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          TOCQUEVILLE TALKS: A FAREWELL TO JOHN DINGELL. “Eet says ’ere, that, in ’eez book, Monsieur Di…      Cache   Translate Page      
TOCQUEVILLE TALKS: A FAREWELL TO JOHN DINGELL. “Eet says ’ere, that, in ’eez book, Monsieur Dingell advocated the abolition of the Senate. Is this a popular opinion in the United States today?” “But Congressman Dingell took issue with more than just the pace of the Senate — he also saw great danger in how unrepresentative […]
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A senator introduced a new bill to legalize weed.
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          Ep 479 The Professional Left Podcast       Cache   Translate Page      


Show Notes:  


  • Stacey Abrams speech was this week.  She followed some old guy wallowing in bitterness and self-pity.



  • Virginia is for lovers… of blackface.  When things change, sometimes they change fast.  See “Dan Rostenkowski”
 
  • Deficits don’t matter.  Again. Yay! Per Mick Mulvaney & Dick Cheney

  • Today on his radio show, Hugh Hewitt called the Green New Deal "communism, it is fascism, it is despotism" and compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to dictators who "end up murdering millions".  

  • Howard Shultz continues to buy his way into the spotlight …  and bomb when he opens his mouth.

  • Oversight hearings.  Jerry Nadler don’t play.  Neither does Hakeem Jefferies.  Today all the president’s stooges we’re lined to up to wave their arms and make Loud Noises.  Jim Jordan. Louis Gohmert. Doug Collins. Yesterday it was Matt Gaetz who reminded us that Florida really needs to be sent to juvie.   



  • Russian Doll is terrific.  And Has a Dune reference! (H/T Bill W.)

          Democrat Elizabeth Warren announces US presidency bid      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has officially launched her election campaign to become the party's presidential candidate for the 2020 United States polls.

Warren on Saturday made the announcement at an event in Lawrence in her home state of Massachusetts, where she took a shot at the current administration and the nation's politics, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We need to take power in Washington away from the wealthy and well-connected and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs," she said in her speech.

The campaign of Warren, who's on the Democratic Party's left flank, will focus on economic equality, government accountability and reining in big corporations.

She pledged on Saturday to "break up monopolies when they choke off competition" and "take on Wall Street banks so that the big banks can never again threaten the security of our economy."

Warren has faced questions about her past claims of Native American ancestry. Her decision last year to release the results of a DNA test intended to prove her claims drew criticism from Native American groups.

The senator apologized earlier this week for those claims, clarifying that she is not a member of any tribe.

Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election, accused Warren of being a "fraud."

"Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected," Parscale said in a statement on Saturday.

Trump has called Warren "Pocahontas" and claimed that she benefited in schools and work from minority status.

Warren, 69, has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 2013. In November last year, she won re-election to the upper chamber for a second term.

She's now officially joining a crowded field of Democrats seeking the party's nomination to take on Trump next year.

Other prominent Democratic figures who have announced presidential bids include California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

--IANS

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          Rep. Ocasio-Cortez releases Green New Deal resolution      Cache   Translate Page      
On February 7th, House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released an official resolution for the highly debated “Green New Deal”. The resolution provides further information on the broad goals of the original proposal, however it remains abstract and nonbinding – and that is only if the House votes to approve it. The resolution delivers a more tangible framework upon which Ocasio-Cortez and her team plan to push for co-sponsors and move the resolution to the House and Senate floors. The...
          Calls to 'abolish billionaires' raise eyebrows, but they've been a long time coming      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • A New York Times editorial titled "Abolish Billionaires" introduced many readers to an increasingly strong rallying cry on the American left.
  • Progressive politicians are calling for significantly increased taxes on the rich to counteract exceptionally high levels of wealth inequality in the US.
  • While there may be eyebrow-raising rhetoric around these policies, they aren't radical.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on "Better Capitalism."

For the first time on a large scale, Americans are debating whether to allow the existence of billionaires.

On Thursday, The New York Times published columnist Farhad Manjoo's "It's high time we abolish billionaires" above the fold on the front page of its print edition. While Manjoo is far from the first person to articulate the idea — see freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's call for a 70% tax rate for income above $10 million or Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call for a 3% wealth tax for fortunes above $1 billion — the unequivocal rallying cry was something different for the paper of record.

The ensuing arguments about his piece were about what you'd expect: ad hominem attacks and the pitting of capitalism against socialism. A Fox News panel called Manjoo "an idiot" and dismissed the critique of inequality as an attack on capitalism. Readers raised examples of "good billionaires."

Democrats have been arguing for years now about the value of socialism, but as Ocasio-Cortez's policy adviser Dan Riffle — known for his Twitter handle "Every Billionaire is a Policy Failure" — alluded to in a tweet, even if AOC, Sen. Bernie Sanders, or Warren are too radical for you, just look at what Trump-appointed Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell is saying.

"We want prosperity to be widely shared. We need policies to make that happen," Powell said on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. "The U.S. lags now in mobility. And that's not our self-image as a country, nor is it where we want to be. ... We have some work to do to make sure that the prosperity we do achieve is widely spread."

Regardless of an ideological lens, there's a growing consensus: The United States needs a course correction, and decreasing inequality is crucial.

The rich are clearly getting richer

The French economist Thomas Piketty wrote that, "the incomes of the top 1% collectively made up 11% of national income in 1980, but now constitute above 20% of national income, while the 20% of US national income that was attributable to the bottom 50% in 1980 has fallen to just 12% today."

Additionally, he wrote, "while average pre-tax income for the bottom 50% has stagnated at around $16,000 since 1980, the top 1% has experienced 300% growth in their incomes to approximately $1,340,000 in 2014. This has increased the average earnings differential between the top 1% and the bottom 50% from 27 times in 1980 to 81 times today."

It's not wild, then, to call the moment we're in America's "second Gilded Age," referring to the post-Civil War era of robber barons and industry, where the wealthy kept living better and the poor kept getting worse.

Occupy Wall Street remained relatively small in the wake of the financial crisis, but it did make income and wealth inequality, the language of the 99% and the 1%, a prime topic of discussion. Populist sentiment increased throughout the country, and Vermont's democratic-socialist senator and New York's celebrity real estate billionaire did better in the 2016 election than anyone predicted. The latter, Donald Trump, became president and right-wing rhetoric won, but it also brought with it standard conservative policies, like tax cuts for the rich.

Read more: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren's 'soak the rich' tax plans are supported by an increasing number of Americans

'Abolishing billionaires' isn't as radical as it seems

In his article in the Times and during a followup on Twitter, Manjoo proved to be less into the notion of going so far as to virtually capping how much money Americans could make — not even Ocasio-Cortez has advocated for that —but he is in support of significantly higher taxes on the rich. And you don't have to be a radical for that. There have been many polls that show the majority of Americans at this point are in favor of the same thing.

While "abolish billionaires" is an eye-catching phrase with radical implications, raising taxes to pre-1980s levels is certainly not radical, said Stephanie Sterling, vice president of advocacy and and policy at the Roosevelt Institute.

Sterling told Business Insider that questioning the role of billionaires in our society "is an important contribution to the debate," because it's focusing on structural changes that need to take place, to keep extreme wealth from harming the economy.

What the country needs, she said, is "robust antitrust policy, meaningful limits on stock buybacks, much higher tax rates, and the meaningful restoration of the ability to form and join unions." If getting riled up about billionaires leads voters to elect officials who support those policies, that will successfully correct for what she considers to be the mistakes of the past 40 years.

"I think we're all passengers in a billionaire hijacking," author and critic Anand Giridharadas told Business Insider about how the US got to a boiling point. "We were all drugged on the plane, and these guys are now terrified in the cockpit because they're realizing that in the back there we just woke up."

The billionaires themselves are taking sides

Potential presidential candidates and fellow billionaires Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg are not fans of Ocasio-Cortez's call for a 70% tax rate for income above $10 million or Warren's call for a 3% wealth tax for fortunes above $1 billion, and have used phrases like "un-American" and referred to chaos in Venezuela as proof of where these policies would lead.

Investor and progressive activist Nick Hanauer, however, saw this coming. Hanauer, whose fortune must approach $1 billion considering he signed Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' Giving Pledge, famously wrote in Politico a few years ago that "the pitchforks are coming."

He told Business Insider that he's been seriously considering the notion that every billionaire is a policy failure, saying "there can be no doubt that the thrust of the argument is correct — that in a country where so many people are barely getting by, or not getting by at all, an economy that mints billionaires is structurally deficient. There is no reasonable moral or practical justification for these disparities in wealth and income."

Hanauer noted that even with significantly higher taxes, America's wealthiest would remain on top, and their buying power would remain relative.

"I also feel strongly that the Neoliberal contention that me getting immensely wealthy does not harm you, and that your objection to it is just petty jealousy is also wrong," he said. "The richer the rich get, the farther apart the rungs of opportunity are stretched. An economy dominated by a few people with infinite wealth is characterized by arms races for status that benefit no one and harm most people."

SEE ALSO: 'We're all passengers in a billionaire hijacking' says the critic who has the world's richest people buzzing

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NOW WATCH: Here's the massive gap in average income between the top 1% and the bottom 99% in every state


          U.S. Senator Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equality      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans.

          Election - Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Daughter: My Mom Can Unite Americans      Cache   Translate Page      
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota senator is expected to join the growing field of candidates in a bid for the White House Sunday. WCCO-TV's Christiane Cordero spoke with Sen. Amy...
          Election - Warren Kicks Off 2020 Bid, Vows to End System ‘Rigged' by Rich      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Elizabeth Warren made it official on Saturday: she's running for president to change a country she says is "rigged by the wealthy." She quickly drew the attention of...
          USA: Linke Demokratin Warren bewirbt sich      Cache   Translate Page      
Bei den US-Demokraten formieren sich die Kandidaten für die Präsidentschaftswahl 2020. Als eine der bekanntesten Demokratinnen erklärte nun Senatorin Warren ihre Kandidatur. Von Arthur Landwehr.
          Sen. Amy Sinclair Says School Funding Bills Moving Ahead      Cache   Translate Page      
A bill in the Iowa Senate which will continue the state’s effort to provide equity funding for all...

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          Arkansas Legislative charity basketball game set for February 25      Cache   Translate Page      

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate will square off in the 7th annual Hoops for Kids’ Sake, a charity basketball game that will take place on Monday,...

The post Arkansas Legislative charity basketball game set for February 25 appeared first on Talk Business & Politics.


          Linke Demokratin: Elisabeth Warren will 2020 US-Präsidentin werden      Cache   Translate Page      
In einem Video hatte sie es bereits angekündigt - nun hat US-Senatorin Elisabeth Warren offiziell bekanntgegeben, 2020 bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen kandidieren zu wollen.
          Elizabeth Warren kicks off 2020 bid for US president      Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced she will enter the 2020 presidential contest, hoping a populist call to fight economic inequality will help distinguish her in a crowded field and enable her to move past the controversy...
          "I'm tired of the trash-talking": Booker in Iowa      Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic Senator Cory Booker, a 2020 presidential hopeful visiting battleground state Iowa on Saturday, told an intimate gathering that he's tired of people "trying to pit us against each other" and said Americans will "rise" together if they focus their energy on "love." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
          Balceram rezultatīva piespēle "Senators" uzvarētā mačā      Cache   Translate Page      
Latviešu uzbrucējs Rūdolfs Balcers sestdien atzīmējās ar rezultatīvu piespēli Nacionālās hokeja līgas (NHL) regulārā čempionāta mačā, kaldinādams Otavas "Senators" uzvaru.
          The Green New Deal Is Here: See What Dems Have Proposed      Cache   Translate Page      
Of all the causes U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has lent her insta-celebrity status to, the most prominent is the Green New Deal, a plan intended to tackle our pressing environmental problems with a simultaneous economic stimulus package. Now she and Senator Ed Markey have released a joint resolution to kick the plan into action. Support […]
          Warren bewirbt sich um US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur      Cache   Translate Page      
US-Senatorin Warren sagt Trump bei der Präsidentschaftswahl den Kampf an. 
          Mark Stone scores twice, Senators beat Jets 5-2      Cache   Translate Page      
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Winnipeg native Mark Stone scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Jets 5-2 on Saturday. Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Zack Smith also scored, and Anders Nilsson made 44 saves. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey scored
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Proof of Collusion Surfaces... About Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS: CTH
Senator Sasse Vs. Congressman Schiff?: NoisyRm
Adam Schiff defends intelligence hires as president fumes: Caitlin Yilek

AOCommie: Latinos Can’t Be Illegals Because They’re ‘Descendants of Natives': Cameron Cawthorne
In AOCommie’s District, MS-13 Kills While She Calls To Disband ICE: David Marcus
Kommunala Harris is a Damn Liar: BattleSwarm

Trump’s Wall and a Plan to Stop Cartels at the Border: Bill Thomas
Trump’s Three Tests: Matthew Continetti
Matthew Whitaker set to testify after clash with Democrats over subpoena threat: Caitlin Yilek

Hacked Documents From Pelosi’s Laptop Links Her to Benghazi Scandal: James Ledbetter
'Dearbornistan' Mayor Suppresses Free Speech: Joseph Klein
Stop Medieval Diseases With a Medieval Wall: Daniel Greenfield

Economy

When did driving become a problem that needs to be solved?: Tim Jackson
Canadians Discovering ‘America First’ Consequences Within USMCA: CTH
Democrats unleash Labor watchdog on Trump rule-making: Sean Higgins

Scandal Central

Nellie Ohr’s Revelation Of Dossier’s Ukrainian Source Connects The Dots From DNC To Mueller: J.E. Dyer
Yikes: Dramatic Footage Shows Heavily Armed Agents Arresting Roger Stone: CTH
Huh: Despite Being Shot, Dems Blocked Steve Scalise From Testifying on Gun Violence: Katie Pavlich

Pelosi: Virginia's Racist Democrat Scandals Don’t Damage Party’s National Brand: Andrew Kugle
Vanessa Tyson could spell doom for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax: Steven Nelson
The Timeline of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Controversy: David Rutz

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’: David Rutz
AOCommie Reveals Ridiculous “Green New Deal” – Immediately Backfires: CTH
Nancy Pelosi Slights Green New Deal: 'Green Dream or Whatever': Joshua Caplan

Media

Bezos: National Enquirer tried to blackmail me with explicit photos: Exam
Former NYT Executive Editor Denies Plagiarism Accusations: Jeffrey Cimmino
American Jews Thank Trump in Full Page New York Times Ad: Adam Kredo

Photo of Joy Behar Dressed as ‘Beautiful African Woman’ Resurfaces: Ben Kew
Mark Levin: SOTU ‘Speech Trump Gave Was the Finest Speech Since Ronald Reagan’: CNS
Levin: Trump’s SOTU was ‘outstanding’ and that’s why ‘the media have gone nuts’: Chris Pandolfo

World

Southcom Says Venezuelan Military ‘Center of Gravity’ in Crisis: Bill Gertz
Brussels is terrified of Brexit being a success – no wonder they’re threatening hellfire: Fraser Nelson
Russia demands US destroy Tomahawk missile launchpads and drones: AMN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse: Gizmodo
Earth's north magnetic pole sprints toward Siberia: David Szondy
Spooky New Photos Show the Alien Creatures of the Deep Ocean: Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Cornucopia

The Moral Idiocy of Our Times: Bruce Thornton
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Enjoy Global Warming: MOTUS
Jewish Model Harassed After Coming Out As Trump Supporter: Brent Scher

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QOTD: "‘We’re nuts!’ isn’t a great pitch for a Green New Deal." --Megan McArdle

          Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Daughter: My Mom Can Unite Americans      Cache   Translate Page      
A Minnesota senator is expected to join the growing field of candidates in a bid for the White House Sunday.
          Trump's Border Wall Could Slice Through A 50-Acre SpaceX Launchpad Facility      Cache   Translate Page      

Elon Musk, and specifically SpaceX, has a little known but large stake in the border security battle that’s currently taking place in Congress. One of the company's launch pads, located on the US–Mexico border, risks being split in two by the proposed future border wall. But of course, Democrats are standing up for SpaceX, trying to stop the Trump administration’s efforts to erect a border barrier that would cut through the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

Lawmakers commented last week that they were concerned about the impact on SpaceX after seeing a Department of Homeland Security map that shows a barrier running through the 50 acre facility, according to Bloomberg.

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, a California Democrat said: “This issue with SpaceX is that the fence cuts right through their property and that’s a problem.” Roybal-Allard is continuing to fight for the area to be exempted in any finalized deal.

Both Democrats and Republicans working on a border security deal are now stating that they are getting closer to an agreement that would likely include funding for some type of barrier. However, the negotiation is yet to work out exactly where the structures are going to be located, what they would look like, or how much would be spent on them. The goal is to work out an agreement for the wall so that it can be voted on before government funding again runs out on February 15.

The company is said to be unhappy about the plans, despite not raising any public objections to them.

Representative Filemon Vela, a Democrat whose district includes the SpaceX facility said: "They are way behind the scenes on this, they are lying pretty low. SpaceX doesn’t want to offend DHS."

SpaceX has not lobbied Congress regarding the issue and hasn’t asked anyone to do so on its behalf, according to the company. The company declined to provide details to Bloomberg when asked. A SpaceX spokesman said:

“The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently requested SpaceX permit access to our South Texas Launch site to conduct a site survey,” he said in a statement.

“At this time, SpaceX is evaluating the request and is in communication with DHS to further understand their plans.”

The 500 jobs that SpaceX planned and promised back during the launchpad's 2014 opening could be at risk. Vela continued: "This is a real problem. None of it makes any sense."

This wouldn’t be the first time an Elon Musk company had trouble living up to its job promises that it used to ascertain taxpayer money. Just days ago we reported that State Senator Tim Kennedy of New York was "infuriated" by layoffs that took place at the company's Buffalo facility.

The site in Texas would play host to SpaceX's launch of its new Starship Hopper – the very same "starship" that fell over after a gust of wind hit it a couple weeks ago. To insanity and beyond!


          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 9, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 9 2019

Compiled 9 Feb. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces.” Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophiles to help us Save the Children. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note: The RV was said to have begun on Feb. 5 with the Chinese New Year. Some have reported being paid out and were liquid. Bank Front Screen Rates were rising, so being first may not always be the best thing. Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. At any time HSBC could send out notices to set exchange/ redemption appointments. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

A. Rumored Timeline:

Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

Feb. 15 was also the deadline for funding the U.S. government.

On Feb. 15 President Trump and Queen Elizabeth were to formally collapse the British (with Brexit) and American (Federal Reserve, IRS) Cabal financial system, along with implementing Martial Law in both the US and UK.

If the Border Wall wasn’t funded by Feb. 15 Trump said he would declare Martial Law.

Certain major announcements would be made over the following long weekend to Feb. 18, which celebrated Washington’s (a new nation functioning within the original Constitution) and Lincoln’s (freedom from slavery) birthdays.

B. Feb. 8 2019 10:56 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for February 8, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. All sovereign nation must be GESARA compliant or be locked out of the new quantum financial system.

2. The Cabal has been attempting to overthrow/control governments to disrupt GESARA. This is why there was an attempted coup in Zimbabwe last month.

3. The Cabal were attempting to derail GESARA by not passing Brexit and not giving border wall funding for Trump.

4. Brexit was the UK's GESARA compliance. The UK is the last sovereign nation to be non-compliant with GESARA.

5. The Brexit vote is on the 15th. The UST runs out of funding on the 15th. If Brexit is not passed, martial law will be declared in the UK. If border wall funding is not received, a national emergency will be declared in the US. Both may occur simultaneously.

6. The declaration of martial law in the UK and a national emergency in the US will mark the end for the Cabal. GESARA will be enforced via military intervention. Mass indictments, arrests and tribunals will occur in the US. The UK will break up starting with Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Cabal will be totally wiped out worldwide.

7. This would cause the financial markets to crash, which would pave the way for a sudden surge of funds via the RV/GCR. Something historical might happen this month.

8. The RV may begin either before or after these events. Watch the 15th.

C. Feb. 8 2019 9:46 pm EST Draining the Swamp Steele, X22 Report (video): X22 Report w/ Robert David Steele: Swamp Draining, Fed Takeover, and More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wA1qaID20&feature=share

D. Feb. 8 2019 11:05 pm EST Intel: Shadow Super Exopolitical Intel Report -- February 8, 2019

E. Feb. 8 2019 Wells Fargo, Chase, US Bank Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=k3g18zL5vjQ&app=desktop+Attachments+area+Preview+YouTube+video+WELLS+FARGO%2C+Chase%2C+US+Bank+ALL+Down%21+Spectrum%2C+AT&T%2C+Verizon+and+Cox+ALL+Down%21=

F. Feb. 8 2019 New Border Wall Building, Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/construction-for-new-border-wall-to-begin-in-rio-grande-valley-in-a-few-days-as-lawmakers-grapple-with-border-funding

G. Feb. 8 2019 2:35 am ESTMueller Before FISA Court FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants (video): (Video) Black Conservative Patriot -- Mueller Hauled Before Secret FISA Court Because the FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants

H. Feb. 8 2019 Message from HSBC Official, Tilton: email from HSBC official; New Dinar Rate Published in Gazette, Rates are pulsing on Bank Screen

http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2019/02/philip-tilton-update-rates-are-pulsing.html

News Hong Kong: funds launched.

News Europe: funds are liquid.
News Reno: Starts on Mon. Feb. 11: All activities will start from Mon. Feb. 11 of next week and the payments, as well as the release of the contracts, will be completed without fail from 11 Feb.

I. Feb. 8 2019 Trump Planning Mass Arrests Of VIP ‘Deep State’ Traitors, Anon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuppXLzGU8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0RV9kx6EFp9_LBKwf1bJiuE1rZLw461dlPl3wUurB_2m4XDytN-UvX5mk

J. Feb. 7 2019 10:02 pm EST Mueller, (video), Sather: (Video) Destroying the Illusion -- [2.7] Censorship Uptick | Mueller News | Mysterious BOOM's | Pole Shift | 5G | Vaccines

https://www.dylanlouismonroe.com/

Mueller hauled before secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress told - https://bit.ly/2t9KbMo

Senate Investigating Mueller FBI's Prosecution Of "Orgy Island Billionaire" Jeffrey Epstein - https://bit.ly/2Sv9hU6

Military exercises rattling nerves around LA - https://bit.ly/2WOqqHF

Magnetic north just changed. Here's what that means. - https://on.natgeo.com/2GspnXY

When Secrecy is Better than Official Disclosure of Extraterrestrial Life - https://bit.ly/2DYmhcA

Killer 5G warning: Expert warns superfast broadband could cause CANCER in humans - https://bit.ly/2ScFtfL

Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate - https://bloom.bg/2MPSKEZ

K. Feb. 7 2019 Q BOOMS, Sierra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkLyxIo8Cqo

Jordan Sather's latest video has an interesting connection between four booms recently heard around USA - and the Q clock. It seems to confirm that Q knew AHEAD of time about the BOOMS. Future proves past. Watch the video from 12' 40' - 17' 40"

L. Feb. 7 2019 10:00 pm EST (video), X22 Report: (Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1786: Doc Dump Discovers [CB] Used as Weapons | It’s Time, Investigations Begin

The EU is now in a deep panic, they thought they were controlling the situation but now they realize the people are in control, they don't want a no-deal BREXIT because it would expose them. EU commission slashes forecast economic growth is slowing. The [CB] economy in the US is hitting a tipping point, the entire system is ripping itself apart. Wikileaks dumps docs showing the DS used the CB system to weaponize their attacks on other nations. The CB are not independent they are the problem.

More proof the DNC was not hacked. Schiff pushes his agenda, wants to look at Trump's business dealing, this has nothing to do with Russian collusion anymore. Schiff says he will release the House Intelligence docs, the only problem Nunes already did this. Whitaker pushes back on the house and says the will talk to the committee as long as it kept non political. Rand Paul makes the call, sets up a Senate committee to investigate those individuals who lied to congress. Senate opens up investigation into Epstein Island, the Senate was the key. The Neocons are pushing their agenda in Venezuela, it seems like there are two operations happening in Venezuela, one run by the neocons the MSM and other by the patriots. Melania sends a message about RBG.

M. International Child Sex Trafficking Ring:

DeNiro a Client of Underage Prostitution Ring: https://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/forums/eds-must-reads/threads/a2bba547-c0cf-49f4-9c1a-3500b49ead1a/de-niro-was-a-client-of-prostitution-ring-with-underage-girls-but-there's-more

US Arrests Jewish Extremist Sect for Kidnapping Children: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/191979-181229-us-arrests-extremist-jewish-sect-members-for-kidnapping-children

70,000 Elite Pedo Ring Busted by Police, 30 countries involved By alexmark

An Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world’s largest —has been uncovered by police, a security official said Wednesday.

The European police agency Europol said in a statement that “Operation Rescue” had identified 670 suspects and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had been taken to safety. More children are expected to be found, Europol said.

It said that so far 184 people had been arrested and investigations in some countries were continuing. Most of those detained are suspected of direct involvement in sexually abusing children.

They include teachers, police officers and scout leaders, AP reported. One Spaniard who worked at summer youth camps is suspected of abusing some 100 children over five years.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said Wednesday the ring, which communicated using an Internet forum, was “probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.”

Cori Bassett, a public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email that there had been five arrests and four convictions in connection with Operation Rescue in the U.S.

“Arrests so far have been made in Georgia and Connecticut. ICE continues to pursue the leads provided by Europol,” she added.

The website was shut down following the three-year investigation, Europol said.

N. History:

Between Oct. 1 2017 and March 31 2018 the US Mint and Gold Reserves were audited by the Office of Inspector General. Many were served federal indictments, arrested and found guilty of illegally confiscating public funds. Audits you haven’t heard about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Rc4h2OiF0

Sat. Jan. 2 Military Tribunals: For around two years there would be Military Tribunals litigating charges on political elites including Bush, Clintons, Obama, Biden and Soros, whom were believed now residing at, or on their way to GITMO.

Mon. Jan. 21 early morning: the Cabal-owned USA Inc. rule over national and international monetary systems ended. US Taxpayers were no longer funding the IRS, Federal Reserve, Bank of London, Vatican Bank and Central Banks across the globe, but sending US tax monies directly to the new US Treasury in Reno. There was a restoration of the US Republic while We The People returned to the original Constitution. Power over political and monetary affairs had been taken away from political elites in Washington DC and given back to The People in their local State-run governments.

Tues. Jan. 29: The Gold Standard was announced as President Trump tweeted: “Our economy, right now, is the Gold Standard throughout the world.”

Tues. Feb. 5: The first phase of the RV was said to have begun after Mon. midnight or 12:01 am Tues. Feb. 5.

O. Redemption/Exchanges:

Zim redemption appointments would be made through emergency text, or email with the number to call. Currency exchange appointments would use 800#s sent out through websites or email. If you were a Zim redeemer and called an 800 number you would be steered to a redemption center in your area, or be given another number to call to obtain your redemption appointment. Global Markets were set to crash in order to hide the huge influx of monies from the Global Currency Reset.

P. Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Military Tribunals, complete transcripts: https://c-vine.com/

C-VINE International News Network Facebook for Military Tribunals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CvineNewsTalk/

Trump Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump?langen Donald J. Trump ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Trump’s Email: whitehouse.gov@gmail.com

Q Posts: https://qanon.pub/ https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

GCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1glxmux6R9WG72LLGbD4Ux6b6VCMc818-/view

GESARA Law: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2016/11/20-answers-gesara-update-thursday.html

Martial Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2808

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 7, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 6, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 5, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 4, 2019

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Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 2, 2019
          On Warren, Baker and state GOP not reading from same script - The Boston Globe      Cache   Translate Page      

With questions about Senator Elizabeth Warren's heritage whipping into a froth, the Massachusetts Republican Party and its new conservative chairman made the political decision to go at the Democrat - hard. She's "incapable" of being a party leader, chairman James Lyons said Wednesday.

(bostonglobe.com)


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          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
LAWRENCE, Mass. – Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone."

Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a "middle-class squeeze" that has left Americans crunched with "too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else." She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.

Weaving specific policy prescriptions into her remarks, from Medicare for All to the elimination of Washington "lobbying as we know it," Warren avoided taking direct jabs at President Donald Trump. She aimed for a broader institutional shift instead, urging supporters to choose "a government that makes different choices, choices that reflect our values."

Trump "is not the cause of what's broken," Warren told an elated crowd without using the president's name. "He's just the latest - and most extreme - symptom of what's gone wrong in America."

In a tweet, Trump referenced the controversy over her Native American identity, once again using the insulting nickname he's given her.

"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President," Trump tweeted. "Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Warren announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts at a mill site where factory workers went on strike in the early 20th century, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform.

Supporters turned out in below-freezing temperatures, many hoisting signs — "Win With Warren," one read. A Massachusetts bakery created "Persist" cookies for the event to honor the candidate's slogan, "Nevertheless, She Persisted," words first spoken in the Senate to rebuke her.

Warren's rollout rally was a potent motivator for longtime supporters such as Mo Malekafzaly and Carlos Garcia, two longtime backers who attended her rally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

The choice of Lawrence to start her campaign "shows who she's fighting for," Garcia said. Asked if fellow New Englander Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, could pose a serious threat to Warren in New Hampshire's critical primary should he get into the race, Garcia said Warren is "such an effective communicator that I think that people will respond to that very well."

Warren went straight from her kickoff to New Hampshire, home to the nation's first primary, where her campaign projected that 350 people turned out for an event in the city of Dover. She plans to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability.

Warren was the first high-profile Democrat to signal interest in running for the White House, forming an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve.

She was endorsed and introduced Saturday by Massachusetts Democrats Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Kennedy's backing could prove valuable for Warren, given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with one of her potential 2020 rivals, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.

Warren enters the race as one of the party's most recognizable figures. She has spent the past decade in the national spotlight, first emerging as a consumer activist during the financial crisis. She later led the congressional panel that oversaw the 2008 financial industry bailout. After Republicans blocked her from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, she ran for the Senate in 2012 and unseated a GOP incumbent.

She has $11 million left over from her commanding 2018 Senate re-election victory that can be used on her presidential run.

Still, Warren must compete against other popular Democrats who will be able to raise substantial money. A recent CNN poll found that fewer Democrats said they'd be very likely to support Warren if she runs than said the same of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sanders. Still, about as many Democrats said they'd be at least somewhat likely to support Warren as said the same of Harris or Sanders.

That challenge is on display this weekend as Democratic presidential contenders — or those considering a run — fan out across the crucial early-voting states. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting South Carolina. Another possible presidential rival, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, planned to be in New Hampshire on Saturday, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar is announcing her bid Sunday in her home state of Minnesota.

And Warren's launch comes at a challenging moment for the 69-year-old senator. She's apologized twice over the past two weeks for claiming Native American identity on multiple occasions early in her career. That claim has created fodder for Republicans and could overshadow her campaign.

On Saturday, Trump's re-election campaign manager was quick to respond to her candidacy and called her "a fraud."

Warren got notable backup from Gillibrand, however, who called her Senate colleague "an extraordinary public servant." Speaking to reporters in South Carolina, Gillibrand said Trump's treatment of women, particularly women of color, was "outrageous."

The campaign launch will test whether the controversy is simply a Washington obsession or a substantive threat to her candidacy. Doug Rubin, a Boston-based strategist who advised Warren during her first Senate run in 2012, said in an interview that most voters will respond to "the powerful message she's been talking about," in terms of battling social and economic injustices, rather than the back-and-forth over her personal identity.

Another threat could come from a fellow senator who has yet to announce his own plans for 2020: Sanders. They're both leaders of the Democrats' liberal vanguard, but some Sanders supporters are still upset Warren didn't support him during his 2016 primary run against Hillary Clinton. And as a senator from Vermont who won the New Hampshire primary, he would likely go into the Granite State as an early favorite if he decided to run again.

Sheri Clark Nadell, a Maine resident who traveled to Warren's New Hampshire event, said that while she likes Sanders and voted for him in his previous campaign, she is less inclined to do so now.

"I'm not sure, at this point, that he could win," Nadell said. "And I feel sad saying that. But we need to win."

Despite their similarities, Warren and Sanders have taken somewhat divergent paths in recent months as they prepare for the primary. After proposing an "ultra-millionaire tax" that would hit the wealthiest 75,000 households in America, Warren told Bloomberg News last week that she continues to "believe in capitalism" but wants to see stricter rules to prevent gaming the system — a marked contrast with the self-described democratic socialism of Sanders.


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          Read President Trump’s Scathing Response to Sen. Warren’s 2020 Campaign Launch      Cache   Translate Page      

On Saturday, February 9th, Democratic Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign. Her campaign launch, which comes shortly after she apologized for describing her heritage as “American Indian,” was highly critical of President Donald Trump’s administration.

The public anticipated Trump’s response to Warren’s campaign launch, especially since the two criticize one another quite often over their difference in politics. Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, released a statement Saturday morning on behalf of POTUS and the rest of his administration. The scathing statement heavily criticized Warren’s presidential run.

“Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected,” Parscale wrote.

“The American people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas like the Green New Deal, that will raise taxes, kill jobs and crush America’s middle class,” he added. “Only under President Trump’s leadership will America continue to grow safer, secure and more prosperous.”

Other conservatives were also critical of Warren’s presidential run. Read some of the responses below:

What do you think of the response from Trump’s administration? Do you agree? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments!

In other recent news, President Trump had his annual medical exam; read the results here.


          Senator Elizabeth Warren Trashes Trump in 2020 Presidential Announcement: ‘Once He’s Gone…’      Cache   Translate Page      

Democratic Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren recently sparked speculation about whether she would run for the Democratic nominee against President Donald Trump in 2020. However, after Warren became the center of a massive controversy regarding her Native American heritage, a portion of the public suspected she may reconsider her political plan.

On Saturday, February 9th, the Democratic Senator officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign. Warren, an outspoken critic of President Trump, used her campaign launch as another platform to trash the current President of the United States.   

“The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broke,” she said. “He is just the latest and most extreme example of what’s gone wrong in America.”

“A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. So once he’s gone, we can’t pretend that none of this ever happened. It won’t be enough just to undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford just to tinker around the edges,” Warren added.

“And that is why I stand here today to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America,” the Senator concluded.

Watch the CBS News clip below for more information:

What do you think about Warren running for president? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments.

In other political news, President Donald Trump just had his annual medical exam; read the results here.


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          HuffPost Her Stories: Me Too Allegations Rock Korea's Sports World      Cache   Translate Page      
Shim Suk-hee competes in one of the heats of the women’s 1,500-meter race of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 10, 2017.

“HuffPost Her Stories” is a new series highlighting HuffPost’s coverage of women’s lives from across our 15 global editions. Sign up for the weekly newsletter here.

Dear reader,

South Korea’s elite world of sports is in the midst of a Me Too reckoning. It began last month when two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shim Suk-hee accused her coach of having sexually abused her for years. Cho Jae-beom — who is already serving a 10-month prison sentence for physically assaulting athletes, including Shim — denied the sexual abuse allegations.

Shim’s decision to speak out encouraged a barrage of other athletes to follow her lead. In the last few weeks, judo, soccer, taekwondo and skating stars have accused coaches and powerful sports executives of raping, threatening and sexually assaulting them. The outpouring of accusations prompted the Korean government to launch the country’s largest-ever inquiry into a culture of abuse in sports.

HuffPost Korea’s Sanga Kwak has written about the reckoning and the ways the country’s male-dominant, hierarchical sports organizations made it so difficult for women and girls to speak up sooner.

Some readers may be surprised to read about the substantial gender disparities in Korean society, which Sanga writes are reflected in the country’s sports scene. Korea ranked 115th out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender-based disparities in economic participation, education, health and political empowerment. Sanga notes that the gender gap is particularly large in the world of elite sports, where female athletes are overwhelmingly trained by men, who wield enormous power over their lives and careers.

But things are finally starting to change. Sanga says the national reaction to the burgeoning Me Too movement and to the government response has been extremely positive.

“Starting from about 2015, feminism in Korea has developed very quickly. More people than ever are listing to victims,” Sanga adds. Among them is the country’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, who recently sent a letter of support to Shim, the Olympic speedskating champion who first called attention to the long-buried problem of sexual abuse in sports.

“Finally, many Koreans are listening to women,” Sanga says. “I wish them victory.”

Until next time,

Emily

For more on Korea’s Me Too movement, read Sanga Kwak’s 2018 article about the prosecutor who inspired the first wave of women to come forward and tell their stories.

Actress, Activist Alyssa Milano Predicts Better Days For Women Ahead

Actress Alyssa Milano listens as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018.

HuffPost U.S. senior reporter Emily Peck interviewed actress Alyssa Milano about her activism and assessment of gender equality in the United States. In 2017, the outspoken women’s rights advocate famously used her platform to turn the Me Too movement, founded by social activist Tarana Burke, into a global phenomenon. She tells Emily that Hollywood is doing a better job of working toward gender equality than Washington, which she says lacks transparency and is plagued by corruption and cover-ups. “If you look at Hollywood right now, it’s pretty transparent,” she said. “People know they’re under the microscope. We are talking about it.” It’s an insightful interview with funny bits about her reaction to seeing herself as a cardboard cutout on the satirical TV show “Saturday Night Live” and the lessons she’s teaching her kids about consent.

Meet Apsara Reddy, The Transgender Rising Star In India’s Oldest Political Party

Apsara Reddy will advocate for women and include more members of the LGBTQ community as part of her new role in India's oldest political party.

Last month, India’s oldest political party appointed a transgender woman to lead its women’s wing. In her new role, Apsara Reddy plans to advocate for women in India and make the party’s manifest more inclusive for members of the LGBTQ community. In an intimate and wide-ranging interview with HuffPost India, she speaks about her struggle to be taken seriously in a country that views transgender women, she says, as either dancers, escorts or “something related to the fashion and glamour world.” Reddy also delves into her personal experiences as a transgender woman in both India and the U.K., where she lived for years, and her emotional reaction to learning about her historic appointment.

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Presedintele Senatului, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, a declarat sambata, intrebat referitor la posibilitatea depunerii unei plangeri penale impotriva presedintelui Klaus Iohannis, ca a auzit "tot felul de zvonuri" si nu doreste ca dezbaterea politica sa fie coborata "la un nivel foarte jos".
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Senatorul USR Allen Coliban a lansat o provocare online, invitandu-i pe alegatori sa identifice in partide "adevaratii securisti" si apoi sa le "vina de hac la vot", printre asa-zisele premii obtinute de participanti figurand libertatea de a calatori in Europa, dar si "protectie contra frigului de la est".
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They're about to get tired of winning. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images At about this time one year ago, things weren't looking good for the GOP. In the wake of a special Senate election in Alabama - in which the Republican Party had rallied behind the failed candidacy of a theocratic ephebophile - Democrats had jumped out to a commanding lead in the Congressional generic ballot. Money was flooding into Team Blue's campaign coffers. Republican incumbents were heading for the revolving doors. But GOP operatives insisted that the "blue wave" on the horizon would crest long before November - because the Trump Tax Cuts were about to kick in. Once voters saw fatter paychecks, Republicans would see better poll numbers. And just to be sure that voters noticed all the good Paul Ryan had done for them, the Trump administration reportedly pressured the IRS to err on the side of withholding too little from Americans' paychecks "so people will see big increases in their take-home pay ahead of this year's midterm elections.
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This is a story about Milwaukee south side state senator Tim Carpenter, and how he should get more credit for protecting public trusts - - from water and wetlands to taxpayer dollars and transparency - - 
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- - when those resources are threatened by special interests and their GOP bellhops.

And it's also about the politicians whom Carpenter has been standing up to years, and when don't do their jobs and protect our resources simply figure out how to monetize their failures and stupidity - - again at our expense.

* It was Carpenter, as a board member the WEDC controlled by Walker appointees, whose whistle-blowing about flaws in the Foxconn contract led to language rewrites that may help save millions and even billions of taxpayer dollars should the already-shale Foxconn project collapse.

I will add today's post to the 20-month-long Foxconn blog archive, maintained here.

*  Similarly, it was Carpenter, along with his moderate, then GOP senate colleague Dale Schultz, saved miles of the Penokee Hills and the Bad River watershed from at least 35 years of blasting and polluting to extract iron ore for which there was no market.

Both of these boondoggles were pushed by Walker and his legislative marionettes despite the obvious financial or environmental flaws.

Other similarities: GOP leaders have already spewed a false narrative about why the Foxconn project is wobbling, and when the mining company pulled out it did some fake finger-pointing even though its own analyses showed that the project site was too saturated to be mined, as the Bad River tribe and other critics had been say for months.

You begin to see the pattern. Hurry through a flawed plan. Employ secrecy. Hurry up with the phony excuses when all the b.s is exposed.

So props to Carpenter for years of strong public policy advocacy - - seen also in his effort to minimize spending on the Walker/special-interest driven highway expansions that have sapped those budgets, too.


Including the very segment to which GOP Assembly Speaker and Foxconn-booster Robin Vos has helped maneuver more than $250 million while other big projects like the Zoo Interchange are stalled and Walker's legacy Scottholes are re-emerging in the current thaw-freeze cycle.

Fascinating, also, that some of the promoters of the mine were rewarded with promotions, positions and perks:

Then-State GOP Rep. Jeff Stone, after apologetically refusing Native American input on the mining project's enabling bill which the mining company had played a key role in drafting was later appointed by Walker to head the water section of the Public Service Commission.

A key mining project spokesman was also named to a PSC post. Those appointments are documented, here
Soft landings for high-profile GTac mine personnel
And GOP State Senator Glenn Grothman, after traveling to the mining region and assuring people that any damage to their wells from 35 years of trucking and blasting could be fixed with caulk moved up to a congressional seat his party had made available through ultra-partisan gerrymandering Grothman had supported while a state legislator.

And let's not forget the pro-mining Cathy Stepp, Walker's hand-picked inside-and-atop the-DNR-wrecker, who parlayed her obeisance to the wetland-fillers into the directorship at Donald Trump's Great Lakes US EPA regional office.

And speaking of failure rewarded, let's not forget that Walker is heading for the speakers' circuit, where, for at least $15,000, he will own up to absolutely nothing about his toxic touch.


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In the latest round of fossil-fuel backed attempts to kill cleaner-running cars, Fox ran an op-ed on Tuesday by Wyoming Senator John Barrasso introducing his legislation to repeal the federal electric vehicle tax credit. By Climate Denier Roundup The bill, ironically called the “Fairness for Every Driver Act,” would repeal the incentive and instead slap a fee on electric […]

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Gilet gialli: nuovi scontri a Parigi - Ultima Ora  Agenzia ANSA

Nuovi scontri a Parigi, per il 13esimo atto della protesta dei gilet gialli, nei pressi del Senato. (ANSA)

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Winnipeg native Mark Stone scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Jets 5-2

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          Comment on Virginia Dems add Muslim Jew-hatred to party’s troubles of blackface, KKK, and sexual assault by felix1999      Cache   Translate Page      
Dems will do nothing about it. They are courting Muslims as Jewish replacement voters. Muslims HATE Jews! Expect more of this. Notice PIglosi is silent. <b>Kevin McCarthy asks Dems to denounce alleged anti-Semitic remarks: ‘This will not be the end of this’</b> Matt Richardson By Matt Richardson | Fox News 2/9/19 ... <b>Two lawmakers, (MUSLIMS) ,Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have come under fire for controversial comments. </b> <b>Tlaib, </b>last month, questioned if Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than the United States. Following a report that GOP leaders were planning to introduce a bill that would punish companies that participate in the so-called "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) global movement against Israel, Tlaib said the <b>GOP </b>members <b>“forgot what country they represent.”</b> That remark came just days after <b>Tlaib vowed to “impeach the mother----er,” in a reference to President Trump.</b> <b>Omar, meanwhile, recently faced backlash after she compared Israel to Iran, adding that she “almost chuckle(s)” when the Jewish state is labeled a democracy.</b> “And we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out,” the lawmaker continued. “We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.” ... https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kevin-mccarthy-challenges-house-dems-to-denounce-alleged-anti-semitic-remarks-this-will-not-be-the-end-of-this https://i.pinimg.com/736x/4e/01/e6/4e01e61405b7bd152375ec3d7ea4b8f6--democratic-party-conservative-politics.jpg
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Three prominent U.S. senators sent a letter to Facebook, Google and Apple executives this week in the wake of a TechCrunch report detailing how Facebook used iOS and Android apps to monitor teen users. In their letter, the lawmakers grilled Facebook and the other companies for more details about the app and the info it…

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Winnipeg native Mark Stone scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Jets 5-2 on Saturday.
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Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Latest Pennsylvania marijuana legalization proposal would clear criminal records, release inmates. First stops on Pennsylvania listening tour for marijuana legalization to be in Perry, Dauphin counties. Will New Hampshire legalize recreational marijuana use?. Friends, foes of pot line up. Connecticut lawmakers say they’re getting closer to legalizing recreational marijuana. Why most Massachusetts marijuana sales are on the black market, two years after legalization. Plan to legalize recreational marijuana in New York moves slowly. Cuomo holding out hope for New York marijuana legalization in budget. Times Square “marijuana justice” billboards running this weekend urge Cuomo to pursue New York legalization grounded in racial and economic justice. “Legalize marijuana without corporatized marijuana,” says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo‘s push for New York legal pot should peel off from budget package. The scramble to profit from New York legal pot. Portland, Oregon awards first equity grants to two minority-owned cannabis businesses. Marijuana supply far outweighs demand in Oregon legal market, new study says. California pot shops have been only open a year. They’re already lobbying for a tax cut. Colorado the example for legalization in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Illinois legislators lay out plans for recreational marijuana proposal. Illinois Catholic bishops oppose marijuana legalization, but proponent says God put pot ‘on this planet for a reason’. Advocates for Kentucky legalized marijuana to rally at the Capitol. Iowa Democrat’s proposal to legalize marijuana likely dead on arrival. Iowa should regulate marijuana like beer, wine and liquor. Minnesota Republican state senator co-authors bill to legalize cannabis. Congress is seriously considering regulating weed like alcohol. Cory Booker calls for legalizing marijuana as he launches 2020 bid. Sen. Burr floats FDA marijuana legalization conspiracy theory. Sen. Durbin raises concerns about legalizing marijuana in break with Continue Reading...
          Retriever Courage launched as campus demands change      Cache   Translate Page      

In early September, UMBC was faced with a lawsuit alleging that the campus and county police, along with higher-authority officials, mishandled sexual assault allegations. Almost immediately after the news broke, students vented their anger by holding a protest in front of the Commons that ended with a confrontation between students and UMBC’s president Freeman Hrabowski.

Now, two months later, a new initiative has been made to address this issue head-on. Retriever Courage, whose website was launched Nov. 2, aims to unite the UMBC community in better confronting and handling the issue of sexual assault.

“Retriever Courage is something which is largely named after an idea called institutional courage,” explained Adam Harvey, a fourth-year physics graduate student and the chair for the University Steering Committee. “Institutional Courage is about an institution as a whole stepping up and saying, ‘there are things that are not done as well as they could be, and we should change [them].’”

The University Steering Committee, as Harvey describes it, “[talks about] whatever topics we find most pertinent and discuss[es] how senates are handling most situations. Five senates who make up different parts of campus populations meet up at this Committee to further enable collaboration that reaches all around campus.” Harvey’s role as head of this committee includes enabling discussion and initiating agendas for each meeting, along with planning initiatives that the committee has come up with.

Students are required to take online sexual misconduct and drug-abuse trainings that roll out every summer before the start of the school year. These mandatory online modules may not be as effective as previously thought. According to Harvey, “plenty of research shows that mandatory [in-person] training is a very positive force in preventing sexual misconduct.”

The chair of the University Steering Committee explained that mandatory training for faculty and staff will begin sometime around the first week of December, with the goal of student training beginning sometime around spring 2019.

Roy Prouty, a computer science graduate student, is the president of the Graduate Student Association. His role is to be a resource for students if they have any questions or concerns regarding misconduct, as well as being able to “actively facilitate the change that so many people at UMBC have made clear needs to happen,” says Prouty.

Prouty explained that, although he is the president, the GSA contains a senate that is made up of 35 senators from all parts of campus dedicated to hearing graduate students. If students have a concern the senate will, as Prouty describes, “discuss and decide whether or not it’s a big enough issue to handle at the graduate level, or it’s a problem that needs to go to higher authorities.”

Information can also come down from higher officials to the senate, creating a flow of discussion between the two parties. This demonstrates the idea of shared governance, in which student and faculty-based committees collaborate with higher officials to enact change. According to Harvey, this may take longer to implement because “shared governance [contains] people who have non-administrative roles on campus collaborating with the administration.”

Nancy Young, Bobbie L. Hoye and Lisa Akchin are all members of the higher authority officials on campus that are working in collaboration with student organizations in order to enact Retriever Courage to the best of its ability.

“The word courage is really important,” said Young, the Vice President for Student Affairs. “And it’s not just about a website, it also captures the voices that we’ve been listening to … The courage to speak out is what is important.”

Hoye, who is the Title IX Coordinator and Associate General Counsel, added that Retriever Courage has shown a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that is being done on campus at the administrative and individual levels. “We’re having the courage to have the difficult conversations, to listen to where we are not doing our best,” said Hoye.

There is no doubt that there has been a disconnection between campus authorities and students when it comes to talking about issues like sexual misconduct. Akchin elaborated on this, saying that not enough people had enough information on what was going on; however, more conversation has resulted from students and faculty coming forward to express their concerns.

To further bridge the disconnect, Akchin explained, “There are two subcommittees that the University Steering Committee is setting up: a faculty-staff advisory committee and a student advisory committee.” This way, constituents will be given a voice that will reach higher officials. Young additionally described how a consultant will be coming to campus to give advice as to how UMBC can direct its change more effectively for students, faculty and staff alike.

The Vice President of Student Affairs found it important to emphasize that Retriever Courage does not focus on sexual assault alone, but also issues such as gender discrimination and domestic abuse. “We are often talking about things that don’t fall under the category of rape but yet still have [a] significant impact on the way someone can move about campus or the world.”

Young, Hoye and Akchin all hope that this push for change demonstrated throughout the community does not lose its spark. “The hope is that the energy here is sustained, and not just from an administrative standpoint, from an entire community,” said Hoye.

“It’s sad that not enough people knew about these events before September 2018,” said Prouty. As UMBC looks forward, the university is now faced with addressing how higher authority officials and student organizations alike will work together to implement changes in how the campus handles sexual assault cases.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post previously misspelled Bobbie L. Hoye’s name as Bobby Hoye. The post has since been updated.


          Election Night Extravaganza aims to get students politically and civically involved      Cache   Translate Page      

Election Day was Nov. 6, and all across America, voters took to the polls to have their political voices heard. While the evening drew on and polls were staring to close, Main Street in the Commons was turned into a viewing site for the results. Chairs were placed out with a large projector showing live coverage of the election results while more than 250 students were served pizza, drinks and had the chance to win big-ticket prizes through games. Cheers were heard occasionally throughout the Main Street area as students were pleased with some of the candidates that they were hoping would win. The event, called Election Night Extravaganza, was sponsored by the Student Government Association, which is led by President Collin Sullivan, a senior studying information systems and economics.

“One of the things [that] we talk a lot about in SGA is that we don’t have a lot of traditions on campus [since UMBC is only 52 years old],” Sullivan said. Election Night Extravaganza, which started in 2004, is not only an ongoing tradition at UMBC, but also a motivation for people to to vote and be civically involved.

The organization even provided transportation for students during the early voting time period. The Sullivan also added, “[We partner] with other student orgs [such as] College Republicans and College Democrats and Student Events Board so that we are balanced and our own ideological views don’t come out.”

Election Night Extravaganza is usually held every four years for presidential election. In 2016 they put on the event for the Presidential Election in which Donald Trump was voted as America’s 45th President. Sullivan recalled that, while the event went off without a hitch, the Extravaganza had a sour note added to it at the end because the Presidential Nominee then “wasn’t the result that we were expecting.”

More recently though, after a Coffee and Conversation meeting this semester, Student Government got the idea to host another Election Night Extravaganza — this time for the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Sullivan added that this specific election could have had very historic consequences, such as America possibly having its very first African-American female governor in Stacey Abrams.

At the event itself, many members of the UMBC community were passionate about the election and voiced why the midterms were important to them. “The people I love are members of groups that have [historically been] politically disadvantaged,” stated Ralph Aquino, a third-year student studying computer science. “I vote to preserve their dignity [and] fight ignorant stereotypes.”

Chukwudi Onwuka, a senior majoring in biological sciences, noted, “[Voting] gives us the opportunity to … make real changes happen in our lifetime. It’s truly … a gift that we need to take full advantage of.”

As of now, The New York Times reports that while the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives, voters have allowed the “Republicans [to retain] their control of the Senate.” The Times also mentioned that now both the Republican and Democratic parties will rule in Washington D.C., instead of just one controlling both the Senate and House.


          Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid - BBC News      Cache   Translate Page      
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“POLITICAL WISHFUL THINKING” by Jeff Crouere, ©2019 (Feb. 9, 2019) — Another day, another Democrat presidential candidate entered the crowded race. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her candidacy in her home state of Massachusetts. She becomes the fifth woman to enter the presidential race, joining author and self-help expert Marianne Williamson, U.S. Senator Kamala […]

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          2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #5      Cache   Translate Page      
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 3 through Sat, Feb 10, 2019

Editor's Pick

Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points

 Cong Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen Ed Markey

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey present their Green New Deal resolution to reporters on Thursday (Photo: 350.org) 

On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy.

The text makes for the most earnest attempt yet to define a concept that has been backed by many a Democratic presidential candidate, often with little detail.

The agenda would touch every aspect of the US economy and calls for carbon emissions and inequality to be tackled as one.

“Today is the day we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a press conference launching the resolution.

There are many legislative hurdles for the deal to leap if it is ever to become US policy – not least the Republican-controlled senate and White House.

The plan was the beginning of a phase of “political education”, said Markey, that would eventually lead to the adoption of the package. The pair said the document had attracted 60 Democrats as cosponsors, from across the party.

Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch by Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News, July 2, 2019 


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cover imageThis is the true story of Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator who quickly rose to the top of the pack as the number one contender for the 1987 Democratic presidential primary. Due to his charisma and drive, Hart connects well with the younger constituents, and both himself and his aides see this a clear and present path to victory. But allegations soon emerge of an extramarital affair, and Hart is forced to deal with the impact that these new allegations have not just on his campaign but on every aspect of his reputation and his personal life.
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Winnipeg native Mark Stone scored twice and Matt Duchene added a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the visiting Jets on Saturday afternoon.
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Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has cleared former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and one of his aides, Waheed Akanbi, of the N4.7 billion fraud charge slammed on them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The judgement is coming 11 years after the case was instituted by […]

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          Edo senatorial race: APC, PDP, ADP, ADC in hot contest      Cache   Translate Page      

With few days to the much-talked about 2019 general elections, OJIEVA EHIOSUN reports that fever, tension, and anxiety have gripped politicians in Edo State as many of them devise campaign strategies to woo voters.     For the electorate in Edo State, February 16 is not only a judgment day for politicians, it is also […]

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          Akpabio succumbed to pressure to join APC –Enoidem      Cache   Translate Page      

The National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, spoke with TONY ANICHEBE on the rift between Senator Godswill Akpabio and Gov. Emmanuel Udom, among other issues. Excerpts…     As one of his trusted commissioners, and with your closeness to former Governor Godswill Akpabio, many people believe that you would […]

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          Lessons from the Whitaker hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
Lessons from the Whitaker hearing

by digby



From Natasha Bertrand at the Atlantic:

It took about five minutes of questioning for the acting attorney general to provoke gasps and jeers in the congressional hearing room. “Your five minutes is up,” Matthew Whitaker, an ex–U.S. attorney turned toilet salesman, told the House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler. Nadler cracked a smile, but from that point on, the rules of engagement seemed clear: Whitaker, with just days remaining in his legally dubious role as the interim head of the Justice Department, appeared to be playing to an audience of one.

President Donald Trump appointed Whitaker late last year to replace Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in early 2017 was viewed by the president as an unforgivable betrayal. But Whitaker was not the obvious replacement—he served for a few years as a U.S. attorney in Iowa, but spent far longer in private practice and partisan politics. He also served as a paid advisory-board member of a fraudulent invention-promotion firm. Later, he was the executive director of a conservative nonprofit funded by dark money. And then came his stint as a CNN commentator in 2017, during which he blasted Mueller and opined that his probe had “gone too far.” All of this received heavy scrutiny as the constitutional basis of his appointment was challenged in the courts.

But Friday marked his first oversight hearing on Capitol Hill.

“I’m confused, I really am,” Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries told Whitaker at one point. “We’re all trying figure out: Who are you, where did you come from, and how the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?”

Despite the lingering questions about his resume and suspicions about why he was appointed over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who would have been Sessions’s natural replacement, Whitaker presented himself to Nadler, a 13-term congressman, with the same aloofness and disdain for tradition that often seems typical of the Trump White House. And that may have been on purpose. Whitaker, whose tenure ends when Bill Barr is confirmed as attorney general next week, will need a new job. He has reportedly been considered for the role of Trump’s chief of staff. And though he testified under oath that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation,” he repeatedly declined to contradict Trump’s claims that Mueller is on a “witch hunt.”

Chuck Rosenberg, a former senior Justice Department official who resigned in 2017, said it would have been “easy” for Whitaker to say that Mueller’s investigation is legitimate, as Barr did during his recent confirmation hearings. “I don’t know how somebody could be that cowardly,” he added. But doing so would have undermined what is arguably his boss’s most important talking point—and that would not have been a good move for Whitaker if he was, in fact, auditioning for his next position

I hear he wants to be chief of staff when Mulvaney abandons ship (as he's rumored to be desperate to do.)

It's looking good for him. Last night he thumbed his nose at all the ethics snobs by running over to the Trump hotel to show his fealty to his criminal boss and put some money in his pocket.


And the boss is pleased:


President Trump watched live cable coverage of yesterday's chippy Hill testimony by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and liked what he saw.

The big picture: "He liked the combative approach," said an outside West Wing adviser familiar with Trump's thinking. "He thought the Democrats were grandstanding." Inside the White House, according to the adviser, here were the lessons learned: Do not give an inch, push back, resist, delay, deflect.

The officials recognize a key flaw in this strategy: Some Trump Cabinet members, likely bound for the witness chair, don't have the experience or agility to pull a Whitaker.

Longtime Hill watchers struggled to remember a time when an administration witness had treated a committee with such disdain: 

  • In the most memorable moment, Whitaker sassed House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): "Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up," using the committee's rules to bat away a question. 
  • MSNBC host Ari Melber called Whitaker "remarkably rude … at times a jerk" to members who were asking straightforward questions. 
  • Remember: The Senate is expected to confirm Bill Barr as attorney general as soon as next week. So Whitaker's performance is mainly a window into Whitaker.
A House Democratic leadership aide familiar with the new majority's investigation strategy told me after yesterday's hearing: 
"We watched Dems, having been frustrated for two years with little to no oversight from the Republicans, demanding answers from a top administration official — the first under this new Congress — who came in belligerent and unwilling to cooperate is even the smallest ways." 
"This is no means the end."

The GOP's gamble: The White House recognizes that it can do little to resist the House Dems' demands for testimony. Republicans just hope that over time, they can argue to their base that Dems have been guilty of overreach and "show trials." 
A Republican political operative and Capitol Hill veteran told me: "It doesn’t take long for ordinary voters — who are very different from people in Washington — to start seeing participating committee members as pompous, rude and belittling, and begin to side with whoever is sitting in the hot seat."

If I had to guess,  the press will go along with the Republican plan. I've seen pearl-clutching today about Democratic rudeness in the hearing so I'm guessing that unless they lay down and let Trump's cronies walk all over them, the media will end up siding with the Trumpies.

Remember folks, many members of the media are yearning to be able to blame both sides for the political mess we are in. It's very uncomfortable for them to have to report that the Republicans are batshit crazy. (Keep an eye on the NY Times and CNN's biggest stars...)  They know that half the country sees telling the truth as political bias so they reach for anything to prove they are "just as hard on Democrats."

As the Dems exert their power to thwart the Republicans they will go above and beyond to portray that as the same as GOP lunacy.

Just be aware. It's coming.

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          What is this Magnitsky Act you speak of?      Cache   Translate Page      
What is this Magnitsky Act you speak of?

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So, Trump is just openly defying the Magnitsky Act requirements. You know, the Act that Putin and all the global oligarchs want rescinded? The reason the Russians interfered on Trump's behalf? Yeah, that one:

President Trump refused to provide Congress a report on Friday determining who killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, defying a demand by lawmakers intent on establishing whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was behind the grisly assassination.

Mr. Trump effectively bypassed a deadline set by law as his administration argued that Congress could not impose its will on the president. Critics charged that he was seeking to cover up Saudi complicity in the death of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident and a columnist for The Washington Post.

“Consistent with the previous administration’s position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” the Trump administration said in a statement. The statement said the administration had taken action against the killers and would consult with Congress.

But Democrats said Mr. Trump was violating a law known as the Magnitsky Act. It required him to respond 120 days after a request submitted in the fall by committee leaders — including Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee and then the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — a period that expired Friday.

“The law is clear,” said Juan Pachón, a spokesman for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the committee. “It requires a determination and report in response to the letter we sent with Corker. The president has no discretion here. He’s either complying with the law or breaking it.”

The Trump administration imposed sanctions in November against 17 Saudis accused of being involved in the killing, but has refused to blame Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a key ally and the country’s de facto ruler, despite a C.I.A. conclusion that the crown prince ordered it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent letters to the committee leaders describing actions taken against individuals without offering the determination of who was responsible as demanded by the lawmakers.

“I anticipate a more detailed briefing from the administration on this issue and look forward to working with them and the members of my committee in our ongoing effort to address the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” said Senator Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho, who succeeded Mr. Corker as chairman.

The Saudi government on Friday rebutted a report that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Mr. Khashoggi if he did not return to the kingdom and cease his criticism of the Saudi government.

They're calling it a "rogue operation."

It sounds as though the Trump administration is a rogue operation too.

          The top Virginia GOPer is a racist? Say it ain't so!      Cache   Translate Page      
The top Virginia GOPer is a racist? Say it ain't so!

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Good lord:
Last weekend, Virginia state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) joined other legislative leaders in calling on Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to resign over revelations that his medical school yearbook page featured a photo of two people — one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan uniform.

On Thursday, the Virginian Pilot revealed that Norment himself had been managing editor of a college yearbook of his own that featured racial slurs and images of people in blackface.

Now former students in a college course Norment taught at the William & Mary say that he routinely made racially insensitive and transphobic comments, forced students of color to defend Confederate iconography, and even defended the university’s defunct Brafferton Indian School that educated Native American kids — often without their family’s consent — in the 1700s.

Virginia has a part-time legislature. While Norment’s principal outside job is working “of counsel” for the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles. He also reportedly gets $60,000 a year to teach at William & Mary.

After the news broke on Thursday, one former student who took Norment’s class in the fall of 2016 tweeted that the state senator had “spent 20 minutes fondly remembering how a fraternity on campus dressed as confederates and chained a student in blackface to a tree for the Homecoming Parade.”




ThinkProgress spoke with Akerman and various other William & Mary alums who said they took the course and were deeply offended by their former professor’s racist tone and the content of the course.

“I assumed it was kind of an open secret,” Akerman, who graduated in 2018, said of Norment’s racial insensitivity. “I got the sense that he wasn’t very in touch on race issues.”

The syllabus for the course — titled “You are now a legislator: Politics, Public Policy and Law” — is quite revealing.

A significant part of the course consisted of students being assigned into two teams: One side argued in favor of Confederate flag license plates, William & Mary’s traditional pro-Confederate campus imagery, and the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Norment’s own Confederate-linked alma mater; the other side argued against. Students of color were often assigned to defend the Confederate side, which various students described as deeply uncomfortable.

Even the phrasing of the issues betrayed a clear bias toward Confederate images — a bias students say was evident from Norment’s lectures and his hostile treatment of students assigned to defend the opposite side during the in-class debate.

After William & Mary removed a plaque honoring students who left to fight for the Confederate Army and a ceremonial mace that featured Confederate images in 2015, one question listed for debate was: “Did the innocuous plaque and ring on the Mace really offend our community and make them feel unwelcome, or was it just a cause du jure?”

Another asked, “Is the removal of the plaque and ring on the Mace being deferential to a very small minority to the exclusion of the majority?” The phrases “innocuous” and “very small minority” conveyed a clear bias that students said arose repeatedly during the course.

Another student recalled that during the debate portion, “Sen. Norment held out his VMI ring which has an emblem of the Confederate flag on it and asked the [student] speaker, who was arguing for removal, ‘Are you offended?’ repeatedly.” 

A third student told ThinkProgress that in addition to pro-Confederate remarks, Norment demonstrated insensitivity to Native American and transgender people.

The student noted that Norment defended the Brafferton Indian School, where Native American kids were once taken from their parents to be re-educated. 
Norment praised the removals and claimed that today “there are no Native American students at William & Mary.” The president of the university’s American Indian Student Association was in the class and had to correct him.

In another incident, Norment denounced and deliberately misgendered Gavin Grimm, the transgender high school student who sued the Gloucester, Virginia school board for his right to use the boy’s restroom. “One class,” the student recalled, “he used the phrase ‘There is some girl who thinks she’s a boy in Gloucester County who’s mad she can’t use the boy’s restroom.'”

ThinkProgress reached out to Norment’s office for comment on Friday. Jeff Ryer, press secretary for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, responded with an email that read: “Thank you for your inquiry. The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus does not recognize ThinkProgress as a professional news organization.”

The Daily Press reported that in 2017, Norment was the “highest paid adjunct professor” at the university by a wide margin in a field that “typically pays less than $10,000.”

As co-chair of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee and majority leader, Norment has an outsize role in setting funding levels for state schools like William & Mary. In 2009, the Virginia Pilot reported that Norment was receiving $160,000 a year to teach two courses and do legal work for the school — a cozy arrangement that the paper noted would allow him to “qualify for a significantly bigger pension when he retires.”

One student recalled that the final assignment for Norment’s course was to write what they had learned. Their three-sentence answer included the phrase, “I learned you are a racist and you don’t care who knows it.”

Republicans have been sanctimoniously wringing their hands over the terrible racism of the Democratic party ever since this story broke. It is, of course, insane but they all have the temperaments of smirking adolescent bully boys and nasty mean girls so it's to be expected.

This fellow is probably a standard representative of the GOP in Virginia. He's not someone who was racist 35 years ago. He's a stone cold racist today and doesn't try to hide it. And he's teaching a new generation to be as racist as he is.

It' will be interesting to see what develops with this, what with all the GOP calls for Northam and Herring to resign. I'm not going to hold my breath. These people don't feel the need to be consistent. Adolescent bully boys just do what they want in the given moment. Look at Trump.

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          New chairwoman of Senate Ethic Committee works to fight corruption in Albany      Cache   Translate Page      
Published on February 08, 2019 Senator Alessandra Biaggi Source URL http://fios1news.com/news/new-chairwoman-of-senate-ethic-committee-works-to-fight-corruption-in-albany/ Source Publication Title Fios 1 News Committee Featured Committee Featured Source Date February 08, 2019
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(Oakdale, NY); On February 8th, 2019, Senator Monica R. Martinez attended the Regional State of Long Island address where Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he would be redirecting federal and state funding to expand the current sewer systems in Oakdale.

The $26.4 million, previously dedicated to Great River, was voted down in a public referendum in January. As a direct result of Senator Martinez and her tireless advocacy for this project, this funding will work to connect 400 additional homes in the area she represents that currently depend on antiquated septic systems, and will hopefully reduce nitrogen loading into the Great South Bay.

Suffolk County will manage this project, and the funds will cover planning and implementation of this project. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

Together with the Mastic, Babylon, and Patchogue projects, this will be the largest expansion of a sewer system in Suffolk County since the 1970’s. The project may be subject to an additional vote by the residents of this area.

“I want to start by thanking the Governor for working to redirect federal and state funding to expand the current sewer system in Oakdale,” stated Senator Martinez. “This is crucial to the health and well being of all residents in this area, and to the health of the Great South Bay. I am thrilled to see this much needed infrastructure funding being diverted to the Third Senatorial District.”

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          This week in the war on workers: Illinois poised to be next state to pass $15 minimum wage      Cache   Translate Page      

After New Jersey made its move toward a $15 minimum wage official, the question was where next—and it hasn’t been a long wait to find out. The Illinois state Senate has passed a bill raising the state’s minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour to $15 in 2025. The state House, which has a Democratic majority, needs to vote next. Assuming the bill passes the House, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is on board, telling reporters that “If you live in this state and put in a hard day's work, you should be able to afford to put a roof over your head and food on the table.”

The bill raises the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020, then to $10 on July 1, 2020. After that, it rises $1 every January until it reaches $15 in 2025. Unfortunately, it does not bring the tipped minimum wage up to $15 with everyone else, keeping that at 60 percent of the full minimum wage. The bill offers a tax credit for small businesses that will be gradually phased out.

Illinois’ minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2010, but Chicago and Cook County have increased theirs, which are currently at $12 and $11, respectively. The federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25, where it’s been for a decade. Congressional Democrats have introduced a $15 minimum wage bill, but Republicans are blocking it and will continue to do so as long as they can.

Speaking of New Jersey, the last state to head to $15, its legislature has sent a bill strengthening its paid family leave program to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.


          Democratic Rep. blows AG Whitaker's hair back with rapid fire questioning      Cache   Translate Page      

All you really need to know about Donald Trump’s choice for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is that Trump felt Jeff Sessions wasn’t corrupt enough to continue in the position. Whitaker has been a hostile witness in front of the House Committee on Friday, acting both condescending and ornery at any and all questions sent his way by House democrats. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) can talk fast and doesn’t suffer bullies lightly, and his intense questioning of Whitaker was a master class in fighting fire with fire.

Rep. Cicilline opened by negating the almost sociopathic evasive answer pattern Whitaker has employed during Friday’s hearings—thanking and appreciating every single question before not answering any single question.

Rep. Cicilline: Mr. Whitaker, I will be straight. I will cut you off if you make long speeches. You do not need to thank me for asking, or complementing me. I assume that they're all great questions and you're grateful.

Hehe.

Rep. Ciclline: One, you were briefed by special counsel, did you share that information with members of staff, the information you learned in the briefing from the special counsel or his team?

Whitaker uses this moment to remind Rep. Cicilline that he isn’t answering any questions about Donald Trump because he’s not actually answering any questions. Cicilline begins to fire questions at Whitaker who does his best to slowly and monosyllabically evade them, realizing that he’s probably perjuring himself—but then again, what person in the Trump administration hasn’t perjured themselves? When it becomes clear that Whitaker isn’t going to be particularly illuminating in his answers, Rep. Cicilline decides to give him a dose of what it feels like to be disrespected by someone, as he just begins cutting him off after a word or two, knowing it’s a load of hot orange air coming out of Whitaker’s mouth.

Rep. Ciclline: You would not answer questions about conversations with the president, did you not? Whitaker: Yes, I did.

Rep. Ciclline: So you are not sitting here today saying the president has instructed you to answer questions, correct?

Whitaker: I'm not sitting here --

Rep. Ciclline:--You're prepared to answer all of the questions?

Whitaker: Congressman, I was pretty --

Rep. Ciclline:--Have you spoken to the president, Mr. Whitaker about the Mueller investigation?

Whitaker: Congressman, as I have previously testified, I did not talk to the president about the Mueller investigation.

Rep. Ciclline: Have you ever spoken to the president or member—or parts of his legal team—about information that you've learned in your capacity as acting attorney general related to the Mueller investigation or any other criminal investigation involving the president?

Whitaker: Congressman, while I have specifically been saying that I'm not going to comment about my conversations with the President or his senior staff. I have also been very clear that the president has not instructed me to do anything. 

Rep. Cicilline: That wasn't my question. My question is have you had conversations about what you learned. That's a yes or no.

Whittaker: Congressman, I have, I spend all day every day—

Rep. Cicilline: --Mr. Whitaker, my question is very specific: have you spoken to the President or his legal team about what you've learned in the Mueller investigation or were the related criminal investigation that may involve the president, yes or no?

Whitaker can’t and won’t answer this question because, well, he probably thinks this will keep him out of jail or at least on the mythical Trump-pardon list that Trump probably has scrawled on a napkin somewhere. Rep. Cicilline finishes by reading off a series of statements surrounding Matthew Whitaker’s alleged statements to St. John’s Law professor John Q. Barrett that he was going to try and get “noticed” by Trump, with his amazing ideas about how president Trump should be left alone by the Mueller investigation.

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Rep. Cicilline finishes by laying it all on the table:

Rep. Cicilline: You said all those things and they're all in print. And it answers Mr. Deutch’s (D-FL) question. The American people wondered just how is it that Mr. Whittaker becomes the acting Attorney General of the United States, in violation of existing statutes. Was he put there for a particular purpose. That wasn't a question.


          South Carolina Republicans introduce new 'personhood' bills banning nearly all abortions      Cache   Translate Page      

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Whatever personal assurances Sen. Susan Collins thinks she has gotten aside, the rest of America's conservatives seem quite confident that the new Trump-touched Supreme Court, with the additions of Justice Collusion and Justice Sexual Assault, are preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize abortion and establish putative measures against American women who would seek it.

Two new bills by South Carolina Republicans seek to take the fight to the Court sooner, rather than later. State Rep. Josiah Magnuson has introduced a "personhood" bill declaring that human life, and therefore legal protections, begins at conception (but, curiously, still exempts in-vitro fertilization, which suggests that the extremist declaration is considerably more fungible than one might expect, if the author truly believed it in the first place).

And State Sen. Richard Cash's bill makes having an abortion, as well as performing one, a state felony. Women who seek an abortion in South Carolina may, under Cash's bill, face imprisonment unless she or her doctors can prove to the state that it was done as "medical emergency."

This is all both 1.) spectacularly batshit crazy and 2.) a deeply unpopular stance among voters. But South Carolina Republicans will seek to railroad it through anyway; Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is vowing to sign those or similar bills. It will be up to State Senate Democrats to block those efforts again, as they did with a similar effort last year.

It's worth noting that the two authors themselves know the rank extremism of their bills. That is why Magnuson carved out an exception for in-vitro fertilization despite such a stance being nonsensical, if he truly believed the rest of his premise. And that is why Cash attempted to mutter and bluster his way through the plain question of whether his bill would indeed indict, prosecute, and jail South Carolina women who sought the procedure.

“There is no doubt that many woman are pressured (into having an abortion),” Cash said. “They’re coerced. They’re intimidated. They’re literally threatened. ... But if we say a mother is simply a victim ... then we, in fact, are denying ... moral responsibility to someone for their decision.”

          The life, times, and tweets of John Dingell, dean of Congress and of Twitter      Cache   Translate Page      

Former Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who holds the record for the longest service in Congress, died Thursday at the age of 92. Dingell was elected to his first term in 1955 during Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, and he retired in 2015 when Barack Obama was in the White House. During his long tenure, Dingell rose to become one of the most powerful committee chairs in congressional history, though he would end up losing his gavel on the Energy and Commerce Committee twice. In his last years, Dingell became known for his entertaining tweets, where he mocked Donald Trump, celebrities, the poor performance of his favorite Michigan sports teams, and himself.

Dingell was the son of John Dingell Sr., who narrowly won a Detroit-based House seat in the 1932 Democratic landslide ushered in by Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression. The younger Dingell followed his father to Washington a few years later when he became a House page in 1938. He was even on the floor on Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, when Roosevelt gave his “Day of Infamy” speech that called for a declaration of war against Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.

Dingell remained a page for a few more years, but in 1944, after he turned 18, he was drafted into the Army. The future congressman recounted in a 2006 interview that he “did an array of unimportant things in the military,” but that he was supposed to be among the first American soldiers to take part in the planned invasion of Japan in 1945. Dingell said that he “had my orders to go when [President Harry] Truman dropped the bomb on the Japanese, and that ended World War II.”

Dingell was discharged the following year and attended college at Georgetown. During those years, Dingell returned to Congress, where he supervised elevator operators. He went on to get his law degree, also at Georgetown, and clerked for federal Judge Theodore Levin, an uncle of Dingell’s future Michigan congressional colleagues, Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Sandy Levin.


          Sen. Sherrod Brown Begins Second Leg of 'Dignity of Work' Tour      Cache   Translate Page      
Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is kicking off the second leg of his tour of the early presidential primary states. Sherrod Brown is closer to making a decision about a possible run for the White House. Sherrod Brown said, like in Ohio, there are many Iowa communities dealing with the challenges of bad trade deals and globalization. And Brown said people are gravitating towards his “ Dignity of Work ” message. “I think that people everywhere have recognized that their work has not been rewarded the way it used to be -- that they’re working harder than ever," he said. In New Hampshire, he’ll hold forums on several topics, including paid family leave. The RNC has dismissed Brown’s tour as a “phony pro-workers’ agenda” that requires him to spend less time on his Ohio constituents. Brown plans to decide whether he wants to run for president by March.
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Beto O'Rourke ran a hell of a campaign for U.S. Senate in Texas. Even if he technically lost to republican senator Ted Cruz, the former punk bassist did what no one thought was possible, rallying the state behind issues like immigration and criminal justice reform, all while earning support from musicians like Willie Nelson, Travis
          TOCQUEVILLE TALKS: A FAREWELL TO JOHN DINGELL. “Eet says ’ere, that, in ’eez book, Monsieur Di…      Cache   Translate Page      
TOCQUEVILLE TALKS: A FAREWELL TO JOHN DINGELL. “Eet says ’ere, that, in ’eez book, Monsieur Dingell advocated the abolition of the Senate. Is this a popular opinion in the United States today?” “But Congressman Dingell took issue with more than just the pace of the Senate — he also saw great danger in how unrepresentative […]
          Maryland Seeks to Restrict Transfer of Rifles and Shotguns Between Law Abiding Citizens      Cache   Translate Page      
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marylandSenate Bill 737, if passed, would impose a number of new restrictions on the citizens of Maryland in relation to long guns. Among other things, the bill would create a seven day waiting period to purchase a long gun, implement Long Gun Qualification Licenses (“LGQL”), and require individuals who have moved to Maryland to register their rifles and shotguns with the... more
          The Senate Says 'Yes' To Tax Relief      Cache   Translate Page      
With Republican Senate President Susan Wagle leading the charge, the Kansas Senate sent a massive tax relief measure on to the House. Wagle says Kansas has to do something to make sure individuals and businesses don't get stuck with a bigger state tax bill after President Trump and Congress overhauled federal tax rules in 2017.
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Earlier this week it was reported that boxing legend and Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao had given the blessing to his son to embark into the unforgiving sport of boxing. Pacquiao knows all too well just how tough a sport it is having come from extreme poverty as a child to fight his way to the […]
          Pacquiao’s 2nd Fight Of 2019 Could Be A Fight Totally Out Of Left Field      Cache   Translate Page      
Filipino boxing star and 40 year old Senator Manny Pacquiao is now coming down the final stretch of his boxing career but he showed last month in his win against Adrien Broner that he still has plenty to offer the sport before he does call it a day. It’s well known that Pacquiao wanted a […]
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James van Riemsdyk has been fined $5,000 for his high-stick on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez last night. That is the maximum allowable fine for the incident, which did not draw a penalty in the game. While van Riemsdyk will not face a suspension, fines like these are taken into account for any future…
          Warren Launches 2020 Campaign: Trump A Symptom of What's Gone Wrong In America       Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially kicked off her presidential campaign Saturday with a speech delivered to supporters in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren said Trump, or "the man in the White House," is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the "most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America." "The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what has gone wrong in America," Warren said. "A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else." "So once he is gone, we can't pretend that none of this ever happened," she said. "It won't be enough to undo the terrible acts of this administration."
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The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu while speaking on a radio programme on Saturday, said nobody gave PDP but the party has bounced back to life.

The post PDP Has Bounced Back To Life, Says Ekweremadu appeared first on Concise News.


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The Federal High Court in Abeokuta has refused the application of Oladipupo Adebutu and others seeking to prevent the Governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu and others from being joined as “necessary and interested parties” in a suit pending before the court.

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          Sen. Elizabeth Warren latest Democrat to announce 2020 candidacy      Cache   Translate Page      
The senator defined her candidacy as a system-wide fight for economic opportunity and racial and gender equality during her announcement on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
          Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 bid for president      Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign in Lawrence, Mass., a distressed mill town about 30 miles outside Boston. This is "the fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone," said Warren.
          Grading Elizabeth Warren's LGBTQ Record      Cache   Translate Page      
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The Democrat and longtime champion of LGBTQ people has officially announced her 2020 presidential campaign.

UpdatedFebruary 09 2019 3:15 PM ESTElectionPoliticiansDemocratic PartyElizabeth WarrenTrudy Ring

With U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts officially announcing her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday, pundits are starting to debate whether this progressive Democrat is electable. There’s little to debate, however, about her support for LGBTQ rights— she has been a persistent champion.

Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor who helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has a long record of speaking out and working for all those who are underdogs — women, people of color, the economically disadvantaged — and LGBTQ people have definitely figured in her activism, which has an intersectional nature.

The senator, who began her second term this year, received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for her first term, which began in 2013. That reflects such positions as her cosponsorship of the Equality Act and other antidiscrimination bills, and her opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — as well as other anti-LGBTQ Trump nominees.

In 2017, the confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, produced one of Warren’s signature moments. Sessions, a longtime U.S. senator and, before that, an Alabama state official, has a long history of homophobia and has also been accused of racism. To highlight the latter point, Warren started reading the Senate a letter written to the body in 1986 by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, urging senators to reject Sessions’s nomination as a federal judge because of his history of suppressing and intimidating black voters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to cut her off, but, as he famously said, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” McConnell finally invoked a rule that forced Warren to stop, but the hashtag #ShePersisted became widely used in Warren’s honor. Sessions did get confirmed as attorney general (he had been rejected for the federal judgeship in 1986, by the way), but he’s now been ousted by Trump, who apparently considered him insufficiently loyal.

Warren has been persisting on social justice issues, including LGBTQ rights, for many years. In 2011, when she was beginning her first Senate campaign, she came out strongly for marriage equality, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (predecessor to the Equality Act), and measures to combat bullying in schools. “No one — no one — should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion,” she said at the time.

In March 2012, when President Obama was still “evolving” in his views on marriage equality, Warren said it was time for him to become fully evolved. “I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right,” Warren told the Washington Blade. Two months later, the president expressed unequivocal support for marriage equality. He went on to be reelected in November, when Warren was elected to her first Senate term, beating Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

The 2012 campaign also featured an exception to Warren's pro-LGBTQ record, when she said that the court-ordered gender-confirmation surgery for a transgender prisoner was not a good use of tax dollars. Granted, the order was highly controversial, partly because the inmate was a convicted murderer. Three years later, in 2015, she was declining to say if her views had changed. Still, she has otherwise expressed strong support for the rights of trans people.

Her first year in office was marked by a speech to fellow senators urging them to pass ENDA, which would have banned workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “This week we have a chance to vote on a law that is a measure of who we are as a people and what kind of world we want to build,” she said. “I believe in a world where equal means equal, and that is why I will be voting  to outlaw employment discrimination against my neighbors and my friends.” The Senate passed ENDA that year, but the bill never came to a vote in the House. The now-pending Equality Act includes the employment provisions of ENDA as well as bans on discrimination in housing, credit, and other areas.

Warren’s outspokenness on LGBTQ rights continued. In the summer of 2015, she wrote a commentary piece for Time magazine praising the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling. When looking at this equal marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asserts that the Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it,’” she wrote. “He’s wrong. Our Constitution had everything to do with it — with the liberty of two adults to have their love treated the same as that of any other couple. And it is because of the tireless work of jurists, lawyers, husbands like Jim Obergefell, and countless other LGBT Americans who stepped forward to speak out, that our nation will no longer look away from what our Constitution requires.”

More recently, she has denounced Trump’s attempts to bar transgender people from the military, supported efforts to classify conversion therapy as fraud, and called for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood. When she announced earlier this year that she was forming the exploratory committee, making her the first Democrat to do so in this election cycle, she released a video that highlighted LGBTQ concerns and featured same-sex couples.

In January, she gave her first post-announcement interview to out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. The lengthy conversation dealt primarily with economic issues, the corruption of Trump's administration, and foreign policy. Watch it in three parts below.

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          Comment on FACT CHECK: Is Kamala Harris Not Eligible To Be President? by Dale Davis      Cache   Translate Page      
Natural Born Citizen is a second generation citizen. This is why our forefathers were excluded at the birth of our nation. U.S. Senate Resolution 511 clearly states the measurement of what a NBC is. Born to two US Citizens, on US Soil. It is not that hard to understand the intent of the Article and section. Loyalty only to this country as a citizen, and being the child of citizens. You can reference Law of Nations by Vattell, Hamiltons papers, John Jays letter to George Washington. A Natural Born Citizen is of the blood, of the soil, a second generation citizen.
          Trump snubs McCain during bill signing intended to honor him      Cache   Translate Page      
The Arizona senator's name was featured on the defense bill the president signed today, but not in the president's remarks at the bill signing.
          Top Republican Virginia lawmaker caught up in blackface scandal      Cache   Translate Page      
The powerful state Senate majority leader was an editor of a Virginia Military Institute yearbook that had racist language and students in blackface.
          'Existential' threat to the planet: Ocasio-Cortez offers Green New Deal details      Cache   Translate Page      
A Republican senator denounced the proposal for a full switch to renewable energy as a "socialist manifesto."
           Elizabeth Warren bewirbt sich um Präsidentschaftskandidatur       Cache   Translate Page      
Mit einer Kampfansage an die Reichen und Mächtigen will die linke demokratische US-Senatorin Elizabeth Warren bei der Präsidentschaftswahl 2020 Amtsinhaber Donald Trump herausfordern.
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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.” Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else.” She and her backers hope that […]
          Elizabeth Warren Officially Throws Her Hat In Presidential Ring      Cache   Translate Page      

On the steps of Everett Mills, the site where one hundred years ago mostly migrant women walked off the job and won better living wages and working conditions from greedy mill owners, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she was officially running for president in 2020.

Coming out to the song "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton, that ode to women's fight for empowerment in the workplace, Warren launched her campaign with a speech promising to address all the ways that the system is rigged against the working class and for the elites. Her platform was a combination of social justice and economic populism that kept the crowds worked up, despite the freezing temperatures.

Over 44 minutes in sub-freezing temperatures, Warren described a political elite "bought off" and "bullied" by corporate giants, and a middle class squeezed so tight it "can barely breathe."

"The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America," Warren said of President Donald Trump. "A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. So once he's gone, we can't pretend that none of this ever happened."

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          Comment on Nebraska politicking Feb. 4 by Sparkles      Cache   Translate Page      
A peek at that midterm that some on the right imagine was not a shellacking of historical proportions. In today's NYT, Pete Wehner offered a useful summary of the GOP's beat down. To be clear, uber conservative Pete is a man who has long known well that of which he speaks. Wehner is currently a Senior Fellow at the conservative think tank, Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC). Prior to his think tanks days Wehner served in three Republican presidential administrations - Ronnie Reagan, George H. W. an his spawn, GW. Wehner also worked as speechwriter for then Secretary of Education William (Bill) Bennett before his appointment to Executive Director for Policy for Bill Bennet's Empower America, a conservative political action group. So, bona fides aside, here's Wehner's synopsis of the ass whoopin' Dems doled out last November - <blockquote>Recent developments should deeply worry Republicans, starting with those disastrous midterms. The Republican Party may have held on to the Senate, but Democrats now control the House of Representatives because they won more congressional seats than they had since the post-Watergate tsunami of 1974. They gained seven governorships and nearly 350 state legislature seats. According to exit polls, Democrats improved over their 2014 midterm showing by six or more percentage points among men, women, married voters, unmarried voters, whites, Hispanics, Asians, voters under 30, voters over 59, moderates, independents, urbanites and voters with college degrees. In other words, Republicans lost significant ground among <i>everyone</i> except Mr. Trump’s core base of rural, evangelical and “noncollege” supporters (and even among them, the Republican margin shrank a bit). This happened with unemployment lower than at any time since 1969 and with Republican turnout at its highest level in a century.</blockquote> The world has finally had enough of you trolls. The pendulum has done swung and it's moving at light speed.
          Trump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism | TheHill - The Hill      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism | TheHill  The Hill

President Trump hadn't had much success dividing Democrats until he found a word that would provoke very different responses from different members of the ...


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22:44 De Democratische senator uit Massachusetts dingt in 2020 naar het hoogste politieke ambt om 'een land te veranderen dat frauduleus gemanipuleerd wordt door de rijken'.
          Elizabeth Warren si candida alla Casa Bianca: "Contro le disuguaglianze, per un'America più equa"      Cache   Translate Page      

La senatrice democratica, nota per le sue battaglie contro Wall Street, lancia la corsa per il 2020 contro "la più corrotta amministrazione a memoria dei viventi"


          Comment on Blackhawks Top Canucks In OT, Extend Win Streak by Recliner Coach; Public Forum GM      Cache   Translate Page      
@tab regarding "Brian Campbell had one and had “the worst contract in the league"; I'm sure some people thought that however; Brian Campbell went on the lead the league in minutes played for several years in a row (really he played the most minutes most every game) and was second in points only to Erik Karlson on the Senators in terms of "defense". Another salary cap casualty rarely mentioned when people talk about players lost
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For those of you questioning the photo:

Whoops…my bad…that’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

And this meme from Twitter:


          Senate, House Bills Aim to Kill $7,500 Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, Add New EV Tax      Cache   Translate Page      
Lawmakers have proposed new legislation this week that is sure to sour any EV owner's day. While they have "little chance of passing," bills were filed Wednesday that would not only terminate the $7,500 EV tax credit but introduce a new "highway user fee" for alternative-fuel vehicles because "they are immune from gasoline taxes and ensure the money collected on a user's tax return goes into the Highway Trust Fund." Supporters claim the EV tax only benefits the elite. Opponents say the program disproportionately helps wealthy car buyers. "Rural America's taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for others to drive high-end electric vehicles," Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., said in a statement about the bill he authored. "The Electric Vehicle Tax Credit has benefited the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans just trying to get by. It's time to end this wasteful subsidy and help rebuild our nation's infrastructure by ensuring every driver contributes to improving the roads we all use." Discussion
          SENATE FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA. MATTHEW WHITAKER TESTIFYING (HA Goodman)      Cache   Translate Page      



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          Kritisk senator vil være USA's første kvindelige præsident      Cache   Translate Page      
Med fokus på økonomi og beskyttelse af arbejdere kaster Elizabeth Warren sig ind i valgkampen frem mod 2020.
           Comment on Virginia Madness Continues – Democrat Lawmakers, Including Black Caucus, Demanding Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Must Resign… by CountryClassVulgarian       Cache   Translate Page      
Nope. That’s not how it works in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The position stays vacant. The President of the Senate - a republican - assumes the duities of the Lt. Governor.
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“The Front Runner” genç seçmenlerin kalbini kazanan ve 1988 başkanlık seçimlerinde Demokratik Parti’nin bir numaralı adayı olarak görülen Senatör Hart’ın (Hugh Jackman) yükselişinin ve düşüşünün gerçek hikayesini anlatıyor. Gary Hart’ın adaylık kampanyası, Donna Rice (Sara Paxton) ile yaşadığı evlilik dışı ilişki yüzünden durdurulur. Magazin gazeteciliği ve siyasal gazetecilik tarihte ilk kez birleşir ve Senatör Hart […]
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1. Oregon Senate Democrats set stage for universal health care 2. $724M question: Kicker or PERS? 3. Oregon Senators introduce 2019 Paycheck Fairness Act 4. Oregon among top union decline states 5. Business lobby to test 2020 PERS cost ballot measure Bonus Oregon’s new transit tax confounded TurboTax, fouling up returns Editorial: Oregon lawmakers act like […]
          US Senators Ask Speaker Pelosi to Invite President of Taiwan to Address Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

If it pisses off China, that’s probably because it’s the right thing to do. Nothing pisses off tyrants more than doing the right thing.

If Pelosi agrees, I’ll give her some credit for that.


          Что купить в феврале: главные новинки России      Cache   Translate Page      

АвтоВАЗ начал продавать спортивную Lada Vesta, а Kia привезла в Россию сразу три своих новинки. На другом полюсе рынка — открытая версия Porsche 911 нового поколения и обновленная «семерка» BMW. В отдельной категории выступает российский Aurus, который в середине февраля начнет прием заказов на лимузин и седан Senat.

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Главная новинка российского рынка — спортивная модификации седана Lada Vesta. Самая дорогая модель бренда стоит 1 009 900 руб. и оснащается перенастроенной подвеской с заниженным дорожным просветом, аэродинамическим кузовным обвесом и улучшенной тормозной системой. Всего в конструкции спортивного седана использовали более 200 новых деталей и узлов. Также Lada Vesta Sport получил модернизированный 1,8-литровый двигатель, мощность которого выросла до 145 лошадиных сил. Мотор работает в паре с «механикой».

Kia Rio X-Line

Kia Rio X-Line стал еще ближе к кроссоверам. Российским клиентам теперь доступен вседорожный хэтч с увеличенным дорожным просветом. В зависимости от размера колес клиренс вырос на 20–25 мм и теперь составляет 195 мм вместо прежних 170 мм. Для увеличения дорожного просвета инженеры пересмотрели всю геометрию подвески и подобрали новые компоненты. Испытания новой модификации X-Line проходили в России и Корее. По сравнению с обычным хэтчбеком новинка подорожала на 20 тыс. руб. и теперь стоит от 874 900 рублей.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon

Еще одной премьерой от корейцев стал универсал Ceed Sportswagon третьего поколения. Новинка доступна в девяти комплектациях по цене от 1 084 900 рублей. Ceed Sportswagon имеет наиболее вместительный багажный отсек в своем классе, а также оснащается электрическим приводом задней двери и функцией бесконтактного открывания. Гамму моторов универсал унаследовал от хэтчбека, который также доступен в России.

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi анонсировала продажи обновленного L200 для России. После рестайлинга автомобиль стал похож на внедорожник Pajero Sport нового поколения. Обновленный L200 комплектуется модернизированной системой полного привода Super Select и новой шестиступенчатой автоматической коробкой передач вместо прежней пятиступенчатой. Линейка двигателей у пикапа не изменилась.

Lexus UX

До России наконец добралась самая маленькая модель Lexus — компактный кроссовер UX. Автомобиль оснащается 2,0-литровым бензиновым мотором с отдачей 150 л. с. или 178-сильной гибридной силовой установкой на базе того же двигателя. Водителю доступен передний и задний парктроник, система кругового обзора, проекционный дисплей, адаптивная подвеска, а также продвинутая акустика Mark Levinson с 13 динамиками. Цены на UX стартуют от 2 316 000 руб. за версию с бензиновым мотором и от 2 848 000 руб. за гибрид.

Kia K900

Kia объявила российские цены на свой флагманский седан K900, который заменил на российском рынке модель Quoris. Новинку предлагают в трех фиксированных комплектациях по цене от 2 969 900 до 4 399 900 рублей. Седан построен на новой платформе и оснащается 3,3-литровым шестицилиндровым бензиновым мотором мощностью 249 л. с. Кроме того, для автомобиля в максимальной комплектации доступен пятилитровый атмосферный агрегат V8, выдающий 413 лошадиных сил.

BMW 7-Series

BMW пока не начала продажи обновленного флагманского седана 7-Series, но российские цены уже озвучила. По сравнению с дорестайлинговой моделью, новинка подорожала на полмиллиона рублей и теперь стоит минимум 5 480 000 руб., а вот топовая модификация M760Li xDrive с 609-сильным V12 обойдется в те же 10 910 000 рублей. Базовым мотором для России осталась двухлитровая «турбочетверка», выдающая 249 лошадиных сил. Дизельная линейка представлена тремя шестицилиндровыми трехлитровыми моторами мощностью 249, 320 и 400 лошадиных сил.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Cамый мощный дизельный Mercedes-Benz GLE нового поколения получил российский ценник. Кроссовер в версии GLE 400d 4Matic Sport оснащается 2,9-литровым шестицилиндровым агрегатом, развивающим 330 л. с. и 700 Н·м крутящего момента. Новинка способна набирать «сотню» за 5,8 сек., а ее максимальная скорость составляет 240 км/ч. В список оборудования топового кросовера входит кожаный салон, система бесключевого доступа и светодиодные фары. Цена — от 5 970 000 рублей.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Зима не стала проблемой для начала продаж в России открытой версии спорткара Porsche 911 нового поколения. Цены на автомобиль, доступный в двух модификациях, стартуют от 8 940 000 рублей. Как и купе, новинка доступна в заднеприводной модификации Carrera S и полноприводной Carrera 4S. Оба автомобиля оснащаются трехлитровым шестицилиндровым оппозитным наддувным агрегатом, выдающим 450 л. с. и 530 Н·м крутящего момента. Cabriolet получил мягкий верх с интегрированным задним стеклом, который может быть поднят или опущен за 12 секунд на скорости до 50 км/ч.

Aurus Senat

С 15 февраля любой желающий сможет оставить предварительный заказ на лимузин Aurus Senat Limousine L700 и седан Aurus Senat S600. Точные цены на новинки пока не называют, но уже известно, что продажами займутся дилерские сети «Авилон» и «Панавто». Серийное производство автомобилей Aurus наладят на площадке «Соллерс» в «Алабуге». Для этого на заводе будут созданы мощности для выпуска 5 тыс. автомобилей в год.


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The scouts are showing up with the trade deadline in the offing, but the Senators are facing their own, fast-approaching internal deadline when it comes to the futures of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel in Ottawa.

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Etymology is fascinating with, particularly how words continue to echo their origins long after you would have expected drift to completely separate them. Reflecting on current and previous meanings of words helps me think about things in a new and useful light. There are a few words in politics that I think can use a little bit of inspection right now.

Progressive vs Liberal
When I was growing up there was essentially no difference between a progressive and a liberal. Progressive is a word that shares a root with "progress" meaning forward movement, it is attached to the idea that society should continue to develop in the way which it is currently developing. It also contains the implicit assumption that the next thing will always be better, or at the very least, will be a unpleasant but necessary step on the way to something better.1

Liberal, on the other hand, is a word that shares a root with "Liberty" meaning freedom. The core tendency behind liberal ideas is that we should attempt to provide the greatest amount of freedom possible within society. For a long time increasing freedom was seen as the obvious path of progress. More recently these two ideas have diverged as the immediate path of progress seems to be more focused on equity and justice than on freedom.

Republican vs Democrat
Republican is a marvelously well suited word for the G.O.P. right now. A republic is, in American english at least, a form of government where the public elects representatives to govern on their behalf. What is fascinating about this definition is that the elected officials are not necessarily proportional in number or power to the number of constituents they have. That is to say it is not a popular vote, with per-captia representation. The United States is a republic by this definition with the Senate being the place where this is most obvious. A Wyoming residents representation is ~80 times that of a California residents2. At the moment, in American politics, it happens that the Republican party is both the great supporter of, and the great beneficiary of this disproportionate representation.

In contrast Democrat comes from the word "Democracy", with it's root in the greek "Demos" meaning "the people" or "the population". 3 Democracy is generally seen as an extremely egalitarian political system, typically formed as "one citizen, one vote", and in the slightly more extreme version of "direct democracy" meaning that there are not intermediary officials at all. The United States was not formed as a democracy, but democracy none the less remains one of the key underlying myths behind the nation. The Democrats4 are both more publicly supportive of this myth, and also benefit more from cases where it is adopted, because popular opinion reliably swings leftward of policy.

Conservative
Shares a root with the word "conserve" or to preserve. This word has primarily been associated with the GOP, and this makes sense as the primary backers of that party were far more rural and more religious, two demographics which tend to take to cultural change slowly if at all. It's not clear that the word is an uncontested fit anymore though. Environmentalists and those concerned about climate change have at least as strong a claim to "preservation" as the GOP at this point. In my opinion the environmentalists actually have a better claim as if the cultural norms of carbon emission remain the same then eventually the environment changes, and the culture along with it, where as if the culture changes to preserve the environment there is probably less overall change.
There is also a weaker claim that a classical liberal focused on free speech, free choice, and equality of opportunity can be seen as conservative, in that they are trying to preserve the norms that have been achieved in that arena against the increasingly restrictive political norms of the progressives.

A random rant about Mt. Rushmore
Teddy died in 1919, Mt. Rushmore was started in 1923. Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln were already well established as the political demigods that they are seen as currently in our secular pantheon. Conversely Roosevelt was still much more of a living memory politician. Building that monument would be sort of like making a giant statue of Washington, Lincoln, and Ronal Regan (or Ford). It's just so clearly an attempt to ram someone into a position of prestige that we generally prefer to let history elevate them into. I'm not bashing Ted as a president, he did pretty well, I'm just saying this happened too soon to be legit.

  • 1. the arc of history is long but it bends towards justice --M.L. King
  • 2. California Population 40 Million / Wyoming population 0.5 Million == 80
  • 3. Similar to demographics and many other words you can think of.
  • 4. the party

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Insediata in Francia la commissione d’inchiesta sugli abusi. Al centro l’ascolto delle vittime

L'Osservatore Romano
«Il punto di partenza del lavoro è la presa di coscienza della sofferenza delle vittime. Il loro ascolto sarà quindi una delle nostre missioni centrali»: Jean-Marc Sauvé, 70 anni, ex vice-presidente del Consiglio di Stato (la più alta giurisdizione amministrativa della Repubblica), chiamato dalla Conferenza episcopale francese a guidare la Commissione indipendente d’inchiesta sugli abusi sessuali nella Chiesa, spiega così al quotidiano «La Croix» quale sarà uno dei principali obiettivi dell’incarico. Voluto a novembre, al termine dell’assemblea plenaria, il nuovo organismo sarà operativo entro tre mesi. C’è da stabilire prima il metodo di lavoro per la raccolta di informazioni e la riunione inaugurale, tenutasi ieri, venerdì 8, ha affrontato proprio questo punto. «Cominceremo con l’analizzare i rapporti redatti dalle varie commissioni che hanno affrontato l’argomento in altri paesi, poi, come struttura sovrana e indipendente, definiremo l’insieme delle nostre competenze», che, ha fatto capire Sauvé, non potranno prescindere dalla consultazione delle fonti di stampa, dall’audizione di vittime, testimoni, inquisiti in procedimenti giudiziari, dallo studio degli archivi, soprattutto quelli della Chiesa (diocesi e congregazioni religiose).
La commissione — incaricata dai vescovi di fare piena luce sugli abusi sessuali commessi su minori e persone vulnerabili a partire dagli anni Cinquanta del secolo scorso, nonché sull’eventuale copertura dolosa degli stessi — è composta da ventidue membri, dodici uomini e dieci donne, di età compresa fra i 38 e i 75 anni, credenti di diverse confessioni e non credenti, esperti di varie discipline (avvocati, magistrati, docenti di diritto canonico, teologi, medici specialisti, professionisti nel campo sociale e dell’educazione, studiosi di storia e scienze umane). Ci sono, fra gli altri, Jean-Pierre Rosenczveig, ex presidente del Tribunale dei minori di Bobigny, Philippe Portier, storico e sociologo delle religioni e della laicità, e Astrid Kaptijn, docente di diritto canonico all’università di Friburgo. È stato lo stesso Sauvé a sceglierli, «senza alcuna interferenza o direttiva dei responsabili ecclesiastici». Non ci sono sacerdoti né religiosi. Lavoreranno tutti a titolo gratuito. I rapporti finanziari sono retti da una convenzione tra Sauvé e il presidente dell’episcopato, monsignor Georges Pontier. Non sono stati fissati tetti al budget ma, viene assicurato, questo legame finanziario «non lede in alcun modo l’indipendenza della commissione».
Si tratta dunque di un organismo eclettico, pluridisciplinare: «La commissione è diversa per opinioni religiose e filosofiche. Vi figurano credenti cristiani e non, così come agnostici e atei. La diversità generazionale è ugualmente importante. Le vittime uscite allo scoperto sono soprattutto trentenni e quarantenni; bisognava che questa fascia d’età fosse rappresentata. La grande diversità è una garanzia della sua indipendenza», conclude il presidente, sottolineando che «non soccomberemo alle critiche di essere “troppo lontani” o “troppo vicini” alla Chiesa cattolica», poiché «saremo indipendenti e onoreremo il nostro mandato fino in fondo e con serenità». François Devaux, presidente di una delle associazioni delle vittime, non ha tuttavia nascosto la propria diffidenza: «Quando vediamo la difficoltà che le vittime hanno di parlarci, sono scettico sul fatto che essi prenderanno contatto con una commissione di esperti, di tecnocrati».
C’è chi si rammarica che a far parte del nuovo organismo non sia stato chiamato alcun rappresentante delle vittime, mentre padre Stéphane Joulain, psicoterapeuta specializzato nel trattamento degli abusi sessuali del clero, fautore di una maggiore sensibilizzazione del problema nei seminari, ha dichiarato che spetta alla Chiesa ma soprattutto allo Stato «far uscire la verità» su questo «problema di pedocriminalità». Joulain è una delle cinque personalità cattoliche ascoltate mercoledì scorso in Senato dalla Missione comune di informazione che indaga sui crimini sessuali sui minori nel loro insieme. Dalle audizioni sono emersi spunti e riflessioni interessanti. Suor Véronique Margron, teologa, presidente della Conferenza dei religiosi e delle religiose, ha posto l’accento sul silenzio generale che ha accompagnato per anni questa dolorosa vicenda e che può essere superato dalla previsione di organismi indipendenti «in grado di evidenziare le disfunzioni». (giovanni zavatta)


Perché nessuno sia scartato
L’arcivescovo Paglia sulle cure palliative
Nelle cure palliative «nessuno viene mai scartato e abbandonato»: è il messaggio lanciato dall’arcivescovo Vincenzo Paglia, presidente della Pontificia Accademia per la vita, nel convegno organizzato venerdì 8 febbraio, a Milano, «per la promozione di una cultura di responsabilità sociale», insieme con la Fondazione Floriani e l’Istituto nazionale dei tumori. I temi della fragilità, dell’importanza della relazione nel momento della cura e tanto più nell’approccio delle cure palliative, la necessità di una pianificazione dentro una organizzazione a misura d’uomo, sono state le questioni all’ordine del giorno.
«Sappiamo bene — ha fatto presente l’arcivescovo — quanto le cure palliative siano state protagoniste del recupero di un accompagnamento integrale del malato nell’ambito della medicina contemporanea». Del resto, «prendersi cura del malato è un passo indispensabile da compiere» ha affermato monsignor Paglia, indicando l’urgenza di promuovere appunto le cure palliative e facendo in modo «che entrino a pieno titolo tra le discipline universitarie».
Purtroppo, ha rilevato, «sappiamo quanto sia scarso il numero di studenti sia di medicina sia dei corsi infermieristici, intenzionati a dedicarsi alla cura dei malati in prossimità della morte e soprattutto delle persone anziane». Si tratta di invertire questa tendenza facendo «crescere la stima per le cure palliative, anche perché aiutano a riscoprire la vocazione più profonda della medicina che consiste prima di tutto nel prendersi cura».
Monsignor Paglia, in questa prospettiva, ha presentato l’impegno e gli obiettivi del servizio che sta svolgendo la Pontificia Accademia per la vita. E, anzitutto, ha rilanciato lo sforzo «per promuovere una cultura delle cure palliative a livello della Chiesa cattolica ovunque nel mondo». A questo scopo, ha ricordato, «abbiamo già realizzato vari congressi su questo tema sia in Italia che in Europa, negli Stati Uniti, nel mondo arabo, in Qatar, e altri sono in programma».
Inoltre è ormai «pronto un libro bianco — ha annunciato l’arcivescovo — che vorremmo inviare alle università cattoliche e agli ospedali cattolici nel mondo, per poter far crescere non solo la conoscenza ma soprattutto la pratica delle cure palliative». Il convegno di Milano si inserisce in questo percorso: «Ci accomuna la volontà di promuovere una “cultura palliativa”, sia per rispondere alla tentazione che viene dall’eutanasia e dal suicidio assistito, sia soprattutto per far maturare una “cultura della cura” che permetta di offrire una compagnia di amore sino al passaggio della morte».
A rilanciare i contenuti suggeriti dall’arcivescovo è stato don Tullio Properzio, cappellano all’Istituto dei tumori: «La dimensione spirituale all’interno del dibattito scientifico, da quando si è dato ascolto alle persone ammalate, è un aspetto che interessa ogni clinico sia che si dichiari credente oppure non credente, non essendo necessariamente limitata alla sola dimensione religiosa».
L'Osservatore Romano, 9-10 febbraio 2018.

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Despite the huge campaign against vote-buying by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA), some Nigerians, across political party divides, are yet to desist from the illegal act, checks by Saturday Telegraph have revealed. However, those involved in the dastardly act are no longer going by direct vote buying as witnessed in the previous elections. This time, the new method adopted is through the purchase of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from individuals willing to sell. Though the method is not entirely new, as it had been used before, it is not as open and notorious as the direct system of vote-buying. In the open system, a voter is directly paid at the polling unit after voting for the party paying the fee, while the indirect system allows a voter to sell off his right to vote before the Election Day. With this new system, a voter is clandestinely disenfranchised while the beneficiary of the purchase will use the card to favour the party picking the bills. This is usually in connivance with polling agents and the INEC ad-hoc staff, who must have been bought over, for the illegal permutations to be perfected. A scenario witnessed by some of our correspondents in Ikeja and Agege areas of Lagos during the 2015 election shows how the fraudulent system works. In a chat with a beneficiary of the fraud who corroborated what our correspondents witnessed, a female politician narrated how the operation of the illegal system was simplified to fit into a normal electoral process. “Once the PVCs had been collected, those behind the purchase will go a step further to organise people that would use the card and assemble them in one place on the eve of the election. “In most cases, we use people of northern extraction who we call ‘mola’, and they must be at a designated place before the day of voting, so that they won’t be caught napping with the restriction of movement order, which is always in place. “They are the ones that will line up and do the voting on behalf of the real owners.

The INEC staff, the police and the polling agents of political parties are all in-volved; they always look the other way, having greased their palm. “But it is only possible in places where you are popular and you have an edge, it is a bit difficult if the area that is not your stronghold”, she explained. Asked why the need to go through such harrowing and risky experience since the party in question is already popular in the area, she simply responded thus: “it is a way to shore up votes because what you have in one area can make up for your loss in other areas, when the total figures are collated. “As a party leader, if my party can pull all the votes in my area, numbering over half-a-million, it would be to my advantage, because it is possible that we may not have up to 10 per cent of that in the strong hold of our opponents. “It is the huge number we have here that we will use to augment the loss from other areas. It is like a game of football competition, if you are able to score many goals during the group stages, it will help you on the long run when determining who will qualify for the finals. “Let me give you an example; in the last election, we lost some areas including Oshodi because of the attitude of our brothers and sisters from the South East. You know how big and populated Oshodi is, but we were able to make up the overall figure from what we had here and our other strongholds”, she explained.


Abia voters confirm

The rumours making round about the buying of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) seems to hold waters in Abia State as most voters confirmed that they were actually called to sell theirs for N10, 000. Some of the voters however said the buying took place within the end of last year and added that they had not been offered such since the New Year. A voter, among many others residents that confirmed in Umukalika in Obingwa LGA of Abia State told Saturday Telegraph that his brothers sold theirs and that if he had one, he would have done same because he is not going to vote for anybody. The tricycle rider whose name was withheld at his request said it was better for him to have sold his card than to keep it for nothing. A voter who identified himself simply as Pascal and is residing in Aba South said he is looking for the buyers because he wants to sell his own PVC. He said that he had no use for it because he didn’t see anybody qualified to earn his votes. “Who should I vote for? Ikpeazu, Ogah or Otti? Buhari or Atiku? I don’t care about these people. They don’t know me; I don’t know them and I got the PVC because I don’t want to have problems with bank issue. “But now that I’ve seen that no bank is asking me for it, I want to sell it. Ten thousand is not much as I have heard they’re buying, but I rather take it and let them do their things which they will also do whether I vote or not.”


Poverty forcing us to sell, say Bauchi electorate

Ahead of the elections, politicians in Bauchi have deviced another method of winning elections which is through the purchase of PVCs In Bauchi, a source within the state INEC confirmed that the commission was under intense pressure from politicians to sell PVCs to them at any cost, but checks by our correspondent reveal that in the rural communities, the story is different. Rather than politicians seeking PVCs to buying, it is the electorate that are luring politicians to buy their PVCs, no matter how ridiculous the amount is. According to a respondent, “the reason most of these youths engage in the selling of PVCs is that they don’t believe in politicians, they don’t know who to trust because many have failed them. Poverty is the main factor for us selling our PCVS”. He said people are ready to sell their PVCs between N10, 000 and 20,000, depending on the location and who is buying.


Anambra voters say its business

Some eligible voters in Anambra State have refused to put a price tag on their cards but noted that they are now making brisk business from the buying of votes as most of those involved confirmed that they have thrown patriotism and conscience to the wind. Most of those interviewed by our reporter are of the opinion that it would turn better for them to collect money and vote for the highest bidder than to vote and their votes do not count. A chieftain of one of the major political parties, Hon John Egbue, contended that votes cast in Nigerian elections do not count. “I have been in this game for more than 40 years and had also keenly contested for LG chairmanship and had come to realise that what is done is selection and not election. “It does not also not make sense for one to risk one’s life to vote for someone who after being declared winner of an election would turn his back on electorate only to come back to share bags of rice, salt, his or her branded cloth to canvas for yet another vote. A sales girl, Miss chioma Ndumadu, told our reporter that her vote is for the highest bidder. According to her, she had voted several times, but each time, the candidate elected would not be declared winner. “What you will hear is that they have gone to court and at the end, the highest bidder will carry the day. It is better I collect the one I see than waiting for unfulfilled promises of politicians.


Delta PVCs for highest bidder

In Delta State, PVCs are now essential commodities in ‘marketplaces’ as political parties and supporters jostle according to their purchasing powers. A chieftain of the APC in Ughelli North axis of Delta Central Senatorial District said he was approached with N10 million for 100 PVCs, which are expected to come from his supporters.”The deal is that aside the cost of my defection, which the emissaries have not disclosed, N100, 000 each has been dedicated to buy the votes of the first one hundred supporters that will defect with me.” While the chieftain did not mention the party that struck the deal with him, the presidential spokesperson for APC in the state, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, however accused the PDP-led administration in the state of planting votebuyers in every ward under the disguise of special assistants, and thereby using them to stockpile PVCs for the elections. But the state PDP chairman, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, denied the allegation, saying, “unprogressive change agents” in the APC are junketing round the country, and have infiltrated Delta State in their desperate bid to snatch the state. “We are aware of their extravagant trips. They are sharing N10, 000 to unsuspecting voters to buy their PVCs. We see them on television, on the pages of newspapers and hear them o the radio stations. “Their door-to-door buying and selling of PVCs is known to us. The good news is that, the voters are wise; they are going to keep Governor Okowa till 2023”, Esiso said. A voter, who hails from Abraka in Ethiope East council area, who identified herself simply as Ngozi, said she received N10, 000 from an undisclosed political party. “What is the essence of holding on to a PVC when hunger is staring at me. I better sell it for economic advantage, instead of waiting for my vote not to be counted.”


Niger monarch: Politicians use syndicate to buy PVCs

In Niger State, a top traditional ruler, the Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Mohammad Bago, confirmed that buying and selling of PVCs occur in his domain, saying that the selling and buying of the card is real. The monarch confirmed this in a message to the Stakeholders Consultative Forum organised for royal fathers in the state by INEC. The monarch who was represented by the Maiyakin Lapai, Alhaji Abubakar Sulaiman said politicians were using surrogates to purchase the PVCs at N10, 000. “The syndicate move from ward to ward in the emirate and they buy each PVC for as low as N10, 000 and in some cases N5000. In Umaru Majigi A Ward of Bida Local Government Area, an eligible voter who identified himself as Bologi Mohammed, said: “When the APC visited us, they asked us to gather at our polling units. After some time they were requesting for our PVCs, saying it is only those with PVCs that will get the money, it is N10, 000 for men and N5, 000 for women. “We waited but we started asking who is in charge of paying the money because they wanted to collect our cards first but we said no, we needed to be sure whether it is real. “When the gate was opened, our people refused to submit their PVCs unless we are given the money”.


Osun voters hide under house-to-house campaign

In Osun, a cross-section of politicians had been able to penetrate prospective voters by hoodwinking them to exchange their PVCs for as much as N10, 000. Saturday telegraph investigations revealed that, the desperate politicians now embark on house-to-house political evangelism to recruit fake voters who had been bought over to perpetrate electoral fraud. The recruitment exercises which was said to have cut across all the major political parties in the state but got pronounced within the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) political camps, is now being x-rayed by different political analysts who express their divergent views on the move. A politician, Chief Mufutau Lasisi, said there was nothing bad in selling his PVC to another person if it would bring food on his table. He argued that, with the abject poverty in the country, he could go to any length to make money so far it would allow him take good care of his family members. When asked of the consequence, Lasisi said: ” I am the owner of my PVC and I can do anything with it. I don’t care about the consequence because, untold hardship has taken over the land. “In fact, I am anxiously waiting for whosoever that may want to buy or exchange my PVC for money. ”


Kano politicians buy to resell

In Kano, Saturday Telegraph’s checks revealed that politicians go into areas where the residents are of low-level awareness to buy PVCs at N10, 000 and sometimes above. It was also gathered that even some of the newly registered parties who have no structures in most places as required by INEC are involved in the purchase of the PVCs and further sell to bigger parties. Politicians that engage in the purchase of the PVCs were buying at N10, 000 from the voters only to resell but the resident have quickly increased the money to N20, 000, having realised that politicians are in need of it. The major parties are said to have identified hundreds of hamlets were they stormed to purchases the materials. A villager in one of the remote areas said; “it is true people from the city come to purchases the PVCs although many people, despite their low level awareness refuse to sell. “In fact, one of the politician that comes to purchases the PVCs, was shown hell because he received the beatings of his life, and since then, we have not witness any other person coming to buy the PVCs “.


We are ready to sell, say Bayelsa voters

In Bayelsa State, the 2019 campaign is different, as candidates of the major parties have decided not to spend money on campaigns believing that there will still be buying of votes as it was done in 2015. In 2015 elections in the Bayelsa State, the highest bidders had the votes between the political parties. A journalist, John Odeh, who spoke with Saturday Telegraph said: “When you say they planned it, it is just stating the obvious because it is something we have seen. Nigerians have witnessed it and it has been happening. “The most recent elections, which were held at Ekiti and Osun states, they didn’t pretend about it, they bought votes. A resident, Francis Dufugha, said: “Vote buying, inasmuch as I know, is unlawful but whether we like it or not, people will still sell their votes because the poverty level is so high, to the extent that they have known the antics of the politicians. “And they believe that whether the politicians give them money or not, they will not still deliver the dividend of democracy to them. Even if it is now they want to start the sensitisation of selling or not selling their votes, it might not stop vote buying because Nigerians are so wise. They will be devising different means to buy the vote”, he said. Another respondent, Tony Amgbare, said: “if they are ready to pay for the votes, I am willing to take the money and sell. “For me I’m looking for money. I will go to my village because money will come out.

Even if it is N10, 000 or N15, 000, I will collect because whether I collect or not, they are the same people.” Another voter, Shade Bankole, a trader, who admitted having her PVC said: “If they sell the vote, I will collect money. What brought me to Yenagoa”? Another trader, Joy Emmanuel, who plies his trade in Swali Market said; “If I have the opportunity of selling my votes, I will sell it to the highest bidder because it might be the only thing I will benefit from this government. “It is not a question of voting my conscience. Right now, nobody has conscience in this country. There is no moral in politics. My vote goes to the highest bidder. I will wait patiently until I see the person that will give me what I will be satisfied with. “If it is 20,000 or 50,000 it depends on what is happening in the polling unit where I am going to vote. I will sell my vote and collect my money. A visibly angry respondent Ebi Ozegbe told Saturday Telegraph that vote-buying had become a common occurrence and nothing new in the state. Ozegbe said: ”Government has refused to make things easy for the people. Government has deliberately improvished the people. People are in penury. They are in pains. People can’t take two square meals in a day. “Vote-buying is a normal thing every governor must send money to different wards to enable some people to go and vote. Vote-buying is a normal thing that should be done. “Government must take care of the people. When there are good programmes in place, vote buying won’t even come in but deliberately they have succeeded in in making things so difficult for the masses. If I see N100, 000, I will collect. Government should make things right to abolish vote buying”.


Rivers: Non-indigenes used as puns

In Rivers State, some voters interviewed said that payment ranges from N1, 000 to N5000 and that voters are mobilised long before the election. “If this is not done early enough, a voter might end up voting for another party,” said a trader, who disclosed that his younger brother had been handing out cash to people with PVCs in the Waterlines area of Port Harcourt. The main targets in the state are non-indigenes, who are approached through their leaders. Almost the entire country’s tribes have groups that are invited to political rallies and meetings where they were promised appointments. ”The most organised group in the state is the ‘Non- Indigenes Without Borders.” According to one Musa Maina, who brings in foodstuffs into Rivers from the North, some politicians had approached them for votes. “Some have negotiated N2000 with some of our leaders, but we want it to be N5000 for each voter. I will only vote for the party that gives me more cash. I don’t really care what our leaders say,” he said. Another voter, who said that he got his PVC on the last day before the extension of INEC’s deadline, noted that he initially didn’t want to do anything with his PVC, but he changed his mind when a friend told him that he could get some cash during elections. “Yes, I attended a political meeting where they shared N2, 000 to those present. I am praying that I get N5, 000 for my vote during election. But I have not been approached by any politician yet,” he said.
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February 8, 2019
Organic Consumers Association
Ronnie Cummins

Thank you for asking your members of Congress to support the Green New Deal (GND) resolutions introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

Could you take the next step, and join others at a meeting at your Congress members’ offices? Please use this map to find and sign up for a meeting in your district. Then download this Fact Sheet and hand it to your Congress member (or their staff person) and other meeting attendees.

The GND twin resolutions were unveiled yesterday. Already, some lawmakers and media outlets are calling the GND  “unrealistic” and “unaffordable,” despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.

Powerful corporations—especially the fossil fuel, agribusiness, chemical and pharmaceutical industries—want to kill the GND before it can get off the ground.

The only way the GND will fly, is if we build a powerful social movement to lift it up.

There’s another reason I’m asking you to attend a meeting with your member of Congress—to help us get the message out that only by using the power of organic regenerative agriculture and land restoration, can we actually achieve the GND’s ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2030-2050.

So far criticism of the GND has focused not on whether we need a GND to head off our climate crisis, but whether it’s possible to do what global scientists agree we must do to avoid catastrophe: reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 45-percent within 12 years, and by 100-percent by 2050. Some critics say we can't do it.

Those critics are right—if all we focus on is reducing emissions.

That’s why it’s critical, especially in this early stage, to get the word out that in addition to reducing emissions, we must draw down and sequester the carbon already in the atmosphere.

For the GND to accomplish its climate goals, it must spur two large-scale transitions: the transition away from fossil fuel use toward renewable energy, and the transition away from industrial agriculture toward organic regenerative practices that draw down and sequester carbon.

For more than two decades, I’ve led OCA’s efforts to pass laws that stop factory farms (and the GMO crops that supply their feed) from polluting our air and water, and igniting a global health and global antibiotic-resistance crisis.

We’ve worked on Farm Bills to divert taxpayer-funded subsidies away from industrial agriculture, and provide more support for farmers whose practices heal soil and produce healthy food.

We’ve lobbied for state laws to ban dangerous pesticides that end up on our food and water.

Not in my lifetime, have I seen a plan that has the potential to do all of this, while at the same time providing better incomes for all workers, reviving local communities and economies, and pulling us back from the brink of a climate disaster.

I so appreciate your support so far for this transformational resolution. Please consider taking the next step, by joining a meeting in your Congressional district. And don’t forget to distribute this Fact Sheet to everyone there.

Thank you!

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Ronnie Cummins

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Steelworkers and residents near U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works packed a hearing Thursday afternoon that Democratic state lawmakers convened over recent air quality problems stemming from a December fire at the facility near Pittsburgh.

The fire damaged pollution control equipment, and a nearby air monitor has since detected several spikes of sulfur dioxide, an irritant that can cause respiratory issues.

Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, told lawmakers that her agency is installing several new monitors in the area.

“We all are entitled to clean air,” she said to the panel, which was a joint Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee that met in Clairton.

She offered a host of recommendations to legislators and said her office is already working on them with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and legislative staff.

Among her suggestions are new policies to allow for the immediate shutdown of facilities whose emissions exceed air quality standards at monitors, as well as requiring that coke plants and other industrial facilities reduce production on days with bad air quality. She also asked for rules requiring  industry officials to notify communities affected by problems that could impact public health, and ones increasing monetary penalties for air quality violations.

“That’s precisely what we’re trying to get to, ways in which we can make it easier for you to do your work and be able to do what needs to be done to make sure these facilities are in compliance,” said Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills.

Jim Kelly, the county’s deputy director for environmental health, said the health department will levy an enforcement action against U.S. Steel once it has finished analyzing the recent air quality problems.

Lawmakers on Thursday also heard from union members, U.S. Steel representatives and environmental and health advocates.

Dr. Deborah Gentile, a local pediatric allergy and asthma expert, said Mon Valley residents have spent a month under an alert from the county health department urging them to limit outdoor activity. She has monitored local children’s health during that time, and she called for more specific guidance.

“Sports seasons are around the corner,” she said. “It’s going to be baseball season, track season, and these kids aren’t going to be able to go outside and play and do what they should be able to do.”

Other advocates renewed calls for Clairton Coke Works to go on “hot idle.” The facility would remain running, but it would not produce any coke, which is the product of heating coal at high temperatures. Coke is then used to make steel.

Michael Rhoads, plant manager of Clairton Coke Works, said if officials ordered the plant to idle, it would take several months to prepare. He said workers would need to install significant amounts of scaffolding and piping, as well as go through many detailed procedures.

“If you don’t do it right, the potential for an explosive atmosphere in the piping is significant, so it’s a big deal and we’ve got to make sure it’s done safely,” he said.

Union members expressed concern about the economic toll idling would place on steelworkers and others in the surrounding communities.

Don Furko, president of United Steelworkers Local 1557, represents 1,200 workers at Clairton. He said the coke produced at the plant feeds every U.S. Steel blast furnace.

“Simply put, if U.S. Steel ends up idling batteries, our members will lose their jobs,” he said. “This will begin a chain of events that will have a devastating impact on them, their families and our communities across the Mon Valley.”

Legislators said they want to better communication and collaboration from U.S. Steel. Several expressed disappointment that it took two weeks between the fire on Dec. 24 and a notice from the Allegheny County Health Department on Jan. 9 letting the public know about air quality concerns. Lawmakers themselves were in the dark.

U.S. Steel representatives did notify the health department the day of the fire, but health officials say it wasn’t clear how the incident was affecting air quality until days later.

“I’ll take the responsibility,” U.S. Steel director of governmental affairs and public policy Chris Masciantonio told the legislators. “I should be notifying each of you, and we’ll set up a system in the future to do that.”


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why arent Democrats investigating Bezos and dropping Russia? Oh because its about power and winning back the Senate and White House Talk about military industrial complex !!! From the above link “Amazon’s extensive relationship with the NSA, FBI, Pentagon and other surveillance agencies in the west is multi-faceted, highly lucrative and rapidly growing. Last March, the Intercept reported on a new app that Amazon developers and British police forces have jointly developed to use on the public in police work, just “the latest example of third parties aiding, automating, and in some cases, replacing, the functions of law enforcement agencies — and raises privacy questions about Amazon’s role as an intermediary.”
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The real scandal is income tax primarily used to controls citizens money and the change in election procedures for Senators to control States Rights were ever voted into existence. Thus the tyranny of socialism under it's alt name Democracy and and the use of fascist tactics against our Consitutional Republic began.
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Liputan6.com, Edinburgh - Bila Anda berencana untuk berkunjung ke Edinburgh, siap-siap merogoh kocek tambahan jika ingin pergi ke tempat wisata terkenalnya.

Edinburgh dikabarkan menjadi negara pertama di Britania Raya yang akan menerapkan pajak bagi turis.

Dilansir dari CNN, Minggu (10/2/2019), pajak tambahan bagi turis akan dikenakan pada tujuan wisata populer di Edinburgh.

Dana yang terkumpul dari pajak akan digunakan untuk memperbaiki destinasi yang rusak karena adanya overtourism atau kondisi pada suatu tempat terlalu sering dikunjungi oleh wisatawan hingga menyebabkan kerusakan tertentu.

Edinburgh menamai pajak turisnya Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) atau retribusi pengunjung sementara (wisatawan). Dewan Kota Edinburgh menilai penerapan pajak ini adalah hal terbaik yang dapat dilakukan untuk mempertahankan pariwisata Edinburgh.

"TVL atau pajak turis diterapkan pada wisatawan yang berkunjung ke Edinburgh dan menginap lebih dari satu malam di akomodasi berbayar seperti hotel," demikian isi website pemerintah Edinburgh.

Berapa besar pajak turis Edinburgh?

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Dewan Kota Edinburgh telah menetapkan biaya pajak turis sekitar 2 poundsterling per hari atau Rp 36.152 (asumsi kurs Rp 18.076 per poundsterling), berdasarkan hasil suara yang diambil. Selanjutnya adalah keputusan Parlemen Skotlandia apakah usulan pajak tersebut akan diterima atau tidak.

Pajak tersebut hanya berlaku bagi turis yang menginap di hotel. Jika turis berkemah,  ia akan terbebas dari pajak tersebut, dengan catatan durasi kemah hanya 7 hari. Lebih dari itu, turis akan dikenakan 14 poundsterling atau sekitar Rp 253.092.

Edinburgh menerapkan pajak ini sebagai bentuk pendanaan infrastruktur pariwisata di sana. Tempat wisata seperti kastil Edinburgh merupakan tempat yang paling banyak dikunjungi dan dirusak sarananya oleh wisatawan, baik sengaja maupun tidak. Edinburgh bukanlah satu-satunya kota yang menerapkan pajak ini.

Venezuela telah terlebih dahulu mengaplikasikan pajak turis bagi orang-orang yang datang ke tempat wisatanya. Pemerintah Venezuela menarik 11 euro dari turis yang datang menyewa kapal pesiar dan berwisata di sana, baik menginap atau tidak.

Bali juga sudah menerapkan pajak turis dan menggunakan dana pajak untuk membersihkan pantai dari sampah.

 

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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The photos of the week for Feb. 8 include a rehearsal of the Black Movements Dance Theatre for their upcoming performance of “Jubilation!”; Glenn Ligon’s artwork entitled “Grey hands,” found in the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery; Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois speaking on the future[Read More...]

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          U.S. Sen. Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equality      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans.

          Balceram rezultatīva piespēle 'Senators' uzvarētā mačā      Cache   Translate Page      
Latviešu uzbrucējs Rūdolfs Balcers sestdien atzīmējās ar rezultatīvu piespēli Nacionālās hokeja līgas (NHL) regulārā čempionāta mačā, kaldinādams Otavas "Senators" uzvaru.
          The Green Slave Deal      Cache   Translate Page      
Looking at this summary of the Green New Deal, here are some "benefits" of the thing.
  • A government-guaranteed job,
  • Free education for life,
  • A salubrious diet,
  • A house, and
  • Free money.
The difference between that list and the list Antebellum, Southern politicians gave for the benefits of slavery is one of degree, not kind. Sadly, I'd suggest that the Southerners offered a better deal as only some of the population would live as slaves whereas under the Green New Deal, we all would.

Yay.

Update: After I found the quote from Senator Calhoun (D-SC, 1850), the whole thing fell into place for me. Socialism is slavery. Master/government will give you a job. If you do not do the job you will be punished in some way. If you do the job, master/government will give you all the necessities of life and you might be allowed to keep some small portion of what you created.

The Green New Deal is just another way to getting to the desired end state: socialist slavery.

It's even harder being a slave.

          Senator Warren officieel kandidaat voor presidentsverkiezingen VS      Cache   Translate Page      

De Amerikaanse senator Elizabeth Warren heeft zich gemeld voor de kandidatuur voor het presidentschap namens de Democraten. Ze had op Oudjaarsdag al aangekondigd dat ze dat van plan was. De 69-jarige Warren zit sinds 2012 in de Senaat en geldt als vertegenwoordiger van de progressieve vleugel van haar partij.

Ze maakte haar kandidatuur bekend in de stad Lawrence in Massachusetts, de bakermat van de Amerikaanse vakbeweging. Belangrijke thema's in haar campagne worden de rechten van werknemers, lonen en toegang tot de zorg.

Het duurt nog een jaar voor de eerste voorverkiezingen worden gehouden, maar er wordt in de VS al met spanning gekeken naar de Democraten, die een kandidaat moeten gaan kiezen die het zal opnemen tegen president Trump - naar alle waarschijnlijkheid de Republikeinse kandidaat bij de verkiezingen in november volgend jaar.

'Pocahontas'

Warren kan problemen krijgen met haar in het verleden herhaaldelijk geuite claim dat ze van indiaanse afkomst is. Het is twijfelachtig of dat zo is, maar ze heeft daarover nooit duidelijkheid gegeven en er tegenstrijdige verklaringen over afgelegd. In de aanloop naar haar kandidaatstelling heeft ze daar excuses voor aangeboden.

Maar deze week kreeg de discussie een nieuwe impuls doordat The Washington Post een document uit 1986 ontdekte waarop Warren naar alle waarschijnlijkheid zelf heeft ingevuld dat haar achtergrond 'Native American' is, wat haar bewering ondermijnt dat 'assistenten' dat gedaan hebben. Door zich te profileren als afstammeling van de oorspronkelijke bewoners zou ze voordeel hebben geprobeerd te halen bij bijvoorbeeld benoemingen aan universiteiten.

President Trump noemt haar vanwege de controverse spottend 'Pocahontas', naar de 16e-eeuwse dochter van een stamhoofd, wier levensverhaal sterk geromantiseerd is. Zo is de hoofdpersoon in een Disney-film.

Recordaantal vrouwen

Verwacht wordt dat de Democraten uit een recordaantal vrouwelijke kandidaten moeten gaan kiezen. Tot nu toe gaat het om vier senatoren: Kamala Harris en Kirsten Gillibrand. En zondag maakt Amy Klochubar uit Minnesota haar kandidatuur bekend. Ook bij de tussentijdse verkiezingen voor het Congres van vorig jaar was er een recordaantal vrouwelijke kandidaten.

Maar er zijn ook mannen die zich warmlopen: senator Cory Booker heeft zich al gemeld, en de vraag is of oud-vicepresident Joe Biden en de populaire, onafhankelijke senator Bernie Sanders weer een gooi naar de kandidatuur zullen doen.


          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The Democratic senator is aiming to fight economic inequality in America.
          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
          New Mexico sheriffs take defiant stand against state's new gun control legislation      Cache   Translate Page      


Twenty-nine sheriffs in New Mexico oppose new gun law proposals under consideration by the state legislature, KOAT-TV reports.

What are they saying?

"You're just taking guns out of law-abiding citizen's hands," Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton told the TV station. "This is not going to affect the criminals out there. They're going to be able to get guns and they do not follow the law."

Helton is one of the sheriffs who signed a statement by the New Mexico Sheriff's Association that says that four proposed and related gun bills would be ineffective.

They include:

  • House Bill 83, which would allow law enforcement to temporarily take away guns from people who are considered an imminent threat.
  • House Bill 87, a plan to prohibit people under a protective order from buying guns.
  • House Bill 130, a mandate for gun owners to store guns safely around children or face penalties.
  • Senate Bill 8, which would require background checks for private firearms sales.

State Rep. Joy Garratt (D) believes HB83 could have prevented, for example, the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre.

Although Garratt believes the bills do not violate the Second Amendment, Helton disagrees. He told media the laws are either redundant or unconstitutional. Existing laws already provide enough protection, he said.

"I'm proud to say I'm a constitutional sheriff and I'm just not going to enforce an unconstitutional law," Helton said. "My oath prevents me from doing that."

How many counties are in the state?

New Mexico has just 33 counties, so that means just four counties are not represented by the group, the website BearingArms.com reported.

The state legislature's proposal and others like it in other states simply penalizes people who were not responsible for a law enforcement failure in one county in Florida, BearingArms.com stated.

An editorial on the website praised the New Mexico sheriffs for taking a stand and stated that more people need to do the same.


          Amy Klobuchar faces staffer mistreatment allegations ahead of expected 2020 presidential bid      Cache   Translate Page      


Allegations that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) mistreats staffers have emerged just as she is likely to launch her 2020 presidential bid on Sunday.

What are the allegations?

According to published reports, the behavior was allegedly so extreme that former Sen. Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) once told her to clean up her act.

Klobuchar's reputation as a tough boss to work for saw several potential staffers declining to be considered as managers of her campaign. The development happened after HuffPost reported on Klobuchar's alleged mistreatment of her staff.

In the HuffPost report, staffers alleged that Klobuchar, who was first elected in 2006, was "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty." Others said that working for her was a challenge but also had rewards. Some of them even questioned if Klobuchar was subject to "sexist stereotypes" about tough female managers who have high standards.

In turn, Klobuchar's issued a statement praising her staff. She also credited them with helping her become successful.

A campaign spokesperson told HuffPost:

Senator Klobuchar loves her staff. They are the reason she has gotten to where she is today. She has many staff who have been with her for years, including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years, and many who have gone on to do amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota. She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota.

But following the HuffPost story, more allegations of a harsh working environment emerged.

Were there other complaints?

BuzzFeed News reported more alleged aggression that sometimes left staffers in tears. One was reportedly hit after a binder was launched into the air.

The news outlet reportedly interviewed eight former staffers who complained of a workplace governed by "fear, anger, and shame." Many employees, the report stated, found the environment "intolerably cruel." Bouts of rage and humiliation happened "almost daily," according to interviews and emails obtained by BuzzFeed.

Almost anything allegedly set her off, from grammar mistakes to using the word "community" in press releases or failing to recharge her iPad, BuzzFeed reported.

"When staffers made mistakes, the emails show, she reamed them out — and sometimes, emails show, threatened to fire them — over threads that included many of their colleagues," according to BuzzFeed's report.

Others shared positive stories. One staffer, for example, said Klobuchar held a baby shower for her and cooked for her family and friends.


          Netflix pays whopping $10 million for documentary about Ocasio-Cortez's political campaign      Cache   Translate Page      


Netflix has paid a record-breaking $10 million for rights to a Sundance Film Festival documentary about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Daily Mail reported.

What's the perspective?

The film-streaming company won the rights for the film, "Knock Down the House," during a heated auction on Wednesday, according to Deadline.com. The news outlet called the amount Netflix paid the largest documentary sale from a film festival.

The film follows Ocasio-Cortez as she ran her 2018 campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives. On Thursday, it won the prestigious Sundance Festival Favorite Award in a competition against 120 other films that were screened at the festival.

Others that competed for the rights to "Knock Down the House" included Amazon, Hulu, NEON, and Focus. Amazon was not likely a good fit because Ocasio-Cortez was critical of the deal the online giant made to build its headquarters in New York City, near her 14th district, Deadline reported.

In the film, director Rachel Lears follows Ocasio-Cortez and three other Democratic politicians: Cori Bush, Amy Vilela, and Paula Jean Swearengin.

Bush, who lost in the 2018 race for Missouri's s 1st congressional district in the U.S. House, is running again in the 2020 election.

Vilela ran in 2018 and lost as a Democratic candidate for Nevada's 4th congressional district seat in the House.

And Swearengin ran for the West Virginia's Senate seat and lost in the 2018 primary.

At age 29, Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest women ever to be elected to Congress. She is also known for writing the Green New Deal proposal that was announced this week. Ocasio-Cortez claims the plan would guarantee every American family a job with a livable wage, paid vacations, and "retirement security." A livable wage would also be paid to people who are "unwilling to work," Fox News reported.

Also under the plan, the so-called socialist Democrat also wants to abolish air travel, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and replace and every building in America so it meets an energy efficiency code.

Anything else?

"Knock Down the House" began as a kickstarter project and its filmmakers raised $28,111 to launch the project.

Netflix also purchased rights to the documentary "American Factory," for $3 million. That film follows a Chinese billionaire as he opens a factory in Ohio and clashes with working-class Americans.


          Capitol Report      Cache   Translate Page      
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week beginning Feb. 4. Both houses of the General Assembly were in recess at press time. The state House of Representatives was scheduled to return to session Feb. 19. The Pennsylvania Senate was set to reconvene March 18.
      

          Nobody can accurately predict 2019 presidential eletion winner – Ekweremadu      Cache   Translate Page      
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, says it is very difficult for anyone to accurately predict the winner of the Saturday’s presidential election
          2019 presidential contest will be keen, but… Ekweremadu      Cache   Translate Page      
By Henry Umoru ABUJA- DEPUTY Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Saturday said that the 2019 presidential contest would be keen, just as he stressed that it
          Uduaghan does not need grassroots campaign —Nursing Mothers      Cache   Translate Page      
By Gab Ejuwa Supporters of the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta South, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, under the platform of APC Nursing
          Anger as Tinubu calls Obasanjo expired milk at APC rally      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and a former presidential spokesperson, Reno Omokri, have faulted the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, for calling former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, an
          Onnoghen owes Nigerians apology, not sympathy ― Sen Arise      Cache   Translate Page      
By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti-A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Senator  Ayo Arise, has said the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen could have
          Northern elders endorse Buhari      Cache   Translate Page      
Kungiyar Dattawan Arewa Initiative (KDAI), a group of northern elders, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid. Aliyu Wamakko, senator representing Sokoto north; Paul Tarfa, retired major-general; and Sani
          Reign of King Pharaoh in Kogi State is coming to an end – Dino Melaye tells Gov. Bello      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator representing Kogi West, in the National Assembly Dino Melaye has said that the autocratic reign of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello will soon come to
          Elizabeth Warren, US Democratic senator, announces 2020 presidential bid - ABC News      Cache   Translate Page      
Elizabeth Warren, US Democratic senator, announces 2020 presidential bid  ABC News

Senator Warren is part of an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats vying for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely ...

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          Final assault on IS held territory      Cache   Translate Page      
Kurdish-led alliance says final assault underway against Islamic State forces in Syria; the US Senator Elizabeth Warren has confirmed she will contest the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election and the Duke of Edinburgh has handed in his driving licence three weeks after crashing his Range Rover.
          Comment on Trump Administration’s H-1B Visa Changes Proven Effective in New Study by Milly      Cache   Translate Page      
The H1b program needs to end. The government provided some statistics on beneficiaries of H1b visas - every country was under about 3,000 people until the huge number of Indian citizens - over 250,000 Indians under H1b in the US in 2017. This is the cumulative number of those on their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years plus the ones who have applied for green cards and does not account for the ones who simply overstayed their visas. This also does not account for the ones who are trying to work as a spouse of an H1b visa holder. This imbalance is NOT providing a healthy diverse society. NOTE: there is currently HR1044 which is proposing the removal of PER-COUNTRY caps on Green Cards - Considering the huge imbalance in the numbers of H1b visas, I think we can all guess what would happen if the PER-COUNTRY caps were lifted from green cards. CALL your congressman/congresswoman and senators and the White House to express how you feel about this. In my area I am beginning to feel like I am in a 'colony' of India - the US is built on diversity and the gaming of the immigration system needs to stop. We cannot shut out all other countries simply because people from one overpopulated area want to come here.
          After Elizabeth Warren Announces Presidential Run, Donald Trump Tweets About Native American Genocide      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S President Donald Trump attends the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC.

As might be expected, Donald Trump has his own ideas about Elizabeth Warren running for president, and only hours after she officially announced her campaign, the president took to Twitter to tease the Massachusetts senator about her Native American ancestry by allegedly making a joke about Native American genocide.

As Mother Jones has reported, as soon as it became public knowledge that Elizabeth Warren identified herself as a Native American by listing her ethnicity as an American Indian in the “race” field when she filled out a form for the State Bar of Texas back in 1986, Donald Trump gave her the nickname of “Pocahontas.”

According to Slate, after it was discovered that Warren had referred to herself as a Native American in Texas, conservative critics became angry at the idea that she had willfully lied about her ethnicity for over two decades, which meant that she was at one point listed as a minority at the Association of American Law Schools.

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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
          The Daily Howler on AOC      Cache   Translate Page      
I get a kick out of the commentary and comments which range from left to right on this blog.

Markey defers to Ocasio-Cortez!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

In praise of talent—and gumption:
Talent is always in short supply. Also in short supply?

Gumption.

We've been thrilled by the talent, but also by the remarkable gumption, of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Yesterday, we were appreciative of the way Senator Markey deferred to her in the public roll-out of the Green New Deal proposal.

Good for Markey, and good for Ocasio-Cortez, whose gumption has been inspiring. It isn't every day that this combination comes along. We'll only wave this one caution flag—celebrity can do vast harm.

We were glad to see Markey behave as he did. Gumption must be served!

(Mateo, on Halloween evening, in Jim Sheridan's 2003 film, In America: "When luck comes knocking at your door, you can't turn it away.")

Gumption definitely. Talent? Ask yourself if you'd say she had talent if she spoke the same content in the same valley girl manner, but weighed 400 lbs and looked like a female Michael Moore. It's OK, this kind of misjudgment happens to all of us.
Yeah - Bernie Sanders. What a piece of ass.


          Warren bewirbt sich offiziell um Nominierung der Demokraten      Cache   Translate Page      
Die amerikanische Präsidentschaftskandidatin Elizabeth Warren

Die prominente Senatorin Elizabeth Warren startet in den Wahlkampf. Eine Kontroverse um ihre angeblichen Wurzeln als amerikanische Ureinwohnerin belastet die Kandidatur.


          Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) calls on Prince Charles to cancel his planned trip to apartheid Cuba      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) has sent a letter to Prince Charles calling on him to cancel his planned trip to apartheid Cuba. The British Royal’s trip to Cuba is not only an insult to the brave Cuban dissidents confronting the murderous Castro dictatorship, but provides nothing of value to England while propping up a corrupt ... Read moreSen. Rick Scott (R-FL) calls on Prince Charles to cancel his planned trip to apartheid Cuba
          Comment on As Israel steps up ‘Judaization’ policy, IfNotNow takes a step toward anti-Zionism by Elliot      Cache   Translate Page      
בקונגרס הולכים ומתרבים מחוקקים חדשים ש"לא ידעו את יוסף", וכך בקונגרס ה–116 מכהנים 100 חברי קונגרס (ו–10 סנאטורים) חדשים, ובהם 66 דמוקרטים. רובם פשוט אינם מתמצאים בסוגיות, ויש לפעול מולם על בסיס יומיומי. תמיד יכולנו לסמוך על המחוקקים היהודיים (29 בבית הנבחרים החדש ו–9 בסנאט), שיפעלו לחינוכם של החדשים, Baruch Bina, a former senior Israeli diplomat, sounds the alarm in Haaretz that Israel is losing America's Jews. He's an unreformed Zionist. His sole concern is the State of Israel: "In the Congress there is an increasing number of legislators who do not care for us. In the 116th Congress there are 100 are Representatives and 10 new Senators, including 66 Democrats. Most of them simply don't know the issues and we must engage them on a daily basis. We could always rely on the Jewish legislators (29 in the new House and 9 in the Senate) to educate the new members."
          Elizabeth Warren Officially Launches Presidential Campaign: ‘This Is the Fight of Our Lives’      Cache   Translate Page      
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

LAWRENCE, Mass.—Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially declared her presidential candidacy Saturday morning at the historic Everett Mill.

“This is the fight of our lives,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way. And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”

After bounding onstage to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Warren delivered an impassioned speech about corruption in Washington, D.C., and offered a vision for structural change that she says would be necessary even if President Trump hadn’t made it to the White House. The timing of her official announcement comes after Warren apologized this week for previously identifying herself as Native American, both in an interview with The Washington Post and in a private conversation with the chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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          Warren calls for change as she makes presidential bid official      Cache   Translate Page      

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has made her bid for the US presidency official. Speaking in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ms Warren grounded her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone Ms Warren delivered a sharp call for change, and decried a “middle-class squeeze” that has left “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else”. She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage. Weaving specific policy prescriptions into her remarks – from Medicare for All to the elimination of Washington “lobbying as we know it” – Ms Warren avoided taking direct jabs at President Donald Trump. Instead, she aimed for a broader institutional shift instead, urging supporters to choose “a government that makes different choices, choices that reflect our values”. Ms Warren announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts at a mill site where largely immigrant factory workers went on strike about 100 years ago, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform. She was scheduled to travel later in the day to New Hampshire, home of the nation’s first primary, where Ms Warren could have an advantage as a neighbouring-state resident with high name recognition. Ms Warren intends to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the lead-off caucuses will be the first test of candidates’ viability. She was the first high-profile Democrat to signal interest in running for the White House, forming an exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve.

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          Second Fairfax Accuser Says She Is Willing to Testify      Cache   Translate Page      

Hours after Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax again denied two claims of sexual assault, the second woman accusing him said she would be willing to testify at a possible impeachment hearing as the Virginia Democrat faces calls to resign and a threat of impeachment.

Lawyers for Meredith Watson, a Duke University classmate of Fairfax, said in a statement Saturday that Watson would be willing to testify about the alleged assault when the two were college students should impeachment proceedings against Fairfax begin.

The statement also said Watson could provide at least two people who could testify that Watson told them of the alleged assault the day after it happened.

"We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her," the statement said.

Fairfax forcefully denied the allegations in a statement Saturday, saying "without reservation," that he did not sexually assault either Watson or Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a college professor in California who claimed that Fairfax assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Fairfax said both interactions were consensual.

"I heard from Dr. Tyson after the 2004 Convention, and she never said or otherwise indicated that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort," Fairfax said in the statement. "Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort."

Virginia Del. Patrick Hope, who represents part of Arlington County, said he will move to impeach Fairfax on Monday if he hasn't resigned.

"There's no question that violent sexual assault clearly qualifies as a high crime," Hope said in a news conference Friday night. "I believe these women. He needs to resign immediately."

Hope also clarified why he believes Fairfax should be impeached, but not Gov. Ralph Northam or Attorney General Mark Herring, both of whom have faced calls to resign after admitting to wearing blackface in the 1980s.

"The distinction between a sexual assault or a rape is clearly very different. The articles of impeachment under the constitution are very clear, high crimes and misdemeanor," Hope told News4. "This clearly meets that threshold, while the events that occurred 30 some years ago with the governor and attorney general, while they are heinous and clearly insensitive, they don’t rise to the same level."

Fairfax hasn't responded to the possibility of impeachment.

Watson's lawyers said Fairfax's statement "re-victimizes" both Watson and Tyson.

"Fairfax, now, for the first time admits sexual contact with Ms. Watson, but now claims that it was 'consensual.' There was nothing consensual about the rape of Ms. Watson and the only post rape interaction between them consisted of Ms. Watson confronting Mr. Fairfax of the assault," the statement said.

Earlier Saturday Fairfax had called for an FBI investigation of the accusations.

"Consequently, I call on all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson. I ask that all three of us be respected during this process," Fairfax said.

Several Virginia leaders have called for Fairfax to resign, including Sen. Time Kaine, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker.

Most of Virginia's House and Senate Democrats have called for Fairfax to step down, including Northern Virginia Reps. Jennifer Wexton, Don Beyer, Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and Gerry Connolly.

These growing calls Fairfax to resign further complicate Virginia's future governance, as there are bipartisan calls for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after he admitted, then denied, being shown in a 1984 medical school yearbook photo with people in blackface and a KKK robe. He later admitted to wearing blackface as a Michael Jackson costume.

And the state's Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, is also under scrutiny after saying he wore blackface at a college party in 1980.



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          Is There Any Chance Kirk Cox Could Become Governor?      Cache   Translate Page      
Constitutional questions answered by Wake Forest professor John Dinan.

Since some readers seem curious about whether “the people” have any recourse during the current political chaos rocking the capital of the Commonwealth, we put the question to John Dinan, a professor in the department of politics and international studies at Wake Forest University. He is an expert on the Virginia Constitution.

Style Weekly: Since people voted for a Democrat governor, would they have any recourse should Republican Kirk Cox somehow ascend to the job?

John Dinan: Anyone who succeeds to the office of governor in the middle of a term would serve out the remainder of the unexpired term and would also be eligible to run for and serve another term as governor. There is not a procedure by which someone assuming the office of governor midterm could be recalled or removed by voters, aside from the existing impeachment and unable-to-discharge-the duties-of-the-office procedures of the constitution.

Now, the chances of Kirk Cox actually assuming the office of governor during this term are extremely low, if not zero. There are virtually no realistic scenarios in which Democratic officials would allow the governorship to be turned over to a Republican prior to the 2021 election.

Regarding possible impeachment, you’ve noted online that there are two paths for removing a governor from office:

First, the Virginia Constitution allows for impeachment in cases of “malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor.” Similar to the process in place at the national level, it takes a majority vote in the House to impeach an official and a two-thirds vote in the Senate for conviction and removal from office. Second, in a provision that roughly tracks the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and was intended to apply to cases of physical or mental disability, a governor can be deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” as determined either by the attorney general, Senate president pro tem, and House speaker acting together or by a majority vote of all members of the legislature. Such a determination triggers a process that ultimately requires a three-fourths vote in the house and senate to remove a governor on the ground of inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

Our question is who would oversee any impeachment trial in the Senate?

The constitution does not specify who presides over an impeachment trial in the Senate. And I am not aware of any statutes that answer this question, though this may be addressed in statute law. The constitution merely states that the House shall be responsible for deciding to impeach an official, and it is done by majority vote, and that the Senate shall be responsible for holding an impeachment trial for that official, and it shall take a two-thirds vote of senators present to convict and remove an official who is impeached by the House.

          Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for VMI yearbook filled with racist photos and slurs      Cache   Translate Page      

A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface.

The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state’s Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.

Norment, R-James City County, was managing editor of The Bomb publication that year. He went to VMI in Lexington after graduating from James Blair High School in Williamsburg and has been a state senator since 1992.

On one page of the yearbook, a student poses in blackface, surrounded by others in costumes at a party. Another page features a photo of two men in blackface holding a football.

The N-word is used at least once. A student listed as being from Bangkok, Thailand, is referred to as a “Chink” and “Jap.”

A blurb under one man’s picture says: "He was known as the 'Barracks Jew’ having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps."

The Bomb has been published continuously since 1897.

When a reporter asked Norment to talk about the yearbook Thursday, the majority leader said, “The only thing I’m talking about today is the budget.”

“I’m here to pass a budget today,” he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning.

Virginia’s lawmakers are already reeling after a series of disclosures about the state’s top three Democratic officials. Many have called for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after a page from his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced showing a photo of a man in blackface and KKK robe. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and Attorney General Mark Herring admitted this week to dressing in blackface during his time at University of Virginia.

“It has been the objective of this year’s Bomb staff to concentrate on the VMI as it exists in actuality, not in theory,” Norment wrote in the yearbook on a page for its editors. “There is an ever-broadening chasm between the two positions. With the completion of this editorial and the 1968 Bomb, I regretfully leave behind the theme ‘Honor Above Self’ and the loyalty of a few selected Brother Rats. Work on the Bomb has permitted me to release four years of inhibitions. And now, I am sorry our work is completed. It is a feeling only genuinely understood by those of us who labored in the ‘den of inequity.’”

Northam also attended VMI, graduating in 1981. His yearbook lists his nickname as “Coonman.” He said friends gave him that name, and he’s not sure why.

Scot Marsh, a close friend of Northam’s at VMI, estimated about seven out of 10 cadets had nicknames back then. Some were given by their classmates and others by their “dykes,” or first-class mentors. The protegees were referred to as “rats.”

It wasn’t uncommon for some of the nicknames to be considered slurs or offensive. After flipping through his yearbook Saturday, Marsh said he noticed a man was dubbed “Jew” and another “Pan Face.”

Often the names were embarrassing and meant to poke fun of someone’s appearance.

“I probably wouldn’t start a job interview, ‘Hey, my nickname at VMI was Anvil Head,’” he said.

Marsh said he didn’t remember Northam having a nickname in those days and reached out to some of his classmates to find out whether they knew the origins of “Coonman.” He still doesn’t have an answer, he said. But it’s not a name he believes his former classmate would have picked himself.

“This racial thing, it shocks me,” he said.

Staff writer Gary Harki contributed to this report.

          Mark Herring, who's second in line for Virginia governor, admits dressing in blackface at college party      Cache   Translate Page      
As a 19-year-old at the University of Virginia, Attorney General Mark Herring dressed in brown makeup and wigs to imitate rappers, he said in a statement Wednesday.

Herring is next in line to become governor if both Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax step down. Northam is facing calls to resign over a photo on his medical school yearbook page showing men in a Ku Klux Klan robe and blackface, and Fairfax has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

"I am sure we all have done things at one time or another in our lives that show poor judgment, and worse yet, have caused some level of pain to others,” Herring said in his statement. “I have a glaring example from my past that I have thought about with deep regret in the many years since, and certainly each time I took a step forward in public service, realizing that my goals and this memory could someday collide and cause pain for people I care about, those who stood with me in the many years since, or those who I hoped to serve while in office.”

Herring said “some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song.

“It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”

He added that “the shame of that moment has haunted me for decades, and though my disclosure of it now pains me immensely, what I am feeling in no way compares to the betrayal, the shock, and the deep pain that Virginians of color may be feeling.”

Herring first told the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus about the incident this morning, according to national media outlets. It comes not even a week after the racist photo on Northam’s 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page surfaced.

At almost exactly the same time, Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax released a statement addressing separate allegations against him alleging that a sexual encounter with a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention was an assault.

“At no time did she express to me any discomfort or concern about our interactions, neither during that encounter, nor during the months following it, when she stayed in touch with me, nor the past fifteen years,” Fairfax wrote. “The first indication I had that she felt anything that had happened between us fifteen years ago made her uncomfortable was when I was contacted by a national media organization shortly before my inauguration in 2018.”

At the time of the statement’s release, Farfax was beginning to preside over the day’s Senate session.


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Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the latest US Democrat to declare for the 2020 race, which will pit contenders from the left of the party against more centrist candidates. Also in the programme: US-backed Syrian-Kurdish forces begin the battle against Islamic State's last redoubt in Syria east of the Euphrates river; and humanitarian aid intended for Venezuela remains stuck on the Colombian side of the border as President Maduro insists Venezuelans are not "beggars". (Photo: US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Credit: Getty Images)
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On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy. The text makes for the most earnest attempt yet to define a Green New Deal – a concept that has been backed by many a Democratic presidential candidate, often with little detail. By Natalie Sauer […]

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Senator Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign Saturday with a call for “fundamental change,” even if the “cowards and armchair critics” call it “extreme or radical.”
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The statement at the center of the controversy, issued by the senator’s spokesman, says a tobacco tax was the root cause of why Eric Garner was tackled and put into a chokehold by New York police.
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans. The Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party...

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          "Tonight's Word: How Do I Reech Thees Keeds?" - Heisenberg - 2.9.19      Cache   Translate Page      
Entry Submitted by Heisenberg at 7:30 PM EST on February 9, 2019



There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of these two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer... When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. And maybe a haircut. If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you, because I'm an expert. - Jaime Escalante

The high school crowd hasn't been very happy with our product lately. You can't blame them. They want new material. Our stuff's been repeated too many times. You can't sell the same old thing to the same old crowd forever. - NUMB

And that brings us to tonight's word: HOW DO I REECH THEES KEEDS?

Put your calculators away. You won't be needing them for class today. Besides, the ZIM’s got more zeros than you'll ever need. More than one could ever spend. It’s how they are going to break the monsters back. Entiendes, Mendez? Just listen to the fingerman and put 12 zeros behind each finger.

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We're here to learn something more important than money or math. Or bank perks. Or 15 year cd payouts at 2% per annum. Or the lease vs buy compare and contrast of a Gulfstream 7. No, ese... this is not that class. Try the other professores who've already interviewed wealth managers. Just be sure to ask if Mrs. wealth manager is still returning their calls. You know…cause it’s been so long. Down the hall to the right.

No...this class we are going to teach you to stand up to a giant. Without a twitchy eye or a shaky leg. Without hesitation. What's that Sun Tzu said, "Every battle is won before it's ever fought"? You're here to learn that in numbers, there's strength. You're here to learn that instead of math being the great equalizer like Jaime Escalante says, you're here to learn TRUTH is the great equalizer. The foundation of all we’re fighting for rests on the cornerstone called the truth. It’s out there... and it's got your name on it. You're here to learn ganas. Desire. You're here to learn the gods will send you the light you need to take chances. And they delight when you do. You're here to learn cojones. You're in good hands. I'm an expert.

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You might ask yourself at this point, why is reeching thees keeds so important? Great question. Why all the kabuki theater? Why all the forget me nots? Why all the late-night hate? Why doesn't someone pull the pin already? Oorah. Why is everyone on both sides trying so hard to win the affections of John and Jane Q. Public? It’s like 2 princes in love with one princess. 2 princes who adore her. They both bend the knee in front of the people in hopes of winning their affection. This one’s got a family crest and diamonds. This one wants to buy her rockets. Not quite in his head. But only one knows what love is. But why? Well... the simple answer is the people have the power. Always had.... always will. However, the people are also gullible and naive. It’s like walking a bull thru a China shop with too many beautiful pieces no one wants to see broken. If you follow the alliances struggle to wake the public past the Oklahoma bombings, and all the evidence against the Clintons destroyed along with witnesses killed to stay out of jail, you'll see how hard they tried for decades to wake everyone up. But that matrix.... it was a bad mofo. None of the sheep cared to investigate further. It was a dark time in the story of humanity. Please stick around till end of class. You’ll find the case study interesting. So like that watermelon seed on a wet tile floor... the truth and the justice that followed were very elusive to grasp. Almost impossible. I'll stop there. This is not a history class. But it does prove one point... humanity still has a small group of people, in comparison to the overall population, deciding its outcome. A grand chess game of winner take all...and the all are oblivious to it all. Fast forward to the now, the alliance will now have such overwhelming evidence, not even the sleepiest of sheep will hit the snooze. This time it's bullet proof. Its kryptonite proof. It's sheep proof. What a great time to be alive.

Did I say there was no math? That was lie. There’s a little math. Nothing you geniuses can’t handle.

TRUTH + GANAS + LIGHT + FEARLESSNESS + CAJONES = GLORY DAYS

TRUTH

First, and first because it’s most important…is the truth. Like math is the great equalizer to Jaime’s burros, the truth is the great equalizer for us. It’s out there. And it wants you to swipe right. Considering the cabal built their matrix on a house of illusion, they don’t like the truth. Master magicians they were. Fooled they had us. With the truth also comes discernment. Question: what came first? The discernment or the truth? Popular answer is discernment. At least for us at the beginning of the awakening. That was a hard one to learn. The trolls had a field day with us. Stretching us this way and that. Kinda reminded me of the little exchange we had here recently about the #800s. As much fun as arguing over when, what, where, what color, when, how, from whom the blessed delivery will come, it really had the flavor of the old days. Lots of back and forth from never heard from before handles. Had a little thrill to it. The good old days weren’t always so good. But we learned to discern. And I have to say a big thanks to One Who Knows. For all his coming and goings, he was the first to point out that some here may not be who they say they are. There may be one working under many names. Nothing too wrong with that unless there’s the criminal intent to deceive. Wait. People are lying to me here in the Pub? That breaks my heart. Paddy, do you have Achy Breaky heart on the jukebox? I got a tear in my beer. But that was good, because now you knew they were lying to you. And it started to stand out. Like a cockroach on a white rug. And when you noticed the back and forth arguments about topics with no answers from the “new names”, you could see their game plan. Order from chaos. I guess that’s why this last #800 exchange was a bit of a walk down memory lane. It was interesting to see how ineffective it was. So many of the regulars didn’t bite which made me proud. Like that girl you were madly in love with who broke your heart and you see a couple years later. Know what? She’s not all that. Why did I get so angry? TRUTH. Discernment is the cornerstone of truth. And truth is the cornerstone to it all.

From truth comes honesty and honesty is dangerous. And you’re dangerous cause you’re honest. Isn’t that a strange concept? We live is such a jacked up world that anyone who comes in the name of truth and honesty is branded a threat and must be dealt with. What a lesson for the kids. Live your life full of dishonesty and lies and you’ll fit right in. Matrix in a nutshell. And what’s wrong with being a little dangerous? It was war was it not? In this fight for humanity, the truth was our greatest amour. And our greatest weapon. It’s the one thing that slices the darkness in half. It’s the one thing that awakens the forgotten in people’s souls.

GANAS

Ganas or desire is your willingness to go all the way. Do you have what it takes to go “all the way”? now no one can make this choice for you. This thing we found here is not like taking advanced calculus. It won’t be easy. There will be others who will tend to know everything about you. Private things. Uh…it was a little cold that day. I would not wish this journey on anyone who is not prepared spiritually for it. Jedi or Sith. A contract helps. It sets the expectations for performance of both parties. It outlines the sacrifices one will make. It’s the fine print. God is in the details.

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Any great story or legend is about going all the way. They don’t write songs about those who give up. Roll over. Brave Leonidas cryptic talk was proven wise by time.

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.” - Bukowski

I met this man. He said he made a deal with God. He said if God got him out of Vietnam alive, he would never drink again. Now I met this guy in a bar but that’s not the point. He was drinking coke. He upheld his side of the bargain as did God. I told him that was a great bargain. Not really the Jedi risking of one’s life in the fight for humanity but it shows commitment which I must respect. How many brave patriots have tried to come forward with the truth only to meet their end? How many tried to expose the truth only to meet the suicide squad face to face? Hey EJ, remember you used to post those suicide squad pics of joker with the one eye wink? You member. I finally figured out what you were saying. But I digress.

Someday, all those lost in the rain and disgraced by an underworld fascist regime…someday…they will all get their names back. I’m praying some loose lipped Gitmo resident breaks the real story on Mr. Bourdain. If he was indeed going to go all the way with what he knew, he deserves it. You know, at the time, I remember someone on Rumor Mill saying something along the lines of some people can’t accept their heroes are pedophiles. Ouch. Rough stuff. I don’t really know Tonys true story. I hope it’s the one in my head. But I do know they’ll think twice about sending in the clowns again.

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So think long and hard before you sign that contract to go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. You’re better off in the nose bleed bleachers. Because WHOMEVER is on the other side of the signing table is ready willing and able to hold up their end. The only question is do you have the ganas?

LIGHT

Oooh the light. The light is the fun part. The gods will visit you. The gods will drop you breadcrumbs. You will never walk alone. They’ll give you chances to be great. And if you take them, the gods will delight in you. I love that line.

Your life is your life. don't let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch.
there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness. be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them. take them.
you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you. – Mr. Bukowski

Imagine all the patriots…all the white hats and all the good guys who’ve persevered on the regular to see these days come to fruition. All the inspiration for every blog or conference call or article. I won’t say it was money that got everyone going because it was not all about the benjis. And someday in the future it won’t be either. Imagine all the kind words kind people like yourselves have written in this tiny corner of the internet to help keep the light in the window burning. Imagine all the songs sung that helped keep you going to this day. Even a simple line that we can be brand new can turn the night into day. A lyric that we don’t have to die…that we can be born again is all the soul needs to hear to greet another day. Kicking the darkness till it bleeds daylight is another reason to get on your boots and hit that keyboard hopefully for the last time. That giant ain’t gonna knock himself down.

FEARLESSNESS

Once the truth of the illusion controls your awoken consciousness, the absence of fear will occur. We hope. Famous last words. I keed. I keed. But seriously folks, once we know deep in our knower there is no heaven or hell and that heaven and hell is the most grandiose carrot and stick illusion ever, death should only be a door. But death is not the only fear they try to hold over us, is it? Fear of loss. Loss of reputation. Like the barfly said, mockery. Loss of employment. Loss of girlfriends, boyfriends, family or friends. Fear of being stuck in second gear. Fear that it hasn’t been your day, your week your month or even your year. Hail Satan. Too soon? Ok, I think I’ll have to explain that one lest I get an ALL BOLD CAPS retort. You know who you are.

So Mr. Bourdain tweets this on May 6, 2018.

“During the commercial breaks for “FRIENDS”, the entire cast would chant “Hail Satan...Hail Satan..” little known fact. I saw it the internets.”

One month later he’s found dead on June 8, 2018. Are there are no coincidences? Do the friends have no sense of humor? But this brings me to something on my mind lately. I used to look all those actors living the high life, who made those deals with the devil for fame and fortune, how do I put this….angrily. Kinda resentful they lent a hand in the destruction of humankind for personal gain. Leading the illuminati lifestyle while we eat poison. I’m sure you all sensed it at one time or another. But just today I sat in on professor Morrissey’s class to follow up on a hunch. And there I heard it.

“The powers that be That force us to live like we do Bring me to my knees When I see what they've done to you.”

Now, turns out he pinched this one from Professor Hynde but hey, are there any original thoughts anymore? But that line puts it all in perspective. Maybe instead of anger, I pity them. I know they lie to keep up the bigger lie. Really Nick Cannon? You picked the worst time to break out the red shoes. Heaven is watching. But still. We all are born memory wiped clean. A fresh start. As I sit here on this cold Saturday afternoon, I can only imagine what the powers that were forced you to do for those luxuries. And it brings me to my knees. You have my pity. May God have mercy on your soul.

There’s lots of fears but I think it all boils down to fear of loss. Loss of what is up to you. Fear of losing your mind? Beuller? Bueller? Sorry, but only the fearless get songs made after them. It’s a huge thing. That’s what she said.

CAJONES

Gotta be a little crazy. Gotta have that crazy smile like Bukowski. You gotta be crazy enough the other guy doesn’t want your blood on his skin. You gotta be crazy enough to stand to a giant and scream This Is Sparta! Be the blowfish. Take Jaime Escalante for example. He jumped into an inner city los Angeles high school and taught Calculus to cholas and vato locos. Not math analysis. Not Algebra. Ok, not all were cholos, but inner city LA? That’s called embellishing.

Now I don’t know what his method was. I don’t know how he did it. I just know he did it. I know he got results. As any general or CEO in the land would say, “He was effective.” And isn’t that what everyone wants? Looking back, I hope I was effectivein the eyes of my God. Didn’t have the intel pedigree of my peers. Didn’t graduate psyop academy of 2001. And it showed. It’s like all those guys graduated cordon blue and I’m making Cheeto crusted bacon wrapped chicken sandwiches on sourdough with a can of PBR for $3 out of a roach coach. But you know, if it fed the people, I guess you can call that effective. And if you need an x factor when truth, inspiration, no fear, desire don’t quite get the job done, look for cojones. If Jaime had 18 kids pass the A.P. Calculus exam in 1982, 31 kids in 1983, 63 kids in 1984…well you get the picture.

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I think to have cojones, one must also be a dreamer. Not quite both feet on the ground. A head somewhere in the clouds. A core belief somewhere in no mans land is Wonder Woman behind her shield taking all the fire so we can flank the enemy’s soft spot. Hit ‘em in the funny bone. That’s where they expect it least. I don’t know a lot of military terms, but I do know flank. You have someone out there front and center taking it. Rolling with the punches. Denying those bribes. Kicking those honeypots to the curb. Earthquakes ain’t got nothing on her. And perhaps the biggest in no mans land right now…Q. Back with us after all this time. Welcome back, Kotter. I can hear minions hissing “inconceivable” all around the world.

I’ve always been one who learns from observation. So when I see the defiance of my heroes up on stage take a stand against the cabal, it kinda rubs off on me. A lot of these lyrics really didn’t make sense until I got woke. So know when I see those shows, and they stand tall to the man, I feel it. And when you see Dr Greer go, kicking the knowledge to extremely high government officials, it’s inspiring. Part self preservation part cojones. When you see those dug up speeches about secret societies from JFK, something about it says, if he can do it, so can I. If MLK can talk about justice for all and a promised land, so can I. And if DJT is going to go all the way, then so can we. With all of these patriots bum rushing no mans for humanity’s sake, we owe it to them, humanity and ourselves to get out of our foxholes. To be better.

Cojones is that x factor that pushes you thru when all the rest don’t quite get you over the goal line. It can come in many forms. It’s not the truth. It’s not having no fear. It’s not inspiration. It’s not commitment. It’s not easily defined. But if I have to put a label on it….it’s probably a bluff. Going all in on a pair of 2s. It’s punching the biggest guy in prison first day in the yard. And not blinking. I think like Bukowski says, the more and more you do all of these things, it gets easier. The gods will send more light. You will fear less. Truth becomes clearer as lies burn with morning fog. And what after all this is the end result? What was it all for? All the isolation. All the mockery. All the magnificent successes. All the hateful failures. All the sacrifices? Glory. Glory. Glory. Glory days.

Case study: the matrix and your body.

So take a second and read Diane Feinstein’s request to close Gitmo recently.

The matrix has always been kind on cabal politicians. They never really had to work too hard to get in office. Or stay in office for that matter. They are lifers as long as they keep towing the company line. Don’t really want to know what they did or what sacrifices *rimshot* they had to make to get these offices, but salesmanship was probably not one of them. They never had to sell like their lives depended on it. Speech here. Lunch there. Planned Parenthood ribbon cutting at noon. So when Diane asks the universe to shut down Gitmo in 250 words or less, what exactly was she expecting? The matrix to suddenly turn off and the sheeple take to the streets to riot for the closing of Gitmo? REALLY?! REALLY?? I’ve seen the matrix and we’re putting out some hot steamy truth and we can’t even get them off the couch. Do you think she even got one guy (without pay) on a corner with a sign? Is Gitmo still a thing to the sheep?

Let’s circle back to the Alliance working for decades to expose the deep state. Always elusive. Just out of reach. Bomb another evidence building and restrict liberties. Why reinvent the wheel? So after all this time, it turns out the matrix has a sense of humor. A cruel and ironic sense of humor. With a whimper in the night to close Gitmo, the matrix kicked it’s shoes up and changed the channel. Ooo…Below Deck is on.

A double edged sword cuts both ways. But it’s not all the matrix’s fault. Diane never really learned to sell. Got soft. So tonight, in a gesture of good will, can’t believe I’m doing this but I’m going to throw you a bone to try and garner support for your lost cause. Ahem….have you considered an 80’s clip? Hear me out. Breakfast club was set on a Saturday in detention. Get it? Detention?



Orrrr….if that’s not on the nose enough for you and time is of the essence. Is time of the essence? It is. Ok. How about Red dawn? Everyone loves Patrick Swayze. National treasure he is.

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Excellent choice, Mrs. Feinstein. Really tug on those heart strings. And just a tip, Diane, I say this in all seriousness…you’re not selling the steak…you’re selling the sizzle.

On a side note, did anyone catch the Mandela effect in Breakfast Club? Mr. Vernon used to give the devil horns when he said “don’t mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns.”

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Well, that’s my 50 minutes. Gotta clear out for the next prof. I know my class is a little all over the place, but that’s ok. It’s my 50 and I’ll use it as I see fit. Sometimes the only way to poke starfish awake is the shock jock approach. The gods like that one. The Galactics like that one. Dinner and a show? Yes please. But as the lights go out and the janitor starts sweeping up there’s still something that keeps me up at nights. Sleep don’t come easy to anyone paying attention. Just ask the dedicated detectives of the special victims unit. Some things you can’t unsee. And as I look over as the clockface reads 3:33, I can’t help but think of that kid asleep on his desk again at the back of the class because he worked the late shift to help make ends meet at home. Gets up early to help dress his siblings for school. Pack lunches. Moms already gone to catch the early bus to clean hotel rooms downtown. And in this stillness of a black night when it’s just me and the gods staring at the ceiling…I ask myself…deed I reech these keeds?

And that’s the word

Heisenberg

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"Only The Young"

Another night in any town
You can hear the thunder of their cry
Ahead of their time
They wonder why

Shadows of a golden age
A generation waits for dawn
Brave carry on
Bold and the strong

Only the young can say
They're free to fly away
Sharing the same desire
Burnin' like wildfire

They're seein' through the promises
And all the lies they dare to tell
Is it heaven or hell?
They know very well

Only the young can say
They're free to fly away
Sharing the same desire
Burnin' like wildfire

Only the young can say
They're free to fly away
Sharing the same desire
Burnin' like wildfire

Only the young can say
Only the young can say
Only the young can say
Only the young can say
Young can say
Only the young can say
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"Re: dgt on RV Thoughts" by Young Thinker - 2.9.19

Dear dgt and Young Thinker,

I appreciate your courage in stating your opinions knowing they might go against the IDC current so to speak.

In my vision of New Earth, EVERYONE'S opinion is valued and carefully considered because no one knows EVERYTHING.

But we're still dusting off the remnants of the old 3D, so some old habits still linger: Judging what you don't agree with. Condemning someone who doesn't think like you, etc. It's just dust. All that will soon be gone.

For the record, I think Sierra has done a wonderful job of keeping everyone current on Q for Q-vians. I happen to know Sierra is a lovely, kind, generous, brilliant person. So Bravo, Sierra. You rock, my friend. Thank you for your service to the Light.

I don't happen to be a Q-vian. There's only so many BOOMS that go BUST I can take and then I've had it with BOOMS. But that doesn't mean Q isn't incredibly important and helpful in "waking up" those who still believe in this illuminati-hologram, although how anyone still could is beyond me.

I agree with you, dgt. The most thrilling part of the new congress is the historic number of women—127. 25 women in the Senate and 105 women in the House. Wonderful!

I was elated on election day when they were voted in. And I agree. They are smart, diverse, enthusiastic. In the interviews I've listened to, everyone of the new congresswomen mentioned the crippling cost of Health Care for their constituents, so that tells me they're hearing the people they represent.

As a woman, I can honestly say I'm fed up with all the old men in government who have been there for decades and done absolutely nothing except pick up a paycheck.

The fact that Mitch McConnell has been a Senator for 35 years defies belief. The man hasn't written or passed one single piece of legislation in his entire political career. Not one. Why does Kentucky keep voting him in? Or DO Kentuckians keep voting him in?

But then I remember this is a cabal-owned, Koch-brother-owned government, except for that maverick, President Trump, who is a live wire that drives everyone crazy: Those who are against him as well as those who are for him.

It's my belief that President Trump is carrying burdens we can only guess at.

Do I think President Trump is a wonderful, graceful, poetic POTUS like a JFK, Jr. No, I don't. But do I think he has a virtually impossible job and is doing the best he can? Yes I do, and for that, I'm grateful to President Trump. Victory to the Light.

My point is I can agree with some of what each of you has written, Sierra, dgt and Young Thinker, and I can hold my differing opinions on other points, but I'm happy to hear what you think. I always learn something.

What I want to ask you both is to please keep posting. I'm fascinated by what EVERYONE here thinks.

For better or worse, for the endless false dates and predictions of the RV, for all the bickering back and forth, Patrick has created a place of community. As we keep trudging the RV, GCR, GESARA path, it's encouraging to know we're not alone on it.

All ideas welcome, far as I'm concerned.

Unceasing blessings and Light to all,
xo, Kat
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Samson » February 9th, 2019

Monetary policy: Return of the Zimdollar


7th February, 2019

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya is due to release the monetary policy and the policy position is highly anticipated against the sustained monetary related macro-economic deficiencies. As a symptom, the economy has endured a southward gravitation of the exchange rate, including a sharp loss of value through inflation.

Guest column: Respect Gwenzi

Prices of most basics have risen by over 200% since September 2018, and the parallel market has discounted Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and bond notes by 75% over the past 24 months, with most of the value having been shed over the last three months. Broadly, the market continues to be starved of hard currency as well as local money in notes for day-to-day transactions. These challenges are deep-rooted in a weak fiscus and to a lesser extent, the abdication of monetary policy flexibility in a dollarised economy.

The government believes that challenges being encountered on the monetary front are a derivation from fiscal imbalances that has resulted in excessive local borrowing, among other factors. While the prognosis is widely shared by pundits, there is a clear disagreement in terms of what remedies should be adopted to end the crisis. In his 2019 budget, the Minister of Finance Mthulisi Ncube introduced austerity measures to cut back on government spend (as a percentage of income) and increased taxation to spur government revenue.

Over the last two months of 2018, government went on to record firmer revenue numbers ahead of target based on a higher taxation and a surge in inflation, which shows mixed signals in terms of policy measures effectiveness.

Why has local money continued to lose value against the USD if austerity is expected to improve and stabilise the fiscus or is it too early to determine. Indeed, local money has been on a sustained downward spiral although the rate of decline has moderated since December. Part of the reason why exchange rates have stabilised was because of a sharp slowdown in money supply growth rate. In fact, in October, for the first time since January 2018, money supply actually came off, which is a negative growth.

This decline meant government did not inject more money into the economy through Treasury Bills issuances and that it lived within its means, which is commendable.

However, as is the case in most analyses there is a lack of appreciation of costs attached to undertaking certain policy measures.

The October improvement on the fiscus did not represent any firming fundamentals, in-fact, it was mainly an impact of inflationary growth and speculative buying of goods at higher prices. With prices doubling, so did value added tax on sales, among other taxes, as shown in Zimra’s full year numbers. This revenue boost cushioned government’s expenditure bill, which did not necessarily come off. The downside of such a revenue boost is that real income is eroded.

Measures such as the 2% tax on all electronic transactions have had a similar impact of raising tax revenue while exerting a premium on notes, notably hard currency.

Although industry production was generally up in 2018, the extent of income growth was partly a consequence of firming prices, which colours the picture.

Local money has continued to lose value because the net position on most fundamentals remains weak, if not worse-off. The mop-up of excess liquidity has been too minute and thus less effective so far. At the going rate of money supply slowdown, no significant slowdown in exchange rate worsening should be expected.

Likewise, most indications are pointing towards a weaker industry performance in 2019 due to forex shortages and a slowdown in aggregate demand as incomes lose value.

The net balance of payments largely derived from the trade balance is worsening. Exporters have shown a disapproval of the current retention rate and this has dampened production and export receipts, a trend likely to deepen in 2019 if the currency matter is unresolved.

From this, it is apparent that the fiscus leg in isolation does not have the power to solve the economic crisis, neither does it effectively solve the monetary crisis.

There is need to urgently address the economic monetary front to salvage forex receipts, demand and production lest the economy falls into a depression, since a

recession is now most likely in 2019. Austerity globally has, however, never succeeded in isolation of a flexible and weaker monetary regime. If pursued in isolation, as shown earlier, austerity could result in inflationary growth and mid-term overshoot in spend, relative to income.

Whereas government is slowly coming to this realisation, the hanging question is if government was to intervene, through the expected monetary policy, what form of intervention would best be suited for the economy?

There is a high likelihood that through the monetary policy, government will reintroduce the Zim dollar and do away with the multi-currency regime. This projection is based on recent utterances by the Minister of Finance, who said the USD is unsustainable and that Zimbabwe should expect a new currency within a year, a date he later revised downwards three days ago. Similar sentiments were, during the election campaign period, shared by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who hinted on a pending

Zimdollar return.

Then Deputy Finance minister Terrence Mukupe shared similar sentiments in one of his Twitter posts. And barely 24 hours ago, the Minister of Mines Winston Chitando, while presenting at the ongoing mining indaba in South Africa, said the monetary policy due to be released would tackle currency issues.

The above is overwhelming evidence of the policy direction the government is due to take with regards the currency. The evident sharp economic losses currently being experienced may have prompted a sooner than anticipated response.

What form or a de-dollarisation could we expect; outright or partial? The government is prepared and adamant to reintroduce an exclusive local currency and do away completely with the multi-currency. LINK

Zimbabwe: Zim On Course to Clear Debts

8th February, 2019

Zimbabwe is on course to clear obligations to international financial institutions (IFIs), with the Government already in talks with creditors over bridging finance to settle the debts, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has said.

Prof Ncube said this in an interview on the sidelines of his presentation to students of Defence Course Intake 7 of 2018, at the Zimbabwe National Defence University in Mazowe.
He said the arrears clearance plan was tied to economic reforms, which are anchoring President Mnangagwa's administration as he seeks to lead Zimbabwe towards attaining Upper Middle Income status by 2030.

"We just need to work harder to make sure that we access the bridging resources for that," said Prof Ncube. "In terms of the bridging resources themselves, of course we are having conversations with the creditors themselves because that is where we can get the cheapest funding. "The cheapest funding you can ever get is from themselves (the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank) and there are mechanisms through which this can be done and we are working on that; we are having a conversation on that."

Talks for bridging finance can take up to a year, said Prof Ncube, which requires that in the interim, the country should stick to other means of survival. Zimbabwe's arrears to the African Development Bank (AfDB) are $610 million, over $1,16 billion to the World Bank and $212 million to the European Investment Bank. The arrears have to be settled with all the multilateral financial institutions for Zimbabwe to start accessing funds from them.

Prof Ncube said the first step to solving the arrears issue was economic reforms, which started off with the crafting and launching of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP). The TSP has been widely accepted by the creditors and foreign governments as a "credible document".

Prof Ncube said the issue now was the implementation of the TSP, "and the first test is really through the Budget, that is your implementation instrument and also resource allocation". "The Budget was passed by Senate on the 29th (of January) so that process is complete. We are now going into the implementation phase for the next few months and that's when we will show the track record in walking the talk on our economic reform agenda.

"I must say that from where we sit as Government (and) as Treasury, the path is still clear, we are carrying on with the reform agenda because if you think about it, what's beginning to happen is that we are beginning to really experience some of the pain without completing the reform agenda. "So it is important to complete (the reforms) so that the pain is then worth the investment."

Prof Ncube said they were working closer with the World Bank, IMF and the AfDB. A team from the World Bank has already visited Harare while an IMF team is currently in the country.

Officials from the AfDB are expected in March to speak about the arrears clearance plan. ". . . in terms of interacting with the institutions, the arrears clearance road map involves closer working relationships with the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank. "As I speak, this week they (IMF team) are visiting Zimbabwe, I just met them before I came to speak here, at the (National) Defence College (University) and we have been very open, very transparent, very constructive in our conversations about our reform agenda (and) where the economy is headed. "All that is part of the arrears clearance road map, you cannot get to the road map without talking to the three institutions, so arrears clearance, is part of the road map."

Phase three of the arrears clearance will see conversations being deepened with the multilateral lenders. Said Prof Ncube: "So my view is that we are on track. Of course, it doesn't mean that any turbulence we face in the country, does not tamper with our plan. "When you are piloting an aircraft, when you are going through turbulence you must work harder to keep on course because sometimes it feels like, but you need to keep focus on the destination, and they (creditors) are very supportive of us, in getting to that destination. "Equally, those that we owe money are equally supportive, so we are on course."

He emphasised that it was imperative that Government stayed on course regards the reform agenda as it was a "package", together with the arrears clearance plan. Zimbabwe has failed to access a lot of credit lines because of failure to settle its arrears with the World Bank. Prof Ncube said each time local banks try to borrow; they fail to get money directly unless they got a Government guarantee. Local bank's inability to obtain lines of credit directly limits the quantum of funds to support the productive sector. LINK

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by Michel13

In the Rules, in the Senate section, we can read the following "If the player's total does not exceed the opposing Faction's total (including ties), the Law does not pass the Senate. The player may place the card in Reserve (11.3) or may Discard it as she chooses and is able". Does it mean that the Law cards can be added to the Reserve exceeding their Organizational Capacity?
With cards of Public Opinion, Organizational Capacity is mentioned: "Upon resolving the action, the acting player may—but is not required to—place the card directly into their Reserve provided their Organizational Capacity allows this". But it doesn't in Laws.

If I use a Public Opinion card like an Active Support and I add it to my Reserve. Can I use this same card in a Passive Support in the same turn?
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By Frank Brill, EnviroPolitics editor

Identical Assembly and Senate bills that would establish the public's right to access ocean beaches and other tidal waterfront property are scheduled for a hearing before the New Jersey Assembly's Environment and Solid Waste Committee. 

The panel will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 in Committee Room 12, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ.

A4221, sponsored by committee chairwoman Nancy Pinkin, and S1074, sponsored by Senate Environment and Energy Committee chairman Bob Smith, seek to 
strengthen public access to the waterfront guaranteed in law under the public access doctrine

The sponsors say their bills take into consideration the rights of private property owners and government and business facilities. 

The legislation provides a statutory foundation for rules and regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection that govern such properties as marinas, existing public access on such properties, and future permit applications for similar facilities. 

The bills exempt airports, rail yards, and nuclear power facilities. 

New Jersey is crossed and surrounded by tidal waters: the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware, Hudson, Raritan, Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, and the Newark, Raritan and Delaware Bays.

Beach access has been a controversial issue for decades in New Jersey where some municipalities and beachfront property owners have successfully limited public access.

Surfing and environmental groups have found it difficult to challenge those limitations in court. They believe their chances would improve if state law is tied to the Public Access Doctrine.   

S-1074 passed the Senate 36-4 on June 21, 2018.

The committee also will consider:

A5034 (Pinkin) - Authorizes sale and conveyance of certain State-owned real property in Stafford Township, Ocean County to US Fish and Wildlife Service. (pending intro and referral)

ACR197 / SCR137 (Pinkin / Vainieri Huttle / Murphy / Smith / Sarlo) - Urges DEP and EDA to establish plastics recycling marketplace.

ACR198 / SCR135 (Pinkin / Kennedy / Greenstein / Bateman) - Urges cooperative approach among all levels of government to provide funding and other resources to clean up plastic pollution.


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Surfrider Foundation's page on New Jersey beach access

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New Jersey legislators recalling Roman Empire in beach fight
New Florida law makes public access harder to establish 
Task force recommends changes to NJ beach-access law

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Three southern Democrats in Congress? State legislatures? General population? Are we talking about the 1960's or today? There's no rewriting here. I mentioned historical fact. You jumped to 2019. That being the case, Mike Espy should have own the Senate seat in Mississippi. You're even more clueless than usual. And you have no idea how clueless you really are. Situation normal.
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More cluelessness. No surprise, PT. Had it not been for those Eastern Establishment Republicans--in both the House and Senate-- there would have been NO passage. After Goldwater's nomination, numerous black Republicans--Rockefeller supporter Jackie Robinson prominent among them--bolted the party. Check the votes: the ten Republicans then representing states in the old confederacy ALL voted against the first Civil Rights Act. Thurmond switched parties because of his opposition to Civil Rights. Read (or listen to) just about any Wallace campaign speech, c. 1962, and you might think you're listening to a Republican campaigning now. Protestant fundamentalist leaders in the South--mostly Democrats--were also opposed. But, please. Point out my misunderstanding(s). Exhibit more of your brilliant insights and knowledge. The history classes you took at LSU (Leningrad State University) were not doubt quite informative.
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New Delhi: When Google CEO Sundar Pichai refused to attend a US Senate hearing on September 5 last year and instead let an empty chair and a nameplate represent him, the gesture left many lawmakers fuming.

Google instead sent a letter to the Senate Intelligent Committee on why the company was not to appear for a hearing on issues like foreign interference during elections on its platform.

Pichai, however, did appear before a House Judiciary Committee in December and addressed several issues, including that the search giant's algorithms are biased against conservative content.

When Twitter on Saturday declined to appear before an Indian parliamentary panel on Feb 11 to address similar allegations about the presence of political bias on its platform, one thing was clear: India has to do more like the US to wield the big stick and get social media giants take the country seriously when it comes to foreign interference or spread of fake news on their platforms.

Twitter cited "short notice" for the unavailability of its top officials, including its CEO Jack Dorsey who visited India last year, to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

According to sources, Twitter's letter has not gone down well with the panel members in what is perceived as "lack of seriousness".

A day before, Twitter issued a statement, saying it is fighting political bias in India and the very next day, refused to appear before the House panel.

The hearing was to be in line with what we have seen with Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Pichai testifying and being grilled by lawmakers in the US and in the European Union (EU) over data privacy, political interference and fake news.

Refusing to participate in a constructive dialogue with the Indian government has actually made the road ahead difficult for Twitter.

All eyes are now on the panel members how they react and summon Twitter again, this time with some serious repercussions.


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Myślę, że w kwestii Ariowist - tytuł czy imię? oprócz dociekań językowych istotny jest kontekst historyczny i droga życiowa tej postaci. Ariowist przybył do Galii około 71 r p.n.e. z zamiarem osiedlenia lub też bardzo szybko taki zamiar w nim powstał. Osiedlił się, za drugą żonę pojął "tubylkę", nauczył się (lub już wcześniej znał) języka galijskiego. Chciał wykroić sobie królestwo i myśląc dalekosiężnie po ok. 12 latach osiedlenia usilnie zabiegał aby Senat rzymski uznał go za króla i przyjaciela narodu rzymskiego. Czy ubiegając się o te tytuły występowałby pod funkcją czy własnym imieniem? Uważam, że chcąc stworzyć królestwo czy dynastię robi się to dla rodu, nazwiska a nie funkcji stąd obstawiam, że Ariowist to imię a nie stanowisko. Drugie pytanie. W jakim języku Rzymianie usłyszeli imię, które następnie zapisali po łacinie jako Ariovistus? Po analizie Commentario... uważam, że usłyszeli to w języku galijskim, więc zgodnie z Pana wpisem byłby to "celtycki Ario-uid (..), czyli Szlachetny Mędrzec". Nawet jeśli to miano pasuje do kapłana czy druida to czy nie mogli oni być wodzami? Oczywiście, że mogli. W niemalże tożsamych czasach w Dacji po śmierci Burebisty władzę sprawował arcykapłan Dekaineus, a nastepnie król – arcykapłan Komozyk. Dlaczego w Galii miałoby być inaczej? Natomiast Pana zamiana Ariapeithesa na Ariaweitha razi dowolnością. W tekście o synu Tomiry napisał Pan: "W greckim alfabecie nie ma znaku oddającego głoskę ‚w’, za to jest odpowiadająca ‚b’, która zamiennie może być używana do oddania ‚w’." Ta reguła ma potwierdzenie np. Ravenna u Prokopiusza z Cezarei zapisana została jako Ραβεννα. Po czym konsekwentnie zamienia Pan na 'w' 'p'. Czy ma to uzasadnienie filologiczne? Czy może Pan podać przykłady zapisów greckich gdzie taka zamiana przy translacji występuje?
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In her first race, Kamala Harris campaigned as tough on crime — and unseated the country's most progressive prosecutor by



Kamala Harris is really destroying her own image with this vanity run for president.  Most people didn't know about her past.  Now they're learning and it's not at all pretty.

In other bad news, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER notes:

 Under the former CEO's separation agreement in September, CBS is supposed to pay for an office for Moonves, and is presumably footing the bill for Moon Rise.

Les Moonves, fired by CBS over claims of sexual misconduct, has created three new companies under the banner "Moon Rise," according to a filing with the California Secretary of State.

The filing says that Moon Rise Unlimited, Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions have been registered since Oct. 30, and the presumed parent company lists Moonves as the lone manager.

Who is going to work with that creep?  I can't believe that.  I thought both he and his trashy wife would be humiliated enough to just live in the shadows.  Instead, he's setting up shot and she's back to hosting BIG BROTHER. 


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, February 8, 2019.  Joe Biden contemplates a run as the press attacks Tulsi Gabbard.

Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.

We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."

In Iraq, a death continues to garner attention.

So sad, so tragic. The well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashthob Abboud was shot dead on 2 February. We strongly condemn this henious assasination.


: Writer and novelist Dr. Alaa Mashthob Abboud assassinated


activist and novelist, Alaa Mashthob, assassinated in Karbala


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It was John McCain who started the feud with Donald Trump, and it was John McCain who ensured the feud lived on long after Trump tried, repeatedly, to make peace. The media won't tell you that, but the late senator from Arizona is the one who drew first blood and kept drawing it.
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans.

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Hours after Elizabeth Warren officially announced her presidential bid on Saturday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to antagonize the Massachusetts senator. As he has in the past, the president referred to her as “Pocahontas,” mocking her claims of Native American ancestry. But this tweet seemed to take his hostility to an entire new level: “See […]
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Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the latest Democrat to formally announce she is running for the US presidency. The 69-year-old politician - one of the party's most recognisable faces - had formed an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve looking into a possible bid to win the nomination. Her campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for the Massachusetts senator. She has twice apologised in the last fortnight for claiming Native American heritage on multiple occasions early in her career. This has provided ammunition for her Republican rivals, including President Donald Trump, who has poked fun at Ms Warren, calling her 'Pocahontas'.
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a question now for failed U.S. Senate c&idate Beto O’Rourke is this – is he a strong contender for a 2020 Democratic nomination for President or is he going to turn out to be a flash in a pan? Oprah wants him to hurry up & let a people know his intentions. Beto interrupted his […]
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On a steps of Everett Mills, a site where one hundred years ago mostly migrant women walked off a job & won better living wages & working conditions from greedy mill owners, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she was officially running for president in 2020. Coming out to a song “9 to 5” by Dolly […]
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SENATOR Elizabeth Warren officially announced her 2020 US presidential bid with a blistering attack on Donald Trump. The Democrat, 69, who has been dubbed ‘fake Pocahontas’ by the President, launched her campaign days after apologising about calling herself Native American for almost two decades. Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined […]
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The Massachusetts Senator has also introduced a “Wealth Tax” proposal, where those “with assets valued at $50 million or more” would be taxed at 2%, with billionaires paying more taxes.   Senator Elizabeth Warren, at a rally outside a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, has officially announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for president. Warren […]
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Senator Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equalityThe Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party's progressive wing, made her announcement from a historic site in Lawrence - a city northwest of Boston that was once the hub of textile mills and which launched the U.S. organized labor movement. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone," Warren said. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America." Warren is part of an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats vying for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee.



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Trump appears to mock Trail of Tears in tweet about Senator Warren's campaign announcementPresident Donald Trump was highly criticized on Twitter Saturday for appearing to make a joke about the Trail of Tears.



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It is truly astonishing how far to the right today's Democrats and so-called "progressives" have gone on the issue of immigration. In terms of actual policy they support, they are virtually indistinguishable from the Koch Brothers; Chamber of Commerce; and corporatist GOP, such as former Senator Spencer Abraham.

In the mid 1990's, President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform, led by African-American, Democratic Congresswoman and civil rights icon Barbara Jordan, issued recommendations. Including chain migration reform; elimination of the diversity visa lottery; reduction of legal immigration from the 1980's & 1990's average of 750,000 per year down to 550,000 per year; and stronger enforcement versus illegal immigration (including mandatory E-verify). The Commission had analyzed economic trends, including impact on labor, from NAFTA; increasing automation; and Reagan-era weakening of labor unions. In addition to labor groups, other traditional Democratic Party constituencies such as pro-environment groups supported the legislation Congress drafted based on the Jordan Commission. This was considered commonsense reform and supported by a majority of Democrats and the mainstream media. Unfortunately, in 1996, just before Congress was widely expected to pass the legislation, Ms. Jordan died; and Bill Clinton suddenly yanked his support. Something about an alleged quid pro quo b/c of illegal campaign financing to DNC from the Chinese (via John Huang); and b/c of corporate lobbying.

Now, for the last 2 years, Trump has supported all Jordan Commission recommendations and new legislation based on it (RAISE Act; efforts by Senator Grassley; Representative Goodlatte, etc) But Democrats instead oppose everything. Whether they realize it or not, Dems have completely abandoned labor and environment to carry water for Koch Brothers on this issue. Real shame b/c Trump Admin weakening some other rules with environment.
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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The panel of Nick Kypreos, Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman discussed- The Ottawa Senators will let teams know which players will be available in about 5 days, the Jets and Predators will be looking to upgrade their teams but top prospects may have to go plus the Leafs are looking for a rental and the Canadiens may be trying to find  way to get recently acquired Dale Weise into the lineup. Also the Ducks may have to make a coaching change now and teams may have an interest in Kovalchuk. via Sportsnet,       Coach's Corner touched on a few NHL topics tonight, you can watch it below.
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I saw this in a New York Daily News editorial yesterday (reprinted in our paper) and especially like this snip:

"Their idea, from University of Chicago Law Prof. Daniel Hemel, is for New York to require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to post the state personal income tax returns of all statewide elected officials. That would include the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, controller, U.S. senators, president [yes, PRESIDENT!] and vice president."

Stick that in your ear, Mafia Don! Daddy's boy ain't gonna like them apples.

The full editorial is here:

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edi…
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate appeals to roots ... but can he figure out the strategy required to win a deep red state?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Penderga…

The Truman connection

During his military service in World War I, Harry Truman had become close friends with Jim Pendergast, T.J.'s nephew. When Truman's attempt at a clothing business failed in 1922, Jim Pendergast suggested that he run for a "judgeship" in eastern Jackson County (actually an administrative rather than a judicial position). With the help of the Pendergast organization, Truman was elected to this and later to a similar county-wide position.[9] In 1934, after several other potential candidates turned him down, T.J. was persuaded to support Truman (whom he considered something of a lightweight) for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. Truman prevailed in a close primary and went on to win in the general. Although Truman was derisively named "the Senator from Pendergast" by his opponents, he does not appear to have had a close personal relationship with Tom Pendergast himself. The two men met on only a handful of occasions, and were only photographed together once, at the 1936 Democratic Party convention.[10]

After Pendergast was convicted of income tax evasion, Missouri governor Lloyd C. Stark sought to unseat Truman in the 1940 U.S. Senate election. It was a very bitter campaign that made both men lifelong enemies. Truman was re-elected after U.S. Attorney Maurice Milligan, who had prosecuted Pendergast, also entered the race, causing Milligan and Stark to split the anti-Pendergast vote. In his second term as Senator, with Pendergast out of power and World War II underway, Truman was finally able to shake his association with the Pendergast machine and build a national reputation as a military spending reformer.[11] In 1945, Vice President Truman shocked many when, a few days after being sworn in, he attended the Pendergast funeral. Truman was reportedly the only elected official who attended the funeral. Truman brushed aside the criticism, saying simply, "He was always my friend and I have always been his."[12]
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With ongoing investigations into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the recent rumors of an executive order to ban Chinese hardware from new communications infrastructure, it’s clear that the United States is taking its cybersecurity seriously. Alongside these wide-ranging efforts to tighten security, Senators Marco Rubio (Republican) and...

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The temporary funding deal reached to end Donald Trump’s shutdown in January runs out next Friday, providing a hard deadline for negotiations by the bipartisan conference committee. To prevent a repeat shutdown, it seems likely the committee will have to produce results no later than Wednesday, giving both the House and the Senate an opportunity to hold at least cursory debate on the legislation, hold votes, and slap the results on Trump’s desk. And then Trump will sign it—even though it’s dead certain the compromise bill will not meet the demands that Trump has leveled again and again.

For more than two months, Trump has been adamant: He wants $5.7 billion earmarked for the wall alone. Billions more for other aspects of “border security.” Not a penny less, or he’ll get out his itchy National Emergency finger. 

But that’s not what’s emerging from the conference committee. In fact, the bill that surfaces for a vote this week is sounding very like the bill that Trump originally said he would support back in December, before conservative pundits made fun of him. That bill offered $1.6 billion for border security. Since then, Democrats have repeatedly passed a similar bill in the House, but which Mitch McConnell refused to bring to a vote in the Senate. Those bills offered between $1.3 and $1.6 billion in border security funding, which was explicitly split up among items that were aimed mostly at ports of entry, rather than building any kind of barrier.

As the conference committee gets close to wrapping up its proposal, it’s looking like the number will be … somewhere between $1.8 and $2.0 billion. Included in that number will be some funds that can be spent on “bollard fencing,” a kind of scaled down version of the “steel slats” that Trump has talked about in the past, and a type of fencing already in use near some points of entry. By dedicating some funds to bollard fencing, Republicans will be able to claim that they secured some “wall” or “barrier” or whatever they decide to call it. But it won’t be much. It certainly won’t be the 234 miles of wall that was supposed to be covered by over $5 billion from the Republican bill that was voted down in the Senate.

As Roll Call reports, the fact that the compromise bill contains any kind of barrier funding at all can be expected to lose Democrats some votes from legislators who have pledged not to support any such structures. However, it’s also expected that Democrats will retain enough votes—and secure enough Republican votes—to see the bill through.


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Hours after Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially announced her candidacy on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the US President recalled her previous controversial claims of Native American ancestry.
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After New Jersey made its move toward a $15 minimum wage official, the question was where next—and it hasn’t been a long wait to find out. The Illinois state Senate has passed a bill raising the state’s minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour to $15 in 2025. The state House, which has a Democratic majority, needs to vote next. Assuming the bill passes the House, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is on board, telling reporters that “If you live in this state and put in a hard day's work, you should be able to afford to put a roof over your head and food on the table.”

The bill raises the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020, then to $10 on July 1, 2020. After that, it rises $1 every January until it reaches $15 in 2025. Unfortunately, it does not bring the tipped minimum wage up to $15 with everyone else, keeping that at 60 percent of the full minimum wage. The bill offers a tax credit for small businesses that will be gradually phased out.

Illinois’ minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2010, but Chicago and Cook County have increased theirs, which are currently at $12 and $11, respectively. The federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25, where it’s been for a decade. Congressional Democrats have introduced a $15 minimum wage bill, but Republicans are blocking it and will continue to do so as long as they can.

Speaking of New Jersey, the last state to head to $15, its legislature has sent a bill strengthening its paid family leave program to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.


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All you really need to know about Donald Trump’s choice for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is that Trump felt Jeff Sessions wasn’t corrupt enough to continue in the position. Whitaker has been a hostile witness in front of the House Committee on Friday, acting both condescending and ornery at any and all questions sent his way by House democrats. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) can talk fast and doesn’t suffer bullies lightly, and his intense questioning of Whitaker was a master class in fighting fire with fire.

Rep. Cicilline opened by negating the almost sociopathic evasive answer pattern Whitaker has employed during Friday’s hearings—thanking and appreciating every single question before not answering any single question.

Rep. Cicilline: Mr. Whitaker, I will be straight. I will cut you off if you make long speeches. You do not need to thank me for asking, or complementing me. I assume that they're all great questions and you're grateful.

Hehe.

Rep. Ciclline: One, you were briefed by special counsel, did you share that information with members of staff, the information you learned in the briefing from the special counsel or his team?

Whitaker uses this moment to remind Rep. Cicilline that he isn’t answering any questions about Donald Trump because he’s not actually answering any questions. Cicilline begins to fire questions at Whitaker who does his best to slowly and monosyllabically evade them, realizing that he’s probably perjuring himself—but then again, what person in the Trump administration hasn’t perjured themselves? When it becomes clear that Whitaker isn’t going to be particularly illuminating in his answers, Rep. Cicilline decides to give him a dose of what it feels like to be disrespected by someone, as he just begins cutting him off after a word or two, knowing it’s a load of hot orange air coming out of Whitaker’s mouth.

Rep. Ciclline: You would not answer questions about conversations with the president, did you not? Whitaker: Yes, I did.

Rep. Ciclline: So you are not sitting here today saying the president has instructed you to answer questions, correct?

Whitaker: I'm not sitting here --

Rep. Ciclline:--You're prepared to answer all of the questions?

Whitaker: Congressman, I was pretty --

Rep. Ciclline:--Have you spoken to the president, Mr. Whitaker about the Mueller investigation?

Whitaker: Congressman, as I have previously testified, I did not talk to the president about the Mueller investigation.

Rep. Ciclline: Have you ever spoken to the president or member—or parts of his legal team—about information that you've learned in your capacity as acting attorney general related to the Mueller investigation or any other criminal investigation involving the president?

Whitaker: Congressman, while I have specifically been saying that I'm not going to comment about my conversations with the President or his senior staff. I have also been very clear that the president has not instructed me to do anything. 

Rep. Cicilline: That wasn't my question. My question is have you had conversations about what you learned. That's a yes or no.

Whittaker: Congressman, I have, I spend all day every day—

Rep. Cicilline: --Mr. Whitaker, my question is very specific: have you spoken to the President or his legal team about what you've learned in the Mueller investigation or were the related criminal investigation that may involve the president, yes or no?

Whitaker can’t and won’t answer this question because, well, he probably thinks this will keep him out of jail or at least on the mythical Trump-pardon list that Trump probably has scrawled on a napkin somewhere. Rep. Cicilline finishes by reading off a series of statements surrounding Matthew Whitaker’s alleged statements to St. John’s Law professor John Q. Barrett that he was going to try and get “noticed” by Trump, with his amazing ideas about how president Trump should be left alone by the Mueller investigation.

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Whitaker told me in June 2017 that he was flying out from Iowa to NYC to be on CNN regularly because he was hoping to be noticed as a Trump defender, and through that to get a Trump judicial appointment back in Iowa.

— John Q. Barrett (@JohnQBarrett) November 8, 2018

Rep. Cicilline finishes by laying it all on the table:

Rep. Cicilline: You said all those things and they're all in print. And it answers Mr. Deutch’s (D-FL) question. The American people wondered just how is it that Mr. Whittaker becomes the acting Attorney General of the United States, in violation of existing statutes. Was he put there for a particular purpose. That wasn't a question.

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Whatever personal assurances Sen. Susan Collins thinks she has gotten aside, the rest of America's conservatives seem quite confident that the new Trump-touched Supreme Court, with the additions of Justice Collusion and Justice Sexual Assault, are preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize abortion and establish putative measures against American women who would seek it.

Two new bills by South Carolina Republicans seek to take the fight to the Court sooner, rather than later. State Rep. Josiah Magnuson has introduced a "personhood" bill declaring that human life, and therefore legal protections, begins at conception (but, curiously, still exempts in-vitro fertilization, which suggests that the extremist declaration is considerably more fungible than one might expect, if the author truly believed it in the first place).

And State Sen. Richard Cash's bill makes having an abortion, as well as performing one, a state felony. Women who seek an abortion in South Carolina may, under Cash's bill, face imprisonment unless she or her doctors can prove to the state that it was done as "medical emergency."

This is all both 1.) spectacularly batshit crazy and 2.) a deeply unpopular stance among voters. But South Carolina Republicans will seek to railroad it through anyway; Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is vowing to sign those or similar bills. It will be up to State Senate Democrats to block those efforts again, as they did with a similar effort last year.

It's worth noting that the two authors themselves know the rank extremism of their bills. That is why Magnuson carved out an exception for in-vitro fertilization despite such a stance being nonsensical, if he truly believed the rest of his premise. And that is why Cash attempted to mutter and bluster his way through the plain question of whether his bill would indeed indict, prosecute, and jail South Carolina women who sought the procedure.

“There is no doubt that many woman are pressured (into having an abortion),” Cash said. “They’re coerced. They’re intimidated. They’re literally threatened. ... But if we say a mother is simply a victim ... then we, in fact, are denying ... moral responsibility to someone for their decision.”
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans.

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Here's the thing. They desecrated the schools, fired racist teachers, threw out racist textbooks. But, they did NOT remove the confederate statues from the town square! Those statues do teach evil which is why the Charlottesville conflagration was so frustrating. The town had voted to move the statue and the alt right came in and said the state law prevents that. And look it up, it's true there's a monument law which keeps being voted up by Republican legislators that prevents towns from moving statues. Mind you, these are democrat, confederate, Jim crow statues that the republicans are holding the bag for. As it turns out, Northams Republican opponent, Gillespie, took an emphatic confedophile line on the statues, so there was a bit of justice in the confederate pickup truck video. It's almost like the gop is trying toss these elections. But there are real consequences. On Gillespie coattails, longstanding repub legislator Bob Marshall lost to a transgender. And this last November, with flaming confedophile (But Yankee born and bred) Republican Corey Stewart not only lost to abortocrat Kaine for Senator but also swept in a whole mob of lefties to the statehouse. Which is why we are seeing late abortions rolling in and a whole lot else. Take a look at the brave new world ivf surrogacy fake parenting legislation they are cooking up. Just one more thing.. trump likes to stir the pot on the confed issue... calls them beautiful statues. Read the cornerstone speech of the confederacy to see how beautiful that slave gulag regime was going to be. It's almost as if Trump was trying to inflame.
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ПОСЛЕОБЕДЕННЫЙ ЧАЙ В СЕНАТСКОМ ЗАЛЕ КОРОЛЕВСКОЙ АКАДЕМИИ ИСКУССТВ

Обсуждение искусства над итальянскими угощениями

В прошлом году Королевская Академия отпраздновала свое 250-летие. В ознаменование этой вехи было реконструировано его второе здание в Берлингтон-Гарденз, а теперь в нем, в частности, бесплатно представлены работы Микеланджело, Констебла и Гейнсборо, после просмотра которых можно зайти в новую столовую. На вершине огромной, извилистой лестницы, спрятанной за обычной деревянной дверью, при входе в сенатскую комнату, ощущаешь присутствие великой тайны; комната как будто парит надо всем, -- с богато украшенными потолками и потоками света из ряда гигантских окон. Это прекрасное место для отдыха после того, как вы отходили все ноги в галерее.

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Королевская Академия
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В одном из залов галереи
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Джон Констебл. Вид на собор в Солсбери из Епископского Сада
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И еще пару картин Джона Констебла (к сожалению, я не знаю их названий)
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Микеланджело Буонарротти. "Пьета". Фрагмент
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Томас Гейнсборо. Вечерний пейзаж с пожилым крестьянином и ослами

Могла бы "накопать" еще больше картин, но в данном случае речь не столько о них, сколько об английском меню, предлагаемом в кафе галереи. А к самим художникам я в своё время, разумеется, вернусь.

Меню послеобеденного чая, созданное родившейся в Риме Мелиссой Форти, автором итальянского пекаря и владельцем чайной комнаты Мелиссы в Тоскане, безусловно, обещает итальянский праздник. Все начинается освежающе, с хрустящего радиккио, горгонзола и грушевого салата вместе с тарелкой мелко нарезанной салямы и куском свежей фокаччи. Это главные блюда. Возвышающаяся стойка послеобеденного чая, умело отражающая высокую комнату, помещается рядом со столом (он достаточно высокий, чтобы сидеть на полу). Savouries играть с итальянскими ингредиентами, такими как порчетта и мягкий сыр stracciatella, в то время как традиционные яйца, майонез, сэндвич добавляют как бы средиземноморский аромат тунца, оливок и трав.
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Один из видов Тосканы, родины Мелиссы Форти

Булочки, искусно приготовленные английскими пекарями так, что кажутся неотъемлемой частью итальянской кухни, несколько проигрывают некоторым сладким угощениям, таким, как торты, например. Есть изумительно вкусный чизкейк с рикоттой и медом, и морешный кофе bignè (крем-слойка), которыми не надо пренебрегать. Второй раунд -- это panettone, по консистенции очень похожий на конфеты, одетые, как в шубку, в теплый шелковистый заварной крем. И, наконец, есть эспрессо zabaione, кофе со сливками, подаваемый, как правило, в бокалах для коктейлей; он совмещает в себе такой богатый незабываемый букет, который вы будете чувствовать долго, и будет очень жаль, если вы выпьете только немножко.
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Меню напитков весьма велико, например, можно выбрать Bellinis (с ноткой граната он восхитителен); вы можете выбрать любой сорт свежего листового чая, который подаётся в национальных чайных горшках. Настройтесь заранее на посещение нескольких выставок, а затем приходите сюда, чтобы за чашечкой чая перенестись мыслями к только что увиденному вами.

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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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Diamond & Silk on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's latest heritage controversyMassachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren listed her race as American Indian on her 1986 registration card for the Texas Bar; reaction from Diamond & Silk.



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Rai USA 2020, ELIZABETH WARREN CANDIDATA DEM Elizabeth Warren ha scelto Lawrence, storica città operaia del suo Massachusetts, per annunciare ufficialmente la sua candidatura nella corsa per la Casa Bianca nel 2020. "Questa è la lotta per costruire un paese dove i sogni sono possibili. Ed è per questo che sono qui oggi", ha detto la senatrice democratica,una delle più progressiste nella Camera dei rappresentanti Usa. E' la quarta donna dem a scendere in campo, la terza senatrice, dopo Kirsten Gillibrand e Kamala Harris. "La gente rifiuterà le idee socialiste della Warren",comitato rielezione Trump
          State Senator Ben Hansen's Column      Cache   Translate Page      

The first full week of February was very welcome after a January that seemed never to end.  On the floor of the legislature, our mornings have been full of debate.  More and more bills pass through the committee process each day and are advanced to the General File for consideration by all 49 senators.  I received numerous emails and phone calls from constituents about several of the bills heard in committee or on the floor this week.  Some have been controversial and others have passed unanimously, like the constitutional amendment proposed by Senator Wayne to eliminate slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for crimes.  Thank you for reaching out to me.

As promised in my last column I’ll begin writing about certain property tax bills introduced this year that I’m taking a close look at.  Please keep in mind that the state does not actually levy property taxes.  All property taxes are levied and collected locally.  There are, however, ways we can affect local property taxes by changing related state policies.

The first property tax bill I’ll be reviewing is LB 497 introduced by Senator Friesen of Legislative District 34.  This bill addresses property taxes by changing how public schools are funded by the state.  Out of Nebraska’s 244 school districts, 69 receive state equalization aid.  The other 175 are funded almost entirely by local property taxes with 60 percent of all property taxes being used for school funding.  LB 497 stipulates the state pay at least 50 percent of basic education costs for every school in Nebraska

LB 497 achieves real property tax relief for residential, commercial, and agricultural property owners alike.  It funds schools in Nebraska sufficiently and ensures no school would be left without state aid.  The impact on Nebraskans would be varying.  Although “sin taxes” like those on alcohol and cigarettes are generally accepted, Nebraska is home to a booming craft-brew scene.  These breweries are popping up all over rural Nebraska and many of them use locally grown goods in their products.

The bill accomplishes all of this by eliminating several sales tax exemptions, raising other sales taxes, and changing the way agricultural land is evaluated in the state aid formula for school funding.  Sales taxes would rise $1.07/gallon on beer, $2.56/gallon on wine, $8.53/gallon on spirits, and $1.50 on cigarettes.  Certain goods and services currently exempt from sales tax would be taxed under the bill including food for home consumption, vehicle maintenance and repair, dry cleaning, hair care, massages, storage services.  Though the bill is projected to create over $524 million each year in added revenue we must be very thoughtful and intentional as we consider the impact these sort of changes would have on Nebraska’s economy and citizens’ everyday lives.

There are positives and negatives to this proposal but I’m hopeful the Revenue Committee will provide an opportunity for the bill to be debated by all 49 senators on the floor of the legislature.

Next week promises to be a big week as I’ll be introducing three bills at their committee hearings.

You’re welcome to contact our office at (402)-471-2728 to speak with my Administrative Assistant, Ellie Stangl; or my Legislative Aide, Jacob Campbell.  You can also email me at bhansen@leg.ne.gov.  To follow along with the session please visit nebraskalegislature.gov or you may watch the live stream when available at netnebraska.org


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Trump’tan Senato’ya Kaşıkçı resti
ABD Senatosu ile Trump yönetimi arasında Kaşıkçı cinayeti konusundaki çatlak büyüyor. ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, Kaşıkçı cinayetinden doğrudan Suudi Veliaht Prens'in sorumlu olup olmadığının "Magnitsky...Devamı için tıklayınız
          Sen. Cory Booker Speaks of Unity in Des Moines During Campaign Stop      Cache   Translate Page      
DES MOINES, Iowa — About 500 Democrats filled the Des Moines Social Club Saturday afternoon to hear Sen. Cory Booker speak, a 2020 presidential candidate who has family from this very state. “As much as my story is all about New Jersey, the reality is my roots are right here in Des Moines,” Booker said. The senator spoke on housing inequality and health care for all, but his main point of focus in Des Moines was about coming together over […]
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La senatrice di Fi condanna l'uso come insulto, riservato - dice - «solo a chi non sta a sinistra»

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          Rep. Chuck Fleischmann On Border Funding      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: So will there be another a partial government shutdown or not? There are signs congressional negotiators are moving towards a compromise on border funding, which would be really key here. The Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Republican Richard Shelby is sounding optimistic. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) RICHARD SHELBY: The dialogue is good. The tone is good. We're talking about substance. I would say we've got a much better chance today than we had Monday to reach some kind of resolution to this. GREENE: Now, to avoid a shutdown, the president would need to sign something by next Friday. Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee is on the conference committee trying to craft a bill, and he joins us this morning. Welcome back to the program, Congressman. CHUCK FLEISCHMANN: Good morning, sir. Thank you. GREENE: So I hear you and other negotiators are packing up and heading up to Camp David tonight. Are you
          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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Author: rogerthat
Subject: The American Politics Thread
Posted: February 09 2019 at 19:30

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

now is that right... or fair? Who knows...  all I know is the Mickprincipal.. life is a bitch.. and often not fair.

ask the millions of nameless faceless women that are sexually assaulted and the men who get away with it how fair life is..

if the cost of a heightened awareness and the movement for the victims to come out is a few innocents who get their lives trashed.. oh well..  being a public figure has it's upsides .. and downsides.

as I was telling Raff at lunch (we had a long passionate talk over this very subject) 

if you have any chance of having allegations like this come out.. then perhaps politics and entering the public life is not where you need to be.  



Oh I have absolutely no problem with throwing politicians under the bus since I think most of them worlwide are rotten anyway. But from the outside, I can't help but notice that it's only one party that's taking such a strident line on this. And I do wonder indeed if that is an overreaction to the HRC campaign. It's not necessary that voters would be equally as unforgiving of some other democratic candidate, especially a low profile dark horse like say Tulsi Gabbard. It's more like HRC was a candidate with tremendous baggage and those who didn't want to vote for her were looking for reasons why. It's admirable and all that to see the Democratic Party hold reps, senators to a high standard. Just make sure you don't run out of candidates. And yes morals are relative. But, again I am just using the Northam example to make a larger point about the party. The choice between someone wearing a blackface 30 years back (when if I recall there was a pop hit with a video that featured a blackface) and someone calling Mexicans rapists and terrorists on his campaign is or should be an easy one to make. Back in the day, nobody talked much about the times Gandhi's attempts to maintain celibacy went wrong (and the quibbling began post independence from right wingers who found non violence abhorrent) because it was important to remember not only what we were fighting for but what we were fighting against. Take a stand sure but beat the enemy first and foremost. And trump isn't just the enemy of the Democratic Party but enemy no. 1 of the USA.
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Racism Run Amok
A local "opinion contributor" to the Arizona Central news outlet offered the opinion that an historic photo in a Phoenix restaurant of coal miners was offensive because he thought it looked like they were in blackface and, as we all know, blackface is evil. He was offended and that picture had to come down even after he knew that it was not blackface. Not to be outdone, Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner (apparently an Associate Professor of English at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR) wrote a piece in the New York Times about how that whole Mary Poppins "chimney sweep" "Step in Time" piece was racist because the characters were in blackface ... you know, as chimney sweeps would be.

The first opinion piece was written by an African American. The New York Times piece was a white guy. We'll allow that the African American has a right to be miffed about racist miners covered in coal dust, but doesn't that New York Times writer know that he's part of the problem of racism simply because he's white? Apparently he ain't woke yet. But, seriously, do we really need to dig into the obscure, innocuous stuff to find racism where it isn't? Don't we have enough real racism to deal with? Hey, we can't even agree on the definition of the term. (Current society argues that a minority who hates a white person for being white is not racist because the minority is not in power. A whole new version of "racism.")

Kill 'Em All
Americans live in a republic, not a democracy. We have a representative government, not a one-to-one vote. So our government reflects our people. This is one of the reasons I am so disturbed at the current trend in Democratic candidates for president in 2020. Virginia's new abortion bill allows for abortion "all the way up to 40 weeks" according to its instigator, Kathy Tran. Most Democratic candidates favor the right of women to kill their babies unrestricted. Most states have a "viability" cutoff -- typically about 24 weeks. If science can keep that baby alive outside the womb, it shouldn't be killed. The Democrats support the attempt to kill babies up to and even beyond birth. And the Democratic party would like to mandate via the Women's Health Protection Act that all states be required to invalidate their fetal viability laws in favor of "the pregnant woman's life or health" where "life or health" can be loosely translated as "if she feels okay about it." (After all, it is harmful to her "life or health" if she is sad about having the child, isn't it?)

So we have a significant portion of Americans who would like to kill babies if the mom feels like it. I'm wondering if there is any public servant willing to put out a bill to protect the lives of babies. The logical progression of this "women's choice" issue is looks like "They should be allowed to kill 'em before viability" ... "Oh, they should be allowed to kill 'em before birth" ... "Oh, why not allow them to kill 'em after birth?" ... "Hey, what kind of age limit should we put on this?" People are up in arms over states requiring voters to prove their residency in their state. Less are up in arms over this concept of the non-person human being. Maybe we can erase these kids until they can prove they're persons?

As an aside, the rising tide of "We need to be allowed to kill our babies whenever we want!!!" is really disturbing. The "conservative" Supreme Court struck down provisions that could curb it. While we tend to refer to people who defend abortion as "pro-choice" or "pro-abortion", the public in general and the media in particular refuses to acknowledge that we are "pro-life" and wrongly demands that we are "anti-abortion" like there is something sacred about a woman maintaining a pregnancy or something. The quantity of those who think that murdering babies is no big deal and the fact that they don't realize the "unintended consequences" of such a position makes me deeply concerned for our country. The growing spread of "We have the right to kill them if we want" to more and more places around the world makes me deeply concerned for the world. The number of pro-life people that don't understand what's at stake doesn't ease those concerns. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

The Green New Deal
The darling of the Socialists ... oh, sorry, Democratic Socialists ... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released her Green New Deal on the 116th Congress. Things like converting to 100% renewable (not clean) energy within 10 years to prevent losing out on our "last-chance opportunity" of saving the world from human-caused end-of-the-universe global climate change. A lofty goal of "Decarbonizing electricity, transportation, and industry, restoring natural ecosystems, and upgrading buildings and electricity grids within a 10-year timeframe." Eliminate fossil fuels. Refit or rebuild all structures to be eco-friendly. (Still curious ... why solely "renewable" and not "clean"? Odd.) How do we pay for it? (Because, trust me, this is really going to suck someone's pocket book dry.) Tax billionaires at 70%. That ought to do it. Right? (Hint: No.) What should concern you is the popularity of this kind of plan (take the money from the rich and ... well, you too ... to force their social agenda). If "popular" wins votes and votes make laws, we could be in for trouble.

Defining Evil
Breaking news. If you hold to biblical morality, you are evil and need to leave. At least that's what Richard Cohen of the Washington Post believes. Follow the Bible? You're the purest form of bigotry. Blaming biblical morality for the murder of Matthew Shepard and the attack on Jussie Smollett and the like, he made it clear that those with a biblical worldview are not welcome here. Starting with the Pences. You think the top three in Virginia's government are bad? They don't even hold a candle the evil that is Christianity. You think you have the right moral code just because you believe God's instructions? Think again. Genuine good is only defined by the elitists of modern society. They know what's right. On what basis? Well ... because they know. Come on! You have to see that!

Just 10 People
God has issued a stunning statement that if they can find just 10 Democrats in Virginia who haven't worn blackface or a KKK costume or harbored racist thoughts, He will spare the state.

Must be true; I read it on the Internet
          02/09 Links: Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel; Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition; Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel
To say, as progressives sometimes do, that Jews are “colonizers” in Israel is anti-Semitic because it advances the lie that there is no ancestral or historic Jewish tie to the land. To claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, when manifestly it is not, is anti-Semitic because it’s an attempt to Nazify the Jewish state. To insist that the only state in the world that has forfeited the moral right to exist just happens to be the Jewish state is anti-Semitic, too: Are Israel’s purported crimes really worse than those of, say, Zimbabwe or China, whose rights to exist are never called into question?

But the most toxic assumption is that Jews, whether in Israel or the U.S., can never really be thought of as victims or even as a minority because they are white, wealthy, powerful and “privileged.” This relies on a simplistic concept of power that collapses on a moment’s inspection.

Jews in Germany were economically and even politically powerful in the 1920s. And then they were in Buchenwald. Israel appears powerful vis-à-vis the Palestinians, but considerably less so in the context of a broader Middle East saturated with genocidal anti-Semitism. American Jews are comparatively wealthy. But wealth without political power, as Hannah Arendt understood, is a recipe for hatred. The Jews of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh are almost surely “privileged” according to various socio-economic measures. But privilege didn’t save the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue last year.

Nor can the racial politics of the United States or any other country be projected onto the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as some have desperately sought to do. Nearly half of all Jewish Israelis have Middle Eastern roots; some, in fact, are black. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolent resistance; Yasir Arafat practiced terrorism. The civil rights movement was about getting America to live up its founding ideals; anti-Zionism is about destroying Israel’s founding ideals.

As for the oft-cited apartheid analogy, black South Africans did not have a place in the old regime’s Parliament, as Israeli Arabs have in the Knesset; nor were they admitted to white universities, as Israeli Arabs are to Israeli universities. Israel can do more to advance the rights of its Arab citizens (just as the United States, France, Britain and other countries can for their own minorities). And Israel can also do more to ease the lives of Palestinians who are not citizens. But the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa is unfair to the former and an insult to the victims of the latter. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition
Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction, also lashed out at Iran:

"Iran has not provided anything for the Palestinian people. It is shameful that some think that the economic crisis in Iran is because of its support for the Palestinians. We never heard that Iran helped build a school or hospital or university or any other developmental project."

Iran's support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he explained, does not mean that it supports the Palestinian people. "This is a huge misconception and mistake," he said.

In addition, Abbas loyalists have accused Iran of supporting Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. One official claimed that the Hamas terrorists who staged a coup against the Palestinian Authority back then had received military training in Iran and "some Arab countries."

Another sign that the Arab countries have turned their backs on the Palestinians was provided by the recent convening of Arab foreign ministers in Jordan to build a consensus among Arab states on regional security issues. The Palestinians were not invited.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah should ask itself why is everyone disparaging the Palestinian cause," said Palestinian political analyst Fayez Abu Shamaleh. "Why is the Palestinian cause no longer at the center of the attention of Arabs and Jews? Even the candidates running in the Israeli election have ignored the Palestinian issue."

The Palestinian fears do not seem unjustified. Several Arab countries appear completely fed up with the Palestinians, particularly the continued bickering between Fatah and Hamas. Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries have tried in the past decade to help the two rival parties resolve their differences, to no avail. Egyptian intelligence officials have devoted years trying to convince Hamas and Fatah to work together for the benefit of the Palestinians.

Instead of doing so, however, Palestinian leaders are preoccupied with blocking Arab participation in a conference that could see the creation of a coalition against Iran -- the same country that Abbas and his loyalists hold responsible for the ongoing divisions among the Palestinians. Might it be possible that the Arab countries are finally rousing themselves from their long slumber and beginning to seek better lives for themselves and their neighbors?
Michael Lumish: "Palestinians" and BDS
Note the use of "Palestinian" in quotes by the creator of the image below.

The reason for this is because he understands that the Arabs who live in the Land of Israel -- which is to say, the land of the Jewish people -- only came into recognizable existence around the time that Paul McCartney was writing "Yesterday."

The people who we call "Palestinians" come from throughout the entire Arab world and that world is a world of conquest by Arabs against non-Arabs. This is not a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact.

It is a matter of known historical knowledge.

Were Israel to be the twenty-third Arab-Muslim state, rather than the lone, sole Jewish state, it would be hailed as the most enlightened country throughout the Middle East. It is only hated by Arabs and their western-left allies because it is the single Jewish state.

Thus, many of us who favor the ongoing well-being of the Jewish people in an entirely hostile world often put the word "Palestinian" in quotes.



Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes
A master's degree in creative writing, followed by a stint writing reports and speeches for an ex-congressman heading a think tank, is generally considered inadequate experience to then serve as the president's deputy national security adviser. Yet that is the path that Ben Rhodes walked to become who writer David Samuels once described as "the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy," aside from Barack Obama. Perhaps it is because of that unconventional route that Rhodes developed visceral contempt for the foreign-policy establishment, which he called "the Blob" and whose ideas he sought to buck—primarily because of the chaotic landscape in the Middle East and, relatedly, an obsessive disgust with the Iraq War.

As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential run, makes foreign policy one of his principal focuses, in part to counter critics who considered him ignorant of international issues during the 2016 campaign, he has acquired his own Ben Rhodes. Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Sanders hired Matt Duss as his foreign-policy adviser. It is no coincidence that, since then, Sanders has been more vocal about foreign affairs, articulating a progressive vision for America's role in the world.

Duss also shares Rhodes's deep contempt for the so-called Blob, as Klion's title suggests. Most notably, while working at the Center for American Progress, or CAP, from 2008 to 2014, Duss waged a campaign against the pro-Israel community in Washington. He called out the Washington Free Beacon among other media outlets and organizations that were critical of his misleading and outrageous claims about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That brings us to the policy positions that Duss and Rhodes share: disgust with the Iraq War, support for the Iran nuclear deal and an American tilt toward the Islamic Republic, deep hostility toward Israel—in Duss's case bordering on anti-Semitism because of his fallacious demonization of the Jewish state—and Saudi Arabia, and a general aversion to deploying American soldiers abroad, among others.

"Rhodes … is the most obvious example of the kind of role that Duss might be expected to play in a Sanders administration," Klion writes.

But as far to the left as Rhodes is, Duss is further out there, a true believer who drank every drop of the progressive Kool Aid. Duss "does identify as a man of the left," Klion notes, "a strong social democrat perfectly at home with Sanders's political program."
GOP leader promises ‘action’ against Democrats accused of anti-Semitism
The Republican leader in the US House of Representatives said he would take action against two Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel if the Democratic majority did not do so.

“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

McCarthy noted that he had recently taken action to isolate Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has long associated with white supremacists. The precipitating event for McCarthy was when King wondered in an interview why terms like “white supremacy” were stigmatized.

Statements by freshmen Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were equal to King’s and “more so,” McCarthy said. He did not say what action he might initiate against them.

It’s not clear what statements McCarthy particularly found offensive, but both lawmakers embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, and both have been accused of tweets that cross the line to anti-Semitism: Tlaib in January when she appeared to accuse senators of dual loyalty for advancing a bill that would protect states penalizing commercial Israel boycotts; and Omar in 2012 when she said Israel was “hypnotizing” the world. Omar has in recent days apologized multiple times for that tweet.
The Spin Room Panel: Israeli Votes on the Palestinian Topic
THE SPIN ROOM | What are the Israeli elections about? For years, they've been mostly about security and the Palestinian conflict. How can Israel solve it? Former Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy debate. (h/t Elder of Lobby)


Palestinians Reject Invitation to Attend US Mideast Meeting in Poland
Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week, a senior American official said on Friday, but top Palestinian officials said they would not attend.

The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the US to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians, saying these had undermined efforts to reach a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict.

“As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the US official said.

Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, “will discuss the administration’s efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience,” the official noted.

“We would very much welcome the Palestinian Authority’s perspectives during the discussion, but I do want to emphasize this is not a negotiation but a discussion, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation in Warsaw,” he added.

Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat quickly rejected the invitation, writing on Twitter: “Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side.

“Our position remains clear: We are not going to attend this conference and reiterate that we have not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”
Palestinian Authority calls on Arabs to boycott U.S. conference in Warsaw
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in response to the US invitation that the Warsaw conference “is an attempt at bypassing the Arab Peace Initiative and destroying the Palestinian national project.” Erekat said the Palestinians will not attend the conference and have “not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”

Another PA official, Hussein al-Sheikh, also rejected the invitation, and said the PLO was the only party mandated to represent or talk on behalf of the Palestinians. Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh warned that any Palestinian or Arab who accepts Trump’s “deal of the century” would be accused of betraying Jerusalem and Islamic and Christian holy sites. He too emphasized that the PLO was the only party which has the authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinians.

The PA, which has been boycotting the Trump administration since December 2017, has expressed fear that the Warsaw conference’s main goal would be to promote normalization between Israel and some Arab countries.

In the past two weeks, several PA officials have called on the Arab countries to boycott the upcoming conference and to remain committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for normalizing ties between Israel and the Arab countries only after a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

Qawassmeh warned on Saturday that any Arab leader who meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw conference would be “stabbing Jerusalem and our Palestinian people.” The Palestinians, he added, are opposed to any form of normalization “with the Israeli occupation entity because that would be a free gift to Tel Aviv.”
Foreign Ministry said to see little chance of breakthrough in Israeli-Saudi ties
Saudi Arabia will not normalize ties with Israel or support the Trump administration’s peace plan without significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, according to a classified Foreign Ministry document reported by Israeli television Friday.

Israel in recent years has worked to improve ties with Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which, despite having no diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, share a common foe in Iran.

Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will not establish ties with Jerusalem in the absence of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said improved relations with the Arab world could better the chances of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official familiar with the document, Channel 13 news reported that the memo, drawn up in mid-December, contradicts Netanyahu’s position, arguing the chances of such an “inside-out” formula resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were remote.
Palestinians Approach UN Seeking ‘Top Billing’ in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (satire)
A delegation representing the Palestinian Authority has appeared before UN leadership requesting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to be renamed. As PA representative Mahmoud Said told the UN, “For too long, we’ve been told that we don’t deserve top billing in this conflict. For too long, our children have grown up in a world where they are billed second to the Zionists. Don’t they deserve to live in a world where their biggest problem is the ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?’”

According to Said, the request has less to do with the Palestinian or Israeli contributions to the decades-old conflict, and more with the self esteem of the Palestinian people. “Our children are already told they are second-class citizens, why should they also be branded as coming second in the name of the struggle with Israel when we’re equal shareholders?”

Israel has also sent a delegation to the UN with the expressed goal of retaining top billing. “We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading name in this ongoing war. We won’t sit idly by and let the Palestinians use bureaucratic trickery to ruin all that we’ve worked for,” commented Israeli Government representative Avigdor Benrimon. “‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it, why should anyone care about a conflict without a snappy name? The Balochistan Conflict has been going on as long as ours, but no one’s ever heard of them. You know why? The name is terrible. They should fire whatever PR person thought of it.”
Praising Hezbollah, Russian envoy claims US could spark new Israel-Lebanon war
Russia’s ambassador in Beirut said US policies toward Iran could set off a fresh war between Israel and Lebanon, while championing the country’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

Though he said renewed fighting between the sides remained uncertain, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that he said could draw in countries and actors throughout the Middle East.

“As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation,” Zasypkin told the state-owned Sputnik news agency in an interview published Saturday.

“A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” he added.

Zaspykin also claimed the US stance toward Iran and Hezbollah was further destabilizing the region.
Suspect in the murder of Ori Ansbacher arrested near Ramallah
IDF and police forces have arrested a Palestinian suspected in committing the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, according to the police spokesperson's unit.

The suspect was been arrested near Ramallah, and was reported to be living in Hebron.

"The joint investigation of the Israel Police and the General Security Service led the Border Police unit of the Border Police, the Shin Bet security forces and the IDF to carry out operations in Ramallah, in the framework of which a suspect was arrested in the murder of Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem," the Border Police spokesperson said in a released statement.

"From the moment that the body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the Ein Yael area of ​​Jerusalem, a joint investigation team of the Israel Police and the General Security Service to work together to locate every piece of information and evidence that could lead to the identity of the suspect."

"The suspect was arrested in Ramallah, and the suspect, a resident of Hebron, was interrogated by the GSS. There is a gag order on every detail of the investigation, except for what is written in this notice," the statement concluded. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Police: Forensics at scene led to Palestinian suspect in murder of Israeli teen
Israeli police investigating the brutal murder of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem said on Saturday that forensic evidence unearthed at the scene of the crime led forces to the arrest of a Palestinian suspect Friday night.

Ansbacher, 19, was found dead in the woods at Ein Yael in south Jerusalem late Thursday, with what police said were “signs of violence,” after she was reported missing earlier in the day.

Israeli security forces arrested the Palestinian suspect in Ramallah late Friday for the murder of Ansbacher, who Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said was killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted as saying had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

Police said the forensic evidence at the scene tied the suspect to the murder “without question” and that there would be no need for a confession, according to a Channel 13 report Saturday. The arrest of the suspect was “very quiet,” the police added.

Ansbacher’s family was notified of the arrest over the course of Saturday.

The suspect, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security services after a raid in the West Bank’s Ramallah/el-Bireh area on Friday night.

According to PA news outlet Wafa, IDF troops searched two residential buildings and the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque, where a 30-year-old employee was arrested. The report said the Israeli troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood, as well as from the mosque.

The raid sparked clashes with some local residents, who hurled rocks at the troops. The Palestinian Red Crescent said two Palestinians were treated for light injuries at hospitals in Ramallah.
Danon to UNSC President: Condemn PA's terror in light of Ansbacher's death
"Condemn the barbaric murder and act firmly against the PA's culture of terror" Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon demanded of the UN Security Council President on Friday.

Following the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, whose body was found in Ein Yael in Jerusalem on Thursday, Danon called for an urgent meeting with Anatolio Ndong Mba, the Equatorial Guinea ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as the president of the Security Council, and demanded that the Council publicly condemn the terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

"The Security Council's silence will not help in this fight against terrorism, and will only allow the waves of hatred to grow unchecked," said Danon, adding that "while this silence continues, the PA maintains its policy of paying salaries for terrorists and educating its youth with incitement, and a 19-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Israel.

"The Security Council has the responsibility and moral duty to make a clear condemnation of this barbaric murder and to act firmly against the culture of terror in the Palestinian Authority, the very culture that undermines stability in the region and destroys innocent lives," Danon concluded.
Police urge public to stop spreading ‘horrific’ rumors about Jerusalem murder
Police on Friday urged the public to stop spreading “horrific” and baseless rumors on social media surrounding the murder of a teenager whose body was discovered on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found dead Thursday with what police said were “signs of violence” after she was reported missing earlier in the day. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ansbacher had been killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted saying she had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

“Since the murder that took place yesterday, there have been different publications and reports, especially on social media, regarding the circumstances of the case, including horrific descriptions that are irresponsible,” police said in a rare statement.

“We are clarifying that these publications are baseless and hurt the honor of the victim and her family while misleading the public,” police added.

Police stressed they were doing everything in their power to track the perpetrator(s).

“We call on the public not to spread false rumors or disinformation from unauthorized sources,” police said.
IDF Troops Face Off Against 8,000 Palestinian Rioters in Latest Gaza Border Unrest
IDF troops faced off against around 8,000 Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, as weekly Hamas-orchestrated unrest continued.

According to Palestinian health officials, two rioters died in the latest clashes.

The Israeli military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence.

More than 220 Gazans have been killed in border violence since last March.

Last July, an IDF soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the frontier with the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

An Israeli military spokesperson said soldiers on Friday used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

The IDF tweeted about Friday’s events, “What prevented 8,000 violent rioters in Gaza from infiltrating into Israel? Some barbed wire & brave IDF soldiers. As rioters threw grenades + explosives into Israel today, our troops stood guard, ensuring innocent Israelis living minutes away stayed safe.”


Hezbollah terror chief chides Israelis for not recycling, in mock ad campaign
An Israeli recycling company has chosen an unlikely star for its environmental ad campaign, Hezbollah terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah.

The terror leader’s face appeared on a towering billboard on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv Wednesday and in a video put out by the ELA Recycling Corporation, encouraging Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

In the ad, an animated Nasrallah says “I don’t recycle bottles,” with text stating that he has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years, and asking Israelis, “What’s your excuse?”

In the mock video, Nasrallah is speaking Arabic, accompanied by Hebrew subtitles. He introduces himself as a “Youtuber” and public figure.

“Let’s talk for a second about our shared future, Israel. I haven’t recycled in 12 years, but what about you? What am I investing in tunnels for?” he says.

“If only I could leave [my bunker] to recycle bottles,” he laments.

The ELA Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit promoting recycling in Israel.


BDS's binding ties with terrorists
The ugly face of the anti-Israel BDS movement just got uglier. Or, to put it another way, a study of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement removed its mask to reveal some very nasty characters.

According to an 80-page report published this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, there are more than 100 different connections linking terrorists groups to organizations that promote anti-Israel boycotts, including “the employment of 30 current and ‘retired’ terror operatives.”

The report sports the catchy title “Terrorists in Suits,” and, as I suspected, beyond BDS’s useful idiots – Roger Waters and his ilk – lies an even darker layer of BDS-ers who are terrorists all dressed up. Connecting the dots, you can trace a line from “terrorists in suits” to terrorists in suicide vests. The lines crisscross through organizations professing to deal in human rights, spreading across continents.

This goes way beyond attempts to shoot down Tel Aviv as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is about shooting down Israel, period.

As Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan put it: “Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks.”

The report shows how Hamas and the PFLP (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) have ties to at least 13 anti-Israel NGOs. This includes 20 members now occupying senior positions in NGOs who have previously sat in jail, some for murder. The report “shows how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial and active ties with terrorist groups.”

Follow the money trail and you’ll find the BDS organizations have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, in addition to funds raised through crowdfunding, banks and other means.

Search for the femme fatale and you’ll find Leila Khaled, one of the stars of the study.
BBC World Affairs editor misleads on women’s rights in Iran
In contrast, here is an excerpt from an article by the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson which appeared in the ‘features’ section of BBC News website’s Middle East page on February 1st under the title “The plane journey that set Iran’s revolution in motion”.

“Today, Iran is a lot more easy-going than most outsiders imagine.

The rules about women’s dress are sometimes enforced harshly, but the Islamic Republic has never clamped down on women’s rights in the way you see routinely in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian women run businesses, own property, drive cars and play an important part in politics.

The present government is probably more liberal than any other since the revolution.”


The World Economic Forum publishes an annual ‘Global Gender Gap Report’ which ranks countries in terms of women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health, and political empowerment. The 2018 report put Iran in slot 142 out of 149, with Saudi Arabia one place higher. Despite Simpson’s claim that “Iranian women…play an important part in politics”, the WEF’s sub-index on political empowerment ranks Iran 141 out of 149. Saudi Arabia is ranked 127th.
BBC ignores developments in story it reported in 2014
BBC audiences have not seen any follow-up reporting on that story despite the fact that following a 2015 change in government policy, 1,300 Falash Mura immigrated to Israel in 2017. In October 2018 the Israeli cabinet authorised a plan to bring a further 1,000 members of the community to Israel and the first group arrived this week.

“The first 83 immigrants from Ethiopia, out of a total of some 1,000 approved last year for entry into Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night after waiting in Gondar for an average of 15 years.

In October, the government approved for immigration 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia who have children currently living in Israel. […]

The immigrants were welcomed by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and Aliyah and Integration Minister Yoav Galant, as well as by several well-wishers, including a delegation from the Jewish Federation of Chicago.”


The BBC has to date not found those developments in the story it reported in 2014 worth covering.
Texas museum stands by ownership of painting; Jewish family claims it’s looted
A Houston museum said Friday it “stands by its ownership” of a painting on loan to an exhibition in Germany which is being claimed as Nazi-looted art.

Henri Edmond Cross’ “Regatta in Venice” was loaned by Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts for a show on the French artist at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. Heirs of Jewish French collector Gaston Levy say it was stolen from their family by the Nazis and have filed a legal request for its return.

The Texas museum said it made a legal filing in Potsdam on Thursday. It said in a statement that “based on the facts of the provenance research, the museum stands by its ownership of ‘Regatta in Venice.'”

It said in its filing that no proof has been presented that the plaintiffs are Levy’s rightful heirs, and that Levy didn’t claim compensation for the piece in 1956 when he filed claims for other pieces in his collection, among them other pieces by Cross.

A lawyer for the heirs, Christoph Partsch, said last week that the painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1940. He said his clients had found out only now about the existence of the missing painting and were demanding its return. He said the family lives in Europe, but didn’t want to further identify them.
21 iconic Israeli movies that you must watch
A melting pot of many different peoples, Israeli culture can be hard to grasp fully through anything but movies.

From classics films that paint a picture of what life was like for Jewish immigrants in the 1950s and ’60s, to portraits of communities often left out of the mainstream, movies let you immerse yourself in Israeli life, if only for a short while.

This list has it all: film series immortalized in Israeli pop culture; cult comedies; wartime movies; films about religious Jews, Soviet immigrants, and Bedouin tribes; and Israeli films that have received international acclaim.

Watch and enjoy as you learn a little bit more about the complicated society that is Israel. We’ve included websites where you can find the movie with English subtitles.
Spray painting a pro-Israeli message with Artists 4 Israel
Graffiti artists are disgusted by the antisemitic and racist graffiti springing up across college and university campuses in the United States, and have formed a rapid response team to combat the problem through art.

Despite the recent surge in BDS efforts, Artists 4 Israel (A4I) has grown exponentially over the last 10 years showing that Israel’s support of the arts and free speech is recognized and having a significant impact. Artists 4 Israel now represents more than 8,000 artists from 26 different countries who are united to overcome bigotry against Israel, the Jews or any other persecuted group. The recent rash of scrawled hate speech and depictions of swastikas is particularly upsetting to urban artists.

“Hate has no place in graffiti and I refuse to let anyone disrespect my chosen art form for such terrible purposes” says Shayne Tuthill, an artist who joined A4I on a mission painting memorials to slain IDF soldiers in Israel. Shayne and others under the coordination of Artists 4 Israel have offered to reclaim the name of street art and defend against the bigots and vandals.

Swastikas and other hateful symbols have been found most recently on the American Federation of Teachers building. This follows incidents at Columbia University, Duke University, Goucher, Cornell, Pomona, UC Davis and far too many other colleges and universities.

Graffiti and street art can and should unite people and beautify communities. Since its inception, Artists 4 Israel has found that to be a core value of most graffiti artists. Originally focusing only on advocacy initiatives in New York City, it was the artists themselves who suggested traveling to Israel to paint over the bomb shelters in Sderot. There, artists from around the world gathered to heroically dodge rockets and defy a war to create murals across the city. When finished, bomb shelters, those distressing reminders of danger, were transformed into an outdoor art gallery that soothed the populace and has become a tourist site that lasts to this day. The artists received the Key to the City of Sderot for their efforts as well as thousands of hugs, kisses and heartfelt thanks from the local community.
How a curious love triangle spurred UK’s cabinet to pass the Balfour Declaration
There was only one Jewish member among the British Cabinet when it debated Chaim Weizmann’s request that it back the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the summer and autumn of 1917.

But Edwin Montagu, who was born 140 years ago this month, was not, as might have been expected, the strongest advocate of what soon became known as the Balfour Declaration. Actually, he was its most bitter adversary.

He railed against the “mischievous political creed” of Zionism, attacked the very notion that Jews were a nation, and ridiculed the idea that, in such a state, Jews “drawn from all quarters of the globe” would even be capable of communicating with one another.

In an angry memo to his fellow Cabinet members in August 1917 he went so far as to declare that the proposal before the government would be “anti-Semitic in result [and] will prove a rallying ground for anti-Semites in every country in the world.”

As the historian Jonathan Schneer wrote: “Ironically, a Jew represented the greatest remaining obstacle to Cabinet acceptance of the Balfour Declaration.”

Inadvertently, however, Montagu would play a possibly critical part in the realization of the Zionists’ dreams. That role had nothing to do with high politics or great principles. Rather, it resulted from the fallout of a bizarre love affair involving Montagu’s political mentor, prime minister Henry Herbert Asquith, and his future wife, Venetia Stanley.



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          Lujan Grisham appoints 5 to University of New Mexico regents      Cache   Translate Page      
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is making appointments to fill five seats on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. Lujan Grisham's appointments announced Saturday include businesswoman Kimberly Sanchez Rael and UNM law Professor Emeritus Robert Schwartz for six-year terms, former Regents Sandra K. Begay and Douglas M. Brown for four-year term and student Melissa C. Henry to a two-year term. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Lujan Grisham as governor-elect in December announced creation of advisory committees to make recommendations for regents appointments after interviewing prospective candidates and checking the background of each.
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US General: Strikes in Somalia Won't Stop Al-Shabab
February 07, 2019 5:20 PM
Agence France-Presse

The U.S. military's air campaign against al-Shabab in Somalia will not stop the jihadists, a top U.S. general said Thursday as he called on the east African nation's army to take more responsibility in the fight.

The Pentagon is running an ongoing mission in which U.S. forces work with African Union and Somali national security forces to fight the al-Shabab movement.

"At the end of the day, these strikes are not going to defeat al-Shabab," the U.S. military's Africa Command head, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"The bottom line is the Somalian national army needs to grow, it needs to step up and it needs to take responsibility for their own security," he added.

Since early 2017, the U.S. has increased the number of strikes it conducts, with 35 that year, 47 in 2018 and about 12 so far this year, Waldhauser said.

He added that U.S. strikes were providing the space for local forces to grow.

African Union troops pushed al-Shabab fighters out of Somalia's capital in 2011, and subsequently from other towns and cities.

But the Islamists still hold sway in large parts of the countryside.

They launch regular gun and bomb attacks on government, military and civilian targets in Mogadishu, as well as ambushes on military convoys and outposts.

In one strike last month, Africa Command said it killed 52 Somali militants.

In December, the U.S. military said it had killed 62 al-Shabab militants during six airstrikes in the Horn of Africa nation.

          Donald Trump Appears to Joke About Native American Genocide in Tweet Mocking Elizabeth Warren      Cache   Translate Page      
Hours after Elizabeth Warren officially announced her presidential bid on Saturday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to antagonize the Massachusetts senator. As he has in the past, the president referred to her as “Pocahontas,” mocking her claims of Native American ancestry. But this tweet seemed to take his hostility to an entire new level: “See […]
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          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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The Democratic Senator announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
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          ABD'den 'ilk vuran biz olalım çağrısı': Rusları karşılık vermeye zorlayalım      Cache   Translate Page      
Ve korkulan oluyor! Savaş her an patlayabilir
ABD Donanması Deniz Operasyonları Komutanı John Richardson, Washington'a Rusya ve Çin'e saldırıp, karşılık vermeye zorlama çağrısı yaptı. Rus senatör Oleg Morozov, bu çağrıların nükleer silah kullanımı ve büyük bir savaş tehdidi ile dolu olduğunu söyledi.
          Christmas Cards! Golden Treasures Part VII      Cache   Translate Page      
Time for the final installment from the Golden Treasures repack box that my parents gifted me this past Christmas.  We've got two packs left to go, plus the promised 5 random vintage cards.  What definition of "vintage" is the vendor going with in this case?  I'm expecting late '70s, but perhaps we'll be pleasantly surprised?

Before we get to that though, the packs...

Today's first pack is 1991 Score, Series 2.  Believe it or not I was actually pretty excited to see this one fall out of the box.  As junk wax goes, I actually enjoy Score's 1991 effort quite a bit.  I like the multiple colors of borders, and there are so many strange and interesting subset cards to be found as well.  Let's see how I did...

Each pack contains 16 cards, and they're broken out (roughly) to four cards of each border color.  First up we have the blue border, which is appropriate I suppose for the Mariners...

...and the Brewers.


It was all pitchers all the way in terms of my blue-border quartet.  The highlight is definitely this great shot of HOFer and color commentator Dennis Eckersley.  This one's a definite keeper for my baseball collection.

Each pack contains one "Magic Motion" lenticular trivia card.  I don't typically hang onto these since they're a pain to store.

Next up, the black border cards.  These might be my favorite of the different color options used on the borders.  My streak of pulling pitchers continues.

Finally get a position player six cards in, and it's the somewhat rare "IF" (for infield) designation.  Don't see that every day!

The black bordered cards yielded a keeper for my collection as well, with this early-career Curt Schilling.  This card is very dark, between the black border and the upper portion of the photograph that is so dark you can barely make out Curt's arms or hat.

My pitcher-heavy pack continues with seven out of eight here out of the gate.

Next we have the white bordered cards, which contain the Rookie Prospect subset.  I didn't do all that well with my rookies in Paul Faries...

...and Kevin Belcher.  Just over 100 combined career games for the pair.  Oh well.

The other two I pulled were Geronimo Pena, who lasted seven years in Major League Baseball and at least swung a halfway decent bat...

...and Paul Marak, whose entire MLB career consists of 7 starts for the Braves in 1990.

Finally, we have the teal or aqua border providing the last four cards of the pack.

No pitchers at all to be found in the final quartet.

My lone horizontal card in the pack, Randy Ready.

Closing it out, another good action shot featuring catcher Joe Oliver.  I wouldn't say that was an All-Star pack, but at least I got a couple of nice cards for my collection in Eck and Schilling.

Last pack of the box is...

...1994 Topps!  I certainly opened plenty of this as a kid.  Will I be fortunate enough to pull a Black Gold card?  Probably not, but let's find out...