Iran US nuclear negotiations: How is this NOT a conflict of interest?

You not might be aware that in 2009, the daughter of Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry, John Kerry’s younger daughter by his first wife, married an Iranian-American physician named Dr. Brian Vala Nahed. Of course you’re not aware of it. It was suppressed at the time.

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Brian  Nahed is son of Nooshin and Reza Vala Nahid of Los Angeles.  At the time his engagement to Bradford Kerry, there was rarely any mention of Nahed’s Persian/Iranian ancestry, and even the official wedding announcement in the October 2009 issue of New York Times carefully avoids any reference to Dr. Nahed (Nahid)’s birthplace (which is uncommon in wedding announcements) and starts his biography from his college years.

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NYC Politics: Strange Bedfellows Make Strange Politics Understanding the Rachel Noerdlinger affair

To properly understand the Administration of the NYC Mayor de Blasio one must first look into the man’s history and circle of associates. The denizens of NYC have a lot to answer for in electing such a mayor but their just desserts are fast approaching. Alas a once proud and great international city is being destroyed in the process.

Once you tug at the loose ends of the Rachel Noerdlinger story, the whole administration of New York mayor Bill de Blasio seems to unravel in your hands.

For the last few days, the tabloids have been all over Noerdlinger, 43, chief of staff to de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, because of the disclosure by DNAinfo.com that her live-in boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, 36, is a cop-hating criminal. At 15, after A Better Chance—a charity that sends inner-city black kids to good suburban schools—had paid for McFarlan to attend a Connecticut school for two years, he returned to the Harlem housing project where his single mother lived and promptly shot an 18-year-old neighbor to death over a down jacket.

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Three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter (around the time his drug-dealer father died of AIDS) and serving six years in prison, McFarlan landed in jail again for interstate drug dealing. He pled guilty and got out of prison in Massachusetts in 2007. A series of traffic arrests began in 2009—the year his mother committed suicide—and ended just after de Blasio was elected mayor, when McFarlan, driving girlfriend Noerdlinger’s Mercedes, refused to stop for a cop guiding traffic around an accident but instead sped up so aggressively that the cop had to jump out of his path. Charged with disorderly conduct, he pled guilty this March. Little wonder, as McFarlan wrote on Facebook, that “I cant come outside without the pigs f——— with me in the hood out the hood im a magnet to police f——— with me.” The solution, according to a tee-shirt he wears, is to end the police tactic of stop-and-frisk.

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Approaching a Quantum Leap in Computing

 

Analysis

Quantum computers, or computers based on the principles of quantum mechanics, stand to exponentially increase computing power within the next two decades. Though the scientific community is still fiercely debating the very nature of quantum mechanics itself, and numerous technical obstacles stand in the way of applying the principles of quantum mechanics to machines, the field is rapidly developing.

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Now, the widespread use of quantum computers in industry is likely only a decade or two away. Such devices will be far more powerful than even the most powerful supercomputers seen today, carrying significant implications for national security, cyberwarfare and intelligence operations, among many other things. Just how powerful quantum computers can be — and how their adoption could lead to another revolution in computer-related technologies — becomes clear when we consider their computing power. Using a quantum computer to solve a problem can loosely be thought of as trying all possible solutions at once, whereas using a classical solution would mean trying them in sequential order. The expansion in computing power gained by incorporating quantum mechanics principles into computing could prove to be as revolutionary to computer science as research in physics and electromagnetism has proved to modern electronics.

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Greece and the Looming German-French Divide

Analysis JULY 15, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande leave following a joint press conference in Paris on July 6.

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Summary

French leaders took an active role in negotiations in the weeks leading up to Greece’s agreement with its creditors because of a combination of long-term and short-term concerns. France is both a Mediterranean and a Northern European country, and as such is interested in preserving its role as a middleman between Germany and the eurozone periphery. Paris is also worried about the economic and political consequences of a potential “Grexit,” particularly the destabilization of the Eastern Mediterranean region and the risk of the crisis spreading to the fragile economies of Southern Europe.

Germany’s hardline strategy during the negotiations with Greece created the potential for future conflict between Paris and Berlin, especially because resistance to austerity and, in some cases, EU integration is growing in Mediterranean Europe. More countries will likely resist German leadership in the future, making it more difficult for France to preserve its role as mediator between Northern and Southern Europe. In addition, political developments in France could increase resistance to Germany’s leadership of the European Union.

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Laudato Si. an Unfortunate ‘Bridge To Far’ for Pope Francis

THE EDITORS June 18, 2015 The National Review

There is an undeniable majesty to the papacy, one that is politically useful to the Secular Progressive Left from time to time. The same Western liberals who abominate the Catholic Church as an atavistic relic of more superstitious times, who regard its teachings on euthanasia, abortion and contraception as inhumane and its teachings on sexuality as a hate crime today are celebrating Pope Francis’s global-warming encyclical, Laudato Si’, as a moral mandate for their cause. So much for that seamless garment.

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It may be that the carbon tax, like Paris, is worth a Mass. The main argument of the encyclical will be no surprise to those familiar with Pope Francis’s characteristic line of thought, which combines an admirable and proper concern for the condition of the world’s poor with a crude and backward understanding of economics and politics both. Any number of straw men go up in flames in this rhetorical auto-da-fé, as the pope frames his concern in tendentious economic terms: “By itself, the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion.” We are familiar with no free-market thinker, even the most extreme, who believes that “by itself, the market can guarantee integral human development.” The Pope’s first ‘strawman’ to be vanquished. There are any number of other players in social life — the family, civil society, the large and durable institution of which the pope is the chief executive — that contribute to human flourishing. The pope is here taking a side in a conflict that, so far as we can tell, does not exist. Hubris appears alive and well in the Vatican.

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