Curtis Ellis: Pelosi hopes public forgets these facts as she rewrites history with impeachment inquiry   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t need an airbrush to change history. She has a compliant media to help her.

Andrew McCarthy: If the House won’t vote, impeachment inquiry is just a Democratic stunt   

Speaker Pelosi is a very powerful government official. But she does not have the power to impeach on her own.

Pelosi’s Weekly Press Conference from Today with Rep. Adam Schiff. Impeachment Focus of Briefing   


Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today in the Capitol Visitor Center. Below are the Speaker’s remarks: Speaker Pelosi. Good morning. Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here as we observe the district work period in their – the Holy Days. As we gather here, our Members across the […]

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Guitar and Props   


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艾森豪威尔 Order of the Day   

Brief introduction to the speaker : Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Turning to politics in 1952, Eisenhower proved to be a successful commander in that field also. After winning the Republican nomination for president he overwhelmingly defeated the

Salk’s polio vaccine was such a huge medical advance, it made front page headlines in 1955   

Salk's potent polio vaccine was a huge medical advance (1955)

How the Salk vaccine works to fight polio (from 1955) By Herman N Bundesen, MD – The Plain Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) May 13, 1955 The Salk polio vaccine works — we know that now. But how does it work? Three types of virus The vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas E. Salk consists of all three […]

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US withdrawal from Syria leaves fate of Isis fighters and families in detention uncertain   


US withdrawal from Syria leaves fate of Isis fighters and families in detention uncertainTrump’s latest move has officials scrambling to understand the implications as Turkish forces gather near the Syrian borderTurkish fighters gather near the north-east Syrian border in preparation of a widely-anticipated invasion. Photograph: Nazeer Al-Khatib/AFP via Getty ImagesKurdish forces in Syria have said the fate of tens of thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters and their families is uncertain, after US forces began a sudden withdrawal from the country, abandoning their former ally on the eve of a widely-anticipated Turkish invasion.The effects of the shock retreat continued to reverberate through the region on Monday as Turkish forces massed near the border with the Kurdish stronghold of north-eastern Syria.The looming offensive– which was green-lighted by Donald Trump in a phone call to Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on Sunday – came as a surprise to US officials and allies, who were scrambling to understand the implications. There was a furious backlash in Congress, including from some of Trump’s closest allies, who accused the president of betraying the Kurds.The decision represents the latest in a series of erratic moves by Trump, who is fighting impeachment at home, apparently taken without consultation with, or knowledge of, US diplomats dealing with Syria, or the UK and France, the US’s main international partners in the country.A White House statement on Sunday night after his conversation with his Turkish counterpart said that: “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria”, adding that US forces were being removed from the area.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday its US partners had already begun withdrawing troops from areas along Turkey’s border. Footage aired on Kurdish news agency Hawar purportedly showed US armoured vehicles evacuating key positions in the border region.The SDF spokesman, Mustafa Bali, accused the US of leaving the area to “turn into a war zone”, adding that the SDF would “defend north-east Syria at all costs”.But on Monday the Pentagon, which has been cooperating with Turkey along the Syrian border, issued a statement saying: “The department of defence made clear to Turkey – as did the president – that we do not endorse a Turkish operation in northern Syria. The US armed forces will not support or be involved in any such operation.”State department officials also sought to minimize the announcement, telling reporters that only about two dozen American troops would be removed from the Turkey-Syria border, and suggesting that Turkey might not go through with a large-scale invasion.In the face of fierce criticism from both political rivals and allies in Congress, Trump took to Twitter to try to defend the move and threaten Turkey.“I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he said.“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” he said.It was unclear however, what was “off limits”.In earlier tweets, Trump had appeared unsentimental about the Kurds, noting that they had been paid “massive amounts of money and equipment” in the four year campaign, when they were used as the main US proxy to fight Isis in Syria.But the issue of Isis foreign fighters, most of them European, has clearly preoccupied the US president.Both Trump and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have repeatedly called on European states to repatriate around 20,000 foreign nationals currently held in north-east Syria for trial and rehabilitation at home.Trump argued it was up to Turkey and Europe and others, “to watch over the captured Isis fighters and families”.An SDF spokesman, Amjed Osman, said on Monday it was not clear what would happen to the prisoners. “We repeatedly called for foreign states to take responsibility for their Isis nationals. But there was no response,” he said in a statement. It is far from clear if Turkey has the capacity – or desire – to take custody of the detainees being held in crowded Kurdish jails and displacement camps, stretching the SDF to its limits and prompting warnings that militants are using the prisons to regroup.Some 74,000 women and children of the caliphate are held at the infamous Hawl camp, where they are guarded by just 400 SDF soldiers. But the camp, a hotbed of violence and extremist ideology, falls outside the parameters of the 32km-deep safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border that Erdogan has said his forces would establish.Aid agencies warned that an offensive could displace hundreds of thousands of people, and create a new humanitarian disaster.Save the Children said that more than 9,000 children from 40 countries were being held in camps and depended on humanitarian aid to survive.“Reports of imminent military operations and troops already sent to the border are deeply troubling. The international community, including the UK, should take urgent steps to do what’s best for these children and bring them to their home countries before access becomes even more unpredictable,” the group said.The Guardian understands that the SAS and French special forces present in Rojava would be tasked with securing the camp perimeters if the Kurds withdrew. However, with only several hundred troops between them, their numbers would need to be quickly boosted by regular soldiers to avoid a catastrophic collapse in security.In Washington, the move was condemned by allies and opponents of the president. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said the move “poses a dire threat to regional security and stability, and sends a dangerous message to Iran and Russia, as well as our allies, that the United States is no longer a trusted partner”.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said: “A precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And it would increase the risk that Isis and other terrorist groups regroup.”Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump loyalist on most issues, said he would call for Turkey’s suspension from NATO and introduce sanctions against Ankara if the Turks attack Kurdish forces.“This decision to abandon our Kurdish allies and turn Syria over to Russia, Iran, & Turkey will put every radical Islamist on steroids. Shot in the arm to the bad guys. Devastating for the good guys,” Graham wrote in a tweet.During the campaign against Isis, the SDF did the bulk of the ground fighting to defeat Isis in Syria, losing 11,000 troops in the grinding battle. The senior ranks of the organisation are dominated by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought a four-decade guerilla war against the Turkish government.Ankara has long complained that, while fighting Isis, PKK forces were also waging war in Turkey.


Mitch McConnell urges Trump to reconsider Syria pullback   


Mitch McConnell urges Trump to reconsider Syria pullbackIt's not every day that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are on the same page, but today is that day.McConnell released a statement Monday afternoon breaking with President Trump on his recent decision to pull back troops from northern Syria as Turkey prepares a military incursion."A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime," McConnell says. "And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup. I urge the president to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners."> McConnell wants Trump to change his mind on Syria, says a precipitous withdrawal benefits Russia, Iran, Assad and warns about ISIS> > -- Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) October 7, 2019He concludes by suggesting the Trump administration is at risk of succumbing to what he sees as the foreign policy failings of the Obama administration, writing that "American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal."This came as Trump was facing a flood of criticism from the right including from one of his biggest allies in the Senate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who wrote that the decision will have "disastrous consequences for our national security."Almost immediately after McConnell's statement, Pelosi released a statement of her own urging Trump to reconsider as well, though with far harsher language. Pelosi calls Trump's move a "reckless, misguided decision" that "betrays our Kurdish allies" in "a foolish attempt to appease an authoritarian strongman." Amid this bipartisan criticism, Trump defended the move in a tweet in which he touted his own "great and unmatched wisdom."


Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker meets with Myanmar mission in ROK   

PYITHU Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat visited Myanmar Embassy in the Republic of Korea, and met with the Ambassador and diplomats on 5 September noon local time.

At 6:45 pm, the Speaker and party concluded the ROK visit. They were seen off by the officials from National Assembly and Ambassador U Thant Sin at the Incheon International Airport.
(Translated by Aung Khin)


State Counsellor visits boat race at Inle Lake   


AT a ceremony held in Shan State (South) Nyaungshwe Town yesterday morning, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid homage to four Inle Phaungdaw Oo Buddha images that were on an annual ceremonial tour, attended an Intha traditional boat race and presented prizes at the prize awarding ceremony.

The State Counsellor and party arrived at the Nyaungshwe Town Intha traditional boat race prize awarding pandal at 8 am and observed the ceremonial paying homage of Phaungdaw Oo Buddha image with poems and songs by Buddha image greeting boat, traditional ‘soon’ offering boat paddling demonstration and ethnic national cultural dances.
Next the State Counsellor and party arrived at the Barge Arrival Pandal and paid homage to four Inle Phaungdaw Oo Buddha images that were temporarily residing in Nyaungshwe Town after being carried by a Karaweik barge on a ceremonial tour according to Inle tradition and donated gold robes.
Afterwards, the State Counsellor and party returned to the traditional boat race prize awarding pandal and observed the traditional boat races. After the competition, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presented prizes and shields to first prize winner Kay La Sate Ta village team and second prize winner Myaung Wa Gyi village team.
Shan State Chief Minister Dr Lin Htut, Union Minister LtGen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr Aung Thu, U Soe Win , Dr Myint Htwe and U Ohn Maung also presented prizes to winners, runner up and consolation prizes for men traditional 46-oars boat competition, women traditional 26-oars boat competition, single rower competition, cultural boat competition and “soon” offering boat competition.
Later the State Counsellor and party went back to paid homage to the four Inle Phaungdaw Oo Buddha images, offered flower, water, oil lamp, fruit and soon and donate money to the trustee group.
The State Counsellor and party then paid homage to Sayadaws led by Township Sangha Nayaka (Shwekyin) Chair Kangyi Pariyati monastery Sayadaw, offered offertories and shared merits for the donations made.
The four Inle Phaungdaw Oo Buddha images will be residing in Nyaungshwe Town Ahta Ditha Dhamma Vihara monastery until 8 October.
The annual ceremonial tour of Inle Phaungdaw Oo Buddha images was conducted for 18 days from 29 September to 18 October touring 18 areas of Inle region. This is one of the significant ceremonies of Inle region that is being attended by local pilgrims as well as foreign visitors.
Later in the day, the State Counsellor and party left Shan State (South) Heho town by special flight and arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw in the afternoon.
The prize awarding ceremony was attended by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr Aung Thu, U Ohn Win, Dr Myint Htwe, U Soe Win and U Ohn Maung, Shan State Chief Minister Dr Lin Htut, State Hluttaw Speaker U Sai Lone Khan, Chief Justice of Shan State High Court U Kywal Kywal, Deputy Ministers U Kyi Min and U Hla Maw Oo, state government ministers, Hluttaw representatives, departmental officials, town elders and local people.
(Translated by Zaw Min)
Photo - MNA
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar


IL SUCCESSO DIPENDE DA TE di Napoleon HILL e Jeffrey GITOMER Il successo dipende da te e ti guiderà nel cammino che ti condurrà a uno stile di vita e a un'esistenza felici, sani e pieni di abbondanza   

IL SUCCESSO DIPENDE DA TE Il successo dipende da te e ti guiderà nel cammino che ti condurrà a uno stile di vita e a un'esistenza felici, sani e pieni di abbondanza di Napoleon HILL e Jeffrey GITOMER (GRIBAUDI edizioni raccoglie i primi scritti inediti del grande Napoleon Hill, autore del bestseller Pensa e arricchisci te stesso.
Prefazione, azioni e annotazioni di Jeffrey Gitomer, autore dei bestseller Il libretto rosso del grande venditore, Il libretto giallo del sì! e Il manifesto delle vendite
Gitomer, da sempre seguace del pensiero di Hill, speaker e autore di numerosi bestseller internazionali in vetta alle classifiche del New York Times e Wall Street Journal, ha avuto il completo accesso agli archivi della Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Ha così catturato i fondamenti della filosofia del successo di Napoleon Hill e ha riportato alla luce questi insegnamenti, annotandoli e commentandoli per il lettore di oggi, trasmettendoli con semplicità e con strategie pratiche da applicare nella vita di tutti i giorni al lavoro e in famiglia.
Le tue azioni (insieme alla saggezza e alle sfide contenute in questo libro) ti permetteranno di avere più successo ed essere più ricco.
Vent'anni prima della pubblicazione del suo bestseller Pensa e arricchisci te stesso Napoleon Hill era insegnante, filosofo e scrittore presso il George Washington Institute di Chicago, dove ha tenuto corsi su pubblicità e vendita.
I suoi primi scritti, appunti originali, lettere, conferenze di quel periodo (testi rarissimi) si credeva fossero andati completamente persi.

Oggi come 100 anni fa le parole di Napoleon Hill ancora una volta dimostrano tutta la loro energia e ispirazione.
Come insegnante Hill voleva che i suoi allievi partissero da un elemento fondamentale: credere in se stessi, avere un atteggiamento positivo e pianificare le cose come condizione necessaria per raggiungere l'obiettivo.
Ti può interessare questo libro se cerchi energia pura e ispirazione, semplici ma potenti strategie da applicare alla tua vita e al tuo business. "Credi in te stesso! La fiducia in se stessi è l'essenza del successo." Napoleon Hill
Leggi anche le recensioni di altri bestseller degli stessi autori:

I 12 comandamenti e mezzo del successo commerciale

Il libretto delle RELAZIONI di Jeffrey Gitomer


PENSA E ARRICCHISCI TE STESSO PER LE DONNE di Sharon LECHTER Dal bestseller di Napoleon HILL Usa il tuo potere per creare il tuo successo

LE LEGGI DELL'ORO di Napoleon HILL 52 principi per ottenere la ricchezza A cura di Judith Williamson

LA SCIENZA DEL SUCCESSO di Napoleon HILL Il programma per raggiungere la ricchezza e la felicità



52 idee geniali per avere successo - Le straordinarie intuizioni di Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill è uno degli autori motivazionali più importanti di sempre e ideatore dell'Atteggiamento Mentale Positivo (AMP), metodo che ha aiutato milioni di persone a realizzarsi nella vita. E' stato un pioniere delle tecniche di successo e sviluppo personale.
Deve la sua fama al bestseller "Pensa e arricchisci te stesso" (oltre 70 milioni di copie vendute nel mondo), che ha fatto proseliti in tutto il mondo ed è spesso citato come libro fondamentale da autori come Og Mandino e W. Clement Stone.
Hill intervistò il magnate dell'acciaio Andrew Carnegie, che gli commissionò un lavoro ambizioso: intervistare oltre 500 milionari al fine di sintetizzare la formula del successo che chiunque potesse utilizzare. Anche la persona media.
In tempi recenti, grazie alla The Napoleon Hill Foundation, il suo lavoro ha conosciuto una nuova ondata d'interesse in tutto il mondo: esiste l'edizione del 21° secolo (con annotazioni ed esempi moderni) "Think and grow rich – Pensa e arricchisci te stesso".
Inoltre consiglio la nuova versione "deluxe e superaccessoriata" Pensa e arricchisci te stesso - Manuale per il successo e Pensa e arricchisci te stesso - Workbook.

Jeffrey Gitomer (, venditore, creativo, coach, scrittore di successo, trainer internazionale, consulente, è esperto di comunicazione persuasiva. Ha scritto più di 15 volumi dedicati alla gestione delle vendite, molti dei quali sono stati ai vertici delle classifiche internazionali.
Jeffrey Gitomer è un'autorità globale nel campo della vendita.
Tra i suoi bestseller pubblicati in italiano ricordo La bibbia delle vendite e Le 21.5 eterne leggi della vendita.

Leggi un estratto da IL SUCCESSO DIPENDE DA TE
Il successo dipende da te e ti guiderà nel cammino che ti condurrà a uno stile di vita e a un'esistenza felici, sani e pieni di abbondanza di Napoleon HILL e Jeffrey GITOMER:


"Questa pubblicazione contiene i primi scritti (commentati) di Napoleon Hill che (con la loro capacità di influenzare le persone) sapranno ispirare te e i lettori di tutto il mondo. Sono 23 lezioni e conferenze tenute su tematiche come la verità, la concentrazione, l'integrità, il desiderio, le decisioni, l'atteggiamento, le convinzioni, gli obiettivi e la vita.
Benché siano state redatte 100 anni fa sono tutte gemme senza tempo che (in misura limitata) sono state riviste e commentate là dove era necessario, usando i termini e le strategie del XXI secolo, mantenendo nello stesso tempo l'energia e la rilevanza dell'opera così com'era stata scritta nel 1917.
Si tratta delle riflessioni ORIGINALI di Napoleon Hill e delle PRIME opere che egli ha messo a punto. Al termine di ogni lezione ti indicherò alcune strategie di taglio pratico e facili da adottare, che influenzeranno profondamente la tua vita, la tua famiglia, i tuoi affari e i tuoi guadagni." Jeffrey Gitomer

Questo libro di per sé non ti cambierà la vita ma le tue azioni unite alle sfide qui contenute ti permetteranno di avere più successo. Credere in te stesso, avere un atteggiamento positivo e pianificare ti farà raggiungere i tuoi obiettivi.
Un esempio davvero costruttivo ti viene dato da Napoleon Hill: infatti egli divenne noto ovunque come leader del self-help, dello sviluppo personale e dell'atteggiamento mentale positivo.
Ancora oggi i suoi scritti lo rendono un leader affermato a livello mondiale.
Alcuni anni fa la Napoleon Hill Foundation svelò gli scritti e gli insegnamenti originali di Napoleon Hill. Essendo socio della Napoleon Hill Foundation da un decennio Gitomer si occupa della preparazione della newsletter settimanale (Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today), che è seguita da oltre 50000 lettori.

Grazie al successo dei manoscritti quindi Gitomer ha ritenuto opportuno (con onore e gratitudine) presentare Il successo dipende da te: un testo che è stato scritto un secolo fa ma che è ancora moderno.
Si può definire un libro dei giorni nostri articolato in ben 23 LEZIONI pratiche:
LEZIONE 1: IL SUCCESSO DIPENDE DA TE; LEZIONE 2: Finisci quello che inizi; LEZIONE 3: Come pensare;
LEZIONE 4: L'immaginazione; LEZIONE 5: Il valore della sincerità e della fiducia in se stessi; LEZIONE 6: Lasciati guidare dall'ambizione;
LEZIONE 7: Avversità: un bene insperato; LEZIONE 8: Il tempo: la cosa più preziosa del mondo; LEZIONE 9: Le sette regole del successo;
LEZIONE 10: Adotta un "Grande obiettivo nella vita"!; LEZIONE 11: La "legge dell'attrazione armoniosa";

LEZIONE 12: Come vendere te stesso e i tuoi servizi; LEZIONE 13: La scoperta: le cose, la vita e la felicità; LEZIONE 14: Impegno, non fortuna;
LEZIONE 15: Immaginazione, desiderio, entusiasmo, fiducia in se stessi e concentrazione;
LEZIONE 16: Chi c'è dietro al tuo successo; LEZIONE 17: Se avessi un solo desiderio! ; LEZIONE 18: La grande chiave magica;
LEZIONE 19: Il valore dell'aspetto personale per una prima impressione positiva; LEZIONE 20: Sotto il segno del dollaro;
LEZIONE 21: "La regola dei cinque punti"; LEZIONE 22: Il principio del servizio;
LEZIONE 23: Una grande verità che ho imparato grazie a 20 anni di esperienza

Le parole cambiano la vita. Il successo dipende da te è una duplice opportunità se leggi e studi questo libro.
La prima opportunità consiste nelle informazioni. La seconda opportunità è la sfida di realizzare qualcosa con le informazioni che hai ricevuto.
Devi essere sistematico nello studio. Scrivere è uno dei segreti per avere successo. Prima di riuscire devi essere convinto di poterlo fare.
Lezione 7: Avversità: un bene insperato. Quando le cose vanno male, quando tocchi il fondo inizia il successo: dipende da TE e dalla tua autodeterminazione rimettere in moto le cose.
"Quando le nuvole scure della disperazione gettano ombra sul cammino della vita ricordati che dietro le nubi c'è sempre il sole, basta saperlo vedere!"

La lezione 9 presenta le 7 REGOLE più importanti del successo: tutti gli uomini di successo le hanno seguite in qualche misura.
Prima regola: Devi avere fede in te stesso. Devi coltivare la fiducia in te!
Seconda regola: Devi coltivare l'ENTUSIASMO, essere costante e deciso a VINCERE!
Terza regola: al VERO successo giunge solo l'uomo onesto che pensa, lavora e TRATTA GLI ALTRI CON ONESTA'.

Quarta regola: Devi avere abnegazione. Quinta regola: Devi usare la forza di volontà. Sesta regola: Sii altruista, se vuoi che Signora Fortuna ti sorrida.
Settima regola: Devi concentrarti in ogni sforzo o lavoro tu compia.
In tutto ciò che si fa oltre all'impegno, alla determinazione e alla focalizzazione di qualsiasi obiettivo la cosa principale da fare è attivare sempre la REGOLA dell'AMORE: osservare, comprendere e lavorare sempre con il cuore e con i suoi valori.

Alcune delle mie citazioni preferite da IL SUCCESSO DIPENDE DA TE Il successo dipende da te e ti guiderà nel cammino che ti condurrà a uno stile di vita e a un'esistenza felici, sani e pieni di abbondanza di Napoleon HILL e Jeffrey GITOMER:

"Qualsiasi idea, progetto o scopo può essere posta nella mente attraverso la ripetizione del pensiero." Napoleon Hill
"Trova qualcosa che ami, sii convinto di riuscire e lavora con più impegno di quanto tu ritenga possibile...
Se vuoi avere successo, circondati di persone positive che hanno successo." Jeffrey Gitomer

"Se diventerai una grande persona, sarà grazie al fatto di essere stato DETERMINATO nel DIVENTARE GRANDE! Se invece non ci riesci, dipenderà dalla mancanza di sufficiente forza di volontà." Napoleon Hill
"Rifletti quando pensi. Passa all'AZIONE. E ogni giorno potrai raggiungere il successo...
Se vuoi conquistare la ricchezza, devi prima conquistare la ricchezza della CONOSCENZA." Jeffrey Gitomer

Un caro saluto. Raffaele Ciruolo


Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry after months of expressing caution. Here are all the members who have come out on the record in support of the move.

'We're Not Fooling Around': Democrats Defend Inquiry As Trump Calls Efforts A Waste   

Updated at 4 p.m. ET House Democrats defended their impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Wednesday, while opening another front in the ongoing battle with the White House over documents they are seeking for their probe. Three House committee chairmen threatened to issue a subpoena for the documents. "We're not fooling around here," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said at a news conference with fellow California Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Schiff said White House attempts to stonewall the investigation "will be strengthening the case on obstruction" of justice. At a White House press conference alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinistö later on Wednesday, Trump said, "I always cooperate" with congressional subpoenas, but went on to repeatedly denigrate Democratic investigations moving toward impeachment as a "hoax." "We'll work together with shifty Schiff and Pelosi and all of them," Trump said. Pelosi repeated her argument that the president's July

Immigration protesters shout down acting DHS secretary   


WASHINGTON – Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.

McAleenan was scheduled as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University Law Center during an annual immigration law and policy conference held by the nonprofit immigration think tank Migration Policy Institute. He was expected to take questions from the audience, made up mostly of immigration policy experts, lawyers and advocates.

As he took the stage, a handful of protesters made up of law school students and activists stood up and held large black banners, one read “Hate is Not Normal,” and shouted out that children were under attack. They also began yelling the names of children who had died after they were in immigration custody.

Homeland Security is the department that manages immigration enforcement and is largely responsible for meting out many of the massive changes pushed by the Trump administration that has restricting asylum, forced more than 50,000 migrants to wait in Mexico and added hurdles for those seeking green cards. Since December, at least seven children have died after they were taken into immigration custody, and officials have been grappling with a massive influx of migrants that vastly strained the system.

McAleenan, a longtime civil servant who was the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection before he was tapped to lead DHS, started off saying that he was a longtime law enforcement officer and believed in free speech, but said that public engagement was important.

Some in the audience shouted at the protesters to sit down so they could hear him speak. Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute who was the head of the agency that preceded Customs and Border protection, was to moderate the Q&A, and told the protesters they were robbing the audience of their ability to engage in a meaningful dialogue on a contentious and important topic.

McAleenan tried to speak at least three times, but eventually left, shaking hands with Meissner and others on stage. Some in the audience cheered when he left.

As Meissner moved on to the next panel, she questioned whether the protesters planned to stay for the whole conference and asked them to take their seats. They obeyed, but many left shortly after.

Migration Policy Institute President Andrew Selee said he regretted the speech was disrupted.

“In a democracy, it is important to hear from all sides on public policy issues, including from those who are instrumental in developing and implementing policy, whether or not we agree with them,” he said in a statement.


Whistleblower’s attorney says team now representing ‘multiple’ officials   


WASHINGTON – An attorney for the whistleblower who sounded the alarm about President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine said Sunday that “multiple” whistleblowers have come forward, deepening a political quagmire that has engulfed the president as well as several of his Cabinet members.

The news comes as House Democrats are accelerating their impeachment inquiry and subpoenaing documents related to Trump’s efforts to push foreign countries to investigate one of his political opponents, former vice president Joe Biden.

“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj, said in a tweet. “No further comment at this time.”

Mark Zaid, who also is a member of the original whistleblower’s legal team, confirmed to the Washington Post that the team is now representing a second whistleblower, someone who works in the intelligence community. The second individual has spoken to the inspector general of the intelligence community and has not filed a complaint.

“Doesn’t need to,” Zaid said in a text message, adding that the person has “first hand knowledge that supported the first whistleblower.”

News that the original whistleblower’s team is representing a second person was first reported Sunday by ABC News.

Trump seized on the latest development in a Sunday night tweet.

“Democrat lawyer is same for both Whistleblowers? All support Obama and Crooked Hillary. Witch Hunt!” he said.

The crisis, which began last month with media reports revealing the original whistleblower’s complaint, has quickly metastasized across the Trump administration, ensnaring senior officials such as Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came under further scrutiny over the weekend.

Trump largely stayed out of public view, spending Saturday at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, and Sunday at the White House. In tweets, he attacked Democrats and some Republican detractors, including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, whose ouster he demanded Saturday after Romney criticized him.

He also appeared to directly link the 2020 presidential race to his efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Biden, contrary to a tweet on Friday declaring that “this has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens.”

“And by the way, I would LOVE running against 1% Joe Biden – I just don’t think it’s going to happen,” Trump tweeted Sunday, arguing that Biden and his family were “PAID OFF, pure and simple!”

“Sleepy Joe won’t get to the starting gate, & based on all of the money he & his family probably ‘extorted,’ Joe should hang it up,” Trump added. “I wouldn’t want him dealing with China & [Ukraine]!”

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates responded by calling it “puzzling” that Trump would claim to love the prospect of a matchup against Biden, “seeing as how he just sent his administration into a tailspin by trying to bully a foreign country into spreading a comprehensively debunked conspiracy theory about the vice president.”

Biden’s son Hunter served for nearly five years on the board of Burisma, Ukraine’s largest private gas company, whose owner came under scrutiny by Ukrainian prosecutors for possible abuse of power and unlawful enrichment. Hunter Biden was not accused of any wrongdoing in the investigation.

As vice president, Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire the top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, whom Biden and other Western officials, including Republicans, accused of not sufficiently pursuing corruption cases. At the time, the investigation into Burisma was dormant, according to former Ukrainian and U.S. officials.

On Saturday, Perry’s discussions with Ukrainian officials came to attention amid reports that Trump told Republicans on Friday that he made the July 25 call with the Ukrainian president at the request of Perry.

Asked about Trump’s comments, which were first reported by Axios, Energy Department spokeswoman Shylyn Hynes said in an email that Perry encouraged Trump to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to discuss energy security.

Pompeo, who was scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday, is facing growing pressure from Democrats seeking Ukraine-related documents.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Pompeo, who had spent much of the past week in Europe, missed a Friday deadline to comply with a subpoena for information about the State Department’s dealings with Ukraine. Pompeo asserts that a letter sent to the committee constitutes the department’s initial response.

The whistleblower complaint accused Trump of asking the Ukrainian government to help him with his reelection bid by launching an investigation into Biden. Democrats are also probing whether Trump’s decision to withhold nearly $400 million in military assistance from Ukraine was linked to his push for the government there to pursue political investigations that could bolster the president’s reelection bid.

Text messages between State Department officials, revealed by House Democrats last week, show that there was at least some concern that Trump was pursuing an improper quid pro quo.

“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” diplomat William Taylor wrote on Sept. 9 to Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Sondland, who has denied that Trump sought a quid pro quo, has agreed to meet privately on Tuesday with the three House panels – Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight – spearheading the probe, according to a committee aide.

On Friday, those three committees subpoenaed the White House for documents and wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence demanding that he turn over documents related to his talks with Zelensky.

Speaking at a Republican event in Louisiana on Saturday, Pence criticized Democrats but gave no indication about whether he would comply with their document request.

“Do-Nothing Democrats launched a partisan impeachment inquiry in a blatant attempt to overturn the will of the American people in the last election,” he said.

On Sunday, Trump’s campaign announced that the president would be traveling to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to hold a rally on Friday. The president will also have a rally on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

No White House officials made appearances on the Sunday morning news shows, leaving it up to congressional Republicans and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to defend the president in heated interviews during which they offered at-times-contradictory explanations for the president’s actions.

In a combative exchange on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd urged Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to explain why he told the Wall Street Journal about his concern in the summer that Trump had sought to link Ukrainian military aid to an investigation of the Bidens.

Johnson repeatedly declined to answer, instead raising a conspiracy theory and criticizing the media before finally stating that Trump had “adamantly denied” any quid pro quo.

Johnson also at one point said he does not trust U.S. intelligence agencies. “Something pretty fishy happened during the 2016 campaign and in the transition, the early part of the Trump presidency, and we still don’t know,” he said.

“We do know the answer,” an exasperated Todd responded, adding: “You’re making a choice not to believe the investigations that have taken place.”

Giuliani issued a defiant defense of Trump in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” in which he argued that the president “has every right to ask countries to help us in a criminal investigation that should be undertaken.”

Giuliani was named in the whistleblower’s complaint and in a rough transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky as being a key intermediary in back-channel efforts to pursue the allegations against Biden.

But other Republicans sought to play down Trump’s comments, including his exchange with reporters outside the White House on Thursday in which he urged China to investigate Biden.

In an interview on ABC News’s “This Week,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, echoed a suggestion on Friday by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that Trump’s China statement was not “a real request.”

“George, you really think he was serious about thinking that China’s going to investigate the Biden family? … I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this,” Jordan told host George Stephanopoulos.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos repeatedly sought an answer from Jordan on whether he thinks it is appropriate for Trump to ask China and Ukraine to investigate Biden. Jordan dodged the question more than a dozen times.

Democrats on Sunday defended their party’s efforts to pursue an impeachment inquiry.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of the Intelligence Committee, supported Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view that no vote by the full House is necessary for an impeachment inquiry to move forward.

She added that she thinks the House “will have to take a serious look at articles of impeachment” based on the evidence that has emerged.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, N.Y., a key member of House Democratic leadership, said on “This Week” that “the evidence of wrongdoing by Donald Trump is hiding in plain sight.”

“The administration, without justification, withheld $391 million in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine,” he said. “The president then pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 elections and target an American citizen for political gain. That is textbook abuse of power.”


The Day of the Lord   

Guest speaker (and Fr. James's godson) Clint Hale finishes off II Peter (and this year's podcast) with a discussion of St. Peter's comments regarding the last days.


Visualising Forms data with Power BI   


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Riding Data Waves: from ripples to tsunamis   

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Powell picks up a vote for House speaker   

Rachel Maddow corrects an earlier misstatement, clarifying that the vote for Colin Powell for speaker of the House was cast by Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee.

Hillary Clinton discusses Trump's impeachment to a crowd chanting 'Lock him up!'   


One of the darkest refrains of the Trump presidency have been the crowds at his rallies chanting "Lock her up" at the mention of Hillary Clinton's name.

The idea that an American president would threaten to imprison a political rival smacks of authoritarian tactics that have no place in a democracy.

These days, the chants seem rather ironic being that Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives for trying to extort the president of Ukraine. If Trump is removed from office, he may face legal consequences for his actions which could mean jail time.

"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert had fun with the idea of Trump being locked up on his show Monday night when his guests were former Secretary of State Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea.

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At the start of the interview, Colbert asked Clinton about the impeachment inquiry saying, "Is it time to — dare I say — lock him up?"

Then the crowd began chanting "Lock him up" to Clinton's chagrin and then she motioned with her hand to tamp down the chanting.

When the crowed quieted, Clinton said that the impeachment inquiry is "exactly what should be done."

"I believe strongly that this particular incident has had such a huge impact because we've known for a long time that he [Trump] was a corrupt businessman who cheated people, and we've known that he and his campaign asked for aid from Russia, we've known that," said Clinton.

"But to see him in the office of the president putting his own personal and political interest ahead of the national security of our country just pierced through whatever confusion or denial people had. And, at that point, Speaker Pelosi rightly said this is something we have to investigate and that's what's going on."

Colbert admits that Trump's dealings with Ukraine have changed his opinion on impeachment.

"I was never a big 'let's impeach him' fan," Colbert said. "I thought we should go to the ballot box. But when someone is clearly using the office that they're in to subvert the ballot box. To use by corrupt means influence fro other countries to maintain their office, what good is that ballot box at that point?"

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Clinton knows about impeachment. Her husband was impeached in 1998 and, as a young lawyer, she worked on the case against Richard Nixon. She believes that Trump's actions are exactly what the framers of the Constitution were defending against.

"To undermine the oath that he took to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people that's what falls right into the definition of an impeachable offense," she said.

Colbert also asked Clinton's thoughts on current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on the call when President Trump attempted to extort the president of Ukraine.

"How many times when you were Secretary of State did you have to say to Barack Obama 'You can't extort foreign countries'?

"Yeah, that never happened," Clinton laughed.


Rock N Roll Story   

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Todays Podcast talks about sound systems frequencies and how they relate ot a PA system. The ways the sound gets split up in to its different frequcency bands Sub Bass Mid & High. The different types of transducer used in a specific frequency band. A Description of the PA system used in the NIA is give as an example of what type of system is being used these days to provide our listening enjoyment. If you'd like any more info on the type of PA system used in the NIA heres the email of the UK Distributer. Also you might want to check out these web sites as well There's a coversation I have with Mikey G at the NIA in Birmingham. Talking briefly about what the first things to happen at a gig. So tip the truck get the points, these are the specific poistions given to a Rigger( some one who goes in to the roof and assembles a safe flying point that can hold the requiered wieght of all the boxes that will be hung of it). We briefely talk about speaker postions what there called and some of the equipement at FOH (Front Of House) Enjoy

Sonos is launching a speaker rental service - Engadget   

  1. Sonos is launching a speaker rental service  Engadget
  2. Sonos is trialing a new speaker rental service dubbed 'Flex'  TechRadar
  3. Sonos speakers will now be available on monthly rent  International Business Times UK
  4. New Sonos service lets you rent its speakers  The Verge
  5. Comment: Apple would sell a lot more HomePods if it followed Sonos’ lead here  9to5Mac
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Sonos komt met speaker abonnement in Nederland   

Sonos verlaagt de drempel voor het aanschaffen van hun dure apparatuur. Sonos staat bekend als een van de meest kwalitatief hoogstaande speakermerken in de business en daar hangt natuurlijk een prijskaartje aan. Waarschijnlijk lanceerde het Amerikaanse bedrijf daarom zonder te veel poespas een abonnementenservice voor hun speakers. En ze kozen de gierige Nederlanders uit als […]

Sonos starts speaker rental service   


As noted by The Verge, Flex is available in the shape of three different subscriptions. The cheapest option, called “For Every Room," starts at €15 ($16.50) per month and comes with two Sonos One smart speakers, which can be paired together or used in separate rooms.

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Body Language Analysis No. 4398: Mohammed bin Salman regarding the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi ("60 Minutes" Interview) — Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)   


Last week on 60 Minutes, Mohammed bin Salman was interviewed by Norah O'Donnell. What follows is a crucial portion of that interview evaluated in detail with nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage analysis. 

NORAH O'DONNELL: Did you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Absolutely [drawn-out], ah-um — [pause] — not.

Immediately after Ms. O'Donnell asks the question, "Did you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?" — when the camera switches to him, Mohammed bin Salman does not have eye contact with her or the camera. He's looking down. More specifically, he's looking down to his left. This is the quadrant to which most people look when they're formulating an answer.

Why does the Saudi Prince have to think about this simple question regarding such an important matter? There should be no thinking. There should be no planning of sentences or syntax.

Mohammed bin Salman's lack of eye contact here is profoundly telling and cannot be over-emphasized. When being asked a direct question, particularly a yes-or-no question, the presence of (and nuance of) eye contact is the most crucial component when separating truth from deception. While, importantly, eye-contact is not expected to be constant or staring — during this crucial portion of his answer, his lack of eye contact screams deception. 

The Crown Prince also shakes his head side-to-side (No) as he takes in a deep breath. Mohammed bin Salman then holds that breath in a Valsalva-type variation — thus exerting elevated intrathoracic pressure. In this context, this physiology indicates significantly elevated anxiety and it's highly indicative of deception.

Mohammed bid Salman then blinks twice within a second — the latter being of longer duration and a deeper blink (complete eyelid closure). Two seconds later he again begins rapid blinking.

The Saudi Prince then hand-shrugs with his right thumb pointing up. The camera angle did not permit a view of his left hand. This particular thumbs-up illustrator is an example of a Partial Emblematic Slip. In detail, an Emblem is a universally recognized nonverbal signal (A thumbs-up dynamic is a universally recognized gesture of approval). It's Partial, because it's not presented in a fully-expressed manner, but rather in a lower-height and short-duration mode. And, it's a Slip, because it's a tell — or leakage of feelings he truly has, yet is trying to suppress — it slips out.

Mohammed bin Salman, despite his extensive coaching and preparation for this interview, let his true thought-emotions slip in this split second — via his thumb. His body language is saying, "Yes, I did". Intriguingly, this affirmation signal comes just prior to him saying the word, "Absolutely".

During the last portion of the word, "Absolutely" — as well as during his "ah-um" and also during his pause, Mohammed bin Salman can be seen displaying a suppressed smile. This is an example of what is known as Duping Delight (Ekman). It signals that the speaker is feeling true joy-happiness in his belief that he has fooled his audience.

It's important to note that, that what action delight the perpetrator, may very well not delight onlookers (as is the case here, of course). Moreover, those displaying duping delight may not be as convincing in their camouflage of deception as they believe.

Can you imagine being innocent of committing a murder or ordering that murder and having even an iota of a smile on your face in your denial? Smiling out-of-context is always a telling red flag.

After his stutter/ah-um and his pause, Mohammed bid Salman then says the word, "No". As he speaks it, his forehead and eyebrows elevate, while his eyelids simultaneously mildly move downward. The opposing directional dynamic of these two closely juxtaposed facial tissues — as he is denying (saying the word "No") is highly correlative with lying.

A monumentally important tell is displayed toward the end of the pause, and when he is saying, "No" — The Crown Prince stops his side-to-side head movement and thrusts his head and neck forward. When his words are saying, "No", his body language ceases to agree. This nonverbal-verbal disparity dynamic is a blaring siren of deception.

He then avoids eye contact again looking down to his left —

— and exhibits additional rapidly blinking.

The Crown Prince's choice of words here are also quite noteworthy. His first word, upon being asked this question, should not be one of affirmation — rather it should be that of negation.

He also draws out the word, "Absolutely". Moreover, he inserts an "ah" immediately followed by a brief "um", and a long pause prior to saying, "No".

Why would an innocent person need to pause before saying, "No"?

In full, he answers, "Absolutely [drawn out] ah-um [pause] not".

Of course, the translator did not insert these critical paralanguage (statement analysis) details as he translated, and his omission completely changes the meaning. You don't have to speak Arabic — or even watch the video, you can simply listen — the Saudi Prince did not speak with conviction or confidence.

SUMMARY: Mohammed bin Salman's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior during this crucial portion of this interview indicates that, with extremely high probability, he did order the killing of Washington Post journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4397: Donald Trump Defends Himself Against The Whistleblower

Body Language Analysis No. 4396: Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing — Reading Between the Lines

Body Language Analysis No. 4395: Mike Pompeo - "Just the Past Ten Days Alone, We've Killed Over a Thousand Taliban"

Body Language Analysis No. 4394: Donald Trump, "I am The Chosen One"

Body Language Analysis No. 4393: El Paso Mass Shooter - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

Body Language Analysis No. 4392: The Secret Tells behind Donald Trump's Statement, "No Puppet. No Puppet. You're the Puppet"

Body Language Analysis No. 4364: Vladimir Putin's and Mohammed bin Salman's High Five at the G20

Body Language Analysis No. 4316: Sarah Paulson, The Met Gala, and Madonna

Body Language Analysis No. 4295: Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and Red Flags


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