U.S., U.K. require airline passengers from multiple countries to pack electronics

Pull up a chair and get comfy on a Dublin street

The U.S. and U.K. governments announced today that passengers from select airports flying into those countries may not carry on almost all electronic devices. Newsweek takes a look at the details and suggests that

officials would not say when the ban would end. The officials also would not say whether the ban is in response to a specific threat or piece of intelligence.

The Intercept thinks that’s a bunch of bull. It suggests raw politics are in play, noting that

The impact of this move will instead fall on nine airlines including Gulf-based carriers that U.S. airlines have been asking President Trump to punish since the day after his election.

The U.S. carriers have long complained that Gulf carriers such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways are unfairly subsidized by their national governments.

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BREAKING: Reuters: Tillerson to skip NATO meeting, will travel to Russia

Reuters posted its story at 9:53 p.m. EDT. It notes that

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs.

Tillerson intends to miss what would be his first meeting in Brussels with the 28 NATO members to attend President Donald Trump’s expected April 6-7 talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, four current and former U.S. officials said.

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CFL fans: What would Kaepernick do during the Canadian national anthem?

Photo: Anthony Moretti 27Nov2016

With news that former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on the Hamilton TiCats negotiating list comes the intriguing possibility that he could play in Canada, if no new NFL options open up.

And that has me thinking: What would Kaepernick do during the Canadian national anthem? Time to vote!

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Colin Kaepernick to the CFL?

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 26Nov2016

Hmmm…now that would be an interesting move.

Could it happen?

3DownNation.com suggests an important step in any effort to bring the former 49ers quarterback to the Canadian Football League has been taken. And if he heads north, so too might another big name NFL player.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ex-Washington Redskin and Cleveland Brown Robert Robert Griffin III are now among the 45 players for whom the Ticats have exclusive CFL rights.

Is it June yet?


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Neo-Nazis in Europe are easier than ever to find

The New York Times issues an important reminder about the revival of Nazism in Europe. It notes that

the broader impact of these groups has been measured in how they have pushed mainstream parties in a more firmly nationalist direction — especially on immigration — to slow the defection of supporters.

These groups are moving the needle, even if just a bit, in their direction because of the attention they are getting. Theirs is a message of hate. Theirs is a message from a past that should have been left in trash.

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Community college students more likely than their counterparts at four-year schools to be…

2016 Military Bowl, 27Dec2016, Wake Forest vs Temple; Photo: Anthony Moretti

…hungry or homeless.

That’s a sad statement.

The details from Marketplace.

large new study sheds some light on the issues many community college students face. According to the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, two in three community college students are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough food.

“One in three have such low levels of food security that they could be considered hungry,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the HOPE Lab and professor of higher education policy at Temple University.

Half of the 33,000 students surveyed faced housing insecurity, and 14 percent were homeless.

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Spare me the wailing and gnashing of teeth about the Russians and our election, unless…

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

…you can show me evidence that the Russians and the Trump campaign successfully worked together to win him the White House.

I want evidence. And so far no one has any.

If the best you’ve got is that the Russians tried to win hearts and minds, to borrow a phrase, then basically you’ve got nothing.

I’m not dismissing the legitimate concerns that Russian propaganda sought to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (And while I agree with almost nothing Donald Trump says, he is spot on when he suggests hers was a rather dull effort.) I also acknowledge the Kremlin is eager to influence elections in Western nations, including the one coming up in Germany. I’m well aware top American politicians assert that “the Russians are not our friends.”

None of that…zero…directly links the Russians to Trump. If you’re angry because the Kremlin wanted Trump to win and got what it wanted, then you need to take your sour grapes elsewhere.

Evidence. That’s all I’m asking for.

Remember what I wrote on the day Trump was inaugurated because the gist of that post then remains true now.

There is a critical point here: No U.S. voting machine was hacked during the election, meaning no actual votes were turned into Trump votes. …

Finally, as you notice your hate for Russia increasing, just remember one very important point: The CIA has been influencing elections — and often successfully — around the world for decades. The medicine is bitter because we ingested it; millions of people around the world long ago had.

I still have faith in the FBI; you’re entitled to your opinion about that agency. Therefore, I trust whatever it finds about the Russians and Trump will allow the American people to determine if Putin and Trump were playing footsie during the 2016 U.S. election season.

If there’s evidence, let’s revisit this issue. If there isn’t, well, you know…let it go.

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