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Friday, 14 July 2017

Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room

Washington (CNN)The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort included at least eight people.
The revelation of additional participants comes as The Associated Press first reported Friday that a Russian-American lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin said he also attended the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. CNN has reached out to Akhmetshin for comment.
So far acknowledged in attendance: Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin and publicist Rob Goldstone, who helped set up the meeting. A source familiar with the circumstances told CNN there were at least two other people in the room as well, a translator and a representative of the Russian family who had asked Goldstone to set up the meeting. The source did not provide the names.
Akhmetshin is a registered lobbyist for Veselnitskaya's organization, which has focused on lobbying Washington to overturn the Magnitsky sanctions, according to lobbying records. The Magnitsky Act allows the US to withhold visas and freeze the assets of Russians thought to have violated human rights. Veselnitskaya founded a group purporting to seek the removal of Moscow's ban on the adoption of Russian children by US citizens, which it put in place in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act. She has also sought to repeal that law.
    Earlier this year, Sen. Charles Grassley had written a letter to John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, describing Akhmetshin as "a Russian immigrant to the United States who has been accused of acting as an unregistered agent for Russian interests and apparently has ties to Russian intelligence." Grassley was requesting "all information" on Akhmetshin's immigration history.
    Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who has been lobbied by Akhmetshin, told CNN earlier this year that the lobbyist is someone with "an ulterior motive" who is "involved with people who've got an agenda" and has "international connections to different groups in Russia." When asked if he thought Akhmetshin was connected to the Russian security services, Rohrabacher said: "I would certainly not rule that out."
    On Friday, Akhmetshin denied to The Washington Post that he was ever an intelligence agent but said he did serve two years in a Soviet military unit that handled counter-intelligence.
    "At no time have I ever worked for the Russian government or any of its agencies. I was not an intelligence officer. Never," he told the Post.
    Akhmetshin also told the AP the meeting was "not substantive" and he "actually expected more serious" conversation.
    "I never thought this would be such a big deal to be honest," the AP quotes Akhmetshin.
    The lawyer for Donald Trump Jr. has not responded. The White House has not commented yet either.
    NBC was first to report the extra person at the meeting.
    On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr., met with Veselnitskaya. He accepted the meeting on the premise that he would be offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
    According to tweets published by Trump Jr. earlier this week, Goldstone sent him an email pointing to "a Russian government attorney" as the source of potential information that could damage Clinton.
    "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone, who represents the son of an Azerbaijani-Russian businessman close to Russian government, wrote in the email to Trump Jr.
    "If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr. replied, according to an email he released.

    Thursday, 29 June 2017

    Tim Hortons Will Sell Poutine Doughnuts to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday

    Tim Horton's is using a Canadian favorite to celebrate the country's 150th birthday. On July 1, also known as Canada Day, Tim Hortons will offer the poutine doughnut — a Honey Dip Donut topped with potato wedges, gravy and cheese curds — at five of its restaurants, USA Today reports. The five restaurants are: Derby, Hamburg and East Aurora in New York, Rochester Hills, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio— all of which are located relatively close to the U.S.-Canada border. their friendly neighbor next door."

    The coffee chain will also offer other Canadian-themed treats on July 1, such as the Maple Bacon Iced Capp, which is topped with whipped cream, maple flakes and bacon bits, according to USA Today. Maple Timbits, which are maple flavored bite-sized doughnut holes, will also be available throughout the whole month of July.

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    Thursday, 9 February 2017

    high radiation levels discovered at crippled Fukushima plant

    Newly-discovered radiation levels in one of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s reactors are stunningly high, the Japan Times and others have reported. The space is so radioactive that even a robot couldn’t last two hours, let alone a human.
    It was on March 11, 2011, that the coastal power plant in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture was hit by a tidal wave, which not only cut off the plant’s electrical power, also took out the generators that provided its backup power. The natural disaster triggered the meltdown of three reactors at the plant.
    The new readings come from inside reactor two, where the radiation levels are 530 sieverts per hour, according to Tepco, the Tokyo Electric Power Company. That’s highly radioactive— most radiation is measured in thousandths of a sievert, a unit called a millisievert.
    One dental X-ray is just .01 millisievert, according to the Guardian— which also pointed out that 10 sieverts can lead to death.

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    Donald Trump is still abusing women ... with his wife Melania the latest victim

    Donald Trump is still abusing women...with his wife Melania the latest victim. 

    Yet another alleged abuse victim of Donald Trump emerged last night on CNN, and again this morning on Fox — and this time, it was the candidate's own wife, Melania Trump.
    Yes, the would-be First Lady was trotted out for the cameras to deliver, in her own (or her husband's own) words, how proud she is of her husband for standing up to the left-wing media conspiracy against him.
    Huh? Yes, just a few days after the release of a tape on which her husband boasted of sexually abusing women, Melania Trump said it's all a conspiracy because "my husband is kind, he's a gentleman, he cares about people, he cares about women. He is not the man you heard on the tape."

    Actually, he is the man we heard on that tape. And he's the man we've seen in the headlines for decades boasting that sex with him is "the best sex" anyone has ever had. So pretty much everyone believes the allegations of the Cosby-esque binders of women that have testified that Donald Trump's locker-room talk isn't just talk.
    It's pretty clear that Melania herself believes some of the allegations about her husband, admitting on CNN that the tape sounded to her like "two teenage boys (who) should behave better, right?"
    "Sometimes I say I have two boys at home," she said "I have my young son and my husband." (Which one is running for president? It's hard to tell, which is why it's not too late to consider dumping Donald for Barron.)
    Of course, Donald Trump is not the first flailing politician to repulsively trot out his traumatized wife for the cameras. They all do it when they need cover. And Hillary Clinton knows that better than anyone.

    But as in that famous "I'm not Tammy Wynette" moment, the wife isn't typically sent out there to do battle alone. When Hillary stood by her man, at least Bill was sitting there, squirming and having to pretend that he was sorry.
    Melania's only allies were her penthouse view and her gilded Louis XIV chairs. Nothing says, "My husband is a man of the people and this whole thing is a left-wing conspiracy" like a penthouse view and a gilded Louis XIV chair.