Trump’s trade strategy starts with quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership

•January 23, 2017 • 8 Comments

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-21/donald-trump-trade-strategy-starts-with-quitting-asia-pact/8200426

The new US administration of President Donald Trump has said its trade strategy to protect American jobs would start with withdrawal from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

A White House statement issued soon after Mr Trump’s inauguration said the United States would also “crack down on those nations that violate trade agreements and harm American workers in the process”.

The statement said Mr Trump was committed to renegotiating another trade deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed in 1994 by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“For too long, Americans have been forced to accept trade deals that put the interests of insiders and the Washington elite over the hard-working men and women of this country,” it said.

“As a result, blue-collar towns and cities have watched their factories close and good-paying jobs move overseas, while Americans face a mounting trade deficit and a devastated manufacturing base.”

The statement said “tough and fair agreements” on trade could be used to grow the US economy and return millions of jobs to America.

If NAFTA partners refused to give American workers a fair deal in a renegotiated agreement, “the President will give notice of the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA”, the statement added.

The TPP, which the United States signed but has not ratified, had been the main economic pillar of the Obama administration’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region in the face of a fast-rising China.

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its dead..trump has kept his word on this one..

“The TPP, which the United States signed but has not ratified, had been the main economic pillar of the Obama administration’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region in the face of a fast-rising China.”

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Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple born in Ukraine

•January 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38648981

A baby has been born to a previously infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of “three-person IVF”.

The Times reports that doctors in Kiev used a method called pronuclear transfer in what is a world first.

It is not the first baby born with DNA from three parents, however.

The baby, born on 5 January, is thought to be the world’s second “modern three-parent baby” – another child was created using a slightly different method in Mexico last year.

Doctors developed three-person IVF to help women who are at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders, called mitochondrial disease, to have a healthy child.

Eggs from a mother with unhealthy mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected.

The resulting babies that are made have DNA from three people – the mum, the dad and a tiny bit from the egg donor.

The Nadiya clinic in Kiev used the technique to treat an infertile couple, not a couple carrying a mitochondrial disease.

UK experts said this was “highly experimental”.

Valery Zukin, who led the work, said they had a hunch it would work for the Ukrainian couple who had not been able to conceive with conventional IVF.

He said he had a second patient – in a similar situation – who is expected to give birth in early March.

The UK has already passed laws to allow three-person IVF for couples with mitochondrial diseases, although no such baby has been born in Britain yet.

The science is new and controversial and raises ethical questions, including how any child from the technique might feel about having DNA from three people.

Prof Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, said: “Pronuclear transfer is highly experimental and has not been properly evaluated or scientifically proven.

“We would be extremely cautious about adopting this approach to improve IVF outcomes.”

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3 “parents”..lucky kid..

what could possibly go wrong?

and it occurred in ukraine..weird..

“The resulting babies that are made have DNA from three people – the mum, the dad and a tiny bit from the egg donor.”

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Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division

•January 23, 2017 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38669531

Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade.

But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”.

Her speech to business leaders and politicians in Switzerland comes after EU leaders said a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK would be “difficult”.

The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said Brexit would be bad for the UK and the EU.

In her speech, Mrs May said the world was enjoying an “unprecedented level of wealth”, but many people felt this was “not working for them”.

Global elites needed to tackle the backlash against globalisation, liberalism, and free trade because leaders who “embrace the politics of division and despair” were working to exploit the situation.

Mrs May said: “Talk of greater globalisation can make people fearful. For many it means their jobs outsourced and their wages undercut. It means having to sit back as they watch their communities change around them.

“And in their minds, it means watching as those who prosper seem to play by a different set of rules, while for many life remains a struggle as they get by, but don’t necessarily get on.”

Opinion:

I didn’t expect Theresa May’s speech to give so much emphasis to the downside of globalisation and, with it, implicit criticism of the international elite.

She suggested that too many bosses were not playing by the rules of paying their taxes, taking on board their social responsibility or spreading the benefits of growth and wealth.

That’s quite a tough message when you’re talking about people in front of you.

Mrs May needs these people to be on board because they bring in billions of pounds of investment – she also needs them to be confident about Brexit.

Her message to the international elite was fairly blunt: “You guys need to shape up the way you operate – we can’t carry on as before.”

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“Global elites needed to tackle the backlash against globalisation, liberalism, and free trade because leaders who “embrace the politics of division and despair” were working to exploit the situation.”

fancy that..somebody using a crisis to get something done..

“In her speech, Mrs May said the world was enjoying an “unprecedented level of wealth”, but many people felt this was “not working for them”

because the wealth growth is only at the top..

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Here’s the Feng Shui financial forecast for 2017..the Year of the Rooster

•January 23, 2017 • 1 Comment
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Workers build a giant rooster lantern in preparation for the upcoming Year of the Rooster in a park on January 16, 2017 in Kaifeng, China.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-the-feng-shui-financial-forecast-for-2017-the-year-of-the-rooster-2017-1

The CLSA Feng Shui Index, a tongue-in-cheek financial forecast, has been released showing a shaky path higher for investors as they enter the Chinese Year of the Rooster.

This year’s index by Hong Kong-based investment house and broker farewells the mischievous Fire Monkey and welcomes the year of the Fire Rooster.

Feng Shui is a mystical system used in China seeking a balance between people and the elements of the world. Feng Shui masters are regularly consulted, sometimes at great expense, to make sure buildings about to be constructed are sited in harmony with its surroundings.

This is the 23rd year of the CLSA Feng Shui Index.

And in 2017, says the index, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, after scratching aimlessly for the first couple of months, will claw its way upwards to rule the roost around July/August.

After a few ups and downs, the Earth Rooster loses his grip but still manages to end the year on a higher perch overall.

“Our Feng Shui Master warns that it’s not so much a matter of picking your element as picking the right time for the element,” CLSA says.

“Wood starts the year in the ascendency, Fire influences from May to July, Earth from August to September, Metal October to November and Water at year-end.

“In terms of sectors we can expect scraps from both Gaming and Transport from May thru July, with the tables turning by November/December.

“Oil & Gas, Utilities, Tech and Telcos will shine mid-year, but produce scant pickings by the second-half.

“The spring chicken is true to its name in terms of Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals, which is the Rooster’s top sector pick in April, while Renewables strut their stuff in August.”

In general, the Rooster predicts fiery returns for Gaming, Transport and Renewables for the overall year.

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2017 promises to be a healthy, wealthy year for those born under Snake and Horse signs, while love is in the air for the Rat and Ox.

Dog, Monkey and Pig zodiacs will enjoy profits but will need to work hard. Rabbit signs should display caution when driving. Of the 12 zodiacs, Goats will have the toughest year.

In 2016, the CLSA Feng Shui Index predicted monkey mischief.

“We correctly forecast the rise of the Hang Seng from February to March, but by April/May someone spiked the coconuts and some serious trickery occurred resulting in a few unexpected bumps,” CLSA says.

“We accurately forecast a drop in the Hang Seng on 24 June and sure enough, the day after the Brexit vote the Hang Seng plummeted 1,000 points.”

CLSA says its Feng Shui Index is a play on the influences of the Chinese Zodiac on the Hang Seng and is “purely for entertainment purposes”.

Chinese New Year starts on January 28 this year.

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“Wood starts the year in the ascendency, Fire influences from May to July, Earth from August to September, Metal October to November and Water at year-end.”

wood eh?

“Dog, Monkey and Pig zodiacs will enjoy profits but will need to work hard. Rabbit signs should display caution when driving. Of the 12 zodiacs, Goats will have the toughest year.”

good..i dont like goats..

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Images 22/1/17

•January 22, 2017 • 8 Comments

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AI with one eye..

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the secret code to everything..

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see it?

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its ALL connected..

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iman..for chanel..

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xiao wen ju..a chinese model..i guess..

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i sense a theme..

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american rapper remy ma..nice crotch grab..

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8 years of continuous war..a presidential record to the holder of the nobel peace prize..

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harry potter shit..

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have you seen this before..i remember looking at it when i was a kid..its deliberate..

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google what that cross is and what it stands for..

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hologram of a single photon..templar cross..nearly all signs and symbols are esoteric and historical..

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abbas meets franky..hidden hand..as the palestinian embassy is opened at the vatican..

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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

•January 22, 2017 • 2 Comments

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http://www.romereports.com/2017/01/17/holy-see-confirms-investigation-of-order-of-malta

The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to “attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

It states that the Holy See “reaffirms its confidence in the five Members of the Group appointed by Pope Francis on 21 December 2016 to inform him about the present crisis of the Central Direction of the Order, and rejects, based on the documentation in its possession, any attempt to discredit these Members of the Group and their work.”

The Order of Malta has refused to cooperate with the investigation and on January 14, the Grand Master of the Order of Malta sent a letter to the Knights Membership explaining that there could be “serious accusations of a conflict of interest” within the five member group the Vatican has appointed, which contain four members of the Order of Malta.

“In relation to the events of recent weeks concerning the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Holy See wishes to reiterate its support and encouragement for the commendable work that members and volunteers carry out in various parts of the world, in fulfillment of the aims of the Order: tuitio fidei (the defense of the Faith) and obsequium pauperum (service to the poor, the sick and those in greatest need).

For the support and advancement of this generous mission, the Holy See reaffirms its confidence in the five Members of the Group appointed by Pope Francis on 21 December 2016 to inform him about the present crisis of the Central Direction of the Order, and rejects, based on the documentation in its possession, any attempt to discredit these Members of the Group and their work.

The Holy See counts on the complete cooperation of all in this sensitive stage, and awaits the Report of the above-mentioned Group in order to adopt, within its area of competence, the most fitting decisions for the good of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and of the Church.”

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thanks to intrigued for the link..

huh?

what is this really all about?

“to inform him about the present crisis of the Central Direction of the Order”

a crisis?

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America’s new secret weapon could cripple an entire enemy city without any physical damage

•January 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/americas-scary-new-secret-weapon-could-cripple-an-entire-enemy-city-without-any-physical-damage/news-story/0726e9e0d30bc0f6df6e8c68d908324b

HEAVY explosions and damaging gunfire are no longer the answer to modern warfare, with the armed forces developing a new weapon capable of crippling an entire enemy city.

The US Army is currently working on a non-explosive electromagnetic pulse artillery shell, which would be capable of rendering a wide range of electronics, critical infrastructure, and computer-based systems as useless.

A new army research proposal has detailed how America’s next secret weapon may be deployed.

“[This weapon] provides an alternative attack vector for the neutralisation of an adversary’s underlying industrial, civil, and communications infrastructure without the destruction of the hardware associated with those systems,” the proposal read.

The army has a three phase plan for the development and deployment of the electronic warfare weapon.

Phase one will see the army design a prototype for an electronics subsystem that will be incorporated into standard military weapons.

“The initial design will fit in a 155mm projectile, with a transition path for size reduction to allow incorporation of multiple non-kinetic effects (NKE) submunitions per projectile,” the proposal read.

Phase two will see further development and tweaking of the weapon system, with evaluations to follow.

“[The next step will] explore, implement and demonstrate advanced non-kinetic attack techniques. Develop test methods and evaluate the system performance in the field,” the proposal read.

Phase three will see the weapon being prepared for mass distribution.

“The final NKE electronics system will support a number of commercial communications protocols,” the proposal read.

“The ruggedised, hardened electronics subsystem may be transitioned to a wide variety of industrial and civil applications that call for operation in extremely harsh environments.”

The effectiveness of such technology is yet to be seen, although it is scary nonetheless.

https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/1207771

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“Phase three will see the weapon being prepared for mass distribution.”

oh thats just great..

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