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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:11:34 PM EST
Blinken revokes sanctions on ICC officials imposed by Trump
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced the U.S. is revoking sanctions imposed by the former Trump administration on prosecutors and officials associated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

"These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective," Blinken said in a statement.

The sanctions were removed from ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The State Department further terminated separate visa restrictions imposed in 2019 on certain ICC personnel.

The Trump administration protested against ICC investigations into alleged war crimes by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and investigations of alleged war crimes by Israel against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:20:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 04:37:00 AM EST
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causa belli
"So when we think about building up our economy around our infrastructure on something like water policy, it's literally about jobs, it's about the fundamental source of life that Tammy Duckworth was talking about. It will sustain life, and it's about ["]strengthening up["] our nation around a commodity that is a precious commodity.
California's progressive prosecutor, soon to be 47, has spoken.
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 03:37:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 05:12:39 PM EST
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US Congress to world: free uighurs and AOC
by Cat on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 02:16:58 PM EST
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Private Equity Hedge Funds in particular need to be repeatedly hit in the face with baseball bats. If they live they will get the message. What kind of bat? A fine equal to a tenth of their net worth each time would do.
 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:43:34 PM EST
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Senate Cmt on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Legislative Hearing on the Endless Frontier Act, April 15, A/V
how to and to whom to drop money in order to compete with authoritarian China
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 04:05:10 PM EST
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America First Caucus Policy Platform
America was founded on the basis of individual and state sovereignty, to ensure that no free American would be lorded over by a Monarch ever again. Unfortunately, bureaucrats in Washington,D.C. and the elites who control them have risen to form a new oligarchy--one that is far more decadent ,corrosive and hostile to the will of the people than the Founders could have ever dreamed of. This is why sovereignty is of paramount importance to the AFC.
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 03:58:25 PM EST
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tl;dr:

The Republic went to hell when the Federal government stopped allowing white people to own property, i.e., black people.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 04:10:29 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 11:04:36 AM EST
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With the Project for a New American Century* wars winding down the US needs a new war to keep the wheels of commerce humming.

Or something like that.

* remember them?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 04:12:51 PM EST
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Seems like there might be a pattern where empires end up spending so much on maintaining their empires that they go broke.
by asdf on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 05:24:09 PM EST
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archived debut of Windsor millennials' media empire
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:07:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 08:41:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 03:59:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 04:06:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 04:13:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 12:11:19 PM EST
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Larry "Maglev" Hogan and the Mushy Middle
"The Maryland governor's COVID-era memoir is a study in moral cowardice."
by Cat on Sun Apr 18th, 2021 at 08:17:30 PM EST
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1:761,169, on average, versus Art. I,
2020 Census Apportionment Results Delivered to the President
• After the 1790 Census, each member of the House represented about 34,000 residents. Since then, the House has more than quadrupled in size (from 105 to 435 seats), and each member will represent an average of 761,169 people based on the 2020 Census.

• Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, five states will gain one seat each (Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon), seven states will lose one seat each (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), and the remaining states' number of seats will not change based on the 2020 Census.

Upon receipt of the apportionment counts, the president will transmit them to the 117th Congress. The reapportioned Congress will be the 118th, which convenes in January 2023.

2022 ligitigation is going to be EPIC! ubn warned many, many times
most recently, 21 Jan 2021 and with immigrant sanctuary highlightsApril 24, 2019
by Cat on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 03:10:23 PM EST
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Apparently the population of Mississippi (blue on above map, just to the east of the Mississippi River, with panhandle to the coast) has dropped (slightly, about 6000 people) in absolute numbers.

This is in an overall situation where the South is the fastest growing region of the country. And regardless of whether the census-taking system might have had some inherent or systemic bias, it seems that the loss is primarily in the white community. The African American and Latinx count went up, but the white numbers went down by more: about 48,000 in a state of 3 million.

Apparently everybody is moving to Texas. Another theory is that the republican good ol' boys refused to fill out that dang govermint paperwork.

by asdf on Wed Apr 28th, 2021 at 04:02:37 PM EST
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2020 Demographic Analysis
< checks watch >
On December 15, 2020, the DA estimates for April 1, 2020 were released at a news conference. This release included the three official sets of DA estimates for the Black Alone/Non-Black Alone, Black Alone or in Combination/Non-Black Alone or in Combination, and Hispanic/Non-Hispanic populations by single year of age and sex. A range of estimates--Low, Middle, High--was produced for each set to account for uncertainty.
by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 12:14:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 02:50:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2021 at 10:31:50 PM EST
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2021 State of the Union Address d/b/a his Blitz(krieg) "of government expansion all together in one place and before the largest potential audience that a president gets"
by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 01:01:05 PM EST
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great oratory
The worst pandemic in a century.
The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.
Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again.
Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.
Life can knock us down.
But in America, we never stay down.
In America, we always get up.
by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 01:14:36 PM EST
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Scientific breakthroughs took us to the Moon and now to Mars, discovered vaccines, and gave us the Internet and so much more.
Vaccines seem to have been invented by the Chinese.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 01:25:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 02:27:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 02:33:13 PM EST
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The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.

So much for the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 06:22:29 PM EST
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The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War

This just happened to appear today on Naked Capitalism. Biden seems to have forgotten about it.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 30th, 2021 at 09:20:34 AM EST
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No federal taxes on more than $40 billion in profits.
by Cat on Thu Apr 29th, 2021 at 02:02:06 PM EST
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APsplainin US recommends 'pause' for J&J vaccine over clot reports
U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow.
archived The ["]AstraZeneca["] Factory in Baltimore, EMA clears ["]Leiden vaccine["] for use
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 11:51:51 AM EST
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REUTERSplainin U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine
The move from the U.S. regulators comes less than a week after Europe's drugs regulator said it was reviewing rare blood clots in four people in the United States who received the shot.
US supply chain discipline Merck (NC), Catalent (MD)
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 12:25:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 02:18:43 PM EST
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Faucisplainin AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, U.S. official Fauci says
"I think that the AstraZeneca vaccine from a standpoint of efficacy is a good vaccine, and if the safety issue gets straightened out in the European Union ... the efficacy of that vaccine is really quite good," he told BBC radio on Tuesday.
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The AstraZeneca vaccine is being investigated by European regulators over concerns about rare cases of blood clots. It has not yet been approved in the United States. ... Officials in Britain, where the vaccine was first approved, have advised that those aged under 30 should be offered an alternative.
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 12:55:19 PM EST
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As I have written before, these incidents have to be balanced against the tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths averted by the vaccine. Vaccination isn't magic.  The surprise, to me, is the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines don't have severe side effects.  To be 100% accurate it is known anaphylaxis occurs in 2 to 5 people per million but that is not life-threatening since it happens with 30 minutes of getting shot and is treatable.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:12:28 PM EST
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India expects biggest share of U.S. doses of AstraZeneca vaccine -govt sources, a murder mystery
India expects to secure the biggest chunk of the 60 million AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine doses that the United States will share [?] globally
FDA has yet publicly to grant EUA to Oxford/AstraZeneca
On Monday, the White House said 10 million [!] doses could be cleared for export "in coming weeks" and the rest by June.
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"We are also assuring them that once COVID cases decline, we will manufacture and distribute vaccines to other nations," the source added, in line with a pact among the Quad group of nations comprising the U.S., India, Japan and Australia.
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The first source also said the [IN] government would help Indian states ["]import["] vaccines.

"We are facilitating," he added. "Some states have the money and they are willing to pay for it [?!], whether it's for local or imported vaccines."

Becoming Baltimore
India, with the world's largest vaccine-making capacity [?!], had donated or exported more than 66 million doses before its own needs jumped because of the SURGE in infections.
by Cat on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 02:09:45 PM EST
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Crucial Issues U.S. Congress ...

Not the COVID-19 pandemic
Not climate change or a dying planet ...
Not even Israel, Iran and the nuclear deal or Biden's offense in the Ukraine ...

It's that great pastime, Babe Ruth's baseball. Used to be for White folks only ...  not run by descendents of slaves ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 01:12:40 PM EST
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Civilian Climate Corps, 73 pp
draft bill, prepared by Markey and AOC, inclusive, gender-balanced fed "pre-apprentice" employment with union $15 wages, "gold" PPACA benefits, possibly campus not camp housing, for ~1M, FY 2021-2025

SEC. 199T. SERVICE PROJECTS classification system is ... interesting.

by Cat on Tue Apr 20th, 2021 at 05:41:41 PM EST
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to non-binding resolutions
by Cat on Tue Apr 20th, 2021 at 06:25:39 PM EST
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