One World of Nations
IN THE NEWS
19 February 2017
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OWON: Who Rope-a-Da-Pope-a?
Who is trolling the Pope?
Earlier this month posters criticising the Pope sprang up across Rome, and a spoof news story mocking the pontiff was sent to the city's cardinals. Christopher Lamb asks what it's all about.
I was shocked when I saw them.
I was sitting just a few rows behind a nun on a tram, when it stopped alongside some posters of a stern-looking Pope Francis. Underneath his glum, almost menacing face, was a list of complaints: he'd removed priests, ignored the concerns of cardinals and "decapitated" an ancient Catholic group, the Knights of Malta.
This is the opposite of what I have come to expect in Rome. The tram was winding through a part of the city where you're normally greeted by images of a smiling Pope, with arms outstretched or making a thumbs up.
Here in Italy the papacy is the closest thing there is to a monarchy, so perhaps it is no surprise that the city authorities ordered the offending text to be pasted over, leaving just the grim-faced image of Francis and a sign reading: "Illegal bill posting".
At roughly the same time the posters were plastered around the city's walls, cardinals in Rome were opening their email inboxes to find a "fake" front page of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. It had the traditional Latin motto which sits on the paper's masthead beneath a papal coat of arms, and a list of questions sent to the Pope by a group of conservative cardinals, with the answer, in each case, "Sic et non!" - "Yes and no!"...
OWON: So now, job done and Trump elected, they wait to see how he emerges in reality.
Aren't we all? Some good, some utter shambles. We wait.
Russian media no longer dazzled by Trump
For several months, the pro-Kremlin media had nothing but praise for Donald Trump.
During the US election campaign, Russian state TV bulletins and pro-government newspapers portrayed him as some kind of David taking on the Goliath of a "corrupt… Russia-hating" Washington elite. They welcomed his calls for warmer US-Russian relations. They played down some of his more outlandish comments.
It was almost as if a US presidential candidate, and subsequently a new US president, had become the golden boy of Russian politics. In January he even received more mentions in the Russian media than President Vladimir Putin.
But I detect a change in tone.
On Friday, Russia's most popular tabloid, Komsomolskaya Pravda, accused President Trump of making "contradictory" statements about Nato.
The paper points out: "(During the election campaign) Trump had called the Alliance obsolete and useless. Less than two months have passed since he moved into the Oval Office and he's already expressed full support for Nato...
OWON: The Pakistanis, as ever, are such a dangerous subspecies.
Pakistan 'kills 100 militants' after Sufi shrine attack
Pakistan says it has killed more than 100 militants in a security crackdown following Thursday's attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead.
A suicide bomber blew himself up among devotees at the Sufi shrine in the town of Sehwan.
Pakistan has reacted with raids across the country and by lashing out at Afghanistan which it accuses of tolerating militant sanctuaries.
So-called Islamic State said it had carried out the attack.
It was the latest in a string of bombings by the jihadist group.
In response, some 18 militants were killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 in the north-west, officials said. It is unclear where the other alleged terrorists were killed...
OWON: This bought Vatican Rat is out to create divergence to keep the NWO plan in place. SCUMBAG!!!
Tony Blair calls for people to 'rise up' against Brexit
Tony Blair has said it is his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.
Speaking in the City of London, the former prime minister claimed that people voted in the referendum "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit".
He urged "a way out from the present rush over the cliff's edge".
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the comments were arrogant and undemocratic but Lib Dem Nick Clegg said he "agreed with every word".
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Mr Blair was "yesterday's man" while Downing Street said it was "absolutely committed" to seeing Brexit through.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson added: "I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV next time Blair comes on with his condescending campaign."...
OWON: So, the Donald goes to war again on the media. That is GOOD democracy and time they felt the lash-back they so deserve.
You too ABC and CBS! Trump calls 'fake' news media CNN, NBC and New York Times the 'enemy of the American people' - then deletes his tweet to add two MORE networks
President Donald Trump raised his criticism of political journalists from 'hot' to 'beast mode' on Friday, writing on Twitter that five news outlets are 'the enemy of the American People.'
Initially his naughty-list was just three organizations he named on Twitter: CNN, NBC News and The New York Times.
The outlets are three of Trump's favorite targets.
But the president deleted his tweet and sent a new version 16 minutes later, adding CBS News and ABC News for good measure.
To make room, he deleted his stinging verdict: 'SICK!'...
OWON: Interesting ties, it's bloody abysmal Trump is tied to this? No wonder Soros is still free.
George Soros backed Jared Kushner Venture Cadre with $250 Million
It turns out that George Soros is the money behind a new real estate venture called Cadre which was founded by Donald Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner and his brother Joshua Kushner.
The Real Deal has uncovered the fact that George Soros was the man who provided Cadre with a $259 million line of credit. A source told the publication, “Soros has had a long and productive relationship with the Kushner family.”
The financing was provided; even though, Soros has called President Trump a “would-be dictator.”
In Lebanon, mothers cannot pass their nationality on to their children leading to statelessness in some cases. https://t.co/TRusnRQ3b1
— George Soros (@georgesoros) January 30, 2017
Cadre is an online marketplace that connects investors and operators of real estate. The company states that it enables investors to sell their interest on the secondary marketplace, thereby introducing liquidity into an antiquated industry. Cadre was founded by Ryan Williams, and Josh and Jared Kushner, and was launched in 2014...
OWON: The Public are sheep for the sheering. No one cares.
What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen
Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them. The lawsuit challenges the company’s tracking practices and offers insights into how established consumer protection principles apply to smart technology.
Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, was done without clearly telling consumers or getting their consent.
What did Vizio know about what was going on in the privacy of consumers’ homes? On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content. What’s more, Vizio identified viewing data from cable or broadband service providers, set-top boxes, streaming devices, DVD players, and over-the-air broadcasts. Add it all up and Vizio captured as many as 100 billion data points each day from millions of TVs.
Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers’ viewing histories to advertisers and others. And let’s be clear: We’re not talking about summary information about national viewing trends. According to the complaint, Vizio got personal. The company provided consumers’ IP addresses to data aggregators, who then matched the address with an individual consumer or household. Vizio’s contracts with third parties prohibited the re-identification of consumers and households by name, but allowed a host of other personal details – for example, sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership. And Vizio permitted these companies to track and target its consumers across devices....