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          Takes on the World: Kathy Kelly:US Role in KSA-UAE War Crimes in Yemen, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Renowned peace and nonviolence activist Kathy Kelly explains what is behind her long history of involvement in antiwar protests which has led her to take up the issue of US complicity in the Saudi Arabian-United Arab Emirates war on Yemen and its Houti militia, to the point, she argues that with selling the weaponry, in air refueling, and surveilling and selecting the bombing targets, that the US is leading the coalition that is killing and starving the Yemeni people after destroying the country's infrastructure. That destruction, she explains, is what led to the country's first cholera epidemic that took a million lives while pointing out that, given the deteriorating conditions and the lack of food, clean water and medical supplies, aid agencies have warned that another epidemic is on its way. Kelly describes how mercenaries from Chad and the Sudan, hired by the Saudis, have already cut a swath through the African coastline across from Yemen on their way to the fighting, the tortures experienced by captured Houti fighters and the disappeared which the remnants of the unelected Yemeni government can provide no accounting, She says that the main beneficiaries from the war are the US arms manufacturers who she names and shames and that it is incumbent upon the American people to mobilize not only to stop the fighting in Yemen but to roll back the record breaking multi billion dollar weapons appropriation. Pointing to past successes in difficult political terrain, she believes it can be done.

          How Columnar Databases Support Modern Analytics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The increased requirements of modern analytical workloads – querying billions of rows on demand, in real time and in unforeseen ways – is a challenge for traditional databases because they’re optimized for transactional workloads (e.g., point and range queries with indexes). A transactional query may return every column in a single row whereas an analytical query may aggregate a single column in every row. Thus, it is far more efficient to store data by column rather than by row. In addition, the use of distributed data and massively parallel processing enables columnar databases to support scalable, high-performance analytics. In this webinar, we will use the architecture of MariaDB AX to explain how columnar storage and massively parallel processing work, and how they enable columnar databases to query billions of rows in real time, and with the full power of SQL – a challenge for Apache Hadoop/Hive.
          Behind the collapse of the Tribune, Sinclair deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tribune Media said on Thursday it had terminated a $3.9 billion deal to be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group and was suing Sinclair for breach of contract, after regulators objected to the acquisition that was supported by U.S. President Donald Trump.
          Tribune Media terminates Sinclair deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tribune Media killed a $3.9 billion deal to be acquired by Sinclair sued the company for breach of contract after regulators objected to the deal that was supported by U.S. President Donald Trump. Roselle Chen reports.
          Rite Aid and Albertsons kill $24 bln merger      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Drug store chain Rite Aid and U.S. grocer Albertsons terminated their $24 billion merger, ten days after a shareholder advisory firm opposed the deal. Roselle Chen reports.
          Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug trafficking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore Hotel, police said Thursday.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police detained Nicholas, 59, and a...


          Network Break 137: Target Gets Off Cheap; Cisco, Microsoft Partner On IoT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Today's Network Break analyzes Target's breach settlement, a new Cisco/Microsoft IoT partnership, the potential impact of a $93 billion startup fund from SoftBank & more. Our guest is Ed Horley.
          Network Break 112: Facebook Opens 100G Backpack; Broadcom Borrows Billions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On today's Network Break we break down Facebook's latest 100GigE switch, discuss Broadcom's big loan to buy Brocade, talk CenturyLink's sale of its data centers, and more.
          Invista building $1 billion Chinese adiponitrile plant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The company says it will be the first large new plant for the nylon 6,6 raw material in 35 years
          Pharma exports up 3 pc to $17.3 billion in 2017-18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Import alerts by the US Food and Drug Administration, regulatory hurdles and currency fluctuation also contributed to slow growth in the overseas shipments, an industry expert said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
          Orlando Health targets Lake Mary, Orange County for new hospital projects      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Orlando Health wants to build more hospitals in Central Florida. The $3.8 billion nonprofit health care provider this month filed certificates of need with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for a 90-bed hospital in Orange County and 100-bed facility in Seminole County, documents showed. The Seminole facility will join a $42 million Lake Mary me dical complex under construction near the northwest corner of Manderley Run and Rinehart Road, as previously reported by Orlando Business… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
          Pakistan likely to borrow $4bn from Islamic Development Bank: FT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pakistan plans to borrow over $4 billion from the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank to bolster the country's low level of foreign currency reserves, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The FT report quoted two annonymous officials and said t
          How Edge Computing Gives You an Edge Over Cloud Computing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Edge computing is a term that’s regularly coming up in technology conversations, and being touted as the next big thing after cloud computing. There might be a great deal of truth to that given the fact that a MarketsandMarkets report forecasts edge computing to grow at a CAGR of 35%, and reach $6.72 billion USD by 2022.

So, what exactly is edge computing?

Research firm IDC describes edge computing as a “mesh network of micro data centers that process or store critical data locally and push all received data to a central data center or cloud storage repository, in a footprint of less than 100 square feet”.

Basically, it’s processing data at the edge of a network, at or near the point of origin. This ‘micro data center’ could be a sensor device itself or a device with predefined computational powers that will locally process time-sensitive data and relay it back into the system. The rest of the data is then moved to the cloud for further processing.

How is it better than cloud computing?

Edge computing brings in certain distinct benefits over cloud computing, but that requires us to first acknowledge the rising importance of IoT across industries.

IoT demands a complete ecosystem of connected sensors and devices that are continuously gathering a massive volume of data. Giving this data a round-trip to the cloud/central data centre is slow and costly. What follows is where edge computing has an ‘edge’ over cloud computing.

No Latency

Sending and receiving data from the cloud, especially when data centres are physically located miles apart, can be slow. Not for us, but definitely slow for enterprises whose businesses run on the speed of data processing.

With IoT, real-time data processing has become a requirement. Sensors monitoring manufacturing lines, or cars navigating via GPS and sensor data, need to process information in real-time to be able to correctly respond to situations. And hence, waiting for the data to get back from the cloud is not a feasible option.

With edge computing, critical data is processed near to these IoT devices. This eliminates latency issues and vastly improves response rates across enterprise operations.

Cost Savings

It’s predicted that by 2020, there will be over 50 billion IoT devices collecting more than 1.44 billion data points per plant, per day. First up, that is a massive amount of data to be transferred over the network, leading to increased loads. Secondly, even if it’s done, it will be hugely expensive for businesses. There will be the cost of acquiring additional bandwidth to transfer this volume of data. Add to that the fact that they have to increase investments in load balancing and frequent maintenance of the network and data centres.

With edge computing, on the other hand, the majority of the time-sensitive data is processed locally, and relayed back to the IoT devices for further action. That leaves a manageable amount of data that needs to be transferred to the cloud, and hence does not demand huge expenditure.

Reliability

With data travelling long distances to reach the cloud, there are high chances of data getting corrupted. This can cause data loss, system crashes, and also financial loss due to incorrect data processing.

In the case of edge computing, the path from an IoT device to micro data centre is extremely short. This ensures that there is a slim-to-none chance of data corruption, or network jitters to cause data packets to reach unevenly. The data transmission is reliable and hence the data processing and insights are also more reliable.

Security

Edge computing gives businesses the option of not just locally processing, but also locally storing sensitive data. This is definitely a step beyond having to store data in public or hybrid clouds where it is slightly more prone to security risks.

Because edge computing capabilities are always close to the data source, they are almost always within premises controlled by the enterprises themselves. This means they can build and deploy custom security measures as per their standards of compliance.

Will edge computing replace cloud computing?

While edge computing definitely has its upside, one must remember that it’s a network of ‘micro’ data centres. They are great for processing time-sensitive data or storing critical data; but that is only a portion of the data being produced by enterprises. There’s still a huge amount of data that needs to be stored and processed at normal speeds. And there’s nothing better than cloud computing to achieve that.

So no, cloud computing will definitely not be replaced by edge computing. What will happen, though, is that both these methods will become indispensable and complementary parts of an enterprise data strategy. So it is advisable for businesses to start understanding and investing in building edge computing capabilities, so they get a headstart in the game.

Author Bio Sriram Sitaraman: Practice Head for Analytics and Data Science at Srijan Technologies. With over 20 years of experience in designing and delivering innovative business solutions, Sriram leverages his expertise in machine learning, statistical modelling, and business intelligence to enable digital transformation in industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, retail, banking, and more.


          Transfer deadline day: Premier League spending falls in shorter summer window as Manchester United and Tottenham avoid late deals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Premier League clubs spent £1.2billion in the summer transfer window, according to accountancy firm Deloitte.
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          Concerning the 12 Billion for farmers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
$12B is half of what Dear Leader says his beautiful wall will cost. Somehow, he had that much money laying around in order to pay off some of his...
          NASA picks 13 companies to envision the future of orbital human spaceflight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Thirteen companies, including Boeing and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture, will be doing studies for NASA on the future of commercial human spaceflight in low Earth orbit. All of the studies are due in December, and are supposed to cost no more than $1 million each. NASA still has to negotiate the […]

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          PIPELINES: Trans Mountain would cost Canada extra $1.9B — developer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The developer of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline said it would cost Canada's government $1.9 billion more than initially projected to complete the project.
          NUCLEAR: Focus shifts to smaller owners as Vogtle costs rise again      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The costs at the nation's lone nuclear construction project in southeast Georgia have gone up by $2.3 billion in barely a year.
          R48bn needed for Ramaphosa’s stimulus packages      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Government will have to fork out billions to implement the president's economic growth plans
          Tribune Media withdraws from Sinclair merger, sues for billion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Tribune Media terminates sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, seeks billion in damages      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          US consumer technology sales to reach record billion in 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Re: This is the real, Americanized, nazi, Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Credibility will determine the course of the economy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At the presentation of the Parliament’s budget office report regarding the course of the economy in the second quarter of 2018, the head of the budget office, Frangiskos Koutentakis, stressed that the conditions are favorable, but the next steps are crucial, as the credibility of the economic policy that will be applied after the expiry of the third memorandum, will determine the course of the economy. In relation to the measures recently adopted regarding the debt, the report identifies them as positive. However, it points out that the issue of long-term viability expressed by the IMF may delay the upgrading by rating agencies. Regarding the surplus, the head of the budget office presented estimates showing an increase of the primary surplus by € 600 million compared to 2017. In particular, in the first half of 2017 the primary surplus had reached 1.24 billion euros, while this year at the end of the first half, it reached 1.84 billion euros.   Source: ERT
          Ankara on collision course with Washington over Iran sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order Monday to introduce sanctions against Iran threatens to put Washington and Ankara on a collision course. Ankara insists Trump’s unilateral actions do not bind it. The looming dispute threatens to exacerbate existing tensions between the two NATO allies. “We are going to aggressively enforce our sanctions, and that puts a very important test to those companies, to those banks and to those governments—who do they want to do business with?” said a senior official Monday. “We are very serious to enforce those sanctions, and that’s what the president has directed us to do.” The first wave of Iranian sanctions goes into effect Tuesday and targets mainly financial transactions and commercial airline sales with Iran. In November, measures to stop the sale of Iranian energy are set to go into effect. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has ruled out complying with U.S. measures, insisting Turkey is bound only by international agreements. Ankara identifies Tehran as a key trading partner to help boost its flagging economy. Iranian oil and gas are critical to energy-poor Turkey. In the first six months of this year, Turkey imported an average of 176,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil, accounting for 49 percent of Turkish imports. “It’s pretty damn serious, obviously, with the Turkish economy facing difficult times. To give up on trade with Iran and not being able to buy gas and oil would really hurt the Turkish economy,” said international relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. “So, there is a big problem, and there is very little time to solve it, and at a time when both sides don’t trust one another.” Strained relations Turkish-U.S. relations are already profoundly strained over myriad differences. Last week, Washington took the unprecedented step of sanctioning two Turkish ministers over the ongoing detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. Brunson, facing terrorism charges, is under house arrest. Ankara retaliated in kind, sanctioning two unnamed U.S. officials. With Turkey a significant importer of Iranian oil, analysts say it will be a priority of Washington to persuade Ankara to comply with its sanctions. Last month, senior U.S. officials—led by Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing—visited Ankara to meet with government ministers and business leaders to press the case for sanctions. Billingslea described the talks as positive, but a source privy to the meeting described the meetings as difficult. A Turkish business source claims Washington’s suggestion to use Saudi Arabian oil instead of Iran’s fails to take into account the costly and timely readjustment of Turkish refineries to accommodate the lower quality of Saudi oil. Ankara also has strategic concerns about relying on Saudi Arabia. “Turkey is being told to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, while it has a pipeline with neighboring Iran and can get crude at a lower price,” wrote Ilnur Cevik, a senior presidential adviser in Turkey’sSabahnewspaper. “Besides, who can guarantee that Turkey will be provided a steady flow of oil at reasonable prices when Saudi Arabia at times is displaying an antagonistic policy toward Ankara?” Former U.S. President Barack Obama granted Ankara some exemptions when imposing sanctions against Iran. However, critics point out, Ankara severely undermined U.S. sanctions by using gold to circumvent restrictions on the use of dollars to trade with Iran. Turkey at one time was one of the world’s biggest gold importers and exporters. Washington has now closed the door to using gold in trade with Tehran. Halkbank case Earlier this year, a New York court convicted a senior official of Turkish state-controlled Halkbank for a violation of U.S. Iranian sanctions. The U.S. Treasury is considering a hefty fine against the bank, which analysts warn could be several billion dollars. Analysts see the Halkbank experience as a warning to Ankara and the Turkish financial system of the risks violating future U.S. sanctions. “It will actually force Ankara to choose between Iran and the United States,” said former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in Washington. “Not complying with Iran sanctions is not an option. There will be increased pressure from the U.S. bringing a vicious circle in bilateral relations.” The deepening U.S.-Turkish tensions are taking a heavy toll on Turkey’s financial markets. The Turkish lira suffered heavy drops last week over Washington sanctioning two Turkish ministers. On Monday, the currency hit another record low on news of new U.S. economic tariffs against Turkey. U.S. Iranian sanctions are set to be the latest in an ever-growing list of disputes between Ankara and Washington. “You could actually find ways out of all this,” Ozel said. “But trust in these relations has been totally decimated. And to rebuild trust in relations is the main, hard task.”
          Glenview backs Cigna-Express Scripts deal after Icahn criticism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Glenview backs Cigna-Express Scripts deal after Icahn criticismHedge fund Glenview Capital Management on Thursday backed health insurer Cigna Corp's deal to buy pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in the face of stiff opposition from activist investor Carl Icahn ahead of a shareholder vote. Glenview, which has been an investor in Cigna for a decade, said it has nearly $1.3 billion stake in Cigna and Express Scripts, split almost evenly between the two companies.



          Loeb's Third Point calls for Campbell Soup sale: filing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb and fellow Campbell Soup Co shareholder George Strawbridge on Thursday called for a sale of the iconic U.S. food company best known for its canned soups, according to a regulatory filing.

          Loeb's Third Point calls for Campbell Soup sale: filing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb and fellow Campbell Soup Co shareholder George Strawbridge on Thursday called for a sale of the iconic U.S. food company best known for its canned soups, according to a regulatory filing.

          B.C. Grand Chief urges action to ‘prevent catastrophic climate chaos’ as costs of Trans Mountain pipeline rise      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

VANCOUVER—The Union of BC Indian Chiefs says it’s “frustrated” and “outraged” that the estimated cost to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is going up while the effects of climate change are being witnessed around the world.

“The Arctic Circle is burning in Sweden, intense wildfires are ripping through California, heat waves are breaking records across the world, 400 fires are raging in British Columbia,” said UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip in a release Thursday morning, “and the Canadian government wants to buy an overpriced 60-year-old leaky pipeline and build another one that will guarantee an expansion of greenhouse-gas pollution produced by the tarsands at a time when we should be hitting the emergency shutdown button to prevent catastrophic climate chaos.”

Documents filed with the United States Security and Exchange Commission this week show Kinder Morgan Canada estimates it will cost an additional $1.9 billion and take a year longer to build the new pipeline.

That would bring the price of the controversial construction project to $9.3 billion. The expansion would essentially twin the existing 1,100-km pipeline, triple the flow of oil from Alberta to the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and result in a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic.

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It’s fiercely opposed by environmental groups, some First Nations and the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver. But the federal government has gone so far as to promise to buy the pipeline to make sure it gets built, saying it’s in the national interest.

“It defies any form of rational responsible decision making that we as a country continue to embrace massive projects that will without question add to global warming,” said UBCIC Vice-President Bob Chamberlin in the release.

“The ballooning cost underlines the irresponsible decision making that Canadian taxpayers will bear the burden for generations to come,” he said, adding that Canada needs a comprehensive renewable energy strategy.

With files from The Canadian Press

Ainslie Cruickshank is a Vancouver-based reporter covering the environment. Follow her on Twitter: @ainscruickshank


          Super Capacitor Market to Register an Impressive CAGR of 19.88% During 2018 – 2023 | Global Key Players (MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES, PANASONIC CORPORATION, NESSCAP, NEC-TOKIN CORPORATION, SKELETON TECHNOLOGIES)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The super capacitor market was valued at USD 0.76 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 2.25 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 19.88%, over the forecast period (2018 - 2023). The scope of

          As Texas and Other States Close In, Can DACA Survive Latest Legal Attack?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration plunged thousands of migrant children into a frantic limbo this summer when it separated them from their parents in a bid to deter illegal immigration on the southwest border, igniting weeks of protest and litigation.

But the chaos has obscured a much longer-running dispute over the future of another group of unauthorized immigrants: the nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents, and who received temporary permission to live and work in the country through the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Wednesday in a bid by Texas and eight other states to end the program, which they say went beyond President Barack Obama’s authority and imposed a heavy financial burden on states saddled with the costs of illegal immigration.

A coalition of border town mayors and business groups, including Southwest and United airlines, filed a brief in the case arguing that ending DACA and taking thousands of young workers out of the economy could cost $460 billion in economic activity over the next decade....

 

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          Marvel and Disney are reportedly having secret talks about bringing fired director James Gunn back for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • According to Deadline, Marvel Studios is having "backchannel conversations" with Disney about rehiring fired "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn.
  • Marvel is reportedly trying to find a compromise with Disney.
  • The conversations come after the entire "Guardians" cast released an open letter in support of Gunn. 

 

Marvel Studios reportedly wants "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn back, and is trying to persuade its owner, Disney, to make it happen.

According to Deadline, citing anonymous sources, Marvel Studios is having "backchannel conversations" with Disney to persuade it to rehire Gunn, who Disney fired last month from directing "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" after conservative personalities resurfaced old offensive tweets from him.

Deadline reported that Marvel was seeking a compromise in bringing Gunn back for the third installment, which he recently finished the script for and had planned to start shooting later this year for a 2020 release date.

The report comes after the entire main "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast recently released an open letter in support of Gunn. Many of them, including Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt, have publicly voiced that they want to see Gunn rehired. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the movies, has been the most vocal against Disney, and even threatened to quit "Guardians 3" if Gunn's script isn't used. He also tweeted that it was "nauseating" to work for Disney given the situation.

With that kind of pressure, it's not surprising if Marvel is having these conversations with Disney. Gunn's two "Guardians" movies made over $1.6 billion worldwide combined and were beloved by both critics and fans, making him a big loss for the studio. 

But Variety also recently reported, based on anonymous sources, that Disney had no plans to rehire Gunn. It may take a lot of convincing on Marvel's end for Disney to change its mind.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SEE ALSO: Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor likely won't have its full catalog at launch, notably lacking classic 'Star Wars' movies

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          NASA is about to 'touch' a star for the first time — here are the hellish conditions the Parker Solar Probe must survive      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • NASA's Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to launch Saturday, August 11 around 3:33 a.m. EDT.
  • To "touch" the sun and study its weather, the $1.5-billion mission must survive hellish conditions.
  • Temperatures will reach a searing 2,500 degrees when the spacecraft zooms through the star's atmosphere at 430,000 mph.
  • Once the probe runs out of fuel, pretty much everything but its carbon heat shield will be destroyed.

Touching a star isn't easy. The sun is an enormous, searing-hot orb of plasma that generates a chaos of magnetic fields and can unleash deadly blasts of particles at a moment's notice.

But that is precisely what NASA plans to do — 24 times or more — with its car-size Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The goal of the $1.5-billion mission is to edge within 4 million miles of the sun, which is close enough to study the star's mysterious atmosphere, solar wind, and other properties.

Information gathered by the probe may help space weather forecasters better predict violent solar outbursts that can overwhelm electrical grids, harm satellites, disrupt electronics, and possibly lead to trillions of dollars' worth of damage.

The spacecraft is slated to launch from the Florida coast on Saturday at 3:33 a.m. EDT, should weather cooperate, though NASA has through August 23 to fire off its probe. PSP will reach the sun a few months after launch.

Here are some of the brutal conditions and tremendous challenges NASA's probe will have to survive to pull off its unprecedented mission.

The tricky process of touching a star

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The first hurdle PSP needs to clear is Earth itself.

To make the trip, the probe will ride atop a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, which is one of the most powerful operational launch vehicles on Earth (though not quite as powerful as SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy system).

NASA chose the rocket because it's surprisingly hard to get to the sun, which is 93 million miles away.

Earth orbits the sun at a speed of 67,000 mph, and so does anything launched off of the planet. To fall toward the sun, PSP will have to slow down by 53,000 mph, NASA said in a video about its mission.

Three different rocket stages (one firing after the other runs out of fuel) in the Delta 4 Heavy will help considerably with boosting PSP toward that goal, but it's not enough to repeatedly fly the probe close to the sun.

Instead, the rocket will shoot the probe on a path toward Venus, a planet it will fly past seven times over six years. The world's strong gravitational field will help gradually absorb PSP's "sideways motion" imparted by Earth and direct it closer and closer to the sun.

The consequence of this orbital dance is that PSP will fall toward the sun faster and faster after each pass. On its first orbit of the sun in November 2018, the probe will be some 15.4 million miles from the sun. About 21 orbits later, in December 2024, it will sneak within 4 million miles of the sun, traveling at a speed of nearly 430,000 mph relative to the star.

Achieving such a velocity would make PSP the fastest a human object in space. It's nearly 120 miles per second — fast enough to fly from New York to Tokyo in less than a minute — and 3.3 times as fast as NASA's Juno spacecraft, which zips past Jupiter at speeds of 130,000 mph.

How to fly through hell and back

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During its journey, PSP must withstand sunlight 3,000 times more powerful than occurs at Earth. Outside the spacecraft, in the outer fringes of the sun's corona or atmosphere, temperatures may reach 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to liquify steel.

The probe also must contend with a "solar wind" of charged, high-energy particles that can mess with electronics.

The key to protecting the probe, as well as its sensors for measuring the sun's magnetic fields and solar wind, is a special heat shield called the Thermal Protection System.

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Made of 4.5 inches of carbon foam sandwiched between two sheets of carbon composites, the eight-feet-wide shield will absorb and deflect solar energy that might otherwise fry the probe. A water cooling system will also help prevent the spacecraft's solar panels from roasting and keep the spacecraft a cozy 85 deg F.

PSP's mission is to crack two 60-year-old mysteries: why the sun has a solar wind at all, and how the corona — the star's outer atmosphere — can heat up to millions of degrees. Both factors are key to understanding what leads to potentially devastating solar storms.

"That defies the laws of nature. It's like water rolling uphill," Nicola Fox, a solar physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said during a NASA briefing in 2017.

"Until you actually go there and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions," said Fox, who's a project scientist for the new mission.

You can watch the Parker Solar Probe launch toward the sun on Saturday, August 11, around 3 a.m. EDT via NASA TV.

The probe's mission will end many years from now, after it runs out of the propellant it needs to keep its heat shield pointed at the sun. When that happens, the star's blistering heat will burn up "90% of the spacecraft," science writer Shannon Stirone said on Twitter — but not the heat shield itself.

"The heat shield will then orbit the sun for millions of years," she said.

SEE ALSO: NASA's $1 billion mission to Jupiter has taken years of stunning images — here are some of Juno's best shots

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          Tesla's board may reportedly tell Elon Musk to recuse himself from talks about taking the company private (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Tesla's board of directors may tell CEO Elon Musk to recuse himself as it explores the possibility of taking the company private, CNBC reports, citing people familiar with the matter. 
  • According to the publication, the board plans to meet with financial advisors to determine how it will explore the idea of converting Tesla into a private company and has told Musk that he must consult a separate, personal set of advisors. 
  • The board will probably form a smaller, special committee comprised of independent directors to analyze buyout proposals, CNBC reports. 
  • According to the publication, Musk spoke with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund about backing Tesla's transition to becoming a private company, citing one source close to the matter. 


Tesla's board of directors may tell CEO Elon Musk to recuse himself as it explores the possibility of taking the company private, CNBC reports, citing people familiar with the matter. 

According to the publication, the board plans to meet with financial advisors to determine how it will explore the idea of converting Tesla into a private company and has told Musk that he must consult a separate, personal set of advisors. 

The board will probably form a smaller, special committee comprised of independent directors to analyze buyout proposals, CNBC reports. 

But Musk has not yet given the board detailed information about how a deal may be funded, Reuters reports.

According to CNBC, Musk spoke with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund about backing Tesla's transition to becoming a private company, citing one source close to the matter. 

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had acquired a $2 billion stake in the company. The fund owns between 3% and 5% of Tesla's total stock, meaning the stake is likely worth $1.7 billion to $2.9 billion.

Tesla and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment.

(Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.)

Musk shocked observers on Tuesday when he announced his desire to take Tesla private, saying he had the funding for such a deal secured and merely needed the proposal to pass a shareholder vote before it could go through. (He indicated via Twitter that he had investor support.)

But two days later, it's unclear where that funding will come from. Tesla has yet to submit any regulatory filings that provide more detail into Musk's proposal, and on Wednesday The Wall Street Journal reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission made an inquiry into Tesla about whether one of Musk's tweets regarding the possibility of taking the company private was truthful.

According to The Journal, the SEC is also looking into why Musk's first statement about the potential of taking Tesla private was made on Twitter instead of in a regulatory filing. The agency also asked the company whether it believes Musk's tweet follows SEC rules about protecting investors, the report said.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that the SEC was "intensifying" its inquiry into Tesla. According to the publication, the agency had already been gathering information about statements Tesla has made regarding sales and manufacturing targets.

An inquiry from the SEC does not necessarily mean an investigation will follow.

Some experts have raised an eyebrow over Musk's statements.

James Rosener, a partner at the law firm Pepper Hamilton, told Business Insider that Twitter was not the right medium for a securities disclosure since the platform's 280-character limit prevented Musk from disclosing enough information relevant to investors — including the structure of the deal, its tax impact, and the amount of debt it would require — to ensure he's not misleading them.

According to Rosener, Musk's tweet likely ran afoul of the SEC's anti-fraud rules.

"There's definitely material omissions," Rosener said. "Clearly, it was not what any lawyer with any experience in this kind of stuff would advise to put out."

David Whiston, an equity strategist at Morningstar who covers the US auto industry, said he was confused by Musk's tweets, which he said indicated Musk had both the funding and the shareholder votes necessary to take the company private.

"I'm still trying to understand why he even went public like this," Whiston said, "because I don't see a point in going public to say you are considering going private unless you're trying to get, perhaps, the price higher than $420 a share, or you're just really eager to hurt the short-sellers. Otherwise, why wouldn't you just wait until you're definitely doing a deal to say something?"

Tesla's board released a statement on Wednesday morning, but it was very brief and offered few details besides that Musk met with the board last week to bring up the possibility of going private. 

Tesla has been public since 2010, but Musk has said in the past that he would like to take Tesla private.

"I wish we could be private with Tesla," Musk said in an interview with Rolling Stone published in November. "It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company."

Musk has also said on multiple occasions that Tesla will become profitable by the end of this year and won't need to raise additional funds, despite its increased cash-burn rate in recent quarters.

At the end of June, Tesla said it achieved its goal of making 5,000 Model 3s in one week. Musk previously said that the company would hit that number by the end of 2017 and that sustaining such a production rate is critical for Tesla to become profitable.

Read CNBC's full story here.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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  • WeWork is raising $1 billion in debt from its existing investor SoftBank.
  • It's already raised billions of dollars in equity, including $4.4 billion from SoftBank alone.
  • WeWork also revealed its financials for the first half of 2018, showing that revenue almost doubled to $712 million.
  • Business Insider understands the company is still in talks to raise a new equity round at a $35 billion valuation.


Shared office startup WeWork is raising a further $1 billion in convertible debt from one of its existing investors, SoftBank.

The unusual mechanism gives WeWork an immediate cash injection as it continues to funnel money into expanding its shared office business globally. In an interview with Business Insider, WeWork chief financial officer Artie Minson described the financing as "the ability for us to opportunistically add a billion dollars to the balance sheet." Minson said WeWork had around $4 billion in cash and commitments.

Minson said the loan note would convert from debt to equity under three scenarios: If SoftBank leads a billion-dollar round, the note will convert at the valuation of that round. If the billion-dollar round is led by another investor, the debt converts at a minimum valuation of $42 billion. And if WeWork goes public, the debt will convert at the IPO price, he said.

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What is unclear at this stage is how the loan note relates to a separate equity round WeWork is thought to be raising at a rumoured $35 billion valuation, potentially from investors including SoftBank. It's possible the loan note has come about because the pair can't agree on a valuation for that round.

WeWork also shared some of its financial metrics for the first six months of 2018 with Business Insider. WeWork is a privately held company and so isn't obliged to disclose its financials, but has shared some numbers with the media.

Here are the key numbers for the first six months of 2018:

  • Revenue increased to $712 million, from $361 million in the first half of 2017.
  • Adjusted negative EBITDA of $247 million, from a negative EBITDA of $63 million last year.
  • Occupancy rates up to 84% from 78%.
  • Total WeWork memberships of 268,000.
  • Enterprise accounts for 25% of WeWork's members.
  • Adjusted EBITDA before growth investments of $64 million, up from $24 million in 2017.

According to the figures released to Business Insider, WeWork expanded to 12 new cities and five new countries since the beginning of 2018. The office-sharing company made its name renting offices to small startups, but the numbers show a big chunk of its revenue comes from larger, blue-chip firms. WeWork said a quarter of its members were in that enterprise segment.

WeWork also included in its figures a non-standard metric it calls "community-adjusted EBITDA," which has drawn some skepticism from pundits. This figure is essentially intended to show that WeWork would be profitable if you excluded all the costs it requires to create those profits. WeWork reported community-adjusted EBITDA of $202 million, up from $95 million in 2017.

Minson defended the metric to Business Insider, and said he had never received "negative comments" about the term in meetings with institutional investors. "I think they all got it," he said. "I will tell you all the snarkiness came from the financial press."

He added: "The reality is what we're building is a global community, and it really does [reflect the] profitability of the global community... I'm 1000% comfortable with [using] this metric in how we look at the business."

WeWork attributed the jump in adjusted EBITDA — the closest indication of WeWork's losses — to its spend on sales and marketing and expansion into new markets.

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          Announcing IGNITION 2018 speakers: Don't miss Scott Galloway, Janice Min, Steve Case, and more!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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This year's speakers are innovators transforming media, technology, and society. The lineup is packed with top executives from some of the hottest tech startups and innovative corporate enterprises. Thought leaders from Dropbox, Hulu, Etsy, and Openwater will be discussing critical topics, from AI and robotics to the future of entertainment, healthcare, finance, and transportation.

Want to hear how Keller Rinaudo is working to build a life-saving drone-delivery service in the most remote regions of the world? Learn how Dropbox CEO and cofounder Drew Houston built his $12 billion company? Hear from AOL cofounder and entrepreneur Steve Case about his investing approach that he calls "Rise of the Rest"?

Check out the remarkable lineup of speakers confirmed so far:

  • Victoria Canal, singer-songwriter
  • Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution; cofounder, AOL
  • Barbara Corcoran of ABC's "Shark Tank"
  • Randy Freer, CEO, Hulu
  • Scott Galloway, founder, Gartner L2; professor of marketing, NYU Stern
  • Drew Houston, cofounder and CEO, Dropbox
  • Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO and founder, Openwater
  • Janice Min, media consultant, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Valence Media
  • Keller Rinaudo, CEO and cofounder, Zipline
  • Joe and Anthony Russo, codirectors of "Avengers: Infinity War"; cofounders, AGBO
  • Josh Silverman, CEO, Etsy
  • Padmasree Warrior, CEO and CDO of NIO US

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Tribune withdrew Thursday from its $3.9 billion buyout by Sinclair and it's filing a lawsuit against it, citing breach of contract.
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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Department of Justice will award $3.4 billion to states this year for victims’ services. Georgia is getting more than $100 million dollars. He announced that the money will come from fines, not taxpayers. AG Jeff Sessions in Macon: DOJ will award $3.4 billion […]

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          Viacom shares rise despite earnings declines magnified by cable-TV cord-cutting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore Hotel, police said Thursday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded Thursday: Rite Aid Corp., down 20 cents to $1.54 The drugstore chain ended its deal to sell itself to the Albertsons grocery chain for $24 billion. Yelp Inc., up $10.17 to $48.33 The reviews site raised its annual revenue forecast follo...
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          The Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics in the Defense industry market, is valued at US$39.22 billion in 2018, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.04%, to value US$61 billion by 2027      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
...2027. The cumulative market for global expenditure on AI & Robotics Defense Systems is valued at US$ 487 billion over the forecast period. Demand for AI & Robotics defense systems is anticipated to be driven by the massive investment made by countries like ...

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          Billion-Dollar CEO Troy Taylor Tells Black Business Owners How To Win [VIDEO]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Puerto Rico cites storm death toll of 1,427 in damage report       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm.
          Midday open thread: Another billion bucks added to Georgia nukes costs; Smokey Bear turns 74      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

88 days remain until the November midterms

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Russian collusion:

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Trump regime eager to open up hundreds of thousands of Calif. acres to fracking:

Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it’s considering new oil and natural gas leases on BLM-managed lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and six other San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties. Meanwhile, activists in San Luis Obispo are pushing a ballot measure this fall to ban fracking and new oil exploration in the county.

Rapist Brock Turner loses his ridiculous “outercourse” appeal. So he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Another $1.1 billion added to cost of Georgia nukes: Four Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors were going to usher in a nuclear power renaissance we were told a decade ago. They were supposed to be cheaper, safer, and quicker to get up and running once their permits were approved. But, a year ago, the owners shut down the two nukes they were building South Carolina, with the project less than 40 percent complete. Owners South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper estimated that the $11.5 billion they had originally said the pair of reactors would cost when completed had ballooned to $25 billion. And they would not be finished until 2021-22, more than three years after their originally slated completion date. Now, Southern Co. and its utility subsidiary Georgia Power, who are building the other two nukes in Georgia, have added another $1.1 billion to the cost of the pair after having taken over the project when Westinghouse went bankrupt. Total cost for that project is now set at $27 billion. Even though the reactors won’t switch on for years, ratepayers are already coughing up more than $100 a year to pay for this “construction work in progress.”

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Report says American elders are declaring bankruptcy three times as much as they used to: The Consumer Bankruptcy Project released its “Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society,” which puts the blame on the ravaged societal safety net and policy changes that have left large numbers of older Americans with inadequate retirement savings and huge medical expenses. More than a third told researchers their bankruptcies were caused at least in part because they supported family members attending college by co-signing loans they now can’t pay back. Marc Stern, a lawyer in Seattle, told reporters: d“I never saw parents with student loans 20 or 30 years ago. When you are living on $2,000 a month and that includes Social Security—and you have rent and savings are minuscule—it is extremely difficult to recover from something like that.”

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This is the first of many Smokey posters.

Today is Smokey Bear’s 74th birthday: 

Today marks the 74th birthday of America’s wildfire prevention symbol: Smokey Bear. On Aug. 9, 1944, Smokey was officially created to be the face of what would become the longest running public service advertisement campaign in the United States. At the time, our country’s forestlands were facing an epidemic of raging wildfires caused by the carelessness of people. Ironically, these were often the same people who came to those natural areas to admire the wild beauty of the landscape, and the wildlife that lived there. The first Smokey Bear poster was released In October of 1944, and it featured a warm and friendly looking black bear urging people that “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 woods fires!”

Cherokee engineer finally gets some public recognition decades after her death: Mary Golda Ross, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross who led the tribe during the forced removal of the “Trail of Tears” in the 1830s, is considered to be the first Native woman to work as an aerospace engineer. She is featured in the Google Doodle Thursday. Her niece told Oklahoma Today Magazine: “She was six feet tall but very quiet and unassuming. She did not demand anything. She just went in and did it in her very quiet way.” She first went to work after graduation for what is now called Lockheed Martin, not just as the first American Indian women aerospace engineer, but the only woman on the design team of cutting-edge aircraft and spacecraft. After retiring in 1983, she promoted organizations like the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In 1992, the Society of Women Engineers set up a scholarship in Ross’s name, which supports women who want to become engineers. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin has more analysis of Tuesday's elections, Laura Ingraham's defection from the United States, and the ongoing Battle of the Suburbs. Nunes caught on tape. Todd Kincannon goes off the deep end. And just how new is this "new" kind of Dem?

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It's been called a "blockbuster acquisition." Cisco Systems recently announced its intent to buy the Ann Arbor-based company Duo Security for $2.35 billion. The company was valued at half that amount just nine months ago. Duo Security is a company that began as an Ann Arbor startup backed by venture capital investors. It provides clients like Facebook, Etsy, Yelp, and Zillow with cloud-based computer security.
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href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=z3qiKnBCpunqdJkRppsiEdWQHklFfd7evSmnbl4RFBP0zkV8QmkuJJ9LwtIgNbPE_q1N77mbql2CxsoEfo2fFiZ6dnlev64IGUSa1KT1DDw1MuprZmQ6aap9NY9k0Le75cKD-2BuPZMBNqc2TVFCUr3UgJgGmOBM5-2FRaIkQrPRaHJ2nJoXRk2rudacb-2BJ3NqZmsZRSOWZpHfzQHoWx8XeKnIZaXOmAlkW1Z3Y3cXJ33zWhUCwviUMVNcX1wMNdMKqVFdvORH9G80hibF07giYLSkT-2BRwUlEdS8DX9EymG4A6ZqhVaEewHDPaW2Lucyfqy6ORP-2BXlrbkGj5RPzK7Xrsfs9amUlXNzhlN7QJKH6otwRAv0ZV1KTlThKoKrA7HFxg2RE8MTOQLztQXShvA2UXChg-3D-3D#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" rel="nofollow#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" target="_blank">Petcube.com</a> for US consumers with popular food and treats, including Iams and Greenies from Mars Petcare, and Wellness Core and Petite Treats from Wellness. Subscribers to Petcube Care, a membership for owners of Petcube cameras, can now unlock savings on their favorite food and treats.</p> 
   <p><a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=z3qiKnBCpunqdJkRppsiEe-2Bc6-2BGheRHZdBtxw0bUdU8-3D_q1N77mbql2CxsoEfo2fFiZ6dnlev64IGUSa1KT1DDw1MuprZmQ6aap9NY9k0Le75cKD-2BuPZMBNqc2TVFCUr3UgJgGmOBM5-2FRaIkQrPRaHJ2nJoXRk2rudacb-2BJ3NqZmsZRSOWZpHfzQHoWx8XeKnIZaXOmAlkW1Z3Y3cXJ33zWhUCwviUMVNcX1wMNdMKqVF-2BKNvJrSZdKJSKsmVO0BH37cP2GHkGD0-2FexDHrUXFUItKmRsxZfuRHLJgr9s0Gd8Pm8LPVOfdCHvjEPAjll62qNufP3oNwN7v6ZLNIKon1hTyAtINnipgzxHZ1hCXdeMrowX4DgPI7Gf42Wch5p2-2Few-3D-3D#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" rel="nofollow#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" target="_blank">Petcube Care</a> is an optional service that offers annual or monthly plans, which come with multi-day 24/7 video cloud recording, extended video recording, and 2-year device warranty. Petcube Care membership provides an all-access pass to a range of partner pet care perks, from medical insurance for pets, vet care, pet sitting, home goods and entertainment, to gadgets and pet supplies. Partner brands include Ollie, Rover.com, Trupanion, Tile, Audible for Dogs, DOGTV, Whistle, Wisdom Panel, and more.</p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/328365/Petcube_Logo.jpg#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>Petcube Care members save an average of <span class="xn-money">$200</span>/year on pet care and can now save on food. US pet owners are expected to spend <span class="xn-money">$72.1 billion</span> on pets, pet care and supplies in 2018, according to the American Pet Products Association. </p>
   <p>"The launch of pet food and treat sales further boosts the significant value and savings that the Petcube Care program is providing members, while improving the quality of their pet's lives," said Yaroslav Azynyuk, CEO and co-founder of Petcube. "Wholesome, healthy pet food and treats were a missing part of the equation."</p>
   <p>US residents can shop for pet food and treats on Petcube.com, and enjoy free shipping on orders of <span class="xn-money">$50</span> or more. Petcube Care members can maximize their savings when they choose auto-deliveries.&nbsp; </p>
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   <p>Moxibustion is a form of acupuncture that has been used by therapists and doctors for thousands of years. Moxibustion in <span class="xn-location">Asia</span>, including <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, Korea and <span class="xn-location">China</span>, has become huge market and with consumption of billions of dollars every year.</p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/728591/iJoou_Technology.jpg#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>Moxibustion improves the flow of Qi, which is the energy in the body, by the heating moxa that causes stimulation in the nerves and releasing endorphins to block pain.&nbsp;</p>
   <p>NBA Star Draymond Green utilizes Moxibustion to heal his body and return&nbsp;into&nbsp;his prime body state. Celebrities such as <span class="xn-person">Robert Downey Jr.</span> and <span class="xn-person">Sandra Bullock</span> are all fans of acupuncture.</p>
   <p>Traditional herb and natural therapy are gaining popularity in the U.S. The number of people in the U.S. receiving treatments like acupuncture grew three times recently. Some scientific studies have proven that acupuncture can help pain relief for back or neck pain, osteoarthritis, or chronic headache. </p>
   <p>iJoou is designed to provide pain relief, stress relief, and improved blood flow by using Electric Muscle Stimulators to activate your muscles.&nbsp;Place the heating pod on the sore areas of your body and use the app to select the perfect temperature.&nbsp;</p>
   <p>Each device comes with a long-lasting battery that allows you to use iJoou at home or on the go, giving you the freedom to live life on your terms.&nbsp;</p>
   <p>"iJoou makes traditional Chinese medicine more convenient and easier to use for consumers all over the world. Our goal is to make consumers of iJoou enjoy the healthy experience anytime and anywhere," says <span class="xn-person">Sadie Zhang</span>, iJoou Co-founder. </p>
   <p>iJoou announced it has completed the design of its product, a smart moxibustion instrument. Founded in 2017, the company plans to raise <span class="xn-money">$500,000</span> on&nbsp;crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com in a campaign aimed at early gadget adopters and will last one month from this August.</p>
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    <li><i>The Honor 7X 32GB variant will be available at INR 9</i><i>,</i><i>999 and the Honor 7X 64GB variant will be available at INR 10</i><i>,</i><i>999</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li>
    <li><i>Honor 7C 32GB and Honor 7C 64GB variant will be available at a discounted price of up to INR 5</i><i>,</i><i>000</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li>
    <li><i>Honor View 10 will be available at <span class="xn-money">5K</span> Extra Exchange Offer while the newly launched Honor Play 4+64 GB variant will be available at Amazon's basic exchange offer</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li>
    <li>The newly launched Honor Play 4+64 GB variant will be available with Amazon's basic exchange offer</li>
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   <p>Honor, the e-brand of Huawei, has announced special offers on selected range of Honor smartphones exclusively for Amazon's Freedom sale which begins on Thursday, 9<sup>th</sup>August and ends on 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;August, 2018. SBI Credit Card customers can avail an instant 10% discount and No Cost EMI scheme during this period.</p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/682098/Honor_Logo.jpg#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
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   <p>Speaking on the occasion,&nbsp;<b>Mr. P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group</b>, said, <i>"We are grateful to see a welcoming response from our customers for our offerings, and are excited to share exclusive offers on our bestselling smartphones with Amazon's Freedom sale. We are hopeful that this Independence season, we will receive the same appreciation and love that we get from our customers for our products."</i></p>
   <p>The Honor 7X 32GB variant will be available at INR 9,999 with a discount of INR 2,000 and the Honor 7X 64GB variant will be available for INR 10,999 with a discount of INR 4,000. Apart from the Honor 7C 32GB and Honor 7C 64GB variant will be available at a discount of up to INR 5,000. Honor View 10 will be available with an additional exchange discount of INR 5,000. The newly launched Honor Play 4+64 GB variant will be available with Amazon's basic exchange offer.</p>
   <p><b>About Honor:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
   <p>Honor is a leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group. In line with its slogan, 'For the Brave', the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, Honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers. Honor led the online smartphone market with a global shipment value of <span class="xn-money">2.5 billion USD</span> to become the number 1 online smartphone brand, as per International Data Corporation (IDC) in Q1 2017. Huawei's Consumer Business Group, comprising of its dual brands Huawei and Honor, shipped 139 million smartphones globally in 2016 and reported an increase of 44% in its annual revenue.</p>
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   <p>Ahead of <span class="xn-location">India's</span> 72nd Independence Day, Honor, Huawei's sub brand for digital natives, today announced attractive exchange offers on selected range of Honor smartphones as a part of Flipkart's Big Freedom Sale. The three-day sale from 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;August to 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;August, 2018 will offer consumers a host of benefits on selected products.</p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/682098/Honor_Logo.jpg#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
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   <p>The recently launched Honor 7A will be available for purchase at an attractive price of Rs. 7,999. Honor's bestselling smartphone Honor 9 Lite (3+32GB variant) will be available at Rs. 10,999 with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 1,000. The Honor 9 Lite (4+64 GB variant) can be purchased at Rs. 14,999 with an additional exchange discount of up to Rs. 3,000.</p>
   <p><b>Speaking on the occasion, P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group, said</b>, "We are delighted to offer striking deals and discounts for our Indian customers on our bestselling smartphones. We are confident that these attractive deals will offer a delightful shopping experience to our customers."</p>
   <p>Honor 9N and all Honor brands are all available with 10% cashback on <span class="xn-person">Citi Credit</span> cards.</p>
   <p>The flagship killer Honor 10 can be purchased at a discounted price of Rs. 29,999 with an additional exchange discount of Rs. 2,000. Customers can buy the Honor 9i at a slashed priced of Rs. 14,999. During the sale, users can avail up to 10 percent cashback on Citibank credit cards and a No Cost EMI from BFL.</p>
   <p><b>About Honor:</b>&nbsp;</p>
   <p>Honor is a leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group. In line with its slogan, 'For the Brave', the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, Honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers. Honor led the online smartphone market with a global shipment value of <span class="xn-money">2.5 billion USD</span> to become the number 1 online smartphone brand, as per International Data Corporation (IDC) in Q1 2017. Huawei's Consumer Business Group, comprising of its dual brands Huawei and Honor, shipped 139 million smartphones globally in 2016 and reported an increase of 44% in its annual revenue.</p>
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   <p><span class="xn-location">BEIJING</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 9, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Meitu Inc., a leading photo / video editing and sharing company, announced the company's "beauty and social media" strategic pathways for its second decade. As Meitu embarks on the next 10 years, it is poised to enter the social media space, going beyond the beautification products that have shaped the way 1.5 billion users around the world create and share their beauty. </p>
   <ul type="disc">
    <li>Meitu app:&nbsp;Biggest upgrade in a decade slated to be released on <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>. Three evolutionary stages: from tool, to community, to social media platform </li>
    <li>Meipai app: Repositioning as a pan-knowledge short video platform. New social feature "homework" soon to be launched. </li>
    <li>Reorganize into three business units, including a newly established Social Product Business Unit. </li>
    <li>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</li>
   </ul> 
   <p><b>Three Evolutionary Stages of the Meitu App and Biggest Upgrade in Decade</b></p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180808/2207131-1-a#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>Meitu is evolving into a social platform. The evolution takes three stages: from tool, to community, to social media. In the first "tool" stage, Meitu successfully dominated photo-related internet traffic by meeting users' needs for photo editing and image enhancement. Meitu is currently in its second "community" stage, focusing on helping users create and share engaging content within the community. In the third "social media" stage, the focus will be on building relational connections among users. </p>
   <p>As an effort to test out the market, Meitu soft launched the community feature "Social Circle" in May. Feedback has been encouraging: each day, core users spend an average of 25 minutes on Social Circle, launch the app 8 times, and view over 75 pages. Linking tools aimed at creating an interconnected community have also proven to be effective. For example, the "Collage of Hearts" feature drove a 29% increase in DAU and created dynamic interactions between users. 41% of new users posted their collage of hearts creation as their first action in the community. </p>
   <p>Given such positive feedback, the Meitu App is poised for its biggest upgrade in a decade. Beginning <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>, Social Circle will be featured prominently in the Meitu app's homepage, right underneath the tool section. The new version will also allow users to scroll down for more community feeds. </p> 
   <p>"While image-based social media has a massive overseas market, there has been no such counterpart in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. Meitu is set to become a one-stop solution: after processing their photos, users can share right here on the Meitu app," said Wu Xinhong, CEO and Founder of Meitu. </p>
   <p>Along with the Meitu app's social media development comes a new slogan that highlights individuality and an ideal way of life: "<span class="xn-person">My Life</span>, <span class="xn-person">My Style</span>". "My" refers to the individual: younger generations have a strong desire to project their internal self on the world and express their own personality and views. In doing so, they discover and attract people who share their interests,&nbsp;their community. "Life &amp; Style" refers to an ideal way of life – users can share their own ideal way of life, while understanding that of others. The slogan is inspired by the revelation that everyone is looking for their vision of beauty and an ideal lifestyle, a need that is far from being met in today's social media landscape. </p>
   <p>Evolving from community to social media involves three key aspects: making every user feel present, building relational connections, and facilitating interactions among users. "Meitu aims to deliver the best lifestyle community in 2018, and further explore the possibilities of social media in 2019," added Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Meipai: "Pan-Knowledge" Repositioning and New Social Features </b></p>
   <p>Meipai will be repositioned to a "pan-knowledge" short video sharing platform. Differentiating itself from other "pan-entertainment" focused products, Meipai aims to add value for users by focusing on the sharing of people's talent, skills and experiences, i.e. "pan knowledge". With the new slogan, "Talent worth sharing", Meipai enables its users to share and learn new dance moves, perform magic tricks or skateboard, apply makeup, do yoga and make dessert, play the Rubik's cube, do crafts, etc. Meipai has a solid foundation for further development: Meipai's content library now includes over 300 sub-genres and more than 30,000 key opinion leaders. Meipai has also partnered with more than 50 top short video MCN organizations. </p>
   <p>Meipai will continue to evolve under the new positioning. The homepage is currently being revamped to be more discovery-oriented, which is better suited toward pan-knowledge content: this is because pan-knowledge seekers are more self-motivated and interested in actively exploring things. Meipai will also release new features to encourage social interactions. A "homework" feature will be released in the following month. The feature will allow users to, for example, upload their own video as a comment beneath the original dance tutorial video. </p>
   <p>"2017 has been a year of both excitement and reflection for the short video industry. We reposition Meipai under the guiding philosophy of developing in a sustainable and healthy manner," said Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Reorganize into Three Business Units, including </b><b>A Dedicated Social Product Business Unit</b></p>
   <p>In conjunction with the strategic direction, Meitu will reform its corporate structure toward becoming a product-driven company. Effective <span class="xn-chron">August 8th</span>, Meitu will be divided into three major business units: the Social Product Business Unit, the Beauty Product Business Unit and the Smart Hardware Product Business Unit. The establishment of a dedicated social product unit will consist of both the Meitu and Meipai brands. </p>
   <p>Each business unit is encouraged to innovate independently in every aspect of the business to maximize the value of capital and human resources. </p>
   <p><b>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</b></p>
   <p>Meitu's new strategic direction also calls for refining the relationship between infrastructure and commercial products. </p>
   <p>Photo editing has been Meitu's key entry point to the online world and essential to Meitu's success in the past decade. It has been instrumental in helping the company grow its user base and will drive traffic to the social platform in the future. In addition, social media products will increase Meitu's stickiness and traffic value. They will generate data on additional dimensions that helps Meitu further understand user behavior. This serves as Meitu's infrastructure. </p> 
   <p>The advertising platform serves as a traffic distribution mechanism, a business product that matches users with advertisements. The outer layer is Meitu's "beauty ecosystem" of commercial products, including smart hardware, an e-commerce platform, and value-added services, with more to come. "Beauty and social media are our strategic focus for Meitu's second decade and a long-term goal. There are bound to be bumps on the road ahead, with some things going smoother than others, but that will not shake our conviction," said Wu Xinhong. </p>
   <p><b>About Meitu </b></p>
   <p>Established in <span class="xn-chron">October 2008</span>, Meitu is a leading AI-driven photo/video editing and sharing company headquartered in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. With a mission to inspire more people to express their beauty, the company has developed a rich portfolio of software and smart hardware products designed based on the concept of beauty, including Meitu, BeautyCam, Meipai (a short-form video community app) and Meitu Smartphones. Meitu has amassed over 1.5 billion unique users worldwide, with over one third coming from outside <span class="xn-location">China</span>, including <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, <span class="xn-location">South Korea</span>, <span class="xn-location">India</span>, <span class="xn-location">Thailand</span>, <span class="xn-location">Indonesia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>, <span class="xn-location">the Philippines</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Vietnam</span>. As of <span class="xn-chron">February 2018</span>, Meitu engages 454.7 million MAUs. With the largest database of human portraits on the planet, Meitu leverages AI in the pursuit of beauty. MTlab, Meitu's research and development hub, is dedicated to AI and imaging innovations such as Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and Computer Graphics. </p>
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   <p>SOURCE Meitu Inc.</p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="gallery small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><table class="row" style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:0!important;padding-right:0!important;text-align:left;width:100%"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:none!important;width:100%"><img src="https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180808/2207131-1-b#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center><table class="spacer" style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><td height="16px" style="-moz-hyphens:auto;-webkit-hyphens:auto;Margin:0;border-collapse:collapse!important;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;hyphens:auto;line-height:16px;margin:0;mso-line-height-rule:exactly;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;word-wrap:break-word">&#xA0;</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="Margin:0;Margin-bottom:10px;color:#4D4E53;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:400;line-height:28px;margin:0;margin-bottom:16px;padding:0;text-align:left">The new Meitu app is slated to be launched on September 21. It will be the app&#8217;s biggest upgrade in a decade.</p><hr style="border:1px solid #8a8a8d;border-bottom:0"></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="gallery small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 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          Senior Director, Promotions - Woonsocket, RI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Description CVS is seeking a new Senior Director of Promotions to lead its multi-billion dollar promotion P&L and transform the strategy,effectiveness and execution of its circular promotions to drive incremental trips and profitable sales for the business. The role reports to the Vice President of Promotions and is supported by ..
          SYNNEX Corporation Completes Credit Facility and Receives Early Termination of HSR Waiting Period      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), a leading business process services company, today announced that it has successfully renewed its existing credit agreement and secured $1.8 billion of incremental financing, in connection with the proposed...


          HUD releases its Federal Register Notice for $10.03 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

HUD has released its Federal Register Notice (FRN) for $10.03 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds – approved by Congress in April – for unmet housing and infrastructure needs in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.


          [英語の落ち穂拾い]spooky 復習      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

 水木しげるロードがリニューアルしたようです。

The ghouls and goblins of Mizuki Shigeru Road here are back to their best after a major facelift, with new wider sidewalks ideal for spooky evening strolls.

The 800-meter-long attraction, which is named after the late cartoonist best known for the “Gegege no Kitaro” horror manga series, reopened on July 14.

The city government spent about 1.3 billion yen ($11.66 million) on the renovation project, about 320 million yen of which was used for new lighting.

以下省略

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201808090007.html

 今回取り上げるのはspooky /spúːki/ です。『ジーニアス英和辞典』(第四版、大修館書店)には「お化けの出てきそうな、うす気味悪い」とありました。またLDOCEにはstrange or frightening in a way that makes you think of ghostsと定義されていました。

 「お化け」という意味から想像がつくと思いますが、ハロウィーンの時によく使われる単語のようです。辞書には載っていませんでしたが、spectacularをもじったものでspooktacularという表現があるということも分かりました。(rain)

spook - 田邉祐司ゼミ 常時英心:言葉の森から

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spook 復習 - 田邉祐司ゼミ 常時英心:言葉の森から

spooky spirit 復習 - 田邉祐司ゼミ 常時英心:言葉の森から


          News Corp’s digital real estate services report 19% growth in Q4 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
News Corp’s digital real estate services, which include Move’s realtor.com and Australia-based REA Group, announced its fourth quarter fiscal year 2018 results Thursday, which boasted $2.69 billion in revenue — a 29 percent increase from the year prior.
          Applications Development Engineering Intern      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
OR-Hillsboro, Job Description: AIG MSD Job Description Template Job Title: Engineer Applications - Intern Requisition ID: As the world leader in serving science, we empower our people to advance innovative technologies, develop meaningful solutions, and build rewarding careers. With revenues of $18 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our 55,000 extraordinary minds the resources an
          Job Title: Engineer Applications (intern)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
OR-Hillsboro, Job Description: AIG MSD Job Description Template Job Title: Engineer Applications (intern) Requisition ID: As the world leader in serving science, we empower our people to advance innovative technologies, develop meaningful solutions, and build rewarding careers. With revenues of $18 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our 55,000 extraordinary minds the resources an
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          Mike Pence Said Trump’s $8 Billion Space Force Will Be Created By 2020 & Twitter Trolled Him Hard      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mike Pence announced that Space Force, the so-dubbed sixth branch of the military, would be ready by 2020. Check out all the hilarious memes reacting to this news.


          Ministry remits N3 billion to Federation Account      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The ministry says its major challenge is transportation.

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          Toronto politicians can’t hide from the increasingly extreme weather      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In the past five years, Toronto has suffered the calamitous deluge of two “100-year storms,” so-called rare events that flood basements, roads, streetcars and elevators.

Just last Tuesday, residents posted video and photos in real time, showing scenes of devastation — submerged cars, waterfalls cascading down the steps near Union Station and a streetcar abandoned by terrified riders after water rose above the seats.

Torontonians trapped on low-lying streets waded through water, sometimes chest high, after more than 70 millimetres of rain fell downtown between 9 and 11 p.m. In 2013, a similar 100-year storm caused chaos in pockets across the city.

Either Mother Nature’s math is very poor or we need a new name for these weather events. Storm of the century just doesn’t cut it anymore.

This week’s storm, revealed stunning stories of fear, heroics and some dangerously close calls. Two men in a west-Toronto office building were trapped inside an elevator, with rapidly-rising water leaving them just a foot of air to breathe before they were finally rescued by two Toronto police officers. How fortunate that no one across the city died that night.

While climatologists work on a better phrase to reflect the new frequency of these storms, there’s another, far more important, consideration raised by all that murky water on city streets.

It’s a problem that must, finally, get — and keep — the attention of Toronto’s political leaders.

Compared to the infrastructure of modern cities, that have separate sanitary and stormwater systems, Toronto’s underground system is ancient. As a result, it doesn’t have the space to store water, when severe and localized storms drop massive amounts of rain. Worse still, is the fact that Toronto’s two underground systems are linked so that water people wade through is actually mixed with sewage.

Obviously, Mayor John Tory cannot be blamed for the weather. But after the storm passed this week, he rightly faced tough questions from reporters who knew that a year earlier, Tory shelved a city staff report that suggested ways to modernize Toronto’s stormwater management.

If the city has anything in its control, it is the ability to update old infrastructure. Politicians campaigning for jobs on city council should acknowledge that climate change is creating severe storms and support ways to fund the necessary improvements.

The staff report from 2017 had recommended options for storm water fees, like those added to water bills by Mississauga. Those charges range from $50 to $170 per year, based on the size of a building’s roof and the potential for water runoff. The bigger the building, the higher the fee. As a result, some $30 million annually is added to a dedicated fund that pays for maintenance and upgrades for Mississauga’s stormwater system. That’s putting money to good use.

The plan had also examined the water runoff problems caused by hard surfaces, like buildings, parking lots, driveways and walkways. Without enough greenspace to absorb moisture, water has no where to go but into storm sewers or basements.

Long before the report was written, those types of fee suggestions had been mocked by Doug Ford, now Ontario’s premier. He was a Toronto councillor then and along with his sidekick, councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, called the charges a “roof tax,” and a “measure to get into people’s pockets.” Now, water is getting into people’s basements — a cost covered by the homeowners and insurance companies.

The $1 billion cost of sewer backup claims from Toronto’s 2013 storm is now known as Canada’s most expensive insurance loss. Insurers have since warned that, if extreme storms continue, basements in some cities might be uninsurable.

Now that extreme weather can no longer be ignored, candidates running for political office should take a position: find ways to fund a modernized system or, be held accountable, after the next big storm.


          Determined diplomacy needed to mend relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia, experts say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

OTTAWA—Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia are likely to be frosty for a considerable time in the wake of this week’s bruising diplomatic meltdown and it will take determined fence-mending to restore the relationship, experts say.

“I think it’s going to take a cooling-off period, perhaps a significant cooling-off period for this brouhaha to pass over,” said Peter MacKay, who served as foreign affairs minister in the previous Conservative government.

Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Saudi Arabia’s “extraordinary, fierce and impetuous” reaction this week makes it tough to quickly get things back on an even keel.

“I think the chances of normalizing the bilateral relationship in the short term are quite low. The Saudis seem to have made a decision to turn Canada into an example for other countries,” said Paris, a University of Ottawa professor.

Thursday passed with no further apparent recriminations from Saudi Arabia, which this week has enacted a series of measures to underscore its anger at Canada’s criticism of the detention of several activists in the country, comments it branded as “blatant and unacceptable interference.”

Those measures include booting Canada’s ambassador from Riyadh, returning its own envoy home, ending the studies by more than 15,000 Saudi students at Canadian universities, halting the purchase of Canadian wheat and barley, suspending flights by its national airline to Toronto and freezing future trade and investments.

There has been no word whether a $15-billion contract inked in 2014 to supply Saudi Arabia with Canadian-made light armoured vehicles could also be in jeopardy.

It started when Freeland and her department took to social media to protest the Saudi detention of rights activists, including Samar Badawi. Her brother Raif was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam in his blogging. Ensaf Haidar, his wife, was given Canadian citizenship last month.

MacKay framed Saudi Arabia’s reaction as “unreasonable,” adding, “they’ve really gone over the top.” But he said the original Twitter comments were a “misstep” that Freeland likely wishes she could take back.

“Taking to Twitter to chastise a country like Saudi Arabia is probably ill-advised. Not the wrong subject matter, not even the wrong words. But Twitter is a blunt instrument,” said MacKay, who said the tweets were done in a “hectoring, cavalier, righteous way.”

“The more important question, how do we get out of this,” said MacKay, now a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Baker McKenzie.

MacKay said that Freeland has already started what he called the necessary “subtle, behind-the-scenes work” to resolve the crisis, noting her Tuesday telephone conversation with her Saudi counterpart.

“Short of a complete climb down, which I don’t see happening. I think it’s going to take some serious diplomatic stroking behind the scenes,” he said.

Saudi’s foreign minister has called on Canada to “fix its big mistake” but publicly offered no specifics on what Riyadh seeks to make amends.

Trudeau on Wednesday refused to back down, stating that the federal government would always speak “clearly and firmly” on human rights issues. But he did offer some potentially appeasing language, saying that Saudi Arabia is “making some progress when it comes to human rights.”

Paris said that the federal government now needs to keep its powder dry to avoid ramping up tensions.

“What’s important is that Canada not recant its defence of human rights but signals to Saudi Arabia that it wishes a more stable relationship and that Canada not escalate this dispute any further,” Paris said.

“The Saudis need to understand that Canada is not going to abandon its advocacy of human rights. If their position is ‘we’ll talk to you when you’re ready to apologize’, that’s not the basis for a constructive conversation,” Paris said in an interview.

He said that there are risks to Saudi Arabia too and that its “arbitrary” reaction could spook international investors at a time when the country is seeking billions of dollars in foreign investment to support domestic reforms.

He said the reaction of other countries to the dispute — that has seen some like Jordan, Russia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates side with Saudi Arabia while others like the U.S. and U.K. avoided taking sides — is a “significant symbol” of how global politics is changing.

The stance of the U.S. government is not surprising, Paris said, given that the Trump White House has shown little interest in addressing Saudi human rights issues.

More disappointing was to see European nations sitting on the sidelines, which Paris called a “very uncourageous stance.”

“What we’re getting is a glimpse of what the world looks like without the United States advocating for human rights. It’s a darker world in which autocrats feel emboldened and liberal democracies seek shelter,” Paris said.

Messages to Freeland’s office and the prime minister’s office were not returned Thursday.

Bruce Campion-Smith is the Star's Ottawa bureau chief and a reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier


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          Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug trafficking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore Hotel, police said Thursday.

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          Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Columbia University) In a new study, astronomers show how gas expelled in the merger of two small galaxies can linger across vast distances for billions of years, where it may eventually feed gas to more massive galaxies to make new stars.
          Viacom shares rise despite earnings declines magnified by cable-TV cord-cutting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Viacom Inc. touted its turnaround story Thursday but delivered fiscal third-quarter earnings that exposed the challenges of consumer cord-cutting — and just how much work the company must do to right the ship.

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          Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug trafficking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          How much of billionaires’ wealth might have de facto already been redistributed?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sir, John Gapper writes interestingly, from the perspective of how these are designed, about “public art museums funded by billionaires”. He concludes in that, as so many follow the same principles; it is beginning to have similitudes to a franchise. “Billionaires are franchising the art museum” August 9.

Currently in the political market, way too often we hear offers phrased in the simplistic terms of: “Let’s take it from the filthy-rich and give it to the poor and, Puff! all odious inequality will have disappeared.”

In order to stop the creation of those false expectations, which at the end only leads to frustrations and the enrichment of the of the redistribution and/or polarization profiteers, by increasing the value of their franchises, there is a real societal need for much more information. 

Like, what wealth to be redistributed are we talking about? How much might billionaires have already de facto redistributed their Main-street purchasing capacity wealth, by demanding and buying assets that no one else but them would be demanding, at least not at those ridiculously high prices?

Not long ago, someone really wealthy, by means of a sort of voluntary tax, froze US$ 450 million of real purchasing power on a wall, by acquiring Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Sir, I ask, how do you redistribute that painting without perhaps serious unexpected consequences? Cutting it in thousands of small-certified pieces, and selling these in the market for much more than US$ 450 million? 

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          New Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Banks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republican lawmakers are poised to hand even more money over to the institutions that need them least.
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Asian companies contribute $7 billion each year, to the sector, helping meet the demand for the large scale, quality construction & infrastructure projects that are needed, and to address labour shortages. Yet there's concern that many of these businesses currently sit outside the traditional sector model. That's why an Asian Construction Forum, is being organised in Auckland to help make it easier for Asian companies to do business here, and to upskill migrant workers. Ian Watt, is the General Manager of Productspec & Construction Marketing Services. Noah Bian, the Design Director from Flourishing Property Company Ltd. The Asian Construction Forum is being held between on Saturday 11th August at the Ellerslie Event Centre in Auckland and it is free to attend.
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The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) senior agricultural officer Keith Cressman. The FAW can feed on more than 80 crops, including rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton; however, its preferred crop is maize. The FAW is native to South America and was first noticed in West Africa in 2016. It has since spread to nearly all sub-Saharan countries in Africa, and is now poised to move into countries of North Africa.
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No, not its boss, Jack Dorsey. This guy. Twitter doesn’t want to move against hatemongers such as Alex Jones because if they do, it begs the question: why not Trump? The short answer is: $2 billion. That’s how much the Trump account is believed to be worth to Twitter, which is why it hasn’t blocked … Continue reading Twitter’s cowardice is all about one man
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Women who want to start their own businesses have the potential to boost the South African economy by R175 billion, according to new research released today by Facebook. The study, conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook* also reveals that if all the women who said they were ‘very likely’ to start a business [&hellip
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Tribune Media said in court filings Thursday that its merger path over the past 12 months with Sinclair Broadcast Group was bloodied not by regulatory pressure but by its partner's hubris, and is seeking $1 billion in damages to help heal its wounds. Tribune officially terminated its $3.9 billion ...
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          Why Jentezen Franklin Invited John Gray to the White House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One headline read, almost immediately after President Trump met with a group of Hispanic and black pastors in the White House last week: "Trump gives thumbs-up to prison sentencing reform bill at pivotal meeting." What that headline didn't reveal is the amazing amount of work it has taken to move this issue to a place where true reform is finally possible.

As is the case with any profound change in the top branches of government, it's the story behind the story that has made all of the difference. I've been honored to have been a part of a small group of Christian leaders, including Pastor Paula White, Pastor Jack Graham, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Bishop Harry Jackson and Rev. Johnnie Moore who have been working over the course of the last year in order to help advocate for this long-needed reform, and—in fact—a few of us met again immediately before the president's much-publicized meeting last week with many of the nation's most influential pastors from our minority communities.

While I celebrate the thousands upon thousands of lives that will be positively affected by these reforms, I am shocked and saddened to see the attack that some of those pastors received at the hands of thousands of their social media followers, many of which I'm sure they consider friends. And some are just vicious and outright evil.

One of those who has received vicious criticism is John Gray, a pastor I have known for over 15 years. He was a pastor at our church, and I had the honor of conducting his wedding ceremony. John went to that White House meeting at my invitation, knowing he could be one of the deciding voices on an issue that affects thousands of African-Americans nationwide and their families as well.

I invited John because I knew three things: First, I knew he was passionate about matters related to racial inequality in this country, as was the case for every pastor at that table. Second, I knew that when it came to the topic of prison reform, he was not only passionate, he was informed. And finally, I invited John knowing he is the last man to run from a fight on this topic, and that includes the highest office in the land. I knew he wouldn't be swayed by the magnitude of the moment or the trappings of the location. On all three points, I was correct. While there were powerful words spoken by the pastors in the room, John, while sitting at the president's side, spoke eloquently, competently and persuasively and made a difference.

When we were done with that meeting, the president then called a meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa; and Sens. Mike Lee, Utah; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; Tim Scott , South Carolina; and the White House's most passionate and unrelenting advocate for prison reform, Jared Kushner. Then, immediately after, they emerged with a press conference declaring that the president had decided he was ready to move toward making these desperately needed changes a reality, and soon. You will notice that two of the senators key to this legislation are senators from the state where John Gray now resides and pastors, South Carolina.

This reform is right and smart. The number of inmates in federal prisons has swelled from 25,000 in 1980 to more than 205,000 in 2015, and taxpayer spending on federal inmates has increased from $330 million to $7.5 billion over that span, according to the Congressional Research Service. The core of the proposed prison reform agenda is to dramatically affect the lives of nonviolent offenders in both sentencing, rehabilitation services and reentry into everyday life, ultimately removing "felon" from their records, which has been a major cause of preventing returning citizens from getting the jobs they need to live and support their families.

In any other setting, people from both sides of the aisle and certainly Christians would celebrate this legislation as a victory and a major step forward in rehabilitating and restoring lives to millions of forgotten men and women. But because John sat at a table with Donald Trump, he and a few others have been vilified and maligned by the very people who otherwise would agree with everything that just happened. I'm not talking merely about a disagreement; we all have the right to disagree with one another. But when it turns to personal attacks and language that is intentionally hurtful and destructive, it is wrong. It's pure hatred, not for the cause John stood for, but for even attending the meeting.

Every single time in the Old or New Testament when God's people were brought before the rulers and judges in the land for counsel or anything else, they stood before the ruler, sometimes even with a pagan ruler. But when that moment arose where they were called upon, they responded and gave the counsel God placed in their hearts to give. Joseph, Esther, Daniel and prophet after prophet stood before kings and rulers and spoke what God told them to say, and many times, it altered the trajectory of a nation. Why would we think it any different today?

Every time I have prayed for or given counsel to a government leader, it has always been at their request, and every time I am able, I go where I am invited and speak what the Lord lays on my heart to say. It matters not if that person is a Republican or a Democrat, left or right. They are a human being just like me and they have the same Creator I do. God can move the heart of any leader, so why wouldn't I go and give them the counsel they have asked to receive? Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation."

Our spiritual leaders represent the voice of righteousness in our culture.

I've faced serious criticism, but never like what Pastor John Gray endured last week. I admire his unwavering commitment to be a voice of righteousness, and to care more about the opinion of Jesus than the opinion of critics.

Within a few short months, I am hopeful we will see this legislation pass, and the trajectory of thousands of lives and families altered forever. I am also praying for those who would heap this kind of hatred on a man of God like John Gray, for the Bible is very clear about the consequences for leaders who raise their voices in judgment against those anointed by God.

John Gray is a leader for our time and a true man of God. I'm honored to stand with him in advance of prison reform.

Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books, including his latest, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt.


          Qatar Airways is the Prestige Partner of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qatar Airways is proud to announce that it is the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, taking place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from 18 August until 2 September 2018. The highly-anticipated sporting event will bring athletes from 45 participating nations to Jakarta and Palembang to compete for the coveted prizes.

To mark this occasion, a high-level signing ceremony took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 9 August 2018, in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Jusuf Kalla; the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Hamar and the President of the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organising Committee (INASGOC), Mr. Erick Thohir. Following the tremendous success of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, of which Qatar Airways was the Official Partner and Official Airline, the national carrier of the State of Qatar has now shifted its focus from Russia to Asia, to expand its global portfolio and celebrate its strong ties across the continent.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, and to once more unite fans from around the world through a shared love of sport. This highly-anticipated event strengthens our extensive global sporting portfolio and asserts our continuous dedication to celebrating sports as a means of bringing people together. We are tremendously proud to be flying the Qatar team of more than 200 athletes to Jakarta for the event, and we look forward to welcoming all fans to Jakarta and Palembang.”

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Hamar, said: “I am very proud that Qatar’s multiple award-winning national flag carrier, Qatar Airways is the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games. This is a significant and historic moment for the State of Qatar and the Republic of Indonesia and will further strengthen the already strong bonds that exist between the two nations. This important partnership will further increase tourism and business links between Qatar and Indonesia as well as extending Qatar’s warm hospitality and welcoming culture to the people of Indonesia and fans from around the world. We look forward to continuing to deepen relations between the Qatari and Indonesian people and wish all teams the best of luck.”

President of the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organising Committee (INASGOC), Mr. Erick Thohir, said: “We greatly appreciate Qatar Airways’ support of the Asian Games 2018 and look forward to the success of this new and exciting partnership. This event is not an ordinary sports tournament, but an important occasion that promotes both peace and unity between countries in Asia. We wish all participating nations the best of luck in this memorable world-class event.” This is the second time that Qatar Airways has sponsored the Asian Games; the national carrier of the State of Qatar was also the Official Airline of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, where it proudly welcomed thousands of fans from around the world to watch the games unfold in what was the biggest sporting event in the history of Qatar. Qatar Airways wishes Qatar’s national team all the best in the competition.

The Asian Games is a pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years, and is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The prestigious competition is organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and will include 61 sporting disciplines in more than 40 facilities throughout the two host cities. Qatar Airways will proudly fly the Qatar team, consisting of more than 200 athletes, to Jakarta for the event. The award-winning airline currently provides triple-daily services to Jakarta, served by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, and triple-daily services to Denpasar, served by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring 24 seats in Business Class and 388 seats in Economy Class.

In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, will give Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the  2022 World Cup Qatar™, with an expected audience reach of more than two billion people. The agreement sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the FIFA Under-20 and Under 17 World Cups™, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, and the FIFA Interactive World Cup™.

In addition to its existing partnership with the German football club giants FC Bayern München AG, for which it is a Platinum Partner, Qatar Airways also recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with Italian football club AS Roma, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor; and with Argentinian football club Boca Juniors, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor. Qatar Airways made headline news last month at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, with a number of high-profile announcements and award wins. The airline picked up four prestigious awards at this year’s 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards, being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the sixth time and third consecutive year; ‘Best Airline In The Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.

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          Puerto Rico Estimates It Will Cost $139 Billion To Fully Recover From Hurricane Maria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Puerto Rico has submitted a report to Congress in which it pegs $139 billion as the amount it will need to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
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Puerto Rico has submitted a report to Congress in which it pegs $139 billion as the amount it will need to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
          How Tribune Media's $3.9 Billion Merger With Sinclair Fell Apart      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tribune Media says it's pulling out of a proposed merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group while also announcing a $1 billion lawsuit against the conservative television company saying its "misconduct" torpedoed the deal.
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(<i>....or am I missing something ?</i> Tim Flannery blathering on about the statistical probability of longer. more-intense, and more-widespread droughts over the medium-term? Malcolm tossing accounting-units around like externality-chaff? A no-not-really tethered to <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/environment/renewable-energy-expense-attacked-as-australia-gifts-41-billion-to-fossil-fuels-20150724-gijsvh.html" rel="nofollow">some sort</a> of a really-real-reality?)
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Puerto Rico sends costlier reconstruction plan to U.S. Congress(Reuters) - Puerto Rico submitted a recovery plan to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that carries an estimated price tag of $139 billion, which is 47 percent more than the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth requested in November. The economic and disaster recovery plan allocates the money to housing, water and energy systems, education, transportation, public buildings, communications, planning, municipalities, as well as to the economy and environment, according to Governor Ricardo Rossello's office. Puerto Rico's severe financial problems, which led to bankruptcy court in May 2017 to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations, were compounded by destructive hurricanes that hit the island in September.



          Tribune Kills Merger, Sues Sinclair For Its 'Unnecessarily Aggressive' Merger Sales Pitch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Sinclair Broadcast Group's $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media has reached an inauspicious end. Tribune has formally announced that it's not only terminating the planned merger, but will be filing a lawsuit (pdf) against Sinclair for what the company states was an "unnecessarily aggressive" sales pitch to FCC regulators and the DOJ. According to Tribune, it's hoping to recoup its losses and "hold Sinclair accountable" for causing the companies' controversial merger to implode:

"In light of the FCC’s unanimous decision, referring the issue of Sinclair’s conduct for a hearing before an administrative law judge, our merger cannot be completed within an acceptable timeframe, if ever,” said Peter Kern, Tribune Media’s Chief Executive Officer. “This uncertainty and delay would be detrimental to our company and our shareholders. Accordingly, we have exercised our right to terminate the Merger Agreement, and, by way of our lawsuit, intend to hold Sinclair accountable."

If you recall, the merger was on life support after the FCC shoveled the merger off to an administrative law judge for review, a move traditionally seen as a death knell for such deals. The FCC was prompted, in part, by allegations from numerous critics on both sides of the partisan aisle alleging that the company had tried to use "sham" transactions to pretend the merger fell within media ownership limits.

As it stands, law prohibits any one broadcaster from reaching more than 38% of U.S. homes, a rule designed to protect local reporting, competition and opinion diversity from monopoly power. The Sinclair deal would have given the company ownership of more than 230 stations, extending its reach to 72% of U.S. households. Critics charge Sinclair attempted to skirt around this limit by trying to offload numerous stations to Sinclair-linked companies and allies, some of which had absolutely no broadcast experience, with an eye on simply re-acquiring them later at bargain-basement prices.

If you've watched the viral Deadspin video or John Oliver segment on Sinclair's creepy, facts-optional "news" reporting, you should have a pretty good idea why the merger was so controversial. It was, effectively, an attempt to dominate local broadcasting and fill the airwaves with what many have argued is little more than Trump-friendly disinformation.

Sinclair's efforts were buoyed by Ajit Pai's FCC, which had spent the better part of the last year attempting to neuter media consolidation rules in order to grease the skids for the deal. That included eliminating rules requiring a broadcaster have a physical local office, restoring obscure, un-needed regulations specifically to aid Sinclair's bid to limbo under media ownership rules (odd for a guy that endlessly whines about "unnecessary, burdensome regulations"), and even contemplating elimination of the media ownership cap entirely, authority the FCC doesn't actually have.

While the FCC tried to claim that the carefully-coordinated and times skid greasing was all just quirky happenstance, the effort was so blatant that it resulted in an ongoing FCC investigation into potential corruption and coordination by Pai. That investigation, in turn, likely helped contribute to Pai's about face on the deal, given it's abundantly clear that the agency head has post-FCC political ambitions (though his attacks on net neutrality may have something to say about that).

Granted while the deal is dead, the regulatory and market dysfunction that birthed it remains. And the massive FCC erosion of decades-old media consolidation rules also remains, paving the way to potentially even worse deals waiting just over the horizon.



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          Does Wayfair Have Just What Investors Need?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You might know Wayfair NYSE W 160 as the e commerce player that took a category few bothered with online and turned it into a multi billion dollar growth machine To some investors Wayfair has joined the fabled ranks of Amazon proof NASDAQ AMZN 160 companies In
          Nevsun rejects Lundin's hostile takeover bid      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Alnylam About A Week Away From Its First Approval      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With an FDA PDUFA date about one week away for its lead drug patisiran (which Alnylam (ALNY) will market as “Onpattro”), the value in the company’s second quarter earnings report was mostly in regard to its pipeline updates. Alynylam has ample cash to continue moving its deep clinical pipeline toward commercialization, and Alnylam could well be looking at meaningful new drug approvals in 2018 (patisiran), 2019 (givosiran), 2020 (lumasiran, fitusiran, and inclisiran), and 2021 (ALN-TTRsc02), with total peak-revenue potential in the multiple billions of dollars.

Alnylam shares have been weak of late, and there is some modest risk going into the PDUFA date – less so in terms of whether the drug will be approved, but rather what the label will look like. There will also be a more detailed presentation of data from Pfizer’s (PFE) tafamadis later this month, a drug that has more recently re-emerged as a potential competitive threat. All told, though, I believe Alynylam shares remain substantially undervalued today.

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I know they don't teach basic civics in school any longer, but I'm old enough to have learned that we are a country of immigrants and that America was great because it was a melting pot-- even better than Canada which was disparaged as a mosaic in comparison. When Trump unchains his in-house neo-Nazi co-conspirator, Stephen Miller, and allows him to turn his energy (and bigotry) against legal immigrants, the Regime is directly attacking every family in the country. Remember when you read below, that Miller was the brilliant strategist behind family separation and border kidnappings. Yesterday the Jewish Daily Forward warned its readers that Miller's new plan stops citizenship for legal immigrants. The story originates with Julia Ainsley at NBC News, explaining how the Trumpist regime plans to "make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare."

And they plan to institute this newest Miller attack against America without congressional approval. He's drafting a plan that would target "immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children's health insurance, food stamps and other benefits."
Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don't pay enough to support their families.

Many are like Louis Charles, a Haitian green-card holder seeking citizenship who, despite working up to 80 hours a week as a nursing assistant, has had to use public programs to support his disabled adult daughter.

Using some public benefits like Social Security Insurance has already hindered immigrants from obtaining legal status in the past, but the programs included in the recent draft plan could mean that immigrant households earning as much as 250 percent of the poverty level could be rejected.

...Miller, along with several of his former congressional colleagues who now hold prominent positions in the Trump administration, have long sought to decrease the number of immigrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year. And even before the rule is in place, the administration has made it more difficult for immigrants to gain green cards and for green-card holders to gain citizenship.

[Note: Miller was never in Congress, although he worked for several Republican racists and xenophobes-- Jeff Sessions, Michele Bachmann, Dave Brat and John Shadegg.]



Charles, the Haitian green-card holder who works as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital near Boston, said he was stunned to learn his application for citizenship had been denied. He had used a fake passport given to him by smugglers when he entered the U.S. from Haiti in 1989, but confessed to border officers and received a waiver from USCIS absolving him of his wrongdoing and allowing him to obtain a green card in 2011.

Now 55, Charles is a homeowner and a taxpayer and thought obtaining citizenship would be a smooth process. "I thought in this country everything was square and fair," Charles said.

But when he went for his citizenship interview in August 2017, the USCIS officers told him they were going to revisit the decision to waive the fake passport incident, meaning he could potentially lose his green card as well.

Then he received a letter in September telling him his request for citizenship had been denied.

He appealed the decision, but as he waits for a final verdict, his lawyer says his green-card status may also now be in question.

In late November, the Trump administration announced they would end temporary protected status for Haitians who came to the U.S. after the deadly 2010 earthquake. Charles's wife was a recipient of that protection and without him becoming a citizen, he would be unable to vouch for her.

But Charles's biggest concern is his daughter. Although she is in her 20s and a U.S. citizen, she has severe disabilities that make it impossible for her to live by herself.

Charles is unaware of Miller's new plan to limit citizenship for immigrants who have used public assistance. But it is likely to affect him because he has used public assistance to help care for his daughter, so she could end up further hurting his chances for citizenship.

Though its effects could be far-reaching, the proposal to limit citizenship to immigrants who have not used public assistance does not appear to need Congressional approval. As the Clinton administration did in 1999, the Trump administration would be redefining the term "public charge," which first emerged in immigration law in the 1800s in order to shield the U.S. from burdening too many immigrants who could not contribute to society.

..."Any policy forcing millions of families to choose between the denial of status and food or health care would exacerbate serious problems such as hunger, unmet health needs, child poverty, and homelessness, with lasting consequences for families' wellbeing and long-term success and community prosperity," said the National Immigration Law Center in a statement.
There's a Kurt Cobain quote-- a fake Kurt Cobain quote, as it turns out-- being circulated on the Internet. I know it's fake because Danny Goldberg, the manager of Cobain's band, Nirvana, decided to write about it this week at The Nation. The fake quote, which was first posted on the Trump Train Facebook page asserted that Cobain predicted "We’ll elect a true outsider. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a business tycoon… Someone like Donald Trump." Danny set the record straight:
I know that the quote is not only made up but it is also a grotesque perversion of Kurt’s beliefs. He often differentiated Nirvana from more overtly political punk bands like Dead Kennedys and Fugazi, but Kurt was unambiguous about where his political sentiments lay and, although he identified with anarchist imagery in some contexts, Kurt had no problem making choices at election time.

I remember the excitement in his voice when he called to tell me that he and Courtney Love had just contributed $100 each to Jerry Brown’s campaign for president in the Democratic primary in 1992. A few months later, Sergio Marchi, an Argentinian journalist, asked Kurt if he planned to vote in the general election, and Kurt answered “Yeah, I’ll vote for Clinton. The Democrats are very conservative but at least they are not as conservative as the Republicans.” Regarding the billionaire businessman third-party candidate Ross Perot, Kurt was equally clear: “The guy sucks. He’s rich; I don’t trust him as president.”

After the election, in an interview for The Advocate, Kurt elaborated: “I was helpless when I was 12 and Reagan was elected and there was nothing I could do about it. But now this generation is growing up and they’re in their mid-20s and they’re not putting up with it. I would rather have had Jerry Brown but I’m definitely happy that Clinton is in…. Chelsea seems like a pretty neat person, a Birkenstock wearing kid,” adding “Amy Carter’s pretty cool too from what I’ve heard. She’s been seen at Butthole Surfers concerts.”

Trump’s misogynistic attitude towards women would have deeply offended Kurt, who detested bullies and sexists. Explaining the lyrics to his song “In Bloom” when Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind was released, Kurt was explicit: “I don’t like rednecks, I don’t like macho men, I don’t like abusive people.”

I suspect that Kurt would also have been appalled by the idea of a reality-TV star becoming president. In his famous chorus to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kurt sang, “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us.” He was not endorsing hypnotic passivity, he was satirizing it. As those who program Trump-supporting bots know, apathy and cynicism help discourage some people from voting, a syndrome that inevitably helps Republicans.

...To make his values clear Kurt wrote in the liner notes of the Nirvana compilation Incesticide, “I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us-- leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”

No one can know for sure how Kurt would view the coming mid-terms, but he did say in that Argentinian interview that he did just before the 1992 election: “Republicans are an incarnation of Satan. I hate them.”



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          Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes And More To Headline 2018 Global Citizen Festival      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Janet Jackson: Profile

International advocacy organization Global Citizen today announced that headliners Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae will perform at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, the free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and for the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner.

A special guest performance will be given by John Legend.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness return as lead hosts for the 5th year.

Co-hosts will include Camren Bicondova, Cynthia Erivo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Gus Kenworthy, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell, and Rachel Brosnahan.

The 2018 festival will serve as a platform from which millions of Global Citizens around the world will demand that world leaders fulfill their obligation to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.

Building off momentum by activists and students from across the globe, Global Citizens and music fans will stand together to call on world leaders to uphold their responsibilities towards improving the quality of health care and nutrition that women receive during adolescence and childbirth, ensuring girls do not marry before they are ready, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic waste worldwide, ending the criminalization of poverty, providing quality education for all, and ensuring the United States fully funds its foreign aid budget.

Coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s Festival is a continuation of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign; a series of global events honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, said, “In 2018, it is more important than ever for Global Citizens here in the United States and around the world to demand their voices be heard – through activism and at the polls – so that we can continue progress towards a world free from needless suffering and want. We are truly grateful to have such incredible artists, hosts and partners standing with us in a moment of history so pivotal in our fight to achieve the global goals and end extreme poverty.”

“We’re incredibly proud to take our support of Global Citizen Festival to the next level as Presenting Partner. As a global bank that is committed to welcoming what’s next, we look forward to helping bring together citizens around the world to stand for issues that matter most and foster meaningful change,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer CMO, Citi

The Weeknd said, “It is invaluable to be in a position where I can use my voice to help the millions of people in need. I am honored to align myself with Global Citizen in the fight to end world poverty.”

Shawn Mendes said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. It’s an honor to be able to use my platform and music to help those in the world who need it most.”

John Legend said, “I’m proud to be supporting Global Citizen again to help focus people’s energy and attention on the issues that matter. I believe we need to look at human beings across the world as our brothers and sisters and do everything we can do to end extreme poverty to make life more livable. We are more powerful when we come together like this.”

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness said, “We are thrilled to be returning for this year’s Global Citizen Festival. It is important that we continue to work towards ending extreme poverty. On September 29, tens of thousands of Global Citizens will come together to celebrate being a part of this movement and the impact of their actions, and we cannot wait to be a part of it.”

Camren Bicondova said, “I am beyond honored and thankful to be a host at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, advocating for rising voices and actions taken. Here’s to making the world a better place.”

Cynthia Erivo said, “I am thrilled to join the millions of Global Citizens who are helping to make our world a better place. By joining together to make our voices heard, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poor.”

Forest Whitaker said, “This year, it’s more important than ever that we bring attention to extreme poverty and ask our leaders to take action. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish at this year’s Global Citizen Festival.”

Gus Kenworthy said, “I believe that if we all speak up and do our part, we can accomplish great things for the world’s poor. I’m excited to support Global Citizen and join a movement that will help put an end to extreme poverty.”

Kal Penn said, “Our voices remain potent and powerful. It is critical that we reject the culture of fear and cynicism, and instead lift up those among us who need our help. That is why I continue to be a proud supporter of Global Citizen and believe that together we can end world poverty.”

La La Anthony said, “Being a part of the Global Citizen movement and helping to end extreme poverty continues to be important to me. I can’t wait to see what commitments we can achieve by September.”

Rachel Brosnahan said, “Global Citizen is about creating a movement and bringing attention to the difficult choices people living in extreme poverty have to face every day. I’m so happy to be back for another year of supporting this organization that unites people all over the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.”

The 2018 Global Citizen Festival will be presented for the first time by Citi. The leading global bank has been a proud partner of the festival since inception.

Live Nation return for the third consecutive year as production partner.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival broadcast will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

For the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner and will broadcast live from Central Park on over 150 radio stations across the U.S. and streamed on the iHeartRadio app.

The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson.

Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, and NYC Parks.
Associate Partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.

Global Citizens can earn their admission to the free-ticketed Festival by joining the movement at glblctzn.me/nyc2018 by downloading the Global Citizen app. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified by Global Citizen when they have been selected.

Specific goals for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival campaigns include:
Calling on Congress to resist the White House’s proposed cuts of 32% to American aid programs, which would devastate the fight against extreme poverty.
Calling on the G7 countries to contribute to the $2 billion needed to tackle the world’s maternal health crisis that sees more than 5 million mothers and children die of preventable conditions every year.

Ending the criminalization of poverty, through eliminating and drastically reducing the use of cash bail in jurisdictions including New York State.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.

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ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

THE WAR ON TERROR

What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


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Okay, Trump isn't really going to be pee-boarding anyone (darn it), but just because a story isn't true is no reason not to report it.  At least, in 2017 that seems to be the prevailing journalistic philosophy after a number of news outlets, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and hyperbole, published reports that the Russians were ready to blackmail Donald Trump with secret videos of the billionaire in a Moscow hotel room, paying prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" scenario (peeing) on a bed once used by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The only problem is that there's no evidence whatsoever that this ever happened. None. It's complete and utter claptrap, and less believable than the rumor that the Russians have video of the night the Obamas used that hotel room and someone ended up getting a "dirty Sanchez." (If you don't know the term, for the love of all that's holy don't look it up.  Let's just say it's a sexual act invented by liberals who really, really deserve to be turned into pillars of salt.)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump quickly dismissed the preposterous tale - and subsequently refused to take questions from a CNN reporter because that organization was one of the purveyors of this "fake news." Score one for The Donald!

The so-called "Trump Blackmail" dossier has apparently been kicking around for months, with many people in government and media aware of its existence, but unable to do anything with it since none of the accusations held up to scrutiny. Which is frequently the case when a story is complete and utter bullcrap.

Still, the fictitious scandal developed a life of its own behind closed doors. If we're getting the story right (which seems quaint, doesn't it?), the dossier found its way into the hands of John McCain who was so stunned by the scatological accusations that he spat out the acorns he'd been storing in his cheeks for winter.

McCain then gave the report to FBI Director (and unindicted Hillary co-conspirator) James Comey, who - instead of burning the report and suggesting that McCain check into a 12-step program -  apparently slipped the information to perennial lunatic Harry Reid, who demanded the allegations be made public to derail Trump's run to the White House. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who gleefully boasts about lying his ass off regarding Mitt Romney's taxes as an act of political sabotage.

(And on a side note, Harry, absolutely no one believes your story of getting your face battered and bruised by an exercise rubber band gone rogue. Rather, we strongly suspect that person or persons unknown beat the living tar out of you, then disappeared into the shadows before we could offer to buy them several rounds of drinks.)

Passed around as indiscriminately as Bill Clinton's DNA, the report eventually found it's way to the NBC-affiliated "news" website Buzzfeed (so named because Buttfeed was apparently already taken) which printed every scurrilous word online - kicking off a massive "me too" campaign of other alleged news organization linking to the story without even pretending to fact-check.

As alleged actress Meryl Streep said only days ago, "Disrespect invites disrespect" and "when the powerful use their positions to bully, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage."

So far, the real outrages seem to be generated by a press which has deserted anything remotely like principle.

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          2016 - The Year in Rebuke (Part One)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If we had to sum up 2016 in a single word, it would be...unprintable. Seriously, we'd be working hard to come up with the vilest, most appalling, utterly disgusting and likely illegal word in our rich, albeit genuinely filthy vocabulary - and even then we'd fail to do justice to this rotten collection of months.

Fortunately, we don't have to sum things up in a single word. We have this entire page to work with, so let's dive straight into...

JANUARY


The year hits the ground running (like an abscessed boil) when the Post Office releases a "Forever" stamp commemorating the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, which honors the willingness of Ibrahim to slit his son's throat after being "triple dog dared" by Allah. As part of the festival, modern Muslims are still expected to sacrifice their best farm animal...assuming they have the financial ability to first buy it an orange jumpsuit and get it to pose for a Youtube video.

And speaking of people associated with Youtube videos, Hillary Clinton stays busy denying that she  ever had classified documents on her private email server. An assertion which, like everything else Hillary has ever said, turns out to be wildly untrue.


Of course, not all newsworthy events were domestic. Or even comprehensible...


John "You Rang?" Kerry comes out with the least encouraging pronouncement imaginable about the throat-cutting, suicide-bombing, allegedly non-Islamic murderers of ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, or whatever the hell other name the administration thinks likely to be unrecognized by Democratic voters.

Specifically, Kerry further downgrades our nation's goal from "destroying, degrading, or disrupting" the maniacal killers to merely "denting" them. His goal apparently being to make Hillary look like only the second worst Secretary of State ever, just in time for...

FEBRUARY


Early in the Democratic debate process, Martin O'Malley shocks everyone by announcing that he'd dropped out of the race - which was the first time anyone knew he'd been in the race.

Following Hillary Clinton's discovery in Iowa that she is less popular among young females than a yeast infection, Hillary asks herself what vivacious, high-powered celebrity superstar could help her reel in youthful female votes in New Hampsire, and she comes up with...


Oddly, threats of eternal damnation don't save Hillary from a landslide loss to Bernie Sanders, causing Hillary to break out the really big gun...


But just as things get really bleak for Hillary, the entire political landscape is changed by an unexpected death...


Beloved conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly dies in bed with a pillow on his head. A local judge pronounces the death due to natural causes without seeing the body or ordering an autopsy, because Obamacare doesn't cover those things.

In the following days, Obama decides to skip Scalia's funeral owing to an absolutely unavoidable scheduling conflict involving a critical tee time...


The country will not see such a blatantly petty snub again until, well, a few days later in...

MARCH


"If I didn't attend a funeral for a sitting Supreme Court Justice," the president may well have said, "I sure as hell won't be wasting my time going to one for some first lady. There's nothing less important than a first lady!"

In his place, the president appropriately sends...the first lady.

And speaking of skipping commitments, seemingly unstoppable primary candidate Donald Trump has a few clearly expressed ideas on the subject...


But of course, there's more than just an election going on. Barack Obama is still holding the reins and shaping critical foreign policy. Which is how we ended up with...


In his never-ending quest to build a legacy, the president tries to normalize relations with the oppressive communist dictatorship of Cuba in hopes of increasing the number of investment opportunities for his wealthy donors, and decreasing the number of Cuban immigrants whose children might grow up to become conservative GOP presidential candidates.

But only days later, the world is again shocked by a brutal act of terrorism - this time in a Brussels airport. Despite his busy travel schedule, Obama immediately swings into action...


Rather than doing diddly-squat about the carnage in Brussels, Obama attends a baseball game with new BFF Raul Castro, then jets off to Argentina where he performes a pelvis-grinding tango at a state dinner to prove his masculinity to ISIS.

Which brings us to...

APRIL


To help shore up support from women who just can't seem to understand the whole complicated "birds & bees" thing, Hillary declares that "unborn persons" have no rights - making it perfectly acceptable to take viable children in the final days (or hours) of gestation and turn them into chop suey. An observation that Bernie Sanders quickly echoes, while admitting that it's put him off Chinese take-out for awhile.

But life and death issues soon take a backseat to a far more important crisis in America...

Springsteen and other (ahem) "artists" boycott North Carolina following passage of a law which segregates bathroom privileges based exclusively on an individual's God-given plumbing rather than their current (and sometimes whimsically flexible) gender self-identification.  This kicks off a firestorm of controversy around the country as liberals try to force businesses to create new bathrooms for each of the 51 sexual genders (no, really) recognized by Facebook, or at least let anyone who enjoys peeing in front of kids do so to fight discrimination.

The country becomes so embroiled in the issue that it becomes necessary for Barack Obama to remind the nation who truly suffers from discrimination in our wretched country...

The tone deaf president assembles a group of allegedly popular rappers (including Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Wale, DJ Khaled, and others we couldn't possibly pick out of a police line-up) to help with his "Brother's Keeper" initiative which is designed to encourage young black men to avoid incarceration for undocumented acts of wealth redistribution.

Unfortunately, during the president's remarks, rapper Rick Ross's court-ordered ankle bracelet goes off. It turns out that the man selected by Mr. Obama to serve as an exemplary racial role model is required to wear the device until his trial date for aggravated assault and battery, pistol-whipping, and kidnapping.

Were the other dignitaries at the summit nonplussed? Based on their actual pictures below, we're guessing not...


Meanwhile, as the primaries wear on, people finally start realizing that Trump might actually become the GOP nominee...


By the way, in case you don't know, the cartoon above is a tribute to "Forbidden Planet," which is the best sci-fi movie ever made. If you've never seen it, get your hands on it and watch it NOW while the rest of us move on to...

MAY


By a significant margin, Hoosiers go to the polls to declare that they find Trump to be the candidate who is outstanding in the field. And trust us, Indiana folk (like us!) love jokes about fields. But feeling distinctly un-loved, Cruz says "enough" and drops out of the race, practically guaranteeing Trump's nomination.

Assuming, of course, that he doesn't fall prey to the latest death-dealing malady inflaming the media...


In response to the dread threat hypothetically presented by mosquito-borne Zika virus, Barack Obama requests $2 billion to prevent the blood-sucking parasites coming across our southern border from wreaking destruction. The $2 billion will be used to put the young mosquitoes in good schools, settle their families in middle class neighborhoods, and give the grown mosquitoes some walking around money until they can find permanent blood-sucking jobs in government.

That is, unless someone intends to drastically reduce the number of blood-sucking jobs in government...


Donald Trump "seals the deal" when his delegate count pushes over the magic number of 1,237 with multiple states left to go to further pad his margin of victory.  The people have spoken - and they're using very short (frequently 4-letter) words as they storm into...

JUNE

Because Donald Trump's blunt candor is generating so many news stories, Barack Obama jumps back into the erudition spotlight with a devastatingly brutal dissection of contemporaneous political rhetoric and offers wise analytical advice...


Of course, there's no "okey-doke" going on in the Democratic primaries. Everything is honest, legit, and above board...


Bernie Sanders grows peevish when the Associated Press declares Hillary to be the overall winner of Democratic primaries which haven't happened yet. It's almost like a conspiracy of some sort is working against him - but that's crazy, right?

Then without warning...


Terror returns to the United States in the form of an ISIS-inspired lunatic who kills and wounds over 100 people at a Gay nightclub in Orlando, before being sent straight to Hell by a policeman's bullet.

Authorities struggle to discern the killer's motives, having nothing to go on other than his actual 911 phone call in which he swears allegiance to ISIS, and shouts"Allahu Akbar" during his death-dealing spree.

Such a vile act is obviously unacceptable to the Obama administration, and they move quickly to let future terrorists know what they'll be up against...


Frankly, all of these events are getting so overwhelming that Hope n' Change needs a little time off - so we play hooky for a week, confident that it will be a slow period for news.

We are, of course, dead wrong...


(END OF PART ONE - JOIN US WEDNESDAY TO WRAP UP THE YEAR!)


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Run, forest, run!
Hillary Clinton, who was desperately pushing a "free college education" pledge to win votes from the young and simple-minded, got her own college education Monday for the low, low cost of only $1.2 billion in campaign spending. Because Monday was when the members of the electoral college finally voted to officially make Donald Trump the winner of the 2016 Presidential election.

While Hillary still has ongoing grudges (and perhaps assassination contracts) against Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner, and schizophrenic FBI director James Comey for her loss on November 8th, the former first lady is blaming one and only one person for her massive electoral college loss: former actress (and recognizable human) Loretta Swit...

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At the plastic surgeon's she went full retread. You should NEVER go full retread.
Swit was one of a handful of alleged celebrities who appeared in a last-gasp ad which encouraged electoral college voters to cast their ballots for somone - anyone - other than the man who actually won the Presidential election.  Clearly, no minds were changed...although we imagine the electors will continue to have screaming nightmares for the rest of their lives.

And so, Hope n' Change is emitting a small (but cautious) sigh of relief as it appears that the election results will really stick, and Hillary will be forced to spend the rest of her days out in that poplar forest foraging for grubs, berries, and nonexistent Foundation donors while muttering obscenities in the snow.

As Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, every one!"


          China's Tariff Turnaround: U.S. Crude Oil Drops Off the Target List      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As China made good on its threat to impose 25% tariffs on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, one big-ticket item originally on its hit list was conspicuously missing: crude oil.

          WeWork Raises $1 Billion in Debt From SoftBank as Revenue Doubles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WeWork on Thursday disclosed it raised another $1 billion in funding from SoftBank, as the shared-office company continues its rapid growth by doubling revenue but piling up losses.

          Norwegian Outlook Gets Even More Bullish      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Published in: Cruise News

Norwegian Bliss in Vallarta

A robust macroeconomic environment that shows no sign of weakening is driving earnings performance for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, according to President and CEO Frank Del Rio.

He said 2019 bookings had recently accelerated at higher prices. As of June 30, advanced ticket sales were up 26 percent, Del Rio said, with capacity growth up 9 percent, setting up what could be a positive financial performance. 

Del Rio was speaking on the company’s Thursday morning second quarter earnings call, where the news was good as Norwegian exceeded earnings expectations and increased its full year adjusted EPS guidance.

Total revenue increased to $1.52 billion from $1.34 billion the prior year, with gains in both ticket price and onboard revenue.

Net income was also well up, reported at $226.7 million compared to $198.5 million last year.

Fuel cost was up, but the company saw reduced fuel consumption thanks to better performance than expected from new ships and energy savings initiatives.

With the Bliss sailing from Seattle for her inaugural season, Del Rio said the ship was breaking onboard revenue records “sailing after sailing.”

The company’s Alaska capacity is up 15 percent this summer, Del Rio said, with ticket pricing up 25 percent.

A positive economic environment in North America is leading to a wealth effect, he said, helping drive bookings, the booking window and onboard spend.

A “strategic shift in deployment” that is taking the Norwegian Joy away from the Chinese market has led to a domino effect in ship deployment that will drive earnings, putting assets in underserved markets.

The Joy will move into Alaska, a mature market, with Del Rio adding that the company has “time and time again” proved it has been able to add capacity and drive growth in net yields.

For the winter season, the Joy will move to Los Angeles, offering Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal sailings, a market Del Rio said was underserved. 

As for the industry’s supply growth, Del Rio pointed to Norwegian’s acquisition of Prestige, where the company absorbed outside supply while growing net yield.


          Norwegian Reports 2018 Q2 Earnings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Published in: Cruise News

Norwegian Bliss in Los Angeles

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018, as well as provided guidance for the third quarter and full year 2018.

The company generated GAAP net income of $226.7 million or EPS of $1.01 compared to $198.5 million or $0.87 in the prior year. 

Adjusted Net Income was $271.9 million or Adjusted EPS of $1.21 compared to $232.7 million or $1.02 in the prior year.  Adjusted EPS outperformed guidance by $0.19.

Total revenue increased 13.2% to $1.5 billion. Gross Yield increased 4.3%.  Net Yield increased 4.0% on a Constant Currency basis, outperforming guidance by 200 basis points.

The company expects to generate record earnings for full year 2018 and has increased its outlook above the high end of its previous guidance range, with Adjusted EPS now expected to be in the range of $4.70 to $4.80. This includes an expected $0.10 impact, split evenly between revenue and expense, as a result of the recently announced itinerary optimization initiatives which will benefit future periods. Excluding this impact, the midpoint of Adjusted EPS guidance would have increased to approximately $4.85.

2018 full year Net Yield growth guidance on a Constant Currency basis increased 75 basis points from prior guidance to approximately 3.25%, or 125 basis points from the company’s initial full year outlook provided in February.

“The continuation of the robust booking environment from our core source markets, combined with the successful execution of demand creation strategies drove higher pricing across all three brands, resulting in second quarter revenue, yield and earnings growth well above expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “Global consumer cruise demand shows no signs of slowing as evidenced by solid organic growth and the hugely successful introduction of Norwegian Bliss, whose record-breaking performance surpassed our high expectations. The strong demand environment is expected to continue driving higher pricing in the back half of the year, leading to an increase of our full year 2018 Adjusted EPS outlook to a range of $4.70 to $4.80, well above the initial guidance range set at the beginning of the year.”

Second Quarter 2018 Results

GAAP net income was $226.7 million or EPS of $1.01 compared to $198.5 million or $0.87 in the prior year.  The company generated Adjusted Net Income of $271.9 million or Adjusted EPS of $1.21 compared to $232.7 million or $1.02 in the prior year. 

Revenue increased 13.2% to $1.5 billion compared to $1.3 billion in 2017.  Net Revenue increased 13.7% to $1.2 billion compared to $1.0 billion in 2017.  These increases were primarily attributed to strong organic pricing growth across all core markets along with an increase in capacity days due to the addition of Norwegian Joy to the fleet in the second quarter of 2017 and Norwegian Bliss to the fleet in the second quarter of 2018, partially offset by three scheduled dry-docks during the period.  Gross Yield increased 4.3% and Net Yield increased 4.0% on a Constant Currency basis and 4.7% on an as reported basis.

Total cruise operating expense increased 14.7% in 2018 compared to 2017 primarily due to the increase in Capacity Days.  Gross Cruise Costs per Capacity Day increased 6.0% due to an increase in maintenance and repairs including Dry-dock expenses and an increase in marketing, general and administrative expenses. Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day increased 7.4% on a Constant Currency basis and 8.4% on an as reported basis.

Fuel price per metric ton, net of hedges increased to $481 from $469 in 2017.  The company reported fuel expense of $95.2 million in the period. 

Interest expense, net was $73.0 million in 2018 compared to $64.2 million in 2017. The increase in interest expense reflects additional debt in connection with the delivery of Norwegian Bliss in April 2018, the delivery of Norwegian Joy in April 2017, Project Leonardo financing, as well as higher interest rates due to an increase in LIBOR, partially offset by the benefit from the full redemption in October 2017 of our 4.625% Senior Notes due 2020 and $135.0 million partial redemption in April 2018 of our 4.75% Senior Notes due 2021. Also included in 2018 is the $6.3 million of redemption premium and write-off of fees in connection with the partial redemption mentioned above.

Other income (expense), net was income of $12.9 million in 2018 compared to an expense of $5.6 million in 2017. In 2018, the income was primarily related to gains on foreign currency exchange. In 2017, the expense was primarily related to losses on foreign currency exchange and unrealized and realized losses on derivatives.

Company Outlook

“2018 is well on track for yet another year of record financial performance. Furthermore, robust global demand has accelerated year-over-year gains in occupancy and pricing for full year 2019, which remains well ahead of this year’s record levels across all three brands,” continued Del Rio.  “We have a high level of confidence and strong conviction in our outlook for 2019 and beyond as demonstrated by our recent global redeployment initiatives, the bolstering of our measured growth profile with the confirmation of two additional Leonardo Class ships for delivery in 2026 and 2027, as well as the opportunistic execution of $200 million in share repurchases in the quarter, bringing the year-to-date total for share repurchases to over $450 million.”


          Oil tumbles on slowing Chinese demand, U.S.-China trade spat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Oil tumbles on slowing Chinese demand, U.S.-China trade spatBy Stephanie Kelly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices slid about 3 percent on Wednesday as a trade dispute between the United States and China escalated further and after Chinese import data showed a slowdown in energy demand. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $2.23 to settle at $66.94 a barrel, a 3.22 percent loss. China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment.



          High Altitude Platform Market Analysis By Aviation & Aerospace Industry Players: Aerostar International, TCOM L.P., Israel Aerospace Industries, Lindstrand Technologies, Raytheon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 10, 2018 ) Market Overview: - High Altitude Platform (HAP) Market is projected to reach a revenue of approximately USD 1.5 billion over the forecast timespan. These systems overcome the challenges pertaining to conventional satellites and terrestrial towers such as high...
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Goldstein Research analyst forecast the Asia Pacific smart airport market to expand at a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period 2016-2024. Further, the market is anticipated to reach USD 6.7 billion by the end of forecast period.
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OH-Cincinnati, About Us: EMCOR Facilities Services (EFS), an EMCOR core business, services over 1 billion square feet of space worldwide. From corporate campuses to single sites, EFS provides a range of services that support mission-critical areas of financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, transportation, and government sectors. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Maintain landscape including, but
          Western Digital Is Returning $5 Billion to Shareholders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Western Digital Is Returning $5 Billion to ShareholdersThe data-storage specialist calls this an "excellent capital allocation opportunity to enhance long-term shareholder value."



          If you invested $1,000 in Alibaba when it went public, here's how much you'd have now      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you invested $1,000 in Alibaba when it went public, here's how much you'd have nowAlibaba has a market capitalization of about $463 billion and its stock price rose around 3.6 percent this year.



          Senior Bios Engineer - ZT Systems - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Iconic FAO Schwarz returns with LaGuardia Airport store       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Get ready to make some music on that infamous piano mat: FAO Schwarz is returning to New York City later this year when the iconic toy store sets up shop at LaGuardia Airport.

FAO Schwarz, which closed its Fifth Avenue flagship in July 2015, is among the first retailers moving into Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Its neighbors include SoHo-based indie bookseller McNally Jackson, Hudson, LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free Shops, MAC, Spa Here and District Market, which will feature Made in Queens products.

“The latest retail offerings in the new Terminal B promise a best-in-class visitor experience that both New Yorkers and travelers can be proud of,” said Ed Baklor, chief commercial officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “By listening to guest feedback and collaborating with our partners, we’ve created a unique environment you can only find at LaGuardia Terminal B, featuring the best of New York City.”

Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport is taking flight

An aerial rendering of the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment project. (Flickr/Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

In addition to FAO Schwarz and other retailers, Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport will include food and drink spots Shake Shack, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Osteria Fusco, La Chula Bar & Taqueria, Kingside Bar & Restaurant and Five Boroughs Market.

Terminal B shops and gates will open in phases, with the first coming later this year. The terminal’s $5.1 billion redevelopment project will eventually bring more than 50 new eateries, shops and services to this eastern portion of LaGuardia Airport. Even more will be added when the main and western parts of the terminal are completed.

The new-and-improved Terminal B is part of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport development plan unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015. Private financing and existing passenger fees are funding 80 percent of the initiative.

The rest of the project, which is being constructed as the airport remains operational, will include a new Terminal C, to replace the current Terminal C and D, roadway improvements, new parking infrastructure and more. 
 


          Danone rethinks the idea of the firm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Between a rock and a better place

THE food industry is going nowhere. Pretty pictures on food packets mislead. Big companies have disconnected people from their sustenance. Consumers, especially millennials, are sceptics about industrial-scale food production. Even sellers of healthy products, such as mineral water, spread harm—just look at billions of their plastic bottles that choke the oceans.

Such views are commonly heard among food activists, radical bloggers or anti-capitalists. Yet these come from Emmanuel Faber, who runs Danone, a large French food company. Mr Faber (pictured) frequently sounds like a doomsayer about his own industry—and about capitalism more broadly. “A revolution” and the end of globalisation are nigh, he says.

Danone is well-placed to spot such changes. With its headquarters in Paris, the company sells to over 130 countries and made nearly €25bn ($28bn) in revenues last year. Mostly it sells dairy goods such as Activia...


          Alibaba tweaks a controversial legal structure      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

IF YOU want to study how the legal title to assets worth many billions of dollars changes hands in China, then peer carefully at page 116 of Alibaba’s new annual report. The text is dense and you may have to put a cold towel on your head and read it several times. The gist is that the Chinese internet giant is reforming its legal structure, which uses a fragile and ingenious device known as a variable interest entity (VIE). Alibaba’s attempt to make its VIEs safer is to be welcomed and will be watched closely by China’s richest entrepreneurs, many of whom use them, too.

VIEs are ubiquitous, especially among the country’s internet firms, which have a total market capitalisation of over $1trn. The structure dates back to the early 2000s, when Chinese technology companies wanted to tap global capital markets in New York and Hong Kong and to set up international holding companies domiciled outside of mainland China. Yet their sensitive internet assets, such as licences, may not be owned...


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Slack, a popular cloud-based team collaboration tool and service, is planning to raise over $400 million or more in an upcoming round of funding. The post-money valuation of Slack will be $7 billion or more. Slack is trying to capitalize on their continued growth Slack has reportedly passed 8 million daily active users, 3 million […]

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Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9-billion deal to acquire Tribune Media is dead.

Tribune announced Thursday that it is terminating the merger agreement first announced in May 2017. The companies had the option to kill the sale if it had not closed by Aug. 8.

Tribune also said it filed a...


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Viacom Inc. touted its turnaround story Thursday but delivered fiscal third-quarter earnings that exposed the challenges of consumer cord-cutting — and just how much work the company must do to right the ship.

For the quarter ended June 30, revenue declined nearly 4% to $3.2 billion for the media...


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Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore Hotel, police said Thursday.

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LAS VEGAS— Tech billionaire and advocate of crime victims Henry T. Nicholas III is facing drug counts in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield says Nicholas was arrested Tuesday at a Las Vegas Strip casino-resort on suspicion of trafficking heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy. Nicholas co-founded Broadcom in the' 90 s and left the company in 2003.
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Aug 9- Mining heavyweight BHP said on Thursday a federal court in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais approved an agreement between miner Samarco and Brazil authorities, marking a milestone in the legal battle over a deadly 2015 dam failure. A 20 billion reais lawsuit against Samarco, which is a joint venture of BHP and Vale SA, was quashed by the accord, which was...
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Aug 9- Tesla Inc's board of directors is seeking more information from CEO Elon Musk about how his plan to take the U.S. electric car maker private for $72 billion will be financed, according to people familiar with the matter. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has already contacted Tesla to ask about Musk's assertion on Twitter that funding for his...
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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense announced by Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel. The plan asks for $522 billion. Harper says, “If you look over time the draw down is substantial and a lot of it falls on the Army. We’re looking at moving from an Army of 520,000 troops down to one of about 450,000 troops.” That would take American military forces to the lowest level since before World War II. And, in addition to Sec. Hagel’s proposed budget cuts, another round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) is being proposed for 2017. But, in the face of the cuts, there were some positives in the budget for Northwest Florida. “Even though the A-10 aircraft is being phased out, the F-35 stayed in the budget under Sec. Hagel’s plans. That’s very important for Eglin Air Force Base, where that F-35 training is done,” says Harper. He says another bright spot economically for this region and Special Operations at Hurlburt Field is
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          08/09 Links Pt2: A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again; Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing and Linda Sarsour, Ran Jihad Camp, Allegedly Trained Children to Shoot Up Schools      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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          Tribune terminates $3.9B merger with Sinclair, sues for 'breach of contract'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tribune Media said on Thursday it has withdrawn from its $3.9 billion merger deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and will sue its television rival for alleged breach of contract. Tribune's withdrawal is a massive blow to Maryland-based Sinclair, which has sought to get the deal approved for more than a year. The merger began to fall apart last month after the Federal Communications Commission approved designating the deal for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge and FCC Chairman…

          A US Response to China's Infrastructure Construction in Africa?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNBC posted on 2 August 2018 a story titled "Wilbur Ross and Chris Coons: China Is 'Pouring Money into Africa.' Here's How the US Can Level the Playing Field." Wilbur Ross is the US Secretary of Commerce and Chris Coons is a Democratic Senator from Delaware.

The two officials agree that the US must do more to present America's African partners with better alternatives to state-led economic models, which are promoted by countries like China, so Africa can assume its rightful place in the global economy. Consequently, they are urging passage of the "Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development Act of 2018" that would reform and modernize government development finance by establishing the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. The new organization would consolidate the existing Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA).

While this proposal is a step in the right direction, it is important to put it in perspective. In 2017, OPIC and DCA together obligated $46 million globally to support loans and loan guarantees. The President's 2019 budget request for the proposed new consolidated corporation is $94 million. Compared to the billions of dollars that China makes available to support loans and loan guarantees, this is a rounding error. It will not level the playing field.
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          Comment on Musicians only received 12% of the music industry’s $43 billion revenue in 2017 by Noticed a typo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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TheRealBigVern, Man, fans sure a winning aren't they? "I think Spotify etc is now forcing musicians to have to gig more, which is great for us fans." This is a very insulting comment to me. You have no idea how much musicians are getting fucked over. Don't even attempt to tell me that Spotify pays musicians for streams. It's a total bullshit amount compared to what Spotify gets out of the platform/scheme they set up. FM radio pays like 9.8 cents a play on the radio - spotify is like .003 cents. It's fucking crazy. Do you realize that consumers or "fans" are who fucked this all up? Let me explain: Musicians have to gig more because we don't get paid properly for the product we spent thousands of dollars to make (albums at minimum easily cost $15,000-$20,000 to make). Consumers are totally fine with consuming musical products for free that should cost them money to purchase, because a company made a platform that made that product free, so fuck it! Let's just get music for free! Who cares if it's unethical and it hurts the futures/lives of people who make the product I want to hear by not actually purchasing their product aka songs. Consumers chose this path for the industry. The industry followed the supply/demand of the consumers. Consumers can also choose to start paying musicians again for the products they make instead of letting them fucking starve by streaming they're art for free. You would have to start buying music again one product at a time. I know... scary isn't it? Paying for things that cost money and time to make. <em>shudder</em> Example: When someone makes a sandwich at a restaurant for you that you want to eat, you would expect to pay it because it costs money to make a sandwich, and you want it, so you buy it. It's a product. If you ate the sandwich at the restaurant without paying for it, it would be obvious that you did something wrong. Naturally, you'd feel guilty for consuming something for free that someone else spent money and time making for you. When someone makes a song that you want to hear whenever you want, nowadays, consumers/you don't choose to pay for the song or even feel guilty for not paying for the product. As if music is just in this special category of products that magically don't have to be paid for even though they, too, take time and money to make. Consumers will just eat that sandwich, because when they look around at their friends/other consumers eating their somehow free sandwiches delivered by Spotify, everyone's doing it! It must be OK! (even though it's obvious that it's unethical, and it's convenient to not have to pay for things you want, and thus the cycle continues) It costs money to make a song or album, and consumers want songs and albums, but they have collectively decided that it's not wrong / unethical to get the song for free because some company made it possible. It's wrong and unethical of all the streaming platforms to provide free product like they do. Consumers like it because it's free music, and streaming platforms like it because they make you watch ads and shit, and that makes them a ton of money that goes directly back to them instead of the artists they're using to get said revenue. You may also underestimate the expense of "gigging more". Tour is not cheap. It is difficult to come home from a tour and have the tour actually break even. That's why most musicians (even more successful ones) have to work side jobs and other jobs between all of our music work, because we don't make revenue from music sales anymore, and we barely break even on tours, so in the end, we're fucked. Why should musicians make millions? Supply and demand. If a musician or band makes something in high demand/popular, they're the only supply of it. You can find another doctor to do the same operation all over the world, but when you're a popular musician, you're the only source of you, the product.
          Tesla Stock Jumps After-Hours On News That Board To Meet Advisers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

And the farce goes on...

Tesla stock is trading higher after hours following reports from CNBC that the board of directors of the carmaker plan to meet with financial advisors next week to formalize a process to explore CEO Elon Musk’s offer to take the company private.

In additional reporting they note that the board is likely to tell Musk to recuse himself as the company prepares to review his proposal.

Taking the company private at $420 a share would value it around $71 billion.

A Barclays note said such a buyout would require about $70 billion: roughly $60 billion for equity and about $10 billion to take out debt. The note said, "With 145 million shares, a buyout at $420/share would require $60 billion to take out all public shareholders. Even with the Saudi fund taking a 3 percent to 5 percent stake, that leaves a large funding gap. And credit markets may not be that receptive."

Such a deal would represent the largest leveraged buyout in history, surpassing the $45 billion acquisition of the Texas energy giant TXU (Energy Future Holdings) in 2007, which eventually went bankrupt.

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The Board has reportedly told Musk he needs his own separate set of advisers.

 


          Overstock.com Soars After Its Blockchain Sub Gets PE Investment At $1.5BN Valuation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Online retailer Overstock reported results which, unlike its much more famous and infinitely bigger online retailing peer Amazon, were nothing special: the company reported Q2 revenues of $483 million, generating a net loss for the quarter of $2.20 on a gross margin of 19% in the quarter.

But the company's earnings were not the reason why OSTK shares soared as much as 25% after hours: the reason was the surprising announcement by the company that Hong Kong-based private-equity firm GSR Capital had agreed to invest as much as $375 MM in exchange for equity in the retailer and, more importantly, its tZero blockchain subsidiary, which as a reminder capitalized on the cryptocurrency craze in late 2017 and concluded an Initial Coin Offering on December 18, 2017, almost to the day when Bitcoin hit an all time high of just under $20,000.

As Overstock announced in its press release, GSR agreed to:

  • i) buy $30MM in tZero tokens,
  • ii) buy up to 3.1MM shares of OSTK for $104 million (a 5% discount to the Aug. 1 closing price of $33.72),
  • iii) invest as much as $270MM for up to 18% of tZero’s equity at a whopping post-money valuation of $1.5 Billion.

And since Overstock's market cap as of Thursday's close was just over $1.1 billion, this means that with one term sheet, the company's tZero sub is suddenly worth more than the entire parent company. More importantly, the GSR transaction will boost the company's cash and equivalent holdings to over half a billion dollars.

Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne

Some more details from Byrne:

Having concluded its Security Token offering, tZERO has raised aggregate consideration of $134 million. This figured includes $30 million from repayment of intercompany debt between tZERO and Overstock. GSR has signed a repurchase agreement to acquire these tokens. As I will diagram in our earnings call, we have designed quite an ecosystem with a scale that matches the enormous opportunity in front of it. When GSR completes its planned investments, we should have over half-a-billion dollars. We believe this will provide ample capitalization with which to build a company that can upend global capital markets.

Back in December, when Overstock launched its tZero ICO, it said that it was hoping to raise at least $250 million - and as much as $500 million - "to build out a blockchain system that the firm said would allow it to create an exchange to trade blockchain-based assets, like ICOs." In the end it raised aggregated funds of just approximately $134 million, and today's transactions adds to that and enables CEO Patrick Byrne to pursue his Security Token ambitions.

As a result of the deal, OSTK stock has jumped and was trading as high as $46/share after hours.

Even with the surge however, the stock remains well below its highs hit in late 2017 and early 2018, when its share price more than doubled to a high of $86.90 in January, due to its blockchain investments rather than its online retailing activities, which have seen it categorised as a cryptocurrency "play."

Overstock has been one of the few retailers that has aggressively pursued cryptos as both a method of payment and as a means by which to grew the company with its own unique token. As we reported recently, following a burst of adoption of cryptos by various vendors, as the price of bitcoin has tumbled in 2018, so has the rate of adoption. Which is why Overstock's experiment with cryptos and tokens will be closely watched to determine if the digital currency has any chance of becoming useful in practice instead of just in theory.


          Tribune Terminates the Long-Pending $3.9 Billion Merger with Sinclair      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9-billion deal to acquire Tribune Media is dead.

Tribune announced Thursday that it is terminating the merger agreement first announced in May 2017. The companies had the option to kill the sale if it had not closed by Aug. 8.

Tribune also said it filed a...


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Viacom Inc. touted its turnaround story Thursday but delivered fiscal third-quarter earnings that exposed the challenges of consumer cord-cutting — and just how much work the company must do to right the ship.

For the quarter ended June 30, revenue declined nearly 4% to $3.2 billion for the media...


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Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore Hotel, police said Thursday.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police detained Nicholas, 59, and a...


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Pointing to growing market prospects in Asia, Prudential plc reported a 9% increase in group IFRS operating profit to £2.4 billion (US$3.1 billion) in the first half of 2018 from the same period last ...
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Benefits Canada reports, CPPIB invests in Korean logistics facilities:
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is partnering with a subsidiary of ESR, a pan-Asian logistics real estate platform, to invest about $653 million in Korean logistics facilities.

Within the investment vehicle, which will focus on building a portfolio of premier facilities in strategic areas, Seoul-based Kendall Square Asset Management will identify new assets for acquisition. In a news release, the CPPIB called South Korea the most connected country in the world and emphasized that such real estate assets are an attractive opportunity as the global embrace of e-commerce widens.

Initially, the venture will invest in a seed portfolio of six facilities, which are already managed by Kendall Square, with an aggregate gross floor area of 270,000 square metres. ESR first established its investment relationship with the CPPIB in 2015.

The move follows several other investments in logistics around the world by the CPPIB, including an acquisition, alongside the Alberta Investment Management Corp., of a U.S. industrial REIT, as well as investments in logistics in Brazil and Hong Kong in recent months.
CPPIB put out a press release, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and ESR Partner to Invest in Logistics Facilities in Korea:
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) today announced that it has agreed to partner with ESR and its Seoul based subsidiary Kendall Square Asset Management (“Kendall Square”) to invest up to US$500 million in a newly established investment vehicle targeting modern logistics facilities in Korea. Kendall Square will identify new assets, support the acquisition and provide asset management services to the portfolio.

South Korea’s position as the most connected country in the world, and continuing embrace of e-commerce, provide an attractive opportunity. The portfolio will be comprised of Grade-A facilities in key locations servicing diverse tenant demands.

The vehicle will initially invest in a seed portfolio of six logistics facilities with an aggregate gross floor area of 270,000 sq. m. which are already managed by Kendall Square. The vehicle will target additional investments in core to value added assets to complete the investment commitments.

CPPIB and ESR have a well-established investment relationship, working together in the Korean logistics sector since 2015.
CPPIB and ESR do indeed have a well-established investment relationship as they established a joint venture platform with APG back in 2015 to invest $500 million in Korean logistics properties.

Last week, I went over AIMCo and CPPIB's $1 billion real estate venture investing in US logistics properties through the WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust.

In that comment, I explained how the rise in e-commerce is driving demand for high quality logistics properties not only in the US but across the world.

It's also worth noting that Canada's two largest pension funds, the Caisse and CPPIB, have been very busy investing in Asian logistics properties.

For example, last year, CPPIB and Ivanhoé Cambridge, the Caisse's real estate subsidiary, invested in southeast Asian logistics facilities:
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing alongside Ivanhoé Cambridge with real estate logistics specialist LOGOS to develop and acquire modern logistics facilities in Singapore and Indonesia.

In Singapore, CPPIB will initially commit S$200 million for an approximate 48 per cent stake in LOGOS Singapore Logistics Venture, which will be seeded by two fully-leased existing multi-storey logistics warehouse facilities as well as one development opportunity.

In Indonesia, CPPIB will initially commit US$100 million in equity for an approximate 48 per cent stake in LOGOS Indonesia Logistics Venture, which has an identified strong pipeline of development opportunities in Greater Jakarta.

“The logistics sector in southeast Asia continues to grow as a result of the burgeoning middle class and the rise of e-commerce, and presents an excellent opportunity for a long-term investor like CPPIB,” said Jimmy Phua, managing director and head of real estate investments for Asia at the CPPIB.

“We are looking forward to making our first direct real estate investments in Singapore and Indonesia through well-established, like-minded partners like LOGOS and Ivanhoé Cambridge.”

CPPIB and Ivanhoé Cambridge will be equal partners in both joint ventures, with LOGOS, as the operating partner, holding the remaining stake in the ventures.

“Ivanhoé Cambridge welcomes CPPIB as our co-investment partner with LOGOS in Singapore and Indonesia,” said Rita-Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Increasing our allocation reaffirms our view of the growth potential in southeast Asia and our confidence in LOGOS as a best-in-class logistics real estate specialist in Asia-Pacific.”
And last October, Ivanhoé Cambridge formed a partnership for investment in Indian logistics facilities:
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s real estate arm, Ivanhoé Cambridge, and QuadReal Property Group are investing up to US$800 million in a logistics venture in India.

The venture, a partnership between real estate logistics specialist LOGOS Group and Indian construction company Assetz Property Group, was first announced in August 2017. Focused on developing and owning modern logistics facilities in targeted cities across the country, it has identified opportunities in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and the national capital region to meet an increasing demand.

Ivanhoé Cambridge, alongside the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, invested with LOGOS to develop and acquire modern logistics facilities in Singapore and Indonesia in March 2017.

“We are pleased to invest in the logistics space in India, a promising high-growth real estate sector,” said Rita Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “India is a strategic market for Ivanhoé Cambridge and we are continuing to grow our presence and our footprint there.”

The venture’s final closing is subject to regulatory approvals.
Rita Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge, has done a great job

She was featured in the Globe and Mail last year offering sound advice to young people, especially young women:
I find that young women work hard, but we have to remind them to ask for the promotion or to ask for the salary increase. I find that I had more opportunities to give that type of feedback to younger women than to young men, who seem to more naturally think about that.

The advice that I'd give to younger people is "no pain, no gain." If you want an extraordinary gain, you have to make an extraordinary effort. You need to absolutely work hard. Then you do have to establish, look for, or develop relationships that are meaningful.
I also like what she said about working around the world: "When you work around the world, you have to be open and non-judgmental. You have to take a step back. Sometimes they will want to talk a lot before getting into a given topic or negotiation, and things might be slower."

Anyway, logistics properties go hand in hand with the rise of e-commerce which is a long-term secular trend. Whether it's in the US, Canada, or Asia, it makes a lot of sense

In order to find and invest in high-quality logistics properties, you need the right partners, especially in India and Asia which are growth markets but have their own set of risks and complexities.

Still, there is no denying that emerging markets are where the growth is going to be in the future and Canadian pensions and other large institutional investors are positioning themselves for this growth through public and private investments

Investing in logistics properties is just another way of playing the rise of consumer demand in Asia. That's the easy part; finding the right partners to invest in logistics properties in the region is a lot more challenging and that's where the hard work takes place.

Below, online retail is growing across the globe. This trend is creating increasing demand for warehouses, resulting in lowering vacancies, higher rents and growing real estate values. And as consumers continue to expect same-day delivery of goods, e-commerce platforms are shifting their logistics strategies to focus on the last mile.

As high-conviction, thematic investors, Blackstone identified this trend early and deployed their capital globally – starting in the United States in 2010, then replicating their platform in Europe, and Asia.

There's a reason why Blackstone is the chosen partner for so many institutional investors. The firm's real estate fund is run by Jon Gray, easily one of the best real estate investors in the world (watch the Bloomberg clip below). Listen to Blackstone's Crown Prince, he's one sharp cookie.



          Examining Code Reuse Reveals Undiscovered Links Among North Korea’s Malware Families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This research is a joint effort of Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer at McAfee, and Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer, and can be found in the McAfee Labs blog as well.

Attacks from the online groups Lazarus, Silent Chollima, Group 123, Hidden Cobra, DarkSeoul, Blockbuster, Operation Troy, and 10 Days of Rain are believed to have come from North Korea. But how can we know with certainty? And what connection does a DDoS and disk-wiping attack from July 4, 2009, have with WannaCry, one of the largest cyberattacks in the history of the cyber sphere?

From the Mydoom variant Brambul to the more recent Fallchill, WannaCry, and the targeting of cryptocurrency exchanges, we see a distinct timeline of attacks beginning from the moment North Korea entered the world stage as a significant threat actor.

Bad actors have a tendency to unwittingly leave fingerprints on their attacks, allowing researchers to connect the dots between them. North Korean actors have left many of these clues in their wake and throughout the evolution of their malware arsenal.

This post reflects months of research; in it we will highlight our code analysis illustrating key similarities between samples attributed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a shared networking infrastructure, and other revealing data hidden within the binaries. Together these puzzle pieces show the connections between the many attacks attributed to North Korea and categorize different tools used by specific teams of their cyber army.

Valuable context

This article is too short to dig deeply into the history, politics, and economic changes of recent years. Nonetheless, we must highlight some events to put past and present cyber events into perspective.
The DPRK, like any country, wants to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible. However, for products such as oil, food, and foreign currency for trading, the country lacks resources and has to find ways of acquiring them. What can a nation do when legal international economics are denied? To survive, it must gain foreign currency for trading. One of the oldest ways to do this is to join the worlds of gambling (casinos) and drugs. In 2005, the United States wanted to shut down North Korean enterprises involved in illegal operations. They investigated a couple of banks in Asia that seemed to have ties with North Korea and operated as money laundering sites. One bank in particular is controlled by a billionaire gambling mogul who started a casino in Pyongyang and has close ties to Pyongyang. That bank, based in Macau, came back into the picture during an attack on the SWIFT financial system of a bank in Vietnam in 2015. The Macau bank was listed twice in the malware’s code as a recipient of stolen funds:

 SWIFT code in malware.

Code reuse

There are many reasons to reuse malware code, which is very common in the world of cybercrime. If we take an average ransomware campaign, for example, once the campaign becomes less successful, actors often change some of basics such as using a different packer to bypass defenses. With targeted campaigns, an adversary must keep its tools undetected for as long as possible. By identifying reused code, we gain valuable insights about the “ancestral relations” to known threat actors or other campaigns. Our research was heavily focused on this type of analysis.

In our years of investigating cyber threats, we have seen the DPRK conduct multiple cyber campaigns. In North Korea, hackers’ skills determine which cyber units they work for. We are aware two major focuses of DPRK campaigns: one to raise money, and one to pursue nationalist aims. The first workforce gathers money for the nation, even if that means committing cybercrime to hack into financial institutions, hijack gambling sessions, or sell pirated and cracked software. Unit 180 is responsible for illegally gaining foreign currency using hacking techniques. The second workforce operates larger campaigns motivated by nationalism, gathering intelligence from other nations, and in some cases disrupting rival states and military targets. Most of these actions are executed by Unit 121.

We focused in our research on the larger-scale nationalism-motivated campaigns, in which we discovered many overlaps in code reuse. We are highly confident that nation-state–sponsored groups were active in these efforts.

Timeline

We created a timeline of most of the malware samples and noticeable campaigns that we examined. We used primarily open-source blogs and papers to build this timeline and used the malware artifacts as a starting point of our research.


Timeline of malware and campaigns.

Analysis and observations

Similarities

During our research, we found many malware family names that are believed to be associated with North Korea’s cyber operations. To better understand this threat actor and the similarities between the campaigns, we have used Intezer’s code similarity detection engine to plot the links between a vast number of these malware families.

The following graph presents a high-level overview of these relations. Each node represents a malware family or a hacking tool (“Brambul,” “Fallchill,” etc.) and each line presents a code similarity between two families. A thicker line correlates to a stronger similarity. In defining similarities, we take into account only unique code connections, and disregard common code or libraries. This definition holds both for this graph and our entire research.

We can easily see a significant amount of code similarities between almost every one of the attacks associated with North Korea. Our research included thousands of samples, mostly unclassified or uncategorized. This graph was plotted using a dataset of only several hundred samples, so there might be more connections than displayed here.

Deep technical analysis

During our research, we came across many code similarities between North Korean binaries that had not been seen before. Some of these attacks and malware have not been linked to one another, at least publicly. We will showcase four examples of reused code that has been seen only in malware attributed to North Korea.

1. Common SMB module

The first code example appeared in the server message block (SMB) module of WannaCry in 2017, Mydoom in 2009, Joanap, and DeltaAlfa. Further shared code across these families is an AES library from CodeProject. These attacks have been attributed to Lazarus; that means the group has reused code from at least 2009 to 2017.

Code overlap of a MYDOOM sample

In the next screenshots we highlight the exact code block that reflects the SMB module we found in campaigns other than WannaCry and Mydoom.

An SMB module common to several attacks.

A lot has been written about WannaCry. As we analyze the code against our databases, we can draw the following overview:

WannaCry code comparison overview.
For our research we compared the three major variants of WannaCry. An early release, called a beta, from February 2017, one from April, and the infamous one that hit the world in May.

2. Common file mapping 

The second example demonstrates code responsible for mapping a file and using the XOR key 0xDEADBEEF on the first four bytes of the file. This code has appeared in the malware families NavRAT and Gold Dragon, plus a certain DLL from the South Korean gambling hacking campaign. These three RATs are thought to be affiliated with North Korea’s Group 123. NavRAT and the gambling DLL share more code, making them closer variants.

Code overlap in a NavRAT sample

3. Unique net share

The third example, responsible for launching a cmd.exe with a net share, has been seen in 2009’s Brambul, also known as SierraBravo, as well as KorDllBot in 2011. These malware families are also attributed to the Lazarus group.

Code overlap of a SierraBravo (Brambul) sample.

A code block reused in the malware families Brambul/SierraBravo and KorDllBot.

4. Operation Dark Hotel

In 2014, Kaspersky reported a more than seven-year campaign against Asian hotels, in which the adversaries used an arsenal of tools to break into the computers of hotel visitors. Zero days and control servers were used, along with the malware family Tapaoux, or DarkHotel, according to the report.

While we examined the DPRK samples, we noticed a hit with the Dark Hotel samples in our collections. By going through the code, we noticed several pieces of code overlap and reuse, for example, with samples from Operation Troy.

Figure 11: Code overlap in a Dark Hotel sample.

Identifying a group

By applying what we learned from our comparisons and code-block identifications, we uncovered possible new links between malware families and the groups using them.

With the different pieces of malware we have analyzed, we can illustrate the code reuse and sharing between the groups known to be affiliated with North Korea.

Groups and families linked by code reuse.

The malware attributed to the group Lazarus has code connections that link many of the malware families spotted over the years. Lazarus is a collective name for many DPRK cyber operations, and we clearly see links between malware families used in different campaigns.

The malware (NavRAT, gambling, and Gold Dragon) possibly created by Group 123 are connected to each other but are separate from those used by Lazarus. Although these are different units focusing on different areas, there seems to be a parallel structure in which they collaborate during certain campaigns.

MITRE ATT&CK

From our research of these malware samples, we can identify the following techniques used by the malware families:

When we zoom in on the Discovery category in the MITRE model, for example, we notice that the techniques are typical for first-stage dropper malware. The adversary drops these samples on victims’ machines and collects information on where they landed in the victims’ networks and which user/access rights they gained.

In 2018, we saw examples of campaigns in which attackers used PowerShell to download and execute these droppers. Once information has been sent to a control server, the adversary determines the next steps, which often include installing a remote access tool to enable lateral movement on the network and pursue the goals of the campaign.

Final words

Security vendors and researchers often use different names when speaking about the same malware, group, or attack. This habit makes it challenging to group all the malware and campaigns. By taking a scientific approach, such as looking for code reuse, we can categorize our findings. We believe our research will help the security community organize the current “mess” we face in relation to North Korean malware and campaigns.

We clearly saw a lot of code reuse over the many years of cyber campaigns we examined. This indicates the North Koreans have groups with different skills and tools that execute their focused parts of cyber operations while also working in parallel when large campaigns require a mix of skills and tools.

We found our months of research, data gathering, and analysis very satisfying. By combining our skills, data, and technology, we were able to draw connections and reveal links that we had not seen before. The cybersecurity industry would greatly benefit from more collaboration and sharing of information, and we hope that this effort between McAfee and Intezer will inspire the community to work together more often.

The authors thank Costin Raiu for providing them with samples they did not have in their collections.

Sources

Glenn Simpson, Gordon Fairclough, and Jay Solomon, “U.S. Probes Banks’ North Korea Ties.” Wall Street Journal, last updated September 8, 2005.

Christiaan Beek, “Attacks on SWIFT Banking system benefit from insider knowledge.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/attacks-swift-banking-system-benefit-insider-knowledge/

Atif Mushtaq, “DDOS Madness Continued…” https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2009/07/ddos-madness-climax.html

Ryan Sherstobitoff and Jessica Saavedra-Morales, “Gold Dragon Widens Olympics Malware Attacks, Gains Permanent Presence on Victims’ Systems.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/gold-dragon-widens-olympics-malware-attacks-gains-permanent-presence-on-victims-systems/

Alex Drozhzhin, “Darkhotel: a spy campaign in luxury Asian hotels.” https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/darkhotel-apt/6613/

Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres, and Jungsoo An, “NavRAT Uses US-North Korea Summit As Decoy For Attacks In South Korea.” https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/navrat.html

Sergei Shevchenko and Adrian Nish, “Cyber Heist Attribution.” https://baesystemsai.blogspot.com/2016/05/cyber-heist-attribution.html

Mydoom code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/113ba80f-1680-43d7-b287-cc62f3740fad

NavRAT code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/4f19fd5a-a898-4fdf-96c9-d3a4aad817cb

SierraBravo code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/8da8104e-56e4-49fd-ba24-82978bc1610c

Dark Hotel code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/c034e0fe-7825-4f6d-b092-7c5ee693aff4

Kang Jang-ho, “A foreign currency earned with a virtual currency … What is the life of a North Korean hacker?” http://m.mtn.co.kr/news/news_view.php?mmn_idx=2018062517065863930#_enliple

Awesome work by the team responsible for the “Operation Blockbuster” report.
https://www.operationblockbuster.com/resources/

By Jay Rosenberg and Christiaan Beek

About the Authors

Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer Labs, leads the research behind Intezer’s code reuse detection technology. From the young age of 12, he began programming and reverse engineering. He has spoken at various conferences internationally, identified new threats, and published his threat intelligence research on some of the largest cyber attacks.

Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer is part of Mcafee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat intelligence research within Mcafee. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, McAfee’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa during major breaches. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, pentesting and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, and presentations. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat, RSA, BlueHat and Botconf. Besides conferences, he is also frequently teaching at universities, Police Academies and public schools to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of cyber-security specialists. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book “Hacking Exposed.” and has two patents pending.


          Optimising Caching on Pwned Passwords (with Workers)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In February, Troy Hunt unveiled Pwned Passwords v2. Containing over half a billion real world leaked passwords, this database provides a vital tool for correcting the course of how the industry combats modern threats against password security.

In supporting this project; I built a k-Anonymity model to add a layer of security to performed queries. This model allows for enhanced caching by mapping multiple leaked password hashes to a single hash prefix and additionally being performed in a deterministic HTTP-friendly way (which allows caching whereas other implementations of Private Set Intersection require a degree of randomness).

Since launch, PwnedPasswords, using this anonymity model and delivered by Cloudflare, has been implemented in a widespread way across a wide variety of platforms - from site like EVE Online and Kogan to tools like 1Password and Okta's PassProtect. The anonymity model is also used by Firefox Monitor when checking if an email is in a data breach.

Since it has been adopted, Troy has tweeted out about the high cache hit ratio; and people have been asking me about my "secret ways" of gaining such a high cache hit ratio. Over time I touched various pieces of Cloudflare's caching systems; in late 2016 I worked to bring Bypass Cache on Cookie functionality to our self-service Business plan users and wrestled with cache implications of CSRF tokens - however Pwned Passwords was far more fun to help show the power of Cloudflare's cache functionality from the perspective of a user.

It is worth noting that PwnedPasswords is not like a typical website in terms of caching - it contains 16^5 possible API queries (any possible form of five hexadecimal charecters, in total over a million possible queries) in order to guarantee k-Anonymity in the API. Whilst the API guarantees k-Anonymity, it does not guarantee l-Diversity, meaning individual queries can occur more than others.

For ordinary websites, with less assets, the cache hit ratio can be far greater. An example of this is another site Troy set-up using our barebones free plan; by simply configuring a Page Rule with the Cache Everything option (and setting an Edge Cache TTL option, should the Cache-Control headers from your origin not do so), you are able to cache static HTML easily.

Origin Headers

Indeed, the fact the queries are usually API queries makes a substantial difference. When optimising caching, the most important thing to look for is instances where the same cache asset is stored multiple times for different cache keys; for some assets this may involve selectively ignoring query strings for cache purposes, but for APIs the devil is more in the detail.

When a HTTP request is made from a JavaScript asset (as is done when PwnedPasswords is directly implemented in login forms) - the site will also send an Origin header to indicate where a fetch originates from.

When you make a search on haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords, there's a bit of JavaScript which takes the password and applies the k-Anonymity model by SHA-1 hashing the password and truncating the hash to the first five charecters and sending that request off to https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/A94A8 (then performing a check to see if any of the contained suffixes are in the response).

In the headers of this request to PwnedPasswords.com, you can see the request contains an Origin header of the querying site.

PwnedPasswords Headers

This header is often useful for mitigating Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities by only allowing certain Origins to make HTTP requests using Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS).

In the context of an API, this does not nessecarily make sense where there is no state (i.e. cookies). However, Cloudflare's default Cache Key contains this header for those who wish to use it. This means, Cloudflare will store a new cached copy of the asset whenever a different Origin header is present. Whilst this is ordinarily not a problem (most sites have one Origin header, or just a handful when using CORS), PwnedPasswords has Origin headers coming from websites all over the internet.

As Pwned Passwords will always respond with the same for a given request, regardless of the Origin header - we are able to remove this header from the Cache Key using our Custom Cache Key functionality.

Incidently, JavaScript CDNs will frequently be requested to fetch assets as sub-resources from another JavaScript asset - removing the Origin header from their Cache Key can have similar benefits: