Monday 25th of July 2016

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2016-07-25 09:07

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying its hackers stole Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails and released them to foment disunity in the party and aid Donald Trump.

Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said on Sunday that “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump”.

“I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails are being released on the eve of our convention here,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, alluding to the party’s four-day exercise in unification which is set to take place this week in Philadelphia.

“This isn’t my assertion,” Mook said. “This is what experts are telling us.”

In a statement, the Clinton campaign repeated the accusation: “This is further evidence the Russian government is trying to influence the outcome of the election.”

Emails released by Wikileaks on Friday showed members of the DNC trading ideas for how to undercut the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, who proved a resilient adversary to Clinton in the Democratic primary. In one email, a staffer suggested the DNC spread a negative article about Sanders’ supporters; in another, the DNC’s chief financial officer suggested that questions about Sanders’ faith could undermine his candidacy.

“I think I read he is an atheist,” the staffer wrote. “This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/24/clinton-campaign-blames-russia-wikileaks-sanders-dnc-emails

 

Earlier on Sunday, Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz to resign and that he was “not shocked” at the damning revelations in the WikiLeaks dump.

I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction, that is taking on the billionaire class and fighting for an agenda that works for working families,” Sanders told ABC’s This Week earlier, adding that “these emails reiterate that reason why she should not be the chair.”

“I think I told you a long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” Sanders said. “So what I suggested to be true six months ago turns out, in fact, to be true. I’m not shocked, but I am disappointed, and that is the way it is.”

 

read more: https://www.rt.com/usa/353031-sanders-wasserman-schultz-resignation/

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2016-07-25 08:36

One can sense the western media is disappointed with the decision by the Olympic Committee to let "Russia off the hook" and allow Russia to compete. The western media had prepared reams of editorials to explain why the Olympic Committee had banned Russia, so all the biased journos and crummy editorialists had to go back to their ink pens. 

"No choice except to exclude the entire Russian team" (read comment above)? Rubbish... But the whole process here was also designed to undermine the morale of the Russian athletes who may have slacked off in their preparedness to these stupid Rio games. So don't be too smug if Russia fares poorly in the results. Nothing to do with doping or not, just the undermining psychological warfare...

The Olympic Committee might be lucky enough though, that Russia does to boycott these games anyway. I am prepared to believe that China would follow.

 

Meanwhile:

 

Fedor Konyukhov is already looking ahead to his next adventure just a day after breaking the world record for the fastest hot-air balloon circumnavigation of the Earth.

The Russian adventurer landed the Roziere balloon near the small WA Wheatbelt town of Bonnie Rock on Saturday afternoon.

During the 11 day journey his endurance was tested to the limit as he battled a storm in Antarctica and a broken heater.

Jacob Orlov was part of Mr Konyukhov's team tracking him from the control centre in Northam, about 100 kilometres east of Perth.

He described the journey as a super-human feat, saying very few people could have matched the achievement.

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-24/russian-adventurer-plans-next-adventure/7656344

 

I trust the media for not mentioning that Fedor Konyukhov's balloon was running on steroids...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 21:09

 

The unfinished state of the athletes village confirms some of the worst fears held about Rio's lack of preparedness for the Games. All Olympic cities end up in a last-minute flurry, but from accounts, Rio has left too much to too late. This builds on an impression formed by visitors to the World Cup of soccer in Brazil two years ago, that infrastructure would prove to be a big and perhaps insurmountable issue for the Olympic Games.

The timing of this latest drama is unfortunate, to say the least. All eyes were turning to Rio on Sunday as the IOC convened to consider throwing Russia out of the Games. This follows the release last week of a damning report on wholesale and state-sponsored doping of athletes in Russia up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It was widely expected that the IOC would conclude that it had no choice except to exclude the entire Russian team.

read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics/rio-olympics-2016-athletes-village-unliveable-20160724-gqcqxy.html

 

Note: the "damning" report is based on the words of ONE MAN ONLY. This would not pass mustard in decent secret services. This dossier has the smells of fabrication like the Iraq war dossiers used by Bush, Blair and Howard were made up to invade Iraq illegally. Such fabrication is not that hard to do — and people who say "they don't believe in conspiracy theory" should know that conspiracies are quite numerous in the real world of "diplomacy", commerce and warfare. Otherwise we would not need "secret service" nor the complex security to thwart industrial espionage...

The US athletes have used drugs as well.

 

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 20:54

"The system is needed to win important seconds on the battlefield and to save the lives of our soldiers," he said.

He recalled that nowadays, military computers can be likened to smartphones and that a person who uses a mobile phone to chat in the street risks being run over a car. "So imagine a soldier in this position who also has a sub-machine gun that needs two hands to hold," according to Lamin.

"The voice control system frees a soldier's hands and eyes during fighting, and he can simultaneously move, shoot, and interact with the computer. Also, he can communicate with the command, send messages and listen to the advice of an advanced automated system as well as receive ciphered voice messages," he said.

Asked about whether his company's voice control system can be compared to Apple's Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) service, Lamin said that it is Siri that can be called the Russian system's analogue.


In short, Siri is trying to translate voice into text, experiences errors 7-30 percent of the time, and then figure out what to do with the text. That is, the system always chooses from a vocabulary of several million words – and is equally bad all the time. Then the system accumulates statistics on a certain user and, applying its assumptions on what the man said, selects the most probable variants, according to Lamin.

"A person never acts in such a way, which is also the case with our system. Our technology uses the context, the environment, and the previous dialogue to predict which general phrases can make sense at the moment. This is also a huge number, but significantly less than a few million," he said.

Lamin recalled that his company was the first to receive the 2001 Best Software Award for its Speereo Voice Organizer for Pocket PC, and that more than three million people installed the system at the time, when he said there were no iPhones.

 

Links has been lost but I think it belongs to Sputnik...

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 20:00

The attorney general, George Brandis, has said he plans to ask cabinet to decide on the wording of the same-sex marriage plebiscite in the next few weeks.

He also wants the plebiscite to be compulsory, and says the Australian electoral commissioner will hopefully provide guidance this week about how early the vote can be held.

“The question should be as simple and as self-explanatory as possible,” he said on Sunday.

“I would like to see it happen before the end of this year, so would the PM. Whether it is practicable to do that is something about which we will be guided by the advice of the AEC.”

Penny Wong says homophobic election slurs show perils of plebiscite

In an interview on ABC’s Insiders program Brandis said that if there was going to be public funding for the plebiscite then equal funding ought to go to the “yes” and “no” campaigns.

Asked to clarify that statement, his office said he was talking about public funding to help the yes and no campaigns promote their arguments, which would likely come on top of the estimated $160m cost of running the plebiscite.

But his office also said if that money would drawn from other areas in the budget so it wouldn’t contribute to the deficit.

His comments about the way in which the votes should be counted also caused confusion.

When asked to explain if the votes should be counted as a simple national majority, or electorate by electorate, Brandis said the vote should follow “normal reporting requirements”.

“I think that the plebiscite should be conducted as closely as possible to the manner in which, for example, a constitutional referendum is conducted … so that there will be the normal reporting requirements.”

That means the votes should be reported electorate by electorate, he said.

The shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, said that comment confirmed the Turnbull government was planning to undermine the cause of marriage equality to please the right wing of the party.

“This subterfuge allows conservative MPs opposed to same-sex marriage to defy a national ‘yes’ vote and vote against same-sex marriage, and justify that behaviour by pointing to the vote in their electorate,” he said.

“Let’s be clear – there is absolutely no reason for a national plebiscite to be counted electorate by electorate,” he said.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jul/24/marriage-equality-george-brandis-to-ask-cabinet-to-decide-plebiscite-wording

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 19:50

 

Provocative documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has declared Donald Trump will become the Unites States' next president for five reasons, not the least of which is because rabid Americans will be the ones coming out to vote.

"This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full-time sociopath is going to be our next president," he has written on his blog.

 


"... It is happening. And if you believe Hillary Clinton is going to beat Trump with facts and smarts and logic, then you obviously missed the past year of 56 primaries and caucuses where 16 Republican candidates tried that and every kitchen sink they could throw at Trump and nothing could stop his juggernaut.

"... Who is going to have the most motivated, most inspired voters show up to vote? You know the answer to this question. 

"Who's the candidate with the most rabid supporters? Whose crazed fans are going to be up at 5 AM on Election Day, kicking ass all day long, all the way until the last polling place has closed, making sure every Tom, Dick and Harry (and Bob and Joe and Billy Bob and Billy Joe and Billy Bob Joe) has cast his ballot? That's right.

"That's the high level of danger we're in. And don't fool yourself – no amount of compelling Hillary TV ads, or out-facting him in the debates or Libertarians siphoning votes away from Trump is going to stop his mojo."

Moore became world famous for his 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine on the issue of gun control but his latest project, Where to Invade Nexthas put him at odds with the Democrats' candidate Hillary Clinton, for supporting the original decision to invade Iraq.

Moore is an outspoken political commentator who has made no attempt to disguise that he is a Bernie Sanders' advocate (Mrs Clinton's main Democrat rival), even telling Fairfax Media in April that Mr Sanders was the only one who could stop Mr Trump's stampede towards the White House.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/michael-moore-announces-donald-trump-will-be-president-20160724-gqckup.html

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:59

STEVE MANNING, a financial consultant in Southern California, liked the idea of driving a car that would go easy on the environment.

But last November, as he eyed a $58,000 Toyota Mirai at the dealership near his home in Santa Ana, he had to think more than twice.

This was not just any electric car. Its electricity comes from fuel cells powered by hydrogen, which means the only tailpipe emissions are water vapor. That would be good for the climate, but a logistical challenge for the consumer.

In Mr. Manning’s case the nearest hydrogen filling station was seven miles from his house. And the technology was still so new that there were fewer than a dozen others in the entire state.

“Is this really practical?” he asked himself. In the end, he took a leap of faith, agreeing to lease a silver Mirai for $499 a month. “I said, ‘If it sucks, it sucks,’” he recalled in a recent telephone interview.

He has no regrets. Because of a big push by the State of California to invest in a growing network of filling stations, he has never run out of fuel. Driving a hydrogen-powered car has proved a pleasant surprise to Mr. Manning and others in California’s small but growing cadre of owners of fuel-cell cars.

Like other electrics, the Mirai does not have a transmission and accelerates quickly from a stop. “I can burn rubber,” said Glenn Rambach, a retired engineer who bought one last fall.

http://www.nytimes.c#mce_temp_url#om/2016/07/22/automobiles/water-out-the-tailpipe-a-new-class-of-electric-car-gains-traction.html?_r=0

 

The first "hydrogen" powered car was built in 1808. 207 years ago. Read from top.

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 10:21

 

Henry VIII was a vile sociopathic misogynist who used religion as a means to rule and to get rid off his wife to marry another woman, while having affairs on the side. He killed 2 of his own wives. He had six. The fates of the wives can be remembered as "Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived."

 

Henry VIII's first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, who had been contracted to Henry's brother Arthur before his death, gave him a daughter, who was to become Queen Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary, for the number of Protestant executions in her reign. While married to Catherine, the King fell in love with Anne Boleyn to the point of obsession, which resulted in his desire to obtain a divorce. The Pope and the Catholic Church would not grant it, which resulted in King Henry VIII breaking from the church of Rome — in one swoop England became a protestant country; it is due to this one factor that the Anglican church, or Church of England, exists. 

Henry VIII's second wife, 
Queen Anne Boleyn, gave birth to a daughter, who would later become Queen Elizabeth I, arguably the strongest and most successful monarch, King or Queen, in the history of Britain. The King still desired a male heir, a crown prince, and Anne Boleyn's contrary nature was wearing on the King. Anne Boleyn also had enemies at court, who helped bring about her downfall; accused of adultery and plotting to kill the king, and thus treason, there was no way for Anne to go, but to the headsman's block. The King had already begun to court one of the ladies of the court, Jane Seymour, whom he married shortly after.

Henry VIII's third wife, 
Queen Jane Seymour succeeded in giving birth to an heir to the crown — Prince Edward, who later succeeded his father to the English throne as King Edward VI. Unfortunately, the Queen died a few days after childbirth from an infection.

 

The King's advisors, mainly Thomas Cromwell, suggested a match for him with Anne of Cleves, but it appears Holbein's portrait of Anne was more flattering than the reality. Anne became Henry VIII's fourth wife, but the King was not attracted to her (and there are stories that one of the reasons was her pervasive body odour), and the marriage quickly resulted in divorce. Anne stayed in England, however, and remained in good relations with the King and all three of his children, as well as with his future queens.

King Henry VIII's fifth wife was 
Catherine Howard. An attractive young lady, she had been pushed into the marriage by her own ambition, as well as the pressure of her powerful family. King Henry VIII, however, was no longer a young man; he had become corpulent, and an old wound in his leg had never healed but remained an oozing sore — hardly the romantic ideal for a young woman. Further, the King had become irascible; long gone were the days of courtly love, when he wrote love letters to Anne Boleyn. Catherine soon started fooling around with young courtiers, and was eventually caught: chopping block for her. 

King Henry VIII's sixth and last wife was 
Queen Katherine Parr. A well-educated lady, an excellent writer with a keen intelligence and solid moral fiber, Katherine Parr was the Queen to outlast the intrigues of court, the bad temper of the King, and the general rigors of court life. She was a sweet-tempered, kind person, and the children of King Henry VIII loved her. 

http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/sixwives.htm

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2016-07-24 09:44

 

Representatives of one of the largest and most notorious religious sects in the world (in fact, a dishonest commercial enterprise, as evidenced by numerous journalistic investigations and findings of commissions of various levels), the Church of Scientology of Moscow, still pursues traditional methods of showing influence on those who dare to criticize the organization. 

A legal representative of Scientologists, Sergei Korzikov, uses such platforms as YouTube to censor news reports about the ruling of the Moscow City Court (upheld by the Supreme Court) about the liquidation of the Church of Scientology in Moscow.

This time, members of the movement paid attention to our publication. Following a complaint from Mr. Korzikov, Pravda.Ru received a warning from YouTube, where the Pravda.Ru video channel carries its video materials. The video about the decision of the Supreme Court to eliminate the religious organization contained only a factual message and did not have any comments in it. However, the video was banned for demonstration due to violation of "copyright."

Question: If an official representative of the liquidated church takes lies and fraudulent information as evidence, how should the society treat such an organization? 

Actually, the society has already made its conclusions about the "work" of representatives of the sect. Criminal actions against critics of the sect imply not only threats, but also murder. Willing to dig for any negative information about the Hubbardist movement, its adherents do not shun the variety of methods of putting pressure on journalists, both legal and psychological ones. The sect's common practice of psycho-terror is projected into real life.

The Russian authorities view the movement of Scientologists as an organization that poses a threat to the national security of our country and represents a real danger to physical and mental health of Russian citizens. Anticipating their agony, the Scientologists have started showing tougher reactions to any criticism against them. -

 

See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/society/stories/20-07-2016/135077-church_of_scientology-0/#sthash.3poysnPQ.dpuf

 

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