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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, fired by Trump, twice refused to resign

09.07.2020 16:18

Berman’s sudden departure last month created a political maelstrom in Washington because he was overseeing the investigation of a Trump associate.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Ft. Lauderdale Police Chief Out After Officers Fired Rubber Bullets, Laughing At Protesters

09.07.2020 15:17

A peaceful protester was hit in the face, breaking her eye socket.

Tags: Fire, Police
From: www.forbes.com

Caesars employees will be taken off schedule if they don't get tested for COVID-19

09.07.2020 13:44

Workers at Caesars Palace, Paris, Flamingo, Harrah's and Nobu have until July 17 to get tested. And if they can be fired if they don't wear masks.

From: rssfeeds.usatoday.com

Late Seoul mayor was outspoken liberal who eyed presidency

09.07.2020 13:08


Park Won-soon, the three-term mayor of South Korea's capital, a fierce critic of economic inequality who was seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2022, was found dead early Friday. Police said Park’s body was found near a restaurant nestled in wooded hills stretching across northern Seoul after a more than seven-hour search involving hundreds of police officers, firefighters, drones and dogs. The Seoul Metropolitan Government earlier said Park did not come to work on Thursday and had canceled his schedule for the day.

From: news.yahoo.com

Tucker Carlson Finds Tammy Duckworth ‘Unimpressive.’ So Who Does He Find ‘Impressive’?

09.07.2020 12:51


Nearly all of the attention is focused on Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson calling Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth—an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs in combat—a “coward” and a “fraud” who “hates America,” but don’t forget: He also called her an “unimpressive person.”If you have the unfortunate brain rot that comes with working in, regularly covering, or watching cable news then you likely recognize “unimpressive” as one of the insults most frequently deployed by Carlson in his nightly unhinged-paleoconservatism-but-with-boyish-charm diatribes. A common setup during Carlson’s rants about various Fox News bogeymen and women—Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, James Comey, various CNN anchors, take a guess and you’re probably right—is to tell viewers that they are “expected” to find this villain “impressive” but, Carlson assures you, they are “not impressive.” The barb is sometimes airdropped, almost like a tic, into the middle of sentences (“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—not impressive—has imposed…”). Immigrants, whom Carlson has made a career of terrifying the Fox audience over, are frequently divided into two camps: those who “impress” Tucker Carlson and those who are “unimpressive.” Pro-immigration activists, the Fox host repeatedly tells his audience, will “lecture” you that all immigrants “are so much more impressive than you are,” but, alas, Carlson sneers, many are not.Schools (Northwestern University), generalized groups (“the ruling class,” “U.S. intel agencies,” “college administrators,” a nebulous “they” after a long, labyrinthian tirade that only loosely identifies some possible targets), and newspapers (The New York Times) have also been “unimpressive” to King Tucker, the prep-school educated son of a former media executive and a frozen-dinner fortune heiress. Some people are categorized with a damning modifier: “Formerly impressive.”In fact, the act of being “unimpressive” in Tucker Carlson’s eyes is so often used as an insult that it’s safe to assume that somewhere in the Fox star’s life someone told him he was “not impressive” and it was the most withering critique he’d ever heard.But the perennial cable-news star has never given any standard of what actually constitutes impressiveness or who the people he finds so deeply unimpressive are actually supposed to impress. And so one can’t help but wonder: Who or what does the perpetually unimpressed Tucker Carlson actually find impressive?Oftentimes Carlson finds people “impressive” as a form of mockery, usually delivered with his trademark shit-eating grin—snarking that Michael Bloomberg is just “so impressive,” or deadpanning that Chelsea Clinton is “more impressive than you are” for having attended Stanford. And, of course, there was the time in 2017 when he trollishly joked that Trump staring at the solar eclipse without protective eyewear was “perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done.”But believe it or not, some animals, places, and people not named Tammy Duckworth have managed to impress him. Based on a review of his show’s transcripts, here are the many things that Tucker Carlson has declared “impressive,” broken down and categorized into a guide for how you, too, could one day impress him.The least surprising way to impress Tucker Carlson is to be his friend or ideological ally: * Rush Limbaugh. * Mike Lindell, the MyPillow guy and pretty much the only remaining advertiser on Carlson’s show. * Peter Thiel. * Brett Kavanaugh. * Ryan Cleckner, a columnist for The Federalist. * Ayaan Hirsi Ali. * Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James. * Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs guy and frequent Fox News guest. * Charles Krauthammer, the late conservative commentator. * Harry Kazianis, head of the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Zionist foreign-policy advocacy group. * Daniel Turner, head of a dark money anti-environmentalist group called Power the Future. * Ret. Gen. John Kelly (in June 2018; no word on how Carlson feels about him now that Trump hates him). * The Harvard Law School Class of 1991, which included Justice Neil Gorsuch. * Ryan Wolfe, a conservative Wake Forest student who said he was harassed at school for his views. * Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, for organizing “the largest conservative rally in the history of Portland” in 2017 (Gibson and some other far-right activists were charged last year in a violent altercation outside a cidery).You can also impress Tucker Carlson by being a Fox News colleague who does something neat: * Fox anchor Bret Baier, for writing a book about Reagan’s 1988 speech at Moscow State University. * Dion Baia, a Fox News audio technician, for writing a detective novel. * Fox reporter Mike Tobin, for hiking to the summit of Mount Aconcagua. * Now-former Fox host Ed Henry’s mom, for being a good cook.You could even be a political foe who does something Tucker Carlson finds impressive but, in the end, his admiration feels more like the setup for an insult: * Dr. Anthony Fauci, an “impressive person,” to be sure, but also “wrong.” * Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for being “bold” against the Democratic establishment (but elsewhere, he says, “she’s not impressive, she’s awful”). * Elizabeth Warren’s 2003 book, The Two-Income Trap, “was impressive,” he admits, but she got “infected with a virulent strain of identity politics” and “like tertiary syphilis, it drove her insane.” * Nancy Pelosi, for managing “to hold Democrats together for the health-care vote.” * Vladimir Putin, for “playing ice hockey at whatever age he is.” * Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin, who, according to Carlson, “seems” to suck less than the usual Democratic mayors. * Madeleine Albright, “impressive” by being a “great bureaucrat.” * Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “speaking Norwegian and playing piano.” * Ronan Farrow’s act of taking his Harvey Weinstein reporting away from liberal NBC. * David Campos, a Santa Clara County official, who Carlson notes is among the “impressive” immigrants.Or you could be a collection of people or a species that does something that manages to impress him: * Iran, “in some ways,” because it is sophisticated, unlike “the chintzy prefab capitals of the Arab world like Riyadh or Dubai.” * The state of New Hampshire, for its high SAT scores and low crime rate. * The American cigar industry, “which is vibrant and impressive.” * The U.S. women’s national soccer team’s record-setting 13-0 victory over Thailand. * Raccoons, “one of the most impressive and underrated animals.” * Dandelions, for being a completely edible superfood, from flower to root.But it seems there is only one surefire method to achieve instant “impressive” status in the eyes of Tucker Carlson. You must be a Fox News star who is good at trivia: * Fox host Greg Gutfeld, for handily defeating Jesse Watters in a trivia segment. * Fox host Lou Dobbs, for correctly answering which NFL jersey Garth Brooks fans mistook for a liberal political endorsement by the country singer. * Fox host Jesse Watters, on several nights, for winning multiple trivia segments. * Fox host Kennedy, for beating colleague Janice Dean in a trivia segment. * Sean Spicer, for correctly answering what title Gov. Gavin Newsom bestows upon his spouse instead of “first wife.” * Fox host Carley Shimkus, for correctly answering the limit to how many kids Prince Harry plans to have. * Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, for correctly answering what type of food the Biden campaign spent more than $12,000 on. * Fox correspondent Lauren Blanchard, for correctly naming the dog that won the 2019 Westminster Dog Show. * Fox reporter Mike Emanuel, for correctly answering how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut ate in the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Chrome and Firefox are getting support for the new AVIF image format

09.07.2020 11:17

After Netflix, Windows 10, VLC, and a few image editors, the new AVIF image format is coming to web browsers.

From: www.zdnet.com

Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19

09.07.2020 10:56


Brazil must take emergency measures to protect its Indigenous communities from the novel coronavirus, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on July 8.Justice Luis Roberto Barroso gave the Brazilian government just three days to establish a crisis response team. The team must get check points installed on Indigenous lands - with military support if necessary - to prevent outsiders from entering without permission and to test for COVID-19. Within a month, the government must issue a comprehensive pandemic plan to stop trespassing on Indigenous territory – which potentially exposes residents to the virus – and provide health care for all Indigenous peoples. The order responded to a June 29 petition filed by a Brazilian indigenous rights organization and six political parties asserting that COVID-19 could lead to a “genocide” of Brazil’s already at-risk Indigenous population.Data from the pandemic shows that Indigenous Brazilians are getting sick and dying at higher rates than the general population. Most of Brazil’s roughly 896,000 Indigenous people live in the Amazon region, where the nearest hospital may be days away by boat and offer limited care. Indigenous Brazilians also have high rates of malnutrition, anemia and obesity - risk factors for severe COVID-19. As of July 8, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 8,098 COVID-19 infections among Indigenous people and 184 deaths. The National Committee for Indigenous Life and Memory, an advocacy group for Indigenous people during the pandemic, estimates more than 12,000 infections and 446 deaths. For Native communities with just a few hundred or thousand members, that’s an existential threat. At current rates of infection, 5,600 Indigenous Yanomami people – or 40% of their entire population – could get COVID-19, according to Brazil’s Indigenous Environmental Institute. What is genocideBrazil’s uncontained coronavirus outbreak is just the latest deadly threat to Indigenous people under President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Since taking office in January 2018, Bolsonaro has dismantled environmental protections for the Amazon, allowing deforestation and wildfires to spike. He has also curtailed the land rights of Indigenous people and turned a blind eye to illegal mining, logging and farming operations on their territory. The president’s policies and rhetoric toward Indigenous Brazilians are so hostile that they essentially amount to an extermination campaign, our research finds. In late 2019, two leading Brazilian human rights organizations argued to the International Criminal Court of the United Nations that the right-wing leader was “inciting genocide” against Indigenous people.That case is still pending, but under international law, the crime of genocide requires “intent to destroy, in whole or in part,” a group based on their nationality, ethnicity, race or religion – not explicit mass killing. Causing serious harm to a population and destroying their way of life can constitute genocide. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]As scholars of mass atrocity prevention and Indigenous rights, we have watched with alarm the warning signs that a slow genocide was underway in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. Then came COVID-19, which is killing Indigenous people by the hundreds. Warning signsIn theory, many Brazilian Indigenous people should be able to escape COVID-19 exposure. An estimated 10,000 live in voluntary isolation across the Amazon, separated from broader Brazilian society. Many others have only limited contact with the outside world. Their rights to self-determination and isolation are confirmed by two international agreements on indigenous rights, both of which Brazil signed. In recent years, however, loggers, miners and farmers have aggressively violated these land rights and begun operating in the Amazon, sometimes with the Bolsonaro government’s explicit endorsement. The illegal land grabs have worsened during the pandemic, as the world’s attention turned away from the Amazon. The number of non-Indigenous gold miners working on Indigenous lands in Brazil increased from 4,000 in 2018 to over 20,000 so far in 2020. Beyond bringing the coronavirus into isolated communities, such incursions endanger the very survival of Indigenous Brazilians.Indigenous people have lived in the Amazon for centuries, protecting the rainforest in a manner that not only supported their traditional way of life but also protected this global natural resource. Historically, they could count on at least minimal government regulations intended to defend the Amazon rainforest, though deforestation has long been a challenge.Bolsonaro does not believe in defending the Amazon or its inhabitants. One of his first acts in office was to slash environmental protections. Deforestation of the Amazon has increased 34% since 2018, according to the Brazilian Amazon monitoring program. On Indigenous lands it is up almost 80%.Illegal property seizure and rights violations like those experienced by Indigenous Brazilians are known warning signs of genocide. So is the physical destruction of a persecuted group’s homeland. According to the UN, “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part” constitutes genocide. Denying the humanity of a group is another frequent precursor to genocide, history shows. Before the Holocaust, for example, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Bolsonaro has not gone so far as to characterize Indigenous Brazilians as vermin. But he refers to them using derogatory language. “The Indians do not speak our language, they do not have money, they do not have culture,” he told Campo Grande newspaper in 2015, when he was still a congressman. Earlier this year, Bolsonaro said Indigenous people exposed to the outside world are “increasingly becoming human beings, like us.” A preventable atrocityLand grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can happen that way: They are processes, not sudden, isolated events. Risk factors and warning signs can smolder for years in a country. Then a “trigger” like COVID-19 ignites them, resulting in mass death. The Supreme Court’s 40-plus page emergency ruling makes no mention of genocide. However, its quick issuance and strict deadlines acknowledge the urgency of the situation facing Brazil. Compliance is not guaranteed. The Bolsonaro administration has ignored past court rulings related to Indigenous rights, with only occasional fines as a consequence. But by ordering emergency protections, Justice Barroso demonstrated that at least one branch of Brazil’s government accepts its responsibility to protect its people - all of them - from a preventable atrocity. This is an updated version of an article first published on July 7.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. * Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has coronavirus – what it could mean for him politically * Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hopeThe authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Melania Trump heartbreak: Wooden sculpture of First Lady set on fire in Slovenia

09.07.2020 10:28

A WOODEN statue of Melania Trump near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, has been removed after being set on fire on US Independence Day.

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'Thank you NHS' Spitfire to be covered in 80,000 names of Covid-19 heroes

09.07.2020 7:08

An iconic blue Spitfire emblazoned with the words "Thank U NHS" will fly over hospitals while displaying the names of 80,000 people who helped during the pandemic.

From: www.standard.co.uk

The Londoner: Ofcom blasted over race 'toxicity' in broadcasting

09.07.2020 6:18

In today's Diary: Ofcom under fire over diversity / Michael Sheen's bruising supermarket encounter / Armando Iannucci on what Malcolm Tucker would be doing / No weirdos in hunt for Sedwill replacement

Tags: Fire, London
From: www.standard.co.uk

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