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Prosecutors in Sweden have asked the courts to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his absence as part of an ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations. Read Full Article at RT.com
Several major US corporations, such as Qualcomm and Intel have reportedly joined Google in implementing President Donald Trump’s executive order that declared Chinese tech giant Huawei a national security risk. Read Full Article at RT.com
India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the country’s general election by a substantial margin, multiple exit polls suggest. Read Full Article at RT.com
At The Baffler, Dave Denison writes—Defeating the Voters: REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, WITH ALL ITS CHECKS and balances and enlightened deliberation on behalf of busy citizens, was a pretty good contrivance. Excellent job by Montesquieu in beginning to work the essential ideas out in The Spirit of the Laws! Nicely done, James Madison et. al, in building on such ideas, drafting a United States Constitution, and explaining it all in The Federalist Papers! Kudos to John Stuart Mill, who came along and refined the theories admirably in Considerations onRepresentative Government. Democracy, after all, is a hard problem to solve, and the 1700s and 1800s produced concepts that led to mechanisms that at least got the American experiment with republican government off to a promising start. It took a great while before some obvious flaws were corrected. Almost a century after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia before slavery was ended. More than 130 years before women won the right to vote. John Adams wasn’t entirely right when he wrote in 1814 that “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” But ours has been looking exhausted for a long time now, and sometimes seems on the verge of suicide. We are far enough along now that foundational principles such as “the consent of the governed” and “the common good” and “the rule of law” are just dead words on a page to most people. You could probably find more widespread belief in astrological portents than in the proposition that “here, the people rule.” The current news cycle focuses our attention on the “constitutional crisis” in Washington, D.C., in which a corrupt executive branch proclaims itself immune from the legitimate countervailing power of Congress. But the failures of representative government in the United States are evident from coast to coast. Anyone who has spent time observing the workings of a state legislature—whether in Boston or Boise, Madison or Jefferson City—has seen how democratic deliberation is made into a farce: a few leaders control the calendar, they confer with former lawmakers who are now highly paid lobbyists, and they determine what will and will not happen. Congress is currently in a power struggle against the president; but what you see on the state level is legislative power brokers constantly at war against insurgent members who push for even the mildest reforms, against outside activists who presume to interfere in the insiders’ business, and quite often against the plainly expressed will of the voters themselves. Maine gives us a perfect example of this legislative arrogance. You might think that since states are thought to be “laboratories of democracy” you could get a legislature—especially in a low-stakes place like Maine—to consider a proposal to try the reform known as Ranked Choice Voting. Also known as “instant runoff voting,” the system allows voters to rank their preferences when choosing between multiple candidates, thus making it less likely a third-party “spoiler” candidate will lead to a winner most voters don’t favor. It’s clear the ancient “first-to-the-post” method of electing someone by a slim margin who might not even have majority support is not necessarily the ultimate and final perfection of the democratic process. But of course legislatures seldom want to make any change to the system that put them into office. So in 2015 a Maine Committee for Ranked Choice Voting gathered signatures to put the question on the ballot. It was approved by 52 percent of the voters in November of 2016. But in October of the following year, the Maine legislature voted to suspend the law until 2021, with conditions that proponents believed essentially repealed it. So activists next gathered 80,000 signatures for a “people’s veto” to reverse the legislature. And in June of 2018, the voters again approved the measure. It was in place for the November elections last year and resulted in the election of Democrat Jared Golden to Congress—the first member sent to Washington by Ranked Choice Voting. More and more, the hope for basic democratic responsiveness in government involves this kind of work. The right of the people to propose laws through ballot initiatives, of course, is one of the reforms that gained steam in the Progressive Era, when the problem of recalcitrant legislatures controlled by moneyed interests was well understood. This kind of direct democracy has a long and checkered history, especially in a state like California that uses it extensively. It led to the damaging property tax limits of Proposition 13 in 1978, and it also allows well-funded special interests to push measures that might bamboozle ordinary voters. Yet today’s progressives and liberals are taking matters to the ballot—to raise the minimum wage, to expand Medicaid funding, to extend voting rights, to legalize marijuana, and to end gerrymandering—and often winning. There are many signs this ferment has the enforcers of the status quo in statehouses struggling to clamp down on citizen meddling. In several notable cases, legislatures have reversed, or attempted to reverse, proposals after they’ve been approved by voters. “It’s not a new phenomenon by any means, but I haven’t seen this much brashness on the part of legislative bodies in the six years I’ve been covering these, or even in the last decade or so,” Josh Altic, who tracks ballot measures for Ballotpedia, told Sarah Holder of CityLab last year. [...] HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TOP COMMENTS QUOTATION “It takes a disciplined imagination to acknowledge that the less personal savageries of bombs, missiles, artillery and heavy weapons are, to those blown to smithereens, also barbaric. The main horror of what the coalition is doing is not a matter of the occasional soldier who, in the heat of battle, commits a war crime, but the steady destruction rained on cities, villages, the Iraqi people. This violence is wreaked calmly, from a distance, within the rules of engagement. The war itself is the American war crime. But that is lost in the «normalcy» of the news.” ~~James Carroll, “Afraid to look in the moral abyss” (2004) TWEET OF THE DAY BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2011—Oil-subsidized Senators just returning the favor: When Republican Senators (with two exceptions) decided on a procedural motion Tuesday not to take up a bill that would have removed $2 a billion a year in tax «incentives» for the world's five largest private oil companies, they had one good reason in their pockets. Over the past two decades, since 1989, they have collectively accepted just under $21 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrats (with three exceptions), plus the Senate's two independents, voted that there should be a debate about the incentives—a collection of tax breaks that amounts to subsidies of the five oil giants, which in the first quarter of this year made $36 billion in profit. Collectively, the Democrats and independents who voted for a debate have accepted just under $5 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies. Six Republican Senators alone took in twice as much in career oil-company contributions as those 48 Democrats and two independents who voted «Aye» in the Senate. They are: John McCain of Arizona ($2,718,774); Kay Bailey Hutchison ($2,141,025) and John Cornyn ($1,734,950), both of Texas; James «Climate Change Is a Hoax» Inhofe of Oklahoma ($1,256,023), David Vitter of Louisiana ($943,885), and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($914,811). Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
French police have arrested a 27yo ‘assassin’ armed with two hidden blades, a sapper shovel and a pair of pruning shears, who said he was just a cosplay fan taking a stroll during the Yellow Vests protest in Paris. Read Full Article at RT.com
The United States was the world’s lone “hyperpower” when President George W. Bush launched his disastrous and unnecessary war with Iraq in 2003. An economic and military hegemon unchallenged by any single enemy or collection of rivals, the U.S. could and did act with impunity in swiftly toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Baghdad. But even as Bush stood in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner to declare “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” and “the United States and our allies have prevailed,” the first signs of his world-historical mistake were becoming clear. Within weeks of the American tanks rumbling over the Kuwaiti border to destroy Saddam’s Sunni dictatorship, the U.S. uncorked a festering sectarian conflict and assured the new Shiite majority-dominated Iraq would be tightly aligned with Tehran. A war fought on the cheap ended up costing 5,000 American lives, 40,000 more wounded, and trillions of dollars. The arrogant calls for regime change and preventive war were exposed as catastrophic ideas whose time had never come. It was bad enough that al-Qaida decided it was “better to fight us there than here”; by 2007 the organization had begun its transformation into the ISIS plague that continues to evolve across the Middle East and Asia. The region has been unstable ever since. Now, 16 years later, President Donald Trump and his inner circle seem to be traveling down the same path toward conflict with Iran. But this needless war with Tehran wouldn’t merely be a cataclysm on a far grander scale for the American people. It would arrive at a tipping point in world history. America’s post-Cold War “unipolar moment” is over. In relative terms, the global balance of power is shifting away from the United States toward China. In nominal terms, Chinese GDP has already surpassed the U.S. Beijing is determined to become a player in aerospace and a world leader in renewable energy, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. America’s qualitative military edge is rapidly narrowing as Chinese and Russian advances in space, cyberwar, stealth technology, smart munitions, and nuclear weaponry mean the U.S. “Age of Impunity” is over, too. For the foreseeable future, no nation will impact American national security and prosperity more than China. A “normal” U.S. president of either party would respond to these tectonic changes by making China foreign policy job No. 1. No priority comes to close to managing the growing American competition with China. The resurgent threat from Russia must be contained. A nuclear North Korea must be deterred. The pace of global climate change must be dramatically slowed, and its inescapable consequences addressed. The fight against non-state terrorism from ISIS, al-Qaida, and trans-national criminal gangs must continue. And to achieve all of this, the United States must bolster its alliances, strengthen international institutions, and deepen its trading partnerships. Unfortunately, “Wrong-Way Trump” is choosing the opposite course at every turn, especially when it comes to the rapidly deteriorating situation with Tehran.
«And also Ser Jaime died while telling Cersei that he was in love with Brienne who was super hot the end.»
Episode 4 had a coffee cup, the season finale had a rogue water bottle.
However, the group chairman at Inditrade Group of Companies cautions that investors should tread cautiously given the sharp run-up.
Banking, capital goods, oil & gas, realty, metal, consumer durables, automobiles and utilities indices were up in the range of 2.5% to 4% on the BSE on Monday
This was the second time the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has capped trade margins on anti-cancer drugs
Several key suppliers are reportedly cutting off Huawei after the Trump administration added the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant to a trade blacklist last week. According to Bloomberg, semiconductor companies Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom will no longer supply Huawei until further notice. This follows another report earlier today that Google has suspended some […]
Google said today that existing users of Huawei Android devices can continue to use Google Play app store, offering some relief to tens of millions of users worldwide even as it remains unclear if the Chinese tech giant will be able to use the fully-functioning version of Android in its future phones. Existing Huawei phone […]
In WeChat -dominated China, there’s no shortage of challengers out there claiming to create an alternative social experience. The latest creation comes from ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup and the operator behind TikTok, the video app that has consistently topped the iOS App Store over the last few quarters. The new offer is called […]
Much like cancer, sepsis isn't simply one condition, but rather many conditions with varying clinical characteristics that could benefit from different treatments, according to the results of a study involving more than 100,000 patients. These findings could explain why several recent clinical trials of treatments for sepsis, the number one killer of hospitalized patients, have failed.
Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to new research. Chronic liver disease is increasing, partly due to the obesity epidemic, and currently there are no guidelines for the optimal type of exercise for the prevention of cirrhosis-related mortality.
Over 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. And while the diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence for women in countries like the United States, in developing countries three times as many women die from the disease. Breast cancer survival rates range from 80% or over in North America, Sweden […]
LUDRES, France (AP) - After decades of searching, Andre Gantois had lost hope. The retired French postal worker figured he'd likely go to his grave without ever knowing who his father was, unable to identify the U.S. serviceman who had fought his way across France after the D-Day landings, taken ...
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio city along Lake Erie has been selected as the best coastal small town in America by a USA Today reader's survey featuring 20 coastal towns. The Sandusky Register reports the city was selected for first place by voters nationwide who cast ballots in the ...
What: Exceptional Day 1: Antiquities Asian Fine ArtWhere: Artemis Gallery, 686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106, Louisville, CO 80027, United StatesWhen: May 22, 3:00 PM BSTTop Lots at the Sale:— «Roman Silver Plate with 2 Nikes Crowning Eagle,» Roman, Imperial Period, ca. late 3rd to 4th century CE. A very large silver plate of a concave circular form with a relief medallion symbolizing triumph adorning the tondo. Size: 10.75« in diameter (27.3cm); weight: 907 grams (2 pounds). Featured at lot 0040A. Estimate: 200,000 USD - 300,000 USD.— »Huge South Arabian Alabaster Libation Table,« South Arabia, Saudia Arabia and Yemen, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A huge slab of thick alabaster, carved into a table with a slightly raised border, a smooth, flat interior, squared-off edges. Size: 27.35» L x 16.7« W x 6.4» H (69.5cm x 42.4cm x 16.3cm). Featured at lot 0073. Estimate: 80,000 USD - 120,000 USD.— «Greek Attic Belly Amphora - Princeton Painter,» Ancient Greece, Athens (Attic), Manner of the Princeton Painter, ca. 540 to 520 BCE. A marvelous belly amphora, decorated via the black-figure technique with tastefully delineated red details. Size: 10« in diameter x 14» H (25.4cm x 35.6cm). Featured at lot 0018. Estimate: 50,000 USD - 70,000 USD.— «Scythian Bronze Helmet,» Western Asia and Siberia, Scythian culture, ca. 6th century BCE. Cast from a single massive piece of bronze, this is a war helmet, classified by B. Z. Rabinovich as a Kuban type after the region of the north Caucasus of the same name. Size: 7.1« W x 7.5» H (18cm x 19cm); 14.9« H (37.8cm) on included custom stand. Featured at lot 0062C. Estimate: 50,000 USD - 70,000 USD.— »Huge Egyptian Bronze Bust of Osiris,« Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 21st to 22nd Dynasty, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. A stunning bust of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the underworld, from a composite, hollow-cast bronze figure. Size: 6» W x 7.25« H (15.2cm x 18.4cm); 11.7» H (29.7cm) on included custom stand. Featured at lot 0001. Estimate: 45,000 USD - 60,000 USD.— «Greek Chalcidian Bronze Helmet,» Greece, Classical Period, ca. 5th to 4th century BCE. A striking Chalcidian helmet comprised of hammered tinned bronze, so named as this helmet form was initially depicted on pottery believed to derive from the Euboean city of Chalcis. Size: 10.45« L x 4.75» W x 9.75« H (26.5cm x 12.1cm x 24.8cm); 17.35» H (44.1cm) on included custom stand. Featured at lot 0024. Estimate: 40,000 USD - 60,000 USD.— «Roman Palmyran Limestone Bust with Aramaic,» Near East/Holy Land, Palmyra, Roman period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A high relief funerary bust, hand-carved from limestone, depicting half of the body of a man. Size: 17.45« W x 22.5» H (44.3cm x 57.2cm); 24.75" H (62.9cm) on included custom stand. Featured at lot 0061A. Estimate: 40,000 USD - 60,000 USD.For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska will pay armed Canadian police to provide protection to U.S. personnel at a ferry terminal in British Columbia. CoastAlaska reported Friday that the Alaska Marine Highway System was notified in March that unarmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checking ferries leaving Prince Rupert, British ...
True wireless headphones are great – they don’t have to be tethered to your phone, they work with devices that don’t have headphone jacks, and they’re perfect for the gym. But they’re also […] The post These Truly Wireless Earbuds Are a Fraction of the Price of Apple AirPods appeared first on Geek.com.
The Braves will start Mike Soroka on Monday while the Giants are expected to counter with Andrew Suarez
Minnesota's Gonzalez puts 10-game hit streak on the line against Angels
The Nationals will start Patrick Corbin on Monday while the Mets are expected to counter with Drew Gagnon
The Toronto Blue Jays will host division foe Boston at Rogers Centre
Heimgartner, the only full-time Supercars driver in the TCR field, spent Friday and Saturday in Sydney battling a downshift issue in his Kelly Racing-run Subaru.A lack of familiarity with the Italian-built car meant the issue wasn't diagnosed until late on Saturday, and even then it was hardly a straightforward fix.Having traced the problem to a solenoid on the gearbox, KR struggled to ...Keep reading