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More Clinton emails released, including some she deleted

June 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server. The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government. The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept." [editor's note: Tick, tick, tick ... -SAT] (06/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/more-clinton-emails-released-including-some-deleted.html  

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MO: Nixon vetoes bill allowing constitutional concealed carry

June 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have let [sic] people carry concealed guns without a permit and expanded [sic] their right[to] use weapons in self-defense. Nixon said the bill 'would make Missouri more dangerous' by relaxing current safeguards for concealed guns. The Democratic governor vetoed the measure Monday. The Republican-led Legislature could try to override his veto during a September session. The bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven't gone through the training required for permits." [editor's note: Rights aren't "expanded" or "contracted." They're "respected" or "violated" - TLK] (06/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/missouri-governor-vetoes-bill-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit.html  

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Dems (selectively) outraged about lenient sentences

June 28, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Michele Hanisee was gobsmacked when California lawmakers raged against the light sentence meted out to a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while she was passed out behind a campus trash bin. Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, 20, to six months in jail (he's likely to serve a mere three months), as well as three years of probation and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. Outraged at this headline-grabbing punishment, 16 Democratic Assembly members and senators wrote to Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen urging him to appeal the sentence, which they described as a 'slap on the wrist.'" (06/26/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/26/dems-selective-outrage-about-lenient-sentences-n2183260  

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Russian “harassment” of US diplomats allegedly on rise

June 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Harassment against US diplomats by Russian security and intelligence services is on the rise, US officials say. The issue has become so pressing that it has been raised directly with President Vladimir Putin, a US Department of State spokeswoman said. The problems began two years ago following US-imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, she added. Specific incidents have not officially been revealed. But the Washington Post said they included breaking into the homes of embassy staff, rearranging furniture and even killing a family pet." (06/27/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36644875  

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Sex, violence and unions

June 28, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Jetta Rae  

"On May 3, the wrestler Ryback, a generic strongman notable for his penchant for quoting The Secret, revealed on Tumblr that he had asked to be removed from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) television over ethical concerns about the disparity in wrestlers’ pay. 'It blows my mind,' he wrote, 'how in a sport which is pre-determined from a company standpoint, winners are paid so much more than the losers.' Ryback’s speaking out has once again encouraged hope of labor action within the sport. As wrestling journalist Abbey Arthur noted in an op-ed in Top Rope Press, 'It’s long past time these men and women realize that no promoter can punish them or hold them back or hold them down if they present a united front.'" (06/27/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19209/sex-violence-and-unions  

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Study: Heroin antidote should be prescribed with Pharma pain meds

June 28, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A drug that is effective at reversing heroin overdoses isn’t just for street addicts; it should be routinely distributed to people taking prescription pain medications who may not appreciate their risk of accidental death, San Francisco public health officials said in a study released Monday. Doctors should consider regularly prescribing naloxone -- a drug given by injection or nasal spray to counteract opioid overdoses -- alongside narcotic pain medications, the study’s authors said. Naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan, has become increasingly popular as a way to reverse heroin overdoses among street users." [editor's note: A first breach in the claim Pharma's concoctions aren't (at least) as dangerous as the "illegal" options; stay tuned! - SAT] (06/27/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-study-Many-who-take-pain-meds-should-have-8327958.php  

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Democratic Party Platform Committee undermines Clinton on TPP

June 28, 2016
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"The Democratic party’s elites must not think that trade and jobs will be big issues in the coming election. Apparently, they’ve never listened to a Donald Trump speech, and didn’t notice that working-class people in the United Kingdom just voted to 'brexit' from the European Union (EU) over these issues. The Democratic platform writing committee has voted not to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the pro-TPP majority saying that doing so would undercut President Obama’s efforts to pass the agreement. The problem is, this hands Trump, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, powerful ammunition as he says Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton is only 'pretending' to oppose the agreement." (06/27/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160627/dem-party-platform-committee-undermines-clinton-on-tpp  

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Why are anti-Trump conservatives hailing the Brexit?

June 27, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler  

"The year between the launch of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union was enough time for conservative elites to divide themselves between Trump supporters and apologists, on the one hand, and Trump renouncers on the other. It was not long enough, however, to occasion a broader rethinking of the conservative style in American politics that Trump epitomizes. Movement conservatism thrived for decades in America on the strength of appeals to white resentment, until Trump proved the strategy could be hijacked in service of a populist and more explicitly racist agenda. Now, confronted with a foreign campaign of racial agitation thinly disguised as anti-establishment populism, many of Trump’s most ardent conservative critics ... have nevertheless embraced the Brexit and celebrated its destabilizing victory." (06/27/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134657/anti-trump-conservatives-hailing-brexit  

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The last Berniebro?

June 27, 2016
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"'I've got this thing,' said the politician on a secretly recorded phone call, 'and it's f-ing golden. And I'm just not giving it up for f-ing nothing.' That politician, as you probably remember, was Rod Blagojevich, then the governor of Illinois. ... But Blagojevich's colorful sentiment could apply equally well to the way Bernie Sanders seems to think about his endorsement in this year's presidential race. It's golden, a precious jewel he has secured in a safe whose lock can only be sprung by one who has shown herself to be pure of heart, or at least one who has paid sufficient attention to Sanders and performed the proper rituals of supplication. Then and only then will the endorsement be presented. ... But what Sanders may not realize is that by the time he's finally ready to hand over that endorsement, very few people are likely to care." (06/27/16)

http://prospect.org/article/last-berniebro  

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Pot legalization added to Democratic Party platform

June 27, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"The United States’ Democratic Party took an official step to ending the war on marijuana, which critics say has failed. On Saturday, Democratic Party leaders agreed to a new party plank calling for cannabis law reform in the U.S., they state. The plank calls for states to be labs of democracy, with those decriminalizing pot shielded from federal prohibition. ... Stronger language backed by Bernie Sanders supporters called for 'removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and allowing states to set their own policies,' but that policy failed in favor of the longer, watered-down version. ... The federal government ranks cannabis as the world’s most dangerous drug alongside heroin and LSD -- a position that researchers say is not supported by science." [editor's note: But if the Dems had gone all the way, they would then be left of ... Gary Johnson? - SAT] (06/27/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/06/27/pot-legalization-added-to-democratic-party-platform  

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Peas in a pod: Trump and UK’s Leave campaign

June 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Rob Cox  

"Donald Trump shares much with the UK’s Leave campaign. Both play fast and loose with facts, and backtrack from promises all too easily. Yet by invoking the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the stakes could be even higher for a victory by the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president. The day after Britons abandoned the European Union, the political face of the movement backpedaled on a central pledge of the campaign. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said he couldn’t guarantee that some 350 million pounds of weekly funds sent to Brussels could be diverted to Britain’s National Health Service. The claim had been emblazoned on buses and other Leave propaganda, and was believed by almost half of respondents in a poll just ahead of the referendum. Such dissembling is distressingly familiar for American voters" [editor's note: I am still reserving judgment on Brexit; too many other things to hold my concern - SAT] (06/27/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/06/27/trump-and-uks-leave-campaign-are-peas-in-a-pod  

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TX: Abortion providers aim to reopen some closed clinics

June 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Abortion providers in Texas reacted with surprise and elation on Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to throw out the state's restrictive abortion law and said they aimed to reopen some clinics shut down since the measure was passed in 2013. Since the law was passed by a Republican-led legislature and signed by a Republican governor, the number of abortion clinics in Texas, the second-most-populous U.S. state with about 27 million people, has fallen from 41 to 19. 'I am honestly surprised by the Supreme Court decision,' Rachel Bergstrom-Carlson, health center manager at Planned Parenthood of Austin, said at the clinic that performs about 250 abortions per month in the Texas state capital. But Bergstrom-Carlson said she does not think the ruling "all of the sudden creates open access" to abortion for Texas women or that it means other legislation intended to restrict women's access to safe and legal abortions will be scrapped." (06/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-abortion-texas-idUSKCN0ZD2XN  

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AZ: Pol indicted for alleged food stamp fraud urged to resign

June 27, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"State Democratic leaders are calling on Rep. Ceci Velasquez to resign from the Legislature in the face of criminal charges alleging food stamp fraud. House Minority Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, said that he and the other House Democratic leaders discussed the issue and agreed Velasquez, D-Litchfield Park, should step down. However, the first-term lawmaker did withdraw from her planned re-election bid, filing paperwork late Friday with the Arizona Secretary of State that directs election officials to not print her name on the ballot. Precinct committee members in her westside district will meet Monday to name a replacement for her ballot spot." (06/27/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/06/27/ariz-lawmaker-indicted-fraud/86448042  

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Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of “extremist” videos

June 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Some of the web's biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said." [editor's notes: I would note that the last time they tried to do this, it was about "porno" and deleted a lot of sex education films. Just sayin' ... - SAT] (06/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-internet-extremism-video-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZB00M  

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Feds shake down FedEx — and fail

June 27, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Showtime's 'Billions' is probably 2016's most intriguing dramatic series, precisely because its nastiest villain is Chuck Rhoades, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Played by actor Paul Giamatti, Rhoades is a ruthless bully who wants to bury hedge fund big shots, whether he has the goods on them or not. Rhoades is so righteous about upholding the law that he is willing to break it to destroy his prey. A version of 'Billions' played out at the federal courthouse in San Francisco this month as the Justice Department pursued a 2014 criminal indictment against FedEx that could have cost the overnight-delivery giant $1.6 billion in fines. Except, FedEx shocked the legal world by fighting back. Even better, FedEx won because, as U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer observed, the corporation was 'factually innocent' and had operated without criminal intent." (06/23/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/23/feds-shake-down-fedex--and-fail-n2182436  

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Britain still torn between nationalism and global leadership

June 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Harold Evans  

"Political forecasters are smart about everything except the future. At 7.30 a.m. on the not-so-bright Brexit morning, the polling site Populus had 55 percent of Britons planning to cast their ballots for continued union with Europe -- 10 percent more than those predicted to be quitters. YouGov predicted a European margin of 4 percent. The betting markets had been on a binge for Remain. Now please estimate how many Remain voters, seeing their side so far ahead and weather nasty in places, decided to take a rain check. Then consider the effect of the same Thursday morning polls on Leavers who felt impelled to get out their umbrellas and vote down the Europeans and the 'faceless bureaucrats' and refugee 'hordes' of Daily Mail phantasmorgia." (06/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-leave-commentary-idUSKCN0ZB05Y  

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Paul Krugman’s Democratic Party

June 27, 2016
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John C. Goodman Town Hall
by John C Goodman  

"Paul Krugman may understand the Democratic Party better than most Democrats do. The New York Times editorial writer describes Democrats as a 'coalition of social groups, from teachers’ unions to Planned Parenthood, seeking specific benefits from government action.' More often than not, what these groups want from government is at someone else’s expense. That isn’t just a characteristic of the party. That’s what the Democratic Party is." [editor's note: Please feel free to pass this along to your intelligent "progressive" friends; we all have them! - SAT] (06/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2016/06/25/paul-krugmans-democratic-party-n2183273  

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Britain’s exit is a good thing for everyone

June 26, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Nile Gardiner  

"Thursday's Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state -- one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of individual nation-states. This is a political earthquake that will send shockwaves across Europe and across the Atlantic. Brexit will lead to other EU members holding their own referendums. Indeed, this could be the beginning of the end for the European Project. Throughout Europe, there are growing calls for greater sovereignty and decentralization of political power. Brexit is just the start of sweeping changes across Europe." (06/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/24/brexit-great-britain-nato-editorials-and-debates/86335202  

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Betraying Progressives: DNC Platform backs fracking, TPP, Israel occupation

June 26, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Lauren McCauley  

"Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November's election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, 'staying true' to their Corporate donors above all else. During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC's platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded." [editor's note: Please feel free to pass this along to your "progressive" friends; we all have them - SAT] (06/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19247/betraying-progressives-dnc-platform-backs-fracking-tpp-and-israel-occupatio  

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Brexit and the new global rebellion

June 26, 2016
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Richard Eskow Our Future
by Richard Eskow  

"Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by any means. But poisonous weeds are just as likely as green shoots to grow up through those cracks. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: Those who make constructive evolution impossible may be making destructive devolution inevitable. We now know that Great Britain, itself an amalgam of older nations, is divided. England and Wales voted to leave Europe, while Scotland, Northern Ireland, and ethnically diverse London voted to remain. This vote was a stunning rejection of Great Britain’s political establishment. 'Leave' prevailed, despite opposition from all three major political parties. ... The uprising has begun. The question now is, who will lead it going forward?" (06/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160624/brexit-and-the-new-global-rebellion  

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Report: George Will leaves the GOP over Trump

June 26, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Conservative columnist George Will has left the Republican Party, and he is urging others to make sure the GOP's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, doesn't win. 'Make sure he loses,' Will told PJ Media, an online news company, in an interview Friday. 'Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.' Will, a long-time columnist and commentator, spoke Friday at the Federalist Society luncheon. 'This is not my party,' he said during the speech. According to PJ Media, Will said he has changed his GOP registration in Maryland to 'unaffiliated.' Will, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, has long been critical of Trump. The Washington Post columnist warned in a column in April that Trump’s damage to the party had only just begun." [editor's note: Next time some GOPer friend (yes I have a few) tells me I'm "voting for Hillary" by supporting the LP, I can say, "no, that would be George Will" - SAT] (06/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/25/george-leaves-repulican-party/86378010  

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TX: Idiot pols vote to oust library cat

June 26, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the city's public library. The governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 2-1 to give the library 30 days to find a new home for Browser the cat. The ex-shelter cat has been a library fixture for six years. But council member Elzie Clements moved at a June 14 council meeting for the tabby's removal. Mayor Ron White, who has no vote on the council, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the vote was a tit-for-tat after a city employee wasn't allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. Ex-council member Alan Price said Browser's supporters will petition for a reprieve in November's elections." (06/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Texas-city-council-votes-to-oust-library-cat-8324009.php  

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Report: Soros warns of EU disintegration

June 26, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Billionaire investor George Soros has warned that Britain's vote to leave the European Union makes the disintegration of the bloc 'practically irreversible.' However, he called for thorough reconstruction of the EU in an attempt to save it. Before Thursday's UK referendum, Mr Soros had warned of financial meltdown if Britain voted to leave. In his latest comments, he said the effects of the decision would damage Britain. 'Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short-to-medium term,= he wrote on the Project Syndicate website." (06/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36630468  

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Britain’s long, tortured relationship With Europe

June 26, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"If Great Britain leaves the European Union, it will be the end of a particularly tormented relationship, one bedeviled by passive-aggressive hostility. Britain has never really loved the EU. As the European Union was forming in the 1950s, Britain looked on from the outside as an arrogant and ambivalent partner. It ultimately found itself forced by circumstances to join a club it felt it was too good for. The roots of Britain's wariness of Europe are manifold. It is an island nation at the periphery of the continent with a historical mythology that emphasizes thwarting continental invasions, from the Spanish Armada to Napoleon to Hitler. Britain has never really thought of itself as being a part of Europe. Major British holidays, notably Guy Fawkes Day, celebrate the resisting of continental plots against the island’s splendid freedom." (06/24/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134642/britains-long-tortured-relationship-europe  

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Self-steering ships likely to be in commercial use by 2020

June 26, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Rolls-Royce this week unveiled a white paper on autonomous ships at an Amsterdam symposium, predicting the commercialization of the technology by the end of the decade. 'This is happening. It’s not if; it’s when,' Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce's vice president for marine innovation, told the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 Tuesday as the company issued its white paper, 'Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative,' ... 'The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behavior of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote-controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade,' he added." (06/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/its-not-if-its-when-self-steering-ships-likely-to-be-in-commercial-use-by-2020  

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