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  1. It's one thing if it is to save a mother's life but for many it just serves to reinforce their decadent and alienated lifestyle. Saddening.
  2. http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/06/officials-attempt-to-sabotage-trumps-north-korea-talks.html "Officials" Attempt To Sabotage Further North Korea Talks Several Congress people and some officials in the CIA and Trump administration try to throw a spanner into the negotiations with North Korea. They "leak" to NBC News about an intelligence assessment on North Korea's nuclear facilities. The result is a sensationalized piece that includes no surprising facts. North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials "Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles," said one U.S. official. One of the NBC authors is Ken Dilanian who is well known for his tight cooperation with the CIA. Its opening:
  3. For fans of neo-noir, debuting tonight at 2:30 AM is Le Deuxieme Souffle. According to IMDB this movie is partly influenced by the noir, Odds Against Tomorrow.
  4. The Red Western, The Seventh Bullet is a revisionist western as well.
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44629193 Surge in Britons getting EU nationality There has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum, according to data obtained by the BBC. In 2017 a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures. This compares with 5,025 in 2016 and only 1,800 in 2015. The most frequent new nationality was German, which saw a huge jump from just 594 cases in 2015 up to 7,493 in 2017. One applicant, Paul Petty, from Bath, gained a German passport and is now a dual German/British citizen. "I feel like Europe is pulling apart a bit at the moment," he told the BBC. "I want to remain part of the EU."
  6. The water should be pure without all the other chemicals in it. I think the court made a really bad judgement.
  7. I saw those same three too. TFA was okay if as a retelling of ANH. My thoughts on the Last Jedi were that it is dull and I could have done without the side characters. Rogue One is easily the best of the three. It also has pretty good cinematography.
  8. https://www.axios.com/several-states-ready-to-outlaw-abortion-if-roe-v-wade-overturned-b081f295-1165-412f-a0e4-a4e278cc242c.html Several states ready to outlaw abortion if Roe v. Wade overturned President Trump vocalized during his 2016 campaign that, if elected, he would appoint judges that would put an end to the historic abortion ruling Roe vs. Wade. And now, with the announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, Trump has his chance. The big picture: The future of nationwide abortion rights is uncertain. While a new Kaiser Family Foundation surveyfound that 67% of voters don't want Roe overturned "[a]s many as 17 states are poised to effectively ban abortion" if that were to happen, reports the Los Angeles Times' Evan Halper.
  9. http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/29/news/companies/tariffs-companies-exclusions/index.html Companies that want out of new steel tariffs describe a nightmare American companies looking for a way out of punishing steel tariffs say they're trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare. As they seek exemptions from the tariffs, which have sharply raised costs, these companiesdescribe a lengthy, opaque review process. They say the uncertainty is already hurting their businesses and may cost them jobs. Companies had filed more than 20,000 exemption requests through last week, arguing that they depend on imported steel and that domestic producers can't fill the gap. The Commerce Department had announced a final ruling on only 98 of them.
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44660960 Canada 'will not back down' over US metals tariffs Canada will "not back down" in the face of new US tariffs on steel and aluminium, according to the country's foreign minister. Chrystia Freeland spoke as officials unveiled a C$2bn (US$1.5bn; £1.15bn) package to support the country's steel and aluminium industries. Retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6bn worth of US products are due to come into effect on 1 July. Ms Freeland said US tariffs left Canada "no choice" but to respond. Canada's tariffs target US steel and aluminium products. It also includes items such as yoghurt, ketchup and orange juice, which are made in key political battlegrounds such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida. The list of products is intended to match "dollar for dollar" the US tariffs, which came into effect on 1 June, Ms Freeland said. "Our approach is we will not escalate but equally we will not back down," she said.
  11. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1806/S00336/fluoridation-is-mass-medication-nz-supreme-court-rules.htm Fluoridation is mass medication, NZ Supreme Court rules Water fluoridation is compulsory mass medication, in breach of human rights, the Supreme Court has ruled by a majority vote. It confirmed that fluoridation is a medical treatment as claimed by opponents for over 60 years. It is not a supplement “just topping up natural levels”, as claimed by the Ministry of Health. The impracticality of avoiding fluoridated water makes it compulsory in practice, the majority also ruled. Three judges held that there was conflicting scientific evidence, confirming that the science is NOT settled. Chief Justice Sian Elias then held that fluoridation was not prescribed by law (i.e. is unlawful), applying section 6 of the Bill of Rights Act. That was the correct decision in Fluoride Free NZ’s view. The rest of the majority held that it was prescribed by law, and it was then necessary to apply a balancing test to determine if the breach of the right - not to be subject to medical treatment without consent - was justified in the case of fluoridation.
  12. From the foreign editions- 1.) Ogre of Athens, Nikos Koundouros, Greek edition 2.) Merry-Go-Round, Zoltan Fabri, Hungarian edition
  13. https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/6/29/17518928/harlan-ellison-star-trek-grudge-science-fiction-rip Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it. The famously cantankerous science-fiction legend died this week. The story of “City on the Edge of Forever” represents his career in miniature. Harlan Ellison, the legendary, legendarily irascible speculative fiction writer who died this week at age 84, wrote the greatest episode of Star Trek ever made. And he hated it. “The City on the Edge of Forever” aired on April 6, 1967, late in the original series’ first season, and won acclaim for capturing everything Star Trek could do at its best while suggesting weighty themes and emotional depths only hinted at in previous episodes. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama on Television. Ellison accepted both. Neither salved his bitterness that the episode had been rewritten. At the Hugos he dedicated the award to “the memory of the script they butchered, and in respect to those parts of it that had the vitality to shine through the evisceration.” “The City on the Edge of Forever” that aired may have been praised by virtually everyone who saw it, but it wasn’t his “City on the Edge of Forever,” and a compromised triumph was no triumph at all for Ellison. Ellison would spend the next several decades being publicly aggrieved by “City on the Edge of Forever.”
  14. https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/illinois-gop-official-admits-nomination-neo-nazi-absolute-political-disaster/ Illinois GOP official admits nomination of a neo-Nazi was an ‘absolute political disaster’ A Republican state legislator in Illinois admitted his party was mistaken in missing multiple opportunities to counter the nomination of Arthur Jones, a neo-Nazi congressional candidate. “I think it’s really harmful to the party,” Rep. David McSweeney (R), a conservative in Illinois’ state legislature told Politico. “The guy’s a complete nutcase. He’s a Nazi. This is an absolute political disaster.” Politico noted in its report on the candidate who once led the American Nazi Party that Illinois Republicans “botched four different opportunities” to stop Jones from becoming their nominee.
  15. My list of favorite foreign language films of 1956- 1.) The Forty-First, Grigori Chukhrai, Russia 2.) A Man Escaped or The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth, Robert Bresson, France 3.) Carnival in Moscow, Eldar Ryazanov, Russia 4.) The Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa, Japan 5.) Aparajito, Satyajit Ray, India 6.) Rodan, Ishiro Honda, Japan 7.) And God Created Woman, Roger Vadim, France
  16. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-court-kavanaugh-barrett-20180628-story.html Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are leading candidates for Supreme Court seat President Trump is expected to move quickly to nominate a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s soon-to-be-vacant Supreme Court seat, and two leading candidates are veteran Washington, D.C., appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and recent Trump appointee to the 7th Circuit in Chicago. They emerged from a list of more than two dozen potential nominees put together by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. The list was Trump’s idea and it has proven effective, said Leonard Leo, a Federalist Society official who is advising the White House. It told Republican voters that he was serious about appointing only reliable conservatives to the high court, he said.
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