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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: So this is what it feels like.
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Have a little faith and you might have another cathratsis. Instead of/in addition to sending the check, if you look, you will probably find it is actually a summons. You can call the clerk of the court that issued the summons and ask to appear before the judge to explain what actually happened. You did not park the car on the sidewalk, the city work crew did. Also check to see if and if, how you were notified previously of the need of the work crew for access to the space where your car had been legally parked.

None of the crew likely has any idea of your situation. You could be disabled such that it is an ordeal to even get out to the car and get in. You could have only gotten to bed two hours before they showed up because of work, etc. In any case if they were unable to properly move and re-park your car they could have knocked on your door and asked for the keys. Actually, for all you know, they might have been able to park it without the keys, but were pissed by your not giving them said keys or whatever and then just picked up your car and moved it. I had that happen to me as a joke. Admittedly, it was with a Honda 600! But several strong workmen can even pick up a mid-sized sedan.

But take care to get the address of the court. I had a similar experience as I was preparing to go to Mayo last year this time. I came off the off ramp onto the freeway and accelerated to get around a slow poke in the right lane. In the process I went over the speed limit by close to 10 mph. It was then I saw the AR State Police cruiser in the median. I let off the gas and quickly dropped back to the speed limit but he nailed me anyway. He was merciful and only cited me for not having my seat belt fastened and not having proof of insurance. I could pay the fine and not have my insurance go up. But the summons was for the day I was supposed to appear at Mayo. So I went to the sheriff's Office to pay. They told me I could appear and show proof of insurance which would result in a reduction of the fine to $60. But I was afraid I would not be present at the appropriate time and paid the full amount as I did not want a warrant issued while I was in the hospital or just returning home in an unknown condition.

It took me another day of stumbling to every wrong courtroom in Mountain Home to find the right court where I found, to my delight, that I could appear anytime the court was in session to deal with the matter. So I got the necessary paperwork, went before the judge and told my tale of woe. He reduced the fine and ordered his clerk to issue me a check for the difference!

Sadly, he has just retired and I voted for the wrong candidate, who had knocked on my door and introduced himself, via early voting before the better candidate knocked on my door. Oh, well. But most judges try to be fair, at least on that level. They are glad to see someone who does not have problems with drugs or alcohol, etc. and it feels good to dispense justice AND mercy.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: So this is what it feels like.
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I found a new method to "let it go". I'm watching my candle burn ... very calming. That and a Cubs/Cardinals game on the tube. Time to move on.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

So this is what it feels like.
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                          INJUSTICE 😭

I live such a placid, peaceful life that the killing of unarmed black kids by cops, the bombing of Palestinians by Israelis, all the major shit ... just passes me by, a curiosity. But today I had a very minor taste of what it may feel like. And, BTW, my typing this is catharsis (gesundheit) for this episode. Another learning experience among the apes.  🐵

This morning around 9:30, I'm in bed and I hear a commotion outside; I ignore it. My neighbor knocks on my door, says a street work crew would like me to move my car; it's in the way. Absolutely no warning before it happens. My neighbor asks if it's OK if he and the workmen move my car; I say "sure"; the doors are unlocked, it's in gear with the emergency brake on. I forget that the steering wheel locks without the key in the ignition. Fifteen minute later I go out, my car is "reparked",  slightly on the sidewalk, the product of reduced steering capability;  my car isn't blocking the sidewalk by any means. But, since I don't know how this is going to work out, I write down the license plate number of the work crew dump truck, very visibly, no words exchanged. I do some shit inside, go back to bed, ready to repark my car to it's old place once the work crew leaves. 3:00 ...  work crew gone, large square asphalt area where the crew dug and filled in. No big. Back my car up into it's old place, and I notice something on my windshield under the wiper. I think, "Maybe the crew left some kind of form for me to send in to complain. That would be decent of them."

Guess what !!!  It's a parking ticket for $52.50 for PARKING ON THE SIDEWALK !!!

I can imagine one of the asshole workman thinking, just before they left, "Let's fuck with the guy who took down our license number", and he calls the cops. Get this: I have to send the $$$ to REVENUE SERVICES; right to the point; This is how we make money !!

When I started typing this bit I was really pissed off !! Now I'm nice and calm, ready to be a good citizen, write out a check and chalk it up as a learning experience. All Clint Eastwood urges are gone. Fun, huh? 😒

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: 9 -15 May 2016

Re: Living On the Planet
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With Mega Trol ratings. Remember SEO spam attacks?

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 9 -15 May 2016

Re: Living Off the Planet
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And the herbicides and associated residues used in conjunction, or for off label uses which, as in the case of wheat, where RoundupTM is typically used three weeks before harvest to promote ripening by killing the plant. Such treated grains may not be used for brewing, as the residue kills the yeast. But it IS commonly used in flour. It gives less than a 10% increase in the harvest.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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Perhaps Jeff Bezos buying a large share in WaPo was a good thing.

Obama can appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing  WaPo  OpEd  Gregory L. Diskant

In most respects, the meaning of the "Advice and Consent" clause is obvious. The Senate can always grant or withhold consent by voting on the nominee. The narrower question, starkly presented by the Garland nomination, is what to make of things when the Senate simply fails to perform its constitutional duty.

It is altogether proper to view a decision by the Senate not to act as a waiver of its right to provide advice and consent. A waiver is an intentional relinquishment or abandonment of a known right or privilege. As the Supreme Court has said, " `No procedural principle is more familiar to this Court than that a constitutional right,' or a right of any other sort, `may be forfeited in criminal as well as civil cases by the failure to make timely assertion of the right before a tribunal having jurisdiction to determine it.' "

It is in full accord with traditional notions of waiver to say that the Senate, having been given a reasonable opportunity to provide advice and consent to the president with respect to the nomination of Garland, and having failed to do so, can fairly be deemed to have waived its right.



by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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Call it Southern Gothic gender equality.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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Now if we could only find a way to get appointed judges to be of high integrity and high qualifications. One popularly elected Arkansas Supreme Court Justice failed in her quest to be elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from her new husband, head of his own prosperous law firm, received a controversial decision for which is new wife was the deciding justice which benefited his client by millions. She was just a Republican young mother campaigning on family values and trying to do right by her children. Surely.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 9 -15 May 2016

Thomas and the death penalty
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CNN
The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.

Timothy Tyrone Foster, an African-American, is on death row in Georgia for the 1987 murder of an elderly white woman, Queen Madge White. The jury that convicted him was all white. Twenty years after his sentence his attorneys obtained notes the prosecution team took while it was engaged in picking a jury, including marking potential jurors who were black had a "b" written by their name.

"The focus on race in the prosecution's file plainly demonstrates a concerted effort to keep black prospective jurors off the jury," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only dissenter.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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And as the Federal court system proves an appointed judiciary doesn't work all that well in the US.  

 ¯_(ツ)_/¯

by ATinNM on
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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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I imagine, I think the concept is absurd. You want the best and brightest, not the most agreeable

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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So, sanity and decency win this time, but for how long?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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And Hofer concedes. 31000 votes difference. 50.3% for the winner.

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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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Admittedly, an elected judiciary has not worked out all that well in the US states and municipalities which have tried it.  Much the opposite.
by Zwackus on
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Austria voted for the second time. Still too close to call, there were about 700K absentee ballots. Final result later today.


(link to repuplica because search engine weirdness)
The numbers are estimates including absentee ballots.

German wiki has the stats.

About 70% participation rate.
Honestly I'm not surprised by this. In Austrian politics no one projects Academic like "Professor" Van der Bellen. So strong split along education lines. As there is no left party in Austria it falls to the Greens to fight in the bullshit culture wars, leading to quite the polarisation based on hot fumes.
Strong city/rural split. Note that as usually the people most scared of immigrants and refugees only see them in the papers.

No matter the outcome I see little prospect of improvement in the near future. There just isn't any political offer for people without higher education in terms of improving their lives. And it will take some time for people my age to realise that the eduction instead of employment policy on offer isn't really working for us either. Just last week I attended a party full of unemployed/minimum wage academics/very short term contract academics. And even once we realise that even with a doctors degree you're probably still working class, the split seems insurmountable.

by generic on
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Millions of Americans don't have the experience of working in the WH and having high level access. In this position you really should know how a sales pitch looks like.
Of course millions have been tricked. The method was tried and true. You tell the people they have been attacked and now it is time to rally around the flag. Worked in my grandparents time. Never really got the chance to talk with them about it. I hear my grandfather was a strong opponent but then afterwards everyone was in the resistance. And I think we shouldn't forget the attacked part because it so seldom gets brought up. Anyone remember the Anthrax letters that by all accounts were sourced from US weapon stocks?
So it is quite natural that the government got its population behind its war, however it doesn't follow that they were individually entirely blameless. Just as my grandparents weren't entirely blameless.
More importantly how many of those millions are running for high office on their experience? Sure, as you say at the time it was politically difficult to do anything else. But does "I killed them to further my career" really sound like a good excuse to you?
And that discounts her later position on interventions by military force. Singular because as far as I know she was for all of them.

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Past time for the worm to turn.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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The fact that this year has been the most favorable in four decades for a progressive/sociallist agenda should not diminish his accomplishment, such as it is, or his integrity and 40 year consistency of belief and advocacy. Thankfully, there was at least one politician willing and able to rise to this occasion. Hopefully, he will have shown the way for many more over the next two, four, six and eight years.

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In story: Open thread 18 - 25th May

Re: Open thread 18 - 25th May
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Ken Loach stuns at Cannes 2016 with Palme d'Or win for I, Daniel Blake | Film | The Guardian

Ken Loach won his second Palme d'Or - the festival's highest honour - for I, Daniel Blake, a social-realist drama about a disabled carpenter struggling with the red tape of the benefits system. The director, who turns 80 next month, returned from retirement to make the film, and took to the stage at the Palais to address the audience in French.

"The festival is very important for the future of cinema," he said, instructing all present to "stay strong."

Loach continued by saying it was "very strange" to received the award in such glamorous surroundings, considering the conditions endured by those people who inspired the film.

"When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage," said Loach. "We must say that another world is possible and necessary."

Jury member Donald Sutherland praised I, Daniel Blake as "an absolutely terrific movie that resonates in your heart and soul," backstage during a press conference.

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In story: Nicholas Stern on The New Climate Economy

Meteorologists and Climate Change
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The American Meteorological Society on climate change:
https:/www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-statements/statements-of-the-ams-in-force/climat e-change

Survey of AMS members on climate change:
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00091.1

The summary is that, officially, the AMS thinks climate change is happening, CO2 is a prime cause, and most of their members agree.

by gmoke on
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I think it is more a case of those at the top of their respective political trees choosing which battles to fight and which ones to avoid because the risk reward ratio ain't great.  For relative outsiders like Bernie the risks are much lesser - they have less to lose - and the possible rewards are much greater.  It depends on where you are trying to build your constituency - in the centre or on the left of the party. Vermont, being relatively liberal, tends to reward those further to the left of the spectrum. Hillary was trying to build a constituency right across the country and had less room for manoeuvre.  Of course Bush screwed up so royally that the whole Dem party moved to the left in Bernie's direction leaving the tide at a low ebb for Hillary.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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US Progressives lack political power to accomplish anything if the president isn't a Democrat.  They lack the political will to oppose the president if he is a Democrat.  Thus they can and are ignored.

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For me it means H. Clinton does not question, does not think of the long or medium term, but will always do the immediate convenient.  That has been a failing of Democratic politicians in general as evidenced by Presidents B. Clinton and Obama.  

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My point is not that this makes Hillalry 'evil'. My point is that it shows her to value operational factors over principle. To me that is a character weakness I would prefer not to see in a potential president. But we don't always have a clear choice. That is what makes the present situation so painful. Between Sanders and Clinton there is a significant difference on this very subject and we are making, IMO, the wrong choice.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Apples and oranges. Those who voted were among the most informed and knowledgeable in the USA. I expect that well over half of the Republicans suspected that the 'evidence' had been cooked. CIA analysts who were outraged by the distortion had almost certainly talked to many members and staffers off the record and there was plenty of contrary opinion in the press from former insiders casting doubt on these claims. Colin Powel and his top aides knew that the 'evidence' he put into the record was, at best, questionable. For him, for Hillary, for Barrack and for everyone the decision of the vote was based on far more than just the credibility of the 'evidence'. The 'evidence' was just a tissue of cover for what the administration wanted to do and most understood this to some degree. Some wanted to invade and they were fine with whatever it took to 'do the right thing' and be 'real men'. Most were concerned about the immediate political cost of opposing the administration on this issue. A few were more concerned about the long term consequences than the immediate political cost, Bernie and Barrack were among them, Hillary was not.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Frank Schnittger:
Other than the isolationists, Obama stands out for his failure to actually invade anywhere - although he came close in Libya.
Don't worry: Sarkozy was eager to pick this one up.
by Bernard on
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Y'all think much more highly of Bernie in terms of consistency than I do.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on
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No, I'm quite sure I don't suffer cynicism poisoning.  He'd, in the scenario in which he managed to win the primary and then the general, have such prospects.

Is there an element of "I'm not running for re-election, so I'll do what I want"?  Sure.  But that's not generally the case, and it isn't present here.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on
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Don't know about the USA, but in Ireland, funerals are places where weapons and enmities are left at the door. You are expected to be at least polite, if not openly welcoming and sympathetic.  As for US foreign policy the majority would be even more belligerent, I suspect. Other than the isolationists, Obama stands out for his failure to actually invade anywhere - although he came close in Libya.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Nicholas Stern on The New Climate Economy

Re: Nicholas Stern on The New Climate Economy
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opit:
the premise that carbon dioxide levels are linked to climate change
A majority of climate scientists agreeing about the significant role of human activity in climate change is not exactly a "premise". That's your opinion.

opit:

It is easy to find motormouths decrying the scientific illiteracy of people who question the Holy Writ of Climate Science - but few who notice science is in fact based on questioning assumptions.
Nothing wrong with questioning assumptions, of course, particularly with science. Then again, if we're talking about science, why use the expression "Holy Writ"?

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policies granting the UN overriding land use authority now exercised by native tribes, farmers, and governments.
[citation needed] Could you substantiate that claim with specific facts and references?

Also: "atmospheric spraying", "Allied genocide in postwar Germany and surrounding countries" and the likes...

opit:

alternative views such as those of broadcasters of meteorological reports whose derision was palpable.
TV weather anchors being more authoritative sources than climate scientists, because?
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News and Views

 9 -15 May 2016

by Bjinse - May 4, 62 comments

Your take on today's news media

 2 - 8 May 2016

by Bjinse - May 1, 39 comments

Your take on today's news media

 Open thread 18 - 25th May

by Helen - May 18, 30 comments

New thread, NewSpeak

 Open Thread 9 - 15 May

by Bjinse - May 4, 20 comments

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