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(David Bythewood) #181

WikiLeaks: Assange will be expelled from Ecuadorian Embassy within ‘hours to days’

All indications are the U.K. will then arrest him.


MOSCOW (AP) — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.

Russia’s central bank said that Commercial Bank of Ivanovo committed “numerous” breaches of anti-money laundering regulations — including by providing “incomplete and unreliable information” about transactions — and inflated the value of its assets.

The central bank has appointed administrators and says more than 70 percent of CBI’s lending was “low-quality loans.”

Taylor, a Republican widely considered a hard-line conservative, was a congressman from North Carolina between 1991 and 2007.

Central bank records show Taylor owns more than 80 percent of CBI, a regional lender based in the textile-manufacturing city of Ivanovo, just over 150 miles (245 kilometers) north-east of Moscow. …

Taylor bought CBI in 2003 alongside his business partner Boris Bolshakov, a former KGB agent and Supreme Soviet deputy who is listed as the bank’s second-largest shareholder.

Russians laundering money into the U.S. aided by a wealthy Republican politician? Who ever imagined such a thing could happen? I’m shocked!

Here’s a more detailed article from a regional paper:


This is how I want all news to be reported lol.


So like, Bernie has a podcast now. I don’t know how I feel about this… Is it just me or is that just an hour long political advertisement?

Fuck it we need those votes.
Podcasts for everyone.


Watch is exchange - dumbfounding accusations towards former Sen Kerry on his credentials to discuss Climate Change

How low can we go? Apparently this low.




Follow thread about recent election in Madagascar and how the Russians swooped in to supply money and influence voters to support certain candidates…


Mayor Pete’s team is so incredibly savvy, they put together a public design tool kit! This is how you turn fans into brand ambassadors.



The 10-year agreement would make Braidy Rusal’s biggest customer and give Rusal a significant presence in the U.S. rolled-aluminum market, where it has no mills of its own. Rusal would own a 40% stake in the Braidy subsidiary operating the mill.

“We think this type of partnership is something we could replicate around the world,” said Gregory Barker, chairman of Rusal parent company En+ Group PLC and Britain’s former minister for energy and climate change.

The deal still needs to be approved by board members at Braidy and En+.

The investment in Braidy is the first by Rusal and En+ in the U.S. since the federal government imposed sanctions against the company in April 2018 in retribution for Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The sanctions were lifted in January after Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska agreed to surrender his majority ownership of En+ and the board was revamped, with Mr. Barker as chairman.


Mayor Pete on the fire at Notre Dame. Click for video and translation :point_down:


He is SO thoughtful, smart and never with attitude. And kind, and so human…


The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the superior news reporting of the year…Here are a few of the winners…Dogged reporting…and speaking ‘truth to power.’ - so impressive.


The South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Sun Sentinel’s sweeping coverage of the causes and consequences of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., shaped the national gun safety debate and prompted changes in local policies. The paper addressed a culture of leniency at Broward County schools, blunders by the sheriff’s office in responding to the attack and attempts by officials to mask their failures.

Finalists ProPublica, The Washington Post


Staff of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I don’t think there’s a single person on the staff who didn’t contribute” to covering the shooting deaths of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue, said Keith Burris, the paper’s executive editor. A visceral account of the attack began with the first words of the Mourners’ Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, rendered in Hebrew. Other articles examined the victims’ lives, the harrowing experiences of survivors and the quick reactions of 911 center workers.

Finalists The Chico Enterprise-Record; South Florida Sun Sentinel


Staff of The Wall Street Journal


David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner

of The New York Times

The 18-month investigation of President Trump’s finances debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire “riddled with tax dodges,” the Pulitzer committee said. The series led city and state officials in New York to open investigations into whether Mr. Trump and his family had underpaid taxes on his father’s real estate empire and participated in fraudulent tax schemes. This is the fourth Pulitzer for Mr. Barstow; Ms. Craig, 51, and Mr. Buettner, 57, have been finalists.

Finalists Kyra Gurney, Nicholas Nehamas, Jay Weaver and Jim Wyss of The Miami Herald; Aaron Glanz and Emmanuel Martinez of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting; Staff of The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for its articles on hush money payments made to two women who claimed during the 2016 presidential campaign that they had sexual encounters with Donald J. Trump. “To see the story unfold the way it did and reach the president was just incredible,” said Michael Rothfeld, one of The Journal reporters who contributed to the coverage. “For me, it’s just the story of a lifetime.”

In honoring The Sun Sentinel, The Post-Gazette and The Capital Gazette, the Pulitzer board underlined the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. First given in 1917, the Pulitzer Prizes are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters.

Invoking the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist killed in Turkey by Saudi assassins, Ms. Canedy praised this year’s honorees for a willingness to speak truth to power.

The Times’s examination of Mr. Trump’s family finances, by the journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and previously undisclosed tax returns.


And what a coincidence that this would affect Kentucky so positively with Sen McConnell being up for re-election in 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, opposed the effort to block the sanctions relief on the Russian companies, the New York Times reported in January.

A spokesman for McConnell did not immediately respond on Monday when asked if the Braidy Industries investment played a role in McConnell’s stance on the sanctions.

Braidy Industries is looking for more help from the Trump administration to make the aluminum mill a reality: It is seeking $800 million in below-market financing from a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at helping produce efficient vehicles.


President Trump deleted a tweet Monday in which he had mistakenly said he had spoken by phone with Sri Lanka’s president instead of the country’s prime minister in the wake of the Easter Sunday explosions that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500.

The deleted tweet marks the second time Trump has tweeted erroneous information related to the Sri Lanka attacks. In a now-deleted Sunday morning tweet, he grossly overstated the death toll as “at least 138 million people.”


Meanwhile, across the states…

State legislatures across the country are planning to completely restrict abortion access.

Twenty-one abortion restrictions have been enacted across the U.S. this year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks data for research and policy analysis on abortion in the U.S. And with another eight months left, lawmakers in 28 state legislatures have introduced bills that seek to add even more restrictions.

The efforts are part of ramped-up, grassroots efforts by conservative, anti-abortion activists to make the medical procedure inaccessible, illegal, and in the most extreme cases, a potential capital murder charge.

They literally want to put women to death for ending a pregnancy.


I really don’t understand why anyone should be interested in what I do with my body. Plus, wouldn’t this increase the number of children on welfare & possibly non white children? Things that conservatives seem to abhor?

This is my favorite article on abortion!


You don’t say…

Using a data set spanning nine predominantly English-speaking countries, researchers delineated a number of key findings. First, men are much more likely than women to master the art of hyperbole, as are the wealthy relative to the poor or middle class. North Americans, meanwhile, tend to slip into this behavior more readily than English speakers in other parts of the globe. And if there were a world championship, as a true devotee might appreciate, the title would go to Canada, data show.


An overview on where Democracy is alive or dying in various countries from a Georgetown Political Scientist -

And here’s what the US is up to

The United States

Restrictive laws are even appearing here in the United States, so far only at the state rather than the federal level – aside from a handful of obscure measures. These laws are designed to curb what nonprofits and activists can do.

For example, over the past decade, more than half of all states have introduced so-called “ag-gag laws,” measures designed to silence whistleblowers who reveal animal abuses on industrial farms. However, the U.S. system of checks and balances is slowing and reversing their impact. American courts are finding many of these laws to be in violation of the Constitution.

At the same time, ag-gag laws remain on the books in at least seven states.

Initiatives at the state and federal level since November 2016 that aim to restrict the rights of Americans to protest are all over the map. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), CC BY-SA

Similarly, since November 2016, legislators in 35 states have considered more than 91 bills designed to restrict protest activities. For example, a growing number of states, including Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Washington have introduced harsh new criminal penalties for protesters who wear hooded jackets or otherwise disguise their identities while protesting. What’s more, states, including Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas, have proposed laws shielding motorists from liability if they end up injuring or killing protesters who block traffic.

Few of these anti-protest measures, only 11 of 91 considered, have been enacted. Legal challenges could topple many if not all of them. But these measures do, in my view, have the potential to erode American democracy.
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Mind boggling…

while the Governor, now Senator Scott said during the run-up to the election…

Scott, as his office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Control have pointed out often, said red tide is naturally occurring.

Scott cut the agency’s budget in half, by $700 million, resulting in 500 layoffs and several dozen vacant jobs being cut or frozen. Half of them were scientists, hydrologists, engineers, field technicians and regulators tasked with protecting, conserving or restoring water resources in the 16-county district.

“You put pollution in the water, it will grow the algae in the summer,” Nelson said.

(David Bythewood) #200

Trump lost it today attacking the firefighter’s union and Joe Biden. He re-tweeted something by frequent cheerleader Dan Bongino, followed by FIFTY-NINE re-tweets of people who responded to Dan. 59, all in a childish effort to one-up Biden. It’s… kind of nuts.

I screen-capped in a thread: Windthin ~ [REDACTED] Rebel Scum 🇵🇷🏳️‍🌈❄️🌊 on Twitter: "Okay, this is #DerangedDonald Trump at his most childish yet. He literally just went and re-tweeted as many firefighters as he could find who support him, just to thumb his nose at their union and Democrats.…"