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USA Gymnastics board to resign amid sex abuse scandal: spokeswoman

Source: Reuters

The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexually abused female athletes, complying with a demand from the U.S. Olympic Committee, a spokeswoman for gymnastics group said on Friday.

The USOC had threatened to strip the group of its power to run its sport if the remaining 16 directors did not resign by Wednesday. Five have already resigned as a result of the scandal.

“USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,” Leslie King, a spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics, said in an e-mail on Friday.

The U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday and Friday joined the USOC in opening broad investigations into possible sex abuse in sports.

Read more: USA Gymnastics board to resign amid sex abuse scandal: spokeswoman

Far bigger than the USA Gymnastics and USOC scandal is that awaiting the US Congress.

Non-consensual activity, especially with the younger people, is rampant.

Of course, who is going to enforce "ethics" on this bunch of old lecherous dotards?

'Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr' offer criticised as 'ethics atrocity'


The developers behind a Trump Towers project near Delhi are offering to fly the first 100 investors in the property to the US to meet Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son.

The promotional materials for the project – the fifth in India to take the Trump name – claim the address in the Indian capital is “so powerful, a letter would reach you from any part of the world”.

One former White House ethics counsel described the offer as an “ethics atrocity”.

The specifics of the meeting with Trump Jr were unclear but the offer was repeated on a news broadcast featured on the developer’s website with the tagline “Buy a flat, meet Trump junior”.

The launch of an “ultra luxury” residential project in Gurgaon, a hub for IT workers south of Delhi, was announced last week by two of the Trump Organization’s Indian franchisees, M3M Tribeca Developers.

They claimed to have sold 20 apartments in the two 600ft towers within 24 hours of the launch, in part through boasts of building the “most luxury project in north India”, but also the lure of meeting a member of the US’s first family.

“About an initial 100 buyers will fly to the US where Donald Trump Jr will host them,” Pankaj Bansal, the India director for M3M, told the Press Trust of India.

“Making Donald Jr available to those who can afford it in a foreign land based on purchasing a property is an ethics atrocity,” said Norman L Eisen, who served as a special counsel for ethics in the Barack Obama administration and is the chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew), a watchdog group.

“Access to the first family should not be for sale. It’s particularly inappropriate because we know he is in constant communication with his father, so it does create a conduit to attempt to influence the president and one of his closest confidants and family members.”

Crew warned in a report released on Friday that Trump was continuing to profit from his businesses while in office and “in many cases he is profiting as a result of his presidency”.

New Der SPIEGEL Cover explained: The Age of Fire and Fury

Source: Der Speigel

"Fire and Fury" is the title of the new exposé of Donald Trump's first year in the White House. The tome has only been out for a few days, and yet it has already established itself as one of the books of the year. Even we journalists find ourselves describing the book's contents as "indescribable" and "unfathomable." Can the world's most powerful man really be dumb, senile and addicted to television as the book claims? He spends his early evenings watching three televisions in his bedroom? Eating a cheeseburger and tweeting all the while? An entire White House teetering between hysteria and chaos? And yet, it's still the journalist's job to describe the indescribable and fathom the unfathomable.

Our latest cover story explains how "Fire and Fury" came to be and whether, and the extent to which, it approaches the truth. Most importantly, however, it delves into the consequences for an America and a world that have been confronted with a nuclear-armed fool who is likely to remain in office for some time to come, who is neither mentally nor psychologically suited for the job - apparently also not physically, either, given how late he starts the working day and how early he ends it. That, unfortunately, is precisely the point: Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single person. The achievements of decades - the fight against a climate disaster, against the nuclear threat, for equality between men and women, between blacks and whites and so on and so on. Where is the world supposed to start again if it manages to survive Donald Trump?

Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-age-of-fire-and-fury-latest-der-spiegel-trump-cover-explained-a-1187633.html#ref=rss

Can you match the Donald Trump insult to the country he insulted?

From The Guardian:

Donald Trump’s international diplomacy efforts have hit the headlines again, after he reportedly described several African and Central American nations as “shithole countries”.

Here are 12 other ways in which he has insulted a nation since he began campaigning for the US presidency.

Match the Trump insult to the country he insulted

When campaigning to be US president, of which country did Trump say: “Without us, gone!”

Saudi Arabia

According to Trump, where gives "no appreciation or respect" to the US, despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in aid?
Palestinian territories

Which state did Trump describe as a “corrupt and poorly run country”?

Which country's infrastructure did Trump describe as a "disaster"?
Puerto Rico

Which country did Trump say sends rapists to the US?

Which country did Trump describe as "a dumping ground for the world"?

Which European country is apparently "a total mess", according to Trump?

To which country did Trump appoint an ambassador who had previously described that nation as having "no-go areas" and "politicians that are being burnt" due to Islam?

Of which country did Trump say “we pay billions of dollars to for nothing”?

Which country did Trump say looks "more and more like a paper tiger"?
North Korea

Which nation did Trump say the US could not continue to allow to “rape our country, and that's what they're doing”?

Which nation did Trump describe as "depleted and food starved"?
North Korea

In compiling this quiz we were unable to find any examples of insults directed at Russia.

Coded messages for dump in the Fux chryon?

Since it's been shown that the fearful liar of the US (the subject) gets all of its data feeds from Fux, I was wondering if it's possible that there is a special pattern in the scrolling marquee that triggers primal reactions in the subject's brain.

It's already been shown that the subject will "retweet" material that it sees while indulging in some quality "Executive Time". The subject is probably too old to self-indulge and it appears that the wife-object is rather distant.

It is proposed that a research project be launched to analyze the contents of said chyrons along with visual stimulation of his cortex via exposed flesh (female) on the monitor. While brain-scanning techniques may be useful at some point it seems that there will be very little to uncover (there is no there, there.)

If the the subject can be captured and actually enrolled in a laboratory, evidence-based, blind-trial experiment, please be careful not to over-stimulate for fear of damage to what remains of the sentience. We do want to get good microscopy cross sections before incinerating.

Two injured in fire at New York's Trump Tower, officials say

Source: Reuters

Two people were injured in a brief early-morning fire near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as the city’s workday rush began, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time.

One firefighter was hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries and a building worker, who had an injury that was initially described as serious, was treated at the scene and declined further medical attention, the Fire Department said.

Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter that it was a small electrical fire in the cooling tower on the building’s roof.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-trump-fire/two-injured-in-fire-at-new-yorks-trump-tower-officials-say-idUSKBN1EX17A

Besides Eric, who else was up on the roof burning papers? Curious minds want to know!

Draining the Swamp and the Desert

Last month President Trump’s Bureau of Land Management decided to reverse course on a 2011 decision and greenlight a project that would allow construction of a 43-mile pipeline through Mojave Trails National Monument, enabling a company to pump massive amounts of groundwater out of ancient desert aquifers without any environmental review. This is illegal and irresponsible and today, we’re (EarthJustice.org) taking them to court. This is where to go to see the area of concern: https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/mojave-trails-national-monument. It is comprised of a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes. Mojave Trails National Monument protects irreplaceable historic resources including ancient Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. Additionally, the area has been a focus of study and research for decades, including geological research and ecological studies on the effects of climate change and land management practices on ecological communities and wildlife.

This is just one of many examples of the Trump administration putting private interests before the public good. Daunting as it may seem, we must keep fighting back—there’s simply too much at stake. These lands belong to us, the taxpayers, not private interests

VP Mike Pence checks in with the boss: a pause to refresh

Source: TheHill via GreenMountainDaily

In the face of multiple official investigations into Trump campaign’s possible Russian contacts heating up and a key vote due in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) and trash Medicaid funding, Vice President Mike Pence Pence somehow found time to sneak off and have a private chat with Charles Koch.the koch machine

According to The Hill.com the first instinct of the Veep’s office was to deny the meeting took place. But it turns out while at a conservative Christian celebration in Colorado, Pence had an unannounced meeting with Charles Koch and representatives from the Koch brothers’ political finance and policy arm, Americans for Prosperity.

Pence, in town to headline a banquet celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, sat down with the chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries, along with key members of the Koch team.

The meeting was not on the vice president’s schedule released by the White House late Thursday.

A spokesman for the vice president’s office denied to The Hill earlier Friday that Pence would be meeting with the Koch brothers’ network. The spokesman did not respond to requests for comments late Friday.

Read more: http://www.greenmountaindaily.com/2017/06/24/vp-mike-pence-checks-in-with-the-boss-a-pause-to-refresh/

This has been the plan, all along. Hoping americans will think anything will stink less than Drumpf.

Repuglicans store voter info in public cloud.... It's hard to find good talent!

Especially anyone who will work for them. Perhaps some inbred relatives...

In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in their efforts to elect Donald Trump. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other Republican contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and


Trump wasnt always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?

Trump speaking style interviews

It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice:

“ … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.”

When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest example of his tortured syntax, mid-thought changes of subject, and apparent trouble formulating complete sentences, let alone a coherent paragraph, in unscripted speech.


Now, Trump’s vocabulary is simpler. He repeats himself over and over, and lurches from one subject to an unrelated one, as in this answer during an interview with the Associated Press last month:

“People want the border wall. My base definitely wants the border wall, my base really wants it — you’ve been to many of the rallies. OK, the thing they want more than anything is the wall. My base, which is a big base; I think my base is 45 percent. You know, it’s funny. The Democrats, they have a big advantage in the Electoral College. Big, big, big advantage. … The Electoral College is very difficult for a Republican to win, and I will tell you, the people want to see it. They want to see the wall.”

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