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Ana Kova

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Washington at home and abroad

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

Facebucks 2.0

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg hopes to test WhatsApp Pay in Mexico before the end of 2019. The ramifications are far more realistic than Libra's theoretical impact on US monetary policy—and they would affect users worldwide.

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having access to a bank, lower than the US). With WhatsApp's presence in Brazil and other South American countries, Facebook's bet on WhatsApp as payments strategy looks way more logical than Visa-betrayed Libra.

Facebook's Libra has won all the headlines recently. But over the last couple years, it's been WhatsApp that's quietly pioneered payments in India. Facebook is looking to go international with WhatsApp Pay.

The new TV

Shut it down

Brexit deal reached

The EU and the UK agreed on a Brexit deal, but there are many hurdles ahead. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it’s still not backing the deal, BBC reports. Their support is essential if Johnson wants to pass it through parliament on Saturday.

Brexit deal reaction as PM heads to EU summit - BBC News

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this deal, making it unlikely it’ll get through Parliament.

What comes after the iPhone?

The future of work

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

Cool insights, but a lot of wild ideas. Keep in mind, 50 years ago was 1970. The world has not changed that frickin’ much.

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Meat-free around the world

You'll never guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining. A surprising winner emerges in a new ranking of the top 10 cities for vegan-friendly restaurants.

Guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining! No, try again

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on the notion of "changing minds" among existing populations -- a traditional cultural understanding of the focus of many vegan practitioners -- rather than any analysis of the increasing impact of global population movements and the massively increased interconnection of cities in particular around the planet.

In the case of Dublin, the surprised narrative would have us understand it to be a city still very much in the traditional stereotypical Irish model -- a mix of Catholicism, traditional pub food, Guinness pints and some of the finest of the melancholy arts. In this stage, it is no wonder anyone would be surprised that the opening of a single vegan restaurant, let alone a thriving vegan-friendly culture is a shock to all.

Pints dropped. Instant titterring among groups of elderly women. Elderly men slowly shake their heads and look to the sky. A young Irish babe begins to wail and somewhere in the background a rather frail looking priest in full traditional black cassock and collar faints from the intensity of the experience.

It's an easy narrative and all-to-unfortunately accepted one among far too many when thinking of Dublin.

But there's quite a different one that's clear to many who have watched Dublin transform in the past decades from a local capital of a nation struggling to find it's feet in the shadows of its former imperial masters to one of the major global nodes of trans-national economic, tech, design and culture systems.

As this node, Dublin had seen the world come to it -- to exchange ideas, cultures, technologies and, at the end of the day, populations. While the public mindset of what Dublin is may still be easily lured into traditional archaic stereotypes, the reality is that Dublin's vegan-friendly ranking is nothing more than a reflection of its place among the increasingly tight network of global cities.

We need to start thinking in terms of global culture and networks when we talk about cities that are willing to engage directly in these global networks. Cities will continue to have their own unique flavours, but they will also be drawing upon each other in ways we are not fully appreciating. Reinterpreting our stereotypical assumptions about why city data has the results it does will be essential if we are to effectively understand how our major global urban areas are continuing to evolve.

Fun read! But if it is baed on really fun article. I love the reveal. But, if it is based on Tripadvisor, what about cities that are not as active?

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'Biggest case on the planet' pits kids vs. climate change

'Biggest case on the planet' pits kids vs. climate change

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  • A group of 21 youths are taking a stand and suing the US government for failing to adequately protect the earth from the effects of climate change. Their convictions on the matter are based on their own experiences from climate change. Love seeing kids and young adults participating in these important

    A group of 21 youths are taking a stand and suing the US government for failing to adequately protect the earth from the effects of climate change. Their convictions on the matter are based on their own experiences from climate change. Love seeing kids and young adults participating in these important topics that have huge impact on their futures.

  • I’m sure it is their own idea to sue... I think a few adults may be in this mixture. We live in a country that has cut more CO2 emissions than any other country, including all still part of the Paris Accords. One caveat, until China and a lot of Asia gets on board, there maybe little we can do, kids or otherwise!

  • It might seem like we're having to follow a few too many court cases. This one, however, matters more than the others.

    It's kids vs the US govt. David vs Goliath. Kids want a right to a stable climate. Obama wouldn't concede but he gave his opponents enough to proceed. Now we have Trump, and things are getting nasty.

  • Yes, we all know that China is the worst polluter in the world. That doesn't change the fact that our current administration has effectively dismantled the EPA, deleted any reference to combating man-made climate change on day 1, and empowered our biggest domestic polluters with handsome tax cuts and

    Yes, we all know that China is the worst polluter in the world. That doesn't change the fact that our current administration has effectively dismantled the EPA, deleted any reference to combating man-made climate change on day 1, and empowered our biggest domestic polluters with handsome tax cuts and helpful regulations.

    We don't have an ethical leg on which to stand against China if we don't first fix our own ways.

  • Wow amazing and unprecedent indeed. I stick with this: "opening salvo in what will be an increasing number of lawsuits that take a rights-based approach to climate change in the United States.” let's hope it proceeds.

  • Another case of solutions for climate change being stymied by disbelievers and greedy corporations, but fine, if the US government wants to implicitly empower the movement by asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the case

  • This suit will go no where. Read the 11th amendment. “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.”

  • I wonder if Native Americans can have a voice in the law suit?

  • If you can show me a workable government plan that ensures a stable climate for two thousand years, I’ll believe you’re looking for a solution.

    But there is no plan, climate change hysteria is just propaganda to grow government power.

  • 1.2 Billion Vehicles On World's Roads Now, 2 Billion By 2035. 7.6 Billion people on the Earth 🌎 🌍 🌏today. Projecting another 2.2 Billion by 2050. Yeah, but none of this matters. It’s all Trump’s fault.

  • I’m not American, but is there some way I can get involved with this?

  • Cute: good for a news cycle and lawyers make make money or just get name recognition! Part of our on going waste of time and someone with to much free time. Guess we don’t have to work like the generation before us!

  • The geezers don’t seem to care. Maybe the kids can shame them to action.

  • China is one of the biggest polluters in the world. They have yo wear masks in the big cities because the polution is so bad. The have 3 rivers that are the worst polluters to our oceans. The US is not the only participant in climate change. Could we as human beings do something about it, a very emphatic

    China is one of the biggest polluters in the world. They have yo wear masks in the big cities because the polution is so bad. The have 3 rivers that are the worst polluters to our oceans. The US is not the only participant in climate change. Could we as human beings do something about it, a very emphatic YES! So while these kids have filed a law suit, what are they doing that is proactive about climate change? Are they out there planting trees or creating buildings that have foliage as part of the design.

  • Due to polutions the climate isn't going to get better

  • 2 questions: (1) do these kids live in air conditioned homes? AC is a major energy consumer. (2) Do these kids use toilet paper? Paper made from trees, which require energy to make.

    Not going to get into autos and petroleum products.

  • When children are fed chicken wings, meatloaf, and fast food on a regular basis - the adults in the family are responsible for healthy choices....climate control has nothing to do with the parent's choice on what they choose to feed their child.

  • Why not sue China and the rest They have done more damage than US and US can not control them.We do not like a bunch of kids acting like they know everything.They should look for ways to help not cause more problems.What do they hope to gain?Its just them wanting attention.This world has been Thur so

    Why not sue China and the rest They have done more damage than US and US can not control them.We do not like a bunch of kids acting like they know everything.They should look for ways to help not cause more problems.What do they hope to gain?Its just them wanting attention.This world has been Thur so many changes and it always will until Jesus comes and gets everything back the way it should be.Repent of your sins Jesus is coming soon!

  • Good Lord. How do you sue on something that hasn’t happened yet? And they don’t even know what the effects will be.