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NASCAR Cup Series: Results

Tags: #nascar #sonomaraceway #nascarcupseries

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"When you hurt people even unwillingly there's no excuse. I don't want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there's no excuse for that ignorance."

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Watch A Republican With Integrity Destroy The Fake Outrage Over Sarah Sanders Getting Kicked Out Of A Restaurant: Former Bush Commerce Sec. Carlos Gutierrez destroys the fake outrage over Sarah Sanders getting kicked out of a restaurant. The post Watch A Republican With Integrity Destroy The Fake Outrage Over Sarah Sanders Getting Kicked Out Of A Restaurant appeared first on POLITICUSUSA.

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The Neuroscience of Dance

"...Dancing engages and changes the brain in unique ways."

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"When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no judges or court cases, bring them back from where they came." - President Donald Trump

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TRUE indeed! Trump’s grandfather came to the US as an unaccompanied minor. When he tried to return to Bavaria he was named as a draft dodger and forced to leave under threat of deportation back to the US.
“ …On 1 March 2017, Harper’s magazine published a translation of a letter written by President Donald Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, to Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, in which he pled (unsuccessfully) for the Prince regent to reconsider his family’s deportation. The letter was found in a local German archive and was first published in the German newspaper Bild on 21 November 2016. The Associated Press confirmed the story in a bulletin posted that same day:
Bild newspaper printed the 1905 letter located by an historian, in which Friedrich Trump wrote Bavarian Prince Luitpold begging the “well-loved, noble, wise and just” leader not to deport him. Luitpold rejected the “most subservient request.”…”

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Why Do We Sometimes See the #Moon During Daytime? : #science

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#NASCAR Clever strategy leads Truex Jr. to #Sonoma victory

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The Discovery of Charon: Pluto’s Largest Moon | NASA
40th Anniversary Celebration
The largest of Pluto's five moons, Charon, was discovered on June 22, 1978, by James Christy and Robert Harrington at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona—only about six miles from where Pluto itself was discovered at Lowell Observatory. They weren't even looking for satellites of Pluto—Christy, examining a series of grainy telescope images, trying to refine Pluto's orbit around the Sun.

Christy and others tell the story of this amazing scientific find, which fueled Pluto’s transformation from a telescopic dot into an actual planetary system—and a source of many discoveries to come.

Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Duration: 6 minutes, 25 seconds
Release Date: June 22, 2018

+NASA Solar System Exploration

#NASA #Astronomy #Space #Science #Pluto #Moon #Charon #SolarSystem #Discovery #Exploration #History #UnitedStates #STEM #Education #HD #Video

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Allies Considering Fighting Trump's Tariffs by Targeting Trump's Business

A bold trade gambit, treat Trump like the West treats corrupt Russian kleptocrats.

Canadian magazine Maclean's: "Scott Gilmore: Instead of taxing American goods, Canada and the western allies should collectively pressure the only pain point that matters to this President: his family and their assets"

When dealing with someone that is crude and for whom only-interest matters, that's the level you have to negotiate on. It's already worked on the pay-out side, with counties such as Qatar and China giving Trump personal, business favors to get benefits. Now's the time to do the opposite, Maclean's argues.

"I propose that instead of taxing the import of American serviettes, we tax Trump. In the spirit of the Magnitsky Act, Canada and the western allies come together to collectively pressure the only pain point that matters to this President: his family and their assets. This could take the form of special taxation on their current operations, freezing of assets, or even sanctions against senior staff. Canada could add a tax to Trump properties equal to any tariff unilaterally imposed by Washington. The European Union could revoke any travel visas for senior staff in the Trump organization. And the United Kingdom could temporarily close his golf course."

Why is this legal? "Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act and the Foreign Corrupt Officials Act permit us to sanction public officials who are “complicit in ordering, controlling or otherwise directing acts of corruption”. In the case of Trump, we already have several open examples of this and the various ongoing criminal investigations (of his own government) are expected to produce many more."

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Supreme Court poised to rule on Trump travel ban, other cases: The U.S. Supreme Court, winding down its nine-month term, will issue rulings this week in its few remaining cases including a major one on the legality of President Donald Trump's ban on people from five Muslim-majority nations entering the country. The post Supreme Court poised to rule on Trump travel ban, other cases appeared first on POLITICUSUSA.

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rainbow door

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#btpmacropro +BTP Macro Pro
#spectumsunday by +Laura Ockel +Spectrum Sunday

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Sailor @ Brandenburg gate

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8 Linux file managers to try because you have the freedom of choice

One of the most common administrative tasks that end users and administrators alike need to perform is file management. Managing files can consume a major portion of your time. Locating files, determining which files and folders (directories) are taking the most disk space, deleting files, moving files, and simply opening files for use in an application are some of the most basic — yet frequent — tasks we do as computer users. File management programs are tools that are intended to streamline and simplify those necessary chores.

Many people aren't aware of the wide array of choices available in file managers, nor do they realize the full capabilities of the ones they do know about. As with every aspect of Linux, there are many options available for file managers. All of these should install on any Linux distro.

Being covered are:
- Midnight Commander
- Konqueror
- Dolphin
- Krusader
- Nautilus
- Thunar
- PCmanFM



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Abstinence makes the Heart grow fonder, and Turbulence makes Jupiter's Fondue- the "cheesey part":

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#NASCAR Allmendinger wins Stage 1 at #Sonoma after Truex and Harvick pit via @Motorsport_Oz

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Trump, the Chaos-Bringer, Strikes Again

First, the political. There's been all the brouhaha these past few weeks about the de facto family border separation policy that the Trump Administration enacted. He ended up by the end of this week giving at least the motions of backing down in the face of opposition from the public and from even his own party in Congress, party protest that provoked seeming to finally get off the pot in voting on immigration reform.

Trump then pivoted and told Congressional Republicans that they were "wasting their time" talking about immigration before the Mid-Terms, which is particularly zany when they were talking about it only because he had stepped on himself in the news on the topic. And he did that even as he was meddling in Congressional discussions about the two competing bills that were in Congress, a hard-right version and one that is only awful.

And all of that in the bag, we now get this:

President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial ....

So in many ways, we can do a full stop right there. This is a direct attack on the rule of law, and on the Constitution.

The Executive Branch does not get to simply say, "You're guilty" and pass judgment. That's precisely why we have courts.

Among other things, just look at the 14th Amendment, which says the government may not "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

It doesn't say "citizen". It doesn't say "person legally present". It says any person.

That in turn includes the very question of determining if someone actually is in the country properly. That's why, in part, we have immigration courts, and we don't just have cowboys on horses riding around and picking up people who look funny or talk funny or do something else that attracts xenophobic reaction, and hauling those people to a border crossing and booting them out.

In many ways, this is parallel to the case of prisoner in Gitmo. Folk like Trump wave their hands and say, "They're terrorists! Why do they need a trial? Lock 'em up and throw away the key."

Except that the determination of someone being a criminal is not being arrested or picked up or apprehended or accused. We have courts and trials to decide that under the rule of law. The stereotype of the rogue cop acting as "judge, jury, and executioner" is villainous precisely because it subverts that separation of powers that promote actual justice.

Because it all boils down to, "How do you know?" How do you know they're a terrorist? Well, they are being treated like one. How do you know they are an illegal alien? Well, they don't speak the language well, or we picked them up doing something funny, or they look just like the illegals we arrested last week.

And if you can't answer "How do you know?" better than that, then you're advocating for extending the same logic to any criminal matter. How do you know they are guilty? Well, the police arrested them. How do you know they committed the crime? Well, look, they're in jail, where the police put them.

If you can do this to accused terrorists, to accused border-crossers -- you can do it to anyone. For anything.

You know, like in those countries that we used to criticize for doing just that very thing.

Of course, Donald Trump is an old hand at this. The case of the Central Park 5 stands out in this. [1] For him, the fact of arrest and his own snap judgment (or something he hears on Fox) determines actual guilt.

Except, of course, when it's one of his friends and cohorts. At which time, the accusations are dismissed as a witch hunt, the law enforcement agency is accused of being corrupt, and Donald notes that the person is only accused which doesn't mean that they are guilty.

Due process for me, but not for thee.

(This assumes that Donald is being, at least, honest. The whole thing could be simply red meat thrown to his xenophobic base, whatever he actually believes.)

Moving on.

In a pair of tweets sent during his drive to his Virginia golf course, ...

Remember when Trump used to criticize Obama for how much time and money was spent on his golf playing. Yeah, those were good times.

... Trump described immigrants as invaders ...

I'm sure all those evangelical supporters of Trump will hasten to point out to him all the biblical verses calling on the faithful to welcome foreign strangers, sojourners, non-natives, and the like.

I'm waiting ...

... and wrote that U.S. immigration laws are “a mockery” and must be changed to take away trial rights from undocumented migrants. “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order."

So if we think a part of our government is a mockery, it's okay to want it gotten rid of? Okay, making a note of that ...

Anyway, again, here's Trump saying that because he doesn't like the results or the processes, he's just plain old happy to strip people of due process. "Hey, you're illegal, get out."

That doesn't strike me as particularly, um, respectful of the law, or of the legal principles this country was founded upon. Almost, one might call it, a mockery.

He continues with the non sequitur:

"Most children come without parents.”

So ...?

I mean, is the argument that because their children they should be summarily kicked out? Or is he suggesting that his border separation policy is okay because still more kids are dealt with as unaccompanied minors who haven't had their parents dragged away from them?

Neither is particularly coherent.

The president continued in a second tweet, “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!'

If there's one thing Donald is sensitive about, it's the idea that someone might be laughing at him, esp. some peer that he thinks should be showing him respect. He's sort of like a Mafia Don in that way.

So, one must wonder, who precisely has been laughing at our immigration policy. I mean, the laughter is happening "all over the world," so clearly we should see some headlines about it, or reports of how all his fellow world leaders make fun of him.

Now, Donald does have a point that a mathematician from, say, Norway, who has been going through the legal immigration process, might resent someone hopping the queue, as it were. But, then, that person probably isn't fleeing abject poverty, drug cartel or political violence, disease, sickness, and death.

People don't cross the Southwest Desert on a whim. People don't bring their families with them through northern Mexico just because they've heard they can live on Easy Street in the US and get an Obamaphone. People don't take all those risks just because they've heard it's easy to be a rapist up in America. I'm not going to encourage illegal immigration, but I'm also not going to make up libels about those doing it, as our President does.

Immigration must be based on merit — we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”

Maybe so -- but I don't trust Donald or his cohorts to define "merit" ... or "Great." Among other things, respect for the rule of law should be considered important, and if people committing a crime in coming here have demonstrated some question as to quality [2], so too are politicians who want to treat "arrest" as "guilt" and act accordingly.



[2] Though, in fact, there's a fair body of evidence that indicate that illegal immigrants are on the whole less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

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Gut Bacteria Influences Metabolism Through the Immune System

A specific innate immune receptor on enteroendocrine cells, PGRP-LC, is required to receive the acetate signal.

The research is in Cell Metabolism. (full access paywall)

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06/23-24/2018 #TBN June 18th: A Wonderfully Important an Exclusive Interview on Events With President Donald J.Trump. (Full Interview #MikeHuckabee. An Excellent Done! You Tube.
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