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Саммит Эрдогана и Путина в зеркале западных СМИ

I’m sure this has nothing to do with Donald Trump, so don’t worry your little heads about it:

Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.
The FBI declined to comment and a spokesperson for The New York Times would not confirm the attacks or the investigation.
“Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems,” said New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. “There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won’t comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times.”


Trump’s new ad is the worst general election ‘dog whistle’ in nearly 30 years

Trump's Stance On Undocumented Immigrants

Donald Trump’s last stand is – like everything Trump has done since he birthered his way into conservative politics – all about winning over white people. Even his recent, sour attempts to win over black voters by trafficking in offensive racial stereotypes to white audiences in white suburbs are about getting the 62 percent or so… Continue Reading →


Our patent system is broken


Patents were originally granted as an incentive to inventors. Now it’s all gone terribly wrong:

The cost of dozens of brand-name drugs have nearly doubled in just the past five years. Public outrage over drug prices extends from Capitol Hill to the presidential candidates to patients. In response, pharmaceutical executives are spending more on lobbying and marketing. Yet for all this attention, most of the proposed solutions for reducing prescription drug costs—tougher negotiations, appeals for transparent R&D costs or investigations into insurers—miss one of the primary sources of the problem: the way we award patents.

Today, too many drug makers receive patents for unmerited and unjust reasons. Take, for example, the hepatitis C drug Harvoni®, which has one the largest sticker prices despite its origins in previously published information and compounds. In the last year, China and Ukraine have rejected patents for sofosbuvir, the base compound for Harvoni, on the grounds that it doesn’t deserve a patent. Or, take Baraclude, a hepatitis B drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb whose lowest known price in the U.S. a few years ago was $15,100. In a successful patent challenge that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, the generic drug maker Teva showed that the patent claim on the base compound in the brand name drug was invalid—which then allowed Teva to go on to offer a generic version for half the cost in the U.S. and for as low as $427 in the developing world by other companies.

While TV ads and sticker-shock pricing by major corporations would have us believe that every new drug they roll out is a breakthrough invention, the reality is that they are often playing games with the lax standards in the U.S. patent system.

In its current form, the TPP attempts to “fix” this problem by … imposing the same patent practices onto other countries.


More on the waterslide case

Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark

Tragedy struck last week for a Kansas family whose 10-year-old died during a ride on the world’s tallest waterslide. The accident occurred on the Verruckt, a raft-ride at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark in Kansas City, Kansas. While the park has reopened for business, the 168-foot slide remains closed during an ongoing investigation. The accident comes during a week when at least four amusement park accidents have left children aged 3 to 16 hospitalized.

According to media reports, the boy, who is the son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, died of neck trauma and possible decapitation. Two women in the same raft with Caleb Schwab were treated for facial injuries. The women were not related to the boy who was seated with them for the ride.

Verruckt has been open for two years at the Kansas City park, and has drawn some criticism for the straps that hold riders in the rafts being Velcro instead of buckles. During preliminary tests, sandbags used as dummies flew off the ride, prompting designers to change the descent angles and delay the opening.

The ride, which reaches speeds of up to 65 mph. during the 17-story drop, has a minimum height requirement of 54 inches. Two to three riders in a single raft must also meet a combined weight of 400-500 pounds. Riders must make reservations as a group and are given a specific ride time. However, there is also a stand by walk-up line for single riders and those unable to make a reservation.

With about 30,000 children suffering injuries each year at the nation’s amusement and water parks, the Schlitterbahn death and other recent accidents raise serious questions about safety and liability. Kansas statutes don’t specifically mention water slides, but permanent rides must be inspected at least once a year by a qualified individual. Schlitterbahn had passed previous state audits despite discrepancies in record-keeping.

The park has been sued for negligence at least three times in the past few years. Two of the suits involved another inner-tube water ride, but none of the suits have involved the Verruckt water slide. All were settled out of court for undisclosed terms.

Amusement park riders accept some responsibility in that they are expected to follow the posted rules and regulations. Where a ride states a specific height requirement or weight restriction; or advises riders with pre-existing medical conditions not to participate, it is axiomatic that the rider must faithfully abide by those conditions.

Personal injury attorney John Yannone commented, “Riders do not waive all liability claims simply because of posted ride regulations. While tort and liability laws vary across the nation, there are general legal assumptions that hold some universal applicability. In product liability law, one of the foremost principles is that the product is free of defects that may pose a hazard to health and life. A rider boarding a rollercoaster naturally assumes that the track, rollers, cars, and safety restraints have been designed and tested to protect her from injury or death.”

Therefore, when a serious accident like the one in Kansas City happens, both riders and owners must be looking to the law for guidance on liability. Already, media reports are surfacing of riders who complained about the Verruckt restraint system being too loose or failing. This could have a significant impact on Schlitterbahn’s liability in the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab.
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Why you should be worried about Trump’s new team

Nazi Trumps...

Pay attention, because this is the mainstreaming of the far right. When you have Steve Bannon, the Koch-funded Breitbart chief, running Trump’s campaign, there are forces behind the scenes everyday people can’t even imagine.

I don’t believe Trump can win. But I do believe he can start a race war, and that might be the agenda here.

The GOP is now, officially, the white nationalist party. All hands on deck!

Man in US killed in suspected ‘anti-Muslim hate crime’

Arab communities in the United States are in shock after a Lebanese-American man was shot and killed by a neighbour that had allegedly used violence and racial slurs against the family for years. Khalid Jabara, 37, was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday. The family’s neighbour, 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors,… Continue Reading →

That time Donald Trump had to tell the truth

Trump tax plan seen as boon for rich, question mark for others

It was at a 2007 deposition hearing:

The lawyer gave Donald Trump a note, written in Trump’s own handwriting. He asked Trump to read it aloud.

Trump may not have realized it yet, but he had walked into a trap.

“Peter, you’re a real loser,” Trump began reading.

The mogul had sent the note to a reporter, objecting to a story that said Trump owned a “small minority stake” in a Manhattan real estate project. Trump insisted that the word “small” was incorrect. Trump continued reading: “I wrote, ‘Is 50 percent small?’ ”

“This [note] was intended to indicate that you had a 50 percent stake in the project, correct?” said the lawyer.

“That’s correct,” Trump said.

For the first of many times that day, Trump was about to be caught saying something that wasn’t true.

. LAWYER: Mr. Trump, do you own 30 percent or 50 percent of the limited partnership?TRUMP: I own 30 percent.

It was a mid-December morning in 2007 — the start of an interrogation unlike anything else in the public record of Trump’s life.

Trump had brought it on himself. He had sued a reporter, accusing him of being reckless and dishonest in a book that raised questions about Trump’s net worth. The reporter’s attorneys turned the tables and brought Trump in for a deposition.

For two straight days, they asked Trump question after question that touched on the same theme: Trump’s honesty.

The lawyers confronted the mogul with his past statements — and with his company’s internal documents, which often showed those statements had been incorrect or invented. The lawyers were relentless. Trump, the bigger-than-life mogul, was vulnerable — cornered, out-prepared and under oath.

Thirty times, they caught him.

You’re shocked, right?

Governor Chris Christie - 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH #RNCinCLE

I had to laugh:

Gov. Chris Christie “flat out lied” about the involvement of one of his top aides in the George Washington Bridge scandal, according to a newly uncovered text message from another aide contained in a Bridgegate court filing.

During a December 2013 press conference, Christie was asked if he could “say with certainty” that no one on his staff was involved in the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge three months earlier.

Christie said he was certain — including his top aide and campaign manager, Bill Stepien.

“Oh yeah. I’ve spoken to Mr. Stepien, who’s the person in charge of the campaign, and he has assured me the same thing,” Christie said.

According to the filings, from Bridgegate defendant Bill Baroni, Christie aide Christina Renna then texted another Christie aide, Peter Sheridan.

“Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved,” Renna wrote.

“I’m listening… Gov is doing fine. Holding his own up there,” Sheridan responded.
“Yes. But he lied. And if emails are found with the subpoena or [Governor Christie’s re-election campaign ] emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad.”

Did Donald Trump invite NRA gun nuts to ‘take care of’ Clinton?

Donald Trump: Los amantes de las armas tienen en sus manos parar a Clinton #acn August 09, 2016 at 06:30PM

In his rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump once again went off script, this time inviting gun rights activists to take care of his Hillary Clinton problem. Speaking to an amped-up crowd about the differences between Clinton and himself, Trump declared, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment.” “And by the way, if she… Continue Reading →

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