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          Comment on Citizens’ Voice: Chennai Residents Creating Zero Waste Colony by payless auto insurance Washington PA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Property & Casualty / Life & Health Account Executive - R.K. Tongue Co., Inc. - Washington, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
R.K. Tongue Co. is seeking an ambitious Account Executive to join our DC/VA Professional Markets team. In this position, the successful Account Executive will...
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          Komentar Trump Soal Pembunuhan Jurnalis Saudi      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Presiden Amerika Serikat Donald Trump pada hari Senin mengatakan bahwa dia khawatir tentang laporan hilangnya jurnalis Arab Jamal Khashoggi di Turki, seperti dilansir Alalam (08/10). Trump menjelaskan kepada wartawan di Gedung Putih bahwa ia prihatin masalah laporan berkenaan wartawan Saudi Jamal Khashoggi yang menghilang sejak pekan lalu  dan pernyataan sumber-sumber Turki bahwa pihak berwenang percaya […]
          Saints Player Alvin Kamara Wears “Make Africa Home Again” Hat, Colin Kaepernick Jersey Following Win      Cache   Translate Page      

  Alvin Kamara made a bold statement with his outfit choice following the New Orleans Saints’ win against the Washington Redskins Monday night. READ: Kanye West Says He’s Trying To Get Colin Kaepernick To Visit The White House While conducting a post-game interview with fellow Saints running back Mark Ingram, Kamara was wearing a hat […]

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           Comment on Post card from Apulia. by Anonymous       Cache   Translate Page      
Fred, did you know that Washington School in D64 was named a Blue Ribbon School last Monday by the Department of Education? Only 24 schools in Illinois received this distinction. Yet, most of Washington's teachers who were evaluated last year only received a "Proficient" rating. Obviously the evaluation system in D64 is bogus, biased, or both.
          Travel Agent - AAA Washington - Bellingham, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Watch 50 Minutes Of New Fallout 76 Gameplay In 4K Video      Cache   Translate Page      
“Fallout 76 is the first multiplayer entry in the long-running role-playing game series, though it’s very clearly built off of 2015’s Fallout 4, the last major release. “I recently had the chance to play the first three hours of Fallout 76, and if you played Fallout 4, or its immediate predecessors set in Washington and […]
          World Bank warns of Latin America’s ‘fragile’ recovery      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington, (AFP/APP): The World Bank on Friday expressed concern over the “fragile” economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, weighed down by Venezuela’s spiraling crisis and weak performances in Brazil and Argentina. “We’ve hit a bump in the road to recovery,” Carlos Vegh, World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean said […]
          2019 Better Newspaper Contest – Best Slideshow: There She Stands      Cache   Translate Page      

This video slideshow was originally posted to The Progress Review’s website on May 25, 2018 with the following summary:

Tuesday’s Cedar Valley Honor Flight to Washington DC and the raising of the Avenue of the Flags at West View Cemetery serve as appropriate reminders of why we honor veterans on Memorial Day. This video features images captured by The Progress Review this week and is dedicated to the men and women of America’s military who work diligently to preserve our way of life.

Continue reading 2019 Better Newspaper Contest – Best Slideshow: There She Stands at The Progress Review.


          Apology of the Day: Comcast Sorry for Changing Subscriber’s Name to A-Hole      Cache   Translate Page      
Here’s yet another reason to join the cord-cutting revolution. A man in Spokane, Washington was surprised to find out that Comcast had changed his name from Ricardo Brown to “Asshole” Brown on his most recent bill. He and his wife Lisa had been trying to cancel their cable subscription with the company, which should have […]
       

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          10/10/2018: Around The World: Nikki Haley Quits as US Envoy to UN, Denies 2020 Ambitions      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced on Tuesday she is resigning, and immediately denied she was preparing to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Sitting beside Trump in the Oval...
          Dünya medyasında da gündem Cemal Kaşıkçı      Cache   Translate Page      
Dünyanın önde gelen yayın organları, Suudi Arabistan'ın İstanbul'daki konsolosluk binasına giren ve bir daha haber alınamayan Washington Post yazarı Cemal Kaşıkçı ile ilgili iddialar konusuna odaklanan haberler yayınlıyor.
          Food / Cocktail Servers - Washington Gold Casinos - Everett, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
System, Aloha preferred. Washington Gold Casinos has several immediate openings for Food/Cocktail Servers at their Royal Casino in Everett.... $11.50 an hour
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          DJ Consequence teases Kay Jay Ogbonna’s eagerly anticipated single at the recent Major Lazer event in Lagos.      Cache   Translate Page      

The Vibes Machine himself better known as DJ Consequence (who was recently nominated for an NEA award in Washington DC for his single featuring Tiwa Savage and Mystro) delighted fans at the ‘Major Lazer Sound System Live’ with a power play teaser of the yet to be released ‘Weakness’ song by the mega-talented Songwriter-Singer Kay […]

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          Race Before Race @ ASU       Cache   Translate Page      

Please join ACMRS and #ASUHumanities for the relaunch of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a symposium on Race Before Race.

Bringing together medieval and early modern race scholars who are seeking to push their fields in new archival, theoretical and practical directions.

Featured panelists:

Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University - Newark

David Sterling Brown, Binghamton University

Seeta Chaganti, University of California, Davis

Urvashi Chakravarty, George Mason University

Kim F. Hall, Barnard College

Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University

Dorothy Kim, Brandeis University

Noémie Ndiaye, Carnegie Mellon University

Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh, University of California, Berkeley

Carla María Thomas, Florida Atlantic University
          Hydro One stock has too much political risk to recommend, Industrial Alliance says      Cache   Translate Page      

A seemingly positive development for Hydro One (Hydro One Stock Quote, Chart TSX:H) is overshadowed by ongoing political and regulatory risk, Industrial Alliance Securities analyst Jeremy Rosenfield says. On October 4, staff from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission filed updated testimony in support of the merger of Hydro One and natural gas distributor Avista. […]

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          In boon for farmers, Trump to lift restrictions on ethanol      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON >> The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.


          Kanye West to visit Trump, discuss prison reform, violence      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON >> Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House.


          Court mood is jovial as Brett Kavanaugh takes his place on bench      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON >> Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time today in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high court confirmation.


          Exxon gives million-dollar backing to carbon-tax push      Cache   Translate Page      
(AXIOS) — In a big shift, ExxonMobil is now helping fund a multi-million dollar political advocacy campaign lobbying Congress for a price on carbon emissions. Why it matters: This is a significant turning point in Washington’s mostly static climate debate. Exxon officials have said for years they support a carbon tax, but they haven’t backed […]
          12 years, or else: U.N. sounds climate alarm      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON POST) — An international body of nearly 100 climate scientists convened by the United Nations have issued a stern warning to the rest of the world. Unless governments around the globe undertake “unprecedented” action to reverse it, Earth’s temperatures will soar upwards of 1.5-degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, over preindustrial levels by the […]
          U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns in latest Trump shakeup      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON >> U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning, she and President Donald Trump announced today, blindsiding many administration officials and stirring speculation in the White House and beyond about the timing and reasons for the latest Trump shake-up just weeks before the November midterm elections.


          Uber driver's death: 7th for-hire driver suicide in year      Cache   Translate Page      
(NEW YORK TIMES) — NEW YORK — About two dozen people gathered outside a Washington Heights subway station Sunday afternoon to remember an Uber driver who became the seventh for-hire driver in New York to commit suicide within the last year. The mood at the vigil turned from somber to anger in less than 30 […]
           Polar bears gorged on whales to survive previous warm periods in the Arctic       Cache   Translate Page      
A study from the University of Washington found that although dead whales are a valuable source of food, the carcasses will not be enough to sustain most polar bears as global warming melts the Arctic.
          Miami Healthcare Marketing Firm President Shares Secrets To Successful Physician Marketing      Cache   Translate Page      

Daniel Weinbach, president and CEO of The Weinbach Group, a Miami-based healthcare marketing firm, presented for the second year running at SHSMD’s “Connections” conference, this year held in Seattle, Washington.

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          Forest Technician - A&H Forestry, LLC - Chehalis, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Inside The EPA: How Employees Are Reacting To The U.N. Climate Report      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations released a climate report on Monday, but how does it fit with EPA policies? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis about how EPA employees are responding.
          Senior Capital Planning and Investment Control Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Bookkeeping Specialist - Northwest Baptist Foundation - Vancouver, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Law firm makes $9.7 million and counting representing Nycha       Cache   Translate Page      

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          Another absurd attack from D.C. on NYC construction unions      Cache   Translate Page      

To the editor:

Richard Berman’s attacks on the Building Trades just keep on coming. One day its repackaged disinformation on Project Labor Agreements. The next day its erroneous drivel about minority representation in the trades ("

But who is Richard Berman? Funnily enough, he doesn’t even have an office in New York City. His firm, Berman & Company, is based in Washington, D.C. Berman has become the go-to guy to fight against a cause or issue that is good for society. Berman offers his services to the highest bidder and has created a dizzying collection of organizations that have run media campaigns concerning obesity, smoking, cruelty to animals, taxes, drinking and driving, as well as not increasing the minimum wage. By employing deceptive astroturf techniques, Berman’s organizations create the illusion that unpopular positions have grassroots support, when that is not the case.

One of Berman’s signature groups, the Center for Consumer Freedom, is ostensibly “dedicated to protecting consumer choices.” Sounds good, right? In actuality, the group is funded by the fast-food, alcohol and tobacco industries. The group lobbies in favor of pesticide use on food, genetic engineering of crops, and smokers’ rights. Berman creates phony organizations to create the illusion of credibility, because the positions he fights for have no real support.

For the last few years, Berman has applied these strategies at the Center for Union Facts—an Orwellian-named organization as all of its facts are actually anti-union fiction—which has run a hit campaign against the Building Trades for nearly a year. While his campaigns are structured to preserve anonymity, is it a coincidence that Related Cos. launched its lawsuit against the Building Trades days before his organization launched its own dirty campaign? Or how about the time Related announced a fake deal with the NYC District Council of Carpenters the day before the center launched its ridiculous “Ask Gary Why?” campaign.

New Yorkers are street smart and know better than to listen to a D.C. fixer who acts as a puppet for a small cadre of anti-union real estate interests. He holds no credibility in this town and we will continue to hold him accountable!

Gary LaBarbera

President

Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York


          En Arkansas, l'ombre de la guerre commerciale avec la Chine      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Journaliste saoudien disparu : Erdogan demande des comptes à Riyad      Cache   Translate Page      
Après la disparition de Jamal Khashoggi, voix critique du pouvoir saoudien, les tensions diplomatiques s'accentuent entre Riyad, Ankara et Washington.
          Building morale through activism (just don't call it politics)      Cache   Translate Page      

When the partners at Work & Co arrived at their Brooklyn headquarters the day after Donald Trump was elected president, they found much of their staff crying. The digital product agency's talent, about half of whom are immigrants and 20% of whom are first-generation Americans, felt their world had been turned upside down.

"Events like that make you re- evaluate what's important," said Mohan Ramaswamy, one of the agency's founding partners, "and we were at a point when we could think about how we could bring more meaning to the work we were doing."

The fast-growing firm already had decided it wanted to provide more opportunities for its employees to do pro bono work, both because of the social good and because it would help with retention. A survey showed the company's staff overwhelmingly cared about three issues: immigration, women's health and climate change.

Two months after the election, the company chartered buses for people who wanted to attend the Women's March in Washington. It signed on to amicus briefs in immigration cases, focusing on those being heard by federal courts in California. It ramped up its work on environmental issues. Most of all, it donated work worth $800,000 to Planned Parenthood: creating a tracking trump.org tool to keep tabs on administration actions regarding reproductive rights, as well as improving other digital tools. Work & Co plans to unveil another major Planned Parenthood initiative next month.

It isn't clear how many New York companies have taken similar steps, even among the tech sector, where it is common practice to give employees time to work on their own projects. But Work & Co is a good example of a company willing to stretch traditional boundaries of what is possible when it comes to advocacy.

Ramaswamy is uncomfortable with the notion that he has plunged into politics. "Typically you don't want politics to be muddled with your job," he said. "But I think for us it was less about politics than about the kind of topics that interact with our staff." He shrugged his shoulders when reminded that few issues are more politically contentious than the three to which Work & Co has committed.

The pro bono projects that the company takes on are just like the ones it handles for clients: product design and development of digital tools for the web and mobile applications. It has grown from five employees to almost 260 in a little more than five years, serves large clients such as Apple and Google and has outposts in Portland, Ore., and Brazil. The firm wants its staff to be close-knit, ordering in lunch every day so people eat together (but they go home at night, unlike at other tech shops—so there are no pool tables).

Although large companies worry about alienating customers with political activity, Ramaswamy said his clients have been supportive, in part because Work & Co is doing what customers believe they can't.

The upcoming election results are unlikely to change Work & Co's efforts, he said, except maybe someday the firm can provide governments with tools to make their efforts more effective.

Is Work & Co an outlier in New York or is your company doing something similar? Tell me about it: gregdavid49@gmail.com.


          A developer's project becomes his downfall       Cache   Translate Page      

Ruddy Thompson had big plans to build housing. When they fell apart, the rest of his life did too

They're not all fat cats.

Complaints about "greedy developers" trace back to ancient times, but the city's real estate business is littered with builders toppled by recessions, cost overruns and disputes with lenders and partners.

Ruddy Thompson's downfall can be traced not to just one such catastrophe but a combination of them.

Beyond causing the probable demise of the Upper Manhattan condominium project into which he has sunk more than a decade of his life, the saga has left his once-flush bank accounts empty, his family torn apart, his health in tatters and his future bleak.

Thompson's story reveals the ruinous potential of a business in which markets can abruptly shift, partnerships can end in betrayal and construction glitches can stymie even the most sophisticated builder.

"The narrative about developers making tons of money isn't always true," said David Scharf, a lawyer at Morrison Cohen who became involved in the condo project at the behest of Thompson's ex-wife.

"In the case of Ruddy Thompson, this project has become his Waterloo," Scharf added. "It ruined his marriage, split his family and has left him destitute. It's tragic."

Thompson purchased 33-35 Overlook Terrace, a lot of more than 30,000 square feet in Washington Heights, in 2002. His opportunity to build finally came in 2007, when the real estate market was at a historic zenith, banks were extending record levels of credit, and even untested developers readily got financing. Thompson secured a roughly $95 million loan to raise a 23-story, 114-unit residential condominium that would tower over the predominantly low-rise neighborhood around it.

Until then he had made a good living as a banking executive, dabbling in real estate only as a side venture. In the 1990s, Thompson said, he bought about 40 buildings in the Bronx over several years, selling them all by the end of the decade before prices had appreciated much. He had never built a building from the ground up.

Although the Overlook Terrace lot was well located—beside the A line's 181st Street station—it presented geological challenges. An enormous, sloping mound of schist had to be removed to make way for the project's foundation. Thompson also wanted two entrances, one on Overlook Terrace and the other on Fort Washington Avenue, a more desirable corridor. He reached a deal with the Fort Tryon Jewish Center to renovate an aging building that the synagogue owned along Fort Washington Avenue in exchange for using a portion of the property for the second entrance, adding several million dollars in costs.

When construction began in 2007, the incessant racket of jackhammers and bulldozers used to remove the rock prompted an uproar from neighbors and generated negative press.

Before much progress could be made, the Great Recession hit, and in 2008 Amalgamated Bank, the project's main lender, refused to continue funding the development, bringing work to a halt.

By then Thompson had spent more than $30 million on the rock removal, architectural services, air rights from the Jewish center, interest on the loan and other expenses. Laboring around the clock to restart the development and also build another residential project he was working on in the Bronx, Thompson said he rarely had time for his wife and three children. He would pop a stimulant, he said, to stay sharp as he worked late into the night.

"Taking Adderall was like wiping the fog from a pair of glasses," he said.

His wife, Jacqueline, moved out of the couple's bedroom and into a guest room in their 9,000-square-foot Westchester County home at the beginning of that year, blaming his snoring, and began to see a marriage counselor at their church.

"Until the market crash hit, I was on top of the world," Thompson said. "Then suddenly my wife is seeing a counselor and he's giving her bad advice."

In 2010, although the economy was beginning to pick up, Amalgamated moved to seize the property, claiming in a foreclosure suit that the loan had matured and Thompson had violated other terms of the agreement, including a prohibition against accruing additional debts against the site. Thompson was locked in a separate lawsuit with a contractor that said he owed more than $2 million for the rock removal and had filed a mechanic's lien against the property.

The litigation, along with Thompson's lavish lifestyle, began to drain his personal finances. He said his wife spent thousands of dollars each month shopping. (She didn't respond to a request for comment.) Thompson had refinanced his home in Rye in the mid-2000s, raising his monthly mortgage payments to about $20,000. Thousands more were spent every month on country-club dues, landscaping, housekeepers and private school.

Alarmed by the rapid depletion of their wealth, Jacqueline grew more distant, according to her husband. "The money was hemorrhaging," he said, "and she lost confidence in me."

Around that time, Thompson said he began getting bad headaches from the stress and workload. He would drink red wine in the afternoon to take the edge off, a habit that along with his Adderall consumption alarmed his wife.

"She called me a drug addict," Thompson said. Although he struggled with an addiction to amphetamines in his late teens, he denied abusing substances as an adult.

In 2012 Jacqueline moved into the property's pool house, and around Thanksgiving of that year she packed up and relocated to California. Thompson said he learned of her looming departure from one of his sons.

"She didn't even say goodbye," Thompson said. "I never thought she would abandon me. In a lot of ways, this development broke us apart."

Thompson is still bitter about the split.

"The Bible gives three reasons for separation—infidelity, abandonment or brutality—and I had committed none of those," he said.

Jacqueline filed for divorce in 2013. Soon after, their two sons, who by then were out of college, also moved to the West Coast. Stressed by his family's unraveling, Thompson, who had a heart condition and had gained weight from years of physical inactivity and bad eating habits, suffered two heart attacks in May of that year.

"I couldn't even walk 10 feet," he said.

In 2014 he received what seemed like a reprieve. The rock-removal contractor had dropped its suit, and Amalgamated lost its foreclosure case, surprising some legal observers. It was ordered to resume funding the construction loan, giving Thompson hope he could finally build the tower. But the bank appealed, and the project remained at a standstill.

Two more years passed. By then Thompson had run up more than $1 million in legal fees, much of which he owed to Lewis Trippett, an elder in Thompson's church.

"He still sends me the bill every month," Thompson said. "I don't even look at it. It depresses me."

His finances were in ruins and creditors were pursuing him. American Express had sued him in 2013 for a roughly $23,000 credit-card debt. In a separate case, Westchester law firm Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein won a $180,255 judgment for unpaid legal fees for its work resolving a dispute Thompson had with a former business partner.

Meanwhile, Thompson was forced to unload his Westchester home in a short sale. Broke, he settled with Amalgamated, agreeing to sell the Overlook Terrace site by September 2017. In exchange, the bank said it would mark down the $30 million-plus Thompson owed to $19.5 million—an arrangement that appeared to give him a chance at a profit. His divorce agreement with his ex-wife required him to hand her 30% of anything he made from the site.

Yet Thompson was unable to strike a deal with a buyer. He said bad health kept sidelining him, and he claimed Scharf, the attorney his wife hired to protect her interests, foiled a potential sale. Scharf disputes Thompson's account, saying buyers steered clear or made low offers because they feared the site's complexities and costs, including the obligation to rebuild the Jewish center.

"This is still a fringe location for high-end residential development, and it has challenges from a constructability perspective," Scharf said, noting that he hired a reputable brokerage firm, Ariel Property Advisors, to market the site. "The truth is that Ruddy can't let go, and he's not particularly functioning at this point or realistic about the project and what his options really are."

After a final extension expired May 31, with no sale in sight, Amalgamated moved again to foreclose. In August, the day before an auction for the property was to be held, Thompson plunged the limited- liability company through which he controls the property into bankruptcy in an attempt to buy more time to sell. Even if he can arrange a deal, it's uncertain if Amalgamated still would be willing to reduce the size of the debt it is owed, making the chances slim that he can arrange a profitable exit for himself.

The bankruptcy has moved the site into a new chapter of legal wrangling. The bank, according to its attorney, is seeking to nullify the Chapter 11 filing by claiming that Jacqueline is the site's true owner and that Thompson had no legal right to push it into bankruptcy, an assertion that Scharf supports.

"Ruddy's grant of power was terminated by Jackie when Ruddy didn't get a deal done," Scharf said.

Thompson said coming out empty-handed would be disastrous for him. He is living in a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side and is more than $80,000 behind on his rent. His only assets are a Range Rover and a Mercedes—leftovers from the days when he lived an affluent life with his family in Westchester.

"I'm worth less than zero if I get nothing from the site," Thompson said. "I'll probably move to China. I was there once, and I know they can use people like me who know English and who are honest."


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          Nikki Haley Leaves The UN: What To Know And What Comes Next      Cache   Translate Page      
Nikki Haley’s announcement that she is leaving her post as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations blindsided many in Washington. Her 21 months in the position were marked by a forceful display of President Donald Trump’s foreign policies, but also by some disagreements.
          Gaetan Picon: Korunk szellemi körképe - Jelenlegi ára: 1 350 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
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Washington, 1963. Occidental Press, második, javított kiadás,   539 l.
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          U. Washington Students Create Website for Anonymous Sexual Assault Accusations Against Men      Cache   Translate Page      
“Make Them Scared UW”
          US Calls on Saudi Arabia to Conduct Probe into Khashoggi Disappearance      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has called on the government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
          State Department: US Foreign Military Sales for 2018 Increased to $55.66Bln      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US foreign military sales for 2018 increased by 33 percent compared to the previous year's total, the State Department's Political-Military Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.
          After Meeting Kim, Pompeo Says Now Sees Path to Denuclearized North Korea      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that after his recent meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, he can now see a path forward toward the goal of denuclearizing North Korea.
          Low Priority of Cybersecurity Gives Hackers Access to US Weapons Systems – Audit      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Hackers working with the US Department of Defense (DOD) were able to take control of major weapons systems now under development, in part because US officials have failed to make cybersecurity a priority, according to an audit by the General Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
          Ocasio-Cortez: Must 'eliminate Electoral College'      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist hoping to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, declared over the weekend that the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished. “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation […]
          New US Long Range 'Deep Strike' Missile Integrated in Launcher – Raytheon      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Army’s development of a long-range Deep Strike missile completed a major milestone with the successful integration into existing truck-mounted missile launchers, the defense contractor Raytheon announced in a press release.
          Trump diz que pode considerar ex-assessora Dina Powell para cargo na ONU      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, disse nesta terça-feira que irá considerar selecionar a ex-executiva do Goldman Sachs e ex-assessora da Casa Branca Dina Powell para o cargo de...

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          Kavanaugh tem papel destacado em primeiro dia na Suprema Corte dos EUA      Cache   Translate Page      
Por Andrew Chung e Lawrence HurleyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deixando para trás um processo de confirmação turbulento que dividiu o país, Brett Kavanaugh estreou como juiz da Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos nesta terça-feira...

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          Trump diz que segunda cúpula com líder norte-coreano está sendo organizada      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, confirmou nesta terça-feira que realizará uma segunda reunião com o líder norte-coreano, Kim Jong Un, dizendo que autoridades de ambos os países estão...

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          How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico      Cache   Translate Page      
And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was recently in Puerto Rico. During his trip, Naidoo looked carefully at the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—the Category 4 hurricane in 2017 that tore through the Caribbean. No island in its path was spared, with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit rightly calling the damage “mindboggling.” Puerto Rico, a part of the United States of America, was struck hard, but not much harder than the other islands. Yet, the relief, rehabilitation and recovery on this island have been slow—paralytically slow. Naidoo’s visit to Puerto Rico comes a year after Hurricane Maria and yet, as he wrote, “it is shocking that so many people are forced to live in such a precarious situation; even worse when they are part of one of the richest nations in the world.”

In January 2018, the Canadian journalist Naomi Klein spent a week in Puerto Rico as a guest of Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance (PAReS). In 2017, before the hurricane, students at the University of Puerto Rico had gone on strike to defend public education. PAReS was created by some professors as a way to join the student struggle. Puerto Rico, over the course of the past decade, has been locked in a series of impressive battles over the suffocation of its public institutions by its local government and by its imperial overlords in Washington, D.C. (Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States).

During her visit, Naomi Klein visited not only areas hit hard by the storm and by the planned disregard by the state, but also places of imagination that try to create popular relief and reconstruction. These places included Casa Pueblo (Adjuntas), Dalma Cartagena’s Agriculture in Harmony with the Environment project (Orocovis) and the Mutual Aid Project (Mariana). It is here, in these places of experimentation and love, that Naomi Klein finds the antidote to the disaster capitalism that ruins Puerto Rico—ruined it before the hurricane, ruined it just after the hurricane and proceeds to ruin it for the future. Her report—first published in the Intercept—has now been released in the form of a small book by Haymarket Books.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is clear. Here is an island, part of the United States since the U.S. war on the Spanish Empire in 1898, where the people have little democratic control of its institutions and resources. Public finances in the island are a mess—the island is overwhelmed by $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities. Payment of these debts is constitutionally mandated, with debt servicing draining the state government of the ability to move an agenda to benefit the just over three million Puerto Ricans. Half the population could not find work before the hurricane struck, with public facilities killed off as the local government throttled them of funds. No wonder, then, that protests across the island had become a normal feature of life before Hurricane Maria.

One area of concern had been Puerto Rico’s electricity grid. As Naomi Klein reports, a shocking 98 percent of its electricity comes from fossil fuels. Without any local oil, gas or coal, Puerto Rico receives its fuel by ship, the people buying electricity at rates higher than paid for on the U.S. mainland. The imported fossil fuels and a centralized electricity grid left the island vulnerable to the shock of the hurricane. The grid collapsed in the hurricane, electricity not available for months and even now spotty in many places. Desire to privatize the electricity company is at the top of the list of desires by the U.S. government. Naomi Klein’s concept of disaster capitalism is made for this situation—as a disaster strikes, money is to be made by the oligarchy on the disaster, both on the defaulted bonds and on the privatization of public resources.

Disaster Socialism

Naomi Klein reports on the small voices of hope from Puerto Rico—organic farming that was able to feed people even as industrial food could not be distributed, solar panels on the roofs of cultural centers that provided energy for communities with no power for months on end. These little pockets of an alternative are precisely the norm in another island in the Caribbean—Cuba.

Cuba, like Puerto Rico, was struck hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the situation there was utterly different. Suffocated by the U.S. embargo and penalized by centuries of colonial plunder, Cuba—after the revolution—has struggled to create new pathways for its people. When a hurricane comes, Cuba prepares by moving its vulnerable population to safety and by detaching its already decentralized power system. The devastation is managed, the recovery as swift as possible. It should startle the reader that even though Cuba was hit by the same hurricane, it offered to send medical personnel and electrical workers to help the people of Puerto Rico (as it had offered help to the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a storm that also struck Cuba with equal velocity).

Disaster socialism is a key part of Cuba’s landscape. Its people are organized into voluntary units and its infrastructure is decentralized to mirror the decentralization of governance on the island.

Pushed by the blockade (since 1963) and by a deep interest in sections of the Cuban Communist Party in ecological socialism, the Cubans held an ecological conference in 1980, created the National Commission for the Protection of the Environment and the Preservation of Natural Resources and passed Law no. 31 in 1981 to protect the environment. It was based on this current inside Cuba that Fidel Castro made the comment at the 1992 UN Rio Conference on Environment and Development, “Tomorrow will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.”

Cuba offers a window into country-wide projects based on the principles of agro-ecology—urban farming with biopesticides, farmers cooperatives, ban on construction of homes in coastal areas, Integrated Neighborhood Transformation Workshops (TTIB) that bring together neighbors who have a range of skills to solve problems for their own area. There are limits placed by the embargo and by history—reliance upon fossil fuels is one, while reliance upon food imports is another. But, in terms of the energy grid, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cuba reformed its entire system, phasing out incandescent bulbs and breaking up the energy grid. Cuba plans to have a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources in the next decades and hopes to deepen its use of renewable energy in the years to come.

What was experienced in Cuba was also experienced recently when the left-government in Kerala, India, and the socially conscious people of Kerala worked hard against the catastrophic floods that struck the state. At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, there is a full dossier on that flood and on the efforts of the left government and of Kerala’s society. The experience in Cuba, in other words, is not cultural—something about the Cuban people. It is structural—something about the benefits of a socialist society and state.

Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. Their vision for Puerto Rico resembles what Cuba was under the control of the U.S. mafia and monopoly capital before the revolution. Their utopia is Cuba, c. 1958. Klein writes of the confrontation between two utopias, that of the Puertopians and that of the agro-ecological forces from Casa Pueblo and Organización Boricuá. But, there is a wider choice—between the savage disaster capitalism pushed by the U.S. government or the socialist experiments in Cuba and Kerala. The former—disaster capitalism—is a vision of states and corporations that drain social energy. The latter—socialism—works alongside social dynamism to create a new world.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Christopher Columbus likely would have slipped back into obscurity if not for American hubris.

Christopher Columbus was a narcissist.

He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name “xpo ferens” – “the Christbearer.” His stated goal was to accumulate enough wealth to recapture Jerusalem. His arrogance led to his downfall, that of millions of Native Americans – and eventually fostered his resurrection as the most enduring icon of the Americas.

Columbus in chains

In 1496, Columbus was the governor of a colony based at Santo Domingo, in what is now the modern Dominican Republic – a job he hated. He could not convince the other “colonists,” especially those with noble titles, to follow his leadership.

They were not colonists in the traditional sense of the word. They had gone to the Indies to get rich quick. Because Columbus was unable to temper their lust, the Crown viewed him as an incompetent administrator. The colony was largely a social and economic failure. The wealth that Columbus promised the Spanish monarchs failed to materialize, and he made continuous requests for additional financial support, which the monarchs reluctantly provided.

By 1500, conditions in Hispaniola were so dire that the Crown sent Francisco de Bobadilla to investigate. Bobadilla’s first sight, at the mouth of the Ozama River, was four Spanish “mutineers” hanging from gallows. Under authority from the king, Bobadilla arrested Columbus and his brothers for malfeasance and sent them to Spain in chains. Columbus waited seven months for an audience at the court. He refused to have his chains removed until the meeting, and even asked in his will to be buried with the chains.

Although the Spanish rulers wanted Columbus to disappear, he was allowed one final voyage from 1502 to 1504. He died in 1506, and went virtually unmentioned by historians until he was resurrected as a symbol of the United States.

Inventing Columbus

In the mid-18th century, scholars brought to light long-forgotten documents about Columbus and the early history of the New World.

One of the most important was Bartolome de las Casas’ three-volume “Historia de las Indias.” This book was suppressed in Spain because it documented Spain’s harsh treatment of the native peoples. His depiction of Spanish mistreatment of the Indians provided the foundation for the “Black Legend.” His account “blackened” Spanish character by depicting it as repressive, brutal, intolerant and intellectually and artistically backward. Whatever Spain’s motives, the conquest of the Americas destroyed native cultures and ushered in centuries of African enslavement.

Another was the personal journal of Christopher Columbus from his first voyage, published in 1880. The journal captured the attention of Gustavus Fox, Abraham Lincoln’s assistant secretary of the Navy, who made the first attempt to reconstruct the route of Columbus’s first voyage.

Renewed scholarly interest in Columbus coincided with political motives to deny Spain any remaining claims in the Americas. Spain’s American colonies declared independence, one by one, from the beginning of the 19th century. Simón Bolivar, and other Creole revolutionary leaders, embraced a classical philosophy that highlighted their Roman ancestry to a degree that “Spanish America” was converted to Latin America. The final assault came with the U.S. invasion of Cuba and the six-month Spanish-American War in 1898. Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the U.S. Virgin Islands from Denmark.

Columbus likely would have slipped back into obscurity if not for American hubris.

The Columbian Exposition

In 1889, France put on what reviewers described as the most spectacular World’s Fair possible. Held on the Champs de Mars in Paris, its crowning achievement was the Eiffel Tower.

After Paris, the United States set out to prove to the world it was the equal of Europe by staging its own World’s Fair. No one has claimed credit for the theme of the Exposition, but the stage was set when American writer and author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving, attempted to revive his flagging career by writing the first biography of Christopher Columbus in English, published in 1828.

His embellishments created the great hero whose legend the fair celebrated: “He was one of those men of strong natural genius, who appear to form themselves; who, from having to contend at their very outset with privations and impediments, acquire an intrepidity in braving and a facility in vanquishing difficulties.”

The Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair was timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World. President Benjamin Harrison presided over opening ceremonies on Oct. 12, 1892. That same day, the Pledge of Allegiance was introduced in American schools.

Chicago created the “White City” – a collection of nine “palaces” designed by America’s greatest architects, conceived and constructed in only 26 months. Outside the White City was the grittier Midway, which is now a common feature of carnivals and fairs. The fair gave visitors their first taste of carbonated soda, Cracker Jacks and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. An enormous 264-foot-tall Ferris wheel transported 36 cars each carrying up to 60 people on a 20-minute ride. More than 28 million tickets were sold during the six months the Columbian Exposition was open. Columbus was the darling of 19th-century mass media.

Seventy-one portraits of Columbus, all posthumous, hung in a Grand Gallery. Following Irving’s descriptions, Columbus became the embodiment of the American Dream. The son of simple wool weavers and someone who had a great dream challenged the greatest scholars of his day, and boldly went where no man had gone before. Better yet, he was Italian. America could deny that Spain had any part in the discovery of the New World.

President Harrison declared a national holiday to coincide with opening of the Columbian Exposition – Columbus Day. It was officially recognized by Congress in 1937.

In 1992, as the United States prepared for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, the pendulum swung again. The devastating impact of his “discovery” on native peoples throughout the Americas led protesters to decry Columbus as a “terrorist.”

Columbus the man died more than 500 years ago. Columbus the legend is still being dismantled. His story illustrates the blurred borders between myth and history – how an architect of destruction was turned into a national symbol.

This is an updated version of an article originally published on Oct. 10, 2016.

This article has been updated to correct the name of the president who presided over the Columbian Exposition’s opening ceremonies.

William Francis Keegan, Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, University of Florida

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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          Weekday Trumpdate: Nikki Haley Gets the Fuck Out, Trump Tweets "Multilayered Nonsense"      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe Ivanka will go to the UN. by Chase Burns
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Another day, another Trumpddate. Was it really just a week ago that the NY Times's bombshell reporting on Trump's finances came out? Whatever happened with all that? Oh yeah. Nothing.

The big news of today, so far, is that Nikki Haley—"one of Trump’s many dignity beards," as Rich Smith calls her—is leaving her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From CBS News:

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is leaving her post at the end of the year, President Trump announced in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Haley's replacement is unclear, although Mr. Trump said he will likely select the new ambassador in the next two or three weeks.

Haley told reporters she will not run for office in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, in an attempt to quash speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.

[...]

Mr. Trump said a number of people would like to do Haley's job, and claimed it's a more "glamorous" position than it was a couple years ago.

Who will take that glam position? Maybe someone from Goldman Sachs! From CNBC:

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has had discussions with senior members of the administration about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In the days leading up to Haley's sudden and surprising resignation Tuesday, senior White House officials reached out to Powell about possibly taking the role, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

But maybe Ivanka will take Haley's place! Per NBC News:

"How good would Ivanka be?" he asked rhetorically before dismissing the idea.

"I think Ivanka would be incredible but it doesn't mean [I would name her]," Trump said. "I would be accused of nepotism." He added that he thought there was no one "more competent in the world" than Ivanka Trump.

Yeah... that wouldn't just be nepotism:


But wait wait wait! Why is Haley leaving if she's not trying to run for president? Are we supposed to buy that she's just tired? Maybe it has something to do with this... per HuffPo:

A watchdog organization is calling for an investigation into seven private flights taken by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that were paid for by South Carolina business executives.

The 2017 flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were between New York, Washington and three cities in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor before joining the Trump administration. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the flights were likely worth about $24,000 and should be investigated by the State Department’s inspector general.

While the Haley news was breaking, Trump tweeted this nonsense:

The Washington Post breaks it down:

The tweet appears to be rare multilayered nonsense. Nonsense within older nonsense.

The base layer is the false premise that hundreds of protesters who swarmed the Capitol during Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings were “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” as Trump put it in another pronouncement last week, in contradiction to all known facts.

Onto this original falsehood, Trump has now stacked the baffling claim that the paid protesters were not, in fact, paid — “they haven’t gotten their checks,” as he wrote.

This is the conundrum the world is trying to solve.

They go on to decipher the whole mess here.

His Twitter today hasn't been complete multilayered nonsense*. He's also getting out the vote:


*Well, the "Vote.GOP" part definitely counts as multilayered nonsense.

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          Anonymous UW Students Publish Rape Accusations Online. What Could Go Wrong?      Cache   Translate Page      
For those who are falsely accused, the consequences can be deadly serious. by Katie Herzog
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At the end of September, a group of anonymous University of Washington students launched a new website. Called, “Make Them Scared,” the website solicits and publishes the names of men, both in and outside of the school, who have been accused of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. It’s the Shitty Media Men list, UW edition.

The Shitty Media Men list was a collection of anonymous allegations against men working in media that circulated online in the wake of #MeToo. Like Make Them Scared, it was created anonymously, although the originator eventually came out. Allegations on the list, which was hosted on a Google Doc that anyone with access could edit, ranged from flirting and “weird dates” to physical abuse and rape.

When Make Them Scared first launched in September, anyone could submit a claim anonymously and the alleged abuser would be automatically added. Shortly after, the unknown creators of the list decided that anonymous accusations would no longer be accepted. Now, the creators know the accusers’ identities—which they verify through the accuser’s Facebook account—but their identities are not made public. And, like the Shitty Media Men list—which advised readers to take allegations "with a grain of salt"—the UW list comes with that caveat as well: "We do not have the ability to absolutely determine whether any accused party is guilty of the accused acts,” the site reads, "so take all names listed with a grain of salt."

This project is not supported by everyone on campus. On Monday, the editorial board of The UW Daily, the student newspaper that first broke this story, outlined their concerns in an editorial: "The editorial board cannot justify the actions of the list’s creators," the board wrote. "It completely circumvents due process and trivializes the seriousness with which accusations ought to be received. It ends up lending more credit to the argument that even truthful accusations should be viewed with suspicion and as part of a vengeful agenda, not one that seeks justice."

The creators of the list, however, believe they are beginning a movement, and hope that other campuses will follow suit. “We want to give victims a sense of justice and rest that other avenues deny them,” the creators told the Daily in an email. “Although catharsis for victims is part of it, we aren’t publishing the names for the sake of that alone. We also want the list to serve as a deterrent for future perpetrators, and as a resource for potential victims to consult for their own safety.”

Of course, a site like this could go very, very wrong. The number of false rape allegations that are never reported to police is unknown, but most studies put the percentage of false rape allegations that are reported and investigated to between 2 and 10 percent. It’s rare. But for those who are falsely accused, the consequences can be deadly serious.

Stephen Elliott is one of about 70 men included on the Shitty Media Men list last year, and he isn't shy about his problems. Elliott has written about his issues with drugs, with sex, with family, and with homelessness over and over again, including in his 2009 memoir The Adderall Diaries, which was turned into a movie staring James Franco. A profile of him in the Chicago Tribune called him, "intriguingly damaged, sweetly introspective and with enough personal baggage to inform four semiautobiographical novels—so far." What Elliott is not, he insists, is a rapist, and finding out he'd be anonymously accused of rape (along with "sexual harassment, coercion, unsolicited invitations to his apartment, and sneaking into the Binders," a women's only Facebook group) came as a shock. In an essay published by Quillette, he explained why: "I don’t like intercourse," he wrote. "I don’t like penetrating people with objects, and I don’t like receiving oral sex. My entire sexuality is wrapped up in BDSM. Crossdressing, bondage, masochism. I’m always the bottom."

In interviews with The Stranger, Elliott said that his behavior both in and outside the bedroom can be both atypical and unprofessional (he does not, however, know how he ended up in the Binders Facebook group.) A longtime friend of his told me that Elliot (who, as a child, was a ward of the state and lived in group homes) was "raised by wolves" and has "zero boundaries.” He’s the kind of guy who will talk about sex in front of your grandma. It's easy to see how his behavior could be construed as—or could be—sexual harassment.

Still, Elliott says he’s never come even close to raping someone. Not only is sexual violence not in his character, penetrative sex just isn’t a part of his sex life. Of course, rape can take many forms and is not always penetrative, but, according to Elliott, “I don’t think there is a person in the world who honestly believes that I raped them. I just didn't do it.”

Elliott has no idea what or who put him on the Shitty Media Men list, but soon after it came out, a number of his friends, along with his Hollywood agent, stopped returning his calls. He was unable to find work in LA, where he had moved in the hopes of breaking into TV writing. Were the calls not coming because of the list, or was it some other reason? Elliott doesn't know, but the accusation took a major toll on his life. He relapsed on drugs and was deeply suicidal. Instead of killing himself, however, Elliott got sober, started going to meetings, and contacted former lovers and friends, asking if he’d ever raped them, even without his knowledge. He wanted to apologize and hold himself accountable if he had. No allegations, however, came forth.

Elliott also started writing about it. Getting an essay about being anonymously accused of rape published, however, wasn’t easy. “New York Magazine agreed to run it,” he wrote in the essay that was eventually published by Quillette. “I worked with the editor for a few weeks and then, just as I believed it was about to be published, they informed me that it wouldn’t run after all. It was then accepted by two senior editors at the Guardian, but the essay was spiked again, apparently after other editors revolted. I’ve never had an essay accepted somewhere and then rejected. Now it’s happened twice.”

According to emails provided by Elliott, just three hours after an editor at the Guardian accepted his piece, he reneged on his offer. “As you can appreciate with a piece of this nature, various discussions have to be had with a number of editors and a collective view taken,” the editor wrote to Elliott. “The balance of that view has changed which is the reason I’m writing you now.” He advised Elliott to “save [himself] the agony” of further rejection and self-publish his piece on Medium.

In the year since the Shitty Media Men list became public, no further allegations of sexual abuse against Elliott have emerged. After his essay came out, however, two writers came forward with other accusations of wrongdoing. Marisa Siegel, the current owner of the Rumpus, the literary website Elliott founded, published an essay about how he once barged into her hotel room at a conference. The experience, she wrote, left her “shaken.”

Elliott admits he did this, but, he said, it wasn't some sort of "sinister plot." He says he needed to talk to Siegel and, yes, went about it in a wildly unprofessional manner. Elliott's long-term friend told me that he could easily see Elliott doing this. "He'll eat the food out of your fridge," Elliott’s friend said. "He just doesn't have any boundaries."

This lack of boundaries has come up before. In 2015, award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins wrote an essay in Tin House about her own uncomfortable encounter with Elliott while in graduate school. She says that Elliott, who was visiting the school and whom she’d offered to put up for the night, repeatedly asked to sleep in her bed. Elliott admits this is true, but, he says, he wasn’t trying to hook up; it just seemed more comfortable than the air mattress on the floor. That, however, wasn't apparent to Watkins, and it's not hard to see why she, or anyone, would have been uncomfortable with this request. “It wasn’t cool to ask to get in her bed,” Elliott told me. “Now I see that.”

After Elliott’s essay came out, a former Rumpus employee, Lyz Lenz, made several accusations against him on Twitter. Lenz did not work at the Rumpus when she encountered Elliott but was volunteering for the website at a conference, where, she says, Elliott asked her back to his hotel room to watch a movie and, on the same occasion, pulled cash out of her back pocket. She also said that he “demanded” she work on his book project for free.

Elliott told me that he doesn’t remember pulling cash out of Lenz’s pocket but if she said he did, he believes that it happened. He also said that the movie he asked her to watch was one he was in the process of editing and that he asked lots of people, male and female, to watch it with him. (This was confirmed by Elliott’s friend.) As for demanding unpaid labor, that is not, according to emails provided by Elliott, strictly true. While Elliott did ask Lenz if she wanted to work on his book project, he also offered to pay. (When I asked Lenz for these emails, she initially agreed to provide them, then, soon after, changed her mind and said she wouldn’t be commenting any further.)

Whisper networks about abusers have likely existed as long as women have been abused. And for good reason: For much of human history, sexual assault and rape weren’t considered criminal offenses. In parts of the world, it’s still perfectly legal for men to rape their wives, and in the U.S., rape often goes unpunished. It's an unfortunate truth that women sometimes need protection from men, and whisper networks can help provide it when the justice system fails them.

Today, however, these rumors aren’t just whispered, they are posted online, often—as in both Elliott and UW’s case—with no investigation or statement from the accused. This, as The Daily editorial board pointed out, is a problem, and not just because it has the potential to ruin the lives of innocent humans. It also gives ammunition to those who would like to discredit movements like #MeToo. “The catharsis of reporting an assaulter's name and filling out a quick online form that might bring public shaming to those who’ve caused you pain is easy to imagine,” the editors wrote. “It’s simple, but unfortunately, that’s the problem. Accusing someone of a sex crime should not be totally effortless, because then the allegation loses its power.”

The creators of Make Them Scared didn't respond to a request for comment. On the website’s FAQ page, however, they acknowledge the potential downsides of a project like this. “Most people already know the statistics about false reports,” the website reads. “Basically, they’re very, very rare. In an anonymous system? Probably markedly less rare. In any system where an accuser has to attach their name to the accusation? We’re back to very rare. And our accusers have attached their names to their accusations for us to see. In exchange for their trust, we're here to take all the backlash they'd encounter if they went public with their names.”

Of course, they don’t investigate the claims, just publish them. And by running the website anonymously, the creators won’t personally feel any of the backlash. Whoever is running the site is just as nameless as the accusers themselves.

When reached for comment, SARVA, the UW organization that helps victims of sexual assault, said they haven't taken an official position on the list. The University, however, has. "The contents of the website are very concerning," said Victor Balta, UW spokesperson, said in a statement: "We do not know who is behind the site, and it is in no way affiliated with the UW. The UW is committed to our work toward preventing sexual violence and sexual harassment, maintaining support and protections for anyone who experiences such violence, properly investigating and addressing allegations, and upholding due process.” He urges anyone who has experienced rape or sexual assault to go directly to the University police as opposed to the internet.

As for Stephen Elliott, he might not be a rapist, but he has clearly made women uncomfortable in the past. During our conversations, he seemed mystified that anyone he worked with at the Rumpus or elsewhere would have looked at him as an authority figure—which, regardless of his awareness of it, he was. This power dynamic was invisible to Elliott, and his failure to see it didn’t just hurt some of the women around him, in the end, it hurt him as well. Still, there's a wide gap between causing someone discomfort and committing rape.

Today, Elliott is living in a new city, doing manual labor, and thinking back over his interactions with women, trying for figure out where, exactly he went wrong. He doesn’t blame anyone for his situation but himself. He said this, more than once, when we talked. He does, however, hope that Make Them Scared’s creators are fully aware of the consequences of publishing the names of the accused without thoroughly investigating the claims first. “Know that you’re possibly ruining someone’s life,” he said. “And then if you still want to do it, at least you’re doing it with the full knowledge that it’s forever.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts. Founded in 2015 in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tiny Montana hometown, Whitefish had just two employees when Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. The […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Iowa to boost Republican candidates and roll out new summer fuel standards. Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs is the latest stop on a busy tour campaigning for Republican candidates in the lead-up to November’s midterm congressional elections. Trump is expected to announce a long-expected move lifting […]
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El Misterio del diamante Hope.   En la sala de joyas del Instituto Smithsoniano, en Washington, D.C., una larga fila de visitantes pasaba frente a una vitrina de cristal a prueba de balas. Allí, refulgía quizá la más famosa y sensacional joya de la Tierra. En su sarta de 62 diamantes más pequeños, el iluminado […]

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          Trump declara estado de emergencia en Florida ante amenaza de huracán Michael      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington.- El presidente Donald Trump aprobó hoy la declaración de estado de emergencia para Florida ante la llegada del huracán Michael, que, según los pronósticos, tocará tierra en el noroeste de este estado el miércoles con vientos de unas 120 millas por hora (193 km/h). Esta declaración autoriza al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, en […]

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          3 Things the Church Must Do to Survive in This Culture      Cache   Translate Page      

In November, I will celebrate 50 years of being given the joy and privilege of ministering. It is and always will be the best thing that God could ever have called me to do with my life.

Over the years I've witnessed incredible miracles and walked through challenging wilderness seasons. These mountaintop and valley seasons have taught me a great deal about myself, my God and His kingdom, and they have caused me to grow and stretch in ways I never could have foreseen at the outset of my ministry career. As I look back, it's clear that my most significant lessons could be summed up in these six words of advice:

1. Be bold.

2. Be broken.

3. Be bright.

While studying the life of David and his desire for the presence of God in his life and in the lives of His people, I realized that throughout every battle and conflict, you can find the evidence of boldness, brokenness and brightness in him. These characteristics in David are what I believe made him a man after God's own heart, and they are why God was able to use him to impact the world around him, including his government. They are what will allow you and me to make an impact on our churches, our communities and our nation too.

As I was watching the Senate hearing in Washington this week, my heart was broken for where we are as a country. We are broken, divided and hostile toward each other. The enemy is saying the church is bigoted, racist, and condescending and that we doubt the Word of God. The devil wants people to believe the church is a thing of the past, so he whispers lies that cause people to question why we would pay attention to something written thousands of years ago. As for believers, even among our ranks there is little evidence of brokenness before the living, mighty, and holy God. There are very few who are willing to humble themselves and repent, or embrace God's love. Each side is flush with boldness but woefully lacking in the other two characteristics that made David so successful.

I am not at all saying the church should step back, stifling its voice in an attempt to find this balance. On the contrary. We cannot take responsibility for the actions and reactions of those with whom we are at odds, but we have a mandate to serve God obediently—and that service requires our boldness and brokenness before Him, even if it makes us uncomfortable.

Although most people who know me today wouldn't easily believe it, I was painfully shy as a child. Because of that shyness, when I was called upon to do bold things, I would cry. But here's the thing: Crying never stopped me. Even when I felt embarrassed of the spotlight or longed to disappear into the background, I knew I couldn't walk away from what I had been called to do, even if stepping out and being boldly obedient would bring painful tears that might make me the subject of ridicule. Before long I realized an important lesson, one I want you to consider today: Through my tears came the greatest breakthroughs of my life.

When our boldness comes out of brokenness before our God, the light of His presence breaks through, allowing the lost world around us to see the brightness of His glory.

The world wants to see Jesus, and right now they are more ready for Him than the church is ready for the world. But God is bringing balance to this area. I believe God is breaking the times of leanness of Spirit, and we get to witness it firsthand. He is clearing the air of a lot of junk in America. Don't be surprised but rather rejoice when you hear of outpourings of the Holy Spirit. God is birthing Holy Spirit boldness in the church, but it will only come out brokenness and humility. Watch, see, and move by faith as He releases the brightness of His glory.

The church in our nation must step up and show the world who God truly is and what the power of His love can do in our broken world. We must show them who we really are—bold, broken and bright with the love and light of Christ, the morning star.

Here's another way to put it: "You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16, MSG). {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor's conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


          New UN Report Predicts Climate Crisis by 2040. Now What?       Cache   Translate Page      

New UN Report Predicts Climate Crisis by 2040. Now What?

A new UN climate report predicts catastrophic damage by climate change by the year 2040. So what do we do now? We talk about technological and political solutions.

Trump Declares War on Poverty Over; Residents of Rural North Carolina Still Struggling to Get By

Battered by both hurricanes Maria and Florence, rural Lumberton, North Carolina, feels politically disconnected from Washington, DC.

Nikki Haley Announces She's Stepping Down as UN Ambassador

How will Nikki Haley's resignation impact the United States' relationships with the rest of the world?

Officer Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice is Now Working for Another Police Force

What does the community think of this officer working for their department?

Are We Seeing Voter Disenfranchisement Leading Up to the Midterms? 

As registration deadlines close in before the midterms, we look at what trends may be happening with voter disenfranchisement.

Can the Partisan Empathy Gap Be Fixed?

In the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, there are deep feelings of resentment on both sides of the aisle. Is that growing anger something that can or should be solved?

Guests:

Megan Mullin

Mark Jacobson

Ashley Balcerzak

Ambassador Michael McFaul

Greg Roby

Jessica Huseman

Lilliana Mason


          10 Tuesday AM Reads      Cache   Translate Page      

My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • Checking in on Bond Market Losses (A Wealth of Common Sense) see also Bond Bears Can’t Get Their Story Straight (Bloomberg View) • Trillion-Dollar Deficit? Whatever, Says New Washington Consensus (Bloomberg) • Here’s what the spread of misinformation on Twitter looks like (Poynter) • The US is hastening its own decline in AI, says a top Chinese investor…

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          El golpe suave en Nicaragua fue preparado con antelación      Cache   Translate Page      
Por bbackdoors.wordpress.com

El gobierno de los Estados Unidos realiza disímiles esfuerzos destinados a desestabilizar la situación política en algunos países de América Latina con el fin de cambiar los regímenes de estos gobiernos, para lo cual utilizan a los servicios especiales enemigos y las ONG bajo su control.

La actual situación de crisis que está viviendo Nicaragua forma parte de la estrategia del gobierno de los Estados Unidos hacia este país desde hace varios años, fundamentadas en la creación de una masa crítica para cuestionar, denunciar e incentivar movilizaciones contra el gobierno del presidente Daniel Ortega.

En el marco de esta estrategia, el gobierno norteamericano trabajó sobre la base de cuatro líneas de acción: la formación de liderazgo político juvenil, la guerra mediática, la unidad de la oposición y el fortalecimiento de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil. De esta manera se comenzaba a consumar el actual Golde de Estado contra el gobierno encabezado por Daniel Ortega.


Hacia el 2014 los Estados Unidos, a través de su Embajada en Managua, identificaron que los partidos políticos opositores locales eran inoperantes y no tenían liderazgo alguno, mientras que las organizaciones de la sociedad civil se proyectaban un tanto limitadas en sus acciones contra el gobierno y la creación de nuevos líderes.

Sobre esta base, en una clara intención de incidir en la población nicaraguense para propiciar acciones de desestabilización y rechazo a la gestión gubernamental, Estados Unidos destinó mayores montos de financiamiento a las organizaciones políticas opositoras nicaraguenses para revertir esta situación.

Valoraron que esta gama de organizaciones podría tener, a mediano y largo plazo, la capacidad de atraer a un sector de la población para realizar acciones antigubernamentales, creando así las condiciones para generar un golpe suave a través de la presión política a nivel local, el fortalecimento a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, la guerra informativa mediática y la creación de una plataforma de liderazgo juvenil, todo ello con un acompañamiento internacional garantizado.

En base a este enfoque organizaron y financieron un entramado de organizaciones de la sociedad civil y organizaciones de línea política opositoras, escudándose en proyectos de apariencia benéfica, internacionalismo civil, campañas de apoyo a la democracia, lucha contra la corrupción, promoción de derechos étnicos, liderazgo internacional, gobernanza local y periodismo independiente, entre otros, en una lógica operacional de infiltrarse en las organizaciones sociales, movimientos gremiales, universidades y asociaciones de profesionales, desde donde impulsaron la incidencia política con fines desestabilizadores, encubiertos en un supuesto bien común.

Las acciones estuvieron dirigidas a construir una masa crítica contra el gobierno que permitiera crear las condiciones subjetivas para un eventual momento de crisis. Esto lo lograron a través de la impartición de cursos de liderazgo juvenil que permitieron la formación de capacidades y líderes de la juventud, así como el trabajo direccionado sobre los periodistas independientes, medios de comunicación, sector LGTBI, grupos feministas y otros grupos de presión.

Para estos fines el gobierno de los Estados Unidos destinó en el período comprendido entre 2010 y 2018 aproximadamente 60 millones de dólares para Nicaragua, los cuales fueron ejecutados fundamentalmente por la USAID, el IRI y el NDI.

Formación de liderazgo juvenil

Los Estados Unidos en una muestra más de carácter injerencista de las acciones que lleva a cabo en Nicaragua, ha desarrollado desde el 2010 la iniciativa Democratic Development Leadership Program, DDLP (Acuerdo de cooperación USAID proyecto number 524-A00-10-00003-00)

Este programa forma parte de la labor subversiva contra Nicaragua, cuenta con el total apoyo de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Managua y es impulsado por el NDI, con presupuesto de la USAID, y sus principales objetivos, off the record, son:
  •     Crear una masa crítica de jóvenes líderes con enfoque opositor al gobierno de Daniel Ortega, que puedan ser el relevo generacional de la ya desgastada oposición nicaraguense.
  •     Influir negativamente en la masa de jóvenes que está captando actualmente el Frente Sandinista

Para esto el NDI se valió de un consorcio educativo conformado por universidades norteamericanas y nicaraguenses como la Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) de la Universidad George Washington, la Universidad Americana (UAM), la Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe nicaraguense (URACCAN) y ONG como el Instituto para el Desarrollo y la Democracia (IPADE).

Hasta la fecha se han realizado 11 cursos de DDLP, con un total de 3200 egresados, la mayoría residentes en cabeceras departamentales de los cuales escogían a los más destacados para realizar estudios y postgrados en la George Washington University.

Las universidades American College, UPOLI, UCA, URACCAN, UAM, UNI, UNAN y UNA sirvieron de sede de los diversos programas de capacitación y formación de líderes.

Estos cursos abordaron temas como la utilización de medios de comunicación tradicionales TV, radio, prensa, etc con fines políticos en tiempos de crisis, y el uso de nuevas tecnologías para la comunicación política efectiva.

El NDI además tenía la misión de organizar a estos jóvenes para que cuando las condiciones socio políticas estuvieran creadas pusieran en práctica los conocimientos adquiridos, como lo están demostrando ahora los jóvenes que lideran las protestas en las universidades quienes, en su gran mayoría, proceden de estos programas de liderazgo.

Para esto elaboraron una base de datos con sus ubicaciones y datos actualizados, para contar con una base juvenil de respaldo, destacándose entre sus integrantes a los opositores Luis Blandón, Chester Cortez, Alexa Zamora, Stephanie Rivas, Rayid Alvarado, Lester Hamilton, Karina Valdivia, Gladys Amador, Elsa Espinoza, Yasser Morazán, Gonzalo Norori Gómez, Stephany Palacios, Hassel Martínez, Ezequiel Montenegro, Ingrid Regidor, el periodista Oscar García, Gabriela Roa, Rudy Quiroz, Eduardo Marenco y Luis Ruiz.

Todo este trabajo político organizativo y de capacitación estaba dirigido en lo fundamental a crear conciencia en los jóvenes para oponerse y cuestionar medidas gubernamentales que, de alguna manera, afectaran a diversos sectores vulnerables en el país, o generaban inconformidades.

Paralelamente diseñaron una estrategia de comunicación digital, que inicialmente fue implementada con los jóvenes haciendo función de periodismo ciudadano durante los procesos electorales, donde ejercitaban el envío de videos y denuncias de problemas que se producían en las mesas electorales.

Este mismo diseño estratégico fue extendido al movimiento anti canal, movimientos ambientalistas, estudiantes universitarios, periodistas, camarógrafos y a los promotores de Derechos Humanos, de los cuales lograron al menos ubicar uno por comunidad en la Costa Caribe y demás cabeceras municipales del país.

Fuente: bbackdoors



          Re: The Agenda: Watchdog says Haley private jet flights were underreported; S.C. Sen. Mia McLeod shares assault story      Cache   Translate Page      
Consider the source and the fellow travelers: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is a left-wing organization that systematically targets Republicans and conservative-leaning groups with often-frivolous lawsuits, ethics complaints, and petitions for investigations by law enforcement agencies. CREW is funded in part by Democracy Alliance which was founded by former Clinton treasury official Rob Stein.
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          Safe Team Patroler - Alpine Mountain Operations - Mount Washington Alpine Resort - Courtenay, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
A member of our Safe Team Patrol (Safe Slopes) is one of the most important aspects to a ski hill Risk Management program. Our Safe Team members are some of...
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          Trump klagt weiter über Zinserhöhungen der US-Notenbank      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - US-Präsident Donald Trump lässt mit seiner Kritik an den Leitzinserhöhungen der Notenbank Federal Reserve (Fed) nicht locker. Es gefalle ihm nicht, was die Fed mache, sagte Trump am Dienstag in Washington. Mit Blick auf das Tempo, mit dem die Notenbank derzeit ihre Geldpolitik strafft, ergänzte er...
          October Ballard District Council meeting is on Wednesday      Cache   Translate Page      
The monthly Ballard District Council meeting is tomorrow, Oct. 10, at 7pm at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St). This month’s meeting will be focused on transportation, and will feature speakers from Washington DOT with an update on the Highway 99 viaduct and a light rail discussion with the Seattle Department of […]
          Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
Nikki Haley abruptly resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) on Tuesday, a development that sent shockwaves through Washington just a month before the midterm elections.Haley announced her deci...
          [MLS: Seattle Sounders] - Washington Federal Save of the Match: Stefan Frei stops Manotas      Cache   Translate Page      
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          ABD'den Cemal Kaşıkçı açıklaması: Detaylı ve şeffaf bir soruşturma istiyoruz      Cache   Translate Page      
ABD'den Cemal Kaşıkçı açıklaması
ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı Sözcüsü Heather Nauert, kayıp Washington Post yazarı Suudi gazeteci Cemal Kaşıkçı'nın durumuna ilişkin Suudi Arabistan yönetiminden detaylı ve şeffaf bir soruşturma istediklerini ifade etti.
          Pharmacy Technician - healthy heights pharmacy inc. - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page      
In search for a Pharmacist tech for brand new pharmacy in Washington Heights. Please forward all resumes. Interviews will be starting asap. Spanish... $25,000 - $150,000 a year
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          Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappeared. Will the U.S. take a stand?      Cache   Translate Page      
Jamal Khashoggi, a singular voice willing to criticize Saudi leaders, has disappeared in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate. The Washington Post columnist and prominent former editor has previously spoken out about some of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's actions, including the silencing of dissenters. Nick Schifrin talks with Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post and Robin Wright from the New Yorker.
          After unexpected scare, No. 7 Washington focused on Oregon      Cache   Translate Page      

SEATTLE – Chris Petersen is taking No. 7 Washington this week back to the site of arguably his more important road victory since becoming the Huskies coach.

Washington’s 70-21 thumping of Oregon two years ago ended a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks and still resonates in the Pacific Northwest. It made an emphatic statement that the Huskies intended on being the dominant program in the region again.

But this trip to Eugene comes with some trepidation. Yes, the Huskies (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) are still favorites and have won five straight following the season-opening loss to Auburn. But the 17th-ranked Ducks (4-1, 1-1) are vastly improved from two years ago and are coming off a bye.

And then there’s Washington’s performance last weekend in the second half at winless UCLA. What appeared to be another blowout became a closer-than-expected 31-24 victory over the Bruins. While Washington was thrilled to escape the Rose Bowl with its first win against the Bruins in Pasadena since 1995, the shaky performance also raised a major question:

If rebuilding UCLA can give Washington unexpected problems, what could the Ducks do this week, especially with the extra time to get ready?

“Details. It’s always the details. It’s not any one thing, it’s all details,” Petersen said Monday. “It’s not kids not playing hard, it’s not kids completely out of position, it’s just a little bit here a little bit there. You get tired a little bit. It’s like clockwork, it always is this time of the season – you’ve seen a lot of things and kids kind of know how it goes. But can you execute your technique and your assignment a little bit better than they can? And that’s really what it was.”

The second-half numbers against UCLA were staggering. After building a 24-7 halftime lead, the Huskies watched UCLA run 41 offensive plays, gain 207 yards and score on three of four possessions. The Huskies made one key stop early in the fourth quarter after UCLA had cut the deficit to 24-17, but it was far from the complete effort Petersen expects.

And it’s not close to what will be needed against the Ducks, especially considering the recent history and the Huskies’ current standing. In the past two games, Washington has outscored Oregon 108-24.

“I think it comes down to that competitive spirit and what kind of guys you have to compete,” Petersen said. “All you can do is set the table for them and how it’s going to be. I think they know. The better anybody does, the more people are going to pay attention to you. And so it is what it is.”

Washington’s beating of the Ducks two years ago was remembered for quarterback Jake Browning pointing at an Oregon defender as he scampered into the end zone for a 1-yard TD on the opening drive. Browning had eight touchdowns passing and running that day.

The Huskies would love another day like that, but it’s not realistic. That was a struggling Oregon team the Huskies routed. This Ducks team is on an ascent and likely would be undefeated if not for a second-half collapse against Stanford. With the Ducks’ extra week to prepare, the Huskies understand they’re likely to see something Oregon has yet to show on film.

“We got more tape than we know what to do with in terms of studying. They figure out what they think your weakness is and if you haven’t done something well, they’re going to come back to it,” Petersen said. “That’s just football to me. That’s just game planning.”


          Gonzaga-Michigan State scrimmage set for Oct. 27 in Minneapolis      Cache   Translate Page      

The Gonzaga-Michigan State closed scrimmage has been on the books for weeks and now they’ve settled on a date and location.

The college basketball powers will tangle Saturday, Oct. 27, in Minneapolis.

The Spartans are projected as a top 15 team despite having to replace lottery picks Jaren Jackson (No. 4 to Memphis) and Miles Bridges (No. 12 to the Los Angeles Clippers, traded to Charlotte).

The scrimmage should serve as quality preparation with both programs facing tough non-conference schedules. Michigan State opens against Kansas on Nov. 6. The Zags have marquee matchups against Tennessee, Washington, Creighton and North Carolina, and they’ll play in a loaded eight-team field at the Maui Invitational.

Michigan State beat the Zags 75-71 in East Lansing in 2009 and 74-67 in 2011 in Spokane, the latter behind Draymond Green’s 34 points.

Closed scrimmages have been permitted by the NCAA since 2005. Schools aren’t allowed to promote the event and media and fans are prohibited from attending.

GU has held past scrimmages against Baylor and Texas. The scrimmage will be a first for Michigan State, which has instead opted for two exhibition games.


          Suudi Arabistan'ın ABD büyükelçiliği, Kaşıkçı'yı İstanbul'a yönlendirmiş      Cache   Translate Page      
Kaşıkçı olayında Washington detayı
Suudi Arabistanlı muhalif gazeteci Cemal Kaşıkçı'nın, boşanma belgeleri almak için önce Washington’daki Suudi Arabistan Büyükelçiliği’ne gittiği, buradan İstanbul’daki başkonsolosluğa yönlendirildiği ortaya çıktı.
          100 tartarugas ameaçadas de extinção são roubadas nas Ilhas Galápagos      Cache   Translate Page      
Tartaruga-das-Galápagos (Foto: Wikicommons)

 

123 jovens tartarugas-das-galápagos foram roubadas de uma instalação criada para tentar salvar a espécie nas Ilhas Galápagos. “Elas foram levadas todas de uma vez. Foi um verdadeiro roubo”, afirmou o político local Washington Paredes à agência de notícias AFP. “Elas estão aqui. Se alguém quer aparecer de noite e roubá-las, eles conseguem”, completou, explicando que o complexo de Isla Isabella não tem muitas medidas de segurança.

As ilhas vulcânicas do arquipélago de Galápagos, a 906 quilômetros da costa do Equador, são o lar de muitos organismos endêmicos, incluindo diversas espécies de icônicas tartarugas gigantes.

Dos 15 estimados tipos distintos das tartarugas gigantes de Galápagos que viviam ali desde a chegada do homem, no final do século XVI, quatro foram extintos e o resto encontra-se em estado de ameaça a quase crítico.

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Estas tartarugas são espécimes incríveis graças a uma capacidade absurda de adaptação. A Chelonoidis é considerada a espécie das maiores tartarugas do mundo, podendo ter 1,87m e 385 kg durante seu período de vida, que pode ultrapassar 170 anos. Graças a esse imenso corpo, elas têm espaço para reservar grandes quantidades de água e gordura – o que, combinado com seu metabolismo lento de réptil, permite que ela passe até um ano sem coletar novos recursos.

Tristemente, são estas características que as fazem ser alvo de caça. Quando exploradores, piratas e caçadores de baleia começaram a utilizar as ilhas Galápagos como base, perceberam que as tartarugas nativas rendiam excelentes (e, de acordo com registros históricos, deliciosos) estoques de comida. Lentas e indefensáveis, foram roubadas aos milhares das ilhas e levados para navios.

Uma investigação está sendo conduzida para buscar os responsáveis pelo crime, que podem receber uma pena de até 10 anos de prisão.

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          Administration Implements Smith Proposal to Expand Availability of E15 Year-Round      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) praised President Trump’s decision to allow the year-round sale of E15 in accordance with legislation introduced by Smith. In a White House announcement today, the president directed the EPA to begin rulemaking to allow E15 to be sold during the summer months.

“The year-round availability of higher ethanol blends such as E15 is a simple, common sense measure which I have long championed for its benefits to producers, refiners, and consumers across America. In addition to introducing legislation requiring the EPA to allow the sale of E15 throughout the year, I have sent multiple letters and consulted administration officials on numerous occasions to this end. President Trump has long stated his support for renewable fuels, and I appreciate him following through on this commitment.”

To download an audio clip of Rep. Smith’s comments, click here.

To read about Rep. Smith’s bill to allow year-round sales of E15, click here.

To read Rep. Smith’s latest column on E15, click here.

To read Rep. Smith’s latest letter to the administration on E15 and 2019 RVOs, click here.


          La alucinante transformación de Belinda Washington, paso a paso      Cache   Translate Page      
Belinda Washington, invitada de la segunda gala de la séptima edición de 'Tu cara me suena', se ha pasado muchas horas en maquillaje para transformarse en Louis Armstrong. Nos enseña, junto a la maquilladora, el duro trabajo que se invierte en cada gala para conseguir esas magníficas caracterizaciones. ¡No te imaginas todo lo que lleva en la cabeza y en la cara!
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          Washington State Programs for Tax Relief      Cache   Translate Page      
NEST Office
7736 24th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 2:30 – 5pm

Building Name / Room Number / Site: NEST Seattle Fellowship Hall
Event Description: DID YOU KNOW? You Might Qualify for Property Tax Relief, and NEST Can Help! State law provides several tax benefit programs for older adults and people with disabilities who own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo, or co-op. These programs include property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. More than 26,000 qualified older adults and people with disabilities have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled., How to Get Free Help, If you think you may qualify, we can help. Call the NEST office at 206-525-6378 for an appointment with a counselor to discuss your qualifications and to get an application for a property tax exemption or deferral. This service is FREE and open to the public. We invite anyone residing in the King County area to call us for assistance - you don’t have to be a member of NEST., 206-525-6378
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          Why More Dictators Are Killing and Abducting Dissidents Abroad      Cache   Translate Page      

In Sheridan Circle on Washington’s Embassy Row lies a small plaque, little noticed by both tourists and locals, marking the spot where a car bomb killed Chilean diplomat-turned-think-tanker Orlando Letelier along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt in 1976. Letelier, since leaving Chile, had become a leading critic of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and declassified documents later showed that the dictator had directly ordered the killing.

A dictatorship killing one of its citizens on the streets of a foreign capital is a brazen act but is by no means unheard of. Social scientists have traditionally defined a state as the entity that controls the use of physical force for domination within a given territory. But states, particularly those of an authoritarian bent, have frequently sought to project violence against dissidents and defectors far beyond their borders. An effective authoritarian state needs its most prominent critics to know that an ice ax in the back is still a possibility, even if they leave.

While it’s not exactly a new phenomenon, as Letelier and numerous other historical cases prove, the killing or abduction of foreign critics by authoritarian regimes appears to be alarmingly normalized today. Also alarming: Some of the countries where these crimes take place seem uninterested in doing anything to stop them.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of its ruling royal family living in exile in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding. He has not been heard from since then, and Turkish officials reportedly believe he was murdered by a special team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government has been brutal to dissidents and opponents, and technically speaking Khashoggi entered Saudi territory when he went inside the consulate building, but he had apparently been unconcerned, telling friends before his disappearance that he had been treated well during previous visits to Saudi embassies and consulates. His fiancée says he told her not to worry, since “they would not dare attempt anything within Turkey’s borders.”

Then again, perhaps no one should assume they are safe from a government that more or less took the prime minister of Lebanon hostage for several days last year. Ghanem al-Dosary, a London-based Saudi dissident, told the New York Times that Khashoggi’s disappearance was a message from the regime to its critics “that our hands can reach you wherever you are.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the Saudi government prove its claim that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed. While a reasonable request, this umbrage is somewhat ironic given Turkey’s own pursuit of its critics abroad. Under Erdogan, the Turkish government has launched an aggressive crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the influential and controversial cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup. Thousands of accused Gülenists, including U.S. citizens, have been arrested, and the manhunt has gone global as well. Often, this is a matter of pushing foreign governments to extradite Gülenists back to Turkey, but sometimes the line between arrest and abduction has been blurred. In March, six Gülenists in Kosovo were shipped back to Turkey after being arrested over links to Gülenists schools, but Kosovo’s prime minister said he had not been aware of the operation, and local media dubbed it a “kidnapping.” In July, the government of Mongolia prevented what appeared to be an attempted abduction of a Gülenist school leader. Then there’s Gülen himself: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into allegations, corroborated by former CIA Director James Woolsey, that Turkish officials had met with former U.S. National Security Adviser and unacknowledged Turkey lobbyist Michael Flynn to discuss a plan to abduct the cleric from his compound in Pennsylvania and deliver him back to Turkey. And that’s not to mention the beating of protesters in Washington by Erdogan’s own bodyguards in 2017.

Of course, the most prominent recent attack by an authoritarian government on an exiled critic was the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, an attack that Vladimir Putin’s government has only half-heartedly tried to deny. According to a BuzzFeed investigation last year, U.S. authorities believe that as many as 14 people, including billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whose death had been ruled a suicide in 2013, had been killed by Russian secret services in Britain in recent years. Dozens more opponents of the Putin regime have been killed under suspicious circumstances abroad.

China has also been reaching across borders to pursue its critics. Prominent dissidents have been reportedly abducted from Thailand and sent back to China for detention. As for foreign-residing Uighurs—the Muslim minority that Beijing has recently been repressing in a brutal campaign that’s been dubbed a “cultural genocide”—the authorities’ preferred tactic appears to be threatening their families living within China unless they return home.

Last week also saw the bizarre disappearance and resignation of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese official who led Interpol, in what appeared to be a highly unusual move by a state government against the leader of a major international organization, all the more troubling since the exact charges against Meng have not been made public.

Numerous other examples abound. Two women are currently on trial in Malaysia over the killing—likely in cooperation, willing or not, with North Korean operatives—of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the current North Korean leader. The government of Iran stands accused by French authorities of orchestrating the attempted bombing of a meeting of a prominent exile group in Paris.

The response of the governments of countries where these incidents happen has often been muted—and that’s a problem. The British government’s tepid reaction to the 2006 poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko very well could have led Vladimir Putin to conclude there would be little consequence for pulling the same stunt there again.

Often diplomatic considerations are behind these muted reactions. France, for instance, is unlikely to press its case against Iran too hard, given that it’s currently trying to preserve what’s left of the 2015 nuclear deal.

It’s hard to make those sorts of excuses for President Donald Trump, who has spoken approvingly of how leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and Erdogan conduct their business. When Putin suggested allowing Russian investigators to question 11 U.S. citizens he views as enemies, including former Ambassador Michael McFaul, in exchange for “cooperation” in the investigation of 2016 election interference, Trump called it an “incredible offer.” Trump was also reportedly reluctant and angry about the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning.

After days of silence over the alleged abduction and possible murder of Khashoggi, Trump, who often touts his close relationship with the Saudi royal family, finally acknowledged that there were some “pretty bad stories” going around about the journalist and U.S.
resident’s fate and said, “Hopefully that will sort itself out.” The Saudis are probably not too worried about a fierce U.S. response at this point.

But if we’re going to fault Trump’s rhetoric for contributing to the sense of impunity felt by authoritarian governments, we should also acknowledge Barack Obama’s covert drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. This isn’t to draw any moral equivalence between the targeting of members of groups like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS and the murders and abductions of dissidents and journalists by dictatorships. But the targeted killing of a country’s enemies outside a declared battlefield was once considered exceptional, and the U.S. has helped make it routine.

More disturbing still may be the possibility that state violence is becoming globalized. The human rights community, more often than not, views the world in terms of distinct countries, classifying them as “free” or “unfree.” The much-maligned International Criminal Court is hamstrung by the fact that its jurisdiction is limited to only the countries that accept it.

Once upon a time, it was thought that globalization would undermine authoritarian systems in individual states as economic liberalization and new forms of communications overwhelm their defenses against outside influence. But the influence, of course, ended up going both ways. Today, we live in a world where China’s economic clout influences what classes are taught at U.S. universities and what movies are produced by Hollywood. The same internet that brings Western media into Russia allows the Russian state to influence elections around the world.

Authoritarian states clearly do not feel their authority is limited by state borders. So it’s no surprise they don’t feel their ability to inflict violence is limited either.


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By Associated Press

October 9, 2018 | 10:13am


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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit the officially atheist country, South Korea said Tuesday.

South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement that Kim told President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that the pope would be “enthusiastically” welcomed in North Korea.

Kim has been intensely engaged in diplomacy in recent months in what’s seen as an effort to leverage his nuclear weapons program for an easing of economic sanctions and military pressure.

North Korea strictly controls the religious activities of its people, and a similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting. The Vatican insisted at the time that a papal visit would only be possible if Catholic priests were accepted in North Korea.

Moon plans to convey Kim’s desire for a papal visit when he travels to the Vatican next week. Moon said on Monday that he expects Kim to visit Russia soon and possibly hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


The Vatican did not comment on the possibility of a papal visit. But immediately after the news, the Vatican press office released a statement confirming that the pope would receive South Korea’s president in an audience at the Vatican on Oct. 18.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the audience will come a day after the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, celebrates a Mass for peace on the Korean Peninsula in St. Peter’s Basilica, where Moon will participate.

Francis visited South Korea in August 2014. On the plane ride back to Rome, he expressed hope that the divisions would be overcome, saying “the two Koreas are brothers, they speak the same language.”

“When you speak the same language it is because you have the same mother, and this gives us hope,” the pope said. “The suffering of the division is great, and I understand this and pray that it ends.”

North Korea’s reported overture comes a few weeks after the Vatican signed a landmark deal with Communist China, North Korea’s closest ally, over bishop nominations, aimed at ending decades of tensions that contributed to dividing the Chinese church and hampered efforts at improving relations between China and the Vatican.

Following an unusually provocative run of weapons tests last year, Kim has been on a diplomatic offensive since the start of this year.

He initiated offers for summits with Seoul and Washington, which led to three meetings with Moon and a highly choreographed June summitwith U.S. President Donald Trump at which they issued an aspirational goal of a nuclear-free peninsula, without describing how or when it would occur.

Kim has presented himself as an international statesman, sharing food, wine and laughs with South Korean officials and appearing thoroughly at ease during his meeting with Trump in Singapore.

But post-summit nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States got off to a rocky start, with the North accusing Washington of making “gangster-like” unilateral demands for denuclearization, and calling for sanctions to be lifted before any further progress in nuclear talks.

There are doubts whether Kim is willing to fully relinquish his country’s nuclear weapons, which he may see as a stronger guarantee of survival than whatever security assurances the United States could provide.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Sunday for talks on setting up a second summit with Trump.

The Vatican’s priests were expelled by North Korea long ago and state-appointed laymen officiate services.

Estimates of the number of North Korean Catholics range from 800 to about 3,000, compared to more than 5 million in South Korea.


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At five feet tall and a whopping 17 pounds, whooping cranes are one of North America’s biggest, heftiest birds. They have their majestic moments, but they’re also rather gangly and awkward. Their spindly legs trail after them in flight, their call sounds like a mangled bugle, and their black wingtips appear to splay out, like a gloved dancer’s spirit fingers.

This week, 33 of the rare birds are migrating, but they’re not using those wingtips. They’re flying with the U.S. Coast Guard from Maryland to Louisiana, where they will settle into a new home at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. (A handful of them will eventually reside at some Texas zoos.)

Over the past two centuries, the cranes have had a rough go of it. Their range once stretched from Alberta, Canada, to the southern shore of Lake Michigan, with winter colonies in Mexico and on Texas’s Gulf coast, and scattered clusters elsewhere. They breed in the shallows of grassy wetlands, and as those landscapes shrank, so did the flocks. In the mid-20th century, when there were fewer than two dozen of these birds left in the wild, the species came vanishingly close to oblivion.

To keep the population aloft, teams at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland have spent the last five decades breeding and rearing the birds. They began with eggs collected in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park. Ever since, the goal has been to stabilize the population and prepare their feathered charges to leave the nest without too much human-ness rubbing off on them. The surrogates raised roughly 30 chicks a year with the help of some unorthodox tactics, including donning crane costumes, using bird puppets, and teaching fledglings to fly behind an ultralight aircraft. The project’s $1.5 million budget was a casualty of federal cuts last year, and now the remaining birds are en route to new homes.

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Getting these birds to their new home calls for some intricate choreography—and protective gear. Teams of three or four people will corral the each bird into its own wooden crate, about the size of a wardrobe box. These have air holes, but the birds won’t be able to see much. “There’s not a whole lot to stimulate them, you might say,” says John French, the zoologist in charge of the Patuxent center.

That’s for the best: A chilled-out bird is a safer bird, because a struggling one could hurt itself or its human handlers. Because of their six-inch beaks, for example, the humans will wear safety goggles and stick the birds’ long necks under their arms when transporting them. The team has tried sedatives over the years, “but we generally don’t use them,” says French. The birds have to travel standing up, and the handlers don’t want them to be too loopy.

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Vans will then shuttle the birds to C-130 cargo planes operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Since whooping cranes have a reputation for aggression, especially when ruffled, “the goal is to get them to their destination and out of the crates as soon as possible,” French says.

Their new homes will look pretty similar to their old ones, French says—large pens, where they’ll be encouraged to breed. Most of the ones making the move are breeding pairs that have lived their whole lives in captivity. The birds that are alive today all descend from a flock of just 16 individuals wintering at the Aranas Refuge in Texas in 1941. “It’s an incredibly narrow bottleneck,” French says. “It’s almost miraculous that they pulled through, but they did.” Since the late 1980s, a coalition of scientists in the United States and Canada have worked together to write and update a recovery plan, which involves maintaining breeding pairs and nurturing self-sustaining, resilient populations in the wild. The population has now rebounded to some 600 birds, between the wild flocks and the captive ones. Nudging the species off of the endangered species list is the ultimate goal, but it’s still far off.

Meanwhile, French says, the numbers are improving, and saying goodbye to the these long-necked creatures “feels like a great success story.” Even if he’ll be sad to see them go.


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Since the Enlightenment, humans have made unprecedented advances — in science, technology, health conditions, living standards and more — as reason and analysis replaced superstition. Now, technology may be threatening that system.

Driving the news: In a much-read essay in The Atlantic, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger argues that powerful artificial intelligence could replace human thought with data-driven decision-making.


If that happens, Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports, AI could chip away at our ability to think critically.

AI, by mastering certain competencies more rapidly and definitively than humans, could over time diminish human competence and the human condition itself as it turns it into data.
Henry Kissinger, in his June Atlantic essay

The context: Kissinger is referring to artificial general intelligence, a future form of AI that would be capable of human-like thought in a variety of fields. That’s very different from today's AI: algorithms that perform narrow tasks like identifying images and operating self-driving cars.

The big picture: Kaveh spoke with a half-dozen people from different fields about the essay. Some found it hard to fathom given how far AI is from general intelligence. Others, however, agreed with Kissinger's central thesis. Here is a sampling.

  • "I worry that human abilities may atrophy," says Daniel Weld, a professor at the University of Washington who studies human-computer interaction.
  • "My gut instinct is that we’ll get dumber in some ways — on the principle of muscle atrophy — even as we process vastly more information," says Darrin McMahon, a history professor at Dartmouth College who has written books about the Enlightenment.
  • McMahon told Kaveh to read the final paragraph of Michel Foucault’s 1966 book, "The Order of Things." In it, the philosopher imagines an ebbing of the ideas that defined humanity for centuries:
If some event of which we can at the moment do no more than sense the possibility — without knowing either what its form will be or what it promises — were to cause them to crumble … then one can certainly wager that man would be erased, like a face drawn in sand at the edge of the sea.

For now, AI is nowhere near rendering humans brains mush.

  • Today’s AI can’t yet approximate the abilities of even a 2-year-old child.
  • Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and launched Baidu's AI lab, tells Axios that AI at this stage is simply a tool, like Google or a calculator.

Whether AI does eventually approach or surpass the human capacity for broad thinking, there’s an alternate future in which machines don’t take over complex decisions completely, but instead supply humans with relevant advice and data.

  • Basic forms of these "centaurs" — so named because they're half human and half other being — already exist, as we’ve reported. Weld, for his part, considers this future more likely than Kissinger's.

The bottom line: Even in its current form, AI is well-suited for the Enlightenment-style thinking that Kissinger worries humans will abdicate.

  • In McMahon’s characterization, the Enlightenment elevated a type of analysis called "instrumental reason," a profit-loss calculus in which computers excel.
  • What remains is to set long-term goals. "This can tell us how to live. But something else has to tell us what to live for," McMahon said.

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          Autoengaño, vieja adicción de ciertos políticos      Cache   Translate Page      

La Piedra en el Zapato Por Abraham García Ibarra Si un joven loco enamorado se pone de novio solo y no es correspondido, diez años después en que ve a su pretendida doncella, casada y con tres hijos, exclama aliviado: ¡De la que me escapé! No ocurre lo mismo con los políticos y burócratas que asumen responsabilidades de Estado: Su autoengaño deja profundos e irreparables traumas en el cuerpo de la República y en la sociedad. Por autoengaño entendemos aquella autocomplaciente actitud ante problemas de grueso calibre al que se responde con monstruosas falacias para taparle el ojo al macho o, peor aún, para satisfacer perversos designios propios o de los intereses creados. Cuando padecimos “sólo un problema de caja” Hagamos el recorrido de rigor: En    1982, en que la Tesorería de la Federación se quedó sin una josefita, el secretario de Hacienda, Jesús Silva Herzog Flores, exclamó paladinamente: Es sólo un  problema de caja. La crisis financiera nacional se profundizó y se prolongó, acelerada por el saqueo de dólares: El 1 de septiembre se decretó la Expropiación bancaria. Al arrancar el sexenio 1988-1994 se propuso la Reforma del Estado con estos objetivos y metas: 1) La defensa de la soberanía nacional y la promoción de los intereses de México en el mundo; 2) La ampliación de la vida democrática) 3) El crecimiento económico con estabilidad de precios; y 4) El mejoramiento productivo del nivel de vida de la población; es decir, la promoción del bienestar social. En mayo de 1990, como imperativo de la Reforma del Estado, el secretario de Hacienda, Pedro Aspe Armella se presentó ante la Cámara de Diputados a defender la reforma al artículo 28 de la Constitución, para revertir la expropiación bancaria y disponer la reprivatización del sistema de banca y crédito. La banca, controlada por mexicanos y para beneficio de los mexicanos Aspe dijo que los bancos mexicanos quedarían controlados por los mexicanos y para beneficio de los mexicanos. Fue la inauguración del proceso de desnacionalización de la columna vertebral de la economía mexicana. Días después de concluido el sexenio de Carlos Salinas de Gortari estalló el maquinado error de diciembre de 1994. El bienestar para la familia que prometió Zedillo El ex secretario de Programación y Presupuesto, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, como candidato presidencial suplente, se abanderó con la oferta bienestar para la familia. Zedillo aceptó el salvataje de su presidencia por Washington. A cambio, como garantía de pago, embargó la factura petrolera. Durante su mandato, convirtió en deuda pública la deuda contingente del Fondo Bancario de Protección al Ahorro, donde estaban depositados papeles chatarra de banqueros y otros empresarios rescatados de la quiebra de bienes públicos que fueron puestos bajo su gestión. Zedillo liquidó el viejo Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro para entregarlo a las administradoras privadas. Ahora, el más alto porcentaje de los recursos acumulados para asegurar a los trabajadores una vejez digna (tres y medio billones de pesos), están expuestos al mercado especulativo en el que medran el propio gobierno y las empresas privadas; no pocas, corporativos extranjeros. El bienestar para la familia es hoy privilegio exclusivo de unos cuantos plutócratas, nominados por Forbes entre las más ricas del mundo. El legado del “humanismo político” de Calderón Vicente Fox blasonó que el suyo sería el primer gobierno democrático de la historia de México. Lo patentó como el de los empresarios, por los empresarios y para los empresarios. En su campaña electoral, Felipe Calderón postuló su gobierno como el del humanismo político. Dejó el tejido social desgarrado y, al terminar su mandato, hizo alarde de que entregaba a su sucesor, en materia económica, un barco de gran calado a salvo de la tempestad. Enrique Peña Nieto, exultante, prometió el 1 de diciembre de 2012 un México en paz y un modelo de desarrollo incluyente. El país naufraga en un podrido  pantano de sangre y las finanzas del Estado cargan el fardo de una deuda pública de casi once billones de pesos con cargo a los contribuyentes cautivos. Contra el autoengaño de los hombres públicos,  pues, no hay vacuna patentada. El síndrome es problema de la siquiatría. México rendido gratuitamente a los corporativos trasnacionales En el otoño de 2016, escribimos algunas notas de alerta. Transcribimos una advertencia conjunta del  Premio Nobel de Economía, Joseph E. Stiglitz y Adam S. Hersh, economista e investigador visitante en la Iniciativa para el Diálogo Político de la Universidad de Columbia (USA), a saber: “El señor Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, secretario de Economía del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto, se está apresurando a viajar a Atlanta con la esperanza de finalizar un nuevo acuerdo (el ATP), que ampliará el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) a otras nueve economías de Asia y Pacífico. “A partir de la experiencia pasada con acuerdos comerciales liderados por los Estados Unidos y lo que hemos podido deducir de documentos filtrados de debates de carácter confidencial, es claro que las esperanzas del presidente Peña Nieto se encuentran fuera de lugar. Los negociadores de México parecen estar a punto de rendirse ante las demandas de empresas de los países avanzados, sin beneficios para su país”. 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Rand Paul Worried Political Rhetoric May Result in Assassinations Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), warned Tuesday that he’s worried a politician could be assassinated because of the divisive political atmosphere hanging over Washington, DC. “I feel that there is going to be an assassination. I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that […]

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NEW YORK — Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrate the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft. Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who has […]
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WASHINGTON — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts. Founded in 2015 in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tiny Montana hometown, Whitefish had just two employees when Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. The company […]
          Comment on Washington Woman Chases Husband With Meat Tenderizer and Then Lays Across Road . . .Only To Be Run Over By Drunk Driver by Cindy Bragg      Cache   Translate Page      
LOL Jim!
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DSS, it wasn't generic wreckless driving rather drunk driving (without specific circumstances known to us) and that is why one needs to know state law to be sure. It could be considered manslaughter but it is difficult to assess without knowing state law.
          Reactii internationale dupa Referendum Washington Post pune la zid PSD-ul      Cache   Translate Page      
Publicatia americana precizeaza ca Guvernul de la Bucuresti a cheltuit 40-50 de milioane de dolari cu pregatirile a prelungit perioada de votare de la una la doua zile si a scazut pragul validarii de la 50 la 30 numai sa fie sigur ca va reusi sa modifice Constitutia prin descrierea clara a noutiunii de familie ca fiind uniunea liber consimtita dintre UN BARBAT si O FEMEIEJurnalistii mai puncteaza si faptul ca desi poporul roman nu a contestat in mod expres casatoria intre persoanele de acelasi... citeste in continuare
          Comment on Washington Woman Chases Husband With Meat Tenderizer and Then Lays Across Road . . .Only To Be Run Over By Drunk Driver by Tabarrok to the Pillory      Cache   Translate Page      
What 'kavanaugh defense'? He never offered intoxication as a defense of anything.
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Felony murder in New York applies to murders undertaken in the course of robberies, burglaries, kidnapping, &c. It doesn't apply to reckless driving. I'll wager most other states are the same.
          "Están evacuando a los terroristas de Siria para salvarlos de la destrucción"      Cache   Translate Page      


La coalición internacional presente en el país y liderada por Estados Unidos ha retirado a los terroristas del Estado Islámico de Deir Ezzor, asegura la agencia estatal siria SANA, citando a fuentes entre la población de la localidad.

La agencia ha explicado que los helicópteros de la coalición sacaron a los terroristas —de varias nacionalidades- del barrio de la localidad siria de Al Shaafa, al sureste de Deir Ezzor.

Vladímir Kozin, profesor de la Academia de Ciencias Militares de la Federación de Rusia y especialista en el Centro de Investigación Política y Militar de la Universidad MGIMO de Moscú, dice conocer el motivo por el que la coalición ha evacuado a los terroristas.

"Los han sacado de allí para salvarlos de la destrucción y luego soltarlos en la batalla para que la guerra contra Siria continúe. Los estadounidenses están haciendo todo lo posible para salvar la columna vertebral de la dirección del Estado Islámico. Y a la vez otros muchos países occidentales continúan surtiendo de armas a las formaciones contrarias al Gobierno [de Damasco]: Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, Francia, Alemania, Israel, Bulgaria…", compartió Kozin con Sputnik.

Por una parte, la coalición internacional dice que está preparada para luchar contra los terroristas pero, en la práctica, se ha dedicado durante los últimos siete años "a armar a los terroristas, a salvarles la vida y a salvarlos de la destrucción".



Según sus palabras, los grupos terroristas y las tropas estadounidenses presentes en Siria tienen la misma tarea: hacerle la guerra al Gobierno legítimo de Siria.

En el territorio sirio, según los datos de la prensa occidental, se han establecido 22 bases estadounidenses. Su objetivo es extender la infraestructura militar de la que se vale Estados Unidos en la reunión. Teniendo en cuenta que Washington está presente en el país sin el beneplácito de Damasco, según el derecho internacional "a esto se lo debe calificar no ya de agresión, sino de un intento por ocupar el país de facto", enfatiza Kozin.

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/orientemedio/201810091082590912-helicopteros-eeuu-ayudan-terroristas-siria/
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Good point, Liberty.
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In California and Washington, voters can put their ballots in the mail as late as Election Day, meaning final votes do not reach election officials until days later.
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David - The news station cites the Kent, WA police report as its source, so I don’t believe this could be “fake news.”
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Amidst the recent grand jury report which concludes more than 300 priests sexually abused over 1000 children since the 1950’s, Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J. advises us to: “[continue doing] what you are doing.” For Georgetown, that means: “lets continue our silly pretense of a Catholic identity, despite the growing evidence of its burden.” Every semester at Georgetown University seemingly provokes new ire from continually bewildered archdioceses or religious groups that condemn Georgetown’s already secular culture. There is no shortage of these incidents, which are often provoked by the conduct of Georgetown’s administrative personnel! Such was the case upon Georgetown University’s recent approval of the Living Learning Community for “safely exploring issues of gender and sexuality”, an administrative decision seemingly denounced by all tabloids. The Washington Times headlined the story with “Shenanigans in sex at Georgetown U” and Lifesite News called the decision “a startling move for a university that claims to be Catholic”. Such was the case when Love Saxa, a pro-heterosexual marriage student group, risked defunding by Georgetown University for defending the Catholic Church’s traditional view of marriage, a debacle which culminated with legal action when Love Saxa alleged Georgetown University misappropriated donations intended for their group by depositing these funds into the accounts of other student groups. Chad Pecknold, a theology professor at the Catholic University of America, commented: “I suppose the question for Georgetown is whether they think Catholic kids can still be Catholic there.” Such was the case when the Georgetown Alumni Association conferred Senator Dick Durbin with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award for “[rendering] outstanding and exemplary service to his/her profession or community” the day after he was banned from Holy Communion for supporting abortion rights. Bishop Thomas Paprocki called the proceedings “shameful” and further commented, “In a sense it’s nothing new [from Georgetown].” Such was the case when a student group invited former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, disliked by conservatives for supporting abortion rights and former President Obama’s contraception insurance mandate, to deliver a speech at Georgetown’s annual awards ceremony. An editorial in the District of Columbia’s archdiocesan newspaper called the decision “a disappointment but not a surprise” and reads, “Georgetown has undergone a secularization, due in no small part to the fact that much of its leadership and faculty find their inspiration in sources other than the Gospel and Catholic teaching.” Such was the case when Georgetown University covered the monogram “IHS”—symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—on a stage pediment before former President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown in 2009. Patrick Reilly, then President of the Cardinal Newman Society, called the incident an “outrageous example of a Catholic university sacrificing principle for prestige.” How many more of these incidents will Georgetown endure before action is taken? It’s hard to imagine a platitude other than that offered by Matthew Carnes that is more tepid and stupid amidst the circumstances.
          POLITICO seeking to identify and trace origins of political disinformation and debunk it      Cache   Translate Page      
Politico.com: “The term “fake news” has become a cudgel for political leaders trying to discredit reporting, but disinformation – false content created explicitly to deceive or misinform – runs rampant online. Just last week, a study out of George Washington University found that a vast majority of Twitter accounts that spread disinformation in 2016 remained […]
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Almost immediately after the confirmation of Kavanaugh, the Federalist demonstrated its utter gracelessness by calling for a defamation suit against Christine Blasey Ford and the Washington Post. Not only would the suit be politically ridiculous, but it reflected the absolute worst of faith by the extreme right. Former Astronaut Scott Kelly was possessed of a bigger spirit. He twitted: One of the greatest leaders of modern times, Sir Winston Churchill said, “in victory, magnanimity.” I guess those days are over. Was the reaction applause? Appreciation? Approval? Oh, sweet summer child, you haven’t been paying attention. He quoted Churchill. Churchill! pic.twitter.com/YO092hpdOu — Troll hunter (@Tr0Ilhunter) October 7, 2018 As it wasn’t Kelly’s purpose to engage in the War Over How Churchill Was Literally Hitler, he backed down. He then apologized for triggering the woke. Scott Kelly, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, NASA engineer, and veteran…
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WASHINGTON -- Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry.When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatica
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And given most polls skew in favor of Democrats, it’s probably even worse. Via Washington Examiner: After a blistering confirmation battle, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat for oral arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court with a skeptical public, a majority of which opposed his nomination. However, Democrats may not be able to exploit […]
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Via Washington Examiner: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is a name to watch as speculation commences on who will replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a source with knowledge of administration’s thinking told the Washington Examiner. “He’s a family favorite,” the source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said of Grenell. Grenell […]
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If you're a first-time mother and you opt for epidural anesthesia during labor, your doctor may suggest you wait about an hour after your cervix is completely dilated before you start trying to push the baby down the birth canal. But a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the flagship journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that might not be the best advice. "Our findings suggest that women becoming moms for the first time should begin pushing right away when they become completely dilated, for the best outcome for themselves and for their babies," says obstetrician Alison G. Cahill of Washington University in St. Louis, who headed the study. Until now, the evidence supporting either method has been mixed, Cahill says. As a result, advice about when to push is about 50-50, she says. One school of thought encourages women to push immediately after the cervix is dilated. The other says, "Wait, take some time." Typically, that means waiting for about an hour after the cervix is
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          BENJAMIN FULFORD - "O MUNDO ESTÁ PRESTES A SABER DOS CRIMES HORRÍVEIS, ALÉM DA IMAGINAÇÃO, DA MÁFIA KHAZARIANA" - 08.10.2018      Cache   Translate Page      


A máfia khazariana vem torturando, assassinando e canibalizando crianças numa escala horrorosa, que e o mundo está prestes a descobrir, quando os tribunais militares começarem. Algumas imagens e testemunhos muito perturbadores enviados pelo Departamento de Polícia de Nova York e pela CIA mostram o quanto a máfia khazariana, realmente, é má. Essas pessoas estão além da verdade e da reconciliação e não merecedoras, sequer, de uma morte rápida.

Vamos começar com as estatísticas do FBI sobre crianças desaparecidas nos EUA, para que os céticos possam evitar que o completo mal desses atos obstruam suas mentes. Em 2015, 442.032 jovens desapareceram; desses, 42.032 não foram encontrados.

https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/2015-ncic-missing-person-and-unidentified-person-statistics.pdf/view

Em comparação, no mesmo ano, no Japão, 17.971 crianças (o equivalente a 44.927 nos EUA quando ajustadas pela diferença de população) desapareceram, onde, aproximadamente, 99% dessas crianças foram encontradas.

https://www.npa.go.jp/safetylife/seianki/fumei/H28yukuehumeisya.pdf

As fotos abaixo, enviadas pela CIA, estão ligadas ao astro da CNN e herdeiro do FRB Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, e podem dar uma dica sobre o que aconteceu com pelo menos algumas dessas crianças.






Ainda mais horripilante, é o vídeo ainda gravado abaixo, enviado à CIA, via correio pelo NYPD. Ele mostra uma menina cujo rosto foi supostamente arrancado por Hillary Clinton num ritual satânico. Estejam avisados, é impressionante e parei de assistir logo após a marca de 2 minutos.

https://youtu.be/zIbY6jyQpJ8

Agora, começo a entender o olhar de puro horror na face de George Soros quando, lhe fiz uma pergunta numa conferência de imprensa sobre as famílias que são proprietárias do Federal Reserve Board (FRB). Ele provavelmente tinha visto algumas dessas coisas em primeira mão.

A acusação contra esses criminosos está programada para finalmente começar, agora, que o apoio do governo militar dos EUA ao presidente Donald Trump garantiu a maioria na Suprema Corte com a confirmação do Juiz, Brett Kavanaugh, segundo fontes do Pentágono. "O Procurador-Geral Jeff Sessions, já se reuniu com o real promotor especial, o advogado norte-americano John Huber, em Utah, para que as 57 mil acusações possam ser reveladas", explicam as fontes.

Na Suprema Corte, a posse de Kavanaugh deve desencadear a desclassificação do FISA e outros documentos, bem como tribunais militares", dizem as fontes que, além disso, acrescentam: "O Senado aprovou por unanimidade uma resolução pedindo a desclassificação dos documentos do 11 de Setembro, de modo que o cenário está pronto para a derrubada dos Sionistas e do estado profundo".

Outro aspecto para iniciar o processo contra esses criminosos, é a ação militar em andamento, dos EUA e Rússia, contra o estado pária de Israel, dizem as fontes. Em particular, “uma guerra eletrônica russa que visa não apenas impor uma zona de exclusão aérea sobre Israel, mas também impedir que os ICBMs e outros mísseis sejam lançados, tornando uma opção Sansão obsoleta e tornando o desarmamento, a única opção viável”, explicam fontes do Pentágono. Em outras palavras, Israel não pode mais usar chantagem nuclear para proteger os satanistas nos EUA. Além disso, fontes da P2 do Vaticano, confirmam que o primeiro-ministro israelense, Benjamin Netanyahu, é um satanista e assassino em massa, que precisa ser preso ou morto o mais rápido possível.

EUA e a Rússia, também, estão considerando impor um bloqueio naval e terrestre a Israel, para forçar aquele estado a parar com suas atividades criminosas, continuam as fontes que, inclusive, enviaram a foto abaixo com a explicação de que: “Até a Casa Branca declarou o Outubro Vermelho”.


As fontes do Pentágono, também, disseram que: "Parece que a cabala escura pode ter perdido uma base submarina ou submersa e retaliado, enviando ricina para o Secretário de Defesa James Mattis e ao Chefe Naval John Richardson".

O que as fontes do Pentágono estavam se referindo, foi a destruição de uma "residência de fuga de Clinton com sua comitiva, incluindo um bunker subterrâneo, construído para armazenar seu ouro", segundo fontes da CIA, na Indonésia.

Essa destruição está nas notícias como o recente tsunami que atingiu a Indonésia, que mesmo os especialistas citados pelo Washington Post notam "... não foi um evento direto", disse Adam Switzer, investigador principal do Earth Observatory, em Cingapura. "Este terremoto foi além dos limites dos sistemas de alerta disponíveis”.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/not-a-straightforward-event-how-multiples-disasters-stunned-experts-and-ravaged-a-corner-of-indonesia/2018/10/06/4394e20c-c967-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html

Aqui a explicação real, segundo a CIA:


“Clinton estava no controle do ouro que sai da mina de Grasberg/Freeport. A Clinton Foundation/Clinton Global Initiative, com um escritório em Papua, foi o veículo para a lavagem do dinheiro obtido com a venda do ouro não declarado. (Um lote desse ouro era off-ledger).

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/commitments/integrated-malaria-control-program-drc-papua-indonesia

Clinton fez negócios com uma certa facção de militares indonésios durante anos - aqueles que controlam o acesso lá.

Os chineses confirmaram tudo isso e sabiam que o único jeito era inundá-lo. Um tsunami foi desencadeado pelos chineses.

“Um tsunami – cientificamente - impossível. Tudo foi cuidadosamente feito e, em seguida, culparam a tecnologia defeituosa e um ângulo de deslizamento de falhas "estranho". Todavia, a razão desse ângulo de falha “estranho” (se você perguntar aos geólogos) é porque não foi natural.

Sistemas de comunicação podem ser manipulados. É por isso que não conseguiu mostrar o terceiro tsunami. Esse sistema de alerta de tsunamis funcionou desde que o desenvolveram após o desastre de Natal de 2004.

“Existem lasers não visíveis que não têm cor no espectro visível. Isso vai além do DEW (Armas de Energia Dirigida), além de uma DEW, um laser não visível. Os militares chineses são inteligentes – um laser indetectável. Pegaram a tecnologia DEW e a tornaram melhor.

“Este foi um golpe direto de uma arma a laser não visível disparado de um satélite. Tirou do mapa a residência de fuga de Clinton, o séquito que vivia lá e o bunker subterrâneo. Infelizmente, houve sérios danos colaterais”.

Fontes da CIA dizem que cerca de US $ 500 milhões em dinheiro (não US $ 270 milhões, como foi divulgado na semana passada) foram apreendidos pelas Forças Especiais na operação contra o esconderijo de Clinton, antes de sua destruição. Uma captura de tela do Google Earth do complexo destruído está abaixo.


O dinheiro foi dividido “entre um certo grupo de altos funcionários do governo indonésio - sendo um deles o Vice-Presidente Jusuf Kalla - e o círculo interno de Trump, incluindo militares”, dizem as fontes. Então, agora sabemos por que a ricina foi enviadaparaos generais.

Também nos foi permitido dar aos nossos leitores mais informações sobre uma de nossas fontes da CIA,  encarregada dos serviços clandestinos da agência em Jacarta, trabalhando na Embaixada dos EUA, de 1965 a 1985.

“Quando estava lá, ele me disse que havia apenas 20 cidadãos americanos permanentemente vivendo em Jacarta. Todos trabalhavam na embaixada sob cobertura diplomática. Ele me disse, e esta é uma citação, "Nossa equipe tirou Bung Karno (Presidente Sukarno) para fora e instalamos Soeharto no poder".

“Sim, sua equipe, bem como a sede de Langley e outras agências do alfabeto estiveram envolvidas na assistência de Soeharto no assassinato de até 1 milhão de chineses indonésios, que foram rotulados como PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Esta foi uma derrubada bem planejada de toda, assim chamada, oposição a Soeharto, que, também, foi planejado com o governo australiano, que estava fortemente envolvido nessa tentativa de genocídio. Foi nessa época que Soeharto entregou o controle de Freeport à Agência. Há muito mais para isso, todavia, isso é o suficiente, por enquanto.”

“Perguntei ao caubói por que ele fez isso e sua resposta foi: "Era o meu trabalho. Eu trabalhei para o governo dos EUA. Você não me perguntou naquela época. Se tivesse feito isso isso, você sumiu.”Ele disse que pessoalmente estava envolvido no envio de dois navios cargueiros, carregados de arroz para Kalimantan, pois eles não tinham comida e os Dayaks e Malays estavam morrendo de fome durante a crise, assim, que todos os embarques de arroz de Jacarta foi paralisado. (Ele fez isso com pessoal privado). E, acrescentou mais, sim, ele estave próximo do cartel de Bush pai, no passado. Ele fazia parte da velha guarda. Agora, não sobraram muitos.”

Numa nota final, nossa fonte que está conectada às bases secretas da Antártida (ele é um parente do almirante Richard Byrd famoso na exploração da Antártica) voltou a nós, para insistir que algo realmente estranho estava acontecendo lá, dizendo que a citação abaixo da última a semana foi verdadeira:

“Está se abrindo um BURACO DE MINHOCA na Antártida. Sim, uma "abertura" para outras dimensões lá embaixo, devido às mudanças magnéticas extremamente altas ACONTECENDO em e nas proximidades da Antártida que, literalmente, está"rasgando um novo tecido" no campo dimensional. Esta é a razão pela qual todos esses líderes de governo foram até lá. É por isso que eles isolaram a Antártica para o público e assim por diante. O público recebe apenas 5% da "história". E agora, temos o outro lado."

Essa fonte observou que até mesmo publicações conceituadas como a Scientific American informavam: "Há algo misterioso vindo do solo congelado na Antártida e que poderia quebrar os conceitos da fisica como a conhecemos".

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bizarre-particles-keep-flying-out-of-antarcticas-ice-and-they-might-shatter-modern-physics/

Vamos tentar novamente visitar a Antártica neste verão do Hemisfério Sul e reportar diretamente de lá, para nossos leitores o que realmente está acontecendo. Se, realmente, existe uma anomalia como um buraco de minhoca se abrindo lá, toda a população do planeta deve ser informada e mostrada as provas, não apenas para alguns líderes.

Vincenzo Mazzara, Cavaleiro Teutônico e um dos principais membros da loja maçônica P2, do Vaticano, diz que estão sendo feitos preparativos para a humanidade começar a construir uma frota naves mães e se expandir para o Universo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xpMcEBZqiY&feature=youtu.be

Como sempre, minha reação a esse tipo de coisa é ver para crer. Por enquanto, a Sociedade Dragão Branco está trabalhando para obter financiamento multimilionário para uma campanha massiva com os pés na Terra, para acabar com a pobreza e deter a destruição ambiental.


Auxilie curtindo e compartilhando essa publicação no rodapé da postagem, para que ela possa alcançar cada vez mais Sementes! Gratidão! ❤

Autor: Benjamin Fulford 
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Tradução: Sementes das Estrelas / Candido Pedro Jorge
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Dicen Dan Perrault y Tony Yacenda que la primera vez que se reunieron con Netflix para proponerles ideas de series, tuvieron una semana para organizar a grandes rasgos la trama para la primera temporada de la propuesta que más les gustó a los ejecutivos: una idea loca que resultó ser 'American Vandal'.

Porque hay que admitir que otra cosa no, pero esta sátira es una de esas series que tienes que luchar muy fuerte para vencer el prejuicio que provoca, instantáneamente, su premisa. Si la temporada 1 fue de pintadas con penes, en esta segunda entrega 'American Vandal' aborda bromas con caca.

"¿Quién es el zurullo vengador?", esta pregunta es el punto de partida de la investigación a la que se enfrentan Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) y Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck). Tras el éxito de su serial sobre Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), con un gran momento de metatelevisión, los documentalistas están buscando un nuevo caso que merezca la pena.

Ese caso es el del zurullo vengador (turd burglar), un misterioso bromista que provocó "la evacuación" (the brownout, mis "dieses" a la traductora), un incidente en el que el uso de laxante en la limonada de la cafetería provocó una "diarrea masiva" entre los alumnos del St. Bernardine, un instituto privado católico de Bellevue, Washington.

En esta ocasión el principal sospechoso/acusado no es un garrulo de instituto como era Dylan, sino que Kevin (Travis Tope, 'Boardwalk Empire') un chico que está en el espectro de "los marginados". No es mal alumno, es obediente y trabajador, pero entra perfectamente en la categoría de los frikis. El chivatazo de un amigo provoca su expulsión y arresto domiciliario, pero hay algo que no cuadra.

De hecho el relato puede cambiar cuando Chloe (Taylor Dearden, 'Sweet/Vicious') asegura que es imposible que se trate de él y apunta en nuevas direcciones. Entre estas la de DeMarcus (Melvin Gregg, 'UnREAL'), joven promesa del baloncesto, la mayor estrella de la categoría y niño mimado del instituto.

A lo largo de sus ocho episodios (no sé a vosotros, a mí se me hizo muy corta la temporada) 'American Vandal' vuelve a demostrar que no es una serie que se quede en el humor adolescente/gamberro y/o escatológico sino que vuelve a hablarnos, de tú a tú, sobre asuntos muy serios y graves.

Así, esta temporada se encarga de darnos un mazazo mientras habla ya no del "clasismo" propio del instituto (aquí se apoyan mucho el estar en un centro privado para recalcarlo más) sino del acoso escolar, del ciberacoso, el privilegio y la importancia de ser uno mismo en un sistema que fagocita al diferente.

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Y lo hace con el estilo que ya nos encandiló en la temporada 1. El contar con verdaderos directores de documentales hace que 'American Vandal' tenga un aspecto muy real y use el cliffhanger de forma casi perfecta. Hay humor y, sí, un cierto deja vu a la hora de exponer, pero depliega un tapiz inmenso donde la práctica totalidad de la información es tan válida como relevante.

En un año en el que Netflix ha tenido pocas series de estreno de nivel, es bastante satisfactorio comprobar que apuestas tan arriesgadas como 'American Vandal' no se han quedado en sus laureles sino que han querido, y podido, mejorar algo que ya de por sí era inmejorable.

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          Weekday Trumpdate: Nikki Haley Gets the Fuck Out, Trump Tweets "Multilayered Nonsense"      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe Ivanka will go to the UN. by Chase Burns
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Another day, another Trumpddate. Was it really just a week ago that the NY Times's bombshell reporting on Trump's finances came out? Whatever happened with all that? Oh yeah. Nothing.

The big news of today, so far, is that Nikki Haley—"one of Trump’s many dignity beards," as Rich Smith calls her—is leaving her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From CBS News:

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is leaving her post at the end of the year, President Trump announced in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Haley's replacement is unclear, although Mr. Trump said he will likely select the new ambassador in the next two or three weeks.

Haley told reporters she will not run for office in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, in an attempt to quash speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.

[...]

Mr. Trump said a number of people would like to do Haley's job, and claimed it's a more "glamorous" position than it was a couple years ago.

Who will take that glam position? Maybe someone from Goldman Sachs! From CNBC:

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has had discussions with senior members of the administration about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In the days leading up to Haley's sudden and surprising resignation Tuesday, senior White House officials reached out to Powell about possibly taking the role, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

But maybe Ivanka will take Haley's place! Per NBC News:

"How good would Ivanka be?" he asked rhetorically before dismissing the idea.

"I think Ivanka would be incredible but it doesn't mean [I would name her]," Trump said. "I would be accused of nepotism." He added that he thought there was no one "more competent in the world" than Ivanka Trump.

Yeah... that wouldn't just be nepotism:


But wait wait wait! Why is Haley leaving if she's not trying to run for president? Are we supposed to buy that she's just tired? Maybe it has something to do with this... per HuffPo:

A watchdog organization is calling for an investigation into seven private flights taken by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that were paid for by South Carolina business executives.

The 2017 flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were between New York, Washington and three cities in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor before joining the Trump administration. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the flights were likely worth about $24,000 and should be investigated by the State Department’s inspector general.

While the Haley news was breaking, Trump tweeted this nonsense:

The Washington Post breaks it down:

The tweet appears to be rare multilayered nonsense. Nonsense within older nonsense.

The base layer is the false premise that hundreds of protesters who swarmed the Capitol during Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings were “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” as Trump put it in another pronouncement last week, in contradiction to all known facts.

Onto this original falsehood, Trump has now stacked the baffling claim that the paid protesters were not, in fact, paid — “they haven’t gotten their checks,” as he wrote.

This is the conundrum the world is trying to solve.

They go on to decipher the whole mess here.

His Twitter today hasn't been complete multilayered nonsense*. He's also getting out the vote:


*Well, the "Vote.GOP" part definitely counts as multilayered nonsense.

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So it seems the Hasbara pests do other evil projects too. WASHINGTON — A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals. The Trump campaign’s interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Donald J. Trump. Though the Israeli company’s pitches were narrower than Moscow’s interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Mr. Trump’s favor." NYT
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The dollar turned in a strong performance Tuesday morning, but has since reversed and has turned weaker against its major rivals. The lack of U.S. economic data kept some investors on the sidelines. However, things will begin to pick up tomorrow, with the release of the producer price index and wholesale trade data.

The International Monetary Fund slashed the global growth forecast for this year and next on Tuesday, citing an increase in the likelihood of further negative shocks, such as a full-blown trade war.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, released in Bali, Indonesia, the Washington-based lender forecast 3.7 percent growth for the world economy for this year and next. That is less than the 3.9 percent predicted in the April report and in a July update.

The US growth forecast for this year was retained at 2.4 percent, while the projection for next year was trimmed to 2.1 percent from 2.2 percent seen in July, citing the recently enacted trade tariffs.

The dollar climbed to a high of $1.1432 against the Euro Tuesday, but has since retreated to around $1.15.

German exports declined for a second straight month in August, defying expectations for an increase, preliminary data from the statistical office Destatis showed on Tuesday.

Merchandise exports fell a calendar and seasonally-adjusted 0.1 percent from July, when they decreased 0.8 percent. Economists had expected a 0.4 percent increase.

Imports dropped 2.7 percent after a 2.8 percent rise in July. Economists were looking for a 0.1 percent gain.

The trade surplus rose to EUR 17.2 billion in August from EUR 16.5 billion in the previous month. Economists had predicted a surplus of EUR 16.2 billion.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's programme, Conservative MP Steve Baker said that there were at least 40 colleagues who are not going to accept a 'half in, half out' agreement shaped around the Prime Minister's Chequers blueprint.

MPs should be "unafraid to go forward without an agreement," he stated.

The buck rose to an early high of $1.3032 against the pound sterling Tuesday, but has since pulled back to around $1.3150.

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The International Monetary Fund slashed the global growth forecast for this year and next on Tuesday, citing an increase in the likelihood of further negative shocks, such as a full-blown trade war.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, released in Bali, Indonesia, the Washington-based lender forecast 3.7 percent growth for the world economy for this year and next. That is less than the 3.9 percent predicted in the April report and in a July update.

"Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded," the global lender said in the report. "Escalating trade tensions and the potential shift away from a multilateral, rules-based trading system are key threats to the global outlook," the report noted.

The IMF cautioned that an intensification of trade tensions, and the associated rise in policy uncertainty, could dent business and financial market sentiment, trigger financial market volatility, and slow investment and trade. Further, the lender said higher trade barriers would disrupt global supply chains and slow the spread of new technologies. Consequently, global productivity and welfare would be lowered. And poor households would be hurt disproportionately as more import restrictions would also make tradable consumer goods less affordable.

"There are clouds on the horizon," IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld said during a press conference.

"Growth has proven to be less balanced than we had hoped."

Obstfeld noted that growth is being supported in several key economies by policies that seem unsustainable over the longer term.

"These concerns raise the urgency for policymakers to act," the economist added.

The US growth forecast for this year was retained at 2.4 percent, while the projection for next year was trimmed to 2.1 percent from 2.2 percent seen in July, citing the recently enacted trade tariffs. Growth projections for China for this year was left unchanged at 6.6 percent for this year, but the forecast for next year was cut to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent. Eurozone's growth outlook for this year was cut to 2 percent from 2.2 percent, while the projection for next year was kept at 1.9 percent. The UK growth forecasts for this year and next were unchanged at 1.4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Obstfeld expressed hope that a deal that includes tariff-free trade between the EU and the UK would be reached. India's growth projection for this year was kept at 7.3 percent, while the outlook for next year was trimmed to 7.4 percent from 7.5 percent.


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The Indian rupee drifted lower against the U.S. dollar in the evening session on Tuesday, touching an all-time low, as emerging markets fell after the downgrade of global growth forecast by the International Monetary Fund, citing trade disruptions.

The Washington-based lender slashed the global growth forecast to 3.7 percent for this year and next, from the 3.9 percent predicted in April.

Further undermining the currency was a surge in oil prices, which raised concerns over widening current account deficit in India.

Persistent dollar strength also weighed on the currency, as U.S. Treasury yields remained higher on hopes of further rate hikes in the U.S.

Indian markets also declined, with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling 198.84 points or 0.58 percent to 34,275.54, while the broader Nifty index was down 53.35 points or 0.52 percent at 10,294.70.

The rupee breached the key 74 mark, falling 2.9 percent to a record low of 74.53 against the U.S. dollar. The rupee had ended Monday's trading at 72.45 against the greenback.

So far this year, the currency has fallen around 13.7 percent against the U.S. dollar.


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Nguyễn Quang Duy


Thứ bảy 6/10/2018 vừa qua cánh bảo thủ Mỹ vượt qua sóng gió tạo thành tích mới khi Thượng viện bỏ phiếu với tỷ lệ 50-48 chấp nhận ông Brett Kavanaugh vào vai trò thẩm phán Tối Cao Pháp Viện.

Như vậy 5 trong số 9 thẩm phán Tối Cao Pháp Viện nay thuộc thuộc cánh bảo thủ, vì thế sẽ ảnh hưởng rất lớn đến chính trị và cấu trúc xã hội Mỹ.

Còn ở Việt Nam, đảng Cộng sản loan báo “100 phần 100” đại biểu tại Hội nghị Trung ương 8 đã "tín nhiệm giới thiệu" Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng để đưa ra Quốc hội bầu làm Chủ tịch Nước.

Cả hai đều có liên quan chặt chẽ đến Hiến Pháp và đều có những điều đáng để tìm hiểu.



Vì sao gọi là bảo thủ Mỹ

Tối cao Pháp Viện là cơ quan có quyền lực cao nhất của Hoa Kỳ, giữ quyền quyết định các tranh tụng về luật liên bang và luật xuyên tiểu bang.

Đồng thời có thẩm quyền giải thích Hiến pháp, tuyên bố các đạo luật liên bang, đạo luật tiểu bang là vi hiến, hoặc tuyên bố các hoạt động của hành pháp liên bang và tiểu bang là vi hiến.

Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện gồm chín người được bổ nhiệm trọn đời bởi Tổng Thống và được phê chuẩn bởi Thượng viện.

Các thẩm phán giải thích Hiến Pháp và các đạo luật theo nghĩa gốc ban đầu tạo ra chính nó được xem là theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ.

Còn các thẩm phán giải thích ý nghĩa của Hiến Pháp theo hoàn cảnh, theo thời gian hoặc theo các tài liệu chứng cứ xung quanh việc ban hành một đạo luật được xem là theo khuynh hướng tự do cá nhân.

Cánh bảo thủ muốn duy trì một xã hội truyền thống chống lại những người theo chủ nghĩa tự do cá nhân đang được nhiều người trẻ thuộc đảng Dân Chủ ủng hộ.

Ông Kavanaugh là thẩm phán theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ, phục vụ tại Tòa Phúc thẩm Washington, DC từ năm 2006 tới nay nên khi Tổng Thống Trump bổ nhiệm đã gặp rất nhiều chống đối.

Việc ông Kavanaugh gia nhập Tối Cao Pháp Viện làm nghiêng cán cân Tối Cao Pháp Viện với tỷ lệ 5-4 về phía những thẩm phán bảo thủ.

Vì thế nhiều vấn đề đang gây tranh cãi như quyền phá thai, quyền hôn nhân đồng tính, quyền nhập cư, quyền chuyển giới tham gia quân đội Mỹ… nay phía bảo thủ có nhiều cơ hội để thắng thế hơn.

Thậm chí nhiều đạo luật đã thông qua nhưng còn nhiều tranh cãi nay có thể sẽ được mang ra xét lại.

Và khi một đạo luật liên bang được Tối Cao Pháp Viện thông qua đương nhiên sẽ áp dụng cho tất cả các tiểu bang.

Nhiều ý kiến cho rằng Tối cao Pháp viện Hoa Kỳ luôn bị “chính trị hóa” theo quyết định đảng chính trị đang thắng thế.

4 lý do tạo thành khuyết điểm kể trên là (1) thẩm phán do Tổng thống bổ nhiệm; (2) chỉ cần quá bán Thượng viện đồng thuận với Tổng Thống; (3) nhiệm kỳ cho các thẩm phán là trọn đời; và (4) mọi quyết định của Tối Cao Pháp Viện chỉ cần quá bán đồng thuận.

Muốn thay đổi Tối Cao Pháp Viện cần thay đổi Hiến pháp Hoa Kỳ một điều gần như không thể xảy ra.



Việt Nam Ngày Nay …

Khác với ở Mỹ, cánh bảo thủ tại Việt Nam bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội, nếu có thay đổi tạm thời thì phải lấy mô hình thể chế của Trung cộng làm định hướng.

Trên danh nghĩa Quốc Hội là cơ quan quyền lực tối cao, không ai có quyền kiểm soát hoạt động của Quốc hội, phủ quyết các đạo luật, các quyết định của Quốc hội.

Trên thực tế, quyền lực tối cao thuộc về Bộ Chính Trị, Trung Ương Đảng biểu quyết theo thủ tục và Quốc Hội luật hóa quyết định Bộ Chính Trị.

Tư Pháp, Lập Pháp, Hành Pháp, Mặt Trận, Báo Chí, Toàn Xã Hội… đều do Bộ Chính Trị quyết định.

Quyết định Bộ Chính Trị “vi hiến” hay không là điều không cần phải bàn tới vì Hiến Pháp chỉ là hình thức.

Bởi thế mới có việc Tổng bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng vừa nắm tổ chức đảng, vừa nắm quân đội, lại vừa nắm công an, trong “tình huống” hiện nay phải nắm luôn vai trò Chủ tịch Nước.

Hội nghị Trung ương 8 còn quyết định thành lập 5 tiểu ban chuẩn bị cho Đại hội lần thứ 13, trong đó Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng nắm luôn hai tiểu ban là Trưởng Tiểu ban Văn kiện và Trưởng Tiểu ban Nhân sự.

Dường như đảng Cộng sản nay không còn ai có đủ tài, đủ đức, đủ lý luận để bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội nên ít nhất 6 chức vụ quan trọng phải trao cho ông Trọng đã 74 tuổi đời.



Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa…

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh Hiến pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa quy định thẩm phán cho Tối cao Pháp viện có nhiệm kỳ sáu năm, luân phiên mỗi ba năm bầu lại 6 người.

Ứng cử viên thẩm phán phải là (1) công dân Việt Nam; (2) 10 năm thâm niên làm chánh án, biện lý, hoặc luật sư; (3) không có quá khứ chống chính phủ hoặc hoạt động thân cộng; và (4) nếu là phái nam thì phải hợp lệ quân dịch.

Các ứng cử viên được Luật sư đoàn, Công tố đoàn và Thẩm phán đoàn cứu xét. Mỗi Đoàn chọn 50 hội viên, tổng cộng là 150 người xem xét danh sách ứng cử viên, bàn thảo và chọn lấy 30 người để trình lên Quốc hội.

Quốc hội sẽ bỏ phiếu chọn 6 người rồi chuyển sang Phủ Tổng thống phê chuẩn.

Những quyết định của Tối cao Pháp Viện như tuyên bố một đạo luật bất hợp hiến hoặc giải tán một chánh đảng phải hội đủ đa số ba phần tư (3/4) tổng số Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện đồng thuận.

Vụ án Dân biểu Trần Ngọc Châu bị bắt vào tháng 2/1970 vì tội liên lạc với một gián điệp cộng sản Bắc Việt là một vụ án điển hình cho thấy cách làm việc của Tối Cao Pháp Viện.

Khi ông Châu bị bắt với bằng chứng được quay phim, việc trước tiên là Tổng thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu kêu gọi Hạ viện truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Dân biểu Châu.

Hạ viện chấp thuận và thông qua với 102/135 phiếu thuận.

Do trước khi được bầu làm Dân biểu, ông Châu là Trung tá Quân đội nên ông được trả về Quân Đội và Tòa án Quân sự tuyên án ông Châu 20 năm tù.

Thượng viện đệ đơn lên Tối cao Pháp viện để xét lại vụ án vì cho là “bất hợp hiến”.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện xem xét và tuyên bố việc truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Hạ viện là bất hợp hiến vì Hạ viện chỉ bỏ phiếu kín mà không mang ra Quốc Hội tranh luận công khai.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện còn tuyên bố tòa án quân sự chỉ có quyền trên giới quân nhân tại ngũ, ông Châu phạm luật khi đang là dân sự, nên tòa án quân sự không có quyền tuyên án ông Châu.

Tòa Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định thả ông Châu, nhưng Bộ Quốc phòng viện cớ an ninh quốc gia nên vẫn giam Châu đợi ngày tái xét.

Vào tháng 1-1973, ông Châu được trao trả như tù binh cho phía Bắc Việt, nhưng ông Châu cương quyết không chịu theo cộng sản và Trưởng uỷ ban tù binh Bắc Việt không nhận ông Châu.

Đến tháng 6-1974, ông Châu được chính quyền miền Nam trả tự do.

Sau 30/4/1975, ông Châu bị cộng sản bắt tù “cải tạo” 3 năm vì tội là cựu Trung Tá và cựu Dân Biểu Việt Nam Cộng Hòa.

Khi được thả ông cùng gia đình vượt biên sang Mỹ và hiện đang sống tại Los Angeles.

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh vụ án cho thấy Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định theo đúng Hiến Pháp và luật pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa. Một bài học đáng được ghi nhận.



Tổng Thống Trump Liên Tục Thắng Thế

Chỉ chưa đầy 2 năm tại chức ông đã bổ nhiệm được 2 thẩm phán vào Tối Cao Pháp Viện mang lại nhiều lợi thế cho ông về tư pháp cũng như về chính trị.

Kinh tế Hoa Kỳ tăng trưởng với tỷ lệ 4,1%, tỷ lệ thất nghiệp giảm xuống chỉ còn 3,7% trong tháng 9, đạt mức thấp nhất kể từ tháng 12/1969.

Kinh tế phát triển tạo niềm tin của người tiêu dùng, niềm tin cho doanh nghiệp và niềm tin cho thị trường chứng khoán liên tục gia tăng đạt những mức kỷ lục mới.

Các hiệp định thương mại lần lượt được Tổng thống Trump thương lượng lại với các nước, như Nam Hàn, Mexico, Canada, EU, Nhật, Ấn,… đang mang lại nhiều lợi ích hơn cho nước Mỹ.

Bắc Hàn ngừng thử hỏa tiễn, vào bàn đàm phán, và hôm qua 8/10/2018 Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo loan báo ông Kim Jong-un sẵn sàng cho phép các phái đoàn quốc tế vào thanh tra các điểm thử hạt nhân và hỏa tiễn.

Khủng bố quốc tế mất khả năng ngóc đầu dậy.

Nhật, Nam Hàn, Đài Loan và cả Âu Châu đồng ý tăng ngân sách Quốc Phòng chia sẻ gánh nặng Quân Sự với Mỹ.

Đồng thời, Mỹ đã tạo dựng một liên minh nhiều quốc gia bao vây quân sự Trung cộng tại Biển Đông.

Với Trung cộng ngoài việc trừng phạt thương mãi, việc trừng phạt tài chính đang được mở ra.

Hoa Kỳ cho đóng băng tài sản tại Mỹ của quan chức cấp cao và doanh nghiệp nhà nước có liên quan đến mua bán vũ khí với Nga. Đồng thời giới hạn chính phủ các nước đồng minh thương mãi, doanh nghiệp hoặc cá nhân giao thương với Trung cộng. Và có thể cấm Trung cộng sử dụng đồng Mỹ Kim trong các giao dịch ngoại hối.

Trên diễn đàn Liên Hiệp Quốc Tổng Thống Trump công khai kêu gọi tất cả các quốc gia trên thế giới chống lại chủ nghĩa xã hội và những khổ nạn mà chủ nghĩa xã hội mang đến cho con người.

Lời kêu gọi của ông Trump không chỉ nhắm đến các quốc gia như Venezuela, Trung cộng, Việt Nam,… mà còn nhắm đến khuynh hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa thuộc cánh tả của đảng Dân Chủ đang được giới trẻ Mỹ ủng hộ.

Những ngày sắp tới ông Trump và đảng Cộng Hòa sẽ phải nỗ lực thêm để trong kỳ bầu cử tháng tới có thể giữ được các ghế ở cả Thượng viện lẫn Hạ viện để tiếp tục điều hành quốc gia trong thế mạnh.

Nhìn chung Mỹ là quốc gia dân chủ nên sinh hoạt chính trị lúc nào cũng sôi nổi, những chính trị gia lúc nào cũng phải năng nổ để liên tục chiến thắng, để được quyền tiếp tục điều hành đất nước.



Trở lại với Việt Nam…

Cũng chỉ hơn 2 năm từ ngày Thủ Tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng bỏ cuộc chơi thì tình trạng "chán Đảng, khô Đoàn, nhạt chính trị" càng ngày càng trở nên thảm khốc.

Chính trị Việt Nam ở cấp tối cao lọt vào “tình huống” vô cùng bế tắc, Tổng Bí Thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng phải nhận lãnh 6 chức vụ mà chức vụ nào cũng đều rất quan trọng không ai có thể thay thế được.

Các quốc gia cộng sản, trong đó có cộng sản Việt Nam, đang là điểm nhắm của Tổng Thống Trump.

Chính trị nước Mỹ vì thế đều ảnh hưởng đến chính trị thế giới và ảnh hưởng mạnh đến chính trị Việt Nam.

Thắng lợi của ông Trump đồng thời cũng là thắng lợi của người dân tại các quốc gia cộng sản.

Cơ hội để Việt Nam có tự do dân chủ mỗi lúc một rõ hơn, đòi hỏi người Việt cả trong lẫn ngoài nước nỗ lực hơn đẩy mạnh tiến trình dân chủ hóa Việt Nam.


Nguyễn Quang Duy

Melbourne, Úc Đại Lợi

9/10/2018


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I'm not disqualifying Kavanaugh's statements about the memos based on their "lack of corroboration." I'm dismissing them based on Kavanaugh's own emails and the clear content of the documents, which is now public. Even reading the emails it's obvious that claiming he didn't know the documents had to have been stolen from the Democrats defies credulity. When someone receives stolen property from a friend, the police don't need to get your confession to charge you with receipt of stolen property, if the context makes it obvious that what you were receiving was only available through underhanded means. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/20/brett-kavanaughs-unlikely-story-about-democrats-stolen-documents/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8b68b4285060 https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/judge-brett-kavanaugh-should-be-impeached-for-lying-during-his-confirmation-hearings.html <blockquote>Which does not show that they were lies. We have no way of knowing if either bias centered around their personal relationships, or bias centered around the SCOTUS nature of the topic, has effected their behavior.</blockquote> Yet their accounts regarding the yearbook are corroborated by the very public knowledge of what terms mean. Just use Google. All of these terms have publicly accessible meanings, which are not the meanings Kavanaugh gives. His classmates' asserting that the terms meant the same thing in their school that they meant everywhere else is corroborating, but not necessary. It also helps that in none of the cases does the context fit Kavanaugh's claims at all. You have four lines of evidence. You have the publicly known meaning of the terms, you have the classmates' testimony of the meaning of the terms, you have the internal logic of the phrases which fits the publicly known meaning but does not fit Kavanaugh's explanation, and you have the fact that this mismatch occurs over and over again, which would be an unbelievable coincidence under any explanation other than "he's just lying and every one of the terms means exactly what it appears to mean." And then it all fits together at a larger level too. His roommates' and classmates' claims about his drinking behavior fits publicly known information about the frat he belonged to, fits publicly known information about the high school crowd he hunt out with including his wingman's own published book, and fit his high school yearbook to a T. The ONLY account that is out of line with the evidence is Kavanaugh's account. And his willingness to lie about the meaning of terms in the yearbook fits his willingness to lie about his drinking habits fits his willingness to lie about the memos. The pattern is set.
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  • Taylor Swift breaks her political silence by endorsing Tennessee Democratic candidates.
  • Mistakenly believing her to be one of theirs, the Alt-Right is furious.
  • New voter registrations have spiked since her announcement

In their heyday, The Beatles never told anyone how to vote, fearful as they were of their own power over their fan base. As one of their promoters put it, "Only Hitler ever duplicated their power over crowds." Such were the times that they felt safe keeping their views mostly to themselves, only occasionally implying them in song lyrics.

These are not those times, though, and The Beatles of today, Taylor Swift, this week stepped into the political fray by endorsing Democratic candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives candidates in her home state of Tennessee. She also strongly criticized the voting record of Republican Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn.

That Swift has spoken up in these troubled times confirms her image as an "All-American girl." The tweet in which she made her endorsement speaks eloquently in support of traditional American ideals.

I'm writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I'll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.
I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.
So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!

Photo that accompanied Swift's tweet.

True to the times in which we live, the faction so out-of-step with traditional American ideals, the Alt-Right, exploded in rage. On the other hand, according to vote.org, new voter registrations since Swift's tweet have also exploded, with 65,000 signups in just the first 24 hours after her tweet, demonstrating the powerful and emotional bond Swift maintains with her audience.

The fallout is a stunning collision of the power of hate and celebrity that so characterize today's U.S.A.

Nobody's Aryan princess


The Alt-Right movement has for several years believed the blonde, blue-eyed, Southern Swift to be their "Aryan Princess." In the absence of a full-throated rejection from the pop star, their faith in Swift's presumed agreement with their radical views has become more and more entrenched over time.

Never mind that it began as a joke when a November 2011 4chan kitten-naming contest decided on a name Swift herself had chosen for her own feline. Additional "clues" supporting Swift's alleged All-Right leanings appeared over time, culminating in a ne-Nazi's article reposting a mashup of Hitler quotes over an image of Swift. His post was titled, "Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift: Nazi Avatar of the White European People."

In tweets, such as one describing Swift's endoresment as a "betrayal beyond words. On Reddit, things grew even darker, with one poster claiming, "Nobody pisses off 4chan. She will regret this move for that reason alone." Another informs her, "you just lost over half of your fanbase, including me." One Alt-Right commenter with a user name containing "taytay4ever" wondered, "Son of a bitch...how do I change usernames???"

Donald Trump defended Blackburn as a "tremendous woman," and shared his unique conception of math by telling supporters, "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now."

There are performers and then there’s Taylor


No other artist has remotely as emotionally resonant relationship with her fans as Taylor Swift does these days. Many, though by no means all, of her adorers are teenage girls who look to Swift for guidance in matters big and small during this charged time of life. From song lyrics to one-on-one fan surprises, Swift clearly works hard and reciprocate the adulation she receives. As she noted in her tweet, a sizable portion of her base has just come of voting age, and she clearly wanted to use her influence with them for positive change. That her reasons involved standing up for human rights and making clear that this includes various groups whose rights are in question these days fits in perfectly with her long-time message to fans. As Mary Mancini of vote.org tells Buzzfeed, "Having her come out and say this so publicly will make people sit up and say, ya know what, I'm not alone here."

According to Mancini, of the 5,183 new registrations in Tennessee so far this month, 2,144 were from the period following Swift's tweet. vote.org itself saw 155,940 unique visitors in the first post-tweet day, the largest group of visitors since National Voter Registration Day in September.

A gamble worth taking


Swift has really stepped up as a young American here, taking a real risk with her career and her personal safety to simply help her generation do what she feels is obviously right. That thousands are willingly following her guidance at the same time as others are demonizing her fits this American moment, sadly. To provide some light in this wilderness is why she spoke up.


          Nikki Haley's resignation comes one day after an ethics watchdog requested an investigation into her acceptance of free flights on private jets      Cache   Translate Page      
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's abrupt resignation on Tuesday came one day after an ethics watchdog group requested the State Department's inspector general investigate her acceptance of seven free flights aboard private jets from a trio of South Carolina businessmen. Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, listed the flights on her 2017 financial disclosure and asserted that each qualified for an exception based on her relationships with the businessmen. But the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in its complaint that Haley's financial disclosure did not provide enough information to make the assertion that the flights between New York, Washington, DC, and three South Carolina cities qualified for the exemption. Those flights were most likely worth tens of thousands of dollars, CREW suggested.
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          Australian pro-lifers argue abortion clinic buffer zones violate freedom of speech      Cache   Translate Page      

Canberra, Australia, Oct 9, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two pro-life activists are challenging Australian “buffer zone” laws in the country’s high court in Canberra. The laws in the states of Victoria and Tasmania bar any protests within 150 meters (nearly 500 feet) of a clinic or hospital that performs abortions.

The Victorian case was brought by Kathleen Clubb, a pro-life campaigner who was fined $5,000 in 2016 for “communicating about abortion” to a woman using an abortion clinic. The same year, Graham Preston was fined $3,000 for violating Tasmania’s similar buffer zone law.

A doctor was quoted in the Guardian as saying that she believed that protests outside abortion clinics left women intimidated and with “dangerous implications for their health.”

But the two plaintiffs are arguing that the laws violate their freedom of speech, since they prohibit political speech in a place where “communications on [abortion] are likely to occur and be most politically resonant.”

“The prohibition applies whether or not discomfort is caused, and irrespective of the political significance of the communication in the circumstances,” Clubb said as quoted by the Guardian. “The issue raised by this appeal is whether a prohibition of that kind is compatible with a constitution which protects a freedom of political communication. This court should answer that question no.”

A lawyer for the protestors argued Oct. 9 that because there are already laws in both states that protect against harassment and intimidation, the only further effect of the buffer zone laws is essentially to ban peaceful protest. He argued that Australia grants an implied freedom to political speech.

The governments of Victoria and Tasmania contend that the laws are designed to allow women to access legal medical services. The Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales have similar buffer zone laws. A bill under consideration in the state of Queensland would create 150-meter buffer zones there as well.

Buffer zones are being debated elsewhere, including in the United Kingdom. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected proposals for buffer zones around abortion clinics throughout England and Wales as disproportionate in a Sept. 13 decision, after finding that most abortion protests are peaceful and passive. Local jurisdictions in England and Wales are able to establish their own buffer zones.

Javid added that there were “relatively few” reports of “aggressive activities”, and noted that in 2017, only 36 of the 363 hospitals and clinics in England and Wales that offer abortions have experienced pro-life demonstrations near their facilities.

In the United States, three states have passed buffer zone laws: Colorado, Montana, and most recently Massachusetts in 2014.


          Vast majority of private school blue-ribbon winners Catholic      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- The Department of Education has awarded the 2018 National Blue Ribbon to more than three dozen Catholic schools. Of the nearly 50 private schools to receive the designation, almost 90 percent were Catholic. The awards were made public Oct. 1 in an announcement by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A total of 349 schools nationwide -- 300 public and 49 private -- received the honor in 2018.

Of the 49 private schools honored, 44 of them were Catholic institutions, including schools in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Most of the schools are administered by their respective dioceses.

“The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” said the Department of Education in a press release announcing the winners.

The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 7 and 8.

“We heartily congratulate the 44 Catholic schools that were recently designated 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the United States Department of Education,” Mary Pat Donoghue, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Catholic Education at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told CNA. 

Catholic schools are by their nature “ordered to an integral formation of the human person which seeks wisdom and virtue through the development of faith and academics,” she said.

“The extraordinary work of these schools demonstrates their commitment to this mission and to the important role that Catholic schools play in American education today.”

"As Catholic schools work toward the common mission of integrating knowledge with faith in the lives of young people, the honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School reaffirms their excellence and showcases these schools as extraordinary communities," said National Catholic Educational Association President and CEO Thomas W. Burnford in a press release published on the group’s website.

"It is with great joy that we celebrate and witness these schools’ noteworthy accomplishments."

Blue Ribbon Schools are either categorized as “Exemplary High Performing Schools,” which means they are among the highest-performing schools in their state on standardized tests, or “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools,” which are are among the highest-performing in a given state at closing achievement gaps between their student body and all students in the state over the past five years.

All of the Catholic schools were recognized by the Department of Education as “Exemplary High Performing Schools.”

Since the Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982, over 8,800 schools across all 50 states have been recognized.


          Nikki Haley to leave role as UN ambassador      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2018 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Nikki Haley will leave her post as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year, it was announced Tuesday. Haley has been a vocal champion of religious freedom during her time at the UN.

Speaking during a joint announcement from the Oval Office Oct. 9, President Donald Trump said that Haley first told him six months ago that she would look to “take a break” after two years on the job. The president said that Ambassador Haley had done an “incredible job” during her time in post and was “very special.”

“She’s a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it,” said  Trump.

During her time at the United Nations, Haley spoke frequently in defense of persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, and delivered the closing keynote at July’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

She also had a hand in the implementation of major policies, including the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilling campaign promise made by successive presidential candidates.

“As Americans, we have been given a great set of tools with which to build a more perfect union. The protection of our religious freedom – our right to worship, and believe, and even instruct our children – in the manner in which we choose and to live our faith is first among these tools,” said Haley in July.

“We will continue to forcefully advocate for religious tolerance in the international arena. Not just because so many people are being denied this right, but because defending religious freedom makes for a safer and more peaceful world for all of us.”

During the announcement of her departure, Haley dismissed speculation that she would be seeking to challenge Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. “No, I am not running for 2020,” she said while repeating her support for Trump’s reelection.

As former governor of South Carolina and a prominent member of the Trump administration’s foreign policy team, Haley has been widely tipped as a potential future presidential candidate.

She said it was an “honor of a lifetime” to serve in the United Nations, and that there was “no personal reason” for her choosing to step down at this time. Instead, she said that it was important for politicians to know when to step back from a particular role.

Trump expressed remorse at Haley’s departure, saying “We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you).” He also kept the door open for her return to the administration, “at some point but in a different capacity.”

If she were to do so, Trump said, she “can have (her) pick” of positions.

Prior to being appointed ambassador, Haley was the first female governor to be elected in South Carolina, and first Indian-American female governor in the country.

President Trump said he would announce Haley’s replacement within a few weeks. 


          Re: Help with American Funds 401k Plan      Cache   Translate Page      
mindmaniac wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:22 am

About myself (34 y/o), I recently graduated from dental school and have a great career ahead of me. Prior to dental school I worked for 6 years and saved a modest $90,000 held in a 403b Fidelity plan with another $30,000 in a Vanguard Roth IRA with 100% VTSAX. My wife (39 y/o)is a much better saver than me, and is diligent about saving to her 401k through IBM and Roth IRA contributions prior to me graduating from dental school. I recently partnered into the practice I have been at for 1.5 years and joined the retirement plan they have through American Funds. I was disheartened since I have read through the forums and the various Boglehead books and appreciate the philosophy of low fees and passive investing to index funds.



Due to the size of our practice, I qualify for R-3 shares. My question would be what is the best mix of American Funds to replicate a balanced Boglehead type passive investing method. I assume I should max our my 401k contributions yearly first, before investing into taxable IRA accounts. My income this year is expected to be around $240,000 and my wife's salary is $65,000. While that sounds like a lot on paper, I still have large student loan payments to pay off.



Since I don't qualify for a standard Roth IRA would it be advisable to a backdoor Roth IRA and should I consider a Roth 401k vs std 401k? I've got $15,000 sitting a in std IRA and don't have an accountant yet to explain the tax implications if I do a backdoor Roth IRA.



American Funds Choices

Fund Exp Ratio

American Funds EuroPacific 1.13

Am Funds Growth Fund of Am 0.98

Am Funds New Perspective Fund 1.09

Am Funds New World Fund 1.30

Am Funds SmallCap World Fund 1.35

Am Fund Cap World Growth Income 1.09

Am Funds Investment Co of Amer 0.95

Am Funds Washington Mut Inv Fun 0.94

Am Funds Capital Income Builder 0.94

Am Funds American Balanced 0.93

Am Fund Bond Fund of Amer 0.91

Am Funds US Govt Money Mkt 0.98


A simple allocation would be 60% The Investment Company of America, and 40% The Bond Fund of America.
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          State Liquor and Cannabis Board to reevaluate pot edibles      Cache   Translate Page      
Certain cannabis-infused candy could start vanishing from store shelves across Washington next year.

The Seattle Times reports the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced Wednesday that it will "reevaluate" all edible marijuana products in an effort to cut back on products that may appeal to children.

Washington state legalized recreational pot in 2012 and has had rules barring products that are "especially appealing to children," but spokesman Brian Smith said the board has received complaints.

Smith says when the board looked into the complaints they also had concerns and decided to reevaluate the products.

In a presentation posted online, the agency identified colorful gummy-style and hard candies as ripe for a regulatory crackdown.

Edibles producers must resubmit their products to the agency by Jan. 1.

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          Colbert neighbors express concerns about intersection following crash      Cache   Translate Page      
A three-car collision that sent one driver the hospital with serious injuries is the second crash to happen at Newport Highway and Colbert Road in a week, investigators told KXLY crews.

According to Washington State Police Troopers, the injured driver was hit while trying to cross Newport Highway westbound on Colbert Road. She then hit a third car that was waiting at the intersection.

WSP ruled the cause of the crash to be a failure to yield the right of way.

KXLY viewers responded to coverage of the accident with questions about the safety of the intersection, expressing special concern for students and parents who use Colbert Road to access Northwest Christian school.

Emily Proffit is one of those parents. She crosses Colbert Road two to three times day to drop off and pick up her sons, Daniel and Caleb, who are in preschool and kindergarten at Northwest Christian.

"I say a prayer every time I cross it," she said.

Proffit said she has spoken to other parents about the intersection, and that many of them share her concerns.

"It's pretty scary every time we cross so I was just asking their teacher today, who at the county or I don't know who it would be that I could write a letter to because I'm just waiting for the day that something terrible happens," she said.

Something like this morning's crash which Proffit and her sons had to navigate on their way in to school this morning.

Other members of the community expressed similar worries.

"My first thought was 'Oh my God, I hope it's not a fatality," said Lori Anderson.

Anderson manages and lives above Secure Self Storage, which is located on the corner of Colbert Road. She said she's only lived there for about three years, but her husband's family has lived on nearby Berhill Road for a long time and this intersection has been a concern, to them, for years.

"Just the last week we've had two serious accidents and it's not even winter yet," she said.

Anderson, like Proffit and like the several others who reached out to KXLY with concerns, expressed an interest in change.

"Our question is just that. 'What's it going to take?' How many people are going to get injured or how many people are going to have to die before they put a stupid light in," she said.

The Eastern Region of the Washington State Department of Transportation told KXLY on the phone today that people can call and leave comments of questions about roads issues and safety. Call 509-324-6000.

KXLY is requesting crash data for the intersection of Newport Highway and Colbert Road. This story will be updated when that information becomes available.

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          Senator Murray releases statement on climate change report      Cache   Translate Page      
On heels of United Nations report, Washington Senator Murray (D) urged leaders to believe in science, accept realities of climate change, and stop propping up special interests that she says are making global warming worse.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report yesterday. It claims the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030.

The report claims that when the threshold is reached it will precipitate the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.

Today, Senator Murray released the following statement.

"This report drives home the stark reality that it's no longer acceptable to treat climate change like a problem for future generations to solve. The devastating effects of climate change are here. They are unfolding in real-time, on our front door steps and in the communities we love, from increasingly brutal hurricanes that batter our coasts, to worsening public health, to longer, more intense wildfires seasons that devastate the West on an annual basis. What's particularly sobering in this new report is that from here things only get worse, much worse, if we do not act immediately and aggressively, and that the communities that will be hit the hardest are those that are already the most vulnerable. The United States, with our economic strength and unmatched scientific know-how, can and absolutely should be a leader in what must be a global all-hands-on-deck effort. It's long past time that those in positions of power across this great nation actually believe in science, accept the realities of climate change, and stop propping up well-connected special interests that reap huge profits off of making global warming worse."

According to the report, the world would need to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by 45% from 2010 levels and reach "net zero" around 2050 to stave off the predicted disasters. It order to reduce those levels, the report states it would require changes in energy, industry, buildings, transportation and cities.

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          "Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, Country Spiraling Toward Civil War"      Cache   Translate Page      
"Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, 
Country Spiraling Toward Civil War"
by Michael Snyder

"Now that Brett Kavanaugh has officially been confirmed, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are at as a nation. And where we are at is a nation that is rapidly moving toward a state of civil war. At one time we were a nation that was united by shared values, a shared purpose and a shared destiny, but now all of that has been replaced by anger, frustration, bitterness, strife and discord. The left hates the right and vice versa, and both sides are becoming increasingly radicalized. And without a doubt we are in a life or death battle for the future of America. Eventually one side or the other will emerge victorious, and their ideology will become dominant in this country.

Up to this point, there has been a lot of screaming, yelling and protesting, but it isn’t going to take very much to push the nation over the edge into violence. On a daily basis the pot is being stirred by our leading politicians and the mainstream media, and it is very difficult to see any way that this story is going to end well.
Early on Sunday, the Drudge Report was being headlined by an Axios story about “the radicalization of our public lives”: "It’s going to get worse. Virtually every major American institution is being radicalized - or being reshaped by the radicalization of our public lives. You see this most vividly in politics, where the White House and Congress are often the cause and effect of the radicalization. You now see it in the courts and the Supreme Court, in particular, where a narrow, party-line vote made Brett Kavanaugh the next justice after a nasty, personal political brawl. Already, lawyer Michael Avenatti is calling for a new Democratic litmus test: increasing the size of the court to 11 from nine."

In particular, it is on the left where we have seen the most extreme radicalization. This is something that President Trump commented on during his most recent rally: “Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.”

Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House: “You have to vote,” Trump insisted. “On November 6 you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats - and that’s what they have become - by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans.” “The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern,” Trump continued. “Republicans believe in the rule of law not the rule of the mob.”

Of course if Hillary Clinton had won the election, there are millions upon millions of Americans that would not have been willing to be governed by her either. We are rapidly getting to the point where America is simply going to be ungovernable.

In order for any government to function, a certain percentage of the population must be willing to recognize that government as legitimate. For example, if everybody in the country suddenly decided to quit paying taxes there wouldn’t be too much that the federal government could do about it. They could put some of us in prison to try to scare the rest of us back in line, but if the rest of us refused to be intimidated our system of taxation would collapse.

Every system of government depends upon the fact that most people will willingly submit to it, and we are rapidly getting to the point where a large portion of the population will not submit to being governed. Just consider what just took place in Washington. As Brett Kavanaugh was being sworn in, protesters were literally banging on and clawing the doors of the Supreme Court building: "But perhaps no incident better expressed the protesters’ tenuous hold on sanity than a demonstration at the Supreme Court, where protesters - mostly women - broke through a police line and barged to the Court’s chamber, where they proceeded to wail, gnash teeth, and pound at the doors while Kavanaugh was being sworn in inside.

Some of the protesters, who managed to get all the way through to the doors themselves, tried desperately to claw their way in, even though the doors were clearly locked (and look very heavy). If you have not seen this yet, you can watch footage of this happening on Facebook right here.

And Chad Pergram is reporting that Republican senators had death threats texted to their personal phones: "Colleague Peter Doocy reports a GOP senator says senators have had death threats texted to their person phones. Calls that “unusual.” Also says some senators who flew home after Kavanaugh vote were accompanied by police for protection.

In a subsequent tweet, Pergram also reported that a gruesome beheading video was actually sent to the phone of Cory Gardner’s wife: "Amid Kavanaugh furor & threats to members, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has also released the names of and addresses of his family members." Can you imagine how you would feel if that happened to you?

Many of these leftist protesters are extremely passionate about protecting abortion rights. To be honest, I wish that those on the right were just as passionate about defending the lives of the unborn. Because the truth is that Brett Kavanaugh has never said that he intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. In fact, during her speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate explaining why she was voting for Kavanaugh, U.S. Senator Susan Collins admitted that Kavanaugh essentially promised her that he would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade:

Most notably, Collins said in her explanation of why she was not worried that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe that Kavanaugh had told her when they were discussing his nomination that he did not think five sitting justices - a majority of the nine member court - would be a sufficient number “to overturn long-established precedent.” This was after he had testified, she noted, that Roe–upheld by Casey–was “precedent on precedent.”

“Finally, in his testimony, he noted repeatedly that Roe had been upheld by Planned Parenthood v. Casey, describing it as precedent on precedent,” said Collins in her floor speech. “When I asked him whether it would be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current Justices believed it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no.” Kavanaugh didn’t just say no. He “emphatically said no“.

After everything that happened, the ironic thing is that Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court is a loss for conservatives, but nobody on the right wants to admit this.  We got fooled by Justice Kennedy, we got fooled by Sandra Day O’Connor, we got fooled by David Souter, and now we have just been fooled again.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy, and he is cut from the exact same cloth as his mentor.  Kennedy was one of the key votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision, and he actually wrote the opinion for the case that legalized gay marriage in America.  It is rumored that Kennedy would not retire until he was assured that Kavanaugh would be nominated in his place, because he knew that Kavanaugh would be the exact same type of Supreme Court justice that he had been. So conservatives should not be celebrating this “victory” at all.

But what this confirmation process did prove is that we are closer to chaos on the streets of America than ever before.  In fact, a recent New York Post article suggested that America “could be sleepwalking into a second civil war”: "To be clear, what we just witnessed, and what we have seen for two years, is not a case of mere political differences, which the Founders recognized as inevitable and even desirable. Instead, we face something more akin to the combustible climate historian Christopher Clark described as the origins of World War I. In his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Clark illustrates how none of the great powers wanted war, but all felt free to escalate the build-up in the certainty that the other side would back down."

Something similar is happening here, and our nation could be sleepwalking into a second civil war. Even though justice and fairness prevailed this time, the stained confirmation process must serve as a wake-up alarm. This time around, however, it won’t be a battle between two opposing armies from two distinct geographic regions. Instead, it will be a conflict between two very different ideologies. So far, it has mostly been a “cold war”, but as both sides become increasingly radicalized I fear for what the future may soon bring…"
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          The creepiest urban legends from the PNW      Cache   Translate Page      
Just time in time for Halloween, "Thrillist" the online media website, has collected "urban legends" from all over the country and ranked the scariest state by state. They say "urban legends" are "a collection of articles dissecting persistent myths, unexplained phenomena, shared nightmares, and tales so bizarre they can't possibly be true... or can they?"

They go on to say "America is a country rich in folklore, a place where cautionary tales have always been mixed into the pot and sprinkled into our collective nightmares. Yet some of our nation's eeriest and most persistent stories, whether because they're rooted in community lore or used as means to synthesize local tragedy, don't travel far.

Never fear (or actually, please do fear): we've tracked down the creepiest urban legends in all 50 states and the macabre bunch of stories is certain to freak you out, no matter where you live."

Washington: The 13 Steps to Hell

Why it's creepy: The Maltby Cemetery, in Snohomish County, is itself the subject of rumors associating it with satanism. It is rumored to include a subterranean tomb for a really creepy rich family that could be accessed by 13 steps that led to their final resting place. Or the final resting place of every damned soul in history, as legend has it that descending the entire staircase led you to glimpse hell itself.

Where it came from: The cemetery's been around since 1901, though the crypt itself's date has been lost to time... as have the stairs themselves, which have been bulldozed and covered in concrete. That hasn't stopped curious paranormal masochists from trespassing on the secluded private property, allegedly showing up at the cemetery at night eager to unearth it via nocturnal excavation missions… and being greeted by the cemetery's other apparitions.

Idaho: The Phantom Jogger of Canyon Hill

Why it's creepy: There are rumors of many hauntings in Caldwell, Idaho's centuries-old Canyon Hill Cemetery, but the one that gets the most attention is the Midnight Jogger. As with many of the best urban legends, you have to do your part to get her attention: In this case it involves parking between certain trees in the cemetery at night. Do it right, and the legless apparition will knock on your window to let you know she's there, then continue on her route.

Oregon: The Bandage Man of Cannon Beach

Why it's creepy: Far from the rooted-in-history scares of Portland's Shanghai Tunnels, the Bandage Man haunts a lonely patch of decommissioned highway near the idyllic coast town of Cannon Beach. Like many ghosts, he likes to mess with teenagers making out in their cars, though more sinister legends have him eating dogs, wandering the wind-swept roadside, and even jumping in the back of pickups and sedans, filling the car with the scent of rotting flesh.

Where it came from: The Bandage Man -- most popularly a logger hacked up at the nearby mill -- made his earliest documented appearance in the '50s, and he was likely a spook story told around beach bonfires by teens weaned on monster movies.

If you'd like to find the creepiest urban myth for all the states, just click here.

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          Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction releases budget proposal      Cache   Translate Page      
More nurses and middle school counselors, dual language education and Increased funding for students with disabilities and among the items included in Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal's proposal for the 2019-21 Operating and Capital Budgets.

"The Legislature has made great strides in education funding," Reykdal said. "But we can't continue to use a 10-year-old funding model that was not enough even at the time it was created. Our students deserve an education system that does not allow opportunity gaps to persist. That can only happen if our system provides equitable opportunities and individual learning pathways for each student."

Following two public surveys, Reykdal says the budget priorities center on six foundational ideas. According to his office, most of them will prioritize schools that are most in need of support before being phased-in to full funding across all buildings.

Here is a summary of a few of the proposals provided by Reykdal's office.

Inclusive and effective learning and teaching.

$180 million would increase funding for students with disabilities and provide additional professional learning days for all school staff.

Comprehensive supports.

$60 million would provide more school nurses, middle school counselors, and family and community engagement coordinators.

Multiple pathways to graduation.

65 million would expand dual credit and career and technical education (CTE) programs, including opportunities for students to receive required academic credits in CTE courses.

Expanded learning opportunities.

10 million would fund a pilot program for school districts or tribal compact schools to extend or expand the school day or year, or switch to a year-round schedule.

Safe and effective school facilities.

400 million would allow OSPI to create a new funding model for elementary schools, which will build capacity to meet the state's K-3 class size ratios. The proposal would also create a new program to assist primarily rural schools in preserving and maintaining buildings.

Dual language.

14 million would allow 12 additional school districts and tribal compact schools to receive competitive grant funding for dual language programs. Funding would also expand capacity to teach in these programs by providing stipends and bonuses to bilingual teachers and paraeducators.

Reykdal outlined many of these ideas when he unveiled his long-term vision for K-12 education in May 2017.

"We have to look years into the future," he said. "The old model of basic education was only the first step. We need to shift our focus onto what will transform our educational system. Our system can only claim success if it truly provides equitable opportunity and an unprecedented embrace of individual learning pathways for each student."

According to his office, another key aspect of Reykdal's budget priorities involves addressing inequities created by recent changes to education funding.

Last year, the Legislature capped the amount of money school districts can raise through local levies. State law now allows districts to collect no more than the lesser of two amounts: $2,500 per student or $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the district.

Reykdal proposes a much simpler levy plan, where total levy authority cannot exceed 22 percent of a school district's state and federal revenues.

"Without critical changes, the reduction in levies will leave some districts in a very tough financial situation," said Reykdal. "We were never comfortable with taking away the ability of local communities to enhance their schools. Local levies typically fund afterschool programs, early learning, and other vital programs. School districts need to have more flexibility so they can meet the individual needs of their communities."

Reykdal will propose a capital gains tax, which will generate about $1 billion per year. Under Reykdal's proposal, half of that money will go toward reducing state property taxes to ease the burden on homeowners if districts want to increase levies. The other half will be spent on OSPI's proposed budget priorities.

Reykdal also urged the Legislature to reexamine its regionalization model, which provides more money for some districts with higher property values. Reykdal said the model was a unique calculation for each district and not regionally based.

"Educators do not necessarily live in the districts where they teach," he said. "The new model creates funding levels for neighboring districts that share no real differences in housing values or cost of living. Southwest Washington was hit particularly hard by this model."

A survey taken this past spring asked Washingtonians to identify their priorities in K-12 education. A second survey, completed at the end of the summer, asked the public to allocate funding to the top seven categories identified in the first survey by more than 30,000 respondents.

Those taking the second survey allocated more than half of the total funding to the following three categories: student support services (21.1 percent), class size reductions (18.3 percent), and effective buildings and facilities for learning (14.7 percent).

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit NOEL KING, HOST: The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a troubling new report. It calls for urgent action to get climate change under control and warns of dire consequences if we fail. Kristie Ebi is one of the authors of the report. She's a professor of global health at the University of Washington, and she's with us now from South Korea where the report was released. Welcome, professor Ebi. KRISTIE EBI: Thank you so much. KING: All right. We know that the Earth has warmed by about 1 degree Celsius since the 1800s. What has that meant for the Earth? EBI: It has meant - for human health, for our well-being, for the ways we make our living, for the kinds of hobbies we enjoy outside - that there's already been changes in a number of ways that are harmful to us and to the ecosystems, to the nature that we enjoy. KING: Your report - this U.N. report explores the consequences of further warming, warming of 1.5 degrees
          TV Academy Chair Hayma Washington to Step Down (EXCLUSIVE)      Cache   Translate Page      
Hayma Washington has decided to step down as chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, Variety has learned exclusively. Washington tells Variety he decided not to seek a second term so that he can focus on his producing work as well as his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. “As I looked back at what […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft. Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts. Founded in 2015 in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tiny Montana hometown, Whitefish had just two employees when Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. The […]
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Viruses in blood lead to digestive problems: study

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Viruses such as West Nile and Zika that target the nervous system in the brain and spinal cord also can kill neurons in the guts of mice, disrupting bowel movement and causing intestinal blockages, U.S. researchers have found.

   Other viruses that infect neurons also may cause the same symptoms, the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said.

   The researchers at the university who study mice infected with West Nile virus noticed that the intestines of some of the infected mice were packed with waste higher up and empty farther down, as if they had a blockage.

   "We actually noticed this long ago, but we ignored it because it wasn't the focus of our research at the time," said West Nile expert Michael S. Diamond, a professor of Medicine and the study's co-senior author.

   This time, the researchers dug in, and found that not only West Nile virus but its cousins Zika, Powassan and Kunjin viruses caused the intestines to expand and slowed down transit through the gut.

   Further investigation showed that West Nile virus, when injected into a mouse's foot, travels through the bloodstream and infects neurons in the intestinal wall. These neurons coordinate muscle contractions to move waste smoothly through the gut. Once infected, the neurons attract the attention of immune cells, which attack the viruses and kill the neurons in the process.

   "Any virus that has a propensity to target neurons could cause this kind of damage," said Diamond.

   Though West Nile and related viruses are not very common in the United States, there are many other viruses that are more widespread, such as enteroviruses and herpesviruses, that also may be able to target specific neurons in the wall of the intestine and injure them."

   If it is the case, such widespread viruses may provide a new target in the prevention or treatment of painful digestive issues.

   "Many of the viruses that might target the gut nervous system cause mild, self-limiting infections, and there's never been reason to develop a vaccine for them," Diamond said. "But if you knew that some particular viruses were causing this serious and common problem, you might be more apt to try to develop a vaccine."

   The infected mice's digestive tracts gradually recovered over an eight-week time span. But when the researchers challenged the mice with an unrelated virus or an immune stimulant, the bowel problems promptly returned.

   This pattern echoed the one seen in people, who cycle through bouts of gastrointestinal distress and recovery.

   The findings were published Oct. 4 in the journal Cell.

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          The Kinsey Sicks In THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY In Toronto One Night Only Nov 1, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Toronto (October 9, 2018) - Back by popular demand, The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, will bring their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn't Say, to Toronto on November 1. Presented by SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival and Derrick Chua Entertainment, Things You Shouldn't Say is the remarkable true story of four friends from San Francisco who had a life-changing epiphany at a Bette Midler concert in 1993 that led them to form the a cappella group The Kinsey Sicks in an effort to find joy during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. Things You Shouldn't Say will perform at The Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave, Toronto) for one night only on Thursday, November 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets for Things You Shouldn't Say range in price from $25 - $35 and are on sale at http://bit.do/kinseytoronto

Now that the era of Trumpism is upon us, The Kinsey Sicks are sharing their hilarious, inspiring and, at times, heartbreaking tale, and showing that hatred and deceit can be fought with humor and heart. The show leads the audience in resisting these new dark times with laughter, integrity, and heroically high hair in an unforgettable new musical exploring Trumpism, racism, AIDS, extreme macramé, oblong vegetables and, of course, Bette Midler. From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to London and Manhattan to D.C., Things You Shouldn't Say has garnered rave reviews. Forbes Magazine heralded it as "Riveting...a humbling, hilarious delivery system of painful truths...Things You Shouldn't Say will push buttons you didn't know you had," while The Washington Post deemed it "Outrageousness tinged with outrage... witty... hilarious... a band of such inventively diabolical brains... gets sardonically darker and rewardingly so...it's a piercing cry from the heart."

The show is part of The Kinsey Sicks' 25th Anniversary Tour, and the final Toronto performance of co-founder Benjamin Schatz as "Rachel" before his retirement. The Kinsey Sicks, whose cast also includes Jeff Manabat as "Trixie", Spencer Brown as "Trampolina" and Nathan Marken as "Winnie", have served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally. Their phenomenal performance record includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Las Vegas, two feature films and three concert DVDs, nine albums, and appearances in over 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. The Kinsey Sicks' award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned them a diverse and devoted following around the world.


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Dr. Patrick Anthony Correnty passed away unexpectedly on October 1, 2018 at his home in Washington, D.C. Patrick was born in Stamford, Connecticut on March 11th, 1965 and is survived ... read more
          UNVEILED: OBAMA PORTRAITS BY KEHINDE WILEY AND AMY SHERALD, AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL      Cache   Translate Page      
The portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady, Michelle Obama, were unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Two of my favorite artists, Kehinde Wiley (Barack Obama) and Amy Sherald (Michelle Obama) have delivered … Continue reading
          A Journalist's Disappearance: Where Jamal Khashoggi Was Last Seen - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

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A Journalist's Disappearance: Where Jamal Khashoggi Was Last Seen
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Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and dissident, remains missing a week after he seemed to disappear inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Mr. Khashoggi's fiancée and friends fear he has been either kidnapped or killed. Turkish ...
Turkey seeks details on Saudi movements in probe of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearanceWashington Post
Turkish Investigation of Missing Saudi Journalist Shifts Focus to Mercedes VanWall Street Journal
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Skripal attack: Second Salisbury suspect 'decorated' officer
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The second suspect in the Salisbury poisoning case was a doctor and highly decorated Russian military intelligence officer, an investigative website says. Bellingcat said it used a combination of online material and leaked documents to identify ...
A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plottersWashington Times
Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified: Research groupAljazeera.com
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) holds a 20-point lead over his Democratic gubernatorial challenger Ben Jealous, according to a new poll.Hogan leads Jealous 58 to 38 percent among likely voters in the The Washington Post/University of...
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Melania's trip to Africa says a lot about US foreign policy under Trump
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First lady Melania Trump has wrapped up her first solo trip to Africa, where she made stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt — a subtle rejection of her husband's nationalist and xenophobic worldview. The point of Trump's tour was to highlight all ...
Melania Trump wants our respect. Here's how she could earn it.Washington Post
Analyzing what Melania Trump wore during her four-nation African tour: it's complicatedAOL
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Pompeo Cites 'Real Progress' on North Korea Trip
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WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he made “real progress” on his most recent trip to North Korea, where he met with Kim Jong Un and other officials to discuss denuclearization and plans for a second summit with President Trump.
Another Trump-Kim summit has both dangers and opportunitiesThe Hill
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    Dr. Jane Goodall, now 84 years old, paid a visit to our city of Bellingham, Washington last night to give a lecture on behalf of Western Washington University to an audience of 1300 adults and children, emphasizing once again how any one unassuming and highly motivated person can make a difference in the […]
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A rare white tiger fatally mauled a Japanese zookeeper, but the bereaved family wants to keep it alive
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It's been more than half a century since a white tiger was last seen in the wild. The last one known to roam freely was shot in 1958, and the hundreds who remain now live in captivity. On Monday, one of those captive tigers fatally mauled a man at a ...
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The McClain Tigers are looking to bounce back in the Frontier Athletic Conference in week eight of the high school football season after a disappointing performance in week seven that saw the Tigers fall at home to the Chillicothe Cavaliers by a score of 63-7. The Tigers will travel to Washington Court House on Friday, […]

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Washington Post yazarı gazeteci Cemal Kaşıkçı’nın 2 Ekim’den bu yana kayıp olduğu ve en son Suudi Arabistan Başkonlosluğu’nda olduğu öne sürüyordu. Türk Dışişleri Bakanlığı yaptığı yazılı açıklamayla konsolosluk binasında inceleme yapılacağını duyurmuştu. Konsoloslukta akşam saatlerinde hareketlilik yaşandı. Önce konsolosluğun ana giriş kapısından konsolosluğa ait bir araç giriş yaptı. Ardından konsolosluğun arka kapısından ellerinde çanta olan […]
          Retorno a la Plaza Chop-chop      Cache   Translate Page      
Las «Iaqmet al-Had» –las ejecuciones de la ley de Alá– son un espectáculo público habitual en Riad y en otras ciudades de Arabia Saudí, habitualmente después de la oración del viernes en la mezquita. Las decapitaciones de traficantes de droga y homicidas suelen escenificarse en la plaza del palacio de Masmak, junto al zoco de Dira. En el argot de los medios diplomáticos es conocida como la «plaza de chop-chop» (corte de charcutería en inglés), una broma macabra para un espectáculo seguido con morbo, piedad al menos formal –al término de la ejecución es tradicional felicitar al verdugo por haber «cumplido las órdenes de Alá»– y ausencia estricta de cámaras. Una nota lacónica en el boletín televisivo de la noche da cuenta de la ejecución. El escándalo producido por la ausencia de respuestas a la desaparición del periodista Khashoggi en Estambul tiene algo de hipócrita. Si el exeditor, exasesor del jefe de la inteligencia saudí y colaborador del «Washington Post» fue asesinado en el interior del consulado saudí –dejando a un lado los detalles «gore» para sacarle de la legación– el caso es una tropelía mayúscula por parte del régimen de Riad. Pero no tiene sentido el rasgado de vestiduras por parte de la ONU, el Reino Unido, Estados Unidos y menos aún de Turquía, por los métodos presuntamente utilizados, cuando es bien conocida la utilización de la ejecución pública a espada en el país con el que todos quieren hacer negocios y guardar una buena relación diplomática. El desprecio aparente de Riad hacia las formas en el «caso Khashoggi» se puede explicar, en cierto modo, por la costumbre de Riad de no escuchar críticas de los poderosos hacia sus abusos de los derechos humanos, empezando –como es el caso– con el de la libertad de expresión y el derecho a la vida. Con el pretexto de que hay otros regímenes más antioccidentales en el mundo del islam que el saudí, y que además es preciso asegurar el suministro de petróleo y ¡los puestos de trabajo! acabaremos pensando que es posible vender a Riad misiles tan inteligentes que son capaces de evitar la muerte de civiles en la guerra de Yemen.
          Clamor mundial para que Riad aclare la suerte de Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Pasan los días y crece el misterio sobre el paradero de Jamal Khashoggi. Naciones Unidas, la Unión Europea y Estados Unidos pidieron a las autoridades saudíes «una investigación completa y transparente» sobre lo ocurrido con el famoso periodista saudí, crítico con la monarquía, desaparecido desde el pasado martes cuando acudió al consulado de su país en Estambul para realizar un trámite burocrático. Desde Riad insisten en que Khashoggi abandonó el edificio y, como muestra de su disposición a colaborar con la investigación, abrieron las puertas de la legación a los expertos turcos que tratan de aclarar este caso, tal y como informó el ministerio de Exteriores de Ankara. La presión internacional en torno a Arabia Saudí crece en mitad de las declaraciones de fuentes policiales turcas y amigos personales del desaparecido que aseguran que fue «asesinado de manera salvaje». Citando diferentes fuentes próximas al caso, The New York Times señaló que «fue asesinado y descuartizado». The Wall Street Journal añadió que «el cuerpo fue posiblemente sacado en pedazos del edificio», la misma versión defendida por los testimonios recogidos por The Washington Post, medio con el que colaboraba el desaparecido, que aseguraron que «el cadáver de probablemente se descuartizó y se metió en cajas antes de sacarlo del país en avión». Esta versión llegó reforzada por las informaciones de medios turcos sobre la llegada a Estambul de 15 personas a bordo de un avión privado saudí, que realizaron un vuelo de ida y vuelta el mismo día de la desaparición. La respuesta oficial a estas acusaciones llegó de boca del príncipe Khalid Bin Salman, embajador saudí en Washington, que las calificó de «absolutamente falsas y sin fundamento», pero su consulado en Estambul sigue sin aportar pruebas que confirmen la salida de Khashoggi del edificio. El periodista tiene 59 años y reside desde hace un año en Estados Unidos, donde se autoexilió debido a su postura crítica con la monarquía y el príncipe heredero, Mohamed bin Salman, el auténtico hombre fuerte del país. Es columnista en la sección de Opinión de The Washington Post y una semana después de su desaparición el presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, declaró su «preocupación», pero confesó no haber hablado del tema con las autoridades de Riad, sus grandes aliados regionales junto a Israel. Su secretario de Estado, Mike Pompeo, pidió a los saudíes una «investigación completa», lo mismo que la la alta representante europea para Asuntos Exteriores, Federica Mogherini, quien añadió que espera «máxima transparencia» por parte del reino. Analistas como Ali Soufan escribió en las redes sociales que Bin Salman «está envalentonado porque no tiene que rendir cuentas por nada, ni por sus atrocidades en Yemen, ni por el secuestro del primer ministro libanés, ni por la purga interna contra disidentes… el caso Khashoggi es un paso más inevitable en esta trayectoria».
          We’ve Got to Find a Way to Disagree Without Hatred Again      Cache   Translate Page      

Demonstrators protest against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018. As senators read FBI interview transcripts Thursday, the White House is confident that the new background check on Kavanaugh has improved his claim to the Supreme Court. (Zach Gibson/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

“When the Left is already screaming at people in public and doxxing them and staking out their homes, what does it look like for them to fight all the harder?” asks Ben Domenech in a column today for The Federalist. It’s a sobering question. A common tactic in politics is to portray the opposition in...

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          Heidi Heitkamp Is Trying to Be the Dixie Chicks of Believing Uncorroborated Sexual Assault Accusations      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks to reporters before a procedural vote to move forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2018. Heitkamp, who is facing a difficult re-election bid this year, voted no, but the Republican majority held, 51-49; the Senate's final vote could come as early as Saturday. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush. The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which...

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          THE MEDIA & THE MOB: Responding to a Washington Post reporter, who as Twitchy notes, “does the…      Cache   Translate Page      
THE MEDIA & THE MOB: Responding to a Washington Post reporter, who as Twitchy notes, “does the Republicans pounce angle on the out-of-control Kavanaugh mob,” Rod Dreher writes: Here’s the thing: though there is no question that the GOP, like Democrats, play to the anxieties of its base — this is normal politics — there really […]
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          About those gecko feet.      Cache   Translate Page      
I mean, look at them:

I got there via "A gecko, seriously, made dozens of mysterious phone calls from a Hawaii marine mammal hospital" (WaPo). And I found the closeup of the gecko foot on the Wikipedia article "Gecko feet" (there's an article just for the feet!).
The interactions between the gecko's feet and the climbing surface are stronger than simple surface area effects. On its feet, the gecko has many microscopic hairs, or setae... that increase the Van der Waals forces between its feet and the surface.
The Van der Waals forces!
The following equation can be used to quantitatively characterize the Van der Waals forces, by approximating the interaction as being between two flat surfaces:



where F is the force of interaction, AH is the Hamaker constant, and D is the distance between the two surfaces. Gecko setae are much more complicated than a flat surface, for each foot has roughly 14,000 setae that each have about 1,000 spatulae. These surface interactions help to smooth out the surface roughness of the wall, which helps improve the gecko to wall surface interaction.
And the gecko to touchscreen surface interaction!
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          This is the first I'm seeing of "#HimToo" hashtag activism and it's a mother screwing up big time.      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm reading "‘This is MY son’: Navy vet horrified as mom’s tweet miscasts him as #HimToo poster boy — and goes viral" (WaPo):
“This is MY son,” began his mom’s viral post, which featured a photograph of Hanson posing in his Navy uniform. “He graduated #1 in boot camp. He was awarded the USO award. He was #1 in A school. He is a gentleman who respects women. He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind. I VOTE. #HimToo.”...

“It doesn’t represent me at all,” said Hanson, who is studying entrepreneurship with plans to open his own brewery. “I love my mom to death, but boy . . . I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this.”

Hanson and his brother, Jon, said... [their mother] she did have a tendency to write gushing social media posts about her sons and sometimes could make “loose cannon” statements, but not like this....
Mothers and social media... when are they going to learn. Get consent! You may think you're complimenting your offspring, but consent matters, and you don't see all the dimensions of what you are doing.

The #HimToo tag is now a lot of comedy. WaPo cherry picks a bunch. I'll give you:



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          Legacy by Jessica Blank - NO      Cache   Translate Page      
Legacy by Jessica Blank, 228 pages. G. P. Putnam (Penguin), 2018. $17.99. 

Language: R (118 swears; 82 uses of the “f” word ; at least thirty scenes of drug usage, sex, police brutality, drug usage, brutality in general, self harm.); Mature Content: R; Violence: R.

BUYING ADVISORY:  HS – NOT RECOMMENDED

AUDIENCE APPEAL:  LOW

In Tacoma Washington, right after teaching Alison how to drink with style, Andy drives off with his friends for a night of fun. The kind of fun he never returns from. Alison, her mom and dad deal with it by falling apart. Alison compensates by having sex with all of her older, now deceased, brother’s friends and then wonders why everyone at her school thinks she is a slut. Along the way she finds a boyfriend. He has dropped out of college and his great inspiration is a guy named Dirtrat. After getting kicked out of their respective homes Dirtrat advises them to join a sit in to protest the cutting of old growth trees.  

This is historical fiction about an interesting time in our past. This a pivotal moment about how people can make a difference. But it is told through the eyes of confused and fairly repulsive characters, their language is offensive, their actions are chaotic and without logic, taking what could have been a really fascinating book down the trail of trash.

Lisa, Library Teacher

          UPDATE 1-Boeing surprises with jump in September plane deliveries      Cache   Translate Page      
The numbers brought overall aircraft deliveries for the first nine months of 2018 to 568, up from 554 at the end of September a year ago and pointing to an easing of the production problems that had caused unfinished planes to pile up at Boeing's Renton, Washington plant. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg's had said last month only that September...
          Boeing September 737 deliveries dwarf August numbers      Cache   Translate Page      
The numbers brought deliveries for the first nine months of 2018 to 568, up from 554 at the end of September a year ago and pointing to an easing of the production problems at suppliers that had caused unfinished aircraft to pile up at Boeing's Renton, Washington plant.
          Trump está considerando a exconsejera Dina Powell como embajadora EEUU en ONU      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, dijo a periodistas que está considerando a su exconsejera adjunta de Seguridad Nacional, Dina Powell, para el cargo de embajadora ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) tras la renuncia de Nikki Haley.
          EEUU pide a Arabia Saudí que investigue desaparición de periodista Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Estados Unidos pidió al Gobierno de Arabia Saudí que realice una investigación exhaustiva y transparente sobre la desaparición del periodista Jamal Khashoggi, dijo la portavoz del Departamento de Estado, Heather Nauert, en una rueda de prensa.
          Producción de crudo en Golfo de México cae casi 40% por huracán Michael      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Los trabajadores abandonaron las plataformas petroleras y móviles en el Golfo de México a medida que el huracán Michael se acercaba a Florida, lo que provocó una caída temporal en la producción de crudo y gas, dijo la Oficina de Seguridad y Cumplimiento Ambiental en un comunicado.
          BRETT, THE DC-BORN BAND THAT IS MAKING MAJOR SOUND-WAVES      Cache   Translate Page      
  When you think of Washington D.C., music isn’t likely to be the first thing that comes to mind, but after hearing the band Brett, that might all change. Dressing up lyrics that take you on a journey through moments … Continue reading
          Presidente de EEUU critica a la FED por suba demasiado rápida de tasas de interés      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, criticó a la Reserva Federal (Banco Central) por la celeridad con que está subiendo las tasas de interés.
          Trump Administration Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall      Cache   Translate Page      
A government proposal mirrors Trump’s hostility to the First Amendment.

President Trump has a record of attacking the rights of protesters, from suggesting that protest be illegal to praising dictators who crush any kind of dissent.

Now, the Trump administration proposes to dramatically limit the right to demonstrate near the White House and on the National Mall, including in ways that would violate court orders that have stood for decades. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting.

Fee requirements could make mass protests like Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 March on Washington and its “I have a dream” speech too expensive to happen.

The public has until October 15 to comment on the plans, and on Monday, we submitted our formal written comment explaining why the planned changes are unconstitutional.

In 1967, in the middle of the Vietnam War, the federal government tried to impose severe limits on protests near the White House. The ACLU of the District of Columbia sued, and after years of litigation, the courts rebuffed the government’s effort and reminded the National Park Service, which administers these areas, that Lafayette Park is not Yellowstone and that the White House area and the National Mall “constitute a unique [site] for the exercise of First Amendment rights.” Under court orders, the park service issued regulations allowing large demonstrations, guaranteeing quick action on applications for permits, and accommodating spontaneous protests as much as possible.

Closing the White House sidewalk                                  

The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive, going back at least to the women’s suffrage movement 100 years ago.

Suffragettes protesting outside of the White House

The closure would violate the earlier court order, which permits demonstrations by at least 750 people on the White House sidewalk and declares that any lower limit is “invalid and void as an unconstitutional infringement of plaintiffs’ rights to freedom of speech and to assemble peaceably and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”         

Existing fence outside of the White House   

The existing fence outside of the White House

Proposed fence outside of the White House         

The proposed fence outside of the White House

The park service didn’t offer any justification for closing the sidewalk. Even if it were based on security grounds, that wouldn’t pass muster because the White House fence is about to be replaced with a new, taller fence with special anti-climbing features, approved last year specifically to “meet contemporary security standards” while allowing the sidewalk to remain open.

As the Secret Service stated when the plans for the new fence were submitted for approval, “Our priority is to maintain the public’s access ... It is in fact a quintessential First Amendment site.” The Secret Service got it right. The park service proposal has no valid basis in security — it’s just an effort to keep the pesky protesters away.

Charging for free speech

An even more effective way to keep the pesky protesters away is to charge a fee for the right to protest. According to the new proposal, the park service is considering charging demonstrators for things like “sanitation and trash removal” and “harm to turf.” But of course, the park service does not plan to charge the 45 million non-demonstrators who visit the National Mall every year for the fencing and sanitation their presence requires or for the harm to the turf that they cause.

Park service regulations distinguish between demonstrations and “special events” — things like sports events, historical reenactments, and festivals. The park service has always charged for the costs of special events, but it now claims that some demonstrations have “elements that are special events” and that it is free to charge “administrative, equipment, and monitoring costs” for those “elements.” The proposal gives no clue about what those “elements” may be, but the courts have made clear that things like singing, dancing, and music in the context of demonstrations are fully protected by the First Amendment. Such “elements” shouldn’t make a demonstration subject to fees.

Managing public lands for the benefit of the American people is what Congress funds the National Park Service to do. That includes demonstrators just as much as tourists or hikers. While the park service may be strapped for funds, it cannot balance its budget on the backs of people seeking to exercise their constitutional rights.

Limiting spontaneous demonstrations

The right to protest now in response to unfolding events is a key part of freedom of speech. As Judge J. Skelly Wright recognized in the ACLU-DC lawsuit against the 1967 restrictions, “Timeliness is essential to effective dissent. Delay may stifle protest as effectively as outright censorship.”

In general, people must apply for National Park Service demonstration permits 48 hours in advance. But that requirement can be waived in urgent situations. Current regulations provide that the park service will accommodate spontaneous demonstrations if necessary resources and personnel “can reasonably be made available.” The proposed regulations would change that to “provided the NPS has the resources and personnel available to manage the activity.” (emphasis added)

The proposed regulations would also ban the use of a small stage or sound system unless a permit has been sought 48 hours in advance. The park service says it needs a minimum of 48 hours to evaluate the “safety concerns and resource impacts” of structures, but the park service doesn’t need 48 hours to know that a small stage or sound system on the Mall is safe.

In addition to these lowlights, there are many other serious problems with the government’s proposed changes, which we detail in our written comments. The heart of the matter is clear: President Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there.

STOP THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO SQUELCH FREE SPEECH. TAKE ACTION NOW


          Convention Sales Coordinator - $38K-$40K - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page      
DC-Washington, Our client, an association in downtown DC, is seeking a direct hire Convention Sales Coordinator to join their team! About You: A Bachelor's degree is required for this position. 2-3+ years of customer service experience; experience with coordinating nonprofit events is preferred. Strong skills in MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required. Superior organizational, project
          Convention Sales Coordinator - $38K-$40K - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page      
DC-Washington, Our client, an association in downtown DC, is seeking a direct hire Convention Sales Coordinator to join their team! About You: A Bachelor's degree is required for this position. 2-3+ years of customer service experience; experience with coordinating nonprofit events is preferred. Strong skills in MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required. Superior organizational, project
          Inside The EPA: How Employees Are Reacting To The U.N. Climate Report      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations released a climate report on Monday, but how does it fit with EPA policies? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis about how EPA employees are responding.
          ‘El País’ y ‘El Mundo’ se unen al proyecto internacional The Trust Proyect      Cache   Translate Page      
the trust proyect el pais y el mundo

El periodismo de calidad vive en un constante devenir que en la actualidad se mantiene amenazado por las fakes news. Por este motivo ha nacido The Trust Proyect, una plataforma internacional que busca identificar y preponderar la información de calidad y combatir las noticias falsas que se reproducen con especial ahínco a través de internet.

The Trust Proyect es una iniciativa que ha nacido para incrementar la transparencia y certificar la fiabilidad de las noticias elaboradas por los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo. En lo que respecta a la prensa española, únicamente forman parte de este proyecto dos cabeceras: El Mundo y El País. Borja Echevarría, director adjunto del diario de Prisa, ha catalogado este nuevo paso para su periódico como una oportunidad para “separarse del ruido ensordecedor que provoca el acelerado flujo de noticias, distinguir los hechos comprobados de la manipulación y separa la opinión de la información”.

A nivel internacional, forman parte de esta iniciativa medios como The Washington Post, BBC o The Economist. Todos ellos se han unido y coordinado para unificar una serie de medidas que logren aportar veracidad y libertad a los contenidos. The Trust Proyect avisa a plataformas como Google, Twitter o Facebook que una noticia es de confianza.

¿Cómo lo harán? Cada web y cada noticia mostrará etiquetas claras que permitirán a los lectores reconocer el género de los artículos: noticia, análisis, opinión o contenido promocional, entre otros. A través de esta medida, se pretender dar las herramientas suficientes a los lectores para que valoren la veracidad de la fuente.

Seguiremos Informando…


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          Trump llama a residentes del estado de Florida a protegerse por llegada de huracán Michael      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, llamó a los habitantes del estado de Florida (sureste) a resguardarse en lugares seguros ante la inminente llegada del huracán Michael, que ya alcanzó la categoría 2, con vientos sostenidos de 175 kilómetros por hora.
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          “She Will Do Whatever Is Politically Expedient for Her Future Aspirations”: Nikki Haley’s Resignation Blindsides Washington, but Surprises No One      Cache   Translate Page      
Inside Washington’s new favorite guessing game: what will Haley do next? And is she running in 2024?
          Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search consulate over missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to let Turkish authorities search its Istanbul consulate as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

There has been fierce speculation over what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote for Arab and Western media, after he vanished last Tuesday following a visit to the consulate to obtain official documents.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

"Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building," the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

The search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", he said without giving any date.

Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.

Previously the crown prince told Bloomberg that Riyadh would be ready to welcome Turkish officials to search the premises.

'Share CCTV footage'

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, urged the Turkish authorities not to search the consulate.

"We ask the consulate and officials to share the footage of his exit. We don't want the search or inspection of the consulate. We don't have such a demand," he told AFP.

Ankara sought permission Sunday to carry out a search after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time, Turkish television reported.

Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year fearing possible arrest.

He has been critical of some policies of the crown prince and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Mystery team of 15

Police also said a team of 15 Saudis were sent to Istanbul and were in the building at the same time as Khashoggi.

Turkish security officials were working to identify the 15 individuals, English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported, adding that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia.

According to pro-government daily Sabah, the team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one which landed after 03h00 (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 17h00 (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state.

Istanbul police experts were analysing vehicles which entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera last Tuesday at the consul-general's residence, 200m away, the daily said.

The newspaper also claimed that Turkish employees at the residence were "hastily" told to take a holiday on the day Khashoggi went missing.

'Thorough' investigation

US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he was "concerned", adding: "I don't like hearing about it. Hopefully that will sort itself out."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the same day called for "a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results" of the probe.

UN rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

"We are 100% behind the American position. We expect a thorough investigation and total transparency from the Saudi authorities on what happened," European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Lisbon.

Meanwhile, in London, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met the Saudi ambassador on Tuesday to "seek urgent answers", according to a post on Twitter. — AFP
          Stateside: More experts needed to connect vets to benefits; Slotkin on priorities for 8th District      Cache   Translate Page      
Today on Stateside , Democratic nominee Elissa Slotkin on why she's running in Michigan's 8th Congressional District, one of the most expensive races in the country. Plus, Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs director Michael Smith talks about how a shortage of qualified staff makes it harder for Michigan veterans to determine their eligibility for federal VA benefits. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. Congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin says she rejects “false choice” between social issues and job creation Elissa Slotkin is running as a Democrat in Michigan's 8th Congressional District against incumbent Mike Bishop (R). She joined Stateside to talk about her campaign, her views on the current political climate in Washington, and what she intends to do for Michigan residents if elected to office. Theater Talk: Little old ladies and a serial killer, “Clue,” and a Phantom flop David Kiley , editor-in-chief of Encore Michigan , updates us on
          Neanderthal Child’s Finger Bones Identified in Poland      Cache   Translate Page      
KRAKÓW, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that two tiny 100,000-year-old finger bones of a Neanderthal child were identified among a collection of animal bones unearthed in deep layers in Ciemna Cave, which is located in southern Poland. Paweł Valde-Nowak of Jagiellonian University and Erik Trinkaus of Washington University in St. Louis said the poorly preserved finger bones belonged to a child who was probably between the ages of five and seven at the time of death. The porous surface of the bones suggest they may have passed through the digestive tract of a large bird. The only other known Neanderthal remains to have been found in Poland are three molars from Stajnia Cave, estimated to be about 50,000 years old. However, thousands of Neanderthal tools, dating back some 200,000 years, have been recovered from across southern Poland. For more on Neanderthals, go to “Early Man Cave.”
          Pac-12 Power Rankings: No Stopping Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies      Cache   Translate Page      
Welcome to another week of action-packed college football in the land of In-N-Out and bad officiating, better known as the Pac-12.

We were treated to several tantalizing contests last Saturday, with Arizona's defense saving the day against Cal, while Colorado outlasted ASU in Boulder and Washington and Washington State survived stiff challenges by conference lightweights, UCLA and Oregon State.…
          "pRoVen INnoCeNt"      Cache   Translate Page      
Despite everything, Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in to the SCOTUS on the evening of Saturday, Oct 6, by Chief Justice John Roberts. The NY Times has reported evidence of tax fraud from the '70s and '80s; Donald Trump and his family evaded a tax bill that could have been as high as half a billion dollars. Trump is currently the President of the United States. Nikki Haley, ambassador to the U.N., has announced her resignation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced a new report warning of warming by as much as 1.5°C as early as 2040. More shady shit around Trump's 2016 campaign is coming out.

To explain the title: While Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday, a matching public ceremony was held on Monday, where Pres. Trump made comments and said (contrary to facts) Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent".

Meanwhile, ethics complaints involving Kavanaugh have been filed with the DC Circuit Court, but will probably now be dropped.

Shady Campaign Shit:
• Trump Campaign Aide Requested Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm (NYT), in which Trump campaign official Rick Gates requested proposals to use fake online identities and social media manipulation for the campaign and a suspicious Trump Tower meeting with the owner of the intelligence firm, George Nader, Erik Prince, and Donald Trump Jr.

• GOP Operative Secretly Raised at Least $100,000 in Search for Clinton Emails; Opposition researcher's efforts are of intense interest to investigators probing Russian election interference (WSJ/@WSJ) Including his own $50K contribution Peter W. Smith raised a total of $150K for the nonexistent "the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students".

• The FBI freezes the assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Meanwhile, onetime Deripaska employee Paul Manafort faces asset forfeiture, including his Trump Tower condo.

Other news:
ActBlue is highlighting a Great Slate of new progressive candidates.

Ted Cruz declines a debate, so challenger Beto O'Rourke gets an hour on national TV by himself. Star-Telegram with a headshot of O'Rourke that makes him look weirdly like the guy in American Psycho.

Invisible Primary 2020: Cory Booker gives 'the speech of his life' in Iowa, Kamala Harris plans an Iowa visit, and Elizabeth Warren says she'll take a 'hard look' at running for president.

Maybe Dumbing it Down is Good Politics - Martin Longman, Washington Monthly; research has emerged showing that lower verbal and cognitive ability is predictive of Trump support

Reuters, Lawrence Hurley, U.S. top court rebuffs appeal of Kavanaugh ruling nixing climate rule: a 2015 regulation on HFCs was struck down in 2017, coincidentally by Judge Kavanaugh. The SCOTUS is letting it stay struck down.

HuffPo, Mary Papenfuss, Watchdog Group Calls For Probe Of Nikki Haley Flights Funded By Businessmen

Mother Jones, Rebecca Leber, This Oil Lobbyist Is the Real Power Behind Trump's Interior Department

NY Mag's Grub Street reports, Government Drops Deportation Case Against Pizza Deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio

AP, Deported parents may lose to adoption

Buzzfeed, Hamed Aleaziz, ICE Attorneys Were Told Last Year To Stop Using Their Discretion In Immigration Cases

Taylor Swift makes an Instagram post endorsing Philip Bredesen, who is running for Congress in Tennessee. Dudes are mad about it, but she may have sparked a surge in voter registrations.

Previously in U.S. Politics FPPs: 'Indelible in the Hippocampus is the Laughter')

Remember to check your voter registration: voter registration deadlines are upon us.

As always, please consider MeFi chat for hot-takes and live-blogging breaking news, the current MetaTalk venting thread for catharsis and sympathizing, and funding the site if you're able. Also, for the sake of the ever-helpful mods, please keep in mind the MetaTalk on expectations about U.S. political discussion on MetaFilter.

Per the July 28 Metatalk discussion, we should expect and plan for another thread next Monday, Oct 15th. Thank you to the users who contributed to drafting this post on the MeFi wiki.

          Americans Are Stuck In An Abusive Relationships With Power      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

And we recently discovered, if it was not known before, that no amount of power can withstand the hatred of the many.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Americans are brought up to believe all sorts of myths about the country we call home. We’re told our economy is a free market meritocracy governed by the rule of law. We’re told our civil liberties, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, are inviolable and protected by the most powerful military in the world. A fighting force entrusted with the admirable and monumental task of defending freedoms at home, and democracy and human rights abroad. We’re told we exist in a system of self-government, in which our votes matter and our voices heard. In practice, none of this is true.

The fact of the matter is American citizens in 2018 are just a nuisance for the real power players. Useful as consumers, but increasingly problematic as larger numbers start to ask questions about how things really work. For far too long, we’ve been ignorant and willing accomplices in our own bondage. This allowed the concentrated and unaccountable power that really calls the shots to go for broke in recent decades, with unsurprisingly tragic results.

Only recently have things started to shift. Increased levels of barbarism abroad and corruption at home during the 21st century — under both Republican and Democratic administrations — have shaken many Americans from a long stupor. Irrespective of where you sit on the political spectrum, most people know something’s not right. People don’t agree on the details of what’s wrong, and there’s certainly no consensus on solutions, but increasing numbers of us know something’s very broken.

I try to look at things from a big picture perspective, and from that angle I see too many people focused on the symptoms of cultural decay versus root causes. Not enough people seem to be taking a step back to see that at the core of today’s broken socioeconomic and political paradigm is an American citizenry fundamentally entangled in various abusive relationships with power. This post will highlight three of these relationships. The first with government itself, the second with central banking, and the third with the dominant political parties.

When it comes to the relationship of U.S. citizens to the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C., there’s no indication that anything remotely resembling self-government is happening. Rather, the relationship is far more like that of a servant to a master. The powerful in this country have declared themselves above the law and beyond accountability on too many occasions for it to be an accident. Rather, it’s clearly unwritten public policy at this point. For starters, key players who pushed the Iraq war during the George W. Bush administration, such as John Bolton, are never held accountable. Instead, they’re promoted to even more influential roles many years later.

Equally troubling, leaders of intelligence agencies like John Brennan who supported torture during the Bush years, ran the CIA while it spied on a Senate investigation into torture and then lied about the spying, likewise face no consequences for their actions. Rather, Brennan ends up with a corporate media gig as an MSNBC/NBC “resistance” pundit. Same thing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He lied under oath about domestic government surveillance, gets caught following the Snowden revelations, and then nothing at all happens to him. He leaves government many years later, joins a think tank, and becomes a CNN contributor.

Of course, this whole above the law thing extends well beyond government officials. We saw how bankers who tanked the global economy as a result of systemic and extremely lucrative fraud schemes received bailouts instead of jail sentences. We should never forget that not a single bank executive went to jail. When a class of powerful super predators are placed above the law, society dies.

Let’s now dig a little deeper into the economy. It’s still a relatively under appreciated fact that the most powerful players commandeering and influencing the U.S. economy, in a fashion similar to a communist politburo, are a collection of unelected central bankers. These people can bring an economy to its knees via interest rate hikes at a moments notice, or bail out powerful financiers should that need arise as we saw explicitly in 2008/09.

Moreover, what’s most instructive about central bank policy is that it always seems to help connected speculators and Wall Street hooligans versus the general public. One thing you’ll notice if you watch the Fed steer the economy over the course of its cycle, is it doesn’t really get going with rate hikes until wage pressures emerge. In other words, once your average worker starts to get some leverage in the labor market the Fed ends the party. The same thing’s happening again right now.

Then, after asset markets crash and the economy enters a recession, central banks will rapidly lower rates to start the cycle all over again. Naturally, the people who benefit most from all this are speculators and those investors with access to low rates who buy assets on the cheap. Meanwhile, you probably got kicked out of your home and continue to face double digit interest rates on your credit card balance. Then years down the road, as soon as the labor market tightens and you get a couple of raises, the Fed again will hike rates and end the expansion.

The Fed makes up all sorts of excuses for why it doesn’t care about asset inflation or commodity price inflation, but the moment wage pressures emerge it jacks up rates and ends the cycle. As I mentioned earlier, it’s happening right now all over again, and it’ll become increasingly clear over the next year or so. This economy isn’t a free market in any real sense, it’s largely a rigged oligarchy. Another abusive relationship designed to enrich a particular type of charlatan.

Finally, I want to touch on America’s dominant political parties. Two corrupt organizations that fully support and defend the pernicious, abusive relationships described above. While they certainly disagree on many things, when it comes to supporting the existing paradigm that empowers politicians while in office, and enriches them when they leave to become lobbyists, they are united. Basically, the two parties bicker about how to deal with the symptoms of a rigged and systemically corrupt government, but never confront or oppose the structural root causes of it all.

What’s most incredible to me is how we continue to put up with this scam as a people. If you look over at Europe, the old political parties have been getting decimated at the polls. Political parties that barely had any support, or didn’t even exist a few years ago, are surging ahead and in some cases taking power. Meanwhile, we Americans are still playing footsie with the Democrats and Republicans. At least Trump was able to overcome establishment opposition and get the GOP nomination. Bernie Sanders was not so lucky, as his response to being the victim of a rigged primary has been to shepherd his supporters into the arms of the corrupt Democratic establishment that hates his guts. It’s a genuine national embarrassment.

That being said, the fact we remain stuck in this pathetic two-party political dungeon tells me something important. It tells me we’re still very early in the populist wave here in the U.S. It tells me that while people are increasingly fed up, they aren’t nearly as fed up as they could be. When people have finally had enough, you’ll know it. We’re steadily building up to that moment, but not there yet. There’s no way to know exactly how this period of time will play out, but I do know what emerges on the other side won’t look like anything like what we have today.

Unfortunately, even if we intelligently deal with all the abusive relationships described above, I still think political power in the U.S. is far too centralized to be healthy. Outside of essential civil liberties, I don’t think it makes any sense to assume we need uniform ways of doing most things, and decision making should be far more localized. Nevertheless, even at the local level, the abusive relationships described above can become problematic, so it’s always important to be cognizant of them.

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          Snyder: Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, Country Spiraling Toward Civil War      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has officially been confirmed, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are at as a nation. 

And where we are at is a nation that is rapidly moving toward a state of civil war.  At one time we were a nation that was united by shared values, a shared purpose and a shared destiny, but now all of that has been replaced by anger, frustration, bitterness, strife and discord.  The left hates the right and vice versa, and both sides are becoming increasingly radicalized.  And without a doubt we are in a life or death battle for the future of America.  Eventually one side or the other will emerge victorious, and their ideology will become dominant in this country.

Up to this point, there has been a lot of screaming, yelling and protesting, but it isn’t going to take very much to push the nation over the edge into violence.

On a daily basis the pot is being stirred by our leading politicians and the mainstream media, and it is very difficult to see any way that this story is going to end well.

Early on Sunday, the Drudge Report was being headlined by an Axios story about “the radicalization of our public lives”…

It’s going to get worse. Virtually every major American institution is being radicalized — or being reshaped by the radicalization of our public lives.

You see this most vividly in politics, where the White House and Congress are often the cause and effect of the radicalization. You now see it in the courts and the Supreme Court, in particular, where a narrow, party-line vote made Brett Kavanaugh the next justice after a nasty, personal political brawl. Already, lawyer Michael Avenatti is calling for a new Democratic litmus test: increasing the size of the court to 11 from nine.

In particular, it is on the left where we have seen the most extreme radicalization.  This is something that President Trump commented on during his most recent rally

“Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.

Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House:

“You have to vote,” Trump insisted. “On November 6 you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats — and that’s what they have become — by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans.

“The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern,” Trump continued. “Republicans believe in the rule of law not the rule of the mob.”

Of course if Hillary Clinton had won the election, there are millions upon millions of Americans that would not have been willing to be governed by her either.

We are rapidly getting to the point where America is simply going to be ungovernable.

In order for any government to function, a certain percentage of the population must be willing to recognize that government as legitimate.  For example, if everybody in the country suddenly decided to quit paying taxes there wouldn’t be too much that the federal government could do about it.  They could put some of us in prison to try to scare the rest of us back in line, but if the rest of us refused to be intimidated our system of taxation would collapse.

Every system of government depends upon the fact that most people will willingly submit to it, and we are rapidly getting to the point where a large portion of the population will not submit to being governed.

Just consider what just took place in Washington.  As Brett Kavanaugh was being sworn in, protesters were literally banging on and clawing the doors of the Supreme Court building…

But perhaps no incident better expressed the protesters’ tenuous hold on sanity than a demonstration at the Supreme Court, where protesters — mostly women — broke through a police line and barged to the Court’s chamber, where they proceeded to wail, gnash teeth, and pound at the doors while Kavanaugh was being sworn in inside.

Some of the protesters, who managed to get all the way through to the doors themselves, tried desperately to claw their way in, even though the doors were clearly locked (and look very heavy).

If you have not seen this yet, you can watch footage of this happening on Facebook right here.

And Chad Pergram is reporting that Republican senators had death threats texted to their personal phones…

Colleague Peter Doocy rpts a GOP senator says senators have had death threats texted to their person phones. Calls that “unusual.” Also says some senators who flew home after Kavanaugh vote were accompanied by police for protection

In a subsequent tweet, Pergram also reported that a gruesome beheading video was actually sent to the phone of Cory Gardner’s wife…

Amid Kavanaugh furor & threats to mbrs, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has has also released the names of and addresses of his family members.

Can you imagine how you would feel if that happened to you?

Many of these leftist protesters are extremely passionate about protecting abortion rights.  To be honest, I wish that those on the right were just as passionate about defending the lives of the unborn.

Because the truth is that Brett Kavanaugh has never said that he intends to overturn Roe v. Wade.  In fact, during her speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate explaining why she was voting for Kavanaugh, U.S. Senator Susan Collins admitted that Kavanaugh essentially promised her that he would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade

Most notably, Collins said in her explanation of why she was not worried that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe that Kavanaugh had told her when they were discussing his nomination that he did not think five sitting justices—a majority of the nine member court—would be a sufficient number “to overturn long-established precedent.”

This was after he had testified, she noted, that Roe–upheld by Casey–was “precedent on precedent.”

“Finally, in his testimony, he noted repeatedly that Roe had been upheld by Planned Parenthood v. Casey, describing it as precedent on precedent,” said Collins in her floor speech. “When I asked him whether it would be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current Justices believed it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no.”

Kavanaugh didn’t just say no.

He “emphatically said no“.

After everything that happened, the ironic thing is that Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court is a loss for conservatives, but nobody on the right wants to admit this.  We got fooled by Justice Kennedy, we got fooled by Sandra Day O’Connor, we got fooled by David Souter, and now we have just been fooled again.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy, and he is cut from the exact same cloth as his mentor.  Kennedy was one of the key votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision, and he actually wrote the opinion for the case that legalized gay marriage in America.  It is rumored that Kennedy would not retire until he was assured that Kavanaugh would be nominated in his place, because he knew that Kavanaugh would be the exact same type of Supreme Court justice that he had been.

So conservatives should not be celebrating this “victory” at all.

But what this confirmation process did prove is that we are closer to chaos on the streets of America than ever before.  In fact, a recent New York Post articlesuggested that America “could be sleepwalking into a second civil war”…

To be clear, what we just witnessed, and what we have seen for two years, is not a case of mere political differences, which the Founders recognized as inevitable and even desirable.

Instead, we face something more akin to the combustible climate historian Christopher Clark described as the origins of World War I. In his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Clark illustrates how none of the great powers wanted war, but all felt free to escalate the build-up in the certainty that the other side would back down.

Something similar is happening here, and our nation could be sleepwalking into a second civil war. Even though justice and fairness prevailed this time, the stained confirmation process must serve as a wake-up alarm.

This time around, however, it won’t be a battle between two opposing armies from two distinct geographic regions.

Instead, it will be a conflict between two very different ideologies.  So far, it has mostly been a “cold war”, but as both sides become increasingly radicalized I fear for what the future may soon bring…


          Why are the Officers and Employees of Civil Liberties Group Liberty Refusing to Implement its Policy of Opposition to the IHRA?      Cache   Translate Page      

According to Liberty’s Olivia Percival, ‘Liberty is not actively campaigning against the IHRA definition’


Liberty, formerly known as the National Council for Civil Liberties, was founded in 1934. This was a time of heightened anti-fascist activity in which the Jews of the East End of London were under attack from Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists.  In 1989 the organisation changed its name to Liberty.

The organisation has provided a career path for budding Labour politicians such as Patricia Hewitt, who went on to become an MP and in charge of Neil Kinnock’s personal office before being brought down by the cash for influence scandal.  Harriet Harman was a former legal officer and her husband Jack Dromey was Chair of the Executive Committee. Shami Chakrabarti the previous Director is now Shadow Attorney General. What all the ex-employees of Liberty who find their way to the top of the Labour Party have in common is their abandoning and jettisoning of any pretence of support for civil liberties.  Harriet Harman for example went along with all Tony Blair’s anti-terrorism legislation without a squeak. Chakrabarti’s attack on Ken Livingstone suggests that she too considers civil liberties to be a drag on her career.
Martha Spurrier, another in a long line of hopeful Establishment Labour politicians
The current Director, Martha Spurrier is, like her predecessor, a barrister. Liberty/NCCL has never been a particular radical organisation, especially in recent times. In its earlier times it had no difficulty supporting for example the internment of Oswald Moseley in the war, something which led to mass resignations from the organisation.
During the period of Hewitt and Harman the organisation adopted a policy which was in effect pro-paedophile. The Paedophile Information Exchange became affiliated at one point and it was only in 1983 that the organisation rejected paedophilia as just another sexual life style. All that can be said about this period is that paedophile groups were able to take advantage of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s to propagate the idea that sexual freedom should include the right of adults to have sex with children and that this found favour amongst a section of the libertarian left and gay rights campaigners such as Peter Tatchell.
Liberty/NCCL has always seen itself as part of the British Establishment. It is therefore no surprise that when Professor Jonathan Rosenhead of the LSE moved a motion at the May 2018 AGM, seconded by Louise Christian, a well known solicitor, opposing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, its officers took fright. The motion itself was passed almost unanimously.
The IHRA is a consensus position of the British political establishment and Liberty is, if nothing else, an establishment group. When I heard that the motion had been passed I wrote to Liberty inquiring about their new policy.  I heard nothing for some months.
I had quite forgotten about my inquiry until an email arrived from Olivia Percival, a former government solicitor who is now Liberty’s Advice & Information Officer. As I read the email I became more and more disconcerted. Ms Percival did not have one good thing to say about Liberty’s policy. What she seemed to be doing was to explain why the organisation was doing nothing about the organisation. 
Percival first began by telling me that ‘I would emphasise that the motion reaffirmed Liberty’s opposition to anti-semitism in all its forms’. The implication being that opposition to the IHRA might be construed as support for anti-Semitism!
It was the next paragraph that left me open mouthed. It would appear that Percival, who is clearly not stupid, deliberately didn’t want to understand the reason for opposition to the IHRA: She wrote that:
‘As an organisation that both fervently supports free speech and fervently opposes anti-semitism, Liberty has an obligation to carefully consider the intersection of these two issues. Whenever we talk about hate speech, we immediately have to think about the boundaries of free speech. Drawing that boundary is not always easy. The position Liberty has taken on the IHRA definition comes from a good faith effort to think through this issue.
The clear implication being that opposition to the IHRA meant support for anti-Semitic hate speech. Why else would she talk about the ‘intersection’ of the two issues of free speech and anti-Semitism?
What Percival was doing was to revisit the policy of Liberty’s American equivalent, the American Civil Liberties Union which infamously supported a march through the Skokie in Chicago, where large numbers of Holocaust survivors lived, by the American Nazi Party. See the NYT, July 1978 THE A.C.L.U. AGAINST ITSELF.
Olivia Percival's email to Tony Greenstein
Thousands of Jews and others left the ACLU over their support for the right of neo-Nazis to propagate their filth and hatred. Indeed this controversy briefly surfaced in the NCCL  when its American Director, Andrew Puddephat I believe, argued for the freedom of speech of fascists in this country. It sparked a heated controversy within the NCCL which led to his departure.
Percival however has completely misunderstood the nature of the opposition to the IHRA, some would say deliberately so. Jonathan Rosenhead is himself Jewish. Neither he nor Jewish Voice for Labour of which he is a member support free speech for anti-Semites. Opposition to the IHRA has nothing to do with support for free speech for racists and fascists. There may indeed be an interesting discussion about ‘the boundaries of free speech’ when it comes to hate speech but it has nothing to do with the IHRA and it is dishonest for Percival to suggest otherwise.
Opposition to the IHRA is about opposition to the attack on the rights of supporters of the Palestinians and anti-Zionists to oppose Israeli Apartheid. It has nothing to do with supporting the rights of anti-Semites. It is disingenuous to suggest this.
The American ACLU defended the rights of Nazis in Skokie, Chicag- pictured is a Vietnam veteran
If Olivia Percival had bothered to read the resolution which was passed she would know that it begins by reiterating its ‘abhorrence of antisemitism as a repellent undercurrent..’ Even this well-heeled former government solicitor should be aware that some of the most vigorous supporters of Israel, Zionism and the IHRA are also some of the most notorious racist bigots in politics.  Donald Trump combines ardent support for Israel with anti-Semitism. His election campaign was widely condemned by American Jews for its use of anti-semitic stereotypes and subliminal messages. See Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody.
The person who masterminded Trump’s campaign, Steve Bannon, is personally anti-Semitic and a supporter of the European far-Right and Tommy Robinson. The founder of the American alt-Right, the neo-Nazi Richard Spencer has even declared that he is a White Zionist
The policy passed by Liberty in opposition to the IHRA has nothing whatsoever to do with support for anti-Semitism or anti-Semitic hate speech. What it does do is support freedom of speech for opponents of Israeli apartheid. It is dishonest of Percival to suggest otherwise.
And to add insult to injury, this establishment lawyer that Liberty has taken under its wing goes on to state that ‘We have been very clear that Liberty is not actively campaigning against the IHRA definition, as it is not an institutional priority.’ That is obvious because there is not one single mention of the IHRA on Liberty’s website.
At a time when right-wing Labour Councils are adopting the IHRA, in consort with Tory councillors, with the specific intention of curtailing the rights of Palestine solidarity supporters, Liberty under its present leadership chooses to ignore its own policy and do nothing.
As if to emphasise her own disagreement with the policy Percival writes that
‘it’s often the case that members (and even sometimes our staff!) disagree with some of the organisation’s positions but remain engaged in an overall common purpose, and even work from within the organisation to change it.
Whilst no one expects staff to agree with every resolution, it is nonetheless their duty to give implement policy passed. The IHRA is being pushed hard by the present Conservative government, a government which is aligned in the European Parliament with far-Right anti-Semitic parties.  The IHRA is being used on campuses to prevent or seriously hinder Palestine solidarity campaigns.
Even the principal author of the IHRA or the Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, the American Jewish Committee’s Kenneth Stern has acknowledged that the IHRA is being used in ways that were never intended, as a means of chilling free speech. In testimony to the House of Representatives in November 2017, he warned that:
The definition was not drafted, and was never intended, as a tool to target or chill speech on a college campus. In fact, at a conference in 2010 about the impact of the definition, I highlighted this misuse, and the damage it could do.
Stern spokeabout how the IHRA was ‘was being employed in an attempt to restrict academic freedom and punish political speech’. One could argue that Stern was being hypocritical since the IHRA’s whole purpose was to render anti-Zionist criticism as  antisemitic.
Stern described how Zionist pressure groups in the US ‘argued that even if  the [court] cases lost, they had what seemed to them a positive benefit – they  chilled pro -Palestinian  expression.’Stern asked a question particularly relevant to the current debate. 
‘Imagine a definition designed for Palestinians. If  “Denying the Jewish people their right to self- determination, and denying Israel the right to exist” is antisemitism, then shouldn’t “Denying  the Palestinian people their right to self- determination,  and denying Palestine the right to exist”  be anti -Palestinianism?’
Stern described how the IHRA had been used to curtail free speech in Britain, listing the “Israel Apartheid Week” event which was cancelled by Central Lancashire University and the case of the Holocaust survivor who was required to change the title of  a campus talk by Manchester university after an Israeli diplomat complained that the title violated the definition.’  Stern described as ‘Perhaps most egregious’ of all the call on a university to conduct an inquiry of  a professor for ‘antisemitism’, based on an article she had written years before. Accurately describing what had happened as ‘chilling and McCarthy -like.’
As Jewish student Joanna Phillips wrotein Jewish News/Times of Israel Jewish students deserve a better definition of anti-Semitism’
Kenneth Stern … went as far as to write to the US House of Representatives urging them not to adopt this definition for American campuses. Jewish students need a tailored definition, written with the realities of modern universities in mind, not one designed for researchers.
Stern was prompted to write his letter after seeing the waves of censorship the definition unleashed within American campuses. The IHRA definition fails to properly distinguish between legitimate criticism of Israel and hatred of Jews disguised as anti-Zionism.
It would seem that Olivia Percival and Martha Spurrier, to whom I have written, also have difficulty distinguishing between anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel and Zionism. If Percival and Spurrier refuse to implement Liberty policy on the IHRA then they have no alternative but to resign.  Freedom of speech on university campuses and on Palestine is not a peripheral issue.
Below is my letter to Ms Percival and the policy that Liberty has adopted.
Tony Greenstein
Letter of Reply to Olivia Percival
Dear Olivia,
Thank you for your email of 2nd October concerning the decision of the Liberty AGM to oppose the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. I am surprised that you sent this from a ‘noreply’ email address. That is what my broadband supplier does. It indicates that you don’t wish to enter into dialogue on this subject. I have therefore dug out an email address for your Director and may post this more widely given your reluctance to be more open.
I am extremely disappointed by your response, which is almost apologetic for the fact that the motion was passed. Why else would you emphasise that members ‘and even sometimes our staff! disagree with some of the organisation’s positions’.  This strongly suggests that you intend to do your best to ignore the motion and do nothing about it. It also suggests that you disagree with the policy.
What is the purpose of passing policy at Liberty’s AGM if you and the staff immediately disregard it? The IHRA has already been used in this country to prevent an Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Central Lancashire, to prevent Professor Richard Falk speaking on campuses and to impose restrictions on other pro-Palestinian events. Even the person who drafted the IHRA, Kenneth Stern, in testimony to the House of Representatives last November warned that:
‘The definition was not drafted, and was never intended, as a tool to target or chill speech on a college campus. In fact, at a conference in 2010 about the impact of the definition, I highlighted this misuse, and the damage it could do.’
I find particularly surprising your point that Liberty ‘both fervently supports free speech and fervently opposes anti-Semitism’ as if opposition to the IHRA means support for anti-Semitism. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s anti-Semitic Prime Minister certainly doesn’t share this position as his government fully supports the IHRA whilst lauding its war-time pro-Nazi ruler Admiral Horthy. You clearly do not understand why many people oppose both the IHRA and oppose racism and anti-Semitism.
Of the 8, yes 8, governments that have fully adopted the definition, (Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Austria) 5 possess far-Right governments and one, Austria has a neo-Nazi party Heinz Christian Strache’s Freedom Party as the junior coalition partner.
You speak about the ‘intersection’ of free speech and opposition to anti-Semitism with talk about the ‘boundaries of free speech.’ You seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that opposition to the IHRA has something to do with free speech for anti-Semites or racists.  Let me disabuse you of this fact.
The IHRA ‘definition’ of anti-Semitism has nothing to do with opposing anti-Semitism and everything to do with conflating opposition to Zionism and support for the Palestinians with anti-Semitism. The IHRA is about defining critics of Israeli Apartheid as anti-Semitic. The demolition of Arab villages to make way for Jewish settlements and towns is inherent in what a Jewish State means.  According to the IHRA to make this point is anti-Semitic and you appear to go along with this nonsense. 
I find it disappointing that you haven’t grasped this elementary fact. Clearly you haven’t acquainted yourself with recent debates around the IHRA. Perhaps I can apprise you of them?
Professor David Feldman, who was Vice-Chair of the Chakrabarti Inquiry and  is Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism described the IHRA definition as‘bewilderingly imprecise.’ with its talk of anti-Semitism being a ‘certain perception which might be expressed as anti-Semitism’. 
Sir Stephen Sedley, who was a Judge in the Court of Appeal, besides being Jewish, wrote, in Defining Anti-Semitism that the IHRA‘fails the first test of any definition: it is indefinite.’ In what is the most concise critique of the IHRA yet, Sedley took it apart for its deliberate attempt to prevent any systematic critique of the Israeli state and Zionism.
Hugh Tomlinson QC in an Opinion declared, as did other lawyers, that the IHRA had a ‘potential chilling effect on public bodies which, in the absence of definitional clarity, may seek to sanction or prohibit any conduct which has been labelled by third parties as antisemitic without applying any clear criterion of assessment.’
Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is a renowned human rights lawyer likewise described the IHRA as likely to chill criticism of action by the Government of Israel and advocacy of sanctions as a means to deter human rights abuses in Gaza and elsewhere. Robertson described the IHRA as not fit for purpose’
Interestingly Robertson also finds, along with Sedley, that when it comes to genuine anti-Semitism, the IHRA actually raises the bar because ‘By pivoting upon racial hatred ... it fails to catch those who exhibit hostility and prejudice – or apply discrimination – against Jewish people for no reason other than that they are Jewish.’
There is a very simple definition of anti-Semitism the Oxford English Dictionary definition: ‘Hostility to or prejudice against Jews’ which catches attitudes that fall short of hatred. For example someone who says that he doesn’t hate Jews but he doesn’t want to live next to them or have his daughter marry a Jew is not, by the IHRA definition, anti-Semitic. 
I hope you and Liberty’s officials will revisit your obvious reluctance to embrace the decision of Liberty’s AGM. I realize that the IHRA is the consensus position of the British Establishment and that Liberty has traditionally seen itself as the liberal wing of that Establishment. However the IHRA is also a definition of anti-Semitism that anti-Semites such as the Polish and Hungarian governments feel comfortable with.  I should add that traditionally the British Establishment combined both pro-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
The IHRA is being used and has already been used in this country to close down debate on Palestine.  It has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. If free speech is not a concern of Liberty then what is the purpose of the organisation?
I look forward to your responding a tad quicker than the 6 months it took from my last post to you.
Yours sincerely,

Tony Greenstein 

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