Russia to US On Election Tampering: You're Messing With Ours Too
The following is an excerpt from the larger article it's a well written piece and I recommend reading the entire article
When it comes to accusations that Russia hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election, the Kremlin has consistently denied any involvement.
Now, some Russian officials are pointing the finger at Washington, saying it’s America that is meddling in Moscow’s domestic affairs. In fact, Kremlin officials say, the U.S. has been doing it for years.
Hacking? The Kremlin’s website receives daily attacks initiated “from within U.S. territories,” Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, told reporters earlier this month.
Information warfare and fake news? Washington-funded media outlets like Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America have long run what the Kremlin sees as an anti-Putin propaganda campaign aimed at supporting the Russian opposition.
This week, the Russian parliament’s upper chamber scheduled a hearing to examine the impact of alleged foreign meddling in Russia’s domestic affairs. A new commission was set to focus on “protecting state sovereignty and preventing interference in Russia’s domestic affairs.”
A special report prepared by a parliament committee said American media outlets engaged in biased and “anti-Russia” coverage of Russian parliamentary elections in 2016. Radio Free Europe, Voice of America and CNN in particular were criticized for their stories, which the report claimed unfairly “questioned the democratic nature of the electoral system in Russia.”
“It is difficult to deny that during last year’s parliamentary election campaign, these radio stations that are being financed from the United States were using journalism as a cover to spread one-sided propaganda and disinformation on the Russian electoral process,” said Leonid Levin, a parliamentary deputy who presented the report to the parliament, known as the Duma, in May...
...“There might a small element of tit-for-tat” in the Duma’s decision to create a commission to hold hearings on foreign meddling in Russian affairs, said Maxim V. Bratersky, a professor of international relations at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.
Russians, for the most part, are not paying much attention to the ongoing U.S. hearing and investigations. Opinion polls have shown that few Russians believe the Kremlin was behind the alleged interference, either because they don’t believe their government is capable of exerting such influence in the U.S., or because there is a sense that all countries try to influence their rivals’ politics, so why should Russia not be involved?
Possible Clues Found Into The Origin Of Egyptian Hieroglyphics
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The elegant pictorial writing system of the ancient Egyptians—known as hieroglyphics—has fascinated generations of archeologists. Its precise origins are uncertain. One ancient Egyptian legend holds that the god Thoth handed the gift of writing to a few chosen scribes. A more prosaic modern theory suggests that they derived from rock pictures produced by prehistoric hunting societies wandering the desert.
Now, a new discovery may hold some clues as to how carved images evolved into a formal writing system. According to a Facebook post by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, a new rock inscription site discovered around 60 km south of Luxor in the village of El-Khawy “helps in understanding the development of a system of graphic communication that sets the stage for the appearance of true hieroglyphic writing.”
A rock panel displaying four signs, discovered on a joint Yale and Royal Museums of Art and History (Brussels) expedition, features depictions of a bull’s head on a short pole followed by two back-to-back saddlebill storks with a bald ibis bird above and between them. Yale University’s John Coleman Darnell said in an article on Yale’s website that they constitute “some of the earliest—and largest—signs from the formative stages of the hieroglyphic script.”
According to the Egyptian antiquities ministry statement, “These symbols are not phonetic writing, but appear to provide the intellectual background for moving from depictions of the natural world to hieroglyphs that wrote the sounds of the ancient Egyptian language.”
The inscriptions date back around 5,200 years and each individual sign is about half a meter in height. “This is the first time that anyone has seen them on such a massive scale,” Darnell said. He said the team was “absolutely flabbergasted” by the size of the discovery.
According to Yale, they are significant not only for their unique size, but also because they show that even in its very earliest phases, the use of hieroglyphic writing was widespread and not confined to the offices of dusty bureaucrats as some had previously argued.
“This also suggests that there is a much more expansive use of the early writing system than is indicated from other surviving archeological material,” Darnell said.
The researchers found the inscriptions in the northern desert landscape of Elkab. This area, along with a city called Hierakonpolis across the river, were extremely important settlements in ancient Egypt, Darnell said.
ISIS Funded Philippine Uprising Financier Believed Killed Amid Conflicting Reports
Edited to fix the misnamed country in the story and title thanks for the call out By user Fistings
Last month the Islamic State help to fund an attempted uprising in the Philippine province of Marawi. It is believed the financing of this operation was funneled through a Malaysian man named Mahmud bin Ahmad to the amount of $600,000. This money combined with possible drug money was then used to purchase weapons, food and supplies.
Conflicting reports have come in reporting that Mahmud was injured last month during the fighting and died on the 7th of June, according to military sources. The military report is disputed however by local police chief Khalid Abu Bakar who says he was in the fight but managed to escape.
Currently the militants control four of the originally seized nineteen villages and have lost at least 280 fighters of the estimated 500+local and foreign fighters that began the attacks.
Sen. Rand Paul Slams Republican Healthcare Overhaul Bill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) slammed Senate Republicans' healthcare overhaul bill on Friday, saying that it's grounded in "propping up" insurance companies.
He also called for the creation of a healthcare law that would reduce insurance costs to as little as $1 a day for at least some consumers.
"What I'd like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should," Paul said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The insurance companies make all the money; all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies."
Paul's comments came a day after Republican leaders in the Senate unveiled their highly anticipated plan to repeal and replace large parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Paul is one of four conservative senators to announce their opposition to the bill. Paul and the three other lawmakers largely object because they believe the Senate bill would not do enough to lower premium costs and that it would leave much of ObamaCare in place.
Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes with their 52-member majority and still pass the bill. They also face pressure from senators who are worried the legislation cuts too deeply into Medicaid.
Paul said Friday that the Senate bill fails to address ObamaCare's subsidies to insurance companies, arguing that it continues a trend of "bailing out" insurers.
"I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill. I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn't promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies," he said.
"I mean, we could do this for cars," he added. "New cars are expensive. We could have a car stabilization fund."
Emirati Princesses Convicted in Belgium for Human Trafficking
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said.
The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for human trafficking and degrading treatment, the lawyer, Stephen Monod, said.
He said the defense was pleased the case was finally resolved after nearly a decade.
"Belgian justice has appropriately assessed this case which has generated many misconceptions," he said in a statement.
The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of 165,000 euros ($184,000), with half the sum suspended.
The eight accused did not appear in court throughout the proceedings.
The case was brought after a servant of the family slipped out of the hotel where the women stayed for several months in 2007 and 2008 and complained to Belgian police.
Principality of Hutt River Order to pay Australia £1.8 million in Back Taxes
Australia’s oldest micronation – the Principality of Hutt River – has been ordered to pay more than £1.8 million in taxes after a judge dismissed its legal claims to sovereignty as “gobbledygook".
The ruling by the Supreme Court of Western Australia came just four months after the His Royal Highness Prince Leonard I, the 91-year-old self-proclaimed ruler of the province, abdicated.
The court ruled that Prince Leonard, or Leonard George Casley, and his son Prince Wayne, or Arthur, will have to pay unpaid income tax from June 2006 to November 2013.
Justice Rene Le Miere dismissed Prince Leonard’s claim that he and his late wife Princess Shirley were “non-residents” of Australia for tax purposes.
He dismissed the Prince’s "strange pseudo-legal straw man theory" (which suggests that an individual has two personas and their debts and legal responsibilities belong to the 'straw man' rather than the physical person), saying the legal submissions for the micronation ranged from “merely irrelevant to bizarre”.
"Such as the statement that the (Australian Tax Office) has been utilising a form of torture known as 'Old Hags Nagging'," the judge said.
"Anyone can declare themselves a sovereign in their own home but they cannot ignore the laws of Australia or not pay tax".
"The idea is that an individual's debts, liabilities, taxes and legal responsibilities belong to the straw man rather than the physical individual who incurred those obligations, conveniently allowing one to escape their debts and responsibilities. It is all gobbledygook."
Prince Leonard “seceded” from Australia to form his micronation in 1970 to protest low wheat production quotas imposed by Western Australia’s state government. He anointed himself sovereign but in February stepped down and anointed his son Graeme as ruler.
The 18,000-acre province, about 300 miles north of Perth, has its own postage stamps, currency and visa requirements and has become a major tourist attraction.
The Queen reportedly wrote to Prince Leonard to deliver good wishes for the celebrations marking the micronation’s 46th anniversary after he wrote to congratulate her on her 90th birthday.
Graeme Casley expressed disappointment at the tax decision, saying the province would consider appealing.
"We pay tax where we feel it is due," he told ABC News.
"When Dad had commercial ventures in Western Australia, he paid tax on those. But tax on goods and services here with the principality, which is an independent country, we are surprised they [the Australian Taxation Office] would pursue that."
The Hutt River Principality has been pursued by the ATO since the 1970s.
In 1977 the province declared war on Australia after repeated demands for payments. It withdrew the declaration several days later.