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19 Jun, 2019

World News Media Congress panel

Mark participates in a panel on news innovation at the World News Media Congress in Glasgow. The other participants included Frédéric Sitterlé, Director of Development at Groupe Challenges, which is creating news products for use in Renault cars, Kourtney Bitterly, R&D Lead at the New York Times, who talked about the company’s research into Smart Speakers, and Robyn Spector, Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Associated Press (AP), who talked about giving AI tools to journalists.

Mark talks about using blockchain to price news data:

At the moment, there’s so much discussion about subscription models, and how much can we get people to pay for news. But nobody really knows the real cost of a piece of news.

And the challenges facing startups:

It seems companies really want to pick the winner. News organisations would rather wait and see if something succeeds. But how can something succeed if they haven’t been funded from beginning?

6 Mar, 2019

News Rewired talk

Mark presents NewsBlocks at News Rewired, a conference at Thomson Reuters HQ in London, that promotes trends in journalism technology. Mark discusses the use of blockchain technology to create a verified, permanent and priced “store of news value” for all the world’s news.

2 Dec, 2016

Cincinnati rally

Trump gives his first public speech since winning the election at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of his Thank You Tour.

1 Dec, 2016

Trump, Pence speak at Carrier plant

Trump gives a speech at the Carrier plant. He is introduced by Pence:

He said that if he was elected, America would start winning again, and today America won, and we have Donald Trump to thank. And I have a feeling, working beside this extraordinary man, this is the beginning of a lot more good news all across America.


Mike has been such a good decision for me… NAFTA is a total and complete disaster…it’s a one-lane highway into Mexico. Nothing coming our way, everything going their way…I just want to let all of the other companies know that we’re going to be great for business. There’s no reason for them to leave any more. Your taxes are going to be at the low end, and your unnecessary regulations will be gone…They’re not going to be announcing that they’re closing up and moving to Mexico.

14 Mar, 2016

Trump event speech

Palin speaks to a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida.

…and what we don’t have time for is all that petty punk-ass little thuggery stuff that’s been going on with those quote-unquote protesters who are doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your first amendment rights, your rights to assemble peacefully. And the media being on the thugs’ side — what the heck are you guys thinking, media? It doesn’t make sense! Well, you all get it. I think the media and too many other candidates are underestimating the wisdom of the people. You’re smart, energized. optimistic, positive and that’s why you’re here today and I thank you for spending your time here today, because it is time, we have all recognized the majority of americans have recognized Republicans, Independents, good old blue dog Reagan Democrats out there — we have all recognized, we need a revolution. It is time to get rid of the status quo. The status quo has to go, right? We have needed a revolution, and we found our revolutionary. Donald Trump is that revolutionary!

12 Mar, 2016

Protester grabs leg

At a rally in Vandalia, OH, a protester grabs Trump’s leg, resulting in several Secret Service members rushing the stage.

Thank you for the warning. I was ready for ‘em, but it’s much better if the cops do it, don’t we agree?

Chicago was ‘planned attack,’ blames Sanders

At a rally in Vandalia, OH, Trump says that the protests in Chicago were a “planned attack”.

All of a sudden a planned attack, just came out of nowhere. It was printed by people who were professional protestors. A disgrace if you want to know the truth…The people that came there, that were invited there, thousands and thousands of people. They caused no problem. They were taunted, they were harassed. These other people…by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend. Now really, Bernie should tell his people…There weren’t too many Hillary people there. You know why? In all fairness to Bernie, the reason there weren’t any Hillary people is they have no fervour  Say what you want about Bernie, but at least they have a little bit of fervour. So he should really get up and say to his people to “stop, stop”. Not me, they said “Mr Trump should get up this morning and tell his people to be nice”. My people are nice. My people are great.

3 Mar, 2016

Says GOP should not nominate Trump

Speaking at the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, Romney calls Trump “phony” and a “fraud” whose “third-grade theatrics” threaten the future of the Republican party.

I’m not here to announce my candidacy for office, and I’m not here to endorse a candidate today. I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party. [If we nominate Trump] the prospect for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. [If he is elected] the country would sink into prolonged recession…Whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine, and Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks! Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policies and reforms… you can’t punish business into doing what you want.

24 Jan, 2016

Shares best advice

At the homecoming press conference, Wurtzbach says that the best advice she received on her journey to the crown was from 2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup.

She said you should know when to peak. You should save your energy for moments that really matter. The competition can be very exhausting. There are times that you should pull back to save your energy for important moments like the preliminaries and the pageant night.

23 Jan, 2016

TEDxUWE talk – The Leadership Lens

Duffy speaks at TEDxUWE, an independently organized TED event, at the University of West England, in Bristol. He talks about “the leadership lens”, using Sir Alex Ferguson as an example.

If you’re going to lead you need three things: a vision and a goal, an outcome, and you need it to be attractive to people. My vision and goal is to inspire and enable positive social change through the action of entrepreneuring, to make the UK the most entrepreneurial country in the world. My outcome is better enabled entrepreneurs, who are backable, credible, and investable. I attract people to it by having impact and actually doing what I say. More entrepreneurs, more wealth, more jobs, and more people get on board.

17 Jan, 2016

Cites ISIS fears

Rubio cites fears of ISIS as reasons to protect gun rights for Americans and promises to maintain a broad interpretation of the 2nd Amendment if elected president. While speaking to a crowd of approximately 600 in Iowa, he warned that the Obama administration is coming to confiscate Americans guns and leave them defenseless:

My attorney general is not going to be someone that comes to my office to conspire about how to take away your guns. My attorney general is going to be someone that defends your second amendment right to protect your family, your homes, your business and your property. Because, if God forbid ISIS pays a visit to you, to our community, the last thing standing between them and our families may be the ability to protect ourselves with our guns. And there’s no way we’re going to take that away from the American people, not when I’m president.

2 Jan, 2016

Biloxi rally: Iran deal

At a rally in Biloxi. MI, Trump talks about the Iran Nuclear Deal, and wonders aloud why the deal did not include the release of prisoners.

It’s almost like there has to be something else going on. I don’t think there is, I just don’t think they’re competent…Who would make that deal?..[Iran would have refused, then you] you double and triple up your sanctions…[The prisoners] will be out before I take office…I can’t believe they didn’t walk from that negotiation…People want, not that phony Obama change. People want strength, they want competence.

Introduce Trump at Biloxi

Diamond and Silk introduce Trump in front of a crowd of 14,000 in Biloxi, MI.

In this room is unity. In this room we are united. This is the United States, not the divided states. It’s time for us all to take America back because this is our country. It’s imperative you get out and vote. If you don’t want to get left, you’ve got to get right. We want somebody to build a wall, don’t we? We want somebody to bring back our jobs so we can thrive again, don’t we? We want somebody that’s going to keep us safe, don’t we? There is only one race: the human race, as all of our lives matter in this room. We finally have a candidate that realizes that and that’s why it’s imperative you vote for Donald J. Trump!

21 Dec, 2015

‘Hillary got schlonged’

At a rally in Grand Rapids, MI, Trump comments on Clinton’s bathroom break at the Democratic debate.

What happened to her? I’m watching the debate, and she disappeared. Where did she go?! I know where she went. It’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting…Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.

Clinton’s campaign responds:

11 Dec, 2015

Des Moines Rally

At a rally in Des Moines, IA, Trump responds to a New York Times report that said Ted Cruz questioned Trump’s judgment in a closed-door meeting, questioning Cruz’s oppositions of Ethanol subsidies.

I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba. Not a lot come out…With the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way, ’cause right now he’s for the oil…But I understand it, oil pays him a lot of money. He’s got to be for oil, right? But I’m with you. I’m self-funding. I have no oil company. I have no special interest.

30 Nov, 2015

Macon rally: Wants $5 million for CNN debate

At a rally in Macon, GA, Trump is introduced by Cain.

You have a lot of people in the media and the establishment that are trying to bring down Trump with lies and BS, and it’s not going to work.

Trump says CNN should pay $5 million for him to appear at their upcoming debate.

CNN doesn’t treat me properly. [I might not] do the debate unless they pay me…How about we do this with CNN? I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million and the money goes to wounded warriors or vets.

28 Nov, 2015

Sarasota rally

Trump gives a speech to a rally in Sarasota, FL. He says The New York Times should give him an apology over the Kovaleski affair.

I took a lot of heat about a reporter. What really happened? I think it’s very important for me to say. I made a statement that – I was talking about groveling – a reporter was groveling. He took back a statement he wrote 14 years ago…I don’t knock people that have problems, believe me. I would never mock a person that has difficulties….Who else is going to take on The New York Times? I don’t care. … They’ll probably be out of business pretty soon….The problem is, [Kovaleski]’s using what he’s got to such a horrible degree, I think it’s disgraceful…I think the New York Times frankly should give me an apology. I’d love to have the apology before they go out of business.

24 Nov, 2015

Myrtle Beach rally

Trump gives a speech at Myrtle Beach , SC, with Melania, and his family, the first time Melania has been seen on the campaign trail. He criticizes Obama.

Look at our inner cities…I call him [Obama] the great divider. I am going to be a unifier.

Trump also calls on Americans to take action and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what’s happening. People move into a house a block down the road, you know who’s going in. You can see and you report them to the local police. You’re pretty smart, right? We know if there’s something going, report ’em. Most likely you’ll be wrong, but that’s OK. But let the local police go in and check out and you get rid of this stuff. That’s the best way. Everybody’s their own cop in a way, you gotta do it. You gotta do it.

Trump also calls up a man who is wearing a Trump wig to the stage (42 minutes):

This is what I call a real supporter, Wow! Are you married? [To wife] Are you happy with your husband? She said yes! She fantasizes that he’s really the real Donald Trump.

23 Nov, 2015

Defends Muslim celebration comments

At a rally in Columbus, OH, Trump reads an extract from The Washington Post about U.S. Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings.

But the media was going crazy, and one of my people came in, “Mr Trump, I have a story in The Washington Post”. Among the most dishonest people I have ever dealt with are the media. The level of dishonesty is unbelievable. This is a story from the Washington Post on September 18. [reads extract]. So they’ve come in and we’ve received hundreds of phone calls to my office, and they [the media] have tried to deny it…They’ll find some reason to deny it. They’ll call it a typo. A long and winding typo.

12 Nov, 2015

Mocks Carson’s knife story

Trump tells a rally in Fort Dodge, IA, that those who support Carson are “stupid” to believe the “crap” that is his life story. At one point, Trump walks away from the podium and flipped his belt buckle up and down to ridicule what Carson has described as a key event in his life: that Carson, as a boy, once tried but failed to stab someone only to have the knife broken by a belt buckle.

So I have a belt: Somebody hits me with a belt, it’s going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way. He hit the belt buckle. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work. You’re going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke…How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?

Carson responds:

Now that he’s completed his gratuitous attack, why don’t we press on and deal with the real issues. That’s what the people of America are concerned about, not so much politics as usual, politics of personal destruction — that’s what the American people are sick and tired of…It’s not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in and I’m hopeful that his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and know that that does not connote incurable. It simply describes something that is highly abnormal and something that fortunately I’ve been able to be delivered from for half a century now.

6 Nov, 2015

Periscope chat

Pope talks to her fans via Periscope:

I still talk to Blake. He’s a huge part of why I’m here. So, It would be fell weird not keeping him in my life as a friend, and he’s just always been a huge support system for me.

26 Oct, 2015

Claims women prefer to wear burka

At a rally in New Hampshire, Trump says the U.S. should stop trying to export “freedom” to Middle Eastern countries.

I saw a woman interviewed. They said, ‘We want to wear them, we’ve worn them for a thousand years. Why would anybody tell us not?’ They want to!” What the hell are we getting involved for?…Fact is, it’s easier. You don’t have to put on makeup. Look how beautiful everyone looks. Wouldn’t it be easier? Right? Wouldn’t that be easy? I tell ya, if I was a woman, I don’t want to. I’d be like, ‘I’m ready, darling, let’s go.’ It’s true!

5 Oct, 2015

Unveils gun control measures

Clinton unveils gun control measures she would enact as president, including calls for universal background checks and a crackdown on the sale of guns on the Internet. She invites the mother of a boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to join her on stage.

So many of the parents of these precious children who were murdered have taken the unimaginable grief that they have been burying and have tried to be the voices that we need to hear, and I want you to introduce yourself and maybe talk about what you and other parents are trying to do to get the changes that are necessary.

The mother:

Gun violence prevention was no where on my radar before losing my son and I wish it had been and I wish I had done something long before something that I thought could never hit my community hit me.

28 Sep, 2015

Denounces gays in UN address

Mugabe rejects extending rights to gay people in Zimbabwe during a speech at the UN General Assembly.

We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays.

He also criticized US and EU sanctions:

We have peace in Zimbabwe just now. We don’t want war. We don’t want interference. We don’t want to hear of regime change at all.

Addresses United Nations

President Obama addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. He calls President Assad of Syria is a “tyrant” and urges the international community to work together to defeat ISIS, and that he is prepared to work with Russia and Iran to resolve the conflict.

By [Russia’s] logic we should support tyrants like Bashar al Assad…because the alternative is surely worse….When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people it’s not a matter of one nation’s internal affairs…There is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like ISIL..We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo.

On the Iran nuclear deal:

For two years, the United States and our partners including Russia, including China…stuck together…That is the strength of the international system when it works the way it should.

25 Sep, 2015

Addresses United Nations

Francis addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York. He talks about the “grave offense” of economic and social exclusion:

A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.

He calls on government leaders to ensure their people enjoy the minimum material means needed to live.

In practical terms, this absolute minimum has three names: lodging, labor, and land.

He also urges leaders to fight human trafficking and ban nuclear arms, and work on environmental issues.

24 Sep, 2015

Addresses Congress

In the first ever address of a Pope before a joint meeting of Congress, Francis calls upon lawmakers to participate in efforts to to address climate change, the Syrian migrant crisis, and the decline of the American family.

Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.

On religious extremism:

A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. That is something which you, as a people, reject. Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice.

On immigration:

We the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners…We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us.

23 Sep, 2015

White House welcome

Francis is welcomed formally to the U.S. by President Obama. In an English speech he introduces himself as the son of the kind of “immigrant family” on which America was built. He also talks about family values, and climate change:

I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development.


Holy Father, we are grateful for your invaluable support of our new beginning with the Cuban people, which holds out the promise of better relations between our countries, greater cooperation across our hemisphere, and a better life for the Cuban people.

The president and Pope meet for one-on-one talks in the Oval Office, with the Pope receiving a sculpture of an ascending dove made from metal taken from the Statue of Liberty and wood which once grew in the White House garden.

15 Sep, 2015

Reads wrong speech

Mugabe reads the wrong speech at the opening of parliament, giving the same one he gave during his state-of-the-nation address. His spokesman says the error was because of a mix-up in the president’s secretarial office. Tension is high ahead of the speech and the state broadcaster cancels its live feed fearing disruptions since at least six members of parliament from the opposition received a text message from a sender called “Death” warning them to behave. The message reads:

Warning: Immunity ends in parliament… act wisely by not disturbing the proceedings of parliament.

14 Sep, 2015

Dallas rally

Over 15 000 people attend Trump’s rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Trump calls for an end to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

We have to stop illegal immigration. We have to do it. We are a dumping ground for the rest of the world.

13 Sep, 2015

First speech as leader

Corbyn gives his first speech as leader of the Labour Party:

I say thank you in advance to us all working together to achieve great victories, not just electorally for Labour, but emotionally for the whole of our society to show we don’t have to be unequal, it doesn’t have to be unfair, poverty isn’t inevitable…So I say to the new members of the Party, or those who have joined in as registered supporters, or affiliated supporters, welcome, welcome to our Party, welcome to our movement. And I say to those returning to the Party, who were in before and felt disillusioned and went away, welcome back. Welcome back to your party, welcome home.

30 Aug, 2015

Apologizes to Swift, says he will run for President in 2020

In a ten-minute acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, West apologizes to Swift for grabbing the mike from her in 2009, and announces he will run for president in 2020.

If I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else?..After that night the stage was gone, but the effect it had on people remained. The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I was somehow disrespectful to artists.

I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach them that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids they can stand up for themselves, believe in themselves. It don’t matter though. It ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro! New ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.

29 Aug, 2015

‘Americans are tired of being patsies’

At the National Federation of Republican Assemblies’ 2015 conference Trump says he is winning bbecause people are tired of being taken advantage of:

People in this country are smart. We’re tired of being the patsies for everyone. There is a big, big, growing-by-leaps-and-bounds silent majority out there. [The 2016 race] is going to be an election based on competence. I love the Tea Party. You people have not been treated fairly. These are people who work hard and love their country, and then get beat up by the media. It’s disgusting. At least I have a microphone and can fight back…They [politicians] go to Washington and they get weak. They get there and they see these beautiful, vaulted ceilings and they say, ‘Honey, I’ve made it.’ That won’t happen to me, I promise.

25 Aug, 2015

Dubuque, IA, rally

Trump hosts a rally in Dubuque, IA, where his is introduced by Coulter:

I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump. I want to have a two drink minimum. Make it a big world-wide tourist attraction and everyday live drone shows whenever anyone tries to cross the border. I have not had this much hope for America since November 7, 2012…


I’m always on live television. If you’re on television every three or four days you got to say things different. You can’t be the same and give the same stories, right? I think about my speeches and I don’t believe in teleprompters, although it’s very easy. I would like to go up and stand and read a speech for an hour and just leave…I jokingly say if you’re running for president you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters.

21 Aug, 2015

Mobile, AL, rally

30,000 people attend Trump’s rally in Mobile, Alabama. In a one-hour speech he says that the worst part about free trade is that it requires good leaders and competent negotiators but the current government is lacking in both. Referring to Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy:

Some people say they’re bad people. I don’t think they’re bad people. I think they’re incompetent.

He describes the negotiators who work for countries like China, Japan and Mexico as “smart killers.”

The problem is their leaders are really smart. They’re really cunning, And we have dummies. We have people that don’t have a clue…So we have 300,000 babies that you have to take care of, we all have to take care of. In the case of other countries including Mexico, they don’t do that. You don’t’ walk over the border for the one day and all of a sudden we have an American citizen.

10 Aug, 2015

Says Zimbabwe failed to protect Cecil

Mugabe says Zimbabweans failed in their responsibility to protect Cecil. Mugabe says his compatriots should protect their natural resources from what he calls foreign ‘vandals’.

Even Cecil the lion – he is yours. He’s dead! He was yours to protect and you failed to protect him. There are vandals who come from all over of course… some may be just ordinary visitors, but (there are) others who want to vandalise, to irregularly and illegally acquire part of our resources.

1 Aug, 2015

Claims allies have lost confidence

MDC-T President Tsvangirai says Zanu PF is now in a dilemma as its ‘all-weather’ allies – the Chinese and Russians – have lost confidence in the party’s leadership under President Mugabe.

Zanu PF is in serious crisis because no investor across the world takes them seriously. Even the Chinese and Russians no longer trust them; that is why they are sceptical about investing in the country. What Zanu PF has only achieved is promoting politics of impunity, killing and destroying the economy and the once vibrant agricultural sector.

Tsvangirai tells supporters that his party will not boycott elections but will only take part in an election which will produce credible results.

We will only take part in an election which is conducted in a free and fair environment. We want a situation where, if Zanu PF wins the elections we shake their hands and say congratulations, and if MDC wins then they accept because change is imminent. We cannot take part in an election where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission cannot run an independent process and is, instead, controlled by Zanu PF…We are still committed to peaceful means of taking power. Change is imminent now because people have suffered enough and they want change of political leadership.

We went into the GNU to save Zimbabweans and, later, Zanu PF decided to rule on their own but where is the country? Everything has virtually collapsed. We heard some of Zanu PF officials saying their party will rule forever; let them rule then.

26 Jul, 2015

Women’s rights speech

Obama wraps up visit to Kenya with a speech about discrimination against women.

Every country and every culture has traditions that are unique and help make that country what it is, but just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right; it doesn’t mean it defines your future. Around the world there is a tradition of oppressing women and treating them differently and not giving them the same opportunities, and husbands beating their wives, and children not being sent to school. Those are traditions. Treating women and girls as second-class citizens. Those are bad traditions. They need to change.

Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.

25 Jul, 2015

Opens 2015 Special Olympics

Michelle Obama speaks at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Special Olympics:

Over the past few years, my husband and I have seen Americans unite in so many ways across the country. These games are a perfect reflection of that unity. They show us that we’re all in this together – that we can lift up our friends and neighbors, and that we can bring out the best in each other to reach even higher heights.

Speaks at Stop Iran rally

At the Stop Iran Rally, Dershowitz makes an appeal to fellow liberals, calling on them to side with Republicans on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. He reiterates Pataki’s message stating that Obama should have given the draft of the agreement to Congress for review before going to the U.N.

It is a bad deal for Democrats. It is a bad deal for liberals. I am here opposing this deal as a liberal Democrat. [This deal is] bad for America, bad for world peace and bad for the security of the Middle East.

11 Jul, 2015

Phoenix speech

In a speech in Phoenix, AZ, before a crowd of 4,500, Trump accuses Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border while also professing respect for the Mexican government and love for its people.

I love the Mexican people. I love ’em. Many, many people from Mexico are legal. They came in the old-fashioned way. Legally…I respect Mexico greatly as a country. But the problem we have is their leaders are much sharper than ours, and they’re killing us at the border and they’re killing us on trade.

Trump brings on stage Jamiel Shaw Sr., a Southern California man whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed in 2008 by a man in the country illegally. Shaw vividly described how his son was shot – in the head, stomach and hands while trying to block his face – and how he heard the gunshots as he talked to his son on the phone. Shaw says he trusts Trump, and encourages the crowd to do the same. A group of youp of young Latinos unfurl a banner pointed toward the stage and begin chanting insults and are removed.

I wonder if the Mexican government sent them over here. I think so.

9 Jul, 2015

Addresses Chimehack

Juliete de Baubigny Chimehack imageDe Baubigny addresses Chimehack2, a three-day hackathon (collaborative computer programming competition), especially organized to help spur technical solutions to issues concerning women’s safety. The event, atTwitter’s San Francisco headquarters, attracts 215 engineers, designers, project managers, and marketing experts, double the previous year.

18 Jun, 2015

Releases climate change letter

Makes Statement

Pope Francis blames human selfishness for global warming in his long-awaited encyclical calling for action on climate change. In the letter, he urges the rich to change their lifestyles to avert the destruction of the ecosystem. In excerpts from the 184-page document:

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? The question not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal…Today, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a so­cial approach; it must integrate questions of jus­tice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

13 Jun, 2015

First major campaign speech

Clinton launches her campaign in earnest with a 45-minute address on Roosevelt Island in New York City:

It is wonderful…to be here in this beautiful park dedicated to Franklin Roosevelt’s enduring vision of America, the nation we want to be.

The speech emphasizes her biography:

I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I’ll be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States.

Clinton tells how her mother was abandoned by her own parents and started supporting herself as a teenager:

My mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion. She knew what it was like not to have either one. I wish my mother could have been with us longer. I wish she could have seen Chelsea become a mother herself. I wish she could have met Charlotte. I wish she could have seen the America we’re going to build together.

And her view that American success should be measured by how well ordinary families are doing, not by the wealth of a few.

It’s America’s basic bargain: if you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead. Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations. Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain too. I’m not running for some Americans, but for all Americans…You brought our country back. Now it’s time — your time — to secure our gains and move ahead

12 Jun, 2015

TED Glasgow talk

Duffy speaks at TED Glasgow on what stops people from living their dreams, concentrating on brain chemistry, upbringing, education and media.

The way to recombobulate is…to think and act like an entrepreneur. Not to start a business. You have to think and act like an entrepreneur in everything you do in life. Entrepreneurs all all about the go-do. Not can-do, not “must-do, not to-do. Two verbs. Bang, bang. They are all about outcomes. Engineering stuff to happen. Action. They have to deal with volatility, uncertainty, chaos, complexity, ambiguity, every day of their lives. They don’t clock on at nine ‘o’clock and finish at five. They are always on. That means they have to deal with risk, but they are not risk takers. They are cognitively comfortable with the notion of risk, a big difference. They build up a tolerance to risk. But that moves them outside their comfort zone.

22 May, 2015

‘Iranians Are Liars’

Graham criticizes Obama for negotiating with Iran and claims that Iranians are liars in an address to Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

I ran the pool room when I was a kid and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are liars…The Iranians cheat and they lie. They are a radical regime. They want a master religion for the world; the Nazis wanted a master race.

New Hampshire business leaders meeting

Webb discusses criminal justice reform, the economy, and national security at a meeting with New Hampshire business leaders on a trip to gauge backing for his potential presidential bid. When asked about his credentials:

I think we have some good stuff to bring to the table, and that’s what I want people to look at.

Webb says he has:

fought to take our broken criminal justice system into the national debate and out of the shadows.

On the economy:

This is a country where people want equality of opportunity and the result that their talents can bring. Those with assets and capital are doing well. Those without such things aren’t faring well, and the system must be right-sized.

He says he will decide “soon” whether to run or not.

Criticizes China

Biden says Beijing’s policies in the South China Sea are adding to tensions and the potential for conflict in the region at a graduation ceremony at a naval academy in Maryland. He says that freedom of navigation and the peaceful resolution of territorial disputes are being tested by Chinese actions in the disputed waters, the source of territorial disputes among several countries, and that the United States’ role is to keep the peace.

They’re building airstrips, the placing of oil rigs, the imposition of unilateral bans on fishing in disputed territories, the declaration of air-defence zones, the reclamation of land, which other countries are doing, but not nearly on the massive scale the Chinese are doing. Tensions run high. As I speak, they run high, but you will be there to keep the peace.

Biden also says that as part of the pivot in US foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific there would be a significant shift of its military forces into the region.

That’s why 60 per cent of the United States naval forces will be stationed in the Asia Pacific by 2020.

Speakers announced

Makes StatementPolitical Endorsement

A Sanders spokesman says that McKibben will speak at Sanders’ presidential campaign kickoff. In an email McKibben writes:

Bernie is the ultimate what-you-see-is-what-you-get politician. There’s no fancy moves and no adroit spin, just relentless day-in day-out advocacy for working people, and for a working planet. Bernie’s been in the forefront of all the crucial environmental fights of recent years, always willing to knuckle down and do the hard work of fighting the big corporations.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., are also expected to speak — with free ice cream in tow.