Here are some excerpt from the April issue of the Harper’s Index: Minutes for which food-storage containers must resist mauling to be designated “bear resistant: 60 Portion of containers tested by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee that bears are able to open: 2/5 Amount by which Jeff Bezos’s net worth increased the day after the launch of Amazon Go, a cashierless store: $2,800,000,000 Rank of cashier among the most common US jobs: 2 Ratio of the wealth held by the world’s 42 richest people to that held by the poorest 50 percent: 1:1 Percentage by which middle schoolers are less likely to be depressed if they live in an area with dense vegetation: 19 Number of Japanese with dementia who went missing in 2016: 15,432’Number of residents of Matsudo, Japan, trained to find lost seniors suffering from dementia: 3,000 Estimated portion of global migrants who are traveling from one developing nation to another: 2/5 Number of the world’s top 100 Scrabble players who live in Nigeria: 2 Estimated number of LGBT American adults who have been subjected to conversion therapy: 698,000 Percentage of the city council of Palm Springs, California, that identifies as LGBT: 100 Percentage change in the portion of Republicans satisfied with the “moral and ethical climate” since Trump’s inauguration: +41 TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the welder, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.” ~Suzy Kassen, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem (2011) TWEET OF THE DAY x102-year-old Ida Keeling is STILL setting world records. Some of her secrets? Working out 3-4 days a week, a diet that includes greens, fruits, and cod liver oil, and adding some Hennessy to her coffee every once in a while pic.twitter.com/HfQWS00QAT— Jemisha (@JemiSHaaaZzz) March 19, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2004—Bush Campaign Paying Firm That Specializes In Paramilitaries: There are plenty of things a campaign must pay for, but the Bush campaign may be the first presidential campaign to employ a company that specializes in paramilitary protection. In reports filed today with the Federal Election Commission, the Bush campaign showed February receipts of $13.7 million, and cash on hand of $100 million. Obviously much of that money will be spent on television advertising. But a quick look at Bush's FEC filing shows something curious--they paid almost $200,000 to Vance International for «personnel services/equipment.» Vance International may not be familiar to a lot of people, but they should be, because they are the Pinkertons of our era. Vance was founded and until recently run by Chuck Vance, a former Secret Service agent who at one time was married to Gerald Ford's daughter. Vance used his Secret Service background in security and investigation to specialize in providing security during labor disputes. From the strikes at Pittston Coal, to Caterpillar, to Detroit Newspapers, if there was violence on the picket line of a high-profile strike, it was most likely provoked by the maladjusted ex-soldiers, angry cop wanna-be's, and CIA rejects who wear the jack-boots of Vance's Asset Protection Team. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: News fire hoses were on full-blast over the weekend. Greg Dworkin helps us catch up on Cambridge Analytica & Facebook abuses, and what mechanisms, if any might be able to bring this monster to heel. Maybe the government could do it. If there was one. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
A Congolese mother and her 7-year-old daughter have been reunited after being detained separately for more than four months. “Ms. L” had passed her initial asylum screening after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, but rather than detain them together, officials separated them, detaining the mother in California and “S.S” in Illinois. “When the officers separated them,” the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) said at the time, “Ms. L. could hear her daughter in the next room screaming that she did not want to be taken away from her mother.” The ACLU launched a series of actions, one suing for the family’s release and another “accusing the U.S. government of broadly separating immigrant families seeking asylum.” One estimate of detained families separated by the Trump administration goes into the hundreds. The initial lawsuit led to the release of Ms. L in early March, but S.S. remained detained—and alone from her only family here—thousands of miles away. Finally, late Friday night, the young girl was released back into her mother’s arms: Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, told ABC News that, following a DNA test the government requested to prove she was really the mother of this child, the woman was permitted to travel to Chicago from San Diego on Tuesday. Late Friday, he said, her daughter was released and brought to a shelter in Chicago where she will be staying with her mother. “They were hugging each other and sobbing,” Gelernt told ABC. “It was just incredibly emotional.” (Their identities have been withheld by the ACLU in the event they are denied asylum and must return to the Congo.) “Although the woman and her daughter are now together, the ACLU will keep pursuing the lawsuit for other parents who have found themselves in the same situation.” According to Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women’s Refugee Commission, “at least 426 immigrant adults and children who had been separated by authorities since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.” An ACLU petition calling on the Trump administration to stop separating detained families has collected nearly 20,000 signatures, and the class-action lawsuit has a hearing next month in California.
The LGBTQ resistance rolled out the rainbow carpet for Mike Pence over the weekend. Pence walked in the Savannah, Georgia St. Patrick’s Day parade and he was roundly jeered along the way. Bless his heart. Here’s a roundup of his failed parade photo op. xYesterday, VP Mike Pence visited SavannahÃ¢ÂÂs St. PatrickÃ¢ÂÂs Day parade for 1 hour, costing an absurd amount to taxpayers & lost sales to businesses who count on that day every year. Protestors made sure there were rainbows in every photo op with the bigot. @Amy_Siskind @woke_folk pic.twitter.com/vijzvIOwbnÃ¢ÂÂ Tracy Brisson (@tracybrisson) March 18, 2018 xVP Pence came to savannah to march in our parade- and every. single. picture taken of him has a pride flag in the background. proud of my city Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ©Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¤Ã¯Â¸ÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ©Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ¨Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¤Ã¯Â¸ÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ¨ pic.twitter.com/0wADWbWfCEÃ¢ÂÂ it's fran! (@frannipan) March 17, 2018
With Donald Trump explicitly attacking special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter, and Trump’s lawyer calling for Mueller’s investigation to be ended, it’s clear that the investigation is in serious danger. But while a few Republicans have offered tepid support for Mueller’s independence, Republicans in general and the top congressional Republicans in particular are standing back, offering no serious warning to Trump to back off and let Mueller complete his inquiry. This is appalling even by the appalling standards of today’s Republican Party, especially because bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from being unilaterally fired by Trump already exist. It’s time—it’s past time—to pass such a bill. Let’s be clear: that’s not to protect Mueller from firing for any cause, however justified. It’s to protect him from being fired for an illegitimate reason. Lawfare’s Steve Vladeck explains: There are actually two different legislative proposals on the table to deal with this problem. Although they differ slightly in their particulars, they have the same basic structure: Both bills would allow a Special Counsel terminated under §600.7(d) to challenge his termination before a “three-judge” D.C. district court (which would include two federal district judges for the District of Columbia and one judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit). That three-judge court, in turn, would be able to decide if the substantive standard set out in §600.7(d) had been satisfied. Like all other decisions by three-judge district courts, whoever loses would have a right of mandatory (not discretionary) appeal directly to the Supreme Court. And that’s it. As I wrote in January, “[t]he bills don’t change the procedural or substantive rules governing the special counsel’s authority, or the grounds on which he can be fired; they simply ensure a role for the courts in reviewing any dismissal to make sure it’s done for the right reasons and not the wrong ones.” For detailed legal analysis, check out Vladeck’s full post, but here’s a key point: It’s far less likely that whoever would otherwise be swinging the axe toward Mueller would do so for blatantly inappropriate reasons if they knew there was even the specter of judicial review. And if somehow the dismissal were undisputedly for good cause, presumably Mueller wouldn’t turn around and bring suit. So conceived, the particular genius of the Mueller protection bills is that, if they’re enacted, the judicial procedure they would create would almost certainly never have to be utilized. That may be slightly over-optimistic about Trump’s self-control or the ability of those surrounding him to control him—the fact that he’ll be taken to court and his bad acts exposed rarely seems to have stopped him before now—but the existence of such a law would be a much, much better deterrent than House Speaker Paul Ryan having a spokesperson respond to Trump’s outrageous attack on Mueller by saying that “As the speaker has always said, Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job.” It’s time. Republicans are on the brink of losing their last shred of moral standing on anything having to do with Donald Trump. They could reclaim a little bit of it by passing a bill protecting Mueller’s investigation.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and occupation. In case you've forgotten what happened, or were just 4 years old or so and not paying attention when it did, the rationale for that authorization was fabricated at the highest reaches of U.S. leadership in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. First came the lies—so many, it was impossible to keep up with them. Then came the shock and awe, the crudely invented Iraqi jubilation, the extraordinary renditions, the secret prisons, the indefinite detentions, the relentless torture, the deluge of unaccounted-for cash, the no-bid contracts, the flaccid media, the spectacle of «mission accomplished,» the lousy armor, the occupation ... The endless flow of blood. Deiniah Stewart places a rose at the grave site of a loved one at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, Monday, May 27, 2013. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are buried in Section 60. There is now a long list of the dead who would not be dead were it not for this war of choice initiated out of bravado, rancid ideology, and doctored «evidence.» Thousands of dead Americans and allied troops. And, at the very least, 120,000 dead Iraqis—and more likely several hundred thousand. Not that Saddam Hussein's dictatorship had anything to do with that attack. But September 11 was a handy justification. Add to it the menace of weapons of mass destruction that Hussein was said to have stashed in abundance, and war fever spread easily. Take a poll today and it will probably show a hefty percentage of Americans still believe the Iraqi leader collaborated with the hijackers. In the year-long run-up to the war that Rumsfeld had wanted to undertake first instead of Afghanistan, a great effort was made to prove that Hussein, once a helpmate of the CIA, was still making or trying to make chemical and biological weapons, as well as nukes. Ignored was the work of Hans Blix, the chief U.N. inspector looking for, but not finding evidence of nukes being made in Iraq. Indeed, ignored was all the countervailing evidence. Come March 2003, shock and awe was delivered to Baghdad, soon followed by more of the torture that had been going on since the first terror suspects had been grabbed off the streets of Europe and elsewhere. Billions of shrink-wrapped dollars poured into Iraq, great gobs of it never since accounted for. Halliburton and other war profiteers made fortunes off no-bid contracts and frequently shoddy work. The media excelled as a pipeline for brazen propaganda.
The historic number of women running for office this year brings with it other opportunities to make history. Like the possibility of the first Native American woman elected to Congress or as a governor, the New York Times’ s Julie Turkewitz reports. In all, there are at least four indigenous women running for Congress, three more are bidding for governors’ offices and another 31 are campaigning for seats in state legislatures — from both sides of the aisle. [...] Montana has more than a dozen Native Americans running for the state house this year. Utah tribes are pushing the governor to make a seat for them in his cabinet. Five native people serve in the Minnesota legislature, and four of them are women. “American Indians have been invisible for so long, in so many sectors in society,” said Denise Juneau, who was among the first native women in the country to be elected to a statewide executive position when she became the Montana schools superintendent in 2009. In that role, she developed an Indian history curriculum that is being replicated across the American West. “To be able to make inroads in the political world,” she said, “is huge.” It’s past time.
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Gallery FUMI exhibits «Studio Handmade» at its London venue.A group exhibition titled “Studio Handmade” is on view at Gallery FUMI featuring the works of Atelier Lachaert d’Hanis, Francesco Perini, Glithero, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, Josepha Gasch-Muche, Lukas Wegwerth, Max Lamb, Rowan Mersh, Sam Orlando Miller, Simon Klenell, Tuomas Markunpoika, and Yuki Ferdinandsen.Gallery FUMI is a contemporary design gallery based in Mayfair, London. Established in 2008 by directors Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo, the gallery focuses on high-level, conceptually and aesthetically audacious contemporary designers and artists; each one encompassing the value of craftsmanship, traditional techniques and innovated new technologies. Objects are usually hand made by the designer, in a small workshop context, or in small batch production by specialist crafts practitioners. The exhibition will be on view through April 28, 2018 at Gallery FUMI, 2 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 6AS, UK. For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/gallery-fumi/overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
When the Baselworld luxury watch and jewelry fair opens in Basel, Switzerland, on March 22, Guido Terreni, managing director of Bulgari’s watch making division, will almost certainly be caffeinated. “It’s a week when you don’t sleep,” he said. “But I love the adrenaline. That’s when you have your first feedback on your creativity.”Based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the Milan-born Terreni joined Bulgari in 2000. Nine years later, he assumed his current position, overseeing the brand’s watch making business. “This year, I will be 18 years in Switzerland, so I have become like the brand: Italian and Swiss,” he joked. Under his stewardship, Bulgari, Rome’s most illustrious jeweler, has earned a reputation as a serious watchmaker, not only for its gem-set ladies’ timepieces but also for its elegant and record-setting Octo Finissimo models for men. Here, Terreni gives BLOUIN ARTINFO a sneak peek at what’s coming out in Basel, why thinness is so important to the brand, and what distinguishes them from their predecessors.What will Bulgari unveil at Baselworld?The Serpenti collection will have important introductions connected to the DNA of the brand. We took inspiration from certain details we used to do in the past with tri-colored gold on the Serpenti Turbogas, an interesting piece for ladies. Also, we’re adding to one of the collections we introduced last year with interchangeability of [leather straps]. We are also adding an interchangeable gold chain, which can be used for a night or more formal approach vs. a more everyday approach with the straps. Will we see any mechanical introductions for women? We will widen the assortment of mechanical pieces for ladies with something very fresh and very new. We will introduce a new ladies’ minute repeater using the Finissimo movement — it will be the Divas’ Finissimo, the smallest minute repeater, and we will do it in a feminine case. The Divas’ piece is inspired by the jewelry collection: The triangular iconic element of the design is inspired by mosaics you have in ancient Roman baths that inspired the collection. This shape will be a small charm you will pull to activate the minute repeater at 8 o’clock.On the men’s side, you’ve made the Octo Finissimo timepieces an important part of your assortment for the past few years. Will that continue? Yes, we will continue with the Octo Finissimo series that we started in 2014. It has set three world records so far for thinness, and we will continue counting. We launched two Octo Finissimo references in 2014: one was the thinnest tourbillon in the world, with a 1.95 mm movement and a 5.6 mm case in platinum. And we coupled that with the Octo Finissimo petite seconds (small seconds) in platinum, also a manual wind timepiece, not a world record for movement thinness, but we coupled it with the tourbillon because we wanted to have a high-end approach. Then, in 2016, we launched our second world record, which was the Octo Finissimo minute repeater, the thinnest ever, with 3.12 mm as the height of the movement and the case at 6.85 mm. The first watch we did in sand blasted titanium for a technical reason, because titanium chimes very well. Last year, we repeated the record-setting with the thinnest automatic watch in the world: the Octo Finissimo automatic on a titanium sand blasted bracelet. It won the men’s watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva.Why is thinness so important to Bulgari?As Italians, we have an eye on watch making, which is dominated by aesthetics. We believe elegance should be enhanced by the timepiece on your wrist. Probably it has something to do with the exaggerations of the first decade of the millennium, when there were so many watches in sizes of almost 60 millimeters, very flashy, unwearable in our eyes. After the Lehman Bros collapse [in 2008], the sizes were reduced but not down to the sizes of the past. Rather, 40 millimeters and 41 millimeters became the range for an elegant watch for men. And the request for being slim sets you apart from the rest. Up until today, haute horlogerie watches were very formal in style, expressions of 1950s-60s aesthetics, always worn with tuxedos in a formal occasion. We wanted to give a gentleman today a contemporary elegance. That’s why we did it in a bracelet style and in a titanium case — it gives men the opportunity to enjoy this luxury feeling every day.Now let’s turn to the movements of your watches. Where is everything made? We do everything in-house. It all began in the year 2000, when we acquired two very small niche brands: Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth. They were managed separately until 2009, when I had the mandate to add them into our business. Before, the brand had been using Girard Perregaux-made movements. Having your own engine is very difficult; it’s an industrial project. In 2013, we came out with our own caliber. And starting in 2014, the Finissimo movements were developed under my governance. The movements are made in Le Sentier, where we do our minute repeaters, tourbillons, and our base caliber, as well as the minute repeater for ladies and the tourbillon for ladies. That’s our haute horlogerie factory. Dial making is in La Chaux-de-Fonds. And we assemble everything in Neuchâtel, where my office is and where we have over 300 people working at the manufacture. But the know-how is spread across the whole valley.Since you joined Bulgari, how would you describe the industry’s evolution?When I joined in the year 2000, it was the beginning of the renaissance of manufacture movements. We were definitely exiting the quartz crisis, which ended in the ’90s. Then the world completely changed. We saw a shift of economic power from the West to the East. The Chinese became the highest spenders. Their tastes were very traditional at the beginning — when they bought their first watch, they usually bought a three-hand watch, white dial, round case. That was a very typical Chinese watch in 2006-07. They used to buy on buses in Europe because it was more convenient. The first thing they showed off was not the watch but the invoice; the most important thing was not what they bought but that it was gold and the price. Now, they are starting to buy their second watch — to show how they are expressing their status and personality. That’s why we are developing very strongly now [in China]. We have unique Italian roots compared to the French roots of the rest of industry. You buy Bulgari to stand out, not to be like somebody else. — This interview appears in the Spring 2018 edition of BlouinShop.
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