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Trudeau smiles while Macron defeats Trump's pull in handshake

First, Macron walks toward Trump, who clearly thinks he'll receive the first handshake, then Macron swerves over to shake others' hands before shaking with Trump.

When Macron does shake hands with Trump, Trump attempts his strong man pull in handshake, which Macron deftly defeats.

Be sure to look at Trudeau's reaction, which is cut off in tighter lens videos. He looks to be enjoying Macron's maneuver, which is similar to Trudeau's when Trump tried and failed to pull the same crap on him.


The Guardian has a clearer video of this, which first shows Macron and Trump with the sitting handshake, then shows the standing one:


Found the 2nd one on YouTube, which shows Trudeau's reaction more clearly.

Trevor Noah on a roll on Daily Show


U.S. withholding critical security info from EU?

I've been following the news of an imminent laptop ban in planes traveling from Europe to the States.

Today, I noticed this article about the meeting in the EU averting this ban, at least for now.

Within it was this paragraph, that caught my attention:


The “high level” meeting had been requested by EU officials because of concerns that information about a possible security threat had not been shared with Brussels, and that major travel disruption would ensue should America act unilaterally.

This points to an even bigger issue than whether or not Trump's crew might stir chaos once again by enacting a seat of their pants electronics ban on incoming flights from Europe, though that in itself is worrisome. It shows that they are withholding important security info, the type that shoukd be shared, from our allies.

I wonder about the extent to which they are doing this.


"Moscow in the Meddle" The Daily Show


Something else that stood out for me is how relaxed and happy Trump looks in the pictures from his Oval Office meeting with the Russians. That's a strong contrast to his demeanor when he has met with other world leaders, particularly with traditional allies like Merkel.

Heads up west coast. SNL live and a tiny bit early on top of that.

Just looked and it shows an 8:29 pm start here in Seattle.

And Melissa is back!

More chaotic governance from Trump admin - possible electronic ban on flights from EU to US

There are now multiple reports that such a ban is imminent. Delta even put up a sign stating it was in effect as of May 12th. A photo of the sign was posted on Flyertalk forums, leading to a large thread there and to discussion elsewhere on the Internet. Delta has now said the sign was in error.

Meanwhile, meetings have been taking place in U.S. and one has been set with EU to discuss this and EU is noting the danger of multiple devices, many of which would likely not be turned off appropriately, in cargo hold.

Europe is bracing for a laptop ban on flights to America

U.S. likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe: government officials



Update: Delta has issued the following statement regarding the sign: “This sign was posted in CVG in error. It does not reflect any new news or guidance from DHS. Should be considered erroneous.” Hmmmm….

We’ve been hearing rumors that an electronics ban will be announced for flights from Europe to the US at some point this week. To my surprise this still hasn’t happened, and actually the Department of Homeland Security has been claiming that nothing has been decided for sure.

#SecretaryKelly continues 2 engage w/stakeholders about threats to aviation – this week w/ Congress, US airline reps and European officials.

— David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) May 12, 2017

Many reputable sources have suggested otherwise, and that a decision has in fact been made but just hasn’t been communicated publicly yet. Interestingly FlyerTalk member SFO 1K posted a picture of a sign made by Delta at Cincinnati Airport, which suggests that an electronics ban is in place effective immediately for international flights from Europe to the United States.

Fri May 12, 2017 | 1:59pm EDT

U.S. and European officials will discuss airline security issues at a meeting in Brussels next week, including possibly expanding the number of airports that ban passengers from carrying electronic devices bigger than cellphones aboard flights, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Friday.
European regulators have warned that placing hundreds of devices in the hold on long-haul flights could also compromise safety by increasing the risk of fire from poorly deactivated lithium-ion batteries.

Kelly briefed members of Congress Thursday and held a meeting with high-level executives of Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), United Airlines (UAL.N), American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and Airlines For America, a trade group. A congressional official said Homeland Security was likely to expand the ban soon, but did not say when or to what airports.

The airlines declined to comment, but an airline official said government officials suggested an expansion of the ban was expected soon but it wasn't certain when.

I wonder what time "The Late Show" tapes? Tonight's the reunion and it will be interesting

If the whole crew has heard about Comey and what the might all say.

"Democrat calls for emergency hearings in Congress"


Congressman Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has called for “immediate emergency hearings” on Comey’s termination:

Congress needs to have immediate emergency hearings to obtain testimony directly from Attorney General Sessions, the deputy attorney general, and FBI Director Comey. The White House was already covering up for Michael Flynn by refusing to provide a single document to Congress, and now the President fired the one independent person who was doing the most to investigate President Trump and his campaign over allegations of coordination with Russia. It is mindboggling that the Attorney General – who claimed to have recused himself – was directly involved in the decision to fire Director Comey according to the White House itself. There is now a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department, and President Trump is not being held accountable because House Republicans refuse to work with us to do our job. Congress must restore credibility, accountability, and transparency to this investigation and finally pass legislation to create a truly independent commission.”

John Oliver urges activism on net neutrality - gofccyourself


John Oliver has sent out a warning over the Trump administration’s attack on net neutrality, detailing the problems that it could bring.

On his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, the comic spoke about the president’s desire to roll back Barack Obama’s attempts to prevent companies from exerting control over people’s access to certain sites.

“It seems that the Trump era will basically control-Z everything that happened on Obama’s watch,” he said, referring to the “undo” keyboard command. “I genuinely would not be surprised if one night Trump went on TV to say that he personally killed every turkey Obama ever pardoned.”

Oliver explained net neutrality, described the hazards of allowing new FCC head Ajit Pai to 'weed whack' it and showed how difficult they've made it for people to comment about changes, then unveiled a shortcut his show has created to make it easier for people to post comments in support of net neutrality - gofccyourself.com


Le Pen refuses credentials for left leaning Indy media. Mainstream media responds by

boycotting FN event.

Great demonstration of solidarity by the media there.


As many polling stations closed (some, particularly in the big cities, will remain open for another hour), France’s newspaper of record, Le Monde, has announced that it too will boycott the Front National’s election evening event in the Bois de Vincennes (see post at 17.19)pm:

The Front National has chosen to exclude some French and international media from its election evening event on 7 May ... Le Monde forcefully condemns this attitude which does not allow proper coverage of a major democratic moment and shows a poor interpretation of press freedom. In solidarity with the media concerned, we have decided we will not be present at this election evening event. This decision will not prevent us from covering the Front National to the same journalistic standards.


A list of online and mainly left-leaning media organisations and websites say they have not been accredited for the Front National’s election evening event in the Bois de Vincennes on the eastern edge of Paris.

Organisations including BuzzFeed, Politico, Rue89, Mediapart and Les Jours all said they have been refused admittance. The leftwing daily newspaper Libération has said it will boycott the event in solidarity.
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