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The [Friday] Papers

For completists, there was no column on Thursday.

"President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Thursday said for the first time that extrajudicial killings had happened under his government's brutal war on drugs, an admission that could bolster two cases filed against him at the International Criminal Court," the New York Times reports.

"In a rambling speech before government executives at the presidential palace, Mr. Duterte again touched on the government's drug war that has left thousands dead, a common theme in his two-year-old presidency.

"He said he had challenged the country's military and police brass to remove him from office if they were not satisfied with the way he was running the country.

"I told the military, what is my fault? Did I steal even one peso?" Mr. Duterte said. "My only sin is the extrajudicial killings."

Last I checked, murder was a more serious crime than petty theft.

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From the Times last November:

"President Trump said on Monday that he had a 'great relationship' with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, making little mention of human rights at his first face-to-face meeting with an authoritarian leader accused of carrying out a campaign of extrajudicial killings in his nation's war on drugs.

"In a stark break from past practice by American presidents, who have pressed foreign leaders publicly and privately about allegations of human rights abuses, Mr. Trump instead pursued his own transactional style of diplomacy, dwelling mostly on areas of common ground during his meeting with Mr. Duterte. On the sideline of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit meeting, Mr. Trump focused on combating the Islamic State and illegal drugs as well as on trade issues, the White House said.

"'Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs,' said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.

"But Mr. Duterte's spokesman denied that the subject of rights was ever broached, even as the Philippine president spoke about the 'drug menace' in his country."

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From CNN back then:

"Before their bilateral meeting in Manila on Monday, President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte posed for pictures. Reporters were late for what is known as the 'pool spray' because, according to the pool report of the meeting, they were held up by security.

"When they finally got into the room, reporters asked questions of the two leaders regarding Duterte's controversial human rights record and whether Trump would raise it with him. Here's what happened next:

Duterte: "We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and . . . with you around, guys, you are the spies."

"Hah, hah, hah," Trump said laughing.

"You are," Duterte repeated.

"Um, what?

"Even after his meeting with Duterte, Trump - in an open session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting - seemed entirely unfazed by his colleague's view on the press. He thanked Duterte 'very much for the way you treated all of us.'

"'Thank you,' Duterte responded. 'This signifies the end of our open session. I would like to request media to leave us alone.' He quickly added: 'You may leave the room.'

"Context matters here, and shows that Trump tolerating Duterte's behavior - not to mention laughing at his 'joke' - is really bad.

"In June 2016, in the wake of two Filipino journalists being killed while working, Duterte said this: 'Just because you're a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination if you're a son of a bitch. Freedom of expression cannot help you if you have done something wrong.'"

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The Guardian:

"President Rodrigo Duterte crooned a hit Filipino love song at a dinner in Manila for leaders from across Asia, explaining later that it was 'on the orders of Donald Trump.'

"The U.S. president and Duterte were among 19 leaders at a gala in the Philippines capital on Sunday before the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit. At one point Duterte took the microphone to sing "Ikaw (You)," in a duet with local pop diva Pilita Corrales.

"One of the song's verses, translated from Filipino, begins: 'You are the light in my world, a half of this heart of mine.'"

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See also: Donald Trump Praises Rodrigo Duterte's Death Squads As Trump Tower Manila Is Going Up.

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New on the Beachwood . . .

JBTV's Jerry Bryant Fighting Cancer, Making Movie
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Amazon Training Video: "Unions Are Lying, Cheating Rats"
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The Ex-Cub Factor
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Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant And The American Indians
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OxyContin Patients, Then And Now
Revisiting patients used in 1990s marketing testimonials.

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ChicagoReddit

I make these wooden maps of various cities-- got around to Chicago the other day, I know it's not the whole city but I got as much as I could fit on a single wood piece. from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Ella Lima in Chicago for The Other Art Fair.

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BeachBook

Supreme Tantrum.

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You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads.

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Facebook Also Screwing With WhatsApp, Instagram

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The Latest WTF From Inside The Trump Administration, By Michael Lewis.

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A Makeshift Refugee Camp In Daley Plaza.

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TweetWood
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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Cryin' and lyin'.



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Posted on September 28, 2018


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