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After the #MeToo backlash, an insider’s guide to French feminism
« Reply #10470 on: January 14, 2018, 04:01:29 AM »
Catherine Deneuve joined 99 other prominent French women in a letter last week accusing the Hollywood anti-abuse campaign of censorship and intolerance. Agnès Poirier explains how the debate is viewed in Paris


Catherine Deneuve, the French film star whose signature drew international attention to the open letter last week.

French women made headlines all over the world last week. And not because they never get fat or their children never throw food, as a series of American bestsellers put it, but because 100 of them signed an open letter published in Le Monde offering an alternative view of the #MeToo campaign and drawing attention to what they regard as rampant censorship in feminist ranks. In signing the letter, the French film star Catherine Deneuve set the feminist world ablaze.

They spoke their mind in a Gallic manner: straightforwardly, to the point of appearing blunt. The letter was also strikingly badly edited, with clumsy chunks unworthy of their authors. But, in short, they think the campaign by the #MeToo movement to tackle sexual harassment represents a “puritanical … wave of purification”; that “rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cackhandedly, is not, nor is being gentlemanly a macho attack”.

They went on to proclaim that “what began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite – we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors”.

In other words, these 100 French women, representing many more in France, argue that this new puritanism reeks of Stalinism and its “thought police”, not of true democracy. What they refuse to countenance is an image of women “as poor little things, this Victorian idea that women are mere children who have to be protected”, the same one extolled by religious fundamentalists and reactionaries.

“As women, we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality.”

This is an example of what has always distinguished French feminism from the American and British versions: the attitude towards sex and towards men.


Abnousse Shalman, A French-Iranian writer says she does not dismiss the courage of #MeToo campaigners, but wants to ‘add a different voice’.

Partly lost in translation, the letter was vilified on social networks, its authors accused by some of being “lobotomised” by their “internalised misogyny” (according to Asia Argento), and more generally for being “rape apologists”, “too old and decrepit to understand women’s issues today”, for being “over-privileged”, for being “stuck in the 1960s and 1970s”.

Deneuve and Catherine Millet, the art critic famous for The Sexual Life of Catherine M, suddenly became the faces of what was seen by many younger feminists in France and abroad as a retrograde bunch of over-privileged celebrities and intellectuals both totally unconcerned by the plight of all those anonymous victims of rape and sexual harassment and too preoccupied by their sexual freedom and defending the French way of gallivanting about.

The letter’s authors did not do themselves any favours by writing of men’s “right to pester” women. This clumsy and unacceptable line poured more oil on the fire and reinforced prejudices and cliches about French women. As Simone de Beauvoir wrote in 1947: “American women have only contempt for French women always too happy to please their men and too accepting of their whims.”

This is a real shame: the letter puts forward strong arguments. And it does so by being overtly French; in other words, by sounding authoritative – and rude. Heated debate is a passion, considered healthy in France. As the highly regarded 89-year-old French historian and feminist Michelle Perrot, partly critical of the Deneuve letter, wrote: “They are triumphant free women who show a certain lack of solidarity with the #MeToo victims … But they say what they think, and many people share their point of view. The debate is real and must be recognised.”

In France today, different feminist groups coexist: the main one is a feminism following the steps of De Beauvoir, one that is not at war with men but rather with machismo culture, gender inequality and the inherent misogyny of religions.

And there is a rather recent American import of feminism, one that often comes across as opportunistic and “man-hating”, one that turns a blind eye to religious misogyny, for instance defending the wearing of the hijab. They present themselves as the new vanguard of French feminism, the new blood, except they can sound to some like Stalinist commissars, or Robespierre in culottes, passing edicts about what is acceptable conduct. We would be wrong, however, to think that the current debate shows a generational fight. Many millennials have signed the Deneuve letter. The divide is political, ideological even.


Michele Perrot, professor emeritus of contemporary history at the Paris Diderot University, aged 89. She fears a ‘new moral order’.

According to Perrot, “the authors of the letter fear that the #MeToo movement dents creative, artistic and sexual freedom, that a moralist backlash comes and destroys what libertarian thinking has fought hard to obtain, that women’s bodies and sex become again this forbidden territory and that a new moral order introduces a new censorship against the free movement of desire”, and concludes: “There is indeed reason to share their fear.”

This is probably the most interesting and sharpest argument made in the Deneuve letter. As Sarah Chiche, a 41- year-old psychoanalyst and author who signed the Deneuve letter, explained: “The #MeToo victims’ personal stories have proved a powerful magnet and very popular with the public. It has almost become a new norm in public discourse. Unfortunately, this is becoming insidious: now books need to be rewritten, films reshot.”

Last week an opera director in Florence decided to change the end of Bizet’s Carmen so that Carmen now kills her murderer. Ridley Scott edited out Kevin Spacey from his latest film and reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. Art critics questioned on the BBC whether to boycott the Gauguin exhibition in London because the painter slept with under-age Tahitians. Others want to rewrite Sleeping Beauty so that the final kiss is a consented one.

Since Deneuve signed the letter, Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour has suddenly been described as a rape apologist film, to be banned from cinemas. “This new feminism is now serving the interests of cultural revisionism and doesn’t know when or where to stop,” says Chiche.

It is a French tradition to disturb, to question, to critique, to set ablaze the conflict between two freedoms, that which protects and that which disturbs. Sexuality has become the new battlefield. “Today, in 2018, Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses and Nabokov’s Lolita would never see daylight because of both reactionaries and self-proclaimed progressives who invoke the fate of real victims to shut us all up,” says Chiche.

For all the talk about Deneuve, little has been said of the initiator of this public letter. Her name is Abnousse Shalmani. She is a 41-year-old French-Iranian, born in Tehran. She grew up under Ayatollah Khomeini until her parents fled to Paris in 1985. In a book she published in 2014, Khomeini, Sade et Moi, she revealed that she was the victim of a rape, but also said French authors such as Colette, Victor Hugo and Marquis de Sade taught her how to be free, as a woman and a sexual being, far from the Islamic veil she was forced to wear as a girl in Tehran.

Perhaps we should listen to her when, amid the furore, she tried to make herself heard on French radio: “We do not dismiss the many women who had the courage to speak up against [Harvey] Weinstein. We do not dismiss either the legitimacy of their fight. We do, however, add our voice, a different voice, to the debate.”

One should always listen to the French difference.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/french-feminists-catherine-deneuve-metoo-letter-sexual-harassment
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'Not an equal': Tulsa man recounts 'surreal' experience of DUI-drug arrest
« Reply #10471 on: January 14, 2018, 04:04:55 AM »
With blood test later finding no intoxicants
Man felt racially profiled in case that was dismissed after a blood test showed no intoxication


Handcuffed and seated in the back of a patrol car, Adam James contemplated his perception of his own reality: Had he, in fact, unwittingly ingested a narcotic?

Of course, the answer for the 41-year-old Tulsa man was “no.” However, James was en route to a hospital for a blood draw after a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy determined the real estate investor had failed a field sobriety test.

James, an African-American, told the Tulsa World that he passed the test — except for one part involving balance that he struggled with — but the deputy “treated me as such a criminal.” He felt unfairly profiled and victimized by the arresting deputy, who he said “misrepresented” what took place during the traffic stop in the probable cause affidavit for James’ arrest.

James’ defense attorney had the state’s blood sample forwarded for testing. Nothing was detected when the results came back nearly two months later in November.

The prosecution dropped the case four weeks later in December after the results were filed with a motion to dismiss, but James can’t escape the “surreal” feeling of being in custody overnight on Sept. 30.

“It left me feeling not an equal,” James said. “That I was not a citizen. That I don’t matter.”

Sheriff Vic Regalado said he spoke with both deputies involved in the traffic stop and examined the probable cause affidavit. Regalado said he found no issues with the arrest because the deputy saw indicators of drug intoxication.

Regalado looked into the backgrounds and records of both deputies and found no indications or patterns that either engages in racial profiling or targets certain communities or groups, he said.

“There were no red flags,” Regalado said.

The sheriff said the deputy who made the arrest is certified in enhanced field sobriety tests, meaning he has more DUI experience than the average deputy.

“That is not uncommon for that to happen,” Regalado said of James’ negative blood test results. “And the reason why is when it does happen, it could be a variety of different things. It could include those tests only test for certain intoxicants; it doesn’t test for synthetic drugs, inhalants and things like that.

“That’s not to suggest that this individual was under that; I’m just telling you that when law enforcement has had a negative test come back, there are reasons for it. And it can be sometimes from mistakes made during field sobriety testing, especially with untrained individuals.”

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said “in no uncertain terms” that his office did not dismiss the case out of concern that the deputies acted improperly.

“We dismissed the case based upon the preliminary blood test results that came back from the laboratory testing. However, that drug screening test is not exhaustive,” Kunzweiler said. “There are many other potential substances that could be tested for, and we are evaluating whether we would like the state laboratory to conduct that further screening.”
Probable cause affidavit

The probable cause affidavit states that Deputy David Allen was following Deputy Randy Schaefer when Schaefer conducted a traffic stop near 31st Street and Sheridan Road. The encounter took place just after midnight early Sept. 30 in the parking lot of a liquor store.

James was charged the day of his arrest with driving under the influence of drugs, unsafe lane use and failure to carry proof of insurance. He also had a citation for his expired tag.

James reportedly “veered partially” into an inside lane three times while driving a black 2001 Honda Civic.

“Adam James had uncoordinated movements with his hands, dropping items from the glove compartment while searching for insurance verification and continuously raising his hands in the air,” Allen wrote in his report. “Adam James had difficulty following simple instruction (sic) without them being repeated multiple times and continuously raised his hands in the air.”

James disputes how the deputy characterized the encounter to make it appear that he was under the influence of drugs.

He said items popped out of the glove box because it was disorganized, not that he was dropping things. He said his heart rate was up because he was nervous and afraid that a wrong move could end up with him being shot.

He said the deputies were frustrated that he was “over-obeying” by moving slowly, explaining what he was doing as he did it and keeping his hands raised — to try to protect himself and the deputies.

“So no matter what I did in there, I was going to lose,” James said.

The first deputy, Schaefer, wrote James a ticket for the expired tag. James said Schaefer never mentioned that he was swerving. Allen then took over and asked James to get out of his car.

“I don’t recall swerving because the (deputy) would have said that,” James said. “He never mentioned that.”

James said he wasn’t accused of swerving until the topic came up again at the hospital with Allen, his arresting deputy.

Regalado said both deputies told him they saw James swerving. He said Allen conducted the field sobriety test because he had specialized training and Schaefer’s DUI-grant shift was up.

The arrest report states that James performed five tests, of which he failed four (walk and turn, one-leg stand, lack of convergence and Romberg’s test for balance).

Eight of eight clues were listed as observed during the walk-and-turn test, as well as four of four clues on the one leg-stand test. The report states that James demonstrated a lack of convergence of the eyes and that during the Romberg’s test he presented eye tremors, estimated the passage of time to be 21 seconds during a 30-second period and swayed in a circular motion.

James acknowledged struggling with the one leg-stand test, calling it a “karate kid” type stance that the deputy himself couldn’t perform well. Otherwise, he said he passed the tests.

In explaining his nine-second difference on the Romberg’s test, he said to keep in mind “that in my world” there is a possibility the deputy could take his life.

“When you think you’re going to die, we have to be calm and they don’t,” James said.

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Defence, trade and Bollywood: Netanyahu visits India
« Reply #10472 on: January 14, 2018, 04:10:13 AM »

Netanyahu is welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in India on a six-day trip, becoming the second Israeli prime minister to visit New Delhi since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992.

In a move described by the Indian foreign ministry as a "departure from protocol", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Netanyahu at the Delhi airport on Sunday.

It is Netanyahu's first official trip to the South Asian country.
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"The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship," foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.

Defence, security, trade and agriculture cooperation will be high on the agenda, as Israel looks to cement closer ties with South Asia's major economic power.

India is the biggest buyer of Israeli defence equipment.

"Netanyahu's visit marks several awful developments for India, starting with the hypocrisy of the Indian government's occasional lip service to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation, while strengthening its partnership with Israel," said Githa Hariharan, a supporter of BDS movement in India.

"But there are large numbers of Indians who stand by the idea of India our freedom fighters had," she said referring to the secular foundation of India as opposed to Israel, which was established as a Jewish state on occupied Palestinian land.

"And this is what makes us condemn our government's courting of Israel and its war machine."

Modi, who became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel six months ago, has addressed Netanyahu as a "friend".

The Indian leader had cultivated closer ties with Israel while he was still the chief minister of Gujarat state.

On Sunday, the two prime ministers attended a ceremony at a war memorial in New Delhi to mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk as a symbolic gesture of friendship.

"The Israeli Prime Minister's visit to India signifies intensification of the strategic partnership with India, which is based on three legs - defence, intelligence and civilian sector trade and investment," said Sreeram Chaulia, the Dean of Jindal School of International Affairs.

"Although India voted against Israel at the UN on President Donald Trump's Jerusalem move, Israel understands India's position and has not made cooperation with India conditional.

"Israel benefits from arms sales and diplomatic openness of India and is not looking to convert India to its side on Palestine or Iran. So, New Delhi and Tel Aviv have successfully de-hyphenated their ties from third party issues. That is a sign of maturity and hard-headed realism on both sides."
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At least 44 Indian soldiers had laid down their lives protecting the Israeli city of Haifa during World War I.

In 2003, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India during the government of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been vocal about establishing a closer ties with Israel.

India established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992 but purportedly kept the ties under the wraps as it continued to support the Palestinian cause.

Israel faces global condemnation as it continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The trip comes weeks after New Delhi voted against Israel at the United Nations resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Apoorva Gautam, head of BDS India, said "intensifying" of diplomatic relations with Israel shows "there is deep contradiction in India's position at the international level with respect to Israel".

"There is an unmistakable attempt to join the US-Israel camp except when it comes to taking positions at the UN."

She added that India's support to Palestinian cause at the UN is in "response to international pressures and an attempt to not isolate India".

The Israeli leader will visit Modi's home state of Gujarat where he is expected to participate in a joint road show with Indian prime minister, according to the NDTV.

His final stop will be in the financial hub of Mumbai, where he is expected to meet Bollywood figures and invite them to shoot films in Israel.

Netanyahu is accompanied by a 130-member business and trade delegation and the two nations are expected to ink agreements on cyber-space, film production and energy.

Netanyahu will hold bilateral discussions with Modi on Monday. Both Prime Ministers will attend the second India-Israel CEO Forum Meeting on January 15.

Since Modi's BJP came to power in 2014, the two countries have grown closer.

"This Indian government is driven by the exclusivist ideology of Hindutva, which has striking similarities with the exclusivist Zionist ideology the Israeli state is based on," Hariharan told Al Jazeera.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/defence-trade-bollywood-netanyahu-visits-india-180114093122279.html
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Talking heads: The emperor phenomenon
« Reply #10473 on: January 14, 2018, 04:12:48 AM »
A look at the power Egypt's talk show hosts hold over their audiences and the truth behind the stories they spin.

Egyptians call them "emperors", and, every night, millions tune in to watch them lecture, entertain and rant their way through hours of television output. However, the very entertainers people love to watch are also widely recognised as by-products of a state of censorship that has become synonymous with Egyptian media - by-products and hosts on the front lines of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government's propaganda efforts.

"One of the key aspects of these talk shows is the way they whip out a sense of national emergency," says Marwan Kraidy, director at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. "They react in a very emotional, sensationalistic way to very atrocious events. You not only support the government. You bend over backwards, so to speak. So, dissidents, political prisoners are typically vilified, they are portrayed as enemies of the nation.

"And if you portray anybody as an enemy of the nation in a time of emergency," continues Kraidy, "what you're saying is 'it's okay to jail them, it's okay to beat them up.' And, in some cases, 'it's okay to kill them.'"

Most hosts understand that toeing the line may be overlooked - although not recommended - but are very well aware of the consequences that await them should they cross the unspoken red line set out by the Sisi government. Criticism of the president, the military and/or intelligence services are all off limits.

One such journalist who didn't heed the general warnings and guidelines was Ibrahim Eissa.

"Ibrahim Eissa is sort of the type of muckraking, investigative journalist who's not afraid of speaking truth to power. He became known for, basically, confronting Mubarak and his sons," says Kraidy. "So that's one example. Another famous talk show host is Amr el-Laithy. He's not afraid to push controversial issues. And that was his undoing, for airing a very famous interview.

"You have to keep in mind that it all comes down to information: who has it and who doesn't, how it's delivered," says analyst and political columnist Amr Khalifa. "Hats off to the Sisi regime for understanding the 21st century, for understanding the link between lack of education, ease of dissemination, obstruction of information."

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Chernobyl disaster site repurposed for solar energy (PHOTOS)
« Reply #10474 on: January 14, 2018, 04:22:51 AM »

A photo shows photovoltaic panels on the new one-megawatt power plant next to the New Safe Confinement over the fourth block of the Chernobyl nuclear plant on December 12, 2017.

Some 100 meters from the giant metal sarcophagus that contains the infamous Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, a new solar project has been built, providing hope of salvaging something positive from the disaster zone.

The 3,800 photovoltaic panels installed in a 16,000 square-meter (3.95-acre) area are expected to produce a total of one megawatt of energy for the local grid - enough power for roughly 2,000 homes reports Science Alert. The Shelter Object, the aforementioned sarcophagus installed last year to replace the rapidly-eroding original concrete shield, has reduced radiation levels to a tenth of their previous amount, affording developers the opportunity to repurpose the nuclear wasteland.


the New Safe Confinement over the fourth block of the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 26, 2017.

“This territory obviously cannot be used for agriculture, but it is quite suitable for innovative and scientific projects,” Ostap Semerak, Ukrainian Minister of the Environment, told AFP in 2016. Ukrainian authorities have opened up roughly 25 square kilometers for solar project developments with 60 proposals currently under consideration. Another 4.2-megawatt solar power plant was recently completed within the irradiated zone in neighboring Belarus.

The panels are fixed to concrete slabs as opposed to being put in the ground, as drilling, digging or disturbing the soil in the area in anyway is strictly forbidden. It may take an estimated 24,000 years before people can safely inhabit the area again.


photovoltaic panels on the new one-megawatt power plant next to the New Safe Confinement over the fourth block of the Chernobyl nuclear plant on December 12, 2017.

This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village,” Yevgen Varyagin of the Solar Chernobyl, the company behind the development, told AFP. Depending on the success of the facility, the Ukrainian-German company may one day ramp up production to almost 100 times current output.

The current project cost approximately €1 million ($1,220,200), which Solar Chernobyl hopes the plant will earn back within the next seven years.

On April 29, 1986, Reactor Number Four at the plant exploded, leading to the largest uncontrolled release of radioactive material into the Earth's atmosphere in history, killing 31 people and contaminating up to three quarters of Europe. The plant’s other reactors continued to operate until 2000. Chernobyl is widely accepted as one of the two worst civilian nuclear disasters in history, along with the Fukushima incident of 2011. 

“Bit by bit we want to optimise the Chernobyl zone,” Varyagin told Anna Hirtenstein at Bloomberg last year. “It shouldn’t be a black hole in the middle of Ukraine.”

https://www.rt.com/news/415862-chernobyl-solar-plant-opening/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS
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‘Siberian Titan’: Russian scientists discover new dinosaur species (PHOTOS)
« Reply #10475 on: January 14, 2018, 04:26:38 AM »


 Russian scientists have described a new dinosaur species that roamed Siberia 120 million years ago, naming it the Siberian Titan. The giant with its long neck & tail is only the second of its type discovered on Russia’s territory.

Paleontologists from the Tomsk State University together with their counterparts from the University of St. Petersburg have identified a previously unknown type of giant dinosaur after uncovering its fossils in a cliff in the Kemerovo region. Fragments of teeth, vertebra and sacrum helped researchers towards realizing that their findings belonged to a new dinosaur species.



The creature had a long neck and a powerful tail, could reach up to 12 meters in length and weigh nearly ten tons. Despite its remarkable size, the scientists noted the beast wasn’t the largest in the group of giant plant-eating sauropods. Yet the creature was formally named as “sibirotitan astrosacralis” due to the area it inhabited and ribs arranged in a ‘star’ shape, according to press releases by the two universities.



First recovered in 2008, the remains required some effort to be extracted from sandstone in a cliff near the village of Shestakovo. Equipped with climbing gear, the researchers had to carefully dig out the bones from the rock at a height of four meters.

The Siberian Titan is the second sauropod unearthed and described in Russia after the discovery of Tengrisaurus in 2017.



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Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not
« Reply #10476 on: January 14, 2018, 04:34:51 AM »


SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg. Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund. A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate. There’s a surge in people looking to buy Bitcoin on their credit cards. After the Long Island Iced Tea company announced it would pivot to blockchain, its stock rose 500 percent in a day.

In 2017, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin went from $830 to $19,300, and now quivers around $14,000. Ether, its main rival, started the year at less than $10, closing out 2017 at $715. Now it’s over $1,100. The wealth is intoxicating news, feverish because it seems so random. Investors trying to grok the landscape compare it to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, when valuations soared and it was hard to separate the Amazons and Googles from the Pets.coms and eToys.

The cryptocurrency community is centered around a tightknit group of friends — developers, libertarians, Redditors and cypherpunks — who have known each other for years through meet-ups, an endless circuit of crypto conferences and internet message boards. Over long hours in anonymous group chats, San Francisco bars and Settlers of Catan game nights, they talk about how cryptocurrency will decentralize power and wealth, changing the world order.

The goal may be decentralization, but the money is extremely concentrated. Coinbase has more than 13 million accounts that own cryptocurrencies. Data suggests that about 94 percent of the Bitcoin wealth is held by men, and some estimate that 95 percent of the wealth is held by 4 percent of the owners.

There are only a few winners here, and, unless they lose it all, their impact going forward will be outsize.
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They also remember who laughed at them and when.

James Spediacci and his twin brother, Julian, who bought ether when it was about 30 cents, now run one of the most popular whale clubs: private cryptocurrency trading communities where crypto syndicates are coordinated in group chats. He showed me a screen shot of his Facebook post from 2014 telling everyone to buy ether.

“One like,” he said, pointing to his phone. “It got one like.”

Inside the Crypto Castle

Whether it’s all built on sand or not, the crypto castle has risen. There’s an actual house called the Crypto Castle, and the king is Jeremy Gardner, 25, a rakish young investor with a hedge fund who has become the de facto tour guide for crypto newcomers.

Early one afternoon, he opened a bottle of rosé while he charged half a dozen external batteries so he wouldn’t have to ever plug in his phone in Ibiza, Spain, the next week.

“I do I.C.O.s. It’s my thing,” he said. He wore a pink button-front and pink pants. “It’s me, a couple V.C.s and a lot of charlatans.”

An initial coin offering is a way to raise money: A company creates its own cryptocurrency and investors buy into the new coin, without actually buying a stake in the company. Mr. Gardner led an I.C.O. for his start-up Augur, creating an “Augur token” that he then sold to raise real world money. These tokens sold fast, and it is one of the forces that kicked off this boom. For a time, the value of Augur, a market-forecasting start-up with few customers, exceeded $1 billion.

About eight people live in the Crypto Castle on any given night, and some of Mr. Gardner’s tenants brought out snacks (Cheez-Its and a jar of Nutella). One of the bedrooms has a stripper pole. Mr. Gardner leaned back into the sofa and rested his feet on the table. He recently did an I.C.O. for a start-up after-party. “You can I.C.O. anything,” he said. He runs Distributed, a 180-page magazine about cryptocurrency that comes out about once a year. He is now raising $75 million for his hedge fund, Ausum Ventures (pronounced “awesome”). He said his closest friends are moving to Puerto Rico to get around paying taxes.

“They’re going to build a modern-day Atlantis out there,” he said. “But for me, it’s too early in my career to check out.”

He wears a bracelet from his Burning Man camp (Mayan Warrior) and a necklace that is a key on a chain. “I was given this necklace and was told my net worth would go up, and it’s gone up six x since then,” he said.

He drew a chart to explain the crypto community: 20 percent for ideology, 60 percent for the tech and 100 percent for the money, he said, drawing a circle around it all.

A roommate on the sofa perked up and asked if he’d ever invest in his lucid dreams start-up (the idea is a headpiece that induces them). Mr. Gardner did not seem impressed: “Probably not,” he said. A reality show wants to follow him around, but he’s skeptical that it can add to his life.

“I literally have a date with Bella Hadid not having a reality show,” he said.

A few weeks after we first met, as the Bitcoin price exploded in December, Mr. Gardner seemed shaken. People had begun making pilgrimages to the Crypto Castle, knocking on the door, hoping Mr. Gardner could help them invest.

“Nothing feels real, it doesn’t feel real,” he said. “I’m ready for crypto assets to go down 90 percent. I’ll feel better then, I think. This has been too insane.”

Enter the Crypto Crackhouse

Nearby is a building residents call the Crypto Crackhouse.

Grant Hummer, who runs the San Francisco Ethereum Meetup, lives there. Long hallways called Bitcoin Boulevard and Ethereum Alley lead to communal bathrooms. Mr. Hummer and his co-founder committed $40 million of their own crypto-made money to their new $100 million hedge fund, Chromatic Capital.

“My neurons are fried from all the volatility,” Mr. Hummer said. “I don’t even care at this point. I’m numb to it. I’ll lose a million dollars in a day and I’m like, O.K.”

His room is simple: a bed, a futon, a TV on a mostly empty media console, three keyboard cleaning sprays and a half dozen canisters of Lysol wipes. His T-shirt read, ‘The Lizard of Wall Street,’ with a picture of a lizard in a suit, dollar-sign necklaces around its neck. He carries with him a coin that reads, “memento mori,” to remind himself he can die any day. He sees the boom as part of a global apocalypse.

“The worse regular civilization does and the less you trust, the better crypto does,” Mr. Hummer said. "It’s almost like the ultimate short trade.”

Mr. Hummer went out to meet Joe Buttram, 27, for drinks. As a mixed martial arts fighter, Mr. Buttram said he would fight for a couple hundred bucks, sometimes a few thousand, and worked security at a start-up, but his main hobbies were reading 4chan and buying vintage pornography, passions that exposed him to cryptocurrency.

He said his holdings are into double-digit millions but wouldn’t give specifics other than to say he’d quit his job and is starting a hedge fund. There’s a common paranoia among the crypto-wealthy that they’ll be targeted and robbed since there’s no bank securing the money, so many are obsessively secretive. Many say even their parents don’t know how much they’ve made. This also allows people to pretend to be wealthier than they are, of course.

“It’s unforgiving,” Mr. Buttram said. “You make one mistake and it’s all gone.”

They talk about buying Lamborghinis, the single acceptable way to spend money in the Ethereum cryptocurrency community. The currency’s founder frequently appears in fan art as Jesus with a Lamborghini. Mr. Buttram says he’s renting an orange Lambo for the weekend. And he wears a solid gold Bitcoin “B” necklace encrusted with diamonds that he had made. Otherwise, HODL.

This is one of the core beliefs in this community: HODL, “hold” typed very fast, as if in a panic. HODL even if you feel FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt. If you show wealth, it means you don’t really believe in the cryptocurrency revolution, a full remake of the financial system, governments and our world order that will send the price of ether up astronomically.

“HODL when everyone has FUD,” Mr. Hummer said quietly, to explain why he still lives in a dorm room. “This will change civilization. This can 100 x or more from here.”

He knows this is strange.

“When I meet people in the normal world now, I get bored,” Mr. Hummer said. “It’s just a different level of consciousness.”

The tone turns somber.

“Sometimes I think about what would happen to the future if a bomb went off at one of our meetings,” Mr. Buttram said.

Mr. Hummer said, “A bomb would set back civilization for years.”

A few days later, Mr. Hummer was working from his co-founder’s apartment.

James Fickel, 26, lives in a high-rise with a Russian blue cat called Mr. Bigglesworth. Mr. Fickel is known in the community for “going full YOLO” and investing $400,000 when Ethereum was at 80 cents. Now, with a fortune he says is in the hundreds of millions, his parents have retired and sent his younger sister to live with him.

“I’m taking over her education,” Mr. Fickel said, sitting on a white leather sofa, Mr. Bigglesworth asleep in his impossibly skinny arms.

Today, Mr. Fickel is outlining the endgame for cryptocurrency true believers.

“It’s the entire world reorganizing itself,” Mr. Fickel said. “We could get rid of our armies because for the first time you’ll have people saying, ‘I want to vote for a global order.’ It’s the internet waking up — it’s the internet grabbing its pitchfork. That’s the blockchain.”

Mr. Hummer is skeptical.

“All I know is the price of ether is going to go up,” Mr. Hummer said.

At a jazz bar a few days later, I run into Mr. Fickel’s personal trainer, Alan Chen, who is now running in this crypto circle. Mr. Fickel had convinced Mr. Chen to put his savings into Ethereum.

“I’m retired, man,” Mr. Chen said. “I’m moving to L.A. next week. I got a penthouse on Marina del Rey.”

“Don’t say I’m retired,” he added. “I’m going into business now. I’m going to use blockchain to help personal trainers.”

Nearby was Chante Eliaszadeh, 22, a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, who started the Berkeley Law Blockchain group.

“Obviously the bubble’s going to burst and everyone’s going to need a lawyer,” she said.

The Bitcoin Meetup Group Throws a Party

At the annual San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup Party, hundreds gathered under the fluorescent lights of a co-working space, and there was a line out the door. The waiting list had to be told not to show up. Many there wore Bitcoin- and Ethereum-themed clothes from Hodlmoon, which sells unisex cryptocurrency sweaters.

Those closest to the technology are the most cautious. Pieter Wuille, 33, a Bitcoin core developer, kept his backpack on as he wandered the party. He’s part of the team working to develop the Bitcoin technology.

“The technology still needs time to evolve,” Mr. Wuille said. "This infusion of interest is bringing the wrong kind of attention. Some people believe Bitcoin can’t fail or this technology solves many more problems than it does. It can. And it does not.”

He said everyone is asking him whether to buy Bitcoin. “I tell them I have no idea,” he said. “I don’t know!”

“There’s so many people rushing into the space, if it’s a bit of speculation, I’m O.K. with that,” said the Coinbase C.E.O., Brian Armstrong, whose company has become the de facto portal for casual investors. “But we can’t guarantee the website’s going to be up exactly when you need it. Everyone needs to take a deep breath.”

As the holiday party filled up, a cryptocurrency rapper called CoinDaddy — Arya Bahmanyar, 28 — was getting ready to perform.

Formerly a commercial real estate agent, Mr. Bahmanyar works full time at CoinDaddy after becoming a self-described crypto-millionaire (“you think I would dress up like this if I wasn’t?”). “Right now all our entertainers come from outside crypto culture — not inside crypto, and we’ve got to change that,” he said.

He pointed to his outfit — a long white fake mink coat, gold-heeled shoes — and said, “It’s gold, right? It’s gold. It’s a niche, and I’m going to fill it.”

He says he is going to shoot a music video soon for a song called “Lambo Party” and another called “Cryptomom,” about “all these moms are pumping in their children’s savings accounts.”

Maria Lomeli, 56, came to the party to find the people she had put a lot of trust in. A housekeeper from Pacifica, Calif., she said she had invested $12,000 in cryptocurrencies over the last few weeks after reading about it in the news.

She wore running shoes and a zip-up jacket that said, “Cinemark, the best seats in town.” She worked there cleaning out theaters. Now she cleans houses. Banks, she said, were designed to steal. Taxes left her supporting a government that she felt didn’t support her.

“Charges for sending money to my daughter, interest on our loans,” she said. "And then the money we pay in taxes goes to wars and whatever else they want.”

She found a Bitcoin event in the city and asked people there how to buy Bitcoin on her phone. She invested $1,000. It went up. So she put in $10,000 more, she said, along with $1,000 in a currency called Litecoin. Both her children have discouraged this.

“And maybe I’m going to lose it,” she said. “Maybe I’m going to keep cleaning houses. But something is telling me I can trust this generation. My instinct is telling me this is the future.”

She had to leave the party early because parking downtown is expensive, she said. She zipped up her jacket and left on her own.

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World’s Coral Reefs Reaching The Point Of No Return
« Reply #10477 on: January 14, 2018, 04:38:32 AM »
The vast majority of the world’s coral reefs are now reaching the point of no return — the point at which it wouldn’t even theoretically be possible to save them from disappearing completely (some argue that this point has long since been passed, it should be noted).

A new study published in the journal Science, for instance, found that extreme bleaching events that during the last decades of the 20th century are now occurring just every 5-6 years; and that the rate at which these events occur seems to be rapidly increasing.

That work — which involved the surveying of 100 different coral reefs around the world — reveals that even the “worst case scenarios” of a couple of decades ago were vast underestimates of the danger. (It’s notable that this is apparently the same situation as that now facing climate science — other than James Hansen and a few others, not many in the field seem to be making predictions that track with the speed at which changes are now occurring.)

“These impacts are stacking up at a pace and at a severity that I never had anticipated, even as an expert,” explained Kim Cobb, a climate researcher and coral researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “It’s really the rapidity of it that is so sobering and shocking — and for me personally, life-altering.”

For the coral reefs and the animals that live in them as well, of course.

For those unfamiliar with the subject, coral bleaching is an event where heat, infection, and other causes lead to corals forcibly expelling the symbiotic algae that they are ultimately dependent upon for survival (the algae produce some of the food that the coral animals survive on).

Following bleaching, corals often die back greatly (or completely), and repeated events over short periods of time (just a few years, etc.) can lead to the complete death of reefs.

What’s particularly notable about this situation is that coral bleaching was effectively unheard of just a few decades ago. The rapid beginning and intensification of coral bleaching events represents a phase-change far more than it does a simple linear spread.

In other words, everything on the surface seemed in many ways completely fine, and then all of a sudden everything seemed to change, and now it isn’t. Expect to see much, much more of the same over the coming years — as climate weirding gives the old trickster gods of the past a free hand to undermine people’s misplaced assumptions, projections, and expectations.

“It is clear already that we’re going to lose most of the world’s coral reefs,” explained study coauthor Mark Eakin, the coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch program.

Eakin also noted that ocean temperatures are expected (based on conservative estimates) to warm enough by 2050 that around 90% of the world’s coral reefs will experience bleaching events every year — that’s if they’re still around at all, that is.

With regard to the new study, Grist provides more:

“The new study finds that 94% of surveyed coral reefs have experienced a severe bleaching event since the 1980s. Only 6 sites surveyed were unaffected. They are scattered around the world, meaning no ocean basin on Earth has been entirely spared. The implications of these data in a warming world, taken together with other ongoing marine stressors like overfishing and pollution, are damning.

“…For conservation biologists like Josh Drew, whose work focuses on coral reefs near Fiji, that loss of recovery time amounts to a ‘death warrant for coral reefs as we know them. I’m not saying we’re not going to have reefs at all, but those reefs that survive are going to be fundamentally different,’ says Drew, who is not affiliated with the new study. ‘We are selecting for corals that are effectively weedy, for things that can grow back in two to three years, for things that are accustomed to having hot water.'”

So, why does all of this matter? Coral reefs are currently home to about 25% of all known marine species, despite only comprising 0.5% of the ocean’s topographical area. In other words, they are the most densely populated and biologically active parts of the ocean (by some means of accounting, probably not all).

What’s perhaps more notable here, though, is that coral reefs serve as spawning and early-life habitats to many marine species that then spend the rest of their lives elsewhere in the ocean. If the world’s coral reefs mostly disappear then the effects on the broader marine environment are likely to be enormous and profound.

In accompaniment to ocean acidification, overfishing, and increasing levels of pollution, the future of the marine world looks incredibly bleak.

It’s worth remembering, though, that the actions that would limit the wholesale destruction of the world’s coral reefs are also those that would help to prevent the mass extinction of land life as well — and the end of large-scale human populations and culture, for that matter.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/12/worlds-coral-reefs-reaching-point-no-return/
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Re: It shouldn't be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids
« Reply #10478 on: January 14, 2018, 06:22:24 AM »
I know evangelicals who have a dozen kids. Celebrities who accept the karma of fame have to put up with public opinion. Less public people can do what they want and nobody gets to vote on it.

So what if they have five kids? I'd rather see five kids raised in a loving home by two parents with plenty to eat, here in the USA, than six kids raised by Nigerians looking to get a raft ride across the Mediterranean. That's the AVERAGE number of children there, fwiw.

If you want a real treat, go visit the thread on r/collapse Knarf pulled this link from and read the comment stream.  The Nihilists & Misanthropes are out in force.

https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/7q519f/it_shouldnt_be_taboo_to_criticize_parents_for/

My stream is at the bottom and minimized.  I've been downvoted to oblivion. -8 last I checked.  lol.

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My son, who is now 42, has been married for 16 years. He is a devout Christian as is his wife. They decided to have two children and then to stop. He has a successful home rental business, and I assume he is making a fair amount of money. His wife wanted a big family, so what they did is adopt 5 children. With their care, shelter and love, these children have gone from being lost, to having a fulfilling childhood, and adolescence.
  In the article posted yesterday
It shouldn't be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids
  A bullet point was "In August of last year, New York Magazine published an article claiming we are living through a mass extinction. The article claimed that the earth will be uninhabitable within 100 years due to various consequences of climate change, food shortages and economic and political instability.

In fact, Stephen Hawking has encouraged humanity to find a new home within 100 years in order to survive. He cites "climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth" as reasons for this abbreviated timeline."

  For whatever reasons people who have more than their share of children are disregarding these dire warnings. They seem to need to reproduce according to their nuclear family extravaganza conditioning, again, whatever that might be, poor or middle class, or rich. To begin to reduce the world population by self control, and knowledge that we can not take care and feed and shelter 10 billion people as the SHTF. We now have a much more important agenda than making ourselves "happy" by having more than our share of children.
  Moreover, are there any problems within our global community that would not be ameliorated by having fewer children, or no children?
1. Pollution
2. Wars for energy/resources
3. Fresh water shortages
4. Food shortages
5. Orphaned children
6. Epidemics/pandemics
7. Overall quality of life issues/ health/ wellness/ shelter/
8. Welfare and other subsides and installments
9. Plant and animal extinction

  One could argue that as long as you can have the children and pay for their care that it is nobody's business but your own how many children you have. However this is more of the "I got me mine" mentality that results in the kind of disparities that have become more exaggerated over time, not only in our country but once egalitarian countries around the world. This leads to the vast wealth inequality that perpetuates multi generational extremes in wealth and poverty.
  Unfortunately, it is usually the very people who, through manifest destiny ideology, monopolize resources who decry population control measures, such as birth control and abortion. The impoverished are expected to refrain from exercising primal sexual instincts even while the well-heeled can indulge with abandon and are not required to exercise the same level of self restraint. This double standard simply encourages procreation on the part of those least capable of bearing the consequences. Then the wealthy feel entirely justified in complaining about having to pay taxes to support families that should never been encouraged/forced to carry pregnancies to term. This is especially true now in the U.S. as a result of the opioid crisis which has effectively dumped 10's of thousands of orphaned/neglected children into an already inadequate foster care system in the past ten years.
  Anyone who has ever raised livestock can see in action the all-consuming urge to reproduce. Though we would like to think that we have somehow risen above our furry and feathered friends we are, after all, just animals and less evolved than we would like to think. Yet we intellectualize our animal instincts and make excuses for them, even at the expense of future generations and the health of the planet on which all of us live. In nature, whenever there is overpopulation there is inevitable die-off.  So to the extent that we invite people to have large families we are dooming their children and great  grandchildren to cope with the repercussions. If you are into collapse and are excited by the notion that your descendants will suffer, having a big family is the right thing to do.
  The wealthy often think that their financial resources are permanent. This is simply not true, unless you're perhaps a Rothschild. Fortunes are made and lost as much through luck or the lack of it as by anything that we have conscience control over. If you think that the couple million dollars that you squirreled away will never be pissed away by frivolous descendants within a generation or two, or lost due to market forces, or stolen by an unscrupulous partner, you are delusional. Impermanence is the one certain thing in existence.  It is quite self important to believe that your children will be immune to suffering just because "you worked hard" for what you have. In the end, you're not necessarily doing them a favor by providing them with as many siblings as humanly possible.
  As Eddie told us he had a DNA kit to determine his genetics and ancestry. The search for our ancestors is growing exponentially. You can find many many many families back in the mid 1800's and before that had twelve kids, and that might have been OK when there were lots of resources and a high death rate. It has been pointed out that having fewer kids conserves more resources than any other action a person can take. So, to be a responsible steward of the planet, you have a choice between having lots of kids and raising them in as primitive conditions as possible, or having maybe one or two kids and raising them with all the conveniences and products that modern western culture affords. The third choice is to have only one or two children, or better still, adopt some, AND raise them simply, so that others may simply live.

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Re: It shouldn't be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids
« Reply #10479 on: January 14, 2018, 11:50:53 AM »
  A bullet point was "In August of last year, New York Magazine published an article claiming we are living through a mass extinction. The article claimed that the earth will be uninhabitable within 100 years due to various consequences of climate change, food shortages and economic and political instability.

There is no guarantee the planet will be uninhabitable in 100 years or that Homo Saps will go extinct in that time period.  However, we guarantee extinction if we don't reproduce.

Your son's choice to have 2 kids and then adopt is a good compromise solution on the birth end of the population equation.  However, we will need to increase the death rate in order to lower the population fast enough to prevent more damage to the environment.  By and large this will be taken care of by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they ride herd over humanity with War, Pestilence, Famine & Death.  This is the historically tried and true method of population control.


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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #10480 on: January 14, 2018, 02:51:47 PM »
However this is more of the "I got me mine" mentality that results in the kind of disparities that have become more exaggerated over time, not only in our country but once egalitarian countries around the world. This leads to the vast wealth inequality that perpetuates multi generational extremes in wealth and poverty.

I would argue that this statement  has no real factual basis and is in fact your bias talking.

Wealth inequality is primarily a result of the compounding of intergenerational wealth passed down by a handful of extremely affluent families. It has nothing much to do with any perceived "I got mine" mentality on the part of 90% or more of Americans.

This stance that people have a moral responsibility to have a certain size family is interesting from a demographic standpoint. That is, only people from relatively affluent cultures with universal public education happen to subscribe to it. Poor people from the third world don't. In other words it's a belief system limited primarily to intellectuals.

This is ironic, since such cultures inevitably eventually shrink in population anyway. The more educated and intellectual people become, the less likely they are to have a big family, and in fact birth rates are in decline in virtually every developed country in the world.

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #10481 on: January 14, 2018, 03:40:18 PM »
However this is more of the "I got me mine" mentality that results in the kind of disparities that have become more exaggerated over time, not only in our country but once egalitarian countries around the world. This leads to the vast wealth inequality that perpetuates multi generational extremes in wealth and poverty.

I would argue that this statement  has no real factual basis and is in fact your bias talking.

Wealth inequality is primarily a result of the compounding of intergenerational wealth passed down by a handful of extremely affluent families. It has nothing much to do with any perceived "I got mine" mentality on the part of 90% or more of Americans.

This stance that people have a moral responsibility to have a certain size family is interesting from a demographic standpoint. That is, only people from relatively affluent cultures with universal public education happen to subscribe to it. Poor people from the third world don't. In other words it's a belief system limited primarily to intellectuals.

This is ironic, since such cultures inevitably eventually shrink in population anyway. The more educated and intellectual people become, the less likely they are to have a big family, and in fact birth rates are in decline in virtually every developed country in the world.

There is more in the subtext of this debate when it comes to WHO should reproduce and who should not.

Overwhelmingly on most of the websites where this gets discussed is the REGRET that WHITE people aren't reproducing as fast as the BLACK & BROWN people!  The Shitholers are breeding like Rabbits, but Whitey isn't having enough kids!  lol.

Most of this of course is due to the cultural aspects of impoverished nations, versus the comfortable living arrangements in the 1st World countries.  Even if you distributed out free contraceptives to everybody, I doubt this would change much.

However, at least in the near term this high brith rate in the 3rd World is likely to get hammered by a very high death rate, balancing things out some.  In the end though, what survivors there are from the Knockdown will be determined mainly by where they live and if the climate remains suitable for farming or H-G living, rather than the Melanin quantity in their skin.

For any group of survivors, they will need people of reproductive age to maintain the species.  Once the population dwindles sufficiently and the amenities of Industrial living are no longer available, the birth rates should be about the same as those in the 3rd World now.  Child mortality and early Death will be much more common as well.

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Government to resume processing DACA renewals, citing judge’s ruling
« Reply #10482 on: January 14, 2018, 03:43:00 PM »
 The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday it would resume processing renewal applications for young undocumented immigrants seeking protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The Trump administration announced in September that it would eliminate DACA, which protects people who were illegally brought to the United States as children — so-called Dreamers — from being deported. The administration said at the time it did not have the authority to administer the program and it was up to Congress to make it law.

 But on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that the Trump administration's decision to eliminate DACA was based on a shoddy legal argument and called the move "arbitrary" and "capricious."

Ruling in favor of the University of California, Alsup ordered the government to resume DACA renewal applications while challenges to the September order work their way through the courts.

The White House and President Donald Trump initially blasted the decision. But in a statement Saturday, DHS said: "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017."

A bipartisan group of Senators had been working on a compromise legislative solution with Trump to protect the estimated 700,000 Dreamers covered under DACA. But it's not clear where negotiations stand after Trump allegedly made vulgar and derisive comments about accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" during a meeting Thursday with senators at the White House.

 As the fallout from the president's comments continued into the weekend, Trump tweeted twice on Saturday morning, blaming Democrats for the absence of a deal as a potential government shutdown looms.

 He then tweeted again on Sunday morning, claiming DACA is "probably dead" despite the judge's ruling prompting the U.S. to resume accepting renewal applications, and claiming he wants an immigration system based on merit.

During the now-infamous bipartisan meeting on the subject, Trump reportedly called for the U.S. to accept more immigrants from Norway, rather than Haiti and African countries.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/government-resume-processing-daca-renewals-citing-judge-s-ruling-n837566
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'S---hole' projected onto Trump hotel
« Reply #10483 on: January 14, 2018, 03:44:29 PM »


The word “shithole” was projected onto President Trump’s D.C. hotel Saturday.

Video shows the word, along with the poop emoji, being projected onto the property.

“Pay Trump bribes here,” “emoluments welcome” and “we are all responsible to stand up and end white supremacy” were also projected onto the building.

Trump has faced intense backlash for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration this week.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, before suggesting that the U.S. bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

The White House initially did not deny that Trump made the remarks, but Trump later disputed the reports on Twitter.

Lawmakers, media figures and world leaders have all decried Trump’s comments. The African Union, representing all 55 African countries, demanded Saturday that Trump apologize for the remarks.

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« Reply #10484 on: January 14, 2018, 03:46:30 PM »
Saw that. I'm sure Trump wants the CIA to disappear that guy. He better watch his ass.
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