A Thai diver died in the rescue effort. In social media, the coach has been pilloried as irresponsible. On Saturday, the former monk owned the mistake. The last of the boys emerged safely from the cave Tuesday.
Soon, we will learn more about how they survived in the dank, dark caverns. But what may linger long after the headlines is a global lesson from Thai parents in how to practice respect and forgiveness.
Now to our five selected stories, including a rare collaboration to save the greater sage-grouse in Wyoming, an innovative journalism team in Michigan, and teaching life skills to children in Bangladesh. The question of judicial impartiality may have been a veiled fiction, as some legal scholars say. But the removal of that veil when it comes to Supreme Court and other nominations could result in a polarized judicial branch.
The promise of reliable conservative nominees represents a shift that concerns some court-watchers. Kavanaugh — who clerked for Kennedy — would be a more reliable vote, experts say.
Circuit — made him an early frontrunner to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement last month.
He consulted closely with the Federalist Society, a network of conservative legal scholars, and Justice Gorsuch represents a fulfillment of that promise, having established himself as one of the more conservative members of the high court in his first full term. Experts say Kavanaugh, also vetted and approved by the Federalist Society, is likely to tread a similar path. But the promise of reliable conservative nominees represents a concerning shift for some court watchers.
Kavanaugh — who clerked for Kennedy and has a long judicial record favoring a broad view of the First Amendment, deference to presidential power, and restricting the power of federal agencies — would be a more reliable vote for conservatives on many of those issues, experts say. As conservative as his record suggests he is — Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, positioned him somewhere between Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts, while Ed Whelan of the National Review likened him to conservative Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — some Republicans voiced doubts about Kavanaugh prior to his nomination.
Some observers thought his close ties to the George W. Senate Democrats are gearing up for a bitter confirmation fight. They would be best served by focusing their opposition more on the big picture: How Kavanaugh would change the court compared with how it operated with Kennedy, said Ricki Seidman, a senior White House aide in the Clinton and Obama administrations, in a webinar Tuesday organized by the American Constitution Society.
Will the goal be to add seats to the court, and will [it] just be a constant tug of war until someone sits down and says is there a more sensitive way to do this? While Kavanaugh would likely be a more reliably conservative justice than Kennedy, nominating reliable candidates to the high court is something Republican and Democratic presidents have been doing for decades, says Professor Somin. From the s through the early s, justices were not so reliably aligned with the presidents who appointed them, Lee Epstein and Eric Posner write in The New York Times.
The last justice to drift from the party that nominated him was David Souter, who was nominated by former President George H. Kennedy went on to author every major opinion the Supreme Court issued on expanding the rights of LGBTQ people, including the decision that found same-sex marriage constitutional. In he joined the team of Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton. He ended up authoring several sections of Mr.
Those experiences helped inform his views on executive power, and when that power should be checked. But some of the more than opinions he authored while on the D.
Circuit will come under scrutiny as well. In 12 years on the appeals court, he has proven to be a staunch originalist — the judicial philosophy, favored by the Federalist Society, that calls for interpreting as the Framers would have — in the mold of Gorsuch and Justice Scalia. His dissent in the case of the unaccompanied minor who got an abortion has led some to believe he would vote to overturn Roe v. Is the NATO alliance obsolete? Donald Trump is not the first US president to maintain that European member nations, many of them wealthy, are not paying their fair share of NATO's costs.
Others say the United States gets more than what it pays for: But the bit of coarse presidential hyperbole also raised anew a question that has nagged US presidents since the end of the cold war. Is NATO worth it? The legitimate common threats the alliance members face, they say, could be more efficiently met through less costly coalitions of willing partners, depending on the particular threat being addressed. Bush and Barack Obama to demand of European allies that they reverse steady declines in defense spending and take on more of the burden of meeting the new security challenges.
Others call this a misleading figure, since the US as a superpower has global reach and ambitions well beyond those of its NATO partners. On the other hand, analysts in Europe are quick to point out that US pressures have gotten results. Recent studies show Europe to be the region of the world with the fastest-rising defense budgets — a title long held by the Middle East — says Tomas Valasek, a former NATO ambassador for the Slovak Republic who is now director of Carnegie Europe in Brussels.
Moreover, they say, it overlooks the post-cold-war tasks NATO has taken on in counterterrorism and in stabilization efforts, including armed forces training and development in Afghanistan and the southern Mediterranean region. A recent push from the US Interior Department threatens to upset that delicate balance. Since taking the helm of the US Interior Department, Ryan Zinke has upset a delicate balance of conservation and energy interests in Wyoming, throwing the fate of the greater sage-grouse, which escaped being listed as an endangered species in , into question.
The greater sage-grouse plan proved that compromise between industry, conservation, and landowners was possible — an example of when US policymaking works. Now stakeholders across the 11 states who signed on to the plan worry that the federal government, even a Republican one, will override years of local cooperation.
On a gray, snowy morning in early May, Tom Christiansen keeps his eyes on the male greater sage-grouse dancing on the distant knoll and slowly reaches for his spotting scope on the truck floor.
He is the sage grouse program coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He is far enough away to need the telescope-binocular hybrid, but he still whispers — careful not to disturb the birds on the lek, or breeding ground. When he picks up his scope, a crumpled news article is revealed. Since taking the helm of the US Interior Department, Ryan Zinke has upset a delicate balance of conservation and energy interests in Wyoming, throwing the fate of the greater sage-grouse into question.
Now stakeholders across the 11 states who signed onto the plan worry that the federal government, even a Republican one, will override years of local cooperation. Across the United States, and the world, energy development and conservation are often considered to have opposing objectives.
Rhetoric from both sides, she adds, only encourages these assumptions. In Wyoming, natural adversaries have created cooperative arrangements like the sage-grouse plan to prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act. Westerners, especially Wyomingites, are worried Zinke may do away with the greater sage-grouse collaboration as early as October and reduce restrictions on gas drilling in previously protected areas.
By the s, human interference, mainly habitat fragmentation from energy development and cattle grazing, caused populations to drop, with some estimates as low as , individuals.
This is worrisome for the greater sage-grouse, but also for the entire sagebrush ecosystem. Under the Endangered Species Act, federal agencies, as well as private development companies which require federal permits, are prohibited from adversely modifying critical habitat. To preclude an ESA listing, then-Gov. Dave Freudenthal initiated the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Implementation Team SGIT in , and tasked a group of energy, government, and conservation leaders to sit down and find an agreement.
Rutledge says he remembers Governor Freudenthal telling the group: But I expect all of you to be able to live with it. The core area plan made energy development a priority in some areas, and conservation a priority in others. Conservation groups were satisfied with the plan: And energy companies were satisfied: With chests puffed up in a Superman display of confidence, a handful of greater sage-grouse glide across the lek, periodically punching the sky with a high-pitched hiccup.
After some territorial squabbling, relationships are formed. The Jonah field, south of Pinedale, Wyo. At past meetings, for example, conservation advocates asked ranchers to take down tall, unused structures on their property, such as windmills, because they are prime nesting areas for ravens, a predator of the sage-grouse eggs.
Ranchers were happy to do this, says Mr. Lek populations naturally cycle through highs and lows, says Christiansen, so it is difficult to know exact figures.
But estimates suggest the greater sage-grouse population has remained stable over the past decade. And energy development has continued in recent years as well: Ulrich and Jonah Energy are close to breaking ground on a field almost five times the size of Jonah Field. As many as 3, wells are planned for the Normally Pressured Lance natural gas field, says Ulrich, which is just southwest of Jonah.
John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, learned that the new Interior secretary was holding meetings about greater sage-grouse management. Culver of The Wilderness Society.
That figure includes , acres of new leases on public land in and around the Greater Little Mountain area, south of Rock Springs. The least populated state in the US, Wyoming has a running joke that the state is just one city with really long sidewalks. That makes top-down decisions from Washington seem especially distant. As a boy, Sommers always knew he would be a cattle rancher. Politics, however, does not run in the family.
This fall, Sommers will be running for his fourth term in the Wyoming House of Representatives. When explaining what made him want to work in politics, Sommers shrugs.
And just as Christiansen loves the greater sage-grouse because of the open spaces they represent, Sommers says Wyoming owes its policymaking to the landscape. Every side broke down their walls for compromise and now uncertainty looms at every level, he says. Zinke took his secretarial order further in May when he published a draft environmental impact statement that considers drilling in core habitat areas for the greater sage-grouse without the previous protections that strictly limit surface disturbance.
Comments on the EIS, both from state officials like Christiansen as well as the public, are due by Aug. If this is the case, greater sage-grouse populations will likely decline. But some lawmakers are determined to avoid the economic restrictions that an ESA listing would bring. The Senate has passed their own version of the act without such an amendment.
Mac Thornberry R , expects a final version of the act to be agreed upon by the end of July. More broadly, Wyoming Sen. A reversal of the plan would affect relationships across the West, says Culver of the Wilderness Society. This story was produced with support from the Earth Journalism Network.
Accountability is critical to democracy. But the financial pressures on media companies have left many communities without a local paper. In Michigan, one citizen-led initiative is trying to fill the gap by reinventing news coverage. Like reporters at most small-town papers, the team at East Lansing Info ELi works hard for little money and is driven by a desire to make their community stronger.
Most are scrappy, innovative — and, increasingly, run by people who are not journalists. Alice Dreger, a former professor who founded ELi in , sees her outlet as a model for how citizens can hold their governments accountable and reinvent local journalism in the process.
Why should they not run newspapers? ELi is one of a growing number of nonprofit news initiatives that have sprung up around the country in recent years to try to plug the gaps left by a media industry in financial crisis. They are scrappy, innovative, and deeply committed to the communities they cover — but they are also cut from different cloth, which in some cases has raised questions about the credibility of their journalism.
Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future. So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off. Too often they thought they were in the service of stability, but later found out that was not the case. Norway is one of the smallest countries in the world, and one of the largest contributors to the Palestinian Authority PA and others, with annual donations of over Million NOK.
Especially since the current left-wing Labor government took office in , the donations have exploded. What are these sums spent on? Recently the remuneration for suicide bombers was tripled.
Those who have carried out the worst attacks against innocent civilians receive the highest pay. Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center figures from show that Palestinians have conducted 25, terrorist attacks, suicide attacks leading to 1, dead Israelis and 7, wounded between and Fatah conducted acts of terrorism in alone, according to Terrorism Review.
Many more foreign hostages than originally reported were taken by the Al Qaeda terrorists at the Amenas gas plant in Algeria.
The Algerian government says that out of were freed, and some sources say that 30 or more hostages were killed. The British government offered the Algerians manpower, equipment, and expert assistance to expedite the resolution of the crisis, but was refused.
American, British, and French nationals are thought to be among the dead. In other news, the latest figures from Angola indicate that at least , Chinese nationals have migrated to the country. The Angolan government says that work permits were issued for the Chinese to assist with development projects. To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.
Thanks to Andy Bostom, C. Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post rather than with the news articles so that they are more easily accessible. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible.
Further research and verification are left to the reader. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from Unzensuriert. The number of pupils with a first language other than German has doubled from to The doubling in the number of multilingual students is evident in virtually all provinces in Austria. The Styrian province is the only outlier, where the number of children with a different native language has tripled from about 5, to 16, The nationwide statistics conceals the dramatic developments in Vienna, because German is hardly spoken in the primary schools of the federal capital.
For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives. Scroll down for other posts that have appeared since Wednesday. Certain posts at Gates of Vienna, among them those by Takuan Seiyo, tend to attract the attention and comments of people who are preoccupied with the Jews.
I generally delete such comments without publishing them. Before I deleted it, I sent it to Takuan, just to show him what was coming in. He suggested that I go ahead and post it, followed by his response. Some interesting points, a lot of waffle and some errors. Top class, modern historians now regard that figure as grotesquely disproportionate.
It is one of the most successful internationsal businesses of all time. You have the temerity to post this kind of Nazi apologist garbage in a comments thread of an article by a writer whose gentile grandparents had been murdered in a concentration camp and whose gentile mother spent two years in a labor-extermination camp, was a state witness in the post-war trial of its commandant, and relayed her wartime experiences to this writer directly.
Moreover, a writer who was born and grew up one hour by car from Auschwitz and three kilometers from the plant where the firm Hoch und Tiefbau AG had built the crematoria for that camp. In which, alone, 2. Moreover, you desecrate the memory of Witold Pilecki plus other Polish officer escapees from Auschwitz who produced written reports, e.
I am omitting here reports by Jewish escapees, for example the Vrba-Wetzler report, as well as the fate of the Jewish part of my family during the war, so as to skirt the whole specious Joooos-tainted-it aspect of your comment. The lowest for Auschwitz, for instance by the Polish historian Franciszek Piper , cites 1.
The highest figure cited for Auschwitz is 4 million. However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments. For over 60 years, White mea-culpists have had a firm grip in all fields of cultural mind imprinting: Their main endeavor has been to enforce their compulsory e.
K and discretionary e. Nor the evils of the worldwide Islamic Inquisition which — not in the 16th century but now, in the 21st, condemns Muslim apostates to barbaric execution. Instead, aggressive White androphobes of all genders which I can no longer count are decimating the philogynous and egalitarian West.
Equality psychos are tearing down the most egalitarian society that ever existed except for initial communist experiments, before they turned bloody. American Jews, at the apex of the greatest fortune and philosemitic tolerance their long diaspora has ever bestowed on their kind, are busy supporting all the ideologies and policies that demolish their safe harbor and build up their Muslim, Black and Third World enemies.
Leftoid masochists and the Christian meek call for returning Hawaii to the Hawaiians and capitulating before a massive Mexican reconquista of one-third of America. The rightful Etruscan landowners are not bearing angry placards in front of the Vatican. The Japanese are not planning to relinquish Hokkaido to its original owners, the Ainu.
The tall, white and fair-haired Chachapoyas of the Andean forest have, alas, no remnants left to sue the Incas for genocide in a Peruvian court of law. However, even that great moral abyss of Western civilization — the Holocausts — stands out more in its industrialized and organizational features than it does either in the quality of its hatefulness or its relative or even absolute volumes.
In relative numbers, in just one year, , the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, killed off a total of one million, in a population of 7 million. Is it more humane to go by a stroke of a blunt machete than by a whiff of Zyklon B? The Khmer Rouge murdered at least 2 million Cambodians between and Is it more humane to die by wallops from a Cambodian pickaxe handle than by a bullet from a German Mauser?
Inscription on the back in German: There is a special horror attached to the Third Reich, because those were 20 th century Europeans, Christians, and in many ways the smartest, most civilized people on Earth. But the Holocausts do not prove that Whites are worse than other people, just that they are no better.
The history of the Third Reich also proves that with the right formula of economic blowup, misery and humiliation, sparked by charismatic evil, no people are immune to such horror, at no time. Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends his translation of an article and interview with two respectable high-profile Muslim leaders in Oslo, who have strongly negative opinions about Jews and the worldwide Jewish conspiracy.
A new trend seems to have developed in the Islamic community in Norway: It should also be pointed out that this is the same mosque that the Norwegian police apologized so profusely to last year for the fact that we have freedom of speech in Norway. The translated article from Dagsavisen:. Many Norwegians have a negative view on Islam due to Jewish domination of the media.
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The article you have been looking for has expired and is not longer available on our system. This is due to newswire licensing terms. Jul 10, · A note of apology. That may be one of the most telling details of the rescue of a dozen Thai boys and their year-old soccer coach. Nearly three weeks ago, Ekapol Chanthawong led his team on a.
As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from moiprods.tk It is easy to be overwhelmed or intimidated by the realization that the war makers have enormous power. But some historical perspective can be useful, because it tells us that at certain points in history governments find that all their power is futile against the power of an aroused citizenry.