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January 27, 2023

Shithole Governor Kristi 'raped 10yo forced to give birth' Noem posing with a MAGAt paedo

(Rethugs ARE the Paedo and Rapist Party)

Jan 25
A South Dakota GOP county chairman has been charged with possession of child pornography that included illegal videos of children.
Jan 25
Rocky Hayes, 47, former Jones county chairman, has been charged with 3 counts of possession of child pornography.



January 26, 2023

"enjoy the sex in prison": NBC Reporter Relishes Evicting Tenant in Bleak Instagram Posts

what a POS!


A senior national political reporter at NBC News decided, for some reason, to share his delight at evicting a tenant in a series of mocking Instagram stories on Tuesday, according to a report.

Marc Caputo uploaded screen-recordings of texts sent between himself, a property manager, and the tenant occupying a house owned by Caputo in Key West, Defector claims.

The messages chronicled the tenant pleading for more time as Caputo refuses, referring to the tenant as a “junkie” and telling the property manager he hopes the tenant “enjoys the sex in prison.” In one post showing a screenshot of a message from a producer asking him to do a live TV broadcast, Caputo allegedly wrote: “...of course TV wants me on in the 2 pm hour. A live eviction wd make for good TV.”

When the property manager text Caputo saying the tenant “doesn’t have anywhere to go and nobody has any love for him,” Caputo allegedly replied: “He will have a gun to his head in almost a literal sense because law enforcement will be there.” NBC News declined to comment to Defector about the posts, while Caputo said his actions were “born out of deep frustration that I transmuted into mockery of a terrible situation.”

Read it at Defector

January 25, 2023

Sweden 'should not expect Turkey's support over Nato': Erdoğan after Koran burning

Sweden reacted with caution after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned the country should not expect his backing to join Nato following the burning of the Koran outside Ankara's embassy in Stockholm.


People set on fire a Sweden flag during a small protest outside the Swedish consulate in Istanbul.

Erdoğan’s furious comments further distanced the prospects of Sweden and Finland joining the Western defence alliance before Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary polls in May. Turkey and Hungary are the only Nato members not to have ratified the Nordic neighbours’ historic decision to break their tradition of military non-alignment in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised that his parliament would approve the two bids next month. But Erdoğan has dug in his heels heading into a close election in which he is trying to energise his nationalist electoral base.

“Sweden should not expect support from us for Nato,” Erdoğan said in his first official response to the act by an anti-Islam politician during a protest on Saturday that was approved by the Swedish police despite Turkey’s objections. “It is clear that those who caused such a disgrace in front of our country’s embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application for Nato membership,” Erdoğan said.

Sweden reacted with extreme caution to Erdoğan’s remarks. “I cannot comment on the statement tonight. First, I want to understand exactly what was said,” Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom told Sweden’s TT news agency.

January 25, 2023

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with top experts from academia, civil society and online rights organizations, which focus on the different dimensions of AI—ethical, social, environmental, legal, technological—and their impact on the world of work. Guest speaker this time is Inga Ulnicane, senior research fellow, De Montfort University. Her research interests focus on politics, policy and the governance of science, technology and innovation.



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Top experts from academia, civil society and online rights organizations, among others, will share their insights and knowledge about artificial intelligence, building a 360° view of how AI is disrupting and reshaping the world we live in.

Guest speaker: Inga Ulnicane, Senior Research Fellow, De Montfort University

Dr. Inga Ulnicane is Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University, UK. Her research interests focus on politics, policy and governance of science, technology and innovation. She has published on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Grand Challenges, European integration in research, and dual use. She has also prepared commissioned studies for the European Parliament and European Commission. She has a PhD form the Science, Technology and Policy Studies Department from University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Moderator: Aida Ponce Del Castillo, Senior researcher @ ETUI


January 25, 2023

Embedding sustainability in a government programme

Sustainability is a global task largely to be delivered by national governments. What can they learn from the leader—Finland?


In integrating ecology concretely into its operation, Finland’s government led by Sanna Marin merits wider European engagement

The title of the Finnish government programme, Inclusive and competent Finland—a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society, makes clear that sustainable development is at its core. This goal is not only ambitious but has been threatened by global turmoil, from the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine to escalating energy and food prices. So is the government delivering?

There are two ways to answer this question. The theory-of-change approach, emerging from the literature on the management of not-for-profit organisations, focuses attention on whether the government has a coherent plan of implementation. Theory of change has been described as ‘essentially a comprehensive description and an illustration of why and how a desired change is going to happen in a given context’. It is a useful analytical tool to evaluate complex challenges, such as the development issues first recognised in the United Nations Charter.

It is often said that governments work in a more complex environment today, as economies and societies become more integrated and the amount of information increases. This strains governments’ capacities. Successful implementation of a programme thus requires effective use of administrative capacities. The governance-capacity approach, of Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich, addresses whether the government has these capacities, in terms of analysis, regulation, delivery and co-ordination.

Systematically monitored

The UN sustainable-development goals (SDGs) in its Agenda 2030 provide a wide knowledge base, larger than one government’s endeavours. Their implementation in Finland is monitored by a set of indicators, developed since 2017. The prime minister chairs the National Commission on Sustainable Development, with the environment minister a vice-chair. An expert panel informs the discussion, while stakeholders such as businesses, schools or simply individuals agree to sustainable-development commitments. The SDGs are systematically monitored in the government administration. Ministries provide information to a report in May every year on how the goals are being met.


January 25, 2023

What it means when Jacinda Ardern calls time

Jacinda Ardern’s resignation reflects the tough headwinds young progressive women face as political leaders.


Never struggled to do human: Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch in the wake of the massacre of Muslim worshippers

Last Thursday Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister, announced at the first Labour parliamentary party meeting of the year that she would be stepping down, saying she no longer had ‘enough in the tank’ to do the job. This in an election year with Labour languishing in the polls.

At the same time, she announced that the triennial parliamentary election due this year would take place on October 14th. Under Labour Party rules, the timing of the announcement of her retirement in relation to the election date allowed the parliamentary party (‘the caucus’) to decide her successor, as long as it could realise a two-thirds majority. The caucus has since selected Chris Hipkins as prime minister and Carmel Sepuloni, of Pacifika heritage, as deputy.

How did it come to this, that a political leader once widely applauded, at home and abroad, has decided to step down before her term is up? And are there lessons to be learned about the role of female leaders—particularly those who are young and left of centre—in an era when democracies can be under threat, populism is often on the rise and the expectations and demands of leaders are high?

Empathetic and humanitarian

Ardern, at 37, was the youngest female prime minister to come to power in the country when her party entered a coalition with the New Zealand First (NZF) party in 2017. She was young, unmarried, a superb communicator and committed to a more empathic and humanitarian style of leadership and government, with a constituency drawing on youth, women, public-sector workers, urban professionals and Pacific Island and Maori voters. NZF, by contrast, was a populist, centrist party with a determination to deliver to the regions of New Zealand, the elderly and some special-interest groups.


January 22, 2023

Every single Dem Senator except for the 3 on the Ethics Committee, then Menendez (who was in a

federal corruption trial then and chose not to speak), and finally Manchin (the only one who told him to NOT step down, the other 4 would have for sure told him to resign if they could have) either publicly or privately told Franken he had to go.

Many of the rest of the Dem female Senators all met for weeks (it was NOT just Gillibrand) before they decided (when new women, including a Dem staffer, came forward) to go public. Schumer signed off on it. Gillibrand was the first by a few minutes to call for him to resign (she did it on Facebook), but she was followed (it was coordinated by them all) by many others.

The first Dem to go on TV and call for Franken to resign was................ Kamala Harris, a few minutes after Gillibrand did her FB post.

Women senators coordinated calls for Al Franken to resign


Nearly three weeks after sexual harassment allegations first emerged against Sen. Al Franken, a wave of Democratic senators — in coordination and following a flurry of text messages and phone calls — called for his resignation in rapid succession Wednesday morning.

Starting around 11:30 a.m. ET, the senators posted statements in a coordinated effort, one after the other, on social media, saying the Minnesota Democrat should step down.

Some comments were elaborate, lengthy and loaded with a moral message. Others, like that of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, were straight to the point. “Al Franken should resign,” she simply tweeted.

Within the next 90 minutes, 16 Democrats – 10 of them women – and one Republican senator – Susan Collins of Maine – had publicly urged their colleague to vacate his seat.

Yet the myth of the all-powerful, evil, Machiavellian junior Senator from New York, who single-handedly used her Svengali-esque power to enthrall almost all the rest of the Dem Senate (including all of the leadership) to do her nefarious bidding has been etched in stone here for even longer than I have been a member.

What is almost always left out are the other women who came forward. Instead it is 99% focused on Tweeden. If it was just Tweeden, Franken would still be a Senator, and also, going the other way, if Gillibrand was not that involved, he would still have resigned. She was not a make-or-break cog.
January 20, 2023

Swedish FM: 'improper' for me to try to stop Turkey embassy Koran burning + Erdogan Hung In Effigy

Sweden's foreign minister has said that it would be "extremely improper" for him to call for the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan not to be allowed to burn the Koran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.


Sweden's Foreign Minister Tobias Billström at an EU meeting in Brussels in December. Photo: Wiktor Nummelin/TT

Swedish police on Friday granted the anti-Islamic extremist Rasmus Paludan permission to burn a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, outside Turkey’s embassy, and has also granted permission for a pro-Turkish counter demonstration.

Swedish foreign minister Tobias Billström said that he was concerned that the demonstration risked further delaying Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s Nato bid. “Everything that delays the process unnecessarily is naturally something which we take with the greatest seriousness,” he said.

Paludan, a law graduate who leads the extremist Hard Line party in his native Denmark, last year began carrying out Koran burnings in Sweden, leading to riots across the country last Easter.

Paludan said he was planning to hold a rally outside Turkey’s embassy at 1pm on Saturday, saying he hoped to “take a small stand for freedom of expression against Turkey”.


Erdogan effigy stunt in Sweden aimed to reveal 'dictatorial' Turkey


Stockholm (AFP) – Pro-Kurdish activists in Stockholm who hanged an effigy of Turkey's president, further impeding Sweden's bid to join NATO, say their stunt aimed to draw attention to Ankara's "dictatorial" regime. The brazen stunt in front of the city hall incensed Turkey, which is yet to ratify Sweden's bid to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine last February.

Ankara wants Stockholm to crack down on activists close to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party and people accused of having ties to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based preacher wanted over a failed 2016 coup, before it approves Sweden's NATO aspirations. Andreas, a 39-year-old Swede speaking to AFP on condition that his surname not be disclosed, showed a doll resembling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with a rope still tied to his ankles.

He and four other activists from the pro-Kurdish Rojava Committee of Sweden hung the effigy by the feet. The display was meant to mirror the grim end of Italy's late dictator Benito Mussolini in 1945, when his body was strung up after he was executed. Presented as a reminder of the fate of "dictators", the action was staged and filmed before being posted on social media.

The provocation caused outrage. Sweden's ambassador was summoned in Ankara, which denounced it as "terrorism". Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson called it "sabotage" and condemned a "mock execution of a foreign democratically-elected leader."


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