March 31, 2018

On The Way As North Korea Russia Might Block YouTube, Instagram Because It Opposes Certain posts






Oleg Deripaska
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(Bloomberg) — Russia may block access to YouTube and Instagram after billionaire Oleg Deripaska won a court injunction against videos and photographs that showed him and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko relaxing on a yacht with a woman described as an escort.
Deripaska won an order from Ust-Labinsk court in his native Krasnodar region ordering the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos that breached his right to privacy, according to a spokeswoman for his Basic Element company. 
Anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexey Navalny said the order also threatens to block his website after he published an online film alleging that the videos and photographs posted by the woman, who calls herself Nastya Rybka, showed evidence of a corrupt relationship between the aluminum tycoon and the senior minister.
Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor included the materials on its register of blacklisted sites following the court order. Its press office declined immediate comment. Internet providers must block access to online services within days unless information declared illegal is deleted. 
[[[Navalny Links Kremlin to Trump Campaign Aide Paul Manafort Deripaska denied wrongdoing after Navalny published his video Feb. 8, calling it a ‘planned campaign‘ to damage his reputation. The injunction was granted Feb. 9. Navalny’s allegations ’should have been answered in a manly way, but we’ll stay within the law,‘ Prikhodko said, the RBC newspaper reported on Feb. 9]]]

Navalny, who was barred from running against Vladimir Putin in March’s presidential elections, has built a massive online following in Russia for investigations accusing government ministers and top officials of corruption. He inspired the largest anti-government protests since 2012 last year after releasing a video showing lavish estates allegedly belonging to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who denied the accusations.

Seeking removal

YouTube and Instagram may be blocked in Russia as early as Wednesday unless they comply with the order and remove the material, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing the watchdog. Representatives of Facebook Inc., which owns Instagram, and YouTube’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., declined to comment.
Deripaska is seeking removal of only the 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos, and not to block access to the two services entirely, the spokeswoman for Basic Element said in an email.
‘It’s impossible for internet providers to block certain pages on Instagram and YouTube,’ and they’ll have to block the services unless the material singled out by the watchdog is deleted, said Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications, an internet lobby group. There’s also a ’high chance that Navalny may need to remove this information to avoid being blocked.‘
The action against his investigation is ’a brazen act of censorship," Navalny wrote on his website, which remained accessible on Monday. ‘I urge everyone to spread this video wherever you can.’
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov took to YouTube last year to post his own video responses to Navalny’s allegations that he donated real estate to a fund benefiting Medvedev, calling the anti-corruption campaigner a ‘loser‘ and saying ’I spit on you.’ Usmanov later won a defamation lawsuit, in which a court ordered Navalny to retract the allegations.

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Did You Vote? This Texas Woman Voted and Got Five Years For It



[by Jane C. Timm] 
A Texas woman was sentenced to five years behind bars this week for voting illegally in the 2016 election while on supervised releasefrom federal prison.
Crystal Mason, 43, testified in court that she did not know that she was ineligible to vote due to her 2011 fraud conviction before casting a provisional ballot in the presidential election. In Texas, knowingly voting illegally is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
 Crystal Mason was sentenced to a five year prison sentence this week, after she tried to vote while on supervised release from federal prison, in Tarrant County, Texas. Tarrant County Jail

 Crystal Maso 








"A second-degree felony for voting illegally? That's outrageous," J. Warren St. John, her defense attorney, told NBC News on Friday. "The punishment does not fit this crime."
Texas' ballot asks voters to certify that they have completed their sentences — including supervision — if they have previously been convicted of a felony. Mason testified in court that she did not read the fine print because an election worker was helping her with the provisional ballot.
"She voted in good faith," St. John said, noting that she accurately filled out her own information and wasn't trying to obscure her identity. "She didn’t intentionally vote illegally and that’s the whole issue."
Mason had pleaded guilty in 2011 to inflating tax returns while working as a tax preparer and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, according to her attorney. She had served roughly three years before being released in 2016.
St. John said that Mason was never told in court, prison, or her halfway house that she couldn't vote until the entirety of her sentence was complete. Her probation officer also testified in court that he had not told her she couldn't vote.
Mason is appealing the judge's ruling, and out on bond pending that appeal. Because the crime is also a violation of her supervised release, she could still be arrested by federal authorities and sentenced to additional federal jail time for violating the terms of her release. St. John said federal court had not yet issued a warrant for the violation, however.
Mason is not the first to receive a severe sentence for voting illegally. A Texas resident and Mexican citizen with a green card, Rosa Maria Ortega, was sentenced to eight years in prison for casting an illegal ballot. Ortega had even served as a poll worker, and she, too, reportedly said she did not know she couldn’t vote.
Still, not everyone gets hard time. A North Carolina prosecutor declined to bring charges against a woman who said she cast an illegal vote for Donald Trump in order to fulfill her mother's dying wish. "She made a mistake out of sheer ignorance without any intent to defraud or commit a crime," the prosecutor said, according to a local report.
An estimated 6.1 million Americans are disenfranchised by a felony conviction, something many states are rethinking as those numbers continue to rise alongside skyrocketing incarceration rates.
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David Hogg (Parkland Survivor) Rejects Fox News and Ingrahams' Shallow Apology After Advertisers Began Dropping Her as Damaged Goods





Laura Ingraham's giving in to her inner feelings and salutes at the RNC

 A student survivor of a Florida high school shooting has brushed aside a Fox News host's apology after she mocked his university rejections.
Ten companies have said they are pulling ads from Laura Ingraham's programme after 17-year-old David Hogg tweeted a call for a boycott.
On Wednesday, she accused the activist of whining after he said four colleges had declined his applications.
He has been a target of online abuse since last month's attack in Parkland. 
Keeping up the pressure on Friday, David told the New York Daily News: "I would love to see her go."
He tweeted on Thursday night: "I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and me in this fight. 
"It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children." 
The teenage activist - who has amassed more than 600,000 Twitter followers since last month's attack - told CNN on Thursday: "She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out.
"I think it's great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends."  
He also rejected her invitation to appear on her show and discuss his gun control campaign.
"I think it's really disgusting, the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing to me," he told CNN.
TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Wayfair, Stich Fix, Nestl矇, and Nutrish have said they will withdraw commercials from The Ingraham Angle.
On Thursday night's show, Ms. Ingraham ignored the boycott.
Laura Ingraham and David Hogg (right)Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt praised the teenager.


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 A student survivor of a Florida high school shooting has brushed aside a Fox News host's apology after she mocked his university rejections.
Ten companies have said they are pulling ads from Laura Ingraham's programme after 17-year-old David Hogg tweeted a call for a boycott.
On Wednesday, she accused the activist of whining after he said four colleges had declined his applications.
He has been a target of online abuse since last month's attack in Parkland. 
Keeping up the pressure on Friday, David told the New York Daily News: "I would love to see her go."
He tweeted on Thursday night: "I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and me in this fight. 
"It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children." 
The teenage activist - who has amassed more than 600,000 Twitter followers since last month's attack - told CNN on Thursday: "She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out.
"I think it's great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends."


Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers ... Asking for a friend.
He also rejected her invitation to appear on her show and discuss his gun control campaign.
"I think it's really disgusting, the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing to me," he told CNN.
TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Wayfair, Stich Fix, Nestl矇, and Nutrish announced they would withdraw commercials from the presenter's show, The Ingraham Angle.
On her Thursday night show, Ms. Ingraham ignored the boycott.
Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt praised David Hogg as fearless. 
"This kid's not scared," he said. "He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham."
The furor touched off on Wednesday when Ms. Ingraham posted on Twitter: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it."
David had mentioned to celebrity gossip website TMZ a day earlier that he had been turned away from four colleges in the University of California system.
A day later - as advertisers joined a boycott - the Fox presenter struck a conciliatory tone by praising David's exam grades.
"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," she said.
But a TripAdvisor spokesperson said Ms. Ingraham's original comments "cross the line of decency". 
Wayfair said, "the decision of an adult to personally criticise a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values". 
"Maybe that's what happens after you've been down range of an AR-15 that kills your classmates and comes close to killing you," Mr. Schmidt told MSNBC, referring to the type of semi-automatic rifle used in the 14 February attack that claimed 17 lives. 
"You lose all fear. Because this kid's not scared. He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham."
On Wednesday, Ms. Ingraham posted on Twitter: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it."
David had mentioned to celebrity gossip website TMZ a day earlier that he had been turned away from four colleges in the University of California system.
On Thursday, the Fox presenter struck a conciliatory tone, praising David's grades.
"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," she said.
But a TripAdvisor spokesperson said Ms. Ingraham's original comments "cross the line of decency". 
Wayfair said, "the decision of an adult to personally criticise a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values".
Reported by the BBC
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March 30, 2018

What Do You Do As a Lawyer, Head of Justice Dept.Civil Rights and You Can't Protect The LGBT Community?







 Diana Flynn (Picture by Buzzfeed)



One of the government’s top civil rights lawyers since the Reagan administration told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday she will leave to become the litigation director for Lambda Legal, a high-profile exit that will put her at the vanguard of LGBT rights and likely place her in conflict with former colleagues at the Justice Department.
The departure of Diana Flynn, who has been chief of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Appellate Section since the ’80s, is the most recent example of legal veterans abandoning their posts since Jeff Sessions became attorney general.
“I never really expected to leave,” Flynn, a transgender woman, said Wednesday in an interview about her role as head of the influential office that seeks to sway circuit courts by asserting the government’s agenda.
She reflected on a three-decade tenure under four Republican presidents and two Democratic presidents, saying, “There have been some good times in the Civil Rights Division, regardless of the party.”
“But it appears to me — at this crucial time for LGBT rights — to make the arguments I want to make and take positions I want to take, I would be much better situated at Lambda Legal than I am at Justice,” she said.
Some turnover among lawyers is typical at the Justice Department, particularly among political appointees, but it’s less common for a high-ranking career servant who had long planned to stay on the job until retirement, especially for one to depart for a role where she could be at odds with the attorney general.
Sessions, who leads the department, has used the Trump administration’s weight to argue anti-LGBT discrimination is legal under federal law in workplaces and by businesses open to the public. He has rolled back policies that Flynn helped establish for transgender workers during the Obama administration.
Flynn declined to comment specifically on activity under the current administration — or whether the department has become politicized under Sessions — but she warned of a general push to curtail civil rights.
“I see a danger to some of the principles that have been established in the civil rights arena generally,” she said. “I see attempts to roll back specifically LGBT rights in the courts and society, and I want to be in the position where I can aggressively resist that and make the arguments that I think will be most effective.” “I see attempts to roll back specifically LGBT rights in the courts and society, and I want to be in the position where I can aggressively resist that." 
Lambda Legal, founded in 1973, is the country’s largest LGBT litigation organization and a frequent adversary to the Trump administration. The group has sued to block Trump from banning transgender people from the military, presenting one of the cases in which Flynn and Sessions could face off.
“If I find myself on the opposite side of the courtroom from someone I had worked with, it would be something different,” said Flynn, who began as a career lawyer for the Justice Department in 1984 after graduating from Yale Law School. “It would be strange, but it’s something we could deal with.”
The Justice Department has reversed course on several LGBT issues under Sessions’ watch. In a memo to his lawyers last fall, Sessions said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, does not protect transgender workers — thereby reversing a position that the Justice Department adopted, in part to Flynn’s work.
Sessions also took the unusual step of arguing at the Supreme Court that a baker in Colorado could turn away a same-sex couple who wanted a wedding cake, even though the Justice Department wasn’t a party to the case and the state’s law forbids businesses from anti-gay discrimination.
Sharon McGowan, the strategy director of Lambda Legal and a former principal deputy chief of the Appellate Section at DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, said the attrition of civil rights lawyers at DOJ is unusual under Sessions.
“You are seeing a brain drain out of the DOJ that is not normal, and it is a reflection of how aberrant this attorney general has been, with not only reversal of positions but targeting of communities,” McGowan said. “From the first day Sessions came to the DOJ, he has been dismantling decades of work that Diana Flynn had been doing.”
Sessions also argued at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that Title VII did not protect a gay worker — again, even though the Justice Department wasn’t named in the lawsuit and the department doesn’t normally handle private workplace matters.
Despite Sessions’ advocacy, some courts have ruled in the last year that Title VII does protect gay and transgender workers, and likewise, that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protect transgender students.
Vanita Gupta, the former head of DOJ’s civil rights division under Obama, added that Flynn played a key role in turning the department into an advocate for LGBT civil rights.
“With this administration devolving further into chaos,” Gupta said, “it comes as no surprise that the administration continues to lose incredibly talented attorneys like Diana.”
Flynn will start her new job in May.
Dominic Holden is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. 
Contact Dominic Holden at dominic.holden@buzzfeed.com.
This story originally posted at BuzzFeed Inc

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Roseanne Bar is Back on TV and Her Demon's Are Saying ..."She and We'r Back".....and more



"She-devil was what the title meant" Hope you got it...
 Roseanne Barr on her movie hit 'She-devil"



Roseanne Barr is quoted as saying the following (The Los Anges Times) about Trump:

I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years. And it was just a friendly conversation about working and television and ratings,” Barr, 65, continued.
“He really understands ratings and how they measure things,” Barr said of the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star-turned-president. “And that’s kind of been an interest of mine too.”
She likes Trump and according to her voted for him, mainly because she liked the way he fired people on the "Apprentice." Also because He talked to her(?)It seems to me by listening to her and I am not going to give an observation about the similarities between Barr and Trump but my question is which one of her personalities is the one who likes Trump? I mean She has been Pro-socialist and GOP Conservative, liking Hillary and calling her a crook. Saying she got gays in her show(?) and she is said nasty things about gays, she is proTrump now but He's been on her demon's hairline too.

Which means she is all over the place like she is everywhere and that's where the different inside personalities come from. I just hope she is not thinking of running for President because until this new generation coming up can turn 18 and get the vote I could see the Republicans getting together with the Bernie people and give us" Rox, she President!"

Now, maybe it could be all of them that like Trump now but with a person who has admitted to having dozens upon dozens of those popping noisy critters it will definitely make the news if all of them were for Trump. Since what Trump does except nuclear war does not directly affects her up at her Macadamia Nuthouse, at this point she still loves the guy. They (Trump, Barr) both like to yell more than talk and they never listen unless you are saying nice things about them but it could be that.

I will go on a limb here and say it must be the "she-devil" personality. You know this is the one where she is not treated right as a housekeeper and at the end, it seems she sets the house on fire.  As I remember it it doesn't show her lighting the match but it shows the house crisply burning on the background while she seats relieved and exhausted  (the same way Trump felt after driving the Casinos to the ground and getting insurance pay for them, declaring bankruptcy and not being on the hook for the money he owed) at the same time  for "She-devil" is trying to figure out how she switches from she-devil to may be the one that at one point hated all men. This is what she said to the Los Angeles Times back in 2016 from her Macadamia Nut House in Hawaii (This all true, is on the tape):
From her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii — sat down in her studio in El Segundo, a glass of bourbon in her hand, and reflected on her foray into presidential politics, this year’s race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, marijuana legalization and the impending end of the world.
The first thing we see you say in this movie is, "This is not a publicity stunt." Looking back on your run, do you feel like people had a hard time taking you seriously as a candidate for the presidency?
They were idiots. I say in the movie, "It's a bunch of clowns and one comedian and they prefer the clowns." You'd say what people hold in their hearts to be true and they'd go, "Nah."
The citizens of this country don't really get that they could work this stuff to their advantage if they wanted, or they're not ready. I just want people to know what's being done to them. Because I hate stupidity. I want people to see this movie because they should know how it works.
Notice that when she mentions "evil' she lowers her voice, like they are listening to her. Good luck to you in listening to this old taping originally from Los Angeles Times.
Warning on language, You could be offended!







 They all ripped off my ...! Bernie [Sanders] ripped my whole ... off, 
like men do in Hollywood from the day I set foot in here.

Well, to be fair to Bernie, he has been talking about these issues for a long time.
Nobody gave a ...! I knew it was there. I tried to help set it up. Now I see all three of them — Hillary, Bernie and Trump — they're all borrowing heavily from my 2012 campaign.
Like what specific things?
Well, socialism. Like, "Hey, bankers ought to pay back the money they stole — or at least not get a bonus for doing so." As soon as you start getting paid, then Satan's got you, and you're going to burn in that huge hellfire lake for all eternity with Satan right there with that pitchfork in your eyeball.



On the one hand, you talk optimistically about the people taking back the system and bringing about revolutionary change. But you also have predicted a few times that the world is about to end.
Yeah, well, it's always two years ahead of now. I know that.
So the world will end in 2018?
Yeah. I do believe we're on the edge of extinction and there's very little if any hope that we'll live through this .... It just seems so finite. They say it's going to be a meteor that takes us out. Well, I say let's party like it's 1999.
Adam Gonzalez


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Ex Pres. Sarkozy On Trial For Corruption-Does The US President Knows It Could be Him in Back to The Future?






Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for corruption and influence peddling, according to French media. 
The case centres around wiretapped phone-calls in 2014, in which Mr Sarkozy allegedly sought to influence judges who were looking into suspected illegal financing of his campaign.
The judge, Gilbert Azibert, and Mr Sarkozy's lawyer are also expected to stand trial. 

 They have denied any wrongdoing.
In a separate case, the ex-president is accused of receiving campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
In the phone calls, Mr Sarkozy reportedly used an alias - Paul Bismuth - and offered a prestigious role in Monaco to Mr Azibert in exchange for information on the financing case.
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