Saturday, March 31, 2018

Jimmy Carter Zings Donald Trump: Apparently, America Wants A Jerk For President

“I never knew it before.”

Former President Jimmy Carter took a shot at President Donald Trump on Friday’s broadcast of “The Late Show.”
When host Stephen Colbert asked Carter if America does “want a jerk as president,” Carter replied: “Apparently, from this recent election, yes. I never knew it before.”
Colbert then asked Carter, 93, to name one of the most important qualities that is needed in the role of POTUS.
“I used to think it was to tell the truth,” Carter responded. “But I’ve changed my mind lately,” he added, in another apparent dig at Trump.
Carter, who was ostensibly on the show to promote his new book Faith: A Journey For All, later admitted to praying for Trump.
“I pray that he’ll be a good president and that he’ll keep our country at peace and that he’ll refrain from using nuclear weapons and that he will promote human rights. So yeah, I pray for him,” he added.

Trump attacks Amazon again

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump made harsh criticism of Amazon, the group of the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, on Saturday for his tax practices and his use of US postal mail.
"As we talked about it, it was reported that the US Post Office loses $ 1.50 on average for each package delivered by Amazon - that's millions of dollars," Trump wrote in his first Twitter message on Saturday.
The president said that the New York Times reported that "the size of the group's lobby team has skyrocketed." 
He then attacked The Washington Post, also owned by Bezos, saying in another tweet that these so-called Amazon pressure groups "do not include the Fake Washington Post, which acts as a lobbyist and should REGISTER as such." 
"If the Courier 'raised its prices for the packages, Amazon's delivery costs would increase by $ 2.6 billion." This post office scam should stop, Amazon must pay the actual costs (and taxes) now! " , concludes the president. 
The Washington Post responded quickly to these allegations in an online story informing about these tweets: "The Post operates independently from Amazon, although this vehicle is owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and head of Amazon." 
On Thursday, Trump had already made a public appearance on this issue in a tweet, compared to the few taxes that, in his opinion, paid Amazon in the United States. The day before, rumors about his willingness to put an end to Amazon's power drove the price of its shares in the financial market. 
Although the anti-hatred of the American president by the founder of Amazon is well known, the case was re-released on Wednesday by an article on the Axios site that indicated the US president's "obsession" with Amazon and his desire to attack the group through antitrust laws .

Friday, March 30, 2018

Former Playboy model tells CNN he "was in love" with Trump

Karen McDougal received $ 150,000 in 2016 to remain silent about romance with the president

Karen McDougal ,former Playboy model who claims to have had an affair with the president of the United States , Donald Trump , for 10 months from 2006, said -in an interview with Anderson Cooper 360 program, CNN network broadcast in the evening who was in love with the tycoon.
Asked if Trump ever said he loved her, Karen replied, "All the time. He always said he loved me. "When asked if he thought the case would end in marriage, she said," Maybe. "
It was her first interview since she filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the publisher American Media Inc. (AMI) whose boss, David Pecker, is a personal friend of Trump. She claims that the company paid her $ 150,000 in 2016 to remain silent about the alleged novel.
She claims to have been threatened by AMI - after she spoke to the New Yorkermagazine   last month - that "any new revelation would break the contract" and could "cause considerable monetary damages."
Karen told CNN that she is speaking out publicly because "I want to share my story because everyone is talking about her."
The former model said she and Trump had sex dozens of times without protection after the Los Angeles relationship began in June 2006, not long after their wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.
She said she met the current president at the Playboy Mansion during the filming of Celebrity Apprentice , a reality show he presented. "I was attracted to him. He is a handsome man. I liked your charisma. "
Karen, who was Playboy's Playmate of the Year 1998, is the second woman to challenge Trump's allies' efforts since the presidential election to try to keep the president's alleged extramarital affairs secret.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president on March 6, saying that Trump never signed an agreement to silence her about an "intimate" affair between them. Daniels received $ 130,000 for the deal.

US announces new visa requirements

The US Department of State intends to require names on social media, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers

The State Department US plans to require all applicants visa to enter the country to provide their names in social media, e-mail addresses and phone numbers in an expansion of government measures Donald Trump to examine the history immigrants and visitors.
In a text to be published this Friday in the Federal Register, the US government's official newspaper, the State Department says it wants to get public input on the demands that will affect 15 million foreigners applying for visas to enter the United States .  
The history of social networks, emails and phone numbers was only requested for people coming from countries considered at risk - a group that represents about 65,000 people annually. The new rules will apply to all visa applicants.
The US body estimates that the new measure will affect 710,000 immigration visa applicants and 14 million tourism visas or those who want to travel to the US on business or education grounds. After the publication of the text, there will be a deadline of 60 days for comments to be sent. If the new measure is approved by the Office of Management and Budget, visa applications will be forwarded to Internet platforms that will request the provision of any account name on the networks that the applicant has had in the last five years.
The government will also give the petitioner the option of voluntarily providing any information about unlisted social media. In addition to phone numbers, applicants must provide international travel status, possible deportations and if any family member has been involved in terrorist activities.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Trump discusses with Pentagon possibility of financing border wall

US President Donald Trump has discussed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday the possibility of the Pentagon funding the construction of the wall on the Mexican border.
The United States is testing several prototypes of stretches of the nine-meter-high wall to be built on the southern border of the United States to prevent the passage of immigrants and smugglers.
"The wall has a good face.I was very good at construction.It was always my specialty.I think more than being president.It was good at construction," Trump told a crowd in Ohio.
Throughout his campaign and the first year of his presidency, Trump insisted that the vast project would be somehow financed by Mexico, an idea that the neighboring government quickly discarded.
And since the American president was unsuccessful in getting the $ 25 billion from Congress, he turned to the Pentagon in hopes of securing the resources of the Defense budget.
"Thanks to the $ 700 billion to $ 716 billion made to rebuild our military, many jobs are created, and our military is rich again," Trump tweeted on Saturday.
"Building a good border wall, when drugs and enemy fighters infiltrate our territory, has to do with the National Defense. Build MURO with M!" He added on Twitter.
On Thursday, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said that Mattis discussed the idea with Trump but gave no details about the outcome of the meeting.

Russia closes US consulate in country

Measure is a retaliation to the US decision to expel Russian officials in reaction to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal

access_time29 Mar 2018, 19h11 - Posted on Mar 29, 2019

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sia expelled sixty US diplomats and closed the consulate of the United States in the country. The measure is a retaliation to the decision of the United States and sixteen other countries to expel Russian officials in reaction to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal .
The main suspect is that Russia is responsible for the attack on Skripal and his daughter, 33, earlier this month in England. The  government of Vladimir Putin, however, denies involvement.
Skripal is a former colonel of Russia's intelligence service and was arrested in Moscow in 2004 after betraying Russian agents to British intelligence. In 2010, he received a refuge in the UK.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Question about nationality in the US census causes controversy

The United States government has announced that the demographic census of 2020 will include a question about the nationality of the country's residents. In response, the State of California filed suit against the measure, arguingThe state of California, which has a large immigrant population, responded on Tuesday by filing a lawsuit in a federal court against the Commerce Department and the United States Census Bureau, which organizes the census.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked the US District Court in the Northern District of California to issue an injunction determining that the measure violates the Constitution by interfering with the obligation to conduct a full count of the United States population.
The census affects the distribution of more than $ 675 billion a year in federal resources to schools, hospitals, roads and other public services, according to the Census Bureau. It also determines the number of seats for each state in the Chamber of Deputies.
The last time a question about citizenship was included in the census questionnaire was in 1950. Experts fear that reintroducing the question may affect the balance of power in Congress.
The announcement was made as President Donald Trump tries to keep his campaign promise to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States, stifling illegal immigration. Trump imposed tougher immigration measures and banned travelers from several Muslim-majority countries shortly after taking office in January 2017. that it would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey.
On Monday, the Commerce Department, which oversees the census, said it had decided to add the issue of citizenship following a request from the Department of Justice to help improve the application of the Voting Rights Act.
Only US citizens can register to vote, but President Donald Trump says millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election without giving evidence.
Critics of the measure, however, point out that the question could discourage immigrants from participating in the census for fear that information could be used against them, which would undermine the accuracy of the survey. In the 2010 census, analysts estimate that 775,000 Latinos were not registered.

Solitude increases risk of death from stroke 

Living alone and living with fewer people increases the risk of dying of stroke and stroke, a study in Britain reports Tuesday.
The study collected 479,000 people who answered a questionnaire asking if they were "socially isolated" or lonely. 
"Social isolation and loneliness are associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke," said Finnish researchers in the medical journal Heart. 
"Social isolation appears to be a risk factor for independent mortality following a heart attack or stroke," the researchers add. 
The originality of the study resided in isolating this factor from others. In fact, living only adds to other risks to the heart, such as unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, unbalanced eating, lack of physical activity and so on), poor mental health and poverty. 
Excluding other risks, the study concluded that loneliness increases by 32% the risk of death from stroke or stroke. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chinese space station to make uncontrolled entry into the atmosphere

The first Chinese space station, weighing seven tonnes, will re-enter the atmosphere uncontrollably and will completely disintegrate by 1 April, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).
"It is most likely to burn because of the extreme heat generated by its passage through the atmosphere at high speed," the agency said in a statement.
Some remains of the Tiangong-1 space laboratory are likely to fall into the ocean or on dry land, but the chances of them causing human damage are negligible, according to Stijn Lemmens, a waste specialist at the European Space Agency based in Darmstadt, Germany.
"After 60 years of space flight, we have approached the figure of 6,000 uncontrolled reentry of large objects (on Earth), mostly satellites and rocket tops," he told AFP.
Over 90% of these wastes were 100 kilograms or more.
"Only on one occasion did a fragment strike a person but did not injure it," he said.
Lemmens calculated the chances of being hit by space debris by one in 1.2 billion, 10 million times less than being struck by lightning.
China's Space Program, which launched the Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) in 2011, only reported on the fate of this space station, the country's first capable of harboring astronauts and designed to experiment with space-related docking technologies.
The program publishes daily on its official website its downward trajectory, and its average height on this Tuesday was 207.7 kilometers.
The Xinhua state news agency said on Monday, citing the Chinese space agency, that the laboratory "will burn completely as it enters the atmosphere."
During its two years of operational life, Tiangong-1 participated in two missions with crew and one without.
As for all satellites and large spacecraft, the station had been programmed for a "controlled re-entry" after its life, with a drop in the Pacific Ocean, far from any inhabited zone.
But in March 2016, the space station "stopped working, although it maintained its structural integrity," ESA said.
"It is assumed that Tiangong-1 will disintegrate during its atmospheric reentry and that some fragments will survive the process and reach the surface of the Earth,"

Monday, March 26, 2018

Know some curiosities involving Viagra

Medication was launched 20 years ago

Launched 20 years ago in the United States, Viagra has become a huge success and an unexpected source of income for the American Pfizer laboratory, as well as for counterfeiters worldwide.
Following the curiosities about the revolutionary pill:
Fruit of chance -
In the early 1990s, scientists at the Pfizer laboratory were researching a new drug against angina, sildenafil citrate. The tests revealed the substance's inefficiency to reduce pain caused by this disease.
But among men the remedy had an unexpected effect: an erection. And many volunteers reported a better sex life.
Pfizer has reoriented research into male impotence, a condition that affects one-third of men over the age of 40. The treatment of erectile dysfunction was at the time the poor cousin of modern pharmacopoeia, with proposals that were neither practical nor efficient, such as mini-suppositories for the urethra and injections into the penis.
The FDA approved the new drug on March 27, 1998. The product began to be sold under the name Viagra in early April in the United States.
- Blazing success -
The success of the blue pill was immediate: in the first two weeks of marketing 150,000 prescriptions were registered in the United States.
Viagra has become a worldwide success before being even authorized outside of the United States. Contraband sales were in countries such as Israel, Poland and Saudi Arabia in mid-1998, with prices three to five times higher than those charged in the United States (about $ 10).
Shortly after the official launch in Europe in September 1998, the pill against impotence quickly became a financial locomotive for Pfizer.
Worldwide sales of Viagra shot up more than 30 percent in 1999 and 2000, quickly surpassing one billion dollars a year. A surprise for the pharmaceutical group that had initially forecast sales of $ 100 million a year.
- Smuggling on all sides -
Advertising campaigns by a former Republican candidate for the White House (Bob Dole in 1999) and soccer king Pelé (in 2002), among other celebrities, have made known a drug that the scientists say is beginning to take effect, 27 minutes after ingestion.
Smuggling is in motion: fake pills manufactured in Thailand or India were sold online a few weeks after the start of marketing.
The counterfeiters realized that Viagra was a gold mine. The drug became the most smuggled drug and customs seizures exploded.
A survey conducted in 2011 by Pfizer showed that 80% of Viagra bought on the internet was contraband. This means it may contain toxic products such as pesticides, plaster or printer ink, warned the American company.
- Misuse -
The misuse or "recreational" of Viagra also advanced rapidly. A British study detected a small but real use among young people in 1999.
In 2012, a US survey showed that 8% of the country's youth were taking Viagra and other "erection facilitators" (Cialis, Levitra) just to ensure sexual performance.
At the same time, scientists have begun to research whether Viagra - generic drugs came to European pharmacies in 2013 and the United States in 2017 - is a doping substance for athletes.
After hesitating for some time, the World Anti-Doping Agency decided not to include the substance in the list of prohibited products: sildenafil citrate would have a doping effect only at high altitude.

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