Rand Paul owns self once again over election security

first_imgIn June, 2019, they blocked legislation requiring presidential campaigns to report offers from foreign government for election assistance to the FBI. Nope. Trump might have needed Putin, so no go there. They did it again a few months later, blocking three different bills that would have helped states beef up their security and try to limit foreign interference.They even blocked a bill sponsored by one of their own members, Sen. Marco Rubio, to deter foreign interference with the promise of harsh sanctions, and two more to boot.So spare us the scaremongering now, Rand and every other Republican. We dodged a bullet this time. States were able to mostly scrabble together their elections, and the fact that it was so hugely mail-in, the possibilities for Russian hacking were minimal. That’s no thanks at all to any Republican.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – After the pandemic hit, Democrats in the House and Senate tried to pass legislation to help states deal with what Paul and Republicans are screaming fraud over now—a massive wave of mail-in ballots spurred by voter safety concerns over COVID-19. That included funding specifically for risk-limiting audits, $20 million for it, in fact. Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even think about bringing that to the floor. Republicans called it part of her “liberal wish list.” Securing elections from the supposed “fraud” they’re now trying to hype.Before the pandemic, the issue that was topmost in was foreign election meddling. Special counsel Robert Mueller warned about it in the summer of 2019. FBI Director Christopher Wray warned about it earlier this year. But for a solid who years, McConnell and team had been fighting even modest efforts to prevent it.- Advertisement –last_img read more

World leaders mark UN at 75, challenged by pandemic and US, China tensions

first_imgThe coronavirus emerged in China late last year, and Washington accuses Beijing of a lack of transparency that it says worsened the outbreak. China denies the US assertions.In an apparent swipe at the United States, China’s president, Xi Jinping, said on Monday: “No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself. Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world. Unilateralism is a dead end.”Xi’s remarks were not in the video he recorded for the meeting. They were included in a longer statement that the Chinese UN mission said was submitted to the world body.China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism as President Donald Trump’s disregard for international cooperation led to Washington’s quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the UN Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization (WHO). World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member body.As COVID-19 began to spread around the world earlier this year, forcing millions of people to shelter at home and devastating economies, countries turned inward and diplomats say the United Nations struggled to assert itself.Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China hit the boiling point over the pandemic, spotlighting Beijing’s bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington’s traditional leadership. Topics :center_img The deputy US ambassador to the United Nations, Cherith Norman Chalet, told the General Assembly that the world body had in many ways proven to be a “successful experiment, but “there are also reasons for concern.””The United Nations has for too long been resistant to meaningful reform, too often lacking in transparency, and too vulnerable to the agenda of autocratic regimes and dictatorships,” she said.The US withdrawal from the WHO came after Trump accused the agency of being a puppet of China, a claim the WHO denied.”THEM AND US”Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “increasing discord” in the international community was sparked by some countries meddling in the domestic affairs of other states and imposing unilateral sanctions – a veiled dig at Washington.”The world is tired of dividing lines, dividing states into them and us. The world requires increasing multilateral assistance and cooperation,” he said.The pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Today we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions,” he said.The Security Council took months to back a call by Guterres for a global ceasefire – to allow countries to focus on fighting COVID-19 – due to bickering between China and the United States.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the interests of individual member states had “too often” forced the United Nations to lag behind its ideals.”Those who believe that they can get along better alone are mistaken. Our wellbeing is something that we share – our suffering too. We are one world,” she told the General Assembly.Several leaders called for a reform of the United Nations and in particular the 15-member Security Council, arguing it was unfair that the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain were the only permanent veto-wielding powers.”A council structure that leaves the fate of more than 7 billion people to the mercy of five countries is neither fair nor sustainable,” Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, said.The one-day special event on Monday comes ahead of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, which starts on Tuesday with no presidents or prime ministers physically present in New York. All statements have been pre-recorded and will be broadcast in the General Assembly hall.The United Nations was created when countries came together after World War Two to prevent another such conflict. While there has not been a World War Three, leaders adopted a statement on Monday acknowledging “moments of disappointment.””All this calls for greater action, not less,” the statement said.last_img read more

Gold Coast property’s wicked backyard wows with custom theme park

first_imgYes, the dinosaur will be sold with the house.LJ Hooker Nerang agent Julie Morgan-Kemp said the owners, who had three children, wanted to create a family-friendly haven where they didn’t need to leave home to find entertainment. “The husband is a big kid at heart and always loved the idea of a skate park,” she said. “They had some spare cash grabbed the skateboard and said ‘how far can we take it?’“It’s the sort of property that gets the kids off the iPad and Xbox and gets them outside where they should be.” MORE: Where you can buy in Australia based on your salary Gold Coast backyard home to professional basketball half-court MORE NEWS: Playing field between renters and landlords evens out The property at 6-8 Parma Court, Mt Nathan, is packed full of fun. The residences have been recently renovated.The 1.1ha property at 6-8 Parma Court, Mt Nathan, has two residences — the main home and a guesthouse, plus a home office and shed with two shipping containers, which have been converted into storage and a man cave. The main four-bedroom house has had a recent renovation and features a stylish kitchen with a Steel Combi steam oven, designer fixtures, timber accents and an ensuited main bedroom. MORE NEWS: Inside the charity home that will help sick and premature babies Where the world’s biggest celebrities stay when they’re in Australia More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Most expensive house ever for sale in US gets $100m discount The fully equipped theme park-like backyard also features a tree fort, carousel swing and a pool with a slide, colourful soft rubber surrounds and a friendly giant dinosaur who is set to stay. Wildlife, including wallabies, also frequent the grounds, which feature impressive gardens, fruit tress and a pond flush with fish. It will be like living at a holiday resort everyday. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The sandpit is enclosed for year-round use.Ms Morgan-Kemp said the owners had a saying that fit perfectly with the house — ‘a family that plays together, stays together’. “They have spent a lot of years creating this but now want to create their next adventure and will be travelling around Australia for the next three to five years,” she said. The property has previously been approved for subdivision and also features covered parking for six cars, a $10,000 security system and two street access points.It is set to head under the hammer on August 24, with prior offers being considered. This Gold Coast backyard is every kids’ dream!We’re calling it — this is Australia’s coolest backyard. This Gold Coast property takes the average pool, sandpit and swing set to the next level of ‘theme park-style’ awesomeness.There’s a chance to harness your inner Tony Hawk on a professionally designed and built skate park with a viewing deck, shade sails, flood lighting and a basketball ring. RELATED: Acreage estate home to mini skate park The skate park takes the house from cool to fully sick. There are so many different play areas to explore. The guest cottage has potential to be leased out as a bed and breakfast. The second residence has the potential to become a bed and breakfast and offers one bedroom with built-in bunk beds, a kitchen, living area, separate powder room and covered deck. The detached office could also be a third residence and has a kitchenette, living area, bathroom and bedroom. The property is set to go to auction on August 24. “They want to know they have the right buyer, someone with the same passion and love for the property as they have. “This property will give you whatever your needs are, the whole family is catered for it’s not just about the kids.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Firefox Block sites outside Firefox containers extensions

first_imgFirefox: Block sites outside Firefox containers extensions by Martin Brinkmann on February 28, 2019 in Firefox – 13 commentsBlock sites outside container is a new extension for the Firefox web browser that extend the container functionality of the browser.Containers, first introduced as a Test Pilot experiment for Firefox and later on released as the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension, allow users to separate sites and local date from each other. Useful applications include using Containers to sign-in to multiple accounts, e.g. Gmail, Twitter, or Facebook, at once, or to limit tracking.Another thing that makes the container functionality great in Firefox is that extension developers may improve it. We reviewed several extensions designed to improve Container functionality in the past: Temporary Containers, Facebook Containers, Containers with Transitions, or Taborama are just a few of the extensions that do so.Note that you don’t need the Multi-Account Containers extension to use Block sites outside container. You cannot create or manage containers using it though.Block sites outside containerBlock sites outside container introduces two new features to containers in Firefox.Block any site from loading outside their designated container(s).Allow sites to run in multiple containers.The second use case is explained easily. You can force sites to open in specific containers using the Firefox Multi-Account Container extension. What you cannot do using it is specify that you want sites to run in multiple containers only.Block sites outside container changes that as you may set up rules to allow sites to run in multiple containers exclusively.The blocking option prevents sites from loading outside their designated container(s). Means: any attempt to load embedded content, say a YouTube video, Twitter or Facebook buttons, or other embedded content, fails.The extension displays an error page when you attempt to load a site that has been blocked in a particular container.You may load it in a different container if you have set up a rule that allows the site to load in a different container. Other options on the page include disabling the entire rule set, or to enable the current container in the rule set.Embedded content is blocked automatically.ConfigurationConfiguration is straightforward but unfortunately a bit clunky. Open the Firefox Add-ons Manager and select the Block sites outside container extension.Select new rule to create the first rule. Rules use a combination of domain names and containers they are allowed to run in. Add a domain per line and select the containers you want the domain(s) to run in afterward.A red border means that the sites are not allowed to run in that container; this is the default setting. You need to specify at least one container for the extension to work, unless you want to prevent a site from running in any container or outside of it.Repeat the process to add new rule sets to the extension. You will notice that each is appended to the bottom of the page; manageability is not great if you set up a lot of rules but you may use the on-page find option of the browser to jump to specific rules quickly.Another issue that you may run into in the current version is that the container listing gets truncated if the container count reaches certain thresholds.Rule sets can be deleted or set to inactive at any time in the rules.Closing WordsBlock sites outside container is a useful extension for Firefox users who use Containers in the browser or did not use them because of missing functionality that the extension adds.Setup is a bit complicated because of how rules are displayed and managed, but it is likely that the developer will address these issues in future versions.Now You: Do you use Containers?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 5 votes Software Name Block sites outside containerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/block-sites-outside-container/ Advertisementlast_img read more