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Chelsea Manning says she has been barred from entering Canada

Former US soldier and one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times posts letter to Twitter saying she is ‘not authorized to enter Canada’

Chelsea Manning in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on 17 September 2017.

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who served seven years in military prison after instigating one of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history, has said she has been barred from entering Canada.

On Monday, Manning posted on Twitter a report from the Canadian government that identified her as a foreign national “who has not been authorized to enter Canada” due to prior convictions.

“So, I guess Canada has permanently banned me?” wrote Manning – one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times.

The letter, addressed to the country’s minister of immigration, said Manning had attempted to enter Canada at the official border crossing near Champlain, New York, late last week.

Manning had told Canadian border officials that she had been convicted in 2013 of charges associated with the United States Espionage Act and had been released from prison in May.

The letter added that if the same offence had been carried out in Canada, it “would equate to an indictable offence, namely treason”, and could result in up to 14 years in prison. For this reason, Manning was deemed inadmissible to Canada.

On Twitter, Manning rejected the comparison officials had attempted to make between the US and Canadian law, and said she planned to formally challenge the decision.

In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. The classified and sensitive documents leaked by Manning – who had been assigned to an army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst – shone a light on the nature of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan and included a video showing the US military launching an airstrike that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staffers.

The 29-year-old was released earlier this year after her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama during the final days of his presidency.

Manning’s brush with the Canadian border authorities came as she was embarking on a bi-coastal tour to celebrate her newfound freedom.

She had planned to drive up the east coast from New York to Montreal, then fly across Canada to Vancouver and drive down the west coast, stopping off to join protests against the far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley.

But she never made it across the border. Canadian guards detained her overnight before turning her back to the US.

Manning’s support team have responded with astonishment to the suggestion by Canadian authorities that her prosecution under the US Espionage Act was equivalent to treason under Canadian law.

They stressed that the Espionage Act was unprecedented around the world as it allows no margin for whistleblowers to argue that the disclosures they made were in the public interest.

Manning’s team said their concern now focused on whether Manning’s experience with Canadian immigration officials would be replicated in other countries that might be susceptible to US government pressure.

Manning has a number of international speaking engagements in development, and her team will now have to work out whether entry into those countries will be permitted.

On Monday, Canada’s Ministry of Immigration refused to comment on Manning’s case, citing privacy laws. Each case is evaluated based on its merits, a spokesperson told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “All applicants can expect impartial, professional treatment and clear, accountable decision-making.”

Speaking to media on Monday, Justin Trudeau also fielded questions about Manning’s case. The prime minister declined to comment but said he was looking forward to hearing more details about the situation.


The report at the CBC (i.e. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is here.

OP: wtf Canada...????


Sep. 25th, 2017 07:37 pm
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No points were awarded for last week.

This week's prompt is #36 - Reno

Here's a Reno, there's a Reno...

What do his coworkers think of him?  Can he drink anyone under the table? Does he smoke? What does his apartment look like? What's in his pockets? Is he really a handful of trouble? What was he like as a child? Are those markings tattoos or scars and how did he get them? Natural redhead, or dyed? Is he giving Tseng headaches again? Does he really have an oral fixation or a bomb fetish?

This week, Reno has to be included in the drabble - whether about him, someone talking about him, or an appearance from him - but make that drabble only 100 words.

News Post: Men Of Distinction

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:29 pm
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Tycho: I tend to think of games in terms of lineage.  It’s a two tier system where the games themselves have something like progeny, but the designers also exist in a kind of parallel continuum.  There’s people where I’m simply going to buy any game they make, and there’s franchises I’ll endure no end of abuse from.  So, let’s take a look at where Dropmix exists. Frequency was the first time I’d ever heard of Harmonix, but it wasn’t my first experience with Rhythm Games.  It’s possible to think of the Tempest/Gyruss planes…
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Title: The Sinner and the Serpent (10 works so far)
Author: HKrowe/Paynesgrey
Summary: Lilith was once Adam's first wife, but history has a way of forgetting her. What history also forgot, is her obsession with Adam's second wife, and how her lust drove Eve to commit her biggest sin. A Collection of poems and short stories.
Pairings: Lilith/Eve
Main Characters: Eve, Lilith, God, Adam
Rating: Adult
Warnings: adult themes for sex, violence, heresy
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I do not own the Goddess Lilith, but I love to write about her for sure.
Author's Notes: This is an ongoing serialization of the relationship between Lilith and Eve from the Judeo-Christian Bible, but focused as an original myth/fairytale.

Links: @AO3 | @wattpad

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Sep. 25th, 2017 12:08 pm
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Posted by chelonianmobile

From a comment on this article at Cracked:

"See...I once was set up on a date, and things went rather well. Three dates later, and she invited me to her apartment. We start making out and things are getting hot and heavy....and then she asks if I'll roleplay with her. Naturally, I'm down with it...roleplay can be pretty awesome. Schoolgirl/Teacher, Doctor/Patient, House Tyrell/ House Stark...that sort of thing.

But...the roleplay she had in mind was that she had a (fictional) baby who died suddenly, and that I was comforting her at the funeral...and by "comforting", I mean full out sex in front of a roll-top desk that she had dressed up with pink and blue blankets and bows to look like a casket. She even had a framed black and white picture of a smiling infant on top of it.

Needless to say, sex was completely out of the question. She might have had a fake dead baby, but I had a very real dead libido.

I guess the moral of the story is...if you have some kind of fetish and you want someone to share it with....don't just spring it on them out of nowhere."
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Posted by wryhun

As was widely expected, Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as German chancellor on Sunday but the country’s election also saw the far-right nationalists make historic gains that likely cost her conservative coalition lots of votes. In what Der Spiegel describes as a “significant shift” for German politics, the anti-immigration, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) surprised political analysts by winning 13.1 percent of the votes, according to the projected results. That means that a far-right party will get into Germany’s parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

If the results pan out they would represent a huge gain for AfD, which was recently polling at a paltry seven percent. Now the xenophobic party could send close to 90 lawmakers to the Bundestag.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party bloc was the clear winner with 33.2 percent, almost 10 points less than five years ago and its worst result since 1949. Merkel recognized that the victory was not quite cause for celebration. “Of course, we would have preferred a better result, that is completely clear,” she said. “But we mustn’t forget that we have had an extremely challenging parliamentary term behind us.”

Merkel’s party was not the only one that suffered. The Social Democrats (SPD) also received its worst result since the 1940s with only 20.8 percent support in what seemed to be a clear repudiation by voters of the two parties that have dominated German politics since World War II. SPD leader Martin Schulz said the results meant the end of the “grand coalition” with Merkel, calling Sunday a “bitter day” for Social Democrats.

Merkel is now likely to try to cobble together a tenuous coalition with the Greens and the pro-business liberal Free Democrats, which also surprised by receiving 10.5 percent of the vote. That party had already been part of Merkel’s coalition until 2013, when it lost all its seats in the last election. That possible three-way alliance has been widely referred to as the “Jamaica” coalition because the colors of the three parties—black, yellow, and green—match the Jamaican flag.

Alexander Gauland, one of the leaders of the AfD, vowed that “we will take our country back” and that the party “will change this country.” Beatrix van Storch, one of the party’s leaders confirmed the AfD planned to hit the ground running to change the conversation. “We'll start debates on migration, we'll start debates on Islam, we'll start debates on ever closer union,” she said.

Opponents of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) protest on September 24, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

As supporters of the far-righ party celebrated in their headquarters, protesters gathered outside to express their rejection of the AfD and its ideals. “All Berlin hates the AfD,” yelled the protesters.

Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/09/24/merkel_wins_in_germany_but_anti_immigrant_far_right_makes_big_gains.html

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Posted by moonbladem

Yeah good luck with that, you short-fingered vulgarian!

In a pair of early-morning tweets, President Donald Trump once again encouraged football fans to boycott the NFL if the league does not “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racism.

Trump argued that if fans take coordinated action, they “will see change take place fast.”

He went on to argue that the protests were partially responsible for what he asserted was declining public interest in NFL games.

With the Twitter posts, Trump’s escalated his public campaign against the protests by athletes that he began with comments at a political rally in Alabama on Friday. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’” Trump said at the gathering.

His comments prompted an outpouring of criticism of Trump from several NFL players. And on Sunday the owner of one of the league’s most successful franchises joined that chorus. The New England Patriots ― the reigning Super Bowl champions ― released a statement from owner Robert Kraft, a friend and supporter of Trump’s, condemning Trump’s attacks.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president on Friday,” Kraft said. “I am proud to be associate with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities.”

Kraft added that he backed the rights of players “to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Shortly afterward, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with players and staff who knelt during the national anthem at the start of a game against the Baltimore Ravens in London.

NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell on Saturday condemned Trump’s “divisive comments”, but refused to name him explicitly. And Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also issued criticized the president’s “divisiveness” without naming him.

Trump’s crusade against the practice of kneeling during the national anthem began with his seemingly off-the-cuff remarks Friday at a rally on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is locked in a close race to hold onto his seat.

The president on Saturday tweeted that “if a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Trump appears to be wagering that a prolonged battle over a hot-button cultural issue like the protests will work in his political favor. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended Trump’s remarks in an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” telling host Martha Raddatz that players “have the right to have the First Amendment off the field,” but that the NFL should fine or suspend players who protest as the anthem is played at the start of games.

Trump’s attacks on protesting NFL players is part of a larger battle he and his administration has been having with the sports world. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested earlier this month that ESPN should fire host Jemele Hill for calling Trump a “white supremacist.”

On Saturday, Trump claimed he was withdrawing an invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors, the reigning NBA champions, because star guard Stephen Curry was “hesitating” about attending. Curry had said on Friday that he would vote against the team making the traditional visit, but that the Warriors had not yet decided as a group what to do.

Rather than have a chilling effect on athletes protesting racism, Trump’s comments have prompted a show of solidarity from many black athletes and entertainers, as well as white allies. NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers spoke out against Trump, and on Saturday, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the anthem.

The movement to protest racism, and particularly police killings of black men, by kneeling during the anthem began with a protest by then-San Fransciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an August 2016 pre-season game. Initially, Kaepernick sat during the anthem, but quickly switched to kneeling in a bid to avoid appearing disrespectful.

Kaepernick continued the protest through the 2016 season, inspiring many of his fellow players to join him. In March, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and has since failed to get picked up by another NFL team, leading to speculation that owners have blackballed him for his political stance.

By Daniel Marans. 09/24/2017 10:26 am ET.

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Title: All That Remains
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 4:44:30
Music: Hang 'Em High by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary: Stiles calls Oblivion. Nobody answers.

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [4:44:31; 135.0MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [26:38; 21.2MB]
Chapter 2 [30:50; 42.6MB]
Chapter 3 [32:00; 25.2MB]
Chapter 4 [19.01; 15.2MB]
Chapter 5 [16:05; 22.3MB]
Chapter 6 [23:03; 18.3MB]
Chapter 7 [27:30; 21.7MB]
Chapter 8 [27:12; 21.6MB]
Chapter 9 [23:19; 18.3MB]
Chapter 10 [27:47; 21.8MB]
Chapter 11 [31:05; 42.9MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

News Post: Market Penetration

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:04 pm
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Tycho: Outside of Twitter or email, I don’t let strangers talk to me on the Internet.  I just don’t do it.  Generally speaking their “insights” about my identity fall into a few very staid categories and I feel confident I’ve experienced the flavor ridges of that particular narrative arc.  I’m not resting on my anodized laurels though: I’m getting into the conversation in a big way, and there’s been some interest in the novel mode of my dialectic. Hey!  The Child’s Play Team has put together a an event this afternoon on our…
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Never try to mean girl at a Slytherin.

I just need to find a good picture. Suggestions?

People keep making the mistake of thinking that just because I'm nice, I'm a pushover. Or gullible. Or both.

That is...beyond hilarious as a concept.

Fuck everyone today.

(Work issues, though I've run into the same idea outside of work, I suppose. I will elaborate when I'm not vaguebooking on a work computer on a work network.)


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