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And Now Fake Consumer Confidence Too: Gallup Says Confidence In The Economy "Tumbled"

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And Now Fake Consumer Confidence Too: Gallup Says Confidence In The Economy "Tumbled"

It appears we can now add "consumer confidence" to fake news trash heap.

Roughly at the same time as the allegedly apolitical Conference Board reported the highest consumer confidence print in 17 years...

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... not to mention the most optimistic outlook on stocks since 2 months before the dot com bubble burst, a very different number emerged from a similar poll by Gallup.

First, a reminder of what the Conf. Board said this morning:
> “**Consumer confidence increased sharply in March to its highest level since December 2000 **(Index, 128.6),” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. “Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved considerably. Consumers also expressed much greater optimism regarding the short-term outlook for business, jobs and personal income prospects. Thus, consumers feel current economic conditions have improved over the recent period, and their renewed optimism suggests the possibility of some upside to the prospects for economic growth in the coming months.”
The result was based on a random survey of 3,000 people in the latest month.

Meanwhile, in the week of March 20-26, Gallup surveyed a random group of (supposedly different) 3,547 adults, and found something completely different, namely that
> "**Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy tumbled along with the Dow Jones industrial average last week. **Though still in positive territory, Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index (ECI) dropped six points to a score of +5 for the week ending March 26. This is the lowest weekly average since the presidential election in November."
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How is this divergence possible? Simple: Gallup actually admits the reflexive nature of the primary driver of "confidence", the stock market... the same stock market which according to headlines on CNBC and elsewhere jumped today because consumer confident rose. "Americans' falling confidence in the economy may be tied to events in Washington and on Wall Street. Last week, the Dow logged its worst week since September as congressional Republicans ultimately failed to vote on legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act."

That, however, is hardly the entire story, because confidence waned prior to the effort to replace the ACA dying in Congress on Friday. "This suggests that the broader GOP infighting earlier in the week, rather than the decision to pull the bill itself, may have been a factor, in addition to the market's poor performance."

And yet, none of this decline was captured by the Conference Board, almost as if it serves a specific political, or maybe market manipulating purpose.

As Gallup also adds, confidence did not drop evenly across party lines. **Rank-and-file Republicans became significantly less confident in the economy last week, with their index score falling to a still-robust +42 from +52 the week before. Independents, **too, lost confidence, with their score retreating back into negative territory to -1 from +6 the previous week. Democrats' confidence in the economy changed little, with their current -20 score similar to the -18 they had in the week prior.

That was not all: Americans' assessments of current economic conditions took a seven-point hit for the week ending March 26 after reaching a high of +17 in the prior week. This loss marked the largest drop for this component since the federal government shutdown in October 2013.

The current +10 score is the result of 32% of Americans rating the economy "excellent" or "good," and 22% rating it "poor." This collapse in current economic conditions was strangely missing from the group of 3,000 adults polled by Nielsen which does the Conference Board surveys.

Meanwhile, Gallup's economic outlook component of the ECI fell five points, but enough to send this component back into the negative territory for the first time since the election. Americans' economic outlook had already dropped significantly in March. The current -1 score is the result of 46% of Americans saying the economy is "getting better," and 47% saying it is "getting worse."

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The Gallup bottom line: "A rocky week on Wall Street may have hurt Americans' confidence in the economy's health. The failure of Republicans to repeal the ACA didn't seem to immediately affect confidence further, at least in the short term. However, if losses on Wall Street continue this week, the situation may contribute to further erode confidence in the coming days. If confidence does fall more, it may result in Americans' net evaluation of the economy growing more negative than positive for the first time since the election.
> Donald Trump's election spurred a renewed level of confidence among his fellow Republicans, which boosted the overall average for the index into positive territory. But, if his supporters perceive that the promises he made during the campaign are not being kept, or if Republicans lose faith in Trump's negotiating prowess, the party rank and file could become further depressed.
So which data is right: the Conference Board's surge to near record highs, or Gallup's "plunge" to the lowest of Trump's tenure? Frankly, at this point, with every other piece of (fake) news, data and analysis having the same credibility, what difference does it make...

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9 minutes ago

RBOB Tumbles After Lower Than Expected Gasoline Draw

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RBOB Tumbles After Lower Than Expected Gasoline Draw

After an early spike on Libya production fears and OPEC production cut extension hope, WTI and RBOB faded all day on dollar strength ahead of the API data. The trend of builds in Crude and draws in gasoline and distillates continued but the gasoline draw was notably less than expected and has sparked selling in RBOB.

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  • Crude +1.91mm (+2mm exp)
    • Cushing -576k
      • Gasoline -1.104mm (-2mm exp)
        • Distillates -2.035mmCushing saw a draw for the first time in 5 weeks but crude builds continued their streak. The most notable print was lower than expected gasoline draw...

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          The kneejerk reaction was selling in RBOB after a smaller than expected draw...

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          According to James Williams, economist at London, Arkansas-based energy-research firm WTRG Economics:
          > “The normal spring maintenance season switch to summer blend of gasoline always puts upward pressure on crude,... Every spring, the market seems to wonder if we are going to have enough gasoline for summer”

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9 minutes ago

Nach Anschlag in Berlin: Die vergessenen Terroropfer

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Die Überlebenden des Anschlags von Berlin hätten sich von der Politik mehr gewünscht. Schnelle Hilfe war zugesagt worden - stattdessen streiten die Versicherungen über Kosten. Und die Kritik der Opfer reicht noch weiter. Von Axel John. [video]

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Nach Anschlag in Berlin: Die vergessenen Terroropfer
Die Überlebenden des Anschlags von Berlin hätten sich von der Politik mehr gewünscht. Schnelle Hilfe war zugesagt worden - stattdessen streiten die Versicherungen über Kosten. Und die Kritik der Opfer reicht noch weiter. Von Axel John.

9 minutes ago

Americans, Once Known For Their Optimism, Are Losing Hope

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Americans, Once Known For Their Optimism, Are Losing Hope

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com,

Angst is “a feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity.” Many of us feel it acutely right now—and that’s new. Angst isn’t a temporary, individual thing anymore. Now we all feel it together—or at least most of us do—and it’s not at all temporary.

I’ve touched on this before, but it’s no wonder that so much of our angst is job-related. Some people don’t have jobs at all. While many others don’t like the jobs they have. The millions of unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed touch all of us in some way.

If our nation’s work rate today were back up to its start-of-the-century high, well over 10 million more Americans would now have paying jobs. And that employment shortfall makes a real difference to the growth of the economy.

There Are Only Two Ways to Grow the Economy

You either have to grow the number of people working. Or you have to increase their productivity. If you remove 10 million American workers from the labor force, not only are they not producing anything, the vast majority of them are clearly consuming the fruits of the labor of those who are employed.

The number of people dropping out of the labor force is increasing. If that trend is not turned around, the hope that we will get back to 3% GDP growth is just wishful thinking.

Couple that trend with reduced productivity, and we will be lucky to see even 2% growth for the rest of the decade. If we have a recession, we will end up with a lower GDP than we have today.

Think about that. And then plug it into federal budget projections.

Employers Lack Qualified Workforce

**Meanwhile, employers feel a different kind of angst. **Many either can’t find qualified workers or their workers require constant attention and extensive training to be productive. Neither side of the labor-management divide is happy with the arrangements.

Everybody is apprehensive about the future. The common complaint from businessmen is not that they need more capital and the ability to borrow money from banks. But that they need more good workers in order to attract more good customers.

The Result Is Trump

This widespread angst among employers, employees, and those who aren’t working is one big reason Donald Trump is now president.

He paid attention to a large group of voters that others ignored, spoke to their anxieties, and won the White House. It was not simply working-class white males that he appealed to.

That is far too simplistic an analysis. It was also their bosses, spouses, parents, and friends.

A huge swath of the country was experiencing a yawning disconnect between the reality of their daily lives and the supposedly growing economy touted by politicians and media pundits.

We focus on the anxiety of the white working-class male, but I challenge you to find me an identity group that isn’t anxious and concerned that things aren’t heading in the right direction.

American culture used to be known for its optimism. Its can-do spirit. That quality hasn’t vanished. But it has surely lost some of its luster this century. You can see it fading in the statistics about the number of new business startups, which is now less than the number of businesses closing down.

And that trend has been in place for almost a decade.

The hope that the situation was temporary probably let people tolerate much worse conditions than they should have.** But you can only look on the bright side so long before you get tired of waiting.**

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10 minutes ago

Nunes Refuses To Share His Intel Source With Other Committee Members

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Nunes Refuses To Share His Intel Source With Other Committee Members

In the latest bizarre twist surrounding the Devin Nunes story involving "mysterious" sources at the White House, who disclosed to the republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee that the NSA had been surveilling Trump and/or members of his team, Nunes said on Tuesday he will not share - **even with other members of his panel **- the source that gave him the intelligence reports which indicated President Donald Trump and his associates may have been ensnared in incidental intelligence collection.

Asked by a Fox News reporter whether he would inform the other committee members about who gave him the reports he viewed on the White House grounds last week, Nunes said: "We will never reveal those sources and methods."

In other words either Nunes is concerned that the source might be in jeopardy should his id be revealed to members of his own committee, or there is some even more troubling explanation why the House Intel Chief has taken it on himself to be the sole gatekeeper to the critical information. In any case, on Monday Nunes said he would make his source intel available to other members of the committee by the end of the week, so we eagerly look forward to that.

Meanwhile, after numerous Democrats including Chuck Schumer and his colleague at the House Intel Committeee, Adam Schiff, had called on Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian investigation, the first Republican to join the Democrats, emerged when Rep. Walter Jones told The Hill that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes should "absolutely" recuse himself from his panel's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year’s election.

Jones, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who frequently bucks leadership, is the first Republican in Congress to call on Nunes to step aside.

"How can you be chairman of a major committee and do all these things behind the scenes and keep your credibility? You can't keep your credibility," Jones said just off the House floor.

“If anything has shown that we need a commission, this has done it by the way he has acted. That's the only way you can bring integrity to the process. The integrity of the committee looking into this has been tainted."

Jones is the only Republican co-sponsor on a measure from Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) that would establish an independent commission to probe Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Nunez on Tuesday brushed aside calls to recuse himself, asking why he should.

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Former Democratic Senators Advised Group Funding Anti-Muslim Extremist Frank Gaffney

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Former Democratic Senators Advised Group Funding Anti-Muslim Extremist Frank Gaffney

America’s powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, enlisted the help of one of the nation’s most prominent and extreme anti-Muslim activists, Frank Gaffney, during its 2015 push to sink the Iran nuclear deal. And it did so through an organization staffed by some of the country’s most prominent Democratic consultants and advised by a group of four ex-Senate Democrats.

AIPAC’s funding of Gaffney was uncovered earlier this month by LobeLog’s Eli Clifton. He noticed that a 501(c)(4) dark money organization called Citizens For a Nuclear Free Iran, or CNFI, which AIPAC created to oppose the Iran deal, gave $60,000 to “Secure Freedom,” a group whose tax ID number identifies it as belonging to Gaffney’s think tank, the Center for Security Policy, or CSP. AIPAC later confirmed to Haaretz that it offered the funding to Gaffney to run ads opposed to the Iran deal.

Gaffney and the CSP are notorious in Washington for circulating some of America’s most wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, such as that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is a covert operative of the Muslim Brotherhood — an accusation so bizarre that even then-Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner condemned it in 2012. Gaffney has also claimed that Barack Obama should be “considered America’s first Muslim president” and that Obama made “commitments … to promote Islam in America.”

So you might assume, given that CNFI were willing to partner with such a far-right fringe organization, that it would be staffed by hardcore conservative Republicans.

But you would be wrong.

In fact, during its failed campaign to sink diplomacy with Iran, CFNI enlisted a gamut of top Democrats. Its advisory board included four Democratic senators-turned-lobbyists: Mark Begich of Alaska, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. Former Nevada Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley also advised the group.

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People in the crowd stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 9, 2015.

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None of the former lawmakers who advised CNFI replied to requests for comment about the group’s financial support for Gaffney.

In addition to Gaffney’s accusations about Abedin, he has claimed that officials in the U.S. government are waging a “civilizational jihad” to undermine the country from within. Gaffney was even briefly banned from the Conservative Political Action Conference after he accused anti-tax activist Grover Norquist of being part of a purported plot to bring Islamic law to America. His sham polling was also used by then-candidate Donald Trump to justify his call for a total ban on Muslim migration to the United States.

In addition to the former members of Congress, and political firms like Trilogy Interactive and Winning Connections, CNFI deployed a number of top Democratic consultants and pollsters to run its campaign.

Mark Putnam cut his teeth working for a long list of Democratic candidates, but his most prominent work was producing television advertising for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

His firm Putnam Partners was hired by CFNI to produce television ads designed to frighten Americans about the consequences of the Iran nuclear deal. Shortly after his hiring by CNFI, Putnam spoke to the Washington Post to explain his convictions in opposing diplomacy by the president he had worked for. “I am more grateful to President Obama than I can ever express for being able to help him in two presidential campaigns,” he told the Post. “I have strongly supported every other initiative he has undertaken. On this issue, however, I, like other Democrats, have a heartfelt position against the agreement.”

Newly released disclosures show that Putnam’s firm was paid $162,070 for his heartfelt work in 2015. He did not respond to a request for comment from The Intercept.

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Patrick Dorton served as a spokesperson for CFNI during its anti-Iran deal campaign. Today he is a partner at the firm Rational 360, but in the past he worked for a number of top Democrats, including former president Bill Clinton, former Senator Tom Harkin, and current Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Dorton also did not respond to a request for comment from The Intercept.

Mark S. Mellman of the Mellman Group was hired to commission polling for CFNI. Mellman is a veteran Democratic pollster; on his biography webpage he boasts of working for the campaigns of 29 U.S. Senators, ten governors, and many more officials. One of his top clients was former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid.

Mellman told The Intercept that he has no affinity for Gaffney’s ideology, but declined to condemn AIPAC or CNFI for financially supporting him — claiming ignorance of the relationship.

“I’m someone who got money, not someone who gave money,” he told me, laughing (Mellman’s firm was paid $241,439 by CNFI). “It’s not my organization. I was paid by that organization to do work for them, which I did. I don’t know who else was paid by that organization.”

“Do you have any personal regrets about being associated with an organization that would also be supporting Frank Gaffney?” I followed up.

Mellman paused for a moment, then responded with a joke: “How often do you beat your wife?”

After being asked again if it were appropriate for AIPAC to support Gaffney, Mellman started to raise doubts about the story altogether. “I don’t know anything about it other than what you’re telling me, based on documents that you’ve seen that I haven’t,” he said of CFNI’s grant to Gaffney’s group.

I offered to send him the disclosure forms so he could review them himself, but he declined.

“I really don’t feel like paying an accountant to review the documents,” he said.

(The disclosure forms are right here, and you don’t have to be an accountant to read them. The grant to Gaffney is on page 13.)

Top photo: Frank Gaffney speaks during a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 9, 2015.

The post Former Democratic Senators Advised Group Funding Anti-Muslim Extremist Frank Gaffney appeared first on The Intercept.

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After London Attack, Government Scapegoats WhatsApp

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After London Attack, Government Scapegoats WhatsApp

The attack outside the United Kingdom’s parliament in London last Wednesday was over in just 82 seconds, but the backlash from the incident is continuing to develop. On Sunday, a firestorm was triggered when a leading British government minister, in a television interview, appeared to apportion some blame for the incident on WhatsApp, which allows smartphone users to send and receive encrypted text messages that are difficult for police and spy agencies to monitor.

At about 14:40 on London’s Westminster Bridge, 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove his rented Hyundai Tucson at high-speed into a crowd of people, killing three and injuring upwards of 40. He continued towards the nearby parliament, where he got out of his car and, wielding two knives, stabbed and killed a policeman. Seconds later, an armed officer on the scene shot Masood two or three times, and he fell to the ground, later dying from his injuries.

In the aftermath of the incident, it was reported that Masood – a British citizen born with the name Adrian Elms – had used WhatsApp minutes prior to launching his rampage. On Sunday, the British government’s home secretary Amber Rudd called WhatsApp’s encryption “completely unacceptable,” when asked about Masood alleged use of the app.

“There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” she said. “We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”

Rudd’s anti-encryption rhetoric was in line with a position the British government has taken for years – that no communication service should be impossible for the authorities to tap. Former prime minister David Cameron pushed this policy in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings in 2015. And one of the core principles behind a sweeping new surveillance law in the U.K. is that “there must be no guaranteed safe spaces online” for terrorists, criminals, and pedophiles to “communicate beyond the reach of the law.”

There are problems with using the Masood case as an example to drive this agenda, however. First, it has not been established whether Masood actually sent or received any encrypted messages on WhatsApp prior to launching his attack. There is evidence that he may have accessed WhatsApp shortly before he drove down Westminster Bridge, because journalists who obtained his phone number verified that his account was active on the service at that time. But this may have been to send a message to – or read a message from – his wife or a friend. There is no evidence yet to support any suggestion that Masood was operating under the direction of a group such as the Islamic State or al Qaeda.

In fact, police investigators have said so far that they have no indication that he was anything other than a “lone wolf,” who was radicalized after watching jihadist propaganda online.

Moreover, even if all of Masood’s WhatsApp chats were unencrypted – meaning they could have been easily intercepted by spy agencies and police – it is unlikely that would have prevented his murderous spree. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged that he was not under investigation at the time of the attack, so his communications would not have been the focus of any eavesdropping.

If it does turn out that Masood was sending encrypted chats to terrorist handlers, these messages are not necessarily beyond the reach of the police. After he was shot dead, police will have thoroughly searched Masood’s vehicle and his home, seizing his belongings. If police have obtained his smartphone, they should be able to access it and recover the WhatsApp texts stored on the device, much like how the FBI eventually broke into the San Bernardino attackers’ iPhones. (London’s Metropolitan Police did not respond to an inquiry Tuesday on whether it had obtained Masood’s phone.)

A spokesperson for the British government’s Home Office told The Intercept that it could not answer questions about Rudd’s WhatsApp comments. “The government supports encryption in cyber security,” it said in a statement. “But it is irresponsible to give terrorists a way to plot online which cannot be intercepted by the police and intelligence agencies who are trying to protect the public from further attacks.”

It is difficult to assert support for “encryption in cyber security,” however, while also advocating for encryption to be weakened for the purposes of surveillance. As security experts have pointed out, a surveillance “backdoor” cannot be built into WhatsApp or any other service for the sole purpose of allowing the British government to spy on terrorists and other serious criminals. The backdoor would create a gaping security hole, which could potentially be exploited by hostile foreign intelligence agencies, hackers, criminal fraudsters, and a variety of other undesirables. And that should give the British government pause for concern, especially given that officials at its highest levels also use WhatsApp to discuss sensitive issues.

Jim Killock, executive director of the London-based Open Rights Group, says he believes the government is “grandstanding” with its WhatsApp comments. “They are trying to make a political point rather than making serious demands,” he says.

Killock points out that under the U.K.’s new surveillance law – the Investigatory Powers Act – the government can try to compel companies to weaken the encryption on their services. By issuing what is called a “technical capability notice,” the authorities can force companies to “provide any assistance” in the context of surveillance, which can include “obligations relating to the removal by a relevant operator of electronic protection applied by or on behalf of that operator to any communications or data.”

In practice, it would be difficult for the U.K. government to force companies domiciled outside of British territory to comply with such an order. But WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which has a significant presence in the U.K and is planning to open a large new office in London’s West End later this year. Killock says if the government were serious about cracking down on the company’s encryption, it could perhaps try to strong-arm Facebook by threatening sanctions on its British assets. “If the government had serious demands it would have issued [technical capability] notices and would be trying to get WhatsApp to change the technology in secret,” he says.

For Facebook, that furor over WhatsApp will not feel entirely new; it bears striking resemblance to another case in recent history. In 2013, British soldier Lee Rigby was savagely murdered on a London street in broad daylight by two Islamist extremists. In the aftermath of the killing, some British politicians attacked Facebook for not reporting messages one of the attackers had reportedly sent on the platform indicating his intention to murder a soldier. But a parliamentary investigation revealed a more complex picture. One of the killers had been closely monitored under five separate police and security service operations – and police had received a tip that the other extremist was affiliated with al-Qaeda. Yet both men still slipped under the radar.

“The government has a pattern of doing this,” says Killock. “It’s never a social issue, or a government failing – it’s easier to just blame the technology companies.”

Top photo: Armed police officers secure the area near the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017 the day after a terror attack.

The post After London Attack, Government Scapegoats WhatsApp appeared first on The Intercept.

18 minutes ago

Critical Mass und Frühjahrsputz auf Radwegen

Am Freitag startet die Critical Mass Aachen wieder um 18 Uhr am Elisenbrunnen.

Für Samstag, den 01. April, ruft der ADFC Aachen zum Frühjahrsputz auf Aachener Radwegen auf. Ziel der Aktion ist es, auf die zahlreichen Gefährdungen durch Falschparker auf Radwegen aufmerksam zu machen und die Radwege nachhaltig von Falschparkern zu befreien. Beginn ist um 12 Uhr mit einem Fototermin an der Kreuzung Peterstraße - Komphausbadstraße.

Im Anschluss fahren Radfahrer_innen in Gruppen durch die Stadt und verteilen Spuckis an Falschparker. Die Spuckis bringt der ADFC mit. Für die Aktion werden möglichst viele Helfer_innen benötigt. Bringt wenn möglich bitte Besen und Handfeger/Kehrblech für den Fototermin und für Glasscherben oder ähnliches auf den Radwegen mit.

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22 minutes ago

Police investigating 'human waste in Coca Cola cans' http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-39416944 Coca Cola stresses an isolated incident in Northern Ireland

Police investigating 'human waste in Coca Cola cans' - BBC News
Police are investigating after what appeared to be human waste was found in cans at a Coca Cola factory.

25 minutes ago

Techdirt Podcast Episode 115: The End Of Ownership

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 115: The End Of Ownership

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The basic impetus behind DRM is obvious: a frantic, misguided desire to make digital products behave like physical ones. But the truth is DRM goes far, far beyond that, restricting all sorts of activities that are intrinsic to the idea of "owning" something. Two people who have thought a lot about this are law professors Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, authors of the new book The End Of Ownership. This week, Aaron and Jason join the podcast to discuss the book and the worrying status of DRM today.

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Rand Paul on Expansion of NATO: No National Security Interest to Be Advance in Alliance With Montenegro

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PETA ‘Routinely Euthanizes Healthy Puppies and Kittens’ Says Ex-Employee

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PETA ‘Routinely Euthanizes Healthy Puppies and Kittens’ Says Ex-Employee

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A former employee of the famed animal rights group, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said her former employer intentionally euthanized healthy and adoptable dogs and cats.

Ex-PETA employee Heather Harper-Troje filed an affidavit, obtained by the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), alleging her supervisors asked her to euthanize healthy dogs and cats for ideological reasons.

Harper-Troje said her former supervisors instructed her to ask low-income people to relinquish their pets to PETA under the promise that dogs and cats would find good homes. She did this knowing the animals would be euthanized.

“PETA is always acting like it is on some mission of mercy,” Will Coggin, a research director at CCF, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “What Heather is saying is that putting animals down is what PETA was obsessed with doing when she worked there. Putting animals down is what PETA all about.”

PETA did not return requests for comment to TheDCNF.

PETA euthanized 1,411 cats and dogs last year, while only 57 were adopted, according to a report by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Of the 2,007 animals acquired by PETA last year, the group only returned 10 dogs and cats to their owners and successfully placed only 57 with adopting families. On the other hand, PETA put down 557 dogs, 854 cats and 17 other companion animals.

The additional animals euthanized last year brought PETA’s death toll to over 36,000 since 1998. Most of the animals put down were processed at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Va. PETA’s official blog states that killing dogs and cats, helps them “escape an uncaring world without trauma or pain.”

“This just show that killing animals isn’t some unfortunate thing that PETA has to do,” Coggin said. “This is part of their business. They’ve had different justifications like overpopulation and illness, but what Heather is alleging is that the real reason is ideology. They think if an animal would suffer in the future, it is better to put them down now.”

Harper-Troje’s filed the affidavit over a lawsuit stemming from an incident in November 2015 where two PETA employees stole a family’s pet chihuahua off their porch and ultimately euthanized the animal. The family captured video of this occurring on their home surveillance system. When caught, the PETA workers apologized by giving the family a fruit basket.

State law requires that animals be held for five days before they are euthanized to allow people to recover their animals in situations like this. An investigation by the VDACS found that PETA violated the law and imposed the largest fine it could, at $500.

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