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10/8/2019: NEWS: Sun power outstrips Gladstone: Lynham   


SOLAR panels in Queensland can now produce twice as much electricity as the state’s biggest power station, according to Energy Minister Anthony Lynham. Dr Lynham said rooftop solar and solar farms together had just passed the 4000 megawatts milestone...


New PICARD trailer is Here. You will LOVE it. IF…   


IF.. You are a fan of Jen Luc Picard You are a fan of Sir Patrick Stewart You actually, in fact, ARE Sir Patrick Stewart You are Jean Luc Picard, reading this, from the FUTURE! Then PICARD is clearly for you!    The latest trailer looks impressive. Great effects. Great visuals. Cinema scale gloss on an accessibly televisual platform. Plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the original shows : Star Trek, Next Generation, Voyager, DS9 et al.   There are arguably some aesthetic touches that evoke Enterprise and Discovery? PLENTY of #EXCITING ACTION! A real sense of conflict, drama, mystery and a self contained story that nonetheless ties to wider series’ mythology. I get it. Trek cannot any longer be a bouncily optimistic thought for day philosophical discussion group dramatised as sci-fi adventure. The brand can and indeed must evolve to integrate the sophisticated warmth through the cold and clinical reality of our visual age. No probs. And it also fits a most encouraging current template of keeping actors and stars VITAL, throughout life. No more relegation to a cameo on a sofa or a deathbed reconciliation. We have a near 80 year old man here front and centre of the action. I love that. Jane Fonda started all this, of course: 80 + and still FIT in all the right senses, defining Netflix and starring in movies in between. Patrick Stewart is just playing catch up for the boys here, looking better than he has done in ages.     Bodes well for when, or now rather IF, we ever see Harrison Ford turn up and play Indiana Jones again.. And why stop there? Let’s ponder the potential! LIMITLESS one off, two off, full series, else-world spin offs, await!  Daniel Craig can stay on as Bond by playing ‘M’ (new poster out now, btw). Pacino in Godfather 4, making a final intervention to save Andy Garcia’s doomed Don? Clooney returns as an older Dr Doug Ross? Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck..stepping in sometime as occasionally returning Jack Ryans? Rambo 6: redeeming Rambo 5! Die Hard: With a Pension? And so on. Forward looking, constructive nostalgia. Not so much trying to relive the past as harness its imagery to help us all live more presently and steward (stewart?!) our successors into the future. All via the shared fun of a jolly good yarn with admirable characters who excel in their craft at any age, played by actors who do exactly the same thing. Always facing forward! The possibilities now are truly endless. And not because of tech or platform changes / format opening though yes that helps. No. It’s because we are possibly, just maybe, living longer and now learning to value and nurture our ongoing potential as a species. THAT is very Star Trek: elder humanity are to be looked to in fighting tomorrow’s battles, not relegated to a walk-in-cameo for  younger pretenders. Having said all that. What if you DON’T see that wider philosophical picture? What if you just like Trek to BE that philosophy, explicitly and immediately? And what if, for all its cameos from Data or Riker et genuinely want and miss a team, community dynamic rather than a singular focus on ONE leading man? Bill Shatner never got anything like this for Captain JAMES T KIRK! (don’t get me started on Generations: I leave that to THIS guy!). ..Then this new show might NOT be for you. Coz it is VERY ‘into’ Jean Luc Picard and, by extension, Patrick Stewart. So if you are NOT a fan of love letters to one character/ actor, in a format arguable NOT suited to that sort of thing? I’d probably brace myself for a disappointment..or best avoid altogether. Loving ‘TREK’ does not mean you will adore PICARD. Equally though, non fans of Trek might just have found their first, accessible step into a new universe!   You might just try it and be surprised. Dunno. BOLDY GO.      PICARD streams next year.  ENGAGE /MAKE IT SO..


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Comment on Collage in the Collections by Blog Post – ‘Collage in the Collections’, for Echoes from the Vault – Dr Freya Gowrley    


[…] Happy to be sharing my post that I wrote for Echoes from the Vault, the University of St Andrews’ Special Collections blog, following my three-week Visiting Scholarship there. You can get a little taste of how the project fits into my broader work, and of what I was up to whilst I was there, here. […]


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"Doktorzy clowni" będą dziś rozdawać uśmiechy w centrum miasta   


Akcja pn. "Uśmiechnij się, podaj dalej" fundacji „Dr Clown” będzie prowadzona na rzeszowskim Rynku oraz ul. 3 Maja.


Rockstar Announces Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Release, Launches November 5   


Red Dead Redemption 2 - PC Announcement

It’s almost hard to believe, but it’s true: Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to the PC. For some Rockstar fans, this announcement is a little bittersweet, since the original RDR never came to PC, despite an immense outpouring of support from fans. Nonetheless, PC gamers who’ve been unable to play the.....


Environmentalism: A Future for Everyone   


Event date: 

We know that our environment faces a crisis. But how do we ensure that the steps we take creates a future that works for everyone, especially those whose voices are currently least heard? Dr Lucie Middlemiss' work focuses on the boundaries between social and environmental issues.

Dr Middlemiss is the Associate Professor in Sustainability at the University of Leeds. She is the Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute and has volunteered for Greenpeace. Her work considers the boundary between social and environmental issues. She wants to know how environmental problems and policy affect people, and how people can in turn affect environmental problems. She has disciplinary roots in sociology, and takes a critical approach to sustainability.


Ready 4 Hope (Live At Heretic)   


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I’m happy to present to you my full 4 1/2 hour set recorded live at the Heretic Atlanta on 9/23/17 for the Ready 4 Hope Beer Bust. This link will take you to the full length podcast, however, I’ve also included links for 3 segmented parts. Hope you guys enjoy! Stream/Download in segments: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: 1. Pagano Vs. Chocolate Puma- Disco Addict Vs. A Greater Life 2. Division 4 - We Found Love 3. Fedde Le Grand & Coco Star-Coco’s Miracle 2017 4. Nihil Young, The Saunderson Bros & Ann Saunderson - Happy Days 5. Pete Heller - Big Love 2017 6. Sandy B, Joe Gauthreaux, DJ Grind - Keep The Hands Clapping 7. Kristine W - Stars 8. Scissor Sisters & MNDR - SWERLK 9. CID feat. CeeLo Green - Believer 10. Tony Moran ft. Deborah Cooper - Live You All over 2017 11. Sean Finn Vs. Terri B 7 Peter Brown - Free 12. Lele Turatti - Vibes 13. Diana Ross - I Will Survive 2017 14. DJ Suri & Soraya Naoyin - Desire 15. Modium Vs. Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey - Baila Vs. Headlights 16. HiFi Sean feat. Crystal Waters - Testify 17. Zhana Roiya Vs. DJ Sultan feat. Elephant Man - Hips Sing & Show Me 18. Sonique - Feels So Good 19. Karen Ullmer - We Get High 20. Charlie Puth - Attention 21. Ariana Grande - Forever Boy 22. Vizin - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) 23. Tommer Mizrahi ft. Adi Varsano - Proud 24. Katy Perry - Swish Swish 25. Deborah Cox - Let The World Be Ours Tonight 26. Julia Michaels - Issues 27. Pink - What About Us 28. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay 29. Kesha - Woman 30. Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson - Symphony 31. Guy Scheiman ft. Michal S. - Let's Get Physical 32. Thomas Solvert, Tom Siher ft. Sarah Williams - I’m So Excited 33. Dua Lipa - New Rules 34. Selena Gomez - Fetish 35. Ariana And The Rose - Supercool 36. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do 37. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody 38. JSTO ft. Alison Jiear - I Just Wanna Dance 39. Stars On 54 - If You Could Read My Mind 40. Jennifer Lopez - Alive 41. Tony Moran, Nicki Richards & Zhana Roiya - High 42. Tony Moran - Promise 43. Hector Fonseca & David Hernandez - Beautiful 44. Gauthreaux & GRIND ft. Inaya Day - Love Is In The Air 45. Blondie - Long Time 46. Cary Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling 47. Toy Armada & DJ GRIND - Stand By Me 48. DJ Aron ft. Beth Sacks - What’s Up


Ready 4 Hope (Live At Heretic) - Part 1 of 3   


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My live set recorded at the Heretic Atlanta on 9/23/17 for the Ready 4 Hope Beer Bust: Part 1: 1. Pagano Vs. Chocolate Puma- Disco Addict Vs. A Greater Life 2. Division 4 - We Found Love 3. Fedde Le Grand & Coco Star-Coco’s Miracle 2017 4. Nihil Young, The Saunderson Bros & Ann Saunderson - Happy Days 5. Pete Heller - Big Love 2017 6. Sandy B, Joe Gauthreaux, DJ Grind - Keep The Hands Clapping 7. Kristine W - Stars 8. Scissor Sisters & MNDR - SWERLK 9. CID feat. CeeLo Green - Believer 10. Tony Moran ft. Deborah Cooper - Live You All over 2017 11. Sean Finn Vs. Terri B 7 Peter Brown - Free 12. Lele Turatti - Vibes 13. Diana Ross - I Will Survive 2017 14. DJ Suri & Soraya Naoyin - Desire 15. Modium Vs. Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey - Baila Vs. Headlights 16. HiFi Sean feat. Crystal Waters - Testify 17. Zhana Roiya Vs. DJ Sultan feat. Elephant Man - Hips Sing & Show Me


Bernie Sanders, resting at home, announces plan to curtail money in politics   


Prominent friends and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., say he should cut back on his relentless campaign pace and speak openly about his recent heart attack when he returns to the campaign trail, urging a shift toward a more personal and less hectic campaign than he has run so far.

The comments reflect what supporters describe as a deeply personal decision with big implications for Sanders’s candidacy: how the 78-year-old democratic socialist, viewed by many of his backers as the leader of a movement, should proceed after a health scare that has sidelined him for days and raised questions about whether he can - or should - maintain the punishing demands of a presidential campaign.

“I would be very open about the experience he had,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a national co-chair of the Sanders campaign who made his pitch to the senator in a brief telephone conversation last week. “I think it can show a resilience, a sense of empathy and a sense of vulnerability.”

Sanders supporters privately acknowledge concern that the heart attack could give voters second thoughts about the candidate, who would be the oldest president in history if elected. In an effort to move beyond the setback, some hope he can seize on the event to transmit a softer side that’s eluded him.

The goal, said Khanna, would be to “make a very human connection.” He said he texted the senator’s wife, Jane Sanders, last week to tell her that this could be Sanders’s “FDR moment,” referring to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose battle with polio is sometimes said to have contributed to his empathy for the less fortunate.

The sensitivity of dealing with the heart attack has been evident since the episode occurred. The campaign did not immediately disclose the heart attack, initially saying only that Sanders had experienced chest pains and had two stents inserted in an artery.

Advisers and friends also say Sanders should consider easing his breakneck campaign pace. Sanders has been sprinting across the country, holding multiple events per day, maintaining a speed that has surpassed his top rivals.

“If I were giving him advice, I would tell him just slack up a little bit,” said former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who visited Sanders in a Las Vegas hospital last week. “Even if he slacks up a little bit, he’s campaigning more than anybody else.”

Sanders spent Monday recuperating at home in Burlington, Vermont. On a conference call with staff, he reiterated that the movement he has been leading is not about him, a theme he often hits in campaign speeches.

“If there’s anything that this event kind of tells us, it is the importance of what our message is in this campaign. And our message is ‘Us, not me,’ ” Sanders said, according to a person with knowledge of his remarks.

Campaign officials have signaled that he is not expected to return to the trail until the Oct. 15 debate near Columbus, Ohio. That makes the debate a critical event for the campaign, as Sanders will face considerable scrutiny from voters and rivals sizing up his health and vitality.

“Bernie is raring to go, and his campaign staff has been trying to hold him back until the debate,” said Ben Cohen, who co-founded Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and serves as a national co-chair of the campaign. “The plan is for the debate to be his reentry into the race.”

People with knowledge of the situation said there had been a period of uncertainty about the campaign’s future in the immediate aftermath of Sanders’s hospitalization for chest pains last week. The campaign suspended an Iowa ad buy and made reassuring calls to supporters during those first hours.

But in recent days, the campaign has shown determination to move full speed ahead. The Iowa ad touting Sanders will be on the airwaves starting Tuesday.

The campaign rolled out a new policy proposal Monday aimed at curtailing the role of money in politics. It would eliminate big-dollar fundraising for all federal elections, enact a constitutional amendment to declare that campaign contributions are not speech and end corporate contributions to the party conventions.

Surrogates campaigned for Sanders in the key early states over the weekend, a strategy the campaign plans to continue. Cohen said he plans to campaign for Sanders this weekend in New Hampshire.

The campaign is also aggressively calling voters. After establishing a goal of making a million calls in the early primary states over the past 10 days, it beat that goal by 300,000 calls, the campaign said.

Sanders and his allies have also used his heart attack to call attention to his push to enact a Medicare-for-all universal health-care system. They note that while Sanders was fortunate to have access to good doctors and treatment, many Americans do not.

And Sanders has already begun showing a more personal side of himself. When he left the hospital on Friday, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his wife, Jane, smiling and waving. When he returned to Burlington, reporters there noted Sanders saying he was “happy to be home” before walking inside where family was waiting.

On Monday, he and Jane took a walk in the rain, and he joked with reporters he said should get paid more for working in the drizzle.

Early this year, when he launched his second campaign for president, advisers encouraged Sanders to speak about his participation in the civil rights movement and his modest upbringing in Brooklyn. He mentioned those things at early campaign stops. But as time went on, they faded from his stump speeches.

“He’s somewhat reticent to talk about his own … life experiences,” said Cohen. “But I think it’s helpful for him to do that and it’s certainly only a decision that he can make, but I do think this is an opportunity for him to talk.”

Sanders has been trailing former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in many recent polls, sparing him the pressure that can face the front-runner. His Democratic rivals have either wished Sanders well or brushed aside questions about his physical fitness for office. President Donald Trump and his allies have been preoccupied with the impeachment inquiry.

These external events have led some Sanders allies to conclude that he does not have to rush back onto the national stage.

“The next months are going to be dominated by the impeachment inquiry, not the presidential race,” said Khanna. “His volunteers can do a lot of the work and he just needs to focus on recovering.”

In a sign of how the Sanders movement has charged ahead without him on the trail, a video created by a supporter arguing that he’s been criticized unfairly by the media had received 6 million views as of late Monday.

As Sanders recovers, his campaign has taken steps to reassure staffers and supporters, scheduling calls and other outreach to keep allies focused.

“The campaign reached out to me to let me know that he was doing fine. They gave me the details, which made me feel really comfortable,” said Deb Marlin, an Iowa small-business owner who has endorsed Sanders.

Reid recalled spending 30 to 45 minutes with Sanders on Thursday. They reminisced about their work in the Senate and talked about health care, Reid said. As for the next debate, Reid said Sanders ought to take things slowly before then.

“He should take it easy until then,” said Reid. “As far as I understand, that’s what he’s going to do.”


Ediția 2019 a Festivalului European al Spectacolului Timișoara – Festivalul Dramaturgiei Românești   


Doar o lună ne mai desparte de spectacolele Festivalului European al Spectacolului Timișoara – Festivalul Dramaturgiei Românești. Dacă ediția 2019 a FEST-FDR a debutat în luna iunie cu spectacolele din secțiunea FEST Outdoor, iată că prima parte a lunii noiembrie este dedicată spectacolelor indoor ale Festivalului. Ediția 2019 a Festivalului European al Spectacolului Timișoara – […]


Understanding the Climate Movement Part 3: Follow the Money   


Guest post by Dr Paul Rossiter Following my earlier two essays that looked at the new grand narrative of the green/left and the corruption of the cause, I now turn to the main engine driving the climate movement from day to day: the money. I became quite despondent while putting this together as I started…


Media release: Scotland-based organisations invited to host writing fellowship   


APPLICATIONS are now open for Scotland-based organisations to host a writer-in-residence. The Dr Gavin Wallace...


Movies and dramas updated today 2019/10/07   


Daemuga: Sorrow and Joy (Korean Movie, 2020)
Updated cast

Baseball Girl (Korean Movie, 2019)
New pictures

The Haunted House: Sky Goblin, The Great Jormungandr (Korean Movie, 2019)
New pictures

Defective People (Korean Drama, 2019)
Updated cast, New pictures

Chief of Staff - Season 2 (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

No Second Chances (Korean Drama, 2019)
Updated cast, New pictures

KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982 (Korean Movie, 2018)
New pictures

Today, Together (Korean Movie, 2019)
New videos, New pictures

VIP (Korean Drama, 2019)
New videos, New pictures

Catch the Ghost (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Leverage: Fraud Control Operation (Korean Drama, 2019)
New videos, New pictures

Leverage: Fraud Control Operation (Korean Drama, 2019)
New videos, New pictures

Drama Special - Wreck Car (Korean Drama, 2019)
New videos

My Country: The New Age (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Extraordinary You (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

The Tale of Nokdu (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Melting Me Softly (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Miss Lee (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Vagabond (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

When the Camellia Blooms (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

Strangers from Hell (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures

The Great Show (Korean Drama, 2019)
New pictures


Blues Rock Music-Dr Wu and Friends-"Texas Blues Project"   


This blues rock CD is one of the best! I've been telling everyone about it. If you love the blues and some kick butt music, this is it! You won't be disappointed!


Faculty Lead (Glan Clywd) Betsi Cadwaladr UHB - Health Education and Improvement Wales - Rhyl LL18   


HEIW is seeking an outstanding, ambitious and enthusiastic individual to work as part of the Faculty Team within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to… £75,881 - £98,515 a year
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Wie DDR-Fußballer den Mauerfall erlebten   


Am 9. November 1989 fiel die Mauer. Wie haben die Stars der DDR die Wende erlebt? Eine Reportage über geplatzte Träume, erlebte Geschichte und neue Leben.


Irak’ta protestolar ve çatışmalar Sadr bölgesine sıçradı   


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Bir haftadır devam eden ve yüzlerce insanın öldüğü Irak’ta, gösteri ve çatışmalar Bağdat’ın yoksul kesimi olarak bilinen Sadr bölgesinde yoğunlaştı.


Six years later: Bryan Alexander Consulting in 2019   


Six years ago Ceredwyn and I launched Bryan Alexander Consulting.  From that day on we’ve shared our story, being open and transparent about the enterprise.*  An update is now overdue. tl;dr version – we’re doing well, growing and developing, boosted … Continue reading


HPE's Eng Lim Goh on spaceborne computers, NASA medals – and AI at the final frontier   


Never mind the edge, try running a super 'puter up there

Interview Though HPE's Spaceborne Computer is still fresh from its jaunt to the International Space Station, veep and CTO for HPC and AI Dr Eng Lim Goh is pondering a return visit and outfitting missions to Mars with the company's kit.…


Top Dating Apps Worldwide for September   


REPUBLIC WORLD - Oct 6 - Tinder was the most downloaded app in the online dating category during September 2019, according to research firm Sensor Tower. Tinder had close to 5.5M installs in September, resulting in a total of 4% increase from the same period last year. Badoo was the second most installed dating app worldwide. Tantan, MeetMe, and Happn rounded out the top five most installed dating apps worldwide for the month. Here is the full list of top 10 dating apps. Tinder Badoo Tantan MeetMe Happn Hily Bumble SKOUT Grindr Plenty of Fish See full article at Republic World


We are the War Criminal   


Major column by Mohamad Bazi at THE GUARDIAN:

Since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015, the United States gave its full support to a relentless air campaign where Saudi warplanes and bombs hit thousands of targets, including civilian sites and infrastructure, with impunity. From the beginning, US officials insisted that American weapons, training and intelligence assistance would help the Saudis avoid causing even more civilian casualties.

But this was a lie meant to obscure one of the least understood aspects of US support for Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen: it’s not that Saudi-led forces don’t know how to use American-made weapons or need help in choosing targets. They have deliberately targeted civilians and Yemen’s infrastructure since the war’s early days – and US officials have recognized this since at least 2016 and done little to stop it.
A team of United Nations investigators, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, presented a devastating report in Geneva in early September detailing how the US, along with Britain and France, are likely complicit in war crimes in Yemen because of continued weapons sales and intelligence support to the Saudis and their allies, especially the United Arab Emirates.

Despite pressure from Saudi Arabia, the Human Rights Council voted last Thursday to extend its investigation.

If the council pursues an aggressive investigation based on the 274-page report, the world might finally see some accountability for war crimes committed in Yemen over the past five years. The report’s authors submitted a secret list of individuals who may be responsible for war crimes to the UN human rights commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, but it’s unclear if that list includes any western officials. The report said third states that have influence on Yemen’s warring parties – including the US, Britain, France and Iran – “may be held responsible for providing aid or assistance for the commission of international law violations”.

American complicity in the Yemen war goes beyond providing training and intelligence support, and selling billions of dollars in weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which has become Washington’s largest weapons buyer. The US is looking the other way while its allies commit war crimes and avoid responsibility for instigating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

True.  There's a reason so many around the world do not see our country as good or even not bad.  We have a strong inclination to ignore that view.  Hillary Clinton fanatics, for example, in the US refuse to recognize the feelings of so many in the Middle East when they express distaste for Hillary as a result of the policies she has supported that have destroyed their lives, the lives of their friends and their family.  We don't want to own what our government has done.  This goes exactly to Trina's post last night.  Not only do our rulers need to be held accountable, we need to take accountability for looking the other way and ignoring the damage done to so many.

Meanwhile, Bernie proves again why he should be president.

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Even recovering from surgery, Bernie's instincts are solid.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, October 3, 2019.  Even Joe Biden's friends in the press denying anything wrong took place demonstrates that Joe did something wrong and meanwhile the protests continue in Iraq.

In the United States, the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  While Senator Bernie Sanders has been temporarily sidelined due to surgery, War Hawk Joe Biden continues to flounder as desperation hits in.

I will put the integrity of my whole career in public service to this nation up against President Trump's long record of lying, cheating, and stealing any day of the week.

Will you put that record up?

Is that the record where you tell the public that you always believed Anita Hill but others -- including a US senator -- are on the record saying you told them you knew Anita was lying?  Is that the record?

Or is it the record where you were a cheerleader for the Iraq War?  Have you ever apologized to the Iraqi people for that?  You certainly haven't apologized to the American people.  You've either said that you were tricked by Bully Boy Bush or you've lied that you were against it as soon as it started.

Is it the record where you pushed through the 'crime' bill that targeted African-Americans?  This as your little blond princess niece assaults a police officer and does no time and then, a few years later, is caught stealing over $100,000 and does no time.

Caroline Biden.  Apparently she has a major vag problem.  Apparently she's crusty lips down there.  Apparently she had to steal a credit card and charge over $100,000 worth of Vagisil at a drug store to deal with her crust lips and to stop popping out loafs of sourdough bread from her personal oven.  Apparently, one of her boyfriends asked her why she was chewing bubble gum with her vagina and she replied that wasn't bubble gum, those were yeast bubbles.

That's got to be it, right?  The press doesn't want to talk about a thirty-something woman who's Joe Biden's niece and stole over $100,000 so it's got be vag related, right?  That's the only reason they're so mum on the topic.  (See Nora Ephron's essay "Dealing With The, Uh, Problem.")

When is Joe going to be asked why his niece was shown favoritism?

Joe's hoping and praying that his hideous campaign can struggle on through South Carolina.  He knows he's losing Iowa, he knows he's losing New Hampshire.  but if he can stay in until South Carolina, he just knows he'll prove to be a winner.

Now Iowa, please remember, knocked him out of the race in 2008.  He bowed out immediately after.

But he thinks the myth of Joe Biden support among African-Americans will save him this go round.

He is not huge with African-Americans.  He's popular with middle-aged and elderly African-Americans but, as his own campaign polling demonstrates (his campaign poured over it Monday), it's a very soft support.  It's doubtful South Carolina African-Americans from his age range will stick with him if he loses Iowa -- forget losing Iowa and New Hampshire.

Joe's desperate and it's really starting to show.

Link to headline article

And he's right, Donald Trump is not going to destroy Joe Biden -- mainly because Joe's doing such a good job of that all by himself.

Whenever he's lying, Joe likes to claim that he's the voice of truth.  That's his tell.

Or have we all forgotten this: "This is the God's truth.  My word as a Biden."

So many whores rush to prop Joe up.  Like here.

Twitter has since removed the video featuring Nickelback’s song “Photograph” for copyright reasons that President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. This, as the president accused Joe Biden of abusing his power to help his son. There’s no evidence of wrongdoing, reports.

The news is dominated by “the whistleblower,” the CIA officer who reported to the CIA Inspector General (IG) that President Donald Trump may have committed a crime during a conversation with the president of Ukraine.  I’ve been fascinated by the story for a couple of reasons. 
First, as a whistleblower and a former CIA officer, I know what must have been going through the guy’s mind as he was coming to the decision to make a report on the president of the United States.  That is, if he is a real whistleblower. 

If he’s a whistleblower, and not a CIA plant whose task it is to take down the president, then his career is probably over.  Intelligence agencies only pay lip service to whistleblowing. A potential whistleblower is supposed to go through the chain of command as the current whistleblower did.  If an employee has evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety, he is supposed to go to the Inspector General.  The IG, then is supposed to go to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  And when the DNI investigates and finds the complaint credible, he then takes it to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  That sounds straightforward, but it’s not. 

Check out the whole article.  Grasp that it's not necessarily as simple and straightforward as the media wants to portray it. 

Also read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Few survive THE POLITICIAN."

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  The corruption in the Biden family is a reflection on Joe and in Iraq the security forces attack the protesters.

Starting in the US with the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and starting with the still fading 'front runner' Joe Biden.  War Hawk Joe is the choice of those who would do nothing.  The demands and the needs of people in 2019?  Ignore them, says Joe.  Medicare For All, they don't deserve it.  He's not going to a damn thing.  I would say "except speak a little better than Donald Trump" but Joe can't speak better as we all know.

He certainly can't 'restore ethics' to the White House.  Not with his family.  In recent weeks, a great deal has been rightly made about his niece Caroline Biden.  A few years after she got to walk on assaulting a police officer (if she were African-American, she'd probably been killed in response), Caroline stole over $100,000 by charging -- to a credit card that she had stolen -- purchases at a drug store.  Was the buying drugs?  That's the first question the press should be asking.  As Marcia noted last night, it's doubtful she racked up over $100,000 in charges on toothpaste and tampons.  The second question the press should be asking is what happened to the two men who found Joe's granddaughter's credit card?  When Naomi Biden lost her credit card, two men found it and used it for three purchases.  What sentence did they receive because they charged no where near $100,000.  At least one of those men were African-American.

Most importantly, the press should be asking about the charges.  Caroline was not charged as she should have been.  The press needs to ask why?  Were favors called in?  She was guilty as hell, that's reality.  If a plea deal was made on that case, that needs to be explained.  As it stands, in the state of New York, she should have additional charges the most pertinent being forgery.  There's no way she charged over $100,000 without signing a slip at some point -- a slip with someone else's name since she had stolen the card.  She should have been charged with identity fraud as well.

This was never an issue, for the prosecutors, of can we prove it in court?  The proof was all there, she would have been convicted in court -- and faced a real sentence.  So why did the prosecutors make a deal with her?

People are up in arms over Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among others, buying their children's way into college.  (As disclosed years ago at THIRD, I know Lori.)  How is Caroline stealing over $100,000 not more appalling?  Don't say, "She's a kid."  No, she wasn't..  She was in her late 20s when that happened, she's over thirty now.

She was allowed to enter a guilty please to two charges.  Why was that allowed?  She'd already assaulted a police officer which, grasp this, is a violent crime.  Who called in favors to get Joe Biden's niece a sweetheart deal that let her admit to fewer charges than she should have been charged with and allowed her to serve no time at all after stealing over $100,000.

Theft and corruption is a pattern with the Biden family.  And, yes, it does reflect on Joe and it should.  Roger Clinton reflected on Bill Clinton, Billy Carter reflected on Jimmy Carter.  In what world do the actions of Caroline Biden, her father James Biden (Joe's brother) and Joe's son Hunter Biden not reflect on Joe?

And let's grasp too that Hunter turns fifty in a few months.  Fifty.  And he's currently got a woman suing him for paternity.  How's Joe going to reassure American families when the reality is that Hunter Biden's not providing for the child that's supposed to be his own?  Even staffers on Joe's campaign have told me it's obvious Hunter's the father of that child.

Family values?  Deadbeat Dad who won't step up to the plate and that's family values?  And Hunter's not a 20-year-old gas pump jockey.  By unethical means, he's earned millions.  And he won't pay child support.

Hunter is unethical and he is the poster boy for "as a Biden" -- remember Joe lying about an incident that didn't happen the way he said it did and swearing that it was true, giving his word "as a Biden."  Hunter's actions (and James and Caroline's actions) say a lot more about what happens "as a Biden."  Patrick Martin (WSWS) notes:

The younger Biden has always been the black sheep of the family, even according to various sympathetic accounts, most of them appearing in publications—The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post—favorable to the Democrats.
The New Yorker piece, at more than 10,000 words by far the longest, published in July, was obviously planted by the Biden campaign for the purpose of venting all the bad news about Hunter Biden as a preemptive measure against anticipated stink bombs from the Trump campaign.
It was prepared through lengthy interviews by reporter Adam Entous with Hunter Biden. And it delivers a lot of bad news about a career devoted apparently to influence-peddling and drug abuse, both on a scale that matches or exceeds that of any dubious relative of any previous president, at least until Donald Trump.
Hunter Biden was hired by MBNA bank in Delaware, fresh out of Yale Law School, and paid a six-figure salary at the age of 26 because his father was a senator from that state and a fervent defender of the bank and credit card industries. MBNA was then the largest US issuer of credit cards.
He then moved to Washington to take a position in the last years of the Clinton administration. Once the Republicans came to power with the George W. Bush administration, in 2001, he became a lobbyist, helping Jesuit Catholic colleges insert earmarks into congressional appropriations bills.
When earmarks became more difficult to obtain, and after losing money in a speculative venture on the eve of the 2007-2008 financial crash, Biden formed a “consulting” group with Christopher Heinz, stepson of Senator John Kerry and an heir to the Heinz fortune, and a Yale friend of Heinz’s, Devon Archer.
Inevitably, after his father’s election as vice president, given a prominent international role in the Obama-Biden administration, Hunter Biden’s consulting firm branched out into global deal-making, focusing on countries where influence-peddling would be most lucrative and actual business credentials least necessary, among others, China and Ukraine.
In China, the younger Biden traveled on Air Force Two in 2013 with his father, who was making an official trip to Beijing. In the course of this, Hunter Biden introduced a Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, to the vice president. He left China with promises of future investments, although not with the $1.5 billion that Trump now falsely claims. According to Hunter Biden’s attorney, no money has yet flowed from that particular connection.
Another Chinese business prospect gave Hunter Biden a diamond worth either $80,000 (according to his ex-wife’s divorce suit) or $10,000, according to Biden’s response to the suit, but in any case, much beyond the normal range of business gratuities.
But Ukraine is where Hunter Biden has apparently cashed in most extensively, trading on his father’s name and position. In 2013-2014, a right-wing populist movement backed by the CIA and the German government gained the upper hand in an internal power struggle within the Ukraine capitalist class.
The Maidan “revolution” was actually a right-wing coup, spearheaded by outright fascist forces, some of whom marched under Nazi insignias, against the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was aligned with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine has been a “wild west” for the operations of foreign intelligence services and capitalist oligarchs at least since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004, the first successful effort by Washington to bring to power a US-backed regime in one of the major countries emerging from the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Joe Biden trots out his dead family members every chance he gets.  He's been married to Jill, for example, for decades.  But he can't stop trying to get sympathy for losing his first wife.  Apparently, he also trots the dead members out constantly becuase the living ones are so damn corrupt.

I believe it was Elizabeth Edwards, in the fall of 2007, who suggested to the press that if Hillary couldn't even handle her family how was she up to the job of president?  At best, Joe has just looked the other way as unethical deals have been made by his family members who used access to him to rake in millions.  At worst?  Joe may have been an active participant.

He's stated he never spoke to Hunter about the Ukraine deal.  Hunter told THE NEW YORKER that they had one conversation.  But let's again note this Tweet about a photo that was unearthed this week.

BREAKING: After Joe Biden claimed that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him, A photo surfaced, from 2014, showing the former VP and his son golfing with a board member of the Ukrainian company that paid Hunter Biden $50k a month. This. Is. Corruption.

Senator Bernie Sanders is also seeking the party's presidential nomination.

Bernie Sanders IS the front runner in every real life measure... 🔥donations 🔥donors 🔥volunteers 🔥number of visits to webpage 🔥mentions & followers on social media Funny how the media give him so much less coverage & act like he is a loser. Can’t wait for real life voters.

BernieSanders: RT tylerevansokay: We know BernieSanders will fight for the working class as president — because he always has.

Yesterday's snapshot noted the protest that were just starting to take place in Baghdad (and elsewhere in Iraq).  Last night, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) noted:

Protests across Iraq have left at least 10 dead and 286 wounded. The injured included 40 security personnel. The fatalities occurred in Baghdad and Nasariya. At least 11 people were arrested in Basra. The Iraqi government blamed “groups of riot inciters” for the violence.
At least 1,000 people gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where much of the violence took place; the trigger may have been an attempt to enter the Green Zone. This is largest gathering since Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi took power last year. Security personnel at some point had turned to live ammunition to disperse the crowds. Demonstrations were also reported in Basra, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Karbala, Najaf, Nasariya and Wasit. Use of live ammo to clear protesters was also reported in Nasariya, where a fatality occurred.
Among the complaints are lack of  basic services, rampant corruption, and unequal treatment within the Iraqi Army. Many of the protesters are unemployable college graduates. Riots during the summer of 2018 turned deadly as well. Today, however, the recent removal Iraq’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post was an added motive to demonstrate; many marchers carried his photo with them.

When it comes to protests, I always have to question Margaret's wording.  The headline, for example, "protest turn violent."  Really?  Now Margaret can rightly question me back (that I'm too sympathetic to protesters) but the protests didn't turn violent, the security response was violent.  For me, her voice is always too passive when Iraqi security attacks the Iraqi people.

Here are some Tweets


5 great Gladys Knight and the Pips tracks   


For any who do not know, Gladys Knight and the Pips is one of the great bands.  They started out in the 60s and had many huge hits.  Their biggest is "Midnight Train To Georgia."  I'm  not going to note that one tonight because everybody already knows it.

1) "Love Overboard"

One of the final great Gladys Knight and the Pips singles.  I love Gladys' deep notes on this song.

2) "Make Yours A Happy Home"

Of all their seventies charting hits, this is probably the least well known but to hear it even once, is to love it forever.

3) "Neither One Of Us"

The group spent some time at MOTOWN in the sixites.  They recorded many outstanding songs there but, for me, this is the best one of all.

4) "Landlord"

MOTOWN was where the group first recorded a song by Ashford & Simpson -- "Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime)."  Years later, 1980, they released their best album ALL LOVE which was written and produced by Ashford and Simpson.   "Landlord" is from that album.  You should also check out "Friendly Persuasion," "Add It Up," "Taste of Bitter Love" and "Bourgie, Bourgie" from that album (the last two were also hit singles).

5) "Love Is Fire (Love Is Ice)"

This is from 1987's ALL OUR LOVE.  "Love Overboard" is also from the same album.  That was the group's final studio album of contemporary music.  And this song, written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, is one of the best on the album.  Gladys' phrasing on this is especially haunting.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  Protests in Iraq over corruption, in the US Joe Biden defenders continue attempting to defend and/or deny Joe's unethical conduct.

In Iraq today, a major protest.  In fact, another major protest.  It is at least the third major protest in the last seven days.  Last week, Lawk Ghafuri (RUDAW) reported:

Protestors demanding government action on postgraduate unemployment were hosed down with Iraqi security force water cannons on Wednesday, in an act condemned by a national human rights commission as an act “against freedom of expression.”
Iraqi master’s degree and PhD holders have been protesting outside ministry buildings in Baghdad since June, calling for measures to ease unemployment among postgraduates, including an increase in public sector jobs.

A video recorded by a protestor and published on social media on Wednesday shows water cannons being used to disperse protestors in front of the Council of Ministers in Baghdad.

Protestors, some of whom can be seen wearing graduation sashes, are knocked to the ground by the sheer force of the cannons. Other protestors rush to their aid.

“This is how Iraqi postgraduates are being treated in Iraq,” said the protestor recording events, who proceeds to call on Muqtada al-Sadr, the United Nations, the European Union and the entire world to come to their assistance.

Sunday, journalist Mustafa Habib reported:

Breaking: Big protests in against the decision to remove General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi. The Sunni city defending a Shiite officer from the south of the country. Remarkable


Now, today, Mohammed Rwanduzy (RUDAW) reports:

Hundreds of Iraqis protested in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday to express diverse, long-brewing grievances, including, a lack of basic services, rampant corruption, and unequal treatment within the Iraqi Army. 
Civilian protestors expressed anger about the Friday dismissal of Iraqi Army commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, credited with the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, from the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (ICTS).  Civilian protestors holding pictures of al-Saadi disapproved of his subsequent transfer to the Ministry of Defense.
“We don't want this is corrupt government,” civilians chanted, while others extended their discontent to the parliament and presidency. “All are corrupt equally,” a protestor said.

Mustafa Habib notes:

Breaking: All the world expected big protests in this summer, but did not happen because they want to give the govt a chance despite the continued poor services, but after the govt's decision to remove Saadi, the protests began today from & may be the biggest.


Here are some more Tweets about the protest.

Protest against the government in Tahrir Square, Baghdad

Dozens of people gathered today morning in Tahrir Square in following calls on social media to protest against the government.

Hundreds of Iraqis protest in ’s Tahrir Square to express diverse, long-brewing grievances, including, a lack of basic services