After her public standoff with Trump at the White House, future speaker says, “It’s like a manhood thing for him”
Darran Anderson at The Atlantic writes—The Grim Future of Urban Warfare: New technologies are making war even more horrific: War is won by breaking an enemy’s morale until their ability to resist collapses. In Iraq, the U.S. military employed “shock and awe,” demonstrating overwhelming force while using superior technology and intelligence. It was a new term for an ancient approach: “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt,” Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, centuries before Christ. Strike suddenly, brutally, and with the element of surprise to sow confusion and encourage surrender and retreat—or to stage annihilation. The Third Reich’s blitzkrieg techniques did the same (“the engine of the Panzer is a weapon just as the main gun,” the German general Heinz Guderian noted), along with the shrieking “Jericho Trumpet” sirens its Luftwaffe attached to planes making dive-bomb attacks on cities. The aim was not just the shattering of buildings but the shattering of nerves. In the present, war’s terror arrives more silently. Soon, the missiles raining down will be hypersonic, traveling in excess of five times the speed of sound, and evading detection and interception in the process. War has changed and remained the same. The origins of future wars are already here, being laid in policies and ambitions, rivalries and resources, greed and grievances. The technologies that will be used to dominate and destroy are already in use or development. They will bring more conflict to cities, where casualties will multiply, along with chaos and fear. War is always bad, but it’s going to become much worse. [...] Even an “ethical” attack, on infrastructure rather than civilians, will result in misery. Destroyed airports, downed bridges, disabled power stations, and disrupted communication networks will tear daily life asunder. The psychological impact upon children—living in basements; subject to the sounds and tremors of bombardments; isolated from social systems, education, adequate sanitation; facing food and medical shortages—is inestimable. Danger in the form of cluster bombs (which are still killing and maiming people in Southeast Asia (decades after their deployment) and chemical weapons litters the wreckage that children play in. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “If the tradition which claims that war may be justified does not also admit that it could be unjustified, the affirmation is not morally serious. A Christian who prepares the case for a justified war without being equally prepared for the negative case has not soberly weighted the prima facie presumption that any violence is wrong until the case for an exception has been made.” ~~John Howard Yoder, When War is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking (1996) TWEET OF THE DAY xHaha, @NancyPelosi on why the Trump meeting was private: «We didn't want to say, in front of those people, 'You don't know what you're talking about'.» pic.twitter.com/O76QVDHm0W— Tommy Keep Christ In Xtopher (@tommyxtopher) December 11, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2012—Mitch McConnell demands Democrats negotiate with themselves: With some increase in taxes on the wealthy clearly inevitable, Republicans are pretty much left with nothing to do but try to distract public attention away from the fact they're still holding middle class tax cuts hostage, and continue to make unreasonable demands. There's no one better at that than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. With talks to avert a series of spending cuts and tax increases continuing between President Obama and congressional leaders, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Tuesday that no deal will be reached until Democrats step forward with specific proposals to cut federal spending. “For all the president’s talk about the need for a balanced approach, the truth is he and his Democratic allies have simply refused to be pinned down on any spending cuts,” McConnell said. And, of course, Republicans have come up with essentially nothing beyond demands that the poor and the old get hurt really, really bad. But in totally not-Republican suggested ways that Democrats will have to come up with so that Republicans can blame it all on them in the next election. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Butina to cooperate, whatever that might mean for a spy. Could it wreck the ИЯA? Will we have a Trump wall shutdown? Will we have a WH chief of staff? Waking up to Ryan's fraud. What is Brexit, anyway? Can we all live in a yellow cheese submarine? x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)
If you haven’t come across Trump apologist and NRA schmatriot Dan Bongino, lucky you! Bongino’s big claim to fame was that he was a former Secret Service agent whose insane Trumpian temper led him to be too bananas a candidate for political office for even Florida Republicans to deal with back in 2016. That’s pretty bonkers. Bongino had just begun a new NRA TV show called We Stand, because why not? Turns out, the answer to why not was Because we might be going broke. The Daily Beast reports that Bongino’s show was canceled. Already! So sad! Maybe our thoughts and prayers will fill that ego-sized hole! After the Daily Beast publicized Bongino’s canceled show, Bongino said it was “fake news,” and proceeded to explain that he—Dan Bongino—had decided to cancel his show. Evidence that his show was ending first came over the weekend, when he removed “NRATV host” from the bio on his Twitter account. Additionally, a little noticed Fox News broadcast referred to Bongino as a “Former NRATV Contributor” several weeks ago. This comes just over a week after reports of other NRATV shows getting the ax, and numerous stories about the NRA’s considerable financial, political, and legal troubles. But maybe this isn’t an economic decision at all, and Mr. Bongino wanted to focus on appearing as a talking head lamenting the war on Christmas? x x YouTube Video
Started as a project to help raise awareness about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an album titled American Dreamers could soon turn into a Grammy-winning effort. The album, led by jazz artist John Daversa and featuring more than 50 DACA recipients, has received three 2019 Grammy Award nominations. For clarinet player Salvador Perez Lopez, the project was particularly life-changing. Not only is his music being featured on a major studio album, he’s also revealing his undocumented status for the first time, saying that he “never told” his friends about his immigration status. “Now that I post about the album on my Facebook, people are like, ‘I didn’t know you were a dreamer.’” Daversa, who is also an educator, worked with nonprofits to find the young immigrants, teaming up 53 DACA recipients with professional musicians to create the album. “We had to stop the recording sessions several times,” producer Kabir Sehgal told HLN, “because we were in tears.” While the courts have blocked the Trump administration’s move to rescind DACA, it only buys some precious time, because as long as there’s no permanent legislation, young immigrants like Salvador will continue to remain in limbo. They and their families deserve a chance to stay. “We don’t need to build walls, we’re already the greatest nation on Earth, we’re already the strongest place on Earth,” said DACA recipient and singer Daniella Santos Vieira. “We don’t need to be afraid of people just because they’re different. I think if they love this country, and they want to have a shot at the promise of America, we should give them that chance.”
While GOP Rep.-elect Ross Spano of Florida has been in hot water ever since admitting that he may have violated campaign finance laws by taking $180,000 in loans from two individuals, it looks unlikely that the scandal will stop the House from seating him. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted last week that the chamber could vote against allowing Spano to serve, but Politico notes that a landmark 1969 Supreme Court decision would probably prevent the House from refusing to seat a duly elected member. Indeed, Spano may owe whatever career he has in Congress to the decision that aided Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a New York Democrat who was, during his time, one of the most prominent African-Americans in Congress. In 1966, Powell won a 12th term representing the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. However, a special House committee ruled that Powell had falsified travel expenses and paid his wife a congressional staff salary, even though she hadn’t done the work to earn it. In January 1967, on the first day of the new Congress, the Democratic-led House voted to delay seating Powell for five weeks to give the Judiciary Committee more time to investigate him. In March, the committee recommended that the House censure the New York congressman but still allow him to take office. However, the House instead voted 307 to 116 to prevent Powell from taking his seat in Congress. Powell, who had no interest in acquiescing, ran in and easily won the special election to succeed himself. However, this time, the congressman, who by then was residing in the Bahamas, decided not to try and take his seat. Instead, he and several of his constituents sued House Speaker John McCormack and other House officials. Powell argued that the courts should rule that the House’s vote not to seat him was unconstitutional, and that he was also entitled to the back pay he would have received as a member.
Check this out, the Kaiser Family Foundation has done the math and found that 27 percent of the 15.9 million uninsured people who could get insurance through the Affordable Care Act could get “bronze” plans for $0 premiums, after subsides. That’s 4.2 million people. Here’s the state breakdown in map form: For roughly $20 to $130 per month after subsidies, they could get more comprehensive “silver” plans with lower deductibles and reduced copays and coinsurance. But time’s short. Most states end enrollment on Saturday, December 15. Help spread the word. Free help for you or anyone you are assisting is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, help is just a quick call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now. Here are the states with extended deadlines for enrollment: California – January 15, 2019 Colorado – January 15, 2019 D.C. – January 31, 2019 Massachusetts – January 23, 2019 Minnesota – January 13, 2019 New York – January 31, 2019 Rhode Island – January 31, 2019
The company could invest around Rs 165 crore to push this «disruptive» technology in the country if demand holds fort.
The book, Masterclass With Super-Investors by Vishal Mittal and Saurabh Basrar, will be launched at BSE on December 14
Speaking to reporters here, Klaus Schwab said most jobs in the future will be self generated and the country should have an education system that is future-ready.
The B787 are wide body aircraft capable of doing medium and long haul flights
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As companies compete for talent, a startup that has built a platform to help ensure that the talent — once it’s working for you — doesn’t get bogged down by IT frustration, has raised a significant round of funding. Lausanne, Switzerland-based Nexthink has nailed down $85 million in funding led by Index Ventures (which has […]
India has 22 official languages, which often presents a challenge for businesses that want to scale across the entire country. Video-sharing app Roposo, however, uses that to its advantage by offering content in several different regional languages. Based in Gurgaon, Roposo announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series C from returning investors […]
Tencent Music, China’s largest streaming company, has raised $1.1 billion in a U.S. IPO after it priced its shares at $13 a piece ahead of a listing on the Nasdaq. That makes it one of the largest tech listings of the year, but the pricing is at the bottom end of its $13-$15 range indicating […]
A building in Facebook’s Menlo Park campus was evacuated after a bomb threat early Tuesday evening. Around 5PM, the Menlo Park police department warned people to avoid the area around the 200 block of Jefferson Drive as they investigated a bomb threat. Then they said 200 Jefferson Drive, the address of Facebook Building 24 and […]
Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the Chinese e-commerce giant led a $1.1 billion round last year, while SoftBank recently transitioned its shareholding in Tokopedia to […]
Two years ago, a couple of VCs from Shea Ventures, a 50-year-old, L.A. -based investment firm, banded together to create a Pasadena, Ca.-based early stage venture firm called Calibrate Ventures. Investors clearly like what they’re building. Firm founders Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler are today announcing that they have closed their debut effort with $80 […]
Chateaux Mouton Rothschild recently announced a new collaboration with the Palace of Versailles, raising funds for the restoration of Versailles. They will offer for sale 75 specially designed limited-edition cases featuring five Chateau Mouton Rothschild vintages with labels by five well-known Contemporary artists.Chateau Mouton Rothschild also announced that Sotheby’s will auction 75 limited-edition Versailles celebration cases featuring five Chateau Mouton Rothschild vintages. These beautifully crafted collectors’ cases honor and celebrate the Palace of Versailles and Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s rich artistic and cultural history. The proceeds will be donated in full to help fund restoration projects at the Palace of Versailles, as per the official release. Each case, designed to reflect features from both great institutions, presents five Chateau Mouton Rothschild vintages with labels by outstanding Contemporary artists, who have also exhibited at the Palace of Versailles:Giuseppe Penone (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005; Palace of Versailles, 2013); Bernar Venet (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2007; Palace of Versailles, 2011); Anish Kapoor (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009; Palace of Versailles, 2015); Jeff Koons (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2010; Palace of Versailles, 2008-9); Lee Ufan (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2013; Palace of Versailles, 2014)According to the release, the cases will be offered across a trio of international auctions at Sotheby’s throughout spring 2019, beginning in Hong Kong on April 1, followed by London on April 17, and concluding in New York on May 4.Successful bidders will also receive an invitation for them and a guest to attend a private visit and tasting at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as well as for an exclusive event, the Versailles Celebration Gala Dinner at the Palace of Versailles on September 21, 2019, during which historic ex-cellar vintages of Chateau Mouton Rothschild will be served. The evening combines the world of art and the art of living symbolic of the two organizations, and presents connoisseurs with a one-time opportunity to be part of a unique artistic partnership, while supporting the future of the Palace of Versailles.“Art has always been central to the history of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s family, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild has a long-standing and close link with leading Contemporary artists. Every year since 1945, a great artist has illustrated the label of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, bringing together the most famous names in Contemporary art,” the release states.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the cases. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
Tommy Hilfiger, recently announced that actress Zendaya, who recently starred in the blockbusters “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “The Greatest Showman,” will be the new global Tommy Hilfiger women’s ambassador and will appear in the brand’s global integrated campaign beginning in spring 2019.Zendaya will collaborate with the American designer to create a Tommy X Zendaya capsule collection that will bring her unique and confident sense of style to fans around the world, as per the Business Wire release.According to the release, the partnership celebrates Tommy Hilfiger’s continued vision to collaborate with icons who share the brand’s spirit and values of breaking conventions and celebrating diversity. “I love to collaborate with people who are passionate about making their dreams a reality and who inspire the next generation to do the same,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Zendaya has become a global icon, using fashion to make bold statements while always staying true to herself. Our capsule collection will fuse her eclectic style with the Americana spirit of our brand.”“Fashion is more than just wearing cool clothes,” said Zendaya. “It’s a way to celebrate self-expression and individuality, which is extremely empowering. This is why I am proud to partner with Tommy Hilfiger.”“The brand heritage of Tommy Hilfiger is closely linked to collaborating with pop culture icons from the worlds of fashion, music, art, and entertainment. In the ‘90s, Tommy Hilfiger was one of the first designers to blend fashion and celebrity. He became a pioneer in the industry by dressing young artists such as Aaliyah, Mark Ronson, and Usher, and featuring musicians such as David Bowie and Beyonce in his advertising campaigns. “More recently, he collaborated with international supermodel Gigi Hadid, designing four capsule collections, and he has been partnering with four-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, for a Fall 2018 TommyXLewis collaborative collection,” states the release.According to the release, with a brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear, and loungewear), footwear and accessories.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - More than 1,000 people across New Zealand have turned out for candlelight vigils held to commemorate British tourist Grace Millane, who police say was murdered earlier this month. The 22-year-old backpacker's death has struck a deep chord in a country where many young people take ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A small town in southeast Alaska is planning to construct a new pier, aiming to boost tourism by allowing access for more cruise ships. KTVA-TV reports the city of Hoonah on Chichagof Island is partnering with Huna Totem Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to build ...
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) - Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare ...
With a focus on creating Swiss made watches as part of its “Accessible Luxury” motto, Frederique Constant has been releasing new models this year. The company based in Geneva, Switzerland, recently announced several new offerings that refresh its bestselling Classics Index collection of watches.Among the new timepieces is the Classics Index Automatic watch, which comes with either a grey or navy blue dial. On the dial is a Guilloche pattern, which provides an embellished look to the timepiece. The 40 mm diameter case is offered in polished stainless steel case or with a rose gold finish. The watch is fitted with the FC-303 automatic movement, which provides a power reserve of 38-hours. It is ideally suited for use throughout the day, as it has a 5 ATM rating which makes it water resistant.A date window is positioned at 3 o’clock and the steel Classics Index Automatic watch is paired with a bracelet created from the same material, while the Rose gold-plated versions have a calf leather strap in brown or navy blue.The Classics Index Automatic Heart Beat also has a 40 mm diameter case and features a FC-310 caliber automatic movement with a power reserve of 38-hours. Offered in polished stainless steel or with rose gold plating, the watch comes with a “heart beat” opening positioned at 12 o’clock. The dial is silver colored and features a sunray styled Guilloche pattern. The rose gold plating applied on the Roman numeral indexes and the hands provide a striking contrast to the dial.Click on the slideshow to check the timepieces.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
Through its McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) company, the McLaren Group will become a 50 percent partner in the outfit and wants to turn it into a winner on the world stage. MAT has previously collaborated with Californian bicycle manufacturer Specialized, as well helping Team GB ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. But the Bahrain Merida tie-up is a much more longer term involvement that will ... Keep reading
Toyota has been represented by its luxury brand Lexus in Super GT’s premier category since 2006, and debuted the LC500 only last year, replacing the old RC F. However, with the Japanese auto giant bringing back the iconic Supra moniker to its road car line-up next year, it is also keen on seeing the car in some guise on race tracks. It already announced that the Supra will join the NASCAR ... Keep reading
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The Aussie, who moves to Renault next year, was as high as third in the standings after his second win in Monaco, but wound up a distant sixth in the end. In the run-in, he was affected by a disproportionate amount of reliability dramas, which contributed to him recording more retirements than any other F1 driver in 2018 and often impacted his starting position by triggering grid ... Keep reading
The Briton completed her second test in a Supercar yesterday, an outing with Matt Stone Racing at Queensland Raceway backing up her evaluation day with Walkinshaw Andretti United at Winton last week. Having been clear on her intention to run Super2 next season and look to springboard into the Supercars main game by 2021, the 26-year-old has elected to extend her stay in Australia amid an ... Keep reading
The 28-year-old made his debut in the BTCC this year at the wheel of a Ciceley Motorsport-run Mercedes-Benz A-Class and took a best finish of seventh in the opening race at Knockhill. He finished 22nd in the overall standings and 12th in the Independents Trophy chase. Oliphant said: “It’s a dream come true to join WSR and I’m incredibly proud that [team boss] Dick Bennetts and the team ... Keep reading