January 24th, 2018

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Conspiracy Theories

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters believe a special prosecutor should be named to investigate whether senior FBI officials handled the investigation of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump in a legal and unbiased fashion. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree, but a sizable 19% are not sure.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans are calling for an outside prosecutor to investigate the FBI, as is a plurality (49%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party. Among Democrats, 38% favor a special prosecutor; 40% are opposed, but 22% are undecided.
 
 

Не хватает, похоже, демократической объяснялки. Пробуксовывает машина.

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Из жизни акул

 

То есть что происходит: появляются сведения (в интервью с порнозвездой) о том, что Трамп не любит акул. И что он даже вроде бы выразил пожелание, чтоб они все сдохли, акулы эти. Эффект - просвещенная публика бросается жертвовать на акул деньги. Чтоб они нам были здоровы, значит, раз Трамп их не любит. От имени Трампа причем жертвуют, чтоб ему обиднее было.

She added that most of the donations the charity has received have been from people giving for the first time, noting that it is difficult "to raise money for a species that most people fear.”

На вопрос, кто именно тут сумасшедший, постепенно становится все легче ответить.

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Smart Diplomacy

Керри, говорят, ведет какие-то разговоры с палестинским руководством. Рекомендует им держаться, потому что Трамп долго не протянет: мол, серьезные люди в истэблишменте и разведке Трампом недовольны, так что дни его сочтены, а потом будет нормальный демократический президент, может быть даже и он сам, и все опять будет в порядке, как при Обаме.

During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to "hold on and be strong." Tell him, he told Agha, "that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump's demands." According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.

Kerry offered his help to the Palestinians in an effort to advance the peace process and recommended that Abbas present his own peace plan. "Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan," Kerry suggested. He promised to use all his contacts and all his abilities to get support for such a plan. He asked Abbas, through Agha, not to attack the US or the Trump administration, but to concentrate on personal attacks on Trump himself, whom Kerry says is solely and directly responsible for the situation.

According to the report, referring to the president, Kerry used derogatory terms and even worse. Kerry offered to help create an alternative peace initiative and promised to help garner international support, among others, of Europeans, Arab states and the international community. Kerry hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, are dissatisfied with Trump's performance and the way he leads America. He surprised his interlocutor by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020.

Там же пишут, Керри  вроде в друзьях с Нетанияху и вообще "a consistent supporter of Israel for decades". Сейчас, после того, как он четыре года отработал госсекретарем у Обамы, это звучит довольно странно. А что там было до того, я просто не помню. В свете приведенного вчера графика, впрочем, ничего удивительного.

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Панорамное

Пока я держу свои фотографии на своем же хостинге и обрабатываю их по старинке мышкою в Фотошопе, прогресс не стоит на месте. Сегодня я узнал, что на Google Photos есть AI, который распознает фотографии, снятые рядом, и склеивает из них панорамы самостоятельно. Иногда, правда, упускает из виду некоторые детали.



Хорошо, кстати, склеивает.

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