Hillary Clinton criticized by US State Department on emails


This video from the USA says about itself:

“Significant Security Risks”: State Department Says Clinton Broke Rules Using Private Email Server

26 May 2016

An internal government watchdog has concluded Hillary Clinton broke government rules by using a private email server without approval while she was secretary of state. That was the key finding of a long-awaited report by the State Department inspector general. The report concluded that Clinton would not have been allowed to use a private server in her home had she asked department officials in charge of information security, because it posed “significant security risks.”

This contradicts claims by Clinton that use of a home server was allowed and that no permission was needed. The report also criticized Clinton for not properly preserving emails she wrote and received on her personal account. According to the report, Clinton and eight of her deputies, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, declined to be interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation. Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business is also the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation. We speak to journalist Michael Tracey.

State Department criticizes Clinton on e-mails


This video from the USA says about itself:

State Department Report Criticizes Hillary Clinton’s Email Practices | MSNBC

25 May 2016

The State Department Inspector General is out with the report on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. NBC News has obtained that report.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

State Dept. inspector general report sharply criticizes Clinton’s email practices

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger May 25 at 10:18 AM

The State Department’s independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the “security risks in doing so.”

The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.

The report says Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner, should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office.

[Here are the most critical parts of the report]

The report found that a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel. …

The 83-page report reviews email practices by five secretaries of state and generally concludes that record keeping has been spotty for years.

What will be consequences of this be? Will it be like for CIA boss General Petraeus, who got just a slap on the wrist for handing over state secrets to his paramour/biographer? Will it be like for Private First Class Chelsea Manning, who was confined to torture jails for decades for whistleblowing on United States war crimes in Iraq?

What will the consequences be for the presidential campaign?

Hillary Clinton’s email problems just got much worse: here.

STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL SLAMS CLINTON IN EMAIL REPORT The new report continues to chip away at Hillary Clinton’s weakness: “Voters just don’t trust her.” [Reuters]

Respect Award, thank you Robert!


Respect Award

Robert Matthew Goldstein has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Respect Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture, my dear blogging friend!

The “Respect” Award is a personal award, made by Robert Goldstein, for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect.

You don’t have to do anything for this award.

You can choose to copy the Award Picture and give the award to the people who have earned your respect; or you can do nothing.

This is a way of saying thank you. You have earned my respect.

My nominees for the Respect Award are:

1. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

2. W&J Travel Diary

3. Miss Ayo Délé

4. quercuscommunity

5. Kintal

6. Nomadic Thinking

7. Raves & Reviews

8. Annette Rochelle Aben

9. LoriGreerinPortland

10. Asha’s Blog…

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to everyone!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. atrangizindagi,eksafar

2. Mix Bag of Interest

3. Cornish bird blog

4. All Things Green

5. Documented Wanderlust

6. Ella Robson

7. moco-choco

8. Le coccinelle volano

9. globetrottingteen

10. Joshi Daniel Photography

Canadian dating site helping United States refugees from Trump presidency


This video from the USA says about itself:

Dating Site Offers New Way To Escape Trump Presidency

12 May 2016

Are you worried about a Trump presidency? Do you wish that you could move to Canada? Well a new dating site might have the solution for you. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“For single Americans terrified by the prospect of President Trump, a new dating site called “Maple Match” offers one way out: date a Canadian.

“Maple Match makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency,” the site’s homepage romantically proclaims.

Though marrying a Canadian does not automatically grant Canadian citizenship, the promise of finding love in a country where Donald Trump will never be president has already lured in 35,000 hits—and the site isn’t even active yet.”

Read more here.

Canadian ruling elite divided over prospect of Trump presidency: here.

United States birds’ nests’ webcam update


This 7 May 2016 video shows baby red-tailed hawks near the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

While watching the ever-entertaining hawk nestlings at our Cornell Hawks nest you may have noticed that the main view seems different. Unfortunately, the main camera that could zoom and move around went offline unexpectedly and could not be repaired; thankfully our backup cam continues to bring us audio and video from the nest! Depending on funding, we’ll aim to replace the entire camera setup after the end of the breeding season—till then, enjoy the views from cam 2!

Meanwhile, the California Condor nestling now spends the majority of its day solo in the cliffside cavity. Its parents visit throughout the day for feedings, preening, and bonding, and the chick has begun spending nights alone as well. The adults are often nearby, perching outside the entrance (out of view from the cam) or in nearby trees. Biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been able to track the male #509 flying repeatedly to a foraging spot nearly 65 miles away and back to provision the chick! If you missed our Q&A with biologists be sure to watch the replay. We hope to offer more opportunities to connect throughout the nesting season.

Finally, we’ve been watching a dramatic and confusing first few weeks at the Hellgate Osprey nest. Multiple Ospreys landed on the nest, different males mating with the resident female Iris, and a total of four eggs laid, Iris has settled into the breeding season with a new mate. He may be a young male, as he appears less experienced at mating and nestbuilding than Iris’ previous mate Stanley (who has not been seen yet this season). There’s still a chance that Stanley may return, but for now it appears that Iris and her new mate are staking their claim to the nest site along the Clark Fork river. Should be an interesting season!

Facebook censorship of Turkish-Dutch politician


Keklik Yücel, ANP photo

In Turkey, dictatorial president Erdogan tries to stop being criticized, by, eg, censoring and jailing journalists.

In Germany, the government of Chancellor Merkel tries to stop criticism of their NATO and anti-refugee deal ally Erdogan by giving the green light for persecution of comedian Böhmermann who had written a satirical poem on Erdogan.

Today, NOS TV in the Netherlands reports that Facebook has deleted the account of Turkish Dutch member of parliament Keklik Yücel.

Ms Yücel is a critic of Erdogan. Even though the leaders of her party, the PvdA party, officially ‘social democratic’ junior partners in a right-wing government, support the anti-refugee deal between the European Union and Erdogan. Many rank and file PvdA members oppose that deal.

Now, it seems that one of Erdogan’s attack dogs has moaned and informed about Ms Yücel to Facebook. And that Facebook has gone along with that attack dog by deleting Ms Yücel’s page. This is not by any means the first example of Facebook censorship.

UPDATE: after protests Facebook has restored Ms Yücel’s account. They refused to say why they had deleted it; but people suspect it was because of an item about (lack of) free speech in Turkey.