NEWSWATCH Science Magazine: “Divorce rates double when people start watching porn”

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… a working paper presented this week at the 2016 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, suggests that men and women who begin to consume pornography partway through their marriages are more likely to get a divorce than their non–porn-consuming peers. … Previous studies on porn and marriage have suggested that consuming sexually explicit material isn’t good for marital health. But many of these studies have been based on cross-sectional data that give only a snapshot of porn use and marital happiness. Now, researchers have been able to analyze how pornography impacts marriage over multiple years.

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VIDEO: Donald Trump Aug. 28 Campaign Speech in Des Moines, Iowa

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Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump gives a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 27, 2016. Trump appeared at Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) second annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for veterans. Among the diverse topics covered were Clinton corruption scandals, agriculture, immigration, urban problems, minorities and government regulation.



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NEWSWATCH: “In heartland Iowa, Trump vows to help farmers, urban minorities alike” – Fox News

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Donald Trump walked a political tightrope … promising in heartland Iowa to help farmers across the country by cutting taxes and federal regulations while continuing his stark appeal to potentially disaffected minority voters in U.S. inner cities. … Trump largely stuck to measured and prepared remarks … [he] repeatedly tried to distinguish himself from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and appealed to evangelicals and others to assist him in helping minorities and winning the November election. … He again pointed out that Clinton in the mid-1990s said some black youths were ‘super predators’ and returned to his argument in recent weeks that the Democratic nominee’s policies and those of fellow Democrats who for decades have run many U.S. cities have failed their minority residents, particularly African-Americans. … Trump earlier this week said Clinton was a ‘bigot’ for having policies that hold down minorities.

Click here for Fox News: “In heartland Iowa, Trump vows to help farmers, urban minorities alike”

 

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NEWSWATCH: “Fire Sweeps Through Russian Warehouse, Killing 17 Workers” – Time/Yahoo

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A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan … young women trapped in a dressing room … changing into their work clothes.

The fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of the warehouse, where many flammable liquids and paper products were stored, and it spread quickly through an elevator shaft to the room …

Click here for Time/Yahoo: “Fire Sweeps Through Russian Warehouse, Killing 17 Workers”

 



 

NEWSWATCH: “Colombia’s FARC rebels to hold final conference, peace vote September 13-19” – Reuters

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Colombia’s [FARC rebels] said … they will hold their final conference on Sept. 13-19 to ratify a peace accord with the government.

The deal between the leaders of the leftist guerilla group … and the government was announced Wednesday … after almost four years of talks. The rebels have agreed to lay down arms after half a century of war. …

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NEWSWATCH: “Moscow joins Beijing in South China Sea military manouvres” – NewsComAU

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Russian warships will join elements of China’s navy in military exercises in the South China Sea next month as tensions continue to rise over Beijing’s territorial claims. … The September exercise, named Joint Sea 2016, is the fifth time the two nations have conducted such joint naval operations.

It comes amid heightened tensions in the region after an international court of arbitration in The Hague last month rejected Beijing’s claims to sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea as illegal. Since immediately before the ruling, China has staged an almost continuous series of live-fire naval and air exercises — some involving more than 300 ships — in and around the region.

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NEWSWATCH: “Russian Hackers Reportedly Target The New York Times” – Fortune

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In the latest disturbing account of Russian hacking, the #FBI is reportedly investigating a series of #cyber-attacks targeted at journalists from the New York Times and other U.S. media outlets. … [that] could allow hackers to obtain confidential communications between reporters and …sources in the government. It could also potentially allow Russia to release information, which would embarrass key political leaders as well as obtain insight into U.S. diplomatic or military strategies. … Russia is also the mostly likely suspect behind last week’s ‘Shadow Brokers’ incident … [exposing] a top-secret set of cyber-weapons developed by the #NSA.

Click here for Fortune: “Russian Hackers Reportedly Target The New York Times”

 



NEWSWATCH: “After six Notre Dame football players arrested, punishments begin” – CBS

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Notre Dame kicked starting safety Max Redfield off the team Sunday [and] suspended reserve cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after they were arrested in separate incidents[,] and said four others arrested with Redfield face internal discipline. * * * Butler … already … out … with a broken foot, was taken into custody … after a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar near campus. Officers had to use a stun gun …. The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office said Butler faced possible charges of resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer, both felonies. … Redfield and the four other players – running back Dexter Williams, linebacker Te’von Coney, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr. and cornerback Ashton White – were arrested Friday night after Indiana State Police said a trooper stopped a car in Fulton County, about 35 miles south of South Bend, for speeding. The trooper detected the odor of marijuana and with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, he found the marijuana and a handgun …. All five were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams face an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgun.

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NEWSWATCH: “Report: Bayh Ruled Inactive Voter” – Roll Call

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Election officials have twice ruled that former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is an inactive voter after they failed to confirm that he lives in Indianapolis, which he claims as home. … [Bayh] is running for his old Senate seat but his opponent’s campaign has portrayed him as more a creature of Washington than Indiana. Bayh’s voting status was first ruled inactive in 2014, and then again last week …. Election officials sent multiple postcards to Bayh’s Indianapolis condo but did not receive a response. … another report [showed] Bayh listed his Washington homes as his main residence as opposed to … Indianapolis.

Click here for Roll Call: “Report: Bayh Ruled Inactive Voter”



NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds” – Reuters

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The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced. … [DOD’s] Inspector General … said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015 … $6.5 trillion for the year. … the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up. … the latest example of … severe accounting problems plaguing [DOD] for decades. … a spokesman … downplayed the significance of the improper changes, which he said net out to $62.4 billion. … The IG report also blamed DFAS, saying it too made unjustified changes to numbers. For example … rather than solving [a] disparity, DFAS personnel inserted a false ‘correction’ to make … numbers match. … [and] more than 16,000 financial data files … vanished ….

Click here for Reuters: “U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds”



NEWSWATCH: “Chinese ships, planes conduct war games in Sea of Japan” – AP/Fox News

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Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation frigate at a time of bitter territorial disputes with Asian neighbors. … The statement made no mention of what sort of conflict the exercise was intended as a response to, prospective foes or why the Sea of Japan was chosen as the location of the drills. However, China has grown increasingly assertive over its claim to a chain of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan …. * * * China [also] is involved in an intense rivalry with the U.S. over military dominance in the region. Tensions in the South China Sea have also risen after China refused to accept an international arbitration panel’s ruling invalidating its claim [there] …. China plans joint naval exercises with Russia in the South China Sea next month ….

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NEWSWATCH Deal Hudson/The Christian Review: “The Catholic Church Doesn’t Really Care About Abortion”

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… To make matters even more stark, Hillary Clinton has made the support of Planned Parenthood, the proven seller of infant body parts, part of her political platform, while the platform of her Democratic Party has announced a more extreme pro-abortion clause than in previous elections. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has promised to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and has published a list of potential #SupremeCourt nominees all in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Pro-life Catholics need to wake up and realize that most of the ‘officialdom’ of the Catholic Church in the U.S. is already rolling out a national campaign that is virtually an arm of the Democratic Party. If you don’t believe me, start tracking the various conferences and forums being offered in your diocese, drill down to look at the host organization, the speakers, and their topics. Better yet, attend one and publicly voice your pro-life preferences and see what happens.

Click here for Deal Hudson/The Christian Review: “The Catholic Church Doesn’t Really Care About Abortion”



NEWSWATCH Roll Call: “Shakeup at Top of Trump Campaign”

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Donald Trump’s campaign is making its second major staff change …. Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican pollster who has been an adviser to the campaign, will take over as campaign manager [and] Stephen Bannon … executive chairman of Breitbart News … a former banker for Goldman Sachs, will serve as campaign chief executive, a new position. … Breitbart News has been consistently supportive Trump and has even defended former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski … accused of assaulting Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, who has since resigned from the organization. … Paul Manafort, the campaign’s chairman, will remain in that position, but … his role will be diminished after friction … over the direction of the campaign. Manafort himself has been a distraction … [AP] reported … Manafort helped a pro-Russia group in Ukraine secretly route more than $2 million in payments to two Washington lobbying firms to try to influence U.S. policy.

Click here for Roll Call: “Shakeup at Top of Trump Campaign”



 

 

NEWSWATCH: “Russian nuclear bunkers: Is Putin building more?” – News.Com.Au

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Russia is reportedly building several nuclear command bunkers … Construction has been under way for several years on dozens … the emergence of the bunkers come just days after US European Command warned … Moscow has adopted an ‘alarming’ nuclear doctrine. … U.S. European Command Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said it was clear Russia was modernising its strategic forces.

‘Russian doctrine states that tactical nuclear weapons may be used in a conventional response scenario’ he reportedly said. * * * Scaparrotti … assumed command of NATO’s Allied Command Operations in May … earlier warned of increasing Russian aggression in Europe. * * * … warnings of Russian aggression in Europe and increasing nuclear threat also follow reports of the former Soviet giant building new bombers, submarines and missiles. … it [also] emerged the country was refurbishing Cold War ships known as battlecruisers to carry high powered, long range missiles.

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NEWSWATCH: “Russian Bombers Are Flying Anti-ISIS Missions From Iranian Air Base” – ABC

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Russian warplanes are now taking off from an Iranian air base to target … Syria. … the Russian Defense Ministry said … Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers had taken off from Khamandan air base in Iran to target ISIS and the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir-ez Zor and Idlib. … the first time the Russians have launched … warplanes from inside Iran since Moscow began striking targets in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last September. … Army Col. Christopher Garver, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve … would not confirm if ISIS targets were in Aleppo or Idlib, two of the locations the Russians identified striking from the Iranian base. He only said that the U.S.-led coalition had not struck targets in those areas in a ‘very long time.’ [He added:] ‘We don’t see concentrations of ISIS in those areas.’ … On Monday, Interfax news service reported that Russia asked Iran and Iraq last week if Russian cruise missiles could pass through their airspace.

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U.S. Transfers 15 Guantanamo Bay Detainees; The United Arab Emirates accepts 15 prisoners under President Obama’s push to nearly empty Gitmo by January

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The Wall Street Journal reports on the United States transferring 15 Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) detainees, 12 Yemenis and three Afghans, to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.  Sixty-one detainees are left at GTMO, down from 242 in 2009.  However, far more detainees were transferred during the George W. Bush administration, a total of 532. Nearly 800 individuals have been detained at GTMO since it was opened after the 9/11 attacks.

Under Obama, the United States often pays up to $100,000 per detainee transferred, and attempts to continue electronic surveillance of transferred detainees.

The U.S. usually pays foreign governments to monitor transferred detainees, and underwrites resettlement costs—for language instruction, vocational courses and the like—up to $100,000 each …. people familiar with the matter said the U.S. typically conducts electronic surveillance of former detainees, while local authorities keep physical tabs on them. … the administration leverag[es] rivalries to get countries to compete over resettling the men. … Foreign governments are realizing that ‘if you want to get attention in the Obama administration, one way to do it is to take Guantanamo detainees,’ [an] official said. * * * In the U.A.E., the 15 newly transferred men will enter a rehabilitation facility modeled after a Saudi program that seeks to ‘de-radicalize’ former detainees, a senior administration official said. ‘There is an ideological component. They bring in the moderate [religious leaders]. They provide literature. They work on life skills’ ….

Concern continues about whether transferred or released detainees could rejoin terrorist activity, and opposition continues to Congressional action to authorize a complete closure of GTMO detention.

At least 30 to 40 detainees are set for prosecution by military commissions or are otherwise deemed to dangerous to release.

Administration negotiating teams continue to push to facilitate the transfer process, raising questions about whether poorer countries are being paid to induce them to take detainees that they might not otherwise take.

Click here for Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Transfers 15 Guantanamo Bay Detainees;
The United Arab Emirates accepts 15 prisoners under President Obama’s push to nearly empty Gitmo by January”

NEWSWATCH: “How to Counter Russia’s Subversive War on the West” – RAND/William Courtney, Martin C. Libicki

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Russia’s apparent cyberespionage against the Democratic Party … and its state-sponsored doping of Olympic athletes show an obsession with disruptive behavior as a tool of statecraft. … Cyberwar and sports doping are among the arrows in Moscow’s quiver of “active measures,” a triple threat of propaganda, deception and subversion that dates to the Soviet era.



Russia’s subversive and corrupt behavior should have a negative impact on its international stature and perceived suitability for investment.

Moscow’s provocative active measures cause foreign investors and international lenders to see higher risks in doing business with Russia. … it should not be surprised if disregard for others’ interests diminishes the international regard it seeks as an influential great power.

Click here for RAND/William Courtney, Martin C. Libicki: “How to Counter Putin’s Subversive War on the West”



NEWSWATCH: “EU Urges Russia, Ukraine to Refrain From Escalating Tensions” – Bloomberg

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European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged Russia and Ukraine to avoid escalating tensions …. ‘Any actions that could lead to a further escalation of the conflict must be avoided …. This includes eastern Ukraine, where we urge all parties to … complete implementation of the Minsk agreements.’ * * * ‘The European Union condemns and does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol ….’

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NEWSWATCH: “Exclusive: Congressional leaders were briefed a year ago on hacking of Democrats – sources” – Reuters

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U.S. intelligence officials told top congressional leaders a year ago that Russian hackers were attacking the Democratic Party, three sources familiar with the matter said … but the lawmakers were unable to tell the targets … because the information was so secret. … disclosure … would have revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies were continuing to monitor the hacking, as well as … sources and … methods …. The congressional briefing was given … in a secure room called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, to … four Republicans: Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell … Speaker John Boehner … Senator Richard Burr and Representative Devin Nunes, the House and Senate intelligence committee chairs. Their Democratic counterparts were: Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi … Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff of the intelligence committees. * * * One of the sources said the Clinton campaign first detected attacks on its data system in early March, and was given what the source described as a “general briefing” about it by the FBI later that month. The source said the FBI made no mention of a Russian connection in that briefing and did not say when the penetration first took place.

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NEWSWATCH: “Russia athletics suffers final disgrace as last competitor barred”

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Russian track and field suffered a final humiliation at the Rio Games … when the sport’s governing body suspended long jumper Darya Klishina … The suspension, announced three days before she was due to compete, relates to new evidence uncovered by an anti-doping probe into allegations Russia ran a systematic, state-backed cheating program …. * * * The doping inquiry has cast a pall over the Games, fomenting what some have called an “anti-Russian atmosphere” in Rio and prompting the International Paralympic Committee to exclude Russia from its own Games next month.

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Autoplay/ Autostart for Embedded Youtube Videos

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?rel=0&autoplay=1

starts a youtube video playing when webpage is loaded

?rel=0&autoplay=0

prevents a youtube video playing when webpage is loaded

(However, at present, the latter is redundant, and not necessary, since the default for the embedded youtube videos already seems to be to not autoplay)



Example:

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK4Ck3lKoWg?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1″ &amp;autoplay=1″ width=”100%” height=”420″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>



To elaborate ….

When embedding a third party video in your webpage, one consideration is whether you wish the video to start playing when the page is loaded, or whether you set it to be started by manually by the user.

The coding for autoplay or autostart has varied for different sources,  and it even has varied over time for the same source.

As of the posting of the this article, in mid-August 2016, the following code works for setting an embedded youtube video to start playing automatically when the webpage is brought up in the browser window, when used within the URL of an iframe.

?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1

Here is the entire coding for the video in question:

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK4Ck3lKoWg?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1″ &amp;autoplay=1″ width=”100%” height=”420″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

Note that, within the iframe, the following is the portion providing the video URL:

“https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK4Ck3lKoWg”

It is immediately after the final charactger of the URL, before the closing quotation mark, that the added code is inserted:

?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1

The full coding within the quotation marks becomes:

“https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK4Ck3lKoWg?rel=0&autoplay=1″

The full coding for the iframe becomes:

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK4Ck3lKoWg?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1″ &amp;autoplay=1″ width=”100%” height=”420″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>