-1 workers may be &quot;Barred&quot; By Roger Algase

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Two recent developments show that the Trump-Miller agenda of closing the gates to America against non-white immigrants by authoritarian decrees and regulations handed down without the consent of Congress is so pervasive and affects so many people...
          

LLAMADA A COMUNICACIONES al XI Congreso DOCOMOMO Ibérico / CHAMADA A COMUNICAÇÕES do XI Congresso DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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LLAMADA A COMUNICACIONES al XI Congreso DOCOMOMO Ibérico / CHAMADA A COMUNICAÇÕES do XI Congresso DOCOMOMO Ibérico
El XI Congreso DOCOMOMO Ibérico tendrá lugar en Murcia del 6 al 8 de mayo de 2020, bajo el lema " Arquitectura y Medio: el Mediterráneo". La llamada a comunicaciones está abierta hasta el 10 de enero de 2020 Más información Acceso a la web del Congreso

          

 Maharashtra Govt. Formation : उद्धव की शपथ की तैयारी शुरू, केजरीवाल-ममता को भेजा जाएगा न्योता

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महाराष्ट्र में बालासाहेब थोराट चुने गए कांग्रेस विधायक दल के नेता, जल्द होगा महागठबंधन के नेता का ऐलान

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महाराष्ट्र पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसले के बाद कांग्रेस ने विधायक दल के नेता का ऐलान कर दिया है. महाराष्ट्र कांग्रेस के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष बालासाहेब थोराट को विधायक दल का नेता चुना गया है. मुंबई में कांग्रेस विधायकों की बैठक में इसका फैसला लिया गया. इस बैठक में कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे भी […]

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महाराष्ट्र : सियासी घमासान के बीच पहली बार दिखे शिवसेना, NCP और कांग्रेस के 162 विधायक

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महाराष्ट्र में मचे सियासी घमासान के बीच शिवसेना, एनसीपी और कांग्रेस अपने 162 विधायकों की परेड कराने जा रही है. मिली जानकारी के मुताबिक, हयात होटल में शाम 7 बजे मीडिया के सामने तीनों दलों के 162 विधायकों की परेड होगी. बता दें कि तीनों दलों के विधायक फिलहाल अलग-अलग होटल में रखे गए हैं. […]

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Maharashtra Govt Formation :कांग्रेस-NCP ने की जल्द फ्लोर टेस्ट की मांग, अभिषेक मनु सिंघवी ने अजित पवार की चिट्ठी को बताया फ्रॉड

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महाराष्ट्र में जारी राजनीतिक उठापटक पर आज भी सुप्रीम कोर्ट में सुनवाई जारी है. रविवार को हुई सुनवाई में सुप्रीम कोर्ट की  तीन जजों की बेंच ने आज फिर सुनवाई की तारीख दी थी. साथ ही केंद्र, राज्य, फडणवीस और अजित पवार को नोटिस दिया गया था. मिली जानकारी के मुताबिक  NCP की तरफ से […]

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Congress Faces New Deadline Amid Calls for Major Highway Legislation

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Transport TopicsEugene Mulero | Staff ReporterNovember 26, 2019 4:00 PM, ESTCongressional leaders in Washington again have packed the final weeks of the year with major legislative items as the top transportation policymakers in the U.S. Senate urge passage of comprehensive highway legislation.Avoiding a shutdown of federal agencies is atop the priorities for the leadership in the House and Senate, who are working against a Dec. 20 deadline to determine how to proceed with fiscal 2020 funding.La...


          

Peñíscola recibe este fin de semana a 850 agencias de viajes en la segunda Convención de DIT Gestión

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Més d'un miler d'agents turístics han arribat avui a Peníscola per assistir a la segona Convenció de DIT Gestió, a la qual s'han inscrit un total de 850 agències de viatges.

L'esdeveniment, que s'estendrà al llarg de tot el cap de setmana, preveu una intensa agenda en el Palau de Congressos de la localitat, així com activitats complementàries en la destinació, amb l'objectiu que els agents coneguen els recursos turístics de la ciutat.

Aquesta vesprada ha tingut lloc, en l'Edifici Sociocultural, l'acte de recepció dels invitats. L'alcalde de Peníscola, Andrés Martínez, i la responsable de l'Àrea de Turisme, Raquel París han donat la benvinguda a tots els assistents i han fet lliurament al president de DIT Gestió, Jon Arriaga, d'un detall institucional. En el seu discurs, Martínez ha subratllat que "Peníscola és una ciutat hospitalària per la seua condició turística des de fa ja més de quatre dècades, i una de les principals destinacions turístiques de la costa mediterrània del nostre país", i ha afegit que "comptem amb la meitat de l'oferta d'allotjament de la província de Castelló i, per volum de negoci, ens situem en tercera posició de la Comunitat".

Per la seua banda, la regidora de l'Àrea de Turisme, Raquel París, ha valorat que "aquest esdeveniment és una oportunitat molt interessant per a la destinació, no només per la promoció que suposa que més de mil agents es donen cita en la ciutat i la coneguen de primera mà, sinó també per posar de manifest, una vegada més, la capacitat de Peníscola per acollir aquest tipus d'esdeveniments".

Interessant programació

A més de l'atractiu del mateix emplaçament de la ciutat papal, el programa de la convenció està ple d'incentius. L'empresari, professor universitaris i consultor, Emilio Duro, oferirà la conferència inicial sobre la motivació en el turisme i el perquè de l'empresa d'èxit.

El workshop permetrà als agents de viatges de DIT Gestió contactar amb un centenar de proveïdors de turisme, companyes aèries, creuers, hoteleria, etc. A més, simultàniament, es podran establir sinergies amb altres associats en blocs temàtics com la neu, el turisme de platja, etc. Els tallers abordaran qüestions com la fiscalitat en el món del turisme, les tendències del mercat en xarxes socials, el turisme receptiu temàtic o tècniques de venda.

També s'hi realitzarà una taula redona sobre el futur de les agències de viatges.

El president de DIT Gestió, Jon Arriaga, abordarà l'evolució dels 11 anys de trajectòria del grup d'agències de viatges independents, així com les novetats i perspectives de futur.

 


          

Francesco ai giuristi: no a sentenze che esaudiscono desideri sempre nuovi

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In udienza dal Papa, i partecipanti al V Congresso del Centro Studi Rosario Livatino. Il giovane giudice ucciso dalla mafia nel '93, sottolinea Francesco, aveva già colto la crisi del potere giudiziario: "la giustificazione dello sconfinamento del giudice in ambiti non propri, soprattutto nelle materie dei cosiddetti nuovi diritti"
          

Devenir meilleur.e ou « meilleur.e que »?

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Lors du 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, le théologien Miroslav Volf (visiter sa page personnelle sur Wikipedia) a résumé l’évangile dans une conception qui me convient parfaitement, dans le sport comme dans le reste de ma vie. Je la reformule ainsi: « Vraiment, il est juste et bon de vouloir devenir meilleur.e. Mais […]
          

US House panel to meet on Trump impeachment charges

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A Congressional panel will begin drawing up charges against President Donald Trump on Wednesday as the likelihood grows of his becoming only the third US leader ever impeached.
          

Attorney General Moody Leads State Attorney General Efforts Urging Congress to Pass the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is leading a bipartisan effort of 44 attorneys general in urging Congress to further support Veteran Treatment Courts by passing the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination...
          

German coalition party selects new leaders

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Members of Germany’s junior governing party have chosen a left-leaning duo as their new leaders, a decision that could endanger the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s troubled coalition. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken beat the rival team of vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz and Klara Geywitz in a run-off ballot of Social Democrat members, according to results announced on Saturday. Mr Walter-Borjans and Ms Esken won the support of 53% of members who voted, with just over 45% backing their rivals. Their appointment still needs the formal approval of a party congress next week, which is also expected to consider whether the party should stay in the “grand coalition” of Germany’s traditional big parties led by the centre-right Ms Merkel. While Mr Scholz and Ms Geywitz strongly favoured staying in the coalition, Mr Walter-Borjans and Ms Esken have sounded much more sceptical and advocate changes to the coalition agreement. The Social Democrats have been without an elected leader since Andrea Nahles quit in frustration nearly six months ago. The party decided to ask its 426,000-strong membership who should take on the task of pulling it out of a lengthy poll slump. The new leaders are not household names to many Germans. Mr Walter-Borjans is best-known for a 2010-2017 stint as finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, during which regional authorities purchased data on potential tax cheats with money hidden in Swiss bank accounts. Ms Esken is a federal politician. After the results were announced, she said none of the would-be leaders had been “great friends” of the coalition and she noted that all had said they did not want to extend it beyond the end of the current parliamentary term, due in 2021. But she and Mr Walter-Borjans – who unlike some contenders eliminated in the first round of voting have not clearly advocated a fast exit – left open what exactly their position will be on the coalition’s future. “We didn’t let ourselves be nailed down to the question of everything coming down to the question of fleeing (the coalition) or staying in permanently,” Mr Walter-Borjans said. “We have said clearly that this is about substance; we have said that we must do more on climate, we have said that there must be massive investment. “We will once again name the points that are important to us and then have the party congress decide what can wait, and what must be implemented so urgently that we raise the question of the coalition because of it.” Paul Ziemiak, general secretary of Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said he looks forward to “trusting co-operation for the good of our country”. He added: “We want to govern Germany well, we created a basis for that and this internal decision by the Social Democrats has changed nothing about the basis of the ‘grand coalition’.”

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Comment on Lower drug prices needed by dondondon12

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Andrew-- there you go again. Deflect and distract. I never said anything about communism being better than capitalism. Read my comment again-- The fact that capitalism breeds endemic corruption does not mean that I support communism or that it is not corrupt. You might as well say I support the catholic church and their pedophile priests . I haven's said it. never will. If trump hadn't asked for "a favor" perhaps I would believe he was not asking for a quid pro quo. He said it... He also plundered his "charity" for personal gain- why is he not impeached for that ? That is a crime-- he did it. He paid off stormy Daniels, and then lied about it-- he did it. Clinton got impeached for lying. You whine about the witnesses at the impeachment hearings, yet the republicans got to call many. Trump ordered his cronies to ignore subpoenas.. is that not obstruction ? He did it, said it, ordered it, intimidated potential witnesses as well as actual ones in real time. He did it. What do you think the odds are that he will appear before congress and defend himself under oath. He is supposedly some sort of "great leader" yet he cowers before the likes of AOC.
          

New York Governor Cuomo Should Ban Chlorpyrifos

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A 12-year-old girl picks cucumbers on a Michigan farm. Children often work performing the same motions—kneeling, stooping, or raising their arms for hours a day. Children whose bodies are still developing are especially vulnerable to repetitive-motion injury. © 2009 Romano

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should sign a bill to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, crucial for protecting public health and the environment in the state. In April, the New York State legislature passed a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos, and the governor has until the end of the year to sign it into law.

Research has shown that prenatal exposure to even very low levels of chlorpyrifos, which is used on many US food crops, can harm brain development in children, leading to microcephaly (when the head and brain do not reach full development), autism, and other attention, learning, and memory disabilities. Chlorpyrifos is also associated with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and other serious health problems.

Its use on farms leaves farmers, farmworkers, and residents of rural communities more likely to be exposed. Through my work at Human Rights Watch, I’ve interviewed dozens of farmworkers in US tobacco fields – many of them children – who said they became sick after being sprayed with unknown pesticides. Chlorpyrifos is in the same class of pesticides commonly used in tobacco farming.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration decided not to ban chlorpyrifos. In the absence of federal regulation, states are taking action themselves. Hawaii passed a law to ban the chemical by 2022, and California has announced a ban to take effect next year.

New Yorkers are also leading efforts to protect the public from chlorpyrifos. The bill to ban chlorpyrifos passed through New York’s state legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support. In August, more than 80 nongovernmental organizations wrote to Governor Cuomo, urging him to sign the bill into law. The signers include organizations working to protect the environment, public health, workers, and children.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a group of state attorneys in suing the US Environmental Protection Agency over the decision not to ban chlorpyrifos.

At the federal level, Nydia Velazquez, a congresswoman from New York, sponsored a bill to ban chlorpyrifos nationwide, and 14 members of the New York delegation have signed on as co-sponsors.

Governor Cuomo stood up for farmworkers’ rights earlier this year when he signed a law guaranteeing farmworkers overtime pay, family leave, and the rights to collectively bargain and form unions.

He only has a few weeks left to sign the ban on chlorpyrifos. It would show his commitment not only to protecting farmworkers, but every New Yorker’s right to health and a safe environment.


          

AIDS Memorial Quilt, Howard Cruse, Jimmy Wales, Gateway Drugs, Pete Buttigieg, Knives Out, Ostrich Eggs: HOT LINKS

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WHAT HE KNEW. Trump knew of whistleblower complaint when he released aid to Ukraine: “Lawyers from the White House counsel’s office told Mr. Trump in late August about the complaint, explaining that they were trying to determine whether they were legally required to give it to Congress, the people said.” RIP. Groundbreaking cartoonish Howard Cruse: […]

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Smart City Expo 2019: von Träumen und der Realität

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In der vergangenen Woche endete der Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 (SCEWC) in Barcelona....
          

A Wealth Tax? Two Framers Weigh In

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Wealth taxes are on the current political table and hotly debated. All taxation was on the framers’ table as they considered a new constitution. What would they make of the measures we are considering now? And more to the point: does the Constitution they drafted allow Congress to tax a person’s overall wealth? 

 

The short answer: yes and no. The longer answer requires historical context.

 

In the six months preceding the Federal Convention of 1787, Congress received from the separate states, which alone possessed powers of taxation, a grand total of $663—hardly enough to run the nation. Little wonder that the framers’ proposal, what is now our Constitution, granted Congress sweeping authority to levy taxes: “The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises …”

 

Although taxing authority was broad, the framers delineated only five specific types, each with a qualification:

 

“Duties, Imposts, and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.” 

“No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the Census or enumeration.”

“No Tax or Duty shall be laid on any Articles exported from any State.” 

 

Presumably any taxes not mentioned would have to meet qualifications as well. The underlying principle was fairness, but mechanisms to achieve that goal differed. Exports were ruled out so Congress wouldn’t handicap Virginia, for instance, by taxing tobacco. Most other taxes would be uniform. Direct taxes, on the other hand, had to be apportioned according to state populations. 

 

But what, exactly, was a direct tax? And how might that differ from its opposite, an indirect tax, a term that does not appear in the Constitution? 

 

That’s what Rufus King, delegate from Massachusetts, asked his colleagues at the end of the day on August 20, 1787, after some twelve weeks of deliberations. From James Madison’s Notes of Debates: “Mr. KING asked what was the precise meaning of direct taxation. No one answered.” We have no indication that the framers ever defined direct and indirect taxation, either then or at any other time during their proceedings. 

 

Fast forward to the mid-1790s, when two former delegates weighed in. Alexander Hamilton, while Secretary of the Treasury, recommended a federal tax on carriages, an item that only rich people could afford. Congress levied that tax, but Daniel Hylton, a carriage owner, challenged the measure on constitutional grounds. It was a direct tax, he argued, and Congress had failed to apportion it amongst the states. The case found its way to the Supreme Court. There, Associate Justice William Paterson, who had introduced the New Jersey plan at the Federal Convention, offered a coherent explanation of the framers’ treatment of taxation:

 

“It was … obviously the intention of the framers of the Constitution, that Congress should possess full power over every species of taxable property, except exports. The term taxes, is generical, and was made use of to vest in Congress plenary authority in all cases of taxation… All taxes on expences or consumption are indirect taxes. … Indirect taxes are circuitous modes of reaching the revenue of individuals, who generally live according to their income. In many cases of this nature the individual may be said to tax himself.”

 

An individual taxes himself because he chooses to participate in an activity that is taxed; he can circumvent the tax by not purchasing or consuming the item in question. That’s what makes it “indirect.” A “Capitation, or other direct, Tax” is not optional in this sense; both capitation taxes and property taxes were widespread in America, and a person does not choose to be a person (a capitation tax), nor willingly decide to own no property. But why didn’t the framers apply the simple rule of uniformity to such taxes? Paterson recalled that peculiar politics, not abstract reasoning, led to the Federal Convention’s approach:

 

“I never entertained a doubt, that the principal, I will not say, the only, objects, that the framers of the Constitution contemplated as falling within the rule of apportionment, were a capitation tax and a tax on land. … The provision was made in favor of the southern States. They possessed a large number of slaves; they had extensive tracts of territory, thinly settled, and not very productive. A majority of the states had but few slaves, and several of them a limited territory, well settled and in a high state of cultivation. The Southern states, if no provision had been introduced in the Constitution, would have been wholly at the mercy of the other states. Congress in such case, might tax slaves, at discretion or arbitrarily, and land in every part of the Union after the same rate or measure: so much a head in the first instance, and so much an acre in the second. To guard against imposition in these particulars, was the reason of introducing the clause in the Constitution, which directs that representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the states, according to their respective numbers.”  

 

In the end, Paterson and his fellow justices concluded that the tax on chariots must be considered indirect. To apportion the tax among the states would be absurd, they argued; if there was only one chariot owner in a state, he would have to assume his state’s entire liability. And if there were no chariots, how could that state ever meet its apportioned share? But to strike down a tax on chariots because it was unworkable would seriously undermine Congress’s critical authority “to lay and collect Taxes,” which buttressed the entire governmental apparatus. The only alternative was to declare Hamilton’s chariot tax indirect—and thereby constitutional.

 

What might Paterson and his colleagues have concluded if Congress had levied a tax on all wealth, not just one particular luxury item? That depends. They might have applied the same reasoning: treating a wealth tax as “direct” would be hopelessly impractical, but if seen as an excise, it would fall within Congress’s plenary powers of taxation. Indeed, any tax (except one on exports) that the framers had notcategorized as “direct” would be constitutional, if applied uniformly. So it all boils down to one question: what taxes, exactly, are to be considered direct?

 

While Paterson enumerated “a capitation tax and a tax on land” as the “principal” taxes “falling within the rule of apportionment,” he hinted they might not be the “only” ones. Perhaps he could envision others, taxes that were not addressed at the Federal Convention. New England governments in those times relied heavily on property taxes that included not only raw land but also improvements and livestock, which made the land more valuable. Such taxes were not based on “expences or consumption,” activities that might be avoided—Paterson’s criteria for indirect taxes. They taxed who a person was, economically—the apparent (although unstated) standard for a direct tax. 

 

Alexander Hamilton made this explicit. Within a brief filed for Hylton v. United States, he added a third category to the list of direct taxes:

 

“What is the distinction between direct and indirect taxes? It is a matter of regret that terms so uncertain and vague in so important a point are to be found in the Constitution. We shall seek in vain for any antecedent settled legal meaning to the respective terms—there is none.

 

“But how is the meaning of the Constitution to be determined? It has been affirmed, and so it will be found, that there is no general principle which can indicate the boundary between the two. That boundary, then, must be fixed by a species of arbitration, and ought to be such as will involve neither absurdity nor inconvenience.

 

“The following are presumed to be the only direct taxes.

Capitation or poll taxes.

Taxes on lands and buildings.

General assessments, whether on the whole property of individuals, or on their whole real or personal estate; all else must of necessity be considered as indirect taxes.”

 

In Hamilton’s estimation, any “general assessment” of a person’s “whole” property or estate—what we call today a wealth tax—was one of those “other” direct taxes that must be apportioned amongst the states. But to apportion a wealth tax would be absurd; today, a handful of wealthy individuals in West Virginia or Mississippi, to account for their state’s quota, would have to pay several times as much as those residing in states with numerous rich taxpayers. In Hylton v. United States, the Supreme Court used the unfairness of apportionment to declare the chariot tax indirect, and therefore constitutional, but according to Hamilton, that line of reasoning is off the table. A wealth tax is a direct tax, pure and simple, he reckoned; unless apportioned, it will be unconstitutional. 

 

Of course Hamilton was not on the Supreme Court, so his statement has no official bearing. Legal scholars might disagree with his assessment of “general assessments,” but politically, that is beside the point. No wealth tax based on apportionment among the states will make its way out of committee, and any wealth tax claiming to be “indirect” will inevitably wind up before the Supreme Court. There, originalists who idolize the framers will look no farther than Hamilton’s testimony to justify striking down the measure. 

 

And all conservatives, likely the majority for years to come, will weaponize Hamilton to support their preconceived aversion to wealth taxes. They will not be swayed, as some scholars contend, by Knowlton v. Moore, which in 1900 upheld an inheritance tax by treating it as indirect. There’s plenty of wiggle room between taxing a person’s “whole real or personal estate”—a wealth tax—and taxing how a person chooses to dispense with that estate. When conservative justices weigh an obliquely relevant case from 1900 versus Hamilton’s forceful pronouncement that yields the result they prefer, there is little doubt as to which they will favor. 

 

Might Chief Justice Roberts be a swing vote? When upholding the Affordable Care Act as within the taxing authority of Congress, he declared: “A tax on going without health insurance does not fall within any recognized category of direct tax.” Because it was “plainly not a tax of the ownership or land or personal property,” it did not have to be “apportioned among the several States.” A wealth tax, on the other hand, would target “ownership of land or personal property.” It must be apportioned, Roberts will conclude, or else it’s unconstitutional.  

 

We have been through this before. In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan and Trust Company (1895), the Supreme Court declared that taxing income derived from wealth (rents, interest, and dividends) was a direct tax and therefore had to be apportioned, while taxing income derived from labor (wages and salaries) was indirect and therefore did not have to be apportioned. This meant that Congress could tax working people readily, while taxing wealthy people would be unworkable. Workers cried foul. They pushed for, and got, the Sixteenth Amendment, which repudiated Pollock by lifting the apportionment requirement from all income taxes.

 

Today, facing rampant inequality, we can cry foul again—but we remain saddled with a provision of the Constitution geared to protect the slave-owning interests of Southern states in 1787. Even so, taxing income rather than wealth is always possible. There is no constitutional limit on the tax rate, so long as it is “uniform throughout the United States.”

 

 


          

How did November become the Mizrahi Heritage Month? And what’s Mizrahi anyhow?

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A Yemenite family walks through the desert to a reception camp 

 

Recently, a growing number of Jewish American organizations began marking November as the "Sephardic/Mizrahi Heritage Month." In the American context, awareness months come to illuminate histories of marginalized communities whose stories are overshadowed and underrepresented in the official curricula and memory. The Mizrahi heritage month, by contrast, is not a local, grassroots initiative that emerged in response to experiences of discrimination or marginalization. Instead, it is a transatlantic importation of recent attempts by the Israeli government to commemorate the forced expulsion of Jews from the Arab and Muslim world in the wake of the establishment of Israel. Nor is November a month that has any particular significance in the histories or rituals of any of the dozen Jewish minority communities that resided in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the specific date, November 30th, was chosen by the Israeli lawmaker as a symbolic birth date of the mass exodus of Jews from Arab speaking lands triggered by the UN Partition Resolution of November 29th, 1947.

 

Erroneously, in the North American Jewish world, the terms “Sephardi” and “Mizrahi” are often treated as synonymous. Yet, unlike the term “Sephardi,” which originates in the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 (Sepharad is the Hebrew term for Spain), Mizrahi is a category which is not only far more recent in historical terms but is also politically charged and rooted in a specific Israeli context. Mizrahi, literarily meaning “eastern” or “Oriental” in Hebrew, was an adjective-turned-term that was coined in pre-statehood Palestine and later used in Israel to denote any non-Ashkenazi Jew. In early statehood Israel, a considerable degree of patronizing attitude and discrimination towards “Oriental Jews” who were regarded as less civilized, ill-educated, lacking sufficient ideological commitment resulted in discrimination. During the 1950s, Mizrahi Jews were sent to frontier settlements and to newly established "development towns" that were established in the country's peripheral regions. Soon enough, these towns transformed into conspicuous pockets of deprivation and poverty, and their Mizrahi residents became a discernible low-status blue-collar class, deprived of the same employment and education opportunities as their Ashkenazi peers. In that process, the adjective "Mizrahi” became a highly contested and politically charged term, and not a neutral sociological category.  

 

Years of a persistent civic struggle for equal rights by Mizrahi activists and scholars in Israel, accompanied by demands for recognition of their full history, did not solve all social problems and inequality nor erase past scars. During the 1970s, the Likud Party’s leadership reappropriated the Mizrahi struggle to claim a stake at the Israeli national story. Other political parties, such as Shas, the non-Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party that was established during the mid-1980s, also tried to harness the Mizrahi struggle with a considerable level of success. A 2014 legislation that created a new day of commemoration for Mizrahi Jews is yet another attempt to divert the Mizrahi call for equality in Israel to a political cause. In particular, it uses the politics of memory to create a false equation between "Jewish refugees from the Arab World" and the Palestinian refugees. Jewish communities in the Middle East and North Africa region had undergone different experiences, not just between different countries, but even between various communities in the same country. 1948 was undoubtedly a turning point for a great number of them, and the Israel-Palestine conflict loomed over much of it. But casting these rich histories into one single-dimensional narrative is, in fact, a cynical strategy employed by the Israeli Right to avoid the need to address Palestinian claim for compensation on behalf of the Palestinian refugees. 

 

Right-leaning Jewish organizations in the US, such as the San Francisco based JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East), were quick to adopt the Israeli ready-made mold of “Mizrahi commemoration” and to blend it with the American practice of “awareness months.” Their website describes them as a non-profit “committed to achieving universal recognition to the heritage and history of the 850,000 indigenous Jewish refugees Arab from countries.” Similar ideas are expressed by Hen Mazzig, a charismatic yet controversial "Hasbarah" (pro-Israeli advocacy) speaker who tours North American campuses, to speak to students about his family's immigration from Tunisia and Morocco, his experiences as a gay officer in the IDF, and ways of combating anti-Israeli critics. Critics of Israel on US campuses are described by him as silencing Middle Eastern and North African Jews. Almost simultaneously, a call upon Jews to join a mass kaddish (a prayer traditionally recited in memory of the dead) on November 30th appeared on the pages of the Jerusalem Post. It remains unclear if these are grassroots initiatives or a well-orchestrated state-funded campaign. As the Jewish daily The Forward revealed, Mazzig is most probably a contractor paid by the Israeli government. 

 

While asserting correctly that the heritage of Middle Eastern Jews does not receive equal space in the American-Jewish establishment, the kind of heritage that JIMENA and wishes to promote is equally superficial and shallow and is mostly comprised of stories of persecution and harassment followed by a final expulsion and a Zionist redemption. The historical narrative they are offering has less to do with the particular heritage and histories of these diverse communities and more to do with a politics of competitive victimhood and a “quid pro quo” argument about the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Jewish refugees from the Middle East are cast as mirror images of the roughly 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled during the 1948 War.

 

As historians who dedicate their careers to research modern Jewish history, who believe in the importance of studying the histories of Middle Eastern Jewish communities alongside Ashkenazi communities, we welcome the intent to deepen and broaden our understanding of the place of these communities. Eurocentric assumptions, including our tendency to understand Jewish modernity writ large as coming out of the experiences of European Jews, provides a very narrow prism that fails to capture the Jewish historical experience in all its richness and diversity. It is about time that academic Jewish Studies programs would expand their curriculum and educate the students and the wider public about the culture and history of Mizrahi Jews, alongside other non-Ashkenazi communities such as the Yemenite Jews, Iranian (Persian) Jews, Greek and Balkan Jews, Caucasus Jews, Bukharan Jews and more. We also believe in the value and the importance of heritage months to raise awareness to and help advance our understanding of marginalized social groups. Notably, per the Library of Congress website, the American-Jewish Heritage month is celebrated in May, as part of an effort of Jews to be part of the “big American Jewish tent.” We raise our eyebrows, however, at what seems as what might be an attempt to hijack this noble cause for a partisan issue and a state-sponsored invented tradition. Jewish communities in the US should pay greater attention to the non-Ashkenazi stories alongside the Ashkenazi saga. But we wonder if a day of commemoration that is copy-pasted mechanically rather than reflectively by Jewish diaspora communities would serve that purpose.


          

William Barr’s Upside-Down Constitution

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Attorney General William Barr’s November 15 speech before the Federalist Society, delivered at its annualNational Lawyers Convention,received considerable attention.Barr attackedwhat he views as progressives’ unscrupulous and relentless attacks on President Trump and Senate Democrats’ “abuse of the advice-and-consent process.” Ironies notwithstanding, the core analysis of his speech is a full-throated defense of the Unitary theory of executive power, which purports to be an Originalist view of the Founders’ intent. 

 

This defense, however, reveals the two fundamental flaws of the Unitary view: first, that it is built on a fictional reading of constitutional design; and second, that its precepts attack the fundamental tenets of the checks and balances system that the Founders did create. 

 

Barr’s speech begins with his complaint that presidential power has been weakened in recent decades by the “steady encroachment” of executive powers by the other branches. Even allowing for congressional resurgence in the post-Watergate era of the 1970s, no sane analysis of the Reagan era forward could buttress Barr’s ahistorical claim. Ironically, the presidents in this time period who suffered political reversals—Bill Clinton’s impeachment and the thwarting of Barack Obama’s agenda by congressional Republicans in his final six years of office—nevertheless emerged from their terms with the office intact in powers and prestige. 

 

Attorney General Barr’s reading of colonial history claims that the Founders’ chief antagonist during the Revolutionary period was not the British monarchy (which, he claims, had been “neutered” by this time) but an overbearing Parliament. Had Barr bothered to consult the penultimate statement of American grievances, the Declaration of Independence, Barr would have found the document to direct virtually all of its ire against “the present King of Great Britain.” The lengthy list of grievances detailed in the document charge “He,” George III, with despotism and tyranny, not Parliament (where some of whose members expressed sympathy for the American cause). Barr’s message? Legislatures bad, executives not so much. 

 

Barr insists that by the time of the Constitutional Convention there was “general agreement” on the nature of executive power and that those powers conformed to the Unitary vision—complete and exclusive control over the Executive branch, foreign policy preeminence, and no sharing of powers among the branches. Barr dismisses the idea of inter-branch power-sharing as “mushy thinking.” Yet the essence of checks and balances is power-sharing. As the political scientist Richard Neustadt once noted, the Founders did not create separate institutions with separate powers, but “separate institutions sharing powers.” 

 

And as if to reassure himself and other adherents, Barr insists that the Unitary view is neither “new”—even though it was cooked up in the 1980s by the Meese Justice Department and the Federalist Society—nor a “theory.” Barr says, “It is a description of what the Framers unquestionably did in Article II of the Constitution.” Yet aside from the veto power, he fails to discuss any actual Article II powers. And in the case of the veto, he fails to note that this power is found in Article I, and is generally understood as a legislative power exercised by the executive. Shouldn’t an Originalist take a passing interest in original text? Nor does he explain why Article II is brief and vague, compared to Congress’s lengthy and detailed Article I powers. What we know about that brevity and vagueness is that it reflected two facts: the Founders’ difficulty and disagreement in defining presidential powers, and the wish of a few Founders who favored a strong executive to leave that door open, hoping that future presidents might help solidify the office. That wish, of course, came true. 

 

Most of the latter part of Barr’s speech is devoted to a condemnation of the judiciary, where it has not only set itself up at the “ultimate arbiter” of interbranch disputes, but worse has “usurped Presidential authority” by the very act of hearing cases and ruling against asserted presidential powers. Underlying these complaints are the Unitary tenet that the courts have no rightto rule in any area of claimed executive power. Barr vents his frustration at the extent to which Trump administration decisions and actions have found themselves tied up in court. Experts continue to debate what issues and controversies are or are not justiciable. But to assert by Unitary theory fiat that the courts cannot rule is to make an assertion found nowhere in the Constitution. And Barr also misses the fact that court rulings historically have most often favored executive powers. 

 

The Trump administration’s many questionable actions have raised both new and old concerns about the extent and reach of executive power. There is plenty of blame for abuses of power to spread around, most certainly including to Congress. But the Unitary theory offers no remedy to the power problems of the present era. And the idea that it somehow is an Originalist reading of constitutional powers would be laughable if it didn’t have so many adherents in the seats of power.  


          

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What exactly is impeachment? A common view is that the House of Representatives judges that the president has committed a crime, then the Senate tries him. But the Constitution’s criterion of “high crimes and misdemeanors” does not correspond to anything specific in the U.S. criminal code. Even if it did, legal precedent has already established that a sitting President cannot be indicted. Hence, when special prosecutor Leon Jaworski presented indictments over the Watergate break-in, he listed President Nixon as an “unindicted” co- conspirator. Even if a prosecutor did manage to indict a sitting president, he would not face a trial. Only after being impeached, convicted in the Senate and expelled from office would he be liable to legal prosecution like other citizens.

 

Impeachability is therefore very much in the eye of the beholder. The Mueller probe was sometimes likened to a prosecutor returning his findings to a grand jury made up of Congress. But that was a false analogy. The Constitution is silent about what process is to be followed before articles of impeachment are voted on. No investigation is explicitly mandated. Strictly speaking, a newly elected House of Representatives could vote articles of impeachment on its first day, without any investigation. The reason this does not happen is because those favoring impeachment naturally prefer to be supported in the court of public opinion. But they needn’t rely on the outcome of an investigation if they are willing to gamble on the public’s support regardless. The Mueller probe disappointed House Democrats because it found no evidence of collusion with Russia and no evidence of obstruction of justice that could stand up in court. But it made no difference to Trump’s opponents. Adam Schiff and Erick Swalwell maintained that Trump was guilty of both before the Mueller probe was completed, and they maintain it now that it has come and gone. At the end of the day, they are banking on public opinion sharing their conviction that the president has committed a crime. Even if impeachment articles are voted in, however, the prospect of the Republican majority in the Senate convicting Trump are virtually zero.

 

Why doesn’t the Constitution make a president’s impeachment synonymous with a prosecution for breaking the law? In Germany, for example, the President can be impeached by either of the two legislative chambers. At that point, the case goes to a federal court, which decides if he is guilty and whether to remove him from office. To clarify why the American process is so complicated and indirect, we have to ask ourselves what the Founders meant impeachment for in the first place.

 

As I wrote in TYRANTS: POWER, INJUSTICE AND TERROR, one of the Constitution’s fundamental aims, according to Alexander Hamilton, was to forestall the emergence an American tyrant — a “Catiline or Caesar.” Tyranny in the 18th century context need not connote full-blown monsters like Hitler. If a ruler violated Americans’ rights, like King George III taxing them without granting them representation in Parliament, that was tyranny. Ancient democracies like Athens, according to Hamilton, veered between the extremes of tyranny and anarchy. They could only rely on a virtuous statesman like Pericles to break this cycle. Such statesmen are very rare, and could prove to be tyrants in disguise — it’s too chancy. The “new” political science of the Enlightenment, Hamilton says, relies instead on the institutional division of powers, preventing one branch of government from tyrannizing over the others. Just as the president having the power of the purse would violate Congress’s jurisdiction, Congress’s ability to try a president like a law court would violate that of both the Executive and the Judicial branches. Rooted in Machiavelli’s analysis of the Roman Republic, the American constitution was designed to promote a peaceable political warfare among the three branches of government that would forestall the actual violence of civil strife resulting from one branch reigning supreme. As James Madison put it, the causes of vice are sewn into the human soul. We can’t remove those causes, but through the correct institutional mechanisms, we can impede their harmful effects.

 

In sum, the removal of a President from office through impeachment was designed as a purely political process. It is value neutral with respect to legal guilt or innocence. The Founders stacked the deck against it happening so that it would not be trivially invoked, which is why it’s happened only three times. In the case of Donald Trump, at the end of the day, all that matters is how the House and Senate vote. This may not be as morally satisfying to either side as outright condemnation or exoneration. But the Founders were wary of the power of moral outrage to spark the extremes of tyranny and anarchy characteristic of democracy in the past. Whatever the verdict regarding President Trump’s impeachment, the reaction will be confined to screaming pundits, not armed mobs. Or so we hope.


          

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On November 29, 2019, young people will gather at locations around the world for a Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. On December 2, United Nations delegates, world leaders, business executives, and activists will meet at the 25th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid to discuss ways to protect the environment. Participants in these events should also discuss ways to protect the protectors: the individuals and groups targeted around the world for their efforts on behalf of the planet.

The dangers facing environmental defenders do not stop at accusations that they are national security risks. From the Amazon rainforest to South African mining communities, activists seeking to preserve ecosystems and ancestral lands are being threatened, attacked, and even killed with near total impunity, Human Rights Watch has found. But in contrast to many of these illegal acts, the unjust labeling of environmentalists as security threats is often more insidious, as it is generally carried out under the color of law.

And while not all environmental activism is peaceful, only in exceptional cases would the actions of environmental activists meet a generally recognized definition of terrorism – actions aimed at terrorizing populations by causing or threatening death or serious physical harm to others to advance an ideological or political agenda. Nor, in nearly all cases, do their actions aim to undermine the rule of law. Typically, these individuals and groups are peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. When they engage in civil disobedience, their aim is usually to strengthen – and improve the enforcement of – existing environmental protection measures. Here are a few examples where environmental activists have been smeared as terrorists or other national security threats:

  • In Poland, the authorities denied entry in December 2018 to at least 13 foreign climate activists who were registered to attend COP24 in the southern city of Katowice, contending they posed a threat to public order and national security. Along with other individuals and groups, the activists had planned to press COP24 participants for rapid action to address climate change.

    Protesters march during the United Nations COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, on December 8, 2018.

    © 2018 SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Damian Klamka)

    The authorities had previously passed a special law empowering the police to collect data about conference participants without judicial oversight or the participants’ knowledge and consent and ban spontaneous protests during COP24. They also issued a terrorism alert that authorized increased vehicle checks and other security controls for Katowice and surrounding areas for the duration of the summit. Border officials detained and questioned several activists for hours, in some cases without allowing them to communicate their location or contact a lawyer.

  • In November 2015, French police used a sweeping counterterrorism emergency law enacted in response to the deadly Paris attacks earlier that month to place at least 24 climate activists under house arrest without judicial warrant, raid activists’ homes, and seize computers and personal belongings.

    Police raid a building suspected of housing climate activists in Paris on November 27, 2015, prior to the UN COP21 climate change summit. 

    © 2015 AFP/Laurent Emmanuel
    The activists were accused of flouting a ban on organizing protests related to COP21, which was being held in France the following week to sign the Paris Agreement on reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

  • In Iran, six members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), imprisoned since early 2018, were handed prison terms of up to 10 years in November for allegedly spying for the United States. During a deeply flawed trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards said the environmentalists used their work to protect the Asiatic cheetah – one of the world’s most endangered species – as a cover. A charge against four of the accused of “spreading corruption on Earth,” a crime that can carry the death penalty, was reportedly dropped in October. Two other PWHF members also detained in early 2018 were awaiting judgment. A ninth environmentalist, PWHF founder Kavous Seyed Emami, died a few weeks after his arrest under suspicious circumstances in what the Iranian authorities alleged to be a suicide.

    A campaign poster showing environmental activists Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been detained since early 2018 in Iran. An Iranian court in November 2019 sentenced Bayani, Tahbaz, Jokar, Ghadirian, Khaleghi and Kashani to prison terms of 6 to 10 years. 

    © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign

    Issa Kalantari, the head of Iran’s Department of Environment, said there was no evidence that the detained environmentalists were spies. He said the arrests have had a chilling effect on environmental groups in the country.

    The arrests appear to be motivated both by Iran’s “paranoia” about foreign countries using environmentalists as cover and its recognition that anger over environmental degradation can unite populations against government policies, said Kaveh Madani, the country’s former deputy environmental director. Madani returned to his native Iran from London in 2017 to take up the post, but said he was immediately detained and questioned by Revolutionary Guards, who broke into his phone, computer, emails, and social media accounts, and called him a “bioterrorist,” a “water terrorist,” and a spy. He left Iran after seven months, alleging repeated harassment including for his criticism of dam projects, which are constructed by the Revolutionary Guards.

  • In Kenya, the police and military have frequently labeled environmental activists opposing a mega-infrastructure project in the Lamu coastal region, including a coal-fired power plant, as “terrorists” while subjecting them to threats, beatings, and arbitrary arrests and detentions. In 15 cases documented by Human Rights Watch between 2013 and 2016, the authorities accused environmental defenders of membership in, or links to, the extremist armed group al-Shabab but provided no compelling evidence.

    Residents and environmental activists on Lamu island, Kenya, protest the proposed Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET) project on March 1, 2012.

    © 2012 Reuters/Joseph Okanga

    The activists are protesting construction of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, the biggest infrastructure project in Central and East Africa, which is to include a 32-berth seaport, three international airports, a road and railway network, and three resort cities. They contend that LAPSSET will pollute the air and water, destroy mangrove forests and breeding grounds for fish, and take farmland without just compensation, displacing communities and destroying their livelihoods.

    In July, Kenya’s environmental tribunal blocked approval of the power plant absent a new environmental impact study, finding the China-backed developers’ original assessment and public consultation process inadequate. The rest of the LAPSSET project continues. So does the intimidation campaign, activists protesting LAPSSET told Human Rights Watch.

  • In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 placed 600 civil society members, including environmentalists and indigenous rights defenders, on a list of alleged members of the country’s communist party and its armed wing, which he declared to be a terrorist organization. Duterte’s “terrorist list” included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Filipina who is the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and a climate change activist.

    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at UN headquarters in New York in April 2018. 

    © 2018 New York Times/Annie Ling
    In late 2017, Tauli-Corpuz had criticized the government for attacks and other abuses against indigenous communities that opposed coal and diamond mining on ancestral lands. Although a Manila court months later ordered the government to remove Tauli-Corpuz from the list, a Philippines military official in 2019 renewed the campaign against her, accusing her of “infiltrating” the UN for the communist insurgents. Several UN human rights experts condemned Tauli-Corpuz’s listing.

  • In Ecuador, eight years passed before the prominent environmental activist José “Pepe” Acacho, a Shuar indigenous leader, was able to clear himself of “terrorism” charges for his activities opposing mining and oil exploration in the Amazon. Acacho was charged with terrorism in 2010 for allegedly inciting violence during Shuar protests against a mining law.

    Pepe Acacho, second from left, leaves a courtroom in Quito, Ecuador, on February 8, 2011, after a judge granted his habeas corpus petition.

    © 2011 AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa
    He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Human Rights Watch reviewed the trial documents and found no credible evidence of terrorism-related crimes. In 2018, Ecuador’s highest court threw out the terrorism conviction but instead sentenced him to eight months in prison for “public services obstruction” – a charge for which he was never tried and hence never had the opportunity to contest. Acacho spent 17 days in jail before receiving a presidential pardon in October 2018.

  • In the US in August 2018, then-US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups” that opposed logging for wildfires on the West Coast – a proposition immediately attacked by leading environmental organizations including the Sierra Club. In 2017, 84 members of the US Congress, most of them Republicans, asked the Justice Department if activists mobilizing against the construction of oil pipelines could be prosecuted as terrorists. (The department’s response was that in some cases, yes.)

    Native Americans protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota on September 4, 2019. 

    © 2019 AFP via Getty Images/Robyn Peck

    That same year, a major pipeline operator, Energy Transfer Partners LP, filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching a “rogue eco-terrorist” campaign against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. Environmental activists and Native American tribes had tried to block construction of the 1,172-mile-long, underground pipeline through North Dakota during a protracted standoff with the authorities in 2016, saying it threatened sacred sites and drinking water. A federal court dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year.

    Although the protesters were largely peaceful, some resorted to violence and were convicted of protest-related crimes, but none for offenses that even remotely approximated terrorism. UN experts condemned security force responses to the protests as “excessive,” including their use of rubber bullets, teargas, compression grenades, mace, and “inhuman and degrading” detention conditions.

  • In Russia, at least 14 environmental groups have stopped work in recent years, and the head of the prominent group Ekozaschita! (Ecodefense!), Alexandra Koroleva, fled the country in June to avoid prosecution under the draconian Law on Foreign Agents. The 2012 law requires any Russian group accepting foreign funding and carrying out activities deemed to be “political” to register as a “foreign agent,” a term that in Russia implies “spy” or “traitor.” Authorities have used the law to silence groups that opposed state-sanctioned development projects and petitioned authorities for the release of imprisoned environmental activists, a Human Rights Watch investigation found.

    Alexandra Koroleva, the head of the Russian nongovernmental organization Ecodefense, fled to Germany in June 2019 to avoid being targeted under the abusive Russian “foreign agents” law. 

    © 2019 Ecodefense

    Russian officials including the special envoy for environmental protection, Sergey Ivanov, have applied the “extremist” label to Greenpeace Russia. An activist with Stop GOK, a Russian group seeking to block mining and enrichment plants, was fined in April 2019 for “mass distribution of extremist materials” because he published a poem on the organization’s social media page that the government had banned as extremist in 2012. The Russian nongovernmental organization SOVA Center, which analyzes counter-extremism trends, found that the poem, “Last Wish to the Ivans,” is a satirical address to destitute, alcohol and drug-addicted Russians from oligarchs and authorities profiting from extracting natural resources.

    Stop GOK and Greenpeace Russia were among groups named in a 2018 report by pro-government technologists as “environmental extremists” working for “influential forces in the West” bent on sabotaging strategic industries. The report was widely covered by state-controlled media.

Civil society participation will be crucial to ambitious outcomes at COP25. Parties to the summit, which include all UN member countries and the European Union, should allow activists ample opportunity to air their concerns about the climate crisis and use their combined expertise to help identify solutions. They should also provide activists with a safe space to speak out about the threats they face for carrying out their work.

In addition, parties should publicly commit to robustly carrying out international and regional treaties that protect environmental defenders. One of these treaties is the Escazu Agreement (the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean), the world’s first covenant to include specific provisions promoting and protecting environmental defenders. Twenty-one countries have signed the 2018 agreement. But only six countries have ratified it – five shy of the ratifications needed to enter it into force. Chile, which stepped down as COP25 host because of protests stemming from economic grievances, but will still preside over the negotiations in Madrid, should lead by example and ratify the agreement.

COP25 participants should also commit to upholding the Aarhus Convention (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters), to which Spain is a signatory. The convention – an environmental pact for Europe, the European Union, and Central Asia – grants the public, including environmental groups, an array of rights including public participation and access to information and justice in governmental decisions on the environment, without harassment or persecution. Parties to the treaty, including the EU, and Poland for its crackdown at COP24, have been criticized – including in some cases by the Aarhus Convention’s own oversight body – for flouting these provisions.

COP25 delegates should recognize that to genuinely protect the environment, they also need to protect its defenders – including those unjustly targeted in the name of security.


          

Karnataka Assembly by-elections: Congress indicates party not averse to post-poll alliance with JD(S) if BJP fails to claim majority

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Karnataka Assembly by-elections: Congress indicates party not averse to post-poll alliance with JD(S) if BJP fails to claim majority
          

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah are migrants from Gujarat, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury while opposing CAB

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Lauren Underwood’s Illinois District Considers Impeachment

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Amid a wave of Democratic victories in the 2018 congressional elections, Lauren Underwood’s triumph in Illinois’s Fourteenth District, outside Chicago, was among the most unlikely. A thirty-two-year-old African-American health-care-policy specialist, Underwood was running in a suburban district that had elected only white men since it was created, in a different shape, in 1873. She beat […]

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Outdoor Education students present at the National 4-H Congress

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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Georgia College students Sophie Conerly, Sidney Parker, Rachel Chang, Hannah Kate Mulanax, Gigi Nicholl, Chris Clyde, Chloe Patterson, Ben Branch, Cole Gainey, & Madison Bowers presented at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. The National 4-H Congress hosts over 800 delegates from all over the country, representing most states and Puerto Rico.


          

Nigeria: AFN Postpones Annual General Congress

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Lesotho: Special Congress Dissolves Leba Committee

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Trump's trade war cost Republicans congressional seats in the 2018 midterm elections

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Just over a year ago, congressional Democrats took majority control of the US House of Representatives, flipping 40 previously Republican seats. [1] New evidence suggests that President Donald Trump’s trade policy played a role. In his first two years in office, Trump introduced a series of highly...
          

Two Phase Immersion Liquid Cooling at Supercomputing 2019

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It would now appear we are saturated with two phase immersion liquid cooling (2PILC) – pun intended. One common element from the annual Supercomputing trade show, as well as the odd system at Computex and Mobile World Congress, is the push from some parts of the industry towards fully immersed systems in order to drive cooling. Last year at SC19 we saw a large number of systems featuring this technology – this year the presence was limited to a few key deployments.


          

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Providing technical assistance to sub-contractors and lower grade workers along with technical advice or assistance on unusual or very difficult problems
Electrical troubleshooting, device testing, installation of electronic components, surveillance camera installation and experience with software monitoring systems for systems monitoring
Responsible for different electronic and solid state voice and data systems including their capabilities, functions of their major circuits, and the associated cables and wiring used to interconnect the systems
Use computer diagnostic equipment to analyze and restore faulty voice and non-voice circuits. Independently determine the work sequences, tools, and materials required. Follow or refer to layout sheets, building plans, floor plans, circuit schematics and descriptions, and manufacturer's technical guidance.
Occasional overtime required
          

Tucson’s Holiday Ice Rink Opens This Friday

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The City of Tucson is opening its inaugural outdoor ice skating rink on Friday, located at 45 N. 5th Ave., across the street from Hotel Congress.…
          

Violent Antifa Group ‘Refuse Fascism’ Plans “Disruptions” At Upcoming Trump Rally in Hershey, PA

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by Jacob Engels TheGatewayPundit.com December 1, 2019 Several alt-left groups from around the state of Pennsylvania are promising to stage “disruptions” at President Donald Trump’s rally in Hershey, PA later this month on December, 10th. The rallies are being organized by Sam Fullam, who identifies herself as an advisor to Central Pennsylvania congressional candidate (PA-10) […]
          

‘BJP will win bye-polls in all 15 constituencies’: CM Yediyurappa - The News Minute

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  1. ‘BJP will win bye-polls in all 15 constituencies’: CM Yediyurappa  The News Minute
  2. BJP misusing Constitution, will be taught a lesson in Karnataka bypolls: Mallikarjun Kharge  Times of India
  3. "To Protect Democracy": Congress, JDS May Tie-Up After Karnataka Bypolls  NDTV News
  4. Will give good news on day of result: Mallikarjun Kharge confident of Congress' victory in K'taka bypolls  Times Now
  5. Congress talks of a tie-up, BS Yediyurappa dismisses it as talk  Bangalore Mirror
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Hong Kong Unrest Rages on as Police Clash With Protesters

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(Bloomberg) -- Clouds of tear gas returned to Hong Kong over the weekend as police and protesters clashed, signaling pro-democracy rallies are set to drag on after demonstrators got a boost from an election win and support from the U.S. Congress.Tensions rose in the former British colony -- a special administrative region of China since 1997 -- as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Unrest had been brewing since late Satur
          

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Democrats have long loathed former national security adviser John Bolton, but he could become their most dangerous witness against President Trump in Congress' impeachment inquiry.
          

Chamber Celebrates 100th Business

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For additional information contact:

Mara Kuhn

Communications Manager

501.321.1700

mara.kuhn@growinghotsprings.com

Chamber Celebrates 100th Business to Open in Downtown Hot Springs since the 2014 Majestic Hotel Fire

(Hot Springs, AR)  May 3, 2018 – On Thursday, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 100th new business to open in downtown Hot Springs since the 2014 Majestic Hotel fire with a special ribbon cutting at Vault, the highly anticipated new downtown restaurant.

“One hundred new businesses opening in four years is an incredible milestone. It’s real proof of a very strong economy in downtown Hot Springs,” said Cole McCaskill, Vice President of Economic Development with the Hot Springs Metro Partnership.

“Even more impressive is that of the 100 new businesses, 90 of them are still open and 66 of them were net-new additions to downtown, meaning they occupied and opened in a retail space that was previously vacant as opposed to replacing a recently closed business.”


Cole McCaskill, Vice President of Economic Development with the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, second left, speaks as U.S. Senator John Boozman, left, Congressman Bruce Westerman, and Gary Troutman, President and CEO of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership and Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce look on.

In addition to 100 new businesses since the fire, Downtown Hot Springs has seen 82 commercial property sales and more than $80 million in investment. The Majestic Hotel was one of Hot Springs’ oldest structures. It unfortunately that became dormant and fell into disrepair before catching fire in February 2014.

The loss of one of Hot Springs’ historic and iconic buildings mobilized city and business leaders into action to revitalize and preserve the downtown area. Downtown Hot Springs, “America’s First Resort,” is famous nationwide for its history and culture. It is important to the people of Hot Springs to see this area flourish.

In the weeks following the fire, civic groups formed the “Downtown Game Plan Task Force” comprised of community leaders and downtown stakeholders that sought to prevent future tragedies like the fire and to improve the course of downtown which had suffered from a lack of investment for several decades.

That group met publicly and privately for four months and ultimately released a set of recommendations for the progress of downtown. The HSMP adopted those recommendations as a strategy and hired McCaskill as downtown development director in June 2014.

Each year since the fire, downtown has experienced subsequent rising investment levels.

In 2015, downtown saw the nearly year-long master planning process from ideation to completion with the facilitation by Thomas P. Miller and Associates from Indianapolis.

That strategic planning process sought input from downtown business owners, Garland County residents and visitors for what they’d like to see in downtown. The Downtown Redevelopment Guide was published and its goals and strategies were adopted to provide a framework for growth and development for downtown by the City of Hot Springs and the HSMP.

The Chamber and HSMP look forward to future growth and expansion in the downtown area.

The 100 New Businesses Opened Downtown Since Majestic Fire:

1.         Kilwins Chocolates

2.         Kollective Coffee+Tea

3.         Wolfheart Gallery

4.         All Things Natural

5.         Render Creative Group

6.         Henderson State University- Hot Springs

7.         Copper Penny Pub

8.         Oxy-Zen

9.         Mountain’s Edge (significant remodel and reopening)

10.       Bathhouse Row Winery

11.       Tropical Winery

12.       Deluca’s Pizza

13.       Air FX Heat & Air

14.       Evil-O Olive Oils

15.       Café 135

16.       4D Adventure

17.       State & Pride Provisions Co.

18.       Red Light Roastery

19.       KUHS Community Radio

20.       Mountain Valley Armory

21.       Red Sunflower Boutique

22.       Hotel Hot Springs

23.       Rock Paper Scissors Salon

24.       Dakotas Hair Designs

25.       Vina Morita (move and expansion)

26.       Gr8 Escapes Arkansas

27.       Zoe’s In The District

28.       Gehrki Commercial Real Estate

29.       Dapper & Debonair

30.       Rocket Fizz

31.       The Civil War Museum West

32.       Tosha Kitchen

33.       Escape Hot Springs

34.       A Narrow Escape

35.       Magic Springs Retail Store

36.       J.J.’s Peddie Cabs

37.       Quarters Café

38.       Brick City Pizza

39.       Prohibition Press

40.       Park Avenue Coin Shop

41.       Hot Springs Village Discovery Center

42.       Gypsy Girl

43.       Craft Beer Cellar

44.       Kringles in the Park

45.       Maharaja Boutique

46.       Galaxy Connection

47.       Spa City Cycling

48.       ESQ. Realty Group

49.       Crow Law Firm

50.       Metaphysical Connection

51.       The Waters Hotel

52.       The Avenue

53.       Blush Boutique

54.       Spa Souvenirs

55.       Pour Some Sugar on Me Sweet Shoppe

56.       Downtowner Marketplace

57.       Direct Insurance

58.       Revelation Teens

59.       Whittington Gallery

60.       Mountain Valley Armory (new construction & expansion)

61.       Ambrosia Bakery

62.       State & Pride Provisions Co. (Doubled in Size)

63.       A Bite of Hot Springs

64.       Riley Art Glass Studio

65.       Beef Jerky Outlet

66.       Odie & Tilly’s Boutique

67.       Park Avenue Food Court/ Its Gud Fud

68.       Dame Fortune’s Cottage Court

69.       Thai-Me and Argentinian Coffee

70.       Legoria’s Rhythm and Rocks Jazz Bistro

71.       Plum & Pretty Boutique

72.       Dogs on the Run- Hot Dog Vendor- Arlington Park

73.       The Loft Salon & Spa

74.       NU2U

75.       Wills Cinnamon Shop

76.       Roanoke Church Whittington

77.       Lox Salon

78.       Home Instead

79.       Jack Knife Barbershop

80.       Next Gen Tie-dyes & Apparel

81.       TLI Print- (Property Acquisition, Renovation and Expansion)

82.       Mirror, Mirror Salon

83.       Belle of Hot Springs Retail Store

84.       Bubba Brews Spa City Taproom

85.       Maxwell Blade’s Malco

86.       Oddities Museum

87.       Culinary District Cafe

88.       Handmade Holiday Shop

89.       SQZBX

90.       Park Avenue Parking Lot

91.       TRex Fun Spot (new construction and expansion)

92.       Grateful Head Pizza

93.       Urban Living & Development

94.       Core Public House

95.       Hot Springs Advertising

96.       Healthy Connections Administration Office

97.       Majestic Bakery & Café

98.       ParadICE Cream

99.       Taylor’s Lunchbox

100.    Vault


 

 

The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is Hot Springs’ leading advocate and champion for business.

For further information, contact Mara Kuhn at 501.321.1700 or mara.kuhn@growinghotsprings.com

 

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Fadnavis made CM to save Centres Rs 40,000 cr, says Anant Kumar Hegde

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anant Kumar Hegde has claimed that Devendra Fadnavis was made Maharashtra Chief Minister despite not having a majority to prevent central funds worth Rs 40,000 crore, from being misused by the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.
          

IT department summons DK Shivakumar to appear before it today

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Income Tax Department on Monday summoned Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to appear before it today.
          

Cong flays BJP for economic mess, AAP for betraying Delhi

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The Delhi Congress held a protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for the economic mess in the country and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) regime for betraying the people of Delhi, here on Sunday.
          

Rahul Gandhi to meet snakebite victims kin in Wayanad

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will start a four-day visit to his parliamentary constituency in Kerala on December 5. He will return to Delhi on December 8.
          

Cong leader mistakenly cheers for Priyanka Chopra instead of Priyanka Gandhi

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Congress former MLA Surender Kumar on Sunday made a blunder during a public rally by mistakenly stating Priyanka Chopra Zindabad instead of cheering for party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
          

Bhagwat, Dwivedi share stage, Cong plays it down

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Senior Congress leader and former General Secretary Janardan Dwivedis sharing of stage with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, at a Gita Mahotsav here on Sunday, has raised uproar but the party decided to play it down.
          

Over 300 BJP, Congress workers cross over to Trinamool

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Over 300 workers of the Congress and the BJP crossed over to West Bengals ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday, days after the partys clean sweep in the state Assembly bypolls.
          

Twitterati have fun over mix-up of names at Congress rally

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Twitter users had fun at the expense of the Congress on Sunday over a video clipping reportedly showing a mix-up of names of party leader Priyanka Gandhi and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at a rally here.
          

Presidente da República na Sessão de Abertura do Congresso da ANMP

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O Presidente da República esteve presente na Sessão de Abertura do XXIV Congresso da Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses, que decorreu no Cine-Teatro Municipal de Vila Real.


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VOTE NOW: Pick the first-ever All-MLB Team – MLB.com

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VOTE NOW: Pick the first-ever All-MLB Team  MLB.com Another MLB Team In Florida? Orlando Must Be Dreaming  Forbes Congress boos plan to cut Minor League Baseball teams  Roll Call Addressing MLB’s Player-Development Concerns Without Contraction  Ballpark Digest Sanders urges MLB not to cut minor
          

Joe Sestak ends long-shot presidential bid

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Former Pennsylvanian congressman Joe Sestak ended his long-shot presidential campaign Sunday after failing to gain national attention or a spot on any of the Democrat Party's previous debates.
          

Trump claims he'd 'love' for top aides to testify, but won't allow it

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Trump claims he'd 'love' for top aides to testify, but won't allow it“I would love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify,” the president tweeted after a federal judge ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before Congress. The Justice Department is appealing the ruling.



          

11/4-If anyone understands every dot and tiddle of the Impeachment Derby, it’s got to be FORMER CONGRESSMAN, JOHN LEBOUTILLIER.

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GBP/USD Forecast: Continuing Same Consolidation

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Key speakers to be part of Congress multidisciplinary program

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The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2020 World Congress will feature a very rich multidisciplinary program geared towards the needs of patients. Experts will be covering topics such as how technology will revolutionize care, the role caregivers play in the treatment process, health economics, and the voice of women with bleeding disorders. Here are six multidisciplinary program speakers who will be taking part in the WFH 2020 World Congress, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 14 to 17, 2020.
          

The Haemophilia Society makes 3-year commitment to WFH Cornerstone Program

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The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is proud to announce that our U.K national member organization (NMO) and WFH 2018 World Congress host, The Haemophilia Society, is making a £45,000 gift over three years in support of the WFH Cornerstone Initiative. President Alain Weill expressed his gratitude, noting, “This substantial gift will enable the WFH
          

Diabete tipo 2, fino a 4 anni per avere la cura migliore: alleanza Italia-Usa per battere l’inerzia terapeutica

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Apre a Padova il 22° Congresso Nazionale dell’Associazione Medici Diabetologi (AMD). Tra gli appuntamenti più importanti, un simposio congiunto con l’American Diabetes Association (ADA) che segna l’inizio di una collaborazione tra le due società scientifiche per affrontare il problema dell’inerzia terapeutica. Ospite d’eccezione: Robert Eckel, Presidente Medicine & Science di ADA
          

Same Week Congress Approved First Amendment… It Approved Thanksgiving To Almighty God

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Have you ever thought about what the founding fathers REALLY thought? Not what you’ve been told about ‘separation’ of church and state… but what these brilliant men actually believed? The left doesn’t want you to know this, but on the very SAME WEEK that the founders approved the First Amendment, they approved a national day... View Article
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Transcript Delivers Blow To Dems, Reason For Withholding Aid Destroys Impeachment

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Although by now, most Americans understand that the impeachment proceeding is a sham, designed to attack and remove the president, another blow was delivered yesterday after the transcript of Mark Sandy’s deposition was released. The information it contains delivers yet another blow to the impeachment frame up orchestrated by congressional democrats. In fact, it outlines... View Article
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California Supreme Court Strikes Down Attempt To Keep Trump Off 2020 Ballot

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In an attempt to prevent people from being able to vote for President Trump in 2020, democrats in California came up with a scheme. The state congress passed a law that require all presidential candidates to release their tax returns for the past five years, in order to be placed on the primary ballot. However,... View Article
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‘Squad’ Three Facing Serious Campaign Finance Investigations

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The members of the so-called freshman progressive ‘squad’ have been vocal about the supposed crimes they inaccurately blame on President Trump. But at least three of these congresswomen are up to their eyeballs in their own REAL campaign finance violation investigations, and one could be facing jail time for her criminal activity. The Daily Caller... View Article
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‘Star’ Sondland Delivers No Evidence For Dems, Liberal Media Lies Busted In Real Time

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Yesterday, it looked like the liberal media was working overtime to spin and shape Ambassador Sondland’s testimony into something it wasn’t… something that would indicate even the slightest level of competency on the part of congressional democrats. It’s didn’t. In fact, at one point, Sondland directly refuted a headline CNN was running and the Associated... View Article
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Net support for impeachment grew steadily during U.S. congressional hearings, poll shows

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Elijah Cummings’ Wife Maya States He ‘Worked Until Their Last Breathing’

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Do you really think the current crop is smarter than JFK or FDR?

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It was good enough for FDR.  It was good enough for JFK.


  1. Seeing this shook me. I was 5 yrs old when JFK gave this speech. 57 years later, we're still fighting for . Dem establishment is telling us we're "too far left" & warning us about purity tests for our candidates. is the only candidate willing to fight for it.



But Joe Biden, Tiny Pete and so many others just know better, right?

Does anyone really think Joe and Tiny Pete are smarter than FDR?  Or JFK?

They're not.  They're just money grubbers who will deny We The People what we need so that corporations will toss more money at them.

Be for Bernie.  Be for Elizabeth.  Or Dario Hunter or Howie Hawkins.  But don't support any piece of trash who tells you we can't have Medicare For All.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, November 25, 2019.  Protests continue in Iraq amid rumors of a coup while, in the US, Joe Biden's campaign continues to struggle.


Starting in the United States where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  Nate Poole (MAINE CAMPUS) observes:

The fifth installment of the Democratic debate series took place on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Atlanta, and Joe Biden was recorded on stage with his foot more firmly secured in his mouth than Americans have yet seen this election cycle. As disheartening as it is to admit it, image is vital in politics, and Biden appears to be hell-bent on constructing himself as befuddled and out of touch with his own party. The most recent debate seemed to make one thing very clear; Biden is not sharp enough to compete on the debate stage. The fact of the matter is that the former vice president may simply be too old to keep up. 
Throughout the majority of the previous debates, Biden has been the preferred target of nearly all the other candidates as he has been leading in many polls since launching his campaign. One might think that two previous runs at the presidency in 1988 and 2008, along with decades of experience in politics, might have prepared Biden for these attacks, but unfortunately, his greatest challenge on the debate stage is himself. Biden’s first major stumble occurred when he was discussing how to prevent sexual assault and violence against women from happening on college campuses by repeating “we’re gonna keep punching at it,” resulting in audible scoffs from the audience. 


Joe was the press favorite.  They excused him, they ignored and minimized his mistakes.  They thought they could carry him over the finish line.  That was then.  Carl Golden (THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT) notes how Joe's abilities are being questioned:

The establishment nervousness is two-fold:
• Despite his lead, Biden is in danger of losing the nomination to either Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both of whom share far left fringe positions which will doom their chances of defeating President Donald Trump.
• Even if Biden secures the nomination, his campaign has been marked by gaffes and stumbles, raising serious doubts about his ability to compete with Trump. Lurking in the background is the alleged conflict of interest posed by his son’s accepting a $50,000 per month position on the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukraine energy company, while his father served in the White House.


Life's a lot harder for Joe these days.  Steve Ahlquist (UPRISE RI) reports:

As former Vice President and current Presidential candidate Joe Biden left his car in the pouring rain to enter the East Side Providence home of Sally Lapides and Arthur Solomon for an exclusive fundraiser, he was approached by climate activist Michael Kearney. At first Biden seemed to welcome Kearney, but when Kearney, a 22 year old Providence resident, brought up the subject of climate change, Biden brushed him off.
“Why are you putting the fossil fuel industry over us?” yelled Kearney, as Biden left reporters and protesters alike outside in the rain. “You said you wouldn’t take Super PAC money and now you take Super PAC money!”
“I’m really scared for my family who’re in California and suffering the worst effects of wild fires,” said Kearney to reporters. “Every day I am afraid for their lives and their homes. I’m scared for those of us in Rhode Island, because we’re facing the worsening effects of more severe weather events.


Last week, Joe Biden told an immigration activist Carlos Rojas to vote for Donald Trump.  Eric Blanc interviews Carlos for JACOBIN:


People across the country have been sharing the video of your action last night. Can you explain why you decided to challenge Joe Biden?
CR
There’s a presidential election unfolding right now where immigration has received a lot of attention.
And the immigration crisis is felt deeply by many people, not only immigrants. We’ve seen record numbers of allies mobilize to express their outrage about children in cages, family separation, and deaths at the border. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets when Trump declared his “zero tolerance” policy.
But sometimes it feels like the American public thinks Trump started this crisis. So we wanted to take this opportunity to remind voters that even under the Obama administration — with Biden as VP — we had a daily immigration crisis, with an average of over a thousand deportations every single day, 3 million in total.
And yesterday was not first time Biden has been asked about this. It’s really concerning to me that Biden continues to embrace Obama as someone who was supposedly a friend of immigrants. I’m terrified when I hear presidential candidates talk only about rolling back Trump’s policies. Just going back to the Obama status quo is completely unacceptable; it would be a betrayal of the immigrant community.

EB
One of the things Silvia Morreno told Biden was that, given Obama’s broken promises, “it is hard for me to trust you.” Can you speak more about this distrust?


CR
Yes, as I mentioned last night, I had been a volunteer for Obama in 2008. I remember hearing Obama sit down with Jorge Ramos from Univision and promise to legalize the undocumented. And I bought into that — it gave me hope. I believed. A lot of people did.
You know, Obama in 2008, and 2012, depended on immigrant voters — Latino, Asian, African — to win. We carried him to victory in states like Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And one of the reasons we did that is because he promised to pass immigration reform.
But the rest is history; Obama didn’t meet his promises. Not only did he never prioritize immigration, he ended up deporting 3 million of the same people he had promised to help.
We’ve been down this road before. We’re used to presidential candidates adopting positive rhetoric on immigration only when it’s convenient for them. We’ve experienced broken promises leading to family separations. That’s why we’re really focused on this demand that all presidential candidates pledge on day one of taking office to pass a moratorium on deportations through executive order.
Given the magnitude of the crisis, this is the minimum. The mistrust is deep; many immigrants right now are skeptical that either party could be a vehicle for change. Clearly Trump is terrible and he has scapegoated us, but the Obama legacy is still strong. It was not long ago; immigrants remember what happened. So supporting an immediate moratorium on deportations is a critical litmus test — it will take that level of commitment to even begin to restore trust.
We know that Congress is the only body that can pass full legalization, but it would leave candidates off the hook if we only called for a pathway to citizenship. We can’t rely only on Congress. Presidents have executive power to protect immigrants — and they need to use it.



Joe Biden is a nightmare who voted for the Iraq War.  The destruction in Iraq continues.  Brian Bienkowski (ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS) reports:

Iraqi children living near a U.S. army base have elevated levels of dangerous metals in their bodies and are more likely to suffer from birth defects, according to a new study.
These disorders at birth can be severe and debilitating — including deformed limbs, congenital heart defects, and brain defects such as spina bifida.
The study, though small, adds to growing evidence that toxics from war — dispensed bombs, bullets, detonation of chemical and conventional weapons, and burn-pit emissions—pollute the environment and local people long after the battles are over, leaving a toxic legacy from U.S. occupation.
"The past decade of war in the Middle East evinces that overwhelming amounts of toxic metals have been injected into the Iraqi environment through thousands of bombings and millions of expended bullets," the authors wrote in the study published today in Environmental Pollution.
The researchers went to Bint Al-Huda Maternal and Child Teaching Hospital in the Nasiriyah region of Iraq and examined 19 children lived near a U.S. Army Base— Tallil Air Base—and 10 children who lived away from the base, comparing the kids' contaminant levels and health problems. The U.S. targeted Nasiriyah both in the early 1990s and 2003, and, according to the Department of Defense, open air burn pits have been used at Tallil Air Base starting in 2003.
"The U.S. maintains stockpiles of radioactive material at bases, and also stockpiles ammunition that has these things in it," lead author, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an independent environmental toxicologist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told EHN.
They found that the most severe birth defects and the highest levels of thorium—a radioactive byproduct of depleted uranium—were found in children living closest to the United States' Tallil Air Base.


Meanwhile, the protests continue.

A total of 11 protesters have been killed and 289 others injured from Nov. 21 to 24 in the protests in Iraq
 
 
 

Talia Kaplan (FOX NEWS) reports:

At least 13 anti-government protesters were killed Sunday by Iraqi security forces in one of the “worst” days of violence in the country's south amid widespread ongoing demonstrations against corruption, officials said.
Since the anti-government protests broke out in early October, at least 342 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Baghdad and various southern provinces.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets by the tens of thousands over what they’ve called widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, despite the country’s oil wealth.



25/NOV/2019 ARE EVERYWHERE ON STREETS!!!! THIS IS THE AGAINST WHILE is COWARDLY SILENT!!! WHAT WAS THE OF THAT ?!!
 
 
 
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    Raspberry Pi 4 just got a lot cooler! The last four months of firmware updates have taken over half a watt out of idle power and nearly a watt out of fully loaded power. For The MagPi magazine, Gareth Halfacree gets testing.

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    The bug was flagged on various forums that chat about the Raspberry Pi, but has left a few people scratching their noggins.

                       

    "The WiFi problem looks like a bug. If I start with low resolution, the 2.4GHz network works nicely. If I go to 1920x1080 wlan0 either shows ‘not available' or so, or it shortly shows a neighbouring network labelled with a red ‘5G', depending on what I click at the top of the screen, but my 2.4GHz network is not recognized. With my router set to 5GHz (+2.4) it works," said one forum user.

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    Apple's response to the Congressional committee investigating monopolistic behavior by tech giants contains a chapter on Right to Repair, whose greatest enemy is Apple -- the company led successful campaigns to kill 20 state level Right to Repair bills last year.

                       

    Apple's response was parsimonious with the truth.

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    iFixit and US PIRG both contest some of Apple’s responses, particularly around the ways in which Apple may or may not advise against non-authorized repairs. Another point they take issue with is Apple’s use of the phrase “same unit repair,” which is worth unpacking. Many key components within an iPhone or Mac can be repaired, Apple says in its response, but “same unit repairs” aren’t possible for all products because of the challenges around disassembling and reassembling devices.

                       

    In other words, a customer might go into the Apple Store or other authorized repair shop for a fix, and the repair might be so complex that the product is effectively replaced. The topic of “repairs” not only becomes one of semantics but also raises the question of whether Apple (and other electronics makers) could be slotting full replacement devices into a definition of repairs. Proctor, of US PIRG, says in his blog post that this is Apple attempting to “create a new category of repair.”

  8. Jony Ive has left Apple

    Apple will be a client of Ive’s new design company, LoveFrom, which the designer started in collaboration with his long-time friend and collaborator Marc Newson. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the time. Software and hardware design is now the responsibility of COO Jeff Williams.


          

कांग्रेस गायेगी जीत का ‘नगमा’ या बतुला बनाएगी भाजपा की बात

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जिले की तीनो नगर निकायों पर दोनों प्रमुख दलों में है सीधा मुकाबला

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Celebrating Victory With Our Clients

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Congratulations to 4 of our clients who celebrated victories on Tuesday - Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Congressman-elect John Moolenaar!
          

Trump knew about whistleblower complaint when he freed Ukraine aid: report

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President Donald Trump knew about the whistleblower complaint against him when he finally released $391 million in security aid to Ukraine, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. Citing two sources familiar with the matter, the Times reported that Trump had been briefed in August about the whistleblower's letter regarding his dealings with Ukraine; Trump stopped blocking the congressionally approved aid package in early September, and around the same time told Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland that there was "no quid pro quo." Trump was also facing pressure from Congress to release the aid. The report could help clarify the timeline of Trump's actions, including what he knew, and when.

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Ajaokuta rerun: APC’s Lawal retains Rep seat

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Hon. Idirisu Lawal of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was on Saturday, declared the winner of the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency rerun election. In the result announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Rabiu Balarabe, Lawal polled 13, 738 votes in the affected 22 polling units, to defeat the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aloysius Okino, …
          

Put patients before lobbyists in surprise-billing vote, White House adviser urges Congress

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Orlando Silva: A sub-representação dos negros na política é evidente

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