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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 07:26:06 PM EST
Texas to implement second major abortion law
Medication abortions -- not to be confused with the ["]morning-after pill["], also known as Plan B®, that prevents pregnancy -- are commonly used during the earliest stages of pregnancy.
reference
mifepristone
"also known as RU-486 ['morning-after pill' or 'Plan B'], is a medication typically used in combination with misoprostol to bring about an abortion during pregnancy.... It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.[7] Mifepristone was approved by Health Canada in 2015 and became available in Canada in January 2017.[8] Cost and availability limits access in many parts of the developing world."
Planned Parenthood
contraception pharmacology (eg. levonorgestrel EC, ulipristal acetate) compared to abortifacient pharmacology
IUDs are contraceptives, not abortifacients: a comment on research and belief
depending on the type of intrauterine device and the drug dose

archived restriction as to Reason® Wed Sep 8th, 2021

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 01:40:19 PM EST
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rules of behavior in orbit to protect national security and defend growing commerce
"By blasting debris across space, this irresponsible act endangered the satellites of other nations, as well as astronauts in the International Space Station," Harris said in convening the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council under her leadership.
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The administration also pledged to "enhance the security and resilience of space systems that provide or support U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious activities and natural hazards," according to the document, which cites the need to "bolster space situational awareness sharing and space traffic coordination."

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 06:38:48 PM EST
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herd immunity UPDATE!
The new testing policy, which goes into effect early next week, will require international air travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their flight, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.
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The Biden administration plans to issue guidance allowing the more than 150 million Americans with private health insurance to be reimbursed for at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests. ... to distribute an additional 25 million free tests to community sites in order to expand access to at-home tests in underserved communities.
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Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases expert at the University of California, San Francisco, said enhanced testing [MANDATES] make sense from a political perspective, but not necessarily from a public health one, because current tests are imperfect -- they're either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough.  

"I think the administration wants to look like they're 'cracking down.' That's because we have lower vaccination rates than many countries of our income level," Gandhi said.

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:15:05 PM EST
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Everyone should find someone who loves them like Monica Ghandi loves the novel Coronavirus SARS-2.
by generic on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:46:45 PM EST
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I know! Ghandi is great. Ghandi is generous. 25M additional free tests! landssakes, are the budget hawks gonna be miffed by the additional expense!

Consider the 2020 Census of underserved communities! Subtract the number of fully vaccinated members of underserved communities... who are unemployed. How many times per week would those employed members of underserved communities be required by their employers to test themselves and others, IF they don't submit to mRNA vaccination as required by EO 14043 and EO 14042?

by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 01:15:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 02:26:57 PM EST
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Not entirely clear that it would help all that much, even if perfectly implemented. We had free rapid tests for all of this year until last month and, well:

I guess abolishing the program didn't obviously help?

by generic on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 09:25:22 PM EST
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true dat.
Cumulative US Sars-CoV-2 infection Jan-Dec 2020/Jan-Dec 2021 are nearly identical.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 11:14:46 PM EST
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2021 cumulative US COVID-19 cases is actually higher than 2020 as is cumulative COVID-19 deaths (YoY, 3 Dec)
Our Data
Due to limited testing, the number of confirmed cases is lower than the true number of infections.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 11:47:34 PM EST
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CDC director confirms FDA in talks to streamline authorization of omicron-specific vaccine
"Yeah, you know, much of that I would have to defer to the FDA, but they're already in conversations about streamlining the authorization of this, of an omicron-specific vaccine, partially because much of the vaccine is actually exactly the same, and, really, it would just be that mRNA code that would have to change," Walensky answered.
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Among some of the considerations the FDA is reportedly eyeing would be allowing drugmakers for studies, in the case of vaccines, to examine hundreds [!] of people and their immune responses in comparison to COVID-19 test trials[?] that rely on waiting for COVID-19[?!] to be detected and include thousands of participants, according to the newspaper.
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 09:36:45 PM EST
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ancient broken window theory in practice
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 11:06:21 PM EST
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Fauci: It's 'when, not if' definition of ["]fully vaccinated["] will change
the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated is a matter of semantics. What matters is the emerging evidence that a booster dose offers more protection than the initial series.
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[Pfizer-BioNTech/BioNTech-Pfizer] data, which was announced in a press release and not peer reviewed, showed a booster shot raised the levels of neutralizing antibodies high enough to block the variant, meaning the additional dose would add more protection against milder infections caused by omicron.
2 weeks ago: 55 years to process vaccine data, 'fully vaccinated' definition not yet changing to include boosters
by Cat on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 11:35:40 PM EST
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Biden health team ruled out free Covid tests for all over cost, logistics
The decision to forgo a European-style approach to testing -- which hinges on the government buying and widely distributing rapid tests -- has sparked days of backlash, putting the White House on the defensive over its newest plan for containing the virus.
mythical Defense Production Act
The cost of regularly sending all Americans at-home tests could quickly skyrocket and become unsustainable, officials said, pointing to the nearly $50 billion "test and trace" program that the U.K. put in place for a country that's one-fifth the size.
Tory-linked firm involved in testing failure given new £347m Covid contract
"This article is more than 1 year old"
Tory peer complains of 'personal' attacks from Labour over Covid contracts, 8 Nov 2021
by Cat on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 03:00:05 AM EST
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APsplainin "buy first, get-paid-later" SARS-CoV-2 test kits
"It's not likely to yield the same level of accessibility that people in other countries have," said Cynthia Cox of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Cox, who tracks the U.S. health system in comparison to other advanced countries, points out that consumers in the United Kingdom [!] can pick up free rapid tests at the pharmacy or have them delivered to their homes.
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Omicron is not the only reason testing is taking on renewed importance. Anticipated approval of antiviral pills that COVID-19 patients can take at home is also expected to increase demand for fast tests that can provide reliable results. Officials have yet to provide operational details of the Biden plan, with formal guidance due Jan. 15. But the administration is confident it can overcome problems that have BEDEVILED U.S. testing from the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
OBSCURE! Title 42
APsplainin How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut amid COVID-19
An investigation by The Associated Press finds that Children's Health Defense has raked in funding and followers as Kennedy used his star power as a member of one of America's most famous families to open doors, raise money and lend his group credibility. Filings with charity regulators show revenue more than doubled in 2020, to $6.8 million.
the book
Since the pandemic started, Children's Health Defense has expanded the reach of its newsletter, which uses slanted information, cherry-picked facts and conspiracy theories to spread distrust of the COVID-19 vaccines. The group has also launched an internet TV channel and started a movie studio. CHD has global ambitions.
Title 42, National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986
Part B: Additional Remedies - Sets forth procedures under which the person who filed a petition for compensation under the program may elect to file a civil action for damages.

Provides that no vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death: (1) resulting from unavoidable side effects; or (2) solely due to the manufacturer's failure to provide direct warnings. Provides that a manufacturer may be held liable where: (1) such manufacturer engaged in the fraudulent or intentional withholding of information; or (2) such manufacturer failed to exercise due care. Permits punitive damages in such civil actions under certain circumstances.

a civil action, PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR TRANSPARENCY v. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, 16 Sep 2021
by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 03:29:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:40:52 AM EST
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Biden: "I got involved -- I wasn't any great shakes -- but got involved in the civil rights movement. Desegregating restaurants, that kind of thing."
Everyone over the age of 12 studying "critical race theory" in practice: Biden lies
by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 12:17:15 AM EST
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archivedestimates in a range, at least five limitations

CDC sharply drops estimate of Omicron prevalence in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention significantly revised its model of the breakdown of Covid-19 variants on Tuesday, estimating the Omicron strain accounted for about 58.6 percent of U.S. cases as of Dec. 25.
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The public health agency's previous estimate that the rapidly spreading variant accounted for 73.2 percent of cases nationwide on Dec. 18 is now revised down to 22.5 percent -- a significant drop that falls outside the agency's earlier 95 percent ["]prediction interval["], or likely range where future analysis will fall, of 34 to 94.9 percent [BWAH!] of all cases.
by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 01:29:45 AM EST
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The initial jump to 73% was completely moronic. That anyone dared to publish this is a sorry sign of intellectual property. 😖

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 11:41:10 AM EST
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Since Monday the US press corpse has been working overtime to dress Casey principles in Roe "rights"--rather than due process and undue burden--while resurrecting Ol' Miss Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health from the ashes of preternatural powahs of Texass BOUNTY HUNTERS to dictate case law, "super-precendents," and suspicious Axes of Amici to SCOTUS associates.

All I'm hearing from them is incredulity, possibly impatience with both sets of counsel. Probably because SOTOMAYOR dominates criticism of the arguments.

ORAL ARGUMENT, audio (EN)
ORAL ARGUMENT, transcript (EN)

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 09:16:01 PM EST
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APsplainin US constitutuonal questions to which the odious congress offers no answers
Barrett had told senators [NO] that Roe v. Wade did not fall in the category of a "super precedent," [FALSE] described by legal scholars [including BARRETT] as cases that are so settled there are no calls to revisit them.
archived Fri Sep 10th, 2021, Day2, Part 3 Anti-RBG Watch
Yet as a conservative Christian, she insisted one's own views don't play a role. "It's not the law of Amy," she told senators. "It's the law of the [most ignorant, litigious nation on planet]"

This week, Barrett pressed the lawyers to explain why women couldn't simply give up babies for adoption, now that safe haven laws exist in the states. "Why didn't you address the safe haven laws and why don't they matter?"

During this UNPRECEDENTED 2 hour hearing, each associate invited adversaries to rationalize pleadings for "workable" alternatives to 24-week viability threshold, IF "overrule" of status quo--Casey tests of economic and scientific undue burdens--were to prevail. Recall if you will, that hilarious error, when RIKELMAN contradicted ROBERTS' reference to international law of viability, epitomized by CHINA and the DPRK , instead of international < wipes tears > restrictions as to Reasons®
Asked about the disconnect between the Senate hearings and the court arguments, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and now the Judiciary Committee chairman, acknowledged the hearings have their limits, but refrained from judgment until the court issues its ruling.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 08:55:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 09:45:39 PM EST
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Wait until somebody notices that there are already systems in place that monitor the contents of municipal sanitary sewer systems for the purpose of detecting drug abuse, COVID cases, and blocked pipes. Pretty good chance they will be able to detect miscarriages as well. Murderers caught!
by asdf on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 04:52:11 PM EST
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No need for fancy systems. They have already prosecuted over 1.000 women for having had miscarriages.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 05:34:55 PM EST
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ye olde "pool testing" method of criminal of investigating means, motive, and opportunity.
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 06:13:59 PM EST
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Progris riport 1 martch 3.
Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Dormers bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my brithday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center for retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off. Dr Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but I cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today... yrs truly Charlie Gordon. ...
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 06:21:35 PM EST
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Friday News Dump w/o Dec 11 in which the fwee press' post-cheeto, FIFTH WAVE campaign to impugn and divide SCOTUS impartiality by "shadow docket," ultra-liberal ultra-conservative "ideological leanings" and simple-ass "scorecard" headlines unraveled.

Here, christ SOTOMAYOR dissent STRIKES A BLOW against a BLM signature grievance by defending qualified immunity.

Here, weekly disposition of applications and petitions disclose voluntary RECUSALS

Here, SCOTUS dismisses DOJ's "improvident" application for cert, US v Texass; and

Here, SCOTUS grants in part Whole Women's Health standing actually to litigate in the 5th Cir the constitutional merits of of its own suit, enjoining the entire states' court officers, which US district court Judge Jackson improperly granted.

GORSUCH, J., announced the judgment of the Court, and delivered the opinion of the Court except as to Part II-C. ALITO, KAVANAUGH, and BARRETT, JJ., joined that opinion in full, and THOMAS, J., joined except for Part II-C. THOMAS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. ROBERTS, C. J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. SOTOMAYOR, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which BREYER and KAGAN, JJ., joined.

Morale of the story? US Americans handle due process.
archived Sun Sep 5th, 2021

by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:12:32 AM EST
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Incidentally, 1st Circuit Judge Patricia Millett wrote a unanimous 68-page opinion revoking in part cheeto's prerogative to embargo executive correspondence that also revealed the political and legislative history of executive privilege.

And the senate passes a resolution to revoke in part EO 14043

by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:25:14 AM EST
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JB is no FDR ... that chance he will not get! No political capital.

When FDR clashed with the SCOTUS--and Lost

The outpouring of millions of ballots for the Democratic ticket reflected the enormous admiration for what FDR had achieved in less than four years. He had been inaugurated in March 1933 during perilous times ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 09:33:34 AM EST
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plenty of crackers tho' in congress.
so there's that.
by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 12:03:07 AM EST
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The Thomas court < wipes tears >
Thomas joined three of his colleagues to dissent in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey
EPIC SPLIT DECISION!
Held: The judgment in No. 91-902 is affirmed; the judgment in No. 91-744 is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded.

JUSTICE SCALIA, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE WHITE, and JUSTICE THOMAS, concluded that a woman's decision to abort her unborn child is not a constitutionally protected "liberty" because (1) the Constitution says absolutely nothing about it, and (2) the longstanding traditions of American society have permitted it to be legally proscribed. See, e. g., Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 497 U. S. 502, 520 (SCALIA, J., concurring). The Pennsylvania statute should be upheld in its entirety under the rational basis test. Pp. 979-981.

O'CONNOR, KENNEDY, and SOUTER, JJ., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, III, V-A, V-C, and V, in which BLACKMUN and STEVENS, JJ., joined, an opinion with respect to Part V-E, in which STEVENS, J., joined, and an opinion with respect to Parts IV, V-B, and V-Do STEVENS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, post, BLACKMUN, J., filed an opinion concurring in part, concurring in the judgment in part, and dissenting in part, post, REHNQUIST, C. J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which WHITE, SCALIA, and THOMAS, JJ., joined, SCALIA, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which REHNQUIST, C. J., and WHITE and THOMAS, JJ., joined

Chief Justice John Roberts was left out in the cold when he repeatedly suggested the court could move the viability line without completely overturning the precedent.
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Critics were then shocked when Thomas first related abortion to eugenics, but now that idea is more commonplace in the movement to ban abortion.
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Thanks to procedural guidelines from Covid-19 [?], Thomas -- who was once silent in arguments for 10 years -- now asks the first question [!!] in every argument session.
What were the questions? SCOTUS oral argument transcripts, 2010-2021
It is in no way guaranteed that Thomas would write the opinion in Dobbs even if he has seniority [tenure, 1991-present] in the majority, but the possibility is indicative of his new position of power on the high court and his influential career that has shaped the high court's direction over the last 30 years.
needs moar "original" sex offender, definitely more "liberal" O'CONNOR, KENNEDY, and SOUTER ideological nuance for millenials

archived let the yella press pick yer villains

by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 02:55:34 AM EST
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Roe v Wade (1973)
In the first trimester of pregnancy [1*-12 wks], the state may not regulate the abortion decision; only the pregnant woman and her attending physician can make that decision. In the second trimester [13-26 wks], the state may impose regulations on abortion that are reasonably related to maternal health. In the third trimester [ >27 wks], once the fetus reaches the point of "viability," a state may regulate abortions or prohibit them entirely, so long as the laws contain exceptions fthe or cases when abortion is necessary to save the life or health of the mother.
Casey details as to state regulate pregnancy ensue...

* When exactly does pregnancy begin? ask public property owners wielding ultrasound guns.

by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 03:41:20 AM EST
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Newsom borrows Texas abortion law legislature's logic < wipes tears >
Rather than targeting abortion providers, Newsom wants to empower Californians to go after "anyone who manufactures, distributes or sells" assault weapons or untraceable `ghost gun' kits. "If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits," Newsom said in a statement, "we should do just that."
WHISTLEBLOWERS! DEPUTIES! BOUNTIES!
I have directed my staff to work with the Legislature and the Attorney General on a bill that would create a right of action allowing private citizens [?!] to seek injunctive relief, and statutory damages of at least $10,000 per violation plus costs and attorney's fees, against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California."
archived L'etat c'est We the People
by Cat on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 08:35:01 PM EST
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Florida Man unveils legislation to let parents sue schools that teach critical race theory
DeSantis announced the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (WOKE) Act, which he said in a statement would be "the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation and will take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory."
7 National examples of Critical Race Theory
The bill, which also allows parents to collect attorney fees, includes a similar provision as a Texas bill restricting access to abortion, which permits citizens to sue people who provide and aid in the provision of abortions. Plaintiffs there can also collect attorney fees.
3 attempts to teach Critical Race Theory in Florida
by Cat on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 12:48:00 AM EST
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still unravelling ...
WE THE PATRIOTS USA, ET AL. V. HOCHUL, GOV. OF NY, ET AL.
denied
DR. A, ET AL., APPLICANTS v. KATHY HOCHUL, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, ET AL.
denied

USAToday's approving rehab of "shadow docket" instruments if presented by SOTOMAYOR, ROBERTS, KAVANAUGH, The Anti-RBG, KAGAN, BREYER--but filtered through remarks of the obviously crypto-catholic "swinger" GORSUCH.

"Sometimes dissenting religious beliefs can seem strange and bewildering. In times of crisis, this puzzlement can evolve into fear and anger," Gorsuch wrote in dissenting from the decision to not block the mandate's enforcement. "One can only hope today's ruling will not be the final chapter in this grim story," he continued.
by Cat on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 11:59:53 PM EST
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still unraveling ...
[MISOGYNIST "Louisiana-based"] Fifth Circuit OVERTURNS ["]nationwide["] injunction vaccine mandate prohibiting EO 14042, 14043 health care workers [vaccination]
But the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- which hears appeals from the federal courts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- was unconvinced that the lower court justified its injunction's [nation-]wide scope.
Articles of OBSCURE Confederacy:(unilateral | narrow) US district court jurisdiction has been on SCOTUS "(shadow | emergency) docket" back burner throughout TRUMP ERA ICE raids
"The question posed is whether one district court should make a binding judgment for the entire country," wrote the panel of three judges, who issued an unsigned "per curiam" opinion representing their views as one voice.

Noting that the Fifth Circuit has permitted one federal judge to issue nationwide policies[sic] in a 2015 immigration lawsuit filed by the state of Texas, the appellate panel differentiated the present vaccine mandate case from the immigration one, where there exists a "constitutional command for `uniform' immigration laws."

archived incorporation doctrine and appellee "venue shopping" AL, AZ, GA, LA, ID, IN, KY, MS, MT, OH, OK, SC, UT, and WV ("14 states")
With this injunction overturned, the Biden administration's vaccine mandate remains in effect in 25 states. The 14 states suing in the case before the Fifth Circuit, and 10 states that successfully sought an injunction for the mandate in late November, are temporarily exempted. Additionally, Texas was granted an exemption from the mandate by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk later on Dec. 15 in a separate federal lawsuit.
by Cat on Fri Dec 17th, 2021 at 06:46:21 PM EST
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still unraveling ...
[6th Cir] Court allows Biden employer vaccine mandate to take effect
Twenty-seven Republican-led states joined with conservative groups, business associations and some individual businesses to push back against the requirement as soon as OSHA published the rules in early November. They argued the agency was not authorized to make the emergency rule, in part because the coronavirus is a general health risk and not one faced only by employees at work.

The panel's majority disagreed.

"Given OSHA's clear and exercised authority to regulate viruses, OSHA necessarily has the authority to regulate infectious diseases that are not unique to the workplace," Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, who was nominated to the court by former President George W. Bush, a Republican, wrote in her majority opinion

MASSACHUSETTS BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL; BENTKEY SERVICES, LLC; PHILLIPS MANUFACTURING & TOWER COMPANY; COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, et al. v US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OSHA, et al.
On Emergency Motion to Dissolve Stay.
Multi-Circuit Petitions for Review from an Order of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Decided and Filed: December 17, 2021
Before: GIBBONS, STRANCH, and LARSEN, Circuit Judges.
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STRANCH, J., delivered the opinion of the court in which GIBBONS, J., joined.
GIBBONS, J. (pg. 38), delivered a separate concurring opinion. LARSEN, J. (pp. 39-57), delivered a separate dissenting opinion.
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The ETS requires that employees be vaccinated or wear a protective face covering and take weekly tests but allows employers to choose the policy implementing those requirements that is best suited to their workplace. The next day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stayed the ETS pending judicial review, and it renewed that decision in an opinion issued on November 12. Under 28 U.S.C. § 2112(a)(3), petitions challenging the ETS--filed in Circuits across the nation--were consolidated into this court. Pursuant to our authority under 28 U.S.C. § 2112(a)(4), we DISSOLVE the stay issued by the Fifth Circuit for the following reasons.
archived Sat Oct 9th, 2021, Sun Nov 7th, 2021
by Cat on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 08:43:49 PM EST
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17 Dec 2021, index, abridged
by Cat on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 08:47:58 PM EST
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scheduled three (3) days after the contested effective date of OSHA regulation of EO 14043, 14042; date of ruling TBD, quite possibly kicking the can of injunctions DENIED petitions into the fall term.

ORDER LIST: 595 U.S., 22 Dec
NAT. FED'N OF INDEP. BUS., ET AL. V. DEPT. OF LABOR, OSHA, ET AL; OHIO, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF LABOR, OSHA, ET AL.

Consideration of the applications (21A244 and 21A247) for stay presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court is deferred pending oral argument. The applications are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. The applications are set for oral argument on Friday, January 7, 2022.
ORDER LIST: 595 U.S., 22 Dec
BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF U.S., ET AL. V. MISSOURI, ET AL.;
BECERRA, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL. V. LOUISIANA, ET AL.
Consideration of the application (21A240) for stay presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court is deferred pending oral argument. Consideration of the application (21A241) for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is deferred pending oral argument.
yella sheet constitutional crisis story
by Cat on Thu Dec 23rd, 2021 at 03:25:06 PM EST
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FDA makes abortion pills permanently available through mail and ["]telehealth["] by removing in-person restriction clinical examination
The FDA had temporarily allowed the medication to be available in such methods after a federal judge ordered it due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about virus exposure in health care settings. Now, the agency says it will leave those new policies in place - a key move by the Biden administration as the Supreme Court considers monumental cases that could limit abortion rights across the country.

The FDA, which first approved medical[sic] abortion in 2000, had always required the pills could only be prescribed after an in-person visit with a doctor physician. Women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant could received the medication.

Who is a "health provider"?
An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research institute focused on health care, found that only [state] licensed physicians can prescribe abortion medication in 33 states as opposed to advanced practice clinicians such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or nurse-midwives.
reference
Mail-order abortions are now available in the U.S. What does that mean for American [menstruating persons]?, Oct 2018: chemical abortion, Plan C, WHO.int, and Aid Access (NL)

archived garden noem "Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy" (REMS) , Thu Mar 13th, 2014, Mon Nov 4th, 2013, Tue Jan 22nd, 2008, Wed Apr 25th, 2007

by Cat on Fri Dec 17th, 2021 at 07:39:29 PM EST
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Krammick, "RU 486 and the Politics of Drug Regulation in the United States and France". Cornell International Law Journal. 1992
The drug's French manufacturer, Roussel-Uclaff, has stated that it has no current plans to apply to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a license to market the drug in the United States. 14 The reasons for the French company's refusal to market the drug in the United States, however, extend beyond the threat of boycotts.

This Note will focus on the political, legal, and regulatory dynamics underlying the contrasting stories of the availability of RU 486 in France and its non-availability in the United States. This Note suggests that the crucial difference in the two pictures is that the French government through active governmental intervention in the pharmaceutical market has insulated the issue of drug availability and public health from political and religious views on abortion, whereas the U.S. government has not....

oh.
by Cat on Fri Dec 17th, 2021 at 08:04:51 PM EST
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one scenario
Justices Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett all pressed advocates on the court's history of overturning precedent in cases like Plessy v. Ferguson. Alito even noted that "the south built up a whole society based on the idea of white supremacy" relying on the court's decision in Plessy. "It was improper reliance," he added, "it was reliance on an egregiously wrong understanding of what equal protection means." (A version of Godwin's law states that an argument ends after any side makes a comparison to Hitler. In legal conversations, Plessy -- a decision in which eight of nine justices put the full force of the Constitution behind race discrimination for 50 years -- is Hitler.)
NYC Vaccine Mandates Just Like Jim Crow in the Deep South
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 01:35:45 AM EST
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2020 Census re-apportionment d/b/a as "Democrats Fear Congressional Shakeup as 19 House Dems Will Not Seek Reelection"
Of the departures, 11 House Democrats have announced they will retire from public office: Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR); G.K. Butterfield (D-NC); Jackie Speier (D-CA); Michael Doyle (D-PA); David Price (D-NC); John Yarmuth (D-KY); Ron Kind (D-WI); Cheri Bustos (D-IL); Filemon Vela (D-TX); Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ); and Eddie Bernie Johnson (D-TX).

Additionally, 11 House Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection in 2022.

by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 02:19:09 PM EST
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LEGISLATURE PLANS SPECIAL SESSION ON REDISTRICTING, VETOES
Gov. Larry Hogan, R, established the citizens commission, which featured balanced political party membership, earlier this year. That commission submitted a congressional map to Hogan that has very different boundaries [not really] from those of the current map, which passed in 2011 following the 2010 U.S. Census.

The legislative commission, which, like the Legislature, had a Democratic majority, recommended a map that would include part of Anne Arundel County in the Eastern Shore's District 1 [represented by ultra-Maglev].
[...]
While there are disagreements over which state owns the title of most gerrymandered, Maryland's 2011 map went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices said partisan gerrymandering is not an issue for the federal courts.

Maryland law gives six days while the Legislature is in session, excluding Sundays, to approve or veto the maps; if Hogan does not sign or veto a map, it will become law.

Round-up, the press schedule not the pesticide
Democrats hold nearly all the cards, with large enough super-majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly to brush aside Republican complaints and override a threatened veto by Gov. Larry Hogan, who has vowed to reject any map he deems "unfair." ~ Bryn Stole/The Baltimore Sun
[...]
Anti-gerrymandering central committee system activists say the window for members of the public to register to testify on redistricting is too narrow. The opportunity to sign up, through the General Assembly website, opened at 9 a.m. Thursday [2 Dec] and will close at 6 p.m. Friday [3 Dec]. ~ Bennett Leckrone/ Maryland Matters
archived The plot thickens
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 02:35:33 AM EST
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2nd Stacey Abrams governor bid sees new tests, intrigues
Nse Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, a voter mobilization group Abrams founded, pointed to gains by Black and more liberal candidates in some Georgia municipal elections this year, although more conservative candidates prevailed in some Atlanta suburbs. Those elections are nonpartisan [?], although party affiliations are often widely known.

"The truth of the matter," Ufot said, is the elections proved "Virginia is not Georgia."

true

archived Fri Nov 2nd, 2018
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 03:38:08 AM EST
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archived 2020 Census undercounted some Detroit neighborhoods by 8%
"If you extrapolate that to the rest of the city, and if the rest of the city was undercounted at a similar rate, you would have a magnitude in the tens of thousands of people who are not counted," said Jeffrey Morenoff, U-M professor of sociology and public policy, and faculty affiliate of Poverty Solutions initiative, during a news conference Thursday.
[...]
The analysis comes from U.S. Postal Service data for 10 neighborhoods and canvassing in five of those census blocks, along with 2015 to 2019 American Community Survey data. In "stable" neighborhoods, or those with with low rates of vacancy and higher homeownership, the audit found that occupancy rates are six to 15% higher than 2020 census rates.
programmatic gains (losses)
According to census data released in August, the state's largest city saw continued population loss for the seventh decade in a row. The population declined 10.5% to 639,111, the decennial results showed. Still, the loss is less than it was a decade ago. Between 2000 and 2010, Detroit saw its population plummet by 25%. ... The data showed an uptick in the non-Hispanic white, Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic Asian population as well.
futile 1990, 2000, 2010 challenges
The U.S. Census Bureau will give governments the opportunity to request a review of 2020 housing counts for potential processing errors Jan. 3, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The deadline for the bureau to provide results of those cases is Sept. 30, 2023.
archived a small sampling of addresses, ACS Data Users Conference
by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 12:41:27 AM EST
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EPIDEMIC! not that one, the other one.
Advocacy blitz targets Medicare coverage of obesity treatment
Advocates say the drug carveout stems from lingering cultural stigma around obesity and a societal view that weight problems are a personal failure. Obesity was recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013, and the incidence of obesity has grown over time. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Ron Kind, D-Wis., in the House and Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in the Senate, has 117 co-sponsors between the two chambers.

About 42 percent of U.S. adults were considered obese in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is a risk factor for many other top chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Annual obesity-related medical costs are estimated at $147 billion to $210 billion.
[...]
The drug industry is also deeply invested in the obesity field, and it stands to gain access to the $102 billion Part D drug market if the Medicare ban is lifted. Insulin and weight loss drug manufacturers like Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly donate cash to many advocacy groups, politicians and medical research projects associated with obesity treatments, including Kind and Carper. ... "Senator Carper's Treat and Reduce Obesity Act has a robust group of bipartisan cosponsors and widespread support from groups representing American families struggling with obesity," a spokesman for Carper said. "UNLEASHING federal Medicare dollars for treatments against obesity would help millions of Americans lead longer and healthier lives."

reference
FDA requests the withdrawal of the weight-loss drug Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) from the market
-- Why Was Belviq Recalled?
FDA | Questions and Answers about FDA's Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products
-- Why was Fen-Phen recalled?
Fentanyl-related compounds and derivatives: current status and future prospects for pharmaceutical applications
novel substituents into the fentanyl structure a/o 2014
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 06:23:07 PM EST
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Hagan, "E66.01 and Our My Culture of Shame," 11 Dec
The request for a nonformulary drug required an associated International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) diagnosis. Groaning as I typed "obesity," I knew the search result I would select: "morbid (severe) obesity due to excess calories" (E66.01). Although "other obesity" (E66.8) and "obesity, unspecified" (E66.9) were also options, they lacked a more precise obesity classification, and I worried that they might not be convincing enough to justify an authorization for an expensive drug ["an injectable glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogue"]. Resigning myself to choose E66.01, I could almost see the contempt for the patient dripping off the screen. What was the "due to" modifier adding? If an explanation was needed, why not
diabetes mellitus?
"severe obesity, due to long-term exposure to an environment full of nutrient-poor and calorie-dense foods, along with activity-sparing technology, leading to reduced daily energy expenditure, with resultant permanent dysregulation of the part [?] of the neuroendocrine system controlling energy balance"?
[...]
As a clinician who had known him for years and struggled with obesity throughout my own life, surely I had fared better in conveying empathy for his struggle and had added some nuance to the discussion?
"the part" of "activity-sparing technology"
Cohen and Spiegelman, "Cell biology of fat storage" (2016)
GLP-1 agonists: Diabetes drugs and weight loss
Diabetes drugs in the GLP-1 [receptor] agonists class include:

  • Dulaglutide (Trulicity), taken by injection weekly
  • Exenatide extended release (Bydureon), taken by injection weekly
  • Exenatide (Byetta), taken by injection twice daily
  • Semaglutide (Ozempic), taken by injection weekly
  • Semaglutide (Rybelsus), taken by mouth once daily
  • Liraglutide (Victoza), taken by injection daily
  • Lixisenatide (Adlyxin), taken by injection daily
by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 02:06:14 AM EST
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1-800-GET-THIN owner found guilty in $250 million fraud trial
The sleep studies were used to find a second reason, a so-called [!] comorbidity [AKA disease], to justify the lap-band procedure [AKA bariatric surgery] for obese patients.
by Cat on Fri Dec 17th, 2021 at 05:07:56 PM EST
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Jacobin | It's the US Government's Immigration Policy[sic] That's Illegal
That is 42 USC, a collection of OBSCURE federal laws pursuant to public health and welfare--not merely stipulating refugees' qualified admissions, functions of a surgeon general or even Social Security administration prescribed, enacted, and amended by the US Congress--but delegating prerogatives to every president since 1944.

Also cited is the UN Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1967) as if U.S. government obeys international law

by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 05:57:55 AM EST
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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook Meta for $150B
Refugees in the U.S. filed the case in California superior court, and Rohingya refugees in Europe filed a similar case in the U.K.

"Facebook[sic] is like a robot programmed with a singular mission: to grow. And the undeniable reality is that Facebook's growth, fueled by hate, division, and misinformation, has left hundreds of thousands of devastated Rohingya lives in its wake," the complaint states.

Myanmar court sentences ousted [Nobel Peace Prize] leader [laureate] Suu Kyi to 4 years
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 06:02:11 PM EST
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ransom d/b/a human rights FKA vaccine loans FKA patent waiver FKA America First
`It's a sore spot': Why officials are raising questions about Biden's vaccine donations
[former NM gov, former UN amb Bill] Richardson spoke with military leaders about the logistics behind getting U.S. doses into the country and the importance of freeing [American JOURNALIST!!1! Danny] Fenster despite his sentence of 11 years in prison, those people said, adding that Richardson was in constant communication with the State Department during the visits. Fenster flew home to the U.S. with Richardson Nov. 16. And a deal to send U.S. doses to Myanmar is currently under consideration by the Biden administration and COVAX, the global vaccine equity effort, according to those people and a senior Biden official.
[...]
The notion that politics or diplomacy could play a role in determining which countries receive vaccine donations sparks broader concerns than fairness.
[...]
To date, the U.S. has shipped more than 275 million vaccine doses overseas -- more than all other countries combined. But that only covers a small percentage of the billions of people in low- and moderate-income nations who lack inoculation. And the U.S. practice of earmarking donations to specific countries -- a practice also carried out by Europe and other wealthy countries ["mostly muslim" GCC?] -- has complicated COVAX's operations on the ground, according to global health advocates and U.S. officials working on the global effort to vaccinate the world.
by Cat on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 10:46:01 PM EST
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The Truth of Biden's Fraudulent Democracy Summit, Cato fellowship memo
U.S. leaders want India to become an active member of a containment policy directed against China. Both the Trump and Biden administrations lobbied aggressively to convert the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, commonly known as the Quad, which has Japan, Australia, India, and the United States as members, into a military alliance for that purpose. Although the Quad has conducted a growing number of joint military exercises, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has thus far refrained from making that policy commitment, but Washington's courtship continues. Brazil is a key economic and political player in the Western Hemisphere, and Washington is especially concerned about President Jair Bolsonaro's government and its growing economic ties with Russia and China. Given this geopolitical context, Biden administration officials will not allow defects [!] in either country's domestic governance to be an obstacle for [US] strategic objectives.
archived Tue Dec 7th, 2021
by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 04:11:30 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 08:51:57 PM EST
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San Francisco's vaunted tolerance dims amid brazen crimes
Pramanik, a project manager who moved to the U.S. from India in her teens, cheered Trump's failed reelection bid but says she realized too late that Democratic activists have hijacked her city.

"If I say I want laws enforced, I'm racist," she said. "I'm like, `No, I'm not racist. There's a reason I live in San Francisco.'"

Which is ...a movie or a song? wait. Don't tell me. To be nearer to the most powerful woman in the world?
by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 04:02:45 AM EST
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Top cop of Minneapolis to step down
mission accomplished, gold watch
archived public safety
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 09:00:00 PM EST
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Citing 'ongoing genocide,' Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics
"The athletes on Team USA have our full support," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. (But) we will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games."

Psaki cited China's "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses" as primary reasons for the move. She said the administration did not want to prevent athletes from competing but still wanted to signal its disapproval of China's actions.

House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
sanctions amended to 2022 NDAA to complement sanctions amended to the 2021 NDA and Consolidated Act of 2021 and punitive Hong Kong, Taiwan democracy defense statutes
The State of Democracy in the United States

related US diplomacy, unspecified "immediate actions"
Malala Yousafzai urges US to take action for Afghan women and girls

Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., Yousafzai addressed the need for Afghan girls to have access to education, noting that Afghanistan is the only country that does not allow secondary education for women.
[...]
Yousafzai also shared a letter from a teenage girl sent to President Biden saying that if universities and schools remain closed in the country, Afghan girls will suffer the most.
[...]
"So this is the message of Afghan girls right now, and we want to see a world where all girls can have access to safe and quality education, and we hope that the U.S. together with the U.N. [United Nations] will take immediate actions to ensure that girls are allowed to go back to their schools as soon as possible, women are able to go back to work and all the humanitarian assistance that is needed for education there is provided," Yousafzai said.
US Marines, APPL tablets, hydro-electricity, potable water, grain, or cash USD? You be the judge.
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 11:07:32 PM EST
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GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments', FKA whole life insurance
vigorously disrupting the policy of the Palestinian Authority to pay a salary to families of alleged Palestinian terrorists who are killed or imprisoned by Israeli forces -- so-called "martyr payments."

The draft bill, called the Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act, would open up foreign banks to American sanctions if they are found to knowingly process the martyr payments.
[...]
[Qatar National Bank and Masraf Al Rayan] along with Qatar Charity, are the subject of at least two U.S. lawsuits brought forward by American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel, who claim that the banks and charity knowingly facilitated financial activities of terrorist groups.

by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 11:24:01 PM EST
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The U.S. Air Force Has Doubts About the F-35, 6 Dec
The billion-dollar question here is really whether or not developing another new fighter could result in an overall reduction in cost without creating a reduction in capability. It seems feasible that firms like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, who are both currently responsible for stealth aircraft in America's stable, are better suited now for the challenge of developing an economical stealth fighter than at any time in the past.
by Cat on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 10:52:52 PM EST
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The F-35 is obsolete.  Drones can do the mission on the Low End with greater accuracy and less cost.  On the Top End China's hypersonic aircraft can launch and then outrun US air-to-air missiles.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 04:06:23 PM EST
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You miss the salient points.

US arms manufacturers are still flogging next-gen F-35 tech to DoD  purchasing agents, funded by the odious.

by Cat on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 06:47:43 PM EST
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I've been lately sensing some kind of change in the thinking regarding both military aircraft and ships: more and more commentators seem to think that maybe having only "jacks of all trades but master of none" in the fleet is not so good idea after all.

So the tendency may be to turn back towards having specialized platforms for different tasks, since it seems in the end give more actual tactical clarity and flexibility than having lots of "multi-role" under-performers.

They look good on presentations, but eventually do not really deliver. And they always, always cost more than their single-role brethren, so you always get less of them.

by pelgus on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 07:25:46 PM EST
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One airplane to do everything. That was the idea behind the F-4 Phantom back in the 1960s: Supersonic all weather fighter bomber interceptor ground attack carrier launch sector defense photo reconnaissance air superiority.

Manned airplanes are for re-fighting the wars that the current colonels got their promotions in. Meanwhile, there is an all-out global firefight on the Internet that is almost completely un-noticed.

by asdf on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 01:50:21 AM EST
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US military has been buying pig's ears for decades.  The Abrams main battle tank spends most of its time in the motor pool being fixed.  When it does run it's useless in the field since, at 70+ tons, it is road bound.  That's why the Marine Corps dumped the things.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 03:52:14 PM EST
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Finland picks Lockheed Martin for fighter jet purchase, the best possible deal and selection
"The price-quality ratio is good," he said at an afternoon press conference, flanked by Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and military top brass. Military officials said that the F-35 had received by far the highest score in an internal evaluation process.
[...]
She noted that the two Left Alliance ministers had sought a commitment that the projected price tag of €10 billion would not be exceeded. The planes themselves are to cost just under half of the overall package.... along with another 1,500 person-years of work indirectly [t]he deal will bring an estimated 100 manufacturing and assembly jobs for Finnish defence contractor Patria in the towns of Jämsä and Nokia.
[...]
By choosing Lockheed, Finland opted to remain with a US manufacturer, as it has for nearly three decades. In early 1992, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Finland decided to buy 57 F-18 Hornet fighter jets from US firm McDonnell Douglas.
Lockheed Martin Signs Contract for 64 F-35 Fighters With Finland
In October 2020, the US Congress was notified about a possible deal with Finland on F-35s and related weapons and equipment. Apart from the F-35s, the Finnish Defense Ministry also considered four other options, including the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Saab Gripen.
by Cat on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 10:49:24 PM EST
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Yeah, most people were afraid of this. Ever since F-35 was one of the options regardless of not being in any way suitable for Finnish needs, it kinda was obvious the people with hard-on for NATO wanted it.

Still no-one expected 64 with weapons package being available with that price. And there's still strong suspicion the 250 million per year allocated for actually flying them will cover the costs.

But if 10 billion worth of hangar queens is what the best and the brightest in this country want for a "credible defense", that's what they'll get.

by pelgus on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 12:30:19 AM EST
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10 billion (number with lots of zeros at the end) / 6000 worker-years = the workers will each get paid 1.6 million Euros per year. Not bad.
by asdf on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:46:16 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 10:36:50 AM EST
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UAE suspending F-35 discussions with US: ["Abraham Accords"], 14 Dec
50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, 18 MQ-9B: "The White House referred comment on the deal to the State Department."
[$23B:] Blinken says US ready to proceed with sale of F-35s to UAE, 15 Dec
A UAE official told Reuters on Tuesday that the nation would suspend talks over "technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysis." The official added that the U.S. is still the UAE's "preferred provider" of the weapons and that discussions "may be reopened in the future."

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the sale could be impacted by the UAE's growing ties to China, which sparked concerns that Abu Dhai might allow China to access the technology.

by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 02:46:51 PM EST
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US Navy fires laser weapon in Mideast amid [Houthis'] drone boat threat
The test Tuesday [14 Dec]  saw the USS Portland test-fire its Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at the target in the Gulf of Aden, the body of water separating East Africa from the Arabian Peninsula. ...The Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, has its home port in San Diego. The ship is deployed as part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group that's now in the Mideast.
by Cat on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 12:08:57 AM EST
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Senate sends $768B defense policy bill to Biden, 89-10
Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate joined forces to push the bill's budget topline by $25 billion. Many lawmakers argued Biden's $715 billion request for the Pentagon portion of the budget, though still an increase from the previous level locked in during the Trump administration, should be much higher to keep up with inflation and match military gains made by China and Russia.

The final deal authorizes $768 billion for national defense programs. That total includes $740 billion for the Pentagon and $27.8 billion for nuclear weapons programs that fall under the Department of Energy.

R2P: "an institution distinct from the UN"
by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 06:58:37 PM EST
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US Air Force Permanently Deploys First F-35s in Europe in Response to `Resurgent Russia'
Over 730 F-35s have been built to date, with the programme having an estimated lifetime cost of more than $1.7 trillion - making the jets the most expensive weapon ever built.
The first US Air Force F-35s to be permanently stationed abroad have arrived in the UK, with a party of four F-35As touching down at their new home base at RAF Lakenheath in southeastern England on Wednesday.
[...]
"Our coalition forces train and fight in the most dynamic theatre, requiring the most advanced platforms," Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of Allied Air Command, was quoted as saying of the planes' delivery.
[...]
Lockheed Martin announced in September that it eventually hopes to deploy some 450 F-35 Lightning II aircraft across 13 permanent bases in Europe in the coming years, with the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Poland and Denmark already fielding the aircraft or expected to field them in the near future.
by Cat on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 12:40:00 AM EST
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At least here they are safe from drops into the Pacific.

by generic on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 09:27:32 AM EST
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Also safe from being dependent from Russia for their killing machines. The US will absolutely not use this agreement as a lever to try to control, say, purchases of anti-aircraft missile systems.

Cough.

by asdf on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 12:22:19 AM EST
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Health expert: Surge in COVID-19 cases should no longer be 'major metric' of pandemic
But we really need to focus on hospitalizations and deaths now,' [Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University and a former Harvard health expert] said.
NEXT YEAR: nurse:patient ratios, clinical competence, and substitution of SNOMED algos for medical practice in sundry "congregate settings"
by Cat on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 05:22:56 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 06:46:27 PM EST
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988 suicide phone hotline getting $282M to ease July [2022] launch
Suicide had been the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2019, but dropped to 11th in 2020, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which killed at least 345,000 Americans and became the nation's No. 3 killer.
archived National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018
by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 05:31:47 PM EST
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Whistleblowers who leaked documents about these have been  jailed.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 01:45:10 PM EST
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Well, duh! When you bomb places, you kill civilians. It's a simple fact that nobody wants to hear about when they are involved in "humanitarian interventions".

It's the ugly image of war that western militaries and media go to great extent to hide from their citizens. It's all about well oiled machinery launching majestic cruise missiles to the night in a show of unstoppable force instead of charred, mutilated bodies amongst the rubble of apartment blocks in the other end.

by pelgus on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 02:31:01 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 07:23:12 PM EST
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Already addressed in Germany

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 07:33:45 PM EST
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I think those sorts of gotcha questions are a little bit troubling. It clarifies that an improperly written poll can give wildly inaccurate results.

Or maybe they are good, and should be included in every poll to filter out the people who are either not paying attention or completely illiterate.

by asdf on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 12:18:05 AM EST
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