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July 2021

by Bernard Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:24:24 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:24:50 PM EST
Ocean Viking's largest ever rescue - witnessed first-hand
A group of Libyans from an earlier rescue are helping as well, handing out surgical masks, spraying santisers on their hands while welcoming the near new arrivals with pats on the back.

A young man from Bangladesh is in total shock, sobbing uncontrollably into his arm, his right hand shaking as he takes a seat on a wooden bench by the medical module. "Thank you, thank you so much," he says through tears.

The last survivor, out of a 369 saved on this night, stepped onto the Ocean Viking at 3.30 in the morning.

Lithuania Declares Emergency Over Undocumented Migrants from Belarus
"'We'll bring more support through Frontex,' European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Friday on a visit to Vilnius."
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 11:33:24 PM EST
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EU border agency to "significantly" step up Lithuania help
[Caption: Migrants from Cameroon rest at the refugee camp in Vydeniai, Lithuania, Saturday, July 10, 2021. European Union member Lithuania has declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants from neighboring Belarus in the last few days. ...]
On Friday, Lithuania started building a double barbed wire fence on the Belarus border. It will run for 550 kilometers (342 miles), covering most of the nearly 680-kilometer (423-mile) border and cost 41 million euros ($48 million), according to Lithuanian authorities.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, on a visit to Poland on Sunday, said that "technical steps are necessary to make the border work and be a real barrier, because now it can be easily crossed."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:27:10 PM EST
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Flattery by imitation
Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania's parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.

The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are being considered.

hotel Rwanda
EU rules, the spokesman added, forbid "externalisation" of the right to asylum.

Yet in practice, the bloc drove a coach and horses through this principle when it agreed its multi-billion euro `cash-for-migrants' deal with Recep Erdoğan's Turkey in 2015. ...it established the idea that the EU was prepared to pay to keep migrants away from European soil, and the Commission has been quietly pursuing similar arrangements with a host of African countries ever since.

by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:28:29 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 07:54:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 08:01:39 PM EST
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Flying rumors ...

Well known case was the murder on Aruba of Holloway

Natalee Holloway's disappearance remains unsolved nearly 15 years later: A timeline

Crime city Amsterdam has a number of gangster groups who separate from one another execute multiple liquidations.

There is a Moroccan group of Ridouan Taghi and a serious domestic group Willem Holleeder in court cases. Peter de Vries has received multiple death threats ... I always understood he had permanent bodyguards as security.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 08:27:26 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 09:23:16 PM EST
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Suspect arrested on A4 near The Hague within 45 minutes after pulling the trigger ...  

Rapper from Rotterdam and small time criminal 21 years old ... destroying more than he could ever offer to society in a lifetime. The ugly face of a line of coke and partying.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 07:34:51 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 11:22:11 PM EST
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Peter R de Vries: Dutch crime reporter dies after shooting - BBC
The prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was shot and seriously wounded in central Amsterdam nine days ago, has died.

"Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle," a statement from his relatives said.

The 64-year-old was shot in the head minutes after leaving a TV studio.

The shooting shocked the Netherlands, where Mr de Vries was well-known for his investigations of mobsters and drug lords. Two suspects were arrested.

Mr de Vries had won critical acclaim for his reporting on the Dutch underworld - including the 1983 kidnapping of the beer millionaire Freddy Heineken.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 06:18:52 PM EST
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It looks like Corbyn was wrong - it's the English that don't understand irony, not just the English Jews. The National
Continuing on, Marr mentioned a "suspicious number of Italian tricolores fluttering all across Scotland" before introducing a segment on The National's Saturday front page.

Featuring Italian manager Roberto Mancini as Braveheart, the page mocked English media's constant "greatest generation" and World War Two refrains.

"Save us from more of their nationalism being broadcast over the Border" - it ironically implored the Italian side.

It hasn't worked yet.

In case you missed their famous cover, here it is:

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:31:47 PM EST
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Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal
The officially EU-endorsed vaccines also include those made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. They don't include the AstraZeneca shot made in India or many other vaccines used in developing countries, including those manufactured in China and Russia.
[Dr. Ifeanyi] Nsofor noted that the Indian-made vaccine he received had been authorized by WHO for emergency use and had been supplied through COVAX, the U.N.-backed program to provide shots to poor corners of the world. WHO's approval included a visit to the Serum Institute of India factory to ensure that it had good manufacturing practices and that quality control standards were met.

"We're grateful to the EU that they funded COVAX, but now they are essentially discriminating against a vaccine that they actively funded and promoted," Nsofor said. "This will just give room to all kinds of conspiracy theories that the vaccines we're getting in Africa are not as good as the ones they have for themselves in the West."
The refusal of some national authorities to recognize vaccines manufactured outside the EU is also frustrating some Europeans immunized elsewhere, including the U.S. Gerard Araud, a former French ambassador to Israel, the U.S. and the U.N., tweeted this week that France's COVID-19 pass is a "disaster" for people vaccinated outside the country.

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 04:28:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:02:35 PM EST
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Dozens Killed in Flooding West Germany

Germany floods: At least 42 dead and dozens missing after record rain

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 01:40:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:31:00 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:33:09 PM EST
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France's new health pass rules raise questions as many scramble to adapt
"Thousands rushed to online medical appointment sites, like Doctolib, which had a record 926,000 people book their first dose within hours of Macron's address--a record for the site. Hundreds of thousands more continued to book jabs on Tuesday"
French protesters clash with police on Bastille Day amid anger over Covid rules
"According to an Elabe opinion poll published Tuesday, the new safety measures have a large majority of approval amongst French people."
by Cat on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 08:14:42 PM EST
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Vaccination appointments booked since Macron's speech: 3.3 millions.

Protesters demonstrating in all French cities combined: ~16,000 to 18,000.

Yellow jacket protests from 3-4 years ago routinely put hundreds of thousand of people in the streets, for several Saturdays in a row.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:43:04 PM EST
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What Frida Ghitis, Amichai Stein, Noga Tarnopolsky,  Batya Ungar-Sargon, Pauline Bock, Ali Plumb, Molly Jong-Fast, and Bianna Golodryga have in common.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 05:45:02 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron no `walking flower' -- images of French president buried in garlands fake
The many garlands put around Macron's neck covered him to his chest. However, images subsequently shared on social media showed the garlands covering his entire upper body, including his torso and arms, and reaching until his knees. The doctored images garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

But Macron was almost buried under garlands of flowers and seashells, this time when visiting the atoll of Manihi in the Tuamotu Archipelago (Euronews).

He also visited the Marquesas islands, an isolated archipelago 1300 km north of Tahiti :

Macron backs Marquesas UNESCO bid - Fiji Times

The French president Emmanuel Macron says he will endorse a bid by French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The archipelago has been lobbying for years to be part of France's UNESCO heritage.

Making the first presidential visit to the Marquesas, Mr Macron told the crowd at his reception to be proud to be Marquisian, Polynesian and French.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:13:16 PM EST
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The most important topic during Macron's visit to French Polynesia: the health effects of the 193 nuclear tests carried out on the atoll of Moruroa, between 1966 and 1996.

France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said France was in debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests that were conducted in the Pacific territory in the 1960s and 1970s.

Speaking in Papeete on Tuesday, Macron said: "I want to break the silence today to make the whole truth heard so it is shared and so the whole world knows exactly what was done and what was known, and what is known today. Everything, everything. I take responsibility and I want truth and transparency with you."

Paris carried out 193 nuclear tests, of which 41 were above the ground, at the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996 as part of its nuclear weapons development programme.

Macron added that France "owes a debt to French Polynesia", admitting that "we absolutely cannot say that they [nuclear tests] were clean - no".
New revelations

In March this year, a groundbreaking report revealed the extent of harm caused to the local population by the tests.

The study, called the Moruroa Files, took two years to be completed and was a collaboration between the French media NGO Disclose, British environmental justice research collective Interprt, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Science & Global Security programme at Princeton University.

Disclose: Moruroa Files

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:58:30 PM EST
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Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case
The magistrates of the financial crimes unit triggered by a legal complaint from a Renault shareholder.
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 04:03:53 PM EST
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Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case - France 24 EN
She is accused both of "passive corruption by a person holding an elective mandate" and of "benefiting from abuse of power" in relation to consulting work she did for Ghosn from 2010 to 2012, when she was also an MP in the European Parliament.

According to a source close to the investigation, Dati received 900,000 euros ($1.06 million) in lawyer's fees during that period.

The investigation is seeking to ascertain if this was purely for legal work or whether she was actually engaged in lobbying, which would be illegal for European lawmakers.

According to Le Monde newspaper, Dati's contract committed her to helping with Renault's international expansion, especially in the Middle East and northern Africa. Dati asked for the work to be kept strictly confidential, Le Monde said.

Le Monde (in French)

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:51:18 PM EST
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Employers Can Ban Muslim Veils at Work, Top EU Court Rules
The ruling follows what a nonbinding opinion earlier this year from a court magistrate, who argued that companies could limit the prominence of religious symbols.
overweening secular state caps voluminous blessings
"I am of the opinion that the fact that an employer pursues a policy of political, ideological or religious neutrality in relations with its clients is not inconsistent with the fact that its employees -- visible or invisible -- at work bear signs of political, ideological or religious beliefs that are small -- that is to say, discreet -- and do not stand out at first sight," Advocate General Athanasios Rantos wrote.

But the court disagreed, writing, "the wearing of any sign, even a small-sized one ... calls into question the consistency of that policy of neutrality."

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 01:10:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 01:20:50 PM EST
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"Aus irgendeinem Grund ist das Klimathema plötzlich ein weltweites Thema geworden"

(2 years ago)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:00:19 PM EST
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"It is shocking - I can almost say that the German language doesn't have words for the destruction that's been wreaked," [Merkel] said.
In a time of continuously rising climate catastrophes, politicians should be careful not to use up their most extreme language in the early phases. Or maybe invent some new words to describe each new, bigger disaster.
by asdf on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:31:02 PM EST
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Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: Questions and Answers
Which sectors will the new mechanism cover and why were they chosen?

The CBAM will initially apply to imports of the following goods:

  • cement
  • iron and steel
  • aluminium
  • fertilisers
  • electricity
These sectors have a high risk of carbon leakage and high carbon emissions. The administrative feasibility of covering the sectors in the CBAM from the start was also taken into account.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:09:46 PM EST
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CBAM will be applied to electricity generated in and imported from countries that wish to integrate their electricity markets with the EU until such a point that those electricity markets are fully integrated. At that point, and under strict conditions linked to their implementation of certain obligations and commitments, these countries could be exempted from the mechanism. If that is the case, the EU will revisit any exemptions granted in 2030, at which point those partners should have put in place the decarbonisation measures they have committed to, and an emissions trading system equivalent to the EU's.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:13:14 PM EST
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US raises concerns over Europe's planned carbon 'border tax'
Across the Atlantic, US climate envoy John Kerry warned in March that the EU levy should be envisaged only as a last resort measure, saying: "It does have serious implications for economies, and for relationships, and trade."
France sceptical about extending carbon pricing to buildings, transport
Do not make the mistake of extending the carbon market to heating hydrocarbon fuel. We experienced it in France, it gave us the Yellow Vests," warned Pascal Canfin, the chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, who called the proposed reform "politically suicidal".
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:31:15 PM EST
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I suppose if you are a politician, death by "political suicide" is worse than "actual physical deaths of millions of people."
by asdf on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:56:16 PM EST
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EU ministers attack plans to extend carbon pricing to heating, transport hydrocarbon fuel
The [Flying] Dutchman, who is affiliated with the socialist party in the Netherlands, implored EU countries to first properly analyse the proposal before throwing it out of the window.

"I just want a fair assessment. Some people reacted even before we came up with a plan, saying it was political suicide or something else," he said.

The European Union has launched a legal challenge at the World Trade Organisation against Russian measures it says restrict or prevent EU companies from selling goods to Russian state-owned enterprises.
In addition, Russian firms wanting to procure certain engineering products abroad need authorisation, the Commission said. It also complained about national quota requirements of up to 90% in the procurement of about 250 products, including vehicles and textiles.
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:45:12 PM EST
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15 July: No deal reached on Nord Stream pipeline as Merkel visits Biden
Joe's "muddled message" on Nord Stream 2

20 July:  U.S. urges Ukraine to stay quiet on Russian pipeline
"going public with opposition to the forthcoming agreement could damage the Washington-Kyiv bilateral relationship" sources said.

21 July: .S., Germany strike a deal to allow completion of controversial Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline
€ 200M in "energy security" for Ukraine PLUS "sanctions to limit Russian export capabilities to Europe in the energy sector"

Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelenskyy's efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values.
(Incidentally, Texass Ted Cruz pledged to block any further consideration of ambassador nominations by Biden until sanctions are imposed on the pipeline.)

22 July: ECHR Finds Ukraine Violated Rights of Fired High Court Judges

by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:58:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 08:11:00 AM EST
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Outgoing Bosnia peace envoy imposes jail terms for genocide denial - Euractiv
Bosnia's outgoing international peace overseer decreed amendments to its criminal code on Friday (23 July) to allow jail terms for the denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, a frequently expressed view among nationalist Serbs.

The decree by High Representative Valentin Inzko sets jail terms of up to five years for anyone who "publicly condones, denies, grossly trivialises or tries to justify" the genocide or war crimes committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict.

In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces seized the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica in the country's east and killed about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys they took prisoner.

It was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two and was judged an act of genocide by two international courts.

Inzko, whose 12 years in office end on 1 August when he will be replaced by Germany's Christian Schmidt, can impose laws and fire officials under the 1995 peace treaty that divided Bosnia into Bosniak-Croat and Serb entities.

Holocaust denial is also a criminal offense in many European countries.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 09:51:29 AM EST
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Germany: Deadly blast hits Leverkusen chemical site
One person has died and at least 16 are injured after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Leverkusen. Operators of the site say it's not yet clear what caused the blast.

The explosion sent plumes of dark smoke into the sky as residents were advised to remain indoors
one dead and several injured.

Four people are missing.

Germany's Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the explosion as "an extreme threat,'' according to Germany's dpa news agency.

Chempark urged residents of Leverkusen, which lies 20 kilometers (13 miles) north of Cologne, to "go indoors and keep doors and windows closed."

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 12:27:38 PM EST
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Google informs me that the air distance is more like 10km. I don't think the smoke has to take the roads, as the 20km suggests.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 12:49:46 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:25:39 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 02:22:16 PM EST
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There's little point in having main offices in what is now a global economic and financial backwater.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:14:24 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 08:12:02 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 11:08:17 AM EST
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Who Could Have Predicted?
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 03:35:50 PM EST
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Prospects for recovery of the world economy | OECD |

Total goods imports from China increased by 41.1% between January 2020 and December 2020

The impacts of EU exit and the coronavirus on UK trade in goods | ONS |

China replaces Germany as UK's biggest import market | The Guardian |

UK trade in goods with non-EU countries surpassed that with EU countries in Q1 2021

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 05:32:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 05:34:47 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 08:09:48 PM EST
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As as junior high school teacher, I think that drafting able-bodied 13 and 14 year olds and putting them for a year or two into the fields as emergency laborers would be a great idea.
by Zwackus on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:38:37 AM EST
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I assume you have tried teaching high school? Middle school kids are so much better! Draft the high school kids.
by asdf on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 04:57:18 PM EST
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Wembley Match Hooligans 1 - Italy 0

Home crowd still can't behave and lacking sportsmanship.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:33:53 PM EST
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How I hate diving ... Sterling nominated to be included by the legendary greats!

Die legendärsten Schwalben der Fußball-Geschichte mit Sterling, Neymar, Robben.

The list should included West-German greats from the 1970s ... in World Cup 1974 final "Hollzenbein's schwalbe".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 08:41:32 PM EST
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Not watching ... but following 120 minutes of football ... nothing spectacular ... ends 1-1 and a penalty shootouts. Could as well have agreed two hours ago. Waiting for an defensive error ... not much of an attacking game. Once Italy scored the equalizer .. the side performed what it does best ... kill the game. A throw of the dice. 😎💪🏼

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 09:46:20 PM EST
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A call from Downing Street Nr 10 ... demanding a VAR review ... threatening sanctions on Brussels ... ehhh Zurich perhaps? 😂 🇮🇹
The cup is traveling to Rome ... an * (expletive) EU country.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 09:58:37 PM EST
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The Danes were beaten up by English hooligans outside Wembley ... a shameful loss and this is not football ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 11:19:08 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:21:08 AM EST
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PM Boris Johnson just like his "hero" Trump refuses to own up to it ... abuse will only spread! A dark day of what should have been a wonderful sports match.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 10:48:10 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 12:01:14 PM EST
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Well you can watch the US baseball All Stars game this week instead! Even if only because it is being held in Denver after Major League Baseball moved it from Atlanta in response to new additional unconstitutional voting restrictions. Tough situation when 1/3 of your players are minorities.
by asdf on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:30:00 AM EST
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England fans force way into Wembley without tickets for Euro 2020 final | The Guardian |

Reason with the English? Useless.

#Brexit #MichelBarnier #IrishBorder and so on.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:32:47 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:43:48 AM EST
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England Taking the Knee Criticism after Tie 0-0 Scotland

Tory MP to boycott England games in row over taking the knee | The Guardian |

Anderson said the FA and England team had made "a big mistake" and "now run the risk of becoming like the Labour party and that is having nothing in common with their traditional supporters".

"All forms of racism are vile and should be stamped out - but this is not the way," he added.

Here's how Tory MP Lee Anderson's Euro 2020 boycott over England taking the knee is going

Hooliganism and Racism Returns ...

From a tweet ...

Racist abuse of Saka, Sancho, Rashford; storming Wembley; violence inside; terrified, crying children; fireworks thrown into crowds (we've got video); glass bottles hurled; Wembley Way trashed.

Disgusting and depressing.

Hooligans belonged to clubs, not our experience for EU championship games where hospitality and fun for family is most important. Sportsmanship 🌎

How the games should be played ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 07:26:20 AM EST
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Now parents promised tearful children we'll win the World Cup ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 10:56:50 PM EST
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La nazionale dei Tre Leoni, al contrario, è apparsa arrogante nelle esagerate aspettative di vittoria e insofferente davanti alla sconfitta, tra accuse agli italiani di fingere infortuni (quando il tuffo più clamoroso in realtà lo ha fatto il loro Sterling, guadagnando il rigore decisivo in semifinale contro la Danimarca), violenze all'esterno e all'interno dello stadio nella finale, fischi all'Inno di Mameli, abusi razzisti sui social contro i responsabili dei rigori sbagliati e l'apparente gesto di stizza dei giocatori che si sono tolti dal collo la medaglia di secondi classificati. Comportamenti più tipici dei melodrammi creati attorno al pallone nei paesi del Mediterraneo che di queste latitudini.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 03:28:23 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 08:28:54 PM EST
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"cruelty-free," ethically sourced "woke coke" has entered the room>
"I have been shown ads for `environmentally friendly sniff,'" UK drug policy expert Neil Woods told the Mirror of the so-called eco-conscious blow. These supposedly "green" drug commercials were put out in response to growing concerns among Westerners over the environmental damage and violence occurring along the South American drug highway, according to Metro.

However, Woods sees "woke coke" as a "clever marketing" ploy to help drug cartels recuperate their losses after the COVID pandemic disrupted the supply chain.

"There is no way you can have environmentally friendly cocaine," the narcotics hawk said, "not when the market is unregulated like it is today, so people are paying more for the same product."

by Cat on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 06:42:06 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:25:52 PM EST
Baltimore's "Vacants-to-Value" (V2V) is a decade-old RE sales scheme, initiated by former-mayor Rawlings-Blake, to unload ~17K abandoned lots and houses that cannot be sold as annual tax lien securities. Before that and peak city out-migration (2020 Census), the city called its marketing plan "Dollar House" and SCOPES.
"[One] problem with most vacant houses in Baltimore, even if you pay nothing for the house itself, is that the cost of renovating them and bringing them back up to code exceeds their value in the place that they are," says [current comptroller Bill] Henry.
The other problems since revealed are, the city's housing authority (fed HUD, state HUD) grants management and policies to promote speculative investment in rental property instead of "racial equity" in land trust management and home ownership of the "Black Butterfly". Regardless of crisis--COVID, affordability, air and water pollution-- B'more is out to prove time and again, there is no "community association" it cannot corrupt.

Community farm in Cherry Hill, "a church without walls," faces eviction
counter-factual City Agriculture
by Cat on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 03:38:12 PM EST
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The 2,000-member organization, which represents federal, state and local inspectors general across the U.S., was reacting to a bill that would place Baltimore County IG Kelly Madigan under the control of a board of political appointees, who would have the right to disapprove, modify and curtail the scope of her investigations into waste, fraud and corruption in county government.
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 10:44:27 PM EST
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at last count, Adams by 8,426 votes
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:49:37 AM EST
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Sky Jan 6 UPDATE! "I happen to believe Tucker Carlson"
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:19:10 AM EST
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US Art. V, Sec. 4, TX Art. VIII, and rebellion, according to Joe
"using every tool at his disposal to protect Americans against voter suppression laws and stress the need to work with civil rights organizations to build a voter education system to overcome 'the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War'"
Texas Democrats leave state to block GOP voting bill in special session
The Democrats chartered two flights to Washington, and the House Democratic Caucus picked up the tab of about $100,000, sources said.
archive KEYWORD: quorum call
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 12:22:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:48:59 PM EST
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GOP attempts to cut House $1.9B Body Guard Ops
Leahy sez, additional funding was needed to address the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Capitol, its staff and Afghan collaborators "will not be abandoned" (like Iraqis) ...

as 2022 NDAA markups SWAMP congress.

by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 01:58:33 AM EST
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Afghan visa program, [Air and Space*] National Guard reimbursement, NDAA security supplemental
The bill would provide more than $1.1 billion to help relocate Afghans, with $600 million for the State Department to improve and ["]strengthen["] the special immigrant visa program; $500 million for the Defense Department for emergency transportation, housing and other essential services; and $25 million for the Department of Health and Humans Services Department for medical screenings and housing services once the ["]refugees["] are in the United States.
* FY22 NDAA passed reactionary senate subcommittee Authorizers and Appropriators
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:44:16 PM EST
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MMT: The "easiest" option, Yarmuth sez, would be for the budget resolution "to deem that the debt limit is raised through the end of fiscal 2022."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:10:40 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 07:41:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:23:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 05:57:58 PM EST
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Larry "Maglev" Hogan has spoken (approved by Yumi)
Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail claims it has condemnation authority stemming from its acquisition of the former Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad Co. franchise in 2015. The rail operator, which eventually hopes to extend its train to New York, says condemnation power came with the franchise as a last resort to acquire essential land for the proposed $10 billion [express] route.
Westport--a neighborhood in Baltimore city--is also a "community investment" site obligated by Under Armour's ill-conceived Port Covington, 235-acre "megadevelopment" scheme, underwritten by $148M TIF bonds issued by Balt City Hall. Note that the city paygo otherwise limits total muni debt to biennial $80M issues. Although, Plank's enterprises disintegrated in 2020, ritual ground-breaking of a hastily modified prospectus seemed to mollify the mayor's Board of Estimates, if not the SEC.
Wayne Rogers, CEO of Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail, has said the economic and environmental benefits of a train whisking riders from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes, and eventually from Baltimore to New York in under an hour, would outweigh benefits of waterfront housing for the city [residents], state and Northeast corridor.

Baltimore City recently ["]asked["] the Federal Railroad Administration not to approve the train, citing concerns about equity and the project's effects on the environment.

Related Maglev CapEx ... FY20-21megasaving for a rainy day
"The availability of $6.5 billion in additional federal aid not yet appropriated in the budget may further enhance the State's ability to preserve its own resources for future needs."
by Cat on Sun Jul 25th, 2021 at 03:57:57 PM EST
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First, they came for français(e), and I did nothing....
Then, they came for yiddish, and I did nothing ...
Then, they came for aesopian CODE, and I did nothing ...
Now, Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation
New US Bill Would Create Federal China-Watching Service for Translating Publications Into English, dammit
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 08:26:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 12:20:11 AM EST
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resistance, friction, and drag queens
[Soul Cap®], which previously partnered with Alice Dearing, the first Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Games, has been outspoken about the issue.
"this ruling disregards the needs of Black women to protect their hair and their hairstyles when they swim," [chair of and a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University Noliwe] Rooks said. The ban, she said, appears to be based on a lack of understanding about the density or thickness of Black hair.

"The ruling specifically mentioned the fact that "Haircare for the volume-blessed"® do not hug the scalp, but Black hair does not necessarily lay flat against the scalp, and also can have a thickness that makes it impossible to keep a ["]traditional["] swim cap from filling with water as the athlete swims," Rooks said.

This cap saved my hair! It will stay on and keep voluminous hair from getting soaked with the heavily chlorinated water. The shop owner is extremely responsive! I highly recommend!
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:08:25 AM EST
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Congressional Black Caucus urges expanded deportation review
"Now is the time to turn the resources and power of the U.S. government toward repairing these harms in the name of racial justice for Black and brown immigrants."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:20:38 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 03:11:14 PM EST
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Ice cream isn't mentioned in the Bible, as frozen desserts were hard to come by in the desert in pre-electric times, but Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have foolishly and needlessly put their delicious diet-busting treats onto the hot stove of the insidious BDS movement to boycott, divest from and otherwise sanction Israel by removing Ben & Jerry's from "Occupied Palestinian Territory," which to them includes the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.

Pretty stupid move by a couple of New York Jews,

NY Daily News editorial sez
by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 05:31:39 PM EST
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Ben & Jerry's Israel, an independent local manufacturer run by an Israeli company, reports a 21% boost in ice cream sales on Tuesday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 05:40:49 PM EST
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Israel vows to respond 'aggressively' to Ben & Jerry's decision to stop selling ice cream in occupied territories

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said he spoke with Alan Jope, chief executive of Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever, and raised concern about what he called a "clearly anti-Israel step." He said the move would have "serious consequences, legal and otherwise," and Israel "will act aggressively against all boycott actions directed against its citizens."

How we're structured

We're betting you've never met our independent Board of Directors ...

A little background...
I met Ben, Jerry and Jeff at the beginning of the One Percent for Peace Campaign.  I had been working for years with Jobs for Peace to achieve a 25% transfer of military dollars to much-needed domestic spending on education, jobs, health and housing.  The two efforts were naturally aligned.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:54:45 AM EST
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We--the undersigned--stand in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and firmly against the rise of Islamophobic attacks and attempts to divide us as a people.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:56:26 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 10:58:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:17:15 AM EST
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Building collapse lawsuits seek ...
"We believe that evidence is still there."

Neither condominium association board members nor their attorneys responded to emails seeking comment.

Building collapse shows ...
[Surfside]  was one of South Florida's most anonymous municipalities -- though in January Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner rented a luxury condo in a new building two blocks from the collapse.
But Mermer also got a deal on a small apartment built a half-century ago, just steps away from the luxury condo that former President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law moved into. While Mermer's building was constructed for the middle class, today's construction is aimed at the New York, European and South American elite, who are drawn by the state's lifestyle, weather and lack of an income tax.
archived "the board did a good job"
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:33:29 PM EST
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Building collapse leaves derivative rubble
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 03:39:17 PM EST
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Bonding. Make me whole
Huge platters of catered food sit day and night, including glatt kosher meals, all donated by community members longing to ease the pain.

Meanwhile, Support Surfside has raised $2 million for victims with another $2 million pledged, and GoFundMe has separately raised $1.7 million for various families.

by Cat on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 11:43:58 PM EST
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How to get Gen Z vaccinated against COVID? Our work for the Biden campaign holds clues.
My company focuses on marketing campaigns to reach Gen Z, and helped mobilize turnout among young voters for the Biden presidential campaign in 2020. ... We've now begun working with the Ad Council on a vaccine campaign aimed at this demographic.  
Gen Z has a totally different relationship to celebrities. They've grown up engaging directly with their favorite content creators. On social platforms, they message with these people - who are, quite often, close to their own age. Nowhere is this more clear than in the world of gaming.
Market information, not advice
So how exactly can these influencers help? The key is for them to encourage fans to get informed about the vaccines, without prescribing a specific action. In fact, popular gamers we work with, who have millions of followers, have told us that they would refuse to tell thei
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 12:37:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 01:23:52 PM EST
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Hide yer wife.
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:01:23 PM EST
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annuder disturbance in the antitrust farce
"She, along with several Democratic members of the California delegation, voted against advancing all but one of the [tech bro "reform"] bills to a floor vote."
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:28:09 PM EST
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April 2020: Fauci said it will take 12 to 18 months to get a coronavirus vaccine in the US. Experts say a quick approval could be risky. archive Phylogenetic network analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes

8 months later...Operation Warp Speed dumps Pfizer and Moderna "50%-95%" effective EUA at FDA, EMA "living lab" doors of MISINFORMATION.

July 2021: COVID vaccines developed quickly -- is a HIV vaccine next?

Unlike SARS-CoV-2, which is a very stable virus, the human immunosuppressive virus (HIV) is extremely variable -- it's  constantly mutating.
da fuq?
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:00:41 PM EST
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Dow drops 800 points, yields tumble as virus fears circle the world for < checks watch > 72 hours
Besides the new variants [mutations] of the ["novel"] coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2], other risks to the economy include fading pandemic relief efforts [grants, loans, and tax credits] from the U.S. government and a Federal Reserve that looks set to begin paring back its assistance [commercial bond buying + ZIRP] for markets later this year.
the NEW! "savings gap"
by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:26:48 PM EST
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Dec 2020: Group Behind Alleged Russia Hack Broke Into Microsoft's Internal Systems
May 2021:  What Microsoft Officials Know About Russia's Phishing Hack Targeting USAID

NEW! script. Places, everyone!
Microsoft Exchange email hack was caused by China, US says
"according to a senior administration official [who] briefed reporters about the investigation on the condition of anonymity."
archived There's this thing about liars ...

by Cat on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:56:28 PM EST
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US, Europe condemn China for 'malicious' Microsoft cyberattack
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the attack on Microsoft Exchange, a top ancient email server for ancient corporations around the world locked-in to MSFT middle-ware, was part of a "pattern of irresponsible, disruptive and destabilising behavior in cyberspace The Cloud, which poses a major threat to our economic and national security."
GOOG, AWS Jedi gladiators < wipes tears >
In a simultaneous announcement, the US Department of Justice said four Chinese nationals had been charged with hacking the computers of dozens of companies, universities and government bodies in the United States and abroad between 2011 and 2018.
"The Chinese government < eyebrow > not unlike the Russian government < wink > is not doing this themselves, but are protecting those who are doing it, and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it," Biden told reporters.

Biden < eyebrow > like his predecessor Donald Trump < wink > has ramped up pressure on China, seeing the rising Asian power's increasingly assertive moves at home and abroad as the main long-term threat to the United States.

Allies backed up the castigation of China with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab < wipes tears > describing the cyberattack as "reckless."

NEXT WEEK: red + yellow = ORANGE PERIL!
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 09:08:00 PM EST
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Common respiratory viruses are on the rise; Tennessee restarts vaccine outreach after GOP pressure: Latest COVID-19 updates
a particularly severe flu season could be on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday.

Most common respiratory viruses - influenza viruses, common human coronaviruses, rhinoviruses and more - circulated at historically low levels in 2020, likely due to COVID-19 mitigation measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing, the CDC said in its weekly update.

But now, as those measures relax, some viruses have begun circulating at increased levels at an UNUSUAL time of the year, the CDC said.

18th Second Wave of MISINFORMATION!
White House declines to release number of ["]breakthrough["] COVID-19 cases among vaccinated staff
[Psaki] said the impact of breakthrough cases is limited because country is "in a different place" now than it was six or seven months ago, when the Biden administration's vaccination campaign was just gaining steam.

When pressed by a reporter again, Psaki asked: "Why do you need to have that information?"

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigation and Reporting
As of May 1, 2021, CDC ["]transitioned["] from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause.
archived precision "estimated biweekly proportions of the most common SARS-CoV-2 lineages"
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 10:16:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 05:37:47 PM EST
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Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban - The Register
A Florida man held a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday to announce the filing of lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and corresponding executives Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai - who runs YouTube's parent company.

The former political office holder, known among other things for a cancelled reality TV series, a discontinued steak business, a failed casino, and a shuttered business training school, accused the social networks of violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution by closing his accounts and deplatforming him.

Booted from the aforementioned internet services for statements deemed to have encouraged or incited the storming of the US Capitol by tooled-up tourists, the plaintiff is also seeking to have the courts declare Section 230 of America's Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.

Legal scholars were quick to ridicule the complaints. "The First Amendment does not apply to non-governmental actors - full stop," said Steve Vladeck, the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 06:29:45 PM EST
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The Hill
The FBI seized a "fully constructed" Lego set of the U.S. Capitol from the home of an alleged insurrectionist.

Prosecutors detailed the finding in a court document for Robert Morss, who was arrested on June 11 at his home in Glenshaw, Pa.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 08:46:50 PM EST
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January 6: First Capitol rioter sentenced to prison time
A Florida man has become the first to be sentenced to prison for his part in the US Capitol riots on 6 January.

Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of entering the Capitol to obstruct Congress. He was jailed for eight months.

Prosecutors had asked for a term of 18 months, saying Hodgkins "contributed to the collective threat to democracy".

The sentence is expected to set a benchmark for hundreds of upcoming cases from the Capitol riots.

Hodgkins, 38, told a Washington DC court that taking part in the invasion of the Capitol had been a "foolish decision".

He said he regretted "the damage that day's incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt".

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 07:01:19 PM EST
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Paul Allard Hodgkins - Florida resident

Poor man Net worth $860,969
Lives in a street with mostly Democrats 😅

Case Number: 

Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting; Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Case Status:
Plea agreement hearing held 6/2 where he pleaded guilty to count 1 of the indictment.
Sentencing set for 7/19 at 10 am

Understatement of the Year 2021 - Insurrection with risk of Martial Law and a dictatorship of Donald Trump

Capitol rioter who entered Senate gets far shorter jail sentence than prosecutors wanted | The Independent |

Hodgkins apologised to the court for his actions and told the judge: "Biden is the rightful president."

He said he was ashamed of his actions. Speaking with the use of a prepared statement, Hodgkins said he was caught up in the euphoria of the day as he followed a crowd of hundreds who entered the Capitol.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 06:23:52 AM EST
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Meanwhile, Tommy Chong got a longer sentence for selling bongs.
by asdf on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 03:04:27 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:08 PM EST
PRC is getting testy:

US wages illegal wars, disturbs international order

China urges global efforts to tackle `biggest' cybersecurity threat posed by the US

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

by ATinNM on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 05:39:12 PM EST
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US warns businesses of heightened risks on China's Xinjiang province
The 36-page "Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory" renews the warning first issued in July 2020 by the Trump administration, declaring that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against minority religious and ethnic groups in the northeast of the country.

The report warns that the Chinese government's atrocities against the Uyghur population are so extensive, American businesses and individuals are encouraged to exit "supply chains, ventures and/or investments" connected to Xinjiang or risk breaking U.S. law.

reference "Risks and Considerations for Businesses and Individuals with Exposure to Entities
Engaged in Forced Labor and other Human Rights Abuses linked to Xinjiang, China
... The "Strike Hard against Violent Terrorism Campaign," launched by the PRC government in 2014, primarily in Xinjiang, has been used to justify the collection of biometric data from all Xinjiang residents ages 12 to 65. Authorities have collected DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types, and are centralizing this information in cloud databases. Furthermore, during what Xinjiang officials advertised as free health checks, residents' faces were scanned, blood was drawn, and fingerprints were collected. Voice samples of individuals are also being collected when they apply for passports, raising further concerns about privacy. This involuntarily collected biometric data is linked to individuals' identification numbers and centralized in searchable databases used by police. ...
How Big a Security Threat Does China Face as Taliban Draws Closer to Border With Xinjiang?
With the US-led troops withdrawing from Afghanistan at a faster pace and the Taliban continuing to gain ground, some Western media have been hyping the so-called "China's fears." They said the Taliban is now on China's border, stoking instability in Xinjiang.

France 24 reported that China is worried about attacks on Afghanistan's border near China's Xinjiang, and claimed China's anti-terrorism measures have "spawned blowback".

However, Cao Wei, an expert on security studies at Lanzhou University, told the Global Times that it is highly unlikely that extremists and terrorist groups will enter China from the Wakhan corridor.  

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:29:32 PM EST
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I still remember when the Uigyurs were the bad guys, and the US locked them in Guantanamo. We've always been at war with Eastasia.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:50:56 PM EST
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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home
Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the security situation in the country is now "under the control" of Haiti's police and military.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:09:20 PM EST
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The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince posted a security alert early Wednesday morning, not mentioning the assassination per se, but citing a "an ongoing security situation" in the country and saying the embassy would restrict some staff to embassy compounds and close the embassy for all services. The alert also warned people to "avoid unnecessary travel" in Haiti for the time being.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:10:35 PM EST
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The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of the president's home. Moïse, 53, lives in Pelerin 5, a neighborhood just above the hills in the capital.

On the videos, someone with an American accent is heard yelling in English over a megaphone, "DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down."

by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:13:08 PM EST
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According to Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the assailants "were speaking English and Spanish". They may have fled by sea or via the land border into Dominican republic.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 06:05:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:22:10 PM EST
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White House 'Has No Plans' to Send Troops to Haiti, Possibly 'Confused' by Port-au-Prince's Request, according to Reuters, NY Yella Cake, The Hill, and Sources®
Another source said "confusion" may stem from the fact that the French word for "troops" can also refer to police.
Investigation Assistance
On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials would be deployed to Port-au-Prince "as soon as possible to assess the situation and how we may be able to assist." Also on Friday, after it emerged that two US nationals were among the suspects in the assassination, State Department spokesman [Juan Guaidó] said the US was "closely monitoring" the situation but could not comment on specifics "due to the privacy considerations."
< wipes tears >
19 suspects - 17 Colombian nationals and two American citizens of Haitian descent - have been arrested in the wake of Moise's 7 July killing. Police believe some 28 foreign mercenaries in total were involved in the assassination plot. The two arrested Americans have said that they were working as translators on behalf of a mysterious mastermind identified only as "Mike."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 01:33:24 AM EST
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Widow of assassinated Haitian president calls on nation not to 'lose its way' - France24
 The widow of slain Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was critically wounded in the attack that claimed his life, on Saturday issued her first public remarks since the assault, calling on the nation not to "lose its way."

Martine Moise's comments came three days after she was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of grave wounds suffered early Wednesday when gunmen stormed the family home in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

They also come as the impoverished Caribbean nation reels from the slaying of its leader, with no clear succession plan on the horizon.

According to Haitian authorities, a hit squad of 28 men - 26 Colombians, many of them retired soldiers, and two Haitian-Americans-- burst in and opened fire on the couple in their home.

So far, 17 have been arrested, and at least three were killed. A handful remain at large, police say.

But no motive has been made public, and questions are swirling about who might have masterminded the audacious assassination.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 09:09:30 AM EST
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Further adding to the mystery, the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo claimed a source had told it that security footage from the presidential compound showed the Colombian operatives arriving there at between 2.30 and 2.40am on Wednesday. "That means they arrived one and a half hours after the crime against the president," the source was quoted as saying.

But Colombian guns-for-hire have been turning up in war zones around the world, including Yemen, Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan, for years. Many were once trained by US soldiers and, having spent years battling insurgent groups or drug traffickers within Colombia, go on to find work with US-based private military contractors.

[Source: The Guardian]

In the meantime there are two Haitians with the claim of title to be the acting Prime Minister. Oh wait ... Antony Blinken already made his pick ...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Claude Joseph had spoken with the "interim prime minister" of Haiti.

A range of well trained Colombian mercenaries - made in USA - Have Gun, Will Travel.

Colombia: Private Firms Take on U.S. Military Role in Drug War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 10:33:26 AM EST
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Coup Attempt in Venezuela - 2020

Venezuela: Former American special forces soldiers jailed over failed coup | BBC News |

... he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before returning to Caracas and taking control of an airport to allow Mr Maduro to be taken out of the country.

Denman said he and Berry were contracted by a Florida-based security company, Silvercorp USA, to carry out the operation. The firm is headed by Jordan Goudreau, an American military veteran who has openly admitted involvement in the operation.
The Washington Post has published a document which it says is a contract between Silvercorp and the Venezuelan opposition worth $213m (£170m) to invade Venezuela and overthrow President Maduro.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó denied having anything to do with Mr Goudreau.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:26:56 PM EST
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Filling the Presidential Void

A group of Haiti senators have backed an agreement that sees Lambert succeed the assassinated Jovenel Moise, with Ariel Henry named as new prime minister. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has ignored the move.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:40:29 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 11:33:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:12:21 PM EST
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Haiti interim prime minister Claude Joseph set to step down this week - challenger Ariel Henry | Reuters |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 05:36:43 PM EST
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Haiti presidential security chief arrested over assassination
US House of Representatives agitate for commission to study origin of the coup attempt.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 03:07:44 PM EST
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Miami Mayor Calls to Send Troops to 'Protect' Cubans From a 'Bloodbath' as Protests Sweep The Island
Three US Representatives - Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-26), and Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27) - released a joint statement in solidarity with the protests in Cuba.
Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases associated with the arrival of the Delta variant of the virus, with health authorities reporting a record 6,923 cases and 47 deaths on Sunday, the island republic is suffering from the crippling fallout from [60 years of] US sanctions imposed by the administration of former president Donald Trump.
A spate of broadcasts on social media showed hundreds of people marching through the streets of San Antonio de los Baños, Guira de Melena and Alquízar, all in the province of Artemisa, near Havana.
Abdala and Soberana Junta
Cuba approves emergency use of home-grown Covid vaccine, Latin America's first, 9 July
"By this week, 6.8 million of Cuba's 11.2 million people have received at least one dose of either vaccine, while 1.6 million have the required three doses."
Cuba says second COVID-19 vaccine Soberana 2 boasts 91.2% efficacy, 8 July
NY Yella Cake, 22 June
Auntie Beeb, 16 Feb
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:50:10 PM EST
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New infections rising almost 50% across US; FDA may issue warning on J&J vaccine, report says
"The U.S. averaged 19,455 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last seven days, a 47.5% increase from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University."
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 07:10:10 PM EST
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To be fair, a bunch of US soldiers have just been freed up. And the defense industry would love to supply some new equipment for use in Cuba to replace all the stuff left behind in Afghanistan.
by asdf on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 12:03:53 AM EST
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To be fair, "The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are linked to one of the sharpest increases in hunger in decades" as in Baltimore, USA, where local, volunteer mutual aid compensated for the collapse of state and federal welfare programming. So some Cubans' protesting food shortages might correspond with Joe's revised unalienable "international norms", except that some US Americans posing as freedom-fighting world citizens deem this particular, ahem, lived experience "food apartheid" rather than, say, "monroeism," because Democracy®, possibly anti-racist weed.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:01:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 09:23:01 PM EST
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heh. Listening to RT presenter Rick Sanchez splainin, "Castroism" is a failed system. "You can't have a revolution when half the people have left and are living in the US".
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:38:51 PM EST
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Rick Sanchez splainin US "intervention" in Cuba started 1898 is missing something.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:47:39 PM EST
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"Let's coup!"
by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:06:34 PM EST
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Biden administration investigating cases of 'Havana syndrome' in Austria
The State Department announced on Friday there have been a series of Havana syndrome cases among the U.S. embassy community in Vienna community that will be investigated by multiple American agencies.

Havana syndrome first appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2016 when American officials began to get mysteriously ill. Some needed hospital treatment for months, and others had brain injuries.

by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:34:46 PM EST
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Transcript: NPR's Full Conversation With CIA Director William Burns
When you say you're trying to figure out what's causing them and who is causing them, that suggests that this is someone taking action.
That's certainly a very strong possibility. The National Academy of Sciences, a year ago, in a very extensive report that they did, suggested that the most plausible theory for what caused this was some form of directed energy, and that sort of narrows, then, the number of potential suspects who could have used this, have used it historically and have the reach to do this in more than one part of the world, too. So, yeah, we're very focused on getting to the bottom of this.

Is it Russia?
Could be, but I honestly cannot -- I don't want to suggest until we can draw some more definitive conclusions who it might be. But there are a number of possibilities.

by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:35:59 PM EST
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Oh my GERD!  The Commies have caught up with the Nazi's!!!!!!!!

Given the ignorant stupidity of most Americans I'm sure the government can sell it.

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

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 12:05:14 AM EST
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Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown
"This is just the beginning - the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people," Biden said in a statement Thursday.
"The sanctions architecture [US blockade] built around Cuba makes these designations entirely redundant," [Ryan C. Berg, a senior fellow in the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies] said.
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 01:00:11 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 06:32:13 PM EST
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"No data available" for "Vaccination doses administered"
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 02:34:17 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 07:02:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:58:02 PM EST
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"I don't think that they should have been here, and there are a lot of women here that I think were very qualified to win one of those medals, and them not having that opportunity because that boat was here was very problematic for me as a competitor."
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:59:32 PM EST
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US women's rower Megan Kalmoe

All American blabbermouth Megan Kalmoe

She has no sense of the Olympic Spirit ... her voice propagates the nonsense from US State Department.

Russian competitors Stepanova and Oriabinskaia

Russian athlete accidentally picks up wrong medal after NZ wins gold in rowing

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 05:12:12 PM EST
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Death toll rises as violence and looting spreads in South Africa
The violence was triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma as his supporters took to the streets last week, but the situation has evolved into an outpouring of anger over persistent poverty and inequality in South Africa 27 years after the end of apartheid.

The economic effects of COVID-19 restrictions have exacerbated the problems.
Troops were moving in to flashpoints on Tuesday as outnumbered police seemed helpless to prevent attacks and looting on businesses in Zuma's home province KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng province, where the country's biggest city, Johannesburg, is located. Columns of armoured personnel carriers rolled down highways.

Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller reporting from Johannesburg said looting and rioting continued throughout the night and into the morning.

archived The Economist, 5 years ago
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:34:32 PM EST
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25,000 troops deployed to quell South Africa riots, 117 dead
"These are not demonstrations. This is economic sabotage and we are investigating with a view to apprehending the instigators," [acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo] Ntshavheni said at a briefing Thursday. One person has been arrested and 11 others are under surveillance for inciting and planning the unrest, she said.
Police discovered more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in Durban on Wednesday night, which Minister of Police Bheki Cele said belonged to people who were instigating the violent riots in the province.

The continued violence in KwaZulu-Natal appears well-planned, said South African analyst William Gumede.

"In KwaZulu-Natal, it's well-coordinated, well-funded. If you look at it, strategic commercial hubs were blocked, strategic roads were blocked at really key points. It was very organized," said Gumede, chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation, a group supporting governance in Africa. Zuma, throughout his political career, including his nine years as president, acquired many allies in South Africa's military and security services who were reluctant to respond to the violence in his home province, Gumede said.

by Cat on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 08:08:04 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 06:23:18 PM EST
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"On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians," an official EN translation one might suppose.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:38:27 PM EST
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Where empires go to die...

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 21st, 2021 at 08:54:34 PM EST
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Arrests as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Sydney
THOUSANDS take to the streets of the Australian city to protest against lockdown restrictions amid a ["]SURGE["] in cases.
the unmasked participants on Saturday marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for "freedom" and "the truth".
The protest comes as COVID-19 case numbers in the state reached another record with 163 new infections in the last 24 hours. ... They held banners, including one that read: "This is not about a virus it's about total government control of the people."
Just 11 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
by Cat on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 07:05:21 PM EST
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Of homicide, femicide, infanticide, princesses and journalism

throne of lies? "In 2018, number of homicides for Pakistan was 8,241."
fun with aggregate ratios, 2012
The report, based on print media coverage of such incidents during the above-mentioned period, also shows the crime rate kept fluctuating during the period as 73 per cent [BASIS? TOTAL? ABSOLUTE NUMBER?] drop was witnessed during the month of February but a spike of up to 360 per cent was witnessed during the month of March 2020.

After compiling the data and information, collected from national and provincial dailies mainly on crimes regarding early child marriage, child abuse, child labour, domestic abuse, kidnapping, rape, violence against women (VAW) and murder it has been found that more than 90 per cent of the felonies were committed against children and women.
However, the rights group also found there was a strong possibility that many crimes committed were not reported or misreported at various locations in Pakistan.

Noor Mukadam's murder exposes toxic MISOGYNY [sic] in Pakistan, one in a DW series of alarming feature stories avoiding gender-balanced murder in "mostly muslim" lands, 2021
Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old woman and daughter of Pakistan's former ambassador to South Korea, was brutally killed in Islamabad on July 20. The alleged killer, Zahir Zamir Jaffer, was reportedly her acquaintance.
Culture of impunity
Pakistan ranks as the sixth most dangerous country [?!] in the world for women [?!], and is currently witnessing a rapid rise in cases of sexual crimes and domestic violence. Rights activists blame a culture of impunity for the recent spike in violence against women.

"A man who stabbed a young female lawyer more than 12 times was recently released by the court. What message does it send to the perpetrators of violence against women?" Yasmin Lehri, a former lawmaker from Balochistan province, told DW.

U R doin it rong.
archived Gender Equality Observatory, public property
by Cat on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 06:55:44 PM EST
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Pakistan, Iran elected to UN commission on women, 2 other bodies
Pakistan has been elected to three key UN bodies including the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Population and Development.

Pakistan will assume the membership of these three commissions from Jan 1, next year for a term of four years, Dawn newspaper reports.

/End of the joke.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 08:43:26 PM EST
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It's a step up compared to when they chose Saudi Arabia to chair the Human Rights committee at least.
by generic on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 10:56:55 AM EST
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MS Ever Given Reaches Port of Rotterdam

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 12:18:06 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:29 PM EST
Japan: Rain hampers rescue work after deadly landslides - DW
Rain hampered rescue efforts in Japan on Sunday as 20 people remained missing in Atami after flash floods caused deadly landslides in the coastal city.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga convened his cabinet to discuss the previous day's floods that affected some 130 buildings and caused landslides that half-submerged houses in the coastal city, 90 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo news agency. reported.

Suga asked those in the affected areas to remain on alert while also warning citizens in the central and eastern parts of the country that they could be caught in further rains.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 03:13:22 PM EST
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of climate change flooding municipal ruins
[NOLA, Atlanta,] Detroit going green to help slow flooding during heavy rains
["]Green infrastructure["] typically is more cost-effective when designed to manage smaller, more common storm events, said Anika Goss-Foster, CEO of Detroit Future City, which provides education programs and technical assistance on green infrastructure practices.
by Cat on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 11:55:56 PM EST
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Fires rage in several states as heat wave broils US West
"Bootleg Fire": 224 mi2 (580 km2) in Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest; "Beckwourth Complex Fire": doubling in size between Friday and Saturday to increased to 131 mi2 (339 km2) at the UT-NV border; No-names: WA, ID, SoCal, AZ
One Dead, Dozens Evacuated As Forest Fires Sweep Through Central Russia, 9 July
"Five separate blazes in the Chelyabinsk region were estimated to have spread across 20 hectares, while 14,000 hectares overall, an area about the size of Kuwait, have been affected."
Four dead from devastating Cyprus forest fire, 4 July
50 km2s (19 mi2) in Troodos foothills
Burnt area in European countries a/o 30 June
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:16:31 PM EST
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National Interagency Fire Center a/o 23 July

"Dixie Fire"has entered the room.
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. At more than 221 square miles in size, it's now the largest wildfire in California.
Meanwhile, further north in Oregon, crews were making progress in the fight against the nation's largest fire, the Bootleg Fire, as weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames there. The fire, which has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island, was 40% contained after burning some 70 homes, mainly cabins, fire officials said.
long wild fire disease, ahem
Growing research points to potential long-term health damage from breathing in microscopic particles of smoke [sic], with MILLIONS of people potentially at risk far from where huge fires burn.
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 09:35:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 09:17:27 PM EST
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Lancet Planetary Health has entered the room
Fortunately ...
A malaria vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline is currently in Phase III clinical testing, according to the CDC. A dengue vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur is available in some countries, but the WHO recommends only vaccinating those who have had a confirmed previous infection.
Beyond vaccines, the infrastructure for malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment is advancing rapidly, [Stanford assist prof of wtf Erin] Mordecai said. But for dengue, she added, similar infrastructure is lagging in sub-Saharan Africa [BWAH!], where she expects that disease to become much more prevalent [LOL] due to climate change.
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:43:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:35:41 PM EST
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China steps up climate fight with emissions trading scheme
The programme was launched just days after the European Union unveiled its detailed plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
< wipes tears > Which has been received by infestors like a bag of frosted hair
China first announced plans for a nationwide carbon market a decade ago, but progress was slowed by the influential coal-industry lobby and policies that prioritised economic growth over the environment.
The scheme will set pollution caps for big-power businesses for the first time, and allows firms to buy the right to pollute from others with a lower carbon footprint.
such asssss EU26? Califronia, USA? Or Vanuatu?
Citigroup estimates $800 million worth of credits will be bought for this year, rising to $25 billion by the end of the decade. That would make China's trading scheme about a third the size of Europe's market, currently the biggest in the world.

The scheme was originally expected to be far bigger in scope, covering seven sectors including aviation and petrochemicals.

Low ambition ...
Opening trade at the market in Shanghai started off at 52.7 yuan ($8) per ton of carbon on Friday [16 July] morning.

The average carbon price in China is only expected to hover around $4.60 this year - far below the average EU price of $49.40 per ton, Citic Securities said in a recent research note.

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 02:45:10 PM EST
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By next summer, the plan's 6.3 million participants from federal civilian agencies and uniformed services will gain access to a mutual fund window in which they can designate portions of their accounts to any of more than 5,000 funds, including some that consider ESG factors, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board [FRTIB], which administers the TSP [Thrift Savings Plan].
Levin thinks ESG could be an area for bipartisan collaboration because it comes down to "orthodox economic theory."

"If you believe in capitalism, you have to believe in markets, choice, and transparency," Levin said.

of ETF indices

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Criteria

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:04:26 PM EST
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Emission Trading is a bunch of malarkey but I'm tired of arguing about it.  

Let the fools play their stupid games while the lung disease rates soar.


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

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 06:24:02 PM EST
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Democrats are eyeing a tax on imports [a/k/a tariffs] from countries that don't have strong policies aimed at combating climate change, seeking to include such a tax in a wide-ranging spending package that could pass without Republican votes.
Carbon border taxes is an idea that is increasingly getting interest from policymakers across the globe, with the European Union proposing a similar idea this week.
Democrats said that they are interested in an import tax in an effort to ensure that other countries don't undercut [BWAH!] U.S. efforts to combat climate change. ... Democrats' budget deal comes the same week that such a tax was included in a RAFT of ambitious emission reduction proposals by the European Union. The European Commission's proposed carbon border tax would apply to importation of products such as carbon-intensive cement, electricity < DESERTEC wipes tears > and steel. The proposal calls for the tax to take effect in 2026.
Democrats have not proposed a carbon-pricing system in their budget deal. The White House has declined to either endorse or rule out a carbon-pricing system. In June, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said there "may be a very big fight in the Senate on this issue when we get to where the Senate has a role."
"I will make sure as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that no carbon policy hits working people and working families," [Sen. Ron Wyden] said
REDD+ is ded
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:06:05 PM EST
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Big Solar: Where do large solar power plants pay off?
Production costs for solar energy have dropped by 90% between 2009 and 2020, according to US investment bank Lazard. In 2020, electricity from large-scale solar plants cost a global average of just $0.037/kWh. By comparison, the costs of generating electricity from new coal-powered plants was three times that at $0.112/kWh, while natural gas cost $0.059 [anywhere but Baltimore], nuclear $0.163, and wind $0.04/kWh.
For this reason among others, US infestors are throwing money into "carbon-capture pipelines."
The new projects would essentially do the opposite by capturing carbon dioxide at ethanol refineries and transporting it to sites where it could be buried thousands of feet underground. [...] While Summit Carbon Solutions, whose pipeline will connect refineries in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to a ["]sequestration site["] in North Dakota, says it plans to build the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Both hope to start some operations by 2024.
Gonna make a mint.
by Cat on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 07:10:26 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:41 PM EST
The Champagne houses of Moet Hennessy will soon include a "sparkling wine" mention on their bottles shipped to Russia to respect a new law that reserves the name of the French region for bubbly wines made in the former Soviet country.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 02:45:13 PM EST
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Not behind a pay-wall ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 04:46:47 PM EST
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Another disturbance in the pronoun farce
"Oh my God," she said, "you're sitting at home trying to find things to do so that you won't think about it."
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 11:58:25 PM EST
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Narcissists in Space - Jacobin
What they share is an origin story about private space exploration -- both say their interest stems from a desire to save humanity from planetary collapse. Bezos has been intrigued by the idea of colonizing space since his youth; as a high-school valedictorian he gave a speech about the need for humans to live in space. "Earth had limited resources and so his idea was to get humanity off its surface, into space so as to protect the planet." Musk's story is similar. From a young age, he thought seriously about what he called "an eventual extinction event." "The solution: Find another planet to live on," writes Davenport. Musk's idea was to "make humans a multiplanet species, and create a backup hard drive for the human race there, just in case Earth crashes like a faulty computer."

It is impossible for any reader living through the ravages of global warming to scan these sentiments without skepticism. If someone is going to invest enormous amounts of wealth and time in an engineering project, gathering together some of the smartest scientists on the planet to develop and test creative solutions to an intractable problem, in the interest of saving the future of humanity, how could you choose any focus but climate change?

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 08:09:28 PM EST
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LGBTQ in China lament `dark day' after social media crackdown
These accounts now carry the tag "unnamed official account," with a single message appearing beneath - "all content has been censored for the account's violation of `internet official account information service management regulations.'" All the articles previously published on the platforms, mostly on gender issues and LGBTQ rights, have disappeared.
There remains no legal recognition of same-sex relationships or marriage but as people have become more socially liberal in recent years, those hostile to the LGBTQ community have shifted away from their "traditional values" argument.

A sampling of conversations happening on- and offline makes clear that another viewpoint is gaining traction: a suspicion that the LGBTQ community, especially on college campuses, is the pawn of a so-called "foreign hostile force" that could disrupt Chinese society and therefore needs to be carefully regulated.

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:26:02 PM EST
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UN WHO calls for global database of human gene editing research
In two reports Monday, WHO's expert group said all studies involving human genome editing should be made public, although the committee noted that wouldn't necessarily stop unprincipled scientists.

"In the field of stem cell research, unscrupulous entrepreneurs and clinics have deliberately misused clinical trial registries by registering procedures they plan to undertake as if they were properly sanctioned clinical trials," the group said, calling for WHO to ensure that all genetic editing research registered in their database are reviewed and approved by an ethics committee.

archived Novartis 2017, He 2018, Sangamo 2019, Moderna 2020
under the radar
China's gene giant harvests data from millions of women, July 2021
Beijing made clear in a 2019 regulation that genetic data can be a national security matter, and since 2015 it has restricted foreign researchers from accessing gene data on Chinese people. In contrast, the United States and Britain give foreign researchers access to genetic data, as part of open science policies.
Wellcome Leap launches $50 million bioengineering initiative, Nov 2020
Established with an initial $300 million investment from Wellcome and modeled on the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Wellcome Leap funds bold, unconventional projects targeting complex human health challenges.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 04:13:05 PM EST
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engineered sequence of profit maximization since 1999
Nothing about the "novel" coronavirus is new: Dr. David Martin with Reiner Fuellmich

archived BTDT

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 10:19:10 PM EST
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Patently False: The Disinformation Over Coronavirus Patents

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States stepped in at the time and filed their own patent on the isolated SARS virus, its genes, its proteins, and the methods to detect it and the infection it was causing (US7220852B1 and US7776521B1). The reason? They wanted to prevent others from "monopolizing the field" and to allow researchers to develop diagnostics and therapeutics to help deal with the SARS outbreak.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 01:02:33 PM EST
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In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States stepped in at the time and filed their own patent on the isolated SARS virus, its genes, its proteins, and the methods to detect it and the infection it was causing (US7220852B1 and US7776521B1). The reason? They wanted to prevent others from "monopolizing the field" and to allow researchers to develop diagnostics and therapeutics to help deal with the SARS outbreak.

Your remember how "social media" tracked down USAMRIID patent for antviral remdesivir in 2014 dontcha?

by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 02:04:15 PM EST
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Imagine if by playing a game on your phone, your phone detected the movement of blood in your brain, or the heat coming off your body, or changes in your facial expression, and used this "proof of work" to create new cryptocurrency units like Bitcoins.
Always follow the money.
Always read the footnotes.
archived Senate Cmt on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, 15 April
by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 02:17:07 PM EST
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Jewish WW2 survivor's anger at yellow anti-vax stars at French protest
A survivor of the largest deportation of Jews in France during World War Two has spoken out against people who wore yellow stars at a protest against the new rules for using the Covid-19 health pass in France.

Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the national Memorial Day for victims of racist and antisemitic crimes, Joseph Szwarc held up an image of the yellow non-vacciné star some protestors wore.

He said: "I would like to state my indignation over what we have seen this week. I wore the star. I know what it means. I still feel it in my flesh."


Mr Szwarc said of seeing yellow stars being worn at recent protests in France: "You cannot imagine how emotional it made me, I started crying.

"I want to express my outrage over what we have seen this week."

Protestors were opposing new rules to extend the use of the French health pass this summer.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 09:26:53 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 12:18:01 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 07:11:53 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 06:48:42 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 11:58:29 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:27:03 PM EST
Dr. Thomas W. Salmon of New York, who was a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the army during the war, tesifying today before the Senate committee investigating the condition of wounded, ill and otherwise disabled ex-soldiers, made the statement that in 1920 400 former soldiers committed suicide in New York State.
Dr. Salmon condemned the proposal to use abandoned cantonments for hospitals. They woud prove veritable fire-traps, he declared.

"If we fill them full of invalids," he said, "the first thing we should do is to erect a monument in the centre of the cantonment with an inscription on it stating that it was destroyed, not as an act of God, but because the Government found it cheaper to burn its insane veterans than to care for them."

by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 04:23:30 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 12:48:35 AM EST
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TPTB want and are pushing for a Cold War with China.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 03:15:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:44:01 AM EST
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NBER: "covid recession" ended April 2020
"the two-month SLUMP was the shortest on record, it said. That also means May 2020 marked the start of the current expansion"
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 09:18:04 PM EST
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since last June's OPENING of teh ECONOMY, waiting for the official seal of understanding.
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 09:22:17 PM EST
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