Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GOOD STUFF 052318

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WEDNESDAY 052318 WEDNESDAY 052318 
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Hillary Clinton is a really bitter stage 5 clinger.





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Masked men fire AK-47s in strict gun-control France- Hooded gunmen armed with AK-47s have opened fire near a group of young people on a housing estate outside the French Mediterranean city of Marseille before reportedly taking a man hostage. At least one person was injured when the gunmen, all dressed in black, drew up in three vehicles, and began shooting near a cultural centre in the Busserine district. The local newspaper La Provence reported that the armed gang appeared to be looking for someone and threatened locals before firing several times into the air. They then grabbed a youth and drove off.


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Queen Elizabeth issued a formal request for the Commonwealth Heads of Government to appoint her son Prince Charles as her successor during an official meeting at Buckingham Palace. She said, “It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.”


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Mark Zuckerberg apologized to European Union lawmakers over the fake-news and privacy scandals engulfing Facebook Inc., FB -0.37% but rebuffed suggestions that the company has outsize market power and avoided responding to many difficult questions.
Speaking at a hearing at the European Parliament Tuesday on how the social network handles Europeans’ data, Facebook’s CEO echoed his recent testimony before U.S. Congress on similar issues. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility—that was a mistake and I’m sorry for it,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “I’m committed to getting this right.” WHAT????



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The EU has leapt ahead of the UK in the pursuit of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand after member states gave the green light for talks to start within weeks. With Theresa May insistent that leaving the EU will involve exiting the customs union and the bloc’s external commercial policy, the announcement from Brussels opens up the possibility that the EU could enjoy better terms with the two Commonwealth nations after Brexit than the UK will.


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Russia's parliament on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the U.S. and other countries. The bill, drafted by leading lawmakers at the State Duma in response to the latest round of U.S. sanctions, lays out a wide range of restrictions for U.S. businesses in Russia and for cooperation with the U.S. Among other things, the bill allows the Russian president to "ban or suspend cooperation with a hostile state" and ban imports of goods from unnamed countries.


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Russia's first floating nuclear power plant arrived in the Arctic port of Murmansk over the weekend in preparation for its maiden mission: providing electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska. The state company behind the plant, called the Akademik Lomonosov, says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions of the planet, but green campaigners have expressed concern about the risk of nuclear accidents. Greenpeace has called it the "nuclear Titanic".


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Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world's biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran's nuclear deal.



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Some Netflix users aren’t too happy about the streaming provider’s newly announced deal with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to produce original content on the service. After the deal was announced on Monday, a growing number of users have said they’ll cancel their Netflix subscriptions and called on others to do the same. The users, who continue to express their displeasure with the deal on Twitter, have also posted screenshots of their Netflix cancellation confirmation pages.


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Mike Pompeo’s claim that the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is carrying out “assassination operations in the heart of Europe” has bewildered security experts and Iranian exiles, who say they are not aware of any evidence for the allegation. Asked about Pompeo’s statement, the state department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said: “He has information and access to information that I do not. I am not able to comment on that in particular but I can tell the secretary has assured me that there is a basis for that point in his speech and he stands firmly behind that.”


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The separatists in the Donetsk region accused Ukraine of using heavy artillery and tanks to shell residential areas. They said four civilians were killed and another four were wounded in Ukrainian shelling last week. The four-year-old conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted after Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and has killed more than 10,300 people and caused hundreds of thousands to be displaced. A 2015 peace agreement was signed in Minsk but daily clashes continue unabated.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

GOOD STUFF 052118

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German public broadcaster ZDF has been lashed for what critics called “racist” coverage of Britain’s royal wedding Saturday.
Announcers were mesmerized by how African-Americans straighten their hair, repeatedly referred to Meghan Markle and black wedding guests as “exotic,” and said the gospel choir at the wedding sang “beautifully black,” German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
HuffPost Germany complained: “The station never tires of emphasizing that Meghan Markle … is black. Black, black, black. Can we please talk about hats again?”
At one point, a ZDF announcer wondered: “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another responded, according to DW: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat de-curled, same as Meghan probably does all the time.



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Tens of thousands of people have surged across the border into Canada from the United States to claim asylum in the past year as the Trump administration’s policies on migrants caused worry among asylum seekers and anti-migrant sentiment rose. The flood of migrants has put pressure on Canada’s asylum system, accustomed to smaller numbers, and has driven up costs. So Canadian policymakers are bolstering one tactic to ease the burden: They’re integrating refugee claimants as quickly as possible into the job market.


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7 Traits Kids Get From Their Fathers- Think he looks just like his father? Here are the traits babies actually inherit from Dad.


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Why can't men and women be friends without any sort of romantic entanglement? It's a question as old as time—and, yes, we realize that it's a slightly problematic question, since it's based on a false premise. Certainly, men and women can have rich, fulfilling friendships, but those relationships are less common than same-sex friendships.


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There are now more billionaires in the world than ever before: 2,754. That's according to The Wealth-X Billionaire Census 2018, which finds that "the billionaire population and their wealth soared to record levels in 2017." The United States accounts for 25 percent of the global billionaire population, Wealth-X finds though it's home to just over 4 percent of the world's total population. In fact, there are more billionaires in the U.S. (680), than in China, Germany and India combined.


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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE ATTACKING PARENTS IN THE DROP OFF LINE! Or, maybe: There's an American Hero Protecting Kids at Dulles Elementary. I didn't want to upload a large video, you'll need to be on FB


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