By Andonis Vassiliades In previous critical articles, one hardly a month after Trump took first took Office as an unknown quantity, I raised serious questions about his ability to govern and the risks he posed to the US and to the world. A year later I looked at his performance vis-a-vis his policies and particularly his determination to keep upsetting the world economic and political stability with a trade war and other policies based on a purely selfish and arrogant attitude to world economic and political affairs. I caricatured him as some idiot who knows he is sitting on dynamite but cannot resist his ego telling him and propelling him to be dangerous to himself and others by repeatedly testing whether or when the dynamite might blow up. I wrote about his big ego that drives him to be predictably unpredictable, maliciously vitriolic and impatient with a short fuse, unreliable and toxic: corrosive to all things normal and stable. Soon afterwards I attempted as a psychologist (one of … [Read more...] about A hooligan in the White House
WHEN THINKING about police use of facial recognition, most Americans probably fall somewhere between two extremes. On one side is the approach taken by San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts, both of which earlier this year banned municipal agencies, including the police, from using facial recognition. On the other is the view expressed by Michael McCaul, a Republican congressman from Texas, who during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on July 10th announced: “When somebody is in the public domain…there’s no expectation of privacy.” Imagine a world in which cameras equipped with facial recognition were ubiquitous. In Mr McCaul’s view, a permanent government record of everywhere everyone goes would be the price people pay for leaving their homes. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. The Supreme Court has rejected versions of that view in United States v Jones, a case in 2012 … [Read more...] about America mulls regulating facial recognition
SANDWICHED BETWEEN Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush on the presidential debate platform in 1992, Ross Perot looked like a grizzled man-child. At five feet five inches tall, he was almost a foot shorter than the thoroughbred Republican president and Democratic governor. He had to stand—while they slouched on their bar stools—to look them in the eye. A lesser man, running in a different year, might have appeared ridiculous. Yet the Texan billionaire, whose death this week recalls one of America’s strangest and most fateful political careers, thrived on the contrast. America was in the economic doldrums and, after 12 years of Republican rule, aching for a change that slick Mr Clinton was not quite trusted to deliver. This created an opportunity for an outsider that Mr Perot, pint-size, scrappy and quivering with contempt for both parties (as well as hostility towards the president—a Yankee interloper to his beloved state), seized with hyperactive brio. Get our … [Read more...] about Remembering third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot
A US Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry long-range radar detection aircraft caught fire while airborne on Thursday, according to KOLN-TV. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Lincoln Airport, Nebraska due to a fire in one of its engines. — 1011 NOW (@1011_News) 12 июля 2019 г. According to the local fire service head, Scott Osander, the fire was localised as the plane slowed down for landing. He added that engine fires are usually hard to spot due to the high velocity and weather conditions. The aircraft is currently under repair and is being guarded by armed personnel. It is expected to be towed to the apron area following the completion of maintenance operations. … [Read more...] about US Radar Detection Plane Catches Fire While Midair
Editor’s note: Alexander Acosta announced his resignation on July 12th 2019. THE INDICTMENT of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex-trafficking described a pyramid scheme for the sexual abuse of minors. Mr Epstein would pay hundreds of dollars apiece for sexual encounters with adolescent girls at his mansion in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and then pay them to recruit other underage girls. When police searched the residence they uncovered hundreds of pictures of nude, young-looking women—some on CDs kept in a locked safe with names like “Misc nudes 1” and “Girl pics nude”. Three personal employees apparently aided in the scheme. This is all revolting, but it is hardly a great surprise. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. More than a decade ago police and prosecutors stumbled across a similar pattern of conduct in Palm Beach, Florida, where Mr Epstein owns another mansion. In a later civil … [Read more...] about Was Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal fishy?