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'We are on verge of autocracy': Poles protest Supreme Court law

New law forcing top court's judges into retirement is a further attempt by the government to extend power, say critics.

Now, a new law that will come into effect on Tuesday is targeting the country's highest court - the Supreme Court - by forcing 40 percent of its judges into early retirement.

Many consider it the most flagrant attempt to control the country's judiciary and an unwelcome turning point for the country's waning democracy.

"It's a question of to be or not to be for Poland as a liberal democracy founded on the rule of law,"

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/verge-autocracy-poles-protest-supreme-court-law-180701184717089.html

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Just learn this after Googling today's news about the Cleveland's University liable lawsuit. (see Healthcare in America thread)

Parents who lost embryos in Cleveland hospital malfunction hold memorial service

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/state-news/parents-who-lost-embryos-in-cleveland-hospital-malfunction-hold-memorial-service/1176646533

https://www.wkyc.com/video/news/uh-memorial-service-for-embryos-lost/95-8126577

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Yemen’s spiraling hunger crisis is a man-made disaster

One of the poorest countries in the Middle East, Yemen's war has pushed it to the brink of famine. A Saudi blockade has slowed the flow of food and helped push prices up. Markets and businesses are ruined from airstrikes. Millions are destitute. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself across front lines to report on what's happening inside the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/yemens-spiraling-hunger-crisis-is-a-man-made-disaster?utm_source=frontline&utm_term=social&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=20180703&utm_content=1645140565&utm_campaign=Frontline Season 36&linkId=53825321

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Millions of Yemenis struggle to survive behind rebel lines

 

Why it matters:“America’s help with that campaign has driven bitter resentment here,” Ferguson reported. Ports and shipping routes are blockaded, which at times has also cut off medical treatment. Twenty-two million people need humanitarian aid every day.

“Millions are on the brink of starvation, and the worst cholera outbreak in modern history rages on,” Ferguson reported.

Three years of war have worn Yemenis down, but they also believe America could end it quickly, according to Ferguson....

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/5-important-stories-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-the-supreme-court-fight

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https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/family-of-james-foley-sues-syrian-govt-for-200-million/

Family of James Foley sues Syrian gov’t for $200 million

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The family of James Foley has filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government via the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., alleging they played a role in the brutal death of the journalist.

According to the lawsuit, “Daesh was operating with the material support of the Syrian
Arab Republic (hereinafter “Syria” or “Assad Regime”). Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
(hereinafter “Assad”) and his security apparatus deliberately took steps to help create and
thereafter greatly assisted Daesh in its terrorist operations, which it used as a sham opponent in the Syrian civil war to bolster Syria’s negotiating power against Western powers threatening the Assad regime.”

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/report-n-korea-asked-israel-for-1-billion-to-stop-missile-sale-1.6249205

North Korea Reportedly Asked Israel for $1 Billion in Cash to Halt Missile Sale to Iran

Pyongyang tried to persuade Jerusalem in 1999 to pay up in a meeting between the Israeli and North Korean envoys to Sweden, the Wall Street Journal reports ■ Israel said to have refused the offer

North Korea reportedly extended an offer to Israel in 1999 to nix its agreements to sell missile technology to Iran and other enemy states that posed a threat to the Jewish state at the time - if Israel paid Pyongyang $1 billion in cash.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published Sunday, Israel did not take the offer. Instead, Jerusalem offered food aid and the talks ended without an agreement.

The alleged and failed extortion attempt took place during an exchange between North Korea's envoy to Sweden and his Israeli counterpart while the pair met in a café in Stockholm, the Journal reported.

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5 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/family-of-james-foley-sues-syrian-govt-for-200-million/

Family of James Foley sues Syrian gov’t for $200 million

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The family of James Foley has filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government via the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., alleging they played a role in the brutal death of the journalist.

According to the lawsuit, “Daesh was operating with the material support of the Syrian
Arab Republic (hereinafter “Syria” or “Assad Regime”). Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
(hereinafter “Assad”) and his security apparatus deliberately took steps to help create and
thereafter greatly assisted Daesh in its terrorist operations, which it used as a sham opponent in the Syrian civil war to bolster Syria’s negotiating power against Western powers threatening the Assad regime.”

 

Good luck, you thought Ron Goldman had a tough time collecting.

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http://labor411.org/411-blog/2124-police-attack-striking-amazon-workers-as-jeff-bezos-net-worth-hits-150-billion

Police Attack Striking Amazon Workers as Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Hits $150 Billion

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Jeff Bezos reached $150 billion today in net worth. At the same time, Amazon workers were assaulted by police in Spain.

Telesur reports:

"The Spanish National Police charged at several Amazon workers Tuesday in the logistics center of San Fernando de Henares, in the outskirts of Madrid, who are participating in the three-day strike against the company's efforts to reduce workers' rights

 

Workers on strike have also called on consumers to boycott Amazon in solidarity with their struggle. Organizers gathered outside the San Fernando de Henares center, where they chanted 'There is, there is, there is no other way. With the bosses, or with the working class.'

During the first day of the strike the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) Amazon said 80 percent of the workforce participated in the strike, affirming those who were working were temporary workers who have been threatened by local management.  

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On 7/17/2018 at 8:06 AM, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/15/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-direct-negotiations.html

Nobody cares about the Global War on Terror anymore. Mission accomplished!

I think the best solution is some sort of coalition government that all sides can agree on.  It's time somebody ends this conflict and get our troops out of there once and for all.  It's been almost 17 years since 9/11.

Historical trivia, Afghanistan has never been conquered, called "the graveyard of empires".

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If U.S. casualties remain low, we'll be there for who knows how long.

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https://theoutline.com/post/5493/an-ice-shelf-melts-and-the-worlds-sea-levels-gain-an-inch?zd=2&zi=mn7ztw2y

An ice shelf melts and the world’s sea levels gain an inch

The sea level will rise many feet over the next hundred years, but the impact of a single shelf is huge.
 

The urgency of climate change is hard to grasp because everything is happening so slowly and incrementally. But the individual events are continuing to add up, and even a couple big pieces of ice melting can have a significant effect on the whole planet. Take Antarctica’s ice shelves, specifically Larsen C and George VI. There are a hell of a lot of ice shelves out there in our ever-warming Earth, and — surprise surprise — they’re basically all melting.

Though Larsen C and George VI are puny in comparison to some of the more high profile shelves to collapse, they’re going to have a considerable impact on the world at large, raising the seal level one inch once they are melted, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal The Cryosphere. And though it may seem small, it’s not when you consider that this one inch is being added to our global sea levels.

“These numbers, while not enormous in themselves, are only one part of a larger sea-level budget including loss from other glaciers around the world and from the Greenland, East and West Antarctic ice sheets. Taken together with these other sources, the impacts could be significant to island nations and coastal populations,” said University of Birmingham glaciologist and study author, Nicholas Barrand, in a statement. "The Antarctic Peninsula may be seen as a bellwether for changes in the much larger East and West Antarctic ice sheets as climate warming extends south.”

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44917545

In pictures: Fighting the Swedish wildfires

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Fires continue to rage in Sweden as the country tries to deal with the combined effects of a drought and record-breaking temperatures.

There were still 53 individual fires burning on Sunday afternoon from the extreme north down to Malmo in the south, emergency officials said.

Italy, Germany, Poland and France have all sent help.

But with temperatures set to soar again, they are in a race against time to get the fires under control.

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Laos Dam Collapse: Hundreds Missing, Thousands Left Homeless After Villages Flooded

Hundreds of people are missing and feared dead after a dam under construction in Laos collapsed and sent flash floods through several villages.

The collapse of the hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province released five billion cubic meters of water—equal to more than two million Olympic swimming pools—and left more than 6,600 people homeless, Laotian news agency KPL reported.

https://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-missing-thousands-left-homeless-after-laos-dam-collapses-1039568?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-blocks-canned-meat-shipment-to-gaza-because-it-s-not-kosher-1.6290158

Israel Blocks Canned Meat Shipment to Gaza - Because It's Not Kosher

Thousands of cans stuck in Israel over the past three months, says a Palestinian importer, who has appealed to the Palestinian Authority, MKs

Israel is blocking the release of canned meat imports from Brazil to the Gaza Strip, citing the lack of a kashrut certificate.

The same Palestinian company has been importing these goods for years via the Ashdod Port, and the Keren Shalom crossing, after customs payment and laboratory examination to confirm its suitability for human consumption.

Mohammed Shaker, the company’s owner, told Haaretz that he follows all of Israel’s meat import rules, but that over the past three months he has been unable to secure the release of shipping containers from the port, containing thousands of cans of meat.

Customs official have confirmed that the reason for not releasing the products is that they lack a kashrut certificate.

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Swedish activist stops flight from deporting Afghan man to 'hell'

Elin Ersson's refusal to sit down on a plane deporting a 52-year-old to Kabul could see her fined and jailed.

 

"...In recent years, thousands of Afghan asylum seekers have been told they will be returned to the active warzone despite outcry that the country is not safe.

Shouts of "sit down, we want to go" could be heard in the recording and a person believed to be a flight attendant made an attempt to snatch Ersson's phone.

"What is more important, a life, or your time?" she told the person.

"I want him to get off the plane because he is not safe in Afghanistan. I am trying to change my country's rules, I don't like them. It is not right to send people to hell."........

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/swedish-activist-stops-flight-deporting-afghan-man-hell-180725100123106.html

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NPRVerified account @NPR 20h20 hours ago

 
 

A prestigious Tokyo medical school lowered women's scores on an admission test in order to admit fewer women, reports multiple Japanese news sources.

 

"A university official told NHK that "it was concerned that a large increase in the number of women posed a serious problem for the future of the university hospital, because female doctors tend to quit after marrying or starting families."

The points deduction was apparently aimed at keeping the number of female students at about 30 percent of the class or less, the media reports state. And it followed a regular pattern. The Asahi Shimbun, citing university officials, said, "A specific coefficient was used to automatically reduce the exam scores of all female applicants."

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634936967/report-japanese-medical-school-deducted-points-from-exam-scores-of-female-applic?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nprstoriesfromnpr&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180802

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/08/washington-post-blames-iran-for-trumps-unilateral-sanctions-against-it.html

Washington Post Blames Iran For Trump's Unilateral Sanctions Against It

Who is to blame for the Trump administration's revocation of the nuclear deal with Iran? Who is to blame for the sanctions the Trump administration is unilaterally imposing on Iran, parts of which go into effect today?

According to Jason Rezaian, it is the Iranian government.

Jason Rezaian was the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran. In July 2014 he was arrested in Tehran for espionage and sentenced to prison. In a side deal to the nuclear agreement he was released in 2016 in exchange for Iranians held in the United States.

Rezaian now writes a Global Opinion column for the Post. His latest is headlined: I lived in an Iran under sanctions. Here’s what it’s like.

I lived in Tehran then and reported extensively on the impact the sanctions had.

If that experience is a predictor of what is about to hit the people of Iran, here’s a preview of what ordinary Iranians can expect in the weeks and months ahead.

He lists a number of issues that sanctions will cause: the rial will fall further, some medicines will be difficult to get, there will be other shortages, black markets will reappear, a few will profit from them:

That small but not inconsequential segment of the population will see its wealth balloon as it did in 2012 and 2013. There will be a disproportionate number of the most expensive luxury cars on Earth sitting in Tehran's perpetual traffic.

Sounds like London or New York to me. Indeed, as one commentator to that op-ed remarks:

A lot in this article sounds like daily life for large numbers of Americans, as if there were sanctions on a large portion of the US population. Iran may see the lifting of those sanctions one day but those Americans most likely will not, partly because so many keep voting for their oppressors.

Rezaian continues:

Soon enough, well-connected officials and their families with access to the black markets will begin importing and selling goods at exorbitant prices, callously taking advantage of the misfortune that their cronies in government helped create.

How, please, have the "cronies" in Iran's government "helped create" the new sanctions? Iran was fulfilling all is duties under the JCPOA agreement. It was solely Donald Trump who abrogated the UN endorsed deal despite the protests of all other signatories.

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https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/08/maybe-they-could-invent-houses.html

Maybe They Could Invent Houses

 
There is something wrong with that section of the country.
Tech companies such as Amazon opposed Seattle’s short-lived head tax on large businesses to pay for homeless services and housing, but Mayor Jenny Durkan now says they can assist the city in other ways.

Rather than tap the companies’ bank accounts, she wants Seattle to tap their know-how. For example, they could help the city design apps for social services, Durkan says.

The mayor has convened an Innovation Advisory Council to seek advice on challenges such as homelessness and transportation, she announced Thursday during a news conference at Zillow’s downtown headquarters. She described the panel as a “new collaboration with Seattle’s technology community that will better highlight technology solutions.”
Cool. An App. <_< 
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https://www.pogowasright.org/a-police-run-non-profit-has-created-a-national-tracking-program-called-place-of-last-drink/

A police run non-profit has created a national tracking program called “Place of Last Drink”

Joe Cadillic is an absolute treasure as a source of news on surveillance.  In a recent post on his own site, he writes:

A non-profit association of law-enforcement personnel is being used to track where people drink and much more.

Iowa is preparing to use the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association’s (NLLEA) “Place of Last Drink” or POLD to collect data on businesses and drivers.

Participating courts send police reports, receipts and interviews about a person’s final drink to the NLLEA’s national DUI surveillance program.

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20 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.pogowasright.org/a-police-run-non-profit-has-created-a-national-tracking-program-called-place-of-last-drink/

A police run non-profit has created a national tracking program called “Place of Last Drink”

Joe Cadillic is an absolute treasure as a source of news on surveillance.  In a recent post on his own site, he writes:

A non-profit association of law-enforcement personnel is being used to track where people drink and much more.

Iowa is preparing to use the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association’s (NLLEA) “Place of Last Drink” or POLD to collect data on businesses and drivers.

Participating courts send police reports, receipts and interviews about a person’s final drink to the NLLEA’s national DUI surveillance program.

Shouldn't matter much in states like CA, Nevada, Colorado, etc...,   since the smart crowd mainly smokes pot.   It is way less expensive and doesn't leave one with a handover.

 

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