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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:25:52 PM EST
Baltimore's "Vacants-to-Value" (V2V) is a decade-old RE sales scheme, initiated by former-mayor Rawlings-Blake, to unload ~17K abandoned lots and houses that cannot be sold as annual tax lien securities. Before that and peak city out-migration (2020 Census), the city called its marketing plan "Dollar House" and SCOPES.
"[One] problem with most vacant houses in Baltimore, even if you pay nothing for the house itself, is that the cost of renovating them and bringing them back up to code exceeds their value in the place that they are," says [current comptroller Bill] Henry.
The other problems since revealed are, the city's housing authority (fed HUD, state HUD) grants management and policies to promote speculative investment in rental property instead of "racial equity" in land trust management and home ownership of the "Black Butterfly". Regardless of crisis--COVID, affordability, air and water pollution-- B'more is out to prove time and again, there is no "community association" it cannot corrupt.

Community farm in Cherry Hill, "a church without walls," faces eviction
counter-factual City Agriculture
by Cat on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 03:38:12 PM EST
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The 2,000-member organization, which represents federal, state and local inspectors general across the U.S., was reacting to a bill that would place Baltimore County IG Kelly Madigan under the control of a board of political appointees, who would have the right to disapprove, modify and curtail the scope of her investigations into waste, fraud and corruption in county government.
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 10:44:27 PM EST
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at last count, Adams by 8,426 votes
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:49:37 AM EST
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Sky Jan 6 UPDATE! "I happen to believe Tucker Carlson"
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:19:10 AM EST
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US Art. V, Sec. 4, TX Art. VIII, and rebellion, according to Joe
"using every tool at his disposal to protect Americans against voter suppression laws and stress the need to work with civil rights organizations to build a voter education system to overcome 'the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War'"
Texas Democrats leave state to block GOP voting bill in special session
The Democrats chartered two flights to Washington, and the House Democratic Caucus picked up the tab of about $100,000, sources said.
archive KEYWORD: quorum call
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 12:22:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:48:59 PM EST
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GOP attempts to cut House $1.9B Body Guard Ops
Leahy sez, additional funding was needed to address the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Capitol, its staff and Afghan collaborators "will not be abandoned" (like Iraqis) ...

as 2022 NDAA markups SWAMP congress.

by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 01:58:33 AM EST
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Afghan visa program, [Air and Space*] National Guard reimbursement, NDAA security supplemental
The bill would provide more than $1.1 billion to help relocate Afghans, with $600 million for the State Department to improve and ["]strengthen["] the special immigrant visa program; $500 million for the Defense Department for emergency transportation, housing and other essential services; and $25 million for the Department of Health and Humans Services Department for medical screenings and housing services once the ["]refugees["] are in the United States.
* FY22 NDAA passed reactionary senate subcommittee Authorizers and Appropriators
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:44:16 PM EST
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MMT: The "easiest" option, Yarmuth sez, would be for the budget resolution "to deem that the debt limit is raised through the end of fiscal 2022."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:10:40 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 07:41:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:23:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 05:57:58 PM EST
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Larry "Maglev" Hogan has spoken (approved by Yumi)
Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail claims it has condemnation authority stemming from its acquisition of the former Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad Co. franchise in 2015. The rail operator, which eventually hopes to extend its train to New York, says condemnation power came with the franchise as a last resort to acquire essential land for the proposed $10 billion [express] route.
Westport--a neighborhood in Baltimore city--is also a "community investment" site obligated by Under Armour's ill-conceived Port Covington, 235-acre "megadevelopment" scheme, underwritten by $148M TIF bonds issued by Balt City Hall. Note that the city paygo otherwise limits total muni debt to biennial $80M issues. Although, Plank's enterprises disintegrated in 2020, ritual ground-breaking of a hastily modified prospectus seemed to mollify the mayor's Board of Estimates, if not the SEC.
Wayne Rogers, CEO of Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail, has said the economic and environmental benefits of a train whisking riders from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes, and eventually from Baltimore to New York in under an hour, would outweigh benefits of waterfront housing for the city [residents], state and Northeast corridor.

Baltimore City recently ["]asked["] the Federal Railroad Administration not to approve the train, citing concerns about equity and the project's effects on the environment.

Related Maglev CapEx ... FY20-21megasaving for a rainy day
"The availability of $6.5 billion in additional federal aid not yet appropriated in the budget may further enhance the State's ability to preserve its own resources for future needs."
by Cat on Sun Jul 25th, 2021 at 03:57:57 PM EST
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First, they came for français(e), and I did nothing....
Then, they came for yiddish, and I did nothing ...
Then, they came for aesopian CODE, and I did nothing ...
Now, Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation
New US Bill Would Create Federal China-Watching Service for Translating Publications Into English, dammit
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 08:26:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 12:20:11 AM EST
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resistance, friction, and drag queens
[Soul Cap®], which previously partnered with Alice Dearing, the first Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Games, has been outspoken about the issue.
"this ruling disregards the needs of Black women to protect their hair and their hairstyles when they swim," [chair of and a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University Noliwe] Rooks said. The ban, she said, appears to be based on a lack of understanding about the density or thickness of Black hair.

"The ruling specifically mentioned the fact that "Haircare for the volume-blessed"® do not hug the scalp, but Black hair does not necessarily lay flat against the scalp, and also can have a thickness that makes it impossible to keep a ["]traditional["] swim cap from filling with water as the athlete swims," Rooks said.

This cap saved my hair! It will stay on and keep voluminous hair from getting soaked with the heavily chlorinated water. The shop owner is extremely responsive! I highly recommend!
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:08:25 AM EST
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Congressional Black Caucus urges expanded deportation review
"Now is the time to turn the resources and power of the U.S. government toward repairing these harms in the name of racial justice for Black and brown immigrants."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:20:38 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 03:11:14 PM EST
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Ice cream isn't mentioned in the Bible, as frozen desserts were hard to come by in the desert in pre-electric times, but Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have foolishly and needlessly put their delicious diet-busting treats onto the hot stove of the insidious BDS movement to boycott, divest from and otherwise sanction Israel by removing Ben & Jerry's from "Occupied Palestinian Territory," which to them includes the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.

Pretty stupid move by a couple of New York Jews,

NY Daily News editorial sez
by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 05:31:39 PM EST
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Ben & Jerry's Israel, an independent local manufacturer run by an Israeli company, reports a 21% boost in ice cream sales on Tuesday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 05:40:49 PM EST
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Israel vows to respond 'aggressively' to Ben & Jerry's decision to stop selling ice cream in occupied territories

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said he spoke with Alan Jope, chief executive of Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever, and raised concern about what he called a "clearly anti-Israel step." He said the move would have "serious consequences, legal and otherwise," and Israel "will act aggressively against all boycott actions directed against its citizens."

How we're structured

We're betting you've never met our independent Board of Directors ...

A little background...
I met Ben, Jerry and Jeff at the beginning of the One Percent for Peace Campaign.  I had been working for years with Jobs for Peace to achieve a 25% transfer of military dollars to much-needed domestic spending on education, jobs, health and housing.  The two efforts were naturally aligned.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:54:45 AM EST
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We--the undersigned--stand in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and firmly against the rise of Islamophobic attacks and attempts to divide us as a people.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:56:26 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:58:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:17:15 AM EST
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Building collapse lawsuits seek ...
"We believe that evidence is still there."

Neither condominium association board members nor their attorneys responded to emails seeking comment.

Building collapse shows ...
[Surfside]  was one of South Florida's most anonymous municipalities -- though in January Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner rented a luxury condo in a new building two blocks from the collapse.
But Mermer also got a deal on a small apartment built a half-century ago, just steps away from the luxury condo that former President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law moved into. While Mermer's building was constructed for the middle class, today's construction is aimed at the New York, European and South American elite, who are drawn by the state's lifestyle, weather and lack of an income tax.
archived "the board did a good job"
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:33:29 PM EST
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Building collapse leaves derivative rubble
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:39:17 PM EST
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Bonding. Make me whole
Huge platters of catered food sit day and night, including glatt kosher meals, all donated by community members longing to ease the pain.

Meanwhile, Support Surfside has raised $2 million for victims with another $2 million pledged, and GoFundMe has separately raised $1.7 million for various families.

by Cat on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 11:43:58 PM EST
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How to get Gen Z vaccinated against COVID? Our work for the Biden campaign holds clues.
My company focuses on marketing campaigns to reach Gen Z, and helped mobilize turnout among young voters for the Biden presidential campaign in 2020. ... We've now begun working with the Ad Council on a vaccine campaign aimed at this demographic.  
Gen Z has a totally different relationship to celebrities. They've grown up engaging directly with their favorite content creators. On social platforms, they message with these people - who are, quite often, close to their own age. Nowhere is this more clear than in the world of gaming.
Market information, not advice
So how exactly can these influencers help? The key is for them to encourage fans to get informed about the vaccines, without prescribing a specific action. In fact, popular gamers we work with, who have millions of followers, have told us that they would refuse to tell thei
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 12:37:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:23:52 PM EST
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Hide yer wife.
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:01:23 PM EST
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annuder disturbance in the antitrust farce
"She, along with several Democratic members of the California delegation, voted against advancing all but one of the [tech bro "reform"] bills to a floor vote."
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:28:09 PM EST
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April 2020: Fauci said it will take 12 to 18 months to get a coronavirus vaccine in the US. Experts say a quick approval could be risky. archive Phylogenetic network analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes

8 months later...Operation Warp Speed dumps Pfizer and Moderna "50%-95%" effective EUA at FDA, EMA "living lab" doors of MISINFORMATION.

July 2021: COVID vaccines developed quickly -- is a HIV vaccine next?

Unlike SARS-CoV-2, which is a very stable virus, the human immunosuppressive virus (HIV) is extremely variable -- it's  constantly mutating.
da fuq?
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:00:41 PM EST
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Dow drops 800 points, yields tumble as virus fears circle the world for < checks watch > 72 hours
Besides the new variants [mutations] of the ["novel"] coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2], other risks to the economy include fading pandemic relief efforts [grants, loans, and tax credits] from the U.S. government and a Federal Reserve that looks set to begin paring back its assistance [commercial bond buying + ZIRP] for markets later this year.
the NEW! "savings gap"
by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:26:48 PM EST
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Dec 2020: Group Behind Alleged Russia Hack Broke Into Microsoft's Internal Systems
May 2021:  What Microsoft Officials Know About Russia's Phishing Hack Targeting USAID

NEW! script. Places, everyone!
Microsoft Exchange email hack was caused by China, US says
"according to a senior administration official [who] briefed reporters about the investigation on the condition of anonymity."
archived There's this thing about liars ...

by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:56:28 PM EST
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US, Europe condemn China for 'malicious' Microsoft cyberattack
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the attack on Microsoft Exchange, a top ancient email server for ancient corporations around the world locked-in to MSFT middle-ware, was part of a "pattern of irresponsible, disruptive and destabilising behavior in cyberspace The Cloud, which poses a major threat to our economic and national security."
GOOG, AWS Jedi gladiators < wipes tears >
In a simultaneous announcement, the US Department of Justice said four Chinese nationals had been charged with hacking the computers of dozens of companies, universities and government bodies in the United States and abroad between 2011 and 2018.
"The Chinese government < eyebrow > not unlike the Russian government < wink > is not doing this themselves, but are protecting those who are doing it, and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it," Biden told reporters.

Biden < eyebrow > like his predecessor Donald Trump < wink > has ramped up pressure on China, seeing the rising Asian power's increasingly assertive moves at home and abroad as the main long-term threat to the United States.

Allies backed up the castigation of China with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab < wipes tears > describing the cyberattack as "reckless."

NEXT WEEK: red + yellow = ORANGE PERIL!
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 09:08:00 PM EST
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Common respiratory viruses are on the rise; Tennessee restarts vaccine outreach after GOP pressure: Latest COVID-19 updates
a particularly severe flu season could be on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday.

Most common respiratory viruses - influenza viruses, common human coronaviruses, rhinoviruses and more - circulated at historically low levels in 2020, likely due to COVID-19 mitigation measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing, the CDC said in its weekly update.

But now, as those measures relax, some viruses have begun circulating at increased levels at an UNUSUAL time of the year, the CDC said.

18th Second Wave of MISINFORMATION!
White House declines to release number of ["]breakthrough["] COVID-19 cases among vaccinated staff
[Psaki] said the impact of breakthrough cases is limited because country is "in a different place" now than it was six or seven months ago, when the Biden administration's vaccination campaign was just gaining steam.

When pressed by a reporter again, Psaki asked: "Why do you need to have that information?"

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigation and Reporting
As of May 1, 2021, CDC ["]transitioned["] from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause.
archived precision "estimated biweekly proportions of the most common SARS-CoV-2 lineages"
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 10:16:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 05:37:47 PM EST
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Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban - The Register
A Florida man held a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday to announce the filing of lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and corresponding executives Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai - who runs YouTube's parent company.

The former political office holder, known among other things for a cancelled reality TV series, a discontinued steak business, a failed casino, and a shuttered business training school, accused the social networks of violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution by closing his accounts and deplatforming him.

Booted from the aforementioned internet services for statements deemed to have encouraged or incited the storming of the US Capitol by tooled-up tourists, the plaintiff is also seeking to have the courts declare Section 230 of America's Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.

Legal scholars were quick to ridicule the complaints. "The First Amendment does not apply to non-governmental actors - full stop," said Steve Vladeck, the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 06:29:45 PM EST
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The Hill
The FBI seized a "fully constructed" Lego set of the U.S. Capitol from the home of an alleged insurrectionist.

Prosecutors detailed the finding in a court document for Robert Morss, who was arrested on June 11 at his home in Glenshaw, Pa.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 08:46:50 PM EST
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January 6: First Capitol rioter sentenced to prison time
A Florida man has become the first to be sentenced to prison for his part in the US Capitol riots on 6 January.

Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of entering the Capitol to obstruct Congress. He was jailed for eight months.

Prosecutors had asked for a term of 18 months, saying Hodgkins "contributed to the collective threat to democracy".

The sentence is expected to set a benchmark for hundreds of upcoming cases from the Capitol riots.

Hodgkins, 38, told a Washington DC court that taking part in the invasion of the Capitol had been a "foolish decision".

He said he regretted "the damage that day's incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt".

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 07:01:19 PM EST
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Paul Allard Hodgkins - Florida resident

Poor man Net worth $860,969
Lives in a street with mostly Democrats 😅

Case Number: 

Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting; Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Case Status:
Plea agreement hearing held 6/2 where he pleaded guilty to count 1 of the indictment.
Sentencing set for 7/19 at 10 am

Understatement of the Year 2021 - Insurrection with risk of Martial Law and a dictatorship of Donald Trump

Capitol rioter who entered Senate gets far shorter jail sentence than prosecutors wanted | The Independent |

Hodgkins apologised to the court for his actions and told the judge: "Biden is the rightful president."

He said he was ashamed of his actions. Speaking with the use of a prepared statement, Hodgkins said he was caught up in the euphoria of the day as he followed a crowd of hundreds who entered the Capitol.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 06:23:52 AM EST
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Meanwhile, Tommy Chong got a longer sentence for selling bongs.
by asdf on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 03:04:27 PM EST
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