Pelosi Links to Ukraine Energy

Trump Exposes Pelosi And Son's Ties To Ukraine-Linked Energy Group Well, this is a little awkward... Having earlier called Speaker Nancy Pelosi “desperate," a clearly frustrated President Trump told reporters this week, following a video teleconference with U.S. troops, “she hates the Republican Party. She hates all of the people that voted for me and the Republican Party." Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, said of Trump on “Fox News Sunday.” “He's frustrated [with] what he found to be a completely unreasonable impeachment.” And that frustration boiled over as the president tweeted a link to something that…

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Online Freedom In Danger

(Natural News) If ever there ever was a reason why the United States should seriously consider ending its relationship with, and support of, the United Nations, a new measure the world body just adopted provides a great reason. The UN General Assembly last week approved a Russia-led initiative that seeks to create a new global convention on cybercrime that was also backed by Communist China. And while ‘fighting cybercrime’ seems all well and good, Western groups concerned about the preservation of civil rights believe that what really motivated the two powers to push for the initiative was a desire to curb…

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California's New Privacy Law

California is becoming a monument to how much businesses surveil and abuse its residents, as apps and stores are scrambling to put up “Do Not Sell My Info” notices in compliance with the state’s hefty data privacy law. Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, businesses operating within the state will be forced to provide consumers an option to opt-out of having their data sold, to have their data deleted, and to see data collected about them. Consumers may sue businesses for up to $2,500 per violation if they don’t get it together…

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Make Europe Relevant Again

Make Europe Relevant Again Authored by Sigmar Gabriel via Project Syndicate, It is increasingly clear that the European Union was not built to be a global actor. The EU is a strictly European idea, designed to bring peace and prosperity to a region ravaged by centuries of incessant war. It was meant to mind its own business, leaving matters of global import to the two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Britain and France. Under this arrangement, the EU achieved stability for its neighborhood. While other countries have pursued global political and economic strategies, we Europeans have relied…

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Germany: A “Latent Sense Of Insecurity”

Germany: A "Latent Sense Of Insecurity" Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute, "At least since the events at the Cologne cathedral square on New Year's Eve in 2015 people apparently feel more and more unsafe," said Oliver Malchow, the chairman of one of Germany's two largest police unions. He was referring to the mass sexual assaults committed mainly by Arab and North African men at the Cologne cathedral square on New Year's Eve more than four years ago. Malchow was also referring to new statistics, which show that approximately 640,000 Germans now have licenses for gas pistols -- a large increase since 2014, when…

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YouTube Restores Cryptocurrency Videos

YouTube has restored hundreds of videos from dozens of channels that focus on crypotcurrency after they were removed earlier in the week. YouTubers like Chris Dunn report that their videos were flagged by YouTube for “harmful or dangerous content” and “sale of regulated goods.” YouTube now says that the deletions were a mistake. “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call,” a YouTube spokesperson told Gizmodo via email. “When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals…

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Publishing Companies Are Mad That The President Might Want to Make Federally-Funded Research Open Access

  Scientific societies and publishers are angry about a rumor that a White House executive order might make all federally-funded research open access. If the rumors turn out to be true, the Trump administration would expand a program introduced by the Obama administration in 2013 that made federally-funded research available a year after publication. The ru[jr_instagram id="2"]mored Trump order would make federally-funded research immediately available as open access. It would be a win for the open access movement—and a loss for those who make money by putting walls up in front of federally-funded research.   Despite the fact that the White House Office of…

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Chinese Ambassador Threatens EU With “Disastrous” Consequences If It Launches Curbs Against Chinese Companies

Chinese Ambassador Threatens EU With "Disastrous" Consequences If It Launches Curbs Against Chinese Companies Less than two weeks after Beijing issued an overt threat at Germany, when Chinese ambassador to Germany Ken Wu told ex-Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel that if Germany excludes Huawei 5G from its communication networks, then China could "declare German cars unsafe" for its domestic market, effectively giving Angela Merkel a quid-pro-quo ultimatum that a ban of Huawei - as demanded by the Trump administration - would lead to retaliation against German auto exports, Beijing’s ambassador to the EU, Zhang Ming, doubled down and warned the bloc against…

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NATO-Linked Researchers Bought Fake Social Media Engagements To Test Big Tech

  A year ahead of the US presidential election, the world’s biggest social media companies are still failing to tackle manipulation on their platforms, an exercise by NATO StratCom has found. To test the ability of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to detect potentially malicious activity, researchers at the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence ran a four-month experiment starting in May. They purchased social media engagement on 105 different posts across the four social media platforms from manipulation service providers (MSPs), a type of company that allow clients to buy clicks and inflate their social media presence. At a…

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Photo of Koala and Firefighter Surrounded by Flames Perfectly Captures the Climate Emergency

It may have taken until the last week of the last month of 2019, but I think we’ve found the photo that most defines the year and quite possibly the decade. Eden Hills Country Fire Service, a volunteer fire department in South Australia, posted a photo on Sunday showing a firefighter confronting a wall of flames and smoke as a structure starts to go up in flames. A koala stands next to him, in the remnants of a puddle of water ostensibly leftover from the dripping fire hose. It’s one of the most gripping images of the Australian bushfire crisis, but…

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