937: Stump the Algos

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June 11th, 2017
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Wikipedia
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 01:15
The FBI Director is appointed by the President and, since 1972, confirmed by the Senate.[2][3]J. Edgar Hoover, appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to the predecessor office of Director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924, was by far the longest-serving director, holding the position from its establishment under the current title in 1935 until his death in 1972. In 1976, in response to Hoover's lengthy tenure and during the Watergate era, Congress imposed a term limit of ten years for future directors, which was waived by the Senate for Robert Mueller on July 27, 2011 due to serious security concerns at that time.[8] Since 1976, Directors serve a ten-year term unless they resign, die, or are removed, but in practice, since Hoover, none have served a full ten years, except Mueller who served twelve years with the leave of Congress.
The Director can be removed from office by the President.[6] Since the Director serves "at the pleasure of the President", the removal from office can be either with or without cause.[citation needed ] After removal until a replacement is confirmed by the Senate, the Deputy Director automatically acts in the role. The appointment of the Deputy Director is not a presidential appointment and does not require Senate confirmation. The President can appoint an Interim Director pending Senate confirmation[9] or nomination of permanent Director.[10]
Bureau of Investigation chiefs and directors (1908 to 1935) Edit When the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) was established in 1908, its head was called the Chief of the Bureau of Investigation.[11] It was changed to the Director of the Bureau of Investigation in the term of William J. Flynn (1919''1921), and to its current name when the BOI was renamed FBI in 1935.
Finch, Stanley Stanley Finch 000000001908-07-26-0000 July 26, 1908 '' April 30, 19127003137400000000000' 3 years, 279 daysFirst Chief, then Director of the BOITheodore Roosevelt; William H. Taft2
Bielaski, A. Bruce A. Bruce Bielaski 000000001912-04-30-0000 April 30, 1912 '' February 10, 19197003247700000000000' 6 years, 286 daysWilliam H. Taft; Woodrow Wilson''
Allen, William E. William E. Allen 000000001919-02-10-0000 February 10, 1919 '' June 30, 19197002140000000000000' 140 daysActing DirectorWoodrow Wilson3
Flynn, William J. William J. Flynn 000000001919-07-01-0000 July 1, 1919 '' August 21, 19217002782000000000000' 2 years, 51 daysWoodrow Wilson; Warren Harding4
Burns, William J. William J. Burns 000000001921-08-22-0000 August 22, 1921 '' May 10, 19247002992000000000000' 2 years, 262 daysWarren Harding; Calvin Coolidge5
Hoover, J. Edgar J. Edgar Hoover 000000001924-05-10-0000 May 10, 1924 '' June 30, 19357003406800000000000' 11 years, 51 daysDirector of the BOICalvin Coolidge; Herbert Hoover; Franklin D. RooseveltFederal Bureau of Investigation directors (1935 to present) Edit The FBI became an independent service within the Department of Justice in 1935.[12] In the same year, its name was officially changed to the present-day Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, with J. Edgar Hoover receiving the current title of Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hoover, J. Edgar J. Edgar Hoover 000000001935-07-01-0000 July 1, 1935 '' May 2, 19727004134550000000000' 36 years, 306 daysDirector of the FBI; died from a heart attack at his Washington, D.C., home on May 2, 1972.Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry Truman; Dwight Eisenhower; John F. Kennedy; Lyndon Johnson; Richard Nixon''
Tolson, Clyde Clyde Tolson 000000001972-05-02-0000 May 2, 1972 '' May 3, 19727000100000000000000' 1 dayActing Director of the FBIRichard Nixon''
Gray, L. Patrick L. Patrick Gray 000000001972-05-03-0000 May 3, 1972 '' April 27, 19737002359000000000000' 359 daysActing Director of the FBIRichard Nixon''
Ruckelshaus, William William Ruckelshaus 000000001973-04-30-0000 April 30, 1973 '' July 9, 19737001700000000000000' 70 daysActing Director of the FBIRichard Nixon2
Kelley, Clarence M. Clarence M. Kelley 000000001973-07-09-0000 July 9, 1973 '' February 15, 19787003168200000000000' 4 years, 221 daysRichard Nixon; Gerald Ford; Jimmy Carter''
Adams, James B. James B. Adams 000000001978-02-15-0000 February 15, 1978 '' February 23, 19787000800000000000000' 8 daysAssociate Director of the FBI; Acting DirectorJimmy Carter3
Webster, William H. William H. Webster 000000001978-02-23-0000 February 23, 1978 '' May 25, 19877003337800000000000' 9 years, 91 daysJimmy Carter; Ronald Reagan''
Otto, John E. John E. Otto 000000001987-05-26-0000 May 26, 1987 '' November 2, 19877002160000000000000' 160 daysDeputy Director of the FBI; Acting DirectorRonald Reagan4
Sessions, William S. William S. Sessions 000000001987-11-02-0000 November 2, 1987 '' July 19, 19937003208600000000000' 5 years, 259 daysDismissed by President Bill ClintonRonald Reagan; George H.W. Bush; Bill Clinton''
Clarke, Floyd I. Floyd I. Clarke 000000001993-07-19-0000 July 19, 1993 '' September 1, 19937001440000000000000' 44 daysDeputy Director of the FBI; Acting DirectorBill Clinton5
Freeh, Louis Louis Freeh 000000001993-09-01-0000 September 1, 1993 '' June 25, 20017003285400000000000' 7 years, 297 daysBill Clinton; George W. Bush''
Pickard, Thomas J. Thomas J. Pickard 000000002001-06-25-0000 June 25, 2001 '' September 4, 20017001710000000000000' 71 daysDeputy Director of the FBI; Acting DirectorGeorge W. Bush6
Mueller, Robert Robert Mueller 000000002001-09-04-0000 September 4, 2001 '' September 4, 20137003438300000000000' 12 years, 0 daysGeorge W. Bush; Barack Obama7
Comey, James James Comey 000000002013-09-04-0000 September 4, 2013 '' May 9, 20177003134300000000000' 3 years, 247 daysDismissed by President Donald TrumpBarack Obama; Donald Trump''
Andrew McCabe000000002017-05-09-0000 May 9, 2017 '' present7001300000000000000' 30 daysDeputy Director of the FBI; Acting DirectorDonald Trump8
Christopher A. WrayNomineePending Senate confirmation
Donald Trump*Senate confirmation of nominee was required after 1972.
Since the office's inception, only two Directors have been dismissed: William S. Sessions by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and James Comey by President Donald Trump in 2017.
William S. Sessions Edit Just before Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993, allegations of ethical improprieties were made against Sessions. A report by outgoing Attorney General William P. Barr presented to the Justice Department that month by the Office of Professional Responsibility included criticisms that he had used an FBI plane to travel to visit his daughter on several occasions, and had a security system installed in his home at government expense.[14]Janet Reno, the 78th Attorney General of the United States, announced that Sessions had exhibited "serious deficiencies in judgment."[15]
Although Sessions denied that he had acted improperly, he was pressured to resign in early July, with some suggesting that President Clinton was giving Sessions the chance to step down in a dignified manner. Sessions refused, saying that he had done nothing wrong, and insisted on staying in office until his successor was confirmed. As a result, President Clinton dismissed Sessions on July 19, 1993. Sessions was five and a half years into a ten-year term as FBI director; however, the holder of this post serves at the pleasure of the President.[16]
Ronald Kessler's book, The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency, led to the dismissal by President Clinton of Sessions as FBI director over his abuses. According to the Washington Post, "A Justice Department official...noted that the original charges against Sessions came not from FBI agents but from a journalist, Ronald Kessler [who uncovered the abuses while writing a book about the FBI, leading to Sessions' dismissal by President Clinton]..."[17] The New York Times said Kessler's FBI book "did indeed trigger bureau and Justice Department investigations into alleged travel and expense abuses [by FBI Director William Sessions, leading to his departure]...[18]
Clinton nominated Louis Freeh to the FBI directorship on July 20. Then''FBI Deputy Director Floyd I. Clarke, who Sessions suggested had led a coup to force his removal, served as Acting Director until September 1, 1993, when Freeh was sworn in.[19]
Sessions returned to Texas where on December 7, 1999, he was named the state chair of Texas Exile, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing gun crime.
James Comey Edit On May 9, 2017, President Trump fired Comey after the recommendation of United States Attorney GeneralJeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney GeneralRod Rosenstein.[20] Rosenstein's memorandum to Sessions objected to Comey's conduct in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.[21] This was contradicted by multiple unnamed sources to news outlets, who said that Trump and high-level officials personally asked for Comey to be fired.[22][23] Comey was fired after he requested money and resources to expand the probe into Russian interference into the Presidential election.[24] Many members of Congress expressed concern over the firing and argued that it would put the integrity of the investigation into jeopardy.[25]
Comey's termination was immediately controversial, even being characterized as corrupt by some news commentators. It was compared to the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon's termination of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had been investigating the Watergate scandal,[26][27] and to the firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates in January 2017.
In the dismissal letter Trump stated that Comey had asserted ''on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation.''[28]This is disputed by reporting from multiple news agencies with multiple sources. According to the reporting, Trump had been openly talking about firing Mr. Comey for at least a week before his dismissal. Trump had long questioned Comey's loyalty and judgment. Moreover, Trump was angry that Comey would not support his claim that President Barack Obama had his campaign offices wiretapped,frustrated when Comey revealed in Senate testimony the breadth of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia's effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election and that Comey was giving too much attention to the Russia probe and not to internal leaks within the government. On May 8, 2017, He told Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein a directive to explain in writing a case against Comey. That directive was forwarded to Trump as a recommendation to dismiss Comey the following day, which Trump did.[29][30][31]
Comey first learned of his termination from television news reports that flashed on screen while he was delivering a speech to agents at the Los Angeles Field Office.[32] Sources said he was surprised and caught off guard by the termination. Comey immediately departed for Washington, D.C., and was forced to cancel his scheduled speech that night at an FBI recruitment event at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, California.[33]
In the absence of a Senate-confirmed FBI Director, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe automatically became the Acting Director.[34]
James Comey's Net Worth Ensures Fired FBI Director Won't Really Miss His Government Salary
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:43
James Comey might be newly unemployed, but he likely isn't broke.
The former FBI Director was fired by President Donald Trump Tuesday over his investigation into Hillary Clinton's private emails when she was secretary of state. "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions," the White House said in a statement.
Back when Obama nominated Comey for the job in 2013, the former prosecutor reported his net worth in Senate documents during the confirmation process. His net worth came in at $11 million, a figure that likely rose almost immediately considering he was due a $3 million profit-sharing payout from his former employer, the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, should he be confirmed to the post, CNN reported at the time. He worked as the firm's general counsel from 2010 through early 2013 and earned some $6 million in compensation his final full year with the company, according to Open Secrets.
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Comey likely took a serious pay cut during his time with the FBI. According to U.S. Office of Personnel Management documents, the FBI paid Comey a salary of $185,000 per year. That's still some $130,000 more than the median U.S. household income, but a pay cut nonetheless.
Comey apparently lost his job, in part, because of his leadership. "Over the past year... the FBI's reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice," wrote Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a memo recommending the director be fired.
Rosenstein also cited how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton's use of a personal email sever during her tenure as secretary of state. Clinton was cleared once well before the general election and again two days before the vote.
"I cannot defend the directors handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken," Rosenstein wrote.
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UK election 2017: Conservatives 'to fall short of majority' - BBC News
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:17
Image caption The results of the exit poll predict that the Conservative party could suffer a humiliating reduction in seats The Conservatives are set to be the largest party in the UK parliament, but may not have an overall majority, says the latest BBC forecast.
The survey a swing to the Labour Party in Thursday's general election.
This would be a humiliation for Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Mrs May to resign, but she signalled that the Tories would seek to stay in power.
"At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability," Mrs May said.
"And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability - and that is exactly what we will do."
Mr Corbyn earlier said: "If there is a message from tonight's results, it's this: the prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence."
"I would have thought that's enough to go, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country," he added.
The pound fell sharply in value after the exit poll was published. It is too early to say whether it is accurate.
Final election results are expected by Friday lunchtime.
The biggest shock of the night so far has been the Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg losing his seat to a Labour candidate.
He was deputy prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2015 in a coalition government with the Conservatives.
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A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 45.8 million people entitled to vote. A party needs 326 seats to have an overall majority.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May's party would be 12 seats short of an overall majority, the exit poll suggests Prime Minister Theresa May - who had a small majority in the previous parliament - called the snap election to try to improve her negotiation positions on Brexit.
But if the exit poll is borne out by results, analysts say the PM will have made a serious miscalculation.
Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party will gain 34 seats, according to the exit poll What did the exit poll say?To get an overall majority, one party needs to get 326 seats.
The exit poll, published after polling stations closed at 22:00 BST on Thursday, suggests the Conservatives will win 318 seats, a loss that would leave them eight seats short of an overall majority.
It suggests Labour will gain 35 seats, the Conservatives lose 13 seats, the Lib Dems will gain three and the Scottish National Party (SNP) lose 24 seats.
The Green Party would be unchanged with one seat and Plaid Cymru still have three MPs in Wales, according to the poll.
Northern Ireland has different political parties.
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Media caption BBC's Laura Kuenssberg: Theresa May has played a "high risk" political gameIn total, 30,450 people were interviewed as they exited from 144 polling stations across the UK.
The exit poll is traditionally more reliable than polls conducted throughout the election campaign, as it surveys people who have already voted and asks them what they chose, as opposed to speaking to people who may change their mind or may not actually go to the ballot box.
Image copyright EPA Image caption In Glasgow, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon voted at a local community hall Image copyright AFP Image caption Lib Dem leader Tim Farron looked cheerful despite the rain after voting in Kendal, Cumbria Why the election matters - it's all about BrexitThe election will largely determine the UK's negotiation policies in upcoming negotiations with the EU on Brexit.
Theresa May was against Brexit before last year's referendum - but now says there can be no turning back and that "Brexit means Brexit".
The reason the prime minister gave for calling the election was to strengthen her hand during the negotiations.
The Conservatives' priorities were set out in a 12-point plan published in January and the letter formally invoking Brexit in March.
The key elements include:
No longer being bound by EU law and European Court of Justice rulingsQuitting the EU single market and seeking a "comprehensive" free trade deal in its placeStriking trade deals with other countries around the worldThe Labour Party campaigned against Brexit in the referendum but now says the result must be honoured, and is aiming for a "close new relationship with the EU" with workers' rights protected.
The party has set out several demands and tests it says Brexit must meet. These include:
Aiming for "tariff-free access" to the EU single market, while accepting "unchanged access" is impossibleLeaving the option of the customs union on the tableRefusing to accept a "no deal" scenarioWhere UK's parties stand on Brexit
What is the early reaction from the parties?Veteran Conservative MP Ken Clarke said he believed his party would have a "small overall majority" when all the votes have been counted.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry of Labour said her party "could form the next Government".
"If (Theresa May) wanted to get a mandate out of this election she hasn't got it," she continued.
"She has failed."
Leader of UK Independence Party Paul Nuttall tweeted: "If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris."
SNP Deputy Leader Stewart Hosie said it would be an "extraordinary thing" for Theresa May "to call this election for narrow party advantage and then, if these numbers are correct, to blow it incredibly".
A Lib Dem source said it was "too early" to comment on the exit poll, but added: "In this election holding our own is a good night."
Green co-leader Caroline Lucas said she could "hardly dare hope" that the exit poll was right, adding: "To be clear, Greens will never support a Tory government."
What about a possible impact on the UK economy?When the election exit poll was revealed, the pound immediately dropped by 2% as investors took a position that a hung parliament was a possible outcome, writes BBC's Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption The pound fell sharply against the dollar after the exit polls were released. Why would that lead the currency to decline? Because a hung parliament means that the government's direction of travel would be less certain.
Deals would have to be done. And those vital Brexit negotiations could become all the more difficult.
The future of the UK economy could be confused by a fog of political to-ing and fro-ing, our editor says.
Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS ' The Register
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:07
Britain has a long-term health problem: Britons are living longer with conditions that would previously have killed them. This is obviously great for the people concerned, but not for the government, which is on the hook for most of the nation's healthcare costs.
This election has seen technology, along with new buildings, presented by the Conservative party as the key to transforming the National Health Service. Can technology help? Sure, but it looks more like a sticking plaster than a cure.
The NHS, which provides most healthcare ''free at the point of delivery'' (paid for by taxes) took up 3.5 per cent of gross domestic product when founded in 1948. In a January 2017 report, spending watchdog the Office of Budget Responsibility reckoned publicly funded healthcare is currently costing Britain 7.3 per cent of GDP and that by 2066-67 it will have hit 12.6 per cent.
The OBR is far from alone in making such warnings; a recent paper in Lancet Public Health said the number of elderly people needing long-term care will rise by a quarter between 2015 and 2025.
''Healthcare inflation,'' where the industry demands an increasing proportion of national output due to ageing populations, better survival rates and more effective and expensive treatments, is an issue around the world. But Britain's state-funded NHS makes it almost entirely a government problem. Long term, the answer is to increase taxes to cover many tens of billions of pounds of extra spending; cut what the NHS covers so that Britons spend more directly on health; or both. As Prime Minister Theresa May recently found out in a row over social care for the elderly '' where costs are rising for the same reasons as for the NHS '' the public does not much like either option.
The Conservative party, which barring an upset will win the general election on June 8, plans to put in some new money: £8bn in real terms to the English NHS's annual budget over five years (Westminster just runs the NHS in England; the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland run their own health services).
£8bn sounds like a lot, but given the current English health budget is £120bn, it boils down to roughly 1.3 per cent extra a year in real terms. About a third of the total would simply meet existing cost overruns: in 2016/17 English NHS trusts overspent by £770m, and that's after a £1.8bn bailout. Chris Ham, chief executive of well-respected health think-tank the King's Fund, said the £8bn: ''Will not be enough to meet rising demand for services and maintain current standards of care,'' adding: ''The Conservatives need to be honest with the public about the consequences for patients and their care.''
Instead, the Conservatives are talking about technology. The party's manifesto promises ''the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen''. Interviewed on BBC1 by Andrew Neil, May said this will amount to £10bn in capital spending. Given that the NHS is still using some hospital buildings dating back to the Second World War, and new hospitals typically cost hundreds of millions of pounds, £10bn isn't as much as it sounds either.
Leaving aside buildings, the manifesto says that patients will be able to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their records online '' although many already can. It adds, underwhelmingly: ''We will continue to expand the number of NHS approved apps that can help monitor care and provide support for physical and mental health conditions.''
The English NHS has a poor reputation for IT: parts were recently laid low by WannaCrypt ransomware and many organisations failed to be computerised by the multi-billion pound National Programme for IT in the 2000s. But there is a bigger problem: publicly funded and operated healthcare is resistant to the kind of tech-driven transformation that the Conservative party appears to be hoping for.
Several of the standard techniques used by big tech companies aren't available: tax minimisation and trying to bend regulatory frameworks are not options if you are part of the government that sets taxes and makes laws. And while, like many tech giants the NHS runs at a loss, it doesn't swallow a loss in some attempt to gain near-monopoly status in some market or other '' it already has a near-monopoly status.
More generally, big tech's ability to transform an industry is as much about people, processes and capacity than actual IT. ''People'' usually involves cutting labour costs, either by getting customers to do the work themselves '' anyone for a crowdsourced diagnosis? '' or using tech to dumb down jobs, allowing the use of cheaper staff.
The NHS has already tried the latter, replacing medical staff on helplines with lightly trained operators armed with decision support software. The problem was that those writing the software played safe, making them more likely to recommend an ambulance call-out or emergency department visit, pushing up costs elsewhere.
Or you can boost productivity of staff by changing processes with IT. Digitised records help, although as much with quality and safety than efficiency. But local politics can get in the way. The NHS has successfully centralised stroke care in London, concentrating emergency treatment in a few hospitals with the latest technology, saving money and lives. However, such centralisation means withdrawing services from other locations. Outside big cities centralisation plans (often part of what are known as sustainability and transformation programmes) often spark fierce local campaigns to save the local hospital '' even if residents would have better chances at a better-equipped site down the road. Some Conservative MPs have become vociferous opponents of such plans in their constituencies, despite their party supporting the concept nationally.
What about big tech's trick of exploiting spare capacity through variable pricing? There are just two problems with implementing this in the NHS: it doesn't charge and it has next to no spare capacity.
Could artificial intelligence come to the rescue? Perhaps, although research so far suggests algorithms are better at offering second opinions, correcting human errors, than the first and only ones. Even if that changed there's the question of who would make the observations needed to make decisions '' patients may over or under-report symptoms so trained staff may still be needed for that. And as Google DeepMind and Royal Free have already found out, obtaining the data to train AI systems is fraught with legal and privacy concerns.
Finally, healthcare is about care as well as health. Caring for patients involves treating them as fellow humans, providing advice, sympathy and comfort.
There are plenty of things the NHS could do better with IT, although WannaCrypt shows that a large chunk of any cash injection would need to go on improving security. Other things that make a difference include pushing those hospitals that are still using paper records to go electronic '' although central government has been failing to do this for more than a decade '' and issuing community-based staff with computers to save them travelling back to an office every day. Far more mental healthcare services could be delivered digitally and some patients prefer a screen to being in the same room as a therapist.
And as per the Conservative manifesto, it would be nice if everyone could book appointments online. But that's only useful if there are appointments available to book, which isn't currently the case at many NHS GP surgeries.
The NHS needs much more money, unpopular reforms that push costs onto patients or a combination of both. Technology can't change that. ®
A simple guide to the UK election result - BBC News
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:03
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Media caption Election night in two minutesThe vote is in, and it's ... well, the British don't really know what to make of it yet.
The UK general election, to choose all 650 members of parliament, has produced a bit of a surprise result in which no-one is the clear winner.
Here's what a foreign reader with no background needs to know.
In a nutshell, what's the result?The ruling Conservative party (nicknamed the Tories), which thought it was going to increase its numbers in parliament, has instead lost seats - and its slim majority of 330 (326 is the magic number).
Instead, the opposition Labour party has won back many seats.
To cap it all off, Prime Minister Theresa May didn't need to call this election - she did so because she thought she'd win a landslide. The result is being seen as a major defeat for her.
What happens next? And what's a 'hung parliament'?Remember that the UK is still a monarchy of sorts. There's lots of tradition involved.
This scenario is what Brits call a "hung parliament" - which just means that no party has a clear majority by itself.
Coalition or minority governments are fairly common in European countries like France, Germany, or close neighbour Ireland - but some in Britain tend to see them as unstable.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An official pictured waiting for ballot boxes in Boston (UK), on election night What happens now is that the largest party will ask permission from the Queen to form a government - if they can.
Conservatives are going to attempt it, relying on the backing of other parties - most likely the DUP from Northern Ireland.
If they can't, then Labour, the opposition, might try to put together a minority government. Or - always a possibility - there could be another election.
Ok. Does this affect Brexit? Will Britain leave the EU?In the short term, this is a bit of a problem.
Negotiations for the UK leaving the EU are due to start on 20 June, just 11 days after the election. It's possible the UK won't even have a government in place by then.
Even if there is one, Theresa May's whole reason for calling the election was to stop "political game-playing" from other parties and give her the political clout to push through Brexit issues.
Image copyright Twitter Instead, she has less power, and will need other parties to back her to even form a government at all.
The two largest parties both back Brexit, it's just a question of detail. The entire process is less stable now.
But, even if there is a delay in getting started, Brexit negotiations will happen - sooner or later.
So, this is bad for the prime minister?By the morning rush hour, Theresa May was "holed up inside" her official residence, our political correspondent said, "her political gamble having gone so badly wrong".
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Media caption UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson refused to confirm whether he still supported the prime ministerEven before the last few results came in, chatter had already started about resignation - which is not uncommon in the UK.
Her main opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, declared she had "lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", and "I would have thought that's enough to go, actually".
Theresa May reportedly says she'll stay on, regardless. But talk of her future prospects is everywhere.
What about Jeremy Corbyn?Jeremy is sometimes compared to US politician Bernie Sanders. He's an unusual party leader who has pulled off a personal victory here.
The lifelong socialist only put his name down for the Labour leadership because no other left-winger wanted to. Bookies gave him odds of 200/1 - but he won anyway, thanks to ordinary members' votes.
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Media caption BBC political correspondent: Success for Corbyn, total disaster for MayBut the bicycle-riding, gardening, socialist leader didn't have the support of other Labour MPs - who almost immediately tried to push him out. He survived.
And while Labour technically lost this election, they made big gains over the 2015 vote. Anecdotal evidence - to be taken with a pinch of salt - suggests the youth vote turned out for Labour in a big way.
Owen Smith, who ran against Mr Corbyn for leadership, said: "I was clearly wrong in feeling Jeremy wouldn't be able to do this. He proved me wrong and lots of people wrong, and I take my hat off to him."
Another election? How often do the British vote?Image copyright Twitter An election could take place in a matter of weeks, but only if the negotiations break down and no-one can form any kind of government.
It might seem like there's a lot of politics right now, but that's because:
There was a 2014 vote on Scottish independence from the United KingdomThere was a 2015 general election, as scheduledThe winning party had promised an EU Brexit voteWhen the "leave" campaign won Brexit, the prime minister resigned, so we got a new oneThe new prime minister called a snap election - this oneIn theory, a government has a set five-year term, so the next election is due in 2022.
But - as we've seen - an unexpected election can be called at any time if MPs agree to it, or if the government collapses.
What about Scottish independence?The Scottish National Party (SNP) had suggested the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence, in the wake of the Brexit vote (Scotland mostly wants to stay in the EU).
They entered the election campaign in a very dominant position, holding 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland - and were expected to lose some seats, which they did, to a Conservatives surge.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney admitted that the possibility of a second referendum on independence had played a "significant" role in the result.
Having lost 21 seats as a result, it's very unclear what happens next with the SNP's campaign for independence.
Where can I read more in-depth material?Want to read more? The BBC is covering this election and all the developments in depth.
War on Cash
Witches Are Being Kicked Off of Square For Selling 'Occult Items' - Motherboard
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:06
Katie, a Canadian businesswoman who runs a small online store called The Witchery, was surprised when she got an email from Square a couple of weeks ago, telling her that her account had been temporarily suspended for selling "occult" items. The online credit card processing service, with the ubiquitous white box that plugs into iPads and iPhones, had become an integral part of her business, both online and in-person. Kate would eventually learn that Square had flagged her business for violating its merchant agreement, which lists such items as prohibited on its platform. Unsurprisingly, the online community of witches and pagans was outraged.
Square isn't alone in prohibiting occult items. In 2015, Etsy's decision to ban metaphysical services like spells, enchantments, and other supernatural services caused outcry among pagan vendors. In 2012, eBay changed its policy and added spells, potions, and metaphysical guidance to its list of banned goods.
Katie got the first email from Square on March 16, right after a customer made a large order worth around $700. Square asked her to "verify some information about her account," and said that deposits to her would be temporarily deferred.
"The way the initial email was written, I thought I'd been scammed. I was just so freaked out," Katie, who preferred to go by her first name, told me on the phone from her home in Edmonton, Canada.
Image: The Witchery
Square's user agreement states that by creating Square accounts, businesses won't accept payments in connection with a host of prohibited activities or items, including illegal activity, drug paraphernalia, "hate products", escort services, and "occult materials."
"I said, 'I sell incense and crystals? Are you really marking that as occult?'" Katie said. But Square sent her a generic email that its decision was final.
The Witchery store also sells spell kits and a service where Katie prays over and burns a candle for customers. Both could be among items that Square prohibits, since their spokesperson said the company's definition of the "occult" includes things that, "claim they can perform a supernatural or metaphysical act or can be used in a way that is outside the normal physical limitations of the item." But Katie said she doesn't consider her business or products to be "occult" and pointed out that Square doesn't seem to have a problem with holistic items or religious paraphernalia, like Buddha statues.
"I am a witch and I Will Not support any company that specifically discriminates against pagans."
A representative from Square told me that the company prohibits "occult" items because they have a high number of "chargeback" rates, where customers go to their credit card company and get their money back because they feel they didn't get what they paid for, or that the product was fraudulent.
"When I read 'occult,' I think, OK, they don't want me to sell unbaptized baby blood or like, they don't want me to say, 'Buy this chicken and I'll sacrifice it for you,'" Katie said. "I get that and maybe you shouldn't sell that on the internet anyway."
Katie's Facebook post about the experience got 22,000 views. On Instagram more than a hundred people commented on her WitcheryWay post and on Square's then-most-recent post.
"'... I am a witch and I Will Not support any company that specifically discriminates against pagans so @square will not be considered for my website as an option for accepting credit cards," a user named Krystal Holm posted.
Other users said that they were going to close their accounts and use other services.
"This company lumps us in with racists, accuses us of illegal activity and selling hate items. Terrible lack of research" user Kaelyn Hall commented on one of Square's posts, which now has a total of 127 comments, including about a hundred from those who were angry to learn about the policy against occult items.
Since posting about the incident, Katie said she heard a host of stories from users who've also had their Square accounts frozen, including some who sell products and services that are fairly mainstream, like reiki and massage practitioners. Square's representative said it wasn't familiar with reiki and couldn't comment on the allegation.
Katie said that she and dozens of supporters and fellow witches'--both in person and online'-- have switched to other payment platforms that don't prohibit occult items. She's now using a Canadian company called Dream Payments.
"...I realize this is my fault I did not know that I was not allowed to sell said items," she said. "The part that upsets me is that my so-called 'Occult Items' are being lumped in with illegal activity and hate products."
Correction: This article originally stated that the definition of "occult items" came from Square's User Agreement. The definition in the article came directly from a Square spokesperson.
Sand Pirates
Why there is a shortage of sand
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:29
SAND is in high demand. In some parts of the world, people are going to increasingly great lengths to get their hands on the golden grains. A ''sand mafia'' in India intimidates locals in order to extract and transport the material. In Morocco and the Caribbean, thieves are stripping beaches bare. Even though fully accounting for illegally mined sand is not possible, sand is easily the most mined material in the world. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), sand and gravel account for up to 85% of everything mined globally each year.
Modern cities are built with, and often on, sand. Most of it is used in the construction industry to make concrete and asphalt. No surprise, then, that Asia is the biggest consumer of sand. China alone accounts for half of the world's demand. That reflects the country's breakneck pace of construction: the government reckons it built 32.3m houses and 4.5m kilometres (2.8m miles) of road between 2011 and 2014. Sand also has industrial uses: it is used to make glass, electronics, and to help extract oil in the fracking industry. And vast quantities of sand tend to be dumped into the sea to reclaim land: Singapore, for example, has expanded its land area by over 20% since the 1960s in this way. The Maldives and Kiribati have used sand to shore up their islands against rising sea levels. The UN forecasts that, by 2030, there will be over 40 ''megacities'' home to more than 10m inhabitants (up from 31 in 2016), which means more housing and infrastructure will need to be built. And sea levels will continue to rise. So sand will only become more sought after.
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But why is there a shortage, when sand seems so abundant? Desert sand is too smooth, and so cannot be used for most commercial purposes. In any case, the proximity of sand to construction sites is generally important too: because sand is relatively cheap, it tends to be uneconomical to transport across long distances. Unless there are deep pockets involved: Singapore and Qatar are big importers, per citizen. Australian sand was transported to a faraway desert to build Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower. Most countries also have rules in place about where, and how much, sand can be mined. But voracious demand has sparked a lucrative illegal trade in many rapidly developing countries. The result is that existing deposits are being mined more quickly than they can be naturally replenished, which is damaging the environment. Dredging causes pollution and harms local biodiversity. Thinning coastlines affect beaches' capacity to absorb stormy weather.
Fortunately, there are substitutes for sand: asphalt and concrete can be recycled, houses can be built with straw and wood, and mud can be used for reclamation. In rich countries, government policy will encourage a shift towards such substitutes. According to Britain's Mineral Products Association, for example, nearly a third of all housing material used in Britain in 2014 was recycled. Singapore is planning to rely on Dutch expertise for its next reclamation project, which relies on a system of dykes and is less dependent on sand. In poorer countries, too, builders are likely to shift away from sand as its price rises. But, unless law enforcement improves, that will be a very slow process.
Treatment of Acute Opioid Withdrawal with Ibogaine - Alper - 1999 - The American Journal on Addictions - Wiley Online Library
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:53
Address correspondence to Dr. Alper, Brain Research Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016. E-mail: kra1@is9.nyu.edu.
Ibogaine is an alkaloid with putative effect in acute opioid withdrawal. Thirty-three cases of treatments for the indication of opioid detoxification performed in non-medical settings under open label conditions are summarized involving an average daily use of heroin of .64 ± .50 grams, primarily by the intravenous route. Resolution of the signs of opioid withdrawal without further drug seeking behavior was observed within 24 hours in 25 patients and was sustained throughout the 72-hour period of posttreat-ment observation. Other outcomes included drug seeking behavior without withdrawal signs (4 patients), drug abstinence with attenuated withdrawal signs (2 patients), drug seeking behavior with continued withdrawal signs (1 patient), and one fatality possibly involving surreptitious heroin use. The reported effectiveness of ibogaine in this series suggests the need for systematic investigation in a conventional clinical research setting.
Text - H.Res.354 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent si
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:49
H. Res. 354 In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
June 6, 2017.
Whereas, on May 16, 2017, President Donald J. Trump hosted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a longstanding NATO ally, for an official meeting at the White House to discuss counterterrorism cooperation and bilateral issues;
Whereas, on the evening of May 16, 2017, over two dozen protesters gathered outside of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC, to demonstrate opposition to Turkish government policies;
Whereas after hours of peaceful protest, violence erupted when pro-Erdogan supporters and individuals from the Turkish Embassy grounds pushed past District of Columbia police officers to brutally attack the demonstrators;
Whereas those Turkish officials blatantly suppressed the First Amendment rights of United States citizens, and multiple armed Turkish security officials beat, kicked, and choked unarmed demonstrators;
Whereas multiple video recordings of the violence and reports by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia and the Department of State confirm that the demonstrators did not instigate the violence;
Whereas at least 11 individuals were seriously injured in the ensuing brawl, with 2 individuals requiring immediate hospitalization;
Whereas separately, two armed Turkish security officers attached to a security detail were detained for physically assaulting Federal agents;
Whereas those two Turkish security officers were later released and subsequently allowed to leave the United States because they held Derived Head of State immunity;
Whereas the Department of State did not request that Turkey waive the immunity for these two security officers in order to fully investigate the assault prior to their being released from custody;
Whereas a joint criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing with the combined efforts of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service;
Whereas at no point was President Erdogan in danger;
Whereas immunity for diplomatic personnel and certain other foreign officials is a core principle, as is the right to protest peacefully and freely in the United States;
Whereas this is the third instance of violence perpetrated by members of Turkish President Erdogan's security detail in United States territory;
Whereas in 2011, a brawl erupted in the halls of the United Nations General Assembly between members of Turkish President Erdogan's security detail and United Nations security officers, resulting in one United Nations security officer being hospitalized due to serious injuries;
Whereas in 2016, members of Turkish President Erdogan's security detail engaged in unwarranted violence against journalists reporting on an event at the Brookings Institution;
Whereas Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on May 21, 2017, that the violence outside the Turkish Embassy was ''outrageous'' and ''simply unacceptable''; and
Whereas the right to assembly, peaceful protest, and freedom of speech are essential and protected rights in the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved,That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that'--
(1) the rights to peacefully assemble and freely express one's views are essential to the fabric of American democracy;
(2) the Turkish security forces acted in an unprofessional and brutal manner, reflecting poorly on President Erdogan and the Government of Turkey;
(3) any Turkish security officials who directed, oversaw, or participated in efforts by Turkish security forces to illegally suppress peaceful protests on May 16, 2017, should be charged and prosecuted under United States law;
(4) the United States Secret Service and the Diplomatic Security Service of the Department of State should review this incident and confirm with the Turkish National Police the standards expected by visiting security details to prevent future violent incidents;
(5) the Department of State should immediately request the waiver of immunity of any Turkish security detail official engaged in assault in the United States prior to release of that individual from custody;
(6) the Department of State should conduct a review of its own security procedures to determine how to mitigate the likelihood of such an event in the future;
(7) the United States respect for free speech requires officials of the United States to speak out against such incidents; and
(8) the United States should take steps to strengthen freedoms for the press and civil society in countries such as Turkey, and combat efforts by foreign leaders to suppress free and peaceful protest in their own countries.
Attest: Clerk.
Reality Winner Wrote She Wanted To 'Burn The White House Down,' Prosecutor Says | HuffPost
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:54
AUGUSTA, Ga. '• Government contractor Reality Winner made explosive comments about burning down the White House in notebooks the FBI found in her Augusta, Georgia, residence, according to a prosecutor who spoke in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
Winner pleaded not guilty to charges of leaking classified government information. She was denied bail.
Authorities allege Winner, a 25-year-old employee of contractor Pluribus International Corp., accessed a classified document on her work computer in Augusta and mailed it to a news outlet. Thursday was her first court appearance since her Saturday arrest.
During the hearing, prosecutor Jennifer Solari said Winner wrote in a notebook that she wanted to ''burn the White House down'' and move to Nepal or Kurdistan. According to Solari, Winner told the FBI she knowingly sought out and printed classified information. Winner also had photos of the document on her cellphone, which she gave over to the FBI, Solari said.
Online news outlet The Intercept published a story Monday describing a Russian cyberattack on a U.S. voting software supplier prior to the 2016 election. An hour later, the Department of Justice announced the criminal complaint against Winner.
The Intercept's report, which was based on a classified National Security Agency document, showed no evidence that the cyberattacks directly altered any votes. The Intercept got the document from an anonymous source but had reached out to the NSA to verify its authenticity. The outlet said in a statement Monday that it doesn't know its source's identity, but the government has told news outlets it was Winner.
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A sign rests on steps during a demonstration supporting Reality Winner in New York on Wednesday.Winner is accused of ''removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet,'' a violation of the Espionage Act, according to a criminal complaint.
Agents raided Winner's home in Augusta and seized four phones, two laptops, an Amazon tablet, a handbook on Iran and a nondisclosure agreement, the Augusta Chronicle reported. They also found an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun, Solari said Thursday. The prosecutor said that Winner had a Tor browser on a computer. Tor is a software that hides browsing activity and allows for anonymous communication on the internet.
Winner, who appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit with her hair in a bun, has been held in a federal detention center in Lincolnton, Georgia. Solari alleged that in recorded phone calls to her sister from the detention center, Winner planned how to defend herself.
''I'm going to play that card being pretty, white and cute, braid my hair and cry and all,'' Winner said, according to Solari.
Winner also told her mother she feared for her life and the life of her pets, and asked her mother to ''play up that angle,'' Solari alleged.
Winner was stone-faced in court and didn't make eye contact with her family. She adopted a military posture when she stood. After it was announced their daughter would continue to be detained, her mother and stepfather walked out of the courtroom as her mother started to cry.
Solari added that Winner told her mother, ''You know I'm charged with these documents, I'm screwed up.'' Because Winner mentioned ''documents'' '• rather than a single document '• investigators are now looking into whether she has other classified information, Solari said. On Nov. 9, 2016, while still with the Air Force, Winner used her work computer to google the question: ''Do top secret computers know when a thumb drive is inserted?'' Solari told the court.
Solari also said that during a conversation with her mother from jail, Winner told her that if she didn't get bonded out on Thursday, she would go ''nuclear to the press.''
Her friend Ann Demasi took the stand and said the two have known each other for the last six years after meeting through the Air Force in California. They fell out of touch, but Demasi now lives in Augusta and does yoga with Winner, she said.
When responding to a question about who Winner's best friend is in Augusta, Demasi replied, ''Other than pets, I'm not really sure as far as people are concerned.''
Her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told HuffPost before the court appearance Thursday she remains skeptical of the FBI's version of events.
''I don't know that she did this, none of this matches,'' Winner-Davis said. ''How would she know to access anything? How would she know what to look for? All of the things we read in that affidavit, it just seems so perfectly tied together, a neat little bow. They got the perfect case, but it doesn't match. None of this matches.''
Winner-Davis said her daughter contacted The Intercept, but it was to request a podcast they had done regarding climate change, a topic of extreme importance to her daughter, she said.
''Yes, she reached out to The Intercept twice on her personal time on her personal computer,'' Winner-Davis said. ''She asked them for a transcript on a podcast on climate change. She met with a state rep and was going to have follow-up meetings with his office.''
A spokeswoman for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told HuffPost that Winner met with a staff member at one of the lawmaker's offices in Georgia in early February to discuss climate change.
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Reality Winner was charged under the Espionage Act. She could face up to a 10-year sentence.After six years working as a linguist in the Air Force with a top security clearance, Winner joined Pluribus in February. Her social media paints a picture of a young woman with outspoken views.
''When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, Olympic lifting will be the national sport,'' she said in one Facebook post.
Many of her posts criticize President Donald Trump, including one calling him an ''orange fascist.''
Winner's stepfather, Gary Davis, told HuffPost before Thursday's hearing that the American people should demand a fair trial for his daughter.
''This is a 25-year-old girl who served her country with admiration and distinction,'' Davis said. ''But she's now the poster child for every bad thing that happens, and the government is going to prosecute her as if she's the number one threat to national security, and she's not.''
Agenda 2030
Weather Channel Co-Founder Denies Climate Change
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:08
CLAIM Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman provided evidence that convincingly refutes the concept of anthropogenic global warming.
FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 1 June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an international accord that seeks to ''bring all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.'' Many environmentalists, scientists, politicians, and others criticized President Trump's decision, one entity among that group of dissenters being the web site of the Weather Channel, which was altered in ways that clearly indicated disagreement with the President's announcement:
This form of protest might have seemed all the more surprising given that the Weather Channel's co-founder has long disputed the concept of anthropogenic global warming.
John Coleman is a former television weather forecaster who worked in that field for over six decades, at a number of different TV stations across the U.S., until he suddenly retired from his last job at KUSI-TV in San Diego in April 2014. Coleman pioneered the use of such now-standard TV weather forecasting elements as onscreen satellite technology and computer graphics, and he was also instrumental in the founding of The Weather Channel (TWC) on cable television, serving as that channel's CEO and President during its establishment and its first year of operation.
John Coleman also became, in later years, an outspoken critic of the global warming issue, stating that his epiphany came while he was viewing a football game in 2007:
The Eagles were playing the Cowboys in Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football, and as a gesture of environmental awareness '-- it was ''Green is Universal'' week at NBC-Universal '-- the studio lights were cut for portions of the pre-game and half-time shows. Coleman, who had been growing increasingly skeptical about global warming for more than a decade, finally snapped. ''I couldn't take it anymore,'' said. ''I did a Howard Beale.''
In November 2007 Coleman penned a widely-reproduced essay in which he labeled global warming ''the greatest scam in history'' and ''a manufactured crisis,'' and he delivered a speech in that same vein to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce in June 2008:
You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas. It is shocking, but true, to learn that the entire Global Warming frenzy is based on the environmentalist's attack on fossil fuels, particularly gasoline. All this big time science, international meetings, thick research papers, dire threats for the future; all of it, comes down to their claim that the carbon dioxide in the exhaust from your car and in the smoke stacks from our power plants is destroying the climate of planet Earth. What an amazing fraud; what a scam.
The future of our civilization lies in the balance.
That's the battle cry of the High Priest of Global Warming Al Gore and his fellow, agenda driven disciples as they predict a calamitous outcome from anthropogenic global warming. According to Mr. Gore the polar ice caps will collapse and melt and sea levels will rise 20 feet inundating the coastal cities making 100 million of us refugees. Vice President Gore tells us numerous Pacific islands will be totally submerged and uninhabitable. He tells us global warming will disrupt the circulation of the ocean waters, dramatically changing climates, throwing the world food supply into chaos. He tells us global warming will turn hurricanes into super storms, produce droughts, wipe out the polar bears and result in bleaching of coral reefs. He tells us tropical diseases will spread to mid latitudes and heat waves will kill tens of thousands. He preaches to us that we must change our lives and eliminate fossil fuels or face the dire consequences. The future of our civilization is in the balance.
With a preacher's zeal, Mr. Gore sets out to strike terror into us and our children and make us feel we are all complicit in the potential demise of the planet.
Here is my rebuttal.
There is no significant man made global warming. There has not been any in the past, there is none now and there is no reason to fear any in the future. The climate of Earth is changing. It has always changed. But mankind's activities have not overwhelmed or significantly modified the natural forces.
[Rest of speech here.]
Although this item is superficially ''true'' in the sense that the words quoted above were indeed written by John Coleman, the statement that they ''refute'' global warming (i.e., prove it to be false) is something of an exaggeration. As Coleman's critics have noted, he does not hold a degree in climatology or any related discipline, nor has he studied or conducted any research in that field; he merely parrots arguments advanced by others:
Both Fox News and CNN have recently invited John Coleman, one of the founders of The Weather Channel and former TV meteorologist, to express his views about climate change to their national audiences. Coleman is simply an awful choice to discuss this issue. He lacks credentials, many of his statements about climate change completely lack substance or mislead, and I'm not even sure he knows what he actually believes.
To begin, Coleman hasn't published a single peer-reviewed paper pertaining to climate change science. His career, a successful and distinguished one, was in TV weather for over half a century, prior to his retirement in San Diego last April. If you watch Coleman on-camera, his skill is obvious. He speaks with authority, injects an irreverent sense of humor and knows how to connect with his viewer.
But a climate scientist, he is not.
His position further demonstrates an incredible lack of respect and regard for scores of intelligent, hard-working climate scientists, some of whom are politically conservative, who have dedicated their careers to objectively examining data and publishing research that indicate human-induced warming.
Moreover, much of Coleman's criticism of climate change deals with impugning the motives of those engaged in that discipline rather than refuting the science behind their work:
For the many Americans who don't understand the difference between weather '-- the short-term behavior of the atmosphere '-- and climate '-- the broader system in which weather happens '-- Coleman's professional background made him a genuine authority on global warming. It was an impression that Coleman encouraged. Global warming ''is not something you 'believe in,''' he wrote in his essay. ''It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise.''
Except that it wasn't. Coleman had spent half a century in the trenches of TV weathercasting; he had once been an accredited meteorologist, and remained a virtuoso forecaster. But his work was more a highly technical art than a science. His degree, received fifty years earlier at the University of Illinois, was in journalism. And then there was the fact that the research that Coleman was rejecting wasn't ''the science of meteorology'' at all '-- it was the science of climatology, a field in which Coleman had spent no time whatsoever.
Skepticism is, of course, the core value of scientific inquiry. But the essay that Coleman published would have more properly been termed rejectionism. Coleman wasn't arguing against the integrity of a particular conclusion based on careful original research '-- something that would have constituted useful scientific skepticism. Instead, he went after the motives of the scientists themselves. Climate researchers, he wrote, ''look askance at the rest of us, certain of their superiority. They respect government and disrespect business, particularly big business. They are environmentalists above all else.''
Critics of Coleman who do study and work in the field of climate science have produced detailed line-by-line rebuttals of his arguments against global warming.
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Shut Up Slave!
Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax - NYTimes.com
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:56
This past winter, Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about an impending visit, and when a quick response failed to materialize, she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers. ''I don't hear from my friend for a day '-- my thought, they don't want to be my friend anymore,'' she wrote, appending the hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike.
Thousands of people were soon offering up their own examples under the hashtag; some were retweeted more than 1,000 times. You might say Ms. Fader struck a nerve. ''If you're a human being living in 2017 and you're not anxious,'' she said on the telephone, ''there's something wrong with you.''
It was 70 years ago that the poet W.H. Auden published ''The Age of Anxiety,'' a six-part verse framing modern humankind's condition over the course of more than 100 pages, and now it seems we are too rattled to even sit down and read something that long (or as the internet would say, tl;dr).
Anxiety has become our everyday argot, our thrumming lifeblood: not just on Twitter (the ur-anxious medium, with its constant updates), but also in blogger diaries, celebrity confessionals (Et tu, Beyonc(C)?), a hit Broadway show (''Dear Evan Hansen''), a magazine start-up (Anxy, a mental-health publication based in Berkeley, Calif.), buzzed-about television series (like ''Maniac,'' a coming Netflix series by Cary Fukunaga, the lauded ''True Detective'' director) and, defying our abbreviated attention spans, on bookshelves.
With two new volumes analyzing the condition (''On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety,'' by Andrea Petersen, and ''Hi, Anxiety,'' by Kat Kinsman) following recent best-sellers by Scott Stossel (''My Age of Anxiety'') and Daniel Smith (''Monkey Mind''), the anxiety memoir has become a literary subgenre to rival the depression memoir, firmly established since William Styron's ''Darkness Visible'' and Elizabeth Wurtzel's ''Prozac Nation'' in the 1990s and continuing today with Daphne Merkin's ''This Close to Happy.''
While to epidemiologists both disorders are medical conditions, anxiety is starting to seem like a sociological condition, too: a shared cultural experience that feeds on alarmist CNN graphics and metastasizes through social media. As depression was to the 1990s '-- summoned forth by Kurt Cobain, ''Listening to Prozac,'' Seattle fog and Temple of the Dog dirges on MTV, viewed from under a flannel blanket '-- so it seems we have entered a new Age of Anxiety. Monitoring our heart rates. Swiping ceaselessly at our iPhones. Filling meditation studios in an effort to calm our racing thoughts.
Consider the fidget spinner: endlessly whirring between the fingertips of ''Generation Alpha,'' annoying teachers, baffling parents. Originally marketed as a therapeutic device to chill out children with anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism, these colorful daisy-shaped gizmos have suddenly found an unlikely off-label use as perhaps the an explosively popular toy, this generation's Rubik's Cube.
But the Cube was fundamentally a cerebral, calm pursuit, perfect for the latchkey children of the 1980s to while away their lonely, Xbox-free hours. The fidget spinner is nothing but nervous energy rendered in plastic and steel, a perfect metaphor for the overscheduled, overstimulated children of today as they search for a way to unplug between jujitsu lessons, clarinet practice and Advanced Placement tutoring.
According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, have an anxiety disorder. On college campuses, anxiety is running well ahead of depression as the most common mental health concern, according to a 2016 national study of more than 150,000 students by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University. Meanwhile, the number of web searches involving the term has nearly doubled over the last five years, according to Google Trends. (The trendline for ''depression'' was relatively flat.)
To Kai Wright, the host of the politically themed podcast ''The United States of Anxiety'' from WNYC, which debuted this past fall, such numbers are all too explicable. ''We've been at war since 2003, we've seen two recessions,'' Mr. Wright said. ''Just digital life alone has been a massive change. Work life has changed. Everything we consider to be normal has changed. And nobody seems to trust the people in charge to tell them where they fit into the future.''
For ''On Edge,'' Ms. Petersen, a longtime reporter for The Wall Street Journal, traveled back to her alma mater, the University of Michigan, to talk to students about stress. One student, who has A.D.H.D., anxiety and depression, said the pressure began building in middle school when she realized she had to be at the top of her class to get into high school honors classes, which she needed to get into Advanced Placement classes, which she needed to get into college.
''In sixth grade,'' she said, ''kids were freaking out.''
This was not the stereotypical experience of Generation X.
Urban Dictionary defines a slacker as ''someone who while being intelligent, doesn't really feel like doing anything,'' and that certainly captures the ripped-jean torpor of 1990s Xers. Their sense of tragic superiority was portrayed by Ethan Hawke's sullen, ironic Troy in ''Reality Bites,'' who asserted that life is a ''a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes,'' so one must take pleasure in the little things: a Quarter Pounder With Cheese, a pack of Camel straights.
For these youths of the 1990s, Nirvana's ''Lithium'' was an anthem; coffee was a constant and Ms. Wurtzel's ''Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,'' about an anhedonic Harvard graduate from a broken home, dressed as if she could have played bass in Hole, was a bible.
The millennial equivalent of Ms. Wurtzel is, of course, Lena Dunham, who recently told an audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, ''I don't remember a time not being anxious.'' Having suffered debilitating anxiety since age 4, the creator, writer and star of the anxiety-ridden ''Girls'' recalled how she ''missed 74 days of 10th grade'' because she was afraid to leave her house. This was around the time that the largest act of terrorism in United States history unfolded near the TriBeCa loft where she grew up.
(''Are you anxious because you feel like the world is ending?'' the hosts of ''Generation Anxiety,'' a podcast aimed at millennials, ask in a recent episode called ''So You've Inherited the Apocalypse?'' ''Well the good news is you aren't crazy and it definitely is.'')
But monitored by helicopter parents, showered with participation awards and then smacked with the Great Recession, Generation Y has also suffered from the low-level anxiety that comes from failing to meet expectations. Thus the invention of terms like ''quarter-life crisis'' and ''FOMO'' (''fear of missing out,'' as it is fueled by social media apps like Instagram). Thus cannabis, the quintessential chill-out drug, is turned into a $6.7 billion industry.
Sexual hedonism no longer offers escape; it's now filtered through the stress of Tinder. ''If someone rejects you, there's no, 'Well, maybe there just wasn't chemistry '...,''' Jacob Geers, a 22-year-old in New York who works in digital sales, said. ''It's like you're afraid that through the app you'll finally look into the mirror and realize that you're butt ugly,'' he added.
If anxiety is the melody of the moment, President Trump is a fitting maestro. Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, a low-key ironist from the mellow shores of Oahu, the incumbent is a fast-talking agitator from New York, a city of 8.5 million people and, seemingly, three million shrinks.
In its more benign form, only a few beats from ambition, anxiety is, in part, what made Mr. Trump as a businessman. In his real estate career, enough was never enough. ''Controlled neurosis'' is the common characteristic of most ''highly successful entrepreneurs,'' according to Mr. Trump (or Tony Schwartz, his ghostwriter) in the 1987 book, ''The Art of the Deal.'' ''I don't say that this trait leads to a happier life, or a better life,'' he adds, ''but it's great when it comes to getting what you want.''
Everything had to be bigger, bolder, gold-er. And it made him as a politician, spinning nightmare tales on the stump about an America under siege from Mexican immigrants and Muslim terrorists.
But if Mr. Trump became president because voters were anxious, as a recent Atlantic article would have readers believe, other voters have become more anxious because he became president. Even those not distressed by the content of his messages might find the manner in which they are dispensed jarring.
''In addition to the normal chaos of being a human being, there is what almost feels like weaponized uncertainty thrown at us on a daily basis,'' said Kat Kinsman, the ''Hi, Anxiety'' author. ''It's coming so quickly and messily, some of it straight from the president's own fingers.''
Indeed, Mr. Trump is the first politician in world history whose preferred mode of communication is the 3 a.m. tweet '-- evidence of a sleepless body, a restless mind, a worrier.
Some have suggested Twitter is a sort of crowdsourced poetry, but how many millions of miles is it from Auden: a cacophony of voices, endlessly shouting over each other, splintering what's left of a ''national discussion'' into millions of tiny shards.
''We live in a country where we can't even agree on a basic set of facts,'' said Dan Harris, an ABC news correspondent and ''Nightline'' anchor who found a side career as an anti-anxiety guru with the publication of his 2014 best-seller, ''10% Happier.'' Mr. Harris now also offers a meditation app, a weekly email newsletter and a podcast that has been downloaded some 3.5 million times in the past year.
The political mess has been ''a topic of conversation and a source of anxiety in nearly every clinical case that I have worked with since the presidential election,'' said Robert Duff, a psychologist in California. He wrote a 2014 book, ''Hardcore Self-Help,'' whose subtitle proposes to conquer anxiety in the coarse language that has also defined a generation.
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The Cold War, starring China, North Korea and Russia, is back, inspiring headline-induced visions of mushroom clouds not seen in our collective nightmares since that Sunday evening in 1983 when everyone watched ''The Day After'' on ABC.
And television was, as Marshall McLuhan famously wrote, a cool medium. Our devices are literally hot, warming our laps and our palms.
''In our always-on culture, checking your phone is the last thing you do before you go to sleep, and the first thing you do if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom,'' Mr. Harris said. ''Just today, I got an alert on my phone about the collapsing Arctic ice shelf. That's scary as hell.''
Push notifications. Apocalyptic headlines. Rancorous tweets. Countless studies have found links between online culture and anxiety. But if social media can lead to anxiety, it also might help relieve it.
The ''we have no secrets here'' ethos of online discourse has helped bring anxiety into the open, and allowed its clinical sufferers to band together in a virtual group-therapy setting. Hence the success of campaigns like #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike, which helped turn anxiety '-- a disorder that afflicts some 40 million American adults '-- into a kind of rights movement. ''People with anxiety were previously labeled dramatic,'' said Sarah Fader, the Brooklyn social media consultant who also runs a mental-health advocacy organization called Stigma Fighters. ''Now we are seen as human beings with a legitimate mental health challenge.''
And let's remember that we survived previous heydays of anxiety without a 24-hour digital support system. Weren't the Woody Allen '70s the height of neurosis, with their five-days-a-week analysis sessions and encounter groups? What about the 1950s, with their duck-and-cover songs and backyard bomb shelters?
That era ''was the high-water mark of Freudian psychoanalysis, and any symptom or personality trait was attributed to an anxiety neurosis,'' said Peter D. Kramer, the Brown University psychiatrist who wrote the landmark 1990s best-seller, ''Listening to Prozac.'' ''And then there were substantial social spurs to anxiety: the World Wars, the atom bomb. If you weren't anxious, you were scarcely normal.''
Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, whose ''My Age of Anxiety'' helped kick off the anxiety memoir boom three years ago, urged people to pause, not for deep cleansing breaths, but for historical perspective.
''Every generation, going back to Periclean Greece, to second century Rome, to the Enlightenment, to the Georgians and to the Victorians, believes itself to be the most anxious age ever,'' Mr. Stossel said.
That said, the Americans of 2017 can make a pretty strong case that they are gold medalists in the Anxiety Olympics.
''There is widespread inequality of wealth and status, general confusion over gender roles and identities, and of course the fear, dormant for several decades, that ICBMs will rain nuclear fire on American cities,'' Mr. Stossel said. ''The silver lining for those with nervous disorders is that we can welcome our previously non-neurotic fellow citizens into the anxious fold.''
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Embattled LGBT Czar Calls for Hate Speech Laws and Web Censorship - C-Fam
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:34
NEW YORK, June 9 (C-Fam) Appearing before the Human Rights Council for the first time, UN independent expert on LGBT issues Vitit Muntarbhorn refused to retrench even as he appeared embattled and emotional from criticism of his work.
Homosexual and transgender rights ''are based on international law,'' he stressed in a loud voice. ''There is also the call today of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind,'' he added. ''And that means no one left behind, please'' he added tersely.
Though the freshman expert faced virtually no open hostility in the Council, at times he was unable to contain an irritated and impatient tone in response to criticism of his inaugural report and a statement of the 57-strong Organization of Islamic Cooperation saying that they do not recognize his mandate as legitimate.
''There is no advocacy from this mandate for new rights for particular groups,'' Muntarbhorn responded.
This is the central point of contention between Muntarbhorn and his supporters at the United Nations and the member states that oppose his mandate. While UN treaties protect the rights of all individual members of the human family equally, no UN treaty, either explicitly or implicitly, includes any rights related to sexual behavior and preferences, or the right of individuals to re-define their identity independently of their biological sex.
Muntarbhorn reiterated his broad agenda and emphasized that anti-discrimination measures were not just about social acceptance and violence, but a ''longitudinal challenge starting in the home and extending to the educational system, the workplace, and life beyond.''
When addressing ''how to deal with the hostile element,'' referring to countries and groups that are not on board with the LGBT agenda, Muntarbhorn said, ''we have to work with the converted, the less converted, and the non-converted.''
He explained that ''we are having to do with power relations,'' presumably referring to a realist understanding of international relations. Consistent with this theory, which sees international law and human rights as a malleable instrument in power dynamics between states rather than a type of law set in stone, he said ''International law is important to allow power balance.''
''We do respect diversity,'' he told Ruben Navarro, a representative of ADF International who objected to the work of Muntarbhorn out of concern for religious freedom. The answer he received could not have been reassuring however, since Muntarbhorn said his respect was only ''within the perspective of international law.''
He pointed to the 1993 Vienna Conference on Human Rights as the ''parameter'' for his interaction with ''diversity of opinion'' on the mandate. Muntarbhorn's report suggests that conference established the primacy of human rights over religion and culture.
When mentioning countries that had religious objections to the LGBT agenda he said it was important to respond to them in a ''measured and judicious way,'' but he added, ''bearing in mind the connectivity with international standards,'' again referring to the purported primacy of human rights over religion.
Consistent with this view, he called for censorship of dissenting views by internet service providers through ''take down policies'' for ''homophobic and transphobic messages'' and for hate speech laws, industry codes of conduct, and co-regulation between the government and private sector.
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Chris Cornell was About to Expose Elite Pedophile Ring Before he Died | Neon Nettle
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:05
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(C) Press Chris Cornell was about to expose an Elite pedophile ring As the world still mourns the loss of legendary Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, more information begins to emerge that adds further speculation about his suspicious, premature death.Rockstar Cornell worked closely with various foundations to help and protect children from pedophilia and child trafficking.
Speaking to TMD, a source close to Cornell has come forward claiming that he had uncovered evidence of a "cocaine and child trafficking ring" in Mena, Arkansas, that was tied to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
According to the source, Mr. Cornell had uncovered the identities of high-level Elites that were part of the same "Satanic Illuminati Occult Operation" as the Clintons and planned on exposing their "goings-on" right before he died.
Cornell's death was officially ruled as a suicide, but his family and close friends say he was in no way suicidal, which has raised more than a few doubts about his untimely passing.
(C) press Chris Cornell's wife says she wants the truth about her husband's deathTMD reports: The biggest theory floating around the internet is that the monsters behind "PedoGate" allegedly marked Chris for assassination due to his work with "sexually & physically abused kids" via several foundations.
Let's back up a bit first. A man who worked under Hillary Clinton at the State Department named Howard Gutman, Ambassador to Belgium, was busted for having sex with children in 2013, but it was all swept under the rug. That's a fact. Never heard of him on the mainstream news, huh?
LAURA SILSBY, WASHINGTON PEDOPHILES & BLACK HOLE SUNIn 2010, Laura Silsby was arrested at the Haitian border attempting to smuggle 33 children out of Haiti.
In the Virgin Islands resides an alleged secret hideaway for the child trafficking ring nicknamed ''PedoIsland'', where billionaire child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Clintons have reportedly been known to take trips back and forth together to this spot with Hollywood celebrities.
According to the public record, Laura Silsby was smuggling kids out of Haiti from the very orphanage that was run by Comet Ping Pong pizza shop owner James Alifantis' lawyer Max Maccoby and his father Micheal Maccoby. Remember, Pizza Gate? It doesn't seem like "FAKE NEWS" any longer, does it?
Bill Clinton's firm, Arkansas Development Finance Authority, has allegedly laundered drug money for years. $10 million dollars worth of cocaine a week was flying into Mena Airport in Arkansas during the nineties. The money was alleged to have been laundered via ADFA to a bank in Florida, to a bank in Georgia, to Citicorp (Rockefeller) in New York, and from there it was transferred out of the country.
Clinton's best friend, Dan Lasater, led the operations. Lasater and Bill Clinton's brother, Roger Clinton, later spent time in jail due to drug related crimes. The Chief of Police in Arkansas at that time, Doc Delaughter, said he had more than enough information from many persons in Lasater's surroundings, on how they smuggled drugs and abused young girls sexually.
Just recently the late Seth Rich's parents hired a private detective and already on Fox 5 news, it was broke that the Police Officer Robinson who was at the scene of Rich's murder last July went in fact to Georgetown University where John Podesta taught and, Robinson's sister worked for Hillary Clinton.
Seth Rich was the guy who leaked the ''PedoGate'' emails. Trump fired Comey because he was compromised (evidence that Comey was also one of Jeffrey Epstein's occasional playmates). Since the election, there have been over 4,000 pedophile arrests in the USA, during 2014 (Obama) had only 400 for the entire year.
This is why many fans around the world believe Chris Cornell may have been ambushed in his hotel room after the concert where the assassins murdered him and the death scene was staged to look just ''Like Suicide''.
Love's like suicide
Dazed out in a garden bed
With a broken neck lays my broken gift
Just like suicide (''Like Suicide'' lyrics)
VINCE FOSTER, MENA, AND COCAINEAccording to his wife, security operative Jerry Parks delivered large sums of money from Mena airport to Vince Foster at a K-Mart parking lot. Mrs. Parks discovered this when she opens her car trunk one day and finds so much cash that she has to sit on the trunk to close it again. She asks her husband whether he is dealing drugs, and he allegedly explains that Foster paid him $1,000 for each trip he took to Mena. Parks said he didn't ''know what they were doing, and he didn't care to know. He told me to forget what I'd seen.''. Later Evans-Pritchard will write, ''Foster was using him as a kind of operative to collect sensitive information on things and do sensitive jobs. Some of this appears to have been done on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Foster told him that Hillary wanted it done.
Foster was later found dead from an apparent suicide.Next Hillary Clinton quietly lobbies on behalf of the Contras and against groups and individuals opposing them. Bill Clinton's close associate Dan Lasater's parties become known around Little Rock for the availability of cocaine and women.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton's private eye, Anthony Pellicano is sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted, reported the Washington Post, ''of conspiring to run a criminal enterprise that employed illegal wiretaps to dig up dirt on the rich and famous on behalf of his elite Hollywood clients.''
Judy Gibbs, a model and call girl who appeared in Penthouse magazine, ran a powerful house of prostitution in Fordyce with her sister Sharon. They also blackmailed some of their more powerful clients. Both her family and one of Clinton's bodyguards later linked Judy Gibbs to (at the time) Governor Clinton. She decided to cooperate with police in an investigation of Arkansas cocaine trafficking but was burned to death inside her home due to a suspicious arson case that was never solved.
ASKING TOO MANY QUESTIONS & THE DAY CHRIS TRIED TO LIVEGoing all the way back to his start on earth, Cornell's father came from a Catholic background, and his mother was Jewish. Technically that would make him Jewish, but he did not practice that religion. The Soundgarden frontman went to a Catholic school when he was growing up, and it didn't go so well. His mother removed him before he would be kicked out.
''It wasn't for any specific reason other than we asked a lot of questions. . . . Not only did they not have the answers, but it was sort of considered to be rude [to ask]. . . . If somebody tells you this is this and that's the way things are and shut up, you're a kid.''
In his final years, he did not follow any particular religion but instead remained vague. He said he believes there are ''a lot of really cool ideas,'' but described himself as a ''free thinker'' and ''open.''
''So many bad things''as well as good things''have happened based on people blindly following religion, that I kind of feel like I want to stay away from any type of specific denomination or any religion period, for no other reason than just that.''
Did Chris really want to die by his own hand? Or did he simply ask too many questions about PedoGate?
The late vocalist was fully anticipating SOUNDGARDEN's next concert stop after Detroit '... and shared his feelings with the crowd during his last rock show.
The frontman had a spirited moment with the audience. ''I love you guys up there on the top shelf, but you got to f''king stand up and show me something,'' the singer joked to the seated crowd in the upper seats. ''I have bragged about Detroit crowds for 30 years, so stand the f''k up and make some noise.''View the video HERE.
Later on, Chris and the band were about to start an encore that final gig, then he went on about how amazing Detroit fans had been, saying, ''I feel a little bit sorry for the next f***ing place we play.'' They were set to play Friday in Columbus, Ohio and Chris joked he'll have to tell fans there, ''You should have been at that Detroit show. That crowd was something.''
So this clearly shows Chris was in a pretty good mood, and already thinking beyond Wednesday night. Chris' wife, Vicky, stated for the record he showed absolutely no signs of depression or being suicidal in the hours before he was found dead.
The final hours of his life are what is being heavily disputed between a family that doesn't believe he would have intentionally taken his own life and the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, which declared his death a suicide by hanging.
It's important to note that among his many charities, he supported ChildHaven, which helps children and toddlers heal from abuse and neglect. Based in Seattle, Childhaven was established in 1909 by the Reverend Mark Matthews as the Seattle Day Nursery, one of the first 50 childcare centers in the United States.
The center treats over 400 infants and preschool children each year who are referred by CPS (Child Protective Services). Its therapeutic care is provided daily to abused, neglected and at-risk children between the ages of one month through five years.
ChildHaven provides nurturing experiences that aid in development. The center also features specializes care for infants and preschoolers to overcome residual effects of parents prior substance abuse either in-utero or environmentally. Its crisis nursery provides free, voluntary services to parents in crisis.
THE END OF THE LINE FOR OUR HEROAbout an hour before he was found deceased, Cornell had walked off stage with his bandmates about 11:15 p.m. to the raucous cheers of a sellout crowd of more than 5,200 fans.
Within 15 minutes, Cornell was back in Room 1136 at the MGM, where bodyguard Martin Kirsten assisted in helping fix the rock star's computer and gave him two doses of an anti-anxiety medicine, according to the official police report.
Still on a rush of adrenaline pumping through is veins from performing at a rock show not even twenty minutes ago, Chris was full of life still.
At around 11:35 p.m., Cornell got on the phone with his wife. We next know Vicky called Kirsten the bodyguard at 12:15 a.m., and asked him to check on her husband. The bodyguard went to the room and found the door locked, the report said. Kirsten kicked the door open, only to find a second door leading to the bedroom suite also was latched '-- so, the report said, he kicked that door open, too, and found Cornell dead. As of this point, no suicide note has been found. Chris was still wearing all of his clothing. This eliminates the self-pleasuring gone wrong scenario.
Speaking in a statement released on Friday, Vicky said that she is determined to get to the bottom of her husband's death, explaining: ''What happened is inexplicable, and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details.''
''I know that he loved our children, and he would not hurt them
by intentionally taking his own life.''
Following his sold-out show in Detroit, Chris '' reportedly appeared ''happy and normal'' as he met with fans and posed for selfies. Chris' family are working closely with the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of his death.
A private funeral for Chris was held on Friday, May 26 in Los Angeles.
His body was flown from Michigan to Los Angeles, and Chris was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the sources said. The sources also told CNN, ''The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.''
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Apple makes major podcast updates - Six Colors
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:54
Today at the Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple made some major announcements about improvements to its offerings to the podcast world.
As mentioned in Monday's keynote, the Apple Podcasts app'--which is almost certainly the most popular method of listening to podcasts in the world'--is getting an overhaul in iOS 11, including a new interface as well as some changes to how podcasts can be structured. This comes in the way of extensions to the feed format podcasts use to list their available episodes.
New extensions to Apple's podcast feed specification will allow podcasts to define individual seasons and explain whether an episode is a teaser, a full episode, or bonus content. These extensions will be read by the Podcast app and used to present a podcast in a richer way than the current, more linear, approach. (Since podcast feeds are just text, other podcast apps will be free to follow Apple's lead and also alter how they display podcasts based on these tags.)
Users will be able to download full seasons, and the Podcasts app will know if a podcast is intended to be listened to in chronological order'--''start at the first episode!'''--or if it's more timely, where the most recent episode is the most important.
I'm excited by these changes because, yes, some of my podcasts are seasonal and are best consumed from the first episode onward. I'll be adjusting my own podcast feeds to take advantage of Apple's extensions as soon as it makes sense to do so.
The other big news out of today's session is for podcasters (and presumably for podcast advertisers): Apple is opening up in-episode analytics of podcasts. For the most part, podcasters only really know when an episode's MP3 file is downloaded. Beyond that, we can't really tell if anyone listens to an episode, or how long they listen'--only the apps know for sure.
Apple said today that it will be using (anonymized) data from the app to show podcasters how many people are listening and where in the app people are stopping or skipping. This has the potential to dramatically change our perception of how many people really listen to a show, and how many people skip ads, as well as how long a podcast can run before people just give up.
While Apple's Podcasts app is the most popular one around, it's not the entire market'--so statistics from Apple can't be used as the source of truth for how all podcast listeners behave. But I suspect it will be used as a proxy for the larger podcast world, since it will be the largest source of listener data around.
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VIDEO - UN Live United Nations Web TV - Clustered ID: IE on sexual orientation & SR on Executions - 1st Meeting, 35th Regular Session Human Rights Council
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:58
Clustered interactive dialogue with: - Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity A/HRC/35/36- Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions A/HRC/35/23 , A/HRC/35/23/Add.1, A/HRC/35/23/Add.2, A/HRC/35/23/Add.3
Item:3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
- 1st Plenary Meeting
35th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.
HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.)
Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, Indepedent Expert on sexual orientation (Introduction)
Ms. Agnes Calamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial execution
Honduras, Mr. Giampaolo Carmelo Rizzo Alvarado
Pakistan (on behalf of the OIC), Mr. Bilal Akram Shah
Chile (on behalf of Group of States), Ms. Marta Maurs
European Union, Mr. Peter Sorensen
Netherlands (of Group of Countries), Ms. Monique T.G. Van Daalen
Iceland (on behalf of Group of Countries), Mr.H¶gni S. Kristjnsson
Sierra Leone, Ms. Yvette Stevens
United States Of America, Mr. Robert Patrick Waller
Estonia, Mr. Andre Pung
Greece, Ms. Anna Korka
Austria, Mr. Karl Prummer
Czech Republic, Mr. Viktor Velek
Montenegro, Mr. Milorad Å cepanovic
Canada, Mr. Mark Allen
Cuba, Ms. Alina Revilla Alcazar
Belgium, Mr. Karl Dhaene
Spain, Mr. Emilio Pin Godos
Chile, Ms. Carola Mu±oz
Germany, Mr. Ulrich Seidenberger
Australia, Mr. Richard Johnson
Mexico, Mr. Guillaume Michel
Philippines, Mr. Enrico T. Fos
Switzerland, Mr. Valentin Zellweger
Argentina, Ms. Victoria Gobbi
Indepedent Expert on sexual orientation, Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn
Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial execution, Ms. Agnes Calamard
Member of Presidencial Cabinet United States, Ms. Nikki Haley
VIDEO - Investigating YouTube - Indoctrinating Learned Helplessness In Toddlers - YouTube
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:46
VIDEO - Moments After Questioning Trump's Mental Health, Pelosi Has Senior Moment(s) :: Grabien News
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:41
Moments After Questioning Trump's Mental Health, Pelosi Has Senior Moment(s)
Pelosi's aide came to her assistance, passing her a note alerting her to the slip-up she's made many times before
Shortly after calling into question President Trump's mental health on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's own mental health came under scrutiny, as the 77-year-old California congresswoman referred to President Trump as "President Bush" and forgot what day of the week it is.
A reporter quickly helped her correct the gaffe, interjecting "Trump," but Pelosi appeared oblivious she slipped up.
An aide then emerged from the sidelines, passing Pelosi a note, notifying her she got the two presidents mixed up again.
Pelosi's confusion came just two hours after suggesting Trump was losing his mind. "I am concerned," she said on MSNBC, about Trump's "fitness for office."
"I think his family should be concerned about his health," Pelosi said. "The fact is that this is hopefully not reparable -- he's the president of the United States."
"You mean you hope it is reparable?" Joe Scarborough asked, apparently confused.
"Yeah, yeah," she replied.
Asked if she had advise for Trump, she said, "go to sleep, get some sleep. Bring yourself to a place where your synapses are working."
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi not only became confused over who is president, but also what day of the week it is.
"I spoke with the speaker a week, a week and a couple days ago, about -- oh, no, just last Friday," she said. "What is today? Is it Friday again?"
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VIDEO - Pelosi: I'm concerned about Trump's 'fitness for office' | MSNBC
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:00
Candid Clinton talks 2016, Russia, misogyny
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, talks about Hillary Clinton's remarks in an interview at the ReCode tech conference, addressing her 2016 loss, Donald Trump, authoritarianism, Russia, and misogyny.
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VIDEO - Ingredients in mystery toxic street drug now known, GBI says | The Telegraph
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:14
The GBI said Thursday that synthetic opioids are among the ingredients in an apparently toxic street drug that has been circulating in Middle Georgia, sickening as many as 20 people and possibly linked to four deaths.
Officials have stressed that they have yet to determine whether people who died of suspected overdoses had ingested the yellow pills in question. Autopsy results were incomplete, and blood tests to tell for sure if they had taken the bad pills could take weeks.
The bad drugs were thought to have been counterfeits of the painkiller Percocet that were being sold as the real thing.
However, relatives of at least two of the dead, both of whom died this week, have told The Telegraph that they think their loved ones died of overdoses from prescribed drugs and not the street pills. It was still not known Thursday whether another death, that of a 21-year-old Monroe County man who died on Sunday, was connected to the toxic pills.
Even so, local authorities were considering all recent deaths that appear to be drug-related as having potential connections to the mysterious street pills. The GBI now says that lab tests show the pills are ''consistent with a new fentanyl analogue,'' one that investigators here have never seen.
''Due to the nature of the analysis, testing to confirm the full identity of the drug will require additional time,'' the GBI noted in a statement Thursday. ''The GBI Crime Laboratory continues to make the analysis a priority.''
Police and medical authorities have spent much of the week trying to find the source of the toxic pills and alerting people who might mistake them for Percocet.
A 60-year-old Macon woman thought to have taken one of the toxic pills on Monday was sent home from the hospital on Wednesday. But even then she said her head was hurting, ''my chest is still burning and my legs are on fire.''
No new cases were reported on Thursday.
Bibb County Sheriff Davis Davis said early actions by doctors and police to treat the spate of drug-wrought illnesses as a public health issue rather than a crime helped inform locals about the dangerous pills and almost surely warned them away from the bad drugs.
''Even the drug dealers know they have a poison product on their hands,'' Davis said.
He added that some who were selling the pills had ''probably destroyed the lot'' by now.
''It really would surprise me if we find anymore,'' the sheriff said.
The Telegraph has learned that at least two locations in Macon '-- one at a residence on the city's east side south of King-Danforth Elementary School in the Fort Hill area, and another at a house south of downtown off Ell Street '-- have been identified as places where the pills were sold.
About midday on Thursday, when a pair of Telegraph reporters and a photographer went to the house off Ell, four men were on the front porch.
A reporter asked the men whether it was the place where suspicious pills had been sold, but none of the guys said it was.
One of the men at the house just said, ''Man, we ain't no snitches. ... Get your ass out of here.''
VIDEO - Why is the DUP so controversial? The party's stances on abortion, gay marriage and climate change explained | The Independent
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:10
The Conservatives are preparing to form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), after shock election losses saw Theresa May's party fall short of a Commons majority.
Tory officials took part in ''extensive talks'' with Northern Ireland's largest unionist political party overnight but the deal could come at a high price.
The DUP has regularly courted controversy in its near 50-year history for its views on issues from same sex marriage to climate change.
Here are some of the most controversial positions held by the party:
LGBT rights
Ian Paisley Jr, son of the party's founder Ian Paisley, has previously called homosexuality ''immoral, offensive and obnoxious'' and said he was ''repulsed'' by gays and lesbians.
The party once championed a campaign called ''Save Ulster from Sodomy''.
Former DUP health minister Jim Wells told a South Down hustings in 2015: ''The gay lobby is insatiable, they don't know when enough is enough''.
He also said children who were raised in a homosexual relationship were more likely to be abused or neglected. He later apologised for the comments.
DUP politician Trevor Clarke last year said he thought only gay people could contract aids and HIV.
Gay marriage
The party staunchly opposes same-sex marriage, believing in what they call the ''traditional'' definition of the union, and has vetoed several attempts to pass new legislation.
Speaking of the pro-marriage equality movement, party leader Arlene Foster said in 2016: ''They are not going to influence me by sending me abuse '' in fact, they are going to send me in the opposite direction and people need to reflect on that.''
She added: ''I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality, that's not a matter for me '' when it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage.''
Arlene Foster on gay marriage: "I believe in union between a man and a woman"
The DUP has long opposed abortion and any attempts to liberalise the law. Ms Foster last year vowed to prevent terminations being made available in Northern Ireland.
''I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England and don't support the extension of the 1967 act,'' she told The Guardian in 2016.
Climate change
The party once appointed climate change denier Sammy Wilson as its environment minister.
Mr Wilson said it was a ''con'' to suggest humans had changed weather patterns.
He also said in 2014: ''We are already paying through the nose for electricity because we go down the route of the dearest electricity possible through renewable energy'' and are ''putting our agricultural industry in jeopardy because there is no greater producer of greenhouse gases than cows.''
Evolution and creationism
The party counts a number of creationists among its senior members.
DUP assembly member for West Tyrone, Thomas Buchanan, last year endorsed an event promoting creationism to be ''taught in every school''.
The event included presenting ''the biblical case for the sound teaching of children'' that will ''offer helpful practical advice on how to counter evolutionary teaching''.
DUP politician Edwin Poots has expressed his views that the planet is a ''young earth'' created just 4,000 years ago.
''You're telling me that cosmic balls of dust gathered and there was an explosion. We've had lots of explosions in Northern Ireland and I've never seen anything come out of that that was good,'' he told the Radio Times.
Ms Foster was embroiled in a sexism scandal when she described Sinn Fein's leader in Northern ireland, Michelle O'Neil, as ''blonde.''
''I don't want to be sexist because I can't...'' she told the Sunday Independent.
''Michelle is very attractive. She presents herself very well and she is '' you know '' her appearance is always very 'the same'.
''You never see her without her make-up. You never see her without her hair [looking] perfect.''
The DUP was the only party in the Stormont power executive to campaign for leave.
However the party want to avoid a hard border with Ireland and has spoken against a ''hard Brexit''.
Ms Foster said: ''No-one wants to see a 'hard' Brexit, what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union, and that's what the national vote was about '' therefore we need to get on with that.
''However, we need to do it in a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland, and, of course, our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland.''
Renewable energy scheme
As environment minister, Ms Foster introduced a poorly-executed renewable energy scheme known as ''cash for ash'' that could result in the taxpayer footing a £490m bill.
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VIDEO - Comey: Loretta Lynch Told Me Not to Call Clinton Investigation an 'Investigation,' Rather a 'Matter'
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:34
During former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony, he expounded upon what then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch told him to call the FBI's inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails.
Instead of calling it an investigation, Lynch ''directed'' Comey to call it a ''matter.''
''At one point, the attorney general directed me not to call it an investigation, but to call it a matter, and that confused me and concerned me,'' Comey said.
One of the reasons why it concerned Comey was because of the private meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac.
According to a source who spoke with New York Observer, the former president allegedly delayed his departure in order to meet her.
''We had been hoping to get him out before she arrived, just to avoid too much traffic. They [their planes] were 75 yards apart. We have a procedure we do to clear [space for] a motorcade. As we were ready to receive her, I saw the other motorcade coming in '-- we were like, 'great timing,''' the source said.
After the meeting, Lynch announced that she would accept the prosecutors' recommendations for charges in the case. The FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.
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VIDEO - Chris Matthews: Trump-Russia collusion theory 'came apart' with Comey testimony
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:32
Liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Thursday the accusation that President Trump directly colluded with Russia to interfere in the U.S. election "came apart" following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony in front of Congress.
In his written and spoken testimony on Thursday, Comey said that he never felt that Trump had tried to impede the FBI's investigation into Russia, even that the president had encouraged it and he suggested that former national security adviser Mike Flynn wasn't at the heart of the investigation.
"The assumption of the critics of the president, of his pursuers, you might say, is that somewhere along the line in the last year is the president had something to do with colluding with the Russians '... to affect the election in some way," Matthews said on MSNBC, following the testimony.
"And yet what came apart this morning was that theory," Matthews said, listing two reasons why. First, he said Comey revealed that "Flynn wasn't central to the Russian investigation," and secondly, he said that kills the idea that Flynn might have been in a position to testify against Trump.
"And if that's not the case, where's the there-there?" Matthews said.
In his testimony, Comey confirmed media reports that Trump had asked him if he could drop the FBI investigation into Flynn and that the president had asked for his "loyalty." But Comey also asserted that he had told Trump that he was not personally under any investigation and that the president had encouraged the Russia investigation, even if it implicated any of his associates.
The hearing lasted nearly three hours and was followed by additional closed testimony in the Senate.
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VIDEO - Christopher Wray's law firm has ties to Russian energy companies
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:30
Kenneth F. McCallion, Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET June 8, 2017 | Updated 9 hours ago
President Trump's pick for the next FBI director has his own ties to Russia. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60
Christopher Wray (Photo: King & Spalding)
On paper, Christopher Wray appears to be an excellent choice to serve as the next FBI director. He has "impeccable" academic credentials (Yale law school) and has had a decades-long distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and high-level official in the Department of Justice. As the criminal defense lawyer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the ''Bridgegate'' investigation, he did raise some eyebrows when it was learned that one of Christie's ''missing'' cellphones mysteriously ended up in Wray's possession, but this is unlikely to derail Wray's confirmation.
The most troubling issue that Wray may face is the fact that his law firm '-- King & Spalding '-- represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia's largest state-controlled oil companies.
Rosneft was prominently mentioned in the now infamous 35-page dossier prepared by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. The dossier claims that the CEO of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, offered candidate Donald Trump, through Trump's campaign manager Carter Page, a 19% stake in the company in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia. The dossier claims that the offer was made in July while Page was in Moscow.
Rosneft is also the company that had a $500 billion oil drilling joint-venture with Exxon in 2012, when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was Exxon's CEO. However, the deal was nixed by President Obama in 2014, when he imposed the sanctions that crippled Russia's ability to do business with U.S. companies. The lifting of sanctions by the Trump administration would enable Exxon to renew its joint venture agreement with Rosneft, and the law firm of King & Spalding could end up in the middle of the contract negotiations between those two companies.
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The law firm's representation of Gazprom raises even more serious conflict issues for Wray. Gazprom was a partner in RosUkrEnergo AG (''RUE''), which is controlled by Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. He is under federal indictment in Chicago for racketeering charges, has had numerous financial dealings with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and is generally considered to be a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle.
Though there is no indication that Wray personally worked on any of the Rosneft or Gazprom legal matters handled by his law firm, he might well have an ethical and legal conflict of interest that would prevent him from any involvement of the FBI's Russian probe. When a law firm such as King & Spalding represents clients, then all of the partners in that law firm have an actual or potential conflict of interest, preventing them from undertaking any representation of any other client that has interests clearly adverse to those of these two Russian companies. These conflict rules continue to apply even after a lawyer leaves the law firm, so Wray could be ethically barred from involving himself in a federal investigation that includes within its scope a probe of Rosneft, Gazprom and affiliated companies. The public appearance of conflict of interest and impropriety might require him to recuse himself from the investigation.
If Wray was confirmed as the FBI director, and then had to recuse himself with regard to some or all of the Russia-related aspects of the critical investigation being conducted by the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller, the potential damage to the investigation could be significant. If Wray refused to recuse himself from the Russia-Trump investigation '-- or at least acknowledge the potential conflict issue, a serious cloud could be cast over the FBI's level of commitment to the investigation.
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One of several reasons why former senator Joe Lieberman was generally considered to be unqualified for the FBI director's job was that his law firm '-- Kasowitz Benson Torres '-- has represented Trump for many years, thus creating the appearance of possible favoritism to Trump.
Similarly, the nomination of Wray as FBI director raises serious questions as to whether Wray '-- given his law firm's affiliation with Rosneft and Gazprom '-- would be perceived as an attempt by Trump to install a ''Russia-friendly'' director at the helm of the FBI.
The Senate must, therefore, proceed cautiously with Wray's confirmation hearing, and demand that any potential conflicts be fully disclosed '-- and hopefully resolved '-- before he is allowed to assume the title of FBI director.
Kenneth F. McCallion is a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and senior partner in the law firm of McCallion & Associates. He is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School in New York, and the author of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump.
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VIDEO - CNN Anchor Says Americans Should All Wear Headscarves to Show ''Solidarity'' With MUSLIMS -
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:04
Where does the Canned Nothing News network get these crazy people? Gays and crazies. That's all the Clinton News Network has to offer.
Since when does the host country have to conform to the lifestyle of those asking for our freedoms, our goodness, our way of life?
Every muslime who says we should allow them to, blah blah blah, should immediately be sent back to the sandbox.
VIDEO - Sen. John McCain's bizarre questioning of Comey - The Washington Post
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:03
During former FBI director James Comey's congressional testimony on Russian interference in the 2016 election on June 8, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) entered into a lengthy and confusing comparison of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and the Russia investigation. (Reuters)
This post has been updated with Sen. McCain's statement.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the last senator to question former FBI director James B. Comey at Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Nearing the end of more than 2½ hours of questioning, McCain focused his line on two FBI inquiries: the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state and the 2017 investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election.
But several of his questions confused viewers, and seemingly Comey himself, and he occasionally was incoherent. He referred to ''President Comey,'' and at times looked confused and frustrated with Comey's answers. Viewers clearly thought it was notable; Twitter announced it was the most-tweeted moment of the hearing.
''In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her, although it had been very careless in their behavior, but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her,'' McCain's line of questioning began. ''Yet at the same time, in the case of Mr. [Trump], you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion. Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former secretary Clinton is concerned, and Mr. Trump.''
Comey answered that the Clinton email investigation was a completed, closed investigation at the time he announced in July that ''no reasonable prosecutor'' would bring a case against her, while the Russia investigation is still underway and could be for some time.
But McCain wasn't satisfied. He seemed to be arguing that Comey exonerated Clinton, in a sense, but left an investigation looming over President Trump, setting a double standard.
Comey again tried to explain that he discussed the findings of the Clinton investigation only after it was completed.
''That investigation was going on. This investigation was going on. You reached separate conclusions,'' McCain said. Comey explained, for the third time, that the Clinton investigation was about an email server and was concluded in July.
That's when it got really weird.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked former FBI director James Comey a series of questions at a Senate Intelligence Hearing, but appeared to be confused about FBI investigations, on June 8 at the Capitol. (Reuters)
''You're gonna have to help me out here,'' McCain said. Comey replied that he was confused. In the video above, you can watch the entire exchange. But it boiled down to one point.
''I think it's hard to reconcile, in one case you reach a complete conclusion, and on the other side you have not,'' McCain said. ''I think that's a double standard there, to tell you the truth.''
Well, of course. The Clinton email investigation ended more than 11 months ago, while the Russia investigation continues. It was a bizarre argument from McCain, who appeared annoyed with Comey. Was he arguing that Comey should publicly exonerate Trump before the Russia investigation is finished? Was he arguing that Comey didn't investigate Clinton vigorously enough? Was he arguing that the FBI applied different standards to the two candidates?
It's hard to say, but McCain seemed to be trying to blunt the effect of Comey's testimony about Trump.
That's made all the more odd by the fact that, since Election Day (and even going back to the 2016 campaign), McCain has been one of the Senate Republicans most critical of Trump and his administration.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has repeatedly come under attack from President Trump. Here are just a few of their rocky moments. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)
McCain later released a statement, joking that ''maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.''
The rest of the statement reads:
What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice. In the case of Secretary Clinton's emails, Mr. Comey was willing to step beyond his role as an investigator and state his belief about what 'no reasonable prosecutor' would conclude about the evidence. I wanted Mr. Comey to apply the same approach to the key question surrounding his interactions with President Trump '-- whether or not the President's conduct constitutes obstruction of justice. While I missed an opportunity in today's hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.
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VIDEO - Key moments from James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee - ABC News
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:20
Former FBI Director James Comey testified for over two hours Thursday about the circumstances that led to his firing by President Donald Trump, the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Facing a procession of questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey provided a great deal of insight into his, and Trump's, actions throughout the highly anticipated hearing.
Here are the key moments from James Comey's testimony:
Comey fights back, calls Trump and White House liarsIn his opening remarks, Comey described the immediate aftermath of his firing, explaining his belief that the White House engaged in a campaign to damage his and the bureau's reputation.
"Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader," said Comey.
"Those were lies plain and simple," he continued. "And I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I am so sorry that the American people were told them. I worked every day at the FBI to help make that great organization better."
Comey says he was fired to 'change' Russia investigationAfter Comey's dismissal, the White House and Trump offered conflicting explanations for why the firing took place -- from Comey's actions during the Clinton email investigation to his management of the bureau and the Russia probe. The former director said he wasn't certain why he was fired but would believe Trump after the president disclosed he was thinking about Russia when he made the decision.
Jack Gruber/USA Today Network Sen.Richard Burr asks former FBI director James Comey questions during his testifmony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017, in Washington, D.C. "I don't know for sure. I know I was fired. Again, I take the president's words. I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that," said Comey.
"It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired in some way to change or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted. That is a very big deal," he added. "Not just because it involves me. The nature of the FBI and the nature of its work requires that it not be the subject of political consideration."
In an earlier moment, Comey was asked to consider what might have happened under a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton.
"I might have been [fired]. I don't know," said Comey. "Look, I've said before that was an extraordinarily difficult and painful time. I think I did what I had to do [in sharing information about the email investigation]. I knew it was going to be very bad for me personally and the consequences of that might have been, if Hillary Clinton was elected, I might have been terminated. I don't know. I really don't."
Trump not personally under investigation, Comey sought to assure him on dossierThe salacious, unverified dossier produced by former British spy Christopher Steele brought out a "strong and defensive reaction" from Trump according to Comey, upon which the director explained to the president that he was not personally under investigation.
"It was important for me to assure him we were not personally investigating him and the context then was narrower, focused on what I just talked to him about," said Comey.
"I was worried very much of being in kind of a J. Edgar Hoover-type situation," said Comey, referring to the bureau's powerful founding director who was known to compile damaging information about Washington elites. "I don't want him thinking I was briefing him on this to sort of hang it over him in some way."
Comey added that he volunteered the information to Trump and that as of his dismissal on May 9, the president's status had not changed.
'Lordy, I hope there are tapes'In a moment of candor, Comey responded to a question from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, about why he didn't tell Trump that the nature of their conversations were bordering on being inappropriate.
"That's a great question. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have," said Comey. "I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in and the only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind to remember every word he said, I was playing in my mind, what should my response be."
He added that, as a result, he chose his words "carefully," so as not to cross any lines and referred to a tweet of Trump's suggesting their conversations were taped, welcoming their release.
"I've seen the tweet about tapes," said Comey. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."
Comey took Trump's direction as an orderIn his line of questioning, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, honed in on whether Trump might have obstructed justice when he requested that Comey drop the Flynn investigation. He began by confirming what exactly Trump said to Comey.
"'I hope can you see your way clear to letting this go to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,'" said Risch, quoting Trump from Comey's written testimony. "Is that correct?"
Both Risch and Comey agreed that the request did not constitute an "order," but Comey noted there was nuance to the situation and that while the words didn't provide direction, he believed it was what Trump sought from him.
"He's the president of the United States, with me alone, saying 'I hope this.' I took it as, 'This is what he wants me to do,'" said Comey. "I didn't obey that. That's the way I took it."
Comey asked friend to share memo contents with press to prompt special counselThe contemporaneous memos written by Comey detailing his conversations with Trump were major news throughout May, following Comey's firing. He disclosed Thursday how they became public.
"My judgment was I need to get [the memos] out into the public square," said Comey. "So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memos with a reporter. I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel."
Comey later added that the crush of reporters outside his home -- which he characterized as "seagulls at the beach" -- drove his decision to ask a friend (Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman) to go to the press.
'The Russians interfered in our election'On a number of occasions, Comey reiterated the findings of the U.S. intelligence community earlier in the year -- that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the election.
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2017. "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle," said Comey. "They did with purpose, they did with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.
"There is no doubt on that. It is a high competence judgment of the entire intelligence community and the members of this committee have seen the intelligence," he continued. "It's not a close call. That happened. That's about as 'unfake' as you can possibly get and it is very, very serious, which is why it's so refreshing to see a bipartisan focus on that. Because this is about America, not any particular party."
Comey says Loretta Lynch asked him not to call Clinton email probe an 'investigation'Describing the circumstances that led to his public announcements about the status of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, Comey pointed to his concern with an impromptu June 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Not only did the former director indicate that he wanted to maintain the FBI's independence, but said he was also troubled by Lynch's comments about the inquiry.
"At one point, the attorney general directed me not to call it an 'investigation,' but instead to call it a 'matter,' which confused me and concerned me," said Comey. "But that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the Department [of Justice] if we were to close this case credibly."
Comey concerned Trump 'might lie'The committee's vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, asked Comey why he felt compelled to take contemporaneous notes about his meetings with Trump when he didn't with other presidents.
"First, I was alone with the president of the United States -- the president-elect, soon to be president," said Comey. "The subject matter -- I was talking about matters that touch on the FBI's core responsibility and that relate to the president-elect, personally.
"Then, the nature of the person," he added. "I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document."
Was there collusion between Trump and Russia?Comey sought not to provide his own opinion on whether there was collusion in the election-meddling efforts, explaining again that while he led the FBI, the president wasn't under suspicion. He left the matter open for the ongoing investigation to answer, however.
"Do you believe Donald Trump concluded with Russia? asked Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas.
"That's a question I don't think I should answer in an open setting," said Comey. "When I left, we did not have an investigation focused on President Trump. But that's a question that will be answered by the investigation, I think."
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A new viral video making the rounds is confusing the hell out of a lot of people who are now learning about the horrors of ''ecosex.'' The video, uploaded to Facebook by In the NOW, begins with the words, ''there are humans that 'f**k' nature'' and shows hippies literally rubbing dirt on themselves and licking trees.
One woman can be seen sensually shoving dirt into her mouth before the words ''ecosexuals consider earth to be a lover not a mother'' appear onscreen.
''They even perform 'weddings,''' the video continues, showing a mass congregation of ''ecosexuals'' marrying ''anything natural, from rocks to mountains and seas.''
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VIDEO - Video emerges of Seth Rich questioning ballot integrity
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:07
The DNC staffer's murder remains unsolvedA video has surfaced of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich questioning ballot integrity during the Election Data Summit in 2015.
''Seth Rich, with the DNC,'' he introduces himself, after clearing his throat. ''I think some of you had spoken about provisional ballots and rejected ballots '-- I guess we have looked at, as an outside practitioner with a vested interest in training our voters, how do we get better access to data that tells us why ballots are rejected '-- why ballots are cast as provisional '-- so we can analyze that and develop better training guides?''
Rich had valid concerns. During the Democratic primaries the following year, New York voters reported two voter purges that barred 120,000 people from being able to vote. The scandal, months before Rich's death, had lead to massive outcry from supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who believed that the DNC was engaging in election fraud to nominate Hillary Clinton.
The late Seth Rich during the Election Data Summit in 2015. (grab from YouTube)
Many have speculated that Rich was a supporter of Sanders, as he openly considered himself a progressive. Including in that group is Kim Dotcom, a tech mogul with close ties to WikiLeaks, who has asserted that the slain staffer was the source of the leaked DNC emails, and that he knew him.
As we have previously reported, Dotcom has offered to provide Congress with written testimony and proof that Rich was the source '-- if they will include his murder in their Russia investigation.
Additionally, the tech entrepreneur provided three email addresses that he claims belonged to Rich: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . The addresses pointed to social media and Reddit accounts that appeared to back up the claims that he may have been a disgruntled Sanders supporter.
Continued below...Rich was murdered early morning hours of July 10, 2016. The police initially ruled that it was a botched robbery '-- but his wallet, watch, and necklace were still on his person when he was discovered by police.
Twelve days after the murder, WikiLeaks began releasing documents that would reveal a plot within the Democratic Party to insure that Clinton would be nominated over the wildly popular Senator Sanders.
Assange has previously hinted that Rich may be the leaker, while repeatedly reminding the public that they never comment on their sources. WikiLeaks has also offered a $20,000 reward for information on his killer.
''Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back'... murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,'' Assange said during an interview with Dutch TV last year.
WikiLeaks has retweeted articles asserting that Rich was their source without providing additional comment.
This article first appeared at Big League Politics.
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VIDEO - Judge Jeanine: This Was Not the First Time James Comey Leaked Intel - YouTube
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:45
VIDEO - Herridge: Comey Now Has Conflict With His Previous Testimony Where He Said Wouldn't Be Anonymous Source | Video | RealClearPolitics
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:41
FOX News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge reacts to former FBI director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Herridge said she can not recall a time when a former FBI director deliberately leaked a memo to start an investigation or change the entire focus of an investigation going forward.
"I can't remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation," Herridge said Thursday afternoon.
"In his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Chuck Grassley asked him if he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified no. Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case and the Russian case, and James Comey said no," she reported.
"What you can draw here from that testimony is that once he left the office of FBI director, he was not necessarily a person of principle," Herridge said. "He made a decision to leak information on an anonymous basis in the hope of really changing the entire focus of the Russia investigation going forward."
CATHERINE HERRIDGE, FOX NEWS: I can't remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation.
One of the problems for James Comey right now is that in his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Chuck Grassley asked him if he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified no. Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case and the Russian case, and James Comey said no.
So at the very least, what you can draw here from that testimony is that once he left the office of FBI director, he was not necessarily a person of principle. He made a decision to leak information on an anonymous basis in the hope of really changing the entire focus of the Russia investigation going forward.
So that, based on my reporting here over the last couple of months, specifically on that issue, this sets up at the very least a conflict or the need for a further explanation how he squared these elements here.
VIDEO - Herridge: Comey Was Fired Because He Would Not Reveal the Unmaskers - YouTube
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James Comey: Lordy, I Hope There are Tapes In response to a question from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as to why he didn't stop and tell the president that is his line of'... read more
James Comey: Lordy, I Hope There are Tapes In response to a question from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as to why he didn't stop and tell the president that is his line of questioning was wrong, Mr. Comey says, "I was so stunned," adding that "maybe if I did it again I'd do it differently." He says he takes the president at his word that he was fired over ther Russia investigation. He also says, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes." close
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June 8, 2017 | Clip Of Russian Interference in 2016 Election James Comey: AG Lynch Asked Me to Refer to Clinton Investigation as a "Matter" In response to a question from Senator RIchard Burr, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Comey says that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him not to call the Clinton probe an "investigation," but rather a "matter."
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