Hopes of clean break with EU are nonsense, says ex-Brexit official

A no-deal exit would trigger complex negotiations, argues former top DexEU civil servant Claiming a no-deal Brexit represents a clean break with the European Union is nonsensical, according to Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU. Boris Johnson has promised to extricate the UK from the EU on 31 October come what may and has hinted that he could Civil servants do their job for governments of the day, delivering the policies of the government of the day, and thats just as true for Brexit as for anything else. He said claims his erstwhile colleague Olly Robbins had sought to stymie the governments negotiating efforts were complete nonsense. Robbins left Whitehall as Johnson took …

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review the whistleblowers memoir

The call of duty and a patriotic pedigree are given priority in Snowdens account of his motivations and he warns of dangers ahead Towards the end of Edward Snowdens memoir, he hands the narrative to his partner, Lindsay Mills, in the form of the diary she was keeping at the time he was American and British spy agencies. Ed, what have you done? she wrote. How can you come back from this? Permanent Record is Snowdens attempt to answer these questions by doing something he finds discomforting and antithetical: breaching his own privacy, opening up what he calls the empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state. This is the space he has guarded for six years, but …

RBG Got Real About The Possibility Of Eliminating The Electoral College

Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Comments On Eliminating The Electoral College Are Depressingly Real By Yvonne Kim Sept 11, 2019 In recent election cycles, the Electoral College has proven controversial. In several presidential elections in the past 20 years, the election winner has managed to claim the presidency without winning the national popular vote thanks to the system, which assigns votes by state. With so much controversy about whether this centuries-old system accurately represents national opinion, it’s only natural that both voters and lawmakers have been speaking out about it on both sides. Recently, one of the biggest names in American law chimed in, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg commented on eliminating the electoral college …

Trump opens protected Alaskan Arctic refuge to oil drillers

The Bureau of Land Management will offer leases to the 1.6m-acre coastal plain which is home to threatened polar bears The Trump administration is finalizing plans to allow oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that has been protected for decades. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer leases on essentially the entire 1.6m-acre coastal plain, which includes places where threatened polar bears have dens and underestimated the climate impacts of the oil leases. Parts of BLMs final statement suggest contrary to evidence that the current rapid heating of the earth is cyclical rather than human-made. Much attention in recent decades has focused on the potential climate change effects of GHGs [greenhouse gasses], …

At least 10 names being discussed to replace John Bolton

Washington (CNN)The White House is currently discussing potential candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser after he was ousted Tuesday, with at least 10 names being circulated at this time, several sources told CNN. Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Mike Pompeo: Hook’s name is being floated as a possibility to replace Bolton, according to three sources familiar with the discussions. He is interested in and campaigning for the job, according to one source familiar with the process. Hook started at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson and remained a key member of the team when Pompeo took over. He recently traveled with Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner to …

Wisconsin man ran a drug ring that filled up to 5,000 bootleg vaping cartridges per day, police say

(CNN)Most 20-year-olds might take on a part-time job when they need extra cash. But this Wisconsin man was a bit more criminally ambitious, police say. Reached by CNN, Huffhines’ lawyer, Mark Richards, refused to comment. Huffhines, who is not yet formally charged, faces multiple felony charges: manufacturing/delivering THC, possession with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place and misappropriation of personal identifying materials. Thousands of cartridges per day Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth described the operation as a sophisticated one. Huffhines’ employees even had time cards and were paid 30 cents per cartridge filled, Beth said. The employees are believed to have worked in an assembly line, filling empty vaping cartridges with THC oil from California, Beth said. Authorities …

Marianne Williamson caught on hot mic wondering why the right is ‘nicer to me’ than the left

Author Marianne Williamson, one of many people running in the 2020 Democratic primary, was caught on a hot mic lamenting that the political right was nicer to her than the left. Williamson made the remarks after an interview with Eric Bolling earlier this month, according to Mediaite. The interview came around the time after she deleted a tweet where she suggested that the power of the mind helped turn Hurricane Dorian away from its projected path. What does it say that Fox News is nicer to me than the lefties are? she says. What does it say that the conservatives are nicer to me? Its such a bizarre world. You know, Im such a lefty. I mean, Im a serious …

Louis Tomlinson Says One Direction Used To Make Up Stories About Niall Horan’s Sex Life For Fun – Um, WTF? – Perez Hilton

There must have been a lot of downtime between One Direction tour stops… It’s an assumption one would make after hearing the band used to falsify rumors about member Niall Horan‘s sex life for fun. Yes, really. As you know, Horan was previously linked to both Hailee Steinfeld and Ellie Goulding. As far we know, he’s currently still single. Did we miss something here? How the heck did this slightly unnecessary yet equally intriguing story even come up in the first place? Well, it turns out Louis Tomlinson spilt the beans when he recently called into an Australian radio show called Smallzy’s Surgery. After a little chitchat about whether the star would be back in the Land Down Under any …

Andrew Yang Is Giving Away $120K To Promote Universal Basic Income

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images Here’s How To Enter Andrew Yang’s “Freedom Dividend” Raffle From The Sept. 12 Debate By Madhuri Sathish Sept 13, 2019 Ahead of the Sept. 12 Democratic debate, former tech executive Andrew Yang teased on social media that he had “something big” planned. In a brief series of tweets on Sept. 11, Yang dropped numerous hints about what he was planning, ranging from “crowdsurfing in sandals” to donning “ninja-style headwear.” But what was Andrew Yang’s surprise? During Thursday night’s debate, Yang announced an online Freedom Dividend contest in which his campaign will give away $120,000, and anyone can enter. On Sept. 9, host Trevor Noah said in a segment that Yang orchestrated stunts like crowdsurfing, dancing, …

Twitter Went Off About Julin Castro & Joe Biden’s Wild Exchange At The Democratic Debate

Scott Eisen/Getty Images News/Getty Images These Memes About Julián Castro Slamming Joe Biden At The Sept. 12 Debate Are So Brutal By Shelby Black Sept 13, 2019 It’s the time for the next Democratic debate, so I hope everyone has their popcorn ready. Now that this debate is down to (thankfully) one night, and only ten candidates are taking the stage, it’s safe to say that tensions are heating up. Don’t think so? Check out these memes about Julián Castro slamming Joe Biden at the Sept. 12 Democratic debate and see for yourself. I smell drama. It feels just like yesterday when over 20 Democrats were in the running for the 2020 presidential election. Well, now for the September Democratic …

10 Christian Stereotypes the World Believes

ShareTweetPin The way the world sees Christian stereotypes is perpetuated by pop culture, old traditions and even social media. If I mention Ned Flanders, you know what I mean. From the world’s perspective, Christians are often seen as the out of touch neighbors who never sin but love to judge those who do. Now, to be fair, sometimes these stereotypes contain a kernel of truth, but I would argue that most of the truth is present only in small pockets of Christianity and not in the majority of believers practicing their faith. These popular stereotypes are teased out in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a new faith-based rom-com from producer Dallas Jenkins that releases this week in theaters. In it, …

Labour manifesto unlikely to reveal Brexit stance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCorbyn: “We will commit to a public vote” Jeremy Corbyn has promised a further referendum on Brexit with a “credible Leave option” versus Remain if his party wins the next general election. He said Labour was “ready” for the campaign, but its “priority” was to stop a no-deal Brexit. Its manifesto will promise to reach a better Brexit deal, but is not expected to commit to either Leave or Remain. Some senior party figures – close Corbyn allies – say they will campaign to stay in the EU in any circumstances. They include shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who have both said remaining would be the best …

Pussy Riots Nadya on Moscow Arrest: The Country Is Ours

Imagine a situation: the second you step out of your house youre immediately, brutally arrested with no explanation why, then youre brought to the police station where you spend your next six hours till 1 a.m.. Youre forced to go through a search, and everything that seems suspicious to the police officers is taken away from you (i.e. everything that mentions Putin), and you will never ever see it again. Well, this situation is something that Russian activists go through on a daily basis. On Sept. 7, me, my 17-year-old sister Polina Tolokonnikova, and 14 other Pussy Riot activists were arrested when we left my apartment. We were planning to walk around Moscow with a rainbow flag and Pussian Federation …

Johnson and Trump: two leaders afraid to do the hard work of running a country | Richard Wolffe

After years of feigned effort, neither of the so-called populist powers can deliver on any of their promises They rose together and now they are falling together. For three long years, the DoBo project a scheme to spark global mayhem spearheaded by Donald and Boris, with a few critical assists from Vladimir has afflicted most of our cultural, political and economic norms. At the moment of their initial triumph, we could only watch in shock and awe as they undermined some of the worlds greatest diplomatic, military and commercial alliances. Not to mention any sense of social cohesion, right or wrong, day or night. Who can forget that high-water mark when the new president-elect love letters from Kim Jong-un dont …

Boris Johnson vows to use powers of persuasion to win new Brexit deal

PM rejects calls for article 50 extension and says he may ignore law blocking no deal Boris Johnson has said he will win a new Brexit deal at next months EU summit by using his powers of persuasion, and rejected calls for a further extension to article 50. The prime minister said he had no plans to accept new legislation that would require him to write to the EU asking for a pointless delay to Brexit. Weve spent a long time trying to sort of fudge this thing and I think the British public really want us to get out. They dont want more dither and delay, he said during a visit on Friday to a farm near Banchory, Aberdeenshire, …

Johnson cant escape the clutches of Mays zombie Brexit deal | Rafael Behr

He may play the rightwing populist, but dont be surprised if the prime minister ditches his determination to leave without a deal, says Guardian columnist Rafael Behr In schlock horror movies there is a moment when the monster, assailed by every weapon and presumed dead, lurches back to life. And so Theresa Mays Brexit withdrawal agreement comes crawling from behind the closed doors of parliament, where it was Johnson stood next to Varadkar in Dublin, shuffling like a chastened child. He said that inability to reach a deal by 31 October would be a he doesnt look the part. That ambition has been superseded but not extinguished by admiration for the Donald Trump model of endless provocation. Last summer Johnson …