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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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NFL Policy Will Require Players on Field to Stand for Anthem, Show Flag 'Proper Respect'

NFL Policy Will Require Players on Field to Stand for Anthem, Show Flag 'Proper Respect'

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  • The beginning of the end of the NFL.

  • I’m convinced that if a law like this were passed in any other country in the world that people would just laugh. I, for one, consider myself patriotic and always stand and show respect for the flag and for the many men and women who sacrificed their lives for my freedom. HOWEVER, I do not believe that

    I’m convinced that if a law like this were passed in any other country in the world that people would just laugh. I, for one, consider myself patriotic and always stand and show respect for the flag and for the many men and women who sacrificed their lives for my freedom. HOWEVER, I do not believe that “forcing” people into standing and participating when they feel oppressed because of the color of their skin is appropriate. The move is actually pretty tone deaf if you ask me

  • Basically this policy:

    1. Will potentially bring back right-leaning NFL fans

    2. Will probably bring more progressive NFL fans to the NBA

    3. Removes the requirement for players to have to be on the field during the anthem

    4. Allows said players to protest but out of the public eye, thereby basically

    Basically this policy:

    1. Will potentially bring back right-leaning NFL fans

    2. Will probably bring more progressive NFL fans to the NBA

    3. Removes the requirement for players to have to be on the field during the anthem

    4. Allows said players to protest but out of the public eye, thereby basically silencing them

    5. Gives punishment powers to team owners, which is understandable but dangerous since many owners want stricter punishments

    6. Is a boon for the two upcoming football leagues that will be started in a few years

    In other words, the NFL capitulated to Trump's pressure.

    If Goodell is going to save face in any way here, he and the league have to actually show that they worked with communities, players, and intermediaries to enact this policy. Otherwise it looks like a Plantation move and see NFL viewership drop even further.

  • Beijing passed a law in October allowing imprisonment of 15 days for ‘disrespecting the national anthem.’ Far worse in China, as that law covers anyone, but a worrying trend. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-10-11/whats-equivalent-taking-knee-chinese-soccer-match?amp

  • Money speaks. This was a business decision, based on loss in advertising and other revenue as a result of the “distractions” created by the players protesting. Disappointing, but not surprising. The NFL as a whole has never cared about its employees — look at how they’ve dealt with concussion issues

    Money speaks. This was a business decision, based on loss in advertising and other revenue as a result of the “distractions” created by the players protesting. Disappointing, but not surprising. The NFL as a whole has never cared about its employees — look at how they’ve dealt with concussion issues, cheerleaders, etc. I mean, it’s still baffling to me for example that ex-NFL players have no access to healthcare through the organization for example. So it’s not at all unexpected that the NFL and the owners would make this decision. Shows where the real power lies.

  • This is patently absurd. The whole point of the flag is to represent our American values, one of which is free speech and another of which is a right to protest. I’m done with the NFL.

  • If in China, you didn’t stand for the National Anthem you would be imprisoned and thrown in jail. Perhaps your house would also be taken, and all your assets (slightly kidding here). Although people love to complain in America for being against a representation of what a country stands for, and one does

    If in China, you didn’t stand for the National Anthem you would be imprisoned and thrown in jail. Perhaps your house would also be taken, and all your assets (slightly kidding here). Although people love to complain in America for being against a representation of what a country stands for, and one does have rights, consider what message it sends to other people in the world and the country. The NFL is a private business and therefore owners have the rights to request from players what they deem appropriate. Fans and players can choose to watch or not watch the sport. No matter whether one agrees or disagrees with this policy, the truth is private ventures always have the rights over employees to request how they behave in a professional manner.

  • Starting a culture war is easy. Keeping it going is the hard part – especially when the NFL has millions at stake.

  • I am genuinely shocked. This league has drawn a line in the sand that I didn’t think it was prepared to make.

  • Forcing players to hide in the locker room seems pretty Un-American. And the union sounds PO’ed. The NFL Players Association issued the following statement:

    "The NFL chose not to consult the union in the development of this new "policy".. The NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social

    Forcing players to hide in the locker room seems pretty Un-American. And the union sounds PO’ed. The NFL Players Association issued the following statement:

    "The NFL chose not to consult the union in the development of this new "policy".. The NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their portests to raise awareness about the issues they care about. The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our league. Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent wth the collective bargaining agreement."

  • The NFL is not a government organization and does not represent it, nor is it affiliated with it. As others have said, I’m surprised why they felt this was so important a policy needed to be made. I’d also like to know about the decision making behind advertisers pulling out because of the refusal of

    The NFL is not a government organization and does not represent it, nor is it affiliated with it. As others have said, I’m surprised why they felt this was so important a policy needed to be made. I’d also like to know about the decision making behind advertisers pulling out because of the refusal of some players to stand. Don’t we watch football for the gameplay?

  • Great: Bring on the lawsuits! This development is only forcing the issue.

  • What a lot of people fail to realize is this... If you work at a regular company and decide to protest on company time, there is an excellent chance you will be fired. The NFL is not stifling the players that want to protest, they just aren't allowing them to do it on company time. The funny thing is

    What a lot of people fail to realize is this... If you work at a regular company and decide to protest on company time, there is an excellent chance you will be fired. The NFL is not stifling the players that want to protest, they just aren't allowing them to do it on company time. The funny thing is the vast majority who protested on field you never heard a peep from off field. Says a LOT about the strength of their convictions.

  • The NFL employs, in large numbers, a group of individuals who have a legitimate grievance they felt compelled to bring attention to. The really sad part is that their message has been so aggressively undermined.

  • This is America

  • We forget that the liberty we stand on is liberty you must stand for: ‘’I disapprove of what you say, but I will fight to the death your right to say it!”

  • Hypocrites. All of America that accepts this. Hypocrites.

  • If the entirety of the country stood for what the anthem is supposed to represent, it’d be a hell of a lot easier for marginalized groups and those who see through this facade to stand for the anthem. I’m glad the overrepresented can be happy now that everyone is being subjected to respecting their anthem

    If the entirety of the country stood for what the anthem is supposed to represent, it’d be a hell of a lot easier for marginalized groups and those who see through this facade to stand for the anthem. I’m glad the overrepresented can be happy now that everyone is being subjected to respecting their anthem and flag. If only they’d acknowledge what both actually symbolize in this country as of 2018.

  • I would imagine this bossy move will result in a lot of players not coming onto the field until AFTER the anthem is played! 🧐

  • A small example of compromise (allowing the players that wish to not stand for the anthem to remain in the locker room). It would be incredible to see entire teams spark protest to remain inside the locker room during the anthem.

  • Let's face it TV ratings for the NFL we're down. It's about time this rule were put into effect just simply out of respect for our veterans if nothing else. Showing your displeasure for social injustice is certainly allowed in this country but, doing so during our sacred national anthem always has been

    Let's face it TV ratings for the NFL we're down. It's about time this rule were put into effect just simply out of respect for our veterans if nothing else. Showing your displeasure for social injustice is certainly allowed in this country but, doing so during our sacred national anthem always has been, still is today, and always will be disrespectful. This is an argument that should never be argued. You will no doubt see NFL TV ratings skyrocket now. The NFL commissioner will be seen as a hero by the vast majority of Americans. People have literally died for the right to play football in a free country. This particular moment in a football game was the wrong venue for this type of protest. Let's not forget that the gentleman who started this protest is a millionaire living in the greatest country in the world. The NFL is a privately owned company just reflecting the pure will of the American people. No lawsuit could ever win in this argument. The NFL stands on safe ground.

  • Why implement a measure that handles the symptoms instead of tackling the underlying problem?

  • A private organization giving members of its various affiliates a code of behavior is not the same as China making a similar action a crime. Despite how it presents itself, the NFL is not the Fourth branch of the government; it's a business. It's up to the employees and their representatives to decide

    A private organization giving members of its various affiliates a code of behavior is not the same as China making a similar action a crime. Despite how it presents itself, the NFL is not the Fourth branch of the government; it's a business. It's up to the employees and their representatives to decide how they as a group or as individuals, respond. I see First Amendment lawsuits, bias lawsuits and potential harassment complaints in the NFL's future.

  • The fact that this is even an argument to be had in a country know as the “land of the free” is sickening. When disrespecting the country as a whole is considered to be making a difference, morally people need to address themselves. We live in a society so quickly to criticize the world, but to afraid

    The fact that this is even an argument to be had in a country know as the “land of the free” is sickening. When disrespecting the country as a whole is considered to be making a difference, morally people need to address themselves. We live in a society so quickly to criticize the world, but to afraid to go out and truly make a difference in other people’s lives. I’m sorry, but kneeling during the national anthem will not stop a man or woman from discriminating against any race.

  • There was a time in the past when teams always stayed in locker room during the anthem until the US military paid the NFL to make the players go out before the anthem. I hope that arrangement has ended too.

  • The NFL basically swept this conundrum under the rug and out of sight. On paper, it would appear as if the NFL is offering players a choice. In actuality, it's a muzzle. Take protests off camera, and move on as if nothing is happening. That's the NFL's right, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see a boycott or two.

  • I hope players band together en masse and all take a knee when the season opens. Let the owners go out on the field to play so fans have something to watch.

  • Awesome. Let them stay in the locker room. I get the protest, but there is a right and a wrong time.

  • This is bullshit.

  • The older I get the less nationalist I become - wish there were no anthems before any games .

  • Did we really expect the NFL no to do something along these lines? The right-wing boycott cost them millions of viewers. I hate the restriction on players’ right to protest but I also think it could’ve been a lot worse.

  • I get the whole free speech angle but their kneeling has already had the impact that was intended and more. The NFL is donating 89 million dollars to charities because of the kneeling protest.

  • Standing for the anthem was never a rule and never about respecting the anthem. It was about appearances and money. This new rule is a joke.

  • Was this really something that had to be turned into a policy?

  • Personally I see this as a purely financial move. The NFL owners profit from DOJ and Military monies in return for supposed “acts of patriotism”. It’s all about the money. This has nothing to do with patriotism and is actually counter to what America is about!

    I also applaud SF 49’ers owner, John York

    Personally I see this as a purely financial move. The NFL owners profit from DOJ and Military monies in return for supposed “acts of patriotism”. It’s all about the money. This has nothing to do with patriotism and is actually counter to what America is about!

    I also applaud SF 49’ers owner, John York, who abstained for he saw the bigger picture and stood behind his athletes! Also the Jets owner who vowed to pay any fines incurred by his players

  • I’m torn on this. On the one hand I fought and served in the military for 20 years to protect our rights. Though I do not agree with those who disrespect our flag I support their first amendment right to do so. On the other hand, an employer has a right to impose standards of conduct on an employee. Just saying

  • I agree. You don’t have to like the problems in this country, but you should respect it. After all, America is paying their bills.

  • By kneeling they did not honor the flag or all the veterans that fought to keep us free. Football is a team sport not an individual one. We should boycott the game until the intelligent players understand their is no I in team.

  • DISRESPECT THOSE THAT DISRESPECT

  • this is insulting. most employee's that overtly expose their personal view irregardless (yes it's a word) of subject will not fare well. does the NFL have corporate cte? 40,000 Afro-American s died in the civil war to free us all and their own race, shame x 2 for this insult.

  • NFL Owners be like -We don't need no politicization.

  • The NFL is a private corporation which as a result of its employees lost money. These players have every right to protest but doing so at work is not tolerated at many companies I know. The government can’t infringe on those rights, but it also can’t dictate private sector polices.