Dozens of Harvard faculty and students gathered at Emerson Hall on Feb. 23 to ponder the nature of perception with Ned Block, the Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science at New York University (NYU) and one of the country’s leading thinkers on consciousness.Block’s lecture, “How Empirical Facts About Attention Transform Traditional Philosophical Debates About the Nature of Perception,” explored prevailing notions of perception by looking at how we see and pay attention to objects we encounter. As the title indicated, the lecture was peppered with evidence from experiments, some of which he asked members of the audience to try themselves.The address also marked the resurrection of the William James Lectures, a long-running series of talks in the 20th century that featured such well-known intellectuals as Bertrand Russell and John Dewey. Discontinued in the 1980s, the series has now been revived by Harvard’s Department of Philosophy.Block appropriately began his lecture with a quote on the nature of attention from the renowned Harvard philosopher and psychologist after whom the series is named.“As we rightly perceive and name the same color under various lights, the same sound at various distances,” wrote William James in “The Principles of Psychology” (1890), “so we seem to make an analogous sort of allowance for the varying amounts of attention with which objects are viewed. And whatever changes of feeling the attention may bring, we charge, as it were, to the attention’s account, and still perceive and conceive of the object as the same.”Block said that James’ understanding of perception was, in some ways, a precursor of Block’s own view, which he called “mental paint.” He explained that this notion of consciousness emphasizes the ways in which one is aware of things, rather than whether the things are themselves representations of our own inner worlds or objectively perceived. In other words, the color red that you see may or may not be the color red that I see, depending on the circumstances of perception.Block contrasted mental paint with the idea of perception forwarded by the direct realists. These thinkers, he said, contend that the objects we see are the product of “direct awareness.” In other words, the red you see really is the red I see. Moreover, a direct realist would say that there is no such thing as an illusion. To illustrate this point, Block showed the audience a picture of a pencil partially immersed in water. For a direct realist, Block said, even the light refraction that makes the pencil looks bent is not an illusion, because our association is to something real.“What you’re aware of is the similarity between the pencil in the water and a bent pencil,” he said. “What’s illusory is just the cognition to the effect that the pencil is bent. There’s no illusion in the perception.” Block said that this distinction amounted to little more than semantics. At some level, the viewer must still decide what is real and what is an illusion when he or she looks at the pencil in the glass, which undermines claims of a one-size-fits-all perception.Block also took on the idea of perception advanced by representationalists, philosophers who claim that what we see is a representation of our own unique inner reality. In this view, the red you see is not the red I see. The color you perceive is determined by the idea that you have in your mind, not by any objective quality of the object itself.“The phenomenal character of perceptual experience is constituted by or is determined by the representational content of perception,” Block explained. Block found this notion of consciousness lacking as well. He said that representationalism was “too vague.” Moreover, Block asserted that representationalists had perception backward, and that the experience of an object — seeing a fire hydrant, touching a glass — is what determines the idea we have in our mind.To help the crowd at Emerson understand the mental-paint approach to consciousness, Block recreated an experiment first carried out by his colleague Marisa Carrasco, professor of psychology and neural science at NYU. On a screen at the head of the classroom, he projected an image with three aspects. In the middle was a dot. On either side of the dot were identical images of differing contrast. The image on the left was a 22 percent contrast patch. The image on the right was 28 percent.Block asked the audience members to aim their gaze at the dot in the middle of the screen, but to attend to the image on the left. When they did, the members of the crowd discovered that the low-contrast patch looked identical to the high-contrast one. In other words, the way you pay attention to an object determines how you experience it. Perception is therefore neither objective and unchanging, as the direct realists content, nor entirely a product of inner experience, as the representationalists contend.“There is a third way to think about perception,” he said. “Experience and experiment can influence the way we understand how we see.”Block’s talk was well-received by the audience, and yielded to a vigorous question-and-answer session. Many in the standing-room-only crowd likely will return to Emerson 305 for the final three lectures in the series, “Rich Perception, Sparse Cognition” (March 1), “Unconscious vs. Preconscious” (March 8), and “Is Conscious Perception More Fine Grained than Attention and Perceptual Belief?” (March 20).
According to a newly released report, Notre Dame has a $2.46 billion impact on the South Bend-Elkhart region each year. The impact is calculated based on money spent on investments and research; money spent by students, visitors and event attendees and the wage premium that Notre Dame graduates earn.“Notre Dame’s economic and cultural impact is growing beyond South Bend to incorporate the broader region,” Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “This growth reflects Notre Dame’s partnership with the thriving South Bend-Elkhart region — a place for robust employment and cultural life beyond the boundaries of the University. Notre Dame’s success can be measured in part by how well our neighbors flourish.”According to the release, Notre Dame supports 16,700 jobs in the region. It uses a $1.2 billion operations budget annually and has a three-year average of $271 million in capital expenditures, which includes several of the recent large-scale construction and renovations projects. The impact of participant spending from events ranging from athletic to cultural is $256 million, and each home football game contributes $26.4 million to the local region.This year’s report includes a wage premium section, which highlights the 10,000 Notre Dame alumni who live in Indiana and contribute to a $76 million aggregate annual wage premium by being in the workforce.Notre Dame assesses its economic impact every five years. This year’s report was prepared by Econsult Solutions Inc.Tags: economic impact, research funding, wage premium
Rachel Palermo, a third-year Notre Dame Law student will work as assistant press secretary to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated next week, according to a Jan. 8 Biden-Harris press release.Palermo completed her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and from there, worked for the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election as Assistant Press Secretary and Director of Women’s Media. While she was in college, she interned at the Department of Justice.She also worked as a legal extern for former South Bend Mayor and democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, while she was a second-year law student. Since the fall of 2020, Palermo has worked remotely as part of the Biden-Harris Transition communications team.Palermo’s position was announced in the press release detailing new staff to the Office of the Vice President.“These deeply experienced public servants reflect the very best of our nation, and they will be ready to get to work building a country that lifts up all Americans,” Harris said in the release. “I am proud to announce these individuals will be joining my team and look forward to working alongside them each and every day.”Palermo is from Minnesota and is the daughter of a Lebanese immigrant. According to a Thursday post from the Law School, during her time at Notre Dame, Palermo held the roles of president of the Women’s Legal Forum and managing articles editor for the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, in addition to being an oralist for the Moot Court Board.Tags: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Notre Dame Law School, Rachel Palermo
Laura Benanti View Comments Star Files The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.We can’t wait to let Laura Benanti entertain us as Amalia in the revival of musical rom-com She Loves Me, which officially opens at Studio 54 on March 17. From stage to screen, the Tony winner has dazzled fans in her numerous roles, all of which she has fit as perfectly as Cinderella’s glass slipper. Benanti has ventured Into the Woods, fallen for an international terrorist in Women on the Verge and even mothered Supergirl. Think it’s impossible to rank her varied performances? Don’t have a nervous breakdown! Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan already started off the challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!
The glaring summer heat may have you convinced to add more shade to your landscape. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees to create that needed shade.Fall planting allows tree root systems to become established and supply the moisture needed for next spring’s growth. This way your trees will get off to a great start.Many ornamental trees provide a bountiful display of spring or summer flowers, too. Specimen trees attract attention because of their unique form and beauty.Ask yourself a few questionsSo how do you select the right tree for the right place? First ask yourself what you really need in your landscape. Do you need shade over the patio from a large tree with wide-spreading branches? Do you need a splash of color in the far meadow? Do you have the perfect place for an accent tree?Next ask yourself if you have the space the tree will need. In particular, look at the room needed for the spread of the branches. Mature trees often reach out 20 to 30 feet in all directions, requiring a 40- to 60-foot open area.Are there utility wires overhead? Wires limit headroom and may limit your selection to small trees or no trees at all. What about underground utilities and drain fields? Check with the utility company so you don’t plant trees directly over these.Then consider the strength of the wood and pest resistance of the trees you have in mind. Look for pest-resistant trees that require little maintenance.How fast will it grow?What about the tree’s growth rate? Are you planting for your own gratification or for the enjoyment of future generations? Here’s a short list of fast-growing trees from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. These are just a few of the lesser-known trees that can be planted in the fall.* The red maple called October Glory is fast-growing with good, green summer foliage and bright red leaves in late fall. It’s dependable year after year.* The Shumard oak grows faster than most trees and has a nice, broad, oval crown. It has shiny, dark-green summer foliage and russet-red fall color. It quickly becomes a large, stately tree.* Willow oak leaves are long and willow-like. It’s a tough oak for moist or dry sites and makes a dependable large shade tree.* Lacebark elm loses its bark in small, puzzle-like pieces, creating a delicate pattern on the trunk and larger branches. The small leaves are glossy green and pest-resistant. This tough tree is extremely drought-tolerant and is a dependable, fast-growing shade tree.The fall color of trees’ foliage brightens landscapes. Several of the more dependable trees for fall color are the brilliant yellow ginkgo, wine-red sourwood, red and orange sugar maple (southern sugar maple in central and southern Georgia) and Chinese pistache.For more information about adding trees to your landscape, see the UGA Extension publication Shade Trees for Georgia on the Web at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After about five frustrated days of jury deliberations, Judge Mark Cohen was preparing to declare a mistrial in the cover-up case against an ex-Nassau County police brass member when a court officer handed him a note: The jurors had reached a verdict.With the clock running out, two jurors and Cohen—a Suffolk judge brought in after two Nassau judges had recused themselves last year—were about to go on vacation, threatening to nullify the month-long trial. Shortly before 8 p.m. a hush fell over the small crowd at Nassau court in Mineola on Feb. 15 as the jury foreman read the verdict. William Flanagan, the retired second deputy Nassau police commissioner, readily looked on.He was found guilty of conspiracy, a misdemeanor, and not guilty of receiving reward for official misconduct, a felony, after being convicted of two misdemeanor official misconduct counts on Valentine’s Day.“This isn’t over,” Flanagan calmly told reporters outside the courtroom.It was his first public statement since he’d given a round of interviews following his March 2012 arrest—prosecutors had unsuccessfully tried to use those quotes as evidence since he never took the stand.“We’re very disappointed that the jury mistakenly convicted him of the misdemeanor,” said Bruce Barket, Flanagan’s Garden City-based attorney, who vowed to appeal. “They exonerated him of the most serious charge. The appellate court will take care of the rest.”District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the top-elected Democrat seeking re-election in Republican-controlled Nassau, now faces strained relations with the police agency her prosecutors work closest with after she took down its disgraced ex-third top cop, sources in both departments say. As two of Flanagan’s alleged co-conspirators await trial—the highest-ranking of the brass to do so after an especially scandalous year for Nassau cops—Rice echoed a Press expose that had sparked Flanagan’s arrest and conviction.“This case has always been about making sure that there isn’t one set of rules for the wealthy and connected, and another set for everyone else,” Rice said in a statement. “The jury validated our belief in that important principle.”The scandal erupted five months after Bronx prosecutors accused 15 NYPD officers of fixing tickets in what some described as New York City’s biggest police favoritism case in a half-century. Those cops pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.As far as Long Island law enforcement cover-up scandals go, Flanagan’s conviction may be the most serious case since a New York State commission investigated widespread allegations of Suffolk County police corruption in the 1980s—assuming that discrepancies revealed at the now-shuttered Nassau police crime lab were just mistakes and not acts intended to sway cases.UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATOR:Gary Parker, a CPA from Merrick who asked his police friends’ for help quashing the arrest of his son, Zachary, was a star witness at Flanagan’s trial (Photo by Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Nassau jurors unanimously agreed that Flanagan had joined a conspiracy to return electronics stolen from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore in May 2009 by then-17-year-old student Zachary Parker as a favor to Parker’s father, Gary, a donor to a nonprofit Nassau police foundation, who wanted to avoid Zach’s arrest. But, by acquitting Flanagan of taking three $100 Morton’s steakhouse gift cards from the Parkers as a reward for misconduct, jurors had doubted that there was a quid pro quo, apparently buying the defense argument that the two were friends who’d exchanged gifts before.“We realized that it was a conspiracy from day one,” one juror told the Press the night of the verdict. “They did what they did. They can’t undo that.”Now that the first of the conspiracy cases have wrapped, one nagging question persists: Why should a jaded public care?CALLING SERPICOFor a case that required jurors to listen to 18 witnesses, hear dozens of emails read aloud and watch what observers estimated was a record number of sidebars over 12 days of testimony, there was at least some star appeal to spice things up.Those who sat with Flanagan supporters were high-ranking current and former officials, including his old boss, retired Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who told the Press: “Bill’s a good friend.” Gary Parker testified that Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel billed the Nassau County Police Foundation—a group fundraising for a new police academy the two donated to—for $600 worth of his Pinheads and Patriots books. Parker also testified he’d asked for Flanagan’s help while the ex-cop was securing the 2009 U.S. Golf Open at Bethpage State Park.But, beyond the splashy celebrity lure, such cases can have a real chilling effect.“There’s an old saying: Everybody does it,” says Peter Cardalena, a St. John’s University criminal justice professor, Floral Park-based attorney and retired NYPD officer. “We just let it roll off our backs. The public should be concerned.”He recalls students telling him when they think they’ve been improperly stopped by police but rarely report the allegations to internal affairs investigators because they feel “nothing can be done.” Cardalena counters that police retraining is routinely ordered after misconduct claims are made—a sign such allegations are taken seriously.Police Commissioner Thomas Dale—whose first task was closing half of eight precincts—was hired halfway through a 20-month period in which four cops died in the line of duty and oversaw a year in which a half dozen police employees were arrested. Last May he had the Nassau County Legislature grant him the power to fire officers as he sees fit without arbitration, although the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association is fighting that move in court.Still, by all accounts, 2012 was the department’s worst year in recent memory. Aside from Flanagan’s two alleged co-conspirators—former Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe—ex-Nassau Police Officer Michael Tedesco pleaded not guilty in December to 109 charges alleging he spent shifts at his mistress’ house, police aide Frances Colvin pleaded not guilty to harassing a romantic rival, and another cop was sentenced in June to community service after admitting to shoplifting $40 of baby food. Inspector Thomas DePaola was also demoted for downgrading crime statistics in July.Justin Hopson, a former New Jersey State Trooper who blew the whistle on corrupt cops and is the author of Breaking the Blue Wall: One Man’s War Against Police Corruption, says Dale will have to do more than fire bad apples to restore public trust in the department.“Every act of police corruption needs to be unearthed, investigated properly and prosecuted,” he tells the Press, adding that Dale needs to “create a cultural sea change, one where the police police one another.”Inspector Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman, declined to comment for this story. Rice’s office referred questions back to her statement.From left: Retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, ex-Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan and former Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter. Sharpe and Hunter had their cases severed from Flanagan’s and are awaiting trial.OFFICE POLITICSThe difference in opinion between police and prosecutors over whether Flanagan should have ever been charged could be measured in the distance separating his supporters and the district attorney staffers seated on opposite sides of the courtroom during the trial.How much that rift carries over into everyday inter-agency cooperation—or lack thereof—is open to debate, although observers agree that the internal politics is more an issue than the case’s potential impact when Rice’s re-election campaign ramps up later this year.“My gut says the verdict has its own implications but it’s going to be like a tree falling in the forest—it’s not going to have any political implications,” says Jerry Kremer, a former state Assemblyman turned LI Democratic strategist.Although representatives for the police and the prosecution declined to discuss the rift on the record, those close to the situation agree that there are fences in need of mending.“I think there’s relationships that should be developed and made stronger…for the continued success of policing and prosecuting in Nassau County,” says James Carver, president of the Nassau PBA, which has supported Rice’s past campaigns.Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli is confident that both sides will eventually bury the handcuffs.“This is not the first person in a police force who’s been charged with a crime,” says Ciampoli. “This comes up in the course of business. It’s come up before; it’ll come up again. The professionals on both ends are working through it.”In her statement the night of the verdict, Rice acknowledged that the case is a black eye for the beleaguered police department.“This is a huge win for the public, but it’s also a sad day for an awful lot of incredibly hard-working Nassau cops who do their brave jobs honestly every day,” Rice’s statement reads. “This case is a reminder that to safeguard the public’s trust and the integrity of our honest officers, we must be vigilant in our fight against corruption and misconduct.”Still, don’t expect the issue to spark any action in the halls of county government.A spokesman for Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) says there are no proposals or public hearings in the county legislature stemming from the case. A spokeswoman for County Executive Ed Mangano did not respond to a request for comment.The March 31, 2011 Press cover story “Membership Has Its Privileges” sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office that resulted in the felony conviction of Zachary Parker and the indictments of three ex-top cops.JAIL CELL DOORSFlanagan, who resigned following a year in which he was ranked LI’s highest-paid cop, is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. Misdemeanor convictions are punishable by up to a year in jail, although it’s doubtful he’ll serve much time—if any.His co-defendants, Hunter and Sharpe, had their cases severed from Flanagan’s and they are due back in court March 15. Their attorneys declined to comment.Zachary Parker, the burglar who was never arrested by police, pleaded guilty to charges in a grand jury indictment after prosecutors investigated the cover-up allegations in the Press. He’s serving up to three years in prison.How many others like him whose cover-ups were never exposed we may never know.
Jim Patterson is a partner with Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax (e.g. 409A and 457(f)), nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits. Most of Jim’s deferred compensation clients are healthcare systems and credit unions. Jim has drafted numerous split dollar plans, SERPs, and other nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and welfare benefits plans. Jim’s practice also includes drafting employment agreements and severance plans that integrate nonqualified deferred compensation concepts with other issues relating to an individual’s employment. He has worked closely with state credit union regulators in the 47 states that have state credit union charters, as well as with regulators at the NCUA. Jim is based in Maple Plain, MN. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Sherman Kirk Sherman is a partner with Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax (e.g. 409A and 457(f)), nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits. … Web: www.bfbbenefit.com Details After almost eight years and several false alarms, the IRS may finally issue the new Section 457(f) regulations addressing nonqualified deferred compensation plans and severance plans. Two IRS attorneys speaking at separate events have expressed hope that the regulations will be released by this summer.Credit unions at greatest risk of having to modify their plans are those that sponsor:Nonqualified deferral plans (other than 457(b) eligible plans) that allow elective deferrals,Nonqualified deferral plans that use noncompete restrictions as substantial risks of forfeiture, andSeverance plans providing severance benefits greater than two times compensation.For other credit unions, the new regulations may be a non-event.What Should Your Credit Union Do Now?While awaiting the new 457(f) regulations, credit union boards and management can determine whether the credit union sponsors 457(f) plans that use noncompetes or elective deferrals, and whether it has promised severance greater than the two-times limit. Having identified such plans, the credit union (and its advisers) will quickly be able to determine if and how the new rules impact the credit union’s arrangements and what, if any, changes are required.Understanding the Tax Implications of 457(f) Rule ChangesIn 2007, the IRS first announced its intent to change the 457(f) rules. If the rules are issued as the IRS anticipated, elective deferrals and deferrals subject to noncompete restrictions would no longer defer taxes. Instead, taxes would be deferred only if the deferrals were non-elective and subject to cliff vesting (i.e., the benefit is forfeited if the executive quits before the specified vesting date). Most credit union 457(f) plans already use cliff vesting, and elective 457(f) deferrals are rare. Therefore, we expect few credit unions to have to modify their 457(f) plans.The guidance is also expected to address what qualifies as a bona fide severance benefit for purposes of 457(f). Compensation paid under a bona fide severance plan would be taxed as received. Compensation in excess of the bona fide severance limits would be taxed in a lump sum at termination. We expect the bona fide plan limit to be the lesser of two times the executive’s annual total compensation or two times the qualified plan compensation limit (two times $265,000 in 2015). Credit unions can still pay severance in excess of the two times limit, if fair and reasonable, but the taxation may be different.As with 457(f) plans, we expect that few changes to severance plans will be required to comply with the new rules.For noncompliant 457(f) or severance plans, we expect the new rules to provide a process for transitioning to compliant designs. Grandfathering of noncompliant arrangements seems unlikely.What Should Your Credit Union Do When the IRS Issues the Guidance?After the IRS issues the new 457(f) guidance, and especially if it expands the guidance beyond what is expected, your credit union should check with its advisors to make sure you address any modifications to your nonqualified deferral or severance plans that may be required at that time.Contributing author: James Patterson, Partner, Sherman & Patterson, LTD
(WBNG) — Restaurants in Binghamton say they are looking forward to Restaurant Week and this year. Despite 2020 being a challenging year, restaurant owners say Restaurant Week will be no different. Restaurants that 12 News spoke with say they have seen more people taking advantage of Restaurant Week this year as it is primarily being conducted through takeout. But, due to the nice weather, many people have also chosen to dine-in this week. Restaurants say they are happy that the menu prices reflected during the week allow more people to come to the restaurants and people can try a variety of new dishes.
U Rijeka is the summer flight schedule also announced from March 31, 2019. Last year, Rijeka Airport recorded a record number of over 183 thousand passengers, thus achieving a traffic growth of 30 percent compared to 2017. In this summer season, three new airlines are coming to Rijeka – Volotea, Lufthansa and Air Serbia, which will fly to two new destinations – Marseille and Belgrade. One of the largest charter carriers, TUI group, is also coming to Rijeka. The summer flight schedule is usually introduced before the Easter holidays, and new, seasonal routes will gradually be introduced that will connect emitting tourist markets with Croatia. Aircraft owned by Croatia Airlines in the regular traffic of the summer tourist season fly to 24 European countries, ie to 38 destinations, and only Zagreb is directly connected to 24 destinations in 22 countries. Croatian airline Croatia Airlines has announced a new, summer flight schedule for 2019. According to Croatia Airlines, there are an average of 105 flights a day. This year, the number of passengers is expected to increase by 5 percent compared to last year, when as many as 2,17 million were transported. This year’s seasonal lines take effect from yesterday, March 31, and are valid until October 28, 2019. Zadar Airport it also announced its summer flight schedule which took effect on March 31, 2019. Zadar Airport enters the new season with four new companies and 15 new routes. Significant increase in traffic is expected to exceed 700 thousand passengers, or 15 percent more than last year. Only Ryanair has announced 8 new lines from Zadar, namely Hamburg, Cologne, Prague, Nuremberg, Milan (Bergamo), Poznan, Krakow and Eindhoven. Zadar Airport / Facebook Osijek Airport also informed passengers about the summer flight schedule valid from March 31 to October 26, 2019, just like Split Airport. This year, Croatia Airlines continues to fly to all European destinations it has introduced in the past three years. These are the cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague, St. Petersburg, Dublin and Mostar, as well as the Dubrovnik-Munich and Split-Copenhagen routes. Also, flights to many other destinations such as Athens, Barcelona and Venice are available again. As for the new flight schedules, it is worth mentioning the new routes from Pula – the airline Jet2.com introduces the Birmingham route, and EasyJet Amsterdam and Geneva. See the summer flight schedule of Dubrovnik Airport HERE You can see the complete flight schedule of Croatia Airlines HERE. Cover photo: Humphrey Muleba, Pexels
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So let’s play Alternate Universe again, and bring Nichols’ scenarios up-to-date.Imagine that President Hillary Clinton had agreed to release a partisan Democratic intelligence memo over the objections of Republicans in Congress and her own top FBI officials that disclosure could harm national security.Would conservative pundits and politicians:(a) Praise President Clinton for abandoning her old habits of secrecy and standing strong on the side of transparency in government?(b) Call for her impeachment on grounds that she had compromised national security for shamelessly self-serving political reasons?Imagine, next, that the Clinton campaign had named as a foreign policy adviser a little known figure with scanty business or academic credentials but with strongly pro-Putin views and curious links to senior Russian officials.Imagine that this same adviser later testified to Congress that the Clinton campaign had asked him to sign a nondisclosure agreement after a trip he took to Russia during the height of the campaign.Imagine also that senior Clinton campaign officials at first denied and later had their memories “refreshed” about knowing him.Would conservative pundits and politicians:(a) Agree with Clinton administration spokespersons that, while the campaign had named him as an adviser, he had no role in anything and that his links to Russia were purely incidental? Categories: Editorial, OpinionLate last year, Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College and a NeverTrump conservative, proposed a little thought experiment for Republicans skeptical of Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia ties.“Let’s play Alternate Universe,” he wrote on Twitter.“It’s 2017, and President Hillary Clinton is facing charges that Chelsea met with Russians who offered oppo on Trump. Chelsea didn’t call the FBI; and Clinton nat sec adviser Jake Sullivan lied to the FBI about talking to the Russians.”Nichols laid out the unfolding drama over a series of tweets.President Clinton fires the FBI director after he declines her request to “let it go” on Sullivan.“Then, at least three other Clinton campaign officials end up indicted. All of them are tied in some way to a hostile foreign power.”Later, she threatens to “yank FOX’s license” because she didn’t like its critical coverage. (b) Cast aspersions on the deputy attorney general for defending the work of the special counsel against the wishes of the president?(c) Accuse the president of obstructing justice by smearing and effectively ousting upstanding public servants whose only sin was to do their jobs to the best of their abilities while, in one case, being married to a woman with political ambitions?In this same alternative universe, I’d be writing columns calling for further investigations of a manifestly corrupt Clinton administration, and even raising the subject of impeachment. I know because I was there for the prequel, back in 1998.At least some of the conservatives who railed against Bill Clinton then could claim they were acting on principles that went beyond pure partisanship.These days, not so much.Bret Stephens is a columnist with The New York Times. “I’m sure … totally sure …” Nichols added with no little irony, “that stalwarts of the GOP would say: Look, this is a nothingburger, you can’t define ‘collusion,’ it’s just ‘the coffee boy,’ and on and on.”I’m reminded of Nichols’ astute tweets as the Republican campaign against the Russia investigation kicked into higher gear this week.At the State of the Union on Tuesday night, Trump was overheard telling Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., that he was “100 percent” committed to releasing House Committee Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ secret memo on the Russia investigation, over fierce FBI objections regarding “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”Next there was the ahead-of-schedule departure of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe after relentless public criticism from Trump.McCabe was politically suspect because his wife, a Democrat, made a failed bid in 2015 for the Virginia state Senate and had received money from then-Gov. (and Clinton ally) Terry McAuliffe’s political-action committee.And finally there was House Speaker Paul Ryan, who on Tuesday supported the release of the Nunes memo to “clean up” the FBI.If the administration and its supporters get their way, the “cleaning” would also claim Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and apparently approved the continued surveillance of the former Trump campaign adviser and Vladimir Putin fan Carter Page. Altogether, this is supposed to tell the tale of deep state collusion against our elected leader. (b) Agree with Democrats in Congress that the FBI had no business whatsoever in surveilling him because a political dossier might have served as one basis of suspicion, and that his civil liberties had been seriously traduced?(c) Note that his presence on the campaign was of a piece with Clinton’s disastrous “reset” of relations with Russia under the Obama administration, and that it suggested a policy of appeasing the Kremlin at America’s expense?Imagine, finally, that after firing James Comey for insufficient loyalty, President Clinton had asked the deputy director of the FBI how he had voted in the election in an Oval Office meeting.Imagine that after learning that he hadn’t voted, she unleashed a campaign of public invective and belittlement aimed at his wife for having once run for state office as a Republican.Imagine, in this same connection, that the effort to oust the deputy director was only a warm-up to getting rid of the deputy attorney general, a well-regarded, straight-shooting Democrat who had appointed the special counsel looking into Clinton’s Russia ties.Would conservative pundits and politicians:(a) Applaud President Clinton for taking a belated but necessary step to clean up a “politicized” Justice Department that had interfered against her at the end of the campaign, while also agreeing that the party affiliation of an FBI official’s spouse is a legitimate basis to suspect the official of disloyalty and partisan motives?