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It sure looks like Melania Trump copied her speech from Michelle Obama

Posted on July 19th, 2016 at 8:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


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.

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  1. Poor girl makes good? That’s so uplifting…or…is it surgery?

  2. At least they cribbed a good speech from a far superior speaker!

  3. Now just wait, soon Republicans will be telling us that it was Michelle who plagiarized the speech. Obviously, the Democrats in 2008 looked around for a speech for Michelle Obama and, wanting the very best speech they could, looked eight years into the future and found Melania’s speech.
    Yeah, that’s it.
    And then Republicans can get back to telling us how those evil Democrats have ruined the country…
    Back in the 90’s, I’d have said that this was too crazy even to joke about but given that the GOP’s sanity level has been sliding away for twenty years it really wouldn’t surprise me if I heard this argument put forward seriously.

  4. Something really fishing going on here: https://americanappall.tumblr.com/post/147661245152/jibril-salocinogul-snatchingyofav-they
    Was the purpose here to freak me out and make me anxious? Because it is (finally) working.

  5. @Sue – uplifting? Now that’s a stretch 🙂

  6. [Quote:]

    The theme for Tuesday focuses on jobs with the theme Make America Work Again

    Because Work will set you Free.

    Oh wait…

  7. Isn’t it, YOUR work will make THEIR riches even more free?
    Pay your taxes so the rich don’t have to!

  8. We all know how well Obama kept his word too. Still waiting for that “change”. The only thing sure is that neither candidate will keep their word or accept their failures. I vote for transparency and accountability.

Man Comforts Gorilla Who Just Lost His Mom

Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 21:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


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.

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Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 19:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. LOL! Good thing I speak both dialects… 🙂

  2. Steam, too, loves the poorly educated.


Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Celebration Reel

Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 14:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I Never Said I Was Frightened of Dying

Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 14:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


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.

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How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS

Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


“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.

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No shit sherlock

Posted on July 18th, 2016 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


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.

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Man Shoots at ‘Pokemon Go’ Players Outside House

Posted on July 17th, 2016 at 13:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


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.

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  1. Ok, early days so more details may pop up but…
    Man sees a car outside his home and goes to see why they’re there. Car drives away and… he starts shooting? ‘How dare that car drive away! I was curious so I fired because I wasn’t going to have my curiosity satisfied!’
    But no, there aren’t too many guns in America, and too many people certainly don’t think of them as a solution to life’s problems…

Facebook wins appeal over tracking non-members in Belgium

Posted on July 16th, 2016 at 15:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


Facebook can resume tracking Belgians online even if they don’t have an account with the social network, an appeals court has ruled.

The Brussels Court of First Instance had previously ordered Facebook to stop placing its “datr” cookie in Internet users’ browsers unless they were Facebook members. It ordered the company to pay a fine of €250,000 per day until it complied with this interim ruling.

But on Wednesday the appeals court overturned the cookie ban and the fine on the grounds that such interim orders can only be made in urgent cases. In this case, Belgium’s privacy commission waited until 2015 to forbid something Facebook began doing in 2012, suggesting it hadn’t acted with urgency.

The appeals court also ruled that Facebook Ireland and its U.S. parent are outside the jurisdiction of Belgian courts, and that only Facebook Belgium was answerable to Belgian privacy law. Facebook Ireland manages Facebook’s relationships with all its users outside North America.

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In light of all the recent killing and violence, I remind you of this

Posted on July 16th, 2016 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Good. Needed that reminder 🙂

Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Doesn’t Accept Evolution or Climate Change

Posted on July 15th, 2016 at 22:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in 2009 when asked about evolution. It was a softball question for the then-House Representative and he whiffed.

MATTHEWS: You want to educate the American people about science and its relevance today. Do you believe in evolution, sir?

PENCE: Uh, do I believe in evolution? I embrace the view that God created the Heavens and the Earth, the Seas, and all that’s in them.

MATTHEWS: Right, but do you believe in evolution as the way He did it?

PENCE: The means, Chris, that He used to do that, I can’t say. But I do believe in that fundamental truth.

MATTHEWS: Did you take biology in school? Did you take science, which is all based on evolutionary belief and assumption?… If your party wants to be credible on science, you gotta accept science. Do you accept science?

PENCE: … On the global warming issue, I know that in the mainstream media…

MATTHEWS: See, now you’re hedging. This is why people don’t trust Republicans.

PENCE: In the mainstream media, Chris, there is a denial of the growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming…

MATTHEWS: Do you believe that we should be teaching science in school, or Creationism? See, this is the problem. I asked you: do you have a passion? And I don’t think the Republicans have a passion for global warming and issues like the green movement. You have skepticism about it… I would argue you have a very strong split position on the issue of science. You have people in your party who don’t believe in stem cell research and federal funding of that, who don’t believe in evolution…

PENCE: Oh, come on, Chris.

MATTHEWS: Well, let me ask you this: Does your party agree on stem cell research?

PENCE: What is science but an exploration… of demonstrable fact, isn’t it? I think in our schools, we should teach all of the facts about all of these controversial areas, and let our students, let our children and our children’s children, decide based upon the facts…

MATTHEWS: So you accept the scientific method, then…

PENCE: … I accept the scientific method, but what the administration did on stem cells was ignore scientific breakthroughs that obviated the need to destroy human embryos for research…

There are people on your side of the argument who believe that all the pre-historic bones we’ve discovered in the world, all the dinosaur bones and all that stuff, was somehow planted there by liberal scientists to make the case against the bible. There are people that really are against science in your party, who really do question, not just the science behind climate change, but the science behind evolutionary fact that we were taught — you and I in our biology books. They don’t accept the scientific method. They believe in belief itself, and once you hold that truth that, “I’m not gonna be busted here on science, I’m not gonna lose the argument on science,” people say “I don’t think your party really believes in human progress.”

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  1. Mike Pence: Sarah Palin Without The Charisma

  2. So Trump, the man who’s all ego, all ‘me-me-me’, has chosen Pence, the gay-hating, liberal-bashing, rich-person-loving Governor of Indiana to be his running mate. Trump, who is clueless about politics, has managed to blow the VP-rollout, missing just about every step in the ‘Doing It Right’ manual, following this with stories about changing his mind after the last minute.
    And let’s not forget that Pence is principally famous for signing a ‘cool-to-discriminate-against-LGBT’ bill and annoying every liberal in America, then signing a watered-down version of the same bill, annoying hard-line conservatives who felt he should have stuck to his guns.
    Get your popcorn out, this slow-motion train wreck is going to be a treat to watch.

  3. OK, most women, most minorities, all immigrants, have already been grotesquely insulted by the campaign. So I guess it remained for LGBT people to be really, really pissed off by this (if they hadn’t already been part of another group).

    I call bogus. Donald Trump is a plant…

  4. Well one thing is sure, as population density & levels of education go up, people are more inclined to vote Democrat. Guess what’s happening to the demographics in the USA, that’s right, people are living closer together, and even if they’re not then the internet makes it seem that way, and the GOP is, long-term, toast.
    Imagine a shadowy clique of Republicans meeting, knowing all this… and the conspiracy theory writes itself from here.
    “Donald Trump, on November 4th, more than 20 points behind in the national and swing-state polls, held a press conference today where he broke down in tears and admitted that he was a Democrat plant to make the GOP look bad (by embracing all their beliefs and policies and getting them out into the open but let’s not ruin our conspiracy theory). Instantly, the voters turned on the vile and underhanded Democrats and handed the White House, the Congress and the Senate, and a Senate supermajority too, to the GOP.”
    Yes, I know it’s nuts but wouldn’t it make a great end to the entertainment that is this year’s election run? Remember, in show business, you should always go out with a bang.

Drone race

Posted on July 15th, 2016 at 11:37 by John Sinteur in category: News



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Footage of California police killing unarmed teen prompts claim of ‘trigger-happy’ officers

Posted on July 14th, 2016 at 20:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


Police in California have released graphic body-camera footage of officers repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager, including multiple shots that were fired as the adolescent was gravely wounded, lying on his back and barely moving.

The release on Wednesday of video of the killing of Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old shot at a gas station in Fresno on 25 June, occurred just hours after the police department told the Guardian it would not release the footage.

Officers privately showed the video to Noble’s family last Friday but had initially refused to release the video to the public until the investigation was complete.

“They just wanted to shoot him,” said Darren Noble, Dylan’s father, after watching the footage. “They’re just trigger-happy.”

(video is on the article. Not placing it here to project your blood pressure)

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What Happens If GPS Fails?

Posted on July 14th, 2016 at 17:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


In only took thirteen millionths of a second to cause a whole lot of problems.

Last January, as the U.S. Air Force was taking one satellite in the country’s constellation of GPS satellites offline, an incorrect time was accidentally uploaded to several others, making them out of sync by less time than it takes for the sound of a gunshot to leave the chamber.

The minute error disrupted GPS-dependent timing equipment around the world for more than 12 hours. While the problem went unnoticed by many people thanks to short-term backup systems, panicked engineers in Europe called equipment makers to help resolve things before global telecommunications networks began to fail. In parts of the U.S and Canada, police, fire, and EMS radio equipment stopped functioning. BBC digital radio was out for two days in many areas, and the anomaly was even detected in electrical power grids.

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The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games

Posted on July 14th, 2016 at 14:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Given that Olympic Games held over the past decade each have cost USD 8.9 billion on average, the size and financial risks of the Games warrant study. The objectives of the Oxford Olympics study are to (1) establish the actual out turn costs of previous Olympic Games in a manner where cost can consistently be compared across Games; (2) establish cost overruns for previous Games, i.e., the degree to which final out turn costs reflect projected budgets at the bid stage, again in a way that allows comparison across Games; (3) test whether the Olympic Games Knowledge Management Program has reduced cost risk for the Games, and, finally, (4) benchmark cost and cost overrun for the Rio 2016 Olympics against previous Games. The main contribution of the Oxford study is to establish a phenomenology of cost and cost overrun at the Olympics, which allows consistent and systematic comparison across Games. This has not been done before.

Main findings of the study are, first, that average actual out turn cost for Summer Games is USD 5.2 billion (2015 level), and USD 3.1 billion for Winter Games. The most costly Summer Games to date are London 2012 at USD 15 billion; the most costly Winter Games Sochi 2014 at USD 21.9 billion. The numbers cover the period 1960-2016 and include only sports-related costs, i.e., wider capital costs for general infrastructure, which are often larger than sports-related costs, have been excluded.

Second, at 156 percent in real terms, the Olympics have the highest average cost overrun of any type of mega-project. Moreover, cost overrun is found in all Games, without exception; for no other type of mega-project is this the case. 47 percent of Games have cost overruns above 100 percent. The largest cost overrun for Summer Games was found for Montreal 1976 at 720 percent, followed by Barcelona 1992 at 266 percent. For Winter Games the largest cost overrun was 324 percent for Lake Placid 1980, followed by Sochi 2014 at 289 percent.

Third, the Olympic Games Knowledge Management Program appears to be successful in reducing cost risk for the Games. The difference in cost overrun before (166 percent) and after (51 percent) the program began is statistically significant.

Fourth, and finally, the Rio 2016 Games, at a cost of USD 4.6 billion, appear to be on track to reverse the high expenditures of London 2012 and Sochi 2014 and deliver a Summer Games at the median cost for such Games. The cost overrun for Rio – at 51 percent in real terms, or USD 1.6 billion – is the same as the median cost overrun for other Games since 1999.

Given the above results, for a city and nation to decide to stage the Olympic Games is to decide to take on one of the most costly and financially most risky type of mega-project that exists, something that many cities and nations have learned to their peril.

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Japanese Emperor Akihito ‘plans to abdicate’

Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 15:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


Japan’s Emperor Akihito has announced his intention to abdicate in the coming years, public broadcaster NHK reports.

The 82-year-old, who has had health problems in recent years, reportedly does not wish to remain emperor if he has to reduce his official duties.

The untold story is that he is abdicating as emperor just because he wants more time to play Pokémon Go.

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Theresa May’s husband is a senior executive at a $1.4tn investment fund that profits from tax avoiding companies

Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 15:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


The company, which has a low profile outside the financial sector, has confirmed that Mr May, a pension fund expert, works out of its Mayfair office in London, with a spokeswoman telling The Independent: “Philip is a client relationship manager who stays in contact with organisations and institutions in the UK to ensure they are happy with the service being delivered by Capital Group and that we understand their goals. Philip is not involved with our investment research or portfolio management activities.”

Having a private chat with the PM to make sure things go their way would definitely be fitting that job description..

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The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence

Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 11:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


When the law shoots down 12-year-old children, or beats down old women on traffic islands, or chokes people to death over cigarettes; when the law shoots people over compact discs, traffic stops, drivers’ licenses, loud conversation, or car trouble; when the law auctions off its monopoly on lethal violence to bemused civilians, when these civilians then kill, and when their victims are mocked in their death throes; when people stand up to defend police as officers of the state, and when these defenders are killed by these very same officers; when much of this is recorded, uploaded, live-streamed, tweeted, and broadcast; and when government seems powerless, or unwilling, to stop any of it, then it ceases, in the eyes of citizens, to be any sort of respectable law at all. It simply becomes “force.”

In the black community, it’s the force they deploy, and not any higher American ideal, that gives police their power. This is obviously dangerous for those who are policed. Less appreciated is the danger illegitimacy ultimately poses to those who must do the policing. For if the law represents nothing but the greatest force, then it really is indistinguishable from any other street gang. And if the law is nothing but a gang, then it is certain that someone will resort to the kind of justice typically meted out to all other powers in the street.

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  1. Sir Robert Peel (the founder of modern policing) would have said it is an occupying army…


Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Why the Clinton America sees isn’t the Clinton colleagues know

Posted on July 12th, 2016 at 20:10 by John Sinteur in category: News



This is not a profile of Hillary Clinton. It is not a review of her career or an assessment of her campaign. You won’t find any shocking revelations on her emails, on Benghazi, on Whitewater, or even on her health care plan.

This is an effort to answer a question I’ve been struggling with since at least 2008: Why is the Hillary Clinton described to me by her staff, her colleagues, and even her foes so different from the one I see on the campaign trail?

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  1. I guess she did learn something listening to Bill all those years.


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UGA Study: Medical Marijuana Lowers US Prescription Drug Costs

Posted on July 11th, 2016 at 21:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


A new report out of the University of Georgia says legalizing medical marijuana lowers national prescription drug costs.

The father-daughter research team looked at prescriptions filed from 2010 to 2013 with Medicare’s prescription benefits program, known as Part D. They then narrowed the search to the District of Columbia and 17 states that had legalized medical marijuana as of 2013, and chose nine conditions for which marijuana could serve as an alternative treatment.

The conclusion: Marijuana use saved Medicare’s Part D an estimated $165.2 million in 2013, and could have saved $468 million nationally had it been legal in all states.

“When marijuana becomes a medical option for people, then their use of prescription drugs falls,” said David Bradford, a public policy professor at UGA and one of the authors of the study. “We think that the only plausible mechanism is that people are shifting at least in part toward using marijuana as medicine.”

The national savings come out to half of 1 percent of Medicare Part D’s 2013 budget of $103 billion.

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  1. Not to mention domestic medical marijuana production creates jobs and tax revenue – instead of it all going to El Chapo.

  2. Don’t get me started on Medicare part D. Its $103 billion budget could almost be whacked in half by negotiating the drug prices. That’s right, the “businessmen” Republican’s bill, essentially written by Big Pharma, disallows price negotiation. Wtf? If I were spending $103 billion there would be some negotiation – like Canada and the VA does. Heck, why didn’t they just add on to the VA contracts and re-negotiate with the larger volumes? On top of that, Medicare part D was really an attempt by W and Rove to insure a “permanent Republican majority”. It was rammed through Congress late at night, breaking the time rules, and Delay was later hit with ethics violations for it.

Artist sued for $5M over painting he insists he didn’t paint

Posted on July 11th, 2016 at 14:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


OK, Peter Doig may have tried LSD a few times when he was growing up in Canada during the 1970s. But he knows, he said, when a painting is or isn’t his.

So when Doig — whose eerie, magical landscapes have made him one of the world’s most popular artists — was sent a photograph of a canvas he said he didn’t recognize, he disavowed it.

“I said, ‘Nice painting,’ ” he recalled in an interview. “ ‘Not by me.’ ”

The owner, however, disagreed and sued him, setting up one of the stranger art-authentication cases in recent history.

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Court Backtracks on Ganias Data Collection

Posted on July 9th, 2016 at 12:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


The thing is, the whole point of having a Fourth Amendment and requiring a warrant at all is so the government can’t just seize everything you have and go on a fishing expedition, or what is called a “general” warrant – a point that Judge Denny Chin, who wrote the original opinion, made in a 40-page dissent.

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As Epipen prices skyrocket, consumers and EMTs resort to syringes for severe allergies

Posted on July 9th, 2016 at 11:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


Mylan has raised the list price of EpiPens over 450 percent since 2004, after adjusting for inflation, according to data provided by Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database. A pack of two EpiPens cost about $100 in today’s dollars in 2004. The list price now tops $600. Some emergency medical services buying directly from medical supply companies pay even more — upwards of $900 for a pack of two.

The company said the price increases over time “reflect the multiple, important product features and the value the product provides,” but declined to provide specifics about those features.

Okay… let me be specific about the only feature that matters to them: profit.

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UK foreign secretary: US decision on Iraqi army led to rise of Isis

Posted on July 8th, 2016 at 8:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


The UK has stepped up its criticism of US conduct of the Iraq war, with the foreign secretary saying the single most disastrous mistake was the mass removal of supporters of the Ba’ath party from the Iraqi army, which he claimed led directly to the formation of Islamic State.

Philip Hammond said the move by Paul Bremer, an American diplomat in charge of running Iraq in 2003, to dismantle the country’s army had proved a disastrous mistake, as it had sent 400,000 unemployed soldiers on to the streets.

On Thursday the Chilcot report on the UK’s involvement in Iraq delivered a scathing critique of Tony Blair’s decision to go to war on the basis of bogus intelligence and a catastrophic lack of planning for the aftermath of the invasion.

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Archbishop: Divorced Catholics must abstain from sex

Posted on July 7th, 2016 at 8:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live “as brother and sister.”

The article nicely shows the difference between old farts like the bishop, and the newer generations. Here’s why the church is dying out:

Robert Bankle, a retired editor of a construction publication who volunteers as a greeter at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, said Wednesday he sees the guidelines as a clarification Chaput was obliged to make.

“If something’s not clear, let’s make it clear, even if it’s unpopular,” said the 75-year-old from Bucks County, just outside the city. “If you want to be a member of the Catholic Church, these are the guidelines, these are the rules, these are the laws.” If people disagree, he said, “don’t be a Catholic.”

Mia Trotz, an 18-year-old college student from Philadelphia who was selling ice water outside the cathedral, said she didn’t think the guidelines made sense.

“The whole part about being a good Catholic or Christian is helping people or being more accepting of people, but most of the time they’re going against what they’re telling you to do,” she said of church leaders.

“I’m Catholic but I don’t agree with everything they do or believe, so it’s kind of hard to be Catholic sometimes.”


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  1. I have to agree. If you can’t live by their rules, leave the catholic church. That should put them out of business.

Dutch Companies and Knowledge Institutions form Collaboration to Secure Japan’s Critical Infrastructure during Olympic Games in Tokyo (2020)

Posted on July 6th, 2016 at 16:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


On July 6 2016 a consortium of Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) signed a collaboration agreement ‘Partners for International Business’ (PIB). The agreement can lead to great opportunities for Dutch businesses.

Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. In preparation for these events the Japanese government wants to protect the critical infrastructures against cyber threats. Through the collaboration agreement the consortium aims to strengthen the market position in Japan. Main goals are the protection of the energy-, water and telecom sector. The cyber security of financial services and autonomous vehicles are also focus points for the consortium. The consortium furthermore aims at increasing and strengthening research between Dutch and Japanese knowledge institutions. These ambitions are in line with the access to market strategies of The Hague Security Delta (HSD). HSD, the largest security cluster of Europe, has been asked to act as secretary within this PIB.

Protection of Japanese critical infrastructure

The consortium consists of 8 companies (Alliander, Compumatica, Evidantly, Group 2000, Radically Open Security, Redsocks, Security Matters and ZiuZ), two educational institutions (Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology) as well as The Hague Security Delta and InnovationQuarter. The consortium underlines the Dutch expertise and experience in protecting critical infrastructures from cyber threats. The partners of the consortium will share knowledge with Japanese institutions and companies and expect to create revenue from Japan while working towards the Olympic Games in 2020. The consortium will be part of trade missions, matchmaking events, knowledge exchange opportunities and collaborative presentations at conferences while continuously working together with the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.

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McDonald’s Wins E.U. Trademark Dispute

Posted on July 5th, 2016 at 18:03 by John Sinteur in category: News



McDonald’s (MCD) scored a tasty McVictory before the European Union’s second-highest court Tuesday in a trademark dispute with an unwanted copycat.

The case, before the General Court of Luxembourg, stemmed from a trademark registered by a company identified as Future Enterprises, of Singapore.

In 2008 it applied to have the name ‘MACCOFFEE’ registered as an E.U. trademark for food and beverages. Two years later that application was accepted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office, which is based in Alicante, Spain.

McDonald’s then sought to have the trademark declared invalid, on the basis of its own E.U.-registered trademark McDonald’s and a dozen others all using ‘Mc’ or ‘Mac’ as prefixes — McFish, McToast, McRib, and so on.

The E.U. Intellectual Property Office agreed and reversed its trademark approval in 2013. Future Enterprises appealed that decision to Luxembourg.

In Tuesday’s ruling, judges sided with McDo, as it’s often called in French-speaking countries.

“According to the General Court, the repute of McDonald’s trademarks make it possible to prevent the registration, for foods or beverages, of trademarks combining the prefix ‘Mac’ or ‘Mc’ with the name of a foodstuff or beverage,” it said in a statement.

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  1. The entire purpose of trademarks is to avoid confusion of consumers that one product is related to another. MickeyD’s doesn’t sell alcoholic beverages (at least in the USA), so this is just BS!

  2. *cough*

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