Nữ trợ lý 26 tuổi xinh đẹp của Tổng thống Trump   

          IMF “dội gáo nước lạnh” vào kế hoạch kinh tế của ông Trump   
IMF cắt giảm dự báo tăng trưởng kinh tế Mỹ trong năm 2017 còn 2,1%, từ mức 2,3% đưa ra trong lần dự báo trước… Các chủ trương chính sách kinh tế của Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đã không nhận được sự hoan nghênh của Quỹ Tiền tệ Quốc tế (IMF) trong một báo […]
          MSNBC hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the White House had tried unsuccessfully to get them to apologize to the president for unfavorable coverage in exchange for his getting a negative tabloid story about them killed.

          China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          ‘Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war’   
COGwriter US President Donald Trump’s trade plans may spark a major trade war: June 30, 2017 Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war With the political world distracted by President Trump’s media wars, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room […]
          Dem state officials refusing to cooperate with Trump voter fraud probe   
          US talk show hosts hit back at Trump abuse   
The president’s relationship with the Morning Joe hosts has taken several twists and turns since the election campaign.
          Chicago crime wave prompts Team Trump to send reinforcements - Trump challenges GOP senators to repeal ObamaCare now, replace later if no deal - Republican state attorney generals threaten lawsuit if Trump doesn't end DACA   
          Donald Trump’s revised travel ban comes into force for six countries   
Administration officials promised that implementation this time would be orderly.
          Trump to meet Putin at G20 summit, White House says   
US intelligence agencies agree Russia was behind last year’s hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election.
          Hans von Spakovsky on The Larry O'Connor Show    
Listen as Larry spoke with Hans Von Spakovsky regarding Virginia’s refusal to cooperate with President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission.
          Louisiana Sec. of State reviewing voter data request from Trump administration   

A presidential commission purporting to investigate voter fraud sent letters this week to all secretaries of state asking for a detailed list of voter information. As Gambit reported yesterday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office received the letter June 28, and the office's staff and attorneys were beginning to review the letter and its demands.…
          06-30-17: Trump's Twitter Problem, Hospital Shooting in the Bronx, and Update on Sydney Phillips   
Tonight Curtis is joined by Steve Adubato, Kevin McCormack, Clark Pena, and Scott Phillips.
          Trump commission asking for state voter information, Louisiana still reviewing   

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office received a letter June 28 from President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asking for voter names, addresses, party affiliation, dates of birth, the last four digits of social security numbers, and voter history since 2006. The letter from commission Vice Chair Kris Kobach was sent to all 50 states to identify policies that “enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal election processes.” The information will be made publicly available.

Meg Casper Sunstrom, Press Secretary for Louisiana's Secretary of State, told Gambit June 29 that the office had not yet reviewed the letter with staff and attorneys.

          Eric Bolling on The Larry O'Connor Show   
Listen as Larry spoke with Eric Bolling, host of The Fox News Specialists and Cashin In, regarding his latest book, The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption, Cronyism, and Really Strange Creatures – and How Trump Can Drain It.
          Charles Hurt on The Larry O'Connor Show    
Listen as Larry spoke with Charles Hurt, Opinion Editor and a columnist for The Washington Times, regarding his latest column, Mad genius of Trump drives schoolmarms of political press crazy.
          Güney Kore ve ABD'den Kuzey Kore'ye karşı ortak duruş kararı   
ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, "Kuzey Kore rejimine karşı stratejik sabır dönemi başarısız oldu. Dürüstçe söylemek gerekirse...
          6/30 Leland Live Hour 3   
In this hour, Leland discusses the Senate's possible option to repeal Obamacare, the Oliver Robinson-Luther Strange case, and CNN's vendetta against President Trump
          Beyaz Saray'dan Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan ve Trump açıklaması    
Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile telefonda görüştü.Beyaz Saray, Erdoğan-Trump görüşmesi...
          This List Of Attacks Against Conservatives Is Mind Blowing…   
Well let’s get it on then…. Amid this backdrop, The Huffington Post publishes an article calling for the execution of Trump and “everyone assisting his agenda.” Source: This List Of Attacks Against Conservatives Is | The Daily Caller
          Ostre słowa Trumpa nt. Korei Północnej. "Skończyła się nasza cierpliwość"   

Ostre słowa Trumpa nt. Korei Północnej. "Skończyła się nasza cierpliwość"Prezydent USA Donald Trump powiedział w piątek po rozmowach w Waszyngtonie z prezydentem Korei Południowej Mun Dze Inem, że skończyła się "strategiczna cierpliwość" wobec Korei Północnej. "Mamy silny, solidny plan" działań wobec Pjongajangu - dodał.

          Mississippi Official Tells President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission to ‘Go Jump in the Gulf of Mexico’   
"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico"
          Trump and twitter   
          FDR3729 17 Intelligence Agencies Did Not Say Russia Hacked Election    
After the New York Times issued a retraction to the often repeated claim that 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies claim that the Russian government "Hacked The Election" - the Russia narrative is dead. New York Times Retraction: "A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump's deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year's presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community."Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.htmlYour support is essential to Freedomain Radio, which is 100% funded by viewers like you. Please support the show by making a one time donation or signing up for a monthly recurring donation at: http://www.freedomainradio.com/donate
          Trump acepta la invitación de Macron y acudirá al desfile del 14 de julio en París   
El encuentro tiene como motivo la conmemoración del centenario de la entrada de las tropas estadounidenses en Francia en la Primera Guerra Mundial. Leer
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
MItch the Bitch Landrieu,
You have done such a miserable job with New Orleans, I dont forsee you making it to running for president as we the people of Louisiana are going to shout to the rooftops about how you cant even stop the murders in New Orleans and removing the monuments is your way to disguise what a crappy mayor you are.
Posted by Biker Bob
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
I certainly hope this p.o.s. racist runs against President Trump in 2020, he will get his @$$ handed to him, just like his lard @$$ sister got her big @$$ handed to her by Louisiana voters in 2014. These Landrieus are pure trash.
Posted by Brett Duhon
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
Wrong most of the time? Mitch, you truly are an insane moron.
Posted by Cowboy
          Brandon Vogt with Jack Posobiec "Citizens for Trump"   
Brandon Vogt with Jack Posobiec "Citizens for Trump" https://www.amazon.com/Citizens-Trump-Peoples-Movement-America/dp/154693653X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498857754&sr=8-1&keywords=citizens+for+trump
          192 Big Mark for America Back to Podcasts; Trump 30 Jun 2017   
After 6 months, starting back with podcasts. I briefly discuss why I did not support Trump during the election, but why I generally support him now.
          ‘Era of strategic patience with N. Korean regime has failed’ ‒ Trump to S. Korea president   
Preview US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, presented a united front against the "reckless and brutal regime in North Korea" during a joint statement, but that solidarity did not extend to trade issues between the two allies.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Major developments on two of Trump's campaign promises   
Major developments on two of Trump's campaign promises

Reaction and analysis on 'The Five'

          NYT retracts claim that ‘17 US intelligence agencies’ verified Russian DNC email hack   
Preview The New York Times has retracted its claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic emails in an effort to influence the 2016 election in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Deutsche Bank refuses Democrats' demand to give up Trump’s financial details   
Preview Germany's biggest bank has rejected a request by US House Democrats to provide details of President Donald Trump's finances. Deutsche Bank is citing privacy laws.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          ‘Epidemic proportions’: Trump pledges ‘federal help’ to stop violent crime in Chicago   
Preview US President Donald Trump says he is sending “federal help” to fight the “crime and killings” in Chicago.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          June 30, 2017 - Immigration / Travel Ban Confusion / Voter Privacy   
In this segment, Pat covers several topics: > The undocumented immigrant who successfully sued S.F. because it went against its own Sanctuary City policy. > Pat talks with Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum about how major airports are prepared for confusion now that the new version of Trump's Travel Ban is in effect. > Kastenbaum is also reporting on: President Trump's Election Integrity Commission is asking each state to turn over data from it's voter rolls. Privacy concerns?
          ‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4bn Taiwan arms deal   
Preview The Chinese people “have every right to be outraged” by the new $1.4 billion US arms deal with Taiwan, Beijing has said, arguing that the sale means the Trump administration is contradicting earlier statements on maintaining peace in the region.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump amenaza a Corea del Norte: “Nuestra paciencia ha tocado a su fin”   
El presidente de EEUU apela a una "respuesta firme ante el programa nuclear y balístico del implacable y brutal régimen"
          United States wants to sell coal to coal-rich Ukraine   
Preview President Donald Trump has vowed to unleash the 'vast energy wealth' of the United States. He wants to sell American coal to Ukraine, which faces a shortage as military conflict tears its coal-rich Donbass region apart.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Los presentadores atacados por Trump denuncian amenazas de la Casa Blanca   
Joe Scarborough y Mika Brzezinski aseguran que Estados Unidos vive uno de los momentos más peligrosos de su historia con este presidente
          White House attacks media obsession with Russia, defends Trump’s tweets   
Preview The White House has once again gone on the offensive, condemning the media for constant coverage of the Russia probe, while defending President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Congresswoman Debbie Dingell shares her thoughts on President Trump's tweet about "Morning Joe" with Marie Osborne 6-30-17   
          Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence reacts to President Trump's tweet with Marie Osborne 6-30-17   
          Trump travel ban enforcement begins, Hawaii challenges exemption rule   
Preview President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations has gone into limited effect, following the Supreme Court removing holds on enforcement. But already there are reported legal challenges to how certain travelers are exempted.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          US sanctions Chinese bank, plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan   
Preview The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump approves new oil pipeline to Mexico, will go ‘right under the wall’   
Preview President Donald Trump has announced six new energy initiatives as part of the White House’s “Energy Week,” including approving the construction of a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico. The pipeline will go “right under the wall,” he said.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Hookers for Healthcare comes out against Trumpcare   
This press release from legal brothel businesses in Nevada just shows you how bad the GOP Healthcare bill really is: Licensed prostitutes in Nevada are banding together as “Hookers For Health Care” to oppose President Trump’s impending health care legislation, that they say will have a devastating effect on working girls and their families, and…
          US senators propose $558mn more for Israeli missile defense   
Preview A Senate committee markup of the 2018 Pentagon funding bill would give $705 million to Israeli “cooperative” missile defense programs, a $588 million increase from the budget request made by President Donald Trump.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump & Putin to meet on sidelines of G20 summit, White House confirms   
Preview US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, national security adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed. It will be the two leaders' first meeting since Trump's inauguration.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump, nuove sanzioni contro Corea nord   
'Misure diplomatiche, economiche e di sicurezza'
          Trump, nuove sanzioni contro Corea nord   
'Misure diplomatiche, economiche e di sicurezza'
          Corea Nord: Trump, abbiamo molte opzioni   
Tycoon riceve nello studio Ovale neo presidente sudcoreano
          Chicago violenta, Trump manda federali   
Tweet presidente, 'criminalità ha raggiunto livelli epidemici'
          A closer look at the recent healthcare hubbub   

The healthcare bill is somehow increasing in toxicity. Meanwhile, Trump's tweets are getting him into trouble. Diversion? Here's a closer look.

The post A closer look at the recent healthcare hubbub appeared first on Holy Kaw!.

          Comentário em Kathy Griffin – o João Quadros americano foi longe demais por JC   
Deixem-nos andar, pois eles demonstram à evidência que a esquerda é trauliteira, intolerante e mal formada. A esquerda americana vive em permanente guerra civil, há anos a promover a violência através dos Black Live Matters e outros grupos extremistas, de mãos dadas com os media e os actores de Hollywood e os globalistas capitalistas esquerda caviar tipo George Soros que os financiam . A CNN passa 80% da sua programação com comentadores e convidados a denegrir o presidente, mais parecendo a estação oficial da Coreia do Norte. Há muito que perderam a vergonha. Vamos ver se conseguem derrubar o Trump ( ou matá-lo como juram ) ou se o Trump consegue drenar o esgoto.
          Comentário em Kathy Griffin – o João Quadros americano foi longe demais por O Patriarca   
O que simultaneamente só mostra que não se deve pedir desculpa. O Trump percebeu isso muito bem. Quem eu vejo cair mais vezes nessa asneira cá no burgo é o desgraçado do Markl. Está constantemente a pedir desculpa e a ser publicamente linchado apesar (ou por causa) disso
          NASA Statement on National Space Council   

NASA Logo. (PRNewsFoto/NASA) (PRNewsFoto/)WASHINGTON, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot about Friday's Executive Order creating the National Space Council: "I am pleased that President Trump has signed an executive order reestablishing the...

          Ông Trump: Mỹ và Hàn Quốc có nhiều lựa chọn trong vấn đề Triều Tiên   

Tối 30/6 (theo giờ Việt Nam), Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump và người đồng cấp Hàn Quốc Moon Jae-in đã bắt đầu có cuộc hội đàm thứ 2 tại Nhà Trắng trong khuôn khổ chuyến thăm đầu tiên của nhà lãnh đạo Hàn Quốc tới Mỹ.

Theo nhiều nguồn tin, vấn đề Triều Tiên và thỏa thuận thương mại song phương tiếp tục là nội dung chính của cuộc thảo luận thứ 2 này.

Phát biểu trước cuộc hội đàm tại Phòng Bầu dục, Tổng thống Trump đã tuyên bố Hàn Quốc và Mỹ có rất nhiều lựa chọn trong vấn đề Triều Tiên.

Trong khi đó, Tổng thống Hàn Quốc cho biết cuộc thảo luận trước đó đã diễn ra "rất thẳng thắn" về nhiều vấn đề, đặc biệt liên quan tới Triều tiên. Theo ông, các cuộc hội đàm là cơ hội để hai nước tái khẳng định quyết tâm cùng nhau tiến bước trên con đường hướng tới một liên minh hùng mạnh.

Ngoài vấn đề Triều Tiên, hai nhà lãnh đạo Mỹ và Hàn Quốc dự định đề cập tới nội dung đàm phán về một thỏa thuận thương mại song phương.

Trước đó, phát biểu sau cuộc hội đàm kín đầu tiên, Tổng thống Trump cho biết ông đã thảo luận “hiệu quả” với người đồng cấp Hàn Quốc về nhiều vấn đề song phương, khu vực và thế giới cùng quan tâm./.

          Trump’s policy struggle means US should not expect growth boost, says S&P    
          Donald Trump Mocks MSNBC TV host Mika Brzezinski "Bleeding Facelift"   

The US president, Donald Trump will fight "fire with fire", those were the words of Deputy White house press secretary, Sarah Huckabee, after the president went on a Twitter tirade against MSNBC TV host Mika Brzezinski.

Trump tweeted the attack to the Tv host, and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she visited his Mar-la-go resort in Florida. Trump also attacked Brzezinski's co-host, Joe Scarborough, who he said is developing a "dictatorship."


The tweet have generated different backlash from house members, who believes that what Trump had done is beneath the office he holds. Some backlash Trump's tweet got are from;



Clap Back From Mika Brzezinski

The TV host, Mika Brzezinski clapped back at President Trump later this morning with the picture below;


The little hand is referring to the alleged "small hands" used by Marco Rubio to insult Trump during the Republican primary.


          Peña Nieto y Trump se reunirán en Alemania   
Este sería el primer encuentro entre los mandatarios, luego de las diferencias por el muro.
          Donald Trump fails to recognise LGBTQ Pride Month   
The President has previously declared himself a 'real friend' of the LGBTQ community
          Fox News host slams Trump over sexist tweet: 'They called Obama every name but he didn't lash out'   
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel defended the President
          USA-libertad prensa: Cuesta abajo   
El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, que ha acusado a los medios, en repetidas ocasiones, de difundir falsas noticias -antes y después de su llegada a la Casa Blanca- ha colgado portadas falsas de la revista 'Time' en las que aparece él mismo en varios de sus clubes de golf.
Otra muestra indica hasta dónde ese tipo de libertad va desapareciendo en Estados Unidos.Así lo reflejó este miércoles un artículo aparecido en el Nuevo Herald…

          Donald Trump 'threatens to sue' CNN in leaked audio: 'Wouldn't that be fun?'   
'If anybody's a lawyer in the house and thinks I have a good lawsuit — I feel like we do,' the President said at a fundraiser
          Nuevas voces solidarias con Cuba, tras declaraciones de Trump   
Nuevas voces solidarias con Cuba, tras declaraciones de Trump
Deseamos expresar nuestro total apoyo al mensaje de la Uneac y llamamos igualmente a todos los hombres y mujeres de buena voluntad y amantes de…

          Donald Trump's Morning Joe tweets spark calls for his removal as President   
The US President's opponents have suggested a little-known section of the US constitution provides grounds to strip him of power
          State officials refuse to turn over voters' sensitive data to Donald Trump's election panel   
The information includes partial Social Security numbers, and voter histories going back to 2006
          Donald Trump says 'the era of patience is over' with North Korea   
'The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people,' says Mr Trump
          Trump's climate cuts to impact "hugely" on vulnerable - Robinson   

          Trump's travel ban faces new legal challenge from Hawaii as battle between administration and state continues   
The state is seeking to allow grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other distant relatives of US residents to enter the country
          Exanalista de la CIA revela el "sucio secreto de los medios de EE.UU."   
Exanalista de la CIA revela el
John Kiriakou comentó acerca del escándalo en torno a la CNN y su cobertura del tema Trump-Rusia.

          Donald Trump says 'we have many options' on North Korea after saying threat must be 'dealt with rapidly'   
Donald Trump has said that the US "has many options" for dealing with the threat from North Korea, as he meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
          Morning Joe host accuses Trump of trying to blackmail him   
There is disagreement between the two camps surrounding a reported negative National Enquirer article
          Mika Brzezinski hits back with 'Donald Trump is not well' article in response to President's sexist attack   
'The man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show,' the 'Morning Joe' host writes
          Trump says Obamacare should be repealed even if it's not replaced with anything   
Senators from different wings of the Republican party disagree with key parts of the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill
          CD Release - new works for trumpet including "Fall" by Robert Gibson - with soloist Chris Gekker, on Métier, July 21   


Jul 21 2017 - 12:00pm

A new album from Métier presents a range of new works for trumpet by American composers, with the soloist Chris Gekker, acclaimed soloist who is also Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. These are all first recordings and include works by Robert Gibson, Carson Cooman, Lance Hulme, David Heinick and Kevin McKee. Performers alongside Gekker include Rita Sloan (piano), Chris Vadala (tenor sax), and Clara O’Brien (mezzo-soprano). To be released in July (Métier MSV 28572).

Full track list: ‘Ghost Dialogues’ – MSV 28572
Robert Gibson: Fall (trumpet/piano)
Lance Hulme: Ghost Dialogues (trumpet/tenor sax)
Carson Cooman: Equinox Sonata (trumpet/piano)
Lance Hulme: The Street has Changed (mezzo-soprano/trumpet) (setting of poems by Randell Jarrell)
David Heinick: Served Two Ways (trumpet/tenor sax)
Kevin McKee: Song for a Friend (trumpet/piano)

sneak preview of "Fall" for trumpet and piano:


excerpt - Chris Gekker (trumpet) release date July 21, 2017 divineartrecords.com


          Trump appoints transgender rights opponent to USAID post   

Bethany Kozma helped organize a campaign protesting the Obama administration's guidance on trans students

The post Trump appoints transgender rights opponent to USAID post appeared first on Metro Weekly.

          Trump’s pick for DOJ’s Civil Rights Division defended HB 2 law   

Labor issues lawyer Eric Dreiband has also argued for religious exemptions for nonprofits

The post Trump’s pick for DOJ’s Civil Rights Division defended HB 2 law appeared first on Metro Weekly.

          Trump: ‘Patience is over’ with N Korea   
US President Donald Trump has emphasised the need for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while taking aim at Seoul over trade and the need for burden sharing in defence.
          US TV hosts issue smackdown to Trump   
THE hosts of US breakfast show Morning Joe claimed on Friday that top White House staffers had warned that the National Enquirer planned to run a negative piece about them unless they begged US President Donald Trump to get the story spiked.
          Why does the USG need to worry about voting machines getting hacked? Trump is going to be our final president. ¯\_(… https://t.co/JWljnYyApn   

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posted: June 30, 2017 at 10:29AM

          Hey @realDonaldTrump, you know your health care bill will still kill people. Also: does Putin ever make you breakfa… https://t.co/0IYhgnz62n   

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posted: June 29, 2017 at 01:22PM

          What's nice about this is that @realDonaldTrump is wrong about most things. So, bet on this bill to bomb. https://t.co/Fae4rQ98OU   

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posted: June 26, 2017 at 11:16AM

          Must disagree. I hate Facebook & Zuckerdouche, but Trump is an unhinged child. Z can speak in complete sentences. (… https://t.co/DpZeKXke8b   

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posted: June 25, 2017 at 07:46AM

          @realDonaldTrump Here is your shot to one-up Obama! Go get those Russian meddlers, tough guy! Also, since you admit… https://t.co/sfJHdGvZTn   

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posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:16AM

          RT @AynRandPaulRyan: .@GeorgeTakei shared this video about Trump blocking folks on Twitter.😂 cc: @joepabike https://t.co/wheSpsrYeW   

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posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:50PM

          RT @tedlieu: Let's be very clear: @realDonaldTrump is flat out LYING when he says Russian interference was a hoax. https://t.co/sVpXo58ji3   

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posted: June 23, 2017 at 12:13PM

          Diplomatie pour les Nuls : Trump, FNN et Oliver Stone   
Donald Trump jubile. Après avoir obtenu (partiellement et provisoirement, mais tout de même !) gain de cause sur son "Travel Ban" auprès de la Cour suprême, voici qu’il savoure un raté dans le travail éditorial du média qu’il déteste entre tous : ...
          Traje de baño de Trump promete vaciar las playas   
El traje de una pieza tiene la cara del presidente estadounidense.
          Anna Wintour espera que Melania Trump sea portada de Vogue   
La revista respaldó públicamente a Hillary Clinton en su carrera hacia la Casa Blanca.
          Melania Trump tendrá su propio glam room en la Casa Blanca   
La habitación contará con iluminación de televisión.
          Anti-Trump mogul Jeff Bezos’ net worth languishes under Trump’s tyranny   
We hear a lot, especially from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, about how Donald Trump threatens democracy. Bezos’ plaything has recently chosen the melodramatic motto Democracy Dies in the Dark. So, clearly the stock market must be discounting Mr. Bezos’s future earnings under the lash of Trump, right? After […]
          Republicans call on Ginsburg to recuse herself in travel ban case   
Corrected: Fifty-eight Republican lawmakers are calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself in the travel ban case that will be argued before…
          3 Reasons Williams Partners LP Is a Better Dividend Stock Than Energy Transfer Partners LP   
With an eye popping current yield of 11 1 Energy Transfer Partners NYSE ETP trumps the payout of Williams Partners NYSE WPZ which only yields 6 2 at the moment However before investors rush out and buy Energy Transfer on its yield alone there are three things they
          Trump's Latest Tweet Is Roundly Criticized   
Steve Inskeep talks with Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review, about President Trump's latest tweet, which has been criticized from both sides of the aisle.
          Week In Politics: Senators Work On Health Care Bill While Trump Tweets   
This week Republican senators postponed a vote on their health care bill but continued to make changes. Also, President Trump received bipartisan criticism for a crude tweet.
          Ed M. ZOLLINGER   

A gravestone photo for Ed M. ZOLLINGER was submitted to Newton Union Cemetery in Jasper County Iowa on June 29th, 2017 -- Comments Include: son of Jeremiah & Elizabeth (Randall) Zollinger, husband of Louisa C. (Stott) Trumpler.

          Trump: We've 'run out of patience' with North Korea    
美國總統川普(Donald Trump)與南韓總統文在寅(Moon Jae-in)在美東時間30日早上進行第2天的高峰會談,雙方聚焦於北韓核威脅與貿易問題。兩人預計將在稍後發表聯合聲明。...
          Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   

This morning, someone told the President of the United States that cable news hosts said some things about him and he responded by calling one of them "low I.Q. Crazy" and the other "Psycho," and said he turned them both away from his palatial beachfront resort estate over New Year's.

The president was apparently responding to hearing criticism second-hand by MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of 'poorly rated' "Morning Joe." To cap off the hot take, Trump even mentioned 'low I.Q. Crazy' Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" in the 8:58 a.m. tweet.

The hosts were apparently poking fun at a report this week that Trump has several faked Time magazine covers hanging in properties he owns just before the tweets.

After Trump released his morning affirmation, both of South Carolina's U.S. senators responded:

Lindsey Graham called the president's words 'beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics.'
[embed-1]Tim Scott took no issue with the content of the president's criticism, but urged him not to be distracted from health care and tax reform.[embed-2]

          Das soll Trumps schlimmster Tweet sein   

Kaum ein Tag vergeht, an dem US-Präsident Donald Trump nicht mit beleidigenden Tweets für Aufsehen sorgt. Besonders oft sind seine Twitter-Hasspostings an Journalisten gerichtet. Diesmal trifft es die Moderatorin Mika Brzezinski – mit besonders vulgären Äußerungen.

          More court challenges expected for Trump’s new travel ban   
A scaled-back version of President Trump's travel ban is now in force and is likely to generate a new round of court fights.
          Trump’s crude tweets: Would anyone else be fired?   
If President Donald Trump were anyone else, he’d be reprimanded or fired for his latest tweets, experts say.
          Martin Merrild laver en Trump – lægger pressen på is   
Organisationen Landbrug & Fødevarer har fået sin helt egen Donald Trump.
          This Is Republicans   
As Pareene says, Trump the person is not normal, but the Trump presidency basically is just a Republican presidency, with some extra crazy tweeting.
          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sWkzTB)

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.


The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.


"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)

          6/30/2017: CAVEAT: Flying high in Trump’s America   

Diarmuid Hogan and his wife, Mairead, moved to the US for two years. That was back in 2003. Fourteen years later they are happily settled in Westport, Connecticut, with their two young sons. Hogan (49) is chief financial and operating officer for the...
          Wetlands at Risk from Federal Rule Change   

The Trump administration has ordered the repeal of a federal Clean Water Act rule. We asked a legal expert what that might mean for California’s wetlands.

The post Wetlands at Risk from Federal Rule Change appeared first on PPIC.

          MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts fire back at Trump Twitter blasts   

The two MSNBC personalities postponed a vacation in order to respond to President Trump's tweet, which drew broad condemnation a day earlier because he called Mika Brzezinski "crazy" and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw them at his Florida estate.
          Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   

About the Program
PPIC's latest survey examines Californians' views on President Trump and Congress, as well as their preferences on immigration policy, terrorism and security, and government regulation. It also covers state issues, including attitudes toward elected officials, high-speed rail, and water infrastructure. PPIC researcher Dean Bonner will outline these and other key findings.

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   
Capitol Building – Statewide Survey

A majority of Californians disapprove of President Trump’s order banning travel to the US by people from six majority Muslim countries. And most support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

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This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          Trump gets it from all sides for trash-talking MSNBC hosts   

In a series of tweets Thursday, President Trump went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show "Morning Joe."
          Trump Administration Proposes LOWEST Bid to Extend H-1B Outsourcing Permanently   

IEEE-USA Logo (PRNewsFoto/IEEE-USA) (PRNewsFoto/IEEE-USA)WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Trump administration representative has made an astonishing proposal to Congress that would break the President's repeated promises to end H-1B outsourcing, in a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor,...

          Trump: ABD'nin Kuzey Kore rejimine karşı sabrı tükendi   
ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, Güney Kore lideri ile birlikte yaptığı açıklamayla ABD'nin "Kuzey Kore rejimine sabrının tükendiğini" söyledi.
          Erdoğan'ın Trump ve Putin görüşmelerinden sonra Beyaz Saray ve Kremlin'den açıklama   
Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan ABD Başkanı Trump ve Rusya Devlet Başkanı Putin ile peşe peşe görüşmeler yaptı. Görüşmelerin ardından açıklamalar geldi. Beyaz Saray'dan yapılan açıklamada iki liderin Katar sorununu konuştuğu dile getirildi. Kremlin'den yapılan açıklamada ise Erdoğan ve Putin'in Suriye konusunu ele aldığı belirtildi.
          Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Get Covered In Sweat   
Jared Kushner may be nimble in the world of politics and business, but his body's flexibility leaves much to be desired in the eyes of his wife Ivanka Trump.
          Trump approves new oil pipeline to Mexico, will go “right under the wall”   
The final initiative the president unveiled is to open up offshore lands for development by creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program.
          Iran foreign minister says U.S. ban targets ‘grandmothers’   
Remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif came after the Trump administration set criteria for visa applicants from the six Muslim-majority nations.
          Trump a Viable Nominee? Unfortunately, Young Republicans Say Yes   
Donald Trump commands significant support among GOP youth
          #HarvardIOPPoll: Analyzing Harvard’s Fall 2015 Poll of Young Americans   
An exclusive look at the Harvard Public Opinion Project's poll of young Americans, from Donald Trump to ISIS and from climate change to the 2016 election.
          Trump: Afskaf Obamacare nu og find på noget bedre senere   
Præsident Donald Trump skriver på Twitter, at republikanerne i Senatet øjeblikkeligt skal afskaffe Obamacare. Så kan de senere beslutte sig for en ny sundhedsreform. - Hvis republikansk ...
          Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals   

Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Imagine an underwater blast so loud that it can be heard by marine mammals that are 2,500 miles away. That’s the level of noise generated when companies fire airguns to blast the ocean floor with sound in order to find oil and gas deposits.

Such seismic testing could begin soon off the U.S. East Coast after Trump ordered federal agencies to reconsider the Obama administration’s five-year ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. On June 6, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed five authorizations for companies on the hunt for oil and gas. These companies want to conduct seismic surveys of the Atlantic seabed.

The noise would have serious impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, which rely heavily on sound to communicate, navigate and find prey. Flooding the ocean with noise from seismic surveys could inflict permanent hearing damage on these creatures, leaving them deaf and stranded. At the very least, seismic blasts would disrupt the animals’ behavior hundreds of thousands of times and could drive them away from vital habitats.

By granting these five proposed authorizations, the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow marine mammals to become casualties of oil and gas exploration. But it’s not too late—the service is taking public comments on these proposed authorizations until July 6. Below, you can tell the service to deny these dangerous permits, and protect whales and dolphins from seismic airgun blasting.

Take Action! Send your comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service today, and tell the agency that marine mammals deserve a fighting chance.

The following numbers demonstrate how devastating these seismic surveys would be:

240 decibels

Approximate volume of seismic airgun blasting underwater. For a little perspective, one of the loudest animals, the blue whale, makes calls louder than 180 decibels. When you go up by 10 decibels, it means a sound gets 10 times more intense. So a seismic airgun blast is 1 million times more intense than a blue whale call—powerful enough to deafen one of these massive creatures.

2,500 miles

How far seismic blasts can travel underwater—approximately the distance from New York City to Los Angeles. That means it’s possible for a whale near Florida to hear seismic surveys operating off the coast of South Carolina.

200,000 square miles

Area of the Atlantic Ocean that the proposed seismic airgun surveys would blast. The airguns discharge resounding booms at 12 to 16 second intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months on end.


Approximate number of times in one year that whales and dolphins will be harassed by seismic blasting, according to permits drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The service estimates that nearly 2,000 of the exposures will be loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss, which would severely impede the marine mammals’ ability to communicate and find food.


Species of marine mammals that the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow companies to harm, if the agency’s proposed authorizations are finalized. Six of these species are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the North Atlantic Right Whale—a critically endangered species with a population of less than 500.

          Trump Revoked Key Pesticide Protections. We're Fighting Back.   

Trump Revoked Key Pesticide Protections. We're Fighting Back.

The EPA has said that the protections would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year.

The EPA has said that pesticide protections would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year.


This past January, three brothers—ages 7, 9 and 11—and their 17-year-old sister, died in their home in Amarillo, Texas, because a highly toxic restricted-use pesticide was improperly applied in their home.

And just two years ago, a family on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands and another family in Florida were poisoned after applicators grossly misused restricted-use pesticides. The vacationing father and his children were paralyzed; in Florida, the family’s 10-year old son suffered significant brain damage.

These kinds of tragedies prompted the federal government to enact long overdue updates to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule, also known as the CPA Rule. Designed to protect lives from restricted-use pesticides—some of the most hazardous chemicals that can only be used by certified professionals—the rule hadn’t been updated since Nixon was in office.

The EPA’s revised protections were supposed to go into effect in March, but Trump's new EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, delayed the CPA Rule from going into effect for at least a year. This month, Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice sued the EPA for this unlawful delay.

By delaying this rule, the Trump administration is putting workers, children and families at risk.

The CPA Rule ensures that children are not allowed to apply restricted-use pesticides and that certified applicators get updated annual trainings. It also requires applicators to have access to essential information about the products they use, so that they can wear appropriate protective gear and know what they’ve been exposed to if accidents happen.

By delaying this rule, the Trump administration is putting workers, children and families at risk. They are allowing poorly trained pesticide applicators to handle the most dangerous chemicals in the fields where we grow our food, where we work and where we live.   

Although urban dwellers sporadically face these dangerous pesticides in businesses, homes and schools; there are roughly one million farmworkers who, together with their families, face pesticide exposures on a daily basis. As a second generation Chicana who comes from a lineage of laborers, farmworkers, and in general, a population whose children are nearly twice as likely to attend schools in close proximity to use of hazardous pesticides, the EPA’s delay of the CPA Rule is unacceptable to me on a deeply personal level.

We know that in some areas, 16-year-old kids are applying restricted-use pesticides because there is no minimum age limit for the roughly one million certified applicators nationwide. Moreover, most of the farmworkers facing the gravest pesticide risks are not just migrants, they are often low-income Spanish and indigenous language speakers who need these protections the most.

The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides every year, yet the agency is still delaying action.

The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides every year, yet the agency is still delaying action. For perspective, this is like saying that we know every inhabitant in a U.S. town will suffer severe pesticide poisoning each year, but we simply prefer not to take action.

The EPA itself said that the now-delayed rule, which was developed after years of reviews, would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year. While this isn’t enough to get to where we need to be, in a society that values all lives alike, this is a much-needed start. None of us should be OK with delaying life-saving rules.

The federal government may be eager to bow to industry barons who care more about profit than life, but we the people have to defend our families and the most vulnerable populations. So while it’s clear that we can’t count on the Trump administration to do the right thing, we can use the power of the law to force them into action.

In fact, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

          Four Corners: July 3   
Mark Davis delves into deals between Donald Trump and controversial business & political figures in Indonesia.
          Travel ban returns, but not the airport chaos   
As the revised version of President Donald Trump's travel ban went into effect Thursday night, the public reaction was muted compared with the massive protests that erupted in January.

          Trump tweets about this more than anything   
CNN's Jake Tapper reacts to President Trump's tweets targeting MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts by breaking down and categorizing the content of the President's tweets, finding that he has tweeted about the media more than any other topic.

          Servant Leadership Trumps Politics as Usual   

SEATTLE – Although the outspoken chairman and CEO of coffee giant Starbucks has dabbled in big issues before—his well-intentioned but quickly abandoned “Race Together” initiative had baristas writing racial harmony messages on cups—Howard Schultz is not running for president.

“Despite the encouragement of others, I have no intention of entering the presidential fray,” the chairman and CEO of coffee giant Starbucks said in an op-ed in The New York Times. “I’m not done serving at Starbucks. Although we have built an iconic brand while providing even part-time employees with access to health care, free college education and stock options, there is more we can do as a public company to demonstrate responsible leadership.”

But the fact that Schultz is not running … yet … doesn’t mean he has no opinion on what’s wrong with Washington and how a great leader should operate.

“We cannot afford more false promises, slogans, theatrics and fool’s gold,” he wrote. “Our nation has been profoundly damaged by a lack of civility and courage in Washington, where leaders of both parties have abdicated their responsibility to forge reasonable compromises to expand the economy, rebuild our infrastructure, improve schools, transform entitlement programs and so much more. We have become too desensitized to the horrendous metrics that define today’s America, from student-loan debt to food-stamp dependency to the size of our prison population.”

He continued, “The values of servant leadership—putting others first and leading from the heart—need to emerge from every corner of American life, including the business community.

“While Americans have diverse views in what they want from Washington, I reject the notion that our divided and dysfunctional government is merely a reflection of what the political class calls the red-blue divide. Too many of our political leaders are putting party before country, power before principle and cynicism before civility. The common purpose that created this great nation, which has united us in difficult moments, has gone missing.

“Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, of men and women willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them. Everyone seeking the presidency professes great love for our nation. But I ask myself, how can you be a genuine public servant if you belittle your fellow citizens and freeze out people who hold differing views?”

He concluded with a provocative challenge: “Our country deserves a candidate courageous enough to select a member of the other party as a running mate. Our country deserves a president humble enough to see leadership not as an entitlement but as a privilege."

Click here to read the complete New York Times op-ed.

And following on Shultz’s lead, as we head into the next presidential election cycle, what insights can politicians glean from the convenience-store, retail and restaurant industries? Send your ideas and comments to Greg Lindenberg, editor of CSP Daily News, at glindenberg@winsightmedia.com.

          Don Lemon: Trump is an embarrassment   
CNN's Don Lemon skewered Donald Trump's tweets about the 'Morning Joe' co-hosts, calling them "gross and disgusting" and saying his actions show he doesn't care about America or the presidential office.

          Trump is undoing the GOP health care bill, one tweet at a time   
Trump's erratic and chaotic style makes it extremely difficult for Republicans to garner support for their controversial health care bill, writes Julian Zelizer.

          Could Trump ever get kicked off Twitter?   

          Republicans to Trump: Please stop   
Republican lawmakers were caught off-guard by President Donald Trump's personal attack on "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski Thursday, with several saying the remarks were unbecoming of his office.

          BLOG: Straightening up   
Luke 13:10-17…Here was a woman who had a disability, she couldn’t stand up straight, but it didn’t stop her from coming to the synagogue to worship. Even after 18 years of being bound up by Satan her love for God and His Word trumped the physical... [ ... ]
          Trump-Xi honeymoon is over   
In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump's administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers.

          MSNBC co-hosts: 'Donald Trump is not well'   
One day after being attacked by President Trump, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough are trying to turn the national conversation around, making it about the president's "erratic behavior" and his emotional health.

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          Patricia Arquette tweets cryptic warning to Trump about "gossip on the streets"   

Actress Patricia Arquette reacted to Trump's childish "bleeding badly from a face-lift" tweet yesterday with a cautionary tweet of her own: "Remove this tweet. There is a lot of gossip about you on the streets that hasn't been in the press-yet."

According to The Wrap:

Arquette didn’t elaborate on what gossip she was referring to, beyond saying that it is something other than the “pee tape” that Twitter users have been semi-jokingly speculating about for months.

And Arquette didn't stop there:

The question is, is this just an empty Trumpian James-Comey-better-hope-that-there-are-no-tapes kind of threat? If not, then out with it already.

Image: Tina Franklin

          The Interpreter: Canada’s Comedy, the Voice of a Polite Nation, Rises in the Trump Era   
Political humor, “one of our national pastimes,” is a way of pushing back against America’s dominance. Its changes offer a lens into how Canada is changing, too.
          Solar Trade Case, With Trump as Arbiter, Could Upend Market   
American panel makers say below-cost sales by Chinese companies are ruining business. If tariffs result, installers and homeowners may suffer instead.
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          Europe Edition: Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Wimbledon: Your Friday Briefing   
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천황상은, 일본 중앙 경마회(JRA)가 춘・추에 연 2회 시행하는 경마의 후한 상금으로, 국제적으로는 최고위의 GI에 등급설정 되고 있다.제1회에 상당하는 「황실상전」은 1937년(쇼와 12년)에 행해지고 있지만, JRA가 전신으로 하고 있는 「The Emperor's Cup(엔페라즈캅)」는 1905년(메이지 38년), 한층 더 루트를 더듬으면 1880년(메이지 13년)의 「Mikado's Vase」까지 거슬러 올라갈 수 있고 일본에서 시행되는 GI경주 중(안)에서도, 긴 역사와 전통을 가지는 경주이다.

1984년(쇼와 59년) 이후, 봄은 교토 경마장의 잔디 3200 m로 「천황상(봄)」, 가을은 도쿄 경마장의 잔디 2000 m로 「천황상(가을)」이라고 표기해 시행되고 있다.2015년(헤세이 27년)은 춘・추 모두 1억 5000만엔의 1벌 상금이 주어지고 있는 것 외에 황실로부터도 우승 상품으로서 방패가 하사 되고 있어"방패"라고 통칭 되기도 한다.……

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          China open to free-trade agreement with Mexico – Xinhua news agency   

China’s Ambassador to Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi. Photo: Reuters

China is open to negotiating a free-trade agreement with Mexico, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, citing the Chinese ambassador to the country, a fillip for Mexico as it faces uncertainty over its trade deals with the US. Qiu Xiaoqi, China’s ambassador to Mexico, said China was willing to discuss a free-trade agreement, although no discussions had been held so far, Xinhua said. Qiu was speaking at an academic event in Mexico City. “If we negotiate a free-trade agreement, this will greatly favour trade exchanges between our two countries. There is no difficulty from China’s side,” he said. “Mexico is China’s second-largest trading partner in Latin America and China is Mexico’s second-largest trading partner in the world. This is a highly important relationship and we have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties.” Mexico is keen to cut its economic reliance on the US out of concern that access to its top trade partner may be restricted by the policies of US President Donald Trump, who has pledged to protect US jobs from going outside the country. China and Mexico have been strengthening ties since late last year as the US has stepped back from...
          Russia and Islam   
Russia has often been in the news over the past years, mostly as the demonized “Empire of Mordor” responsible for all the bad things on the planet, especially Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton, the Russian intervention in Syria and, of course, the “imminent” Russian invasion of the Baltics, Poland or even all of Western Europe....
          The Crisis in Qatar   
First, a quick who's who We will probably never find out what truly was discussed between Trump, the Saudis and the Israelis, but there is little doubt that the recent Saudi move against Qatar is the direct results of these negotiations. How do I know that? Because Trump himself said so! As I mentioned in...
          Trump and the Bubbles from a Sunken (Old) World   
First, a confession: I really don't know how the corporate media has covered the Trump trip to NATO and the G7 summit. Frankly, I don't really care – it's been a long while since I stopped listening to these imperial shills. There is a risk in completely ignoring them, and that risk is the risk...
          Trump: Dancing with Wolves on the Titanic   
Robert Fisk put it best: “Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East”. Following his fantastically stupid decision to attack the Syrian military with cruise missiles, Trump or, should I say, the people who make decisions for him, probably realized that it was “game over” for any US policy in the Middle-East...
          1/72 MiG-29A Fulcrum Izdeliye 9-12 Super Detail Set for Trumpeter (Resin+PE+Paint Mask)   
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          TV hosts accuse Trump's White House of smear threat over bad coverage   

The breakfast television hosts ridiculed by Donald Trump on Twitter hit back with claims he sought to plant negative stories about them in the media and question the US President's mental health and fitness for office.

          Now Maxine Waters Wants President Trump Exiled   

It is no secret that Maxine Waters is more cuckoo than a clock, as the saying goes she acts as if she donated her brain to science and forgot to tell the scientists to wait until she was dead. Especially now that she wants an investigation to see if President Trump can be exiled. Mad […]

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          Larangan perjalanan AS bagi enam negara muslim mulai diberlakukan   
Larangan sementara untuk memasuki Amerika Serikat, yang digariskan Presiden Donald Trump terhadap warga enam negara berpenduduk mayoritas Muslim dan seluruh pengungsi, akhirnya akan diterapkan. Larangan perjalanan bagi ...
          FINALLY! Trump & Congress Moving Toward First Full Repeal And Replace Later   
Repeal and Replace

President Trump’s most recent comments on the GOP attempts to fix our nation’s failing healthcare system is music to conservative ears. First repeal and replace later.  If healthcare is done that way, “repeal” would mean get rid of every last sentence, every punctuation, of that freedom-killing Obamacare bill and toss it in the nearest fireplace. Conservative […]

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          Project Veritas’ 3rd CNN Video-CNN Producer Regarding Trump- “He’s Just F**ing Crazy”   
CNN Lies

Project Veritas latest video from the American Pravda: CNN series exposes Jimmy Carr, the Associate Producer for CNN’s New Day attacking President Donald Trump and admitting that CNN has a left-leaning bias. When asked by an undercover journalist if CNN is impartial, Carr plainly responded, “In theory.” He then continued to talk about CNN’s views on […]

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          Trump pertama kalinya akan bertemu Putin pada KTT G20   
Presiden Amerika Serikat Donald Trump akan bertemu dengan Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin pada konferensi tingkat tinggi (KTT) negara-negara berperekonomian kuat dunia di Jerman pekan depan untuk pertama kalinya, kata seorang ...
          Calendar Letters: Bard knew what he was talking about   

Regarding “The Politics of Theater: The Relevance of Shakespeare” [June 25]: Bravo to Charles McNulty for his terrific piece on the relevance of the Bard. To add to McNulty’s perceptive comments, I would like to suggest — obviously in jest — that we should demand all Trump administration members...

          Increasing number of states reject request for personal information on voters from Trump commission   
          Tables turn as media slams Trump for fake news   

Donald Trump has got himself in trouble again on Twitter, there are rumours Sean 'Spicy' Spicer is headed for a behind-the-scenes role, and social media is having a field day with Mr Trump's own fake news.

          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

In a March 13 email...

          MSNBC hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the White House had tried unsuccessfully to get them to apologize to the president for unfavorable coverage in exchange for his getting a negative tabloid story about them killed.

          GOP's Plan B for Obamacare repeal began with quiet push from Koch network   

President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked Senate Republicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.

The influential Koch network, backed...

          Trump: Kill Obamacare now, replace later   

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump urged Republican senators today to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new healthcare plan to replace it, potentially sowing confusion as congressional leaders struggle for a consensus on healthcare legislation. Senate Republican leaders had set today as the target for rewriting legislation that would repeal extensive parts […]

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          China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track.

          Writing Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives Matter    
Crime writer Don Winslow says writing a novel about cops and cartels involves some pretty serious research. “In researching these books,” says Winslow, “I meet people. I’ve been to the funerals, talked to the cops. I’ve made the sympathy calls!” His newest book, about the NYPD, is The Force.

In the Spiel, Trump’s worst tweet yet! Oh boy.

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          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Who is in and who is out under the revived travel ban   
Now that President Trump's travel ban is in place again, here's what it does and what it doesn't do.
          When is it OK to compliment a woman's smile? A guide   

There's no excuse for President Trump to not be informed about the dos and don'ts of complimenting a lady's smile, writes Ben Pobjie. The days of men being able to commend a woman's grin at whim are long gone.

          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   
          President Trump, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”   

President Trump, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” $GOOGL, $FB, $AMZN, $TWTR, $YHOO President Donald Trump withdrew from Obama’s anti-American Paris Climate Agreement saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The Paris Accord was one of many anti-American agreements made by the most lawless anti-American President […]

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          There’s Very Little Corporate Resistance to President Trump’s Travel Ban   

There’s Very Little Corporate Resistance to President Trump’s Travel Ban $FB, $GOOGL, $AAPL, $F, $GM, $GW, $JPM For the most part US corporate leaders are “mum” on US President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. While the leaders of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) emailed their staff to denounce the suspension of the US refugee program and the […]

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          Trump: Toward War in the Middle East   
By staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands.
          Americans and South Koreans Want Peace. Will Trump Listen?   
Korea's new pro-engagement president may not have to be as deferential to Washington hardliners as his predecessors.
          'Beneath the dignity of your office': Republicans blast Trump Twitter spree   

The US President is under fire from within his own party after he attacks MSNBC's Morning Joe team, calling male host Joe Scarborough "psycho" and female host Mika Brzezinski "crazy" and "low IQ", saying she was "bleeding badly from a facelift".

          Useful Ajit Pai's lawyer nominated for top US telco watchdog role   

Brendan Carr will be a reliable vote against net neutrality as an FCC commissioner

President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr, the FCC's general counsel, to fill the last remaining Republican commissioner slot at America's telco watchdog.…

          Trump revives National Space Council, to be led by Pence   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence....
          Podcast – Human rights in the era of Trump   
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses Human Rights the era of the Trump presidency specifically – increasingly inward-facing…
          President Trump signs executive order relaunching National Space Council, with emphasis on defense   
          Trump confronts South Koreans on trade. Straight up. In front of cameras.   
          President Trump Meets with President Moon   
          President Trump and the First Lady Host President Moon of South Korea for State Dinner   
          President Trump Gives Remarks at the Unleashing American Energy Event   
          TS291: LGBT Pride Month, Theresa May, Tony Awards, Guest Dave Holmes   
This week Bryan shares the importance of rehearsed speeches while Erin shares about the Arizona jaywalking epidemic. Also, Theresa May may have lost her Conservative party hold but she’s still sticking around to try and bulldoze through more social safety nets, and the Trump administration still has yet to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month but manages to talk about literally anything else.  Plus guest Dave Holmes is here to discuss Cher’s reggae medley, cheese-themed rating scales, and his book Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs. Follow Dave on Twitter @daveholmes
          TS289: Melania Trump, Betsy DeVos, Club Kids, Student Loans   
This week Bryan shares stories from his sister Caroline's visit, while Erin ventured into some casual Veganism. Also, according to a recent study women hold 2/3 of all student loan debt and because of the gender pay gap and Betsy DeVos it’s going to become even harder to pay them off. Plus, at the 43rd G7 summit the world leaders spouses took a group photo and Luxembourg's First Gentleman was failed to be acknowledged in the White Houses Facebook page. The Throwing Shade Live tour documentary is coming to Vimeo next Thursday, June 8th! Pre-order here!  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/throwingshade 
          TS284: Dog Songs, FGM, Trump and LGBTQ issues   
This week Bryan attended a rock concert featuring music only whales would love, while Erin shares her favorite dog songs. Also, Female Genital Mutilation is much more prevalent in the US than people know, and it still isn’t considered illegal in most states, and an article recently in the New York Times has been tracking Trump and his record regarding LGBTQ issues which has been a consistent failure.
          TS278: St Patricks Day, Trumpcare, Transgender Students   
This week Bryan shares his interest in finding out if Parade magazine has a website, while Erin wonders if coincidences are fun. Also, Trumpcare is here and it's here to destroy reproductive rights and services for women. Plus, the Trump administration recently rolled back the rights of Transgender students in Public schools to use the bathroom they identify with which has already started stirring up hate speech and discrimination against them. Only 1 Episode left of Throwing Shade on TV Land honeybunz! Watch Tuesday at 10:30 PM.
          TS272: Executive Orders, Women in Stem Fields, Guests Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova   
This week Bryan shares about Toaster Strudel being an aphrodisiac, while Erin shockingly retweeted Kim Kardashian for the first time.  Also, Executive orders have historically been a way to discriminate and incite fear in people and Trump’s Immigration Ban continues the trend, and a recent Scientific research shows a lack of women in Stem jobs due to constant years of being made to feel not smart enough. Plus, guests gay-legend-icon-star Trixie Mattel and sweatiest woman in show business Katya Zamolodchikova are here to discuss International Business Class travel, the painter of light Thomas Kinkade, and the importance of Prostate exams. Follow Trixie and Katya on Social Media. @trixiemattel and @katya_zamo
          RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel says Trump's sexist tweets show that he is human   

RNC Chairwoman and former Michigan RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel went on Bloomberg today to discuss Trump's tweet storm where he attacked MSNBC Morning Joe anchor Mika Brezinski. Have a look below if you haven't seen the tweets.…
          TS263: Poison Control, Imposter Syndrome, KT McFarland, Guest Marc Andreyko   
This week Bryan shares about the scam that is poison control, while Erin’s fur baby is back in town! Also some researchers in Austria have recently confirmed Imposter Syndrome as being harmful in the workplace, and the absolutely homophobic and horrible KT McFarland has just been appointed by Trump for a staff position. Plus, Guest Marc Andreyko is here to discuss the Napa Valley Train, women in comics, and his new graphic novel “Love is Love” to raise money for the victims, survivors, and loved ones of the Orlando Pulse shootings. Find Marc on Twitter @marcandreyko and pre-order "Love is Love" at http://amzn.to/2gcY30d
          TS258: Patti Smith, Brian Babin, Log Cabin Republicans   
This week Bryan saw the original nasty woman Patti Smith over the weekend with a bunch of heterosensuals and lived to tell the tale, while Erin has a surprising conversation with a local silhouette artist. Also, Texas Representative Brian Babin believes women should be told when they are being nasty. Nasty women vote hunny! And the Log Cabin Republicans have sashayed away from Trump and have decided to not endorse him for president.   
          TS257: Las Vegas, Peter Thiel, Leaked Trump Audio, Guest Price Peterson   
This week Bryan and Erin tell us all about their shenanigans in Las Vegas, attending a mess of a drag show and campaigning for Hillary. Also misogynist/bigot/billionaire Peter Thiel donated millions to the Trump campaign because he believes the country needs to revert back to the 1920's. And recent leaked tapes exposed giant turd with shoes Donald Trump of his garbage misogynist past. Plus, guest Price Peterson is here discussing his world-renowned tv recaps, Vampire Diaries drama and gay portrayals in the media.
          TS255: New York, Youtuber NoBiggie, National Parks   
This week Bryan and Erin share their harrowing New York Horror Story meeting two real life Trump supporters and surviving Guy Fieri's restaurant. Also, deplorable Youtube “personality” NoBiggie decided to prank his gay friend in a homophobic video which has sparked rage amongst the internet, and beautiful National Parks have turned into a garbage nightmare after an exposé has come out showing 18 incidents of harassment occurring without any action being taken. Oh god!
          TS254: Clinton vs Trump, CA Tampon Tax, Whole Foods Discrimination   
Honey, the showcase showdown this week was epic! If you didn't watch the debate, you missed a terrific ad for Flonase and also a queen at her mightiest. Plus, California's Governor Jerry Brown is all in on continuing to tax tampons and diapers, and a woman unfairly faces harassment at our favorite grocery store for wearing terrible shoes. Cotton Candy grapes, why hast thou forsaken us?!?! Bye wig.
          Donald Trump declares the era of patience with North Korean 'menace' over   
          TS247: Loud Kids, San Jose Police Dept, Donald Trump, Guest Nina Parker   
This week Erin and Bryan are at odds with the youth of America and aren't feeling too apologetic about it...the children gotta learn! And while the San Jose Police Department jumped on the anti-gay bandwagon by secretly conducting sting operations that single out gay men, Donald Trump has been delighting the nation with his world class, shakespearean thoughts on workplace sexual harassment. Also, host, television personality and all around goddess Nina Parker is here to talk about the Kardashian hustle, her early days at TMZ and missing the Obamas.
          TS240:Sun City, Donald Trump, Pam Bondi, Guest Dan Bucatinsky   
This week Bryan watched the NBA finals in the Sun City, while Erin gave up expensive office shopping in Portland in favor of cafes. Well, the clown from IT (Donald Trump) is back once again proving to the world that he’s trash with more sexist and racist comments from his past and two faced liar Attorney General Pam Bondi gets ripped to shreds by Anderson Cooper due to her lack of LGBT support. Plus, producer/actor/writer all around magician Dan Bucatinsky is here and making a strong case for Cats.
          TS238:King Cobra,Gay Porn,Bikini Season,Guest Jeffrey Self   
This week Erin wants everyone to know West Hollywood isn’t 14th century London and roosters are not allowed, while Bryan shares his fears of anything that can fly an inch above his head. Plus, James Franco's gay porn drama King Cobra premieres at Tribeca, and Erin explains why the evil of bikini season must be defeated. Also Jeffrey Self is here to talk about his Trump fetishes, new book “Drag Teen” and his messy night out with Bryan.
          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"

          Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough question Donald Trump's mental health after Twitter outburst   
          TS220:Grease Live,Mono Costal,Donald Trump,Walmart   
We have a recommendation and it comes from this great nation! Well prepare to hear a whole lot of nothing about Grease Live, because neither Erin nor Bryan watched the 3 hour television event. This week Donald Trump may not be the worst candidate for gay people, and Walmart had to pay millions to a woman who was wrongfully  fired. On second thought, Donald Trump is terrible for everyone.
          On Ad Hominem and Relative Morality   
A few hours back, @riffraaf whom I follow on twitter and have great regard for, and I had a disagreement over the aftermath of the Rosen-Romney episode. We exchanged a couple of emails. She wrote this post.

This is my response

Very well put. I agree mostly.

Here's where I am coming from: Rosen made a stupid comment. Faux outrage about how Ann Romney is such a victim ensued. (never mind our FLOTUS is bashed in ugly ways every day but that's probably the partisan in me talking, you might say).

Oh, Michelle is definitely bashed in the ugliest ways. It is bizarre to me that someone can make combating obesity into some evil plot!

Some of the people I follow on the right started labeling it as #waronmoms. This was a completely cynical response to left's #waronwomen. Now they wanted to beat the left at their own game. I get it.

Yup, they're just being cynical. But being helped by the left propagating articles like the rude pundit's.

But there was more to #waronwomen (though I personally loathe to use this slogan): Most women I know who are not into partisanship in general (because they're too busy raising kids and handling jobs unlike me :) ) got really riled up with a series of events that hurt women's rights: starting from planned parenthood defunding by Komen to birth control access issues to Sandra fluke (and Rush Limbaugh harassing Fluke for 3 entire days calling her a slut, prostitute, how she should put her porn videos online so he can watch it and so on) to ultra sound bills to new arizona laws infringing rights further.

Agree. That's how my wife (Indian-born American-raised) wife is. She is not as much into politics. She does follow it more than others. She is, like me, a fiscal conservative. But for her, this #waronwomen trumps anything else. Anything related to planned parenthood (which she loves) and birth control gets her riled up. So even if Obama raises taxes by gazillion percent (she hates tax raises even on rich folks), the social aspect of it against women's rights will always make her vote democrat.

So it irritates me to no end that suddenly Risen is somehow equivalent of Limbaugh and all the incivilities shown against women in the last year are equivalent to one insensitive remark made by a Rosen who was a nobody until now (even w/ her hillary support in 2008 and apparently having contributed to Obama campaign in 2008).

I don't think Rosen is equivalent of the much much viler and nastier and just plain-worse-human-being Limbaugh. I am not drawing the equivalence, so I am not going to defend the equivalence.

However, on its own, what Rosen said is definitely insensitive and stupid. And undoubtedly ad hominem. That's all that matters to me, as someone who doesn't count himself on the left or the right when it comes to identifying with movements. By saying what she did, Rosen attacked who Ann Romney, not what Ann or Mitt Romney were saying, making it a classic ad hominem attack.

It's politically damaging I agree. But it's a huge fake outrage and no where near what's really happening to women all over the country (whether w/ healthcare, minimum wages, equal pay, infringing on woman's body, unemployment and so on that affect women in REAL ways).

So I know Obama was doing what any Dem politician would do, but I'm still turned off by this whole latest, what I call Faux outrage.

Granted that some of those outraging are just fake-outraging. Just taking the chance to score points against their political opponents. Granted that many of those outraging on the right have possibly said much worse and more misogynist stuff against women.

But what Rosen said was still stupid and insensitive. And IMO, the Obama campaign by denouncing what Rosen said, is doing not just the politically expedient thing, but the right thing. And elements of the left by digging in and writing posts/articles undermining the worth of Ann Romney's life, are doing the WRONG thing, be it politically or morally.
          [THOMAS] Trump Travel Ban Won't Make Us Safer [Poll]   
I spoke with the former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association regarding President Trump's travel ban executive order. First, I admit believing the Supreme Court handed the President a resounding victory by lifting the injunction...
          Zastaví Trump klimatické šílenství?   
LADISLAV JAKL Globální klimatické třeštění je postaveno na jednom základním společenském fenoménu. A tím je fungování koncentrovaného a rozptýleného zájmu. Zjednodušeně řečeno: pokud na nějakém opatření vydělám deset milionů, protože každý Čech mi povinně doplatí korunu, budu já nositelem zájmu koncentrovaného a všichni ostatní zájmu rozptýleného. Nositelé koncentrovaného zájmu mohou hodně vydělat, proto jsou vysoce […]
          The Biggest Dravid Myth   
Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.

In an otherwise well-written article on Dravid at The Guardian, Rob Smyth writes

Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face
betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him. He did not
have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of
Laxman, the unfathomable, enduring genius of Tendulkar or the sublime
cover drive of Ganguly.

I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.

I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.

And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,

The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.

But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."

To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
          WATCH: President Trump scolds press during disorderly photo op   
A photo opportunity in the Oval Office between President Trump and South Korean President Moon began in disarray when members of the domestic and foreign press corps aggressively jostled for position. The president's patience wore thin.
          TS208:San Fran MTA, FACT Act,Rand Paul   
Pull out your blueprints because the Denver airport is the new standard for the modern hip apartment! Brace yourself for terrifying murals and uncomfortable chairs! This week the Crisis Pregnancy Center not only has problems with sentence structure and facts, but they are also incapable of distinguishing between IUDs and a fetus. Also, Rand Paul gave a speech at Drake University (sadly not that Drake) and in true Trump form is telling gay people “ya fired.” Come on Rand don’t make yourself the subject of a Drake song because he’s “gotta lot of enemies.” Buh dum chh. Happy Thursday!
          WATCH: 'Morning Joe' hosts respond to Trump's attack   
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough say they have doubts whether Trump is "fit to be president," while Trump, who hasn't spoken publicly about the tweets, faces criticisms from members of the GOP.
          WATCH: Kellyanne Conway reacts to Trump's 'Morning Joe' tweets   
The counselor to President Trump tells "GMA" she endorses his ability to connect to voters on social media, and claims the media are more focused on the president's tweets than policy.
          Merkelová nepřímo kritizovala Trumpa kvůli obchodu i klimatu   
Kdo věří, že problémy dnešního světa vyřeší izolacionismem a protekcionismem, ten se hluboce mýlí, řekla včera v projevu k německým poslancům kancléřka Angela Merkelová. Narážela tak zřejmě na některé plány amerického prezidenta Donalda Trumpa. Poznamenala také, že Evropa je po odstoupení USA od pařížské dohody o klimatu odhodlanější než kdy dříve tento dokument naplnit.
          Trump travel ban comes into force   
          Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent almost half her press briefing defending Trump's 'bleeding facelift' tweet   
          TV hosts attacked by Donald Trump say the White House tried to blackmail them   
The White House tried to silence criticism of US President Donald Trump by threatening television anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with an unflattering story in a supermarket tabloid, the two allege, as the war of words between the pair and the president escalates.
          Donald Trump loves the US Senate healthcare plan. It would break all of his promises   
OPINION: US President Donald Trump says his healthcare plan will be "something terrific" that will "lower premiums and deductibles" and have "insurance for everybody" without cutting Medicaid.
          TV hosts strike back at US President Donald Trump's 'face-lift' tweets   
Two TV hosts have struck back against crude tweets sent out by US President Donald Trump, in which he mocked one of them for her appearance.
          Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin face high-stakes meeting in Germany   
Meeting face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump's "America First'' policy will be put to the test if he opts to confront Russia over intelligence that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
          Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data   
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- President Donald Trump&apos;s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public....
          House Panel Advances Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan   
The Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday, despite concerted opposition from Democratic members of Congress.
          The Latest: Trump tweets back at 'Morning Joe'   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest developments involving President Donald Trump and MSNBC (all times local):...
          Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence   
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at &quot;epidemic proportions.&quot;...
          Feds will now target relatives who smuggled in children   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Trump administration said Friday it will begin arresting parents and others who hire smugglers to bring their children into the U.S., a move that sent a shudder through immigrant communities around the country....
          Start the mas...   

As we move into the month of July, just the seventh month of the year, it is safe to say that Carnival 2018 has started. The first mas band to launch its presentation for next year was Jus Wee and Friends and its unveiling was held last Sunday at 16 Newbury Extension, Glencoe. Next year Jus Wee and Friends, a past Band of the Year winner, will be playing Wee Taking Flight.

Wee Taking Flight will consist of 14 sections and among the band’s designers are Michel Huggins, Janelle Greaves, Devon Jerome, Marcus Gooding, Dominique Mitchell and Marion George. The band’s camp is at Newbury Hill Extension. Bandleader Annmarie Placide revealed that the band’s costumes are reasonably priced at $1,000-$2,750, and the band is all-inclusive.

She added that one of the band’s attractions on Carnival Monday is that live road music will be supplied by Pelham Goddard & Roots. Playing with Roots on Monday, DJ Mr Desmond will provide road music on the Tuesday.

Potpourri of arts this weekend

This weekend’s entertainment fun list actually begins at 6 pm this evening when Pan Trinbago holds an After Work Jam at bpTT Renegades Pan Theatre, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain. Supplying live music will be Massy Trinidad All Stars, Fusion Steel, Pan Jammers, Sapophonics and DJ KC Klass is Klass.


Another Friday evening steelband jam also begins at 6 pm when Phase II Pan Groove with Hadco opens up its yard at Hamilton Street, Woodbrook for Friday Night Live—band arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe says it will be “an odyssey of pan.” Aside from Phase II and lots of food and drink, there will also be entertainment by Martin Cain & Road Block Steel Orchestra, featuring Deja and DeJan Cain.

This evening also sees the eagerly awaited opening of Uppa Level Club at Cascadia Hotel, 67 Ariapita Road, St Ann’s, by Elegant Promotions. Wall-to-wall music can be expected all night by H2O Phlo, Kevon Cartar, Oscar B, plus old school Uper Level DJ Darryl, and his partners in crime DJs Richard Simply Smooth, Scoobie and Billy J.

Kaiso Blues Cafe is also on tonight with its Passing Thorugh Jazz Cuatro Concert, featuring Jeanine Ruiz, Kennth Clarke, Michel Germain, Raul Landaeta and more, from 9 pm.


At the theatre

Not to be left out tonight there’s much theatre in a big way with Kingdom Arts & Performances staging Reba, Rachel, Ria...Their Story at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, at 7.30 pm; RJ Productions, in collaboration with Urban Jungle Entertainment, by overwhelming public demand, staging Eileen & Me at Little Carib Theatre, White Street, Woodbrook, at 8.30 pm; and Raymond Choo Kong Productions premiering Choose Your Partner Wisely, at CLR James Auditorium, Cipriani College, Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Valsayn, at 8 pm.

RS/RR is premiering Man Callaloo, starring Nikki Crosby, Richard Ragoobarsingh, Debra Boucaud Mason, Sunny Bling and Aaron Schneider, tomorrow, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, at 8.30 pm. The show will be repeated on Sunday evening at 6.30 pm, at the same venue.

Tomorrow’s action continues when St Ann’s RC Church stages its Tea Oneness Style Tea & Concert at Lions Civic Centre, Fitz Blackman Drive, Port-of-Spain, from 3 pm. Wall-to-wall entertainment will be by David Bereaux, Errol Fabien, Jason “Fridge” Seecheran, Wendy Sheppard, Krystal Khayne, Stephen Marcelle, Frenz in Muzik and more.

There’s also the Sangeet Opera, at Central Bank Auditorium, Lower St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, featuring Neval Chatelal and John Thomas, at 7.30 pm.


Dance events

Dance is also on the weekend’s agenda with Abeo Jackson’s farewell performance – Dance Fuh Yuh Life – being staged at The Big Black Box, Murray Street, Woodbrook, at 8 pm, and Malick Folk Performing Company and OrigiNation Cultural Arts Centre of Boston premiering Just The Two Of Us II, at La Joya Auditorium, EMR, St Joseph at the same time. Both events are billed for tomorrow.


Pan in Diego Martin and Tacarigua

Tomorrow also sees Panatics Steel Orchestra celebrating its 30th anniversary by staging Pan Jamboree at the Waterwheel Compound, Diego Martin, at 7 pm. Steelbands to perform include Phase II Pan Groove in association with HADCO, CAL Invaders, Ice Water Pan Ensemble, Sapophonics Steel Orchestra and host band Panatics Steel Orchestra.

One of this weekend’s big shows takes place on Sunday evening in the east at Rush Sports Bar & Night Club, located on the Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua. On a show themed Live in Love & Music, crackshot pan musician Kern Summerville and musicians he has selected will be performing. Summerville’s band will include Kyle Peters (guitar); Kevin Fraser (keyboards); BJ Saunders (bass); Gerion Williams (drum); Jamie Ghany (alto saxophone); Nicholas Jones (tenor saxophone); and Barry Homer (trumpet).

Guest performers for Live in Love & Music are vocalists Marisa Diaz and Kay Alleyne, violinist Anna Clair Roberts, guitarist Kashiff Wilson, Spoken Word artiste Askala George and Keishon Jack.


Riddim in the north

Action galore is promised on Sunday night, from 8 pm, at Howdy Dan’s Restaurant, located in MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, as LA Records launches its RIIbirth Riddim. Artistes on the label billed to perform are Crazy, Fireball, Jamelody, King David, Blessed Messenger, Tobago’s Kervern Carter, Marley Palmer, Jah Disciple, Jaron Nurse, Zion Nurse, Zion Starr, Brittany Gonzales, Dre Star, Frankie Dan and Linelle Hamilton.


In memory of Brigo

Across the seas, calypso is also holding centre stage tomorrow as the children of the late Brigo will celebrate his birthday in a special way in New Jersey, USA. The children are being joined by Brigo’s Cultural Theatre Roots & Branches to hold a free show and fair from noon.

Brigo’s daughter Janeel Keisha Abraham said this week: “Our mission is to protect the legacy of passion my father had for calypso as well as to celebrate the numerous young artistes he helped nurture. We are celebrating the life he lived and the lessons and values he taught us.

“Beside lots of music and BBQ on sale, we will also be giving food and clothing to the poor. We are determined to keep my father’s music and legacy alive here in North America, in T&T, and across the Caribbean.”


A deed deserving of mention

Full kudos are well deserved by the past and current student body and staff of Presentation College (San Fernando) for going above and beyond to assist the needy. In four short days they raised approximately $50,000 in cash and supplies for those adversely affected by Tropical Storm Bret.

A spokesman for the group told Pulse this week: “We have acquired mattresses, pillows, mops, brooms, flashlights, disinfectants, canned goods, rice, flour, legumes, snacks, water, tarpaulins, garbage bags, new and clean used clothing (folded and sorted by gender and size), disposable diapers and sanitary napkins.

“These items will be given to people living in the Siparia and Penal/Debe regions and we will be guided by their regional corps as to who receives supplies.”

Also assisting the less fortunate were the delegates ion this year’s Miss TT World Pageant. On Friday, at the Tea Party, Talent and Top Model Competition, auctioned a bottle of champagne for $8,600 and donated the proceeds to the San Fernando City Corporation for distribution to the flood victims.


Party for a cause

Come July 8, a fund-raising party for stroke victim Wendy Hector will be held at All Out Sports Bar, Queen’s Park Oval, Woodbrook. In addition to some foot-stomping DJ music, there will be a live performance by The Malcontents, Chris Mouttet, Richard Law, Gary Hector, Stuart “Fowl” Abraham, Paul Amar and Phil Hill.

This is a dress up/costume party and guests are invited to don the Hippy, funky and groovy styles of the 60’s and 70’s.

Tickets cost $150 advanced and $200 at the door and they are limited tickets and already going like hot bread.

There will be drinks specials all night long door prizes for the Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Hippy.

          32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed   

Republican senators are skittish enough that their health care bill would leave 22 million people more without health insurance by 2026, compared to Obamacare.

They likely won't be too keen on President Trump's suggestion to just repeal Obamacare immediately and replace it later if they can't get enough support to pass their bill.

That move would probably leave 18 million more people without coverage in the first year after its enactment and 32 million more by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that looked at an earlier GOP bill to repeal Obamacare.

It would also cause premiums on individual market policies to increase by up to 25% the first year and to nearly double by 2026.

All this would happen mainly because the individual mandate -- which requires nearly all Americans to get coverage or pay a penalty -- would be repealed. But some insurers would also likely pull out of the market, the CBO said. The remaining carriers would likely raise rates dramatically because the remaining enrollees would tend to be older and sicker.

This is one reason why Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate moved away from a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement bill. That left insurers, consumers and other Republican members in a tizzy. Only 19% of Americans supported repealing Obamacare first and replacing later, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in March.

That hasn't stopped some conservative GOP members from pushing for a full repeal. Both Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rand Paul of Kentucky have recently broached the topic with Trump, likely leading to his tweet Friday morning.

While senators are expected to ignore Trump's suggestion, it does inject more uncertainty into the future of Obamacare and the individual market. And that's the last thing insurers need.

Already, many are raising rates or even dropping out of the individual market completely for 2018. Some 36 counties in Nevada, Ohio and Indiana are at risk of having no carrier on their exchanges next year, according to Kaiser.

Their main concerns: the mandate that everyone have insurance and the cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income Americans.

Insurers are brushing off the president's comments, saying they are moving forward with the efforts in Congress.

"We're focused on making recommendations to improve the [Senate bill], and on ensuring a stable 2018," said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group.

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          The New York Times Finally Retracts Russia-Gate Canard   

On Thursday, the Times – while leaving most of Haberman’s ridicule of Trump in place – noted in a correction that the relevant intelligence “assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.” Continue reading

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          Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Goes Into Effect Tonight   

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          Can Trump Succeed Where Reagan Failed?   
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People with family members who were killed by undocumented immigrants meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 29, 2017.

On Thursday, the House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which proposes to withhold federal funding from localities that refuse to cooperate with Trump administration immigration measures aimed at criminal noncitizens and other undocumented people. The bill would also allow individuals and close family members of individuals who are victims of felonies committed by undocumented immigrants who have been released from local or state custody against the advice of federal authorities to file suit against states.

The day before, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, called on Congress to work on bipartisan immigration and criminal justice law reforms, adding that cities could use more federal assistance to fight terrorism and crime, and provide mental illness, substance abuse, and reentry programs.

Landrieu said in a letter to House members that local leaders do not want their law enforcement officers involved in federal immigration detention activities, nor do they want to be put in legal jeopardy for possible violations of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. (A related bill known as Kate’s Law would establish new mandatory minimum prison terms for deported criminals who return to the United States.)

The sanctuary cities battle, like so many of Trump’s hastily conceived and poorly executed policies, appears headed for another showdown, either when the bills arrive in the Senate, or, in the unlikely event that the upper chamber drums up the 60 votes needed to approve them, almost certainly in the courts.

While the Trumpian turmoil is new, past presidents’ attempts to compel localities to comply with federal policies have met with mixed success. A new report, “Reagan vs. Cities: The 20th Century Battle Over South African Apartheid & Lessons for the Trump Era,” from Jobs to Move America and the Center for Media and Democracy, details the 40th president’s efforts to stamp out the U.S. anti-apartheid movement by several means, including denying federal funds to cities and states that took actions against companies that did business in South Africa.

The report explores the mixed outcomes for two cities that sought to stand their ground against this federal overreach. In 1984, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the backing of the Justice Department, threatened New York City with the loss of transportation dollars unless the city revoked a local ordinance preventing city officials from contracting with businesses that operated in South Africa or used materials from the country. Although Mayor Ed Koch complained all the way up to President Ronald Reagan, the feisty New Yorker finally backed down, declined to take the matter to the courts, and finally reworked the measure to satisfy federal officials and preserve the city’s federal funding.

Two years later, Baltimore, which had crafted a local ordinance requiring city pension funds to divest $1.1 billion from entities that did business with South Africa, also came under fire. The trustees of the pensions funds and the funds’ beneficiaries (who feared significant financial losses in the short timeframe the funds had to comply with the divestment ordinance) joined forces to take the city to court.

The State Department and the National Security Council submitted briefs supporting the trustees and beneficiaries. But Baltimore ultimately prevailed in the state courts, and the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. By 1991, nearly 100 cities in 28 states had taken a variety of actions against companies doing business in South Africa.

Although an early attempt by Trump to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities was roundly criticized as unconstitutional (the president aimed to usurp powers granted to Congress) and ultimately blocked by a federal judge, Republicans in Congress have stepped up to take their turn at the issue. Federal courts likely will have the final word on whether the federal government can compel states to assist in immigration enforcement activities or whether such provisions infringe on state powers.

Congress can indeed attach conditions to funding, especially if the funding is related to a specific purpose like law enforcement. Since the Supreme Court has indicated its willingness to consider wider immigration questions like those posed by the administration’s travel ban, it is unlikely that the high court would decline to weigh in, as it did in the Baltimore pension funds question.

Like the anti-apartheid activists, sanctuary cities supporters may find that public response to the crisis may compel different responses from Washington. Grassroots efforts to protect undocumented people have sprouted up all over the country; nearly 650 of the country’s more than 3,000 counties have placed limitations on local law enforcement assistance to federal immigration detention efforts.

But the support for such measures is far from solid in the country at large. Lawmakers in more than 30 states have introduced bills to curb cities’ abilities to weigh in on immigration enforcement. A new Gallup poll shows that Americans’ interests in decreasing the numbers of immigrants admitted to the country have not shifted dramatically.

The “Reagan vs. Cities” report also notes that in addition to cutting off federal funds and other measures, Trump’s tactics include “a public relations strategy aimed at vilifying opponents.” The court of public opinion, however, isn’t always malleable. Reagan may have been the “great communicator,” but he was mostly unable to compel cities and states to abandon divestment and other economic strategies aimed at crippling South African apartheid. Trump, if anything, is more of a great alienator than communicator, who will ultimately run up against the numerical impossibility of deporting millions of undocumented people.

          Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back   
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Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

A limited version of President Trump’s controversial travel ban is back in place after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could impose restrictions on certain foreign travelers and refugees. The constant back-and-forth rulings have created a bureaucratic nightmare for those involved in the refugee resettlement process, and Thursday’s developments promise even more disruption.

While President Trump proclaimed victory, refugee and human rights advocates have been on tenterhooks this week. The high court’s decision was certainly a blow to opponents of the ban, but just how hard that blow is will depend on the Trump administration’s next moves.

The government’s new guidelines would significantly limit the total number of noncitizens and refugees that can enter the country, according to a State Department background briefing Thursday afternoon. The department released its guidance just four hours before the ban is scheduled to go into effect. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls border enforcement, has not issued its own guidance on the new policies.

During its short but turbulent existence, two versions of the travel ban have been issued, blocked by federal courts, and now given the go-ahead with certain restrictions. But the Supreme Court decision and the subsequent federal guidelines do not reassure refugees advocates. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to this travel ban,” says Justin Cox, a National Immigration Law Center (NILC) staff attorney. “We can’t assume smooth sailing.”

On Monday, the justices said that they would wait until October to hear two cases regarding Trump’s travel ban. Until then, the high court granted a partial stay to injunctions freezing the controversial executive order, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect.

Noncitizens who can show they have a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will be allowed to enter the country, as will anyone who has already been issued a visa. People who cannot prove that they have a close relationship with a U.S. citizen will be banned from entering the country for 90 days if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries included in the executive order. That time period increases to 120 days for refugees from any country who have not yet received permission to enter the U.S. 

The high court gave a few examples of what constituted a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as visiting a relative or traveling to work or study, but stopped short of providing comprehensive definitions, preferring to leave the work of coming up with more nuanced characterizations to the federal government and lower courts.

But under the new guidelines, relatives only include immediate family members already in the country: parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- or daughters-in-law, and siblings. Grandparents were not included in the guidelines.

Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. and are booked to travel before July 6 will be exempt from the ban. A senior administration official said that the fate of those who’ve been booked travel after that date would be addressed at a later time. The briefers also said that establishing valid connections with American entities by refugees would need to be “formal” and “documented”: Simply being connected to a resettlement agency would not be sufficient. Roughly one-third of refugees waiting to be admitted do not have family ties in the United States, according to resettlement agency estimates.

“This is an unduly restrictive approach,” says Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program. “Refugees who go through multiple security entities, are approved by the DHS [Department of Homeland Security], vetted by various government agencies, and have long relationships with resettlement agencies should all be viewed as having requisite bona fide relationships.”

The limited ban could still leave thousands of people in limbo. “This isn’t like postponing a vacation,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish resettlement agency. “These are life or death situations that refugees could be forced to remain in.”

Of the top 10 countries for total numbers of refugees granted permission to enter the United States during the last fiscal year, only three—Somalia, Syria, and Iran—were listed in Trump’s original executive order. Iraq is also among the top 10, and there are tens of thousands of people who worked with the U.S. government who are waiting to get clearance to resettle in this country. Under these current guidelines, it’s not clear if they would be granted entry.

The reinstated ban has stoked fears of a return to the chaos that played out in airports across the country following the haphazard rollout of Trump’s first executive order.

Naureen Shah, Amnesty International’s senior director of campaigns announced that the organization would be sending researchers to airports to “monitor how the ban is being implemented.”

“There’s going to be massive confusion in airports around the world,” says Acer, who anticipates a heightened legal response to refugees connected to resettlement agencies being blocked from entering the country.

In his partial dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the court’s decision would “invite a flood of litigation”—a comment that will likely prove prescient in the months to come. Lawsuits challenging the original and updated versions of the travel ban have inundated federal courts.

“I expect that we’ll be back in court soon,” says Cox of the NILC. “No one is going to take this lying down.”

Critics of the ban argue that refugees are already the most rigorously vetted group allowed into the U.S., undergoing a process that can take up to two years or more. “I don’t know how much more extreme the vetting can get, frankly,” says Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

This new wave of uncertainty unfolds at a time when the number of approved refugees approved to enter the U.S. had just started to bounce back after Trump’s initial immigration restrictions. Resettlement numbers plummeted in the wake of Trump’s first two attempted travel bans: In January, the U.S. admitted nearly 7,000 refugees admitted by March that number had declined to just 2,000 in March, according to State Department data

More than 46,000 refugees have been admitted and resettled in the U.S. in fiscal 2017, nearly reaching the 50,000 limit that Trump had specified in his original executive order, but still a long way off from the 110,000 ceiling that the Obama administration had put in place.

The Supreme Court allowed the U.S. to cap refugee arrivals, but justices did not allow the Trump administration to prohibit refugees with bona fide relationships, even if “the 50,000-person cap has been reached or exceeded.”

Officials at HIAS, one of nine agencies that work with the State Department to resettle refugees, were already worried they wouldn’t hit their resettlement targets before the travel ban was reinstated. Even in the “best-case” scenario, the agency expects to resettle 1,400 fewer than they had been approved to resettle at the beginning of the fiscal year. Other resettlement agencies have reported similar drops.

“The program changes on an almost weekly basis,” says Nezer. According to Nezer, these changes in policy can stall refugee case processing. That can often result in medical and security clearances expiring, which in turn creates even lengthier delays.

Trump had originally ordered federal agencies to wait 72 hours after the court’s decision to implement the ban. Trump maintains that the ban is necessary to protect the nation from terrorist activities and praised the court’s decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”

          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
PoliticsTransgenderFeminismWomenDonald Trump Tracy E. Gilchrist

Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

          Modified Travel Ban Takes Effect, Hawaii Files Suit   
Lawyers for the State of Hawaii and an imam in Hawaii yesterday filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s partial ban that went into effect last evening. The lawsuit argues that the definitions being used by the government are narrower than what the Supreme Court allowed in its order. Read more about the issue here, here, here, and...
          Limited Travel Ban Becomes Effective This Evening   
As a result of Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, a limited version of the travel ban proposed by the Trump Administration goes into effect this evening (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT). The modified ban would impact individuals from six majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  In order for individuals from those nations...
          Comparing Trump’s Tweets with the Words of Abraham Lincoln   

President Donald Trump and President Abraham Lincoln have a lot in common, they are both presidents, Republicans, and they both have lots of famous quotes attributed to them. But it’s safe to say they may be remembered a bit differently. While Lincoln wrote about preserving the Union, fighting and winning the Civil War, and

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          Trump's Labor Dept wants salary to count on overtime rule   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department said Friday it wants salary level to count in deciding who is eligible for overtime pay. But it&apos;s holding off setting the maximum pay a worker can get and still qualify....
          Commission vacancies threaten Trump's energy 'dominance'   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- And then there was one....
          The battle must begin at state level   
There are vital issues that get shunted aside in the ongoing public obsession over Trump’s latest tweetstorm. In The Case for Paying Less Attention to Donald Trump, Ed Burmila, in Rolling Stone, makes a cogent point that we should pay … Continue reading
          Study highlights Democrats’ campaign hurdles in 2018   
The Buzz is the Register’s weekly political news column. Ardent opposition to President Donald Trump is motivating veteran and first-time activists in Orange County’s four Republican congressional districts, but unseating the incumbents remains an uphill road. Three of those GOP members won reelection by more than 10 percentage points last year. And while polls show […]
          Do we need an election fraud panel?   
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission on voter fraud and elections, an action many Democrats say is aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims.  (“Millions cast illegal ballots, giving Hillary Clinton her huge popular … Continue reading
          Healthcare Activists Rally as Senate GOP Delays Vote   
McConnell’s June 27th announcement to delay the vote came just as healthcare advocates kicked off their three day long People’s Filibuster in an effort to put pressure on the Senators who were considering voting for a bill that would cut $772 billion from Medicaid and $408 billion from insurance subsidies in order to give a tax break to the top 1 percent of American earners and major corporations.
          Trumpcare Trades Women’s Lives for Tax Cuts to the Super Rich and Business Interests   
  For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017 Contact: Megan Connor / meganconnor@feministmajority.org / 703 973 6469 Feminist Majority today joined with Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women, In Our Own Voice, and the National Women’s Law Center in opposition to Trumpcare, which will have a catastrophic effect on many women’s lives. Watch the press conference here.  Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill that shamelessly targets women: pregnant women trying to access maternal and per-natal healthcare; the women who make up nearly 70% of all adult Medicaid enrollees; young women trying to access reproductive healthcare; and elderly women who make up over two-thirds of nursing home patients. Just like the House version, the Senate bill is not about providing healthcare services but rather about taking them away from millions of people—mostly women. It takes nearly a trillion dollars away from Medicaid to give massive tax cuts to the super rich and benefits to insurance providers and drug companies. This bill disgracefully takes from Medicaid nearly a trillion dollars and would deny life-saving services to the 74 million people who rely on Medicaid for care. Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in the United States. […]
          Senate Version of Trumpcare Puts Women on the Chopping Block   
The Feminist Majority condemns the cruel draft of the U.S. Senate healthcare bill released today that threatens to decimate Medicaid as we know it and rip health insurance away from millions. We’re calling on U.S. Senators to oppose the Senate’s deadly, heartless version of Trumpcare.
          Black Mamas Matter Alliance Briefs on Black Maternal Health   
Despite the fact that global maternal mortality rates have fallen by over a third since 2000, death rates for pregnant women in the United States are on the rise.
          See how the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500 did for the first half of Trump year-one   
U.S. stocks closed out the first half of U.S. President Donald Trumps’s first year in office on Friday. The Nasdaq is up 14.07 percent after closing at 6,140.42 Friday, according to CNN Money. The likes of Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) have helped drive the Nasdaq. Amazon and Apple both have a presence in the Valley. Amazon with four fulfillment centers that ship products and Apple with a massive data center in Mesa. The Dow Jones Industrial Average…

          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by fadista   
I realize thinking and analyzing are not your strong suits, Mike, but claiming Obama's accomplishments have been "washed away" is even ignorant for you. Just because a complete imbecile occupies the White House and has appointed the most reactionary of corporate shills to his cabinet who, in consort, are attempting to undo as much of the Obama legacy as possible -- particularly regarding the environment and healthcare so far! -- such efforts cannot be classified, by any human with a functioning brain, as being "washed away". Your comments should be an embarrassment even by the low standards of your fellow reactionaries. Apparently, you come here because you're a glutton for punishment. Why? Can't find anyone to p-ss on you during weekday mornings?
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by John   
No but perhaps you have that selective liberal memory and have forgotten the far worse things said about Trump, Melania and Baron and the rest of the family. There seems to be no end to the unrelenting assault and vulgar name calling and lies spewed about them.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
I've never seen a male anything with a derriere like Mrs. Obama's.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by marte48   
The "left wing" media coming out of Russia (RT.com) hated the Clintons the most, and disseminated fake news in torrents to defeat them.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Namecalling shows the paucity of one's arguments. Do I have to explain the word ethos to you? Any kind of censorship, such as the OP urged Twitter to perform, conflicts with this ethos. The word "presidential" was not used here.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by marte48   
I guess you were asleep when they called Michele Obama a male transvestite
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by fadista   
A truly moronic comment from KQED's village idiot. No one is denying that Trump has a 1st amendment right to tweet as he likes as long as he refrains from divulging classified information which, in case you'e not aware of it, Mike, is not covered by the 1st amendment. The debate is whether his tweets are "presidential". I guess the gist of the debate escaped you. Keep showing off your ignorance, Mike. Apparently that's all you've got for us.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Rightly or wrongly, gun ownership has been associated with the right-wing. The NRA ad tries to corral right-wingers into the pro-gun camp, to take sides in the culture war.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Oh, hon, did you even read that article? The only thing that has lasted past Trump's inauguration day is the Iran nuclear deal. The rest of his "accomplishments" have been washed away, like a sand castle made at low tide.
          June 30 Digest    

Republicans call on Ginsburg to recuse herself in travel ban case

Corrected: Fifty-eight Republican lawmakers are calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself in the travel ban case that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

Despite exposés and embarrassments, hundreds of judges preside in New York without law degrees

The news releases are sent out with considerable regularity, brief and basic accounts of actions taken by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct: A judge is sanctioned for misconduct on the bench; another agrees to give up their job because of questionable behavior in his or her private life.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

Globe-trotting attorneys offer new-era strategies for efficient business travel

In this age of ever-changing rules and regulations, business travel can be more difficult than ever. The reality is that the more preparation and planning that go into a business trip, the more likely it will be a success.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

How to be your own advocate at work without stepping on toes (podcast)

Even trained advocates don’t get everything they want at work. But what are some good strategies for knowing when to accept a manager’s decision, or continue to press for what you want?
Read the full story at ABA Journal

Trump's Labor Dept. Tells Court It Will Revise Obama's Overtime Rule

The U.S. Labor Department told a federal appeals court Friday that while it intends to revise the Obama-era rule that made millions of workers eligible for overtime pay the agency will continue to defend its authority to create and enforce such a regulation.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

          The Case of Syria and the Bleeding Women   
Contrast the almost universal indignation over Trump’s warped Tweets with the complete lack of attention paid to the 500 civilians US airstrikes in Syria have killed in the last month, real bloodshed that is treated as merely being part of the presidential job description. Despite Trump’s own warning a mere two years ago that “we should stay out of Syria,” he now finds himself hip-deep in Syrian blood with no apparent aversion to his predicament. I’m not sure the about the percentage of bleeding women amid the daily carnage in Syria, though it seems to be enough to whet Trump’s appetite for destruction. More
          What the Democratic Party Should Know   
It has turned out that the Democratic Party is the party that would fall apart after Trump’s election, although, like the odds on the election itself, most pundits pictured the Republican Party destroyed by Trump’s election. It was always in the cards that a mogul president, regardless of how quirky, would meld with Republicans intent More
          Koch Brothers Take Aim at Republican ‘Moderation’ and the Constitution   
The Republican Party isn’t extreme enough. So say the Koch brothers, who are threatening to withhold the $400 million they have promised to inject into the 2018 electoral cycle. Members of the U.S. Congress have received their marching orders: Repeal the Affordable Care Act (in other words, replace “Obamacare” with “Trumpcare”) and lavish billionaires with More
          Rockets’ Red Glare and Bombs Bursting in Air   
A June 27 Pew Research Center poll says world opinion of the United States has plummeted since Donald Trump took office. Surveying people in 37 countries, 49 percent held a positive view of the United States, down from 65 percent at the end of 2016. Maybe we could cancel the fireworks this 4th of July More
          NATO’s Expanding Military Frontier   
In an examination in the New Yorker of the career and prospects of the US Secretary of Defence, General James Mattis, Dexter Filkins, a highly respected Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, noted President Trump’s attitude to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military posture, and wrote that “along NATO’s eastern frontier the Russian military maintain[s] tens of thousands of troops, More
          Has “Working Class” Lost Its Meaning?   
Late on the evening of November 8, 2016, Donald Trump made a last-minute campaign stop at the Grand Rapids, MI, convention center to a cheering crowd of over 4,000 supporters.  “The corrupt politicians and their special interests have ruled over this country for a very long time,” he shouted to his enthusiastic supporters.  “Today is our Independence Day.  Today the More
          The Supreme Court’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Decision is Terrifying   
I’m a U.S. citizen. I’m also Muslim. And the Supreme Court decision on the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban scares me. In a June 26 ruling, the court decided to leave in place parts of the Muslim ban while the merits of the case are debated, effectively barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries without a “bona fide” More
          Saving Caesar   
A couple of weeks ago several Trump supporters disrupted the New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” According to news reports, right-wing activist and Rebel Media’s Laura Loomer “livestreamed” herself rushing the stage. As seen in her video, Ms. Loomer rushed onto the Delacorte Theater stage during the scene where More
          Making Utility Bills Rise Again: Trump’s Attack on Energy Efficiency   
It’s summer and the mercury is soaring. Temperatures are higher than ever, it turns out. Last year was the hottest year since humanity started recording temperatures, and it’s going to get much worse in the years to come, as a recent University of Hawaii study shows. The relentlessly hot conditions in many parts of the country More
          Trump urges Republicans to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later   

President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself...

          Trump names Marylander with little elections experience to controversial elections panel   

The Trump administration has appointed a Marylander to a controversial panel probing alleged voter fraud in last year's presidential election even though the veteran state official has little-to-no experience in elections.

Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, a former Baltimore County school...

          Common Cause, Democrats urge Maryland not to comply with Trump election data request   

A government watchdog group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland urged state election officials on Friday to refuse to comply with a data request made by the Trump administration as part of an investigation into the integrity of elections.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election...

          'Morning Joe' hosts respond on-air with authority, power to presidential ugliness   

The on-air response today from Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough to President Donald Trump’s ugly Thursday-morning tweets about them was such compelling television I watched it twice.

It ran live for about 30 minutes at 7 a.m., and then was replayed at 8 a.m., and it was just as powerful the...

          MSNBC hosts say National Enquirer article a weapon in Trump feud   

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a couple onscreen and off, say the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary.

President Donald Trump and Scarborough...

          Market Extra: Here’s why the stock market is spooked by central bankers, Trump agenda delays   
Investors are getting knocked around by a one-two punch of concerns about President Donald Trump’s Wall Street-friendly agenda and comments from global central bankers interpreted as a signal that tighter monetary policy is on the way.

          AWEA statement on White House Energy Week   
The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week
          Trump reportedly 'hell-bent' on imposing steel tariff despite objections from most advisors   
Axios reports that President Donald Trump's White House is "hell-bent" on imposing tariffs.
          A Yellen replacement is unlikely to throw Fed off course, says Bullard   
When President Donald Trump officially embarked upon his presidential career in January, deafening whispers began to circulate around Washington that it soon could spell the end of another highly prized title: that of Federal Reserve chair.

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

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          US talk show hosts hit back at Trump abuse   
The president’s relationship with the Morning Joe hosts has taken several twists and turns since the election campaign.
          Donald Trump’s revised travel ban comes into force for six countries   
Administration officials promised that implementation this time would be orderly.
          Trump to meet Putin at G20 summit, White House says   
US intelligence agencies agree Russia was behind last year’s hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election.
          Cubs Reportedly Considered Getting Donald Trump to Tell Miguel Montero "You're Fired"   
No way.
          Barack Obama Crosses Over and Dunks on Donald Trump in NBA 2K17 Simulation   
Who has time for this?
          Alex Jones - 2017-Jun-29, Thursday   
Thursday, June 29, 2017:  Trump Winning Fight Against MSM - President Trump tweeted at MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough this morning, calling them crazy Mika and psycho Joe. Trump's travel ban is set to take effect tonight and protests are expected. Also, Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov warns that the United States is preparing a false flag “provocation” as a pretext to launch a military assault on Syria. Tune in!
          Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data   
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- President Donald Trump&apos;s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public....
          The Latest: Trump tweets back at 'Morning Joe'   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest developments involving President Donald Trump and MSNBC (all times local):...
          Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence   
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at &quot;epidemic proportions.&quot;...
          Feds will now target relatives who smuggled in children   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Trump administration said Friday it will begin arresting parents and others who hire smugglers to bring their children into the U.S., a move that sent a shudder through immigrant communities around the country....
          We need more money in health care. Here's one way to get it   
If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm.” – Former U.S. president Barack Obama Even President Donald Trump called the initial House of Representatives bill “mean.” Senate Republicans recently delayed discussion and voting on their own health care bill until at least after […]
          Big Moves on Outer Space   
Flanked by legendary astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, President Trump announced the reformation of the National Space Council. It is tasked with the pursuit of "grand ambitions," a mission very much in the Trump mindset.

Meanwhile, in Congress, a motion to split the Air Force in order to establish a Space Corps survived its first hearing.

Early stages, but these moves represent an attempt to restore a part of what "Made America Great" in the eyes of the earlier generation. Buzz Aldrin's father's generation dreamed up Buck Rogers: Aldrin himself went to the moon. The greatness of that has never been equaled, and so far, it has never been surpassed.

I don't know if I believe that Federal bureaucracies still have the capacity to do things that are Great in that capital-letter sense. Maybe not. But at least they're aiming in the right direction.
          The Tubby Hayes Quintet - Down in the Village (1963) [1988]   

Artist: The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Title: Down in the Village
Year Of Release: 1963 [1988]
Label: Redial [CD 558 184-2]
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
Total Time: 00:48:28
Total Size: 319 mb (+5%rec.)
01. Johnny One Note 8:52
02. But Beautiful 7:26
03. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World 8:28
04. Down In The Village 10:56
05. In The Night 7:32
06. First Eleven 5:14
Bass - Freddy Logan
Drums - Allan Ganley
Liner Notes - Richard Cook (12), Ronnie Scott
Piano - Gordon Beck
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vibraphone - Tubby Hayes
Trumpet - Jimmy Deuchar

          The Tubby Hayes Quintet - Late Spot At Scott's (1962) [1988]   

Artist: The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Title: Late Spot At Scott's
Year Of Release: 1962 [1988]
Label: Redial [CD 558 183-2]
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
Total Time: 00:41:34
Total Size: 259 mb (+5%rec.)
01. Half A Sawbuck 8:23
02. Angel Eyes 4:55
03. The Sausage Scraper 9:09
04. My Man's Gone Now 9:08
05. Yeah! / Quintet Theme 9:57
Double Bass [Bass] - Freddy Logan
Drums - Allan Ganley
Piano - Gordon Beck
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor] - Tubby Hayes
Trumpet - Jimmy Deuchar
Vibraphone [Vibes] - Tubby Hayes (tracks: A2)

          Stu Pletcher - The Story Of Stewart Pletcher (2007)   

Artist: Stu Pletcher
Title: The Story Of Stewart Pletcher
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Jazz Oracle
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue, log, scans)
Total Time: 77:13 min
Total Size: 272 MB
01. Covered Wagon Days (Hackley Orchestra 1923-24) (3:09)
02. If I'm Without You (Carl Webster's Yale Collegians) (3:01)
03. Dream Child (Carl Webster's Yale Collegians) (2:50)
04. Puttin' On The Ritz (vocal) (Carl Webster's Yale Collegians) (3:11)
05. With You (Carl Webster's Yale Collegians) (3:28)
06. Puttin' On The Ritz (instrumental) (Carl Webster's Yale Collegians) (3:08)
07. I Like To Do Things For You (Pletcher's Eli Prom Trotters) (3:12)
08. That's Where You're Wrong (Pletcher's Eli Prom Trotters) (3:16)
09. And Then Your Lips Met Mine (The Yale Collegians) (3:23)
10. What's The Use Of Living Without Love? (The Yale Collegians) (3:15)
11. Blue Again (The Yale Collegians) (3:07)
12. Rockin' Chair (Stu Pletcher) (2:32)
13. Ain't Misbehavin' (Stu Pletcher) (2:57)
14. My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua Hawaii (Ben Pollack) (3:21)
15. Be Careful, Young Lady (Smith Ballew) (3:10)
16. Decca Stomp (Red Norvo, Swing Sextette) (3:14)
17. I Got Rhythm (Red Norvo, Swing Sextette) (2:55)
18. Lady Be Good (Red Norvo, Swing Sextette) (3:13)
19. The Touch Of Your Lips (Stu Pletcher) (2:52)
20. Will I Ever Know? (Stu Pletcher) (3:04)
21. I Don't Want To Make History (I Just Want To Make Love) (Stu Pletcher) (2:40)
22. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (Stu Pletcher) (3:23)
23. You (Stu Pletcher) (2:50)
24. You Never Looked So Beautiful (Stu Pletcher) (2:44)
25. Remember (Red Norvo) (3:17)

A thorough review of trumpeter Stu Pletcher's career, with recordings by the Yale Collegians, Red Norvo, Ben Pollack, Smith Ballew, as well as two privately-recorded piano solos by Pletcher. The detailed liner notes are by Tom Pletcher, Stu's son and a jazz musician in his own right. The 40 page booklet features photographs from the Pletcher family's archives.


          Fox & Friends ignores WSJ report suggesting possible Russia collusion   

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

President Donald Trump’s favorite morning news show, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, completely ignored a Wall Street Journal report about a Republican Party operative who sought former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers and who may have been working with then-Trump senior adviser Michael Flynn.

On June 29, the Journal (which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News) reported that before the 2016 presidential election, GOP operative Peter Smith “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers.” Smith “implied that he was working” with Flynn during his “conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him,” according to the report. The FBI has previously said that it could not find definitive proof that Clinton’s server had been hacked.

Media Matters searched SnapStream for “wall,” “street,” and “Flynn” on morning shows of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN that aired on June 30 and found that Fox & Friends did not mention the story even once. By contrast, CNN’s New Day covered the story in multiple segments, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosted the Journal reporter who broke the story to discuss it.

Fox & Friends has repeatedly dismissed the investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and tried to delegitimize the FBI Russia probe, claiming there's "no evidence" of collusion. Their failure to report the story is yet another effort by the hosts to cover for Trump, who regularly watches and praises the show and has drawn upon it as a source for numerous policy and other ideas.

          Morning Joe hosts: Trump team blackmailed us with a National Enquirer story   

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough described President Donald Trump’s “unmoored behavior” in a Washington Post column where they alleged that “this year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked.” Brzezinski and Scarborough wrote they ignored the “desperate pleas” from the White House.

The Enquirer, which endorsed Trump during the presidential election, frequently smeared his opponents during the presidential campaign with anonymously sourced stories and disreputable claims from Trump confidant Roger Stone.  

The Washington Post column came in response to personal attacks made against the duo by Trump, who wrote yesterday on Twitter: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..” “...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Scarborough discussed the Enquirer incident on the June 30 broadcast of Morning Joe, describing a bizarre blackmail scheme orchestrated by Trump and senior White House officials: “They said if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story. I had, I will just say, three people at the very top of the administration calling me, and the response was like, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” Brzezinski said the calls occurred during the same time period when the Enquirer was harassing her teenage children.

Trump reacted to the Enquirer allegation on Twitter, calling it “FAKE NEWS” and claiming Scarborough called him in an attempt to stop a story from running. Scarborough responded by writing, “Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven't spoken with you in many months.”

In March 2016, the Post reported that Trump has a “very cozy relationship” with the Enquirer and quoted the New York Daily News’ comment that he is “very close” to the tabloid’s chief executive, David Pecker. A business associate of Pecker’s told The New Yorker that Pecker told him “very bluntly that he had killed all sorts of stories for Trump,” and Pecker himself acknowledged that he views potential stories "bashing Trump" as "bashing American Media" -- the Enquirer's parent company -- because Trump is "a personal friend." The profile also reported that Trump has personally provided Pecker with stories.   

Scarborough referenced the friendship between Trump and Pecker on Morning Joe, saying, “What makes it even worse for them is Donald Trump called me during the campaign and bragged about his friend who ran the National Enquirer. He would always say, ‘Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen that story in the Enquirer?’ And then he would talk about it.”

Scarborough added, “There were all these stories that were planted in the National Enquirer for people that Donald Trump wanted to attack and then he would talk about on the campaign trail.”

In one infamous case, the Enquirer published a baseless cover story alleging that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Trump subsequently promoted the bogus story about his then-primary opponent during a Fox News appearance where he said, “I mean, what was he doing -- what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” He also complained that not enough people were reporting on the conspiracy theory.

Under fire for advancing the baseless claim, Trump responded by defending the Enquirer’s reputation, saying, “This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected.”

Pecker is reportedly considering a bid to take over Time Inc., which owns Time magazine, Fortune, and other media properties. The move would surely please Trump, who in 2013 repeatedly used social media to boost the idea that Pecker should run the company.


New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that according to "three sources familiar with the private conversations," Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was in contact with Scarborough about a then-upcoming Enquirer story about Scarborough's not-yet-public relationship with Brzezinski. Kushner reportedly "told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story":

According to three sources familiar with the private conversations, what happened was this: After the inauguration, Morning Joe’s coverage of Trump turned sharply negative. “This presidency is fake and failed,” Brzezinski said on March 6, for example. Around this time, Scarborough and Brzezinski found out the Enquirer was preparing a story about their affair. While Scarborough and Brzezinski’s relationship had been gossiped about in media circles for some time, it was not yet public, and the tabloid was going to report that they had left their spouses to be together.

In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story. Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment). Scarborough says he refused, and the Enquirer published the story in print on June 5, headlined “Morning Joe Sleazy Cheating Scandal!”

          Did a GOP politician effectively buy Roger Stone’s endorsement against Sen. Elizabeth Warren?   

Roger Stone posted social media endorsements of Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl’s bid to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just days after Diehl rented his email list.

Stone, who contributes to radio host Alex Jones’ Infowars network and will soon host his own Infowars show, has a history of pushing racist, sexist, and conspiratorial rhetoric. Stone has been a longtime adviser to Trump and worked as a paid consultant for Trump’s campaign; he is now reportedly under FBI investigation as part of the agency’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Stone announced in May through a marketing company that he’s accepting advertisers for his “online presence,” which includes his email list and "social media posts."

Diehl’s campaign rented Stone’s list on June 16 for a fundraising email. A message accompanying the email stated: “We are excited to share with you a special message from one of our sponsoring advertisers, Diehl For Senate. It is also sponsors like them that help fund Stone Cold Truth. Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our sponsor alone, and not necessarily the opinion of Roger Stone.”

Endorsements for Diehl subsequently appeared on Stone's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Those posts gave no indication whether they were advertisements.

Stone’s Facebook page posted the following on June 23: “Help Us Fire Elizabeth Warren!!!!! Geoff Diehl: The REAL Deal for Massachusetts Help build our grassroots movement to support the real Diehl for Massachusetts. Stand with Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate. Your donation will send a loud message that it's time to put Massachusetts first.” Much of that language is taken from Diehl’s website. Diel’s Facebook page subsequently touted the Stone post by writing: “The Stone Cold Truth is that we need a U.S. Senator who will put Massachusetts first. Donate today!” 

On June 24, Stone tweeted a link to a Diehl fundraising page and asked followers to "help us fire Elizabeth Warren."

Diehl retweeted Stone and a supporter who celebrated Stone's tweet:

Stone’s backing of Diehl is at odds with his colleagues at Infowars, which has thrown its support to entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, who is competing against Diehl for the Republican nomination. He appeared on Alex Jones’ program on June 7 and June 25. During the June 7 interview, Jones said it was “really exciting” to have Ayyadurai challenging Warren, gave viewers his campaign website address, and asked the Republican how people can support his candidacy. Ayyadurai responded by asking Jones’ listeners to make donations and to volunteer with his campaign.

He appeared on Jones’ June 25 show with guest host Owen Shroyer for roughly 20 minutes; the video description stated: “Everyone show your support for Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai running against Democrat Elitist, Elizabeth Warren in 2018. https://shiva4senate.com/ https://twitter.com/va_shiva.” During the appearance, the candidate said that “what Alex does is probably, sort of the last sort of beacon of truth that’s out there.”

Requests for comment to Diehl were not returned.

          NRA spokesperson "proud" of controversial NRA ad that smeared anti-Trump resistance movement   

National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch doubled down on her earlier video that characterized dissent against President Donald Trump as “the violence of lies” that needed to be countered with the “clenched fist of truth.” Loesch said she was “proud” of the video and “endorse[d]” it “personally.”

In the ad, which was originally posted on the YouTube page of NRA’s news outlet NRATV in April 2017, Loesch claimed that in their opposition to Trump, left-wing Americans “scream racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and homophobia, [and] bully and terrorize the law-abiding until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.” She went on to say the only way to save “our country and our freedom” is with “the clenched fist of truth.”

The video drew widespread criticism after NRATV reposted it on its Facebook page on June 28. In a June 29 article, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp called the video “chilling” and said it “comes this close to calling for a civil war against liberals.” The same day, ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar wrote a piece saying the video “stops just short of calling for violence against … progressives.”

During the noon edition of NRATV’s program Stinchfield, which provides live updates at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Loesch, who is also an NRATV commentator, doubled down on the spot, calling it a “fantastic ad” that “holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left.” Loesch denied that she was inciting violence in the ad, saying that she meant “meeting that violence with simple truth and simple peaceful ideas”: 

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): Dana, this video is like two and a half months old. I’m glad it's getting attention, it got some attention before. More people to watch it, the better in my book.

DANA LOESCH: Absolutely, and Grant, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am proud of this ad and I endorse personally the message of this ad. It’s a fantastic ad and it holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left. And, Grant, we have seen this time and time again. We saw this violence in Chicago during the campaign for the general election. We saw this violence in the streets of Washington, D.C., during the inauguration -- where there were not just a few, mind you, but a number of a very far leftists who thought that breaking store windows, arson, property damage, physical assault, setting fires in the middle of the street, et cetera, et cetera -- that these were all forms of protected speech and that they were generally acceptable forms of dissent to a fair election. And then of course, Grant, we have seen time and time again on college campuses, individuals react so physically, hostilely to a simple difference of opinion. And so they set fire on their college campuses and once again we see arson, and we see property destruction, and we see physical assault over and over again. I know, Grant, that I don't have to remind you or anyone else of what happened sadly just two weeks ago when a leftist went to a ballfield with a list of Republican congressmen and decided to open fire on GOP congressional members because they were simply Republicans. Now with this ad, Grant, when I say the clenched fists of truth, I mean the clenched fists of truth. And this is where I get the inspiration for that line. Everybody knows what this is, right? Everybody can recognize this? It’s the symbol of the resistance movement. It’s the symbol of the movement that by and large has sanctioned the violence of which I speak. It has sanctioned the arson, and the property destruction, and it has sanctioned the physical assault. So, I didn’t say meet fist with fist. And I didn’t even mention anywhere in this ad to go and purchase a firearm. I specifically, Grant, said clenched fist, not of physical altercation like they promote, but of truth. Meeting in the battleground of ideas, meeting that violence with simple truth and simple, peaceful ideas. That is what we have always been about, and even in the face of continued aggression and violence and destruction from the left, that is what we will continue to be about. 

          Media Matters responds to the latest setback for 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky   

Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone released the following statement after U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced that she was “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky PLC to the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority on grounds of media plurality:

The government should not approve 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky. It’s alarming that the company’s demonstrated culture of malfeasance and governance deficiencies borne out of Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s commitment to advancing his personal political agenda has not already been sufficient to warrant outright rejection.

The soft touch to which the government is treating Murdoch’s bid is also revealing -- it seems to come in part because of the disproportionate amount of political power and influence that Murdoch wields. As Secretary Bradley accurately notes, this takeover will give Murdoch even more power and influence. That kind of disproportionate control, especially in the hands of an already destructive entity, is not in anyone’s interest except Murdoch’s.

Beware Murdoch’s promises and assurances. As we have noted, he has made an awful lot of them in the past in order to a secure a deal, only to swiftly disregard his word once the deal was finalized.

In mid-June, Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone sent a letter to the U.K.'s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, highlighting a number of recent developments -- all of which concern Fox News -- that are pertinent to Ofcom’s investigation into the potential takeover of Sky PLC by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.

The recent developments detailed in Media Matters' letter to Ofcom further underscore that Murdoch and his sons fail to satisfy the conditions necessary to acquire British satellite broadcasting company Sky in full and expose dangers that the bid for Sky would pose to the British public and media landscape.

The letter from Carusone follows a March 30 report Media Matters submitted in partnership with global activism group Avaaz to Ofcom that detailed the risks Murdoch’s desired takeover of Sky poses to British broadcasting standards.

Before that, Media Matters and Avaaz submitted a report to Secretary Bradley of the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport that demonstrated that the risk of Foxification is too great to simply rubber-stamp a Murdoch takeover. On March 16, Bradley referred Murdoch's takeover bid to Ofcom for a thorough investigation on the grounds of "media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards." The findings of the Ofcom investigation are due by June 20.

21st Century Fox already owns 39.1 percent of Sky. Murdoch abandoned a previous bid for full ownership in light of an investigation into mass hacking at his U.K.-based newspapers. Following an investigation, a parliamentary report found that Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a major corporation and that his son James (who at the time ran the parent company of News Of The World and The Sun; he is now the CEO of 21st Century Fox) showed “wilful ignorance” of the industrial-scale hacking. In September of 2016, it was reported that Fox News had engaged in similar tactics, hacking the phone of Media Matters reporter Joe Strupp.

          Bret Stephens and MSNBC’s hiring spree: The network keeps moving right   

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

Update: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have agreed to part ways.

MSNBC is now a pasture for pseudo-intellectual conservatives. Climate denier and Iraq War booster Bret Stephens is just the latest right-wing hire at the network.

In recent months NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has overseen a hiring spree of right-wing pundits and former Fox News personalities. The stable includes Hugh Hewitt, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Sykes, Greta Van Susteren, and George Will. They join other conservatives at the network: Elise Jordan, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Rick Tyler, Nicolle Wallace, and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. This is to say nothing of NBC News contributor and Trump apologist Mark Halperin; and given their frequent appearances, it may be just a matter of time until David Frum, a speechwriter for then-President George W. Bush, former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card, and neocon Bill Kristol join the network as well.

Compared to CNN’s boorish Trumpists or the state media apparatchiks at Fox News, the common thread among MSNBC conservatives is a certain pretentious shine. They’re frequently just arguing that President Donald Trump is the wrong type of conservative, when in fact Trump is the apotheosis of everything conservatism has been careening toward for some time. (The exception is Hugh Hewitt, who is now just a huge Trump booster after vacillating during the campaign.) 

Many of these hires have direct, intimate connections to Bush, the most disastrous president in decades. Card, Frum, Jordan, and Wallace worked in the Bush administration, and Stephens, Kristol, Will, Scarborough, and Hewitt were all huge cheerleaders for the Iraq War. And that history matters. Two major media institutions, including a newspaper of record, are now paying Stephens essentially just to troll liberals with climate denial and to push America towards a war with Iran.

You can separate Lack’s hiring spree into two buckets: pundits and brands. Neither offer much value in the long run. In this media environment, opinions are cheap (including mine!). Everyone has one and most of them stink. There’s no long-term return on opinions (and no lack of people wanting to get on TV to share theirs).

Adding brands like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren is equally pointless. It’s no wonder that both of these shows have failed. There’s simply no audience for them outside the Fox News bubble. Particularly with Kelly, NBC News executives seem completely unaware that her entire show at Fox News was built around racial dog-whistling (with occasional moments of bucking the party line).

Also, as Ryan Grim noted, it is the progressive shows that Lack hasn’t touched that are succeeding the most.

Rather than spending all this money on right-wing pundits and big names, the true value-add for news networks now is reliable and aggressive journalism. That’s hard to do. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming. But it’s ultimately what will define NBC News and MSNBC.

          Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets show that he hates women -- especially members of the press   

This morning, the president of the United States used his favorite media platform for addressing the public to remind us of just how little respect he has for women -- especially women in the press.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Trump posted two revoltingly sexist tweets attacking MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for her appearance and intellect. The leader of the free world called the morning show anchor “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and alleged that she had attempted to visit him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on New Year’s Eve and was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at the time.

This isn’t the first time Trump’s attacked women media figures -- it’s not even close -- and it’s also not the first time he’s done it on Twitter. In recent years, he has tweeted that:

He and his campaign targeted reporter Michelle Fields (formerly of Breitbart.com and HuffPost) after then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on camera manhandling her at a campaign event.

Trump repeatedly lashed out at Megyn Kelly during the campaign season offline as well, at one point saying in an interview that she had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He also attacked Tur at rallies and in interviews, calling her “Little Katy, third-rate journalist” and “not a very good reporter” and singling her out at press events.

After People’s Natasha Stoynoff reported that Trump had sexually assaulted her in 2005, Trump suggested at a campaign rally that the report was false because Stoynoff wasn’t attractive, saying, "You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don't think so.”

Earlier this week, Trump was openly reducing another professional reporter to her body, pausing an official diplomatic call in the Oval Office to comment on Irish reporter Caitriona Perry’s smile.

This post has been updated to reflect that Michelle Fields no longer works at HuffPost. 

          Antiterreurmaatregelen voor zomerkermis op centrumplein   
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          Trump: Obamacare jetzt abschaffen – Ersatz hat Zeit   

Während der US-Senat sich nicht auf eine Reform des Gesundheitssystems einigen kann, schlägt Trump auf Twitter vor, Obamacare sofort abzuschaffen und erst später für Ersatz zu sorgen. Eine Sprecherin ruderte zurück.

          Annexationism among Cubans   
Annexationism among Cubans HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST. A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, […]
          Trump amenaza a Corea del Norte: “Nuestra paciencia ha tocado a su fin”   
El presidente de EEUU apela a una "respuesta firme ante el programa nuclear y balístico del implacable y brutal régimen"
          La UE acelera el pacto comercial con Japón frente al proteccionismo de Trump   
El equipo negociador comunitario viaja a Tokio para perfilar el marco del acuerdo político que se prevé firmar en la víspera del G20
          Quiénes ganan y quiénes pierden con las medidas de Trump   
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          CNN Producer: Voters "Stupid as Sh*t" – American Pravda: CNN Part 3 - Video   
Project Veritas Update - Project Veritas' newest video from the American Pravda: CNN series exposes Jimmy Carr, the Associate Producer for CNN's New Day attacking President Donald Trump and admitting that CNN has a left-leaning bias.
CNN Producer: Voters "Stupid as Sh*t" – American Pravda: CNN Part 3 - Video

          Los presentadores atacados por Trump denuncian amenazas de la Casa Blanca   
Joe Scarborough y Mika Brzezinski aseguran que Estados Unidos vive uno de los momentos más peligrosos de su historia con este presidente
          Ecuador rechaza la política migratoria de Trump   
Estados Unidos deporta a 45 ecuatorianos indocumentados en un vuelo chárter
          Trump approves new pipeline that will go right under the US-Mexico wall   
As if President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border wasn’t controversial enough, he recently approved the construction of a new pipeline destined to go “right under” the dividing landmark. The New Burgos Pipeline will carry up to 108,000 barrels of refined petroleum products each day and will cross the border between McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A joint venture between NuStar Energy LP and PMI, the announcement has, unsurprisingly, drawn plenty...
          El desprecio a las mujeres no pasa factura a Trump (ni a su partido)   
El último ataque machista del presidente, el más virulento desde que está en la Casa Blanca, ha provocado críticas de los republicanos, que tienen la vista en las legislativas de 2018
          Trump anuncia un oleoducto con México que “irá por debajo del muro”   
El presidente bromea sobre la profundidad de la infraestructura el mismo día en que se anuncia una reunión con Peña Nieto
          Los deportados que vuelvan a EEUU sin papeles se enfrentarán a penas de hasta 10 años   
Trump logra su primera victoria antinmigración en la Cámara de Representantes: una ley endurece las penas contra los indocumentados y otra retira fondos a las ciudades-santuario
           The Latest: SKorea says prisoner releases might spur talks    
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          Grandparents Not Terrorists: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses of Bona Fide Relationships   

Amidst the uproar about repugnant tweets, other no-less-repugnant crimes underway: Thursday night's re-introduction of a Muslim ban widely dismissed as unfounded and thus "as illogical, discriminatory and un-American" as ever. Even as the ban went into effect, a Hawaii court challenged it, Trumpsters struggled to define a "bona fide relationship," and aggrieved grandchildren started posting loving pictures of their banned elders to ask, "Does my grandpa look dangerous to you?"

           States refuse Trump commission request for U.S. voter data    
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           Numerous US states balk at Trump request for voter data    
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          Faculty Analyze Future of Corporate Governance Regulations   
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A panel of UVA Law professors analyzes past and current trends of federal regulation of corporate governance, including the shifting power structure between the state and federal government, shareholder activism and changes under the Trump administration. The panel includes Professors Julia Mahoney, Michal Barzuza and George Geis, with Professor Quinn Curtis moderating.

           Trump drops plans for order tightening food aid shipping rules -sources    
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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be...
          T-Mobile Calls on FCC to Open 3.5GHz for 5G   
T-Mobile's CTO tells the Trump admin that it could be missing out on 'bilions' if it doesn't change the current shared spectrum plans for 3.5GHz.
           Trump to Senate Republicans: kill Obamacare now, replace later    
By Doina Chiacu and Susan CornwellWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal ...
          Mika Brzezinski-Trump row: White House accused of smear threat   
Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump have accused him of lying and suggested the White House tried to blackmail them.
          Trump Nominates Pai Ally for Final FCC Slot   
If Brendan Carr is confirmed alongside Jessica Rosenworcel, it would restore the FCC's slate of commissioners to its intended complement of five.
           American Muslims decry Trump travel ban    
American Muslim leaders Friday decried Donald Trump's rhetoric towards their community and predicted the president's travel ban would eventually be proven...
           Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on trade    
By David Brunnstrom and Lisa LambertWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks...
          Cancer Chief: Congress Must Deal With Trump Budget Uncertainties   
Interim National Cancer Institute Director Doug Lowy visited Purdue Thursday as part of a survey of Indiana college research initiatives.
          Trump Nominates Ind. Health Commissioner For Surgeon General   
During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Jerome Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.
           Commission vacancies threaten Trump's energy 'dominance'    
WASHINGTON (AP) - And then there was one.The five-member commission that oversees natural gas pipelines and other energy projects is down to a single...
          'Veep's' David Mandel Breaks Down the Best TV-Worthy Trump Moments | Comedy Showrunner Roundtable   

"He's sort of a season behind us. He's stealing from last season," joked the showrunner of the president.

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          Half sib? Welcome. Fiance? Not so fast. New travel ban rules decried as illogical   

The Supreme Court this week partially revived the Trump administration’s travel ban affecting six Muslim-majority countries.

           Trump travel ban won't keep engaged couples apart after all    
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Gottinger, who applied nearly a year ago to bring his Iranian fiancee to the United States so they could be married, went to bed feeling...
          Calendar Letters: Bard knew what he was talking about   

Regarding “The Politics of Theater: The Relevance of Shakespeare” [June 25]: Bravo to Charles McNulty for his terrific piece on the relevance of the Bard. To add to McNulty’s perceptive comments, I would like to suggest — obviously in jest — that we should demand all Trump administration members...

          Increasing number of states reject request for personal information on voters from Trump commission   

          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

In a March 13 email...

          GOP's Plan B for Obamacare repeal began with quiet push from Koch network   

President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked Senate Republicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.

The influential Koch network, backed...

           The Latest: WH says Trump supports Senate health care bill    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times local):3:15 p.m.The White House says it remains "fully committed" to pushing...
          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...

          Who is in and who is out under the revived travel ban   
Now that President Trump's travel ban is in place again, here's what it does and what it doesn't do.
          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

          Comment on Giving the finger by Anonymous   
Yeah! Well said....afterall Senator Sasse is the one who has the image of him standing on his head for his Twitter feed....so, so dignified and refined to those he serves. Then there are those images of him in his running attire with Senators in suits. Refinement to the hilt. Stick a microphone in front of Ben to badmouth Trump and the media is sure to walk away with a score. Funny how that works when you are positioning your next romp for office. HELLLLOOOOOO Iowa, how are ya?
          Comment on Giving the finger by Livin' Large   
Dec 27, 2016, from NPR: "Big Newspapers Are Booming: 'Washington Post' To Add 60" In case you're unaware (<i>in case</i>.. ha!) Lee Enterprises, based in Davenport, Iowa, publishes the Lincoln Journal Star. Dec 12, 2016, Wisconsin State Journal: "for the full fiscal year, the Davenport, Iowa, newspaper publishing company’s profits rose 50 percent.. For the full 2016 fiscal year, Lee reported profits of $36 million, or 64 cents a diluted share, on revenue of $614.4 million compared with $24.3 million in profits, or 43 cents a diluted share, on revenue of $648.5 million for the 2015 fiscal year. Lee reduced its debt by $108.7 million in fiscal 2016, decreasing interest costs by $8.2 million.. “In 2016, our enterprises ranked among industry leaders in revenue and operating performance,” Kevin Mowbray, president and CEO, said in a written statement." It never ceases to amaze me how little the (vocal) right knows about the world around them. Trump attacks the 'failing media', and the angry little trumpkins all scramble obediently fall into line. Goose stepping in unison with their beloved Hair GropenFuhrer.
           The Latest: Iran says US travel ban 'truly shameful'    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Trump administration's revived travel ban for visitors from six mostly Muslim countries (all times local):5:55 a.m.Iran's...
          Comment on Giving the finger by Millennial voter   
Bynd, can you tell me what meaningful legislation Donald Trump has signed into law?
           MSNBC hosts say tabloid article a weapon in Trump feud    
NEW YORK (AP) - "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a couple onscreen and off, say the White House told them a damaging National...
          Who is Caitríona Perry - the Irish journalist Donald Trump is fixated with   
Who is Caitríona Perry - the Irish journalist Donald Trump is fixated with
- “The Trump victory isn't that unbelievable,” she told the Irish Examiner. “Whole swathes of people here are very enthusiastic about him. And he's now ...

           Trump declares 'patience is over' with North Korea    
President Donald Trump declared that the US had run out of patience with North Korea over its nuclear drive Friday as he welcomed South Korea's new leader...
          Trump chce vyvážet americkou energii do celého světa   
Washington - Americký prezident Donald Trump ve čtvrtek vyzvedl dominantní postavení Spojených států v globální energetice a "zlatou éru" amerického obchodu energiemi podpořil...
           TV hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage    
By Doina ChiacuWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the...
           Trump, Erdogan hold phone call on Qatar crisis    
US President Donald Trump spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday regarding the diplomatic isolation of Qatar by its Gulf...
           US-SKorea summit exposes spat on trade, resolve on NKorea    
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took South Korea to task over its trade surplus with the United States on Friday, demanding renegotiation of a...
          Will Comey’s Russia Testimony Lead To Trump’s Impeachment?   

For anyone who’s been following the investigation into the Trump Administration’s alleged collusion with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you know there’s ...

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           The Latest: Trump tweets back at 'Morning Joe'    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest developments involving President Donald Trump and MSNBC (all times local):9:10 a.m.President Donald Trump is again blasting...
           Erdogan, Trump talk amid dispute over arms to Kurd fighters    
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump amid tensions over Washington's decision to arm Syrian...
           German foreign minister welcomes Trump-Putin meeting at G20    
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's foreign minister welcomed on Friday the prospect of a meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents on the sidelines of next week's...
           US talk show hosts hit back at Trump abuse    
The president´s relationship with the Morning Joe hosts has taken several twists and turns since the election campaign.
           Trump's Labor Dept wants salary to count on overtime rule    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Labor Department said Friday it wants salary level to count in deciding who is eligible for overtime pay. But it's holding off setting...
           WTO hears widespread criticism of U.S. steel tariff plan    
GENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) - U.s. President Donald Trump's proposal to restrict imports of steel and aluminium for national security reasons came under fire...
          MDC announce new album “Mein Trumpf”   
Hardcore punk icons MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) have announced plans to release a new album this August. All we currently know is the record will be titled Mein Trumpf. Stay tuned for more details on the follow-up to 2004’s Magnus Dominus Corpus.
           Trump sows uncertainty on health care as bill teeters    
US President Donald Trump, after insisting a "fantastic" health care overhaul was imminent, injected more confusion Friday by suggesting if the current...
          Smoking Popes play new song “Little Lump of Coal” on Live From The Rock Room   
Chicago pop-punk veterans the Smoking Popes recently appeared on Live From The Rock Room, and they played a brand new song called “Little Lump of Coal”. Check the video out below. According to the band, “This is a protest song against Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and his agenda to resuscitate the American coal industry”. They […]
           Trump says strategic patience with North Korea over    
WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a "determined...
           The Latest: Germany says US, Russia must work together    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Donald Trump's plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):11:40 a.m.Germany's foreign minister is...
           Unbowed 'Julius Caesar' director urges artists 'take risks'    
NEW YORK (AP) - The theater director who endured death threats and lost corporate sponsors after staging a Donald Trump-inspired version of "Julius Caesar"...
           Trump urges GOP to repeal Obama law now, replace later    
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans on Friday to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama's...
           Trump discusses Gulf-Qatar dispute with Erdogan - White House    
WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. president Donald Trump spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to discuss the dispute between Qatar and...
          Pietų Korėjos prezidentas pakvietė D.Trumpą aplankyti Seulą   

Pietų Korėjos prezidentas Moon Jae-Inas penktadienį paskelbė, kad Donaldas Trumpas vėliau šiais metais apsilankys Seule, priėmęs jo kvietimą per derybas Vašingtone.
Skaitykite daugiau...

           Trump's climate cuts to impact "hugely" on vulnerable - Robinson    
By Alex WhitingLONDON, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement...
          Donaldas Trumpas: JAV kantrybė dėl Šiaurės Korėjos išseko   

Jungtinių Valstijų prezidentas Donaldas Trumpas penktadienį pareiškė, kad JAV kantrybė išseko dėl Šiaurės Korėjos branduolinės programos veiksmų, ir apkaltino Pchenjano režimą, jog šis visiškai negerbia žmogaus gyvybės. „Strateginės kantrybės era Šiaurės Korėjos režimo atžvilgiu žlugo, daugelį metų jį buvo žlunganti. Tiesiai kalbant, ši kantrybė išseko“, – sakė jis po derybų su savo kolega Pietų Korėjos prezidentu Moon Jae-Inu.
Skaitykite daugiau...

           U.S. steel stocks gain after report on import tariffs    
NEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. steel companies climbed on Friday after a news report that President Trump is leaning toward imposing tariffs...

会いに来てね✨ pic.twitter.com/Q5YxmTEYsX

— 矢吹凛★7/1LIVE来てくれる人大募集 (@bu_728) 2017年6月29日 - 23:34

innocent world×Rozen Maiden

お写真(@marble_cosp )
#ポートレート #nilgiricos pic.twitter.com/UUygosExRB

— ニルギリ (@nilgiriko) 2017年6月29日 - 23:14

@minamilkyway7 六甲ケーブルは風情があるね。上に上がると、オルゴール館や高山植物園もあるし。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月30日 - 12:37

@Kururu_45 関西人なら迷わず、うどんだと思うんだけどなぁ

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月30日 - 12:42

ブログを更新しました。 『喋りすぎて喉が痛いけど幸せ』

— ♡倉坂くるる♡1日目東あ23a (@Kururu_45) 2017年6月30日 - 11:32

ぶい pic.twitter.com/dojKt8PhJn

— 七歌@にゃにゃえ 宗政七枝 (@nanakaw) 2017年6月30日 - 10:37

コミケで出す紙媒体写真集の2着目🐰 pic.twitter.com/Mf5gV00OYm

— 火将ロシエル (@Kasyou3roshieru) 2017年6月30日 - 12:38



午後もがんばりましょう!♡ pic.twitter.com/V1B0OGzevB

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2017年6月30日 - 12:48

前も撮ってくれた人おったけど、この上からの構図良きくない?好きだなぁ。 pic.twitter.com/yr11WRpMCW

— 仔寅☀6/26ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月30日 - 14:44

@510ra_kmgr ほぼ必ずお願いするのポーズだわ

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月30日 - 18:39

#6月9日はパチュリーの日 pic.twitter.com/1C6mDZIC7q

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2016年6月10日 - 00:17


#6月9日はパチュリーの日  ぱちゅりーの日。ムキューの日。 pic.twitter.com/cymb8lqhiq

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2016年6月10日 - 00:07

#6月9日はパチュリーの日 pic.twitter.com/TOIawtPrn1

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2016年6月10日 - 00:04


#6月9日はパチュリーの日 pic.twitter.com/OxlaC3m6S9

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2016年6月9日 - 23:58

#6月9日はパチュリーの日 pic.twitter.com/2xoaHBLetc

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2016年6月9日 - 23:56

アメブロを更新しました。 『7月のライブ情報公開!!』 #ライブ #情報

— 七歌@にゃにゃえ 宗政七枝 (@nanakaw) 2017年6月30日 - 19:53

こんな感じのシャッフルもして遊びましたので乞うご期待です!☺️✨(うさぎさん@usagicos の…!)(夏コミのお楽しみ?!) pic.twitter.com/q6fqR4QeTv

— さちぶどう@桜井さち6/23ライブ (@sachibudou) 2017年6月30日 - 19:50



photo:こーちや先生 pic.twitter.com/kcCKJWTsm4

— クオン✩7/2西3-イ33b✩ (@ku0n_pu) 2017年5月30日 - 18:15

@chococoa6 それにプラスして、ひじきを食べるとカルシュウムが体に定着しやすい。マグネシュウムとカリュウムのミネラルも大事なんですよ。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月30日 - 23:20

🍭しましまぐるぐる~🎀 pic.twitter.com/VcfJas2LTg

— ♡倉坂くるる♡1日目東あ23a (@Kururu_45) 2017年6月28日 - 00:19

@Kururu_45 ギャグを入れてくれるところが、くるるんの良さだね。まるでこてこての大阪人みたいやわ。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 00:26

@510ra_kmgr 輝きを感じるから。情熱の光背が見える

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 00:28

都議選応援「防衛省、自衛隊として」 稲田氏、後に釈明:朝日新聞デジタル asahi.com/articles/ASK6W…

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 00:32

@chococoa6 角度によって、いい女の顔になるねぇ。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 00:51

@chococoa6 ええっ、ちゃうのぉ!

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 00:53



いつもと違うチークの入れ方をしたら、なんか顔が…丸くなりました…… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2017年6月27日 - 23:50


Festrumpはトリ前20:40〜!きてね… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ♡倉坂くるる♡1日目東あ23a (@Kururu_45) 2017年6月28日 - 00:05


— ミライノシテン-恋する (@mirainoshiten_3) 2017年6月28日 - 07:13


#FGO pic.twitter.com/jyqCHV0lIh

— サク@1日目あ27b (@saku93) 2016年10月31日 - 17:42

20170618 もえ@きゅん撮影会 第1部
モデル:桜のぁさん @1201sakura
※ 調整していただいています。
スタイルの美しさが映えて、めちゃめちゃ素敵なバニー様でした。 pic.twitter.com/JZ3Lu1e1yB

— マツモト (@uz_mtmt) 2017年6月28日 - 02:06

@1201sakura 20170618 もえ@きゅん撮影会 第2部
モデル:桜のぁさん @1201sakura
※ 調整していただいています。
ほむらとメガほむで雰囲気や表情が違うのがさすがでした……! pic.twitter.com/sCGvYSnN81

— マツモト (@uz_mtmt) 2017年6月28日 - 02:08

@1201sakura 20170618 もえ@きゅん撮影会 第3部
モデル:桜のぁさん @1201sakura
※ 調整していただいています。
やはりこういう高貴なコスが、のぁ様の真骨頂ですわ……! 美しい… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— マツモト (@uz_mtmt) 2017年6月28日 - 02:10


下記フォームから予約してね😊… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 亜羽音@7/17合同撮影会❤️ (@ahanechan) 2017年6月28日 - 12:19


yell.dmm.com/apps/article/6… #dmmyell pic.twitter.com/uUiKcJv4BX

— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2017年6月28日 - 12:39

ずっと眠ってたミリタリー衣装 pic.twitter.com/NvmEVvD9OE

— 火将ロシエル (@Kasyou3roshieru) 2017年6月27日 - 20:36

@chococoa6 あうぅ、気づいたら終わってたやん

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 21:55


#仔寅 #水着 #夏が来る

photo:るにちゃん pic.twitter.com/RXbKJpztox

— 仔寅☀6/26ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月27日 - 14:37


#ニセコイ #仔寅 #水着 #夏が来る

photo:るにちゃん pic.twitter.com/yyzzhdIOwE

— 仔寅☀6/26ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月27日 - 14:40

コスプレ応援アプリ「COSPO(コスポ)」に写真を投稿したよ! #COSPO
cospo.net pic.twitter.com/WOX7Ol5vnT

— 仔寅☀6/26ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月28日 - 15:58


#仔寅 #水着

photo:あかふぁみちゃん pic.twitter.com/woKoZzlu7a

— 仔寅☀6/26ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月28日 - 15:44

@ahanechan 氷を作るスプレーなら瞬殺できますよ。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月28日 - 23:33
          Chicago Police, Feds Team Up On New Effort To Curb Violence   

Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.” Trump’s remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago. State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that “we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.” Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.” In January, he warned Chicago about its high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to “send in the Feds.” Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help. “Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving,” Collins said in an email. But as the police department released figures that show the number of homicides, shooting incidents and shooting victims has dropped, Collins said “the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested.” In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes. Trump’s latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. According to the police department, there have been 1,703 shooting victims. There were 1,935 shooting victims in the city during the same period last year. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year — 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” said the Justice Department is “sending in additional gun investigators” to Chicago and that he has urged the U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute gun cases aggressively. “The police have been demoralized in many ways,” he said. “In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago’s public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals.” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Thursday that federal and Cook County prosecutors plan to develop new strategies to prosecute gun crimes and offenders. Sessions last week pledged federal assistance to 12 cities to help them develop individualized, long-term strategies to fight violence. But Chicago was not among them. The Justice Department said that’s because Chicago was already […]

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          Trump Urges GOP To Repeal Obama Law Now, Replace Later   

President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans on Friday to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law by “immediately” repealing it and replacing it later, a formula that GOP leaders dismissed months ago as politically unwise. Trump’s early-morning tweet embraced a sequential approach favored by only a handful of conservatives eager to take quick action on one of the party’s foremost priorities — repealing Obamacare, something Republicans have long promised to do. But his suggestion threatened to sharpen divisions between conservatives and moderates, who are leery of stripping coverage from millions of constituents without something to substitute for it. “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” Trump tweeted. Supporters of that idea include Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. House and Senate leaders long ago abandoned initial thoughts of first erasing Obama’s law, and then replacing it. Such a step-by-step approach would leave Republicans vulnerable to Democratic accusations that they were simply tossing people off coverage without helping them obtain medical care. It could also roil insurance markets by prompting insurers to flee or boost premiums because of worries over whether, when and how Congress would replace the statute. And the idea would leave unresolved the quandary stumping lawmakers today — how to replace Obama’s system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that will get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to comment on Trump’s tweet. Underscoring the fissures within the GOP, conservative group leaders welcomed Trump’s suggestion but said it didn’t go far enough because it could open the door to a subsequent bipartisan compromise to replace Obama’s law. They accused McConnell of not wanting to go far enough and protecting GOP moderates who want to keep parts of the statute, such as insurance coverage requirements. “It’s distressing to see so many Republicans who’ve lied about their commitment to repeal. Mitch McConnell wants to amend Obamacare,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a conference call. Mimicking a southern accent, the New Jersey-born Cuccinelli said, “Root and branch, root and branch,” repeating an expression McConnell once used about how thoroughly he wanted to repeal the Obama law. On Thursday, Senate Republicans were considering breaking a stalemate over what their replacement bill should do by preserving a tax boost Obama’s law imposed on high earners. Keeping that tax increase in place was a bid to woo party moderates and rescue their sputtering push to repeal his health care overhaul. The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts — and most things achieved by Obama — underscores McConnell’s feverish effort to rescue the Senate legislation from the brink of possible defeat. The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people. The change, proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would give a more populist flavor to the bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that as the legislation now is written, it would boost out-of-pocket costs for many poor consumers and produce 22 million uninsured people while cutting around $700 billion in taxes over a […]

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          Sessions Hopes Russia Probe Ends ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’   

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a vote of confidence Friday to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he also said he hoped the investigation could “move forward and come to an end sooner rather than later.” The attorney general’s comments during a “Fox & Friends” interview were his most expansive to date on the Justice Department’s appointment last month of Mueller to run the investigation. “Mr. Mueller is someone I’ve known a long time, and I’ve had confidence in him over the years,” said Sessions, an Alabama Republican who served for years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that oversees the FBI. Those remarks stand in contrast to a drumbeat of Republican criticism of the special counsel’s investigation, including from President Donald Trump, who on the same show last week contended that Mueller was “very, very good friends” with fired FBI director James Comey and characterized that relationship as “very bothersome.” Republicans have also raised conflict-of-interest concerns by noting that some lawyers on Mueller’s investigative team have previously contributed to Democratic candidates, though federal law and department policy does not permit the special counsel to take into consideration the political affiliations of a potential hire. Sessions said he was hopeful the investigation would conclude sooner than later, a point White House staff has repeatedly made, and he did suggest that questions about the composition of Mueller’s staff could be fair game. “We expect integrity from every person involved in this investigation. Mr. Mueller is entitled, lawfully, I guess, at this point, to hire who he desires,” Sessions said, “but I think he should look for people who have strength and credibility by all people.” Mueller was appointed FBI director by Republican President George W. Bush and held the position for 12 years. (AP)

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          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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          Indie Author Spotlight: Robert Eggleton   

Hello lovelies welcome to a feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!

Today tenth installment and feature is Robert Eggleton author of Rarity from the Hollow

 Robert Eggleton

Author's Bio

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.

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Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton

Genre: Adult Literary Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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Author Interview

Q. Describe your book in ten words or less.

A. An unlikely savior of the universe -- tragedy, comedy, and satire.

Q. What draws you to this genre.

A. I enjoy reading and writing literary fiction and within most genres. I'm not a big fan of pure escapist novels. I tend to look for the author's hidden metaphors -- meaning behind the superficial and that seems to detract from my enjoyment. So, when I write, my goal is to produce something that will be reflected upon after the last paragraph has been read. I also enjoy reading speculative fiction -- the what if? There are several what ifs in Rarity from the Hollow, but the one that was most fun to write was its political parody. What if some compelling force united extreme capitalism and socialism by a common cause --- saving the universe? While much of the focus of my story was on the prevention of child maltreatment, there are other analogies -- i.e. global warming. Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power -- parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. Readers find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. The allegory was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few people worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. The political allegory in the novel is obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name. In summary, I am drawn to literary speculative fiction because it is so much fun to write.

Q. Where do you get information or ideas for your book?

A. Much of Rarity from the Hollow is more real than not, and based upon over forty years of my experiences working as a children's advocate. I use Google for research, for example, on updated research on prevalence rates or correlates of child abuse. One interesting element of the story pertains to the ET assistance that helped cure Lacy Dawn's parents -- she begins the story as an eleven year old protagonist, a victim of maltreatment. Her father is a war damaged Vet suffering from PTSD, night terrors, and anger outbursts. Several book reviewers have complimented by imagination when writing the medical intervention element of the story. In reality, humans are living in a very exciting time when computerized diagnosis and intervention of mental health concerns is an emerging science. The fantastical means employed by the alien in my story to treat the parents were based on today’s medical reality. I’ve already mentioned that in the beginning of Rarity from the Hollow, Dwayne, the abusive father was a war damaged Vet experiencing anger outbursts and night terrors. The mother was a downtrodden victim of domestic violence who had lost hope of ever getting her G.E.D. or driver's license, or of protecting her daughter. Diagnosis and treatment of these concerns affecting the parents, as representative of many similarly situated, was based on emerging technologies presented at the 2015 World Medical Innovation Forum: https://worldmedicalinnovation.org/ . Yes, in real life, like in my story, patients have been hooked up to computer technology for medial diagnosis and treatment. Additional exciting research was presented at that Forum and may one day may revolutionize psychiatric treatment. Most relevant to my story were: (1) smart brain prosthetics, wireless devises being tested for potential to relieve depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder…neural engineering to manipulate brain signals; (2) sophisticated imaging systems that are minimally invasive to brain circuitry for diagnosis (3) and, healing the brain with neuromodulation and electroceuticals to treat depression and schizophrenia. http://hitconsultant.net/2015/04/30/tech-revolutionize-neurological-psychiatric-care/

Q. How do you select the names of your characters?

A. Typically, I pick names that fit a culture for stories. While I love fantasy, I've found long and unusual first names for characters annoying, thereby sometimes leading to head hopping as I've read the stories. I try to avoid this practice. For example, I recently read a short story involving sisters with unusual but very similar first names. I kept getting the characters mixed up, complicated by their similar voices. The subculture for Rarity from the Hollow is Appalachian, a place where the use of first and middle names is common when addressing the individual, such as Billy Bob, or Robert Thomas. Lacy Dawn was addressed by her first and middle name in the story as a show of love and respect, while the other characters were addressed by their first names only as a sign that their parents did not hold their existences in high regard. As a back story, when pregnant, Lacy Dawn's mother realized that she would not be able to give her daughter beautiful things in life, so she decided to give her a very beautiful name at birth.  

Q. List your top 5 favorite authors or books.

A. Gosh, this is an impossible to answer question. I'm a mood reader, so my favorite books at one time may be entirely different than at another time. Right now: Vonnegut’s anger in Breakfast of Champions helped me stay strong as a children’s advocate and as a writer, and how to experiment with my writing style. Watership Down by R. Adams was such a sweet adventure that some of this element just is a necessary ingredient of even the scariest or saddest story. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is probably on a lot of lists of favorite books. If I feel nostalgic, like now, Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins pushed me into the wilder side of writing regardless of censorship with views on religion and other topics. Last, The Color Purple by Alice Walker remains a role model for using colloquialism to reach mainstream readers. 

Q. What book/s are you reading at present?

A. I'm going to have to pass on this question. I'm reading a second novel by an unknown author and am so disappointed that I don't want to name it. I respected her debut novel and expected this one to be even better. It isn't. When this one was posted on a blog for 99¢ I grabbed a Kindle version. Don't misunderstand. I don't subscribe to the Goodreads rating system based on whether I "liked" a novel or not. If I'm considering writing a review of a novel I would never let my personal taste control such an important task -- my likes are irrelevant to whether a book is great or awful -- so are my comfort zones -- irrelevant. So far, this book has holes in the plot, is so mainstream that it could have been written by a computer program, and was poorly edited. There seems to be no message, but I'm hopeful that the author some how pulls it all together in the last third of the novel. I don't need to like a novel to give it a good rating, but I do have to respect it. Did the story fulfill its mission? It this novel does improve you may see my review on Amazon or Goodreads and you will get my answer to your question if you notice. If the novel does not improve, I may just skip writing a review. The impact of reviews can be so powerful that I wouldn't want to influence the behavior of an author who, based on the debut, has potential but released on perhaps prematurely. If this author was well known, making lots of money, I would have no problem blasting this piece of crap that I'm reading.

Q. What's next for you? What are you working on now?

A. I've been stuck in self-promotion mode for so long that I've neglected the next Lacy Dawn Adventure -- Ivy. I've submitted a couple of short stories to magazines recently but no bites. It seems to me that many magazines either stick very close to the Young Adult genre or are so extreme that my writing seems to have a hard time fitting into content. I don't want to change what I write just to achieve publication, so I'm trying to explore other alternatives. I'm working on a satirical essay, and a couple of poems. One of my poems won first place in an international competition last year, so I have a little name recognition because of that. Ivy, full of metaphors and allegory, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth based in an almost forgotten town. I live in West Virginia, the U.S. state with the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the nation. My familiarity with what is happening to my neighbors because of addiction prompted me to ask: how far will a child go to save a parent from addiction? I hope to achieve a similar finding when answering this serious question as I did with Rarity from the Hollow: “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/ I'll let you know when it is released.

Q.  What advice do you have for writers?

A. I don’t feel competent to give advice to other writers, but I will share a little common sense based on my observations of this marketplace. Don’t expect to be discovered overnight like you were Elvis singing on the front stoop of an apartment located in a low-income neighborhood. Before you publish, make sure that your work as been professionally edited, or as close to it as your finances will allow – not by a friend or anybody with whom you have a personal relationship. If published, to the extent possible, prevent generic one line reviews from being posted on Amazon – they always look like they were written by your friends and detract from other reviews that appear more legitimate. Commit to the long haul by keeping in mind that the majority of those entering the world of books stay there briefly and then drop out never to be heard from again. And, last, never buy a book review and don’t invest more than you can afford in anything. I’ve heard of aspiring authors placing themselves and their families at financial risk by becoming over-committed to a book that they had written. Hard work pays off, but working smart has better outcomes.   

Thank You So Much Robert Eggleton For Your Time & Interview.

R. Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow.

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Cuba tolera controvertido grafiti sobre Trump, pero encarcela a
opositores por imágenes críticas
junio 29, 2017

Un grafiti del presidente estadounidense decapitado permanece a la vista
de locales y turistas en una transitada calle de La Habana, la misma
ciudad en la que un disidente fue a la cárcel por un letrero
Un grafiti de un encapuchado que sostiene la cabeza decapitada del
presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, apareció esta semana en una
pared de una transitada calle de La Habana Vieja, días después de que el
mandatario anunciara un endurecimiento en la política de EEUU hacia Cuba.

Firmado con el seudónimo "2+2=5", el dibujo puede verse en la esquina de
las calles Muralla y Bernaza, a pocos metros del Capitolio cubano y en
una zona muy visitada por turistas y locales, que consideran "polémico"
el dibujo por el fuerte mensaje de violencia que transmite, dijo a Efe
Robert, un joven habanero.

Robert confesó que siente curiosidad sobre el significado de la pintada,
que muestra a un encapuchado de raza negra sosteniendo la cabeza de
Trump, reconocible por su característico peinado y su expresión.

Sobre el encapuchado aparece un pensamiento en forma de globo con lo que
parece ser un huevo frito en su interior, y un signo de interrogación.

Mientras, sobre la cabeza de Trump el autor ha plasmado esa misma
ilustración, pero el huevo frito está tachado por una línea en diagonal,
un icono universal empleado para transmitir la idea de prohibición.

El grafiti también recuerda a la polémica fotografía de la humorista
estadounidense Kathy Griffin, en la que aparecía sujetando una cabeza
falsa de Trump, simulando una decapitación, y que suscitó fuertes
críticas tras su publicación.

Robert, que regenta una tienda de artículos religiosos frente a la pared
en la que apareció el dibujo, aseguró a Efe que no vio al artista
responsable de la pintura, que ha "atraído la atención de todo el que pasa".

El pasado 16 de junio Trump firmó en Miami una orden ejecutiva para
limitar los viajes individuales de estadounidenses a Cuba y vetar los
negocios con empresas controladas por las Fuerzas Armadas, además de
condicionar el diálogo bilateral a "pasos concretos" como la celebración
de elecciones libres en la isla, entre otros.

A pesar de que este giro en el "deshielo" bilateral puede afectar a la
normalización entre los dos países -que restablecieron vínculos
diplomáticos en julio de 2015-, el mensaje del grafiti "está un poco
fuerte" por la violencia que trasmite, insiste Odania, de visita en la
Habana desde Santiago de Cuba.

"Nosotros hallamos la actitud de Trump un poco agresiva, pero debemos
llegar a una comprensión entre Estado y Estado, para ver si hay una
mejor comunicación", dijo.

Iván de la Flor, un conductor de bicitaxis en La Habana Vieja, opinó que
la pintada sirve para "reflexionar" porque "cada cual puede hacer su

"Ahí nunca había habido un grafiti y a la gente le llama mucho la
atención, porque estamos viviendo la época de la nueva Administración
del presidente de EEUU y su apoyo al 'bloqueo' (embargo) a Cuba", explica.

Coincide en que es "violento, porque nadie le debe arrancar la cabeza a
nadie", aunque reconoce que la decisión de Trump de limitar la llegada
de estadounidenses a la isla "afecta a la economía, al Gobierno, al
pueblo" porque "todo el que tiene que trabajar directamente con el
turismo se ve afectado".

"(El expresidente Barack) Obama flexibilizó los viajes, y el pueblo de
Cuba tenía una esperanza de que el 'bloqueo' se quitara. He hablado con
muchos turistas americanos (...) Incluso llegué a hablar con una
senadora que vino de visita y me aseguró que el 'bloqueo' lo iban a
quitar. Todavía lo estoy esperando", agregó.

"2+2=5" es una expresión usada en la novela distópica "1984" de George
Orwell, para criticar los dogmas falsos y el autoritarismo del "Gran

Varios grafiti con esa firma pueden verse en La Habana, en convivencia
con los profusos carteles con mensajes afines a la Revolución y donde
una pintada con un mensaje opositor al Gobierno puede llevar a la cárcel
a su autor, como fue el caso de Danilo Maldonado, conocido como "El Sexto".

"El Sexto" fue liberado en enero pasado de una prisión de máxima
seguridad en las afueras de La Habana, donde fue encerrado días después
de su detención la noche de la muerte del expresidente cubano Fidel
Castro, el 25 de noviembre de 2016, por pintar "Se fue" en las fachadas
de edificios del centro de la capital cubana.

En 2014, el grafitero intentó realizar una presentación en un parque de
La Habana con dos cerdos pintados de verde con los nombres Fidel y Raúl,
una obra inspirada en "Rebelión en la Granja" de George Orwell y fue
detenido antes de llegar al parque donde realizaría el performance.

En esa etapa estuvo 10 meses en prisión y tampoco fue llevado a juicio.
Lo liberaron sin cargos, gracias, en su opinión, a la presión ejercida a
través de las redes sociales.

Poner carteles contra el comunismo en Cuba y atreverse a contarlo

Source: Cuba tolera controvertido grafiti sobre Trump, pero encarcela a
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          6/30/2017: NEWS: A Canadian fan of Donald Trump   
Bob Hepburn can go ahead and publish my name as a Canadian supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump. Shocking as it may seem to many Canadians, I support much of the Trump agenda. If crude and rude behaviour should disqualify Trump from the U.S....
          The Latest: Trump accepts invitation to visit South Korea – Economic Times   
Fortune The Latest: Trump accepts invitation to visit South KoreaEconomic TimesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the South Korean president (all times local):. 12:10 p.m.. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to visit South … Continue reading
          Bummer: Los Federales To Target Relatives Who Bring Kids Illegally   
Fear!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ABC News)  The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. A new “surge initiative” aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying and arresting the adult sponsors of […]
          Kony 2012 Campaign Catches Eyes Of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga   

Campaign aims to bring African militia leader Joseph Kony to justice for war crimes and for enlisting children as soldiers.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>A campaign to stop the nearly 30-year, brutal rule of African militia leader Joseph Kony became a viral sensation this week. <a href="http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com" target="_blank">"Kony 2012,"</a> started by the group Invisible Children, aims to make Kony's face so famous that authorities will finally be able to arrest him and try him for his crimes. </P><P> </P><P>A 30-minute <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc" target="_blank">documentary</a> released on Monday is one of the keys to the campaign, and as of Thursday it had gotten more than 26 million views. The video details the atrocities carried out by Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. The campaign appears to be working, as at one point on Wednesday, Invisible Children and #stopkony were trending higher on Twitter than Peyton Manning or the new iPad. </P><P> </P><P>Since 1987, human rights officials say Kony has forcefully abducted more than 60,000 children to be soldiers in his army and reportedly raped, mutilated and killed civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and displaced more than 2 million people. The leader is wanted for committing atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted down by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African nations, according to the <a href="http://bit.ly/AyrDyz"><I>Associated Press.</I></a> </P><P> </P><P>Kony 2012 is an effort to capture Kony and disarm the LRA before a reported window of opportunity closes. One way it plans to do that is by encouraging users to directly message a variety of stars to make use of their Twitter ubiquity to get the word out. Among those listed on the site are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a number of major policymakers. </P><P> </P><P>When users click on the celebs' photos, a tweet pops up that reads: Help us end #LRA violence. Visit kony2012.com to find out why and how. @timtebow Join us for #KONY2012. </P><P> </P><P><a href="http://act.mtv.com/posts/invisible-children-video-joseph-kony/">Get More on Invisible Children at ACT.MTV.com.</a></p>

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          Trump floats repealing Obamacare now and replacing it later – The Boston Globe   
The Boston Globe Trump floats repealing Obamacare now and replacing it laterThe Boston Globe(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump on Friday said that if Republican senators can't strike a deal on their health bill, they should immediately repeal Obamacare and then … Continue reading
          House Passes Kate’s Law Along With Anti-Sanctuary City Bill On Mostly Party Line Votes   
Unsurprisingly, most Democrats voted against both bills (CNN) House Republicans joined President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon in declaring war on sanctuary cities — passing legislation targeting the cities’ funding while hammering a message of the dangers posed by undocumented immigrants. “Kate’s Law” is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman murdered on a busy […]
          Trump urges Republicans to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later   

President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself...

          Trump's voter fraud panel gets pushback after asking states for election data   

President Donald Trump's voting commission stumbled into public view this week, issuing a sweeping request for nationwide voter data that drew sharp condemnation from election experts and resistance from at least 19 states that said they cannot or will not hand over all of the data.

The immediate...

          MSNBC hosts say National Enquirer article a weapon in Trump feud   

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a couple onscreen and off, say the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary.

President Donald Trump and Scarborough...

          Deutsche U21 Europameister   
Die deutsche U21-Auswahl ist zum zweiten Mal Fußball-Europameister. Die Mannschaft von Trainer Stefan Kuntz setzte sich am Freitag im Finale in Krakau mit 1:0 (1:0) gegen Spanien durch.Krakau. Deutschlands U21 hat ihr eigenes Fußball-Märchen geschrieben und sich wie die goldene Generation vor acht Jahren zum Europameister gekrönt. In einem mitreißenden und temporeichen Finale trumpfte die DFB-Auswahl am Freitagabend in Krakau gegen den haushohen Favoriten Spanien mit ihrer besten Turnierleistung groß beim 1:0 auf. Mitchell Weiser (40. Minute) sorgte mit seinem Kopfballtor vor 14 059 Zuschauern für eine rauschende Titelfeier der deutschen Junioren, die in der nervenaufreibenden Schlussphase zittern mussten.Nach dem Coup der Auswahl um die späteren Weltmeister Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels & Co. im Jahr 2009 jubelte erst zum zweiten Mal eine deutsche Mannschaft als U21-Europameister. Das Ensemble von Trainer Stefan Kuntz gewann dank einer couragierten, zweikampffreudigen und taktisch cleveren Vorstellung im dritten U21-Finale einer DFB-Elf verdient. Der nächste deutsche Titel könnte schon am Sonntag beim Confed-Cup gefeiert werden. Zahlreiche U21-Kräfte wollen in Russland unter Bundestrainer Joachim Löw mit der A-Nationalelf gegen Chile siegen. Meyer an den Pfosten Auf den Tag genau 21 Jahre nach dem EM-Titel der A-Nationalmannschaft mit dem damaligen Stürmer Kuntz legten seine Junioren in Krakau titelhungrig los. Mit ihrem körperbetonten Auftritt überrumpelte die DFB-Auswahl den Favoriten regelrecht, erspielte sich phasenweise Chancen fast im Minutentakt. Weiser (6.), Maximilian Arnold (9.) und Serge Gnabry (16./21.) scheiterten mit ihren Schüssen. Der Kopfball des nur 1,73 großen Max Meyer segelte an den Pfosten (7.).Die Spanier fanden gegen den angekündigten "Tick deutscher Härte" nur schwer ins Spiel. Nach einem bösen Fehlpass von Jeremy Toljan hatte das Kuntz-Team aber Glück, dass Spaniens Kapitän...
          Trump's Labor Dept wants salary to count on overtime rule   

The Labor Department said Friday it wants salary level to count in deciding who is eligible for overtime pay. But it's holding off setting the maximum pay a worker can get and still qualify.

That's according to a brief filed by the Trump administration in federal court in New Orleans in a case...

          More court challenges expected for Trump's scaled-back travel ban   

A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren't so much...

          The Latest: Spokeswoman says Trump 'fights fire with fire'   

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily press briefing, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the White House in Washington. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily press briefing, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the White House in Washington.

          Moderatorin wehrt sich   

Die Fernsehmoderatorin Mika Brzezinski und Tochter des verstorbenen Sicherheitsberaters Zbigniew Brzezinski erfuhr viel Unterstützung angesichts der Schmähung durch Donald Trump. 	Bild: Evan Agostini Washington. Die amerikanische Moderatorin Mika Brzezinski hat sich gegen eine Beleidigung durch US-Präsident Donald Trump gewehrt und Zweifel an seiner Qualifikation für das Amt geäußert. "Er scheint ein fragiles, ungeduldiges, kindliches Ego zu haben, das wir wieder und wieder sehen konnten, besonders wenn es um Frauen geht", sagte sie am Freitagmorgen in der Show "Morning Joe", die sie gemeinsam mit ihrem Lebenspartner Joe Scarborough im Sender MSNBC moderiert. Es sei alarmierend, dass der Präsident so schnell aus der Fassung gerate, fügte die 50-Jährige hinzu."Das Weiße Haus behauptet, wir würden ihn angreifen", sagte Brzezinski. Das stimme nicht. "Wir berichten über seine Lügen. Wir sind verärgert, wenn er nicht die Wahrheit sagt, wenn er Menschen schikaniert." Trump hatte am Donnerstag getwittert, Brzezinski habe ihn in seinem Anwesen in Mar-a-Lago unbedingt sehen wollen, obwohl sie nach einer Lifting-Operation im Gesicht stark geblutet habe. Er beschrieb sie als "verrückte Mika" mit niedrigem IQ, ihren Partner Scarborough nannte der Präsident einen "Psychopathen".Die Moderatoren verschoben einen Urlaub, um am Freitagmorgen auf Trumps Angriff reagieren zu können. Scarborough sagte, Trump sei "sehr viel grausamer" zu Frauen als zu Männern. "Er greift Frauen an, weil er Angst vor Frauen hat." Das Paar bezichtigte Trump zudem der Lüge. Es stimme nicht, dass Brzezinski wegen eines Face-Lifts geblutet habe. Sie habe "ein wenig Haut" unter dem Kinn straffen lassen.
          U.S.-South Korea summit exposes spat on trade, resolve on North Korea   

President Donald Trump took South Korea to task over its trade surplus with the United States on Friday, demanding renegotiation of a bilateral pact, even as the close security allies voiced joint resolve against the nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Trump talked tough on North Korea, vowing...

          President Trump attacks 'psycho' Joe Scarborough, 'crazy' Mika Brzezinski on Twitter   

President Donald Trump ridiculed the looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show "Morning Joe."

          Trump trashes media, cheers wins at $10 million fundraiser   

Pedestrians walk by the security fence in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. President Donald Trump will attend a fund raiser at the hotel this evening.

          House GOP backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration; Trump hails passage   

Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents...

          House spending bill would scrap military authorization in rebuke to Trump on Syria, ISIS   

House appropriators set in motion Thursday a repeal of the congressional authorization underpinning the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State and recent strikes in Syria, a move that serves as a rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy and a demand that he present Congress with...

          Trump's voter fraud commission wants voting history, party ID and address of every voter   

The chair of Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission has penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter role data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter...

          Trump picks Indiana health commissioner to be surgeon general   

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams to become the next U.S. surgeon general, a move that would place Adams in the symbolically important post while the president's bid to replace the Affordable Care Act tops his agenda.

Adams would succeed Vivek...

          White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit   

President Donald Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany next week, the White House said Thursday, amid swirling allegations about Moscow's role in the 2016 elections.

National security adviser...

          The Polish example   
This speech in Poland by the God-Emperor sounds promising.
President Trump will ask other European nations to “take inspiration” from Poland, which has rejected refugee resettlement, in a speech later this week.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Thursday that President Trump will deliver a speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, which symbolizes Polish heroism. He is flying to Poland next Wednesday and stopping there before he attends the G20 summit in Hamburg.

McMaster said that Trump will deliver a “major speech” in which he will “praise Polish courage” and its “emergence as a European power.” The nation is currently ruled by a nationalist Christian party that has rejected refugee resettlement and mass immigration.
Of course, the President's message would be more meaningful if he would follow the Polish example and reject refugee resettlement and mass immigration in the USA too.

The Czech example isn't bad either:
The Czech parliament is working to liberalize the country’s gun laws, allowing people to better defend themselves. The reason for this new policy is safety, as well as practicality; in light of recent attacks in neighboring countries, the Czech government recognizes that disarming people puts them in danger, and that broad European gun control policies are ineffective. The Interior Minister said it best when he asked parliament to “show [him] a single terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated using a legally-owned weapon”.

          Trump plans FCC nomination, providing crucial vote to reverse net neutrality rules   

President Trump intends to nominate Brendan Carr, a former aide to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, to fill the final open seat at the agency and provide a crucial vote to reverse tough net neutrality rules.

Carr, currently the FCC’s general counsel, would fill a Republican...

          Oh, the irony   
In case you didn't believe my observation that Americans simply do not grasp the concept of distinct European nations.
Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
White Nationalist fantasies notwithstanding, Europeans no more identify as Europeans than white Americans identify as European-Americans.

European American here. 👍🏻🇮🇹
Sometimes... communication gap... I can't... what... it... no... WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU MORONS?

Now I recall why I was so relieved to leave Twitter. It's not just the combination of stupidity and ignorance that I find unnerving, so much as the gloss of gleeful smugness that coats it.
          Staying Rational in a World of Tweets, Fake News, Alternative Facts and Sound Bites   
by William P. Hall william-hall@bigpond.com http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net  ( based on a presentation at Vic Skeptics Café, 19 June 2017 at the Clyde Hotel, Carlton, Vic) Today we are living in a world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs where anyone (even President Trump) can instantly post their ideas to the world for essentially no cost. We are […]
          Trump White House Staff Payroll Nearly $36 Million And Top-Heavy   
Among those making the maximum salary are chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault.
          Chibok Girls And Trump Appear In Unannounced Photo Op   
The meeting with two of the schoolgirls who'd been kidnapped by Boko Haram was not promoted in advance. But it led to a White House "photo of the day."
          NightSide – Trump’s Tweets Under Fire Again   
BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has said all along that he did not plan on dialing back his Twitter activity once he was sworn in as President. He has taken some criticism over tweets in […]
          On 'Fox & Friends,' Ivanka Trump Squashes Progressive Hopes   
When Ivanka Trump quit her position at the helm of her company for an unpaid post within her father's White House, it raised eyebrows — cries of nepotism — and for many progressive women, it was proof, that someone would be on their side. Some saw her as a potentially moderating force within the new Republican administration. NPR checks in on the president's special adviser five months into the presidency.
          Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)   

This sniper, fighting in Raqqa, is a member of a Kurdish YPJ (Women's Protection Unit). Incredibly, less than a second after she pulls her trigger - another bullet (fired by her enemy, the Islamic State, aka IS) narrowly misses her head.

For a split second afterwards, the female sniper's eyes open very widely. This action is secondary to the adrenaline surge of her near death experience.

Notice also how her tongue rapidly sticks outward. This is known as a "Tongue Jut" - and more specifically, this variation is a "Loose Tongue Jut". A loose tongue jut is an example of nonverbal self-deprecating behavior. It's a way of calling one's self out after a mistake - as if to say, "I've done a foolish thing" or "I've (almost) been caught".

Why did the sniper laugh - and so quickly - after almost being killed?

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          Trump Suggests Repealing Health Law Now and Replacing It Later   
Months ago, President Trump said that approach to the Affordable Care Act was unacceptable. Now, as Republicans struggle to reach a new agreement, that old idea has appeal.
          Trump Backers ‘Furious’ That Senator Stood Against Health Care Bill   
Dean Heller, the Nevada senator who broke with President Trump on health care, now faces the wrath of Las Vegas’s biggest titans and the Republican rank and file.
          Like His Father, Donald Trump Jr. Uses Twitter to Target the Media   
The younger Mr. Trump has inherited his father’s passion for Twitter as a weapon against political foes, and conservatives see him as a high-profile torchbearer for their grievances.
          Health Care Is Complicated. Trump’s Pitch? Not So Much.   
If your only source of information were President Trump, this is what you would know about the American Health Care Act, the Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
          ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud   
Mika Brzezinski responded to tweets by Mr. Trump that claimed she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” by saying they revealed a “childlike ego.”
          Trump’s Attack on Mika Brzezinski Draws Rebukes Across a Fractious Media   
The remarks spawned a backlash that spanned the industry’s usual divides, drawing condemnation even from within the bulwarks of the Trump-friendly news media.
          Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General   
Dr. Jerome M. Adams was appointed health commissioner by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor, and helped address an H.I.V. outbreak there.
          Barron Trump Is The Only Reason Melania Is Staying With Donald, Claims Mika Brzezinski   
Barron and Melania just got dragged in the bitter feud between Donald Trump and the co-hosts of “Morning Joe” that has captivated the planet. For the past 48 hours, there has been a war of words and threats to reveal […]
          Reactie op CNN-medewerkers weg na ingetrokken bericht door Burgermans   
- Lucinda Allen raakte verlamd van een orgasme - Poep-resten in de Starbucks Ijskoffie - IS liet moeder eigen baby opeten en verkrachtte meisje, terwijl familie toekeek - Barbara Streisand: ik word dik door Trump
          Trump, continuano le polemiche per i tweet del presidente Usa   

L'attacco ai conduttori di un programma della Msnbc scatena un putiferio ed enfatizza ancora la mancata attitudine alla presidenza

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          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
tupper - off subject - why do you call Tim Scott by his last name and Lindsey Graham by his first? In other situations that might be considered prejudicial treatment.
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          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
Scott is proving what he is.....a willing ostrich.....making him complicit with the antics of trump. Scott is unable to think for himself so he lets the rich, white elite do it for him - and it shows.
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          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
Why not? Tim Scott is forever distracted by the shiny sparkle of his beloved supreme ruler, Donnie Trump.
Posted by Karen Turpin Morgan
          9 Times Donald Trump Said Things To Women He Wouldn’t Have The Guts To Say To A Man   
You probably heard this this week that instead of worrying about some of the more pressing matters going on, including the GOP health care plan or focusing on his Friday meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump was going after one of the hosts of MSNBCsMorning Joe. No, not Joe Scarborough, but MikaBrzezinski []
          'Morning Joe' Hosts Respond to Donald Trump's Vicious Tweets   
Trump took aim at Mika Brzezinski, whom he accused of getting a facelift. Continue reading…
          Comment on Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast by kfoxe   
great interview and glad this man is taking on the next evolution of news, reporting and getting stories out there in the new world we are creating.
          Comment on Donald Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ Attack Is Distracting the Media From Real News by Bo   
I hardly think covering the outlandish behavior of Trump is bashing him and that sounds a bit like defending him. Shame on you. This guy is a crude vulgarian that acts out constantly and must be confronted by it instead of people letting it slide or even attempting to normalize this sick man. He, his behavior, his incompetence must be addressed and confronted because he's toxic and throwing the country in chaos. That's news and if you think it's not then you have some re-thinking to do. This very sick man is a danger to our country and to the world.
          Comment on Donald Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ Attack Is Distracting the Media From Real News by Bo   
My observation with regard to this article is that it's a bit misguided and done for the same reason the media covers this vapid buffoon's tweets. It sells and people gobble it up. Having said that, I also found the article to be disingenuous. I watched both CNN and MSNBC and yes, they covered this idiocy because it has to be covered, but they also covered all the other major stories such as the health bill, the G20 meetings, Mueller's ongoing investigation. So I don't know what the writer here is going on about as it seems he wasn't or isn't paying attention to detail and instead is dreaming up a 'good and solid' idea of his own to write about. The article is part of the problem and not part of the solution.
          Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda | Diane Ravitch's blog   
Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda | Diane Ravitch's blog:

Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial todaychastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters.
I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant conflict of interest.
The editorial board can’t see any critics of charters other than teachers’ unions, who presumably are protecting their jobs by fighting off the agenda that Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are promoting.
It can’t see why parents and graduates of public schools (like me) think that turning public money over to private and unaccountable boards is a terrible idea.
One would think that the LA Times might express concern about the millions of dollars pumped into the school board race by billionaires like Eli Broad, Reed Hastings, Richard Riordan, and the Waltons. How did it happen that the California Charter Schools Association become the most influential lobby in Sacramento? Isn’t the Times just a little bit curious about the deployment of big money? Have they noticed that the same money has bought the school boards in Denver, Indianapolis, and other cities? Are they aware that Reed Hastings longs for the day when democratically elected school boards are obsolete. Meanwhile, he is willing to spend whatever it takes to buy them.
One would think that a major metropolitan newspaper would worry about the power of big money to buy local school board elections. When did any of these billionaires ever have a child or grandchild in the LAUSD public schools? Why doesn’t the editorial question why they want so badly to buy the school board? What do they want?
One would think that the LA Times might have noticed the numerous Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda | Diane Ravitch's blog:

          Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource   
Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource:

Trump's proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community

his should be a time of celebration for charter school advocates. Both President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have focused their education agenda on providing parents with more choices, which include charter schools. The number of charter schools continues to grow, with nearly 3,000 charter schools enrolling nearly 3 million students nationally.
But instead, Trump’s and DeVos’ endorsement of charter schools is driving a wedge between traditional allies and is threatening to undermine the bipartisan support charter schools have received almost throughout the quarter century since they emerged on the education landscape.
In a remarkably frank speech earlier this month, Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance of Charter Schools, acknowledged at her organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. that “the Trump administration’s policies have put us in a difficult spot.”
The difficulty, she explained, is that the Trump administration is proposing a $168 million increase in funding for the Charter Schools Program, on top of the current level of $333 million, while at the same time cutting other education funding. Most of the charter program funds are used to help new charter schools get off the ground.  Trump is also proposing adding $1 billion to the Title 1 program for low-income students to allow parents to send their children to any public school of their choice, which could include charter schools.
However, Trump’s budget also includes massive cuts to federal education programs — some $9.2 billion from the current level of $68 billion in federal K-12 education Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource:

          Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all   
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:

Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog
A site to discuss better education for all

Civil Rights Activists Outraged by Trump Choice to Lead Civil Rights Division at Justice Department

The key job in the federal government in terms of civil rights enforcement is the leader of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Trump has selected Eric Dreiband, who has represented numerous clients accused of violating civil rights laws. Activists are outraged. The selection of Dreiband is in keeping with 

Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial today chastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters. I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant 

We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles

Joan Kramer, a hero of public libraries, public education, and the common good, died a few days ago. Joan was a hero to all who knew and loved her. This is a tribute from some of her friends who knew her well. Here she is testifying before 

Big Oil Sells Fossil-Fuel Love to Children in Elementary Schools

This is an alarming story, prepared by the Center for Public Integrity. . Teaching materials are being distributed by the fossil fuel industry to elementary schools. It begins: “Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in 

National Education Policy Center: New Research on Virtual Charter Schools

The National Education Policy Center has released new research on virtual charter schools that shows variation among those in different states, though all have poor academic results: Key Takeaway: Case studies from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute suggest that policymakers should prioritize understanding and improving virtual school performance before permitting further growth Pre
Nancy E. Bailey: Beware! Computer Instruction is NOT Inclusion!

Nancy E. Bailey writes here about current efforts to put children with disabilities on a computer and call it “personalized learning” and “inclusion.” It is neither. “Personalized learning must not be mistaken for inclusion. The reality is that it’s student isolation! “Inclusion is generally defined as the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. Doing school
Montana Teacher: Questions About AP Courses

This comment by a reader called amontana Teacger continues a discussion of the value of AP courses. My observation: AP courses are a big money-maker for the College Board, which on its face is nonprofit, but aggressively pursues opportunities to generate revenues, like claiming that access to AP courses promotes equity. Other posts are here and here . Montana Teacher writes: “Thank you for all of
Tomorrow Is My Birthday!

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Urgent Note to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: Hands Off Our Schools and Our Children!

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June 30: Join Student Data Deletion Day!

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Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education:

Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education 

The New York Times published an interesting article about how Silicon Valley companies have pushed coding into public schools.
Natasha Singer writes:
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.
“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”
The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group.
This push coincides with corporations’ interest in public education and a shift to a focus onSilicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education: 

          Trump vende armas por 1,42 millardos de dólares a Taiwán. La ira de Beijing   

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          This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017 | Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools   
This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017 | Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools:

This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017

Welcome to the Fight-Back!
For the next few weeks, in addition to our usual news and organizing round-up, the AROS NewsBlast will feature information about our new initiative to fight the Trump/DeVos budget proposal and privatization agenda.  Please watch the NewsBlast for information about upcoming opportunities for local action!
Nearly three quarters of voters oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cut education funding by more than 13 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers. The poll found that 74 percent of respondents oppose the budget proposal, with more than half of them - 54 percent - strongly opposed. The poll also found that nearly half of Trump voters (48 percent) opposed the proposal.
As reported in an earlier NewsBlast, members of the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) have been fighting for a school police complaint process within the Philadelphia public school system.  Since PSU member Brian Burney was allegedly attacked at Ben Franklin high school in 2016, the group has been demanding a formal complaints process. The District Superintendent William Hite created a task force to develop such a process—but did not include any PSU members on it.  A complaint system was launched in early April. PSU has hailed the victory, but is arguing that the process does not go far enough. With the backing of the ACLU and Education Law Center, PSU is demanding additional components to strengthen the process, including a community review board. On June 6th, PSU presented their recommendations to the members of the Superintendent’s task force, which has agreed to another meeting to iron our final language. Read more here.
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          Have the 'Food Evolution' Filmmakers Mistreated Moms?   
The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

The trailer of the new documentary "Food Evolution," which negatively portrays both me and the organic food movement, fails to acknowledge the reality of American mothers. Our families are sick and struggling. And yet, when we remove GMOs and related toxins from our diet, we get better. The trailer implies that the movie will focus on the so-called noble promises of GMOs, yet fails to present reality in a noble manner.

In the last paragraph of the description of the film on its website, filmmakers Trace Sheehan and Scott Kennedy say, "And as we take in the scientific process at work, let's do our best to put aside bias so we can have more productive conversations and make the most informed decisions we can."  

Yet, in the trailer—before the movie is even out—they take my words out of context, misrepresenting what I say with heavy editing and belittling the experiences of thousands of American families. That doesn't look like putting bias aside; it looks like an advertisement for GMOs.

In fact, Scott Kennedy’s crew misrepresented their intentions in order to interview food movement proponents Jeffrey Smith, Vani Hari and myself. Claiming that the film would be a balanced representation of both sides of the food movement was misleading and ignoble.

Vani Hari told me she did not grant permission for her image to be used in the film, yet it was used anyway. Jeffrey Smith and I granted permission for one interview with first right of refusal. The filmmakers failed to honor that agreement and never showed us the first cut. Marion Nestle and I have asked for our interviews to be removed from the film, with no response.

A few months after the interview with Jeffrey Smith and Vani Hari, I was surrounded by GMO proponents Kavin Senapathy and Karl Haro Von Mogel at the March Against Monsanto in Chicago. They shouted at me in order to try to antagonize me into appearing like a hysterical activist. I told them they did not have my permission to use my image, but they did anyway. The filmmakers are more interested in appeasing the chemical companies that sell GMOs and pesticides than of accurately portraying concerned Americans.

In the film they edited my interview in order to make it look like I said, “I trust social media more than scientists.” What I actually said was that I trust the mothers who are seeing their children get sick after consuming GMOs and related toxins and are courageously sharing their new reality on social media, more than the scientists who are conducting isolated experiments funded by Big Ag.

I said that when I see my child get sick after consuming GMOs and toxins, and then see him get better when he eats organic foods, I don’t need another scientific study to tell me we should avoid GMOs and toxins. Thousands of moms agree with me and they are sharing their experiences as well. I trust the moms who are sharing their truth. Apparently Scott Kennedy does not.

This film is not only blatantly pro-GMO, it is patronizing. The filmmakers are trying to make the issue look like it’s an issue of emotional moms vs. science. The fact is, GMO proponents are nervous because we have the truth and we have sound science to back us up. The filmmakers would not be trying to invalidate us if we did not have something valid to say.

The film attempts to discredit the organic food movement by belittling the power of social media, but the world knows that social media is now the dominant way to reach people with a message. (Just ask President Trump.) Social media is filled with honest stories of sick children, desperate families and skyrocketing medical costs. Unfortunately, pro-GMO proponents are pushing cherry-picked scientific data from short-term studies, while failing to disclose their funding.  

Their perspectives are limited by their lack of real-world experience and their motivations are questionable. It’s no coincidence that the point the film is trying to make aligns with huge profits for chemical companies.

In the New York Times review of the film, the reviewer writes that while it's true there is an increased use of pesticides with GMOs, "those pesticides are far less toxic."  

What degree of food toxicity is acceptable for you to give to your children? Maybe science doesn't know the answer to that question, but mothers do.


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Current events! They sure are current, aren't they? They're so current that two thirds of the way through the column, a news story can pop up that changes the course of the column and demolishes any chance at a central theme I could use in an introduction! SPASTIC TOPIC MONKEY FRIDAY!

The harm that Donald Trump can do to me is much, much less than the harm he can do to others. But I hate him just a tiny bit more today for making Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski more sympathetic, and I hate him for what I'm about to say about his two tweets having a central thesis, because holy shit I'm about to talk about two. Trump. Tweets. Having a. Central. Thesis.

Because the central thesis of Trump's tweet, that Scarborough and Brzezinski are starfucking sycophants who jumped on board the Trump Sucks bandwagon pretty late in the game once the wind was firmly blowing in that direction is not without some basis in reality. But Trump's still worse, and in true Awful-Person-Awful-at-His-Job-fashion, executed the premise in the most tactless, offensive way possible. And now we've gotta go through the "pile of shit just vomited more shit and we are surprised" rigamarole. Yay!

In other "it's impossible for them not to be dicks" news, after the Supreme Court ruled that an incredibly narrow version of Muslim Ban 2.0 could go into effect (and, in the process, confirming everyone's suspicion that Gorsuch is a hack), the Trump administration immediately attempted to redefine the narrow version into as broad a version as possible, essentially saying that aunts, uncles, and grandmothers don't have bona-fide connections to their family members and thus can be banned, because there's nothing more dangerous than a brown grandma.

And yes, there's already another lawsuit, and yes, the lawsuit will probably succeed in time, but take this perfidy as yet another reminder that the reason they keep winning is that they never accept a loss. We may think Roe v. Wade is settled law, for example, but they refuse to recognize the very idea of settled law. And when we win a fight and rest, that's how we lose the next three fights and poor women end up giving birth because they can't drive to another fucking state. All victories are temporary. Taking them out of power is the least temporary, but it doesn't seem possible to keep them out of power, so we're stuck with this bullshit.

I need to talk about Greta Van Susteren's shitball Villager MSNBC ad RIGHT NOW. I can't put it off any longer. Mainly because she just lost her show and her job at MSNBC which means the ad won't be run any more either, and that's a good thing, because it was fucking awful. In it, she extolled the virtues of Martin's Tavern in Gerogetown, where politicans sat, talked, drank, schemed, and brokered deals.

It was a perfectly horrible paean to the art of politics as "two old white males setting policy for the common people over drinks" that is at the heart of pure D.C. politics. A world where someone like Van Susteren can bounce around the ideological spectrum of cable journalism and still retain broad support, respect, and cultural cache because she moves in a world where "them" and "us" aren't defined by beliefs or advocacy, they're defined by social circles and acceptability as a dinner party guest. Fuck that noise.

          Trump says Repeal, Replace Later and Self-employed/Small businesses might lose affordable coverage!!!   
Like Trump's comment that took the nations breath away...:

Yet House and Senate Republican plans are getting trashed, not surprisingly, in this most recent poll:

So if Republicans can't prevent 23 million people from losing their health care insurance with a new plan, at least just dump the Affordable Care Act outright?

Dumb doesn't begin to describe taking this kind of chance with 8 percent of the economy. But get a load of what his in-the-tank true believing followers think:
Among Republicans, Trump wouldn't bear the brunt of the blame if Congress is unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. Just 6 percent would blame him, and half said they would blame congressional Democrats. Another 20 percent said they would blame GOP lawmakers.
Of course Republicans are only doing what voters wanted them to do...see graph....

The Senate's Better Care Act adds mind-boggling costly complexity to the U.S. health care system. 

For me, an "all payer system" is simple; every doctor is your doctor, every hospital is your hospital. No bills, no worries ever. .

Waaayyyyyy too easy say Republicans, who want us to spend days, months and years maneuvering through their nightmarish and complicated idea of free market freedom. One idea is so ridiculously convoluted and costly that it numbs the mind, making people join a group formed to manage health policy...seriously?
KFFDotOrg: Association Health Plans for Small Groups and Self-Employed Individuals under the Better Care Reconciliation Act: The Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), includes a provision to create new association health plan options for small employers and self-employed individuals ... the ACA requirement that premiums cannot vary based on health status does not apply in the large group market. Neither does the requirement for policies to cover ten categories of essential health benefits. 

SBHPs would be able to set premiums for small firm and self-employed members based on health and risk status ... However, in the event a covered individual becomes seriously ill or injured, nothing under federal law would prevent the SBHP insurer from raising the premium for that small employer or self-employed individual, even to unaffordable levels. This could lead to premiums in the traditional small group market becoming much higher for employers who need to seek coverage there ... making health insurance less affordable for sick individuals and small groups who would have to rely on them, and potentially not available at all.

          Reeling from Horrifying GOP Health Care Bills? Just wait till you lose your Voting Rights, just around the corner.    
While everyone is still wondering how Republicans could ever seriously fix their health care bills that drop 22 to 23 million Americans with a few more insane amendments, voting rights is about to take a huge hit:
The Republican presidential tactic of crippling agencies you don't like by putting either the incompetent or the actively hostile in charge of them (continues) ... Kris Kobach, the godfather of the national movement to suppress the votes of people the GOP would prefer not to exercise the franchise (was) named as vice-chairman of his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a snipe hunt the only apparent purpose of which is maintaining the fiction that masses of people, many of them brown, are gaming our elections. 
Here's the most damning news that might just alert us to specific Republican governors who take the bait:
Kobach wrote a letter to his fellow secretaries of state that left many jaws on the floor. From The Kansas City Star: In a Wednesday letter, Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state's office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and other personal information ... he sent similar letters to election officials in every state. 

Quite simply, any secretary of state who complies with this request is either too stupid to hold the job, or is in sympathy with Kobach's goal of whitewashing the electorate.  Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State for California, said, "California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections."

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill was a bit more discreet: "The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this commission."
BREAKING: Scott Walker gives up voter information to Trump's big government demands. Hey, we just had a recount too. All is well?

Wisconsin elections officials said Friday that they'll sell some voter information to a presidential commission investigating election fraud. Administrator Mike Haas issued a statement Friday saying data is available for purchase and the commission must release it to buyers, adding that the commission routinely sells the information to political parties, candidates and researchers. The commission would charge the presidential panel $12,500 for the data.
Having done a lot of research on "the right to vote," I found that despite the guarantee in the 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments...with help from the Voting Rights Act (now destroyed by activist conservative Justices), voting seems to be the least defended squishy right ever. In fact, I could make the argument that women and African Americans were definitely given the right to vote, but anyone else including white guys...nope.

What if Obama did this? Always the best test against hypocritical Republican policy:
As Vanita Gupta points out in that same K.C. Star report, if someone in the Obama administration had made this request, at the very least, there would be a full week of howler monkeys screaming about federalism from every perch in every conservative think-tank in the jungle. At the most, there would be hearing after hearing about the Obama administration's plan to seed thousands of the president's fellow Kenyans in every crucial precinct in Ohio and Florida. What's more important, though, is that the national campaign to roll back voting rights now has reached the highest levels of government, with the blessing of the president* and the president*-in-waiting. This is the final step backwards across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

          NRA Declares War on Liberals.    
I've been writing about the Republican authoritarian movement for some time now along with their sheepishly devoted voters. They've been vilifying liberals, progressives and Democrats for years. Not coincidentally, I've also noticed my conservative friend in Milwaukee has made the attacks more personal, with an arrogance rooted from one party rule. After all, they "won" and will never lose power again. And according to my friend, with the appointment of conservative judges, liberals will lose in the courts as well.  

NRA Ad Warning: What I've seen from tweets and blog commentary is perfectly summed up in the recent NRA ad. It is literally all there, with the added call to arms of course. Trump's blatant attack on the First Amendments very clear protections of the press, the rise of right wing media, and the many years of vilifying  "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," the NRA ad may be the marker right wing authoritarians have been waiting for. Especially after the way this ad hit the fan:

"They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place."
As Vox's Zack Beauchamp put it:
This chilling NRA ad calls on its members to save America by fighting liberals: A liberal insurgency is destroying American society. The “only way” to protect yourself from this surge in left-wing violence (a made-up threat, to be clear) is to donate to the NRA.

In a 2013 op-ed, for example, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre argued that a lawless America was inevitable if the liberals succeeded in their nefarious plan to take your guns … it functions as a kind of anti-politics — casting the NRA’s political opponents as devious enemies who can’t be opposed through normal politics. Republicans control all three branches of government and a large majority of statehouses nationwide. There is literally zero chance that any kind of major gun control passes in America in the foreseeable future.

The threat, instead, is from a kind of liberal-cultural fifth column: People who are acting outside of legitimate political channels to upend American freedoms, through protest and violence. It’s a paranoid vision of American life that encourages the NRA’s fans to see liberals not as political opponents, but as monsters.
The ad features right-wing pundit Dana Loesch, who seems determined to turn everything in our country beet red:

The NRA made the mistake of using "blue" as their background, making it ripe for parody, like this...

          US-Präsident Trump: Obamacare sollte „sofort“ abgeschafft werden   
US-Präsident Donald Trump fordert von seinen Republikanern im Streit um die Krankenversicherungsreform eine Überwindung ihrer Differenzen. Obamacare solle deswegen am besten sofort abgeschafft werden.
          USA: Verbraucherstimmung auf niedrigstem Niveau seit Trumps Wahl   
Die US-Verbraucherstimmung hat sich im Juni verschlechtert. Das Barometer für Verbrauchervertrauen sank auf das tiefste Niveau seit der Wahl von Präsident Trump. Grund seien vor allem wachsende Konjunktur-Sorgen.
          Video: The Truth Behind Trumps MSNBC Tweets, Sargon of Akkad Investigated?   

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In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news of the MSNBC Mika Brzezinski face-lift Trump tweet, Sargon of Akkad being investigated by Patreon, updates on the U.S Petro dollar, a 10 million dollar fundraiser, John Podesta’s latest testimony and a lot more. June 5th 2017 The dispute between Qatar, a major […]

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          Extreman medidas para viajar a Estados Unidos con tablets y computadoras   
Por temor a ataques terroristas, las aerolíneas de todo el mundo deben mejorar los controles para los vuelos internacionales que tengan como destino el país liderado por Donald Trump.
          Trump Travel Ban Won’t Keep Engaged Couples Apart   
Immigration lawyers said it made no sense to exclude fiances because there is already rigorous vetting aimed at rooting out marriage fraud.
          Trump Tweets: Repeal Obama Health Law Now   
"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"
          MN Sec. Of State Won’t Hand Data To Trump Voting Commission   
Trump has alleged, without evidence, that millions voted illegally in the 2016 elections.
          Philippe Béchade: Séance du 30/06/17: « La porte du premier semestre se referme mais pas le robinet aux liquidités. »   

 Philippe Béchade, rédacteur en chef du site La bourse au quotidien, de la Chronique Agora et Président des Econoclastes, présente l’actualité boursière du Vendredi 30 Juin 2017 dans la séance vidéo du jour intitulée: « La porte du premier semestre se referme mais pas le robinet aux liquidités. » La BCE condamnée à faire tourner la planche à billets tant que l’explosion de l’euro sera perçue Etats-Unis: Malgré des discours qui voudraient être rassurants, la FED continue à imprimer en catimini. Source: labourseauquotidien – Voir les précédentes interventions de Philippe Béchade Philippe Béchade a parfaitement raison et ce depuis des années. Les indices ne grimpent pas actuellement du fait de l’arrivée de Donald Trump à la Maison Blanche ou bien d’une embellie soudaine dans l’économie. Si les indices grimpent c’est parce qu’il n’y a plus qu’un seul acheteur que sont les banques centrales. Or malheureusement dans la vie réelle, la situation économique américaine n’arrête pas de se détériorer comme vous pourrez le constater ci-dessous. Alors remonter les taux dans de telles conditions et avec un monde endetté comme jamais il ne l’a été de toute l’histoire est suicidaire. Dessous, l’état de santé plus que chancelant de l’économie américaine Le « Rêve Américain [...]

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          Less Chaos Than Expected As Scaled-Back Travel Ban Goes Into Effect   
A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.
          "Voter fraud' commission runs into roadblocks after requesting sensitive voter files   
A presidential commission established to examine a bogus claim made my President Trump about voter fraud during the 2016 election took its first official steps this week. But the commission found nothing but trouble when they requested sensitive voter data from states. Nancy Cordes has more.
          Feud between President Trump and "Morning Joe" co-hosts features blackmail allegations   
President Trump continued a war of words with a pair of cable TV morning show hosts Friday. In an op-ed, the co-hosts of "Morning Joe" accused the White House of trying to intimidate them with a negative story, Mr. Trump shared his version of the story on Twitter. Major Garrett has more.
          Former Trump campaign adviser to meet with House Intel   
Michael Caputo, an adviser on President Trump's campaign, will meet with the House Intelligence Committee in closed session
          "Morning Joe" hosts say White House threatened them with National Enquirer story   
The escalating feud between Trump, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski took another turn Friday morning
          Trump: Patience with North Korea is over   
With the South Korean president at his side, President Trump also disparaged the current trade agreement with South Korea
          UN agrees to cut peacekeeping budget, a reduction US sought   

The U.N. General Assembly has agreed to a significant cut in the budget for the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping missions, a reduction the Trump administration fought hard to achieve though it wanted an even larger decrease

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          Trump says he's sending federal help to Chicago to combat violence   
Chicago's police department personally asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for additional resources a few months ago
          Trump revives National Space Council, to be led by Pence   

President Donald Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence

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          Trump threatens to sue CNN, according to GOP fundraiser audio   
The president spoke for about 40 minutes during his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night
          Trump travel ban now in effect: More court challenges expected   
Immigration and refugee advocates are vowing to challenge the new requirements
          Trump says Congress should repeal Obamacare now, replace it later   
The president said after the election that Obamacare would be repealed and replaced "simultaneously" so millions wouldn't lose coverage
          How U.S. and S. Korea differ on approaches to N. Korea   
President Trump welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House Thursday night. They're meeting to work on a joint policy to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea. Eurasia Group founder and president Ian Bremmer joins "CBS This Morning" to provide context for the meeting and discuss the leaders' differing approaches. Bremmer also addresses President Trump's upcoming meeting with Russia's President Putin at the G20 summit in Germany.
          Trump discusses N. Korean threat with S. Korean president   
President Trump held a strategy session with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea. But the allies have different views on how to deal with the regime's leader, Kim Jong Un. Margaret Brennan reports.
          Bipartisan outrage over Trump's Twitter attacks on "Morning Joe" hosts   
President Trump is facing backlash yet again for tweets that many are calling inappropriate and disrespectful. Now Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the MSNBC TV hosts targeted by Mr. Trump's tweets, are firing back. Nancy Cordes reports.
          Eye Opener: Outrage over President Trump's tweets   
Lawmakers from both parties blast President Trump for his personal attacks against two MSNBC hosts. Also, the Trump administration's revived travel ban is now in effect. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds. Get the Eye Opener delivered straight to your inbox.
          TV hosts fire back after Trump's Twitter attack   
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and her “Morning Joe” co-host and fiancé, Joe Scarborough, target his mental health, call his behavior “unmoored”
          The Latest: Lavrov wants ‘pragmatism’ in Trump-Putin talks   

White House says Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit next week in Germany

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          Trump “voter fraud” commission seeking voter data from all states   
But some states already balking, with some saying commission may only be effort to advance voter suppression efforts
          Analysis: Trump’s policy now incredible shrinking travel ban   

Analysis: Watered-down travel ban not the policy victory Trump originally had in mind

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          Sports quiz of the week: Confederations Cup, Lions, Tour de France and hackers   

Where is the peloton? What took 30.81 seconds? And who wasn’t careful enough?

In which country will the Tour de France begin on Saturday?





When was the last time the Lions came from 1-0 down to win a series against the All Blacks in New Zealand?





What did Wayde van Niekerk achieve in 30.81 seconds this week?

Hit the first six in a day-night county cricket match

He cycled 1km

He picked up a red card at a Confederations Cup match

He set a new 300m world record

The England Under-21 team kept up the country's record of losing on penalties when they were knocked out of the U21 Euros by Germany in a shootout. In which of these tournaments did the senior team not go out on penalties?

World Cup 1990

Euro 1996

World Cup 1998

Euro 2004

World Cup 2006

Euro 2008

Who is England’s most capped player at Under-21 level, with 46 appearances?

Scott Carson

Danny Rose

Fabrice Muamba

James Milner

UFC fighter Justine Kish lost to Felice Herrig at the weekend. What was unusual about the fight?

They are sisters-in-law

Herrig closed her eyes to lure Kish forwards and then knocked her out with one punch

Herrig was Kish's former coach until she decided she could make more money fighting

Kish pooed herself during the bout

A fortnight ago Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: "I've been hacked! Be careful out there." What did he post this week?

A tweet in which he called the team's manager "a waste of space and money"

Pictures of a star player's contract, including his salary and phone number

A tweet in which he called Donald Trump an "ugly, dumb-ass, no-good punk"

A picture of a naked woman

Claudio Bravo became Chile's hero in the Confederations Cup semi-final when he saved all three of the penalties he faced in the shootout against Portugal. How many saves did he make for Manchester City in 2017?





Nigel Benn and Steve Collins have agreed to fight each other for a third time later this year. When were their first two fights?





According to John McEnroe, where would Serena Williams be in the world rankings if she played on the men's tour?

"Just below the big four"

"Top 20"

"In the top 100"

"Like 700"

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          CNN Proven Very Fake News, Dollar Tanking, Yellowstone Could Blow   
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 290 6.30.17) A CNN producer and a top on air talent were both caught on hidden camera admitting the so-called Trump collusion story was a “nothing burger,” “pretty much BS” and was being followed “because of ratings.” Project VERITAS produced the videos that aired just after CNN was forced to […]
          NYT Retracts Claim That ’17 US Intelligence Agencies’ Verified Russian DNC Email Hack   
The New York Times has retracted its claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic emails in an effort to influence the 2016 election in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump.
          Fake Story Scandal: How Russia Obsession Led CNN into a Trap   
Obsessed with Trump and "Russia’s threat," CNN has downgraded in front of our eyes into a vulgar, lowbrow network. Step by step it is moving to collapse.
Daily Kos

          The NRA and American fascism   

From Daily Kos:

...Since Donald Trump’s election, the organization of gun manufacturers and retailers known as the National Rifle Association has found it difficult to raise sufficient levels of paranoia. Gun sales are way down, and the highly profitable AR-15 style assault rifles that were snapped up when right wing media could simply point their cameras at a black man running the country, have been gathering dust.

How can the NRA restore sales? By convincing half of America to declare war on the other half.

Using quick cuts and black and white images, the video splices together incidents from across years and across the nation to make it appear as if America is already embroiled in a civil war. Though most of the images are of nothing but people marching or standing at protests, the fast cuts and violent language send clear signals of danger and threat.

Those images, of course, include an injured man in a Donald Trump T-shirt and a waving American flag. The injured man is from a scuffle that took place more than a year ago between groups of pro and anti Trump protesters, but in the video both the man and the flag are examples of how they are after us.

With more than 1 gun per person in the United States, and sales falling, the NRA clearly feels that they need to do something to bolster their “brand.” Civil war seems like just the ticket to sell a lot of guns. And even more ammo.

James O’Keefe‏: “Most overlooked part of #AmericanPravda [is how CNN] selectively edited segment to make Trump voters look bad.” [VIDEO]
          Chicago Facing Bankruptcy but Spends Taxpayer Money to Place ‘Real Fake’ Statue in Front of Trump Tower   
Chicago Facing Bankruptcy but Spends Taxpayer Money to Place ‘Real Fake’ Statue in Front of Trump Tower
South Carolina threatening to sue if Trump doesn’t end Obama-era program protecting undocumented immigrants
 General Headlines sections Local sections Your interests Sources Feedback Help Top Stories More about Donald Trump Mika Brzezinski Morning Joe Joe Scarborough Morning Joe’ Hosts Respond to Trump’s Tweets: ‘We’re OK. The Country’s Not’ NBCNews.com 1h ago  Related Coverage Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me […]
          Creating Enlightened Society   
Creating Enlightened Societyexploring the biological basis of how cultures change by Shastri Donna Williams This morning after reading about a possible reversal by the Trump Administration of a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve been studying, as a possible cheering-up tonic. I’ve recently been reading and […]
          Fausses nouvelles sur Facebook : savons-nous vraiment comment les identifier?   

Plus de trois semaines après l’élection du président Trump chez nos voisins américains et les médias continuent de documenter le rôle des réseaux sociaux dans cette campagne… pour le moins spectaculaire. On discute des fausses nouvelles, on découvre dans certains cas les « fermes à clics » : le cas de l’élection...Lire plus...

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          An Oceanside minister supported Trump. Now, he's getting deported   

Jorge Ramirez, an Oceanside minister and immigrant who is in the country illegally, didn’t think he would end up in line for deportation when he encouraged his U.S. citizen daughter to vote for now-President Trump.

In an interview at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, Ramirez — who said he holds conservative...

          Less chaos expected as new travel ban takes effect    
After months of wrangling, tighter restrictions on travel to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim nations take effect Thursday evening after the Supreme Court gave its go-ahead for a limited version of President Donald Trump's plans for a ban.
          White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit    
The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit next week in Germany.
          Trump mocks TV host: 'bleeding badly from a face-lift'    
President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the brains, looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. His latest crude broadside against a woman's appearance set off a storm of protest from Republicans and Democrats alike and did nothing to advance his struggling policy agenda.
          RISE: Travel ban criteria set; deploying Trump; ump saves a life   
The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.
          Tweets reveal President Trump's true nature   

Keep those tweets coming (“Trump inspires 2-party backlash,” June 30). We Americans frequently display frighteningly short memories. These presidential tweets are needed reminders that the writer is, and always will be, an ill-informed, mendacious, thin-skinned, mean-spirited and egotistical misogynist.

          Feds don't care about clean water so now it's up to us   

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble is correct: States and localities not only should but must have their own plans for maintaining clean water – especially when a president like the one currently in office doesn’t have a clue (“Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water...

          Trump names Marylander with little elections experience to controversial elections panel   

The Trump administration has appointed a Marylander to a controversial panel probing alleged voter fraud in last year's presidential election even though the veteran state official has little-to-no experience in elections. Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, a former Baltimore County school board member, was quietly named last week to Trump's Election Integrity Commission, a 15-member, bipartisan panel President Donald J. Trump created with an executive order in May after alleging millions voted illegally for his opponent.

          300 years of fraternal history   

Around midsummer 1717 the first masonic Grand lodge is said to have been created in London. Although the event is not documented in any primary sources, freemasons across the globe – and there are between 2 and 3 millions of them – celebrate this tercentenary with a host of special events: concerts, exhibitions and parades. But what role has the fraternity played in history?

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          Trump administration approves permit to construct Delta Tunnels   
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The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.


          Краткий обзор модельных брендов   
Основные производители Следует выделить среди всех трех основных производителей моделей-копий в масштабе 1:35 германской бронетехники периода Второй мировой войны: Тамиия, Итальери и Дрэгон. Лидирующее положение занимает конечно же Тамия. С точки зрения качества изготовления, уровня деталировки и соответствия прототипам модели Тамии могут служить эталоном. Правда относится это лишь к последним изделиям японской фирмы. До сих пор в продаже имеются старые модели 70-х годов «издания», когда японцы увлекались дистанционным управлением. Помимо неадекватного уровня деталировки, днища корпусов тех моделях сделаны так, чтобы было возможно монтировать электродвигатели - то есть абсолютно не копийно. Стоит также принять во внимание высокую стоимость изделий Тамии, порой в несколько раз более высокую, чем модели к примеру Итальери. Модели Итальери в наибольшей степени отвечают критерию стоимость-эффективность: высокое качество отливок, приемлимый уровень деталировки, хорошее совпадение с чертежами при сравнительно небольшой стоимости. Фирма Дрэгон в последние годы ударными темпами поставляет на модельный рынок копии бронетехники периода Второй мировой войны. Данный факт можно было бы только всячески приветствовать, но, увы, точность и уровень деталировки моделей долгое время сохранялся на уровне 70-х годов. Первой приемлемой по качеству копией от Дрэгона стала модель штурмового орудия StuG III Ausf. В. С тех пор качество дрэгоновских поделок постоянно растет. Модели в стиле «High tech» Одним из самых необычных игроков на модельном рынке является фирма Gunze Sangyo. Свои модели фирма позиционирует как «High tech». В наборы этой фирмы входят литые пластиковые и металлические детали, точеные металлические детали и детали полученные по технологии фототравления. Некоторые модели марки Gunze Sangyo действительно отвечают самым высоким критериям качества, но для других -High tech всего лишь рекламный слоган. Особенно «радует» стоимость моделей -от 60 фунтов стерлингов, к примеру цена модели «Пантеры» Ausf. G зашкаливает за 100 фунтов. Справедливости ради надо сказать, что копия «Пантеры» - это действительно High tech. Небольшие специализированные производители В мире существует масса фирм и фирмочек, которые специализируются на выпуске конверсионных наборов и наборов аксессуаров к моделям фирм-гигантов или же занимаются производством копий редких образцов бронетехники, которые никто другой не делает. Как правило, мелкие фирмы используют материалы типа эпоксидной смолы, полиуритана, белого металла и т.д. Качество у разных фирм сильно варьируется, но общее у них одно - высокая стоимость. Наиболее профессионально работает шотландская фирма Accurate Armour, качество изделий поклонников виски превосходит качество большинства промышленных моделей. Как правило наборы фирмы Accurate Armour представляют собой комбинацию фототравленых деталей, деталей из эпоксидки и белого металла. Изделия фирмы отличает не только высокое качество, но и исключительно точное соответствие прототипам. Фирма Armour Accessories не поддалась всеобщему увлечению панцер-ваффе и ограничилась производством полуфантастической машины Mincnraumer. Модель представляет собой комбинацию деталей из эпоксидки, белого металла и фототравленки. Ассортимент французской фирмы Azimuth/ADV, наоборот, в значительной степени представляет собой модели германской бронетехники. Качество эпоксидных отливок этой фирмы вполне может считаться лучшим среди мелких производителей, но качество отливок из белого металла сильно «гуляет» от модели к модели. Обычно в набор входят и детали, изготовленные методом фототравления. Исторически достоверную информацию о танках и самоходках дают снимки военного времени. На снимке - трофейный итальянский бронеавтомобиль одного из подразделений вермахта. Фотография дает неплохое представление о рисунке камуфляжа и степени и характера загрязнений машины. Cromwell Models - еще одна шотландская фирма с очень обширным ассортиментом качественных моделей. Особо можно выделить серию моделей «Пантер», некоторые из которых откровенно дублируют копии модельных гигантов. Интересная особенность наборов от Cromwell Models - все модели на 100% сделаны из эпоксидки. Качество литься, при этом, удается получать высочайшее. Фирма Mini Art Studios из Гонгконга выпускает как конверсионные наборы, так и полноценные модели. Уже первые модели этой фирмы - германские полевые орудия многие посчитали лучшими в мире эпоксидными копиями. Изделия фирмы Scale Model Accessories по технике исполнения близки продуктам фирмы Azimuth/ADV. Качество эпоксидных деталей находится на довольно высоком уровне, чего не скажешь об отливках из белого металла. Фирма Sovereign Models также производит фигурки солдат, выполненные из белого металла. Стоимость наборов - достаточно скромная: 30-50 фунтов стерлингов. Бельгийская фирма Precision Models из Бельгии выпускает ограниченным тиражом модели полевых и противотанковых ушек, изготовленные в основном из эпоксидки. Очень точные и прекрасно деталированные модели довольно сложны в сборке. С точки зрения копийности, тем не менее, они не имеют равных. Фирма AL.BY из Франции ограниченными тиражами подпитывает рынок моделями германской техники. Качество и копийности фирма старается удерживать на уровне мировых стандартов. DES - еще одна французская фирма, которая также работает в жанре limited edition и специализируется на немцах. Модели имеют неплохое качество. Фирма Verlinden в представлении не нуждается. Среди мелких (если Верлинден можно считать мелким) производителем фирма занимает место, аналогичное Тамии в «большом» модельном мире. Германские фирмы Hecker & Goros и Puchala выпускают выполненные из белого металла копии полевых, противотанковых и зенитных пушек. Большинство моделей сделано в нетипичном масштабе 1:32, что во многом снижает интерес к этим фирмам. Стоит отметить, что последнее время на модельном рынке появляются новые бренды, например, HOBBY BOSS /дочерняя компания TRUMPETER/, которые стремительно теснят корефеев модельного бизнеса, как в ценовом диапазоне, так и в качестве, а главное в соотношении цена/качество.
Модель Королевского тигра от FORCE OF VALOR изготовлена из металла и если взять ее в руки, то чувствуется, что в руках вещь для взрослого дядьки, которая достойна места на полке коллекционера. KING TIGER от EASY MODEL по сути является собранным и покрашенным "китом" от TRUMPETER. Проработка всей мелочевки примерно одинаковая, но благодря тонировке модель от FORCE OF VALOR выглядит интереснее, чем EASY MODEL "овский тигр. Хотя тонировка - это , конечно, на любителя. Части траков, которые закреплены на башне и камуфлированный окрас ТИГРА от EASY MODEL выглядят приятно и реалистично. Фигурка танкиста на Тигре от FORCE OF VALOR - замечательно оживляет модель. Благодаря тонировке нанесенной на Тигр FORCE OF VALOR выглядит объемно и реалистично. В данном ракусе видна проработка циммерита на Тиграх. Циммерит на KING TIGER от FORCE OF VALOR выглядит более объемно и нанесен не идеально ровно, как на KING TIGER от EASY MODEL. Обе модели имеют резиновые гусеницы, пожалуй единственное отличие,которое сразу бросается в глаза - прокрашенные бондажи на KING TIGER от FORCE OF VALOR. Тонировка,которая есть на Тигре Force of Valor может быть и плюсом и минусом при покупке, любителям моделей "только с завода", без имитации сколов и прочих потертостей однозначно стоит обратить внимание на модель от Easy Model. Кроме того, Easy Model имеет более широкий ассортимент моделей и их модификаций чем Force of Valor, одних только KING TIGER у Easy Model более 5 модификаций. Большим плюсом EASY MODEL является сравнительно низкая цена. Обе модели выглядят отлично! Оба отлично выглядят, щеголяют хорошей деталировкой. СТАТЬЯ НАПИСАНА СПЕЦИАЛЬНО ДЛЯ МАГАЗИНА WWW.HOBBY.NET.UA ИСПОЛЬЗОВАНИЕ МАТЕРИАЛОВ ВОЗМОЖНО ТОЛЬКО ПРИ НАЛИЧИИ АКТИВНОЙ ГИПЕРССЫЛКИ НА МАГАЗИН WWW.HOBBY.NET.UA
          Trump abandons plans for order tightening food aid shipping rules: sources   
President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday. Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering is...
          ‘How do you find your way home each night?’ Olbermann prods Jack Kingston for ‘voter integrity’ shilling   
As states line up in opposition to President Donald Trump’s “voter integrity” commission (that many accuse of promoting voter suppression), one former GOP congressman is accusing them of “Democratic anarchy” — a comment that Keith Olbermann found hilarious. “...
          Here's how the US empire will devolve into fascism and then collapse - according to science   

A sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump. Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University, first predicted in 2000 that the "U.S. empire" would wither away within 25 years, but he moved up that forecast by five years with the election of President George W. Bush, reported Motherboard .

          The Latest: Hawaii seeks 'close family' clarification   

Map locates the countries included in Trumpa TMs travel ban; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; . FILE - In this May 15, 2017 file photo, protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle.

          The Latest: Hawaii seeks 'close family' clarification   

Map locates the countries included in Trumpa TMs travel ban; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; . FILE - In this May 15, 2017 file photo, protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle.

          States refuse Trump panel request for voter information   
A growing number of U.S. states refused on Friday to give voters’ names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission created by President Donald Trump to investigate alleged voter fraud, saying the demand was unnecessary and violated privacy. “This commission was formed ...
          White House drops plans for excutive order to tighten food aid shipping rules   
Trump was considering increasing to 100 percent the current requirement of 50 percent of such aid be transported on U.S.-flagged vessels.
          Eric Trump charity under increasing scrutiny over lies about who got money   
The New York investigation into the charity run by one of Donald Trump’s sons is likely to expand in light of a new report by the journalist whose writing launched the probe. Following a Dan Alexander report on “self-dealing” at the Eric Trump Foundation published by Forbes, New Yo...
          Joe Scarborough says Trump was so impressed with Mika’s ‘facelift’ he asked for the doctor’s name 10 times   
Donald Trump was so impressed by Mika Brzezinski’s cosmetic surgery, he repeatedly asked the MSNBC host for her doctor’s name, Vanity Fair reports. In a new report on the incident, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski recall when they attended the infamous Mar-a-Lago News Year’s Eve party where Brzez...
          Trump Labor Dept wants pay to decide overtime, but not at Obama level   
The U.S. Labor Department on Friday defended its authority to use salary levels to decide who was eligible for overtime pay but distanced itself from an Obama administration rule that greatly expanded the number of qualifying workers. Under U.S. President Donald Trump, the Labor Department has conti...
          Trump may end White House Council on Women and Girls: report   
President Donald Trump may officially shut down the White House Council on Women and Girls, an office tasked with liaising between women’s groups and monitoring federal policy impacts that has been effectively defunct since he took office. Officials said Friday the White House is reviewing the...
          Sarah Huckabee Sanders blames Chicago crime on a lack of ‘morality’ there   
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an off-camera press briefing on Friday, saying that the press office doesn’t want to overshadow an announcement of a new executive order by President Donald Trump. However, in her short 16-minute appearance off-camera, Sanders mana...
          Several states won't comply with Trump administration's voter fraud information request   
Officials from several states said they would not comply with the Trump administration voter fraud commission's request.
          Busy Putin will ‘try’ to make time for Trump: Kremlin   
The Kremlin has underlined that the planned meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, will have to hinge on Putin’s busy schedule. Both leaders will attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany next month—an occasion that has long been touted as their first chanc...
          Johnson Amendment under fire from House Republicans   
President Trump has promised religious conservatives he will “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a part of the tax code that bars churches from campaigning for or donating to specific political candidates. In a largely overlooked move, House Republicans have taken the most concre...
          Trump administration denies visas to all-girl Afghan robotics team — but gladly accepts their robot   
Six Afghan girls who are members of an all-female robotics team were denied a one-week travel visa to participate in an international robotics competition in Washington D.C., Forbes reports. The Team Afghanistan teenagers hoped to visit the United States to escort their ball-sorting robot, which was...
          What it was like shooting Donald Trump for the cover of Newsweek he has on the wall in Mar-a-Lago   
What is it like photographing Donald Trump for a magazine cover that’s not fake? Well, as the person with the camera, you’ll probably be his best friend for the hour or more that you’re with him, according to a photographer who has had the honor of shooting the president. Acclaimed photographer Jaso...
          'Morning Joe' hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough suggest White House threatened blackmail   
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also say they're worried what Trump's Twitter rampages mean for the country.
          Beware of Trump steel tariffs’ ‘slippery slope,’ ex-Commerce secretary says   
Trump has "absolute authority" to cite national security concerns in order to impose tariffs on steel imports, Carlos Gutierrez told CNBC.
          Trump's Labor Department wants salary to count on overtime rule   
The Labor Department said Friday it wants salary level to count in deciding who is eligible for overtime pay.
          Highs and Lows: Trump's golf course driving, dog chases owner in ambulance   
Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist and Dylan Dreyer run through the Highs and Lows of the week, including the gorilla dancing in a pool of water at the Dallas Zoo, President Donald Trump breaking etiquette by driving a golf cart on the green at one of his courses, the dog chasing his owner after he was taken away in an ambulance, and the mom having way more fun at college than her daughter.
Для любителей советской техники март 2013 года приподнесет пару новых и интересных моделей от TRUMPETER. 01529 – BMP-3F IFV 02333 – Soviet D-20 152mm Towed Gun-Howitzer Кроме советской техники трумпетер выпустил : 04553 - 1/350 - USS FORT WORTH (LCS-3) 07104 - 1/35 - ISRAEL MERKAVA MBT III
          Trump advisor Cohn asks South Korea's Moon to help with China's 'many predatory practices'   
National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn asks South Korean President Moon Jae-in for help in working with China.
          President Trump Meets with S. Korea's President Moon   
President Donald Trump and South Korea President Moon speak to the press at the White House following the first set of bilateral meetings between the leaders.
          Trump pledges to work with South Korea on the 'menace' of North Korea   
Trump meets with South Korea's Moon, says the era of strategic patience with North Korea "is over."
          Re: I suppose you think Trumps wall and imigration ban (Truther)   
          I suppose you think Trumps wall and imigration ban (Anonymous)   
Трумпетер объявил список новинок на май-июль 2013 года! Много горячих новинок для любителей советской БТТ. 01579 – T-64A Mod.1981 01594 – Russian BTR-80 APC 01012 – Russian URAL-4320 Truck 01568 – KV-8S Welded Turret 02324 – Soviet ML-20 152mm Howitzer w/ M-46 Carriage 01529 – BMP-3F IFV 02333 – Soviet D-20 152mm Towed Gun-Howitzer
          'The first hint Trump will be tough on Pakistan'   
'In the past the US has been reluctant to name Pakistan directly in an US-India joint statement.''Whether the United States is actually prepared to pu...
          Modi's paisa vasool US trip   
'The choreography of the Modi-Trump hugs has already been much analysed: The curvature of the arm as it moves, the initiation of the embrace, the gain...
          Updated North American trade deal could boost U.S. chemical exports   
Manufacturers urge Trump negotiators to increase market access

          Trump's travel ban on 6 Muslim countries comes into effect   
United States President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect from Thursday. Officials said ...
          29.09.2013 ИТОГИ ПРОШЕДШЕГО МАСТЕР-КЛАССА   
Борис Игнатко менеджер по продажам www.hobby.net.ua С уверенностью могу сказать, что мероприятие состоялось, и однозначно удалось! Приятно видеть старых друзей-моделистов, и новых! Темой прошедшего мастер-класса была: "Работа с аэрографом и красками "ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО". Во время мастер-класса запорожские моделисты смогли лично убедиться в качестве новых украинских красок для сборных пластиковых моделей, понять, как легко можно сделать цветовую модуляцию, а так же задать любые другие вопросы, связанные с моделизмом "тест-драйв" пилоту нашего магазина Мацкому Александру Две модели, которые Александр собрал для того, чтобы наглядно показать какой результат можно получить используя краски ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО: 1/35 DRAGON - TIGER I Конечно, в данной модели мало что осталось от оригинального "драгоновского набора", но в данном случае акцент на покраске. Ведь модель покрашена шикарно, вот живой пример "цветовой модуляции" красками ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО 1/35 MINIART - T-70 Цветовая модуляция трофейного танка, смывки, и другие эффекты от AK-INTERACTIVE. Мастер-класс в самом "разгаре" Модель, на которой наш "тест драйв пилот" делился техникой нанесения цветовой модуляции красками ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО оказался МАЗ-537 в масштабе 1/35 от TRUMPETER! В принципе, все можно сделать в 6 этапов/цветов. Конечно, времени это занимает больше, чем может показаться при просмотре этой фотографии, но уверяю Вас, используя краски ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО Вы получите огромное удовольствие от покраски, и конечно же, реалистичный результат! Модель будет выглядеть классно, там где нужно светлее или темнее, не будет ощущения "плоской модели". Модель окрашена красками ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО. Как нам кажется, краски отлично попадают в цвет и имеют хорошую историческую достоверность. Специально для всех, кто хотел, но не посетил наше мероприятие - небольшое видео, которое передает атмосферу прошедшего мероприятия! Подведя итоги можно сказать, что краски ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО (водорастворимый акрил) отлично наносятся кистью и распыляются аэрографом (требуют разбавления водой, водкой, или фирменным растворителем.) P.S. Хочу поблагодарить нашего мастер-моделиста Александра, который провел сегодня отличнейший мастер класс! Саша, спасибо тебе! И, кстати, Сашу есть еще один повод поздравить, ведь он вчера ЖЕНИЛСЯ! ВЕСЬ АССОРТИМЕНТ ТОВАРОВ ХОББИ МАЛЯТКО ВСЕГДА В САМОМ ПОЛНОМ АССОРТИМЕНТЕ ЗДЕСЬ!
          DL Hughley On Donald Trump VS Mika Brzezinski   
          US-Erdgas: Lagerbestandsaufbau unter den Erwartungen   
Weitere News zum ThemaUS-Erdgas: Lagerbestandsaufbau unter den ErwartungenAVZ Minerals – Weltklassepotenzial des Lithiumprojekts Manono bestätigt!Trump will mit fossiler Energie den Weltmarkt dominierenAktuelle Wertpapier-Neuvorstellung aus dem Lithiumbereich startet gerade mit voller Wucht durchÖlpreise weiter gestiegen Die US-Erdgaslagerbestände sind in der Woche bis zum 23. Juni 2017 um weitere 46 Milliarden Kubikfuß gestiegen.
          Trump shades Cubs during White House visit: ‘Your team’s doing OK,’ and other Chicago news   

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, June 29, 2017.

          AVZ Minerals – Weltklassepotenzial des Lithiumprojekts Manono bestätigt!   
Weitere News zum ThemaUS-Erdgas: Lagerbestandsaufbau unter den ErwartungenAVZ Minerals – Weltklassepotenzial des Lithiumprojekts Manono bestätigt!Trump will mit fossiler Energie den Weltmarkt dominierenAktuelle Wertpapier-Neuvorstellung aus dem Lithiumbereich startet gerade mit voller Wucht durchÖlpreise weiter gestiegen Spektakuläre Entwicklungen meldet heute die australische AVZ Minerals (WKN A0MXC7 / ASX AVZ) von ihrem Lithiumprojekt Manono. Denn es zeigt sich, [...]
          Trump will mit fossiler Energie den Weltmarkt dominieren   
Weitere News zum ThemaUS-Erdgas: Lagerbestandsaufbau unter den ErwartungenAVZ Minerals – Weltklassepotenzial des Lithiumprojekts Manono bestätigt!Trump will mit fossiler Energie den Weltmarkt dominierenAktuelle Wertpapier-Neuvorstellung aus dem Lithiumbereich startet gerade mit voller Wucht durchÖlpreise weiter gestiegen S-Präsident Donald Trump will den Weltmarkt für Energie dominieren und setzt dafür auf Atomkraft, Kohle, Öl und Gas. “Wir haben für [...]
          Weißes Haus veröffentlicht Gehaltsliste von Trumps Mitarbeitern   
Wer verdient was in der US-Regierung? Das Weiße Haus hat eine Gehaltsliste aller 400 Mitarbeiter veröffentlicht. Trumps engste Berater bekommen am meisten, zwei Personen hingegen gar nichts.
          DL Hughley Responds To Donald Trump’s Twitter Rant   
DL HUGHLEY FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/RealDLHughley/videos/1896746950367633/
          Aktuelle Wertpapier-Neuvorstellung aus dem Lithiumbereich startet gerade mit voller Wucht durch   
Weitere News zum ThemaUS-Erdgas: Lagerbestandsaufbau unter den ErwartungenAVZ Minerals – Weltklassepotenzial des Lithiumprojekts Manono bestätigt!Trump will mit fossiler Energie den Weltmarkt dominierenAktuelle Wertpapier-Neuvorstellung aus dem Lithiumbereich startet gerade mit voller Wucht durchÖlpreise weiter gestiegen Dieser Titel ist der breiten Masse noch unbekannt, das wird sich in den nächsten Tagen aber definitiv und spektakulär ändern!
          Werde ich Kanzler, wird es keine Aufrüstung geben   
SPD-Kanzlerkandidat Martin Schulz sagt: US-Präsident Trump stellt die transatlantische Partnerschaft auf eine harte Probe. Es gibt kein einfaches „Weiter so“.
          Werde ich Kanzler, wird es keine Aufrüstung geben   
Donald Trump stellt die transatlantische Partnerschaft auf eine harte Probe. Es gibt kein einfaches „Weiter so“. Die Allianz muss eine der Fortschrittlichen sein, schreibt der Kanzlerkandidat in einem Gastbeitrag.
          Trump scheint sich im Innersten seiner Existenz vor Frauen zu ekeln   
Nach den üblen Twitter-Beleidigungen des US-Präsidenten gegen ein TV-Moderatorenpaar ist sogar der Republikaner-nahe Sender Fox schockiert. Nur Melania stellt sich hinter ihren Mann: Der sei nun einmal so.
          Trump sorgt mit neuer Beleidigung auf Twitter für Wirbel   
In der Serie von Donald Trumps frauenfeindlichen Twitter-Attacken gibt es einen neuen Höhepunkt. Wieder einmal greift der US-Präsident eine TV-Moderatorin an. Kritik kommt diesmal sogar aus den eigenen Reihen.
          Warum Trump jetzt Putschpläne für den Iran freigibt   
Jahrzehnte lagen Akten, die die Verwicklung der CIA in den Sturz des iranischen Premiers Mossadegh zeigen, unter Verschluss. Unter der Trump-Regierung werden nun plötzlich Dokumente freigegeben.
          Quote of the Day: Ignorant class war edition   
The Antiplanner takes Politico hack Richard Florida to task, for not understanding that he is making things worse, not better:
In fact, the real problem is that most of the policies advocated by progressives such as Florida, from high-speed rail to urban density, are aimed at making cities comfortable for what he calls the “creative class” (meaning the college educated) while shutting out the working class. Because he doesn’t understand this, many of his prescriptions will only exacerbate the political divide. 
Rather than say cities should be responsible for paying for their own projects, as Trump urges, Florida is more interested in social policy. Using growth boundaries to increase density drives out the working classes who can’t afford housing. Increasing the minimum wage to $15 drives out working class jobs. Building light rail to downtowns while letting streets crumble favors white collar commuters over blue collar workers. Agreeing to the Paris accords on climate change makes middle-class people feel good while it threatens working-class livelihoods.
This is actually how it goes with most of the SWPL policies beloved by the Establishment: they make things worse for the Middle Class while throwing benefits small or large to the Establishment, and the Middle Class has had about enough of it.  The Global Warming scam is only the biggest example, but anything labeled "green" or "smart growth" or the like is reliably a means to make the lives of the Establishment better at the expense of the Middle Class.

The fact that so many of the Establishment simply refuse to see such a basic fact tells you all you need to know about their perceptiveness.
          Donald J. Trump: what is it with the hands?   


This is U.S. President Donald John Trump

Who did Donald think he was channelling at the time?

a) The Pope

b) Jesus Christ

c) A kid from the 'hood

d) A well-known dictator

Correct answer

This is 'The Donald' we are talking about - so probably all of the above

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          Quotes of the Week   

"Globalisation can't be just about outsourcing and low wages"   [Jeff Immelt, Chief Executive Officer General Electric, quoted in Financial Review, 26 June 2017]

“In an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday, former President Barack Obama unloaded a relentless barrage of complete sentences in what was widely seen as a brutal attack on his successor, Donald Trump.” [Andy Borowitz writing in The New Yorker, 24 April 2017]

“Coal India—a government-back coal company–is reportedly closing 37 of its "unviable" mines in the next year to cut back on losses.
India is primed for an energy revolution. The country's ongoing economic growth has been powered by fossil fuels in the past, making it one of the top five largest energy consumers in the world. But it has also invested heavily in renewables, and the cost of solar power is now cheaper than ever. In some instances, villages in India have avoided coal-powered electricity altogether, and "leapfrogged" straight to solar power.” [ Journalist Ankita Rao writing in Motherboard, 24 June 2017]

          The Reality Show President   

People don't understand Trump because they don't understand Reality Television.

I have noted time and time again that Reality Television isn't real.  And many others have documented on YouTube and elsewhere how it is created.   You may not have a script with lines and direction, but you have suggestions and a rough outline.  You video your actors (and they are actors) for hours and hours and then in editing, using strategic cutaways, mood music, and snippets of conversations, create the story line you want.

The media is losing its collective mind over Trump - that is except Fox News.   Trump promises to save jobs at Carrier - and the jobs go away anyway.   And the number of jobs is pitiful to begin with.  Why is a President worried about 700 jobs at factory?   He promises to create new coal jobs and claims tens of thousands are "put back to work" in coal mines (what a treat!) when in fact, few, if any jobs have been created.   He claims that "clean coal" technology will save coal, in an era of dirt-cheap natural gas.   And in Mississippi, Southern Company decides to toss in the towel with "clean coal" as the technology simply doesn't work and the plant is converted to natural gas. 

But Trump continues with his Pepe-the-Frog shit-eating grin.  He doesn't seem bothered by the fact that the facts contradict almost everything he says or tweets.  Is he delusional?  Crazy?  Or just a reality television star?

Trump may be smarter than he appears, or at least more clever.   He doesn't really care about the 700 votes he'll get from Carrier employees (and likely lose, when their jobs go away).   What the rest of his supporters remember is that he "cared about the little man" and "saved jobs" even if the jobs weren't saved.   These are people getting their "facts" from Inforwars, not the New York Times.   So they believe that big coal is back on track, and Carrier is employing thousands more in Indiana, and Ford is building its new Focus in Detroit. 

With reality television, perception is the key, not reality.

In the Tee-Vee show, The Apprentice, people didn't actually work as an apprentice to Donald J. Trump.  They didn't "create a new hamburger" for Burger King.   If you believe this, you are a dolt.   What they did was get Burger King to sponsor the program, and then take a product that Burger King had already developed (or developed for the show) and then faked up a "contest" to have the "apprentices" appear to invent it.

But the plebes eat this shit up.  They all want to see the end part of the program where, in a conference room to the tune of dramatic music, Trump "fires" someone.   Of course it is all fake.  I mean, Celebrity Apprentice?   You really think Jay-Z is going to work every day at Trump Tower as Donald's butt-boy?

These are the kind of people who vote for Trump - people of low intellect who think reality television is real, or that American businesses are like The Jetsons, where someone gets "fired!" every week.  The reality of American business is that if you fired everyone who lead a project that was unsuccessful, you'd fire your entire staff every year and have a horrendous turnover rate.   Not all projects succeed, that is a given.  Which is why research is so expensive.  But then again, the projects and research on The Apprentice are all fake and the outcomes predetermined anyway.

This is what Trump is selling - The Reality Presidency.   And his fans eat it up.  He tweets outrageous things and says even more outrageous things - and people sit on the edge of their seat to see what outrageous thing he says next.   And the folks who hate Trump watch twice as much as those who like him.

But unlike television, ratings don't count for much in a Presidency.   But again, maybe that is where his real genius lies.   He was only days into his Presidency when he formed his re-election campaign.   Trump knows where the real battle ahead lies, not in legislative or executive branch "accomplishments" but in selling a narrative to his core base that he is "getting things done" and "saving jobs for little people" even as he knows it isn't true.

In a way, it is so beautiful how this is constructed.  He's reduced the Presidency to its essential core - all appearance and no real action.   He is, to some extent, like the Queen of England - cutting the ribbon at a new Tesco, but not really controlling the government.

And that is what most people want out of a President.   Not policy wonkism or carefully thought out foreign policy.  They want a President who speaks out about issues that are important to them.  Who says things that staid politicians shy away from.   Whether or not this accomplishes anything is actually secondary, what people want to hear is that the President is thinking of them.

And maybe there is precedent for this.   Teddy Roosevelt said that the Presidency was a "Bully Pulpit" and he used his position to rail against corruption and the trusts.   And people ate it up, even if his progressive agenda didn't go too far - and his hand-picked successor unraveled much of it.  He was a populist President, and one that many folks thought might be a bit reckless.

Another Roosevelt used a similar technique to his advantage.   Franklin Roosevelt certainly won the hearts and minds of many folks during the Great Depression by talking about their problems, even if he came from the same wealthy patrician family as his distant cousin.   Many "New Deal" programs were later invalidated by the courts, and many historians and economists debate the real effect of things like the "National Recovery Act" in turning around the economy.   The point is - and was - he was a populist.  Herbert Hoover didn't engage the troubled working class and showed that he cared about their plight, but was standoffish and talked about economic policy as if it didn't affect real people.

I am not comparing Trump to the two Roosevelts, of course.  Even Teddy was far, far smarter than the Donald.  But if you read his biography, Teddy was, in part, a "reality" star, traipsing off to Montana in his Abercrombie and Fitch dudewear, trying to remake himself as a cowboy, rather than the fop he was known as.   Teddy Roosevelt built a tennis court behind the White House, but famously remarked that he would never allow a photographer to take his photo holding a tennis racket, but rather holding a gun.   He knew about how to groom a public image.

President Trump isn't nearly as smart, of course.   But he knows how to groom a public image, as indeed, much of his life has been sent selling himself as a "brand" to other people, particularly in recent years, where his vaunted real estate deals amount to little more than branding arrangements.

The media is getting it all wrong, if they think they can debunk Trump with "the truth".  His supporters don't care about the truth, they care about appearances.   And their perception of the truth is shaped not by witty editorials in the Huffington Post, The New York Times, or The Washington Post, which largely go unread by the masses of his supporters.    They are getting their "truth" from shadowy conspiracy theory websites, Alex Jones, and Fox News.   And very likely, in four years, they will vote again for Donald Trump.

And he might win, if the Democrats put up a "progressive" candidate like Elizabeth Warren, who by all accounts is a nice and sincere person, but doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of winning in the States that count.

And given that the Democrats seem to spend an awful lot of time these days cow-towing to Bernie Sanders, who isn't even  a Democrat, I suspect we may see eight years of Donald Trump.   Not because he will win, but because the Democrats will lose.

          So, let's take a look inside the factories that make Ivanka Trump's shoes. Oh dear [Scary]   
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          7/1/2017: WORLD: Nasty Trump tweet ‘shameful’   

UNITED STATES: The first tweet contained the typical name-calling fare from US President Donald Trump, labelling MSNBC’s talk show Morning Joe ’’poorly rated’’ and calling its hosts ‘‘low IQ Crazy Mika’’ and ‘‘Psycho Joe’’. But the second tweet, about...
          House Panel Advances Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan   
The Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday, despite concerted opposition from Democratic members of Congress.
          Morning Joe Hosts Accuse Trump of Blackmail   
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have accused President Donald Trump of effectively blackmailing them over a story that the National Enquirer was allegedly planning to publish. The Morning Joe...

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          Johnny Depp se omluvil za vtip o zavraždění Donalda Trumpa   
Herec Johnny Depp zavítal na nejslavnější britský hudební festival v Glastonbury. Čtyřiapadesátiletá hollywoodská hvězda se nechala příliš unést a před deseti tisíci hlav fanoušků začala vtipkovat o prezidentovi USA. A to tak nemístně, že hlavně Spojených států Depp vyhrožoval zavražděním. Den poté se za to omluvil.
          Trump's crude tweets: Would anyone else be fired?   
NEW YORK (AP) -- If President Donald Trump were anyone else, he&apos;d be fired, or at least reprimanded, for his latest tweets attacking a female TV host, social media and workplace experts say....
          Chaos erupts in the Oval Office   
A media frenzy ensued as President Trump met President Moon of South Korea.
          Mika Brzezinski-Trump row: White House accused of smear threat   
MSNBC's hosts say they were warned of a tabloid story unless they apologised to Mr Trump.
          Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries   
Strict visa rules now apply to people from six mainly Muslim countries, as well as all refugees.
          Trump’s Decorum Questioned By Shock Jock TV Host Jerry Springer   
Donald Trump

Yes, Donald Trump has proven to be just as unconventional as a President as he was as a candidate and businessman before that.

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          Republicans round on Trump over 'bleeding facelift' tweet   
Senior members of the president's own party criticise remarks he made against MSNBC journalists.
          Presidential mouthpiece?   
The downmarket US tabloid at the centre of Donald Trump's latest scandal has cheered for the president and mercilessly attacked his opponents.
The top US diplomat faces his greatest challenge so far, but his boss isn't making his job any easier.
          No longer shocking   
There's very little that is considered shocking in the age of Trump. But did the president cross a line?
          IT’S ON: Trump Says “Strategic Patience” is Over In Dealing with North Korea   
north korea

As the North Korean government continues its ridiculous international provocation, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that the world has had enough.

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