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National Conservatism Conference was a coming-out party for unvarnished white nationalism

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:50

Recently, Republicans have demonstrated a huge amount of concern over the idea that there might be someone in Congress who holds anti-Semitic views. Someone suggesting that Jewish Americans have divided loyalties. And it turns out this concern is very well-founded … as demonstrated ably by Missouri Republican Josh Hawley. 

Hawley might be somewhat familiar from his appearances during some recent hearings. Or his claims that Google returns liberal results. Or his statements during the Barr hearing that showed Hawley believes some genuinely bizarre conspiracy theories. But it was Hawley’s keynote address at the National Conservatism Conference that nailed down who he is, what he believes, and where his party is going in a way that should be absolutely terrifying for every American.

Here’s part of that address:

For years the politics of both Left and Right have been informed by a political consensus that reflects the interests not of the American middle, but of a powerful upper class and their cosmopolitan priorities.

This class lives in the United States, but they identify as ‘citizens of the world.’ They run businesses or oversee universities here, but their primary loyalty is to the global community.

And they subscribe to a set of values held by similar elites in other places: things like the importance of global integration and the danger of national loyalties; the priority of social change over tradition, career over community, and achievement and merit and progress.

Call it the cosmopolitan consensus.

Even if you don’t speak white nationalist dog whistle, this speech is pretty shocking. Hawley is claiming that the United States is run, and has been run, by a secret group of international “elites” who value terrible things—such as education, achievement, and progress. People who think women should be able to have a career rather than be forced to stay at home. 

But it’s far, far worse if you understand what he’s really saying, and understand the purpose of this convention.

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Apple Watch prompts potentially life-saving heart surgery for 48-year-old dad

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:47

Apple Watch’s ECG functionality has saved a lot of lives, but the latest example shows how the low and high resting heart rate alerts are also uncovering unknown heart issues. After seeing multiple low resting heart rate warnings, a 48-year-old recently discovered he had ventricular bigeminy and was able to address the heart condition with surgery before it caused any issues.


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China's Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:43
Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities. From a report: Alibaba Group's sprawling campus has collegial workspaces, laid-back coffee bars and, on the landscaped grounds, a police outpost. Employees use the office to report suspected crimes to the police, according to people familiar with the operation. Police also use it to request data from Alibaba for their own investigations, these people said, tapping into the trove of information the tech giant collects through its e-commerce and financial-payment networks. In one case, the police wanted to find out who had posted content related to terrorism, said a former Alibaba employee. "They came to me and asked me for the user ID and information," he recalled. He turned it over. The Chinese government is building one of the world's most sophisticated, high-tech systems to keep watch over its citizens, including surveillance cameras, facial-recognition technology and vast computers systems that comb through terabytes of data. Central to its efforts are the country's biggest technology companies, which are openly acting as the government's eyes and ears in cyberspace. Companies including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and Baidu, are required to help China's government hunt down criminal suspects and silence political dissent. Their technology is also being used to create cities wired for surveillance.

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The global economy depends on keeping Mulvaney from Trump, who doesn't know what the debt ceiling is

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:38

This is normal: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rebuffing a White House demand for $150 billion in spending cuts as debt ceiling deal negotiations continue, according to a Democratic official close to the talks."

Negotiations will continue throughout Friday. Pelosi had set a deadline of Friday night for a deal, to give the House enough time to provide legislative text to members ahead of a vote next week. The House is scheduled to leave for August recess on July 26, the Senate on Aug. 2. According to Bloomberg, the administration has provided a list of programs to cut totaling $574 billion, telling Pelosi to pick from it for the $150 billion in cuts it’s demanding. Of course, there are no tax increases in the mix. Republicans don't do revenue.

This is not normal: "As the federal government inches closer toward a potentially disastrous default on its debts, lawmakers and some Trump administration officials desperate for a budget deal have carefully maneuvered negotiations away from the man who has emerged as the common enemy: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff." Apparently both inside the White House and in Congress, senior officials tell The New York Times, he’s considered a "problem child" or a "troublemaker" or just "not helpful." Given his penchant as a Freedom Caucus maniac for clamoring for government shutdowns and debt ceiling brinksmanship, they're right to be trying to hustle him out of the way in all of this. Given that he's also the most likely White House staffer to encourage Trump to do whatever the hell he feels like at the moment, it becomes even more urgent.

Because here's the other thing that is really not normal and actually a little bit terrifying: It's not entirely clear that Trump knows what the debt ceiling is. He was asked about the negotiations in a White House press availability Thursday, and said, "We're working on the debt ceiling." Then the word "debt" apparently started rattling around in what's left of his brain, and he launched into a semi-coherent screed about President Obama and the debt. "Don’t forget, you know, the debt under President Obama added more debt than every president put together. So you're talking about a debt ceiling: President Obama added $10 trillion during his eight years. He doubled the debt. He added more debt than every president—every single President put together. President Obama doubled—more than doubled the debt." None of which is true, because of course it's not, because it's Trump. "So we're talking about a debt ceiling," he then wound down. "The previous president doubled the debt. And that’s what we get stuck with. That’s the way it is, folks."

The thing is, they're not the same thing. The debt ceiling is the nation's borrowing limit: how the country pays for current spending but also how it keeps paying on what it owes so that we don't go into default and bring down the global economy with us. The deficit is not that; it's the difference between what the government takes in in revenue and what it spends, and by the way, it's getting a lot bigger thanks to the Trump tax cuts. There's no indication that Trump understands that distinction, that he knows what a default on our debt would mean. Because of course he doesn't, because he's Trump, and in his experience, defaulting on debts is how business is done.

With a mind that weak, it becomes imperative that they keep him separated from Mulvaney right now.

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Quick Look: Elago W6, the cute Apple Watch stand that thinks it’s an iPod

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:36

If you ever feel nostalgic for the classic iPod, you might enjoy the Elago W6, the Apple Watch stand that thinks it’s an iPod.

It’s not the first time Elago has done something like this. Back in 2017, it created the W3, based on the original Macintosh …


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9to5Mac Happy Hour 234: MacBook speeds, Apple TV+ details, and iPhone 11 dummies

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:18

This week Benjamin and Zac talk more about the updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, news around Apple TV+ and the upcoming streaming video service, new emoji coming in iOS 13, the latest iPhone 11 rumors, changes in iOS 13 beta 4, and much more.

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NSO Spyware 'Targets Big Tech Cloud Services'

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:00
The Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp has told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, Financial Times reported on Friday. [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] From the report: NSO Group's flagship smartphone malware, nicknamed Pegasus, has for years been used by spy agencies and governments to harvest data from targeted individuals' smartphones. But it has now evolved to capture the much greater trove of information stored beyond the phone in the cloud, such as a full history of a target's location data, archived messages or photos, according to people who shared documents with the Financial Times and described a recent product demonstration. The documents raise difficult questions for Silicon Valley's technology giants, which are trusted by billions of users to keep critical personal information, corporate secrets and medical records safe from potential hackers. NSO denied promoting hacking or mass-surveillance tools for cloud services. However, it did not specifically deny that it had developed the capability described in the documents.

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Friday News Dump: How Do Racists Respond To Racism? And Other News

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:21

Another week of Trump bigotry and the obfuscation of such by Republican officials who are so very afraid of standing up to Trump that they're peeing in their pants. Republicans never were the "strong" party, after all:

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Israeli surveillance software Pegasus targets cloud data on infected iPhones

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:16

The updated smartphone surveillance tool from Israeli company NSO Group not only harvests on-device data, but also scraps data from iCloud and popular cloud-based services the user authenticated on their iPhone or Android.
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How to use Quick Actions in the Files app on iPad

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:00

iPad Files File Quick Actions

Work with your folders, files, and images faster than ever. Here’s how to use the Quick Actions feature on iPad in the Files app.
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Here's the line-up for the next round of Democratic presidential debates

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:00

The second Democratic presidential primary debates—plural, because there will again be two nights with 10 candidates apiece—are coming up on July 30 and 31, and CNN and the Democratic National Committee have announced the line-ups.

July 30

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Steve Bullock
  • John Delaney
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Tim Ryan
  • Marianne Williamson

July 31

  • Joe Biden
  • Kamala Harris
  • Cory Booker
  • Julián Castro
  • Andrew Yang
  • Michael Bennet
  • Bill de Blasio
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Jay Inslee

The first thing that comes to mind looking at these line-ups: Former Vice President Joe Biden is probably not happy. Not only will he be sharing the stage once again with Sen. Kamala Harris, who ate his lunch at the last debate, but Sen. Cory Booker, who has also taken him to task for his fond memories of working with segregationists, will be there too.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, told reporters that she was “delighted” with her draw, saying that “Bernie and I have been friends for a long, long time. We’ve worked a lot of issues together.”

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Locally Run ISPs Offer the Fastest Broadband In America

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Using data from 356,925 broadband speed tests conducted over a year, PCMag recently compiled a list of the fastest ISPs in America. ISPs were then affixed a PCMag Speed Index score based on a combination of line performance, upload, and download speeds. When all regional ISPs were compared side by side, the fastest ISP in America was independent California ISP Sonic, with a score of 610.6. Sonic has been working with select California communities to leverage their publicly-owned fiber networks. All told, six of the ten fastest ISPs in the States were either directly run by a local community, or involved some form of partnership between the public and private sectors.

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That Justice Department rule has saved Trump from indictment—again

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:57

On Monday, federal prosecutors informed a judge that their investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to suppress the stories of adult film star Stormy Daniels and nude model Karen McDougal was ending. The hush money scheme, which has already led to the conviction of Trump attorney Michael Cohen on two counts of campaign finance violations, was under investigation because it allegedly happened "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump. All evidence produced showed that allegation to be true. But despite recordings and transcripts showing that Trump was directing every stage of the illegal scheme, it appears that the investigation has ended with no further charges. And the reason seems to be that Department of Justice ruling that a sitting executive cannot be indicted.

As reported by USA Today, that DOJ rule—the same rule that shielded Trump from charges of obstruction in the Mueller report—was “a factor” in ending the investigation without charges against Trump. No one is saying whether that was the only factor, but … it was the only factor. The case against Trump was beyond ironclad. Even Trump attorney Jay Sekulow will not comment except to say that the investigation is over. In the words of Lindsey Graham, case closed, and that’s all you need to know.

But if the attorneys are not talking, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff is. "The inescapable conclusion from all of the public materials available now is that there was ample evidence to charge Donald Trump with the same criminal election law violations for which Michael Cohen pled guilty," said Schiff.

Recordings made by Cohen show that Trump was not only aware of the scheme, but negotiating the details and instructing Cohen on the steps to take. Trump even involved members of his campaign staff, including Hope Hicks, in the scheme, going back and forth with Cohen on details of both how to deceive the women and how to hide the source of the funds.

Now, Cohen has been convicted, Hicks seems likely to be charged with lying to Congress, but the DOJ is letting Trump skate—all based on a rule it created.

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Donnie Deutsch On Trump Racism: 'This Is A Man With Nazi Tendencies'

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:22

This morning, Donnie Deutsch told the 88 million people who watch Morning Joe that Donald Trump is, well, a Nazi.

"The parallels are stunning. The parallels are stunning, oh, it can't happen here, it can happen here. I want to challenge people -- I did this the other day. I want to challenge people of means, I'm not talking about people who need a job and Trump can get it for them. 'You know, he's good for the economy and good for the Israel,' " Deutsch mocked.

"By the way, he would throw Israel overboard if it was bad for him. If you're a person who votes for Donald Trump, you're no different than if you're watching on the subway (as) five white nationalists berate an African-American woman, saying 'Go back to where you came from.' Then you hid and you put your head down. You can't hide behind the economy anymore. you own it. You don't get to do that anymore. And I think that's critical. You know it's interesting. We talk about minorities, it's on white people. You get to say he's good for the economy, and they say stuff, no, they don't.

"This is a man with Nazi tendencies. If reporters asked him, do you think you should stay beyond eight years, he'll give you the honest answers. 'Do you think people in the press should be put in jail?' He'll answer it. By the way, he went into the rant after he got the highest approval ratings, that shows what happens when he believes he has power. No more 'It's good for the economy,' " he said.

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Looks Like DoJ Policy Once Again Protected Trump From Being Indicted

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:21

So once again, the felon in the White House is off the hook -- not because he's innocent, because the evidence made public yesterday clearly indicates otherwise -- but because it's DoJ policy that a sitting president is immune from prosecution. And yes, under some circumstances, I can see where it would be unusually harmful to the presidency and the country to prosecution over something like, oh, I don't know, lying about a BJ -- but not when a president actually breaks the law in order to become president? The policy no longer serves the office or the people. The people serve the policy. Via USAToday:

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors' decision to end an investigation into hush money payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump relied at least in part on long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The Justice Department told a federal judge on Monday that it had "effectively concluded" its investigation into efforts to silence the women in the final months of the 2016 campaign, but did not explain why it had done so. Prosecutors have said the payoffs violated a federal law that restricts campaign donations.

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Zagg brings its rugged keyboard case with backlight and laptop-style keys to iPad mini 5

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:20

Aside from a sturdy frame, Zagg’s hardened keyboard case for iPad mini 5 rocks an adjustable cradle hinge that allows for multiple viewing angles and a detachable keyboard with laptop-style keys and Bluetooth functionality.
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More support emerges for idea that 2020 iPhones will use 5nm chips

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:10

There has been a steady stream of reports suggesting that the 2020 iPhones will use 5nm chips, and a statement by A-series chipmaker TSMC provides further support for the idea.

Apple made much of the fact that the A12 chip used in all three 2018 iPhones used a 7nm process, the first smartphones on the market to do so. Smaller processes mean more transistors in the same size chip, which generally boosts both performance and energy efficiency …


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:01

It's been close to a week since Prznint Stupid showed us EXACTLY who he really is and the newest Ipsos Poll shows us who the rank-and-file Republicans are. I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

The Rectification of Names says it's not who you are but stuff you do that counts.

The Debate Link directs our attention to the snowflakes in the House. They are Republicans.

The Great Consolidation wants to impeach Bill Barr.

The Psy of Life has started a new series: Important Votes in Congress and who to call. I wish I had seen this earlier this week!

Bonus Track: Ars Technica presents "The Greatest Leap, part 3: The triumph and near-tragedy of the first Moon landing' - make this your lunchtime read; it's really gripping.

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Morning Digest: Despite presidential race, House Democrats still raising money at astonishing rate

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

Fundraising: Daily Kos Elections is pleased to present our second quarterly fundraising charts of the 2020 election cycle for both the House and the Senate!

Campaign Action

We've included every race we expect to be competitive in next year's general elections as well as open seats in otherwise safe districts that feature primaries. We also list contests where incumbents potentially face a credible primary challenge, members of Congress who might retire or run for higher office, and under-the-radar contests where a candidate raised or self-funded an unexpectedly large sum.

The big takeaway is that, despite some Democratic fears (and GOP hopes) that Team Blue's crowded presidential primary would divert donors from the congressional battlefield, the House class of 2018 is continuing to raise money at a pace that would have been unthinkable little more than two years ago.

Two of the most astonishing hauls, in fact, came from members who unseated GOP incumbents just last fall: California Rep. Katie Porter hauled in just shy of $1 million for the quarter, while New York Rep. Max Rose raised about $800,000. An additional 28 Democrats who flipped seats last year also raised over $500,000 during the quarter.

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Cartoon: 'R' is for Racist

Daily Kos - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 07:50

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Stop the presses! The President is a racist! Okay, I guess we kinda’ sorta’ had a suspicion he might harbor racist feelings in his quieter moments.

Now that it’s official, we can all agree that President Donald J. Trump is racist. Or at very least tweets racist things. (Not that anyone is allowed to say that in the House of Representatives.) In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m worried this might all be a distraction. But it is an unavoidable distraction that we must address. Damn, this guy is good.

I’m not sure whether this is a distraction from Trump being compromised by foreign connections, a distraction from partying with a pedophile or a distraction from torturing 3-year-old children at the border. Unfortunately, they all must be addressed. Sigh. Remember the good ol’ days of meaningless distractions? Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes goodies and other surprises when you help support my cartooning on Patreon!

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