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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:43:38 PM EST

by generic on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 08:03:40 PM EST
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Big Cases

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 09:38:16 PM EST
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'Our task was to set Americans against their own government'  BI
Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian "troll farm" operated and its role in Russia's disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential race. One former troll, who was interviewed by the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd and went by "Maxim," or Max, spoke of his experience working for the Internet Research Agency, a well-researched Russian company in St. Petersburg whose function is to spread pro-Russian propaganda and sow political discord in nations perceived as hostile to Russia.
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The Internet Research Agency, Max told Dozhd, consisted of a "Russian desk" and a "foreign desk." The Russian desk, which was primarily made up of bots and trolls, used fake social-media accounts to flood the internet with pro-Trump agitprop and made-up news throughout the US presidential campaign, especially in the days leading up to the November election.

The foreign desk had a more sophisticated purpose, according to Max, who worked in that department. "It's not just writing `Obama is a monkey' and `Putin is great.' They'll even fine you for that kind of [primitive] stuff," he told Dozhd. In fact, those who worked for the foreign desk were restricted from spreading pro-Russia propaganda. Rather, Max said, their job was more qualitative and was geared toward understanding the "nuances" of American politics to "rock the boat" on divisive issues like gun control and LGBT rights.

"Our goal wasn't to turn the Americans toward Russia," he added. "Our task was to set Americans against their own government: to provoke unrest and discontent, and to lower Obama's support ratings."

Accusations confirmed.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 01:53:49 AM EST
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The Russian government seems unconcerned that this has come out. Why should they worry. Brags by Russian trolls will not phase those who want to believe.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 01:56:39 AM EST
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Top Republican demands protection for whistleblower amid president's call to identify him
A top Republican politician has demanded protections for the CIA whistleblower, amid efforts by Donald Trump to identify them....On Monday, the president told reporters he was trying to learn the identity of the whistleblower who made a formal complaint to Congress...He said he had the right to meet his accuser "face to face", remarks that led lawyers for the whistleblower to raise concerns for their client's safety.

On Tuesday, Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, called for the whistleblower to be properly protected. "This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers' requests for confidentiality," said Mr Grassley, who represents Iowa.

"No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts."

The comments from Mr Grassley, 86, are significant, given his seniority in the party. While few Republicans have spoken out openly either in support of the efforts by Democrats to push ahead with an impeachment probe, or to condemn Mr Trump's often aggressive rhetoric, many have indicated they are unhappy about the allegation he sought to interfere in the 2020 election.



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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 03:51:05 AM EST
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Present and past GOP administrations have blown the cover of serving CIA agents, even those stationed abroad, so it's no surprise that they exxpect to unmask a CIA whistleblower

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:44:45 AM EST
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Russia says White House cannot publish Trump-Putin phone calls without its permission
The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between the US president, Donald Trump, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Congress is determined to get access to Mr Trump's calls with Mr Putin and other world leaders, the US House Intelligence Committee's chairman said on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican president may have jeopardised national security.

Asked about those comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Russia would be prepared to discuss the issue with Washington if it sent Moscow a signal.

Russia wishes. Next it might be the translator's notes on the Helsinki Meeting.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 02:25:15 AM EST
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APsplainin | Trump scolds Romney over criticism about Trump's CHINA WORDS
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement to the Omaha World-Herald: "Americans don't look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that's a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps."
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The question of whether to dodge or defend [WHAT?] is perhaps most critical for the Republican senators in competitive races next year. Those Republicans have little incentive to criticize the president because they can't risk alienating Trump's base voters. But their futures also depend on peeling off enough swing voters who turned against Trump last year. An impeachment vote will force them to pick sides -- and lose some support.

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Republican Party ad hominem character assassination is much easier to identify

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by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 08:50:40 PM EST
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Federal judge upholds Harvard's use of racial preferences in case that could go to Supreme Court
The case against Harvard was brought five years ago by opponents of affirmative action using the moniker Students for Fair Admissions, the brainchild of conservative legal strategist Edward Blum. In a TWIST, chile, the group charged that Harvard discriminated against Asian American [not really] students in order to boost African American and Hispanic enrollment.
litigant, SFA, is packed with affluent Chinese families rolling over the diversity of "Asian" ethnic groups whose REPARATION rely on affirmative action consideration of low-income  "disadvantages" and status

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 09:05:15 PM EST
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STUDENTS FOR FAIR ADMISSIONS, INC. v. PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE (HARVARD CORPORATION), US Dist ct. findings of fact and conclusions of law. 130 pp
Harvard's admissions process survives strict scrutiny.  It serves a compelling, permissible and substantial interest, and it is necessary and narrowly tailored to achieve diversity and the academic benefits that flow from diversity. [...]  The use of race benefits certain racial and ethnic groups that would otherwise be underrepresented at Harvard and is therefore neither an illegitimate use of race or reflective of racial prejudice.  Accordingly, judgment for Harvard shall enter on Count I, intentional discrimination.
f* crackers exploding
They will have the opportunity to know and understand one another beyond race, as whole individuals with unique histories and experiences.  It is this, at Harvard and elsewhere that will move us, one day, to the point where we see that race is a fact, but not the defining fact and not the fact that tells us what is important, but we are not there yet.  Until we are, race conscious admissions programs that survive strict scrutiny will have an important place in society and help ensure that colleges and universities can offer a diverse atmosphere that fosters learning, improves scholarship, and encourages mutual respect and understanding. SO OR
fuck off warren


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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 09:29:55 PM EST
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2020 White House hopeful Bernie Sanders hospitalized after suffering chest pains
"'He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.' ...The medical issues led to the postponement of a $1.3 million television advertising buy in Iowa this week, the campaign's Midwest spokesman, Bill Neidhardt, said." Because dated?

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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 08:09:07 PM EST
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Because it makes no sense to advertise for an ill candidate. Best to wait and see.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 08:16:10 PM EST
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That is terribly bad news.

Even if he makes a full recovery, his campaign may be mortally wounded, and with it the best chance of ending the US empire in a somewhat peaceful way. Not that he intends to, but reforming an overstretched empire often leads to breaking it and the impulses of the person on the throne at that time has great importance.

Sanders winning the primary was always a long shot, and appearing on death's doorstep isn't a good sign.

by fjallstrom on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:49:14 PM EST
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Maybe, or maybe the Sanders supporters will move to Liz Warren.
by asdf on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 10:56:20 PM EST
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Right now the Progressive - such as it is - vote is split between Sanders and Warren giving Biden* a clear shot at the nomination.  

* Just Go Away, Joe

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

by ATinNM on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:07:13 PM EST
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No, don't go away, we want a "Creepy Uncle Joe" vs "Grab'em By the P**" election!

Hilarity ensues!

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 11:20:52 AM EST
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It's gonna be Warren. Which is good.

Unless Trump gets impeached, during which process it appears that he intends to take Pence down with him, in which case the republicans might accidentally run somebody sensible which could be a close race.

by asdf on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 02:27:59 PM EST
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Editorial | In the case of Donald Trump and Ukraine, Hunter Biden is guilty of poor judgment

< wipes tears >

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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:00:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:24:43 PM EST
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"Living my life." FDI ! FDI !  FDI !



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by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:54:17 PM EST
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Under duress? Only Bill Hill knows for shure.

MPs demand Zelensk[i][y]y, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln
uh oh
Exclusive: Ukraine to fire prosecutor who discussed Bidens with Giuliani - source
"Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka has already fired more than 400 prosecutors, or around a third of all staff." well, 400 scofflaws/15K nothing compared to the reduction to 10K total forthcoming.

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by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 08:03:24 PM EST
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#forgiveness
"Civil rights advocates shared their opinions"

< wipes tears >

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by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:39:16 PM EST
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Hunter Biden will resign from board of CHINESE firm, says he won't serve on foreign boards IF Joe Biden elected president
George Mesires, Hunter Biden's attorney, wrote in a statement posted on Medium that Hunter Biden had decided to resign his seat on the board of the Chinese investment firm BHR.

Mesires said Biden had not received any compensation for being on the board, nor did he receive any equity in it while Joe Biden was vice president.

"To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR's board of directors," Mesires wrote. "He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest. Moreover, Hunter played no role in directing or making BHR's investments."

m'k.

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by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 07:01:34 PM EST
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Rep. Elijah "Baltimore MD-7" Cummings died.

Rep. Elijah Cummings' death comes after procedure kept him away from office for WEEKS

The Maryland Democrat died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, around 2:30 a.m. EDT from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office confirmed in a statement.

Rep. Elijah Cummings dies UNEXPECTEDLY AT 68


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by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 04:19:59 PM EST
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Allegra! wut those chi'ren doin' out there?


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by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:32:46 PM EST
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Amanda! How Elijah Cummings' unexpected death gone affect the impeachment inquiry?
Cummings, who served as chairman of the POWERFUL House Oversight and Reform Committee, will be succeeded by New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney on an acting basis.
The baloney now?
Carolyn Maloney. The former New York City teacher with a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo has a reputation as a tenacious champion for women's rights and consumer protections over her nearly 14 terms in Congress


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by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:18:47 PM EST
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Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14/NY-12] wins election to chair House Oversight Committee
"the FIRST WOMAN to lead the House Oversight Committee," secret ballot

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by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 02:05:53 AM EST
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Operation Enduring Oversight! - The early years

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by Cat on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 11:42:23 PM EST
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APsplainin is going to ride this yellow dog o' ORIGINAL SIN until they all fall off.

Congressman and CIVIL RIGHTS ICON Elijah Cummings Dead at 68
< picks teeth, suck vigorously >
That's all you got, huh.

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by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 01:23:43 AM EST
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ICON of civil rights. Fallen Oversight! Warrior. Great ORATOR. Drone MASTER.
FIRST BLACK president of the USA
"You're not a sucker to have integrity and to treat others with respect," he said.


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by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 06:53:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:08:23 AM EST
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John Conyers died so that Nadler could live.

Roll Call | John Conyers Jr., former ["]dean of the House["], has died
add to "his list of legislative achievements" unsanctioned H.R. 676, three year "inquiry" for impeachment of George W. Bush, and H.R. 40

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by Cat on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 11:29:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:09:54 AM EST
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circling vultures
Elijah Cummings' widow weighs run for congressional seat; former Rep. Kweisi Mfume to announce plans Monday
"Cummings, who had cancer, died Oct. 17."

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by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 10:32:26 PM EST
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tears, sippy cup
Amber Guyger, who is white, had testified that she was exhausted from an extended [Dallas Police Dept.] shift when she walked into the apartment of Botham Jean thinking it was her own. Guyger said she believed Jean, 26, was a burglar and shot him in self-defense.

But prosecutor Jason Hermus said Guyger should have known she was in the wrong apartment and was distracted by a phone call with a lover. Jean, an accountant from St. Lucia, never posed a threat to Guyger and was eating a bowl of ice cream in his living room when she walked in on Sept. 6, 2018, Hermus said.

Guyger, 31, is facing five to 99 years in prison. The jury, which took only hours to render the verdict after six days of testimony, went into the punishment phase of the trial Tuesday afternoon. It's not clear how long it will take the jurors to decide on the sentence. The trial has recessed for the day.



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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 11:45:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 11:51:34 PM EST
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Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death

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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:31:54 PM EST
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Judge Tammy Kemp told the jury Wednesday that they could consider a "sudden passion" defense that could reduce a sentence to as little as two years."

I think, this means that the jury can discard the previous castle instruction that Kemp given.

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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:51:03 PM EST
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Case closed pending appeal by defendant, naturally.

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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:33:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 01:42:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:03:22 PM EST
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Back-to-school essentials:

by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:44:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:24:39 PM EST
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There is so much more from where this comes that I do not post. ...

Indiana mother who warned authorities about son's planned school shooting facing criminal charges
one count of dangerous control of a child, four counts of neglect of a dependent, and one count of criminal recklessness

9-year-old charged with murder in 5 Illinois fire deaths
five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson, and one count of aggravated arson

Yle investigates: One in ten foster homes in Finland has broken the law
"People don't believe us"

... because HRM BoJo and Trump.

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by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 02:01:04 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:20:18 PM EST
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Guess he never heard about how the break up of Standard Oil netted to owner millions

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 06:28:11 PM EST
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Taft, not Teddy

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by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 01:11:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 09:27:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 02:13:53 AM EST
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Sounds like a climate denier plant.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:04:29 PM EST
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Independent - live blog - Clark Mindock - 4 October 2019 17:31

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that the woman who suggested people eat babies to deal with climate change wasn't a Democrat, but instead a Trump supporting troll who showed up to make her look bad.

Here's the odd statement from the woman:

"I'm so happy that you are really supporting a Green New Deal, but it's not enough," the woman told Ocasio-Cortez at the town hall in Queens. "Even if we were to bomb Russia, we still have too many people, too much pollution. So we have to get rid of the babies. That's a big problem. Just stopping having babies is not enough. We need to eat the babies."




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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:38:31 PM EST
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Swifts original text was more eloquent.

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 11:25:12 AM EST
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m-m-moles

Constituent at AOC town hall claims there's a British coup to unseat Trump
"'Returning to the impeachment question later during the town hall, Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd gathered in the Queens neighborhood of Corona that they should "read the transcript and come to [their] own conclusion.'"

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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 07:40:58 PM EST
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SCOTUS Fall 2019 term has begun. Prepare for ... controversy.

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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:12:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 08:08:41 PM EST
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What was the question?

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, consolidated w/ Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda (deceased)

Whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination "because of . . . sex" within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2.

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC

1. Whether the word "sex" in Title VII's prohibition on discrimination "because of . . . sex," 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)(1), meant "gender identity" and included "transgender status" when Congress enacted Title VII in 1964.
2. Whether Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), prohibits employers from applying sex-specific policies according to their employees' sex rather than their gender identity.

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yes, despite every ahh ...ontological proposition and category error argued by planitiffs or defendants besides visceral protest against ARCH-CONSERVATIVE RAPIST Kavanaugh, cascading from the peanut gallery. watch.

And, yes, amendment of the CRA is redundant. Ima tell you just one reason why: The bill of particulars one may prefer is not "settled" science. Ain't nobody in the odious got time nor aptitude to "debate" and enumerate every variant by phase of moon. So y'all best get reacquainted with concepts of determiners--no one, no, none, all, every, any, a, person--as codified in the first instance by the US Constitution and Declaration of Human Rights.

Fly your flag. The burden of proving discrimination by your employer will remain yours, personally, to bear and file < 180 Lily Ledbetter days. Better keep records. Good luck.

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by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 04:28:11 AM EST
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y'all have heard of CA prop 8. I checked eurotrib search. archived: US supreme court strikes down Defense of Marriage act and kills Prop 8 - live | Law | guardian.co.uk (2013)

What you probably haven't done is read Perry v. Schwartzenegger (2010). The judgment laid the rational foundation of the SCOTUS decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013), then Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).

Obergefell:KENNEDY delivered the opinion joined by GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN.

ROBERTS, filed a dissent joined by SCALIA and THOMAS; SCALIA filed a dissenting dissent joined by THOMAS;
THOMAS filed a dissenting dissent joined by SCALIA;
ALITO filed a dissenting dissent joined by SCALIA and THOMAS.

KAVANAUGH and GORSUCH are NEW! swingers whose judicial competence is neither well nor rationally understood by the #MeToo "generation" of media consumers, retaining attys on contingency basis.

Among seven (7) purported defenses for Prop 8 were two particularly specious propositions, "traditional" gender and sexual intercourse ("orientation"), that were rejected by the courts. The ct's logic bears on their inapplicability to labor law, too, under the CRA and 14th Amd. Wherever you see the word "marriage" (below) insert the word "employment."

The evidence shows that the movement of marriage away from a gendered institution and toward an institution free from state-mandated gender roles reflects an evolution in the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage. The evidence did not show any historical purpose for excluding same-sex couples from marriage, as states have never required spouses to have an ability or willingness to procreate in order to marry. FF 21. Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.
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Proposition 8 targets gays and lesbians in a manner specific to their sexual orientation and, because of their relationship to one another, Proposition 8 targets them specifically due to sex. Having considered the evidence, the relationship between sex and sexual orientation and the fact that Proposition 8 eliminates a right only a gay man or a lesbian would exercise, the court determines that plaintiffs' equal protection claim is based on sexual orientation, but this claim is equivalent to a claim of discrimination based on sex.
GIVEN the cert questions (above), SCOTUS judgment is unlikely now to differentiate "sex," "gender," or "sexual orientation" --despite appellant Funeral Home disingenuous religious freedom "identity". It also follows, GIVEN the current ct's composition and rulings since 2015, SCOTUS order forthcoming is more likely to defer to "states' rights" and political processes (sovereignty) than to incorporate ("nationalize") its ruling with US Code and 14th Amd. In conlaw or statute some states already provide prohibition of specific (LGBTQ) discrimination; all provide for categorical prohibition of sex discrimination.

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incorporation doctrine

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by Cat on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 11:38:50 PM EST
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ping

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by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 10:41:57 PM EST
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Legislate? Preposterous.

What was the question?

1. Whether DHS'sdecision to wind down the DACA policy is judicially reviewable.
2. Whether DHS'sdecision to wind down the DACA policy is lawful.
Make no mistake about isolated "conservative" opposition to either sustainability of DACA or desuetude by DHS. All the associates agreed on the merits of rescinding Obama's EO, and even Sotomayor wasn't buying what Olson (counsel for respondents/appellees) was shoveling--the agencys' explanations for policy changes are "unreasonable" under Administrative Procedures Act! Where else have we heard that argument recently? o, right. Census 2020 citizen issue.

Oral arguments podcast | transcript


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by Cat on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 at 03:13:11 PM EST
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9th Circ to Regents:


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by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 07:03:25 PM EST
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Not coincidentally, Netflix cancelled The Pinkertons, a Wild West historical fantasy, after one season's broadcast.

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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:27:08 PM EST
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Strongly worded letter from Pat A. Cippolone, WH Counsel, to Pelosi, Engels, Schiff, Cummings, CC: minority "leadership" McCarthy, McCaul, Nunes, Jordan, facsimile

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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 11:07:39 PM EST
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I'd love to see "Pinkertons : The Led Zeppelin Yeras", about when they were employed more or less full time to keep plod off their back during their American excesses

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:11:39 PM EST
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doomed to repeat it

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by Cat on Wed Nov 27th, 2019 at 01:31:56 AM EST
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Oppo tweeter: "Republicans are grand standing as distraction ploy.  First off, in a grand jury situation, such as the inquiry they are running, the participants are only the ones the prosecutor calls and has authorized to be there."


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by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 08:09:25 PM EST
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Grayzone Editor Max Blumenthal Arrested Months After Reporting on Venezuelan Opposition Violence
Scores of US representatives appeared at his arraignment, chanting, "Donate!"

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by Cat on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 06:49:08 PM EST
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US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charge, 7 Dec
Lawyers representing Blumenthal and Rubinstein placed multiple and highly specified discovery requests to the prosecutor for Secret Service call recordings and reports logged on May 8 at the location of the embassy food delivery. The US prosecutor was unable to satisfy the request, verbally confirming that if the documents had existed, they no longer did.


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by Cat on Mon Dec 9th, 2019 at 12:58:35 AM EST
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The Bal'more MD-3 office? High rent, yo.
< wipes tears >


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by Cat on Wed Oct 30th, 2019 at 09:24:34 PM EST
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If a Bal'more domino falls in the forest ...

Are you guilty? The plea was "yes," but Catherine Pugh's gestures said "no"

Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion, all stemming from what the government described as a criminal enterprise designed to profit from the sale of her "Healthy Holly" children's books.

Under the terms of the plea, Pugh did not acknowledge guilt in seven counts of wire fraud that were part of the indictment that U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur announced yesterday.

Her convictions could theoretically bring her decades in prison, but the sentencing guidelines agreed to by both parties would allow Pugh to come away with something more like five years, Hur told reporters afterwards.

in exchange for what?

archived "women and minorities" edition
Strongly worded letter UPDATE

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by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 05:39:30 AM EST
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... does it make a sound?

Baltimore's disgraced ex-mayor has $1 million in her campaign coffers. What might become of it?

No comment from federal prosecutors, Maryland State Prosecutor and election board officials on the fate of Catherine Pugh's political war chest
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That was the case with two high-profile convictions: those of Nathaniel T. Oaks and Thomas L. Bromwell.

Both were veteran Maryland legislators who were convicted of bribery and other corruption charges and went to federal prison.

In each case, their campaign committees remained intact - not receiving any new contributions, but also not forced to return contributions, transfer funds to other candidate committees, or donate funds to charitable causes and liquidate. ...

archived "blue" states
Public corruption in Maryland: It's no accident

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 05:58:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
When party "branding" is dead, but you have not noticed.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:47:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:53:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
o.m.f.g.
Montana Supreme Court to Decide Whether Dinosaur Fossils Are Minerals
cleverly disguising profit motive

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 07:48:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Google plans to offer checking accounts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 07:29:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Google to limit targeted political ads
"Under a new policy announced Wednesday, election messaging on Google's ad platforms can target audiences based on only three general categories demographic attributes: age, gender and location, down to a and 5-digit or 9-digit postal code level."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 02:00:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Guardian attempts to communicate to English speakers Trump remarks about NATO obsolescence and undesirable NHS assets. I assume, this LIVE blog is a demo of compulsive telecommunication capability known as a "hot take."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 01:50:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Meanwhile pple of European persuasion formerly known as "The Allied Forces" gird loins for another ATTACK.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 01:53:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pelosi says House will move to impeach President Trump
Dec 3. Public hearing, 300 pp
Dec 5. Judiciary Committee vote


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 09:48:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pence, a loyal No. 2, ["]finds himself caught up["] in impeachment

alias Vice-President of the United States

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:09:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Democratic demands test Trump's impeachment strategy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:14:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Microsoft: Iran government-linked hacker targeted 2020 presidential campaign
Is it 2021 already? Who won?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 07:02:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Reaganism Must Be Defeated Once and for All
tentatively related to Monroeism, "the Other Side of Jim Crow, the Side Facing South"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 07:50:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 04:49:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
One year until the most important election in American history

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:21:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
diplomatic sexting
co-signed Engel (foreign affairs) and Schiff (house permanent select committee on intelligence ha ha)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 03:00:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
re: antitrust

APsplainin | PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook's ["]payments project["]

"Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, and we will continue to partner with and support Facebook in various capacities," PayPal said.

Facebook has [re]presented Libra as a currency that could be used for digital payments, particularly outside the U.S. It would be backed by real currency, unlike [?] other digital currencies like Bitcoin or Etherium.

no
The Libra Association [cartel], based in Switzerland, was supposed to give the currency project a comfortable arm's length distance from Facebook, which wouldn't own Libra.
[...]
PayPal Holdings Inc., which is based in San Jose, California, is the first company to publicly end its partnership with Libra [Association], but other companies have been reportedly having second thoughts. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Mastercard and Visa, the world's largest payment providers financial services firms, were considering ending their Libra [Association] relationships.

archived
EU antitrust regulators raise concerns
about the possible competition restrictions that may result from the [Libra] Association
Always Read the Footnotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 04:57:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System
... authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a)) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code
"the walls are closing in"

reference
EO 11030--Preparation, presentation, filing, and publication of Executive orders and proclamations: "The provisions of Executive Order 11030 of June 19, 1962, appear at 27 FR 5847, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 610, unless otherwise noted. ..." as amended
CRS, Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation, 2014

Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations are used extensively by Presidents to achieve policy goals, set uniform standards for managing the executive branch, or outline a policy view intended to influence the behavior of private citizens. The U.S. Constitution does not define these presidential instruments and does not explicitly vest the President with the authority to issue them. Nonetheless, such orders are accepted as an inherent aspect of presidential power. Moreover, if they are based on appropriate authority, they have the force and effect of law. This report discusses the nature of these written instruments, executive orders in particular, with a focus on the scope of presidential authority to execute such instruments, as well as judicial and congressional responses to their issuance.
[...]
A widely accepted description of executive orders and proclamations comes from a report issued in 1957 by the House Government Operations Committee:  ...'he President's proclamations are not legally binding and are at best hortatory unless based on such grants of authority.'
norms and conventions: "lawyer up"

## Rule of law is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 11:09:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
OBSCURE "public charge" arguments heating up in a district ct

Judge SKEWERS Rule Change on Immigrants Receiving ["]Welfare["]

"I think a low credit score is an indication of someone who has made decisions that are not necessarily financially sound," Davis said.

"Poor people are likely to become a public charge," the judge shot back.

ooooo boiz, is DDG "Immigration and Nationality Act" auto-suggestion HOT today or wut!
8 USC 1182: Inadmissible aliens a/o 7 Oct 2019. oops
(1) Health-related grounds
(2) Criminal and related grounds
(3) Security and related grounds
(4) Public charge
   (A) In general
Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.
   (B) Factors to be taken into account...
   (C) Family-sponsored immigrants ...
   (D) Certain employment-based immigrants ...
   (E) Special rule for qualified alien victims ...
(5) Labor certification and qualifications for certain immigrants
(6) Illegal entrants and immigration violators
(7) Documentation requirements
(8) Ineligible for citizenship
(9) Aliens previously removed
(10) Miscellaneous [uh oh AG and cabinet duties]
landssakes. Who enrolled and enacted these "hoops"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:01:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
< wipes tears >

[District court] blocks Trump administration 'public charge' rule targeting poor immigrants

The nationwide injunction from District Judge George Daniels in New York City halts the administration's attempt to REDEFINE what constitutes a "public charge," or immigrants who are, or who might become, OVERLY DEPENDENT on government assistance.
f* crackers
wut: PPACA "Individual Responsibility"
The scheduled enactment [sic] next week of the rule comes as the Trump administration last Friday announced another rule, a proclamation effective Nov. 3 that bars immigrants from coming to the United States unless they will be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have the financial wherewithal to pay for any medical costs.

It's an ironic stance from a government that has repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act, which helps provide health insurance for millions of U.S. citizens.

archived Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States
The question advising applicants of their "rights" is on every form. ...*
New 'public charge' rule could affect millions of immigrants
Hello?! Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp 'loophole'..
--
* Ima tell y'all how I know the real dealio, the "deep dive". Being indigent, unlike bloviators polluting US 'policy analysis', I, a "natural born" US citizen burdened by a "privileged" education, have actually submitted applications for state 'public charge' (US HHS "benefits," formerly known as "welfare"). Filled diverse forms online and offline 2009-present. Shocking, I know. Even family members question my primary reports of "benefits" processing, because they prefer to trust "media". What is the matter with you people?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 01:56:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
MEMORABLE QUOTE
of my "meal ticket", the physician, RIP 07.11.2008

< wipes tears>

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 02:12:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Who in hell did not see this coming?

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Experts caution that inaccuracies in state motor vehicle records also make them a poor choice for tracking citizenship, if that is the bureau's goal.
morons, Your turn is coming. REAL ID verification and replacement has been rolling since 2018. It was endorsed by AAMVA from the beginning. It's been litigated by "privacy orgs" since at least 2007, when the US visa regs first changed US passport controls. I WAS SUMMONED June 2019 by the state to appear with three (3) proofs of residence and nativity or lose my license. The motor vehicle dept scanned each piece into a digital record.
The bureau also is seeking more state records on individual recipients of public [assistance] programs. A new request published last month in the Federal Register said the records would be used for the 2020 Census and other research, and they're needed to "improve efficiency and accuracy in our data collections, and to improve measures of the population and economy."
[...]
States already share records on food public assistance and other programs to help the bureau track traditionally ["]undercounted["] populations and pinpoint vacant houses. The states' administrative records could cover a host of topics attributes, including citizenship, said John Thompson, a former Census Bureau director in the Obama administration.
They. still. don't. get. it.
Several civil rights organizations filed a new challenge in federal court in Maryland last month, claiming Trump's executive order is "motivated by a racially discriminatory scheme to reduce Latino political representation" and gives an advantage to white voters at the expense of Latino voters.
IF fed gov wants you, fed gov will find you. You know what that means? Fed gov could find who is and who is not a descendant of US slaves, IF it wants, if only by sorting the last 100 years' State department records. Fed gov has the CPUs and "pivot tables" that you don't.

So back the fuck up. Reparations are coming, and UST bondholders are going to pay for it.

archived
Federal government is the "central registry" of the Unied States' population.
the press discredited agencies' "data sharing" capabilities and invented the yella cake of stormtrooper surveillance traps. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 11:17:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | [13 out of 50 states and US Territories] not giving driver's license data to Washington
based on AP requests for comment on "philosophical" personal property rights.

m'k.

Let's check the wikiwtf Real ID article. oops. dead links.

Let's skim Pub.L. 109-13, DIVISION B-REAL ID ACT OF 2005, enacted 11 May 2005, incorporated with 8 USC. Immigration and Nationality Act. (p 72-86) under the GWOT. oops. It appears that states' motor vehicle departments are required to shared license data with several federal agencies who are required to report data analysis periodical to several senate and house committees. What's more, TITLE II--IMPROVED SECURITY FOR DRIVERS' LICENSES AND   PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS [...] Sec. 202 Minimum document requirements and issuance standards for federal recognition.--failure to comply jeopardizes applicants by subjecting them to SCRUTINY of the several federal agencies in WHICH? coourts and possible deportation. Good going, APsplainin. So. I ask myself, "SELF, why would the department of commerce request data to which it already has access from states' motor vehicle departments? What could fed gov learn from this test?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:46:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
U.S. Code § 2721. Prohibition on release and use of certain personal information from State motor vehicle records, (b)1
may be disclosed as follows:
(1) For use by any government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions, or any private person or entity acting on behalf of a Federal, State, or local agency in carrying out its functions. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 06:08:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Less than a year to obtain 'Real ID' licenses
"For security reasons, Nizer noted, the federal government requires MVA to have one proof of age/identity and Social Security, plus two forms of residency, scanned and on file for each Maryland resident."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 03:33:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
California DMV data BREACH exposed THOUSANDS of drivers' information, agency says
A data breach at the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have exposed some drivers' Social Security number information to seven government ENTITIES, according to the DMV. The breach affects about 3,200 individuals over at least the last four years, the agency said in a statement. The DMV insists it was not hacked and information was not shared with private individuals or entities.
Gee. Seems like an inside search to me.
The information was improperly disclosed through the Government Requester Code Account Program, which allows government agencies to access information on file with the DMV and is "permitted only for limited purposes under state and federal law."
18 USC § 2721 (b) permits 14 different types of "disclosure", 11 without "consent" of the individual "to whom the information pertains". Then there's Real ID ahh disclosure purposes.
The DMV said it has "implemented several additional layers of review" for any new requester that seeks to access any social security information.
o. look. California is compliant with the REAL ID Act.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 12:12:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
NY Law Giving Licenses to Noncitizens Upheld
The Green Light Law allows people to apply for driver's licenses without handing over a social security number, allowing the use of foreign identification documents. The law also expressly states that people do not need to prove they're legally present in the U.S. in order to get driver's licenses, and that the DMV cannot question them about their immigration status.
New York State DMV began issuing REAL ID licenses, permits, and ID cards on October 30, 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 02:28:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No bars

Fed cuts rates again, hints it will pause


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 12:54:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Who in hell did not see this coming?

Facebook, other social media sites pressured to protect census

Russia or another country may try to push the census off course, they say, and Facebook and other companies should be prepared.
[...]
"We're extending the current set of policies we have around voter suppression to a new census suppression policy too," Zuckerberg said. "We recognize this is important and rises above normal hoaxes or misinformation where we may allow someone to post it and mark it as potentially false by independent fact-checkers."
wut
"The biggest thing about our partners already, though, is their ability to be a set of eyes and ears where the census is not, and in some places cannot be, to try to catch that misinformation and disinformation before it even gets to the level of a few social media posts," Ahmad said.
[...]
Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Education Fund, a census outreach partner, said Trump's unsuccessful effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census may spill out online during next year's count.

"I'm expecting the president to use his Twitter platform to say who should be counted and who should not be counted," Vargas told CQ Roll Call. "I don't know if (census officials) are going to be prepared to handle that."

Census 2020 online! 48% response rate! 83% of households! It's going to be great.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 9th, 2019 at 01:18:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Inmate headrights
When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners.
[...]
"When you undercount people for the census, they end up losing in that community dollars that could go toward services that can help remediate poverty," said state Rep. David Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat co-sponsoring legislation to end what critics call prison gerrymandering.

Democrats argue the system shifts resources from traditionally liberal urban centers -- home to many inmates who are disproportionately black and Hispanic -- to rural, white, Republican-leaning areas where prisons are usually located.

archived Dred Scott revisited
Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Connecticut
"Though most of these inmates have lost their voting rights because of their felony convictions, the NAACP says that Connecticut since 2011 has been counting the inmates as residents of the communities where they are incarcerated."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 07:07:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
yeah?
APsplainin | America's ["]last slave ship["] could offer a case for reparations
"Now, the history of Meaher and the slave ship Clotilda may offer one of the more clear-cut cases for slavery reparations, with identifiable perpetrators and victims."

No. AP published this story to suggest proscribing the cause of action and class certification of claimants demanding reparations for multiple injuries by the US federal gov. More despicable than contradicting the pertinent legislative bill, by omitting state liabilities in this specious  "narrative" and reducing standing to sue to private parties, the plot seemingly verifies the conviction of 63% of McConnell's crypto-libertarian residents that they are not beneficiaries of historical slave labor, much less systematic economic frauds, peonage, and political discrimination harming descendants of US slaves.

reference
H.R.40 - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
"SEC. 3. Establishment and duties. ...(b) Duties.--The Commission shall perform the following duties:..."

DICTION CORNER
cause of action
class action

archived APOLOGIES! ACCIDENTS! STAINS!
Trump STATE cockroach alert
1860 at Mobile, ALABAMA
I'll be dead and goddamed before that happens.
immediate action on today's problems

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 12:28:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump: "African Americans built this nation. You built this nation. You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that, OK? I don't know if you know that ... You built the nation. We all built it. But you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit."

He said the C-word. Twice. Alrighty then.

Here it comes ...violating NORMS ...black DUPES ... cynical PLOY ... RUSSIAN bots ... b-b-but FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ... DIVIDING the country ... INSANITY defense and 25th amendment ... OLD WHITE MEN ... It's not me ...

Have I forgotten anything?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:56:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That's it. NATIVISM.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:58:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
3-way TIE: RUSSIAN bots, DIVIDING the country, black DUPES

Senate Intelligence Committee has released Vol 2 of its report on 2016 election interference, redacted

against Clinton?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 09:20:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
HOLD THE PHONE ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 01:43:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
HOLD THE PHONE ... for 10th Amendment!
HuffPoo | These States Are Considering Reparations In APOLOGY For Slavery
US Constitutional CRISIS averted? I. don't. fucking. think so.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:10:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplain | poll: Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery
FUIGM. Wow. That's new.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:50:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NYT, the publisher that invented yellow cake and the "1619 Project" for Dummies (Oct 2019), reports:
"'We're Self-Interested': The Growing Identity Debate in Black America," an exposé of #ADOS agitators for restitution, reparations payments ($0 paywall)

I declined to support NYT advertising sales plans. Pre-view its reporter's sources before you register or review four years' weekly YouTube broadcasts PR by Antonio Moore and Yvette Carnell preparing for the 2nd ADOS Conference. It's as close to Niagra Movement, politically and ideologically, as post-racial 21st cen. USA is going to get during the 4th red scare and without commie benefactors.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 11:44:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
America's Education System: Teaching the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

archived 1619 Project
an accidental encounter with original sin
STAINS, vibranium

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 01:44:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
....the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 06:27:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Women Are CEO's Of Top Weapons Manufactures
Fabulous. Are they progressive voters?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:43:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
He's done.

Farm Bankruptcies Rise Again
There are other weaknesses in PPI fed gov has tried to paper over. Closing a "China deal" by FYE or Q1 will be too little, too late. Ima call it Trump's "own goal" when #Resistance celebrates.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 01:34:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Perception is what matters ... low unemployment, consumer spending and 401(k) plan. NYSE at all-time high.

The American Dream .... wealth!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 08:52:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
btw, how's that CAP reform coming along? in reality.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:31:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Congress struggles to agree on funding as November deadline looms, podcast, no transcript. darn.
Congress needs to reach agreement on a second continuing resolution before funding runs out on Nov. 21 to avoid a partial government shutdown. But that deadline is going to be difficult to meet.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:26:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UPDATE

v1: Majority of Senate votes for bill to fund federal government through Dec. 20, voting continues
link to ... nothing
v2: Senate passes stopgap spending bill, sends it to Trump for signature--enacting the enrolled bill

The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal 2020 began on Oct. 1. Once Trump signs it -- as his aides say he will -- the stopgap measure will fund the government through Dec. 20, giving appropriators more time to hash out numerous divides over policy riders and programmatic spending levels. The vote was 74-20. ...
links to self

FETCH FACT: congress.gov

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 08:00:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
See that? MSM "perception" of market failure trails customary 2-month lag in reporting by fed gov, every admin.
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, September 2019
The September figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with South and Central America ($5.0), Hong Kong ($2.1), Brazil ($1.0), OPEC ($1.0), Singapore ($0.9), United Kingdom ($0.7), and Saudi Arabia ($0.3). Deficits were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($28.0), European Union ($15.7), Mexico ($9.1), Japan ($5.9), Germany ($5.0), Italy ($3.0), Canada ($2.5), Taiwan ($2.1), India ($2.0), France ($1.7), and South Korea ($1.2).

  • The deficit with Germany decreased $1.9 billion to $5.0 billion in September. Exports increased $0.7 billion to $5.6 billion and imports decreased $1.2 billion to $10.7 billion.
  • The deficit with China decreased $0.9 billion to $28.0 billion in September. Exports decreased $1.0 billion to $9.0 billion and imports decreased $1.9 billion to $37.0 billion.
  • The deficit with Canada increased $0.9 billion to $2.5 billion in September. Exports decreased $0.3 billion to $24.5 billion and imports increased $0.6 billion to $27.0 billion.
Accumlating export losses over the past 24 months. Unless miracle "u-turn", he's done.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 06:41:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Calculated Risk | chart pr0n
From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production fell 0.8 percent in October after declining 0.3 percent in September. Manufacturing production decreased 0.6 percent in October. Much of this decline was due to a drop of 7.1 percent in the output of motor vehicles and parts that resulted from ["]a strike["] at a major manufacturer of motor vehicles. [BWAH!] The decreases for total industrial production, manufacturing, and motor vehicles and parts were their largest since May 2018, April 2019, and January 2019, respectively.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 07:17:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 12:11:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
magnificent

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:13:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Apparently there is an account that does nothing else
by generic on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:48:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Judge Threatens Betsy DeVos With Jail In Student Loan Case
A federal judge has tacitly threatened Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with jail for her ongoing failure (or refusal) to comply with court orders in a student loan case.

By way of background, in 2016 the Obama administration finalized rules for the Borrower Defense to Repayment program. This program was created to allow federal student loan borrowers to request loan forgiveness on the basis that their school engaged in unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices. When DeVos took over the U.S. Department of Education in 2017, she stopped processing Borrower Defense applications, and ordered the department to rewrite the rules governing the program, effectively gutting it.

Do it! That might give Donald a preview of his fate.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 03:56:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1837 called. A Hillbilly with a Red Stick sez ...
To that business, I shall direct them to devote themselves, in preference to any illegal and unconstitutional calls for information, no matter from what source it may come, or however anxious they may be to meet it. For myself, I shall repel all such attempts as an invasion of the principles of justice, as well as of the constitution; and I shall esteem it my sacred duty to the people of the united states, to resist them as I would the establishment of a spanish inquisition.

If after all the severe accusations contained in the various speeches of yourself and your associates, you are unwilling of your own accord to bring specific charges, then I request your Committee to call on yourself and your associates and every other member of Congress who has made the general charge of corruption, to testify before God and our Country ...

< wipes tears >

archived
The Dictator and The Decider
"constitutional crisis" case load per term has increased from 1,195 in 1950 to 7,000-8,000 in the 21st century...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 02:55:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
senate version | Senate Censures President
featuring the passion of the patron saint of the Democratic Party, flayed (no STAIN, no stigma) on first bank (now on 4th life), and Henry Clay (lesser known sumbitch)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 06:50:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 09:13:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
are friends with Bush
by generic on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 12:23:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 02:24:45 AM EST
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when he gets half so worked up about Trump's entire existence of lying, sexism and racism, I'll start thinking that this criticism is legitimate.

You can certainly claim that the the Democratic usp is that they are truth tellers, but you can't say they are hypocrites when you totally ignore that the GOP have totally thrown truth, morality and basic plain human decency out of the window.

You have to treat both sides the same. And you don't compare mountains with molehills and say both sides are equal.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 10:04:53 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 10:58:14 PM EST
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< wipes tears > for youtube auteurs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 04:26:09 AM EST
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archived rule of law in the peanut gallery
Free Speech
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 08:35:19 PM EST
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"much of the media cannot square Giuliani of today with the towering gollum fuck of the 1980s and '90s" : "America's Mayor"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 02:58:46 AM EST
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They are called "media" because "moronically idiotic" was already taken.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 10:42:13 PM EST
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POLL: 40 percent of Democrats say candidates should be discussing Hunter Biden
Respondents overall were almost evenly split on the issue.

< wipes tears >

Next week: Do gestational carriers' rights need ENHANCED protection under Obamacare?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:31:36 PM EST
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ayep. Still rollin' with Mcluhan!


AllSides Media Bias Ratings help you identify different perspectives so you can know more, understand others, and think for yourself.: Paranormal "messaging" FTW.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:53:45 PM EST
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Where is the actual left in that chart? If the New Yorker is set on the extreme left, there's a problem. Democracy Now and Mother Jones are quite a ways further over, it seems to me.

Maybe in the interests of "balance" they have skewed their center over to the right a ways. Like having the WSJ news in the center, but the CNN and NYT news considered left.

<eyeroll>

by asdf on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 10:29:14 PM EST
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I imagine it is hard if you have to end every news cycle on a cliffhanger.
by generic on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 09:13:15 PM EST
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Won't happen. All that Erdoğan has to do is threaten to close the Trump Towers Istanbul and the US will fold.
by asdf on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 10:48:57 PM EST
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Who even knows at this point. The brain worms are talking.
Why go for the tripple-cross? Who is supposed to be impressed? The NatSec ghouls are mad at him because they hate the very idea of the US closing even one single  base, anti-war people hate him for having the YPG remove their border fortifications before greenlighting the Turkish advance and preventing any timely SAA-YPG raprochement, and now he sets fire to all the Turkish goodwill the doublecross might have given rise to. Who is that even supposed to pander to?
by generic on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 01:56:20 PM EST
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archived Andrew Brunson, the face that launched 1,000 wtfs.
Well, it certainly seems like the coup did have NATO involvement.... Aug 2018
Never forget commercial paper. I almost did. ... Aug 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 11:37:45 PM EST
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Power struggle begins atop the House Appropriations Committee
Unlike the Senate, which predominantly relies on seniority to determine who serves as a chairman or ranking member
Order! ORDER! OR-DERRRR!
he House weighs several factors before deciding who will lead a committee. And right now, signs may be pointing in the direction of Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who will be the third-ranking Democrat on the powerful committee in 2021. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:53:07 AM EST
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#DemDebate

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 02:59:09 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 12:33:20 PM EST
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Inspiring ...

Damn ... I'd figured with this Nobel Prize, science found hell with no escape possible!

Yeah, the legacy of John the plane wrecker.

Senator John McCain by an SETF organizer, Mouaz Mustafa inside Free Syria, May 27, 2013.

Russia, Iran Prevail - Syrian Rebellion Ends

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 01:43:46 PM EST
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Funniest caption of the week until further notice.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 05:43:32 PM EST
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Who hacked his account?

by generic on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:14:44 AM EST
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dem debates. oooo boy howdy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 09:08:49 AM EST
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by das monde on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:28:29 AM EST
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by generic on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:31:00 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 07:06:34 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 12:10:02 PM EST
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NY Times: Why Are Democrats Jilting G.O.P. Voters Who Want to Like Them?

According to the Zero Hedge crowd, this must be related to the debates qualification rules.

by das monde on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 03:57:35 PM EST
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file in channeling/DKos '08/Naomi Wolf/Niebuhr/Hillel the Elder

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 08:57:14 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 08:16:31 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:01:05 PM EST
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For those seeking "clarity" in the "news" of 16 Oct 2016
Trump calls Pelosi 'third-rate politician' as Democrats walk out of meeting
Schumer Says Trump Called Pelosi A 'Third Grade Politician' During White House Meeting
"After Schumer addressed the media, Pelosi corrected Schumer's comments, saying Trump in fact called her a 'third-grade politician.'"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 11:58:56 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:18:34 PM EST
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Invasion of European cars.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 01:17:49 PM EST
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Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers, 13 Sep
The decision, according to the company, is designed "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model," a Whole Foods spokesperson told BI.
wut
[JEFF "Pecker-stole-my-dick pics" BEZOS] purchased Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion, and the grocery chain currently employs roughly 95,000 people. Amazon, on the other hand, is worth nearly $910 billion, making it the third most valuable company on the planet behind Apple and Microsoft, both of which passed trillion-dollar market valuations over the past 12 months.
[...]
"The small percentage of part-time team members ... who previously opted into medical benefits through Whole Foods Market's healthcare plan -- less than 2% of our total workforce -- will no longer be eligible to buy into medical coverage through the company," the Whole Foods spokesperson told BI. "We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week."  
'Go back to work': outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor , 16 Oct
[FILE PHOTO A woman works at a packing station at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images]
[...]
An Amazon worker on the same shift told the Guardian: "Bill was on the floor for quite some time and nobody knew that time until cameras were reviewed, but in 20 minutes a worker in a nearby department [?] saw him lying on the floor and then began radio callouts for 911. It really is unbelievable how Bill was laying there for 20 minutes and nobody nearby saw until an Amnesty* worker with a radio** came by."

The worker, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, noted the Amnesty worker started CPR after finding Foister. Amnesty workers are Amazon floor monitors who ensure the warehouse floors are clear and reset robot units when necessary.

The incident is among the latest in a series of accidents and fatalities that have led to Amazon's inclusion on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's 2019 Dirty Dozen list of the most dangerous employers in the United States. The report cited six Amazon worker deaths between November 2018 and April 2019, and several news reports over the past few years that have detailed dangerous working conditions.

Foister, a stower who scanned and stocked warehouse shelves with products at an Amazon warehouse in Etna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, went into cardiac arrest on 2 September 2019.


archived
search AMZN, Amazon for SOP, rumors, and just plain bullshit
--
* "Amnesty" is a task of the Inventory Control and Quality Assurance (ICQA) "department". ICQA "associates" assigned to amnesty retrieve damaged, misplaced, broken unit packs, etc. from pick/pack/stow stations. "Stow" stations receive inventory off transport (INBOUND ops) to be sorted by "pick" department into KSP bot or stationary storage racks. "Pack" department is OUTBOUND ops.
** at Bal'more fulfillment radio were stationed at one end and manager's "desk" of each floor, not ty[ically in good working order.
 

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 04:41:49 AM EST
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"Pick" pulls collated orders from KSP (sorts units) into the yellow bins [PHOTO] sent to "pack". (Pack assembly config varies according to FC layout; PHOTO shows a high-frequency, pre-sorted "singles" set-up, units/ship < 4. "Multiples" set-up incorporates pickers and packers in one assembly location from "stow" by conveyor belt. ICQA (not on amnesty task duty) scan/store units into KSP sent from "stow."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:01:03 AM EST
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APsplainin | Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison
One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn declined to send them to prison, despite guidelines that call for a few years or more behind bars. He noted that Yemen's financial system is a mess and its residents desperately need help.
[...]
"Only people without compassion" would object to the light sentences, the 95-year-old judge told The Associated Press. "As I've been here longer," Cohn said, "I've come to the realization that the rules are flexible -- at least to me."
[...]
Since 2018, federal prosecutors in Detroit have charged nine people in an investigation of cash transfers to Yemen. Bank accounts were opened in the names of shell businesses, then used to deposit and wire roughly $90 million over a seven-year period, according to plea agreements filed in court.
[...]
It's unfair to "shed the traditions and practices of your homeland," Cohn told Hazem Saleh, who possibly faced five years in custody for handling $22.6 million. Judges don't have to follow sentencing guidelines, and Cohn rejected prison terms. He placed Saleh and five others on supervised release, a form of probation. Three others await sentencing.

"Please look at me as you would look at your own son," Ahmed Al-Howshabi told the judge in July. "I can truthfully say I did not understand the laws and regulations of operating such a business."



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:55:53 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 03:19:09 AM EST
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APsplainin | Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B 'war cloud' deal, snubs Amazon
"Amazon said Friday it was surprised by the decision."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 11:03:49 PM EST
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APsplainin | possible Amazon challenge over [JEDI contract]
"inappropriate and improvident" comments by Trump, sez Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University. Rly? That's all you got?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 04:41:49 PM EST
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Cry me a river, World.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 11:39:47 PM EST
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The wall is back up: "Unlimited Articles From $2/Wk - The New York Times"

Pay-to-play Forbidden Stories:
Activists Build a Grass-Roots Alliance Against Amazon - The ...(26 Nov 2019)
eurotrib archived: AMZN, amazon

Uber Says 3,045 Sexual Assaults Were Reported in U.S. Rides ... (5 Dec 2019)
DW: Uber: Nearly 6,000 reports of sexual assault in US over 2 years


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 11:22:51 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 04:46:33 PM EST
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House Democrats Win Access to Mueller Grand Jury Records
The ruling from Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed arguments from House Republicans and the Justice Department that the House Judiciary Committee failed to demonstrate a particular need for the material hidden behind the veil of grand jury secrecy.

Howell, a Barack Obama appointee, wrote in her 75-page opinion that the "need for continued secrecy is minimal" and "easily outweighed" by committee's compelling need for the material.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 08:20:15 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 19th, 2019 at 12:00:00 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 03:13:50 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 03:33:45 PM EST
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It would probably help to be a young Texas Democrat to understand his appeal.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 04:04:26 PM EST
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Seems like there is not all that much appeal to understand.
by generic on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 04:10:24 PM EST
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Especially outside of Texas.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 4th, 2019 at 06:36:41 PM EST
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Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Finance Medicare for All Is a Disaster
Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All financing plan today. The main purpose of the proposal appears to be to find a plan that you can message as "not increasing middle class taxes," which is of course a nonsensical goal insofar, as Warren herself has said, what matters is middle-class health care costs, not whether you categorize those costs as premiums, taxes, or out-of-pocket expenses.

Nonetheless, bowing to the stupid media discourse on this, Warren put forward a financing proposal that is clearly unworkable and bad. The proposal is as follows:

   

  • Employers will be required to pay an "employer Medicare contribution" equal to 98 percent of their per-employee health care costs in the year prior to Medicare for All's implementation. This will mean that initially some employers pay more than others since that is already the case in the status quo. But over time, each employer's contribution will be gradually converged to average employer Medicare contribution until every qualifying employer is paying the same amount per employee.

  •    
  • Employers with less than fifty employees would be exempt from the employer Medicare contribution both initially and forever.

  •    
  • Independent contractors (and the companies who hire them) will also be exempt from the employer Medicare contribution both initially and forever.
  • He really doesn't like it.

    by generic on Wed Nov 6th, 2019 at 07:44:26 AM EST
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    Elizabeth Warren Offers to Meet With Bill Gates and Talk Wealth Tax After His Criticisms
    Gates said, "If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine. But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over."

    When asked if he would meet with Warren, Gates responded, "I'm not sure how open minded she is - or that she'd even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money."

    The 2020 candidate herself responded on Twitter tonight, "I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $100 billion.)"

    by das monde on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 09:06:11 AM EST
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    He is fine with paying 20 billion but not 100 million?

    Then I have a win-win solution, let him pay 20 billion!

    by fjallstrom on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 02:25:44 PM EST
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    It keeps getting worse:
    by generic on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 01:46:03 PM EST
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    by generic on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:15:24 AM EST
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    by generic on Thu Nov 14th, 2019 at 02:08:55 PM EST
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    Far right drowning out the far right 😎
    Can't get much better ... where are the socialists? 😖



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Thu Nov 14th, 2019 at 02:25:41 PM EST
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    If she were 40 years younger, she could be sitting next to Don The Younger, and the fans would be all hers.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu Nov 14th, 2019 at 11:53:28 PM EST
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    "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
    by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 10:45:26 PM EST
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    Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention

    ## Ancestor worship is not well understood.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 10:57:31 PM EST
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    I come to praise Ed Meese, not to bury him.

    "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
    by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 at 07:52:23 PM EST
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    by das monde on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 08:35:02 AM EST
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    Chairman Schiff revives The 40 Questions rumored by NYT, archived May 2018.

    Nov 2019, House investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller. Trump solicites twitterverse for reply to Pelosi "invitation" to testify about "Russia-related" questions, boost flagging House broadcast ratings.

    Read: Trump's written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller interrogatory, delivered Nov 2018 (facsimile)

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 at 06:50:55 PM EST
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    "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
    by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 10:50:33 PM EST
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    by generic on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 11:18:21 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 11:57:07 PM EST
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    Or should that be the quo? RT
    Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is mentioned in several probes relating to Burisma's founder, the Ukrainian prosecutor has said, as leaked documents allege that he was part of a money-laundering scheme.

    Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said that a long-running probe into Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma natural gas company, has been expanded to include allegations of large-scale embezzlement of government funds. Hunter Biden sat on the firm's board of directors.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 09:34:09 AM EST
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    NYT
    A few years ago, I was standing in a South Korean field, knee deep in mud, incredulously asking one of my maintenance Marines to tell me again why he couldn't fix a broken generator. We needed the generator to support training with the United States Army and South Korean military, and I was generally unaccustomed to hearing anyone in the Marine Corps give excuses for not effectively getting a job done. I was stunned when his frustrated reply was, "Because of the warranty, ma'am."

    At the time, I hadn't heard of "right-to-repair" and didn't know that a civilian concept could affect my job in the military. The idea behind right-to-repair is that you (or a third-party you choose) should be able to repair something you own, instead of being forced to rely on the company that originally sold it. This could involve not repairing something (like an iPhone) because doing so would void a warranty; repairs which require specialized tools, diagnostic equipment, data or schematics not reasonably available to consumers; or products that are deliberately designed to prevent an end user from fixing them.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 05:06:58 PM EST
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    Reminds me of G.H.W. Bush on price of milk; and Chuck Schumer questioning garnishment at Baucus' 2009 ACA hearing.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 08:10:34 PM EST
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    GQ correction
    This story has been updated. Alexander Vindman received a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IED, or improvised explosive device, not an IUD, or intrauterine device. We regret the error.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 12:51:03 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 08:02:50 PM EST
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    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 02:27:31 PM EST
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    Tougher US asylum policy follows in Europe's footsteps

    APsplainin

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue Nov 26th, 2019 at 02:44:54 PM EST
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    Joe Biden website
    Crack down on private lenders profiteering off of students and allow individuals holding private loans to discharge them in bankruptcy.
    I wonder why they can't do that now.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 09:46:17 AM EST
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    Nate Silver
    Klobuchar probably has one of the best electability arguments in the field, so the fact that she's tied for last here is a sign that voters don't really think about electability in the same way that political analysts do.
    Oh.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 03:19:27 PM EST
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    Credentials of Nate Silver?

    I do recall the 2016 election ... HRC couldn't lose. 😖

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 03:31:26 PM EST
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    Of course she couldn't. She was the most electable. Just like Biden.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 03:37:57 PM EST
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    by generic on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 03:35:08 PM EST
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