U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in Hack

Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump… ‘It is most certainly consistent with the Putin that I have watched and used to work with when I was an ambassador and in the government,’ said Michael McFaul, who was ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.’He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump’s views on Russia,’ McFaul added. Clinton cast doubt on the integrity of Russia’s elections.”If this were a plot for a movie, it’d be rejected for its sheer petty absurdity. The GOP never, ever gets to invoke the name of their beloved St. Ronnie Raygun again, not after they gleefully supported Putin’s lapdog. Jesus Christ.

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines President, says he personally killed people when he was a mayor – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“By boasting about the blood on his own hands, President Duterte will further embolden police and vigilantes to blatantly violate laws and carry out more extrajudicial executions without fear of being held to account,” Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty’s director for South East Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.”President Duterte should be fulfilling his obligations by ordering investigations into these killings and bringing those responsible to justice, not claiming a part in them.”Statements like these continue to give everybody, including the police in the Philippines, a license to kill in the knowledge that they are protected by the President.”Mr Duterte, who took office in June, has been widely criticised for his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, which has led to the deaths of more than 2,000 suspects in gun battles with police.About 3,000 other drug-related killings are being investigated by authorities to determine if these were related to the illegal drug trade.

Source: Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines President, says he personally killed people when he was a mayor – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Violence against women: Mexican senator vows to fight gender violence after vicious attack | In English | EL PAÍS

This is a cowardly act,” said Guevara, unable to hold back tears. “I have always been a simple person, I don’t have a chauffeur or bodyguards. I am always encouraging civic behavior among people. I believe in my country and this is where we have to do our work.”Guevara, known to Mexicans for earning a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the 400-meter dash, said she did not identify herself as a senator while she was being attacked.“It was hard for them to identify me because I was wearing glasses and my helmet… I took every single blow they delivered.”

Source: Violence against women: Mexican senator vows to fight gender violence after vicious attack | In English | EL PAÍS

vintage everyday: 40 Beautiful Portrait Postcards of Women of the German Cinema Between 1918 and 1933

Brigitte Helm (1906-1997) was not even 18 when she was discovered by Fritz Lang for the lead in his film Metropolis. Helm played the double role of the noble and chaste Maria and her evil and sensual twin, a robot created to urge the workers in revolting and destroying their own city. Helm was subsequently often cast as the evil but oh so seductive ice queen, as in the two versions of Alraune; Marcel L’Herbier’s late silent film L’Argent; and the multilinguals The Mistress of Atlantis by G.W. Pabst, and Gold, by Karl Hartl.Helm proved, though, to be able to perform also more restrained and emotionally expressive characters such as in Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney, her first film directed by Pabst, and Abwege, a late silent film by the same Pabst. In the latter she resents her neglecting and older husband but hesitates to fall for her cousin, enamoured with her and of her own age.In real life, Helm was a timid, modest and not very ambitious personality. After a short but prolific career of some 32 films, she resented the German film business, controlled by the nazi’s. In 1935 she married, moved to Switzerland and withdrew radically from her film career, refusing any interviews. Till this day, however, she still has fans everywhere. In particular the bad Maria won’t be forgotten. For her the Mae West line is very apt: “When I am good, I am very good; but when I am bad, I am better.”

Source: vintage everyday: 40 Beautiful Portrait Postcards of Women of the German Cinema Between 1918 and 1933

Aleppo and the split of hypocrisy 

Hard but accurate words.

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Aleppo and the split of hypocrisyCleansing Aleppo from the criminals of da’esh, nusra and co. , should have been a reason to celebrate amid the mourning of hearts and lives of the damage and loss in Syria .

I don’t have to say each time that I am not pro Asad and I would ever be on the side of dictatorships. But here , in Syria specifically it is not about dictatorships . At the end we are into a situation that it is dictatorship vs criminals . And dictatorship in this case should win . At the end the Arab nations seem to be far from democracy . We are having a real problem in living with such notions . Democracies need liberated mindsets which we don’t have . We still live in a tribal mindset that searches a head to attach to the body . In Syria the…

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Grief at Christmas: How about just being Human?

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Every time a special occasion is pending, a certain birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or another Christmas, I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach about how I will handle it without those loved ones who have already passed on. Christmas is one of the toughest times of year for many of us living with invisible illnesses whether they be mental, emotional or physical.

One of the first feelings to follow that awful “boot to the stomach sensation” is a sense of, well, I guess it is called “shame.” Shame that I can’t just buck up and join in, shame that I need to take time out to have a little cry in the bathroom, shame that while everyone is toasting and cheering and jollying along I fight back the tears and an urge to flee all things overwhelmingly festive.

Why should we be ashamed of having any…

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