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November 2021

by Bernard Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:44:17 PM EST

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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:44:52 PM EST
Biden butters up Europeans ... better
It was a fresh start in an ancient setting: those aboard the gigantic presidential convoy -- over 80 vehicles at times -- glimpsed the Vatican, Colosseum and Roman Forum as they were whisked around the Eternal City to high-end meetings this weekend.

Sunday (31 October) saw Biden hold a news conference with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to celebrate "a new era" and a "milestone" in the transatlantic relationship. They announced the end of a trade dispute on ["green"] steel which dated back to the TRUMP! presidency and promised to work together to fight climate change and resist Chinese competition.
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Macron welcomed the efforts by the US to defuse the crisis, saying: "We clarified what we need to clarify".

by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:03:11 PM EST
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"leading by example" with or without US LNG exports
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 12:08:30 AM EST
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"'I think its been a big mistake, quite frankly, for China ... not showing up,' Biden told reporters, adding that the world will question Beijing's 'value.'"

Factbox: COP26 in Glasgow: [HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT*] not going a/o 27 Oct

  • CHINA, Xi
  • RUSSIA, Putin
  • UK, Regina
  • VATICAN, Frank
  • IRAN, Raisi
  • BRASIL, Bolsanaro
  • MEXICO, Obrador
  • SOUTH AFRICA, Ramaphosa
  • JAPAN, Kashida

* FKA head of state
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 08:14:34 PM EST
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COP26: Who is being left out of the climate ["]conversation?["], again, 2 Nov
From [Fridays For Future] MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas) [irony meter] regions, there is a distinct lack of advocacy. According to Island Innovation, a third of Pacific islands have announced they are unable to send senior delegations for the first time in COP history.

These nations, [58] Small Island Developing States (SIDS), are the least responsible for climate change - but are some of the most impacted. And their voices are missing here in Glasgow.

Only four Pacific island nations are sending leaders, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Palau. The rest either have limited or no representation, largely due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The US, on the other hand, has sent a delegation of around 1,000 people.

by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 08:34:14 PM EST
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POLITICO.eu | COP26 climate drama -- Top US foreign policy adviser Derek Chollet, podcast interview "Presented by the ALDE Party"
by Cat on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 01:47:30 AM EST
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wikifwtf list of summit "absent leaders"
  • CHINA, Xi
  • RUSSIA, Putin
  • MEXICO, Obrador
  • JAPAN, Kashida
  • SOUTH AFRICA, Ramaphosa

and "guests"
EU (NL, ES), DRC, SG, RW, and BRUNEI (no TLD d/b/a ASEAN)
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 09:00:51 PM EST
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Biden, Xi to Hold Virtual Summit Next Week, But Not 'Seeking Specific Deliverables' - Report
US President Joe Biden has only spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping twice since becoming president in January, although their diplomats have spoken several other times. However ... neither government has confirmed the report.
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Biden and other American dignitaries attacked China for its absence at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, with former US President Mitch Obama criticizing what he called a "dangerous lack of urgency" on climate change. Biden also attacked Russia's absence, similarly claiming that Moscow has a lackadaisical response to climate change and its own carbon emissions.
archived QD 12:45 - 18. dec. 2009 v.2, COP15
by Cat on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 02:18:30 PM EST
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Scottish geography 101:

by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 07:29:21 PM EST
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At least he didn't say that he was in England....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 07:58:18 PM EST
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EU-US announce new agri platform in bid to smooth over deepening cracks, CAP ha.ha. and trade
Referencing the mounting calls for the EU to apply the same high sustainability standards expected of European farmers to its imported products, Vilsack warned that any attempt to impose external production standards on US agriculture would not be welcomed.

"If you attempt to impose production standards, what you do is you create the real opportunity for significant trade barriers that run afoul of World Trade Organisation, that don't necessarily give consumers the choice that they may want," he warned.

U.S. - E.U. Agreement on Ag Collaboration, 3 Nov, 00:00:59 audio, Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack interview (EN); USDA | U.S., EU Launch Collaboration Platform on Agriculture, 3 Nov, one minute read (EN)

reference
USTR, "2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report," March 2021. 308 pp.
"1 Unless specified otherwise, all references to the European Union refer to the EU-28."

by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 12:42:08 AM EST
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Commission bows to pressure to water down Green Deal ambitions in CAP plans, 11 Nov
The secondary legislation ["implementing act"] for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is currently under development, as part of which the Commission is preparing an implementing act on the content of the strategic[sic] plans. Through these plans, EU countries will set out how they intend to meet the nine EU-wide objectives of the CAP reform while at the same time responding to the needs of their farmers and rural communities.

Draft plans are to be submitted to the European Commission for approval by the end of the year.

of plan, strategy, design, and method
Pointing out that member states hold sway on whether the implementing act passes, the source explained that this opposition indicates that the Commission "does not believe that this implementing act will pass comitology without being massively watered down or scrapped altogether."

The word 'comitology' indicates the maze of internal committees tasked with responsible for assisting the Commission in drafting implementing measures on designing technical aspects of EU legislation, such as delegated acts and secondary legislation.

by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 02:08:25 PM EST
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Which is amusing, considering this morning's headlines from the D.C. "reconciliation" sewer. Besides squandering promised caps on pharma pricing, the bipartisan senate is blocking changes to "tax haven" status of US "territories" whose residents, incidentally, don't pay federal income tax.
by Cat on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 01:29:10 PM EST
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Sweden to Lower Threshold for Legal Gender Change to Twelve
Sweden is seen as having some of the most liberal LGBT laws in the world, with polls consistently indicating an overwhelming majority of Swedes (well over 90 percent) supporting LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1944 and the age of consent was made equal to that of heterosexual activity in 1972. Sweden also became the first country in the world to allow transgender people to change their legal gender post-sex reassignment surgery in 1972, simultaneously declassifying transvestism as an illness. Legislation allowing legal gender changes without hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery was passed in 2013.
by Cat on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 01:56:43 PM EST
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iel: France Divided After Dictionary Introduces Gender Neutral Pronoun
which has been added to the French dictionary Le Petit Robert. Iel is a combination of two other pronouns il (he) and elle (she). Gender neutral pronouns are used by members of the LGBTQ+ community to refer to transgender individuals or non-binary people.
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Charles Bimbenet, the director of Le Petit Robert, has denied that the introduction of the gender neutral pronoun is a form of inclusive activism. He said the role of the dictionary is to reflect changes in the language and how it was actually used. According to Bimbenet, in recent months the "iel" pronoun has been increasingly more used.
archived May 2021 gender-balance
by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 07:30:07 PM EST
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Magdalena Andersson resigns just hours after being voted Sweden's first female prime minister
Even though the Green Party pulled its support for her government, it said it is prepared to stand behind Andersson in a new vote to tap a prime minister. But the Greens said it was in the best interests of the party to pull support for her after the budget defeat in parliament.

"We have a united party behind us saying we can not sit in a government that implements a policy (the Sweden Democrats) negotiated. We must look our voters in the eye and feel pride," said Marta Stenevi, Green Party spokesperson as the party chose to resign from the government.

by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 06:42:26 PM EST
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The Center party (farmer/neoliberal) abstained in the vote for PM, meaning Magdalena Andersson got elected as PM for a soc.dem-green government. To get elected as PM, the speakers proposal needs to not eb opposed by a majority of the parliament.

But then the Center party also abstained in the budget vote meaning the far right-conservative budget proposal passed over the cabinet's budget (that the Center party had earlier been part of negotiating). The budget proposal with most votes passes, so abstaining here had a different effect.

Then the Green party declared they would no longer be part of the government as all they got into the cabinet's budget got lost, so the Greens are no longer part of the coalition.

Then although the Greens still support Andersson as PM, she resigned as it is practise for the PM to resign if a coalition party resigns from government.

The soc-dems are still interested in forming a government even with a far right-conservative budget this year. Andersson both stepped down and declared interest in forming a one party government at the same time. The Greens will likely abstain or vote for Andersson so unless the Center party or the Left votes against Andersson she will soon form a one party government.

Oh, and its elections in September 2022. The two real government options forming is the left bloc (Green,soc-dem and Left) and the far-right-conservative bloc (Sweden Democrats, Moderates, and Christian Democrats) with the two liberla parties split in the Liberal party leaning towards the far-right-conservative bloc (voted against Andersson and abstained in the budget vote) and the Center party... well after yesterday, who knows what they want?

by fjallstrom on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 09:00:45 AM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 08:44:09 PM EST
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Five EU countries form anti-nuclear alliance at COP26
"Nuclear power is incompatible with the EU Taxonomy Regulation's 'do no significant harm' principle", says the joint declaration for a nuclear-free EU taxonomy signed by Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal.
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The European Commission is expected to table a proposal in the coming weeks that will clarify the status of nuclear and gas under the EU's ["]green finance["] taxonomy, a rulebook that provides guidance to investors by spelling out conditions under which technologies can be considered ["]sustainable["]
Just a daub will do it.
Austria and Luxembourg are the fiercest opponents of nuclear power in Europe, and have resisted the inclusion of nuclear power in the taxonomy since the beginning, an EU diplomat told EURACTIV.
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Sven Giegold, one of the lead negotiators for the [DE] Greens, told EURACTIV that the "French-Eastern European [?!] initiative" to include nuclear in the taxonomy "would destroy the sustainable finance efforts of the European Union" and act as the "gravedigger of the taxonomy."
A challenge, according to a legal assessment commissioned by the Austrian government
Any delegated act adopted on the basis of the Taxonomy Regulation that somehow includes nuclear energy in the European taxonomy would be challengeable before the EU courts, stated the international solicitor's office Redeker-Sellner-Dahs.
by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 01:36:00 PM EST
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Austria Becomes World's First Country to Impose COVID-19 Lockdown on Unvaccinated
The restrictions will come into force early on Monday, [Chancellor Alexander] Schallenberg said. He added that police will monitor compliance with the restrictive measures and offenders will face punishment.
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The new measure affects around 2 million people out of Austria's 8.9 million population, according to the [Austria Press Agency] APA news agency. The lockdown does not apply to under 12s as they are not eligible to be inoculated against COVID-19 under state law.
by Cat on Sun Nov 14th, 2021 at 03:37:57 PM EST
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[EMPL] lawmakers vote to strengthen collective bargaining or set a national minimum wage
Moreover, the [draft] directive aims to ensure that people in "bogus self-employment" have access to a minimum wage. "Bogus self-employment" is a term used to describe platform workers like delivery drivers who are highly dependent on the platforms for their earnings but do not have a formal employment contract.
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According to a study by the European parliament's research service [IPOL, June 2021], 17.3% of Europeans are low-wage earners, meaning that they earn two thirds or less of the country's median wage.
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The report was adopted with 37 votes to 10, with seven abstentions in the parliament's employment and social affairs committee. It is expected to be adopted by the entire parliament at the end of November, after which parliament will enter negotiations with member state governments.

reference
Press conference by Dennis RADTKE (EPP, DE), and Agnes JONGERIUS (S&D, NL), co-rapporteurs on [amendements] to the directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union, A/V (EN), 11 Nov 2021
Brunet S., rapporteur,"REPORT on fair working conditions, rights and social protection for platform workers - new forms of employment linked to digital development". 27 July 2021
EPRS, "Minimum Wage in the EU". July 2020

by Cat on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 11:07:39 PM EST
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Danish and Swedish socialists fight against minimum wage directive
"We are afraid that our model in the Nordic countries will disappear," Danish EU lawmaker Marianne Vind told EURACTIV.

The Danish and the Swedish labour markets are almost exclusively organised around collective bargaining. Trade unions and employers negotiate working conditions directly with each other with close to no involvement of the state.

more than 80% of wage earners?
The minimum wage directive as proposed by the European Parliament's employment committee would force member states who have a collective bargaining coverage of less than 80% to draw up national action plans to bring coverage above this level.
"EU meddling" with wut now?
The Danish and Swedish politicians remain unconvinced by these safeguards. They fear that the text will allow a future EU Commission or the EU Court of Justice to impose obligations on Denmark and Sweden based on this directive.

"This is really frustrating," said Heidi Rønne of the Danish Trade Union Confederation, who represents them in the European Social and Economic Committee.

by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 09:01:16 PM EST
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Cracks appear as Gaia-X celebrates its progress
"As it stands now, Gaia-X will not help to foster cloud secure server switching and interoperability between cloud secure server providers and will not resolve lock-in effects," an insider who has worked with Gaia-X in the past told EURACTIV under conditions of anonymity.
reference Dolan and Simon, Power Pricing: How Managing Price Transforms the Bottom Line
"On the contrary, it is likely to increase market strength of larger players Gaia-X has increased its members from the original 22 founding members to over 300, including big-tech companies like [US-trusts] Microsoft, Google, Amazon, [Meta,] and IBM. This sparked controversy last year when companies and digital activists warned that Gaia-X could end up being a 'Trojan horse'.
disgorging the US-domintated transcontinental telecom cable boom, 1990-2000
An article of the membership agreement reads that "a member can be expulsed if it acts against the interests of the Association," which, according to the source, also includes public criticism of Gaia-X. "Behind the scenes, there is a lot of discomfort on Gaia-X. When companies sign the membership agreement, they agree to not talk negatively about Gaia-X in public; otherwise, they can be kicked out," [Maximilian Ahrens, CTO and Chairman at Gaia-X] emphasised.

Furthermore, according to the source, Gaia-X introduced a complicated set of compliance requirements in its new labelling system, which makes it hard for companies to adhere to them.

GDPR, INSPIRE directive, NIS directive, Digital Services Act
by Cat on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 02:39:06 AM EST
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POLITICO.eu.com | 5 things you need to know about Europe's political ad rules, 23 Nov
Under the new efforts -- tied to separate rules known as the Digital Services Act, which will police content and products more broadly across the internet -- the world's largest social media companies will have to clamp down on political groups' use of these platforms "US-based"
advertising agencies
to pinpoint messages to online user based on to segment broadcast audiences sensitive data by demographic traits like gender or sexual orientation[, income, postal code, marital status, employment status, political group affiliation, religion, educational attainment, household size, credit profile, asset (debt) values, TLD origin, national citizenship, "race or ethnicity," purchase preferences, paid ITC subscriptions, &tc.]
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Voters unlikely to see a difference
Digital Markets Act
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New obligations for Big Tech
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Political parties are on the hook, too
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Fight ahead: It's all about the definitions
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What happens in Europe doesn't stay in Europe
[US Cloud Act, archived]
1 thing you need to know about US "political ad" common law: Free Speech, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)
by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 03:39:54 PM EST
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APsplainin
[EC Vice-President Vera Jourova] said people "must know why they are seeing an ad, who paid for it, how much, what micro-targeting criteria were used. New, Old technologies should be tools for emancipation, not for manipulation."
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Information must be available about the basis on which a person, or group of people, is being targeted by the advertisement, and what kind of amplification tools demographic traits like gender or sexual orientation[, income, postal code, marital status, employment status, political group affiliation, religion, educational attainment, household size, credit profile, asset (debt) values, TLD origin, national citizenship, "race or ethnicity," purchase preferences, paid ITC subscriptions, &tc. are being used to help the sponsor advertiser reach a wider audience. Ads would be banned if such criteria cannot be met.
by Cat on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 04:20:05 PM EST
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swprs.org
archived "The Logic of U.S. Foreign Policy" in US Foreign Policy from Crisis to Crisis
by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 07:22:24 PM EST
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Czech centre-right leader Petr Fiala appointed as new prime minister
on Sunday after October legislative elections ousted billionaire Andrej Babis. President Milos Zeman who is in a wheelchair and suffering from COVID-19 [caused by unspecified VOC], led the unusual ceremony from his Prague residence, protected by a plastic barrier.

"I am convinced that we will soon have a strong and stable government", said Fiala at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on television.

Fiala's party teamed up with a centre-left liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN -- a group of mayors and independent candidates -- which came in third place at the election with 15.6% of votes.

The new partnership will hold 108 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament, relegating populist Babis and his centrist ANO (YES) movement to the opposition.

Czech President Appoints Petr Fiala as Country's New Prime Minister
ODS secured 27.8% of the overall vote, while ANO gained 27.1% - down 2.5% compared to the previous election in 2017. The ODS-led bloc of five parties controls 108 of the 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. ODS, TOP 09, STAN, the Christian Democrats, and Pirates also jointly control 65 of the 81 seats in the upper chamber, the Senate.
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 04:11:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 09:12:25 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:45:07 PM EST
Systems problems but no systems thinking or systems management
Supply chains, energy, stockpiling, deja vu all over again in No10
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This post is for paying subscribers.
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 09:50:05 PM EST
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Bank of England's rate decision leaves many economists gasping for air, 4 Nov
It is "compulsory for the Bank of England governor to be an unreliable boyfriend", Andrew Bailey joked during a press conference to explain why the central bank he runs kept interest rates on hold when action of some kind was expected.

As quips go, it fell flat in financial markets, where currency traders sold the pound, knocking more than 1% from sterling's value against the US dollar.

by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 12:50:37 AM EST
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Special au pair rules are needed in order to provide sufficient servants for the wealthy, says Baroness Hodgson of Abinger.

by asdf on Tue Nov 9th, 2021 at 04:23:12 PM EST
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Low-paid French au pairs barred from Britain under new Brexit rules | Connexxion France - Apr. 2021 |

French and other European au pairs wanting to work in the UK must now apply for work visas and earn a minimum of £20,000/year. Au pairs typically earn around £5,000/ year, plus their board and lodging with a British family.

by Oui on Tue Nov 9th, 2021 at 04:55:35 PM EST
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UK economic recovery slows sharply as GDP grows by 1.3%

by Oui on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 10:12:00 AM EST
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Singanayagam, et al., "Community transmission and viral load kinetics of the SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.617.2) variant in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the UK: a prospective, longitudinal, cohort study", Lancet, 29 Oct 2021." pre-alpha" has exited the room of VOC, VOI, and VOHC
Primary outcomes for the epidemiological analysis were to assess the secondary attack rate (SAR) in household contacts stratified by contact vaccination status and the index cases' vaccination status. Primary outcomes for the viral load kinetics analysis were to detect differences in the peak viral load, viral growth rate, and viral decline rate between participants infected with pre-alpha versus alpha versus delta variants and between unvaccinated delta-infected participants and vaccinated delta-infected participants.
by Cat on Fri Nov 19th, 2021 at 06:22:57 PM EST
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by asdf on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 12:03:36 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 08:34:09 PM EST
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UK responsible for controlling its borders says EU commissioner

The European Commission's vice president Margaritis Schinas has told Britain it has to sort out its own migrant problems post-Brexit, as the war of words between France and UK over migration and fishing rights goes on unabated. "If I recall well the main slogan of the referendum campaign is 'we take back control'", said Schinas. "Since the UK took back control it's up to them now to find the necessary measures to operationalise the control they took back."

by asdf on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 05:16:45 PM EST
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Barbados cutting ties with queen
Barbados is set to sever ties with Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and will officially declare itself a republic at midnight on Tuesday, cutting its final ties to its Britain colonial past.

Queen Elizabeth II currently remains the head of state in 15 other countries previously under British rule, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica.

Many political commentators believe that Barbados' move will spark similar conversations in those countries as well.

Probably a coincidence in timing, but another signal that Brexited England regaining its "Commonwealth" is not going to happen.

by asdf on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 04:05:34 PM EST
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Barbados' Republican status is not a yen for pieces of silver

It should be noted that when Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in June 1953, she also became Head of State of 67 other countries, then either colonies or dominions of Britain. Over the last 68 years, 52 of those countries opted to become Republics. Barbados will become the 53rd.

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Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons, Tom Tugendhat, said that:

"British partners have long faced challenges from rivals seeking to undermine our alliance. Today we're seeing it in the Caribbean. Some islands seem to be close to swapping a symbolic Queen in Windsor for a real and demanding emperor in Beijing".

by Oui on Tue Nov 30th, 2021 at 12:48:14 AM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:45:21 PM EST
For The People Act fail
A new bipartisan commission tasked with redrawing Ohio's political boundaries every decade surrendered its authority to draw congressional districts without even considering a proposal, punting the decision to a state legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Republicans.
oh
archived Thu Aug 5th, 2021, The primary purposes of the bills are ..., "efficiency gap test" 2019
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 04:40:24 PM EST
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Stunning survey gives grim view of flourishing anti-democratic poll smoke
The poll from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute [?!]
Competing Visions of America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture UNDER ATTACK? Findings from the 2021 American Values Survey
About three in four Americans (74%) agree that America has always been a force for good in the world, including 19% who completely agree with this idea and a majority (55%) who mostly agree.
paints a troubling portrait of a growing segment of the public that is increasingly unmoored from reality as it embraces conspiracy theories about child abduction and stolen elections.
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"I'm not an alarmist by nature, but I'm deeply disturbed by these numbers. I think that we really have to take them seriously as a threat to democracy," said Robert Jones, the founder and chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute [PPRI].
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 04:49:36 PM EST
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Plan to replace Minneapolis PD worries many Potatoes of Color
a depressingly routine occurrence on the city's predominantly Black north side that reaffirmed Armstrong's staunch opposition to a proposal on Tuesday's ballot to ["]replace["] the city's police department ... with a new Department of Public Safety
#BlackLivesMatter #DefundPolice #GeorgeWHO?
[Medaria ]Arradondo, the city's first Black [police] chief, recently urged voters to reject the proposal after previously saying that ["]an element["] that would give City Council members more oversight of policing would be "wholly unbearable."
archived Thu Jun 3rd, 2021
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:39:43 PM EST
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Minneapolis voters reject replacing police with new agency Department of Public Safety and rank-choice mayoral election R1.
[DINO] Mayor Jacob Frey was also in a tough fight for a second term... Frey opposed the policing amendment. Two of his leading challengers in the field of 17 candidates, Sheila Nezhad and Kate Knuth, strongly supported the proposal.

With nearly complete returns, Frey had about 43% of the first-choice vote. He needed more than 50% to win outright under the city's ranked-choice voting system, with the city to begin sorting second- and potentially third-choice votes Wednesday [3 Nov] morning. Nezhad and Knuth were both near 20%.

same day Final round confirmation, 2 Nov
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 10:53:35 PM EST
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eh?, 3 Nov
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 10:57:47 PM EST
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USATodaysplainin Some Supreme Court justices skeptical of Texas abortion law, "procedural options"
A majority of the Supreme Court appeared to be skeptical Monday of Texas' six-week abortion ban, with several justices questioning whether states could use similar laws to restrict gun ownership or the freedom of religion.
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At issue is Texas' unusual enforcement mechanism, which has generated a debate about whether federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have jurisdiction to step in. That has prompted opponents of the law to argue that Democratic-leaning states could use a similar mechanism to shut down other constitutional rights precious to conservatives within their borders.
wut
Associate Justice Brett KAVANAUGH, pointing to a brief from a prominent gun rights group that is supporting the abortion clinics, pressed attorneys for Texas on why other states wouldn't copy its enforcement mechanism to avoid federal court review of such laws. The response: Those affected by the state law could seek help from Congress.
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Chief Justice John ROBERTS also pressed attorneys for Texas on the implications of its law and whether it would undermine constitutional rights accepted by the nation's highest court. What if a state, he asked, permitted citizens to sue anyone selling a gun and allowed them to collect up to $1 million in damages?
wut
But several of the court's conservatives, led by Associate Justice Samuel SCALITO, questioned whether state court officials could be sued. Supreme Court precedent sets a high bar -- impossible to clear, some argue -- for federal courts to block state judges from hearing a case.
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Associate Justice Neil GORSUCH seemed to favor allowing the lawsuits to play out in state court, where abortion clinics could defend the procedure under Supreme Court precedent. Those cases could then ultimately be appealed back to the Supreme Court.
What was the question?

archived Clash of Titans AWKWARD!

by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 01:11:39 AM EST
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Politico "hot takes"
Two Trump-appointed justices, [RAPIST] Kavanaugh and [the Anti-RBG], surprised Supreme Court watchers on Monday by sounding receptive to the arguments that opponents have leveled against Texas' NOVEL! abortion ban.
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Roe wasn't on the table, but justices see it around the bend
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Two competing parades of horribles
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Did the Texas case scramble the court's usual ideological alignment?
< rolls eyes >
Justice Clarence Thomas, often considered the court's most stalwart conservative, also offered up queries that were in ["]tension with his expected take["] on the case. Thomas repeatedly compared the Texas statute to a type of state law known as a "private attorney general" law, in which private parties can step in to enforce state laws. Thomas' analogy [sic] seemed to suggest that the clinics might have grounds to get federal courts to stop private individuals from suing under S.B. 8 because they could be considered to have been deputized [sic] as state actors, akin [NO] to a [sworn] police officer or prosecutor.
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Congress gets called on the carpet
archived I don't deal with hypotheticals
Justices battle over hypotheticals vs. reality on the ground
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 02:46:32 AM EST
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I mean what I say when I say it.
Federal contractors can use their discretion in deciding how to handle an employee who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to guidance released by the White House on Monday.
+ Vaccine and Safety Protocols NEW!
+ Workplaces
+ Scope and Applicability of Task Force Guidance for Federal Contractors NEW!
+ Compliance NEW!
+ Onsite Contractor Employees and Workplace Safety < recless eyeballin'> Protocols
If a government contractor's employee refuses to get vaccinated and does not have a pending request for an accommodation, there is no one protocol for the employer to follow. The administration suggests counseling and education, followed by additional disciplinary measures, if necessary. Firing an unvaccinated employee should occur only after additional noncompliance, the White House says.
Nothing will fundamentally change.

archived EO 14042 "contract-like instruments"

by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 01:32:21 AM EST
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19 states sue Biden administration over COVID vaccine rule EO 14042, EO 14043, 30 Oct
AK, AR, IA, IA, MO, MT, NE, NH, ND, SD, WY, GA, AL, ID, KS, SC, UT, WV, FL, and TX = 20
wut: "The Democratic Party of Georgia called the lawsuit a 'dangerous political stunt.'"
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 01:50:18 AM EST
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To the list of states' litigation objecting to he constitutional basis of EO 14042 and EO 14043, collectively identified by MSM as Biden's "mandate," and OSHA regulations to that effect published last week in the Federal Register, add Louisiana (LA).

[5th Circuit] Court freezes Biden's COVID-19 mandate

The Petition for Review of Occupational Safety and Health Administration Emergency Temporary Standard went before U.S. Fifth Circuit Judges Jones, Duncan, and Engelhardt, who issued the emergency order "pending expedited judicial review."

Filed Friday by Louisiana Secretary of State Jeff Landry, the lawsuit claims the mandate exceeds the administration's legal authority and conflicts with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

20 + 7?
27 states have filed lawsuits in several circuits to challenge the rule.
The Court, however, did not publish today's opinion, and the order addressed only the ["]emergency order["].
[Anti-RBG] offers path forward for beleaguered ["use of the emergency docket" FKA ] shadow docket
The order requires the federal government to respond to the lawsuit by 5 p.m. Monday, and that Landry file any reply by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

To the list of authoritarian rulings by "one of the most ideologically conservative federal appeals courts", add vindication of US freelance/gig/blog reporters FKA citizen journalists who contested the exclusive use of press credentials by corporate publishers.
[5th Circuit of] Appeals court sides with citizen journalist jailed for asking questions
In which the professional is hard pressed to finger the villains by ideologically objectionable race or gender "leanings".

While Villarreal said she got the names from a Laredo police officer, Texas law makes it a Class 3 felony to seek and receive information from an official that has not yet been made available to the public. The statute was later found to be unconstitutional, and the criminal charges were dropped.
[...]
"If that is not an obvious violation of the Constitution, it's hard to imagine what would be. And as the Supreme Court has repeatedly held, public officials are not entitled to qualified immunity for obvious violations of the Constitution."
by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 12:19:15 AM EST
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BST Holdings et al. v OSHA et al, 6 Nov,  Before Jones, Duncan, and Engelhardt opinion and order FKA per curiam
by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 04:27:30 PM EST
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Federal appeals court affirms stay on Biden vaccine mandate Executive Order 14043 for businesses
Last week a different publisher described Biden's "mandate" as law unlimited in scope of its authority and effects. Nothing could be further from a true statement except ubiquitous and invidious beliefs among its readers that the US Congress alone does not create U.S.C., obedient and lawful "private persons" are not "state actors," an "Axis of Amici" is an enemy of "liberal" government, Russia interfered in US "democratic processes," and China invaded the Republic of China yesterday.

Similarly, this report is afflicted with annoying AP Style Guide clichés, the employment of which expresses generalizable disregard for or editorial ignorance of the US judiciary ahem "structures" of "due process" which cannot be simply stapled to one "politicizing" adversary. See which you notice, whether or not you have actually read the hot 490 pp mess o' regulatory instructions (C.F.R.) which OSHA published to "deputize" private persons or have mapped US Constitution, Art III, federal courts' trial and circuit jurisdictions--incidentally, established by the US Congress.

The ruling comes after the New Orleans-based[!] appeals court[!] issued a stay on [sic] the order[!] last Saturday. ...
What was the question?

reference
BST Holdings , L.L.C.; RV Trosclair, L.L.C.; Trosclair Airline, L.L.C.; Trosclair Almonaster, L.L.C.; Trosclair and Sons, L.L.C.; Trosclair ; Trosclair, Incorporated; Trosclair Carrollton, L.L.C.; Trosclair Claiborne, L.L.C.; Trosclair Donaldsonville, L.L.C.; Trosclair Houma, L.L.C.; Trosclair Judge Perez, L.L.C.; Trosclair Lake Forest, L.L.C.; Trosclair Morrison, L.L.C.; Trosclair Paris, L.L.C.; Trosclair Terry, L.L.C.; Trosclair Williams, L.L.C.; Ryan Dailey; Jasand Gamble; Christopher L. Jones; David John Loschen; Samuel Albert Reyna; Kip Stovall; Answers in Genesis, Incorporated; American Family Association, Incorporated; Burnett Specialists; Choice Staffing,L.L.C.; Staff Force, Incorporated; Leadingedge Personnel, Limited; State of Texas; HT Staffing, Limited; doing business as HT Group; The State of Louisiana; Cox Operating, L.L.C.; Dis-Tran Steel, L.L.C.; Dis-Tran Packaged Substations, L.L.C.; Beta Engineering, L.L.C. Optimal Field Services, L.L.C.; The State of Mississippi; Gulf Coast Restaurant Group, Incorporated; The State of South Carolina; The State of Utah; Word of God Fellowship, Incorporated, doing business as Daystar Television Network
v.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United States Department of Labor; Martin J. Walsh, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Douglas Parker, in his Official Capacity as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

petition to the 5th Circuit, opinion and procedural order (22 pp), granted 12 Nov 2021

Enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard"22 remains STAYED pending adequate judicial review of the petitioners' underlying motions for a permanent injunction.23 In addition, IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OSHA take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.
archived The Dictator and the Decider
by Cat on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 04:14:55 PM EST
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Whether Congress could enact such a sweeping mandate under its interstate commerce power would pose a hard question. See NFIB v. Sebelius, 567 U.S. 519, 549-61 (2012). Whether OSHA can do so does not.
by Cat on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 04:18:48 PM EST
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We have been living under this 18th Century experimental Constitution for a long time past its "best by" date. Maybe the US should be one country, or maybe it should be three countries, but it pretty clearly should not be 54 or so countries.
by asdf on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 04:49:18 PM EST
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... proof 27 countries 🇪🇺 doesn't work either 😖
by Oui on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 05:09:00 PM EST
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JOHN DOES 1-3, ET AL. v. JANET T. MILLS, GOVERNOR OF MAINE, ET AL., 1st Cir, on application to "path forward" FKA "emergency order" FKA shadow docket FKA injunctive relief
The application for injunctive relief presented to JUSTICE BREYER and by him referred to the Court is denied. JUSTICE BARRETT, with whom JUSTICE KAVANAUGH joins, concurring in the denial of application for injunctive relief.
Were the standard otherwise, applicants could use the emergency docket to force the Court to give a merits preview in cases that it would be unlikely to take--and to do so on a short fuse without benefit of full briefing and oral argument.
JUSTICE GORSUCH, with whom JUSTICE THOMAS and JUSTICE ALITO join, dissenting from the denial of application for injunctive relief.
archived "You can't handle Due Process"
by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 04:48:50 PM EST
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[District ct] Judge Halts Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers Nationwide
"Therefore, the scope of this injunction will be nationwide, except for the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, since these ten states are already under a preliminary injunction order dated November 29, 2021, out of the Eastern District of Missouri," Doughty ruled. "This preliminary injunction shall remain in effect pending the final resolution of this case, or until further orders from this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court."
You may be wondering why a 5th Cir district judge agrees with pleadings on the matter by attys general in four (4) different circuits: 9th (AL), 8th (AK, IA, MO, NE, ND, SD), 10th (KS), and 1st (NH).
by Cat on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 05:16:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 05:02:19 PM EST
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Appeals court slows Jan. 6 committee's effort to access Trump White House records, D.C. Cir. non-emergency "shadow" docket
The composition of the appeals court panel is likely to hearten House investigators. The order issued on Thursday indicates that, in addition to [Ketanji Brown Jackson] Jackson, the panel includes Judges Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins, who were appointed by former President Barack Obama to the court.
[...]
"The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the court's jurisdiction to address appellant's claims of executive privilege and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits," the order said.
Democrat-appointed appellate panel pauses release of Trump White House records ahead of Friday deadline

reference
Trump (appellant) v Thompson
archived Marbury v status quo

by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 09:35:11 PM EST
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Steve Bannon Surrenders to FBI on Contempt of Congress Charges: 'We're Taking Down the Biden Regime'
The 67-year-old was indicted last week on two counts of criminal contempt: one for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee's subpoena. Bannon may now face up to two years in prison if convicted on both counts.
[...]
Donald Trump has previously slammed the indictment against his former adviser, saying "this country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon," warning that "they are looking to do it to others, also."
Donziger be, like, See what I'm sayin?
by Cat on Mon Nov 15th, 2021 at 05:59:40 PM EST
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APsplainin Tennesse DIY regulations
SPRAWLING legislation against COVID-19 prevention measures is awaiting Gov. Bill Lee's [R] decision on whether sign on to efforts to UNDERCUT[?] vaccine requirements, mask mandates and more.
case rate surveillance, mandatory PPE, permissible exemptions, local authorities, commercial prerogatives, unemployment benefits, state quarantine commission, public paperien prohibition
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 02:31:35 AM EST
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not Austria
SWEEPING restrictions on Covid-19 safety measures become law in Tennessee
[Governor Bill]Lee declined* to sign one bill, which grants the governor "exclusive jurisdiction to issue orders and directives regarding county health departments during a pandemic;" gives county mayors the authority to issue orders regarding the health and safety of county residents; and vests the state health commissioner with the exclusive authority to quarantine people or businesses for Covid-19 exposure.
archived COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY et al. [ID, KS, OH, OK, TN, WV] v OSHA et al., 6th Cir

* DYK Some states' constitutions stipulate enactment of an enrolled bill (passed by both chambers) upon expiration of deadline for executive signature? MD is one such state; yet dead letter activism, demand for Maglev's signature on fait accompli, is a "thing" because, well, Deciders legislate, don't they? And of course veto overrides are quaint memories.

by Cat on Sun Nov 14th, 2021 at 05:57:11 PM EST
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WNAVspainin EO 14043 "contract-like instruments, not that Newport, the other one (4th Cir)
Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters had said on Tuesday that their contracts with the [US] Navy "do not include a requirement to implement the mandate," but they were still monitoring the "fluid situation," and if the mandate were to be required by contract, the company would move forward accordingly. The original mandate required shipyard employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8, and that was pushed back to Jan. 4 before ultimately being suspended.
by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 10:28:08 PM EST
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CNBC Digest | Businesses have until after the holidays to implement Biden Covid vaccine mandate EO 14042

The newly released rules, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] under the Labor Department, apply to businesses with 100 or more employees.
  • Businesses have until Jan. 4 to make sure their workers have received the shots necessary to be fully vaccinated.
  • All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by Dec. 5 and provide a negative Covid test on a weekly basis after the January deadline, according to the requirements.
  • Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts.
[...]
It's unclear whether the mandates will survive legal challenges. OSHA emergency safety standards have a mixed track record in court. Before the pandemic, the agency had not issued an emergency standard since 1983. Courts have postponed or fully overturned four of the 10 emergency safety standards issued by OSHA in its 50-year history. A fifth was partially vacated.

490 pp OSHA pdfhttps://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/federalregister/1983-11-04-0 | COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard

PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER.
Compliance dates: Compliance dates for specific provisions are in 29 CFR 1910.501(m).
Comments: Written comments, including comments on any aspect of this ETS and whether this ETS should become a final rule, must be submitted by [INSERT DATE This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/05/2021 and available online at federalregister.gov/d/2021-23643, and on govinfo.gov 30 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER] in Docket No. OSHA-2021-0007.
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 03:44:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 02:25:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 02:52:26 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 02:15:58 PM EST
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Wait what? FDA wants 55 years to process FOIA request over vaccine data, 18 Nov
If a federal judge in Texas agrees, plaintiffs Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency can expect to see the full record [329,000 pp] in 2076.
[...]
The plaintiffs, a group of more than 30 professors and scientists from universities including Yale, Harvard, UCLA and Brown, filed suit in September in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeking expedited access to the records. They say that releasing the information could help reassure vaccine skeptics that the shot is indeed "safe and effective and, thus, increase confidence in the Pfizer vaccine." [BWAH!]

But the FDA can't simply turn the documents over wholesale. The records must be reviewed to redact "confidential business and trade secret information of Pfizer[-]BioNTech and personal privacy information of patients who participated in clinical trials," wrote DOJ lawyers in a joint status report filed Monday.

by Cat on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 04:27:56 AM EST
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GAO: State had 'inconsistent' pricing for COVID-19 repatriation flights
The report, which was published on Tuesday, looked at the State Department's efforts, under the former TRUMP administration, to repatriate more than 100,000 Americans who were stranded abroad during the chaotic first weeks of the pandemic outbreak in March 2020.
archived The U.S. embassy offered him a $1,100 seat on a charter flight, he said., 29 Jan 2020
The State Department is required by federal law to charge individuals for repatriation costs, with travelers typically signing a "promissory note" [?!] agreeing to pay the cost of the flight at a later time.

The State Department did not require promissory notes  or charge for flights when carrying out its mass evacuation of more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan in August.

oh
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 06:35:15 PM EST
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wut: "'The fact that we found several different SARS-CoV-2 lineages circulating within geographically confined herds across [IOWA] suggests the occurrence of multiple independent spillover events from humans to deer, followed by local deer-to-deer transmission," Vivek said."
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 06:55:49 PM EST
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To "equivalate" and "Delta variant of Trump" have entered the room.
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 12:51:41 PM EST
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Biden says $450K payments to families each person separated at southern border are 'not going to happen'
Biden's comments on Wednesday drew ire from immigration advocates like ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, who said Biden might have not been up to speed on the Justice Department's actions as it "carefully deliberated and considered the crimes committed [BY WHOM?] against thousands of families separated from their children as an intentional governmental policy [sic]."
archived ultimate parens patria: Pitman, Mitch O'Bama School of Law, Austin Div. of US v Texass
But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a core campaign promise[?!] to do justice for the thousands of separated families," Romero said. "We respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions 'criminal' in a debate [BWAH!] with then-President TRUMP, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the TRUMP administration. We call on President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy."
Why stop at 2017 if ya can recruit plaintiffs from 1900?
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 01:36:59 PM EST
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archived social science assets, Alien Tort Act, Segregation by Citizenship, Biden privately tells lawmakers not to expect much on reparations legislation, 80%, 73%, or 71% of US Americans oppose reparations for descendants of US slaves?

sooooo, Sputnik pokes the hornet nest without poking any hornets.

Centre for Immigration Studies: Why Many Americans Find the Idea of Cash Payments to Illegals [aliens] Offensive

"It's important to note that the 'reason' for the proposal is because illegal alien parents were separated from their children when crossing the US border without authority, which is a crime for which they were prosecuted", the retired ICE official explains. "This allegedly caused 'trauma' for which they should be compensated".
slide rule account of injured parties (parents and minors --excluding "Dreamers") proffered by HRW and ACLU ...
[T]hese observations are missing the point, according to the former law enforcement agent:

"Consider that when an American citizen who happens to be a parent is arrested and convicted of a crime, he or she is routinely separated from his/her children and family", Cadman says. "Is that any less traumatic for those family members? Of course not. But no rational person would suggest providing them cash payouts because of the criminal misconduct of the parent serving time in prison".

The whole idea of compensation for the situation stemming from illegal border breaches is ill-conceived, according to the ex-ICE officer. "It is beyond belief that the Biden Justice Department would even engage in negotiations to award cash payouts for a prior administration's willingness to enforce this country's immigration laws", he notes.

Indeed ...

reference
EO 13841, "Affording Congress an Opportunity To Address Family Separation" (20 June 2018) is a funny way to spell "zero policy" at the nadir of uhhh under-reported Obama cages and deportations, Jan 2009-Dec 2016, and roughly 36 years of the odious toying remedies available to  aging, actually resident "children crossing the US border without authority"

btw, Has anyone beside me noticed, DOJ's proposed class settlement guarantees plaintiffs' attys 33% off the top? Now that's no congress, no jury, professional courtesy and incentive so obscene, no one would dare object to it.

by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 03:55:23 AM EST
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Supreme Court Sides With Trump Administration In Asylum Cases, 25 June 2020
Two of the court's liberal justices -- Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg --agreed that Thuraissigiam's removal order was proper but said that the opinion's reasoning and language swept too broadly.
reference DHS v Thuraissigiam

Justices unanimously rule against asylum seekers on question of credibility, 1 June 2021

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the federal government in a dispute over when federal courts can treat asylum seekers' testimony as credible. In a unanimous opinion in the consolidated cases of Garland v. Dai and Garland v. Alcaraz-Enriquez, the court rejected the approach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which had previously taken asylum seekers' testimony as credible when reviewing cases where immigration courts were silent on applicants' credibility. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court.
reference Garland v Ming Dai

APsplainin Supreme Court orders 'Remain in Mexico' policy reinstated, 24 Aug 2021

The three dissenting justices, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, did not write an opinion expressing their views of the case.
reference
8 CFR 235.5
DHS | Section 235 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 24 Jan 2019
Federal Register | Designating Aliens for Expedited Removal, 23 July 2019
-- Wolf (DHS) v Innovation Law Lab, application for stay granted 11 Mar 2020
-- Mayorkas (DHS) v Innovation Law Lab, cert granted 19 Oct 2020
-- Mayorkas (DHS) v. Innovation Law Lab, Feb 2021
-- Biden v Texass, application for stay denied 24 Aug 2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection | Migrant Protection Protocols FY2021
by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 03:53:09 PM EST
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Biden adding COVID-19 vaccines to 'Remain in Mexico'
Two government officials told Axios that migrants seeking asylum will be offered COVID-19 vaccines, though they cannot legally be required to receive them. It is unclear at what point in their asylum process they will be offered the immunization.
[...]
Axios noted that the implementation of [Title 42] is contingent upon the Mexican government's cooperation.

"In compliance with the [Supreme] court order, we are working to reimplement [Migrant Protection Protocols] MPP as promptly as possible," DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa told the news outlet.

"We cannot do so until we have the independent agreement from the Government of Mexico to accept those we seek to enroll in MPP," Espinosa added. "We will communicate to the court, and to the public, the timing of reimplement when we are prepared to do so."

archived Title 42: Concerns About Spread of [SARS-Cov-2 OMICRON] Rise as Another Migrant Caravan [FLEES to US, UK] - Report in Medical Oath of Hippocrates, AstraZeneca loans, protests
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 08:24:30 PM EST
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Hillicon Valley -- Immigrants being put in surveillance programs
The number of ["]migrants["] being monitored under a surveillance program launched as an alternative to traditional detention facilities has grown astronomically during the Biden administration.

A record 136,026 immigrants are now being monitored under Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), up from 86,000 at the beginning of the year. That growth has alarmed critics who say ["]the program["]

FKA pre-trial release and probation electronic GPS monitoring and Home Detention (for convicted persons)
causes mental and physical harm to immigrants every suspect in the US penal system while doing little to divert them away from ICE's brick-and-mortar facilities.
Take a number.
Sincerely, 2.2M US federal and state inmates

reference
2012
Would You Like An Ankle Bracelet With That? Winners and Losers in Electronic Monitoring

Founded in the late 1970s and recently bought out by private-prison powerhouse the GEO Group, this Colorado-based firm has contracts with some nine hundred law enforcement and corrections agencies across the country. In 2009, BI Incorporated signed a five-year contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for $372 million to provide ankle bracelets for 27,000 people awaiting immigration hearings. Clearly, a winner in this game.
2013
APsplainin | Some ankle bracelet alarms go unchecked
"'They're glad to be in the free world, albeit tethered, rather than in prison,' [Florida U prof. Bill] Bales said. The key to making the devices work, he and other experts said, is to figure out how best to process the immense amounts of information they generate."
2019
How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt
For as long as he would wear it, he would be required to pay $10 a day to a private company, Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services, or EMASS. Just to get the monitor attached, he would have to report to EMASS and pay $300 up front -- enough to cover the first 25 days, plus a $50 installation fee.
"On any given day in America, half a million people who have not been convicted of a crime are jailed because they cannot afford to pay bail."
More than 125,000 people in the criminal-justice system were supervised with monitors in 2015, compared with just 53,000 people in 2005, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Although no current national tally is available, data from several cities -- Austin, Texas; Indianapolis; Chicago; and San Francisco -- show that this number continues to rise. Last December, the First Step Act, which includes provisions for home detention, was signed into law by President Donald Trump with support from the private prison giants GEO Group and CoreCivic.
[...]
When individuals pay EMASS $10 a day for their own supervision, it costs the city nothing. A 2014 study [of fees] by NPR and the Brennan Center found that, with the exception of Hawaii, every state required people to pay at least part of the costs associated with GPS monitoring.
2020
Matt Dennis owns A2I, an ankle monitoring company
"Depending on the type of release, if the judge released him or her on an ROR, there's more restrictions. We don't have full arrest powers," says Dennis.

2021
Baltimore County eliminates Home Monitoring fees
"As a result of court closures and trial delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals who are awaiting trial have been placed on home monitoring for much longer than usual [not really] - and therefore subject to fees for much longer."
by Cat on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 06:35:44 PM EST
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ver 1, Temporary immigration protections for millions pass the House
"The bill would draw on "parole in place" authorities to allow an estimated 6.5 million immigrants, according to the CBO, who have lived in the U.S. since January 2011 to apply for five-year work permits and relief from deportation."

ver 2, Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill
"The provision approved by the House offers a sort of waiver < wipes tears > to immigration laws, using a process known as parole to allow people to stay in the country for five years with the option to extend for another five years thereafter."

reference
parole (US-Eng)

by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 09:25:37 PM EST
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APsplainin OBSCURE US laws
In the stark terms of the government, it ["]signaled["] her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal[?] meaning. Even though they were going through the naturalization process, it meant the family did not belong are foreign nationals, or citizens of a nation other than USA, seeking US Constitutional protection.
The A-word; not that one, the other one.
Using "alien" to describe those persons who are not U.S. citizens has a long history, dating to the nation's first federal naturalization law, passed while George Washington was president. Fearing [?!] a war with France, Congress also passed the [Alien Tort Act of 1789 and Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, which sought to suppress ["]political subversion["].
French, British, and fugitive US slave collaborators FLEEING the 7 Years War d/b/a "editors of Democratic-Republican newspapers"
An ["]analysis["] by The Associated Press (which doesn't refer to people as "aliens" except in direct quotes) found that more than a dozen states [and US Code] still use the terms "alien" or "illegal" in statutes referring to immigrants persons seeking lawful or unlawful, respectively, entry, residence, and public charge from the several states.
[INCONTINENCE ALERT]
After fleeing violence in El Salvador, she spent roughly 16 months in an immigration detention center in California before arriving at a refugee home in Texas in 2016. She was determined to find a job while she sought asylum but had lost her work visa after her protected status expired.

Dardon, 54, blames the ankle monitor she was required to wear and the description of immigrants with terms such as "illegal" for a job search marked by rejection after rejection. One specific moment remains frozen in her memory.
[...]
"I would ask myself and God why I was given an ankle monitor if my only sin [stain! accident!] was to go to a country that was not my own," said Dardon, whose immigration case remains pending. "Without Latinos [or Hispanic persons!], this country would spiral downwards. < wipes tears > That's why we should be treated better."

by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 12:19:27 AM EST
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"when George Washington was president"
Session II, March 26, 1790, Chap. III, 1 Stat [page] 103
hat any [a-word] being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof, on application to any common law court of record, in any one of the states wherein he[!] shall have resided for the term of one year at least, an making proof to the satisfaction of such court, that he is a person of good character, and taking the oath or affirmation prescribed by law, to support the constitution of the United States, which oath or affirmation such court shall administer; and the clerk of such court shall record such application, and the proceedings thereon...And the children of such person so naturalized, dwelling with the United States, being under the age of twenty-one years at the time of such naturalization ...And the children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States shall be considered as natural born citizens: Provided also, That no person heretofore proscribed by any state, shall be admitted a citizen as aforesaid, except by an act of the legislature of the state in which such person was proscribed. (a)
Always read the footnotes.
(a) This act was repealed by an act passed January 29, 1795. The acts relating to naturalization subsequent to the act of March 26, 1790, have been: "An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and to repeal the acts heretofore passed on that subject" ...[repealed and replaced 1790-2005]
ArtI.S8.C4.1.1 Naturalization Power: Overview
Naturalization has been defined by the Supreme Court as the act of adopting a foreigner, and clothing him with the privileges of a native citizen. In the Dred Scott case, the Court asserted that the power of Congress under this clause applies only to persons born in a foreign country, under a foreign Government
wut
Congress's power over naturalization is an exclusive power; no state has the independent power to constitute a foreign subject a citizen of the United States. But power to naturalize [a-word]  under federal standards may be, and was early, devolved by Congress upon state courts of record. And though the states may not prescribe requirements for citizenship, they may confer rights, including political rights, to resident [a-word].
wut
Citizenship by naturalization is a privilege to be given or withheld as Congress may determine: It is not within the province of the courts to make bargains with those who seek naturalization. They must accept the grant and take the oath in accordance with the terms fixed by the law, or forego the privilege of citizenship. There is no middle choice. This interpretation makes of the naturalization power the only power granted in §8 of Article I that is unrestrained by constitutional limitations on its exercise. Thus, the first naturalization act enacted by the first Congress restricted naturalization to free white person[s], which was expanded in 1870 so that persons of African ["]nativity["] and . . . descent were entitled to be naturalized. Chinese laborers were specifically excluded from eligibility in 1882, and the courts enforced these provisions without any indication that constitutional issues were thereby raised.
archived The Lost Century of American Immigration Law (1776-1875)
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 09:52:47 PM EST
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Dueling 'SALT' [TAX CUT] in play as Democrats try to close budget deal
$400K < HH income > $550K p.a., given median 2020 HH income CENSUS | Income and Poverty in the United States
Median household income was $67,521 in 2020, a decrease of 2.9 percent from the 2019 median of $69,560 (Figure 1 and Table A-1). This is the first statistically significant decline in median household income since 2011.
and HUD lifts 2021 median HH income to $79,900, based on RRE market value.
Last year HUD discussed considering a change that would replace the CBO forecast with the
economic forecast of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), beginning with the calculation of the FY 2021 Medians. This OMB forecast would have matched the economic assumptions used in the calculation of HUD median family income estimates with assumptions used in the formulation of the [BIDEN] Administration's Budget and with the economic assumptions used in the calculation of Fair Market Rents (FMRs). However, the OMB economic assumptions were not used in the calculation of the FY 2021 FMRs. CBO forecast assumptions were used because they were based on more recent economic data that measured early economic impacts of the pandemic. HUD will still consider using OMB forecasts instead of CBO forecasts next year
and possibly NEW! "synthetic" ACS data.
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 05:42:05 PM EST
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$400K < HH income < $550K p.a.
NB. HUD "calculation" of real and imagined median, ergo FPL basis FY 2021, is for the purpose of increasing households' eligibility for Sect.8 rent subsidy.
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 06:08:43 PM EST
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Showdown! is the theme of tonight's House vote starring Miss Nancy and Ms Jayapal.
"Pelosi said, I have Speaker's secret whip count."

meanwhile ...

by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 12:23:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 12:51:07 PM EST
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with unspecified amdts and returned to the House "to provide for reconciliation".

H.R.5376, Joe's Build Back Better Act, A/K/A "social spending" budget bill, has yet to pass either chamber.

< checks watch >

Takesgiving recess arrives in two weeks.

by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 01:15:33 PM EST
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ROLL CALL 369, INVEST in America Act: 228, 206
feat. Bowman, Bush, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib, O-Cortez NAY

House sends infrastructure bill to Biden without budget vote or CBO score, a narrative

The House vote was 228-206, with 13 Republicans backing it despite GOP leadership whipping against the bill. All but six Democrats voted for the measure, despite the House not voting in tandem on the larger budget reconciliation package as progressives had demanded for months. Instead, Democrats were forced to accept a vote to adopt the rule that sets debate parameters on the reconciliation bill as a sign of progress on that measure.
[...]
Progressives, led by Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., initially vowed not to vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the reconciliation package had passed the House and Senate amid concerns that moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona wouldn't support it.
[...]
Ultimately, five of the six moderates put out a joint statement saying they would vote for the reconciliation package as soon as they get the CBO score "but in no event later than the week of November 15th."
archived Mon Jun 28th, 2021
by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 01:51:36 PM EST
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House passes budget package after cost concerns abate, $2.2 trillion package
The $80,000 cap would stay in place through 2030, then snap back to $10,000 in 2031 before expiring. The current $10,000 cap expires after 2025 under current law, but Democrats decided to extend the life of the cap to avoid adding costs to the bill.
Orwell called: tax revenue (CASH IN)--either foregone or collected--is not a cost (CASH OUT).
The provision is expected to raise $14.8 billion over the decade, but in the first five years it would cut taxes by nearly $230 billion.

That's quite a discrepancy!
by Cat on Fri Nov 19th, 2021 at 04:11:57 PM EST
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Biden will temporarily hand power to Harris during [his colonoscopy]
Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the morning to congratulate her on the House passing his signature $1.7 trillion spending [CASH OUT] package earlier in the day.
by Cat on Fri Nov 19th, 2021 at 04:16:49 PM EST
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House approves $1.85 trillion spending bill to expand social programs
"The Build Back Better Act marks a significant milestone for Democrats two weeks after enactment of the similarly massive $1.2 trillion bill focused on infrastructure."
archived Mon Jun 28th, 2021 top line shrinkage from $6T to (checks notes) ...
by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 03:45:41 AM EST
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Justice Department sues Texas over voting restrictions
The DOJ's lawsuit filed against Texas Secretary of State John Scott in San Antonio federal court argues that provisions of Senate Bill 1 "deny eligible voters meaningful assistance in the voting booth." The federal government says these barriers placed in front of voters violate Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act, which allows voters with a disability to receive assistance from a person of their choice.
meanwhile...
New York voters reject 3 ballot propositions backed by Democrats
At least two of these rejected ballot proposals, which deal with voting changes, are heavily backed by Democrats across the country and Democrats outnumber Republicans in New York by more than 2 to 1.
Q1, Q3, Q4 are state constitutional amendments. Q2 is Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment
The first ballot proposal would have made changes to the redistricting process.
[...]
The third ballot proposal would have allowed lawmakers to pass a bill so there could be same day voter registration.
[...]
And the fourth ballot proposal would have allowed anyone to request an absentee ballot.
ahhhahaha, without restriction as to reason
New York has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country, so ballot proposals three and four would have let the state join at least 20 other states that have more expansive voting right laws.
sooo, What happened to Ballot Proposal #2?
(statewide) 60.8% YES, 20.45% NO, 11.69% BLANK; by NYC (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond) county? all on board YES.
by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 05:50:44 PM EST
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Vaccine refusals in intelligence agencies raise GOP concerns, according to Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah
Citing information that he said had been provided to the House Intelligence Committee but not released publicly, Stewart said several intelligence agencies had at least 20% of their workforce unvaccinated as of late October. In some agencies, as many as 40% are unvaccinated, Stewart said. He declined to identify the agencies because full information on vaccination rates was classified.
< wipes tears >
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined several requests to provide figures for the intelligence community. The office also would not say what contingency plans are in place in case officers are taken off work due to not complying with the mandate EO 14943.
by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 01:19:13 AM EST
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APsplainin something
On Monday, the Supreme Court justices sounded less convinced that the Justice Department lawsuit against Texas over its abortion law should go forward. Justice Elena Kagan suggested that a ruling instead in favor of the providers would allow the court to avoid difficult issues of federal power.
Is that true? Does this article substantially represent any injury in fact, petition, remedy, or arguments delivered to SCOTUS?

reference 1 Nov 2021
US v Texass
ORAL ARGUMENTS, audio (EN) 01:27:35
ORAL ARGUMENTS, transcript (EN) 107 pp

incidentally, Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson WHO?
ORAL ARGUMENTS, audio (EN) 01:23:10
ORAL ARGUMENTS, transcript (EN) 101 pp

by Cat on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 06:33:16 PM EST
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"racial gerrymandering" UPDATES "partisan gerrymandering"
Michigan redistricting commission is done mapping, plans to adopt final maps next
TMichigan's redistricting commission advanced new maps to a comment period required before a final vote, with some proposing minor tweaks to earlier draft maps and others making major changes such as the restoration of majority-Black districts where the group had previously eliminated them.
[...]
The new maps leave largely unchanged the partisan fairness scores based on election data from the past decade. Some maps drive down the GOP advantage slightly compared with the first set of maps, while other maps saw the party's advantage grow.
[...]
Republicans, including state House Speaker Jason Wentworth, have accused the commission of breaking up communities of interest to achieve partisan fairness. They expressed concerns about districts that split up municipalities and counties, arguing those places are ["]communities of interest["].
[...]
The maps can be viewed at michigan.gov/micrc under "Proposed Maps." The page links to an interactive map with a public comment tool, as well as criteria data that includes information on the racial demographic makeup of the districts and their partisan fairness scores based on compiled election results from the past decade.

archived Fri Apr 26th, 2019
by Cat on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 01:58:45 AM EST
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Segregation is alive! ALIVE! I tell yoouse.
most ignorant, litigious nation on planet REPORTS
It's a pattern playing out in other states, too. While much of the nation's population growth over the past decade came in ["]minority communities["], advocates say they are not seeing their potential influence over House elections grow as well.

"You have states that have drawn maps that failed to create additional ["]majority Black or Latinx districts["] statewide that fairly reflect the voting strength of those communities," said Sophia Lin Lakin, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project. "That's true despite the demographic changes in those states."

wut
Under the federal Voting Rights Act, congressional and state legislative maps can include districts where identifiable minority communities have a greater opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.
[...]
Last week, a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center argued that Alabama had "packed" the Black population into the district of Rep. Terri A. Sewell and "cracked" the remaining voters among three other districts in the state to ["]dilute their power["].
sum of crazy US "one man, one vote" fallacies
Jason Torchinsky, a GOP lawyer who handles redistricting cases, said mapmakers face a bind in VRA cases.

"If they consider race, when they're not required to by the law, then they get accused of engaging in intentional racial discrimination. If they don't consider race enough, and they fail to draw ["]majority-minority["] districts where they had to, they get accused of violating Section Two of the Voting Rights Act," Torchinsky said, referring to how lawmakers have to draw maps for ["]minority communities["].

"they were the employee that Netflix fired last month"
by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 04:17:32 PM EST
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Butterfield, whose district had been 44 percent Black [PLUS] 9 percent Hispanic [or Latino?] and reelected him with [≠] 55 percent of the vote in November, called the new map "racially gerrymandered" [BWAH!] in his retirement announcement. "It will disadvantage African American communities all across the 1st Congressional District," he said.

North Carolina, which already faces a federal lawsuit alleging the mapmaking process violated the Voting Rights Act for failing to consider the racial demographics of voters [FALSE], was not covered [TRUE] in the old Voting Rights Act preclearance regime. However, the state's maps would have been [sic] covered by some aspects of Democratic attempts to revamp the 1965 law. [FALSE]

25 years from enactment of the John Lewis John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement bill, which has not occurred

Shelby v Fast and Furious, 2013 SCOTUS opinion and order

by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 04:54:36 PM EST
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a failure to communicate
Definitions can be submitted by anyone with an email address and most are not the actual meaning of words or terms, but a user's own experience.
by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 05:07:58 PM EST
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a failure to communicate
"Philadelphia parents who don't speak [US-]English say they've long been excluded from parts of their children's education because of language barriers", possibly "US-based" Urban Dictionary users.
by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 09:12:34 PM EST
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a failure to communicate.

Ex-employee sues Sony PlayStation, alleges gender sex discrimination

The employee, Emma Majo, an ex-IT security analyst at PlayStation, said she was fired from the gaming giant after speaking up about "discrimination against females," according to the lawsuit [Mayo v. Sony Interactive, LLC]
1 Throught this Complaint, "female" employees is intentended to refer to those individuals who were designated as female at birth and those who identify as female; individuals who "identify as female" can be ascertain by, among other things [like anatomical sex], pronouns [like they/their/them?] listed in email signature lines or other work documents.
[...]
ln/66. Sony has managers (e.g. Yu Sugita) who will not be alone in a room with a female with the door closed; if Plaintiff went into a room with Sugita and a male colleague then Sugita would only speak to the male colleague. It would be as if Plaintiff was not even in the room.

ln/67. Eventually Plaintiff realized that if she really wanted something done, she need to send the request [by male ha.ha.] because if Plaintiff communicated directly to Sugita the request would be ignored. Plaintiff confirmed this by sending a male intern while a virtually identical request would be ignored if it came from a higher-level femail employee.
[...5 years a slave...]
ln/72. Plaintiff has also personally heard managers make gender-biased comments about female workers. For instance, if a female worker had some personal issue at any given time, managers would talk about how, "We can understand she is not performing well because she has a lot going on at home." Plaintiff has never heard comments like this about men [sic]; Plaintiff has only heard these comments about women [sic]. This behavior construes [sic] women as emotional and less professional than male [sic] colleagues.

Majo alleges she was fired last month after submitting a gender bias complaint to Sony. In her suit, she says Sony in a letter told her she was being terminated because it was dissolving one of its departments, which she says she was not even a member of.
[... ENTER the business-needs dragon ...]
Majo is seeking court approval to expand her suit into a class action on behalf of ["]women["] who have worked at PlayStation, Axios reported, alleging violations of the U.S. Equal Pay Act [FKA CRA, Title VII].
Walmart v. Dukes called from 2001: We're with Her.
by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 01:21:05 AM EST
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wut we have here is "a cisgender--bias complaint"?
by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 01:50:28 AM EST
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a failure to communicate.

  1. UK Supreme Court Denies Permission to Pursue Sex to Man Who Does Not Understand Consent

  2. Despite JB's inappropriate sexual behaviour, the court of protection ruled in 2019 that he still has a fundamental right to sex as he was "entitled to make the same mistakes which all human beings can, and do, make in the course of a lifetime". According to the 2019 ruling, it would be "discriminatory" to insist that understanding consent was essential to engage in sexual relationships with others, as it would "impose on him a burden which a capacitous individual may not share".
by Cat on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 03:32:42 PM EST
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"Quick-draw McGraw" Rittenhouse acquitted of 2 murder charges and an attempted murder d/b/a reckless endangerment,iirc. In the course of McGraw's 2 or 3 weeks trial, tears, and sippy cups, the US press corpse fomented imagination of "polarized" civil rights between Potatoes of Color, White Supremacists, and box-office celebrities (excluding Alex Baldwin, accidental gun-slinger) without disturbing the sanctity of the 2nd amendment d/b/a "self defense," "justifiable homicide," "qualified immunity," and "stand your ground" motives typically afforded state actors--deputies or vigilantes (You be the judge.)--who exercise lethal force to pacify suspected crime in the most ignorant, litigious nation on the planet.

What are disappointed survivors supposed to do with "accountability" FKA guilt FKA responsibility discarded by a jury of McGraw's peers? Statement of Karen Bloom & John Huber in Response to the Rittenhouse Verdict

by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 01:37:18 PM EST
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While not surprising it is nevertheless absolutely infuriating.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 03:40:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 06:58:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 01:54:42 AM EST
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It's actually easy to tell. There's some kind of color scale you can check.
by generic on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 08:33:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 04:56:35 PM EST
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APsplainin The Rittenhouse Defense
A man was critically hurt when his wife drove over him twice as he tried to dislodge a bowling ball that had been thrown in front of their car on Saturday.
by Cat on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 05:16:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 05:45:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 04:50:31 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 09:07:12 PM EST
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Zillow [RRE fintech MLS subsidiary] stock dives after analyst highlights two-thirds of homes bought are underwater
the day Zillow said it would stop buying U.S. homes after building a big backlog, the stock was still down 51.1% since closing at a record $199.90 on Feb. 16.
[...]
Yruma said it completed an analysis of 650 homes in Zillow's inventory, or about one-fifth of the homes owned, and found that 66% are currently listed below the purchase price at an average discount of 4.5%.

Of the 650 homes Yruma analyzed, the cities in which the company had the highest percentage of homes that were listed below the purchase price were San Diego at 94.3%, Phoenix at 93.4% and Mesa, Ariz. at 92.6%.

GDIII CRE vacancy rate story developing ...
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 09:12:22 PM EST
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Get ready for the once-per-decade housing market 25% price collapse?
by asdf on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 03:27:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 06:46:50 PM EST
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murdoch.Sky.AUKUS strikes again!
"This man needs a retirement home and a warm bowl of soup."
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 12:11:47 AM EST
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Fauci says 'fully vaccinated' definition not yet changing to include boosters, 21 Nov
"Now that you look at the data as it's evolved in the United States, it's very clear," Fauci told "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz. "They ["many states"?] wanted to make sure that the safety signals were right, and once that became very clear, right now I'm very pleased that we're in a situation where there's no confusion, there's no lack of clarity."
[...]
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said last week there's a high chance that boosters will be needed annually, but when asked by Raddatz what he thought, Fauci did not necessarily agree.

"We would hope -- and this is something that we're looking at very carefully -- that third shot with the mRNA not only boosts you way up but increases the durability so that you will not necessarily need it every six months or a year," Fauci said.

by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 01:55:35 PM EST
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Fighting gas prices, US to release 50 million barrels of oil
PLUS
India Cedes to US' Demand, Will Release 5 Mln Barrels of Crude From 'Strategic Reserves'

well, alrighty then.

How much gasoline does the United States consume?

In 2020, about 123.73 billion gallons (or about 2.95 billion barrels1) of finished motor gasoline were consumed in the United States, an average of about 338 million gallons per day (or about 8.05 million barrels per day). This was the lowest level of annual consumption since 1997 and about 14% less than the record level of consumption of nearly 392 million gallons per day in 2018. The decrease in gasoline consumption in 2020 was the largest annual decrease recorded and largely the result of the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 02:16:10 AM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:45:38 PM EST
APsplainin Key facts and terms at climate summit since 1992
  • COP
  • HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
More than 100 world leaders will attend the start of the summit Monday and Tuesday, known as the high-level segment, including U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

  • NDCs
  • PARIS RULEBOOK
  • CLIMATE FINANCE
  • JUST TRANSITION
  • CARBON SINKS
  • THE GRETA FACTOR
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:18:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 05:41:06 PM EST
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Greta Thunberg Chanting 'Shove Your Climate Crisis Up Your A**e!' in Glasgow Raises Eyebrows Online
Commenting on COP26 on Tuesday, Thunberg blasted the way that leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and other nations tackled the issues of the climate crisis. And this time she was even more critical of the world's politicians than during her viral speech at the UN in 2019.
archived Greta Tzu, How dare you
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 03:30:41 AM EST
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APsplainin [Meta] language gaps
Facebook Meta, which owns Instagram, later apologized, explaining its algorithms had mistaken the third-holiest site in Islam for the militant group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed offshoot of the secular Fatah party.
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:48:16 PM EST
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Facebook Files: MEPs to invite whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing, 11 Oct
Chair Anna Cavazzini (Greens/EFA, DE) said: ..."All allegations in the `Facebook Files' must be investigated. As the Internal Market Committee is currently negotiating the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, a public hearing with Frances Haugen will enrich the democratic discourse and our current legislative work in the committees concerned".
Facebook Whistle-Blower Brings Campaign to Europe After Disclosures, 28 Oct
Beginning a European tour in Britain, the former Facebook manager was questioned by policymakers drafting tougher tech regulations [BWAH!]
Whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies as UK scrutinizes Facebook, 25 Oct
"And when that content is hyper-concentrated in 5 percent of the population, you 'only need 3 percent of the population on the streets to have a revolution,' she warned."

Whistleblower Frances Haugen Says Meta Unlikely to Change While Zuckerberg Still CEO, 1 Nov

during an interview at the Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon on Monday that Meta, formerly known as [FKA] Facebook
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 12:31:33 AM EST
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Cambridge Analytica
Let's not think of the children.
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 07:21:57 PM EST
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Pierre Omidyar ["]aiding["] the Facebook whistleblower
Marcy Wheeler be, like, I cooda been a contender.
Facebook whistleblower Haugen admits she invested in crypto
"Haugen, a former Facebook employee-turned whistleblower, revealed that her refuge in Puerto Rico is currently being supported by a ["]well-timed["] cryptocurrency investment."
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen backed by high-powered team of lawyers and media ["]strategists["]
Sheldon Axes of Amici
archived C-SPAN recordings, Day 2 Pt.2, "The Scheme"
by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 09:04:50 PM EST
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wut: Haugen exposed EU's unwillingness to take back digital control.

"Alexa. Wut them chi'rens doing out there?"

by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 04:25:47 PM EST
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No misconduct in deadly US drone attack in Kabul: Pentagon review
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, US Air Force Lieutenant General Sami Said said "execution errors", including "confirmation bias" and "communication breakdowns", contributed to the deadly attack.
mmm, yes, There's a lot of that going around.
Said, who acts as inspector general of the US Air Force, said [10 civilian fatalities] was not a violation of the law of war or a result of negligence.

"It was an honest mistake," Said said. "But it's not criminal conduct, random conduct, negligence."

US offers to pay families of Afghans killed in drone attack, 16 Oct
The US Department of Defense said it made a commitment that included offering "ex-gratia condolence payments", in addition to working with the US Department of State in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States.
$450K/instance? Not likely.

reference
Gilbert, "The gift of war: Cash, counterinsurgency, and 'collateral damage'". Security Dialogue. 2015
"In March 2012 a US soldier went on a killing spree in Punjwai district, near the US military Camp Belambay, Afghanistan ..."
DOD, "Interim Regulations for Condolence or Sympathy Payments for Friendly Civilians for Injury or Loss That is Incident to Military Operations," 22 June 2020
An Examination of U.S. Military Payments to Civilians Harmed During Conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq

In May, the Defense Department released data detailing its 2019 payments to civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq; in August, the Washington Post obtained the military's catalogue of its 2015-2018 payments to civilians in Afghanistan; and in June, the under secretary of defense issued a memorandum that provided interim regulations describing the nature and purpose of these payments.
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 08:29:27 PM EST
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PFIZER'S NOVEL COVID-19 ORAL ANTIVIRAL TREATMENT CANDIDATE REDUCED RISK OF HOSPITALIZATION OR DEATH BY 89% IN INTERIM ANALYSIS OF PHASE 2/3 EPIC-HR STUDY
At the recommendation of an independent Data Monitoring Committee and in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pfizer will cease further enrollment into the study due to the overwhelming efficacy demonstrated in these results and plans to submit the data as part of its ongoing rolling submission to the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) as soon as possible.
n=1200, 450 placebo

Keyword: Pfizer Paxlovid trial results

Press corps headlines are ... interesting, somewhat florid. But I've read only one article, a nearly unintelligible report =--ranging between data points, "advanced" purchase orders, R&D "technologies" (Emory U-Merk-Ridgeback monoclonal approved in UK) to remdesivir obsolescence--published by USAToday.

by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 02:55:10 PM EST
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European Medicines Agency [EMA] recommends two drugs for treating COVID-19, 11 Nov
The EMA's human medicines committee (CHMP & CVMP) has recommended authorising Ronapreve™ [casirivimab/imdevimab] and Regkirona™ [regdanvimab] to treat COVID-19 in adults and adolescents who do not require supplemental oxygen and are at increased risk of the infection becoming severe.

These are the first monoclonal antibody medicines to receive a positive opinion from the CHMP for COVID-19. They will be added to the list of COVID-19 products that have received a positive opinion since Veklury™ (remdesivir) in June 2020.
[...]
The study data for Ronapreve showed that less than 1% of patients treated with Ronapreve were hospitalised or died within 29 days of treatment compared with 3.4% of patients who took a placebo. Another study looked at the benefits of Ronapreve for the prevention of COVID-19 in people who had close contact with an infected household member but did not have COVID-19 symptoms. With Ronapreve, 29% of people tested positive and developed symptoms within 14 days of their positive test results compared with 42% who received a placebo.

The study data for Regkirona showed that among patients at increased risk of their illness becoming severe, 3% of patients treated with Regkirona were hospitalised, required supplemental oxygen or died within 28 days of treatment compared with 11% of patients on a placebo.
[...]
Molnupiravir™ [MK 4482 or Lagevrio™]; Merck[-]Ridgeback's oral COVID-19 antiviral medicine received authorisation in the UK on Thursday (4 November), demonstrating a reduced risk of hospitalisation or death of around 50%.

On Monday (8 November), the EMA announced it was reviewing data on the use of molnupiravir to support national authorities who may decide on using it for COVID-19 treatment before its authorisation.
[...]
EU is negotiating [price?] with Pfizer[-BioNTech]

On Monday (8 November), Reuters reported that The European Union is negotiating with Merck & Co and Pfizer over possible contracts to use their COVID-19 drugs.

Pfizer announced on Friday (5 November) that its ["]novel["] COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate, PAXLOVID™, reduced hospitalisation and death from any cause by 89% compared to placebo in patients treated within three days of symptom onset.

archived Sun May 3rd, 2020, Mon Mar 23rd, 2020, Wed Feb 19th, 2020 "Securing the U.S. Drug Supply Chain: Oversight of FDA's Foreign Inspection Program"
by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 03:23:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EMA issues advice on use of Lagevrio™ (molnupiravir) for the treatment of COVID-19, 19 Nov, EUA
Lagevrio™ (also known as molnupiravir or MK 4482) ... which is currently not authorised in the EU, can be used to treat adults with COVID-19 who do not require supplemental oxygen and who are at increased risk of developing severe COVID-19.
[...]
The advice follows a review of data, including data on the medicine's quality and results from completed and ongoing studies. Interim results from the main study in non-hospitalised, unvaccinated patients with at least one underlying condition putting them at risk of severe COVID-19 were assessed as part of this advice. Lagevrio™, when given at a dose of 800 mg twice a day, reduced the risk of hospitalisation and death when treatment started within 5 days of the start of symptoms. About one month after treatment started 7.3% of patients (28 out of 385) who took Lagevrio™ compared with 14.1% (53 out of 377) of patients who took placebo (a dummy treatment) had been hospitalised or had died; none of the patients in the Lagevrio™ group died compared with eight patients in the placebo group.
NEW! "engineered human monoclonal antibody" FKA VIR-7831 review of data: Early Treatment for Covid-19 with SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Sotrovimab (Funded by Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline; COMET-ICE ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT04545060.)
EMA's proposed conditions of use are published on the EMA website. The Agency's advice can now be used to support national recommendations on the possible use of the medicine before marketing authorisation.
[EMA] EU says Merck's [molnupiravir] pill can be taken in emergencies
by Cat on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 06:06:34 PM EST
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Plan by wealthy nations to treat COVID vaccines as aid prompts backlash, OECD amortization & depreciation schedule
The question of how COVID vaccines ["]donated["] by wealthy countries are classified and priced could artificially raise the European Union's development aid MNC pre-tax exemption figures by billions of euros, EURACTIV understands.
While this study focuses on individual giving, it is noted that tax incentives are more widely available for companies than individuals. All nations in this report, with the exception of Sweden, encourage corporate donations by offering a tax incentive. It is also noted that some additional state-funded incentives exist to encourage businesses to donate, but that these lie beyond the scope of this report.

There is some variance in the restrictions that apply to tax-effective corporate giving. This ranges from Slovenia where only 0.3% of corporate income tax can be donated to charity annually (with an additional 0.2% available on gifts to select causes), to the UK where companies could potentially deduct 100% of their taxable income against donations made.

The latest proposal being considered by donor countries has suggested a price per vaccine of $6.72, more than double the previous proposal of $3 per vaccine. Based on the pledges made by the EU and its member states, that could increase the bloc's official development assistance (ODA) by up to €5 billion in the next two years, despite no additional finance being provided.
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"Wealthy countries in the global north ordered vast quantities of COVID-19 vaccines while they were in development and are now sitting on stockpiles approaching their expiry date," said Nerea Craviotto, senior policy and advocacy officer at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad).
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Critics point out that 'vaccine nationalism' by wealthy western states and the EU has created a situation where developing countries could not purchase [or produce] their own supplies of jabs, and that counting the COVID doses as ODA would effectively be rewarding that [monopolistic] behaviour.

The EU, UK, and Japan have also led the opposition to a campaign by India and South Africa to temporarily waive the intellectual property protection for COVID vaccines and allow themselves and developing countries to produce their own generic versions of vaccines.
[...]
Although the international community has backed a World Health Organisation target to vaccine 70% of the world by next April, just 261 million of the 1.8 billion doses pledged by wealthy nations, have arrived in low-income countries, equivalent to 14%.

archived EU proposes alternative to IP waiver, focus should be on vaccine production, not patents, EXPOSING THE PFIZER MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY AGREEMENT, alleged / confirmed
by Cat on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 04:01:01 AM EST
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EMA supply chain R&D a/o 12 Nov 2021
by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 03:29:43 PM EST
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Biden nominates [Robert] Califf as FDA chief
Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut -- both of whom voted against Califf's nomination in 2016 -- have both signaled their opposition once again over concerns about his ties to the drug industry and the FDA's track record on opioids.
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"I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic," Manchin said in a statement. "Instead, Dr. Califf's nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward."

Blumenthal separately said he had "very grave reservations about this nomination -- many of the same reservations I expressed when I voted against Dr. Califf's confirmation in 2016."

Another opponent of Califf's first stint as FDA commissioner, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, also issued a terse statement that highlighted his "serious concerns about the FDA's efforts to curb this public health epidemic" -- though it did not say which way he planned to vote this time around.

Califf could also face increased scrutiny from the Senate's left DNC fossils flank over his more recent role leading health policy at Google parent company Alphabet, as well as his leadership of a Duke University research center that received some funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 08:17:47 PM EST
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generic: 6p per pill

brand name: ? per pill

If approved or authorized, PAXLOVIDTM, which originated in Pfizer's laboratories, would be the first oral antiviral of its kind [FALSE], a specifically designed SARS-CoV-2-3CL protease inhibitor.
by Cat on Mon Nov 15th, 2021 at 03:06:58 PM EST
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U.S. to pay Pfizer[-BioNtech] $5.3 billion for COVID-19 treatment pill
for 10 million treatment courses of its COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid™. [...] enough pills to treat 10 million people, according to the [Wall Street] Journal. With each treatment course involving 30 pills over five days, that's 300 million Paxlovid pills.
[...]
The Pfizer deal is the federal government's second antiviral pill agreement. The feds signed a $2.2 billion deal with [Emory U -]Merck[-Ridgeback] earlier this year for that company's pill, molnupiravir. Per that agreement, Merck will provide enough pills to treat 3.1 million people. The FDA has not approved molnupiravir yet, but is expected to before the end of the year.
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[Emory U -]Merck[-Ridgeback] and Pfizer[-BioNtech] have partnered with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool to get the pill to poorer countries as well.
Pfizer and The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) Sign Licensing Agreement for COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment Candidate to Expand Access in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
The agreement will enable MPP to facilitate additional production and distribution of the investigational antiviral, pending regulatory authorization or approval, by granting sub-licenses to qualified generic medicine manufacturers, with the goal of facilitating greater access to the global population.

Under the terms of the head license agreement between Pfizer and MPP, qualified generic medicine manufacturers worldwide that are granted sub-licenses will be able to supply PF-07321332 in combination with ritonavir to 95 countries, covering up to approximately 53% of the world's population.

Where's muh patent waivers?
by Cat on Sat Nov 20th, 2021 at 05:27:01 PM EST
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"Miracle" in Japan
James Campbell, MD, adduces from Japanese research and  rapid introduction of ivermectin (protease inhibitor, above) that a majority of nsp14 specimens in Japan seemed to have undergone many genetic changes in mutation sites called A394V. Therefore, accumulating transcription errors leading to clinical SARS-CoV-2 non-viability.

"Horror" in South Africa or Botswana

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, noted that the "incredibly high amount of [B.1.1.529 variant] spike mutations [32] suggest this could be of real concern", as he posted details of the new variant on a genome-sharing website.
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Ravi Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University, told Science Media Centre (SMC) press office that studies at his lab found that two of the spike mutations on B.1.1.529 increased infectivity and reduced antibody recognition.
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Prof Francois Balloux, Professor of Computational Systems Biology and Director, UCL Genetics Institute, is of the opinion that the variant's mutations are in "an unusual constellation" that "accummulated apparently in a single burst". According to Balloux, the variant could have evolved during a "chronic infection of an immunocompromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient". Prof Balloux conceded that it was difficult to predict how transmissible the new variant might be.
That looks like a $10B "you problem" to me... locked into mRNA-S-protein characteristics.
by Cat on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 02:53:05 PM EST
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Humans may have crossed the threshold into uncontrollable spread of epidemics. Probably in around 1960 with the advent of fast, cheap air transportation. Lucky so far but possibly about to run out.
by asdf on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 03:37:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 04:42:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 04:33:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 08:05:32 PM EST
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World reacts to omicron much faster than previous variants; it could be in US UNDETECTED, experts say
WITHIN DAYS OF ITS DISCOVERY ...The reaction is happening weeks faster than the world's sluggish response to the delta variant. By the time delta was named a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization in May 2021 [BWAH!], it had already spread in India FOR MONTHS and had been seeded across the globe."

archived moo
Wed Apr 15th, 2020
April 2020 estimated as a range in Crunching the covid-19 numbers
Fri Dec 25th, 2020
"Mutated coronavirus variant from South Africa found in UK"
Wed Jun 9th, 2021
"CDC 'This page will no longer be updated after April 12, 2021'; 'estimated biweekly proportions of the most common SARS-CoV-2 lineages, a/o 5/22/21'
Thu Jul 29th, 2021
"wut 'breakthrough vaccine cases?"

by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 06:01:28 PM EST
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South African Medical Association Says Omicron Variant Causes 'Mild Disease', P.*->B.* transcription errors, superstition
"It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home", Coetzee said

The official noted that hospitals have not been overburdened by Omicron patients and that the new strain has not been detected in vaccinated persons. At the same time, the situation might be different for unvaccinated individuals.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday indentified the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations -- 32 -- which possibly makes it more transmissible and dangerous. The WHO has dubbed it Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

archived CHINA LIES

by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 07:42:30 PM EST
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alpha, beta and B.-*, delta, C 1.2, and "other" chart prOn
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 06:58:08 PM EST
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The only unit of measurement that matters to First World
Stocks sink on NEW! NOVEL! Covid variant; Dow loses 950 points
for < checks watch > 72 hours
archived Mon Jan 27th, 2020 "alrighty. Now, we're cooking with CONTAGION."
by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 07:51:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 05:50:07 PM EST
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horse, barn door on TheHill.com

Saudi Arabia to LOOSEN travel restrictions following discovery of omicron variant
"as long as they have one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported. Travelers will still have to quarantine for three days, however."
Germany, Italy join list of countries with detected cases of omicron COVID-19, FKA B.1.1.529 FKA C.1.2 FKA P.1 "branch off the B.1.1.28" FK B.1.351, May 2020
"SCIENTISTS and others have warned against 'knee-jerk' reactions to countries reporting new emerging variants. Some are concerned that nations such as South Africa are being punished for being TRANSPARENT about what they are detecting."
61 COVID-19 cases found on flight from South Africa to Netherlands amid screening for new variant
"The positive cases found on both flights are reportedly being analyzed by the [US] National Institutes for Health [NIH]."
< wipes tears >

by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 10:36:32 PM EST
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Tests of passengers at Schiphol Airport is responsibility of GGD Kennemerland.

The positive test samples were send by courier during the night to Erasmus MC in Rotterdam for genomic sequencing tests. Dutch national authority RIVM will announce the results on Sunday.

US NIH?? No way ... would not be trusted with privacy of citizens and/or visitors.

by Oui on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 11:33:12 PM EST
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RUSSIA LIES!

OMICRON COVID Strain, PANDEMIC Reservoirs of Destruction as it happens!

4 min ago:
Fauci: Omicron COVID variant lineage Strain 'Clearly Giving an Indication It Can Spread Rapidly'
2 hrs ago: Denmark Confirms Two Omicron Strain Cases in Travellers From South Africa
3 hrs ago:
Netherlands Reports 13 Omicron Coronavirus Cases
South Korea Limits Visas, Travel From 8 African Countries Over Omicron Variant, Reports Say
4 hrs ago:
South Africa Has Fewer Than 100 Omicron Cases
Health Minister: Omicron is Likely Already in France, But No Cases Officially Detected Yet
7 hrs ago:
Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights to 7 More African Countries
France Extends Travel Ban for Southern[?] African Countries Until 1 December
8 hrs ago:
Australia Registers Its Two First Cases of Omicron Variant
Germany Reports Over 44,000 NEW! Coronavirus Cases
9 hrs ago:
India Confirms 8,774 NEW! COVID-19 Cases

by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 03:48:16 PM EST
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[SARS-CoV-2] Omicron: Here's where the new variant has been detected so far in Europe, quarantines of unspecified durations
EU member states on Friday closed their borders to travellers [holding unspecified passports] from seven S southern African countries -- Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe -- because of the variant.
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 04:20:12 PM EST
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Fauci told CBS's "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan.
"Which, you know, in typical fashion, I think trying to make sure that things don't get pointed to them, they probably got rid of the animals that were the intermediary hosts there," said Fauci, stressing this possibility as a reason why further cooperation from China on surveillance in live animal markets is needed.
Fauci told "Meet The Press" omicron variant might 'evade immune protection'
"Whether or not we're headed into a bleak or bleaker winter is really going to depend upon what we do ... So this is a clarion call as far as I'm concerned of saying let's put aside all of these differences that we have and say, 'if you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you're fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get the children vaccinated also.'
Fauci told "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos omicron variant will 'inevitably' reach the U.S.
"The preparation that we have ongoing, for what we're doing now with the Delta variant, just needs to be revved up." And a huge part of that preparation lies in our vaccination and booster efforts, he said.
Francis Collins told "Fox News"
"If you've raised antibodies against [COVID-19] from previously being infected or from being vaccinated, the question is, will those antibodies still stick to this version of the spike protein, or will they evade that protection? We need to find that out, to be honest, though that's gonna take two, three weeks [!] in both laboratory and field studies to figure out the answer. And that's what all of us as scientists want to know," said Collins.
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 10:37:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 03:53:13 PM EST
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USAToday: "The [']omicron['] variant [FKA 'beta'] first discovered in South Africa last week is likely to quickly spread around the globe, possibly with 'severe consequences,' the World Health Organization warned Monday Sunday
by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 04:09:51 PM EST
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Pfizer and Moderna set to adapt to Omicron COVID variant
Pfizer[-]BioNTech said that, if necessary, they expect to be able to ship [!] a new vaccine tailored to the highly contagious variant, first detected in South Africa, in about 100 [?!] days.

BioNTech added Friday it expects to review more data on OMICRON within two weeks to help decide whether the two jab-vaccine should be reworked.
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"A booster dose of an authorized vaccine represents THE ONLY currently available strategy for boosting waning immunity," Moderna said in the statement.

Johnson & Johnson said it too is closely monitoring emerging strains of COVID-19 and is testing the effectiveness of its single-shot jab against the new variant.

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group which developed the AstraZeneca vaccine used overseas, expressed cautious optimism that existing vaccines could be effective at preventing serious disease from the omicron variant.

He said most mutations appear to be in similar [binding] regions as those in other variants.

NEW! Gundry, "Abstract 10712: Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS Risk as Measured by the PULS Cardiac Test: a Warning", Circulation. 8 Nov 2021
by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 02:07:51 AM EST
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Thu Feb 7th, 2019, "bad cell, bad, bad cell"
by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 08:49:32 PM EST
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FDA advisers narrowly endorse Merck's Covid-19 drug, molnupiravir 13-10 PF-07321332
"I'm not sure this is really the one we've been waiting for, but it's the one we've got at the moment," said John Coffin, a microbiologist at Tufts University, who voted in favor of authorizing the drug.
so science-y
"The efficacy of this product is not overwhelmingly good," said David Hardy, a scientific and medical consultant and adjunct professor at the Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He also pointed out that in this particular study, the efficacy appeared to decrease as more participants were enrolled in the study.
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The panel recommended limiting molnupiravir for people who are pregnant or nursing, unless a person's health care provider believed the benefit outweighed the risk. Although pregnant individuals were excluded from clinical trials, data from animal studies suggested that it may lead to miscarriages or birth defects.
alrighty then
by Cat on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 09:24:53 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 09:54:23 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:45:57 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 07:54:52 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 10:05:34 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 03:45:55 PM EST
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Australia sending troops to Solomon Islands as unrest grows
"Our presence there does not indicate any position on the internal issues of the Solomon Islands," Morrison added.
by Cat on Thu Nov 25th, 2021 at 03:56:31 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:46:11 PM EST
A [statistical] Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity [case] Studies
How effective is immunity after Covid recovery relative to vaccination? An Israeli study by Gazit et al. found that the vaccinated have a 27 times higher risk of symptomatic infection than the Covid recovered. At the same time, the vaccinated were nine times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid. In contrast, a CDC study by Bozio et al. claims that the Covid recovered are five times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid than the vaccinated. Both studies cannot be right.

I have worked on vaccine epidemiology since I joined the Harvard faculty almost two decades ago as a biostatistician[!]. I have never before seen such a large discrepancy between studies that are supposed to answer the same question [hypothesis: WUT HYPOTHESIS?]. In this article, I carefully dissect both studies, describe how the analyses differ, and explain why the Israeli study is more reliable.

archived breakthrough vaccine cases, huge confusion between CFR, Infection Fatality Rate, and Population Mortality in The patterns of a pandemic, Mon January 25th, 2021, four horsemen of irreproducibility
by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 08:10:37 PM EST
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for fivethirtyeight fans, Virginia cynics, and anti-racist naturalized, Jeffersonian immigrants.

Why is VA a "purple state"?

Why Can Virginia Governors Only Serve One Term, And Should That Change?
archived Bacon's rebellion, not a pretty story

by Cat on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 09:56:23 PM EST
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Biden/Momala 2022 "referendum" story developing ...

by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 05:09:07 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 05:23:16 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 07:57:43 PM EST
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Kamala?! Harris goes unnoticed in Paris
French media coverage has been minimalx. Her bilatéralx meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday evening did not get prime freedom fries on newscasts or in jooor-KNOWS, and her presence at zee cheeze-eating surrender mon-KEES armasticx day was mentioned in passing.
by Cat on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 08:38:58 PM EST
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NJ governor's race too close to call
With nearly 98% of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, [Jack] Ciattarelli held a mere 1,200 vote lead in the contest to decide the next governor, according to The Associated Press. The race was a statistical dead heat, and there were about 700,000 early and mail-in votes still to tally. ...
PLUS "Asian-American Pacific" has entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 05:01:51 PM EST
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LOL
Election analyst Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics[?!] and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said that "Youngkin cut into Democratic margins among Asians and Latinos and some suburban whites, while getting Trump-level support among rural Virginians. That combination was enough for victory."
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 05:07:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 06:38:09 PM EST
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Spanish-speaking Potatoes of Color edition
"The fact is, we probably don't know who won the Hispanic vote or by how much on Tuesday," [Eduardo] Gamarra, who is also a professor of Latin American studies at Florida International University in Miami, Cuba said. "But I can tell you from my research that what we have been seeing is a real message for the Democrats, who are not getting behind issues that really speak to Latinos. It's a reason we're seeing the shift."
smoking sampling errors?
In Virginia, none of the exit polls or surveys leading up to election night had a large enough sample of Latinos to be statistically significant -- Latinos only account for between 5 and 7 percent of the state's registered voters. In the other nationally-watched governor's race, New Jersey, no exit poll was conducted. Nor did pollsters perform Hispanic-heavy surveys leading up to the election in New Jersey, despite the fact that Latinos make up a larger chunk of the electorate than in Virginia -- between 10 percent and 14 percent.
oh
by Cat on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 02:02:03 PM EST
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McAuliffe post-mortem: Resurrecting Carlyle Group, Ceberus, Bill Krystol, and more

I'm dying, as the Z-people say.

PEREZ: MARYLAND REPUBLICANS SHOULD NOT EMULATE YOUNGKIN'S CAMPAIGN STRATEGY
wtaf: "You know you are going to have dog whistle politics. Glenn Youngkin said he would ban critical race theory on day one. Critical Race theory is not in the Virginia curriculum. It is like me saying I am going to ban martians from voting on day one. Martians do not vote."
archived Posthumous Pardons Of Lynching Victims

WHAT REPUBLICANS?!
MD General Assembly No-New-Taxes Democrats have enjoyed and squandered a super-majority for over two decades. The congressional delegation sends one (1) ultra-Maglev to the House and two (2) DINOs to the senate!

by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 12:04:37 AM EST
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I didn't know Perez is a 2022 gubernatorial candidate. I think that's a good indication of his visibility over all in MD--I lived in MoCo (fed gov bedroom), but not his district, during his tenure on the county council as well as lift to DLL by O'Malley--who retired in ignominy that ushered in 2-term Maglev. And I wrote him off as a rank, coat-tail careerist, polished by Camp Obama in the DNC.

DEM EXPERT: MD WON'T RESPOND TO YOUNGKIN TACTICS
"former Democratic National Committee chair and gubernatorial candidate Tom Perez said in a report by Bryan Renbaum for Maryland Reporter."
FRANCHOT DOWNPLAYS PEREZ'S AFSCME ENDORSEMENT
"Comptroller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Franchot said he is not concerned that one of his primary opponents recently received an endorsement from two Maryland councils of the largest public employee trade union in the nation."

Franchot has incumbent advantage and started his campaign pointedly "distancing" himself from Maglev last year amid scandalous CARES Act related executive orders.

I'd suggest, Perez's long absence from Annapolis has not prepared him for hostility toward organized labor and AFSCME--in particular, because no love lost state-wide for gov employees perceived as beneficiaries of "wasted" tax burdens--is customary. MD really is not a "Purple" state.

He's gonna need a more compelling value proposition than "multicultural counties"--short of declaring no new taxes.

by Cat on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 10:51:22 PM EST
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Maglev Dems weigh a GOP shutout in Maryland redistricting
Democratic legislators are considering redistricting [gerrymandering] maps that could target Rep. Andy ["ultra-Maglev] Harris, the state's only Republican member of Congress.

(Noticing the conspicuous absence of national interest in "racial gerrymandering" for the MD General Assembly) Kwesi Mfume [MD-7], who MD Democratic Cmmttee selected to place in Elijah Cumming's vacated seat IN A PANDEMIC, sez:

"I don't know. I mean, if it's not broke, don't fix it. But some people think that it is broke," said Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) ...I don't know how we do that statistically given the fact that there was not a lot of growth in Maryland."
Central Committee System, 2020
How does the job of filling open seats in the Maryland General Assembly come down to the decision of seven-person panels operating under party rules?
Both political parties are loading Maryland's legislature with insiders, but we can stop them, 2021
At present, 22% of the House of Delegates and fully a quarter of the Senate were not first elected by voters, but rather appointed by party central committees. ...The trend has been accelerating in the House, where since 1997 there have been 77 appointments (79 once these two openings are filled). In the last four years alone, there have been 23 appointees.
Greenbelt [PG County] Mayor Who Slammed Hogan Is Censured By Council Colleagues
by Cat on Tue Nov 9th, 2021 at 03:46:52 PM EST
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Sounds like a republic.
by asdf on Tue Nov 9th, 2021 at 04:13:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 02:00:49 PM EST
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Biden at Baltimore port, showcasing inflation fight
The president toured the Port of Baltimore on Wednesday for the start of what is likely to be a national tour to showcase the $1 trillion [A/K/A $550B new spending] legislation that cleared Congress last week and that he intends to sign on Monday [Nov 15?].
[...]
Baltimore's port is also benefiting from grants to upgrade the Howard Street Tunnel, a brick-lined underpass for trains that opened in 1895. The controversial tunnel would be expanded so that shipping containers could be double-stacked on railcars, making it easier to move goods out of the port.
[...]
The president is making his case in a city of nearly 600,000 people which shrunk 4.4% since 2010 that supports him. Nearly 90% of voters in Baltimore backed Biden in last year's election. The president also stopped in the city for a CNN town hall on Oct. 21.
[...]
Work has begun to renovate and modernize the historic Covington-sized Penn Station tax-sink, possibly improving rail transit across the Northeast displacing hundreds more W. Baltimore black households on the periphery of The Highway to Nowhere.

A big part of Biden's pitch is that he succeeded on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, whereas Trump failed.

Rutherford, dignitaries unveil Headworks project, May 2021
v.
Threatening a lawsuit, Blue Water Baltimore is in talks with city over sewage violations, Oct 2021
by Cat on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 10:50:26 PM EST
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2024 POTUS candidate-at-large "Maglev" HOGAN: STATE TO EVALUATE FUNDING FOR THE BALTIMORE CITY STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
His announcement comes just days after the city surpassed its 300th homicide for the year and bore witness to a series of brutal killings that included a 69-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed in a church and a 13-year-old child who was fatally shot at a recreation center.

"Effective immediately, I am directing the Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victims Services to conduct a top to bottom evaluation of all funding provided to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office," Hogan said at a news conference at the State House in Annapolis.
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Senate President Bill Ferguson [MD-46, D] responded to Hogan's remarks in a statement in which he called for "proactive solutions" to address violent crime. "The Governor can act well-before the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes and he must do so. Marylanders need immediate solutions, like increased coordination between State and local agencies, a strengthened Division of Parole and Probation that anticipates the direct correlation between being a victim of violence and perpetrator of one, and strategies that recognize poverty shapes outcomes.

savvy! interference in Baltimore State Atty 2022 re-election of Mosby "Mahogany Elite Travel" Power Couple personal finance and patronage; thread
by Cat on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 10:02:27 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 01:18:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 08:37:00 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:46:27 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue Nov 30th, 2021 at 09:38:38 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 12:46:42 PM EST
Scientists Roll Out James Baldwin's Theory About 'Contagious' Dark Matter
There are two models for dark matter production in the Universe. According to the so-called freeze-out models, a large initial quantity of dark matter is in equilibrium with the plasma of standard model particles in the early Universe, but then, as the Universe expands and cools, dark matter particles are being destroyed faster than they are created. The freeze-in models say that the Universe starts with little or no dark matter at all, and then standard model particles birth the dark matter ones.
by Cat on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 05:35:57 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 05:48:23 AM EST
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FIFTH WAVE is a void.

"It's kind of like a French move, friends said."

by Cat on Sun Nov 21st, 2021 at 05:28:58 PM EST
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wut: "'The other day there was something with the Irish somebody,' the State Department official said. 'There's just this desire to be part of every conversation.'"
by Cat on Sun Nov 14th, 2021 at 05:02:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 06:00:09 PM EST
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Why are you listing Holmes with the other two? She should be our heroine: She swindled Henry Kissinger....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 07:43:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 11:37:49 PM EST
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