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           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by George       Comment   Translate Page      
Regarding this "...civil officer of the United States...," contempt, official subversion, subjective bias, abuse of power, usurpation, insurrection, insubordination against duly elected officers, egregious and malicious slander, etc. are crimes and misdemeanors of the occupant of the related high office. Will the fundamental law be enforced? Doubtful. The singular American failure for 230 years has been the Supreme Court which should have struck down all unconstitutional acts of central planning, control of the means of production (i.e. "regulation") redistribution of wealth and social engineering. It didn't. It failed America and its Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 provides Congress the power to tax merely for "...general Welfare...," omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual welfare or redistribution of wealth. Article 1, Section 8 precludes any power of Congress to regulate anything other than "commerce" as it enumerates the power of Congress to regulate merely trade, exchange or "...Commerce among the several states to preclude favor or bias by one state over another. Congress has no constitutional power to redistribute wealth by any means and Congress has no power to regulate anything other than commerce. The entire socially engineered, redistributionist, American welfare state is irrefutably unconstitutional. But there it is. Congress has accomplished these feats of communism because of the nullification, usurpation, subversion, insurrection and treason of the Supreme Court which has failed to declare all acts contrary to the "manifest tenor" of the Constitution void. ______________________________________________________________________________________ “[A] limited Constitution … can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing … To deny this would be to affirm … that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.” - Alexander Hamilton
           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Rosalyn       Comment   Translate Page      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm7zV7giKbs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm7zV7giKbs&app=desktop all that Democrats offer, like LBJ, Obama and Hillary, is trinkets to bribe blacks to keep them as their slave holders, their masters Blacks in Congress like Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, now prisoner Corrine Brown, et al, love their wealth and power as they trample on people of color. Truth to power. Deal with it
          Facing Backlash For Sharing Altered Ilhan Omar Video, Trump’s Own ‘Bragging’ Comment After 9/11 Unearthed      Comment   Translate Page      

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Greek Independence Day celebration with Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, in the East Room of the White House March 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.

On Friday, Donald Trump shared an edited video showing Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar making comments about 9/11 to the Council of American-Islamic Relations. While Omar was making comments in relation to the anxiety felt by American Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Trump’s video narrowed down on four words used by Omar without providing the context of the speech.

“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said, as reported by Axios. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

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          Even Longtime Trump Aide Roger Stone Is Now Demanding To See The Full Mueller Report      Comment   Translate Page      

Roger Stone, former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Former Trump aide and longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone is reportedly the latest person who wants to see special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in full.

The contents of the special counsel report have been contested ever since they were first provided to the office of Attorney General William Barr, who has since refused to turn over an unredacted version to the Congress. Earlier this week, in light of growing calls from House Democrats to release the full Mueller report to Congress, Barr assured that he would provide a redacted version of the report soon — probably even by the end of this week. The attorney general has maintained that he would only omit things which are necessary, “including material related to grand jury matters and the privacy of individuals not charged with crimes,” according to Politico.

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          Pres. Trump talks of releasing migrants into Democratic stronghold cities      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants” into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Pres. Trump […]
          Comitês: todos contra um, Bolsonaro, no Congresso      Comment   Translate Page      
O PT atua nas duas Casas do Congresso para tentar derrubar o decreto de Jair Bolsonaro que acabou com dezenas de comitês de gestão nas mais diversas áreas do governo.
          Senate Supports Moore But Not Cain for Fed       Comment   Translate Page      

When looking at the dumpster fire we call the American political environment, I think we can all agree that the last thing we really needed was more Herman Cain. As I explained yesterday in my Senate Republicans Wish the Democrats Could Filibuster Trump’s Nominees piece, the senior GOP leadership in Congress certainly feels that way. They were already begging rank-and-file senators to call the White House and warn them off nominating Cain for a position on the Federal Reserve before Cain called them a “bunch of yahoos” on Wednesday night.

Herman Cain, whose prospects for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors have grown shaky before President Donald Trump even nominates him, likely gave his detractors in the U.S. Senate more reason to oppose his confirmation with comments at a University of Kansas lecture Wednesday night.

Cain, 73, the long-time business executive and 2012 presidential candidate, warned against the dangers of socialism, renewable energy and Medicare for all. He described the Senate Banking Committee, which would vet him if he were nominated, “as a bunch of yahoos.” He compared the right to health care to the right to own a Cadillac, and said God would decide when it was time to stop using fossil fuels.

“When God is ready for us not to have fossil fuels, he’ll find a way,” the former Godfather Pizza CEO told the audience at the Vickers Lecture Series at School of Business.

Cain also likened himself to Dr. Martin Luther King, and said: “You reach a point in your successful career where making more money isn’t inspiring enough.”

Cain’s reward for those remarks was to learn that his nomination is almost certainly doomed.

A fourth Republican senator announced Thursday that he would oppose Herman Cain if President Trump nominated him to the Federal Reserve Board, all but dooming his potential appointment.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a close Trump ally, told reporters that “if I had to vote right now, there’s no way I could vote for” Cain. The president had floated the businessman for the Fed board last week.

Cramer’s opposition makes him the fourth Republican to denounce Cain’s potential nomination, effectively ending Cain’s chance at confirmation. GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Mitt Romney (Utah) all came out against Cain on Wednesday.

With four of the 53 Senate Republicans opposed to Cain, he would not reach the necessary 51 votes for confirmation without getting support from Democrats, which is unlikely.

I’m not certain, but it looks like perhaps the Senate Republicans are drawing a hard line against Cain so that’ll have some cover to accept the other insane nomination Trump is floating for the Fed.

Stephen Moore may have been held in contempt of court for failing to pay child support and alimony and he may owe more than $75,000 in taxes to the IRS, but that doesn’t seem disqualifying to a lot of Senate Republicans:

“I know Stephen Moore, he’s a smart man, he’s the head of Club for Growth,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). “We have to do this in regular order, but I think he would probably be a good voice on the Fed. One, he’s got to be nominated first. Second, he’s got to be confirmed.”

“I said, ‘Pay your taxes; pay your support!’” Shelby said, when asked about Moore’s financial problems.

“Stephen is a solid guy, I know Stephen pretty well. I think Stephen has been right about a few things, with regard to the Fed’s treatment of interest rates, especially,” [Sen. Kevin] Cramer said. “I want to hear more about the specific issues surrounding some of his financial situations.”

The North Dakota senator added that he did not see Moore’s run-in with the IRS or the divorce settlement being disqualifying for his nomination if he had cleared up both issues.

So, the way it looks right now, the dumpster fire will get less Herman Cain and more Stephen Moore.

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          Campaigns Should Welcome Counterintelligence Efforts      Comment   Translate Page      

Back in May 2018, I wrote On Stefan Halper and Carter Page in an effort to settle whether the FBI counterintelligence unit had been justified in keeping tabs on Page during the 2016 campaign. I concluded that they had sufficient cause to enlist Mr. Harper for this job, but I never questioned whether this amounted to spying “on the campaign” of Donald Trump. It just didn’t seem like the right way of framing the matter.

The FBI hadn’t been spying on Page when he first came to their attention in 2013. They had been spying on two Russians: Victor Podobnyy, an SVR Agent whose cover was a job as the Russian Attaché of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and Igor Sporyshev, a SVR Agent whose cover was a job as Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in New York City. The SVR is Russia’s  foreign intelligence service, so it’s the rough equivalent of our CIA. The FBI noticed that Page, a former naval intelligence officer, was interacting with Mr. Podobnyy and had handed him documents. It’s in the nature of intelligence work that when you’re observing the activities of adversarial intelligence agencies, you will discover Americans they have recruited or are attempting to recruit. That doesn’t mean that the FBI was spying on Carter Page when they noticed him make a handoff of documents, and it doesn’t mean that they were spying on him when he went to Moscow on July 7th and 8th, 2016, gave a speech critical of U.S. foreign policy at the New Economic School, and met with high-ranking Kremlin-connected figures.

Page’s actions aroused suspicions because he repeatedly walked right into routine surveillance operations. Mr. Halper, an FBI asset who lived and worked in Cambridge, England was enlisted to make contact with Page and later with George Papadopoulos only after those two gentlemen had contact with Russians officials, intelligence officers and/or assets.  That’s why I don’t wholly disagree with Byron York when he defends Attorney General William Barr’s congressional testimony that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. In some limited ways, they did monitor the activities of two of the campaign’s foreign policy advisers, both of whom were traveling extensively abroad and meeting with Russians of interest.

But I think it’s highly misleading to suggest that this amounted to an effort to spy on the campaign. In a normal world, this kind of surveillance would be undertaken to protect a campaign. Ordinarily, a campaign would be grateful to learn that someone they were trusting to give them foreign policy advice might have been recruited or compromised by a foreign power.

After Carter Page left the Trump campaign in September 2016, the FBI successfully obtained a warrant that allowed them to look back at communications that Page had conducted during the campaign. Mr. York uses this retroactive element in the warrant to argue that Trump’s campaign was surveilled, but that’s an incredible stretch. To the extent that the campaign was surveilled in real time, it was only through Stefan Halper developing relationships with Page and Papadopolous to assess their intentions and the possibility that they were compromised or acting as agents of a hostile foreign power. In the former case, the FBI was investigating someone the campaign had fired precisely (or ostensibly) because of his connections to Russia. Why would the Trump campaign object to a retroactive look at his activities?

In the case of Page, he had been on their radar already for three years. In the case of Papadapolous, he was clearly being manipulated (at best) in a Russian intelligence operation. At one point, Papadopoulos was wittingly and willingly engaging with a woman he falsely believed to be Vladmir Putin’s niece. Again, this kind of diligence from our counterintelligence team is something a campaign ought to be grateful for rather than something that is seen as a violation of their privacy.

I think Barr was irresponsible when he characterized this as spying on the Trump campaign, although he was careful to note that he was unaware of any inappropriate activities and merely wanted to satisfy himself that the the proper protocols had been followed. I’m not sure I trust him to keep to that, but I don’t see a problem if he wants to take a look at it.

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          The Left Wants to Pick a Fight It Cannot Lose      Comment   Translate Page      

There are so many things about the modern world that are different from the 1920’s and 1930’s that I’m reluctant to make comparisons between the two eras. But there is one commonality that has me very concerned as we head into the 2020 presidential election. I’m worried about what will happen if a significant fraction of our economic elites in the business community conclude that their interests are better protected by siding with Donald Trump. This isn’t an ordinary progressive concern. It’s usually taken as a given that rich business executives will mostly side with the Republican nominee for president. The reason this upcoming election is different is because Trump and his political movement are different, and in many ways un-American.

This WikiPedia entry on the economics of fascism isn’t perfect, but it can serve as my starting point:

The first fascist movements arose in the last years of World War I. They were a form of radical nationalism carrying a promise of national rebirth, they blamed liberalism, socialism, and materialism for the decadence they perceived in society and culture, and they expressed an appreciation for violence and the role of leadership and willpower in shaping society…

…Fascism rose to power by taking advantage of the political and economic climate of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly the deep polarization of some European societies (such as the Kingdom of Italy and Weimar Germany), which were democracies with elected parliaments dominated by supporters of laissez-faire capitalism and Marxian socialism, whose intense opposition to each other made it difficult for stable governments to be formed. Fascists used this situation as an argument against democracy, which they viewed as ineffective and weak. Fascist regimes generally came into existence in times of crisis, when economic elites, landowners and business owners feared that a revolution or uprising was imminent. Fascists allied themselves with the economic elites, promising to protect their social status and to suppress any potential working class revolution. In exchange, the elites were asked to subordinate their interests to a broader nationalist project, thus fascist economic policies generally protect inequality and privilege while also featuring an important role for state intervention in the economy.

As a caveat here, I want to be clear that I’m not predicting an imminent reprise of the Holocaust or an outbreak of World War Three. I hope we can agree that fascism would have been undesirable even without extermination camps and wars of aggression. What troubles me is the potential for a breakdown in our basic system of checks and balances which protects our civil rights, economic freedom, and First Amendment rights.

The commonalities I see between today and the interwar period should be pretty obvious to you too. We have two sides of a political divide that are increasingly unable to work together, making a functional government harder and harder to assemble. The American public now holds Congress in extreme low regard and is beginning to doubt the integrity of many other core institutions, including our law enforcements agencies, courts, intelligence community and even the media.

One side of the political divide is promoting “a form of radical nationalism carrying a promise of national rebirth.” They are attacking liberalism and socialism. The attack on materialism doesn’t originate at the top with Trump, obviously, but it is a key element of the religious conservatives’ critique of American society. They call it “secularism,” and they are Trump’s most ardent and reliable supporters.

On the economic front, the Trump movement isn’t consistently aligned with big business (on free trade and cheap labor, for example) but their anti-regulation and anti-tax policies are a way of promoting the elites’ interests and protecting their social status.

Since the Great Recession hit in 2007-2008, the Democrats have been gradually moving in a more economically populist direction, and their current crop of candidates is collectively far to left on economics than in any previous presidential election cycle. While the party doesn’t resemble the #Occupy Movement, it is still perceived as threatening. Some of the leading Democratic contenders, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are explicitly threatening to the business community, and proudly so.

I’m not making an argument against populist progressive Democrats when I say that I worry about the consequences if we reach a tipping point where business leaders conclude they need to fall in with Trumpism in order to protect themselves from a bigger threat.  Just in terms of freedom of the press, our major media outlets are big business conglomerates now, and if they don’t rigorously defend our First Amendment rights, we will lose a free press and potentially our rights to free expression.  That’s what I hear echoing when I read that the fascists protected the economic elites and “in exchange, the elites were asked to subordinate their interests to a broader nationalist project.” I’d like to think that our business elite is different from the folks in Italy and Germany during the rise of fascism. I hope that they have enough patriotism and respect for our Constitution to see that it would be a mistake to align with Trump. But this isn’t something I have a lot of confidence in, and that’s what is keeping me up at night.

I guess this is less of a prescription than a warning. If the left in this country wants to run on an economically populist platform that scares the bejesus out of our big business community, they cannot afford to lose. We’re in a bad position now as a country because Trumpism by its nature corrupts the morals of its adherents and undermines support for our rights and institutions. When it begins to undermine our elites’ support for civil rights and the rule of law, that’s when it gets truly dangerous.  There is more to think about here than just needed reforms to our laws. We have to think about how what we do has an influence on how others react.

It’s looking like the left is going to inspire quite a reaction.  Are we prepared to face the consequences if we don’t win that battle?

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          Senate Republicans Miss the Filibuster       Comment   Translate Page      

Before the filibuster was eliminated for most presidential nominees, the White House needed to negotiate with the other party to assure that their candidates were at least minimally acceptable. Without a handful of votes from the other side, there was no way to get their people confirmed. President Trump would have been laughed out of town if he suggested he might select Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In retrospect, the old system often saved the Senate leaders of the president’s own party from having to play the heavy. Ridiculous nominees were generally rejected internally within the White House vetting process for lack of viability. If they somehow slipped through and were sent to the Senate, the opposition party played the bad guy by rejecting them.

This system has now been upended. The Republicans in the Senate have no cover anymore if they want to deny the president a nomination. The solution is to tell the White House in advance that they should not make these nominations because they’ll be rejected.

Senate Republican leaders are sending a message to members troubled by President Donald Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve picks: Speak up.

During Tuesday afternoon’s Senate Republican lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised senators concerned about Trump’s selection of former presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain and conservative economic commentator Stephen Moore to share their views with the White House now, before Trump officially moves forward with the nominations, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN.

The basic conversation here is pretty straightforward. A Republican senator or his or her staffer calls the White House chief of staff or the congressional liaison. They tell them that if they go forward with a nomination, they cannot count on their vote. If enough Republican senators send this message to the White House, they can dissuade the nomination from going forward. The benefit to the White House is that they can avoid embarrassment. This is also a benefit to the people who are under consideration for the jobs. The benefit for the Republican senators is that they can buck their own president quietly and behind the scenes and won’t come under pressure to back someone who is manifestly unfit for the position.

You can see how uneasy the Senate Republicans are about defying the president.

In hallway interviews with nearly 20 Republican senators on Tuesday, most were reluctant to candidly discuss Cain’s potential nomination. Many said they hadn’t heard the days-old news that Trump was planning to select him. Others opted to withhold comment, while some expressed vague reservations.

Most of them are uncomfortable even discussing these nominations. Some responses lack candor and others are outright disingenuous. They want to issue to disappear, but they are the only ones who can make the issue disappear. Most of all, they’d like to avoid being put in this position in the first place:

Republicans are in a slightly better position to confirm contentious appointees than they were before the 2018 midterm elections, with their new majority of 53, but they can still afford to lose only a few votes before any nomination would be doomed.

That concern prompted Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday to warn the White House to consult in advance with Senate leaders on nominations like these.

The Senate is supposed to provide their advice and consent to presidential nominations, and certainly the hearing process can give them that opportunity. But it’s better politics to do most of the vetting prior to making any announcements. The president clearly expects the Senate Republicans to approve anyone he nominates because it is now technically within their power to approve people with no Democratic support.

Many warned that the Senate would break if the filibuster was weakened or eliminated, and here is an example of a worst case scenario. By blocking acceptable nominations during the Obama administration just to slow down business in the Senate, Mitch McConnell forced the Democrats to find a work-around. Now the Republicans are having difficulty rejecting ludicrous candidates because the White House sees no reason not to send them forward.

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          Ex-Mueller employee calls on lawmakers to pass new independent counsel law to avoid another Congress-Barr feud      Comment   Translate Page      

A former federal prosecutor is calling on Congress to re-establish an independent counsel law so that investigators like Robert Mueller will have more self-determination in the future. “How did we arrive at this moment?” Michael Zeldin, a former Mueller employee at the Justice Department...

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          Will Congress field Priyanka from Varanasi?      Comment   Translate Page      
Amid growing murmurs over the likelihood of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Congress on Saturday refrained from announcing its candidate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi constituency.
          Impacto de segurar preço do diesel é menor que nova greve de caminhoneiros, avalia fonte da equipe econômica      Comment   Translate Page      

BRASÍLIA - Apesar das perdas bilionárias da Petrobras, a decisão do presidente Jair Bolsonaro de suspender o aumento do preço do diesel foi vista na equipe econômica como uma forma de evitar prejuízo maior. Na avaliação de uma fonte do Ministério da Economia, o país não poderia correr o risco de passar por uma nova greve de caminhoneiros em um momento em que a economia patina. No ano passado, o PIB cresceu apenas 1,1%, frustrando as projeções que chegavam a 3% antes da paralisação. Só em um mês, as perdas na economia chegaram a R$ 15,9 bilhões.

— Para nós, no ano passado, a greve foi o principal fator de jogar para baixo a perspectiva de crescimento. A economia está sem tração. A última coisa que poderia acontecer é uma greve do nível que aconteceu. Acredito que o presidente suspendeu para discutir — afirmou esta fonte.

Ainda de acordo com esse integrante, a equipe ainda não se reuniu para discutir qual será a reação à crise que colocou o governo em um impasse: garantir a saúde financeira da Petrobras e, ao mesmo tempo, não causar atritos com os caminhoneiros. Em viagem pelos EUA, o ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, ainda não se pronunciou sobre o episódio e sinalizou que não foi consultado por Bolsonaro sobre o assunto.

A estratégia vai ser discutida em reuniões na próxima semana. Uma das opções na mesa é a criação de um sistema para amortecer a oscilação de preços nas bombas, como o que deveria ser a Cide, que acabou sendo desvirtuada. Nesse modelo, a tributação sobre os combustíveis aumentaria quando o petróleo estivesse mais caro e diminuiria, quando a cotação do óleo subisse. A medida, no entanto, precisaria ser incluída em uma reforma tributária ainda em elaboração. Além disso, dependeria do avanço da reforma da Previdência, já que presumiria uma renúncia de arrecadação.

Essa ideia chegou a ser proposta durante o governo de Michel Temer, mas não avançou. No governo de transição, a possibilidade também foi levantada pela equipe econômimca em formação, quando se debatia o que substituiria o subsídio ao diesel que vigorou até dezembro,

Pressão no congresso

Na Câmara, os deputados já se movimentam para pressionar Castello Branco em depoimento à Comissão de Minas e Energia. Um convite ao executivo foi aprovado há dez dias para que ele falasse justamente sobre a política de preços da estatal. Havia a negociação para que ele fosse à Câmara em maio. Mas, diante da intervenção de Bolsonaro, pode haver uma antecipação e até mesmo uma convocação.

— Vamos dialogar (sobre o assunto) na segunda-feira, pois de fato achamos muito perigoso o acontecimento. Afinal, o governo federal tem assento no conselho e faz parte das decisões. Não foi bom, na nossa avaliação, para o presidente da República nem para Petrobras. É pior ainda para os acionistas — diz Silas Câmara (PRB-AM), presidente da comissão.


          New York’s Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comment heats up      Comment   Translate Page      
The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community – which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC – to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment. The Rupert Murdoch-owned daily has drawn the ire of the Yemeni Americans after it clearly accused Omar […]
          Democrats give Trump April 23 deadline to hand over tax returns       Comment   Translate Page      
A top House Democrat is telling the IRS that a federal law clearly gives Congress a right to President Donald Trump's tax returns
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          Florida GOP Matthew Lusk Is Running For Congress       Comment   Translate Page      
He appears to be the first QAnon follower to run for Congress.

“I belong to no secret societies or clubs, Q is one of my issues because it’s definitely a leak from high places. I follow Q, but I don’t know who or what Q is.”

They claim Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats are part of a child sex trafficking ring that Trump is secretly working to bring down. A best-selling book about QAnon “claims that Democrats murder and eat children and that the government created AIDS, polio and Lyme disease” and that “the world is run by a Satanic cabal led by Hillary Clinton.”

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          Idaho post office named after baseball slugger Killebrew      Comment   Translate Page      
A U.S. Post Office in a small western Idaho town has been named after National Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.

Republican Gov. Brad Little and former Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador took part in the ceremony Friday in Payette, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Boise.

Killebrew was born there in 1936. He played 14 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and for seven before that with the Washington Senators.

He hit 573 homeruns, led the American League in homeruns six times and played on 11 All-Star teams.

Shortly after Killebrew's death in 2011 at age 74, Labrador introduced a bill in Congress to rename the post office. It was signed into law in December.

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          Kim Kardashian pivots to law      Comment   Translate Page      
"First year of law school," Kim Kardashian West told US Vogue in her May cover interview, "you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts." (For the record, there are a few others, too, including constitutional law and civil procedure). For Kardashian, "Torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me."

Kardashian announced this week in the same interview that she began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer and wants to take the California bar exam in 2022. (She is not enrolled in law school. Under California law, aspiring lawyers can undertake an apprenticeship and if they pass the bar exam, they can practice law -- even without a law school degree).

The reality superstar's pivot to becoming a lawyer -- apparently motivated by her stated desire to do more to improve the criminal justice system, "to fight to fix it," -- has prompted a mixed response. Many have predictably derided the move as idiotic, telling her to stay in her lane. Others have called the criticism sexist, highlighting the obvious comparison between Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon's character in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde," Elle Woods -- also initially dismissed in her law school efforts because of her looks and past persona.

The bottom line is this: Kardashian is inspiring for choosing a new path as a 38-year-old mother of three -- and she is also the nauseatingly privileged proof that in today's America, no option is off-limits for the very wealthy.

In many ways, this is the most interesting thing Kim Kardashian West has ever done. And it says a lot about the susceptibility of the public and press to her carefully-constructed image that so few saw this coming.

There are some obvious ways in which this path makes sense for Kardashian. Her father, Robert Kardashian, was a well-known lawyer, part of OJ Simpson's defense team. She has already demonstrated an interest in the law, making herself heard on criminal justice issues and playing a significant part last year in President Trump's release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who'd been in an Alabama prison on a nonviolent drug charge since 1996.

Meeting with Trump, alongside CNN commentator and activist Van Jones, plus several lawyers, Kardashian West helped persuade the President with a force of argument Jones described as "the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I've ever seen in American politics." She has also worked for months with #cut50, a bipartisan advocacy group aiming to reform the criminal-justice system. Compared with some of her other ventures -- advertising dangerous slimming teas to her legions of young female fans, for example -- this looks not just like a step in a far more positive direction, but a break from the brand the Kardashian family has built over the years.

The Kardashians are described in public discourse variously as mercenary, feminist, impressive, groundbreaking, and sickeningly superficial. There are strong arguments to be made for every case, but despite so many opposing characteristics, they tend to be referred to as a monolith -- not individuals so much as component parts of a vast, unprecedented money machine.

Kim Kardashian, for years the most famous member of her family, was somehow the most Kardashian. She was the most polished, the most bankable (until sister Kylie Jenner's ascent), almost inhumanly adapted to the constant whirl of 5 a.m. workouts, three-hour makeup sessions, photo shoots and paparazzi that the machine demanded. She leaned in to the living doll persona, which the media so eagerly bestowed upon her, and as a result, many now have difficulty imagining her as anything but that.

Throughout 16 seasons of the reality show that made her family world-famous, Kim's demeanor has scarcely changed. A couple of upsetting instances aside, she has remained placid throughout, more prone to asking questions than volunteering confidences herself. When emotions ran high as Caitlin Jenner went public with her transition, Kim was often the mediator, allowing everyone their say, but intervening to defuse tense conversations when necessary.

In a way, it is her predictability that makes Kim Kardashian such comforting television. With her, you always know what you're getting. In retrospect, some of those considered responses signpost a personality that could be mesh with a career in law.

When in 2017, Kardashian described the process of identifying the men who robbed her at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room in October 2016, she was matter of fact. She itemized events without adding color or emotion, even noting that the men who had attacked her were 'pretty honest' in their recall of that night. Her most revealing comment was that it was "interesting" to know that they had been following her for over a year. She added that she was "thankful" for the experience, as it had afforded her "all the background info'"she needed on how she could protect herself in future.

Her recent foray into criminal justice also isn't the first time that digging below her contoured surface has revealed unexpected depths. Following the Parkland shooting last year, she tweeted to urge Congress to do its job and "protect Americans from senseless gun violence." She also took to Twitter in 2015 to denounce lax gun laws, after David Conley bought a gun online to kill his ex-girlfriend, her husband, and her six children, including his own son (she tweeted, "Does this not sicken you?"). She did so again after the 2017 Las Vegas music festival shooting to share an image denouncing high capacity firearms as inconsistent with the Second Amendment.

Every time she has spoken out on gun laws, Kim has been met with derogatory remarks such as, "Stick to selfies." But she has backed up her tweets. In 2016, she met with gun violence survivors from Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. For several years, she's been a creative council member of the organization Everytown For Gun Safety, which is dedicated to gun safety and fighting for legislative reform. In 2017, she recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day by speaking out against a bill signed by Trump that revoked an Obama-era regulation. She may not always broadcast it, but Kim Kardashian does her homework.

As far as her metamorphosis from reality star into woke lawyer goes, the proof will be in the pudding. If her previous activities -- not to mention the acquisitive tendencies of her mother, Kris Jenner -- are any indication, within the next decade we will see a Kardashian law firm, capitalizing on the family name but well-stocked with qualified lawyers to ensure it goes the distance (and makes as much money as possible). For now though, as a woman whose career thus far has been fed by sex appeal and social media, Kardashian's move is a bold one, picking a direction that demands a completely different skill set, and flies in the face of expectations. When asked by Vogue what she will be remembered for, she replied aptly, "For my many talents."

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Authored by Jean Ranc via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Russophobia, as psycho-social-political pathology, is diagnosed as a disorder in The West since before the 1000-year-old Roman-Orthodox religious schism and most recently manifested with a vengeance in the course of the 2013-14 with Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the US and its covert activities leading to the Ukraine coup with Russophobia used thereafter as a weapon of mass deception to inflame this latent pathology in the public.

After more than a year since we first heard the BBC “breaking news” about the “Russians Poisoning the Skipals”, all we have are allegations, but there is still no real evidence to present before a judge and jury for a just trial, only media propaganda which has provoked even more fear and hysteria meant to distract people from the government’s bungling and high level of anxiety over Brexit by once again blaming Russia. Never-the-less, it prompted politicians to administer instant sanctions against Russia as punishment. That first day, the "evidence", presented in the usual clipped, "authoritative" British accents, included interviews with a conservative British MP, then the former US Ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow (2001-05), now with the notoriously hawkish US-based think tank, the Atlantic Council. Thus, the three of them: the BBC “journalist” and the two “experts”, colluded to transform false allegations into "facts"... fueled, as always, by their perpetual prejudice, RUSSOPHOBIA, in the course of their propaganda war to force Russia to surrender to American-led Western Domination or else: have their economy destroyed & their people suffer. Indeed, it is a threat to the whole world played to the discord of rattling nuclear swords with a chorus of vindictive Russian oligarchs, whom Putin expelled for robbing the Russian people. So, now living in London as expats, they would seem to be the more likely culprits. All the while elsewhere in London, thanks to our “special US-UK relationship”, Julian Assange has been excommunicated and imprisoned in a tiny “cell” at the Ecuador embassy for revealing embarrassing American secrets via Wikileaks.

There we have it: the poisoning of our minds by the media and politicians which are owned and controlled by the US-UK-EU 1%, who benefit from Western Hegemony. So, these deluded few are now desperately defending it from the rising powers led by Russia and China with India not far behind demanding a multi-polar, democratic world order.

My search for the roots of this particularly vicious and extremely dangerous hate campaign began in a Dartmouth College Russian Foreign Policy course, which led me to the book, “Russophobia: Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy” by San Francisco State University Professor Andrei P. Tsygankov (2009). And there, the detoxification of my mind began as I studied his deft, well-documented deconstruction of the political propaganda disseminated “by various think tanks, congressional testimonials, activities of NGOs and the media” (preface p. XIII)

Then in Italy the following winter, I discovered the work of the Swiss journalist, Guy Mettan, in the Italian geopolitical journal, LiMes: an excerpt from his book, “Creating Russophobia: From the Great Religious Schism to Anti-Putin Hysteria” (2017). There, Mettan informs us that this psycho-social pathology in Western Civilization” goes back more than 1000 years: to the division of Christendom between the Orthodox and Roman churches. Indeed, his research into the depths of history confirms the diagnosis by our renowned American psychiatrist, Robert Jay Lifton, in his 2003 book, “Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World”. Therein, Lifton states: “More than merely dominate, the American superpower now seeks to control history. Such cosmic ambition is accompanied by an equally vast sense of entitlement, of special dispensation to pursue its aims.” (p.3) And Mettan’s analysis of Russophobia also underscores the work of University of Chicago Professor John J. Mearsheimer, our leading international relations “realist” in his three Henry L. Stimson lectures at Yale University November 2017: “The Roots of Liberal Hegemony”, “The False Promises of Liberal Hegemony” and “The Case for Restraint”: with his book, “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams, International Realities” published in 2018.

But what about “Russian Aggression” in Ukraine & Crimea?

In the first place, it was the astute Mearsheimer, who, in the Sept-Oct 2014 Foreign Affairs, informed us “Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin” (pp 77-89), but the American foreign policy establishment, together with ambitious politicians and the me-too media, paid no heed and continues to repeat its fabricated “facts”.

Never-the-less, Mearsheimer is backed up by Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. In Sakwa’s book, “Russia Against the Rest: The Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order”, 2017, we turn to the section on “Reality Wars and American Power” on p. 217 to read: “It does indeed seem that Russia and Western elites live in totally different worlds, divided by different epistemological understandings of the nature of contemporary reality. The Ukraine crisis crystallized the profound differences between Russian and Atlanticist understandings of the breakdown and its causes.” And he continues on p. 218: “Elite and policy-maker perceptions and attitudes forged in the Cold War years sustain these legacies and frame the discussions of such crucial issues as NATO enlargement, democracy promotion in the post-Soviet area, and strategic arms talks.” Adding that these “are no longer so much legacies as self-regenerating narratives and modes of discourse that preclude a more open-ended understanding of the dynamics and concerns of Russia today.”

Karl Rove: “We’re an empire now; we create our own reality.”

[In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind wrote in The New York Times magazine that a top White House strategist for President George W. Bush—identified later as Karl Rove, Bush’s Deputy White House Chief of Staff—told him, “We’re an empire now, we create our own reality.”]

Thus, we’ve become trapped in a contrived “reality” promulgated by neo-conservative warriors under cover of neo-liberal “democracy-spreading-humanitarian-interventionists” to justify an American Empire promoting itself as the indispensable “Liberal World Order”. However, under that global order, as Sakwa points out on p. 219: “If a foreign power is considered to have violated ‘international order’, then it can be overthrown” as a rationale for American “regime change” anywhere around the world: whether to control the supply of copper in Chile or oil in Iran. And, with its eye on Russia’s vast oil, gas and other natural resources, America claims the right to threaten Russia by ringing it with weapons which we would not abide were the Russians to place missiles in Mexico…as the Soviets did in Cuba to defend it after our “Bay of Pigs” invasion that brought humanity to the brink of nuclear war. Thus, Russia was defending itself in Ukraine against further NATO expansion while Crimean citizens, by majority vote in a democratic referendum, chose to rejoin Russia as they had been one country ever since Catherine the Great…except for an interval in the '50s when Crimea was” gifted” to Ukraine while they were all members of the Soviet Union.

“Ditching Solzhenitsyn, Defender of Russia”

And not to forget that in 1974, after being expelled from the Soviet Union, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and his family fled first to Zurich then to Vermont in 1976 and lived on a farm near Cavendish, where he continued to write and publish his work. Meanwhile, Mettan, as a journalist covering events related to Russia, became quite distressed over "the widespread prejudices, cartloads of clichés and systematic anti-Russian biases of most western media." And he went on to say that “the more I traveled, discussed and read, the wider I perceived, the more the gap of incomprehension and ignorance between Western Europe and Russia became evident. 

"That was why, during the 1990s, I was shocked by the way the West treated Solzhenitsyn. For decades, we had published, celebrated, and acclaimed the great writer as bearing the torch of anti-Soviet dissidence. We had praised Solzhenitsyn to the skies as long as he criticized his native country, communist Russia. But as soon as he emigrated, realizing that he preferred to isolate himself in his Vermont retreat to work rather than attending anticommunist conferences, western media and academics began to distance themselves from the great writer.

"The idol no longer matched the image they had built and was becoming a hindrance to their academic and journalistic career plans. And once Solzhenitsyn had left the United States to go back to Russia and defend his humiliated, demoralized motherland that was being sold at auction, raising his voice against the Russian 'Westernizers' and pluralist liberals who denied the interests of Russia to better revel in the troughs of capitalism, he became a marked man, an outdated, senile writer, even though he himself had not changed in the least, denouncing with the same vigor the defects of market totalitarianism as those of communist totalitarianism.

"He was booed, despised, his name was dragged through the mud for his choices, often by the very people who had praised his first fights. Despite that, against all odds, against the most powerful powers that were trying to dissuade him, Solzhenitsyn defended his one and only cause, that of Russia. He was not forgiven for having turned his pen against that West that had welcomed him and felt it was owed eternal gratitude. A dissident today, a dissident wherever truth compelled, such was his motto. This deserves to be remembered." Mettan, pp. 15-16 in “Creating Russophobia”.

Russophobia: akin to Racism

From another perspective: Mettan’s chapter on "German Russophobia" set me thinking that this "Western Supremacy" political-cultural pathology known as Russophobia is like the racism which I knew growing up in totally segregated Oklahoma. Until in high school, I became so perplexed and appalled by the curtain of hate and “justifications” in which we were smothered: the Negro schools on the other side of town? and why were there separate waiting rooms, drinking fountains & restrooms in bus and train stations?...that I began poking holes in the curtain to see what was outside...and found a book in the library: "South of Freedom" by Carl Rowan, an African-American Minneapolis Star Tribune journalist, describing his journey from South to North. So, thanks to what I learned from Rowan, I began to tear the whole damned curtain down...at least in my mind.

Whom the Gods would destroy, they first drive mad?

So, here’s a Swiss journalist punching a hole in this wall of Russophobic Western Supremacy… and through that gaping hole, we are reminded that the Russians are Europe’s neighbors who sacrificed more than 26 million of their own lives to save Europe, America and Russia from the Nazis. These are not poor "niggers" from the Eurasian ghetto we've been trying to club into submission as second-class citizens of “The Liberal World Order” dominated by US; they're nuclear-armed and no longer willing to sit at a separate, inferior table with no vote and no voice over who makes the rules...nor are China, India and Brazil. And last year, while the wave of Russophobic hysteria over alleged “Russian poisoning” was rolling out of the UK and engulfing the Western world in the latest siege of mass madness…with only Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labor party, having the courage to stand up in Parliament on the Ides of March and demand Evidence! only to be pilloried by the mindless politicians and media…led by the once esteemed BBC. And the week following the August 7, 2018 Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, will surely go down in psychiatric circles as another case of mass media-political delusions led by cheer-leader-in-chief, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.

Meanwhile, not to forget that it was Hearst newspaper propaganda that whipped the American public into a war frenzy to support our first step in empire-building: our 1898 intervention in Cuba’s war for independence from the Spanish Empire which had dominated all of Latin America for 500 years. As the former NYTimes journalist/bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin & Central America, Stephen Kinzer reminds us in his latest book "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire", Twain, Booker T. Washington and even Andrew Carnegie leading a handful of other anti-imperialists...were not able to prevail against Roosevelt with his Rough Riders and the Hearst newspapers’ war propaganda.

Regime Change Comes Home

Never-the-less, after a very long run of American “regime change” abroad leaving a bloody trail of destruction, dictatorships and chaos from Iran in 1953, when we joined with the British to overthrow the democratically-elected President Mohammad Mossadegh to maintain the Brit-US control of its oil…on through Guatemala, Vietnam and Chile…to name a few of our interventions…we were back for a second round with “coalitions of the willing” or not? in the Middle East where our regime-change machine managed to plow its way through Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya…before breaking down in Syria. Until now it’s been brought home again, renovated and renamed “RussiaGate” for another attempt at removing a President for trying to mend US relations with Russia. Though even after more than a year of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigations accompanied by such cinematic support as the movie, “Felt”, another “Watergate” re-run. Did anyone else notice the resemblance between “Felt” and Mueller? And despite the media’s commemoration of its 44-year-old “moment of courage” with the movie “The Post” to promote Trump’s ouster, our democratically-elected President, as of this writing, remains in power. However, in this rush to “regime change”, didn’t the our “ruling elite” read Jane Mayer’s “The Danger of President Pence” in the 10/23/17 New Yorker? At least the 70s' “ruling class” was smart enough to remove an unqualified Vice President Spiro (who?) Agnew…before “regime changing” Nixon and replacing him with the more or less benign Gerald Ford.

A Florentine Epiphany

But back to last January in Florence, Italy, when I was hiking in the hills beyond the Piazzale Michelangelo, with its spectacular view of that Renaissance city and its centerpiece, the Duomo, I came across the Villa Galileo, which had been his last home after his trial as a “heretic”, during which to save himself from torture and execution, he was forced to deny his helio-centric vision and henceforth lived under “villa arrest”, from 1631 until his natural death in 1642. While pondering his fate, I continued walking along the gently rising, ever-narrowing road between ancient stone walls overlooking villas and olive groves until I reached the peak, where I felt as if I were standing on top of the world as I contemplated both the Arno and Ema river valleys far below and where I swear I heard Galileo declare: “The world does not turn on an American axis!”

The 21st Century Inquisition

So how is it that we now have contemporary Inquisitors persecuting so many truth tellers…such as Edward Snowden, our electronic age “Solzhenitsyn?” in Russian exile; Chelsea Manning, imprisoned some 7 years for revealing US brutality in Iraq; Julian Assange confined to his Ecuadorian Embassy exile in London since August 2012; Katharine Gun, a whistleblower attempting to stop the Iraq invasion, who faced 2 years of British imprisonment before her case was dropped; James Risen, former New York Times journalist who was persecuted by our “justice” system for revealing our government’s surveillance of US!

Any Good Sense Left?

So, do we the people have enough good sense & independent thinking left to follow the advice of Henry David Thoreau?

“Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through church and state, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality.”   

“Walden” 1854

If not, the Doctor prescribes Shock Therapy:

For a week, a month, or however long it takes to cleanse and open the mind, one must adhere to strict abstinence from Mainstream Media propaganda, junk news, pseudo analysis, fake photos, TV & videos including absolutely NO phony “for, by & of the people” NPR, PBS, BBC or other Government-funded Neo or LibCon Imperial tranquilizer.


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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump loves to recount how his 2016 campaign defied expectations to pierce the vaunted Democratic “blue wall.” For 2020, he’s looking to do one better.

As his re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it’s exploring opportunities to contest states he lost in 2016, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive.

Trump on Monday visits one of those states, Minnesota, where he lost to Hillary Clinton by fewer than 45,000 votes in 2016. The campaign also is targeting New Mexico, Nevada, and New Hampshire, all states where Trump fell short by under 100,000 votes.

The tax day visit to Minnesota is meant to highlight the effect of Trump’s signature legislative accomplishment, the 2017 tax overhaul, in a historically Democratic-leaning state that appears to offering Republicans hope.

“We see trends in the state that we like,” said senior campaign adviser Bill Stepien. “We like what we see on the ground. We like the energy we’re seeing.”

In 1984, Minnesota was the only state carried by Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, a former Minnesota senator, against President Ronald Reagan. Over the past several presidential elections Minnesota has grown increasingly competitive, particularly as Trump’s rise coincided with a realignment of many white-working class voters to the GOP. And in an otherwise bleak 2018 for the GOP, Trump helped flip two congressional seats to Republicans.

With record fundraising for this stage in a presidential cycle, both the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are largely unrestrained financially, allowing them to make riskier investments in states won by Clinton. All the target states, except for Nevada, also have Senate races in 2020, a factor that the party believes will provide extra return.

Any early spending could pay dividends for the GOP in 2020, even if those efforts aren’t successful, forcing Democrats opponents to expend precious resources later in the campaign cycle to defend what should be safer Democratic states.

The Minnesota visit marks Trump’s third to the state since taking office. His first two were political trips to help put two Republican congressional candidates, Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber, over the top in 2018.

The focus on Minnesota and Trump’s other near-misses come as there is mounting concern within the Democratic Party that its heavily contested primary is providing Trump with an opportunity to reinforce his political position with little in the way of organized opposition.

“Trump and the RNC are hell-bent on expanding on the list of states Trump won in 2016 by targeting states like Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada, and they’re counting on early money to build a formidable ground game to make it happen,” said a recent Democratic National Committee fundraising email.

Stephen Stepanek, chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, silenced the room at the party’s recent spring fundraiser, keynoted by the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, when he said the Democrats have “out-organized us. Outraised us. And quite frankly, we have to do a better job.”

“We are in a war right now,” he said. Trump lost the state by fewer than 3,000 votes and the GOP recently placed five staffers in the state ahead of 2020.

To date, early Democratic investments have been focused on shoring up the “blue wall” of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Until 2016, they had been solidly Democratic for two decades. All three states saw Democratic gains in 2018 that the party believes indicate they are ripe for returning to the fold in 2020.

The Trump campaign is also eyeing the fallout of a political scandal among Democratic leaders in Virginia to determine whether there’s an opening in the state. But it acknowledges that the heavy concentration of federal workers in the northern part of the state makes it a more challenging opportunity.

The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA has announced a $100 million campaign in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, all states that Trump carried. Its publicly announced “phase two” plans include a focus on Trump’s narrow-loss states of Nevada and New Hampshire.

Trump’s team still believes his likeliest path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency means re-running the 2016 map. But it is exploring other permutations.

“We’re casting a wide net and looking for opportunities to grow the map,” said Stepien.


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A group of New York corner-store owners has announced a boycott on the sale of the New York Post, arguing that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper’s attacks on the congresswoman Ilhan Omar are making Muslim Americans less safe.

On Thursday, the Post published a front page featuring an image of the World Trade Center towers in flames on 11 September 2001 and a quote suggesting that Omar, a Somali American congresswoman from Minnesota who wears a hijab, had minimized the seriousness of the terror attacks in a speech last month.

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I was there last night but I couldn't actually see the fire because they completely blocked off Stanton street. Otherwise I would have tried taking some pictures for you, congressman
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If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It



shutterstock_1042795348This is a re-post of an essay I wrote a few weeks ago for the Lowy Institute. I am also happy to say that I was translated into Japanese, here.

So everyone knows that South Korea and Japan are having another spat – this time over compensation of Korean forced labor during the Imperial period. Korean courts have opened the door for lawsuits, while Japan continues to insist that all such claims were resolved at the time of normalization treaty. Korean officials I’ve talked with tell me that there is nothing the government can do. This is coming from the courts. I find that highly unlikely given the extreme presidentialization of the South Korean constitutional order and regular POTROK flouting of checks-and-balances.

But my concern here is that the  South Korean push on Japan on yet another issue will not lead to pushback. Trump doesn’t care about this stuff. He’s racist, dislikes allies, and gets most animated when telling them to pay more. SK conservatives, who have traditionally slowed the march to a precipice with Japan, are out of power. And Abe is burned out on this issue (‘Korea fatigue’).

So if the South Korean left genuinely wants a breach with Japan, and a slide into a cold war over Dokdo/Takeshima, Sea of Japan/East Sea, comfort women, labor reparations, and so on, then they’ll get it this time. This is very worrisome, but also a ‘useful’ social science natural experiment moment: we will learn just how far the South Korean left is willing to go on Japan, because the traditional brakes are not there this time.

The full essay follows the jump…

 

 

Relations between South Korea and Japan are spiraling downwardagain. This is a depressingly regular event. Every few years, these neighbors slide into a serious spat, driven usually by disputes over historical interpretation – the record of Japan’s colonialism in Korea from 1910 to 1945 – or territory – Dokdo to Korea, Takeshima to Japan, and the Liancourt Rocks to the rest of us. It often gets pretty nasty pretty fast, as this one is becoming too.

The commentary on this topic has been enormous (start here). Western analysts particularly tend to be flummoxed that South Korea exerts so much effort on this question, despite living flush against three dictatorships (North Korea, China, and Russia). Much international relations theory – balance of threat realism and democratic peace theory particularly – suggest that these two states should cooperate far more. But the South Koreans are simply not interested: anti-Japanism is a core nationalist narrative here. Japan has increasingly responded in kind.

There is no need to go over all these details again (my own thinking is here). This time the fight is over wartime compensation for Korean forced labor in wartime Japan (here is the movie version which pretty well captures the South Korean national attitude on this issue). The Korean side is now threatening to even expropriate Japanese corporate assets in South Korea to pay these claims.

The morality of this South Korean claim is arguable, but suffice to say that Japan will not accept these claims. It is threatening to respond, starting with tariffs on Korean products and restricting market access, and likely threatening to block any later South Korean accession to the CPTPP.

My concern here however is the lack of the usual brakes on these spirals, specifically the American administration and South Korean conservatives.

Trump Won’t Bother

 

The primary brake on these disputes has traditionally been the Americans. Indeed, the Americans have often been the informal umpire of this dispute, particularly for the South Korean side. South Koreans and Korean-Americans have made a concerted effort to ‘win’ American opinion to their cause on Japan by erecting comfort women statues in the United States, lobbying to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the East Sea in US textbooks and maps, and bringing the issue up directly in bilateral talks with the Americans. Many South Koreans over the years here have told me that the US should push Japan much harder on these questions.

The Japanese initially sought to ignore this, but the South Korean effort has been successful enough, that Japan now routinely protest these changes.

The American government’s position is officially neutrality, but increasingly that is difficult. The US has been forced to intervene repeatedly. President Barack Obama explicitly met with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bridge a split three years ago. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked current South Korean President Moon Jae-In this year on his visit to Washington to avoid breach with Japan.

But with Donald Trump now in the presidency, it is unclear if he is willing to do the same. Trump is famously disdainful of US allies. His primary interest in Japan has been trade tariffs, car imports, and getting nominated for a Nobel Prize. His primary interest in South Korea has been demanding increased payment for US security guarantees. He has been burned in dealing Korea to date over the Northern nuclear program. Trump is also a racist. It is unlikely that he cares much if America’s Asian allies tear each other.

South Korea’s Conservatives are Out of Power

 

The other traditional constraint on deterioration is the presence of conservatives and national security hawks in South Korea’s government. The South Korean right has long shared a basic hawkish alignment preference for the US and Japan, in opposition to North Korea, the Soviet Union in the past, and China today.

In a curious reversal of traditional left-right political patterns, the South Korean right is the ‘internationalist’ bloc, while the South Korean left is the nationalist one. It is the South Korean left, for example, which has emphasized the common ‘Koreanness’ between North and South Korea and has sought various breakthroughs with Pyongyang over the decades. Conversely, it is the South Korean right which has emphasized an international ideological alignment of South Korea with other liberal, democratic and anti-communist states, most obviously the US and Japan.

It must also be said that many South Korean conservatives are descended from the founder fathers of South Korea, many of whom were collaborators with the Japanese empire. This remains a thorny issue of nationalist contention in South Korea.

Whatever the background issues, the point is that the South Korean right has often tried to maintain a basic working relationship with Japan and avoid an open breach over divisive, highly politicized historical issues. Former President Park, for example, sought to put to rest the comfort women dispute with a deal several years ago.

The South Korean left rejects this outreach and emphasizes, often with great militancy, Japan’s need to apologize continuously. The current leftist president has abandoned Park’s comfort women deal and has made no effort to head off the emerging legal battle of reparatory confiscations of Japanese corporate assets. The South Korean right has been left carping on the sidelines.

Thomas Friedman has long argued that US ties allow centrists in the Middle East to defeat their maximalists by insisting that Washington ties their hands. I believe the same is the case in South Korea and Japan. Maximalists on both sides – often NGOs and ‘citizens groups’ – would drive the relationship to the brink, but US pressure, often behind the scenes, acted as a critical brake. Centrist elites who lacked the courage to directly challenge maximalists could blame their restraint on the Americans.

This no longer operates and is particularly relevant for South Korea, as the forced labor compensation issue here is driving the current downswing. If this drive in South Korea picks up national momentum, the Moon government may not be able to stop it. Indeed, the Moon government may not want to, and Trump likely does not care enough to bother to intervene. We could be racing toward a real cliff here.

Japanese colleagues and friends have long asked me if the South Koreans actually want a breach, a genuinely competitive or cold war-like relationship with Japan. I have always thought that was not the case, and I still believe a majority of South Koreans want a better relationship – but they fear saying this publicly given intense nationalist emotions on this question. We may now found out just how far South Korea is willing to go. Its president is publicly aggressive on Japanese historical issues; a new historical issue – wartime labor – has just arisen and is sliding quickly into the standard nationalist framing of relations with Japan; the Japanese prime minister is a conservative exhausted with the Korea question; and the Trump administration is checked out on this issue. Yikes.


Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University

@Robert_E_Kelly

 

 


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From Rep. Meadows email: "As many of you know, several of my colleagues and I have been deeply involved in making sure we get to the bottom of how exactly the Mueller probe started. Americans deserve to know the truth. Remember: the Russian dossier was fake, the FISA system was rampantly abused, the ‘intelligence’ used by the Department of Justice and FBI was biased and inaccurate, and DOJ and FBI executives used leaks and the media to peddle the collusion conspiracy theory all along."

And it is going to be pursued and pursued and pursued during the 2019 - 2020 election cycle by the Republicans. Our never ending election cycle......

As David Swanson said, the Democrats picked the one candidate that could lose to Trump and then picked the one issue that would blow up on them in the next election. And the Obama administration DOJ, FBI and CIA have a lot to answer for, not to mention the DNC and Clinton campaign. Probably charges are going to come their way. Maybe Clapper will finally go to jail. He belongs there for lying under oath to Congress many years ago, but Obama DOJ did nothing about that.

And of course, our corporate media will pay no price at all for all this bullshit. Maddow alone has made millions peddling this garbage.

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TALITA FERNANDES
BRASÍLIA, DF (FOLHAPRESS) - A deputada estadual Janaina Paschoal (PSL-SP) saiu neste sábado (13) em defesa pública da deputada federal Alê Silva (PSL-MG), depois de o jornal Folha de S.Paulo noticiar que ela acusa o ministro Marcelo Álvaro Antonio (Turismo) de ameaçá-la de morte.

Pelo Twitter, Janaina disse ter telefonado para a colega de partido e que pediu ao presidente Jair Bolsonaro que demita Álvaro Antonio.

"Todo meu apoio à deputada federal Alê Silva. E agora, presidente? O ministro do Turismo fica? A deputada federal eleita também estaria mentindo? Exijo a demissão do ministro! Não tem que esperar conclusão de inquérito nenhum!", escreveu.

Janaina disse ainda ter telefonado para a deputada federal, que, segundo ela, "não para de chorar".

"Como é que pode uma situação dessas e o presidente não tomar providências? Não pode! O afastamento do ministro não implicará atribuição de culpa, apenas um sinal de que o presidente se importa com as mulheres de seu partido", comentou.

Em entrevista à Folha de S.paulo, Alê relatou a existência de esquema de candidaturas de laranjas comandado por Marcelo Álvaro Antônio em Minas Gerais e afirmou ter recebido a informação de que o ministro do Turismo a ameaçou de morte em uma reunião com correligionários, no fim de março, em Belo Horizonte.

A deputada federal prestou depoimento espontâneo à Polícia Federal em Brasília, na quarta (10), ocasião em que solicitou proteção policial.
Eleita com 48 mil votos, Alê Silva é a primeira congressista a relatar às autoridades a existência de esquema de laranjas do PSL de Minas, comandado nas eleições pelo atual ministro de Jair Bolsonaro. Ela deve prestar novo depoimento nas próximas semanas.

Álvaro Antônio nega ter feito ameaças e diz que a deputada faz campanha difamatória contra ele em busca de espaço no partido no estado.

Revelado pela pelo jornal Folha de S.Paulo no início de fevereiro, o caso das laranjas do PSL, partido do presidente Bolsonaro, é alvo de investigações da Polícia Federal e do Ministério Público em Minas e em Pernambuco. Levou à queda do ex-ministro da Secretaria-Geral da Presidência, Gustavo Bebianno, que comandou o partido nacionalmente em 2018.

Uma série de reportagens desde então mostrou que Álvaro Antônio patrocinou em Minas um esquema de candidaturas de mulheres que receberam expressivos recursos públicos do partido, sem sinal de que tenham feito campanha efetiva. Parte desse dinheiro público foi parar em empresas ligadas a assessores de seu gabinete na Câmara. Ele exercia o mandato de deputado federal até 2018. 


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WILLIAM CASTANHO
SÃO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) - A reforma da Previdência, se aprovada com o texto original apresentado pelo presidente Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), poderá reduzir a distribuição de remédios a pacientes da rede pública de saúde obtidos com decisão judicial.

A PEC (Proposta de Emenda à Constituição) com novas regras para aposentadorias e pensões deverá limitar a judicialização da saúde.

A pressão das sentenças sobre os Orçamentos de municípios, estados e União aumenta ano após ano. Esse custo extra desafia o equilíbrio das contas públicas.

Apenas em 2018, segundo dados do Ministério da Saúde, foi gasto R$ 1,4 bilhão pela União com medicamentos e tratamentos por determinação da Justiça.

A proposta de Bolsonaro e do ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, altera o parágrafo 5° do artigo 195 da Constituição. O trecho trata do orçamento da seguridade social, que abrange saúde, Previdência e assistência social.

"Nenhum benefício ou serviço da seguridade social poderá ser criado, majorado ou estendido por ato administrativo, lei ou decisão judicial, sem a correspondente fonte de custeio total", diz a PEC.

A nova redação inclui na Constituição os termos "por ato administrativo, lei ou decisão judicial". Esse arranjo, segundo especialistas, poderá dificultar o acesso a remédios e tratamentos.

"Embora tenha o apelido de 'PEC da Previdência', o texto abarca a judicialização da saúde", afirma Roberto Dias, professor de direito constitucional da FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas de São Paulo).

Para ele, esse trecho é inconstitucional. Porém, o relator da reforma na CCJ (Comissão de Constituição e Justiça) da Câmara, Marcelo Freitas (PSL-MG), já deu aval ao texto.

"Ao se dizer que uma decisão judicial não pode ser proferida sem fonte de custeio, está se violando a possibilidade de acesso à Justiça. Essa é uma cláusula pétrea [que não poderia ser alterada]", afirma Dias.

Segundo o professor, a PEC tenta conter o aumento de despesas. "A intenção é louvável, mas não dá para desconsiderar as reiteradas violações de direitos praticadas pelo próprio poder público", diz.

O professor de direito previdenciário da USP (Universidade de São Paulo) Marcus Orione também vê entraves no acesso à Justiça.

"A PEC traz problemas sérios porque impõe restrições aos direitos fundamentais, seja em ação individual, seja em ação coletiva", afirma.

Para o presidente da Ajufe (Associação dos Juízes Federais), Fernando Mendes, cabe a um magistrado apenas julgar –interpretar as leis e a Constituição para chegar a uma decisão.

"Não é papel do juiz entrar em questões orçamentárias, alocar recursos, ou de alguma maneira definir de onde vão sair os recursos", diz Mendes.

Hoje já há leis que obrigam juízes a atentar às consequências de decisões. Segundo os especialistas ouvidos pela reportagem, essas normas, no entanto, não se sobrepõem à Constituição, que a PEC visa alterar.

"Uma coisa é uma norma ordinária, outra é uma norma constitucional", diz Mendes.

Em meio a esse impasse, as contas não fecham. Entre 2008 e 2018, a União desembolsou R$ 7 bilhões para a compra de medicamentos e a oferta de tratamentos -crescimento de 1.711% no período.

A regra da PEC se estenderá a estados e municípios. Em 2017, o então ministro da Saúde de Michel Temer (MDB), Ricardo Barros, estimou em R$ 7 bilhões os gastos dos demais entes da Federação com sentenças judiciais.

O professor de estratégia no setor público do Insper Sandro Cabral reconhece o peso desses processos. "A preocupação do Executivo em controlar as contas públicas e garantir o Orçamento é legítima."

Segundo ele, a judicialização é um processo "superconcentrador de renda". "Um munícipe pode ficar com boa parte do orçamento [da saúde]", diz o professor.

Cabral, no entanto, afirma que a saída para esse dilema exige debate. "Para alterar qualquer política pública, tem de conversar com as partes envolvidas e buscar solução factível para todas elas", diz.

Ele ainda levanta dúvidas sobre como magistrados poderão exercer o controle dos gastos públicos. "O juiz vai ter acesso a questões de orçamento? Como se dará essa interface?", questiona Cabral.

Segundo os especialistas em direito, se a regra for aprovada, a execução no dia a dia dependerá da interpretação de cada juiz, que poderá recorrer a outras normas para justificar a concessão de remédio. Ele poderá também, com base na nova redação, negá-lo.

Entidades que representam secretários municipais e estaduais de Saúde de todo o Brasil minimizam os efeitos da PEC.

Em nota, o Conasems (conselho de secretários municipais) diz que o texto, "considerando sua redação bastante genérica, não impactará a interpretação do Judiciário" e não limitará a judicialização.

O Conass (conselho dos gestores estaduais de saúde) informa que a proposta ainda não foi pauta de assembleia-geral dos 27 secretários.

As entidades não dispõem de dados locais e regionais.

No campo previdenciário, a intenção principal é impedir a expansão de gastos do INSS (Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social) via ordem judicial.

Segundo o TCU (Tribunal de Contas da União), em 2017, foram R$ 92 bilhões pagos a segurados por meio de sentenças. O valor equivale a 15% dos R$ 609 bilhões em benefícios.

A PEC atualmente está em debate na CCJ da Câmara. Após a análise no colegiado, o texto segue para uma comissão especial. De lá, será encaminhado ao plenário. São necessários 308 votos dos 513 deputados em duas sessões.

A proposta, então, irá para o Senado. São necessários 49 votos, também em dois turnos.

OUTRO LADO

A Secretaria de Previdência e Trabalho nega, em nota, que a alteração do parágrafo 5º do artigo 195 da Constituição tenha o objetivo de "impedir que demandas sejam submetidas ao Poder Judiciário e por ele apreciadas".

De acordo com o órgão do Ministério da Economia responsável pela reforma da Previdência, o acesso à Justiça é direito fundamental previsto no artigo 5º da Constituição.

"[A PEC] Tem, no entanto, o objetivo de estabelecer que o Poder Judiciário não pode, por meio de suas decisões, criar novo benefício ou ampliar a abrangência de um determinado benefício sem existir a fonte de custeio", diz.

Na exposição de motivos da PEC, enviada ao presidente Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) e ao Congresso, o ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, afirma que a "redução da judicialização" é um dos "pilares fundamentais" da reforma.

De acordo com a secretaria, ao decidir pela ampliação de um benefício ou serviço, o Judiciário entra no campo de definição de políticas públicas –uma responsabilidade do Executivo e do Legislativo.

A nova regra, confirma a secretaria, abrange Previdência, assistência social e saúde.

Embora um dos principais objetivos da reforma da Previdência seja equilibrar as contas públicas, o órgão informa que "não houve estudo específico" para o impacto fiscal. "A alteração foi proposta por princípio", diz a secretaria.

DOENÇAS RARAS

Dados do Ministério da Saúde mostram que 90% do total gasto para atender sentenças judiciais se refere a remédios para tratamento de doenças raras.

Houve também decisões, segundo a pasta, para a distribuição de álcool em gel, óleo de girassol, protetor solar e xampu anticaspa.

O ministério afirma, em nota, que a judicialização "tem consumido parte importante dos orçamentos da União, de estados e de municípios".

Hoje, a pasta cumpre sentenças de 14.785 processos. A maior parte é de medicamentos (82%), em seguida vêm procedimentos (10%), internações (5%) e insumos (3%).

Com dez tipos de remédio, a União desembolsou no ano passado R$ 1,2 bilhão e atendeu 1.596 pacientes.

O ministério atua, desde 2016, em parceria com o CNJ (Conselho Nacional de Justiça) para fornecer subsídios para juízes sobre a efetividade clínica dos medicamentos.

Ferramenta da pasta, do CNJ e do Hospital Sírio-Libanês, lançada em 2017, permite ao magistrado consultar os benefícios comprovados dos remédios pedidos.

O e-NatJus, sistema online com informações clínicas, contém atualmente 42 pareceres técnico-científicos.

"A área [técnica da pasta] tem garantido o atendimento às decisões e a entrega aos pacientes e verificado se o pedido poderá ser suprido no próprio SUS [Sistema Único de Saúde]", informa a pasta da Saúde. 


          Um terço dos brasileiros desconhece crise na Venezuela, aponta Datafolha      Comment   Translate Page      
Nicolás Maduro, ditador da Venezuela.

SYLVIA COLOMBO
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FOLHAPRESS) - Num dos momentos mais críticos da crise venezuelana, que vem se arrastando e piorando nos últimos anos, 65% dos brasileiros adultos dizem ter tomado conhecimento sobre a situação do país vizinho. Entre estes, 54% são contra uma eventual participação militar do Brasil na tentativa de derrubar a ditadura de Nicolás Maduro.

Apesar de a intervenção estrangeira ser uma hipótese não defendida abertamente pelos governos da América Latina, da Europa nem dos EUA, ela passou a ser sugerida entre as "opções que estão sobre a mesa" nos discursos dos governos americano e brasileiro.

Mesmo o líder opositor, Juan Guaidó, já recorreu à expressão em suas declarações. Ele preside Assembleia Nacional, único órgão considerado legitimamente eleito no país pela comunidade internacional.

Em visita a Buenos Aires nesta semana, o chanceler Ernesto Araújo disse à Folha de S.Paulo estar "convicto de que a pressão internacional será suficiente para a queda de Maduro".

Mas na segunda (8) o presidente Jair Bolsonaro disse que a "vanguarda" de uma possível intervenção seria dos EUA e que caberia a ele decidir sobre a entrada do Brasil, embora consultando o Congresso antes.

Maduro tomou posse em 10 de janeiro, após vencer eleições consideradas altamente irregulares, em maio de 2018. Nelas, não havia observadores internacionais nem participação da oposição.

A Assembleia Nacional decidiu então declarar o cargo de presidente vago e passou a chamar Maduro de "usurpador". Na sequência, em 23 de janeiro, Guaidó, seguindo a letra da Constituição, juramentou-se como presidente encarregado (descrito desta forma na Carta) e passou a fazer campanha dentro e fora do país para que Maduro deixe o poder.

Desde então, o ditador e Guaidó disputam o apoio dos venezuelanos e da comunidade internacional. Enquanto o opositor é reconhecido por mais de 50 países, entre eles Brasil e EUA, Maduro se apoia em Rússia, China, Bolívia, Irã e outros.

Dentro da Venezuela, Guaidó tem lotado praças e avenidas em seus comícios e marchas. A ditadura tem tentado fazer o mesmo, mas a presença é nitidamente menor.

Ambos disputam também o apoio das Forças Armadas, consideradas essenciais para a manutenção de Maduro no poder. Apesar das mais de mil deserções dos últimos meses, maioria é de oficiais de baixa patente, que estão agora no Brasil e na Colômbia.

"A alta cúpula dos generais ainda têm muito a perder com a queda de Maduro, pois se beneficiam dos negócios lícitos e ilícitos do Estado", disse à reportagem a pesquisadora Cynthia Arnson, do Wilson Center de Washington.

Segundo o Datafolha, o apoio a uma intervenção militar com o apoio do Brasil teria 54% de oposição dos brasileiros.

Entre os mais velhos, o número de rejeição sobe para 62%. Já 43% são favoráveis, cifra que é mais elevada entre jovens, subindo para 53%.

É alta a taxa daqueles que afirmam não ter conhecimento do que ocorre na Venezuela –35%, ou seja, um terço da população. Entre os 65% que têm conhecimento, o índice mais alto está entre os mais instruídos (89%), os mais ricos (89%) e os moradores da região Sul (76%).

Outro tema delicado ligado ao vizinho é a diáspora dos venezuelanos, que deixam o país por conta da crise humanitária. Apesar de o Brasil não estar entre os que mais recebem refugiados (Colômbia, Peru e Chile lideram), ainda assim essa cifra é crescente em território brasileiro.

De acordo com a pesquisa, dois em cada três (ou seja, 68%) brasileiros entre os que têm conhecimento do problema são favoráveis a que o Brasil receba refugiados venezuelanos, enquanto 27% são contrários, 2% são indiferentes e 2% não opinaram.

O índice dos que são favoráveis é mais alto entre a população mais jovem (77%) e entre os mais instruídos (79%). Porém, entre os mais velhos, são observados os índices mais altos de rejeição (36%), o mesmo ocorrendo entre os menos instruídos (37%).

A pesquisa, realizada em 2 e 3 de abril, entrevistou 2.086 pessoas, em 130 municípios. A margem de erro é de dois pontos percentuais. Foram ouvidos apenas brasileiros com mais de 16 anos. 


          Russian Military Expert Says Time for Russia to Prepare for War, by Paul Craig Roberts      Comment   Translate Page      
Someone should speak to the Russian finance minister, Anton Siluanov, and put him in touch with reality. According to a RT news report, Siluanov has called for restoring economic and political ties between Moscow and Washington. Ties between the US and Russia were intentionally wrecked on purpose by the US military/security complex and its congressional...
          A Matter of Life and Death      Comment   Translate Page      
Mr. TSAI Hung-Teh, Acting Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan talked to the Voice’s Juliusz Kłosowski during the COP 24 Congress in Katowice. Climate change in Taiwan: Is it observed in Taiwan, what kind of consequences does it bring? Global warming and the El Nino....
          How Maine’s members of Congress voted this week      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how Maine’s members of Congress voted over the previous week. Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act (H.R. 2030), to direct the Interior secretary to execute and carry out agreements....
          Stealth Saga #46      Comment   Translate Page      
Sixth Generation Fighters:

The USAF NGAD/PCA has a proposed FY20 budget of $1B.  It had been predicted to be $1.2B.  The AETP engine often associated with the NGAD also received a budget of $870M.  The F-22 and F-35 both funded their engines internally, unlike the NGAD/PCA.  However, Jane's takes the stance the NGAD is being rethought.

The US Navy's Next Generation Fighter program is shifting from $5M in FY19 to a proposed $20M in FY20.

The US Navy will finish its AOA this summer for its 6th gen fighter.

Leonardo wants a role in Britain Tempest.

International interest in the British Tempest is growing.

The Franco-German FCAS may be a bad idea, or so goes one opinion.


FGFA (Pakistan):

Pakistan is outlining its plans for developing a 5th gen fighter.

Su-57:

Putin - goodness me - considers the Su-57 the best plane in the world.

The Russians have already created an export version of the Su-57.  They may be trying to export it to Turkey and China.

?!?!  The Russians are stating the first batch of Su-57s will be delivered to a frontline unit in 2019.

The Russians are refuting the Su-57 has been redeployed to Syria.

YF-23:

Why did the YF-23 lose to the YF-22 in the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition?  The only man to have flown both the F-22 and the YF-23 talks explains.

Model 401:

Scaled Composites' Model 401 is on the east coast at a Navy flight test facility.  Why?

F-117:

The F-117 has been out flying about (with a plexiglass canopy, btw).

The Drive noted the interesting bit of the choice of emblem on the F-117.

B-2: 

Listen to a B-2 test drop nuclear weapons.

B-21:

The USAF has selected which airbases will be hosting the B-21.

F-22:

Rapid Raptor: the program to allow the F-22 to deploy anywhere, well, rapidly.

24 Raptors conducted an elephant walk in Alaska.

Will Langley AFB be the center of F-22 training?

F-35:

General Fick is the new head of the F-35 program.

The Pentagon is considering selling the F-35 to Poland, Greece and Romania.

A continuous software upgrade program would speed capabilities to the F-35, but delay the purchase of aircraft.

The F-35 is expected to hit an 80% availability rate in Sept 2019.

The F-35 has the capability to deploy towed decoys from under its stealthy skin.

Some are strongly arguing to buy the F-35 instead of the F-15X.

48 F-35As, 10 F-35Bs and 20 F-35Cs are in the FY20 proposal.

The USAF wants 12 more F-35As than the budget provided for.

The USAF has conducted the first fast/hot crew swap exercise for the F-35A.

The IG is slamming the F-35 program office for allowing contractors to manage government assets.

The F-35 will take a starring role in an exercise in Greece.

China claims it is not the reason countries are buying the F-35.  Actually, about that...

The USS Wasp carried at least 10 F-35Bs into the South China Sea.  The USS Wasp has been operating near the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

The USMC may deploy F-35Bs off the deck of the Korean amphibious ships.

The US Navy F-35Cs that achieved IOC are only ready 5% of the time...

The readiness of the F-35C is improving, supposedly.

The British are monitoring the situation about the Japanese F-35 crash.

Italy's Deputy PM  defended the F-35 purchases.

The Italian F-35As in Sardinia get close ups.

Italian F-35As participated in the 'Lightning Thunder over Europe' exercise.

How did Italian F-35 pilots feel about their participation in Red Flag exercise?

Japan just purchased the JSM antiship missile for its F-35s.

Japan declared IOC for its first F-35A unit.

Japan had its first F-35 crash.  The wreckage has been located, but salvage and investigation will be dauntingEfforts are still underway to try to find the pilot.  Japan has grounded its F-35As. The aircraft that crashed was the first F-35A assembled by Japan.  Here's an update.

Poland is considering the F-35 for its Harpia program.  In fact, they want to outright buy 32 of them.


The first two F-35As for South Korea have arrived in country.

Switzerland will evaluate the F-35 for its new fighter requirement this summer.

Turkey's F-35 deliveries may get pausedStrike that: the deliveries have stopped of parts.  The US has stated buying the F-35 and the S-400 missile system are not compatible.  In the mean time, the US military continues to train Turkish F-35 pilots. Congress again has warned Turkey they cannot have the F-35 and the S-400 missile.

If Turkey gets cut, the F-35 program can progress just fine. Or will it?  How problematic is it for Lockheed?  What next?

BAE has begun Meteor and Spear integration on the F-35.

Lockheed received a $264M contract to support South Korea's F-35s.

META:

What aircraft does the USAF need to defeat Russia and China?

          Finding roots of Mueller probe a fair goal      Comment   Translate Page      
Attorney General William Barr dared to use the “s-word.” He said in congressional testimony that the Trump campaign had been spied on by the U.S. government. Pressed by incredulous Senate Democrats, he clarified: “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated.” “Spying” has a negative connotation, so perhaps “surveilling” would be the better way to...
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Kelvey Vander Hart: Congressman Massie was correct - John Kerry lacks actual scientific credentials.
          Report: Former top Clinton aide running 'dark money' campaign to get Brett Kavanaugh fired from teaching job      Comment   Translate Page      


Hillary Clinton's former campaign spokesman is leading a "dark money" campaign to get Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fired from his summer teaching job at George Mason University, according to a new report.

What are the details?

Fox News reported that Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton's 2016 national spokesman, is backing an effort to prevent Kavanaugh from teaching for the university this summer. Fallon leads Demand Justice, a progressive advocacy group that does not disclose its funding.

The effort, which has been dubbed "Mason 4 Survivors," is circulating a petition that has so far garnered more than 5,000 signatures. The group is urging George Mason president Angel Cabrera to "terminate AND void ALL contracts and affiliation with Brett Kavanaugh at George Mason University."

"There is a historic amount of institutional negligence on your part to support survivors of sexual assault and the student body as a whole, which has bred a sense of mistrust and suffering within the Mason community and allies," the petition claims.

According to HuffPost, Fallon's group is running a Facebook advertisement campaign that targets anyone connected with George Mason University urging them to sign the petition. The ad also directs targeted users to sign a separate petition that calls on Congress to investigate Kavanaugh.

Though sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process last, none of the accusations ever proved credible.

What's the background?

It was announced last month that Kavanaugh would join George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School as a distinguished visiting professor. He is set to co-teach a two-credit course this summer in England called "Creation of the Constitution."

Kavanaugh's appointment was met with immediate pushback and protests.

Fortunately, Cabrera has defended Kavanaugh's appointment, saying in a statement last month that the university will not revoke Kavanaugh's appointment.

"I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting Justice," Cabrera said. "The law school has determined that the involvement of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice contributes to making our law program uniquely valuable for our students."


          AOC hit with brutal backlash for using Holocaust to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar, bash President Trump      Comment   Translate Page      


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ignited outrage Friday after she used a poem about the Holocaust to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who is embroiled in controversy herself.

What happened?

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted a video criticizing Omar for referring to the Islamic terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 as "some people who did something." The video spliced together Omar's controversial comments with footage from 9/11.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez urged members of Congress to condemn Trump for "dangerous targeting" of Omar.

"Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today.@IlhanMN's life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress," Ocasio-Cortez said.

With her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez included a picture of the famous poem from German theologian Martin Niemöller, who was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps from 1938-1945 for opposing Hitler's Nazi regime. Niemöller only narrowly escaped execution.

The poem, which is mounted on a wall at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., reads:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

What was the reaction?

Ben Shapiro — who is the biggest target of anti-Semitism online, according to the Anti-Defamation League — condemned Ocasio-Cortez's "deeply disturbing" comparison.

Others echoed Shapiro's sentiments:


          College students and alum outraged and 'shaking' that Mike Pence will speak at commencement      Comment   Translate Page      


The picture of the aggrieved and trembling college student unable to cope with hearing unpleasant things, or simply things with which they disagree, is fast becoming the face of higher education in the United States. It is therefore not a surprise that the invitation of Vice President Mike Pence to speak on a campus might result in some safe space complaining.

It is perhaps somewhat a surprise that, in this case, it's an evangelical Christian school: Taylor University. In the VP's own state of Indiana.

After it was announced that the Vice President of the United States would give the graduating students the honor of high office at their commencement, some students, and even alum and parents, went into meltdown. PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil has their reactions.

Naturally, there was a petition.

"Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration's policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear," Alex Hoekstra, a former staffer for President Barack Obama and a 2007 Taylor University graduate, said in the petition.

Others proved more angry and visceral.

"I have never been made to feel so physically ill by an email before. Taylor University, you should be ashamed of yourselves," Claire Hadley, who graduated from Taylor in 2015, began in a long Facebook post. "I am physically shaking. The fact that the school who claims to love and support me, and each of it's [sic] students and alum, would invite such a vile individual to speak on the most important day of the year??"

"VP Pence is no friend of mine. He does not support me. He does not support equality," Hadley declared. "He does not uphold the values that are at the very core of the church, my own faith, and I would hope, of this University. He is rooted in hate. To stand beside President Trump would have been enough to put him on my watch list." She argued that Mike Pence "only values you if you fit in his very narrow, white, straight, box."

"Taylor University, I feel personally attacked," she concluded. "Please, I'm begging you. Don't do this."
Lindsey Snyder, a 2014 graduate, said she emailed Taylor University President Lowell Haines. "This invitation gravely concerns me, because whether intentional or not, it is politicizing Taylor University, aligning the school with the current administration," she reported writing. "Many current and former Taylor students are adamantly against some of Pence's stances and will no doubt feel unsafe at their own graduation. Even if it was someone less controversial than Pence, having a political figure speak at commencement alights unnecessary and grievous conflict."

There is so much more. Not everyone had the same reaction, and some among the student body and the alumni have responded. On Saturday, O'Neil reported that a counter-petition has been launched, and is picking up steam.

O'Neil spoke with one graduate, Kevin Holtsberry of the class of '94, who told him "Inviting the sitting vice president of the United States, and former Indiana governor and congressman, to speak at commencement is not an attack on students, faculty or alumni with differing political views or opinions about Mike Pence," Kevin Holtsberry.

The fact that these students at a Christian university in middle America, in the state where Pence was the governor not that long ago, shows just how far the "woke" college experience has extended. It's not just coastal elites. It's right in your backyard.


          NDC TEIN urges government to settle students loan arrears      Comment   Translate Page      
The University of Ghana (UG) branch of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged the government and the Students Loan Trust Fund to settle all student loan arrears within a week.
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A national vice chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Chief Sofo Azorka, has revealed plans of suing the government for the inclusion of his name and group in the Vigilantism Bill.
          Sammy Gyamfi finally apologises to Sefa Kayi      Comment   Translate Page      
The National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has apologised after maligning the integrity of renowned journalist and host of Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo', Kwami Sefa Kayi.
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          La FIFA propose de suspendre les matches en cas d’insultes racistes      Comment   Translate Page      

Les cas de racisme dans le monde du football ne cessent d’augment ces dernières semaines. Gianni Infantino, président de la FIFA, a proposé ce samedi à ce que les matches soient suspendus.   Le grand chef de la FIFA, qui était ce samedi au ‘Congress Soccer’, a voulu se montrer...

Article La FIFA propose de suspendre les matches en cas d’insultes racistes apparue pour la première fois sur Bamada.net.


          Sajjan Kumar Was ‘Kingpin’ Of 1984 Delhi Massacre, CBI Tells Supreme Court      Comment   Translate Page      
NEW DELHI – Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was the “Kingpin” of gruesome offence in which Sikhs were “massacred” in Delhi during the 1984 massacre of Sikh, CBI told the Supreme Court on Monday while opposing his plea seeking bail.   Kumar has challenged in the apex court the Delhi High Court verdict of December […]
          well, here it is again... damn...       Comment   Translate Page      
Saturday yowls and roars, most beloved and beautiful KitKats... yes, the world appears to still be spinning... whatever ... this Big Cat is experiencing a flashback... at fifteen she walked out of high school, as she's explained before... well, with the recent EXPOSE' of congress, the sheer monumental stupidity this Big Cat [kindergartners are smarter] is witnessing everyday by most of the congressional establishment critters -- as exampled by the AG Barr CIRCUS CIRCUS dumber-than-dumb questioning display... Barr, who actually has some real brain power, ran proverbial circles around these idiot-tards ... PLUS, the endless, stomach-turning, hell-level corruption ... the fact that most in congress could care less about WE REAL AMERICANS ... yeah, the Kougar wants to walk out again -- just given the complete insult to her intelligence, which high school was... and given the absolute oppression-suppression, the LACK OF FREEDOM, the stay-in-the-box YOU HAVE TO THINK/BELIEVE THIS WAY .... well, here it is again... damn... 

TAKE CARE, DARLING KITTENS, 'CAUSE THIS BIG CAT LOVES YA! 


DURING THE EARLY 90'S, THE KOUGAR VISITED HER SISTER, WHO WAS WORKING IN WASHINGTON DC AT THE TIME... WE VISITED MOUNT VERNON... IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!! PLUS, TO SEE THE ACTUAL SADDLES WASHINGTON USED ON HIS HORSES... YEAH, A HIGHLIGHT! 

SHATTERED: Mount Vernon Exposes Politico’s Very Fake News Story About Trump’s Visit To George Washington’s Estate



https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/shattered-mount-vernon-exposes-politicos-very-fake-news-story-about-trumps-visit-to-george-washingtons-estate/

YES!!! 

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest





Mapping Armaggedon: Earth's looming tsunamis and mega-quakes...



THE VERY GOV AGENCIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP AND PROTECT CHILDREN ARE EONS, FAR AND AWAY MORE CRUEL TO CHILDREN THAN THE ABUSE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP... SADLY, VERY SADLY... THE KOUGAR ABSOLUTELY HATES CRUELTY TO CHILDREN... NOW PROPER DISCIPLINE THAT IS SOMETIMES PHYSICAL, YES, THAT IS NECESSARY AT TIMES... JUST LIKE A FEMALE DOG WHO CORRECTS HER PUPS WITH PHYSICAL FORCE... 

Further, the horror perpetrated against Native American children... the sheer persecution-brutality against the Bundy family and the good patriots involved in helping them ... may the perpetrators get what's coming to them... now! 






YEAH, AIN'T THIS INTERESTING... 

FACEBOOK REMOVES PAGE OF ECUADOR’S FORMER PRESIDENT ON SAME DAY AS ASSANGE’S ARREST

Prior to the removal of the page, Correa lambasted his successor in a series of posts


Facebook has unpublished the page of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday, claiming that the popular leftist leader violated the company’s security policies. 

"...Since 2015, Correa—who lives with his family in Brussels, Belgium—had used the social platform to great effect, using strongly-worded posts, video interviews, and live-streams as a platform amid the Ecuadorean media’s de facto blackout of the former leader, who remains reviled by the center-right former opposition and sections of the country’s left.
Former President Correa minced no words in his assessment of Moreno, denouncing him in an English-language tweet as “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history … Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.” ... 
https://www.infowars.com/facebook-removes-page-of-ecuadors-former-president-on-same-day-as-assanges-arrest/


IT IS STRAIGHT-UP TREASON, IT'S A DAMN MASSIVE INVASION... 

Trump Fires Off Late Night Tweet – Calls Democrats’ Open Border Policies “TREASONOUS”

President Trump fired off a late night tweet Wednesday, calling the actions taken by Democrats to keep the borders wide open, “TREASONOUS.”

Thank you, President Trump for calling it what it is!
“I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!” Trump said in a tweet.

There is a huge crisis at the US-Mexico border with record number of illegal aliens flooding into the United States.
Asylum seekers are being released into communities because of dangerous “catch and release” policies and Congress refuses to act.
No doubt these caravans of illegals are being funded by open border zealots looking to destroy US sovereignty.
Multiple caravans full of military-aged Central Americans and other migrants from all over the world are currently marching to the US border where they will seek asylum then be released into the US.

Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said that in his sector alone, border agents have captured people trying to enter the country illegally from more than 50 different countries, including Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Egypt and Romania. “People are traveling across hemispheres to attempt to illegally enter the U.S., using the same pathways as the Central Americans,” he told lawmakers.
“Karisch noted that Border Patrol has apprehended more families illegally crossing the border in the first five months of fiscal 2019 than during all of fiscal 2018,” Fox News reported. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 76,000 migrants across the border in February and said it was on track to apprehend more than 100,000 in March. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Karisch said that at current pace, they would have more than 260,000 apprehensions in his sector by the end of fiscal 2019. There were 162,000 in RGV last year. He also said that his agents apprehend, on average, 1,000 people a day.”
President Trump declared a national emergency in February to secure funding for a border wall, however, the insanely dangerous asylum laws are causing the biggest surge of illegal aliens flooding over the border.
Despite nearly 100,000 illegal invaders being apprehended by border patrol in the month of March alone, Democrats continue to give comfort and aid to the invaders by refusing to stop the border surge.
Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday blocked President Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait their turn for an immigration judge to hear their cases.
Judge Seeborg, an Obama appointee in San Francisco, granted a request by a civil liberties group that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America.
Trump is right — what the Democrats are doing with the border is treasonous.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/trump-fires-off-late-night-tweet-calls-democrats-open-border-policies-treasonous/


HOW DUMB IS THIS??? THESE HACKER-IDJITS WILL GET EXPOSED... 

WIKILEAKS claims 'extortion' over leaked Assange footage... 

THE GIANT TECH MONSTERS HATE YOU... 

Breaking the internet: New regulations imperil global network... 



YES, THE KOUGAR EMAILED THIS CORRUPT-TOID... 

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Dear Savannah, 

You can’t make this up.
Yesterday I went to the Attorney General’s Office in New Hampshire to give them proof of voter fraud.  An admission from an Atkinson man who voted twice in the same election in two different states.

You can view the video HERE.
How did they respond?
They handed me and my executive producer a grand jury subpoena.  
Did the summons mention anything about voter fraud or double voting?  Of course not. 
We are now ordered to appear before a grand jury in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire for an investigation.

Our journalists found a man who admitted to double voting.  Breaking the law!
Now, the response of the AG’s office isn’t to investigate the double voter, but instead our operations.
I will not budge.  I will not capitulate.  And I will not cave to this political pressure.
I will keep releasing voter fraud videos in New Hampshire and I will not be not be intimidated by the misguided use of the grand jury process to try and prevent our lawful investigative journalism.
I'm not asking for your money, I'm asking for your help.
Please help me put pressure on the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office to investigate this voter fraud case right now.  
Please call their investigator Robert J. Sullivan at:603-271-1182
Or you can email him atRobert.Sullivan@doj.nh.gov
Tell him the following:
Please investigate Robert A. Bell for admitting to voting twice.  Why did you subpoena James O'Keefe, the journalist, instead of subpoenaing the person who voted twice? 
Be Brave!
James O’Keefe

WHILE THIS BIG CAT DESPISES FACEBOOK, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE THIS WAY??? UNDER THIS COMMIE-FASCIST TYRANNY... 






BIG BROTHER WATCHING 

Chinese cops send people to ‘concentration camps’ if they’re found with Facebook on phones during random stop and searches

Western social media is banned in China’s Xinjiang region where police are accused of seizing phones and installing spyware


"...Offenders are said to be sent to "re-education" camps to clamp down on social media use.
Mandatory spyware is downloaded onto citizen’s phones to restrict what citizens can access.
And police check mobiles for evidence of foreign social media apps like Twitter or WhatsApp.
Xinjiang is home to 11 million Uighurs - one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities who have their own language and mainly practice Islam.
The Chinese government is accused of routinely targeting citizens of the region with “counter-terror” measures and brutal policing.
Kasim, who claims to be a Xinjiang native, shared what he says are secretly taken pictures inside the secretive region, which the Chinese government restricts access to by outsiders.
He says he used special software to bypass the government's censors and post the images on Twitter.
And he said living in China is “like Nazi Germany” and likened the Chinese Communist Party to ISIS..." 
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8827966/chinese-cops-concentration-camps-facebook-stop-search/


YEP, THESE DAYS AS THE KOUGAR IS FOND OF SAYING... IT'S JUST A PRISON CELL ON WHEELS... IT'S TECH VAMPIRE FEEDING OFF YOU... 

Your car is watching you. Who owns the data?

Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy

If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your weight, the restaurants you visit, your music tastes and places you go.
A car can generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour and as much as 4,000 gigabytes a day, according to some estimates. The data trove in the hands of car makers could be worth as much as $750 billion by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey has estimated. But consumer groups, aftermarket repair shops and privacy advocates say the data belongs to the car’s owners and the information should be subject to data privacy laws.
Yet Congress has yet to pass comprehensive federal data privacy legislation. And although Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has said he would like to see federal privacy legislation passed by the end of the year, it is unclear if that goal can be met.
Financial technology is changing how we do business, and regulators are trying to catch up
MORE AT: https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/cars-data-privacy

CAN YOU SAY GUILTY? GUILTY OF TREASON...? 

Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants

Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants


THE PROBLEM IS: ASSANGE IS IN NO WAY SAFE IN BRITAIN... HE'LL LIKELY GET THE TOMMY ROBINSON TREATMENT IF NOT RESCUED IN SOME WAY... 

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited


ANOTHER RICH COMMIE SOCIALIST... GEE, WHAT A NOT SURPRISE... HUH? 

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire


YEP,
          Home Democrats improve calls for for Trump tax returns, establishing potential court docket battle      Comment   Translate Page      

House Democrats on Saturday increased their demands for the IRS to give them access to President Trump’s tax returns -- foreshadowing a lengthy legal battle in the courts House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., told the IRS that the law gives Congress a right to the six years of Trump’s personal and…

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          4/14/2019: WORLD: Trump migrant threat slammed      Comment   Translate Page      
US President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing ‘‘illegal immigrants’’ into Democratic strongholds to punish his congressional foes for inaction on the border issue – after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted that...
           Tlaib says Dem leadership should do more to support Omar: 'They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse'      Comment   Translate Page      
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) expressed frustration over how Democratic leadership is handling criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), saying freshman congresswomen are "ignored" when they speak up about issues that are important to them."They...
          Watchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices      Comment   Translate Page      
Custodial staff on Capitol Hill have reported sexual harassment while cleaning the offices of members of Congress, according to a recent inspector general report. The revelation is part of a report on the Architect of the Capitol's (AoC)...
          2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15      Comment   Translate Page      
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Apr 7 through Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Editor's Pick

The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study

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A study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany says a global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy is possible before 2050. (iStock) 

A global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy sources is not only possible but also cheaper and safer than reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, according to a new study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany.

The study claims that the rapid development of renewable energy sources and energy storage technology will likely make it possible for the entire planet to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero even earlier than the current 2050 deadline.

The report is the first of its kind to suggest a cost-effective, all-inclusive, global roadmap to keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is also the first planet-wide climate change resistance plan that suggests not using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) techniques to mechanically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

According to the model, in 2050 some 69 percent of the world’s energy would come from solar panels, 18 percent from wind power, 3 percent from hydropower systems and 6 percent from bioenergy.

Fossil fuels and nuclear power would not be needed at all. Cars, planes and ships would run on carbon-neutral synthetic fuels produced from hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study, Yle News (Finland), Apr 12, 2019 


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          Rahul visits Jallianwala Bagh memorial, says 'cost of freedom must never be forgotten'      Comment   Translate Page      
[India], April 13 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday laid a wreath at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial on the completion of 100 years of ...
           Comment on LOLOL: Hillary Clinton is asked what advice she’d give to Democrats ‘trying to do what you did’ in 2016 by Teri Smith       Comment   Translate Page      
We need to get #Hillary'sElectionAdvice trending on twitter: Don't forsake our troops overseas in places like Benghazi, don't let a lie be the first thing out of your mouth, don't get called in front of a Congressional committee before you run for office, don't have coughing fits during the election, stay upright on your feet without help from your security detail....and on and on.
          Struggle over leadership deepens division in Tunisia president's party      Comment   Translate Page      
Tunisia's ruling party Nidaa Tounes on Saturday elected two leaders, one of them the president's son, in two parallel congresses, deepening the division that has hit the party in recent years.

          Pagano (Lega): “Tolleranza meno di zero, totale adesione ad appello Don Di Noto contro ogni pedofilia”      Comment   Translate Page      

“La pedofilia è l’orrore dell’abisso umano. Come denunciato anche al recente Congresso delle Famiglie a Verona, la rete pedofila internazionale è una realtà sempre più diffusa. Dunque, tolleranza meno di zero, lotta senza quartiere e soprattutto senza confini a questa degenerazione. Per questo ribadisco totale sostegno all’ammirevole lavoro di Don Fortunato Di Noto e dell’Associazione […]

L'articolo Pagano (Lega): “Tolleranza meno di zero, totale adesione ad appello Don Di Noto contro ogni pedofilia” proviene da La Gazzetta Nissena.


          MLK’s Daughter Bernice King Slams Donald Trump, GOP for Reprehensible Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar      Comment   Translate Page      

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King slams Donald Trump and Republicans over the reprehensible” attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): “These actions are especially reprehensible in these times of resurgent racism.” King tweeted:  “I am deeply concerned about the dangerous rhetoric and images some elected officials, including @POTUS are using regarding Congresswoman Ilhan […]

MLK’s Daughter Bernice King Slams Donald Trump, GOP for Reprehensible Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar

                  

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          This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th - 13th      Comment   Translate Page      

Five Years Ago

This week in 2014, former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden was getting pathetically aggressive, calling Dianne Feinstein too emotional to judge the CIA torture report (which we were only learning about via piecemeal leaks), and calling congressional staffers "sissies" while accusing Ron Wyden of not acting like a man. At the same time, Mike Rogers was still pushing his "Ed Snowden is a russian spy" angle, while Snowden himself was saying the NSA lied in its claim that he didn't raise concerns through proper channels, and telling the Council of Europe about how the agency spied on Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Meanwhile, Hollywood was piling on to the already-dead Megaupload with a far-reaching lawsuit that packed in multiple attacks on the internet in general, and was quickly followed by the RIAA filing a virtually identical suit of its own.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2009, Amanda Palmer was sharing insights into how her fans support her work while Trent Reznor was taking his business model experiments into the mobile space, and a new service was announced that would let musicians pre-fund their releases (and it's not around anymore — but two weeks later, Kickstarter would launch).

The Associated Press announced its plans to sue news aggregators, Fox fired a movie columnist for reviewing a leaked copy of Wolverine, old-industry guard like U2's manager and Andrew Lloyd Weber were out trashing the internet, and Hollywood's favorite lawmakers were preparing for the next big copyright expansion push.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2004, we saw the first court ruling to state that online content aggregation was legal, setting the stage for later tantrums like the AP's, and the outrage of some publishers today. Gmail was the new kid on the internet block and people weren't sure how they felt about it (or whether it violated EU data privacy laws), just as mathematicians weren't quite sure how they felt about proofs that rely on computer calculations — while some clueless analysts were very sure about how much they hated the "fad" of camera phones. Google and Yahoo both stopped accepting ads for online casinos, seemingly out of the blue until we learned of some nasty letters recently sent out by the DOJ.

This was also the week that we saw the beginnings of a terrible idea that simply refuses to die, and rises like a zombie every now and then to this day: the WIPO broadcast treaty.



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          House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes - Reuters      Comment   Translate Page      
House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes  Reuters

U.S. congressional Democrats on Saturday headed for a showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting a new ...

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          US Govt and Rightsholders Want WHOIS Data Accessible Again, to Catch Pirates      Comment   Translate Page      

Copyright holders and the US Government want ICANN to make domain WHOIS data more accessible again. They say that this information is required to track down online pirates as well as other bad actors. If progress isn't made soon, US Congress may have to step up and pass legislation to reach the desired effect, they warn.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN reviews, discounts, offers and coupons.


          It's Hard Staying Focused On Issues In The Midst Of Trump's 10-Ring Circus-- But Bernie Is Staying On Message       Comment   Translate Page      



How does Trump get people to not think about his disastrous economic policies, built on an entirely wasteful deficit that has nearly doubled to a trillion dollars since he occupied the White House? His pathetic circus routine has done the trick in a general sort of way. No one seems to be paying attention, for example, to his trade agenda with new outages come out every day, often more than one a day.

Yesterday, for example, Jake Tapper broke the news that a senior White House source-- probably Kushner-in-law or someone trying to get Kushner-in-law in trouble-- leaked the news that Trump told the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would grant him a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents illegally block asylum seekers from entering the U.S. Another Hair on Fire Friday moment! (And, by the way, since then Trump named McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.)

Active Shooter by Nancy Ohanian


Doing his best to leave Trump's constant, insane and attention-grabbing provocations to the media, Bernie keeps focusing on his core issues of income inequality and a rigged system. Yesterday he followed up on his trade agenda by releasing the video below, itself an update of the video above from last year. Bernie's key points about Trump's soggy trade deal with Mexico and Canada-- currently in no man's land in Congress where it has virtually no chance of being ratified-- are that:
the deal would continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico because Mexico's workers make as little as two dollars an hour, which the deal doesn't address
the deal doesn't protect the enironment
the deal is a give-away to pharmaceuticals and other big corporate special interests
Last November Bernie told his Vermont constituents exactly why he opposes Trump's deal too replace the same NAFTA that Bernie has always opposed and feels needs to be replaced.
As someone who not only voted against NAFTA, but walked on the picket lines against it, there is no question that this unfettered trade deal needs to be fundamentally rewritten. In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Clearly, Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 does not meet these standards and I will strongly oppose it in its current form. Unless strong enforcement mechanisms are written into the text of this agreement, corporations will continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour.

Further, this deal includes some outrageous giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and big pharmaceutical companies that will harm the environment and increase prices for life-saving prescription drugs. Before this deal is sent to Congress for a vote it must include strong enforcement mechanisms to increase jobs and wages and all of the riders that benefit big fossil fuel polluters and pharmaceutical companies must be taken out of it. Trade is a good thing-- but it has got to be fair.

          Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter denied permission to land in West Bengal’s Siliguri      Comment   Translate Page      
Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter denied permission to land in West Bengal’s Siliguri
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter was denied permission to land in West Bengal’s Siliguri police ground, where he is scheduled to address a public meeting on Sunday. The rally was to be held at the Dagapur ground, located on the outskirts of Siliguri, which is part of Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.
The police cited lack of space as the reason for denying permission. “We can’t give the permission for the helicopter to land at the Siliguri Police commissionerate ground since a lot of vehicles are parked there,” said BL Meena, Siliguri Police commissioner.
Accusing the state government of sabotaging the Congress president’s rally, party’s candidate from Darjeeling Shankar Malakar said, “The police should have conveyed its decision much earlier so that we could have scouted for an alternative site for the helicopter to land. We need at least 48 hours to arrange these things. Rahul Gandhi’s rally can’t certainly be held on April 14.”
On whether the rally will take place, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharya in Kolkata said, “Everything has become uncertain.”
Darjeeling will go to polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18.
“We had written to the Siliguri Police commissioner on April 7 seeking permission for Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter to land at the police commissionerate ground in Siliguri. But today the police commissioner’s office informed us over telephone that they cannot give us permission,” added Malakar.
Meena, however, denied receiving the letter seeking permission for the helicopter to land on April 7.
Senior TMC leader and state tourism minister Gautam Deb refused to comment.
In February, BJP leaders alleged that the state government denied permission for helicopters of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to land in Purulia forcing him to travel by car from Jharkhand.

https://www.hindustantimes.com

          Spotlight on US’s proposed ‘green’ economic reform policy      Comment   Translate Page      

Spotlight on US’s proposed ‘green’ economic reform policy

Against the backdrop of widespread flooding in several US states, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey of the Democratic Party have tabled a new economic reform policy in the US Congress called the Green New Deal.
          Trump Says Windmills Cause Cancer, Leading To These Epic Memes      Comment   Translate Page      
Donald Trump has made headlines once again for making a fool of himself, and in turn also making a fool of our country. At a recent fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee he said: If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And…Continue Reading ›
          Struggle over leadership deepens division in Tunisia president's party      Comment   Translate Page      
Tunisia's ruling party Nidaa Tounes on Saturday elected two leaders, one of them the president's son, in two parallel congresses, deepening the division that has hit the party in recent years.
          Democrats back Omar after Trump tweets edited video of 9/11 remarks      Comment   Translate Page      
Top lawmakers accuse president of amping up Islamaphobic sentiment against Muslim congresswoman by sharing clip of her referring to 2001 attacks as 'some people did something'
          Re: Ohio College Republicans Apologize for Calling Congresswoman 'Domestic Terrorist' in Fundraising Email      Comment   Translate Page      
Fuck AOC.
Posted by AOC is a terrorist
          Haryana: Congress relies on ‘tried, trusted’ stalwarts; declares 6/10      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Lok Sabha elections: All the Captain’s men      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Congress and Leftists have scared people on issue of NRC: Sarbananda Sonowal      Comment   Translate Page      
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          In fresh Congress list of 18 names, 9 in UP – likely to cut into BJP votes      Comment   Translate Page      
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          After 60 years of ‘anyay’, Congress talking of ‘Nyay’: PM Modi in Bengaluru      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Lok Sabha polls 2019: BVA loses fight for ‘whistle’ as EC freezes poll symbol      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Lok Sabha polls 2019: Stage set for triangular fight in Akola, polarisation of Dalit, Muslim votes likely to help BJP      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Day after JJP tie-up, AAP again reaches out to Congress      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Lok Sabha elections 2019: Demand for selfies galore as ‘Mumbai chi Mulgi’ hits the campaign trail in Kandivali      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Loan write-off: Congress and CPM allege cronyism, loot      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Decision 2019: Kirit Somaiya submits complaint over ‘doctored’ video, says opposition trying to mislead voters      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Congress to hand over land to expand Bhopal Ram temple, says Digvijaya Singh      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Rafale deal: Tax rebate to Reliance firm result of ‘Modi Kripa’, says Congress      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Fighting for Marathwada’s eight seats, an ex-Congress CM, BJP state chief      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Republicans renew calls for US-UK trade deal amid Brexit delay      Comment   Translate Page      

Republicans in the White House and Congress are renewing their support for a U.S.-U.K. trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union — even as Brexit is facing significant delays across the Atlantic. “If the [...]

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          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thanks Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren for defending Ilhan Omar after Trump’s 9/11 video      Comment   Translate Page      

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., thanked those who came out in support of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after President Trump tweeted a video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of [...]

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          BJP raises Congress Tughlaq Road ‘scam’      Comment   Translate Page      
BJP on Saturday accused Congress of using its state governments like ATMs to pump “illicit money” into its general election campaign and claimed that if the opposition party comes to power, corruption will rule again.
          Proposal calls for eliminating student loan default status for struggling borrowers      Comment   Translate Page      

In a speech last year arguing that higher education faces a crisis in the U.S., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pointed to eye-popping numbers from the federal student loan program.

Only a quarter of borrowers are making progress paying down their loans, she said, while 20 percent are either delinquent or in default. More than a million borrowers default on their student loans each year, and recent research has suggested the problem is growing worse.

The consequences for those borrowers can be severe, including hits to their credit score and garnishing of federal benefits. Their college may also withhold academic transcripts, and some states will suspend occupational licenses.

While DeVos herself has yet to call for specific changes with defaults in mind, a recent proposal makes the case for Congress to reduce defaults by simply eliminating the loan status outright.

Severely delinquent borrowers could still face negative consequences like credit reporting but would not be cut off from receiving federal student aid to pursue a degree. The idea may sound radical. But it wouldn't include the major costs to the government of large-scale loan forgiveness, argues Colleen Campbell, director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress and author of the proposal.

It could also put new scrutiny on whether the tools used to collect the most delinquent loans are truly effective as Congress explores potential changes to loan repayment through an update to the Higher Education Act.

Campbell argues that by ending default, the government could reallocate the $1 billion it spends on debt collections annually to more direct assistance to borrowers when they first start to struggle repaying their loans. Eliminating default would also allow borrowers to keep their access to federal aid like Pell Grants and continue making progress toward a degree.

“The federal government has extraordinary collections mechanisms for student loans that aren’t available for other kinds of consumer debt,” Campbell said. “It’s unnecessary to place additionally punitive consequences on top of collections. So why don’t we remove one of the consequences that is most damaging to folks who have been disenfranchised and who are most likely not benefiting from their experience in the postsecondary system?”

She said federal policy shouldn’t remove tools for struggling borrowers to improve their economic situation, especially opportunities to continue their postsecondary education.

A federal student loan enters default when a borrower has been delinquent for more than 270 days. After that, the loan is reassigned from a loan servicer to a debt collection company.

Ending default status wouldn’t mean removing any tools for the federal government to collect on student loan debt, Campbell said. Severely delinquent borrowers could be automatically enrolled in income-driven repayment plans. And the government could garnish wages and withhold tax refunds for those who still don’t repay their loans.

The government could also much more effectively use the money it spends on collections each year, Campbell said, by paying for better loan servicing.

“We can do much more intensive counseling between servicers and borrowers early on to prevent the worst outcomes,” she said.

Her proposal argues that eliminating default should be accompanied by other legislative changes to the financial aid system such as streamlining repayment programs, simplifying the application for federal student aid, providing more grants to students and creating clearer paths to loan forgiveness. Campbell also calls for assessing loan servicers using more objective measures so that the companies with the best repayment outcomes for borrowers receive new accounts.

Information on defaults is limited. But analyses of recent federal postsecondary data show high rates of default among African American borrowers in particular, even those who completed a degree. Nearly a quarter of black student borrowers who began college in the 2003-04 academic year and earned a bachelor’s degree had defaulted within 12 years.

The federal data also show that defaults depend more on a student’s circumstances and the type of institution they attended than their total amount of debt. Defaults are highest, in fact, among borrowers with the smallest loan amounts. And students who enrolled at for-profit colleges starting in 2003-04 were four times as likely as community college students to have defaulted on their loans 12 years later, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution.

“This would overwhelmingly help people who don’t finish college, who received a certificate, who are borrowers of color, who are Pell Grant recipients,” Campbell said. “What we know about default is that it overwhelmingly impacts those communities.”

But industry representatives said debt collectors and loan servicers are "as different as apples and oranges."

"There needs to be more help for people who are delinquent," said Shelly Repp, senior adviser and counsel at the National Council of Higher Education Resources. "That doesn’t mean in our view you should get rid of debt collectors once they are in default."

Repp said removing debt collectors from the student loan system also wouldn't save the federal government money, since they only receive payments for loans they collect on.

"That doesn’t mean that more resources can’t be also applied to helping borrowers earlier in the process. As this report points out, compensation to servicer is very low."

Campbell said, however, that collections firms are paid $1,700 for each loan they rehabilitate. And the numbers for those borrowers aren't impressive -- nearly 40 percent of rehabilitated borrowers re-default within three years.

Some financial aid experts say proposals like eliminating default, like efforts in recent years to promote income-driven repayment, wouldn’t actually address whether borrowers are making progress paying down their loan principal. Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research for Savingforcollege.com, said student aid policy experts have long questioned whether collection agencies are cost-effective. Many of the most powerful tools used by those companies, he said, could be employed by loan servicers. But he said defining away defaults wouldn’t solve the fundamental issue of loan repayment.

“I do not believe that superficial changes to the name of the problem or slight tweaks to the system will provide a real solution to the underlying problem,” Kantrowitz said. “Unfortunately, policy makers have a tendency to paint a problem a different shade of blue and declare the problem solved.”

But Jessica Thompson, director of policy and planning at the Institute for College Access and Success, said the proposal was an intriguing idea.

“It really does get down to changes that we think are pretty common-sense,” she said.

Thompson said many of the most punitive consequences attached to default aren’t in the interest of the borrower or the taxpayer, because they aren’t effective at getting loans in good standing. Default status for student loans was also created under an entirely different paradigm, when private banks would make loans with backing from the federal government, she said.

The Education Department signaled last year that it was interested in moving away from use of collections firms in the federal student loan program.

And the White House made clear last month that overhauling how defaulted debt is collected remains an ongoing concern for the Trump administration. A broad-ranging executive order on higher ed signed by President Trump included a directive for the Education Department and Treasury Department to recommend reforms of collection on defaulted student debt.

Previous attempts by the Education Department to move away from reliance on debt collectors have been hamstrung by legal challenges. While the executive order could mean more political capital is put behind those efforts, action from Congress could be necessary to move the student loan system away from reliance on debt collectors.

Senate lawmakers are currently discussing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act for the first time in a decade. Senator Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate education committee, has proposed streamlining loan repayment by having payments automatically deducted from a borrower’s paycheck.

Some researchers have argued that payroll withholding could be the best way to prevent defaults. But Campbell said eliminating default outright would provide benefits to borrowers without overhauling student loan payments in a radical way.

“This isn’t a new repayment plan. It isn’t a complete rejiggering of how people make payments on their loans,” she said. “It’s basically a behind-the-scenes change that ultimately borrowers would experience in a very tangible way.”

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          JAYAS founder demands tribal self rule      Comment   Translate Page      
Bhopal: Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYAS) founder Hiralal Alawa, who later joined Congress, has urged the state government to implement the fifth schedule in tribal areas. “Humara kshetra humara raj (our region, our rule) has always been our demand and will continue,” he told TOI. Alawa, who is reportedly upset with the Congress after he […]
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          Ocasio-Cortez says Ilhan Omar's 'Life is in danger' after Trump tweets 9/11 video - AOL      Comment   Translate Page      
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Washington's Deleware Crossing Revisited

History as we know it is often misrepresented, incomplete, and even intentionally altered for political reason. We now know that since the early 1900's that an effort was underway to undermine American exceptionalism and use the school room as a way for the government to exert mental control over the children just as we're seeing today. When charitable trusts like Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller among others were conspiring to introduce socialism into the classroom and transform the events of US history into a departure from the efforts of our Founding Fathers by distorting the truth. Getting it straight Such is the case with the historical account of General George Washington's capture of Trenton, New Jersey on the night of December 25, 1776 when on a bitterly cold Christmas eve he led the tattered Continental Army on a raid that overwhelmed Hessian troops who were garrisoned there. The victory was much more important than simply winning a single battle though, and according to the neglectful historians who present their flawed account, the Hessians were not drunk, unwary, and unprepared to defend their encampment. The general impression given in most history books is that the Hessians were unskilled soldiers, half asleep and drunk having been caught off guard, or Washington and his rag tag army would not have prevailed. All incorrect and intended to mislead the students. Resistance Quite to the contrary! Prior to the surprise attack Washington had planned when he met with his staff of officers to arrange the assault, his ambition was not well received. Claiming that due to the heavy snowfall munitions and gun powder might have been damp and incapable of igniting! The men his officers argued were not ready for battle, and the weather conditions were too oppressive to conduct an operation. One officer even challenged General Washington's competence as a rational leader and suggested he be relieved of command. Upon Washington's orders, General Gates, commander of the southern army in the Carolinas was ordered out of the staff meeting by gun point by one of the soldiers and rode his horse out of the Continental Army's headquarters. The march In one of the coldest winter nights in memory Washington's army set out in a practical blizzard as horse drawn artillery, boats for the crossing, and recruits who were pushed to their limit marched several miles to the shores of the Delaware River. Washington's officers had argued that the Hessians had spies all over the place and that any major operation would be detected and sent to the enemy, but this did not happen. No one expected that the Continental Army would march in such conditions! Yet fate took an unexpected turn. Complications arise Prior to Washington's attack a separate unit of Militiamen and their Captain had arrived at the same idea and had assaulted the Hessian positions before the Continental Army under Washington could arrive. When General Washington received word from the Captain of the defeated Militia forces that he had just attempted a siege upon the Hessian defenses the future president of the United States was furious! "You, Sir, have just compromised my battle plans!" Unfettered However, Washington channeled his rage into further determination! He implored troops who would have followed him into hell to continue with their mission, and they remained loyal to the ambition of the father of a nation yet to succeed at its destiny! They arrived at the river's shore and began launching the boats upon icy waters that could have been too frozen to traverse. The troops, their cannons, pack animals and carts were all loaded and the crossing began. Where the lies end and the truth prevailed History has portrayed the Hessians as incompetent, unmotivated, and halfhearted in their efforts, but in reality they were crack German troops loyal to the cause of King George's government and being paid well for their services by the crown. Another lie made by historians is that they were asleep after a Christmas feast of food and wine and only a few sentries were on guard when, in truth, they had just repulsed the efforts of the Militiamen and their captain and were on full alert! The Hessians were, y no means, incapable or asleep at the wheel. They were at their positions even if they did not expect a second assault. Objective attained As always, Washington's plans unfolded effectively once his assets were positioned. The cannons roared, the Continental soldiers charged into battle overwhelming their Hessian opponents with a ferocity that intimidated the well-trained Germans. The defensive perimeter quickly broke down as Washington's men stormed the Hessian emplacements. The German commander attempted to rally his men but to no avail. He was soon forced to surrender under the savage attack by the Continental troops as musket fire blazed and the Hessian soldiers fell to the bayonets of the Americans! Changing of fortunes The prior summer the Continental Army had been fighting a series of battles that they had lost and been forced to retreat from either the British but had also been engaged by the Hessians and had lost to them as well. The Redcoats were confident that they could wait out Washington's forces until spring and then simply dictate terms of surrender since the Americans had lost New York and the Congress had been forced to flee Philadelphia with news that there were no longer any Continental Army forces between them and the British! It seemed a forgone conclusion that King George's forces were in perfect position to deliver the final blow and could do so at their convenience. Reaping the rewards of victory The victory at Trenton bought precious time for the Americans, provided much needed provisions, weapon stores, and ammunition, but it also achieved a great morale victory that at least guaranteed the life of General Washington's army until spring. Meanwhile news of the Colonial victory got back to Europe and bolstered a renewed confidence in the new world which would also bring the trade needed to help finance the war effort along with possible allies willing to assist in the revolution against the English! The Redcoats now unsure of Continental Army's strength and actual position were reticent to send an expeditionary force into the area to engage Washington's forces in the immediate future which gave the Yankees much needed time to recover and regroup. Far reaching implications Thanks to General George Washington's gamble and his fearless determination the momentum of the War for Independence had suddenly turned the tables on the British. The victory over Commander John Phall's command at Trenton paved the way for 2 more victories over the British as Washington once again crossed the Delaware leading his column on January 2nd to defeat General Lord Cornwallis rear guard forces then advancing to Princeton and handing the British another loss. Washington's Army had also captured 2/3's of the Hessian soldiers with hardly any casualties. The daring raid on Trenton had led to an inspiring vengeance that breathed new life into the American Revolution.See More

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          Intervenção no preço do diesel teria impacto menor que nova greve de caminhoneiros, avalia equipe econômica      Comment   Translate Page      

BRASÍLIA - Apesar das perdas bilionárias da Petrobras, a decisão do presidente Jair Bolsonaro de suspender o aumento do preço do diesel foi vista na equipe econômica como uma forma de evitar prejuízo maior. Na avaliação de uma fonte do Ministério da Economia, o país não poderia correr o risco de passar por uma nova greve de caminhoneiros em um momento em que a economia patina. No ano passado, o PIB cresceu apenas 1,1%, frustrando as projeções que chegavam a 3% antes da paralisação. Só em um mês, as perdas na economia chegaram a R$ 15,9 bilhões.

— Para nós, no ano passado, a greve foi o principal fator de jogar para baixo a perspectiva de crescimento. A economia está sem tração. A última coisa que poderia acontecer é uma greve do nível que aconteceu. Acredito que o presidente suspendeu para discutir — afirmou esta fonte.

Ainda de acordo com esse integrante, a equipe ainda não se reuniu para discutir qual será a reação à crise que colocou o governo em um impasse: garantir a saúde financeira da Petrobras e, ao mesmo tempo, não causar atritos com os caminhoneiros. Em viagem pelos EUA, o ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, ainda não se pronunciou sobre o episódio e sinalizou que não foi consultado por Bolsonaro sobre o assunto.

A estratégia vai ser discutida em reuniões na próxima semana. Uma das opções na mesa é a criação de um sistema para amortecer a oscilação de preços nas bombas, como o que deveria ser a Cide, que acabou sendo desvirtuada. Nesse modelo, a tributação sobre os combustíveis aumentaria quando o petróleo estivesse mais caro e diminuiria, quando a cotação do óleo subisse. A medida, no entanto, precisaria ser incluída em uma reforma tributária ainda em elaboração. Além disso, dependeria do avanço da reforma da Previdência, já que presumiria uma renúncia de arrecadação.

Essa ideia chegou a ser proposta durante o governo de Michel Temer, mas não avançou. No governo de transição, a possibilidade também foi levantada pela equipe econômimca em formação, quando se debatia o que substituiria o subsídio ao diesel que vigorou até dezembro,

Pressão no congresso

Na Câmara, os deputados já se movimentam para pressionar Castello Branco em depoimento à Comissão de Minas e Energia. Um convite ao executivo foi aprovado há dez dias para que ele falasse justamente sobre a política de preços da estatal. Havia a negociação para que ele fosse à Câmara em maio. Mas, diante da intervenção de Bolsonaro, pode haver uma antecipação e até mesmo uma convocação.

— Vamos dialogar (sobre o assunto) na segunda-feira, pois de fato achamos muito perigoso o acontecimento. Afinal, o governo federal tem assento no conselho e faz parte das decisões. Não foi bom, na nossa avaliação, para o presidente da República nem para Petrobras. É pior ainda para os acionistas — diz Silas Câmara (PRB-AM), presidente da comissão.


          The Incitement Against Ilhan Omar      Comment   Translate Page      
It was inevitable that Trump and Rupert Murdoch were going to run with the demagogic campaign started by Dan Crenshaw’s willful misleading, with predictably terrible results: Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) shared the clip on Twitter, and it quickly went viral. Omar’s allies swiftly condemned the congressman, who defended himself in an interview with NBC on […]
          Jime, APC drag Ortom to election tribunal, seek to upturn his victory      Comment   Translate Page      



Mr Emmanuel Jime, the defeated Benue Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the APC in the state have filed a joint petition challenging the victory of Gov Samuel Ortom at the general elections held between February and March in the state.


It was gathered that the governorship polls in the state were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and reconducted in March where Ortom was declared winner.


Ortom polled a total of 434,473 to floor his closest rival, Jime of the APC, with 345,155 votes.


The petition was filed on Friday at about 10:15pm by Mr Sunday Ameh, (SAN).



Ameh told reporters that the petitioners (Jime and APC) were challenging the return of Gov Ortom by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


“Our prayers are that Ortom did not win the elections by majority of lawful votes cast at that election, rather it is the prayer of Jime that the tribunal declare him as dinner of that election, having been the candidate that scored majority of lawful votes cast”.


The petitioners other grounds were; that Gov Ortom was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes and that his election was invalid by reason of non- compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.


The petitioners alternative reliefs were that; the elections be nullified for substantial non- compliance with the electoral act across the polling units where electoral infringements took place.


They are further asking the court to order fresh elections if the results of the affected polling units identified in the petition affect the entire result.


Also speaking to newsmen at the tribunal, Dr Sam Ode, APC deputy governorship candidate said they had raised genuine issues that would give them justice at the end of the day.


Ode further said that they did not have any personal issues against Gov Ortom and commended the Benue people for their peaceful conduct during the polls.


“We are acting within the law and until the declaration of Ortom is upturned, we will cooperate with him and Benue citizens, what we need in Benue is development, peace and the welfare of our citizens is paramount.


“So we don’t have anything personal against Ortom, the issues we have are purely political and purely issues that border on the welfare and future of Benue people. We are all partners in progress”.


          Trump's 9/11 tweet on Rep. Ilhan Omar draws condemnation from Democrats      Comment   Translate Page      
President Trump tweeted a video that splices together words from Rep. Ilhan omar with footage from September 11. High profile Democrats said the president crossed a line and accused him of jeopardizing the Congresswoman’s safety.
          Rivers supplementary polls: Accreditation, voting peaceful – Officials      Comment   Translate Page      


Mr Davis Iluebbey and Mr Samuel Udezi, Electoral Officers for Abua/Odual and Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Areas respectively, say accreditation and voting for the State Assembly elections are going on peacefully.


Iluebbey told the newsmen on Saturday that although there were little delays because of the heavy rain, electoral materials had been deployed to all the polling units slated for the election.


“In Abua/Odual, we have enough electoral materials, and the Presiding and Assistant Presiding Officers (POs and APOs) have left with their electoral materials to the polling units.


“There was heavy rain that delayed the process, but voting has started because accreditation and voting are going on simultaneously.



According to Iluebbey, although 14 political parties are on the ballot for the Abua/Odual State Constituency Assembly election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) are the two leading political parties in the contest.


 “So far, the election is going on peacefully in all the 181 polling units of the 13 Wards in the LGA. The total number of registered voters in the LGA is 88, 561,” he said.


In Opobo/Nkoro LGA, the EO Udezi said that only 20 polling units in five Wards with 7,344 registered voters are affected in the state constituency supplementary election.


“We have no issue for now, we have deployed all the materials to the POs and we are even going round to supervise them.


“I am currently in Ward 7, Unit 18 and the accreditation and voting are going on peacefully for now,” he said.


          New minimum wage: Sign N30,000 bill before May Day or face strike – Workers warn Buhari      Comment   Translate Page      


The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Oyo State chapter, has condemned the delay in the signing of the N30,000 minimum wage into law by President Muhammad Buhari.

The lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly had earlier in the year passed the N30,000 minimum wage bill as against the N27,000 recommendation of the council of states.

The bill has, however, been awaiting presidential assent.

In March, Buhari received the report of the Technical Advisory Committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Buhari had on January 9 inaugurated the advisory committee chaired by an economist and financial expert, Mr Bismarck Rewane.

A statement at the weekend by Oyo State Chairman of ASCSN, Comrade Babatunde Balogun, said: “We won’t be able to assure the President industrial peace and harmony in the country if the passed minimum wage bill is not assented to by the President before May-Day celebration on 1st of May, 2019’’.

Balogun lamented that the Nigerian workers have gone through harsh economic and financial situation since the inception of the Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government, saying ‘’one would have expected the government to pay the resilience and unbearable economic situation of workers with speedy assent of the passed Bill into law’’.

‘’But if the government failed to assent before the May day celebration, we won’t be able to assure the government industrial peace in the country.

“The workers economic conditions have moved from bad to worse under this government and all we can get now is this unwarranted and avoidable delay in assenting to the passed new minimum wage regime that we’ve been battling for 18 months now.

“This is high act of wickedness and is unacceptable to us’’, Balogun stressed.


          NASS leadership: Ex-minister attacks Oshiomhole for endorsing Lawan, Gbajabiamila      Comment   Translate Page      


Former Minister of Sports, Bala Ka’oje, has faulted the endorsement of certain individuals for juicy positions in the ninth National Assembly by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

According to Kaoje, an APC chieftain from Kebbi state, the ruling party under Oshiomhole ought to have zoned the positions to regions and not to individuals.

In an interview with Leadership newspaper, the ex-Minister said: “I advised that we should zone National Assembly positions as quickly as possible to regions. If you zoned the office of the Senate president to the northeastern states for example, there is nothing wrong in nominating three people and forwarding their names to the zone for them to select one person.

“All we heard was that the chairman of the party nominated the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.


“You can’t appoint people to lead the Senate and the House. It’s a problem in the APC and that problem will continue to happen because the party is not doing the right thing.

“Oshiomhole is only interested in his interest. See what we faced in Rivers, Zamfara, Cross Rivers and the rest of the states. He keep making too many errors that are bad for the party.

“The party chairman is claiming he knows everything. No one wants to consult people like us. I’ve been to the APC chairman’s house more than five times. I left my card but he never look for me. They don’t care about the advise we offer even in the pages of the newspaper and that could be detrimental in the National Assembly elections.”


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Now that the media has been exposed for wrongly siding with the intelligence agencies, how will it handle Devin Nunes's criminal referrals in Deep State-gate?, asks Ray McGovern. Readers of The Washington Post on Monday were treated to more of the same from editorial page chief Fred Hiatt. Hiatt, who won his spurs by promoting misleading "intelligence" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and suffered no consequences, is at it again. This time he is trying to adjust to the fading prospect of a Deus ex Mueller to lessen Hiatt's disgrace for being among the most shameless in promoting the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. He is not giving up. When you are confident you will not lose your job so long as you adhere to the agenda of the growing Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT if you will), you need not worry about being a vanguard for the corporate media. It is almost as though Hiatt is a tenured professor in an endowed...
          'Redefining' moment: 'Only Congress can declare war', prompts Pompeo's claim Iran is connected to al-Qaeda      Comment   Translate Page      
The lawmakers believe any military action against Tehran must be authorized by Congress. It is unclear whether the Trump administration agrees. US senators warned State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Wednesday that the White House has no authority to declare war on anyone - including Iran - since, according to the US Constitution, this power belongs to Congress. Talking to Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Pompeo if the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, issued to allow US troops fight with entities responsible for the 9/11 attacks and their associated forces, included Iran. Pompeo dodged the question in his trademark manner, addressing the formalities to the lawyers, but claimed he has no doubt that "there's a connection" between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda, the terror group that was responsible for 9/11. "The factual question with respect to Iran's connections to al-Qaeda is very real. They have...
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The following article, FACT: The Government Spied on Trump, was first published on iPatriot.

Comey has admitted it (though he doesn't call it spying). Brennan, Clapper, and Congress have admitted it. 

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Por Helena Chagas, para o Jornalistas pela Democracia -

Numa jogada solo, aparentemente sem consultar ninguém, Jair Bolsonaro telefonou ao presidente da Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco e mandou suspender o aumento de 5,7% já anunciado no preço do diesel. De uma tacada, provocou uma perda de R$ 32 bilhões no valor de mercado da companhia.

Além de mostrar que seu liberalismo não resistiu aos cem dias e apavorar os mercados e os setores liberais que apoiaram sua eleição, o presidente deixou parte de seus auxiliares muito preocupados.

O principal objeto da preocupação é o ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes. O Posto Ipiranga, que tomou conhecimento da decisão nos Estados Unidos, não foi ouvido nem cheirado no episódio. Embora tenha dito que não abandonará sua missão na "primeira derrota", nada se sabe sobre a segunda, a terceira, ou a quarta derrotas.

O conjunto da obra vem ficando a cada hora mais desconfortável para Guedes e outros arautos do liberalismo. Além de mostrar que seu liberalismo não resistiu aos cem dias e apavorar os mercados e os setores liberais que apoiaram sua eleição, o presidente deixou parte de seus auxiliares muito preocupados.

(Conheça e apoie o projeto Jornalistas pela Democracia)
Como reagirá a ala liberal?

Já ficou claro que a reforma da Previdência que sairá do Congresso estará longe do projeto apresentado por Guedes. Ele pode até aceitar a retirada de itens como as mudanças no BPC e na aposentadoria rural, que na prática já estão fora. Mas como reagirá quando cair o que considera a espinha dorsal de seu projeto, a capitalização, como parece provável?

Há sinais de que a reforma profunda proposta por Guedes no sistema de aposentadorias será mais uma meia-sola, suficiente para segurar as contas públicas até o fim do atual mandato, mas que deixará nas mãos do próximo presidente a pauta de uma nova reforma – aliás, como tem ocorrido nos últimos governos.

Não se sabe qual será o ânimo de Guedes e dos demais liberais de carteirinha do governo para ficar no governo quando isso acontecer, em meio a um cenário de desempenho modestíssimo da economia e movimentos erráticos do presidente da República no sentido contrário ao de sua cartilha.

Os cem dias de governo parecem estar dando mais ânimo e confiança a Bolsonaro para vôos solo como o da interferência na Petrobras. Não é coisa de um bom militar, que deveria saber a hora de avançar e a hora de recuar, avaliando sempre o potencial de suas tropas. Mas, quando o fracasso sobe à cabeça de algumas pessoas, só nos resta apertar o cintos...

Confira a charge de Aroeira, do Jornalistas pela Democracia, sobre o artigo de Helena Chagas:



          Episode 228 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke      Comment   Translate Page      
The Genealogy Gems PodcastEpisode 228 April 2019 with Lisa Louise Cooke In this episode: More new feature enhancements announced by Ancestry.com Listeners Trisha and Betty share their stories with Lisa in person Lisa’s interview with Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist at Ancestry.com The Tombstone Tourist, Joy Neighbors, share 3 intriguing discoveries that she’s made while searching cemeteries Military Minutes Man Michael Strauss explores an underused genealogical treasure: women's registration cards on the home front from 1917-1918 during World War I RootsTech Film Festival semi-finalist Sydney Orton shares the touching story behind newly discovered precious audio and video tape, and how she and her sister honor their grandparent’s memories.   NEWS: Newest features announced on April 9, 2019 by Ancestry.com: Revamped User Profile Page and Improved Messaging system. Ancestry’s theory is that maximizing the features added to the Profile page will increase collaboration and responsiveness. According to Ancestry, if you’re using folders to organize your messages, you probably won’t be seeing the new version of the messaging system for another 6-8 weeks.   Mailbox: In this episode you’ll be hearing from the listener’s themselves. Trisha stopped by to visit with me at RootsTech 2019. Also, at the National Genealogical Society’s conference a few years ago Betty shared an exciting discovery she made by digging into one of my favorite free online resources: Google Books. (Premium Members: watch the Premium video Google Books: The Tool I Use Every Day and download the handout.)   Image below: Trisha Mays visits me at the Genealogy Gems booth at RootsTech 2019.     GEM: Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist   Crista has worked at Ancestry since 2004 and is best known for her Barefoot Genealogist videos at Ancestry’s YouTube channel. In this episode she shares her own personal genealogy journey, and some of the new features announced by Ancestry.com at RootsTech 2019. GEM: Joy Neighbors, The Tombstone Tourist If you’re a Genealogy Gems Premium Member you met author Joy Neighbors in Premium Podcast episode 169. Joy is a delightful national speaker, author, freelance writer, and avowed Tombstone Tourist. Joy writes the weekly cemetery culture blog, A Grave Interest which you can read at http://agraveinterest.blogspot.com  Her book, The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide, focuses on how to locate cemetery records, what to do when you get to the cemetery, and how to understand the silent language of the stones. She also shares a few stunning family secrets along the way. In the Premium podcast episode 169 Joy and I discussed cemetery research strategies that every genealogist can use to uncover family history. In this Gem, I’ve invited Joy to share 3 very intriguing and surprising discoveries that she’s made while searching cemeteries which you can also read here. Thanks for supporting this free podcast by using our links!   GEM: Military Minutes with Michael Strauss The Council of National Defense was created by an Act of Congress based on the Army Appropriation Act passed on August 29, 1916. This agency was made up of the Secretaries of War, Navy, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Labor along with an advisory commission that was later appointed by President Woodrow Wilson on October 11, 1916. Their purpose was to come together and coordinate the industries and resources of the United States for national security and general welfare and to be prepared for war.  Later on, April 21, 1917 a few short weeks after the United States entered World War I the Women's Committee of the Council for National Defense under the national council was created with suffragist Anna Howard Shaw appointed the Chairman.  As the women organized separate divisions and chapters were created in every state and groups that centered on the African-American community. When the division were formed registration, cards were filled out by women all across the United States requesting personal information. The cards not only offer genealogical details, but give a unique prospective into the social history of women in the early 20th century women move one step closer to national suffrage.     Details on the registration cards included: Name and address Age and marital status Color or race of applicant Country of birth and/or citizenship status Time applicant willing to pledge or volunteer for war effort Occupation and where and by whom employed Educational background Personal references for applicant Emergency service where volunteer willing to go and when Work experience or training to aid in the war effort Date and place of registration (wards or precincts in cities) Physical description General remarks Signed and dated registrar and assignment for war effort. An example from one of the registration cards from Grand Rapids is for Constance M. Rourke (1885-1941), born in Cleveland, Ohio.  She was an educator, a noted author, and historian.  Educated at Vassar College in New York she later moved back to Michigan after a brief teaching career, where she worked for the Board of Education in Grand Rapids.  She lived in the same house in town for the rest of her life after publishing several noteworthy books.   The national headquarters of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense was located at 1814 N Street NW, Washington, DC.  The building was formally the Playhouse Club and theater and owned by Washington socialite Henrietta M. Halliday (widow of Edward C. Halliday) who leased the property to the women's committee for free during World War I.  After the end of World War, I in 1918 the council continued to operate until it was dissolved in 1921.   Several collections from different states are available online to research.  One of the largest online databases comes from the Grand Rapid Public Library in Michigan.  Their database search contains 22,836 individual registration cards that are searchable by name, address, age, and occupation.  The records cover the Michigan Division of Grand Rapids for the Women's Committee for Council of National Defense.  The card indexes offer not only offer genealogical information, but provide educational background, work skills, and employment information.  Online at https://cdm16055.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16055coll5 In Midland, Michigan another set of cards are available at the Midland Center for the Arts has in their collection registration cards that cover their county. This collection consists of 2 boxes that contain 802 total cards for area women residents.  The cards are not digitized, but have been indexed by name along with an excellent finding aid on how to access these records:  https://mcfta.pastperfectonline.com/archive/9CE77DF7-CBEA-47E8-80C7-383294794455  Another set of cards that is available comes through the courtesy of the Indiana Genealogical Society.  Less than 50,000 registration cards are known to exist in the state of Indiana. Two counties (Jasper and Miami in Indiana), have known collections of registration cards, but believe other counties in Indiana have these treasures stored away in museums, courthouses, or in other libraries that are  statewide and don't know they exist.  Anyone with more information on locations of more cards should contact them.  An excellent blog post explains help they seek: http://indgensoc.blogspot.com/2018/05/wanted-ww1-womens-defense-cards.html. Some smaller collections of online registration cards are located at the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock.  It is under Arkansas Women's History Collection and has a finding aid online.  At this time four cards are scanned to give patrons an idea of what to expect when searching this record group.  On their website an excellent blog posting explains their records and as part of this group in Arkansas the Colored Auxiliary Council during World War I.  Both can be searched online: https://arkansascouncilofdefense.com/home   and to look at the limited number of cards: http://ahc.digital-ar.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16790coll14/id/72. Another small collection online from the University of Iowa Libraries in Iowa City, IA.  There digitized images are limited in number again to offer patron the opportunity to see what potential the records hold.  They also have scanned some of the correspondence relating to the women who belonged to the local Iowa Division.  To access their finding aids and look at the images: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/wwid/id/3300 From this list of online sources for the registration cards it appears that most are in the Midwestern part of the United States.  It is true that several states have these available online.  If the geographic area of the country of your interest isn't listed than consider looking at different state archives, libraries, museums, and other historical sites.  Searches in card catalogs, finding aid, and other sources will often be the best way to locate potential collections.  One final location that genealogists should consider comes directly from the National Archives in College Park, MD.  This is known as Archives II.  The records of the Records of the Council of National Defense (CND) which is located in Record Group 62.  Besides the registration cards the Archives has general correspondence, weekly reports of state division activity, and minutes for meeting.  The minutes are digitized on the National Archives website and offer a glimpse into the activities of women nationwide.  https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*&f.ancestorNaIds=391&sort=naIdSort%20asc&tabType=image For more information and reading about the Women's Committee for the Council of National Defense; some suggested sources: Blair, Emily Newell. The Woman's Committee United States Council of National Defense: An Interpretative Report. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920. Online https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.rslgqf;view=1up;seq=5 Breen, William J.  Uncle Sam at Home :Civilian Mobilization, Wartime Federalism, and the Council of National Defense, 1917-1919. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1984. Clarke, Ida Clyde. American Woman and the World War. New York: D. Appleton & Son, 1918. Online https://archive.org/details/americanwomenwor01clar/page/n7 Van Orsdal, Anita Anthony. “There shall be no woman slackers" The Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense and Social Welfare Activism as Home Defense, 1917-1919. 2016. Michigan State University, PhD dissertation. file:///C:/Users/Michael/Downloads/AnthonyVanOrsdal_grad.msu_0128D_14489.pdf   TECH GEM: Backup Your Computer with Backblaze Computer backup is a critical part of your genealogy research plan. Visit www.backblaze.com/Lisa   GEM: Let Me Call You Sweetheart through the Generations Sydney Orton fell in love with family history and started her research when she was 11 years old. Now at 19 years old, she is even more passionate about genealogy! I discovered Sydney one day on social media when I saw a short video she posted with her sister. Turns out she had entered the video in this year’s RootsTech Film Fest. While the video didn’t win, it won my heart because it featured an audio recording from long ago that her grandpa made for her Grandma. Because the audio from the film is so wonderful just on it’s own, I asked Sydney if I could share it with you here on the show, and she graciously agreed.   The Story Behind the Song Sydney explains: “My Grandpa and my Grandma were in love when he left to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Australia. They were not yet engaged, but they planned to marry each other when he came back after two years. During the months he was gone, Grandpa sent Grandma gifts like a boomerang, a stuffed Koala bear toy, and photo prints. For her birthday, Grandpa sent her audio tapes of him singing love songs, while he played the guitar. For my 14th birthday, Grandpa gave me his guitar. It was about 50 years old and I loved it. Grandpa passed away suddenly in the fall of 2017. A few days after, my Dad was going through Grandpa’s computer and found the audio. Grandpa must’ve converted it a few years ago. It was such a special experience to listen to him sing. A few months later, Grandma decided to move and she hosted a garage sale. My uncle Austin looked through the items and pulled out an unmarked, dinged up, video tape. He felt like he should take it home, so he did. He searched for a VCR player for hours before he found one. Then, he discovered what the tape contained. Footage of my Grandparents and their family! No one knew it existed. The video recorder belonged to my great grandparents, but they let their son and daughter-in-law borrow it occasionally. It was colorized, but silent, and it was beautiful. Grandma and Grandpa had a special kind of love. The kind you see in classic 1930s Hollywood movies. The kind where you never doubt that they were meant for each other. My uncle showed the rest of our family the footage during our last reunion. My aunts and uncles saw video of themselves as children for the first time! I saw my grandparents raise my Dad. It was such a gift. For Christmas, I wanted to give my Grandma something special. So, I worked with my sister to put together a video compiling the audio from Grandpa’s mission and the silent footage my uncle found. My sister learned to play the chords of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” on Grandpa’s guitar because I couldn’t figure it out. She has a knack for just hearing music and playing it right. Together, we sang a duet with the recording from Grandpa. I mixed together the audio and edited the footage into one whole video. The video was not completed in time for Christmas, but I did finish it in time to enter the RootsTech Film Fest where it made it to the semi-finalist round. The video was imperfect, but it was just right for its purpose. And that purpose was to make my Grandma smile. I was away at college when I wanted my Grandma to see it. So my Mom went over to Grandma’s house and facetimed me while they watched it. Grandma said to me after, “I was at dinner tonight and someone was playing the piano. I listened to the music and I tried to remember what it was like to dance with Steve.” Together, we shared tears and laughter as we remembered my Grandpa, Steve Orton. I am forever grateful for the technology that made the video possible.” Follow Sydney on Twitter:  @genealogy_gal Visit Sydney’s website: www.teenfamilyhistory.weebly.com   Get MORE Genealogy Gems with the Ad-Free Premium Podcast 1 Year Membership Featuring: Premium Podcast Audio Archive (150+ episodes) Now over 50 Premium videos! New content added monthly 12 months of access No auto-renewal (you decide!)  Become a Member   Attention Genealogy Gems Podcast App Users: Don’t miss the Bonus Content in your app for this episode! Get the App Here Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, Genealogy Gems earns from qualifying purchases you make when clicking from the links we provide. It doesn’t cost you anything extra but it helps support our free blog and podcast. Thank you!
          War on graft: What were you doing in last five years KCR, asks Jeevan Reddy      Comment   Translate Page      
War on graft: What were you doing in last five years KCR, asks Jeevan Reddy#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F298976Hyderabad: Congress MLC T. Jeevan Reddy on Saturday ridiculed the statement of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on eradicating corruption in the State. He asked the CM if he was not responsible for the corruption in the Revenue, Municipal and Panchayat Raj Departments as KCR was ruling the State since the last five years. Jeevan …
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Modi blasts Congress’ ‘anti-India’ election manifesto#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F299001Bengaluru: In a strident attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed its poll manifesto as being “anti-India” and playing with the future of the country. “The Congress, if elected to power, has promised to change the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir, which will weaken our fight against terrorism,” …
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TPCC giving tickets to Ayarams, neglecting sincere workers: VH#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F299024Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former MP V. Hanumantha Rao on Saturday faulted the policies of the TPCC saying real workers in the party were not getting justice despite their hard work to strengthen it. Alleging that the State party leadership was giving priority to newly joined political leaders and ignoring old and senior leaders, …
          Father who lost two daughters in ‘hate crime’ defends ‘Islam’      Comment   Translate Page      
Father who lost two daughters in ‘hate crime’ defends ‘Islam’#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F299082Washington: In Congress, during the discussion on white nationalism and hate crime, a father who lost two daughters was forced to defend ‘Islam’. He was asked, “Did you teach your children, your daughters, hatred?”, replying to it, father of the victims, Mr. Mohammed Abu-Salha said, “Absolutely not, Congresswoman”. Another person asked, “Does Islam teach Muslims …
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Modi shining may not be India shining#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F299100New Delhi: A cheery optimism is a politician’s constant companion. Which is why as survey after survey shows the Narendra Modi-led NDA poised to return to power, opposition politicians have been reminding one and all of what happened in 2004 when all poll predictions went horribly wrong and the Congress-led UPA bested the Vajpayee government. …
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           Comment on Yes, We Have No Collusion by dduck12       Comment   Translate Page      
Barr should be barred from holding any important government office, he is mega shill and makes me wish for the return of Sessions: "William Barr Obliterated the DOJ’s Standard for Defending Laws Because Donald Trump Asked" "While serving as President Jimmy Carter’s attorney general, Benjamin Civiletti explained that this policy is rooted in the Constitution’s separation of powers. While the courts are charged with protecting “both the government and the citizenry from unconstitutional action, legislative and Executive [ … ] only the Executive Branch can execute the statutes of the United States,” including by defending them in the courts. Therefore, “if executive officers were to adopt a policy of ignoring or attacking acts of Congress whenever they believed them to be in conflict with the provisions of the constitution, their conduct in office could jeopardize the equilibrium established within our constitutional system.” Cute, just defend the laws the king likes; COOL.
           Comment on Yes, We Have No Collusion by dhlii       Comment   Translate Page      
Apparently you do not understand how government works. We have a constitution - it determines absolute constraints as well as duties for the president, and congress. We have laws - so long as those laws conform to the constitution they provide additional constraints and direction. Within the confines of the law and the constitution the president is the ultimate decision maker on all matters regarding the executive branch of federal government. To the extent that the departments of the executive act autonomously it is because the president has delegated authority to them. The president may also choose to make any decisions themself, and choose to solicit advice or not. If we do not like the presidents choices - we need not re-elect. If they are sufficiently egregious - or it is tuesday, congress can impeach.
          Atiku is a Cameroonian, His Votes Invalid, APC Tells Election Tribunal      Comment   Translate Page      

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that former vice president Atiku Abubakar cum the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election is not a Nigerian. The allegation was made about three weeks after the former vice president got the nod of […]

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          Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON -- A top House Democrat on Saturday ratcheted up his demand for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them. The ... - Source: www.nwaonline.com
          US House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes      Comment   Translate Page      
U.S. congressional Democrats on Saturday headed for a showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting a new hard deadline of April 23 for the federal tax agency to hand the documents over to lawmakers.
          Pelosi slams Trump over attack on Muslim congresswoman using 9/11 images      Comment   Translate Page      
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump on Saturday for a Twitter post that used 9/11 imagery while suggesting Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, was dismissive of the New York attacks.
          Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency: Not approaching politics as a star, says Congress' candidate Urmila Matondkar - CNBCTV18      Comment   Translate Page      
Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency: Not approaching politics as a star, says Congress' candidate Urmila Matondkar  CNBCTV18

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          MNS refuses to campaign for Mumbai North West Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam - Mumbai Mirror      Comment   Translate Page      
MNS refuses to campaign for Mumbai North West Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam  Mumbai Mirror

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has decided not to work for Mumbai North West Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam , claiming that he is anti-Marathi. According ...


          Favorite Quotes from Thomas Jefferson      Comment   Translate Page      
Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia -- voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. His personal maxims were based on human equality and individual liberty (see https://wjmi.blogspot.com/2018/10/all-men-are-created-equal.html). As public official, historian, philosopher, plantation owner, and family man, he served his country for over 50 years. In addition, he was known as an avid inventor, architect and gardener.  Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, just hours before his close friend John Adams passed away, on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.   Following are a few of my favorite quotes:

“The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen.” --Letter to John Page (15 July 1763)

“A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written.” --Letter to Robert Skipwith (3 August 1771)

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” --Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate ; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.” --A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, Chapter 82 (1779)

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” --Letter to Peter Carr (19 August 1785)

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” --Letter to Dr. James Currie (28 January 1786)

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” --Letter to Abigail Smith Adams from Paris while a Minister to France (22 February 1787)

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” --Letter to Alexander Donald (7 February 1788)

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That "all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people." To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.” -- Opinion against the constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)

“Delay is preferable to error.” --Letter to George Washington (16 May 1792)

“I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” --Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush (23 September 1800)

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” --"To the Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland" (March 31, 1809)

“Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” --First Inaugural Address (4 March 1801)

“What more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? …A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” --First Inaugural Address (4 March 1801)

“I cannot live without books.” – Letter to John Adams (10 June 1815)

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” --Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (6 January 1816)

“It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read. By the same test the world must judge me.” --Letter to Mrs. Harrison Smith (6 August 1816)

“Lay down true principles and adhere to them inflexibly.” --Letter to Samuel Kercheval (1816)

“…the important truths, that knowledge is power, that knowledge is safety, and that knowledge is happiness.” –Letter to George Ticknor (25 November 1817)

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." – Letter to Nathaniel Macon (January 12, 1819)

“Happiness is the aim of life.  Virtue is the foundation of happiness.” --Letter to William Short (October 31, 1819)

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” --Letter to William Charles Jarvis (28 September 1820)


          In SC, Congress to say count 50% of paper trail      Comment   Translate Page      
Congress is likely to file a review petition in the Supreme Court next week, pushing ahead with its original demand that at least 50% of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips for EVMs be counted in every assembly constituency for the Lok Sabha polls.
          Trump confidant Roger Stone seeks full Mueller report      Comment   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant, Roger Stone, asked a federal judge Friday to compel the Justice Department to turn over a full copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation as part of discovery in his criminal case.

Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to Congress, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In a court filing late Friday night, his lawyers said Stone is entitled to see the confidential report – which was submitted to the attorney general late last month – because it would help prove their allegation that there are constitutional issues with the investigation.

In a separate action, a former aide to Stone who was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury asked a federal appeals court to determine whether he still needs to testify now that the Russia probe has concluded.

Stone’s team also filed motions Friday night arguing he was selectively prosecuted, challenging the constitutionality of Mueller’s appointment and that the special counsel didn’t have the ability to prosecute him for lying to Congress. They allege that Congress did not formally make a referral to the Justice Department about Stone’s testimony and because of that, Mueller’s investigation was “a violation of the separation of powers.”

In court documents, the lawyers argue they are entitled to a private disclosure of the nearly 400-page report that Mueller submitted to Attorney General William Barr late last month and said they “must be allowed to review the Report in its entirety because it contains the government’s evidence and conclusions on matters essential to Stone’s defense.”

“To be clear, Stone is not requesting the Report be disclosed to the world – only to his counsel so that it may aid in preparing his defense,” the lawyers wrote.

Stone, who is set to go on trial in November, has maintained his innocence and blasted the special counsel’s investigation as politically motivated. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from conversations he had during the campaign about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released material stolen from Democratic groups, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

In a four-page letter to Congress that detailed Mueller’s “principal conclusions,” Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump associates during the campaign, but did not reach a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Instead, Mueller presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question, but Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice.

Barr has said he expects to release a redacted version of Mueller’s report next week that will be sent to Congress and made public.

In the separate case, Andrew Miller, a former Stone aide, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia over the subpoena he was issued in Mueller’s investigation.

Last year, Mueller’s team sought Miller’s testimony regarding Stone, WikiLeaks and the Russian government-controlled online persona Guccifer 2.0, which was used to release hacked material during the 2016 election. But Miller challenged his grand jury subpoena, arguing that Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional.

Earlier this year a three-judge panel of the court upheld the special counsel’s appointment and a contempt order intended to force Miller to testify.

In the new petition, Miller’s attorney, Paul Kamenar, argued that the matter now appears to be moot because Stone has been indicted and like “Cinderella’s carriage that turned into a pumpkin at midnight, special counsel Mueller’s authority expired.”

Kamenar is now asking the court to have the government formally say whether it will still pursue Miller’s testimony. If that’s the case, Kamenar is asking for a rehearing of the case. He said in a statement that he will take the fight to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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Read the petition: http://apne.ws/rQRdegR


          GOP Congressman: I’m ‘Too Busy’ To Help 9/11 Survivors      Comment   Translate Page      

When a New York firefighter approached Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) about renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Republican snubbed him.

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          Kansas college President to meet with mother of Neptune Grad who died last summer      Comment   Translate Page      
Jersey Shore Congressman Chris Smith (R) has announced that in response to his request, Garden City Community College (GCCC) President Ryan Ruda said he will meet with the mother of Braeden Bradforth, Joanne-Atkins Ingram. Continue reading…
          Urgent: Medicare for All      Comment   Translate Page      

US citizens: call on Congress to support Medicare for All.

If you sign, please spread the word!


          Urgent: Military budget      Comment   Translate Page      

US citizens: call on your congresscritter to reduce the military budget.


          House Hearings on White Natio ... er ... Censorship      Comment   Translate Page      
Jared Taylor comments on testimony before the 2019 congressional committee hearings on "hate" and "white supremacy." Congressmen and witnesses alike tell us that "white nationalists" are inherently violent and that if tech companies won't silence them government should. Taylor calls this a shameful admission of defeat by lefties who can only silence their opponents, not debate them. Website: https://www.amren.com/ Gab: https://gab.ai/AmRenaissance Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/c/AmRenPodcasts
          NDC Disappointed In Gov’t Failure To Commission Ho Airport      Comment   Translate Page      
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed disappointment in government for failing to commission the new Ho airport in the Volta Region after its completion in January 2018. The project which was part of the numerous projects initiated by the erstwhile Mahama administration seems to have been neglected by the New Patrioti ...
          GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois      Comment   Translate Page      
Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure. GOP state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, the bill's sponsor, said the proposal would urge U.S. Congress to make the nation's third-largest city its own state, the State Journal-Register reported. "It's more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states," Davidsmeyer said. "I don't believe that...
          I stand undeterred': Ilhan Omar lashes out at Trump      Comment   Translate Page      
'I stand undeterred': Ilhan Omar lashes out at Trump and says she 'did not run for Congress to be silent' after Trump's 9/11 tweet aimed at her sparked a furious backlash from AOC and other Democrats AOC tweeted in defense of Omar using Martin Niemöller's famous poem 'First they came…' to condemn the president after he tweeted Friday nightTrump tweeted 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET' with a video that showed Omar's 'some people did something' 9/11 speech intersected with video of the disasterThe video didn't show Omar's speech in full and Ocasio-Cortez was quick to clap-back at the president's outburst, calling it...
          Ilhan Omar: how Democrats responded to Trump's 9/11 attack      Comment   Translate Page      

Among presidential candidates and party leaders, the more progressive were quicker to defend the congresswoman

On Saturday, Donald Trump’s attack on the Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar swiftly became something of a litmus test for Democratic politicians, as some of the most progressive 2020 presidential candidates spoke most quickly and forcefully in Omar’s defense.

Related: 'I won't be silent': Ilhan Omar answers Trump 9/11 attack

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          Our Commander-in-Troll Does Not Care If He Puts Americans In Danger      Comment   Translate Page      

“The President is actively and willfully endangering the life of a member of Congress,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted in reaction to President Donald Trump’s taking to Twitter on Friday and posting a video mix of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) referencing 9/11 alongside graphic video of the burning World Trade Center towers. The President is actively […]

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          U.S. House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes      Comment   Translate Page      
U.S. congressional Democrats on Saturday headed for a showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting a new hard deadline of April 23 for the federal tax agency to hand the documents over to lawmakers.

          Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Grinning Cat's group Writing to Congress      Comment   Translate Page      
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Grinning Cat's group Writing to Congress

          Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Grinning Cat's group Writing to Congress      Comment   Translate Page      
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Grinning Cat's group Writing to Congress

          A Top Democrat Just Set a Hard Deadline for Trump to Hand Over His Tax Returns      Comment   Translate Page      
A top House Democrat stepped up the heat on Saturday in the fight for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, demanding that the IRS hand over the documents to members of Congress by a late April deadline. Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, first made the request on April […]
          GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois      Comment   Translate Page      
Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure. GOP state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, the bill's sponsor, said the proposal would urge U.S. Congress to make the nation's third-largest city its own state, the State Journal-Register reported. "It's more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states," Davidsmeyer said. "I don't believe that...
          I stand undeterred': Ilhan Omar lashes out at Trump      Comment   Translate Page      
'I stand undeterred': Ilhan Omar lashes out at Trump and says she 'did not run for Congress to be silent' after Trump's 9/11 tweet aimed at her sparked a furious backlash from AOC and other Democrats AOC tweeted in defense of Omar using Martin Niemöller's famous poem 'First they came…' to condemn the president after he tweeted Friday nightTrump tweeted 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET' with a video that showed Omar's 'some people did something' 9/11 speech intersected with video of the disasterThe video didn't show Omar's speech in full and Ocasio-Cortez was quick to clap-back at the president's outburst, calling it...
          కాంగ్రెస్ ఎమ్మెల్సీలు టీఆర్ఎస్ లో విలీనం : సవాల్ చేస్తూ హైకోర్టులో పిటిషన్      Comment   Translate Page      
కాంగ్రెస్ ఎమ్మెల్సీలు టీఆర్ఎస్ లో విలీనం : సవాల్ చేస్తూ హైకోర్టులో పిటిషన్ bheemaraju Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:28
          MSNBC interviews another CAIR spokesjihadist about the anti-America remarks from Congressmuslim Ilhan Omar      Comment   Translate Page      
Mrs. Potato-head, Zahra Billoo of CAIR-San Francisco (below right), accuses President Trump of inciting violence against the America-hating radical Somali Muslim posing as a U.S. congresswoman, who frequently defends and sympathizes with Islamic terrorists.
          ED HENRY of FOX News wasted 5 minutes interviewing designated terrorist group CAIR-Florida executive director Hassan Shibly who defends virulently anti-Semitic Congressmuslim Ilhan Omar      Comment   Translate Page      
Ed Henry was way too kind to this unashamed supporter of Islamic terrorists such as Hezbollah, after having been designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department. EVEN MORE SHOCKING, CAIR  jihadists have the ‘chutzpah’ to call on Democratic and Republican leadership to use their platforms to publicly and vocally stand in support […]
          Congress may gut the ‘stretch IRA’ that wealthy people love      Comment   Translate Page      
New legislation that aims to give workers greater opportunities to save may put the kibosh on a strategy for passing large individual retirement accounts to heirs.
          What the War on Mexico Taught Grant      Comment   Translate Page      

From Grant, by Ron Chernow (Penguin, 2018), Kindle pp. 49-51:
THE MEXICAN WAR did more than just educate Grant in strategy and tactics, it also tutored him in the manifold ways wars are shot through with political calculations. “The Mexican war was a political war,” he would observe, “and the administration conducting it desired to make party capital out of it.” Monterrey’s fall made Zachary Taylor the darling of the Whig press. When this was followed by Whig victories in the November elections, giving the opposition party control of both houses of Congress, President Polk grew leery of Taylor as a Whig rival for president. In a Machiavellian maneuver, he decided to divest Taylor of most of his troops and replace him with Winfield Scott, a Whig lacking Taylor’s brand of popular charisma.

In high-handed fashion, Polk dispatched Scott to Texas without notifying Taylor of what was afoot. When Scott arrived in Point Isabel after Christmas, he informed Taylor by letter that he had taken over the Army of Invasion and was radically revamping the war strategy. ...

Grant was with Taylor when he received the shocking news of his demotion and never forgot his hero’s befuddled reaction. ... This early experience made Grant tend to view war as a hard-luck saga of talented, professional soldiers betrayed by political opportunists plotting back in Washington.

Between the founding era of the Republic and the Civil War, no figure embodied the American military more splendidly than Winfield Scott, who was promoted to brevet major general by the War of 1812. Straddling two eras, he would serve under presidents as far apart as James Madison and Abraham Lincoln. Mocked as “Old Fuss and Feathers” behind his back, he had never seen a parade ground he didn’t long to tread or a uniform he didn’t wish to wear. With his enormous height, wavy hair, and ample flesh, he loved to flash medals, flaunt plumed hats, and preen before mirrors, a vanity that made him susceptible to flattery. Grant noted how Scott sent word ahead to commanders of the precise hour he planned to arrive. “This was done so that all the army might be under arms to salute their chief as he passed. On these occasions he wore his dress uniform, cocked hat, aiguilletes, sabre and spurs.” Such vainglory was so alien to Grant that it is sometimes hard to say whether he modeled himself after Zachary Taylor or in opposition to Winfield Scott.

For all that, Grant credited Scott with a brilliantly resourceful mind and strategic daring. To travel from Veracruz to the capital, an army of twelve thousand would quit a secure supply base, traverse 250 miles of mountainous terrain, then face a much larger and well-fortified enemy in a populous capital. To do this, Scott assembled a first-rate team of bright junior officers, including Pierre G. T. Beauregard and George B. McClellan and a rising star on the engineering staff, Robert E. Lee. Throw in a host of other officers who later reappeared in the Civil War—Joseph Johnston, John Pemberton, James Longstreet, Winfield Scott Hancock, Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph Hooker, George Thomas, Braxton Bragg, and George Gordon Meade—and the Mexican War seemed a dress rehearsal for the later conflict. With a retentive memory for faces and events, Grant accumulated a detailed inventory of knowledge about these varied men that he drew on later.

          Freshman congresswoman Omar responds to President Trump's tweet - ABC News      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Freshman congresswoman Omar responds to President Trump's tweet      Comment   Translate Page      

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar vowed her “unwavering love” for America on Twitter Saturday after President

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          Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump’s tax returns      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — A top House Democrat on Saturday ratcheted up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them. The government’s failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court. The response by Rep. Richard […]
          4/14/2019: India: 100% CHOWKIDAR IS A THIEF, RAHUL SAYS      Comment   Translate Page      

Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of corruption, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Saturday alleged that “100 per cent chowkidar [guard] is a chor [thief].” At a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, Gandhi also asked why all the “thieves”...
          4/14/2019: Business: Social media giants can learn from banks      Comment   Translate Page      

Exactly a year ago, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testified before US Congress and apologised for his company’s role in enabling “fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech”. It was a memorable moment amid a broader...
          "Congress Wants To Keep Fire Stoked By Pandit Nehru," Says PM Modi - NDTV News - Top-stories      Comment   Translate Page      
In a strident attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed its poll manifesto "anti-India" and playing with the future of the country.
          2019 Polls: Its End Of The Road For APC In Rivers      Comment   Translate Page      

LEADERSHIP:

Last Thursday’s Supreme Court judgment on the non-eligibility of All Progressives Congress (APC) to participate in the general elections in Rivers State, gave way to a violent contest that ravaged the state, ANAYO ONUKWUGHA writes The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had barely declared Nyesom Wike winner of Rivers State governorship election than his party, […]

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          Beyond Gov Masari’s Inclusive Cabinet Plan      Comment   Translate Page      

LEADERSHIP:

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State is angling for governorship office rather than some seats in the next cabinet which the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor-elect, Aminu Bello Masari, has promised to give opposition elements. In this report, ANDY ASEMOTA examines the disquiet in Katsina over the broad base government plan […]

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          Jime, APC Drag Gov Ortom To Election Tribunal, Seek To Upturn His Victory      Comment   Translate Page      

LEADERSHIP:

Mr Emmanuel Jime, the defeated Benue Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the APC in the state have filed a joint petition challenging the victory of Gov Samuel Ortom at the general elections held between February and March in the state.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governorship […]

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          Senate Presidency: Lawal Committed To Stability, Inclusiveness      Comment   Translate Page      

LEADERSHIP:

Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group has said that their candidate is committed to stability and inclusiveness in the 9th National Assembly if voted into office. A statement issued by the group’s Spokesman, Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said Ahmed Lawan has had several interactions between lawmakers and governors of the All Progressive Congress at […]

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          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been invited to speak at this year’s Glastonbury      Comment   Translate Page      

Jeremy Corbyn is "on standby" if the New York congresswoman is unable to attend.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to as the 'Beyoncé of politics'.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is often referred to as the Beyoncé of politics, has been invited to speak at Glastonbury this year by festival organisers. Known by her initials, AOC, the left-wing American politician could follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Corbyn, who delivered a rousing, call-to-arms speech at Glastonbury in 2017. Read more: Jeremy Corbyn answers your questions […]

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          251 candidates with criminal cases in 2nd phase: Report      Comment   Translate Page      

New Delhi: A total of 251 candidates contesting in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls have declared criminal cases filed against themselves, including 167 with serious criminal cases, according to an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 1,590 candidates by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

While there are a total of 1,644 candidates in fray for the second phase due on Thursday (April 18), 54 candidates could not be analysed due to unavailability of their properly scanned and complete affidavits, a statement from ADR said.

The report shared by the ADR said that among major parties, 23 out of 53 candidates from the Congress, 16 out of 51 candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party, 16 out of 80 candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party, three out of 22 candidates from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, 11 out of 24 candidates from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and four out of 11 candidates from the Shiv Sena declared criminal cases against themselves.

It added that out of those, 17 candidates from the Congress, 10 from the BJP, 10 from the BSP, three from the AIADMK, seven from the DMK and one from the Sena were involved in serious criminal cases.

The analysis also showed that three candidates declared they have been convicted in cases against them while six declared cases related to murder against themselves and 25 candidates cases related to attempt to murder.

The statement added that 8 candidates declared cases related to kidnapping while 10 declared cases against them related to crime against women such as rape, assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, and husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.

A total of 15 candidates also declared cases related to hate speech against themselves.

While 423 candidates declared assets worth over Rs 1 crore with most from the Congress (46) and the BJP (45), the average assets of candidates from the Congress was Rs 31.83 crore and those from the BJP was Rs 21.59 crore.

There were 16 candidates who declared zero assets.

Congress' Kanniyakumari candidate Vasanthakumar H. had the highest declared assets (over Rs 417 crore), followed by its Purnia (Bihar) candidate Uday Singh (over Rs 341 crore) and Bangalore Rural candidate D.K. Suresh (over Rs 338 crore).

Hindustan Janta Party's Solapur (Maharashtra) candidate Shrivenkateswar Maha Swamiji declared assets worth only Rs 9, while two independent candidates from Tamil Nadu's Mayiladuthurai, Rajesh P. and Raja N., declared assets worth Rs 100.

The analysis also showed that there are 52 candidates with assets worth more than Rs 1 crore who have not declared their income tax details. Among them are Independent candidates from West Bengal's Raiganj, Binoy Kumar Das, and Bangalore Central, C.B.K. Rama, who have declared assets worth over Rs 18 crore and Rs 15 crore respectively.


          EC has lost credibility: Chandrababu Naidu      Comment   Translate Page      

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said the Election Commission (EC) has lost its credibility as "it functions on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office".

Raising questions on the poll panel's independence and impartiality, Naidu told reporter outside the EC headquarters here that the level playing field -- an essential attribute of democracy -- "now stands disturbed".

The Chief Minister was speaking after his meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said officials in Andhra Pradesh are being transferred in an arbitrary manner and the Chief Secretary (Anil Chandra Punetha) has been replaced by a person (L.V. Subrahmanyam), who was accused along with YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy in a case. He described the ousted Chief Secretary as an honest officer.

Dubbing the acts of the poll panel as "unfair", Naidu said the Election Commission has lost credibility among the people of the country and its image has been dented in their eyes.

He also alleged that the poll panel observer in the state has links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Recalling that all opposition parties had demanded for 50 per cent matching of EVMs with VVPATs, Naidu said that increasing that number from one to five by the Supreme Court is "insufficient".

Accusing the Commission of "misleading" the top court by saying that matching of EVM votes with VVPATs at 50 per cent polling booths would delay the counting of votes by six days, Naidu said the counting of votes when ballot papers were prevalent used to take not more than 24 hours.

The Chief Minister stated that the government of India is interfering in the affairs of the poll panel, thereby destroying democracy, electoral process and the level playing field.


          Rahul got M.Phil without Masters degree: Jaitley      Comment   Translate Page      

New Delhi: Making a scathing attack on the Congress and Rahul Gandhi for questioning Smriti Irani's educational qualifications, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the party forgot that a public audit of Gandhi's academic credentials "may leave a lot to be answered" and alleged that the Congress President "got an M.Phil without a Masters degree".

"One day the focus would be on the BJP candidate's educational qualifications, fully forgetting that a public audit of Rahul Gandhi's academic credentials may leave a lot to be answered. After all, he got an M.Phil without a Masters degree," Jaitley said in Facebook.

His remarks come a day after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, making a veiled reference to Gandhi, alleged that his "Cambridge certificate says his name is Raul Vinci and he read M.Phil and failed in National Economic Planning and Policy".

Swamy had also posted in Twitter a certificate from the Cambridge University which stated that Raul Vinci had scored 58 per cent in National Economy Planning and Policy while scoring 62.8 per cent overall. The certificate said 60 per cent was passing marks.

Swamy, who had earlier alleged that Rahul Gandhi had four passports including one in the name of Raul Vinci, claimed it was "Raul Vinci's certificate of failure".

Earlier, the Congress had complained to the poll panel against Smriti Irani submitting "contradictory affidavits" to the Election Commission on her educational qualifications.


          The Third Coast: 1 of 4: When Chicago Built the American Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thomas Dyja (Author), David Drummond (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo:View north along the South Branch of the Chicago River at 14th Street in 1900\. The Iowa, Rock Island "A" and Rock Island "B" grain elevators are visible. This section of the river was filled in as part of a river straightening project in 1927–9. Date 1900 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Engineering Record, Reproduction Number LC-DIG-det-4a08137. Library of Congress square logo.png This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID det.4a08137. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. العربية | čeština | Deutsch | English | español | فارسی | suomi | français | עברית | magyar | italiano | македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | polski | português | português do Brasil | русский | slovenčina | slovenščina | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | 中文(繁體)‎ | +/− Author Detroit Publishing Co Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain due to date of publication Other versions  File:South Branch of the Chicago River at 14th Street 1900 photochrom.jpg Camera location 41° 51′ 48.35″ N, 87° 37′ 52.18″ W Heading=0° Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth info Licensing[edit] Public domain This media file is in the public domain in the United States.  The Third Coast: 1 of 4: When Chicago Built the American Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thomas Dyja (Author), David Drummond (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher) [](https://www.amazon.com/Third-Coast-Chicago-Built-American/dp/B00C6B9FZM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) [https://www.amazon.com/Third-Coast-Chicago-Built-American/dp/B00C6B9FZM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=](https://www.amazon.com/Third-Coast-Chicago-Built-American/dp/B00C6B9FZM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) A cultural history of Chicago at midcentury, with its incredible mix of architects, politicians, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs, and actors who helped shape modern America Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop there, and this flow of people and commodities made it America's central clearinghouse, laboratory, and factory. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how people eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers supercharged rock and roll with Chuck Berry. At the University of Chicago, the atom was split and Western civilization was packaged into the Great Books. Yet even as Chicago led the way in creating mass-market culture, its artists pushed back in their own distinct voices. In literature, it was the outlaw novels of Nelson Algren (then carrying on a passionate affair with Simone de Beauvoir), the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks, and Studs Terkel's oral histories. In music, it was the gospel of Mahalia Jackson, the urban blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and the trippy avant-garde jazz of Sun Ra. In performance, it was the intimacy of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, the "Chicago School" of television, and the improvisational comedy troupe Second City whose famous alumni are now everywhere in American entertainment. Despite this diversity, racial divisions informed virtually every aspect of life in Chicago. The chaos - both constructive and destructive - of this period was set into motion by the second migration north of African Americans during World War II. As whites either fled to the suburbs or violently opposed integration, urban planners tried to design away "blight" with projects th...
          The Third Coast: 4 of 4: When Chicago Built the American Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thomas Dyja (Author), David Drummond (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo:Wabash Avenue in 1900 Behm, Hans, photographer. — Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, det 4a22373\. Description page. Elevated railroad on Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Photo taken between 1900 and 1910. Domaine public File:WabashAvenue1900s.jpg Création : vers 1907 date QS:P,+1907-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902 The Third Coast: 4 of 4:  When Chicago Built the American Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  Thomas Dyja (Author), David Drummond (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher) [https://www.amazon.com/Third-Coast-Chicago-Built-American/dp/B00C6B9FZM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=](https://www.amazon.com/Third-Coast-Chicago-Built-American/dp/B00C6B9FZM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) A cultural history of Chicago at midcentury, with its incredible mix of architects, politicians, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs, and actors who helped shape modern America Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop there, and this flow of people and commodities made it America's central clearinghouse, laboratory, and factory. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how people eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers supercharged rock and roll with Chuck Berry. At the University of Chicago, the atom was split and Western civilization was packaged into the Great Books. Yet even as Chicago led the way in creating mass-market culture, its artists pushed back in their own distinct voices. In literature, it was the outlaw novels of Nelson Algren (then carrying on a passionate affair with Simone de Beauvoir), the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks, and Studs Terkel's oral histories. In music, it was the gospel of Mahalia Jackson, the urban blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and the trippy avant-garde jazz of Sun Ra. In performance, it was the intimacy of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, the "Chicago School" of television, and the improvisational comedy troupe Second City whose famous alumni are now everywhere in American entertainment. Despite this diversity, racial divisions informed virtually every aspect of life in Chicago. The chaos - both constructive and destructive - of this period was set into motion by the second migration north of African Americans during World War II. As whites either fled to the suburbs or violently opposed integration, urban planners tried to design away "blight" with projects that marred a generation of American cities. The election of Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1955 launched a frenzy of new building that came at a terrible cost - monolithic housing projects for the black community and a new kind of self-satisfied provincialism that sped up the end of Chicago's role as America's meeting place. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America.
          The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo:General view, with Lebanon in the distance, Beyrout, Holy Land, (i.e., Beirut, Lebanon) Date between 1890 and 1900 Dimensions 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color. Accession number  LCCN2002724972 Credit line  Library of Congress square logo.png This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.02663. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. العربية | čeština | Deutsch | English | español | فارسی | suomi | français | עברית | magyar | italiano | македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | polski | português | português do Brasil | русский | slovenčina | slovenščina | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | 中文(繁體)‎ | +/− Notes Print no. "15107".; Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J-foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.; Forms part of: Views of the Holy Land in the Photochrom print collection. Source  Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2002724972 Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain This work is in the public domain in the United States The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein Sarkis Naoum is the Senior Columnist for Annahar newspaper in Beirut. · https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-treasury-sanctions-lebanese-currency-exchange-11554997035 · https://www.apnews.com/267f643ad429496b84c2cab52b2f3659 · https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/trumps-golan-move-causes-concern-in-lebanon-for-land-owners/2019/04/11/6c554f70-5c23-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.6692ec382eb1 · http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261240 · https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/02/01/new-government-demonstrates-hezbollahs-dominance-of-lebanon/
          Democrat Flynn Broady running for Cobb County District Attorney      Comment   Translate Page      

Democrat Flynn Broady, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the 11th Congressional District seat during the midterms (in a heavily Republican district) is running for Cobb DA.

In my opinion his chances are good, since the county has flipped from red to blue since 2016 (Clinton carried the county, and the county delegation to the state legislature flipped from Republican to Democratic).

This article was put together from past articles we’ve written, plus information from his campaign site.  I’ll be interviewing him Monday, and will post a link to the full interview here when it’s edited.

Flynn Broady announces run for Cobb District Attorney


          AG Barr is here to deliver a miscarriage of justice. Democrats are our last institutional defense      Comment   Translate Page      

The jig is up. Anyone holding out hope that Attorney General William Barr was somehow a serious legal mind and a patriotic institutionalist who would keep Trump from going off the rails can forget about it. Not only is he failing to provide those guard rails, he's actively working to destroy them. When you drop an incendiary word like "spying" into a congressional hearing and then pretend you had no idea it would be problematic, it's over. Sure, your minions can assure the New York Times that you had no ill intent and your Deputy Attorney General can paint the criticism of your handling of the Mueller report as just "completely bizarre,” but none of that changes the fact that you're clearly weaponizing the Justice Department for use by the president. 

Indeed Donald Trump knew exactly what to do with his newfound cudgel. "There was absolutely spying into my campaign," Trump told reporters, playing up Barr’s characterization. "There was illegal spying, unprecedented spying." That Barr was forced to concede at the hearing that he had "no specific evidence" but rather more of a gut feel that he wanted to explore was completely irrelevant by the time Trump had chewed it over and spit it back out to reporters the next day. Now the FBI investigation was definitively illegal and unprecedented.   

This is the circus of the grotesque Barr has now ushered us into. The nation's top law enforcement officer makes a completely unsubstantiated and indeed disproven claim with admittedly no evidentiary underpinnings and then the nation's commander in chief repeats it resolutely, without caveat, as an unqualified truth. But it's certainly not the first or even most consequential distortion of reality Barr has delivered. It all started when Barr declared Trump exonerated of wrongdoing even though he admitted that Robert Mueller had expressly declined to exonerate Trump, and then Trump declared his own "complete and total exoneration." This is supposedly justice at work. 

By the end of the week, the Trump campaign was fundraising off Barr's miscarriage of justice.

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"What a disgrace," noted one DC journalist. "That Barr has found no way of correcting this... bad for him and the country."


          Dems Fold Like A Cheap Suit, Again! Neal Lets Mnuchin Openly Break The Law.      Comment   Translate Page      

Trump and the fascist GOP drink the Democratic weakness like an authoritarian elixir that gives them dictatorial strength. 

Rep. Nadler talked really tough about there being a hard deadline to turn over the Mueller report:

Nadler declined to say whether he intended to subpoena the Justice Department for the report, but said that he considered April 2 a “hard deadline” and that “we mean it.”

Trump and Barr laughed at him and told him metaphorically to go suck eggs.  What did Nadler do?  He folded with his tail between his legs and Barr was so emboldened that last week he started talking about investigating the investigators.

Adam Schiff was sworn into office more than 3 months ago promising tough oversight.  He hasn’t held a single public hearing with Trump’s treasonous crime syndicate to inform the people of what had happened and to prepare them for Mueller’s findings.

And now we have House Ways and Means committee chairman Richard Neal being played like a folding accordion  by Mnuchin as he goes in front of another committee and publicly humiliates Neal.

Washington Post

House Democrats are giving the Trump administration a hard-deadline of April 23 to turn over President Trump’s tax returns, pushing back against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s skepticism over their request for the presidents’ private records.

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) on Saturday sent a two-page letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig rebuffing Mnuchin’s statement earlier this week that Treasury would miss House Democrats’ initial April 10 deadline for the returns.

You’ve got to be kidding!  Apparently the Democrat strategy is to make the fascists laugh so hard at their fake deadlines that they’ll start dribbling out useless documents just to humiliate the Democrats.

These Democratic delaying tactics are not a bug, they are a feature.  Pelosi wants all the investigations swept under the rug so Democrats can run on “other things” next year.  Over 3 months and of all the committees supposedly doing oversight, they’ve interviewed ONE important witness, and haven’t issued a single subpoena.

I’ve been warning since January that there was a deliberate attempt to sweep the most dangerous internal threat to our democracy since the civil war under the rug.  That holding your finger to the political wind (putting party over country) while ignoring a moral imperative to our constitution was dangerous.

It’s been 27 days and the Democrats can’t call a single person to a public hearing about Russia’s attack on our election system, Trump’s and possibly other Republicans complicity in that attack, and the Republican cover-up and stonewalling an investigation in Congress into the attack?  

We keep hearing that Oh, we have to wait for Mueller.  Wait for Mueller?!

 Soon to be Attorney General Barr has said he might edit or not even release a report by Mueller

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Democrats don’t have to call Flynn, or Manafort, or Donny Jr. as the first witnesses, but how about a Papadopoulos, or Comey, or Hope Hicks, or Spicer, or Carter page, or the network people from the DNC that can describe the hack…  Get somebody in front of the Public so people can understand what happened.

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Nobody is saying that impeachment hearings have to start tomorrow, in fact that’s not the way to do it.  But standing house committees should have started public hearings informing and preparing the public as to what happened.

We are gambling our democracy on the belief that we can win more votes next year by showing weakness and sweeping an historic and existential internal attack on our democracy under the rug.  I have faith that by holding public hearings that inform the public and fighting tooth and nail to get every witness to testify and every document out in the public, people will have FAR more respect for us than continuing the current deception.

Nobody is asking that our presidential candidates run on impeaching Trump, in fact they should continue to talk about the issues they are now talking about.  When a reporter asks them about the house investigations, a simple and truthful response might be, “the house has a constitutional obligation to oversee the actions of the executive branch and I can’t say anything that might interfere in any investigation”.  But NO questionable campaign strategy should be implemented at the expense of doing everything we can to fight a fascist attack on our democracy.

We just found out that Trump offered a pardon to someone if they would break the law for him.  Anyone who thinks they’re going to get free and fair elections next year, or that thinks this cornered dictator is going to respect the results of those elections if he loses, had better come back to reality.

Fortunately, there is a NEW resistance rising.  A resistance that is demanding action from our Democrats, not just tweets and empty threats.  Yesterday Adam Schiff tweeted about Trump’s willingness to abuse the pardon power to get people to break the law.  It wasn’t his tweet that I found interesting, but many of the comments demanding action.

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You're preaching to the choir, Sir, but what can we do? You're the only ones who have the power to stop this. Please start playing hardball.

Then please, put off your break and subpoena people, the Mueller report, all of it and everyone. Enough is enough.

THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Why won’t you uphold your obligation to impeach a president who violates the constitution and the law?

I’m sorry, but this is such a lame response. Why are you talking about the GOP? You’re in the majority, you do something. The rule of law is withering away because YOU are DOING nothing.

You’re in the majority. Do something about it!

Please subpoena and impeach!

Impeachment should be on the table.

We knew the @GOP wasn’t going to curb Trump, that’s why we voted for Democrats to take the house.A lot of people are starting to lose patience with you guys though. A lot of talk on tv and not a lot of action against Trump in Congress.

It's the DEMS that are doing nothing but sending letters... DO SOMETHING!

These responses are VERY representative of the top 30 responses he got for his tweet.

I’m a Democrat, I’ve always been a Democrat, I’ve never voted for a Republican and never will because for more than 40 years I’ve viewed most of them as somewhere on a fascist spectrum.  I will not only vote for who ever the Democratic nominee is up and down the ballot, I will work for them.  But I will also speak up loudly when our Democrats risk our very democracy over some highly questionable campaign strategy.

The new resistance is rising, and you can be part of the fight to save our democracy by calling your Democratic representative and demanding that we have people who will fight against and not simply fold to the demands of Republican authoritarianism.

RESIST!


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          Holy Smokes...did Washington State just pass a full-blown ACA Public Option??      Comment   Translate Page      

Back in January, 2nd-term Washington Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Jay Inslee jumped fully onboard the Public Option train:

Inslee proposes ‘public option’ health-insurance plan for Washington

The proposal, which Inslee said is the first step toward universal health care, is geared in part to help stabilize the exchange, which has wrestled with double-digit premium increases and attempts by Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

...The proposal would have the state Health Care Authority contract with at least one health-insurance carrier to offer qualified health coverage on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, according to a summary of the proposal.

The plan would be designed with transparent and consistent deductibles, copays and coinsurance, according to the summary, and would “compete on premium price, provider networks, customer service, and quality.”

...Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said getting the legislation passed will be difficult, but is necessary, especially for people buying health insurance on the individual market who don’t qualify for a subsidy.

...Cody said insurance companies know about the proposed legislation and are not “overjoyed” about the plan.

As I noted at the time:

Well no, they wouldn't be, would they (except for whichever carrier wins the state contract, I presume).

Since January, however, I haven't really written much about Inslee's proposal. I obviously hoped it would be serious, but figured it was mostly just meant to bolster his progressive street cred for his Presidential run.

Well, guess what just happened?

Democrats in Olympia push through governor’s 'green' agenda and public healthcare coverage bills

...Another key item on the governor’s agenda is the so-called “public option” socialized health care coverage measure, SB 5526. This bill would create subsidized state-funded public health plans managed by regulated insurance companies. It would require the State Insurance Commissioner and the Health Care Authority to set up the socialized plans by 2021.

Side note: The term "socialized" is being misused here in my opinion, since the proposal would be neither socialized medicine (i.e., the healthcare providers wouldn't actually work for the government), nor would it be single payer (since enrollees would still be paying premiums, deductibles & co-pays).

These plans would be available through the state’s health care exchange to all residents, but the state would pay subsidies to individuals with incomes of up to five times the poverty level. Premiums would be limited to no more than ten percent of adjusted gross income, and payments to doctors and other health care providers would be restricted to Medicare-level limits.

That's like a trifecta of what progressives were dreaming of a decade ago when the ACA itself was originally being developed and voted on: A true public option, more subsidies available to more people and perhaps most significantly, Medicare-level rate setting. I didn't even know about the "bumping up subsidies to 500% FPL" part, but that's obviously welcome as well! For comparison California is hoping to bump APTC assistance up to 600% FPL, and the federal House Dems ACA 2.0 bill would remove the upper-threshold cap altogether...but 500% would still be better than 400%, especially if the policies were priced based on Medicare-level reimbursement rates.

In other words, if this actually goes into effect, it would be huge.

So, what actually happened this week?

The bill passed the Senate last month by a 36-13 vote, after a House version of the proposal, HB 1523, passed the House on a 57-41 party-line vote. The final proposal of the bill was incorporated in SB 5526 and passed the House on Wednesday by a 54-38 vote, with six members excused.

Changes to the bill made by the House will have to be approved by the Senate before it goes to the governor for his signature.

Holy crap on a stick! How did I not hear about any of these developments over the past month?? If I'm understanding this correctly, all that stands between Washington State and a full-blown, robust Public Option being added to their ACA Healthcare Exchange is for Gov. Jay Inslee a final vote in the state Senate and a signature by Gov. Inslee...and voila???

Well, ok, as noted above, it wouldn't go into effect until 2021, but still...this seems like a potentially massive healthcare development.

Here's the actual text of the bill itself (or at least of the "original" version...there's also a "Substitute" version and an "Engrossed Substitute"...I have no idea which one actually passed, but they're alll about the same length. It's surprisingly brief, actually...just four pages:

AN ACT Relating to increasing the availability of quality, 2 affordable health coverage in the individual market; adding a new 3 section to chapter 43.71 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 42.56 4 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1

A new section is added to chapter 43.71 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The exchange, in consultation with the commissioner, the authority, an independent actuary, and other stakeholders, must establish up to three standardized health plans for each of the bronze, silver, and gold levels.

(a) The standardized health plans must be designed to reduce deductibles, make more services available before the deductible, provide predictable cost sharing, maximize subsidies, limit adverse premium impacts, reduce barriers to maintaining and improving health, and encourage choice based on value, while limiting increases in health plan premium rates.

(b) The silver standardized health plan must have an actuarial value between sixty-eight and seventy percent.

(c) The exchange may update the standardized health plans annually.

(d) The exchange must provide a notice and public comment period before finalizing each year's standardized health plans.

(e) The exchange must provide written notice of the standardized health plans to licensed health carriers by January 31st before the year in which the health plans are to be offered on the exchange.

(2)(a) Beginning January 1, 2021, any health carrier offering a qualified health plan on the exchange must offer one silver standardized health plan and one gold standardized health plan on the exchange. If a health carrier offers a bronze health plan on the exchange, it must offer one bronze standardized health plan on the exchange.

(b) For plan years 2021 through 2024, a health carrier offering a standardized health plan under this section may also offer nonstandardized health plans on the exchange subject to the following:

(i) For plan years 2021 and 2022, a health carrier may offer an unlimited number of nonstandardized health plans on the exchange;

(ii) For plan years 2023 and 2024, a health carrier may not offer more than three nonstandardized health plans in each of the bronze, silver, and gold levels on the exchange; and

(iii) The actuarial value of nonstandardized silver health plans offered on the exchange may not be less than the actuarial value of the standardized silver health plan.

(c) For health plan years beginning in 2025, a health carrier may not offer nonstandardized health plans in any metal level on the exchange.

(d) A health carrier offering a standardized health plan on the exchange under this section must continue to meet all requirements for qualified health plan certification under RCW 43.71.065 32 including, but not limited to, requirements relating to rate review and network adequacy.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2.

A new section is added to chapter 42.56 RCW to read as follows:

Any data submitted by health carriers to the health benefit exchange for purposes of establishing standardized benefit plans under section 1 of this act are confidential and exempt from disclosure under this chapter.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 3.

A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The authority, in consultation with the health benefit exchange, must contract with one or more health carriers to offer silver and gold qualified health plans on the Washington health benefit exchange for plan years beginning in 2021. A qualified health plan offered under this section must meet the following criteria:

(a) The qualified health plan must be a standardized health plan established under section 1 of this act;

(b) The qualified health plan must meet all requirements for qualified health plan certification under RCW 43.71.065 including, but not limited to, requirements relating to rate review and network adequacy;

(c) The qualified health plan must incorporate recommendations of the Robert Bree collaborative and the health technology assessment program; and

(d) The qualified health plan's fee-for-service rates for providers and facilities may not exceed the medicare rates for the same or similar covered services in the same or similar geographic area. For reimbursement methodologies other than fee-for-service, the aggregate amount the qualified health plan pays to providers and facilities may not exceed the equivalent of the aggregate amount the qualified health plan would have reimbursed providers and facilities using fee-for-service medicare rates.

(2) When implementing this section, the director must use a request for qualifications process. The director must review the qualifications of health carriers seeking to offer qualified health plans under this section and may negotiate with the health plans to the extent necessary to refine the health carriers' responses. The director must contract with all health carriers who meet the minimum qualifications.

(3) Nothing in this section prohibits a health carrier offering qualified health plans under this section from offering other health plans in the individual market.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 4.

(1) The Washington health benefit exchange, in consultation with the health care authority and the insurance commissioner, must develop a plan to implement and fund premium subsidies for individuals whose modified adjusted gross incomes are less than five hundred percent of the federal poverty level and who are purchasing individual market coverage on the exchange. The goal of the plan is to enable participating individuals to spend no more than ten percent of their modified adjusted gross incomes on premiums. The plan must also include an assessment of providing cost-sharing reductions to plan participants.

(2) The Washington health benefit exchange must submit the plan, along with proposed implementing legislation, to the appropriate committees of the legislature by November 15, 2020.

(3) This section expires January 1, 2021.

I keep thinking that I must be missing something here. The bill is only four typed pages, it seems to have quietly flown through both the WA state House and Senate with little notice outside the state, and there's zero details on where the funding for either the public option itself or the subsidies for those earning 400-500% FPL would come from.

There's nothing about submitting a 1332 waiver approval request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which either means a) it wouldn't be needed since WA operates their own exchange and they intend on financing the entire PO using state funds, or b) that's covered by a separate document.

It's worth noting that Nevada actually pulled off a similar hat trick a couple of years ago (it was a Medicaid buy-in bill, not a Medicare-level Public Option)...and like this Washington development, that one also somehow flew under the radar until it was actually mostly through the process:

The Nevada state legislature quietly, and surprisingly, passed a Medicaid buy-in option for anyone in the state. I wrote about this back in April, but even I didn't think much of it at the time--I assumed it was more of a symbolic proposal than anything, or that it would die in committee at most. The details are important, of course, but assuming they make sense, this is exactly the sort of approach I would recommend in trying to gradually transition to some type of universal single-payer like system.

The biggest questions I'd want answered are 1) What type of coverage does Medicaid actually have in Nevada? It varies widely from state to state, so if NV's is pretty comprehensive, awesome, but if it's skimpy, that's not very helpful; 2) What sort of premiums/deductibles/co-pays would buy-in enrollees be looking at?; 3) What sort of impact would this have on the state budget?; and most significantly, 4) How many Nevada doctors/hospitals would accept these enrollees? Remember, the reason a significant chunk of healthcare providers don't accept Medicaid patients is because it only reimburses them around 50¢ on the dollar compared to private insurance.

Unfortunately, while the bill passed quickly through both the Nevada House and Senate, it was ultimately vetoed by then-GOP Governor Brian Sandoval.

The difference in Washington State, of course, is that not only do they have a progressive Democratic Governor...he's the one who actually proposed the Public Option in the first place.

In terms of funding...again, I see nothing.

How much would it actually cost? I'll run some very rough estimates tomorrow.

Stay tuned...


          This week in the war on workers: 31,000 New England grocery workers strike      Comment   Translate Page      

More than 30,000 grocery store workers are on strike in New England after negotiations stalled between the workers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Stop & Shop, the region’s biggest grocery chain.

Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, saw over $2 billion in profit last year and got a US tax cut of $225 million in 2017,” the union said in a statement. “While Stop & Shop continues to propose drastically cutting worker benefits, Ahold shareholders voted on April 10 to give themselves an 11.1 percent raise in dividends over last year. The expected payout will be on April 25 for around $880 million.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined workers at a picket line on Friday, bringing donuts and telling them, “You fight for the dignity of working people.” Sens. Kamala HarrisKirsten GillibrandCory Booker, and Bernie Sanders also tweeted their support, as did fellow Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro and numerous Democratic members of Congress.

What you can do: DON’T cross the picket line. DO contact your local store to let them know you support the workers and want management to offer a fair deal. DO express support for workers on social media and, if you pass a picket line, in person. DO keep shopping at union stores if there’s one near you—see that list for options.


          Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack will retire from competitive Iowa seat that swung from Obama to Trump      Comment   Translate Page      

On Friday, Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced that he would not seek re-election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Loebsack leaves behind a southeastern Iowa seat that swung from 56-43 Obama to 49-45 Trump. However this district, which includes Davenport and Iowa City, did back Democratic gubernatorial Fred Hubbell 51-47 even as he was narrowly losing statewide to Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds. Team Red also failed to field a strong candidate against Loebsack last year despite Trump’s win.

Loebsack’s retirement ends a surprising political career. Back in 2006 Loebsack, a political science professor at Cornell College, launched a longshot bid against 15-term GOP Rep. Jim Leach. Leach, who had opposed the Iraq War, was one of the more liberal Republicans in the House, and he had won re-election 59-39 even as John Kerry was carrying his seat 55-44. Loebsack himself also didn’t get off to a strong start when he failed to turn in enough signatures to make the primary ballot. No other Democrat filed, though, and Loebsack was nominated at a special convention.

The general election campaign was an odd one where the two opponents went out of their way to stay positive. Leach, who had been a guest lecturer in Loebsack’s classroom (his campaign manager was also a former Loebsack student), went so far as to condemn mailers from the state Republican Party attacking the Democrat, and he even told the RNC that he wouldn’t caucus with the GOP in the next Congress if they didn’t stop.

Loebsack, for his part, said he was glad the DCCC wasn’t getting involved in his race. While he campaigned against the Bush administration and the Iraq War, Loebsack called Leach a “good man” in his ads. Neither candidate raised much money, and while 2006 was a strong year for Team Blue, it was still a huge surprise when Loebsack unseated Leach 51-49. Leach didn’t seem particularly angry about the upset, and he endorsed Barack Obama two years later.


          Who is Eric Swalwell? 5 facts about the 18th Democrat to join the race for 2020      Comment   Translate Page      

The 18th Democrat to announce his or her candidacy in the 2020 race for president is none other than 38-year-old Eric Swalwell, who represents California's 15th congressional district. Admittedly, the race is a tight squeeze already, so many are already torn on whether or not he’s effectively reading the room.

Is now Swalwell’s time? Whether you think it’s worth tossing his hat into the race or not, his ideas are definitely worth investigating. After all, he’s one of the youngest candidates in the race, suggesting that he’s likely to stay in politics for a good long while.

As a basic overview, Swalwell supports the Green New Deal, wants to raise payroll taxes on Social Security so the wealthy contribute more, believes Trump has colluded with the Russians, and wants significant public money to go into public health research for issues including ALS and cancer.

Perhaps what he’s most known for (aside from his age), however, is his view on gun control.

Let’s break down his gun control plan and a few other key points below.


          Saturday midday open thread: Saving $160 trillion with renewables; surtaxing the 0.1%      Comment   Translate Page      

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

  • This isn't the first time right-wingers used 9/11 as a weapon. Remember Limbaugh's lies about Obama, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Donald Trump will be re-elected president of the United States without a real conversation, by Egberto Willies
  • Country is changing—the music genre, that is, by Chris Reeves 
  • Congress needs Trump’s tax returns to investigate $400 billion pass-through scam, by Jon Perr
  • The threat of White Power and Nationalism rises while Conservatives gaslight and ignore the danger, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • 'Democrats must nominate a white guy in 2020.' Oh, really? by Sher Watts Spooner
  • The other mayor running for president: A conversation with Wayne Messam, by Armando
  • Cutting off Puerto Rico's Medicaid is not a 'fiscal cliff.' It will push people off a cliff—to die, by Denise Oliver Velez    

Hemispheric heat wave of 2018 impossible without climate change, study says:

A study presented this week at a scientific conference in Vienna now shows that last summer's extreme heat was an "unprecedented" hemispheric event that would not have happened without heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution, the researchers said, and that it lasted longer and was more widespread across the Northern Hemisphere than previously realized.

All summers will be like last year if the world warms 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, said the study's lead author Martha Vogel, an extreme-temperature researcher with ETH Zürich Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science. Even with 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, 25 percent of the Northern Hemisphere will experience a summer as hot as the summer of 2018 two out of every three years, she said.

Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd CD announces retirement: Loebsack is in his seventh term representing the district, which, went for Trump by 4 percentage points in 2016 after being strongly Democratic in other recent presidential elections. It is one of the 55 initial 2020 targets announced by the National Republican Campaign Committee in February.

Critics say FCC’s new rural broadband plan isn’t all that new:

The FCC on Friday received a wave of largely positive press for a new broadband proposal the government claims will revolutionize telecom markets and help drive fiber and fifth-generation (5G) wireless to rural America. But industry watchers say the agency’s proposal is light on actual details, and much of the plan isn’t actually new. [...]

Some industry watchers are skeptical given the agency has spent much of the last few years chipping away at rural and tribal broadband programs, slowly but steadily eliminating numerous consumer protections, and actively trying to obscure the broadband industry’s biggest and most obvious problem: a lack of serious competition. 

MIDDAY TWEET

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Analysis shows Trump tax scam gave 10,260,263 American families a tax hike.

Constraining the political clout of the 1/10th of 1% with a 10% surtax:

It’s well-known by now that the richest 1 percent of American households have essentially doubled the share of national income they claim since the late 1970s. Less well-known is that inequality has even risen within the top 1 percent, with the top 10 percent of that overall group—or the top 0.1 percent—accounting for half of all income within the top 1 percent. [...]

We propose a 10 percent surtax on all income over the top 0.1 percent threshold. For simplicity, the income threshold should be defined by a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). The threshold for the tax should be determined by the IRS to have only the top 0.1 percent affected in the first year, then it should be indexed by overall inflation. In the last year of IRS dataavailable (2016), this top 0.1 percent threshold was $2.3 million. The surtax would apply to all income above AGI, including dividends and realized capital gains.

Our preliminary estimate is that such a surtax would raise roughly $75 billion in its first year of implementation and roughly $800 billion in its first decade. 

IRENA reports accelerated switch to renewable sources of electricity would save $160 trillion over the next 30 years: The report found that “new jobs associated with the transition (i.e. renewable generation, energy efficiency and energy flexibility) significantly outweighing the jobs lost in the fossil fuel sector.” There would be 11 million net new jobs gained.

Cummings to issue subpoena for Trump’s financial records on Monday: House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland plans to issue a subpoena for 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA.

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”


          AG Barr is here to deliver a miscarriage of justice. Democrats are our last institutional defense      Comment   Translate Page      

The jig is up. Anyone holding out hope that Attorney General William Barr was somehow a serious legal mind and a patriotic institutionalist who would keep Trump from going off the rails can forget about it. Not only is he failing to provide those guard rails, he's actively working to destroy them. When you drop an incendiary word like "spying" into a congressional hearing and then pretend you had no idea it would be problematic, it's over. Sure, your minions can assure the New York Times that you had no ill intent and your Deputy Attorney General can paint the criticism of your handling of the Mueller report as just "completely bizarre,” but none of that changes the fact that you're clearly weaponizing the Justice Department for use by the president. 

Indeed Donald Trump knew exactly what to do with his newfound cudgel. "There was absolutely spying into my campaign," Trump told reporters, playing up Barr’s characterization. "There was illegal spying, unprecedented spying." That Barr was forced to concede at the hearing that he had "no specific evidence" but rather more of a gut feel that he wanted to explore was completely irrelevant by the time Trump had chewed it over and spit it back out to reporters the next day. Now the FBI investigation was definitively illegal and unprecedented.   

This is the circus of the grotesque Barr has now ushered us into. The nation's top law enforcement officer makes a completely unsubstantiated and indeed disproven claim with admittedly no evidentiary underpinnings and then the nation's commander in chief repeats it resolutely, without caveat, as an unqualified truth. But it's certainly not the first or even most consequential distortion of reality Barr has delivered. It all started when Barr declared Trump exonerated of wrongdoing even though he admitted that Robert Mueller had expressly declined to exonerate Trump, and then Trump declared his own "complete and total exoneration." This is supposedly justice at work. 

By the end of the week, the Trump campaign was fundraising off Barr's miscarriage of justice.

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"What a disgrace," noted one DC journalist. "That Barr has found no way of correcting this... bad for him and the country."


          Éstas son las ofertas de Steam del fin de semana      Comment   Translate Page      
La saga The Witcher a precios irrisorios y buenas ofertas para Rime, Rocket League, los últimos Sniper Elite y The Surge.

Éstas son las ofertas de Steam del fin de semana. Entre ellas podemos encontrar juegos como Rime, Sniper Elite 3 y Sniper Elite 4, The Surge o Rocket League, pero sobre todo destaca la oferta de la saga The Witcher a precios verdaderamente bajos. La primera entrega podemos comprarla por 1,19 euros, la segunda por 2,99 euros y la tercera, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, por 8.99 euros.

Todas las ofertas de Steam



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-その命、見捨てますか?-
《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!横田めぐみさんの写真展開催 早紀江さん“解決”訴え》

北朝鮮による拉致被害者・横田めぐみさんの写真展が3月23日、東京都内の小学校で開かれました。
写真展が開かれたのは、めぐみさんが入学した東京都品川区の小学校で、めぐみさんの母・横田早紀江さんも参加しました。
早紀江さんは、

「42年が経過し、どうすることもできない。世界中が1つになって、はっきりと北朝鮮のトップに伝えなくてはいけない」

と、拉致問題の解決を訴えました。

■横田めぐみさんのご家族のメッセージ
http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_2.html
■横田めぐみさんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_2en.html
■「めぐみへの誓い-奪還-」PV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6cZyGknNi8
■「めぐみへの誓い-奪還-」(英語版)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=VEQdbP3JlVo
■アニメ「めぐみ」
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGYACTRGjI
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■No Fence北朝鮮の強制収容所をなくすアクションの会HP
http://www.nofence.jp/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■自由朝鮮HP
http://cheollimacivildefense.org/
■実録!絵で見る北朝鮮「教化所」拷問の実態「THE FACT」
https://youtu.be/QBJcDDGwdFo
■VOA拉致問題動画
https://youtu.be/o2i_u8y8GJM
■国連の北朝鮮人権調査委員会は2014年2月、北朝鮮帰還事業や拉致問題を含む北朝鮮政府による人権侵害を「人道に対する罪」と認定する最終報告書を発表しました。
<原文>
『Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea』
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx
<日本語訳>
『北朝鮮における人権に関する国連調査委員会(COI)最終報告書』
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/fp/hr_ha/page18_000274.html
■加藤 健ブログ「天を回せ!ロビー活動で挑む」
http://kenkato.blog.jp/
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナTV脱北者日本語字幕版
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS0GqKLezT4179A9Wy4smneKYQxrq2shl



◆昭和52(1977)年11月15日
少女拉致容疑事案
被害者:横田めぐみさん(Megumi Yokota)
(拉致被害時13歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
新潟市において下校途中に失踪。
平成16年11月に開催された第3回実務者協議において、北朝鮮側はめぐみさんが1994(平成6)年4月に死亡したとし「遺骨」を提出したが、めぐみさんの「遺骨」とされた骨の一部からは同人のものとは異なるDNAが検出されたとの鑑定結果を得た。
平成18年4月には日本政府の実施したDNA検査により、横田めぐみさんの夫が昭和53年に韓国より拉致された当時高校生の韓国人拉致被害者・金英男(キム・ヨンナム)氏である可能性が高いことが判明した。

※「白い翼でも黒い翼でも、赤い翼でも青い翼でも、何でも結構なんで、帰って来られる翼をめぐみに与えてほしい」
(横田早紀江さん。拉致被害者・横田めぐみさんの母)
※「正義は必ず勝つ、と私は信じていますので、あとしばらくお力をお貸しください」
(横田哲也さん。拉致被害者・横田めぐみさんの弟)
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■あさがおの会HP
http://www.asagaonokai.jp
■ブルーリボンの祈り会/スイス日本語福音キリスト教会HP
https://www.jegschweiz.com/%E3%83%96%E3%83%AB%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AA%E3%83%9C%E3%83%B3%E3%81%AE%E7%A5%88%E3%82%8A%E4%BC%9A/
■アニメ「めぐみ」
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGYACTRGjI

[November 15, 1977: Young girl abducted]

Abductee: Megumi Yokota (13, female, Niigata Prefecture)
Disappeared on her way home from school in Niigata City.
During the third round of Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations in November 2004, North Korea claimed that Megumi Yokota died in April 1994 and handed over what it claimed were her remains. DNA analysis, however, indicates that some of the bones from these remains belong in fact to a different person or persons.
Additional DNA analysis conducted in April 2006 by the GoJ indicated a high probability that Kim Young-Nam, a Korean citizen abducted from the Republic of Korea in 1978 when he was a high-school student, was married to Ms. Yokota.

《特定失踪者・藤田 進さんについて》
※国連人権理事会(United Nations Human Rights Council=UNHRC)が調査要請を受理した事案
◆氏名:藤田 進
(ふじたすすむ)
(Susumu Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和51(1976)年2月7日
◆生年月日:昭和31(1956)年6月16日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:19歳
◆当時の住所:埼玉県川口市南町
◆当時の身分:東京学芸大学教育学部1年生
◆特徴:
1)家ではあまりしゃべらないタイプ
2)ギターがうまかった
◆失踪場所:埼玉県川口市の自宅

【失踪状況】
失踪当日6:30~7:00頃、以前から言っていた新宿のガードマンのバイトに行くといって服を持って家を出たまま帰らず。
後に新宿にある全ての警備会社に電話で問い合わせたが該当者はいなかった。
脱北者が北朝鮮から持ち出した写真が鑑定の結果、藤田 進さんである可能性が極めて高いことが判明。
平成16年1月28日、埼玉県警に告発状提出。
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■救う会埼玉HP
http://sukuukai.gozaru.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3
■緑風香ブログ
http://ryokuhuuka.wordpress.com/
■拉致問題を考える川口の会HP
http://kawaguchi.aikotoba.jp/list.htm

《特定失踪者・藤田 慎さんについて》
※藤田 進さん・隆司さん兄弟の叔父
◆氏名:藤田 慎
(ふじたしん)
(Shin Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和35(1960)年
◆生年月日:昭和6(1931)年9月5日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:29歳
◆当時の住所:東京都大田区蒲田
◆当時の身分:三菱重工業か石川島播磨重工業のどちらかに勤務
◆身長:165cmくらい
◆体重:65kg〜70kg
◆特徴:
1)柔道をやっていてがっしりした体格
2)川に潜って魚獲りをするのが好きだった
3)長兄(藤田 進さんの父)と顔が似ている
◆失踪場所:東京都大田区蒲田本町(姉夫婦の当時の居住地)

【失踪状況】
長兄に「旅行に行く」と新品の靴を借りに来る。
次兄夫婦には、「結婚したい人がいる」と相談。
また、弟にお金を借りに来る。
その後音信不通。
失踪から数年後、兄夫婦宅(埼玉県川口市仲町)に年賀状が届く。
字体は達筆(本人の字体に似ていた)。
差出人の名前がなかった。
消印は世田谷だったようである。
昭和51年2月7日、埼玉県川口市で失踪した藤田 進さんの叔父にあたる。
北朝鮮にいるとの不確定情報がある。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3

《特定失踪者・古川了子さんについて》
◆氏名:古川 了子
(ふるかわのりこ)
(Noriko Furukawa)
◆失踪年月日:昭和48(1973)年7月7日
◆生年月日:昭和30(1955)年1月1日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:18歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市菊間
◆当時の身分:三井造船社員(経理)
◆身長:157cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中学時代水泳部、高校では卓球部部長。
2)書き初めで入選したことあり、簿記、珠算和文タイプ等資格持っている。
3)左利き。文字を書くのは左右同じに使える。
4)左眉に途切れたような傷がある。
◆失踪場所:千葉県市原市の自宅を出てから

【失踪状況】
当日は土曜日で会社が休みだったので、午前中に美容院に行って午後から母親と浴衣を買いに行く予定をしていた。
午前中、了子さんは母親が知らない間に家を出ていたが、美容院に了子さんから電話で「今日の美容院はキャンセルしたい。出かけるところができたので母親に浴衣を買いに行けなくなったと伝えて下さい」と言った。
母親は美容院の人から電話を貰い、友達にでも会うことになったのだろうと気にはしなかったが、それから何の音沙汰もなくなった。
7月に初めて貰ったボーナスは手付かずだし預金通帳も置いたまま。
持って出たのは財布とハンカチくらいしか入らない、いつも持っている小さなバッグ1つだけだった。
その後、家にも勤め先にも全く連絡なし。中学や高校の友人も心あたりはなかった。
元北朝鮮工作員の安明進(アン・ミョンジン)氏が、「1991年に平壌市内の病院にいた女性と似ている」と証言している。
平成16年1月29日、千葉県警に告発状提出。
平成17年4月13日政府に対し拉致認定を求め東京地裁に提訴。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/
■救う会千葉ブログ
http://sukuukaichiba.blog.fc2.com/
■古川了子さんを救う会HP
http://2.furukawanoriko.michikusa.jp/
■しおかぜ収録inハーグ
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CeE7fbhZALk

《特定失踪者・関谷俊子さんについて》
◆氏名:関谷 俊子
(せきやとしこ)
(Toshiko Sekiya)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年5月19日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市徳氏
◆当時の身分:薬品会社勤務。定時制高校在学中
◆身長:160cm
◆体重:50kgくらい
◆血液型:A型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)痩せ型
2)ソフトボールをやっていて、実業団に入るのを勧められた
3)スポーツは得意
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
親類の峰島英雄さんと幼馴染の同級生・遠山常子さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
関谷さんは古川了子さん(昭和48年失踪)と同じ高校で3学年下。
古川事件の1年後の同じ7月の失踪。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・遠山常子さんについて》
◆氏名:遠山 常子
(とおやまつねこ)
(Tsuneko To'yama)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年6月22日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市田淵
◆当時の身分:県立高校学生(夜間部)
◆当時の勤務先:千葉市内のスーパーマーケット
◆身長:158cm~160cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中肉中背で、関谷俊子さんより背がやや低い2)ポッチャリしていた
3)左右どちらかは不明だが眉の上にホクロの切除痕有り
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
幼馴染の同級生・関谷俊子さんとその親類の峰島英雄さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・峰島英雄さんについて》
◆氏名:峰島 英雄
(みねしまひでお)
(Hideo Mineshima)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年9月2日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:21歳
◆当時の住所:千葉市(稲毛区)轟町
◆当時の身分:千葉市内の電話工事会社社員(下請け)
◆身長:170cm
◆血液型:B型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)ガッチリした体型
2)少し空手を習っていた
3)飲酒・喫煙をする
4)軽装
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
当日夜、遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、英雄さんの兄が店長を務め妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
数時間店に滞在。英雄さんが「二人を車で家に送ってくる。おなかも空いたので、戻ってくるからおにぎりを作っておいてくれ」と言って店を出たが戻って来なかった。
その後三人からの連絡は一切無し。
車(赤いマーク2)も発見されていない。
失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(Minoru Tanaka)
(拉致被害時28歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.



【SEA OF MERCY】
The book named “Sea of Mercy”
13-year- old junior high school student Takeshi Terakoshi was abducted in May 1963.
He went fishing with his two uncle, Shoji and Soto-o Terakoshi. The fishingboat named Kiyomaru left for the fishing ground nearby Noto island, Ishikawa prefecture.
Kiyomaru encountered North Korean spy vessel. Spies were afraid of detection.
Soto-o and Takeshi were abducted and carried to Chong-jin city. Shoji was considered to be killed at the site.
Families, fellow fishermen and coast guard searched the area, but they could find only Kiyomaru and Takeshi’s school uniform.
They thought 3 persons were in disress and died. Funeral service was held.24 Years were passed.
In 1987, Soto-o’s sister received the letter from Soto-o and surprised.
Soto-o wrote “Takeshi and I am living in Gusong, North Korea”.
Takeshi’s father and mother visited to North Korea in1988 and met with Soto-o and Takeshi.
But they couldn’t say how they carried to North Korea because NK officials watched them.
North Korea made the story of their shipwreck accident and lifesaving.
Since then, Takeshi’s parents visited to him a lot of times but Takeshi and his family members cannot say that Takeshi and his uncles were abducted.
In 1997, Megumi Yokota case was appeared in the media and the national congress. Terakoshi’s case was also observed as an abduction case. But “he” denied that he was abducted and praised North Korea and the Kim family.
In December 2001, Pyongyang publishing company published a book named “Sea of Mercy”.
The author is Kim Myong-ho, Takeshi’s Korean name.
In that book, Takeshi wrote that they are not the abduction victims but happily living in North Korea after they ware saved. Moreover “he" denied other abduction case such as Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi in this book.
Nine months later, Kim Jong-il admitted and appologized for the abduction activities.
But North Korea still denies Terakoshi’s case as abduction and Takeshi and his family cannot say he was abduction victim because Takeshi himself is a hostage.
“Sea of Mercy”, the title is a symbol of North Korean regime.
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1.日時・場所等
◆日 時:平成31年4月20日(土曜日)
・総 会/11時~12時
・講演会/13時~15時
◆場 所:人権ライブラリ―
※東京都港区芝大門2-10-12 KDX芝大門ビル4階
◆主 催:NO FENCE、北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会
◆総会は会員のみ参加可能です
◆講演会はどなたでも参加可能です。参加無料、事前申し込み不要です

2.プログラム
◆NO FENCE総会
◆講 演:グレッグ・スカラテューさん
 ▽演 題:「米朝会談決裂後の北朝鮮人権問題」(仮)
※アメリカからウェブ中継
【グレッグ・スカラテュー(Greg Scarlatoiu)さん】
アメリカ北朝鮮人権委員会(HRNK)事務総長。
HRNKは、衛星写真を駆使した北朝鮮強制収容所の調査研究などで知られる非政府組織。政権への助言や議会へのロビー活動も積極的におこなっている。
https://www.hrnk.org/about/staff-interns.php

◆講演会終了後は、共催団体(北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会)の総会がおこなわれます

■人権ライブラリー
http://www.jinken-library.jp/access
■アメリカ北朝鮮人権委員会(HRNK)HP
https://www.hrnk.org/
■No Fence北朝鮮の強制収容所をなくすアクションの会HP
http://www.nofence.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■自由朝鮮HP
http://cheollimacivildefense.org/
■実録!絵で見る北朝鮮「教化所」拷問の実態「THE FACT」
https://youtu.be/QBJcDDGwdFo
■VOA拉致問題動画
https://youtu.be/o2i_u8y8GJM
■国連の北朝鮮人権調査委員会は2014年2月、北朝鮮帰還事業や拉致問題を含む北朝鮮政府による人権侵害を「人道に対する罪」と認定する最終報告書を発表しました。
<原文>
『Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea』
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx
<日本語訳>
『北朝鮮における人権に関する国連調査委員会(COI)最終報告書』
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/fp/hr_ha/page18_000274.html
■加藤 健ブログ「天を回せ!ロビー活動で挑む」
http://kenkato.blog.jp/
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナTV脱北者日本語字幕版
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS0GqKLezT4179A9Wy4smneKYQxrq2shl



《特定失踪者・藤田 進さんについて》
※国連人権理事会(United Nations Human Rights Council=UNHRC)が調査要請を受理した事案
◆氏名:藤田 進
(ふじたすすむ)
(Susumu Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和51(1976)年2月7日
◆生年月日:昭和31(1956)年6月16日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:19歳
◆当時の住所:埼玉県川口市南町
◆当時の身分:東京学芸大学教育学部1年生
◆特徴:
1)家ではあまりしゃべらないタイプ
2)ギターがうまかった
◆失踪場所:埼玉県川口市の自宅

【失踪状況】
失踪当日6:30~7:00頃、以前から言っていた新宿のガードマンのバイトに行くといって服を持って家を出たまま帰らず。
後に新宿にある全ての警備会社に電話で問い合わせたが該当者はいなかった。
脱北者が北朝鮮から持ち出した写真が鑑定の結果、藤田 進さんである可能性が極めて高いことが判明。
平成16年1月28日、埼玉県警に告発状提出。
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■救う会埼玉HP
http://sukuukai.gozaru.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3
■緑風香ブログ
http://ryokuhuuka.wordpress.com/
■拉致問題を考える川口の会HP
http://kawaguchi.aikotoba.jp/list.htm

《特定失踪者・藤田 慎さんについて》
※藤田 進さん・隆司さん兄弟の叔父
◆氏名:藤田 慎
(ふじたしん)
(Shin Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和35(1960)年
◆生年月日:昭和6(1931)年9月5日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:29歳
◆当時の住所:東京都大田区蒲田
◆当時の身分:三菱重工業か石川島播磨重工業のどちらかに勤務
◆身長:165cmくらい
◆体重:65kg〜70kg
◆特徴:
1)柔道をやっていてがっしりした体格
2)川に潜って魚獲りをするのが好きだった
3)長兄(藤田 進さんの父)と顔が似ている
◆失踪場所:東京都大田区蒲田本町(姉夫婦の当時の居住地)

【失踪状況】
長兄に「旅行に行く」と新品の靴を借りに来る。
次兄夫婦には、「結婚したい人がいる」と相談。
また、弟にお金を借りに来る。
その後音信不通。
失踪から数年後、兄夫婦宅(埼玉県川口市仲町)に年賀状が届く。
字体は達筆(本人の字体に似ていた)。
差出人の名前がなかった。
消印は世田谷だったようである。
昭和51年2月7日、埼玉県川口市で失踪した藤田 進さんの叔父にあたる。
北朝鮮にいるとの不確定情報がある。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3

《特定失踪者・古川了子さんについて》
◆氏名:古川 了子
(ふるかわのりこ)
(Noriko Furukawa)
◆失踪年月日:昭和48(1973)年7月7日
◆生年月日:昭和30(1955)年1月1日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:18歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市菊間
◆当時の身分:三井造船社員(経理)
◆身長:157cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中学時代水泳部、高校では卓球部部長。
2)書き初めで入選したことあり、簿記、珠算和文タイプ等資格持っている。
3)左利き。文字を書くのは左右同じに使える。
4)左眉に途切れたような傷がある。
◆失踪場所:千葉県市原市の自宅を出てから

【失踪状況】
当日は土曜日で会社が休みだったので、午前中に美容院に行って午後から母親と浴衣を買いに行く予定をしていた。
午前中、了子さんは母親が知らない間に家を出ていたが、美容院に了子さんから電話で「今日の美容院はキャンセルしたい。出かけるところができたので母親に浴衣を買いに行けなくなったと伝えて下さい」と言った。
母親は美容院の人から電話を貰い、友達にでも会うことになったのだろうと気にはしなかったが、それから何の音沙汰もなくなった。
7月に初めて貰ったボーナスは手付かずだし預金通帳も置いたまま。
持って出たのは財布とハンカチくらいしか入らない、いつも持っている小さなバッグ1つだけだった。
その後、家にも勤め先にも全く連絡なし。中学や高校の友人も心あたりはなかった。
元北朝鮮工作員の安明進(アン・ミョンジン)氏が、「1991年に平壌市内の病院にいた女性と似ている」と証言している。
平成16年1月29日、千葉県警に告発状提出。
平成17年4月13日政府に対し拉致認定を求め東京地裁に提訴。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/
■救う会千葉ブログ
http://sukuukaichiba.blog.fc2.com/
■古川了子さんを救う会HP
http://2.furukawanoriko.michikusa.jp/
■しおかぜ収録inハーグ
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CeE7fbhZALk

《特定失踪者・関谷俊子さんについて》
◆氏名:関谷 俊子
(せきやとしこ)
(Toshiko Sekiya)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年5月19日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市徳氏
◆当時の身分:薬品会社勤務。定時制高校在学中
◆身長:160cm
◆体重:50kgくらい
◆血液型:A型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)痩せ型
2)ソフトボールをやっていて、実業団に入るのを勧められた
3)スポーツは得意
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
親類の峰島英雄さんと幼馴染の同級生・遠山常子さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
関谷さんは古川了子さん(昭和48年失踪)と同じ高校で3学年下。
古川事件の1年後の同じ7月の失踪。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・遠山常子さんについて》
◆氏名:遠山 常子
(とおやまつねこ)
(Tsuneko To'yama)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年6月22日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市田淵
◆当時の身分:県立高校学生(夜間部)
◆当時の勤務先:千葉市内のスーパーマーケット
◆身長:158cm~160cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中肉中背で、関谷俊子さんより背がやや低い2)ポッチャリしていた
3)左右どちらかは不明だが眉の上にホクロの切除痕有り
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
幼馴染の同級生・関谷俊子さんとその親類の峰島英雄さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・峰島英雄さんについて》
◆氏名:峰島 英雄
(みねしまひでお)
(Hideo Mineshima)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年9月2日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:21歳
◆当時の住所:千葉市(稲毛区)轟町
◆当時の身分:千葉市内の電話工事会社社員(下請け)
◆身長:170cm
◆血液型:B型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)ガッチリした体型
2)少し空手を習っていた
3)飲酒・喫煙をする
4)軽装
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
当日夜、遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、英雄さんの兄が店長を務め妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
数時間店に滞在。英雄さんが「二人を車で家に送ってくる。おなかも空いたので、戻ってくるからおにぎりを作っておいてくれ」と言って店を出たが戻って来なかった。
その後三人からの連絡は一切無し。
車(赤いマーク2)も発見されていない。
失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(Minoru Tanaka)
(拉致被害時28歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.



【SEA OF MERCY】
The book named “Sea of Mercy”
13-year- old junior high school student Takeshi Terakoshi was abducted in May 1963.
He went fishing with his two uncle, Shoji and Soto-o Terakoshi. The fishingboat named Kiyomaru left for the fishing ground nearby Noto island, Ishikawa prefecture.
Kiyomaru encountered North Korean spy vessel. Spies were afraid of detection.
Soto-o and Takeshi were abducted and carried to Chong-jin city. Shoji was considered to be killed at the site.
Families, fellow fishermen and coast guard searched the area, but they could find only Kiyomaru and Takeshi’s school uniform.
They thought 3 persons were in disress and died. Funeral service was held.24 Years were passed.
In 1987, Soto-o’s sister received the letter from Soto-o and surprised.
Soto-o wrote “Takeshi and I am living in Gusong, North Korea”.
Takeshi’s father and mother visited to North Korea in1988 and met with Soto-o and Takeshi.
But they couldn’t say how they carried to North Korea because NK officials watched them.
North Korea made the story of their shipwreck accident and lifesaving.
Since then, Takeshi’s parents visited to him a lot of times but Takeshi and his family members cannot say that Takeshi and his uncles were abducted.
In 1997, Megumi Yokota case was appeared in the media and the national congress. Terakoshi’s case was also observed as an abduction case. But “he” denied that he was abducted and praised North Korea and the Kim family.
In December 2001, Pyongyang publishing company published a book named “Sea of Mercy”.
The author is Kim Myong-ho, Takeshi’s Korean name.
In that book, Takeshi wrote that they are not the abduction victims but happily living in North Korea after they ware saved. Moreover “he" denied other abduction case such as Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi in this book.
Nine months later, Kim Jong-il admitted and appologized for the abduction activities.
But North Korea still denies Terakoshi’s case as abduction and Takeshi and his family cannot say he was abduction victim because Takeshi himself is a hostage.
“Sea of Mercy”, the title is a symbol of North Korean regime.
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《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!高英煥さん来日講演会のお知らせ》

■高英煥(コ・ヨンファン)さん(元・北朝鮮外交官)来日講演会を開催します

1.日時・場所等
◆日 時:平成31年4月17日(水曜日)
13時30分~16時30分
◆場 所:早稲田奉仕園セミナーハウス101
※東京都新宿区西早稲田2-3-1
◆主 催:NO FENCE
◆参加無料、事前申し込み不要です

2.プログラム
◆テーマ:米朝関係、核問題、北朝鮮内部情勢など

【高英煥さんプロフィール】
1953年 北朝鮮慈江道江界市生まれ
1977年 平壌外国語大学フランス語学科卒業
1979年 北朝鮮外務省入省
 ▽駐ザイール大使館3等書記官
 ▽外務省アフリカ担当局指導員課長
 ▽駐ザイール大使館1等書記官
等を歴任
 ▽うち1985年~1988年まで金日成(キム・イルソン)のフランス語通訳
1991年 駐コンゴ大使館参事官として赴任中に第三国を経て韓国に亡命
1992年 韓国国家情報院傘下の国家安保戦略研究院に所属

■早稲田奉仕園
https://www.hoshien.or.jp/map/
■No Fence北朝鮮の強制収容所をなくすアクションの会HP
http://www.nofence.jp/
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■自由朝鮮HP
http://cheollimacivildefense.org/
■実録!絵で見る北朝鮮「教化所」拷問の実態「THE FACT」
https://youtu.be/QBJcDDGwdFo
■VOA拉致問題動画
https://youtu.be/o2i_u8y8GJM
■国連の北朝鮮人権調査委員会は2014年2月、北朝鮮帰還事業や拉致問題を含む北朝鮮政府による人権侵害を「人道に対する罪」と認定する最終報告書を発表しました。
<原文>
『Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea』
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx
<日本語訳>
『北朝鮮における人権に関する国連調査委員会(COI)最終報告書』
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/fp/hr_ha/page18_000274.html
■加藤 健ブログ「天を回せ!ロビー活動で挑む」
http://kenkato.blog.jp/
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナTV脱北者日本語字幕版
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS0GqKLezT4179A9Wy4smneKYQxrq2shl



《特定失踪者・藤田 進さんについて》
※国連人権理事会(United Nations Human Rights Council=UNHRC)が調査要請を受理した事案
◆氏名:藤田 進
(ふじたすすむ)
(Susumu Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和51(1976)年2月7日
◆生年月日:昭和31(1956)年6月16日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:19歳
◆当時の住所:埼玉県川口市南町
◆当時の身分:東京学芸大学教育学部1年生
◆特徴:
1)家ではあまりしゃべらないタイプ
2)ギターがうまかった
◆失踪場所:埼玉県川口市の自宅

【失踪状況】
失踪当日6:30~7:00頃、以前から言っていた新宿のガードマンのバイトに行くといって服を持って家を出たまま帰らず。
後に新宿にある全ての警備会社に電話で問い合わせたが該当者はいなかった。
脱北者が北朝鮮から持ち出した写真が鑑定の結果、藤田 進さんである可能性が極めて高いことが判明。
平成16年1月28日、埼玉県警に告発状提出。
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■救う会埼玉HP
http://sukuukai.gozaru.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3
■緑風香ブログ
http://ryokuhuuka.wordpress.com/
■拉致問題を考える川口の会HP
http://kawaguchi.aikotoba.jp/list.htm

《特定失踪者・藤田 慎さんについて》
※藤田 進さん・隆司さん兄弟の叔父
◆氏名:藤田 慎
(ふじたしん)
(Shin Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和35(1960)年
◆生年月日:昭和6(1931)年9月5日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:29歳
◆当時の住所:東京都大田区蒲田
◆当時の身分:三菱重工業か石川島播磨重工業のどちらかに勤務
◆身長:165cmくらい
◆体重:65kg〜70kg
◆特徴:
1)柔道をやっていてがっしりした体格
2)川に潜って魚獲りをするのが好きだった
3)長兄(藤田 進さんの父)と顔が似ている
◆失踪場所:東京都大田区蒲田本町(姉夫婦の当時の居住地)

【失踪状況】
長兄に「旅行に行く」と新品の靴を借りに来る。
次兄夫婦には、「結婚したい人がいる」と相談。
また、弟にお金を借りに来る。
その後音信不通。
失踪から数年後、兄夫婦宅(埼玉県川口市仲町)に年賀状が届く。
字体は達筆(本人の字体に似ていた)。
差出人の名前がなかった。
消印は世田谷だったようである。
昭和51年2月7日、埼玉県川口市で失踪した藤田 進さんの叔父にあたる。
北朝鮮にいるとの不確定情報がある。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3

《特定失踪者・古川了子さんについて》
◆氏名:古川 了子
(ふるかわのりこ)
(Noriko Furukawa)
◆失踪年月日:昭和48(1973)年7月7日
◆生年月日:昭和30(1955)年1月1日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:18歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市菊間
◆当時の身分:三井造船社員(経理)
◆身長:157cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中学時代水泳部、高校では卓球部部長。
2)書き初めで入選したことあり、簿記、珠算和文タイプ等資格持っている。
3)左利き。文字を書くのは左右同じに使える。
4)左眉に途切れたような傷がある。
◆失踪場所:千葉県市原市の自宅を出てから

【失踪状況】
当日は土曜日で会社が休みだったので、午前中に美容院に行って午後から母親と浴衣を買いに行く予定をしていた。
午前中、了子さんは母親が知らない間に家を出ていたが、美容院に了子さんから電話で「今日の美容院はキャンセルしたい。出かけるところができたので母親に浴衣を買いに行けなくなったと伝えて下さい」と言った。
母親は美容院の人から電話を貰い、友達にでも会うことになったのだろうと気にはしなかったが、それから何の音沙汰もなくなった。
7月に初めて貰ったボーナスは手付かずだし預金通帳も置いたまま。
持って出たのは財布とハンカチくらいしか入らない、いつも持っている小さなバッグ1つだけだった。
その後、家にも勤め先にも全く連絡なし。中学や高校の友人も心あたりはなかった。
元北朝鮮工作員の安明進(アン・ミョンジン)氏が、「1991年に平壌市内の病院にいた女性と似ている」と証言している。
平成16年1月29日、千葉県警に告発状提出。
平成17年4月13日政府に対し拉致認定を求め東京地裁に提訴。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/
■救う会千葉ブログ
http://sukuukaichiba.blog.fc2.com/
■古川了子さんを救う会HP
http://2.furukawanoriko.michikusa.jp/
■しおかぜ収録inハーグ
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CeE7fbhZALk

《特定失踪者・関谷俊子さんについて》
◆氏名:関谷 俊子
(せきやとしこ)
(Toshiko Sekiya)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年5月19日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市徳氏
◆当時の身分:薬品会社勤務。定時制高校在学中
◆身長:160cm
◆体重:50kgくらい
◆血液型:A型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)痩せ型
2)ソフトボールをやっていて、実業団に入るのを勧められた
3)スポーツは得意
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
親類の峰島英雄さんと幼馴染の同級生・遠山常子さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
関谷さんは古川了子さん(昭和48年失踪)と同じ高校で3学年下。
古川事件の1年後の同じ7月の失踪。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・遠山常子さんについて》
◆氏名:遠山 常子
(とおやまつねこ)
(Tsuneko To'yama)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年6月22日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市田淵
◆当時の身分:県立高校学生(夜間部)
◆当時の勤務先:千葉市内のスーパーマーケット
◆身長:158cm~160cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中肉中背で、関谷俊子さんより背がやや低い2)ポッチャリしていた
3)左右どちらかは不明だが眉の上にホクロの切除痕有り
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
幼馴染の同級生・関谷俊子さんとその親類の峰島英雄さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
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《特定失踪者・峰島英雄さんについて》
◆氏名:峰島 英雄
(みねしまひでお)
(Hideo Mineshima)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年9月2日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:21歳
◆当時の住所:千葉市(稲毛区)轟町
◆当時の身分:千葉市内の電話工事会社社員(下請け)
◆身長:170cm
◆血液型:B型またはO型
◆特徴:
1)ガッチリした体型
2)少し空手を習っていた
3)飲酒・喫煙をする
4)軽装
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
当日夜、遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、英雄さんの兄が店長を務め妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
数時間店に滞在。英雄さんが「二人を車で家に送ってくる。おなかも空いたので、戻ってくるからおにぎりを作っておいてくれ」と言って店を出たが戻って来なかった。
その後三人からの連絡は一切無し。
車(赤いマーク2)も発見されていない。
失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
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◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(Minoru Tanaka)
(拉致被害時28歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
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[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.



【SEA OF MERCY】
The book named “Sea of Mercy”
13-year- old junior high school student Takeshi Terakoshi was abducted in May 1963.
He went fishing with his two uncle, Shoji and Soto-o Terakoshi. The fishingboat named Kiyomaru left for the fishing ground nearby Noto island, Ishikawa prefecture.
Kiyomaru encountered North Korean spy vessel. Spies were afraid of detection.
Soto-o and Takeshi were abducted and carried to Chong-jin city. Shoji was considered to be killed at the site.
Families, fellow fishermen and coast guard searched the area, but they could find only Kiyomaru and Takeshi’s school uniform.
They thought 3 persons were in disress and died. Funeral service was held.24 Years were passed.
In 1987, Soto-o’s sister received the letter from Soto-o and surprised.
Soto-o wrote “Takeshi and I am living in Gusong, North Korea”.
Takeshi’s father and mother visited to North Korea in1988 and met with Soto-o and Takeshi.
But they couldn’t say how they carried to North Korea because NK officials watched them.
North Korea made the story of their shipwreck accident and lifesaving.
Since then, Takeshi’s parents visited to him a lot of times but Takeshi and his family members cannot say that Takeshi and his uncles were abducted.
In 1997, Megumi Yokota case was appeared in the media and the national congress. Terakoshi’s case was also observed as an abduction case. But “he” denied that he was abducted and praised North Korea and the Kim family.
In December 2001, Pyongyang publishing company published a book named “Sea of Mercy”.
The author is Kim Myong-ho, Takeshi’s Korean name.
In that book, Takeshi wrote that they are not the abduction victims but happily living in North Korea after they ware saved. Moreover “he" denied other abduction case such as Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi in this book.
Nine months later, Kim Jong-il admitted and appologized for the abduction activities.
But North Korea still denies Terakoshi’s case as abduction and Takeshi and his family cannot say he was abduction victim because Takeshi himself is a hostage.
“Sea of Mercy”, the title is a symbol of North Korean regime.
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◆昭和55(1980)年5月頃
欧州における日本人男性拉致容疑事案
被害者:石岡 亨さん(To-o-ru Ishioka)
(拉致被害時22歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
被害者:松木 薫さん(Kaoru Matsuki)
(拉致被害時26歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
2人とも欧州滞在中の昭和55年に失踪。
昭和63年に石岡さんから日本の家族に出した手紙(ポーランドの消印)が届き、石岡さん、松木さん、そして有本恵子さんが北朝鮮に在住すると伝えてきた。
北朝鮮側は、石岡 亨さんは1988(昭和63)年11月にガス事故で有本恵子さんと共に死亡したとしているが、これを裏付ける資料等の提供はなされていない。
また、同様に松木 薫さんについても、1996(平成8)年8月に交通事故で死亡したとして、平成14年9月及び平成16年11月に開催された第3回日・朝実務者協議と2回にわたり、北朝鮮側から松木さんの「遺骨」の可能性があるとされるものが提出されたが、そのうちの一部からは、同人のものとは異なるDNAが検出されたとの鑑定結果を得た。
捜査当局は拉致実行犯である「よど号」犯人の妻・森 順子及び若林(旧姓:黒田)佐喜子について、平成19年6月に逮捕状の発付を得て国際手配するとともに、政府として北朝鮮側に身柄の引渡しを要求している。
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[In or around May 1980: Two Japanese men abducted in Europe]

Abductees: Toru Ishioka (22, male, Europe), Kaoru Matsuki (26, male, Europe)
Both men disappeared while living in Europe in 1980. A letter postmarked in Poland and sent by Mr. Ishioka in 1988 to his family in Japan indicated that he, Mr. Matsuki and Keiko Arimoto (see 12 below) were all living in North Korea.
North Korea asserts that Mr. Ishioka and Ms. Arimoto died in a gas poisoning accident in November 1988, but has provided no documents or evidence to support these claims. North Korea also asserts that Mr. Matsuki died in an automobile accident in August 1996. In September 2002, and at the Third Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in September 2002 and November 2004, North Korea handed over remains possibly belonging to Mr. Matsuki, but analysis in Japan indicates that these remains contain DNA belonging to someone else.
The Japanese authorities issued arrest warrants in June 2007 for Junko Mori and Sakiko Wakabayashi (nee Kuroda), wives of Yodo-go members, who are believed to be responsible for these abductions, and listed them both with Interpol. The GoJ demands that North Korea extradite them to Japan.

《特定失踪者・吉田雪江さんについて》
◆氏名:吉田 雪江
(よしだゆきえ)
(Yukie Yoshida)
◆失踪年月日:昭和42(1967)年1月28日
◆生年月日:昭和24(1949)年2月18日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:北海道釧路市
◆当時の身分:電話交換手
◆身長:156cm
◆体重:55kg
◆特徴:
1)中肉
2)鼻は丸い
3)活発で明朗、真面目な性格
◆失踪当時の服装:オーバーを羽織って長靴を履いていた
◆失踪場所:北海道釧路市

【失踪状況】
失踪当日夕方、会社の同僚の結婚式が6時頃からあり、退勤後自宅に戻り着替えてから式場に向かった。
終了後式場からいったん自宅に戻り、午後8時30分から9時の間くらいに新婚旅行への出発を見送りに行くと時刻表を指して時間を確認し、自宅から長靴で出かけたまま失踪。
服装は結婚式に出た服装で、その上にオーバーを羽織っていた。
新婚旅行の出発は選挙のため投票してから出かけるために変更になっていた。
警察の報告では駅で見かけた人はいなかった。
荷物も持っておらず、社内預金もそのままだった。

【荒木和博・特定失踪者問題調査会代表による吉田雪江さん失踪事件の解説】
吉田雪江さんは電話交換手でした。電話交換手といっても