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  1. #9406

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    But he is doing nothing and the people are still perfectly split down ideological groups. This is only (I hope) inspiring minorities to make sure they will go out and vote, even though one usual (and roughly correct) claim by those people is that nothing will change because of their vote.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  2. #9407

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Trump got lucky with this killing and the ensuing riots. He now has a fighting chance of running like a law and order candidate ala Nixon many years ago. Hopefully not succesfully this time...
    Not after running and hiding in the bunker he won't.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  3. #9408

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    Mr Distraction has decided to get some air calling governors weak
    2017 & 2018 Australian Open Champions

  4. #9409

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    JUNE 1, 2020 / 12:00 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
    Putin and Trump discussed G7, oil markets in phone call: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump informed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of his idea to hold an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year in a telephone call on Monday, the Kremlin said.

    The two leaders also discussed the OPEC+ deal on oil output cuts and how it was leading to a stabilisation of prices on oil markets.

    Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Catherine Evans

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN238314
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  5. #9410

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Not after running and hiding in the bunker he won't.
    Hopefully you're right, but I think he'll at least try. What else is left for him?
    Roger forever

  6. #9411

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    JUNE 1, 2020 / 12:00 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
    Putin and Trump discussed G7, oil markets in phone call: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump informed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of his idea to hold an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year in a telephone call on Monday, the Kremlin said.

    The two leaders also discussed the OPEC+ deal on oil output cuts and how it was leading to a stabilisation of prices on oil markets.

    Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Catherine Evans

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN238314
    Translation: Vlad told him "I want to be there. You arrange that".
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Haven't seen this mentioned yet. Tropical Storm Amanda hit El Salvador and Guatamala on Sunday, with El Salvador getting the worst of it. The winds have died down, but the storm has stalled and is expected to continue dumping torrential rains over the area into Thursday.

    From what I have read, 17-20 people in El Salvador have died with several people still missing.

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurri...atemala/749982
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  8. #9413

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    I wasn't aware. Thanks for the info Dry.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  9. #9414

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    Exclusive: Huawei hid business operation in Iran after Reuters reported links to CFO
    LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - China’s Huawei Technologies acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-equipment giant’s chief financial officer, newly obtained internal Huawei documents show.

    Huawei has long described the firm - Skycom Tech Co Ltd - as a separate local business partner in Iran. Now, documents obtained by Reuters show how the Chinese tech titan effectively controlled Skycom. The documents, reported here for the first time, are part of a trove of internal Huawei and Skycom Iran-related business records - including memos, letters and contractual agreements - that Reuters has reviewed.

    One document described how Huawei scrambled in early 2013 to try to “separate” itself from Skycom out of concern over trade sanctions on Tehran. To that end, this and other documents show, Huawei took a series of actions - including changing the managers of Skycom, shutting down Skycom’s Tehran office and forming another business in Iran to take over tens of millions of dollars worth of Skycom contracts.

    The revelations in the new documents could buttress a high-profile criminal case being pursued by U.S. authorities against Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder. The United States has been trying to get Meng extradited from Canada, where she was arrested in December 2018. A Canadian judge last week allowed the case to continue, rejecting defense arguments that the U.S. charges against Meng do not constitute crimes in Canada.

    A U.S. indictment alleges that Huawei and Meng participated in a fraudulent scheme to obtain prohibited U.S. goods and technology for Huawei’s Iran-based business via Skycom, and move money out of Iran by deceiving a major bank. The indictment alleges that Skycom was an “unofficial subsidiary” of Huawei, not a local partner.

    Huawei and Meng have denied the criminal charges, which include bank fraud, wire fraud and other allegations. Skycom, which was registered in Hong Kong and was dissolved in 2017, is also a defendant. At one point, Huawei was a shareholder in Skycom but, according to corporate filings, sold its stake more than a decade ago.

    The newly obtained documents appear to undermine Huawei’s claims that Skycom was just a business partner. They offer a behind-the-scenes look at some of what transpired at the two companies inside Iran seven years ago and how intertwined the companies were. The documents are variously written in English, Chinese and Farsi.

    Huawei declined to comment for this story.

    China’s foreign ministry said the United States was politicizing economic and trade issues, which is not in the interest of Chinese or American firms. “We urge the United States to immediately stop its unreasonable suppression of Chinese firms including Huawei,” it said. It referred specific questions about this story to Huawei.

    ‘NORMAL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP’
    Reuters reported in March that Huawei had produced internal company records in 2010, including two packing lists, that showed it was directly involved in sending prohibited U.S. computer equipment to Iran. Huawei declined to comment on that story, citing ongoing legal proceedings.

    (To read the March report, click here)

    The newly obtained documents show that Huawei’s efforts to obscure its relationship with Skycom began after Reuters reported in December 2012 that Skycom had offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010. In January 2013, a second Reuters report described how Huawei had close financial ties and other links to Skycom, including the fact that Meng had served on Skycom’s board of directors between February 2008 and April 2009.

    (To read the December 2012 report, click here)

    (To read the January 2013 report, click here)

    In its response at the time to the Reuters reporting, Huawei said Skycom was one of its “major local partners” and that the relationship between Huawei and Skycom was “a normal business partnership.”

    But a newly obtained Huawei internal document from the Chinese company’s Iran office, dated March 28, 2013, indicates Huawei controlled Skycom. The document in Chinese stated: “In consideration of trade compliances, A2 representative office is trying to separate Skycom and Huawei.” A2 was Huawei’s code for Iran, according to the U.S. indictment.

    The document also noted that Huawei had installed one of its own employees to manage Skycom in Iran “to urgently avoid the risks of media hype.” Huawei had made an “urgent decision” to appoint Hu Mei as Skycom’s general manager in Iran, effective March 10, 2013, the document noted. Hu was a director of Skycom and was also listed as a Huawei employee in an internal Huawei directory.

    The document detailed how Huawei quickly recognized a flaw in putting Hu in charge of Skycom. Hu was based at Huawei’s headquarters in China, and the job required dealing with business matters on the ground in Iran, the document stated. So, Huawei decided to appoint instead “a Chinese employee based in Iran” to manage Skycom’s Tehran office, the document shows.

    Huawei decided to name Song Kai, deputy representative of its Iran office, to run Skycom in Iran. He was informed of the decision in an internal Huawei message that was reviewed by Reuters. “Please update your resume,” Song was instructed.

    The message said that the change had been approved by a man named Lan Yun, who was identified as the “chief representative” of Huawei’s Iran office.

    Hu, Song and Lan couldn’t be reached for comment.

    POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
    In response to the Reuters articles of 2012 and 2013, several Western banks questioned Huawei about its relationship with Skycom. They included HSBC Holdings PLC, where both Huawei and Skycom held bank accounts.

    HSBC declined to comment for this story.

    In August 2013, Meng met with HSBC’s deputy head of global banking for the Asia-Pacific region. She is accused in the U.S. indictment of making “numerous misrepresentations regarding Huawei’s ownership and control of Skycom.”

    Meng gave a PowerPoint presentation during the meeting that said Skycom was merely “a business partner of Huawei.”

    The newly obtained documents show that Huawei soon became directly involved in shutting Skycom down.

    In a letter dated Nov. 2, 2013, Song, the Huawei employee appointed to manage Skycom, told a major Iranian client that Skycom “has decided to annul and terminate its business activities and dissolve the branch company in Iran.” Song’s letter was addressed to a vice president of Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator, Mobile Communication Co of Iran, or MCCI.

    MCCI couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The next day, Skycom, MCCI and a new Huawei company - Huawei Technologies Service (Iranian) Co Ltd - signed an agreement. It stated that Skycom planned to transfer its contracts to the new Huawei entity. The agreement listed eight contracts worth a total of 44.6 million euros (about $50 million), with about 34.6 million euros remaining on them. Any money owed to Skycom was to be paid to the Huawei entity upon completion of the contracts.

    “All the parties promise that this three-way contract remains confidential,” it stated.
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  10. #9415

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    Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers most extensive coral bleaching
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered its most extensive coral bleaching event in March, with scientists fearing the coral recovers less each time after the third bleaching in five years.

    February 2020 was the hottest month on record since records began in 1900, Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, told Reuters.

    “We saw record-breaking temperatures all along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, there wasn’t a cool portion in the north, or a cool portion in the south this time around,” Hughes said.

    “The whole Barrier Reef was hot so the bleaching we have seen this year is the most extensive so far.”

    Hughes added that he is now almost certain that the Reef is not going to recover to what it looked like even five years ago, not to mention thirty years ago.

    If the global warming trends continue the Great Barrier Reef will be destroyed, he said.

    “We will have some sort of tropical ecosystem, but it won’t look like coral reef, there might be more seaweed, more sponges, a lot less coral, but it will be a very different ecosystem.”

    The Great Barrier Reef, covering 348,000 square kilometres (134363 sq miles) was world heritage listed in 1981 as the most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem on the planet, according to the UNESCO website.
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  11. #9416

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    ...

    If the global warming trends continue the Great Barrier Reef will be destroyed, he said.

    ....
    There is no way the warming trend will be reversed any time soon. Even if emissions are cut down dramatically, the heating process will not stop immediately.
    So I guess the great coral reef will truly disappear.
    The only "good" possibility is that the reef is a bit to the North. If the reef "moves" or grows to the South, where cooler waters are present, it could migrate. It is a matter of how fast it can do so.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  12. #9417

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    Bianna Golodryga
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    President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany by September

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-d...75651(Paywall)

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    This poses an interesting dilemma for Chancellor Merkel. She’s finding out that she can’t trust the American nuclear protection. Germany developing its own nuclear arsenal is unthinkable. Therefore, the solution is an even tighter alliance with France.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  13. #9418

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    As insane as it sounds, it is time for Germany and Japan to review their post-war treaties. The logic in the 1950's was that both of them were unreliable countries, and therefore had to be protected by a reliable one (the USA).
    But now, when the reliable one has become a lunatic state, Japan and Germany have the right to re-assess. Japan knows the USA will not come to its side if China moves, Germany knows the sole thing between itself and the USSR is Poland (again, the worst strategically located country on Earth).
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  14. #9419

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    So much hinges on the next US election doesn't it?
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  15. #9420

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    As per Ponchi...When I was going to travel in Poland for a couple of weeks in 2007, I read a fairly short book on the history of Poland. It was hard to keep track of which group of marauders was over-running them this month, vs. which two regional powers were fighting over them next month. What a location!!! GH

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