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"Vice-President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday, after a tense meeting in Jordan in which King Abdullah appealed for an effort to “rebuild trust and confidence” shattered by US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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Godless: Like Westworld -- Without Robots

I'm s sucker for single-line reviews. It's not from the embed; can't remember the source, but that's it -- Hard core Western, unvarnished West at the edge of civilization, good acting (Jeff Daniels' villain as the quintessential walking example of nurture over nature}, but no robots -- and better for it.

Other great single-line reviews I remember: from the LA Times "The BMW M5 handles just like a BMW -- with an elephant tied to its roof." And that's all you need to know what the M5, an absurdity as a notchback SUV, is.

And, my all time fav, this from Rolling Stone: "Steely Dan is the best, non-rock non-band in America." Parse that :)


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TV: Steven Soderbergh's 'Mosaic' Muddles the Murder Mystery
http://rol.st/2mUbozA via @RollingStone

"There's a tense moment that sums up Mosaic, Steven Soderbergh's HBO thriller about a murder in a Utah ski-resort town. A character confronts another over a moment from their tangled past, to make sure they've got their story straight for the cops. She smiles warily. "Is this like a 12-step thing?" ...

... "That's still how Mosaic works on the screen, even in the director's "cut" that premieres on HBO on January 22nd. It's a whodunit where the story never gets straight. And as fun as it was as an app {where you picked your own story path}, it's far more compelling in Soderbergh's version. Viewing it onscreen, you're still the detective, and there's no question about the crime at the heart of the story: a murder in a small town full of posh ski-resort dandies and scruffy artists. But you puzzle it out as you sort the lies, the alibis and the dirty facts.

"Sharon Stone, the Bette Davis of the Blockbuster-era erotic thrillers, might be a surprising face to see hanging around the Prestige TV neighborhood, But that just adds to the eerie atmosphere, especially since she's excellent as Olivia Lake, a brittle and jaded author of children's books. When she spots a hot young bartender across the room, her response is "I hope the last book he read wasn't mine." ... There really is an element of the Choose Your Own Adventure books – or, for adult readers, Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch."


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Original source: Manager Magazin, in German at embed

Machine translation: "The Deutsche Bank has evidence that the real estate investor Jared Kushner or related companies or persons in their business could have directed suspicious money through Deutsche Bank. ... {The} information has been transmitted by Deutsche Bank to the German Financial Supervisory Authority Bafin. They are also to approach the US special investigator Robert Mueller ...

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We Calculated the Potential Pitfalls of Electric Cars, in 5 Charts

Wired's analysis isn't explained. Does it look at the total life-cycle pollution and climate change impact of the cars, or only operating impacts? The largest energy consumption and pollution for cars comes during manufacturing, not operation, and EVs don't compare well in manufacturing.

From +WIRED: "Variations in local energy production mean that sometimes EVs are dirtier than regular cars. If you live in a state that generates electricity from coal (hey, Kansans) your electric car probably won't be much kinder to the environment than a gas gulper that gets more than 35 miles per gallon of gasoline. In India, your electric car is about as clean as a conventional vehicle that gets 20 mpg, because power generation is still dominated by fossil fuels."

https://www.wired.com/story/the-potential-pitfalls-of-electric-cars-in-5-charts/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare via +WIRED
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Russian Elite at Trump's Inauguration Looked to Cash In

Russians got privileged treatment, including prime seats, meetings with the CIA director to be, after which they partied at the Trump International Hotel. Among them, the lawyer from the infamous Donald Jr. meeting at Trump tower, big donors to Trump's inauguration, and a gun-rights activist with links to the NRA. Several told WaPo they got their tickets from "Republican contacts".

WaPo: Attendance at Trump's inauguration caught the attention of U.S. counterintelligence officials, "concerned at the time because some of the figures had surfaced in the agency’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia".

Alexey Repik, a wealthy Russian pharmaceutical executive "and his wife, Polina Repik, witnessed Trump’s swearing-in from ticketed seats in front of the U.S. Capitol. And he posed for a photo shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike Pompeo, the president’s nominee to head the CIA"



Photo below: "Some prominent Russians came to Washington to witness Donald Trump’s inauguration last year. Above is a section where some had ticketed seats in front of the U.S. Capitol. (CNN/Photo illustration by The Washington Post)"
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German Bank Reports "Suspicious Activity" in Kushner's Accounts

MJ: “Achleitner’s internal detectives were embarrassed to deliver their interim report regarding real estate tycoon [Jared] Kushner to the financial regulator BaFin,” the Manager Magazin article, translated from German, reports.

“Their finding: There are indications that Donald Trump’s son-in-law or persons or companies close to him could have channeled suspicious monies through Deutsche Bank as part of their business dealings.”

Lede:

"A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified “suspicious transactions” related to Kushner family accounts, and has reported them to German banking regulators. The bank is reportedly willing to provide the information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team of investigators. 

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“This may not be about security or American jobs at all. It may be about something else.”
-- Sen. Richard Durbin
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Trump-Russia Double Fleece

Trump - Russia - Bear Stearns et Al

Dummy buyers from Russia put up money for unbuilt condos, Trump gets loans based on that money, the Ruskies dump them on unwitting buyers
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