The sacking of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last night by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was to be the subject of today’s post. However, thing’s aren’t going to plan. The post is not going to be worthy of public viewing today. Further, I’m going to be busy in the real world for the next few days. So my disgust at this whole situation is going to have to mostly pass without comment. And as I’m not going to be able to do a Proper Post for another few days, I’m reverting to a Tweets Post.
There is one piece of good news re Heather’s Homilies though. The site is now secure. You can see the wee padlock icon in the left of the address bar, and the change from http to https in the address itself. I’m very happy about this, and I know many of you will prefer this too.
Another story that I was planning to tackle is the situation in Britain with the murder of Russian emigrés by Russia. It’s not the first time of course, and I doubt it will be the last. It appears clear that these murders came at the direction of President Putin himself. Perhaps one of you lawyers can help with this questions I have. Can there be a charge of murder against Putin in The Hague? I know the International Criminal Court is for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Surely Putin’s actions are crimes against humanity? If the ICC can’t do anything, what can be done? Does it matter that Russia withdrew from the ICC? I assume that even if his crimes meet the criteria, that means there will be no charges.
And in the meantime, Putin is about to succeed in Russia’s election. Russians know the election isn’t fair, but they don’t seem to care. (I have data on that, but it’ll have to wait.)
And that’s a useful segue to the case of the Philippines. President Duterte’s war on drugs, which of course involves the approval of multiple extra-judicial murders, has seen the ICC charge him with a crime against humanity. Duterte’s response was to withdraw the Philippines from the ICC. I note there are several people in the US criticizing this move by Duterte. While I agree with the criticism, it’s pretty hypocritical of them. George W Bush did the same with the US in 2002, which was a disgraceful move in my opinion.
Here are the current members:
As can be seen from the map, it is largely the countries that are abusing international law that are not members of the ICC.
Very interesting. I’ve just been re-watching a documentary series about the rise of Hitler. It’s amazing how many parallels there are between the way Trump has taken power and the way Hitler did it. I’m not saying they are the same sort of people necessarily – I’m just comparing the process. There’s no doubt though that more than any other demographic, it’s authoritarians who are attracted to Trump.
(Via Ann German.)
Interesting to note that the very same kinds of “personality tests” used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest Facebook data were developed in the 1940s to identify potential fascists. https://t.co/0QN3UZO9Y1
— Annalee Newitz (@Annaleen) March 17, 2018
The video in this tweet is c. 1 hr 20 mins, and I didn’t watch it. I just saw the beginning couple of minutes. It’s of General Michael Flynn, convicted felon, still in his uniform, getting a long standing ovation and more, as he arrives and is introduced in stellar terms, at a fundraiser for Republican candidate Omar Navarro.
Michael Flynn (convicted felon) gets a standing ovation at a republican fundraising event.
Andrew McCabe (defended America from terrorist threats post 9/11) gets fired without a pension.
This is a shining example of what the republican party has become.https://t.co/ByCbYUu1Jk
— #MarchForOurLives (@KaniJJackson) March 17, 2018
Gun Safety Tweets
One of the amazing Parkland shooting survivors.
Stoneman Douglas student tells 60 Minutes why arming teachers is “stupid.” Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of last month’s school shooting in Florida, is fighting for gun safety. But there’s one proposal she doesn’t want to see implemented.https://t.co/aQ1wIRcgkK pic.twitter.com/FF5MeUKyRh
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 16, 2018
Human Rights Tweets
Another brave woman in Iran. Change is coming there I think. It may take a few more years, but the women’s movement is strong and increasing in strength. Unlike many other countries in the region, a lot of Iranian women have experience of democracy and freedom. That makes a difference.
فيلم ارسالي:اجازه تكخواني به يك دختر را در ندادند ببینید خشم این زن چگونه منفجر ميشود
This video from Iran to #WhiteWednesdays shows the anger of a brave woman berating the audience after a femal student was prevented from singing solo in a performance.#myforbiddenvoice pic.twitter.com/9F8cZav6Jt
— My Stealthy Freedom (@masihpooyan) March 17, 2018
Protect your info!
(Via Ann German.)
What you should know: never take surveys on Facebook, or basically click on anything from Facebook that may even remotely be granting permission to anyone to use your data. Which is just about everything — especially surveys. https://t.co/DY85f82DzT
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) March 17, 2018
I’ve seen this before, but I’m glad to get the opportunity to post it again. Franklin Graham really is a revolting pile of scum.
(Via Ann German.)
i have nothing else to add to this. ???? pic.twitter.com/YaLkSkCVAX
— natalie ???????? (@vancityrockgirl) March 17, 2018
This is bloody brilliant! best thing I’ve seen in a long time! This idea needs to quickly move all over the world! I hope several someones in New Zealand take it up, especially in places where there isn’t enough housing, or it’s too expensive. Millions of people who can’t afford homes could afford one of these homes.
This company is 3D printing affordable homes in just 24 hours pic.twitter.com/nKA9MNwrKY
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 17, 2018
Wow! No need to pray for your arm to grow back. Science has got this!
(Via Ann German.)
— White Rabbit Project (@RabbitProjectTV) March 7, 2017
I’m sure she means well …
— jamie (@gnuman1979) March 17, 2018
Women and the internet.
Author Claire L. Evans wants the tech world to remember that women are responsible for turning programming into an ‘art form’ pic.twitter.com/y2ryZ8NTUg
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 18, 2018
Oh dear! ????
Don’t put lights on palm trees. pic.twitter.com/Wbh4JGVprK
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) March 17, 2018
Beautiful. I could be very happy living here.
— Architecture (@archpics) March 17, 2018
The last photo of Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/s1Lf60wZmJ
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) March 17, 2018
Turtles are so cute! I wish I was this guy!
This guy kept finding newborn baby sea turtles who had gotten lost in the sand. He figured out the cutest way to help them get all the way to the ocean! ????❤???? pic.twitter.com/hUiKvrkkTN
— The Dodo (@dodo) March 18, 2018
I’d like to see it all in one pic, but it’s still cool.
How deep the ocean really is pic.twitter.com/44lDsewZhQ
— World and Science (@WorldAndScience) March 17, 2018
Other Animals Tweets
A dream come true!
A real mud bath with a very sweet baby elephant…♥???????? pic.twitter.com/lqMLxeMp7U
— Stefano S. Magi (@StefanodocSM) March 17, 2018
The SWCC Hedgehog Hospital is continuing to do a wonderful job caring for our prickly friends.
Sebastian and Derek are both doing well and now over 800g! Thank you all for your ‘get well’ messages! Here is Sebastian ???? pic.twitter.com/vGEqHHwJIl
— SWCC Hedgehogs (@SWCCHedgehogs) March 17, 2018
Isn’t it lovely?! I didn’t know there was such a thing as a pink robin.
Pink Robin pic.twitter.com/ixBnORyOL9
— Life on Earth ???? (@planetepics) March 17, 2018
Another robin. I wish it was Batman to the rescue!
— Amy Carparelli (@AmyAmylou1993) March 16, 2018
I wonder why corgis lie like this?!
1 corgi, 2 corgi, 3 corgi, 4 corgi. pic.twitter.com/nV35YbV05V
— Life on Earth ???? (@planetepics) March 18, 2018
That’s the cutest kitten!
I’ve got my thinking cat on. pic.twitter.com/VHXtzYwtEj
— Pure Nature (@PureNature17) March 18, 2018
Gorgeous animals! And there’s a next generation!
(Via Ann German.)
— Viv K (@viv_iam) March 17, 2018
Profiles in sweetness!
“Yes mom … it’s ok now … I’m fine … “
Via cocolog_cat #instagram
— The Cult Cat (@Elverojaguar) March 17, 2018
This cat shows the appropriate level of interest …
What is it? And why do I love it? pic.twitter.com/GMIMUUqNNw
— Emergency Kittens (@EmrgencyKittens) March 17, 2018
What a cutie!
Happy weekend Twitter-Friends…???? pic.twitter.com/3jvdFisBRt
— Marie Nassar (@marienassar_) March 17, 2018
This mother cat is nursing two orphaned kittens who desperately need her help ???? pic.twitter.com/IIl1qpMfoE
— The Dodo (@dodo) March 17, 2018
Poor boy. ????
Just a rescued black jaguar trying to figure out what to do with his day pic.twitter.com/1mgCyd3X5k
— Nature is Amazing ???? (@AMAZlNGNATURE) March 17, 2018
“Kitty wants her toy” pic.twitter.com/mifPRsPTBk
— Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) March 18, 2018
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