If you thought this was the decade Facebook would stop elevating rightwing demagogues, think again


Mark Zuckerberg’s new year’s resolutions show Facebook has no plans to change its ways. At least the lip service is over

In Silicon Valley, the first week of January is reliably bookmarked by two news stories: the latest absurd and amusing products at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement of his New Year’s resolution, which he annoyingly persists in calling “personal challenges”.

Zuckerberg’s resolutions have evolved in tandem with Facebook itself, from the domestic and human-sized (go running, eat less meat) to the global and unwieldy (“fixing” Facebook). So it seems worth noting that 2020 is apparently the year that Zuckerberg is officially giving up.

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US is not willing to withdraw troops from Iraq, says Pompeo

If they say go – we gotta go and leave.

Secretary of state says US is only willing to discuss future structure of forces in country

Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of its forces in the country, the US state department has said.

The recommitment to US troops in Iraq defies an Iraqi parliament vote last week demanding all US forces leave in the wake of the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani by a drone strike in Baghdad. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the US was only willing to discuss force reconfiguration with the Iraqis, and a greater contribution by Nato forces.

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Photos: Jane Fonda Saved Her Best DC Fire Drill Friday for Last

This Friday’s iteration featured Fonda alongside famous friends like Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, and Joaquin Phoenix, as well as indigenous leaders who have recently opened a new wave of activism. Hundreds turned out on the lawn outside the Capitol to hear speeches and then take to the Capitol steps. Police encroached and issued a warning for people to vacate or risk arrest for holding an unpermitted event.

Source: Photos: Jane Fonda Saved Her Best DC Fire Drill Friday for Last

Trump Administration Still Distressingly Vague About Soleimani’s Supposed ‘Imminent Attack’


The Trump administration continues to be evasive about those so-called “imminent attacks” that they allege Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning. As those attacks play a huge role in the justification of the United States’ assassination of Soleimani, it would be pretty helpful for someone like, say,…

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14 Paris Museums Put 300,000 Works of Art Online: Download Classics by Monet, Cézanne & More

First trips to Paris all run the same risk: that of the museums consuming all of one’s time in the city. What those new to Paris need is a museum-going strategy, not that one size will fit all. Tailoring such a strategy to one’s own interests and pursuits requires a sense of each museum’s collection, something difficult to attain remotely before Paris Musées opened up its online collections portal.

There, a counter tracks the number of artworks from the museums of Paris digitized and uploaded for all the world to see, which as of this writing comes in at 321,055. 150,222 images, notes a counter below, are in the public domain, and below that, another counter reveals that the archive now contains 621,075 pieces of digital media in total.

Among these, writes Hyperallergic’s Valentina Di Liscia, “masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, and Anthony van Dyck, among many other familiar and lesser-known names, can now be accessed and enjoyed digitally.”

She highlights “Paul Cézanne’s enchanting 1899 portrait of the French art dealer Ambroise Vollard,” pictures taken by “Eugène Atget, the French photographer known for documenting and immortalizing old Paris,” and Gustave Courbet’s Les demoiselles des bords de la Seine, which became “the subject of controversy at the Paris Salon of 1857 for what some deemed an indecorous and even sensual portrayal of working class women.”

Paris Musées oversees the fourteen City of Paris Museums, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Petit Palais as well as the Maison de Balzac and Maison de Victor Hugo. That last now has a virtual exhibition up called “Light and Shade,” which, through the illustrations of Hugo’s literary works, reveals the “frenzy of images that adorned 19th century literature,” from “the blossoming of the romantic vignette, to the flood of popular editions, and the swansong of those collectors’ editions celebrating the glories of the Third Republic.” The “thematic discovering” section of Paris Musées portal also features sections on caricatures of Victor Hugo, on the 18th century, on portraits, and on Paris in the year 1900, when Art Nouveau made it “the capital of Europe.”

“Users can download a file that contains a high definition (300 DPI) image, a document with details about the selected work, and a guide of best practices for using and citing the sources of the image,” writes Di Liscia. Shown here are Claude Monet Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver, Célestin Nanteuil’s La Cour des Miracles, Léon Bonnat’s Portrait de M. Victor Hugo, Cézanne’s Rochers et branches à Bibémus, and a postcard for the Exposition universelle de Paris 1889. These images are released under a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license, and “works still in copyright will be available as low definition files, so users can still get a feel for the museums’ collections online.” Do bear in mind that Paris Musées does not have under its umbrella that most famous museum of all, the Louvre. If you’re looking to get a feel for that world-renowned destination’s formidable collection, you may just have to visit it — a cultural task that necessitates a battle plan of its own.

via Hyperallergic

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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H.Con.Res. 83: Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.

Passed House (Senate next):
Last Action: On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 224 – 194 (Roll no. 7).
Explanation: This resolution passed in the House on January 9, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Rep. Paul A. Gosar tweets fake image of Obama with the Iranian President – The Washington Post

Rep. Paul A. Gosar, an Arizona Republican whose history of inflammatory social media posts has made him Internet infamous, tweeted a doctored picture of President Barack Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an apparent effort to criticize the former U.S. leader’s Iran policy. The tweet, sent Monday afternoon, is captioned: “The world is a better place without these guys in power.” It features a fake photo that was debunked more than four years ago. In the falsified image, Obama and Rouhani are posing, hands clasped and smiling, in front of two American flags and a poorly altered Iranian one. But Obama and Rouhani never met in person, and, while Obama left office in 2017, Rouhani is still in power. The real photo was taken at a 2011 meeting between Obama and then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Source: Rep. Paul A. Gosar tweets fake image of Obama with the Iranian President – The Washington Post

Trade war deal: How Xi Jinping rejected Donald Trump’s signing ceremony proposal during turbulent period | South China Morning Post

Before leaving for a state visit to Greece, Xi Jinping turned down proposals of a meeting with Donald Trump, sources briefed on the matter said.

Source: Trade war deal: How Xi Jinping rejected Donald Trump’s signing ceremony proposal during turbulent period | South China Morning Post

Can Nuclear Power Offer a Way Out of the Climate Crisis? – DER SPIEGEL

Billionaires and leading researchers in the United States are developing next-generation nuclear reactors that are small, reputedly safe and suitable to modern power grids. They could be part of the climate change solution.
— Read on www.spiegel.de/international/world/can-nuclear-power-offer-a-way-out-of-the-climate-crisis-a-06a8a27f-d492-45d3-8134-30187eefbdf3

There is no way to assure long term safety of nuclear based on profit making or tax based production and storage of spent fuel. Wind and solar work and do not threaten death from unintended leaks !!!