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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
Home country: USA
Current location: DC
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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Pence gets a puppy

Washington (CNN)The country let out a collective "awww" nine days ago, when news broke that one of Vice President Mike Pence's family cats, Oreo, had died.

Oreo was the black-and-white cat; the other cat, Pickle, who is orange and white, is still alive. But with Oreo's death, that left just two pets at the vice president's residence, Pickle and Marlon Bundo, a rabbit, who has his own Instagram account.
That all changed this weekend, when the vice president and second lady Karen Pence returned to Indiana for a visit, and picked up two -- yes, two -- more family members. For Father's Day, the vice president got a surprise puppy named Harley, an Australian shepherd.

And because Pickle needs a buddy, the Pence's daughter, Charlotte, went with the second lady to a pet store to adopt a little gray kitten, named Hazel.

Joe Biden's dog Champ

Cheney's dogs

HW's dog

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/pence-puppy/index.html

There are tweets of Pence's pets at the link

Former North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier dies

Source: CNN

(CNN)Otto Warmbier, the college student who returned to the United States last week after 17 months of detention in North Korea, died Monday afternoon, his family said in a statement.

"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.," the statement said.

"We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today."

Developing story - more to come

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/otto-warmbier-dies/index.html



What's our fearless leader going to do about this?

Tech CEOs descend on White House to talk fixing federal IT

Tech industry leaders from companies like Apple, Amazon and Google are set to head to the White House Monday to brainstorm on how to improve the government's creaky IT systems — aiming to find common ground with the Trump administration after weeks of tension over climate change, immigration and other policies.

The official focus of the meeting has non-partisan appeal: upgrading federal systems that one senior White House official described as "in some cases 10 to 20 years out of date." And the tech giants could stand to benefit if the government moves to modernize with the help of their hardware, software and cloud-computing services.

But the gathering comes at a low point in the tumultuous relationship between President Donald Trump and Silicon Valley, with many in the tech world deeply disturbed by Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Activist groups have been urging Silicon Valley's tech workforce to press their CEOs to disengage from Trump.

Monday's session is the first official meeting of the American Technology Council, created by the president in May under the auspices of the White House Office of American Innovation led by Trump son-in-law and senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner. The idea behind the council is to bring the government's IT infrastructure, websites and apps to the same level of excellence associated with the country's leading tech companies.

To that end, executives will spend hours brainstorming on topics like the use of artificial intelligence to reduce fraud and the potential for cloud computing to lower the cost of providing government services, before sitting down for a debrief with Trump.

"This day is going to show we have a lot of people who really want the government to succeed and really want to work with it," a senior White House official said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "This is not going to be, 'Come around, let's do ceremony, let's sit and take pictures,'" but is instead focused on tapping industry's expertise, the official said.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/19/white-house-technology-ceo-meeting-239708

It would be interesting to see how they reconcile the need to upgrade/modernize with the GOP's desire to cut budgets and weaken these agencies.

CEO President Donald Trump: A Really Terrible Idea?



Meet Gerrard Lobo, the Only Good Guy on Orange Is the New Black



Warning: spoilers ahead.

Even the good guys on Orange Is the New Black are bad. There's Healy, whose brief moments of compassion are overshadowed by his chauvinistic behavior toward women; Bayley, whose naïve and inexperienced nature leads him to suffocate a prisoner; Caputo, who fails to address Poussey's death to the public; Bennett, who abandons Daya and his daughter; and Coates, whose once charming friendship with Doggett spirals into an abusive relationship. So when we first meet Adarsh (played by Gerrard Lobo), the kind-hearted nurse at Litchfield, our expectations are understandably low. But, as those who have already binge-watched season 5 will attest, he proves his worth and value to the prison, without any lapses of character, at least so far. Ahead of the episode drop date, Lobo stopped by the InStyle offices to discuss his new role, working with Laverne Cox, and Indian stereotypes.

Tell us about your new role.

I play a nurse named Adarsh. Basically, everyone has fled the scene of the crime because they heard there was a riot going on, and Adarsh decides to stay—he's new to the job, his Nightingale Pledge [Ed note: an oath of ethics and principles used by nurses] kicks in, and he starts saving people left and right. Then he teams up with a couple of the inmates to get the work done. Once they hear that they can get drugs in medical, he gets visited frequently. [Laughs]

So you're a good guy.

Yeah. While I'm trying to save people that are in critical condition, it's not my job to judge what people have done. Certain people are in there that other people don't like and they're trying to get at them. My job is to take care of that sanctum of the medical area.

Who's in your corner?

I team up with Bursett [Laverne Cox] first. She helps me because she has the firefighter background, so she knows First Aid and how to deal with stressful situations.

What's it like working with an all-female cast?

I was just focused on the task at hand. I'm such a big fan of Kate Mulgrew and Laverne Cox and all these people that I see on TV. I'd just click into actor mode. I got to sit back and see everyone be in their element. Some people are close to who they are as their characters; other people are completely different. It was cool to see. Kate Mulgrew keeps that accent, even when she's reading the newspaper.

http://www.instyle.com/reviews-coverage/tv-shows/gerrard-lobo-orange-new-black-interview

This season of the Orange is the New Black has gotten some critical reviews from folks who didn't like it. I like it because it explores different issues with role reversal/power exchange and going into backstories of other characters. It's good to see a male nurse. And on a show with plenty of villains and people who struggle with having to do bad things given their circumstances, it's amazing to see a dude who is just plain good. Especially during times when some elements of the news media and our own idiot president want us to believe brown men are coming to rape and murder you.

What does it really mean to be a man?

(CNN)Masculinity has always been a shifting concept. The history of man is littered with examples of provocateurs and puritans who have fought a seemingly endless battle over what it is to be one.

The warrior pharaohs of Ancient Egypt wore makeup long before it was dismissed as only for women, while in the kingdoms of Greece and Rome it was not only acceptable, but commanding to have sex with your male subjects, before early Christian rulers came and condemned sodomy as an outrage and an offense punishable by death.

The medieval era took the model of masculinity back towards basic, chivalric, Christian values, before the likes of Byron and Brummell shattered these ideas with the rise of the dandy. David Bowie might have shocked in the 1970s with his face powder and effeminate posturing, but in Regency-era England, he could've passed as an esteemed member of society.

Recently, the tall, strong, short-haired, hard-working heterosexual has been the norm of masculinity, but once more that is changing.
Looking at pop culture, it's clear to see that gender is a hot topic right now. Our perceptions of what gender means are splintering, and the conventions around how men and women must look or behave are being challenged.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/fashion/masculinity-for-the-modern-world/index.html


Is Trump making America mentally ill?

In one of Walker Percy’s brilliant novels, “The Second Coming,” protagonist Will Barrett keeps falling down for no apparent reason. He also suffers trances during which he contemplates existential questions.

Barrett comes to mind in the era of Donald Trump.

I’m not falling down on the golf course yet, as Barrett did, but I confess to a feeling of lightheadedness coupled with slight nausea. It makes perfect sense that Barrett finds salvation in a young woman recently released from an insane asylum.

When many of those around you seem to be suffering from some sort of group mania — believing what isn’t true and defending what isn’t defensible — then the officially “insane” offer some strange solace. At least there’s a rational explanation for their disorder.

Today, about a third of the nation’s population seems to be suffering from a reality discernment malfunction. Have they been ingesting mushrooms plucked from bull dung? Drinking water spiked with credulity-enhancing chemicals?

Thus, when President Trump speaks in his fourth-grade, monosyllabic, syntax-challenged verbiage, they hear lyrical lucidity. When he brags that he has accomplished more than any other president, save for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his starry-eyed minions nod their approval. Exactly no major legislation has been passed by Congress since Trump took office.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-trump-making-america-mentally-ill/2017/06/13/28204b08-507b-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.353cd2c2f739

Oh yes, Make America stupid, mentally ill, physically ill, and afraid of each other again. And every mass shooting is always followed by talk of mental illness to drown out gun control, so maybe we should declare Trump supporting as a mental illness and stop them from purchasing any more guns.

Puerto Rico's Voters Have Backed U.S. Statehood in a Controversial Referendum

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to turn the U.S. territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island's political status.

"The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!" Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood.

But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday's results, let alone accept them because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

http://time.com/4814250/puerto-rico-statehood-referendum-result/?xid=homepage

Most Trumpers don't know Puerto Ricans are US citizens and often threaten to deport them out of severe stupidity.

I'd like to have PR as a state. Bring in DC too. I voted for DC statehood while Trumpers refuse to accept my US citizenship too.

German shepherd who flunked out of police dog academy for being too friendly gets new job



(QUEENSLAND, Australia) — A German shepherd in Australia has found his new purpose in life after he flunked out of police dog academy for being too friendly.

Gavel has been living at the official residence of Queensland Gov. Paul de Jersey since he was 6 weeks old, after police determined that he was too sociable to do police work.

Police said the pup did not display the “necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” according to the BBC. He was then removed from the roster of the Queensland Dog Squad.

Jersey often features Gavel on his social media accounts. In February, he posted Gavel’s “Contract of Employment” for his official title of Vice-Regal Dog at Queensland’s Government House.

Gavel has become a sensation among Queenslanders, according to the office of the governor.

Gavel’s role includes greeting guests and tour groups who visit the rounds of the Government House. He also participates in special ceremonies and has even been outfitted with a custom-made uniform for those occasions.

During his short life, Gavel as “outgrown four ceremonial coats,” “undergone a career change” and “brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs. de Jersey, Government House staff and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate,” the office of the governor said in a statement.

http://wtop.com/trending-now/2017/06/german-shepherd-who-flunked-out-of-police-dog-academy-for-being-too-friendly-gets-new-job/

Chasing down people and biting them isn't for everyone. We all need to find our calling eventually.

Why Is Eric Trump Like This?: The Daily Show

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