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November 2020

by Bernard Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:01:32 PM EST

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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:02:22 PM EST
Coronavirus digest: New lockdowns across Europe as cases resurge - DW
Several parts of Europe are set to go under partial lockdowns as coronavirus cases increase across the continent. Meanwhile, Australia has reported no new cases for the first time in months.

As coronavirus infections in Europe increase, several countries are imposing new lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus that has claimed close to 219,228 lives in the continent so far. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict monthlong lockdown similar to the spring lockdown.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 04:51:58 PM EST
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Half of Slovakia's population tested for coronavirus in one day - Guardian
Nearly half of Slovakia's entire population took Covid-19 swabs on Saturday, the first day of a two-day nationwide testing drive the government hopes will help reverse a surge in infections without a hard lockdown.

The scheme, a first for a country of Slovakia's size, is being watched by other nations looking for ways to slow the virus spread and avoid overwhelming their health systems.

The defence minister, Jaroslav Naď said on Sunday 2.58 million Slovaks had taken a test on Saturday, and 25,850 or 1% tested positive and must go into quarantine.

The EU country has a population 5.5 million people and aims to test as many people as possible, except for children under 10.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 04:59:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 2nd, 2020 at 06:13:53 PM EST
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Austria: Police say people injured after reported shooting near Vienna synagogue - DW
Police in the Austrian capital, Vienna, said on Monday they had launched a major operation in the city center after reports of a shooting near a synagogue.

In a tweet, Vienna's police department said there had been shots fired in central Vienna, with "multiple" people being injured.

Casualties in Vienna 'terrorist' shooting - BBC

"At the moment I can confirm we believe this is an apparent terror attack," Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Mr Nehammer said some people were thought to have been killed and the several seriously injured, including a police officer.

The shooting reportedly took place on a street near a synagogue.

Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch tweeted that it was unclear if the Vienna synagogue was targeted in the attack as it was closed at the time.

by Bernard on Mon Nov 2nd, 2020 at 09:31:51 PM EST
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Still not much information coming out.

The man hunt is still on?


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

by ATinNM on Mon Nov 2nd, 2020 at 11:38:50 PM EST
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The estimation of the number of shooters tends to go down over time, but I guess there was at least a second one.

by generic on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 12:21:22 AM EST
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On the news this morning:
  • At least three persons killed.
  • One gunman killed.
  • At least one other gunman at large (as you mentioned)
  • Vienna mayor mentioned 15 people wounded, 7 in serious or critical condition.
  • One of the six shooting locations was Vienna central synagogue, closed at the time (~9 PM).

Vienna shooting: Austria launches manhunt after deadly 'terror' attack - BBC
About a dozen other people have been wounded - some seriously - after gunmen opened fire at six different locations in the city centre on Monday evening.

One suspect was shot dead by police, officials said.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer described the assailant killed by police as an "Islamist terrorist".

Addressing a news conference, he said the attacker was an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser and that the suspect's home had been searched and video material seized. Police tweeted that he had been wearing a fake explosive belt.

Earlier, Mr Nehammer said at least one "heavily armed and dangerous" attacker was believed to be still at large. He urged people to avoid central Vienna and told parents not to take their children to school on Tuesday.

From the police:

by Bernard on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 07:29:07 AM EST
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Apparently we are up to four victims and 17 injured. Also the existence of a second shooter is now again uncertain(German). Yesterday was really the last day of the season for such an attack since from today the new lockdown is in effect.
by generic on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 09:25:54 AM EST
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Where "CONFIRMED" means "we really don't know, it's a fast moving situation where the best anyone can say is that something bad is happening and the detail will be revised over the next few days".

We know how this goes, we've seen it often enough: BREAKING NEWS tells us somethings happening. What exactly, we won't know for a while - which we should keep in mind over the next week especially.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 11:33:08 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 11:05:23 PM EST
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Thank you all for the updates!

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 09:10:13 PM EST
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Grey Wolves: Far-right group to be banned in France - BBC
France is banning the far-right Turkish group Grey Wolves after a memorial to the Armenian genocide near Lyon was defaced with pro-Turkish slogans.

The Grey Wolves, an international organisation, is seen as allied to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The memorial was daubed with yellow graffiti over the weekend that included Mr Erdogan's initials.

It comes amid growing tensions between France and Turkey over a territorial dispute in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted over the mountainous territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in September. The region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but it is controlled by ethnic Armenians.

About a week ago:

Turkish Ultranationalist Group Linked to "Hunt For Armenians" in France - Vice

Hundreds of Turkish ultranationalists have marched through the streets of two French towns, chanting threats against Armenians, as tensions over the war in Nagorno-Karabakh boiled over.

A French anti-racism group and an organization representing France's Armenian community said what they called the "hunt for Armenians" was orchestrated by the Grey Wolves, a militant Turkish ultranationalist group which is active in Western Europe and banned in a number of countries, including Austria. Footage of the marches, which took place on Wednesday night, was circulated on Twitter accounts featuring wolf emojis and references to the Turkish name of the ultranationalist organisation, Bozkurtlar.

The memorial is located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. France has one of the largest Armenian diaspora in Europe, following the Armenian genocide which has never been officially recognized by Turkey.

by Bernard on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 07:01:26 PM EST
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which has never been officially recognized by Turkey.

Nor, to the best of my knowledge by England. It has been by Scotland.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 3rd, 2020 at 07:17:04 PM EST
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The War Nerd: Gray Wolves -- The Fascists Nobody Wants To Talk About
They have quite a record. They've been rampaging for decades, and if anything they're stronger now than they used to be. They're closely linked to CIA and Nazi groups; they're very busy beating, burning, and murdering minorities of all kinds, and boast quite openly about hating literally everyone who's not a member of their own ethnic group and sect, even suggesting that members go on "hunting expeditions" against minorities which they'd already almost wiped out back in the 20th century.

This group recently held massive, open rallies in the cities of Germany, and it's only in the last few years that the government has even attempted to ban the public symbols and salutes of this massive fascist group.

There's something grotesquely comic about this. We have a swarm of fascist-spotters who've spent the last few decades waiting for fascism to emerge in Germany when it was marching around, shouting at the top of its lungs, beating minorities, celebrating genocide, and supporting ethnic cleansing right in front of their damn faces.

I'm talking about the Gray Wolves. And I defy anyone to find a more successful, out-front, no-kidding, massive, effective, ruthless fascist organization anywhere in the world.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 07:50:21 PM EST
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EU Negotiators [Nearly] Clinch Deal Tying Rule of Law to [€ 1.8T Funding]
"The agreement, which must still be officially endorsed by the bloc's 27 nations and the full EU parliament, is expected to help end a deadlock over the bloc's next seven-year budget and a massive coronavirus recovery plan"
Deal in reach on linking EU funds to rule of law
by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 11:45:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 04:27:54 PM EST
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Sweden Fights `Very Serious' Covid Resurgence With New Curbs
Anders Tegnell, Sweden's state epidemiologist, said on Tuesday that "overall, the development is moving in the wrong direction in many different ways." He added that "the main issue now is to really limit close contact to the immediate family."

Sweden's latest measures still take the form of recommendations, meaning people don't face legal consequences if they ignore them. But Lofven said he wasn't just handing out "some kind of friendly, general advice."

"It is expected that everyone who is subject to these recommendations will follow them all day, every day," he said.

As of Tuesday, Swedes in seven of the country's 21 regions -- representing roughly 70% of the population -- will be required to:

  •   Avoid physical contact with people besides those with whom they share a home
  •   Avoid indoor spaces in which crowds can form
  •   Avoid parties, weddings, funerals and similar events
  •   Employers should ensure that staff who can work from home do so
by Bernard on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 06:52:25 PM EST
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This herd immunity stuff is hard.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 05:26:45 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 11:06:13 AM EST
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Estonia's far-right minister resigns over Biden remarks
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Estonia's far-right interior minister, Mart Helme, resigned Monday, a day after he called President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter "corrupt characters" without providing further details or evidence.

"Last night I decided to resign (when) looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media," said Helme, of the Estonian Conservative People's Party, or EKRE.

"I am tired. I did nothing yesterday that would endanger Estonia's security. I have not said anything that has not already been told by the American media, the American free media," he told public broadcaster ERR.

He made the remarks on Sunday in an Estonian radio show which interviewed both Mart Helme and his son Martin, who is the country's finance minister. They also discussed a hypothetical scenario of a U.S. civil war after the election result.

U.S. President Donald Trump "will win eventually. It will happen as a result of an immense struggle, maybe even bloodshed but justice will win in the end," Mart Helme told the TRE radio station according to local media.

by Bernard on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 10:36:21 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 12:01:53 AM EST
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Scandulous proposal at EU Meeting ...

Violent extremism linked to failure of migrants to integrate, EU says

The initial draft of the declaration had raised concerns within the governments of the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg about the linking of counter-terrorism with migration and the clear focus on "Islamism".

Islamophobia linked to 9/11 attacks an subsequent foolhardy wars of aggression in Irag, Libya and Syria. Flight of refugees a backlash in Europe.

France and the Algerian War of Independence

by Oui on Fri Nov 13th, 2020 at 07:58:14 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 10:51:53 AM EST
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Visir
Lagt er til að konur sem ekki mega undirgangast þungunarrof í heimalandi sínu geti komið til Íslands og notið heilbrigðisþjónustunnar hér á landi.

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,,Það eru aðeins tvö lönd í Evrópu sem þessi þingsályktunartillaga myndi ná yfir. Það eru Pólland og Malta, þar sem réttindi kvenna til að gangast undir þungunarrof eru mun síðri en í öðrum löndum. Þannig það yrði ekki mikill kostnaður við þessa leið," segir Rósa.

Or, as Google puts it
It is proposed that women who are not allowed to undergo abortion in their home country can come to Iceland and enjoy the health service in this country.

[...]

"There are only two countries in Europe that this parliamentary resolution would cover. There are Poland and Malta, where women's rights to undergo abortion are much lower than in other countries. That way it would not be a big cost for this route, "says Rósa.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 07:50:00 PM EST
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Baudet in lock-out today 🤣🔥

Pushed out as party leader, a locksmith changed locks of party headquarters today.

by Oui on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 05:31:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 01:33:04 AM EST
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Branching off into different horror genres I see.
by generic on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 01:37:00 AM EST
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Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.
by Bernard on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 07:09:57 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:02:44 PM EST
UK will not import chlorinated chicken from US, ministers say - Guardian
The government has finally vowed not to allow chlorinated chicken or hormone-fed beef on British supermarket shelves, defying demands from the US that animal welfare standards be lowered as part of a future trade deal.

The international trade secretary, Liz Truss, and the environment minister, George Eustice, have also revealed the government will be putting the recently established trade and agriculture commission on a statutory footing with a new amendment to the agriculture bill.

"We are announcing today that it will be made a statutory body which will give independent advice on trade deals as they go through parliament," they said in an article in the Mail on Sunday.

The move is a significant U-turn for the government, which had rejected Lord Curry's amendment to the bill to strengthen the commission's role and legally ban any food that did not meet British standards in imports post-Brexit.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:03:14 PM EST
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so they say ...
by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 05:52:06 PM EST
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Joe Biden's election victory could soon spell trouble for Britain's 'mini-Trump' Boris Johnson  - Business Insider
Downing Street may have underestimated the extent to which Biden might feel personal animosity towards Boris Johnson.

  •   Joe Biden's election victory is causing concern for some supporters of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  •   Johnson is not viewed favourably by Biden who once labeled him a "kind of a physical and emotional clone" of Donald Trump.
  •   Johnson's past jibes against former president Barack Obama are still remembered by the President-elect, sources on his campaign told Business Insider.
  •   "Joe has a long memory," about such things, one Biden campaign source said.
  •   Johnson's warm relationship with President Trump and his role as an architect of Brexit could also sour relations between the two countries.
by Bernard on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 05:46:59 PM EST
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Lest we forget:

by Bernard on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 05:55:45 PM EST
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Boris lost a great friend ... the Brexit campaign severely damaged one minute before midnight ... also for Dutch PM Rutte lost a teacher of conservatism ... what will become of herd immunity and mounting deaths of the non-working class? Truly an setback for free roaming capitalism ... the leadership in Washington DC to take on responsibility for its policy?
by Oui on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 06:17:04 PM EST
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Quite a sour note from Dominic Raab ...

by Oui on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 09:46:52 PM EST
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Smooth talker ...  just in January shook hands with D. Trump and urged to work with a friend and great ally .., 75 million Americans had a very different view Mark!

by Oui on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 09:55:50 PM EST
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Back in April 2016, before the Brexit referendum:

Joe Biden remembers Boris Johnson's 'racist comments' about Barack Obama - The National

 It dates back to 2016, at the height of the Brexit referendum, when Obama urged "citizens of the United Kingdom take stock of their relationship with the EU" and "be proud that the EU has helped spread British values and practices - democracy, the rule of law, open markets - across the continent and to its periphery".

Johnson, who was the most prominent Leave campaigner, accused Obama of removing a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because of his "ancestral dislike of the British empire".

Writing in the Sun, the Tory said: "Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British empire - of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender."

At the time Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames, a Tory MP, called the article "appalling" .

He said Johnson was "unreliable and idle about the facts", as there was still a Churchill bust inside the White House.


Johnson could have mentioned Obama's "part-USian ancestral dislike of the British empire" from his mother's side, what with colonization, taxation, representation and independence war. Restrained himself to keep it short and concise, surely.

Oh, and the cherry on the cake:

And it's not just the President-elect who's not too fond of the Eton-educated toff in charge of the UK, one source close to the new team told The Sunday Times: "If you think Joe hates him, you should hear Kamala."
by Bernard on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 04:50:38 PM EST
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Just like big fan Churchill the war president, Trump too got booted out of office. Hurrah.

The British Empire died after WWII.

by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 05:36:49 PM EST
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Only to come back 5 years later....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 05:46:20 PM EST
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UK PM Johnson defeated in parliament on treaty-breaking Brexit laws
Lords voted 433 to 165 to remove a key clause in a section of the bill which would give ministers the power to unilaterally override parts of the exit treaty relating to Northern Ireland [...] But they can all be reinstated at a later stages of the legislative process if Johnson chooses to contest the lords' decision, as he is expected to.
Gruaniad footnotes
Lords Eames, Judge, Clarke, Empey, Henry VIII clauses ..."Raab had 'totally misrepresented' the situation in comments on the BBC on Sunday when he claimed that the EU was trying to undermine the Good Friday agreement."
by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 04:04:56 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 07:56:56 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 11:01:08 AM EST
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Post-Brexit trade talks to continue next week | BBC News |

by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 06:50:46 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 07:55:46 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 11:33:51 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Nov 13th, 2020 at 10:45:23 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Nov 13th, 2020 at 11:56:11 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 08:30:15 PM EST
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Covid-19 is an intelligence test.

Many are failing.


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

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 09:10:27 PM EST
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Double whammy!

Trump gone in USA

Dominic Cummings booted out of Nr. 10 😄

Boris Johnson boots out top adviser Dominic Cummings | The Guardian |

by Oui on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 12:04:28 AM EST
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de Pfeffle taking back control. From Dominic Cummings.

Say what you want about British politics, but their screenwriters are even better than Hollywood's. And the showmanship is quite impressive: Cummings stepping out of Number 10 carrying a card-box and walking into the night. Ridley Scott couldn't have done it better.

This after last season's Commons show of Ordeeer!

Much funnier stuff than what's showing on the other side of the pond if you ask me (although, in all fairness this Total Landscaping business was a brilliant plot device).

by Bernard on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 08:59:22 AM EST
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Idly wondering if Boris is the public face of Astra Zenca's vaccine trial subjects like Trump took a shot for Regeneron's miracle monoclonal antibody. Boris Johnson told to self-isolate after contact with Covid-positive MP
by Cat on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 10:41:02 PM EST
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Everyone deserves a second chance.
by generic on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 12:33:35 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 08:48:04 PM EST
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Surprisingly little news coverage of Brexit considering that we are less than a week away from the "final, final, finally final date" that an agreement can be reached. Having passed upwards of perhaps a dozen previous absolutely final deadline dates.
by asdf on Tue Nov 24th, 2020 at 11:21:58 PM EST
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The EU has moved on.  The UK is governed by fools, looters,hysterics, and incompetents.  The rest of the world doesn't give a damn.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 02:06:41 AM EST
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Three EU countries call on Commission to step up no-deal Brexit preparations  - Politico.eu
Belgium, France and the Netherlands have asked the European Commission to step up its contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told reporters.

According to De Croo, EU leaders were given a brief state of play of the Brexit negotiations during their video summit on Thursday. The Brexit talks were suspended at the chief negotiator level earlier in the day after an EU negotiator tested positive for coronavirus.

"We can't keep hoping for a good outcome," De Croo told reporters. "There might be one, but hoping alone is not enough. We have to start our contingency planning. [French President Emmanuel] Macron and [Dutch PM Mark] Rutte have made similar statements."

De Croo stressed that Belgium, France and the Netherlands are among the countries most impacted by Brexit.

"Together with a few other countries I now insisted, in parallel with the negotiations, on more clarity from the Commission about their proposal about European contingency measures," Rutte told reporters in a press conference.

An Elysée official said Macron "talked about [Brexit contingency planning] in his introduction then moved on to COVID. He mentions it regularly." Another EU official confirmed that Macron had also asked for the stepping up of no-deal preparations.


You'll have noted the "then moved on to COVID" bit.

In addition to Belgium, France and the Netherlands, there is also an insular EU27 country "among the countries most impacted by Brexit". And they actually have a land border with the UK which doesn't sit 50m under the seabed.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 12:56:44 PM EST
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Maybe it is over?

Here's the Guardian reporting that the EU is ready to pull out.

"The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned David Frost that without a major negotiating shift by Downing Street within the next 48 hours he will pull out of the Brexit negotiations in London this weekend, pushing the talks into a fresh crisis. In talks via videoconference on Tuesday, Barnier told his British counterpart that further negotiations would be pointless if the UK was not willing to compromise on the outstanding issues."

by asdf on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 03:51:28 PM EST
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You could also argue that it never started. It's still not clear to me that the UK side had any idea what kind of relationship with the EU they wanted.
by generic on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 04:53:13 PM EST
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Well, in any case there is obviously a path forward:

"Rebuilding trust is key to breaking the deadlock in EU-UK talks over a post-Brexit trade deal, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told Euronews"

You've got three days to fix 50-ish years of irritation. Ready, steady, go!

by asdf on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 05:06:04 PM EST
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Exactly.  That stupid shit May sent the letter before the various Brexit factions had agreed on what it was they wanted.  There were at least three different Brexit Factions that wanted three different outcomes. If you will recall Brexit wasn't supposed to happen.  The referendum was a Tory plan to capture UKIP voters.  As usual the Tories screwed it up, lost the referendum, and then had to follow through to keep the Kippers otherwise they'd be left with nothing.  
 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 08:17:56 PM EST
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Remember when May sent the dumb letter and we got leaks from her talk with Junker afterwards? And it turns out her idea was to just do a bit more Racism and own Jeremy Corbyn while keeping everything else as is.
by generic on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 09:03:39 PM EST
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EU should never have let this thing drag on.  It was obvious from the start the UK would settle for nothing less than full rights and privileges of EU membership without the costs, duties, and responsibilities of EU membership.  It became obvious the EU was never going to agree to that.

And so, here we are.  Even if the UK caves to every EU demand, not likely, time has pretty much run out for the EU negotiators to shepherd the agreement past each country.  

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

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 08:28:43 PM EST
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Brexit: Next days 'decisive' for hopes of deal, says EU's Ursula von der Leyen - DW
Teams are currently holding meetings virtually after a member of EU negotiator Michel Barnier's staff tested positive for coronavirus last week.

The Frenchman had been expected to travel to London latter this week once he has finished his period of self-isolation in line with Belgian health rules.

But sources from his negotiating team told DW hat he had threatened to cancel the face-to-face talks with Lord Frost unless there was a significant breakthrough this week.

"The British are, frankly, laughing at us," said one source close to the negotiations. "Time is now very short: if nothing moves in London, we risk going towards no deal."

And the kicker:

A UK government spokesman told DW: "We now need to see more realism from the EU on what it means for the UK to be an independent state."
by Bernard on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 09:02:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 01:07:20 AM EST
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Wobbly knees Mrs Von der Leyen, former German Cabinet minister for defense. Will she use her might to advance German interests and strengthen the western intelligence community. His a$$ would be safed as well as a stimulus for British business... didn't hear her speak about a level playing field.

Von der Leyen: EU willing to be 'creative' to seal Brexit deal

by Oui on Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 07:52:51 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:03:16 PM EST
National Guard taps units for rapid response to civil unrest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation's capital and several states this summer.

Military leaders don't explicitly tie the changes to concerns about possible election-related violence, but the nation is bracing for unrest surrounding the tumultuous presidential campaign, particularly if voting results are not known for days or weeks because of the increase in mail-in ballots.

According to the Guard, about 600 troops -- 300 in both Alabama and Arizona -- will be ready to deploy within 24 hours if requested by a governor in another state. And Guard leaders have also bought more than $200,000 in new protective equipment, and have increased troop training on proper procedures in dealing with protests.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:35:22 PM EST
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This just doesn't happen in normal, functioning democracies.
by IdiotSavant on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 10:02:51 PM EST
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Mustering national guard to quash sundry "civil disturbances" is SOP in the US, for example. Indeed national guard units (with armor and bivouac d/b/a "field hospitals") were active in several large municipalities in this spring's coronavirus "lockdown" before the not-Black Lives Matter festivities "amplified" supremacy of the state for the youngsters.

OTOH, the US is not a "normal, functioning democracy" like [INSERT REPUBLIC].

by Cat on Mon Nov 2nd, 2020 at 03:03:06 PM EST
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Biden pledges to pay for National Guard's Covid work
"These soldiers and airmen need to be able to know whether they can count on the income they're getting from doing this duty or have to go back to their previous employers," [president of the Adjutants General Association Maj. Gen. Matt Quinn] said. "If we send them home and then there's a three-week break and then we get the word that we can pull them back in -- that's really not fair to them."
oh
by Cat on Fri Nov 20th, 2020 at 11:29:52 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 12:21:45 AM EST
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off with their heads, &tc
by Cat on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 11:39:16 PM EST
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APsplainin > hash batch
by Cat on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 02:13:28 AM EST
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I note with interest how quickly the worm has turned since the final days of PRIMARY ELECTION SEASON, Jan-Mar 2020. Now comes infection SURGE to the moon, as opprobrium for "in-person" voters drips into de basement.
U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations hit three-month high over 50,000: Reuters tally
by Cat on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 02:20:14 AM EST
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one variable computational biology UPDATE!
by Cat on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 05:05:27 PM EST
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Riotous BLM Protesters Suddenly Realize They're All White People
"We will not let your system oppress us!" shouted one protestor, to which a black officer responded, "What do you mean by 'we'?"
by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 01:32:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 12:55:09 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 05:27:56 PM EST
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"Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's most recent appointee, asked skeptical questions about legal standing." oh
by Cat on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 03:05:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 04:01:20 PM EST
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OR 57%, NY 55.7% Joe/TopCop a/o Nov 5
by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 03:58:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 05:52:43 PM EST
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Mollie Hemingway? v Ida169!
a contrived ethnic category that artificially lumps [W]hite Cubans with Black Puerto Ricans and Indigenous Guatemalans and helps explain why Latinos support Trump at the second highest rate.
Trump gains with Latinos, loses some white voters: exit polls
The poll showed that about 11% of African Americans, 31% of Hispanics and 30% of Asian Americans voted for Trump, up 3 percentage points from 2016 among all three groups.
by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 10:11:18 PM EST
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What the 2020 electorate looks like by party, race and ethnicity, age, education and religion, 26 Oct
The share of White Christians in the electorate, in particular, has decreased in recent years. White evangelical Protestants account for 18% of registered voters today, down from 21% in 2008. During the same period, the share of voters who are White non-evangelical Protestants fell from 19% to 13%, while the share of White Catholics fell from 17% to 12%.
emphasis in original
archived Sun Oct 18th, 2020
by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 12:52:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 10:33:06 PM EST
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Dem leaders warn liberal rhetoric could blow Georgia races, 5 NOV
If "we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we're not going to win," says King Clyburn.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants had a stark warning for Democrats Thursday: swing too far left and they're all but certain to blow their chances in the Georgia runoff that will determine which party controls the Senate. ...

by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 10:39:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 01:18:05 AM EST
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Georgia audit to trigger hand [?!] recount of presidential vote
Georgia's two U.S. senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, earlier this week called on Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to resign over unspecified claims of election mismanagement. Both face close runoff elections in January that will determine which party controls the Senate.
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The audit is a new requirement put in place by a law passed in 2019 that also provided for the new voting machines purchased last year. The state has chosen to do a risk-limiting audit, in which a random sample [?!] of ballots or receipts generated by voting machines are checked against results produced by vote-tallying equipment for accuracy.

It was up to [Secretary of State Brad] Raffensperger to choose which race to audit. He chose the presidential race and said the tight margin means that the audit will effectively result in a full hand recount.


archived Jill Nader
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 04:53:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 19th, 2020 at 02:18:46 AM EST
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APsplainin Republicans retain power in states despite Democratic push
toward inevitable litigation until hell freezes or the GHG Apocalypse, whichever occurs first
by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 05:46:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 06:21:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 12:39:16 AM EST
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80%, 73%, or 71% of US Americans oppose reparations for decendants of US slaves.
by Cat on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 05:03:42 PM EST
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Census takers say they were told to enter false information
Indiana census taker Pam Roberts' supervisor pressured her to make up answers about households where no one was home.
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The census takers shared their experiences with the AP as a coalition of local governments and advocacy groups wages a battle in federal court over the accuracy of the 2020 census....The coalition argued that the shortened timeline would cause minority communities to be undercounted in the data used to determine the number of congressional seats in each state.
CENSUS2021 Litigation Vortex, précis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 11:01:08 PM EST
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most ignorant, litigious nation on planet UPDATE!
Judge Keeps Census Suit on Track for March Trial, US district ct.
she would not honor their request to move up a trial to decide whether the Trump administration used the coronavirus as an excuse to undercount populations in urban centers that typically lean Democratic.

"The trial is scheduled for March 2021," she said during a hearing Friday afternoon.
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"The scope and availability of discovery is going to depend on whether this is an APA action," Sverdlov said, referring to the Administrative Procedure Act which governs the procedures and processes for how federal agencies develop and implement regulations.
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Koh granted [a preliminary injunction], a decision affirmed by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit. But the Trump administration appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which lifted the preliminary injunction without explanation in mid-October. Koh said Friday that the Supreme Court's decision is of little import to the merits of the case.

"The Supreme Court did not issue an opinion," she said. "In fact, there were no reasons stated. Also, the preliminary injunction related to one of three causes of action."

What was the question?

archived Fri Jan 18th, 2019

by Cat on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 11:15:03 PM EST
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"Nothing will fundamentally change."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 11:16:50 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 09:04:04 AM EST
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whither thee former WH chief of staff and "Doctor Death"
by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 01:06:06 AM EST
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< wipes tears >
Merits duplication in Anti-RBG Watch; AK plainly confessed in confirmation hearing her ambition to sit SCOTUS ... some day.
by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 08:40:53 PM EST
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ebola marketing: "Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents", 69 pp
CDC
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 05:28:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 06:12:44 PM EST
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I see second waves everywhere.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 01:02:55 AM EST
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Arriving at 10M "milestone" by magical cheeto-dictator wand. Cheeto "murder" by COVID-19 rate lags terror indices, possibly miracle therapeutic regime marketing
by Cat on Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 08:56:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 05:57:22 PM EST
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REUTERS reporter: Why I volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial
Pfizer, Novavax, UK, baseline message
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 06:55:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 06:17:28 PM EST
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like Gettysburg, sort of

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 02:17:01 AM EST
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ahem.
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 08:17:53 PM EST
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oh
by Cat on Thu Nov 19th, 2020 at 01:58:15 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 08:32:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 08:55:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 10:25:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 23rd, 2020 at 03:24:23 PM EST
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Is the long-term effectiveness of the various vaccines even understood? We already get (well, the pro-vaxxers get) an annual influenza vaccination, are we to expect semi-annual COVID vaccinations?

The uptake of whatever vaccines come out is going to be limited by politics, in any case...

by asdf on Mon Nov 23rd, 2020 at 06:43:13 PM EST
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... and production capacities, and affordability, and logistics (-70°C deep freezers), and...

The whole "It'll be over by May" is, to put it charitably, hopeful thinking.

by Bernard on Mon Nov 23rd, 2020 at 07:27:59 PM EST
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There are vaccines on the way - Real Soon Now - that don't require extra-ordinary means of distribution.  Chinese government's Academy of Military Medical Sciences and CanSino Biologics' vaccine has been in mass test since July and was delivered to Mexico the first week of this month.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 02:18:46 AM EST
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Is the long-term effectiveness of the various vaccines even understood?

Of course not.

Neither are the long-term effects of Covid-19 on the heart, lungs, and brain.

SARS-CoV-2 has only been around since the end of 2019.  In biological terms that's smaller than one picosecond.

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

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 02:12:23 AM EST
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Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first? CDC committee meets to start the discussion
(This story has been radically edited since Nov 20 edition to remove a graphic representation of the proposed five-phase --levels 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4-- vaccine distribution by categorical risk (high to low) medical personnel, 60+ aging population, k12 adult teachers, &tc)
by Cat on Mon Nov 23rd, 2020 at 09:48:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 12:35:28 AM EST
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This election was a rebuke of wokeness - Zaid Jilani
In what came as a surprise to many pundits, President Trump appears to have increased his share of the non-white vote. Sizable numbers of Latino voters in both Florida and Texas helped him fend off the threat of losing those states to the Democrats. One GOP consultant estimated that Trump's final share of the nonwhite vote will exceed that of any Republican president going back decades.

Although we still don't know who won the presidential election -- it is entirely possible that former Vice President Joe Biden will come out ahead when the final states are counted -- Trump's surprising expansion of the GOP's nonwhite voter base is worth examining.

Over the past few years, we have increasingly been told by people in elite institutions -- corporations, academia, politicians, and the mainstream media -- that race is the biggest dividing line in the American social sphere. White people live, work, think, and vote one way, while non-white people live, work, think, and vote another way.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 06:53:07 PM EST
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That's such a load of drivel.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 09:22:52 PM EST
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The US "political science" industry was utterly ill-equipped either to control or validate forecast ballot returns and demographic intentions of the electorate in 2020 for the simple reasons that (1) their models are simple, (2) their simple assumptions don't permit fifty (50) divergent jurisdictions, and (3) last and never least, deficient sample sizes and selection unfit to describe or ascribe normal distribution of abnormal hypothetical behavior to the total population of ignorant, litigious people.
Maryland sets new same-day voter registration records
In all ["early" and Nov 3], 26,303 Marylanders took part in same-day registration during the 2020 general election, up from the previous total of 7,884 in the 2016 general election in which same-day registration on Election Day was not available.
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Also Friday, the SBE released new numbers in the count of mail-in ballots. As of Thursday, 608,691 mail-in ballots remain to be counted. That's out of more than 1.5 million mail-in ballots received by local boards of election. More than 1.6 million mail-in ballots were sent to voters in the 2020 general election.
archived "exit polling", same-day states
by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 07:23:32 PM EST
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@huckabee_sarah account suspended 11/11/2020--"This claim [GA 'overvote'--POTUS alone ballots--audited by GOP] about election fraud is disputed."
coincidentally < wipes tears >,
Tens of thousands left the president option blank, though 'undervotes' were down from 2016
NuA USA TODAY analysis of unofficial results in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Michigan found up to 40,000 voters in each of these highly competitive states opted for none of the candidates listed on the presidential ballot by name.

As of Monday, the four states combined reported less than half the number of undervotes compared to four years ago. The proportion of votes tallied for third-party candidates also slid.

archived Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 02:56:48 PM EST, HARKing
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 12:34:33 AM EST
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litigation Pima, AZ
by Cat on Sat Nov 7th, 2020 at 12:24:03 AM EST
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litigation Tue May 12th, 2020

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 12:39:49 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 08:26:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 08:27:54 PM EST
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Guardian
In his victory speech on Saturday night, he quoted from Ecclesiastes: "The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season - a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America."
Actually, it's a "A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up"
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 08:09:45 AM EST
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Is Biden already turning out to be worse that we expected? WSWS
President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his coronavirus task force. The convening of the panel comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to soar across the US, with predictions that the coming winter will see a dramatic rise in cases and deaths.

[...]

Of particular note is the inclusion on the panel of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and brother of Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and White House chief of staff under Obama. The World Socialist Web Site has written extensively on Dr. Emanuel's promotion of class-based, rationed medical care for the majority of Americans, particularly the elderly.

In an especially foul piece published in the November-December 1996 Hastings Center Report, Emanuel wrote that "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 02:43:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 03:50:57 PM EST
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Yemen, Libya and Syria will be forever indebted to their Arab masters flying F-35s ...

GCC Terror States

"The F-35 will be an upgrade to the US-supplied F-16 which President Clinton first approved for sale to the UAE in 2000. The UAE has deployed the F-16 in support of multiple US-led counter-terrorism, freedom of navigation, and stabilisation missions in Afghanistan, Syria and around the Arabian Gulf and Peninsula," the embassy said."

by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 02:47:22 PM EST
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Enterate24
El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, bromeó y criticó que el diputado de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), Juan Guaidó, haya "traicionado" al candidato a la reelección en Estados Unidos (EEUU), Donald Trump, tras conocer que el demócrata Joe Biden salió victorioso en los comicios.

"Creaste un Frankenstein, un alacrán que en cinco minutos te traicionó, no importaron los 800 millones que le diste", fue el mensaje que transmitió Maduro a Trump el domingo.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 09:20:37 PM EST
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ASML: No U.S. license is required to export DUV lithography machine from the Netherlands to China

Roger Dassen, CFO of ASML, a semiconductor giant and a global lithography machine leader, made a statement on the issue of exporting lithography machines to China. He said that ASML can export DUV (deep ultraviolet) lithography machines from the Netherlands to China without a US license.

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Darson said that ASML will do its best to continue to provide services and support for all customers as much as possible.

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In May of this year, ASML and Wuxi High-tech Zone signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand and upgrade the ASML lithography equipment technical service (Wuxi) base in Wuxi High-tech Zone. Prior to this, ASML has opened branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuxi, and other places to provide customers with services and consulting. Among them, Shenzhen is its largest software research and development center in Asia.

Trump, Rutte and ASML EOV Lithography ..

Trump Puts Max Pressure On Ally PM Rutte

by Oui on Fri Nov 13th, 2020 at 11:03:10 AM EST
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Trump Administration Labels Movement To Boycott Israel 'Anti-Semitic'

by Oui on Thu Nov 19th, 2020 at 08:53:58 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:03:35 PM EST
Turkey earthquake: Search efforts continue for third day as death toll rises - BBC
Sixty-two deaths have been confirmed in Turkey, while two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos.

Dozens of people remain unaccounted for following the quake.

A 70-year-old man was pulled from the rubble of a building in Izmir after being trapped for some 33 hours.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Friday's quake was 7.0 magnitude, but Turkey put it lower at 6.6.

The shallow tremor triggered tidal waves that hit coastal areas and islands in both Turkey and Greece.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:38:51 PM EST
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Ivory Coast election: Opposition demands 'civil transition' - BBC
Pascal Affi N'Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié say it was illegal for President Alassane Ouattara to stand for a third term as it broke rules on term limits.

But the president's supporters dispute this, citing a constitutional change in 2016 which they say means his first term effectively did not count.

Vote counting is still under way.

At least 16 people have been killed since riots broke out in August after President Ouattara said he would run again following the sudden death of his preferred successor.

At least two people were killed during Saturday's vote.

Key opposition figures are urging mass protests to block what they describe as a "dictatorship".

Mr N'Guessan said on Sunday: "Opposition parties and political groups call for the start of a civil transition."

"[We] note the end of President Alassane Ouattara's mandate on 31 October and call on the international community to take note," he added, saying a civil transition was needed to "create the conditions for a fair, transparent and inclusive election."

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:40:44 PM EST
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Russian police raid Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow
A court in Moscow ordered Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and Navalny supporter Lyubov Sobol last month each to pay 29 million roubles ($374,483) for libelling the Moscow Schoolchild catering company.
archived 22 days ago
by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 04:40:31 PM EST
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Trump's Unites States lecturing African country about democracy:

by Bernard on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 09:12:39 PM EST
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Get ready for more irony next month, when Venezuela has elections....

BTW, Palau had elections the same day as the US. They only just finished counting in-person votes, and now have the absentee ballots to count. Trump should lecture them about democracy, if he can figure out how to spell the name of the country. In any case, nobody cares about this except Taiwan which would like Palau to restart tourism, but I suspect that Palau doesn't want to risk their zero (yes, 0) COVID-19 cases.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 09:27:43 PM EST
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if he can figure out how to spell the name of the country

Like this has ever stopped him...

by Bernard on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 09:08:09 AM EST
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WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, Data last updated: 2020/11/7, 4:33pm CET

30 Apr: US gives G7 countries a list of reforms it wants WHO to undertake
30 Oct: EU: WHO should have more power to investigate outbreaks
"greater powers to independently investigate outbreaks and compel [?] countries to provide more data, after the devastating coronavirus pandemic highlighted the agency's [?] numerous shortcomings"
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 02:28:24 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 02:36:05 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 02:53:15 AM EST
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WHO advises against Gilead's remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients
Gilead has questioned the Solidarity Trial's results.
oh
by Cat on Fri Nov 20th, 2020 at 11:43:49 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 02:56:47 AM EST
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repatriation Thu Mar 19th, 2020, Sun May 17th, 2020, Tue Mar 3rd, 2020
by Cat on Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 01:20:09 AM EST
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The faraway Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has its first case of COVID-19. A man brought it back from US.
"The person had been identified during pre-travel registration as traveling from a higher-risk location, therefore was seated separately at the back of the plane and was screened and transported separately from other arriving passengers," the ministry said in a news release.
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 04:14:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 08:34:47 PM EST
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SARS-Cov-2 is now endemic in the bio-sphere.  We can expect regular, quite possibly yearly, outbreaks for some time.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 09:13:58 PM EST
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same as it ever is
by Cat on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 10:12:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 11:25:45 PM EST
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Ethiopia's PM Abiy: From peace prize to air strikes  - AFP
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power promising real democracy, promoting women and feverishly planting trees across his vast country, snapping up the Nobel Peace Prize along the way.

But Abiy's image of a modern, peacemaking reformer risks shattering entirely now that he has sent troops and warplanes into Ethipia's  Tigray region, a move analysts fear could push Africa's second most populous country into a long, devastating civil war.

Abiy, 44, announced the campaign last week, saying it came in response to an attack by Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), on two federal military camps, an accusation the party denies.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 06:46:32 PM EST
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Abiy Ahmed won a Nobel peace prize. Now Ethiopia is on the brink of civil war - Mail & Guardian - South Africa
At about 2am Ethiopian time on Wednesday morning, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took to his Facebook page to make a grave announcement. "The Ethiopian Defense Forces, run by a command post, have been tasked with saving the country," he said. He said that the regional government of Tigray, a northern province, was guilty of "crossing a red line" and that Ethiopian troops had been ordered to take action. "I call on Ethiopians to remain calm, be on high alert and back the military effort."

Several commentators have described this as tantamount to a declaration of war against one of Ethiopia's own regional states.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 06:50:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 02:07:24 PM EST
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BREAKING NEWS

Harsh criticism for Australian SAS unit in 39 unlawful killings ... decorations have been pulled and as I understand an elite unit has been disbanded. More to follow ...

by Oui on Thu Nov 19th, 2020 at 05:41:21 AM EST
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Pre-emptive move by Trump & Co.

Trump International Hotel Washington DC sale put on indefinite hold | CNBC |

The Trump Organization hired Jones Lang LaSalle to shop the hotel to potential buyers last fall hoping for a price of about $500 million. People familiar with the deal talks said none of the bids came close to the asking price, and several were for less than $250 million.

by Oui on Fri Nov 20th, 2020 at 01:16:52 PM EST
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Black Man Dies After Beating By Security Guards, Sparking Outrage In Brazil - NPR
A Black man has died after being attacked by two security guards at a supermarket in southern Brazil, causing an uproar in a nation struggling to cast off its centuries-old practice of injustice and violence toward people of color.

The incident, captured on cellphone video and posted to social media where it's gone viral in South America's most populous nation, has drawn comparisons in Brazil to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

The man, identified by multiple Brazilian news outlets as 40-year-old João Alberto Silveira Freitas, was killed Thursday in the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state on Brazil's southern border with Uruguay.

His death comes as Brazil, much like the United States, is grappling with a long history of structural racism and mistreatment of Black Brazilians by law enforcement.

Adding to the widespread outrage over Freitas' death is that it happened on the eve of that nation's observance of Black Consciousness Day.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and Vice President Hamilton Mourao rushed in to deny any systemic racism in Brazil.

Violence erupts in Brazil after Carrefour security kills Black man - DW

Black and mixed-race people account for about 57% of Brazil's population but are 74% of victims of lethal violence, and 79% of those killed by police, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, a nongovernmental organization.

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao told reporters the incident at the Carrefour was unfortunate but denied that it reflected racism.

"Racism doesn't exist in Brazil. That is something they want to import here," said Mourao. "I lived in the United States. There is racism there."

The supermarket where the killing took place is owned by Carrefour Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of French retailer Carrefour, who has a strong presence in the country.

Black man beaten to death by Carrefour Brasil store security guards - Reuters

Carrefour Brasil said on Friday it had terminated the contract of the security firm whose employees had beaten to death a Black man at one of its supermarkets in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.
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In a statement Carrefour Brasil, the local unit of France's Carrefour SA, said it deeply regretted what it called a brutal death and said it immediately took steps to ensure those responsible were legally punished.

It said it would terminate the contract with the security firm, fire the employee in charge of the store at the time of the incident, and close the store as a mark of respect.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 21st, 2020 at 09:47:18 AM EST
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Australian parliament to probe Murdoch media dominance

The country's opposition parties united behind the move in the Senate to effectively sidestep the conservative government, which enjoys strong support from the Murdoch press and had not acted on the petition's demand for a royal commission.

In launching the petition, former PM Kevin Rudd decried News Corp as a "cancer on our democracy" operating an effective "monopoly."

"This power is routinely used to attack opponents in business and politics by blending editorial opinion with news reporting," the petition stated.

"These facts chill free speech and undermine public debate."

Rudd, who was prime minister from 2007 to 2010 and briefly in 2013, has long been critical of what he says is the media organisation's "vicious" campaigning for the political right.

The petition was signed 501,876 times ...

by Oui on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 10:36:09 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 10:39:39 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:03:52 PM EST
Typhoon Goni: Philippines hit by year's most powerful storm
Typhoon Goni is barrelling across the Philippines, bringing with it "catastrophic" winds and rain.

At least seven people have died amid reports of storm surges, flash floods, power outages and blown-off roofs.

Goni made landfall as a super typhoon at Catanduanes island on Sunday at 04:50 local time (19:50 GMT Saturday) packing winds of 225km/h (140mph).

It has since weakened, but is still wreaking damage across the main Luzon island, home to the capital Manila.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:29:38 PM EST
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Tropical Storm Eta ties record; expected to become hurricane
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters expect newly formed Tropical Storm Eta to become a hurricane by Monday before hitting Nicaragua with drenching rains. The system ties the record for the most named storms in an Atlantic hurricane season.

Eta had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centered about 400 miles (645 kilometers) east of the Nicaragua-Honduras border and was heading westward at 15 mph (24 kph).

Forecasters expect Eta to become a hurricane by Monday and it was forecast on Tuesday to hit the Nicaraguan coast, where a hurricane warning was posted.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:31:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 10:45:28 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:04:38 PM EST
Berlin's new airport is ready. But will it go bankrupt before it takes off?
But even once the marshalers have finally beckoned the first planes to the gates, there is still one major, potentially unfixable snag facing the airport -- its finances.

It's not just the fact that the project has dramatically gone over budget to the tune of more than €4 billion ($4.67 billion), although that remains a serious problem.

Since the pandemic struck, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Gmbh (FBB), the company that owns the new airport as well as the soon-to-be former Tegel and Schönefeld airports, has seen its revenues dramatically hit as a result of the global crisis in aviation.

FBB is funded entirely by taxpayers in Germany. The German states of Berlin and Brandenburg each own 37%, with the remaining 26% owned by the federal government. This year the company required emergency additional funding on top of its normal funding. That amounted to €300 million, with about one-third given as a grant and two-thirds as loans.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 06:29:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 09:14:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 02:22:24 AM EST
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Why I supported Donald Trump, r/WayOfTheBern sub
by Cat on Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 01:24:34 AM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 10:10:49 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:04:56 PM EST
Today -100: November 3, 1920: Pleased but not exultant
Harding WHO? gets 60.2% of the popular vote, a record, 16,152,200 votes to Cox's 9,147,353.  Socialist Party candidate Eugene Debs gets nearly 1 million votes, 3.4%.
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Election judges in Savannah, Georgia, ignore the ruling that the registration period doesn't apply to women this time and refuse to let black women vote. Why just black women, beyond the obvious? Evidently no white women showed up at the polls. ...
Meanwhile in Florida ...
narrative
by Cat on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 02:03:38 AM EST
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Biden's victory speech
My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.
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And may God protect our troops.
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 04:32:45 AM EST
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Coronavirus updates: Global cases exceed 48M as US passes 100K single-day count; China bars UK travelers; 233K [cumulative] US deaths attributed to COVID-19
a HISTORIC turnout, in other words

Today -100: Nov 5, 1920
Harding says the League of Nations is "now deceased." PLUS LA CHANGE: Progressive Party nominee "William Jennings Bryan, ever full of helpful advice, suggests that Woodrow Wilson should resign immediately, then Veep Whatsisname should appoint Harding as his secretary of state and then resign so that Harding becomes president next month instead of in March (the order of succession was different in 1920 than it is now)."

by Cat on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 01:53:07 PM EST
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112 years ago, 11 November 1918:

Armistice of 11 November 1918

The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was the armistice signed at Le Francport near Compiègne that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their last remaining opponent, Germany. Previous armistices had been agreed with Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

With over 8 million dead for the military alone, World War I was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 02:21:14 PM EST
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100 years ago, 11 November 1920:

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was inaugurated in Paris, under the Arc de Triomphe, as well as in Westminster Abbey, London.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 02:22:09 PM EST
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Bloody Sunday: How the senseless attack in Croke Park hastened the end of British rule

by Oui on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 12:04:41 PM EST
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How the City of Hate stopped a Liberal Revolution in America - Dallas Tx on Nov. 22, 1963

Why Do They Hate Us So Much? | Texas Monthly |

Dallas was a boom town, full of promises. As in all boom towns tension was high. Some people were zooming through society like race cars, giving the world an impression of Dallas as a city of affluent hicks--you could see them suddenly flaunting their greenbacks at the gaming tables from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo or talking too loudly in their drawling nasal voices in restaurants that were really too good for them--monied, naïve, too eager, democratic yes but socially pretentious. For an astounding number of people Dallas was just such a jackpot, and they formed a rough society of nouveaux millionaires; they would build a gorgeous Gatsby-like mansion on the north side, enroll their children in Hockaday or St. Mark's, open a Neiman-Marcus charge account, buy a mink coat and two Cadillacs, and join the Republican party. The winners were easy to spot.

The losers made their own headlines. Dallas was the murder capital of Texas, which led the United States in homicides. We were reminded that Dallas killed more people some years than all of England did--a statistic with little effect, for wasn't England a sound-asleep society, and weren't we exploding with new force, building a new world, making millions by the minute, and did you expect a new world to be born without death and broken hearts?

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[The White Dallas woman] she worried about the missile gap and the spread of communism to Cuba. Moreover, people in her own country were talking enthusiastically about social change--Kennedy was already speaking of the "the revolutionary sixties"--and the Dallas woman knew those changes would come at her expense. She worried about the erosion of liberty caused by recent Supreme Court decisions (often delivered by Chief Justice Earl Warren, who was the creeping socialist personified). The court was taking rights away from the Dallas woman and awarding them to pornographers, criminals, atheists, communists, and Negroes. The Dallas woman felt herself to be under attack at home and abroad.

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As a matter of fact, reading the News each morning was like watching a brawl in a saloon, in which the newspaper's editorials flattened the "socialists" (read: Democrats), the "perverts and subversives" (liberal Democrats), the "Judicial Kremlin" (the U.S. Supreme Court), and virtually every representative of the federal government whose views differed from those of Ted Dealey. Immediately after the election the News' principal object of contempt became President John F. Kennedy, who the paper suggested was a crook, a communist sympathizer, a thief, and "fifty times a fool."

by Oui on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 01:20:11 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 02:05:14 PM EST
Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90
The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time", his son said.

His acting career spanned seven decades and he won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.

Sir Sean's other films included The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 04:49:46 PM EST
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According to Trump
DONALD Trump has claimed that the late Sir Sean Connery was responsible for getting the necessary permissions for the construction of a "big development in Scotland".

The current US president said Connery stepped in when he was "having a very hard time getting approvals" for a Scots development.

According to Trump, Connery said simply: "Let him build the damn thing."

After that, Trump said, "everything went swimmingly".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 05:28:34 PM EST
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Robert Fisk, Intrepid War Correspondent, Dies at 74

Robert Fisk wasn't only a magnificent journalist, but a `historian of the present' who illuminated the world

From editors to presidents, tributes to the remarkable Robert Fisk

He was not without fault, but he was still more right than wrong on most things. Can recommend 'The Great War for Civilisation'.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Wed Nov 4th, 2020 at 08:26:14 PM EST
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On the occasion of Matty leaving Vox someone dug up some of the great ideas that launch you're carrier into punditry:
by generic on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 01:54:55 PM EST
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Official Statement from the Bureau of Land Management: "Although we can't comment on active investigations, the Bureau of Land Management would like to remind public land visitors that using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from."
by Bernard on Wed Nov 25th, 2020 at 01:58:50 PM EST
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in re: GDPR "Concept of the data subject's 'consent'"
Orange România SA v ANSPDCP, JUDGMENT OF THE COURT, 11 Nov
by Cat on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 10:34:59 PM EST


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