National Cathedral to Trump on McCain Funeral – No You Didn’t. : Daily Kos

When the National Cathedral calls you a liar, you are most certainly a liar.

So, yesterday sphincter said this:


Source: National Cathedral to Trump on McCain Funeral – No You Didn’t. : Daily Kos


European shares deepen losses on slew of dismal PMIs | Reuters

After downbeat manufacturing activity from Germany reignited fears of a recession in the region’s biggest economy, the inversion of the U.S. yield curve after similar U.S. data stoked fears that the world’s largest economy may also be slipping into recession.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index, which had opened higher on relief at the extension of Britain’s Brexit deadline, slipped for a third day to close down 1.2 percent to take weekly losses to 1.3 percent – its steepest this year.

The London and Paris bourses sank more than 2 percent, while Frankfurt and Madrid fared only slightly better with roughly 1.5 percent declines.

The euro zone-wide flash PMI also showed businesses performed much worse than expected this month, while French business activity slowed unexpectedly.

The classic gauge of fear – known as implied volatility, which tracks demand for options in European stocks – hit more than 9-week highs and posted its biggest weekly rise in a year, the first concrete sign of activity in a while.

Almost all sectors within the STOXX 600 were in the red with banks, auto and chemicals sectors down more than two percent each, along with industrial goods and services stocks. The bank sector posted its biggest daily drop sine early February.

Italian lenders Unicredit, Banco BPM, and UBI led losses among banks after Credit Suisse said the market is underestimating Italian banks’ net interest income challenges.

Nestle, the world biggest food group, was the biggest drag on the benchmark, down 1.7 percent, followed by more than 2 percent dips in HSBC Holdings and oil and gas majors Total BP PLC.

“With numerous headwinds facing the manufacturing sector in Germany – including a slowdown in the automotive sector, Brexit, U.S.-China trade and a global economic slowdown – there’s little to be optimistic about,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda in London.


Source: European shares deepen losses on slew of dismal PMIs | Reuters

Mueller report: Trump camp celebrates but danger is not past yet | US news | The Guardian

Robert Mueller, seen in 2009.
 Robert Mueller, seen in 2009. Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

It was, said Rudy Giuliani, lawyer to Donald Trump, like waiting for a baby to be born. Then he reached for a darker simile: it was more like waiting for a jury to deliver its verdict.

“I’ll hand out cigars if it’s good news,” he told the Washington Post.

At about 4.30pm on Friday, the wait was over. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election was handed to the justice department. But it was still not clear if the baby was a boy or a girl, or if the jury found the defendant guilty or not guilty.

The conclusions of the Mueller investigation remained under lock and key, Washington’s biggest secret, fuelling feverish speculation. As Attorney General William Barr considers how much of the report to make public, a moment of truth that could break the Trump presidency, millions of Americans remain on the edge of their seats over the defining questions of whether he colluded with Moscow to win election and sought to obstruct justice once in the White House.

But one fact was established with certainty this week: after an investigation costing millions of dollars and spanning 674 days, hundreds of interviews, thousands of documents and criminal charges against 34 individuals – including six in Trump’s inner circle – Mueller will not recommend any further indictments. It therefore appeared that Trump’s son, Don Jr, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were off the hook.

This was despite both men attending a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer to hear potentially damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say I love it,” Don Jr wrote in an email to Rob Goldstone, a British publicist who arranged the meeting. Prosecutors said the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was an agent for the Kremlin. Don Jr and Goldstone claim that she offered nothing of substance and wasted their time.


Source: Mueller report: Trump camp celebrates but danger is not past yet | US news | The Guardian

DAN HODGES: The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people  | Daily Mail Online

Brexit is dead,’ the Minister told me. ‘Some rebels might start to come round, but it’s too late. On Monday the House of Commons will take control of the process and then it’s over.’

A Downing Street aide agreed. ‘We’ve managed to hold them off for as long as we can. But we only stopped the Commons by two votes last time, and that was because Paul Flynn’s seat was vacant and Fiona Onasanya [the Labour MP jailed for lying about a speeding offence] was with her parole officer. It’s done now.’

Brexit was supposed to be a moment of national catharsis. Instead, it is about to go down as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the British people.


Source: DAN HODGES: The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people  | Daily Mail Online

MPs are claiming 22 per cent MORE in expenses than they did at the height of 2009 scandal | Daily Mail Online

  • Analysis of figures since the 2009 scandal show expenses continue to rise
  • Some increases have been driven by rising staff wages and fewer internships
  • Richest MP who owns estate where Pippa Middleton married made loo claims
  • Over 10 years 500 MPs have exploited a loophole to get free first-class travel
  • It comes as a Tory MP faces a possible jail sentence for fiddling his expenses 

MPs are claiming one fifth more on their taxpayer-funded expenses than they did at the height of the 2009 expenses scandal which rocked faith in politicians for a generation, it has emerged.

The latest claims signed off by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) include £180 spent by Jeremy Corbyn last March on artwork for a ‘Jeremy Corbyn MP calendar’, and the cost of two replacement toilet seats for the office of Britain’s wealthiest MP, Tory Richard Benyon.

The 2009 furore – which unearthed lurid details of MPs ‘flipping’ their designated second home, and claiming for duck houses and moat cleaning – forced six ministers from office and sent five members of Parliament to jail.

At the nadir of the scandal in February 2010, 389 MPs – more than half the House – were ordered to repay a total of £1.1 million to the Treasury over inappropriate expense claims.


Source: MPs are claiming 22 per cent MORE in expenses than they did at the height of 2009 scandal | Daily Mail Online

Wikipedia pages across Europe go ‘dark for a day’ in protest to new EU copyright laws | Daily Mail Online

  • Several sites including Wikipedia were switched off today in protest at new law
  • The controversial EU Copyright Directive will go before a final vote on March 26
  • Sites could have to install tech that scans content for copyright infringement
  • Reddit, PornHub and Twitch joined protest by posting banners on homepage

Several websites across Europe including Wikipedia were switched off today as part of a mass protest against contentious copyright laws being proposed by the European Union.

A number of popular sites across the web are ‘going dark’ and blocking access in parts of Europe for 24 hours in a last ditch attempt to stop new ‘web censorship’ rules ahead of a final vote on March 26.

The EU Copyright Directive would make the platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, responsible for any copyright infringement by users.

A majority of EU countries backed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules last month which could force Google and Facebook to filter out copyright-protected content on their platforms – including YouTube and Instagram – and pay publishers for news snippets.

Most controversially, article 13 of the law could force sites to install filters that automatically stop users from posting copyright-protected content to avoid falling foul of the new rules.

Article 13 has been dubbed the ‘meme ban’ as these filters could block many images and GIFs even though they have been used as parodies and so are exempt from copyright law.


Source: Wikipedia pages across Europe go ‘dark for a day’ in protest to new EU copyright laws | Daily Mail Online

Rat spotted in Sheffield Wetherspoons – The Star

A rat has been spotted in a Sheffield Wetherspoons.

The large rodent was seen in the Benjamin Huntsman earlier this week, with a photo of the incident shared on social media.

Source: Rat spotted in Sheffield Wetherspoons – The Star


Chris Sterry commenting : Was it Theresa May?

Now, Now Chris, slap the back of your hand, you naughty boy, but to who or what.

I blame the EU’s spiteful negotiators for Brexit – do you? Yorkshire Post letters – Yorkshire Post

From: CL Moore, Wolfe Close, Cottingham.

IN his House of Lords speech, author Michael Dobbs (The Yokshire Post, March 15) repeated a quote from the French magazine Le Point that, in 2016, Michel Barnier was reported to have said: “I’ll have done my job, if, in the end, the deal is so tough on the British that they’d prefer to stay in the EU.”

I fear that Great Britain is being forced towards kowtowing to the weight of numbers ranged against us which is headed by a team of “negotiators” of this spiteful nature.

From: Aled Jones, Southcliffe Road, Bridlington.

THE EU embodies an insidious tradition of propping up its less able members, while relying on the richer states like Britain to gracefully foot the bill.

It certainly is a sad affair when Spain and Italy both owe one trillion each – everybody in May’s government knows that this is the reason why the bureaucrats won’t let us just walk away.

They will continue to stall our withdrawal and frustrate every attempt we make to regain control of our economic future. It is simply a matter of cold-blooded necessity.

Without Britain, the French and German economies will be left with an unserviceable debt that may collapse them.

Source: I blame the EU’s spiteful negotiators for Brexit – do you? Yorkshire Post letters – Yorkshire Post

Barbra Streisand apologises for comments on Michael Jackson’s accusers | Culture | The Guardian

Barbra Streisand has apologised over her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for “speaking their truth”.

Streisand had been strongly criticized for her comments about two men who accused Jackson of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.

Speaking to the Times in advance of performances in Britain this summer, Streisand said she “absolutely” believed Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

But she said: “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be [at Jackson’s Neverland ranch]. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

In the documentary, the two men allege Jackson began grooming them when they were as young as seven and subjected them to sexual abuse. Both men say that as adults they have suffered from depression, self-loathing and anxiety and have struggled with familial relations.

Streisand, 76, said she had “a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.”

It is widely believed Jackson was verbally and physically abused as a child.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs,” said Streisand, “coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” When she met him, she said, she found him “very sweet, very childlike”.

The director of Leaving Neverland, Dan Reed, responded on Twitter, asking: “Did you really say that?” On Saturday morning, he added: “‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs’ – is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry?”

Streisand subsequently posted an apology online. “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims,” she wrote.

“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way … Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

Jackson died in 2009, at the age of 51. Leaving Neverland has caused tremendous controversy. For many viewers, it was a graphic and upsettingportrait of a figure encircled by rumor for the better part of 30 years. In 2005, Jackson was found not guilty on charges of molesting a teenager.

The film has prompted a partial scrubbing from pop culture of Jackson’s legacy. The Simpsons pulled an episode he voiced and Jackson-inspired pieces were removed from a Louis Vuitton collection.

Some fans maintain his innocence, buying ads, loudly criticizing the HBO film and in some cases threatening those involved in its production. One group has filed suit against the men who came forward in Leaving Neverland for “sullying Jackson’s memory”.

Jackson’s estate, which has made $2.1bn (£1.6bn) since the singer’s death, has called Leaving Neverland “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson” and has vowed to defend Jackson’s name.



Source: Barbra Streisand apologises for comments on Michael Jackson’s accusers | Culture | The Guardian

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