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File under #AdventuresOfTheNewManafort:

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

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How to Force User to Change Password at Next Login in Linux

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Earth-like planets with severe tilts and orbits could enter abrupt "snowball states," in which entire oceans freeze and surface life cannot survive, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have found a new reason why, just because a planet is located in a "habitable zone" — meaning it's close enough to its host star to sustain liquid water — it isn't necessarily habitable. The team found that the axial tilt and orbital dynamics of planets in the habitable zone around "G dwarf" stars like our own sun can lead to "snowball states," which are essentially extreme ice ages.

This new research looked at how a planet's obliquity, or the angle at which a planet's rotation axis tilts, and its orbital eccentricity, a parameter that determines the amount that an orbit deviates from a perfect circle, could affect that planet's potential to be habitable. [How Habitable Zones Around Stars Work (Infographic)]

Previous research suggested that planets in a habitable zone with a sun-like star that had a severe axial tilt or tilting orbit would be warmer, according to the statement. The team's research found that the opposite holds true, which was quite a shock, they said."We found that planets in the habitable zone could abruptly enter 'snowball' states if the eccentricity or the semi-major axis variations — changes in the distance between a planet and star over an orbit — were large or if the planet's obliquity increased beyond 35 degrees," Russell Deitrick, lead author of the new work and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern who completed this research at UW, said in a statement.

Luckily, Earth's axial tilt varies ever so slightly, leaving Earth "a relatively calm planet, climate-wise," co-author Rory Barnes, an astronomer at UW, said in the statement. But, as it pertains to exoplanets, Deitrick "has essentially shown that ice ages on exoplanets can be much more severe than on Earth, that orbital dynamics can be a major driver of habitability and that the habitable zone is insufficient to characterize a planet's habitability," Barnes said.

A planet's position in the habitable zone is typically a major factor in considering whether it may be habitable. However, this new research shows that even if a planet seems Earth-like and is orbiting at the right distance from its star, if "its orbit and obliquity oscillate like crazy, another planet might be better for follow-up with telescopes of the future," Deitrick said.

With this research in mind, orbital dynamics should be considered an important part of determining a planet's habitability, Deitrick added.

The work will be published in The Astronomical Journal, according to the statement.  

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Rather than opening the economy, embracing new ideas and technologies, and welcoming competition, #Trump has pushed #protectionist gimmicks, currency manipulation and tax cuts aimed at the 1% - an approach that risks walling off the United States from a #globaleconomy racing forward. For all his chest-thumping about low unemployment and stock gains, Trump isn’t getting under the hood of an economy being challenged by nimbler upstarts such as #China, India and #SouthKorea. None of Trump’s policies will increase #US productivity, reduce inequality or pressure executives to raise salaries.

Moreover, none of Trump’s policies seeks to repair crumbling infrastructure, cap runaway government borrowing or stabilize health care markets. Washington isn’t doing much to invest in education, ensure that tech-heavy industries have their pick of global talent or prepare the workforce for the real threats to U.S. workers: automation and artificial intelligence. The jobs Trump seeks to claw back from China - lower-wage manufacturing slots that the workers can’t do competitively because of higher wage and benefit levels - are gone forever. To even try to get them back is futile.


#WorldEconomy #Protectionism #America #Globalisation #GlobalTrade #TradeWars #EconomicRisk #Economy #TradePolicy #InternationalTrade #TradeTariffs #Politics #Geopolitics #InternationalRelations #US
How Trump’s Obsession With China Could Turn America into Japan
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/23/how-trumps-obsession-with-china-could-turn-america-into-japan-218320

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#Trump’s about-face also comes after days of heavy criticism from lawmakers and economists on both sides of the political spectrum. Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike took issue with the agreement. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said Trump was 'simply getting rolled on trade with #China,' while GOP Sen. Marco Rubio complained that China is 'out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now.'

Outside of Capitol Hill, trade policy specialists also criticized the agreement. Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who specializes in economic issues, blasted the the limited scope and negotiating tactics used to reach the deal. Even more Trump-friendly trade experts took issue. Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and one-time adviser to Trump on trade issues, said Trump had gone back on campaign promises.


#WorldEconomy #Protectionism #America #Globalisation #GlobalTrade #TradeWars #EconomicRisk #Economy #TradePolicy #InternationalTrade #TradeTariffs #Politics #Geopolitics #InternationalRelations #US
Trump is already backtracking on the China trade agreement, days after celebrating the deal
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-backtrack-china-trade-tariff-list-zte-deal-2018-5/

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LeBron, Cavs facing elimination after Game 5 loss to Celtics https://nyp.st/2KPfNh7

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The FBI is trying to spin the story to fit their agent embedded into the Trump campaign , but it doesn't seem to be working . High level mere king today at WH

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Stacey Abrams and the New Democratic Coalition in the South https://nym.ag/2GK0fZy

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Great value for money.

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A vivid Harrison Lake sunset near Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. The distant mountains are Sasin Peak and Deroche Mountain.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/harrison-lake-sunset/

#sunsets #landscapes #britishcolumbia

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Progressive Energy Is Sweeping the Country — But Not New York’s Democratic Party https://nym.ag/2IGQL7f

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#Meghan_Markle_wedding: #Victoria_Beckham addresses ‘incredible day’ after ‘miserable’ snaps. #Meghan_Markle and #Prince_Harry’s wedding guest #Victoria #Beckham has revealed what she really thinks of the new Duchess Of Sussex, after she was accused of looking “miserable” at the #Royal_Wedding last weekend alongside her husband #David.
https://youtu.be/E5M36tqaNSU

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Our immune system is quite powerful but it needs little help which can be provided in the form of these anti-bacterial and anti-microbial foods that fight off the harmful bacteria naturally.

https://health-zone.org/7-foods-that-fight-bacteria-and-kill-germs-naturally/

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9 Key Foods To Burn Fat and Increase Energy Levels

There are several foods that contain essential nutrients which promote satiety by filling you up and curbing your appetite for longer hours. This naturally aids you in eating less and speeding up your metabolism to burn more fats, and you won’t even have to sweat it out at the gym for hours.

We’ve picked out 9 amazing foods that can help you beat obesity when added to your daily diet. Find out

 http://www.herbsmedicines.com/9-key-foods-burn-fat-increase-energy-levels/

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List of the Most Unhealthy Foods in the World

There is a lot of confusion out there about which foods are healthy, and which are not. Here is a list of 20 foods that are generally very unhealthy.

http://www.thehealthypage.com/25-unhealthiest-foods-on-the-planet/

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By 2020, it will be almost impossible to find a new Samsung product without Bixby. #News #Bixby #Samsung

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A 130-million-year-old fossil has revealed that the ancient super-continent Pangaea may have broken apart more slowly than scientists previously thought. The fossilised skull, which was found in eastern Utah, has revealed an entirely new group of reptile-like mammals that existed in North America.

"Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we now recognize a new, cosmopolitan group of early mammal relatives," said lead author Adam Huttenlocker from the University of Southern California.

The newly-found species has been named Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch in honour of the famed palaeontologist Richard Cifelli and the local Ute tribe's word for "yellow cat".

Using high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanners, the researchers estimated that the creature weighed up to 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) and was probably the size of a small hare – a giant among its contemporaries at the time.

While the animal's large olfactory bulbs indicate it had a strong sense of smell, its eye sockets were tiny, suggesting it had poor eyesight and colour vision. This means the animal was probably nocturnal and depended on its smell to root out food.

"The skull of Cifelliodon is an extremely rare find in a vast fossil-bearing region of the Western Interior, where the more than 150 species of mammals and reptile-like mammal precursors are represented mostly by isolated teeth and jaws," said palaeontologist and study co-author James Kirkland.

As if the discovery is not remarkable enough, the fossil has significantly changed our understanding of mammal evolution.

"For a long time, we thought early mammals from the Cretaceous (145 to 66 million years ago) were anatomically similar and not ecologically diverse," Huttenlocker said.

"This finding by our team and others reinforce that, even before the rise of modern mammals, ancient relatives of mammals were exploring specialty niches: insectivores, herbivores, carnivores, swimmers, gliders.

"Basically, they were occupying a variety of niches that we see them occupy today."

The discovery also changes the time frame during which extinct mammal ancestors, called Haramiyida, dispersed across the continents.

Most of the haramiyidan fossils that scientists have uncovered so far have been from the Triassic and Jurassic of Europe, Greenland and Asia. But this one was the first large skull from Early Cretaceous (145 to 101 million years ago) North America.

This means haramiyidans must have existed globally during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition.

It follows that the corridors of migration between Pangea's landmasses must have remained intact right up through the Early Cretaceous. According to the continental drift hypothesis, Pangaea began breaking up about 225-200 million years ago. The new study suggests the divide of Pangea took about 15 million years longer than previously thought.

While the corridors of migration were open, early mammal precursors must have migrated from Asia to Europe, and then into North America and the major Southern continents. The researchers placed Cifelliodon in the subgroup Hahnodontidae, which, up until this point, was only made up of Cretaceous species from Northern Africa.

"But it's not just this group of haramiyidans," Huttenlocker said. 

"The connection we discovered mirrors others recognised as recently as this year based on similar Cretaceous dinosaur fossils found in Africa and Europe."

The Cifelliodon skull is just another piece in the puzzle.

The study has been published in Nature.

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Many are not aware that Google Assistant also has 3rd party created apps, which they used to call services. While many of them are useful, some were created just for fun.

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Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better - Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles.
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