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On Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela and the El Mozote massacre


More than 900 peasants were murdered in and around several villages in the eastern province of Morazán. Most were old men, women, and children. At the Roman Catholic church in El Mozote, soldiers separated men from their families, took them away, and shot them. They herded mothers and children into the convent. Putting their American-supplied M-16 rifles on automatic, the soldiers opened fire. Then they burned the convent. Some 140 children were killed, including toddlers. Average age: 6.

In El Salvador, the Reagan administration, with Abrams as point man, routinely defended the Salvadoran government in the face of evidence that its regular army, and allied right-wing death squads, were operating with impunity, killing peasants, students, union leaders, and anyone considered anti-government or pro-guerrilla. Abrams went so far as to defend one of the death squads’ most notorious leaders, Roberto D’Aubuisson, who was responsible for the murder of Archbishop Óscar Romero while he was saying Mass, in March 1980.

And now, this very person is sent to execute Trump's foreign policy in Venezuela. Can you imagine where this is going to lead?
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #Venezuela #ElSalvador #ElMozote #Genocide #History #Insurgency #Intervention #Corruption #Crooked #ElliottAbrams #CivilDisobedience #CivilWar #NoWar #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism #CrookedSystem #ForeignAffairs #Politics #News
 

Facebook voids accounts during Moldovan election due to danger of fake news


Facebook said it dismantled scores of pages and accounts designed to look like independent opinion pages and to impersonate a local fact-checking organisation ahead of Moldova’s elections later this month.

The government said it welcomed any initiative to combat “fake news”, saying it did not check the private accounts of its more than 200,000 state employees.

Facebook stepped up efforts to combat disinformation, including accounts in Russia, Iran and Indonesia, over the last year after coming under public scrutiny for not doing enough to stem the spread extremism and propaganda online.
#Moldova #SovietUnion #USSR #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Corruption #Crooked #FakeNews #News #Politics #EUElection #EU #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 

US-American hunter pays to shoot rare Pakistani goat


"It was an easy and close shot. I am pleased to take this trophy," he said, according to The Washington Post.

Pakistan banned all local hunting of the goats in 2011, but allowed tourists to shoot 12 male goats per season in "community conservation areas".

The hunting tactic appears to be working, in 2015 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN) reclassified the goats from endangered to "near-threatened".
#US #USA #Pakistan #Wildlife #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Hunting #Trophyhunting
 

Third suspect in Skripal case detected as Denis Sergeev


Following a four-month joint investigation with our investigative partners The Insider (Russia) and Respekt (Czechia), Bellingcat can now reveal the true identity and background of this GRU officer, who operated internationally under the cover persona of Sergey Vyachaeslavovich Fedotov. In fact, this person is Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev, a high-ranking GRU officer and a graduate of Russia’s Military Diplomatic Academy.

During this period, which possibly overlapped with his last years at the Military Diplomatic Academy, Denis Sergeev, under his real identity, served as shareholder and/or managing director of eight Russian companies. These companies, all of which were liquidated between 2007 and 2012, were sham corporations with names mimicking names of other large companies registered in Russia. In most of the companies, Sergeev was the sole shareholder, while in two he was co-shareholder with other people, some of whom we also identified as GRU officers.
#UK #UnitedKingdom #Russia #GRU #Putin #VladimirPutin #Spetsnaz #Kremlin #England #Skripal #SergejSkripal #YuliaSkripal #Novichok #News #Politics
Third Suspect in Skripal Poisoning Identified as Denis Sergeev, High-Ranking GRU Officer
 

Mueller('s team) said Manafort should be jailed for 24 years


“Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars,” Mueller’s team said. “The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct.”

Mueller’s team said Manafort resorted to fraud to maintain a lifestyle of “lavish spending” – spanning multiple homes, luxurious rugs and an ostrich-skin leather jacket – after his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine dried up.

Jackson said Manafort had been caught lying repeatedly about his interactions with Kilimnik, which she said went to the “undisputed core” of Mueller’s search for any “links and/or coordination” between Drumpf’s campaign and the Russian government.

#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #Manafort #PaulManafort #Kilimnik #Decadence
 

Virginia Democrats spark controversy over late-term abortions


Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday by describing a hypothetical situation in a radio interview where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. That prompted accusations from prominent Republicans that he supports infanticide.

... Because the blackface debate simply wasn't enough, he had to pile up on his bad reputations. Why not? At the moment, his resignation would only be the least he could do.

"Republicans in Virginia and across the country are trying to play politics with women's health, and that is exactly why these decisions belong between a woman and her physician, not legislators, most of whom are men," Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said in a statement.

"What is happening in our country. This literally makes me sick to my stomach," tweeted Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in response to the video.

People said the same about the incarcerated children that were separated from their parents.
#Virginia #US #USA #AbortionRight #WomensChoice #MyBodyMyChoice #unbornLife #Feminism #WomensRights #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave
 

Jair Bolsonaro: Slayer of the indigenous people


“With Bolsonaro, the invaders are feeling more at ease,” Bitete Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, who lives on an Indigenous reserve, told The Intercept by telephone.

Last month, the image of a bullet-riddled metal plaque reading “National Indigenous Foundation, Protected Territory” made the rounds on WhatsApp, Brazil’s most popular messaging app. The sign marks the entrance to one of several villages in the vast Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous reserve, in a lawless region of the Amazonian state of Rondônia, near the Bolivian border.

Days after signing the decree, Bolsonaro tweeted a video clip of another one of his ministers who argued in a cable news interview that many of the existing Indigenous reserves were established using fraudulent documents, and called the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “spurious” and “treasonous.”
#Brazil #SouthAmerica #LatinAmerica #Bolsonaro #JairBolsonaro #IndigenousPeople #Discrimination #GreatRemovalAct #Jackson #AndrewJackson #NoDiscrimination #NoRacism #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism #Amazon #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Politics
 

Karl Marx memorial site in London vandalised for second time


"I wouldn't like to say who or why someone did it but it was clearly someone very critical of Marx and that part of history. I am just surprised that somebody in 2019 feels they need to and do something like that."

Moreover, this was the work of stupid idiots (most likely right-winged trolls) who don't know anything about his philosophy, his criticism, his work in general. There's never been any greater sign of stupidity from one side. Or did you ever hear about any acts of vandalism against the graves of right-winged philosophers? If yes, then tell me in the comments. Or otherwise, we have seen another symptom of a completely deranged political discourse, unfortuanately.

Ian Dungavell, the trust's chief executive, said that incident of vandalism on the Grade I-listed monument, which puts it on a par with the most important buildings in the country, was "very upsetting".

#Marx #KarlMarx #England #London #News #Vandalism #Troll #RightWing #RightWinged #LeftWing #LeftWinged #Philosophy #Communism #Socialism #Politics
 

Kardinal Müller bezeichnet Homosexuelle als von Gott ungewollt


Diese Statistiken aus der Glaubenskongregation, kritisiert Müller, würden beim bevorstehenden Gipfel außer Acht gelassen. "Wer sich nicht beherrschen kann, ist für das Priesteramt nicht geeignet. Schönreden nützt da nichts. Übrigens bin ich der Meinung, dass kein Mensch gottgewollt als Homosexueller geboren wird", sagte Müller.

Das Problem mit dem sexuellen Missbrauch ist, dass der Mensch nicht für das Zölibat gemacht ist, und man somit in eine widernatürliche Umwelt hineingerät. Infolgedessen werden junge Menschen in die Höhle des Löwen geleitet, wo sie den sexuell deprivierten Priestern schutzlos ausgesetzt sind. Wie es schon einmal erwähnt wurde, muss das Zölibat abgeschafft werden.
Bezüglich der Homophobie: Ist Gott somit doch fehlbar? Immerhin heißt es doch, dass ein jeder Mensch nach Gottes Vorbild geschaffen wurde. Wenn Homosexuelle also nicht gottgewollt seien, heißt das, dass die Kirche Homosexuelle nicht als Menschen erachtet (und selbst dann sind sie ja noch Gottes Schöpfung), oder müssen sie damit zugeben, dass Gott fehlbar ist? Das widerspräche doch demnach dem Wort der Bibel, oder? Ich bin dezent verwirrt und erwarte Antworten, gerne auch von Herrn Kardinal Müller.
#Deutschland #Kirche #Religion #Christentum #Kardinal #Papst #PopeFrancis #Pontifex #Homosexualität #GottesSchöpfung #Gott #God #News #Vatikan
 

Unionsfraktionschef Ralph Brinkhaus pocht bei Grundrente auf Bedürftigkeitsprüfung


Die Union wolle zielgenau den Menschen helfen, die hart gearbeitet hätten und am Ende mit der Grundsicherung auskommen müssten. „Wir wollen dabei sicherstellen, dass die Menschen auch nicht aus ihrem selbst genutzten und mühsam ersparten Häuschen ausziehen müssen, damit sie ihre Leistungen bekommen.“

Im Koalitionsvertrag sei die Grundrente zwar vereinbart, aber nur für diejenigen, sie wirklich brauchen. „Ohne eine Prüfung der Bedürftigkeit geht das nicht“, betonte Kramer. Es könne nicht sein, dass jemand, der zum Beispiel eine Erbschaft gemacht habe oder dessen Ehepartner gut versorgt sei, die Grundrente der Solidargemeinschaft bekommen soll, sagte der Präsident der Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA).

Kramer sprach sich in den Funke Zeitungen auch gegen eine verlängerte Zahlung des Arbeitslosengeldes aus. „Längere Zeit Arbeitslosigkeit zu finanzieren, ist falsch. Das würde keine Anreize setzen, um schnell eine neue Stelle zu finden.“

Und welcher Ansatz, wenn nicht die nahende Armut, ist denn der größte und erfolgreichste? Ich meine: Wenn man schon nciht jeden existenzbedrohenden Job annimmt, sollte man auch ruhig von der Hand in den Mund leben. Das finde auch ich nur fair.
#Deutschland #Rente #Grundrente #Respektrente #Grundsicherung #Armut #Brinkhaus #RalphBrinkhaus #SPD #CDU #Union #News #Politik #NieMehrCDU
 

Whale penis sold for $6,000


Mark Wilkinson, a specialist at Sworders, which auctioned off the giant pecker at its second annual “Out of the Ordinary” auction, told Atlas Obscura, “It’s basically the height of myself.”

At least he didn't say of his own.

Sworders, which is known for its quirky auctions, has also sold an Ice Age bear skeleton, a Victorian painting of two men dressed in drag, and a stage costume from Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour, according to the publication.
#News #UK #UnitedKingdom #England #Penis #MobyDick (No pun intended) #Auction #Whale #Cetacean #Genitals
 

My fellow journalists, are we really going to do this again?


https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1096540088102641664

Media promised better coverage of the 2020 race, and all I got was Kirsten Gillibrand’s fried chicken
By “this” I mean the shallow political journalism that equated what should have been a minor one-week mini-scandal over an email server with what should have been the story of the millennium, the American Experiment giving way to neo-fascism.

The publisher of the New York Times, which sits atop the American news pyramid, issued a much-discussed quasi-apology that seemed largely a mea culpa for ignoring Trump voters; remarkably the Paper of Record has never apologized for a) the day shortly before the election when it treated an ultimately inconsequential thing about those damned emails like the Second Coming of Watergate or b) the story also right before the election that falsely claimed the FBI had uncovered no Trump-Russia ties (when it actually had).

There were vague promises that campaign coverage would be more serious and less hijack-able by trivia once the 2020 race got underway. But that moment has now arrived, and it looks like the same people are covering this presidential election — with the same tired bag of tricks.
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/presidential-campaign-media-coverage-warren-klobuchar-gillibrand-fried-chicken-20190212.html
#news #politics #currentevents #media #journalism #election #MediaFail #DoBetter
 

Investigations continue, Kaepernick's participation in league uncertain


The league and Kaepernick’s lawyer sent out statements Friday saying that “the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances” and that a confidentiality agreement would prevent either side from commenting further.

The protests slowed down this season, as the NFL made contributions to organizations chosen by players and promised more attention to social justice issues. But the controversy reignited every time there was a development in the case.

While he has been away from the playing field, Kaepernick has become an advocate for battling social and racial injustice. On Thursday, a person with knowledge of the conversations told the AP that Kaepernick turned down a chance to join the fledgling Alliance of American Football , seeking $20 million or more from the upstart league that pays its players $225,000 over three seasons.

#NFL #NationalFootballLeague #US #USA #Kaepernick #ColinKaepernick #Racism #NoRacism #News
 

Merkel asks to China to involve in nuclear disarmament


"Disarmament is something that concerns us all and where we would of course be glad if such talks were held not just between the United States, Europe and Russia but also with China," said Merkel.

While pointing the finger at each other, both Washington and Moscow have also voiced concern that the INF -- a bilateral treaty between the US and Russia -- does nothing to constrain rapidly growing military power China.
#Gobal #Worldwide #China #INF #PRChina #Russia #US #USA #News #Politics #Xi #XiJinping #Jinping #Trump #DonaldTrump #Putin #VladimirPutin #Germany #Deutschland #Merkel #AngelaMerkel #War #NoWar #NuclearWar #ChemicalWarfare #NATO
 

State of New Jersey close to legalising weed


Multiple legislative and industry sources confirmed an agreement was in place on a bill that would tax marijuana by the ounce, rather than the contentious sales tax that had divided Murphy and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Those sources requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the deal.

“We don’t have a final deal," Scutari told NJ Advance Media on Friday night. "There still are more details to be worked out, but the two sticking points (taxes and a commission regulating the industry), we are there. But we are not finalized.”

Another major sticking point was how the state’s new cannabis industry would be regulated. The tentative deal would put an independent commission in charge of most aspects. In recent weeks, Sweeney has publicly said Murphy, a fellow Democrat, has been reluctant to support this idea, so lawmakers agreed the governor could appoint three of the five members of the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

#NewJersey #US #USA #LegalizeIt #Marihuana #Regulation #Weed #News #Politics
 

Trumpists misinterpreting songs of freedom


This is by far the most deranged version of Woody Guthrie's «This Land Is Your Land», which is a song that tells us that the earth, any space in the outside world belongs to no-one particularly but is in everyone's equal possession; that there are no borders, no lines between us, while a wall is the exact opposite to this. I don't know whether the author did this on purpose or out of utter stupidity.

Also, how does he deframe the line:
As I went walkin', I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said: 'No tresspassing'
But on the other side it didn't say nothin'
That side was made for you and me.

This other side would be the Port of Entry, or the seaside along which you can't build a border without bankrupting the entire country. And what about the airbound travel? There are multiple ways, even the Canadian border. This is so stupid in many ways...

#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #Twitter #Woodyguthrie #ThisLandIsYourLand #NoBordersNoNations #NoNationalism #noPatriotism #noBorders
 

Sarah Sanders' team interviewed by Robert Mueller's team


"The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them,” she said in a statement. Sanders has been critical of the Mueller investigation, echoing her boss's contention that it's a "witch hunt."

... But of course she didn't sit down with his team voluntarily, she has been told to, to tell what information she has got to offer about Trump's criminal record yet to publish. If she sat down with him voluntarily, she would have moved forward to Mueller's team.

Sanders' predecessor, Sean Spicer, was interviewed by Mueller's team in 2017. They've also questioned former communications director Hope Hicks.
#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #SarahSanders #Sanders #SarahHuckabeeSanders
 

On Trump's declaration of national emergency


(Please mind that this is a starkly liberal comment, and it reads this way completely.)
The declaration of a phony national emergency represents the biggest false flag in recent American political history. Sure, Ann Coulter peeks through the curtains seven times a night to spot the oncoming brown horde, but no serious person believes this rises to anything near the level of an actual crisis.

Drumpf and Trumpism have changed America to a country defined not by laws, rules, norms, constitutional boundaries, and small-d democratic governance but by the winds, moods, and impulses of the Drumpf thugocracy.

The Trumpternet is full of romanticized black velvet-quality illustrations of a muscle-bound Drumpf riding on tanks and smiting the unbelievers. A 300-pound man with ample moobs panting on a golf cart doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi. He needs this action to keep the dictator image alive.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #Comment #Commentary #CommentIsFree #Opinion
 

Chinese Man Worried You Can’t Have Respectful Debate About How Amazing Government Is Anymore


BEIJING—Lamenting the country’s widening political divide, local man Lei Chen admitted to feeling worried Friday that you couldn’t even have a respectful debate about how amazing the government is anymore. “We’ve become so polarized between people who believe we’re the best country in the world and people who believe… Read more...

Read more at: https://www.theonion.com/chinese-man-worried-you-can-t-have-respectful-debate-ab-1832652900

#humor #satire #news #theonion
 

Chinese Man Worried You Can’t Have Respectful Debate About How Amazing Government Is Anymore


BEIJING—Lamenting the country’s widening political divide, local man Lei Chen admitted to feeling worried Friday that you couldn’t even have a respectful debate about how amazing the government is anymore. “We’ve become so polarized between people who believe we’re the best country in the world and people who believe… Read more...

Read more at: https://www.theonion.com/chinese-man-worried-you-can-t-have-respectful-debate-ab-1832652900

#humor #satire #news #theonion
 

On Trump's declaration of national emergency


Put simply, Congress heard Drumpf's plea for emergency funding and used its primary authority under the Constitution — the power of the purse — to say no.

Instead, he announced a national emergency Friday morning that would allow him to draw $8 billion from the just-passed bill and other existing federal accounts to build the wall anyway, according to an administration official. Lawsuits will ensue, and the courts will have to decide whether and how to intervene in a power struggle between the other two branches.

Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., a former secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, said it would be improper for Drumpf to take money intended for other purposes and shift it to building a wall.

That's the first time I heard something of her after taking office in the House of Representatives.

#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #NationalEmergency #BorderWallCrisis #Unconstitutional
 

Nigerian general election postponed to 23rd February


The presidential and national assembly elections will now be held a week later on Saturday Feb. 23. State governorship and legislative elections, originally slated for Mar. 2 have also been postponed to Mar. 9.

Indeed, despite several assurances of its readiness for the vote, INEC has faced difficulties over the past week as two of its offices have been gutted by fire in suspicious incidents.
#Nigeria #Africa #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Crooked #Corruption #INEC #News #Politics
 

SC deciding on legality of census citizenship query**


Furman’s ruling came in lawsuits brought by 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups challenging the Republican administration’s decision to include the question. The plaintiffs said the question would scare immigrants and Latinos into abstaining from the census, disproportionately affecting Democratic-leaning states.

Understandable.

New York was one of the states suing the administration. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said her office looks forward to defending the lower court victory at the high court, citing the “far-reaching and long-lasting effects” of a census undercount.

#Census #US #USA #SupremeCourt #SC #Politics #News
 
Tote Trottellummen: Suche nach der Ursache #Oldenburg #Ostfriesland #Inseln #aktuell #News #Nachrichten #Trottellummen #Seevögel #Nordsee #Massensterben
 

Judge releases gag order against Roger Stone


(Why does this gag order always sound like a bizarre SM game between two homosexual men? Seriously, they need to introduce a new term for such some orders against culprits)
Also Friday, Mueller's team released a filing in the case that included a tantalizing nugget suggesting federal prosecutors might have obtained "Stone's communications" with WikiLeaks, the website that dumped stolen Democratic emails during the election.

Jackson’s order in the Stone case doesn’t go as far as the one she issued in the fall of 2017 on Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates and their attorneys. There, she limited their commenting about the case just days after they were initially indicted in the Mueller probe.

“I am pleased that the judge’s order leaves my First Amendment right to defend myself in public intact," he said. "I will of course continue to be judicious about my comments regarding the case.”
#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #Stone #RogerStone #GagOrder
 

Schauspieler: Schauspieler Bruno Ganz ist tot


Bruno Ganz ist im Alter von 77 Jahren gestorben. Der Schauspieler starb in der Nacht zu Samstag in Zürich, wie sein Management bestätigte.

#schauspieler #bruno #film #alter #nacht #samstag #zürich #management #news #bot #rss
 

Schauspieler: Schauspieler Bruno Ganz ist tot


Bruno Ganz ist im Alter von 77 Jahren gestorben. Der Schauspieler starb in der Nacht zu Samstag in Zürich, wie sein Management bestätigte.

#schauspieler #bruno #film #alter #nacht #samstag #zürich #management #news #bot #rss
 

Pakistan approaches relations with MBS' Saudi Arabia


And security is being taken seriously - with Imran Khan making a point of saying that he is personally taking care of the arrangements. The visit comes amid heightened tensions in the region, after India blamed Pakistan for the deadliest attack on its security forces in Kashmir in decades.

Since he was sworn in last August, former star cricketer Imran Khan has been aggressively pursuing help from friendly countries in order to reduce the size of the bail-out package that Pakistan will likely need from the International Monetary Fund, under very strict conditions.

The crown prince's tour comes at a peculiar time for the kingdom, which is currently facing a global reputation crisis of its own due to the humanitarian catastrophe of its war in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate.
#Pakistan #SaudiArabia #news #Dependence #MBS #MrBoneSaw #MohammedBinSalman #CrownPrince #ForeignAffairs #Allies #Politics
 

30th anniversary of Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan


"I was in grade six and everything changed overnight, our school, our neighbourhood. The Soviets hadn't just invaded the country, they invaded our culture and religion too," he recalled.

"In the end, after nine years of fighting, we won. We defeated the Soviets, with few resources. And today, we celebrate that victory of Islam against the communists," he added with pride.

The nine-year-long Afghan war was too costly for the Soviet Union. An estimated 15,000 Soviet troops lost their lives, with more than twice that wounded.

#Afghanistan #SovietUnion #News #Politics #Intervention #Military #TroopWithdrawal #History #USSR #Islam #Religion #Islamism #Deconstruction #Poverty
 

"Discuss the TIMING and PROMOTION of their release" 🤨


https://twitter.com/AngrierWHStaff/status/1096550561187577856?s=19

Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/15/politics/roger-stone-wikileaks/index.html

#news #politics #currentevents

Twitter: Angry Staffer on Twitter (Angry Staffer)

 

A Defining Moment for the GOP

The upcoming vote on the emergency order will test the GOP’s commitment both to constitutional norms and to limited government. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abdication of his institutional and constitutional responsibility, who will step forward to make the case and organize other Republican senators to uphold the rule of law? Who will speak for the non-autocratic wing of the Republican party?
https://thebulwark.com/a-defining-moment-for-the-gop/

#news #politics #currentevents
 
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One morning Gregor McConnell woke up to discover he had stooped so low so many times that he woke up a cockroach.


#news #politics #currentevents
 

Teenage Team Of Girl Engineers Designs Solar-Powered Tent To Tackle Homelessness

Twelve students at San Fernando High School in Los Angeles teamed up with DIY Girls, an organization supporting girls in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, to create solar-powered tents for the homeless that can fold into a backpack for easy travel. The project forced the students to learn how to code, solder — and sew.

"When I first started high school, there would probably be like one homeless person living under the freeway by our school, whereas in our senior year, there were multiple tents," says Orozco, who herself grew up in a low-income family and is now a sophomore at Stanford University studying mechanical engineering. "Homelessness was definitely something that was close to our own hearts."

"The tent itself, when we were designing it, we wanted to make sure that it was easily portable and lightweight, along with being able to have the solar panel box. So on the box itself there are solar panels, and that solar panel is connected to an Arduino board, and that Arduino board was coded such that when a button was pressed, you can turn on the LED lights and the UVC lights to disinfect the inside of the tent. The solar panel itself is connected to a battery pack on the inside of the box."
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/02/11/solar-powered-tent-homelessness

#goodnews #news #homelessness #goodtrouble #feminism #STEM
 

Ärger mit der Fusion Karstadt Kaufhof


2600 Vollzeitstellen sollen nach der angekündigten Fusion mit Karstadt wegfallen. Weil viele Teilzeit arbeiten, sind die Jobs von bis zu 5000 Mitarbeitern bedroht. Viele Mitarbeiter in der Kölner Hauptverwaltung sind nicht nur verängstigt, sondern auch verärgert über das Vorgehen von Karstadt.

Verwunderung herrscht bei vielen Kaufhof-Mitarbeitern darüber, wie "gnadenlos" Karstadt Geschäftsbeziehungen mit jahrelangen Dienstleistern kappt. Manche Zulieferer stünden daher nun vor der Insolvenz, wenngleich dafür auch andere Gründe ausschlaggebend gewesen seien. Faktisch wird der ehemalige Konzernsitz von Galeria Kaufhof in der Kölner Leonhard-Tietz-Straße stillgelegt. Die Kölner Stadtverwaltung, vor allem Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker, wehrt sich bis heute gegen den Beschluss, kann ihn aber wohl nicht rückgängig machen.

#Karstadt #Kaufhof #News #Politik #Deutschland #Fusion #Kaufhaus #Insolvenz
 

Two comments on the Green New Deal

1. New York Times: The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Look Like

It is a technological exoskeleton for the species. Everything most of us do, we do through it: calling our parents, getting to work, moving for a job, taking the family on vacation, finding food for the evening or staying warm in a polar vortex.

Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider that we’ve been doing it all along, usually without owning up to it.

To the left of the Green New Deal, there will be louder calls to nationalize fossil fuels in order to leave them in the ground. (A carbon tax would be compatible with any of these visions, depending on who paid it and how the revenues were spent.)

2. American Conservative: Ignoring America's Abyss Of Debt

While currently the federal budget deficit is around $900 billion, beginning in 2022, it will exceed $1 trillion per year, every year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Over the next decade, deficits are projected to fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of GDP, well above the average over the past 50 years.

Still, whatever your position on a wall, it’s a bit strange to hear the House Freedom Caucus, supposed scourge of big budgets, castigating government for not spending enough. “Only in Washington, DC can we start out with needing $25 billion for border security measures and expect applause when we come up with $1.37 billion,” House Freedom Caucus leader Congressman Mark Meadows tweeted just days ago. “Once again Congress is not doing its job.”

It should go without saying that we can’t afford new programs by just printing money to pay for them, as freshman Ocasio-Cortez has proffered. Markets can handle unstable conditions for a long time, but eventually they break under the weight of debt and interest that far outpaces productivity. For many years, Greek and German sovereign bonds had nearly the same yields. When light was shed on Greece’s fiscal problems, however, interest rates spiraled and the country faced bankruptcy.

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Trump is healthy, but obese


At his physical exam last year, the 6-foot-3-inch Drumpf weighed 239 pounds, according to his doctor. Drumpf, who has a common form of heart disease, embarked on a mission last year to lose some weight.

"While BMI is not a perfect assessment of one's health, when someone is clinically obese and has other risk factors, that significantly raises the concern for having heart problems," said CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Last year's examination results revealed that, in addition to heart disease, Drumpf has high cholesterol for which he already had been taking a low-dose statin.
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Trump thought using EO power on immigrants is wrong


"Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress," Drumpf said in a tweet on Nov. 20, 2014.

The move will allow Drumpf to sidestep Democratic opposition to get more wall funding, but it could draw legal challenges from lawmakers and others who viewed the move as a power grab and something that violates the Constitution.

Obama's order followed an impasse with the Republicans in Congress, who during elections that month took control of both the Senate and House. The White House at the time said allow Obama's orders were steps to "fix our broken immigration system."

Now, compare this one to the time when Donnie failed to get his border wall bill through when Republicans held both, the House and the Senate: This was at a time when it should've been easy for him to reach it through. Obama used this power when Republicans held both as well, but he was a Democrat, so he faced a staunch opposition. Donnie had the possibly best outcome one could think of. This is a vast difference between those two.
Oh, and also, executing amendments in the Constitution is not unconstitutional, it's obviously what these amendments are for.
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Executing the 25th amendment is unconstitutional


Because executing articles that are written down in the Constitution has to be unconstitutional. Well... I don't know what to think about this.
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Tensions between India and Pakistan rise after car bomb attack in Kashmir


The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed a explosives-laden car into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force personnel on Thursday.

“The ministry of external affairs will initiate all possible steps, and I am here referring to all possible diplomatic steps, which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan,” Jaitley, the country’s finance minister, told reporters.
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TVA to close coal-fired plant


he decision could put 131 people out of work and will affect an additional 135 people who work in nearby coal mines that supply the plant, including one owned by a major Drumpf campaign donor.

"It is not about coal. This decision is about economics," TVA CEO Bill Johnson said. "It's about keeping rates as low as feasible."

Good luck! I already thought they were trying to derange a benevolent agenda. Good to know that they used it to show the real face of capitalism. ;-)

The decision continues the TVA's trend of retiring its aging coal-fired power plants in favor of cheaper and cleaner energy sources, including natural gas. In December, amid heavy rains and several plant outages, the TVA supplied more power from hydroelectricity and renewables than coal for the first time since the 1950s.
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On the potentially misleading MSNBC charts on unofficial president candidates


The poorly chosen title was a bit misleading: These are actually the potential candidates who are not running for president yet. They are still waiting on the sidelines. The candidates who have jumped in are much more promising on the matter of diversity: five women, two black candidates, one Latino, and a practicing Hindu.

The 2018 midterms, branded the Year of the Woman, brought democratic socialist and centrist women alike to Washington. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, is far to the left; Sharice Davids, one of the first two Native American women in Congress, is firmly in the middle. They are both still part of this historic freshman class.

But that need not always be true. The eagerness of Kamala and Elizabeth and Amy to leap into the 2020 fray, and the comparative consternations of Joe and Bernie, is to me a hopeful sign that the latter group recognizes they need to find a lane with more value than the disheartening truth that most American presidents up until now looked like them.
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Sister to English minister of foreign affairs, Rachel Johnson, goes topless on Sky News


‘Appearing across the media completely starkers to make various points about Brexit – leaving Britain naked.

At some point I wonder if the whole Brexit idea is just a media live scam that is used to distract the people from something much bigger, much more important. I mean - seriously? She goes naked on TV to be paid attention on her point of view, as a performed metaphor? This is just embarassing, nothing brave or fundamentally new. We already had this with someone else on TV, I may recall. To go naked on TV doesn't contribute to her idea anyhow.

‘Brexit is the emperor’s new clothes,’ she said, emphasising that she wanted to boil down her pro-EU stance into one ‘powerful message’.

#Britain #GreatBritain #England #Johnson #BorisJohnson #RachelJohnson #Exhibitionism #Nudity #Television #Brexit #HardBrexit #NoDealBrexit #WTO #WorldTradeOrganisation #Politics #News #EmperorsNewClothes

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/14/rachel-johnson-goes-completely-topless-live-brexit-debate-8631008/?ito=cbshare

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Rod Rosenstein is departing, giving unusual interviews to reporters


For those not privy to the ways of the media, it means Rosenstein is telling his story to reporters in a way that can’t be attributed to him. It’s a classic tactic some politicians and bureaucrats use to shape a legacy — without leaving their public fingerprints on the story line.

Rosenstein managed to escape testifying on these issues by using an “I’m too busy” argument and running out the clock on the Republicans who then controlled the House but gave up power on Jan. 3, after Democrats won the majority in the November election.

“Rod Rosenstein plotted against the president and obstructed congressional efforts to get the truth. He should be testifying before Congress, not giving rounds of press interviews to friendly reporters. As he leaves office, Mr. Rosenstein must cooperate fully with IG (Michael) Horowitz’s investigation into Justice Department media leaks. Democrats in Congress should insist on Mr. Rosenstein’s public testimony — a far better use of our time than the Lanny Davis-produced circus with Michael Cohen."

#RodRosenstein #Investigation #DOJ #Justice #Injustice #WilliamBarr #Barr #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Rosenstein #Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice
 

"Mr. O'Rourke, tear down this wall."


He said that the wall has not made El Paso safer and it only pushes migrants away from cities and ports of entry to more dangerous areas of the border.

"To end the scourge of illegal drug trafficking and the trafficking in human beings, let's invest in the infrastructure, the technology, and the personnel at the ports of entry to improve our quality of life and make this a safer country," he said Monday.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #ORourke #BetoORourke #ElPaso #Texas #PortOfEntry
 

Comment on the Laquan McDonald case and Jason Van Dyke's sentence


Why now? Because one fact sits there, for me, and vibrates. It has all along, and while I can’t vouch that it hasn’t been highlighted somewhere in the Niagara of articles and podcasts and TV specials and shadow puppet theater devoted to the case, I didn’t notice it and it seems germane now that Raoul is seeking to pile years of prison upon Van Dyke, which will neither reform the ex-cop, assuage the clannish moral blindness of a significant chunk of his former fellow officers, nor revive the dead teen.

Remember, he wasn’t a bigot shooting up a bar, or a commander torturing suspects. He was a cop, working. A scared cop, sure. Judgment impaired, obviously. Three years isn’t much for a life, and those who point out that it being a black life means some people value it a lot less are not wrong.
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Conservative activist prophesies Mueller's demise


Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is an ally of President Donald Drumpf. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, works in the White House as a strategic communications adviser. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Schlapp?
(Sing it in Janis' voice, it's funny indeed)

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Senate confirms William Barr as next Attorney General


Barr's confirmation followed an earlier vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance him after a committee hearing in which members pressed him about the Russia investigation.

One never runs out of bad news, huh?

Democrats worry that Barr might be a spy for President Trump at the Justice Department and they say that Barr hasn't promised unconditionally that he'll release a report by Mueller if the special counsel's office completes one.

The confirmation now starts a countdown clock for a full change of leadership at the Justice Department. Barr is to replace Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose next role is as yet unclear, and Barr also is expected to bring on a new deputy attorney general.

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On the Rohingya crisis, and late justice


Today, more Rohingya reside outside Myanmar than inside the country. The diaspora initially comprised Rohingya uprooted by decades of violence and institutionalized discrimination — including sporadic military campaigns and a denial of citizenship. This longstanding exodus has established outposts around the globe, including refugee camps in Bangladesh, as well as communities resettled in America, Europe and Australia.

For example, Rohingya-led news sites like the Kaladan Press Network, established in Bangladesh, and Rohingya Blogger, established in Germany, regularly report on violations perpetrated against the community in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The new Rohingya diaspora also has its own movements, groups like the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, which advocates, among other things, for more Rohingya involvement in running the camps in Bangladesh.

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