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France has had several "terrorist" attacks over the last couple years - in part France has had a history of attacks by Algerian activists upset over something - in part because of the recent influx of folks escaping the war in Syria and elsewhere. You'd think the French might be upset and angry, and surely some are.

However, this song was France's entry in Eurovision 2018. The song is about the refugee crisis, but is not an angry song seeking to smash those refugees. It's a song full of humanity and hope.

The song was inspired by a real event - a baby born on a refugee boat about 15 minutes before the occupants were rescued in the middle of the ocean. The baby was given the name "Mercy" because of the mercy shown to the refugees.

In the contest -- Eurovision is a yearly song contest in Europe -- the French version was performed. This version is perhaps more accessible.

Given the current news about Migrants and Refugees, especially what the USA Government is doing, I am reminded of the message in this song. These are human beings, and they deserve humane treatment. They are still human beings deserving of humane treatment even if their presence violates a law.
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According to this - Trump is purposely smashing the centrist alliance in Europe, and cozying up with "populist movements".

“He’s quite clearly trying to split Europe,” said Jiri Pehe, the director of New York University’s campus in Prague, and a former senior aide to the first president of the Czech Republic.

The article also says the new USA Ambassador to Germany says wanted to "empower" right-wing figures across Europe.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/world/europe/germany-merkel-coalition.html
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According to RT News, a news network funded by the Russian government, Trump definitively said Crimea is Russian because everyone speaks Russian. This report refers to a Buzzfeed News article - that article does not definitively say Trump said such a thing. Instead, it presents hearsay, that someone claimed Trump said this, but nobody was willing to verify Trump did say it. But that Buzzfeed report was enough for RT news to run with the claim Trump is supporting Russia's takeover of Crimea.

I can believe Trump is clueless enough about the purpose of the sanctions against Russia, as well as Russia's expulsion from the G8, that he would say this.

Russia was kicked out of the G8, and had sanctions levied against Russia and specific Russians, over the issues of Crimea and the war (that's still going on) in Eastern Ukraine.

What Russia has sought since is a lifting of those sanctions, and in part the help given to the Trump Campaign was meant to get those sanctions lifted. The sanctions aren't just about Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. There was an American business-man trying to do business in Russia, who was working with a Russian lawyer to document corruption in Russia. His lawyer was murdered by the Russian state, and he fled for his life, after which he lobbied the US government with documentation etc and got some sanctions placed on Russia and/or certain Russians.

So what's interesting about this video is how it plays on RT News - while RT News has a positive reputation among a lot of folks, this particular piece is heavily slanted away from the truth.
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"Western trade partners have attempted to reason with Trump’s demands, but the problem is that the basis for his beliefs and actions is entirely fantastical. If your neighbor is irate that you let your dog run loose in his yard, you can pacify him. If he’s irate that you are reading his thoughts through his tinfoil hat, there’s nothing you can do except disengage. "
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President Trump cannot be allowed to have absolute rule with the freedom to assassinate folks over political stances, nor to unilaterally absolve himself or cronies of crimes. All of us, including the person holding the office of President, must abide by the rule of law. Claiming the ability to assassinate a senior law enforcement official (like FBI Director Comey) just because Comey would not obey his unlawful orders - that’s unacceptable. Claiming the ability to pardon himself - that’s unacceptable. Claiming the ability to shut down investigations into actions that clearly appear to be illegal and possibly treasonous - that’s unacceptable.

Over the weekend the President’s Lawyer, Rudolph Guliana, claimed Trump could have shot Comey in the Oval Office and not face charges. Let’s be clear, that would be a political assassination if it were to have happened. Such things occur in other countries - witness the string of dead bodies in Putins Russia. Supposedly the USA obeys the rule of law, and doesn’t do such things. The USA must not become not a kleptocratic republic run by out-of-control despots.

Today, the President claimed the “absolute right to PARDON myself”, an idea which is highly doubtful, and claimed the whole investigation was unconstitutional, which it isn’t, and without basis, which it isn’t.

While the Constitution does not explicitly talk about independent investigations, it does describe a system of separation of powers. The principle behind that system is the necessity of independent oversight of each branch of government. It’s meant to cause everyone in positions of power to abide by the rule of law. Hence, an independent special prosecutor is necessary when there is valid substantial evidence of wrongdoing by individuals holding government positions.

A process was developed to coordinate pardons, to avoid situations where the President would abuse the privilege of pardoning folks. Reportedly the Trump Administration is bypassing that whole system and is using the Pardon process to establish a principle of pardoning for political games.

In the case of the Trump Administration there is a huge and growing body of evidence indicating wrongdoing. It runs the gamut from self-enrichment, to using government office to put pressure on negotiating partners in ones personal businesses, to contacts for questionable purposes with foreign powers widely regarded to be enemy states, to cover-ups of various wrongdoings, to attempts to force law enforcement officials to not investigate A or B or C events, to much more …

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Racial lies, bigotry, discrimination ... attacking the press .... stirring anger .... These were hallmarks of the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. And these are the hallmarks of the rise of the Trump Administration, and how the Republican party hopes to stay in power.
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"[Trump has] been enormously successful in undermining the role of the press as a gatekeeper and alarm for the public. He’s been successful expressly because much of the traditional media is still caught up in whether it’s appropriate to call a lie a lie, while Trump races ahead, gleefully tossing bombs over his shoulder. "
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Dynamic Import - a.k.a. import() - lands in Node.js, and it adds a couple useful capabilities regarding ES6 modules. The most important may be it's now possible to import an ES6 module inside a traditional Node.js/CommonJS module.

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There's no such thing as a Category 6 hurricane - but that's because meterologists thought a storm this strong was impossible. It's been reported this hurricane basically destroyed Barbuda, and several people have already died. This storm is so strong because of warmer-than-normal conditions in the Atlantic, just as Hurricane Harvey grew strong from warmer-than-normal conditions in the Gulf. Noting a pattern? As the ocean warms we will have more frequent extreme weather like this.

The National Hurricane Center says that for Category 5 Hurricanes: “A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

Since they're mulling whether to actually create a Category 6 within which to slot this hurricane, Florida is due to receive some epic damage. For example I saw a news report about all the construction cranes in Miami, because of the construction there. Those cranes are going to be badly damaged because they're simply not designed to be hurricane-safe at all.

Hurricane Harvey is already the worst "natural disaster" in US history. If Irma lives up to what it looks capable of, it too will rank up there with Harvey for damage or perhaps exceed it. And, there's another Hurricane in Irma's footsteps, Hurricane Jose is out in the middle of the Atlantic a few days behind Irma.

As climate change gives us extreme weather event after extreme weather event --- the suffering will compound --- the economic cost will compound --- etc .... And it's not just the Hurricanes. There are well over 1000 wildfires in the Western USA right now. This winter may yet again have extreme snow conditions. All of this, and more, was predicted by climate scientists many times over the past several decades.
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