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Der Meltdown-Patch von Apple verlangsamt das System wohl besonders krass. Ich bin ehrlich gesagt etwas erstaunt darber, denn OS X hat AFAIK (ich bin da kein Spezialist) schon immer einen vollen Kontextwechsel zwischen Prozessen und dem Kernel gehabt. Das ist einfach Teil des Mach-Designs. Insofern htte ich gedacht, dass Apple nicht betroffen ist, oder zumindest nicht viel getan werden muss, um das zu fixen. WTF?
Dieser Artikel, "What really happened with Vista", hat ein paar Abstze ber die Schlangenlindustrie, die ich hier mal zitieren will:
In many cases, these security changes meant deep architectural changes were required to third party solutions. And most ecosystem vendors were not incented to invest heavily in their legacy apps. Some of these solutions took the unorthodox approach of modifying data structures and even instructions in the kernel in order to implement their functionality, bypassing APIs and multiprocessor locks that often caused havoc. Antivirus vendors were notorious for using this approach.Nur damit ihr das auch mal von jemand anderem als immer nur mir gehrt habt.
In my role as the head of Microsoft security, I personally spent many years explaining to antivirus vendors why we would no longer allow them to patch kernel instructions and data structures in memory, why this was a security risk, and why they needed to use approved APIs going forward, that we would no longer support their legacy apps with deep hooks in the Windows kernelthe same ones that hackers were using to attack consumer systems. Our friends, the antivirus vendors, turned around and sued us, claiming we were blocking their livelihood and abusing our monopoly power! With friends like that, who needs enemies? They just wanted their old solutions to keep working even if that meant reducing the security of our mutual customerthe very thing they were supposed to be improving.
Ich warne ja seit Jahren davor, dass die Unterdrckungsmanahmen der Ctrl-Left gegen die Alt-Right auf sie selbst zurckfallen werden. Jetzt reicht mir ein Einsender diesen Heul-Winsel-Zhneknirsch-Artikel in der "Vice" rein, der genau das beobachtet.
NA SOWAS, liebe Linke! Htte euch doch nur jemand gewarnt!1!!
Oh warte, euch HAT jemand gewarnt. Aber ihr hattet ihn geblockt. Weil ihr Meinungen ungleich eurer eigenen nicht aushaltet.
Unter uns: Den Link muss man jetzt auch nicht klicken. Ist halt Twitter-Liveberichterstattung gepaart mit linkem Emprungs-Meinungsverknden, wie blich bei Vice. Money Quote:
Ihr Fall zeigt anschaulich, wie willkrlich Twitter auf die Meldungen reagiert.ACH NEE, liebe Vice-Emprten! Zensurgesetze fhren zu Willkr und Unterdrckung von Positionen?! Das ist ja un-glaub-lich!!
Infrastrukturapokalypse: Das Linux-Kernel-Mailinglisten-Archiv ist down. Das lief, wie sich rausstellt, bei jemandem zuhause auf nem Home Server unterm Schreibtisch, und der hatte dort Stromausfall, als er auf Reisen war, und jetzt muss jemand die Crypto-Passphrase beim Boot-Prompt eingeben, aber keiner ist erreichbar.
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- Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Good evening, Im still reporting on: Synopsis:Democrats have completely lost touch with the concept of forgoing some possible small, short-term political gain at the expense of the welfare of the nation as a whole. Yes, even presidents talk the way President Trump reportedly talked in a small private meeting in the Oval office yesterday. President Obama used those exact words to describe some of the poorer nations of the world, however, that never made the huge splash in the news for two reasons; #1 Democrats were scared to death of besmirching the reputation of the leader of the evil empire; and #2, Republicans had sufficient respect for the office, despite it being inhabited by the evil emperor, that they kept such private conversations, private, for the benefit of the nation as a whole. Democrats had better wake up. They are so desperate to destroy President Trump that they will do anything, say anything, even divulge private conversations in the Oval Office during heated negotiations. Guess what? No more visits to the White House. But also guess what? We, the American people, see it. We know what you are doing, and one minor swear word is no surprise to anyone. And it dwindles to insignificance compared to the major turnarounds Trump has already achieved across the face of our government. What did you think about the 5th grade tattletale? You immediately shunned him. Here is just one tiny example of what we see. Trump has already made a HUGE difference for millions of wage-earning families across the nation, ALREADY! Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washingt...
Body camera footage of a Las Vegas cop abusing a woman was so bad that the cop was actually sentenced to prison this week.
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Trump and his sh*thole remark: the story nobody is talking about
(Assuming Trump made the remark as reportedhe denies it)
By Jon Rappoport
Youre not a terrorist.
You arent trying to emigrate.
You arent a refugee who refuses to assimilate, who feels entitled to abuse his wife in any way he wants to, for any reason.
Youre not a member of the vicious MS-13 gang.
Youre not involved in child sex trafficking.
Youre not making anchor babies.
Youre not a pirate, a kidnapper, a street thug, or a drug dealer.
Youre one of the millions and millions of people who simply live out their lives where they are. You represent a FAR larger population than all the above categories put together.
You and your family call home a tiny shack in a large crowded city in an African country. Your family has existed in the throes of poverty and extreme hunger for many generations.
You drink water that is pumped directly from untreated sewage.
Garbage is strewn in the streets.
Riots and wars erupt from time to time, and so do epidemics, because no one in your neighborhood has a healthy body that can fight off germs.
All around the city there is fertile growing land, but most of it has been taken over by transnational agri-corporations.
I can predict with certainty that the last thing you care about is whether the president of the US has called your country a shithole.
Youre not circulating a petition protesting his remark and sending it to the United Nations.
Youre not watching outraged commentators on CNN excoriating the president.
Youre not reading tweets from liberals who are triggered by Trump.
Youre not watching You Tube videos made by college students in Boston.
Youre wondering whether your sick daughter is going to survive the night.
You do care about medical teams that sweep through the neighborhood and vaccinate everyone, because youve seen adults and children die after the shots.
You arent comparing the talking heads on FOX with the talking heads on MSNBC, to see who is parsing what.
You arent poring over the Washington Post.
You do know that the dictator of your country (the latest in a long line of psychopaths) has sold everything that isnt nailed down, to foreign predatory corporations. Youre told that, half a century ago, there was a local leader who might not have been a psychopath; and the CIA killed him.
You do know that you and your people have...
PJ ORourke went to the shitholes so you wont have to, Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the Worlds Worst Places Publishers blurb, Now available from Grove Press, P. J. ORourkes classic, best-selling guided tour of the worlds most desolate, dangerous, and desperate places. Tired of making bad jokes and believing 
In a report released today, by IOACTIVE, researchers advice that critical infrastructure mobile applications are being developed without secure coding compliance that could allow hackers to target Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Industrial Control Systems.
SCADA-ICS stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Industrial Control System, that represents the industrial automated systems operating on critical infrastructure. These systems are responsible for the control and operation of critical services like clean water and energy respectively. Researchers of IOACTIVE released a report analyzing the impact on the security of SCADA-ICS systems operating connected to the internet of things (IoT) and mobile applications.
The report states that mobile applications are present in many ICS segments and can be divided into two groups, Local (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) and remote applications (Internet, VPN), which are exposed to three types of attacks such as Unauthorized physical access to the device or virtual access to device data, Communication channel compromise (MiTM), Application compromise.
Considering these attacks mobile SCADA applications can lead to Directly/indirectly influencing an industrial process or industrial network infrastructure and compromising an operator to unwillingly perform a harmful action on the system.
The research was conducted based on OWASP 2016 and analyzed 34 vendors that released the app on Google Play Store. The mobile app analyzed revealed that 147 security issues were identified related to secure coding programming that would allow code tampering.
The researchers noticed that hackers could gain remote control to smartphones to further launch attacks on ICS vulnerable app used on hardware and software. Also, the researchers pointed out that there was an increase of 16 vulnerabilities per application.
Regarding the vulnerabilities, researchers...
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Mainstream media covered the fact that Chinese scientists are engineering snowstorms, are we to believe that the US government and others arent doing the same?
The US military is as large as the next 10 largest militaries combined, thus they have the ability to carry out climate engineering (weather warfare) operations on the largest scale by far. Not only have US military commanders stated that the disintegrating climate is the greatest national security threat, they have long since stated their objective of owning the weather. Are we to believe that our government would ask our permission before deploying climate engineering operations? In fact, our governments own...
Crazed mobs of people belonging to a militant socialist political party called the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spent Saturday morning vandalizing H&M stores at malls across South Africa over a monkey sweatshirt advertisement that the internet deemed to be racist.
The EFF is currently the third-largest party in both houses of the South African parliament.
That @hm nonsense of a clothing store is now facing consequences for its racism. All rational people should agree that the store should not be allowed to continue operating in South Africa. Well done to Fighters who physically confronted racism. pic.twitter.com/cgdedYGoOj
Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) January 13, 2018
A declaration from the EFF states that the party draws inspiration from the broad MarxistLeninist tradition and Fanonian schools of thought in their analyses of the state, imperialism, culture and class contradictions in every society.
The party has been repeatedly accused of racism against people who are not black.
We [the EFF] are not calling for the slaughter of white people at least for now, the groups president, Julius Malema, said during a political rally in 2016.
Malema has previously been convicted of hate speech for repeatedly singing dubul ibhunu, which translates to shoot the boer [white farmer]. White farmers in South Africa are currently being murdered at a rate that many are deeming to be genocide.
Mukololo (@DineoDeeMash2) January 13, 2018
Everything is so vulnerable. Craig Hemke & Eric Sprott Weekly Wrap-Up Podcast The year is off to a hot start with the dollar sinking and the price of crude oil going up. This week, Eric talks more about the...
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Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro has invited members of the regional ALBA-TCP bloc to join him in launching a new cryptocurrency. Named petro, the cryptocurrency will be backed by the country's oil, gas, gold and diamond riches. "I have a proposal for the economic teams of the ALBA: to assume jointly the creation of an oil-backed petro cryptocurrency, which will be supported with Venezuelan oil and that very soon we will sustain with the wealth of Venezuela's gold and diamonds," Maduro told the delegates of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) on Friday. Meeting the high-ranking officials from Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, the President of Venezuela invited them to join him in overcoming what he had previously called a "financial blockade" imposed by the United States
With bipartisan backing, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would renew one of the government's most sweeping surveillance authorities for six years with minimal changes. The measure, which passed 256-164, reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was set to expire later this month. The law was first passed in 2008 to legalize President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program. It allows the National Security Agency to collect Americans' communications with people overseas, as long as the NSA is "targeting" the foreigners involved. The vote followed a morning of confusion, as President Donald Trump tweeted in opposition to the bill, referencing a conspiracy theory about then-President Barack Obama spying on the Trump campaign. He walked himself back two hours later, tweeting, "We need it! Get Smart!"
Adam Lee has a good take on the believe women trope.
The call to believe women isnt an assertion that womens claims ought to be held to a less rigorous standard of evidence. Its a rejoinder to the sad reality that, for most of history, women were held to a more stringent standard than men and their claims were reflexively disbelieved.
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Its also not a claim that women are incapable of lying. Its just that, in general, you should trust that people are mostly telling the truth, unless youve got good reason to doubt them, and being female is not one of those reasons.
Which means that when a porn actress, Stormy Daniels, says she did not have sex with Donald Trump, you should believe her, barring any solid evidence to the contrary. It is a non-story. At its worst it might be a tale of consensual sexual interactions between two people, one of whom is sleazy and repellent (its not Daniels Im talking about)but as long as its consensual, its only their business.
This is nothing but an attempt to harm Donald Trump, an activity I might approve of, by associating him with the unfair disrepute of sex workers. All it can do is further damage the standing of sex workers in general and Stormy Daniels in particular, to no good end.
And really, in a single week in which weve got Trump flaunting unmitigated racism and another rambling, incoherent, arrogant interview in the Wall Street Journal, dont we have better things to do?
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SOTN| Since the very inception of the chemical geoengineeering programs, the U.S. Federal Government has repeatedly denied their existence.
Various agencies and departments within the government have actually belittled many investigative journalists and scientific researchers who have conclusively proved their existence.
Many truth seekers throughout the Alt Media have been the object of scorn for even broaching the subject. Some have been intimidated by government proxies and/or threatened by private contractors for making their geoengineering claims and publishing their findings.
Now we see that there was a scientific research paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.
The title of the paper is Assessing the direct occupational and public health impacts of solar radiation management with stratospheric aerosols and it can be found at the following link: US National Library of Medicine Posted Scientific Research Paper Acknowledging Chemical Geoengineering.
Even though this article was published in January of 2016, many in the anti-geoengineering community have continued to be the victim of hit pieces and propaganda, particularly on social media. How does this even happen, especially when the government itself proclaims that chemical geoengineering is being conducted in the skies?
What is particularly galling about this ongoing predicament is that every chemtrail watcher knows with absolute certainty that toxic chemtrails are being discharged across the planet with a vengeance. See the photos in the following link....
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Seatle is imposing a massive tax on sugary drinks in a nefarious plan to raise the $15 million needed to fund its other programs.
Although not part of the European Union, Switzerland partakes in resettling Syrian refugees. In 2016, the Swiss government announced they would take 3,000 asylum seekers from the war-torn country, as well as resettle up to 50,000 asylum seekers who had Continue reading
The World Bank repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways it now says were unfair and misleading.
The World Banks chief economist, Paul Romer, told The Wall Street Journal on Friday he would correct and recalculate national rankings of business competitiveness in the report called Doing Business going back at least four years.
The revisions could be particularly relevant to Chile, whose standings in the rankings have been especially volatile in recent years and potentially tainted by the political motivations of World Bank staff, Mr. Romer said.
Over time, World Bank staff put a heavy thumb on the scales of its report by repeatedly changing the methodology that was used to calculate the country rankings, Mr. Romer said.
The focus of the World Banks corrections will be changes that had the effect of sharply penalizing the ranking of Chile under the most recent term of Chiles outgoing president, Michelle Bachelet.
I want to make a personal apology to Chile, and to any other country where we conveyed the wrong impression, Mr. Romer said. The problems with the report, he said, were my fault because we did not make things clear enough.
(GV) Ponds in the Kathmandu Valley and the southern plains of Nepal have always been an integral part of culture and tradition. While some ponds have been preserved well in the valley, others have been encroached upon by modern construction or have disappeared completely due to negligence by authorities.
Rani Pokhari, the Queens Pond, with historic Balgopaleswor Temple in the center, has been drained off to allow for the temples reconstruction. Authorities decided to renovate the pond as a whole after the temple was partially damaged by the disastrous earthquake of 2015.
Now, activists and locals of Kathmandu Valley have come together to save this ancient pond in the heart of Kathmandu:
Brazesh Khanal (@brazeshk) October 21, 2017
In few years time, we did this to Rani Pokhari. Two photos taken from the same point.
ZeroHedge| Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduros plan to order markets to slash prices of food an attempt to combat speculation and rampant inflation of the bolivar has apparently backfired as mobs of hungry Venezuelans have started looting supermarkets and slaughtering cattle in the open to survive, Reuters reports.
Last week, we reported on near-riots that broke out in Caracas after the mandatory price cuts for food stoked widespread shortages as what little inventory that remained on market shelves quickly disappeared.
Venezuelans are suffering from a plethora of economic and social maladies.Four years of recession and an inflation rate approaching 4,000% by some measures have made the countrys currency practically worthless. Widespread shortages of food and medicine led to violent riots during the spring and early summer of 2017 that resulted in more than 100 deaths, including the burning alive of one suspected Maduro supporter by a crowd of citizens. Law enforcement in the capital and many of the countrys smaller cities has effectively disbanded, leading to a rise in lynchings and streets justice. Indeed, suspected thieves are sometimes killed.
Venezuelas regime probably wouldve collapsed by now if it werent for the aide of Russia and China, which have lent the Maduro regime money in exchange for a discount on future oil deliveries. But now that the price of oil is finally climbing again, Maduro could find himself rescued by commodity markets. In apparent anticipation of higher oil prices, the administration announced late last year that it would finally introduce the Petro a state-designed cryptocurrency that will help Venezuelas customers pay for their goods while circumventing the petrodollar system.
In a shocking example of just how...
The Annotated European Patent Convention
The 25th edition, says the reference page, updated up until 15 November 2017, was published on 18 December 2017.
Summary: With quality of European Patents (EPs) and of EPO staff in rapid decline if not a freefall, we look back at the best-selling book from Visser, who warned that the Council/Organisation and the Office would have other priorities than the role of law if the Boards dont enjoy true independence (which they no longer do)
EARLIER today we found this British law firm promoting the EPO for assessment of patent validity; but people say that the EPO has become a lot worse/inferior even to the Spanish patent office (which isnt particularly renowned) and leaks have already shown that the EPO is not reliable for this kind of service because quantity is the mantra under Battistelli.
This has got to be a joke, but here is what they say:
In Europe, opposition at the EPO can be a cost-effective, time-efficient way to centrally challenge a granted European patent. There is a time limit for filing an opposition at the EPO, and if you miss that then each national patent derived from the European patent must instead be attacked individually according to national law. This can result in increased cost, time and effort compared to opposing the patent centrally at the EPO. Importantly, there is no estoppel in European National Courts based on opposition at the EPO.
What good is an assessment of patent validity that isnt a good assessment? Mr. Herrnst can deny to himself (and in private meetings) that Battistelli destroyed patent quality, but the reality is hard to hide (Battistelli last lied a...
At the beginning of January I posted some early LLVM Clang 6.0 benchmarks on AMD EPYC while in this article is comparing the tentative Clang 6.0 performance to that of the in-development GCC 8.0. Both compilers are now into their feature freeze and this testing looked at the performance of generated binaries both for generic x86_64 as well as being tuned for AMD's Zen "znver1" microarchitecture.
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Barometric low Theseus has arrived from Italy and is sweeping across Greece with heavy snowfalls in Central and the North-West, while thunderstorms are striking the South. Snow has been falling in mountainous areas even above 200 meters altitude, while lowlands are the target of by strong rainfalls and thunderstorms. In several regions in North Greece
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The Persecution of Julian Assange Paul Craig Roberts We need a political intervention to make this situation end. He (Assange) is the only political prisoner in Western Europe. Juan Braco The persecution of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is...
Late this month Russia will host and broker a new round of Syrian peace talks in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. The Sochi talks will be an extension of talks that had earlier taken place in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the joint sponsorship of Russia, Turkey, and Iran. If there is to be any diplomatic momentum in the weeks ahead regarding the Syrian conflict, that momentum most likely will be found in Sochi and Russia. Although some Syrian opposition elements are still hoping the United States will snatch diplomatic leadership on the issue away from Moscow, other relevant players regard Sochi as the place to be rather than a place to avoid. This evidently includes Saudi Arabia, a principal bankroller of the Syrian opposition, and United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who has had his own intermittent Syrian negotiations in Geneva. Russian officials describe their efforts as complementing rather than replacing the U.N. talks in Geneva, and they have expressed hope there will be another Geneva round before the Sochi meeting.
Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke with US Central Command General Joseph Votel on the phone and said he feels "betrayed" after recent actions by the US to cut military aid. He will not seek further funding. Bajwa made the comments to Votel earlier this week during a phone call, a spokesman for Pakistan's military said in a statement on Friday. Bajwa also said Pakistan is being treated badly by the US "despite decades of cooperation,"Sputnik News reports. The comment comes after President Donald Trump's administration withheld almost $2 billion in security aid from Pakistan for allegedly failing to take "decisive action" against Taliban militants targeting US personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.
The US State Department found itself the focus of social media jibes after an overhaul of its travel safety warning system downgraded Russia to the same category as Mauritania, Sudan and other trouble spots. The move, explained as "due to terrorism and harassment," comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow and just five months before Russia hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The new State Department classification sees countries divided into four zones, when it comes to personal security. Russia has been bundled into the "orange" category (the 2nd most dangerous of the quartet), meaning US citizens should "reconsider travel" to this destination.
At least 46 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces who again deployed tear gas and live ammunition at the weekly "Day of Rage" protests against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Around 2,000 Palestinians, enraged by US President Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, swarmed the streets of the West Bank and Gaza for the sixth consecutive Friday, burning tires and hurling projectiles at the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in 20 locations across the occupied Palestinian territories. In Bethlehem on the West Bank the Israeli soldiers responded to the unrest by firing tear gas, Ruptly's video shows. At least five people in the West Bank suffered injuries when the IDF used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, Haaretz reports, citing Palestinian health officials.
Police officers shot a man with a tear gas canister and then lit it on fire with a taser which caused him to burst into flames.
MANILA, Philippines More Filipinos oppose the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a revolutionary government, a Social Weather Station survey found.
Several times in his public remarks, Duterte has threatened to declare a revolutionary government a form of self-coup disabling the current government system and Constitution to quell a supposed conspiracy by his critics to destabilize his administration.
But Duterte, in an apparent move to douse fears incited by his threat to revamp the government through extraconstitutional means, later called on the military to ignore talks about a revolutionary government.
According to SWSs fourth quarter survey conducted on December 8 to 16, 39 percent of 1,200 Filipino adults polled said they disagree with the establishment of a revolutionary government.
Meanwhile, 31 percent agree while the remaining 30 percent were undecided.
Based on the findings, SWS said opposition to a revolutionary government was stronger among those who are dissatisfied with, or have little trust in Duterte.
Nonetheless, Dutertes previous plan to create a revolutionary government got support from his home region of Mindanao with a net agreement score of +16.
That was followed by Metro Manila (net -7), Balance Luzon (net -16) and Visayas (net -17).
Net agreement scores are at single-digit across locale, class, and sex, ranging from net -9 to +4, the pollster also found.
Duterte earlier slammed those who suppose...
13, 2018 . 
Two Taiwan-related bills passed the House this week, and if they make it to President Donald Trumps desk they could become powerful bargaining chips in China negotiations. But how will that impact Taiwan?
The first bill is the Taiwan Travel Act, which is designed to encourage diplomatic visits between U.S. and Taiwan officials at all levels. The bill would pave the way for Taiwanese government officials to visit the U.S. and meet U.S. officials, including those from the Defense Department. U.S. government officials would be able to do the same in Taiwan. Its a huge deal, because such diplomatic visits from both sides have ceased after Washington and Beijing established a formal diplomatic relationship in 1979.
The second bill would direct the State Department to come up with a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization. This bill is also significant because Taiwan lost its permanent seat and all representation in the United Nations in 1971, after the General Assembly passed a resolution to officially acknowledge the Peoples Republic of China (Beijing) as Chinas only representative. Since 1993, Taiwan has launched campaigns to regain some status in the U.N apart from Beijing, but has so far failed. This bill would mark a significant and official effort from the U.S. to assist Taiwan.
The question is, will President Trump will sign the bills into law if they pass the Senate?
An editorial in Chinas Global Times already warned of the likely risks should Trump choose to sign.
The era when the US dominated Taiwan-related affairs has ended. If the country finally passes the Taiwan Travel Act, then the act will be the full stop to that era. If Washington ultimately resorts to rolling out the red carpet for the Taiwan president in the White House to show its will against China, it is taking a huge risk. The mainland will surely act to make sure Taiwan and the US pay a price the Taiwan question is the Chinese mainlands bottom line that it cannot afford to touch.
What the Global Times didnt say is that the Taiwan question is also the bottom line of Chinas President Xi. If Trump is the ultimate nationalist in the West, Xi is the ultimate nationalist in the East. His whole political platform is about making China great again, which includes defending national sovereignty at any cost. Xis China dream is more than a set of economic targets.
Xi wants to see China achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation by 2050. In Xis vision, such rejuvenation must include the re...
Hollywoods virtue signaling and political posturing reached an all-time high this week. First, at the 2018 Golden Globes, actors and actresses patted themselves on the back for standing up against a movement triggered by the very problems they enabled. Sounding about as authentic as a sitcom applause soundtrack, the media sat there cheering them on, spending much of the week toasting celebrities for their fake bravery.
And just when you thought the world had used up all its courage and bravery for one week, the press declared Kendall Jenner brave for acknowledging some acne on Twitter. Its 2018, folks. Were changing the world.
Kendall Jenner Is Not Remotely Ashamed to Have Acne, and We Are Here for That, lauded Bravo, after Jenner had the guts to (gasp) reply to a fans encouraging comment about an acne breakout on Twitter. Kendall Jenner Just Gave the Best Response About Her Acne, added SELF. Kendall Jenner Shuts Down Acne Shamers After Golden Globes Appearance, proclaimed Huffington Post.
never let that shit stop you! https://t.co/uXlqwJxTPf
Kendall (@KendallJenner) January 8, 2018
Lets be real: No one likes acne shamers, and no one supports sexual assault. But do any of these actions actually qualify as brave?
Jenner, like 50 million other Americans, apparently struggles with acne. Watching her reality show or looking at her Instagram account, however, youd never know. She clearly has millions of dollars and makeup, stylists and photographers to cover it up. There is nothing wrong with that, but when 49,999,999 other Americans are stuck being themselves, its hardly brave to respond to a tweet.
This type of flattery on behalf of the media is nothing new, but its increased exponentially as more and more people reject President Trump in favor of being woke. The 2016 election was a pivotal moment that changed a lot in our country. It brought not just a new administration, but a new rise in activism. This activism, predominantly by liberals, gets celebrated by their friends in the media, leading to more i...
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Moira Greyland is the daughter of famous authors Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen. She has written a memoir about growing up in a queer family and suffering hideous child abuse. In The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon, Greyland details the horror of being a helpless child trapped in a far left fantasy world.
What sets gay culture apart from straight culture is the belief that early sex is good and beneficial, and the sure knowledge (dont think for a second that they DONT KNOW) that the only way to produce another homosexual is to provide a boy with sexual experiences BEFORE he can be ruined by attraction to a girl, she writes.
Shoot first, ask questions later (then run and hide)
Summary: The new document from Winfried Tilmann et al (Team UPC) is being defended by Team UPC not only by publicly attacking UPC critics (like the complainant) but also blogs critical of the UPC
OPEN debates or communications are generally essential. Democracy necessitates those. So its a shame that in multiple blogs other than its own Bristows is deleting comments about the UPC (its own blog does not allow comments at all). Such is the nature of Team UPC; its insular, leaning towards censorship, and cryptic/secretive. Because if only the public knew what it was really up to
Such is the nature of Team UPC; its insular, leaning towards censorship, and cryptic/secretive.A couple of days ago we wrote about German UPC proceedings and we beat Team UPC to it, owing to pointers/tips from readers. This seems to have really upset Team UPC, which wanted to control the narrative of this release and treat a bunch of self-serving barristers as neutral or independent domain experts. Some people from Team UPC tried to heckle me publicly. They even use the word conspiracy (its not a word that I used). Maybe they try to associate truths about the UPC with conspiracy theory in order to discredit those truths. Whatever it is, all weve said was factual. They did not rebut a single argument. They dont care that the UPC is neither desirable nor legal nor constitutional. All they care about is what fattens their wallet. Some were throwing personal attacks at me and calling ad hominem my blog post that does not name anyone but Tillman (very briefly at the top). What are these people even hoping to accomplish? A few weeks ago we noted that they had already begun personal attacks on the complainant himself; all this while moaning that he was keeping his identity secret for a number of months (who can blame him, especially gives those personal attacks he must have foreseen)?
We urge readers to check this whole debate from start to finish; its Team UPC which operates like some sort of cult in secret events and funding that can sometimes be traced back to the EPO. Its them who habitually dish/throw insults at those who stand in their way.
We urge readers to check this whole deb...
This is an article written for my Dragon-nature-human healing blog, which is why their are references to it at the beginning.
There is a gathering realisation that this world is not as it should be.
Darkness is exposed in the light of compassion; which is why we are being saturated with the false light of ever-increasingly powerful, invasive, and addictive technology, to attenuate and redirect meaningful awakening, stalling humans from being roused in enough numbers, together, to actually do something seriously effective about this worlds, and this planets critical state.
There are countless issues but fortunately we are a species with endless abilities, and so able to tackle every problem, and on every level. We are, with this particular Y Ddraig Ffraed project, helping to heal a connection that is primordial and beyond powerful, and in so doing, as well, we uncover countless issues on multiple levels, giving opportunities for their mending as well.
When I am out with the Dragon the consciousness of everyone who is drawn to follow Her story is with me too. Every step we take with Her is dissipating shadows of ignorance and suppression, and we encourage each other, and others, as we have been encouraged, to let loose the chains to express our own talents and passions; the divine gifts we are given to light this world, and keep well, this planet.
We can do it; they, the disciples of darkness, walk a precarious and fraying tight rope. Any one more injustice or imposition could be the match that sends them, and all of their machinations into ashes, and they know it, so they tread cautiously
They also know that humanitys return to consciousness is inevitable, and make more plots and plans for that eventuality; including, for example, wheeling in their long-prepared and made up saviour botslike Oprah Winfrey, who has been there, is there, to capture the dont look and itll go way, light-trippers:
Vital, before that fall, they and the more observant among us know, is that humanity becomes aware of who they are, how this realm really operates and what their responsibilities in, and to, this planet are; otherwise, all well get is the same with another face.
Tunisian police have arrested at least 773 people since anti-austerity protests broke out this week, the interior ministry said on Friday.
MotivRobotics, which is also responsible for creating the robotic arms for NASAs next Mars rover, debuted the robot for the first time at CES in Las Vegas. The mantis is semi-autonomous.
In his book Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West, former KGB head of foreign counterintelligence Oleg Kalugin disclosed some of the fake news that the Russians put into Americas national discourse during the directorship of Yuri Andropov:
Under Andropov the disinformation branch of the KGB flourished. For both domestic and external consumption, it concocted stories to deceive, confuse, and influence targeted audiences. It conducted operations to weaken Soviet adversaries and to undermine the internal stability and foreign policies of the Western world in order to facilitate favorable conditions for the eventual triumph of Communism.
The CIA ousted President Nixon; the CIA arranged the 1978 mass suicide and murder of more than nine hundred people of the Jonestown cult; the U.S. was developing an ethnic weapon that would kill blacks and spare whites; the CIA was behind the assassinations of Olof Palme in Sweden, Indira Gandhi in India, and Aldo Moro in Italy, and an attempt on the popes life; the U.S. military planned to use tactical nuclear weapons in Italy in case the left parties came to power; U.S. Army scientists developed the AIDS virus; Americans steal foreign babies to use their organs for transplant these and hundreds of other faked stories hit the front pages of the world media at one time or another. And though Andropov died in 1984, his legacy and that of his KGB predecessors in the area of psychological warfare eventually developed into practical guidelines for the KGB and its friends and allies across the world.
He also wrote about more sinister active measures.
One of our dirty tricks involved a nasty letter-writing campaign against African diplomats at the United Nations an idea cooked up by KGB headquarters in Moscow and approved by the Communist Party Central Committee. Our KGB staff, using new typewriters and wearing gloves so as not to leave fingerprints, typed up hundreds of anonymous hate letters and sent them to dozens of African missions. The letters, purportedly from white supremacists as well as average Americans, were filled with virulent racist diatribes. The African diplomats publicized some of the letters as examples of the racism still rampant in America, and members of the American and foreign...
I took a look at CNN Politics this morning and saw this blurb which I found profoundly disturbing:
But then I realized that the president had been on Twitter disputing the accounts of what he said. In one tweet, he claimed that what he said was tough but different from what was being reported. In two other tweets he expressed his view that the immigration deal under discussion would force America to accept large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly. And, then, finally, he tried to contextualize his shithole remarks to make them less personal to the people of Haiti.
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said take them out. Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings unfortunately, no trust!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
So, saying Haiti is a shithole is not derogatory? Saying a whole continent is a shithole is not derogatory?
The whole spectacle makes me want to vomit.
I often hear people say that its hard to call someone a racist because you never know what is in a persons heart. But I think you can tell a person is a white supremacist when they say things like this:
President Trump reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries on Thursday.
Trump made the comment in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers during a discussion of protections for immigrants from several countries, according to The Washington Post.
Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? Trump said, according to multiple people briefed on the meeting.
He reportedly suggested that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were present at the meeting, and were surprised by the comments, according to the Post.
Trump has been quoted criticizing immigrants from these countries in the past. The New York Times reported in December that he once suggested that Haitian immigrants all have AIDS, and that Nigerian immigrants would never go back to their huts if granted entrance to the U.S.
When he says we shouldnt have people coming to our country from Haiti or Africa but should instead should have more people immigrating from Norway, thats not even code anymore. Thats precisely what any Nazi would say. But even more remarkable is that most Nazis would realize this and if they were somehow serving as the president of the United States, theyd know enough to be a lot more subtle about their preferences.
That Trump would spout out such clear Nordic/Aryan supremacy in the midst of so many witnesses, including members of the opposing party, suggests that hes either insane or completely indifferent to how he is perceived about racial matters. Maybe, like when he suggests we should steal Iraqs oil, he simply has no idea how that sounds to most people.
I dont know, but whether hes evil, insane or stupid,...
In an editorial in todays USA Today, Republican consultant and commentator Cheri Jacobus tells us that we should be concerned about how quickly and efficiently Steve Bannons professional life and prospects were ruined once he went on the record about defects in the president and his family.
It doesnt matter who is the target, or that our disgust toward the likes of Bannon is appropriate and well-earned. The swiftness and robot-like precision with which Trumps allies dislodged their lips from Bannons MAGA derriere, so they could effectively reach for their shivs upon orders from Trump, is chilling.
Her worry is not that there is some kind of injustice here, but that it sends a warning to any other would-be truth-tellers or whistleblowers. And thats a fair point, as far as it goes.
But the defenestration of Steve Bannon was something earnestly desired by most elected Republicans, especially in the U.S. Senate. Bannons Breitbart News earned its audience not just by catering to deplorables but by pushing primaries against insufficiently deplorable lawmakers. For this reason, Bannons elevation to campaign manager in Trumps campaign was met with revulsion and his placement at the right hand of the president was met with dread. He had few allies on Capitol Hill, and many of the people who acted like allies were really just protecting their right flank.
This is one of the reasons why it was so easy for Trump to cut him off at the knees. He was really the only person propping him up in the first place. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not only applauded Bannons downfall, he could barely contain his glee.
Another point thats worth making here is that Bannon wasnt guilty of mere whistleblowing. He made personal attacks on the presidents family, calling Ivanka dumb as a brick, for example. I dont imagine that David Axelrod would have had much of a future in Democratic politics if hed said something like that about Sasha or Malia. In that sense, Bannon committed a form of career suicide.
So, yes, its troubling to think that anyone considering telling the truth about Trump from within his inner circle will now have Bannons sad fate to deter them, but hes not exactly the best example to use for this purpose.
Besides, I dont really believe the last chapter has been written about Steve Bannon. He will be back.
Still from a Dart Center-sponsored recorded panel, "Good Wars, Bad Wars," featuring Dale Maharidge, Nick Turse and Bruce Shapiro, at Columbia Journalism School.
Female fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Michael Boldin: How Decentralization Could Work Video Mises Media Michael Boldin from the Tenth Amendment Center (TenthAmendmentCenter.com) joins Jeff Deist to discuss the philosophical, electoral, and logistic realities standing in the way of creating a more politically decentralized America....
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Internet Identity Workshop
The Internet Identity Workshop has been finding, probing and solving identity issues twice every year since 2005. We meet in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Every IIW moves topics, code and projects downfield. Name an identity topic and its likely that more substantial discussion and work has been done at IIW than any other conference!
IIW Is More Relevant Than Ever
IIW was started to discuss what was then called user-centric identity and a look at the proceedings from past IIWs will convince you that topics related to user-centric identity are a big part of every IIW.
The recent interest in self-sovereign identity, blockchain-based identity, and related systems has pushed that conversation to a new level.
At the same time, IIW serves as a forum for working on the identity systems and protocols that make the modern Web work such as OAuth, OpenID Connect, User-Managed Access, and Fido, to name a few.
If youre interested in identity, IIW has sessions youll be glad you didnt miss.
Will Juanita Broaddrick receive an invite from the democrat working group that hopes to transcend party lines? From Glamour: At the 2018 Golden Globes, the red carpet was flooded with black dresses and Times Up pins, a coordinated protest against Continue reading
Ein Kommentar von Ernst Wolff.
Nachdem die SPD im letzten Bundestagswahlkampf das schlechteste Ergebnis seit der Grndung der Bundesrepublik erzielt hatte, verkndete ihr Vorsitzender Martin Schulz noch in der Wahlnacht, man werde in die Opposition gehen, um dort einen Erneuerungsprozess einzuleiten. Vier Monate spter haben Schulz und Co. in dieser Woche genau das Gegenteil getan und mit den Vertretern von CDU und CSU die Grundlagen fr eine neue Groe Koalition gelegt.
Die 180-Grad-Wende verwundert kaum noch jemanden, denn dahinter verbirgt sich eine politische Doppelstrategie, die die SPD seit mehr als einem halben Jahrhundert verfolgt: Nach auen als Partei der arbeitenden Bevlkerung aufzutreten, sich in Wahrheit aber bedingungslos der wahren Macht im Staat der Finanzelite zu unterwerfen und deren politisches Geschft zu erledigen.
Hier ein kurzer Abriss der wichtigsten Etappen auf diesem Weg:
The Trump administration is set to violate the nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Russia by building up its stockpile of so-called "low-yield" warheads, according to a leaked draft of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The review, which the Trump administration plans to roll out after President Donald Trump's State of the Union address later this month, will mark a break in policy with the development of a new class of low-yield, "usable" nuclear warheads. The D5 missiles, each costing approximately $66 million, will carry warheads more than 30 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb. However, they would only include the primary fission section of the existing thermonuclear warheads with lower explosive yields.
Yesterday I posted some Linux hardware statistics going back to 2011 using data collected by the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. Those yearly metrics hadn't contained any GPU/driver data, but here are those numbers...
Where are my boxcutter blades? Get me some cardboard!
What if you took a bunch of cardboard and glue, and then built stuff, and destroyed it? Thats probably enough, right there. But add some creativity and perhaps a bit of ethanol or weed, and you get BoxWars.
The different performances are oriented around themes. So there was a Mad Max BoxWar, too.
This is how religion should be done! Find something you care about, ritualize it, then smash and burn stuff in a way that you dont get hurt.
There are loads and loads of pictures and videos from various BoxWars events on their site: [...
In the Trump administration, an agency started to promote peace is now fomenting war. The Trump administration will soon announce its next move in the ongoing assault on diplomacy and human rights currently taking place in the United States. Through a plan dubbed "Buy American," the administration is calling for U.S. attachs and diplomats to play a larger role in the sale of U.S. weapons, effectively solidifying their role as lobbyists for the arms industry rather than agents of diplomacy. This means the State Department, the agency that is meant to foster diplomatic relations and maintain peaceful engagement with other countries, will now openly operate as a weapons dealer. The administration is essentially forcing the State Department to undermine itself, as seeking out and expanding opportunities for increased weapons sales are certainly not conducive to fostering peaceful global relations. The "Buy American" plan will increase U.S. officials' involvement in facilitating weapons sales, while simultaneously easing rules that limit U.S. weapons sales to governments with poor human rights records. The move displays an increasingly undeniable truth-that the United States government views human rights not as the foundation of human dignity but as an impediment to corporate profits.
Standing Rock on Native Ground at Green Bay Film Festival in March 2018 Schedule: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/entertainment/movies/2018/01/10/green-bay-film-festival-2018-season-schedule/1006749001/ On Native Ground Dec. 7, 2016 This special segment of On Native Ground focuses on the events occurring at Standing Rock, North Dakota, regarding the Dakota Access Pipe Line.
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The Bank of Russia holds a third of its currency assets in the United States. The USA may impose sanctions on the bank. Earlier, the US had frozen the assets of the National Fund of Kazakhstan, which suggests that Russia's reserves may find themselves in a similar situation as well. Given the current state of affairs in the US-Russian relations, investments of the Bank of Russia in dollar assets look risky. However, should the Russian gold and foreign exchange assets be frozen because of sanctions, this will become a declaration of war, President of the Foundation for Economic Research, economist and publicist Mikhail Khazin said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. "About a third of the Bank of Russia's gold and currency assets are in the US. Can they be frozen due to new sanctions?" "Technically, they can be, and Kazakhstan is an example. Practically, such a move will be the declaration of war, and the declaration of war will immediately trigger a whole bunch of various problems."
The mainstream media isn't known for its truth-telling. Too much political correctness and a belief in 'less said soonest mended' has resulted in an institutional paucity of forthright and objective opinion, calling a 'spade a spade' if you will. But Donald Trump is putting an end to all that. While most of the mainstream media loves to hate Trump and takes great delight in excoriating him over his low brow and 'unpresidential' utterances, his most recent faux pas has been seized upon by leftist pundits across the board and indulgently repeated to the extent that we start to wonder if they aren't secretly thankful for the opportunity offered by the President to let loose and publicly say the words they always wanted to. For those of you that may have been out of the loop on the goings-on in the world (or at least the 'international community') over the past few days, just watch this short video and be assured that you are now up to speed.
The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of French Roast coffee, grab a seat on the love seat, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: The Rockefellers vs. the Company That Made Them Rockefellers: The family that pioneered the oil industry in America wants to expose what Exxon hid from the public about climate
Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball The Bomb Cyclone of 2018 is another example of hyperbole and distortion designed to scare the public and promote false perceptions. It followed the pattern of presenting normal events as if they are abnormal. In fact, it was just another Noreaster. It wasnt even close to the blizzard of 1888,
If you are the kind of person who wont use cheap Sonoff modules to control AC powered devices, we dont blame you and you should probably stop reading now. However, if you dont mind a little exposed AC wiring and you have a 3D printer, you might be interested in the second generation of [530 Projects] in-wall light switch.
The 3D printed switch fits a standard box and uses the guts of a Sonoff controller. These work with all the popular ecosystems such as Alexa and Google Home. And they are cheap. Like, really cheap. If you already have a 3D printer, even counting the cost of the filament these are going to be a small fraction of the cost of a commercial switch. You can see a video about the device, below.
Of course, for the price you pay for a TP-Link or other WiFi switch, you get a store to return it to, certain assurances that it wont burn your house down, and you know someone to sue if it does. Those are probably all good things, but on the other hand, there are plenty of these modules around and assuming you know what you are doing, there is no reason to think they are going to explode, cause sterility, or any other bad things.
If it makes you feel better, you can see a factory tour these arent coming out of someones garage. Youve probably noticed that since these Sonoff devices have ESP8266s inside, they are highly hackable. In fact, he has some custom firmware he uses with the switch. Among other things, it lets you trigger a reset by holding down the switch.
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by Charles Marohn | January 8, 2018
Heres how to adapt the 12-step model for a community wanting to come to grips with financial insolvency.
by Rachel Quednau | January 9, 2018
Want to figure out whether a local candidate for public office will uphold Strong Towns principles and values on the job? Ask them these 10 questions.
by Nolan Gray | January 9, 2018
Strong, financially resilient neighborhoods emerge organically. Requiring one particular style of construction because we've see it work in other neighborhoods will not achieve this goal.
by Rachel Quednau | January 10, 2018
Something is seriously wrong with your town's finances if merely fixing a street would require 17 year's worth of taxes from the people who use that street...
by Charles Marohn | January 10, 2018
Modern Monetary Theory is growing in populist appeal, but it doesn't address the problems we are struggling to overcome with the Strong Towns movement.
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We Know Who They Are: Putin Claims State Provocateur Behind Terrorist Drones In Syria from ZeroHedge Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed those behind the massive drone attack on Russias two Syrian bases which took place on January 6, saying in...
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You can no longer boil a lobster alive in Switzerland, unless you stun it first:
The Swiss government has ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing lobsters into boiling water while they are still alive, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed.
As part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws, Bern said that as of 1 March, "the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted". Lobsters "will now have to be stunned before they are put to death," the government order read.
According to Swiss public broadcaster RTS, only electric shock or the "mechanical destruction" of the lobster's brain will be accepted methods of stunning the animals once the new rule takes affect.
Also at BBC.
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With money looted from the state and stashed in tax havens abroad, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych bought the largest log cabin in the world a $2 billion monument to corruption, according to an investigation by Al Jazeera.
Through dozens of contracts and court filings, Al Jazeera reporters mapped the circuitous route Yanukovych took to funnel $1.5 billion worth of assets to offshore businesses. A sprawling 95-page secret court document revealed that Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU), a Kiev-based financial group, facilitated the purchase of stolen government bonds on behalf of eight Cypriot shell companies all tied to Yanukovych.
Three Ukrainian oligarchs traded $160 million worth of assets held in one of these corporations, Quickpace Limited. According to an unsigned contract, oil tycoon Alexander Onischenko and real estate mogul Pavel Fuchs who has had dealings with President Donald Trump bought the company for just $30 million. A Ukrainian judge suspected the assets were proceeds from criminal activities and froze them before the pair could make a staggering profit.
The seller, billionaire Serhiy Kurchenko, is known among Ukrainian investigators as Yanukovychs family wallet.
Before he was toppled in the course of the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, Yanukovych and his cronies pumped illicit assets into Ukraine-based companies and then transferred them to offshore accounts. From there, the funds were redirected to a slew of shell companies in Cyprus, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the UK and other countries.
Elaborate money laundering schemes have been a main focus of WhoWhatWhys reporting. One of our most-read stories of 2017 was an expose of Trumps business dealings with developer Felix Sater and the Bayrock Group, a real estate firm with ties to the Russian mob. More recently we took a close look at Deutsche Bank, a banking colossus tainted by charges of money laundering.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the staggering corruption that bedevils impoverished Ukraine and often benefits Western partners.
A badge of honour, coming from the likes of them
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Summary: Darrell Issa, a man of patent reform in the United States, seems to be ending his political career and patent parasites are jubilant about it
The news was barely notable enough for general news sites to cover. So who covered it? The patent propagandists of course
Watchtroll continues its political witch-hunts, this time against Congressman Darrell Issa, who promoted good patent reform.
The news was barely notable enough for general news sites to cover. So who covered it? The patent propagandists of coursePaul Morinville, who is a liar and patent extremist, also reared his ugly head, trying to push his Watchtroll lunacy into Patently-O which instead wrote: I received a funny email from Paul Morinvilles US Inventor group stating that Thousands of US inventors are applauding Rep. Darrell Issas decision to not run for re-election in Californias 49th district, and theyre hopeful his replacement will fix the job-killing problems the Congressman caused by weakening the nations patent system.
Nonsense. Liar. He could not even pull together a protest of more than a dozen people.
As Patently-O then noted, Issa is a listed inventor on dozens of patents (utility + design) related to the car alarm company he founded. This background meant that Issa was both knowledgeable and interested in the U.S. patent system.
He did a good job and he will be remem...
In 2007, just before the EUs growth pains began, then European Commission president (and now non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and advisor to Goldman Sachs) Jose Manuel Barroso proudly proclaimed the EU to be the worlds first ever humanitarian empire. Asked by a journalist what kind of a structure the 28-nation bloc is, Mr Barroso said:
We are a very special construction unique in the history of mankind. Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.
Whereas superstate empires of old were built on military conquest, the EU empire is built on voluntary pooling of power, Barroso gushed. What we have is the first non-imperial empire.
In a similar vein Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliaments Brexit negotiator, recently urged the EU to become an empire of the good and not of the bad in a speech at the London School of Economics.
Whether imperial or not, good or bad, the EU empire, like all empires before it, has an insatiable thirst for expansion. The blocs last major enlargement was in 2004 when ten countries acceded, including seven from the former Eastern bloc (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), one from the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia), and two Mediterranean islands (Malta and Cyrpus), bringing the total number of EU Member States from 15 to 25. Since then only three new countries have joined, Romania and Bulgaria in 2007 and Croatia in 2013.
Now, instead of growing, the EU could be about to shrink for the first time in its history
The Blockchain Name-Change Game And Securities Fraud by Dave Kranzler Investment Research Dynamics The rape and pillage of the blockchain name-change game took on a whole new dimension with Kodak (KODK) this week. KODK was on the way to...
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Actually just the portion of the street directly in front of Russian embassy ... What a petty and self-congratulating provocation. The US will rename the part of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington to "Boris Nemtsov Plaza" changing the address of the Russian mission. The US is not interested in honoring Boris Nemtsov -- if it was, it would at the very least, rename the entire Wisconsin Avenue, and not just the short portion in front of the Russian mission. (The Boris Nemtsov Plaza will literally split the Wisconsin Avenue in two.)
Beneath her colorful baby attire, 'Bebe Mania' saved a special surprise for Paraguayan parents. A transsexual doll is causing pandemonium in Paraguay after outraging parent and pro-family groups to the point of prompting state officials to confiscate hundreds of boxes of the toy at the border. The doll, dressed in a variety of colors with a hair bow to match, is - at first glance - just like any other doll one might find in a toy store. But below her colorful baby attire, 'Bebe Mania' revealed her unique make-up when parents discovered male genitals attached to the doll's lower half. Toy stores carrying the ultra-progressive plaything on their shelves in the city of Este have now been forced to close their doors by Mayor Sandra Zacarias, who says it is against the nation's principles and will not be tolerated.
With eye on recent events, military intel warn of potential war Abbas may have backed himself into a corner Gaza threat looms over Israelis
By Amos Harel Jan 13, 2018 12:52 PM
An Israeli soldier walks near the border between Israel and the
Gaza Strip, in Israel, October 30, 2017. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS
The odds of a neighboring country, or one of the terrorist organizations operating inside of it, launching a war against Israel this year are almost nonexistent, according to the Israeli armys intelligence assessment for 2018.
Sounding remarkably similar to the 2017 assessment provided to the defense minister, the military noted there is not much left of the Arab armies, and Israels neighbors are mostly preoccupied with themselves, while internal problems are distracting Hezbollah and Hamas.
Is there any difference from 2017? Well, the danger of deterioration perhaps even to the point of war has grown significantly, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stated. The intelligence branch and the chief of staff, who is beginning his fourth and final year at the helm of the army, are concerned about two possible scenarios.
The first would be the result of a reaction by one of Israels enemies to an Israeli show of force. The second would stem from a flare-up on the Palestinian front. When the terrorism genie gets out of the Palestinian bottle, it takes many months or even years to put it back.
The first scenario, which the army terms the campaign between the wars, might happen when Israel tries to prevent rivals from obtaining advance weaponry they might want to use during a future war, according to Eisenkot.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, center, being briefed by Col. Gilad Amit, commander of the Samaria Brigade, following the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, January 18, 2018.IDF
Most of these operations occur under the radar, far from Israels borders. Usually, such operations draw little media attention and Israel invariably dodges the question of responsibility. The previous Israel Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Eshel, told Haaretz last...
The past few months Fedora Linux has been working on shipping free software AAC audio codec support and that's moved ahead but at least initially they are calling the AAC decoder "crippled."..
MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.
Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, triggering economic sanctions by the European Union and United States and a tense stand-off in the region.
The U.S. said in December it planned to provide Ukraine with enhanced defensive capabilities, which officials said included Javelin anti-tank missiles..
Moscows latest deployment represents the second division armed with S-400 air defense systems on the peninsula, after the first in the spring of 2017 near the port town of Fedosia.
The new division will be based next to the town of Sevastopol and will control the airspace over the border with Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported.
The new air defense system, designed to defend Russias borders, can be turned into combat mode in less than five minutes, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Sevostyanov, a commander with Russias air forces, as saying.
Russias defense ministry says the S-400 systems, known as Triumph, can bring down airborne targets at a range of 400 kilometers and ballistic missiles at a range of 60 kilometers.
They were first introduced to the Russian militarys arsenal in 2007, the ministry said.
Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alexander Smith
One of Putin's biggest fans and a prominent businessman in the agriculture industry, Stefan Drr has built a farming empire in Russia. Drr emigrated from Germany to Siberia when he was a student and now has his own empire in Russia. He owns at least 200,000 hectares of land and has 60,000 cows and 4,000 employees. Two years ago Vladimir Putin personally handed him the certificate of Russian citizenship.
The FIFA World Cup will be held on June 14-July 15 British reporters were given a direct instruction to churn out negative stories ahead of the FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place June 14-July 15, 2018, in Russia, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. "We learned that reporters from the United Kingdom - not just one media outlet, but a number of them - received, in the truest sense of the word, a state order to launch a smear campaign for holding the World Cup in Russia," she emphasized.
As the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, residents of Cape Town, South Africa, ushered in 2018 - the start of a new year and the start of the city's stringent new water regulations. The Level 6 restrictions came into effect to combat an unprecedented drought which threatens to make Cape Town the first major city devoid of water. The slew of new measures include limiting individuals municipal water usage per day and threatening to impose fines on those who exceed it. They also reduce agricultural water use by 60 percent and commercial use by 45 percent, compared to pre-drought allocations. The drought and water stress across most of South Africa follows a strong El Nio in 2015 and 2016. The weather pattern - characterized by warmer-than-normal ocean water in the equatorial Pacific - resulted in extreme heat and spells of dry weather. Beneficial rain eventually returned in late fall for much of the country, including the drought-stricken western Cape.
From Rush Limbaugh
RUSH: Okay, so we all know whats being discussed out there today in the Drive-By Media and so forth. And rather than join the fray and try to crack jokes about it and get in on it, because everybody else is doing that, I want to look at the practical result of this.
Lets go back a couple of days when Trump had that meeting in the White House that was televised. How many of you thought you were witnessing the beginning of a sellout? Come on. Be honest. How many of you got worried that Trump was getting ready to make a deal with the Democrats? Snerdleys raising his hand in there.
UFO MANDELA EFFECT & DEEP STATE DISINFORMATION SURGE! ALEXANDRA BRUCE Video Dark Journalist Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt & Forbidden Knowledge TVs Alexandra Bruce look the sudden surge of disinformation hitting the mainstream and alternative media! Video Source
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Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISOs are now available as well as for most of the *buntu derivatives. The Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISO re-spin is for disabling the SPI kernel driver to avoid messing up select laptops...
Amnesty International has reiterated a call for an independent investigation into rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine state after the country's army admitted its soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Rohingya. The remains of the victims were found in December in a mass grave outside Inn Din, a village in the Maungdaw township. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Min Aung Hlaing, the military's commander in chief, said soldiers and villagers had confessed to killing 10 suspected Rohingya fighters on September 2. James Gomez, Amnesty's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, called the admission a positive development, but said it was "only the tip of the iceberg". It "warrants serious independent investigation into what other atrocities were committed amid the ethnic cleansing campaign that has forced out more than 655,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State since last August," he said on Thursday.
13/01/20 18 NO, I dont want to write about the affair of Yair Netanyahu. I refuse adamantly. No force in the world will compel me to do so.
Yet here I am, writing about Yair, damn it. Cant resist.
And perhaps it is really more than a matter of gossip. Perhaps it is something that we cannot ignore.
IT IS all about a conversation between three young man in a car, some two years ago.
One of the young men was Yair, the eldest of the two sons of the Prime Minister.
Yair is named after the leader of the Stern Gang, whose real name was Abraham Stern. The original Yair split from the Irgun underground in 1940, when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany.
While the Irgun stopped its actions against the British government for the time being, Ster...
Unions of workers at Athens public transport means have called for a 24-hours strike on Monday, January 15th 2018, to protest the new labor law that restricts the right to strike. The Athens Metro, the Tram, the urban train ISAP, buses and trolley buses will remain parked for 24 hours and bring commuters on the
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83 BC Marcus Antonius, Roman politician, was born (d. 30 BC).
1301 Andrew III of Hungary died, ending the Arpad dynasty.
1514 Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery
1724 King Philip V of Spain abdicated the throne.
1761 The Third Battle of Panipat between the Afghans under Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marhatas. The Afghan victory changed the course of Indian History.
1784 United States Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain.
1806 Charles Hotham, English-Australian soldier and politician, 1st Governor of Victoria, was born (d. 1855)
1814 Treaty of Kiel: Frederick VI of Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden in return for Pomerania.
1845 Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, English politician, 34th Governor-General of India, was born (d. 1927).
1875 Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian physician, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1965).
The 8th century Dormition Caves Monastery in Crimea is an example of the Orthodox tradition of carving monasteries into cliffsides, mountains, and cave networks. Many people in the West are completely unaware of the profound and otherworldly beauty of Eastern and Southern Europe, and North Western Asia. The cities, countrysides, and Orthodox churches and monasteries there are some of the oldest sites in Christendom, yet they are often unknown. Take, for example, Dormition Caves Monastery in Crimea. This is a monastery is built directly into a cliffside; some of its churches and cells are carved into the mountain itself.
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US President Donald Trumps comment on not wanting people from shithole countries may be outrageous and racist, but history shows that his views havent emerged in a vacuum. The Washington Posts Global Opinions editor,...
Mother Jones thinks the Climategate email leak and the Democrat Podesta Email hack were all part of a grand Russian conspiracy to subvert the West. 7 Years Before Russia Hacked the Election, Someone Did the Same Thing to Climate Scientists "Why does this story sound so darned familiar?" REBECCA LEBER AND AJ VICENSJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE One Saturday morning in June, two days after the president had announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, Michael Mann was tweeting about Donald Trump. Mann, a Penn State professor who is one of the world's most prominent climate scientists, was thinking about the daily barrage of revelations surrounding Russia's efforts to help Trump win the previous year's election. The hacked Democratic documents posted on WikiLeaks. The media craze over private emails that had been ripped out of context. Smear campaigns circulating on social media. "#Russia #Wikileaks #HackedEmails #Sabotaged #ClimateAgreements," tweeted Mann. "Why does this story sound so darned familiar?" Seven years earlier, Trump was riffing on a very different set of hacked emails. The real estate mogul had called into Fox News after a blizzard to declare that climate change was a hoax. Trump claimed that "one of the leaders of global warming" had recently admitted in a private email that years of scientific research were nothing but "a con." ... In hindsight, the Climategate hack, clearly timed to disrupt the Copenhagen negotiations, looks like a precursor to the hack that helped shape the outcome of the 2016 election. That's how John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman whose stolen emails were posted on WikiLeaks in the final weeks of the campaign, sees it. The parallels go beyond the hacks themselves. "I think it was the intentionality of influencing the public debate," he says. ...
Late last month, as nationwide street protests entered their fourth day, Irans interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, issued a statement darkly warning that online social networks in the country were being used to create violence and fear. A day earlier, the internet as a whole had briefly flickered offline throughout Iran in what was widely interpreted as a government-engineered throttling. Following Fazlis statement, the government blocked access to the photo-sharing site Instagram, as well as Telegram, a secure messaging app used by 40 million Iranians per month that had begun to emerge as a key organizing tool for protesters.
The shutdown of Telegram and the brief closure of the internet as a whole are signs of the Islamic Republics increasing technical capacity to manage its citizens access to the global web. A new report by the Center for Human Rights in Iran, Guards at the Gate: The Expanding State Control Over the Internet in Iran, paints a grim picture of the Islamic Republics growing ability to control and stymie the flow of information online.
As in much of the developing world, internet use in Iran has grown exponentially over the past decade. According to figures from the United Nations, at least 53 percent of Irans population of 80 million people used the internet as of last year, including 40 million mobile phone users. This increasing public access to the web is partly the fruit of government investments in telecommunications infrastructure. But Iranians growing ability to share information and organize online also pose obvious threats to the authoritarian ruling government.
The Islamic Republic has responded to these threats in various ways. As the report documents, the governments effort to tame the internet has been centered on the creation of a government-controlled system known as the National Information Network. This system, the first phases of which launched in 2014, gives Iranian internet users preferential access to domestic websites and search engines. In practice, the NIN serves as something of a walled internet, in which content can be regulated and users can be monitored by state security agencies. The NIN also allows access to the real, or global, internet, but in a way that allows authorities to filter information, manipulate connection quality, and even cut off access when deemed appropriate.
The creation of a national internet infrastructure is not in itself nefarious. Part of what motivates a country to create a national internet is [the desire] to help keep internet traffic inside the country, which in many ways is what a healthy internet infrastructure should do, says Collin Anderson, a Washington-based cybersecurity resea...
A British war film, the fourth collaboration between the writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the first film they made under the banner of The Archers. Although considered a wartime propaganda film, and made under the authority of the Ministry of Information as part of a series of film productions specifically aimed at morale in the United Kingdom, the story and production values elevated it from the usual jingoistic fare. Today, One of Our Aircraft is Missing is considered one of the best of British films of the era.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has emerged a winner in the latest crisis around the Korean Peninsula, Russian president Vladimir Putin said. He believes Pyongyang is now trying to defuse tensions. "I believe, Mr Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round," Putin told journalists at a meeting with the Russian media. He said North Korea has achieved its strategic goal. "He has a nuclear [charge] and a ... missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometers that can reach almost any place on Earth or at least any territory of his potential adversary," Putin told journalists on Thursday. The Russian president said the North Korean leader is likely to be seeking an easing of tensions in the region.
By Camila Russo
One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.
Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.
We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.
In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....
US President Donald Trump on Friday extended the waiver on economic sanctions against Iran a key aspect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but said that this would be the last chance to renegotiate the agreement, which he said was terribly flawed.
The 2015 deal stipulates that US presidents must sign a waiver suspending the sanctions regimen on Iran every four months.
His statement was seen as a warning to the European partners (Five Permanent Security Council Members plus Germany) who negotiated the deal with Iran and the Obama administration at the time.
In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, Trump said on Friday.
Russia, which played a key role in mediating the 2015 deal, says that any such move by Trump to scrap the deal would be a colossal foreign policy debacle for the United States.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Saturday that Trump was heading toward a major failure of American politics.
Meanwhile, the Iranians have dismissed US pressure to renegotiate the deal.
The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the [2015 deal], nor will it accept changes to this agreement now or any time in the future. It also will not allow the [deal] to be linked to any other issue, a foreign ministry statement from Tehran said.
Trumps policy & todays announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.
Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 12, 2018
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Gold persistently strong by Alasdair Macleod GoldMoney The first half of the week saw gold and silver consolidate recent gains, which given the sharp rise since early December was only to be expected. However, the upward trend resumed from...
Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Twitter users are telling President Donald Trump that no Norwegian would ever give up access to free healthcare and a longer life expectancy to move to his 's**thole country. Trump made headlines on Thursday when he lashed out in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called 's**thole' countries. He was speaking about people from Haiti, El Salvador and various African nations, people briefed on the meeting told the Washington Post. 'Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?' Trump said.
Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed War"
DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.
Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani
The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.
On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
Assam: Press Council of India seeks report from Assam govt on alleged delay in probing 32 cases of journalists murder
The Press Council of India (PCI) has taken suo motu cognisance of the alleged inordinate delay in investigating 32 pending cases of killing or disappearance of journalists in Assam since 1987 and has sought an action taken report from the state government on each case.
In a statement issued by the statutory body on January 11, it said, Concerned over the reports of inordinate delay in investigation and prosecution of 32 cases of murdered or missing journalists in Assam over the last three decades, PCI chairman Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has taken suo-motu cognisance of the matter and sought a status report from the chief secretary and director general of police of Assam on the cases.
This is a very fulfilling moment for all of us, as we take the first step in giving due respect & homage to journalists of the State for their sacrifices in the line of duty. Today, I pay tributes to them all, who laid down their lives holding up the pillars of democracy. pic.twitter...
These are the Palestinian children killed by Israel in 2017. Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the year. There were 21 fewer children killed than in 2016, which was the deadliest year for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank in the past decade. In addition to those 14 shot and killed during 2017, a child died of wounds sustained in an Israeli drone strike years earlier. Another was killed by Israeli ordnance while grazing livestock. A baby living in temporary shelter, his family homeless as a result of Israeli bombing, died of cold exposure. Palestinian children also died because they were unable to secure permits to leave via the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint for medical treatment unavailable in the besieged Gaza Strip. Emergency room doctors were unable to resuscitate a seriously ill 9-year-old girl in the West Bank after Israeli soldiers denied her family passage at a checkpoint; a trip that normally would take 15 minutes took her family 90 minutes after they were forced to detour and go through a different checkpoint. No Israeli children were killed by Palestinians during the year. An Israeli woman wounded during a bus stop bombing in 2011, when she was 14, and who had never regained consciousness, died of her injures in 2017.
Some specialists are scared that sex is going to end. In an article in the newspaper El Pas they calculate that if the trend continues, there will be no more sex in the West by the year 2030.
The decline predicts that the populations of certain countries will be reduced and even disappear. If we keep lowering the birth rate, we will imitate the dinosaurs.
David Spiegelhalter, an expert in statistics at the University of Cambridge, observed how various studies corroborate the thesis that the frequency of sexual activity has decreased significantly in the United Kingdom, Japan and Sweden.
Sexual activity, in the last 20 years, has dropped by 40%. Young people in the United States, like these others, have less sex than their...
All properties and assets auctions for outstanding debts to the state will go exclusively online as of 1. May 2018, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos told the Parliament on Friday when he introduced a relevant amendment to the omnibus bill. The amendment was tabled by the finance and the justice ministries and will apply also to
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The satellite, which was launched from the Jiuquan Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, was carried aboard a Long March-2D rocket.
This type of rocket has been used in more than 260 similar space missions.
Saturdays launch comes just two days after China launched a pair of Superview remote-sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Launch Center in the north of the country.
The Superview satellites are capable of processing commercial images within 50-cm resolution and can be used by global customers surveying and mapping land.
They can also be used to monitor and warn of environmental hazards.
Since 1970, China has launched more than 100 satellites for weather and disaster monitoring, communications and navigation.
China is also developing the homegrown Beidou navigation network as an alternative to the US-run Global Positioning System.
Apart from Russia, China is one of Americas biggest rivals in space exploration.
China plans to land taikonauts on the Moon by 2036 and Mars thereafter.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies
To Convince The Public This Is What The Cabal Does Video X22 Report The cabal is firing everything they have at Trump to turn the public and remove him from office. They are now saying that he used language...
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is boosting its starting hourly wage to $11 and delivering bonuses to employees, capitalizing on the U.S. tax overhaul to stay competitive in a tightening labor market. The increase takes effect next month and will cost $300 million on top of annual wage hikes that were already planned, the world's largest retailer said Thursday. The one-time bonus of up to $1,000 is based on seniority and will amount to an additional $400 million. The company is also expanding its maternity and parental leave policy and adding an adoption benefit. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, has fought in recent years to improve its image in the U.S., as it weathered criticism over its treatment of employees. With the wage increase and bonus payment, the company seeks to even its pay gap with resurgent rival Target Corp., while simultaneously sending a high-profile thank you to the U.S. government for slashing the corporate tax rate.
What do you suppose the following had in common: the American President Abraham Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, the German Emperor Frederick (Friedrich) III, the author of Household Management, Mrs Isabella Beeton, the impressionist painter douard Manet, the post-impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the gangster Al Capone, the composer Frederick Delius and the jazz pianist Scott Joplin, the Irish authors Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, the dictators Benito Mussolini and Idi Amin, the billionaire Howard Hughes, and the founder of the Daily Mail, Viscount Northcliffe? And, of course, Adolf Hitler. And countless multitudes, famous or unknown. In most cases the link is certain, in others it is compelling if circumstantial.
This story begins half a millennium ago shortly after Columbus had returned from the New World. An epidemic of a previously unknown disease broke out in Naples; its thought that it was brought back from the Americas by Columbuss sailors; a sort of tit-for-tat, or Colombian exchange, for the smallpox and measles that they had introduced there, and which had devastated a population who had no natural immunity. This new disease, if indeed it was a new disease, spread rapidly throughout Europe. It gained political notoriety; the Dutch at war with Spain, called it the Spanish disease for example, and others tarred their enemies in the same way.
Treatments then were as desperate as the disease. Mercury was a common specific, as a salve or by steaming in a cabinet. As a heavy metal, mercury is poisonous; its now uncertain how many sufferers died from the enthusiastic treatments rather than from the disease. It was said that a night with Venus led to a lifetime with Mercury.
It was the German pathologist Robert Koch who really established the germ theory of disease in the latter part of the 19th century, that tiny organisms rather than miasmas, bad airs or evil vapours were responsible for infections. It took until the early years of the 20th century before the spirochaete, Treponema pallidum, was identified as the organism responsible for syphilis. At about the same time, a blood test for syphilis, the Wassermann reaction, was developed; and, after testing hundreds of arsenic compounds, Ehrlich 606 or Salvarsan was introduced. Its a further sign of desperation that Julius Wagner-Jauregg introduced malaria therapy for syphilis; the idea was that giving patients malaria would raise their temperature sufficiently to kill the spirochaetes. He received the 1927 Nobel Prize for his work. Syphilis remains sensitive to penicillin, introduced in the 1940s. So ubiquitous was the problem that medical students were told to remember that the Archbishop was once an undergraduate, and the Admiral was once a mi...
President rejects bipartisan senators immigration plan with slur against African nations; danger of government shutdown grows
Updated Jan. 12, 2018 6:55 p.m. ET
WASHINGTONThe fate of young undocumented immigrants was in doubt and the odds of a government shutdown appeared to be growing in the wake of President Donald Trumps dismissal of shithole countries in Africa and his rejection of a bipartisan proposal to aid the so-called Dreamers.
As a deadline looms, senators had hoped Mr. Trump would back their immigration plan. Instead, the president on Friday lashed out at the deal, driving the parties further apart.
On Friday, two senatorsone Democratic, one Republicanconfirmed that Mr. Trump made the incendiary comments during a private meeting on Thursday to discuss legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which protects young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
Mr. Trump questioned why the U.S. would want to admit people from Africa. Why do we want all these people from these shithole countries here? We should have people from places like Norway, he said Thursday, according to people at the meeting.
Mr. Trump also said he opposed granting a legal status, in particular, to immigrants from Haiti. Haitians? Do we need more Haitians? he said, according to Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who was at the meeting.
Those comments drew bipartisan condemnation in the U.S. and scorn across the globe. The State Department directed U.S. envoys to listen to countries concerns and reiterate the respect the U.S. has for them.
On Thursday, the White House didnt deny the presidents comments, but Friday morning, Mr. Trump pushed back. The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, he wrote on....
Syria Erdogan (Again) Switches Sides Delivers New Supplies For Terrorist Attacks Source: Moon of Alabama Turkey, in line with U.S. services, decided to block the current Syrian advance in south-east Idleb. Yesterday an ad-hoc alliance of jihadi rebels launched a counteroffensive to stop the Syrian army from cutting off a big chunk of 
dpa/AFP/File / by Deborah COLE | Observers say Merkel will lead a losers coalition with little power to tackle major challenges
BERLIN (AFP) Germanys veteran chancellor Angela Merkel, often called the worlds most powerful woman, will embark on a fourth term with diminished influence and little vision for shaping Europes future, analysts say.After wrapping up more than 24 hours of talks Friday between her conservatives and the Social Democrats on forming a new grand coalition government, Merkel insisted the preliminary deal would break the deadlock in Germany and pave the way to a fresh start for Europe.
But before the ink was even dry on the roadmap for her new administration, observers branded Merkel and the team shes likely to lead a losers' coalition with little ambition or power to tackle the major challenges facing the country and the continent.
Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) Horst Seehofer and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader
In fact this grand coalition is only a mini-coalition with just 53 percent of seats in parliament following the September election that saw both parties cede millions of voters to the far-right, anti-immigration AfD party, political scientist Karl-Rudolf Korte of Duisburg-Essen University said.
This compares with the lavish, nearly 80-percent majority the parties enjoyed during Merkels previous term, he told public broadcaster ZDF.
Merkel insisted the accord with the Social Democrats, which must still be approved by the partys rank and file, would ensure Germanys enduring stability and prosperity.
We will work earnestly, today and during the next term, to create the conditions so that we can also live well in Germany in the next 10 years and 15 years, she told reporters, flanked by SPD leader Martin Schulz and the head of Bavarias Christian Social Union, Hors...
The Pirate Bay is arguably the most widely blocked website on the Internet.
ISPs from all over the world have been ordered by courts to prevent users from accessing the torrent site, and this week the list has grown a bit longer.
A Dutch court has ruled that local Internet providers KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile, Zeelandnet and CAIW must block the site within ten days. The verdict follows a similar decision from September last year, where Ziggo and XS4All were ordered to do the same.
The blockade applies to several IP addresses and more than 150 domain names that are used by the notorious torrent site. Several of the ISPs had warned the court about the dangers of overblocking, but these concerns were rejected.
While most Dutch customers will be unable to access The Pirate Bay directly, the decision is not final yet. Not until the Supreme Court issues its pending decision. That will be the climax of a legal battle that started eight years ago.
A Dutch court first issued an order to block The Pirate Bay in 2012, but this decision was overturned two years later. Anti-piracy group BREIN then took the matter to the Supreme Court, which subsequently referred the case to the EU Court of Justice, seeking further clarification.
After a careful review of the case, the EU Court of Justice decided last year that The Pirate Bay can indeed be blocked.
The top EU court ruled that although The Pirate Bays operators dont share anything themselves, they knowingly provide users with a platform to share copyright-infringing links. This can be seen as an act of communication under the EU Copyright Directive.
This put the case back to the Dutch Supreme court, which has yet to decide on the matter.
BREIN, however, wanted a blocking decision more quickly and requested preliminary injunctions, like the one issued this week. These injunctions will only be valid until the final verdict is handed down.
A copy of the most recent court order is available here (pdf).
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