Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Reportedly Face New Financial Disclosures Lawsuit

The couple allegedly made significant omissions on their disclosure forms.

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner were hit with a new lawsuit on Sunday alleging they made significant omissions on their federal financial disclosure forms.

Politico reported Sunday night that Washington lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington alleging that the two White House aides neglected to share information about some 30 investment funds in which they are invested. They also are accused of hiding the value of two investment vehicles in which they’re involved as well as income derived from them.

A large number of the holdings Kushner did report, the complaint states, are not listed in full detail due to “prior confidentiality agreements.”

However, Lovitky’s complaint said these agreements do not apply under the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA).

“The [Ethics in Government Act] does not allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the underlying assets of an investment vehicle, on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement. Nor does the EIGA allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the amount of income derived from any underlying asset of an investment vehicle, on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement,” said the suit.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein described Lovitky as “a health care finance lawyer who sometimes files civil rights cases.” He filed a similar suit against Pres. Trump himself earlier this year.

Kushner and Ms. Trump have been hit with repeated accusations of hiding information from federal regulators including charges that they failed to disclose millions of dollars of art in their possession. Kushner has had to revise his reports of meetings with foreign operatives and Russian banking officials multiple times, adding “more than 100 names” to the list last July.

Read the full report here.

 

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Jill Stein on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Investigation of Her Campaign for Russian Collusion: ‘There Is No There There’

The former Green Party candidate calls the inquiry evidence of a “new McCarthyism.”

This late November, the Senate Intelligence Committee delivered a request for internal communications and documents to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. According to former members of Stein’s 2016 presidential campaign, the request arrived through intellience commitee chairs Sen’s Richard Burr and Mark Warner, who are seeking information for the ongoing Russiagate investigation. While the Senate Intelligence Committee has yet to make the details of its inquiry into Stein’s campaign public, Republican Sen. Richard Burr told reporter Emma Loop that he is looking for evidence of Stein’s “collusion with the Russians.”

In recent weeks, the bipartisan investigation into Russian meddling has strayed from its focus on Trump and begun targeting left-wing political figures. Last month, the House Intelligence Committee sent a subpoena to Randy Credico, a retired comedian, noted prison reform activist and local New York political gadfly, seeking information on rumors that he had served as a go-between for right-wing operative Roger Stone and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. And now, Senate investigators have trained their sights on Stein, a veteran anti-war activist and pediatrician despised by Hillary Clinton partisans, who blame her for throwing the election to Trump.

I spoke to Stein immediately after the news from BuzzFeed leaked of the Senate inquiry into her campaign. She characterized the demand for Green Party documents as clear evidence of a “new McCarthyism, which is the flip side of a military madness that is stronger than ever in this country.”

“This is the continuing focus of empire and austerity and the assault on democracy that goes with it,” she continued. “The silver lining is we will get a chance at the microphone. A lot of people will be screaming at us but some people will hear us.”

Since news broke of the congressional inquiry into Stein’s campaign, she has been a punching bag for hardcore Democrat partisans. Zac Petnacas, the former rapid response director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, proclaimed, “Jill Stein is a Russian agent” eight times in one tweet until he reached the maximum character limit.

The origins of allegations against Stein lay in the so-called Steele Dossier, a collection of unverified claims cobbled together by a former MI5 agent named Christopher Steele, who was paid by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. According to journalist Howard Blum, Steele relied on “an army of sources whose loyalty and information he had bought and paid for over the years.” Under the watch of James Comey, the FBI also made a deal to fund the dossier, but the arrangement fell apart, leaving it to the Clinton camp to funnel fees to Steele through the opposition research firm, Fusion GPS.

In addition to claiming that Putin held compromising footage of sex workers urinating on Trump on camera in a VIP suite at the Moscow Ritz, the dossier accused Stein of having been funded by the Russian government to attend a gala hosted by the Russian-backed news network, RT.

Stein told me this claim is false: “I paid my own way to Moscow. They [the Russian government] did not pay for my hotel or expenses, and I have the receipts to prove it.”

A gala dinner and collusion illusions

The RT gala was organized in November 2015 as a celebration of the international network’s 10th anniversary. Dignitaries, diplomats, politicians, media professionals, and activists from around the world gathered in Moscow for the event. I was among those invited to attend and I accepted. I wanted to interact with colleagues from around the globe and had long considered RT a valuable space in a conformist American media environment that is increasingly hostile to dissenting opinions, particularly where Western foreign policy is concerned.

During the two-day affair, I participated in a public panel discussion with former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, historian Peter Kuznick and the Christian Science Monitor’s Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, among others. I did not have a chance to collude with any Russian officials, though I did attempt a selfie with Mikhail Gorbachev as he brushed by me in a hallway. As far as I know, the only person who received a fee to attend the RT gala was former Gen. Michael Flynn, who was previously unknown to guests and was referred to dismissively as the “Obama general.” Flynn’s one-on-one with RT host Sophie Shevardzadze went over poorly; he was regarded as inarticulate and uninformed by a range of audience members I spoke to (I did not attend).

The event culminated with a catered dinner featuring live music and a video mash-up of RT’s greatest hits over the years. I spent much of the time at a table chatting with former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura and his family, and Lee Camp, a left-wing political comedian who hosts the popular RT program, “Redacted Tonight.” None of us had any inkling that the festivities would come to be seen as a de facto crime scene by packs of Beltway reporters and congressional investigators. It would be months before Flynn emerged as a wild-eyed Trump surrogate and a full year before the Russiagate narrative was spun out of the ashes of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

At a table immediately in front of the stage, Stein was seated beside Willy Wimmer, the former foreign minister of Germany. Also at the table was Czech former Deputy Prime Minister Cyril Svoboda, a Russian filmmaker named Emir Kustursca and Flynn. Stein said her only substantive conversation was with Wimmer, and it lasted about two minutes. In the middle of the event, Russian President Vladimir Putin strode into the room alongside his chief of staff and spokesman. They briefly seated themselves at the dignitaries’ table before Putin appeared on stage for a few remarks, then shuffled toward the exit.

I asked Stein what took place when Putin arrived at her table. “Putin briefly ran around the table and shook everyone’s hand. No names were exchanged, it was an impersonal greeting,” she recalled. “There was nothing about that table that facilitated any communication of any sorts. The one person there who spoke English and Russian fluently was sitting next to Michael Flynn and translated what he said was the conversation between Flynn and Putin. It amounted to something to the effect of, ‘How are you? I’m fine.'”

Stein told me she had requested a moment with Putin or Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss US-Russian cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation and de-escalating the conflict in Syria. “Hillary Clinton was promoting a no-fly zone in Syria, which would have put us in the position of shooting down Russian planes when we have 2,000 nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. So communication with your adversaries was important and we were in a crisis at the time. Our [Green Party] communications were exemplary,” she asserted. “They were content-focused, not about quid pro quo or any backroom deals. They were on target and in the words of JFK, I believe we should never negotiate out of fear, and never fear to negotiate.”

In the end, Stein was able to meet only with the foreign affairs chair of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament. A statement posted on Stein’s campaign website outlined her agenda for the meeting: “a new commitment to collaborative dialogue between our governments to avert disastrous wars for geopolitical domination, destruction of the climate, and cascading injustices that promote violence and terrorism.”

Stein’s visit to Moscow was part of a wider itinerary that brought her in contact with like-minded political figures across the Atlantic. She had just visited Paris, where she participated in a conference on climate change and rubbed shoulders with Jeremy Corbyn, now the leader of the UK Labour Party. “Corbyn had pretty much the same stance on the need for a peace offensive in the Middle East, a weapons embargo in the region, the dangers of a no-fly zone in Syria and on the need for nuclear non proliferation,” she recalled. “These aren’t fringe ideas and most of the world sees them as absolutely critical.”

Picture of a pseudo-scandal

In the weeks after Hillary Clinton’s election loss, a photograph of Stein seated at the table with Putin and Flynn began making the rounds. For many frustrated Democrats, the image was clear evidence of a nefarious conspiracy between a fringe third-party candidate, a Trump aide and Putin to deprive Hillary of her historic destiny. In their minds, Stein was not just a spoiler, but a spy.

“The fact that they got a photo out of this allowed them to launch a baseless smear campaign,” Stein said. “And they distorted the event itself. It was practically a who’s who of the peace community on hand.”

In July, Stein’s name was added to a Senate Judiciary Committee letter demanding communications between Donald Trump Jr., Russian officials and members of Trump’s presidential campaign. There was no indication that Stein had ever interacted with Trump Jr., and she denounced the letter as “an obvious smear designed to generate a fake news feeding frenzy.”

So far, no material has turned up to validate the committee’s unusual line of inquiry. In the face of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request, Stein pledged cooperation. “We intend to provide any documents that are relevant,” she maintained, “but we had very little communications with Russia other than through RT for our appearances and limited logistics around the RT conference.”

But in the frenetic atmosphere of Russiagate, even Stein’s interviews with RT America have become grounds for suspicion. An error-laden report released by the Director of National Intelligence this January cast RT as a key aspect of Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Among the transgressions the DNI accused RT of committing was hosting a third-party debate that gave a platform to candidates like Stein. The report also complained that RT was guilty of promoting “radical discontent.”

Despite the storm of accusations, Stein remains confident that her name will eventually be cleared. “Real people are not buying this effort to demonize us and [the investigation has] lost the thread. There is simply no there there,” she stated. “But there will be a lot of damage done before it comes out on the other end.”

 

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Deal: Grab the Jaybird X3 Bluetooth earbuds for just $80

I love a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds. Since they’re wireless, they’re extremely convenient to wear while working out or laying in bed, and I don’t miss the drop in sound quality compared to wired earbuds. Sure, I have to remember to recharge them from time to time, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for convenience. 

One of the best pairs of Bluetooth earbuds I’ve ever owned is the Jaybird X3. I was lucky enough to pick them up earlier this year on sale and I have enjoyed them ever since. I routinely cycle back and forth between them and the V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless depending on what mood I’m in or what activity I’m doing.

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The X3’s are great for working out. They’re sweatproof (not waterproof), and provide a good fit. I’ve never had an issue with them falling out of my ears when I’m active. They also sound pretty decent and get loud enough to block out most everything else around me.

I recommend them to my friends who are looking for a decent pair of earbuds without breaking the bank. Now, they’re back on sale and you can pick up a pair for just $80, a $50 savings. These are great as a last minute shopping gift. Or, you could just grab a pair for yourself guilt free since they’re almost half off.

If you want to pick up a pair, you can hit the buttons below for the listings from Amazon and Best Buy. Amazon has them in four colors and Best Buy offers them in six, including exclusive Camo and Platinum paint jobs. 

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Web scrapping tools,Sooo Muuch Data – Analysis Needed !

Web Scraping Tools

What is Web Scrapping?


Web Scraping (also termed Screen Scraping, Web Data Extraction, Web Harvesting etc.) is a technique employed to extract large amounts of data from websites. Web scraping software may access the World Wide Web directly using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or through a web browser.
While web scraping can be done manually by a software user, the term typically refers to automated processes implemented using a bot or web crawler. It is a form of copying, in which specific data is gathered and copied from the web, typically into a central local database or spreadsheet, for later retrieval or analysis.
These tools are useful for anyone trying to collect some form of data from the Internet. Web Scraping is the new data entry technique that don’t require repetitive typing or copy-pasting.
These software look for new data manually or automatically, fetching the new or updated data and storing them for your easy access. For example, one may collect info about products and their prices from Flipkart using a scraping tool.
Lets see some Web scrapping tools:

1. import.io

import.io offers a builder to form your own datasets by simply importing the data from a particular web page and exporting the data to CSV. You can easily scrape thousands of web pages in minutes without writing a single line of code and build 1000+ APIs based on your requirements.
Import.io uses cutting-edge technology to fetch millions of data every day, which businesses can avail for small fees. Along with the web tool, it also offers a free apps for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux to build data extractors and crawlers, download data and sync with the online account.

2. Webhose.io

Webhose.io provides direct access to real-time and structured data from crawling thousands of online sources. The web scraper supports extracting web data in more than 240 languages and saving the output data in various formats including XML, JSON and RSS.


Webhose.io is a browser-based web app that uses an exclusive data crawling technology to crawl huge amounts of data from multiple channels in a single API. It offers a free plan for making 1000 requests/ month, and a 5K/mth premium plan for 5000 requests/month.


3Scrapinghub:

Scrapinghub is a cloud-based data extraction tool that helps thousands of developers to fetch valuable data. Scrapinghub uses Crawlera, a smart proxy rotator that supports bypassing bot counter-measures to crawl huge or bot-protected sites easily.
Scrapinghub converts the entire web page into organized content. Its team of experts are available for help in case its crawl builder can’t work your requirements. Its basic free plan gives you access to 1 concurrent crawl and its premium plan for $25 per month provides access to up to 4 parallel crawls.

4. 80legs:

80legs is a powerful yet flexible web crawling tool that can be configured to your needs. It supports fetching huge amounts of data along with the option to download the extracted data instantly. The web scraper claims to crawl 600,000+ domains and is used by big players like MailChimp and PayPal.
Its ‘Datafiniti‘ lets you search the entire data quickly. 80legs provides high-performance web crawling that works rapidly and fetches required data in mere seconds. It offers a free plan for 10K URLs per crawl and can be upgraded to an intro plan for $29 per month for 100K URLs per crawl.

5. ParseHub:

ParseHub is built to crawl single and multiple websites with support for JavaScript, AJAX, sessions, cookies and redirects. The application uses machine learning technology to recognize the most complicated documents on the web and generates the output file based on the required data format.
ParseHub, apart from the web app, is also available as a free desktop application for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that offers a basic free plan that covers 5 crawl projects. This service offers a premium plan for $89 per month with support for 20 projects and 10,000 webpages per crawl.

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Want to switch your provider? Soon you’ll be able to do it with a single text in the UK

  • UK regulatory body Ofcom is introducing a new way to move mobile providers called “auto-switch”
  • Under the new rules, consumers will be able to switch networks with a single free text message
  • The rules will come into play in July 2019

Switching your network carrier can be an absolute nightmare what with all the different deals, new customer bonuses, and contractual small print to consider –  and that’s before all of the “please stay with us” phone calls you have to grit your teeth through when calling your current carrier.

Thankfully, the process has been getting easier in recent years, with improvements to number porting and simpler ways of unlocking phones. Now, in the UK at least, swapping providers is about to get even easier thanks to a new system set to be implemented by the regulatory body, Ofcom.

Dubbed “auto-switch”, Ofcom’s new rules distill most of the arduous process into a single code that does everything for you. Said code comes directly from your current operator via an online form, a phone call, or even a quick free text message.

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Once you have the code, all you need to do then is head over to whichever network you want to switch to, sign up, and provide them with the code. Think of it as a Porting Authorization Code (PAC code), but for your entire account.

Even better, once the code has been processed your old contract will terminate immediately, effectively ending any confusion or additional charges that might arise from the usual 30-day notice periods. The new system also lets you switch early by paying off your current contract when you originally request an auto-switch code.

If any of that has confused you (I was, if only because it sounds far too good to be true), Ofcom has provided a handy cartoon that shows the entire process in four simple steps which you can see below. As a result of the changes, Ofcom says it will be saving UK consumers around £10 million each year due to the ban on notice periods.

The sweeping changes will no doubt delight buyers, but Ofcom is fully aware that the new rules will put a lot of pressure on the current systems operators have in place. To help usher in the new age of easy-switching, Ofcom is setting a deadline of July 1st, 2019 so providers can make the necessary changes.

What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments.

Life is Pay2Win

I was listening to some well-known YouTubers complaining about lootboxes in new games like Star Wars Battlefront II or Shadow of War and pointing out in painstaking detail how getting this or that bonus unbalances the game in favor of people who buy lootboxes. However they appeared to be totally okay with other people getting the exactly same bonuses by grinding the game for many, many hours. And that annoyed me. Wouldn’t we be much better off if our multiplayer PvP games would be perfectly balanced and the outcome only determined by skill? If you can get bonuses that make you much stronger than another player, why would it matter whether you got them by playing the game for endless hours or by using your credit card? It appeared to me as if some hardcore gamers are quite okay with a game being unfair, as long as that unfairness favors them and their kind.

The only advantage playing a game for longer should be the skill you acquire by practice. Any other bonus you get from grinding is in fact a historical and economical anomaly. The practice will certainly disappear over the coming decade, because it simply isn’t in the interest of game companies to keep doing so. Companies don’t *want* players that use a lot of their bandwidth but give them no money. The only free players they want is those that they are still trying to persuade to cough up some cash.

Fact is that life itself is Pay2Win. In a consumer society, the more money you have, the more luxury you can afford. The whole “American Dream” idea is built around the concept that money is the yardstick for success in life, and that by working hard on pursuits that actually earn you money or improve your chances to earn money later, you are leading a better life. Even the people who would like wealth to be redistributed don’t complain about the fact that more money buys you a better car or the best seats in the theater. So why exactly should video games be exempt from that?

Games went from being fair and balanced to being unfair based on time spent. Now they are moving from there to being unfair based on money spent. People complaining about that on YouTube or various internet forums isn’t going to change that, because millions of people will buy those new games with their new unfairness. Because for millions of people the new unfairness is actually an improvement over the old unfairness. Gaming has become a mass market for the general population, and in the general population there are more people who can afford to spend $100 than there are people who can afford to spend 100 hours. Calling for that to be rolled back to the previous state of unfairness doesn’t even have the benefit of being moral, the moral situation would be games that don’t give you any advantages from neither time nor money.

Evangelical Leader Who Criticized Trump Is Swamped with Death Threats from the ‘Christian Machine’

They turned on her when she went public with her views.

A popular evangelical speaker with a string of best-selling books and a home renovation show on HGTV revealed that she has been flooded with death threats because she has been critical of President Donald Trump and supported same-sex marriage.

In an interview with Politico, Jen Hatmaker said the “Christian Machine” has turned on her since she went public with her views, with retailing giant LifeWay Christian Stores pulling her books from the shelves and former fans burning them

According to Hatmaker, she was part of the “never Trump” faction of conservatives who were appalled by the rise of Trump during the 2016 campaign, telling her followers he made her “sad and horrified and despondent.” Following the release of the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape, she went after male Evangelical leaders who defended Trump’s actions, tweeting: “We will not forget. Nor will we forget the Christian leaders that betrayed their sisters in Christ for power.”

Adding to her problems was an interview with Religion News Service where she came out and stated that she supports same-sex marriage.

That was the final straw for what she called the “Christian Machine,” saying her children were accosted in the tiny Texas town where she lives, the death threats started pouring in and her fans turned on her.

“The way people spoke about us, it was as if I had never loved Jesus a day in my life,” she said in a recent speech.

Writing on her blog, she stated: “This year I became painfully aware of the machine, the Christian Machine. I saw with clear eyes the systems and alliances and coded language and brand protection that poison the simple, beautiful body of Christ. I saw how it all works, not as an insider where I’ve enjoyed protection and favor for two decades, but from the outside where I was no longer welcome. The burn of mob mentality scorched my heart into ashes, and it is still struggling to function, no matter how darling and funny I ever appear; the internet makes that charade easy.”

“Simultaneously, other things died during the election season. Much ink has been spilled here and I won’t belabor the point, but I know I’m not the only one holding a pile of tattered threads in her hands, wondering what on earth just happened to our supposed holy common ground,” she added. “The Christian Machine malfunctioned, and we are all still staring at each other, trying our damnedest to figure out how we understand the gospel so differently, unsure if we will ever find our way back to each other.”

According to the evangelist, she is refusing to back down and still delivers sermons pushing non-conservative views such as supporting gun control, Black Lives Matter and immigrant refugees.

“For me,” Hatmaker explained, “it’s not as base as, ‘I’m just going to keep being political for the sake of it,’ so much as it is that all of this policy, all of this rhetoric, all of this leadership, it affects real live human people. That, for me, is where I am no longer comfortable remaining silent.”

You can read her whole story here.

 

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The best Honor 7X cases

Phone cases are about decoration, but more importantly, they’re about protecting your investment. If you drop your phone, a good phone case can be the difference between a disaster and a relief. Whenever a new phone comes out, case makers start to offer their wares as well. With the Honor 7X being a recent release, we’ll be sure to update this list as new Honor 7X cases hit the market.

There is a lot that goes into deciding on what case is right for your phone. You want to make sure your phone is protected not only from drops, but from the rigors of everyday life too. Some cases protect the phone from screen scratches as well. Whatever shape you usually find your phone in after several months, chances are, there is a case to help it NOT end up that way.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the selection of cases we have outlined below.


KuGi Huawei Honor 7X thin wallet

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One of the more popular options of smartphone case is the wallet-case. This is a protective case that serves the extra utility of carrying around your ID, credit cards, cash, etc. Since you’re going to carry around all that stuff anyway, why not combine them all into one case, rather than separate cases for each item. The benefit is that you have less to worry about, including dropping your phone, because the case is there to protect it. Add to that the utility of standing the phone up for media consumption and you have a case that does it all.

The PU leather finish looks great too. It’s a stylish way to carry your phone with four color choices — black, blue, green, and red. The Honor 7X case will help protect your phone from damage and screen scratches, keeping it nice and cozy for as long as you own the phone.

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Yiakeng Shock Absorbing Dual Layer Protective Fit Armor Phone Cases Cover Shell

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The name is a bit of a mouthful, but this case offers a ton of protection for your Honor 7X. This case is crafted with a TPU inner sleeve and an impact-resistant hard plastic outer shell. The corners are double-thick TPU to ensure the device can survive a fall. The phone offers drop protection, scratch protection, and slip protection. The phone is set back from the front of the case just enough to prevent screen impact when dropped on the face.

This Honor 7X case is textured to provide a grippy surface. So many phones are slippery these days, so maintaining a grip can be difficult. The textured case allows for maximum gripping surface, keeping your phone secure in your hand. The built-in kickstand allows you to watch movies hands-free, making the case functional and helpful.

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KuGiPremium Flexible Soft Anti Slip TPU Honor 7X Case 

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If a hard case isn’t the right look for you, KuGi has a shock absorbing soft case that fits over the Honor 7X like a glove. The soft silicone is textured to look and feel great. The sides are engineered for maximum grip. The holes for ports are precision cut to allow for access to the cameras, fingerprint sensor, charging port, and every other opening, without having to remove the case.

A creative new TPU formula helps extend the life of the case — providing long-lasting protection for your device. The Honor 7X case also comes with a 100 percent satisfaction warranty, allowing you a full refund or a new case if you aren’t completely satisfied. This is a classic look that will offer your device maximum protection.

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KuGi ultra-thin Flexible Rubber Soft TPU Hybrid Bumper Case

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Finally, if you would prefer to show off your phone, but still have it protected, the KuGi ultra-thin Flexible clear Honor 7X case will do just that. Made from a thin, drop/shock/scratch absorbent TPU, the case will allow you to admire the phone’s craftsmanship while still enjoying the protection the case provides.

The precision cutouts give you access to all of your ports, plus keeps your camera lenses and fingerprint sensor free. The TPU material is sturdy enough to maintain these port openings without a lot of wear and tear on the case, keeping your device safe and the case itself intact. The TPU has a soft touch feeling that feels great in the hand and is very grippy to prevent drops or accidental falls.

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So, that’s our list of the best cases you can get for your Honor 7X. It’s still a new device, so there are sure to be more cases coming, and we’ll update the list as they do. But this covers a good variety of styles, from the wallet case, to the ultra-durable, to the slim and fashionable. There is surely a case on here for you.

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Republican Senators Are Making Out Like Bandits with Special Real-Estate Tax Break

The GOP isn’t even masking its greed and corruption.

When the U.S. Senate takes up the final tax bill this week, more than a quarter of all GOP senators will be voting on a bill that includes a special provision that could give them a new tax cut through their real estate shell companies, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. The provision…

 

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Uses and abuses of challenge

Once upon a time, in a past so long a go that few people remember it, computer games came with an options menu in which you could choose the difficulty and challenge of the game yourself. The idea was that all of us would like games to be both winnable and not a pushover, but because preferences on how easily winnable a game should be, as well as experience and skill in a game, vary from user to user, it would be best to have several options in order to please everybody. Now that was way back when games still came in a box. With games increasingly switching to a “game as a service” online experience, difficulty settings fell out of favor. Somehow it appeared to make more sense if the same orc in World of Warcraft held the same challenge for each player, with the only variable being the power level of the player himself. With less and less single-player games around, and PvE games being more and more replaced by PvP, difficulty setting have become increasingly rare.

I’ve been playing a bunch of pseudo-PvP games on my iPad lately. Pseudo because I don’t necessarily fight another player online at the same time, but my army fights his computer-controlled army. That usually was nice enough at the start of the game. But then with each win I gained some sort of trophies or ranking, so that later I was matched against more and more powerful players. Ultimately it was obvious that this was a no-win proposition: The better I did, the more likely it became that I would lose the next game. The only strategy that worked was to deliberately lose games, to drop down in rankings, to then win the now easier PvP games in order to achieve the quests and goals the game set me. But that sort of cheesy strategy isn’t exactly fun.

The other type of game I played recently is the one in which your performance doesn’t actually matter at all any more. I played Total War: Arena, but many team vs. team multiplayer games fall into the same category: The contribution of any single player to the outcome of a 10 vs. 10 battle is only 5%. That gets quite annoying if you come up with a brilliant move and outmaneuver another player and crush him, only to find that the 9 other players on the enemy team obliterated your 9 team mates, and you lost the battle. Especially since in Total War: Arena you end up with more rewards having done nothing much in a won battle than for a great performance in a lost battle.

Finally my wife was complaining about a problem with challenge levels in her iPad puzzle games: The games are free to play, they get harder and harder with each level until you can’t beat it any more, and then the game offers you a way out: Use some sort of booster, which of course you need to pay real money for, to make the too hard levels easy enough to win again.

Somehow I get the feeling we lost something important when difficulty sliders went out of fashion. However the discussion of difficulty and challenge is complicated by the fact that this is one of the issues where gamers are the most dishonest about. Gamers tend to say they want more challenge, but when you observe what they are doing, e.g. attacking the enemy castle in a PvP MMORPG at 3 am in the morning, it is clearly that they are mostly occupied with avoiding or circumventing any actual challenge. Pay2Win and loot boxes wouldn’t be such an issue if gamers weren’t actually spending their money on improving their chances to win. If most gamers were so interested in challenge, then why is there so much cheating and botting going on? People want to win, by any means, and by talking up the challenge they want to make their win look more impressive. Which is kind of sad, if you think about it, that their positive self-image depends on being a winner in a video game. Many a fragile gamer-ego can’t admit that they’d quite like a relaxing game that doesn’t constantly challenge them to the max. I do.