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Ancient Scotland

As the third in a series of Scottish aerial films, I wanted to continue the progression of theme. My first film, Beautiful Scotland, was really just a collection of beautiful shots. My second, Wild Scotland, embraced the wild theme of this country, featuring many of our wild animals. So for this third instalment I had to look deeper at what defines Scotland for me. It soon dawned on me that Scotland has so much of the ancient about it, not just in terms of architecture but far older geology (a field of study which has its roots here). This led to a shot list ranging from incredible, imposing castles through to totemic sea stacks and the looming presence of St Kilda, a citadel of rock standing proud amidst the crashing maelstrom of the Atlantic which was inhabited until the 1930s.

His first two:

Mystery group wants copies of all Michigan's 2016 presidential ballots

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Somebody with a lot of money wants copies of the ballots Michiganders cast for president in 2016.

All of them.

Clerks across Michigan are reporting receiving identical Freedom of Information Act requests seeking copies of the ballots and other records from the election in which almost 4.8 million Michiganders voted.

"Hundreds of communities are receiving this request," said Westland City Clerk Richard LeBlanc, whose city received the request earlier this week. "If this request is completed, it would be the largest one we've ever processed."

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/24/michigan-ballots-foia-presidential-election/1083737002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Trump Tells Pompeo Not To Travel To North Korea Due To Lack Of Progress

Source: TPM

President Trump on Friday told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to travel to North Korea, citing a lack of progress toward denuclearization.

I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018

…Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018

…Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-tells-pompeo-not-to-travel-to-north-korea-due-to-lack-of-progress


Allen Weisselberg, Longtime Trump Organization CFO, Is Granted Immunity in Cohen Probe

Source: WSJ

Allen Weisselberg, President Trump’s longtime financial gatekeeper, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury in the investigation earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.

The decision by prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office to grant immunity to Mr. Weisselberg escalates the pressure on Mr. Trump, whom Mr. Weisselberg has served for decades as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. After Mr. Trump was elected, he handed control of his financial assets and business interests to his two adult sons and Mr. Weisselberg.
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Mr. Weisselberg didn’t respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Mr. Trump, who on Thursday said so-called flipping “almost ought to be illegal,” declined to comment.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/allen-weisselberg-longtime-trump-organization-cfo-is-granted-immunity-by-federal-prosecutors-in-michael-cohen-investigation-1535121992


Trump slams social media firms for 'silencing millions'

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized social media companies on Friday for silencing “millions of people” in what he called an act of censorship.

Trump did not mention any of the companies by name. On Tuesday, Facebook Inc (FB.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation, while Facebook took down a second campaign it said was linked to Russia.

“Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!” Trump said.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tech/trump-slams-social-media-firms-for-silencing-millions-idUSKCN1L917W?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social


Escalating public feud with Sessions, Trump pushes AG to investigate Democrats

Source: NBC News

President Donald Trump slapped back at Jeff Sessions early Friday — the latest attack in an ongoing exchange of barbs between the two men — daring his attorney general to investigate Democrats and intelligence officials.

In a pair of tweets, Trump quoted a line Sessions himself used a day earlier in responding to an earlier criticism from his boss, before demanding the nation's top law enforcement official “look into all of the corruption on the ‘other side.'”

“Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations," Sessions said in a statement Thursday, in an unusual push back to Trump.

Trump, quoting that sentence, goes on to tweet, "Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the ‘other side’ including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr..........FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more.”

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/escalating-public-spat-sessions-trump-pushes-ag-investigate-democrats-n903471?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma


Trump offered Italy help to fund public debt next year: newspaper

Source: Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a recent meeting in Washington the United States was ready to offer Italy help in funding its public debt next year, Il Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.

Citing three unnamed Italian senior officials, the newspaper said Trump made the offer to Conte during their meeting in Washington at the end of July.

The paper said the premier spoke of the offer to officials upon his return from Washington but did not explained what form it would take.

Conte’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-us-debt/trump-offered-italy-help-to-fund-public-debt-next-year-newspaper-idUSKCN1L90KC?il=0

Senate passes measure to require disclosure of drug prices in TV ads

Source: The Hill

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure to provide funding to require drug advertisements to disclose the price of the drug after a last-minute push.

The passage came as part of the massive health-care spending bill that the Senate passed on Thursday, which included the amendment from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

The move marks a rare moment where Congress took some action aimed at high drug prices, a contentious issue that has been a recent target of Democrats and the Trump administration.

“More information gives transparency to the transaction, and will help give American consumers a break and start to slow down the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs,” Durbin said in a statement.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/403357-senate-passes-measure-to-require-disclosure-of-drug-prices-in-tv-ads

Muslim Woman Says TSA Forced Her To Show Her Bloodied Pad During Airport Screening

Zainab Merchant, a graduate student at Harvard University and the founder and editor of the website Zainab Rights, was already anxious about traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C., for a speaking engagement. As a Muslim woman, she was all too aware of a frightening pattern in her travel experiences.

But Merchant, who is based in Orlando, Florida, knew what to prepare for. She knew to get to the airport much earlier than the suggested two hours before her flight, since she expected Transportation Security Administration agents to pull her aside, rummage through her bags and subject her to additional pat-downs and screenings. She said the ordeal has been her new normal for the last two years.

What she did not expect was for a TSA officer to announce to the other agents at the security checkpoint that she needed to take “a deeper look” after publicly patting down Merchant’s groin area.

Merchant said she resisted at first, telling the two TSA officers that she was on her period and therefore wearing a menstrual pad. She insisted that any additional screening be done in public, fearing that if she went into a private room without any other witnesses, the situation would only escalate.

But according to Merchant, TSA officials refused and said that if she did not comply, state troopers who were on standby would intervene. Pressured into a private screening and forbidden to call her lawyer, she was led into a private room where TSA officers demanded that she pull down her pants and underwear, she told HuffPost.


Michigan mom says 911 refused to send help with 2-month-old trapped in hot car

A Michigan police department is apologizing for failing to help a mother who accidentally locked her baby in a hot car. Lacey Guyton's 2-month-old daughter got trapped during a visit to her grandmother's home last Saturday. As Guyton tried to get inside, the grandmother called 911 twice. But the dispatcher refused to send help, saying the police and fire departments don't unlock vehicles.

Temperatures in Waterford, Michigan, peaked at around 84 degrees last Saturday when the incident occurred, reports "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Michelle Miller. That means the temperature inside Guyton's car could have been higher than 100 degrees. Guyton said what began as a great day visiting her grandparents turned into the worst day of her life.

"Nobody's coming and I don't know if I'm watching my baby die right in front of me," Guyton described with tears streaming down her face.

Guyton's daughter, Raina, was in her car seat when the doors to her Dodge SUV suddenly locked on a hot August afternoon. The keys were inside.

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