Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton scooped up outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday afternoon as the honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program.
In a sort of thank you letter, Clinton said the Miami congresswoman will serve as a surrogate for her national campaign, helping the team in Florida and other key states.
“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.
And in her dictionary “work for the American people” is defined as “stab anybody in the back who is in my way” of course. If the past couple years in American politics were a fictional plot in a movie, critics would pan it for being too unrealistic. If it were a book, it’d probably be called “The Pelican Queef”
Robert Heimberger, a police investigator, said on Saturday it appeared the gunman had hacked a Facebook account and lured people to the shopping centre with an offer of free food.
The post, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to McDonald’s at 4pm, saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”
“It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out,” Heimberger said.
В последние дни в Сети активно обсуждали фотографию, сделанную в Санкт-Петербурге. Очевидцы запечатлели автомобиль Chevrolet Niva, который на приличной скорости разъезжал по дорогам с бревном на месте заднего левого колеса.
После того, как этот необычный способ передвижения получил общественный резонанс не только в соцсетях, но и в СМИ, водитель “Нивы” — путешественник Эдуард Алимов, удовлетворил любопытство тех, кто задавался вопросом: “Зачем?”
По его словам, во время очередной поездки по бездорожью Ленинградской области он заехал в болото и набрал воды в два цилиндра двигателя. “Заклинивший мотор удалось реанимировать на месте, но вскоре выяснилось, что “Нива” лишилась и левой полуоси заднего моста. По совету товарища из джиперского клуба решил использовать “дедовский” метод, благо пила имелась”, — приводит слова водителя “Российская газета“.
На 120-километровый путь до дома всего у Эдуарда “ушло” три бревна. “Машина ехала 50 километров в час и нормально управлялась. Дорожное покрытие не пострадало”, — заверил путешественник.
Tree-Wheel Drive? If he rotates them enough, it will be a 4×4..
The reason for this fix was that during his travel the driver somehow drove into a swamp and rear axle of his car was broken. He traveled 120 kilometers (75 miles) like this and used 3 logs during this trip.
Kitten videos are harmless, right? Except when they take over your phone.
Not long after the discussion of the party bills, Trump approached Schwartz about writing a sequel, for which Trump had been offered a seven-figure advance. This time, however, he offered Schwartz only a third of the profits. He pointed out that, because the advance was much bigger, the payout would be, too. But Schwartz said no. Feeling deeply alienated, he instead wrote a book called “What Really Matters,” about the search for meaning in life. After working with Trump, Schwartz writes, he felt a “gnawing emptiness” and became a “seeker,” longing to “be connected to something timeless and essential, more real.”
Schwartz told me that he has decided to pledge all royalties from sales of “The Art of the Deal” in 2016 to pointedly chosen charities: the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center. He doesn’t feel that the gesture absolves him. “I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” he said. “There’s no righting it. But I like the idea that, the more copies that “The Art of the Deal” sells, the more money I can donate to the people whose rights Trump seeks to abridge.”
CLEVELAND—Warning that remaining in the vicinity could lead to numerous adverse health effects, officials at the Republican National Convention asked all pregnant women to leave Quicken Loans Arena during Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday night for the safety of their developing fetuses, sources confirmed. “We urge pregnant women in attendance to take precautions to protect their unborn children by exiting the premises for the entirety of Ted Cruz’s speech, as any exposure to the senator could cause significant birth defects,” announced RNC operations manager Caroline Davidson over the arena’s sound system 15 minutes prior to the Texas lawmaker’s scheduled appearance, while volunteers distributed pamphlets outlining further steps pregnant mothers should take to safeguard themselves, including not reentering the building for at least 24 hours after the senator had finished speaking and avoiding direct contact with anyone who was present during Cruz’s speech for the remainder of their pregnancy. “Failure to heed this warning could result in complications for your child’s cranial nerve development, while prolonged exposure has been shown to pose a substantially increased risk of major congenital malformations. We also have reason to believe that any genetic abnormalities stemming from one’s proximity to Cruz could manifest not only in your child, but in their eventual children as well.” Following the announcement, convention officials reportedly distributed lead aprons to those remaining seated in the first 20 rows, instructing attendees to make sure they covered their abdominal organs completely, before welcoming Cruz to the stage.
Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after he incited his followers to bombard Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with racist and demeaning tweets.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”
This essay he wrote in 2012 will explode your irony meter:
So perhaps what’s needed now is a bolder form of censure after all, because the internet is not a universal human right. If people cannot be trusted to treat one another with respect, dignity and consideration, perhaps they deserve to have their online freedoms curtailed. For sure, the best we could ever hope for is a smattering of unpopular show trials. But if the internet, ubiquitous as it now is, proves too dangerous in the hands of the psychologically fragile, perhaps access to it ought to be restricted. We ban drunks from driving because they’re a danger to others. Isn’t it time we did the same to trolls?
“I’ll do a video interview if you get kermit the frog (or a homemade non-trademark violating puppet) and a voice actor to read lines I type in chat,” Phineas Fisher told me.
After signing controversial anti-terrorist legislation earlier today, President Putin ordered the Federal Security Service (the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB) to produce encryption keys to decrypt all data on the Internet. According to the executive order, the FSB has two weeks to do it. Responsibility for carrying out Putin’s instructions falls on Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB.
The new “anti-terrorist” laws require all “organizers of information distribution” that add “additional coding” to transmitted electronic messages to provide the FSB with any information necessary to decrypt those messages. It’s still unclear what information exactly online resources are expected to turn over, given that all data on the Internet is encoded, one way or another, and in many instances encryption keys for encrypted information simply don’t exist.
And there’s more…
The UK government has publicly admitted that parts of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), better known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, would allow it to force companies to ban end-to-end encryption.
In what may be viewed as a huge assault on the public’s privacy, not to mention digital security, the government would ask internet and communication service providers to “develop and maintain a technical capability to remove encryption that has been applied to communications or data”. As one member of the House of Lords put it, when debating the IPB, this essentially means that companies may not use end-to-end encryption, and could leave the public at risk, not to mention setting a supremely dangerous precedent.
You’ll wanna know, however, about the 72 things that are banned from being carried outside the arena so that everyone there will remain safe. I don’t get paid by the word, but what the hell, I think sharing at least some of this list is necessary. If only to show just how truly inane we’ve allowed our laws to become, because of men and women like Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence. And Senators who probably don’t want you to know what they’ve been up to, like Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida.
So without further ado, if you’re planning on heading to the convention to hang outside, you should remember you’re banned from bringing such innately dangerous objects as tennis balls (you could have a serve like Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, after all), sound amplification equipment, umbrellas with metal tips, padlocks, sleeping bags, gas masks, ornaments (you never know when that kid from ‘Home Alone’ might show up), ceramic vessels, bicycle locking devices, tents, coolers, lasers (sharks with lasers?), canned goods, shovels, light bulbs, aerosol cans, ropes longer than six feet, non-plastic containers, ice chests, mattresses and of course bb guns, paintball guns and water guns.
Any of that stuff would be too dangerous. Actual, real bullet-firing guns, like AR-15s and .50 caliber, shoulder fired, semi-automatic sniper rifles? Totes cool.
After all, you have no constitutional right to carry a tennis ball..
One of the more uplifting sections in Melania Trump’s convention speech tonight was virtually identical to a passage from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008.
Here’s the key moment in Trump’s speech:
My parents impressed on me the values: that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.
And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. [Cheering] Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
And here’s a similar passage from Obama’s speech in 2008:
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Give Melania credit, at least, for remembering not to use the phrase “our daughters Malia and Sasha.”
There was a nice rick-roll moment as well:
Someone in the campaign is the next generation of troll.
For this mountain gorilla whose mother was killed by poachers, the pain is all too real. In an emotional display of mourning, the dismayed gorilla holds onto park ranger Patrick Karabaranga for support.
Captured in July 2012 at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this photograph documents the gorilla’s capacity to express loss and Karabaranga’s compassion for an individual of another species: a much needed skill in a world where human activity increasingly encroaches upon the lives of wild gorillas.
Mountain gorillas have become a critically endangered species as a result of two distinct human activities. First, mass deforestation has resulted in severe habitat loss for not only gorillas but many animals of the rainforest. Every day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed in the name of profitable industries such as logging, agriculture and mining.
Tomislav Matecic decided the Discovery Channel’s animation of an asteroid destroying the Earth needed music, so he used Pink Floyd’s The Great Gig In The Sky for a soundtrack.
“Aarhus is the first, to my knowledge, to grapple with [extremism] based on sound social psychology evidence and principles,” Kruglanski says. What Link and Aarslev were doing was so unexpected that it created an opening for people to think differently about their ideology. “They expect to be treated harshly,” Kruglanski says. Instead, they got the opposite. “That kind of shock opens people’s minds to maybe they were wrong about their society that they perceived as their enemy. It opens a possible window into rethinking and re-evaluating.”
Starting in 2012, 34 people went from Aarhus to Syria. As far as the police know, six were killed and 10 are still over there. Of the 18 who came back home, all showed up in Aarslev and Link’s office, as did hundreds of other potential radicals in Aarhus — about 330 in total.
But the program is admired for another accomplishment: Since the initial exodus of young people, very few have left from Aarhus for Syria, even when traffic from the rest of Europe was spiking. Last year, in 2015, it was just one person.
Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts recently ate hospital food and you won’t believe what happened next. Well, if you have ever eaten hospital food, you probably will.
Authorities say a Florida man fired shots at two late-night “Pokemon Go” players in a car outside his house but no one was injured.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Troiano says in a news release that the homeowner awoke to a noise outside about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw a car sitting in the road in front of his house. He told authorities he got a handgun and approached the vehicle.
Troiano says the two teens in the car sped away and the man fired several shots at them.
Later that morning, he says, the mother of one of the teens called the sheriff’s office when they realized the car had a flat tire and several bullet holes in it. She told officials the two had been playing the smartphone app.