Thursday, August 31, 2017
Italians fined for urinating on Cinque Terre sea
Young people will have to pay 3 thousand euros each for breach of decorum
Two Italians were fined three thousand euros after being caught peeing on the Vernazza sea pier, one of the cities belonging to the famous Cinque Terre area in Italy.
Last weekend, the young people attended a party in Monterosso and before returning home, late in the evening, they decided to urinate in the sea, in an isolated area on the fishermen's wharf.
The Italians, however, were surprised by the Carabinieri (Italian police) who applied the fine. "We thought we would not be seen, we did not know where to go." At that time the bars were almost all closed and we believed that urinating at sea was the most natural thing that could be done, "said the young people.
"When we read the fine - exactly three thousand euros for each one - we did not want to believe, but even more incredible was the motivation, which reports a breach of public decorum," they concluded.
Harvey weakens', but new hurricane forms
A new hurricane formed in the Atlantic Ocean and was classified in category 2, from a scale up to 5, with vines of 160 km / h.
According to US experts, the phenomenon, called "Irma," could further damage Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, which were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the ground six days ago and was considered the The last decade.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Macron needs more than makeup to be the new De Gaulle
Emmanuel Macron’s legendary luck has fallen foul of his “look”. The Elysée Palace admitted yesterday that France’s youngest leader since Napoleon spent €26,000 (£24,000) on “cosmetic services” in his first three months in office. Why, one wonders, does a 39-year-old president need to spend more than €250 a day on makeup and makeup artists? It is not as if Macron has made multiple appearances on television or in public.
Previous presidents spent far more on their hair and faces, the palace points out. Yes, but Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande got out more and gave more media interviews. Macron has been a rather unseen president – deliberately so. He set out in May to revive the Olympian conception of the French presidency devised by Charles de Gaulle. He wanted to differentiate himself from Sarkozy (too frantic) and Hollande (too chummy). He would be a Jupiterian president, in command but not responsible for “events, dear boy, events”. He would not appear at every helicopter crash (Sarko) or constantly pop up on the TV news
This grandfatherly pose worked well for De Gaulle in his 70s but not for a step-grandfather still in his late 30s. Macron’s approval rating has fallen in three months to around 36% – further and faster than Donald Trump’s or those of any recent newly elected French president.
The makeup story may seem trivial in itself but it catches Macron on his weaker side. He was already dismissed by nonbelievers as a poseur, as a vain young man in a hurry rather than a pragmatic messiah capable of reforming France and rescuing Europe. The bill – mostly the cost of hiring hairdressers and makeup artists for his foreign visits – is modest compared with the beauty budget of a top actor or supermodel. All the same, a €250 a day bill for making-up a handsome young president is unlikely to impress those on the French minimum wage of around €350 a week. They may see the cosmetics bill as the price of a return to a preening, monarchical, rather than Gaullist-Olympian, model of the presidency.
The collapse in Macron’s ratings should be put in context. He scored 66% against the far-right leader Marine Le Pen in May in the second round of the presidential elections but much of that vote was anti-Le Pen rather than pro-Macron. In the first round, he scored 34% per cent – roughly his present rating.
The meltdown in his popularity is worrying all the same. It is traditional for the French to vote for “reform” in the abstract but to detest politicians who try to impose “reforms” in the particular. But Macron and his prime minister, Édouard Philippe, have scarcely started on their ambitious plans to bend French labour laws to make room for the unemployed (9.6%) while protecting the employed. An autumn of discontent looms.
Macron became president by a series of bold decisions but also through an extraordinary pattern of lucky breaks. Has his luck run out? He was unlucky to be presented in June with a unexpected hidden €9bn bill for keeping France within the eurozone deficit guidelines. His government’s handling of emergency spending cuts has been clumsy.
Above all, Macron has been awol domestically – at least in terms of presentation of policy to the public. On the same day that the makeup story broke, the Elysée let it be known that Macron intended to step down from the clouds and “communicate” a little more with his people.
The De Gaulle model of an aloof presidency worked for De Gaulle because he was the nation’s wartime saviour. It began to wear thin under François Mitterrand and fell apart under Jacques Chirac. Macron was foolish to think that he could revive it in the age of Twitter and 24-hour news.
To restore his lost momentum and political capital, he will need more than cosmetics.
While Americans Focus On A Category 4 Hurricane, Trump Does His Dirty Work
As a Category 4 hurricane rapidly approached the coast of Texas on Friday night ― causing millions to run for their lives and worry for their homes, their pets, their family photos, their property and their livelihoods ― President Donald Trump escaped to Camp David, where he unleashed his own storm of controversial news, seemingly hoping no one would notice.
Trump signed a memo banning transgender individuals from newly enlisting in the military and pardoned a former sheriff with a history of racist actions. One of his most controversial advisers resigned, and his administration teased they’d end a program that could put many young undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. These controversial announcements all came as Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The barrage of news coming from the White House, with each story notable in its own right, illustrated both an administration prone to crisis and ill-equipped to handle them, whether natural or self-made.
The U.S. news was largely dominated by Hurricane Harvey throughout the day Friday, as the storm quickly escalated from Category 2 to Category 4, with winds escalating to 130 miles per hour. Millions of Texans were urged to flee their homes, with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott encouraging people to evacuate even if it wasn’t mandatory.
“It is not hyperbole to say that if the forecast verifies, Texas is about to experience one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the state,” Abbott said Friday in a written request for Trump to declare a major disaster.
Trump wished Texans “good luck” as he departed the White House on Friday for Camp David in Maryland. But he and his administration seemed eager to use the natural disaster as a distraction.
Just after 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Military Times reported that Trump signed a memo banning transgender men and women from enlisting in the military. The presidential memo also tasks Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with determining whether to remove already enlisted transgender individuals from service, and it bars the military from funding gender confirmation surgery.
Trump’s initial announcement that transgender individuals wouldn’t be allowed to serve, made in a July 26 series of tweets with no input from the Department of Defense, was widely criticized by military officials, members of the armed forces and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
Then, just after 8 p.m., the White House issued a statement that Trump had pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. Arpaio had been found in contempt of court for violating a judge’s order and unlawfully detaining individuals his officers claimed might be in the country illegally. He became infamous for making inmates in his jails wear pink underwear and sleep in tents when temperatures at times topped 110 degrees.
Trump and Arpaio worked together to try to disprove Barack Obama’s ability to serve as president, with Arpaio leading an “investigation” into the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate that Trump once praised as “successful.” In his statement Friday, Trump called Arpaio a “worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the first of Trump’s presidency.
Trump does have the constitutional authority to issue pardons, but the timing of Arpaio’s pardon caused many to question Trump’s priorities.
Trump’s pardon, given to a man widely seen as racist, came at a time when many are still criticizing the president’s response to the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump’s initial unwillingness to explicitly condemn racists was so widely panned that Trump felt a need to defend his responses in a 20-minute rant at a Phoenix rally Tuesday.
And according to WTSP’s Noah Pransky and CNN, Trump deliberately timed the announcement of Arpaio’s pardon to come Friday evening ― Arpaio’s lawyer found out about the pardon at 3 p.m. Friday, and the announcement wasn’t made until 8 p.m. Eastern time, a full five hours later and a mere 30 minutes after Hurricane Harvey was upgraded to a Category 4 storm.
Trump teased the pardon of Arpaio on Tuesday night at the Phoenix rally but said he wouldn’t grant the pardon then because he didn’t “want to cause any controversy.”
Also late Friday, it was announced that Sebastian Gorka, a controversial adviser to Trump, had left his White House job.
There were also reports throughout Friday afternoon that Trump was considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which would strip legal work permits from hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
In any other administration, any one of these announcements could have dominated the news cycle for days. In the Trump era, however, it appears every action was taken to ensure these decisions would be buried by Saturday, when the destruction of Harvey takes over.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Trump is the wrong man for the right job
President Trump's administration isn't even fully staffed yet, but after seven bizarre and (mostly) forgettable months it's already finished.
This is not a snarky premature conclusion courtesy of a paid-up member of the lamestream media like yours truly.
It is the assessment of Trump's own erstwhile chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who recently told The Weekly Standard that "the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over." It is also the conclusion of Julius Krein, the founder and editor-in-chief of American Affairs, a quarterly magazine dedicated to promulgating an intellectual version of post-liberal Trumpian conservatism.
In an op-ed for The New York Times last week, Krein announced that he regrets having voted for Trump — and having defended him at length in person, in print, on television, and on the radio.
In his piece, Krein cited the administration's fumbling of health care and taxes and lack of interest in trade and immigration as well as Trump's moronic response to the terrorist attack in Charlottesville among his reasons for disavowing the president.
Not making the list was foreign policy, where Krein argued that "nothing disastrous has occurred … yet." This was, strictly speaking, true insofar as bombing our would-be "natural ally" Bashar al-Assad and making lurid threats of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula are not disasters.
But I think it's safe to say that for those who hoped that a smarter, less bellicose, and more humane foreign policy would emerge out of Trump's hazy rhetoric about abandoning nation-building, that fearsome floating conjunction has arrived.
When the president announced on Monday night that after months of consultation with his generals and what he seemed to regard as a period of private study (the mind reels) he had arrived at … exactly the same position as his two predecessors on the subject of Afghanistan — namely, interminable, aimless war.
It is worth asking, I think, why Krein had such high hopes for the Trump administration.
He was not alone. F.H. Buckley, a professor of law at George Mason University who has argued in favor of single-payer health care in the pages of the New York Post, was an early backer of Trump. The essayist Helen Andrews, whose personal brand of illiberal reactionary politics is unclassifiable, defended Trump against the charge that he would govern as a tyrant, contrasting him favorably with FDR. Michael Anton, a former speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice and contributor to the Journal of American Greatness blog, a forerunner of American Affairs, wrote an essay for the Claremont of Review of Books in support of Trump's candidacy that eventually secured him a position in the Trump White House.
What did Krein and others see in Trump that made them think that he would not only be preferable to Hillary Clinton — not exactly a difficult position for any opponent of abortion capable of arithmetic to arrive at — but a better president than any of his numerous opponents during the GOP primary?
For his supporters, Trump's candidacy represented a marked and necessary shift away from many things the Republican Party has long stood for both in the popular imagination and in Washington.
Instead of boring audiences to death with summaries of his 60-point Heritage Foundation-approved plans for unleashing the dynamic genius of entrepreneurship upon the nation's unemployed and drug addicted and otherwise immiserated, he promised infrastructure spending and an end to multilateral trade deals.
Rather than empty gestures about health-savings accounts he insisted that he would replace the Affordable Care Act with something better. In lieu of the usual verbal acrobatics that ultimately amount to a brief for cutting taxes for the wealthy, he straightforwardly suggested that it might be a good idea to raise them.
He demanded the shoring up of entitlement programs rather than a scaling back of benefits or a rise in the minimum retirement age. On social issues he suggested compromise rather than pretend, as so many of his blue-blazered predecessors have done, that he is a pious family man. He gave the impression, in other words, that he was going to govern as a very different kind of Republican.
All of this existed only at the level of a fantasy. It was never going to be possible for Trump to govern as a socially quasi-conservative but economically moderate or progressive president when the two major political parties in Congress are committed to barely distinguishable blends of neoliberalism.
Some members of Congress care genuinely about abortion one way or another; a few more are permitted to agitate on behalf of other boutique causes. Nearly all of them want to fight more wars and increase GDP at the expense of solidarity and the livelihood of the marginalized.
But far from being a silver-tongued diplomat who could reach a bipartisan consensus and pass useful legislation that would be welcomed by a majority of Americans, Trump is an intemperate boor who gets along with almost no one — not members of either party in Congress, not even important figures in his administration. He is the wrong man for the right job, one that shows no sign of ever being done.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Trump sends more troops to Afghanistan and changes strategy
US President Increased Against Pakistan
US President Donald Trump will send four thousand more troops to Afghanistan in a new military strategy to combat terrorism and help stabilize the country, the White House said. "I expected to withdraw all the troops and I always like to follow my instincts, but I learned that the decisions are very different when you sit at the Oval Office table," said the Republican tycoon.
According to Trump, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would create a vacuum of power, which would be used by "terrorists, including the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda." The president, however, avoided making promises regarding the exact number of troops to be sent to Afghanistan, as well as the duration of the new operation.
"We've talked a number of times about how it's counterproductive for the US to announce in advance the dates they want to begin or end military operations. We will not talk about numbers of soldiers or our plans," he said.
Trump's new policy for Afghanistan also foresees changes in the relationship between the US and Pakistan, which has always been seen as a controversial partner in the fight against terrorism. "Pakistan has a lot to gain by collaborating with our efforts in Afghanistan and much to lose by continuing to protect terrorists," the Republican said in a speech broadcast from Fort Myer military base in Virginia.
The Afghan government reacted well to the announcement. "Afghan civilians heard exactly what they wanted," said the ambassador in Washington, Hamdullah Mohib. But the Taliban reacted and made new threats to the United States.
"Until you have an American soldier on our land, and America continues its war policy, we will take our jihad against them with determination," the group said in a statement.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
No president of the United States was properly holy. Barack Obama, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, failed to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo and was a champion in the use of drones in military operations.
Bill Clinton, responsible for the country's longest prosperity, lied to cover up an extramarital affair. Richard Nixon resigned to escape an impeachment, for involvement in espionage of the opposing party's campaign committee, at the Watergate Hotel.
None was holy. But they all assumed the Presidency aware that they should represent balance and balance in a diverse country. It did not always seem simple or obvious. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks perpetrated by Muslim Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush was made public by avoiding polarization and prejudice.
"Those who do evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah," Bush said. "We respect your faith. "By serving as a reserve and a moral lantern, the occupants of the White House have historically fulfilled their obligation to keep the country together. Any lessDonald Trump . He is the first American president who is not, and does not want to be, a breakeven . Trump lacks the qualification to run the most powerful country in the world.
The reaction to the bombings in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Barcelona, Spain, served to unambiguously confirm the moral incapacity of Trump. Three hours after a van ran over 100 tourists in Barcelona (17), leaving 13 dead, the president published on Twitter:
"The United States condemns the terrorist attack in Spain and will do whatever it takes to help. Be strong, we love you. " When a car hit more than 20 protesters in the state of Virginia on day 12, Trump's short, nervous fingers took hours to tweet. Other Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, current Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, and even First Lady Melania Trump, have chosen to speak openly about the situation. They used hashtags and words like "Nazi", "KKK", "Charlottesville" and "intolerance", adopted by those who witnessed the violence near Virginia University. When he tweeted about Charlottesville,
Trump was much more reticent. "Condolences to the young woman's family today and greetings to all the wounded in Charlottesville, Virginia. That sad!"
Pressed for his shameful conviction, Trump on Monday (14) left Twitter and spoke at the White House. He pulled a sheet of paper from his left breast pocket and read, "We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this display of hatred, stupidity, and violence." The next day, however, Trump was again Trump. On a visit to New York, the president was questioned by journalists about the Charlottesville bombing. Trump spoke suddenly - and with his heart. Instead of speaking "we," as he had done in his speech, Trump turned to "I". From the collective, passed to the individual. From union, to segregation.
I think there is guilt on both sides. There were very bad people in that group. But you also had very good people. On both sides, "Trump said, in front of an audience baffled by what he was hearing. "There were good people there protesting the loss of a statue [the far-right protest in Charlottesville was against the removal of a statue of General Robert Lee, head of the Confederate Army in the American Civil War]. George Washington was a slave owner ... Let's take down the statues of George Washington? "Many attributed Trump's reaction to a tragedy in his own country to the sympathizers he collects in the group behind the attack: Right.
Trump was elected with the support of the far right. The Ku Klux Klan group (KKK) has expressed official support for the Republican Party candidate.
His campaign strategist was Steve Bannon, director of the post-truth and half-lies site Breitbart News, of far-right opinions, known for offensive headlines that promote racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas. With the election of Trump, Bannon became chief strategist of the White House and gained position until in the Council of National Security. On Friday (18), Bannon stepped down "by mutual agreement" - after pressure from other members of the administration over Charlottesville and internal disputes, prompted by an interview in which he unleashed his colleagues.
More than 30 million people watched the news program Vice News Tonight about the conflict in Charlottesville. The 22-minute report, which accompanied a group that participated in the demonstration against the removal of the statue of General Lee, was shared
on social networks. In the video, white supremacist Christopher Cantwell talks about the strategies of the extreme right-wing movement Unite the Right and makes statements like "we're not non-violent, let's kill these people if we need to" without blinking.
On Wednesday, Spotify removed dozens of songs from its streaming service - following a report by a journalist who pointed to the presence of 37 bands whose music incites hatred. Instead, Spotify has created a playlist called "Patriotic Passion." With songs ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Lady Gaga and encouraging tolerance to diversity, the patriotic playlist is described as "a soundtrack to an America worth fighting for." Spotify was being used by extreme-
Right to recruit sympathizers from musical preferences. The move shows how the network environment has become a contested territory for hearts and minds. "Social media allows long-standing local movements to expand, become national and even transnational," said David Leonard, a professor in the Department of Culture at the University of California, who studies issues of gender and race.
Trump came to the presidency of the United States as a pop politician, with the image built on a reality television show and simplistic ideas that fit the 140 characters of a tweet. But the network that serves as a platform for promotion can also be used to deal with it. On Saturday (12), former President Barack Obama published in his Twitter account a picture of him greeting a group of children by the window of a day care center (see below).
The photo was accompanied by a quote from former South African President Nelson Mandela, a major promoter of the idea of overcoming racism for reconciliation: "No one is born hating another person because of their skin color, their creations or their religion." Touite has become the most tanned in history, with over 4 million likes. For every torch of intolerance, there is a candle of hope.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
For 40 years, Elvis Presley, the 'King of Rock'
- It was late on August 16, 1977 when star Elvis Presley was found unconscious in the bathroom of his "Graceland" mansion in Memphis, United States. 40 years ago, the music world was not only losing one of the icons of rock and roll, but "The King".
Elvis' body was found by his fiancée Ginger Alden. At the time, several theories and rumors were spread. Some mentioned that Elvis had died a victim of an ordeal, others said that the king was alive and had assumed a false identity and, for unknown reasons, settled in another country.
Countless conspiracy theories tried to forge explanations for the death of the singer, including with the idea that he would have been poisoned. At the age of 42, Elvis had just over 20 career years, 61 albums and more than one billion albums sold worldwide when he was struck down by a heart attack.
At the funeral, Elvis Presley's body swept down the avenue that takes its name to the Forest Hills Cemetery. The coffin was buried in the family mausoleum, in a reserved ceremony.
A day later, on August 17, thousands of people gathered around their mansion to pay homage and bid farewell to the legendary singer.
Elvis was practically retired since 1972. Obese and addicted to drugs, he lived totally inmate. The last show of his career happened on June 25, 1977 in Indianapolis.
Its success was so much that it continues until today in the musical scene.
Elvis is considered the best selling artist of all time.
According to Forbes magazine, the "king" is the fourth deceased celebrity with highest revenue, about $ 27 million.
With unique voice and style, the rock star challenged the social and racial barriers of his era by playing blues, country, gospel and black music. Son of a trucker and a textile worker, Elvis was born on January 8, 1935 and raised in a two bedroom house in Tupelo, Mississippi.
In 1948, he moved to Memphis with his parents and graduated from high school. He recorded his first record at age 19 and almost instantly became a star. The star was married to Priscilla for six years until the couple divorced amicably in 1973. The two had a daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who became the wife of Michael Jackson.
His characteristic movement to dance earned him the nickname "Elvis, the Pelvis". Filled with style, charisma and sex appeal, Elvis has captured the hearts of millions of women. In addition, the "king of rock" has become a source of inspiration for several singers.
His songs have been reissued and reissued countless times since his death. Successes such as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Love me Tender" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight" are recognized worldwide.
In the 40 years of his death, it is estimated that more than 50,000 people will attend Graceland to pay homage to the singer.
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