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Biden's Concern for Human Rights Abuse

by Oui Tue Jun 15th, 2021 at 08:22:07 PM EST

Outcry as Saudi Arabia executes young Shia man for 'rebellion' | The Guardian |

Rights groups say Mustafa bin Hashim bin Isa al-Darwish was a minor when alleged offences committed.

As Saudi Protesters Are Beheaded

Interview Russia Putin

Russian opposition leader faces accusations of foreign funding | Reuters - Aug. 12, 2013 |

The Saudi beheadings, oppression, torture is part of the Kingdom of Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed...

Many years have passed sitting on death row before the teenager was executed.

Posted in my diary @BooMan ...

Thank You President Obama for Sending Timoney

Western Ally and War Profiteer Saudi Arabia Executed 47 Men Today | Jan. 2, 2016 |

Most of the 47 executed were convicted of Al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago, but four, including prominent cleric Nimr al-Nimr, were Shia Moslims accused of shooting policemen during anti-government protests in recent years.

The executions took place in 12 cities in Saudi Arabia, four prisons using firing squads and the others beheading. The bodies were then hanged from gibbets in the most severe form of punishment available in the kingdom's Sharia Islamic law.

Saudi Arabia issues death sentence for juvenile Shia activists, one arrested aged nine

Saudi Arabia refuses to return 84 bodies of Shia Muslims executed after 'sham trial' | Al Arabya - April 2020 |

Texas Utilities In 21st Century

Texas Big Freeze: What's behind $15,000 electricity bills?

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 11:25:10 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 11:26:57 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 11:28:21 AM EST
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Obviously there is concern for those people who have suffered, but also there is a huge economic problem associated with grid failures.

The risk for Texas is that its appeal to businesses like Tesla and Amazon and Oracle and HP depends on a bunch of factors. A corporate executive might expect, for example, reliable electrical power. Trying to run a factory when lights go off in February for a week and then in June for another week is not all that helpful. If that continues to be a problem, there will be fallout.

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Healthcare is not a privilege, but a human right.

by Oui on Thu Jun 17th, 2021 at 02:58:44 PM EST
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Representing America in US Congress

Paul Gosar conspiracy FBI agents embedded to lead insurrection on Jan. 6

Fact check

Bamboo shoots in election papers 😂

by Oui on Thu Jun 17th, 2021 at 10:33:19 PM EST
Police Power and its Union, not caring for people ... R2P in a warped sense of government by The People.

by Oui on Fri Jun 18th, 2021 at 06:42:38 AM EST

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by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jun 20th, 2021 at 06:42:47 AM EST
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He doesn't mention antisemitism, probably because he doesn't think this is new.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 20th, 2021 at 08:08:40 AM EST
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"under Johnson"??

That started long before.

by Bernard on Sun Jun 20th, 2021 at 08:45:04 AM EST
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Bercrow himself used to support Apartheid in South Africa.
by generic on Sun Jun 20th, 2021 at 10:33:36 AM EST
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Post Brexit Europe needs diversity and home grown films and comedy ... EU cuts into the BoJo show 🤣

by Oui on Mon Jun 21st, 2021 at 05:56:11 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 23rd, 2021 at 01:56:52 PM EST

Dalian Atkinson's family say five-year wait for trial was 'unacceptable' | The Guardian |

Dalian Atkinson's family told of their relief and continuing pain after a five-year battle for justice saw a British police officer become the first in 35 years to be convicted of manslaughter while on duty.

PC Benjamin Monk used excessive force when he fired an electric stun gun into the former professional footballer for 33 seconds - six times longer than is standard - and kicked him twice in the head as he lay on the ground, a jury found.

Daniel Morgan: Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick criticised for delaying report on `institutional corruption' | The Independent |

by Oui on Thu Jun 24th, 2021 at 06:45:29 AM EST
Building or infrastructure collapse happens everywhere ...

Mexico - Miami - Italy - Egypt - India - Sri Lanka ...

Why complain? The president just signed a Bill for expenditure ... first major federal infrastructure investment since the Great Depression.

by Oui on Sat Jun 26th, 2021 at 09:50:15 AM EST
Inspection raised concerns about a `major error' in Champlain Tower design, records show | Miami Herald |

The concern was laid out in an October 2018, "Structural Field Survey Report," produced for the condo association by engineer Frank Morabito of Morabito Consultants. Morabito wrote that the "main issue" at Champlain Towers was that the pool deck and outdoor planters "laid on a flat structure" preventing water from draining. The lack of waterproofing was "a systemic issue" that traced back to a flaw "in the development of the original contract documents" 40 years ago, the report said.

The parking garage under the pool deck and planter slabs also "revealed signs of distress/fatigue," according to Morabito's report. "Several sizable [cracks in the concrete] were noted in both the topside of the entrance drive ramp and underside of the pool/entrance drive/planter slabs, which included instances with exposed, deteriorating rebar."

by Oui on Sat Jun 26th, 2021 at 01:47:58 PM EST
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Voluntary evacuations of collapsed condo tower's `sister building' have begun, mayor says

No mandatory evacuations of buildings close to the South Champlain Tower, including of the North Tower, have been ordered, said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett Saturday night.

Residents have been given the option to relocate if they wish, and FEMA funds will be allocated toward that effort. It was not immediately clear how resident would be able to access those funds.

The collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo at 8777 Collins Ave., just north of Miami Beach, was built in 1981 by a group of developers, Champlain Towers South Associates, that included the late philanthropist Nathan Reiber.

About a block away to the north is its slightly smaller sister building, Champlain Towers North Condo, which was built at the same time and is also 12 stories tall.

by Oui on Sun Jun 27th, 2021 at 07:13:58 AM EST
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Biden's Build Back Better Jobs Bill d/b/a the "infrastructure bill" to end all infrastructure bills is still tumbling in the dryer. The WH has mobilized press corpse to translate Joe-speak
Biden hopes infrastructure deal reflects the Senate he remembers
and splain top line shrinkage from $6T to (checks notes) $1.2T, maybe, ahead of "traditional" FY 2022 budget mayhem.

Twin idiots separated at birth, Chuck and Nancy, had a plan to by-pass constitutional constraints, Jim Crow Fusion filibusters, and the part-time Parliamentarian: spit appropriations procedure into two parts originating in the senate

  • a "bi-partisan" earmark bill ($597B guarantee)
  • a blank check "reconciliation" resolution
returned to the House where confirmation vote stipulates total "additional funding" provisions ($4T-$6T) for FY 21 budget. This way an enrolled endless infrastructure bill ends up in a bi-cameral conference committee -- to conform bill texts without pesky rules. This is how H.R. 2, introduced by Jim Yarmuth, became H.R.1319 American Rescue Plan or Public Law 117-2).

Some moderate Democrats oppose Biden spending package, as progressives feared

by Cat on Mon Jun 28th, 2021 at 01:18:21 PM EST
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Today RT America is running a segment "MIAMI BUILDING COLLAPSE 'Surveyors fearful of lawsuits over housing prices'", that relies on some D-list British "expert" (who apparently escaped Grenfell scrutiny) in US liability law or wtf. I'm not listening closely, because litigation is the NEW! retirement plan for decades...
Lawsuit seeking $5 million says victims of Florida condominium collapse deserve compensation, 25 June
A class-action lawsuit on behalf of Manuel Drezner, a nearby property owner, and other victims was filed at 11:29 p.m. against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc., Local10 first reported. ... The court filing alleges the condominium  did not provide adequate protection for residents and visitors to the building, did not repair structural problems and failed to prevent the "catastrophic" collapse of the building.
Condo [association] board [president] warned of worsening damage before collapse, 30 June
The April 9 "Dear Neighbors" letter from Champlain Towers South Condominium President Jean Wodnicki hinted at an ongoing debate over the repairs and a reluctance by some condo owners to pay for major work that would cost at least $15.5 million.
The condominium association pegged the total repair and restoration cost at $16.2 million -- counting items added since the 2018 Morabito inspection -- that would be defrayed in part with about $707,000 the association had in cash on hand. That left the owners with a bill of $15.5 million, with individual assessments ranging from $80,000 for a one-bedroom unit to more than $300,000 for a penthouse.
"A lot of people were complaining, especially the old people living there," said condo owner Rosalia Cordaro, who was in New York when the building collapsed. "It was a lot of money. I was complaining."

Another owner said the assessment was the talk of the pool when she last visited a week before the collapse.

"It was the theme of most of our conversations," said Nieves Aguero. "`Are you going to pay it? Are you going to refinance?'"

"The number kept getting bigger, bigger and bigger," said owner Alfredo Lopez, adding that the board did a good job of communicating and keeping the process transparent.

... but incorporation is not well understood. Soon shareholders will be suing themselves.
by Cat on Thu Jul 1st, 2021 at 01:52:52 PM EST
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meanwhile ...
Trump Organization [LLC and CFO Allen Weisselberg] to Be Indicted as Manhattan DA Delivers on Long-Running PROBE, tax evasion
Reports from people familiar with the case say it accuses the Trump Organization of flouting tax obligations by allowing top executives to collect nonmonetary "fringe" benefits, including free or basically free use of apartments in the Trump real estate empire.
In 2018, federal prosecutors reportedly granted immunity to Weisselberg for his cooperation in a separate [BWAH! no.] investigation of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen. ... Linking Weisselberg to the crimes beyond the ["]hush-money["] payments, including campaign-finance ["]violations["] and to misleading the banks that lent Trump money, Cohen maintained that Weisselberg knew about falsified financial statements that Trump used to dupe insurers and investors.
The TO's D&O policy waiting in the wings ... for subpoenas?
by Cat on Thu Jul 1st, 2021 at 02:35:01 PM EST
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Exactly 😬

Understood one owner had written a cheque of $98K a fortnight ago as their part of repairs advised in 2018 report of building flaws. 20/20 vision looking in the mirror.

by Oui on Thu Jul 1st, 2021 at 06:30:16 PM EST
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NYC Mayorial Primary: Board of Elections says test ballots were mixed with election results

Geez .. decades ago in Chicago with Democrat Mayor Daley and the Mob it was simply called stuffed ballot boxes. 😂

by Oui on Wed Jun 30th, 2021 at 08:16:59 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 30th, 2021 at 08:19:31 AM EST
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The funniest explanation that I've found so far is, leftover Biden votes.
by Cat on Thu Jul 1st, 2021 at 12:39:15 PM EST
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War crimes and responsible for deaths of ten thousands over decades US military policy ...

by Oui on Fri Jul 2nd, 2021 at 01:12:29 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jul 2nd, 2021 at 01:35:35 AM EST
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"Till we meet again in hell."
by Oui on Fri Jul 2nd, 2021 at 05:46:15 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jul 2nd, 2021 at 07:57:13 PM EST

UK financier loses latest round in fight over future of NSO Group | The Guardian - July 9, 2021 |

by Oui on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:55:35 PM EST
The White House and Biden have yet to make a statement ... months overdue!

by Oui on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:26:06 PM EST
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