Trump Campaign Chief’s Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party – The New York Times

The filing serves as a retroactive admission that Mr. Manafort performed work in the United States on behalf of a foreign power — Ukraine’s Party of Regions — without disclosing it at the time, as required by law. The Party of Regions is the political base of former President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who fled to Russia during a popular uprising in 2014.

It Isn’t About the Damn Cake | Dame Magazine

Justice Neil Gorsuch has already indicated that he won’t look favorably on an expansive view of LGBTQ rights. He dissented from the Court’s opinion in Pavan v. Smith, a case where Arkansas refused to place both names of a female same-sex couple on a birth certificate even though they automatically do so for a male-female couple. Dissenting in that case showed that Gorsuch doesn’t really consider the Court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, settled law, and that he will make LGBTQ people fight tooth and nail for every possible right.   At first glance, whether or not a bakery refuses to bake a cake for a same-sex couple doesn’t necessarily seem as terrible, objectively, as those instances where people seek to deny LGBTQ people things like mental-health treatment or, worse still, impose horrifying conversion therapy upon them. However, they all spring from the same discriminatory impulse: the notion, a wholly anti-American one, that you can treat people differently if you don’t agree with who they are.

Source: It Isn’t About the Damn Cake | Dame Magazine

Inoreader – EID Journal: A New Bat-HKU2–like Coronavirus in Swine, China, 2017

“Bats get out of control and produce more viruses when humans create more fruit plantations – there has been a huge increase in date fruit production in Saudia Arabia – home of the MERS outbreak.”


The study shows that bats carry a significantly higher proportion of viruses able to infect people than any other group of mammals; and it identifies the species and geographic regions on the planet with the highest number of yet-to-be discovered, or ‘missing’, viruses likely to infect people. This work provides a new way to predict where and how we should work to identify and pre-empt the next potential viral pandemic before it emerges.

Source: Inoreader – EID Journal: A New Bat-HKU2–like Coronavirus in Swine, China, 2017

WHO | Lassa Fever – Nigeria

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever illness. Lassa fever is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces. Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur.

Source: WHO | Lassa Fever – Nigeria

104 deaths have been reported since the onset of the current Lassa fever outbreaks season in December 2016

Facebook’s secret rules mean that it’s ok to be anti-Islam, but not anti-gay | Ars Technica

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a US congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized” Muslims. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,” declared US Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. “Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”Higgins’ plea for violent revenge went untouched by Facebook workers who scour the social network deleting offensive speech.But a May posting on Facebook by Boston poet and Black Lives Matter activist Didi Delgado drew a different response.”All white people are racist. Start from this reference point, or you’ve already failed,” Delgado wrote. The post was removed, and her Facebook account was disabled for seven days.

Source: Facebook’s secret rules mean that it’s ok to be anti-Islam, but not anti-gay | Ars Technica

Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse | Ars Technica

Researchers at antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, in their own blog post published Wednesday, also labeled the previous day’s malware a wiper. They confirmed Suiche’s finding that the damage was irreversible. In an e-mail, they wrote:Our analysis indicates there is little hope for victims to recover their data. We have analyzed the high-level code of the encryption routine, and we have figured out that, after disk encryption, the threat actor could not decrypt victims’ disks. To decrypt a victim’s disk, threat actors need the installation ID. In previous versions of “similar” ransomware like Petya/Mischa/GoldenEye, this installation ID contained the information necessary for key recovery. ExPetr does not have that, which means that the threat actor could not extract the necessary information needed for decryption. In short, victims could not recover their data.

Source: Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse | Ars Technica

E.P.A. Official Pressured Scientist on Congressional Testimony, Emails Show – The New York Times


“It’s shocking and insulting to be told before you go in to alter your testimony to what the administration wants,” he said. “This just shows a certain amount of amateurishness about how these hearings work. They’re supposed to be places where you get objective views. You don’t go around telling people what to say.”Mr. Jackson and the E.P.A. communications office did not respond to emailed questions about Mr. Jackson’s communications with Dr. Swackhamer.

Kushner’s first foray into Mideast peace reveals challenges ahead – AKA: FAIL!

Palestinian officials contacted by Al-Monitor said they felt abandoned by the United States as their negotiating team left little leeway for Abbas to be able to show something for his efforts and attempts to keep the lid on the brewing public discontent with him. The biggest problem for the Palestinian president comes from families of prisoners and martyrs, as these families are worried that they will be sacrificed for an unknown process that has little chance to succeed.

Source: Kushner’s first foray into Mideast peace reveals challenges ahead

On the Side of the Road #kindness #sundaydevotions

poetry penned in moon dust

“It’s as easy as…”


“you fall off –

 get right back on”

bruised and bloodied

stumbling off the road

 scraping out the rocks

“Just get up” a person calls

I think I’ll just sit in the dirt

another person rolls her eyes

increasing her pace

“take the bike I won’t be needing it” I holler

I feel gentle arms around me

“let me clean that” a kind whisper

“we will get you home”

the man puts me on his bike

his wife rides my battered one

I’m awakened to fluffy white pillows

I don’t know how long it takes to heal

 there it was painted and straight

“I think I’m ready to try “

I wave at the kind couple

their hands are full so they smile

there will always be battered people

to pick up on the side of the road

The original story of the Good Samaritan…

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