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Pretty comforter set

At I like the bed skirt on this one, clean and simple - a ruffle wouldn't look right with the detail in the comforter, IMO. Comes with bed skirt, shams and 3 accent pillows for $74.99. I am tempted! I probably won't buy it though. I've already got 3 quilt sets. But this is so pretty....

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.
It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.

The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi.
The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough". Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.

This could be very good news. I've had three friends who died of AIDS back in the day when there was no treatment except for AZT, and that killed more than a few before they figured out the dosage. Hopefully something comes of this.

Catalonia referendum: Madrid moves to take over local policing

The Spanish authorities have moved to place all policing in Catalonia under central control to stop the disputed independence referendum on 1 October.

Col Diego Pérez de los Cobos has been put in charge of Catalan and central police forces in the autonomous region.

The order was justified as a way to achieve better co-ordination. But the Catalan authorities rejected it, saying it was an unacceptable interference.

Thousands of extra police are being sent to the region to block the vote.

The Constitutional Court says the vote is illegal but Catalan leaders are determined to hold it.
Could FC Barcelona be kicked out of La Liga?

Does Catalonia want to leave Spain?

The Spanish authorities have sought to stop the independence vote by seizing voting materials, imposing fines on top officials and arresting temporarily dozens of politicians.

I had no idea this was going on. I have friends in Spain but in the South, and they haven't mentioned it. Is this a continuation of or a new Basque conflict?

How Cuba and Puerto Rico responded to their hurricanes

As the days pass, however, it is the differing response to the two disasters that stands out.

In Cuba, brigades of emergency services, hordes of police and firemen, as well as thousands of state employees, were in the streets of Havana from the moment it was safe to be out.

Despite the lack of adequate materials, teams with chainsaws arrived to remove the worst of the felled trees and clear much of the debris.

The Cuban capital was largely without power or water for five insufferable days. After that first week, though, most of the island regained power relatively quickly.

Puerto Ricans are currently looking at a lot longer before the electricity comes back. Definitely weeks, possibly months.

So pleased are the Cuban government with its reaction that they and some of the big tour operators have started to tweet pictures of the main tourist beaches in resorts like Varadero, showing them freshly cleaned and open for business again.


Nevertheless, in some of the worst-hit areas of the capital the operation was impressive and, government propaganda aside, the truth is that much of Cuba is getting back to normal after the devastating storm.
Not so Puerto Rico, nor is it likely to be any time soon. Thousands of trees continue to block main highways and thoroughfares, whole neighbourhoods remain flooded and many homes are without roofs and exposed to the elements.

The main airport is chaos with anxious passengers unable to find out if they will be able to travel, let alone when.
For all the criticism of Cuba's response voiced by Alejandro and his neighbours as they tried in vain to dry out their meagre possessions in Centro Habana, right now they would be staggered at the apparent absence of leadership in Puerto Rico.

Evidently in both places, despite plenty of warnings, people just ignored them, or just didn't think that the storm would be all that bad. And bad it was. Very interesting article comparing the response to the storm.

Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in Alabama

Donald Trump gave one of his signature stream of consciousness speeches in Hunstville on Friday night as he tried to get out the vote for embattled Alabama Republican senator Luther Strange.

During an address inside the Wernher Von Braun Center that lasted an hour and 20 minutes, the president called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “Little Rocket Man”, said NFL owners should cut players who kneel for the national anthem and returned to familiar targets like John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

Strange is facing a runoff election on Tuesday for the GOP nomination to hold the seat he was appointed to in February. The former state attorney general was handed the seat after former senator Jeff Sessions was appointed attorney general by Trump. Strange is currently trailing in the polls against Roy Moore, an ardent social conservative who has twice been removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

I read somewhere else that he now says he made a mistake in endorsing Strange. He doesn't seem to know what he's doing.

The 64 most memorable lines from Donald Trump's Alabama speech

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump took the stage in Alabama on Friday night to rally support for Sen. Luther Strange, you could tell he was in the mood to make some noise -- and some news.

His hopes for repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act had been dealt a near-fatal blow just hours before when Arizona Sen. John McCain announced he would not support the latest iteration of the legislation. His one-time senior strategist -- Steve Bannon -- as well as some of his other allies (including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and his own Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson) were fighting hard for Roy Moore, the man trying to oust Strange in Tuesday's Republican runoff. A handful of recent poll numbers had shown Trump's image improving -- albeit slightly -- with voters.

And, as he almost always does in these situations, Trump played perfectly to type -- delivering an 80-minute rambling defense of his administration with a series of asides, tangents, stories and I-probably-shouldn't-say-this-but-I-will-anyway-isms.

I went through the whole speech and picked out the 64 lines that stood out to me. They're below.

I don't watch Trump speeches, I don't like throwing up. But this analysis is amusing!

Why McCain screwed the GOP on Obamacare repeal again

His friendship with Lindsey Graham was less important than his grievances with the process.


Not even 24 hours after John McCain dramatically tanked a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare in late July, his best friend, Lindsey Graham, started working feverishly in private to try again.

Graham — who’s never shown much interest in health care policy — quietly trekked to the White House with Sen. Bill Cassidy to try and sell President Donald Trump on their latest proposal that would transform Obamacare into a block grant program for states.

It seemed like an afterthought at the time; Obamacare repeal was all but left for dead. But momentum behind the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan snowballed this month. The unexpected passage of a fiscal deal well ahead of schedule freed up valuable floor time. And McCain’s stated openness to the bill — combined with his friendship with Graham — raised hopes within the GOP.

Ultimately, his friendship with Graham mattered less than McCain's grievances with the lack of scrutiny and lack of bipartisanship surrounding the bill.

My hat is off to Senator McCain for not caving. I nearly always disagree with him, but this shows that he is an honorable man, something that Trump cannot understand.
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