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Avoid Gmail: Google Allowing App Developers and Third Parties To Read Users' Private Emails Reader 07/04/2018 (Wed) 14:37:33 Id: ddeb57 [Preview] No. 10701 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In a recently published article, the Wall Street Journal outlined how Google still allows developers to scan the Gmail accounts of its users — including having employees read unredacted emails — despite promises to stop this practice.

The article titled “Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail” outlines a promise from Google over a year ago in which the Silicon Valley giant claimed that users could “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount,” and that Google’s computers would no longer scan their Gmail inbox.

But while Google may have stopped scanning user inboxes, other developers have not. The Wall Street Journal writes:

But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

The Journal outlined how one company, Return Path Inc., even allowed employees to analyze user emails rather than automating the process via software:

One of those companies is Return Path Inc., which collects data for marketers by scanning the inboxes of more than two million people who have signed up for one of the free apps in Return Path’s partner network using a Gmail, Microsoft Corp. or Yahoo email address. Computers normally do the scanning, analyzing about 100 million emails a day. At one point about two years ago, Return Path employees read about 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company’s software, people familiar with the episode say.

In another case, employees of Edison Software, another Gmail developer that makes a mobile app for reading and organizing email, personally reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new feature, says Mikael Berner, the company’s CEO.

Even more worryingly, this sort of practice is apparently common throughout the industry:

Letting employees read user emails has become “common practice” for companies that collect this type of data, says Thede Loder, the former chief technology officer at eDataSource Inc., a rival to Return Path. He says engineers at eDataSource occasionally reviewed emails when building and improving software algorithms.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-era Race Guidelines For College Admissions Reader 07/04/2018 (Wed) 13:16:37 Id: 946b97 [Preview] No. 10699 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
President Trump is planning to roll-back a set of racist Obama-era policies that allowed schools and colleges to admit students purely based on their race under the ruse of "promoting diversity".

“The executive branch cannot circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and — in some instances — stays on the books for decades,” Justice Department spokesperson Devin O’Malley told CNN in a statement.

“Last year, the Attorney General initiated a review of guidance documents, which resulted in dozens of examples—including today’s second tranche of rescissions—of documents that go beyond or are inconsistent with the Constitution and federal law. The Justice Department remains committed to enforcing the law and protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination.”

ABC Action News reports: https://web.archive.org/web/20180704131335/https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/trump-admin-to-rescind-obama-era-guidelines-that-encourage-use-of-race-in-college-admission

The Education Department did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

The decision comes as the administration has thrown its weight behind a student group that accuses Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions process.


Anti-establishment Leftist Lopez Obrador Wins Mexican Presidency In A Landslide Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 11:31:42 Id: fcacd7 [Preview] No. 10671 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
As expected, Mexico has just elected its first leftist president in decades, with Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or AMLO) winning in a landslide and a near majority outright, or 49% of the vote early exit polls showed; right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya, in distant second place with 27% and the incumbent PRI party's Jose Antonio Meade, with 18%.

And, as Bloomberg headlines flash red, Obrador is now de facto president as his main rivals have conceded:


And, adding to the concerns that AMLO may start rolling back energy privatization programs and issue more debt, is that his Morena party just won a majority in the Lower House:


The victory of AMLO, who suffered defeats in the last two presidential votes, will hardly come as a surprise, as has led by double digit numbers throughout this campaign. His popularity stems from his antiestablishment platform (sound familiar?) which has been riding a public revolt against entrenched corruption, rampant violence and an economy that’s failed to deliver higher living standards for the common man and especially the poor, which comprise about half of Mexico’s 125 million population. He also campaigned with promises for economic reform that has been underlined by a desire to freeze prices of gasoline in Mexico for 3 years, as well as a reduction of external investment in the energy sector.

AMLO has also promised to ramp up social programs and, like so many of his antiestablishment peers, has vowed to fund them without deficit-spending by eliminating graft, a claim which as Bloomberg laconically adds, "has been greeted skeptically by economists." He’s also promised not to nationalize companies or quit NAFTA. Investors are worried however that he may cancel oil contracts signed as part of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms.

The victory of a leftist in Mexico is a stark reversal for the Latin American nation which unlike most of its peers has not had a socialist leader in decades.

As Bloomberg notes, Lopez Obrador has promised to govern as a pragmatist. Still, his procession toward victory has alarmed many investors and business leaders, who worry that he’ll roll back privatization of the energy industry and push the country into debt by spending more on social programs.

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Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 13:39:28 Id: 5a7377 [Preview] No.10678 del
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My questions would be: What makes the National Regeration Movement leftist?
Does Lopez follow destructive Marxism?
Are they racial egalitarians with no recognition of actual history?
Do they worship LGBT rights so much they'll put furious bull-dykes in charge of everything?
Is their rhetoric that there's more than two genders, "all men are scum" and they hate white people? (that last one's a given)
What's their stance on immigration in and out of Mexico?
Finally: Gun control. Does Lopez want Mexicans to own them or to take them away?

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 16:25:22 Id: 198d6a [Preview] No.10681 del
I admire some of his pro-nationalist policies such as getting rid of NAFTA, reducing taxes for workers, promotion of domestic industrial growth and his alleged stance against corruption (we'll see how that goes) but his stance on open border policy scares the hell out of me and frankly it should for most Americans.

It would be great if he allowed citizens to bear arms for self-defense but thats very rare for leftist governments as they often promote forced wealth redistribution (and you can't easily get away with that with an armed disgruntled public).

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 16:42:55 Id: da1e1a [Preview] No.10682 del
This guy is a mystery to be honest, half his policies could be considered VERY "populist" or "conservative" but he also supports total amnesty in/out of Mexico and this could create great tension and crisis.

Reader 07/03/2018 (Tue) 19:17:43 Id: 2230cd [Preview] No.10694 del
Oh cool, just what Mexico needed, yet another reason for beaners to flood the border.

Reader 07/04/2018 (Wed) 12:15:29 Id: 851f61 [Preview] No.10696 del
If this guy ends up making Mexico a better place to live (like he claims he'll do) maybe the beaners won't want to flood into the US anymore. Who knows though? Trump has been trying to get along with him so far and I think its because that threat is very very real.

Good! Harvey Weinstein Now Facing LIFE In Prison After Manhattan DA Files New Rape Charges Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 17:43:56 Id: 535783 [Preview] No. 10685 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced on Monday that Harvey Weinstein had been charged with three additional felonies ahead of his upcoming criminal trial.

Weinstein, 66, is facing new charges of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree for a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006 as well as two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault.

Predatory Sexual Assault carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars.

Weinstein has been charged with Predatory Sexual Assault for for allegedly committing the crimes of Rape, Criminal Sexual Act and Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the first degree on two occasions in New York.

'A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,' said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

'This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. Please call us at 212-335-9373.'

These new charges will be added to the three charged the disgraced executive was already facing: Rape in the First and Third Degree and Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 20 women, was arraigned on those initial three charges back in June. He entered a plea of not guilty.


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Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 17:49:03 Id: 71cf87 [Preview] No.10686 del
Is it really rape though? They knew what the deal was, they sleep with him for money or a job. Sure it's sleazy but they weren't starving to death in some war torn shit hole forced to fuck him for food rations, they had options and they took his deal. If you want to climb the corp ladder, be prepared to suck corp dick.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 18:59:07 [Preview] No.10688 del

I don't care if they nail him up to a feminist memorial cross and set it alight, but these women are such a joke. In an industry where talent is a penny a dozen the casting couch is just another acting challenge. If ninety percent of the aspiring talent walked away from this business and went back to chasing commercials, puttering around in the theater, or plain busing tables no one would notice. The films would still be made aplenty.

Even passing the acting couch challenge with flying colors doesn't guarantee a career. This is all just bitching about having to pay for one's lottery ticket.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 19:12:54 [Preview] No.10689 del
Im not gay but I would suck that circumcised jew cock for a job paying millions of dollars bruv.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 23:44:29 Id: e77c9f [Preview] No.10690 del
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But then you'd get mouth Herpes for the rest of your life because Rabbis suck the blood from kike babies' dicks. Attend a trade school and get some skills, nigger.

Reader 07/04/2018 (Wed) 12:12:42 Id: 27c736 [Preview] No.10695 del
Apparently they were raped, who knows who's really lying at this point. I would not be surprised if he did jump on a top of a couple women without any consent, the dude looks like a pervert who would do something like that. Note this guy came from Hollywood and sexual molestation is notorious over there. Its not only sex parties like you said, people are often told to 'get on their knees' if they want to get an act in a movie or a gig at some prestigious club. Thats not the way things should be, people should be hired for their talent NOT their sexual skills. PS: no wonder new TV shows and movies suck so much, the actresses are more skilled at sucking off producers and CEOs than playing crucial roles.

Good! New Zealand’s Supreme Court Bans Compulsory Fluoride in WaterForced Medication A Breach of Human Rights Reader 07/03/2018 (Tue) 14:38:09 Id: 90ddbf [Preview] No. 10691 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
New Zealand’s Supreme Court has ruled that compulsory fluoride in water is “forced mass medication” and “in breach of human rights,” after studying the latest scientific evidence regarding the controversial neurotoxin.

According to the Supreme Court, there is conflicting scientific evidence regarding fluoride, and the science behind compulsory water fluoridation is not settled.

A report by the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has also officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.


The report also notes that fluoride is responsible for a a cocktail of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments. The conditions are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”

The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.

In the Lancet report, the authors propose a global prevention strategy, saying that “untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.”

Also in the report, they note that neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”

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Oh shit. New Zealanders are going to wake up. No more fluoride with aluminum bypassing the blood-brain barrier causing dementia, forgetfulness and general complacency.

India Defies US Empire, Will Acquire Russian S-400 Missile Shield Reader 07/03/2018 (Tue) 14:39:52 Id: 6652e9 [Preview] No. 10692 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Washington’s so-called allies continue to gravitate towards the Russian sphere of influence, and specifically the Russian S-400 Triumph advanced anti-aircraft weapon system.

First it was Turkey, which openly defied Trump's threats that the US would sanction Ankara if it completes the purchase of the anti-aircraft missiles, saying the acquisition of the missile defense system is "a done deal and Turkey will not turn back from its decision."

Now India is also moving towards acquiring five or more S-400 from Russia despite the threat of US retaliation. The Defense Acquisitions Council (DAC), chaired by minister Nirmala Sitharaman, last week approved the “minor deviations” in the $5.7 billion deal to purchase S-400s for final government approval, to the finance ministry and the Prime Minister’s office sources told the Times of India.

The DAC discussed the S-400 deal just one day after Washington on Wednesday canceled a “two-plus-two” discussion involving foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and defense minister Sitharaman and Washington officials Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis, which was scheduled for July 6.

The Times of India noted that in October 2015, India had planned to procure the S-400s - which can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km - in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition.

The world's leading Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) systems are Patriot Advanced Capability-3, THAAD, S-400 Triumph and S-500. India has big ambitions for regional dominance and has been attempting to develop a domestic BMD system over the last several decades.

And while Washington officials briefed India on the use of Patriot system, it seems that the country is more interesting in purchasing Russian made BMDs instead. The New York Times reported in April that the Indian/Russian deal serves as a blow to the United States’ ”struggling Patriot missile defense system.”

“India wasn’t very impressed with the Patriot compared with the S-400, which wins hands-down in capability, in its availability, service availability. It’s a more efficient system,” it cited Rahul Bedi of Jane’s Information Group as saying.

India and Russia have worked on a plan to beat the financial sanctions called CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act) that attempts to prevent countries from purchasing Russian weapons.

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Germany's Interior Minister Seehofer Resigns After Clash With Merkel As EU Caught In Lies, Facing Rebellion Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 11:32:50 Id: a2fff6 [Preview] No. 10672 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Seehofer Cucks Out

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After several hours of negotiations, it appears that Chancellor Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer have been unable to reach an agreement, and according to N-TV, Seehofer told the CSU board meeting the he will resign as Germany's interior minister and as CSU party chairman amid the clash over Germany's migration policy, sparing Merkel the need to fire him and potentially preserving the political alliance.

However, this is where things get complicated because dpa adds that CSU caucus chief Alexander Dobrindt opposes the resignation and will not accept it, putting Germany at a political impasse and potentially in a political crisis in which the CDU and CSU alliance may now break. According to N-tv the meeting of the CSU governing body is now suspended.

According to Spiegel editor Melanie Amann, Seehofer sees few options for the CSU: Either to stand firm on the immigration dispute and risk undermining the ruling coalition, or to back down and damage the party’s credibility, reports Spiegel editor Melanie Amann. The third option, offering to leave his post, was possibly in an attempt to boost party members' support of his strategy.

Earlier, Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder, a leader of the hard-line faction, told the closed-door meeting that the CSU doesn’t want to bring down Merkel’s government but will stand up for what is right, dpa reported.

What happens next is up to the CSU, which faces a stark choice: if it does not want to lose in the Bavarian-election this coming October, it needs to confront Merkel on the migrant crisis, or risk losing even more votes to the AdF as described below.

Meanwhile, according to a CDU statement, Angela Merkel will pursue the migrant pacts reached with its EU partners. As Bloomberg adds, Merkel faced down an allied party that’s demanding she tighten Germany’s defenses against migration, escalating a political crisis could leave her without a parliamentary majority.

The news has sent the EUR surging, perhaps on the assumption that a political crisis in Germany has been averted with Seehofer's resignation, instead of his termination, although if the CSU refuses Seehofer's resignation, leading to a political impasse, it is unclear just how the German ruling coalition will continue at this point.

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Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 11:38:58 Id: a2fff6 [Preview] No.10676 del

1) Horst Seehofer resigns to save Germany's political alliance, despite disagreements with Merkel.
2) EU summit was anything BUT a success despite what the German media and the EU were claiming.
3) Turns out mainstream media lied: many nations DID NOT sign onto any Migrant deal with Germany.
4) Italy is starting a new movement with other like-minded nationalist nations to lead a new 2020 effort to abandon the EU.

We still have no clue if Merkel's govt coalition will be spared or not, right now its mere speculation and we'll wait to find out.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 13:23:48 Id: 851ec8 [Preview] No.10677 del
Bulgarian Prime Minister: Lets End This Crisis, Just Send Them Back!

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov has said the migrant crisis can be solved if the EU can seal its external border, detain illegal migrants already present, and deport them back to where they came from.

Speaking after the EU’s failed mini-summit on migration, called to forestall German chancellor Angela Merkel’s partners in Bavaria walking out of government and collapsing her fragile ‘grand coalition’, the Bulgarian leader said he would not accept any plan which involved sending migrants back to the first EU state they arrived in — often border states like his own — in line with the EU’s old Dublin regulations.

“Let’s face it: Greece, Italy and Bulgaria let the migrants through, and they went to Germany,” he said bluntly.

“That’s how the countries of Western Europe were flooded with migrants, and that’s why they want to send some of them back.”

He added, however, that these illegal migrants would not have crossed into their territory in the first place if Angela Merkel had not issued an open invitation for them to come, and that he would not accept tens of thousands being sent back to his country without an agreement to detain them.

“Angela Merkel may ask for bilateral agreements [on other EU member-states taking back migrants] when the EU external borders are securely and entirely closed… Before they send them back, they should first agree that we build prisons and hold them there,” he said.

“If each member-state along the external border manages to do the same [as Bulgaria], the problem with migration will be solved.

“This will require several things. First, continued financing of the front-line countries so as to be able to guarantee that they will not let any such wave pass through their territory again.

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Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 16:10:45 Id: 7f6f8b [Preview] No.10680 del
Looks like Merkel may win this round but she cannot change the polarizing shift towards nationalism anymore. Her state-run ZOG-owned media got caught in a big lie yesterday claiming that a bunch of nations signed onto a new migrant deal... turns out it was total BS - NOTHING was agreed upon.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 17:57:38 Id: d4212b [Preview] No.10687 del

The German Chancellor said the free movement zone could collapse completely after Italy refused to sign up to her migrant policy during last week’s EU Summit.

Mrs Merkel has faced a severe backlash over her EU migration talks, with Italy refusing to sign up to her policy and her coalition partner threatening to pull the plug on their shaky government.

Last night Germany's Christian Social Union party leader, Horst Seehofer, threatened to quit the union over Ms Merkel's immigration plans, sending her party towards the "brink of collapse".

Ms Merkel is set for crunch talks with Mr Seehofer today "in hopes of reaching an understanding", in a bid to save her government after the CSU leader warned to resign from his cabinet post, following his disapproval over Ms Merkel's migration plans.

Mr Seehofer expressed his dissatisfaction with the EU immigration summit on Friday, insisting the plan was "ineffective", a source revealed.

Speaking to German TV station Zdf, Ms Merkel said: "An agreement with Italy was not possible. Italy wants to get a reduction of the migrants arriving in the country. The premier (Giuseppe Conte) said that they had the impression of being left alone a long time ago.

"Everyone knows that there is a lot at stake, and everyone knows that the situation is serious.

"I understand the concern of the CSU of wanting to bring more order into border controls. I think I met Horst Seehofer's request."

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CIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine US-North Korea Negotiations Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 17:16:03 Id: ef0a0b [Preview] No. 10683 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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In a new development that will shock no one, factions within the CIA attempted for the second time in just over a month to undermine President Trump's peace overtures towards North Korea by leaking information calculated to decrease confidence in Kim Jong Un's willingness to earnestly negotiate.

On June 29, 2018, NBC News released a report quoting anonymous CIA officials who claimed that North Korea was increasing nuclear production at "secret sites" without providing any actual evidence for such claims. The report's credibility is further weakened by the fact that it also cited reports from a think tank which has strong connections to the defense industry and other private special interests.

In disseminating their report, the CIA used NBC reporter Ken Dilanian as an outlet for leaks. As Disobedient Media previously reported, Dilanian was outed by the Intercept in 2014 as a CIA asset. In the aftermath of the disclosure, Dilanian's previous employers at the Tribune Washington and Los Angeles Times disavowed the disgraced journalist. In at least one instance, the CIA’s instructions to Dilanian appears to have led to significant changes in a story that was eventually published in the Los Angeles Times.

Since that time, Dilanian has persisted in pushing articles written by former CIA officials who continue to perpetuate the “Trump-Russia” collusion narrative without any regard to facts, such as Steven Hall’s Washington Post article titled: “I was in the CIA. We wouldn’t trust a country whose leader did what Trump did.”

In the absence of hard evidence from the CIA to back their claims about North Korea, Dilanian cited the opinion of Clinton administration official Joel Wit and reports from 38north.org. 38north is a project run by the Henry L. Stimson Center. The Stimson Center's Board of Directors includes individuals associated with organizations such as Northrop Grumman, the Boeing Company, Warburg Pincus, the Carnegie Endowment, Mercy Corps, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of Defense, the CIA and US Department of the Treasury. Their Partners include the George C. Marshall Foundation, Saudi Arabia's Gulf Research Center and the Jinnah Institute.

Satellite images circulated by 38north claiming to show improvements to North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center appear to have been obtained from Airbus Defense and Space SAS, a subsidiary of European multinational conglomerate Airbus Group SE. Airbus was the brainchild of Germany's DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and British Aerospace. The association of a German connected transnational group in efforts to undermine Korean peace negotiations is interesting given the strong connections they held with the now scandalized South Korean government of Park Geun-hye.

Reader 07/02/2018 (Mon) 17:16:22 Id: ef0a0b [Preview] No.10684 del
The involvement of a think tank in a website that is centered around undermining US confidence in North Korea is hardly a surprise given their connections to the military-industrial complex and internationalist special interest groups. Both Northrop Grumman and Boeing have seen their stock's value drop in the aftermath of Trump's Singapore meeting with Kim Jong Un in what analysts saw as a temporary setback to defense stocks. Seeing such corporations use their ties to institutions such as the Stimson Center to collaborate with the CIA in an effort to scuttle commitments to North Korean denuclearization and a peace accord between the Koreas and United States represents a new low.

Despite the best efforts of the CIA, President Trump has stated that there is no current nuclear threat from North Korea, and that the Singapore Summit represented a positive interaction with the leader of the so-called "hermit kingdom." Trump has repeatedly highlighted the opportunity for Chairman Kim to engage with the world and begin a new era of "security and prosperity" for North Korea. North Korea destroyed portions of their test site at Punggye-ri before a group of foreign journalist observers in the lead up to the US-North Korea summit on June 12.


Good! Populist Italian Government Considering Self-Defence Civil Right Mimicking America's Second Amendment Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 23:59:00 Id: 843001 [Preview] No. 10670 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Firearms licences in Italy have increased by 13.8 percent in a single year and the populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is looking to liberalise home self-defence laws to allow Italians to confront intruders.

New figures show that 4.5 million homes across the country have access to firearms as recently released studies show that Italians feel less secure in their homes, Il Giornale reports.

Anti-theft systems such as reinforced doors are now present in 33 million Italian homes while alarms, which often include video cameras, are in nearly 10 million residences across Italy.

The figures come as populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced on Twitter that he would be looking at reforming the self-defence laws to allow homeowners to confront intruders and defend themselves with firearms if need be.

“A new law that allows the legitimate defence of decent people in their homes is our priority,” Salvini said.

The League leader may find sympathy for his proposals from the Italian people as 39 percent claimed in a recent poll that they would like to see less stringent criteria for the possession of firearms for the purposes of self-defence.

Firearms laws across Europe vary wildly from countries like Germany and France in which licensing and possession are difficult to acquire, to the Czech Republic which has a much more liberal view on civilian firearms possession.

Czech President Miloš Zeman has called on the European Union to adopt a 2nd amendment-style law to allow citizens of the member states easier access to firearms to combat terrorist threats.

Czech Prez Calls for a European ‘Second Amendment’ for Self-Defence Against Terrorists https://t.co/boKKSyO6lC

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Trade War: China Implements 6% Across The Board Tariff On All US Imports Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 21:21:20 Id: 00506d [Preview] No. 10669 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Trump and Xi have spent much of the last few weeks tossing tariff grenades across the Pacific Ocean as retaliatory retaliations grow ever stronger in rhetoric and potential escalations.

Then this week, Trump seemed to back away from his most serious threats (direct Chinese investment restrictions).

We wonder if this is why...

Since Trump started to rattle his trade war sabre, the last three months have seen the offshore Chinese Yuan tumble over 6% (crashing almost 4% in the last two weeks alone)...

Nothing happens by accident in China and this massive drop in the value of the Yuan mirrors the violent devaluation, snap in 2015...

All of which suddenly makes US imports to China 6% more expensive than they were in Q1 - a stealth tariff that no one is talking about.

And before this is dismissed as just the mirror of USD strength, we suggest the following chart shows very clearly the PBOC allowing the Yuan to weaken notably against just the dollar while - until the last few days - maintaining Yuan's buying power against the rest of the world.

However, as Capital Economics points out, if the PBOC is using the exchange rate to fight back against the US, it is pulling its punches: the PBOC’s daily reference exchange rate has in the past few days been stronger than market rates might have suggested, not weaker.

It is of course still notable that the PBOC has done relatively little to stand in the way of the currency slide, even if it isn’t directly responsible for it. It always argues that the exchange rate is driven by market forces.

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