Summary of “America’s Iraq War Amnesia May Doom the Iran Deal”

Under pressure from British Prime Minister Tony Blair to seek United Nations support, Bush in November procured a Security Council resolution demanding that Iraq allow “Immediate, unimpeded, unconditional, and unrestricted access” to international weapons inspectors or face “Serious consequences.” And late that month, two groups of inspectors-one from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which focused on Saddam’s nuclear program, and another, called UNMOVIC, which focused on his chemical and biological programs-returned to Iraq.
On March 17, in a primetime speech, he told the American people that the inspectors had been “Systematically deceived.” American intelligence, he insisted, “Leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” Two days later, America invaded Iraq.
Bolton has called the inspection efforts established by the Iran nuclear deal “Fatally inadequate” and declared that “The International Atomic Energy Agency” is “Likely missing significant Iranian [nuclear] facilities.” In his 2015 speech to Congress attacking the Iran deal, Netanyahu insisted that “Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.”
How is this possible? How is it possible that Trump-who during the presidential campaign boasted about his supposed opposition to the Iraq War-has now embraced an outlook so similar to the one that guided Bush in 2002 and 2003? How can Bolton and Netanyahu remain unrepentant about their role in promoting war with Iraq and yet be taken seriously when they make similar arguments about the supposed nuclear threat from Iran? Why can’t America learn from its recent past?
Since many Republicans won’t even admit the Iraq war was wrong, it’s hard to apply its lessons to the current debate over Iran.
It’s particularly hard since doing so would mean admitting not only that Bush was wrong in waging war with Iraq but that Obama was right in striking a deal with Iran.
The second reason Bolton and Netanyahu can so easily recycle the arguments they made about Iraq in the current debate about Iran is the influence of pro-Israel sentiment in American foreign-policy debate.
Withdrawing from the nuclear deal could easily put the United States or Israel, or both, on the path to war with Iran.

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Summary of “Google’s Plan To Make Tech Less Addictive”

With a feature called Shush, Android P will automatically silence your calls and notifications when you flip your phone over, screen side down.
To put the phone down you just … put the phone down.
“We heard from people that they checked their phone right before bed, and before they knew it, an hour or two went by,” say Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google.
Google and Apple have both already introduced warm, color shifting modes at night so that your phone’s blue light doesn’t disrupt your natural sleep cycle.
With Digital Wellbeing, Google is doing more with a feature called Wind Down mode that turns your phone gray.
You set Wind Down when you’d like to go to bed, and Android P will shift into a gray-scale palette that takes some of that slot machine-style delight out of your phone.
Roid P will have a personalized data visualization of your actual phone usage, from how many times you checked it in a day, to how many push notifications you received.
Exactly how specific this tracking will get is still a bit unclear-I can imagine something like “John spent six hours watching anime cartoons, and 15 minutes watching geometry proofs”-but Google wants to push what it calls “Meaningful engagement,” not just garbage time on your phone.

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Summary of “Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment”

Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment : The Two-Way Prosecutors say he received thousands of pieces of mail intended for the company, including checks and corporate credit cards.
Dushaun Henderson-Spruce submitted a U.S. Postal Service change of address form on Oct. 26, 2017, according to court documents.
He requested changing a corporation’s mailing address from an address in Atlanta to the address of his apartment on Chicago’s North Side.
The post office duly updated the address, and Henderson-Spruce allegedly began receiving the company’s mail – including checks.
The corporation isn’t named in the court documents, but the Chicago Tribune reports that it’s the shipping company UPS. In a statement to NPR, UPS said it “Was notified that some U.S. mail, intended for UPS employees at the company’s headquarters address, was redirected by an unauthorized change of address by a third party. The U.S. Postal Service corrected the issue and the USPS Postal Inspector is investigating the incident.”
For nearly three months, mail addressed to UPS’s corporate headquarters was forwarded to Henderson-Spruce’s apartment.
On Jan. 25, postal inspectors searched Henderson-Spruce’s apartment in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and found about 3,000 pieces of mail addressed to the company in Atlanta, court documents say.
The Tribune spoke briefly with Henderson-Spruce outside his apartment building and reported that he “Hinted that he’d received the UPS mail as a result of a mix-up that was not his fault and that his identity may have been stolen, but he declined to elaborate.”

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on the Boston Celtics’ toughness”

Brett Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers head coach, is fond of saying, “The pass is king.” As the Boston Celtics extended to a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals, making seemingly every big play, some Celtics staffers began whispering their own version: “Toughness is king.”
Stevens had been annoyed by Boston’s approach to Game 3 of its first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, and he wanted his team to play each possession with urgency.
Nurturing such a strong culture while returning only four players from last season’s team is an enormous challenge.
Gather enough tough players and it can have an exponential effect on a team’s collective toughness.
Ainge picks the players, but Stevens is the arbiter of playing time.
In evaluating players, both during games and in film sessions, Stevens is careful with language, according to coaches, players and team higher-ups.
“Honestly, it’s kind of like listening to players blame themselves. He’s like a player. He never whines about the players, just himself.”
Even private kvetching about players among coaches and front-office staff can undo a team.

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Summary of “How to retire early”

A growing subculture of young folks – mostly high-paid tech workers, like Chen – are hellbent on achieving financial independence by their early 30s. They call themselves the “FIRE” community.
Subscribers to the FIRE movement don’t feel like waiting around for the early bird special.
Gained momentum during the first tech boom in the ’90s, when books like “Your Money or Your Life.,” and “The Tightwad Gazette.” promoted self-reliance, frugality, and smart investing as a path to financial liberation.
Who preach the gospel of financial independence through wildly popular blogs with topics like “Safety Is An Expensive Illusion” and “Luxury Is Just Another Weakness.”
“For most of us, the goal of financial independence isn’t to just check out and quit life,” he says.
“There are certain big roadblocks to achieving financial independence, and they’re things most people want” says Diana*, a 31-year-old engineer in Seattle.
They’re almost all in their 20s or early 30s and are at various stages in their journey toward financial independence.
We go around the circle introducing each other – name, job, title, recent “Financial wins” – but a man in a down vest and loafers has something else he’d like to say.

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Summary of “7 income producing assets to invest in today”

Income producing assets are investments that allow you to make money passively.
So income producing assets can give you freedom and control since you can worry MUCH less about money coming in.
With a little bit of research, dedication, and sweat equity, you can earn money passively through income producing assets, too.
Below are seven income producing assets that you can invest in to start earning you passive income.
These are conservative, low-risk income producing assets.
This allows you more wiggle room to invest in riskier assets and potentially earn more money.
The U.S. Congress established real estate investment trusts, or REITs, in 1960 to give people the opportunity to invest in income producing real estate.
Income producing assets are a great way to supplement your income through your investments.

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Summary of “What it’s like to be an introvert and what everyone gets wrong about them”

Being an introvert isn’t really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people.
“So when you are out in a social environment that is very highly stimulating, what happens is that while the extrovert gets more and more incandescent and magnetic, the introvert starts shrinking and shrinking away.”
This means an introvert has a really busy mind worrying about what’s going to happen.
Basically, for an introvert an event is never just an event.
“You can be an extrovert and have social anxiety, or be painfully shy, or socially awkward. The difference is an introvert will tend to recharge on their own and an extrovert needs busy surroundings and busy situations in order to recharge.”
An introvert probably aims to get to know just two new people, but they will hope to foster the beginnings of a deep relationship.
“When you spend time having fun or resting in your introvert hangovers, you can accelerate your professional and personal growth,” Neo said.
“The more comfortable you are with telling people: ‘I have an introvert hangover; this is the time for myself. I’m blocking these chunks of time dedicated to me,’ the more you are able to own yourself as an introvert – rather than thinking there’s something wrong with you.”

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Summary of “Here’s The Technique That Ambitious People Use To Get What They Want – RyanHoliday.net”

I think another part of this is that we are often afraid of putting ourselves out there and being rejected, so we think, “Well, I’ll just go and see what happens, but I won’t really try. I’ll wait until they hire me.” None of this is conscious of course.
Thiel is a man who is notoriously averse to what a friend would deem “Casual bar talk.” He’s a critical thinker, a certified genius and a wily contrarian.
Everyone else Peter had talked to had been thinking incremental, they had been defeatists and Thiel had almost come to internalize their view.
The question those questions then provoke is this: What opportunities have we left on the table in our own lives by failing to do the same? I can think of an easy one off the top of my head. In college, I interviewed at a powerhouse music PR firm.
Preparing for the interview, by actually putting something together to say in the room? I don’t think the thought even occurred to me.
More ruefully, I also think about how many dinners I’ve been to over the years with powerful and important people.
I think about the incredible people whose company I have been lucky enough to be in.
They said, “I want to work for you for free.” Or “I would like for you to be my mentor.” They rarely say what the person thinks they can do, or where they think my needs overlap with their skills.

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Summary of “Communication Multitasking: You Only Get 1h 12min/day Without Email”

Which made us ask: How much of your day is spent multitasking with communication tools? And just how bad is it for your productivity?
Most of us don’t consider the way we use email or instant messenger as multitasking.
When we looked at the time people spending ‘checking in’ on emails or instant messenger, we found that the average knowledge worker spends 40.1% of their productive time a day multitasking with communication tools.
The average knowledge worker only has 1h 12m of productive time a day without being interrupted by email and IM. Looking at total time spent without communication multitasking, our research found the average knowledge worker only has 1 hour and 12 minutes a day for completely focused work.
That’s barely one hour a day without the negative effects of multitasking with communication tools.
If just spending too long on communication tasks is making us more stressed and less productive, what about the compounding effects of multitasking and ‘checking in’ constantly?
Constantly multitasking with communication tools tricks us into thinking they’re the most important part of our day.
Do you think multitasking with email and communication tools is disrupting your workday? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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Summary of “Equifax Operates Another Credit Bureau And You Can’t Freeze Your Report Online”

Remember all that trouble you went through to freeze your credit report after the massive and unforgivable Equifax hack? Turns out it was all for nothing, as security writer Brian Krebs reported Wednesday that the same company responsible for compromising the security of nearly two-thirds of the adult population of the United States also operates a secondary credit bureau that is plagued with security vulnerabilities.
The shady-looking credit reporting institution is the National Consumer Telecommunications and Utilities Exchange, and it’s been operating outside the walls of the Big Three credit bureaus of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion that we typically hear about.
Members of the NCTUE include AT&T; the New York Data Exchange, which has a partnership with Verizon; the California Utility Exchange; and Centralized Credit Check Systems, which has next to no web presence whatsoever and is shrouded in mystery.
This is the company in control of consumer information stored in a database that has thus far avoided the spotlight placed on credit reporting firms by last year’s breach.
Krebs wrote that with a call to the NCTUE hotline and information like a person’s social security number and the numeric part of their home address-information pretty readily available online now, thanks to Equifax-it’s possible to order a credit report from the lesser-known bureau.
It is possible to freeze your credit score through NCTUE as well, but it’s not all that easy.
Krebs describes the online process for placing a freeze on NCTUE reports as “Completely borked at the moment.” Oh, and the site has an invalid SSL certificate, which means communications with the site are not encrypted and secure.
It is possible to place a freeze on your credit report through NCTUE by calling the 1-800 hotline at 1-866-349-5355, though be warned that you might incur a fee for the process.

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