Friday, May 18, 2018

On Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Riyadh's break-even oil price for 2018 is likely to be around $88 a barrel. North Sea Brent is currently trading down around $74 a barrel.

On Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Riyadh's break-even oil price for 2018 is likely to be around $88 a barrel. North Sea Brent is currently trading down around $74 a barrel.

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Transphobic Congressional Hopeful Berates Person Inside Public Restroom

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What a nut bully not seen rr with any gender use? 

Transphobic Congressional Hopeful Berates Person Inside Public Restroom

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jazmina-saavendra-transphobic-bathroom-viral-video_us_5afdba36e4b0779345d720f9

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Fox News: Ex-Playboy model, child die after falling out of New York City hotel, reports say


Ex-Playboy model, child die after falling out of New York City hotel, reports say
Fox News

The woman who plunged to her death Friday along with her 7-year-old child after falling off of a New York City penthouse suite has been identified as former Playboy centerfold model Stephanie Adams. Read the full story


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

: Arab Intel Says Saudi Crown Prince Likely Killed in Coup

Thu May 17, 2018 2:57
Daily: Arab Intel Says Saudi Crown Prince Likely Killed in Coup
Daily: Arab Intel Says Saudi Crown Prince Likely Killed in Coup
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely dead after an assassination attempt on his life last month, a Persian-language daily reported claiming intel from the security service of an Arab state.

According to the Persian-language newspaper, Keyhan, a secret service report sent to the senior officials of an unnamed Arab state disclosed that bin Salman has been hit by two bullets during the April 21 attack on his palace, adding that he might well be dead as he has never appeared in the public eversince.

Heavy gunfire was heard near the Saudi King's palace in Riyadh Saudi Arabia on April 21, while King Salman was taken to a US bunker at an airbase in the city.

A growing number of videos surfaced the media at the time displaying that a heavy gunfire erupted around King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's palace in the capital, Riyadh.

Reports said the king and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were evacuated to a bunker at an airbase in the city that is under the protection of the US troops.

While Saudi officials and media were quiet over the incident, there were contradicting reports over the incident. Witnesses and residents of the neighborhoods near the palace said a coup was underway, adding that the soldiers attacking the palace were guided by footage and intel they were receiving from a drone flying over the palace.

Saudi opposition members claimed that "a senior ground force officer has led a raid on the palace to kill the king and the crown prince".

Videos also showed that a growing number of armored vehicles were deployed around the palace. 'Bin Salman's special guard' then took charge of security in the capital. Riyadh's sky was then closed to all civil and military flights as military helicopters from 'Bin Salman's special guard' were flying over the palace.

Bin Salman was a man who almost often appeared before the media but his 27-day absence since the gunfire in Riyadh has raised questions about his health.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has witnessed a series of radical political changes over the past year as Mohammed bin Salman ousted his cousin as crown prince and jailed well-known princes in an anti-corruption purge.

Moreover, bin Salman oversees social and economic reforms that have been censured by several powerful Wahhabi clerics.

Saudi Arabia is also embroiled in a long running conflict in its Southern neighbor Yemen, dubbed by the United Nations as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Notably, bin Salman made no media appearance during the April 28 visit of the newly-appointed US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to Riyadh, his first foreign trip as the top US diplomat.

During his stay in Riyadh, Saudi media outlets published images of Pompeo's meetings with King Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

This is while the state-run outlets used to publish images of meetings in Riyadh between bin Salman and former US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

A few days after the April 21 incident, Saudi media published footage and images of bin Salman meeting several Saudi and foreign officials. But the date of the meetings could not be verified, so the release of the videos could be aimed at dispelling rumors about bin Salman's conditions.

It is not clear if bin Salman's disappearance is due to reasons such as him feeling threatened or being injured in the incident.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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What Karl Marx Got Right -- And One Big Thing He Got Wrong

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What Karl Marx Got Right -- And One Big Thing He Got Wrong

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-kuttner-marx-birthday_us_5aef7840e4b0c4f19323e376

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Re: POLITICO: Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on

Publicity and staying on the headlines is oxygen to Giuliani. He considers himself no less than "The Terminator of the 9/11 drama". He will do more harm to Trump than good.

Things are likely to get more stormier progressively, as the Mueller's inevitable subpoena nears. This is the month.

And yet, come to think of it, what is unfolding is really nothing compared to what was happening this time exactly 20 years ago.
We all have short memories, even without Sir Alzheimer's!

Remember Ken Starr (he would love to dive in again) and Clinton redefining sex in the courtroom by saying that he had only inserted a cigar tube inside, not his manhood? Turned out to be a lie and he was impeached. The blue dress (with the stain) did not make it to the laundry after all. Monica is a celebrity now and Stormy Daniels is hoping to get that upgrade as well - soon.

The circus continues to perform well and entertain us!


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Subject: POLITICO: Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on


Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on
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The recent shakeups of the president's personal and White House legal teams have done little to calm things down amid escalating questions about hush money payments. Read the full story

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POLITICO: Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on


Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on
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The recent shakeups of the president's personal and White House legal teams have done little to calm things down amid escalating questions about hush money payments. Read the full story


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Ventura County Star: Moorpark insurance agent arrested on suspicion of helping steal $700,000

From Ventura County Star:
Moorpark insurance agent arrested on suspicion of helping steal $700,000
A Moorpark insurance agent was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies after helping defraud a victim with dementia, authorities allege.

http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/moorpark/2018/05/07/moorpark-insurance-agent-arrested-suspicion-helping-steal-700-000/588795002/
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A black customer was asked to prepay for his meal. Now, the restaurant has to pay him thousands https://www.cnn.com

A black customer was asked to prepay for his meal. Now, the restaurant has to pay him thousands
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/30/world/toronto-restaurant-discrimination-trnd/index.html


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The Wall Street Journal: The Beginning of the End for Those Tiny Shampoo Bottles


The Beginning of the End for Those Tiny Shampoo Bottles
The Wall Street Journal

Hotels switch to wall-mounted dispensers to save money and plastic, but risk the wrath of travelers used to their routines. Read the full story

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The Beginning of the End for Those Tiny Shampoo Bottles
Hotels switch to wall-mounted dispensers to save money and plastic, but risk the wrath of travelers used to their routines
Those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash in hotels—icons of travel—are disappearing, replaced by bulk dispensers mounted on shower walls. And some travelers are in a lather.
Marriott is switching to larger bottles in wall-mounted racks in 450 hotels at five brands and plans to expand to 1,500 hotels in North America by January. InterContinental Hotels Group is rolling out wall-mounted bulk dispensers at four brands this year. IHG's upscale Kimpton brand already uses big bottles in showers.
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Even a detail as tiny as a 1-ounce bottle can fire up travelers, meaning hotels must put real thought into tweaks like this. Just last week, the musician Halsey sparked a debate when complaining on Twitter that hotels don't address the needs of minority guests with the shampoos they provide.
Hotels say bulk dispensers cost less and are better for the environment—billions of half-full bottles get thrown away every year. Think of it as roughly 1,000 bottles for every hotel room, multiplied by more than 5 million hotel rooms in the U.S.
Some customers, especially families packing into rooms, want more than the squirts you can get out of little bottles. Several chains have studied bottle behavior carefully and discovered many travelers find the wall-mounted pumps easier to use. You don't have to get out of the shower wet if you forget to bring bottles over from the sink. The bulk dispensers end the struggle to read small print without glasses or fish a bottle cap out of the drain.
But some road warriors say wall-mounted racks look low-class. They're steamed that removing their prized individual bottles looks like just another in a long string of amenity cuts from hotels, like mouthwash, stationery, sewing kits and pens.
"What's next, getting rid of the packs of coffee and making us scoop out of a can?" says Dennis Lennox, a strategic communications consultant from Detroit who spends more than 200 nights a year in hotels. "I think it's cheap, incredibly cheap."
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Sometimes bulk dispensers are empty, he says. But Mr. Lennox's bigger complaint is that, like many travelers, he collects toiletries and other giveaway hotel products and delivers them to a homeless shelter.
Marriott says its change allows it to offer higher-quality bath products at lower cost and reduce waste. Starwood Hotels had bulk dispensers on shower walls at some brands, and Marriott has learned from that after it merged with Starwood.
The change to larger 8.5-ounce bottles includes an upgrade to Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree product line at Marriott brands.
And the landfill waste can be significant, says Liam Brown, who is responsible for Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites in the Americas. Little bottles are never refilled and rarely recycled. The initial 450 properties where Marriott will make the change use 10.3 million little bottles a year, or 113,000 pounds of plastic, he says. When the change reaches 1,500 hotels it means 34.5 million bottles, or 375,000 pounds of plastic a year.
Savings will be small, Mr. Brown says, at about $2,000 a hotel a year. But Marriott says it did extensive testing and believes the wall-mounted bottles will work better. Mr. Brown says high-end spas, including Marriott's own Ritz-Carlton spa showers, use bulk dispensers.
"This is certainly not an arbitrary decision," he says. "I don't think that anybody would perceive it as a budget or a downgrade. Certainly in the testing we did, it did not come across that way."
Hotels say dispensers are locked and tamper-resistant to prevent sabotage. Most are designed with some clear plastic so housekeeping staffers can see how much remains. Many hotels outside the U.S. use wall-mounted dispensers, some only offering one all-purpose soap/shampoo.
New York City-based finance professional Sydney Chun thinks Marriott's new Tea Tree pump bottles will remind people of using soap dispensers in a public restroom. But there are benefits, she says. She has long hair and needs a minimum of two hotel-sized bottles to cover her hair, so having big bottles helps.
"It does get old to call the front desk and ask" for more, she says.
Some chains are bucking this trend. Choice Hotels, a group of 6,800 franchised hotels mostly under budget brands, says it has decided to stick with small bottles. Customer feedback is mixed, Choice says. Hotel guests often don't believe the communal bottles are clean, full and well-maintained.
"Guests really want to get to their hotel room, including their bathroom, and not see any evidence of anybody else having been there," says Anne Smith, Choice's vice president of brand management and design.
Noelle Nicolai, who leads marketing for Wyndham Hotel Group's upscale brands, likens bath products to bread at restaurants. If it's mediocre, you forget it.
"If done right, it can be one of the top drivers of delight and guest satisfaction," she says.
Wyndham did extensive research and decided to increase the size of some of its bottles from 30 milliliters to 50 milliliters to encourage guests to take them home.
"Maintaining that bottle experience…was really important to us," Ms. Nicolai says.
Wyndham and most other large hotel companies send leftover soap that's been sanitized and repackaged to a charity called Clean the World for recycling.
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