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White House email invite to group phone call about Iran deal

Jump on a call with the President:

The Iran deal is an historic one. After about two years of tough and intensive negotiations, the U.S. and our international partners reached a deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

We refused to take a bad deal, instead taking the time to press for a deal that met every one of our bottom lines. And that’s exactly what we got.

But, as we've seen time and again, that won't stop politicians and pundits from spreading misinformation and falsehoods about the Iran deal.

That's why President Obama is hopping on the phone tonight to explain the deal and its importance to the country and the international community. And he wants you to join the call.

So tonight, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, call 1-866-254-5934 and enter the passcode 365802.

You'll find the President on the other end, explaining exactly what you need to know about the Iran deal and what it means for the security of our country and that of our allies.

There's limited space for this opportunity, so set a reminder for 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time and jump on a call to learn everything you need to know about the Iran deal, straight from President Obama.

Until then, dig a little deeper into the details of this historic deal here: WhiteHouse.gov/Iran-Deal

Thank you,

The White House Team

Zimbabwean officials: American man wanted in killing of Cecil the lion

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/africa/zimbabwe-lion-killed/


An American man is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention -- the killing of Cecil the lion -- Zimbabwean officials said Tuesday.

The man suspected in Cecil's death is Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, according to Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

Cecil, who was 13, was a prized lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, where visitors reportedly sighted him frequently. A video of the animal, regal, indifferent and sleepy-eyed, has been widely disseminated.

He was a participant in a study that Oxford University in Britain was conducting, and he had been outfitted with a GPS collar.

Jon Stewart Secretly Met With Obama at White House

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/us/politics/jon-stewart-secretly-met-with-obama-at-white-house.html?_r=0

WASHINGTON — President Obama has submitted himself for a grilling on the set of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart three times. But on at least two occasions, Mr. Obama also secretly met with the comedian on his own imposing turf.

In 2011 and again in 2014, Mr. Stewart came to Washington for coffee with the president, entering the White House grounds at the entrance where the public tours begin. He shook hands with several tourists and was escorted to the Oval Office for his one-on-one sit down with the commander in chief.

He joked in 2011 to his escort that he felt like he was being called to the principal’s office.

The two meetings — recorded in the official White House visitor log — were first noted this week by Politico. Current and former White House officials confirmed the visits, describing them as efforts by the president and his communications team to tap into Mr. Stewart’s influence with younger voters.

Windows 10 roll-out will break Internet traffic records

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2953514/microsoft-windows/windows-10-roll-out-will-break-internet-traffic-records.html

Microsoft will break Internet traffic records this week as it begins to distribute Windows 10, a content delivery expert said Monday.

"Windows 10 ... will easily be the largest day/week of traffic ever on the Internet," said Dan Rayburn, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan who also writes on his own StreamingMediaBlog.com, in a piece posted yesterday.

"Unless Windows 10 is a complete flop and people don't upgrade as quickly as Microsoft expects, Windows 10 is going to create some serious havoc with regards to the user experience," Rayburn contended. "Expect to see some download times in the days, not hours, especially if any other content owners happen to have larger-than-expected traffic at the same time.

"Quality of service for downloads could deteriorate really quickly and remain poor for days, if not longer," Rayburn concluded.


more at link

eta: I posted this because we *might* have problems on DU tomorrow.

Bernie Sanders Is a Loud, Stubborn Socialist. Republicans Like Him Anyway.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/bernie-sanders-is-a-loud-stubborn-socialist-republicans-like-him-anyway-20150727

In the Senate, Bernie Sanders should be all alone.

Sanders is constantly ribbing Republicans in his trademark condescending Brooklyn-accented tone. He offers up legislation that's so far to the left that it couldn't get a vote even under Majority Leader Harry Reid. He's the curmudgeon in the Senate Democratic conference, rarely satisfied with how far his leadership will go to pursue progressive policies, and not afraid to vote 'nay' when his leaders come up short. And none of his Senate colleagues, on either side of the aisle, think he could ever be elected president of the United States; most of them even believe he shouldn't be.

But rather than earning the frustration and ire of his peers in the vein of other Senate hard-liners such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sanders has managed to be respected—even liked—by much of the chamber, according to members on both sides of the aisle. The Vermont independent actually has much more in common with Sen. Tom Coburn, the now-retired "Dr. No," whose hard-line opposition killed many bills in the Senate but also earned him the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Sanders also has been able to work well with his colleagues. He's passed bipartisan legislation and forged strong relationships with members of both parties in nearly 25 years on Capitol Hill. But most of all, members say, even when Sanders is ideologically an outlier, he lets others know where he stands. He's not the type to suddenly stab a colleague in the back. And that's earned him respect both on and off the Hill.

more at link

Top NASA boffin: It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/24/pluto_planet_nasa/

Supporters of Pluto's readmission into the Solar System as a full-blown planet got a boost from NASA's planetary scientists on Friday.

"It's very hard not to call an object with this level of complexity in its geology, and such complex seasons, a planet," said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute, during press conference about the Pluto probe's latest update.

"Astronomers and planetary scientists differ on this question but that's how science works – scientists make individual decisions and consensus is reached. I think we're going through a period of transition at the moment."

Data from the New Horizons space probe has shown Pluto to be geologically active, with new glacier plains of nitrogen ice carving out new surface features and eroding away impact craters from meteor strikes.

Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/25/donald_trump_is_an_actual_fascist_what_his_surging_popularity_says_about_the_gop_base/

In the political discussion of today, there always comes a risk of being discounted as a crackpot when using a word like “fascist” to describe a political opponent. The word, much like “socialist,” has been so abused since the fall of fascism that it lost its meaning quite some time ago. Comparisons of modern leaders to Hitler tend to be completely void of any substance, and there is even an Internet adage, “Godwin’s law,” that says, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk — and, according to polls, it’s working — for now. Tucker writes:

“Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.”


No doubt about it, Donald Trump has decided to stir the pot, and, as Tucker says, he seems to be running for a CEO position, rather than president of a nation. Trump discusses Iran and Mexico as if they were competing corporations, and says that, as president, or CEO, he will drive them into the ground, make them file for bankruptcy — something Trump legitimately knows a thing or two about. Trump, of course, is largely taken as a joke, and most rational commentators assume he is doing this for publicity — which he is certainly getting.

for your smiles, I hope....



(yea yea it's about windows 10 but....)

Poll: Jeb! opened his dumb mouth about Medicare. Consequences ?

Just curious. I think it cost him the election (if he gets the nomination, which I think he will).

An Alligator Tours New York City, Joining Some Famous Fauna

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/nyregion/an-alligator-tours-new-york-city-joining-some-famous-fauna.html?_r=0

https://twitter.com/NYPD34Pct/status/624336009933791233

So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood...no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control #whatnext

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