The Washington Post: ‘My pain is everyday’: After Weinstein’s fall, Trump accusers wonder: Why not him?
‘My pain is everyday’: After Weinstein’s fall, Trump accusers wonder: Why not him?
The latest scandal has renewed the frustrations of women who claim the man who now occupies the Oval Office harassed them.
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NYTimes: Without Saying ‘Trump,’ George W. Bush Delivers an Implicit Rebuke
Former President George W. Bush defended immigration and free trade, while condemning nationalism, protectionism and “casual cruelty” in public discourse.
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3 days ago
Playbook Power Briefing 101717: Obamaworld pushes back after POTUS invokes death of John Kelly’s son - POLITICO
DANIEL [Lipmann]'S POSTCARD FROM THE HOOVER INSTITUTION -- MICHAEL MCFAUL, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and now a Stanford professor, spoke at a media roundtable on Monday: "What I thought I would do ... is just go through the list in U.S.-Russian relations over the last several months and talk about wins vs. losses ... What I want you to understand is that's the way Putin thinks about the world ... The score is 13-1-1. 13 wins for Putin, one draw and one win for us ... [The wins for Putin and losses for the U.S.:] Withdrawal from TPP ... Withdrawal from the Paris Accords ... Threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal ... Threat of NAFTA withdrawal ... Syria ... Internal divisions within the United States ... Absence of any discussion of democracy or human rights abroad ... Decline in America's image ...
"'Leader of the free world': how many people use that phrase when describing the American leadership today? ... Ukraine can see an indifference [from the U.S.] ... Momentum of the nationalist-populist movement ... Tensions with North Korea ... Closer Russian-Chinese ties ... Reducing our staff in Russia at the embassy ... Draws: backlash from violating our sovereignty in 2016 ... And finally ... we got one victory! The closing of the consulate in San Francisco: Score that one for the United States of America, minus for Putin ... that facility did other things besides just having a National Russia Day there."
--KORI SCHAKE, a Hoover Institution fellow and an NSC, State and DoD alum: "The most alarming thing to me about the Trump administration ... is that Mick Mulvaney ... who was an entirely sensible, [fiscal] conservative when he was in Congress is now arguing that debt shouldn't matter at all and that economic growth is going to take care of this problem. ... If markets lose confidence in the dollar or if interest rates go up or if Europeans, Chinese or bitcoin become more reliable as alternative holding currencies this is actually going to be an enormous problem for the American government.
"And if you want a near term parallel, watch what is happening to British ability to pay for their defense articles now that Brexit begins to be a real thing because the British are buying Joint Strike Fighters and other things from the United States, they're being required to pay for them in dollars and they're having to cut fighter planes off the list because the appreciation of the dollar relative to the pound is actually foreclosing what they thought they could buy."
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5 days ago
What’s Inside Henry Thoreau’s Journal - The Atlantic
by Andrea Wulf in November’s Atlantic: “In his 2-million-word journal, the transcendentalist discovered how to balance poetic wonder and scientific rigor as he explored the natural world.”
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8 days ago
Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life - | On Being
Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Her work opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as “inanimate.” She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.
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21 days ago
Tips for Protecting Yourself After the Equifax Breach
Tips for Protecting Yourself After the Equifax Breach
In light of the recent security breach with Equifax, this is a reminder that WPCU takes every precaution to make sure your financial and personal information is safe and protected. You can rest a bit easier knowing WPCU has your back. However, we encourage all WPCU members to monitor their accounts through WPCU's Online and Mobile Banking, or Call-24TM. If you notice any suspicious activity on your account, please contact our Member Help Center at (937) 912-7000 or (800) 762-0047 right away.
Additional Tips and Resources:
Watch out for fake emails and websites that mimic Equifax or your financial institution (phishing scams). These scams attempt to trick you in to entering your personal information.
Also watch out for phishing emails that claim there's a problem with your credit/debit card or any other personal financial information.
Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if you’ve been compromised, and get their free Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring.
Monitor your credit report activity at www.annualcreditreport.com, and/or use a credit monitoring service through Equifax or another provider.
TransUnion offers a free service called TrueIdentity that allows you to lock your credit file with just a click or swipe, and includes ongoing credit monitoring. TransUnion is currently the only bureau offering this type of free service.
Set fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to warn lenders that you may have been a fraud victim. The lenders will then contact you directly before any new loan or credit is set up in your name.
Set multi-factor authentication with your financial accounts whenever possible. This means you get a text, email, or phone call to verify it’s really you logging in.
Reset your account passwords, PINs, and any other logins for all your financial accounts.
Identity theft and consumer fraud can happen in an instant, so it’s important to protect yourself. Learn about some other simple tips and tools you can use to reduce your risk of identity theft, and protect your financially sensitive information. Our short interactive course will equip you with important knowledge regarding:
Consumer fraud and identity theft
Prevention and protection tips
How to respond to identity theft
Please also note:
Your assets are insured; as a member of WPCU you have Zero Liability Protection which means you are not liable for unauthorized transactions
Member card account activity is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for suspicious activity
If you have questions, please contact our Member Help Center at (937) 912-7000 or (800) 762-0047. To get more tips on how to protect your personal financial information visit WPCU’s Fraud Protection page.
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4 weeks ago
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