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HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE PRESIDENT PENCE?

Posted by hkarner - 20. Februar 2017

Date: 19-02-2017
Source: NewsWeek

pence-wikipediaThe vice president could make a convincing case it is too risky to leave Trump in power.

The news of the forced resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, due to the scandal that he, as a private citizen, spoke to the Russian ambassador in December after President Barack Obama issued sanctions on Russia for their aggressive behavior, has rocked the Donald Trump Presidency.

Trump, already under fire by many conservatives and Republicans for his “bromance” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is suspect as to his loyalty to traditional American foreign policy, as a result of him having hired Flynn in the first place.

Critics had observed that Flynn seemed unreliable and had poor judgment. Former colleagues darkly joked that there were “Flynn facts,” a reference to his penchant for making up stuff. Flynn had also been criticized for being too close to Putin. At the Republican convention he joined in a chorus of “Lock her up!” a reference to Hillary Clinton.

Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behavior and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness.

His having a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in public space at dinner in full vision of other guests is a sign of his failure to act responsibly. His abrupt ending of a phone call to the Australian Prime Minister, our loyal ally in four wars in the past hundred years, is alarming. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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TRUMP CLAIMS TERROR ATTACKS ‚ALL ACROSS EUROPE‘ GO UNREPORTED

Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017

  What the hell is this nutcase playing? (R.C.)

Date: 07-02-2017
Source: NewsWeek

„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ Trump told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

President Donald Trump on Monday accused the news media of ignoring attacks by Islamist militants in Europe, without giving specific examples.

Trump, who has made defeating Islamic State a core goal of his presidency, did not specify which attacks were going unreported, which news media organizations were ignoring them, or offer details to support his claims.

„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ he told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

„And, in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,“ he added, without saying what those reasons were.
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STEVE BANNON’S FEVER DREAM OF AN AMERICAN GULAG

Posted by hkarner - 3. Februar 2017

„So utterly sick!“ (RC)

Date: 03-02-2017
Source: NewsWeek

The White House wants to build dozens of new jails for up to 2 million people along the U.S.-Mexico border.

http://europe.newsweek.com/steve-bannon-fever-dream-american-gulag-551472?rm=eu


bannon-ccWho is Steve Bannon? ‘The Most Dangerous Political Operative In America’

Imagine: Miles upon miles of new concrete jails stretching across the scrub-brush horizons of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, with millions of people incarcerated in orange jumpsuits and awaiting deportation.

Such is the fevered vision of a little-noticed segment of President Donald Trump’s sulfurous executive order on border security and immigration enforcement security. Section 5 of the January 25 order calls for the “immediate” construction of detention facilities and allocation of personnel and legal resources “to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico” and process them for deportation. But another, much overlooked, order signed the same day spells out, in ominous terms, who will go.

Related: Twitter users plead: ‚Stop President Bannon‘

Trump promised a week after the November elections that he would —a number that exists maiexpel or imprison some 2 million or 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal convictionsnly in his imagination. (Only about 820,000 undocumented immigrants currently have a criminal record, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. Many of those have traffic infractions and other misdemeanors.) Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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GERMAN MINISTER TO VISIT U.S. AMID GROWING TENSIONS

Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2017

Date: 02-02-2017
Source: NewsWeek

Pressed to comment about Trump’s attacks on Germany’s migrant and trade policies, and the euro, Seibert told a regular government news conference: „We are at the very beginning of the cooperation with a new American government.“

Merkel defends open-door refugee policy, says Islamist terrorism is Germany’s greatest threat

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday announced plans to visit Washington and shore up ties with Germany’s closest ally outside Europe, days after a key aide to U.S. President Donald Trump launched fresh attacks on Berlin’s policies.

Gabriel said he looked forward to a „good, open and friendly“ dialogue with Rex Tillerson, confirmed as Trump’s secretary of State on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, and said Germany was seeking answers about the new U.S. administration’s foreign policies, its relationship to the NATO alliance and other key issues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Artificial intelligence and Robots Will Radically Transform the Economy

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: NEWSWEEK

Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie.

Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.

The first crude version of an automated gas-delivering robot appeared in 1964 at a station in Westminster, Colorado. Short Stop convenience store owner John Roscoe bought an electric box that let a clerk inside activate any of the pumps outside. Self-serve pumps didn’t catch on until the 1970s, when pump-makers added automation that let customers pay at the pump, and over the next 30 years, stations across the nation installed these task-specific robots and fired attendants. By the 2000s, the gas attendant job had all but disappeared. (Two states, New Jersey and Oregon, protect full-service gas by law.)

That’s hundreds of thousands of jobs vaporized—there are now 168,000 gas stations in the U.S. The loss of those jobs was undoubtedly devastating for the individuals who had them, but the broader impact has been pretty positive for the rest of us. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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WHY THE ‚POORLY EDUCATED‘ LOVE DONALD TRUMP BACK

Posted by hkarner - 27. November 2016

Date: 26-11-2016
Source: NewsWeek

Less educated voters are more likely to back populist parties in Europe, too.

Tweeters worried Donald Trump may divide families at Thanksgiving

Donald Trump spent much of his election campaign raging against groups he doesn’t like; Muslims, the media, Mexicans and the rest. But there’s at least one group he’s a fan of. “I love the poorly educated!” the president-elect to be declared after pulling off a victory in the Nevada caucus of the Republican primary.

Now, an analysis of his shock election victory shows the feeling was mutual.

It was “education, not income,” that was the strongest predictor of a vote for Trump, according to the polling analyst Nate Silver. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Europe Can Survive the Populist Onslaught in a Post-Trump, Post-Brexit World

Posted by hkarner - 24. November 2016

Date: 23-11-2016
Source: NewsWeek

Is there really an international wave of a hard-right populism?

Are the masses rising up around the world to topple corrupt elites? Or is talk of this colossal political shift just jargon, guff and cocktail chatter concocted by analysts searching for patterns when the victories of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election and Britain’s decision to leave the EU—to name the two most significant results in the West—could just be unconnected blips?

A year ago, the evidence for a global phenomenon was weak. Some midsize European countries, Hungary and Poland, had elected rightist, anti-globalization governments, and France, the Netherlands, Sweden and a few other European nations had parties that were beginning, maybe, to look like electoral contenders. The U.K. was heading for a vote on its EU membership, but few people thought the majority would vote for Brexit. At that point, Trump seemed to be just a whacky sideshow in a Republican primary. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EUROPE’S DARKENING HOUR?

Posted by hkarner - 22. November 2016

Date: 21-11-2016
Source: Newsweek

POPULIST MOVEMENT SMACKS OF FASCIST PAST

“Fascism is a religion,” wrote Benito Mussolini, in his 1932 Doctrine of Fascism. “The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.”

But what will the 21st century be known as? The rise of the anti-elite?
Or the century of economic decay that lead to fascism?

Le Pen‚Soft Side‘ of Fascism
When Donald Trump was elected, one of his many congratulatory tweets came from Marine Le Pen, the media-savvy, populist right wing leader of France’s National Front, who sees a kindred spirit in the mogul who supposedly stands for the common man. “Congratulations to the new American president and the free American people,” wrote Le Pen, a 49-year old attorney and the daughter of the party’s founder, Jean-Marie. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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YANIS VAROUFAKIS: HOW PROGRESSIVES SHOULD RESPOND TO TRUMP

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2016

Date: 09-11-2016yanis-varoufakis-200x200

Source: NewsWeek BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS

Progressives must learn from 1930, when people ‚failed to reach across borders and political party lines to stop the rot.‘

Donald Trump’s victory marks the end of an era when a self-confident establishment preached the end of history, the end of passion and the supremacy of a technocracy working on behalf of the 1 percent. But the era it ushers in is not new. It is a new variant of the 1930s, featuring deflationary economics, xenophobia and divide-and-rule politics.

Passion has returned to politics but not in a way that will help the 80 percent left behind since the 1970s. Passion is now fuelling misanthropy.

Passion is exploiting the anger of the 80 percent to re-arrange power at the top, while leaving the 80 percent moribund, betrayed and divided. And it is our job to stop this. It is our job to harness passion in the cause of humanism.

The establishment’s folly is causing its demise. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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MUSK’S ‚INTEGRATED FUTURE:‘ SOLAR ROOFS, HOME BATTERY, ELECTRIC CAR

Posted by hkarner - 31. Oktober 2016

Date: 30-10-2016
Source: NewsWeek

New products aim to show the benefits of combining Tesla with SolarCity.

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday unveiled new energy products aimed at illustrating the benefits of combining his electric car and battery maker with solar installer SolarCity Corp.

The billionaire entrepreneur showed off solar-powered roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and a longer-lasting home battery, which Tesla calls the Powerwall, aimed at realizing his vision of selling a fossil fuel free lifestyle to consumers.

„This is sort of the integrated future. An electric car, a Powerwall and a solar roof. The key is it needs to be beautiful, affordable and seamlessly integrated,“ Musk said while showcasing the products on homes that once served as the set of the television show „Desperate Housewives.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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