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June 2020

by Oui Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:19:37 AM EST

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:20:50 AM EST

Berlin WW2 bombing survivor Saturn the alligator dies in Moscow Zoo | BBC News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat May 23rd, 2020 at 09:22:26 PM EST
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Magistrate Says EU Courts Can't Hear Cases Against Group of Finance Ministers
"The power of the group, made up of finance ministers of the 19 EU countries that use the euro currency, is 'purely political,' Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella wrote in his nonbinding opinion for the European Court of Justice."
by Cat on Fri May 29th, 2020 at 12:08:37 AM EST
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by generic on Fri May 29th, 2020 at 08:12:45 PM EST
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Does Finland show the way to universal basic income?
But for governments and politicians examining whether a basic income is worth it, how much the scheme might cost is still the factor they overwhelmingly focus on.

That's a point made by Professor Bernhard Neumärker, director of the Department for Economic Policy at the University of Freiburg and a supporter of universal basic income.

"When it comes to basic income, the science is a long way behind society," he says. "Politicians feel uncertain about it, so find easy arguments, such as saying everyone will become lazy or that there is no way to finance it. Then it's case closed, next topic."

But he argues increasing public pressure could force politicians to begin to think differently about the problem, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

by Bernard on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 04:12:29 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:22:09 AM EST
by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 12:24:17 PM EST
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UK and EU clash over crime-fighting database in Brexit talks | The Guardian |

UK unlawfully copying data from EU police system | EU Observer - May 2018 |

The United Kingdom has been illegally copying classified personal information from a database reserved for members of the passport-free Schengen travel zone.
It has shared the information with US companies and it is demanding to keep access to the database after it leaves the EU next year


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 02:23:16 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 29th, 2020 at 10:42:20 PM EST
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archived Sat Oct 19th, 2019
by Cat on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 06:37:35 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:25:04 AM EST
by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 12:25:59 PM EST
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Yep!

Joe Biden Promised to Bring Stability Across Syraq (2007)   by Oui @BooMan on Feb. 14, 2016

A failed VP for 8 years as arms sales to Arab States peaked. Democrats making the same mistakes as four years ago. Biden is so 20th Century in mindset and policy. America deserves better ... time to clean house.

Anthony Blinken, all the "qualities" of Madeleine Albright and Zbigniew Brzezinski put together - HORROR!

Continuing the decades long slide from Social-Democracy and Labour into the camp of far-right, Islamophobia and Nationalism. Biden thinks he'll survive the onslaught by the Tea Party Republicans under president Trump without the Progressive Movement of Bernie Sanders? A fatal flaw in DNC short-term policy, failing activism in a society in upheaval.

War On BDS, Progressive Left Under Attack

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 01:44:10 PM EST
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At this point the best play for the democrats would be the Johnson gambit: Pretend your candidate caught the Rona and hide him in a fridge.
by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 02:08:09 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat May 23rd, 2020 at 09:30:33 PM EST
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Biden is going to be a continuation of neo-liberal domination of US foreign and domestic policies.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 04:37:33 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 12:35:10 PM EST
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Text-Only NPR.org : Scientists Warn CDC Testing Data Could Create Misleading Picture Of Pandemic

In addition, combining antibody testing with diagnostic testing could reduce the number of tests that appear to be producing positive results, lowering the overall "positivity rate." That's another important benchmark. The World Health Organization has recommended a positivity rate of 10% or less as a signal of whether enough testing is taking place.

"I suspect it will artificially lower the percent positive," wrote Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in another email to NPR about the CDC testing data.

by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 03:28:19 PM EST
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Trump claims he will "override the governors" who closed churches in the pandemic | Vox News |

Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential", calls on them to reopen | AP News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 09:32:15 PM EST
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Trump absolutely requires the ignorant hick white Evangelical vote and them folks want their weekly bout of religious hysteria.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 04:40:15 PM EST
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    As the national death toll from COVID-19 approaches the stunning 100,000 milestone, The New York Times is devoting its entire Sunday May 24 front page to a list - a partial list - of the dead.

New York Times Publishes Names of People Who Died of COVID-19 on Entire Front Page | Newsweek |

Close relationship how people and capitalism treat planet Earth.

Every year, dirty air still brings more than 100,000 American lives to a premature death. Depleting resources.

Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 06:31:35 AM EST
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Nursing homes might also have played a major role in the Italian outbreak in Bergamon, though I have only heard rumors.

by generic on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 12:38:25 AM EST
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You say that like it's a bad thing
by Bernard on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 06:37:16 AM EST
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by generic on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 02:40:08 PM EST
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in the worst outbreaks
by generic on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 07:17:24 PM EST
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FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic | FDA
First, the FDA is providing flexibility for manufacturers to make minor formulation changes in certain circumstances without making conforming label changes, such as making a change to product ingredients, without updating the ingredient list on the packaged food when such a minor change is made. For purposes of this guidance, minor formulation changes should be consistent with the general factors listed below, as appropriate:
by generic on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 10:18:39 AM EST
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At last! Twitter adds ALERT to Trump's tweets as FAKE NEWS. Wishing the American folks would follow and throw the bum OUT! 😎

Trump finally admits that "fake news" just means news he doesn't like | Vox News - May 9, 2018 |

President Trump's Description of What's 'Fake' Is Expanding | NPR - Sept. 2, 2018 |

Twitter Is Finally Fact-Checking Trump's Tweets | Vanity Fair |

The flagged tweets--in which Trump falsely claims "there is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent"--are now marked with a label alerting users to "Get the facts about mail-in ballots." When users click on the link, it takes them to a Twitter Moments page, which links to articles and tweets from journalists and experts that debunk Trump's claims. The president's statements about voter fraud "are unsubstantiated ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 11:11:49 AM EST
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Election shaping to be a disaster for the GOP.

It is as certain as anything can be this far away that Trump will not be re-elected.  

It is looking increasingly likely the Senate will flip to the D column.

Every sane political commentator is predicting a D hold of the House.

The bottom line is the GOP lost white suburban women in 2018 and they aren't coming back.


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

by ATinNM on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 04:43:35 PM EST
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WATCH: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says Americans may receive debit cards for refunds
$239B, 141M receipts, 114M direct deposits, 27M checks, and now "debit" (electronic benefit transfer, EBT) cards. All the convenience of a credit card w/o the STIGMA of transfer payment or ATM fees?
Don't throw away those Visa debit cards: They have stimulus cash
Jacké Dollar said she immediately cut up the Visa debit card shortly after she opened the envelope on Tuesday. She has never had a debit card, never wanted one. So when she got this one in the mail, she just cut it up.
archived Democrats balk at $1,200 rebate checks in stimulus plan
by Cat on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 01:53:00 AM EST
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National Guard support requested by city to combat riots in south Minneapolis

Multiple fires burn overnight following violence and looting in Minneapolis



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 02:14:10 PM EST
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The Onion:  Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 29th, 2020 at 04:09:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 11:50:06 PM EST
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by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:34:33 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:25:46 AM EST
Death Sentence Khashoggi Killers to be Commuted?

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers | Dawn - Pakistan |

Khashoggi -- a royal family insider turned critic -- was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a case that tarnished the reputation of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

His family's pardon could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling that exonerated two top aides to the crown prince.

"On this holy night of this blessed month (of Ramadan)... we the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father," the Washington Post columnist's son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.

Saudi authorities did not immediately comment on the legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in the kingdom and has denied reports of a financial settlement with the government.

"What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family (under sharia law) has to forgive," Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst close to the government said on Twitter.

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution | Hürriyet Daily News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:36:03 PM EST
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Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah says family 'forgives' killers | Al Jazeera |

In the statement, posted on Friday, Salah Khashoggi said his family pardons those who took the reporter's life in 2018 when he visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah."

"Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty" he added.

A Parody of Justice

Trump thanks Saudis on Twitter after absolving prince of Khashoggi killing | Chicago Tribune - Nov. 21, 2018 |

Khashoggi sons' pardon is step towards killers' release, says UN investigator | The Guardian |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:54:11 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:55:25 PM EST
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Sounds like somebody made them an offer they couldn't refuse.
by rifek on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:20:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 23rd, 2020 at 02:01:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 02:34:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 03:25:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 26th, 2020 at 10:41:47 PM EST
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Venezuela hopes to have gold frozen by Britain returned in order to buy food and medical supplies amid Covid-19 pandemic
The Venezuelan central bank's governor said on Wednesday that, according to the agreement, the funds from the gold sale [?] will be directly transferred to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure it is not used for other purposes. However, he did not reveal how much gold the Bank of England is going to sell [?].
ransome
by Cat on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 05:58:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 10:47:50 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 12:20:39 PM EST
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Huawei CFO Meng loses key court fight against extradition to United States
They accuse her of ["]bank fraud["] for misleading HSBC about Huawei's relationship with a company operating in Iran, putting HSBC at risk of fines and penalties for breaking U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
this.empowerment(Holmes)
Meng's lawyers argued the case should be thrown out because Canada did not have sanctions against Iran.

But British Columbia's Superior Court Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes disagreed, ruling the legal standard of double criminality [?] had been met.

worldwide organized crime
"Ms. Meng's approach ... would seriously limit Canada's ability to fulfill its international obligations in the extradition context for fraud and other economic crimes," Holmes said.
[...]
The U.S. Department of Justice thanked Canada for its continued assistance. Canada's justice ministry said its lawyers were committed to moving ahead as fast as possible.
free HK SAR
by Cat on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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Citizenship law: Is India using COVID-19 emergency to arrest protesters?
Indian police have arrested two student activists, who in February participated in mass demonstrations against a controversial citizenship act. Activists say the law discriminates against the country's Muslim minority.

Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, who are part of the Pinjra Tod women's rights initiative, were arrested by police on May 23. The court, however, granted them bail, rejecting a police request for the women's detention.

The judge noted that Kalita and Narwal only participated in demonstrations; they did not commit any acts of violence.

But they were re-arrested a day after their release. A special investigation team booked them under charges of murder, attempted murder, rioting and criminal conspiracy.

by Bernard on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 08:40:27 PM EST
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by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:41:19 PM EST
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But they are still talking about the UK as though it was one, rather than four, nations. According to The National
WITHOUT the devolved nations considered, England has the worst coronavirus mortality rate in the world according to a Financial Times data visualisation journalist.

John Burn-Murdoch was speaking to Sky News earlier today and explained that data from March to May shows England's coronavirus death rate has been the worst of any country that data is available for.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:46:44 PM EST
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But actually looking at the data, the excess deaths in the US are about half of the counted Corona dead? What's up with that?
by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:48:26 PM EST
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Fewer dead from traffic accidents, air pollution, suicide etc? I don't have the source, but I remember Italian statistics showing lots of excess deaths in the North, but -9% excess deaths in Naples and Palermo, which were relatively COVD free.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:52:27 PM EST
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That certainly happens and the US collapse of employment is truly massive. But then, they state that their data has been updated until the 28th, but I don't see that they give information of when the country data was updated. Maybe they are just a week or two old?
by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 06:14:35 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:26:27 AM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:27:07 AM EST
A Rant

Author of No Mercy, No Malice.

At What Point Does Malfeasance Become Fraud?': NYU Biz-School Professor Scott Galloway on WeWork

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue May 26th, 2020 at 05:57:45 AM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:27:46 AM EST

Leiden 400 commemorates the journey of the Pilgrim Fathers | Dutch News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:08:55 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:28:57 AM EST
Wow, a new Newsroom!
by Zwackus on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 01:23:22 AM EST
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Scary isn't it! 🎭

Open space ... not open skies what Trump defies ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 04:26:56 AM EST
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Nice! Someone noticed ... 😉

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 04:28:18 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 26th, 2020 at 06:05:16 PM EST
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by generic on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 10:55:48 PM EST
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Forward
A New York City lawmaker told a Jewish audience that she knows what it was like for Israeli soldiers to fight in the Six Day War because she's "a Republican in New York City."
Then
When you think about the small army at the time that Israel had and that they were confronted with five armies -- I mean, I'm a Republican in New York City so I can kind of understand what they may have been going through or thinking," Malliotakis said, according to the report, which included a link to the recorded Zoom call.
THe five arny myth (consisting much fewer soldiers) refers to the war of independence, not the1967 war/
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 07:59:44 PM EST
The standard Rethuglican play: Wave the "Support Our Troops" flag after serving in the First Chickenhawk Brigade because of your bone spurs and while screwing actual veterans every chance you get.
by rifek on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:12:39 PM EST
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Don't they have editors any more?
Brazil's embattled president, Jair Bolsonaro, has come under further pressure after his political idol Donald Trump imposed an travel ban on non-US citizens coming the South American country in response soaring number of Brazilian coronavirus cases.

The US announced the measure on Sunday as the number of recorded cases in Brazil rose to more than 363,000 and the death toll nearly 23,000.

Only the US now has more confirmed infections than Brazil where Bolsonaro has faced severe criticism for flouting social media guidelines and losing two health ministers in less than a month.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 05:49:45 PM EST


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