The Week So Far with Yvonne Ridley – Kylie, Khashoggi and kissing in California

Kylie Minogue, Glastonbury and why kiss could be illegal in California - all in this weeks edition of The Week So Far with Yvonne Ridley.

Scales of US justice tip balance to Trump’s right

Hours and hours of debate took place before Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed as a Supreme Court judge, but who are the winners and losers?

Obviously, Kavanaugh is a clear winner but the biggest loser is America and its citizens, especially women, who did not want to see that man take up the position in the Supreme Court for life.

The law or judicial system is supposed to be blind when it comes to gender, skin colour, position and politics and judges are expected to be equally impartial but …. Read the full article by Yvonne Ridley here


Khashoggi mystery deepens as speculation mounts over the fate of the Saudi journalist who disappeared in Istanbul

Jamal Khashoggi has now been missing for six days since WTX News revealed the Saudi-born journalist disappeared during a visit to the Saudi consulate in the Turkish capital.

While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was “hopeful” Khashoggi is still alive, Turkish police were briefing journalists that they believed the outspoken Saudi was dead after being killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul.

One Turkish official said: “We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate.”Predictably the Saudi regime has dismissed this claiming Khashoggi left the consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

But the Turkish President told reporters on Sunday that …. Read the full article here


Why my KISS could be illegal in California!

Admittedly I’m a bit of a Luddite when it comes to technology. I like to KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!

So imagine my horror at finding out that default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020.

And we all know that whatever happens in America usually finds its way across the Atlantic.

California’s lawmakers have passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold there. The new legislation means each gadget must have a unique password when it is made.

As someone who prefers easy passwords such as 1234 or 0000, I’m horrified by this news. No doubt fans of weird and wonderful passwords containing alphanumeric sequences with a sprinkling of symbols like +$$!!@# will be cheering but I will not be among them.

Yes, I know that cyber attacks on Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit happened because criminals took advantage of poor passwords on lots of internet gadgets including webcams and other so-called smart home hardware.

But can the geeky brains not come up with something more simple than a complicated password for dinosaurs like me?


Especially for Kylie: Get well soon 

I hear Kylie Minogue has been forced to cancel gigs in Dublin and Belfast due to illness. The Australian singer should have taken to the stage in Dublin on Sunday night and then headed for Belfast for Monday’s concert.

Kylie Minogue looking fabulous after celebrating 50th birthday
Kylie Minogue looking fabulous after celebrating 50th birthday

Her forlorn tweets on Sunday revealed she may have a vocal strain caused by a throat infection. The good news is she will be able to reschedule the dates. In the meantime we all wish, I’m sure, the pocket pop princess a swift recovery


Oh Blasto Glasto

Sunday is a day where most of us choose to chillax under the duvet until mid-morning. However, there were some early risers revving up to grab Glastonbury festival tickets which went on sale at 9am and they were all snapped up within minutes by the early birds leaving plodders and snoozers like me still at the starting blocks.
Around 200,000 will head for Worthy Farm, Somerset, in June next year but it seems I will not be among them. Glasto is on my bucket list and I wanted to tick it off in 2018 but the fab festival did not go ahead this year to give everyone involved a break.


Shut up Elon, beg investors

So not only has Elon Musk been forced to resign as CEO of Tesla because of a joke tweet, some Tesla investors are wishing someone would pull the plug on his twitter account as they say his online rants are costing them megabucks.

If someone does come up with a way to silence Musk on Twitter please make it public as there are millions of us who’d like to have a Trump-free zone on Twitter, too.


Tweet of the Week

There are two Brett Kavanaugh’s, at least! The less famous Brett Kavanagh, who identifies himself as a customer guide at Goodson Clothing and Supplies company, as well as being a Carolina Panthers fanatic, based in Kentucky says with great understatement that this is not a good time to share the same name as the new Supreme Court judge.

After giving us all a good laugh at his own expense he’s now had nearly a million retweets. We feel your pain, Brett, really we do.

This is a terrible time to be named Brett Kavanagh

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