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  1. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

    Angry civilians evacuating from Baghouz chanted “Islamic State will remain” – underscoring the defiance of ISIL fighters and their supporters even as their defeat looms.

    A group of women seen at a reception area in the desert – set up for screening purposes by the SDF – were rowdy, aggressive and defiant, praising ISIL and screaming angrily at journalists.

     “Islamic State will stay, God is great, God is great, Islamic State will stay,” they screamed.

    More
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/hundreds-isil-fighters-surrender-syria-baghouz-sdf-190306160315079.html

    Imagine how screwed up their surviving kids are. Any one of these could be a danger to anyone trying to help them. Thanks USA. ISIS Never even existed before you brought democracy to Iraq.

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  2. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

    Breaking story, tv reports being updated frequently.

    [ISIS has now claimed responsibility & is likely the culprit. ISIS is highly active in Afghanistan now & regularly targets Shiites as well as US & government forces. G]

    Multiple explosions have targeted a political gathering attended by Afghanistan’s chief executive and a former president in the capital Kabul.

    The attack has left at least three people dead, government officials said on Thursday.
    “We have reports of explosions in the western part of Kabul. Investigations have been launched,” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry.

    Another source at the interior ministry told the local media that the source of the explosions came from someone firing mortar shells from a house in Kabul’s District 18.

    An official who was at the ceremony, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that seven people were killed and 10 wounded. The different accounts of casualties could not be immediately reconciled.
    More …
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/afghanistan-explosions-heard-political-gathering-kabul-190307074918697.html

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    • Gezza

       /  8th March 2019

      Updated reports through the day aren’t available online for posting yet but it appears this was a significant and prolonged attack involving rockets and mortars being fired for some time from different nearby locations in Kabul, which is supposed to be secure, and Afghani police and Special Forces being called in to deal with it. Not sure if the incident’s over yet.

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  3. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

    Officials were required to disclose civilian deaths outside war zones but Trump administration calls it a ‘distraction’.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th March 2019

      Trump’s rescinding of the policy was done with little fanfare on Wednesday. The White House released the text of his executive order.

      “This action eliminates superfluous reporting requirements, requirements that do not improve government transparency, but rather distract our intelligence professionals from their primary mission,” an administration official said.

      According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the US has carried out 6,786 drone attacks since 2004, killing up to 12,105 people, including as many as 1,725 civilians, of which between 253 and 397 were children.
      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/trump-revokes-obama-era-order-report-civilian-drone-deaths-190307050946622.html

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  4. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

    Huawei takes US to court, claims ban unconstitutional

    Chinese tech giant’s lawsuit seen largely as a PR ploy, but legal action could provide insight into the US ban.

    Huwai accuses the US at a press conference of hacking their servers, stealing their emails & stealing their source code. 😀

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/huawei-takes-court-claims-ban-unconstitutional-190307021944889.html

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    • adamsmith1922

       /  8th March 2019
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      • Gezza

         /  8th March 2019

        Yes. Cheers. Interesting. The topic’s come up reasonably frequently on Aljaz with a range of commentators in the internet industry or background of some kind in US intelligence communities. Last one I heard a few days ago was pointing out that the US hasn’t found any evidence of a back door vulnerability despite desperately trying to do so, that private US internet companies have a track record of spying on, selling or otherwise misusing their customers & that the US security agencies are demanding that they be given back door access to Mobile phones & (I think he said) access to customer data too.

        The suggestion there may end up being a splinternet was interesting.

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  5. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

    Wait a minute. Trump’s only just said the trade deficit’s gone down :/

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  8th March 2019

      I think Trump has a mental block when it comes to the truth, he just says what suits his narrative. Basically he is an extreme politician.

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    • Blazer

       /  8th March 2019

      U.S. trade gap with China reaches all-time high under Trump
      The U.S. trade deficit in goods with China set a new record during President Donald Trump’s second year in office, despite his efforts to rein in what the administration views as Beijing’s trade transgressions. The trade gap rose to $419.2 billion in 2018, from the previous record of $375.5 billion in 2017, a Commerce Department report released Wednesday showed.
      MORE https://www.politico.com/story/2019/…record-1242498

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  6. Patzcuaro

     /  8th March 2019

    Trump on why he doesn’t have a dog – who needs a dog when you have a fox.

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  7. Quinnipiac’s latest poll on trustworthiness:
    In the court of public opinion, most Americans are siding with Cohen, according to the poll of 1,120 voters surveyed between last Friday and Monday. By a margin of 50% to 35%, respondents thought Cohen was more trustworthy.

    Links follow:
    http://fortune.com/2019/03/05/quinnipiac-university-survey-poll-trump-approval-michael-cohen/
    https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2603

    What a sad state of affairs, when the American public believes someone who admitted to lying to Congress more than their own president of the United States.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th March 2019

      Umm. See above. The current President of the United States bare-faced lies to Congress, the rest of the US, &, via global internet & tv coverage, the rest of the world, at an unprecedented rate, via Twitter, speeches to his base, press conferences, reporters’s questions. No one yet could be seriously accused of lying to Congress more than Trump.

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  8. High Flying Duck

     /  8th March 2019

    Trump keeps his promise on his presidential salary:

    “Trump Donated His 2018 Third-Quarter Salary to an Organization That Funds Alcoholism Research

    President Donald Trump has donated $100,000—his salary from the third-quarter of 2018—to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    Trump pledged to refuse the $400,000 salary that comes with being the U.S. president shortly after winning the election. Since then he’s held to his promise, with each quarterly pay going to a different organization.

    In 2017, his paychecks went to the National Park Service, the Education Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation. The first two checks from 2018 went to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration, according to The Associated Press.

    Now, Trump has donated his third-quarter check from 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.”

    http://fortune.com/2019/01/25/trump-donated-third-quarter-salary-alcohol-research/?utm_source=facebook.com

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    • Blazer

       /  8th March 2019

      Glaring difference to Honky Tonks and his undisclosed ‘portion’ of his salary ,donated to charity.

      Managed to spin it to the hoi polloi as the whole lot!

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  8th March 2019

        Who is Honky Tonks ?

        The hoi polloi is tautological; hoi means the. The the polloi ?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th March 2019

          Trump can afford to.

          Obama donated the equivalent of almost 80% of his salary and, unlike Trump, he wasn’t a billionaire to start with.

          They earn $400,000 a year as President.

          If you mean John Key, at no time did he claim that it was 100%. He didn’t say what % it was, It’s a lie to say that he claimed to donate 100%.

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  9. Michael Cohen has just filed a law suit against the Trump Organisation and has demanded that his former employer pay the legal fees Cohen’s accrued while defending himself against multiple criminal charges on behalf of the Trump Organisation.

    The law suit is based on the Trump Organisation’s indemnification obligations under a contractual agreement between the organization and Cohen.

    At first read, the suit looks a strong one. This is what Republican-funded Paula Jones did to Bill Clinton, an action which SCOTUS upheld.

    https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=UuHTQoiORsZEd6khgo3GWQ==

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  10. duperez

     /  8th March 2019

    How come many Americans in the face of reality believe everything Donald Trump says?
    Here’s a hint:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/111123153/six-wrongly-led-to-believe-they-raped-murdered-woman-and-repressed-memories

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  8th March 2019

      I suspect many of his supporters believe in what he does and regard what he says as entertainment.

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      • Gezza

         /  8th March 2019

        What he does and has always done is con people, threaten people, refuse to pay people, cheat people, insult people and lie like a flatfish all the time and his supporters certainly do consider that entertainment – but that says more about what shit people his supporters are than his opponents and victims are.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th March 2019

          The false memory/repressed memory has sent more than one person inside.

          One of the people who exposed the recovered memory for the swindle that it was recounted how she and a friend had no trouble making the friend’s children ‘remember’ being lost for a short time in a shoppng mall.; for obvious reasons, they wouldn’t try to make them believe that something really traumatic had happened to them. The children not only ‘remembered’ this, but remembered details. One remembered a kind man taking her back to her parents.

          The people who invented the whole repressed/recovered memory thing have a lot to answer for.

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  11. Corky

     /  8th March 2019

    Well, first up, we had our own case called the Christchurch Creche Case. Recovered memories were the rage at that time, along with satanists baby killers.

    Secondly: I had a relly and his friend in a similar bind. Both had partied all night. They had one final ‘bong’ before hitting the backroads to get home.

    Unfortunately for them a woman jogger had just been murdered in a horrific way on the road they had travelled down.

    Police acting on reports arrested both of them and started a 7 hour interrogation..interspersed with a few ”softners.” My relly told me he started believing the police theory that in his befuddled drugged state, he and is buddy had stopped, tried to rape the victim, but were too stoned to commit the act, so they smashed her skull in with a brick.

    Lucky for them new information came forward and they were released a few hours later.

    The surprising thing is they weren’t charged with drink driving or drug offences. I guess the cops thought the ‘softners.’ they had dished out was justice enough.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th March 2019

      When’s your book coming out, Corks?

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    • Corky

       /  8th March 2019

      What book? I think Lynley Hood can claim the honour.

      Ah, yes. They weren’t arrested. Detained for questioning. Loose use of that word.

      Here’s the case:

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=227222

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      • Gezza

         /  8th March 2019

        Hang on I’ll have a look. 😐

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        • Gezza

           /  8th March 2019

          Your story doesn’t add up. What the perp confessed to doing doesn’t square with what you claim the police accused your characters of.

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          • Corky

             /  8th March 2019

            Add it anyway you want. I know what happened..unless my relly was lying to me. But given the state he was in that’s unlikely.

            Who knows the devious ways of the police.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  8th March 2019

              The woman was hit by a car; nobody could confuse those injuries with being hit by a brick.There is no resemblance between the two stories.

              You were a fool to put the link in that totally disproved your story.

              Claiming that a friend or relly was involved is supposed to add verisimilitude to stories, but it doesn’t work if the teller has too many rellies who just happen to …..or that the teller just happens to….or that a friend just happened to ….

              0/10 for verisimilitude.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  8th March 2019

              Did you read the link yourself ?

              The perp was caught because he was SEEN !

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  8th March 2019

              And the police video themselves talking to suspects, so softners, as you spell softeners, would be seen,

              0/10 for attention to detail.

  12. High Flying Duck

     /  8th March 2019

    I thought Manafort was the devil incarnate. Meuller was after a 19-24 year sentence for this charlatan…and yet:

    “Paul Manafort sentenced to 4 years in prison

    President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced in a Virginia court to 4 years in prison for a laundry list of financial crimes, including bank fraud, tax fraud and hiding a foreign bank account.

    Why it matters: Prosecutors for the Mueller investigation had earlier put sentencing guidelines for Manafort at 19 to 24 years, claiming he “acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law” while engaging in a “sophisticated scheme” to hide millions of dollars from authorities. He still faces sentencing next week in a separate case in D.C., where a judge will decide whether or not to compound his sentence. At this point, Manafort’s only plausible path to freedom would be a pardon from his former boss.

    The big picture: Manafort is the fifth person to be sentenced and the first to go to trial in the Mueller investigation. Once a renowned political consultant who made a fortune lobbying for foreign dictators, Manafort’s fall from grace was exacerbated by his chronic aversion to telling the truth. He lied to his accountants, his banks, his own lawyers, and most importantly to the special counsel, which caused him to lose out on his plea deal.

    None of the Virginia charges directly relate to Manafort’s work for the Trump campaign, but it’s the incessant lying in the face of such grave consequences that has puzzled observers of the Russia investigation.
    Specifically, prosecutors have called attention to Manafort’s lies about his contacts with suspected Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik — a topic Mueller’s team said goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.”

    https://www.axios.com/paul-manafort-sentenced-prison-mueller-investigation-32fc62e2-c6aa-4c1d-b0e7-f63f07b3e192.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=1100

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  8th March 2019

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  13. Corky

     /  8th March 2019

    Thread integrity @ 1.24pm..100%

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    • MaureenW

       /  8th March 2019

      What is your thread integrity about?

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      • Corky

         /  8th March 2019

        Can’t say Maureen. I’m stuffed either way. Look for inane posting patterns late in the day.

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      • Griff.

         /  8th March 2019

        What he means is no one has yet bothered to challenge his dribbling .
        If you do he thinks it is “trolling”.

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      • Corky

         /  8th March 2019

        Any other questions, Maureen?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th March 2019

          Maureen, have you seen the story above where he makes yet another claim about one of his innumerable rellies ? It would be funny if it didn’t involve someone being killed. As it is, it’s disgusting that someone would try to cash in on such a thing and slander the police…he hasn’t the guts to accuse them of bashing up suspects, so calls it ‘softners’ (sic)

          Anyone who knows more than he does is inane or a troll.

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          • Gezza

             /  8th March 2019

            Stay right out out it, Maureen, I reckon. 😐

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            • Gezza

               /  8th March 2019

              🙄
              *out of it

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  8th March 2019

              I would say so, unless she wants a lot of abuse and insults…but it’s a very odd and revealing story.

        • Corky

           /  8th March 2019

          I agree with Gezza, Maureen. There are many more things I could tell you about this case, especially how and where the softners were applied. I told the story exactly as it had been told to me. I checked nothing. Noticed my relly used the word ”brick.”

          Well, he was wrong..or the police were..or the police were testing him..I don’t know.
          But anyway it was a terracotta title:

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=232415

          Also this:

          ”And the police video themselves talking to suspects, so softners, as you spell softeners, would be seen.”

          Notice the uncalled for dig? Apart from knowing nothing about the case.

          Yep..it’s all about integrity .✔👌

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          • Corky

             /  8th March 2019

            ”Alder admitted to police that after hitting Ms Baxter, he loaded her in the back of his car and drove to a house in Maraekakaho Rd where he raped, sodomised and had oral sex with her while stabbing her more than 30 times.

            He finally killed her by smashing a terracotta field tile on her head.”

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          • Corky

             /  8th March 2019

            *Tile*

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  14. The judge made some off comments about manafort’s unblemished record given the number and nature of charges he has been found guilty of.

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  15. Gezza

     /  8th March 2019

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    • Gezza

       /  8th March 2019

      Germany has extended a temporary ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, imposed due to concerns about the kingdom’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

      The embargo was due to expire on March 9, but Germany’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the ban was being extended until the end of March to give the government time to evaluate Saudi Arabia’s military involvement in Yemen’s war.

      “We decided this with a view to developments in Yemen,” Heiko Maas said after a meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet.

      “We believe that the Yemen war must end as soon as possible.”

      “Not only will there not be any permits issued until the end of this month, but products with permits already granted will also not be delivered,” he added.

      There are no concrete casualty statistics for the war in Yemen. In 2017, a UN official said 10,000 civilians had been killed, though rights groups say the death toll could be five times that, due to fighting, starvation and disease. Millions are on the brink of starvation.

      A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s war in March 2015 to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government, overthrown by the rebel Houthi group the previous year.

      Rights groups have criticised the coalition for air raids that have killed thousands of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets, and urged Western governments to halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the stalemated conflict.

      Al Jazeera

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