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September 2021

by Bernard Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:52:38 PM EST

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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:53:21 PM EST
Here is a video of the anti-Green Pass demonstrators and Naples train station - all 2 of them. The demonstrations all over the country seem to have been similar flops.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:04:44 PM EST
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The caricatural depiction of France in English-language MSM has been abundantly commented on this site by the likes of Jerome or afew. Well, now that the new century is in its third decade, the trend du jour seems to be that we're all turning... (gasp!) French.

Why the world is becoming more French - New Statesman

For decades France has been the red cape to the bull of liberal Atlanticist orthodoxy. Lukewarm on a transatlantic alliance others treated as sacrosanct, ­wedded to Gaullist multipolarity in a ­seemingly unipolar age, enduringly statist in defiance of Hayekian economics, heavy-handedly dirigiste in an age of decentralisation and networked power, at points it has appeared like the village in the Astérix books; the stubborn Gallic holdout against the end of history.
Despair about France often tracks liberal hubris in the Anglo-Saxon world. It was in 2012 - the year of peak Osbornism in Britain and of the Cameron-Obama "bromance" - that the Economist declared France "a country in denial" in an editorial tutting: "French voters are notorious for their belief in the state's benevolence". It was in 2017 - with the UK and US reeling from Brexit and Donald Trump respectively - that the revisionist case for optimism about France, now under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron, started appearing once more.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 08:24:42 PM EST
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"Osbornism" has entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:35:29 PM EST
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RT
The Queen's death will be referred to internally by the government as "D-Day," and flags in Whitehall will be lowered to half-mast. According to the leaked plan, however, the government has expressed concern that it might anger the public if it cannot pull its flags down to half-mast within ten minutes of the Queen's death being announced, and it could even be forced to call in a contractor to do it if no one is around with the ability.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 04:11:28 PM EST
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COVID: Why is ["]Europe["] donating so many vaccines to Vietnam?
EU nations have an interest in fueling the pandemic recovery in Vietnam, as it's the bloc's largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. The EU is also eager to get a geopolitical foothold in the Indo-Pacific region.
[...]
Vietnamese groups were particularly active in countries like the Czech Republic, France[!], Germany and Poland, which have the largest Vietnamese diaspora communities in Europe. All four of these countries have now donated vaccines to Vietnam.
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 02:32:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 04:54:39 PM EST
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The Brief - The anti-Americanism challenge, OpEd "old joke" purportedly not sponsored by Facebook
Anti-Americanism is uneven in the EU. In France, it has almost been the default national policy since Charles de Gaulle.

In Germany, it's forbidden and only the extreme left engages in it, but Die Linke has now become a potentially important factor in the context of the 26 September elections. It is not by chance that Merkel's CDU has lashed out preemptively against the SPD, who are suspected of planning to team up with Die Linke, if they win the elections.

In Eastern Europe, anti-Americanism is the favourite toy of the pro-Russian forces. They are in most cases in opposition, but sometimes sit in governments that pretend to be pro-Western, although sometimes the Americans don't realise this.
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The Afghanistan cold shower is also a timely reminder that the return of a mainstream politician to the White House doesn't solve all the geopolitical problems, and that the EU needs to be a world power of its own.

The EU needs to engage much more strongly, and fast, with Central Asia, India, Pakistan, Iran, if it doesn't want to become the victim of the US shortfall in Afghanistan.

And although transatlantic relations remain paramount for the EU, in the longer term, our Union should manage its relationship with Russia and China as a world power, not as a US subcontractor.

SASSY is back! with moar corp sponsor advertorials. heh. yanno, euractiv, unlike Politico.eu or eurobserver or Irish Times, almost folded in 2020, dontcha.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 05:52:05 PM EST
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Can someone explain to me what "becoming the victim of the US shortfal in Afghanistan" means like I'm a child?
Are we scared of refugees again? And even if that's the case, wouldn't you expect, on balance, that there would be less refugees overall from Afghanistan, now that it looks like there won't be a civil war there for the first time in something like 42 years?
by generic on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 08:29:59 PM EST
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Mommy.
Yes, sugar puff.
What does short fall mean?
Less than the amount you expected.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:52:32 PM EST
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Mommy. I don't understand.
OK, sugar puff. I'll give you an example. Remember when I promised you that I'd bake two dozen cookies?
Yes! Two dozen is twenty-four cookies!
Correct! And how many did I bake?
[SCOWLS] Fourteen.
Is fourteen less than twenty-four?
Yes!
Thar ya go. Mommy baked a short fall of cookies for you.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:57:55 PM EST
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But. Mommy.
Yes, sugar puff.
What does "US shortfal in Afghanistan" mean?
You expected US to bake all the people in Afghanistan, because US promised to bake all the people in Afghanistan. But US baked only 100,000 or 82 thousand  Afghanis fleeing Afghanistan, depending on the day of the week.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 05:05:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 07:01:20 PM EST
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I notice that SDP is surging in the polls for the German national election on the 21st. Does anyone have any insight into what is going on there?
by fjallstrom on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:35:28 AM EST
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Lashet(CDU) is really bad at campaigning and the Greens get the eco-commie treatment. The SPD is running as the boring continuity faction. At least as far as I can tell, while not following this closely.
by generic on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:39:44 AM EST
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That's him, directly over the shoulder, enjoying a good joke at the "we are mourning for the victims of the flood" press conference. The party is also not that united behind him (there were two other candidates) so those pics aren't vanished.

by generic on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:18:11 PM EST
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Come on. The president has already apologized for talking about flood victims while Laschet was telling jokes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:55:52 PM EST
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DW discovers "home-grown" fog o' war, rumors, and just plain bullshit
Disinformation, fake news plague German election campaign
In the race to become Germany's next chancellor, the Greens' Annalena Baerbock is bombarded with more fake news than any other candidate, according to a new report by civil liberties organization Avaaz. ..."It could be because she is a woman, it could be because she has some strong ideas and messages, which makes it somehow easier to attack her -- but it's really hard to find evidence for that."
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Almost a third of all respondents told the researchers they had learned about examples for disinformation only after they had been picked up on TV or by the print or online outlets of ["]traditional["] media outlets.

Referring to ambiguous media headlines about Baerbock's fabricated plans to ban pets, Avaaz's Christoph Schott drew analogies to the United States, where for years journalists had picked up and written about tweets by former President Donald Trump, regardless of whether they were accurate.

Traditional Poll Smoke: Opinion polls upend CDU and SPD party campaigns
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:37:38 PM EST
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Norway turns left, elects Støre as new leader
Shortly after 11PM on Monday (13 September), Solberg placed a congratulatory call to Jonas Gahr Støre, the leader of the Arbeiderpartiet (Labour party) and the all-but certain next prime minister of the country.  
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Støre said he will now start negotiating with the two parties that make up what he calls his "dream coalition" - SV (the Socialist Left party) and Senterpartiet (the Centre party). This would mean a restoration of the last centre-left government from 2005 to 2013.  ...While the election result is a big victory for Støre personally, whose leadership tenure has been haunted by the 2017 election defeat, his Arbeiderpartiet only received 26.4 percent of the vote. This is the worst election result for Norway's leading social democratic party in 20 years, and the second straight election where the party's share of the vote decreased.
APsplainin
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 02:53:51 PM EST
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Visegrád Five will rise again
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 04:36:49 PM EST
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Swedish government to side with French government before ECHR in defense of on French law banning sexual purchases.

Press release from Ministry of Justice - Sweden

In part by using Swedish legislation as a model, a ban on the purchase of sexual services was introduced in France in 2016. Now 250 people who state that they sell sexual services have applied to the European Court of Human Rights, as they claim that the French legislation violates their human rights and is therefore in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Government has decided to intervene in the cases before the European Court of Human Rights and take part as a third party to defend the Swedish model regarding banning the purchase of sexual services. As a pioneering country in this area, Sweden has a unique opportunity to contribute and ensure that the European Court of Human Rights has a solid basis for its assessment.
by Bernard on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:13:37 PM EST
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of condom crimes

"Following" Swedish prosecutors--although Penal Code 647b is the California statute that makes it a crime for someone to engage in, or to solicit, prostitution--he California's assembly recently enhanced the private right of action by sex workers and other sexually active non-binary and "menstruating persons" who believe themselves victims of ("stealthing") sexual battery to sue their paramours. According to syndicated APsplainin reports, sponsors of Del. Cristina Garcia's "vigilante bounty law" have support from the Erotic Service Providers Legal Educational Research Project, which said it could allow sex workers to sue clients who remove condoms during otherwise consensual sex."

by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:46:35 PM EST
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could allow sex workers to sue clients who remove condoms during otherwise consensual sex."

What about masks?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:48:16 PM EST
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Oh. That's next week, when Magic Merrick, EVOKING Fauci fu out one side of his mouth and the dread pirate Roberts from the other, sez, It's OK to immunize har.har the state by deputizing ALL "private citizens" in the enforcement of real and imaginary law.
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 08:06:45 PM EST
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Denmark Pays UK to Receive Its Afghan Interpreters
The amount paid has not been revealed but according to Berlingske, it has been calculated according to what it cost the British to assess the 23 interpreters' documents and evacuate them, and what it would cost the UK to integrate them, including social benefits for five years.
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The list includes 12 interpreters who had first been refused an entry visa to Denmark and 11 interpreters who wished to come to the UK.

A total of 195 interpreters assisted the Danish forces during the war in Afghanistan. Until June this year, merely five Afghan interpreters had been granted asylum in Denmark out of 139 applications.

by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 02:46:58 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 07:09:13 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Sep 11th, 2021 at 09:29:00 AM EST
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15  Thousands march in Amsterdam for an end to the housing crisis
'People seem to finally have woken up to the scale of the housing crisis,' [Amsterdam Noord resident Annelies Groot] told DutchNews.nl. 'I remember back when my social housing complex was being sold, and we went to protest at the housing corporation and barely a few hundred people came'.
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Later in the day, police arrested 61 people after they attempted to squat an empty building. Squatting was made illegal in the Netherlands in 2010. The squatters later issued a statement condemning the police for using excessive violence and arguing that squatting is a form of protest. The building they attempted to take over has been vacant for multiple years, and is one of 116 buildings owned by Rogier Thewassen, the CEO of Young Capital, the squatters said.
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 08:26:10 PM EST
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China denies port visit by German warship

Nothing to see here. That you haven't seen before.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said before the ship's departure that the goal was to show support for Berlin's allies in the region. "For our [']partners['] in the Indo-Pacific, it is a reality that sea routes are no longer open and secure, and that claims to territory are being applied by the law of 'might is right,'" she said."
wut "ninedash line" rejected by NATO pirates?

reference
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, "South China Sea Arbitration Ruling: What Happened and What's Next?", 2016
"At the center of the dispute is China's ninedash line, a vague depiction by China of its claim encompassing about 90 percent of the South China Sea."

by Cat on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 06:14:43 PM EST
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well, This is a long-winded human interest story with gaping plot holes to delight US Americans.

Germany's diversity shows as immigrants run for parliament

The current parliament has 8.2%, or 58 of 709 lawmakers with immigrant roots. The 2013-17 parliament had only 5.9%, or 37 out of 631 lawmakers, according to Mediendienst Integration, an organization tracking migrant issues in Germany.

Of the 6,227 candidates running for parliament, 537 have immigrant roots, said Julia Schulte-Cloos, a political scientist from Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University specializing in political behavior and discrimination of minorities in Germany and Europe.

reference
Law on Nationality
"The aim of avoiding multiple nationality remains a key feature of German law on nationality, even now."
archived legio

by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 02:28:44 PM EST
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Russian hackers targeted Afghan government before Taliban takeover, [Cisco] firm says
"In this case it was Turla, but it speaks to a larger trend. Regardless of the sophistication level of the attacker, lightweight access is the key to maximizing value. We are seeing these types of lightweight backdoors or remote access trojans being dropped in the hopes of maximizing the value from the compromise," a Talos spokesperson explained.

What I'm reading now, a translation by Emily Wilson, PhD, professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsyltucky and mother of Imogen, Psyche, and Freya.
"... The Trojan women keened in grief, but I was glad--by then I wanted to go home.
I wished that Aphrodite had not made me
go crazy; when she took me from my country,
and made me leave my daughter and the bed
I shared with my fine, handsome, clever husband."

And Menelaus said,
"Yes, wife, quite right.
I have been around the world, and I have met
many heroic men and known their minds.
I never saw a man so resolute
as that Odysseus. How tough he was!
And what impressive fortitude he showed
inside the Wooden Horse! We fighters lurked
inside, to bring destruction to the Trojans.
You came there too. Some spirit who desired
to glorify the Trojans urged you on.
Three times you went around the hollow belly,
touching the hiding plce, and calling on
us Greeks by name; you put on different voices
for each man's wife. Then I and Diomedes
and good Odysseus, inside the horse,
heard you call out to us, and we two wanted
to go out, or to answer you there.
Odysseus prevented us from going.
Then all the other sons of the Achaeans
were quiet; Anticlus still wished to answer.
Odysseus' hands clamped shut his mouth
and saved us all. He held him there like that,
until Athena led you far away.

Weighing his words, Telemachus replied,
"But Menelaus, all this makes it worse!
My father's courage could not save his life,
even if he had a heart of iron.
So now, show us to bed. We need the comfort
of being lulled into sweet deep sleep."

by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 05:09:32 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:53:34 PM EST
by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:02:03 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 2nd, 2021 at 10:21:09 PM EST
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Boris Johnson unveils £12bn-a-year tax rise to pay for NHS and social care, "manifesto busting"
1.25 percentage point increase in national insurance contributions, which will be levied on employers and employees. Tax on share dividends will also be increased by 1.25 percentage points, in a move expected to raise < cue Dr Evil > £600m [!].
pay2play
From 2023-24, once HM Revenue's computer systems have been updated, the NICs increase will be rebadged as a health and social care levy, which will appear as a separate line on payslips.
It will be extended at that point to cover pensioners who are still in work, and the proceeds hypothecated - put into a separate pot by law.

Over time, a growing proportion of the revenue raised will go to social care, allowing the government to implement a new cap on total care costs, so that no individual will have to pay more than £86,000 over their lifetime.


soooo much winning back control
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 04:24:23 PM EST
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CNA
The supply chain troubles caused by Brexit and the pandemic have been so bad for Satyan Patel that the shelves at his convenience store in central London are seriously lacking water and soft drinks.
Water? Is that the stuff that comes out of taps, or doesn't that happen any more in London.
"Last week I ran out of Coca-Cola.
That sounds more serious.
I haven't had large bottles of Evian for three weeks," said Patel.
Don't they have lots of Highland Spring, that (pre-Brexit) would be shipped to Marks & Spencer in France, or is Scotland keeping it all to themselves?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 02:28:55 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 08:30:40 PM EST
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Reference: France and Britain's Le Touquet Treaty on migration
by Bernard on Sat Sep 11th, 2021 at 09:31:22 PM EST
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Afghan refugees in UK quarantine hotels treated like 'prisoners' on a cruise
Last week, Afghans staying in the quarantine hotels were told they would be allowed to remain there free of charge "until onward accommodation is arranged for you with the Home Office".
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 07:44:30 PM EST
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... Episode MCXXVIII:

by Bernard on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 09:12:36 PM EST
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Actually, not. Probably because Johnson is a coward.
Ministers are eyeing a post-Brexit return to imperial measurements, with shops to be allowed to sell products in pounds and ounces again after 25 years.

The government has pledged to review a ban on marking and selling products in imperial units as part of post-Brexit changes to EU laws. Other possible reforms include plans to permit the voluntary printing of the crown stamp on pint glasses and the introduction of digital driving licences.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 07:33:36 AM EST
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loving the trajectory of this plot

NHS trust wins legal fight to overturn ban on puberty-blocking drugs for children

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the UK's only gender identity development service (GIDS) for children, brought an appeal against the ruling in June.

In a judgment on Friday, the Court of Appeal said it was inappropriate for the High Court to give the guidance - which will impact thousands of children with gender dysphoria - and instead, finding it is for doctors to exercise their judgment about whether their patients can properly consent.

through the valleys of mind-body fallacies and body-shaming wardrobes d/b/a enhanced "gender" visibility with better chemistry
The original case was brought by Keira Bell - a 24-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before later "detransitioning" - and the mother of a teenager who is on the waiting list for treatment, referred to as "Mrs A". They are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

'Victory for common sense'

Following the ruling, Mermaids, a charity representing trans children, claimed it as "a victory for common sense and young people's bodily autonomy" amid calls for the NHS to urgently publish updated guidance for the 5,000 young people seeking treatment.
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During a two-day appeal earlier this year, the Tavistock's lawyers argued the ruling was "inconsistent" with a long-standing concept that young people may be able to consent to their own medical treatments, following an appeal over access to the contraceptive pill [!] for under 16s in the 1980s.
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An NHS spokesperson said: "The NHS commissioned Dr Hilary Cass to review gender identity services prior to the original High Court ruling to ensure the best model of safe and effective care is delivered - this will set out wide-ranging recommendations, including on the use of puberty blockers and the many contested clinical issues identified by the court.

"An independent multi-professional review group will continue to confirm whether clinical decision making has followed a robust consent process now that the endocrine pathway has been reopened by the Tavistock."

archived Torygraph ALERT, 12 Aug 2021, The Unconscious at Work
by Cat on Sat Sep 18th, 2021 at 06:29:56 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:53:47 PM EST
by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:31:43 PM EST
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Redistricting to test new Census method for protecting user data
That's because the Census Bureau applied a new algorithm to census results meant to protect respondents' privacy -- but it also created thousands of improbabilities like that block of "Boxcar Children" in upstate New York.
by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:38:47 PM EST
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"judicial activism": Judge denies [BIDEN] feds' motion to dismiss voting rights lawsuit in Hawaii
The lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of Air Force veteran Randall Jay Reeves, who moved to Guam in 1996 to work for the Federal Aviation Administration,  ... Another plaintiff, Vicente "Ben" Borja, a Navy veteran who is now the lead plaintiff in the case, lived in Hawaii before moving to Guam in accordance with his wife's dying wishes.

The plaintiffs filed their lawsuit in October 2020 to challenge Hawaii's Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, or UOCAVA, enacted in 1986, which they claim violates their Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the Constitution [citation needed].

jus sanguinis
The complaint notes that even citizens who have never set foot on U.S. soil are eligible to vote, yet former Hawaii residents [?!] who move to Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands or American Samoa, all legally considered U.S. ["]territory["], must currently forfeit that right.
reference
Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad
Never Resided in the U.S.?
Art 1, § 4
10th amdt
14th amdt, § 1

archived legio

by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:48:15 PM EST
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It might be prudent to read SCOTUS opinions relating to the order that denied Sheldon's semi-pro Axis of Amici injuctive relief from incomplete district court proceedings, before ya let the yella press pick yer villains.

First, the case is titled WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH ET AL. v. AUSTIN REEVE ACKSON, JUDGE, ET AL.

And no appellate court has even received an application for review from either litigant. The case is not "ripe," as the tribunal is wont to say, for either review or a ruling, which has not occurred.

Here, ROBERTS, being CJ, prepends the rationale of the majority (SCALITO, THOMAS, KAVANAUGH, GORSUCH, BARRETT) to his own dissent, joined by BRYER and KAGAN
and SOTOMAYOR's dissent, joined by BRYER and Kagan
and BRYER's dissent, joined by KAGAN and SOTOMAYOR

Here's the money quote.

The
applicants now before us have raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue. But their application also presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden.
... And it is unclear whether the named defendants in this lawsuit can or will seek to enforce the Texas law against the applicants in a manner that might permit our intervention. Clapper v. Amnesty Int'l USA, 568 U. S. 398, 409 (2013) ("threatened injury must be certainly impending" (citation omitted)).
[...]
The State has represented that neither it nor its executive employees possess the authority to enforce the Texas law either directly or indirectly. Nor is it clear whether, under existing precedent, this Court can issue an injunction against state judges asked to decide a lawsuit under Texas's law. See Ex parte Young, 209 U. S. 123, 163 (1908). Finally, the sole private-citizen respondent before us has filed an affidavit stating that he has no present intention to enforce the law. In light of such issues, we cannot say the applicants have met their burden to prevail in an injunction or stay application. ... In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas's law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts.
Much to the disappointment of trauma-informed, it's-not-me, whisper-listing individuals waiting on the the Decider or Big Daddy to "make a case" for them in tweets ... while they study all the SCOTUS injunctions since Griswold v Connecticut and Roe v Henry Wade,Dallas Cnty, Texass, District Atty
archived disputes of lawful intercourse between "private persons"

y'all give me a headache.

by Cat on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 07:54:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 12:24:10 PM EST
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Texas-2021-SB8-Enrolled.
Bill Title: Relating to abortion, including abortions after detection of an ["]unborn child's heartbeat["]; authorizing a private civil right of action. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 90-1)
Status: (Passed) 2021-05-19 - Effective on 9/1/21
SECTION 2.  The legislature finds that the State of Texass never repealed, either expressly or by implication, the state statutes enacted before the ruling in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), that prohibit and criminalize abortion unless the mother's life is in danger.
[...]
Sec. 171.204.  PROHIBITED ABORTION OF UNBORN CHILD WITH DETECTABLE FETAL HEARTBEAT; EFFECT.  (a) Except as provided by Section 171.205, a physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child as required by Section 171.203 or failed to perform a test to detect a fetal heartbeat.
[...]
Sec. 171.207.  LIMITATIONS ON PUBLIC ENFORCEMENT.
(a)  Notwithstanding Section 171.005 or any other law, the requirements of this subchapter shall be enforced exclusively through the private civil actions described in Section 171.208. No enforcement of this subchapter, and no enforcement of Chapters 19 and 22, Penal Code, in response to violations of this subchapter, may be taken or threatened by this state, a political subdivision, a district or county attorney, or an executive or administrative officer or employee of this state or a political subdivision against any person, except as provided in Section 171.208.
[...]
Sec. 171.208.  CIVIL LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OR AIDING OR
ABETTING VIOLATION. (a)  Any person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state, may bring a civil action against any person who:
     (1)  performs or induces an abortion in violation of this subchapter;
     (2)  knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion, including paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance [motherfuknHYDE AMENDMENT!] or otherwise, if the abortion is performed or induced in violation of this subchapter, regardless of whether the person knew or should have known that the abortion would be performed or induced in violation of this subchapter; or
     (3) intends to engage in the conduct described by Subdivision (1) or (2).
< wipes tears > kinda German-y, except for--as y'all are no doubt aware--SCOTUS actually has denied applications for cert by other states who tried to criminalize MDs and impose "heart-beat" and sonograms tests. soooo ...
What is the NEXT question?
archived Fri Jun 7th, 2019
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 04:25:51 PM EST
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Joe's wide stance
An anti-abortion group Texass Right to Life also launched a website encouraging users to report suspected violators of the law anonymously to support the effort.

NEXT question
Can an anonymous tipster or litigant collect a "bounty"?

by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 05:20:16 PM EST
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vulture-backed GoDaddy drops ["]Texass-based["] abortion tracking website
The company said in a statement Friday that it informed prolifewhistleblower.com that it had 24 hours to move to a different provider, CNBC reported.
Osborne-ish Trumpist badass triumphalism
"@GoDaddy wants to cancel our website, ProLifeWhistleblower.com. Too bad for the mob: We will not be silenced. Anti-Lifers hate us because we're winning. We're transferring our assets to another provider and will have the site restored within 24-48 hours. Come back soon," the group tweeted.
where's muh constitutional "right" to privacy this week?
According to NY Yella Cake, TikTok and Reddit users flooded the site with fake reports. GoDaddy was also coming under criticism for hosting the website when it appeared to violate the company's policy against collecting personal identifiable data "without prior written consent."
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:25:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin "other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law"
Judge shields some Texas abortion clinics from group's suits
The temporary restraining order was issued Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to a Planned Parenthood [et al, Plaintiffs'] request.
The Court finds that S.B. 8 creates a probable, irreparable, and imminent injury in the interim for which Plaintiffs and their physicians, staff, and patients throughout Texas have no adequate remedy at law if Plaintiffs, their physicians, and staff are subjected to private enforcement lawsuits against them under S.B. 8.

The Court further finds that granting this request preserves the status quo preceding the controversy and follows precedent from the Supreme Court of Texass. See In re Newton 146 s.w.3d 648,651 (Tex. 2004); In re Greg Abbott, No. 21-07-0720, in the Supreme Court of Texass (August 26, 2021) (granting a stay on a petition for mandamus from the Fourth Court of Appeals that reinstated a trial-court injunction and holding that the primary consideration for temporary emergency relief is preserving the status quo while courts consider whether plaintiffs have demonstrated a probable right to the relief sought).

Although the law remains in effect, the judge's order shields Planned Parenthood's clinics, specifically, from whistleblower [sic] lawsuits by the nonprofit group Texas Right to Life, its legislative director and people working in concert with the group.
archived ex rel complaints, per curiam decisions
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 11:57:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No. The law is unenforceable.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 12:04:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sec. 171.207.  LIMITATIONS ON PUBLIC ENFORCEMENT.
(a)  Notwithstanding Section 171.005 or any other law, the requirements of this subchapter shall be enforced exclusively through the private civil actions described in Section 171.208. No enforcement of this subchapter, and no enforcement of Chapters 19 and 22, Penal Code, in response to violations of this subchapter, may be taken or threatened by this state, a political subdivision, a district or county attorney, or an executive or administrative officer or employee of this state or a political subdivision against any person, except as provided in Section 171.208.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 12:10:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Game theory and practice: If you wanna break a rule--and you ain't William O. Douglass--you kinda need to know which rule you be breakin'.
2019  Donald J. Trump On Petition for Writ of Mandamus ...
2018  SCOTUS AND CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

1807 Marbury v. Madison, ConLaw 101 summary

Either case
2021 (a) desuetude d/b/a status quo, (b) "reinstating" Texass jurisdictional duties, (c) removing  1st and 7th amdt rights granted "private persons" resident in the most ignorant, litigious nation on PLANET
would be a denial of the basic principle of the supremacy of the law. Instead, Marshall found a common ground where the Court could chastise the Jeffersonians for their actions while enhancing the Supreme Court's power. His decision in this case has often been hailed as a judicial tour de force.

Basically, he declared that Madison should have delivered the commission to Marbury; however, he ruled that the Court lacked the power to issue writs of mandamus. While a section of the Judiciary Act of 1789

in which, also, ALIEN TORT ACT (principle of US equity law establishing right of foreign persons SUCH AS ENSLAVED PEOPLES OF AFRICA to sue for remedy for violations of the "laws of nations" by US states and US citizens)
granted the Court the power to issue writs of mandamus, the Court ruled that this exceeded the authority allotted the Court under Article III of the Constitution and was therefore null and void. So, while the case limited the court's power in one sense, it greatly enhanced it in another by ultimately establishing the court's power to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional. Just as important, it emphasized that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and that the Supreme Court is the arbiter and final authority of the Constitution. As a result of this court ruling, the Supreme Court became an equal partner in the government.
checkmate
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 03:18:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 04:02:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IN CASE a disgruntled, prospective Texass plaintiff takes they/them/their beef with physicians and clinical staff outside ... G-men will provide patient.escort(armed|unarmed), because the sword, well, is mightier than the pen.

Department of Justice vows to protect those seeking abortion from new Texas law

Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement saying that the agency would "continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services pursuant to our criminal and civil enforcement" of a law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act [18 U.S. Code § 248].
(1)by force or threat of force or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services;
[...]
(3)intentionally damages or destroys theproperty of a facility, or attempts to do so, because such facility provides reproductive health services, or intentionally damages or destroys the property of a place of religious worship,
[...]
(2)in the case of a second or subsequent offense after a prior conviction [BWAH!] under this section, be fined in accordance with this title, or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both;
except that for an offense involving exclusively a nonviolent physical obstruction, the fine shall be not more than $10,000 [!] and the length of imprisonment shall be not more than six months, or both, for the first offense; and the fine shall, notwithstanding section 3571, be not more than $25,000 [!!] and the length of imprisonment shall be not more than 18 months, or both, for a subsequent offense; and except that if bodily injury results, the length of imprisonment shall be not more than 10 years, and if death results, it shall be for any term of years or for life.
"The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack," Garland said. "We have reached out to U.S. Attorneys' Offices and FBI field offices in Texas and across the country to discuss our enforcement authorities."
That's the ticket. You betcha.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 10:20:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Anti-abortion group blocked from suing Planned Parenthood under Texas law, 13 Sep
Karin Crump (Democratic Party) is a judge of the Texass 250th District Court. She assumed office in 2014. Her current term ends on December 31, 2022.

4 Sep, Maya Guerra Gamble (Democratic Party) is a judge of the Texas 459th District Court. Guerra Gamble assumed office on January 1, 2019. Guerra Gamble's current term ends on December 31, 2022.

2 down, 475 to go.

by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 10:38:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NEXT question
Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (pursuant to 1st amdt) exempt employees of a religious organization from civil suit alleging violation of S.B. 8, §  171.204?
The Satanic Temple joins backlash against Texas abortion law
"I am sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [wut is §171.207, Lucien?] -- who famously spends a good deal of his time composing press releases about Religious Liberty issues in other states -- will be proud to see that Texas's robust Religious Liberty laws, which he so vociferously champions, will prevent future Abortion Rituals from being interrupted by superfluous government restrictions meant only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion," Temple co-founder Lucien Graves reportedly said.
[...]
The 300,000 member atheist church reportedly petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn Missouri's strict abortion law last year.

The high court declined to hear the case.

right idea, poor execution: no Satanic Temple physicians or staff on payroll subject to injury.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 03:36:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
a civil "prerogative" CRASHED into freedom of religion
United Airlines to Place Unvaccinated Employees With Religious Exemptions on Unpaid Leave

y'all know where this story's headed dontcha?
mmmm starts with Title VII "protected class" .... ends with $$$ settlement.
Thank you, US Congress!

by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 07:24:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
INCOMING [INCONTINENCE ALERT]

Federal mandate Executive Order takes vaccine decision off some employers' hands, see federalregister.gov Disposition Table, where's muh EO 1404[2] (possibly expressing "harmful language")

President Joe Biden announced sweeping new orders Thursday that will require [federal government and] employers [contracted by federal agencies] with more than 100 workers to mandate require their employees' immunizations or offer weekly testing.
short list of high-profile federal agencies' contractors: Walmart, United Airlines, CVS Health, (Alphabet subsidiary) Google, Apple ...
General Motors stopped short of endorsing Biden's requirements, but said in a statement that it supports vaccines.

"We are strongly encouraging our employees to get vaccinated given the broad availability of safe and highly efficacious vaccines, which data consistently show is the best way to protect yourself and those around you," the automaker said.

OBSCURE legal analysis
Some businesses and workers are likely to challenge the orders in court, but many more companies will "appreciate having the cover," said Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law[!] who has studied [!] vaccine mandates [!] for nearly a decade [!].

"It helps them increase vaccine rates and they can blame the [federal] government," she said. "Vaccine mandates work because for most people, even if they have a position against it, it's not strong enough to sacrifice their jobs."

reference
EO 9981 (1948): Desegregation of the Armed Forces
EO 11246 (1965) as amended and superceded by EO 11478 (1969), 12086 (1978), 13279 (2002), 13665 and 13672 (2014)
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 03:38:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APitemizing EO 1404[2] COVID Trade War mobilization, forthcoming
Key parts of Biden's plan to confront delta variant surge
.
.
.
wut: "Walmart, Amazon and Kroger will offer at-home COVID tests at cost, about a 35% savings for consumers"
< wipes tears >
"Federal agencies will boost shipments of a COVID-19 treatment known as monoclonal antibodies by 50%. Medical teams will be dispatched to help administer the treatments."
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 04:38:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 03:16:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
COVID Trade War UPDATE
Federal Register has published
EO 14042 Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors
Sec. 2. Providing for Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors. (a) Executive departments and agencies, including independent establishments subject to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 102(4)(A) (agencies), shall, to the extent permitted by law, ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments (as described in section 5(a) of this order) include a clause that the contractor and any subcontractors (at any tier) shall incorporate into lower-tier subcontracts.
< wipes tears>

EO 14043 Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees

The nationwide public health emergency, first declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, remains in effect, as does the National Emergency Concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) declared pursuant to the National Emergencies Act in Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak)
[...]
Sec. 2. Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Each agency shall implement, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a program to require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its Federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law.
The GAO, for example < wipes tears > and Religious Reasons®
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 01:53:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin Religious exemption requests grow as vaccine mandates rise
oh.
Try to act surprised.
Wait.
There's more OBSCURE civil rights gettin' the AP treatment.
The allowance [sic; s/b exemption or exclusion] was enshrined in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 [Title VII], which says < rolls eyes > employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees who object to ["]work requirements["] [FALSE] because of "sincerely held" religious beliefs.

reference
"Bill of Rights", US Constitution, enumerating certain prohibitions of state actions
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA), et seq, "no person under color of law shall..."
Title I voting rights
Title II public accommodation
Title III public facilities
Title IV public education
Title V establishment of the EEOC
Title VI public health and welfare, § 2000d 1-7
Title VII as amended, unlawful private and public employment practices and remedies; definitions...

(j) The term "religion" includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief, unless an employer demonstrates that he is unable to reasonably accommodate to an employee's or prospective employee's religious observance or practice without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business.
Questions and Answers: Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, case law conclusions
Title VII's protections also extend to those who are discriminated against or need accommodation because they profess no religious beliefs.
[...]
2. Are there any exceptions to who is covered by Title VII's religion provisions?

Yes. While Title VII's jurisdictional rules apply to all religious discrimination claims under the statute, see EEOC Compliance Manual, "Threshold Issues," [...] specially-defined "religious organizations" and "religious educational institutions" are exempt from certain religious discrimination provisions, and a "ministerial exception" bars Title VII claims by employees who serve in clergy roles.

by Cat on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 08:13:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin Texass "origin story" to most ignorant, litigious nation on PLANET, because syndication revenue must flow to grocery check-out counters.
The Supreme Court's decision this past week not to interfere with the state's strict abortion law, provoked outrage from liberals and cheers from many conservatives. President Joe Biden assailed it. But the decision also astonished many that Texas could essentially outmaneuver Supreme Court precedent [citation needed] on women's constitutional right [citation needed] to abortion.

Texas' abortion law S.B. 8 follows a model first used in [a municipality] Waskom [citation needed; NO CAN DO b/c AP Style Guide prohibits hotlinks to enacted and case law] to ban abortion within its boundaries in 2019. The novel legal approach used by the city on Texas' border with Louisiana is one envisioned by a ["former top lawyer for the state["].

by body weight or quantity caucus primary votez or appointment by Rick Perry?
Jonathan F. Mitchell, a former top lawyer for solicitor general of the state of Texas. Mitchell became his attorney and advised him on crafting the ordinance, [Right to Life East Texas director Mark Lee] Dickson said in an interview.

The Supreme Court's decision this past week not to interfere with the state's strict abortion law, provoked outrage from liberals and cheers from many conservatives. President Joe Biden assailed it. But the decision also astonished many that Texas could essentially outmaneuver Supreme Court precedent on women's constitutional right [citation needed] to abortion. Unlike laws in other states, however, Texas' law is unique in prohibiting state officials from enforcing the ban. Instead, it created a so-called [BWAH!] private right of action [1st, 7th amdt of US Constitution] allowing anyone -- even someone outside Texas [mmmmmmmm, no. LEARN TO CODE global (national) and local (state) SCOTUS variables applied to stays and injunctions, courtesy of cheeto]-- to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps someone get an abortion. Under the law, anyone who successfully sues another person would be entitled [sic; by jury and judge] to at least [per instance PLUS atty fees!] $10,000.

R U "feelin'" vindicated now? Oh. wait. A hotlink!
Still, even some conservatives have questioned Texas' approach. Dissenting from the high court's decision not to step in this past week, Chief Justice John Roberts called Texas' law "not only unusual, but unprecedented."

"The legislature has imposed a prohibition on abortions after roughly six weeks, and then essentially delegated enforcement of that prohibition to the populace at large," he wrote. "The desired consequence appears to be to insulate the State from responsibility for implementing and enforcing the regulatory regime."

Liberal Justice Sonia ["Wut is Humane Capital Punishment"] Sotomayor was blunt. "It cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing [BWAH!] the enforcement of unconstitutional laws [BWAH!] to its citizenry," she wrote.

m'k. Ima tell you how this is going down the case or controversy schedule < checks watch > three (3) years from today. SCOTUS split decision on the merits of Texass S.B. 8--assuming any of the asshats trolling the innerboobs produce an individual appellant's test case petition for cert-- of "at least" one (1) PLUS likely three (3) additional constitutional questions fashioned by the associates themselves.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 05:26:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yesterday, USAToday lifted Alan Baird, MD's public confession from the WaPoo pages,

propagated a hysterical definition of Texass S.B.8, and anchored the mess with an utterly useless citation to fed prosecution of the state of Texass.

While I furiously ruminated overnight all manner of MISOGYNIST idiocy, lies (eg. "citizens"? NO), and unstated "legal consequences" propagated by vainglorious USAToday editorial management,

the one other person--a physician licensed by the state in lieu of a "pregnant person" or "menstruating person" present in the state-- WITH STANDING to litigate constitutional questions of Texass state sovereignty was met on the field of private civil action this morning by a pair of wildly diverging "injured parties" who evidently rely on US free press gospel:
Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued .

by Cat on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 03:03:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I pity the SCOTUS. Enemy of the People is a tough act to follow into ill-conceived intentions proffered by litigants who've no intention to resolve recurring constitutional controversy and bad, bad craven USC pumped out of the US Congress year after year to placate generations of self-servin' sumbitches who don't know why they're angry and cannot hold a thought longer than the time of a traffic signal.

When the presses can't even keep track of their "shadow docket" lies, how could the clerks even begin to prioritize streams of AP-syndicated yella sheet gibberish?

Supreme Court sets arguments in [THE OTHER] big abortion case

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in Mississippi's bid to have the landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion overturned [FALSE]
Dobbs (appellant) v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
Mar 19 2020. Application (19A1027) granted by Justice Scalito extending the time to file until June 15, 2020.
Mississippi is asking the high court to uphold its ban on most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. The state has told the court it should overrule Roe and the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that prevents states from banning abortion before viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, around 24 weeks of pregnancy. [FALSE]
[...]
The [Supremed] court recently allowed [FALSE] a Texas law to take effect that bans abortions after cardiac activity can be detected, around 6 weeks of pregnancy, before some women even know they are pregnant. The law is unusual in that it allows private citizens to sue people who may have facilitated a prohibited abortion. [FALSE]
Nowhere does S.B.8 limit private cause of action under the statute to US citizens. S.B.8 is far more diabolical and "democratic" in extending a putative right to remedy in its jurisdiction to any person or group of persons, excluding officers of the state, but obviously including, say, immigrants, migrants, felons, tourists, and "unborn children" lawfully present or not. Nowhere does S.B.8 define a "person"; but the 14th amdt most certainly does define persons who are US citizens. As is the custom in the most ignorant litigious nation on the planet, all a person needs is the filing fee and a dream of getting rich quick and tax-free. Does anyone parroting APgibberish know what the price of a Texass circuit court filing fee is? ARE THEY LITERATE?

reference
5th Cir. Jackson Women's Health Organization v Dobbs, permanent injunction affirmed, 19 Dec 2019
US District Ct, S.D. Mississippi Jackson Women's Health Organization v Currier, permanent injunction ordered, 20 Nov 2018

What is the question?


  1. Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
  2. Whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women's health, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession and society should be analyzed under Casey's "undue burden" standard or Hellerstedt's balancing of benefits and burdens.
  3. Whether abortion providers hav third-party standing to invalidate a law that protects women's health from the dangers of late-term abortions.

by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 02:36:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Texass abortion law draws legal challenges, blowback from business community
That unique provision is poised to be tested in court for the first time after two out-of-state former attorneys [Stilley (4pp) and Gomez (2 pp)] filed separate lawsuits on Monday against Dr. Alan Braid after the San Antonio OB/GYN wrote in a Washington Post opinion column that he performed an abortion on Sept. 6 on a patient who was further along than six weeks.
[...]
[The companies] say the economic losses from existing abortion restrictions already ["]cost["] the state of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually.
under separate cover,  courthousenews snidely endorses Stilley's credentials.
SAN ANTONIO -- A disbarred former lawyer became the first plaintiff to file a lawsuit under a Texas abortion ban that hands enforcement power to private citizens, suing a San Antonio doctor who said he defied the controversial new law.
These are your people. Translate.
by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 02:53:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
OpEd | Supreme Court trashed its own authority in a rush to gut Roe v Wade
The decision is a RADICAL DEPARTURE from the institutional history of the Supreme Court, which previously has been marked by efforts to assert and preserve the court's exclusive prerogative
This word "prerogative", wut do you think it means>
to "say what the law is." That was the crux of Chief Justice John Marshall's famous 1803 opinion in Marbury vs. Madison, the case that established the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution's meaning.

Over time, the court has JEALOUSLY guarded its authority against those who have challenged it. < wipes tears > It is the court's right to have the last word on constitutional questions that has secured for it a central place in our system of government. As Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once explained, "We are not final because we are infallible. We are infallible only because we are final."

oh, yeah? You and what army < wipes tears >
And the court has time and again insisted that everyone abide by its rulings no matter how much they might disagree with them.
Bruh. FAIL!
This was vividly demonstrated in the civil rights era during the middle of the last century [citation needed LOL] when southern states refused to respect the court's constitutional decisions and when demonstrators took to the streets to promote racial integration in defiance of court orders. The court responded by insisting to both sides: obey the laws first, and only then can you challenge our views of what the Constitution means. [citation needed LOL]
"Imagine blue states ..." Zimmerman called: blah blah blah stand your ground blah.

FAIL. alla way down.

by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 02:44:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mexico: Criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, court rules
The decision annuls several provisions of a law from the northern state of Coahuila, that had made abortion a criminal act.

Although it only applies to Coahuilla in the immediacy, the decision establishes "obligatory criteria for all of the country's judges," said court President Arturo Zaldivar. Four states -- Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Hidalgo -- allow abortion in most circumstances. It carries penalties in all the other 28, with some exceptions [BWAH!].

Madame Bounty Hunter plots response to Texas anti-abortion law
but there was no clear path to counter the state law.
< eyebrow >
Biden said in a statement: "For the majority to do this without a hearing, without the benefit of an opinion from a court below [!!], and without due consideration of the issues, insults the rule of law and the rights of all Americans to seek redress from our courts."
Legislating is hard werk!
"SB8 unleashes one of the most disturbing, unprecedented and far-reaching assaults on health care providers -- and on anyone who helps a woman, in any way, access an abortion -- by creating a vigilante bounty system that will have a chilling effect on the provision of any reproductive health care services. This provision is a cynical, backdoor attempt by partisan lawmakers to evade the Constitution [citation needed] and the law to destroy not only a woman's ["]right["] to health care but potentially any right or protection that partisan lawmakers target," Pelosi said.
imbecile
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 10:41:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
USAToday Mexico court rules punishment of abortion unconstitutional, decriminalizes practice nationwide
In a previous decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of women who had been imprisoned or had their rights violated for abortions. But Rebecca Ramos, director of the nongovernmental reproductive rights group GIRE, said the latest case was the first time the justices debated the fundamental question of whether abortion should be considered a crime or not.
What is the WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH ET AL. constitutional question? Oh, right. They didn't offer one. They petitioned SCOTUS to stay an inferior court judgment which had not actually occurred.
The Mexico court's decision contrasts with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent move to uphold [no] a Texas law that bans ["]people["] from having an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
O Rly?
The ruling could provide another option for people in Texas seeking a legal abortion [Mexico]. Some south Texans have crossed the border into Mexico to buy misoprostol, a pill that makes up half the two-drug combination for medical abortions, for years.
How would that "option" indemnify a civil suit filed by a jackass in Texass claiming knowledge of a respondent's "intent to" terminate a pregnancy?
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 12:27:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Application (21A24) for injunctive relief, submitted to Justice Scalito.
The district court denied Respondents' [ 114th US District Court judge who has not ruled CLARKSTON et al's] motions to dismiss on August 25, 2021 [AND SCOTUS has not heard Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization cert, granted  May 17, 2021].

  1. Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
  2. Whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women's health, the dignity of unborn children [BWAH!], and the integrity of the medical profession and society should be analyzed under Casey's "undue burden" standard or Hellerstedt's balancing of benefits and burdens.
  3. Whether abortion providers have third-party standing to invalidate a law that protects women's health from the dangers [BWAH!] of late-term [BWAH!] abortions.

Respondents filed a notice of appeal the same day. See P.R. Aqueduct & Sewer Auth. v. Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., 506 U.S. 139 (1993). Respondents' appeal is pending in the
Fifth Circuit. This Court's jurisdiction is invoked under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1651, 1254.
What is the question?
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 01:09:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1. Whether the controversy "I didn't know I was pregnant" is a judiciable prerogative, granted to "people" by the US Constitution.

I cannot overstate how utterly irrelevant and ill-conceived this "issue" proffered by the WHOLE WOMEN'S Axis of Amici to disrupt "due process" is. One might imagine, they all slept through ConLaw 101 and all 3 FUkN years of law school and awoke with a DREAM that Art III is a sandbox.

by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 01:38:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"Amici states" have entered the room.
VA, CA, CO, CT, HI, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, D.C.

ayep, "I didn't know I was pregnant" is an implied right granted to "possibly" pregnant people by reams of academic authorities and press clippings that they're sticking to.

With a one gallon public property cost/benefit white wash.

Because no on up in there is willing to go to "confirm or deny" the pre-viable and viable of "rights of the unborn child," conceived by The Highest Power and the Klan Act, according to Magic Merrick.

by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 08:38:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US v State of Texass in the US District Ct, Austin Division
The Government also brings this suit to protect other federal interests that S.B. 8 unconstitutionally impairs. S.B. 8 conflicts with federal law by purporting to prohibit federal agencies from carrying out their responsibilities under federal law related to abortion services. Because S.B. 8 does not contain an exception < wipes tears > for cases of rape or incest, its terms purport to prohibit the federal government and its employees and agents from performing, funding, reimbursing, or facilitating abortions in such cases. Moreover, S.B. 8's unconstitutionally broad terms purport to subject federal employees and nongovernmental partners who carry out those responsibilities to civil liability and
penalties.
[...]
The United States therefore seeks a declaratory judgment that S.B. 8 is invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, is preempted by federal law, and violates the doctrine < wipes tears > of intergovernmental immunity. The United States also seeks an order preliminarily and permanently enjoining the State of Texas, including its officers, employees, and agents, including private parties who would bring suit under the law, from implementing or enforcing S.B. 8.
The A-team diving deep into the sewer of lost "supremacy", chucks U.S. Const., art. VI, cl. 2., M'Cullough v. Maryland (1819) [!], In re Debs [waitwut] ...
25. S.B. 8 limits the defenses available to defendants [HEY NOW, capricious limitation of 5th amdt is the US gov's prerogative!] and subjects them to a fee-shifting regime skewed in favor of claimants. In particular, S.B. 8 includes an "affirmative defense" that is available to a limited class of defendants if they can demonstrate that an award of relief would impose an undue burden on a particular woman or group of women seeking abortion. That limited defense is inconsistent with an "unbroken line" of Supreme Court cases, Jackson Women's Health Org. v. Dobbs, 945 F.3d 265, 269 (5th Cir. 2019), cert. granted in part [BWAH]
can I get a "incorporation doctrine" up in here? < wipes tears >
S.B. 8 vests individuals with law-enforcement authority--a power traditionally reserved exclusively to a sovereign--in a manner that appears to be "unprecedented,"
Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson, 2021 WL 3910722, at *2 (Roberts, C.J., dissenting). Among other things, S.B. 8 does so by providing individuals with unsupervised  authority to police violations of the law [Trayvon Martin farts in yer general direction], and by enabling them to obtain civil penalties against anyone in the state without any showing of personal injury.
I didn't know I was pregnant, etc, etc

lawdamercy! dem house of cards is shivering mightily. Looking forward to complete collapse of "states' rights" into a thoroughly federalist state by < checks watch > 2061.

by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 08:47:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sheldon WHITEHOUSE presents a satanic, partisan Axis of Amici with 20 foamcore-mounted visual aids during Amy "The Anti-RBG" Barrett's US Senate confirmation hearing, Oct 12-15, 2020.

What hoot! Gets funnier every screening.

C-SPAN recordings
Day 1, Part 1

Day 2 Part 1, Day 2 Part 2, Day 2 Part 3, Day 2 Part 4
Day 3 Part 1, Day 3 Part 2

by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 04:19:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IN A PANDEMIC!!1!
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 04:22:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin Anti-RBG Watch
Barrett concerned about public perception of Supreme Court, at the Mitch O'Bama Center, Uni Louisville
Barrett said the media's reporting of opinions doesn't capture the deliberative process in reaching those decisions. And she insisted that "judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties."
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 03:48:26 PM EST
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USAToday
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 07:58:19 PM EST
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APsplainin Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban: This case has nothing to do with us.
"Because it appears to be playing legal games to get around rulings of federal courts, the law feeds the false narrative that pro-lifers don't have public opinion on our side," Camosy, a Catholic, said via email.
AP Texss CHILLING demand destruction guestimate
"I fear greatly that the premature implementation of this truly strange law will turn out to be the historic beginning of a backlash against the pro-life movement for which it is ill-prepared," [Catholic Reporter Michael Sean] Winters wrote.

Little Sisters  of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v Pennsyltucky et al. d/b/a Burwell called from 2020: Bite me, Hobby Lobby.

1. The Departments had the authority under the ACA to promulgate the religious and moral exemptions.
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THOMAS, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and SCALITO, GORSUCH, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined. SCALITO, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which GORSUCH, J., joined. KAGAN, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which BREYER, J., joined. GINSBURG, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which SOTOMAYOR, J., joined
peanut gallery be, like, BREYER MUST GO!
by Cat on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 09:04:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 05:48:32 PM EST
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En banc Eighth Circuit hears challenge to Missouri's selective abortion ban
"This is modern-day eugenics," Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt told reporters. "I mean this is discriminating to the most extreme level, the elimination of an entire class of people, because of a trait, because of their diagnosis, and I just fundamentally believe that is not who we are as a country and that's to me what this fight is about."
mmmm, yeah, Black Lives Matter. SOOOOOOoooo, OK. What else is going on in the 8th Cir.?
Arkansas asks full Eighth Circuit to reinstate pro-Israel law
A lawyer for Arkansas urged the en banc Eighth Circuit on Tuesday to revive a state law requiring businesses that contract with the state to pledge not to boycott Israel.
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In a teleconference hearing Tuesday morning, attorneys for both sides centered arguments on how the precedent of NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware - a landmark 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held states cannot prohibit peaceful advocacy of a politically motivated boycott - affected this case. They also sparred over how the law affects expressive interest.
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Arkansas Solicitor General Nicholas J. Bronni argued that the public does not pay attention to what contractors buy, but he said even if the customer notices that the contractor's purchases do not include Israeli goods, they still don't know why. "It might be a better price point, better quality, or supply chain," Bronni told the court.

ACLU attorney Brian Hauss, representing the Arkansas Times, countered during his rebuttal. .. . highlighted the long tradition of boycotts in the United States going back to the Boston Tea Party [wtaf ?!]. He also attacked Arkansas' claim of governmental interest due to a clause in the law that says contractors do not have to sign the pro-Israel statement if they give the state a 20% discount on services.

archived Happy Black History Y3 D80, You're welcome, Koontz v. Watson

y'all so crazy, ya don't know which way's up, but ya keep reproducing.

by Cat on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 11:56:55 PM EST
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Jonathan F. Mitchell, "The Writ-of-Erasure Fallacy," Virginia Law Review Association (2018)
The federal courts have no authority to erase a duly enacted law from the statute books, and they have no power to veto or suspend a statute.5 The power of judicial review is more limited: It permits a court to decline to enforce a statute in a particular case or controversy,6 and it permits a court to enjoin executive officials from taking steps to enforce a statute--though only while the court's injunction remains in effect.7 But the statute continues to exist, even after a court opines that it violates the Constitution, and it remains a law until it is repealed by the legislature that enacted it.
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Congress has never repealed the public-accommodations provisions in the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Yet subsequent court decisions acted as if the Civil Rights Cases had wiped these statutory protections off the books--and they refused to enforce those statutes in cases involving state-mandated racial discrimination that unquestionably falls within Congress's Fourteenth Amendment enforcement powers,15 or in cases involving racial discrimination on the high seas, where Congress holds plenary regulatory authority.16 The writ-of-erasure fallacy also arises when federal district courts issue preliminary injunctions forbidding officials to enforce a duly enacted statute. When a court issues an injunction of this sort, it is widely assumed that the law has been "blocked" from taking effect,17 and that citizens are free to flout the law while the injunction remains in place without any fear of subsequent prosecution. Not so.
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A court that enjoins the enforcement of a statute that it regards as unconstitutional is no different from a president who instructs his subordinates not to enforce a statute that he regards as unconstitutional.23 When the President determines that an Act of Congress violates the Constitution and directs the executive branch not to enforce it, he does nothing more than prevent the enforcement of the statute while his order remains in effect. The president's order does not "strike down" the statute or render it "void," and the statute remains federal law notwithstanding the President's refusal to enforce it. ...
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 05:46:16 PM EST
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South Dakota governor Kristi Noem signs executive order restricting abortion access
EO 2021-12, "Serious Health Complications from Abortion-inducing Drugs"
[No. 7] WHEREAS, In conjunction with a case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Chelius v. Beccerra [ACLU, May 2021]
"The FDA's decision to review these senseless restrictions on mifepristone -- though long overdue -- is a critical move towards ensuring that patients can access this safe, effective medication without needless obstacles," said Julia Kaye, staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the elements of the "Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy" (REMS) for mifeprex and its approved generic, mifepristone tablets, 200 mg, in accordance with REMS assessment provisions of Section 505-1 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. From a recent joint motion requesting a stay while the FDA conducts its review:
[... excerpt ...]
[No.9] WHEREAS, The South Dakota Department of Health must act quickly to adopt rules to protect women of South Dakota because we can no longer rely on the US Food & Drug Administration for sound, impartial medical protocols, and include commonsense measures that will assure the state has effective, medically-indicated protocols in place for the medical community to follow when dispensing the dangerous abortion pills: ...
news.sd.gov/ | Gov. Noem Blocks Telemedicine Abortions in South Dakota
bullet points of instruction for SD Department of Health

USAToday | South Dakota governor Kristi Noem signs executive order restricting abortion access

South Dakota statute prohibits abortions for women who are beyond 22 weeks gestation, but Noem and other anti-abortion advocates are EMBOLDENED to follow [?] Texas' suit after the United States Supreme Court refused to block the six-week ban from taking effect last week.
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 07:08:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 09:53:39 AM EST
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California 'Stealthing' Law Would Make It Illegal to Remove a Condom Without Permission
The bill, which was introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, passed in the California state Assembly this week and will be sent to Governor Gavin Newsom's office. The bill received 73 votes in favor and no opposition.

The legislation seeks to add stealthing, or the removal of a condom without consent, to the state's definition of sexual battery.
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According to the Associated Press [!!], if signed into law, the bill would not alter the state's criminal code associated with sexual battery but would change the civil code, allowing a victim to sue their perpetrator.

needs moar Julian Assange celebrity endorsement
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 07:32:00 PM EST
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Abortions in Indiana, yanno, the state with fetal homicide code on the books--Mike Buttagig country
Seventh Circuit lifted reversed a stay [requested by WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH] that had blocked certain provisions of an Indiana law limiting abortion access. The state will now be allowed to require a physician to be present while a patient ingests an abortion-inducing drug [mifepristone} and will prohibit the use of telemedicine in abortion care -- even to obtain informed consent or to conduct pre-abortion counseling sessions.
WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH ALLIANCE, et al. (appellant) v TODD ROKITA, Attorney General of Indiana, et al, per curiam
All of the contested provisions have been in force for years, so a stay would preserve the status quo pending appellate resolution. And Indiana has made the "strong showing" on the merits necessary to receive a stay. See Nken v. Holder, 556 U.S. 418, 426, 434 (2009).
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State laws requiring abortions to be performed by physicians have been challenged before
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Laws requiring second-trimester abortions to be performed in a hospital or surgical center also have been challenged before
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The requirement of in-person counselling, Ind. Code §16-
34-2-1.1(a)(1), (a)(4), (b)(1), likewise is a return litigant.
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The district court concluded that these findings permit it to depart from the holdings of earlier cases. Yet the Supreme Court insists that it alone has the authority to modify its precedents ... All we hold today is that existing precedents provide strong grounds for concluding that Indiana is likely to prevail on the contested issues. To the extent that the [District Ct] injunction bars Indiana from enforcing Ind. Code §§ 16-34-2-1(a)(1), (2), 16-34-2-1.1(a)(1), (4), (b)(1), and 25-1-9.5-8(a)(4), it is stayed pending further order of this court.
Assoc. WOOD's dissent is informative in that the syllabus--cascading from Griswold and Roe over FORTY YEARS--amply illustrates Mitchell's veto-fallacy: historically, SCOTUS rulings are more ambivalent than not, or academic in practice.

Biden administration readies lawsuit over Texas abortion law: Report
"It was not immediately clear what argument the department would make, but one source that spoke with The Wall Street Journal predicted it would be that federal interests were illegally interfered with by the Texas law." O Rly? National security or interstate commerce? Taxation or campaign finance? IN ANY CASE, they better bring a better team than was briefed for farcical antitrust action.

by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:41:17 AM EST
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Justice Gorsuch Tears Up Oklahoma
Justice Gorsuch, joined in 2020 by the Court's four liberals [BWAH!], essentially said nearly half of Oklahoma--with 1.9 million people and most of Tulsa--might still be Indian country under treaties from the 1800s. The results have included overturned convictions all the way up to murder, with some criminals set free; tax protests; and rules on everything from zoning to fishing to marijuana put into doubt.

"In our opinion, this is the biggest issue that's ever hit any state SINCE THE CIVIL WAR," says Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and he might be right. The state's ultimate goal is to convince the Supreme Court to reverse McGirt, a 5-4 decision whose majority included Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her replacement by ["The Anti-RBG"] could make all the difference.[BWAH!]
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One lawsuit, filed by Oklahoma in July, challenges the Interior Department's disruptive view of McGirt.
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"We're hearing from mining companies right now," Mr. Stitt told Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in June. "They thought that they were operating in the state of Oklahoma."

Gallery of informed anti-racist parents to US slaves and their descendants: US, UK don't do international law
archived McGirt, June 2021 "score"
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 09:31:31 PM EST
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Health officials warn White House they might not recommend COVID vaccine booster shots for general public as expected this month: report
FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock and Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "said they wanted to see more data before encouraging third booster shots for the general population starting this month."
by Cat on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 08:01:25 PM EST
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WH | On-the-Record Press Call by Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Eric Lander and NSC Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense Dr. Beth Cameron on American Pandemic Preparedness
We will be providing an overview of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan, also entitled "Transforming our Capabilities," which will advance the President's commitment to building back better for the next biological threat.
archived "[2014 Geo. Kennan] Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents", Apr 2020
Recent scientific advances made it possible to respond much more rapidly than ever before. Had COVID-19 emerged five years ago [ebola marketing FAIL!], we would have had far fewer tools to do this. [remdesivir VICTORY!]
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The issues include the need to increase overall public health funding, strengthen the public health workforce, eliminate barriers to access, improve data systems, address disparities, improve communications, and improve coordination across federal, state, local, and Tribal authorities.

The plan that's being released today addresses needs directly related to pandemic preparedness, but I just want to emphasize there are broader public health issues that'll need to be addressed separately and in a coordinated fashion.

Biden's Science Adviser Warns US Should Gear Up to Face THREATS 'Worse Than COVID'

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White House, American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities, Sep 2021

The work is organized across five pillars: (1) Transforming our Medical Defenses, (2) Ensuring Situational Awareness, (3) Strengthening Public Health Systems, (4) Building Core Capabilities, and (5) Managing the ["]Mission["].

Achieving these capabilities will require a systematic effort and shared vision for biological preparedness across our government that is akin to the nation's Apollo mission. The mission will require program management with the seriousness, commitment, and accountability of the Apollo Program, overseen by a dedicated program office.

/s/ Lauder, Science and Technology
/s/ Sullivan, National Security Affairs
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 07:33:12 PM EST
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"gain of function" curve
- New infectious diseases have been emerging at a quickening pace due to increased zoonotic
transmission from animals, driven by population growth, climate change, habitat loss, and human behavior, and these diseases are spreading faster with increased global travel.
  • The number of laboratories around the world handling dangerous pathogens is growing in part as a response to increasing pandemic risk, boosting the likelihood that a contagious pathogen could be released accidentally.4
  • As the technologies of modern biology become more powerful, affordable, and accessible, there is also the disturbing possibility that A MALIGN ACTOR could develop and use a biological weapon, including one that is highly contagious, in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 1540.
[... V. Scientific Appendix for Transforming our Medical Defenses ...]
(2.1) Inhibiting key viral functions. Develop the ability to rapidly create programmable RNA-based therapeutics targeted against specific viruses, for use during a pandemic response. Programmable [!] RNA-based therapeutics, in which pathogen sequences are inserted into an existing platform [!!], may enable rapid development of therapeutics against specific viruses -- for example, to block viral replication, entry into cells, or other key functions. (These technologies include short interfering RNAs (siRNAs), antisense oligonucleotides, and CRISPR-based approaches [!!!]. For example, siRNA is currently being developed as a possible treatment for Hepatitis B.) Developing these platforms now to treat existing viral infections would develop the knowledge base and capacity to use programmable RNA therapeutics to rapidly respond to a novel pathogen.
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 08:54:01 PM EST
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Public this, public that: Y'all keep using that word but I don't think it means what you think it means, when you mean it.

Where's muh patent waivers?
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 09:47:53 PM EST
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Just when you'd given up on "evolutionary biology" and were exercising "gain of function" trrrism,
self-amplifying enters the room
of "binding regions".
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 09:53:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 10:08:31 PM EST
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'It's game over. It's mRNA or nothing:' Expert on future of vaccines
[formerly head of Global Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum Arnaud] Bernaert cited these reasons as well. "If success needs to be defined as a function of the agility of a manufacturer to be able to reposition the DNA template for combating the next variant, I don't think the U.S. and Europe will do anything else but buy mRNA vaccines" moving forward, he said.

"They [mRNA] will represent 60% or 70% of the market. The other guys will die," he added.

where's muh patent waiver?
Deals happening now could be viewed as early efforts. That includes the various manufacturing and fill/finish deals that Pfizer and Moderna have penned in the past year.
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He foresees synthetic biology DNA templates on the front end and better encapsulation mechanisms (lipids) on the back end. Brought together, it leads to a much more stable manufacturing process, Bernaert said.
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 07:55:26 PM EST
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Krause et all,"Considerations in boosting COVID-19 vaccine immune responses", The Lancet, 13 Sep 2021
Findings from randomised trials have reliably shown the high initial efficacy of several vaccines, and, less reliably, observational studies have attempted to assess the effects on particular variants or the durability of vaccine efficacy, or both. The appendix identifies and describes the formal and informal reports from these studies. Some of this literature involves peer-reviewed publications; however, some does not, and it is likely that some details are importantly wrong and that there has been unduly selective emphasis on particular results.
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Although vaccines are less effective against asymptomatic disease or against transmission than against severe disease, even in populations with fairly high vaccination rates the unvaccinated are still the major drivers of transmission and are themselves at the highest risk of serious disease.16 If new variants that can escape the current vaccines are going to evolve, they are most likely to do so from strains that had already become widely prevalent. The effectiveness of boosting against the main variants now circulating and against even newer variants could be greater and longer lived if the booster vaccine antigen is devised to match the main circulating variants.6 There is an opportunity now to study variant-based boosters before there is widespread need for them. A similar strategy is used for influenza vaccines, for which each annual vaccine is based on the most current data about circulating strains, increasing the likelihood that the vaccine will remain effective even if there is further strain evolution.
APsplaonin

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WHO.int, "Interim statement on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses", 10 Aug 2021

WHO, with support of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and its COVID-19 Vaccines Working Group, is reviewing the emerging evidence on the need for and timing of an additional vaccine dose (booster dose 1)  for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). SAGE is continuously reviewing the literature and has reached out to vaccine manufacturers, the research community and Member States to obtain the most complete and recent data on the issue.  

Rationale for booster doses

There are several reasons why COVID-19 vaccine booster doses may be needed:  (i) waning protection against infection or disease, in particular severe disease, over time (i.e., waning immunity), (ii) reduced protection against variant(s) of concern (VOC), or (iii) inadequate protection from the currently recommended primary series for some risk groups for which evidence from the Phase 3 clinical trials may have been lacking.  The rationale for booster doses may differ by vaccine product, epidemiological setting, risk group, and vaccine coverage rates.
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WHO, with support of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and its COVID-19 Vaccines Working Group, is reviewing the emerging evidence on the need for and timing of an additional vaccine dose (booster dose 1)  for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). SAGE is continuously reviewing the literature and has reached out to vaccine manufacturers, the research community and Member States to obtain the most complete and recent data on the issue.  

Rationale for booster doses

There are several reasons why COVID-19 vaccine booster doses may be needed:  (i) waning protection against infection or disease, in particular severe disease, over time (i.e., waning immunity), (ii) reduced protection against variant(s) of concern (VOC), or (iii) inadequate protection from the currently recommended primary series for some risk groups for which evidence from the Phase 3 clinical trials may have been lacking.  The rationale for booster doses may differ by vaccine product, epidemiological setting, risk group, and vaccine coverage rates.

Factors to consider

1. Waning immunity

Neither an immune correlate of protection nor an immune correlate for the duration of protection has been established to date. Studies suggest a correlation between the efficacy of different vaccines against symptomatic disease and mean neutralizing antibody titers induced by those vaccines(1), but it is unclear if declining titers over time since vaccination are indicative of declining vaccine effectiveness, especially against VOCs. While data on immunogenicity of some vaccines suggest that antibodies persist for at least 6 months (2), waning of neutralizing antibodies has been reported(3).   Although there may be a loss of protection against infections by SARS-CoV-2 protection against severe disease is likely to be largely retained due to cell mediated immunity (1).

2. Vaccine effectiveness  

 Data are currently insufficient to determine if there is a significant decline in vaccine effectiveness against any form of clinical illness from SARS-CoV-2 infection beyond 6 months after vaccination. However, some reduction in vaccine effectiveness has been reported for some VOCs. Data from Israel suggest that around 40% of breakthrough infections are in immunocompromised individuals (4).  While breakthrough infections are still expected, the vast majority are less severe than those seen in unvaccinated people (5).

3. Global vaccine supply and global and national equity

National vaccination programme policy decisions to add a booster dose should take into account the strength of evidence regarding the need for these doses and global availability of vaccines. Offering booster doses to a large proportion of a population when many have not yet received even a first dose undermines the principle of national and global equity. Prioritizing booster doses over speed and breadth in the initial dose coverage may also damage the prospects for global mitigation of the pandemic, with severe implications for the health, social and economic well-being of people globally.

by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 03:26:22 PM EST
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"Things Are Looking Good and Going According to Plan", 10 Sep 2021
DER SPIEGEL: Ms. Türeci, Mr. Şahin, a year ago the world didn't even know if there would be an effective vaccine against COVID-19. Today, more than 60 percent of Germans have already received two doses of vaccine. Will the pandemic be over by next spring?
Türeci: That depends on how you define "over." Let's put it this way: COVID-19 will get less scary.
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 04:06:03 PM EST
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back-office gossip, Roll Call | FDA advisers reject third shots for all, back them for vulnerable
The Food and Drug Administration's outside advisers on Friday voted unanimously, 18-0, in favor of third Pfizer[BioNTech] COVID-19 shots for vulnerable people at high risk of severe disease and people ages 65 or older. ... The committee also voted, 18-0, to recommend that FDA include health care workers and other workers at high risk of exposure as part of the group that would qualify for a booster.
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The FDA presented data from a study of about 300 people showing that antibodies surged by three times in people receiving a third shot and there were no significant safety signals.

"Is 300 people a large enough study?" said Hayley Gans, professor of pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center.

Gee. I dunno ...328M people. Whaddaya think, Phil? Normal? Abnormal? Eric --- Gudenuf to fulfill Pfizer's 2021Q4 revenue and p/s goals?
Gans said not incorporating safety data from people who opted for a third shot without FDA approval is a "missed opportunity."

"I think it will be proven safe but we just don't have that data yet," said Harvard Medical School immunology professor Eric Rubin.
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The meeting included peeks at behind-the-scenes tensions at the FDA on booster shots between Marks and that office's top vaccine reviewers, Marion Gruber and Phil Krause.

Krause eviscerated Pfizer for not submitting more data for peer review or for independent analysis by the FDA's scientists. He contested one of the real-world studies Pfizer cited to support its application, ["]a look["] at Kaiser Permanente patients in California. The drugmaker said it showed 61 percent efficacy against severe disease in people older than 65, while Krause said it showed 93 percent efficacy in that group.

reference
FDA | Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee September 17, 2021 Meeting Announcement, enc. A/V (EN)
FDA | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: September 17, 2021
license winners and LOSERS
by Cat on Sat Sep 18th, 2021 at 02:34:22 PM EST
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India govt won't buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines amid local output -sources
three government sources told Reuters, mainly because domestic output of more affordable and easier-to-store vaccines has jumped .

That essentially means the ["]globally popular["] vaccines, which their makers have pledged not to sell to private parties during the pandemic, will not be available for now ever in the world's two most populous countries - China and India.

not to mention the rest of SE Asia, RUSSIA! and the continent of Africa
The Indian government has also declined to meet the U.S. companies' requests for legal protection over any side-effects from the use of their shots, which are currently made only in the United States or Europe, two of the sources said.
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A second source said: "The government will not buy Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. They are free to have private tie-ups after necessary regulatory clearances. But sovereign indemnity is clearly something we can't give".
by Cat on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 04:11:57 PM EST
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An amiable divorce
Bill and Melinda Gates are backing a U.K. startup that is attempting to make novel antiviral drugs using artificial intelligence
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Oxford, England-based Exscienta announced Wednesday a four-year agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation worth up to $70 million. The company aims to use parts of the funding to develop pills that could  be used to fight COVID-19 and stop the spread of future pandemic level viruses.
archived Dec 18th, 2020, universal soldier
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 08:51:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 11:46:09 AM EST
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PLUS the latest strongly worded letter
Dear Acting Comptroller Hsu ...
I am concerned about a number of national trust charters granted by the prior leadership of the OCC. Shortly after former Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks left the OCC to join Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange, several ["]nontraditional["] firms that specialize in digital and cryptocurrency activities - including Paxos, Protego, and Anchorage - received conditional national trust charters from the OCC. ...
post-Glass-Steagall(Stiegel), post-Bankruptcy Act 2010,  post-Goldman Sachs, post-FranknDodd, post-Krugman NATIONALIZATION "stress test"
It is also UNCLEAR whether the OCC engaged in the appropriate due diligence to stand behind this 'seal of approval' before granting these charters. Former Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks actively encouraged cryptocurrency companies to apply for a ["]national trust charter["] because it had "relatively easy requirements" and is "just a faster charter to get."10 Not only could these charter approvals lead customers to underestimate the risks related to these assets, but it could undermine faith in the safety and stability of the entire banking system. ...
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 02:54:00 PM EST
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low-brow edition

archived Mon Aug 2nd, 2021, Congress Impeaches Self
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 03:26:54 PM EST
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This is about making sure that someone like me as a woman or any menstruating person in this country cannot make decisions over their own body,"
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 02:44:06 PM EST
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Not just women! Trans men & non-binary people can also menstruate.

Some women also don't menstruate for many reasons, including surviving cancer that required a hysterectomy.

GOP mad at this are protecting the patriarchal idea that women are most valuable as uterus holders.

so science-y!
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 02:55:02 PM EST
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~ Jacques Lacan

Why won't the US medical establishment "believe women"? Covid-19 vaccines do not warn about menstrual disruption

Spare a thought for the tens of thousands of ["]women["] undergoing expensive, invasive fertility treatments like egg retrieval and in vitro fertilization. According to Pew Research, about one third of all American women will undergo fertility treatment at some point. Most health insurance plans do not cover these difficult procedures, so many women pay out-of-pocket, sometimes DROPPING tens of thousands of dollars. Surely such female [?!] medical consumers have A RIGHT to know if an mRNA vaccine can trigger, for example, spontaneous prolonged bleeding that disrupts their reproductive efforts.
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 06:56:54 PM EST
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The gates of twitter OPENED, ending a four-month 12-hour account suspension, evidently to REVEAL this CAMPAIGN 2022 senate candidate to the damned.

Blessed be Suzy.
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 03:14:33 PM EST
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she felt wearing the dress to the Met Gala was important, since most conversations about taxation happen among lower-class people.
House Democrats take step back from Biden on tax hikes
The bill text released Monday by the House Ways and Means Committee includes a variety of tax increases targeted at wealthy individuals and corporations in an effort to help pay for $3.5 trillion in spending and tax cuts in areas such as child care, climate and health care.

But in many ways it is not as aggressive in raising taxes as Biden has proposed, prompting criticism from progressive groups.

by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 12:39:41 PM EST
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low brow edition, feat. UHTHORITATIVE Doctor for Dummies Ram Yogendra, physician, @ 00:29:36

"It's a vascular disease."
archived high school anatomy

by Cat on Thu Sep 23rd, 2021 at 01:46:14 AM EST
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low-brow High-brow guest edition
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 04:38:40 PM EST
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throne of lies, "women and minorities" edition
The group's first Black president's termination is "effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign," Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, co-chairs of the board, said in a statement Monday.
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"This is A painful MOMENT in our MOVEMENT. While the Board's decision is not the outcome we had ever envisioned or hoped for in terms of Mr. [Alphonso] David's tenure with HRC, his actions have put us in an untenable position by violating HRC's core values, policies and mission," the two said.
archived 1 month ago, 6 months ago
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:05:18 PM EST
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Ultimate translations-don't-write-themselves edition

Harmful Language Alert: see NARA's Statement on Potentially Harmful Language,
courtesy of a 35-member Archivist's Task Force on Racism, assembled by EO 13985

I don't know what "misogynistic/misogynoir" is supposed to signify, but I do know this is an extraordinarily bizarre PR exercise in MSM "Truth & Reconciliation" (possibly "accountability") instead of, yanno, the constitutional conventions that US Congress (representatives of the most ignorant, litigious People on the PLANET) has avoided 232 years. Ironically, I wouldn't have notice this development except Sputnik reported it.

That said, I'm thrilled with the earnest endeavors of this session of Congress along with The Decider to edjumacate peoples INCLUDING "women and minorities" AND INSURGENTS around the world in the de-politicizing arts of US American "democracy".

by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 01:56:36 PM EST
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for offended Republican Party tweeters, possibly Democratic Party representatives masquerading as freedmen huddled in the Capitol rotunda.
Every US Independence Day, NPR publishes and reads the Declaration of Independence on the air, but July 2021's edition was quite different from previous years, as the broadcaster argued that following the anti-racism mass protests and riots in the US in 2020 "the words in the document land differently".

by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 02:05:14 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 08:56:05 PM EST
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APN
And I would even posit that this issue of, of Biden's position on on Gaza could have hurt him in his overall ratings. We do know that over the past couple of months, the president's approval rating have diminished going down to 49%. And and that decline is almost entirely coming from Democrats is almost entirely coming from Democrats, there is a decline in democratic approval. Now, obviously, there are many issues by that's the case. It's not Israel. Palestine may be a small part of it. But it certainly didn't help. And there's no question that we have evidence that it certainly didn't help them, especially among young Democrats.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 05:21:07 PM EST
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We do know that young evangelicals are changing demographically, for example, the even from a from 20 between 2015 and 2018. There was a major shift in the percentage of whites among evangelic young evangelicals. You In fact, young evangelicals became a minority among white evangelicals, Pan minority among young evangelicals. And we do know that white evangelicals tend to be the most supportive of a right wing Israel. And so there is a demographic shift. And it's, it's really traceable, it's significant shift that we have shown to have taken

Ori Nir 25:22
Just to make clear, majority of younger, the evangelicals today are non white.

by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 05:30:51 PM EST
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I think the support of Israel by American evangelicals is a mirage.

A claim that they have shared values suggests only that in the southeastern part of the US, there are not many Jews. It is racism based on an image promoted by self-appointed pastors of brown-skinned Palestinian Muslims vs an Israel full of white-skinned Ashkenazi Jews.

Various scenarios can be imagined that would yank the rug completely out from under their support.

by asdf on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 11:14:20 PM EST
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Yeah, basically the same as Corbyn's "anti-semitism" where the core accusation really was "He loves those Muslims too much".
by generic on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 08:10:40 AM EST
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Guantanamo: Trial of suspected 9/11 masterminds resumes
Defense attorneys are expected to argue that [torture d/b/a enhanced] interrogations the FBI conducted in 2007 should be ruled inadmissible on the grounds that these "clean-team" agents came in on the heels of years of torture while the defendants were in CIA custody.
[...]
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind ... A Pakistani citizen raised in Kuwait, Mohammed is believed to have ["]first pitched["] Osama bin Laden on using commercial airlines as missiles to crash them into buildings in the US in 1996. When bin Laden approved the plot, he placed Mohammed in charge of its execution.

A graduate of a US university, Mohammed was working for the Qatari government in the early 1990s when he began conspiring with his nephew Ramzi Yousef who detonated a car bomb in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in 1993.


  • Ramzi bin al-Shibh, the Yemeni 'Hamburg cell' organizer
  • Walid bin Attash, the KSA-Yemeni 'senior lieutenant'
  • Ammar al-Baluchi, Pakistani re-location expert
  • Mustafa al-Hawsawi, KSA travel agent
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:54:30 PM EST
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Al Qaeda upset with all conspiracy theories attributing their hard work to the CIA. Publishes debunking "booklet".
by Bernard on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 09:04:22 PM EST
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Assasination President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti

First report ... Antony Blinken already picked successor president Haiti

Oh wait, how about asylum seeker status or a plane ticket to Dubai?

by Oui on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 08:59:01 PM EST
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APsplainin US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town
Calling it a "challenging and heartbreaking situation," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a stark warning: "If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family's life."
descendants of French slaves alive in Mexico
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign minister, said about 15% of the Haitian migrants in Mexico have accepted refuge there. So far this year, about 19,000 Haitian migrants have requested asylum in Mexico.

"Mexico does not have any problem with them being in our country as long as they respect Mexico's laws," he said.

a public health law known as Title 42?
Ma[ll]orkas and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would look into agents on horseback using what appeared to be whips and their horses to push back migrants at the river between Ciudad Acuña and Del Rio, a city of about 35,000 people roughly 145 miles (230 kilometers) west of San Antonio where thousands of migrants remain camped around a bridge.
APsplainin how "Dems, backers face uphill immigration path after Senate blow"--yesterday titled "Senate parliamentarian deals BLOW to Dem's immigration push
by Cat on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 03:34:19 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:54:00 PM EST
Mozambique: 'Hidden debt' trial EXPOSES depth of corruption
Between 2013 and 2014, three Mozambican state-owned companies, ProIndicus, Ematum and Mam, took out €1.76 billion ($2.08 billion) in loans. The colossal amount of money came from Credit Suisse and the Russian bank VTB, among others [World Food Program (WFP)!]. These funds were allegedly meant to finance maritime surveillance, fishing and shipyard projects.
[...]
The trial of, among others, Ndambi Guebuza, son of former President Armando Guebuza, and Gregorio Leao, former head of the security services, on charges of blackmail, embezzlement and money laundering is being aired live on television.
[...]
Fighting Mozambique's graft
Many Mozambicans believe that the judicial proceedings show that the authorities are finally getting serious about fighting corruption.
archive Thu Nov 9th, 2017 "tuna bonds"
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 01:09:18 PM EST
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hosted by The Guardian
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 05:31:51 PM EST
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Outgoing Japanese PM backs vaccine minister Tara Kono as successor - report
Suga announced on Friday that he will not run for leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic party this month, meaning that whoever wins the leadership race will become prime minister.
[...]
[Taro] Kono, 58, is popular among young voters after building support through Twitter, where he has 2.3 million followers - a rarity in Japanese politics, which is dominated by older men less adept with social media.
archived suganomics
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 05:38:54 PM EST
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Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo: Coup is 'a patriotic act'
Why do you accept this military takeover?

Obviously, it is against my beliefs. But we are facing a situation where Alpha Conde has seized power by violating the constitution, by violating his oath, by trampling on all the rules and principles of democracy and the rule of law.

We have tried everything else. We called on the international community, but it did not or could not change its position. Peaceful demonstrations on the streets were brutally suppressed. Innocent Guineans were killed simply for exercising their constitutional right to march in public places. They killed nearly 40 people in N'zerekore and buried them in the night. All of these people, all of these citizens, were denied justice, compassion, and reparation.

Nothing we tried worked. We tried to take legal action against this, but without success. The judiciary is not independent; it does not dispense justice. Alpha Conde was always right; the opposition was always wrong. Hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested, tried and convicted even though they were innocent. All resistance has been unsuccessful.

by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 12:00:34 AM EST
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APgibbering, Guinea junta freezes state assets as regional officials come
wut
The move comes as a delegation of West African officials from the regional economic bloc known as ECOWAS arrives Friday in Guinea's capital, Conakry, to meet with the military officers who toppled President Alpha Condé.

The mediators from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and Burkina Faso along with ECOWAS commission president Jean-Claude Kassi Brou are expected to press the JUNTA to immediately return Guinea to constitutional rule.

oh.
The JUNTA announced the temporary freezing of withdrawals on bank accounts related to public administrative and commercial establishments in all ministry departments and the presidency. The freeze also applies to "the programs and projects of presidential initiatives," and "outgoing members of the government as well as senior civil servants, administrators and financial authorities of the state."
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 09:44:44 PM EST
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wish we'd thought of that.
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 09:46:08 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Sep 11th, 2021 at 01:17:03 PM EST
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Moscow Bothered by 'Uncontrolled, Unrestricted Expansion' of US Military Biolab Network Near Russia
[chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander] Fedorov is the latest Russian official to express his apprehensions over the US' widespread deployment of military biolabs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. In April, the Russian Security Council's secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, told a Russian newspaper that Moscow was aware of the creation of new US military biolabs near Russia and China, and warned that Russian officials had reason to believe that biological weapons were being developed there.
"dual-use"
The United States has pushed the creation of biolabs via its so-called 'Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction', as well as bilateral 'Joint Biological Commitments and Joint Threat Reduction' programmes with individual nations. Washington has long insisted that these programmes, which started being implemented after the end of the Cold War, are designed only to reduce biological weapons proliferation and production.
[...]
Last year, Ukrainian opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk revealed to parliament that as many as 15 US-sponsored biological laboratories were operating on Ukrainian territory, with some of them said to be engaged in the storage of pathogens hazardous to humans and animals.
Inside America's secretive biolabs, 2015
"Even the federal government doesn't know where they all are, the Government Accountability Office has warned for years."
Ultra-Secure Lab in Gabon Equipped for Ebola Studies, 2018

reference*
GAO, "CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE, Designated Entity Needed to Identify, Align, and Manage DOD's Infrastructure, 2015
GAO, "BIOLOGICAL SELECT AGENTS AND TOXINS, Actions Needed to Improve Management of DOD's Biosafety and Biosecurity Program ", 2018
Health.mil, The Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) partner network

* also known as permanent US federal records

by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 05:14:42 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 06:16:49 PM EST
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DW | PR How Afghan [some] women are resisting Taliban rule
"Their values are not our values," Basira Taheri from Herat city told DW. "The Taliban fighters have lived all their lives in some remote places, far away from civilization, and have only learned to fight. They can hardly read or write. Many of them have no idea of life in a city. Afghan society has changed over the past 20 years. We will not allow the Taliban to take away our rights," she said.
HANKOREH | OpEd Burqa didn't come back just because of Taliban
The urban-rural gap grew even wider after the US' invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The US spent hundreds of billions of dollars on development aid, but all that money went to the big cities and surrounding areas under American control.But for people living in war-torn rural areas, the slogans and reforms proclaimed by the Soviets and the Americans actually became the objects of hatred.

Over the past 43 years, the most important thing for women in rural areas was finding a way for their families to survive strafing runs by Soviet Mi-24D helicopter gunships; sexual assault, kidnapping, sex trafficking, and toll-collecting by local warlords; and drone attacks by the US military.
[...]
Here are some of the contradictory reports coming out of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Just 100 of 700 female journalists are still working in Kabul. Women are being hired for sub-cabinet positions in the government and are allowed to be educated in universities divided by gender. Women protesters are being dispersed, but Taliban members who dispersed the protesters are being arrested. Some say the Taliban are just as oppressive as ever, while others argue that they've changed. What's clear is that such debates have little meaning for the 70% of Afghan women who inhabit the feudal society of the countryside.

Afghan Women Rally in Kunduz to Show Support for Taliban's Interim Government - Video
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 09:59:36 PM EST
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Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions
according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a ["]residential army colony["].
[...]
The affected area is predominantly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces. The families, some of whom had lived in the district for almost 30 years, had been given three days to vacate, the official, who had spoken to some of those affected, said.
omg
although there were no confirmed reports of violence on Tuesday[,] Taliban leaders have vowed to investigate any instances of abuse, but have ordered demonstrators to seek permission before holding protests.
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 06:13:33 PM EST
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More signs of Taliban restricting women's rights
According to the AP news agency, staff of the World Bank's Women's Economic Empowerment and Rural Development Program, which was run out of the [Women's Affairs] ministry, were escorted off the grounds on Saturday.

Chorus of concerns

The United Nation's children's fund (UNICEF) said it was "deeply worried" for the future of girls' schooling in Afghanistan.

"It is critical that all girls, including older girls, are able to resume their education without any further delays. For that, we need female teachers to resume teaching," UNICEF said in a statement.

UNESCO's Director General Audrey Azoulay on Saturday added her voice to growing fears over the Taliban's limitations on girls' education.

"Should this ban be maintained, it would constitute an important violation of the fundamental right to education for girls and women," Azoulay said in a statement upon her arrival in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.

The Afghan Women's Network chief Mahbouba Seraj said she was astounded by the flurry of orders released by the Taliban-run government restricting women and girls.

"It is becoming really, really troublesome. ... Is this the stage where the girls are going to be forgotten?" Seraj said. "I know they don't believe in giving explanations, but explanations are very important."

Bad for business: World Bank China rigging scandal rattles investors
by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 02:14:16 PM EST
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Operation Soccer Balls
transiting Portugal
by Cat on Thu Sep 23rd, 2021 at 12:32:18 AM EST
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Why SDRs Belong to States, Not Central Banks
As they noted, SDRs represent an international reserve asset that was created by the 🤬IMF in 1969 to help facilitate balance of payment settlements. Even so, SDRs themselves do not constitute debt or loans, but potential claims on the freely usable hard currencies of other 🤬IMF members. Historically, these claims have been used on occasions to pay back 🤬IMF loan programs. This implies the assets are, and always have been, closely connected to fiscal budgets.
[...]
Banxico, recently published a statement asserting that it, rather than the government, should maintain control over the $12 billion worth of SDRs the state has received in the latest 🤬IMF issuance. Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, disagrees. He believes the SDRs should go to the government's budget.

It is López Obrador who is right. And it is important for the international community to understand why, on a legal basis.

According to Articles XV and XVII of the 🤬IMF Articles of Agreement, the SDRs belong to "members." Members are the nations' governments, not their central banks.

by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 04:46:26 PM EST
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Third and final day of parliamentary election --in-person, by mail, and innerboob
by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 01:20:12 PM EST
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AP | head of Russia's Communist Party, the country's second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election
Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov said Saturday -- the second of three days of voting in the election -- that police and the national elections commission must respond to reports of "a number of absolutely egregious facts" including ballot-stuffing in several regions.
[...]
Central Elections Commission head Ella Pamfilova said later Saturday that more than 6,200 ballots have been annulled in five regions for procedural violations and ballot-stuffing.
[...]
some projections suggest the party could lose its current two-thirds majority, which is enough to change the constitution. The Communists are expected to pick up the biggest share of any seats lost by United Russia.
RU translation of Gina's "tactical vote" PR to social media "platforms"
The Communists are seen as potentially benefiting from the "Smart Voting" program promoted by Navalny and his team, which aims to weaken United Russia by advising voters on which candidates are in the strongest position to defeat United Russia's candidates.
[...]
In St. Petersburg, voter Pavel Ivanov said he had access to Smart Voting and followed its advice to vote for a small party that "does not meet my preferences to the full extent but (will) present a certain opposition to the ruling party."

Zyuganov said the party has tallied at least 44 incidents of voting violations and the Communists have applied for permits to hold protests next week after the voting ends Sunday.

by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 01:32:46 PM EST
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Right NOW: RT reporting Communist Party gaining 2x ballots of United Party.

< wipes tears >

AWKWARD

by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 07:14:56 PM EST
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According to the exit polls (>400000 people) United Russia will get 45.4%, Communist Party of Russian Federation 21%, Liberal Democrats 8.7% and Just Russia 7.9%

After counting 18.5% of the votes, United Russia has 42.5%, Communists 23.24%, Liberal Democrats 8.83%, Just Russia 7.09% and a newcomer New People seems to passing the 5% treshold with 6.22%.

For comparison, in 2016 election United Russia got 54.2%, Communist Party 13.3%, Liberal Democrats 13.1% and Just Russia 6.22%.

So far it looks like United Russia has bled votes to the left (Communists and Just Russia) while Liberal Democrats have lost votes to New People.

by pelgus on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 08:09:27 PM EST
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primary poll today to elect Election Committee members who will select 40/90 city legislators in December 2021 and chief executive March 2022.
by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 01:43:17 PM EST
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General election begins Monday, 20 Sep 2021, because UK governor governor agreed with Trudeau to dissolve parliament in August
by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 01:55:46 PM EST
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Canadian election recap: Trudeau says he has 'clear mandate' after minority win : OUCH!
Trudeau's Liberal government is projected to hold a minority of seats in the House of Commons, meaning he will need another party's support to govern.
[...]
he will end up where he started after an unexpectedly tight election race characterized by a lackluster campaign and voter anger at an election DURING A PANDEMIC.
[...]
"It's a Groundhog Day election," said Gerald Baier, a professor of political science at University of British Columbia. "It seems that ambivalence has stayed (from the 2019 election)."
by Cat on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 06:21:04 PM EST
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Hush, Hush (Venezuela is Winning!)
So, the game-changing news that there are peace talks being held in México City between the Venezuelan government and opposition parties is ignored.  México is acting as host and facilitator with the kingdoms of Norway and Netherlands, and the Russian Federation as mediators. This seminal event has been scarcely reported by the North American media or commented on by politicians. Not a peep. Perhaps it is because neither the USA nor Canada have been permitted to be part of these negotiations, although certainly the USA has tried, and failed, to worm itself in.
[...]
The significance of this MOU is that

    + The extremist opposition parties at long last recognize the Venezuelan State, political institutions, and the legitimacy of President Nicolás Maduro. Previously, they had refused any dialogue alleging that Nicolás Maduro was not a legitimate president and demanding his resignation or new elections (which would have been against the Constitution) before they would even sit down to talk.

    + It spells the end of the US attempt to create a bogus alternative government with the fantasy that Juan Guaidó was any sort of president.

    + It indicates the end of the vicious Canadian absurdity of the Lima Group created solely to overthrow the Venezuelan government. Shockingly, at present, during an election campaign, not one Canadian media or party leader has reported the utter failure of this Liberal Party strategy of aggression towards Venezuela.

by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 02:41:53 PM EST
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BOOKMARK Libyan opposition fights for recognition both at home and abroad, 29 Mar 2011

UPDATE Unity government loses disputed no-confidence vote, 21 Sep 2021

The lower chamber of the Libyan parliament withdrew their support for the unity government that was approved earlier in the year to lead the war-ravaged country through elections. Abdallah Abaihig, a spokesperson for the legislature, said 89 out of 113 attending lawmakers voted against the Cabinet.

The government, led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, will now take on a caretaker role, according to Abaihig. However, a parliamentary source told the AFP that the vote was invalid because only 113 deputies attended the session in the eastern city of Tobruk.

According to the source, parliamentary rules require a minimum turnout of 120 members of the 200-seat house for a no-confidence vote.

GADHAFI Miss me yet?
by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 03:55:03 AM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:54:17 PM EST
... about a boycott of media events hosted by... Politico.

EU NGOs to boycott media events sponsored by fossil fuel firms

Sixteen European civil society organizations said Thursday they would no longer attend media events sponsored by fossil fuel companies and hosted by POLITICO Europe, the Financial Times or Euractiv.
The fossil fuel industry is "buying a platform to gain credibility and undue influence" through such sponsorships, the organizations wrote in a joint letter to the media organizations.
POLITICO regularly hosts events on EU policy, and some have been sponsored by firms such as oil giant Shell.

The NGOs -- which include Corporate Europe Observatory, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment, among others -- are calling on the three media outlets to drop fossil fuel firms as sponsors.

The usual blurb about "editorial independence", etc...

A spokesperson for POLITICO Europe stressed that event sponsors have no influence on the organization's editorial content and that "the objectivity, independence and integrity applied to our coverage ... also apply to our POLITICO Live events."
by Bernard on Thu Sep 2nd, 2021 at 08:33:17 PM EST
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California water suppliers cast 1st challenge to strict drought rules
In a lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, the suppliers argue they were denied due process when state regulators ordered thousands of landowners last month to cease diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta due to drought conditions. They claim the sweeping water curtailments were based off faulty data and will cause permanent damage to pricey fruit and nut orchards.
Judge blocks county from cutting off water to South Asian immigrants in rural California
"Chief U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of the Eastern District of California found the permit process, which requires applicants to list parcel numbers and zoning categories, created unreasonable barriers for non-English speakers" promised rose gardens AND personal privacy

archived San Franciso drought resiliency, reacted with disbelief, Sep 11th, 2020

by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:12:22 PM EST
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APsplainin Photos show black slick in water near Gulf oil rig after Ida for 1.5 weeks.

Finally, APsplainin confirms a duck: After Ida oil spill, divers put ["]containment dome["] on pipeline

Houston-based Talos Energy said in a statement that its oil spill response contractor had installed the containment dome Monday evening, allowing for the recovery of the oil coming from the sheared-off 1-foot-diameter (30-centimeter-diameter) pipe and transferring it to surface vessels.

Talos said it does not own the ruptured pipeline that divers identified as ["]the likely source["] of an 11-mile-long [!] (18-kilometer-long) oil slick that appeared after the Category 4 hurricane made landfall on Aug. 29.

The Associated Press first reported last week that aerial photos showed a large brown and black oil slick spreading about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The broken pipe is in relatively shallow [?!] water, at about 34 feet (10 meters) of depth.

'slike a wading pool
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 08:42:22 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:54:33 PM EST
Number of people with dementia to rise 40 percent by 2030: WHO
Currently, more than 55 million people suffer from the degenerative neurological disease, WHO noted, an epidemic that the organization estimated costs $1.3 trillion [inflation-adjusted ?!] a year on a global scale.

"Dementia robs millions of people of their memories, independence and dignity, but it also ROBS the rest of us of the people we know and love," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.


reference
Global status report on the public health response to dementia, index
Global Dementia Observatory (GDO), "key figures"
the monitoring and accountability mechanism for the Global action plan on the public response to dementia 2017-25. It collates data from WHO Member States on 35 key dementia indicators to strengthen countries' ability to respond to the needs of people with dementia, their carers and families.
Global status report on the public health response to dementia, exec summary
Dementia is one of the leading causes of care dependency and disability in old age, both in HICs [High-Income Countries] and LMICs [Low- and Middle-Income Countries]. In people aged 60 years and older, dementia is among the top ten causes of years of healthy life lost due to disability (YLDs). Considering all ages, dementia is the twenty-fifth cause of disability-adjusted life years [!] (DALYs) globally with an alarming trend. Over the past 20 years, DALYs due to dementia more than doubled, representing the biggest rate of increase among the Top 30 causes of DALYs. Also of concern is that globally, DALYs are roughly 60% higher for women than for men.
needs more pre- and post-pandemic nursing home photos
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 12:16:30 PM EST
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Boris Johnson unveils £12bn-a-year tax rise to pay for NHS and social care
In 2016 there were 11.8 million UK residents aged 65 and over, representing 18% of the population. That figure is expected to rise by 8.6 million by 2066, making the elderly more than a quarter of the population.
needs moar metic labor, post-Commonwealth windrush deportation? hell to the NO!
Tory MPs urge Priti Patel to return migrants who attempt to enter UK illegally
The suggestion, made a day after more than 800 migrants crossed the Channel to seek refuge in the UK, has been condemned as a breach of the UN convention on human rights. Home Office officials have questioned whether the government has the power to make such a move.

Patel, under pressure from Boris Johnson and senior Tories to stop the flow from Calais, told MPs on Monday she was ready to withhold £54m promised to the French to block migrant crossings. Her comments were leaked after an expected record number of people were estimated to have landed in Kent on Monday.

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, said that sending back all people who arrived in boats, INCLUDING CHILDREN, would be a "high-octane measure".
[...]
"I said we should drop these illegal immigrants, not migrants, off on a French beach and send the French government a bill for the cost of the journey," [Lee Anderson, the Tory MP for Ashfield] said.

archived Hong Kongers with UK passport seek right to stay [in UK]
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 05:08:32 PM EST
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Sputnik
Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, came up with a solution which would have involved cutting benefits to pensioners to pay for their care but it was dubbed a "dementia tax" and was dropped after the 2017 general election, when she lost her majority.

Johnson had a dig at previous prime ministers when he said: "Some of us have ducked these problems for decades" and added: "There can be no more dither and delay."

Theresa May ditches manifesto plan with 'dementia tax' U-turn 22 May 2017
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 05:15:32 PM EST
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expected to rise by 8.6 million by 2066

Does that include COVID-19 related drop in life expectancy?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 06:32:23 PM EST
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  • inclusion
  • migrants
  • empowerment
  • identity dysphoria
  • substance abuse
  • paleo dieting
  • christians v heathens
  • MPAA "sexually suggestive" rating
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 06:21:18 PM EST
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archived Sep 18th, 2020

HBO Max "content creators" LASH OUT: 70-year occupation werks like a boss!
Miss Sherlock (with subtitles)

by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 10:30:21 PM EST
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translations don't write themselves, yo
archived Martin Bernal, historical linguistics
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 10:35:19 PM EST
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Bristol manuscript fragments of the famous Merlin legend among the oldest of their kind,
The fragments contain a passage from the Old French sequence of texts known as the Vulgate Cycle or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, which dates to the early 13th century [1220-1225]. Parts of this Cycle may have been used by Sir Thomas Malory (1415-1471) as a source for his Le Morte Darthur (first printed in 1485 by William Caxton) which is itself the main source text for many modern retellings of the Arthurian legend in English[!].
oh. wikiwtf Dating for Dummies, Crusades and the Holy Land, 1095-1291
In addition to uncovering detail on the age of the manuscript, the team was also able to piece together how the fragments ended up in the books and how the books themselves found their way to Bristol. Based on the bindings of the books in which the fragments are now bound as pastedowns (a four-volume copy of the works of the French philosopher Jean Gerson, printed 1494-1502), the team was able to deduce that the fragments, and the manuscript from which they came, had become 'waste' in either Oxford or Cambridge, and were then recycled, for their parchment, rather than their content, as binding materials in the books in which we now find them - this probably happened prior to 1520.
the self-aggrandizing "Romano-British" palimpsest
The reason for the manuscript becoming waste is unknown, but may have to do with newer, English versions of the Arthurian legend becoming available in the new medium of print (like Malory's Le Morte Darthur).
Translations don't write themselves, yo.
SIDEBAR: Little did I know in me impressionable youth how accurately Mary Stewart reconstructed the "dark age" of Britain
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 01:30:01 PM EST
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Russia & USofA dominating the world.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 08:50:08 PM EST
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AP managing editors (or the folks that hired them) are concerned that Z-ppl haven't been EXPOSED to the cascade of HORRORS unleashed by only-muslim masterminds of the ATTACK on American values (possibly Oprah's designated "America's mayor", PNAC).

Time, misinfo, [Hollywood historical fiction,] complicate ["]teaching 9/11["] to kids born after it.

Liz Prince is having her fifth graders at DeSoto Central Elementary school in Southaven, Mississippi, record an interview with someone they know about a Sept. 11 experience, then share it with classmates. She also ordered books to help with age-appropriate explanations about places that were targeted and people who died. But Prince says she's not ready to discuss Afghanistan, which she considers too political for her classroom.
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 05:06:24 PM EST
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Americans less positive about civil liberties
n=1,729, N=331,449,281; ab|non normal distribution and "the design effect" FKA "bias"

reference
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 05:29:55 PM EST
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HTML LEDE headline

mmmm, No. They are not the same "thing".

HTML article title
Parents want kids to learn about ongoing effects of slavery - but not critical race theory. They're the same thing.
mmm, still, NO. They are not the same "thing."

Critical race "theory" is a record of systematic, discriminatory legislation and legal practices sanctioned by US federal and state governments to deny the legal rights of US slaves and their descendants.

"Systemic [sic] racism" is a malaprop for ignorance that comforts people who valorize their "race or ethnicity" but deny any obligation to compensate US slaves and their descendants for losses perpetuated by US federal and state governments' discriminatory enforcement of the US Constitution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 06:20:51 PM EST
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plausible deniability only $4.99/mo.
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 06:29:11 PM EST
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US v The State of Texas
35. These individuals are also state actors to the extent they are significantly involved in conduct that would be unconstitutional if engaged in by the State itself or Texas has sanctioned their conduct. See, e.g., Reitman v. Mulkey, 387 U.S. 369, 380-81 (1967) (finding state action where law "authorize[d] . . . racial discrimination in the housing market"); Smith, 321 U.S. at 663-64 (state's establishment of primary system made the private party that set up an all-white primary "an agency of the state"); Terry v. Adams, 345 U.S. 461, 469-70 (1953) (similar). S.B. 8 implicates this doctrine by expressly authorizing--indeed, empowering--individuals to engage in conduct that violates the constitutional rights of ["white citizens"] throughout Texas, in a manner in which the State itself would not be able to engage [had US enforced its compelling "interests" in the legal rights of all private persons].
archived conduct "under color of law" is a crime
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 10:59:54 PM EST
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"State itself or Texas" is a distinction without difference in the context of the brief's incorporating authorities; a freudian slip adopted by some anonymous federalist skulking in DOJ who is familiar with states' litigation of the PPACA.
by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 11:09:30 PM EST
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preface: "Realism, Idealism, and the Deradicalization of Critical Race Theory--Rethinking the CRT Debate," Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The difference, then, between realist and idealist approaches to CRT is clear. While the realists argue that economic structures are the foundations for structural racism and that economic interests are the primary motivating factor when it comes to white and elite racism, the idealists argue that racism is largely a function of language, symbols, and psychology. While the realists view domestic structural racism as a manifestation of the patterns of U.S. empire and capitalism, the idealists view racism as a psychological deficiency of whites that prevents (middle class) non-whites from joining imperialist and capitalist institutions. Realists do not deny the importance of language, symbols, and psychology, but as Delgado notes, for the realists, "material factors such as profits and the labor market are even more decisive in determining who falls where in that system."
[...]
By contrast, the realist school of CRT argues that "racism is a means by which our system allocates privilege, status, and wealth. They point out that the West did not demonize black or native populations until it determined to conquer and exploit them, and that media images in every period shift to accommo­date the interests of the majority group, now for reassurance, now for vindication. Racial realists examine the role of international relations and competition, the interests of elite groups, and the changing demands of the labor market in hopes of understanding the twists and turns of racial fortunes, including the part the legal system plays in that history."
the idealist: Not a Nation of Immigrants launch ICONIC president from Geo. Washington...sumpin sumpin ... JFK, Clinton, Trump to Biden
However, the new rhetoric continues to mask the ["]settler-colonial["] violence that established and maintained the United States and turns [?] immigrants into settlers citizens.
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Democratic Party politicians and liberals in general insisted that Trump and his supporters were un-American in denying the ["]nation-of-immigrants["] ideology that has been a consensus for more than a half century[?!] and remains a basic [?] principle of the Democratic Party [BWAH!]. Most people around the world viewed the United States as a nation of immigrants, while questioning if the country was backsliding on its promise in electing Trump.

With the Democratic Party back in power in 2021, the nation-of-immigrants rhetoric appears to be firmly back in place, although the exclusionary ["]policies["] of the United States will continue as they did during the Barack Obama administration.
[...]
Given that, in the twenty-first century, immigration is practically synonymous with the México-U.S. border established in 1848 [Treaty of Hidalgo, Art. VIII], it is striking that [John F.] Kennedy never mentioned México or Mexicans or the U.S.-México border in the text, nor did he use the terms Latino or Hispanic[1997: OMB US Cenus Directive 15; 2007 "any race" Guidance]

ironic "erasure" mop all the way down
During the nearly two centuries of British colonization of the North Atlantic coast and up to U.S. independence, the great majority of European U.S. settlers were Protestant Anglo-Saxon, Scots-Irish, and German-speaking (before Germany was a nation-state) [BWAH!]. From 1619 onward, there was a steadily increasing number of [accidentally?] enslaved Africans. When the United States won independence, the founders inscribed in the [Articles of Confederation and] Constitution the requirement that citizenship [sic; s/b voting eligabilty] could be held by white males [holding taxable property] only. Despite expressed fears, especially by [Lin-Manuel Miranda's] Alexander Hamilton[!] and the [Democratic-]Federalist Party regarding immigration and [John Adams' war-time] Alien and Sedition Acts, no immigration laws or procedures existed [FALSE. The Lost Century of American Immigration Law (1776-1875) ], not even during the arrival in the 1840s of 1.5 million Irish famine refugees [A "Wild Irishman" under Every Federalist's Bed: Naturalization in Philadelphia, 1789-1806]. In 1875, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that only the federal government, not the states [FALSE. Chy Lung v Freeman, Sheriff limited states' rights], could create immigration laws and that regulation of immigration was a federal matter, though the federal immigration service was not established until 1891. Tellingly, the first federal immigration law [FALSE. Naturalization Act of 1870 916 Stat. 254), which created the foundation for U.S. immigration, was the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. It is crucial to recognize that when and how "immigration" as such began, it was based on overt, blatant racism and a policy of exclusion [INCLUSION: Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930: Mulattoes, Half-Breeds, Mixed Parentage, Hindoos, and the Mexican Race , and it has never lost that taint.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 08:56:18 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:54:46 PM EST
Today -100: September 4, 1921: Of miners, cigars, and protocols
The London Times published last month, and the NYT reprints, evidence from the former's Constantinople correspondent that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is not only fake, but that it's a rip-off of a very obscure 1864 French-language book published, possibly, in Geneva. ...
Also, miners in West Virginia surrender to federal troops.

"Black Friday" preceding "Red Friday", UK
"Battle of Blair Mountain", USA

by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 09:11:50 PM EST
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Istanbul pogrom
The Istanbul pogrom, also known as the Istanbul riots or September events (Greek: Σεπτεμβριανά, romanized: Septemvriana, lit. 'Events of September'; Turkish: 6-7 Eylül Olayları, lit. 'Events of 6-7 September'), were a series of organized mob attacks directed primarily at Istanbul's Greek minority on 6-7 September 1955. The pogrom was orchestrated by the governing Democratic Party in Turkey in cooperation with various security organizations (Tactical Mobilisation Group, Counter-Guerrilla and National Security Service).
by Bernard on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 08:47:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 02:51:41 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:54:58 PM EST
by Bernard on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 08:46:12 PM EST
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I WORE THE VEIL. I DONNED THE WHITE.
The 77 Percent -Should married women take their husband's surname?
Or drop their father's surname?
by Cat on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 06:19:10 PM EST
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s/b their fathers' surnames

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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 03:35:08 PM EST
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Ethnic tensions flare up in Montenegro over church ceremony
"This is Montenegro!" and "This is not Serbia!" Waving red Montenegrin flags with a double-headed eagle, protesters then set up road barriers with trash containers, car tires and large rocks to prevent church and state dignitaries from coming to the inauguration on Sunday. Montenegrins remain deeply divided over their country's ties with neighboring Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church, which is the nation's dominant religious institution. Around 30% of Montenegro's 620,000 people consider themselves Serb.
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Montenegro's previous authorities led the country to independence from Serbia and DEFIED RUSSIA to join NATO in 2017. Montenegro also is seeking to become a European Union member.
wut
europarl.europa.eu/delegations/
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 11:27:19 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 04:06:51 PM EST
US blame Russia for manipulating Europe gas prices, Moscow retorts the EU messed it up, sooooo
A group of more than 40 members of the European Parliament has written a letter accusing Russia's Gazprom of manipulating gas prices.
IEA says Russia could do more to supply Europe with gas
They see a diminishing flow of Russian gas through Ukraine as an attempt by Moscow to force Germany to approve activation of a newly completed gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2. Gazprom denies the accusation.
Germany has four months to certify Nord Stream 2 pipeline
"They (Europe) prefer to focus on spot supplies, on the spot market. It is exactly the spot market that leads to such jumps, like this rampant price rise," [Dmitry] Peskov told a daily conference call with reporters.

Russian gas giant Gazprom has been unwilling to shift the gas price-making mechanism to the spot market, preferring long-term gas contracts, once its backbone of gas sales to Europe.

Naftogaz Ukrainy clean coal, oil, natural gas exploration salvage operation and LBO story developing ...
by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 04:29:25 PM EST


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