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August 2021

by Bernard Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:00:08 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:00:36 PM EST
German warship heads for South China Sea amid tension with Beijing
Officials in Berlin have said the German navy will stick to common trade routes. The frigate is not expected to sail through the Taiwan Strait either, another regular U.S. activity condemned by Beijing. Nevertheless, Berlin has made it clear the mission serves to stress the fact Germany does not accept China's territorial claims.
destatis.de | The People's Republic of China is again Germany's main trading partner, June 2021
trade surplus 1. CN, 2. NL, 3. US
REUTERS | German exports post surprise rise as China trade sizzles, Mar 2021
"A Reuters poll had pointed to a 1.2% drop in exports and a 0.5% fall in imports. January's 1.4% increase in exports far surpassed even the most optimistic forecast."
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 10:45:35 PM EST
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Cheap for the pipeline.
by generic on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 09:52:52 AM EST
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I've been compelled to remind my Z-informant (who's am ambiguously-beige, proud introvert, umm, INTP, INFJ, or INTJ--I forget--Slithern) "show face" comes with every leadership position. Just set yer timer.

by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 08:59:04 PM EST
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State Department: US Decided Not to Impede Nord Stream 2 Project to Avoid Alienating Germany
Earlier, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria NULAND said that Ukraine would be at more risk without the US-German agreement on Nord Stream 2.

"I, as you know, as a long-time friend and supporter of Ukraine believe that if we had not this agreement with the pipeline 90 percent complete, Ukraine would be at considerably more risk", Nuland said in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations.
alrighty then
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 04:51:03 PM EST
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China Starts Shutting Down World's Third-Busiest Port
"after a worker became infected with Covid, threatening more damage to already fragile [FIRST WORLD] supply value chains and global trade as a key shopping season nears" FIRST WORLD earnings reports."
by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 02:57:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 01:10:18 AM EST
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EU extends tariffs on U.S. biodiesel for five years
"It said U.S. producers were already selling to third countries at prices below those in the United States, meaning they were being dumped."
Critics wary of Ryanair scheme to 'fully' offset flight emissions
"The airline has selected several carbon offsetting initiatives, which include a wind farm in Turkey, a reforestation project in Portugal's Algarve region, the distribution of energy-efficient cooking stoves in Uganda, and a project in Malawi that provides safe drinking water, reducing the need for communities to boil water to make it potable": yours for €2/ticket
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 01:23:29 AM EST
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Biden picks Mark, son of `Zbig' Brzezinski, to manage key NATO Polish relationship, Texass Ted FUMES anyway
"Brzezinski, who speaks Polish [!1!!], served as former President Barack Obama's ambassador to Sweden, when Biden was vice president. He was also on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton."
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 12:04:25 PM EST
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EU seals deal with Novavax for up to 200 million COVID-19 vaccines
meaning, an Advanced Purchase Agreement for 100M produce in .ir(eland), one of 10 countries where Novavax est'd P&E, if approved by EMA "as safe and effective," on or before 2021Q3, and an option to buy 100M more over 2 years. Novavax is not approved for COVAX distro by WHO. It is not an mRNA drug.
by Cat on Fri Aug 6th, 2021 at 09:40:33 PM EST
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South African activists slam J&J [Janssen] for exporting vaccines to EU26, yanno, because superior production capacity.
The South African activists on Tuesday called for a full disclosure of the South African government's contracts with Johnson & Johnson and other vaccine manufacturers and threatened legal action to get the information.
by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 10:47:06 PM EST
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Employee at British Embassy in Berlin arrested on Russian spying charges
The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command in London confirmed the arrest of the suspect on August 10 in conjunction with the German Federal Criminal Police Office.

"The man was arrested in the Berlin area on suspicion of committing offences relating to being engaged in 'Intelligence Agent activity' (under German law)," said London Scotland Yard in a statement. "Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues."

FOCUS | under the bus
"is said to have not enjoyed diplomatic immunity, which is quite unusual for the liaison officers"
by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 06:27:22 PM EST
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The nurse replaced the vaccines between March and April this year at Roffhausen immunization center in Friesland, northwest Germany, the Friesland district administrator, Sven Ambrosy, said on Facebook Tuesday.

"Today I had the sad duty to inform around 8,600 people who may have been affected that it cannot be ruled out they may have received a saline solution instead of their vaccination at their vaccination appointment. For peace of mind we would recommend people get an additional vaccination," Ambrosy said.

by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 07:35:22 PM EST
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EU condemns sentencing of Canadian [Michael Spavor] for spying in China
"His right to a fair trial and due process, including the right to a public hearing, as guaranteed under international human rights law and China's Criminal Procedure Law, has not been upheld," [anonymous Borrell surrogate] said in a statement
< cough > Assange < cough > Soleimani < squint > Meng Wanzhou < cough > JCPOA
APsplainin China sentences Canadian to 11 years in case tied to Huawei
[Michael] Kovrig [CA], who also was detained in December 2018, stood trial in March. There has been no word on when a verdict might be announced.

On Tuesday, a Chinese court rejected the appeal of Robert Schellenberg [CA], whose 15-year prison term for drug smuggling was abruptly increased to death in January 2019 following Meng's arrest. The case was sent to China's supreme court for a mandatory review before it can be carried out.

UK High Court Rules US Appeal Can Proceed After Lawyers Claim Assange Healthy Enough for Extradition
by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 11:17:10 PM EST
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Company Backed by Bezos & Gates [& Bloomgerg] Moves to Help Mine Metals in Greenland
According to Reuters "Billionaire-backed mining firm to seek electric vehicle metals in Greenland", KoBold, which "uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to hunt for raw materials," is going to fork out some $15 million on exploring the Disko-Nuussuaq project located on Greenland's west coast in exchange for a 51 percent stake in said project.
archived Greenland's government tells President Donald Trump the island is 'not for sale', USGS to WH: free uighurs, securing "our" supply chain
by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 11:39:36 PM EST
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Lawmakers approve Holocaust restitution bill that would vacate most legal claims for properties confiscated by Poland's COMMUNIST ray-geem after World War II
The bill states that administrative decisions can no longer be challenged in court after the expiration of a 30-year period [2051?] -- essentially preventing [only?] Jews from recovering property seized by Poland's communist-era authorities.
"I will continue to oppose any attempt to rewrite history.... Poland knows what the right thing to do is -- repeal the law," [Israeli Foreign Minister Yair] Lapid said in a statement.
US State Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was "troubled" by the Polish legislation "severely restricting restitution for Holocaust survivors and owners of property confiscated during the communist era."
the irony
by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 06:26:11 PM EST
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Poland's ruling party rams through media law despite US warnings
The bill proposes only allowing companies majority-owned by entities from the European Economic Area [EC Reg. 2407 "precedent"] to hold broadcast licenses. That would exclude U.S.-based Discovery [Inc.], owner of TVN, one of Poland's most popular TV stations, and its all-news subsidiary TVN24. The news channel's license expires on September 26.
The bill is one of the causes of Tuesday's collapse of the PiS-led United Right coalition, which fractured after Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin was sacked from the government and pulled his small group of MPs.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where the opposition holds a narrow majority and will likely reject it.
Media, Holocaust
Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin, the 59-year-old leader of a moderate conservative[?] junior coalition party called Agreement.

Gowin was opposed to a tax plan that benefits low-income families and pensioners at the expense of independent workers. [...] After blowing up its coalition with Gowin, the Law and Justice [PiS] party, with the support of another radical right-wing [?] party, proceeded to pass controversial legislation late Wednesday that upset the U.S.
All this political turmoil could lead to early elections because of the split with Gowin. National elections aren't due until 2023, but if Law and Justice and its other junior partner, the Catholic nationalist United Poland party, can't pass legislation then elections become a real possibility.

by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 07:44:40 PM EST
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Discovery [Inc.] finds new option to continue embattled Polish news station TVN24
The US company Discovery said Monday it has been granted a Dutch license that would allow it to keep broadcasting its independent news channel TVN24 into Poland.
by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 01:29:00 PM EST
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This will have the PiS, er, pissed off.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 05:38:26 PM EST
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Love for Italy's `multi-ethnic' Olympic team sparks calls to rethink citizenship law
Around 15 percent of Italy's Olympic team were born abroad or have parents born abroad. On the athletics team, which includes categories like track and field, that figure rises to almost 40 percent.
The diversity of the team has rekindled ongoing discussions in Italy over who is granted citizenship, with Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malagò crediting the "multi-ethnic team" for Italy's success and calling for an acceleration to the citizenship applications of professional athletes.
As with most European countries, Italy awards citizenship based on jus sanguinis -- the principle that citizenship is determined by the nationality of a person's parents. Jus soli, the principle that the country of citizenship is determined by a person's country of birth, regardless of the citizenship of their parents, is applied in Canada and the United States.
Multās per gentēs et multa per aequora vectus adveniō hās miserās, frāter
Malagò has called for a "sports jus soli" to remove what he calls a "Dante's Inferno" of bureaucratic red tape and give athletes Italian citizenship "one minute after their 18th birthday."
by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 09:22:05 PM EST
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As with most European countries, Italy awards citizenship based on jus sanguinis -- the principle that citizenship is determined by the nationality of a person's parents. Jus soli, the principle that the country of citizenship is determined by a person's country of birth, regardless of the citizenship of their parents, is applied in Canada and the United States.

Politico.eu is generally better informed than that: Many European countries, small ones as well as big ones, do practice jus soli <checks Wikipedia>, with some conditions, although Italy doesn't... so far.

It's a cultural change for Italy, which has been, for most of the 19th and 20th century, a country of emigration rather than immigration. Now, Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world, just after Japan, and its population is decreasing: it has slipped under the 60 millions mark, according to some estimates; the fact that Italy is now a place where migrants from the Middle-East and Africa want to settle in still has to fully enter the public consciousness: the Olympics team is bringing this new reality to the fore.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 10:34:24 AM EST
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I didn't find Italy list there at all.

Maybe because qualification is complicated than the case of the Texass-born Italian.

by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 11:08:57 PM EST
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The center-left Democratic Party has vowed to open a debate on the issue in parliament in September. "The Olympics confirmed what we have maintained for some time," the party tweeted, calling citizenship a "right" rather than something to be "earned."

Shortest route to citizenship is either by earning or buying it. Not everyone has a 5000 year birthright as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Somehow British Home Office had put conditions on visa renewal.

BTW the Dutch Olympians amassed most gold en silver medals of all EU-27 nations. Recall the Golden Age of the Dutch empire. 🥇😅

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 11:55:13 AM EST
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hmm, yes, well the 19th century isn't an ancient period of European intellectual history and "habituality" d/b/a culture of distinguished citizens among civilized tribes up to the present.
(a) Rome legio, conscription and settlement (colonus)
(b) Athens' metics and Sparta's helots

The path to citizenship isn't exactly paved with ahh fertility, but treasure and blood.

by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 02:13:09 PM EST
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UNPRECEDENTED political economy < wipes tears > in the "golden age" of Greek democracy, citizenship, "minority rights," and immigration enforcement. Let's say you read one or more translations of Lysias' notorious, "xenophobic" defense of "unfree" Egyptian metics in Athens, evaluate:

Cold Case Files: The Athenian Grain [a/k/a "corn" of "God"] Merchants 386 B.C.

While most economic analysis of the effects of market power has focused on monopoly power (a single seller of a good) or cartels among sellers, there has always remained some degree of interest in monopsony power (a single buyer) or buying cartels. This interest has traditionally been confined to three different areas: "Company towns" where a single employer is the sole employer of labor; large retailers, such as A & P in the first half of the 20th century, where the retailer's purchases represent a sufficiently large share of the overall market that it has some power to dictate wholesale prices; and middlemen or wholesalers in agricultural markets, such as grain elevator operators, where geography or transportation costs limit the number of potential customers interested in large-scale commercial levels of output. In recent years, there has also been growing concern about the potential for monopsony power among large scale purchasers of health care services.
d/b/a 21st cen. free trade
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 05:34:29 PM EST
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Pepe Escobar: Afghanistan? Follow the Money
I asked Michael Hudson, an economics professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Peking University, how he would recommend the new government to act. He answered, "For one thing, embarrass the hell out of the IMF for acting as an arm of NATO."

Hudson referred to a Wall Street Journal article written by a former IMF advisor now with the Atlantic Council as saying that "now, since recognition is frozen, banks all over the world will hesitate to do business with Kabul. This move provides the U.S. with leverage to negotiate with the Taliban."

< wipes tears >
Hudson is now working on a book about the collapse of antiquity*. His research led him to find Cicero, in "In Favor of [Manilius's Resolution]" (Pro Lege Manilia), writing about Pompeus'[Cnaeus Pompey|Pompei|Pompeius] military campaign in Asia [Minor, a/k/a Anatolia] and its effects on the provinces in a passage that perfectly applies* to the "forever war" in Afghanistan:  

"Words cannot express, gentlemen, how bitterly hated we are among foreign nations because of the wanton and outrageous conduct of the men whom in recent years we have sent to govern them. For, in those countries, what temple do you suppose had been held sacred by our officers, what state inviolable, what home sufficiently guarded by its closed doors? Why, they look about for rich and flourishing cities that they may find an occasion for a war against them to satisfy their lust for plunder."

Caius|Gaius Manilus [Cic. Man. 24.69] nominated Pompey--meaning a "bill", proposition or resolution, introduced to senate debate--for commander of the third war against "hellenized" Parthian and "Armenian" enemies of (Alexander's) Seleucid legacy of tin-pot dictators and republican Rome to extinguish the dumpster fire of pillage, piracy, rape, banditry, looting, extortion, casual embezzlement, officious corruption, and rank mutinies fueled by the sundry commanders in the prior 22 years. In this "filibuster," Cicero admires Pompey's management style at the western frontier of the Mediterranean as much as the revenue (possibly "corn") Pompey will restore to Rome's treasury by pacifying enemies and allies alike:"How great should be their moderation in everything! How perfect their good faith! How universal should be their affability! how brilliant their genius! how tender their humanity! And let us briefly consider to what extent these qualities exist in Cnaeus Pompeius. For they are all of the highest importance, O Romans, but yet they are to be seen and ascertained more by comparison with the conduct of others than by any display which they make of themselves."

(*) well, no. European "antiquity" is a renewable paradigm of law'n'orderly tribute.

by Cat on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 04:34:41 AM EST
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migrant UPDATE!

Meet the Middle Eastern migrants [sic] trapped in Lithuania

Lured to Belarus with promises of easy EU immigration, Iraqis [Operation Iraqi Freedom], Syrians [Operation Inherent Resolve], and Afghans [Operation Enduring Freedom] are now trapped in Lithuania.
opposition to Erdogan: Don't. even. joke about it.
Almost immediately, a security guard approaches us. "What do you want here?" he asks. After all, we -- two journalists originally from the Middle East -- look more like the people inside the refugee camp. Our European companion doesn't though.
A further fence separates us from the migrants here. Most of them appear to come from the Middle East, although some are also from Africa [Operation Miscellany]. Their clothes look dirty, their faces tired. Almost all are male and most appear to be between 20 and 30 years old.
a split infinitive: Belarus is accused of encouraging migrants to illegally cross the border into the EU.
This year, there have been more than 3,500 people caught at the border, and Lithuanian officials fear that, by the end of the year, they would have seen as many as 15,000 more people from the Middle East and Africa arrive there. In 2020, there were only 81. Belarus has also announced that it will close the borders to its territory, basically trapping migrants in a kind of no-man's-land there.
Lithuania unprepared
Just how sought-after a destination Europe is for some Iraqis can be seen on a Facebook page that was dedicated to migration into the EU via Belarus. In just a few days, tens of thousands had joined the page.
Leader of free world to "women and minorities": free ui/uyghurs
archived Sun Jul 11th, 2021
by Cat on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 03:20:38 PM EST
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Belarus sanctions reprisal ... WMD 💥

Weapon of Migrant Destruction 😡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 07:07:18 AM EST
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While most likely a retaliatory action, one can't but notice that it is an easy and effortless way (for Belorus) to make those countries that just recently were so eager to "liberate" it to now actually build fences, moats and watchtowers to make a strong border to cut Belarus off.

A modern day "Iron Curtain", if you please.

by pelgus on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 07:32:50 AM EST
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Times of Israel
Selon un reportage publié jeudi sur le site d'information Ynet, la nomination de German est critiquée par certaines personnes impliquées dans les relations entre Israël et la France, y compris des membres de la communauté juive française, car la nouvelle ambassadrice ne parle pas couramment le français - une compétence considérée comme importante dans un pays connu pour son dédain de l'anglais.


En réponse à ce reportage, le bureau de Lapid a déclaré dans un communiqué que la connaissance du français n'était pas un critère pour le poste.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 11:03:56 AM EST
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Not all ambassadors are fluent in the language of their assigned host country.

That being said, there is no shortage of fluent French speakers in Israel. And the current ambassador, Daniel Saada, has previously served in Francophone African countries, Haiti and Brussels- strong hints to his French language proficiency.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 05:51:20 PM EST
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US officials in Germany reportedly suffer 'Havana Syndrome' symptoms
If confirmed, it would be the first time Havana Syndrome symptoms have been reported in a NATO member state hosting US troops and NUCLEAR weapons. [...] US officials have reported similar incidents in China, Russia, and inside the US. In July 2021, dozens of US diplomats in Vienna reported having been being affected by Havana Syndrome symptoms ["persistent fatigue, migraines, nausea, and nosebleeds"] since US President Joe Biden took office.
archived crickets, scientists say
by Cat on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 02:38:27 PM EST
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Kamala Harris' Vietnam trip delayed over possible case of mysterious 'Havana syndrome'
A couple hours after the announcement, NBC News reported that a medical evacuation was called for two U.S. officials in Hanoi over the weekend. The NBC report noted that "strange sounds" were involved in the incidents, and that Vietnam has seen past reports of possible Havana syndrome cases.
by Cat on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 10:52:17 AM EST
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French-American artist Josephine Baker to enter France's Pantheon
Josephine Baker, the famed French-American singer and dancer who also fought in the French resistance during WWII, will enter the Pantheon mausoleum on 30 November.

Josephine Baker, who was born in Missouri in 1906 and buried in Monaco in 1975, will be the first Black woman to be laid to rest in the hallowed Parisian monument.

"She was an artist, the first Black international star, a muse of the cubists, a resistance fighter during WWII in the French army, active alongside Martin Luther King in the civil rights fight," the petition says.

In her home country, the US, she opposed the Ku Klux Klan and worked for the civil rights of African-Americans. In Europe, in the face of Nazism, she became a French counter-intelligence agent and was awarded the Resistance medal after the Second World War.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 02:44:08 PM EST
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I say, being one who has actually read biographical material in me family stacks of the ICONIC subject, like other US American descendants of SLAVES, "self-deported.

by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 03:53:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 06:00:19 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:01:17 PM EST
Magistrates finally threw Craig Murray in the pokey without a key. If you've NO IDEA what crime of which Murray was convicted, American panelists of "The Critical Hour" will further politicize "women and minority" rights of free speech in English law.
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 11:49:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 12:06:17 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 12:36:32 PM EST
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UK police arrest 11 over racist abuse after Euros final
The unit said that of the 207 criminal social media posts identified, 123 accounts belong to individuals outside the U.K. and their details are being shared with the relevant countries. It added that it is waiting for information on the remaining 50 account holders.
by Cat on Fri Aug 6th, 2021 at 03:43:06 PM EST
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HRH Governor General Mary Simon on Sunday accepted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's request to dissolve parliament triggering a snap election
Trudeau's Liberals hold a nationwide lead as large as 12 percent, according to some of the latest polling numbers. Projections suggest Trudeau's current position in the polls would be enough for him to regain the majority mandate he lost in the last election, which critics and analysts say is the Prime Minister's real objective for triggering an election.
September 20
archived Tue Oct 22nd, 2019
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 10:40:12 PM EST
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Sex and gender identity question development for Census 2021
  • There are currently no official figures for those who identify their gender as different from the sex registered at birth.
  • ONS research and consultation showed a clear need for information on gender identity, to support work on policy development and service provision and to further equality, including under the relevant equality law [Equality Act 2010].
  • Recommended sex/gender questions for Census 2021
  •  The questions and response options for Census 2021 have now been finalised through the Census (England and Wales Order 2020 as well as Census Regulations for England and for Wales.
  • Publication of initial findings, March 2022, final release, March 2023
gov.scot, "Supporting transgender young people in schools: guidance for Scottish schools" (Aug 2021)
Torygraph ALERT, 12 Aug 2021
Scottish four-year-olds can change gender at school without parents' consent
innerboob MISINFORMAION, 13 Aug 2021
Claims SNP funding 'paedophile charter' lobbying groups are FFS
Wings Over Scotland blog v (NGO) Women's Rights Caucus, "Feminist Declaration"(c. 2020)
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 10:36:56 PM EST
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COVAX vaccine "loans"?

Herd immunity?

COVID-related deaths?

But I note with interest, The Guardian heaped more celebrity bling than Sputnik on The Lone Media holocaust survivor behind the Media Man.

Female presenter interviews Taliban spokesman on Afghanistan television

TOLO News briefly sent its female reporters home on Sunday owing to fears for their safety of RAPE, HONOR KILLING. But two days later many have returned to work and are out reporting on the streets. At the moment it is "business as a usual" for the outlet, which operates a slick 24-hour television channel and an online presence that has consistently beaten western outlets to obtain footage showing the collapse of the previous ray-geem.
Modernity amid medieval Moghul peasants
Mohseni, a Dubai-based [!]Afghan-Australian [!] citizen, has spent two decades building up a media empire that includes everything from TOLO News to popular entertainment channels and an Afghan equivalent of Netflix PRAYER POSTS. Although his company has taken the precaution of removing SELF-CENSORED entertainment shows featuring "female singers showing lots of flesh", it is still broadcasting soap operas and Turkish [!] period dramas to millions of people.
This has FORCED the Taliban into a new approach to the media TELECOMMUNICATION. When fighters gained access to STORMED Kabul's presidential PALACE on Sunday night, they were accompanied by a film crew from the Qatari-backed television news channel Al Jazeera, who live-streamed their exploration of the deserted building. In recent days Taliban spokespeopleMEN have also been interviewed live by female presenters on BBC News and Sky News.
The Missing 33 minutes
"BBC Presenter Yalda Hakim, who fled Afghanistan as a child with her family, received the impromptu call from Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen on her mobile phone [!] on 15 August while live on air."
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 01:07:54 AM EST
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Biden calls Johnson for advice
"Downing Street reported that the US and UK 'agreed on the need for the global community to come together to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,' with the prime minister committing to 'increased humanitarian aid to the region and resettlement of refugees.'"

Biden Admitted US War in Afghanistan Isn't Really Ending - It's Becoming a Somalia-Like Drone War, funerals to weddings estimates in a range

[Gen. Donald] Bolduc noted that the standing policy was not to investigate civilian casualties until concerns were raised by journalists, other governments, or nongovernmental organizations.
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 01:23:59 AM EST
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'Speechless' Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Trolled Over 'Word Salad' Afghanistan Statement, possibly vulnerable Haitians
The Sussexes also expressed concern for the "humanitarian disaster in Haiti" following the recent earthquake that hit the country and the COVID health crisis "exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation."
The couple shared a list of organisations doing critical work in the most affected countries including World Central Kitchen and Women for Afghan Women, and urged their readers to donate - it's not clear how much - or if - they have donated themselves, though.
Announcing a portion of proceeds from sales of Megxit books for children to be released in < checks watch > 30 days
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 02:18:07 PM EST
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UK [Gen. Nick Carter] Calls Taliban `Honourable', Praises Group for Not Behaving in `Medieval Way'
Confirming that the Taliban was "helping" British forces at Kabul's airport amid their ongoing evacuation operations, Carter also praised the group for "keeping the streets of Kabul very safe and indeed very calm," and said that that what the military was "not getting are reports of them behaving in a medieval way like you might have seen in the past."
There's this thing about liars ... fog o'war, rumors and OUTCRY, and just plain bullshit...

ANYHOOOO, Al Jazeera published its transcript of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's remarks which the peanut gallery o'er NATO BETRAYAL instantly panned.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I've worked for the Americans, also, for the contractors."

by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 02:48:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:32:58 PM EST
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BIDEN @ 00:08:55
We gave them every tool they could need. We paid their salaries. Provided for the maintenance of their air force, something the Taliban doesn't have. The Taliban does not have an air force. We provided close air support. We gave them every chance.

I see "corn" everywhere.

'There Will Be No Democratic System at All' in Afghanistan, Senior Taliban Figure Reportedly Says

Afghanistan under the Taliban will not have a democratic system of government as the latter is understood in many countries, and could be governed by a ruling council ... "There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country," Hashimi told Reuters. "We will not discuss what type of poiltical [sic] system we should apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is Sharia law and that is it," the official added.
GIVEN an electoral experiment that produce Karzai and Ghani, the NYPost's gallery of medieval savagery, the thin blue line of fatwa enforcers, who would fault that logic?
The official further indicated that the Taliban would discuss the creation of a new national military, with former ["Afghan"] government soldiers and military pilots to be allowed to join. "Of course we will have some changes, to have some reforms in the army, but still we need them and will call them to join us."
modified Ba'ath party purge
Hashimi said that the Taliban has already established contact "with many pilots" in the wake of the group's seizure of dozens of military aircraft, and "asked them to come and join, join their brothers, their government."
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 05:12:05 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 01:54:55 PM EST
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A Taliban patrol reportedly vowed to protect portraits of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK's embassy in Kabul from looters after diplomatic officials left the country in a haste last week before the group captured the city.
What about Prince Andrew?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 03:08:52 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:01:44 PM EST
29 Mar 2020: CARES Act mortgage and eviction moratorium expires 31 July 2020

8 Aug 2020: In Executive Actions, Trump Extends Some Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll Taxes to 31 Aug 2020, middle-earth questions his author-i-tay, DHS/FEMA funding

In an executive order calling to minimize evictions, Trump directed various federal agencies to make funds available for temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners facing financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

"It's not their fault that this virus came into our country," he said of renters and homeowners. "It's China's fault."

1 Sep 2020: CDC publishes guidance, "Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19," 85 Fed. Reg. 55,292, extends moratorium to 31 Jan 2021

27 Dec 2020: cheeto signs Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, entitling CDC order, DCCC adjourns from 'peachment II until Jan6 "Insurrection" 117th game opener

7 May 2021: 117th Congress passes American Rescue Plan "reconciliation bill" adding $21.5 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) to agencies' relief funds, while Biden CDC twice extends vigorously litigated CDC temporary moratorium to 30 June 2021, then 31 July. SCOTUS calls BS.

29 Jul 2021: Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday
30 July 2021: Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium, despite last-minute effort

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Whip James Clyburn released a joint statement on the failed bill and blamed Republicans [?!].

"It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue," they wrote in the statement. [...] Earlier in the day,Pelosi pleaded with House Democrats in an email Friday to support the bill that would have directed the Centers for Disease Control to extend the eviction moratorium.

"Congress has the power to direct the CDC to extend the eviction moratorium to provide relief, as we encourage state and local governments to distribute the money that we allocated," she said in the email.  

2 Aug 2021: Top House Democrats call on Biden administration to extend eviction moratorium
The eviction moratorium expired at midnight on Saturday after the House left for recess two days earlier, unable to strike a deal on an extension.
The Supreme Court last month ruled that while the CDC's moratorium could stay intact until its expiration date, the agency exceeded its authority when it put the ban in place. Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the ban could not be extended past its expiration date unless by an act of Congress.

The leading Democrats in their statement on Sunday contended that it "will not be sufficient" to extend the moratorium in the House because the Senate would not have the means to approve a bill.

by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 07:09:21 PM EST
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CDC rebuffs Biden bid to reinstate COVID-19 eviction moratorium
Pelosi told lawmakers such an extension would provide more time to speed distribution of $46.5 billion already allocated by Congress for rental relief. Only about $3 billion of that sum has been distributed.
archived cockroach alert No. 2
The National Apartment Association, with 82,600 members that collectively manage more than 9.7 million rental units, last week sued the U.S. government seeking billions of dollars in unpaid rent due to the moratorium.
archived cockroach alert No. 1
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 11:16:15 PM EST
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cockroach alert No. 3
[74-year-old landlord Gabe Imondi from Rhode Island] was tired of waiting for federal rental assistance and wondered aloud "what they're doing with that money?"

Hours later, Luis Vertentes, in a different case, was told by a judge he had three weeks to clear out of his one-bedroom apartment in nearby East Providence. The 43-year-old landscaper said he was four months behind on rent after being hospitalized for a time.

"I'm going to be homeless, all because of this pandemic [?!]," Vertentes said. "I feel helpless, like I can't do anything even though I work and I got a full-time ["essential"] job."

by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 02:41:32 PM EST
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"My main concern is that now that I have an eviction, how will I find another place? Some places will accept you and some will not," said Eleby, whose entire family got COVID-19 earlier this year.

Around the country, courts, legal advocates and law enforcement agencies were gearing up for evictions to return to pre-pandemic levels, a time when 3.7 million people were displaced from their homes every year, or seven every minute, according to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

BANNED Twitter archive
Balmer city charter, Balmer @rentersunited "fintech" errors, Princeton.edu Eviction Lab AND "normal" rate(s), Maglev COVID "czar" Redfield, Maglev Gang of 3 Board of Public Works authorities, topical excerpts from The Entailed Hat (1884), etc etc
eurotrib archive ConLaw 'n' Order Articles of Confederation succeeded by sacred US Constitution AND "free press", Art. 4, Sec. 4 AND 10th amd., artifacts AND states' rights, uniformity I, uniformity II
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 03:53:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 04:22:14 PM EST
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April 2020: Trump unveils three-stage process for states to end coronavirus shutdown
"With the onus [d/b/a authority, accountability, responsibility, executive function, white supremacy] on governors, the plan also gives Trump political cover if not everything goes well."
July 2020: A dangerous NEW! chapter of the outbreak: Every state for itself
Sep 2020: Trump Insists He Has 'Total' Authority to Supersede Governors  

cockroach alert No. 4

"The president is clear: If some states and localities can get this out efficiently and effectively there's no reason every state and locality can't," Gene Sperling, the administration's coronavirus relief ["czar"], told reporters. "There is simply no excuse, no place to hide for any state or locality that is failing to accelerate their emergency" rental assistance.
zoonotic sideshows APsplainin | Tennessee won't incentivize COVID shots but pays to vax cows
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 04:57:45 PM EST
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Jan 2020: How well new China virus spreads is focus of control efforts
It's not known whether anyone who is infected but not showing symptoms can spread the virus. But at a news conference earlier this week, the U.S. government's infectious diseases chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said outbreaks are not driven by that kind of spread.
Aug 2021 APsplainin: China orders mass testing in Wuhan [!] as COVID outbreak spreads
They were among 90 new cases confirmed nationwide [!] the previous day, the National Health Commission said Tuesday. Of those, 61 were locally spread ones and 29 among people who had recently arrived from abroad.

Most of the local cases are still in Jiangsu province, where an outbreak started at the airport in Nanjing [!], the provincial capital, and has spread to other parts of he province AND BEYOND [!]. Authorities reported 45 new cases, five in Nanjing and 40 in the city of Yangzhou, 105 kilometers (65 miles) away, where a second round of mass testing was underway.
Government-affiliated scientists have said that Chinese vaccines are less effective against the new strains of the coronavirus but still offer some protection. Only Chinese vaccines are currently being given in China, where authorities say more than 1.6 billion doses have been administered.

Sat Jul 31st, 2021 "smart city"
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 05:38:48 PM EST
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YouTube bars [SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA] from uploads over COVID-19 misinformation
"Houghton also accused YouTube's implementation of its policy as "censorship" based on the 'political persuasion of the person making the comments.'"
The Hill publishes Conrad Black OpEd
"It is going to be increasingly implausible for the administration to claim credit for defeating the coronavirus if it resurrects widely detested methods of fighting it."
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 07:29:18 PM EST
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29 Jul 2021
House passes sprawling spending bill ahead of fall shutdown fight
"The package, which includes seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the government for the new fiscal year [2022] beginning Oct. 1, passed the lower chamber 219-208 along party lines."

Democrats say they have the votes to advance $3.5T budget measure, "American Jobs" bill

Senate Democrats say they have the votes needed to pass a $3.5 trillion [infrastructure] budget resolution ... In addition to the $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal currently being debated by the Senate, Democrats are expected to try to pass a $3.5 trillion [reconciliation] bill along party lines through a budget process that lets them bypass a GOP [Jim Crow Fusion] filibuster.
2 Aug: Infrastructure bill would end pandemic-related tax break early
A provision in the $1.2 trillion legislative package would largely end the employee retention credit on Sept. 30, instead of the current Dec. 31 deadline.
The employee retention credit is a payroll tax credit meant to prevent businesses from laying off workers during the pandemic, when employers slashed millions of jobs last spring. The credit was initially established by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March 2020, and was later expanded through subsequent coronavirus relief laws. The $1.9 trillion [American Rescue Plan] President Biden signed in March extended the tax credit from June 30 to Dec. 31.
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 07:55:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 09:33:45 AM EST
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20 May 2021: Census Bureau described its plans to replace the American Community Survey (ACS) microdata with "fully synthetic" data

29 Jul 2021: NEW! script. Places, everyone!
Census won't release key annual survey because of pandemic's impact on data

As a result of the pandemic, ACS responses skewed toward wealthier, more educated individuals -- too many to account for with statistical adjustments, Donna Daily, chief of the bureau's ACS office, told reporters. The Census Bureau could not move ACS data gathering from the height of the pandemic lockdowns last spring, unlike the delay the agency [?!] used for the decennial census.
archived CENSUS2020 is going to be GREAT!!1!, "under-counted", "over-counted", "hard-to-count" persons
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 08:07:33 PM EST
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US CDC to Renew Federal Ban on Evictions Until October 3, Sen. Schumer Says
"I applaud the CDC for imposing an eviction moratorium for the vast majority of the population," Senate Majority Leader Chuck 'Not my DACA' Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement. "For anyone to lose their home through no fault of their own is devastating, and it's shameful that Republicans in Congress aren't lifting a finger to help prevent it from happening."
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Biden says CDC will issue new targeted moratorium on evictions for areas hit hardest by COVID-19
The new action, which is expected to last 60 days, will ban evictions in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission, reflecting where the [CDC] recommends vaccinated resident masks indoors and in public settings, two sources familiar told USA TODAY.
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 10:12:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 10:31:18 PM EST
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Data used for drawing districts to be released next week
The bureau will publicize the data next Thursday, Aug. 12, four days before it had promised in a court agreement with the state of Ohio.

The information was supposed to be released at the end of March but was pushed back to August to give bureau statisticians more time to crunch the numbers, which came in late because of delays caused by ["]the coronavirus pandemic["]. The postponement sent states scrambling to change their redistricting deadlines.

archived Jun 10th, 2021 Illinois Republicans, Tue Apr 27th, 2021 apportionment,  Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 quality of the data, Oct 23th, 2020 court order extension
Civil rights groups and others are pushing [BWAH!] Congress to extend the bureau's deadline for turning in apportionment numbers for congressional seats from Dec. 31 to the end of next April.
Tue Oct 13th, 2020 "ACCELERATED" timeline
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 09:59:55 PM EST
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Census experts puzzled by high rate of unanswered questions
The [demographic] information is important because data with demographic details will be used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. < rolls eyes > Confusion over some questions, including traditional uncertainty among Hispanics about how to answer the race question, may have been a factor, but some experts hint at a more sinister [!] possibility.
"I think it's the pandemic and Trump. The very threat that citizenship was on the questionnaire, the very notion it might have been on it, may have deterred some Latinos from filling it out," said Andrew Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College and the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.
Supreme Court decision could set off gerrymandering 'arms race'
"Now that the Supreme Court has officially [INCONTINENCE ALERT] retreated from ["]the area["], they've set off what will likely be an arms race between the parties to gerrymander to the fullest extent they can in the states where they hold control," said G. Michael Parsons, a scholar [alrighty then] at New York University School of Law.
Legal experts say the Roberts Court bears some responsibility for the lack of a robust federal check against the anti-democratic practice, particularly [?!] after the court's 2019 decision in Rucho v. Common Cause.  

In a 5-4 decision along familiar ideological lines, the court's conservative majority ruled that lawsuits over partisan gerrymandering raise a political question that is beyond the reach of the federal courts, handing a stunning defeat to voting rights advocates.

Democracy is not well understood.
[Congressional Representatives] urge Supreme Court to leave redistricting to Congress
elite math
Bethune, Rucho, and the mapmaker in the attic
paragon of "democratic processes"
Kennedy's jurisprudence, Shelby v. Holder
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 02:03:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 03:11:38 PM EST
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NEW! Census data to show US diversifying at fastest rate EVER
The new figures are almost certain to shine a spotlight on a trend that annual surveys have illustrated over the last several years: The number of white Americans is declining.
The pace of the decrease is accelerating, too. Between 2016 and 2017, the white population fell by an estimated 129,000 people. From 2019 to 2020, that decline sped up to 482,000.

If trends from annual estimates conducted over the last decade hold, the census data released Thursday is likely to show an America that is, for the first time in the nation's history, less than 60 percent white.
The number of Hispanic or Latino Americans grew by at least 1 million in eight of the last 10 years, and by 10.5 million between 2010 and 2020. The number of Asian Americans grew by about half a million in seven of the last 10 years, up 4.7 million over the decade. And the number of African Americans grew by at least 300,000 in eight of the last 10 years, or an estimated 3.4 million since the 2010 census.

Brookings priming the pump
Asian Americans were the only demographic group to experience more growth from immigration, 3.3 million people, than from natural increase, 1.2 million.
Those groups, and the attention that activists and party officials now pay to what was once a cartographic [BWAH!] exercise that took place behind closed doors, means this year's redistricting process is likely to be the most transparent in American history [BWAH!]: Voters will be able to witness in real time their legislators remapping their states.
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by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 12:41:08 AM EST
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Census data will show nation's racial changes; analysts see fewer white and more multicultural Americans
"​​The diversity that we're seeing in this country is going to be much more pronounced," said William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.  Any decline in the white population will be a "modest loss," Frey said, predicting the growth in communities of color will be most prevalent among younger populations.
"It's sort of like the denominator for a whole lot of stuff," said John Logan, a sociology professor at Brown University and population studies researcher. He likened it to a definitive "yard stick" Americans will use for years to come.
country of origin
The more detailed results Thursday will show how many people live in each county, city or town, down to individual blocks. The data will show their ethnic and racial makeup and how many are over 18 - voting age.
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The results promise more comprehensive data on race and ["]ancestry["] than in earlier surveys. [NO] The 2020 questionnaire included write-in boxes for Black or African American respondents for the first time, allowing them to list whether they are Haitian or Jamaican or Somali, for example. The surveys included similar boxes for white residents, allowing them to write in Lebanese or Egyptian or Italian.
SACKED! another 410 BCE "moment" in European imperial history < checks watch > 2100.
by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 12:50:17 PM EST
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Texass Senate passes voting restrictions after 15-hour filibuster
Senator Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, began speaking against the bill at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday and did not finish until Thursday morning. During her time speaking, she was not allowed to eat, drink, use the restroom, lean on her desk or speak off-topic, as doing so would have resulted in the end of her [debate].
SB 1 and a nearly identical version of it in the Texas House, House Bill 3, sparked Democrats to again break quorum during the first special session this summer. House Democrats left the Lone Star State for Washington, D.C., where they have been pressuring Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation fort he past month. They say that by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Advancement Act, red states like Texas will be unable to pass laws that suppress voting.
Incorrect. The primary purposes of the bills are 1. establish campaign finance franchises and 2. establish de minimis coverage "15 or more voting rights violations occurred in the State during the previous 25 calendar years"  
Nineteen Democrats on Monday filed a petition for injunctive relief against their arrest and forced return to the Capitol. A Travis County District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order shielding them from arrest, but the Texas Supreme Court overturned the lower court's ruling by granting an emergency motion filed by Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan.
House Democrats successfully brought an end to the first special session without any piece of legislation getting passed. With Senate Bill 1 passed by the Senate, it is not clear what Democrats' next move will be to further block the legislation.
by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 08:48:39 PM EST
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Voters ask federal court to intervene in Wisconsin redistricting
Wasting no time after the release of the 2020 [synthetic] census data on Thursday, a complaint from six Wisconsin voters filed in Madison federal court renews the charge that the state's current maps are illegally gerrymandered [?!] and makes clear the plaintiffs have no confidence in the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature and Democratic Governor Tony Evers to reach a consensus on new maps that are fair and constitutional.
Does this We The People Act stipulate a formula for district assignment? NO. Does it modify the Apportionment Act of '29? NO. But it does purport to simplify voter registration, demand declarations of the financial positions from each presidential nominee for executive offices, subsidize voter donations to uniparty candidates, create NEW! financial barriers to entry by "third-party" candidates for federal seats, AND endorse voter membership in each election commission appointed by a state's governor and legislators.
Calling the current maps "unconstitutionally malapportioned," the voters are asking the court to assemble a three-judge panel to declare the current district plans unconstitutional, block their use for any future elections and draw new maps that ensure a one-person, one-vote standard, something that is normally the Legislature's job.
Dueling Commissions Foreshadow Partisan Battle Over Redistricting
Gov. Lawrence "Maglev" Hogan Jr. (R) created the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission earlier this year to draw  legislative and congressional maps that he will propose as a bill to the General Assembly.

That commission -- which consists of three Republicans, three Democrats and three unaffiliated voters -- finished its initial round of public hearings in July ahead of the release Thursday of detailed U.S. Census data used for redistricting.
Constitutionally, Hogan cannot veto the General Assembly's legislative maps, but his proposed maps become law if the General Assembly doesn't pick an alternative within the first half of the 2022 legislative session [full regular session, 1 Jan-31 March.

Maglev'e predessor
"Part of my intent was to create a map that, all things being legal and equal, would, nonetheless, be more likely to elect more Democrats rather than less," [Martin] O'Malley said in a deposition as part of that case.
Political analysts believe that a shift to single-member districts statewide would lead to Republican gains in the General Assembly, this publication previously reported, and Republican lawmakers who testified at the first round of Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission public hearings overwhelmingly supported single-member districts.

But support for single-member districts doesn't come only from Republicans: Comptroller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter V.R. Franchot endorsed the system in 2019.

by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 08:17:20 PM EST
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eight years late some Pure-D APsplainin

House Democrats [re]introduce John Lewis voting rights bill

Specifically, the federal preclearance outlined in Sections 4 and 5 of the bill has been cut down by the Supreme Court. It required states and jurisdictions with histories of racial discrimination -- largely the Jim Crow South --

to gain approval from the Department of Justice before implementing any change to voting procedure.

In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Shelby County v. Holder that the formula that created the preclearance threshold was outdated and therefore unconstitutional.
Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear at the time, though, that Congress had the authority to update the formula.

[Eric "Ima Freeman!"] Sewell explained that the revised formula now takes into account only the past 25 [calendar] years of voting misconduct from states and localities.

by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 10:04:38 PM EST
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Unsurprisingly, the Great Replacement theory is alive and well in the American right. White supremacists were chanting 'Jews will not replace us' in Charlottesville, SC, four years ago.

The Racist `Theory' That Inspired Murderers Is Now GOP Dogma

The hoods are off, and Republicans are embracing the white supremacist "replacement theory."

If you're dismissing this as fear-mongering or click-bait, you probably missed Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House and renowned adulterer, espousing replacement theory rhetoric on Fox News earlier this week while talking to host Maria Baritromo, who always has time to offer a platform to dangerous conspiracy peddling. Speaking about Mexican immigrants coming to America during the pandemic, Gingrich said the "radical left" wants to "get rid of the rest of us" and would "love to drown traditional, classic Americans with as many people as they can who know nothing of American history, nothing of American tradition, nothing of the rule of law."

He wasn't talking about Donald Trump, notorious for being historically ignorant and profoundly incurious, but about those of us with darker skin, who are never seen as "traditional" or "classic" or "real Americans." Gingrich, a craven political opportunist, parroted the talking points associated with "the great replacement" theory, also known as "white genocide," which stipulates the white race and "Western civilization" are in dire threat of being weakened and ultimately usurped by immigrants of color, Muslims, feminists, and gays.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 12:33:40 PM EST
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The legions, which had been a mix of life professionals and civilian campaigners, was altered into a standing army of professionals only.[70] The actual structure of the cohort army remained much the same as in the late Republic, although around the 1st century AD the first cohort of each legion was increased in size to a total of 800 soldiers.[71][72] However, while the structure of the legions remained much the same, their make-up gradually changed. Whereas early Republican legions had been raised by a draft from eligible Roman citizens, imperial legions were recruited solely on a voluntary basis and from a much wider base of manpower. Likewise, whereas Republican legions had been recruited almost exclusively in Italy, early Imperial legions drew most of their recruits from Roman colonies in the provinces from 68 AD onwards. One estimate places the proportion of Italian troops at 65% under Augustus in c. 1 AD, falling to around 49% by the end of Nero's reign.[73]
by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 08:24:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 12:03:23 PM EST
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Of course, the extreme right in France is part of the "anti sanitary-pass" protests (or should that be "anti-sanitary pass"?). Complete with antisemitic slogans and comparisons with the infamous yellow star of the Vichy regime.

These people are shameless; we knew that already.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 12:50:44 PM EST
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yes, yes, but I, not possessing intimate knowledge of French natural history, am most intrigued by the cosmopolitan phratry claimed by this "black pilled" Canadian 'tuber professing the hearts and minds of 400K liberatians.
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 02:21:12 PM EST
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NEW! ACS debuts as an attempt to quantify disproportionately IMPACTED essential workers by intersectional gender and sexual orientation characteristics
Census data [sic] shows LGBT Americans hit harder by economic, food insecurity amid pandemic
The findings came in the latest Household Pulse Survey, which the Census Bureau first launched in April 2020 to measure U.S. household experiences during the pandemic.
Gah bless Wilbur Ross
The data, which was collected from July 21 to Aug. 2, found that nearly 20 percent of LGBT adults reported a loss of income in the previous four weeks, compared to about 17 percent of non-LGBT adults [any race or ethnicity, age, or US residency status]. This week's report survey is the first to include data questions on gender identity and sexual orientation.
possibly "women and minorities"
The latest data, which came from survey responses from a total of more than 64,000 U.S. households, suggests that the coronavirus pandemic may be exacerbating the financial challenges among LGBT Americans, who even before COVID-19 hit had already been more likely to experience greater financial hardship than non-LGBT people.
The pandemic has also exacerbated existing financial disparities among several other groups, including Latinas, who left the workforce at a higher rate than any other demographic group [?] during the pandemic, according to research released in June by the University of California-Los Angeles's Latino Policy and Politics Initiative.

Additionally, the study found that Hispanic and Black women saw unemployment rates almost double what white women experienced by the end of 2020.

Measuring Household Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Household Pulse Survey - Phase 3.2 (July 21, 2021 - October 11, 2021)
The HPS continues to be a collaborative undertaking and is fielded in partnership with the following federal agencies: ...
13 listed, though in 2019 plaintiffs' PR said it could not, should not, be done to estimate the CITIZEN Q for fear of ....non responses
For Week 34 the Census Bureau sent invitations to 1,042,642 households and received a total of 64,562 responses, for a weighted response rate [?!] of 6.1%.
Phase 3.2 Household Pulse Survey State Level Quality Measures [1.0 MB]

Sections on this page:
Detailed Tables

of which 15% no-report ratios/respondent gender-SE ID, eg. "Table 2. Childcare Arrangements in the Last 4 Weeks for Children Under 5 Years Old, by Select Characteristics".
The HPS is designed to provide near real-time data on how the pandemic has affected people's lives.  Information on the methodology and reliability of these estimates can be found in the source and accuracy statements for each data release.
"Note: These data are experimental. Users should take caution using estimates based on subpopulations of the data - sample sizes may be small and the standard errors may be large.**"
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 09:52:55 PM EST
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most ignorant, innumerate, illiterate, litigious nation on planet REPORTS: "[INSERT NAME] a registered voter of Latin[x] heritage residing within Representative District [INSERT NUMBER] under the Enacted Plans" seek
seek a declaratory judgment that the Enacted Plans violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
[Mostly Democratic Party] Illinois lawmakers set to vote on new election maps
This ["]census cycle["], Illinois was apportioned 17 seats in Congress, losing one seat from the 2010 apportionment. The change reflects the state's overall population decline over the past decade, and means that one congressional district must go.

That's bad news for Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, whose ["]fiefdom["] is the state's politically divided, central 16th Congressional District.

FACTS! and NEW! cause of action: "Equal Protection Malapportionment"
The Illinois General Assembly "finished" redrawing all state Senate, House and appellate court districts in late May [2020], with the changes signed into law by Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker in early June [2020]. However, these maps were based on 2015-2019 estimates made by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, not the full ["synthetic"] 2020 census.
You must be new here.
"... Five-year ACS estimates are not current for purposes of determining whether districts comply with the 14th Amendment one-person, one-vote standard," according to the lawsuit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
This case arises under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1, to the Constitution of the United States, which provides in pertinent part: ... The Equal Protection Clause requires that the representative and legislative districts used to elect members of the General Assembly be substantially equal in population [BWAH!].
Sure enough, the full 2020 census results released on Aug. 12 showed substantial population differences from the preliminary estimates. To address this, last week Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch and Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, both Democrats, announced a special Aug. 31 [legislative] session to vote on new district maps.
We're good to go!
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 05:39:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 09:35:49 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 08:04:25 PM EST
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""God remains in control although this is yet another tough one to swallow," the organization added."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 08:09:34 PM EST
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Alexander Bendo revival, 2021.
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 03:16:30 PM EST
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Anti-vaxxer Dies Of COVID After Posting It 'Was Nothing To Be Afraid Of'
Leslie Lawrenson, 58, died on July 2nd in Dorset, England. At the time, his death was just another death from COVID. Recently though, the Evening Standard uncovered some Facebook videos Lawrenson made, just before his death. Initially downplaying the seriousness of his symptoms, equating it to a cold or the flu. Then his symptoms got much, much worse. He died just nine days after his first dismissive videos.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 08:41:01 PM EST
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Homeless encampment grows on Apple property in Silicon Valley
Apple promised to help quell the Bay Area's homelessness crisis with a series of big-ticket investments, but the tech giant soon may have to get more directly involved -- addressing a problem that has spread to the company's front door.

A large homeless encampment is growing on the site Apple earmarked for its North San Jose campus, two years after Apple made waves with a $2.5 billion pledge to combat the Bay Area's affordable housing and homelessness crisis.

What started as a few RVs parked on the side of Component Drive has grown over the past year into a sprawling camp of dozens of people, a maze of broken-down vehicles and a massive amount of trash scattered across the vacant, Apple-owned property. People with nowhere else to go live there in tents, RVs and wooden structures they built themselves. At least two children call the camp home.

Palo Alto: RV dwellers parked on El Camino Real receive notices to move or be towed
PALO ALTO -- Several RV dwellers in Palo Alto parked on El Camino Real have received notices from the police department warning they could be towed as early as Wednesday if they do not move their vehicles.

The notices incensed local activists, who expressed their discontent to the City Council on Monday night.

Angie Evans, a member of the Palo Alto Renters Association, asked the council to order a stop to the tow warnings and show support for the dozens of people currently living in RVs and vehicles in the city.

A line of RVs and other vehicles parked along El Camino Real is hard to miss against the backdrop of Stanford University. For the past several months, people living along the busy avenue have had to play "musical parking spaces," as they call it, moving from one spot on El Camino Real to another a few blocks away when they get a tow notice

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 12:54:46 PM EST
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...at the same time.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 02:59:15 PM EST
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Airbnb to Provide Free Housing For 20,000 Afghan Refugees
According to a tweet, the company will pay for the refugees' accommodation, but the initiative was made possible by the generosity of [vacant holiday] homeowners. [...] Chesky urged those who are ready to provide their homes, or space in their homes, to contact Airbnb, and expressed his hope that this would inspire other business leaders to contribute in some form to the refugee and immigrant crisis.
pre-pandemic Homelessness Statistics by State

archived Thu Mar 11th, 2021
by Cat on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 11:49:48 AM EST
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Returning NYC college students face fierce competition for ["]housing["]
Ellie Flenga, 51, who lives in Athens, Greece, and -- after more than a month of scouring rental listings and receiving multiple rejections -- finally has a deal pending for a $6,300 Murray Hill two-bedroom for her 20-year-old daughter, Parsons junior Peggy Zoumboulakis, and her 18-year-old son, NYU freshman Philippos Zoumboulakis. "I didn't imagine that it was going to be so complicated."
Joshua Arcus, an associate broker at Brown Harris Stevens who recently secured a $2,900 Financial District studio for a Pace University undergrad. "There are five great applications for every one apartment."
in less than two days, Stange [20] got it for $4,595 per month before returning stateside -- and despite the sprint and more money spent, she says it was worth it. "It just feels more like home coming into your own apartment instead of going into a dorm," she said.
For 20-year-old Andreas Tsantilas, an NYU junior studying math and physics, the process of landing a Kips Bay two-bedroom with a roommate, which they snagged for $3,245, took five weeks.
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 11:04:36 PM EST
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Despite the many stories about all the people leaving big cities, there is another huge factor--at least in the US. Healthcare.

If you live in a city, there is a choice of where you might get advanced care. But if you move out into the boondocks, not so much. Many smaller towns have no hospital at all, or only a small ER clinic, or a pharmacist who gives out pills. Rural hospitals are closing all over the country.

Why would someone voluntarily choose to live in a place where it is a two hour ambulance ride to a Level 1 hospital?

by asdf on Sat Aug 28th, 2021 at 09:41:42 PM EST
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For 98% of needed services a Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant .... or even a Paramedic ... is fine.  For the 2% that's not the patient would have to be transported anyway since rural hospitals cannot afford to have a cardiologist, otolaryngologist, surgeon, & etc. with the associated equipment, nurses, and infrastructure sitting around for the tiny amount of time they'd be used.  

Rural counties of the US are de-populating.  As the numbers fall the people who provide services fall, and so the available services must also fall.  Just the way it is.

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

by ATinNM on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 03:37:59 PM EST
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APsplainin how Harris urges Vietnam to join US in opposing China 'bullying'
In addition to her commitment to defend the South China Sea against Beijing advances, Harris unveiled an array of new [cash money] and support for Vietnam in areas including climate change, trade and the coronavirus pandemic.
After her bilateral meetings, Harris took a moment of silence in the pouring rain and laid flowers at the monument where John McCain's plane was shot down by the North Vietnamese in 1967. She noted it was the three-year anniversary of Sen. McCain's death.
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 05:47:25 PM EST
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... when you have the GOP? (and Gov. Ron DeSantis)

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 08:47:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:46:39 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:02:01 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 12:32:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 12:46:27 AM EST
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American gymnast MyKayla Skinner wins silver in vault as replacement for Simone Biles
"I was going to get on a plane to go home," Skinner said. "I wasn't expecting any of this to happen."

But after team finals, Biles, realizing she might not be able to continue, asked team officials to text Skinner about staying in Japan if needed.

by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 12:51:15 AM EST
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DOJ declines to investigate New York's public nursing facilities
"BUT But the decision by the Justice Department's civil division does not signal an end to an ongoing criminal investigation of Gov, Andrew M. Cuomo's administration by the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, which is also examining the state's nursing home policies and the number of fatalities in those facilities that had been reported by state officials."
Law Firm that Was Sued Last Year by NYS Attorney General for Refusing to Turn Over Trump Documents Lands a Partner to Head the Criminal Division in Biden's Justice Department
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 01:02:40 AM EST
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NY Governor Cuomo harassed multiple women, state AG finds
Cuomo made no indication of voluntarily resigning in the wake of the report, and instead offered several challenges to aspects of the report's findings at a separate press conference Tuesday in Albany. "The facts are much different that have been portrayed," he said during the 14-minute briefing.

"Politics and bias are interwoven throughout every aspect of this situation," Cuomo said. "One would be naïve to think otherwise, and New Yorkers are not naïve.
"It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as governor," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this afternoon. "He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately."

archived that fragile truce
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 06:41:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 11:56:03 PM EST
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FIFTH WAVE is a void.
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 09:26:09 PM EST
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commedia dell'arte, WHO DO I SUE? "women and minorities" edition

by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 12:47:36 PM EST
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intrigue, "victim-blaming" sidebar edition
[Alphoso] David was a counselor to Cuomo in 2018 when Boylan resigned after Cuomo allegedly kissed her without her consent. David kept Boylan's confidential information, including workplace complaints about her, when he left Cuomo's office to become president of [Human Rights Campaign] HRC in 2019, according to James's report.
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 01:07:42 PM EST
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intrigue, bottom bitch edition

origin story
Ex-colleagues blast Gov. Cuomo's 'mean girl' Melissa DeRosa

Among other things, investigators found she tried to discredit former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan -- the first woman to go public with sexual harassment allegations against the three-term Democrat -- by admittedly leaking complaints from her personnel file to reporters.
Last year, DeRosa's ferocious dedication to Cuomo destroyed her close friendship with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Glens Falls), with whom she'd been pals since they both attended the Albany Academy for Girls, a private school where they served together on the student council.
the "abused"
Melissa DeRosa, Linda Lacewell and Jim Malatras had rewritten a report from state health officials to omit 9,250 COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents. ... "his reckless policy of forcing vulnerable populations to accept greater risk of infection--and then hiding the results"
Governor Cuomo's top aide, Melissa DeRosa, resigns
DeRosa was mentioned 187 times in the 168-page investigative report by Attorney General Letitia James into 11 sexual assault accusations against the three-term governor, which confirmed Cuomo has engaged in "unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments," James said.
#TimesUp boss Roberta Kaplan resigns after alleged efforts to discredit Cuomo victim
The progressive attorney was referenced in Attorney General Letitia James' damning report released last week that accused Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 women. Her law firm also represented Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa during the investigation.
dailymail.com.uk | 'gossip girl' litigation
Lindsey Boylan, who was The First Woman to publicly accuse NY Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual assault, has announced plans to sue him and his staff for their effort to discredit her, it has emerged.
FIFTH WAVE is a void. A/V (EN)
archived The Evolutionary Origins of Patriarchy
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 01:13:30 PM EST
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dramatic arc of "women and minorities," equity edition
Reese 'Dixie Belle' Witherspoon Celebrated With Her Daughter on Instagram Just A Week After Fans Were Left "Disappointed" And "Unimpressed" By Her Selling Her Production Company For $900 Million

The unnamed media company that acquired Hello Sunshine last week will be led by two former Disney executives, Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and is backed by the private equity firm Blackstone Group Inc.
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 03:34:32 PM EST
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns amid sexual harassment scandal
With Cuomo stepping down, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo will make history as the first woman to serve as New York governor. She will be sworn in after Cuomo's resignation takes effect [26 Aug] and is set to fill out the remainder of his term, which runs through 2022.
this.empowerment(story) developing ...
His administration has also faced extensive criticism for purposefully withholding the true COVID-19 death toll of nursing home residents for months, a decision that has attracted scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

The most damaging -- and ultimately fatal -- blow [!] came Aug. 3, when state Attorney General Letitia James' office released a report that found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, including nine state employees, violating various state and federal laws along the way.

by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 05:03:50 PM EST
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He teetered between staying true to his moderate Democratic roots and moving more to the left as the party became more progressive, shepherding through a $15 minimum wage law in 2015 and paid-family leave a year later.

Most of his tenure was with Republicans in control of the Senate, though he was able to cajole enough of them to support portions of his agenda, including stronger gun-rights laws in 2013 and the same-sex marriage law two years earlier, which at the time made New York the largest state to do so.

by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 05:07:38 PM EST
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empowerment stories

Other politicians' scandals PROPELLED career of NY's next governor, ex-Rep. Kathy Hochul

Hochul ran as a moderate, "independent" Democrat in 2011, attacking Republican plans to turn Medicare into a voucher system. She won 48 percent of the vote in what was arguably New York's most conservative district, thanks in part to Republicans splitting their vote between an establishment candidate and an upstart from the tea party.

Despite an endorsement from the National Rifle Association, Hochul narrowly lost her reelection bid 51 to 49 percent in 2012.

During her time in Congress, she occasionally voted with Republicans to reduce regulations and supported a balanced budget amendment but otherwise stuck to ["]mostly liberal["] positions. While Erie County clerk, she opposed SPITZER's proposal to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants -- a position she later abandoned as lieutenant governor. She also moved left on guns while in Albany

Hochul touts readiness, distance from Cuomo
"I want people to know that I'm ready for this," she insisted during her remarks.
Hochul maintained that "No one who is named as doing anything unethical in the report will remain in my administration" and that "At the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment."

Still, she stopped short of commenting on the state Assembly's impeachment hearing, saying she would leave the decision of whether to continue the process to the Judiciary Committee's lawmakers.

"I was not aware of any of the allegations whatsoever in the report. The report stands on its own," she said.

by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 07:51:34 PM EST
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"blue state" expletive-laden goodbyes, Man'attan edition
by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 02:36:45 PM EST
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Biles returns to competition with a bronze medal and a smile (no Coke, no "schmoke and a pancake")
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 02:36:59 PM EST
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Black athletes defend Spanish roots after winning in Tokyo

In an earlier joint interview to Spain's public broadcaster, RTVE, Zapata was talking about how they are "of color but represent Spain" when Peleteiro interrupted him and said, "We are Black, what do you mean `of color?', they are the ones `of color,' they change color more than the sun."

US Olympian Gwen Berry raises a fist in protest as IOC relaxes rules on free speech
"Berry's raised fist here was the equivalent of the women's soccer players taking a knee [BWAH!] before game after game around these Olympics."

What to know about the first ever Olympics with transgender athletes
"The Olympics are an important step in normalizing transgendered athletes in a world where parts of it are trying to remove them."

We've got another runner

"We appealed to a number of countries for help," said Herasimenia, a three-time Olympic medallist. "But the first that reacted was the Polish consulate. We are ready to accept their help."
Olympic committee weighs in on Raven Saunders ["]X protest["], critical intersectional theory?
"Yet the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said Monday that Saunders' demonstration did not break any existing rules as it occurred in a period meant for photographs following the formal medal ceremony."

Mao pins worn by Chinese athletes may test Olympic rules

The gesture -- Mao pin badges worn by two Chinese gold medalists at their medal ceremony -- risks being judged a breach of Olympic Charter Rule 50, which prohibits political statements on the podium at the Tokyo Games -- and at the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 06:17:28 PM EST
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human drama: Belarus runner used quick thinking to avoid being sent home
On her way to the airport, she spoke briefly to her grandmother, who explained that there was a massive BACKLASH against her in the media in Belarus, including reports that she was mentally ill [!]. Her grandmother, she said, advised her not to return. Her parents suggested she could go to Poland.
< reckless eyeballin >
At the airport, she sought help from police, using Google translate to convey her plea in Japanese. At first, they didn't understand, and a Belarusian official asked what was going on[?!].
Let me google that ...
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 09:06:54 PM EST
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OLYMPICS: For Defectors from Cuba, Rough Political Waters | NY Times - Aug. 2000 |

Having suffered the defection or departure of an estimated 100 athletes in recent years, outraged Cuban sports officials are reacting against what they consider to be the theft of runners, jumpers and boxers they have trained.

East Germany's 'sport traitors'| DW News - July 2012 |

Over 600 top athletes were among the 3 million East Germans who escaped to the West. Their loss was deeply painful to the regime, which did everything it could to stop them.

Next to daily Olympics feed ... Belarus is a daily news item on Dutch TV ... little to nothing about true human suffering across the globe or where Dutch participated with its military in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Useful propaganda ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 6th, 2021 at 01:40:11 PM EST
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memories of MUNICH '72 (AKA "Black [!] September") recast for TOKYO '21.

Didn't Spielberg make a mint off that caper?

by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 01:46:13 PM EST
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Team USA's Tamyra Mensah-Stock becomes First Black Woman to win gold in [gender segregated] wrestling
"'Look at this natural hair. Come on, man! < reckless eyeballin > I made sure I brought my puffballs OUT so they could know that you can do it, too,' she said, adding that she wanted young women to see that 'you can be silly, you can have fun, and you can be strong, you can be tough and you can be a wrestler.'"
by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 01:46:23 AM EST
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US American "soccer apartheid"
US Soccer addresses concerns about how the USWNT markets [sic] its Black players
even USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe pointed out an apparent lack of diverse representation within its promotional material.
On the day of each of the team's first two 2021 SheBelieves [!] Cup matches, the gameday graphics shared on the USWNT's official social media accounts featured exclusively white players.
Then, just three days later, the Federation opted to feature Rose Lavelle -- who went on to win 2021 SheBelieves Cup MVP honors -- and Crystal Dunn on the third and final matchday graphic of the USWNT's annual event.
Crystal Dunn and Brianna Pinto talk about being Black soccer players
"I remember when I was playing club soccer and I was younger, I would try to do the high ponytail with my teammates and I would straighten my hair for it. I loved it at the time, but I've grown as a person and I think soccer being exposed to so many different people, it gives you the opportunity to learn so much more about yourself."
USWNT's Dunn wants Olympic gold, but inspiring future generations of Black women's soccer players is her goal
"We've spoken about this," Crystal's father, Vincent, told ESPN. "We were looking at a couple different towns nearby, and had we stayed in Queens and never ventured into Lawn Guyland or selected a different town than Rockville Centre, there is a very good chance Crystal would not have played soccer. We just stumbled onto a place that was a big soccer town."
by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 02:08:38 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 01:01:43 PM EST
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NYPD releases disturbing video of `coordinated' Queens mass shooting
"After the barrage of bullets, the gunmen joined their apparent cohorts on the mopeds before they all fled together, the footage shows."
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 12:41:18 AM EST
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One officer dead after violent incident outside Pentagon
The Associated Press [wrong place, wrong time], citing law enforcement officials, reported that the officer was stabbed during a burst of violence ["Responding officers then shot and killed Lanz"], though officials have not confirmed the circumstances surrounding his death.

Pentagon Police Chief Woodrow Kusse told reporters at a briefing Tuesday afternoon that the officer was attacked at the Metro Bus platform [!] at about 10:37 a.m., and gunfire was ["]exchanged["].

Defund Po-po poll: 83 percent of voters have a favorable view of police
n=948 registered voters
by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 02:47:55 AM EST
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Bipartisan bill would create [National Security Council] NSC position to oversee 'Havana syndrome' response
"As ANOMALOUSs health incidents continue to wreak havoc in the lives of affected diplomats and intelligence officials, it is our responsibility to ensure that any response is commensurate with the ARDUOUS work and SACRIFICES that these individuals have made for our nation," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a release.
by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 02:54:00 AM EST
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4 Jan 2021: Ocasio-Cortez on challenging Schumer: 'I'm trying to decide what is the most effective thing I can do to help our Congress'

dead: Capitol ["]rioter["] Ashli Babbitt's family sues for records on officer who fatally shot her
"The civil suit, filed last week in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, comes more than a month after the Department of Justice announced it would not pursue criminal charges against the Capitol police officer who fatally shot Babbitt."

near dead: AOC says she feared being raped during Capitol riot, FKA "insurrection"

"Yeah, I thought I was," she said. The ["]Queens["] lawmaker has previously said that she's a survivor of sexual assault. She said her past traumas was on her mind as she hid in her office during the insurrection.
9 Aug 2021: AOC not ruling out Senate challenge against Chuck Schumer in 2022

archived the situation here is still pretty psychotic, Ocasio-Cortez didn't lie about her location, in the "Capitol Complex", Miami, Cuba

by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 04:01:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 12:09:56 AM EST
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US American Historical Fabulist GOES OFF rails
"This is an enemy of the state, and I mean the United States of America. He doesn't give a sh*t about us, the United States," he said as quoted by Fox News. "He knows he can transcend it. He can get away to any place. And so it's just about filthy lucre, that's it."
[Ken] BURNS also slammed Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, saying: "Because these people -- and Sheryl is complicit -- the Nuremberg of this, is if it ever happens, which it won't, will be pretty interesting."
FACT CHECK!: Is Ken Burns Taking Up Too Much Space? He Doesn't Think So., AUDIO (EN), 2 Aug 2021
by Cat on Thu Aug 5th, 2021 at 04:32:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 12:51:54 AM EST
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Burkina Faso rejoices as triple jumper Zango delivers first ever medal
OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango's disappointing first two jumps in the final in Tokyo left his family watching live at home in Ouagadougou stressed and fearful that he could miss out on a medal - his country's first ever at the Olympics.

Urging him on from their sofa, Zango's father, brother and sisters erupted in joy when he leapt 17.47m on his third run, propelling him briefly into second place behind Portugal's Pedro Pichardo.

Zango eventually finished third behind Pichardo and China's Zhu Yaming, who jumped a personal best of 17.57m to claim the silver medal.

"We were really very scared. After the first two tries we were really intensely stressed, we really didn't know how things were going to go," said Zango's brother Alex Cedric.

Zango won his bronze medal, the first for the West African nation since it began participating in the Olympics in 1972, on Burkina Faso's Independence Day.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 09:20:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 08:22:41 PM EST
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What will you make with it?
"Facebook and other social media platforms continue to be tremendous tools to spread the Gospel of Christ and connect believers with one another -- especially during this pandemic," he said.
"As long as these companies initiate proper precautions and protocols to ensure the safety of religiously marginalized communities, people of faith should jump on board supporting this vital initiative," he said.
But the company says advertisers are not able to use a person's prayer posts to target ads.
paranormal telecommunication technology UPDATE!
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 12:29:57 PM EST
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'I hope they hear us praying': More than 1,200 dead in Haiti earthquake as global support pours in, again
Louis moved to New York City five years after experiencing the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. After that "nightmare," she said, she had hoped her family would never experience an earthquake again.

Louis said she couldn't reach her daughter again after that harrowing phone call.

by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 12:36:15 AM EST
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Haiti earthquake: Frustration grows over lack of aid as death toll crosses 2,000
A massive earthquake that hit last week has left Haiti "on its knees," Prime Minister Ariel Henry said on Wednesday, as the official death toll rose to 2,189. Some 9,900 people were reported injured as slow trickling aid increased frustration among locals in need.
Free world to Haiti: We're busy protecting "women and minorities". TAKE A NUMBER, LADDIES!
More than 30,000 families have been left homeless in the aftermath of the quake. Schools, offices and churches have been destroyed or badly damaged, leaving thousands of locals to seek shelter in tents mushrooming across the country. [...] "The hospitals are all broken and collapsed, the operating rooms aren't functional, and then if you bring tents, it's hurricane season, they can blow right away," said Dr. Barth Green, president of Project Medishare, an organization to improve health services in Haiti, told the Associated Press.
Delta Superspreaders are on the way!
While US Coast Guard helicopter crews were engaged in ferrying the injured to less-stressed medical facilities, the USS Arlington, a US Navy amphibious warship, was expected to head for Haiti with a surgical team and landing craft onboard.
by Cat on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 02:26:52 PM EST
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Nordic countries to offer asylum for Afghan staff as France suspends expulsions of migrants
"The Taliban is thought to have killed hundreds of Afghans who have worked for overseas NATO forces, and their families."

Afghanistan `spinning out of control' amid Taliban offensive: UN
"'They literally sold us out, there was no government resistance,' one female resident of Kandahar told Al Jazeera, fighting back tears late on Thursday evening."

US Prepares Agreement to Move Thousands of Afghans in Qatar, Report Says
"In addition, Canada announced that it is preparing to launch a "special immigration program to welcome over 20,000 vulnerable Afghan refugees, in total."

by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 08:41:35 PM EST
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Taliban fighters told to wait at gates of Kabul: spokesman

Taliban fighters were ordered Sunday to wait at the gates of Kabul and not enter the city, an insurgent spokesman said, after the complete collapse of the country's security forces.

"The Islamic Emirate instructs all its forces to stand at the gates of Kabul, not to try to enter the city," a spokesman for the Taliban tweeted, although some residents reported insurgents had peacefully entered some outer suburbs.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 10:10:41 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 03:58:58 PM EST
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innerboobs got quips: "I'm just glad that Joe Biden isn't alive to see this."
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 01:43:15 PM EST
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A "president" has left the building.
"He left Afghanistan in a hard time, God hold him accountable," [head of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council Abdullah] Abdullah said.
Karzai himself appeared in a video posted online, his three young daughters around him, saying he remained in Kabul. "We are trying to solve the issue of Afghanistan with the Taliban leadership peacefully," he said, while the roar of a passing helicopter could be heard overhead.
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 02:39:02 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 04:07:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 04:46:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 04:17:05 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 08:00:31 PM EST
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My Z-informant's "Meta Afghanistan" deposit to me in-box this morn (after sustaining injury in an unscheduled paper-ball-on-a-string match with Jabba, the cat)

by Cat on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 01:23:50 PM EST
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American University of Kabul students trying to flee couldn't get to airport: report
"'I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights,' the AUAF administration told students in an email, according to NY Yella Cake."
by Cat on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 01:30:54 PM EST
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tweets, Arne Duncan, former secretary of education
by Cat on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 01:41:48 PM EST
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Zebulon Simantov, Afghanistan's last Jew, has not left Kabul, despite the best efforts of some Jewish figures and organizations.

One of them was Moshe Margaraten, a haredi Orthodox fixer whose passion is bringing Jews out of danger.

Margareten paid Moti Kahana, an Israeli-American businessman who helped extract people from war-torn Syria, to be a middleman and get Simantov out -- but Kahana told Margareten what many others had heard: Simantov was not leaving because of his longstanding refusal to grant his Israeli wife a "get," or decree of divorce. Simantov feared facing Israel's legal system, which penalizes such a refusal.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 28th, 2021 at 05:15:05 PM EST
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Editorial | Confiscating Solar Panels From Palestinians in August Is Abuse
The unit that coordinates government activities in the occupied territories, in its response to Haaretz, chose to ignore the question of what the connection is between confiscating the solar panels and the destruction of antiquities. There is none. The result: the family of the farmer Salim Abu Tayeb - mother, father, grandmother and two small children, were condemned to live without electricity.
by Cat on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 10:32:02 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:02:21 PM EST
Toxic invasive [?!] poison hemlock is spreading into US parks and backyard gardens
Poison hemlock, which resembles Queen Anne's Lace, can be spotted in highway right-of-ways, along fences and on the edges of farm fields. In just the last year, however, the plant that was originally brought to the U.S. FROM EUROPE ["a garden plant, desired for its delicate white flowers"] has MIGRATED near more populated areas, which has experts concerned.
not yer grandma's Sumac
Hemlock poisoning can be fatal with no antidote. All plant parts contain toxic alkaloids that can interfere with nerve [CNS!] transmissions to your muscles, ultimately causing respiratory failure [ARDS!].
"inauthentic" behavior and identities
Poison hemlock is part of the parsley and carrot family. Its leaves are easy to confuse with parsley. Its seeds look similar to those of anise and its roots resemble parsnip roots.

This mistaken identity is the main way people are exposed or accidentally poisoned. But there are ways to distinguish poison hemlock that are unique only to it. Like most invasive species, poison hemlock has been around for a long time, but in small enough populations that no one really noticed. ... With the right wet and cool conditions and a built-up seed bank, the population can proliferate and explode -- past the point where it can be eliminated.

SEE something, SAY something.
If you spot poison hemlock in a public park or along a road side, Shaver recommends reaching out to the agency in charge of that property to let them know about the plant.
not yer grandpa's retsina
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 11:38:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 12:20:31 AM EST
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Gulf of Mexico dead zone larger than ["]normal["], NOAA says
The agency said in a Tuesday report that for the past five years, the average hypoxic zone, or area with little to no oxygen where marine life easily dies, has been 5,380 square miles.

In 2021, this area is about 6,334 square miles, about 2.8 times larger than the 2035 target set by the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, better known as the Hypoxia Task Force.

The area is also larger than the 4,880 square miles NOAA had predicted in June based on Mississippi River discharge and nutrient runoff data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
"By understanding the scale and effects of these hypoxia events, we can better inform the best strategies to reduce its size and minimize impacts to our coastal resources and economy!" she added.

intubation story developing ...
by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 03:51:09 AM EST
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Serbian capital is engulfed in smoke from landfill fire
"The Vinca landfill has been a source of air, soil and water pollution for decades, despite large foreign and domestic investments to close the site and move it away from the capital of 2 million people."
Europe is burning: Four DW explanations
Wildfires burning across southern Europe in the last month -- whether sparked naturally by lightning, or by arsonists -- have been fanned by drought and extreme heat.
This is why at least 55% more area has burned across Europe by August 5 than the average over the previous 12 years. This fact is compounded by outdated forest management, and sometimes even the over-protection of natural forests.
"central and northern regions that are not typically fire-prone"
"An expansion of fire-prone areas and longer fire seasons are projected in most European regions," stated the EEA.

Carbon emissions are not decreasing fast enough to limit this heating, despite climate agreements such as the European Green Deal and Paris Climate Accord.

"They put out plans, they define goals, but they don't really act," said Mojib Latif, a climate scientist at the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research. "Since 1990, global carbon emissions increased 60%," he told DW, adding that emissions will rise again in 2021 following the pandemic-related slowdown the previous year.

Hot WATER in Germany AND no FIRES!
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 02:22:27 PM EST
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What you need to know about France's blazing forest fires 2017
Thousands of emergency services staff have battled the fires since Monday, while 12,000 locals and tourists spent Wednesday and Thursday night in emergency shelters in the Var department. The fires have hit areas in southern France, including the Var, Vaucluse, Alpes-Maritimes and Bouches-du-Rhone departments and the town of Carros to the north of Nice. They have also been ravaging northern Corsica.
Major Fire Hits Var Region in Southern France, Firefighters Mobilized, Interior Minister Tweets 2021
"The country's media and civil security official account on Twitter shared videos of the fire, adding that several firefighter airplanes and helicopters were being used to fight the blaze."
Hundreds of firefighters tackle wildfire in southern France 2021
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 10:52:55 PM EST
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Forest fires in the Var département are a regular feature, especially from mid-August on (and then flooding during the September-October fall season). The Var has both a high population (lot of housing), lot of forest and a lot of tourists during the summer vacations.

Some of the burned areas had already burned down in the 1970s or 1980s, grown the forest (and bushes) back up, then, ready to burn again... It's a regular feature that is made more intense by climate changes and, due to the population increase (556,000 in 1968, 1.2 millions today), has put more people in harm's way.

TBH, Southern France has been spared the worst so far this summer: a cool air mass has been staying over Western Europe during most of July and early August, pushing the hot air from Sahara towards the Eastern part of the continent, to devastating effects in Turkey and Greece.

Tonight, the fire is still going strong and pushed Eastward by the Mistral wind to the peninsula of Ramatuelle ans St Tropez.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 06:22:08 PM EST
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Do your own research, COVID edition.

Obviously, they didn't get the 5G chip with Bill Gates map automatically uploaded via Windows Update.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 05:55:23 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 05:59:35 PM EST
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Covid skeptic's Twitter account suspended for claim vaccine caused footballers' heart attack

Earlier stage of pandemic ...

Belgium's superstar virologist battles the extreme right

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 06:33:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Aug 20th, 2021 at 10:13:42 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:02:37 PM EST

"I actually think nouvelle cuisine was a failed reform that couldn't work."

This guy is so droll. That's why History 210, The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman is in my playlist: PERSIANS! I'm out like a light < 20 min. I idly wonder if he survived The Pandemic or was preserved in the Peabody Museum at the close of the Obama ERA.

by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 09:17:17 PM EST
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Spanish cave art created by Neanderthals, study finds
Who first conceived of art, or symbolic expression -- Neanderthals or humans -- remains a matter of debate because "art was supposed to be a hallmark of so-called modern humans, and Neandertals were assumed to have been incapable of doing any," said João Zilhão, research professor at the University of Barcelona.
The red pigments researchers studied, located in a stalagmitic dome in the cave's lower ["]gallery["], were analyzed and found to have been intentionally applied through splattering and blowing rather than by natural processes.
65 k.a.
It also supports the idea that cave structures like stalagmites played a fundamental role in the symbolic systems of some Neanderthal communities, something that can be interpreted as part of a longstanding tradition.
Oldest cave art found in Sulawesi
An abstract drawing from the 73,000-year-old levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa
by Cat on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 01:01:43 AM EST
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Herodotus rising
According to the researchers, the woman was a descendant of ["]mainly East Asian Homo sapiens["] who most likely arrived at the tropical outpost at least 50,000 years ago. She was probably 17 or 18 years old when she died. The Indonesian archaeologists who unearthed the skeleton nicknamed the remains 'Besse'. The team reported their finding in the journal Nature that came out on Wednesday.
scientific racism
"The Sulawesi woman's DNA indicates that interbreeding [!] occurred in Wallacea as some Stone Age H. sapiens made their way toward Papua New Guinea and Australia. The major gene flow from Denisovans into ancestors of Papuans and Aboriginal Australians most likely took place once [H. sapiens] reached the Wallacea islands," Cosimo Posth, a population geneticist and the study's co-author, said.

The scientists also said that the woman's DNA resembles that of present-day Papuans and indigenous Australians more closely than any modern mainland East Asians. It indicates that she belonged to a previously unknown, distinct genetic line of humans that emerged around 37,000 years ago. It is estimated that around the same period, the evolutionary split [!] occurred between Papuans and indigenous Australians.

The Histories, A. D. Godley, Ed.
I see "corn" everywhere.
Bernal, Black Athena, vol I-III; Kears,Metics and identity in democratic Athens
The Ecology of Health in Herodotus, Dicaearchus, and Agatharchides
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 07:22:49 PM EST
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Novavax seeks Covid-19 vaccine use in India ahead of US
The Novavax two-dose shot is made with lab-grown copies of the spike protein that coats the coronavirus. That's ["]very different["] than other widely used [mRNA] vaccines that deliver genetic instructions for the body to make its own spike protein.
In June [2021], Novavax announced the vaccine had proved about 90% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 in a study Phase III clinical trial of nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and Mexico [and UK]. It also worked against variants circulating in those countries at the time. Side effects were mostly mild.
The Gaithersburg [Montgomery County], Maryland, company said it was on track to produce up to 100 million doses a month by the end of the third quarter and 150 million doses a month by year's end.
archived Tue Mar 3rd, 2020 "Johnson & Johnson [Janssen], Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pfizer Inc. [BioNTech], Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Gilead Sciences Inc., Novavax Inc., Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc., CureVac AG and Moderna Inc."
by Cat on Fri Aug 6th, 2021 at 04:04:35 PM EST
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China to Begin Trials on Benefit of Mixing SinoVac, Inovio COVID-19 Vaccines This Autumn
Inovio CEO J. Joseph Kim said in a Monday press release
INOVIO and Advaccine Receive Regulatory Allowance for Two Heterologous Prime-Boost Clinical Trials in China Using INO-4800, INOVIO's COVID-19 DNA [!] Vaccine Candidate
the company's vaccine could serve as "a primary and a booster vaccine due to its tolerability, balanced cross-reactive immune responses, and strong thermostability profile that does not require cold or ultra-cold-chain transport."
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According to IEEE Spectrum, Inovio's vaccine is delivered in a unique way: because traditional injection proved to have only limited effect, a special electroporation device delivers a small electric shock upon injection, which also uses a shorter needle. The minute shock opens channels into the recipient's cells temporarily, allowing the vaccine to be delivered.
"The success of the adenovirus-vectored AstraZeneca vaccine and mRNA vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech combination may not be necessarily reproduced with other vaccine combinations," Julian Tang, a clinical virologist at Britain's University of Leicester, told the South China Morning Post, adding that scientists "need to try it and see."
by Cat on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 02:00:26 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 08:39:33 PM EST
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1,000-year-old grave may belong to nonbinary leader, challenging centuries-old gender roles
In a peer-reviewed study in the European Journal of Archaeology, researchers analyzed DNA of the remains found in an iron grave at Suontaka Vesitorninmäki in Hattula, Finland.
There is an enduring fascination with women buried with weapons, but the topic continues to be debated (e.g. Androshchuk, 2018; Price et al., 2019). A specific Finnish find, an early medieval inhumation grave dated to (ad 1050-1300)1 found at Suontaka Vesitorninmäki in the municipality of Hattula (formerly Tyrväntö) (Figure 1), has often been interpreted as a woman buried with two swords. The interpretation is based on dress accessories and jewellery, which suggest that the individual was dressed in feminine clothes. For decades, the grave has been a popular example of powerful women in Late Iron Age and early medieval societies (Lehtosalo-Hilander, 1983: 304, 402-03; Ojanen, 2002: 47; Huurre, 2009: 213).
More recent DNA testing confirmed the grave only held one person who had Klinefelter syndrome. Genetically, females have two X chromosomes while males have one X and one Y. Klinefelter syndrome results when a male is born with an extra copy of the X chromosome. The syndrome sometimes results in males developing ENLARGED BREASTS, infertility and other symptoms.
Now, "we" are free to extrapolate "empowerment," possibly class rank.
'The Godmother': Italian police arrest female mafia boss
by Cat on Tue Aug 10th, 2021 at 10:25:37 PM EST
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68th Martian day, or sol, of the mission at Sacred Heart, planet Mars, resembling primary locations of the fiction film Raised by Wolves in South Africa.

"Habituality" has entered the room.

In a perspective piece published Thursday in the journal Science, experts Ryuki Hyodo and Tomohiro Usui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say space missions happening this decade may give researchers their clearest picture yet on the status of past or present life on the Red Planet.

Researchers are particularly interested in the planned Mars Sample Return mission put together by NASA and the European Space Agency that is primed to explore the planet's Jezero Crater, a site believed to be the relic of a great ancient lake. Experts say rovers will collect samples from the crater that, once studied, could help scientists better understand how habituality on the Red Planet has changed so drastically over [billions of] years.
Researchers believe that the moons may house what they have dubbed SHIGAI (Sterilized and Harshly Irradiated Genes, and Ancient Imprints) which roughly translates to "dead remains" in Japanese.

by Cat on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 08:15:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 08:15:39 AM EST
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Diving into the past: The Black divers searching for slave shipwrecks
Sadiki became overcome with emotion when he grabbed hold of part of the wreckage of the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa wreck, which sank off Cape Town while transporting over 500 enslaved Africans from Mozambique to Brazil in 1794.

It's thought that 212 of the captives, along with the crew, drowned in the incident.

"It was like I could hear the voices," says Sadiki, who was part of the dive team who located the wreck in 2015. "The screaming, the suffering, the terror, the pain and agony of all those individuals being shackled arm and leg, and then perishing in a wrecking event.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 10:12:45 AM EST
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And he said that firefighters were now trained on how to extinguish the lithium batteries in electric cars.
That's nice. However, I am increasingly suspicious that the Anglo-merican press corpse--THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN--has SUPPRESSED under-, over-, and hard-to-count batteries IGNITING Leaf and BDY infernos.
by Cat on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 01:51:42 PM EST
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Battle of Corinth in 146 BC in doubt.


An inscription of the tomb suggested that its owner, a freed slave named Marcus Venerius Secundio, helped organize performances in Greek in Pompeii. Experts said it was The First confirmation that Greek, the language of culture in the Mediterranean, was used alongside Latin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Zuchtriegel said Marcus Venerius clearly had been able to make a living for himself after he was freed as a slave emancipated in Italy, given the "monumental" size of his burial tomb. "He didn't become super rich, but certainly he reached a considerable level of wealth," Zuchtriegel said.
by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 10:32:08 PM EST
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Lingering Peculiarities: Slavery and Manumission in the Roman Empire
This was in stark opposition to other powers such as Athens, which could never be accused of that same tendency, let alone dolling out citizenships.
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archived The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World by G. E. M. de Ste. Croix
"unfree labor" LOL
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 04:36:38 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:02:50 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 08:37:49 PM EST
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Today is still my mother's birthday.
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 01:04:08 AM EST
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Beirut explosion
On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 218 deaths, 7,500 injuries, and US$15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. A cargo of 2,750 tonnes of the substance (equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT) had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus.[1] The explosion was preceded by a fire in the same warehouse, but as of April 2021, the exact cause of the detonation is still under investigation.

The blast was also felt across Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine, parts of Europe, and was heard in Cyprus, more than 240 km (150 mi) away. It was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, and is considered one of the most powerful artificial non-nuclear explosions in history.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 03:13:32 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 11:11:07 PM EST
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Irma Bandiera

    "First among the Bolognese women to hold arms for the fight in the name of freedom, she always fought with a lion's courage. Captured in combat by the German SS, subjected to fierce torture, she did not say a word that could compromise her comrades. After being blinded she was barbarously slaughtered and her body left on the public street. Pure heroine, worthy of the virtues of Italian women, she was the beacon of all the patriots of Bologna in the war of Liberation".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 04:27:08 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 07:03:02 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 09:17:32 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 08:34:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 4th, 2021 at 03:32:07 AM EST
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Ishmael Reed Surveys the Great Migrations of the California Cohort of Petty Landlords
and his latest book of poems, Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues (Dalkey Archive)
by Cat on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 08:59:16 PM EST
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Bob Dylan [80]sued for allegedly grooming, sexually abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965
The New York Child Victims Act, passed in 2019, opened up a window for people who claim they were sexually abused as children to file lawsuits against their alleged abuser, even though their allegations would otherwise be too old to prosecute due to the statute of limitations. The "look-back" window in the law closed on Saturday, when the law expired. This lawsuit was filed the day prior.
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 08:55:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 03:27:47 PM EST
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More French women are avoiding nude beaches in fear
"For 48% of French ladies, physical safety was the primary concern; 46% also said they feared photos of their bare chests might end up on social media. Women are also exhibiting a healthy fear of skin cancer as 53% said they opt to cover up to avoid unnecessary sun damage."
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 10:56:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 01:08:00 PM EST
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