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ESPNJosh Allen will become the second rookie quarterback from the class of 2018 to start when the Buffalo Bills play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday. “I don’t feel a need, honestly, to elaborate [on my decision] …The Bills, after botching their quarterback situation, turn to Josh AllenWashington PostBills rookie […]
          WNMU’s Dr. Jennifer Johnston Addressed Federal Commission on School Safety This Summer – WNMU News      Cache   Translate Page      
WNMU NewsWestern New Mexico University professor Dr. Jennifer Johnston, who studies the relationship between news coverage and mass shootings, addressed the federal commission on school safety in Washington, D.C., this summer. Dr. Johnston had the ears of … …read more Source:: Mass Shootings News By Google News
          I russi: "Il buco sulla Stazione Spaziale è opera degli americani"      Cache   Translate Page      

Polemiche in orbita: si infittisce il giallo sul buco di trapano di 1,5 millimetri sulla capsula russa Soyuz. Secondo un giornale di Mosca, che cita Roscosmos, gli autori sarebbero gli astronauti Usa. "Volevano tornare a Terra in anticipo". Le reazioni da Washington: "Assurdo"


          November 5 - James McMurtry, Bonnie Whitmore      Cache   Translate Page      
James McMurtry
The famously political songwriter, James McMurtry, has been keeping a close eye on the troubled Trump administration from across the pond while touring overseas. "A few years back, I put out a song called 'Cheney's Toy,'" McMurtry explains. "It was often misinterpreted due to a reference to an unknown soldier. People thought I was calling the soldier 'Cheney's Toy' when I actually was referring to then-President George W. Bush. It seemed to me that Cheney was the puppeteer in that administration, while Bush was the puppet, the toy. At several shows during my current tour of the UK and Europe, people have called out for me to sing,'Bannon's Toy.'"

Fans hoping for more sociopolitical commentary from the singular songwriter got a taste with his recent single "Remembrance." ("It's election time, but I couldn't get my head around modern politics," McMurtry says of the song. "Perhaps history holds a lesson or two.") Meanwhile, the longtime Austin resident continues riding waves of universal acclaim for his latest offering Complicated Game. "At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise," Texas Music magazine recently noted. "[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity."

Indeed, McMurtry's latest collection spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal ("These Things I've Come to Know," "You Got to Me"). "The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships," the longtime Austin resident says. "It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman." Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet's pen ("Long Island Sound") and a painter's precision ("She Loves Me") throughout.

Folks notice Complicated Game delivering McMurtry's trademark story songs time and again ("Copper Canteen," "Deaver's Crossing"). "[McMurtry] takes listeners on a road trip of unprecedented geographic and emotional scope," No Depression raves of the new record. "Lyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry -- who's not prone to autobiographical tales -- credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life." "[McMurtry] Fuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock," National Public Radio echoes. "The result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant."

Longtime fans know McMurtry's vibrant vignettes have turned heads for a quarter century now. "James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game," says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. "He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don't think anybody writes better lyrics." "Yes. Spin "South Dakota." You'll hear. "They took their time with this one," Texas Music magazine notes, "and it was well worth it. He's always been wise beyond his age, but middle age suits him well."

Evidence: McMurtry's Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association's Album of the Year and "We Can't Make It Here" was named the rapidly rising organization's Song of the Year.

Of course, Complicated Game doubles down on literate storytelling longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks past: "Childish Things," "Choctaw Bingo," "Peter Pan," "Levelland," and "Out Here in the Middle" only begin the list. (Yes, Robert Earl Keen covered those last two, "Levelland" remaining a live staple.) Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorites "Hurricane Party," "Ruby and Carlos" and "You'd a Thought." High watermarks deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary ("Fireline Road").

More history: McMurtry critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where'd You Hide The Body. Additionally, It Had To Happen (1997) received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. The following year, Childish Things notched notched arguably his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than nearly two decades.

In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing the McMurtry band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan (The Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." "'We Can't Make It Here,'" Bob Lefsetz wrote, "has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player...serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band."
          Call it ‘bullpenning.’ Or call it weird. The Oakland A’s call it ‘winning.’ – Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington PostBALTIMORE – On a Wednesday night in mid-September, in the teeth of a tightening playoff race, on a day when the other American League postseason hopefuls send the likes of David Price, Luis Severino, Carlos Carrasco and Gerrit Cole to the mound, the …Unlikely starting pitchers got A’s near playoffs. Will ‘bullpenning’ keep them […]
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Washington's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Wednesday to consider a review into whether President Donald Trump has the character to sell alcohol in the nation's capital.
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Charlotte ObserverAs Hurricane Florence looms off the East Coast of the United States, a system of barriers stands ready to guard downtown Washington, D.C., from a 100-year-flood. The system of berms and sandbags has existed in some form for decades, and is intended to … and more …read more Source:: Washington DC News From Google […]
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West Windsor swimmer wins multiple medals at national Special OlympicsCommunity News ServiceMargo Lee has a display case for her most prized medals. The West Windsor resident had to make room for four more medals after earning three golds and a bronze at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, in July. “I just want […]
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CBS NewsPCC Community Markets, which bills itself as the nation’s largest community-owned food market, wants the mammals swimming in the waters of Washington state to have enough to eat. In a bid to help critically endangered orca whales, the 65-year-old … …read more Source:: Seattle News By Google News
          Maryland women’s soccer shuffled its lineups to stay fresh through nonconference play – The Diamondback      Cache   Translate Page      
The DiamondbackAt the opening touch of Maryland women’s soccer’s scoreless draw against George Washington on Sunday, midfielder Hope Lewandoski found herself on the sideline to begin a match for the first time this season. Forward Darby Moore, another fixture in the … …read more Source:: Women’s Soccer News From Google News
          Mitch McConnell Officially Losing His Shit, Because The Senate Is IN PLAY, AYUP.      Cache   Translate Page      


Joyful news, of the kind that should make you GET OFF YOUR ASS AND WORK. Pundits are finally coming around to what yr Wonkette has been suspectin' for quite some time now, and it is that, despite what looks on paper to be a really harsh landscape for Democrats in the Senate, the upper house is pretty obviously IN PLAY and we could wake up one Wednesday morning in November controlling the whole entire Congress if we GET OFF OUR ASSES AND WORK.

Wanna know how we know the Senate is in play, besides how we are smart? Because Mitch McConnell is freaking out:


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sounded some of the most doubtful notes of Trump's presidency that Republicans will keep the upper chamber of Congress, telling reporters, "I hope when the smoke clears, we'll still have a majority."

Oh yeah? Well Wonkette hopes when the smoke clears, we'll be able to make out the sound of Mitch McConnell up inside his turtle shell, crying TURTLE TEARS OF SADNESS about how he's going to die a turtle loser minority leader who ain't got no turtle power no more.

Things had been looking pretty nasty, as the Democrats are defending six seats in states won by Donald Trump. (That would be Jon Tester in Montana; Joe Manchin in WV; Joe Donnelly in Indiana; Claire McCaskill in Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota; and Bill Nelson in Florida.) Meanwhile Republicans are only defending one seat in a state won by Hillary Clinton, and that is Dean Heller in Nevada.

Thing is, those races are going pretty OK for the Democrats at this point, some of course better than others. The Cook Political Report currently has all the red state Dems still listed as toss-ups except Tester in Montana which is still "leans Dem." Dean Heller's seat too. Oh yeah, and also Jeff Flake's seat in Arizona and Bob Corker's seat in Tennessee. Ted Cruz's seat is still listed as "lean Republican," but our gut says that rating "leans bullshit."

Let's look at a few numbers:

  • Joe Manchin is up in West Virginia by seven or eight points, according to the Real Clear Politics average.
  • Joe Donnelly in Indiana, who was supposed to be the easiest get for the GOP, is up about six points.
  • Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Claire McCaskill (MO) are about tied in their races.
  • Jacky Rosen, who is running against Republican Dean Heller in Nevada, is a little bit ahead in the RCP average, but she needs your help. HELP HER!
  • In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is running just about even with Republican Martha McSally. HELP HER TOO!

At this point, Bill Nelson of Florida is considered the most vulnerable sitting Democratic senator, and the latest poll has Batboy impersonator and current GOP governor Rick Scott up a couple points. But people are wildly excited about voting for Andrew Gillum for governor -- even according to Republican-leaning polling outfits -- so maybe that will help keep Nelson in place. As always, it's about turnout, turnout, turnout, and how do you make that happen? By knocking on doors and making phone calls and giving money! Hit up the Nelson campaign to help here.

Also, there have been some surprises! First of all, there is BETOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We've slobbered over written about Beto O'Rourke's race against Ted Cruz in Texas quite a bit lately, because the GOP is shitting its pants and hemorrhaging resources, due to how everybody hates Ted Cruz and his foreign-born face, and Texans secretly have been wanting to get off that ride for ages. Well, there's a new ride in town, and his name is BETOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

RIDE HIM! WITH VOTES!

Texas is blanketed with Beto signs, conservative Texans seem confused as hell, and people are fired up and ready to go. The polls still show Beto down a few points, but they're getting closer, and the right amount of enthusiasm and voter participation could really give Texans some Beto O'Rourke in their stocking this Christmas.

Here, watch a video about Karen Collins, a retired quilter in Texas who wasn't really involved in poltiics before President Dipshit got elected, but is now involved at every level, and let her fire you up to help Beto cross the finish line:

But it's not just Beto!

Down here in Tennessee, there's beloved Democratic former governor Phil Bredesen, who is fired up and ready to kick Marsha Blackburn's lunatic ASS this November. And he's up in the polls! We've been watching the national media get all confused about this race, sure of itself that all these polls (every one of 'em) is an outlier, but Tennesseans know the truth, which is that everybody loves Phil Bredesen and everybody hates Marsha Blackburn. (She's kind of our Ted Cruz.)

Tennessee and Texas are clearly All Hands On Deck situations for Democrats, but if we work, and we work for all these incumbent Democrats and we work for Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona and we work to kick Dean Heller's ass in Nevada ... this is DOABLE.

And that is why Mitch McConnell and the GOP are so freaked out.

Oh yeah, and let us just briefly mention to you what might be a sleeper for the Democrats, and it is Mississippi. HEAR US OUT. We are not talking about the regular Mississippi Senate election in November. Roger Wicker is considered SOLID to win re-election. But there's also a Senate primary for Thad Cochran's seat on November 6, to see who will go up against Democrat Mike Espy on November 27. Will he face bugfuck insane Chris McDaniel, or the slightly less insane Cindy Hyde-Smith, whom the governor appointed to fill out Cochran's term? We just don't know, but a recent poll shows Espy beating BOTH OF THEM.

So keep that one in your back pocket, especially if Mississippi selects McDaniel, who, again, is bugfuck insane. We could be looking at a HELLO, DOUG JONES situation in the state next door to Alabama.

The point of this post is DON'T BOO, VOTE, and FIRED UP, READY TO GO, and also more sexxx jokes about riding Beto O'Rourke, because we are gay like that.

Also it is your open thread.

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          What If Lindsey Graham Isn't Compromised, What If He's Just LIKE THAT?      Cache   Translate Page      


Bob Woodward's book Fear was released Tuesday so someone should get around to reading it to Donald Trump next week (Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls "not it!"). It exposes a great deal of dysfunction within the White House but also reveals the corruption that has seeped out of it like a failed sewer line into other branches of government. Perhaps there's no better or more disappointing example than Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Graham, of all the Vichy Republicans who capitulated to President Trump, was the loudest Cassandra about candidate Trump. He scathingly summed up Trump in 2015 as a "race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot ... who doesn't have a clue about anything." Trump didn't spend 2016 at Clue! Academy. He actually ramped up the race-baiting and overall bigotry. Trump's election should've propelled Graham to the front lines of the NeverTrump conservative resistance with Evan McMullin, the guy he actually voted for, but instead he shifted course literally on election night, tweeting that Trump "defied laws about accepting aid from a hostile foreign power the odds and overcame many obstacles to win a stunning victory." Dude, this is the presidency. You're acting like Trump won the 2016 World Series.


Woodward's book describes Graham as playing a "starring role" in the Trump White House, practically "moving in" and attempting to exert his influence because, I dunno, maybe in this "race-baiting, xenophobic" administration he can get the trains to run on time. Collaboration with Trump has become the new "patriotism" and Graham is such a model collaborator, he should strut his stuff on a Paris runway.

Graham quickly wormed his way into Trump's good graces. He flattered him with a bunch of bare-ass lies about how only Trump, "the ultimate deal maker," could "right the ship" in Congress. Yeah, asshole's been divorced twice and sued literally thousands of times, but he'll resolve all the partisan rancor in Washington. This shameless self-abasement was enough to win Graham some golf dates with the putter-in-chief, and Trump pressed him relentlessly on why he wasn't his number one guy.

Trump wanted Graham's "100 percent" support instead of the "82 percent" he believed Graham was putting out (top off but bra still on, etc.). I'm not sure how Trump was getting these figures -- probably Ivanka and a slide rule. Graham massaged the issue, telling him he was a "good commander-in-chief" and that he was "cleaning up" Obama's mess. This satisfied Trump so he later offered Graham an ambassadorship to Pakistan. Graham shrewdly turned this down because he knew what's just where you send away the mistress so she'll stop asking you to leave your wife. He wanted to stay close and push Trump toward his own "hawkish view of foreign policy." Idiots claimed during the election that Trump was less "hawkish" than Hillary Clinton, and even if they were right (idiots usually aren't, though), Graham was actively working to undermine Trump's possibly one good idea. Trump even wondered when we might get around to ending the war in Afghanistan and Graham insisted NEVER! because the "good vs. evil never ends." Yo Joe!

Last September, Graham reportedly advised Trump to "encourage" China to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and replace him with a general "they control." That's gangster shit and is also precisely why so many other nations hate us. Graham isn't even Tom Hagen to Trump's Sonny Corleone. He's like Connie Corleone in The Godfather Part III. If I'm gonna live in a gangster movie, I want it to at least be a good one.

But this doozy Woodward drops regarding Graham and the late John McCain is really sickening.

Torn between his longtime friendship with the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his efforts to influence Trump, Graham worked to repair the relationship between them by arranging a dinner with Trump, McCain and McCain's wife Cindy.

Graham tried to trade his supposed friend's soul for some Groupon promo codes. That's just low. Trump also offered to buy off the McCains by making Cindy an "ambassador focused on human trafficking," which she already does pretty well without him.

Graham later boasted of "managing" McCain so the GOP could screw poor people without the senator's whispers of conscience getting in the way.

Graham said his “chief job is to keep John McCain happy," to keep the senator from bucking his party's leadership," Graham said.

One of the few "good Republican" things about Graham was that he bucked the hardliners in his party on immigration. He was involved in the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, which wasn't enough to get past the GOP-controlled House. Despite becoming BFFs with repulsive racist Steve Bannon (they spoke "every day" before Bannon left the White House), Graham still tried to promote sane immigration policies, which mostly failed and only resulted in Trump insulting people and eventually jailing immigrant children.

I confess I hoped that Putin had a file a foot deep on Graham, and his whiplash-inducing about-face was a clear indication he was compromised somehow. But Fear raises the very real possibility that Graham just thought he could control the mad king. The New York Times op-ed revealed that a lot of people believe they can use Trump to their advantage. "Fear" isn't strong enough to describe how it feels to learn that people like Graham are willing to look evil in the face, shrug, and say, "Maybe we can cut a deal?"

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          SPOILER: Freedom Caucus Fuckwit Mark Meadows Just Makin' Up Shit About Peter Strzok's Texts      Cache   Translate Page      


If it is a day, House Republicans are doing some propaganda bullshit in their Kremlin-inspired war on America's Justice Department, in service of the unindicted co-conspirator traitor in the White House at whose feet they worship and whose taint they are just grateful to sniff.

So hey, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of the House Freedom Caucus, the guy former GOP House Speaker John Boehner once memorably referred to as an "idiot"! What kind of Kremlin-inspired propaganda do you have for us today?


In his next tweet, Meadows fully types out his new TIMELINE for these very important new PETER STRZOK TEXTS which prove STUFF and THINGS about DEEP STATE or WHATEVER THE FUCK HE IS TALKING ABOUT HOLY SHIT WHO EVEN KNOWS WHAT THIS (ALLEGEDLY!) INBRED DUMPSTERFUCK FROM APPALACHIA IS GOING ON ABOUT RIGHT NOW:

So, the new timeline:
4/10/17: Strzok texts Lisa Page wanting to discuss a "media leaking strategy."
4/12/17: Strzok texts Lisa Page that two articles are coming about "her namesake" (Carter Page)
4/22/17: Strzok texts Page: "article is out!" and "Well done, Page"

Case closed, shut the door on the Russia investigation probably!

In case you haven't gleaned this so far, there is a new chapter in House Republicans' bizarre obsession with the text messages of recently fired FBI investigator (and veritable fucking hero at investigating Russians) Peter Strzok, who worked on the early stages of the counterintel investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Like everything else House Republicans have come up with so far -- RELEASE THE MEMO! BRUCE OHR! LET'S SMELL OUR OWN FARTS AND SEE IF WE FIND A DEEP STATE CONSPIRACY! -- it is unmitigated bullshit meant to waste your time and obstruct justice.

In the letter Meadows sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (attached to the tweet above), the congressman has a squirrel-fucking conniption over a newly discovered April 2017 text from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer Strzok at one point was doing affair sexes with, which mentions a "media leaking strategy." In another text to Page, Strzok says heads up, two articles are coming out about "her namesake," which would be Carter Page, the Trump campaign's very stupidest Russian intelligence asset, who's been on the radar as a particularly stupid Russian intelligence asset for YEARS. The Washington Post had broken news about the FISA warrants on Carter Page the day before. Finally, ten days later, there is a text where Strzok tells (Lisa) Page, "article is out!" and "Well done, Page."

(By the way, there is much stupid hullabaloo this week about Trump maybe declassifying ALL the Carter Page FISA documents, because Mark Meadows and Donald Trump really like to own goal themselves.)

In Meadows's very smart brain, these new tweets, originally reported by bona fide Hannity idiot Sara Carter, mean Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were doing INTENTIONAL MEDIA LEAKING to make Carter Page look bad (he's just an innocent Russian spy after all!), and that after it was all over, Peter Strzok patted Lisa Page on the back like "Hey lady I have intercoursed in the past, nice job with the Deep State conspiracy leaks!" Meadows further alleges that a whole passel of other folks were probably leaking to the media to hurt Donald Trump, but he's not sure, so let's have Mark Meadows investigate to see if he can invent a conspiracy theory inside his nasty-ass Carolina vinegar BBQ rectal slit.

Except ... NOPE! Not even a little bit. Meadows acts like he found these three text messages inside a random farm animal at a western North Carolina Tea Party speed dating event, but in point of fact they came from a larger release of documents from the Department of Justice. Could it be helpful to look at the texts in context? THE FUCK YOU SAY!

The truth is that it's much more likely (by which we mean there's almost a 100% chance) these tweets were actually not strategizing about how to leak, but about how to COMBAT leaks. Why? Well, for one thing, going after unauthorized leaks was part of Peter Strzok's job! And as the Washington Post notes, at the time of these texts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on a warpath about leaks.

Here is the full text from April 10, 2017:

"I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go."

Media leak strategy with DOJ? In a text message to an FBI lawyer from an FBI guy whose job is to go after unauthorized leaks? How fuckin' weird is that! (Not weird.)

But there is even deeper context available! Democratic congressmen Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary Committees, responded with their own statement, which explained more about what was going on that day in April of 2017:

"DoJ getting all political and about to blown (sic) up the media leak regs and turn this into a circus," Strzok wrote.

Then, Strzok expressed concern that some officials were looking to shake up the DOJ's internal leak regulations and suggested consulting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Director James B. Comey to intervene.

Strzok wrote: "if they are going to try to blow up the regs we need to get that to andy and d soonest."

In other words, the Trump administration was caterwauling about leaks, and the career employees who have to implement their shit were discussing how best to do that. Escandalo!

As for the text a week and a half later on April 22, where Strzok says, "Article is out!" and "Well done, Page," does it make sense that he's congratulating Lisa Page a week and a half later on some really good leaking she did a week and a half ago? Well if you're a fucking moron like Mark Meadows, maybe it does. Nadler and Cummings note, though, that the New York Times published a profile on James Comey on April 22, which seems much more likely to be the article Strzok is referring to.

Does Mark Meadows even believe in his own conspiracy theory? According to Roll Call, "A spokesman for Meadows declined to comment on this story," and according to Mother Jones, "Asked Tuesday if Meadows stood by the assertions in his letter, a spokesman for congressman declined to comment." So nah, Meadows probably knows he's being a craven, justice-obstructing shithole.

Of course, this conspiracy theory is all over right-wing media now, which has already turkey basted it up the moron president's ass:

So basically everything is normal! House Republicans are willfully lying about Peter Strzok's text messages -- hey remember that time they were all going apeshit about how Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had a SECRET SOCIETY???? -- and the president is swallowing it whole.

God bless us, everyone!

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          Occupational Medicine - Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Multicare Health System - Mill Creek, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Steve Bannon on the 'coup' in Washington against Trump [Video]      Cache   Translate Page      

Former Trump chief strategist releases new film 'Trump @ War.' On 'The Ingraham Angle,' Bannon addresses the anonymous NYT op-ed and Trump's relationships with members of his administration.
          The case for ignoring Steve Bannon - The Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

His views are one thing. His apparent lack of any real influence or relationship with Trump is quite another.
          Nikki Haley warns of ‘dire’ consequences if Russia and Iran continue attacks on Idlib, Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a warning to Russia and Iran today, saying that continued attacks on the last opposition stronghold in Idlib, Syria could result in “dire” consequences. From CNN:

During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that “the world has seen a clear military escalation” this month by Russia and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using “barrel bombs, rockets and artillery” in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war…

“If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire,” she said.

“I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Haley added. “The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons. We stand by this warning.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis declined to say Tuesday whether the US would take military action against the Syrian regime should it use chemical weapons, but he did say Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has “been warned.”

There are said to be around 3 million people in Idlib, with a large percentage of them children. So the concern is that Assad and Russia are going to use the same strategy here they’ve used in other places in Syria, i.e. Russian airstrikes followed by a siege to cut off food and water and, possibly, the use of chemical weapons. Last week President Trump himself warned Russia and Iran not to “recklessly” attack Idlib Province.

But shortly after that tweet the airstrikes began:

And it’s not just the millions of people who could be impacted. A full-scale attack is likely to create another surge of refugees fleeing the country:

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted, Russia pledged to preserve Idlib as a “deescalation zone” and end the war through diplomacy. Yet it now appears poised to throw its planes behind an assault by the government of Bashar al-Assad, also backed by Iran, to capture the territory by force. Moscow cites the presence of an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, which controls much of Idlib; Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is a “festering abscess” that must be “liquidated.” But the United Nations’ Syria envoy estimates there are only about 10,000 fighters in the extremist group. If they follow their usual modus operandi, the Assad, Iranian and Russian forces will fight them by systematically targeting the civilian population and infrastructure, including food markets, schools and hospitals.

The damage could spread far beyond Syria. A full-scale offensive could send hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming north toward Turkey, where some 3.5 million Syrians already are harbored.

Bottom line, there is a real potential for catastrophe here and Russia and Iran clearly don’t care so long as they can claim victory and prop up their puppet Asssad. If things escalate, and especially if there is another use of chemical weapons, it’s very likely the US will intervene with more than strong words. Here are Nikki Haley’s full remarks.

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If you own a television, a laptop or a phone, it was probably impossible for you to escape that news that projections for the track of Hurricane Florence have gone from terrible to really, really terrible. At this point, the computer models project that the storm will stall right off the coast and then drift slowly south before turning inland. That means the Carolinas could be facing literally days of winds above 100 mph combined with storm surge and inland flooding at deadly levels. There is a mandatory evacuation order in place for more than a million people. (ABC News)

Millions are being told to evacuate as the North and South Carolina coasts prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that continues to strengthen into “an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.”

The National Hurricane Center is offering that warning on Tuesday morning as hurricane watches and storm surge watches were issued for the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina for the first time.

No matter how this plays out it appears that nothing short of a miracle will see this storm being anything short of a disaster. And yet, as usual, local news outlets managed to find at least 100 people on the coast near the expected target area who are saying that they will stay and ride the storm out. CNN interviewed Michael Cramer, Town Manager of Carolina Beach, North Carolina this morning and he said they were appealing to the stubborn residents to get out by tonight, but if they refuse there’s not much officials can do. They have too much on their plates at the moment to go around dragging people out of their homes (and likely being sued for it later).

This brings up the question we wind up dealing with every storm season. How much of an obligation do our first responders have to risk their own lives in an effort to save people from their own stupidity? Local officials have already been putting out the word that after a particular deadline arrives, they won’t be sending anyone out to respond to 911 calls until the brunt of the hurricane has passed. And from the looks of the current forecast, that could be days. In the meantime, assuming some of these maniacs wind up getting themselves killed, will the state and federal governments be blamed for an “insufficient response?”

Perhaps even more to the point, police, firemen and medical personnel tend to be the types who rush toward danger when human lives are on the line. If somebody calls because they’re stuck in the attic and the water is reaching the roof, it’s not hard to imagine them grimly heading out into the storm. And then you’re in danger of having the people who are supposed to protect you dying in the floodwaters as well. If emergency management officials have done everything humanly possible to prepare and ordered people to evacuate, those who stay behind (or their next of kin) should have no recourse in either the courts or the media to come back later assigning blame.

Of course, blame will still be assigned and that’s happening before the storm even arrives. Check out the Washington Post today and see who’s really to blame for this hurricane being so bad. On second thought, don’t even bother. They’re blaming Trump.

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          WaPo: Say, this attack on Collins might well be bribery after all      Cache   Translate Page      

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Maybe Susan Collins was right after all. The senator from Maine castigated progressive opponents for attempting to “bribe” her into voting against Brett Kavanaugh by promising not to spend the $1.3 million they’ve raised against her if she voted nay. The “bribe” accusation sounded a little hyperbolic, but the Washington Post’s Eli Rosenberg writes that it might be more spot-on than one would think:

The unusual fundraising effort by Maine People’s Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan on the platform Crowdpac had raised more than $1 million by Tuesday — a not insignificant amount for a political race in the small state. But amidst the attention it was receiving were signs that its efforts could be backfiring.

At least one ethics expert consulted by The Washington Post said that it may very well violate federal bribery statutes, which prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes. …

Adav Noti, a senior director at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which works on rules of ethics and finance in government, told The Post that he thought the listing was illegal, noting that bribery is a federal crime.

“I think they’re playing a game to avoid the literal application of the bribery statute,” he said. “They have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money but that seems to be a fictional distinction. It still seems like they’re saying if you don’t do what we want we will spend $1 million and that strikes me as just as much as an inducement as saying we’ll give you $1 million if you do what we want.”

If it’s a bribe, it’s more of a reverse or negative bribe. The group isn’t actually giving her something of value in exchange for the no vote on Kavanaugh; they’re promising not to spend the money they’ve collected against her. On net that’s a valuable transaction, but it’s still the absence of action that they’re trading.

Does that count for bribery? It’s tough to say, and other experts contacted by Rosenberg don’t agree with Noti, although one did note that the effort against Collins looked “icky”:

“It seems kind of icky but it doesn’t rise to the level of bribery because there’s no agreement,” Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibilities. “It’s just the way money and politics tend to work these days.”

True, and Senate seats are valuable commodities … as Rod Blagojevich once observed before talking himself into a federal indictment. Raising money to campaign against Kavanaugh is certainly legal, as it is to campaign against Collins. Making an endorsement contingent on a vote is not just kosher, it’s a wide practice among all sorts of interest groups, as is threatening opposition over it. Making it explicitly about cash while the money is in hand, however, might cross a line. Maybe.

Would anyone prosecute it? Naah. But the IRS might take an interest in the 501(c)(4) status of the groups involved while they’re electioneering against Collins. Otherwise, the legal issues are academic, but the political damage from this ill-advised bullying campaign is likely to help Kavanaugh a lot more than these groups could have ever hurt him. Great job!

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Apple has updated its iPhone X handset with three more powerful models, two of which are larger than before. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in (16.5cm) display. The iPhone XS has the same 5.8in-sized component as the original. The iPhone XR's screen is ...
Apple unveils its largest, most expensive iPhoneWashington Post
New iPhone – as it happened: Apple unveils brand new Xs, Xs Max and Xr handsets after leaks reveal specs and detailsThe Independent
iPhone XS vs iPhone XR and XS Max: the new iPhones comparedWired.co.uk
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          Wellesley Police log: Scooter rider proves temporarily elusive; bikes stolen; just an insurance inspector      Cache   Translate Page      
Wellesley Police Log 09/03/18 to 09/09/18   Arrests On September 6, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. Officer Shore was conducting traffic enforcement on Worcester Street near Washington Street and stopped a Honda coupe for an expired inspection sticker.   He spoke with the operator, and asked for his license and registration.  A query of his information […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern city of Idlib. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, says the U.S. and its allies are concerned about the deadly consequences if Syrian President Bashar Assad, with support from Russia and […]
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The proposed improvement to Interstate 405 from Renton to Bellevue is a typical Washington Department of Transportation project — five years for 11 miles. And all to build a few toll lanes with rates reaching $10 and to improve an impossibly inadequate highway that will be over its projected capacity before it is completed. We […]
          Hurricane Florence to have little effect on DC area through the weekend. Chance of rain next week. - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Hurricane Florence to have little effect on DC area through the weekend. Chance of rain next week.
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Based on questions we've seen on social media and online chats, there is a lot of confusion about what Hurricane Florence will mean for the D.C. area through the weekend. It won't mean much. We do not expect significant rain, more than showers, or ...
New track shows Florence tracking more south, but NC impact remains seriousWRAL.com
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          Apple announces iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, less expensive iPhone XR in phone line revamp - USA TODAY      Cache   Translate Page      

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The long wait for new iPhones is now officially over. At its annual September event, Apple introduced three new iPhone models the iPhone XS (pronounced "ten-ess" not "ex-ess"), iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-are" not "ex-are"). The new ...
Apple unveils its largest, most expensive iPhoneWashington Post
Apple's AirPower charger is still a no-show, one year after it was first announcedThe Verge
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President Trump issued a new order Wednesday authorizing additional sanctions against countries or individuals for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections, but lawmakers of both parties immediately said the effort does not go far enough. The order would ...
Trump signs measure punishing election interferenceCNN
Trump signs new order to sanction countries that meddle in US electionsUSA TODAY
Trump Executive Order Would Punish Foreigners Linked To Election InterferenceNPR
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Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of CBS's “60 Minutes.”CreditCreditRichard Drew/Associated Press. By John Koblin and Michael M. Grynbaum. Sept. 12, 2018. Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes” on CBS, was fired on ...
'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager leaves CBS amid harassment accusationsWashington Post
CBS News fires '60 Minutes' producer Fager in wake of sexual misconduct allegationsUSA TODAY
CBS '60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to DepartWall Street Journal
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump continued to insist Wednesday that his administration did a "great job" in responding to Hurricane Maria, which left more than 3,000 people dead, as Hurricane Florence rolls toward the Carolina coast. Trump said in ...
FACT CHECK: 'Puerto Rico Was An Incredible, Unsung Success'?NPR
Residents see a failure at all levels of governmentWashington Post
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          Washington state to kill more wolves in Ferry County      Cache   Translate Page      

The state plans to start killing wolves again in the same area where the animals were killed in 2016 and earlier this year.
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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb dramatically escalated his efforts to stop an “epidemic” of teenage vaping, announcing Wednesday a massive enforcement action against retailers for allegedly selling e-cigarettes to minors and ...
FDA Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette RetailersNew York Times
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          9/12/2018: NEWS CANADA: 9/11 anniversary appears to calm NAFTA tempers      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON — Solemn cross-border remembrances slammed headlong into the present-day fight over free trade Tuesday as Canada and the U.S. resumed their protracted effort to rescue NAFTA on the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in...
          VIRAL: Su adorable reacción a su padre imitando animales      Cache   Translate Page      

Este es el encantador momento en el que una pequeña reacciona cómicamente ante los sonidos que hace su papá al contarle un cuento.

El momento fue publicado por él a través de Twitter donde rebasó las 1.98 millones de reproducciones y acumuló más de 130 mil likes.

La familia que es proveniente de Washington DC consiguió miles de seguidores gracias a su hija de un año de edad.

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          UPDATE 9-Oil up over 2 pct on concerns over Iran, slower U.S. output growth      Cache   Translate Page      
*U.S. sanctions to target Iran oil exports from November. Since spring when the Trump Administration said it would impose sanctions on Iran, crude traders have priced in a risk premium reflecting the supply shortages that may occur when exports from the third-largest OPEC member are cut. Washington has told its allies to reduce imports of Iranian oil and...
          UPDATE 8-Oil rises more than 2 pct as U.S. sanctions on Iran squeeze supply      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK, Sept 11- Oil prices rose more than 2 percent on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output. Since spring when the Trump Administration said it would impose sanctions on Iran, crude traders have priced in a risk premium reflecting the supply...
          UPDATE 6-Oil rises as U.S. sanctions on Iran squeeze supply      Cache   Translate Page      
*Washington wants other producers to replace falling Iran exports. *Iran crude exports to Asia: https://tmsnrt.rs/2NDV3Os. LONDON, Sept 11- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output.
          UPDATE 4-Oil rises as U.S. sanctions on Iran squeeze supply      Cache   Translate Page      
*Washington wants other producers to replace falling Iran exports. *Iran crude exports to Asia: https://tmsnrt.rs/2NDV3Os. LONDON, Sept 11- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output.
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Clyde Hill City Administrator Profile Final. With just over 3,000 total residents and 1,100 houses, Clyde Hill is a quiet, affluent community encompassing...
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          Oil firm as Iran sanctions loom, but US seeks to prevent supply shortfall      Cache   Translate Page      
*US sanctions to target Iran oil exports from November. *Washington wants other producers replace falling Iran exports. But prices were capped by signs that increased supplies by other major producers, including the United States and Saudi Arabia, could make up for the disruptions from Iran.
          UPDATE 11-Oil steadies as U.S. inventory concerns curb gains      Cache   Translate Page      
*U.S. sanctions on Iran oil sector tighten market- FGE. *Washington to meet with Saudi, Russia on oil policy. "This has been a Monday morning special that the Bloomberg or Genscape numbers can kill a rally," said Bob Yawger, director of futures at Mizuho in New York.
          UPDATE 8-Oil up as U.S. drilling stalls, Iranian sanctions bite      Cache   Translate Page      
*U.S. sanctions on Iran oil sector tighten market- FGE. *Washington to meet with Saudi, Russia on oil policy. "A higher oil price scenario is built on lower exports from Iran due to U.S. sanctions, capped U.S. shale output growth, instability in production in countries like Libya and Venezuela and no material negative impact from a U.S./ China trade war on oil demand in the...
          UPDATE 7-Oil up as U.S. drilling stalls, Iranian sanctions bite      Cache   Translate Page      
*U.S. sanctions on Iran oil sector tighten market- FGE. *Washington to meet with Saudi, Russia on oil policy. "A higher oil price scenario is built on lower exports from Iran due to U.S. sanctions, capped U.S. shale output growth, instability in production in countries like Libya and Venezuela and no material negative impact from a U.S./ China trade war on oil demand in the...
          UPDATE 6-Oil up as U.S. drilling stalls, Iranian sanctions bite      Cache   Translate Page      
*Washington to meet with Saudi, Russia to discuss oil policy. LONDON, Sept 10- Oil prices rose on Monday as U.S. drilling stalled and investors anticipated lower supply once new U.S. sanctions against Iran's crude exports kick in from November. "A higher oil price scenario is built on lower exports from Iran due to U.S. sanctions, capped U.S. shale output growth,...
          9/12/2018: SPORTS: SELLOUT STREAK MAY END SUNDAY      Cache   Translate Page      

With four days remaining before the Washington Redskins’ home opener against the Indianapolis Colts, thousands of tickets remain unsold at FedEx Field. The unsold seats, combined with the Redskins’ admission that they no longer have a season ticket...
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DC-washington, Job title: Master Scheduler Location: Washington , DC Duration: Full Time Job Description: Directly support the Program Manager with the creation and maintenance of an Integrated Master Schedule that spans various work streams and an Agile development methodology Facilitate stakeholder working groups to update task completion, dependencies, etc. Lead schedule development and update efforts across
          Around the NFC East: Washington may actually be ... good?      Cache   Translate Page      
Each week, we'll take a look at how the Eagles' division rivals fared the previous weekend (SPOILER ALERT: the Eagles are the best) and what they have upcoming. In Week One of the NFL season, Washington's offense was powered by a couple of 2012 Pro Bowlers, Dak Prescott looked like the same guy we knew (and loved) in 2017, and the Giants have a talented running back for the first time since Tiki Barber retired...which still wasn't enough to keep Eli from throwing the game away. Powered by an impressive run game (as well as the ineptitude of Sam Bradford), Jay Gruden's squad crushed the Cardinals in Arizona, cruising for an easy 24-6 victory.
          255 dogs seized in illegal breeding operations      Cache   Translate Page      
Stevens County Sheriff's deputies seized 255 dogs from two illegal dog breeding operations Tuesday.

One operation was located in Ford, Washington. There, investigators discovered 89 dogs and puppies in various states of health. According to a news release, "One puppy was near death and a carcass that was improperly disposed of was located."

The release says "the dogs were living in filth and investigators had to wear hazmat suits while processing the scenes."

In that location, the 89 dogs were contained in a 10x60 mobile home with two people living inside.

At another location in Suncrest, investigators found 166 dogs in filthy conditions and various stages of health. Investigators had to wear hazmat suits at that location as well.

Investigators say the operation had been planned for weeks so that veterinarians and other experts could be in place. American Humane as well as HEART (Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team) came to Stevens County several days early to set up a temporary shelter.

The agencies are now trying to deal with a large amount of these small breed dogs.

Authorities knew about the Suncrest operation previously; the sheriff's office credited Deputy Jessica Garza for developing probable cause for a warrant.

Investigators spent 19 hours on the scene.

The occupants of both homes likely face charges that include cruelty to animals and violations of dog breeding statutes. Their names and specific locations are not being released.

The animals have been examined and are receiving medical attention if needed.

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The WSU Cougar football team will look a lot like they did last week when they hit the field against Eastern Washington University Saturday in Pullman. That is, unless you know the difference between anthracite and gray.

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The 2-0 Cougs will wear anthracite pants, crimson jerseys and anthracite helmets for Saturday's game against the 2-0 Eags. The Cougs wore the same jerseys last week, but wore the lighter gray pants and helmets.

The Cougs and Eags kick off at 5 pm Saturday at Martin Stadium. The game will be televised on the Pac12 Network. You can hear complete coverage, beginning with KXLY4's Derek Deis and the Cougar Road Show beginning at 3 pm on kxly 920.

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President Trump is a fine President and a true American Patriot. And Ovomit is just the opposite..........A TRAITOR AND LAWLESS SCUMBAG

Ovomit's
Acts of Treason:

1.Perpetrating acts of fraud, perjury and conspiracy in his refusal to confirm
his lawful eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution
Article II, Section 1, constituting impeachable offenses of high crimes and misdemeanors
adumbrated in U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 4;

2. Surrendering sovereign U.S. war-making to foreign powers and international
authorities by attacking Libya without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter33:1541-1548;

3. Accepting foreign title and office while acting as U.S. President and without consulting Congress when in 2009, Obama assumed the Chairmanship of the UN Security
Council, the international body responsible for declaring war on behalf of the UN, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9;

4. Making
bribery attempts in word and in deed, as Obama administration offered bribes to
at least three Federal candidates for office: Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and
Jim Matheson, in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 201;

5. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to halt the unconstitutional implementation of
the "Patient Healthcare and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known
as "ObamaCare", in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section
3, and Article III, Sections 1 & 2;

6. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to grant lawful deep water drilling permits, in
violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and Article III, Sections
1 & 2;

7. Executive
Branch creation and implementation of regulations asserting unconstitutional
force of Federal law on matters explicitly rejected by or contrary to the will
and intent of Congress, specifically the EPA implementation of Cap and Trade,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 1 and Section 8;

8. Refusing
to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international
criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4;

9. Executive
Branch malfeasance and impeding the administration of justice by preventing the
U.S. Department of Justice from investigating crimes committed for the direct
benefit of the President by presidential associates including: voter
intimidation at the hands of the New Black Panthers and ACORN election fraud,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and U.S. Criminal Code
Section 135, (Comp. St. § 10305);

10. Direct
mobilizing and funding of mob violence, sedition and insurrection, as witnessed
in Wisconsin, by the President's own reelection campaign group Organizing for
America, and including open statements of incitement to the insurrection by the
President himself, in violation of U.S.Penal Code, Chapter 115, Section 2383;

11.
Executive Branch usurpation of lawmaking powers voiding duly enacted
legislation of Congress by improperly preventing the U.S. Department of Justice
from defending established Federal law – specifically the Defense of Marriage
Act, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3;

12. Adhering
to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed
by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions
persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the
overthrow of America's constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of
government, and the overthrow of the United States Constitution; including but
not limited to William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren,
Van Jones, Dalia Mogahed, Harold Koh, and Eric Holder, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section IV and U.S. Penal Code, Section 2385.

, according to Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, “the U.S. government has traced some of the
$1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed
terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.”

There is a law that applies to this situation.
U.S. Code 2381 says: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies
war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort
within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer
death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.”

But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all
competitors: treason.

He showered hundreds of billions of dollars on
the Islamic Republic of Iran. There are those who say, “It was their money. It
belonged to the Iranian government but was frozen and not paid since 1979.”
Indeed, and there was a reason for that: not even Jimmy Carter, who made the
Islamic Republic of Iran possible, thought that money, which had been paid by
the Shah’s government in a canceled arms deal, belonged to the mullahs who
overthrew the Shah. Likewise Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W.
Bush all thought that the Islamic Republic was not due money that was owed to
the Shah.

Only Barack Obama did.

The definition of treason is giving aid and
comfort to the enemy. The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran order their
people to chant “Death to America” in mosques every Friday, and repeatedly vow
that they will ultimately destroy the United States of America and the state of
Israel. How was giving them billions and helping them skirt sanctions applied
by the U.S. government not treason?

A List of Obama’s Constitutional
Violations

Ovomit took the
Presidential Oath, swearing to “.. preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States” but has:

§ Used Executive Action in direct opposition
to the law, and unilaterally changes the law for at least five million illegal
aliens; Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall
take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article
I Section 8

§ In direct violation of ACA Law ( Section 36B
) ordered subsidies be paid under Federal Exchange. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ *Entered Treaty Agreement with Iran without
Advice & Consent of the Senate. No agreement (including one with the UN) is
valid without 2/3 Senate approval. Article II Section 2.

§ Operation Choke Point program – Direct
infringement on 2nd Amendment.

§ Violated statute on “Material Support of
Terrorism” by returning top terrorists back to terrorist organizations. Article
II Section 3; Dereliction of Duty Article II Section 4

§ Violated Appropriations Act (DOD Section
8111) – GAO report; Article II Section 3

§ Ignored law that requires Congress be
notified prior to any detainees being moved from Guantanamo. “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Using EPA to “legislate” over States,
Congress, and Federal Court; Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8; Direct
violation of Presidential Oath.

§ Appointed 24+ Federal agency czars without
advice and consent of the Senate; Violation of Article II Section 2

§ Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast
& Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern
Executive privilege is negated.

§ 23 Executive Orders on gun control –
infringement of the 2nd Amendment

§ Exposed identity and methods of operation of
a Navy SEALs team – Illegal for a President to reveal classified military
secrets. Article II Section 3

§ 2 Executive actions mandating private health
information on patients be turned over to NICS – Violation of HIPPA law.

§ Executive Order bypassing Congress on
immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress;
Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Unilaterally issued new exemptions to
immigration restrictions law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who
provided “limited material support” to t

errorists. – Article 1 Section 1; Article I
Section 8 Congress shall have the Power..to establish an uniform Rule of
Naturalization.

§ Issued directive instructing ICE to NOT
enforce immigration laws in certain cases. Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative
power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully
executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Release of convicted illegal aliens ordered
in direct opposition to law-Article II Section 3

§ Expanded executive action for amnesty to
illegal immigrant relatives of DREAM Act beneficiaries. Article 1 Section 1,
ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be
faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Executive action directing DHS that almost
all immigration offenses were unenforceable absent a separate criminal conviction.
Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I
Section 8

§ Ignoring Law (2006 Secure Fence Act) “he
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to ignore section 8 of the Voting
Rights Act. ” he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article
II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to prevent Arizona and Alabama from
enforcing immigration laws. – 10th Amendment

§ Information memorandum telling states that
they can waive the work requirement for welfare recipients, thereby altering
the 1996 welfare reform law. – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held
by Congress.

§ Used NLRB to dictate to a business where
they can do business. (Boeing Dreamliner Plant). No Constitutional authority to
do so.

§ NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights
negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

§ Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can
seize anything

§ Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL
jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the
FBI.

§ Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure
Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power
held by Congress

§ Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st
Amendment

§ DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the
Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law. ” he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of
powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law.
Article. I. Section. 1

§ Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th
Amendment Due process Rights negated

§ Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to
advance Cap-n-Trade

§ Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under
appeal) – 1st Amendment

§ Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in
recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)

§ Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security
Council – Violation of Section 9.

§ ACA (Obamacare) mandate – SCOTUS rewrote
legislation and made it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for
Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce. SCOTUS has no authority to
Legislate or lay taxes. Article I Section 1 & 8.

§ Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate
violation of First Ammendment

§ Healthcare waivers – No president has
dispensing powers

§ Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th
Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare

§ Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for
upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.

§ Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors
rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th
Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)

§ The Independent Payment Advisory Board
(appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law
starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.

§ Congress did not approve Obama’s war in
Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable
under Article II, Section 4; War Powers Act – Article II Section 3.

§ Obama falsely claims UN can usurp
Congressional war powers.

§ Obama has acted outside the constitutional
power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.

§ Bribery of Senator Ben Nelson and Senator
Mary Landrey. (Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase) Article II, Section
4.

§ With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the
FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain
access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code
named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of
4th Amendment.

§ Directed signing of U.N. Firearms treaty –
2nd Amendment.

§ The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved
by both) raises revenue – Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives

§ Obama altered law – (A president has no
authority to alter law) Delayed upholding the Employer Mandate Law (ACA) until
2015 – Individual Mandate will be enforced. A President does not have that
authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powersherein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States; The president “shall take care
that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3; Equal Protection
Clause -14th Amendment.

§ Obama altered law – ACA Medicare cuts
delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Enforcement of
eligibility requirements for ACA delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama wavered ACA Income Verification
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Delayed ACA caps on out
of pocket expenses until 2015. (when implemented premiums will skyrocket)
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama ignored judicial order to fulfill
legal obligation regarding Yucca Mountain waste. Article II, Section 3

§ Waived Federal provision that prevents U.S.
From arming terrorist groups – Article I. Section 1; Impeachable under Article
III, Section 3.

§ Directed State Department HS to ignore law
barring entry to U.S. those giving political or charitable aid to known
terrorist groups. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama shelves part of the ACA Law for
Insurers, extending the life of non-qualifying (according to ACA) plans until
Jan. 1, 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the
Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama waved ACA individual mandate for those
that lost their insurance. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.
Violation of the Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama alters ACA law and exempts companies
employing between 50-100 full-time workers from business mandate until 2016.
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ In total, Obama has unilaterally altered ACA
24 times. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the Take
Care Clause, Separation of Powers.


          Heaviest piece of equipment moved on WA highway will impact traffic      Cache   Translate Page      
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers and Washington State Patrol are getting ready to weigh the heaviest piece of equipment moved along a Washington highway.

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The equipment is over 360 feet long and estimated to weigh over one million pounds.

Drivers should expect potential closures on State Route 14 and 97 starting September 17.

More information on these closures will be released later in the week.

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          Sepsis kills; WSU finds way to fight back      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington State University researchers are on the frontline of fighting off deadly sepsis, a body-wide inflammatory response that can cause organ failure and death. In a study published in the journal Advanced Materials, scientists at WSU's College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences built a new nanoparticle and coated it with the molecules that blood vessels have been found to release in response to infections. This dressing makes the nanoparticle sensitive to the specific infection sites, and when they arrive at the site of an infection, the bacterial enzymes trigger the drugs to be released.

Additionally, the research marks the first time a nanocarrier has been built to deliver not one, but two drugs, and delivers these drugs in a manner that actually waits to deploy until it hits the infectious tissues.

"This study not only proves a new drug delivery system but also may shift the current landscape in nanomedicine to biology-driven design of nanotherapeutics," said Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhenjia Wang. "This has the potential to improve the therapies of many more infectious diseases."

If you'd like to read more about how this breakthrough technology works, please click here.

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          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Celebrate Our-Kansas's TRUE "heritage" with statues of Jon Woods & Michael Neal!
Posted by tsallenarng
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Bartster will probably want them to be statues of Huckabuck and his missus.
Posted by Kate
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Paula Jones with her old nose and 1 with the reconstructed nose or mabye
Just 2 noses.
Posted by Going for the record
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
At this point it should just be a statue of a slab of prison bars.
Posted by Artificial Inteligence
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Jimmy Johnson is still alive. Does Hester want Frank Broyles?
Does Hester think history gets outdated?
Doesn't he have better things to do?
Sweet Sweet Connie?
Stacey can build a state Hall of Statues?
I'm with DBI on the statues. Leave them be.
Posted by Vanessa
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
How many Presidents has Arkansas produced. Hester would surely agree.
Posted by Silverback66x
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Always beware of Republicans ALWAYS hell bent on revising US history. I'm sure what I just passed in the bathroom has more interest in and more knowledge of arkansas history.

Leave the damn statues alone. We got much much bigger problems with corruption in state government. But I guess the Bartster doesn't want to talk about that?
Posted by DeathbyInches
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Archibald yell and Orval or the huck or Jim guy or the purveyor of goat glands ,
Mabye coin Harvey or the Christ of the ozark statue or that ugly goat of
Baphopet religion or mr helms or Johnny cash or the picker from delight.
So many choices, so few qualified.
Posted by Going for the record
          Re: Hester ressumes pitch to replace Arkansas statues in Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Hattie Caraway and Dale Bumpers. Or a single statue of the Little Rock Nine.
Posted by wannabee conservative
          When STEM and Art Collide: C-STEM Unveils Public Art Project to Address Literacy in the Community      Cache   Translate Page      

ABOVE: Dr. Reagan Flowers poses with supporters at C-STEM Free Little Library Public Art Project unveiling This past Thursday, September 6th, C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc. (C-STEM), in collaboration with the Harambee Art Gallery, unveiled an unprecedented community public art project that they hope will bridge the digital divide. This collaboration is the brainchild of Dr. Reagan Flowers, who is the founder of C-STEM. Dr. Flowers’ vision for this project was to create a free little library, beautify the community with public art, close the digital divide and create a safer neighborhood. “This project is living proof that the act of doing one thing can pay dividends beyond anything you ever imagined,” said Dr. Flowers. My former students from Jack Yates chose their future when they accepted the challenge to build a robot. That single choice made what seemed to be impossible, possible. And now, 18 years later, those robots are still inspiring creativity and innovation, and are giving back to the community far beyond their robotics competitions.” Harambee Art Gallery’s Charles Washington – a noted Third Ward environmental artist – received the commission for the public structure, which includes a Free Little Library with a “take-a-book, leave-a-book” policy. This beautification project is being housed at the C-STEM headquarters, located at 3226 Alabama St., in Houston’s historic Third Ward. Washington made the C-STEM Free Little Library Public Art Project from Sea Turtle sculptures that were used as canvases by PreK-12th grade students, and incorporated robot parts from Jack Yates High School students whoread more

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          Judicial Watch Sues for Records of FBI 302 Interviews with Demoted Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr      Cache   Translate Page      
Federal Court Hearing Thursday, September 13, in separate suit DOJ demands up to 6 months to turn over only 1,650 Pages of Bruce Ohr-Steele-Fusion GPS records Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188 WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for details of the 302 interviews the FBI conducted with Bruce Ohr, who was removed from his position as Source: Judicial Watch, Inc.
          NY Times Best-Selling Author Brigitte Gabriel Debuts New Book: 'RISE: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom'      Cache   Translate Page      
Contact: Emily Brunner, 610-584-1096WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ -- Brigitte Gabriel's most groundbreaking work yet opens readers' eyes to imminent threats to America and reveals plots to destroy freedom, national security and Americans' very way of life. In "RISE: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom,#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" released yesterday, Sept. 11, Gabriel arms readers with real data and compelling facts that will equip and motivate them to unite with other patriots wh Source: Hamilton Strategies
          Enabling 'internet of photonic things' with miniature sensors      Cache   Translate Page      
(Washington University in St. Louis) Swapping electrons for photons, researchers in the School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed wireless sensors which are not subject to electromagnetic interference and are smaller and generally more flexible than the currently electronics-based technology.
          New Market Study of Mobile Encryption Market By Top Players Like BlackBerry Ltd. (Ontario, Canada), CSG, Inc. (Washington, US), Certes Networks, Inc. (Pennsylvania, US), Check Point Software Technologies Report Forecast 2023      Cache   Translate Page      
New Market Study of Mobile Encryption Market By Top Players Like BlackBerry Ltd. (Ontario, Canada), CSG, Inc. (Washington, US), Certes Networks, Inc. (Pennsylvania, US), Check Point Software Technologies Report Forecast 2023 ​The Global Mobile Encryption Market is likewise explored in terms of production rates as specified by different regions. The mobile encryption market size is expected to grow from USD 761.4 Million in 2017 to USD 2,917.9 Million by 2022, at

          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Kick      Cache   Translate Page      
Michale 102 And crack whore continues with her personal attacks.. Your contempt for your wife is again duly noted, but how is it a "personal attack" to point out a straw man argument that doesn't exist in the editorial? See how many of my comments are politics related... See how many of your comments contain requests for someone to commit suicide because you can't handle having your own chosen verbiage hurled back in your general direction. See how many of crack whore's comments are all about me... The majority of your comments are ad hominem attacks either against the group as a whole or me. So how is pointing out that someone is using a straw man argument a "personal attack"? That language doesn't exist anywhere in the editorial of the Washington Post. So it's a straw man argument put in place in order to knock down the actual editorial. How is that a personal attack? If she would just disappear, things would be awesome here... Not going to happen. :)
          TOUT EN BRANDISSANT LES SANCTIONS WASHINGTON QUALIFIE LA CPI D’« ILLÉGITIME » !      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Michale      Cache   Translate Page      
The editorial board of the Washington Post has declared that President Trump is “complicit” for Hurricane Florence because of his views on climate change. The massive storm has not made landfall yet, but the Post published a column on Wednesday headlined, “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/12/hurricane-florence-washington-post-declares-trump-is-complicit-for-dangerous-storm.html Hear that??? President Trump is responsible, in part, for Hurricane Florence!!! BBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Who knew that President Trump was so powerful he could help form hurricanes after just TWO YEARS in office!!!?? BBBWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA President doesn't have ANYTHING to do with the great economy, but he CAN form hurricanes!!!!! BBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA You Democrats.. Ya kill me!!! :D
          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Michale      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump Middle-class income hit an all-time high of $61,372 last year, U.S. Census Bureau says https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/09/12/middle-class-income-hit-an-all-time-high-last-year-us-census-says/?utm_term=.20f28971302d Making America Great Again There is simply NO WAY that the American people are going to go back to Democrat Party governing... Simply No Way......
          Cash/AP and General Accounting (Part Time) - Centerplate at Washington State Ferries - Bremerton, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Counts currency, coins, and checks received for deposit in the vault from cashiers on the ferry galleys, by hand and/or by using currency-counting machine....
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          An Animator's Seattle Cottage Is Sun-Filled and Charming — House Tour      Cache   Translate Page      

Name: Joe Gast and Willow the Weimaraner
Location: Leschi — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,690 square feet
Years lived in: 25 years, owned

My 1908 Leschi cottage was a victim of several ill-conceived remodels and plenty of deferred maintenance. A transplant from Ohio, with an Ohioan's modest budget, I purchased the house because it was in my price range and it was located on a magical stairway, steps above Lake Washington.

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          FDA Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

New York Times

FDA Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers
New York Times
The sleek Juul device, which looks like a flash drive, has become popular in high schools.CreditCreditGabby Jones/Bloomberg, via Getty Images. By Sheila Kaplan and Jan Hoffman. Sept. 12, 2018. WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on ...
FDA chief calls youth e-cigarettes an 'epidemic'Washington Post
FDA Chief Considers Ban of All Flavored E-CigarettesWall Street Journal
FDA considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes to protect minorsReuters
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          US Household Incomes Grew in 2017, Yet Inequality Worsens - U.S. News & World Report      Cache   Translate Page      

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US Household Incomes Grew in 2017, Yet Inequality Worsens
U.S. News & World Report
WASHINGTON (AP) — The income of a median U.S. household rose for a third straight year in 2017 as solid economic growth helped put more people into full-time jobs. But income inequality also worsened as the wealthiest Americans enjoyed even larger ...
Middle-class income rose above $61000 for the first time last year, US Census Bureau saysWashington Post
New Economic Data Shows Financial Life Is Stagnant Or Getting Worse For ManyForbes
Middle class income rises again — now up to $61400CNN
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          Mixed Results for Apparel Prices      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices for domestically produced women’s apparel showed some signs of strength in October, with an uptick of 0.7 percent, but continued to decline on an annual basis, the Labor Department reported Friday in its...
          Trump signs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in polls      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday authorising sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections, a move that counters critics who claim he has not taking election security seriously enough. The executive order covers not just interference with campaign infrastructure, but it also covers the distribution of disinformation and propaganda, national security adviser John Bolton told repor
          Stormy to publish book on Trump affair in October      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON: Adult film star Stormy Daniels said on Wednesday she will publish an autobiography detailing her alleged affair with President Donald Trump in October, shortly before key US midterm elections. Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, around the time that the reality television star's wife Melania had given birth to their son Barron, said she would dedicate the tell-all — entitled "Full Disclosure" — to
          Apple unveils larger iPhones, health-oriented watches      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON: Apple Inc unveiled larger iPhones and watches based on the design of current models on Wednesday, confirming expectations that the company is making only minor changes to its lineup. Apple wants users to upgrade to newer, more expensive devices as a way to boost revenue as global demand for smartphones levels off. The strategy has helped Apple become the first publicly-traded US company to hit a market value of more t
          Dispute Resolution Associate Attorney - District of Columbia-Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington, D.C. office of our client seeks dispute resolution associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience. The candidate will be assisting on international arbitration, white collar and civil litigation matters. Federal clerkship experience is required. Current Federal clerk are welcome to apply. Fluency in Spanish is also required. District of Columbia Bar admission required.Outstanding people, client and business skills are a necessity.This mid-sized New York law firm offers competitive salaries. The diversity of personnel and broad range of expertise is one of the greatest strengths of their New York office. Over recent years this firm has developed into a multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional office offering a full range of services to their clients in the US, Latin America and elsewhere in the world. The majority of their work has an international element, so traveling and living abroad are features of everyday life at this firm. The firm advises in respect of US federal securities, tax, corporate and banking laws, project and asset financing, and structured financing as well as New York law and Delaware corporate law. As a part of their US practice, associates have the opportunity to work overseas at the start of their career. In addition, associates are quickly involved in transactions and high-profile deals for major corporate and investment bank clients.
          Community remains #CobyStrong      Cache   Translate Page      

On Saturday, Sept. 22, there will be an evening of praise, music, worship, and prayer in support of 18-year-old Coby Seyfang, a Miami Trace student who was severely injured in a car accident about three weeks ago. The event will be held at Grace Community Church at 525 Glenn Ave. in Washington C.H. from 5 […]

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          A few preliminary thoughts on The Boston Globe’s new Arc-powered app      Cache   Translate Page      
Following a soft launch, The Boston Globe today is going public with its new app for tablets and phones, powered by Arc, The Washington Post’s content-management system. I’ve been playing with it since Tuesday, and I have a few very preliminary observations. — It’s fast and attractive in a Post kind of way. The icon …

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          Deviating from McCain, Sen. Graham goes all in on Team Trump      Cache   Translate Page      
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — By the end, Sen. John McCain had rejected President Donald Trump. The president was so infuriated by McCain he put a biting reference to the dying Republican senator in his stump speech. Yet one man in Washington still had hope for bridging the gap between the two.
          $1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge.
          $1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge.

The senator and her Republican colleagues are decrying the effort in Maine as attempted bribery, as attention shifts from Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to the question of how lawmakers will vote on his nomination.

The spotlight on Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski is particularly intense because they are viewed as the only two Republicans seen as potential “no” votes. With a 51-49 GOP majority, Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the court is virtually assured if either senator votes yes.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins’ defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that “every Democrat should be condemning these antics in Maine – attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting.”

The latter point stems from allegations Collins made to The Wall Street Journal that someone had left a voicemail with one of her state offices in which “they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers.” Her office also provided The Associated Press with other examples of calls and letters containing vulgar insults.

“Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision-making whatsoever,” said Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.

In Maine, a trio of advocacy groups continued their fundraising efforts Wednesday with a running tally of pledges coming to about $1.1 million. Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, described her organization as a grassroots movement borne out of frustration with President Donald Trump’s election and designed to give Maine residents a platform to engage elected officials. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state’s young immigrants known as Dreamers.

The groups states on the fundraising page that Kavanaugh is committed to “ending health care for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade.” The groups then provide two scenarios:

– Collins votes no on Kavanaugh “and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent.”

– Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh “and your pledge will go to her opponent’s campaign, once that opponent has been identified.”

Collins’ spokeswoman said that amounts to a quid pro quo: “You vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent,” she said. “Vote against us and we give her the money. It is basically a bribe.”

Follayttar described the effort as a grassroots mobilization made up of smaller-dollar pledges. She contrasted that with the nearly $2.8 million Collins’ campaign received in her 2014 election from various political action committees. She called Collins’ use of the term “bribery” a bogus legal threat.

“We won’t let it stifle us. We will continue to participate in our democracy,” she said.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups contend that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would cement a right-leaning court for a generation. The stakes were on display throughout the confirmation hearings last week, with about 70 people arrested on the hearing’s first day and charged with disorderly conduct. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to ram the confirmation through without a thorough vetting before the November midterm elections. The president during campaign stops in Montana and North Dakota ridiculed Democrats as “making fools out of themselves.”

A vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the full Senate is expected by the end of the month, in time for the first day of the court’s new term on Oct. 1.


          Lease Administrator - Alaskan Copper & Brass - Kent, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          "Don't play games with it": Hurricane Florence churns toward East Coast - CBS News      Cache   Translate Page      

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Hurricane Florence fast facts: Florence is a Category 3 hurricane "steadily" approaching the U.S. East Coast. Storm is forecast to be "an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday," National Hurricane ...
Hurricane Florence to have little effect on DC area through the weekend. Chance of rain next week.Washington Post
The Latest: Ports shut down in Carolinas before FlorenceMiami Herald
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Americans' incomes are rising, and a declining share of households are mired in poverty. Household income grew for the third consecutive year in 2017 but at a slower pace. And poverty edged down in a sign that the healthy economy is lifting Americans ...
Middle-class income rose above $61000 for the first time last year, US Census Bureau saysWashington Post
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GOP senators slam activists protesting Collins ahead of Kavanaugh vote
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Washington (CNN) A group of Republican senators are defending their GOP colleague Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday from liberal protesters pushing the the Maine senator to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Majority Whip ...
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Planned Parenthood, under fire from conservatives in Washington and state capitols, chose Leana Wen, an emergency room doctor whose family fled China when she was a child, as its next president Wednesday, picking a woman who won praise for her ...
Planned Parenthood picks Baltimore health commissioner as new presidentCNN
Planned Parenthood Chooses Baltimore's Health Commissioner As Its Next PresidentNPR
Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to serve as new head of Planned ParenthoodBaltimore Sun
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For the second election in a row, a New Jersey Republican congressman is under fire for comments he made about gay people. The Washington Blade, a newspaper that serves Washington, D.C.'s LGBTQ community, published a recording on Wednesday in ...
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A 10-year-old fell face-first from a treehouse — and landed on a metal meat skewer
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Xavier Cunningham and his buddies were climbing into a treehouse when a wasp landed on his hand. The children had stumbled into a massive yellow jacket nest Saturday afternoon in a neighbor's treehouse in western Missouri, and Xavier, who was at the ...
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Boy impaled by metal meat skewer to the head, attacked by yellow jackets makes 'miraculous' recoveryUSA TODAY
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WI-Milwaukee, Sr Identity & Access Management Engineer 6737 W. Washington St. Milwaukee, WI 53214 Job #: SIAMECmilWI67236310 Brookdale. Bringing new life to senior living. Job Summary: As a talented and passionate member of an energetic Agile team, the Sr Identity & Access Management Engineer (Solutions Engineer III) will build high-performing, scalable, enterprise-grade applications, while providing expertise
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Hear more from “Fear: Trump in the White House” author and Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward about the reporting he did for his new book. Asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Woodward: “Explain to people watching, in the course of your work and in others' work in our business, the difference between off the record conversations, background conversations for reportage." Listen to Woodward’s response here about his reporting for “Fear."

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Listen in on the conversation between “Fear: Trump in the White House” author Bob Woodward and Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Woodward’s new book. “Bob, you've covered nine presidents. You've written about all nine presidents, some of them in books, most of them in the daily newspaper—The Washington Post. Have you ever heard of, been around, according to your reporting, someone so ill equipped to hold the job of president as Donald Trump?” Hear Woodward’s response to this and other questions here—on MSNBC.

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Wellesley Police Log 09/03/18 to 09/09/18   Arrests On September 6, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. Officer Shore was conducting traffic enforcement on Worcester Street near Washington Street and stopped a Honda coupe for an expired inspection sticker.   He spoke with the operator, and asked for his license and registration.  A query of his information […]
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Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden sits atop City Hall, an 11-story office building in the Loop. City Hall and the adjacent Cook County building appear to most people as one building spanning a city block bounded by LaSalle, Randolph, Clark and Washington streets. First planted in 2000, the City Hall rooftop garden was conceived as […]

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1993: Israel and the PLO sign peace accord in Washington. 1997: Mother Teresa buried in Calcutta. 2001: US President George W Bush (above) calls the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington “the first war of the 21st century” as his administration...
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【政治家の像】
国会議事堂の中央広間には、日本の議会税時に功労のある板垣退助、大隈重信、伊藤博文ら3人の像が立っている。4つ目の台座には銅像がなく、「4人目を人選できず将来に持ち越された」、「政治に完成はない、未完の象徴」と言われている。

— news_daijiten (@news_daijiten) 2018年9月12日 - 10:29

またNHKが嘘ついてる?国会議事堂の4番目の像がないのは薩摩の大久保利通に鹿児島県民が反対したからだろう!~立憲に貢献した板垣退助、大隈重信、伊藤博文の3人だけ NHK #探検バクモン… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2018年9月12日 - 20:44

「OPCWはシリアには化学兵器はないと何度も報告してきた。なぜそれで化学兵器使用を非難し続けるのか」―露外務省報道官マリア・ザハロバ
「米国はシリア政策を明らかにすべき。イドリブのテロリストを防護することは許されない」―9月11日… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年9月12日 - 21:01

「ロシアがニセ情報で不当にホワイトヘルメットを批判し、彼らを危険にさらしている」―米国務省報道官ヘザー・ノウアート。9月11日の記者会見で、アルカイダを守りたいと表明した国務省

southfront.org/us-state-depar…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年9月12日 - 20:52

株価上がれば全て良しの安倍政権応援団を対象に増税へ()

株式投資への増税が19年度税制改正で浮上、軽減税率の財源確保で(ダイヤモンド)
diamond.jp/articles/-/179…

— 𓆏CIA創設者ウィロビー(旧@TsukamotoSozan塚本素山)𓆈 (@CIAWilloughby) 2018年9月12日 - 07:13

シリアで米露が一触即発の危機にある中で、露としては米国の属国と化している日本と協力関係を取り結んで置くことは、米国を牽制するのに一定の効果があると踏んでいる処が無きにしも非ず。 twitter.com/wolvesknow/sta…

— よーすけ (@yoshimichi0409) 2018年9月12日 - 20:41

#自民党総裁選 #ケチって火焔瓶
石破茂候補「何故か街頭演説がほとんど無い。こんなおかしな総裁選挙があっていいと私は思わない。」
(2018年9月12日報道 #NHK) pic.twitter.com/hpqCi3dD90

— 𓆏CIA創設者ウィロビー(旧@TsukamotoSozan塚本素山)𓆈 (@CIAWilloughby) 2018年9月12日 - 07:43

来るぞ‼️ twitter.com/qanon76/status…

— ^_^ (@someone5963) 2018年9月12日 - 08:23

元経済政策担当の財務次官補 ポール・クレイグ・ロバーツ氏「多数の専門家たちが、9.11事件についての政府の公式説明がインチキであることを決定的に立証した」 #事件 bit.ly/2p1WiJm

— シャンティ・フーラ (@shantiphula) 2018年9月12日 - 20:55

#報ステ
“日露首脳会談”

安倍首相
「海産物の養殖、温室野菜栽培、観光、風力発電、ごみの減容の5点について…、一致した」

後藤謙次氏
「プーチン大統領のメリットだけははっきり見えてきた」

… 北方領土はよ💢
予想を上回る酷… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 但馬問屋 (@wanpakutenshi) 2018年9月10日 - 23:34

毎度毎度のワンパターン偽旗テロ。圧倒的に優位な状況下にあるアサド政府軍が、何故に国際社会から非難されることが明らかな化学兵器を使う必要があるのか。これまでも化学兵器を使用した証拠は一つも出ていない。自国民から強く支持されているアサ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年9月12日 - 05:16

ディープステート(#DeepState)の巣窟 #WashingtonDC を去り、911でホワイトハウスでは無く、WTC第7ビルへの突撃を謀り失敗、ペンシルベニア州シャンクスヴィルに墜落したユナイテッド航空93便に乗り、メラニア… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 𓆏CIA創設者ウィロビー(旧@TsukamotoSozan塚本素山)𓆈 (@CIAWilloughby) 2018年9月11日 - 21:43

トランプ大統領のツイートの意味が解らない方は、こちら「911の真実(米メディア有志が制作)」をご覧下さい。
twitter.com/ciawilloughby/…

— 𓆏CIA創設者ウィロビー(旧@TsukamotoSozan塚本素山)𓆈 (@CIAWilloughby) 2018年9月11日 - 21:47

あっ。
このスレッドの93便が「墜落」は書き勇んだ間違いで、実際は「着陸」した。そして、乗客全て空港の軍用ビルで虐殺された。

— 𓆏CIA創設者ウィロビー(旧@TsukamotoSozan塚本素山)𓆈 (@CIAWilloughby) 2018年9月11日 - 23:38

ボルトンがこんなクレージーだと最初から分かっていました。シオニストのシェルドン・アデルソンが、マクマスターを追い出しボルトンを入れたのです。シリア戦争を続け、イランに対しても戦争しようと。イラン核合意離脱や大使館エルサレム移転に反… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年9月12日 - 20:00

自民党総裁選挙 所見発表演説会。
安倍先生「確かに私は至らない人間であります」

うん、ずっと前から知ってる。
で、
何でまだ辞めないのかな、このバカタレは。 pic.twitter.com/Gr0y4ri9WA

— umekichi (@umekichkun) 2018年9月12日 - 17:06

トランプ氏、正恩氏と再会談へ 「心のこもった」一通で
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— 藤原直哉 (@naoyafujiwara) 2018年9月12日 - 07:11

こっちは香港のメディアかな? 藤井氏、「邪教成員」だって。幸福の科学については「多くの日本人はオウム真理教以降のカルト宗教組織と見ており、ほとんどの人は敬遠し、関わり合いになりたくないと考えている」とか書かれてる。だいたい合ってる。
takungpao.com/news/232108/20…

— 被告人藤倉善郎(邪悪な黒きストレッチ) (@daily_cult) 2018年9月12日 - 20:43

それまでは、大麻に本当に医療効果があるのかどうかが議論の的だった。大麻をやりたいヤツがそう言ってるだけじゃないのか? ってね
でも今はもう誰もそんなこと言わない。実際にCBDでよくなってる子どもたちの写真を目の当たりにしているからねbit.ly/2C17HS8

— 大麻 カナビス Cannabis (@kisekino_kusa) 2018年9月12日 - 20:50

いよいよ横田基地にオスプレイが配備され、東京も超低空で飛び放題となる。オスプレイがどこをどの高さで飛ぼうが、一切日本が文句を言う筋合いが無い。それが日米地位協定。完全な植民地協定である。世界広しと言えど、これほどの主権放棄の国家は… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Fuji (@fj_333) 2018年9月12日 - 20:02

自民党総裁選で「石破支援を控えろ」と迫った恫喝男は、ベトナム売春の西村康稔だったと岡田ゆうじ神戸市議が暴露❗️世ゴロ協専属のチンピラメディアには「安倍楽勝」と報じさせてはいるが、石破人気が急上昇で真っ青の安倍。手下のヤクザ議員を使… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年9月12日 - 18:46

安倍首相は、いよいよ、北方領土問題で、日本国の国益を損なってしまったんじゃないか。国内向けのパフォーマンス用に、大した準備も獲得目標もなくプーチンとの会談を設定したことを見抜かれ、逆襲されたのではないか。

— 渡辺輝人 (@nabeteru1Q78) 2018年9月12日 - 19:30

公明党・遠山清彦衆院議員「私は動画を見つけてそれを投稿しただけで、内容の真偽については確認していません。」

玉城デニー氏のデマ動画拡散 公明衆院議員の呆れた言い訳 nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/… #日刊ゲンダイDIGITAL

— 日本共産党 (@jcp_cc) 2018年9月12日 - 21:07

逃げたんですね、安倍晋三。とことんダメだな、自民党。
headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20180912-…

— 大下賢一郎 (@kemuchiman) 2018年9月12日 - 08:25

各テレビ局が一斉に同じことを言っている!!

 現在、スーパーの棚に北海道産の野菜や乳製品が並んでないのは、地震のせいだと!
 地震で強く揺れたのは、広大な北海道でもほんの一部地域です!

 もの不足の原因は、電力! 長引いた停電… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— しろくま (@hontounokotoga_) 2018年9月12日 - 18:29

ハリケーン「フローレンス」、現地時間13日遅くか、14日未明に上陸
最新の予想進路に、ご留意ください pic.twitter.com/WW1CcdxIZ4

— モリカケ王©! (@yzjps) 2018年9月12日 - 20:53

@ginryuuou2 月曜日に徳島に戻ってきました!明日からのツイートテレビのただいま準備中!

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2018年9月12日 - 21:28

@ginryuuou2 月曜日に徳島に戻ってきました!明日からのツイートテレビのただいま準備中!

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2018年9月12日 - 21:28
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Vũ Đông Hà (Danlambao) - Sau ngày im lặng 2/9 bạn viết cho tôi. Đó là những tâm sự nặng trĩu mối quan tâm nằm giữa nỗi buồn bã của một người đau đáu trước tương lai đen tối và vận mạng chỉ mành treo chuông của dân tộc. Và bạn kết: "Trách nhiệm thuộc về quốc nội. Nếu người dân trong nước vẫn hèn nhát, thờ ơ thì nước sẽ mất vào tay Tàu, họ và con cháu họ sẽ sống đời nô lệ của một công dân hạng hai như người Tây Tạng, Duy Ngô Nhĩ. Mất Tổ quốc, mất danh dự giống nòi và mất đi niềm tự hào 4000 năm lịch sử." 

Tâm sự của bạn làm tôi tự hỏi: Chẳng lẽ chỉ cần bước chân ra khỏi đất Mẹ thân yêu là Tổ quốc - Danh dự - Trách nhiệm không còn thuộc về mình? Chỉ cần bước qua lằn ranh biên giới là chúng ta có thể cho mình một chỗ đứng tự tại để vọng về với đồng bào lời khuyên răn: hãy đứng lên, thà hy sinh, thà chết còn hơn là để tà quyền Việt gian và quân xâm lược Tàu cộng giết chết từ từ?

Vấn nạn của đất nước và lối thoát cá nhân 

Chúng ta đã nói đến sự sợ hãi dẫn đến tình trạng đại đa số người dân Việt cam phận cúi đầu trước sự cai trị của bạo quyền. Chính nỗi-sợ-hãi-đại-đồng là tảng đá lớn nhất cản đường những đôi chân cùng một lúc bước ra khỏi nhà làm cuộc cách mạng giải phóng dân tộc ra khỏi ách độc tài đảng trị. 

Nhưng sợ hãi vẫn chưa là yếu tố chính. Khi đối diện với bất công, áp bức, chuyên quyền... cho dù sợ hãi bao trùm nhưng có lúc sẽ quá mức sức chịu đựng và nếu con người không còn chọn lựa nào khác thì buộc phải vùng lên. Do đó, một lý do khác là: mỗi người chúng ta khi đối diện với vấn nạn chung quá lớn đã quay lại đi tìm cho mình một lối thoát riêng cho bản thân và gia đình

Đi-tìm-lối-thoát-cho-riêng-mình khởi đi từ sau ngày 30/04/1975 và nó đã trở thành một hiện tượng chưa từng có trong lịch sử của giống dân có truyền thống bám chặt vào nơi chôn nhau cắt rốn, đã làm rúng động lương tâm nhân loại và từ đó ngôn ngữ loài người có thêm một danh từ mới: Boat people - Thuyền nhân. Cho dù chúng ta đặt cho hiện tượng này những tên gọi mỹ miều - hành trình tìm tự do, cuộc bỏ phiếu vĩ đại bằng chân... bản chất của việc rời bỏ quê cha đất mẹ vẫn là Đi-tìm-lối-thoát-cho-riêng-mình và bỏ lại sau lưng Tổ Quốc điêu tàn. Chúng ta chấp nhận đối diện với hiểm nguy, hãm hiếp, cướp bóc, chết chóc trên đại dương mênh mông, để hy vọng trong vô định tìm được lối thoát cá nhân, hơn là đối diện với tù đày mặc định khi đứng lên chống lại bạo quyền để tìm lối thoát chung cho dân tộc. 

Sau nhiều năm tháng, lối mở vượt biên giới, vượt trùng khơi thời vượt biên tị nạn cộng sản đã khép lại. Những người ở lại đi tìm cho mình những lối thoát riêng khác. Sau cái gọi là "đổi mới" và chính sách kinh tế thị trường định hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa, người dân Việt Nam mưu cầu lối thoát cho mình bằng thái độ đành sống chung với lũ để tìm nguồn lợi bắt cá theo con nước dâng. Một hiện tượng mới xảy ra: trong tuyệt vọng chung của cả nước mỗi người bắt đầu mơ tưởng một "hy vọng" cho riêng mình

- Nhìn xung quanh nghèo khổ vẫn còn đầy nhưng lại thấy có thành phần cũng như mình nhưng bây giờ giàu có. Hy vọng mình sẽ là một trong những người đó. 

- Nhìn xung quanh thấy rõ tình trạng sinh viên ra trường đa số thất nghiệp, nhưng vẫn nhìn thấy thiểu số có việc làm trong guồng máy cai trị hay các công ty nước ngoài. Hy vọng con cái mình sẽ là một trong thành phần thiểu số đó. Cho nên mới có hiện tượng cho con học ngày, học đêm, đôn đáo tranh nhau vào "trường tốt" trong một hệ thống giáo dục thối nát, tệ lậu mà chính mình lên án. 

- Nhìn xung quanh vẫn thấy có nhiều người cho con du học nước ngoài, ở lại, định cư... Đó là một cách "vượt biên chính thức" an toàn. Gia đình mình sẽ tập trung công sức để biến hy vọng này thành sự thật... 

- Nhìn xung quanh vẫn thấy có nhiều người bị đối xử bất công, đàn áp, thực phẩm độc hại, môi trường bị tàn phá... nhưng gia đình mình sẽ cố gắng để sống theo đúng "luật pháp", kiếm tiền mua thực phẩm an toàn, rời xa những nơi mà môi trường bị nhiễm độc để hy vọng rằng cuộc sống gia đình ta yên ổn và sẽ thăng tiến.

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Có gì khác nhau giữa những người Việt Nam từ nhiều thập niên trước bây giờ trở thành "người Việt Hải ngoại" và những "người Việt quốc nội" bây giờ trong những hy vọng về một cuộc sống khá hơn cho riêng mình? 

Lấy gì để những người đi tìm lối thoát riêng tư sau khi thực hiện được giấc mơ cá nhân thì quay lại "bàn giao" trách nhiệm hay đôi khi "trách móc" những người ở lại không hy sinh cuộc sống của họ để đứng lên tìm lối thoát chung cho dân tộc? 

Có những điều mà chúng ta không thể tìm lại được trong lối thoát cho riêng mình 

Viết gửi bạn những điều trên không phải để lại trách móc những người đi trước, đi sau, những ai đi tìm lối thoát cho riêng mình. Như câu viết mang nhiều ý nghĩa trong Tuyên ngôn Độc Lập của Hiệp Chủng Quốc Hoa Kỳ mà bạn và tôi cùng tâm đắc: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (Chúng tôi khẳng định một chân lý hiển nhiên rằng mọi người sinh ra đều bình đẳng, rằng tạo hóa đã ban cho họ những quyền tất yếu và bất khả xâm phạm, trong đó có Quyền Được Sống, Quyền Được Tự Do và Quyền Mưu Cầu Hạnh Phúc.) Nhắc lại với nhau câu này để chúng ta cùng thấy rằng chuyện mỗi người xây dựng cuộc sống, đi tìm tự do, và mưu cầu hạnh phúc cho mình là một nhu cầu đương nhiên và là quyền tất yếu của mỗi người.

Trong thế giới càng ngày càng thu hẹp này, nếu nỗ lực tối đa và nếu may mắn, mỗi người chúng ta có thể thành công trong việc xây dựng một đời sống tương đối tốt đẹp, có tự do và nhiều hạnh phúc cho bản thân. Trong mức độ tương đối, bạn cũng có thể hài lòng với những gì mà riêng cá nhân và gia đình bạn đang có được ở VN. Nếu chưa đủ, bạn tiếp tục mưu cầu những gì chưa đạt được ở một quốc gia khác. Bạn có thể tìm thấy tự do, dân chủ, nhân quyền cho riêng bạn tại một nước Bắc Âu. Bạn có thể xây dựng giấc mơ triệu phú, con cái học Harvard, tốt nghiệp ở Yale, đi làm cho Google tại Hoa Kỳ... Nói tóm lại, bạn có thể tìm thấy rất nhiều thứ đã bị cộng sản tước đoạt cho riêng bạn mà không cần Việt Nam phải thay đổi. 

Tuy nhiên, dù xoay sở khéo léo đến tột cùng ở VN, dù bôn ba tận phương trời nào đó, có một thứ mà bạn không thể tìm kiếm, mưu cầu cho riêng bạn nếu nó bị đánh mất: Đó là Tổ Quốc Việt Nam

Tổ quốc - Danh dự - Trách nhiệm 

Bạn thân, 

Tôi viết những dòng kế tiếp này gửi bạn vì biết rõ Tổ quốc Việt Nam vẫn là căn cước của tâm hồn bạn, vẫn là nhịp đập đều đặn trong con tim bạn, vẫn là dòng máu, là hơi thở của bạn - dù bây giờ bạn đã cầm trong tay passport Hoa Kỳ. 

Vì Tổ quốc Việt Nam là như thế đối với bạn và tôi cho nên nó sẽ... như thế đối với những ai còn cảm nhận mình là người Việt Nam - dù ở Huế, Sài Gòn, Hà Nội hay Paris, Sydney, Washington DC... 

Nếu Tổ quốc Việt Nam không còn thì Danh dự Việt Nam sẽ biến mất. 

Đến đây hy vọng bạn có thể đồng ý với tôi và hiểu được lý do tôi viết bài này thân gửi đến bạn: 

Trách nhiệm đối với Tổ Quốc và Danh Dự của Dân Tộc không có sự phân chia biên giới. Trách nhiệm đó đều ngang nhau đối với những người mang dòng máu Lạc Hồng, dù đang sống ở bất kỳ quốc gia nào. Danh dự đó đều mang cùng một ý nghĩa, một giá trị ngang nhau cho những ai còn nói được 5 chữ Mẹ đẻ: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam. 

Có rất nhiều thứ quý báu bị tước đoạt mà chúng ta vẫn có thể tìm lại được cho riêng mình. Nhưng bạn và tôi sẽ không bao giờ tìm lại được cho mình di sản 4000 năm được gầy dựng bởi hàng hàng lớp thế hệ cha ông nếu di sản đó bị Việt cộng đem bán và Tàu cộng cướp mất: Tổ QuốcDanh Dự

Vậy mong rằng chúng ta, trong nước hay ngoài nước, cùng chung vai, sát cánh, ngang như nhau với Trách Nhiệm. Trách Nhiệm đối với lịch sử, tổ tiên và giống nòi. Trách Nhiệm đối với Danh Dự và Tổ Quốc Việt Nam. 

13.09.2018


          Family remembers girl killed in Auburn Township crash while rallying around her injured cousin      Cache   Translate Page      
STREETSBORO, Ohio– Instead of looking forward to a fourth birthday, the family of 3-year-old Paisley Vanek is planning her funeral after she was killed in a crash Monday. “People don’t realize what a split second and the pain they can put a family through forever,” said Kathy Vanek, Paisley’s grandmother. “So we’re hoping this is something that will make people stop and think.” According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 49-year-old driver mistakenly ran a red light at Washington Street […]
          Tennis Umps Reportedly Mull a Boycott of Serena Games      Cache   Translate Page      
Serena Williams has already been hit with a $17,000 fine for a confrontation Saturday at the US Open with the chair umpire. Now she may face a boycott from other umps who stand behind Carlos Ramos, per the Washington Post . In Serena's court: the US Tennis Association, tennis legend...
          Trump chce zatočiť s cudzincami zasahujúcimi do volieb: Nový dekrét, možnosť uvaliť sankcie      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON - Americký prezident Donald Trump podpísal v stredu dekrét oprávňujúci uvaliť sankcie voči cudzincom, ktorí zasahujú do volieb v USA. Informovala o tom agentúra AP.
          Gewaltiger Hurrikan "Florence" rückt an die US-Küste heran - ZEIT ONLINE      Cache   Translate Page      

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Gewaltiger Hurrikan "Florence" rückt an die US-Küste heran
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Washington/Miami (dpa) - US-Präsident Donald Trump und Katastrophenschützer haben eindringlich vor dem Hurrikan "Florence" gewarnt, der sich der Südostküste der USA nähert. Die Menschen sollten sich in Sicherheit bringen. US-Medien sprachen von ...
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          El alto costo de la estupidez castro-chavista      Cache   Translate Page      
Club de Cleptócratas. Faltan Lula, Castro, Mujica, los Kirchner, etc. 


Ecuador se enfrenta hoy al pago de una gigantesca multa impuesta por el tribunal internacional de La Haya por haber prostituido la acción de la justicia en el juicio que se llevó a cabo contra la empresa CHEVRON. Ese juicio que condenó a CHEVRON a pagar $9500 millones por la supuesta contaminación ambiental del territorio donde su empresa filial TEXACO había llevado a cabo actividades de producción estuvo amañado desde el principio, ya que las actividades de la empresa TEXACO en esa zona habían sido remplazadas por años por la empresa estatal PETROECUADOR. Sin embargo, la empresa demandada fue CHEVRON-TEXACO, no PETROECUADOR. Durante el juicio, que duró años, jueces, abogados, testigos y “expertos” fueron comprados por la parte acusadora, con la anuencia del gobierno de Rafael Correa, para garantizar que el juicio le fuese adverso a CHEVRON.
Desde que comencé a seguirle la pista a ese juicio me di cuenta que estaba burdamente amañado y así lo reporté desde 2010 en no menos de seis artículos en mi blog y en otras publicaciones, postura por la cual no he recibido ni un centavo de CHEVRON ni de nadie. En https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/opinion/un-analisis-del-caso-contra-chevron-en-ecuador-560847 , publicado hace ocho años, dije lo siguiente: “Dada la combinación del pobre trabajo del perito con la falta de transparencia del juez, con la abierta intervención política del poder ejecutivo ecuatoriano y lo que indican los datos existentes, este juicio debería haber sido declarado nulo y sin efecto. Cualquier fallo…. está destinado a producir daños políticos y económicos significativos al Ecuador”.  Así se lo dije a la Sra. Karen Hinton, vocera de los demandantes radicada en Washington DC, con quien me reuní en una ocasión para conversar sobre este caso, así como me reuní con un representante de la empresa CHEVRON, el Sr. James Craig. El tiempo y el Tribunal de La Haya me han dado la razón.
Los culpables directos por este desenlace negativo para Ecuador son el abogado estadounidense Steven Donziger, quien armó todo el tinglado legal corrupto que involucró a abogados ecuatorianos, jueces comprados y personajes políticos del país y Rafael Correa, presidente de Ecuador, quien utilizó los recursos de la Nación y su condición presidencial para inclinar el juicio a favor de los demandantes. Correa intervino públicamente en el juicio y amenazó de tratar como traidores a cualquier ecuatoriano que actuase a favor de la empresa demandada, en especial a uno de los jueces en caso de que fallara a favor de CHEVRON.
Por este acto de estupidez ideológica por parte de Correa Ecuador está hoy en riesgo de pagar una inmensa suma para resarcir a CHEVRON de los daños y costos que le ha causado la demanda. Debido a ello el actual gobierno de Ecuador pretende enjuiciar a Rafael Correa y a sus cómplices en este desaguisado.
¿Y qué decir de lo caro que le ha salido a Venezuela la larga cadena de expropiaciones que hizo el sátrapa fallecido Chávez, sin fórmula de juicio, algunas veces desde una esquina de Caracas, gritando “Exprópiese” ante los aplausos de sus adulantes? Venezuela se enfrenta hoy a no menos de 20 demandas internacionales, varias de las cuales ya ha perdido, se enfrenta a la posible pérdida de CITGO y al desprestigio internacional, todo por culpa del ignorante paracaidista que falleció en 2012 o 2013, en La Habana o en Caracas, ¿quién sabe?
En Brasil el presidente Lula ya está en la cárcel, condenado a prisión por ladrón, cómplice de Chávez y de Maduro en organizar un club de cleptócratas regionales que saquearon a sus respectivos países, club en el cual figuraron los esposos Kirchner, Evo Morales, Raúl Castro, Rafael Correa y el pedófilo Daniel Ortega, con invitación permanente para los segundones Lugo de Paraguay, Mujica de Uruguay y Zelaya de Honduras, todos hoy bajo la lupa de la justicia internacional y sujetos, en mayor o menor grado, al rechazo de sus compatriotas.  Este club de cleptócratas populistas es culpable de haber costado a sus países miles de millones de dólares  de pérdidas, debido a las deudas contraídas, a las multas internacionales y a la corrupción administrativa.


          Lease Administrator - Alaskan Copper & Brass - Kent, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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Cardinal meeting with Pope accused of ignoring abuse  Fox News Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit  Washington Post Pope calls

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           Young Women Donate 7,000 Pairs of Underwear for Hospitalized Children       Cache   Translate Page      

The six girls spent upwards of 80 hours each distributing flyers, making phone calls, and sorting underwear by size and gender as it arrived. On August 16, Children’s National presented the girls with Youth Volunteer of the Year awards for their service.The twins’ mother, Meredith Atkinson, added, “Patients often end up staying longer than they planned. There’s usually not time to go home and pick up clean underwear. Sick children often have accidents. Having clean underwear available at the hospital affords kids some degree of dignity.”The Atkinson girls enjoyed building walls of underwear in their parents’ living room, sorted by size and gender, as the packages poured into their home. But a highlight was when they received the large shipment of Hanes underwear from the Hope Marietta Foundation; it was addressed to “Superstars Mirabel and Sofia Atkinson.”“I received a message from the Hope Marietta Foundation,” said Meredith Atkinson. “They wanted to donate about 1,000 pairs of underwear.”“Most of the underwear, nearly 6,000 pairs, came from individuals and families who donated 15–20 pairs each,” said Sofia. “That means about 300 individuals and families thought it was important enough to donate.”The Hope Marietta Foundation supports children and families with congenital heart disease. When they contacted Hanes to buy the underwear, Hanes said they would donate some as well. In addition to the nearly 1,200 pairs donated by Hope Marietta Foundation, Hanes donated 166 pairs.Isabel loved reading the notes that were sometimes included in the packages, mostly from people they didn’t know. “It made us feel good about the project,” she said.Mirabel said, “We learned that the hospital almost never receives donations of underwear. They have to buy it. We thought we could help fill that need.”“We thought about knitted hats for babies or toys,” said Mirabel, “but I wanted to donate something that patients really need. Sometimes kids come to the hospital unexpectedly and they don’t have a change of clothes or clean underwear. In the hospital, doctors and parents make most of your decisions. You need to find ways to feel normal. Having clean underwear helps you feel like yourself again.”The girls had fun with the project. Mercy called all her friends and family members to ask for donations. “Sometimes I dialed the wrong number,” she said, “and even the people at the wrong numbers wanted to donate underwear.”A couple of hours after identical twins Sofia and Mirabel Atkinson were born, Mirabel was rushed to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she spent the first two tenuous months of her life. Diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease, Mirabel underwent three major open-heart surgeries and three heart catherization procedures before her seventh birthday. Mirabel Atkinson, left, Isabel Marchena, center, and Sofia Atkinson, right, collected more than 7,000 pairs of underwear—2,000 more than their original goal. Photo courtesy of Meredith Atkinson.The girls set a goal of collecting 5,000 pairs of underwear.Meredith Atkinson also posted messages on neighborhood Listservs and social media support groups.Now 13-year-old Beehives in the Capitol Hill Ward in Washington, D.C., Mirabel and Sofia decided they wanted to give back. As part of their Personal Progress requirements for the Young Women program of the Church, they collected more than 7,000 pairs of underwear for Children’s National. They were joined in the project by fellow young women from their ward, Isabel Marchena, 13, and Rebekah Lahti, 13, as well as young women from the nearby Anacostia Ward, Mercy Agwu, 12, and Esra Edwards, 12. Esra is also a former Children’s National patient.“We reached 144 percent of our goal,” said Sofia. “We made posters and handouts and created an Amazon wish list and told everyone we knew about the drive. Soon underwear started arriving in the mail.”“I thought that was a bit too ambitious and suggested they lower the goal to 1,000,” said Meredith Atkinson. “But Sofia said, ‘Why wouldn’t people want to donate underwear?’ So we set the goal at 5,000.” From the Capitol Hill and Anacostia Wards in Washington, D.C., young women (from left) Mercy Agwu, Mirabel Atkinson, Sofia Atkinson, Isabel Marchena, Rebekah Lahti, and Esra Edwards were presented with Youth Volunteer of the Year awards by Children’s National Medical Center for their service. Photo courtesy of Children’s National Medical Center.


          "Have I got a college for you. For your first two years, your regimen includes ancient Greek. And I do mean Greek, the language..."      Cache   Translate Page      
"... not Greece, the civilization, though you’ll also hang with Aristotle, Aeschylus, Thucydides and the rest of the gang. There’s no choice in the matter. There’s little choice, period. Let your collegiate peers elsewhere design their own majors and frolic with Kerouac. For you it’s Kant. You have no major, only 'the program,' an exploration of the Western canon that was implemented in 1937 and has barely changed."

From "The Most Contrarian College in America/What’s the highest calling of higher education? St. John’s College has some enduring answers" by Frank Bruni (NYT).

Bruni takes care to say "The degree to which “the program” omits the intellectual contributions of women and people of color troubles me." But clearly he loves the school, which he visited. He noticed 3 "dynamics":
The first was how articulate the students were. Something wonderful happens when you read this ambitiously and wallow in this many words. You become agile with them.

The second was the students’ focus. A group discussing Homer’s “Iliad” spent more than 10 minutes on the phrase — the idea — of someone having his “fill of weeping.”...

The third dynamic was their humility. They weren’t wedded to their initial opinions. They weren’t allowed to be. And they moved not toward the best answer but toward better questions. In the “Iliad” and in life, is there any catharsis in revenge? Any resolution in death? Does grief end or just pause? Do wars?
ADDED: The comments at the NYT are excellent. The top-rated one is beautiful:

My sister went to St. Johns' in Annapolis, and became a high-powered lawyer. I remember two things she said to me about the experience.

First, even though there aren't any composition classes, she learned to write with clarity and power. You write a substantial essay each semester on one of the books, and then, instead of getting it back with a letter grade and a few remarks scribbled at the end, the teachers sit down with you and ask you about the implications of your ideas. This conversation goes a lot better if you've written clearly and forcefully. It's a powerful incentive to develop those skills.

Second, law school -- which everyone told her was so difficult -- turned out to be easy. "Try reading Kant and Hegel," she said. "After that, law books are easy."

Full disclosure: I went to St. John's, too. Later, I got a PhD in Philosophy, and taught at a few schools. But the whole time, I missed the energy and intensity of life at St. John's. The life of an ordinary academic, where you have little time for your students, where research and publication is always the top priority, and where your true peers are not at your institution, is a thin substitute for what undergrad education had led me to yearn for. Eventually, I came back to St. John's, and have been teaching here for the last couple of decades. Now, my top priority is my students, and my most important, most intense and energetic conversations are with them. I wouldn't give it up for any other job.
And the second-highest-rated one made me cry:
When we were visiting prospective colleges, I bribed my son to visit St. John’s. (I promised lunch in nearby Washington, DC).

Having gone on tours of multiple colleges, we had developed stock questions to ask admissions officers, including “What’s the ideal [Name of College] student?” Most of the responses were stock answers performed in front of a crowd of parents and students.

At St. John’s it was just my son and me sitting across from two Admissions officers for over an hour. (We didn’t even have an appointment.) When I pulled out this stock question, “What would you say is the ideal St. John’s student?” the Admissions officers took her time turning the question over in her mind and thoughtfully replied, “I’d say St. John’s is for the intellectually courageous.”

I watched as my son sat up taller.

We spent two more hours touring the campus with an enthusiastic “Johnny” as our guide. Lunch time came and went. My son was smitten. He fell in love with St. John’s and graduated four years later. His passion for “the program” has never wavered.

Every time I'd visit, he’d take me for his own version of a tour of this magical place, unpacking and relating all he'd learned.

My favorite was standing in front of a series of framed mathematical proofs. His explanations became more expansive and incisive with each visit—from Euclid to Ptolemy to Copernicus to Apollonius to Galileo to Newton to Lobachevski.
What made me cry? "Intellectually courageous" and the son's reaction to those words.


The four years passed quickly, but this education is timeless.

          Is the "Circus in Washington... drowning out good economic news"?      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm reading "There’s Never Been a President This Unpopular With an Economy This Good" (Bloomberg).
President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is unprecedented given the strength of the economy. That’s according to a Bloomberg analysis of polling data....
Is it possible that the polls are wrong? They were in 2016, when Trump blindsided everybody. I'm thinking maybe the polls are right, and it's really true that when asked, most people say they disapprove of Trump. But people disapprove of a lot of things that — when the time comes to decide what to do — they do. Drinking, eating dessert, looking at pornography. And they'll express approval of a lot of things they won't do: getting lots of sleep, eating piles of fresh vegetables, and following Jesus.

Another thing is, the economy is a pretty boring news topic compared to the "circus" of whatever bad thing Trump tweeted or what the latest Mr. Anonymous says Trump did and so forth. But the economy is always there in the background, affecting our lives. We look at the stock prices on our own, without Wolf Blitzer or whoever nudging us to look at today's statistics. Pile on Trump now, it's dangerous and fun, but when it comes time to vote, people may shrug off all the crazy stuff they've heard over the last 2 years, and vote based on the great old question "Are you better off now...?"



As we get close to Election Day, and there are debates and ads, Republicans should just make the old Reagan move and strongly prod people to look at the economy. In a few seconds, the positive news can be strongly conveyed. And the "circus" that's been cluttering up the TV shows may be hard even to remember. I'm sure Democratic Party candidates will urge voters to look at what a circus it's been and hope to blame Trump and not the media for the circus, but I'm picturing debates where the Republican candidate will easily say: My opponent is trying to distract you with the circus show you've been watching in the news all year so you won't look at one big obvious fact — the economy is doing great.

And one more thing, something even more drowned out than the economy. Trump defeated ISIS (NYT):
The last vestige of the Islamic State’s caliphate that straddled Syria and Iraq is under attack. Members of an American-backed coalition said Tuesday that they had begun a final push to oust the militants from Hajin, Syria, the remaining sliver of land under the group’s control in the region where it was born. The assault is the final chapter of a war that began more than four years ago after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized vast tracts in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate. The group lost its last territory in Iraq last year.... 

          Analysts Debunk the White House's Myth of the Booming 'Trump Economy'       Cache   Translate Page      
Trump thinks he's created a booming economy all on his own.

President Donald Trump frequently lies when he boasts about the performance of the economy under his presidency, just as he lied when claimed the positive economic data under President Barack Obama was "phony."

But on Monday, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett offered a much more thorough and systematic approach to defending the claim that the Trump administration has led to a booming economy. (Hassett also acknowledged that Trump's recent boast about the economy on Twitter was off by an order of magnitude.)

However, as multiple responses to Hassett's claims have revealed, even this more sophisticated argument fails to make the case for a Trump-induced boom.

Writing for the Washington Post, Matt O'Brien explained:

During President Barack Obama’s last 19 months in office, the economy added an average of 208,000 jobs a month; during President Trump’s first 19 months in office, it’s added an average of 189,000 jobs a month.

During Obama’s last 19 months, the share of 25- to-54-year olds who have a job rose 1.1 percentage points; during Trump’s first 19 months, it rose 0.9 percentage points.

During Obama’s last 19 months, wage growth went up 0.3 percentage points; during Trump’s first 19 months, wage growth went up 0.2 percentage points.

These are the facts that the Trump administration seems to think it can transform into evidence that it’s made the recovery better than it was before.

He explained that, despite Hassett's efforts to squint at the data and see a major impact after the 2016 elections, the trends tell basically one story: the economy under Trump has essentially been a continuation of the economy under Obama.

Some of the changes the White House attributes to Trump, he continued, are more plausibly attributable to other factors.

"The Trump administration likes to think that investment has gone up because of the magic of the Republicans' big corporate tax cuts. But the reality is a lot more mundane: It’s oil," he wrote. "Drilling, you see, makes up a big part of business investment, so it should be no surprise that it flatlined after oil prices collapsed in 2014 and then rebounded after prices went up in 2016. It’s possible that the tax cuts will eventually increase investment, but they haven’t so far."

Jordan Weissman, writing for Slate, similarly found Hassett unconvincing.

"One of the most baffling parts of Hassett’s presentation was his attempt to show that the job market had vastly improved, using the employment rate among 25- to 54-year-olds," explained Weissman. "If you take a longer view, and use the actual employment rate rather than a rolling average, it’s hard to see any noticeable change in the trend after November 2016."

Yet even if the White House's claims about Trump's near-term impact on the economy were true, it wouldn't answer some of the most essential questions about his policies. Are massive tax cuts for the wealthy, financed by deficit spending, and a reckless deregulatory push in the environmental and financial realms a recipe for the long-term economic health and wellbeing of the nation?

Almost certainly not — but Republicans prefer not to have this conversation.

Weissman does argue that some of what Trump and the Republicans have done may have given the economy a boost in recent months (rather than the post-election bump Hassett argued for.) By cutting taxes and increasing spending, the GOP has essentially given the economy modest stimulus, which President Barack Obama had constantly pushed for in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

"The White House economic team does not actually want to admit that it has juiced growth through fiscal stimulus, because most dedicated conservatives still insist that stimulus doesn’t really work," wrote Weissman. "Instead, it wants to credit deregulation and the effects of tax cuts on business investment rather than their impact on household spending. That’s why, even if the administration deserves some acknowledgment for its actual economic policies, it’s still important to debunk its economic arguments."

 

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The new normal is frightening.

Only two weeks after the government of Puerto Rico raised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975—making it the deadliest hurricane to occur last year—North and South Carolina residents are evacuating coastal areas in preparation for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to deliver winds of 130 miles per hour and be the worst hurricane to hit the Carolinas since the 1980s. Hurricanes have been pounding the southeastern U.S. for centuries, but in the era of climate change, they are becoming more frequent and more devastating.

Meteorologists are seeing an increase in the what is known as “rapid intensification,” meaning that a storm’s maximum sustained winds increase by at least 35 mph within a 24-hour period. According to data from the National Hurricane Center, there were, on average, ten cases of rapid intensification per year between 1982 and 1994—whereas between 2005 and 2017, 20 cases per year was the average. In 2017, the National Hurricane Center reported 40 cases of rapid intensification.

Meteorologists have five separate categories for hurricanes, with Category 1 being the least severe and Category 5 being the most severe. Florence appears to be reaching the Carolinas as a Category 4, but it could intensify to Category 5. And when rapid intensification—a phenomenon encouraged by climate change—occurs and a hurricane goes from Category 1 to Category 4 or 5 in less than 24 hours, there is little time to prepare.  

Here are five of the most devastating hurricanes that occurred in recent years.

1. Hurricane Katrina

In August 2015, Hurricane Katrina originated in the Bahamas before making its way to the U.S. A hurricane varies in intensity, and at its worst, Katrina became a Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center attributed a total of 1836 deaths to Katrina, with up to 1577 deaths in Louisiana—and the flooding was so severe in New Orleans that 80% of the city was under water.

Veteran reporter Mark Schleifstein, who covered Katrina for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, witnessed Katrina first hand and has some grim advice for residents of the Carolinas who are refusing to evacuate for Hurricane Florence: “write your Social Security number on your arm, so officials can identify your body.”

2. Hurricane Harvey

2017 was a terrible year for hurricanes, and one of the worst was Hurricane Harvey—which affected parts of Latin America (including Nicaragua and Honduras) but was especially devastating around the Texas Gulf Coast. Of the 108 deaths caused by Harvey in late August/early September 2017, 103 were in Texas. Some weather stations in Texas reported more than four feet of rain, and Houston suffered some of the worst flooding in the city’s history. 

3. Hurricane Maria

Only a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, the Caribbean was, in September 2017, pounded by Hurricane Maria—which reached Category 5 at its worst. Maria caused some deaths in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Guadalupe, but the worst damage by far occurred in Puerto Rico. Of the more than 3,050 people killed by Maria, most of the fatalities occurred in Puerto Rico—although 65 people were killed on the island of Dominica, which didn’t have time to adequately prepare thanks to rapid intensification. A year later, Puerto Rico is still recovering from Maria.

Maria is a perfect example of how bad climate change is making rapid intensification: the storm went from Category 1 to Category 5 in only about half a day.

4. Hurricane Sandy

In the U.S., hurricanes have been most likely to affect the southern states.

Floridians are more likely to experience hurricanes than residents of New Jersey or Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean that residents of the northeastern U.S. are immune to them—not by a longshot. And in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage, pounding the New Jersey Shore and the coast of Maryland as well as New York City. Atlantic City was evacuated, parts of Manhattan suffered flooding, and the mass transit systems of NYC and Philadelphia (which is about 60 miles inland) were shut down.

When Kevin E. Trenberth (a senior climatologist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research) was asked whether or not Hurricane Sandy was affected by climate change, he responded that while the answer was yes, Sandy was hardly unique in that regard. In 2012, Trenberth asserted, “All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

5. Hurricane Ike

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused at least 195 deaths and affected a wide area ranging from Cuba, Haiti (where at least 74 deaths occurred) and the Bahamas to the Florida Panhandle, the Mississippi Coast and the Texas Gulf Coast. Altogether, Ike is believed to have caused about $38 billion in damage.

 

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Here's why some residents refuse to leave their homes.

Editor's note: This article orginally appeared at the Conversation on Oct. 16, 2016: "Thousands of people didn’t evacuate before Hurricane Matthew. Why not?"

As Hurricane Matthew approached the Atlantic coast earlier this month, more than 2.5 million people were told to evacuate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Further orders were issued last week in eastern North Carolina, where devastating floods have killed 26 people.

Many residents followed these orders, but others stayed in place. In South Carolina, for example, estimates indicate that about 35 percent of residents under evacuation orders actually left their homes. In highly threatened coastal areas around Charleston and Beaufort the rate was about 50 percent. Florida Governor Rick Scott held multiple briefings urging people to leave storm zones. “Do not surf. Do not go to the beach. This [storm] will kill you,” Scott warned.

Hurricane Matthew illustrates the challenges of managing disaster evacuations effectively. Multiple factors influence decisions about evacuating, including residents’ genders, how long they have lived in their homes and their feelings of responsibility for friends and family members who decide not to move. Often people who remain are poor and highly vulnerable.

I study how communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, including hurricanes and wildfires. As a public health researcher, I focus on potential health impacts and look for ways to use data to make communities and individuals more resilient against future disasters.

By understanding who is likely to obey or ignore evacuation orders, authorities can use data to reduce the number of false alarms and concentrate limited resources on groups who are most likely to choose to shelter in place. There is always a potential trade-off between mitigating risk and false alarms, but improved forecasting and better predisaster planning can dramatically reduce potential financial and opportunity costs of evacuating.

Gauging risk

Research shows that several factors strongly influence the decision to evacuate. One of the most important is previous disaster experience. Matthew was the first major hurricane to make landfall on the Atlantic coast of Florida since Wilma in 2005, so it probably was the first such experience for many people who moved there over the following decade.

People’s expectations and perceptions of risk also strongly influence their willingness to leave storm zones. Authorities issuing evacuation orders count on residents to remember positive experiences with evacuation or negative experiences from not evacuating.

The problem is that many people have short memories – even in highly vulnerable areas. In Charleston, hurricane evacuation experience during Hurricane Hugo in 1988 strongly predicted evacuation decisions four years later during Hurricane Emily. However, when Hurricane Fran made landfall some 170 miles to the north eight years later, many residents had adjusted their risk perceptions and decided not to evacuate. After all, there hadn’t been a bad hurricane in nearly 10 years.

A similar pattern occurred during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After hundreds of thousands of Louisiana and Mississippi residents evacuated ahead of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the storm weakened from Category 5 to Category 3 and moved east, making landfall in Baldwin, Alabama and causing minimal damage in Louisiana and Mississippi. As a result, many residents questioned the need to evacuate a year later as Katrina approached.

Protecting the most vulnerable

Cost is typically a weaker predictor of behavior. Generally, up to 75 percent of evacuees can stay with friends or family. But for those who cannot, the costs of fuel, hotel rooms and lost wages can significantly impact family budgets. One recent study calculated that evacuating before a Category 3 hurricane would cost a household approximately US$340 to $525. Timing matters too: Weekend evacuations can cost less, particularly for those without paid sick leave or vacation time.

While these costs may seem modest compared to the risks of staying in place, households that cannot afford to evacuate are also vulnerable in other ways. They are more likely to be located in flood plains or to live in mobile homes, and to lack reliable family transportation.

This is particularly true in the southeastern United States. Between 2000 and 2012 populations in the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf Coast census regions increased nearly twice as fast as the national average. Along with this growth, the proportion of coastal residents who are socially vulnerable – for example, who are elderly, work in low-wage service industry jobs or belong to racial and ethnic minorities – also rose. In eastern North Carolina, a high-poverty region, many residents displaced by post-Matthew flooding cannot afford to replace damaged goods or repair their homes.

But it’s not all about money. Residents who have personal transportation and the financial means to evacuate do not always go. Having a strong social support network tends to correlate positively with good health: For example, if you have a larger and stronger social network you have a lower risk of age-adjusted mortality. But in disasters those social support networks may actually represent responsibilities that prevent people from moving out of harm’s way.

This dynamic was clear in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. While many residents were criticized for failing to evacuate, they made this decision based on shared norms, local culture and traditions, responsibilities to social networks and a collective history that led them to trust their social networks rather than following instructions from authorities.

While the evacuation of New Orleans for Katrina was widely viewed as a debacle, it actually succeeded on many counts. According to the National Academy of Engineering, more people were able to leave the city in a shorter time than was even thought possible.

However, many who couldn’t move were triply vulnerable: they had low incomes or lacked transportation, lived in older homes in flood-prone neighborhoods and had little access to or influence on the development or implementation of local disaster plans and policies. We need to do more work to translate bad experiences like this into policies that can protect residents’ health and safety, while also respecting inherent community strengths that sometimes lead to evacuation failures.

Preparing for the next storm

It remains to be seen how well evacuations ahead of Hurricane Matthew succeeded. Available information indicates that 35 to 50 percent of people affected by mandatory evacuation orders throughout the storm zone complied. These rates are comparable to prior evacuations. And as in past storms, some coastal residents moved away from storm zones only to be trapped there by inland flooding.

As of October 16, 44 deaths had been attributed to Hurricane Matthew in the United States. They include residents who drowned after driving onto flooded roads; crush injuries and trauma from trees falling on homes and cars; and inappropriate use of generators. There will be more deaths and injuries as residents return home to clean up and are exposed to fallen power lines, mold and other stresses that exacerbate existing chronic health conditions.

It will take longer to calculate how many deaths and injuries could have been avoided if more people had followed evacuation orders, and to repair storm damage. Rebuilding, and making hard choices about where not to build again, will challenge residents and policymakers. But it is critical to grapple with these issues so we can do a better job responding to the next storm, which likely won’t be 10 years away.

 


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          A top Democrat just laid out their plan to probe Trump if they win back control — including looking at his personal finances      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Democrats plan to mount countless investigations into President Donald Trump if they take back the House majority in the November midterm elections.
  • The areas Democrats want to probe is vast, which could bring the Republican policy agenda to a grinding halt.
  • A top Democrat in the House also said probing Trump's personal finances is on the table.

WASHINGTON — Democrats plan to dramatically increase their oversight role if they take back the House majority in the midterm elections this November. The investigations into President Donald Trump's administration, which could bring the White House's policy agenda to a standstill, will cover a sizable amount of the executive branch.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer listed several of the areas Democrats would prioritize if they take back the House and mount a series of investigations, most of which involved the administration's economic and health care agendas.

The committees on the Budget, Ways and Means, and Financial Services would probe Trump's handling of the US economy and budgetary process, while others would look into botched natural disaster responses. Among the highest priorities for Democrats would be the Trump administration's dismantling of former President Barack Obama's signature policy, the Affordable Care Act.

"In terms of oversight, we’ll be looking at what they’re doing administratively to undermine the operations of the Affordable Care Act and what consequences they may have caused to literally millions of people," Hoyer said in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

The oversight would involve everything from records requests to hauling in administration officials to testify in committee hearings.

An area that could be particularly stressful for Trump is the probing of his personal finances and benefits his properties and companies may or may not be receiving during his presidency.

"I think we’ll try to focus on issues which undermine the American people," Hoyer added. "Also I think we want to focus on the integrity of the interests of the president in terms of what interests he has and is he pursuing policies that are in the public’s interest or in the Trump investment interest."

While Hoyer hammered in that they would not want any investigations to be politically motivated, the accusations would likely come no matter what. When Republicans constantly probed officials and agencies during the Obama administration, many were called political witch hunts.

During the first two years of the Trump administration, House Republicans have avoided many of the heavy-handed investigations like the ones they wielded during Obama's tenure.

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections concluded long before the Senate's similar probe, which is ongoing. House Intelligence Committee members, including some Republicans, condemned the process as a failure.

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida, who is retiring at the end of the year, said the investigation has "lost all credibility" and "gone completely off the rails."

And Democrats on the committee called the investigation incomplete, suggesting a Democratic-controlled Congress could renew such efforts.

"On a whole host of investigative threads, our work is fundamentally incomplete, some issues partially investigated, others, like that involving credible allegations of Russian money laundering, remain barely touched," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat. "If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know."

The pledge by Democrats to pursue countless investigations into the Trump administration could put a serious hindrance on Republicans' agenda — and create dozens of nightmare scenarios for the president.

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          For the first time since Obamacare passed, the number of Americans without health insurance did not fall      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • The percentage of Americans without health insurance remained steady at 8.8% in 2017, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The flat rate was the first time since 2010 that the number of uninsured did not fall since the Affordable Care Act's passage in 2010.
  • The Census also showed a growing divide between states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and those that declined the expansion.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance did not decline on 2017, marking the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act that the uninsured rate held steady.

According to the Census Bureau28.5 million Americans, or 8.8% of the population, went without health coverage in 2017. That number was a slight increase from the 28.1 million Americans without insurance in 2016, though the rate of 8.8% was consistent. The Census Bureau said the increase was not statistically significant.

The Census report also confirmed the growing chasm between states that decided to take advantage of the ACA's Medicaid expansion and those that did not.

The ACA, better known as Obamacare, allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty line. Since then, 31 states and Washington, DC, have adopted the expansion.

"In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility ('expansion states'), the uninsured rate in 2017 was 6.5%, compared with 12.2% in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility ('non-expansion states')," the Census Bureau said in the report.

In fact, the uninsured rate in states that did not expand Medicaid went up 0.7 percentage points compared to the stable rate in states that did expand Medicaid. Since 2013, the uninsured rate in expansion states is down 7 percentage points, compared to just 5.3 percentage points in non-expansion states.

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The flat uninsured rate came in President Donald Trump's first full year in office. Throughout the year, Republicans and the Trump administration attempted to dismantle Obamacare, though multiple bids to repeal and replace the ACA failed.

The administration did take actions that many experts said would destabilize Obamacare's individual insurance marketplaces, including reducing outreach to get people to sign up for plans.

Perhaps most significantly, Republicans repealed Obamacare's individual mandate — the requirement that all Americans get insurance or face a monetary penalty — as part of their tax bill.

Some experts blamed the stall on the meddling by the Trump administration and GOP.

Matt Broaddus, a senior research analyst at the left-leaning Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed to the studies that showed a large swath of the uninsured are eligible for cheap coverage under the ACA as evidence that the uncertainty and lack of outreach were the cause of the stall.

"Last year’s sabotage efforts likely prevented additional coverage gains by creating barriers to obtaining available and affordable coverage," Broaddus wrote. "Roughly 55% of the uninsured are eligible for health insurance coverage with financial assistance under the ACA or other public programs, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute find."

Phillip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner and conservative healthcare analyst, argued that the stability of the uninsured rate proved that Democrats claims that Trump "sabotaged" Obamacare are overblown.

"Had there been a significant dip, it would have bolstered Democrats' case," Klein wrote. "Now Republicans can argue that despite all of the apocalyptic warnings, the uninsured rate is the same under Trump as it was under Obama."

"Various actions of the Trump administration, such as slashing the ad and outreach budget for Obamacare and ending certain payments to insurers, have been used by Democrats to charge that the Trump administration has launched a concerted effort to sabotage the law. But that is not visible in the numbers," he said.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, said the new data is inconclusive to make a determination either way.

"Progress in reducing the uninsured rate was already stalled, pre-Trump," Levitt tweeted Wednesday. "Increases in the number of people uninsured could come this year and next, as changes to the ACA from the Trump administration and Congress take hold."

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          'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III': I read Bob Woodward's explosive new Trump book cover-to-cover, and there's one big takeaway      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," highlights one overriding theme in the president's worldview.
  • The most important thing is the bottom line.
  • The book portrays top military, foreign policy, and national security advisers fighting him on that point.

President Donald Trump's foreign policy is driven by one thing: the bottom line.

It's a different approach than perhaps any other in the nation's history — one that fits a president who made his experience in the business world. It runs counter to the advice of his top military and national security advisers, who time and time again try to make the case to him that the existing world order is worth paying for to "prevent World War III," as Defense Secretary James Mattis pointedly told him.

Amid all the eye-popping details from journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," this theme stands out.

No argument from career officials — like Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford — seems to convince Trump that the system is worth upholding and footing much of the bill for.

"I'm tired of hearing that we have to do this or that to protect our homeland or to ensure our national security," Trump said during a discussion on what the game-plan moving forward on Afghanistan, according to the book.

Repeatedly, he denigrated the advice of those advisers because, as Trump said, they had no business experience and had no concept of money:

  • "These military guys, they don't get business," Trump said. "They know how to be soldiers and they know how to fight. They don't understand how much it's costing."
  • "All they want to do is protect everybody — that we pay for," he said of his group of military, foreign policy, and national security advisers.
  • Pointing to McMaster, who Woodward reported was never able to mesh well with the president, Trump said he didn't know how the Iraqi government "managed to fool McMaster, but he's not a businessman."
  • Trump said American military generals "don't understand the cost/benefit analysis."

Whether on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the post-World War II European alliance headed up by the US, US defense commitments in South Korea, or the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Trump insisted that money alone should be the main driver of any policy outlook.

NATO? The countries must pay their fair share. Afghanistan? "I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals," Trump said. South Korea? Renegotiate a trade deal immediately, or remove all US soldiers from the peninsula.

This is especially obvious in debates over existing US trade deals, which nearly all of his advisers try to convince him are actually good for the country.

"We're upside down" on trade deals, Trump said. "We're underwater on every one of these."

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.He insisted the other nations were "making money" off the US.

"Just look at all this stuff up there," Trump said, pointing at some graphics. "We're paying for it all."

Cohn at multiple junctures tried to explain the deals were good for the economy and allowed US consumers to buy high-quality goods. One example he gave was TVs from South Korea, which US consumers could buy for a much lower cost than a TV manufactured in the US. Those lower costs allowed consumers to spend more money on other American products.

"I don't want to hear that," Trump said, according to the book. "It's all bulls---."

'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III'

In a heated debate over South Korea, during which advisers were seeking to convince him to stay in the KORUS trade agreements, maintain troop levels, and keep the THAAD missile defense system in place, Cohn asked the president what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night?"

"I wouldn't need a f---ing thing," the president said. "And I'd sleep like a baby."

Sometimes, the advisers lost their cool. Tillerson, who Woodward seconded earlier reporting as calling Trump a "f---ing moron," was a prime example. After one meeting, Woodward wrote that Tillerson "could not abide Trump's attack on the generals" and that he was "speaking as if the US military was a mercenary for hire."

"If a country wouldn't pay us to be there, then we didn't want to be there," Woodward wrote of Tillerson's assessment of Trump's foreign policy views. "As if there were no American interests in forging and keeping a peaceful world order, as if the American organizing principle was money."

Soon, one of the most tense meetings between Trump and these advisers took place. Trump revisited his distaste for keeping troops on the Korean Peninsula. But this time, he began asking why the US protected other countries, such as Taiwan.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III," Mattis replied. Woodward wrote that the response was "breathtaking" for those in the room, calling it "a challenge to the president, suggesting he was risking nuclear war."

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea, China and others," Trump responded. "I'd rather be spending money on our own country."

SEE ALSO: Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship with Deutsche Bank: 'This is bulls---!'

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          US Fed sees trade cutbacks, more rate hikes; US PPI falls; EU factory production falls; euro as reserve currency; China pumps in liquidity; UST 10yr at 2.98%; oil and gold up sharply; NZ$1 = 65.6 USc; TWI-5 = 69.4      Cache   Translate Page      

Here's our summary of key events overnight that affect New Zealand, with news oil prices are up sharply today.

But first, in its latest Beige Book review of economic conditions around the country, the American Fed reports businesses have scaled back or postponed investments due to concerns about international trade tensions. Overall, this survey sees the American economy expanding at a "moderate pace".

And the Fed is continuing to signal that rate hikes, even if gradual, will continue for the next few years. Pointedly they say that this will be the case even if their rate curve inverts. (On that, they say this time is different.)

American producer prices fell in August from July is a surprise shift lower. This was the first month-on-month drop in about 18 months. And it happened for services. Overall, it means that year-on-year, producer prices are +2.8% higher and a big reduction in annual growth from July when they were +3.3% higher.

Also shifting lower are American mortgage applications. They fell in August, and they are still falling in September and by larger levels than analysts were expecting.

EU industrial production also fell in July, and that slippage has been cumulative so that year-on-year levels are now lower.

But the president of the EU is still sounding positive. In his State of the Union address earlier today he called for the euro to be new dominant global reserve currency, saying the US is abrogating its international responsibilities and the EU is ready to step up.

On the trade front, Canada's leaders are huddling trying to figure out their response to a recalcitrant US position on NAFTA. The Mexicans say they are prepared to go it alone, and the Americans say they are reaching out to China in "one last attempt" before new higher and broader tariffs are imposed.

In China, their central bank is back injecting money directly into their economy, supposedly to cover a short liquidity strain while tax payments are due, but more likely as part of an overall campaign to shore up lending and demand, as they try to keep the adjustment hurt from surfacing.

Today, the UST 10yr yield is lower at 2.96%, a -2 bps dip in a day. However, their 2-10 curve is tighter at just +21 bps. The Aussie Govt 10yr is at 2.59% (up +1 bp), the China Govt 10yr is at 3.70% and also up +1 bp, while the NZ Govt 10 yr is at 2.62%, up +2 bps.

Gold is rising today, up a chunky +US12 at US$1,208/oz in New York.

US oil prices are up sharply for a second day in a row and now just over US$70/bbl. The Brent benchmark is also higher, now just on US$80/bbl. These are big, fast rises brought about by a sharp fall in US crude inventories, the Iran sanctions, the expected impact from the US hurricane, and the growing fears a big typhoon will hit Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

The Kiwi dollar is starting today firmer at 65.6 USc. On the cross rates we are at 91.5 AUc, and at 56.4 euro cents. That puts the TWI-5 at 69.4.

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          The Uni      Cache   Translate Page      

Date: October 4, 2018

We are excited to share that The Uni Project will be returning to Washington Square Park again this September and October! The Uni is a portable open-air reading library, with books and collections for all ages. The project also fosters hands-on activities such as puzzles, drawing, nature explorations and origami.The Uni promotes learning and education through creative activities in the fresh air of the park.

Come by with your friends and family for a truly “Uni”-que experience.

This event is free and open to the public at the Northwest Corner Plaza

September 20th & 27th, October 4th & 11th from 2:00pm-6:00pm

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

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Location: Northwest Corner Seating Area (in Washington Square Park)


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SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for PaulCraigRoberts.org -
(https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/)


Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-regime-and-rebels-agree-evacuation-deal-in-southern-damascus-1.725770).

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind. https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-love-the-cia-or-how-the-left-lost-its-mind/5653450

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-investigation/

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs. https://www.globalresearch.ca/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/5653571

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough.

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it's something he cares deeply about — that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him," said national security adviser John Bolton.

In the order, the president declared a national emergency, an action required under sanctions authority, to deal with the threat of foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

The order calls for sanctioning any individual, company or country that interferes with campaign infrastructure, such as voter registration databases, voting machines and equipment used for tabulating or transmitting results. It also authorizes sanctions for engaging in covert, fraudulent or deceptive activities, such as distributing disinformation or propaganda, to influence or undermine confidence in U.S. elections.

It requires the national intelligence director to make regular assessments about foreign interference and asks the Homeland Security and Justice departments to submit reports on meddling in campaign-related infrastructure. It also lays out how the Treasury and State departments will recommend what sanctions to impose.

With the midterm elections now two months away, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said the U.S. is not currently seeing the intensity of Russian intervention that was experienced in 2016, but he didn't rule it out. He said the U.S. is also worried about the cyber activities of China, North Korea and Iran.

Coats said Trump's order directs intelligence agencies to conduct an assessment within 45 days after an election to report any meddling to the attorney general and Department of Homeland Security. The attorney general and Department of Homeland Security then have another 45 days to assess whether sanctions should be imposed.

"This clearly is a process put in place to try to assure that we are doing every possible thing we can, first of all, to prevent any interference with our elections, to report on anything we see between now and the election, but then to do a full assessment after the election to assure the American people just exactly what may have happened or may not have happened," Coats said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are pushing a bill that would prohibit foreign governments from purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure. They said Trump's order recognizes the threat, but doesn't go far enough.

The order gives the executive branch the discretion to impose sanctions for election meddling, but the bill would spell out sanctions on key economic sectors of a country that interferes. Those backing the legislation say that under the bill, a nation would know exactly what it would face if caught.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the order leaves the president with broad discretion to decide whether to impose tough sanctions. "Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply cannot be counted upon to stand up to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin when it matters," said Warner, who is sponsoring the bill.

At a July 16 news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again. Trump did not directly answer the question. Instead, he delivered a rambling response, including demands for investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and his description of Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of meddling.

That drew outrage from both Republican and Democrats.

Trump has pushed back, saying that no other American president has been as tough on Russia. He has cited U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the U.S.

Mike Rogers, former director of the National Security Agency, said he thought Trump missed an opportunity in Helsinki to publicly scold Russia for meddling. Rogers said when he used to talk to Trump about the issue, Trump would often respond to him, saying "Mike, you know, I'm in a different place."

Rogers said he would tell Trump: "Mr. President, I understand that, but I'm paid by the citizens of the nation to tell you what we think. Sir, this is not about politics, it's not about parties. It's about a foreign state that is attempting to subvert the very tenets of our structure."

In his first public comments since he retired in June, Rogers said: "That should concern us as citizens. That should concern us leaders. And if we don't do something, they (the Russians) are not going to stop."

Rogers, who spoke Tuesday night at the Hayden Center at George Mason University in Virginia, also said earlier media reports claiming Trump had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign were inaccurate.

James Clapper, the former national intelligence director who appeared with Rogers and other former intelligence officials, said he personally believes that the Russian interference did influence the outcome of the 2016 election, but didn't elaborate.

"The Russians are still at it. They are committed to undermining our system," Clapper said. "One of the things that really disturbs me is — that for whatever reason, I don't know what it is — the president's failure to dime out Putin and dime out the Russians for what they are doing."

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WASHINGTON — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge.

The senator and her Republican colleagues are decrying the effort in Maine as attempted bribery, as attention shifts from Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to the question of how lawmakers will vote on his nomination.

The spotlight on Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski is particularly intense because they are viewed as the only two Republicans seen as potential "no" votes. With a 51-49 GOP majority, Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court is virtually assured if either senator votes yes.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins' defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that "every Democrat should be condemning these antics in Maine — attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting."

The latter point stems from allegations Collins made to The Wall Street Journal that someone had left a voicemail with one of her state offices in which "they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers." Her office also provided The Associated Press with other examples of calls and letters containing vulgar insults.

"Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision-making whatsoever," said Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.

In Maine, a trio of advocacy groups continued their fundraising efforts Wednesday with a running tally of pledges coming to about $1.1 million. Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, described her organization as a grassroots movement borne out of frustration with President Donald Trump's election and designed to give Maine residents a platform to engage elected officials. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.

The groups states on the fundraising page that Kavanaugh is committed to "ending health care for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade." The groups then provide two scenarios:

— Collins votes no on Kavanaugh "and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent."

— Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh "and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified."

Collins' spokeswoman said that amounts to a quid pro quo: "You vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent," she said. "Vote against us and we give her the money. It is basically a bribe."

Follayttar described the effort as a grassroots mobilization made up of smaller-dollar pledges. She contrasted that with the nearly $2.8 million Collins' campaign received in her 2014 election from various political action committees. She called Collins' use of the term "bribery" a bogus legal threat.

"We won't let it stifle us. We will continue to participate in our democracy," she said.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups contend that Kavanaugh's confirmation would cement a right-leaning court for a generation. The stakes were on display throughout the confirmation hearings last week, with about 70 people arrested on the hearing's first day and charged with disorderly conduct. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to ram the confirmation through without a thorough vetting before the November midterm elections. The president during campaign stops in Montana and North Dakota ridiculed Democrats as "making fools out of themselves."

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the full Senate is expected by the end of the month, in time for the first day of the court's new term on Oct. 1.

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          Academic in Trump probe hit with $56K fine, but where is he?      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Argentine Austerity Protests Mount Over Macri-Backed IMF Measures      Cache   Translate Page      
Labor unions and social groups blocked streets in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday, with more marches planned over the days ahead over   austerity measures proposed by the government and backed by the International Monetary Fund. Protesters are angry about the belt-tightening policies, which are cutting services to low-income Argentines already walloped by inflation of 31 percent and climbing. But Argentine leader Mauricio Macri says he needs to carry out such measures to regain investors' confidence by reducing the country's fiscal deficit. The outlook for Latin America's third biggest economy is grim, according to orthodox and left-leaning economists alike. Planned cuts to public utility subsidies, forcing Argentines to pay more for transportation and electricity, are expected to keep upward pressure on consumer prices for the rest of 2018. "The day to day uncertainty is getting worse," said protester Gabriela Gil, a 49-year-old mother of five. The year will close with inflation at more than 40 percent, according to economists' forecasts. Hardest hit are low-income families that spend a high proportion of their income on food. "The poorest people in the country are on the verge of hunger," said Daniel Menendez, a spokesman for Barrios de Pie, one of the groups that helped organized the march. Fiscal medicine Measures aimed at taming inflation, like the central bank's 60 percent monetary policy rate, have helped push the economy into recession by choking off credit. Stimulus spending that might pep up the economy would dash Macri's promise of bringing the primary fiscal deficit to zero next year. The previous 2019 deficit target was 1.3 percent of gross domestic product. Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne said earlier this month that it was weakness on the country's "fiscal flank" that prompted a run on the peso in August. The currency fell 26 percent last month alone and has lost more than half its value so far in 2018. On Tuesday, the peso wobbled 1.4 percent lower to close at 38.5 per dollar. Having signed a $50 billion standby financing deal with the IMF in June, the slide in the peso prompted Macri's administration to pledge deeper spending cuts to secure an early release of funds. The revamped fiscal targets are being hammered out in Washington and will be part of the 2019 budget bill that Macri is expected to send to Congress over the days ahead. "What we are seeing in asset prices in Argentina is that people are not giving them the benefit of the doubt," Daniel Osorio, president of New York-based consultancy Andean Capital Advisors, said in a telephone interview. With investors demanding that the government stand by its budget-cutting program, some economists say the bitter fiscal medicine called for by the IMF might prove worse than the recession and high inflation that are already ailing Argentina. "The financial markets have closed for the country. Argentina's government is responding by attempting a much more drastic fiscal adjustment," said Martin Guzman, an economist at Columbia University Business School. "My view is that such a measure will lead to another recession in 2019."
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The last time Britain accused two Russians of an assassination, one of them ended up in the Russian parliament. The case of Andrei Lugovoi, a key suspect in the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, shows how the two alleged Russian military intelligence operatives accused by Britain of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal could have lucrative careers in Russia if they go public. President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the men - who British authorities said used the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - appeared to be innocent. He suggested they tell their story “to some media outlet.” Hours later, Russian state TV said it had spoken with Petrov and that he planned to comment on the case next week. Previous cases show that could be an improbable springboard into parliament or a network TV show. When some Russians have been accused of crimes abroad, political and business leaders have embraced them and made them celebrities. Andrei Lugovoi Accused of poisoning Litvinenko with the radioactive substance polonium, Lugovoi, a former KGB officer, parlayed his newfound fame into a political career. In 2007, he was elected to parliament on the ticket of the nationalist LDPR party, which has strong Kremlin ties. Since then, he's given his name to the Lugovoi Law - a 2014 measure allowing authorities to block “extremist” websites without a court ruling - and he's a regular commentator on the Skripal case for state TV. Lugovoi argues Skripal's poisoning had nothing to do with Russia and blames Britain for harboring what he calls defectors. “As long as you keep welcoming all kinds of scum on your territory, you're going to keep having problems,” he said in March on a popular talk shows. The Russian constitution bans extraditing criminal suspects, and Lugovoi's status as a lawmaker makes him immune from prosecution at home. A fellow suspect, Dmitry Kovtun, has kept a lower profile. Anna Chapman When the FBI rounded up 10 Russian sleeper agents in 2010 and sent them home in a spy swap, one caught the eye of the tabloids. The then-28-year-old Chapman, who was married to a British man, later launched a modeling career in Russia, and was briefly on the board of the youth arm of a pro-Putin political party. She's best known, however, as the host of “Chapman's Secrets,” a long-running show mixing anti-U.S. rhetoric with conspiracy theories and mysticism. “Why does official science still not concede that unidentified flying objects are alien spaceships?” she said one episode. “Our hypothesis that alien intelligence has long colluded with the ruling elite was recently and unexpectedly confirmed. What are politicians and soldiers keeping quiet about? I, Anna Chapman, will reveal this secret.” More than 400 episodes have been made. Last week, guests speculated the U.S. was training Eastern European guerrillas to invade Russia, and another - introduced as a shaman - suggested intelligent trees caused hikers to go missing out of spite for humanity. “It's incredible, but the living forest from the movie 'Avatar' isn't the director's make-believe,” Chapman summarized. Maria Butina Accused of working as an undeclared foreign agent in the U.S., Butina is fast becoming a cause celebre at home. She was a relatively obscure gun-rights activist in Russia before she started making political contacts among Republicans and National Rifle Association members in the U.S. Now, Butina's photo is the avatar on the Russian Foreign Ministry's social media profiles. Government rhetoric portrays her as a martyr to U.S. paranoia and a victim of poor conditions in the Washington, D.C., jail where she's being held pending trial.
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The Washington Post editorial board in a piece published on Tuesday labeled President Donald Trump “complicit” in the creation of Hurricane Florence.
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Sally Kohn is the author of the fantastic book, The Opposite of Hate. which explores how we can bridge our differences and speak respectfully with those we passionately disagree with. She has has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and delivered multiple TED Talks on emotional correctness, clickbait, and correcting the culture of hate. In this episode we go deep into what it means to fight hate. Sally shares how to use our creativity and vulnerability to bridge tough topics. Whether you’re tired of internet trolls or losing friends to political differences, Sally Kohn’s insights helps us find common ground. A few of my favorite takeaways: The act of being vulnerable is a major component of what makes artists powerful. As a creative, you have the opportunity to shift your audience’s views by showing your own vulnerability. It’s natural to bond with others around what we dislike and even hate. But hating things together is still backwards movement. How do we move each other forward and be part of the solution? The answer, whether we’re talking about a one on one conversation with a loved one or communicating your world view through your art, is connection. Get […]

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          Storm of a Lifetime      Cache   Translate Page      

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Look at the Monster Storm coming out of the black triangle on the upper right.
Where is it headed? The Carolinas.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence" will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast."

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Un millón y medio de estadounidenses tienen que ser evacuados por el "extremadamente peligroso"  huracán Florence de categoría 4 sobre una escala de 5. Según ha informado el Centro Nacional de Huracane, amenaza con marejadas ciclónicas y lluvias torrenciales en Las Carolinas y en la costa sureste de EE.UU. Con vientos máximos de 215 kilómetros por hora, el huracán puede que alcance la máxima categoría en la escala de Saffir Simpson. Tocará tierra probablemente este jueves, afectando principalmente a Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur y Virginia. Las autoridades han dado la orden de evacuación a un millón y medio de posibles perjudicados en los tres Estados. Maryland y la ciudad de Washington han declarado este martes situación de emergencia. Los técnicos han advertido de que la tormenta tropical será "extremadamente peligrosa" cuando azote la costa sureste del país.


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It took four years for the Economic Club of Washington to confirm one of their most desired speakers: Jeff Bezos, founder of online retailer Amazon and owner of The Washington Post. But when he addresses the audience in the nation's capital Thursday evening, the crowd may be focused more on what he says about real estate than running the largest retailer or the influential daily newspaper. That’s because Amazon is expected to announce at any time...
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The 148-unit Incanto in Washington, D.C. Across the board, the Southwest/Navy Yard’s key performance indicators are trending upward. Occupancies as of September were still recovering from the sustained supply over the past few years, but strong quarterly absorption slowly brought the vacancy rate lower. The Southwest/Navy Yard absorbed more than 1,000 units for the seventh straight quarter. At the same time, another 1,300 units delivered over...
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          Something Real ~ Lindsay & Roger’s Maui Elopement      Cache   Translate Page      
This was such a fun Maui Elopement, no one knew, and they planned it in just two weeks! Lindsay and Richard knew right away it was something real. &#8220;When you know you know&#8221; right?! They currently have a long distance relationship, Lindsay is making arrangements to trade in the California heat for the Washington rain to be with Roger. [&#8230;]<br />The post Something Real ~ Lindsay &#038; Roger&#8217;s Maui Elopement appeared first on Karma Hill Photography.
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De liberale kardinaal Donald Wuerl van Washington zal met paus Franciscus de aanvaarding van zijn pensioen, dat hij in november 2015 aanbood toen hij 75 werd, "bespreken", volgens een brief van 11 september aan zijn priesters. Franciscus weigerde Wuerls oorspronkelijke aanbod omdat hij alleen katholiek leunende kardinalen tot een snelle pensionering dwingt.
Wuerl ligt onder vuur omdat hij naar verluidt homoseksuele mishandelingen "fout heeft behandeld".
De huidige misbruikhysterie in de Amerikaanse media wordt niet ondersteund door nieuwe feiten, maar door een anti-katholieke vooringenomenheid van de oligarchische media en het onvermogen van de laffe bisschoppen om de kerk te verdedigen.
De katholieke kerk is al tientallen jaren een van de veiligste omgevingen voor kinderen en jongeren in Amerika.
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          Nieuwe feiten van pro-Franciscus journalist steunen Viganò      Cache   Translate Page      
Benedictus XVI vroeg kardinaal McCarrick al in 2007 om zich terug te trekken uit het publieke leven vanwege zijn geschiedenis van homoseksueel misbruik volgens Andrea Tornielli, een hofjournalist van paus Franciscus. McCarrick ging in 2006 met pensioen als aartsbisschop van Washington.
Tornielli schrijft op LaStampa.it (10 september) dat Benedictus XVI van McCarrick vroeg om in gebed te leven en "een laag profiel te houden".
Toen informeerde de Amerikaanse nuntius Pietro Sambi McCarrick meerdere malen over deze beslissing zonder formele bevelen te geven of sancties op te leggen. McCarrick heeft zich nooit teruggetrokken tot gebed en stilte.
Tornielli gebruikt zijn informatie om de geloofwaardigheid te ondermijnen van de aartsbisschop Viganò, die beweerde dat Benedictus XVI McCarrick slechts in 2009 of 2010 sanctioneerde.
Maar Tornielli mist het doel omdat het feit blijft dat Franciscus, wetende over de misstanden, McCarrick gerehabiliteerd heeft, hem een kingmaker voor pro-homo bisschoppen maakte, en hem …
          Federal Way’s Pac-12 recruits — USC’s Trey Davis, Washington’s Alphonzo Tuputala — working to build team bond      Cache   Translate Page      

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          JPMorgan's experimental investment in Detroit was so successful that it's decided to invest $500 million in up-and-coming cities      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • JPMorgan Chase launched AdvancingCities, a $500-million, five-year initiative for investing in emerging cities around the world.
  • It is an outgrowth of the multi-million dollar investments in Detroit, Chicago, and DC that began in 2014.
  • Up to half of the allocated money will be used for low-cost loans, with the rest used for philanthropic purposes.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

JPMorgan Chase announced Wednesday that it is now accepting applications to participate in its new $500 million AdvancingCities initiative, which will invest in cities that are overcoming years of hardship.

It's a major expansion of a plan that began in 2013, when JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon pushed for a way to help Detroit after it declared bankruptcy. Starting the next year, it began closely working with Mayor Mike Duggan in distributing low-cost loans, renovating affordable housing, and training workforces. Since 2014, the bank has invested more than $100 million into the city.

Following success in Detroit, the bank then began investing in a similar way in Chicago and Washington, DC, and expanded the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund from Detroit to Chicago, the South Bronx, and San Francisco. The AdvancingCities competition is a way to bring learnings from these prior experiences to a new set of cities.

"I think the biggest thing that we have concluded is that the only places that we can be really effective in is where you have real collaboration on the ground with the political leadership, the private sector, the nonprofit sector," JPMorgan's head of corporate responsibility, Peter Scher, told Business Insider.

The $500 million will be split between low-cost loans offered through the AdvancingCities Investment Fund, and philanthropic spending.

Investments work best when partners identify opportunity

Scher explained that Detroit has been an ideal case study for the new initiative, and that it only took off once JPMorgan started responding to specific requests from partners. "I think the Entrepreneurs of Color is a great example," Scher said, referring to the fund that offers loans to businesses owned by people of color.

The JPMorgan team set up quarterly meetings with Mayor Duggan to discuss its investments, and in one meeting about a year in, Duggan said, "The problem I see in the city is there are a lot of black, Hispanic, Asian entrepreneurs who can't get access to capital and want to start businesses."

The bank then partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to respond to this. Scher said it demonstrated that his team had the capability to toss money around, but that to actually accomplish something it needed to have partners, like the city's mayor, identify a challenge and then find a solution.

Duggan told us that, "Pretty much everything's worked," in regards to JPMorgan's investments, noting that for both his city and others that will partner with the bank, "as long as you're disciplined in what you're doing, you can have a major impact."

JPMorgan is looking to build long-term value for its shareholders

Scher said that over the next five years, data suggests that conservatively speaking, the $250 million from the AdvancingCities investment fund will leverage a total of $1 billion in spending when factoring in outside investment attracted by JPMorgan's activity. He said the initiative can support "up to 30" cities, but that the number is less important than the potential for impact in a city, and that there will not be an equal portioning of investments to each winner.

AdvancingCities is overseen by Scher and his team, as well as an advisory council of former mayors and business leaders, and will utilize an estimated 200 JPMorgan executives working 3-4 week shifts in particular cities.

Scher told us that if the program were solely about building goodwill, there were plenty of easier options to pursue, and that he considers AdvancingCities to be a business investment. "I would argue to our shareholders that if the economy of Detroit or Chicago or Washington is growing, and more people are getting jobs and more businesses are being created and you've got small business growth, that's a good long-term bet for JPMorgan Chase," he said.

He continued: "And so I actually think that this is kind of a new way of thinking about business investments and thinking long-term about the viability of success of our communities. And our general view is that if the economies of these cities is growing, JPMorgan will grow with it."

Manny Ocbazghi contributed reporting.

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  • The percentage of Americans without health insurance remained steady at 8.8% in 2017, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The flat rate was the first time since 2010 that the number of uninsured did not fall since the Affordable Care Act's passage in 2010.
  • The Census also showed a growing divide between states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and those that declined the expansion.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance did not decline on 2017, marking the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act that the uninsured rate held steady.

According to the Census Bureau28.5 million Americans, or 8.8% of the population, went without health coverage in 2017. That number was a slight increase from the 28.1 million Americans without insurance in 2016, though the rate of 8.8% was consistent. The Census Bureau said the increase was not statistically significant.

The Census report also confirmed the growing chasm between states that decided to take advantage of the ACA's Medicaid expansion and those that did not.

The ACA, better known as Obamacare, allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty line. Since then, 31 states and Washington, DC, have adopted the expansion.

"In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility ('expansion states'), the uninsured rate in 2017 was 6.5%, compared with 12.2% in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility ('non-expansion states')," the Census Bureau said in the report.

In fact, the uninsured rate in states that did not expand Medicaid went up 0.7 percentage points compared to the stable rate in states that did expand Medicaid. Since 2013, the uninsured rate in expansion states is down 7 percentage points, compared to just 5.3 percentage points in non-expansion states.

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The flat uninsured rate came in President Donald Trump's first full year in office. Throughout the year, Republicans and the Trump administration attempted to dismantle Obamacare, though multiple bids to repeal and replace the ACA failed.

The administration did take actions that many experts said would destabilize Obamacare's individual insurance marketplaces, including reducing outreach to get people to sign up for plans.

Perhaps most significantly, Republicans repealed Obamacare's individual mandate — the requirement that all Americans get insurance or face a monetary penalty — as part of their tax bill.

Some experts blamed the stall on the meddling by the Trump administration and GOP.

Matt Broaddus, a senior research analyst at the left-leaning Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed to the studies that showed a large swath of the uninsured are eligible for cheap coverage under the ACA as evidence that the uncertainty and lack of outreach were the cause of the stall.

"Last year’s sabotage efforts likely prevented additional coverage gains by creating barriers to obtaining available and affordable coverage," Broaddus wrote. "Roughly 55% of the uninsured are eligible for health insurance coverage with financial assistance under the ACA or other public programs, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute find."

Phillip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner and conservative healthcare analyst, argued that the stability of the uninsured rate proved that Democrats claims that Trump "sabotaged" Obamacare are overblown.

"Had there been a significant dip, it would have bolstered Democrats' case," Klein wrote. "Now Republicans can argue that despite all of the apocalyptic warnings, the uninsured rate is the same under Trump as it was under Obama."

"Various actions of the Trump administration, such as slashing the ad and outreach budget for Obamacare and ending certain payments to insurers, have been used by Democrats to charge that the Trump administration has launched a concerted effort to sabotage the law. But that is not visible in the numbers," he said.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, said the new data is inconclusive to make a determination either way.

"Progress in reducing the uninsured rate was already stalled, pre-Trump," Levitt tweeted Wednesday. "Increases in the number of people uninsured could come this year and next, as changes to the ACA from the Trump administration and Congress take hold."

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  • China has extended easy credit to vulnerable countries.
  • But its pockets are not as deep as they once were, analysts say.
  • Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash.

When Malaysia canceled two large-scale infrastructure projects backed by China last month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was afraid the country could go bankrupt. As leader of a government that has tried to crowdfund its $250 billion of debt, that seems to be a reasonable concern.

"It’s all about borrowing too much money, which we cannot afford and cannot repay because we don’t need these projects in Malaysia," Mahathir told the New York Times in interviews about the projects, a rail link and a natural gas pipeline that had a collective price tag of more than $22 billion.

Malaysia is just the latest debt-ridden country to have been courted by Chinese lenders, a potential alternative to International Monetary Fund programs that can come with sweeping stipulations.

For example, China is Venezuela's largest creditor, lending the collapsing country more than $62 billion over the past decade. And just last week, President Xi Jinping offered countries in Africa another $60 billion in aid and loans.

But throwing life lines to emerging markets could be impractical for China in the long run, Nomura economists led by Ting Lu wrote in a recent note.

"China is still financially healthy, but its pockets are not as deep as they were," Lu wrote.

In the first three months of 2018, China ran its first current account-deficit since before joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. It rebounded by the second-quarter, but the setback raised questions about whether current-account deficits could occur more frequently in the future.

China's foreign-exchange reserves have fallen to roughly $3.1 trillion from $4 trillion in 2014. Meanwhile, hard-currency external debt has surged, with corporate offshore dollar bond issuance up about $500 billion during that same period.

"As China’s economy is becoming increasingly constrained by its own production capacity, EM imports from China financed by RMB borrowings would likely squeeze China’s exports, resulting, in our opinion, in a headline trade surplus that could overstate actual FX inflows, ultimately impairing China’s FX reserves," Lu wrote. 

Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash as China faces an economic slowdown and as a trade war with the US continues to escalate. As Bloomberg Opinion columnist Shuli Ren recently wrote, "China’s shaky domestic economy may mean that it’s no longer politically viable for Beijing to keep being so generous."

For now though, China appears comfortable cozying up to emerging markets. The country been looking to expand economic ties abroad through its Belt and Road Initiative, a trillion-dollar investment venture that has infrastructure investment plans spanning across more than 60 countries.

A recent Pentagon report found the initiative is designed to shape interests to align with Beijing and to avoid confrontation and criticism. Involved countries could "develop economic dependence on Chinese capital, which China could leverage to achieve its interests," it said.

"They know that when they lend big sums of money to a poor country, in the end they may have to take the project for themselves," Mahathir told the Times.

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أعلن الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد بدء عملية القصف المكثف لاستعادة إدلب، وهي آخر معقل رئيسي لقوات التمرد النظامية. تعج المحافظة الشمالية الغربية بالمدنيين السوريين النازحين داخليًا الذين فروا من مناطق أخرى من البلاد - حلب في كانون الأول/ديسمبر، والغوطة الشرقية في نيسان/أبريل، ودرعا في حزيران/يونيو - تحت وطأة القصف العشوائي الذي أطلقته روسيا والأنظمة السورية. وبحسب مسؤولي الأمم المتحدة، قد يضطر 800 ألف شخص إلى الخروج من المدينة والمحافظة في هذا الهجوم، إلاّ أنه لم يبقَ أمام اللاجئين أماكن كثيرة يذهبون إليها.
في وجه هذه الكارثة الإنسانية الوشيكة، لن يقدّم المجتمع الدولي سوى القليل. ويشار إلى أن إدارة ترامب تحذّر من أنها "سترد على أي هجوم يستخدم فيه النظام السوري الأسلحة الكيميائية". ولكن مع تمركز القوات الروسية واستعدادها للقيام بعمليات قصف بحري وجوي، من غير المرجح أن يلجأ الأسد إلى أسلحة الغاز. وفي هذا السياق، أشار الرئيس ترامب في تغريدة إلى أنه لا يجب على الأسد أن "يستهدف محافظة إدلب بشكل متهور" وحذّر من أن "الروس والإيرانيين سيرتكبون خطأ إنسانيًا فادحًا إذا ما شاركوا في هذه المأساة الإنسانية المحتملة". أمّا الروس فأجابوا بضرب إدلب.
في الوقت عينه، يواصل الإيرانيون ترسيخ "قوات القدس" الخاصة بهم والميليشيات الشيعية في المناطق التي يستعيدها النظام، مغيّرين بذلك التوازن الطائفي على الأرض. وإذا لم يوضع حد لذلك، سيواصل المحور الإيراني-الروسي-السوري تعزيز سلطته في جميع أنحاء المنطقة. كما ينبغي النظر إلى الادعاءات المتعلقة بالاحتكاك بين القوى الثلاث ببعض الشك. ففي حين أن مصالحهم قد تتباعد، إلاّ أنّ الروس لا يبدون أي رغبة في الابتعاد عن الإيرانيين أو الأسد، الذين يستمرون في إنكار استخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية.
ثمة واقع لا لبس فيه يتجلّى في أنّ الروس، وبسبب تقاعس الولايات المتحدة، أصبحوا الحكم الرئيسي في سوريا. وفي حال كانت الولايات المتحدة تريد منع إيران من تعزيز ممرّ برّي من سوريا إلى لبنان والبحر المتوسّط، فعليها أن تعمل من خلال الروس. وفي حال كانت الولايات المتحدة تريد أن تخفّف من مسار التصادم بين إسرائيل وإيران - مع أمل إيران بأن تهدّد إسرائيل عبر سوريا كما تفعل من خلال "حزب الله" في لبنان - فهي تحتاج إلى تعاون روسي. ولكنّ فلاديمير بوتين لا يفعل شيئًا بدون مقابل. ويبقى السؤال ما إذا كانت إدارة ترامب مستعدة لممارسة الضغط المطلوب.
يبدو أنّ الروس يتأرجحون في القول إنّه من غير الواقعي توقّع مغادرة الإيرانيين والميليشيات المتحالفة معهم، والسعي لمعرفة ما يمكن الحصول عليه نتيجة التوسّط في اتفاق مماثل. فخلال الشهر الماضي، قام نيكولاي باتروشيف، أمين سرّ مجلس الأمن الروسي، باقتراح مقايضة لمستشار الأمن القومي الخاص بالسيد ترامب، جون بولتون تتمثل بما يلي: مقابل قيام روسيا بإنشاء منطقة عازلة في سوريا، خالية من الميليشيات الإيرانية والشيعية المناهضة لإسرائيل، ستُسقط الولايات المتحدة العقوبات ضد إيران. ولكنّ السيّد بولتون رفض الفكرة. وأعلن بعد اجتماعه بالسيد باتروشيف عن أنّ الروس يريدون على الأرجح من إيران مغادرة سوريا. ولكن يبدو أنّ الروس مهتمّون أكثر بالتوسط في اتفاقيات محدودة، ومقابل ثمن.
من الناحية النظرية، يجب أن تكون الولايات المتحدة قادرة على عقد صفقة مؤاتية. وبوجود شراكة بين تركيا وإسرائيل، فإنّ موقف الولايات المتحدة أقوى من موقف روسيا. وقد اعترف مسؤولون إسرائيليون مؤخرًا بضرب 200 هدف إيراني في سوريا. لدى تركيا وجود عسكري في إدلب ومحيطها، كما تملك الولايات المتحدة قوات في شمال شرق سوريا. ومعًا، تسيطر الولايات المتحدة وشركاؤها على نحو 40% من الأراضي السورية.
لسوء الحظ، تواجه الولايات المتحدة أزمة في علاقاتها مع تركيا. فقد صعّد الرئيس رجب طيب أردوغان من لهجته في ردّه على العقوبات المفروضة من السيد ترامب ضد احتجاز تركيا للقس أندرو برونسون. ويجري السيد أردوغان محادثات مع الروس لمعرفة ما إذا كان يمكن فرض وقف إطلاق النار في إدلب. إلا أنّ الغارات الجوية الروسية بعد يوم من عقد قمة طهران بين أردوغان من جهة والسيد بوتين والرئيس الإيراني حسن روحاني من جهة أخرى قد تفتح الباب أمام الولايات المتحدة لإعادة ضمّ الرئيس التركي.
يتقاسم البلدان مصلحة استراتيجية في منع إيران وروسيا من توسيع وجودهما في سوريا. ويجب أن تتحقق واشنطن مما إذا كانت أنقرة ترغب في صياغة موقف منسّق تجاه الروس. ومؤخرًا، قام السيد ترامب بتعيين جيمس جيفري الممثل الخاص للوجود الأمريكي في سوريا. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنّ السيد جيفري هو سفير سابق في تركيا يحظى باحترام السيد أردوغان.
تتشاطر الولايات المتحدة وتركيا وإسرائيل مصلحة في احتواء إيران وميليشياتها الشيعية في سوريا. وتتمتّع روسيا بالقدرة على تحقيق ذلك، إلا أنّها تريد خروج الولايات المتحدة من سوريا في المقابل. وقد تشترط إدارة ترامب انسحابًا أمريكيًا مقابل القيود التالية لنشاط إيران وميليشياتها الحليفة: لا قواعد عسكرية في سوريا؛ الحدّ من صواريخ أرض-أرض؛ عدم تصنيع الصواريخ أو أنظمة التوجيه المتقدّمة في سوريا أو لبنان؛ لا رادارات أو صواريخ دفاعية جوية جديدة من حيث النوعية؛ ومناطق عازلة خالية من أيّ وجود إيراني أو حليف بالقرب من تركيا أو إسرائيل أو الأردن.
لا يمنح السيد بوتين أيّ شيء بدون مقابل. وهذا ما يجب على إدارة ترامب القيام به إذا كانت تريد حماية المصالح الأمريكية في الشرق الأوسط

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تشير حرب الكلام التي لا تنفكّ تتصاعد بين إيران والولايات المتحدة إلى أن الشرق الأوسط سيكون على المحك في الأشهر المقبلة مع بدء سريان العقوبات. وقد أكدت الإدارة الأمريكية مرارًا تكرارًا أن "تغيير النظام" و"التدابير العسكرية" ضد إيران ليست على جدول أعمالها، بل ذكرت أن الهدف هو تغيير السلوك، وليس النظام.
ولكن بالرغم من ذلك، لا شكّ في أنّ النظام الإيراني مهدد. إذ يقوم كل من تأكيد وزير الخارجية الأمريكي مايك بومبيو أن "الرخاء، والأمن، وحرية الشعب الإيراني هي خسائر مقبولة في المسيرة من أجل تحقيق الثورة"، وتغريدات ترامب الشخصية في هذا الصدد تدلّ على الرغبة في تفكيك الدولة الإيرانية تمامًا. فقد أشار ترامب مؤخرًا إلى أن النظام قد ينهار بسبب سياسة العقوبات الأمريكية. وفي حين أن هذه التصريحات جاءت ردًا على التعليقات التحريضية للنظام الإيراني، إن التهديدات الموجهة إلى الحكومة الإيرانية تبدو حقيقية. فلم تنجح احتجاجات آب/أغسطس الواسعة سوى في زيادة الشعور بأن تغيير النظام مطروح على الطاولة. أمّا على المستوى الإقليمي، فقد دعا الخطاب الأمريكي إلى تساؤلات كثير حول إلى أي مدى ستذهب الولايات المتحدة لتغيير إيران.
إنّ النظام الإيراني قمعي وتوسّعي. ومن المؤكد أنّه إذا غيّر في سلوكياته التي تشمل دعمه للميليشيات الوكيلة ولبرنامج القذائف البالستية، سيفيد الاستقرار الإقليمي والكثير من الأشخاص الذين يعيشون في الشرق الأوسط. ولكن إذا يكمن هدف السياسة الأمريكية في تغيير هذه السلوكيات إلى جانب زعزعة استقرار الدولة نفسها، فإن السياسة الحالية قد تحدث أضرارًا تفوق منافعها.
وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنّ السياسة الخارجية للولايات المتحدة في أفغانستان والعراق وحتى الاتحاد السوفيتي تعطي انطباعًا بأن واشنطن تعتمد على إحدى الاستراتيجيتين عند محاولة "تغيير السلوك"، ألا وهما: الاحتواء أو تغيير النظام. ويتطلب الاحتواء الصبر والمرونة. فلا تعِد هذه الاستراتيجية بتحقيق انتصار سريع أو سهل. كما يمثل الاحتواء حلاً وسطيًا بين الانفراج والتراجع، حسبما اقترح الدبلوماسي الأمريكي جورج كينان في الخمسينيات من القرن المنصرم بهدف احتواء الاتحاد السوفيتي. ومع ذلك، لا يبدو أن سياسة العقوبات الحالية مصمَّمة للاحتواء، على الرغم من أهدافها المعلنة. فمن خلال الخروج من الصفقة النووية مع إيران، رفض ترامب فرصة احتواء إيران مستخدمًا المفاهيم نفسها. أمّا العقوبات التي ستُنفّذ في هذا الشهر فتشير إلى أن التداعيات التي ستترتب عليها ستزيد من عدم الاستقرار الإقليمي أكثر مما ستغير سلوك إيران.
ويشار إلى أن الاحتواء بصفته استراتيجية جيوسياسية لوقف التوسع الإيراني يتطلب سياسةً راسخةً وطويلة الأجل، فضلاً عن الحفاظ على نوع من توافق دولي على أهداف الإجراءات المتخذة في حق إيران. ومع ذلك، فإن الانسحاب من الاتفاق النووي قد أحدث شرخًا في العلاقات عبر المحيط الأطلسي، ويبدو أنه ما من توافق حول السلوك المحبذ لإيران لدى الغرب. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، يدعو الاحتواء إلى مستوى معين من المشاركة مع الخصم، غير أن ذلك احتمال غير وارد إن كان بالنسبة إلى ترامب أو إلى إيران. علاوةً على ذلك، إن الارتباك والغموض اللذين يحيطان بالأهداف الإقليمية الأوسع للولايات المتحدة يقلل من احتمال فهم النظام الإيراني لمصالح الولايات المتحدة، ناهيك عن الامتثال لها.
كما يبدو أن سياسة العقوبات في صيغتها الحالية مصمَّمةٌ لتغيير سلوك إيران عبر تغيير النظام. فمن خلال إضعاف النظام عن طريق العقوبات والضغوطات الأخرى، تكون هذه الاستراتيجية قد بدأت أساسًا في إشعال فتيل أزمة اقتصادية قد تحثّ الشعب الإيراني على الإطاحة بقادته. وعلى الرغم من أن التحول السياسي الإيجابي لإيران قد يكون هدفًا جديرًا بالتحقيق، إن التنفيذ الفعلي لهذه الاستراتيجية يمكن أن يؤدي إلى نتائج عكسية. فمن خلال جعل الشعب الإيراني رهينةً لأفعال حكومته، تخاطر إدارة ترامب في تقوية موقف النظام.
وفي كلتا الحالتين، لا يزال لدى إيران بعض المنافذ للتبادل الاقتصادي، وقد تزداد أكثر بسبب المنافسة القائمة بين الولايات المتحدة والدول الأخرى - وبالتحديد الصين وروسيا. كما يبدو أن آية الله الخامنئي لم يعد يعتمد على أوروبا لإنقاذ "خطة العمل الشاملة المشتركة"، إذ تبقى الصين وروسيا سوقين يمكن الوصول إليهما. وتشتري الصين وحدها ٦٥٥ ألف برميل يوميًا من إيران، ما يمثّل ٦٠ في المئة من صادرات النفط الإيراني، ما يجعلها مهمةً لفعالية العقوبات الأمريكية. ومع استمرار حرب الولايات المتحدة التجارية مع الصين، من غير المحتمل أن تميل قيادتها إلى المشاركة في الضغط على إيران. ففي الواقع، قد تردّ الصين في حربها التجارية مع الولايات المتحدة من خلال السعي إلى تنمية الاقتصاد الإيراني. وفي السياق عينه، لا تبدو روسيا مهتمةً بالضغط على إيران بشكل خاص، لا سيما بالنظر إلى مصالحهما المشتركة جزئيًا في سوريا.
وبعيدًا عن تفاصيل المسألة الإيرانية، أظهرت الأبحاث حول العقوبات أنّ معدل نجاحها في إحداث تغيير طويل الأمد لسلوك النظام منخفض. فإذا أخذنا العراق وحده كمثال، ندرك حدود العقوبات ضد الأنظمة الاستبدادية ونتائجها المحتملة. فبعد ثلاثة عشر عامًا من العقوبات التي أضعفت دولة العراق، وإنّما فشلت في تغيير سلوكيات الدولة، اختارت الولايات المتحدة في نهاية المطاف التدخل العسكري لتحقيق التحولات السلوكية التي كان من المفترض أن تحققها تلك العقوبات. وبالتالي، فإن فشل العقوبات المحتمل في تغيير سلوك إيران بشكل جوهري قد يجعل التدخل العسكري احتمالاً أكثر جاذبيةً للإدارة، لا سيما إذا استمرت إيران في محاولات توسيع نفوذها في المنطقة.
ونظرًا لاحتمال حصول ركود، قد يبدو تغيير النظام في ضوء ما ذُكر مغريًا. لكن إذا اختارت الولايات المتحدة تغيير النظام الإيراني بالقوة بدلاً من السعي إلى الإصلاح التدريجي، فإن النتيجة ستكون مختلفةً قليلاً عن ثورة "الربيع العربي"، أي سيكون هناك موجة من الثورات تليها عودة سريعة إلى هياكل الدولة القائمة، ولا سيما الجيش. علاوةً على ذلك، إذا شعرت القيادة الإيرانية بالتهديد، فإن حروبها السابقة تُظهر مدى قوة البلاد في القتال والمقاومة. وقد سبق أن استجابت إيران للعقوبات من خلال التهديد المتكرر بإغلاق مضيق هرمز، من دون إظهار أي إشارة على تغيير سلوكها. أمّا استمرار انتشار الوكلاء الإيرانيين في جميع أنحاء المنطقة فهو سبب آخر يدعو إلى قلق بالغ، إذ قد يباشرون بشكل منهجي باستهداف القوات الأمريكية وحلفاء الولايات المتحدة في جميع أنحاء الشرق الأوسط. كما أنه ليس من الحكمة أن ننسى برنامج إيران النووي، إذ وُضعت "خطة العمل الشاملة المشتركة" أساسًا لوقفه.
وحتى إن ازدادت جاذبية فكرة تغيير النظام بصفتها "حل حاسم" لمشكلة مستعصية، على إدارة ترامب أن تتذكر أن استراتيجية الاعتماد على تغيير النظام للتأثير على سلوك الجهات الحكومية غالبًا ما تزيد من هذا السلوك. فلدى الولايات المتحدة تاريخ طويل في تغيير الأنظمة - بتكاليف متفاوتة – إلاّ أن هناك نتيجة واحدة تعيد نفسها مرارًا وتكرارًا، ألا وهي "الفوضى". فحقيقة استراتيجية تغيير النظام هي أنها لا تعتمد على التخلص من نظام استبدادي فحسب، بل أيضًا على استبداله بنظام صديق. ويشار إلى أن اهتمام الولايات المتحدة بتشكيل حكومات صديقة في المنطقة أدّى إلى محاولات فاشلة في العراق وأفغانستان، ما أحدث حالةً من عدم الاستقرار تزدهر فيها أنشطة المجموعات الإرهابية. أمّا إذا واجه ترامب هذا القرار، فعليه أن يفهم أن الولايات المتحدة لا تستطيع تحمّل حرب أخرى في الشرق الأوسط.
ومع ذلك، يجب أن تركّز الاستراتيجية الأمريكية المتكاملة، بصفتها بديل لمواجهة التحديات الإيرانية الإقليمية، على ممارسة الضغوطات الذكية من خلال العمليات العسكرية والأنشطة الاستخبارية والعقوبات الموجّهة. . كل هذا لا يعني أن الولايات المتحدة يجب أن تمنح إيران حرية التصرف كما تختار.  لذلك، وعوضا عن محاولة تغيير النظام، يجب أن تعمل واشنطن على الحد من مستوى الخطر الذي تشكله إيران وذلك من خلال  التركيز على أهداف ضيقة مثل ردع المبادرات الإيرانية المزعزعة للاستقرار، والحد من الأنشطة الإيرانية الخبيثة واعتراض أي شحنات أسلحة ترسلها إيران إلى وكلائها

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الغاز الإسرائيلي يقترب من الشاطئ، لكن التحديات مستمرة

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تحت أنظار مجموعة صغيرة من المتظاهرين البيئيين المخيمين على الشاطئ الإسرائيلي "دور"، يضع المهندسون اللمسات الأخيرة على خط أنابيب مخصص لحقل "لڤياثان" البحري للغاز الطبيعي التابع لإسرائيل. وسيتم وصل الخط الواقع بين تل أبيب وحيفا بشبكة تنقل أساساً الغاز من حقل غاز "تامار" الأصغر حجماً إلى محطات توليد الطاقة والمنشآت الصناعية المنتشرة في جميع أنحاء إسرائيل. وعلى بعد ثلاثين ميلاً إلى الشرق، يعمل مهندسون آخرون على خط أنابيب سيعبر إلى الأردن، حيث من المتوقع أن يولّد غاز "لڤياثان" القسم الأكبر من الطاقة الكهربائية في المملكة ابتداءً من عام 2020.
وقد تمت مناقشة بدائل أخرى مختلفة فيما يتعلق بالغاز الإسرائيلي، ومنها خط أنابيب محتمل تحت سطح البحر يصل إلى قبرص واليونان وإيطاليا، إلا أن مسارات [نقل الغاز من] حقل "لڤياثان" التي بات إنجازها قريباً هي أكثر الخيارات الواعدة للمستقبل القريب. كما يمكن تطوير حقول أصغر حجماً في المنطقة الاقتصادية الحصرية البحرية لإسرائيل، لكنها أقل حجماً بكثير من نطاق حقل "لڤياثان"، في حين يُعتبر التنقيب عن الغاز في المنطقة الشمالية محدوداً بسبب عدم وجود حدود بحرية معترف بها مع لبنان. والآن بعد أن أصبح الاستغلال الكامل لحقل "لڤياثان" حقيقة واقعة، فإن الأسئلة التي تطرح نفسها هنا، ما هي خيارات التصدير التي يقدمها، وما هي العقبات التي قد تبرز لإحباطها؟
الوضع الحالي لـ "لڤياثان"
على الرغم من صغر حجم احتياطات الغاز الإسرائيلية على الصعيد العالمي، إلا أن الأرقام المرتبطة بحقل "لڤياثان" قد تغير قواعد اللعبة في المشرق. ففي بداية أيلول/سبتمبر الحالي، وصفت الشركة الأمريكية "نوبل إينرجي" هذا الحقل الذي اكتشفته عام 2010، بأنه "خزان رائع". ويُقدَّر أنّه يحتوي على أكثر من 22 تريليون قدم مكعب من الغاز. ولوضع هذا الرقم في سياقه الصحيح، يضم حقل "تامار" 10 تريليونات قدم مكعب فقط من الغاز، إلا أنه يؤمّن حوالي 60 في المائة من الطاقة الكهربائية لإسرائيل وسيستمر في القيام بذلك لسنوات عديدة.
وبالتالي، عندما يبدأ تشغيل حقل "لڤياثان"، فسيُمكّن إسرائيل بأن تصبح دولةً مصدّرةً للغاز. وقد سبق وأن تم مد خطوط الأنابيب من "لڤياثان" الذي يقع على بعد 80 ميلاً تقريباً من الشاطئ وعلى عمق 6 آلاف قدم؛ وتنتظر هذه الخطوط وصلها بمنصة إنتاج يجري استكمالها حالياً في تكساس. ومن المقرر أن يتم جر إطار المنصة عبر المحيط الأطلسي قريباً، لينطلق في رحلته في نهاية تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر ويصل في بداية العام المقبل. وحينما يكون على مسافة تقرب من ستة أميال من الشاطئ، سيتم تحميله بوحدات معالجة من أجل تنظيف الغاز وتجفيفه قبل وصوله إلى الشاطئ.
الخلاف والجدل
على الرغم من الاحتمالات التي يشكلها توفير الغاز الإسرائيلي لأمن الطاقة، فإن تطوير احتياطياته قد تَميَّز بنقاش مفعم بالحيوية على المستويين السياسي والعام. وكان من المزمع أساساً أن يبدأ تشغيل حقل "لڤياثان" في عام 2017. وتمت تهدئة المخاوف الأولية بشأن هيمنة شركة "نوبل إينرجي" في قطاع الغاز عندما قامت الشركة ببيع بعض من أسهمها في حقول أخرى وقلصت حصتها في حقل "تامار". كما أثار شركاؤها الإسرائيليون، بمن فيهم شركة "ديليك"، جدلاً سياسياً أيضاً، حيث زعم المعارضون أن اتحاد الشركات كان يتفاوض على سعر مرتفع جداً للغاز.
وفي غضون ذلك، يدّعي أنصار حماية البيئة - بمن فيهم المخيّمون على شاطئ "دور" وبضعة آلاف من المتظاهرين الآخرين الذين تجمعوا في وسط تل أبيب في الأول من أيلول/سبتمبر وفقاً لبعض التقارير - أن وضع منصة غاز على مسافة قريبة جداً من الشاطئ يُعتبر أمراً خطيراً بما أن السائل المكثف المستخرج في عملية التنظيف قد يتدفق نحو المياه المحلية. وفي المقابل، يدافع هؤلاء عن منشأة عائمة تقع مباشرةً فوق حقل "لڤياثان". ومع ذلك، يبدو أن مجموعة من الاعتبارات الهندسية والأمنية تتفوق على حججهم، إذ يعتقد البعض أن خطر السائل المكثف مبالغاً فيه وأنه سيتم التخفيف منه من خلال التدابير الخاصة بالسلامة. فالمنصة المزمع تثبيتها تُعتبر أكثر عملية بكثير من منشأة عائمة ويجب أن تكون قريبةً من الشاطئ قبل انخفاض قاع البحر بصورة حادة. كما يمكن الدفاع بشكل أفضل عن منصة قريبة من الشاطئ ضد الصواريخ والتهديدات البحرية. على سبيل المثال، خلال حرب غزة عام 2014 سقطت صواريخ «حماس» بالقرب من شاطئ "دور"، كما أنّ الترسانة الضخمة لصواريخ «حزب الله» في لبنان هي أكثر قرباً.
وثمة مصدر قلق آخر هو واقع إمكانية رؤية المنصة من الشاطئ، خاصة بالنسبة لبعض الأشخاص الذين يعيشون في البلدة الراقية "زخرون يعقوف" الواقعة على هضبة ساحلية. ولكن السكان يعيشون هناك منذ عقود ولديهم نظرة مماثلة قريبة تجاه محطة توليد الكهرباء في "الخضيرة" التي تعمل على الفحم الحجري ومداخنها الأربعة العملاقة. ومن المتوقع أن تَغلق هذه المحطة أبوابها في غضون أربع سنوات. إن النظرة الأكثر تمثيلاً لمستقبل الطاقة في إسرائيل، هو محطة "حاغيت" لتوليد الطاقة التي تعمل على الغاز، والتي يمكن رؤيتها أيضاً من بلدة "زخرون يعقوف" ولكنها تقبع في رقعة مخفية في التلال الشرقية.
إعادة العمل بخطوط الأنابيب القديمة
بما أن تطوير حقل "لڤياثان" لن يكون مجدياً من الناحية الاقتصادية إلا إذا استطاعت إسرائيل تصدير معظم الغاز الذي يحويه، فمن الضروري تأمين طرق [نقله] إلى الأردن ومصر. ويُجنّب استخدام خطوط الأنابيب القائمة نفقات إنشاء خطوط أنابيب جديدة أو بناء محطة لتصدير الغاز الطبيعي المسال على الساحل، الأمر الذي سيولّد مخاوف بيئية أخرى. وسيكون جزء خط الأنابيب الذي يمتد إلى الأردن جديداً، إلا أنه سيستخدم حق المرور الذي تم إنشاؤه أصلاً من خلال خط الأنابيب القديم الممتد من كركوك إلى حيفا الذي كان يصدّر النفط العراقي بين عامي 1935 و1948، وهو السبب الذي دفع إلى بناء مصفاة في حيفا، التي هي الأكبر في إسرائيل حالياً.
وعند وصوله إلى الأردن، سيتصل الغاز المتدفق الآتي من حقل "لڤياثان" بـ "خط أنابيب الغاز العربي" القديم الذي كان ينقل إمدادات من مصر إلى الأردن وسوريا ولبنان حتى عام 2013، عندما أدّت الفوضى السياسية في القاهرة إلى تعطيل عمليات التصدير. ويبدو أن الخطة تعتمد حالياً على إرسال الغاز من حقل "لڤياثان" إلى مصر عبر هذا الطريق الدائري، نزولاً باتجاه خليج العقبة وصعوداً عبر شبه جزيرة سيناء. ويُعدّ عكس اتجاه المضخات وإعادة تأهيل خط الأنابيب أقل تكلفةً بكثير من بناء خط أنابيب جديد.
ومن التطورات المحتملة الأخرى اقتراح يقضي بإرسال الغاز الإسرائيلي من حقل "تامار" (ولاحقاً من حقل "لڤياثان") إلى مصر على طول "خط أنابيب غاز شرق المتوسط" القديم الذي كان يُستخدم لإرسال الإمدادات من العريش إلى عسقلان حتى عام 2013. ففي 30 آب/أغسطس، صرّح الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة "ديليك" أساف بارتفلد أن "المفاوضات حول شراء خط أنابيب شركة «إي إم جي» مستمرة". وفي 5 أيلول/سبتمبر، صرح رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة "نوبل إينرجي" ديفيد ستوفر أن "العمل جارٍ على تعزيز الوصول إلى مصر" وأن "التحديثات والأخبار" المتعلقة بتلك الجهود ستصبح متوفرة "عما قريب".
التحديات المستقبلية
يذكّر تعطّل تدفق الغاز المصري إلى إسرائيل والأردن بعد الإطاحة بنظام مبارك بأنّ ترتيبات الطاقة الناشئة في المنطقة هي دائماً عرضة للمخاطر السياسية. ومنذ ذلك الحين أصبحت إسرائيل أحد مورّدي الغاز الأكثر موثوقية للأردن، ووفقاً لشركة "نوبل إينرجي"، لم تؤدي الاكتشافات البحرية الأخيرة في مصر إلى تقليل الطلب المحلي للغاز الذي لا ينضب على ما يبدو. ومع ذلك، لا يزال الرأي العام في البلدين سلبياً للغاية تجاه إسرائيل، ويُعد التعاون في مجال الغاز هدفاً متكرراً لهذا الاستياء.
ويبدو أنّ الحكومة المصرية الحالية على استعداد تام لشراء الغاز الإسرائيلي، غير أن الطريق المفترض لمثل هذه الإمدادات شمال سيناء - لا يزال يشكل مصدر قلق أمني. فقد تعرض جزء خط الأنابيب الواقع في سيناء لهجمات الجهاديين منذ خمسة أعوام، وفي حين تدّعي القاهرة أنها جددت جهود مكافحة الإرهاب هناك، إلّا أن عليها أن تُظهر نجاحاً طويل الأمد.
كما أن التوترات المستمرة بين إسرائيل، و«حماس» و«حزب الله» يمكن أن تنفجر وتفضي إلى جولة جديدة من الأعمال العدائية في أي وقت. وقد تمكنت الدفاعات الصاروخية الإسرائيلية من تفادي أضرار كبيرة في البنى التحتية في الجولات السابقة، إلا أنها قد تفشل في النزاعات المستقبلية مع مواجهتها المزيد من القذائف (أو قذائف أكثر دقة).
ومع ذلك،  يبدو أن مشروع حقل "لڤياثان" قد أوشك أخيراً على الانتهاء. ومن وجهة نظر الولايات المتحدة، هناك سبب إضافي للاحتفال وهو أن هذا المشروع يجمع بين الأعمال والتقنية الأمريكية وبين الجهود الدبلوماسية الهادئة التي تقوم بها واشنطن لمساعدة شركائها الإقليميين على العمل معاً.

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بعد مرور حوالي أربعين عامًا على بداية الجمهورية الإسلامية، فشِلَ هذا المشروع. فأقرّ آية الله خامنئي بعدم وجود دولة إسلامية في إيران. كما أن المجتمع الإيراني ليس إسلاميًّا بشكلٍ مطلق ومثلما أرادته الثورة: بالأحرى، تتبع الحكومة الإيرانية القواعد الإسلامية وتطبّقها على المجتمع وحسب. فمع إعادة فرض الحظر والعقوبات الدولية والمحلّية على إيران، تبدّل الآن هدف الجمهورية الإسلامية من التوسّع إلى حماية المصالح الوطنية الإيرانية في حين يدخل البلد في أضعف حقبةٍ عرفها في الذاكرة الحديثة. وإلى جانب بناء الضغوطات الدولية، يفتقر النظام الإيراني أكثر فأكثر إلى دعم شعبه الخاص. فإذا استمرّت العقوبات الاقتصادية ضد سكّان إيران، قد يختبر البلد في نهاية المطاف ثورةً تقودها الحاجة إلى اللوازم الأساسية.
سبق أن مارست الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في عددٍ من المدن والمناطق الضغطَ على الحكومة حتى تعيد تقويم استراتيجيّتها السياسية: ففيما باستطاعة الحكومة أن تحدّ من نمو الاحتجاجات نوعًا ما عبر الإيعاز الديني وباستخدام القوة، إلا أنها تعجز عن إيقاف التحرّك كلّيًّا. وفي غضون ذلك، يستهدف الخطاب السائد في الاحتجاجات النظام السياسي في البلد وقيادته مباشرةً، مع التركيز على الفساد الممنهج فهذه الاحتجاجات غير مركزية، وهي توجّه الخطابات إلى النظام السياسي وقائد البلاد، وليس إلى القوى الخارجية. أمّا جذور الأزمة في إيران، فهي مترسّخة في التاريخ، وتنبع من الفساد المنهجي. وفيما شكّلت العقوبات الأمريكية محفّزًا، فهي لم تقم إلا بالمساعدة على إظهار الأزمة الاستراتيجية العميقة التي يعاني منها النظام. فقد أنشأ النظام الإسلامي هذا النوع من عدم الاستقرار، بسبب اعتماده على العقيدة وسوء إدارته للأموال وإنشائه للحكومات الموازية.
يشير أيضًا واقع اقتراب آية الله خامنئي بسرعة من نهاية عمره الطبيعي إلى أن هذه الاحتجاجات تعلن عن بداية نهاية حقبةٍ. ففي التاريخ الإيراني، من الصعب تصوّر شخصيةٍ سياسية جعلت هويتها الشخصية الخاصة ترتبط بهوية البلد أكثر منه. وفيما قاد آية الله الخميني الثورة، قاد خامنئي البلد لثلاثين عامًا، ما جعل النظام يرتبط بشخصيته الخاصة. وخامنئي نفسُه مدركٌ لهذا الواقع، ويمكن القول إنه يقدّر قيمة الحفاظ على الدولة ككيانٍ موحّد أكثر من الحفاظ على طابعها الإسلامي. وقد يفسّر هذا الموقف الاهتمام الواضح الذي يُبديه آية الله بدعم تطوير حكومةٍ عسكرية أكثر منه بالبنية الحالية عند وفاته.
لا يعني ذلك أن آية الله خامنئي يريد إضعاف النظام الحالي لولاية الفقيه، أو أنه سيقوم بذلك، إلا إذا أصبح يعتقد أن هذا النظام غير قادر على الحفاظ على وحدة البلد. بالأحرى، قد تدفعه تخوفاته من التهديدات الخارجية لاستقرار البلد إلى وضع سلامة البلد في عهدة بنيته العسكرية، واعتبار أن هذا الفرع من النظام مجهّزٌ بالشكل الأفضل للقيام بذلك.
يبدو أصلًا أن مثلّث النظام – أي خامنئي بصفته المرشد الأعلى، والقوّات العسكرية الإيرانية، وحكومة إيران – يسير في هذا الاتجاه.فسيطرة الجيش على الخطابات السياسية للحكومة، ومواصلة أنشطة "فيلق القدس" داخل البلد وخارجه، فضلًا عن التغيير في لهجة حسن روحاني التي أصبحت تؤيّد القوات العسكرية بدلًا من استنكارها، كل ذلك يبدو مرتبطًا باعتماد وجهة نظر المرشد ومحاولة سلوك هذا المنحى الضيّق.
في هذا الوقت، يبدو أن آية الله خامنئي ينفّذ خطةً استراتيجيةً قائمةً تخفّف وطأة الانشقاق الداخلي وتضمن في الوقت نفسه استقرار الدولة:
فتفاقمت مشكلة الفساد التي بدأت قبل الثورة بشكلٍ خارجٍ عن السيطرة. وتمسّكت السلطات الدينية والإدارية الآن بفكرة "معاقبة المفسِد" كسبيلٍ لإعادة توجيه التركيز العام. ففي هذه الحالة، تسمح تهمة "الفساد" في الواقع بفصل العناصر ’الفاسدة‘ الفردية في محاولةٍ لجعل غضب المحتجّين ينصبّ على النّخَب الإدارية والمصرفيين بدلًا من النظام الإسلامي وآية الله خامنئي.
في الوقت نفسه، تحاول الحكومة الإيرانية إيجاد سبلٍ غير رسمية مع البلدان المجاورة لتسهيل استيراد السّلع إلى داخل إيران من نقاطها غير الرسمية الأوسع نطاقًا ولتفادي المجاعة. وبهدف تحقيق ذلك، تم منح السلطة إلى المحافظين في المناطق الحدودية لإيران من أجل صرف النظر عن عمليات التهريب.
ويعمل "مجلس الأمن القومي الإيراني" على رفع الحظر عن مهدي كروبي ومير حسين موسوي، اللذين قادا "التحرّك الأخضر" وهما حاليًّا تحت الإقامة الجبرية، وذلك في محاولةٍ واضحة لضم العناصر التحررية "إلى الصفوف". فيبدو أن هذا الاهتمام الواضح بضم زعماء المعارضة يشير إلى تطوّر الإحساس بالوحدة الوطنية الذي يمكن أن يستعيد دعم الشعب للنظام السياسي. وفي الوقت نفسه، تواصل الحكومة اتخاذ إجراءات صارمة ضدّ المتظاهرين الأفراد.
بسبب عقوبات الولايات المتحدة، تعتمد إيران على إنشاء علاقات اقتصادية ثنائية مع العراق وتركيا وروسيا والصين والهند من أجل الاستمرار في دعم نفسها. كما تحاول إيران تطوير علاقات عسكرية وأمنية أكثر متانةً من خلال تعاونها مع تركيا والعراق وأفغانستان وباكستان وروسيا وعمان وقطر من أجل ضمان الاستقرار المحلّي.
المقصود من كل ذلك هو أنّ كلًّا من الحكومة الإيرانية وعدة مواطنين إيرانيين أخذوا على عاتقهم إبعاد الحرب عن موطنهم. فما زالت الحرب الإيرانية-العراقية محفورةً في الذاكرة الجماعية الخاصة بالإيرانيين، وقد يتحوّل ذلك إلى دافعٍ يشجّع على التمتع بقوة عسكرية أكبر داخل الدولة. وسبق أن زاد آية الله خامنئي دعمه لقاسم سليماني، الذي يُعتبَر حاميًا أساسيًّا لمصالح إيران من خلال قيادته لشبكة المقاتلين بالوكالة الواسعة النطاق والتابعة لـ "فيلق القدس" التي ستُبقي حروب إيران بعيدةً عن إيران نفسها.
في حين أن الدولة المركزية قد تكون الآن ضعيفةً، فمجرّد نطاق وقوّة السيطرة التي يتمتع بها "فيلق القدس" في المنطقة المحيطة يسمحان بالتعاون مع حلفاء إيران ومساعدتهم: أي مع "حزب الله" في لبنان والحوثيين في اليمن. إلى ذلك، تحافظ إيران على الوجود العسكري الملحوظ عبر وكلائها في كلٍ من سوريا والعراق. وكنتيجة لذلك، ستستمر استراتيجية إيران الدفاعية في الاعتماد على تطوير البنية التحتية للمجموعات المحلّية ودقّتها من أجل حماية مصالح الإيرانيين. فلا تؤدي القوة النسبية لهذه القوات إلا إلى زيادة الشعور بأن الاستقرار في المستقبل سيكون في حوزة القوات العسكرية. وفي غضون ذلك، يحافظ خامنئي على تولّيه السلطة في دولةٍ تزداد هشاشتها يومًا بعد يوم. ويمكن أن يتوقّع المراقبون الخارجيون مواصلة بذل الجهود لإرساء الاستقرار في البلد، لكن لا بد من مراقبة القوات العسكرية بشكلٍ أساسي لتوجّس علامات موازين القوى الجديدة في إيران.

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ظهرت الرسالة النصية الأولى على هاتف أحمد منصور عند الساعة 9:38 من صباح أحد أيام آب/أغسطس الحارة عام 2016. كانت الرسالة غامضة بعض الشيء وباللغة العربية، وقد ورد فيها ما يلي: "أسرار جديدة عن تعذيب الإماراتيين في سجون الدولة" وتبعها رابط تشعبي. وقد بدا كل من الرقم والرسالة، والرسالة المشابهة التي تلقاها في اليوم التالي، غريبًا بالنسبة إلى منصور، وهو ناشط معروف في مجال حقوق الإنسان في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. فقاوم وامتنع عن النقر على الروابط.
بدلاً من ذلك، أرسل منصور الملاحظات إلى معهد أبحاث "سيتيزن لاب" التابع لجامعة تورنتو والمتخصص في حقوق الإنسان وأمن الإنترنت. وبعد العمل بالاتجاه المعاكس، وجد الباحثون أن الروابط التشعبية هي جزء من برنامج تجسس متطور تم تصميمه خصيصًا لاستهداف منصور. ولو نقر على الروابط، لحوّل البرنامج هاتفه إلى "جاسوس رقمي في جيبه"، يتتبع تحركاته ويراقب رسائله ويسيطر على كاميرته وميكروفونه، بحسب ما جاء لاحقًا في تقرير "سيتيزن لاب".
لكن الاكتشاف المهم في التقرير لم يكن التكنولوجيا المستخدمة بحد ذاتها، إذ قامت وكالات الاستخبارات في الدول المتقدمة بتطوير برامج تجسس ونشرها حول العالم. فما برز هو أن معهد "سيتيزن لاب" قد تعقّب البرنامج واكتشف أنه يعود إلى شركة خاصة وهي "مجموعة إن أس أو" الإسرائيلية الغامضة. (يتكون الاسم من الأحرف الأولى من أسماء مؤسسي الشركة الثلاثة). وبطريقة ما، تمكنت هذه الشركة الصغيرة نسبيًا من العثور على ثغرة في أجهزة آيفون الجوالة التي تُعتبر من بين أكثر الأجهزة الخليوية أمنًا في العالم، وقد طورت برنامجًا لاستغلالها – وهي عملية مكلفة للغاية وتستغرق وقتًا طويلاً. وفي هذا السياق، كتب باحثو معهد "سيتيزن لاب" في تقريرهم: "لسنا على علم بأي حالة سابقة تم فيها اختراق نظام حماية أجهزة آيفون عن بُعد ليُستخدم كجزء من حملة هجومية موجّهة".
وتُعد إسرائيل رائدةً على المستوى العالمي في قطاع التكنولوجيا السيبرانية الخاص، حيث تملك على الأقل 300 شركة تغطي كافة المجالات بدءًا من الأمن المصرفي وصولاً إلى الدفاع عن البنية التحتية الحيوية. ولكن في حين أن معظم هذه المؤسسات تهدف إلى حماية الشركات من الهجمات الإلكترونية، استغل بعضها هذا الخط الرفيع الفاصل بين القدرات الإلكترونية الدفاعية وتلك الهجومية لتزويد العملاء بخدمات أكثر شرًا. ففي حالة منصور، يُعتقد أن الإمارات العربية المتحدة قد استخدمت أدوات زوّدتها بها شركة "إن أس أو" لمراقبة أشهر المعارضين في البلاد. (ويقضي منصور الآن حكمًا بالسجن لمدة 10 سنوات بسبب نشره "معلومات كاذبة" على حساباته الخاصة عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي). وفي هذا الإطار، كتب الباحث في مجال السياسات في مؤسسة "راند" ساشا رومانوسكي العام الماضي أنّ "هذه الشركات تقوم بتطبيق تقنيات متطورة أو ربما أكثر تعقيدًا من وكالات الاستخبارات الأمريكية".
ولا تزال خصخصة هذه القدرة الهجومية في مراحلها الأولى. إلا أنها تثير مخاوف واسعة بشأن انتشار بعض الأدوات بالغة القوة وبشأن الطريقة التي تفقد بها الحكومات القدرة على احتكار استخدامها. فعندما تستخدم الأطراف الفاعلة في الدولة الأسلحة الإلكترونية، يكون هناك على الأقل إمكانية التنظيم والمساءلة. ولكن عندما تكون الشركات الخاصة هي الفاعلة، تصبح الأمور أكثر تعقيدًا. وفي هذا الصدد، تمثّل إسرائيل حالة اختبار جيدة. فهي تقدّم إمدادات ثابتة من مشغلي الإنترنت ذوي الكفاءات العالية الذين يتعلمون المهارة هذه أثناء خدمتهم العسكرية في واحدة من نخبة وحدات الاستخبارات في البلاد - والوحدة 8200 هي الأشهَر بينها – وينتقلون بعد ذلك للعمل في الشركات الخاصة. وقال نداف زافرير، وهو جنرال متقاعد وقائد سابق للوحدة 8200، إنّ الجنود الذين يقضون وقتًا في الخدمة لحماية إسرائيل من الهجمات الإلكترونية ينتهي بهم الحال في معرفة كيفية مهاجمة الطرف الآخر. وأضاف، "من أجل سد الثغرة بين الدفاع والهجوم، يجب أن يكون لديك عقلية المعتدي".
ولم تكن قضية منصور مسألةً منفردة. فوفقًا لمعهد "سيتيزن لاب"، تم استهداف نحو 175 شخصًا من قِبل برامج التجسس التي طورتها مجموعة "إن أس أو" منذ عام 2016، ومن بينهم ناشطون في مجال حقوق الإنسان ومعارضون. ويشار إلى أن شركات إسرائيلية أخرى توفّر منتجات مماثلة. وفي هذا الإطار، قال نيمرود كوزلوفسكي، وهو أستاذ مساعد في "جامعة تل أبيب" ومحامٍ متخصص في الأمن السيبراني: "ما من طريقة أخرى، فمن أجل تأمين الدفاع للشبكة، ينبغي تحديد نقاط الضعف". ثم أضاف: "لقد تم إنشاؤها بناءً على معرفة [إسرائيل] المتعمقة بمكامن الضعف والطرق الهجومية هذه. فنحن على دراية تامة بالأهداف".
فلنأخذ على سبيل المثال أشهر هذه الأهداف المزعومة، أي الهجوم الذي نفذته الوحدة 8200 بالتعاون مع "وكالة الأمن القومي" الأمريكية في عامي 2009 و2010 على منشأة إيرانية لتخصيب اليورانيوم في نطنز. لقد تمكنت الوحدة من نشر فيروس حاسوبي - يطلق عليه اسم "ستوكسنت" – داخل المرفق على الرغم من وجود فجوة هوائية هناك، أي أن المرفق كان منفصلًا عمليًا عن شبكة الإنترنت الواسعة. واستهدف الفيروس نظام التشغيل لأجهزة الطرد المركزي المستخدمة في تخصيب اليورانيوم، ما أدى إلى جعلها تتحرك بوتيرة خارجة عن السيطرة وتكسّرها. وعلى ما يبدو، تم اختراق نظام المراقبة أيضًا، إذ لم يلاحظ الإيرانيون بدايةً الضرر الذي كان يحدث.
ولعله ليس من الصدفة أن الكثير من منتجات شركات الدفاع الإلكتروني الإسرائيلية يهدف إلى إحباط الهجمات التي تكون على نمط "ستوكسنت" والتي تهاجم البنية التحتية الحيوية. فتضم هذه الشركات شركة "أبيريو سيستمز" التي يرأسها ضابط مخابرات سابق يدعى ليران تانكمان والتي طورت منتجًا يكتشف التلاعب بالبيانات - "آلة الحقيقة"، كما يسميها تانكمان - في قراءات المستشعِرات في المنشآت الصناعية.
وبالرغم من أن "ستوكسنت" فيروسًا قديمًا ولا يُعمل به الآن سوى كأداة تحليلية، بات اليوم مصدر اهتمام الخبراء في هذا المجال، وذلك لسبب وجيه: لقد كان هجومًا إلكترونيًا ناجحًا للغاية ضد جهة تابعة للدولة، وقد تسبب بأضرار مادية فعلية. وفي هذا الصدد، قال الخبير غابرييل أفنر، وهو مستشار الأمن الرقمي في إسرائيل، "إن عقدًا واحدًا من الزمن في التكنولوجيا هو دهر". ففي أيامنا هذه، تتزايد الهجمات السيبرانية، بحسب ما قال زافرير، وهو القائد السابق للوحدة 8200 ويدير اليوم شركة "تيم 8"، وهي شركة تجمع بين صندوق للمشاريع الرأسمالية وحاضن ومختبر للأفكار. أمّا التطور الذي يقلقه ويقلق وخبراء آخرين فهو انتشار إنترنت الأشياء.
وفي هذا الصدد، قال الخبير بالمسائل المتصلة بالفضاء الإلكتروني في "جامعة هارفارد" بروس شناير: "لقد تحول كل شيء إلى حاسوب: الهاتف والثلاجة وجهاز الميكروويف والسيارة". وتكمن المشكلة في أن شبكة الإنترنت، التي ظهرت في السبعينيات والثمانينيات من القرن الماضي، قد صُمّمت من دون مراعاة المسألة الأمنية. لذلك، يتسابق الجميع الآن إلى سدّ الثغرات في أنظمة المعلومات (مثل البرمجيات) وأنظمة التشغيل (مثل المنشآت الصناعية المادية) قديمة الطراز أو المكتوبة بشكل سيئ أو غير الآمنة. ثم أضاف شناير، وهو أيضًا مؤلف كتاب "انقر هنا لقتل الجميع: الأمن والصمود في عالم شديد الاتصال: "الهجمات أصبحت أسرع وأسهل وأفضل".
فهل يعني ذلك أننا هالكون جميعًا؟ الإجابة المختصرة هي لا – أو أقله ربما لا. فحتى الآن، إذا وضعنا "ستوكسنت" جانبًا، تُعد الهجمات الإلكترونية الأكثر نجاحًا هي تلك التي استهدفت أوكرانيا وإستونيا وتسببت في أضرار مادية واسعة النطاق. وعلى الرغم من أن هذه الهجمات، التي استهدفت شبكات الطاقة والمؤسسات المالية والوزارات الحكومية، قد تسببت بأضرار فادحة، تم تحديدها ومعالجتها بسرعة نسبيًا. ولم يحصل أي من سيناريوهات "يوم القيامة" التي يرغب بعض الخبراء أو النقاد في التحذير منها - مثل سيطرة المتسللين على سلاح نووي أو طائرة تجارية أو برامج ضارة تتسبب في انهيار وول ستريت.
ويعود ذلك جزئيًا إلى أنه "سيتوفر دائمًا للمتسللين الذين ترعاهم الدولة الموارد التي يحتاجونها"، بحسب تانكمان. "إنما المهم هنا هو إلى أي مدى يسبق القطاع العام [الجهات غير التابعة للدولة]. لن يكون هناك أي "سلاح نووي سيبراني" خلال سنة أو سنتين من اليوم، إذ تكمن المسألة في وتيرة التطور بين المهاجمين والمدافعين. فعليك أن تعمل بدون توقف".
وإذا كان جزء من الخطر نابع من الخط الضبابي الذي يفصل بين الدفاع السيبراني والهجوم السيبراني، يأتي جزء آخر من التمييز شبه المعدوم بين المجالين الالكترونيين العام والخاص. ففي تموز/يوليو على سبيل المثال، أصدرت السلطات الإسرائيلية لوائح اتهام عدة ضد موظف سابق في مجموعة "إن أس أو" ادّعت فيها أنه سرق معلومات حساسة ومسجّلة الملكية وهو في طور مغادرته الشركة. غير أن الموظف الذي لم يُكشف عن اسمه اتُهم أيضًا بمحاولة تقويض الأمن القومي: فقد حاول على ما يبدو بيع المعلومات بمبلغ قدره 50 مليون دولار أمريكي في عملة مشفرة إلى مشترٍ أجنبي على الشبكة المظلمة، وهي جزء شاسع من الانترنت وغير ظاهر يتعذر الوصول إليه من خلال محركات البحث العادية.
ولا تشكّل هذه الحادثة التي كشفتها الشركة بسرعة إلا حالة واحدة من بين العديد من الحالات التي توضح مدى ارتباط المجالين الخاص والعام في الحرب السيبرانية. فالقدرات التي كانت تخص الحكومات وحدها تجد اليوم طريقها إلى الشركات خاصة التي غالبًا ما تكون مجرمة.
وأصبحت شيفرة فيروس "ستوكسنت" متاحةً للعلن الآن. ففي عام 2013، سرق متسللون – يُعتقد أنهم من الجنسية الروسية - سلاحًا إلكترونيًا طورته "وكالة الأمن القومي" مستغلةً نقاط الضعف في "مايكروسوفت ويندوز" ونشروه على الانترنت. وفي أيار/مايو 2017، استخدم متسللون آخرون - ربما من كوريا الشمالية – هذا السلاح لإطلاق هجوم فيروس الفدية على صعيد العالم. ويُعتقد أن الهجوم الذي حمل اسم "واناكراي" قد أصاب 200 ألف حاسوب في أكثر من 150 دولة، ومنها أجزاء رئيسية من "دائرة خدمة الصحة الوطنية البريطانية"، قبل أن يتم إيقافه. وفي قضية منفصلة في عام 2013، أثبتت شركة "مانديانت"، وهي شركة خاصة للأمن السيبراني في الولايات المتحدة، أن المتسللين الذين يعملون لصالح الجيش الصيني يستهدفون الشركات الأمريكية والوكالات الحكومية. وفي عام 2015، قامت وحدة 8200 بحسب التقارير باختراق شركة "كاسبرسكاي لاب" الرائدة عالميًا في برامج مكافحة الفيروسات، كما اكتشفت أن الشركة الخاصة كانت تعمل كبوابة خلفية للمخابرات الروسية إلى عملائها، ومن بينهم أكثر من ٢٠ وكالة حكومية أمريكية.
وفي هذا السياق، قال جنرال إسرائيلي متقاعد ومؤسس شركة "بلو أوشين تكنولوجيز" المتخصصة بالهجمات الالكترونية رامي بن أفرايم: "في العالم المادي للحروب، لطالما عُرف بوضوح ما هو عام: أي الدبابات والقبة الحديدية (أنظمة الدفاع الصاروخي) وطائرات أف- ١٦. وتابع: "أمّا في العالم السيبراني اليوم، فالأمر معقد"، إذ يمكن أن تكون البنى التحتية الحيوية، مثل مرافق الطاقة أو محطات معالجة المياه، مملوكةً للقطاع الخاص، كما هو غالبًا الحال في الولايات المتحدة. ولكنها قد تتسبب في أضرار تطال البلد بأكمله إذا ما تعطلت أنظمتها. وكذلك، تمرّ رسائل تعبئة قوات الاحتياط الإسرائيلية في أوقات الحرب عبر شبكات الاتصالات الخاصة. كما أن إنترنت الأشياء - التي ربطت الكثير من منتجاتنا الاستهلاكية - قد خلقت أيضًا نقاط ضعف هائلة.
وأضاف بن أفرايم، وهو طيار حربي سابق: "إذا كنت ترغب في إنزال طائرة، وإذا كنت ترغب في الحصول على قوة جوية، فأنت لا تدخل من الباب الأمامي، أي قمرة القيادة، بل تنال من المطار والأنظمة اللوجستية. وتذهب خلف أجهزة الآيباد التي يأخذها معهم الطيارون إلى منازلهم". وأضاف بن أفرايم، لم يعد هناك "كيانات قائمة بذاتها –فكلّ شيء أصبح جزءًا من شبكة". وحسبما أخبرني نائب وزير الدفاع في ليتوانيا إدفيناس كيرزا في الخريف الماضي في العاصمة فيلنيوس، في إشارة إلى الإجراءات الروسية ضد الدول السوفيتية السابقة الأخرى: "إن الهجمات تأتي من الداخل – المصارف في تراجع والحكومة غير مستجيبة وهناك حالة عدم استقرار عام..."لا فرق إن تم تحصين الحدود"، كما يقولون، "فنحن سنأتي من الداخل".
قد اختارت إسرائيل على سبيل المثال مكافحة المشكلة على مستوى الدولة عن طريق ربط المجالين العام والخاص، وأحيانًا بكل ما للكلمة من معنى. فمركز البلاد للفضاء السيبراني في مدينة بئر السبع الجنوبية لا يضم حرم التكنولوجيا الجديد التابع للجيش الإسرائيلي فحسب، بل أيضًا مجمع شركات ذات تقنيات عالية ومركز النقب للأبحاث السيبرانية التابع لـ"جامعة بن غوريون" و"المديرية السيبرانية الوطنية" التي تتبع مباشرةً مكتب رئيس الوزراء. وقال المستشار الأمني أفنير بإصرار: "هناك جسر مادي بينهما".
وفي عالم أطلقت فيه مؤخرًا وكالة الأمن الداخلي الإسرائيلية، الشاباك، برنامجًا خاصًا يسرّع بدء التشغيل، فإن التعاون بين المجالَين العام والخاص سيزيد. ففي الواقع، عليها أن تتعاون لتواكب التطورات السريعة في مجالات مثل الذكاء الاصطناعي والتعلم الآلي وإنجازات أخرى في القدرات الحاسوبية.
ولم تقم الحرب الالكترونية بتعتيم الخط الذي يفصل بين الهجوم والدفاع فحسب، بل أيضًا مفهوم الملكية السيادية في ما يتعلق بالتطور التكنولوجي - وبالتحديد ما يشكل بالضبط شركة إسرائيلية (أو أمريكية أو صينية). لقد حجبت الإنترنت الحدود، والحرب السيبرانية ليست مستثناة. وكما قال شناير من جامعة هارفارد: "تُصنع الرقائق في (أ) وتُجمّع في (ب) وتكتب البرمجيات في جميع أنحاء العالم من قِبَل 125 فردًا من جنسيات مختلفة". وتبدو هذه الانسيابية شائعةً بشكل خاص في إسرائيل، حيث أنشأت الشركات الأجنبية، التي تملك أموالاً طائلة، مراكز متقدمة لأنشطة الأبحاث والتطوير واشترت الشركات الناشئة المحلية.
وفي حين أن الطبيعة الدولية لتكنولوجيا الحاسوب تعود بفوائد كثيرة، تعقّد عملية التحقق من مصدر الهجوم السيبراني. وبالتالي، إنّ غياب تحديد المصدر يصعّب استجابة الحكومات، وعدم وجود تهديد بالانتقام يجعل الردع عسيرًا، إن لم يكن مستحيلاً. وكتب ديفيد سانجر في مقال نُشر في صحيفة "نيويورك تايمز" مقتبسًا من كتابه "السلاح الأمثل: حرب وتخريب وخوف في عصر الإنترنت": "إنّ السبب في ظهور الأسلحة السيبرانية كأدوات فعالة لكافة الدول مهما كان حجمها يكمن في كونه طريقةً للعرقلة وممارسة السلطة أو النفوذ من دون إشعال حروب ومعارك قتالية".
وفي حين أن القطاع الخاص قد يكون قادرًا على دفع رواتب أعلى لشعبه، ما يجعله يجتذب المواهب والبراعة التكنولوجية، لا تزال الحكومة تحمل ورقةً رابحةً واحدة: القانون. وهذا ما يعيدنا إلى مجموعة "إن أس أو" ومنصور، المعارض الإماراتي. فمن أجل أن تبيع مجموعة "إن أس أو" بشكل قانوني السلاح السيبراني الهجومي الذي استُخدم لاستهداف منصور، كانت بحاجة إلى تصريح من ضابط منظم تصدير الأسلحة الإسرائيلي الموجود في وزارة الدفاع. بهذه الطريقة على الأقل، يتم تنظيم الأسلحة السيبرانية بشكل صارم مثل أنظمة الأسلحة الأخرى التي يبيعها الإسرائيليون لحكومات أجنبية، وحيث لا يكون التعامل إلاّ مع الحكومات. 
وفي هذا الإطار، قال يوفال ساسون، وهو شريك متخصص في تصدير الدفاع في شركة المحاماة "ميتار" الرائدة في إسرائيل: "إن بيع أنظمة كهذه إلى مؤسسات غير حكومية، مثل شركة أو أصحاب نفوذ سياسي غير قانوني إطلاقًا. وتمامًا مثل بيع طائرة بدون طيار أو رشاش، ينظر الضابط المنظم إلى المستخدم النهائي: أي هوية الحكومة وأعمالها. فالأداء الوظيفي اختبار محوري". وفي حالة الإمارات العربية المتحدة ومنصور، نصح بعض المسؤولين في مكتب المنظّم بعدم بيع هذا النظام لدولة عربية، وفقًا للصحيفة اليومية الإسرائيلية "يديعوت أحرونوت". وأفادت بأن الأسلحة الإلكترونية التي وافق عليها المنظمون أخيرًا كانت أضعف من تلك التي اقترحتها شركة "إن أس أو" وقالت إن بعض المسؤولين في وزارة الدفاع يعارضون الصفقة لأن التكنولوجيا كانت تُباع إلى بلد عربي. ونقلت الصحيفة عن مسؤول رفيع المستوى في الوزارة قوله: "من العار أن يمنحوا تصريحًا كهذا".
وقالت شركة "إن أس أو" في بيان لها إنها تمتثل لجميع القوانين ذات الصلة وإنها "لا تشغّل البرنامج لعملائها، وإنما تطوره فقط". قد يكون هذا الفارق مجرد خدعة، ولكنه يقدم مثالاً آخر على الإشكالات المتعلقة بمسألة الدفاع والهجوم، والخاصة والعامة: فيمكن استخدام الأدوات السيبرانية الخاصة نفسها التي تم توظيفها ضد أعداء الدولة مثل الصحفيين والمعارضين، لاعتراض سبيل تجار المخدرات والإرهابيين أيضًا. ففي الواقع، في عام 2016، استعان مكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي بشركة إسرائيلية منفصلة تُدعى "سيلبريت" لفتح جهاز آيفون الخاص بأحد الإرهابيين المتورطين بتنفيذ هجوم سان برناردينو في كاليفورنيا عام 2015، حيث استخدمت الشركة أداةً سيبرانيةً جديدةً لفتحه بعد أن رفضت شركة "آبل" أن تقوم بذلك. ويقال إن "سيلبريت" تبيع منتجاتها في أكثر من 100 بلد.
وفي حين أن بعض المنتقدين يلومون إسرائيل على السلوك المارق، فإن البلاد ليست بعيدة عن ذلك. فلا يوجد في التجارة العالمية للأسلحة إلاّ قلة من الأولياء، حتى بين الديمقراطيات الغربية. ومن مصلحة الشركات الإسرائيلية الامتثال للقانون وتجنب التجاوزات ومنع وقوع التكنولوجيا في الأيدي الخاطئة. وعلى حد تعبير أفنر، "يمكن جني الكثير من الأموال، وبشكل قانوني. فلمَ العمل إذًا في الظلال؟"
وفي النتيجة، لم تكن "إن أس أو" تعمل في الظلال. فقد وافقت الحكومة الإسرائيلية على الصفقة التي أجرتها شركة خاصة في ما يتعلق ببيع أسلحة سيبرانية متطورة إلى حكومة عربية لديها مبادلات استخباراتية وأمنية. وكان هذا القرار رمزيًا للطريقة التي تغيرت فيها التكنولوجيا والحرب والسياسة بشكل كبير خلال سنوات قليلة فقط. ولطالما كان هناك عمليات تجسس وعمليات إعلامية وهجمات عسكرية، وكذلك الجهات الخاصة التي تبيع الأسلحة في جميع أنحاء العالم (من بينها، في العقود الأخيرة، العديد من الأفراد العسكريين الإسرائيليين السابقين). أمّا الفرق الآن فهو مدى وصول الأدوات السيبرانية الجديدة وسرعتها وانتشارها السهل. "لقد بدأ سباق التسلح السيبراني ذات الأبعاد التاريخية ولكن الخفية"، بحسب سانجر - والسباق عالمي. والجانب السلبي المحتمل واضح: سباق تسلح بدون قواعد أو معايير ومن دون خطوط أمامية واضحة. لكن لا مجال للعودة.
وقال بن أفرايم: "يجب أن نتواضع. لقد بدأنا نفهمه للتو". وأضاف: "إنها ثورة حقيقية. فقبل مئة عام، لم يكن من عنصر جوي للحرب. والآن بات عنصرًا حاسمًا لأي جيش". وقال: "الفضاء الالكتروني أكبر من ذلك حتى. اليوم، تفتح عينيك في الصباح – فتجد نفسك فيه".

نيري زيلبر زميل مساعد في معهد واشنطن ومؤلف مشارك (مع غيث العمري) للمقالة "دولة بلا جيش، جيش بلا دولة: تطور قوات أمن السلطة الفلسطينية، 1994-2018".

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Испания рассматривает возможность побороться за проведение чемпионата Европы в 2028 году или чемпионата мира в 2030 году, сообщает интернет-издание Washington Post со ссылкой на испанскую прессу.


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Sen. Bart Hester issued a news release today urging a "conversation" on replacing the two statues representing Arkansas in the Hall of Statuary in the U.S. Capitol. He wants to replace Uriah Rose and James Paul Clarke with people "who embody the Arkansas values of courage and dignity for all."

Hester introduced legislation in 2017 to replace the statues, but the session ended without action.

The legislature can decide its representatives. Rose, a lawer, was placed in 1917, and Clarke, a former governor and U.S. Senator, was placed in 1921.

“Each honoree has represented Arkansas in the U.S. Capitol for almost 100 years,” Hester said. “That was one of the reasons why I filed legislation in 2017 to begin the discussion on replacing them.”

“I realized there would not be enough time for people to participate,” Hester said. “This is a process that needs to incorporate the shared traditions and values of the entire state of Arkansas.”
Letting Hester lead this charge is problematic. He himself embodies bigotry, with his devotion to limiting the rights of LGBT people. He embodies self-dealing, with legislation protecting his billboard property from higher taxes, with gifts of tax money to a preacher in his area and with gifts of tax money to the corruptly operated Ecclesia College. He embodies extortion, by threatening to cut University of Arkansas funding when its policies don't suit him. To name a few.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas can fill you in on:

* Uriah M. Rose, a pioneer lawyer, founder of the American Bar Association and namesake of the Rose Law Firm.

* James Clarke, the state's 18th governor and a U.S. senator with a controversial history that included defending white supremacy as a doctrine of the Democratic Party of the day.

The latter isn't only about past history. The idea for booting Clarke arose with Stacy Hurst, director of the state Heritage Department. It so happens she was defeated for a race for state House in 2014 by Clarke Tucker, a descendant of James Clarke. Payback, in other words.

But, yes, other states have switched statues. I previously nominated Allen Sims and Charlotte Moorman should the day come.

But here's a serious idea: Have Hester get the crooks of Ecclesia to get the state's money back to pay for the new statues.
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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is signing an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections. Trump has drawn widespread criticism...
          Hurrikaani Florencen tuhot saattavat olla paljon pelättyä suurempia      Cache   Translate Page      
Yhdysvaltojen itärannikkoa lähestyvä hurrikaani Florence saattaa aiheuttaa paljon pahempia tuhoja ja laajemmalla alueella kuin tähän asti on arvioitu.Hurrikaanin keskuksen odotetaan saapuvan Pohjois- ja Etelä-Carolinan rannikolle perjantaina. Washington Post kirjoittaa, että Florence on todennäköisesti...
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Family Research Council gathered 92 petition signatures from Missouri pastors in support of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley who came under leftwing criticism for a recent address to pastors in which he said the government shouldn't be...


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Tenniksen päätuomarit harkitsevat boikotoivansa tähtipelaaja Serena Williamsin otteluita, kertoo Washington Post. Boikotilla tuomarit antaisivat tukensa portugalilaiselle päätuomarille Carlos Ramosille, jonka päätöksistä Williams raivosi viime lauantaina pelatun Yhdysvaltain avointen naisten kaksinpelin...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Participants in a pension plan are not permitted to seek recovery for an increase in the value of plan assets that occurred after the plan was terminated, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Aug. 21 in reversing a district court's decision in favor of the participants (K. Wendell Lewis, et. al., v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., No. 17-5068, D.C. Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 23546).
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I was deeply disappointed in the article by Billy Jean King, reproduced from the Washington Post, where King was not only defending the outrageous tantrums of Serena Williams but also throwing in red herrings of sexism and racism. To claim Serena was...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A petitioner on Aug. 2 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' finding that an amendment to a pension plan's calculation of retirement income credits does not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's anti-cutback rule, arguing that the lower court's ruling puts ERISA and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act at stake (James P. Teufel v. The Northern Trust Co., et al., No. 18-163, U.S. Sup.)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A pension plan sponsored by U.S. Bancorp. for its employees told the U.S. Supreme Court in an Aug. 22 response brief that an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel did not err when affirming dismissal of the employees' suit accusing the fiduciaries responsible for investment of the plan's assets of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring their suit (James J. Thole, et al. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., et al., No. 17-1712, U.S. Sup.).
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Friends, 

There were some major forecast changes for Hurricane Florence over the past 24 hours, and the latest projections show the storm making its way through the Upstate. Nearly every update has had some kind of trajectory change, so please make sure you are viewing the most recent instructions and advisories coming from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Below is a copy of the storm projections as of 2PM on 9/12/18. 

I've been receiving various updates from state and federal agencies, and I will be passing along as much relevant information as I can. 

On September 10, 2018, President Trump declared an emergency for the state of South Carolina at the request of Governor Henry McMaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program at 75 percent federal funding to support the state for all 46 South Carolina counties, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. FEMA currently has two Mobile Emergency Response Support units in South Carolina to assist the state with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services to support emergency response communications needs. Additionally, the Trump Administration has temporarily relaxed certain trucking and energy related regulations to help minimize fuel and electricity shortages

If you have friends and family who live in an evacuation zone, encourage them to leave NOW. The window for safely evacuating is quickly closing.  

On Tuesday, there were 1,600 residents in the Carolinas who spent the night in an emergency shelter, with that number expected to rise significantly as the storm approaches. If you think there's any possibility you may need to stay at an emergency shelter, make sure to locate one ahead of time, particularly if you are traveling with pets because only certain facilities have the ability to accommodate them. You can find a list of shelters HERE

Utility companies are expecting anywhere between 1 to 3 million power outages as a result of the hurricane. So far, over 10,000 extra utility workers have been brought in from out of state and are on standby to restore power as quickly as possible. However, with that many outages expected, it is vital that you prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days. Power outage preparedness tips can be found HERE

Another concern for the Upstate is flooding. Somewhere between 2-6 inches of rain are currently expected to fall in the upper part of the Third Congressional District over the weekend. It is important to not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Remember that just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. 

Do you have a family emergency disaster plan? If not, here’s what you need to know to put one together

Please reach out to my office if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance. Stay safe!


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SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on Aug. 9 narrowed the claims in a class complaint filed by a teenager seeking reimbursement for an outdoor mental health treatment program, dismissing with prejudice a claim that the denial of reimbursement was improper under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and claims seeking to enforce the plan and for equitable remedies, to the extent that they relied on a violation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (A.Z., et al. v. Regence Blueshield, et al., No. 17-1292, W.D. Wash., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134669).
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A 401(k) plan sponsor is permitted to amend its plan to include a student loan repayment benefit, the Internal Revenue Service stated in a private letter ruling released Aug. 17 after determining that the proposed student loan repayment program would not violate the "contingent benefit" prohibition of the Income Tax Regulations.
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And much more.

Quote of the week

"That's just bizarre." — Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View), the chair of the legislative Joint Performance Review Committee, responding to a representative from Everytown for Gun Safety's mention of statistics about youth suicide in a discussion of school safety. The response was that red flag laws — allowing judicial intervention on gun access for dangerous people — could have a positive effect on school shooting incidents and also on suicide rate. Irvin later suggested that efforts to address youth suicide with gun safety laws were targeting rural America.

Former senator, co-defendant sentenced

Federal Judge Timothy Brooks sentenced former state Sen. Jon Woods (R-Springdale) to 220 months, or more than 18 years, in prison and ordered him to make restitution of $1.6 million for masterminding kickback schemes from state money.

He must report to prison by 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

Woods' attorney has said he would appeal. He'll likely seek to postpone prison for Woods, but typically a defendant must show a chance of prevailing on appeal to avoid immediate imprisonment. Woods likely will focus on the fact that an FBI agent was not allowed to testify because of his mishandling of computer files. The government will say it wasn't relevant because the agent didn't testify and the material at issue wasn't prejudicial.

Brooks spoke at length about the severity of the crime. He called Woods' behavior "depraved." He said he'd received many letters from Woods' supporters, but they didn't overcome a record of habitual stealing of money. "Your entire way of thinking about what your job was, was to put money in your pocket, and I find that grotesque," Brooks said.

Defense lawyers tell the Arkansas Times they can't recall a stiffer white-collar crime sentence in Arkansas in years. There's scant "good time" in the federal system. If he isn't successful in a reversal or a reduction of the sentence (such as by contesting use of his participation in an unrelated crime in the sentencing), Woods could be facing 15 years in prison before release to a halfway house. He just turned 41.

Meanwhile, political consultant Randell Shelton, Woods' co-defendant, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison. Under sentencing guidelines, he could have gotten more than 10 years.

Brooks set Shelton's restitution at $660,698, the loss in state money. He also imposed a civil forfeiture of $664,000, which allows the taking of any assets Shelton might have. His prison time will be followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to report to prison Oct. 8.

Brooks faulted Shelton for speaking with pride about his work for Ecclesia College, which paid kickbacks to Shelton, Woods and former Rep. Micah Neal (R-Springdale) for state money it received. Shelton was paid by Ecclesia through a firm he set up called Paradigm Strategic Consulting.

Issue 1 deemed unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce has ruled that Issue 1, the proposed limit on lawsuits and legislative takeover of court-rulemaking, unconstitutionally rolled up multiple issues in one proposal and should be removed from the ballot.

The decision came in a lawsuit brought by retired Judge Marion Humphrey. A committee backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and major health interests intervened to keep it on the ballot.

The decision will be appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The amendment caps noneconomic damages in lawsuits at $500,000 and also caps punitive damages, limits attorney fees to a third of judgments and in a couple of ways effectively transfers court rule-making authority from the Arkansas Supreme Court to the legislature. It gives the legislature rule-making review and also reduces the legislative vote requirement to amend or annul court rules. Past legislative efforts to make corporate-friendly changes to court rules have been struck down by the court as unconstitutional.

Pierce said amendments may have multiple parts so long as they are "reasonably germane." He adopted the plaintiffs' view that these four provisions are not. The state said it was enough to be generally about courts.

Work requirement kicks thousands to curb

More than 4,500 recipients of Medicaid in Arkansas lost their health coverage last week for failing to report on their work hours for three months. Enrollees were required to visit a state website to detail spending 80 hours a month on work or other approved activities or an exemption. Those who lost coverage will be locked out of receiving coverage for the rest of the year. Some 26,000 Medicaid recipients are subject to the work requirement rules, approved by the Trump administration earlier this year after Governor Hutchinson requested the change. A federal lawsuit has been filed in Washington, D.C., to block the work requirements from continuing. The same court blocked a similar work requirement from taking effect in Kentucky.


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I had hoped to refrain from criticizing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) until after his corpse was delivered to the landfill, but, for all of your blathering about how wonderful the recently departed McCain was, you've seriously missed McCain's greatest legacy: President Trump.

McCain, and money better spent elsewhere

I had hoped to refrain from criticizing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) until after his corpse was delivered to the landfill, but, for all of your blathering about how wonderful the recently departed McCain was, you've seriously missed McCain's greatest legacy: President Trump.

The McCain wing of the Republican Party is what caused the populist revolt giving us Trump. While you guys bleat about his integrity, McCain was one of the biggest liars in the Republican leadership. He would show up in Arizona to tell his constituents how conservative he was then return to Washington and continue his work with the Chamber of Commerce to throw the borders wide open and destroy the value of American labor. Yes, McCain was first and foremost a globalist. His biggest recent lie? That he'd get rid of the ACA. He had his chance to follow through on that campaign promise, but instead confirmed that his word to the people who voted for him means nothing. Had McCain and the rest of his ilk governed as they campaigned there would be no President Trump.

On a side note: I keep seeing your appeals for support of your product through subscribing to your online publication. While I'm happy to pick up your weekly magazine for free at Kroger to check out the entertainment section and see what the proletariat is thinking these days, your open contempt for those of us who disagree with you politically kinda tells me I have better places to spend my money. It would be insane for me to financially support those who so easily call me a racist, homophobe, misogynist, xenophobe or anything else just because I didn't vote for the most incompetent candidate in recent history (that being Hillary the Great). Political disagreement isn't hate, and I'll continue to eat at Chick-Fil-A.

Brice Hammerstein

Sherwood

On minimum wage

I just finished your article in the Arkansas Times ("The wage divide," Aug. 23) and thought it was very concise and to the point. I especially liked the part about our "esteemed" attorney general. I plan to vote for the minimum wage increase and will pass the message to co-workers, friends, family and anyone that will listen.

I am not familiar with the other initiative's that will be on the ballot this fall and hope that you will publish each one. I have voted since I turned 18 in 1972 and always want to be informed about people and initiatives that I'm presented with. I vote Democrat most of the time, as I care about Arkansans and Americans and worry about the future for my 7-year-old grandson. Thank you for your many articles that hit home with Arkansans that truly care about each other.

David W. Byrd

Benton

Brain on sex

Good work to Autumn Tolbert ("Dress code bias," Aug. 23) for her explanation of the underlying bias of dress codes. Women do not cause the sexual response of men. A man's sexual thoughts and actions are entirely determined by his own brain. Bodies respond to the brain's interpretations of stimulus. It is not the body of a woman that "turns" a man on, it is that man's brain telling his body what to do. Another man might look at the same body and not be the least "turned" on. We have homosexual men to thank for proving this logical argument. It is well known in the psychology of stimulus and response. Because the brain determines sexual response, the brain can chose how to express sexuality. Many men kindly keep their sexual response to themselves except when they are with a willing partner. Many men do the hard work of interpreting all the tiniest clues to find out who is willing to share their sexual response. These men have not gotten the recognition they well deserve in the "Me Too" movement. They are the rule that proves the exception. They are my heroes by proving considerate restraint is possible, even when no one is watching.

Like all heroes, we must ask them to do even more and somehow explain how they deal with their sexuality to boys. Women have an equal responsibility to untangle sexual desire and social kindness, but men have the experience and authority to speak to boys about male sexual response. To all you kind men out there, please do.

J. Rain Mako

Pettigrew

Hang up

My best friends are Liberals. I love them like I love biscuits and gravy, but they can be annoying at times. They're better informed on every issue, more culturally sensitive, and greener than I could ever hope to be. When I dine with my liberal friends I am constantly worried that my shoes were made by underage workers, my pronouns are out of date, and the chicken on my plate was raised in substandard housing.

You may have noticed that nearly all the Word Police are liberals. They defy you to try and keep up with the lexicon. Example: Zombies were Zombies for years. Then we were told they were to be called the Living Impaired. Now it's the Vitally Challenged. Who decides this stuff? Surely it's not the Zombies.

There is a scene in the movie "Moneyball" where Billy Bean, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics —played by Brad Pitt — is on the phone trying to make a deal with another GM. Pitt gets the answer he wants and hangs up immediately. Pitt's sidekick, played by Jonah Hill, points out that the other GM had more to say. "When you get the answer you want," Pitt explains, "Hang up."

These are desperate times, but in a way, much simpler. When vetting somebody, liberals no longer need to know what brand of bottled water that person drinks or which fast-food restaurant they've been boycotting. The only thing liberals need to know is if that other person is voting blue in November.

When you get the answer you want, hang up.

David Rose

Hot Springs

From the web

In response to Tolbert's Aug. 23 column:

Young women, at an early age, begin to learn of their power over the boys simply by the turn of an ankle, the wink of an eye.

Men are visual creatures; at an early age, creature aptly describes the boy brain. Girls are generally more focused, not as easy to distract.

Has nothing to do with some nebulous "misogyny," but on the basics of nature. For those few of us adults that remember, and are honest, girls at that age freely exploited their looks for quite a bit of gain. Their nature could be generously described as predatory.

Probably the best thing about uniforms is they take away all the distractions that kids use against each other, so teachers can focus on the important things, like teaching.

Those supposed calls for allowing individual expression forget that school is for learning, and for social engagement, but also for instilling some sense of discipline in how boys and girls grow to deal with each other on a truly level playing field.

Steven E

In response to an Arkansas Blog item about a committee's decision to move the Arkansas Governor's School to Arkansas Tech from Hendrix College, where it's been held for 38 years:

I've commented about this extensively in response to another article, but I'll add these practical considerations:

1) If it ain't broke, don't fix it. These suggestions of intellectual bias, favoritism to a certain college, or prejudice against certain viewpoints reflect culture war nonsense and jealousy.

2) Do not underestimate the value of holding the program on a campus that has no summer school for college students. Placing 300 high school minors in a five-week residential program is challenging enough socially. (I can think of no couple that lasted more than five minutes hiding behind a hedgerow or slipping into an opposite sex dorm without being rounded up and scattered by the campus staff at Hendrix).

Now add a significant population of college students to that mix, and consider the impact upon enforcement of very important rules. :)

Redeemed626

So, the main thing is that Governor's School is for Dem/lib indoctrination and y'all are scared that won't be the case in Russellville?

justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog

R'ville is pretty sketchy, whut with them sex toy expos up thar at ATU.

Say, mebbee THAT'S why Jerry [Cox] is so keen to talk at the G school! He might want a coed or two (or three) to give a demo.

Tsallenrng

But really, y'all don't give a flip about college students being there. Total ruse. Be honest at least.

justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog

Justsomeguy — I can only speak for myself, but my daughter went to Governor's School in '91. Having the campus to themselves was a big deal. It made the kids feel they really were worth the effort. I never much thought about the safety issue until someone brought it up this week, but 1991 is more than 25 years ago, and it wasn't something we worried about. People DO care. You're just looking for an argument about something with which you apparently have very little experience. Did you go? Do you have a kid who went?

Vanessa

No, I did not. I have quite a few friends who did. Boys would wear drag just to be provocative. All sorts of things Democrats love. I don't think attending is prerequisite to having a valid opinion. For instance, many of the commenters here have strong opinions on Medicaid, war and race despite not being recipients, soldiers or minorities.

justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog


          2018 fall Arkansas fine arts preview      Cache   Translate Page      
Crystal Bridges completes the American story with "Art for a New Understanding."

Is Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art the most woke museum in the country? That's what The Washington Post suggested in an article earlier this year as the museum began to reinstall its early American galleries to, Director Rod Bigelow said, better reflect "the complexity of the American story."

The early American galleries were initially dominated by images of patriarchy and aristocracy and unspoiled scenery — the 18th century Franks family; George Washington; the Marquis de Lafayette; Mrs. Theodore Atkinson and her flying squirrel; the poet and artist gentlemen of Asher Durand's "Kindred Spirits"; romantic landscapes by Cole, Innes, Cropsey et al., Bierstadt's nostalgic scenes of Native Americans fishing and George de Forest Brush's "The Indian and the Lily." A thematic reassembly of works in the first galleries now pairs such works with a 19th century Salish cradleboard, Lakota Siouxan beaded skin pouches, an 18th century portrait of a Spanish lady; a 20th century painting, "Florida Mexicana," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez; Nari Ward's 27-foot-long installation "We the People," the words spelled out in shoestrings. The themes of the galleries are painted on the wall in both English and Spanish: The full complement of America has been invited to the party. As that redo was going on, over in the temporary exhibition galleries was the superb "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," a show of work by outstanding African-American artists working from the 1960s to 1980s.

Now comes "Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now," an exhibition of more than 80 artworks, including painting, video, sculpture, performance art, photography and more, opening Oct. 6. The works address contemporary issues of social justice, ridicule stereotype and show Native artists to be not a part of a solemn, monolithic culture, but as diverse as America itself, with a keen wit sharpened to a fine edge by historical affronts (like genocide) by white America.

One of the artists whose work will be at Crystal Bridges is Kent Monkman, a Canadian First Nation artist whose work would be rightly shown next to Bierstadt's "Indian Encampment." While Bierstadt renders an idyllic scene of Natives swimming in a creek near their tipis, Monkman's arch landscape "History Is Painted by the Victors" shows a Native man in high-heeled and thigh-high red patent leather boots painting beside a mountain lake and surrounded by nude white men who've cast off blue uniforms. A couple of the men are boxing, others are wrestling, one's playing a panpipe, most are languid. Monkman's used his alter-ego, warrior-in-drag Chief Eagle Testickle, to add a bit of daring snark to history painting. Monkman is a terrific artist; this work is reason enough to go to Crystal Bridges for "Art for a New Understanding." He's also painted a takeoff on "Kindred Spirits"; instead of friends Thomas Cole and William Cullen Bryant, Monkman's put a Native and a white man fighting on the rock; let's hope that is also in the show.

Also enlightening: a 1990 photograph of laughing artists Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel and Muriel Miguel, who in 1976 founded the feminist Spiderwoman Theater, the country's longest-running Native female theatrical company; Shan Goshan's two baskets, "Removal," in which the artist has cut a copy of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 into thin strips and used them to weave traditional Cherokee baskets; and from Crystal Bridges' own collection, James Lavadour's landscape-reminiscent abstracts "Shake."

"Art for a New Understanding" runs through Jan. 7. Crystal Bridges has scheduled all sorts of programs in conjunction with the show, including painting and sculpture workshops, films, artist talks and more. On view now is "In Conversation: Will Wilson and Edward Curtis," an exhibition that pairs photographs of contemporary Native Americans by Wilson with the early 20th century photographs of Curtis.

***

Pablo Picasso, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Matisse, Kazimir Malevich — these are among the artists whose works Swiss-born Martin Muller of San Francisco has collected. Muller has a Little Rock connection — he lived here in the 1970s — and it was in this town, the Arkansas Arts Center says, that he began to explore post-war American painting. Muller will return to Little Rock for the opening of "Independent Vision: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Martin Muller Collection," opening Friday, Sept. 28, at the Arts Center. The exhibition of 89 works is a survey of diverse modern and contemporary works from the old and new world, with works by such 20th century masters Corbusier (Swiss-French), Picasso (Spanish), Warhol (American) and Malevich (Russian), and contemporaries Gottfried Helnwein (Austrian), Joel Besmar (Cuban) and Frederick Hammersley (American).

Muller moved to Little Rock from Switzerland for a job with a Swiss-American company and while here spent time in the Arts Center's Elizabeth P. Taylor library familiarizing himself with American masters. In the late 1970s he decided to move west and get into the gallery business. He founded his gallery, Modernism Inc., in 1979.

As he traveled across the country to San Francisco, he's quoted in an Arts Center news release as saying, "I marveled at discovering masterpieces of modern American art, from Edward Hopper to Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and later, the Pop and Minimalist artists, especially Donald Judd. Now, some 40 years later, it gives me great joy to have come full circle back to Little Rock and be able to share at the Arkansas Arts Center some of the wonderful artworks gathered along the way."

The show runs through Dec. 30.


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  • Amazon is being criticized by some customers ahead of Hurricane Florence as the prices for basics on its website have appeared to rise. 
  • Supplies for cases of water have run low, leaving high-priced offerings from third-party sellers as the only option in many instances. 
  • The company says it is taking steps to correct the problem. "We do not engage in surge pricing, and product prices do not fluctuate by region or delivery location," an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.

Amazon is being criticized for appearing to inflate prices as residents of North and South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence to make landfall. 

Many local grocery and warehouse stores have sold out of basics like cases of water, so some locals have turned online to buy goods to prepare for the storm. What they've found is water cases that cost over $20 for a few dozen bottles — far more than their usual cost. 

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          I'm an American who visited Ireland — here are the 7 biggest differences I noticed      Cache   Translate Page      

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There are reportedly 34.5 million people who claim Irish ancestry in the US, making America’s Irish population seven times larger than that of Ireland itself, according to the Washington Post. And yet our two cultures are quite different.

I recently went to Ireland and noticed some big cultural differences between the US and Ireland that I found worth noting.

Keep in mind this is all based on my own experience, and other people’s findings may vary.

In Ireland, small talk is life.

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In Ireland, small talk is a lifestyle. Even their neighbors, the Brits, are gobsmacked by Irish people’s small talk skills. The Irish Times has even published a trend piece about how important small talk is to your career.

I have sat awe-struck in the middle of Irish groups who can spend hours small-talking. What did they do yesterday? What did they do today? What are they doing tomorrow? Now repeat those same questions, but ask what their brother’s getting up to, then their sister, then their mother. Once you’ve made it through the whole family, they’ll move on to the ongoing activities of the next person’s entire family. After that, maybe an hour-long conversation about the weather will occur.

Of course, this is a generalization and it isn’t true of all Irish people. Some are willing to talk about politics, religion, money, pop culture, or any other topics that are slightly more controversial than, say, where they bought their shirt.

But if you’re planning to have a conversation with an Irish person any time soon, make sure you gird yourself with plenty of innocuous questions they’ll be happy to answer. Go too far conversationally with an Irish person who’s not willing to discuss Brexit, and you will get the blankest of blank stares. Here’s a helpful list of the island’s hottest small talk topics created by an honest-to-goodness Irish person on Lovin.



If you speak too loudly, you might freak people out.

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Americans can come across like overly enthusiastic golden retriever puppies in even the warmest countries. In Ireland, not only are we a bit much in mannerisms, but our voices come across incredibly loud, too.

Irish people, on the other hand, can be quiet. They must also have bionic hearing because I sometimes don’t know how they hear each other.

As American law lecturer, Larry Donnelly writes in the Irish Journal, "I frequently find myself straining to hear Irish people who tend to speak softly, even when in crowded places. While I rarely say 'huh?' in America, I constantly say it here, to the annoyance of my wife and others. I don’t wish Irish people were as loud and brash as Americans, but I do sometimes wish they would speak up."

If Irish people are too quiet for us, the inverse of this is that we Americans are just too loud for them. On my most recent trip to Ireland, there were many instances when I would ask a saleswoman a question and she would appear to jump out of her skin in fright due to the sheer volume of my voice.



It takes them ages to say goodbye.

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We’ve all heard of the Irish goodbye. It’s when you leave a party or bar early, and I always thought it was rooted in truth. But after interacting with quite a few Irish people, I’ve learned it’s more of a time-saving measure. Irish people take forever to say bye.

And I mean that literally. When they’re hanging up the phone, many Irish people will literally say goodbye six or seven times: "Bye. Bye, bye, bye. Okay, see ya. Bye."

And in person, after they say good bye, they’ll usually keep talking for another 10 minutes, be forced to stuff their pockets with souvenirs by the host, then say bye again, rinse and repeat until someone finally pulls the plug and walks away. It’s charming.

Writer and editor Cahir O’Doherty explains it thusly at Irish Central:

Irish people do not understand brevity ... The Irish ceremony of departure is almost as endless as the arrival ... To escape it by cutting out can cut several hours off your journey home. So you see, Irish Goodbyes aren’t rude at all.




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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office September 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump and Long warned coastal residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to adhere to evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Democrats plan to mount countless investigations into President Donald Trump if they take back the House majority in the November midterm elections.
  • The areas Democrats want to probe is vast, which could bring the Republican policy agenda to a grinding halt.
  • A top Democrat in the House also said probing Trump's personal finances is on the table.

WASHINGTON — Democrats plan to dramatically increase their oversight role if they take back the House majority in the midterm elections this November. The investigations into President Donald Trump's administration, which could bring the White House's policy agenda to a standstill, will cover a sizable amount of the executive branch.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer listed several of the areas Democrats would prioritize if they take back the House and mount a series of investigations, most of which involved the administration's economic and health care agendas.

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          “I Am Native” Film Honors SPS Native American Students and Staff      Cache   Translate Page      
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“I am Princess. I am Crow, and I am Seattle Public Schools.” This is the self-introduction from high school student Princess, one of the featured students in the short film, “I Am Native.”

At the Sept. 5 Seattle School Board meeting, Gail Morris, Native American Education program manager and Stacia Hawkinson, Native Education consulting teacher, debuted the short film, which showcases Native Seattle Public School high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes, and dreams for their future.

“This film was made to affirm and honor Native American students in SPS, and to create identity safety, as many Native students feel invisible in their schools, here and across the nation,” shares Morris.


Football captains, academic scholars, accomplished pianists, basketball players, track athletes – “I Am Native” shines a light on SPS Native students balancing their academics, extracurriculars, and cultures. Seattle Public Schools recognizes that students bring their whole selves into the classroom and is committed to creating spaces that value students’ stories.

Within Seattle Public Schools, approximately 1,600 students identify as Native American with at least 200 Tribes represented by students throughout the district.

“We have many Native students that are doing exceptionally well in SPS, and we want to share the pride we have in them with a broader audience, through this beautiful film,” Morris says.

Chief Sealth High School offers the Šǝqačib* (meaning raising of hands) class led by Native Education teacher, Boo Balkan Foster. Through the Title VI Huchoosedah Indian Education Program, the class provides a welcoming environment, fostering identity safety and promoting academic achievement. Šǝqačib offers cultural enrichment activities, academic tutoring, and access to resources provided through community partners.

“Everything that we do in this classroom, in Šǝqačib, is to lift up our students,” Foster says in the film.

In addition to supporting students and their families, Seattle Public Schools’ Native Education Department provides opportunities for educators to increase their understanding of authentic Native history; past and present, through “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum, professional development sessions, co-teach lessons, and consulting services. The Since Time Immemorial curriculum, mandated by the state of Washington SB 5433, integrates history and perspectives of Native people into existing curriculum.

Superintendent Denise Juneau, featured in the “I Am Native” film, spoke to the personal stories and cultural wealth Native students shared in the piece, “They are the next leaders of Seattle and for our future.”

Seattle Public Schools strives to provide a positive academic and cultural K-12 experience for all students. To further eliminate opportunity gaps, the district has increased efforts to expand and improve ethnic studies for all students in Seattle Public Schools.

* Šǝqačib pronounced shuh-kaw-cheeb

          2018 fall Arkansas fine arts preview      Cache   Translate Page      
Crystal Bridges completes the American story with "Art for a New Understanding."

Is Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art the most woke museum in the country? That's what The Washington Post suggested in an article earlier this year as the museum began to reinstall its early American galleries to, Director Rod Bigelow said, better reflect "the complexity of the American story."

The early American galleries were initially dominated by images of patriarchy and aristocracy and unspoiled scenery — the 18th century Franks family; George Washington; the Marquis de Lafayette; Mrs. Theodore Atkinson and her flying squirrel; the poet and artist gentlemen of Asher Durand's "Kindred Spirits"; romantic landscapes by Cole, Innes, Cropsey et al., Bierstadt's nostalgic scenes of Native Americans fishing and George de Forest Brush's "The Indian and the Lily." A thematic reassembly of works in the first galleries now pairs such works with a 19th century Salish cradleboard, Lakota Siouxan beaded skin pouches, an 18th century portrait of a Spanish lady; a 20th century painting, "Florida Mexicana," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez; Nari Ward's 27-foot-long installation "We the People," the words spelled out in shoestrings. The themes of the galleries are painted on the wall in both English and Spanish: The full complement of America has been invited to the party. As that redo was going on, over in the temporary exhibition galleries was the superb "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," a show of work by outstanding African-American artists working from the 1960s to 1980s.

Now comes "Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now," an exhibition of more than 80 artworks, including painting, video, sculpture, performance art, photography and more, opening Oct. 6. The works address contemporary issues of social justice, ridicule stereotype and show Native artists to be not a part of a solemn, monolithic culture, but as diverse as America itself, with a keen wit sharpened to a fine edge by historical affronts (like genocide) by white America.

One of the artists whose work will be at Crystal Bridges is Kent Monkman, a Canadian First Nation artist whose work would be rightly shown next to Bierstadt's "Indian Encampment." While Bierstadt renders an idyllic scene of Natives swimming in a creek near their tipis, Monkman's arch landscape "History Is Painted by the Victors" shows a Native man in high-heeled and thigh-high red patent leather boots painting beside a mountain lake and surrounded by nude white men who've cast off blue uniforms. A couple of the men are boxing, others are wrestling, one's playing a panpipe, most are languid. Monkman's used his alter-ego, warrior-in-drag Chief Eagle Testickle, to add a bit of daring snark to history painting. Monkman is a terrific artist; this work is reason enough to go to Crystal Bridges for "Art for a New Understanding." He's also painted a takeoff on "Kindred Spirits"; instead of friends Thomas Cole and William Cullen Bryant, Monkman's put a Native and a white man fighting on the rock; let's hope that is also in the show.

Also enlightening: a 1990 photograph of laughing artists Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel and Muriel Miguel, who in 1976 founded the feminist Spiderwoman Theater, the country's longest-running Native female theatrical company; Shan Goshan's two baskets, "Removal," in which the artist has cut a copy of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 into thin strips and used them to weave traditional Cherokee baskets; and from Crystal Bridges' own collection, James Lavadour's landscape-reminiscent abstracts "Shake."

"Art for a New Understanding" runs through Jan. 7. Crystal Bridges has scheduled all sorts of programs in conjunction with the show, including painting and sculpture workshops, films, artist talks and more. On view now is "In Conversation: Will Wilson and Edward Curtis," an exhibition that pairs photographs of contemporary Native Americans by Wilson with the early 20th century photographs of Curtis.

***

Pablo Picasso, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Matisse, Kazimir Malevich — these are among the artists whose works Swiss-born Martin Muller of San Francisco has collected. Muller has a Little Rock connection — he lived here in the 1970s — and it was in this town, the Arkansas Arts Center says, that he began to explore post-war American painting. Muller will return to Little Rock for the opening of "Independent Vision: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Martin Muller Collection," opening Friday, Sept. 28, at the Arts Center. The exhibition of 89 works is a survey of diverse modern and contemporary works from the old and new world, with works by such 20th century masters Corbusier (Swiss-French), Picasso (Spanish), Warhol (American) and Malevich (Russian), and contemporaries Gottfried Helnwein (Austrian), Joel Besmar (Cuban) and Frederick Hammersley (American).

Muller moved to Little Rock from Switzerland for a job with a Swiss-American company and while here spent time in the Arts Center's Elizabeth P. Taylor library familiarizing himself with American masters. In the late 1970s he decided to move west and get into the gallery business. He founded his gallery, Modernism Inc., in 1979.

As he traveled across the country to San Francisco, he's quoted in an Arts Center news release as saying, "I marveled at discovering masterpieces of modern American art, from Edward Hopper to Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and later, the Pop and Minimalist artists, especially Donald Judd. Now, some 40 years later, it gives me great joy to have come full circle back to Little Rock and be able to share at the Arkansas Arts Center some of the wonderful artworks gathered along the way."

The show runs through Dec. 30.


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Les conseillers économiques de Donald Trump et Angela Merkel, dont les relations sont pour le moins tendues, se sont rencontrés mercredi à la Maison Blanche pour "renforcer" les liens économiques et les échanges entre les deux pays. Depuis son ...
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White Helmets rescue workers in the al-Sakhour neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria, in 2016

The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation today announced that Arab and American TV camera crews have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib province to begin shooting the footage of the planned, "false flag" chemical weapons attack being prepared by British assets, aiming to drag President Trump into a military attack on Syria. The Russians have provided evidence of the planned staging of an attack to the UN, the OPCW, and the U.S. State Department, but the British, French and the neo-cons in the U.S. are all repeating the mantra that Syria is planning a chemical weapons attack, and that there will be a full-scale military assault on Syria as soon as it happens. The fact that there is absolutely no military purpose for the government to kill a few civilians with chemical weapons is neglected, simply repeating ad nauseam that Assad is a monster who kills his own people. The fact that Idlib is largely under the control of terrorist organizations connected to al-Qaeda, which carried out the slaughter of innocents 17 years ago today in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, is an irony ignored by the war party, who are willing to join with that same al-Qaeda to overthrow yet another West Asian government which was no threat to anyone. That such an invasion could start a war with Russia and China, which could mean the end of civilization as we know it, is ignored.

The actual target of this British horror scenario is the danger, in their eyes, that President Trump will follow through on his intention to establish friendly relations with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

In Russia yesterday, in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, 6,000 political and business leaders from 60 countries have gathered to attend the fourth annual Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) organized by President Putin. The concept is that the vast Russian Far East is a "New Frontier" for all of Asia — and in fact for the entire world, if they choose to participate. The EEF follows by exactly one week the historic Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Beijing hosted by President Xi, with every African nation but one in attendance, nearly all of them heads of state or government.

What is demonstrated by these two international fora is that the majority of the world's nations and people are turning to Russia and China as leaders of a new paradigm, a hopeful future based on transforming the poverty and subservience of the colonial and neo-colonial era into an era of peace and development worldwide. To the spokesmen for the Empire — both within the U.K. and in the U.S. and Europe — this hopeful future for mankind is perceived as a deadly danger, the end of Empire itself. The fact that President Trump wishes to be part of the new paradigm, rejecting the "special relationship" with Perfidious Albion, is the cause of both the British coup attempt against the U.S. President, and of the insane provocation for war against Syria, and potentially against Russia.

The U.S. economy, meanwhile, is booming, relative to the past decade, in response to the stimulus implemented by the Trump tax cuts, tariffs on steel and aluminum, and cut backs on both regulations and the insane environmental restraints based on fake climate science. But the quadrillion-dollar-plus financial bubble created by decades of speculation and money-printing will not disappear through growth alone, and threatens to bring down the world economy when it crashes.

Trump's intention therefore, to befriend Putin and Xi, is essential not only for peace, but also for development. Only this combination of great nations and great cultures can bring about a New Bretton Woods conference, to put the Casino Mondial out of its misery, and to establish a new world financial system based on the common aims of Mankind. This is our task. As Schiller wrote in his poem The Artists: "The dignity of Man into your hands is given, It's keeper be! It sinks with you! With you it will be risen!"


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