BREAKING NEWS: Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role By MAGGIE HABERMAN, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and GLENN THRUSHJULY 31, 2017


Anthony Scaramucci spoke outside of the White House last week. Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.

Mr. Scaramucci’s abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on to the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff.

The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly’s request, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.

It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci will remain employed at the White House in another position or will leave altogether.

Bill Browder’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Could Explain Anthony Scaramucci’s Bizarre Behaviour 31/07/2017 10:31


Deliberate?

In his first week on the job, Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci grabbed headlinesaround the world by swearing like a trooper and saying things like this about his new colleagues…

Anthony Scaramucci told @RyanLizza that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention: http://nyer.cm/41MkOiG 

— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) 04:30 – 28 Jul 2017

The new White House Communications Director was so busy causing a scene he even reportedly missed the birth of his baby son on Monday, congratulating his recently-estranged wife by text message.

Whilst barely any type of behaviour from the Trump administration surprises anymore, it’s worth asking if The Mooch’s outbursts were spontaneous or designed to distract from something else.

On Wednesday 26th July, financier Bill Browder was due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Bill Browder.

In pre-prepared remarks published by The Atlantic, he said: “I hope that my story will help you understand the methods of Russian operatives in Washington and how they use US enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests.”

On the same day Browder was due to testify, President Trump announced, seemingly out of nowhere, that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in “any capacity” in the US military.

Browder’s testimony was then postponed to the next day – the same day The Mooch made headlines when his expletive-ridden tirade was published.

Browder’s testimony, which received relatively little coverage, is extraordinary with a senator calling it one of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s “most important” hearings.

In it he describes a Russian system of government that operates in the shadows using corruption, blackmail, torture and murder – all led by Vladimir Putin.

Browder said: “Effectively the moment that you enter into their world, you become theirs.”

Browder was a very successful businessman operating in Russia and was on friendly terms with Putin but this all changed when he and his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, uncovered evidence of a huge $230 million corruption scandal.

The pair reported it to the Russian authorities: “And we waited for the good guys to get the bad guys.

“It turned out that in Putin’s Russia, there are no good guys.”

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30 Unforgettably Sweet Moments Between Animal Moms and Babies – By Casey Smith PUBLISHED JULY 31, 2017


These photographs of nursing animals will warm your heart.

From a polar bear and her cubs in Canada to a dolphin and her calf in Japan, these animal moms are there to help when babies get hungry.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve collected incredible photos of 30 different animals nursing their offspring. World Breastfeeding Week is recognized every year from August 1 to 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Sneak a peek at these photos of animal mothers and their kin in these National Geographic Creative photos, which showcase the unique work of award-winning photographers and cinematographers.

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Darpa Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science – ADAM ROGERS SCIENCE 07.30.17


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Adam Russell, an anthropologist and program manager at the Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, laughs at the suggestion that he is trying to build a real, live, bullshit detector. But he doesn’t really seem to think it’s funny. The quite serious call for proposals Russell just sent out on Darpa stationery asks people—anyone! Even you!—for ways to determine what findings from the social and behavioral sciences are actually, you know, true. Or in his construction: “credible.”

Even for Darpa, that’s a big ask. The DoD has plenty of good reasons to want to know what social science to believe. But plenty more is at stake here. Darpa’s asking for a system that can solve one of the most urgent philosophical problems of our time: How do you know what’s true when science, the news, and social media all struggle with errors, advertising, propaganda, and lies?

Take a scientific claim. Do some kind of operation on it. Determine whether the claim is right enough to act on. So … a bullshit detector?

“I wouldn’t characterize it that way, and I think it’s important not to,” Russell says. He doesn’t want to contribute to cynicism that lets people think if scientists admit uncertainty, that means they can’t be trusted. “I have a deep faith that there is real science. It’s not that we know nothing about the world.” Science is still the best way of knowing stuff. Darpa just wants to know what stuff science is really sure about, and how it knows it. And how it knows it knows it.

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