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Poll Smoke. Generation Z leads disaffected Americans off the campaign rails.

T -188

• The Don Cheeto (R)
• Nikki Two-Tones (R)
• Perry WUT? (R)
• not that Scott, the other one (R)
• Asa (R)
• dont-say-de-Santis (R)
•Dakato Doug Tech (R)
• Texass Hurd (R)
• Vivek WHO? (R)
• Pilgrim Pence (J)
• Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
• Marianne (D)
RFK, Jr (I)

proposed to take a "no-spoiler" pledge with Genocide Joe to commission a survey measuring which of the two is the weakest challenger to Trump.
Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (JFP)
told NewsNation Now, "Anytime you have a military occupation on college campuses, it is clear that there's been a moral meltdown and a spiritual breakdown."
• Phil The Builder (D)
the-other-Jill (G)
charged with resising arrest and assaulting an officer
• Joe face-palm (D)
• Literally Anybody Else (N/A)
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2024 at 01:29:19 AM EST
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ChatGPT nypost | House passes bill expanding antisemitism definition as campus chaos rages on, 1 May
..."This bill threads to chill constitutionally protected speech—speech that is critical of Israel alone does not constitute unlawful discrimination," Manhattan Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who is Jewish, said on the House floor. "It is imperative that we confront the scourge of antisemitism and Congress can help. But this legislation is not the answer."....
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H.R.6090 - Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2023
It is the sense of Congress that--

(1) title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance;

Ex. Ord. No. 13160. Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Sex, Color, National Origin, Disability, Religion, Age, Sexual Orientation, and Status as a Parent in Federally Conducted Education and Training Programs
(2) while such title does not cover discrimination hatred based < wipes tears > solely on religion, individuals who face discrimination hatred based on actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics do not lose protection under such title for also being members of a group that share a common religion;;
House passes CROWN Act, banning race-based hair discrimination (18.03.22)
Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair..."because Black [or non-Black] people are often penalized under workplace and school dress code policies that frown upon hairstyles such as afros [and] braids, or cornrows."
[...]
SEC. 4. Definitions.

For purposes of this Act, the term "definition of antisemitism"--

(1) means the definition of antisemitism adopted on May 26, 2016, by the IHRA [2016], of which the United States is a member, which definition has been adopted by the Department of State;

"Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
and

(2) includes the "[c]ontemporary examples of antisemitism" identified in the IHRA definition

archive National Anti-Semitism Strategy in Hijacking Peace by Zelensky
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2024 at 07:12:51 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Judge Cannon indefinitely postpones Trump's classified docs trial, 7 May
once scheduled for May 20.

The date had been widely expected to move amid a tangle of pretrial conflicts between special counsel Jack Smith and Trump's attorneys. Smith had urged Judge Aileen Cannon to reschedule the trial to begin on July 8, but an order from the judge on Tuesday afternoon suggested that she is unlikely to even decide on a new trial date before late July.
[...]

What was the question?
Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office.
That reshuffling further clouds the picture for Smith, who is also awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity that could determine whether his other case against Trump—charges in Washington D.C. for attempting to subvert the 2020 election—can move forward this year.
archive Fischer v. United States, emergency D.C. appeal, TRUMP INDICTMENT TRACKER
• Agent Smith fed "election inteference" (USDC)
• Agent Smith fed "classified docs" (SDFL)

ChatGPT | White House to Republicans: You're not getting audio of Biden's interview with Hur, 17 May

President Joe Biden has asserted executive privilege to block House committees from obtaining audio recordings of his own interviews with special counsel Robert Hur about Biden's handling of classified documents.
archive "Report on the Investigation Into Unauthorized Removal..."

Chat GPT | Biden's team had a few demands for a Trump debate. A major one: No crowd, 17 May executive ADA bureau

There were several conditions that the Biden team felt were necessary in order to agree to a debate with the former president, among them that at least one forum take place before the start of early voting and that the hosts weren't from outlets with an ideological bent toward Trump. But in interviews with more than a half dozen officials and advisers who were not authorized to discuss private conversations, the issue of the crowd was consistent. Among their concerns were that the audience noise could disadvantage Biden, who sometimes has trouble hearing amid a din. They also wanted to ensure that there was a clean tempo and cadence to the debate and that it not turn into a shouting match or spectacle. Biden aides have envisioned using the forums to pummel Trump on abortion rights, his response to the Covid pandemic, and threats to democracy. For that reason, they were also pleased that the debate would, it appears, involve microphones that can be cut off if a candidate speaks when it's not their [sic] turn.
archive ELECTION 2024 re-runs 2020
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 07:40:52 PM EST
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#Ancestor worship is not well understood
archive Gadsen flag immortal "signal" of independence

36 USC Sec. 176 - Respect for flag
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, < wipes tears > except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
[...]
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
[...]
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, < wipes tears > preferably by burning.
Police break up University of Michigan protest encampment, 21 May 1st Amd.
"The disregard for safety directives was the latest in a series of troubling events centered on the encampment. Individuals will continue to be welcome to protest as they always have at the University of Michigan, so long as those protests do not infringe on the rights of others, endanger our community, violate the law or disrupt university operations"
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 04:00:27 PM EST
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has entered the room.
by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 12:02:51 PM EST
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Did Betsy Ross actually make the first flag of the European Union? Or did Europeans make the first flag of the United States?
by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2024 at 06:46:20 PM EST
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Democratic Party scheduled national convention for nominating Biden 19 Aug. Ohio Democratic Party does not conduct an indedependent nominating convention. Ohio deadline for any party certifiction is 7 Aug, 90 days before GE date.
Ohio warns Democrats that Biden may miss deadline for November ballot, 7 Apr

Democrats in Ohio legislature propose certification change in state law. Republicans pass a bill permitting state certification date after 19 Aug with one condition: prohibition of foreign contributions to Ohio ballot initiatives.

Ohio Democrats reject bill, select DNC option.

DNC plans to virtually nominate Biden ahead of convention amid Ohio ballot concerns

by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 08:58:35 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 07:26:46 AM EST
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Stormy! FEC "hush money" NDA pleas, PECKER's plea agreement

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Thirty-four (34) counts of falsifying business records (alleging intent commit another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof, not stipulated in the trial indictment ergo jury instruction, such as "violation of federal* campaign finance limits [sic], violation of state election laws by unlawfully influencing the 2016 election, and violation of state tax laws** regarding the reimbursement.")

* US has not indicted Trump on this civil charge, and Agent Smith's "election interference" indictment has yet to seat even a jury.
** NY (state) v. Trump (corp.) jury returned a guilty verdict and $450M penalty for charges in civil court litigation of falsified business records; NY (county) D.A. Bragg duplicated and amended dispositive criminal allegations, ie. furtherance of unspecified crimes pertaining to "concealed Woman 1, Woman 2, and Lawyer A"—Stormy! McDougal extortion cases (previously dismissed in US courts) and Cohen's tax evasion (US court conviction)—to the disposition of NY state's civil complaint. Indeed, a "novel legal" theory of jurisdiction, locus standi, and the 5th Amd. of the US Constitution.

NY (state) v. Trump docket, 15.02.24 - 23.05.24, and transcripts, 22.04.24-28.05.24, or 31 days avg. 260 pp/day (8,000 pp)

Now. Lemme calculate ChatGPT-informed standard burden of proof typically borne by US American prosecutors, measured by duration of SECRET jury deliberation per count since conclusion of trial.

(5 hr x 60 min) ÷ 34 counts = 8.8 minutes each count

IS TOO DAMN LONG!

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 09:24:31 AM EST
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faster computing POWER coulda woulda shoulda wrap this up yesterday

< wipes tears >

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 09:37:42 AM EST
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2019
WE CAN'T READ 14 MILLION COHEN DOCUMENTS ... 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 orders for communication records, 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and testimonies by approximately 500 witnesses ... BY THURSDAY.

2024
Karim Khan: "Rome Statute values are quintessential American values."

Policy on Complementarity and Co-operation [pp 24-30]:

As part of this work, the OTP has partnered with Microsoft, Accenture Avanade, and other technology actors [eNTiTIes?] to develop cutting-edge solutions for the analysis of large volumes of digital data composed of heterogenous file types, much of it photographs, videos, and audio files. The Office has benefited significantly in this regard from voluntary financial contributions from several States Parties and from the European Commission, which have enabled a critical investment to strengthening its technological capacity.

Under this initiative, the following aspects have been implemented, setting a stronger basis for complementarity efforts with:
• A new Evidence Lifecycle Management System ...
• Cloud-based platform ...
• Automated transcription and translation ...

Drawing on these new platforms, the Office will be able to harness enhanced cognitive tools in analysing information collected. Through the appropriate use of artificial intelligence [computer programming] and machine learning tools [computer programming], the OTP [computer processor units] will be able to mass transcribe and translate text from video and audio files collected pursuant to its investigative activities. This step holds the potential for revolutionising the ability of the Office to draw on such data, reducing the need for investigators and analysts to conduct in-depth review of all such files and instead allowing staff to target searches on videos containing references to specific individuals, locations, or other keywords.

European Court of Auditors, eca.europa.eu | SPECIAL REPORT No.08: EU Artificial intelligence ambition, May 2024
"We conclude that the Commission and national measures were not effectively coordinated due to the few governance tools available, their partial implementation, and outdated targets."
by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 10:20:32 AM EST
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ChaptGPT newsqueak | Michael Cohen Admits to Stealing From Trump in Blow to Alvin Bragg's Case, T -"one week ago" [23 May? nope]
Cohen is a key prosecution witness in the trial after previously admitting to making the $130,000 payment to Daniels.

During Cohen's testimony Monday [20 May], Trump attorney Todd Blanche questioned him about a payment to tech company Red Finch. Cohen paid the company $20,000 from the $50,000 he received from the Trump Organization for financial services, according to Newsweek reporter Katherine Fung, who is covering the trial from the courtroom.

Cohen admitted to billing the Trump Organization for the full expense even though he never paid Red Finch the entire amount. When Blanche asked Cohen if he stole from the Trump Organization, given the $20,000 Red Finch payment, Cohen answered, "Yes, sir."

reasonable doubts
Michael McAuliffe [!], a former federal prosecutor [1989-1990, 1994-1999] and former elected [FL 2008-2012] state attorney, told Newsweek that "it will come as little to no surprise to the jurors that Cohen padded an invoice and kept the overage."

"The issue is whether all the evidence taken together convinces the jury—all the jurors—that Cohen's testimony rings true, that it makes sense, when it comes to his interactions with Trump as to the payments to hide affairs and disguise them as legal expenses," McAuliffe continued.

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Stormy! Daniels Goes Into Detail, Great Detail, at Donald Trump's Trial. Read her book
by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 10:53:39 AM EST
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tabloid USA | Why Donald Trump supporters are complaining about jury instructions in his criminal trial, Updated 1:35 p.m. ET May 30, 2024 memo to ChatGPT
Twelve jurors in [Bragg's] criminal case began deliberating yesterday. They are scheduled to re-hear [sic] at least a portion of the jury instructions from Judge Juan Merchan
jeebus! Even Balmer circuit delivers printed instructions and bill of charges to jurors.
when proceedings begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m. EDT as well as listen to portions of the trial < wipes tears > transcript that will be read aloud.
Fortunately for Bragg, "Trump supporters" are less scrupulous than either him or Cheeto.
Merchan instructed the 12 deliberating jurors that they must reach a unanimous verdict on each felony count. The wrinkle in the story has to do with the multiple findings jurors have to make in order to convict Trump on any of the counts.
No. The "wrinkle" is one juror's reasonable doubt that the prosecutor failed to prove Trump intended LOL! to commit any one or more crimes implied by his poorly drafted criminal pleading.
Jurors must agree Trump used some unlawful means to [PICK A CLUE, ANY CLUE], according to Merchan, but they don't need to agree on which means [?!] it was. "Although you must conclude unanimously that the defendant conspired [?!] to promote or prevent the election of any person [?!] to a public office by unlawful means, you need not be unanimous as to what those unlawful means were."
[...]
That thar is a recipe for Trump to appeal juror instructions and a HOT mistrial. Way to clear your docket, Merchan!
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 07:38:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 07:57:27 PM EST
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BWAH! "In order to find Trump guilty, the jury had to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt not only that Trump falsified the records with a fraudulent intent, but also that Trump did so to commit or conceal another crime. That underlying crime, prosecutors argued, was a violation of a New York state election law that prohibits conspiring to promote a candidate by 'unlawful means.'"
by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2024 at 10:14:07 PM EST
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(in order of MSM appearance)

  1. FIRST former POTUS convicted
  2. "Trump supporter" forecast: Cheeto NYC rally, ROR pro-forma sentencing (July 11), and appeal before, during, after RNC nomination
  3. poll smoke: registered and likely voter indifference
  4. orange jumpsuit cartoons
  5. ChatGPPT "pre-bunking": read the story, ignore the poll smoke
  6. EUSA right-wing EPP reacts
  7. CHINA! indifference
Reuters: Former US President and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump has been convicted by a New York jury of felonies related to the 2016 election. If he is elected, would Trump's conviction prevent him from visiting China if he was invited or present any other difficulties for Sino-American relations?
Mao Ning: I will not comment on the US presidential election or any other US domestic affair. We hope that whoever gets elected will be committed to growing sound and stable China-US ties, because it will be in the interest of both countries and both peoples.
[...]
AFP: A follow-up question on Donald Trump. Donald Trump mentioned Taiwan at a recent campaign event. Do you have any comment on this? And does China fear Trump may become the next US President?
Mao Ning: The US presidential election is the domestic affair of the US. I would not comment on campaign rhetoric.

 

by Cat on Fri May 31st, 2024 at 01:39:09 PM EST
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen | Protecting democracy is vital to safeguard strong economy, 3 May
My conviction is bolstered by economic research, including a recent study finding that democratization increases gross domestic product per capita by about 20 percent in the long run, and by what I have observed and studied throughout my life. But democracy is now under threat. At home, years of attacks on our democratic norms and institutions reached an unprecedented extreme on Jan. 6, 2021, with the attempt to block the peaceful transition of power that is the heart of our (and any other) democracy.
reference
CYE 2023 real US GDP, + 2.5
CYE 2023 millionaires: US 23.6M (e)
CYE 2023 billionaires: US 748 +6% YoY, worldwide 2,376 +7% YoY
For the first time in nine editions of the UBS Billionaire Ambitions Report, new billionaires acquired greater wealth through inheritance than entrepreneurship.³ A total of USD 150.8 billion was inherited by 53 heirs, exceeding the 84 new self-made billionaires' total of USD 140.7 billion
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2024 at 01:52:15 PM EST
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whitehouse.gov | Remarks by President Biden at a Campaign Reception , 1 May
[...]
And I also want to thank Senator Ma—where is Mazie?  She—where is Mazie Hirono?
[...]
And Congressman Ted Lieu is also here.  And I know several other members are on their way and couldn't her—be here because of votes.
[...]
And I also want to thank Katherine Tai, who's here today.  Katherine, you were here, anyway.  (Applause.)  There you are.  
[...]
Look how far we've come: 15 million new jobs—a record for any one term for a President of the United States. (Applause.) Because of you, historically low levels of unemployment for Asian Americans, while Asian American unemployment nearly doubled under Trump.
[...]
Folks, this election is about freedom, America, and democracy.  That's why I badly need you.

You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants. We look to—the reason—look, think about it. Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia?  Why is India? Because they're xenophobic. They don't want immigrants. Immigrants is what makes us strong. Not a joke. That's not hyperbole.  Because we have an influx of workers who want to be here and just contribute.  
[...]

by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2024 at 02:30:01 PM EST
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yahoo! WSJ | A Global Tax on Billionaires? Janet Yellen Says 'No', 20 May bidenomics
Yellen said the U.S. wouldn't support the talks on the issue. She is due to meet later this week with finance ministers from the Group of Seven [G7] advanced empires, who are expected to discuss the global wealth tax.

"We believe in progressive taxation. But the notion of some common global arrangement for taxing billionaires with proceeds redistributed in some way—we're not supportive of a process to try to achieve that. That's something we can't sign on to," she said.
[...]
"We believe in progressive taxation, but the notion of some common global arrangement for taxing billionaires with proceeds redistributed in some way—we're not supportive of a process to try to achieve that. That's something we can't sign on to," she said.

the least "vulnerable" eNTiTIes
While the Biden administration has proposed significantly raising taxes on high-income Americans, it has shied away from a wealth tax, which seeks to annually collect a share of an individual's net worth. President Biden has instead [?] pushed for a plan that would require Americans worth more than $100 million to annually pay a 25% tax on all of their earnings, including unrealized capital gains.
by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 06:39:43 PM EST
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circus
Biden tops Trump by 4 points among likely voters in new survey
n = 2,260 adults
Biden, Trump deadlocked in national survey
n = 1,000 registered voters
Confidence in Biden economic decisionmaking near record low: Gallup
n = 1,001 adults

PLUS
magical margin folklore
Share of Black Americans planning to vote drops
"In 2020, they helped Biden secure the White House."

by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 03:54:42 PM EST
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Louisiana HBCU becomes second school to cancel UN Ambassador's address amid Gaza protests
Xavier University President Reynold Verret announced the news in a Wednesday email.
[...]
Xiavier, an HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities], is the second school, after the University of Vermont (UVM), to make the decision. Suresh Garimella, UVM's president, announced the decision in an email to the university community.

"It is with regret that I share that our planned speaker, Ambassador Linda "Eat muh Gumbo" Thomas-Greenfield, will not be joining us to deliver the Commencement address," Garimella said in the email.

Change.org Petition Pink Slip
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Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has repeatedly voted against a ceasefire in Gaza, resulting in the decimation of all 13 universities in Gaza, the loss of over 30,000 lives with thousands more remaining in the rubble from violence, and the continuation of the genocide in Gaza. Palestinians in Gaza draw upon the experiences of their brothers and sisters in America during the segregation era.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has not played a direct role in the furthering of the Xavierite mission; she has not contributed to the scholarly success at Xavier, has not represented our mission through her actions as UN ambassador, has allowed for the continuation of systematic oppression, and does not represent our student body. Moreover, her presence poses a potential source of disruption in what should otherwise be a day of celebration.

As an HBCU, XULA represents the championing of education in eras of segregation. XULA has been a haven for Black students, Asian students, Middle Eastern/North African students, Jewish students, and Muslim students who all seek refuge in the supportive, diverse, and open-minded environment unique to minority-serving institutions. Xavier University hosts a wide variety of students whom the ongoing genocide in Gaza continues to impact personally. We have students whose families and friends reside in Gaza, who are Palestinians, who are Muslims, who are Jewish and being targeted for their views, and who are our allies who feel our pains upon seeing the devastating images of violence. We have faculty members and alumni who have family members who have been targeted, brutalized, and imprisoned by the Israeli Defense Forces.
[...]

archive Aug 6th 2022"
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 01:16:08 PM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R)
nabs 128,000 votes in Indiana GOP primary months after ending campaign
archive 'none of these candidates'

RFK, Jr (I)

said doctors told him a parasite ate part of his brain, after experiencing memory loss and brain fog in 2010.

reference: Brain Dead (2016)

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 04:42:26 PM EST
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Dakato Doug Tech (R)
is now seen as one of the top contenders to be Trump's running mate. He is not a firebrand. He is not an anti-woke crusader and launched his presidential campaign with a pledge to eschew "anger, yelling, infighting," instead saying he would "listen with respect" and "talk things out." In his campaign launch video 11 months ago, Burgum was shown riding horses, repairing a barbed wire fence and eating around a campfire.
archive Joe Biden selects...
by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2024 at 01:49:06 PM EST
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(L) two weeks ago, (R) one day ago
McDonald's is working to introduce a $5 value meal (10.05.24)
The potential new offering comes at a time when low-income consumers are beginning to pull back on spending, particularly at fast-food brands. Mentions of low-income consumers on company earnings calls are at their highest levels in nearly two years, according to data from Bank of America. Executives from McDonald's to Wendy's to Dave and Buster's have all noted the restraint in spending.
archive CNN interviews "well-meaning, elderly man
BURNETT: When you talk about the economy, it is of course by far the most important issue for voters. It's also true, Mister President, voters by a wide margin trust Trump more on the economy. They say that in polls, and part of the reason for that may be the numbers and you are aware of may of these, of course. The cost of buying a home in the United States is double what it was when you look at montly costs before the pandemic. Real income, when you account for inflation, is actually down since you took office. Economic growth last week far shorter of expectations. Consumer confidence may be no surprise is near a two year low. With less that six months to go to election day are you worried that you're running out of time to turn that around?
BIDEN: We've already turned it around. Look at the m- m- Michigan survey where sixty-five percent of the American people think they're in good shape economically. They think the nation's not in good shape—they're personally in good shape. The polling data has been wrong all along. Now, how many [do] you guys do a poll [at] CNN? How many folks[do] you have to call to get one response? The idea that we're in a s- s- s- situation where things are so bad. Look. I mean, we've created more jobs. We're in a situation where people have access to good paying jobs, and the last I saw, the combination of inflation, the cost of inflation and all those things, that's worrisome to people and with good reason. That's why I'm working very hard to bring the cost of rentals down, increase the number of homes available. Let me say it this way, when I started this administration, people were saying there would be a collapse in the economy. We have the strongest economy in the world. Let me say it again, in the world. GDP is still growing. Look at the response of the markets, overwhelmingly positive, and one reason people feel good about it not being strong as it was is [that] they believe the Fed[eral Reserve]...
BURNETT: They hope they're going to get a rate cut.
BIDEN: Yeah. Well. So. I mean, no president has had the run we've had in terms of creating jobs and bringing down inflation. It was nine percent when I came into office.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 01:32:40 AM EST
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10 May 2024 v.1 memorable quotes
WAPOO: "allegedly engaging in quid pro quo after withholding aid to Israel"
Republicans have a new new theory of why Biden should be impeached

WELKER: "pausing the delivery of high payload bombs to Israel"
The White House declined to comment.

LINDSEY "human shield" CRACKER: "This is not Viet Nam."
How many people died in the Vietnam War?

NBC News | Graham says Israel should do 'whatever' it has to while comparing the war in Gaza to Hiroshima and Nagasaki (12.05.24)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday compared Israel's war against Hamas to the U.S. decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan in World War II during an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press." Asked by moderator Kristen Welker why it was OK for President Ronald Reagan to withhold certain weapons from Israel during its war in Lebanon in the 1980s, but not OK for Biden to threaten to do so now, Graham once again brought up World War II.
archive So what does that mean?, fucking ludicrous

10 May 2024 v.2, "Blowback & Biden's Red Line," A/V (EN) 00:54:04
SYNOPSIS: Former State Department official Josh Paul reacts to President Biden's decision to pause some weapons shipments to Israel. Richard Engel joins with the latest reporting on the ground in Jerusalem. Yasmin Vossoughian and Carol Lam break down another week in the Trump hush-money trial, with Michael Cohen set to testify next week. Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, talks about the state of the anti-abortion movement and former President Trump's stance on abortion.
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WELKER @ 00:00:02: If it's Friday, US officials tell NBC News, the Biden administration has continued to send military assistance to Israel despite the president's threat to halt weapons shipments and despite his acknowledgement, US weapons have killed civilians in Gaza....
Big Israel Impoundment Control Act in US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2024 at 12:48:36 PM EST
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ChayGPT | Biden administration is sending $1 billion more in weapons to Israel, 15 May
But it was not immediately known how soon the weapons would be delivered....The package disclosed Tuesday includes about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds, the congressional aides said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an arms transfer that has not yet been made public.

The administration's notice to lawmakers this week isn't the final, formal notification before a sale, one of the congressional aides said. The deal would be an entirely new sale, the aide said. That means any weapons that are part of it could take years to be delivered....

archive The "Christmas Tree" Problem

foreign interference
sputnik | Biden Sending $1 Billion Arms Package to Israel in Latest Flip-Flop, 15 May

Reporting on Tuesday indicated US President Joe Biden is preparing to send $1.25 billion worth of weapons and ammunition to Israel despite putting a separate arms transfer on hold just days ago.
[...]
Biden has previously suggested an Israeli incursion into the city would constitute a "red line," before immediately walking the comment back during a heavily criticized interview on cable news channel MSNBC.
[...]
The Biden administration previously contradicted itself in March after voting "present" during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, allowing a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Israel's seven-month assault on Gaza to pass. White House officials quickly insisted the resolution was "non-binding," a characterization criticized by international law experts.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 04:01:03 PM EST
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defense.gov | Biden: Range of Missions Increasing as Pace of World Change Accelerates (25.05.24)
Biden, who spoke at the commencement address to the graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, today, provided some examples of change. The president touted the strength of the NATO alliance, applauding the newest members Finland and Sweden. "I've always been willing to use force when required to protect our nation, our allies, our core interests. When anyone targets American troops, we will deliver justice to them," Biden said. "Never forget Americans are strongest when we lead not only by our example of our power, but by the power of our example," he said.
alkhaleej.ae | Justice of the Palestinian cause wins, 26 May
While the Israeli reaction to the International Court of Justice's order to stop the military aggression on Rfah was expected, attention is turning to Washinton as the only party capable of facilitating the implementation of the resolution, whether by refraininf from usina a "veto" in the Security Council or actively pressuring Tel Aviv to comply with the ruling of the highest judicial body representing the spirit of international law.
CRS | Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2023
The image of the United States in front of world public opinion is unenviable, for the first time < wipes tears > in its history, this increasing international isolation is known because of international covenants and treaties, which made it gamble with its strategic interests and historical alliances, because its claim to defend the world order is only a defense of its interests and employs all international bodies and institutions in this.
[...]
archive commencement insults in Gaza Obliterated, we reject the ICC's application and we have jurisdiction in Accused of War Crimes
by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 01:36:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 11:28:46 AM EST
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'Significant' Chinese response to US tariffs possible: Janet Yellen, 13 May 14 minutes transitory stump speech "interest cost"
"President Biden believes that anything we do should be targeted to our concerns and not broad-based, and hopefully we will not see a significant Chinese response. But that's always a possibility," Yellen told Bloomberg TV in an interview on Monday.
scmp | German carmakers want to compete with China but it must be a 'fair fight': envoy Patricia Flor de-coupled strategic autonomy "de-risking"
SCMP: China and the European Union share different perspectives on overcapacity and have had heated exchanges on the issue. What is your take? Do you see any middle ground? What would you want to see China do to address its partners' concerns?
FLOR:The European Union and Germany have been asking for a level playing field for our companies, banks and other institutions in China for quite some time, because this is the underlying issue for overcapacity.
scmp | Chinese companies pull out of solar projects after EU launches subsidy probe, 13 May: photovoltaic in Romania, electric trains in Bulgaria
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SCMP: The European Union has taken a hardline approach against China by launching several investigations into Chinese new energy products. Meanwhile, Germany and China promised to cooperate on clean energy, such as developing automated driving, and Berlin said it will scale back restrictions for China's investment. Is there any inconsistency? If the EU is getting tough on China, then where is the room for Germany to cooperate with China?
FLOR: If the EU gets tough on China, it is also because Germany and all member states of the European Union decide to empower the EU Commission to launch investigations and take measures to protect the European single market whenever they find evidence that something is wrong, such as dumping, subsidies, or unfair support measures. The European Commission then decides on its own authority.
EU International Procurement Instrument (IPI) summary | full text
The European single market is an open market. It works under market conditions. It is totally transparent, and everybody can look up all of the regulations, but this is not equally true all over the world....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 13, 2024
Ukrinform News Agency: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Special Representative of the Chinese government Li Hui carried out the third round of shuttle diplomacy on the issue of Russian war against Ukraine. Could you share more details about the results of this round?
Wang Wenbin: From May 3 to 9, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui carried out the third round of shuttle diplomacy on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. He visited Türkiye, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Before and after the visit, Special Representative Li Hui had discussions with officials from countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, and Kazakhstan....
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2024 at 07:26:03 PM EST
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thehill | US military anchors pier to Gaza; aid expected within days, 16 May
The U.S. military has finally anchored its new pier to the coast of Gaza, and officials are expected to soon begin delivery of crucial humanitarian aid to the besieged region.
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In a press call, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command [CENTCOM], said the pier was successfully anchored to a beach in Gaza in the early morning hours on Thursday.
Final assembly was in the Israeli port of Ashdod. "This morning—just a few hours ago—the pier was successfully affixed to the beach in Gaza, and in the coming days we will commence the delivery of aid," he said.
Sonali Korde, assistant to the administrator at the United States Agency for International Development's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, said the pier would help address a "gap" in humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza.
The process for getting supplies to Gaza will begin in Cyprus. Humanitarian assistance will arrive in Cyprus [!] via air or sea. The assistance packages will be screened and then palletized placed on pallets for delivery. These pallets will be loaded onto large commercial and military vessels. Those vessels will sail to a large floating platform anchored several kilometers off the coast of Gaza. "This loading platform acts as a stable workspace to trans[fer] pallets from the larger commercial ships on the smaller U.S. military vessels that can reach closer to shore," Cooper said.
Some Republicans have raised concerns about how the U.S. military can stay out of harm's way, especially after the area near the port on the shore was attacked last month.
Picture duplicating Ashdod, if you're perplexed by HAMAS is not aiming missiles at P&E or CENTCOM "post-war" plans for permanent port authority in Gaza.
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by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 10:48:19 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | U.S. military begins Gaza Strip aid deliveries from floating pier, 17 May
U.S. Central Command said in a statement no U.S. troops went ashore as trucks began using the makeshift dock.
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How much aid can the Gaza pier handle?
U.S. officials have said the pier will initially handle about 90 trucks a day, rising to 150 when fully operational. Since March, an average of 171 trucks per day have entered Gaza, according to the U.S.-established Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The U.N. says that prior to Hamas' Oct. 7. attack on Israel about 500 trucks of aid entered Gaza each day. More than 2 million Palestinians in Gaza are in need of humanitarian assistance.
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MOGADISHU! BENGHAZI!!
Will Gaza pier put U.S. troops in harm's way?
Some critics have expressed concerns the temporary dock could leave U.S. troops vulnerable to attack.

"I think the pier is a disaster waiting to happen," said Michael DiMino, a former career CIA military analyst and counterterrorism officer who is now a fellow at Defense Priorities, a Washington think tank. "I would just say there are a number of logistical and operational challenges here, and I am very concerned about mission creep, and what starts as a pier becomes U.S. Marines on the beach in Gaza."
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by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 05:52:13 PM EST
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The Admiral @ 00:4:19: This is a humanitarian effort, and contrary to what we've been seeing out there in the information space, particularly in the region, it is designed solely, only, for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. There's no ther purpose for this than humanitarian assistance. We're obviously gratedul for all the US service members [soldiers] and our teams at USAID and the State Department for their tireless work over the past few weeks to get this going. Through the humanitarian maritime corridor USAID plans to provide initial contributions of more than 170 metric tonnes of  nutrient rich food bars [MREs] to support 11,000 of the most vulnerable children and adults, ready to use theraputic foods [TREs?] to treat to treat severe wasting in children, and nearly 90 metric tons of supplies such as plastic sheeting for shelter, jerry cans to hold clean water, and hygiene kits to support more than 33,000 people. Just today, as you're seeing here, we're able to get more than 300 pallets of some of that material in there. Now, today is just the start. It's the first day. There's still work that has to be done to reach what we call 'initial operating capability', but what we hope to be able to increase the number of pallets that get in over the coming days and keep that sustainable. We'll keep you up-dated, of course. [...] I want to make one more point before I leave this topic. There is a robust security plan for this effort, and we remain vigilant to potential threats to our service members working on the pier and humanitarian aid organizations and workers [eNTiTIes!] helping with the distribution and collection at the marshaling area on the ground. It remains a top priority. We're going to remain laser focused on ensuring the safety of everybody involved in this effort.

Now, if I could just quickly shift to Ukraine....

by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 05:22:25 PM EST
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usni | U.S. Soldier Critically Injured During Gaza Pier Operation, 2 Other Service Members Hurt, 23 May
The soldier was working on the staging platform two miles off the coast of Gaza where trucks filled with aid packages are driven from cargo ships onto Army watercraft, the defense officials told USNI News. At the time of the injury, the roll-on roll-off cargo ship MV Benevides was attached to the platform.
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U.S. forces have dedicated around 1000 personnel and 16 ships to the operation, including the deployment of at least one counter rocket, artillery, and mortar system on the pier itself. While [Vice Adm. Brad] Cooper would not comment on the force protection deployed by U.S. forces, he said the deployment of these systems is "prudent planning."

The Israeli Defense Forces are the main security providers for the operation and have dedicated a brigade of troops and various air and naval assets. Two U.S. Navy destroyers will aid in the protection of the pier, Military.com reported.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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npr | U.S. Army aid vessels become unmoored near floating Gaza pier, classic trrst technique
Four U.S. Army vessels supporting the humanitarian floating pier mission in Gaza became unmoored by rough seas, military officials said.

Two vessels are now anchored on a Gaza beach near the pier, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Saturday. The other two are beached further north, on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon. Israeli forces are assisting recovery efforts near the pier, and no U.S. personnel will enter Gaza, CENTCOM said. No injuries were reported, and the pier remains fully functional, according to the statement.
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by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 12:52:00 PM EST
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four (4) grounded Army vessels. One (1) refloated ("recovered"). Three (3) waiting recovery by Thursday.

defense.gov | Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing, 28 May

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In addition, due to high sea states and the North African weather system, earlier today, a portion of the Trident Pier separated from the pier that is currently anchored into the coast of Gaza.  As a result, the Trident Pier was damaged and sections of the pier need rebuilding and repairing.

Therefore, over the next 48 hours, the Trident Pier will be removed from its anchored position on the coast and towed back to Ashdod, where U.S. Central Command will conduct repairs. The rebuilding and repairing of the pier will take at least over a week and will -- and following completion, will need to be re-anchored to the coast of Gaza.
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Q: Just one pier, and then another topic.
SINGH: Sure.
Q:  The service members that were injured last week, what's the status of all those three?
SINGH: I believe two of them have returned to duty, but you know what?  Let me—let me take that question on the two. And those were minor injuries, but I believe we had read out that they were planning to be returned to duty, so let me just get back to you on that. The third service member that was in critical condition still remains in critical condition.
Q:  On the airstrike this weekend in Rafah...
SINGH:  Yeah.
Q:  ... was it a U.S. bomb that was used in that airstrike, or a U.S.-provided bomb that was used in that airstrike? Have the Israelis been able to assure you that it wasn't?
SINGH: I do not know what type of munition was used in that airstrike. I'd have to refer you to the Israelis to speak to that.
Q: But if it was, shouldn't—I mean, shouldn't the U.S. be doing something to prevent additional airstrikes like this?
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tabloid USA | Towed to Israel for repairs: Pentagon's $320 million pier in Gaza trashed by rough sea and storms
"'When it was operational, it was working,' Singh said."
by Cat on Wed May 29th, 2024 at 12:38:11 AM EST
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