Archiv: popcorn

27.06.2021 - 16:02 [ ]

Inside the plot to expose Matt Hancock’s affair: Friends talk of secret camera hidden by Chinese… or No10. In fact it was footage from his office CCTV and a whistleblower in his own department, reveals GLEN OWEN

The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The footage of Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo was caught on a CCTV camera in his office on May 6, and secretly recorded by a member of his department’s staff.

After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media.

13.06.2021 - 19:12 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

Welcome the extremely photogenic and adorable family of Israel’s next prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

13.06.2021 - 19:08 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

The Bennett children making heart shapes as their father speaks and is heckled. Quite a change from the current first son.

11.06.2021 - 17:34 [ ]

Beach buddies! Boris and Carrie greet Joe and Jill Biden and other world leaders – including Macron, Merkel and Trudeau – on Carbis Bay’s golden sands before posing for a socially distanced G7 group photo

Boris and Carrie Johnson were all smiles today as they formally greeted G7 leaders on the golden sands of Carbis Bay.

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk.

09.06.2021 - 19:22 [ Orit Arfa / Achse des Guten ]

Mut zum Unbekannten: Politischer Umbruch in Israel

Was mir an dieser Koalition am besten gefällt, ist ihre Unberechenbarkeit. Man hat sich zu sehr an Netanyahus Ticks, Muster und Methoden gewöhnt. Mit einem Hardliner an der Spitze einer bunt zusammengewürfelten Truppe von Politikern werden die amerikanischen und europäischen Regierungen die alten Drehbücher wegwerfen müssen, die zur Ära Netanjahu passten. Wie das Selbsthilfe-Sprichwort sagt: Hab keine Angst vor dem Unbekannten.

Ich gebe dem Unbekannten eine Chance – wenn es denn anhält.

07.06.2021 - 08:24 [ ZDF ]

Was die Wahl für Berlin bedeutet – Atempause, aber kein Grund zum Ausruhen

Wenn die Wahl in Sachsen-Anhalt ein Stimmungstest für die Bundestagswahl war, dann hat Armin Laschet eine Atempause. Ausruhen kann er sich nicht. Und alle anderen auch nicht.

04.06.2021 - 11:27 [ New York Times ]

Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

“There are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, told Fox News in March. Quite a few of them, he said, “are difficult to explain.”

John Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., said in a podcast last year that some of the unexplained sightings might be “some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”

02.06.2021 - 18:48 [ ]

„Kein Mut mehr, die Regierung zu grillen“: Der niederländische Journalist, der Merkel in die Ecke drängte, über deutsche Kollegen

Nach der Bundespressekonferenz konnte ich den großartigen Kollegen für ein Interview gewinnen. Darin schildert er aus seiner niederländischen Perspektive, wie er die Arbeit der Hauptstadtpresse in Deutschland sieht. Und wie schwer es ihm fällt, zu verstehen, warum die deutschen Kollegen die Regierung nicht viel härter angehen. Das Interview ist so bemerkenswert, der Perspektivenwechsel so spannend und entlarvend, dass ich Ihnen hier gar nicht mehr verraten möchte – sehen Sie es sich einfach an.

16.05.2021 - 05:55 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Deployed a Secret, Strategic Weapon Against Hamas – and Reaped Limited Benefits

The current casualty toll seems modest and a far cry from the numbers that were circulating in Israel about mass deaths in the tunnels. Netanyahu, who initially planned a big press conference, made do with a short and cautiously worded video. But not all his mouthpieces got the message in time: one of them tweeted about the genius maneuver led by him and the IDF chief, but quickly deleted it. Mainstream media took longer to get the message.

16.05.2021 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Foreign Media Fumes Over Being Used in IDF Ploy to Trick Hamas: ‚They’ve Lost Credibility‘

Foreign journalists stationed in Israel and senior editors in international media outlets are enraged over reports in the Israeli media stating that the Israel Defense Forces deliberately misled them as part of a wider scheme against Hamas. Several reporters who spoke with Haaretz said that the incident will lead media to mistrust IDF statements in the future.

10.05.2021 - 14:44 [ Fernando H. Valls / Twitter ]

Así está ahora mismo la Puerta del Sol. Gente saltando, abrazándose, unos haciendo la conga… No tengo palabras.

10.05.2021 - 14:10 [ El Pais ]

Outdoor parties erupt across Spain as state of alarm ends

The first night without the state of alarm saw an atmosphere of partying in many parts of Spain on Saturday night, as revelers took to the street from midnight onward when the emergency measures that had been in place for six months in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus expired. The festivities took place on the streets of the country despite the fact that the epidemiological data is far from good.

10.05.2021 - 13:27 [ ZDF ]

Die Linke und die Bundestagswahl – Gefährlich nah an der Fünf-Prozent-Grenze

Ende März gleich zwei Wahlen ohne Erfolg. Bei den Landtagswahlen in Baden-Württemberg und Rheinland-Pfalz schafft es die Linke nicht einmal in die Parlamente. Und ganz aktuell dümpelt die Partei in der Gunst der Wähler bundesweit zwischen sechs und sieben Prozent. Die Fünf-Prozent-Grenze rückt bedrohlich nahe.

04.05.2021 - 19:11 [ ]

US dollar decreases against Iranian currency rial

Sources close to the US government stated that the restoration of the deal may permit Iran to improve its oil exports as confronting no curbs on its banking system and ports operations, adding that Washington would lift oil, banking, and ports sanctions from Iran to let Tehran resume compliance with the JCPOA.

02.05.2021 - 09:12 [ ]

Coronavirus schon im März 2019 im Abwasser in Barcelona nachgewiesen

Und dann beschlossen sie, Proben aus den Jahren 2018 und 2019 Tests zu unterziehen. „Alle Proben waren negativ auf das SARS-CoV-2-Genom mit Ausnahme der Probe vom 12. März 2019, in der die SARS-CoV-2-Werte sehr niedrig waren, aber mittels PCR-Test waren sie eindeutig positiv„, erklärt Albert Bosch, Professor an der Fakultät für Biologie der UB und Koordinator der Studie.

02.05.2021 - 00:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Mossad Chief Met With Biden Amid Attempts to Prevent Return to Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Cohen before the meeting.

Cohen also met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday, alongside Israel’s ambassador to Washington, in which the Israeli officials expressed „deep concern“ about Iran’s nuclear activities, according to a person familiar with the matter.

28.04.2021 - 17:00 [ ]

High Court cancels hearing as PM agrees to Gantz as justice ministe

In addition, a few moments before Netanyahu announced his decision to back Gantz for the position, he apparently was made aware that Bennett held his first meeting with Mansour Abbas – the leader of the Islamist Ra’am party – in an effort to form a unity government.

28.04.2021 - 15:44 [ ]

Netanyahu reverses course, votes to appoint Gantz as justice minister

Hours before the High Court of Justice was due to decide on the legality of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to install a justice minister from his own party, the premier announced Wednesday afternoon he supports the appointment of Blue & White leader Benny Gantz for the position.

28.04.2021 - 15:42 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Caves After Rebuke From Supreme Court: Gantz Appointed Justice Minister

In a statement Netanyahu said, „The prime minister submitted a detailed response to the High Court that completely rejects the court’s claim that yesterday’s vote was illegal.“

„However,“ Netanyahu said, „after the prime minister’s attempts at compromise were rejected again this morning, and in order to extract us from this dead end situation and allow the Justice Ministry to function, the prime minister decided to appoint Benny Gantz to the post of Justice Minister for the tenure of the interim government.“

21.04.2021 - 05:37 [ ]

A bruised Laschet wins Germany’s conservative crown

Described by party colleagues as a diligent bridge builder who favors behind-the-scenes compromise to political gamesmanship, Laschet’s style and demeanor are reminiscent of Merkel’s and he is often compared to her. Like the chancellor, Laschet is a political moderate and he has been a loyal supporter of her policies on refugees, Europe and foreign affairs.

20.04.2021 - 22:36 [ Welt / Youtube ]

LASCHET KÄMPFT SÖDER-FANS NIEDER: So hat der CDU-Chef einen Putsch von Teilen der Basis verhindert

In eigener Sache: Wegen des hohen Aufkommens unsachlicher und beleidigender Beiträge können wir zurzeit keine Kommentare mehr zulassen.

20.04.2021 - 22:27 [ ]

Cautious centrist Laschet is German conservatives‘ candidate to succeed Merkel

„I want to start a new chapter after Merkel, not just more of the same, but we will preserve the part that has done Germans good,“ Laschet told ZDF television.

Although widely seen as the candidate likely to continue Merkel’s legacy, analysts said he would not be able to match her commanding position, built up over 16 years, on the international stage.

18.04.2021 - 06:25 [ ]

Kanzlerfrage: Scharfe Kritik aus CDU an Söder

Die frühere CDU-Chefin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer warf Söder mangelnden Respekt vor der großen Schwesterpartei und deren Gremien vor. Sowohl CDU-Präsidiumsmitglied Daniel Caspary als auch die Vorsitzende der Frauen-Union (FU), Annette Widmann-Mauz, sprachen sich für CDU-Chef Armin Laschet aus.

08.04.2021 - 11:23 [ ]

U.S. State Department backs away from the idea of a Beijing Olympics boycott

“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” a senior State Department official wrote in an emailed statement to CNBC.

06.04.2021 - 23:00 [ ]

Wer regiert eigentlich gerade?

Die Kanzlerin ist abgetaucht und den potenziellen Nachfolgern fehlt die Macht: Mitten in der dritten Welle leistet sich Deutschland ein gefährliches Machtvakuum. Das könnte die Union teuer zu stehen kommen.

29.03.2021 - 04:47 [ ZDF ]

Wie Corona die Psyche belastet: Ein Blick in unser Gehirn

Was dabei genau passiert, ist ein komplexes Zusammenspiel verschiedener Bereiche. Zum Teil lassen sich die Folgen der Pandemie direkt mit den Aktivitäten einiger Hirnareale in Verbindung setzen: Zumindest temporär passen sie sich strukturell den Veränderungen an.

27.03.2021 - 19:34 [ ]

‚Change bloc‘ floating 1-year rotation agreement between Bennett and Lapid – report

Such an arrangement, according to the Hebrew-language broadcaster, would possibly last for 12 months and followed by a new election.

But prospects for such a deal are being hampered by ideological and political differences, as well as a disagreement over who would serve as premier first, with Channel 12 reporting that Bennett is insisting he go first in the rotation.

27.03.2021 - 17:18 [ @derliebeMichi, Vater von fünf, unglaublich gut aussehend, über 50, dem Tod täglich ins Auge sehend ... / Twitter ]

Es entbehrt nicht einer gewissen Komik, dass in Kassel heute eine Woche nach der wunderbaren #ks2003 Demo die Inzidenz im Vergleich zum Bundesland Hessen um 32% niedriger ist. Kassel 91,4, Hessen 134,1 Demos tun gut! 😉

22.03.2021 - 18:46 [ Achse des Guten ]

Das Corona-Komitee tagt

„Habock fühlen!“,

„Wir dürfen jetzt nicht!“


„Wir müssen jetzt!“

21.03.2021 - 13:43 [ ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The EU elite’s seething resentment at Britain’s success hurts them more than us and does no one any good

The grotesque behaviour of EU governments and leaders over the Oxford vaccine has gone beyond all limits of reason and civilised action.

First, they attacked its usefulness. Then they cast doubts on its safety. Now they seek to grab hold of supplies, and so slow down its distribution in one of the few countries that has welcomed and used it widely and effectively.

20.03.2021 - 21:44 [ BILD / Youtube ]

„Querdenker“-Demo in Kassel: Polizei stoppt Randale-Mob

Sie wollen es einfach nicht begreifen! In der Kasseler Innenstadt haben sich am Samstag 10 000 Demonstranten gegen die Corona-Maßnahmen versammelt – wieder mal ohne Masken und ohne Mindestabstand. Die Polizei musste eingreifen.

03.03.2021 - 11:02 [ CNN ]

Biden and his top officials slammed Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia, MBS in years before taking office

In the years prior to taking office, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and many of their administration’s top officials harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden is now facing criticism for not following through on campaign promises to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing.

01.03.2021 - 07:10 [ BBC ]

CPAC: Trump rules out new political party in speech to conservatives

His appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando on Sunday represents his continued influence over the Republican Party.

The mood of the conference – which began on Thursday – has been extremely pro-Trump, with loyalists including Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his son Donald Trump Jr among the speakers.

01.03.2021 - 07:04 [ ]

Trump will keine eigene Partei gründen

„Wir haben die republikanische Partei.“ Sie werde vereint und stärker als je zuvor sein. „Ich werde weiterhin direkt an eurer Seite kämpfen.“ Frühere Berichte über eine mögliche Gründung einer eigenen Partei seien „Fake News“ gewesen.

28.02.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

If There Were an Israeli Left

In the first 100 days of its imaginary government, the left would carry out a revolution. Mainly, not entirely, in its relation to the occupation, the topic that defines Israel’s identity more than any other. The first resolution passed by the left-wing government would end the siege of the Gaza Strip. In one day, as with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Strip would be liberated, its 2 million inhabitants would be free people. The sea would be open, and the border with Israel would be open and controlled. …

21.02.2021 - 03:32 [ ]

NASA Missions Make Unprecedented Map of Sun’s Magnetic Field

They’ll have a chance to take that step forward soon: A re-flight of the mission was just greenlit by NASA. Though the launch date isn’t yet set, the team plans to use the same instrument but with a new technique to measure a much broader swath of the Sun.

“Instead of just measuring the magnetic fields along the very narrow strip, we want to scan it across the target and make a two-dimensional map,” McKenzie said.

20.02.2021 - 13:40 [ Achse des Guten ]

Professor Drosten in der PCR-Test-Zwickmühle

Es macht nämlich einen Unterschied, ob man in einer vermeintlich oder tatsächlich juristischen Grauzone der Regierung, den Medien und der Bevölkerung seine Experten-Meinung erzählt, dass PCR-Tests zuverlässig seien (für welchen Zweck auch immer) und dabei womöglich glaubt, allein die Politiker betreffe eine straf- und zivilrechtliche Haftung für die Rechtskonformität der auf PCR-Tests basierenden Entscheidungen, oder ob man selber als öffentlich bestellter Sachverständiger explizit zum Verhältnis von PCR-Test und „Infektion im Sinne des Gesetzes“ wahrheitsgemäß sich zu äußern genötigt ist.

15.02.2021 - 21:37 [ ]

EU vaccine drive is a ‚fiasco‘, says Guy Verhofstadt

„Europe is no more, no less than the world leader in vaccine production today. More than 75 per cent of vaccines worldwide are produced in Europe. Nevertheless, there is a crucial lack of supply,“ he said, adding the UK, Canada, Israel and the US are not facing the same shortages.

15.02.2021 - 00:29 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Biden’s Iran Policy Is Just Trump’s Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji

In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden confirmed that his administration will not be lifting sanctions imposed upon Iran in order to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

15.02.2021 - 00:22 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Democrats WANT To Lose The Midterms: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

I’m seeing US progressive/DSA types getting more and more agitated about the sudden increase in hostility toward the Democrats from the left. What did they think was going to happen when the Dems took control of the entire government? You’re the power now, buttercup.

The problem with warning that the $2000 check scandal will lead to losses in the midterms is that Democrats are fine with losing in the midterms. You think they like having to own all their right wing bullshit for themselves? Democrats hate being exposed and vulnerable like this. They much prefer to blame their corporate cronyism, austerity policies and warmongering on an obstructionist Republican congress. They’re happy to lose the midterms. They prefer to lose the midterms.

05.02.2021 - 10:08 [ Gleen Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s what is starting to happen to them now that he’s done, and why they’re desperately in search of a replacement:

05.02.2021 - 09:57 [ ]

White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance

According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.

The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers.

04.02.2021 - 22:22 [ Achse des Guten ]

Der Ruf des Alphatiers

Kürzlich musste ich in einer Berliner Behörde ein Gespräch zwischen zwei dort Beschäftigten mitanhören. Die Frau spielte die Rolle des naiven Hausmütterchens, der Mann gab den Erklärbär.

„Nun strengen wir uns schon so an mit dem Lockdown“, klagte sie, „und trotzdem gehen die Infiziertenzahlen nicht runter, wie kommt das nur?“

„Weil viele sich im Alltag nicht an die Regeln halten“, erwiderte er. „Deshalb werden wir um eine Ausgangssperre letztlich nicht herumkommen. Hätte man nur auf Frau Merkel gehört! Sie hat von Anfang an gesagt, dass die bisherigen Maßnahmen nicht ausreichen.“

02.02.2021 - 22:36 [ ]

Wer mit Impfstoffen Geld verdient

Aufhorchen ließ in diesem Zusammenhang die Zusage des britisch-schwedischen Pharmakonzerns AstraZeneca, seinen Corona-Impfstoff zum „Selbstkostenpreis“ abzugeben, damit also keinen Gewinn machen zu wollen. Allerdings ist dieses Versprechen offenbar zeitlich begrenzt. Wie die „Financial Times“ unter Berufung auf ein internes Dokument berichtete, verfällt dieses Angebot im Juli. Ein kleiner, aber wichtiger Zusatz der Aussage von Konzernchef Pascal Soriot hatte darauf hingedeutet, dass der Selbstkostenpreis nur gelte, „solange die Pandemie andauert“.

02.02.2021 - 08:54 [ Irish Times ]

‘I regret that article 16 was mentioned’: Von der Leyen statement in full

Below are the responses in full from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to questions posed by Irish Times Europe Correspondent Naomi O’Leary.

26.01.2021 - 11:52 [ ]

‚F***ing bonkers!‘ UK attacks Germany over Oxford vaccine ‚lies‘ – EU row erupts

Another Westminster official said: “The efficacy claims circulating in the German media are unsubstantiated and incorrect.”

Speaking to Politico, a third added: “After this, support for Brexit will be at about 90 percent.”

The claims in the German media were made on the same day a row broke out between the European Union and AstraZeneca over supplies of the vaccine to the continent.

26.01.2021 - 11:01 [ ]

The great vaccine blockade? EU threat to cut off UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs will ‚poison relations for a generation‘ as Germans are accused of ‚Russian-style‘ disinformation over ‚rubbish‘ claim that AstraZeneca version is just 8% effective in elderly

Meanwhile, there is another row raging after two German newspapers claimed the EU’s regulator could refuse to give the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab full approval, with officials anonymously briefing its efficacy for pensioners was just eight per cent.

However, the claim was branded ‚absolutely incorrect‘ and ‚unsubstantiated‘ by the pharmaceutical company – and No10 sources told MailOnline it was ‚rubbish‘. One Whitehall source told Playbook it was the kind of tactics ‚you expect from the Russians‘.

26.01.2021 - 11:00 [ ]

Corona-Impfstoff von AstraZeneca: Zu wenig Impfdosen – zu geringe Wirksamkeit?

Möglicherweise wird es Einschränkungen bei der Anwendung des Impfstoffs geben, denn Zeitungsberichten zufolge ist die Wirksamkeit bei älteren Menschen eingeschränkt. AstraZeneca weist das zwar zurück, einen Gegenbeweis bleibt das Unternehmen in seinen Veröffentlichungen bisher aber schuldig.

17.01.2021 - 17:19 [ ]

Coronavirus: Fishermen test positive despite spending 35 days at sea and testing negative before they left


Ms Alfaro added that the outbreak may have been exacerbated by the fishermen’s hardiness and acclimatisation to rough conditions, in that they may have spent significant time in discomfort without recognising or acknowledging symptoms.

16.01.2021 - 11:30 [ Süddeutsche Zeitung / Twitter ]

Eine feste Größe bei CDU-Veranstaltungen ist @Markus_Soeder geworden, auch beim Parteitag sprach er ein Grußwort. Über eine mögliche Kanzlerkandidatur schweigt er sich aber aus. Die Gründe hierfür sind vielschichtig.

16.01.2021 - 11:21 [ ]

Kramp-Karrenbauers Abschiedsrede: „Das schmerzt noch heute“

„Es ging um die Seele unserer Partei“, sagt sie auf dem digitalen Parteitag der CDU über die turbulenten Tage nach der Wahl in Thüringen vor knapp einem Jahr. Die Wahl des FDP-Politikers Thomas Kemmerich mit den Stimmen von CDU, FDP und AfD brachte die Partei in eine, wie Kramp-Karrenbauer nun selbst sagt, „existenzielle schwierige Situation“.

07.01.2021 - 20:02 [ USA Today ]

President Trump blocked from posting to Facebook, Instagram ‚indefinitely,‘ at least through end of term

After originally planning to block President Donald Trump from posting to his Facebook and Instagram account for 24 hours, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the blocks have been extended „indefinitely.“

„We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,“ Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

31.12.2020 - 05:26 [ ]

How well does the Oxford vaccine work? What we know so far

And while there are some early signs the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine might not only prevent people becoming seriously ill with Covid but also prevent asymptomatic infections, more data is needed to confirm such protection.

28.12.2020 - 05:00 [ ]

Democratic Party Leader Warns Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Not To Primary Chuck Schumer

In an interview with The New York Post, Jacobs warned the congresswoman against launching a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Jacobs argued that a race between Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer would harm both candidates’ careers and described Schumer as a “progressive.”

25.12.2020 - 06:49 [ Haaretz ]

Exodus Continues as Former Netanyahu Loyalist Resigns, Joins Rival Sa’ar

Ze’ev Elkin, who served in a range of posts including as Netanyahu’s coalition head, blasts ‘cult of personality’ ■ Naftali Bennett announces he will run for prime minister, criticizes PM’s handling of coronavirus crisis

25.12.2020 - 05:45 [ ]

European leaders welcome Brexit deal as least-worst outcome

Merkel said the German cabinet would meet by telephone on 28 December to decide its stance, but added that the agreement “cannot finally enter into force until the European parliament has also given its approval”.

25.12.2020 - 05:26 [ ]

Brexit: Labour to back EU trade deal in Commons, Keir Starmer says

“A better deal could have been negotiated, but I accept that option has now gone, the chance for renegotiation is over.

“There are just two paths now left for our country – to move forward with a deal or without one.”

19.12.2020 - 09:24 [ Fox News ]

After government hack, media mum on ex-cybersecurity chief highlighted for contradicting Trump’s fraud claims

„As I said in a news briefing, Election Day was ‘just another Tuesday on the Internet,’“ he wrote. „Normal sorts of scanning and probing were happening, but we did not see any successful attacks or damaging disruptions.“

Yet hackers were arms deep in a slew of federal agencies. The infiltration, believed to have been conducted by the Russians, appears to have compromised the Departments of Energy, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce. His name did not appear in CNN’s story about CISA and the hack published Thursday.

15.12.2020 - 23:28 [ ]

Keine Anschaffung von Kampfdrohnen! Offener Brief an die Mitglieder der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion


„Ich denke, es sollte hier nicht unterschätzt werden, dass auch vom Handeln einzelner Staaten und insbesondere auch vom Handeln der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erheblich Signalwirkungen im internationalen Bereich ausgehen könnten, die in Richtung einer glaubhaften Perspektive auf eine internationale Rüstungskontrolle wirken.“

Das Nein zur Anschaffung von Kampfdrohnen ist ein Ja zu internationaler Kooperation für die Lösung der Zukunftsfragen, dem Erhalt der menschlichen Lebensgrundlagen und der vollen Verwirklichung der Menschenrechte und ermutigt andere ebenso dazu.

Wir fordern euch deshalb auf, gegen die Anschaffung von bewaffneten Drohnen zu stimmen.

15.12.2020 - 22:52 [ Jürgen Tißen, „Si vis pacem para bellum ]

Die #SPD hat sich endgültig in das linke und kommunistische Lager verabschiedet #FünfteKolonne

23.11.2020 - 16:23 [ ]

Studienergebnisse von AstraZeneca: Britischer Impfstoff wirkt zu 70 Prozent

Das Ergebnis bleibt zwar hinter den Werten der Präparate von Pfizer/Biontech und Moderna zurück. Wenn man aber zunächst nur eine halbe Dosis verabreiche und erst einen Monat später eine volle, dann erreiche der Impfstoff eine Effektivität von 90 Prozent, lässt AstraZeneca wissen. Er soll zudem deutlich preiswerter sein, sich sehr viel leichter lagern und weltweit transportieren lassen als andere Vakzine.

11.11.2020 - 10:40 [ Washington Post ]

The Republican Party Is Attacking Democracy

Its weapons are baseless insinuation and evidence-free charges, deployed solely to sow chaos and undermine the results of a free and fair election — one that produced a clear winner and an even clearer loser.

But the most dangerous attackers of American democracy aren’t the Russians or the Chinese. They are the leaders of the Republican Party.

10.11.2020 - 18:15 [ University of Oxford ]

Science reveals secrets behind the success of Game of Thrones

In other words, Martin keeps his characters’ networks within the limits that his readers’ human minds were designed by evolution to cope with.

31.10.2020 - 12:26 [ ]

Positive Trump polls spark polling circle debate

Most pollsters show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a sturdy and stable lead over President Trump at a time when tens of millions of people have already voted and there is almost no time to change the course of the race.

But a handful of contrarian pollsters believe Trump’s support is underrepresented and that election analysts could be headed for another embarrassing miss on Election Day.

17.10.2020 - 18:28 [ ]

Britain is at boiling point: JOHN HUMPHRYS rails at fear replacing reason, ministers who have lost control… and why the public is rising up against the hysterical response to Covid’s second wave

Look, I know it’s easy to find fault with officialdom.

There have always been bossy bureaucrats who justify their existence by making our lives difficult. Always will be.

And if that’s all we have to complain about in this, the nation’s greatest crisis . . . well, we can live with that. Except that it’s not all we have to complain about. And, crucially, this is not the nation’s greatest crisis. Not by a mile.

16.10.2020 - 10:21 [ ZDF ]

US-Wahl: Biden und Trump im Fernduell

Guten Morgen,

ich muss gestehen, ich fiebere der US-Wahl entgegen. Deshalb bin ich heute Nacht aufgestanden, um mir ab 2 Uhr die parallelen Town-Hall-Meetings von US-Präsident Trump und seinem Herausforderer Biden anzusehen. Biden im US-Sender ABC, Trump auf NBC. Zeitgleich.

08.10.2020 - 18:36 [ Stefan Leifert, ZDF-Korrespondent, Brüssel / Twitter ]

NATO-Generalsekretär Stoltenberg dazu heute: „Wir haben entschieden, gemeinsam nach Afghanistan zu gehen. Und wenn die Zeit reif ist, werden wir gemeinsam gehen.“ Heißt: Nicht Weihnachten.

26.09.2020 - 11:52 [ ]

A game theorist’s advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat

I have worked for over 30 years in competitive strategy. I teach it to future business and policy leaders, diplomats, global development leaders and social entrepreneurs. I have been a leader of the competitive strategy practices in two influential global consulting firms, where I advised CEOs, boards and policy heads. My academic training is as a game theorist, the science of figuring out your next move while anticipating the competitor’s moves to follow. Despite these credentials, I have never been invited to advise Donald Trump on competitive strategy.

22.09.2020 - 07:21 [ Haaretz ]

God, What Terrible Sin Did We Commit to Deserve Netanyahu?

If it were possible to get an answer from God, I would ask him at this time, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, what sin did we commit to deserve such a heavy punishment?

19.09.2020 - 16:05 [ Gallup ]

Trump, Biden Favorable Ratings Both Below 50%

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heading into presidential debate season, former Vice President Joe Biden edges out President Donald Trump in favorability ratings from the American people, 46% to 41%, while the candidates‘ running mates are roughly tied in favorability. Sen. Kamala Harris, running for vice president on the Democratic ticket, is viewed favorably by 42% of Americans, similar to the 41% rating for Republican Vice President Mike Pence.

19.09.2020 - 15:30 [ Haaretz ]

Tell Us the Truth. Why Does Israel Have a Second Lockdown?

Israel is a banana republic, from top to bottom. The cabinet ministers don’t obey the coronavirus czar, the public doesn’t (fully) comply with the directives, the prime minister lies like he breathes and so on. This has an upside. Contrary to many people’s deep fears, real fascism will never take hold here: Someone will fail to send the fax with the correct spelling of the head of the opposition, or the bus driver for the reeducation camps will fail to wake up in time in the morning.

15.09.2020 - 13:26 [ ]

The Thermosphere Responds to a Weaker Than Normal Solar Cycle


The cooling near solar minimum is natural and specific to the thermosphere. The cooling thermosphere does not affect the troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere closest to Earth’s surface where people live. The temperatures we experience on the ground do not get colder because of this solar cycle. NASA and other climate researchers continue to see a warming trend in the troposphere. These two effects are ongoing but unrelated.

Nitric oxide and carbon dioxide play important roles in cooling the thermosphere.

14.09.2020 - 20:54 [ QMC Politics / Twitter ]

The government has a Commons majority of 80-87 (depending on definitions). The first key vote on the Internal Market Bill is tonight at 10pm. What do you predict the result will be?


14.09.2020 - 11:09 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Lands in D.C for UAE, Bahrain Deal as Israel Braces for 3-week Lockdown

Netanyahu’s main coalition partners, Defense Minister Benny and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, were shunned from the trip

10.09.2020 - 08:18 [ ]

Nicht zu fassen

Aber warum hat auch die Bankenaufsicht Bafin nichts gemerkt? Die ist immerhin seinem Haus, dem Bundesfinanzministerium, unterstellt? Hier verweist Scholz auf „Reformen“, die schon laufen – und regt sich nicht weiter auf. Wie überhaupt die demonstrative Gelassenheit des Vizekanzlers seinen Angreifern den Wind aus den Segeln nimmt – es geht eher ruhig als lebhaft im Bundestag zu.

10.09.2020 - 08:08 [ ZDF ]

Cum-Ex-Geschäfte und Wirecard – Scholz sieht keine Verantwortung für Skandale

Kurz nach einem Telefonat zwischen Olearius und Scholz hatte die Finanzbehörde eine Rückforderung von 47 Millionen Euro fallen lassen. „Wie überall in Deutschland entscheiden die Finanzämter in Hamburg eigenständig nach Recht und Gesetz“, sagte dazu Scholz auf Fragen von Abgeordneten.

06.09.2020 - 10:50 [ New York Times ]

Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy

In short, every major spy service around the globe is trying to find out what everyone else is up to.

05.09.2020 - 21:22 [ @Tomer_Michelzon / Twitter ]

היס“מ מאבד את זה – מרסק את רועי פלג ונושאי הצוללת

בצעדה לתוך אדנית ברחוב.
צילום: איתי רון


05.09.2020 - 11:31 [ Haaretz ]

Soundtrack for a Revolution: ‘Bibi, Let My People Go,’ Begs Israeli Singer

When May Lavie heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Moses and Pharaoh in 2015, she immediately understood that it was a song waiting to be written.

30.08.2020 - 08:22 [ ]

Outcry as US intelligence stops in-person reports to Congress on election security

An official in Ratcliffe’s office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Saturday the office was “concerned about unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information following recent briefings”.

The move drew a heated rejoinder from House Democrats, who have focused on foreign efforts to sway the presidential election in 2016 and again this year.

27.08.2020 - 21:48 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

As usual @SpeakerPelosi with an idiotic point that @JoeBiden shouldn’t debate Trump. That feeds into everything Trump has said about Biden. It would make him look scared and hiding. She is worst strategist of my lifetime. Biden should go into debates and make the Democratic case!

27.08.2020 - 21:46 [ CNN ]

Pelosi says Biden shouldn’t debate Trump

Pelosi’s comments come as the Biden campaign has been fighting accusations from the Trump campaign and Republicans that the former vice president does not want to debate Trump. Following Pelosi’s comments, Biden and his campaign made clear that he still intends to debate Trump.

25.08.2020 - 06:30 [ ]

UAE canceled trilateral meeting with US, Israel over F-35 sales: report

However, the UAE decided to cancel the public vent in a bid to protest the statements on the prospect of the US selling advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf Kingdom coming from the Israeli security establishment.

Earlier reports in the Israeli media suggested that the sales of F-35s and other advanced military hardware to the UAE came as a secret clasue in the accord to normalize the ties.

25.08.2020 - 05:55 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

Every cable news pundit told you that you definitely shouldn’t pick @BernieSanders in primaries because Republicans will call him a socialist, Marxist & communist. These are literally the words used to describe Biden tonight at #RNC2020. That’s what they call us no matter what!

22.08.2020 - 03:11 [ ]

Deutschland warnt vor Reisen nach Brüssel

Die Bundesregierung stuft Brüssel als Corona-Risikogebiet ein und warnt vor Reisen in die belgische Hauptstadt. Für Reisende gelten damit Test- und Quarantänepflichten. Betroffen sind aber nicht alle: Für Diplomaten gibt es Ausnahmen.

21.08.2020 - 04:15 [ ]

Streit um UN-Sanktionen gegen Iran: Pompeo kritisiert Europäer scharf

Irans UN-Botschafter Majid Takht-Ravanchi warf den USA Desinformation und Schikane vor. Sie hätten nicht das Recht, den Sanktions-Mechanismus zu nutzen, denn sie seien 2018 aus dem Atomvertrag ausgestiegen.

„Kein Land kann das Recht eines Vertrags in Anspruch nehmen, den es verlassen hat.“

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

17.08.2020 - 18:27 [ Fox News ]

Trump indicates election won’t be ‚fair‘ if universal mail-in voting allowed

In another exchange, the president said Democrats will struggle to unite at their convention this week, as many of the more progressive members of the party balk at a ticket including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

„These are the same people I beat last time and they’re not gonna unite because they can’t unite, they don’t know how to unite,“ Trump said. „Also, Bernie [Sanders] is very unhappy, but actually, Biden went further left than Bernie wanted him to and Bernie’s still unhappy.“

10.08.2020 - 04:09 [ ]

Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call

Now, Republican leaders are pleading to billionaires for help. Trump advisers are pining for new outside groups to form, and the White House is growing anxious to see what Adelson, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican super PACs over the past decade, will do.

10.08.2020 - 03:54 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Lashes Out at Mega-donor Adelson for Not Giving Enough to His Campaign, Report Says

Republican Party officials had to intervene in order to assess the damage to the key relationship. Sources close to Adelson said it’s not clear whether this will dissuade Adelson from donating more to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Adelson was the largest single political donor during the 2018 mid-term elections in the U.S. – giving some $113 million dollars to conservative candidates.

05.08.2020 - 17:58 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu: Protesters Against Me Are Anarchists, Not Victims of Pandemic

Coalition whip Miki Zohar, who spoke before Netanyahu, warned that „the right to protest cannot be allowed to become the right to contract the coronavirus.“ He called the left-wing „dangerous“ and attacked the Likud’s senior coalition partner – Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party – for „urgently“ defending the right to protest.

03.08.2020 - 19:14 [ Irritant / Youtube ]

Das ist der R-Wert – by reizstoff

Unser Beitrag zur momentanen C-Kontroverse. Wir hoffen es gefällt euch.
Laßt es rocken – nicht nur am 01.08.

02.08.2020 - 10:27 [ ]

Very social – but no distancing! Revellers flock to Manchester’s pubs and bars for a night on the tiles despite new stricter lockdown rules

– Partygoers took advantage of hot weather this weekend to head out drinking in Manchester and Blackpool
– Groups of friends could be seen hugging and crowded outside nightclubs, pubs, bars and restaurants

21.07.2020 - 12:37 [ Washington Post ]

Mike Pompeo talks as if Obama is still president


Most of the sentiments Pompeo expresses would be anodyne coming from any other administration but are risible from this one. Does he know who he works for? He acts as though someone else is president — Barack Obama perhaps? That makes U.S. diplomacy nearly worthless, because the whole world can see the Grand Canyon-size gap between Pompeo’s rhetoric and Trump’s actions and beliefs. U.S. credibility has become a joke, and Pompeo keeps producing more punchlines.

21.07.2020 - 12:24 [ Daniel DePetris/ Business Insider ]

Mike Pompeo’s Iranian boogeyman is just an excuse for a policy that isn’t working


Despite the anti-American railings and innuendo from the political leadership, Iran is at best a mid-level power sharing a region home to states that are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to Iranian objectives. At $454 billion, its economy is nearly half the size of Florida’s.

19.07.2020 - 12:06 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General Orders Prosecutor to Speed Up Evidentiary Phase of Netanyahu Trial

The person who will determine whether the trial which has riven society in two will be fast-tracked or drag its feet is the head of the panel of judges, Rivka Friedman-Feldman. If she decides to speed things up, there is no reason the trial should drag on for years.

14.07.2020 - 14:10 [ BBC ]

Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM’s sacking, letters show

However, they also reveal Sir John – an Australian who was a judge before becoming governor-general – had discussed with Buckingham Palace whether he had the constitutional authority to dismiss Mr Whitlam.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as head of state. Before the dismissal, many Australians had little idea her representative had such power.

11.07.2020 - 17:31 [ ]

Anti-Netanyahu Activist: Only a ‘Bullet to the Head’ Will Silence Me


“I just got up, made a sign and went out to the street and protested,” he explained. “Every Saturday, just a friend [and I were] on the street corner.”

Ben Shitrit happens to be a cousin of Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, one of Netanyahu’s staunchest allies and defenders. He says he hasn’t spoken to his cousin, whom he calls a “sycophant” and a “poodle,” in years.

10.07.2020 - 15:06 [ ]

Five takeaways from Supreme Court’s rulings on Trump tax returns

Roberts laid out a list of factors for courts to consider when weighing such subpoenas but stressed that the list was not comprehensive, noting how rarely interbranch disputes have come before the court over the nation’s history.

“Other considerations may be pertinent as well; one case every two centuries does not afford enough experience for an exhaustive list,” the chief justice wrote

10.07.2020 - 10:28 [ Balkan Insight / Twitter ]

Protesters hold a sign that reads „the earth is flat“ in reference to Serbian President Vucic’s claims that Tuesday’s violent demonstrations were incited by far-right orgs, anti-migrant extremists, fantasists who ‘believe the Earth is a flat plate’.

30.06.2020 - 08:48 [ Jerusalem Post ]

IDF generals urge Trump to stand behind Netanyahu’s sovereignty plan


The idea of Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank, including all of the settlements, is already incorporated into Trump’s peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, Israel can do so only with approval from the US.

23.06.2020 - 09:54 [ ]

What It’s Like to Eat Inside Seattle’s Much-Discussed Protest Space

With so much national attention on the politics, it may seem a small thing to focus on food, which is only one part of the ecosystem at the CHOP/CHAZ. But the way people eat there offers a glimpse into the energy of the protest space, whether it’s through pop-up community kitchens, street vendors selling items right in the middle of everything, or local restaurants trying to figure out their place as a support pipeline.

20.06.2020 - 23:43 [ ]

Adbusting: Mit Geheimdienst, Polizei und Terrorabwehrzentrum gegen ein paar veränderte Plakate

Staatliche Behörden kriminalisieren zunehmend die Kunstform des Adbustings. Geheimdienste und Polizei stellen der Aktionskunst nach, sogar das Terrorabwehrzentrum befasste sich mit den Kommunikationsguerilleros. Verfassungsrechtlern geht der Eifer der Behörden zu weit.

20.06.2020 - 10:19 [ ]

President Donald Trump tears into Joe Biden’s ‚rally‘ by posting a picture of an empty hall and says it has ‚zero enthusiasm‘ as fans line up in Tulsa ahead of his own campaign event

– President Donald Trump claimed there was ‚zero enthusiasm‘ for Joe Biden’s campaign events Friday
– He shared a picture of Biden speaking in an apparently empty hall
– The Biden event in Pennsylvania had been enforcing social distancing and attendees were stationed apart from each other
– It came as the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Trump’s rally in Tulsa can go ahead as planned Saturday
– Trump supporters and protesters continued to gather as a curfew was lifted allowing them to remain there overnight

20.06.2020 - 09:42 [ ]

With curfew lifted, festival atmosphere reigns in downtown Tulsa near site of Saturday’s Trump campaign rally

Thousands of adoring fans and some number of not-so-adoring opponents are expected to greet President Donald Trump on Saturday night when he becomes the first U.S. chief executive in more than 25 years to visit Tulsa.

Trump followers began gathering in the city almost as soon as the 7 p.m. rally at the BOK Center was announced last week. In a larger sense, many have been waiting for months, ever since the COVID-19 epidemic put a stop to most live campaign activities.

19.06.2020 - 11:12 [ ]

Coronavirus: Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson push for independent virus investigation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, Downing Street said on Thursday.

„The leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the need for an independent investigation through the World Health Organisation into the origins of the outbreak,“ a spokeswoman for Johnson’s office said in a statement.

18.06.2020 - 13:51 [ Organization of American States (OAS) ]

Press Release on Disinformation Campaign Regarding the Role of the OAS in the Bolivian Elections

In other words, the statistical study conducted by the OAS did not seek to validate or challenge the results, but rather to identify abnormal or suspicious behavior in the trends, in order to guide the work of the other audit teams, which found incontrovertible evidence of manipulation of the election: secret computer servers with the capacity to modify the results, and adulterated tally sheets. Therefore, the General Secretariat of the OAS continues to stand behind the statistical analysis carried out, understanding that its usefulness was only of an instrumental nature within the overall review of the elections.

16.06.2020 - 11:24 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Tucker: Black Lives Matter is now a political party


And it may be the strongest political party in the United States.

15.06.2020 - 08:16 [ ]

Dr. Fauci Expects Spike in Coronavirus Cases Due to Protests


The percentage of positive coronavirus cases is declining across the D.C. area, but those numbers come amid a new warning from the nation’s top infectious disease expert on protests during the pandemic. News4’s Doreen Gentzler reports.

15.06.2020 - 08:08 [ ]

Roughly 2 weeks after protests began, no spike in Covid-19


About two weeks after protests began in New York City, several indicators tracking the spread of the coronavirus have yet to register a meaningful spike.

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio and health experts said Friday morning that they are waiting until the end of the month to draw any hard conclusions from the data.

14.06.2020 - 06:51 [ ]

Residents of CHAZ Respond to the President


Our President thinks „ugly Anarchists“ and „Domestic Terrorists“ have taken over Capitol Hill. In case you somehow missed it, here are the tweets:

12.06.2020 - 06:22 [ diyatvusa / Youtube ]

Rep. Bobby Rush and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot hold a joint press conference


12.06.2020 - 06:15 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

‘Cowards’: Rush Slams Chicago Police Caught Lounging In His Office Amid Looting | All In | MSNBC

Congressman Bobby Rush got word that his office in Chicago had been burglarized. But when he looked at the surveillance tape, he saw a group of up to 13 police officers, helping themselves to coffee, making popcorn, even napping in his office while nearby stores were being damaged and robbed amid protests. Aired on 6/11/2020.

12.06.2020 - 06:01 [ ]

Video shows Chicago police ‘lounging’ in congressman’s burglarized office during looting, mayor says

Several Chicago police officers were captured on video relaxing inside the recently-burglarized office of Congressman Bobby Rush while nearby businesses were looted, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday.

Surveillance video taken inside the longtime congressman’s South Side campaign office in the early hours of June 1 shows a group of officers sitting, making popcorn and in one case napping, “while small businesses on the South Side were looted and burned,” Lightfoot said.

09.06.2020 - 06:59 [ DeAnna Lorraine, Fmr Congressional Candidate vs Nancy Pelosi / Twitter ]

Someone show Dr. Fauci this now!

06.06.2020 - 23:12 [ rob / Twitter ]

teared up watching this. i lived in kentucky for 28 years and need you to know that the fact this happened in corbin is absolutely fucking bananas


03.06.2020 - 08:11 [ ]

Thousands turn up in Hollywood for protest promoted by rapper YG

However, the rapper took to Twitter an hour before its scheduled start to say that he would not be present.

„I was told today that my protest was not safe and that people could get hurt or shot, and I’m not trying to get none of people hurt or shot,“ he said in a video, adding that a protest would be held later „the right way.“

Still, plenty showed up and the group quickly grew in size.

30.05.2020 - 14:22 [ Farhang F. Namdar / Twitter ]

New York, The NYPD is using a bus to transfer arrested protesters at the Barclays Center. So many have been arrested. However the bus driver refused to drive it.“

27.05.2020 - 04:59 [ Tagesschau ]

Föderalismus in der Corona-Krise

Für Absprachen mit dem Bund sieht Baden-Württembergs Ministerpräsident Kretschmann derzeit keine Notwendigkeit. Sein Amtskollege Söder fordert hingegen mehr Macht für den Bund. Ein einheitliches Vorgehen rückt in weite Ferne.

24.05.2020 - 19:41 [ ]

Boris Johnson steps in at 5pm press conference to REFUSE to sack Dominic Cummings and says aide acted ‚responsibly and legally‘ while ‚following instincts of any father‘ amid calls for resignation over claims he broke lockdown three times

But despite ten Tory backbenchers demanding the scalp of his closest adviser and the mastermind of the Brexit Vote Leave campaign, he backed the divisive Machiavellian figure over revelations he twice travelled 270 miles from London to Durham while the public were told to stay at home.

08.05.2020 - 18:02 [ ]

Did the CIA Invent the Term ‘Conspiracy Theory’?


One may find the CIA’s attempt to influence public opinion problematic. But there is not a single sentence in the document that indicates the CIA intended to weaponise, let alone introduce the term “conspiracy theory” to disqualify criticism. In fact, “conspiracy theory” in the singular is never used in the document. “Conspiracy theories” in the plural is only used once, matter-of-factly in the third paragraph:

05.05.2020 - 21:28 [ ]

Exclusive: Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover

Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house.

01.05.2020 - 14:11 [ Der_Volkslehrer / Youtube ]

Bolschewisten am Werk? #nichtohneuns | ANALYSE

Ich schaue mir die „Hygiene-Demos“ und vor allem die Organisationen dahinter eitwas genauer an und stelle dar, was ich von dem ganzen Zirkus halte.
Haben wir hier den Bolschewisten im Demokratenpelz?
Doch sehet und höret selbst!

28.04.2020 - 17:36 [ ]

Police warn lockdown rules becoming unenforceable as people start returning to work

The Police Federation, which represents frontline officers, said it was „absolute nonsense“ for them to be telling sunbathers to move on when shoppers were queuing with „not a fag packet between them“ to buy „non-essential“ products at newly-reopened DIY stores.

27.04.2020 - 18:52 [ Washington Post ]

Live updates: U.S. sees signs of ‘quarantine fatigue’; Italy to ease West’s longest coronavirus lockdown

As world leaders grapple with perilous questions on lifting coronavirus restrictions, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte looks to ease the West’s longest lockdown and gradually reopen Italy’s economy starting next week.

In the United States, Americans are showing signs of “quarantine fatigue.” The White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening society as more states prepare to relax restrictions, but social distancing could continue through the summer.

27.04.2020 - 12:53 [ ]

Aktuelle ETH-Zahlen – Was brachte der Lockdown wirklich?


«Bevor der Bundesrat diese sehr einschneidenden Massnahmen getroffen hat, hatten wir ein exponentielles Wachstum der Epidemie. Erst ab dem 21. März fiel die Zahl deutlich unter 1», sagt Stadler.

Bereits vor zwei Wochen zeigte die ETH Zürich sowie die Universität Bern, wie die Kurve der Reproduktionszahl im Verlauf des Monats März klar sank. Auffällig: Bereits vor dem Lockdown ab dem 17. März sank die Kurve.

24.04.2020 - 14:32 [ CNN ]

Fact check: Trump wrongly suggests sunlight could help cure coronavirus

Immediately after the briefing, two doctors told CNN’s Erin Burnett that Trump’s comments did not make medical sense and warned against taking his suggestions seriously.

„Very little of what the President said as it pertains to disinfection or phototherapy makes any sense,“ said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist at The George Washington University Hospital who advised the White House during President George W. Bush’s tenure.

14.04.2020 - 18:28 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time favorite movies.

A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!

14.04.2020 - 18:14 [ ]

‘The authority is total’: President Trump says he will decide when the economy reopens, not governors

Trump would not offer specifics about the source of his asserted power, which he claimed, despite constitutional limitations, was absolute.

“When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “The governors know that.”

13.04.2020 - 19:35 [ Fox News ]

Jared Kushner denies claim he runs ’shadow task force,‘ Trump slams ‚fake sources‘


Bennett then asked what Kushner’s „role“ and „qualifications“ are for the alleged role — which was the subject of a Washington Post story last month.

Kushner calmly rebuffed his question and implicitly expressed doubt about the veracity of his sources.

„If some people are talking to you, that means they’re probably not informed as to what is going on,“ the former New Jersey real estate developer and investor said.

13.04.2020 - 09:59 [ Tagesschau ]

Chaos um Ausgangssperre: Erdogan lehnt Rücktritt von Minister ab

Soylu hatte zunächst darauf verwiesen, auf Anweisung Erdogans gehandelt zu haben. Gestern übernahm der Innenminister dann aber „die ganze Verantwortung“. Die Bilder hätten nicht zum bis dahin erfolgreichen Corona-Krisenmanagement gepasst, so Soylu. Angesichts seiner langen Erfahrung hätte so etwas nicht passieren dürfen.

12.04.2020 - 21:37 [ Tagesschau ]

Türkei: Soylu tritt nach Ausgangssperren-Debakel zurück

Soylu hatte am Freitagabend angekündigt, dass die Bewohner von 31 Städten, darunter die Hauptstadt Ankara und die Millionenmetropole Istanbul, ihre Wohnungen ab Samstag für 48 Stunden nicht verlassen dürften.

10.04.2020 - 08:45 [ ZDF ]

Coronavirus-Krise in Europa – EU-Finanzminister einigen sich auf Hilfspaket

Laut ZDF-Korrespondent Stefan Leifert in Brüssel ist zusätzlich ein milliardenschweres Wiederaufbau-Programm für das Europa nach der Corona-Krise beschlossen worden. Umfang und Finanzierung dieses „Recovery Funds“ seien aber noch offen: „EU-Haushalt, Eurobonds, alles ist möglich, nichts beschlossen“, so Leifert.

10.04.2020 - 08:43 [ Tagesschau ]

Einigung der EU-Finanzminister: 500 Milliarden gegen die Corona-Krise

Die Details sind allerdings alle offen, auch die Finanzierungsquellen. Einige Staaten wollen dafür Gemeinschaftsanleihen ausgeben, während andere – darunter Deutschland – Corona-Bonds ablehnen.

04.04.2020 - 12:21 [ Chris Harrison / Twitter ]

Linke und Grüne sind gegen Verbote. Dass ich dass noch erleben darf.

31.03.2020 - 14:09 [ Dr. Carol M. Swain, member of Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board / Twitter ]

What’re the criteria for determining #coronavirus is the cause of death for a person with serious pre-existing health conditions? I ask because eagerness to inflate numbers might lead to overzealousness. #Coronavirustruth #COVID19 @realDonaldTrump #CDC @CDCgov

25.03.2020 - 04:09 [ ]

Netanyahu’s Likud accuses Blue and White of ’stealing the Parliament‘

Other special committees to be established will focus on education, violence in Israeli Arab communities and labor and welfare; the four special panels will need to be approved by the plenum Tuesday.

These included Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense panels, with the latter set to establish a special committee that will supervise the contentious Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)-led coronavirus patients surveillance program.

18.03.2020 - 09:52 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Puts Restrictions on Five Chinese State Media Outlets


The U.S. designated five Chinese media companies as “foreign missions,” a decision that reflects the Trump administration’s view that the communist party of Xi Jinping is imposing increasingly draconian government-control over news services, senior State Department officials said.

10.03.2020 - 05:12 [ ]

House leaders near deal to renew federal surveillance powers

House leaders are closing in on a bipartisan deal to renew a set of federal surveillance powers expiring this weekend, but no final agreement has been reached, according to lawmakers and aides of both parties.

08.03.2020 - 14:44 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Lieberman’s Terms for Entering Government

„Agreed. We need to move forward,“ Gantz tweeted in response a list of demands that the Yisrael Beiteinu leader listed earlier Sunday in a Facebook post.

07.03.2020 - 12:41 [ ]

In Syria, The U.S. Fight To Protect Oil Fields

BOWMAN: Right. The U.S. and Europe actually want Bashar al-Assad removed. He killed hundreds of thousands of his own people in a civil war. And they don’t want Assad to gain more strength by having access to millions of dollars from the oil. And Russia is Syria’s main ally. The U.S. ally in this ongoing ISIS fight, the Kurds, are using proceeds from the oil to continue their operations. And to make this even more politically convoluted, the Kurds are selling the oil to the Syrian government.

06.03.2020 - 10:37 [ Washington Post ]

Joe Biden demolishes the ‘corporate establishment’ canard

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has begun to sound like an aging hippie: “It’s the establishment, man!” Sanders attacks former vice president Joe Biden not on the substance of anything that he and President Barack Obama accomplished;

06.03.2020 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

Refugees From the Zionist Left: How the Jewish Vote for Arab Party Spiked in Israel’s Election

Meital, 31, also from Tel Aviv, had been a lifelong Likud voter. But this week, she voted for the Joint List. “I voted Likud thinking that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a leader with experience who can be relied on. I didn’t see anyone who could replace him,” she says. “But recently I started thinking about it differently – not to vote according to the question of who would be prime minister, but who would best reflect my values and my desire for a more tolerant society.”

06.03.2020 - 06:24 [ ]

EU-Staaten stellen Türkei Hilfsgelder in Aussicht

Mehrere EU-Staaten haben der Türkei weiteres Geld zur Versorgung syrischer Flüchtlinge in Aussicht gestellt – vorausgesetzt, Ankara macht wieder seine Grenze zur EU dicht.

25.02.2020 - 19:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Intelligence Sources: All Candidates Are Russian Agents But Pete Buttigieg

Today’s Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced by this breaking report by the National News Conglomerate. NNC: Obey.

24.02.2020 - 20:14 [ ]

Scarborough: Time for Warren, Klobuchar to drop out ‚to help consolidate efforts‘ against Sanders

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Monday called on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to get out of the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, with the „Morning Joe“ co-host arguing that it would help „consolidate efforts against Bernie Sanders“ by other candidates.

22.02.2020 - 17:31 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundes-CDU gegen Wahl Ramelows: Zwischen Parteilinie und Realpolitik

Der gerade erst beschlossene Fahrplan zur Lösung der Regierungskrise in Thüringen steht wieder auf der Kippe: Die Bundes-CDU lehnt die Wahl eines Ministerpräsidenten von der Linkspartei mit Stimmen der Christdemokraten ab.

22.02.2020 - 17:29 [ MDR ]

Hauptmann: Erkenne meine CDU nicht wieder

MDR-Ticker 22.2.2020

„Ich erkenne meine CDU Thüringen derzeit nicht wieder“, twitterte der Politiker. Er werde auf keinen Fall akzeptieren, dass sich Kollegen im Landtag über einen Parteitagsbeschluss der CDU hinwegsetzen, um aus Eigeninteresse die DNA, die Glaubwürdigkeit und die Reputation der CDU infrage zu stellen.

19.02.2020 - 15:04 [ ZDF ]

Kandidaten für CDU-Vorsitz – Mehr innerparteiliche Demokratie wagen!

Die CDU sollte Norbert Röttgen dankbar sein – mit seiner Kandidatur verhindert er eine Hinterzimmer-Kungelei um den nächsten Vorsitz.

19.02.2020 - 15:02 [ ZDF ]

Künftiger Parteivorsitz – Röttgen für CDU-Mitgliederbefragung

„Ich glaube, dieser Wunsch in der Partei wird immer stärker und hörbarer werden“, sagte er nach einem Treffen mit Parteichefin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin.

19.02.2020 - 14:59 [ ]

Rückzug von Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel will sich aus Suche nach CDU-Chef raushalten

Mit Blick auf eine Regierungsbeteiligung von Rechtspopulisten in anderen europäischen Staaten sagte Merkel, für die Union gelte, dass sie nicht mit der AfD zusammenarbeite. Über andere Länder wolle sie nicht urteilen, das müssten diese selbst entscheiden.

18.02.2020 - 18:11 [ Tagesschau ]

Norbert Röttgen: „Muttis Klügster“ will nach oben

Sein eigenes politisches Überleben endete 2012 – vorerst: Er wollte Nordrhein-Westfalen als Sprungbrett nach ganz oben, wollte Ministerpräsident werden. Doch gleichzeitig stellte er klar, dass er der Partei dienen werde, wo sie ihn hinstelle. Doch die, in Person von Angela Merkel, stellte ihn damals ins Abseits. Er vergeigte die NRW-Wahl grandios. Das schlechteste CDU-Ergebnis jemals.

18.02.2020 - 18:01 [ Tagesschau ]

Regierungskrise in Thüringen: CDU lehnt Ramelow-Vorschlag ab

Der Thüringer CDU-Partei- und Fraktionschef Mike Mohring sagte in Erfurt, der Vorschlag des Linken-Politikers Bodo Ramelow für Neuwahlen und zur Bildung einer Übergangsregierung greife zu kurz. Stattdessen müsse es eine Regierung geben, „die vollständig besetzt und parteiübergreifend von berufenen Experten gestellt wird“, forderte Mohring.

18.02.2020 - 13:29 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Bernie TRIGGERS Bloomberg

The Mike Bloomberg campaign had the bright idea to attack online Bernie Bros. John Iadarola, Nando Vila, and Francesca Fiorentini, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

17.02.2020 - 11:37 [ CNN ]

Hillary Clinton is not going to be Bloomberg’s vice president

Let’s start by saying this: It is not going to happen. Bloomberg is a long way from leading, let alone winning, the race for the Democratic nomination. There’s no indication he would ask Clinton to be on his ticket, and no compelling reason why she would accept.

17.02.2020 - 09:13 [ Tagesschau ]

Kanzlerkandidatur Söder widerspricht Kramp-Karrenbauer

„Der Parteivorsitz ist das eine. Aber das andere ist die Kanzlerkandidatur“, sagte er am Sonntagabend in der ARD-Sendung „Anne Will“. Diese gehe nur mit der CSU.

Söder hatte sich in der Vergangenheit mehrfach dafür ausgesprochen, zügig über den Parteivorsitz zu entscheiden – allerdings losgelöst von der Kanzlerkandidaten-Frage der Union.

16.02.2020 - 12:47 [ Tagesschau ]

Verbindungen zwischen AfD und Werteunion: „Ausloten, was künftig möglich ist“

Dem „Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger“ sagte Rüdiger Lucassen, Mitglieder seiner Partei würden sich seit einem halben Jahr mit Mitgliedern des Vereins treffen. „Erste Gespräche begannen vor circa sechs Monaten. Seitdem haben sich die Kontakte intensiviert“, so Lucassen. So gebe es bis zu sieben Treffen im Monat.

15.02.2020 - 12:25 [ Stefan Kornelius / ]

Deutschland geht den Konflikten aus dem Weg

Der moralische Hochsitz ermöglicht der deutschen Außenpolitik einen wunderbaren Überblick über das Getümmel – aber von da oben mischt man nicht mit. Und Autonomie gibt es in dieser Welt für niemanden.

15.02.2020 - 11:47 [ Tagesschau ]

CDU-Vorsitz: Die ersten Kandidaten – und keine Namen

In der CDU-Parteizentrale sind die ersten Bewerbungen für den Parteivorsitz eingetroffen. Doch die drei bisher meistgehandelten Kandidaten sind offenbar nicht darunter.

15.02.2020 - 11:20 [ Sueddeutsche ]

„Alle sagen, ich bin das Bürgerlichste, was hier rumlatscht“

Warum der frühere Thüringer Ministerpräsident das Kooperationsverbot der CDU mit der Linken für nicht zeitgemäß hält, er aber zugleich Verständnis für die Christdemokraten in seinem Land hat.

13.02.2020 - 20:27 [ Taniel / Twitter ]

(deep breath) am I going to have to clear my entire late February schedule? (my birthday is a few days after Nevada so they better not Iowa this)

13.02.2020 - 15:24 [ Spectator ]

Sajid Javid quits as No. 10 takes control

Sunak has long been seen as a rising star and is the person in the Treasury who No. 10 preferred to deal with. Sunak will be helped by the new No. 10/No. 11 special adviser unit. Sunak is a Brexiteer who has good relations both with the Prime Minister and his team. One insider suggests that their relationship will be a friendly one similar to that of David Cameron and George Osborne. What’s clear is that today’s changes mean No. 10 has taken control.

13.02.2020 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

Sajid RESIGNS after refusing to let Dominic Cummings sack his staff: Javid quits saying he won’t be ‚Chancellor in name only‘ during extraordinary showdown with Boris Johnson

Although Mr Cummings was not in the room during fraught discussions with Mr Johnson, sources said it was ‚obvious‘ who was behind the move.

Following more than an hour of frantic wrangling, Mr Javid finally resigned in protest.

‚The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team,‘ a source close to Mr Javid said.

13.02.2020 - 15:00 [ The Telegraph / Youtube ]

Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor amid Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has resigned from his role in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

It is believed Mr Javid was asked to stay on in his role, but resigned in protest at being asked to fire all his advisors.

Rishi Sunak has been appointed as the new Chancellor.

10.02.2020 - 17:52 [ Pew Research Center ]

NATO Seen Favorably Across Member States

Many in member countries express reservations about fulfilling Article 5’s collective defense obligations

09.02.2020 - 10:15 [ Tagesschau ]

Regierungskrise in Thüringen: Linkspartei fordert CDU-Stimmen für Ramelow

Die Thüringer Linkspartei-Chefin Susanne Hennig-Wellsow hat von der CDU Stimmen für eine Wahl von Bodo Ramelow zum Ministerpräsidenten gefordert. „Wir müssen dokumentieren, dass er von Demokraten gewählt wurde“, sagte Hennig-Wellsow. Sie reagierte damit auf einen Vorstoß von AfD-Bundestagsfraktionschef Alexander Gauland.

09.02.2020 - 10:12 [ ]

Regierungskrise in Thüringen – Gauland: AfD soll jetzt für Ramelow stimmen – um ihn zu verhindern

Dieser hatte seinen Thüringer Kollegen empfohlen, auch für Ramelow zu stimmen – um ihn so zu verhindern. „Die kopflose Reaktion von CDU und FDP bringt mich zu der Empfehlung an die thüringischen Freunde, das nächste Mal Herrn Ramelow zu wählen, um ihn sicher zu verhindern – denn er dürfte das Amt dann auch nicht annehmen“, sagte Gauland.

03.02.2020 - 15:14 [ ]

Falscher Bundesstaat: Spott für Trump-Tweet nach Super Bowl

„Ihr habt den großartigen Bundesstaat Kansas und, genau genommen, die ganze USA so gut vertreten. Unser Land ist STOLZ AUF EUCH!“

Die Stadt Kansas City liegt allerdings nicht im US-Bundesstaat Kansas, sondern am westlichen Rand von Missouri an der Grenze zu Kansas.

01.02.2020 - 09:59 [ ]

Boris Johnson plans to impose full customs and border checks on European goods

Boris Johnson is preparing to impose full customs and border checks on all European goods entering the UK after Brexit, in a ramping up of pressure on the coming EU-UK trade talks, the Telegraph has learned.

31.01.2020 - 10:57 [ Tagesschau ]

Zeugin in Berateraffäre: „Vorgeschützte Totalamnesie“

Dass aber auch viele externe Berater zusammen mit Karin Suder Einzug im Ministerium hielten, sickerte erst langsam an die Öffentlichkeit durch, Türschilder und Telefonnummern sollen sie dort bekommen haben, sagten Zeugen vor dem Ausschuss, sie seien ununterscheidbar von langjährigen Beamten gewesen.

Dass danach ehemalige Kollegen, externe Berater, zum Teil persönliche Bekannte und Freunde von Katrin Suder, wiederum Aufträge in großer Höhe aus dem Ministerium bekamen, dafür sei sie nicht verantwortlich , sagt die Zeugin.

29.01.2020 - 11:20 [ ]

Der Anfang vom Ende: Briten sagen Brüssel „Goodbye“

Während die einen gehofft haben, der Tag würde niemals kommen, können ihn die anderen kaum erwarten. Nach dreieinhalb Jahren Hoffen und Bangen ist es jedenfalls so weit: Großbritannien verlässt am Freitag die EU. Für die Abgeordneten und Hunderte Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter heißt das Abschiednehmen.

28.01.2020 - 12:21 [ Washington Post ]

Facing loss in parliament, Benjamin Netanyahu withdraws request for immunity from prosecution

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hours before facing a likely defeat in the Israeli parliament, withdrew his request for official immunity from prosecution on corruption charges Tuesday, giving up a controversial gambit to shield himself from legal peril a month before a national election.

27.01.2020 - 08:10 [ ]

„Things Are Gonna Get Crazy“: Bernie Sanders‘ Camp Is Warning Supporters About A Backlash

Just eight days remain until the primary begins here in Iowa — and Bernie Sanders is leading the polls. For some Democrats, it’s a scenario they say they’ve dreaded and feared: waking up to the reality that the 78-year-old Vermont senator, an independent who has reshaped party policy and promised to bring a revolution to Washington, has a real shot at capturing the nomination.

22.01.2020 - 20:36 [ CNN ]

CNN poll: Bernie Sanders surges to join Biden atop Democratic presidential pack

Overall, 27% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents back Sanders, while 24% favor Biden. The margin between the two is within the poll’s margin of sampling error, meaning there is no clear leader in this poll.

22.01.2020 - 19:41 [ ]

Senat einigt sich auf Impeachment-Regeln

Fast 13 Stunden hat die erste inhaltliche Sitzung des Senats zum Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Donald Trump gedauert. Erst in der letzten Stunde der bis in die Nacht auf Mittwoch (Ortszeit) dauernden Sitzung gab es die Einigung auf das weitere Prozedere. Die Republikaner zeigten deutlich, wer im Senat das Sagen hat.

22.01.2020 - 05:26 [ Daily Beast ]

Sanders Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Attack: ‘On a Good Day, My Wife Likes Me’

Sanders said in an interview with NBC Nightly News, “On a good day, my wife likes me, so let’s clear the air on that one,” and then reportedly began talking about President Trump’s impeachment. When asked why he thinks Clinton is still talking about the 2016 presidential election, Sanders said, “That’s a good question. You should ask her.”